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Elvis Duran To Be Inducted Into NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 16TH, 2018 ––Nationally-syndicated radio personality Elvis Duran will be inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Broadcasting Hall of Fame at the 2018 NAB Show. The induction will occur during the new Achievement in Broadcasting Dinner on Monday, April 9 at the Encore in Las Vegas. “Elvis Duran and the Morning Show,” distributed by Premiere Radio Networks, is broadcast from New York City’s Z100. Duran and his on-air crew feature up-to-the-minute entertainment and pop culture news, celebrity guests, hit music, and regular features. The show airs on over 80 radio stations nationwide, as well as XM Satellite Radio, iHeartRadio, and The Elvis Duran Channel at ElvisDuran.com.
“Elvis Duran represents great radio. He has endured as one of America’s top radio talents and gets high ratings in syndication as well,” said NAB Executive Vice President of Radio John David. “We are honored to recognize his successful radio career and add him to our distinguished NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame.” Duran’s radio career spans more than 30 years and includes both host and program director duties at iHeartMedia's WIOQ-FM Philadelphia and KBest Media's KBTS-FM Austin, as well as stints at Entercom's WZGC-FM Atlanta and Cumulus' KRBE-FM Houston. His daily radio show on New York’s Z100 was syndicated in 2009 by Premiere Networks, a subsidiary of Clear Channel Media and Entertainment. Duran’s role expanded in 2012 to included talent and programming development, as well as serving as a spokesperson for the company.
Previous NAB Radio Broadcasting Hall of Fame inductees include Delilah, Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg, KROQ’s Kevin and Bean, Steve Harvey, Dave Ramsey, Bob Uecker, Gerry House, Ron Chapman and Vin Scully, among others.
Entercom's 94.1 The Sound Seattle Taps John Fisher For Mornings
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 17TH, 2018 –– Entercom and its Seattle new soft rock radio station 94.1 The Sound (KSWD-FM), announce longtime local on-air personality John Fisher as the new morning show host. The new morning show “John Fisher” will debut on January 22 from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m PT. “We couldn’t be more excited to announce John Fisher as the inaugural host of mornings on 94.1 The Sound. With his 20 plus year relationship with the Seattle community, John is morning radio royalty to the Puget Sound,” said Jack Hutchison, Entercom Seattle’s Senior Vice President and Market Manager.
“There’s nothing more exciting in the radio business than building a relationship with listeners via a brand new station. I’m excited and honored to be returning to Entercom Seattle as we launch 94.1 The Sound,” commented Fisher. John Fisher, a Seattle radio veteran, joined Entercom in 1992 as morning host for 103.7 The Mountain (KMTT), a role he held for over 20 years. Fisher was then on-air at Warm 106.9 for 3 years. 94.1 The Sound launched on December 2017.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Brett Beshore Named MM For iHeart Indy; Report
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 17TH, 2018 –– While no official word yet from the company, The Indianapolis Business Journal reports that after 14 months as Market Manager for iHeart Indy, Brad Polston has exited and Brett Beshore has assumed the post. in what Polston called a 'mutual parting' he says, "We were just headed in different directions. "The cluster includes, WFBQ 94.7 FM and WNDE 1260 AM. Most recently, Beshore was regional president of Adams+Fairway Outdoor Advertising in Indianapolis.
“There are no major changes planned,” Beshore tells the Journal. “We have very strong brands and we’re in pretty good shape ratings-wise. We’re just going to operate at a higher level. We intend to make this the dream place to work in broadcasting, both on-the-air and in sales.” This is Beshore's second tour with iHeart. From 2009-11, he was VP/MM for its Hudson Valley, New York cluster.'
SALES: Adam Kurtz Named SVP/Sales For iHeart Chicago Region
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 17TH, 2018 –– iHeartMedia announced that Adam Kurtz has been named Senior Vice President of Sales for the Chicago Region, effective immediately. “Adam is a dynamic leader with an unparalleled skill set that makes him the perfect choice to lead our sales team,” said Matt Scarano, President of iHeartMedia’s Chicago Region. “Adam is a proven winner with an amazing track record. His wealth of knowledge, passion and superior business acumen will serve him well in his new role.”
Kurtz joined iHeartMedia’s Chicago Region in 2001 and steadily progressed from one of the top account executives to Local Sales Manager and General Sales Manager before his promotion to Vice President of Sales in 2015. “I am extremely excited to lead such a talented sales team and continue representing the very best media and entertainment brands in Chicago and across the country,” said Kurtz.
Rob Miller Rises To VP/Affiliate Relations For The Ace & TJ Show
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 17TH, 2018 –– The Ace & TJ Show has promoted long time show producer Rob Miller to the newly created role of Vice President of Affiliate Relations for The Ace & TJ Show. Rob has represented the show in its affiliate needs for production and technical support for over 5 years and with the deep rooted, amazing relationships Rob has forged, The Ace & TJ Show has increased his role to super serve via oversight of all affiliate relations duties.Rob said: “There is nowhere else I’d rather be. When the people you work with become family, it makes growth like this even more special. Thank you to Ace & TJ for this amazing opportunity.”
Syndication information available by emailing Adam Goodman at ALG@RadioButtonNetwork.com. Contacts: Ace & TJ: AceTJ@AceTJ.com (704.714.9497) Rob: Rob@AceTJ.com (704 609 4259) Syndication: ALG@RadioButtonNetwork.com (203.341.0111)
HONORS: WWO'S Kevin Harlan Named '2017 National Sportscaster Of The Year'
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 17TH, 2018 –– Westwood One Sports’ Monday Night Football announcer Kevin Harlan was just named “2017 National Sportscaster of the Year” by the National Sports Media Hall of Fame.Harlan will be behind the mic for Westwood One’s coverage of the NFC Championship game this Sunday and for Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis on February 4th; his eighth straight Super Bowl broadcast for Westwood One. Harlan also currently calls play-by-play for CBS Sports' coverage of both the NFL and NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.
Harlan joined CBS Sports in 1998 as an NFL play-by-play announcer, after having served in the same capacity for Fox Sports since 1994. This was his 33rd consecutive season broadcasting the NFL and with his additional role as play-by-play announcer for the NBA on TNT, this also marks his 30th season broadcasting the NBA. Harlan spent nine seasons (1985-93) as the voice of the Kansas City Chiefs and was the voice of the Minnesota Timberwolves for nine seasons as well. Harlan also called the Final Four on Westwood One from 2003-2007.
BUSINESS: Futuri Media Announces Group Deal With Alpha Media
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 17TH, 2018 –– Futuri Media announced a wide-ranging deal with Alpha Media, a partnership that includes all 228 of Alpha Media’s stations in 50 US markets with multiple tools from Futuri Media’s audience engagement suite. All Alpha Media stations will have access to podcasting system POST, which instantly turns broadcasts into PPM-encoded on-demand audio, complete with fully licensed images, and distributes on multiple platforms; and customized Alexa Skills.
More than 50 select Alpha stations will have access to TopicPulse, a discovery and show prep tool that analyzes social media and 100k+ sources of verified news and information to deliver audience-specific insights on what’s trending, what’s about to go viral, and what’s on the downswing. “Alpha Media is a fast-growing, diverse media company, and it’s a privilege to extend their brands’ reach and engagement as their technology partner,” said Futuri Media CEO Daniel Anstandig. “Marrying Alpha Media’s content and local media expertise with Futuri’s audience engagement technology gives their brands reliable, real-time consumer intelligence and distribution on multiple key platforms, like smart speakers. We look forward to powering their programming innovations.”
EVENTS: Cumulus Dallas Raised Over $1.6 Million For DFW Charities In 2017
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 17TH, 2018 –– Cumulus Media announces that its Dallas radio station group raised a total of $1,637,200 for Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex charities during the 2017 calendar year. Cumulus Media operates seven popular radio stations serving the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, including: 99.5 The Wolf/KPLX-FM; WBAP-AM NewsTalk 820; Sportsradio 1310/96.7 FM The Ticket; Hot 93.3/KLIF-FM; New Country 96.3/KSCS-FM; KLIF 570 AM; and ESPN 103.3/KESN-FM.
Among the many local non-profit organizations that received funds generated by successful Cumulus Media-Dallas radio station promotions, radiothons, events and fund drives are: • Genesis Women’s Shelter • The Senior Source • Special Olympics Texas • MADD • 2 Seam Dream Foundation • Austin Street Center for the Homeless • Red Cross-Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund • Cook Children’s Medical Center/Children’s Miracle Network • St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital • Dallas DogRRR • Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Texas • Denton State Supported Living Center • Martin Luther King Jr. Learning Center of Dallas • Charles Nash Elementary School of Fort Worth. Dan Bennett, Regional Vice President, Cumulus Media-Dallas/Houston, said: “Our seven Cumulus stations remain committed to helping our Dallas-Fort Worth community any way we can. I’m most proud of the outstanding effort of our employees that made this happen.”
[WATCH] Art Imitates Life As A Radio Host In 'Rapid Eye Movement' Thriller
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 17TH, 2018 –– Not since 'Play Misty For Me' has there been a suspense thriller that centered around a music radio host. But unlike the 1971 thriller that featured Clint Eastwood as a late-night host being stalked by a deranged listener (Jessica Walter), 'Rapid Eye Movement,' an indie film from director Peter Bishai, features Francois Arnaud, Reiko Aylesworth, Chloe Brooks, Godfrey, Jamie Jackson, David Rhodes, Stelio Savante and Danny Ramirez.
According to flickeringmyth.com, it takes place In the heart of Times Square, where radio host Rick Weider (played by Arnaud) is driven to the edge of insanity as he tries to break the 11-day world record for staying awake. Addibng to the suspense, a deranged caller wants Rick to raise $5 million for charity and threatens to kill him unless he succeeds. WATCH TRAILER HERE
Creator Of ‘WKRP In Cincinnati’ Hugh Wilson Has Passed Away At 74
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 17TH, 2018 –– The creator of the classic sitcom “WKRP in Cincinnati” Hugh Wilson has died, according to CBS19 in Charlottesville, VA. He was 74. The show was inspired by 70's Atlanta top 40 station 790/WQXI-AM. Wilson was formerly an Atlanta ad sales guy and used stories he heard about the station and the characters he met there to create the show, which ran on CBS from 1978 to 1982.
“They stuck with us and we stumbled through four years,” Wilson said in a 2015 interview to the Archive of American Television. It actually did far better in syndication in the 1980s. According the AJC's Rodney Ho, Willson joined the Burton-Campbell ad agency in Atlanta and proceeded to disgrace himself. “I started out as an assistant account executive, and that didn’t work out,” he recalled. “I was with company president Jack Burton one day and fell asleep in the client’s office. They were going to have to get rid of me as an account executive. I was just useless.” What saved him was that he started writing advertising copy for the firm and showed a talent for it.
In 1976 Wilson went to Los Angeles on vacation and stayed at the home of his old friend Jay Tarses writes Ho, who was a comedy writer for the MTM Studios, home of shows such as “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and, later, “Hill Street Blues.” He quit advertising and jumped into TV writing, eventually creating “WKRP in Cincinnati.” Ho writes that several characters on the show were based on actual people. Dr. Johnny Fever, played by Howard Hessemen, was based in part on “Skinny” Bobby Harper of WQXI. “Big Guy” Arthur Carlson, the bumbling general manager played by Gordon Jump, was based on Jerry Blum, the WQXI general manager. Fashion-challenged Herb Tarleck (Frank Bonner) was a stand-in for long-time Atlanta radio executive Clarke Brown. Wilson Photo/Jen Fariello
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KGO 810 San Francisco Debuts New Lineup
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 16TH, 2018 –– Following yesterday's news of longtime market vet Ronn Owens moving from his weekday show for a new daily 8-minute commentary, Cumulus Media officially revealed its new weekday lineup for San Francisco's KGO 810.
The Ethan Bearman Show (TL) moves from its previous Noon-2pm slot on KGO to air weekdays from 10am-12:50pm. Then at 12:50pm every weekday, KGO 810 will present The Ronn Owens Report, an eight-minute segment featuring legendary Hall of Fame KGO personality Owens’ take on the news of the day and what’s happening around the world. KGO 810 is introducing nationally known medical expert and media personality
Dr. Drew Pinsky will fill weekdays from 1pm-3pm. More than a celebrity, Dr. Drew shares his expertise, opinions and advice with KGO 810 listeners. Rounding out the new weekday lineup is The Chip Franklin Show, which has been expanded by an hour and airs Monday through Friday from 3pm-7pm.
The syndicated Armstrong and Getty Show will continue in mornings from 6 - to 10am.
ON-AIR: 'Stacey And Jonah' Take Over Afternoons At New Country 92.3 St. Louis
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 16TH, 2018 –– New Country 92.3 (WIL, St. Louis), has now officially announces a new afternoon drive show. Hubbard Radio’s only live and local New Country station in the bi-state region, New Country 92.3, welcomes “Stacey and Jonah” to the Afternoon Drive time slot, beginning now in St. Louis. “Stacey and Jonah” will move to St. Louis from Santa Rosa, California, where they have hosted mornings on KHTH “Hot 101.7” for the last six years.
“Stacey K” Boyer is a native of Santa Rosa and has been doing double duty as Program Director of Hot 101.7, as well as co‐hosting Mornings with Jonah Griss-Bush. “Jonah” Griss-Bush, began his radio career in the largest radio market in the US – New York City. Wanting the opportunity to live in Northern California and get his hands dirty doing multiple functions in radio brought him to Hot 101.7, to co‐host the morning show. New Country 92.3 program director Scott Roddy says, “Hubbard is the platinum standard for live and local talent. While most radio companies are reducing local talent, Hubbard is adding to our stable of show hosts." Commenting on their upcoming move to the Midwest and New Country 92.3, Stacey and Jonah note, “We are so excited to join the Hubbard family and the CMA Station of the Year, New Country 92.3 and the outstanding ‘Home Team!’” The duo continues, “A huge thank you to Hubbard Radio’s Ginny Morris, Drew Horowitz, Greg Strassell, as well as Hubbard St. Louis’ VP & Marketing Manager John Kijoswski and WIL Program Director Scott Roddy for making this dream job possible.
Comedy Central To Launch First-Ever Live Daily Morning Show On SiriusXM
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 16TH, 2018 –– Comedy Central will launch its first-ever live daily morning show on SiriusXM's Comedy Central Radio (channel 95). 'You Up with Nikki Glaser' will premiere in February and will broadcast live every Monday through Thursday from 10:00 am to noon ET / 7:00 am to 9:00 am PT with repeats throughout the week. Glaser will be joined on-air with her best friend and touring buddy, Tom Thakkar (R).
You Up with Nikki Glaser marks the second original show to launch on Comedy Central Radio following 'The Bonfire with Big Jay Oakerson and Dan Soder,' a daily show which airs Monday through Thursday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET. Launched in January 2013, Comedy Central Radio on SiriusXM (channel 95) is a 24/7 channel broadcasting an unparalleled and dedicated collection of stand-up comedy and original daily shows. The channel also features simulcasts of Comedy Central's late-night series The Daily Show with Trevor Noah and The Opposition w/ Jordan Klepper, which airs Monday through Thursday at 11:00-11:30 p.m. ET and 11:30-midnight ET with rebroadcasts throughout the schedule.
SYNDICATION: Tom Joyner Back On The Air In Atlanta; Mitch Faulkner Joins As Local Producer
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 16TH, 2018 –– The Tom Joyner Morning Show returned today to the Atlanta market on the all new Classix 102.9 FM, “Atlanta’s Classic RnB” station, joining the DL HughleyShow in the afternoons. As part of the Tom Joyner Morning Show, longtime veteran Mitch Faulkner joins Radio One Atlanta as the morning show local producer as well as hosting his highly rated Classic RnB Show Saturdays from 7:00 p.m. to minight. Mitch says,
“I’m proud to join the team at Radio One Atlanta. Classix 102.9 plays the music I grew up with and it’s refreshing to work with a company that "gets" urban radio and they do it right! Plus to work with a management team I have known and watched over the years, I feel this year will be the best of my career.” “The response to the DL Hughley Show has been great over the past two weeks,” said Tim Davies Regional Vice President and General Manager. “With Tom Joyner in the mornings, Mitch Faulkner’s community connection and our fresh RnB, it is like a one–two-three punch for our listeners and advertisers . . . and a perfect complement to our amazing cluster.”
NETWORKS: WWO Elevates Four In Affiliate Sales To VPs
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 16TH, 2018 –– Westwood One recently promoted four Affiliate Sales Directors to Vice-Presidents, Affiliate Sales: Neal Bird (TL), Rich Burg (TR), Stuart Greenblatt (BL), and Jim Jones (BR). All four report to Dennis Green, SVP, Affiliate Sales. Green said, “Neal, Rich, Stuart, and Jim lead the charge each and every day to make sure our affiliates and station partners have the best products available and customer service possible. We are proud to elevate them as a result of their tireless efforts in helping to make Westwood One America’s largest radio network.”
Neal Bird is in Los Angeles and is responsible for all Music and Entertainment affiliations, Rich Burg is in New York and is in charge of all Sports affiliations, Stuart Greenblatt is in New York and handles all Talk affiliations, and Jim Jones is Washington, DC and oversees all Westwood One News affiliations.
