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Entercom Eyes Mid-November For Closure Of CBS Merger
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 20TH, 2017 –– CBS Corp announced the commencement of an exchange offer for the separation of its radio business as part of its previously announced agreement to combine CBS Radio Inc. ("CBS Radio") with Entercom Communications Corp. (NYSE: ETM) ("Entercom"). The combined company will have a nationwide footprint of 235 stations, including stations in 22 of the top 25 U.S. markets.
"We are very pleased to be taking this important step toward the split-off of our radio business in a way that we believe is good for CBS Radio, good for the CBS Corporation, and good for our shareholders," said Leslie Moonves, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, CBS Corporation. "This exchange offer will give equity holders the opportunity to invest in what we believe will be a best-in-class radio company, with top assets and a terrific management team. And for CBS, we expect that it will unlock even more value and allow us to become even more focused on the creation and distribution of premium video content."
Unless the exchange offer is extended or terminated, the final exchange ratio will be announced in a press release no later than 11:59 p.m., New York City time, on November 14, 2017, and the exchange offer will expire at 11:59 p.m., on November 16, 2017, leaving two trading days between the date that the final exchange ratio is announced and the expiration of the exchange offer. Immediately following the completion of the exchange offer, a special-purpose merger subsidiary of Entercom will be merged with and into CBS Radio, with CBS Radio surviving the merger and becoming a wholly owned subsidiary of Entercom.
Entercom has scheduled a meeting of shareholders to be held on November 15, 2017, to approve the issuance of Entercom Class A common stock in the merger and amend the Entercom articles of association to classify the Entercom board of directors in connection with the transaction. Entercom will still need to secure approval from the Dept. of Justice and Federal Communications Commission prior to close, but Entercom President/CEO David Field appears optimistic that closure will come by mid-November. In a company memo he wrote, “We are continuing our work with those agencies and remain optimistic that we will receive their approvals in a timely manner and close our merger in the fourth quarter, possibly as early as Nov. 17, the day after the CBS exchange offer is scheduled to conclude."
St. Louis Host Sued For Discussing Employee's Rehab
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 20TH, 2017 –– Longtime St. Louis talker, Frank O. Pinion, is being sued by a former employee for alleged comment he made about the man's rehab stint. According to St. Louis Today, in a lawsuit filed Oct. 6 in St. Louis Circuit Court, a man, identified in the suit as John doe, who worked 19 years for Pinion (real name, John Craddock) alleges that Pinion broadcast live on KTRS-AM 550 the fact he had entered a substance abuse rehab facility. The suit, which asks "in excess of" $50,000, says Pinion talked about the subject at least six times in the two weeks the man was in a rehab facility in late August.
The suit states on Aug. 21, Pinion told listeners the man "had to go get help" to "deal with substances." A couple of days later, the suit adds that Pinion said the man "has gone away to get straightened out" and then went on to say: "People who have a substance abuse problem — you're never going to help them kick it by molly-coddling them, helping them keep it hush-hush. You have to put the hammer down." The suit says the man, who was in a rehabilitation facility from Aug. 15 to Aug. 29, heard his condition was being discussed on the air, as well as on social media, and then called Pinion to resign. The suit also names KTRS as a defendant, claiming the station did not "exercise reasonable care to prevent the host from disclosing private information." Pinion had been the afternoon jock at KTRS for 20 years, leaving last month and now working at KFNS-AM 590.
ON-AIR: WTMJ Milwaukee Makes Lineup Changes
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 20TH, 2017 –– WTMJ Radio has realigned its daytime talk show lineup. Midday host Steve Scaffidi (TL) will move to the late-morning and Jeff Wagner (TR) will return to the early afternoon where he has been a dominant talk host for over a decade. The move better positions the conservative news analysis of Steve Scaffidi and the local, town hall nature of Jeff Wagner’s midday program.
“Steve has grown tremendously since joining the station in early 2017. He has capitalized on his unique perspective as a former politician and community leader. His show is quickly growing and we are excited to put him in the daypart where our audience has come to expect political and issue-driven talk” said WTMJ director of programming and news Eric Brooks. “Meanwhile, Jeff Wagner will resume his early afternoon program where he consistently beat his competitors in Milwaukee. WTMJ’s weekday lineup - Effective Monday, October 23 5:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Wisconsin’s Morning News with Gene Mueller 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Steve Scaffidi with news anchor Erik Bilstad 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Jeff Wagner 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Wisconsin’s Afternoon News with John Mercure 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Sports Central with Greg Matzek 9:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. Clark Howard.
NETWORKS: WWO To Air Vietnam War Special Over Veteran's Day Weekend
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 20TH, 2017 –– “For those of us who were there, Vietnam remains a memory of frustration, of fortitude, of pain and pride.” - Jim Bohannon, Vietnam War veteran, Westwood One host Westwood One News, winner of the 2017 Edward R. Murrow Award for Hard News Reporting, will present a special retrospective, Pain & Pride: Remembering Vietnam – 50 Years Later, a look back at 1967, a pivotal year in what may have been the most polarizing event of 20th century America. Nearly half a million American troops were fighting in Vietnam at that time and the anti-war movement at home was heading toward a fervent peak.
In Pain & Pride, the terror of war and a divisive home front is brought to life through the recollections of those who were there and from archive audio from Westwood One News, including audio from a similarly titled program 30 years ago. In their own voices, combat veterans share their stories with Vietnam War veteran and Westwood One talk host Jim Bohannon, and former Westwood One executive, White House press secretary, and NBC News Vietnam War correspondent, Ron Nessen. Bohannon will look back 50 years on his own war experience and will cull new perspectives on the war in assorted interviews, including one with filmmaker Ken Burns, director of the recently broadcast 10-part documentary, “The Vietnam War.” The half-hour special -- airing Veterans Day weekend, November 10-12, 2017 -- is available to all Westwood One News affiliates, Westwood One music format stations, and Cumulus-owned stations. It will also air in place of The Week in Review during that same weekend. for info, contact Jim Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 895-2339
Cumulus San Francisco Stations Raise Over $250,000 For Bay Area Fire Victims
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 20TH, 2017 –– Cumulus Media-San Francisco announced it has engaged listeners of its six popular radio stations - KFOG, KGO, KNBR, KSAN, KSFO, and KTCT – to raise over $250,000 for the Bay Area Fire Relief Fund since Friday, October 13. The wildfires destroyed homes displacing thousands of Northern Californians and scorched areas including Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino counties, with 42 people reported to have perished in the fires, and more than 58 people still missing.
Cumulus' stations partnered with local businesses to launch a major two-week relief drive, where businesses match up to $10,000 per day in cash donations raised by the stations’ listeners, driving big momentum for the fundraising effort. 100% of funds raised by the drive will go to local North Bay fire relief. Cumulus San Francisco has already disbursed $150,000 between the Northern California Chapter of the Red Cross and to the United Way Bay Area. The drive continues today, October 20th, as KGO 810 collects gift cards and new, unused items from listeners at Blind Scream Haunted House in Rohnert Park from 4:00pm-7:00p.m. PHOTO/(Left to Right) Donating gift cards for Cumulus Media's North Bay Fire Relief effort on Sunday, Oct. 15, at San Francisco's Stonestown Galleria are: Arthur (KFOG Morning Show); KFOG listener, Stephanie from Martinez, CA; Stephanie’s son; Dayna (KFOG Talent) and Stephanie’s daughter.
SYNDICATION: 'Sunday Night Slow Jams' Expands To Six New International Markets
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 20TH, 2017 –– Benztown announced that its internationally syndicated hit weekend radio show Sunday Night Slow Jams has expanded to six new international markets in the third quarter of 2017, bringing the show to 129 total affiliates worldwide and nearly doubling its footprint outside the U.S. The additions grow Sunday Night Slow Jams’ global reach to a total of 13 countries outside the U.S. Sunday Night Slow Jams is currently heard each week by over three million listeners worldwide.
Sunday Night Slow Jams welcomed the following international radio stations as affiliates in the third quarter of 2017: Wave 89.1-Manila, Philippines; Cool 96.9-Lagos, Nigeria; Urban Radio 90.7-Kisumu, Kenya; Surf 102.5-Chiang Mai, Thailand; The Thaiger 102.75-Phuket, Thailand; and 105.3 Zack FM-Suffolk, England. These six countries join existing Sunday Night Slow Jams international affiliates in: Mexico, Cayman Islands, The Bahamas, Bonaire, Suriname, Cyprus and Canada. Sunday Night Slow Jams, the #1 weekend radio show in America, is available to a wide variety of stations through three different formats: Rhythm/Urban, Top 40/Mainstream and Throwback.PHOTO/Sunday Night Slow Jams' Creator, Host and Producer, R Dub!, with two of the show's new international affiliates.
Lady Gaga, Elvis Duran Among Those Voicing PSAs For GLAAD Spirit Day
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 20TH, 2017 –– GLAAD Spirit Day is the largest and most visible anti-bullying campaign in the world accelerating acceptance of LGBTQ youth. It inspires millions of people around the world to wear purple or ‘go purple’ online in a unified stand against bullying and to show their support for LGBTQ youth. Each year, Spirit Day draws the participation of celebrities, corporations, media outlets, sports leagues, schools, faith institutions, national landmarks, and individuals. Coinciding with National Bullying Prevention Month, Spirit Day began in 2010 after a high school student posted the idea to her Tumblir page following the suicide deaths of several LGBTQ and LGBTQ-perceived young people.
iHeartMedia will ‘go purple’ for its fifth consecutive year and released PSAs that encourage listeners to ‘go purple’ and take the Spirit Day pledge to unite of against the bullying of LGBTQ youth. Lady Gaga, and Elvis Duran are just a few of the personalities to participate in the PSAs. iHeartRadio, iHeartMedia’s free all-in-one digital music, podcasting and live streaming radio service, went purple in-app, on iHeartRadio.com, via social media and on its Snapchat Discover channel. For 2017, the music industry is out in full force supporting Spirit Day with Celine Dion, Britney Spears, Halsey, Fergie, Christina Aguilera, Wrabel, Luis Fonsi, Michael Ray, and more participating.
Ace & TJ Launch Annual Breaking And Entering Christmas Event
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 20TH, 2017 –– The Ace & TJ Show announced this morning they will be again be helping those in need with their annual Breaking and Entering Christmas. Through donations from listeners and local businesses, Ace & TJ's Breaking and Entering Christmas delivers the holiday spirit to families that can’t afford to do so on their own.
“Breaking and Entering is easily one of my favorite things that we do. It’s a shinning example of people helping people. We only act as the go-between.” Said TJ. “For well over a decade, Ace & TJ’s Breaking and Entering Christmas has stood as a reminder to “Radio Family Members” throughout the Ace & TJ Network of what Christmas is truly all about.” added Ace. Now in its 19th year of syndication, The Ace & TJ Show is syndicated by The Radio Button Network.
Handler Leaving Netflix Show; Underwood Does WE
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TSBC 9 Returns To Dallas Next March
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 19TH, 2017 –– The Joule Hotel, host site for this year's 9th Annual Talk Show Boot Camp, iis fittingly named for the international unit of energy and occupies a revitalized 1920's landmark Dallas building. This boutique venue will serve as the perfect setting for one our most timely agenda's ever. Under our 'Smart Talk For The Future' mantra, this year's event will include a special 3-Hour 'Tech For Talk' segment which will offer some of the hottest new tools for developing smart talk for the future.
The event will kick off at 8:30 am, ct on Thursday, March 8th with our 4th Annual HOBB'S REPORT led by co-presenter, Gabe Hobbs of Gabe Hobbs Media who will share his highly popular 'Talk Radio Report Card, created in cooperation with Nielsen Audio.
Conference and Hotel Registration will be available beginning next week. In the meantime, don't hesitate to call 770-737-2700 for information or sponsorship details.
Apple Deliberately Disables FM Says NAB
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 19TH, 2017 –– NAB Chief Technology Officer Sam Matheny (L) sets the record straight on Apple's refusal to voluntarily equip iPhones with FM radio reception. Citing recent months in the Southeast U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, these areas have been pummeled by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. The wildfires in California have been equally devastating. These storms and fires have wreaked havoc on communications networks and challenged public safety officials’ ability to get lifeline information to affected residents.
At a time when many Americans have come to rely on their smartphones, massive cellular outages were suffered from Texas to Florida on an even greater scale than in Superstorm Sandy five years ago, and California has also suffered major outages in key locations. In Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, it may take weeks and even months to fully restore cellular service because of the damage to the electric grid. In the wake of these storms, a passionate discussion about activating FM radio in smartphones – and, specifically, Apple’s iPhone – has emerged. This discussion was started by those most impacted by Irma when the South Florida Sun-Sentinel editorialized on the issue and Senator Bill Nelson (R) of Florida called for activating FM chips in smartphones. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai also issued a public statement calling for Apple to activate FM chips to promote public safety and FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel also weighed in with her support. Matheny says this is my effort to try and set the record straight.
Among the details, Matheny says Apple deliberately disables FM. Apple has chosen to only use the WiFi and Bluetooth aspects of the communications module. They have admitted as much for all phones through the iPhone 6 series, at which point they claim FM capability was removed from the 7 series and 8 series. Yet, tear-down reports indicate the iPhone 8 contains the same 4357 chip family, which manufacturer Broadcom clearly states includes an integrated FM radio core. SEE POST HERE
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Amy Griesheimer Exits Entercom Denver Says Report
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 19TH, 2017 –– Longtime market vet Amy Griesheimer, VP/GM of Denver's Entercom cluster is out reports Westword. Citing a knowledgeable source, they say that Doug Abernathy, one of Entercom's VPs, will serve as acting general manager for the Denver cluster, which includes KS107.5 Alice-FM, 99.5 The Mountain, Cruisin' 1430 KEZW and Comedy 103.1. Griesheimer has served as VP/GM of Alice for 23 years, beginning in 1994. She began overseeing the entire Entercom cluster beginning in the early 2000s.
This follows recent news of Kendall B, who's just taken over the morning slot at JAMMIN 101.5. Kendall B, who partnered with Larry and Kathie J in mornings for fifteen years, left the show in January. Then, in March, Larry and Kathie J left the station after a contract dispute. Last summer, the station launched a n ew morning team made up of KS-107.5 veterans Tony V, Cedes and DJ Chonz.
[LISTEN] Ricky Gervais To Get 'Deadly Sirius' On New SiriusXM Radio Show
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 19TH, 2017 –– Ricky Gervais is set to host a new weekly SiriusXM radio show called "Ricky Gervais is Deadly Sirius," starting next Tuesday. The hour-long program will be broadcast from London. "I started out in radio, and SiriusXM made me an offer to return that I couldn't refuse," Gervais said in a statement. "With 32 million subscribers, editorial control, my own playlist and absolute freedom of speech, it's the perfect platform for me, and, hopefully, the listener, too."
Aside from stand-up comedy and acting roles, Gervais is well known for numerous roles as host the Golden Globe Awards. "Ricky Gervais is undoubtedly one of the most uniquely talented comedians in the game," added Scott Greenstein, president and chief content officer of SiriusXM. "Whether he's starring in a beloved television show, delivering raucous stand-up before a crowd of 20,000, or skewering celebrities at an awards show, the bottom line is that Ricky is a compelling performer whose legion of fans is only growing. We're ecstatic that he's bringing those many talents to SiriusXM, where he'll tackle some of life's big mysteries, while he charms and enlightens our more than 32 million subscribers nationwide." LISTEN HERE
Cox Media Group Launches Cox Media Group Cares For Tampa Bay Businesses
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 19TH, 2017 –– While Tampa Bay was spared a direct hit by Hurricane Irma, many local businesses were still greatly impacted by the storm. Some were left without power, lost inventory, or even had to close their doors for days. This week, Cox Media Group (CMG) announced it will launch its philanthropic initiative, Cox Media Group Cares Tampa Bay. With the generous support of sponsors, The Miggs and Swigg Radio Show, DeBartolo Family Foundation, Pepin Distributing Company and Great Bay Distributors, Cox Cares will help small businesses recover after Irma through marketing and promotional outreach. Each Saturday between Oct. 21 and Small Business Saturday, Nov. 25, local companies will be featured on Cox Media Group radio stations.
Cox Cares will provide assistance to more than 40 small businesses in the Tampa Bay area with approximately $250,000 in promotional support. “CMG understands local businesses are an important part of our communities,” said Keith Lawless, Vice President/General Manager for CMG Tampa. “The disruption from Hurricane Irma has greatly impacted these businesses. We are proud to help support them at a time when they need it most. With the help of our local sponsors, we are promoting Tampa Bay area businesses across all six of our CMG radio stations.”
Former BBC Radio Presenter Sean Hughes Has Died
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 19TH, 2017 –– Irish stand-up comedian and former BBC Radio 6 Music presenter Sean Hughes has died. Sean worked for the station in London when it first launched, hosting a Sunday morning show in 2002. Before that, he worked weekends on BBC GLR and more recently was on FUBAR Radio each Sunday afternoon. Seans’s last tweet, dated 8 October, simply said that he was in hospital. He died after suffering from cirrhosis of the liver, aged 51.
Lawrence Mooney For Triple M Brisbane Breakfast In Australia - Comedian and TV personality, Lawrence ‘The Moonman’ Mooney is officially joining Marto and Robin on the new Triple M BIG Breakfast 104.5FM in 2018. Triple M listeners already know Lawrence from his appearances on Merrick & Australia and The Triple M Cricket Commentary Team. Lawrence has been a regular contributor to Triple M Brisbane Breakfast, calling in as “Big Mal” and most recently filling in for Ed Kavalee whilst he was on paternity leave. Read more and listen to how the news was announcer on air HERE
Lou Nash And Alex Baker Get Juice Breakfast - Lou Nash and Alex Baker have found themselves presenting Juice Breakfast in Brighton, England, together permanently after a schedule shakeup. It was meant to be a temporary arrangement for the station’s Content Manager and Lou, the new breakfast host, but they liked spending mornings together so much they’re now ‘official’.
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SNAPS: Walter (Sabo) Sterling Talks Shop With WWO's Suzanne Grimes
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 19TH, 2017 – Nice pic' of Suzanne Grimes, EVP Westwood One and Walter (Sabo) Sterling Westwood One Host who discuss the future of network radio this week in New York City.
Sterling’s weekly show STERLING ON SUNDAY is now heard on WMAL AM FM, WLS Chicago, WPHT Philadelphia, KMOX St. Louis and KDKA Pittsburgh and more, airing at 10 PM et, Sunday Nights.
Alicia Keys Returning To 'The Voice;' Hefner Covers Playboy
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STUDY: Encouraging (And Sobering) News' For Radio’s Role In New Music Discovery
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 18TH, 2017 –– Integr8 Research talked with 3,140 15- to 39-year-olds who are partisans to a local CHR, Rhythmic CHR, Urban, Alternative, or Country station to find out where they turn for new music discovery. What they uncovered is both encouraging and sobering for radio broadcasters. The good news is that local FM radio stations remain the leading source for 15- to 39-year-old listeners to learn about new music. Unfortunately, radio no longer wins that by a landslide as other music listening options are catching up.
There are three factors that most threaten radio’s role in new music discovery: 1) Being young: For listeners over 30, radio remains the dominant way the majority of listeners learn about new music. Among teens, however, only 34% typically hear the latest new music first from a local FM radio station, while almost as many hear new music first from an on-demand audio service or YouTube.
2) Subscribing to an on-demand service: When listeners regularly use Spotify or one of its clones, the on-demand service takes on a much bigger role in new music discovery. Only 41% of weekly on-demand audio users hear new music first on FM radio, while 34% hear new music first on an on-demand audio service. On-demand services have had a more significant negative impact on FM radio’s role in new music discovery than all the other new ways of consuming music that came before i—including Pandora, Sirius/XM, internet radio*, and even YouTube.
3) Owning a connected car: When listeners acquire a car with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, their music consumption behavior and FM radio’s role in new music discovery both change dramatically. Like all listeners, connected car owners are most likely to spend time with a local FM station. However, they are also far more likely to be weekly users of a wide variety of alternatives to traditional radio, from Pandora, Sirius/XM, and online-only internet radio, to Amazon Music and Soundcloud. By far, however, the biggest increase goes to Apple Music. 42% use Apple Music weekly, compared to only 18% of all 15- to 39-year-olds. SEE COMPLETE REPORT HERE
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iHeart To Assemble First-Ever Alternative Rock Gathering: 'Alter Ego' At The Forum
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 18TH, 2017 –– iHeartMedia announced the first-ever iHeartRadio ALTer EGO. The biggest names in Alternative Rock will come together at the historic, “Fabulous” Forum in Los Angeles on January 19, 2018 to celebrate everything Alternative Rock. The music of iHeartRadio’s popular Alternative Rock stations and the iHeartRadio App will come to life with an extraordinary lineup including Mumford & Sons, Cage The Elephant, Beck, Spoon, WALK THE MOON, The National and Dashboard Confessional, with more to be announced.
“We’re extremely excited to add iHeartRadio ALTer EGO to our amazing lineup of world-class iHeartRadio events,” said Tom Poleman, Chief Programming Officer for iHeartMedia. “We’ve seen the incredible response from fans every time our alternative rock performers hit the stage at our legendary iHeartRadio Music Festival and know that listeners across the country have waited for an event like this for some time now. It’s going to be an incredible night.” iHeartRadio ALTer EGO is an iHeartMedia Production. For more information, visit iHeartRadio.com/alterego. Artists and/or events subject to change or cancellation without notice.
Fox Music Series 'The Four' Teams With iHeart For Post 'Idol Competition Show
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 18TH, 2017 –– Fox Broadcasting is teaming up with iHeartMedia on the new music competition series THE FOUR: BATTLE FOR STARDOM. FOX. The series will also be part of iHeartMedia’s coveted “On the Verge” artist development program, which will support the winning talent with airplay across iHeartMedia radio stations nationwide. THE FOUR: BATTLE FOR STARDOM begins where most competitions end: with the four finalists. Four super-talented singers, chosen from auditions by the show, will defend their coveted spots on the stage, as they are challenged individually by new singers determined to replace them. If the existing four outperform their challengers, they survive to sing another week, until the end of the season, when the final four face off against each other. Only one will claim the ultimate prize for an aspiring artist: a team of elite star-makers – the series’ panel of judges – all committed to launching and guiding the winner’s music career.
“At iHeartMedia we pride ourselves on discovering and breaking new talent,” said John Sykes, iHeartMedia’s President of Entertainment Enterprises. “Our ‘On the Verge’ initiative has helped launch the careers of artists like Sam Smith, Fifth Harmony, Nick Jonas and many others. We are excited to collaborate with FOX to find the next new artist who will receive this rare opportunity.” Additional details regarding THE FOUR: BATTLE FOR STARDOM will be announced soon. For more information, visit thefourmusic.com. PHOTO/Getty-iHeartMedia
Trump Returns To Talk Radio On 'Tax Reform Day At The White House'
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 18TH, 2017 –– Following this week's CNN screed: 'Donald Trump's 'Mysterious Absence' On Conservative Talk Radio, the President reconnected with several of radio's top talk hosts during yesterday's “Tax Reform Day at the White House.” There in the Indian Treaty Room of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, hosts such as Salem Radio Network hosts Hugh Hewitt and Mike Gallagher (TL) along with Brian Kilmeade of FOX News Radio, David Webb of Sirius XM, Chris Stigall of WPHT/Philadelphia (TR), WMAL's Bill Hess (TMR) and Chris Plante (BR) met with President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and other Administration officials.
Bill Hess, Cumulus Media's Vice President/NewsTalk and WMAL/Washington Program Director chats above with Vice President Pence who happens to be a regular WMAL listener. Below Chris Plante connects with Kellyanne Conway. Listen to Chris Plante's interview with Trump where some of his comments on ISIS, Sen. John McCain made national news. LISTEN HERE
Volara And iHeart Bring Radio Hotel Rooms
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 18TH, 2017 –– Volara, the leading provider of custom voice-based solutions in the hospitality industry, and iHeartMedia announced that Volara-equipped hotels now offer guests voice-controlled access to iHeartRadio, the free all-in-one digital music, podcasting and live streaming radio service. The Westin Buffalo, N.Y., is the first hotel to implement Volara’s voice-control function for iHeartRadio. Using Volara’s voice-based technology, which turns the Amazon Echo into an innovative hotel hospitality tool.
Guests can now say, “Alexa, Ask Westin to play the radio,” and Volara will immediately launch Westin Radio by iHeartRadio. In addition, guests of Volara-enabled hotels can use their room's Amazon Echo devices to request services, get recommendations, and generally engage with hotel staff and services without the hassle of picking up a telephone. “It's our goal to provide a seamless, easy-to-use experience everywhere iHeartRadio’s millions of listeners want to enjoy their favorite music – and now with Volara, we've made it even easier for hotel guests to quickly play iHeartRadio using simple voice commands,” said Michele Laven, President of Strategic Partnerships Group for iHeartMedia.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Craig Marks Joins Townsquare In Digital Content Post
Co-Author Of Best-Selling Oral History Of "I Want My MTV"
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 18TH, 2018 –– Townsquare Media announced that veteran editor and journalist Craig Marks has joined the Company as Editorial Director. In this role, Marks will oversee editorial content across web, social and video for eight of Townsquare's music and entertainment brands including TasteofCountry, Loudwire, PopCrush, ScreenCrush, UltimateClassicRock, TheBoot, Diffuser, and TheBoombox. He joins alongside Vanessa Satten, longtime Editor in Chief of Townsquare's influential hip-hop brand XXL, to create a powerful leadership team of editorial expertise. We are thrilled that Craig is bringing his dynamic expertise in creating compelling original content to our already influential brands," commented Jared Willig, SVP Digital. "Craig's track record in overseeing the content strategy of some of the most important editorial voices in pop culture speaks for itself. We already reach millions of music and entertainment enthusiasts every month, and are excited that his leadership will enable us to grow even further."
Formerly, Marks served as the executive editor at Billboard, and as editor-in-chief of Blender magazine, Spin and Popdust.He is the co-author of the best-selling oral history "I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution," and has written for New York, GQ, the New York Times and Details.
Missing Vegas Guard Makes Guest Appearance On Ellen
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EXECUTIVE ACTION: Townsquare Appoints Bill Wilson And Dhruv Prasad As Co-CEO's, Erik Hellum As COO; Founder Steven Price To Serve As Executive Chairman Of Board
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 17TH, 2017 –– Townsquare Media announced the promotion of Bill Wilson (TL) and Dhruv Prasad (LC) as Co-Chief Executive Officers, reporting to the Board of Directors, effective today. Steven Price (BR) Townsquare’s founder and current Chief Executive Officer, will transition to a new role of Executive Chairman of the Board. In addition, Erik Hellum (BL) has been appointed as Chief Operating Officer, Local Media.
“I want to congratulate both Bill and Dhruv on this well-deserved appointment. I am confident that this team, along with the rest of our senior executives, will lead our organization superbly as we further strengthen our position in the marketplace,” said Steven Price. “I am eager to begin my new role as Executive Chairman and look forward to working with Bill and Dhruv to execute upon the Company’s strategy.”
Wilson joined Townsquare in September 2010 and most recently served as Executive Vice President and Chief Content & Digital Officer of the Company. Prasad co-founded Townsquare in 2010 and most recently served as Executive Vice President, Live Events of the Company.
Set To Enter 25th Year In Syndication, Tom Joyner Inks Extension With Reach
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 17TH, 2017 –– Reach Media today announced a two-year agreement that extends the Tom Joyner Morning Show in radio syndication through December 31, 2019, as he culminates his trailblazing career. The renewed agreement comes as the broadcast pioneer prepares to mark his 25th year in syndication (#TJMS25). To commemorate the anniversary, Joyner plans to launch a two-year-long celebration campaign, sharing events and experiences with his listeners highlighting the past, present and future of the Tom Joyner brand. “We’ve touched a lot of lives and we love and appreciate the millions of people who are part of the TJMS family. So much has happened since we went on the air in 1994…good and bad…and we all went through it together. Well, the Party with a Purpose isn’t over.
Urban One’s CEO of Reach Media and Radio One Stations, David Kantor (R), complimented Joyner saying, “Tom has not only advanced radio and established new mediums to inspire people, but he’s brought change to our communities on an individual level. When he says ‘I’ve got an idea,’ he pursues it with a passion and everyone is better for it. He is the best business partner and friend I could ever have.” The Tom Joyner Morning Show currently reaches over 7.4 million listeners with more than 95 affiliates.
REPORT: Donald Trump's 'Mysterious Absence' On Conservative Talk Radio
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 17TH, 2017 –– Hardly a day goes by where President Trump doesn't show up on TV, the internet, print or social media, but there’s one medium the president has 'conspicuously ignored' reports CNN: conservative talk radio. In the first eight months as president, despite their massive audiences, Trump did not do a single interview on talk radio says CNN. In fact, prior to CNN's report only one non-conservative radio show - the syndicated Rick & Bubba Show - landed an interview during his stop in Alabama for a rally.
“Radio is the most efficient way to reach the base,”says Charlie Sykes (L), a former conservative talk radio host. “He could sit down and in two hours, do eight interviews in major conservative talk radio markets without having to leave his bedroom. It’s so easy to do.” Yet, since being inaugurated as president, Trump has shied away from appearing on radio programs. After this week, he will have made two forays onto talk radio — and both of them came almost immediately after CNN contacted the White House to ask why he hadn’t been speaking on the platform. On Monday, a White House official told CNN the president has carved time out of his schedule to participate in a talk radio event at the White House on Tuesday. A senior White House official insisted to CNN that despite Trump thus far avoiding the platform, he has a great relationship with talk radio. The person said the President has largely chosen to utilize Twitter to speak directly with his base, a tool that either didn’t exist or was still in its infancy during previous Republican administrations.
So why the snub? “The only thing that I can think of is that Donald Trump doesn’t listen to the radio,” said Sykes, reflecting the opinion of others who spoke to CNN as well. “He watches television. He reads The New York Times. So he reacts to what’s in his world.” And he tweets! Read Article HERE
Fletch and Jai Take Mornings At Beaver 100.3 Clarksville, TN
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 17TH, 2017 –– Beaver 100.3 FM Clarksville has introduced its all-new Beaver Country Morning Show with Fletch and Jai (pronounced JAY). Clarksville Now reports it’s a homecoming for Fletch, who spent 13 years on The Beaver before taking a hiatus (which included working at The Grand Old Opry). Jai is an award winning on-air personality who was recognized by the Alliance for Women in Media for her work centering on mental health and anti-bullying efforts. She heard of Fletch long before joining the station;
“I’m excited to get on the air and really get working with Fletch and meet the community.” She said. Previously Jai worked in the film industry (where her credits include a B horror movie involving alien amoeba and zombies!). “Fletch and Jai have great energy together and have already made plans for several local appearances to meet listeners, do giveaways, and get involved in community events,” said Operations Manager Scott Chase.
SYNDICATION: Brooke & Jubal Take Mornings On San Jose's Mix 106
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 17TH, 2017 –– Alpha Media, San Jose has inked Brooke & Jubal to mornings on Mix 106 (KEZR). Alpha Media VP of Content, Ronnie Stanton commented on the announcement, “It's been a joy to watch the success story of Brooke & Jubal grow in multiple U.S. markets over the past couple of years, and it's a genuine thrill to bring this world class show to the Bay area.” "I'm excited to give both our listeners and our advertisers the amazing Brooke & Jubal show," added Lori Heeren, Alpha Media, San Jose Market Manager.
Jubal Flagg is a standup comedian, radio host, television personality and comedy writer. In addition to hosting Brooke & Jubal, Jubal also writes and produces comedy bits and daily topical jokes that are used by radio stations nationwide. Brooke has worked in morning radio for over 13 years and previously hosted Top 40 radio’s first all-female morning drive show. She partnered with Jubal Flagg for the launch of Brooke & Jubal in 2011.
Bakersfield Radio Stations Band For Benefit To Aid 'Vegas Shooting Victims
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 17TH, 2017 –– A benefit for local victims of the Las Vegas Shooting will be held this Wednesday at the Fox Theater in Bakersfield, CA. According to turnto23.com, Bakersfield radio stations are hosting 'Bakersfield Together' on Wednesday, Oct. 18 at the Fox Theater in downtown Bakersfield to help the local families affected by the Las Vegas Shooting.
Reportedly, there will be local musicians at the event and guest speakers including Mayor Goh and law enforcement officials.
Beasley Media Presents 'Vegas Strong,' A Night Of Healing
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 17, 2017 – Beasley Media Group will present Vegas Strong: A Night of Healing’ on Thursday, Oct. 19th at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The concert will honor all victims, survivors and first responders from the October 1st tragedy and feature country superstars Big & Rich and Cam, plus a surprise performance from one of country’s most renowned acts!
“I am so proud of the Las Vegas community,” said Beasley Media Group Las Vegas Operations Manager John Candelaria. “We have heavy hearts, but as displayed the night of the shootings, we have yet again banded together to support one another.” I am forever thankful to Big & Rich, Cam and the surprise secret performance from a Country Mega-Superstar Group for agreeing to perform at this free event to benefit the Steve Sisolak Las Vegas Victims’ Fund. To date, the fund has raised nearly 11 million dollars. He added, “I am thrilled with the response. When we announced free tickets were available for download, all the 4,500 tickets were reserved in less than two hours. Orleans Arena distributed 2,000 tickets to first responders and their families. This event would not be possible without the hard work of Market Manager Tom Humm, Executive Vice President of Programming Justin Chase, Beasley Country Format Captain Donald Stout, Boyd Gaming and the incredible staff of Orleans Arena." 100% of the donations received will benefit the Steve Sisolak Las Vegas Victims’ Fund.
Country 102.5 Boston Renamed Kenny 102.5 in Honor Of Live In-Studio Visit
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 17TH, 2017 –– Beasley announced that Country 102.5 will rename ‘Kenny 102.5’ in honor of Country Recording Superstar Kenny Chesney who will be visiting the studios this Friday, October 27th, 2017. The multi-platinum artist will be on air with Midday Personality Carolyn Kruse and have lunch with 50 lucky contest winners to discuss his new live album, among other things! Boston is the only market Chesney will be visiting in person to promote his latest release of his new album, entitled “Live in No Shoes Nation” which will be released the day of Country 102.5’s special event.
“There are only a handful of artists so big that we would rename the station for,” said Country 102.5 Program Director David Corey.” Kenny is at the top of the list. We are so excited that he has chosen Boston, and our studios to hang with listeners and chat about his new live album. Boston loves Kenny!”
MIX 94.1 Presents Mercedes In The Morning 'Not So Silent Night'
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 17TH, 2017 –– Mix94.1 Presents Mercedes in the Morning’s Not So Silent Night featuring Kelly Clarkson and special guest All Time Low with more to be announced soon. The annual concert returns to The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas on Sunday, December 3.
Atlantic recording artist Kelly Clarkson has unveiled full details of her hugely anticipated label debut album. “MEANING OF LIFE” which arrives everywhere on Friday, October 27th. Clarkson will be joined by members of the legendary Earth Wind & Fire.
Kimmel Invades Brooklyn; Grand Ole Opry Gets Reno'
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For One Santa Rosa Host, The News Is Personal, 'This Is A Nightmare'
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 16TH, 2017 –– As one of the largest wildfires in recent history continues to burn in northern California, KZST-FM/Santa Rosa is broadcasting around the clock sans regular programming. KZST owner Gordon Zlot tells San Francisco's public radio KALW he was sure his station was about to burn to the ground. He could see flames just a few feet from the building. “We’ve been here for almost 35 years,” he says “And this is my whole life right here. I was fully prepared to walk away and have the building be in ashes.”
OWNER: "Many people don’t have internet or TV access, and cell service is down in some parts. For some Sonoma County residents, radio is all they have"
Employees were urged to evacuate last Monday morning, but came back to save equipment and get back on the air. KZST along with it four affiliate stations shelved their normal programming as well as ads, and have been airing around the clock live coverage of the wildfires. "Many people don’t have internet or TV access, and cell service is down some parts, for some Sonoma County residents, radio is all they have." "The whole system is held together by “kite string and paper clips,” says Creative Director Karen Lehman. “When something horrific happens, it’s all hands on deck. Anybody that can get here safely gets here.” Frank Kulbertis, the station’s regional sales manager describes the studio as hot and smells smoky. “We’re running off a generator,” Kulbertis tells listeners.
This time, it’s personal says afternoon host Darren McCormick (R). “This is a nightmare,” he says, shaking his head. Looking ahead The wildfires are still nowhere near fully contained, but station owner Gordon Zlot says we need to think ahead to California’s next major disaster — like an earthquake. Last Wednesday morning, KZST’s generator failed and they scrambled to find another back-up power source — but they were only off-air for about an hour and a half before they were back in studio. PHOTO/Ninna Gaensler-Debs / KALW News.
GOLDSTEIN: Smart Speakers Are Hot But Most People Still Don't Have One Yet
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 16TH, 2017 –– In Amplifi Media's Steve Goldstein's latest 'Blogostein' he's pleased to see radio’s prompt interest in smart speakers. "Certainly, a large part of the interest is getting radios back into homes." he adds. Back in April, Amplifi Media, joined forces with Jacobs Media/Jacapps to create Sonic AI, a business that develops “skills” for smart speakers. Among a number of observations include:
Having the right invocation name is key – There is still great confusion among potential users in accessing stations by name, especially if the name is common such as Mix, Star, or Lite. We have seen a lot of stations make mistakes by developing non-intuitive invocations.
Although smart speakers are hot, almost 90% of people don’t have one yet – Education, teaching and familiarization are important. We council stations on exactly how to talk about smart speakers on the air and present on mobile and web. People are becoming more comfortable with voice command devices (Siri, Cortana, Google home etc), but there is still a learning curve.
The Amazon “dial” is more competitive than the local radio dial – We have conversations with stations assuming they will see an immediate “pop” with listening once their station's skill is up and running, but with 100,000 radio stations, 400,000 podcasts and 5 large streaming services, many stations have been disappointed that their station streams aren’t getting lots of traffic.
Goldstein says their learnings are rapid, but one thing THAT know for sure is that simply being “on” a smart speaker isn’t going to be enough for most radio stations and repurposing the stream merely places a station in a more crowded sea of choices than the local radio dial. READ COMPLETE BLOG HERE
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Steve Newberry Returning To NAB In Executive/VP Post
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 16TH, 2017 –– NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith announced that former NAB Joint Board Chairman Steve Newberry has joined the NAB as Executive Vice President for Strategic Planning/Special Projects. Newberry, 55, has been a Washington-based communications consultant since 2015. He served as chairman of NAB’s Joint Board of Directors from 2009 to 2011. He is the President and CEO of Glasgow, KY-based Commonwealth Broadcasting. “Steve Newberry is a broadcaster’s broadcaster, and he has been a remarkable advocate for our great business in his home state of Kentucky and in the halls of Congress,” said Smith. “For nearly 20 years, Steve has been at the center of most of the major policy discussions that impact free and local broadcasting, both as an owner and as an NAB Board member. He will be a tremendous asset to NAB and our member stations as a full-time NAB employee.”
The NAB is planning a move from its Dupont Circle location to the site shown in rendering above near The Washington National's stadium and easy access to Capitol Hill. The move is expected sometime in 2019.