Gracie Awards Call For Entries Extended
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 16, 2018 –– The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) has extended the call for entries for the 4 3 rd annual Gracie Awards to January 25, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern in response to a high volume of requests for extensions. “Now, more than ever, we need to celebrate women for their exceptional work and contributions, especially in the media industry,” said Alliance for Women in Media Foundation Chair Sarah Foss. The Gracies recognize exemplary programming created by, for and about women in radio, television, cable and interactive media. Honorees are selected in national, local and student markets, including both commercial and non -commercial outlets.
The AWMF will accept all entries submitted after the originally published deadline of January 1 8 through January 25 with an additional $50 late fee. Entry details including pricing, updated categories can be viewed HERE. Online/virtual judging will take place over a two-week period beginning the week of February 6, 2018. In-person judging will take place all day on Saturday, March 3, 2018, and the morning of Sunday, March 4, 2018, in New York City. The application deadline for eligible judges of the Gracie Awards is January 26, 2018. For more information about the Gracie Awards and to submit your entries, please visit www.allwomeninmedia.org/gracies.
Benztown Has Produced An Audio Tribute To Dolores O'Riordan, lead singer of The Cranberries, who passed away on Monday at the age of 46.
Listen to the tribute HERE
NPR President/CEO Jarl Mohn Joins TSBC 2018 Lineup In Dallas
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 16TH, 2018 –– After a distinguished 20-yr. career on-air including stints such as WNBC New York, Jarl Mohn went on to become a group owner, serve as EVP/GM For MTV/VH1, created E! Entertainment for TV and in 2014 took over and turned around NPR. In the process he introduced blockbuster podcast such as 'Serial' and more - He'll now share his insights and thoughts on 'The Future of Audio' at Talk Show Boot Camp 9 Set for March 8 & 9 in Dallas in a special one-on-one with 'Sterling On Sunday's Walter Sterling.
Mohn's deep media experience has spanned all media platforms as well as rapid changes in audience trends. As the former executive vice president and general manager of MTV and VH1, he architected the strategy of long-form programming at the heart of the network today and diversified the networks' audiences by developing innovative programming around alternative music formats.
"Innovation is the most valuable characteristic of a media executive," says Sterling. "Jarl Mohn has demonstrated his willingness to try new, bold strategies at VH-1, MTV, E!, Rainbow Programming and now NPR. His focus and vision is inspiring"
Jarl Mohn & Walter Sterling's One-On-One will take place on Friday morning, March 9 at The Joule Hotel Dallas. For more info or to register, CLICK HERE
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[WATCH] FCC's Ajit Pai Calls Hawaii False Alarm 'Absolutely Unacceptable'
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 15TH, 2018 –– Following the false ballistic missile alarm that sent residents and tourists of Hawaii scrambling for cover, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said in a statement Sunday that an FCC investigation is under way into the alert that sounded on hundreds of thousands of cell phones across Hawaii. "The false emergency alert sent yesterday in Hawaii was absolutely unacceptable. Adding to the chaos was the 38-minute delay before a correction alert was issued," Pai said.
Vern Miyagi, the administrator for the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency took responsibility for the mistake. According to CBS News, Miyagi said the error happened during a shift change around 8 a.m., stating "the wrong button was pushed" during the internal drill. "BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL," the alert said. The agency sent a corrected alert 38 minutes later. Cindy McMillan, communications director for Hawaii Gov. David Ige, told reporters Sunday that the employee who sent the false alert had a chance to catch the mistake but pressed the wrong button twice. The employee has since been re-assigned within the emergency operations center says CBS.
Raleigh Programming Executive Lisa McKay Passes Away Following Brief Battle With Cancer
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 15TH, 2018 –– The radio community was deeply saddened to learn on Sunday of the passing of Lisa McKay, WQDR-FM PD and VP of Curtis Media Group. She passed away following her battle with cancer. The station posted on it's Facebook page, “It is with very heavy hearts that we share the news of Lisa’s passing," Curtis Media Group President Trip Savery wrote "She had a tremendous and positive impact on so many people’s lives and careers and will be greatly missed by all of us."
WQDR posted a tribute page for Lisa on their website where readers could share tributes and favorite memories of Lisa. According to WRAL, she passed away peacefully on Sunday after a brief battle with cancer. Beyond radio, Lisa passionately worked to find homes for abandoned animals, and those who wish to honor her are asked to make a donation to a local animal shelter.
98.5 Sports Hub Boston Host Escapes Death On Way To Patriots' Broadcast
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 15TH, 2018 –– Marc Bertrand (inset), who co-hosts the "Patriots Preview" and "Patriots Postgame" shows on Beasley's 98.5 The Sports Hub, was involved in a rollover crash on his way to Gillette Stadium reported WCVB-TV. Marc 'Beetle' Bertrand posted on his Facebook page that he was heading southbound on the busy road when a vehicle exiting a parking lot struck the passenger side of his pickup truck, causing his vehicle to "go for a rollercoaster ride." Bertrand's vehicle eventually came to a stop on its side. "For reasons I cannot explain, I am relatively OK," Bertrand wrote. "I did sustain injuries but I have already been released from the hospital."
Bertrand added, "I am lucky to be alive... I cannot express in words how thankful I am for the Norwood Fire/EMS and Police departments. They were on the scene in what seemed like seconds. I was trapped in the truck and NFD worked quickly to free me with the jaws of life. They do amazing work like this every single day. Thank you to all my Sports Hub colleagues for covering for me, especially Chris Gasper who hosted pre-game on very short notice. Thank you to everybody who has reached out through texts, emails, tweets, etc. My phone got lost in all of this, so I’ll get back to you soon, but know that I am OK! I hope I’m talking to everybody again on the radio this week. Go Pats! Beetle."
KGO Moves Ethan Bearman To Mid Mornings As Ronn Owens Shifts To Commentary Role
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 15TH, 2018 –– As of today, “The Ronn Owens Show” on KGO has ended, making way for the debut of “The Ronn Owens Report” a new, 10-minute show, premiering tomorrow (1/16) and airing weekdays at 12:50 p.m. According to sfgate.com, Owens said he will work a broader playing field. “My goal is to be a 2018 version of Paul Harvey and Andy Rooney,” he said in an interview in his KGO office after his final show.
As of this week, Ethan Bearman will move to the 10 a.m. slot vacated by Owens. Owens said he’s pleased with the decision because he isn’t retiring. “I cannot stand the word,” he said. “I don’t want to hear the word. What this is for me, it’s a perfect transition to retirement.” Owens worked radio gigs elsewhere before landing at KGO in 1975. Over the years, the station has had a variety of owners, including ABC, Capital Cities, Disney and then Citadel, which Cumulus bought in 2011. In addition to KGO, the company owns KSAN, KSFO, KNBR, KFOG, KCTC and KFFG in the Bay Area.
104.5 The Zone Nashville Boost Lineup
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 15TH, 2018 –– 104.5 The Zone made the announcement on Friday during a live broadcast from Providence, RI, during the AFC Divisional Round 2 Playoffs featuring the Tennessee Titans vs. the New England Patriots. 104.5 The Zone is the official radio home of the Tennessee Titans. 104.5 The Zone also announced that it has re-signed on-air personalities Chad Withrow, Jonathon Hutton and Paul Kuharsky (top center) hosts of the Midday 180 show to multi-year contracts. Concurrent with the announcement, the Midday 180 show will be expanded to a four-hour broadcast, airing weekdays from 10am-2pm, following The Wake Up Zone morning show.
In addition, the 3HL show with Brent Dougherty, Mickey Ryan and Dawn Davenport (top right) will also be adding an hour to its broadcast, airing weekdays from 2pm – 6pm. The Wake Up Zone with Mark Howard, Kevin Ingram and Blaine Bishop (top left) continues daily from 6am-10am.
NPR President/CEO Jarl Mohn Joins TSBC 2018 Lineup In Dallas
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 15TH, 2018 –– After a distinguished 20-yr. career on-air including stints such as WNBC New York, Jarl Mohn went on to become a group owner, serve as EVP/GM For MTV/VH1, created E! Entertainment for TV and in 2014 took over and turned around NPR. In the process he introduced blockbuster podcast such as 'Serial' and more - He'll now share his insights and thoughts on 'The Future of Audio' at Talk Show Boot Camp 9 Set for March 8 & 9 in Dallas in a special one-on-one with 'Sterling On Sunday's Walter Sterling.
Mohn's deep media experience has spanned all media platforms as well as rapid changes in audience trends. As the former executive vice president and general manager of MTV and VH1, he architected the strategy of long-form programming at the heart of the network today and diversified the networks' audiences by developing innovative programming around alternative music formats.
Jarl Mohn & Walter Sterling's One-On-One will take place on Friday morning, March 9 at The Joule Hotel Dallas. For more info or to register, CLICK HERE
SYNDICATION: Jim Brickman Adds Four
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 15TH, 2018 –– Envision Networks recently welcomed four new affiliates to The Jim Brickman Show. The Envision Music Network, covering more than 300 affiliates nationwide, welcomes to The Jim Brickman Show: KMWX/Mix 92.5 FM in Abilene, Texas WZIM/Magic 99.5 FM in Peoria, Ill. WWFW/Sunny 103.9 FM in Ft. Wayne, In. WNCV/Coast 93.3 FM in Ft. Walton Beach, Fla. The show is delivered via satellite or FTP download. A contemporary version and a classic hits version of the show are available for stations to choose and match to their own playlist.
Stations interested in carrying The Jim Brickman Show can visit envisionnetworks.com or contact Dave Hintz at 216.831.3761 or email@example.com
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Iowa Host Becomes Lead Plaintiff In Speed Camera Lawsuit Against City
Lawsuit Contesting 221,000 Notices for Unpaid Traffic Camera Tickets Sent Out Just Days Before Christmas
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 12TH, 2018 –– WHO Des Moines' Simon Conway is the lead plaintiff in a class-action lawsuit filed this week contesting 221,000 notices for unpaid traffic camera tickets sent out days before Christmas reports The Gazette. The lawsuit filed by James Larew of Iowa City names the city of Cedar Rapids and its collection firm, Municipal Collections of America, Inc. as defendants. Cedar Rapids approved the notice initiative this fall as a way to collect $17.3 million in unpaid tickets. The lawsuit contends the notices exceed a statute of limitations, which Iowa Code “states that actions to enforce the payment of a penalty or forfeiture arising under an ordinance must be brought within one year.” The other main claim challenges the late fee stating “Iowa law prohibits the retroactive imposition of any tax” and this would be considered a “property tax which was not in effect at the time that the alleged violation occurred.” Further, the notices fail to provide the recipients means to challenge the fine, according to the lawsuit.
Conway, who’s used his daily show on WHO to rail against Iowa’s traffic cameras as a corrupt scheme to make money, received notice stemming from a $75 ticket issued from a speed camera in 2015. He challenged the ticket in what he called a “kangaroo court,” which was in fact an administrative hearing in a private room at Cedar Rapids police headquarters. Conway livestreamed it on his smartphone. He refused to pay saying he believed his constitutional rights had been violated, and he was convinced the administrative process was a sham, according to the lawsuit. Read complete story HERE by The Gazette's Brian Morelli -
St. Louis' Beloved Guy Phillips Switches To Talk On KTRS Beginning Feb. 12
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 12TH, 2018 –– After nearly 40-years in the morning drive seat at Hot AC Y98, St. Louis venerable host Guy Phillips will take over afternoons on The Big 550 KTRS along with co-host Julie Buck. And as you may have guessed, Buck is the daughter of late Cardinal announcer, Jack Buck, and sister to sportscaster Joe Buck. Phillips fills the slot formerly held by Frank O Pinion.
"It's hard to get more 'St. Louis' than Guy Phillips and Julie Buck," station chief Mark Dorsey tells St. Louis Today. The hiring of Phillips was set into motion in July, when Frank O. Pinion (whose real name is John Craddock) announced his resignation from KTRS. Craddock now handles afternoons at KFN-AM 590. After a two-month search for a replacement, KTRS announced in September that Phillips would be hired for the gig. Phillips, who had worked at KYKY-FM 98.1 since 1979, left that station in November.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Dennis Gwiazdon Named VP/MM For Beasley Las Vegas Cluster
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 12TH, 2018 –– Beasley Media Group has named Dennis Gwiazdon as the Vice President and Market Manager of the company’s cluster of radio stations in the Las Vegas market, including: KCYE-FM, KCYE-HD2, KKLZ-FM, KDWN-AM, KOAS-FM and KVGS-FM. Gwiazdon most recently served as the Vice President and Market Manager of Midwest Communications & South Central Communications’ WCJK-FM, WJXA-FM and WNFN-FM in Nashville, Tennessee.
“It’s a privilege to welcome Dennis to the Beasley Media Group family,” said Beasley Media Group Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Brian Beasley. “His proven track record, combined with his leadership skills, is the perfect fit for our Las Vegas cluster as we continue to grow and expand our business in the market.” “I’m absolutely thrilled about joining the Beasley team,” said Gwiazdon.” There is tremendous potential for us in Las Vegas and I’m grateful that Caroline, Brian and Bruce are giving me the opportunity to make a difference.” Gwiazdon currently serves as the president of the Nashville Area Radio Association.
PROGRAMMING: Doc Wynter Elevates To EVP/Urban Hip-Hop For iHeart
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 12TH, 2018 –– iHeartMedia announced today that its National Programming Group has elevated renowned programming veteran Doc Wynter to the new position of Executive Vice President of Urban/Hip-Hop Programming Strategy, effective immediately. He will report to Tom Poleman, Chief Programming Officer for iHeartMedia. Wynter will remain in his role of Program Director of iHeartMedia’s REAL 92.3, LA. “No one understands Urban and Hip-Hop programming like Doc and we’re thrilled he’s expanding his role leading iHeartMedia’s programming strategy for those key formats,” said Rich Bressler, President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer for iHeartMedia. “He’s been instrumental in launching several of our Urban and Hip-Hop stations nationwide and we’re excited for him to be even more hands-on with all of our Urban brands in our over 150 markets.”
Wynter will celebrate 29 years with iHeartMedia in January and most recently served as Senior Vice President of Urban Programming and Urban Brand Manager for the company. He began overseeing the company’s urban radio stations in late 1999 and has launched several well-known iHeartMedia brands, such as Power 105.1 FM in New York City, REAL 92.3 in Los Angeles, V101.5 in Jacksonville and The Beat in cities that include Houston, Miami, Tampa and Nashville.
ON-AIR: Freddy Rivera Takes Afternoon Drive At 102.9 Now Dallas
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 12TH, 2018 –– iHeart announced that Freddy Rivera has been named Afternoon Drive Host for KDMX 102.9 Now, Dallas/Ft. Worth.
“Freddy is an outstanding on-air talent and we are very fortunate to add him to our line up,” said Jay Shannon, Program Director for 102.9 Now. “Freddy is very much looking forward to calling DFW his home.”
Rivera comes to 102.9 Now from 102.7 KIIS-FM in Los Angeles where he has hosted the late night show for the last four years. Born in Los Angeles and raised in the Inland Empire, he started his radio broadcasting career as an intern for Rick Dees.From there, Freddy got his first chance as a radio on-air personality for 99.1 KGGI in Los Angeles. “I am very excited to write the next chapter in my radio career with 102.9 Now in Dallas/Fort Worth,” said Rivera. “I have heard so much about the food, nightlife and community. I can’t wait to jump right in.”
PODCAST: ESPN Audio Debuts 'Sports? with Katie Nolan'
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 12TH, 2018 –– ESPN Audio launched a new podcast called “Sports? with Katie Nolan” with the Emmy-winning sports personality. “I’m excited to get back to podcasting because it’s such an authentic platform that allows me to talk freely about sports and the things that interest me as a fan in a way that other sports programming often doesn’t,” said Nolan. “The question mark in the name is there to indicate that, like most conversations in the real world, we will inevitably wander off topic into things that interest me or my guests. I look forward to bringing listeners along with me on this convoluted journey through my brain.”
The podcast is available now to subscribe and listen in the ESPN App, at the ESPN PodCenter and via the Apple iTunes store. Nolan joined ESPN last October and continues to appear across multiple platforms in a variety of projects. She is a regular host of SportsCenter on Snap, and recently co-hosted a live Twitter show prior to the Titan vs. Chiefs NFL Wild Card game.
SYNDICATION: Tracey Millman On The Rise With Ace & TJ Network
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 12TH, 2018 –– The Ace & TJ Show, together with The Radio Button Network, is proud to announce Tracey Millman has been promoted to Vice President of Community Relations / Sales for The Ace & TJ Show and Radio Button Network. Tracey has been with the show for more than three years where she has moved from Director of Operations to this newly created position. In addition to being lead for network sales for the show and other Radio Button Network partners, Tracey will head the outreach program for the newly created charity, Ace & TJ’s Radio Family Charity.
Tracey stated, "I am beyond thrilled to accept this position within the ATJ organization. Thank you to Ace, TJ and Adam for recognizing my prowess and entrusting me with this new role." “All of what this brand can do going forward with sales and the newly formed charity became possible with the skills Tracey brings to the company.”– Adam Goodman “We're so grateful to have someone representing our company who is as dedicated to its success as we are. She's going to be perfect to run this new department.”– TJ added Now in its 20th year of syndication, The Ace & TJ Show is syndicated by The Radio Button Network to The “South” Eastern seaboard including Charlotte, Columbia (SC), both Greenville’s (North & South Carolina), Birmingham (AL) and more.
SNAPS: Shotgun Tom Kelly Invades CES
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 12TH, 2018 –– Among the growing number of radio folks joining in Las Vegas for this week's 2018 Consumer Electronic's Show is none other than the legendary Shotgun Tom Kelly. Thanks to our 'best bud' Art Vuolo, who shared this photo.
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STUDY: 1 In 6 Americans Owns A Voice-Activated Smart Speaker
16% Of Americans 18+ Own A Smart Speaker, About 39 Million
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 11TH, 2018 –– New data from NPR and Edison Research confirms the impact the 2017 holiday season had on smart speaker ownership in the U.S. Now, one-in-six Americans (16%) owns a voice-activated smart speaker, up 128% from January 2017. For younger Americans, the numbers are much greater. The study shows that 16% Of Americans 18+ own a smart device, about 39 Million.
The Smart Audio Report, Fall/Winter 2017 release also reveals how voice-activation in the home is fueling adoption of smart technology broadly – including smart home applications – and affecting how often consumers engage with other platforms throughout the day. As the top graph at left shows, Smart Speaker usage is replacing quite a bit of time used on both AM/FM radio, Smartphones & TV. Plus, a large majority of American can't imagine going back to life without their device.
The first survey in the series, released in June 2017, found that 42% of users say their device is now “essential” to their everyday life and 65% wouldn’t go back to life without one.
comScore estimates 50% of all searches will be via voice tech by 2020. DOWNLOAD STUDY HERE
Emmis Announces Q3 Earnings
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 11TH, 2018 –– Emmis Communications Corporation announced results for its third fiscal quarter ending November 30, 2017. Emmis' radio net revenues for the third fiscal quarter were $34.0 million, compared to $42.5 million in the prior year. Due to the sale of the company's Terre Haute radio stations in January 2017, KPWR-FM in Los Angeles in August 2017, and magazine sales last fiscal year, reported results are not comparable year-over year. Emmis pro forma radio revenues per Miller Kaplan (which excludes barter and syndication revenues), were down 4% in markets that were down 2%. Excluding political advertising, Emmis pro forma radio revenues in the third quarter would have been down 3%.
"Overall it was a disappointing quarter, but I am encouraged going forward by the ratings trends at our radio stations. This fiscal year, our radio stations have been growing their ratings vis-à-vis our competitors, which should manifest itself in better revenue performance in Q4 and into the next fiscal year," said Jeff Smulyan, CEO & Chairman of the Board of Emmis. "Another bright spot is the continuing progress of NextRadio, the Emmis-developed app embraced by the radio industry that provides a unique, measurable platform for radio content," Smulyan added.
Radio Host Loses Job After Comments On TV Show
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 11TH, 2018 –– When CNBC The Profit's Marcus Lemonis (R) visited Morris' Rayjus Outdoors on Tuesday night's episode, he walked away without offering any deal, saying he can't do business with co-owner Ray Odom over his radio persona, "Crazy Ray," a self-described "sexist, egotistical, racist pig" who hosted an evening show on 100.7 WRXQ-FM Coal City, IL.
"I am a big believer that you are who you do business with," LemonIs said. "So the fact that you would think that I would do business with you when you do that, regardless of whether it's your personality or not, I just can't."
On Tuesday afternoon, Odom was fired from his radio job and Rayjus Outdoors announced that Odom was taking a leave of absence from the company. "DJ Ray Odom, known as Crazy Ray on WRXQ, took part in a national television program," Alpha Media Market Manager Brian Foster said in an email to The Herald News, "We do not condone the views he expressed in the program. The feelings portrayed are that of his own and not of Alpha Media or QRock. After an internal review, we have decided to cut ties." Odom confirmed he was fired from the job, saying he had worked hard to keep his 'Crazy Ray Styles' radio persona separate from his business, not even using his last name during radio appearances and making sure the radio station's name wasn't mentioned during the show.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: iHeart Names Chris Soechtig Market President For Tampa
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 11, 2018 –– iHeartMedia announced that Chris Soechtig has been named Market President for Tampa Bay, effective immediately. He will report to Linda Byrd, President of iHeartMedia’s North Florida Region. “I am thrilled to bring Chris home to Tampa Bay,” said Byrd. “He’s back where he started his career and now as the Market President. Chris is an amazing leader with a track record of success in every position he has held in iHeartMedia. We’re so happy to have him on the North Florida Region team.”
Soechtig is an industry veteran with 25 years of experience at iHeartMedia. He most recently served as the Market President for the West Palm Beach/Treasure Coast markets. Prior to that, Soechtig held the post of Senior Vice President of Sales Operations, where he focused on the creation and management of a corporate sales operations and training platform designed to support Sales Managers and Account Executives across iHeartMedia’s over 150 markets. He previously was the Director of Sales for iHeartMedia Tampa Bay.
More Podcasts Becoming TV Series; One Centering Around Fictional Radio Show
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 11, 2018 –– Looks like podcast fans will be getting a closer look at their favorite shows soon as more of them are headed to the screen. In fact, cheatsheet.com says turning podcasts into shows is slowing becoming a trend in Hollywood. "Within the next few years, your favorite show might be one based on a series that’s currently underway in audio form. Among the shows coming include the hugely popular, Serial which features Sarah Koenig’s award-winning story of the 1999 murder of Hae Min Lee. There's also ' Welcome to Night' starring Cecil Gershwin Palmer. The format is that of a radio show supposedly coming out of the fictional Night Vale, a mysterious desert town where strange, paranormal activity is the norm. The podcast, for the most part, takes a comedic approach to the subject matter and mines humor out of the town’s baffling phenomena. Welcome to Night Vale has already spawned two novels, but now, it’s becoming a television show as well.
According to Deadline, the Night Vale TV series is currently being developed for FX. Better Call Saul’s Gennifer Hutchison has been hired for the adaptation. Creators Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor will serve as executive producers.
WFAN's Boomer Is Back To Host Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials 2018
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 11, 2018 –– WFAN/NY'S Boomer Esiason along with Daniela Ruah (shown) will once again host SUPER BOWL GREATEST COMMERCIALS 2018 on CBS, an interactive countdown special where viewers will be able to vote live for their favorite "Man" vs. "Beast." It will be broadcast Tuesday, Jan. 30 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. This year, five star-studded SUPER BOWL spots featuring some of the biggest names in sports and entertainment, representing "Man," face off against five spots featuring scene-stealing animals, representing "Beast."
Boomer Esiason, who in addition to his morning co-host duties on WFAN New York also serves as an analyst for CBS Sports' NFL pre-game show THE NFL TODAY and Monday Night Football analyst for Westwood One. He will also be the analyst for Super Bowl LII on Westwood One. Daniela Ruah, star of CBS' NCIS: LOS ANGELES, and will originate from U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, home of "Super Bowl LII." According to Broadway World, beginning today, viewers can vote for their favorite SUPER BOWL commercials, pitting "Man" versus "Beast." Esiason will campaign on behalf of his favorite commercials starring humans, and Ruah will advocate for the animal-led spots. These commercials go head-to-head on www.cbs.com/superbowl/commercials, where fans can vote for their favorite SUPER BOWL commercial.
KEN BENSON: 'Crowd Sourcing' Could Be Solution To Growing Music Tests Issues
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 11TH, 2018 –– In P1 Media Group head Ken Benson's article "The Evolution of Music Testing," he says with the emergence of the internet as a vehicle for interactions between programmers and listeners, many researchers sought to replicate the auditorium test online. The Online Music Test, or OMT, marked the next stage of development in music research. Its popularity grew because it produced useful results for a lower cost than in-person testing -- typically around 30 percent less. Further, researchers believe they’ve resolved the security fears and concerns about who was actually taking tests. Today it is far more difficult, sometimes even impossible, to find and recruit the right respondents to participate in an auditorium test. As a result, recruitment costs and incentives have skyrocketed.
Benson adds, "The problem is the pool of people willing to participate is very small and getting smaller by the day. Many auditorium test participants are research pros, which means they are in the database of one or more of the local fieldwork agencies, and frequently participate in any and all types of research. Benson says, this and other problems can now be addressed through the power of “The Crowd." Utilizing multiple sources of participants including targeted social ads, station databases, digital advertising, and various other crowd sourcing techniques, low cost, high participation, high quality research is now possible. CLICK HERE to learn how Crowd Sourcing works.
A Saturday On Saturday Across UK
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 11, 2018 – Rochelle Humes from the girlband, The Saturday’s will be on-air from 4pm till 7pm every Saturday on the Heart Network in Britain. Emma Bunton from The Spice Girls will host a brand new Sunday night show from 7pm in place of Jason Donovan, as well as continuing to co-host Heart London Breakfast with Jamie Theakston.
Former Presenter Not Happy Station Using Her Likeness In Melbourne Australia - Former KIIS 101.1 breakfast host Meshel Laurie has taken to social media to call out the station and Drive hosts Will and Woody for using her likeness in a stunt. The station’s new Afternoon Drive team dropped by new Breakfast duo Jase and PJ, bringing along with them t-shirts and mugs with Matt and Meshel (the former Breakfast team) KIIS branding on them. “We never had t-shirts or mugs, or any merch at all, so they’ve made these especially for a fake stunt,” said Laurie on Instagram, uploading a photo of the merchandise. “Sad. Please don’t use my name and face for cheesy radio stunts guys.” Laurie and fellow former breakfast host Matt Tilley were replaced by Kiwi imports Jase and PJ for breakfast on Melbourne’s KIIS 101.1.
George Hook Returns To Irish Radio - George Hook’s new show is called Hook’s Saturday Sit-In, and is part of a new weekend schedule on Newstalk. His new show starts this Saturday morning from 8am till 10am and will feature interviews, reviews and regular items on travel, music and US politics. He was let go from his weekday show in September after controversial comments he made about rape sparked a backlash.
WANT TO CONNECT WITH GRAHAM? Reach him at +44 7752 416905. Twitter: @GrahamMack Web: www.mackmedia.co.uk Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
SNAPS: Gallagher Stumps For Candidate
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 11TH, 2018 –– Salem Radio Network’s nationally syndicated talk host Mike Gallagher joined morning talk host Dan Proft of Chicago’s AM 560 “The ANSWER” on the campaign trail this week, stumping for Jeanne Ives, GOP candidate for Illinois governor. Gallagher addressed a suburban Chicago fundraiser for Ives, a conservative challenging Illinois’ incumbent Republican governor Bruce Rauner.
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Husband Of Slain New Jersey Radio Host Charged In Her 2012 Murder
Authorities Say Husband Hired A Hit Man To Kill His Wife After She Threatened To Expose An Illegal Prescription Drug Scheme
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 10TH, 2018 –– After nearly six years, endocrinologist James Kauffman was charged Tuesday in the death of his wife, radio host April Kauffman. Authorities say James Kauffman had hired a hit-man to murder his wife to prevent her from exposing a vast illegal opioid pill distribution operation, reports philly.com. “As a result of April Kauffman’s desire to divorce James Kauffman, he was intent to have her killed, as opposed to losing his ‘financial empire,’ as he described it to several individuals,” Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner said Tuesday. He is already being held in the Atlantic County jail on weapons charges after brandishing a gun in June when authorities executed an early morning search warrant at his medical office.
Tyner said Kauffman, 68, and a co-conspirator, Ferdinand Augello, 61, of Petersburg, N.J., conspired for a year to solicit someone to kill his wife before finding a triggerman, identified by authorities as Francis “Frank” Mullholland. Prosecutors said Mullholland was paid at least $20,000 and given a gun the morning of May 10, 2012. Tyner said he died of a drug overdose in October 2013. “The doors were left open and Francis Mullholland was given a gun,” Tyner said. Augello was also charged with trying to kill James Kauffman, Tyner said. Both Augello and Kauffman were charged with racketeering, along with six others, in connection with the alleged scheme. April Kauffman was found shot to death in May of 2012 in the couple’s bedroom after her husband had left for work. Her body was discovered by a handyman who cared for pet birds in the couple’s home in the suburb of Atlantic City. READ MORE HERE
Edgar Sotelo & Brian Moote Take Mornings At 97.1 AMP LA; Jade & Cowboy Curt Join Y108 Pittsburgh's Broadway Morning Show
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 10TH, 2018 –– As Jockline first announced late yesterday in a special news alert, Entercom revealed that 97.1 AMP Radio (KAMP-FM) new morning show will feature Edgar Sotelo and Brian Moote, effective February 2018. “We are thrilled to be able to bring together Edgar and Brian on AMP Radio. Both of them are smart, genuine and funny and we look forward to watching them make a huge impact in LA - on air, on-site at local events and on social media,” said Jeff Federman, Entercom’s SVP/MM. “I want to thank the Entercom family led by David Field, as well as Chris Ebbott, Jeff Federman, Chris Oliviero and Pat Paxton for this amazing opportunity,” said Sotelo. “I am super AMP’d and blessed to be able to do what I love in my hometown with our awesome 97.1 AMP Radio team." Edgar Sotelo was previously the morning show host of WBMP New York AMP Radio. He was born in Mexico and raised in Southern California and is a previous Marconi winner. Brian Moote was previously a part of “The Bert Show,” based out of Atlanta. He went to College in Southern California and is a stand-up comedian.
-- Over in Pittsburgh, Entercom announced that Jade and Cowboy Curt have joined 'Broadway's Backyard' as co-hosts on 107.9 FM Y108 (WDSY-FM). “Broadway’s Backyard” debuted on Y108 during the fall of 2017 and airs weekday mornings. “Broadway, Jade and Cowboy Curt have great chemistry together and are amazing personalities who are committed to our local community,” said Michael Young, Entercom’s SVP/MM. “The show is off to a great start and we are looking forward to them creating exciting radio every morning on Y108.” Jade began on Y108 and 100.7 Star (WBZZ-FM) as a Promotions Assistant and later served as Control Operator. She was most recently a part-time on-air personality. Cowboy Curt was the Control Operator for sister stations 93.7 The Fan (KDKA-FM) and News Radio 1020 (KDKA-AM).
KCAL Redlands Announce Deep Personnel Cuts; Steve Bannon Dropped On SiriusXM
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 10TH, 2018 –– Budget cuts hit deep at Inland Empire/Redlands CA KCAL-FM resulting in the elimination of several on air positions including longtime morning show members James “Jimbo” Smith (TR) and Tiffany Angelo (C). Also exiting is 42 year veteran of the station Michael “Stu - Man” Stewart (TL), who had been hosting the evening show for the past year after transitioning from the morning show, as well as Steven Kono, morning show producer. "The cuts took us by surprise", said KCAL Program Director and Afternoon Host, Daryl Norsell, "Especially when the station is seeing some of the best ratings success we've had in years. Each of them are incredibly talented and dedicated, and more importantly, really great people." "The ownership decided they just couldn’t keep operating KCAL with such high expenses”, added station General manager, Jeff Parke, "All of the people we had to let go are like family to me. This has been really tough, to say the least.” The station will run a heavily music intensive show in the morning, hosted by remaining show member Patrick Tish. The evenings will be handled by current KCAL Production Director, Frank Garcia. All are now available for their next opportunity and can be reached at the following: James “Jimbo” Smith at email@example.com or 951-255-2242 Tiffany Angelo at firstname.lastname@example.org Michael “The Stu - Man” Stewart at email@example.com Steven Kono at firstname.lastname@example.org or 909-354-1561
-- In Wash. DC, Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon (R) is stepping down as chairman of Breitbart News Network as well as ending his radio show on SiriusXM. The satellite radio company made the announcement on Tuesday, hours after it was revealed he was stepping down at Breitbart News. “Breitbart News has decided to end its relationship with Stephen K. Bannon, therefore he will no longer host on SiriusXM since our programming agreement is with Breitbart News,” Sirius XM representatives announced in a statement. PHOTO/Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM
PROGRAMMING: Chris Patyk Named PD For KBZT-FM; 91X Taps Garett Michaels As PD In San Diego; Anne Gress Named PD For New Jersey 101.5
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 10TH, 2018 –– Entercom San Diego announced that Chris Patyk has been named PD of Alternative FM 94/9 (KBZT FM). Most recently he served as PD for crosstown KYXY-FM. “I’m thrilled, excited and about every other adjective you can think of to be part of this amazing Entercom alternative team that loves radio and the music. Working alongside of our APD/MD Jeremy Pritchard and massively talented on-air and promotional team is going to be a lot of fun!” said Chris. “Thank you to Bob Bolinger, Kevin Callahan, Pat Paxton and Chris Oliviero for giving me the keys. Let’s take over San Diego!” Chris Patyk can be reached at email@example.com - according to sandiegoradio.org Chris will remain as PD for Energy 97.3.
-- Veteran radio programmer and consultant Garett Michaels (L) has been named Program Director of 91X (XTRA-FM). After spending two years as the PD for KNDD-FM in Seattle, Michaels returned to San Diego in December 2015 to become Program Director of KFMB-FM. In January 2017, Michaels left KFMB and has been serving as consultant to 91X ever since. “After spending the last year consulting and working with the team, I couldn’t be more excited to officially join Local Media San Diego”, said Michaels. “It's an honor to be a part of 91X, a station that represents the San Diego lifestyle, has deep roots serving our local community, and is truly one of the icons of the Alternative format.
-- Over on the other coast, Anne Gress (R) has taken the Brand Manager reins at New Jersey 101.5. Most recently Gress handled programming duties for then CBS-owned WOGL/98.1 Anne succeeds Eric Johnson, who recently left NJ 101.5 to program Beasley’s “97.5 the Fanatic” WPEN in Philadelphia. Gress said, “I’m genuinely excited to join the team at Townsquare Media and New Jersey 101.5. Their unique format, rock star staff and consistently strong ratings make this an irresistible opportunity."