BUSINESS: Adams Acquires Tallahassee Radio Cluster
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 16TH, 2017 - Adams Radio Group has closed on the acquisition of the Red Hills Broadcasting radio cluster inTallahassee, Florida . Bill Fanning of MVP Capital, LLC was the broker in the transaction. The acquisition includes:WHTF - FM, Havana, Florida; WWOF - FM, Tallahassee, Florida; WQTL - FM, Tallahassee, Florida and WANK – FM, Lafayette, Florida.
Ron Stone (R), President and CEO of Adams said " The entire Adams Radio family welcomes these amazing broadcasters in Tallahassee to Adams Radio Group ! Hank Kestenbaum and his team have over 20 years invested in Tallahassee radio and we look forward to being their partners for the next 20 years!” This is the fifth market for Adams Radio Group. Adams owns and operates clusters in Las Cruces, NM, Fort Wayne, IN , suburban Chicago ( Northwest Indiana ) and Salisbury - Ocean City, MD.
Frank Garcia Inks Longterm Extension With Entercom's WFNZ Charlotte
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 16TH, 2017 –– Entercom Charlotte announced a new multiyear partnership with Frank Garcia, host of “The Garcia and Bailey Show.” The show airs on WFNZ, 102.5 FM and 610 AM on weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. “Frank Garcia brings over 10 years of professional broadcast experience to WFNZ,” said Matt Hanlon, Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Charlotte. “He remains a valuable resource from his professional playing days and his overall knowledge of sports.
“I’m excited to continue my long lasting relationship with WFNZ and Entercom,” commented Garcia. “I really appreciate the loyalty, support and commitment I have received over the years and I look forward to continue working with this team that dominates sports talk in the midday here in Charlotte.” Garcia has been broadcasting his midday show on WFNZ since 2007. Prior to that, Garcia was a professional football player who started playing college ball for the Washington Huskies and was drafted into the NFL in 1995. He played the majority of his career for the Carolina Panthers followed by stints with the Arizona Cardinals and St. Louis Rams.
Former 'Price Is Right' Announcer Rich Fields Tapped For PM Drive At Q105 Tampa
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 16TH, 2017 –– Beasley has named Rich Fields as its new Afternoon Drive Host at Q105 in Tampa, Florida. Fields most recently served as a Meteorologist at KCBS-TV in Los Angeles. The broadcasting veteran has also worked at KCBS-FM (Los Angeles), WCOF (Tampa), KODJ (Los Angeles), WFJO (Tampa), KNX-FM (Los Angeles), WYUU (Tampa), WSUN (Tampa), K-EARTH 101 (Los Angeles) and WRBQ (Tampa). He eventually went on to become Bob Barker’s announcer on The Price Is Right in 2004. Fields was awarded “Best Announcer of the Year” by the Game Show Hall of Fame in 2009 for his work on TPIR, where he spent nearly a decade. In addition, Fields is the record holder for announcing the most network televised game shows in a single season (7 different shows total). Throughout his career, he has lent his voice to 9 different TV game shows including The Price is Right, Wheel Of Fortune, Family Feud, Press Your Luck, Let’s Make A Deal, Card Sharks, Match Game, Beat The Clock and the Florida Lottery’s Flamingo Fortune.
“I grew up listening to Q105,” said Fields. “It’s the radio station that inspired me to get into broadcasting. To be able to return home to where it all started for me is a blessing. I thank Beasley Media Group for their confidence in me and for the opportunity to liven up Tampa Bay radio.” With the move, Dave “Flash” Morgan will move to weeknights beginning on Monday, October 16th.
EVENT: Seattle's Wolf Sets Lineup For 7th Annual 'Hometown Holiday Concert'
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 16TH, 2017 –– Entercom Seattle's 100.7 The Wolf (KKWF-FM) announced the return of its annual end-of-year country music show, Hometown Holiday. This year event will star country music heavyweights Big & Rich, Dustin Lynch, Chris Janson, Michael Ray, Timinsky, and more at the ShoWare Center on Wednesday, December 13, 2017.
“The Entercom Seattle Hometown Holiday show is one of our favorite events of the year and we’re thrilled to have the participation of some of the most talented and fresh artists in the genre,” said Drew Bland, Program Director at 100.7 The Wolf. “We are very excited to share holiday cheer with our fans during this year’s stellar show.”
Brain Cancer Silences On-Air Host/Traffic Reporter Jason Christopher
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 16TH, 2017 –– Cancer has silenced iHeart Traffic-Arizona traffic reporter and on-air host Jason Christopher (shown above with family ) of Gilbert, AZ, reports Tempe Arizona's East Valley Tribune. 46-year-old Christopher has not been heard on the air since July 5, when he was diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer known as glioblastoma – the same type as recently diagonosed in Sen. John McCain.
Steve Harmon, Affiliate Relations for Sheet Happens Prep and former cohort of Christopher's while they together worked at KNIX/Phoenix said "This young man never showed anger even though he could toss you a mile like a rubber ball. He always had a kind smile and great handshake, His radio voice was strong and friendly, Jason helped make our pathways clearer and safer for years."
The family has set up an account on gofundme.com account in the name of Jason Christopher. “The biggest struggle with this type of cancer that he has is that he can’t work,” said Henderson. “He’s lost a tremendous amount of income.” The family is living off their savings and donations. If you'd like to hlp CLICK HERE
Sheeran In Bicycle Accident; Pink & Eminem Colaborate
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BUSINESS: Emmis Reports Growth In Q2 Following Sale Of KPWR-FM L.A.
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 13TH, 2017 –– Emmis Communications Corporation announced results for its second fiscal quarter ending August 31, 2017. Emmis' radio net revenues for the second fiscal quarter were $41.8 million, compared to $46.0 million in the prior year. Due to the sale of our Terre Haute radio stations in January 2017 and KPWR-FM in Los Angeles in August 2017, our reported results are not comparable year-over year. Pro forma for these station divestitures, radio revenues for our second fiscal quarter would have been up 2%. Emmis' New York, Austin and St. Louis clusters gained market share in the quarter. The sale of KPWR closed on August 1, 2017. Net proceeds of $73.6 million were used to reduce credit facility term loans outstanding by nearly one-half. The balance of term loans outstanding as of quarter-end was $74.4 million.
"There were bright spots this quarter, especially in New York, as our second quarter results were buoyed by record-setting ticket sales for Hot 97's marquee event, Summer Jam, and Hot 97 has been the #1 rated station in the 18-34 demo for each of the last three months," said Jeff Smulyan, CEO & Chairman of the Board of Emmis. "Rapid progress continues on multiple fronts with NextRadio. Streaming versions for Android and Apple devices launched in July, making the NextRadio app available on every smartphone," Smulyan continued. "Usage has jumped sharply following this product enhancement. In August, NextRadio announced an agreement with LG for FM-enablement across North and South America. Look for other major announcements on this front in the coming months. " READ SMULYAN'S EARNINGS CALL COMMENTS HERE
SYNDICATION: Rickey Smiley Inks Extension With Reach Media
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 13TH, 2017 –– Reach Media announced it has extended The Rickey Smiley Morning Show in a multi-year agreement with the broadcast and digital company. As one of the leading programs in the industry, the Rickey Smiley Morning Show has over 65 affiliates. “You know we keep it real every morning,” Smiley said. “So, get ready everybody, I’m going to continue keeping it live with the rest of my crew. Thanks to Reach Media, Radio One and to all my listeners and followers for letting me be a part of your morning routine.”
Urban One’s CEO of Radio One Stations and Reach Media, David Kantor added, “We are delighted to extend our relationship with Rickey Smiley. He has established himself as a leader and entertaining communicator in his 10 years of syndication. He continues to grow in audience, followers, affiliates, but most importantly, with an affinity with his listeners that's unparalleled.” Recently, the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) recognized Smiley’s broadcast excellence and awarded him the 2017 Marconi Award for Network/Syndicated Personality of the Year. Smiley most recently authored his debut book, “Stand By Your Truth...And Then Run For Your Life!” due to be released October 24, 2017 - ORDER HERE
WWO & Cumulus Are Official Radio Partners For 2017 American Music Awards In L.A.
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 13TH, 2017 ––Westwood One and Cumulus Media are the official national radio partners for the 2017 American Music Awards and will offer a comprehensive array of special programming and exclusive content to celebrate the world’s biggest fan-voted award show. WWO will welcome more than 25 local stations and national programs to its Westwood One Backstage at the AMAs, which takes place during rehearsals and event night for the 2017 American Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
Westwood One, through its partnership with the American Music Awards and dick clark productions will also create exclusive AMA branded long-form and short-form content leading up to and following the awards, including format specific versions: Hot AC, AC and Top 40 stations hosted by Jayde Donovan (TL) from WPLJ-FM/New York. Urban/Urban AC version hosted by La Loca (TC) from WNBM-FM/New York and Kenny Smoov (TR) from WQQK-FM/Nashville.
Westwood One Backstage Radio Row Remote is on Friday, November 17 and Saturday, November 18, 12-4 pm PT including its Red Carpet Broadcast Companion/Wrap Up Show- airing Sunday, November 19. · Hot AC/AC format hosted by Adam Bomb (BC) and The Bert Show’s Kristin Klingshirn (BL), Top 40 hosted by Zach Sang Show (BR), and Urban/Urban AC hosted by La Loca and Kenny Smoov FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Neal Bird at firstname.lastname@example.org or (310) 840-4207. The 2017 American Music Awards will broadcast live from LA’s Microsoft Theater on Sunday, November 19, 2017, 8:00 – 11:00 pm ET, on ABC.
Nikki Sixx To End Radio Show In December
Partners With Broadway Producer Michael Cohl For Adaptation Of His Bestseller 'The Heroin Diaries'
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 13TH, 2017 –– Nikki Sixx has announced plans to step down as host of and end his nationally-syndicated Premiere Networks / iHeartRadio rock radio programs, Sixx Sense with Nikki Sixx, The Side Show Countdown with Nikki Sixx and The Side Show Classic with Nikki Sixx at the end of this year. His final broadcast will be December 31, 2017. Launched at the beginning of 2010, his flagship radio program Sixx Sense quickly became the biggest syndicated rock show in America, distributed to more than 130 stations nationwide and boasting nearly 3 Million global weekly listeners.
Julie Talbott, President of Premiere Networks, stated: “When we first partnered with Nikki in 2010, we set out to create a unique program from the perspective of true rock star, and that’s exactly what we did. We’re proud of the work we did together to make Sixx Sense one of the most-widely-syndicated Rock radio programs in the country, while establishing the ultimate platforms for rock music fans, as well as new and established artists. It’s been a pleasure working with Nikki, and we wish him all the best.”
“I grew up discovering music on the radio,” explains Nikki Sixx.”So to host my own show over the nearly eight years of Sixx Sense was beyond my wildest dreams." Sixx is stepping down from his hosting duties to focus on myriad new endeavors in 2018 including his blossoming photography career, television endeavors and the Broadway adaptation of his New York Times Bestselling Memoir The Heroin Diaries: A Year In The Life of a Shattered Rockstar. Sixx Sense celebrated its seven-year anniversary in February 2017. The final show will be December 31st 2017.
The Rendezvous With Simon & Anji Adds Nine Affiliates
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 13TH, 2017 –– Premiere Networks announced that The Rendezvous with Simon and Angi has added the following stations to its growing affiliate roster: WNIC-FM in Detroit, Mich.; WRSW-FM in Grand Rapids, Mich.; WRVF-FM in Toledo, Ohio; KMXP-FM in Phoenix, Ariz.; KMIY-FM in Tucson, Ariz.; WRVE-FM in Albany, N.Y.; KVUU-FM in Colorado Springs, Colo.; KZBB-FM in Fort Smith, Ark.; and KJMY-FM in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Hosted by French romantic Simon Marcel and Chicago radio personality Angi Taylor, The Rendezvous is a nightly radio experience filled with insightful love and relationship advice, coupled with radio station music playlists. Nationally syndicated by Premiere Networks on nearly 30 stations nationwide, the two-hour program is available weeknights between 7 p.m. and midnight, and can also be heard on iHeartRadio. Stations interested in The Rendezvous should contact Premiere Networks at 818-377-5300 or visit www.PremiereNetworks.com for more information.
Eric Davis Expands Role At ESPN LA
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 13TH, 2017 –– Former NFL cornerback Eric Davis is expanding his role on ESPNLA 710AM to include a position with Marcellus Wiley and Kelvin Washington starting this week. The newly renamed Afternoons with Marcellus, Kelvin and Eric will air weekdays from 3 – 7 p.m. PT.
In addition to his Afternoons with Marcellus, Kelvin and Eric role, Davis will continue as co-host alongside Travis Rodgers and Kirk Morrison of the pre- and post-game surrounding Los Angeles Rams broadcasts. Davis Bio Davis played 13 years in the NFL, drafted by the San Francisco 49ers out of Jacksonville State in 1990. He played for San Francisco, Carolina, Denver and finished his career in 2002 with Detroit. He is the all-time leader in consecutive NFL playoff games—five—with at least one interception. Davis is the former co-host of The Drive with Tierney and Davis on 95.7 The Game in San Francisco. From 2012-2013, Davis co-hosted NFL AM—a weekday morning show on NFL Network-- and he currently works for FS1.
Northern California Wildfires Hit Close To Home For Premiere's Lisa Mulcahy
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 13TH, 2017 –– As the deadly fires continue to rage in northern California, we've kept in close touch with our longtime friend and former co-worker, Lisa Mulcahy, (inset), Director of Client Services Bitboard and Audioclipboard/Premiere Networks. What many may not know is that in addition to her daily work with Premiere, her and her husband Chris are also owners of The Sapphire Hill Winery located just north of Santa Rosa, CA. sight of to some of the worst wildfires.
Lisa tells Jockline, "After being told to evacuate, we are now safely in the east bay, staying with some of our former neighbors from Houston. They welcomed the us, the 3 cats and dog." Lisa add, "The situation is VERY fluid. The wind. We've been told Healdsburg (home to Saffire Hill's tasting room) should be ready to evacuate ... Santa Rosa is the big town where we can go to Target and Costco! Our home is about 20 north of there.... We live in the hills above Asti..between Geyserville (pocket fire) and Cloverdale. Current top part of the Pocket fire is 3 miles from our house at top of mountain (as of last night). SEND LISA YOUR BEST AT email@example.com
Top Exec's Gather In Palm Desert For Inc 5,000 Confab
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 13TH, 2017 – Benztown's co-founders, President Dave "Chachi" Denes and Chief Executive Officer, Andreas Sannemann (L), were among the many top executives who attended the annual conference held in Palm Desert, CA. Benztown, an Inc. 5000 Honor Roll member, was named by Inc. magazine this summer as one of America's Fastest-Growing Private Companies for the fifth consecutive year.
The Inc. 5000 is an exclusive annual ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in the United States, ranked according to percentage revenue growth rate over a three-year period. Companies must have generated at least $100,000 in revenue in 2013 and at least $2 million in 2016 to qualify for the listing. The conference was held at theW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa.
SNAPS: Foo Fighters Perform In D.C. At iHeart Radio's 'Foo Fanthem' Show
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 13TH, 2017 –– On Wednesday, the Foo Fighters performed during the "iHeartRadio Foo FAnthem Show” at DC’s newest venue, The Anthem. The event which celebrated Foo Fighters #1 album Concrete and Gold broadcasted live across iHeartRadio’s Active Rock, Mainstream Rock and Alternative stations nationwide. While the venue doesn't actually open until this evening, October 12, with a sold-out Foo Fighters show -- iHeartRadio and DC101 hosted a special experience for fans in advance. PHOTO/Katherine Tyler - iHeart
2017 AMA Nominations; Weinstein Heads To Rehab
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NIELSEN: News/Talk Radio Listening Spiked During September Hurricanes
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 12TH, 2017 –– Listening trends in Texas, Florida and around the continental U.S. during September's hurricanes reveals a huge spike for New/Talk Station reports Nielsen’s portable people meter survey—which stretched from Aug. 17 until Sept. 13 and tracked listener preference in the top 48 radio markets in America. It reveals a distinct spike in listening to News/Talk stations during this period, as weather dominated the busy news cycle. It’s not unusual to see spikes in News/Talk listening in the fall. In addition to being ripe for worsening weather, News/Talk radio audiences always grow in the lead up to U.S. presidential elections, as we’ve seen in recent cycles. In fact, the share of audience for News/Talk stations (both commercial and non-commercial) during the recent survey was the format’s highest since 2012 during the lead-up to that U.S. presidential election.
As Nielsen have detailed throughout this year, in addition to the weather, the format has seen a significant boost in audience from the intense interest in our current administration - The Trump Bump.
This month, Hurricanes Harvey and Irma arrived during the September survey: Harvey made landfall in Texas on Aug. 25 and 26 during the second week of the survey, directly or indirectly affecting four of Nielsen’s PPM markets in the state (Houston, Austin, San Antonio and Dallas). Irma followed just two weeks later with landfall in Florida on Sept. 10 before moving on to affect five different markets in the sunshine state (Miami, West Palm Beach, Tampa, Orlando and Jacksonville). While each storm was unique, Nielsen saw a common thread across all of the affected markets—audience tune-in to local news radio stations surged during the week each hurricane arrived. Regardless of evacuations, flooding, power outages or disruption from the storms, the reach of local news radio stations spiked the week that each storm made landfall. The graphics at right combine all of the news-formatted radio stations (All News, News/Talk and Spanish News/Talk, both commercial and non-commercial) in each market and compare the specific hurricane week to the four weeks prior.
BUSINESS: iHM Prevails In Court Ruling
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 12TH, 2017 –– San Antonio’s Fourth Court of Appeals upheld a court ruling on Wednesday in favor of iHeartMedia Inc. (iHM) after its debtholders tried to push the company into bankruptcy, reports mysanantonio.com. The court affirmed the ruling by District Judge Cathleen Stryker that blocked debtholders from filing default notices against iHM. In December 2015, iHM made an intercompany transfer of $516 million worth of stock in its billboard unit, Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings Inc., to another unit. In March 2016, iHeartMedia filed a lawsuit seeking to stop a group of debtholders from issuing default notices. The debtholders said the transfer violated contract terms of the debt because the transfer did not meet a profit-seeking requirement.
“After reviewing the four corners in the indentures, we conclude that the pertinent language in the indentures is not ambiguous,” the appellate judges wrote in the court’s opinion, adding that seeking a profit was not required for a transfer of assets. PHOTO/Kristoffer Tripplaar - Alamy
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Tech Business Veteran Lisa Pike Joins TagStation
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 12TH, 2017 –– Lisa Pike has joined TagStation, LLC as Senior Vice President for Revenue Development. “We are ecstatic to have someone with Lisa’s background and successes join our team,” said Paul Brenner, President of TagStation/ NextRadio. “All of the investment we have put into building up NextRadio, our mobile app, and TagStation, our broadcaster network, have revealed that the market sees our media-centric data attribution capabilities as the highest asset value. I expect that Lisa will immediately bring new perspective and energy to highly impact our data monetization strategy and industry elevating revenue.”
Prior to joining TagStation, Pike worked at Canonical as director of business development for Cloud Channels. Prior to Canonical, she worked for IBM for 13 years in various roles. She begins her new role October 17.
iHeart Philly And Children's Hospital Launch Breakthrough Radio
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 12TH, 2017 –– iHeartMedia Philadelphia and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), the nation's first hospital devoted exclusively to the care of children, announced the launch of Breakthrough Radio on iHeartRadio. Dedicated to kids and their families, Breakthrough Radio will promote a healthy lifestyle. Breakthrough Radio features health tips for everyday life as well as interviews with doctors, patients and members of the CHOP staff.
Breakthrough Radio is hosted by voices familiar to Philadelphia; Loraine Ballard Morrill (R), Director of News and Community Affairs for iHeartMedia Philadelphia and Michael Tozzi (FR), Program Director for Smooth Jazz WJJZ. “Breakthrough Radio is sure to make you smile and put you in a good mood,” said Brian Check, Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Philadelphia. “We play fun music from many decades, from Motown, the ‘70s, and ‘80s, to today’s pop artists that families love.”
FORMATICS: iHeart Debuts Hot 95.7 Cedar Rapids
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 12TH, 2017 –– iHeartMedia Cedar Rapids debuted the new HOT 95.7. Leading off the line-up is Elvis Duran and the Morning Show” 5 a.m. – 9 a.m. “On Air with Ryan Seacrest” 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Sean Strife 2 p.m. – 7 p.m. “Brady At Night” 7 p.m. – 12 a.m.
The lineup for the new HOT 95.7 showcases the world class talent that makes its home on iHeartRadio,” said Sean Strife, Program Director for HOT 95.7. “We’re excited for our listeners to see that we are still their home for the biggest hits, the biggest stars and exclusive access to the greatest music events in the world.”
PRODUCTS: Comrex's Opal Is Now Shipping
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 12TH, 2017 – Opal, an IP audio gateway, is now shipping. Interested customers can place orders through licensed Comrex dealers.
Introduced at NAB 2017, Opal makes it easy for hosts to coordinate call-ins with guests who have no technical experience. Opal provides near-studio quality audio with consumer grade equipment.
Guests can connect instantly by clicking a link. Opal makes it possible to do long interview segments in HD voice quality, without requiring guests to install apps or fiddle with settings. WATCH DEMO HERE
Big Changes In Australia; Station Blamed For Road Crash In The UK
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 12TH, 2017 –– Australian Radio Network has revealed its most significant talent shake-up since the arrival of Kyle & Jackie O in 2014. ARN has confirmed that Hughesy & Kate and Matt & Meshel will depart the network this year as ARN confirms the arrival of a new national drive and Melbourne breakfast show for 2018. Hughesy & Kate began on-air at KIIS FM in 2015 and will not be returning next year. Hughes and Langbroek are the likely heir to the Hit Network drive throne, set to replace Hamish & Andy at the end of the year.
Rising Stars Will & Woody Confirmed As New Drive Show For KIIS Network - The funny pair (shown) will leave behind current co-host Heidi Anderson as the lads relocate from Hit92.9 Perth to KIIS 101.1 Melbourne from where they will deliver their national drive show. Matt Tilley and Meshel Laurie will shortly sign-off on their final breakfast show on KIIS 101.1.
Radio Station Blamed For Road Crash In The UK - A church organist swerved across a road and ploughed into a traffic sign after falling asleep has blamed Britain’s classical music station, Classic FM for the crash. Rosemary Bryant was driving home from a five-mile stroll around Derwentwater, in the Lake District, when she switched over to the classical musical station. The mother-of-four, 55, has had her hopes of becoming a church deacon ended after admitting dangerous driving at Carlisle Crown Court. She was handed 80 hours' unpaid work, a year-long driving ban and must take an extended driving test.
Jase & PJ May Be Leaving New Zealand But They’re Staying at ZM - ZM’s Kiwi Drive stars Jason 'Jase' Hawkins and Polly 'PJ' Harding are heading to Melbourne Australia to do Breakfast at KIIS 101.1. BUT, they’ll still be doing their regular Drive shift in New Zealand from studios in Melbourne as well. Currently they’re on-air from 3pm - 7pm on ZM. And if they do another three hours on Breakfast for KIIS, they’ll be on air for seven hours a day. Double that and more if you include show prep, production, social, promotions and voiceovers. Assuming they wake up at 4 am to start work at 6 and finish Breakfast at 9 am in Melbourne, it’s already 11 am in Auckland which means that they’ll have a four hour break til they’re on air again at 1 pm Melbourne time or 3 pm Auckland time. And they won’t finish for another four hours which is 5 pm in Sydney and 7 pm in Auckland. Whichever way you cut it, it’s a minimum 13 hour day, provided they can fit all the show prep and off-air commitments in between on-air shifts.
Want to connect with Graham? Reach him at +44 7752 416905. Twitter: @GrahamMack Web: www.mackmedia.co.uk Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
[WATCH] Remembering Chris Conner
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 12TH, 2017 –– Following yesterday's story on the passing of longtime KUZZ/Bakersfield host Chris Conner who died at the age of 70, Jockline received this photo and note from from our good friend, radio's Shotgun Tom who tells us he and Chris (shown right) once worked together at The Big 55 KAFY.
"I think Chris is one of the best Country Jocks ever," said Tom. "I will miss him. Radio people who would like to see just how good Chris was on the air can watch this aircheck video HERE
Prince Harry & Meghan Markle To Announce Soon
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BUSINESS: 11 CBS, 5 Entercom Stations Proposed For Spin-Off Ahead Of Merger
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 11TH, 2017 –– In a memo to CBS Radio employees, CEO Andre Fernandez (BR) unveiled 16 stations that will likely be moved in order for the CBS/Entercom merger to satisfy ownership limits. While divestiture of these stations still requires regulatory approval, stations proposed to be divested include 11 CBS and 5 Entercom stations. For CBS, they includes KMVQ-FM/San Francisco WBZ-AM & FM, WZLX-FM/Boston, KFNQ-AM, KJAQ-FM, KZOK-FM/Seattle - KHTK-AM, KNCI-FM, KYMX-FM and KZZO-FM/Sacramento. For Entercom: KBLX-FM, KOIT-FM/San Francisco - KUFX-FM/San Jose, WKAF-FM and WRKO-AM/Boston. Tongues are already wagging in Boston as to which company will scoop up the highly successful WBZ-AM & FM, with the latter, 98.5 The Sports Hub, home to the top-rated Toucher & Rich Show. Considering the many possibilities, The Boston Herald adds, "It could leave the entire local radio landscape unrecognizable."
Last month, Entercom announced the sale of KSWD-FM 100.3 The Sound, Los Angeles, KSOQ-FM 92.1 in San Diego and WGGI-FM 95.9 in Wilkes-Barre to Rocklin-based EMF. That transaction marked the first required divestitures related to Entercom’s pending merger with CBS Radio. David Field (L), President and Chief Executive Officer, Entercom said then, “We have made great progress towards the completion of our merger with CBS Radio and this agreement with EMF brings us one step closer to the finish line,” “We remain on track to close the CBS Radio transaction later this year and confident in the value-creating opportunities presented by this transformational combination.”
Delilah Reveals Details Of Son’s Suicide Note
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 11TH, 2017 –– Delilah, host of the Premiere Syndicated Delilah Show, opened up to People Magazine about her 18-year-old son Zachariah, who took his own life on Oct. 3. She called him her "wild child" who had recently struggled with depression. "His goodbye note did not mention sadness, anger, angst or depression, just a pressing madness about feeling like this world was not his home," Delilah said. She did not reveal the manner in which Zack took his own life, but instead focused on his compassionate personality.
"He was a faithful friend to the outcast and the troubled. Dozens of his friends have written to me and told me he was like a counselor to them," she shared. The host also shared that a parent came forward and told her that her son "saved her daughter's life when she was battling depression and anorexia, insisting the girl tell her folks and going with her to do that." Delilah said that Zachariah, who had been involved in a car accident in December 2016 and later fell behind in school, "When he found out he wouldn't graduate, he spiraled into depression, and was honest about it."
For the time being, Delilah is taking a leave of absence from her syndicated show. Zack was one of Delilah's 13 children — 10 of whom are adopted. READ STORY HERE - PHOTO/Facebook
[LISTEN] Keith Urban Congratulates 2017 CMA Broadcast Awards Winners
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 11TH, 2017 –– As a trade organization we strive to celebrate every aspect of the industry that contributes to the success of the genre,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “Country radio plays a crucial role in Country Music and I would like to congratulate these deserving winners on a successful year.”
This year's winners of the 2017 CMA Broadcast Awards are: 2017 CMA Broadcast Personality of the Year Winners National – “The Bobby Bones Show” (Bobby Bones, Amy Brown, “Lunchbox” Dan Chappell, and Eddie Garcia)
--iHeartMedia Major Market – “Mike & Amy” (Mike Chase and Amy Faust) – KWJJ, Portland, Ore.
Large Market – “Amanda and Jesse” (Amanda Valentine and Jesse Tack) – WUBE, Cincinnati, Ohio
Medium Market – “Cash and Bradley” (Natalie Cash and Matt Bradley) – KWEN, Tulsa, Okla.
Small Market – “Officer Don and DeAnn” (Don Evans and DeAnn Stephens) – WBUL, Lexington-Fayette, Ky.
2017 CMA Radio Station of the Year Winners Major Market – WIL – St. Louis, Mo. Large Market – WQDR – Raleigh-Durham, N.C. Medium Market – WIVK – Knoxville, Tenn. Small Market – WYCT – Pensacola, Fla. The categories are established by market size based on population as ranked by Arbitron. Entries for Broadcast Personality of the Year are judged on aircheck, ratings, community involvement, and biographical information. Candidates for Station of the Year are judged on aircheck, ratings, community involvement, and format leadership.
Winners will be recognized at “The 51st Annual CMA Awards” on Wednesday, Nov. 8 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) and broadcast live on the ABC Television Network from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood return to host “Country Music’s Biggest Night.™”
LISTEN HERE as Keith Urban surprises “The Bobby Bones Show” with the news of their win.
PROGRAMMING: Cumulus Inks Scott Jameson To Multi-Year Extension
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 11TH, 2017 –– Cumulus Media has re-signed programming veteran Scott Jameson to a multi-year agreement with the company. Jameson is currently Vice President of Classic Rock for Cumulus, and serves as Operations Manager/Program Director of Classic Rock station KQRS in Minneapolis, MN, and Operations Manager of Active Rock station KXXR/93X and Classic Hip Hop trimulcast, WGVX-WRXP-WWWM/105 The Vibe. Before joining Cumulus in December 2012, Jameson worked for CBS Radio as Corporate Vice President of Adult Rock Programming, Program Director of Triple A station WZGC (92.9 Dave FM) in Atlanta and Executive Producer of the Atlanta Falcons Radio Network. Prior to that, he spent 15 years with Clear Channel-Indianapolis as Director of FM Programming for Classic Rock WFBQ and Alternative WRZX.
Mike McVay, Executive Vice President, Content & Programming, Cumulus Media and Westwood One, said: “We are blessed to have programmers with the talent and programming experience the level of Scott Jameson. This renewal and extension is a huge vote of confidence in Scott.” Jameson said: “I have a great job in a city I love, a wonderful family and a dream team staff at KQRS who impress and inspire me daily. I’m a very lucky guy. Thanks to all who have helped me along the way. Special thanks to Mike McVay for his motivational leadership.”
ON-AIR: Brian Whitman Re-Ups With 870 The Answer Los Angeles
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 11TH, 2017 ––Salem Media Group announced that AM 870 The Answer Morning co-host Brian Whitman has signed a contract extension to remain co-hosting of the morning show in Los Angeles. Brian first joined Salem in April of 2012, after previous stints with KABC, and KLSX in Los Angeles and WABC in New York. Earlier this year, Brian was joined by Jennifer Horn (TR) as co-host of The Morning Answer. The two now broadcast weekday mornings, 6-9am on KRLA, and also on Salem's AM 590 The Answer in Riverside-San Bernardino.
"Brian first worked for me at WABC in New York, and has proven to be one of the most talented morning hosts in the country," said Salem Senior VP of Spoken Word Formats Phil Boyce. "For six years now Brian has been the anchor of our morning show in LA, and we call him the glue because he holds everything together so well. His comedic impressions of top newsmakers helps the show stay entertaining even in the middle of breaking news," added Boyce. "I'm thrilled to sign this new deal with Salem, a unique and special broadcast company," said Whitman. "Our new agreement will keep me on my beloved 'Morning Answer' for years to come. Our show is an ensemble and it wouldn't be the same without my talented co-host and dear friend Jennifer Horn," added Whitman.
NAB Giving 10,000 Radios To Puerto Rico
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 11TH, 2017 –– The National Association of Broadcasters announced it will be sending 10,000 battery-operated radios to Puerto Rico for distribution to residents affected by Hurricane Maria. The NAB, National Alliance of State Broadcasters Associations and numerous U.S. broadcasters are funding the initiative. NAB is working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and local Puerto Rican authorities to ensure that the radios are properly distributed to those most in need. Sens. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Rep. Darren Soto (D-Fla.) were instrumental in coordinating this effort.
“Time and again, broadcast radio has served as a lifeline to communities desperate for information and support,” said NAB President/CEO Gordon Smith. “Our fellow Americans in the Caribbean now face a once-in-a-generation humanitarian crisis, and radio is one of the only communications resources available. We admire the resolve of our friends in Puerto Rico and are proud to undertake this effort with help from FEMA to keep citizens safe and informed.” “We can’t thank NAB, NASBA and our radio brothers and sisters on the U.S. mainland enough for this initiative,” said Puerto Rico Broadcasters Association Executive Director Jose Ribas Dominicci.
EVENTS: iHeart Jingle Balls All The Way
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 11TH, 2017 –– Our inbox lit up like a Christmas tree yesterday with all the announcements of this year's iHeartMedia Jingle Balls. The iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2017 Tour Presented by Capital One will stop in Dallas; San Francisco/San Jose; Los Angeles; Minneapolis/St. Paul; Philadelphia; New York; Boston; Washington, D.C.; Chicago; Atlanta; Tampa and Miami/Ft. Lauderdale.
“The iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour has become a staple of the holiday season and one of the year’s most anticipated events, with performances from today’s most influential artists,” said Tom Poleman, Chief Programming Officer for iHeartMedia. “With this year’s lineup, the holiday concert event will once again bring the joy of the season to fans nationwide. Can’t imagine a better way to end the year!” Each year, iHeartMedia stations across the country host Jingle Ball concerts in local cities that feature performances by the year’s most iconic recording artists as well as emerging talent. KIIS-FM Jingle Ball in Los Angeles on Friday, December 1 will be carried live on over 100 iHeartRadio CHR stations and as a live video stream on CWTV.com and The CW app beginning at 7:30 p.m. PST across all time zones. The event will also be featured as an exclusive nationwide broadcast television special on The CW Network on Thursday, December 14, at 8 p.m. EST/PST. Among this years perfomances include Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, The Chainsmokers, Sam Smith, Demi Lovato, Logic, Kesha, Niall Horan, Halsey, Charlie Puth, Liam Payne and Nick Jonasid.
Nash Next 2017 Event Announces Finalists
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 11TH, 2017 –– 10 finalists were selected by a panel of Country radio professionals and will be judged in the finale by Country music luminaries and industry professionals, including Kix Brooks, half of Grammy-winning duo Brooks & Dunn, and host of Westwood One's American Country Countdown and Scott Borchetta, founder, president and CEO of Big Machine Label Group.
Additional judges will be announced in the coming weeks. The winner will receive a record deal with NASH Next Records under the Big Machine Label Group. The NASH Next 2017 winner will receive substantial exposure, commensurate with a major label release, on Cumulus radio stations nationwide. While television boasts several talent competitions, no other contest -- on any platform -- has ever offered its winners a similar opportunity for coveted radio play, which is the most effective medium to cultivate an artist and propel a major music career.
94.5 KTI Milwaukee On The Hunt For Next Country Morning Star
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 11TH, 2017 –– Scripps's 94.5 KTI Milwaukee has launched a nationwide search for a superstar Country morning show host. The station’s aggressive growth has created the opportunity to enhance its commitment to live and local radio. Most recently, the station added Milwaukee icon and Country Radio Hall of Fame Host Karen Dalessandro to Afternoon Drive.
During the search, morning drive will be hosted by local Milwaukee veteran Carol Vonn. The new show will replace morning host Jake Kelly who has exited the station. Kelly joined the station in November 2015.
CONDOLENCES: Longtime Providence Host Jimmy Gray And KUZZ Bakersfield's Chris Conner Pass Away
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 11TH, 2017 –– Jimmy Gray, an on-air personality for many years for WPRO-AM and FM, 92 PRO FM, WCTK, Cat Country, WEBE 108 and WHJJ has passed away. According to the Providence Journal, he was inducted into the Rhode Island Radio Hall of Fame in 2009. Gray leaves behind two daughters, Katie Hargraves of New Hampshire, and Kara Hargraves, of East Providence, two grandchildren and many aunts, uncles and cousins. His funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in the Perry-McStay Funeral Home in East Providence.
-- Longtime KUZZ/Bakersfield host Chris Conner has died at the age of 70. Conner, a San Mateo native, worked for Buck Owens Productions, the station's parent company, for 40 years. According to bakersfield.com he moved to Bakersfield in 1971 after serving for several years with the U.S. Army in South Korea. He initially worked at KAFY, a rock station, before joining the Owens-owned country station, KUZZ in 1977. Conner was nominated as Billboard radio personality of the year in 1989. In a Facebook post, KUZZ's Suzanne Grant said Conner passed suddenly "after taking ill a week ago. Conner had just been released from the hospital after being treated for an undisclosed illness." Conner would have turned 71 on Nov. 4.
Harvey Weinstein Caught On Secret Recording
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Jemele Hill Suspended by ESPN Over Social Media Violation
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 10, 2-17 –– Jemele Hill has been suspended for two weeks for a second violation of its social media guidelines,” ESPN wrote in a statement Monday. According to Variety, she previously acknowledged letting her colleagues and company down with an impulsive tweet. In the aftermath, all employees were reminded of how individual tweets may reflect negatively on ESPN and that such actions would have consequences. Hence this decision.”
Hill’s suspension comes following tweets she made suggesting football fans pressure NFL advertisers in response to mandates from the owners of the Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins that players stand during the playing of the national anthem. On Sunday, Hill wrote, “If you strongly reject what Jerry Jones said, the key is his advertisers. Don’t place the burden squarely on the players.” Hill tweeted again Monday saying that she was not calling for an advertiser boycott, but did not clarify what fan-advertiser interaction she was suggesting. “Just so we’re clear: I’m not advocating a NFL boycott.
The suspension comes one month after Hill called President Donald Trump a white supremacist. Following the tweet, ESPN president John Skipper (TR) sent a memo to staff saying “In light of recent events, we need to remind ourselves that we are a journalistic organization and that we should not do anything that undermines that position.” PHOTO/ESPN
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Bobbie Loesch Named SVP Sales For iHeart Pittsburgh WW. Region
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 10TH, 2017 –– iHeartMedia announced today that Bobbie Loesch has been named Regional Senior Vice President of Sales for its Pittsburgh / West Virginia Region, effective October 16. Loesch joined the Pittsburgh Market in 2004 and most recently served as the General Sales Manager of both 102.5 WDVE and BIG 104.7. She also worked as the region’s Director of Digital, National Sales Manager and Director of New Business for iHeartMedia Pittsburgh, as well as Local Sales Manager and Account Executive for 96.1 KISS. She began her career as an Account Executive for Townsquare Media.
"I’ve worked with the iHeartMedia Pittsburgh team for over a decade, so I’m excited to lead such a talented group,” said Loesch. “It’s great that we’re such a tight knit team and that we’re all passionate about helping our partners succeed.” iHeartMedia is the leading media outlet in the Pittsburgh / West Virginia Region with multiple platforms, including its broadcast stations; live events; data; and its digital businesses and platforms, including mobile, social and its own iHeartRadio, the leading all-in-one streaming music and live radio service – with more than 1.4 billion app downloads and 100 million registered users.
PROGRAMMING: Moves For iHeart In Allentown, Harrisburg PA And Wilmington, DE
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 10TH, 2017 –– Derrick "DC" Cole has been named Program Director for iHeart CHR WAEB-FM/B104 and Rock WZZO-FM/95.1 ZZO and Country WRBT-FM/Bob FM 94.9. Harrisburg promotes APD/MD and morning co-host Newman to Program Director (shown with co-host Nancy of Nancy and Newman Show). He succeeds Jeff Hurley, who remains Regional SVPP for the Allentown-Harrisburg, PA, region.