Samsung Becomes Latest Phone Maker To Unlock FM Chip
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 10TH, 2018 –– Tagstation LLC, owner of the NextRadio® app, announced that Samsung, the largest Android handset maker in the world, is the latest device OEM to continue its support for NextRadio by unlocking the FM Chip in upcoming smartphone models in the U.S. and Canada. Many smartphones in the world are manufactured with hardware capable of receiving free FM radio signals. Market leaders like Samsung are taking the step of unlocking the FM Chip, which will allow Samsung users to connect directly with the NextRadio app, listen to their favorite local stations, and use less battery and less data than streaming radio apps.
“Samsung should be lauded for taking this important step,” said Paul Brenner, President of NextRadio powered by TagStation. “They are providing their customers a more engaging, immersive radio experience and, as importantly, a means to connect with life-saving information in emergencies.” When cellular coverage is congested or unavailable, the FM Chip will provide life-saving information from local radio stations. On the heels of widespread natural disasters in Puerto Rico, Houston and the Florida coast, calls have increased for all phone manufacturers to unlock the FM Chip in smartphones as a public safety necessity. Samsung joins LG, Motorola and Alcatel in taking this step to both meet consumer demand and to provide a lifeline in emergency situations.
SYNDICATION: Joe Pags Show Reaches 100th Affiliate Mark; Chad Benson Show Added At KTAR/Phoenix
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 10TH, 2018 –– The Joe Pags Show adds KPAM in Portland OR as its 100th affiliate. The Compass Media Networks show launched August 2015 and now, in less than 30 months, announces 100 stations including Flagship WOAI San Antonio, KPRC Houston and KTLK Minneapolis. Phil Boyce and Joe Pags have this to say about the addition of KPAM. “Years ago a young TV anchor in Albany called me to ask how he could get into talk radio. That was Joe Pags. I figured it was a passing fantasy, but no, he was serious. What an honor to be his 100th affiliate in Portland at our newest talk station. Our listeners there are in for a real treat. And congrats Joe, you made it!” Phil Boyce Senior VP/Spoken Word Format Salem Media Group and Salem Radio Network.
-- The Chad Benson Show is excited to announce the addition of Bonneville Radio's KTAR-FM, Phoenix to its Monday-Friday lineup. The show will debut on Monday January 15. KTAR-FM joins a growing list of affiliates that includes KSTE-AM Sacramento, WIBC-FM Indianapolis, WDBO-FM Orlando, KRMG-AM/FM Tulsa and KTSA-AM, San Antonio among others. Mike Paradiso, Radio America Chief Operating Officer, states, "Radio America is looking forward to partnering with one of the top talk stations in the country, as well as a great company like Bonneville. KTAR aligns with our commitment to deliver quality programming that gets results."
Beasley's Caroline Beasley A Featured Speaker During Canadian Music Week
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 10TH, 2018 –– Beasley Media announced that Caroline Beasley, Chief Executive Officer of Beasley Media Group, will be as a featured speaker on A Radio Executive's View from the 'Corner Office' Super Session on Friday, May 11th. This will be part of the 2-Day Radio Interactive Summit happening May 10th and 11th. Caroline Beasley was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. on January 1, 2017, previously serving as interim Chief Executive Officer from March 18, 2016 until December 31st, 2016 and as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Secretary beginning in 1994. She has served as a Director of Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. since she joined the Company in 1983. She currently serves as the Joint Board Chair of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Board of Directors and is a past Chairman of the NAB Radio Board.
A Radio Executive's View from the 'Corner Office' Super Session will feature several radio presidents and directors covering the overall positioning of the radio today, its future, and how digital fits into the landscape.
iHeart & Turner Announce Nominees For 2018 Music Awards
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 10TH, 2018 –– iHeartMedia and Turner announced today the nominees for the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards on Sunday, March 11, 2018 at the historic, “Fabulous” Forum in Los Angeles. The event will be simulcast live on TBS, TNT and truTV at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT; on iHeartMedia radio stations nationwide; and the iHeartRadio app, the free all-in-one digital music, podcasting and live streaming radio service. TV subscribers can also watch the iHeartRadio Music Awards on the truTV, TNT & TBS Apps. The 2018 telecast will feature live performances from today’s superstar performers, once-in-a-lifetime artist collaborations, celebrity guest appearances and live award presentations.
This is Turner Broadcasting’s third year broadcasting the event. “We have a guiding principle at iHeartRadio that fans rule,” said John Sykes, President of iHeartMedia Entertainment Enterprises. “In our fifth year we are still holding true to our original vision of staging an awards show that truly reflects the music fans loved listening to on iHeartRadio all year long.” Artists receiving multiple nominations include Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars, Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, Justin Bieber, DJ Khaled and The Chainsmokers. SEE LIST HERE
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STUDY: Listeners Pay More Attention To Ads On AM/FM Than Pandora Or Spotify
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 9TH, 2018 –– The latest Westwood One blog post looks at the results from a simple question asked by researcher Vision Critical/MARU: How many Pandora, Spotify, and AM/FM radio listeners actually hear ads? Here were the results from 2,617 consumers: · Only 54% of Pandora and Spotify listeners pay attention to ads. Advertisers hoping to reach an engaged audience won’t be effective across these platforms. These listeners are using Pandora and Spotify at home, with these services being great for “chilling out” but not so great for engaging with the advertisements.
· AM/FM radio sees a much different story. On average, 84% of the AM/FM radio audience hears the ads. Whether they are at home, at work, or traveling in the car, the results show that consumers hear what people are talking about when they listen to AM/FM radio. While Pandora and Spotify audiences are distracted and disengaged, AM/FM radio reaches an audience more connected to content. Softly playing background music is great for “chilling out” but it’s not so great for advertisers. Read Pierre Bouvard, Chief Insights Officer at Cumulus | Westwood One complete blog HERE
ON-AIR: The Miguel & Holly Show Ink Multi-Year Extension With Hot 101.5
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 9TH, 2018 –– Tampa Bay’s Hot 101.5 (WPOI 101.5 FM) has extended The Miguel and Holly Morning Show for three more years! “I’m very proud of Miguel & Holly. Their hard work and dedication in 2017 led to strong results and that’s just a start,” said Rick Thomas, Operations Manager of Cox Media Group Tampa (shown top center with Miguel & Holly) . “I know 2018 and beyond will be amazing for them at Hot1015!”
“Being able to be live life on the radio with my best friend Holly while living in paradise is a dream come true,” says Miguel Fuller “Thank you to Rick Thomas, Keith Lawless and Cox Media Group for allowing us to live our best lives every day. Thanks to our agent Norman Schrutt for always looking out for us and guiding our careers. Here’s to more 3:45am wake ups!” “I’m living my dream,” stated cohost Holly O’Connor. “We’ve had a passion for this station and are lucky to be part of its growth. Miguel and Holly joined Hot 101.5 in 2015.
REPORT: Garrison Keillor Now In Mediation With Minnesota Public Radio Over Firing
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 9TH, 2018 –– Longtime host Garrison Keillor says he is in negotiations with Minnesota Public Radio after the radio network cut ties with the former “A Prairie Home Companion” host over unspecified allegations of inappropriate behavior reports Twin Cities Pioneer Press. Keillor wrote on his Facebook page Friday that a second day of mediation was held at a law firm in downtown Minneapolis, but he provided no details. He told the Associated Press on Monday that he could not discuss negotiations until they are finished. Another session is scheduled for Thursday, Keillor said.
Angie Andresen, a spokeswoman for the St. Paul-based MPR, said Monday the two sides “are talking about issues related to the transition of their business relationship.” MPR announced in late November it was terminating its contracts with Keillor after learning of allegations of “inappropriate behavior” with a person who worked with him. Keillor told the Star Tribune that he had put his hand on a woman’s bare back as he tried to console her. Keillor, 75, retired in 2016 as host of “Prairie Home,” a radio show he created in 1974. The Saturday evening show, now titled “Live from Here,” continues with Keillor’s hand-picked successor, mandolinist Chris Thile.
Mary Berner To Engage In Conversation Keynote At CRS Nashville
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 9TH, 2018 –– Mary Berner, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cumulus Media, Inc., will be the spotlight of a keynote conversation at Country Radio Seminar (CRS) 2018, Tuesday, February 6 from 3:30 to 4:20, at Omni Nashville. Emmis Communications’ Charlie Morgan (bottom) will conduct the interview, titled “Radio Today with Cumulus Media’s CEO Mary Berner.'
“This new broadcast industry leader joins us with her unique insight and winning view for Radio in 2018,” said Bill Mayne, Executive Director, CRB/CRS.
Berner has served as president and Chief Executive Officer of Cumulus Media Inc., the country’s second largest radio company, since October 2015. Under Berner’s leadership, Cumulus has already reversed four years of revenue and listenership declines, and three years of profit declines. As a first time guest of CRS, Berner will share her strategies for success and insights into the innovative tactics that have led to Cumulus’ recent success and growth. For more info, visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com.
NETWORKS: George Noory Celebrates 15th Anniversary; Fitz & SBG End Year With 15 New Affiliates
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 9TH, 2018 –– Premiere Networks announced that January 2018 marks George Noory’s 15-year anniversary as host of Coast to Coast AM, the most-listened-to overnight radio program in North America. Noory became the full-time host of the popular radio program, which reaches nearly three million weekly listeners on more than 600 radio stations, in January 2003. The broadcasting milestone comes on the heels of Noory’s renewed long-term contract with Premiere last year.
“Entertaining millions of people in the middle of the night is no small feat, but George makes it look easy,” said Julie Talbott, Premiere Networks President. “His passion and dedication to delivering the best content for the Coast to Coast AM audience is what drives the continued growth and success of the program. We’re proud to celebrate this special milestone with George, and look forward to many more.”
-- Sun Broadcast Group’s The Fitz Show, The Hitlist with Fitz and Nashville Minute with Fitz received a warm welcome across Kansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Texas, California, Tennessee and Alaska, adding new 15 new affiliates in Q4, 2017. Fitz is the host to a total of 3 syndicated shows reaching nearly 200 stations with Sun Broadcast Group including his daily show, weekend countdown show, and his daily short form feature. Over the years, Fitz has earned the titles, Country Aircheck’s Major Market Personality of the Year, Best Radio Personality in Seattle 8 years in a row, among many others. For more information, call Sun Broadcast Group (800) 871-6163.
SNAPS: WWO's Steve Kastenbaum Takes On 'Bomb Cyclone' In New York City
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 9TH, 2018 –– Even by our standards this is a larger Jockline snap than normal, but it goes to show the lengths, or nads, Westwood One News correspondent Steve Kastenbaum must have to cover the news.
The photo above was taken from the streets of New York City on Thursday covering the "bomb cyclone" snowstorm that hit the tri-state area. Be sure to file this one under 'freeze frame.'
The Bert Show On The Hunt For A New Co-Host
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 9TH, 2018 –– As Jockline reported yesterday, Bert Weiss of the syndicated The Bert Show revealed that co-host Brian Moote would be leaving the show and headed back west near his family and the good news, Bert said, is he landed a gig at Amp in LA where he'll be part of its new morning show (announcement coming soon).' So, Bert says, he's in search of the show's next major star!
If you're funny - completely transparent and hard working and have long form samples of your personality, Bert wants to hear from you right away. Please send directly to Bert at firstname.lastname@example.org
Pink To Perform National Anthem At Super Bowl
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The Moody Blues' Ray Thomas Passes Away At 76; Band Is Scheduled To Be Inducted Into RRHOF This April
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 8TH, 2018 –– Ray Thomas, flautist and vocalist for the iconic rock group The Moody Blues, has died at 76. Esoteric Recordings/Cherry Red Records, says Thomas died suddenly Thursday at his home in Surrey, near London reports Billboard. No cause of death was given Sunday (Jan. 7), but Thomas disclosed in 2014 that he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer.
Born in 1941, Thomas founded The Moody Blues in 1964 with fellow musicians including Mike Pinder and Denny Laine. Thomas's flute solo was a key ingredient on one of its biggest hits, "Nights in White Satin." The band is due to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio in April. PHOTO/Twitter
LiveXLive Acquires Slacker Radio
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 8TH, 2018 –– LiveXLive Media, Inc. announced it has closed its acquisition of Slacker Radio ("Slacker"), a streaming music and personalized radio subscription service. Slacker has approximately 1.5 million monthly unique users and more than 400,000 subscribers on its paid and ad-supported platforms. Additionally, Slacker has hundreds of expertly programmed stations, including news, sports, and talk from ABC News, ESPN and others. "LiveXLive is leading the evolution of the music business and we believe Slacker is a perfect complement to our video platform," said Robert Ellin, (BL) CEO and Chairman of LiveXLive Media. "We look forward to working with the Slacker team as we combine the best audio and video content across live and recorded music.
"We are thrilled to join the LiveXLive team. We look forward to executing on our mutual commitment to reinvigorate the music business by creating fan-first content and programming. We are leveraging our combined cutting-edge technologies to deliver a superior consumer experience which will accelerate growth in the overall business," said Duncan Orrell-Jones (TR), CEO of Slacker.
ON-AIR: 'Dina B' Bonnani Promoted To Afternoons At WKIS-FM Miami; Mercedes & JC Ink Extension At MIX 94.1 Las Vegas; Brian Moote Headed To AMP LA For Mornings; The Bert Show On The Hunt For New Co-Host
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 8TH, 2018 –– Entercom announced Dina “Dina B” Bonanni (L) promotion to afternoon drive host on WKIS-FM, Kiss 99.9 Miami effective immediately. Dina B. will host from 2:00 p.m to 7:00 p.m. “Dina’s love and passion for the station, as well as for country music is unparalleled,” said Keriann Worley, Entercom South Florida’s Senior Vice President and Market Manager. “We are excited to see her bring the afternoon drive show to new heights in her new role.” “I feel incredibly fortunate to be able to do what I love for a station that I grew up listening to,” said Dina B. “I’ve spent 12 years of my career in country radio from Palm Beaches to the Keys, so to say I'm excited to be afternoon host of Kiss 99.9 in my hometown is an understatement.” Dina B. has been with WKIS-FM, Kiss 99.9 since 2010. Prior to WKIS-FM, she worked for CBS Radio in West Palm Beach.
-- Back west, Entercom MIX 94.1 Las Vegas' Mercedes & JC (top right) reached out to announce they've just re-inked for an extension at the Hot AC outlet. Mercedes has co-hosted the top-rated show since 1997,while JC moved to co-host duties in December of 2014. JC was originally there from 97-01, went to DC on then Z104 and just before Billy Bush left the Top 40 outlet. He returned to Vegas in 05. “Waking up Las Vegas on Mix 94.1 has been the thrill of a lifetime!" says Mercedes. "I’m thrilled to continue on with a great company, station and my incredible partner.”
TRANSITION: San Diego Vet Sam Bass Hanging Up The Cans After 44-Years
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 8TH, 2018 –– After a 44-year radio career, Sam Bass, 69, has decided to hang-up the headphones. He tells The Times of San Diego, “One of my heroes is (the late) Johnny Carson who walked away from The Tonight Show after 20 years (1962-1992) and never looked back. Now, I’m doing the same thing,” said Bass, who has worked for the past 40 years at KyXy 96.5-FM in San Diego. Bass’ first radio job was in 1973 in Miami. In 1977, he then moved to San Diego to work for after about eight months at KyXy. Bass later moved to Providence, RI, only to return to KyXy on March 24, 1978, the first day for the station’s format switch from “beautiful music” to “soft rock.” “Broadcasting has been part of my life for a long time,” Bass said. “But, it’s time to start writing a new chapter. I want to get my health back on track and spend more time with my kids and grandkids. It’s been a great run, but it’s time to walk away, just like Johnny.”
Chris Patyk, KyXy program director, said, “Sam Bass has had a relationship with San Diegans for four decades. Sam is one of the premiere personalities in America serving San Diego listeners and advertisers. His dedication, integrity and class are unparalleled.”
Radio's Rover Serves As Grand Marshal Of Browns 'Perfect Season' 0-16 Parade
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 8TH, 2018 –– This past Saturday, January 6th, Rover and his Rolling Glory One bus lead a parade of misery after their Cleveland Browns finished with a winless record of 0-16. Fans decided to throw a “Perfect Season” parade in downtown Cleveland. And leading the parade as Grand Marshal was Rover, host of the syndicated Rover’s Morning Glory. The staff of Rover’s Morning Glory marched in front of the show’s 45-foot tour bus/studio Rolling Glory One. Thousands attended the event, even though the temperature hovered at just 3-degrees Fahrenheit.
“The Browns won just one game last season, and none this season,” said Rover. “This protest parade sends a message to the Browns front-office that fans expect a new direction.” The event was covered live by all local media, as well as national media including ESPN, Fox Sports and others. Rover Host Rover's Morning Glory - www.RoverRadio.com
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Paul O'Malley Named Pres/GM For Saga Charleston; Envision Welcomes Dave Hintz New Mktng. Director
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 8TH, 2018 – 27-yr. radio vet Paul O'Malley (L) has been appointed President/General Manager for Saga's Charleston Radio Group. He most recently served as Senior VP//Strategic Sales at Westwood One. O'Malley also served as Regional President for Citadel from 2003-2008 where he oversaw Dallas and Atlanta. SAGA CEO Ed Christian commented, "Paul's world-class reputation and experience, coupled with his love for Charleston, made this a perfect fit for us and our outstanding team in Charleston."