Over in Delaware, iHeart's Adult Hits WRDX-FM/92.9 Tom FM/Dover, DE, Program Director Kathryn Alt adds programming duties for Country WDSD-FM (94.7)/Wilmington, DE. In addition, Dave Hovel has been appointed SVPP for iHeartMedia/Wilmington, DE. He'll continue in his role as Senior VP/Programming for iHM's cluster in Salisbury, MD.
Beasley Welcomes Cameron Moore to Middays at KISS 95.1 Charlotte
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 10TH, 2017 -- Beasley Charlotte has named Cameron Moore as its new midday host from 10am-3pm on KISS 95.1. She will officially begin her new position on Monday, October 16th, 2017. Born and raised in Winston-Salem, NC, Moore most recently worked at Midwest Family Broadcasting’s Top 40 and Country stations in Springfield, MO. “It’s an honor to be a part of the KISS 95.1 team,” said Moore. “I look forward to playing all of the hottest hit music and getting out on the streets to meet all of the KISS loyal listeners!”
“We are absolutely delighted to welcome Cameron to Beasley’s Charlotte team,” said Operations Manager/Program Director for KISS 95.1 and K 104.7 John Reynolds. “Cameron’s expanded experience in every aspect of radio programming will help KISS continue the solid growth we have been having all year! Cameron is a great example of our goal to mentor and groom excellent talent within our company.”
Heidi West Joins The Mix Group's Talent Roster
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 10TH, 2017 –– Promo voice of SiriusXM's 90s on 9 and midday host on Wild Country, WVNV/Malone, NY, Heidi West reached out to Jockline saying, 'I have great news.' I'm happy to announce that I am now represented by the The Mix Talent Management!' Heidi works from her home studio, in Massachusetts along side her husband , longtime Sirius XM voice Jaybeau Jones.
Her demo features many format styles and, as her bio states, she can also be heard as the female promo voice to thousands on radio outlets in Boston, Providence, Connecticut and Worcester, Massachusetts. Outside of broadcast radio, Heidi’s bright and smooth commercial read was heard across the country in BJ’s stores as the in store messaging voice, and currently as a voice for Savers stores. EMAIL HEIDI HERE
'American Bandstand' Turns 60 This Week
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 10TH, 2017 –– 'We're Goin' Hoppin' once again this week in Atlantic City in celebration of the show that brought pop music to TV and kids to the dance floor, the beloved American Bandstand with host Dick Clark, turns 60 this Thursday, Oct. 12th. For the occasion, WVLT/Atlantic City's Jerry Blavat, aka The 'Geator with the Heator (L)', is hosting a dance party at The Golden Nugget in Atlantic City where he'll be joined by one of its original dancers, the “Regulars,” along with Arlene Sullivan (circled in red) of Ventnor, who will be in attendance with her book she co-authored titled “Bandstand Diaries," which cover the Philadelphia Years (1956 to 1963).
According to The Atlantic Weekly, Sullivan will be there to sign copies of the book and attendees can order copies at the event. Golden Nugget Atlantic City. For more information, visit BandstandDiaries.com.
EVENTS: Pittsburgh’s 102.5 WDVE Raises Over $814,000 For Children's Hospital
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 10TH, 2017 –– During its 10th annual DVE Rocks for Children’s Radiothon to benefit Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation, WDVE raised over $814,000. For the past 10 years, DVE Rocks for Children’s Radiothon has raised nearly $5 million to benefit Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, leading provider of pediatric care in the Pittsburgh community. The DVE Rocks for Children’s Radiothon took place Thursday and Friday, September 28 and 29, 2107 from 6am to 7pm. 102.5
WDVE Rocks’ on-air personalities Randy Baumann, Bill Crawford, Val Porter, and Mike Prisuta from the 'DVE Morning Show, as well as Michele Michaels and Sean McDowell shared stories from patients, families, and staff live from Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh during the two-day radiothon. Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, comedian Billy Gardell, and WWE chief brand officer, Stephanie McMahon, all made donations by phone. To amplify 102.5 WDVE Rocks’s fundraising efforts, iHeartMedia Pittsburgh’s radio stations Big 104.7, 3WS Radio, 96.1 KISS, and 105.9 The X hosted promotional donor hours.
Tom Joyner's Relief Fund Raises Over $500,000 For Harvey and Irma Victims
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 10TH, 2017 –– Tom Joyner's Relief Fund raised over $500,000 for Hurricane Harvey & Irma victims with the syndicated host personally contributing $50,000vto 50 Houston Families Affected by the storms. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Carolyn Scantlebury, former Houston NAACP president, also participated in the distribution. They thanked Joyner for his help and reinforced the long road ahead for Houston’s recovery. The event took place Sunday, Oct. 8 at the offices of MAJIC 102.1 FM in Houston. Joyner along with Turner, MAJIC deejays and other executives, including Pamela MacKay, the station’s Vice President general manager, distributed funds to families who had submitted applications to the BlackAmericaWeb.com Relief Fund’s website.
(From L to R: Helen Wan, Promotions Assistant; Robert “Bassman” Washington, On-Air Personality; Walter D, On-Air Mixer; Kelly Kegley, Promotions Assistant; Tom Joyner; Terri Thomas, Operations Manager/Program Director; Pam McKay, Vice President/General Manager; Connie Williams, Promotions Assistant; Sybil Wilkes, Tom Joyner Morning Show Co-Host; Sherri Provost, Promotions Assistant
94.7 WCSX Detroit's 'Big Jim's House' To Help Vets Find Jobs
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 10TH, 2017 –– Big Jim's House Morning Show at 94.7 WCSX has started something new for veterans in the Detroit area -- it's called "Employment After Deployment" -- we're going to feature one veteran on air each week and find him/her a job.
That's Big Jim standing tall top-left during his eight years in the Navy (proud to have been in the submarine service) VISIT HERE for more info.
SNAPS: KKOB Flies High In Albuquerque
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 10TH, 2017 –– Newsradio KKOB's hot air balloon flies high at yesterday's Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, NM. The Fiesta was started in 1972 by KKOB to celebrate the station's 50th anniversary.
Today, the Fiesta is now in its 46th year and attracts over one million people from all over the world to Albuquerque each year. It is also the largest ballooning event in the world.
Taylor Swift Surprises Fans; Melania & Ivana In Kerfuffle
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Delilah Reveals Devastating News Of Her Son's Death
Taking Break From Radio And Social Media To Mourn Loss
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 9TH, 2017 –– Delilah took to social media this weekend to share the devastating loss of her 18-yr. old son Zachariah (below) who took his own life following a long battle with depression. Delilah wrote:
"My dear friends, I need to share some devastating news with you. In the early morning hours, Tuesday, October 3, my son, Zachariah, took his life. He was being treated, counseled, and embraced fiercely by family and friends while battling depression for some time now. My heart is broken beyond repair and I cannot fathom how to go on...but I have to believe he is at peace with the Lord and that God will get us through. I will be absent from the radio and on social media for a time as I grieve and try to process this loss with my family. In the mean-time we'll be playing some of my favorite shows from the recent past. I'll look forward to my return, as you all lift me up so very much! Please pray for my beloved Zacky, and I will pray for all suffering from this debilitating disease called depression."
Zack was one of Delilah's 13 children — 10 of whom are adopted. Delilah’s son Sammy died in 2012 due to complications from sickle cell anemia. Delilah's radio show, which is syndicated by Premiere Networks, attracts millions of listeners nightly on more than 150 radio stations, making her the most-listened-to woman on radio in the U.S.
Seattle Sports Host Exits Station Following Prostitution Sting
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 9TH, 2017 –– Mitch Levy, longtime morning show host on Sports Radio 950 KJR in Seattle, confirmed on Friday he is no longer with the station. According to KING-TV, The announcement comes less than two months after Levy was reportedly caught in a prostitution sting in Bellevue. Levy made the announcement of his departure on Twitter:
"As most of you know by now, my 23 year tenure at KJR is over. I am fully aware that I have disappointed so many - from the loved ones closest to me to all of you who have given me the opportunity to entertain you on weekday mornings. I'm deeply sorry," Levy said in a post on Twitter. This followed news from October 6, , where Bellevue Police announced Sept. 2 it had arrested 110 men in an undercover operation aimed at online prostitution called "Operation On Demand." The buyers were arrested after showing up at a condo and agreeing to exchange money for sex. KJR confirmed Levy's exit on Twitter (shown) expressing appreciation for Levy's time with the station and announcing that the show will continue with hosts: Dick Fain, Matt Mikolas, Hugh Millen, Mike Holmgren and other guests.
Philly Host Loses TV Gig Over Comments About Female Announcer
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 9TH, 2017 –– Fresh off the heels of Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton drawing heat after sexist comments he made while being interviewed by a female reporter comes news from Philadelphia where 97.5 the Fanatic afternoon host Mike Missanelli (TL )says he was fired from “Sports Sunday” on ABC's WPVI, Philadelphia after comments he made about ESPN's Beth Mowins (TR). He has since said he has no one to blame but himself and calls it a “harsh result."
“I don’t know why the sporting world needs a female play-by-play person on an NFL game,” Missanelli had said, via Crossing Broad. “And I know that sounds harsh, and I just want to know what is the reason for it?” He appeared to know he was heading down a path that would not end well reports The New York Post. . “I’m just curious as to why we need to have a woman call an NFL game,” he said. “Now I know she’s called many college games, uh, I don’t know, maybe I should quit while I’m ahead.” LISTEN HERE
EXECUTIVE ACTION: iHeart Names Two New VP/Sales For New York
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 9TH, 2017 –– iHeartMedia announced today that Todd Moskowitz (FL) and Marc Siegel (L) have been named Vice President of Sales for the New York Region, effective immediately. Moskowitz will join iHeartMedia New York as Vice President of Sales of heritage station 710 WOR, The Voice of New York. Marc Siegel - currently Sales Manager - will be promoted to Vice President of Sales of Q104.3, New York’s Classic Rock station.
Todd Moskowitz has spent the last five years in leadership roles at Townsquare Media, most recently as Market President in the Danbury, Connecticut cluster. Todd started his career with CBS Radio Hartford, before joining Cumulus in Bridgeport and eventually 1010 WINS New York. Marc Siegel previously served as the Sales Manager for Q104.3. Before joining iHeartMedia New York at the end of 2016, Marc Siegel was Head of Global Audio Sales at Bloomberg Media. In addition, he was the Local Sales Manager for New York Public Radio’s WNYC AM/FM, where he managed their radio, podcasting, digital and events sales.
Elvis Duran Invites Radio Friends To 3rd Annual Carney Awards
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 9TH, 20–17 – Elvis Duran will be in Los Angeles for The 3rd Annual Carney Awards on Sunday, October 29 and is welcoming all friends in radio to attend. The star-studded event honors Hollywood’s unsung heroes – character actors. This year William H. Macy, Wendie Malick, William Fichtner, Richard Kind and Xander Berkeley are honorees. ABC’s “DWTS” host Tom Bergeron will host the evening’s program at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica, CA.
Duran comments, “I never understood why the hardest working actors in Hollywood were almost always excluded from receiving awards and recognition for the great work that they do. We created the Carney Awards to rectify that injustice. Character actors are the backbone of almost every movie and television show ever made. It’s time for them to get the recognition they so deserve. I don’t want people pointing anymore saying ‘Hey, it’s that guy!’ I want them saying, ‘Hey, that’s William H. Macy, William Fichtner, Wendie Malick, Xander Berkeley or Richard Kind.”
Named in honor of the late, great Oscar and six-time Emmy winning actor Art Carney, the Carney Awards were created by Elvis Duran Group CEO David Katz, his brother Jim Katz, an Emmy Award winning producer, and Brian Carney, actor/voice-over artist and Art’s son. The Carney Awards is a joint production between The Elvis Duran Group and Radcliffe Road Pictures.
Bobby Bones To Emcee; Roy Wood Jr. To Headline Correspondents Dinner
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 9TH, 2017 –– Along with Speaker of The House Paul Ryan who will deliver keynote remarks at the 73rd Annual Congressional Correspondents Dinner on October 25 at the National Building Museum, Roy Wood, Jr (TR)., a correspondent on the Daily Show with Trevor Noah, is the event’s headline entertainer and Bobby Bones (TL) of the Premiere-syndicated The Bobby Bones Show, will serve as guest emcee.
The black-tie event will feature a pre-dinner reception at 6:30 p.m. and the dinner beginning at 7:30 p.m. iHeartMedia is hosting an after party at the venue. Tickets for individuals and tables are currently on sale. All credentialed members of the Radio and Television Correspondents’ Association should have received an electronic invitation on September 15. Please email RTCADinner2017@dufourandco.com for additional information.
Charles Osgood Presented Lifetime Achievement Award At Lincoln Center
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 9TH, 2017 –– Last Thursday night, Charles Osgood was presented with the lifetime achievement award from the News and Documentary Emmys at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall. He received several long standing ovations at the packed event.
Osgood, the long time host of "The Osgood File" on Westwood One, celebrated backstage with family and colleagues, including Westwoon One EVP News and Talk, Bart Tessler, and EVO Affiliate Sales, Dennis Green.
Puppy Jake Charity Continues To Grow
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 9TH, 2017 –– Three years ago WHO/Des Moines Afternoon Driver, Simon Conway, adopted a charity and put on a BBQ in the iHeartMedia News Talker’s parking lot for two hours. $4,000.00 was raised. Everyone was impressed. A year later, Conway repeated the event and in the same two hours smashed the first year’s figure with a $6,000 haul! Last year in the same two hours, an incredible $23,000 was raised And then came Friday of last week - the Fourth Annual free sandwich giveaway to benefit the Puppy Jake Foundation. In the same two hours, more than $28,500 was raised!
The Puppy Jake Foundation, which acquires, raises and professionally trains service dogs for physically and mentally wounded Veterans is the official charity of his show. “I am speechless! People drove long distances, handed over huge sums of money and my show's sponsors stepped up too - one of them calling in and doubling his initial $1,000 donation," Conway said. "This year the weather was terrible, too. Raining most of the time and a huge storm on the way. Conway again convinced a local supermarket to hand over 200 Pounds of meat and a Grilling Champion donated the buns and sauce and did all the cooking. Also on hand were dogs — lots of them! We had around 15 dogs at various stages of training plus four veteran/dog teams who have graduated the program Learn more about the charity HERE.
SNAPS: Shania Twain Performs At ANA
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 9TH, 2017 –– Last Week Shania Twain performed at an ANA dinner party hosted by iHeartMedia in Orlando. PHOTO/Getty Images for iHeartMedia. According to Ad Age, "Where else can you find Shania Twain, Cheap Trick and 2,600 marketing executives hunkered down for three days of highly produced, and likely (but hopefully not) jargon-filled presentations from CMOs from some of the world's largest advertisers?" It's the Association of National Advertisers' biggest event of the year, dubbed Masters of Marketing. Ad Age is here at the Orlando World Marriott.
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FORBES: 2017's Highest-Paid Radio Hosts
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 6TH, 2017 –– No surprise that once again Howard Stern and Rush Limbaugh top Forbes' 'World's Highest-Paid Radio Hosts' list with Stern said to taking in a cool $90 million between June 1, 2016, and June 1, 2017 (before taxes and management fees). Forbes shows the self-anointed 'king of all media' with a net worth of $450 million.
Next up is Rush Limbaugh, who edged close with $84 million. Rounding out the top three was Ryan Seacrest with a $58 million payday. In addition to hosting his KIIS-FM LA & Premiere syndicated radio shows, he also co-hosted Live! with Kelly Ripa among a myriad of other duties. Also in the top five is one-time radio host Bill O'Reilly who comes in number 4. He's followed by his former Fox TV cohort, Sean Hannity whose syndicated show airs on the Premiere. Forbes estimates his earnings at $36 million. SEE COMPLETE LIST HERE
Rock Hall Of Fame Names 2018 Revealed
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 6TH, 2017 –– 19 finalists up for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Class of 2018 was announced Thursday, Oct. 5th. Nominees include Bon Jovi, Kate Bush*, The Cars Depeche Mode, Dire Straits, Eurythmics (shown), J. Geils Band, Judas Priest, LL Cool J, The MC5, The Meters, The Moody Blues, Radiohead, Rage Against The Machine, Rufus, featuring Chaka Khan, Nina Simone, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Link Wray and The Zombies.
The Class of 2018 will be revealed in December. Each year, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation's nominating committee selects the group of artists nominated in the performer category. Ballots are then sent to more than 900 historians, members of the music industry and artists—including every living Rock Hall inductee—and the five performers receiving the most votes become that year's induction class. Beginning in 2012, fans were given the chance to vote for the nominees they'd like to see inducted into the Rock Hall.
The top five vote-getters in the public poll form one ballot, which is weighted the same as the rest of the submitted ballots. Eligibility To the top Artists—a group encompassing performers, composers and/or musicians—become eligible for induction 25 years after the release of their first record. Besides demonstrating unquestionable musical excellence and talent, inductees will have had a significant impact on the development, evolution and preservation of rock & roll.
The final list of nominees will be announced in December and the 33rd annual ceremony will take place at the Public Auditorium in Cleveland, home of the RRHOF, on April 14, 2018 and broadcast later on HBO. *denotes first-time inductees - PHOTOS/RRHOF
ON-AIR: Spencer Graves Inks Longterm With Hubbard's 106.5 The Arch St. Louis
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 6TH, 2017 –– So happy to report that Hubbard WARH-FM/106.5 The Arch St. Louis has inked our special friend, Spencer Graves, host of Spencer's Neighborhood' which also features co-hosts Cassiday Proctor and Brando Luttman (R), to a multi-year deal. Graves arrived in St. Louis in October, 2015, from WSTW-FM Wilmington, DE, where he hosted mornings.
PD Scott Roddy said, "'Spencer's Neighborhood' has enjoyed impressive growth in the two years it has been on 106.5 The Arch. Spencer's dedication to our community across the bi-state region and his "on air" Neighborhood is unmatched. I'm thrilled to have a topical, interactive, genuine, fresh and fun personality like Spencer leading the on-air Arch Allies." Graves added, “How can you not be ecstatic about working for a company when (Ginny Morris) takes a minute out of her day to call and thank you for the work you’ve done? ..This is an attitude and trait that goes throughout the company," he said.
Judd Sirott Named Play-By-Play Announcer For Boston Bruins On 98.5 The Sports Hub
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 6TH, 2017 – 98.5 The Sports Hub announced that Judd Sirott has been named the new radio play-by-play voice for The Boston Bruins. 98.5 The Sports Hub (WBZ-FM) is the official flagship station of the Boston Bruins and the Boston Bruins Radio Network. Sirott will join analyst Bob Beers in the booth. "We are very excited to have someone with the exceptional reputation and experience that Judd has, join our team at The Sports Hub and call the Boston Bruins games on the radio," said Mike Thomas, Vice President of Programming, CBS RADIO Boston & Vice President, Sports Programming, CBS RADIO.
"I didn’t just hit the lottery, I hit the Powerball,” said Sirott. "An Original Six team; a spectacular hockey market; one of the world’s greatest cities; a terrific partner to work with in Bob Beers; and a fabulous station to be a part of. I am incredibly fortunate, privileged and humbled to be the radio voice of the Boston Bruins on 98.5 The Sports Hub. As the saying goes, 'Success has a thousand fathers’, I’ve probably had double that." Sirott served as play-by-play voice for the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League for twelve seasons. In addition, Sirott spent six years with the Chicago Cubs broadcast team as a host and play-by-play announcer while with WGN.
NETWORKS: ESPN Radio To Broadcast Every Pitch Of 2017 MLB Postseason
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 6TH, 2017 –– For its 20th consecutive season, ESPN Radio will broadcast the MLB Postseason. The MLB Postseason coverage on ESPN Radio culminates with the 113th World Series beginning Tuesday, Oct. 24. Play-by-play commentator Dan Shulman and analyst Aaron Boone (shown) will call the World Series on ESPN Radio. Marc Kestecher will be the voice of ESPN Radio’s pre and post-game coverage during the World Series. Kevin Winter and John Brickley will also rotate hosting throughout the postseason with Chris Singleton, Buster Olney and Tim Kurkjian contributing reports.
Baseball Tonight will have midnight episodes regularly throughout the postseason. The panel of MLB analysts, hosted by Karl Ravech, Adnan Virk or John Brickley, will breakdown the day’s events and preview the games ahead. Baseball Tonight’s full coverage plans for the World Series will be announced soon.
670 The Score Chicago Selects Stephen Johnson As Its Fantasy Football Expert
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 6TH, 2017 –– 670 The Score has selected Pingree Grove, IL, native Stephen Johnson as the station’s “2017 Great Clips Fantasy Football Expert,” Joining Joe Ostrowski’s Fantasy Football Today show on Sunday mornings from 8:00-9:00 AM, CT. Johnson begins on October 15 and will offer tips and strategies for anyone managing their own fantasy football team as well as create original content each week for CBSChicago.com. “We are thrilled for Stephen to join the team and jump right in with advice and advantages for our listeners each week,” said WSCR Program and Operations Director, Mitch Rosen.
“Each year, it is a pleasure to meet some of our most dedicated listeners through this annual promotion. We greatly appreciate the support of our partners at ‘Great Clips,’ who made this tremendous opportunity possible for our listeners.” 670 The Score held open auditions for Chicago’s next fantasy football expert at six local venues. The top 10 candidates from all on-site applicants were invited to the station for a formal interview. A panel of expert judges interviewed the top four finalists and selected the Great Clips Fantasy Football Expert during a finale event on September 27.
EVENTS: Cumulus Wash. DC & Inova Blood Donor Services to Host Blood Drive; Entercom San Francisco Begins Mexico Earthquake Relief Campaign
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 6TH, 2017 –– In the wake of the mass shootings in Las Vegas, NV, Cumulus Wash. DC stations: WRQX/mix107.3, WMAL/105.9FM/AM630, and Inova Blood Donor Services will host a Vegas Victims’ Blood Drive next Wednesday, October 11th. Rob Roberts, MIX107.3 Program Director, said: “Distance doesn’t lessen the impact of what happened in Las Vegas. This is our chance to help someone and it costs nothing but a little time. We’re proud to do our part.” Bill Hess, WMAL Program Director, added: “The injured – including some from our area – face a lengthy recovery, and this is one thing we can come together and do to help in our own individual way. We invite our friends and listeners to roll up their sleeves and join us Wednesday in this effort.”
-- Back in San Francisco, Entercom has begun its Mexico Earthquake Relief Campaign. Its stations, Q102.1, 96.5 KOIT, 98.5 KFOX, and 95.7 The GAME are partnering with the Latino Community Foundation to raise funds for those impacted by the recent earthquakes in Mexico City and surrounding areas. This three week campaign will officially launch today, October 6, 2017 with Q102.1, 96.5 KOIT and 98.5 KFOX broadcasting live from Chavez Supermarket in San Jose. The Q102.1 broadcast will take place from 6:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. with 96.5 KOIT and 98.5 KFOX broadcasting live from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. respectively. Following the launch event, all stations above and 95.7 The GAME will continue raising funds on their websites. 100% of proceeds will go directly to local charities in areas of greatest need.
SNAPS: WWO Brings Cheap Trick To ANA; Nash Night's Elaina Smith To Play Herself In CMT 'Nashville' Appearance
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 6TH, 2017 –– Westwood One sponsored a kickoff performance by Cheap Trick at the ANA (Association of National Advertisers) Masters of Marketing Conference in Orlando. The conference is a three-day event for brand marketers and CMOs from some of the world's largest advertisers.
According to Ad Age, "Where else can you find Shania Twain, Cheap Trick and 2,600 marketing executives hunkered down for three days of highly produced, and likely (but hopefully not) jargon-filled presentations from CMOs from some of the world's largest advertisers?" It's the Association of National Advertisers' biggest event of the year, dubbed Masters of Marketing. Ad Age is here at the Orlando World Marriott.
-- Yesterday, Elaina Smith, Co-Host of NASH Nights Live, shot an episode of CMT's "Nashville", playing herself! While details of the episode are under wraps, Elaina's close-up will be revealed in the first episode of season 6! PHOTO/Elaina with the director, actor Tim Busfield (The West Wing, Studio 60).
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STUDY: Is The Bedroom Back in Play for Radio? It Is Once Alexa Learns The Skills
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 5TH, 2017 –– Is the Bedroom Back in Play for Radio? It is, Once Alexa Learns the Skills shows NuVoodoo Media Services latest Ratings Prospects Study. Of nearly 3,000 persons 14-54 across all PPM markets, it revealed that of 15.5% who own one or more Amazon Echo or Echo Dot smart speakers in their homes, 46% are listening to AM/FM radio through these devices. The study further suggests that there is a potential for a resurgence of audio-only media usage in the morning, with nearly half of respondents’ smart speakers located in the bedroom.
Leigh Jacobs (FR), NuVoodoo's EVP/Research Analysis, said: “Our findings indicate a real opportunity for a renaissance of radio listening in the home with the proliferation of smart speakers, particularly with morning radio listening in bedrooms, where 46% have their smart speakers. While radio does an amazing job with morning content, the daily morning podcasts being offered up by NPR, New York Times and many others are on a very level playing field with local radio for anyone using a smart speaker.“
Carolyn Gilbert (R), President/NuVoodoo, said: “Broadcast radio has a tremendous advantage once we’ve programmed Alexa for the skills we want her to have, we can train listeners how to access those skills using our airwaves. It’s like any other advertising or promotion we carry on the air. People will learn what to say to be able to listen to our new morning podcast – just like they learn which home services company to call to fix their air conditioning.” FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Carolyn Gilbert at: email@example.com or at 888.9VooDoo (888.986.6366).
JACOBS: Making Websites Great (Again)
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 5TH, 2017 –– Jacobs Media's Fred Jacobs blogs that radio station websites have never been very good, going all the way back to the ’90s when broadcasters first started scarfing up domain names. In the early years, radio sites resembled minor league ballparks, loaded with annoying banner ads. Then WordPress came along, and the quality improved – a bit. But here we are, two decades later, and stations still struggle with their websites. Part of the problem is that talent has gravitated to social media, preferring the instant, real-time feedback they get on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. And sales departments have traditionally struggled to monetize station sites.
Jacobs points to a story in Inc. by Kevin Ryan (L) who looked at a recent study by EyeQuant in an effort to delineate five ways websites can be improved. Ryan interviewed Fabian Stelzer, the company’s founder to gain more insights into what works and what doesn’t on websites. (you can read Ryan's tips in link above or below)
So which websites are killing it? Shown at right is a recent top 50 ranker: You’re probably not surprised to see the top 3: Google, YouTube, and Facebook says Jacobs. Amazon is a solid #5, followed by Wikipedia and Yahoo. The pecking order is fascinating. CNN is the first true news site (26), while Apple is well down the list (34). Banks and (p)orn sites are popular, with several sites in the top 50. And not surprisingly, five of the top 20 are social media platforms. Where’s the music? Apple is in the hunt, but it’s much more than just a music site. Note that Pandora, Spotify, and iHeartRadio are not on the list. SEE COMPLETE BLOG HERE
WDSY-FM Pittsburgh To Debut 'Broadway's Backyard' In Mornings
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 5TH, 2017 – CBS RADIO Pittsburgh’s Y108 is launching a brand new Morning Show hosted by “Broadway,” a veteran country voice who will bring excitement and engagement back to country music in Pittsburgh. The new Broadway’s Backyard will debut on Monday, October 9 and air weekday mornings from 5:00-10:00 AM. Broadway notes, “I am excited to join a heritage station with a reputation like Y108’s! CBS RADIO has the right mindset: Local Radio Wins! I can’t wait to debut my new show, make new friends, and have fun.”
Most recently serving as Morning Host of Country WWYZ/Hartford, Broadway has also previously enjoyed success at Country WBCT/Grand Rapids and as Morning Host of WSNX/Grand Rapids. To introduce himself to Y108 listeners, Broadway is hosting “Broadway Buys You A Beer” tonight at the station’s annual Y108 Girls With Guitars concert at Rivers Casino.
1080 KRLD/Dallas Names Amanda Guerra Morning Co-Anchor
NEWSRADIO 1080 KRLD NAMES AMANDA GUERRA MORNING CO-ANCHOR Amanda Guerra sm DALLAS, TX, October 4, 2017– Amanda Guerra joins Mike Rogers and Scott Sams as co-anchor of the “KRLD Morning News,” weekdays from 5:00 to 10:00 AM, effective immediately. “Amanda is a trusted voice in Dallas-Fort Worth news,” said Paul Mann, program director for KRLD. “We look forward to her assuming an even bigger presence on KRLD in this new role.” Guerra has been a midday news anchor and reporter for KRLD since October 2016. Prior to that, she was an EMMY Award-winning anchor and reporter for KXAS-TV. Guerra began her career as a reporter for KOCO-TV in Oklahoma City after graduating from the University of Oklahoma. “I’m so incredibly honored to join the ‘KRLD Morning News,’” Guerra said. “Growing up in Dallas-Fort Worth, KRLD has been a fixture on my radio (and now, phone, too) for decades. I look forward to helping continue to build the legacy of this terrific station.”
REPORT: Radio Show: An 'Impromptu Healing Mechanism' Following Tragedies
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 5TH, 2017 –– Faithful fans of radio know they can always count on their favorite shows to side-step its regular programming and open up their phones for them following a tragedy or weather disaster. KTNV/Las Vegas points to KLUC radio’s “Chet Buchanan and the Morning Zoo” Show as one example of where Las Vegas listeners turned to 'for help in healing' following this past weekend's horrific shooting that left 58 dead and over 500 injured. “I just want to say thank you so much you guys,” a woman called in to say. “I love you. You’ve been there for us through 9/11, [Hurricane] Katrina, [Hurricane] Harvey and now this. You guys are our counselors.” “I just want to say thank you so much you guys,” a woman called in to say. “I love you. You’ve been there for us through 9/11, [Hurricane] Katrina, [Hurricane] Harvey and now this. You guys are our counselors.” “You are better to us than we deserve,” Buchanan tells her. “We are just doing what we need to do.”
Following Tuesday’s show, he tells KTNV: “You know that people are hurting. You know people have things they need to get off their chest.” An employee at Sunrise Hospital’s surgery center called in during the show Tuesday. “Honestly I could take up the rest of your guys show with the stuff that I saw yesterday. After my shift yesterday I sat in my car for a good hour,” he said, before thanking the show's hosts for giving listeners a place to share their voices. “You guys at the radio station [and] The Morning Zoo kind of just prepared us to unite the way we have.” WATCH HERE
99X Atlanta To Celebrate 25th Anniversary With Original Morning X Cast Reunion
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 5TH, 2017 –– One of Atlanta's most beloved morning teams ever, The Morning X, who ruled the airwaves from 1993 to 2003, will be back again for one day on Monday October 26 as part of 99X 25th Anniversary. Of course, the show featured Steve Barnes (who now runs a Barnes now runs a video production company), Leslie Fram (who heads programming for CMT) and Jimmy Baron (now a successful real estate executive). In a station release, it post: "We’ve been teasing this whole “what if” thing for the past few weeks. We’ve had a snappy little hashtag (#99×25) since June. Plus, it now seems that we are returning a certain morning show to the airwaves. Well, our relationship with you is special and we don’t want to keep anything from you anymore. So here goes… In early September 1992, Atlanta had a radio station called Power 99. With the rise of “alternative rock”, an idea was brought up to do an all-alternative program on weeknights called “Power 99 On the Edge”. After receiving a solid amount of positive feedback, station management decided to re-brand Power 99 and tweak its format to include more alternative songs. History would show 99X going on to become one of the most influential alternative rock stations in the United States, and would play a key role in breaking numerous acts during its early years.
Baron tells The AJC's Rodney Ho, the trio has not been in the same room together since Barnes left the show on October 26, 2003. And for those tuning in, 99X is on the 98.9 frequency.
NETWORKS: Westwood One & Compass Media To Present Tom Petty Tributes
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 5TH, 2017 –– This weekend (10/7-10/8), the Westwood One-syndicated Flashback, hosted by rock insider Matt Pinfield (TL), will feature a full, one-hour tribute to Tom Petty, who died earlier this week. This special Flashback edition will highlight some of Petty’s biggest hits, his collaborations with other artists like Stevie Nicks and the Traveling Wilburys, and will also include past interview clips of Petty talking about his musical influences. Stations interested in Flashback can contact Neal Bird at firstname.lastname@example.org or (310) 840-4207.
-- The Off the Record team with Joe Benson (BL) is preparing for a special tribute to Tom Petty to air this weekend, October 7 & 8. Compass Media Networks is offering the one hour special to stations in available markets commercial free. Participating stations will receive: Show segments via Dropbox containing cue sheet clock, music log and promo. For our long time affiliates and everyone who works on OFF THE RECORD with Joe Benson, thank you for your support. RIP Tom Petty. For info, contact Adam Wilbur Compass Media Networks (310) 242-8742.
Gary Vincent Joins Smooth Radio At Night; Dee Woods Moves To Daytime On Radio Nova In Dublin, Ireland
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 10TH, 2017 –– Former Magic presenter Gary Vincent has been hired by Global to host evenings on Smooth Radio in the UK. He takes over from Chris Skinner hosting the 7pm till 10pm live from Global’s HQ in London’s Leicester Square and will be live across the network.
McDonald’s Delivered By Helicopter In Australia - There’s nothing better than a McDonald's fix after Grand Final day (Australian Rules Football). That’s exactly what Tom from Bellarine Peninsula got from K rock brekkie boys Tom & Buckle. After calling through during the week to complain that he lived too far from McDonalds to enjoy a post-game feast, the team decided to bring Maccas to Tom in the most epic and unconventional way possible – via a helicopter. Following the Tigers’ win on Saturday, Tom, Buckle and pilot Chad from Geelong Helicopters took off from the Geelong Foreshore and touched down on Tom’s property for a chow down of hash browns and McMuffins. At first, Buckle was unsure if his thick frame would even fit in the helicopter’s carriage but he remarkably managed to preserve every last drop of orange juice on the trip over. Read more and see the video HERE
Dee Woods Moves To Daytime on Radio Nova In Dublin, Ireland - Programme Director Colm Hayes is continuing to make changes at Radio Nova with the introduction of Dee Woods (R) to daytime. Dee started a new afternoon show this week, on-air from 1pm till 3pm featuring an all 80s lunch driven by listener requests along with live music acts. She had been hosting evenings since leaving the breakfast show with husband and co-host Marty Miller.
Want to connect with Graham or have him on your show? Reach him at +44 7752 416905. Twitter: @GrahamMack Web: www.mackmedia.co.uk Email: email@example.com
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Route 91 Organizers Release Statement: 'We Are Completely Devastated'
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 4TH, 2017 –– Organizers of the Route 91 Harvest Festival have issued a statement following the mass shooting that occurred Sunday night in Las Vegas during its Route 91 Harvest Concert. Atop a black background on its website featuring a single orange ribbon with the number 91, it states below: "On behalf of the entire Route 91 Harvest Family, we are completely devastated by the event that occurred Sunday night. Our deepest sympathies go out to the injured and the deceased and their loved ones. Senseless violence has claimed the souls of our fans and we have little in the way of answers," it states. "Our eternal gratitude goes out to the LVPD, Emergency services, security guards, and fans for their selfless acts of bravery while trying to help those in need. While we will try and move forward, we will never forget this day. We will not let hate win over love. We will not be defeated by senseless violence. We will persevere, and honor the souls that were lost. Because it matters."
Jason Aldean also released a statement reports Rolling Stone, writing, "At the end of the day we aren't Democrats or Republicans, Whites or Blacks, Men or Women. We are all humans and we are all Americans and it's time to start acting like it and stand together as ONE! That is the only way we will ever get this Country to be better than it has ever been, but we have a long way to go and we have to start now." TOP PHOTO/NBC screengrab
Top Country Artists Perform On Bobby Bones Show For Las Vegas Victims
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 3RD, 2017 –– The Bobby Bones Show featured a full-program dedicated to the victims of the Las Vegas shooting with live, in-studio performances from the Country music community. With the theme of “Love > Hate,” Keith Urban (TL), Dierks Bentley (BL), Brothers Osborne (BR), Maren Morris (TR), Dan + Shay, Chris Janson and LoCash visited the radio program’s Nashville studio to share words of encouragement and comfort those affected by the tragedy, and play inspirational music to help the healing process.
Listeners heard emotional, heartfelt performances of Bill Withers’ “Lean On Me” by Keith Urban; Maren Morris’ “Dear Hate,” which will be available on iTunes this Friday; Dierks Bentley’s “Here On Earth”; Chris Janson’s “Hang On”; a cover of Tom Petty’s “Free Fallin” by Dan + Shay; Brothers Osborne’s “While You Still Can,” and LoCash’s "The Fighters." Additionally, Bones announced that all #PimpinJoy and limited-edition “Love > Hate” apparel will benefit the Las Vegas Victims Fund. To date, $50,000 has been raised.
BLOG: What TV Doesn’t Want You To See
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 4TH, 2017 –– In Westwood One's latest blog, it outlines current television audience erosion trends proving to be concerns for brands. Here are the main takeaways:
• Less people are paying for TV: Due to the rise of cord-cutters and cord-nevers, many are turning from traditional media. That means cable ads reach fewer and fewer viewers.
• TV ads aren’t being seen: The Council for Research Excellence reports that many TV viewers don’t actually see the ads on television. When ads are actually airing, 61% of that time eyes aren’t on the screen due to multitasking with a second device or leaving the room entirely.
• Heavy radio listeners are more aligned with desirable, tech-savvy heavy Internet users: This is the demographic that brands want – affluent, younger, and more upscale than heavy TV viewers who tend to be older, in smaller homes, and less likely to be employed.
•TV reaches less people than AM/FM radio: AM/FM radio America’s #1 mass reach media, reaching 93% of Americans weekly. With nearly 1 out of 4 American homes not reached by the top 20 cable networks, TV can’t compete.
Referee Files Lawsuit Against Kentucky Sports Radio Over Fan Threats
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 4TH, 2017 –– In what might be a first, a college basketball referee has filed a lawsuit against a Kentucky-based media company over fan threats reports The Athletic. The official John Higgins alleges intentional infliction of emotional distress, invasion of privacy, tortious interference with a business, and civil conspiracy. In the lawsuit, which was filed on Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Nebraska, the plaintiffs, which include Higgins, his wife, Carol, and his company, Weatherguard, allege that Kentucky Sports Radio and its operators, Matt Jones and Drew Franklin, shared Higgins’ personal and business information online and on the radio, causing harm to his family and his business. The claim calls for an award of damages in excess of $75,000, with a specific amount to be determined at trial.
The suit claims that Higgins’ company was allegedly subjected to thousands of threatening phone calls and voice messages from Kentucky fans, including death threats against Higgins and his family, following his work in an Elite Eight game between Kentucky and North Carolina in 2017. The Wildcats lost, 75-73. After The Athletic reported the lawsuit, Jones wrote on his Twitter feed, “The Higgins lawsuit against KSR is frivolous and without any legal merit whatsoever. We will defend it and expect a favorable result quickly.” SEE LAWSUIT HERE
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Bill Herriott Named Director of Sales, Eric Lauer GSM For Scripp's Milwaukee Combo; PodcastOne Adds Two To Executive Suite
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 4TH, 2017 –– WTMJ Radio and 94.5 KTI Country announced that Bill Herriott (TL) will join the stations as Director of Sales and National Sales Manager. Most recently, Herriott was the General Sales Manager for WLS Radio in Chicago. "Bill is a dedicated, mature, battle-tested, experienced leader who knows how to accomplish goals in a very competitive marketplace – and he most certainly understands how to lead at legendary stations like ours,” said Tom Langmyer, vice president and general manager for Scripps Radio in Milwaukee and vice president, news/talk/sports for E.W. Scripps. In addition, Eric Lauer (TR), current KTI COUNTRY General Sales Manager, has been promoted to General Sales Manager for both WTMJ and WKTI. Lauer joined Scripps as the General Sales Manager for WKTI in September 2016 from Cox Media Group in Jacksonville, Florida.
--PodcastOne has added two media executives to its leadership team. Casey Jacobs (BL) has been named Vice President of Sports and Development and Allyson Marino (BR) will serve as Director of Special Programs, according to PodcastOne Founder and Executive Chairman Norman Pattiz. Jacobs will lead programming, partnerships and business development for the PodcastOne Sports Network, and Marino will work with PodcastOne’s executive team to acquire and develop original scripted programming, while creating new opportunities for brand partners. Jacobs joins PodcastOne with a background in sports, and both digital & traditional media. Prior to joining PodcastOne, Marino opened the first Los Angeles office for Swedish podcast platform Acast, and worked in advertising sales at Midroll. She also sold sponsorships for NFL football, NCAA basketball and the GRAMMYs to blue-chip brands.
PROGRAMMING: Neil Larrimore Named PD For WPRO-AM Providence
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 4TH, 2017 –– Cumulus Media has appointed Neil Larrimore as Program Director for News/Talk station WPRO-AM in Providence, RI. Larrimore has programmed successful stations for more than 20 years and joins Cumulus from iHeartMedia, where he was formerly Program Director and Brand Manager for iHeartMedia’s Information brands in the Phoenix, AZ, and Tucson, AZ, markets. Prior to that, he was Program Director for KMBZ-AM/FM in Kansas City, MO. He has held other programming positions in markets including Dayton, OH, and Philadelphia, PA.
Larrimore said: "WPRO-AM is one of the country's legendary news and talk radio stations. It is an essential part of the fabric that makes up not just Providence, but the entire state of Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts. I am honored and humbled to be given the opportunity to join this great group of broadcasters and to continue its legacy."
ON-AIR: Melany Myers Tapped For Middays At K104.7 Charlotte
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 4TH, 2017 – Beasley Media Group has named Melany Myers its new Midday On-Air Personality from 10AM-2PM at WKQC/K 104.7 in Charlotte. She officially began her new position on September 18, 2017. “It’s an honor to be a part of the K 104.7 team,” said Myers. “I look forward to playing a variety of hit music to help our loyal listeners get through their workday whether they are at home, at work or in the car.”
“We are absolutely delighted to welcome Melany to Beasley’s Charlotte team,” said John Reynolds, Operations Manager and Program Director at KISS 95.1 and K 104.7. “Not only is Melany a native from the Carolinas, but she has also been very successful at being on the air in this market for a long time.
Elvis Duran, Glenn Beck And More To Support College Radio Day This Friday
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 4TH, 2017 –– Over 400 college radio stations are uniting for College Radio Day this Friday, October 6, across the United States and around the world. The event is a celebration of college radio, and this year has support from many giants of the radio industry – all of whom have contributed content for a special one-hour simulcast to be played across the country at 2 pm EDT.
The list of those radio industry professionals lending their voices in support of college radio include: Elvis Duran, Glenn Beck, Little Steven, Jim Kerr, Ross Brittain, Shelley Wade, DJ Chio, JJ Kinkaid, Steph Wells, Rich Russo, Christine Nagy, David Brancaccio, Tom Kaminski, Wayne Cabot, Ian Christie, and TJ Taormina, to name just a few. Demonstrating just how much support the College Radio Day event has from the radio industry, Paul Rotella, President/Chief Executive Officer of the New Jersey Broadcaster's Association, says: "College radio is much more than just a 'Farm Team' for broadcast; it gives our audiences innovative and entertaining content, often not found anywhere else. To be sure, its continued success is vital to the future of our industry, and our society!" Now in its seventh year, College Radio Day 2017 will take place globally on Friday, October 6. For more information, please visit www.collegeradio.org, email Rob Quicke, firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 1-800-464-0950.
EVENTS: 101.9 KINK Changes Name For Breast Cancer Awareness
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 4TH, 2017 –– Alpha Media, Portland announced 101.9 KINK will change its name to 101.9 PINK for the month of October. Throughout the month, PINK will give a Hydro Flask to each person who donates $25 or more with all proceeds going to the American Cancer Society.
101.9 PINK Content Director, Sean Demery commented on the announcement, “Mitch Elliott of PINK’s Corey & Mitch Morning Show is participating in Real Men Wear Pink and we wanted to show just how PINK we can get! Our goal is to really get the community involved and raise awareness.”
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'It Was Only A Matter Of Time Before Vegas Terror Attack,' Says Vegas Host
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 3RD, 2017 –– Following the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history which left at least 58 people dead and 500-plus injured, most continue to struggle with why such horrific attacks continue to happen. BS Radio’s Mix 94.1 host Shawn Tempesta (TC) believes for Las Vegas, 'it was only a matter of time' reports CBS/KCAL Los Angeles. In an interview with Alan Stock on KXNT radio in Las Vegas he said, “I hate to say it, but I think everybody in Las Vegas — when you look at the strip and see all the stuff happening in other places — you just wonder. I mean, it’s only a matter of time,” Tempesta said. “This big target, and it’s so open, and there’s so many people from so many cultures that come here that it’s just, it’s a matter of time.” LISTEN HERE
For Big Kickin' Country's Cassie Manzanares in St. George, Utah (TR), the shooter's bullets nearly struck her and their radio crew inside a media tent. Fellow cast member DJ Tischner told WDAY, "There were so many bodies. There was blood all over the ground, there were old people, kids." Cassie and DJ were able to reunite and darted for the road. Meanwhile their boss Jake Weber, the GM of the Thief River Radio, had just left the concert to return to their room on the 10th floor of the Mandalay to get more equipment. Weber said, "The police officers didn't know where the shooter was, they were sending people in different direction." He wouldn't be able to reunite with Cassie and DJ for hours. WATCH HERE
K-FROG/San Bernadino, CA host Kelli Green (BC) says she's I'm still shaking.’ According to The Daily News, Green, co-host of the K-FROG morning radio show on KFRG-FM 95.1 and 92.9, said Monday morning. “Hearing the gunshots, knowing we have family and friends were there, and I know a lot of our listeners were there.” She and her crew, who were in Las Vegas to interview artists, left the Route 91 Harvest Festival shortly before Jason Aldean began his Sunday night headliner set, and sat down to eat at an MGM Grand restaurant that looks out over the concert. “All of a sudden a woman was yelling, ‘Active shooter, active shooter,” Green said. -- After safely making it back to her hotel room she said, “Walking into the hotel was like walking into a war zone,” she said. “People were passed out at machines, people were walking around on crutches and bandages.” SEE STORY HERE
[LISTEN] 'Suddenly You Felt More Vulnerable Than You've Ever Felt In Your Life' Says SiriusXM’s Storme Warren To Stern
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 3RD, 2017 –– SiriusXM’s Storme Warren who was near the stage as Jason Aldean performed, has been all over radio and tv to give his eyewitness account. In his first radio interview he gave SiriusXM cohort Howard Stern a Firsthand Account of the Las Vegas Shooting: “Suddenly you felt more vulnerable than you’ve ever felt like in your life,” he says. Storme Warren was standing onstage with country artist Jake Owen as Aldean performed his set — that’s when the bullets began to fly. “We thought it was a pyrotechnic glitch,” Storme told Howard. “And then when the long volley came after that … we knew that something was really wrong,” LISTEN HERE
[LISTEN] Jake Owen's Manager Speaks With WIVK's Tony & Kris; NASH-FM's Ty, Kelly & Chuck Connect With SiriusXM's Buzz Brainard; Hear The Listener Who Won Tickets To 'Vegas Concert; KUZZ/Bakersfield's Brent Michaels Speaks With Eyewitness
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 3RD, 2017 –– Needless to say, there are numerous stories connected to radio which center around the Las Vegas attack. Here is a sampling of many: WIVK/Knoxville's Tony & Kris spoke to Keith Gale, Jake Owen's manager, who was at the concert in Las Vegas last night where the horrific shootings occurred. LISTEN HERE
During Monday's nationally syndicated Ty, Kelly & Chuck (T)show on NASH-FM, they reached out to SiriusXM's Buzz Brainard who was attending the Route 91 Harvest Festival concert with his 19-year-old son. Listen to that interview HERE. LISTEN HERE
Listen to KATM-Modesto, CA's interview with listener, William VanderHeiden, who won tickets from the station Sunday's concert in Las Vegas and who was there during the shootings. The station had several contest winners who were at the concert. LISTEN HERE
Brent Michaels (BR), KUZZ/Bakersfield, CA PD and On-Air Host, spoke with Eyewitness News on Monday morning by phone from Las Vegas in the wake of the deadly mass shooting. He has been in Vegas, attending the Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival, where the gunfire erupted Sunday night. WATCH HERE
Beasley Begins Relief Effort Vegas Victims
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 3RD, 2017 –– As part of Beasley Media Group’s Community of Caring Initiative, it has now begun a drive to help victims of the Las Vegas Shooting. Clark County Sheriff Lombardo and Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak have set up a GoFundMe page that will “provide relief and financial support to the victims and families.”
The current goal is set at $1,000,000. Beasley Community of Caring will donate $5,000 dollars to the fund, and are encouraging its listeners who are able to donate to do so in the link below. CLICK HERE TO DONATE
Heartbreaker's Tom Petty Passes Away
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 3RD, 2017 –– Tom Petty, lead for Heartbreakers band, died Monday at 66. His death was confirmed by Tony Dimitriades, longtime manager the group. "On behalf of the Tom Petty family, we are devastated to announce the untimely death of of our father, husband, brother, leader and friend Tom Petty. He suffered cardiac arrest at his home in Malibu in the early hours of this morning and was taken to UCLA Medical Center but could not be revived. He died peacefully at 8:40 p.m. PT surrounded by family, his bandmates and friends," Dimitriades wrote.
As first reported by TMZ, Petty was found unconscious on Sunday, not breathing and in full cardiac arrest at his Malibu home. He was rushed to the hospital and placed on life support.
In memory of his passing, our friends at The Mix Group and Benztown have created special audio tributes. For The Mix Group Tribute, LISTEN HERE - PASSWORD: heartbreakers For Benztown tribute, LISTEN HERE
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Rob Babin & Ray Carter Named To Regional VP Posts For Cox
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 3RD, 2017 –– Cox Media Group (CMG) has named Rob Babin (TL), currently CMG Miami Radio’s VP/General Manager, as CMG’s new Regional VP for Radio, reporting to Executive VP Bill Hendrich. Babin will oversee CMG’s Houston, Long Island, San Antonio and Tampa Radio markets, in addition to Miami. Ray Carter, currently CMG Pittsburgh’s VP/General Manager, is now CMG’s Regional VP for Television, reporting to EVP Jane Williams and will oversee CMG’s Boston, Charlotte, Memphis, and Seattle TV markets,
“Ray has been a leader with our Television division for 20 years,” said Williams. “He has a successful, proven track record and currently leads one of the top NBC affiliates in the country. As VP/GM Ray has led WPXI-TV to historical ratings and revenue heights. Ray’s passion for this industry is unparalleled, and he is the perfect leader to take advantage of all the new and exciting opportunities facing the television industry.” Carter, a 30-year broadcast veteran, joined CMG and WPXI-TV, the NBC-affiliated station in Pittsburgh, as a General Manager in 2001. Before becoming a GM, he was the executive in charge of local news in several different media markets. Throughout his career, Carter also has worked as the News Director of local news operations in many markets, including Des Moines, Salt Lake City, and Atlanta.
Tim Hill Named PD For WNKT-FM Columbia, SC
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 3RD, 2017 –– Cumulus Media announces it has promoted sportscaster Tim Hill to Program Director for sports radio station 107.5 The Game (WNKT-FM) in Columbia, SC. Hill joined WNKT last year and continues in his role as Host of The Early Game morning show, which airs weekdays from 6am-9am on 107.5 The Game. Hill’s career spans over 20 years in sports broadcasting, including over 13 years heading sports coverage for ABC affiliate WOLO-TV in Columbia, SC. Rick Prusator, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Media-Columbia, said: "Tim has shown what experience, enthusiasm and passion can add to not only The Early Game morning show but how the entire radio station and Cumulus cluster in Columbia has benefited from Tim Hill being here in the past year.”
Hill said: "I am having a blast doing the morning show on 107.5 The Game and look forward to helping the station grow however I can. Cumulus is a great company to work for, and I hope to add to a culture that already aspires to be the best."
KXT Dallas/FW Expands Local Programming
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 3RD, 2017 –– KXT 91.7 FM announces the debut of new weekly programs and special content. The new schedule will feature four new shows: · Mornings on KXT, hosted by Brad Dolbeer — Weekdays, 5-10am — Featuring an eclectic mix of music, plus special features like “Brad’s Vinyl Vault” and “This Day in Music History” that offer a look back at both iconic and little-known songs and moments from the past. · What’s New with Gini Mascorro — Mondays, 7-8pm — Discover new favorites with an hour of all-new tracks from local, emerging and legendary artists. · The Local Show with Program Director Amy Miller — Thursdays, 7-8pm — Enjoy the full spectrum of North Texas’ vibrant music scene with this mix of local rock, jazz, Latin, folk, blues, hip-hop and more. · Afternoons with Dave Emmert — Weekdays, 2-7pm — featuring a diverse mix of new, local and legendary songs locally curated for KXT listeners.
With the launch of this new programming, KXT also has declared October to be Local Music Month. Throughout the month, KXT is celebrating by airing more local songs and hosting local music showcases in Dallas, Fort Worth and Denton, beginning with Texas Music Trivia Night, hosted by Amy Miller and Paul Slavens, on Friday, Oct. 13.
Country Stars Gather For Vegas Vigil; Tom Petty Remembered
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At Least 50 Dead, Over 200 Injured After Shooting At Las Vegas Outdoor Concert
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 2ND, 2017 –– As of 6:38 am et, at least 50 people are now reported to have been killed and over a 200 injured as a sniper took aim at concert goers during an outdoor Las Vegas concert. According to CNN, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Sheriff Joseph Lombardo, he toldreporters that police responded after reports of shots being fired from the Mandalay Bay towards the Route 91 Harvest festival. "We determined there was a shooter on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay," Lombardo said. Officers engaged the suspect, whom Lombardo described as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock. He said that the shooter is dead and that police believe that there are no other shooters. "Right now we believe it's a sole actor, a lone-wolf-type actor," said Lombardo.
Police are searching for a woman named Marilou Danley who was traveling with the suspect, Lombardo said. He described Danley as an Asian woman, 4 ft 11 inches tall and 111 pounds. "We have not located her at this time and we are interested in talking to her," he said.
"Pray for Las Vegas," the city's mayor Carolyn G. Goodman tweeted. Concert-goers described to CNN hearing the sound of gunfire while Jason Aldean (R)was performing. Aldean, his wife Brittany, his band and crew were able to get offstage safely and unharmed. SiriusXM Country radio host Storme Warren was on the side of the stage as Aldean was performing and shots rang out. "I thought it was fireworks going off and maybe it mistriggered, and then it happened again. And when it happened the third time, we knew something was wrong," Warren said. "To say that I saw things I never want to see again is the truth, and it's a scary situation." Warren said he heard "more than 50 shots fired and probably in the hundreds." "The shells were hitting the deck of the stage when I was on it," he said, adding that he could still hear the shells as he went under the stage for protection. Watch Complete CNN report HERE
NAB's Dennis Wharton Fires Back At Apple Following iPhone FM Chips Claim
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 1ST, 2017 –– Following Apple's response to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's appeal to activate FM chips in their smart phones, NAB Executive Vice President of Communications Dennis Wharton took exception to the company's claim that its' iphone 7 & 8 didn't contain a chip. Wharton wrote: "Since 2012 NAB has commissioned quarterly 'tear down' reports from ABI Research on a wide variety of Smartphones to discover their capabilities. ABI’s analysis reveals that every Apple iPhone built during that time, including the iPhone 7, has a chipset that includes support for FM radio. Apple also continues to sell an iPhone 6S with an FM chip that is not activated, and there are nearly 100 million iPhones in the marketplace with a deactivated FM chip. "Like FCC Chairman Pai, we encourage Apple to activate this feature on their future handsets so Americans can have access to lifesaving information during emergency situations, something that many local radio stations provide. We welcome the opportunity to work with Apple to make that happen."
Last Friday, an Apple spox said the iPhone 7 & 8 don't have FM Chips; thus, couldn't be enabled for FM reception. It stated: "Apple cares deeply about the safety of our users, especially during times of crisis and that's why we have engineered modern safety solutions into our products. Users can dial emergency services and access Medical ID card information directly from the Lock Screen, and we enable government emergency notifications, ranging from Weather Advisories to AMBER alerts. iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 models do not have FM radio chips in them nor do they have antennas designed to support FM signals, so it is not possible to enable FM reception in these products.
DMCA Puts Kibosh On Past Howard Stern Audio Interviews With Trump
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 2ND, 2017 –– Audio archives of Howard Stern’s interviews with Donald Trump before being elected president has been slapped with a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) takedown. Last week the audio archive was removed from YouTube and SoundCloud and now only transcripts remain on Factba.se, a website created by the startup FactSquared. According to carbonatedtv.com, last week, Bill Frischling of Factbl.og unearthed a bevy of “Howard Stern Show” archives, dating from 1993 to 2015, all of them featuring the Stern's interview with Trump. Although many bits from the show surfaced during Trump’s presidential campaign, the audio of all Trump interviews was soon removed from YouTube and SoundCloud.
"We were in the process of putting [the audio files] on our own server, but then FedEx showed up and that was the official stop," Bill Frischling, the CEO of FactSquared, told Ars. “…We’ve already exchanged brief notes, everybody is hoping to get it resolved amicably. Our goal is to preserve the record. At least right now, this is the only public version of a massive, quarter-century trove of interviews.” Under the DMCA, intellectual property holders can send takedown notices to companies or individuals asserting copyright violations and most large companies like YouTube, which is owned by Google, will have to comply. However, all may not be lost. FactSquared only published those portions of the show that contained interviews with Trump, and not the entire wholesale copies of the show, the company can actually make a fair use claim. Fair use under U.S. copyright law allows some segments of the copyrighted works to be re-published without requiring the copyright holder’s permission. READ STORY HERE
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Robby Bridges Re-Signed To Handle Cumulus Detroit FM Stations; iHeart Names Drew Salamon Reg. VP for Virginia/Carolina
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 2ND, 2017 –– Cumulus Media announces it has re-signed Robby Bridges as Director of FM Programming, overseeing the company’s Detroit radio station cluster, which includes Hot AC WDVD, Country WDRQ, and Classic Country WDRQ-HD2. Bridges is also on Cumulus’ Hot AC and Country format SWAT teams and anchors PM drive on WDVD.
iHeartMedia announced that Drew Salamon has been named Region Vice President of Sales for its Virginia-Carolina Region, effective immediately. He will be based out of the Charlotte Market and will report to Dave Carwile, Region President for iHeartMedia’s Virginia-Carolina Region.
Salamon joins the Virginia-Carolina Region from the Pittsburgh Region, where he most recently served as the Region Vice President of Sales. He also served as the Senior Vice President of Sales for iHeartMedia Pittsburgh, Director of Sales for iHeartMedia Pittsburgh. “The Virginia Carolina team is one of the best in the country,” said Salamon. “I look forward to working with the team and helping our advertising partners connect with their communities and grow their businesses.”
Woody & Jim Ink Three-Year Extension With 107.5 The River Nashville
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 2ND, 2017 –– iHeart announced that longtime morning duo, Woody Wood and Jim Chandler of the eponymous Woody and Wood Show, have inked a new three-year agreement
"Woody and Jim are synonymous with Nashville," said Jonathan Shuford, PD of 107.5 The River. "Not only do they continue to be premiere radio personalities in the market, but they are a part of the fabric of the city.
Woody (TL) commented, "We're proud and honored to continue our partnership with iHeartMedia and 107.5 The River. This will take us through our 20th anniversary here, a rare privilege in our industry." Chandler (R), added, "We are blessed to be able to continue waking up Nashville, the most exciting city in America."
Keith Kramer Joins Magic Panama City In On-Air/PD Role
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 2ND, 2017 –– Magic broadcasting's WYOO, says goodbye to longtime morning talk show host, Derrell day, as he ends his 7 year run at the station, and leaves to focus on his thriving construction and real estate business. And as the rebranding of the station from talk radio 101 to Newstalk@101, with a focus on local news, local sports, and weather, and more content around local investigative and breaking news. To help in this shift, newstalk@101 taps Keith Kramer from WIOT Toledo, and crowns him king of talk, as his realm stretches to our tallahassee talker, Freedom 93.3. He will assume the PD duties for both stations, and a live morning shift on WHOO.
Previous Career highlights - WZYP/Huntsville -- WFLZ/Tampa -- KEGL/Dallas -- KSJO/San Francisco -- WKRK/Detroit ---- KTRS/St. Louis --- WIOT/Toledo I am throwing my hat in the ring to be one of the people that brings talk radio out of the stone ages. Thank you to Marc Summers and Misty Sims for the opportunity to finally not only do mornings, but to program 2 radio stations.
Philly's 105.3 WDAS FM To Celebrate Tony Brown’s 45 Years In Radio With Special Tribute Today
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 2ND, 2017 –– 105.3 WDAS FM, Philly announced that it is honoring noted local personality Tony Brown’s 45th anniversary in radio with a special celebration today, October 2, 2017 at Relish in Philadelphia at 8 p.m. ET. The tribute will include a can’t miss Q&A with Brown about his legendary career and an appearance from soul singer Will Downing. Downing will be previewing songs from his new album Soul Survivor, including new single, "I'm Feeling The Love" feat. Avery*Sunshine.
“I never imagined my radio career would span 45 years, but then again, I love it so much that I never thought of doing anything else,” said Brown. “With God’s blessings, help from my wife Sunshine and fan support, I’ve been able to keep it going.” For more than 45 years, Brown’s silky smooth voice has been synonymous with the sounds of the night in the Delaware Valley. He currently serves as the host of “The Quiet Storm,” which airs on 105.3 WDAS FM weeknights from 7 p.m. - midnight, and “The Sunday Brunch,” which can be heard on Sundays from 12 - 3:00 p.m. Brown began his radio career at Temple University’s WRTI in 1969 and started at 105.3 WDAS FM in 1972 with his show “The Extrasensory Connection,” which became known as “The Quiet Storm” in 1976. The show spent eight years on iHeartMedia Philadelphia’s Power 99 FM before returning to 105.3 WDAS FM in 1997.
Power 105.1's Angie Martinez & NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio Team To Help Maria Victims
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 2ND, 2017 –– iHeartMedia New York and Power 105.1’s on-air personality Angie Martinez joined with the office of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to help the people in Puerto Rico affected by Hurricane Maria. This past Saturday, Angie and Mayor de Blasio visited Ladder 47/Engine 64 in the Bronx to encourage the community to donate critically needed items in Puerto Rico. The NYC Emergency Management teams on the ground in the City of San Juan are assisting with the distribution of supplies and coordinating logistics and recovery operations.
iHeartMedia New York’s radio stations encouraged listeners to show support by bring items such as Diapers · Non-perishable baby food · Batteries · First-aid supplies · Feminine hygiene products and more. Martinez said, “These are our brothers, sisters, grandparents and children that are in need of basic essentials. It is important for all of us to do what we can."
Summit Media's Louisville Cluster On The Hunt For Prod./Imaging Dir./On-Air Post
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 2ND, 2017 ––Production/Imaging Director/on-air position – 9/29/17 Write and produce the best spots and promos in the industry. Have the freedom to WIN on air. And work for a company that actually cares about local talent and gives you the tools to win. Pique your interest? Then SummitMedia Louisville wants your submission. The open position is Production/Imaging Director/air-talent for SummitMedia’s four station Louisville cluster. (WQNU, WRKA, WSFR, WVEZ) The man you would be replacing is retiring after 18 years in this role. Yes, on his terms.
All formats encouraged – 3 years production/on-air experience required minimum. Your current market size is not a factor. Submit resume and audio now – LouJobs@summitmediacorp.com. Only those with a strong desire to win need apply. SummitMedia is an equal opportunity employer.
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FCC's Ajit Pai Urges Apple To Activate FM Chips; Company Explains Why It Can't
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 29TH, 2017 –– Following pressure from the NAB and Senator Bill Nelson (BR) in Florida (JL 9/22), FCC chairman Ajit Pai (BL)has now issued a statement urging Apple to activate the FM radio chip built into the wireless smart phones. Pai said he hopes Apple will "reconsider its position" following Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. In a statement, Pai wrote: "In recent years, I have repeatedly called on the wireless industry to activate the FM chips that are already installed in almost all smartphones sold in the United States. And I've specifically pointed out the public safety benefits of doing so. In fact, in my first public speech after I became Chairman, I observed that ‘[y]ou could make a case for activating chips on public safety grounds alone.’ When wireless networks go down during a natural disaster, smartphones with activated FM chips can allow Americans to get vital access to life-saving information. I applaud those companies that have done the right thing by activating the FM chips in their phones. Apple is the one major phone manufacturer that has resisted doing so. But I hope the company will reconsider its position, given the devastation wrought by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. That's why I am asking Apple to activate the FM chips that are in its iPhones. It is time for Apple to step up to the plate and put the safety of the American people first. As the Sun Sentinel of South Florida put it, 'Do the right thing, Mr. Cook. Flip the switch. Lives depend on it.'"
The NAB has since applauded Pai for his strong support, but according to a statement from an Apple spox received by macrumors.com it says the iPhone 7 & 8 don't have FM Chips. It stated: "Apple cares deeply about the safety of our users, especially during times of crisis and that's why we have engineered modern safety solutions into our products. Users can dial emergency services and access Medical ID card information directly from the Lock Screen, and we enable government emergency notifications, ranging from Weather Advisories to AMBER alerts. iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 models do not have FM radio chips in them nor do they have antennas designed to support FM signals, so it is not possible to enable FM reception in these products.
NextRadio Has FM Chip Solution During Weather Emergencies
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 29TH, 2017 –– NextRadio thoroughly supports Chairman Pai’s call for more manufacturers, including Apple, to activate the FM chip. The utility and urgency of having access to FM broadcasts has never been more apparent given recent weather emergencies. FM radio is more than entertainment, and failing to provide access to this lifeline is a grave disservice to consumers.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has long supported activating FM chips in smartphones as a matter of public safety. NextRadio agree with him and want this to be a reality in all phones. People need access to the life-saving information FM radio broadcasters provide during emergencies. NextRadio says they built the NextRadio app with this in mind, and make it available for free. NextRadio asks that you help get the word to Apple to make this a reality, visit www.FreeRadioOnMyPhone.org
REPORT: In Puerto Rico, One Station Becomes Voice Of 'Calm' During Storm
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 29TH, 2017 –– WAPA Radio is one of the few sources of public information in Puerto Rico, an island trapped in a virtual telecommunications blackout reports Reuters. When other radio stations went dark, WAPA 680 somehow managed to stay on-air with 24-hour news, advice, messages and pleas for assistance from listeners desperate to connect with loved ones. Barefoot and wearing shorts and a wooden crucifix at the San Juan station on Wednesday, Luis Pench (top right)i credited retro technology for helping WAPA stay on the air along with some 'divine intervention.' “I believe it was an act of God. This is the chosen station,” the 62-year-old said laughing.
In the words of one of its owners, Carmen Blanco, WAPA turned into the unofficial “voice of the government” about the hurricane. With little working phone service, residents arrive in person at the station with messages to be read on the air. Visitors have included a cardiac surgeon who made an appeal to locate the mother of a newborn baby girl in urgent need of heart surgery so the infant could be evacuated on a special medical flight to the United States. It worked. Relief workers tracked down the grateful mom. READ ARTICLE HERE - PHOTO/Alex Rafael Roman/GFR Media
KKQQ Names Town “Garth Brookings”
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 29TH, 2017 –– Alpha Media, Brooking’s K Country 102.3 (KKQQ) went as far as to change the name of Brookings, SD., to “Garth Brookings” for one day in order to bring the country legend, Garth Brooks to town. In 1992, Bryan Waltz, KKQQ Content Director begged Garth’s record label for a phone interview. He was told no, but Waltz did not give up and 25 years later Garth called K Country 102.3. After that call, the station renamed Brookings, “Garth Brookings” for a day and ordered an authentic Garth Brookings population sign for the renaming of Brookings and Garth Brookings Day, September 20th, 2017.
Garth’s record label, Pearl Records found out about the sign on Friday, September 22nd and invited Waltz and his son, Kade to bring the sign to Garth and wife, Trisha Yearwood at the Denny Sanford Premiere Center in Sioux Falls. “Garth and Trisha were fantastic and very appreciative! They sat down and had a long chat with us like we were family. The community really got involved and came to the radio station, sent in phone calls, texts and Facebook messages,” remarked Waltz. Alpha Media, a diverse, multimedia company owns or operates 228 radio stations and 225 websites serving 50 markets across the United States.
ON-AIR: KIZN/Boise Taps Shawnda McNeal As Morning Co-Host; Cameron Moore Takes Middays At KISS Charlotte
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 29TH, 2017 –– Cumulus Media announces it has tapped on-air personality Shawnda McNeal as Co-Host of Idaho’s Morning Show on Country radio station, KIZN Kissin’ 92.3 in Boise. McNeal makes her Kissin’ 92.3 debut on Monday, October 2, 2017, joining Co-Host Cory Mikhals weekdays from 5:30am-10am. McNeal will also do double time on-air, as the new Midday Host on Kissin’ 92.3, airing weekdays from 10am-2pm. Mikhals has hosted mornings on Kissin’ 92.3 since 2014. Shawnda's past stints has included hosting mornings at 102.1 The Edge in Dallas, Mix 96.5 in Houston, Hot 96 Evansville, and Radio Now 93.1 in Indianapolis.
Cameron Moore takes over middays on WNKS/KISS 95.1 Charlotte beginning 10/16 replacing Alexa (Middays/MD) who is headed to the Kidd Kraddick Morning Show. Moore arrives from Midwest Family Country KOMG/105.1 The Bull and Top 40 KOSP 92.9 The Beat/Springfield, MO. "We are absolutely delighted to welcome Cameron to Beasley's Charlotte team," said OM/PD John Reynolds. "Cameron's expanded experience in every aspect of radio programming will help Kiss continue the solid growth we have been having all year! Cameron is a great example of our goal to mentor and groom excellent talent within our company."
EVENTS: The Bert Show Launches Annual 'Big Thank You'
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 29TH, 2017 –– The nationally syndicated talk radio show is kicking off their annual Big Thank You campaign, giving thanks to all the men and women that serve our country. The initiative aims to provide every active service member deployed outside the United States with a handwritten thank y ou letter on Thanksgiving Day. “The Big Thank You campaign is one of the most rewarding things we do on our show each year,” says Bert Weiss, host of The Bert Show. “This is an ambitious goal, but that’s why we need the nation’s help. We appreciate the sacrifices our men and women in our military, as well as their families, make every day which is why we want every single person deployed outside the United States to receive a handwritten thank you letter from home to open at mail call on Thanksgiving.”
Since its inception in 2009, The Bert Show’s Big Thank You campaign has collected more than one million handwritten letters from the nation and beyond. The campaign has received letters from all over the United States, as well as Puerto Rico and Spain, including some letters written in Chinese and braille. The Bert Show has even received calls from former First Lady Michelle Obama and former President Bill Clinton, congratulating them on the Big Thank You campaign’s overall success in previous years. Listeners are encouraged to show their support by starting a letter drive in their community to help give our troops a much deserved show of appreciation. For more info, visit http:// thebertshow.com/bigthankyou/
Clive Davis Sits Down With KLOS' Steve Jones, Host Of "Jonesy's Jukebox"
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 29TH, 2017 –– While out promoting his music documentary, "Clive Davis - The Soundtrack of Our Lives", which opened in L.A. Tuesday at Cinerama Dome/ArcLight Hollywood, the iconic record executive dropped by Cumulus' KLOS/LA There he sat down with Steve Jones, host of 'Jonesy's Jukebox." He was also interviewed by Matt Pinfield for "Flashback".
Davis also called into two other Cumulus Chicago stations yesterday, WKQX's Brian & Lou, and WLS's Bob Sirott and Marianne Murciano, to support today's opening of the film at the ArcLight in Chicago. PHOTO/Evan Saxon (Abramorama, the film's theatrical distributor), industry icon Clive Davis, Steve "Jonesy" Jones (KLOS Host and founding member of The Sex Pistols) and Elliot Kendall (Film & Music Promotion). PHOTO CREDIT:Mark "Mr. Shovel" Sovel
KVOO-98.5/Tulsa On The Hunt For Morning Co-Host
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 29TH, 2017 –– Are you KVOO/Tulsa's next morning star? The ideal candidate must have an understanding of how to conduct a morning show that is entertaining, topical, engaging and fun. Energy off and on the air is a must. They will have a passion for our audience and the format, doing remote and emcee work, personal appearances and production work. They will actively understand and work the social media aspects of the job. They will be an organized, strategic thinker with the ability to connect with a great audience in a great city.
Those interested should send audio/info to: Steve.Hunter@Scripps.com or William.Mozingo@scripps.com
Radio Greats Gather In Detroit For Vuolo Birthday Bash
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 29TH, 2017 –– Radio's best friend, Art Vuolo, will be celebrating his birthday this weekend in grand fashion as he'll be joined by numerous members of radio glitterati. After major Radio Reunion’s in 1988, 1998, 2005 and 2010, some people in the Motor City just didn’t want them to end, so Art invited them all to his house for some major commonality!
Running for 12 hours this Sunday, some of the elite expected to appear include: Shotgun Tom Kelly, Joey Reynolds, John Records Landecker, Gary Burbank, Dick Purtan, Lee Alan, Mike McVay, Big Jim Davis, Bill Hennes and lots more. The best part is that you can listen to it via Cleveland Internet station www.wixy1260online.com which will be LIVE from the big event! Happy Birthday Art and to your continued 'best' friendship.
REPORT: Steven Tyler Suffered Seizure In Brazil; Cher Musical
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Steve Cochran To Celebrate 1,000th Show
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 28TH, 2017 –– Steve Cochran will be broadcasting his 1,000th show and he's marking the milestone with a special celebration! He'll hold a live broadcast on Monday, October 2 from 6am to 10am on location. Plus, he'll be giving away special Steve Cochran 1,000th Show T-shirts, while supplies last.
According to blogger Robert Feder, Cochran said of the milestone. “A very strange time, but I’m honored to sit where Wally Phillips, Bob Collins, and Spike [O’Dell] sat and mostly just appreciative and humbled by the audience support.” 1
WTMJ News To Tackle 'National Anthem Controversy' In Uninterrupted Special
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 28TH, 2017 –– WTMJ News is presenting a Community Conversation on the controversy surrounding player protests during the National Anthem at NFL games today, September 28 from 4pm-5pm. This uninterrupted one-hour special will create a forum for listeners and community leaders to talk about the protests, the NFL’s reaction and the view of the fans. The conversation will lead directly into WTMJ Radio pregame coverage of the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field.
“The protests by NFL players during the National Anthem have sparked debate and raised awareness of the issues of social justice in the country,” said Eric Brooks, WTMJ director of programming and news. “WTMJ Radio is the flagship station of the Green Bay Packers and the de facto townhall for the state of Wisconsin. We feel it’s our duty to provide a high-profile place for all sides of the conversation to be heard.” WTMJ’s hosts John Mercure and Melissa Barclay will moderate the special. The special will be carried on-air, streamed at wtmj.com and through “Facebook Live” at Facebook.com/620wtmj.
Actress Salma Hayek Reaches Out To 'Piolin' In Push For DACA Legislation
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 28TH, 2017 –– Alliance Radio Networks announces that Oscar-nominated actress, producer and activist Salma Hayek has asked Eddie “Piolin” Sotelo, host of the nationally-syndicated morning radio show, El Show de Piolin, to join forces with her in a nationwide push for Congress to enact DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) legislation.
In an interview on El Show de Piolin, Hayek encouraged Latinos to unite more than ever and asked them to join her in calling Congressman Paul Ryan, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. Piolin agreed to partner with Hayek and promised her that he would encourage his millions of Hispanic American listeners and fans across the U.S. to make this call, too. Hayek later stressed the importance of achieving this goal of unity among Latinos, noting: “It is critically important to join together as one voice, in protesting this injustice. I am grateful to my good friend Piolin for being by my side in this important fight for our country. Piolin is a great inspiration to me and I thank him for encouraging me to continue this effort. Together, we can do much more.”
HONORS: AWM 2017 'Women Who Lead' Honorees Announced; WSB Atlanta's Condace Pressley Named Among Top 100 Black Women Of Influence
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 28TH, 2017 –– The Alliance for Women in Media (AWM) has announced the 2017 honorees for its upcoming Women Who Lead luncheon program. The event recognizes and celebrates women who have had a significant impact on the media industry, as trailblazers and extraordinary leaders in their chosen field. This year , AWM will honor the following Women Who Lead (in alphabetical order): • Caroline Beasley, CEO, Beasley Broadcast Group • Amy Emmerich, Chief Content Officer, Refinery29 • Kathleen Finch, Chief Programming, Content & Brand Officer, Scripps Networks • Susan Swain, Co-CEO, C-SPAN • Julie Talbott, President, Premiere Networks.
"The Alliance for Women in Media has great roots in the American Women in Radio and Television (AWRT), and the Gracies ,” says Geraldine “Gerry” Laybourne, respected media entrepreneur and keynote speaker for the event . “I am so honored to be asked to keyn ote the Women Who Lead luncheon. There is no more important time in our history for women in media to be true leaders and no mission more personally important to me." The annual event will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, at the Marriott Marquis, New York City.
-- Cox Media Group (CMG) Atlanta Radio’s Condace Pressley, a Georgia Radio Hall of Fame Inductee and WSB Radio’s Manager of Program Operations and Community Affairs, was recently selected to the Atlanta Business League’s 2017 list of “Atlanta’s Top 100 Black Women of Influence.” She was recognized during the “Women of Vision” Breakfast on Sept. 26 at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel. “What a great surprise! I’m humbled to be in the company of 100 women doing such amazing work in our city.” Pete Spriggs, WSB Radio’s Director of Branding and Programming, added, “Condace quietly and humbly moves through Atlanta’s communities and serves, mentors and leads every day. And, she’s done that throughout her entire career with WSB and KISS 104. I am so proud and pleased that she gets this kind of due fanfare.”
Syracuse Poll Names 93Q Top Station And Ted & Amy Favorite Personalities
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 28TH, 2017 –– Cumulus Media announces that 93Q (WNTQ) Syracuse has been named Syracuse’s Top Radio Station and 93Q morning personalities, Ted Long and Amy Robbins, as the city's Favorite Radio Personalities in the Syracuse New Times’ annual Best of Syracuse reader poll.