-- Industry veteran Dave Hintz has returned to radio to join Envision Networks® as their new marketing director. Dave returns to the industry after a dozen years in the corporate world, much of it marketing for Progressive Insurance. Previously, Dave ran promotions at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, worked on-air at WKLM-FM in Wooster, Ohio and WZOO-FM in Ashtabula, Ohio, and ran marketing and promotions for Radio.BeOnAir.com and the Sandusky State Theatre.
Envision Networks CEO, Danno Wolkoff said, “We are thrilled to have Dave join our growing company. He brings a wealth of marketing and PR experience to our expanding business.” Wolkoff continues, “Dave will oversee our marketing team as well as manage additional sales initiatives debuting in 2018.” For information on Envision Networks offerings, contact Dave Hintz at 216.831.3761 or email@example.com.
Referee's Lawsuit Against Kentucky Sports Hosts Moving To Kentucky
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 8TH, 2018 –– A U.S. district judge in Nebraska has ruled that his court “clearly lacks” jurisdiction over a federal lawsuit filed there by NCAA basketball referee John Higgins last October against Kentucky Sports Radio. Awful Announcing reports the lawsuit went after KSR, founder Matt Jones (shown) and managing editor Drew Franklin, claiming they harmed Higgins and his family by discussing him and his Nebraska-based business online and on the radio. U.S. district Judge Robert Rossiter’s ruling transferred the lawsuit to an Eastern Kentucky district, which will have to rule if it can proceed, n his ruling, Rossiter noted that Jones and Franklin do not live in Nebraska and while KSR is available in the state, that is not enough to satisfy the requirements for jurisdiction.
“While the anonymous actions are, at best, reprehensible and cowardly, none of those actors are parties to this lawsuit,” according to Rossiter. He added, the only alleged actions taken directly by Jones and KSR were simply criticizing Higgins’ officiating, mentioning Weatherguard and sharing a video on its website consisting primarily of Higgins’ officiating.
Y108 Pittsburgh Debuts 'Red Dirt Revival'
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 8THM 2018 -- Entercom announced 107.9 FM Y108 (WDSY-FM) in Pittsburgh, will bring Texas Country Music to Western Pennsylvania via a new weekly specialty program, “Red Dirt Revival.” The new show will air Sunday evenings from 9 p.m. to midnight, beginning January 7 on 107.9 Y108. “Red Dirt Revival” will be hosted by Waynesburg, PA native and Nashville-based singer-songwriter Jackson Gardner.
“The Texas Country Music genre is a rapidly growing subgenre of American country music,” said Michael Young, Entercom’s Senior Vice President and Market Manager. “These artists are making great contributions to country music overall, and we are pleased to bring their great songs to the airwaves of Western Pennsylvania.” Y108 is Pittsburgh’s top-rated Country station and will celebrate 50 years in the format in 2018.
'Three Billboards' Wins Big At Golden Globes; Myers Lets Loose
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NIELSEN: For First Time Ever, R&B & Hip-Hop Became 2017's Most Dominant Genre
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 5TH, 2018 –– In a year-end music report introduced by Erin Crawford, SVP Nielsen Entertainment, General Manager Nielsen Music (BL), she writes that the surge in music streaming continued throughout 2017. Overall consumption of albums, songs and audio on-demand streaming grew 12.5% year over year. A 59% increase in on-demand audio streams offset track and album sales declines. For the first time ever, R&B/Hip-Hop became the most dominant genre, with seven of the top 10 most-consumed albums coming from that genre.
Hip-Hop’s streaming dominance helped inaugurate a new class of emerging artists, three of whom scored first-time No. 1 Hot 100 singles in 2017 —Migos “Bad And Boujee,” Post Malone “Rockstar” and Cardi B “Bodak Yellow“. Other standout freshmen include Khalid, Camila Cabello, James Arthur and Julia Michaels, while the award for breakthrough late-bloomer goes to Portugal. The Man, who scored their first-ever Hot 100 hit “Feel It Still” which racked up 860,000 in song sales and 229 million on demand streams, 11 years after its debut album.
Highlights from the 2017 U.S. Music Year-End Report include: Ed Sheeran’s Divide was the leader in total volume (albums + track equivalent albums + on-demand audio streaming equivalent albums), followed by Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN and Taylor Swift’s Reputation. Latin music history was made when Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee’s Spanish-language smash “Despacito” and its crossover remix featuring Justin Bieber topped the Hot 100 chart. “Despacito” was the biggest song of the year in terms of total activity (sales + on-demand audio streaming equivalents), followed by Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” and “Humble” by Kendrick Lamar. DOWNLOAD FULL REPORT HERE
FCC Chairman Pai Cancels Trade Show Appearance Following Death Threats
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 5TH, 20128 –– FCC Chairman Ajit Pai canceled his scheduled appearance at an upcoming tech trade show after receiving death threats, two agency sources told Recode on Thursday. It’s the second known incident in which Pai’s safety may have been at risk, after a bomb threat abruptly forced the chairman to halt his vote to scrap the U.S. government’s net neutrality rules back in December. The exact nature of the threat made in advance of Pai’s fireside chat at the 2018 International CES, isn’t clear.
A spokesman for Pai at the FCC only said Thursday: “We do not comment on security measures or concerns.” For months, Pai has been hounded by his critics, who view his vote to repeal net neutrality rules as tantamount to destroying the internet. The FCC chairman has said that he and his family have been mocked, attacked and threatened, in public as well as on Twitter, where Pai is active. Meanwhile, Democratic Commissioner Mignon Clyburn and Republican Commissioners Michael O’Rielly and Brendan Carr are reportedly planing to attend CES.
Mancow Withdraws Lawsuit Against Boss
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 5TH, 2018 –– We were happy to see that Erich 'Mancow' Muller has dropped his lawsuit against his boss at The Loop, saying the two had agreed to put past differences behind them and will work together amicably reported Robert Feder. Muller confirmed Wednesday that he withdrew the suit after meeting last month with Marv Nyren (L), VP/MM for Cumulus Chicago.“I’m excited about our relationship in 2018,” said Muller said. “Our relationship a decade ago was awful. But people change, and I really believe he’s a sincere cat who’s looking after my best interests.”
Shortly after Nyren was hired in November, Muller sued him claiming he had “suffered emotionally and physically with the prospect that Nyren would continue his efforts to retaliate against him.” In 2007 Muller sued Nyren and Emmis for $6 million for allegedly making false and disparaging statements as part of a “pattern of malicious acts” against Muller. That suit ended with an undisclosed settlement in 2011. The latest suit was intended to “prevent the pattern of retaliation that has occurred in the past from continuing in the future,” according to Muller’s attorney.
On Wednesday, Nyren said “No one is a bigger fan of his show today more than me.” Muller described Nyren as “very gracious” in their meeting, saying: “I was brought up to believe that when somebody says they’re sorry, that’s it. He said we’d had a bad relationship before, and if I’d give him a chance he’d be my biggest advocate. We’re all a little bit wiser hopefully. I shook his hand and said, ‘Let’s go to work.’ PHOTO/Courtesy of Mancow
Tyrone Johnson And Natalie Egenolf Join Beasley's 97.5 The Fanatic Philly Lineup
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 5TH, 2018 –– Beasley announced that Tyrone Johnson (TL) and Natalie Egenolf (BL) have joined the full-time lineup at 97.5 The Fanatic team in Philadelphia. Tyrone Johnson has also been promoted to full-time producer of the The Mike Missanelli Show. Johnson brings over 18 years of radio experience into this position. He most recently produced the nationally syndicated Buck Sexton Show for iheartMedia. In addition to his previous work at 97.5, Tyrone's other experience includes time spent at Wall Street Journal Radio, New Jersey 101.5, and WHYY-FM in Philadelphia.
Natalie Egenolf will move from part-time to full time (from 12pm to 6pm) as update anchor and Fanatic Social Media Coordinator. Egenolf has been working part-time on Mike Missanelli’s show 3 days a week. A native Philadelphian, Natalie has been an update anchor on the Mike Missanelli show since November 2016. In addition to her duties at the Fanatic, she is the in-game reporter for NFL Sunday Drive on Sirius XM and ESPN’s Operation Radio covering the Philadelphia Eagles, and the host of Saturday Sports Social with Natalie Egenolf on 610 AM Sports. Natalie started in radio as an on-air personality on Sportsradio WIP with her own weekly segment. Both will officially begin their new positions on January 8, 2018.
Buffalo’s WECK A/F Adds Joe Chillie To Afternoons
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 5TH, 2018 ––WECK Radio (AM 1230 & FM 102.9) announces the hiring of well-known Buffalo broadcasting veteran Joe Chille to host weekday afternoons (Monday – Thursday, 3p - 7p), beginning on January 22nd. For more than 30 years, Chille hosted mornings at Buffalo’s 96.1 WJYE (now WMSX) and served as operations manager for JOY and its sister stations WBLK, Jack-FM and WYRK, until 2012. His radio resume includes on-air work at WYSL AM-/FM and WGRQ.
“Buffalo’s Very Own WECK, is growing as the live & local, hometown radio station,” stated Buddy Shula, Owner & President of Radio One Buffalo, LLC. “We’re pleased to add Joe Chille to our lineup of Buffalo’s best-known and loved broadcasters.” “Radio has been my love since I was a kid,” stated Chille. “It’s something that stays in your blood - and I’m really excited to get back on the air at WECK.” WECK began adding live and local personalities in mid-2017, after the station was purchased by Shula.
SYNDICATION: Toby Knapp Joins BACKTRAX USA With Kid Kelly
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 5TH, 2018 –– BACKTRAX USA with Kid Kelly, the original 80’s and 90’s show heard across North America and on radio stations around the world, announced IHeartRadio’s Toby Knapp has joined the show’s team as a 90’s music curator and fill-in host for both the 80’s and 90’s versions of the show. Knapp, who also joined iHeartRadio’s Mainstream AC WASH-FM in Washington, DC’s morning show after 11 years as Assistant Program Director and Afternoon Host across the hall at CHR WIHT-FM Hot 99-5 DC, was Kelly’s morning producer/sidekick at CHR WHBT-FM “Hot 97” Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in the mid-90’s.
According to Kid Kelly, “These days, there are only a handful of Top-40 jocks that were also students of the golden era of Pop radio. The kind who have the discipline to study and work hard at perfecting the craft and art of being word efficient, while being able to mix in relevant information and entertainment in a unique and engaging way in 20 seconds or less and Toby Knapp is definitely one of ‘em! After over a decade of major market afternoon domination we waited until he successfully segued into his new major market morning gig and seized the moment to secure him as our “official” Backtrax USA fill-in host; ahem ... “Hello Toby!”
BACKTRAX USA is a two-hour radio program hosted by Kid Kelly. It premiered in December 1992. The show originally highlighted hit music from the 80’s, and launched a 90’s version of the show in 2003. It is now heard on WCBS, WDVD, WBEB, WASH, and in formats from Hot AC, to AC and Classic Hits. Affiliates can air either one or both versions of the two-hour show, which is distributed by Westwood One. For more information, contact: toby knapp firstname.lastname@example.org 240.747.2829
Radio Hosts Honored By The Queen In New Years Event
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 5TH, 2018 –– BBC Radio Ulster presenter Linda McAuley and broadcaster Ross King are just two of the radio people named in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours. Linda gets an MBE (Member Of The British Empire) for services to consumers in Northern Ireland – as presenter of BBC Radio Ulster’s consumer advice programme. She joined the station in 1978 and has presented On Your Behalf since 2006. Ross King started his career at Radio Clyde at 17 years old before a longer career in television and movies. He was the UK’s youngest daytime host at Clyde, and has also worked at Capital, talk RADIO and fronted a syndicated show from LA for UK stations. Ross was awarded an MBE. Eamonn Homles, a former presenter on Magic, talkRADIO and 5 live gets an OBE (Order of the British Empire) , and former LBC host Nick Clegg gets a Knighthood. Melvyn Bragg, BBC Radio 4 favourite, is also recognised for his services to broadcasting with a CH (Companion of Honour).
Mandy & Akmal For 107.7 2GO Breakfast In Australia - The New South Wales Central Coast’s 2GO has announced the return of Mandy Coolen, who’ll join Aussie comedian Akmal Saleh for breakfast in 2018. Having first begun work in radio on the Central Coast ten years ago, Coolen returns following a two-year break to spark up an exciting new duo with Saleh. Mandy & Akmal will kick off their new breakfast show on January 15 at 5:30am.
BBC Confirms AM Switch-Off In The UK Seven BBC local radio stations are losing their AM frequencies on January 15th, with three more stations losing at least one service. BBC Surrey, Sussex, Humberside, Kent, Lincolnshire, Nottingham and Wiltshire will turn off their medium wave transmitters altogether, whilst partial closures all affect BBC Radio Devon, Essex and Humberside. The BBC has trialled the switch-off of a number of AM transmitters over the past few years and made the decision to turn off 13 transmitters following audience feedback. All of the stations will continue to broadcast on FM,DAB and online.
Andy Crane Takes Over Breakfast On Bauer 2 Stations - Andy Crane in the Morning is the new breakfast show across Bauer’s City 2 Network of stations in England. He replaces Sean Goldsmith who’s now on the late show. The new show started this week on Hallam 2, Radio Aire 2 and Viking 2 in Yorkshire, TFM 2 and Metro 2 in the North east, and Key 2, and Rock FM 2 in the Northwest. Andy previously presented drive-time on the network, which is now being hosted by evening presenter and former Metro Radio host Brian Moore. In other changes, Mark Matthews is now on weekday evenings and Steve Jordan has left the schedule.
Need an international broadcaster to talk on YOUR show about what’s happening in the UK? – Please call me on +44 7752 416905. Twitter: @GrahamMack Web: www.mackmedia.co.uk Email: email@example.com
CONDOLENCES: Longtime Dayton Host Bucks Braun Passes Away
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 5TH, 2018 –– Longtime Dayton-area host John “Bucks” Braun died Thursday morning, according to Classic Country Radio. He was 68. Bucks was the morning show host at Classic Country Radio since 2004 and was on-air for nearly 50 years. According to WHIO, his cause of death is unknown. Joe Mullins, president and general manager of WBZI, said Thursday night that Braun had spent New Years day in the hospital.
“It’s a sad day for the broadcast community because we’ve lost one of the best. He had a personal connection with dozens of businesses in the Miami Valley for many years. He put his heart into everything he did to engage his audience. He put his heart into a lot of community service,” according to Mullins.
Alex Trebek Has Surgery; Reviews On 'The Four' - Ouch!
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REPORT: Spotify Files To Go Public
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 4TH, 2018 –– Just days after being hit with a $1.6 billion copyright lawsuit by Wixen Music Publishing, Spotify has filed documents to go public on The New York Stock Exchange reports Bloomberg. According to a person familiar with the matter, with steady cash from more than 60 million paying subscribers, the world’s largest paid music-streaming service doesn’t need more funding. Instead, it’s trying a direct listing, which essentially lets private stakeholders start trading their shares on a public exchange.
Spotify, led by Swedish entrepreneur Daniel Ek (L) was slapped with a massive copyright lawsuit last Friday from Wixen Music Publishing. Wixen filed a lawsuit in California federal court that alleges Spotify is using Petty's "Free Fallin'," the Doors' "Light My Fire" and tens of thousands of other songs without a license and compensation. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the plaintiff is seeking a damages award worth at least $1.6 billion plus injunctive relief.
Last May, Spotify came to a proposed $43 million settlement to resolve a class action from songwriters led by David Lowery and Melissa Ferrick. Then in July, Spotify was hit with two more lawsuits, including one from Bob Gaudio, a songwriter and founding member of the group Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Like Lowery and Ferrick, the plaintiffs in these new cases asserted that Spotify hadn't fully complied with obligations under Section 115 of the U.S. Copyright Act, which provides a compulsory license to make a mechanical reproduction of a musical composition, but only if a "notice of intention" is sent out and payments are made.
NETWORKS: Westwood One Lands Tim Sabean To Head Digital Content
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 4TH, 2017 –– Westwood One announced the appointment of Tim Sabean in the newly created role of SVP, Digital Content, effective today. In this position, Sabean is responsible for talent discovery, content partnership development, and audience growth strategies to engage listenership and drive monetization, particularly in the fast-growing podcast space. He is based in New York City, reporting directly to Suzanne Grimes, EVP Corporate Marketing, Cumulus Media and President, Westwood One. Tim joins Westwood One from SiriusXM Radio, where he served as SVP for the Howard Stern Channels for 10 years. Tim also held the title of SVP, Comedy and Entertainment.
Tim’s extensive radio career includes managing both AM and FM rock, oldies, news/talk, and sports formats. As VP, Rock Programming at Infinity Broadcasting, Tim supervised programming for WYSP-FM/Philadelphia, WBCN-FM/Boston, WRKZ-FM/Pittsburgh, KUFO-FM/Portland, KRSX-FM/San Antonio, WAZU-FM/Columbus, and WXRK-FM/New York.
Sabean said, "I’m thrilled to be a part of the Westwood One family. As the largest radio network in the U.S., we are the destination for new talent opportunities and creative endeavors reaching a quarter of a billion listeners each week. I’m eager to work with Suzanne Grimes and the rest of the Westwood One team to deliver engaging and entertaining programming to our audiences."