The New Times reported that 18,839 votes were cast. 93Q brings in its second consecutive win as Syracuse’s Favorite Radio station, having won in the category for seven of the past 14 years. The ever-popular on-air duo has won in the category more than 20 times in the last 25 years. Cumulus Media-Syracuse received four other nominations for “Best of Syracuse”. Scott Dixon, Afternoon Host, 95X (WAQX) and Dave Frisina, Afternoon Host, 105.9 The Rebel (WXTL) were both finalists for Favorite Radio Personality, while 95X was nominated for Favorite Radio Station, and 95X Locals Only Fest competed in the Favorite Local Music Festival category.
NETWORKS: Envision & Sun Broadcast Group Expand Affiliation Partnership
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 28TH, 2017 –– Sun Broadcast Group announced they have expanded their partnership with Envision Networks® to include additional affiliate sales support for Sun’s nationally syndicated shows, Little Steven’s Underground Garage and Slacker & Steve. Envision will continue its affiliation support for Sun’s Shazam for Radio platform, a role they’ve been in since 2016.
Sun Broadcast Group and Envision Networks® have been working closely together for years on various products including advertising sales support for Envision Hispanic and general market products including 6 Second Reviews, AudioMonky, Our Auto Expert and Collin Raye’s Country Rewind. “We are very excited to expand our partnership with Envision Networks to include these amazing shows and services,” said Jason Bailey (shown), Sun Broadcast Group’s CEO. “Danno and Laura have become an extension of our family here at Sun over the last eight years and remain so grateful for their continued hard work and support.” “With the continued success of Shazam For Radio affiliations, we are thrilled to add Slacker & Steve and Little Steven’s Underground Garage to the list or programming we can offer radio stations,” said Danno Wolkoff, President and CEO of Envision Networks®. For more information, call Sun Broadcast Group (800) 871-6163
[WATCH] SNL Security Guard Turns Out To Be Salem Network Affiliate Manager
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 28TH, 2017 –– NBC-TV has just started running promos for this weekend’s season premiere of NBC's SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE with guest host Ryan Gosling. On the promos, as the “LaLa Land” star fantasizes about his fame and talent….he’s stopped at the entry desk at 30 Rockefeller Plaza by a security guard who tells him: “Okay, but you’re still gonna need a Visitor’s Pass to get upstairs.” That “guard” is actually Salem Radio Network east coast Affiliate Relations manager Jim Bligh, who has also appeared in a number of major motion pictures including Man On A Ledge and the Meryl Streep film Ricki and the Flash.
When he isn’t appearing on TV or the big screen, Bligh helps secure new affiliates for SRN talk shows hosted by Hugh Hewitt, Mike Gallagher, Larry Elder and others. WATCH HERE
EVENTS: Y108 Pittsburgh Brings Back Girls With Guitars; Charlotte's The KAT Assembles Acoustic Jam To Benefit St. Jude; Bay Area's KBLX Hosts Diaper Drive
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 28TH, 2017 –– CBS RADIO Pittsburgh announced the lineup for its fifth annual “Y108 Girls With Guitars” concert. RaeLynn, Carly Pearce and Danielle Bradbery will perform at this year’s event, to be held at Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh’s North Shore on Thursday, October 5. “Y108 Girls With Guitars” also serves as a fundraiser for Glimmer of Hope, a Pittsburgh-based organization on the front lines of the fight against breast cancer through its funding of research and programs.
-- iHeartMedia Charlotte’s 96.9 The Kat, Charlotte’s #1 Station for New Country, announced Monday an all-star lineup for the Kat 6 Man + Cam Acoustic Jam taking place on Thursday, November 2 at Coyote Joe’s in Charlotte. A portion of the proceeds from the ticket sales will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Kat 6 Man + Cam Acoustic Jam lineup includes Country artists Big & Rich, Scotty McCreery, Jerrod Niemann, William Michael Morgan, Chase Bryant, Cam and newcomer Ben Rue. In addition, 96.9 The Kat’s on-air personalities Paul Schadt and Meg will host the event.
-- 102.9 KBLX is answering the call to help! This is a diaper and baby wipe drive to help the families who are victims of Hurricane Harvey in the Texas area. KBLX will do a live broadcast with its Morning Dream Team, followed by Sterling James, Antoine Davis & Armand this Friday, September 29th. All diapers and baby wipes collected will be sent directly to the Houston Diaper Bank in Texas. Operations Manager, Elroy Smith said “The KBLX family has always been and continues to be a pillar in our local community. It is extremely important to us to do what we can to help those impacted by the devastating hurricane in Texas and keep them top of mind.”
Wasps Take BOB-FM Off The Air In The UK -
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 28TH, 2017 –– BOB-FM went off the air in parts of the Home Counties on Saturday morning. A swarm of wasps was to blame. They built a giant nest next to the transmitter in Hertfordshire and some of them managed to get into the power supply shorting it out. Within a couple of hours, General Manager and co-owner of the station Brett Harley managed to get inside the transmitter building and re-set the the ripped circuit breaker without being stung. He said when it came back to life he heard the sound of wasps being fried. A pest controller has since been to the sight and removed the wasp nest which was approximately three feet long. The station continued to broadcast on it’s other two FM frequencies from other transmitters, stayed streaming online and on DAB (Britain’s HD Radio).
Record Breaking Year For SCA’s Charity Drive - In Australia Southern Cross Austereo’s annual radio and television charity drive ‘Give Me 5 for Kids’ is celebrating a record-breaking year. They Raised $A2,581,548 ($US2,026,038) across the country in 2017. Donations are up 15% on last year’s total and marked the fourth year in a row the campaign has raised over $2.2 million. Of the money raised, 95% will go directly to purchasing lifesaving equipment for children’s wards in regional hospitals. One of the inspirational moments of this year’s drive was the $100K raised by Shepparton local Paul Archer’s Battery Drive. Other fundraising highlights include Rockhampton’s inaugural “Rock Concert”, sponsored sports events and a sky high crane stunt. Give Me 5 for Kids has now raised $22 million in total since its humble beginnings as a coin drive in 1994, lifting its profile to a well-known nationwide charity ever since.
Jim Davis Joins The Team At BBC Radio London - After 7 years presenting for BBC Radio Leicester and most recently their breakfast show, Jim Davis is joining BBC Radio London. Jim will join the line up at BBC Radio London, presenting overnights Saturday-Monday replacing David Prever and Jason Rosam. Saturday and Sunday 2-6am and Monday 1-4am. Jim previously presented the late night show for LBC Fridays and Saturdays and Heart radio.
Want to connect with Graham? Reach him at +44 7752 416905. Twitter: @GrahamMack Web: www.mackmedia.co.uk Email: email@example.com
Hugh Hefner Passes Away At 91; Timberlake Returns To SB
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BUSINESS: Entercom Divest Stations In LA, San Diego & Wilkes-Barre Ahead Of Merger
Transaction Marks First Required Divestitures Related To Pending Merger With CBS Radio
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 27TH, 2017 –– Entercom announced that it has entered into an agreement to divest three stations to Educational Media Foundation (EMF), including KSWD-FM 100.3 The Sound in Los Angeles, KSOQ-FM 92.1 in San Diego and WGGI-FM 95.9 in Wilkes-Barre. This transaction marks the first required divestitures related to Entercom’s pending merger with CBS Radio. “We have made great progress towards the completion of our merger with CBS Radio and this agreement with EMF brings us one step closer to the finish line,” said David Field, President and Chief Executive Officer, Entercom. “We remain on track to close the CBS Radio transaction later this year and confident in the value-creating opportunities presented by this transformational combination.”
Based in Rocklin, California, EMF is a non-profit organization that operates radio networks specializing in adult contemporary Christian music, including K-LOVE and Air1. As of September 26, 2017, EMF owns and operates some 770 FM stations and translators. With EMF adding to its footprint in Los Angeles, San Diego and Wilkes-Barre, EMF CEO Mike Novak commented, “We are particularly excited to see what God has in store for the people of Los Angeles, through our new station, Positive & Encouraging K-LOVE at 100.3 FM. The people at Entercom have been a joy making this purchase possible.”
Matt McAllister Takes Over Mornings At KKWF/The Wolf Seattle
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 27TH, 2017 –– As Jockline first reported yesterday, KKWF, FM 100.7 The Wolf announced that Matt McAllister will host its new morning show starting the week of October 2, 2017 from 6:00am to 10:00am PST. McAllister arrives from KNIX-FM in Phoenix, where he spent a decade on-air in the mornings. He is the proud recipient of the Personality of the Year awards from both the Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association in 2010 and 2015 respectively. Joining Matt from Phoenix will be Producer Joe (Wallace)
“Matt is creative, innovative, competitive, and laser-focused on bringing audiences compelling content for their morning commute. We are excited to welcome him to our team in Seattle, leading the next chapter of mornings for 100.7 The Wolf,” said Drew Bland, Program Director at KKWF 100.7 The Wolf. "I’m both thrilled and grateful to be joining 100.7 The Wolf and Entercom to bring an exciting, expanded new show to its morning listeners. This is the beginning a new chapter for me and I can't wait to get to know Seattle,” shared McAllister. Both the new name and complete cast will be announced at a later date.
Steve & Ted Show Reach Major Milestone
THE MOUTH, 27TH, 2017 –– Today, September 26, KNSS/Wichita's Steve and Ted in the Morning will reach a major milestone as they perform their 5000th show. Steve McIntosh and Ted Woodward have won multiple awards from The Associated Press, Kansas Association of Broadcasters, RTNDA with a Murrow, and the National Association of Broadcasters with a Marconi. They are the most-awarded and longest-running radio show in Wichita.
“One of the reasons I’m always excited to go to work each day is that Steve and Ted are on KNSS mornings” says Tony Duesing, KNSS Program Director. “They have an exciting show that that matters to listeners.” You can hear The Steve and Ted in the Morning weekdays from 6am-9am on KNSS #1 Talk Radio on the FM at 98.7 or the AM at 1330. This award winning show is produced daily by Jad Chambers.
Eric Von Haessler Swapping Shifts With Herman Cane On WSB
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 27TH, 2017 –– Eric Von Haessler is trading places on News 95.5 and AM 750 WSB with Herman Cain starting Monday, October 2 report The AJC's Rodney Ho. The one-time Regular Guy will begin airing a two-hour show from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. while Cain will take over Haessler's one-hour slot at 11 a.m. Von Haessler, whose show is called the “Von Haessler Doctrine,” plans to continue his podcast each day as well. Haessler’s show includes Autumn Fischer, Tim Andrews, Jared Yamamoto, Greg Russ and English Nick.
Haessler began his regular show on WSB in January after hosting a weekend show for a couple of years. “I never stop moving, that’s my strategy,” Von Haessler joked. “Nobody can pin me down. Before I fail at any one thing, I move on and do it another time.” More seriously, he said he said he respects “Herman Cain as a person and as radio personality. I think he’s going to be great at 11. He’s a great lead in to (Limbaugh).” Pete Spriggs, WSB program director, said this will enable Cain to have more flexibility as he continues work in other venues. Haessler was known as one half of the Regular Guys team for 96rock and Rock 100.5 from 1998 through 2013.
The BFOA Establishes Gary Fries Memorial Fund
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 27TH, 2017 –– The Broadcasters Foundation of America, the national charity which serves past and present members of the broadcasting profession, has established the Gary Fries Memorial Fund to honor the former Radio Advertising Bureau President and Chief Executive Officer, Gary Fries. Fries, who was a long-time director of the Broadcasters Foundation, passed away peacefully in Scottsdale, AZ this past Friday, September 22. Anyone wishing to donate in Fries’ honor may visit the Broadcasters Foundation’s website at www.broadcastersfoundation.org, call 212-373-8250, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Gary was very passionate about radio and the mission of the Broadcasters Foundation to help our colleagues in need,” said Jim Thompson, President of the Broadcasters Foundation of America, who co-founded the Radio Mercury Awards with Fries. “He loved the radio profession, supported it, talked about it, and had many dear friends in our business.” To learn more or to donate, please contact the Broadcasters Foundation at 212-373-8250 or email@example.com, or visit www.broadcastersfoundation.org.
GOLDSTEIN: The Power of Audio In The Spotlight During Advertising Week
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 27TH, 2017 –– Amplifi's Steve Goldstein blogs from Advertising Week, a large four-day event with nearly 100,000 attendees so big it takes place in over thirty venues all over New York and covers marketing from angles ranging from programatic to brand building to how to market to Gen Z. Goldstein adds that the session called "Gen Z Doesn't Care About Your Brand." A reminder that advertising has significant challenges connecting with an ever-changing mix of media and platforms.
Tuesday included The Power of Audio Summit, a three hour block with 4 sessions devoted exclusively to podcasting. It was a well attended series that focused on the rapid growth of podcasting, monetization strategies and some star power with ABC Radio bringing Robin Roberts and Rebecca Jarvis to showcase their podcasts. Podcasting certainly is having its moment, says Goldstein. It's hailed for innovative content, its youthful demos, low commercial load environment that defies ad blockers and DVR forwarding along with effective host read ads. But how were the radio sessions? Of the over 270 sessions, there weren't any that I could find. PHOTO/Steve Jones, VP General Manager ABC News Radio, Robin Roberts, GMA + host of "Everybody's Got Something" podcast, Rebecca Jarvis, Chief Business Correspondent & host "No Limits" podcast - SEE COMPLETE BLOG HERE
NPR Music Picks Big Thief, Jamila Woods & Lo Moon For Inaugural ‘Slingshot’
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 27TH, 2017 –– NPR Music and program directors from VuHaus’ public radio music station network announce Big Thief (TR), Jamila Woods (BR)and Lo Moon as the inaugural class of Slingshot, a new collective effort among taste-making stations to elevate the profiles of exceptional emerging artists. The video, interview and live event series will kick off this fall on NPR.org/slingshot. “This is an exciting and game-changing opportunity for emerging artists,” says Anya Grundmann, NPR Vice President for Programming and Audience Development. “We are eager to leverage the full power of the public media system to serve as a launch pad for talent and to connect talent with our passionate and discerning audience.”
“NPR Music and public radio music stations have an unparalleled relationship with their listeners,” adds Roger LaMay, WXPN General Manager and NPR Board Chair. "It’s exciting that these trusted sources for music discovery are collaborating to maximize our footprint as we find, celebrate and ‘slingshot’ artists into the next chapter of their careers.” "Spreading the word about up-and-coming artists is at the core of what we do at WFUV every day," says Rita Houston, Program Director at WFUV in New York. "With Slingshot, we know our collective power with our colleagues in public media around the country is sure to elevate this inaugural class of artists."
SWAAY: Kelly Ford Is Country Music’s Queen of Broadcasting
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 27TH, 2017 ––Alexandra Anastasiohe declares NASH Radio's Kelly Ford as Country Music's Queen of Broadcasting in a recent spread in SWAAY. After planting roots in Nashville a year ago she joins each morning with Ty Bentli and Chuck Wicks for their nationally syndicated morning show, Ty, Kelly and Chuck on Nash 94.7 FM. Anastasiohe says, "Despite the fact the country music industry has been portrayed as mostly male-dominated, that hasn’t stopped Ford from moving forward and continuing the conversation.
SWAAY sat down with with Ford to talk all things country, including the emergence of women in the industry, how social media has changed the game, along with some favorite spots in her colorful city. When asked if she thought it was harder to make a name for yourself as a radio host, she says, "I have never been one to dwell on it, I’ve just forged ahead. Clearly, the playing field is not equal and has largely been a male-dominated industry for a while but I believe that’s slowly changing. I think in a genre like this, it’s reflecting society, and the roles of men and women are changing." READ ENTIRE ARTICLE HERE
Johnjay Van Es' #Lovepup Foundation Draws Nice Spread In 'People' Magazine
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 27TH, 2017 –– The Johnjay & Rich Show’s Johnjay Van Es brought some rescue puppies from his #LovePup Foundation to the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas this past weekend. Performers including Miley and Noah Cyrus, Lorde, Macklemore, Thomas Rhett and French Montana gathered backstage at the T-Mobile Arena to mix and mingle with the puppies. Noah Cyrus adopted one of the puppies, which she documented on Instagram and asked fans to help name him.
People magazine reported on all the #LovePup fun at the music festival. Click here to check out the story and more photos of the music stars interacting with the puppies. Additional photos can be found on Johnjay Van Es’ Instagram feed HERE. Pictured: Miley Cyrus and Johnjay Van Es pose with some #LovePup Foundation rescue puppies backstage at the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Festival at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Aerosmith Cancels Tour Dates Over Tyler Medical Issues
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[WATCH] Trump Does First Radio Intv Since Taking Office; Gets Asked For Liner
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 25TH, 2017 –– During last week's visit to Alabama where President Trump stumped for Senate candidate Luther Strange, he took time to ring up the syndicated Rick & Bubba Show based in Birmingham. After welcoming the President to the show, Trump commented on how he got to meet Bubba (Bill Bussey) on Friday night during the Strange Rally at the Von Braun Center Propst Arena. "I guess it was a record setting rally," Trump boasted. "Ray (Moore) will have a hard time -- If 'Ray' wins (Democrats) will pour in $30 million." Rick Burgess then clarified that Moore's first name was Roy, not Ray." Oops.
At the end of the interview, which was the first radio interview the president said he had done since taking office, Rick Burgess awkwardly asked if Trump would do a short promo for the program. "You don't ask the president for a liner, do you?" Burgess asked Bubba. "Ask him!" Bussey replied. "Mr. President what I'm about to do right now if it's not classy just say 'Burgess I can't do that,' but if we could have you say "this is Donald Trump, president of the United States and you're listening to the Rick and Bubba Show" but if you don't think you should do that we understand."
"I should definitely not do it but I will do it," Trump replied. He then said, "This is Donald Trump, President of the United States. I love the state of Alabama and you're listening to the "Rick and Bubba Show," and enjoy it and if they ever switch allegiance, please do not run this whatever it is." WATCH HERE
CONDOLENCES: Super Agent, Robert Eatman Passes Away
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 26TH, 2017 –– It's with deep sadness that we report the passing of our longtime friend Robert Eatman of Robert Eatman Enterprises who passed away on Sunday, September 24th. According to his company's website, Eatman graduated from Indiana University School of Music with a degree in both Music Performance and Business. He then played French horn professionally throughout Europe and the U.S. Subsequently, Robert earned a law degree from the Chicago Kent School of Law in his native Chicago. In 1991, he founded his talent agency, Robert Eatman Enterprises in LA.
Among Eatman's numerous clients include Rover, host of the syndicated Rover's Morning Glory. He tells Jockline, "18 years ago I sent Bob an unsolicited tape after I read an article he wrote in a trade magazine. I made about $20K at the time...not a lot of upside for an agent...but he believed in me and we worked together to achieve incredible things since then. But, more importantly, he was a very close friend. He warmly opened his home for overnight stays anytime I traveled through Los Angeles. Year after year he trekked to Cleveland with his family for show events, a surprise birthday party for me, and countless other occasions. Bob was the only person I consulted before I proposed to my fiancée. He had met her numerous times, and his response was a testament to his love for his own wife, Robin. "You've found the perfect woman Rover," he told me. "She's just like Robin." I've never cried in front of my staff...until today."
Bill Michaels, co-host of 97X Quad Cities Dwyer & Michaels Show added, "Bob represented us for nearly 25 years. He handled business in a calm confident manner, always acting with integrity. "Tough but fair" is how one of our managers described negotiating with Bob. If there was a deal to be made, you could trust him to deliver. But beyond a work agreement, he gave you peace of mind. He will be greatly missed." According to Wise Brother Media's Johnny Vega who was first to report Eatman's passing, says Robert is survived by his wife Robin, sons Jonah, Justin and Noah, and fellow agent/attorney for the company, his brother Ross Eatman. Photo at right from LA Lawyer's Philharmonic
ON-AIR: Bob Cooney Officially Joins Philly's Fanatic Lineup
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 26TH, 2017 –– Beasley Media Group announced that Bob Cooney has joined Anthony Gargano as Co-host of the 97.5 FM/The Fanatic Morning Show. Cooney had been filling in on the FANATIC for several months. He officially began his new position on Monday, September 11th, 2017. While Cooney is best known for his years as the Sixers beat writer, the sports media veteran has covered everything from the Flyers and Eagles to the World Series and the U.S. Open during his 25 years with the Philadelphia Daily News. He also covered the “Big 5” for many years before becoming the Philadelphia 76ers Beat Writer in 2009. Bob was named the “Pennsylvania Sports Writer of the Year” in 2016.
“We are absolutely thrilled to welcome Bob as the new co-host of the Fanatic Morning Show,” said Vice President and Market Manager Joe Bell. “He is no stranger to Philly sports. His reputation is incredible. In addition to his morning co-hosting duties, Cooney will be extremely involved in the station’s expanded Sixers coverage.
Melissa Miller Joins Magic; Meghan Adds MD Stripes At Island 106 Panama City
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 26TH, 2017 –– Melissa Miller (L) joins Magic Broadcasting II Panama City, FL after putting in nine years "down the street." Before moving back to her hometown, Miller did stints at WKHX, WKCN and WWWQ Atlanta. "I am absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Magic Broadcasting II, a company that has already shown more excitement and support than I could have ever hoped for." "I have been stalking this station since it first signed on! Listening to Wild Willie is like taking a trip down memory lane and it taps into what made me fall in love with country music years ago. I love the artists, the feel of the music and the stories that go along with it all! I am beyond excited about this adventure!" said Miller.
Over at ISLAND 106, Midday Meghan (TR) adds MD Stripes. "Growing up, music was always a common interest me and my family had. Between listening to the classics with my Grandpa, learning Rock music with my Mom, and then me getting my own interest in top 40 music as a kid. There was never a day when music wasn't being played at my house. So to be promoted to Music Director, means a whole lot to me! I'm so happy that my PD, Marc Summers, and my GM, Misty Sims, have recognized what a big love I have for music. It's important to me that our listeners feel the music, hear the message, and enjoy it, just like I have all of my life."
The Chicago Bears And CBS Radio Ink Multi-Year Extension
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 26TH, 2017 –– The Chicago Bears and CBS radio announced a multi-year extension to keep the team’s radio broadcast rights on WBBM Newsradio 780 & 105.9FM. WBBM has been the radio home of the Bears since 2000. Preseason, regular-season and extensive pre- and postgame shows will continue to be featured on the stations.
“All of us at CBS RADIO Chicago are thrilled to continue our 17-year partnership with the NFL’s most preeminent franchise,” said Tim Pohlman, Senior Vice President and Market Manager of CBS RADIO Chicago. “We thank the McCaskey family, Ted Phillips and everyone at the Chicago Bears for their commitment to keeping WBBM Newsradio 780 & 105.9FM as part of this first-class organization for years to come.” In addition to game broadcasts, WBBM Newsradio 780 & 105.9FM will also air the Bears Coaches Show every Monday during the season at 6:30 p.m. hosted by Voice of the Bears on WBBM Newsradio 780 & 105.9FM Jeff Joniak.
2,000 Turnout For 5th Roula And Ryan Road Show; Funds Go To Harvey Relief
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 26TH, 2017 –– KRBE Houston's Roula & Ryan Morning show hosted a HUGE road show at the newest concert venue in the area Friday night! It was the FIFTH Roula and Ryan Road Show at the Smart Financial Center and drew over 2,000 people. Shown in the background is a pre show picture with the house lights on- then a pic of the show members taking a selfie with the crowd behind them.
Roula tells Jockline, "All the money we made went to Houston Harvey relief and we opened the show with the 5 time World Championship bagpipe and Drum band from my old High School.-St. Thomas Episcopal School. Their campus was 70% destroyed in the floods. The band marched in dozens of First responders and we honored them on stage for all their continued help in all the Harvey hell and aftermath. It was pretty amazing! It was a much needed night of laughs and community for a lot of our listeners who have lost a lot with the flooding. We played a lot of on stage games, showed pre-produced videos of what we do after the show in our everyday lives. We had a real life blind date playing out on the stage. It was a great time."
WTMJ To Present Radio Play: 'WTMJ Saves Christmas' Before Live Audience
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 26TH, 2017 –– WTMJ Radio presents “WTMJ Saves Christmas” as the 2017 “Holiday Radio Show” starring Gene Mueller, Jane Matenaer, Jeff Wagner, Wayne Larrivee and a cast of WTMJ hosts and local voices. The show will be presented Monday, November 27 at Turner Hall in Milwaukee, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The radio play will be recorded in front of a live studio audience and replayed on-air throughout the Christmas Season on 620 WTMJ and at WTMJ.com. Gene Mueller will star in the play as he and the WTMJ cast are brought to the North Pole on Christmas Eve to step-in at the last minute for Santa Claus.
The radio play will also feature Packers play-by-play voice Wayne Larrivee, serving as “The Narrator.” WTMJ hosts John Mercure, Melissa Barclay, Steve Scaffidi, Erik Bilstad and Greg Matzek will also appear on stage. Proceeds to benefit the Kids2Kids campaign.
Cox Media Group Launches 'Shoppe At Southern Kitchen' Online Store
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 26TH, 2017 –– With the opening of the Shoppe at Southern Kitchen in mid-August, Cox Media Group’s (CMG) new online destination dedicated to delivering a blended experience of content and commerce is ready to step into the holiday season with a fully operational store. Coupled with original recipes and compelling stories of the American South, the Shoppe at Southern Kitchen breathes new life into the online shopping experience.
“Shopping used to be fun, but online shopping has become too transactional. We want to make shopping fun,” said Sean Pruett, Chief Merchant at Southern Kitchen. “People used to know and trust the person from whom they bought their goods. My sincere hope is that when you choose to shop with Southern Kitchen, we bring a little bit of that fun and personal connection back.” The Shoppe at Southern Kitchen features a variety of goods from well-known national brands and small niche brands, as well as artisans and makers from around the South. Shoppers will be delighted to find cookware, entertaining items, glassware, bar tools, cutlery and more, alongside the compelling stories of the brands and makers creating the goods. “There’s something so organic about reading or watching the story of a maker, and having the ability to buy one of their products in the same place,” said Southern Kitchen’s Editor-in-Chief, Ashley Twist Cole.
Bill O'Reilly To Guest On Fox News' Sean Hannity Show
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NIELSEN: Black Women Listen To Radio At Higher Rates Than Other Women
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 25TH, 2017 –– African-American Women: Our Science, Her Magic is Nielsen’s seventh look at African-American consumers and the second time they's focused its attention on Black women. Radio is still an excellent medium for reaching Black women, with 92% penetration versus the next highest medium, TV, which has 90% reach. Black women listen to radio at slightly higher rates than other women with an average listening time of 14 hours and 7 minutes, versus other women, with an average weekly listening time of 12 hours and 52 minutes. Black women 35 and older have a higher weekly listening time of 15 hours and 17 minutes, compared to Black women ages 18 to 34, who have an average weekly listening time of 11 hours and 47 minutes.
Looking at the top 20 radio stations among Black women nationwide, 11 are an Urban Adult Contemporary format, seven are Urban Contemporary, one is Adult Contemporary, and one is Rhythmic Contemporary Hit. Stations with Urban Contemporary formats are more popular among millennial Black women, while stations with Urban Adult Contemporary are more popular among those age 35 and older. * These trends hold up when polled by Scarborough, with 51% agreeing that they listen to Urban Adult contemporary and 39% agreeing they listen to Urban Contemporary. *Source: Nielsen Radio.
The report summarizes that black women spend more time weekly than do total U.S. females on TV, radio, multimedia devices, and internet and video on both PCs and smartphones. Although all age groups spend the most time on TV, radio has the highest reach at 92%. And with Black women over-indexing against non-Hispanic White women for finding value in radio advertising, that medium still offers good opportunities for advertisers. READ COMPLETE REPORT HERE
SiriusXM Completes $480 Million Pandora Investment; Gregory Maffei Named Chair
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 25TH, 2017 –– SiriusXM and Pandora announced that SiriusXM has purchased $307.5 million of Series A preferred stock in Pandora, completing the $480 million strategic investment announced on June 9, 2017.
Under the terms of the agreement, a subsidiary of SiriusXM purchased $172.5 million of Series A preferred stock upon execution of the agreement on June 9, 2017 and today purchased an additional $307.5 million of the Series A preferred stock.
Upon the closing of this second investment, Gregory B. Maffei (R), the Chairman of SiriusXM, James E. Meyer, the Chief Executive Officer of SiriusXM, and David J. Frear, the Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of SiriusXM, were named to the Pandora Board of Directors. Mr. Maffei was also named Chairman of Pandora. With these additions, Elizabeth Nelson concluded her tenure on Pandora's board, effective immediately. Nelson has served on Pandora's board since 2013. The Pandora Board now consists of nine directors. 1
KTI Milwaukee Welcomes Karen Country
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 25TH, 2017 –– 94.5 KTI COUNTRY has hired Milwaukee radio icon and Country Music Hall of Famer Karen Dalessandro to host Afternoon Drive and serve as music director beginning Wednesday, September 27. Dalessandro is a two-time CMA Personality of the Year and the former morning show host of crosstown iHeart Media Country station FM106. After 19 years on-air in Milwaukee, Dalessandro “retired” from FM106 in March. “I made the switch to 94.5 KTI Country to join a staff that is excited about Country music, committed to winning and actually living in Milwaukee. It's refreshing to see this kind of radio still exists...GM Tom Langmyer and PD Ryan Wild deserve much credit for believing that real people doing real radio is important to the community they serve. I spent 19 years hosting Milwaukee morning radio so to continue my career as music director/afternoons at WKTI is more than I could have imagined!,” said Dalessandro.
"KTI COUNTRY is proud to be the Local Country station - and Country listeners in Wisconsin know and love Karen. She is an incredibly talented broadcaster,” said Tom Langmyer vice president/general manager of 94.5 KTI COUNTRY. “Karen is the most credible Country voice in the market, is the best known and lives for doing good in our community. We’re proud she’s on our team.” To celebrate Karen’s arrival, the station has flipped to “94.5 KAREN Country.” The name will stick as the station counts down to Karen’s first show at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, September 27.
ON-AIR: 107.5 The River Nashville Kicks Off 'The Wells Adams Show'
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 25TH, 2017 –– Beginning today, September 25th, iHeart's WRVW-FM 107.5 The River Nashville will debut the new "Wells Adams Show," weekdays from 7-10pm. Adams is a 10-year market vet and most recently handled afternoons on co-owned WNRQ-FM/105.9 The Rock. He's also hosted mornings on WNRQ-FM-HD2. Wells was also a recent contestant on ABC’s 'The Bachelorette' and a bartender on ABC’s 'Bachelor in Paradise.'
WRVW Program Director Jonathan Shuford commented, "Wells is already a well-known and talented radio personality here in Music City, a reality show star, social influencer and all-around great guy. It just made sense to marry his pedigree with Nashville's most-listened to station and we're excited to launch this new chapter in Nashville radio." "I can't tell you how excited I am to join 107.5 The River," added Adams. "In the 10 years that I've been on the air in Nashville, the dream has always been to have a show on a legendary Top 40 station like The River, and now that dream is a reality. I promise you one thing Nashville, we are going to have some fun together."
ON-AIR: Dave & Ceej Take Over Mornings At Island 106 Panama City
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 25TH, 2017 –– WILN-FM Panama City, FL OM Marc Summers says, "These guys are more than just funny. These guys know what is needed to win in today's fragmented competitive digital landscape. This comment comes before the debut of Dave & Ceej to mornings. "We've never been so excited to get to work in our lives! Huge thank you to Marc and Misty for taking a chance on us... And to Steve Kramer (former morning host at WILN) for fighting for our show when nobody else would!
Dave and Ceej David "Dave" Dean has worked at WOMX, KMLE, KOOL, KZON and most recently at KMPS in Seattle as MD/PM Drive. Find him on socials @TheDavidDean. For CJ, this is his first radio gig and he joins the madness with an education and writing background. He changes his name more than anyone you'll ever meet. The move follows the exit of Jenn Ryan who exits to pursue other opportunities. The Dave & Ceej show begins Monday, October 9th.
CONDOLENCES: Longtime Miami Host Rick Shaw Passes Away At 78
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 25TH, 2017 –– We were saddened to learn that longtime Miami radio host Rick Shaw passed away last Friday. He was 78. According to The Miami Herald, Shaw was credited with being the first host in South Florida to play the Beatles while working for WQAM/Miami in 1964.
In addition to WQAM, during his 46-year career in Miami he also aired on WAXY and most recently WMXJ/Magic 102.7. Shaw was known to finish each program with the 1959 Ray Peterson classic Goodnight My Love.
In 2006, Shaw surprised listeners by announcing his retirement. Back then Shaw told The Herald's Howard Cohen, “I’ve seen it all come and go,” said Shaw. “I got into radio when I was a senior in high school. Elvis was coming on strong. Rock was getting up and learning to walk and here I was starting my career.” He is survived by sons Rick and Sean Hummell.
Former RAB President CEO Gary Fries Passes
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 25TH, 2017 –– “It is with great sadness that we mourn the passing of our friend and colleague, Gary Fries," announced RAB President/CEO Erica Farber. "Gary served the RAB and industry for 14 years and during his tenure as radio's leading advocate he provided tremendous leadership and guidance. Under his direction, the RAB increased its membership and introduced and advanced numerous sales training programs. He spearheaded radio to the forefront in media accountability, playing a dominant role in the development of RAEL working with advertisers, agencies and broadcasters to further the industry's understanding of how radio advertising works. He also encouraged radio to embrace electronic data interchange, urging the industry to adopt electronic invoicing. Upon his departure from the RAB, he left with the title of President Emeritus and continued to hold a seat on the RAB Board to his very last day. With a large physical presence and a strong personality he always made his presence known."
Farber added, "On a personal note, Gary and I partnered together on many initiatives and I always found a welcoming partner and friend. Our thoughts are with his family and friends during this time.“
92.5 Maxima & Walmart Team For Puerto Rico Relief
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 25TH, 2017 –– 92.5 MAXIMA (WYUU-FM) and Walmart teamed up for a Hurricane Relief Drive in Tampa, Florida over the weekend. A station spox said 'We have teamed up with CaringForPuertoRico.org, which will be providing cargo planes to deliver all supplies collected directly to Puerto Rico.
They will be making numerous trips to the island until necessary. Suddath Moving Company of Tampa has donated their trucks for the transportation and cargo of the donated items to be delivered to the airport.
EVENTS: CBS Radio Presents 3rd Annual 'Stars & Strings' In Honor Of Vets
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 25TH, 2017 –– CBS RADIO will present its third annual STARS AND STRINGS show, in honor of our nation’s Veterans and their families, on Wednesday, November 15 at The Chicago Theatre in downtown Chicago. The all-star lineup features Brad Paisley, Chris Young, Darius Rucker, Kelsea Ballerini, Lady Antebellum, and Sam Hunt with a special appearance by Lindsay Ell.
“STARS AND STRINGS is CBS RADIO’s annual tribute to our nation’s military veterans who do so much to protect our freedoms and our very way of life,” said Chris Oliviero, Executive Vice President of Programming, CBS RADIO. “We’ve assembled an amazing roster of artists to help us celebrate this special group at the landmark Chicago Theatre.”
iHeart Music Festival Rocked Las Vegas
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 25TH, 2017 –– After two days and dozens of legendary performances, the seventh annual iHeartRadio Music Festival hosted by Ryan Seacrest, host and producer of “On Air with Ryan Seacrest,” concluded Saturday evening at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas with unforgettable performances by Coldplay, The Weeknd, DJ Khaled, Chris Stapleton, Lorde, Kings of Leon, Big Sean, P!NK, Miley Cyrus (shown), Thirty Seconds to Mars, Niall Horan, David Guetta, Thomas Rhett, Harry Styles, Kesha and more, plus this year's Macy's iHeartRadio Rising Star winner, James Maslow.
Elvis Duran hosted a live backstage broadcast featuring exclusive artist interviews and performances that aired across iHeartMedia radio stations throughout the country in more than 150 markets and on iHeartRadio. The CW Network also exclusively live streamed both nights of the festival and the Daytime Village via CWTV.com and The CW App. The CW will also broadcast a two-night television special on Wednesday, October 4 and Thursday, October 5 from 8:00p.m – 10:00p.m. EST/PST.
Is Luke Bryan Joining 'Idol?; Stevie Wonder Takes A Knee
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[WATCH] Senator Pushing Government To Activate Hidden FM Chips In Phones
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 22ND, 2017 –– You can add U.S. Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) to the list of those pushing the government to require smartphone manufacturers to activate a hidden FM chips inside their products. And now he wants the FCC to get involved, reports NBC 2 Ft. Myers. With the recent hurricanes, many are now reconsidering the significance of a radio. Jeremy Azinger who runs a smartphone store in downtown Fort Myers claims activating the feature would be an easy task. “I can easily imagine there being a setting on your phone that you turn on and off at your leisure to have access ability to your radio." Many people were surprised to hear their phone had this feature. “That shocks me. If it's in there already, why aren't [cell phone manufacturers] doing it?” asked Barbara Bartnikowski of North Fort Myers.
Senator Nelson wants that same question answered. Companies like Apple are against it. However, some Android phones have the feature unbeknown to most users. Companies like Samsung, AT&T, and T-mobile are on board. FEMA also supports it, calling it a great communication device in time of crisis - WATCH HERE
MARY BERNER: How We Fixed Our Toxic Culture; 'Change Starts At The Top'
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 22ND, 2017 –– Mary Berner stepped into her role as CEO of Cumulus Media when it was in free fall—and she was tasked with reviving it. Two years later, the company has turned the corner thanks to a relentless focus on improving the culture and motivating employees. "When I took on the challenge of turning around Cumulus Media in October 2015, it was a company in free fall: four straight years of declines in radio listenership, four straight years of revenue declines, three straight years of EBITDA declines, and underperforming acquisitions which had saddled the company with an untenable debt load. We also had lousy systems, crumbling infrastructure and unhappy employees who told us in surveys that the ‘dysfunctional,’ ‘toxic’ and ‘lousy’ culture was the primary reason for the company’s poor performance. It was clear from the start that Cumulus would not be saved by any of the traditional turnaround quick fixes.
The company had already made meaningful cost reductions. With our heavy debt, any transformational M&A was also off the table. The market was not going to help—we started the turnaround just as headwinds in the radio industry started to pick up speed. Fixing Cumulus meant significantly improving basic business performance. The big unknown was whether our demoralized employees would step up to the plate. With almost 6,000 employees spread across radio stations in 90 markets, there had been almost no investment in rank-and-file employees, and turnover hovered around 50%. The company hadn’t given raises in over 10 years and some working conditions were almost unbelievable. I got a call a few days into my tenure complaining about the snakes that had fallen through the rotting ceiling in one of our offices. In contrast, top management received large and highly visible perks—travel on a private plane, hefty expense accounts and lavish offices.
“Culture change starts at the top.” I knew that a disengaged workforce and high employee turnover made reversing the company’s downward spiral extremely difficult. So, I turned to a Culture Fix Playbook I had honed over time, and began to implement six must-do strategies. READ ENTIRE ARTICLE HERE
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Cheryl Salomone Named VP/MM For Cumulus Fayetteville
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 22ND, 2017 –– Cumulus Media has appointed seasoned broadcasting executive Cheryl Salomone as Vice President/Market Manager for its four-station group in Fayetteville, NC, effective October 2, 2017. Salomone joins Cumulus from Pamal Broadcasting in White Plains, NY, where she was Director of Non-Traditional Revenue and Local Sales Manager for WXPK. Previously, she was Vice President/Market Manager for Adams Radio Group in Salisbury/Ocean City, MD. She was also Regional Vice President for Townsquare Media overseeing Tri Cities and Yakima, WA, and prior to that, was General Manager for Townsquare’s stations in Billings, MT.
Mark Sullivan, Regional Vice President, Cumulus Media, said: “I am thrilled to have Cheryl on our team. We’re privileged to have a manager of her caliber and track record of sustained success leading the charge for our great stations in Fayetteville.” Salomone said: "I am privileged to be joining the talented and passionate team in Fayetteville and thrilled to be returning to North Carolina. I look forward to the great things we will accomplish together. I would like to thank Mary Berner, Bob Walker and Mark Sullivan for this wonderful opportunity to join Cumulus Media." Cumulus Media owns and operates Fayetteville, NC, radio stations WMGU-FM (Magic 106.9), WQSM-FM (Q98), WRCQ-FM (Rock 103), and WFNC-AM (AM 640 WFNC).
PROGRAMMING: Michael La Crosse Appointed PD For iHeart Portland Combo
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 22ND, 2017 –– iHeart's AC KKCW-FM and Classic Hits KLTH-FM Portland, OR has named Michael La Crosse as Program Director, effective October 9. Previously La Crosse programmed KOST-FM and KHHT-FM Los Angeles. La Crosse held prior stints at WLS-FM and WZZN-FM in Chicago.
"Michael's skill set is a natural match for taking the reins of KKCW and KLTH in Portland," said iHeartMedia/Pacific Northwest Region SVP/Programming Tim Herbster. "His vast experience in programming for these formats and working with top talent is second to none. We can't wait to welcome him to our community." "I'm excited to be joining the great teams at KKCW and KLTH," added La Crosse. "They are among the gold standards in their respective formats and I'm very humbled and lucky to be joining them. My thanks to Greg Ashlock, Robert Dove, Tim Herbster and Andrew Jeffries for providing this opportunity."
MOVES: Frank Monroe Tapped As WTMJ/WKTI Milwaukee Production Direction
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 22ND, 2017 –– 620 WTMJ and 94.5 KTI COUNTRY announced that Frank Monroe has joined the stations as Production Director. Monroe joins Scripps from Crystal Lake, Illinois where he served as the Production Director for Matrix Broadcasting and Midday host for WZSR.
"Frank is an experienced creative leader who will drive results for our local advertisers. His customer service, professionalism, voice work and commercial copywriting stand out,” said Tom Langmyer, vice president and general manager for Scripps Radio in Milwaukee and vice president, news/talk/sports for E.W. Scripps. Monroe starts on Friday, September 29.
STUDY: Radio Drives 29% Incremental Search Results
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 22ND, 2017 –– The Radio Advertising Bureau, revealed new research that proves radio advertising drives search results. Based upon its analysis of over 2100 local radio ads across 6 different categories, there was a 29% incremental lift in search results. Radio is extremely effective in driving search during weekdays and in the daytime.
“We already know that radio delivers a strong return on an advertisers’ investment,” said Erica Farber (FL), RAB President and CEO. “Now we know it drives search results across a number of advertising categories in addition to other metrics.” President and CEO of Media Monitors Philippe Generali (L) said, “The study proves that radio significantly impacts digital behaviors and activities – and is even more relevant in a digital and e-commerce world.” “It was also clear that there is an opportunity to increase this benefit with smart, measurement-informed, placements and creative approaches.” “Showing the value of radio advertising through a combination of Big Data and advanced analytics yields significant new insights for advertisers,” added Steve Cohen, Partner at in4mation insights. “As a means to drive ROI, this research shows that radio ads have an important and rightful place in the toolbox of modern marketers.” This study designed and commissioned by the RAB, was conducted by Sequent Partners, Media Monitors, and In4mation Insights in June and July of this year in the top 31 markets.
New Breakfast Show For Virgin UK; Woman's Show Wins Diversity Award
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 22ND, 2017 –– Newstalk has announced it has officially suspended George Hook following his comments about rape last week. George has also apologized for his comments. His sponsor, Dalata Hotel Group, said it had terminated its advertising deal with the station as a result. Here’s what he actually said on the air, “..But when you then look deeper into the story you have to ask certain questions. Why does a girl who just meets a fella in a bar go back to a hotel room? She's only just barely met him. She has no idea of his health conditions, she has no idea who he is, no idea what dangers he might pose. But is there no blame now to the person who puts themselves in danger?..."
Award For talkRADIO’s Badass Woman’s Hour - The Badass Woman’s Hour show and podcast from talkRADIO has won the Diversity in Media Awards’ Radio Programme of the Year. Launched in January on the UK national digital station, the show is hosted by Harriet Minter, Natalie Campbell and Emma Sexton. The DIMAs celebrate media which goes out of its way to produce diverse and challenging content. The awards are voted for by the public with Badass Women’s Hour gathering the most votes in the Radio Programme of the Year.
Gem 106 breakfast duo Sam and Amy are joining national digital station Virgin Radio to do the same timeslot, replacing Edith Bowman. Their appointment was announced at a special Virgin Radio party in London. Sam Pinkham and Amy Voce have been on Gem 106 and its predecessor Heart for the last 11 years and have also done cover shifts on Radio 2 and Magic. They won Gold at the Radio Academy Awards in 2013 and 2014. Edith Bowman does her last show on Virgin Radio breakfast on Friday 30th September, while Jo and Sparky take over Gem 106 breakfast from 16th October.
Want to connect with Graham? Reach him at +44 7752 416905. Twitter: @GrahamMack Web: www.mackmedia.co.uk Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
EVENTS: Hot 97 New York's Summer Jam Is Back In Tokyo
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 22ND, 2017 –– WQHT HOT 97 FM NYC announced it is bringing HOT 97’s Summer Jam back to Tokyo on November 11, 2017 with Japan-based Avex Entertainment. HOT 97 SUMMER JAM TOKYO sold out last year immediately and tickets were difficult to find, sending a wave of shock throughout the music industry and Hip Hop fans in Japan.
“We’re thrilled to bring HOT 97 and Summer Jam back to Tokyo as we take the next step in growing these venerable brands for the passionate and growing global Hip Hop audience. Our collaboration with our partners last year laid the foundation for an even larger event in November and further expansion in the coming years,” said Patrick Walsh, President, Emmis Communications.
New this year will be the addition of the FESTIVAL STAGE which has come to be known as the gateway to success in New York, where young, local artists who dream of a chance to step out from Asia into the rest of the world will be featured. HOT 97 SUMMER JAM TOKYO has their attention locked into Japan’s younger generation still new to Hip Hop, those consumers whose tastes in music style, fashion and street culture continue to evolve. “This is an exciting time for our international brand partners to get in early and seed relationships with the next generation of globally-conscious consumers,” said Ben Finley, HOT 97’s Director of Global Business Development.
Yoko Ono Halts Sale Of Lennon Lemonade; NFL On Jay Z Rumor
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[WATCH] Hurricane Maria Rips Off Roof Of Puerto Rico Radio Station, But Host Stays On-Air And Continues Interview
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 21ST, 2017 –– Despite the rooftop of WKAQ-AM Puerto Rico being ripped off during Hurricane Maria, Ruben Sanchez (inset) would not let it interrupt a live interview with Gov. Ricardo Rossello. According to The Miami Herald, less than an hour after Hurricane Maria plowed into Puerto Rico, Sanchez suddenly interrupted his broadcast on Univision’s WKAQ-AM (580) saying the station had become “vulnerable.” He and his colleagues would soon abandon the premises. “Stay safe,” Roselle said, urging them to see shelter in an internal hallway. Finding refuge — and a safe place to keep broadcasting — turned out to be complicated. They ended the Roselle interview and broke into a commercial, leaving listeners in suspense. When they returned to the air a few minutes later, Sanchez switched from compiling reports on Maria’s damage to reporting on the harm the storm inflicted on his own station as it unfolded. “A few of the offices exploded,” he said,
On-air staffers scrambled, making their way into the studios of a sister station, WKAQ-FM (104.7), known as KQ-105. But even that proved insufficient. Moments later, News Director Jaime Cosme grabbed the microphone to say they were devising a makeshift studio deeper in the building — a structure that, until Wednesday morning, the station had considered a “bunker.” Sanchez likened the scene to a grenade blast. “It was a bunker,” Sanchez said. “We could see the sky because the roof blew off.” WATCH HERE - For another look at the Hurricane Maria's Fury, check out this CNN VIDEO HERE - PHOTOS/LEFT Screengrab
Art Laboe To Break On-Air World Record
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 21ST, 2017 –– Radio legend, Art Laboe, will begin his 75th consecutive year on the radio this Sunday, September 24, 2017. In doing, he will break the Guinness World Record for the longest career as a radio host. Laboe’s career began at KSAN/San Francisco on September 23rd, 1943. Art was inducted in the National Radio Hall Of Fame in 2012 and received a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame in the category of radio in 1981. “Art Laboe is an LA legend like Vin Scully and Chick Hearn… his work and brand are truly synonymous with LA’s music history and culture,” said, Meruelo Media President, Otto Padron. “It is an honor to have him as a part of our Meruelo Radio Family.”
The record breaking feat can be heard live on the Art Laboe Sunday Special immediately following Sunday’s Raider’s football broadcast on 93.5 KDAY-FM at 9pm PST on SEPTEMBER 24th on 93.5 KDAY-FM. Laboe said, “I have one of the best jobs in the world, playing the music, interacting with our listeners, doing their dedications and connecting them with their loved ones -- And thank you to the promoters we work with on our concerts and to our many friends and colleagues at our many radio stations that have aired and currently air The Art Laboe Connection.
CBS' 102.7 FRESH-FM NYC Debuts New Afternoon, Nightime And Weekend Show
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 21ST, 2017 –– WNEW/FRESH 102.7 NYC is debuting new shows with Mike Adams (shown above) in the afternoon (Monday-Friday 3:00-7:00 PM) and Cane (BL) moving to evenings (Monday-Friday 7:00 PM-12:00 AM). Matt Sneed (BR) takes over during mid-days on Saturdays and Sundays beginning this weekend. The announcement was made by Program Director, Jim Ryan. All three hosts can be heard on-air on New York’s FRESH 102.7 FM, online at fresh1027.com and through the Radio.com mobile app.
“Mike’s experience in CHR in Philly and on our sister station, 92.3 AMP, will help WNEW grow with an active audience. Cane’s long time experience in the New York market is invaluable, and we look forward to Matt’s continuing contributions in his fill in and weekend starring roles. I’m very excited about this new line-up on Fresh,” said Ryan. Mike Adams added, "I've been trying to convince Jim to hire me for quite a while now; I guess I finally wore him down. Jim Ryan is a legend in the industry; I'm honored I get to work for him. This gig is every radio jock's dream, including mine. Thank you to Jim, Chris Oliviero, and my agent Tony Burton."
Tonya & Sonic Take Mornings On Energy SD;Josh 'JT' Holleman Now Middays On WIL-FM
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 21ST, 2017 –– San Diego’s ENERGY 103.7 welcomes Tonya Gonzalez and Sean “Sonic” Leckie (TL) as co-hosts of the new Tonya and Sonic morning show on ENERGY 103.7 which officially launched on Tuesday, September 12. The show airs weekdays from 6:00 to 10:00 AM. Tonya began her radio career in 2007 at KHTS when she worked as an intern, gradually moving up through the ranks of promotions and programming including working alongside AJ Machado as co-host for 10 years. “There’s no mistaking the drive and passion Tonya and Sonic have for winning. Their chemistry together is undeniable and they know this city and the ENERGY listeners. We’re excited to bring everyone along for the ride.” adds Chris Patyk, ENEGY 103.7 Program Director.
Sonic began his radio career in 2006 as an intern for AJ’s Playhouse on KHTS San Diego. After a successful stint in Atlanta, helping launch Power 96.1-WWPW as the Afternoon host, Sonic returned to San Diego as the Afternoon Drive host on ENERGY 103.7, developed a Mix DJ Team and two online video series - #TacoShoppin, and #SingleInSanDiego.
-- Hubbard’s New Country 92.3, WIL St. Louis is happy to announce that Josh “JT” Holleman (TR)has been promoted to middays. JT came to New Country 92.3 last year from AMP/CBS Detroit to host nights. His work ethic, positivity, willingness to take direction and follow strategy in concert with his amazingly fun/interactive sound makes him PERFECTLY appealing to our young female demo says PD Scott Roddy. "The New Country Home Team is vigorously dedicated to winning, and each other. Josh is the most “comfortable in his own skin” person I’ve ever known and we are fortunate to have his talent on the “Home Team!” APD/MD Danny Montana moves from middays to evenings.
PROGRAMMING: David Dean Named PD For The Bull Las Vegas
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 21ST, 2017 –– iHeartMedia Las Vegas announced that David Dean has been named Program Director for 95.5 The Bull, Las Vegas’ Dean will report to Tony Matteo, Regional Senior Vice President for iHeartMedia Central California/Nevada. “David brings tremendous experience and a winning track record to the 95.5 The Bull brand,” said Matteo. “The station has emerged as the market leader and Dean’s energy and passion will be a perfect fit to take it to the next level. He’ll thrive here in the Entertainment Capital Of The World.”
Dean joins 95.5 The Bull from New Orleans, where he most recently served as Program Director for 101.1 WNOE. He has also previously served as the Assistant Program Director for Q104.1 in Greensboro/Winston Salem, NC. He began his career at 98.1 The Bull in Lexington, KY. “I’m excited and honored that the iHeartMedia Las Vegas team is giving me this amazing opportunity to help lead 95.5 The Bull.” said Dean. “Being able to work with 101.1 WNOE and the iHeartMedia New Orleans team has been an incredible three years but I’m looking forward to joining 95.5 The Bull and the team in Vegas."
PODCAST: ABC News ‘Nightline’ To Adapt Docu-Series ‘A Murder On Orchard Street,’ Into Podcast Beginning In October
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 21ST, 2017 –– ABC News “Nightline” will examine the twists and turns of one intriguing unsolved murder in the new multiplatform docu-series “A Murder on Orchard Street” premiering Tuesday, October 3. The seven-part narrative, which will be available across all ABC News digital platforms, select streaming platforms and adapted into a podcast produced by ABC Radio, features unprecedented behind-the-scenes access to the NYPD’s investigation, from the first moments after the homicide of 25-year-old Burke O’Brien in 2003 to present day. Additionally, each week “Nightline” will take a deep dive into cutting edge policing, examining the various tools, tactics and technology that detectives use in their investigations.
In “A Murder on Orchard Street,” ABC News producer and reporter Christina Kiely, who covered the O’Brien case moment-to-moment in 2003, joins ex-NYC detective Kenny Silvia in a renewed effort to solve the crime and bring the murderer(s) to justice. While reviewing original case footage, Kiely stumbles upon a possible new lead that could change the course of the case completely. The series features nearly every player involved in the case – both then and now – including the detectives, the victim’s family and the people who were there in those fateful final moments. “Taking a fresh look at a captivating case like this one allows us an opportunity to creatively showcase our rich archive in a new and dynamic way,” said Roxanna Sherwood, Executive Producer of the series. “My hope is that the story will engage the public to help unravel new details and clues that could mean the difference for a family waiting so long to see justice done.” Starting Tuesday, October 3, the first five episodes will be available to watch on ABCNews.com, the ABC News apps and streaming platforms including Roku, Apple TV, Hulu and Xbox One. On the same day, ABC Radio will launch the weekly podcast which Kiely will narrate, with episodes available to download, subscribe or listen to on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Play Music, TuneIn andABCNewsPodcasts.com.
CBS Radio Gives Radio.com A Makeover
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 21ST, 2017 –– CBS RADIO has launched a new and improved version of its free streaming mobile app, Radio.com. The app features a fresh new look and logo to complement an easy-to-navigate experience now with higher streaming quality. “Audiences want choice and that’s exactly what we’ve given them with this relaunch of the Radio.com app,” said J.D. Crowley, CBS RADIO’s Executive Vice President of Digital. “By combining their favorite local radio stations and on-demand content, we are catering to the distinctive tastes of mobile-first audiences, giving them control over when and where they engage with our content through a free, best-in-class experience.”
All of the company’s radio stations are available via Radio.com along with its diverse portfolio of more than 350 podcasts and popular programming from CBS Sports Radio. All content, whether live or on-demand, is always free. The refreshed app also features customizable sections for a user’s stations and subscribed-to podcasts. The newly added “auto play” feature launches a user’s last played station upon re-opening the app. A dedicated podcast page allows users to subscribe to their favorites, and new episodes automatically download when a user’s device is connected to WiFi. Crowley adds, “Through a combination of smart targeting and deep, custom integration opportunities for advertisers, we align our partners’ brands with our premium content so that listeners are both receptive and responsive to the advertising messages being delivered.
iHeartRadio Joins With KEYPR To Bring Music To Hotel Rooms
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 21ST, 2017 –– KEYPR® announced it has joined forces with iHeartRadio to seamlessly bring a new custom music experience into hotel rooms across the country. iHeartRadio will offer guests thousands of Live Radio stations from across the U.S., personalized custom Artist Radio stations, and the top podcasts and on-air personalities available everywhere listeners are. Plus, iHeartRadio features easy-to-use on-demand functionality which makes radio truly interactive and connects listeners directly to their music collections.
“Offering an easy-to-use seamless music experience everywhere listeners are, is paramount to iHeartRadio,” said Jessica Jerrick, Executive Vice President of Business Development and Partnerships for iHeartMedia. “We are excited to work with KEYPR on our first hospitality space integration. Together, we will further enhance the guest experience by bringing iHeartRadio’s world-class music content and top personalities directly into their hotel room through KEYPR’s innovative platform.” This partnership also opens up an opportunity for hotels on the KEYPR platform to curate custom playlists. iHeartRadio will be easily accessible directly via in-room tablets where hoteliers can decide which custom music experiences to highlight. On the back end, hotels will receive reports with usage and behavior data which they can use to improve service and further enhance the guest experience.
Rolling Stone Must Face Defamation Suit In Rape Story
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NIELSEN: Ethnic Listeners Now Account For One Third Of Audience In The U.S.
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 20TH, 2017 –– As a medium, radio is well established as having the greatest reach across the U.S. It’s also clear that despite the increasing influence of digital mediums, traditional radio continues to attract young listeners who grew up fully connected with digital media. But there’s another side to the national radio growth story: The African-American and Hispanic listening audience now accounts for one-third of the listening audience, and that number continues to grow.
In aggregate, the Hispanic and black radio audience totals 74.7 million people 12 and older, up 6.25% from 70.3 million just five years ago. While tune-in has grown across both black and Hispanic audiences, growth among Hispanic listeners has been notably higher than among black listeners between 2013 and 2017. It’s also worth noting that radio reaches a significant portion of both black and Hispanic consumers, at 93% and 98%, respectively.
But ethnic consumers aren’t limiting their consumption to their homes and cars. In fact, black and Hispanic consumers are driving significant gains in audio streaming via smartphone, which is up 30% among black consumers over the past year and up 29% among Hispanics. But despite the growth of radio listening among these two groups, there are notable differences. Black listeners spend more time with radio overall, averaging 13 hours and 58 minutes each week, more than a full hour more than Hispanics (12 hours 50 minutes). These two groups also tune in at different times of the day. The top listening time for black listeners is between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., while the top daypart among Hispanics is between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. SEE MORE HERE
EXECUTIVE ACTION: CMG Names Cathy Gunther And Dan Lawrie To MVP Posts In Tulsa & Jacksonville
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 20TH, 2017 – Cox Media Group (CMG) has named Cathy Gunther as Market Vice President for Tulsa, Okla. and Dan Lawrie as Market Vice President for Jacksonville, Fl., effective immediately. These appointments are part of CMG’s converging markets with multiple media platforms to strengthen news, sales and operational collaboration.
Gunther will oversee the converged Tulsa market of trusted TV and radio brands, including FOX 23 News, My41, and MeTV TV stations and KRMG News102.3 AM740, 103.3 The Eagle, Mix 96.5, K95.5, and Spirit 105.7. Gunther previously was VP/General Manager for Tulsa’s CMG’s FOX23 (KOKI-TV), My41 (KMYT-TV) and MeTV (NOKI-TV) TV stations. Lawrie will lead a converged Jacksonville market of trusted TV and radio brands, including Action News Jax FOX30 and CBS47 TV stations and News 104.5 WOKV, Hot 99.5, Easy 106.5, 95.1 WAPE, The Eagle 96.9 WJGL, Power 106.1 WJGLHD2 and X102.9 WXXJ radio stations. 1
PROGRAMMING: WLS-FM Chicago Morning Show Producer Daniel Wolfe Promoted To APD
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 20TH, 2017 – Cumulus Media announces that it has promoted Daniel Wolfe to Assistant Program Director at 94.7 WLS-FM, Chicago’s Classic Hits. Wolfe will continue his duties as Producer of the popular WLS morning show, The WLS Wake Up Call, a position he has held since 2003.
Brian Thomas, Program Director, 94.7 WLS-FM, and Vice President, Classic Hits Programming, Cumulus Media, said: “This puts Dan one step closer to his goals of becoming a PD at Cumulus, after doing a great job as morning show producer. I am looking forward to working with Dan in this new role.” Wolfe said: “I'm excited to continue to work with such a seasoned programmer like Brian Thomas. Getting to work in my hometown has meant the world to me. Thanks Cumulus Media for allowing me to continue to work in the field I'm most passionate about!”
ON-AIR: Guy Phillips Leaving Mornings On Y98 For Afternoons On KTRS; Tedd Webb Calling It Quits On WFLA Tampa; Ken Evans Joins Mornings At WHTS/105.3 W. Michigan
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 20TH, 2017 –– After nearly 40 years waking up St. Louis listeners On CBS' Y98/KYKY-FM, The St. Louis Dispatch reports that Guy Phillips, host of “Phillips & Company” KYKY-FM 98.1, will soon man the mic at KTRS-AM 550. Phillips is scheduled to make an official announcement on today's show. Phillips will reportedly leave Y98 in November and likely not start at KTRS until January. Phillips started in STL radio in 1979 with the old KSLQ, which became KYKY in 1982. Sources tell the Dispatch that Phillips will take over the afternoon slot that had been handled for years by Frank O. Pinion. Pinion will join the staff at KFNS-AM 590 on Oct. 2. Sources say that Courtney Landrum, Jen Myers, Kevin Berghoff and Lance Hildebrand will take over hosting duties on Y98. Phillips had extended his deal with CBS this past January.
--Meanwhile, yet another longtime host, Tedd Webb, who teams for mornings on WFLA/Tampa with Jack Harris, is calling it quits after five decades over health reasons. According to tbo.com, Webb hopes to continue spending an hour each mid-day on the financial show The Opening Bell with David Graham. "This is tough," says Webb, 68. "I am giving up one of the loves of my life." Webb is retiring at the end of January, four months from now, taking away a voice that has been a staple of the Tampa area's radio airwaves since 1963.
-- Cumulus Media announces that heritage West Michigan radio personality Ken Evans will join WHTS/105.3 Hot FM today as Co-Host of the 105.3 Hot FM Morning Show. Evans joins longtime 105.3 Hot FM host Rachael Gray for wake-ups from 6am-10am weekdays. Evans’ former stops in West Michigan include iHeart Media’s WSNX, where he most recently hosted mornings for seven years; WKFR/Kalamazoo; and former Clear Channel-Grand Rapids station i-96.
PODCAST: Hillary Clinton Joins As First Guest In WWO Podcast Network Launch Of ViewPoint With Bakari Sellers
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 20TH, 2017 – Westwood One has announced an exclusive podcast partnership with activist, attorney, and former Congressman Bakari Sellers. ViewPoint with Bakari Sellers debuts today, Wednesday, September 20th with first guest: former Presidential candidate, Senator, former First Lady, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Sellers is a former member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, 2014 Democratic Nominee for Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina, and served as the first vice-chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Party. In 2010, Time magazine featured Sellers on its “40 Under 40” list. In 2012, Politico named Sellers on its "50 Politicos to Watch" list. He was also named HBCU “Top 30 Under 30” in July 2014. Sellers’ second week guest will be nationally-syndicated radio personality Charlamagne Tha God and his third week guest will be businessman, author, investor, “Shark,” and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.
“The Westwood One Podcast Network has quickly become a leader in news/talk podcasts – it’s undeniably the right place for Bakari’s unique show,” said Suzanne Grimes, EVP, Corporate Marketing, Cumulus Media and President, Westwood One. “Bakari is an unmatched voice and rising star in the political space. He brings a wealth of insight and depth to the landscape with passionate, authentic conversation about cultural and political issues in America today.
EVENTS: Gene Simmons, Cheap Trick, Don Felder And Ace Frehley Share The Stage For KQRS Hurricane Harvey Benefit
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 20TH, 2017 – Over 10,000 enthusiastic fans are expected to jam CHS Field Stadium in downtown St. Paul, MN tonight to enjoy this benefit concert, which stars The Gene Simmons Band along with special guests Cheap Trick and former Eagles guitarist Don Felder. Frehley is expected to jump up and jam for a few songs. This morning, Simmons, Frehley, Felder and Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen are scheduled to appear on The Tom Barnard Show on Cumulus Classic Rock KQRS/Minneapolis from 9-10am CT today for a commercial-free hour of conversation and music with KQ's legendary morning host (and 2017 National Radio Hall of Fame inductee) Tom Barnard.
Immediately afterward, KQRS will host a local and national press conference with all four performers, followed by a Twitter Music Q&A with Gene and Ace. All proceeds from The Children Matter Benefit Concert will be directed to the hurricane relief efforts of the nonprofit MATTER, which works with relief organizations to deliver items needed most, such as MATTERbox Meal Kits, sanitation and contamination prevention supplies, etc. to folks displaced by the hurricane.
WGRF-FM Buffalo Raise Over $100,000 For Make-A-Wish Foundation; NT KMJ Fresno Raise $285,000 For Food Bank
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 20TH, 2017 – The WGRF Buffalo fundraiser was held September 14-15, 2017, and every song played during the Radio-Thon was a request with a donation to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Western New York. 97 Rock also auctioned off many sports and music experiences and collectible items, with all proceeds going to the non-profit organization that arranges experiences described as "wishes" to children with life-threatening medical conditions. Pictured at top, 97 Rock staffers and volunteers in action at the 23rd Annual Make-A-Wish Radio-Thon in 97 Rock's studios in Buffalo, NY.
--In yet another event, Cumulus Fresno's NewsTalk 580/105.9 KMJ recently teamed with local agriculture company Gar Tootelian Inc. and Farm Credit to raise funds for Fresno's Community Food Bank, and KMJ listeners responded in a big way. Last Friday's day-long broadcast at The Market Grocery Store in NW Fresno featured KMJ hosts John Broeske, Christina Musson, Ray Appleton (BR), Chris Daniel and Philip Teresi. All they had to do was ask, and KMJ's generous listeners opened their hearts and checkbooks, donating nearly $200,000 in cash! But the giving did not stop there: Gar Tootelian Inc. matched each cash donation with 50 cents for every dollar, resulting in $285,000 in total funds raised in this year's effort. KMJ talk host Ray Appleton shown bottom-left at right.
San Diego's Dan & Jayson Diss Chargers
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 20TH, 2017 – San Diego’s Alternative, FM 949 (KBZT FM) is helping grieving former Chargers fans in America’s Finest City get over the loss of the Chargers, and find a rooting interest with their ABC Campaign: 'Anyone But the Chargers.' Morning hosts Dana & Jayson, with help from their friends at Shirts on Tap, have unveiled the official Anyone But the Chargers t-shirt to accompany the on-air segment that airs every week prior to the Chargers upcoming game.
“We know people in San Diego are still recovering from the loss of a team that was part of the community for over a half century,” said Dana DiDonato, one half of the morning show duo, “We’re just doing what we can to give these loyal fans a way to vent, and to help them move on.” Each week, the pair welcomes the show’s intern, and a former die-hard Chargers fan, Entitled Mike, to count down the top reasons football fans in San Diego should root for the Los Angeles Chargers’ next opponent, with the recurring #1 reason being they are ‘Anyone But the Chargers’. The shirts, which have proven a hot commodity for San Diego sports fans, are given away each week as part of the segment, and are produced by local company Shirts On Tap, which normally provides a monthly box club service of custom shirts representing local breweries to craft beer fans. Information on the campaign, including on-demand audio of previous segments, can be found on the station’s website at www.fm949sd.com.
Marilyn Manson Shares Texts Message From Justin Bieber
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Dave Ramsey To Host 29th Annual NRHOF In Chicago
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 19TH, 2017 –– National radio personality, best-selling author, personal money management expert and National Radio Hall of Fame inductee Dave Ramsey will host the 29th Annual National Radio Hall of Fame Induction ceremony and celebration. Additionally, a commercial free audio feed of the event will be exclusively provided by TuneIn, this year’s official online streaming partner.
National Radio Hall of Fame Chairman Kraig T. Kitchin says, “We’re honored to have Dave, a world-class speaker who regularly addresses audiences of 10,000 at his live events, serve as our master of ceremonies. thanks to TuneIn, fans everywhere can catch the on-demand audio of the special evening.” The black-tie optional event will be held Thursday, November 2 at the Museum of Broadcast Communications in downtown Chicago at 6 p.m. Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available at www.radiohof.org.
A portion of ticket purchases is a tax deductible charitable donation to the Museum.The 2017 inductees include Tom Barnard, Bobby Bones, Joseph M. Field, Bill Handel, Sean Hannity, John Records Landecker, Robin Quivers and Robert S. “Bob” Sievers. Leading radio imaging and production company The Mix Group is the presenting sponsor of the National Radio Hall of Fame Induction ceremony.
OFFICIAL: Fox News Confirms Laura Ingraham To Take 10 PM Slot; Sean Hannity Moves Up To 9 PM
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 19TH, 2017 –– After weeks of speculation, Fox News has confirmed that Laura Ingraham is set to host a primetime show on the cable news network, called The Ingraham Angle, which will debut October 30. The news was announced by Suzanne Scott, president of programming for the network. Ahead of Ingraham’s debut, Hannity, hosted by Sean Hannity, will move to the 9PM/ET hour, the ensemble program The Five will return to the 5PM/ET timeslot, while the 10PM/ET hour will be helmed by rotating hosts during the interim period. Each of these changes will take effect on September 25th.
Ingraham added, “After a decade working at FOX News with a team of television pros, I am thrilled to be joining the primetime line-up as a host of the 10 o’clock hour. Martha, Tucker and Sean have proven that they understand the pulse of America across the political and the cultural spectrum. I look forward to informing and entertaining the audience and introducing new voices to the conversation.” Laura will continue hosting her syndicated morning show, The Laura Ingraham Show.
ON-AIR: Chris Randolph Takes Afternoons At WFMS 95.5 Indy; Connie Breeze Adds Correspondent Duties For Greg Mack Show; McConnell Adams Takes PD/Morning Posts At Townsquare Lansing
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 19TH, 2017 –– Cumulus Media announces that it has appointed veteran radio personality Chris Randolph as Afternoon Drive Host for WFMS 95.5 The Country Station in Indianapolis. Randolph’s show debuts on WFMS on October 2, 2017, and will air weekdays from 2pm-7pm. Randolph joins Cumulus Media-Indianapolis after a long and successful radio career in Louisville, KY, where he was Morning Show Host for Alpha Media’s Hot AC station, WXMA-FM. Prior to that, he was Morning Show Host for iHeartMedia’s WAMZ-FM in Louisville, KY, and for WMXL-FM in Lexington, KY. He was also a Premium Choice personality for iHeartMedia’s Country and Classic Rock stations and served as Morning Show Co-Host for WMTX-FM in Tampa, FL, as Program Director/Morning Show Host for WNRW-FM and as Afternoon Host for WQMF-FM in Louisville, KY.
Veteran hip hop radio host Greg Mack, of The Mack Attack" syndicated by MannGroup Radio, has added Beasley KOAS-FM/Old School 105.7 Las Vegas' Connie Breeze as his new 'Entertainment Correspondent.' "This represents a homecoming for Connie at MannGroup. She once hosted its 80's show, and back in the day" said Mann. "I had the pleasure of coaching her as she was introduced to broadcasting here in California. Connie is nothing short of the best of the best, and we're honored to have her back." Breeze currently serves as PD/MD at KOAS. Assistant PD, MD, as well as a Beasley afternoon personality. She'll be the chief entertainment correspondent on Mack's program covering artists heard on the show, from live appearances to Netflix to Amazon to Soundtrax. MannGroup President Ed Mann said,
--McConnell Adams announced on his Facebook page that he's resigned my position with iHeart Anchorage 101.3 KGOT' afternoon post and is headed 'BACK HOME' to Michigan. "My last day on KGOT and in the building will be September 28th. I have accepted a position...BACK HOME! I will be returning to the great state of Michigan. LANSING TO BE EXACT! I will be joining Townsquare Media Lansing. I will be taking on the duties of Brand Manager for 99.1 WFMK AND 97.5 NOW FM where I will also be doing mornings! I have to thank Operations Mgr Chris Tyler and Tom Cook for this wonderful opportunity.
REPORT: Florida Residents Turned To Their Phones For Radio During Irma
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 19TH, 2017 – When Hurricane Irma hit Florida, residents turned to their phones for local radio. NextRadio listener counts and session starts shot up 1,000+% in hard-hit Ft Myers-Naples-Marco Island. Listener counts in Miami and the Tampa area were up 850+% and 700+%. According to The White Paper, if you have the misfortune to be directly impacted, to lose power, television coverage, internet and cell service, to be cut off from the outside world during a disaster – it’s terrifying. Where do people turn for reassurance? To the radio. And to their phones, if they have the NextRadio app.
The Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) recommends listening to the radio for emergency alerts during disasters, including weather events. But the last thing any federal agency recommends is that people go outside and get in their cars during a hurricane. Storm safety and preparedness sources couldn’t be more explicit: Stay inside. Flying debris is the most common cause of injury during a hurricane. Put as many walls between you and the outside as you can. “Given our nation’s dependence on cell phones, the smartphone’s FM switch is a public safety issue,” states the South Florida Sun Sentinel Editorial Board. In a recent op-ed, the paper blasted Apple for refusing activate FM chips in the iPhone and called on Florida’s congressional delegation to take a lead in legislative action requiring mobile phones companies to activate the FM chip. READ WHITE PAPER HERE
ICYMI: CNBC's Jim Cramer Bullish On CBS Entercom Merger - [WATCH]
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 19TH, 2017 –– For those who missed last week's Jim Cramer of CNBC’s “Mad Money” on Friday, it aired an incredible segment touting the power and promise of the CBS Radio and Entercom merger. Cramer points out that the radio business has more potential than investors think and added that the Entercom/CBS merger is a fabulous buying opportunity. Kramer said he deal would combine the spun-off CBS Radio with Entercom, creating an entity that could reshape the U.S. radio industry.
In Cramer's eyes, this will be a monumental deal for Entercom. The new entity will preside over 244 radio stations across 47 U.S. markets. "They'll be the No. 1 creator of local audio content in America. More important, they'll also have a gigantic sports business, broadcasting games from 45 professional teams [and] numerous college teams" on stations like New York's WFAN and Washington, D.C.'s 106.7, Cramer said. The "new Entercom" will also become the United States' second-largest radio company by revenue with the best balance sheet in the industry, the "Mad Money" host said. WATCH HERE
[WATCH] Clive Davis Documentary ‘Soundtrack Of Our Lives’ Gets Trailer
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 19TH, 2017 –– The documentary “Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives,” which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival back in April, will debut exclusively on Apple Music on Oct. 3, with a limited theatrical release in select cities starting on Sept. 27. According to Variety, The film, which was directed by Chris Perkel, examines Davis’ life and career in great detail. Davis, now 85, began his career as an attorney and was hired by Columbia Records in 1960. He rose through the ranks and was appointed president of the label in 1967.
In the half century since then — at Columbia, the two labels he founded, Arista and J, and his current role as chief creative officer for Sony Music — he’s directed or had a strong hand in the careers of Sly and the Family Stone, Bruce Springsteen, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Billy Joel, Aerosmith, Alicia Keys, Barry Manilow, Patti Smith, The Kinks, Lou Reed, Dionne Warwick, Carly Simon, and many others; via deals with L.A. Reid and Babyface’s LaFace Records and Sean “Diddy” Combs’ Bad Boy, he’s also been connected with Outkast, TLC, Usher, Pink, and The Notorious B.I.G. WATCH HERE
EVENTS: Old Dominion To Headline New Country 92.3/St. Louis Annual JingleFest
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 19TH, 2017 –– Nashville’s hottest new country stars will play the 15th anniversary of the show, headlined by Old Dominion, with additional performances by LOCASH, Walker Hayes, and Delta Rae. With another jam-packed lineup for 2017, New Country 92.3 Program Director, Scott Roddy, has said, “From Taylor Swift to Sam Hunt, JingleFest has proven to be THE venue to introduce St. Louis new country followers to the fresh faces of country music! This year’s lineup, curated by Assistant Program and Music Director Danny Montana, continues this long standing tradition.”
Jedediah Bila Exits 'The View'; Meghan In Talks To Replace
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LiveXLive Media Acquires Slacker Radio For $50M; Names Andy Schuon President
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 18TH, 2017 –– LiveXLive Media, Inc. has appointed Andy Schuon as president, effective immediately and has entered into a merger agreement to acquire Slacker Radio. "Andy joins us at a perfect time to lead this latest acquisition of Slacker Radio and direct the company overall," said Robert Ellin, CEO and chairman of LiveXLive Media. "Andy is an industry visionary with significant experience and deep knowledge of the media and entertainment landscape. He has a long-standing, proven track record of both driving and maintaining growth while achieving excellence and innovation at every level for some of the biggest music brands and media properties in the world." The aggregate purchase price of $50 million, consisting of cash and stock, is subject to adjustments as provided in the merger agreement.
Most recently, Schuon was involved in a group of acquisitions that included Fox's former Fuel TV network. He is the co-founder of REVOLT TV with Sean "Diddy" Combs and led both the development and rollout of the network across cable TV, social media, website and apps. Previously, Schuon held positions, including EVP and head of programming at MTV, VH1 and MTV2, CEO of two Universal Music Group companies, president of artist services at Ticketmaster/Live Nation, EVP/GM of Warner Bros. Records, president of programming at Infinity/CBS Radio and PD at KROQ-FM Los Angeles. 1
Connoisseur Launches Alt' Mod 102.3 New Haven, CT
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 18TH, 2017 –– Connoisseur Alternative Mod 102.3 hits the airwaves today in New Haven CT at '10:23 am via translator W272DO. Former WFMX Boston PD, Keith Dakin, Reg. OM for Connoisseur/Connecticut, will handle programming duties for the alt outlet. Ed Oliveira and Christian Turnquist will serve as main hosts on the station.
"Choosing the Indie/Alternative format for 102.3 was an obvious choice because New Haven clearly wants a station focused on the last ten years of alternative music. Our team understands, lives, and supports the New Haven community. Moreover, this team has a deep passion for alternative music with years of combined experience in the format," said General Manager Kristin Okesson. Dakin explained, "There is so much music out there that people are streaming, going to see live, and buzzing about that isn't on the radio. Mod 102.3 will fill that void."