Entercom, Alpha & Saga Ink New Deals CBS News Radio
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 4TH, 2018 –– CBS News Radio Now Serving More than 450 News, Talk and Music Stations, has signed new affiliation agreements with major ownership groups Entercom, Alpha and Saga Communications, it was announced by Charles Pavlounis, Chief Financial Officer for CBS News. Under the new agreements, CBS News Radio reaches listeners on major stations in the country’s top markets, including Entercom Communications’ WCBS-New York, KNX- Los Angeles, WBBM-Chicago, KYW-Philadelphia, KRLD-Dallas, KCBS-San Francisco and KMOX-St Louis; Saga Communications stations WGAN-Portland, WTAX-AM Springfield, and WINA-Charlottesville; and Alpha Media USA’s KXL-FM Portland and WSGW-AM Saginaw.
The agreement with Entercom also includes a co-producing arrangement for a one-minute original update each weekday and a two-hour weekend original long-form program addressing veterans’ issues, both titled “Eye on Veterans.” “These new agreements further solidify CBS News Radio as the leading provider of the best original news reporting and information,” said Pavlounis. “Our affiliate lineup is growing, and we have terrific new programming on the horizon.” The affiliate agreements are the latest under CBS News Radio’s relationship with Skyview Networks for distribution, inventory management and sales, which kicked off on Jan. 1, 2018. CBS News Radio also renewed key affiliation agreements with WBZ-Boston and KIRO-Seattle, two long-standing affiliates in Top 15 markets in the country.
“As America’s premier producer of local news audio content, Entercom is proud to continue our stations’ historic bond with CBS News Radio, which provides our millions of listeners with the best and most-trusted national and international coverage 24/7,” said Chris Oliviero, Executive Vice President of Programming for Entercom. “Also, with the launch of ‘Eye on Veterans,’ we are excited to begin collaborating on new programming vehicles with CBS News Radio that will engage and inform audiences on topics that resonate coast to coast.”
ON-AIR: James T. Harris' Brings His 'Conservative Circus' To KFYI Phoenix
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 4TH, 2018 –– iHeartMedia Phoenix announced that James T Harris has been named on-air talent for 550 KFYI. James T Harris will serve as on-air talent, hosting afternoons on 550 KFYI. His show, The Conservative Circus, will feature lively, interactive discussion about local and national news and events. “James is a special talent,” said Steve Geofferies, Executive Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia’s West Division. “He has created demand not only from his radio audience, but a national demand through his social following. The addition of James continues our strategy of acquiring top tier talent in Phoenix.”
“As the ringleader of the Conservative Circus, James brings a unique perspective and unrivaled enthusiasm for talk radio to 550 KFYI,” said Aaron Trimmer, Program Director for 550 KFYI. “We’re thrilled to add his voice to the station weekday afternoons.” “News Talk 550 KFYI is a legacy station with an impeccable reputation,” said Harris. “I look forward to working on the same team as my good friend Mike Broomhead and to bringing the Conservative Circus to The Valley.”
[WATCH] Top Seattle Morning Hosts Face Off On TV For 'Trivia Day' Competition
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 4TH, 2018 –– Morning hosts from Seattle's 97.3 KIRO and 99.9 KISW went head to head on TV during National Trivia Day. Tomorrow is National Trivia Day is today (Jan. 4) but KING TV5 got a jump start to prepare our brains, with a little trivia competition pitting two Seattle morning drive radio shows against each other.
Colleen O'Brien and Feliks Banel from 97.3 KIRO (TL) Radio went head to head with 99.9 KISW morning hosts BJ Shea and Steve Migs. WATCH HERE
NABEF Accepting Entries For Its 20th Annual 'Service To America Awards'
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 4TH, 2018 –– The National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation (NABEF) is accepting entries for the 2018 Celebration of Service to America Awards, recognizing outstanding community service by local broadcasters. Winners will be recognized at the 20th annual Celebration of Service to America Awards gala held Tuesday, June 12 at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C. The awards program, now in its 20th year, has established new categories based on market size. One radio and one television honoree will be awarded in each of the following categories: • Broadcast Ownership Group • Large/Major Market (TV DMAs 1-50, Radio Markets 1-50) • Medium Market (TV DMAs 51-100, Radio Markets 51-150) • Small Market (TV DMAs 101-210, Radio Markets 151-300) Entries must be submitted by March 9.
The Celebration of Service to America Awards are sponsored and produced by NABEF with major support from the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), Bonneville International and Hearst Television. In recent years, Jon Bon Jovi; Sharon Stone; Gary Sinise; Paul Simon; Stevie Wonder; Glenn Close; Jeff Bridges; Quincy Jones; Sir Elton John; Bill Clinton; Laura Bush; Muhammad Ali; among others, have been presented with the Celebration of Service to America Leadership Award at the event. Details about the Celebration of Service to America Awards are available at www.nabef.org/sta.
EVENTS: Cumulus' The Ticket Dallas Raises Over $540,000 For Austin Shelter; Alpha's KWHL/Alaska Brings In Over $43,000 In 'Toys For Tots' Drive
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 4TH, 2018 –– Cumulus Media-Dallas' SportsRadio 1310/96.7 The Ticket (KTCK-FM) raised over $540,000 for the Austin Street Center during its 17th Annual Normathon, held from December 7-26, 2017. The Austin Street Center provides safe shelter and meets the basic needs of the most vulnerable homeless in Dallas. The Ticket kicked off Normathon with the Twelve Days of Christmas, leading up to the Normathon 18-hour Broadcast on Tuesday, December 26. The $540,000 raised by The Ticket in this annual community initiative brings the 17-year total of cash raised through Normathon to $4.7 million. For more details about Normathon, visit: http://www.austinstreet.org/events/normathon/.
TOP PHOTO - L-R Norm Hitzges (KTCK on-air talent 10a-12p), Donovan Lewis (KTCK on-air talent 10a-12p) and Mike Sirois (KTCK on-air talent 10a-12p) - Among celebrities who joined to help included Mark Cuban (inset) to autograph an item during the Normathon 18-hour broadcast.
-- Alpha Media, Alaska announced that 106.5 KWHL collaborated with the U.S. Marines to raise over $43,000 and received thousands of donated toys during their 25th Annual Toys for Tots toy drive. During the three-day event, December 13th-15th, the 106.5 KWHL on-air team broadcasted live from 7am-7pm in the Toys for Tots RV in the SEARS parking lot.
SNAPS: NASH Night Live's Elaina Smith Debuts In Tonight's 'Nashville' Opener
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 4TH, 2018 –– It's official: NASH Nights Live's Elaina Smith is ready for her close-up! Elaina debuts tonight in the season premiere of CMT's "Nashville", playing herself! Country radio fans will want to tune in tomorrow night (Thursday, January 4) at 8:00pm EST to see Elaina doing a radio interview with Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere).
The episode, entitled "New Strings", kicks off the series' 6th and final season on CMT. Attached is a photo of Elaina with the episode's director, Tim Busfield (The West Wing, Studio 60).
Chris Stapleton Performs On Timberlake's New Album
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Spotify Hit With $1.6 Billion Copyright Lawsuit From Music Publishing Group
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 3RD, 2108 –– As the new year begins, the music industry could be set for an 'epochal moment' reports The Hollywood Reporter. The Stockholm, Sweden-based streaming giant must now contend with a massive new copyright lawsuit from Wixen Music Publishing, which administers song compositions by Tom Petty, Zach De La Rocha and Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine, The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, Steely Dan's Donald Fagen, Weezer's Rivers Cuomo, David Cassidy, Neil Young, Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon, Stevie Nicks and many others. Last Friday, Wixen filed a lawsuit in California federal court that alleges Spotify is using Petty's "Free Fallin'," the Doors' "Light My Fire" and tens of thousands of other songs without a license and compensation. The plaintiff is seeking a damages award worth at least $1.6 billion plus injunctive relief.
Last May, Spotify came to a proposed $43 million settlement to resolve a class action from songwriters led by David Lowery and Melissa Ferrick. Then in July, Spotify was hit with two more lawsuits, including one from Bob Gaudio, a songwriter and founding member of the group Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Like Lowery and Ferrick, the plaintiffs in these new cases asserted that Spotify hadn't fully complied with obligations under Section 115 of the U.S. Copyright Act, which provides a compulsory license to make a mechanical reproduction of a musical composition, but only if a "notice of intention" is sent out and payments are made. "The Settlement Agreement is procedurally and substantively unfair to Settlement Class Members because it prevents meaningful participation by rights holders and offers them an unfair dollar amount in light of Spotify’s ongoing, willful copyright infringement of their works," stated a group of Wixen songwriters. READ THR STORY HERE
PROGRAMMING: Aaron Axelsen Extends With KITS-FM/San Francisco; WRXL-FM Richmond Names Zach 'Vaughn' McHugh PD/Afternoon Drive; Paul Horton Adds Morning Duties At WMXS-FM Montgomery
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 3RD, 2018 –– Entercom announced that Aaron Axelsen (L) will remain as Assistant Program Director and Music Director for the new ALT 105.3 (KITS-FM), the Bay Area’s Alternative, through a multi-year contract extension. Bay Area native Axelsen began as an intern at KITS-FM in 1995 and was later elevated to Music Director in 1998 and Assistant Program Director in 2008. Axelsen is also the cofounder of Popscene, a San Francisco nightlife staple for over twenty years.
Axelsen says, "I'm beyond thrilled and honored to be a member of the Entercom alternative all-star team, working alongside some of the most talented and passionate programmers in the format. A huge thanks to David Field, Michael Martin, Susan Larkin, Pat Paxton and Chris Oliviero for this incredible opportunity to help launch the new ALT 105.3, as we welcome a new era for alternative music fans here in the Bay Area.”
--Over at Entercom Richmond's WRXL (XL102), Zach McHugh (TR) has been named its new Program Director and Afternoon Drive Show Host on XL102, Richmond’s Alternative Rock. The afternoon drive show “Vaughn in afternoons” on XL102 airs weekdays from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Zach “Vaughn” McHugh joins WRXL from sister station WSFS-104.3 The Shark in Miami/Fort Lauderdale where he served as Music Director and Afternoon Drive Host. “Zach is a natural fit for us at XL102 and has the experience to lead our heritage rock station here in the Capitol City,” said Bennett Zier, Entercom’s Senior Vice President and Market Manager. “We are looking forward to welcoming him to Richmond.” "Bennett Zier and Zac Davis are putting together a great team at Entercom Richmond and I am proud to be a part of it. XL 102 is an amazing brand which will continue to keep Richmond rocking!" said Zach “Vaughn” McHugh.
-- Further south, Paul Horton (BR) Joins Cumulus-Montgomery as Program Director and Morning Show Host for WMXS-FM/Mix 103.3 Montgomery, TN. Horton joins Cumulus from WVRV-FM in Montgomery. Marvin Kopman, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Media-Montgomery, said: “Paul’s energy and creativity, both in and out of the studio, make him the perfect choice to take over Mornings on Mix 103.3.” Horton said: “What an absolute honor to be able to Program and work On- Air for a station with such a stellar reputation and high quality as Mix 103.3, WMXS. As a local, growing up in this community, I can hardly remember a time that Mix 103.3 wasn't a staple in community events and totally in touch with the heartbeat of the city. I'm looking forward to being a part of such a great radio heritage here in the River region.”
ON-AIR: Mike Felger Inks Multi-Year Extension With 98.5 The Sports Hub; Tamo Takes Middays At iHeart's ALT St. Louis And Des Moines; WPFM Panama City Debuts Adam & Allison For Mornings
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 3RD, 2017 –– Beasley announced that Mike Felger, co-host of the Felger and Mazz show on WBZ-FM/ 98.5 The Sports Hub, has signed a multi-year contract extension. “We are thrilled to have Mike continue entertaining Boston’s loyal and dedicated sports fans,” said company Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Brian Beasley. “I couldn’t be happier to continue what we started here almost nine years ago and keep it going with Beasley Media Group,’’ said Felger “I’m privileged to be surrounded by some of the best people in the business, including Jim Murray and producers Jimmy Stewart and Billy Lanni. I’d also like to thank Program Director Mike Thomas, Assistant PD Rick Radzik, Vice President/Market Manager Mary Menna and the Beasley family for their support. We’re all looking forward to this new chapter under their leadership.’’
-- iHeartMedia announced that Tamo (R) has been named Midday Personality for ALT 104.9, St. Louis’ Alternative Rock station, and ALT 106.3, Des Moines’ Alternative Rock station, effective immediately. Tamo will air on both stations from 12-3p.m. She will report to Dustin Fletcher, Director of Alternative Rock Programming for iHeartMedia’s St. Louis Region and A.J., Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia’s St. Louis Region. Tamo has over 13 years of experience in radio and currently serves as Assistant Program Director, Music Director , and midday host at WEND - FM in Charlotte, NC. From 2013 to 2017, she went from being a No. 1 rated CHR personality to hosting her own morning show on WXZX in Columbus, OH. She also previously served a s Music Director and PM Drive Host for WRXL in Richmon d, VA. Her extensive programming background also includes stations in Norfolk, VA; Austin, TX; Philadelphia, PA.
--After a grueling 5 month search, you can now say hello to “Adam & Allison (L) to WPFM/Panama City, FL. Adam Schraf joins WPFM from Q92 in Canton, where he most recently held down afternoon drive for the last few years. Allison Blaes arrives in Panama City from the United Kingdom where she just finished up her Master’s at Bournemouth University. OM Chris Alan commented, “I’ve been fortunate enough to launch the career of some amazingly talented morning show hosts. Adam & Allison have the same drive and commitment so I’m sure they are going to do awesome entertaining Panama City weekday mornings.”
SYNDICATION: Honolulu’s STAR 101.9 And 95X Raleigh Debuts The Woody Show For Mornings
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 3RD, 2018 –– iHeartMedia’s STAR 101.9 announced the debut of The Woody Show, effective today, January 3, 2018. The show features Woody, along with co-hosts Ravey, Greg Gory, Menace and Sebas. “When this opportunity came up at Star 101.9...in HONOLULU, we told Jamie Hyatt, ‘yeah, good luck finding anyone interested in THAT!’” said Woody. “But, we talked it over and after less than a second, jumped at the chance to ‘take one for the team.’” “We are very excited to bring The Woody Show to Hawaii listeners,” said Jamie Hyatt, Senior Vice President of Programming, iHeartMedia Honolulu. “They bring a unique twist to morning radio that’s never been heard before. We expect the show to become an instant hit.”
This morning iHeart's 95X in Raleigh/Greensboro also announced the addition of The Woody Show with SVP Chris Edge adding, “As the 95X brand in Raleigh continues to evolve, we think The Woody Show’s authentic brand of entertainment is a perfect fit!”
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Entercom Names Gene Vidler DOS For New Orleans; NAB Three New Board Members
THE MOUTH, JANUIARY 3RD, 2018 –– Entercom announced that Gene Vidler has joined the New Orleans cluster as the Director of Sales for B97 (WEZB-FM), BAYOU 95.7 (WKBU-FM), HOT 103.7 (WWWL-AM), MAGIC 101.9 (WLMG-FM) and WWL AM-FM. Vidler has over 20 years of sales experience in radio sales and previously served as Vice President of Sales of Tyler Media for their 9 station cluster. “We are very happy to welcome Gene to the Entercom New Orleans team,” said Chris Wegmann, Entercom’s Senior Vice President and Market Manager. “His experience and success in radio make him a great fit for our stations and the Saints Network. In essence he is returning back to where he spent his formative years in New Orleans.” “This is a dream job for me: working for radio stations that I grew up listening to as a kid and getting to work with the greatest football brands in the world,” said Gene Vidler. “I’m really excited to be a part of the Entercom team and look forward to getting to work with some of the best in the business.”
-- Radio Advertising Bureau Welcomes Three New Board of Directors for 2018 The Radio Advertising Bureau is pleased to announce the addition of three new members to the RAB Board of Directors. · Erik Hellum, Executive Vice President, Radio, Townsquare Media · Bill Hendrich (R) Executive Vice President, Cox Media Group · Christine Travaglini, President, Christal Radio + Katz Partnerships “Erik, Bill and Christine are welcome additions to the RAB Board of Directors,” noted Erica Farber, president & CEO, Radio Advertising Bureau. “Their industry stewardship and business acumen complement the Board of Directors and continue to enhance RAB’s mission.”
NETWORKS: WTOP Wash. DC And WSB Atlanta Switch To ABC News Radio
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 3RD, 2018 –– Starting this year, ABC News Radio will become the primary news source for the capital’s top news station, WTOP/Washington D.C.! Also coming aboard is NEWS 95.5 WSB-/Atlanta, that city’s most-listened to station—yes, this news/talk station has more listeners than any music station on Atlanta radio and also has a strong digital audio presence! Cox’s WSB-TV already is an ABC affiliate and the combination radio/TV affiliation gives ABC News a powerful one, two punch in this vibrant southern city. Also, News 95.5/WSB will dedicate one of its reporters to cover Atlanta and the surrounding area for us so that ABC News coverage of this region grows even stronger.
Rejoining ABC after previous affiliations are WBZ/Boston, now owned by iHeart Media, and WRVA/Richmond, now owned by Entercom/CBS. ABC also announced its newly launched Urban Suite service picks up major market affiliations: KISS (104.1FM) in Atlanta and in Boston both Jam’n 94.5 (WJMN) and 97.7FM(WKMF).
EVENTS: Cumulus San Francisco Raises $500,000 For Bay Area Fire Relief Fund; KFI LA Brings In $463,852 And Over 100,000 Lbs. Of Pasta For Socal Children
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 3RD, 2018 –– Cumulus Media-San Francisco stations KFOG, KGO, KNBR, KSAN, KSFO, and KTCT have reached the goal of raising $500,000 for the Bay Area Fire Relief Fund, bringing much-needed relief to victims of the massive Northern California wildfires. The wildfires destroyed homes displacing thousands of Northern Californians and scorched areas including Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino counties. Cumulus Media’s San Francisco radio stations partnered with local businesses in mid-October to launch a major two-week relief drive, where businesses matched up to $10,000 per day in cash donations raised by the stations’ listeners, driving big momentum for the fundraising effort. Twenty Cumulus Media-San Francisco advertisers contributed matching funds totaling $215,000 to drive donations over the course of the campaign, and over 2,700 individual listeners donated funds totaling $285,000.
–– KFI AM 640 in LA announced that the seventh annual KFI PastaThon, an on-air fundraising event to help feed local children in need, raised over $462 thousand dollars. Money raised from the event will benefit Caterina’s Club, a charitable organization that feeds 3,500 underprivileged children five days a week in over 15 cities in Los Angeles and Orange County. During the 17-hour live broadcast on December 8, all KFI AM 640 on-air personalities including Bill Handel, Jennifer Jones Lee, Gary Hoffman, Shannon Farren, John Kobylt, Ken Chiampou, Tim Conway Jr. and Aron Bender were on site at the Christ Cathedral in Garden Grove encouraging listeners to donate packaged pasta, jars of pasta sauce and money to help feed underprivileged children that live in motels without access to a kitchen. "Over the past 7 years KFI PastaThon has raised over $1.8 million dollars and 347thousand pounds of pasta and sauce," said Robin Bertolucci, Program Director for KFI AM 640. “We are honored to join our listeners in support of Chef Bruno Serato and his outstanding organization, Caterina's Club that helps thousands of children in Southern California." Since Bruno Serato founded Caterina’s Club in 2005, it has served more than 1.8 million meals to hungry children.
Timberlake's New Album; More New Year Predictions
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'What You Do Matters' In The New Year
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 2ND 2018 –– Jacobs Media's Fred Jacobs looks beyond some of the difficult issues radio faced in 2017 to top ways to start fresh in the New Year in his blog, "A Dozen Ways Radio Can Whistle Past The Graveyard." Pointing out how 'cruel' 2017 was for numerous top brands, he adds that despite the explosion of screens, "audio is experiencing a renaissance or even a revolution. As those of us in radio know so well, audio accompanies so many other activities – commuting, exercising, and in many cases, working – it allows consumers to multitask while being entertained and informed."
Jacobs writes, "As we head into a new year with new goals and new challenges, I’m resolving to adjust my mindset and my priorities in an effort to reinforce radio’s still solid position. I won’t call them resolutions because we know what happens to most of those – by mid-month. I’m thinking this list is comprised of things we should be doing anyway, but the start of a new year provides a great opportunity to take inventory. And conveniently, it’s a list of 12 items designed to keep your station, your company, and perhaps the radio broadcasting business whistling past the graveyard of failed businesses.
Among Jacob's suggestions for making a difference in the New Year includes 'Getting Attention. He points to last year’s Radio Show in Austin where Westwood One posted signs for its syndicated Mens Room show – IN THE MEN'S ROOM. Getting attention isn’t always a matter of spending the most money. In fact, oftentimes, it’s about coming up with the most creative platform for your brand. Another key tip suggests What you do matters - "Those of us who have been around this business a while have seen it again and again – sometimes, the least likely person in the organization can make a difference that better the franchise. Seth Godin calls these people “linchpins” – go-getters who refuse to fail, and who help make stations and their companies winners." READ ENTIRE JACOB'S BLOG HERE
11 New Year's Resolutions Every Radio Host Should Keep Doing; Tracy Johnson
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 2ND, 2018 –– With gift wrapping behind us, it's time once again to wrap our heads around ways to make the New Year even better. For those returning to the mic, Consultant Tracy Johnson offers 11 such ideas that top hosts should add to their permanent to do list - not just this year, but every year. Johnson says, "To seriously make lasting changes, it’s important to create specific goals with a timeline. Doing it at the beginning of a new year is a natural time to refresh, adapt and make those changes that will lead to greater success in your future.
Among his list of recommendations, he suggests: Start a Podcast - Podcasting is a growing mini-industry, but think about what it really is: Specific audio packaged for listening on demand. That’s it. It’s easy to start a podcast, but difficult to promote it. You have the power to promote on the air! So start a podcast. But please, a podcast is more than just a recording of your entire show from this morning. That’s not a service to the listener. It’s an ordeal. He adds, as your podcast builds an audience, you’ll find ways to recycle your online audience into appointment tune-in moments on the air. Johnson also urges that you Update Your Website Daily. The number of static radio websites is sad. Make a commitment that this is the year you’ll make your site come alive with living, breathing content. Replace that tired bio of each personality with highlights from this morning’s show (make it shareable), previews for tomorrow and content that takes the audience into a deeper, interactive relationship with your brand. - READ ENTIRE ARTICLE HERE
Cumulus Launches ALICE 96.9 FM Oklahoma City
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 2ND, 2018 –– Cumulus Media announces that it kicked off a new year with a new radio station, Oklahoma City’s new Adult Hits radio station, ALICE 96.9 FM (KQOB-FM). ALICE 96.9 FM turned on Oklahoma City’s freshest and quirkiest music mix on January 1, 2018, at 12:01am with its first song, “Don’t You (Forget About Me) by Simple Minds. The station was previously formatted as a Classic Hits station and branded as “Fun 96.9”.
Jay Davis, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Media-Oklahoma City, said: ““We created ALICE for the listeners who wanted something compelling and different from the traditional radio fare. ALICE 96.9 FM lives by the mantra “We Play Anything”, and surrounds the great music it plays with a playful, clever, and authentic persona. While ALICE 96-9 FM does not have traditional “announcers”, listeners will find plenty of personality on the station.” Jeff Couch, Program Director, ALICE 96.9 FM said: “ALICE 96-9 FM makes radio fun by breaking the conventional radio format rules. ALICE offers a fresh, surprising and unpredictable variety of the absolute best music, featuring a mix of pop and rock hits from the ‘70s, ‘80s, 90s and beyond.”
[LISTEN] UGA'S Chilling Radio Call After Double-Overtime Win Against Oklahoma
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 2ND, 2018 –– While The University of Georgia fans are still beaming over the Bulldog's double-overtime win against Oklahoma last night, what will also likely go down as one of the top radio moments ever came from ESPN radio's Scott Howard, along with Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit in the TV booth and color analyst Eric Zeier. According to dawgnation.com, The Bulldogs radio call of Sony Michel’s game-winning touchdown will 'give you chills' and likely stay in the audio loop for years to come.
The Bulldogs won an epic Rose Bowl contest in double-overtime on the back of senior Sony Michel, who punched in the game-winning score to beat Oklahoma 54-48 after he broke free. While many may have been watching the ESPN broadcast with Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit, Georgia play-by-play man Scott Howard and color analyst Eric Zeier were in Pasadena to deliver a more memorable account for the UGA faithful. You can hear the entire call HERE from IMG Audio: PHOTO/ Scott Howard-twitter
NIELSEN: Holiday Music Drives Big Gains For AC Led By PM Drive
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 29TH, 2017 –– Nielsen’s portable people meter (PPM) December ratings reveal another strong month for AC radio–the format that most often switches to holiday programming at the end of the year. In fact, this year’s December result (a 10.5% share of national listening among all consumers 6 and older) represents a high water mark for AC in December dating back to the beginning of comprehensive PPM measurement. What’s more, these increases are being driven by a significant uptick in tune-ins during “PM Drive,” or weekdays from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. local time. In other words, drive time truly drove the increases that AC stations saw this month. The chart below compares five years of data trends, by daypart, examining the average audience for AC radio stations during the bulk of the year compared to the November, December and Holiday surveys. AC audiences increase nearly 30% during PM Drive at the end of the year thanks to the all-Christmas format. SEE REPORT HERE Data used in this article is inclusive of multicultural audiences. Hispanic consumer audiences are composed of both English and Spanish-speaking representative populations.
Longtime Toledo Host Harvey Steele Of 'Shores And Steele Show' Passes Away At 60
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 29TH, 2017 –– Harvey Steele, longtime co-host of WKKO/99.9 Toledo's Shores and Steele show has died, the Cumulus outlet confirmed today. He was 60. Steele, a popular K100/WKKO-FM on-air personality for 23 years, was beloved by thousands. Steele’s last day on-air was December 20, 2017, capping 17 years co-hosting the K100 morning show with on-air partner and friend, Gary Shores. Details of memorial services are still pending. A devoted community servant, Steele supported countless local charitable organizations, events and fundraisers over the years. He helped many people facing organ transplantation, a cause he was particularly committed to, having been the beneficiary of two liver transplants 20 years ago. Last year, the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) presented Steele with the 2016 National Donor Memorial Award for Excellence in recognition of his untiring efforts as an advocate for organ, eye and tissue donation. Steele and Shores teamed up to do afternoons on K100 starting in 1994 and were an instant success. They were #1 in PM Drive for six years and were honored to win a Country Music Association Award as Best Medium Market Broadcasters in 1995. In 2000, the talented team moved to Morning Drive on K100, where they became the #1 morning show and the longest-running morning duo in the market.
Popular Montgomery Hosts JT & Leanne Leaving Show For National Radio/TV Realty Campaigns
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 29TH, 2017 –– Jaime and Leanne, best known for over a decade as JT & Leanne, host of MIX 103.3 Montgomery, AL's 'Married With Microphones,' are stepping away from their daily show. They tell The Alabama News, the time has come to move on and will now be handling the radio and TV campaigns for EXIT Realty across North America. They also plan to continue operating their advertising agency, as well as hosting the River Region TV show. “Sometimes getting up and going to work early is extremely difficult for some people, so we always tried to be fun,” said Leanne. JT and Leanne will broadcast their final “Married with Microphones” show today. Paul Horton will take over as MIX 103.3’s Program Director and Morning Show Host starting January 2nd. The paper says JT and Leanne will still fill in from time to time as well.
The Woody Show Takes Mornings At ALT 105.7 Atlanta: Report
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 27TH, 2017 –– The newly renamed Alt 105.7 is adding the syndicated Woody Show from Los Angeles reports The AJC's Rodney Ho. Worth noting is that the show features Sebastian Davis, known from both 99X and The Regular Guys show on Rock 100.5 as Sebas. Sebas left Atlanta in 2015. With the show eminating from West Coast, Ho reports the first two hours on Alt 105.7 from 6 am to 8 am EST will be the last two hours from the previous show while the final two hours will be live. The iHeart outlet recently rebranded from Radio 105.7 to Alt. Current morning host Wendy Rollins will moved to mid-days.
Hoda Kotb Named Permanent Co-Host of 'Today
2017 In Review
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NETWORKS: ESPN Radio's Stephen A. Smith Show Expands To 300 Stations On Jan. 2nd
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 29TH, 2017 –– As Part of its revamped ESPN Radio lineup, The Stephen A. Smith Show Expands to Affiliates Nationwide January 2. ESPN Radio’s enhanced lineup will debut January 2, 2018, highlighted by the national broadcast of The Stephen A. Smith Show on nearly 300 terrestrial radio stations across the country. The show, which airs from 1 – 3 p.m. ET, returned to ESPN Radio in January 2017, and is currently broadcast terrestrially on ESPN Radio in New York and Los Angeles, as well as on SiriusXM. “I’m ecstatic my show is being launched nationwide,” said Smith. “Here’s hoping I can say everyone else will feel the same. If you know anything about me, you know I’m coming: With facts! With perspective! With intensity. So, like I always say, ‘Buckle Up! Here I come."
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Alpha Lubbock Names Colleen Murphy Director Of Sales
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 29TH, 2017 – Born and raised in Norman, Oklahoma, Colleen Murphy attended the University of Oklahoma. She was a paralegal for 8 years and then became a stay at home mom for 10 years to her two sons. Murphy then became an Account Executive at Alpha Media, Lubbock. When she isn’t selling radio, you can find her watching OU Sooner football or OKC Thunder basketball. Alpha Media, Lubbock Market Manager, Jay Richardson commented on the announcement, “Since the moment Colleen first stepped foot in our organization her desire, integrity, and overall determination to win for our clients has driven her to the top of our organization. Her understanding of how to make radio and digital work successfully and her on the street leadership qualities are exactly the tools any great sales leader should possess. I’m very proud she is with our winning team." “I am grateful Jay took a chance on me and gave me this opportunity. I’m eager to use the knowledge I have gained to help lead our team to the next level of excellence," remarked Murphy.
PODCAST: Essential Questions To Ask Before Starting A Podcast: Goldstein
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 29TH, 2017 –– Amplifi Media's Steve Goldstein reposted a few 'best of' blogs this week and here's one well worth another look. Goldsten writes, according to Apple, there are now over 400,000 podcast titles out there. Last I looked there were 35 on the subject of woodworking and over 40 on fly fishing. So, as you think about selecting a topic and leaping in to develop your own podcast, there are some critical questions which jump ahead of which mic to use. He adds, If your podcast doesn't provide a clear perceived benefit and value right from the start, the chance of garnering a following is pretty limited. Content that resonates with listeners successfully answers these 8 key litmus test questions: What is the podcast about? - What is the elevator pitch?Why this podcast? - You could select from a myriad of subjects. Why this topic? Knowledge? Authority? Credibility?Why this podcast now? - Has something changed in the world, showbiz, news-cycle, to make the timing right?What makes this podcast different/unique? - What is the fresh take?What makes this podcast better than others in the category?People click on podcasts with an expectation - What will they feel during/after listening?What will they learn? How will it make them feel? Will they smile? Laugh? Cry? Think? Who is going to listen to this podcast? - Who is the target listener? Age? Location? How will the podcast be discovered? - Social? Broadcast? Print? What is the promotion catalyst? Frequency of cross-marketing? Solid answers to these important questions is a critical component to a successful podcast launch.
New Breakfast Line-Up For Hit 106.9 In Newcastle Australia
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 29TH, 2017 –– Following the departure of Sophie Tiller from the Hit106.9 breakfast team last month, co-hosts Simon Baggs and Nick Gill will be joined by Jess Farchione. Jess joins the lineup from her current role on the Hit Network in Shepparton Victoria.
Radio Caroline Goes Live And Legal On 648AM In The UK - British regulator, OFCOM (our version of the FCC) has given a extinct AM frequency to the former pirate radio station, Radio Caroline. Official live and legal broadcasts have started on 648Khz AM from East Anglia from onboard the radio ship, the Ross Revenge. The new Radio Caroline plays album tracks and has a coverage area from Ipswich to Diss and Bury St Edmunds to Saxmundham. Caroline already runs a service online and via a number of DAB multiplexes around the country. The BBC World Service was broadcast on 648 kHz from Orfordness in Suffolk between September 1982 and March 2011.
FM104 In Ireland Has Reached Half A Million Facebook Friends - FM104 has reached half a million likes on Facebook – and is giving away 500 Euros ($595) to one listener to celebrate. It’s not the first radio station in Ireland to hit half a million, it’s up there in the top 5 along with competitors 98FM and Today FM. Beat and iRadio make up the other spots, with iRadio the most popular with over 670k likes. Remember, Ireland only has a population of 4.8 million.
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Tom Joyner Returns To Mornings In Atlanta At Classix 102.9; D.L. Hughley Makes Atlanta Debut
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 27TH, 2017 –– Following the news of BOOM switching to Classix 102.9, comes added word from AJC's Rodney Ho that Tom Joyner will return to Atlanta on January 16 in its morning slot. Joyner had been dropped earlier this month by Kiss 104.1 after more than 20 years. Taking afternoons on the classic R&B outlet will be D.L. Hughley’s syndicated afternoon show, which has never aired in Atlanta before, from 3 to 7 p.m. Hughley’s show starts January 3.
Radio One, which owns 102.9, also has a majority stake in Reach Media, which operates both Joyner and Hughley’s shows. So the company had a major incentive to bring Joyner into the market, even if it meant killing its classic hip-hop format after three years.
Cumulus Launches Energy 93.9 In Indianapolis
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 27TH, 2017 –– Cumulus Media announces that its Indianapolis station WRWM-FM has launched as ENERGY 93.9, Indy’s new Hit Music Station. The Top 40 station, formerly programmed as a Classic Hip Hop station, debuted at yesterday with with its first song sung by Taylor Swift and aptly entitled “Ready For It”. The station’s new call letters are WYRG-FM.
The station lineup will lead off with they syndicated Bert Show - Jay Michaels (10am-1pm) · Rachel Ryan (1pm-4pm) · Justin Luvv (4pm-9pm) · Zach Sang (9pm-2am)
Live 105 San Francisco Flips To ALT 105.3
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 27TH, 2017 –– San Francisco's longtime LIVE 105.3 has flipped to Alt 105.3 reports The Mercury News, Station MD, Aaron Axelsen posted on Facebook. “Goodbye LIVE 105, you’ll always have a special place in my heart, but i’m ecstatic to announce the brand new ALT 1053 - The Bay Area’s Alternative!!”