[WATCH] OKC Radio Host Owen Pickard Wins Guest Host Seat On 'TODAY'
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 18TH, 2017 –– In case the latest 'Take A Seat' winner on the TODAY SHOW seemed like a natural, give thanks to his experience behind the mic at Tyler Media's 93.3 Jake FM Oklahoma City. Owen Pickard was Friday's TODAY SHOW viewer who won his seat as guest co-host it in 'Take A Seat Competition. According to TODAY, he was one of more than 500 submissions.
Pickard proudly took his seat after a drive with his wife, Kelcie, all the way from Blanchard, Oklahoma. Once on the set he seemed all too comfortable as he faked stealing his chair - at top he's shown with Sheinelle Jones, Al Roker and Jenna Bush.
Among the comments on Facebook following his appearance included: WATCH: Try not to fall in love with our TODAY’s Take a Seat contest winner, Owen!" WATCH HERE
Jake, who handles middays at the country outlet, also shared his reactions of he and Kelcie's visit to the Big Apple HERE
EVENTS: US99 Chicago's Stylz & Roman Lend Their Support To Irma Victims
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 18TH, 2017 –– Stylz & Roman, morning hosts on US99 Chicago’s, asked listeners to lend their support to moms and families affected by Hurricane Irma through a series of diaper donation drives. Last week, US99 teams, led by Doug Stylz and Justin Roman, were on location at various area retailers collecting cases of diapers which will be driven to Florida and distributed to those in need. The collection events culminate with a call for those attending the Luke Bryan concert this Saturday, September 16 to “stuff a truck” outside Gate 5 of the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Tinley Park, IL.
“I couldn’t be prouder for US99 to be a part of this effort, as it is so close to our listener’s hearts,” said Todd Cavanah, CBS RADIO Chicago VP of Programming. “More than a million Chicagoans listen to US99 each week, and many of them are busy moms who can understand how a simple act of kindness can help so much when you’re faced with a life altering situation like we’ve just witnessed throughout Florida.”
The Broadcasters Foundation of America Raises $250,000 In Celebrity Golf Match
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 18TH, 2017 –– The Broadcasters Foundation of America raised $250,000 to help broadcasters in need during its Celebrity Golf Tournament last week at the Sleepy Hollow Country Club in Briarcliff Manor, NY. The annual event is one of the Broadcasters Foundation’s biggest fundraisers. This year, more than 150 broadcasters and celebrities came out in support of their colleagues, many of whom have experienced personal devastation and loss from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
Among the many celebrity golfers were: Bruce Beck, WNBC-TV; Tina Cervasio, CBS Sports; Rachel Grant, actress and philanthropist; Jay Harris, ESPN; Otis Livingston, WCBS-TV; Karl Nelson, NY Giants; Lee Saltz, New England Patriots; Bill Smitrovich, film & television actor; John Starks, NY Knicks; Bob Wischusen, voice of the New York Jets, and more. Event Chair for 2017 was Leo MacCourtney, President and Chief Executive Officer of Katz Television Group. Sponsors included: title sponsor Evercore Wealth Management, ABC Channel 7, CBS Television, CBS Radio, NBC-Owned TV Stations & Telemundo Station Group, Eileen & Jack Connors, Jr., ESPN Radio, Empire Merchants, Flexjet, Norman Knight Charitable Foundation, Marketron, Nielsen, Putnam Investments, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, and others. The Lee Iacocca Villa Nicola in Tuscany, which was donated by Ned and Kate Hentz, pulled in an additional $27,000 in auction. For more than 70 years, the Broadcasters Foundation has distributed millions of dollars to thousands of broadcasters and their families. To learn more or to donate, please contact the Broadcasters Foundation at 212-373-8250 or email@example.com, or visit www.broadcastersfoundation.org.
[WATCH] Radio One Philly Hosts Directly Touched By Hurricane In St. Maarten
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 18TH, 2017 –– WRNB 100.3 FM and loyal Philadelphia listeners welcome home Lady B (L), afternoon talent and DJ Touchtone (inset). With every right to stay home and recover physically and emotionally from their well-deserved vacation turned nightmare after living through Hurricane Irma while on vacation in St Maarten, the two came home to hit the air and thank listeners for their prayers and well wishes.
“These two somehow managed to make a personal tragedy, a testimony of hope for our listeners,” said Karen Vaughn, Operations Manager, Radio One Philadelphia. “We are so grateful these two radio treasures weren’t stripped from us. I’m blown away at their resilience and thrilled they both found peace in expressing their story on the air.” WATCH HERE
Twin-Cities Radio Host And Producer Tammy Raasch Passes Away At 40
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 18TH, 2017 –– Twin Cities talk show radio host and producer Tammy Raasch who worked as a legal assistant before making the move into radio in 2008 has passed away at young age of 40. Raasch was a talk show radio host and producer on “The Van and Cheryl Morning Show” on KS95 and the My Talk 107.1 midday show “The Donna, Marley and Tam Show according to The Star Tribune.
Raasch is survived by her parents, Gary and Sally Raasch, and siblings Amy Raasch, Jill Serbay, Molly Contos and John Raasch, along with several nieces and nephews.
2017 Emmy Winners List; Sean ...Spicer Calls It 'Largest' Ever
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NIELSEN: Classic Rock Rules Again In August; Why It Could Change In Sept?
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 15TH, 2017 –– With the release of Nielsen’s portable people meter (PPM) ratings for the August survey, it’s time to put a cap on the format of the summer analysis for this year. Classic Rock, for the second straight year, saw the most growth in audience share when comparing tune-in during the first five months of the year to June, July and August, the dog days of summer. In 2017, the race came down to Classic Rock and Classic Hits, which have become shoe-ins for the format of the summer crown over the past few years. It’s important to note that this distinction does not go to the format with the largest overall audience share (News/Talk). Rather, it goes to the format that sees the most growth during the summer months.
There were four formats in the race for format of the summer this year, with Classic Rock emerging on top again. When taking the long view, it’s clear that audiences gravitate to music from decades ago during the summer months when listening habits and routines change. And just as those summertime habits changed the way Americans listen to the radio, so do the events of the past few weeks, as major hurricanes have affected the Gulf Coast, Florida and the southeast. When the September PPM results become available in a few weeks, we’ll be keeping a close eye on news listening and radio usage with a particular focus on markets in Texas, Florida and beyond. The last time there was such a major hurricane storyline in America was in 2012, when Sandy moved up the East Coast and made landfall in New York. Along the way, the storm passed seven PPM markets from Washington to Boston, and in the first few days after Sandy hit New York, the radio audience in those northeastern markets jumped 50% as consumers turned to radio for information and updates. SEE REPORT HERE
BUSINESS: CBS Files Amended 8-K Form With SEC In Proposed Entercom Merger
CBS Expects To Complete Transaction During 4th Quarter Of 2017
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 15TH, 2017 –– The CBS Corporation filed an amended 8-K form this week with the Securities and Exchange Commission showing some revised dates in its proposed merger with Entercom. It states, "On September 13, 2017, CBS Corporation (the “Company” or “CBS”), CBS Radio Inc., Entercom Communications Corp., and Constitution Merger Sub Corp., a Delaware corporation and wholly owned subsidiary of Entercom, entered into Amendment No. 2 to the Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of February 2, 2017."
Amendment No. 2 adds, among other things, "the Merger Agreement can be terminated by either the Company or Entercom if the Merger has not been consummated as of January 31, 2018" It adds, "However, if as of January 31, 2018, the conditions to the closing of the Merger concerning the expiration or termination of any applicable waiting period under the HSR Act, the approval of the FCC, the approval of Entercom’s shareholders and the absence of any law or order restraining, enjoining or prohibiting the consummation of the transaction have all been satisfied, CBS may not terminate the Merger Agreement due to the passing of the termination date of the Merger Agreement." The revised amendment states that "CBS expects to complete the transaction during the fourth quarter of 2017."
ON-AIR: Poet Taylor Takes Middays On WPGC 95.5 Wash. DC
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 15TH, 2017 –– CBS Radio, Wash, D.C.’s WPGC 95.5 announced that Poet Taylor will begin hosting middays, weekdays from 10:00 AM-3:00 PM beginning Monday, September 18. WPGC 95.5 celebrated its 30th anniversary in June and continues to be one of the most listened to stations in the Washington, D.C. metro area. Poet started her radio career at WERQ-FM in Baltimore after winning a station contest seeking to expand their talent roster. She served as the Executive Producer for the Joe Clair Morning Show on WPGC 95.5 in 2014 and was most recently the Segment Producer of Good Morning Washington on ABC-7 and hosted weekends on WPGC 95.5.
“I am so excited that Poet will be taking over midday fulltime for WPGC 95.5,” said Steve Davis, Vice President of Programming, CBS RADIO Washington, D.C. and Program Director of WPGC. “Poet has been an incredible advocate for WPGC in her part-time role. She is excellent on-air, understands social media and loves the DMV. I have no doubt she will be a great success in middays!”
FORMATICS: KQHN-FM Moves To Hot AC In Shreveport
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 15TH, 2017 –– Cumulus Media announces that KQHN-FM in Shreveport launched this week as The All New Q97.3 Starting Monday, September 18, The Bert Show will kick off weekday mornings from 6am-10am on Q97.3, followed by The Shawn Dion Show in Afternoon Drive from 3pm-7pm, with Adam Bomb rounding out the daily lineup from 7pm-12am Midnight.
Cody Welling, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Media-Shreveport/Bossier City, said: “Q973 uniquely positions our group of radio stations in Shreveport and Bossier City to match our diverse community and culture, which we so proudly serve.”Chip “The Fat Man” Arledge, Operations Manager, Cumulus Media-Shreveport/Bossier City, said: "We're thrilled to offer a focused and compelling product that focuses on the musical tastes and lifestyle of some beautiful people in our marketplace that have long been ignored and underserved. I'm confident The All New Q97.3 will be a great complement to our listeners' busy lives."
SALES: Cox Media Group Atlanta Radio Names Mike Watkins LSM; Adams Names John Ludwig Senior Account Manager
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 15TH, 2017 ––Cox Media Group (CMG) Atlanta Radio has named Mike Watkins as its new Local Sales Manager (LSM), effective immediately. “I am thrilled to promote talent from within the organization,“ said Jaleigh Long, CMG Atlanta Radio’s Director of Sales. For the past 20 years, Watkins has been a Media Consultant for CMG Atlanta. Prior to that, he spent the first half of his career on the Programming side of the business working at legendary stations KDKA Pittsburgh and WGCI Chicago. Watkins came to Atlanta in 1993 as the Program Director of WALR/KISS 104.” CMG Atlanta Radio’s cluster includes News 95.5 FM AM 750 WSB, 97.1 The River, B98.5, Your Country Georgia 106.1/107.1, and KISS 104.1 FM.
-- Adams Radio Group has hired radio veteran John Ludwig as a Senior Account Manager representing the Adams cluster of stations in Salisbury-Ocean City. Ludwig comes to Adams from Entercom Portland where he has spent the past 13 years as a sales consultant for Entercom. Ludwig began his career with Entercom in 2005 via the highly successful Entercom Communications, 'Sales Associate' program. Ludwig says “13 years later and I am grateful and humbled at being able to consistently achieve success and also to have been a valued member of an amazing total radio team at Entercom Portland. I value a collaborative approach with both my clients and local radio team and look forward to bringing the same positive and optimistic attitude along with a fresh perspective to the community in the Salisbury/ Ocean City, Maryland area.”
Greg & The Morning Buzz Surprised With Flag Flown By U.S. Navy In His Honor
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 15TH, 2017 –– New England’s Greg and The Morning Buzz got a surprise visit from US Navy Sailor, First Class Petty Officer Shawn Myers (of NH), this week. Myers came by to say “Hi”- and presented them with an American flag - that was flown by the U.S. Navy in The Morning Buzz's honor - on the top of the historic Mt. Suribachi (Iwo Jima, Japan) as well as on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Ronald Reagan (on July 4th of this year), and aboard a Tigercat Aircraft during joint operations. Shawn presented it to host Greg Kretschmar as well as co-hosts Scott “Roadkill” McMullen and Laura Boyce, as a way to say “Thank You” for their long time dedication to those serving in the US Military, and for giving men and women like him - serving overseas- a little taste of home every day.
Shawn told The Buzz he listened every day via iHeartRadio (airing at 6:30pm Japan time). “You’ll never know how important what you do is to a lot of men and women serving overseas”, Myers said. "It helped get me through some difficult times”. “It was completely humbling for all of us”, said Kretschmar, who ends every show by asking listeners to thank, and shake the hands of active military members and veterans. “Clearly it is US who should be thanking HIM, and those he serves with. It’s a moment and a gift we will never forget. It’s a true honor for all of us." Greg & The Morning Buzz is Greg Kretchmar, Laura, Roadkill, Kelly and Kayla. The Radio Button Network syndicates Greg & The Morning Buzz airing in Portsmouth (NH), Manchester (NH), Lebanon (NH) and several other New England markets.
WJBR-FM Wilmington To Send Over 25,000 Pounds Of Food To Hurricane Victims
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 15TH, 2017 –– As part of Beasley Media Group’s on-going Community of Caring Initiative, 99.5/WJBR-FM in Wilmington, Delaware recently partnered with The Kenny Family Foundation and Shoprite to match food donations pound for pound!
The station collected over 12,500 pounds of food during a recent on-site collection event. As a result of the match, WJBR will be sending over 25,000 pounds of food donations to Feeding Texas via the Food Bank of Delaware. PHOTO/WJBR's Morning Hosts, John & Charlie
Jim Carrey Returning To TV; Serena Has Kidney Transplant
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[LISTEN] Craig Carton 'Resigns' From CBS' The WFAN; Boomer Speaks Out
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 14TH, 2017 –– Saying 'unfounded legal issues currently plaguing me will only be a distraction to everyone at WFAN and the show,' Craig Carton has resigned from his co-host position with The Boomer & Carton Show. Carton tweeted, 'For 10 years I've had the great privilege of showing up to work every day at my dream job. I have nothing but love and respect for my co-host, the show and the entire CBS Radio family and I've always tried to represent them in the best possible light. Unfortunately, the unfounded legal issues currently plaguing me will only be a distraction to everyone at WFAN and the show I helped build. With that in mind, I have submitted my resignation to the station.." In a release from CBS Radio, it stated: “We appreciate all of his contributions over the last decade and wish him and his family well during this next phase. We are especially grateful to our dedicated employees, sponsors and listeners for their continued support of THE FAN. The search for a replacement co-host for the morning show will begin immediately.”
Esiason opened Thursday’s show by talking about Carton and what’s next for their morning show. “I gotta tell you something: I think it’s a good move for Craig, and I think for him and his family,” Esiason said of the resignation. “He’s got to focus supremely on that. That’s the one thing he has to take care of. And that’s the one thing we want him to do. We want him and his family to get through this. He’s got to put all of his energy in that.” Esiason said he will continue to support his friend, he is relieved for all involved at WFAN. “By resigning, I believe, he takes a lot of pressure off of all of us here at WFAN, his co-workers and everything else. He’s got to get his life in order. He’s got to get it right,” Esiason said. “I wouldn’t be surprised someday, somewhere, somehow, (Carton) will be behind a microphone somewhere. I don’t know where. I don’t know when. I don’t know if I’ll be a part of that or not. But I do know that he has resigned from WFAN, so that chapter at least, the Boomer & Carton chapter, is now closed here,” Esiason added. Esiason vowed to keep the morning show going in the right direction. LISTEN HERE
More Stations Returning To The Air After Irma; 39 Down, Up From 51 (FCC)
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 13TH, 2017 –– In yesterday's FCC Communications Status Report for Areas Impacted by Hurricane Irma, it shows that radio stations out of service totaled 39 (down from 51 on 9/12).September 13, 2017 11:30 a.m. Communications Status Report for Areas Impacted by Hurricane Irma September 13, 2017 The following is a report on the status of communications services in geographic areas impacted by Hurricane Irma as of September 1 , 2017 at 11:00 AM EDT. This report incorporates network outage data submitted by communications providers to the Federal Communications Commission’s Disaster Information Reporting System (DIRS). DIRS is currently activated for all areas of Florida, Puerto Rico , the U.S. Virgin Islands , and parts of Georgia and Alabama . Note that the operational st atus of communications services during a disaster may evolve rapidly, and this report represents a snapshot in time. It should also be noted that not all communications providers have reported in DIRS, so some outage information may not be complete . The following counties are in the geographic HERE
EXECUTIVE ACTION: CBS' Andre Fernandez Selected By FCC Chair Ajit Pai To Serve On Advisory Committee
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 14TH, 2017 –– CBS Radio President & CEO, Andre Fernandez, has been selected by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to serve on the Commission’s Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment (ACDDE). The ACDDE’s mission is to provide recommendations to the FCC on how to empower disadvantaged communities and accelerate the entry of small businesses, including those owned by women and minorities, into the media, digital news and information, and audio and video programming industries.
The Committee will also make recommendations on how to ensure that disadvantaged communities are not denied the wide range of opportunities made possible by next-generation networks. Andre is among a select group of leaders from media and telecom companies, the financial world, civil rights groups, think tanks, public interest groups and trade associations serving on this Advisory Committee. A full list of ACDDE members is available in the posted Public Notice at https://go.usa.gov/xRFRe The Commission has additional information about the ACDDE, available at https://www.fcc.gov/advisory
SYNDICATION: Nikki Sixx Launches 'My Favorite Riff' Series; Skid Trax Partners With Envision To Offer The Ashley & Brad Show
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 14TH, 2017 –– Premiere Networks host Nikki Sixx announced the launch of 'My Favorite Riff', a first-ever multiplatform music and conversation series highlighting guitar legends and the hottest upcoming new artists. As part of the weekly audio and video series launching today, September 14, Sixx will invite some of world’s best guitar and bass players to take their instruments to his Sixx Sense radio studio in Los Angeles and talk music, gear and life, as well as showcase their favorite riffs.
These exclusive, one-on-one conversations between Sixx and fellow rock stars, along with exclusive performance sessions, will be available on Sixx Sense with Nikki Sixx. Joe Bonamassa will kick off the series on September 14. Click HERE to see a preview
Skid Trax Partners With Envision Networks to offer The “Ashley & Brad Show” On Barter Ashley & Brad, a Los Angeles based morning show duo provide their top market talent to radio stations nationwide with a daily voice tracked show offered at www.skidtrax.net. Ashley has made stops at KZLA and KKGO. Brad is a Los Angeles based on-camera actor, voice over actor and radio host, with past on-air duties at WMMO Orlando and WZTA Miami. The duo is currently the morning show for KWSV 99.1 The Ranch. Stations interested in adding The Ashley & Brad Show to their programming should contact Amber Wade at firstname.lastname@example.org or 216-831-3761.
WEEI Boston/NESN Jimmy Fund Event Raises More Than $4M In 36 Hour
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 12TH, 2017 –– The Jimmy Fund, WEEI Sports Radio Network ( 93.7 FM ), NESN, and the Boston Red Sox announced that the 16th annual WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio - Telethon presented by Arbella Insurance Foundation raised more than $4 million for adult and pediatric cancer care and research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The Telethon featured special guest, Academy Award winning actor Casey Affleck, who also threw out the honorary First Pitch at the Boston Red Sox vs. St. Louis Cardinals game on August 15.
“We are grateful for the support from Red Sox Nation, near and far, who helped us raise more than $4 million for the Jimmy Fund and Dana - Farber during the 16 th annual WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio - Telethon,” said Chairman of the Jimmy Fund Larry Lucchino. “Together, we are working to help find cures for cancer to con quer this miserable disease, and progress is being made every day.” PHOTO/L-R: Phil Zachary- Entercom Boston Vice President & Market Manager, Joe Zarbano-WEEI Program Director, Sean McGrail- NESN General Manager, Rose Marakian- NESN Coordinating Director Beverly Tangvik- Arbella Insurance Charitable Foundation President and Larry Lucchino- Chairman of The Jimmy Fund
EVENTS: 98.5 KLUC Teams With Zappos For Good, Lyft And The Salvation Army
for a three-day broadcast last Wednesday, Thursday and Friday to collect items for Hurricane Harvey and Irma relief efforts. After three days of broadcasting, 98.5 KLUC’s Chet Buchanan & the Morning Zoo filled five semi-trucks with donated supplies and hit the road this past Saturday for the 1,200 mile trek from Las Vegas to the Salvation Army Divisional Disaster warehouse in Arlington, Texas, just outside of Dallas. There they helped unload the much needed supplies which the Salvation Army immediately began prepping for distribution. "Our listeners have done it again! FIVE semis filled in three days for people who really need it in the aftermath of Harvey and Irma is PHENOMENAL!,” said 98.5 KLUC morning show host Chet Buchanan. “Much love and thanks to our new best friends at Zappos For Good, The Salvation Army, and Lyft for being amazing partners. Thanks to The Westgate Resort and Casino for financing an adventure we will never forget, and Mercer Transportation for getting all of the donations there quickly and safely. We love you all!"
Absolute Shake-Up In London
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 14TH, 2017 –– Absolute radio has confirmed their line-up changes for the autumn. Danielle Perry is moving to evenings, with Peter Donaldson taking over the late show as Dave Berry (L) joins Absolute Radio from Capital next month. Dave has been sitting out his non-compete since leaving Capital earlier in the year. He will do the 4-7pm slot. He’ll be joined by co-host Matt Dyson (R), who he worked with at XFM. Matt moves from being the newsreader on Absolute’s breakfast show. Absolute Radio Hometime starts on 2nd October as part of other changes to the show times on the station.
In Ireland, Today FM’s Ian Dempsey Says Yes To The Dress - After pressure from his listeners on Today FM, Ian Dempsey agreed to present his show in front of a live audience in a wedding dress! Wedding Dress Wednesday’ is 20th September – part of the station’s Dare to Care campaign in aid of the Irish Cancer Society. Ian will join the women of Ireland on the day and put on a white dress. There may even be a garter involved! Ian’s Big Day will take place in Dublin City Centre and the station is inviting listeners to join him for his Bridal Breakfast by applying online. There’s only one condition; anyone attending is asked to wear a wedding dress and get sponsored for doing so. Last year Ian Dempsey got tattooed live on air as part of the fundraising campaign after reaching his target of €25,000 ($30,000). Read more and watch the campaign launch video featuring Today FM presenters and cancer survivors HERE
In Australia Kyle & Jackie O Look For Road Rage Offender On Rival Station - KIIS 106.5’s Jackie O was the victim of road rage while making her way to the studio. A man in a red commodore lashed out at her while she was driving her SUV through the Harbour Bridge tunnel in Sydney. During this morning’s show, she and Kyle went on the hunt to find the man. They pair dialled through to rival FM station Triple M to consult The Grill Team for more information. Read more and listen to the audio HERE
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HONORS: Country 105 Calgary Takes Station Of The Year Honors At CCMA's
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 14TH, 2017 –– This past weekend at the Canadian Country Music Awards in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Corus Radio's Country 105 was named Radio Station of the Year - Large Market and we were also received a Slaight Humanitarian Award for its annual Country 105 Caring for Kids Radiothon Photo features from l to R - Dan Carson -
PHOTO/ L-R - Dan Carson - Morning Host Country 105, Nicolette Harris - Promotions Manager Corus Radio Calgary, Phil Kallsen Program Director Country 105, Robyn Adair and Roger Rhodes - Morning Hosts on Country 105
SNAPS: Unveiling Of 88Nine Milwaukee Commissioned Mural Takes Place Today
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 14TH, 2017 –– The Outside wall of Penfield Children's Center will feature today the completion of the building-sized mural commissioned by Milwuakee noncom 88Nine. With help of a grant from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation and Mary L. Nohl Fund, 88Nine Radio Milwaukee commissioned artist Stacey Williams-Ng to design and paint a giant (122’ x 27’) and colorful mural on a blank outside wall of the Penfield Children’s Center in this central city neighborhood.
The mural, entitled "Joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea; Joy to you and me!" plays on themes of rhythm, community and cohesion. It recognizes that music brings us all together, and that differences disappear when we bind together as a community.
NTSB Issues First Report On Troy Gentry's Helicopter Crash
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WTMX Chicago's Morning Show Gets A New Name Following Kathy Hart Exit
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 12TH, 2017 –– As first reported by Chicago media blogger Robert Feder, Jockline has now confirmed that Hubbard's top-rated WTMX 101.9 Chicago will rebrand its morning show to ‘Eric in the Morning’ and share billing with ‘Melissa & Whip’ (R).' After 21 years as “The Eric & Kathy Show,” sources tell Feder that Ferguson is expected to unveil the new name during today's (9/13) show. The rebranding was prompted by the announcement of Ferguson's longtime co-host, Kathy Hart formally parting ways with the station last week. Ferguson, along with Melissa McGurren and Brian “Whip” Paruch will take over the show with no new personnel expected. McGurren and Paruch were said to be included in the new name at Ferguson’s insistence.
Hart’s exit also got the attention of iHearts WKSC FM 103.5, home to morning rivals Christopher “Fred” Frederick and Angi Taylor who this week unveiled billboards on Chicago area expressways that read: “Kathy Hart, Thank You For 21 Incredible Years.”
WFAN's Craig Carton Breaks Silence; Denies Charges; Mike Francesa Open To 'Staying On' If It Helps The Station
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 13TH, 2017 –– WFAN New York's Boomer and Carton' co-host Craig Carton has broken his silence following fraud charges which allege his involvement in a Ponzi scheme and a concert ticket-selling scam. Carton flatly denies charges and vows to fight back. In a released a statement Tuesday on Twitter he says he is confident he will not be found guilty after his arrest on Sept. 6 in New York City.
"As you can imagine, it’s been incredibly hard to be silent while there is an endless stream of vitriol being hurled my way, but I’m confident that when the facts come out, you’ll see that I am not guilty of these charges," Carton wrote on Twitter. "My fight has only just begun and I know when this strange episode is over, I’ll be back, stronger than ever."
Meanwhile, WFAN cohort, Mike Francesa, is reportedly open to staying on with the top-rated sports outlet in the wake of Carton’s arrest and subsequent suspension last week, The New York Post reports. Mike Francesa, who is set to leave the station after 30 years when his contract expires Dec. 15, has told station management he is at least willing to discuss postponing that move. “The only thing I said is that … I would not turn my back on the company if I thought it was in trouble,” Francesa told The Post in a phone conversation Tuesday. “That’s something that had to play out in the weeks and months ahead. And I don’t really know if it is [in trouble], so I don’t know if that’s going to mean anything. “Has this changed things? It has created some conversations. I don’t know that it has changed anything. I would say my gut feeling is no, but I would say that it has at least created conversations that weren’t there before.” READ NYP STORY HERE
EXECUTIVE ACTION: NAB Extends Gordon Smith Through 2023
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 13TH, 2017 –– The National Association of Broadcasters has extended the contract of President/CEO Gordon Smith through March 31, 2023. By that date, Smith will have headed the group for nearly 14 years. Smith became the NAB’s CEO in November of 2009, succeeding David Rehr, who resigned suddenly in March of that year after three-and-a-half years heading the group. His predecessors included Eddie Fritts, who served for 23 years, and Vincent Wasilewski, who headed NAB for 17 years.
In announcing the extension, NAB Joint Board chair Caroline Beasley said, "Gordon Smith has shown a steady hand guiding America's local radio and television stations through the public policy challenges of Washington. "He has enormous credibility on Capitol Hill and at the FCC, and is a determined advocate for local broadcasting," Beasley, CEO of Beasley Media Group, added. "We are thrilled that we will benefit from Gordon’s leadership into 2023."
ON-AIR: Larry Glover Takes Middays On NT 590 WVLK; Britt Rose Named Afternoon Host On WJTQ-FM Pensacola
Cumulus Media announces that it has named award-winning Lexington, KY-based talk radio personality Larry Glover as Midday Host of News Talk 590 WVLK-AM. Glover moves from his 6pm-8pm drive time slot on 590 WVLK-AM, where he has hosted “Larry Glover Live” since January 2008. Glover’s new Midday show debuts today and will air weekdays from 12 Noon-3pm. Concurrently, syndicated talk radio host Chris Plante will move into the 10am-12 Noon position on News Talk 590 WVLK-AM. News Talk 590 is now simulcast on FM at 97.3.
Cumulus Media announces that it has appointed Britt Rose as Afternoon Drive personality on Classic Hits-Rock station WJTQ-FM (Jet 100.7) in Pensacola, FL. She segues from Cumulus Media-Oklahoma City’s KQOB and KATT, and debuts on Jet 100.7 today from 2pm-7pm.
SYNDICATION: 102.7 GNI Adds John Tesh Show
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 13TH, 2017 –– Cumulus Media-Wilmington announces that Adult Contemporary radio station WGNI-FM/102.7 GNI has added the John Tesh radio show, “Intelligence for Your Life” to its programming line-up. The show airs Monday through Friday from 7pm-12 Midnight and Sunday from 7pm-12 Midnight, and debuted Monday on 102.7 GNI. The impetus for “Intelligence for Your Life” was Tesh’s wife, actress Connie Sellecca, whose nightstand was covered with issues of Oprah’s Magazine, “O”.
Tesh said, "People have called me the “Oprah of radio”, but the difference is that our pieces are sometimes very short, like two minutes, or even 25 seconds — all geared at motivating listeners to move forward... it’s all about passion and purpose. If something I share can help save someone’s marriage, inspire someone to go to the doctor to get checked out, or spend more time with their kids, I’ve done my job.” WGNI Program Director Steve McKay said: “Adding Intelligence for Your Life with John Tesh is an exciting opportunity to engage women with a show unlike any other.
PRODUCTS: Perry Broadcasting Chooses Vipology Companywide
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 13TH, 2017 –– Vipology, Inc announced that Perry Publishing & Broadcasting Company, the largest independent minority owned and operated radio broadcasting company in the U.S., has chosen Vipology as its content partner, securing fresh daily content for its station websites companywide. Perry Broadcasting’s 16 radio stations air in diverse formats including: Urban, Urban AC, News/Talk, Sports, Country, Classic Rock, Gospel, and Smooth Jazz. Kevin Perry, Vice President/General Manager, Perry Publishing & Broadcasting, said: "Vipology's content specifically targets our listeners and is such a great deal!"
Vipology creates original digital content with 100% licensed images, and provides its format-specific Music Report in 13 formats, along with the Hollywood Report, Sports Report, Girl Power, and Bird Feed, the industry’s only compilation of curated Top Twitter feeds. Hollywood Report, Sports Report, and Girl Power are each available in Spanish and English. Chris Peaslee, Chief Executive Officer, Vipology, said: “We’re thrilled to be teaming up with Perry Broadcasting to provide high quality original and relevant format-specific content for its radio station websites.” For more info on Vipology's Fresh Daily Content for cash or barter, visit vipology.com, or contact Michael W. Kay, CRO at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 213-432-1800.
EVENTS: Cumulus WWO Media & iHeart Air 'Hand In Hand' Event; CBS Radio St. Louis Raises $83,000; Fills Trucks With 100,000 LBS Of Items For Houston
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 13TH, 2017 –– Among those joining last night's Hand In Hand telethon on the audio side included Cumulus Media/Westwood One and iHeart Radio. NASH Nights Live and The Zach Sang Show/Westwood One affiliates had access to the Two-Hour Live Broadcast, including George Strait’s Hand in Hand Benefit Concert Live From The Majestic Theatre in San Antonio, Texas. Some of the biggest stars in entertainment joined for the event including Beyoncé, Justin Bieber, Wayne Brady, Connie Britton, Sterling K Brown, George Clooney, Andy Cohen, Stephen Colbert, Sean “Diddy” Combs, David Copperfield, Chace Crawford, Terry Crews, Billy Crystal, Ellen DeGeneres, Robert De Niro, Leonardo DiCaprio and more. George Strait performed directly from his benefit concert at San Antonio’s Majestic Theatre.
-- iHeartMedia aired the special on over 150 radio stations and on iHeartRadio's Hit Nation. Proceeds from the Hand In Hand telethon benefit United Way of Greater Houston, Habitat for Humanity, Save the Children and numerous other organizations managed by Comic Relief USA. Donations from the George Strait concert will go to the Rebuild Texas Fund. READ MORE AND SEE PHOTOS HERE
-- Recently, CBS RADIO St. Louis rallied the local community to raise $83,000 for the American Red Cross and filled six 53’ trailers with more than 100,000 pounds of items to be donated to victims of Hurricane Harvey. The goods will be transported to the Houston area by the Teamsters of Joint Council 13. A number of efforts contributed to the final donation amount. On Friday, September 8, CBS RADIO St. Louis hosted a “STL for Houston Donation Drive” at a local area Schnucks Supermarket. All three local stations, KMOX 1120, 102.5 KEZK and Y98, broadcast live from 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM on location. “Putting the reach and strength of KMOX, Y98 and KEZK together to raise $83,000 and 50 tons of supplies further proves the giving nature of St. Louis and the power of radio,” said John Sheehan, Senior Vice President/Market Manager, CBS RADIO St. Louis.
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[LISTEN] Boomer Reveals Speaking With Craig Carton For The First Time Since His Arrest; 'It Was A Very Somber Call'
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 12TH, 2017 –– “I’m lost and heartbroken over the whole thing, trying to figure out what the future holds,” Esiason told 98.5 The Sports Hub's Toucher and Rich Show in Boston where he guests each Monday during the NFL Season. 'We just have to wait and see, and only time will tell.” This follow's news of Esiason’s co-host on WFAN/NYC, Craig Carton, who was arrested last week on conspiracy and securities fraud charges in an alleged ticket-selling scam. Esiason addressed the situation with Toucher & Rich, saying he is still searching for answers.
Esiason revealed that he spoke with Carton for a few minutes on Saturday for the first time since his arrest. “It was a very somber call; I was more interested about his family. You can imagine how that must be. If you guys have worked with anybody who has had problems in their life, you want the best for them; want to love them and their family, give them hope and support. But under the current circumstances there is only so much support I can give and a lot of it can’t be public,” he said. “All I can do is tell him I love him dearly, I’m pulling for him and privately I’ll try to help him the best I can. “For 10 years it’s been so unpredictable every time we go into the studio. He walked into that studio and it was a four-hour show to him,” said Esiason. “Ninety percent of the show he’s doing a standup routine and I’m reacting. I’m the laugh track, the older brother who is being more mature, the guy bringing it back to the center or the guy being brought into an awkward situation.” Boomer said Carton hopes to clear his name. “He has been basically ridiculed and scorned, people are attacking him left and right. That’s the mine field that goes with being a shock jock in the morning. It’s sad, but according to all accounts and I think it stared last week, he’s going to fight as hard as he can,” said Boomer. LISTEN TO INTERVIEW HERE
UPDATE: Nielsen Says September Week One Data Will Be Released This Week
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 12TH, 2017 –– THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 12TH, 2017 –– Following an earlier statement by Nielsen indicating that due to Hurricane Irma its ratings would be delayed, a company spokesperson has since contacted Jockline to say that September Week One Data will, in fact, be released this week. As Nielsen stated earlier, "Our first priority and thoughts are for the safety of our clients, Nielsen associates, and communities in which we operate and serve. The team that reports ratings has evacuated the Tampa Bay area due to Hurricane Irma." The company added, they were actively monitoring the situation in Florida and would provide another update.
ON-AIR: WWL New Orleans Debuts The Newell Normand Show; Tracy Jones Exits WLW-AM Cincinnati
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 12TH, 2017 –– Entercom New Orleans announced that WWL FM/AM debuted a new morning show named “The Newell Normand Show” hosted by retired Jefferson Parish sheriff Newell Normand. The new show will be on air weekdays 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on WWL 105.3FM, 870AM and WWL.com. “I’m very excited and I have to admit, I am a little nervous. It’s a truly humbling experience to sit behind the WWL mic,” said Newell Normand. “I have such reverence for the station, what it means to our community and its reputation as one of America’s super brands. On my first day, I really feel like I’m part of the team here at WWL radio. I feel very comfortable and everybody has been nothing but supportive and welcoming.”
Tracy Jones (RL) was let go by WLW-AM Friday afternoon in "a corporate decision over which no one (at the station) had any control," said Bill Cunningham on his show Monday afternoon. According to wvxu.org, Cunningham told listeners that the decision to lay off Jones, the afternoon co-host for nearly 10 years, "had nothing to do with Tracy Jones." "Tracy Jones is alive and well," Cunningham added. Tracy Jones, the former Reds outfielder had co-hosted afternoons on WLW-AM (700) for nearly 10 years. In early 2008, Jones was paired with WEBN-FM morning host Eddie Fingers to do the "Eddie & Tracy Show" 3-6 p.m. several weeks after humorist Gary Burbank retired.
FORMATICS: Radio One Dallas Flips KSOC-FM To MAJIC 94.5
Tom Joyner Returning to Mornings; DL Hughley To Afternoons
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 12TH, 2017 ––Radio One Dallas has added some “majic” to KSOC-FM, flipping from BOOM and bringing today’s R&B and throwbacks to 94.5. As a part of the change, the Metroplex gets reacquainted with a familiar voice during morning drive with radio legend Tom Joyner. “We’re excited to bring a fresh, new vibe to the airwaves with MAJIC 94-5 and I think the Metroplex will like what they hear,” says Tami Honesty, vice president and general manager, Radio One Dallas. “With today’s fast-paced news cycle, the return of Tom Joyner during mornings and the addition of D.L. Hughley in afternoons, we’ll connect with our listeners on another level giving us the right balance of music and entertainment.” The Tom Joyner Morning Show, which reaches 7.4 million listeners nationally, can be heard weekdays from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. (CT).
"So excited…on the air in Dallas! It's hard for me to keep a secret,” says Joyner. “I wanted to get on stage with Frankie Beverly and announce it on Saturday," (referring to a concert attended by Joyner this past weekend). “I've always loved gigging (comedy) in Dallas,” says Hughley. “Now I get to gig there four hours a day, five times a week.” Cindi B. will continue during middays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Evenings from 7 p.m. to 12 midnight (CT) will belong to radio veteran John Monds.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Radio One Houston Names Pamela B. McKay VP/GM For Urban Cluster
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 12TH, 2017 –– Radio One Houston announced Pamela B. McKay as its new Vice President, General Manager. McKay, a radio veteran with over 20 years of sales leadership and station management experience, will oversee the urban powerhouse cluster of MAJIC 102.1 FM, The Box 97.9 FM, Radio NOW 92.1 FM and Praise. McKay previously held sales leadership positions at KHMX, KPRC and KSEV of Houston, TX.
David Kantor, CEO, Radio One and Reach Media said, “Today is a good day for Radio One Houston. Our team continues to literally weather the storm, but now can do so with a first class leader who is willing to get into the trenches with them. We’re excited to have Pam join our team and look forward to the growth of the market based on her multifaceted skill set and robust experience.” “ I'd like to thank Alfred Liggins and David Kantor for providing me the opportunity to represent this great team and these iconic brands to the Houston community," said McKay. Her position is effective immediately.
ReelWorld Offers Dropbox Business For Barter
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 12TH, 2017 –– ReelWorld is doubling-down on its mission to provide everything needed to #makegreatradio. This week marks the arrival of the second premium partner product being made available to radio stations for barter, exclusively from ReelWorld. Announcing Dropbox Business as the newest member of the ReelWorld family. Mike Thomas, ReelWorld’s CEO: “ Since their launch, Dropbox has been instrumental in streamlining our workflows and processes, allowing our global teams of content producers to collaborate like never before. Their attention to detail and commitment to team-based collaboration makes Dropbox an easy choice for ReelWorld. Adding Dropbox Business to our premium products for barter allows ReelWorld to offer our friends in radio the kind of high caliber product we trust.”
"At Dropbox, our mission is to simplify the way teams work together,” added Eddie O'Brien, Global Channel Chief at Dropbox. “In radio, that could mean making it easier for a team of imaging and audio producers to collaborate with the promotions department, sales, or even the ‘crazy’ morning show team. We are excited to offer Dropbox Business through ReelWorld, making it even easier for stations to simplify the way they work together and make great radio.”
ReelWorld also proudly champions the annual ReelWorld Rising Star Awards (US) and the ReelWorld Radio Academy 30 Under 30 (UK) initiatives which recognize the industry’s brightest new talent. ReelWorld supports those who #makegreatradio. For information, contact Meryn Shetye at email@example.com
IRMA RECAP: Marathon Coverage At Beasley Tampa; WWO's Sterling Hears From Radio Personnel Affected By Irma
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 12TH, 2017 –– Beasley Media Group's Q105 (WRBQ-FM) Tampa engaged almost its entire airstaff doing a marathon broadcast and taking listener phone calls during the brunt of hurricane Irma. Shown above - L-R: Midday host Paula Street, Afternoon host Flash Morgan, Morning Co-host & Traffic Reporter Bobby Rich, and Morning Host Mason Dixon. We are very proud of our staff for stepping up when so many of our listeners without power only had radio to receive their information.
Westwood One's syndicated Walter Sterling Show reached out directly to station hosts and personnel affected by hurricane Irma. Sterling, who airs from WPHT/Philadelphia, heard from talk host Casey Bartholomew in Orlando who said, "I'm on the second floor of a hotel and water is coming under my door and from the ceiling. A tornado watch alarm is blowing" Talk host Brooke Daniel escaped from Fort Lauderdale and aired live from New Orleans. She told Sterling, "It took 9 hours to get from Fort Lauderdale to Orlando." Jay Clark, affiliate programmer in Sebring Florida, told Sterling, "Every door of my Orlando home is being pounded, pounded, pounded. ....I'm scared." Ciera Crawford provided informative audio from the Westwood One Newsroom. Production handled by AJ Essington and Matt DeSantis at WPHT Philadelphia.
EVENTS: KRBE Houston Teams With 'Why Don't We' To Aid Harvey Victims; Johnjay & Rich Give $50k To Red Cross
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 12TH, 2017 –– The 104.1 KRBE “Care-A-Van” offered volunteer services and donations to Kids’ Meals and the Houston Food Bank on Sunday afternoon, September 10th. WHY DON’T WE, who took time out of their busy promotional tour, made a special visit to these charitable organizations to help Houstonians affected by Hurricane Harvey via KRBE’s “Care-A-Van”, the station’s community program to provide relief and recovery efforts – i.e. assisting the cleaning and demolishing of homes impacted by the floods, donation of supplies, and support of various local programs on its on-air and digital platforms.
Jack Avery proudly declared, “Why Don't We is Houston Strong!” VP/MM of Cumulus Media Houston stated, “KRBE has a long history of serving the community and we're currently supporting the victims of hurricane Harvey in many ways. Our team is forever grateful to Why Don't We for participating in the ‘KRBE Care-A-Van’ relief effort. Their willingness to help people in need says a lot about the character these young men have. KRBE thanks you … and H-TOWN thanks you!”
-- The Johnjay and Rich #LoveUp Foundation presented the American Red Cross with a check for $50,000 to benefit the hurricane relief effort. Last week, Johnjay and Rich - hosts of the Premiere Networks-syndicated Johnjay & Rich Show - invited listeners nationally to “love up” and purchase #LoveUp T-shirts with all proceeds benefiting victims of recent hurricanes pounding the United States. In just eight days, thousands of shirts were sold. The #LoveUp Foundation also contributed additional funds to achieve the $50,000 total donation. - shown right is The Johnjay & Rich Show presenting Don Speck, Chief Development Officer, and Madeline Winney, Regional Donor Development Officer, of the American Red Cross with a check for $50,000 for the hurricane relief effort.
CONDOLENCES: Longtime WJR Detroit Home Improvement Host Glenn Haege Passes Away
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 12TH, 2017 –– Glenn Haege, longtime Detroit radio host and columnist for The Detroit News, died of cancer Monday. He was 70. Haege, called "America's master handyman," had hosted his show on WJR AM 760 for more than a decade, a release stated. He was inducted into the Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2011. Glenn Haege's (Hay-Gee) program originated at Cumulus AM WJR Detroit and was syndicated to dozens of stations nationwide.
Art Vuolo tells Jockline, "When his longtime friend and business partner Rob David was inducted into the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame about 2 1/2 weeks ago, many of us wondered why Glenn was not present.
George Strait & Big Names Join For Harvey/Irma Telethon
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As Hurricane Irma Weakens, Help Gets Underway From Radio For Its Victims
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 11TH, 2017 –– Hurricane Irma, now a Category 1 storm, was battering Orlando early this morning and headed north to Georgia and Alabama. According to ABC News, more than 4 million people were without power in Florida and many towns and cities imposed curfews. Forecasters say it could be downgraded to a tropical storm by late today. As with Hurricane Harvey, The Salem Radio Network—which has so-far raised $401,844.00 in emergency relief for victims has already partnered with the non-profit relief organization SAVE THE CHILDREN to rush life-saving emergency supplies to children and families throughout Florida following the still-unfolding devastation of Hurricane Irma. Lou Dobbs—host of SRN’s Lou Dobbs Financial Reports is lending his personal support to the campaign with messages in SRN’s nationally-syndicated talk shows hosted by Mike Gallagher, Dennis Prager, Larry Elder and others.
For those thousands of motorists who fled the area, plus numerous others without power, they were able to keep informed via radio with extensive efforts from outlets such as iHeart, Beasley, ABC News Radio and more. iHeart, in partnership with NBC 6 and Telemundo’s over 51 meteorologists, 610 WIOD, Miami’s 24/7 News, Traffic and Weather Station, they provided wall-to-wall coverage in both English and Spanish. Plus, news was delivered to all its markets via Premiere Satellite and streamed on iHeartRadio. Contributors to 610 WIOD’s coverage include iHeartMedia personalities Elvis Duran, Enrique Santos, Froggy, Papa Keith and Doc Reno, and Jimmy Cefalo and Manny Munoz, as well as WHYI, WBGG, WMIB, WMIA, and WZTU personalities. Todd Schnitt, WOR morning drive host and afternoon host in afternoon drive of The Schnitt Show, which Compass Media Networks syndicates, flew down to Tampa (where he formerly lived, still owns a home, and is heard on WFLA) to broadcast live today. He will be on the air today from Tampa, too.
Beasley reports its stations in Fort Myers remained on the air, which is remarkable given the strength of the hurricane. Beasley spokesperson Heidi Raphael tells Jockline, "Our building is currently sustaining flood damage and our team is currently dealing with it now. We don't know yet as to what the extent of it is. Our people, who went without much sleep, were very brave and did an amazing job." Raphael added, 'As of this morning, all of Beasley's FM’s are off in Ft Myers. These stations have major flooding at studios. All the stations are off in Boca. Two have issues getting programming to site. WLLD is only station off in Tampa. Our hope is that it is just a generator issue. Our incredible teams are working around the clock to get things up and running as quickly as possible."
ABC News Radio correspondents Jim Ryan and Alex Stone were also there and reported direct from Florida with multiple one minute updates each hour On Sunday, live coverage was anchored by correspondents Aaron Katersky, Ryan and Stone, and Correspondent Karen Travers. Worth noting is this piece from theverge.com with the subtitle: 'Sometimes old school is better' which details the continued reliance of radio during national catastrophes such as Harvey and Irma - READ HERE - Photo/ABC screengrab
REPORT: WTMX Chicago To Announce New Name For Morning Show This Week
Eric Ferguson Says He Feels 'Rejuvenated' Following A Very Strange, Very Unpredictable, Very Unforeseen Summer
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 11TH, 2017 –– Eric Ferguson, longtime co-host of the highly popular WTMX-FM 101.9 morning show tells Steve Johnson, contributor for The Chicago Tribune, that he's is feeling 'energized and rejuvenated after the station announced the official departure of his longtime morning show co-host Kathy Hart' (Jockline 9/8/17) following what he said was a “very strange, a very unpredictable, a very unforeseen summer.” Ferguson added, “It had the potential to be really, really, really difficult, but I have to tell you, it turned into an unbelievably positive experience and that is directly attributed to the great support, the unwavering support, the encouraging words that all of you gave us this summer.”
Jeff England, Hubbard Radio VP/MM Chicago, declined to say whether Hart was fired, but when asked if the station is considering naming a new co-host, England said “we're in discussions and that's all being considered at this time.” Ferguson said Friday a new name for the show will be announced next week. Meanwhile, a quick listen to this morning's show found them referring to it as 'The Mix Morning Show.'
In a Facebook post last month, Hart thanked her supporters and said it has been “challenging, mentally and physically, to be away for this long," but she fully intends to be back on the air. Hart and Ferguson had been partnered on WTMX since 1996, and the duo was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame last year.
RANDY LANE: Is Your Morning Show Playing Too Much Music?
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 11TH, 2017 –– Talent wants to play less music, management wants to play more. Talent consultant Randy Lane says, how much music to play in the morning is one of the most common questions we get from clients," he says . Conventional PPM wisdom is that radio stations have to play more music in the morning to win. This view is valid in some situations, but not all. The strategy of playing more music in the morning works for new formats, stations that are re-establishing their music position, and morning shows that are under-performing their station's average share in the ratings.
'When two or more stations in the same music format are in a head-to-head battle, the station with the highest performing morning show will seize the day.'
When a show’s ratings are significantly outperforming the station, many listeners who prefer other music formats are tuning in just to hear the show. Then the music actually causes a loss in time spent listening. Country fans might love the Top 40 show, but not Rihanna every 75 minutes. Or Pop fans might like a rock morning show for the funny, edgy content, but switch stations when Metallica comes on.
The song count averages will vary by format expectations. Male targeted Rock stations can get away with less music in the morning. Conversely, there is a higher expectation for more music on Country and older targeted AC stations. When two or more stations in the same music format are in a head-to-head battle, the station with the highest performing morning show will seize the day. The song count on these shows can be decreased on passion music formats like Country, yet it is best to stay close to the competitors. Gradual changes are less noticeable. Drop one song per hour for a period of time that coincides with the ratings. Be sure to play the most familiar and multiple-format appealing songs on high performing shows since they are attracting listeners with other music preferences. What do you think?
John Madden Returns To All News KCBS/San Francisco
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 11TH, 2017 –– KCBS RADIO announced that the legendary Coach and Pro Football Hall of Famer John Madden has returned to ALL NEWS KCBS 106.9FM | 740AM Mondays and Fridays live at 9:15 AM, PT. His first day back on air was on Friday, September 8. John Madden previously hosted live morning drive sports reports on KCBS RADIO from August 1997 through July 2016.
“With the start of football season, I thought it was the right time to come back to radio. I am excited to be back with KCBS,” commented Madden. “John Madden is like family to KCBS. His passion for football, stories new and old, and ability to discuss the games’ behind-the-scenes and on-field strategy is second to none,” said Doug Harvill, Senior Vice President & Market Manager, CBS RADIO San Francisco. Madden excelled during his tenure as head coach of the NFL's Oakland Raiders. He steered the Raiders to an overall record of 108-32-7, leading the team to seven AFC Western Division titles and a victory over the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl XI. His winning percentage (.750) is the best of any head coach in NFL history.
Adams Names Colleen Carew PD/Midday Host At WGBG Salisbury-Ocean City
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 11TH, 2017 –– Adams Radio Group has named radio veteran Colleen Carew as the new Program Director and Midday personality of WGBG “Big Classic Rock” in Salisbury-Ocean City. Carew comes to Adams from 100.7 “The Bay” in Baltimore where she has spent the past 13 years doing middays on Baltimore’s premier Classic Rock station. Prior to The Bay, Carew spend several years at 98 Rock also in Baltimore. Carew started her radio on the Eastern Shore and was part of the team that launched WZBH “The Beach”.
Carew says “get ready to have some fun with me on the radio at my new favorite station, Big 98.5, Delmarva’s Classic Rock! I’m certainly not new to the area, but it’s been awhile – and I’ve missed you! I worked at a few stations here on the Eastern Shore many moons ago – even helped get WZBH going when they first went on air (yes, I started when I was 12, lol!). Carew replaces Laura Lee, who has been interim PD since the departure of Johnny Maze in August.
SYNDICATION: Pop Crush Nights Begins Today On Saga's WNRG Milwaukee
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 11TH, 2017 –– Pop Crush Nights hosted by Lisa Paige, now heard on over 70 markets, will now be heard on Saga's WNRG/Milwaukee beginning today. Jeremy “Cousin Ed” Schulz – WNRG Brand Manager says “In our competitive CHR arena, we were looking for a personality-driven night show jam packed with content. Lisa’s got it! It made ‘Pop Crush Nights’ an easy choice.”
Along with the popcrush.com site, the show plugs into the music, artists and celebrity news that women want to hear about. To find out more about POP CRUSH NIGHTS for your market visit www.compassmedianetworks.com , Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 310-242-8742.
EVENTS: Harry Styles, Kesha & More To Kick Off CBS 5th Annual 'We Can Survive'
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 11TH, 2017 –– CBS RADIO will present its fifth annual WE CAN SURVIVE show at the historic Hollywood Bowl on Saturday, October 21. This year, the show features its biggest line-up yet with performances by ALESSIA CARA, HARRY STYLES, KESHA, KHALID, LORDE, MACKLEMORE, P!NK, SAM HUNT, and SAM SMITH. To celebrate the show’s fifth anniversary we’ve assembled our biggest ever line-up at the legendary Hollywood Bowl,” said Chris Oliviero, Executive Vice President of Programming, CBS RADIO. “We Can Survive is an especially unique show which brings together today’s most popular artists and their fans to raise awareness for a worthy cause and celebrate survivors.”
A national Radio.com contest will award one lucky listener with a grand prize trip, including roundtrip airfare for the winner and one guest to LA, hotel accommodations, and two tickets to WE CAN SURVIVE. Entries will be accepted at Radio.com and WeCanSurvive.com from September 18 to September 29, 2017. One winner will be chosen randomly. The contest is sponsored by Westinghouse. Then, from October 2-6, 2017, 25 CBS RADIO stations across the U.S. will host a local text-to-win contest. Three times per weekday, each station will offer a special entry code on-air that listeners can text to be entered for a chance to win roundtrip airfare for each winner and one guest to LA, hotel accommodations, and two tickets to the show. There will be 15 lucky winners in this contest. for show updates and exclusive show-related content. Tweet using the hashtag #WeCanSurvive.
SNAPS: Fred Jacobs Replays The 2017 Radio Show Story With An Assist From Twitter
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 11TH, 2017 –– Jacobs Media's Fred Jacobs writes in his latest blog, "Leave it to us (Fred with his brother Paul - shown right) to find this great eating spot in south Austin. A taco truck backed up to a great coffee joint and bar. And you have to love the name, right?
He adds, "Another Radio Show is in the books, and many have already asked me for my “take” on the proceedings. It’s virtually impossible to see it all, so I’m relying on a hundred or so “reporters” on Twitter to bring the vibe of radio’s biggest event to you. READ BLOG HERE
[LISTEN] Star 94.1’s Jeff & Jenn Show Helps Save Wedding Of Bride and Groom Evacuated From Hurricane Irma's Path
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 11TH, 2017 –– With Hurricane Irma bearing down on the southeastern coast, Jeff Dauler and Jenn Hobby, of Star 94.1/Atlanta's Jeff & Jenn Show, called on their Atlanta radio family in a mighty way last week. Engaged couple Tori Omstead and Nick Rhodes (shown) of Jekyll Island, Ga., were to be married last Friday on the coast. Now in the path of Hurricane Irma, the bride and groom as well as their wedding guests fled to Atlanta as the storm was set to hit their area on Saturday. Called upon by one of Tori’s bridesmaids, Jeff and Jenn put out an all points bulletin to save Tori and Nick’s wedding. Wedding planners, caterers, venues, florists, photographer, DJs and more responded and within an hour, the wedding had been planned.
Tori and Nick were able to say their ‘I dos’ on Sunday in Atlanta. Audio of the segment with call in from Tori as well the mother of the bride can be heard below. “Our listeners never cease to amaze us—they said, 'Not this time, Hurricane Irma!' and rose to the occasion in a big way for Tori and Nick,” says Hobby. “Take that Irma!” says Dauler. “There are lots of big hearted people out there and we are grateful to a part of this amazing city." LISTEN HERE
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2017 Marconi Award Winners Announced
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 8TH, 2017 –– Winners of the 2017 National Association of Broadcasters' (NAB) Marconi Radio Awards were announced Thursday night at the 28th annual NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner & Show, sponsored by Xperi and held at the Radio Show in Austin. The NAB Marconi Radio Awards are given to radio stations and outstanding on-air personalities to recognize excellence in radio. This year's NAB Marconi Radio Award recipients are: Legendary Station of the Year WCBS-AM, New York, NY AC Station of the Year WBEB-FM, Philadelphia, PA Network/Syndicated Personality of the Year Rickey Smiley (TL), Reach Media Inc. CHR Station of the Year KRBE-FM, Houston, TX Major Market Personality of the Year Funkmaster Flex, WQHT-FM, New York, NY Classic Hits Station of the Year WPBG-FM, Peoria, IL Large Market Personality of the Year Linda Lee, WYCD-FM, Detroit, MI Country Station of the Year KPLX-FM, Dallas, TX Medium Market Personality of the Year Steve McIntosh & Ted Woodward, KNSS-FM, Wichita, KS News/Talk Station of the Year WDBO-FM, Orlando, FL Small Market Personality of the Year Ken Thomas, WJJY-FM, Brainerd, MN Non-commercial Station of the Year WRHU-FM, Hempstead, NY Major Market Station of the Year WTOP-FM, Washington, D.C. Religious Station of the Year WLIB-AM, New York, NY Large Market Station of the Year WKRQ-FM, Cincinnati, OH Rock Station of the Year KSHE-FM, St. Louis, MO Medium Market Station of the Year KRMG-FM, Tulsa, OK Sports Station of the Year KTCK-FM, Dallas, TX Small Market Station of the Year KNDE-FM, College Station, TX Urban Station of the Year WHQT-FM, Miami, FL
Marconi finalists were selected by a task force of broadcasters, and the winners were voted on by the NAB Marconi Radio Awards Selection Academy. The votes were tabulated by an independent firm. The NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner & Show also featured a performance by Grammy Award-winning country music band Asleep at the Wheel. Top-rated syndicated radio personality Rickey Smiley served as the event’s emcee. Additional information about the 2017 Radio Show is available HERE
TOP PHOTO L to R: John Beck, KSHE-FM; Bruce Avery, WRHU-FM; Steve McIntosh, Ted Woodward, KNSS-AM; Tucker Young, KNDE-FM; Joel Oxley, WTOP-FM; Mike Fredrick, WKRQ-FM; Jeff Catlin, KTCK-FM; Ken Thomas, WJJY-FM Second-to-Last Row L to R: Jim Loftus, WBEB-FM; Representative from WLIB-AM; Mike Wild, WPBG-FM; Alex Cadelago, KRBE-FM; Mac Daniels, KPLX-FM; Second Row L to R: Dan Lawrie and Levi May, KRMG-FM; Pete Spriggs, WDBO-FM; Katy Dempsey, KNBE-FM; Scott Herman, CBS Radio Front Row L to R: Rickey Smiley, Reach Media; Leslie Whittle, KRBE-FM Representative; Marc Rayfield, WCBS-AM
WTMX Chicago & Kathy Hart Part Ways
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMEBER 8TH, 2017 –– After months of suspense and speculation, 101.9 THE MIX (WTMX) announced that morning co-host Kathy Hart will not be returning to her role on the “Eric & Kathy Show” after 21 years. “We wish her all the best as she moves on to the next phase of her career,” said Jeff England, Vice President at Hubbard Radio Chicago, which owns and operates THE MIX in addition to 97.1 The Drive ( WDRV ) and SHE 100.3 (WSHE). “We will always be grateful to Kathy for her contributions over more than two decades with the station,” said Drew Horowitz, President and Chief Operating Officer of Hubbard Radio, LLC. THE MIX will move forward with Eric Ferguson and the rest of the morning show team, including Melissa McGurren, Brian “Whip” Paruch, Cynthia DeNicolo and John “Swany” Swanson (shown below with Hart)
Last month after nearly four months of silence, Kathy Hart issued a three paragraph statement and thanked those who have supported her during her long absence. She stated that her long silence was “uncharacteristic,” adding: “I trust from the many years of our connection, you will support and respect the personal nature of why I have been off the air." Last month the show, sans Kathy, completed its 18th annual “Eric & Kathy’s Kids” to benefit Lurie Children’s Hospital. Meanwhile, no word on what the new show will be named.
Radio Prepares For Hurricane Irma, Provides More Aid To Harvey Victims
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 8TH, 2017 –– As Florida braces for Hurricane Irma, iHeart stations in Tallahassee, 100.7 WFLA, 94.9 TNT, X101.5, 107.1 Kiss FM and 105.3 The Beat, are tracking updates on Hurricane Irma and are prepared with a full staff to broadcast wall-to-wall coverage of the storm, including up-to-date storm and traffic information as well as resources for emergency situations and community relief. Currently we’re on-air reminding listeners that if their power goes out they can still hear our stations’ emergency broadcast information as well as updates on when it’s safe to return home via battery powered radios and the iHeartRadio app.
-- Over in Tampa, Beasley stations are doing regular updates as well with weather partner, ABC Action News. The radio hosts are giving updates on weather, shelters, sand bag stations, etc. We’re directing everyone to the station websites /Storm (ex. 995QYK.com/Storm) for all updates. On the Storm pages, they're populating feeds from ABC Action News and posting information and announcements from our local governments and the state. Beasley Media is also prepared in Ft. Myers on WXKB/B1039, WRXK/96KRock, WJPT/Sunny 106.3, WRXK-HD2/Playa 98.1, WWCN/99.3ESPN, and WJBX.
Meanwhile, Hurricane Harvey is still very much on the minds of radio. Cox Media Group (CMG) Atlanta’s Radio stations, News 95.5 and AM750 WSB (WSB-AM), B98.5 (WSB-FM), 97.1 The River (WSRV), and KISS 104.1 (WALR), partnered with WSB-TV Ch. 2 Action News and The Atlanta Journal Constitution with its Convoy of Care. They are traveling with a law enforcement escort to deliver the approximately 500,000 bottles to those in need in Beaumont, Port Arthur and Houston, Texas.
Further north, CBS Radio Philadelphia stations KYW Newsradio, SportsRadio 94WIP, 98.1 WOGL, Talk Radio 1210 WPH, 96.5, and 925XTU partnered with The Travis Manion Foundation to host 9/11 Heroes Run 5K races and 1 mile Fun Runs in the Philadelphia region during the month of September. Due to the tragic flooding, the Houston 9/11 Heroes Run has been postponed until November 11th – Veterans Day. Additionally, donations will be collected on-site from runners and spectators who will "Stuff the Boot" to directly support the hurricane relief efforts and rebuilding in the Houston area.
FORMATICS: Houston Gets Another R&B Station
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 8TH, 2017 –– iHeartMedia Houston announced the launch of 104.5 KISS FM - Beginning October 9th, mornings will kick off with The Steve Harvey Morning Show - Weeknights and Sunday nights will feature The Sweat Hotelhosted by Keith Sweat, the legendary R&B singer and music producer.
“We have a great opportunity to deliver some of the hottest names and music in the R&B industry to the diverse Houston audience combined with spoken word entertainment from some of the biggest names in show business with Steve Harvey and Keith Sweat” said Urban Brand Coordinator Michael Saunders.
Cumulus Kicks Off neXt2rock Competition
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 8TH, 2017 –– Rock’s popularity is on the rise again, and what better way to discover the nation’s newest rock star than through a national and local grassroots search led by Cumulus Media! Kicking off today, Cumulus’ neXt2rock 2017 competition pays tribute to the great tradition of radio as a launch pad for our favorite musical talent and celebrates rock music in all its irreverent, loud, poetic and powerful formats. Cumulus reaches over 245 million listeners weekly, and is home to some of radio’s most iconic rock stations, including KLOS, KQRS, WLUP, KATT, WGRF and KSAN.
The neXt2rock 2017 contest is being announced on-air by iconic Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale (shown), with the winner of this four-month-long competition receiving a record deal with Big Machine/John Varvatos Records, as well as substantial exposure, commensurate with a major label release, on Cumulus radio stations nationwide. Music Producer Bob Ezrin, Musician, Songwriter and Producer Desmond Child, Sex Pistols’ Rock Guitarist Steve Jones, Gavin Rossdale and Big Machine Label Group’s Scott Borchetta (R) will serve as Mentor Judges for the competition’s finale. neXt2rock 2017 is Cumulus Media’s second installment of its “Next” franchise, which was launched last year with NASH Next. Sixty-one Cumulus stations in 47 markets, including Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Atlanta, and Minneapolis, will conduct local grassroot searches, with additional national participation made possible by Cumulus’ digital properties and syndicated rock shows. PHOTO/CarlaVanWagoner - Shutterstock
The New England Pats Extend With CBS Boston
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 8TH, 2017 –– CBS RADIO and the five-time Super Bowl champion New England Patriots jointly announced a multi-year contract extension to keep Patriots games on Boston’s WBZ-FM, 98.5 The Sports Hub. Team President Jonathan Kraft joined today’s pre-game show to share the news. Bob Socci and Scott Zolak will continue as play-by-play host and color analyst, respectively. CBS RADIO has served as the flagship radio partner of the Patriots since 1994 when the games aired on WBZ-AM, before transitioning to WBCN-FM in 1995.
“Our continued partnership with the New England Patriots underscores CBS RADIO’s leadership in sports radio,” said Andre Fernandez, President and CEO, CBS RADIO. “We have enjoyed an incredible relationship with this storied franchise for over 20 years and are proud to continue our partnership into the future.”
KYW Philadelphia To Launch 'Flashpoint' With Cherri Gregg
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 8TH, 2017 –– KYW Newsradio will debut “Flashpoint,” a new 30-minute program designed to provide a forum for local and national influencers, as well as listeners, to share their points of view on the most relevant Philadelphia news stories of the week. The show airs on KYW Newsradio every Sunday morning at 8:30 AM. Hosted by KYW Newsradio Community Affairs reporter, Cherri Gregg, “Flashpoint” offers context on the week’s headlines with a particular focus on community affairs, political news, civil rights and grassroots issues impacting the Philadelphia area. “I am very excited to be a part of this effort to provide a platform to flesh out issues affecting our community,” said Gregg. “With so much happening in the news, it is imperative that we create a forum where we can dig deeper and more fully explore multiple points of view.”
In addition to her work on KYW Newsradio, many of Gregg’s stories also appear on CBS3-TV. She is the immediate past president of the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists.
SNAPS: Boston's TJ Show Flips To Tom BRADIO; Daliah Wachs Gives Blood During Donation Week
Hey Don- Thought you might get a kick out of this. This morning, The TJ Show flipped 103.3 AMP Radio to 103.3 TOM BRADIO as a way to show support for the reigning football champs and New England's favorite QB. We've continued with a full re-imaging and rebranding of the station all day, and will return to 103.3 AMP Radio at midnight. Audio highlights can be found here: LISTEN HERE
--This year Governors Chris Christie and Kasich joined 40 other states to proclaim state blood donation days! National Blood Donation Day is September 8 and National Blood Donation Week is September 4-10th. That's GCN Network, and iHeart's Daliah Wachs with on local news 3's with Jeannine McCoy, Regional Donor Recruitment Manager, United Blood Services showing people how easy it is to donate blood.
Janet Jackson To Visit Shelters In Texas During Concert Tour
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REPORT: Boomer Esiason 'Blind-Sided' By WFAN Co-Host's Carton's Arrest
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 7TH, 2017 –– After first thinking his longtime WFAN New York co-host Craig Carton was out sick on yesterday's show, Boomer Esiason finally commented, "I am aware now why Craig is not here this morning. Unfortunately, he was arrested this morning," Esiason said. "Over here at the station they're aware of it as well. They're cooperating with authorities. I'm taken aback by it and surprised, just like I'm sure everybody else is. I have no other information. There's nothing else I can say ... So I guess there will be more news to come, I'm sure, from somewhere, but it's not going to come from me, because I don't have any. That's all there is about that. Not easy," he said. According to the New York Daily News, Carton, with his face hidden by a hoodie, marched quietly yesterday from a Manhattan Federal Courthouse to a cab. Alec Tabak. This followed yesterday's shocking news of Carton being charged with defrauding customers in an estimated $5.6 million fake-ticket scam. Allegedly, Carton and his partners formed a business that promised to sell blocks of concert tickets they claimed they had access to. In reality, the tickets did not exist.
Carton had reportedly become saddled with “millions of dollars worth of gambling-related debts to casinos and other third parties” — and allegedly turned to crime in an effort to get solvent." wrote NYDN's Alec Tabak. Carton and co-defendant Michael Wright Wright, were both charged with securities fraud, wire fraud and conspiracy. They face a maximum of 45 years in prison and fines running into the millions of dollars. Both were released on $500,000 personal recognizance bond after an afternoon court appearance. WFAN issued a statement late Wednesday, saying Craig Carton of the "Boomer and Carton" show has been suspended. Former Giants quarterback Phil Simms will co-host Thursday morning's show with Boomer Esiason in Carton's absence and future fill-ins will be announced "as needed."
BUSINESS: Saga Announces Purchase Of 5 Radio Stations; Sell-Off Of TV
'It Was Time For Us To Return To Our Roots In Radio"
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 7TH, 2017 –– Saga Communications, Inc. announced that on September 1, 2017 it closed on the previously announced sale of its television stations to the Evening Telegram Company d/b/a Morgan Murphy Media for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $66.6 million. Edward K. Christian (L), President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company said, "It's a bittersweet time as we complete the sale of our Joplin, MO and Victoria, TX television stations. We've enjoyed owning the stations and they have been great contributors to our overall performance over the years. With all the changes taking place in the television industry it became time to turn them over to a fine company that plans to continue to grow in the television segment. It has been a great experience for us to serve both communities with terrific television stations that focused heavily on the local markets. Ultimately, we made a very difficult decision that it was time for us to return to our roots in radio."
The Company also announced that effective September 1, 2017, it completed the previously reported purchase of the assets of WCKN(FM), WMXZ(FM), WXST(FM), WAVF(FM), WSPO(AM), W261DG and W257BQ, serving the Charleston, SC radio market, and WVSC(FM), WLHH(FM), WOEZ(FM), W256CB and W293BZ, serving the Hilton Head, Bluffton and Beaufort, SC radio market, from Apex Media Corporation for approximately $23.0 million.
Cumulus To Simplify Station Advertising Process Through Installation Of WideOrbit
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 7TH, 2017 –– WideOrbit and Cumulus Media announced they have entered into a licensing agreement to install WO Traffic software and other WideOrbit software at all 447 Cumulus Media radio stations across the U.S Under the terms of the agreement, WideOrbit will provide Cumulus with a comprehensive operations solution for traffic management, digital advertising, network and barter ads, electronic payments, revenue optimization, and hosting.
WideOrbit products will replace Cumulus’s Stratus traffic system, with implementation expected to commence before the end of the year and continue through the First Quarter of 2019. Cumulus’s move to WideOrbit comes after an extensive search for dedicated traffic software to simplify station advertising processes while offering its managers greater business insight and control. “WideOrbit’s best-in-class traffic operations system will support and propel our businesses across the U.S. by simplifying and streamlining the advertising process,” said Mary G. Berner, President and Chief Executive Officer, Cumulus Media. “This step is another move to further integrate operating systems companywide, empowering managers in local markets with tools to maximize revenues by making it easier for our customers to buy radio in every Cumulus market.”
WCMF-FM Unveils 'Bitch Voice' Brew
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 7TH, 2017 –– Entercom Rochester’s Classic Rock station 96.5 (WCMF-FM) has unveiled a new India Pale Ale in a trademark license agreement with CB Craft Brewers. The beer, “Bitch Voice IPA,” will be available in select bars and restaurants throughout the Rochester area this month. In addition, special tasting events hosted by WCMF’s “The Break Room” on-air personalities will take place at local sports bars on Buffalo Bills game days. “The beer creation started as an inspired topic during the station’s morning show,” said Michael “Mud” Gross, Program Director, WCMF.
The Break Room’ hosts, Tommy, Duffy and Kimmy, thought it would be great to have a WCMF branded beer and listeners were thrilled with the idea. CB Craft Brewers responded with the offer to brew a beer and share the trademark with us.” In August, as part of CB Craft Brewers 20th anniversary celebration, a beer tasting party was held where listeners helped select the final beer flavor- an India Pale Ale. Following the flavor selection, WCMF’s listeners suggested a unique beer name and “Bitch Voice IPA” was born. The name was inspired by the most talked about fan feature of the station’s morning show “The Break Room.” According to Nielsen Scantrack, Rochester is one of the top 10 beer cities nationwide.
Alpha Media, Amarillo Adds 97.5FM To 710 KGNC
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 7TH, 2017 –– Alpha Media, Amarillo announced that KGNC-AM is now serving the Amarillo metro on 97.5FM. KGNC will continue to serve listeners in the Texas Panhandle with 10,000 watts on 710AM. The station is now known as “Amarillo’s News, Talk, Sports - 710AM and 97.5FM KGNC.”
Alpha Media, Amarillo Market Manager, Robert Mueller added, “We are very excited to begin a new era for our listeners on KGNC. For the first time, radio listeners in Amarillo can enjoy their favorite KGNC-AM programs on FM at 97.5. Our commitment to local news and agriculture business will be enhanced along with giving passionate sports fans in the area a place to call home with Dallas Cowboys football, Texas Rangers baseball and ESPN Radio’s suite of shows and live play by play coverage.”
IRMA/HARVEY SUPPORT: 25 Houston Stations Team For Harvey Aid; Genesis Offers Continuous Coverage Of Irma
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 7TH, 2017 –– 25 Houston radio stations will simultaneously air a fundraiser to support the Houston Food Bank in order to feed those affected by Hurricane Harvey beginning Friday, September 8th and running through Sunday, September 10th. Houston Radio will run live and recorded promotional announcements asking for monetary donations to aid in Harvey relief efforts. “Radio’s strength is rooted in its connection to the community, and Houstonians rely on Radio to inform, protect and nourish their spirits. Now, Houston Radio stations come together to literally nourish those harmed by Hurricane Harvey. So starts Houston’s recovery, with the power of its people – and Radio – behind it” said Oscar Rodriguez, President of the Texas Association of Broadcasters.
"Our amazing city has been devastated, but we have an abundance of pride and generosity...we're resilient...and we WILL bounce back" said Eddie Martiny, President, Houston Region, iHeartMedia Markets Group. The Houston Food Bank will provide food and supplies in the short term and for many months to come to residents in southeast Texas who will struggle to rebuild their lives. They will work closely with a network of partner agencies to ensure food is getting to those who need it most. Mark Krieschen, Vice President of Cox Houston said,
-- Genesis Communications, which owns and operates AM 820 News, WWBA and AM 1060 News WIXC will provide continuous coverage of the Hurricane Irma event expected to impact the state of Florida beginning this weekend. The company will provide extensive coverage with its on air talent and news team. It also will continue to update consumers through its digital web publication, News Talk Florida. Allison Leslie, News Talk Florida Editor stated, “We will provide reports in areas across the state that will keep consumers, in and out of the state, updated as to what is happening with Hurricane Irma and its aftermath.”
94WIP Raise $207,970 During Radiothon
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 7TH, 2017 –– The Philadelphia Eagles and SportsRadio 94WIP announced that the 2017 Eagles Radiothon, presented by Santander Bank, raised $207,970 over a two-day auction that ran from Tuesday, Sept. 5 to Wednesday, Sept. 6. As part of the annual Radiothon, Eagles fans and 94WIP listeners were provided the opportunity to bid on exclusive experiences involving their favorite Eagles players and 94WIP radio personalities. All proceeds will benefit Eagles Charitable Foundation, the team’s 501(c)(3) public charity that provides the Greater Philadelphia region with greater access to vision care and autism research. At a cost of $30 for a comprehensive vision exam and a pair of eyeglasses, more than 6,932 children in need will be able to receive vital eye care through the funds raised during the 2017 Eagles Radiothon.
Over the course of the two days, callers were able to place bids during the following 94WIP shows: Angelo Cataldi (R) and The Morning Team, the Midday Show with Joe DeCamara and Jon Ritchie, and the Afternoon Show with Chris Carlin and Ike Reese. “Once again this year, the staff at SportsRadio 94WIP is overwhelmed by the generosity of our listeners and Eagles fans in the Delaware Valley,” said David Yadgaroff, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, CBS RADIO Philadelphia.
Dancing With The Radio Stars
By Graham Mack - BBC Radio Berkshire’s Debbie McGee has been announced in the Strictly Come Dancing line-up (The UK version of Dancing With The Stars). Debbie presents Berkshire’s Sunday mid-morning and here she is talking to Andrew Peach after her name had been announced on the One Show on BBC television - WATCH HERE
Wham Bam, Thank You Sam! - Bam Bam has “left” the breakfast show on the British South Coast regional station. Sam Fm after six years. He joined in July 2011 as the station rebranded from Coast 106 to JACK fm, and stayed with it as it changed to Sam FM in 2015. Bam Bam left Kiss FM in London in 2006 after the station was fined £175,000 ($226,000), the largest financial penalty ever imposed on a commercial radio station in the UK following a series of complaints about Bam Bam’s breakfast show. The fine included £75,000 ($100,000) for a prank call and £100,000 ($129,000) for standards breaches in which sexual content and offensive language were broadcast when children were listening. The new breakfast show hosts are Damien and Jules.
Jocks & Socks Charity Drive In South Australia - In Adelaide, FIVEaa breakfast boys David Penberthy and Will Goodings are encouraging listeners to donate some of life’s essential items as part of a two-week long promotion. FIVEaa’s Jocks & Socks Drive began with Dave & Will broadcasting live from Victoria Park in Adelaide (jocks are what Australians call underwear). Read more here; http://www.radiotoday.com.au/fiveaa-helping-homeless-jocks-socks-charity-drive/
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First Look At Rami Malek As Freddy Mercury
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WFAN New York Co-Host Craig Carton Arrested By Feds In Fake-Ticket Scam
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 6TH, 2017 – Craig Carton (top right), co-host of the highly popular “Boomer & Carton” show on WFAN in New York along with Boomer Esiason (TL), was arrested today at his home in Manhattan. Carton is charged with defrauding customers in a $2 million fake-ticket scam, reports WPIX TV. Allegedly, Carton and his partners founded a business that promised to sell blocks of concert tickets they claimed they had access to. In reality, the tickets did not exist. A CBS spox told WPIX, "We are aware of the situation and are cooperating with authorities."
Carton began his broadcasting career in 1991 at WGR Radio. He became the co-host with Boomer Esiason in 2007. The U.S. District Court Southern District of New York is reportedly expected to release more information about the arrest today reports The New York Daily News. Carton and Esiason have hosted the radio show together since September 2007. The show is simulcast daily on CBS Sports Network. PHOTO/facebook
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