Topeka Adds 98.5 Jack FM
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 27TH, 2017 –– Alpha Media, Topeka, KS., announced the addition of 98.5 Jack FM. Alpha Media, Topeka Market Manager commented on the announcement, “This is an exciting addition to the Topeka market, as we haven’t seen a new radio station in the market for over 20 years. Listeners are going to enjoy a new, fresh approach to hearing their favorite songs and artists, and advertisers will love reaching a larger audience. This is a radio station that is definitely unpredictable and will break all the rules.”
Hulk Hogan Suing Tampa Host For Defamation Over Sex Tapes
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 27TH, 2017 –– More than a year after Hulk Hogan - real name - Terry Gene Bollea, went to court with Gawker, the famed wrestler is now embroiled in another lawsuit over the infamous sex tape reports ABC-TV Tampa. Last week a Pinellas County court judge ruled that a defamation lawsuit filed by Hogan against Mike ‘Cowhead’ Calta will move forward. Hogan is suing Calta – morning host on 1025 The Bone, his former co-worker Matt ‘Spice Boy’ Loyd and the owner of ‘The Bone,’ Cox Radio.
Hogan successfully sued Gawker and was awarded over $100 million dollars last year, however Gawker then filed for bankruptcy and was sold shortly after the verdict was announced. In his latest court battle, Hogan alleges Calta and Loyd were involved in ‘stealing, disseminating, using and exploiting illegally-recorded video.’ The defendants asked the judge to dismiss the case but last week their motion was denied. Hogan is seeking unspecified damages claiming the tape ruined his 35-year professional wrestling career.
CONDOLENCES: Dick Orkin of 'Chickenman' Fame, Passes Away At 84; Montgomery Host Ben Hagler Dies On Christmas Night
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 27TH, 2017 –– We were saddened to learn of the passing of radio great Dick Orkin, creater of the popular “Chickenman” character. Orkin died on Sunday following a stroke. He was 84 reports The San Fernando Valley Journal. Orkin founded in 1973 the Famous Radio Ranch. Originally it was located in Hollywood until moving to Sherman Oaks in 2006. The studios are now owned and operated by Orkin’s daughter, Lisa. “He had been struggling with health issues for a while and lately was on the mend, but Saturday night he had a stroke and Sunday evening he passed away,” Lisa Orkin wrote on her Facebook page. In an interview with the Business Journal in 2014, Orkin said that his career turned when he got into radio serials, first with “The Adventures of Chickenman,” a spoof of the “Batman” television series, followed by “The Secret Adventures of the Tooth Fairy.” “Chickeman” celebrated its 50th anniversary this year.
-- Longtime Montgomery, AL host Ben Hagler died Christmas evening reports Alabama News. Hagler worked for the Bluewater Broadcasting Group and was 47 years old. Bluewater Broadcasting CEO/Managing Partner Rick Peters says Hagler was at his father’s house celebrating Christmas and decided to lay down because he wasn’t feeling well. When family went to check on him later, he was unresponsive and later died. Most recently Hagler was on the FM stations The Vault and The Gump. Ben Hagler was the son of another well-known Montgomery broadcaster — Joe Hagler, who hosts the TV show “Good Afternoon Montgomery” on Montgomery’s CW.
Grand Rapids Radio Host Identified As Driver Killed In Thursday Car Crash
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 22ND, 2107 –– Kentwood police identified the driver who was killed in a crash in Kentwood, MI on Thursday John David Wiechenthal (inset), 39, of Kentwood. According to WOOD-TV, Wiechenthal was a radio host at B-93 and worked there for more than 19 years. He was also an employee at Ionia County Central Dispatch. The station tweeted, "It is with heavy hearts that we share the news of the passing of B-93s John 'The Canuck' Wiechenthal. John died in a tragic car accident yesterday in Kentwood. He was on the B-93 team 19 years and will be greatly missed. John was 39 and leaves behind a loving wife and three kids.
Officers say a pickup truck rear-ended a car, but it’s unclear which vehicle belonged to Wiechenthal. The impact of the crash sent both vehicles off the road, hitting multiple utility poles. According to police, both drivers were taken to the hospital, where Wiechenthal died. The other driver’s injuries are not life-threatening. 1
Longtime WNYC-FM Hosts Lopate & Schwartz Let Go Following Investigation
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 22ND, 2017 –– Two weeks after their abrupt suspensions, longtime WNYC hosts Leonard Lopate and Jonathan Schwartz have been fired reports WNYC. In a statement, spokesperson Jennifer Houlihan Roussel wrote “New York Public Radio has terminated the employment of Leonard Lopate and Jonathan Schwartz following two separate investigations overseen by outside counsel. These investigations found that each individual had violated our standards for providing an inclusive, appropriate, and respectful work environment.”
This investigation by reporters at WNYC News has not determined the specific reasons for the termination of Lopate and Schwartz. However, it has learned of multiple complaints against both hosts over the course of more than a dozen years. In several cases, they involved allegations of inappropriate comments and bullying. Some of these incidents were brought back to the attention of management after news of the behavior by the former host of The Takeaway, John Hockenberry (L), became public (see JL 12/4/17).
The organization has been in crisis since Dec. 1, when New York magazine's The Cut published an article detailing how Hockenberry made sexual advances toward some colleagues and undermined and insulted others, including several women of color who had co-hosted the show. WNYC News followed that story with its own report.
For now, The Leonard Lopate Show will be called WNYC at Midday and feature a variety of hosts interviewing newsmakers, writers and artists. The format of the program will remain similar. WQXR’s Paul Cavolconte will guest-host The Saturday Show and The Sunday Show in place of Jonathan Schwartz. WNCY STUDIO PHOTO/NPR - Eileen Koteras Elibol READ ENTIRE ARTICLE HERE
NETWORKS: Dennis Miller Returns To Radio With New Weekday Feature On WWO
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 22ND, 20127 –– Emmy Award-winning comic, writer, author, and talker Dennis Miller will be rejoining Westwood One to host a new weekday feature for stations nationwide. Dennis will share his idiosyncratic take on topical issues, the culture, and what Americans are talking about in two distinct 60-second programs, Monday through Friday.
This will mark Dennis Miller’s return to radio. He previously hosted a highly successful weekday talk show on the network for eight years which was heard on hundreds of stations across the country. Miller rose to fame as a cast member on Saturday Night Live and hosted popular talk shows on HBO, CNBC, and in syndication. He is well known for his iconic rants and pop culture references, delivered in a unique verbal style. The Dennis Miller feature will launch on January 22, 2018. For more information about the Dennis Miller contact Stuart Greenblatt at email@example.com or (212) 419-2946.
PROGRAMMING: Jim Lawson Named PD For KOSI/Denver; KQHN/Shreveport Names Gary Nolan PD & Midday Host
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 22ND, 2017 –– Bonneville AC KOSI-FM Denver has appointed Jim Lawson Program Director. He arrives from iHeart we he most recently served as Senior VP/Programming for the Denver Denver region. Previous stints also included KFMD-FM, KALC-FM and KIMN-FM Denver and various roles at WGN and WBBM-FM/Chicago. "I have known Jim for years and had to compete against him many times," said Bonneville Denver VP/Market Manager Bob Call. "I decided that's enough competing and brought Jim to KOSI 101.1 to lead our legendary AC brand. Jim brings enormous knowledge and experience leading top-rated radio stations, along with the unique perspective of having now worked at all of the markets' AC radio stations."
-- Cumulus Media has appointed veteran radio programming professional Gary Nolan as Program Director and Midday On-Air Host for KQHN-FM/Q97.3, Shreveport’s all-new Hot AC station. Nolan joins Cumulus Media-Shreveport/Bossier City from WMAG-FM in Greensboro, NC. He brings to Cumulus 30 years experience as a Program Director and on-air talent in markets including New York City, Minneapolis, Seattle and Denver. He also previously programmed for Cumulus in Kansas City. Nolan’s appointment is effective January 2, 2018. His Midday show on Q97.3 will air weekdays from 10am-3pm, beginning January 2nd. Nolan said: “I’m thrilled to be back with Cumulus. Great way to start a New Year! Thanks to Cody Welling, Chip Arledge, and Rob Roberts for this exciting opportunity. Also special thanks to Mike McVay.”
Jack Shell Returns To Midwest For Afternoons On Indy’s 95.5 WFMS-FM
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 22ND, 2017 –– Cumulus Media has appointed Jack Shell as Afternoon Drive On-Air Personality for 95.5 WFMS-FM in Indianapolis. Shell hits the WFMS-FM airwaves on Tuesday, December 26, 2017, from 2pm-7pm. He joins Cumulus Media-Indianapolis from Country station WYCD-FM in Detroit, where he was Midday On-Air Personality.
Shell said: “I am beyond grateful to Stephen Giuttari, Doug Hamand, Mike McVay, and most of all my very PATIENT agent, Jim Robinson, for working together to allow this Illini the chance to return home to my beloved Midwest and wave the checkered flag each afternoon for Hoosiers on the great 95.5 WFMS. I have loved Indianapolis all my life, and I look forward to planting roots here, playing here and most of all winning here. Let’s DO this!"
Longtime WSB Atlanta Radio Reporter Jon Lewis Passes Away At 56
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 22ND, 2017 ––Jon Lewis, a 56-year-old reporter for News 95.5 and AM 750 WSB for the past 20 years, passed away on Thursday reports The AJC. This resulted from complications following a brain hemorrhage this summer.
WSB’s Donna Hall, market manager for Cox Media Group’s Atlanta radio division, wrote a note to staff, in part: “I wanted to pass along some very sad news about our Jon Lewis. Most of you may be aware that he had a brain hemorrhage this past August and has been battling his way back but unfortunately, Jon passed away early this morning. We will certainly keep you posted on whether there will be services and I know you will keep Jon’s wife Abbie and their twin sons in your thoughts through this holiday season and beyond.”
[WATCH] Johnjay & Rich Grant Woman Her Ultimate Christmas Wish
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 22ND, 2017 –– The Johnjay and Rich Show marked the 16th anniversary of their Christmas Wish program this year by helping families in need across the U.S. celebrate the holiday season. Seven of the families, who were nominated by friends and family, were featured on-air this week, with wide-ranging prizes, including washers and dryers, beds and mattresses, flat screen televisions, a water heater and a family trip to Disneyland.
The annual Christmas Wish program, funded by the Johnjay and Rich #LoveUp Foundation, concluded today with the biggest gift so far. CeCe, a 19-year-old mother of an 18-month-old daughter, recently took custody of her two nieces (ages 3 and 4) to avoid having them placed in foster care. CeCe has been struggling to make ends meet and was forced to borrow her grandfather’s car since she doesn’t own one. The Johnjay and Rich Show elves surprised her with a 2017 Ford Fusion with three brand-new car seats for the children. Check out the video HERE
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Beasley Completes Station Swap With Entercom Boston For 98.5 WBZ-FM
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 21ST, 2017– – Beasley has completed the previously announced asset exchange with Entercom for WBZ-FM plus $12 million cash with WMJX-FM. Caroline Beasley, Chief Executive Officer of Beasley Broadcast Group, commented, “The addition of WBZ-FM to our broadcast portfolio highlights Beasley’s focus on premium local programming and content and is complementary to our five other radio stations and digital operations in the Boston market -- This transaction further diversifies our Boston market content offerings with marquee sports programming and live game broadcasts of several of the most prominent and competitive professional sports teams in the country."
Miss Beasley added, "We look forward to leveraging our knowledge of the Boston market for the benefit of WBZ-FM listeners while creating an even stronger marketing platform for local area advertisers and businesses.”
Sinclair Hit With Massive FCC Fine Over Failure To Disclose Paid Programming Ads
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 22ND, 2017 –– The Federal Communications Commission has proposed to fine the Sinclair Broadcast Group $13.4 million for airing sponsored programming without disclosing its funders — the largest such fine the agency has ever issued reports The Hill. The proposed fine comes more than a year after an anonymous tipster told the FCC that Sinclair-owned stations had been airing segments about the Huntsman Cancer Institute without disclosing that the group had been paying for the programming. The FCC found that the Huntsman Cancer Foundation, which funds the cancer center, had paid Sinclair to produce and distribute segments promoting the research center's work that was "made to look like independently generated news coverage." In a statement, Sinclair said the fine was unreasonable and that it plans to contest it. "Sinclair proudly supports the Cancer Foundation and its educational mission," the statement said. "Any absence of sponsorship identification in these public service segments was unintended and a result of simple human error." Read full response HERE
The fine comes as Sinclair is awaiting FCC approval of its $3.9 billion takeover of Tribune Media, a deal that would give the resulting company access to about 70 percent of the nation's television audience. Republican FCC Chairman Ajit Pai of helping push the merger through, BUT two Democratic FCC commissioners, who suggested Sinclair be fined more than $82 million, on Thursday voted against the proposal, saying it doesn't go far enough."
Longtime ESPN Radio Host Ryen Russillo Leaving Show; Charles Osgood Stepping Down From Radio Show Over Health Issues
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 21ST, 2017 –– ESPN SVP Traug Keller said yesterday in a statement via Twitter that longtime ESPN radio host Ryen Russillo will air his last show on Friday, 12/22. Keller says Russillo will host a weekly podcast through next summer. "While we extended an attractive offer for Ryen to continue with ESPN, he has decided to pursue other opportunities when his contract expires next year. I respect his decision and we wish him continued success."
"This was a really tough decision," Russillo said in a statement released by ESPN on Wednesday. "ESPN Radio means a lot to me. Even though I won't be sitting in a studio every day like I have for the last eight plus years, I'm looking forward to working on a podcast and still providing content for the company."
-- Following his recent renewal with Westwood One, Charles Osgood told his radio affiliates that due to doctor's orders, he'll be retiring from radio. He wrote, "Thanks to you, my valued affiliates, clients, and friends, I recently reached nearly fifty years of The Osgood File by announcing a renewal with Westwood One. Although I was very much looking forward to continuing to see you on the radio, unfortunately my health and doctors will now not allow it. So I will retire from The Osgood File and radio at the end of the year with great appreciation for all the success we've had together."
KQRS Minny's Tom Barnard Show To Air On News/Talk KDAL Duluth
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 21ST, 2017 –– National Radio Hall of Fame Inductee and legendary morning host on KQRS-FM Minneapolis, Tom Barnard, will soon be heard later in the day on a Duluth radio station. KDAL, which broadcasts on AM 610 and FM 103.9, will begin carrying "The Tom Barnard Show" on Jan. 2 reports wdio.com. It will air weekdays from 5 to 8 p.m., displacing some of the hours currently occupied by Twin Cities-based host Patrick Reusse.
Barnard said in a release, "I cannot wait to be on the air in one of my favorite places in the great State of Minnesota!" The show that will be heard in Duluth is separate from Barnard's longtime morning show on Twin Cities station KQRS. "The Tom Barnard Show," which includes includes commentary on Minnesota issues and celebrity guest appearances, began as a podcast and is also heard on a Brainerd radio station. News/Talk KDAL is owned by Wisconsin-based Midwest Communications.
PROGRAMMING: Pedro Javier Gonzalez Named SVPP For iHeartLatino
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 21ST, 2017 –– iHeartMedia has named Pedro Javier Gonzalez as its Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartLatino. Gonzalez will report to Enrique Santos, Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of iHeartLatino and Brad Hardin, Executive Vice President and General Manager for iHeartMedia’s National Programming Group. He will be based out of Miami. In September 2016, iHeartMedia joined forces with Santos to develop iHeartLatino
Gonzalez previously served as Vice President of Content for Univision Radio, where he was responsible for branding and content strategies across radio and all digital platforms. During his 13-year tenure at Univision, he also managed talent development for all radio brands and worked closely with Santos. His extensive background also includes serving as Vice President of Programming for Uno Radio Group in his native Puerto Rico, where he oversaw the top three stations in the market.
NBC Sports Philadelphia And Beasley Announce Partnership
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 21ST, 2017 –– –NBC Sports Philadelphia and the Beasley Media Group announced a partnership which will bring The Fanatic’s popular afternoon show hosted by Mike Missanelli to NBC Sports Philadelphia’s air beginning in 2018. “We are absolutely thrilled to be able to have Mike Missanelli’s show on both 97.5 The Fanatic and NBC Sports Philadelphia,” said Joe Bell, vice president and market manager of Beasley Media Group Philadelphia. “We recently signed a multi-year extension deal with him. This exciting new partnership will be an added bonus for the dedicated Philadelphia fans who are passionate about their sports teams.”
The “Mike Missanelli Show” will air NBC Sports Philadelphia weekdays from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. “Philly Sports Talk” will air at its regularly scheduled time at 5 p.m. Mike Missanelli is a well-known media personality and host of the #1 evening drive show--“The Mike Missanelli Show”—on Philadelphia’s 97.5 The Fanatic. Missanelli has served for the past 20 years as a sports talk host in Philadelphia and New York.
SYNDICATION: The Billy Madison Show Takes Over Mornings On KFMA Tucson
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 21ST, 2017 –– Rock102.1 KFMA, an Arizona Lotus Corp. alternative rock radio station in Tucson, Arizona, will debut the Billy Madison Show on Tuesday January 2, 2018, at 6:00am. Madison is joined on the show by Derek (L) and Nard (R), also known as Nathan, a former listener who’d gained access into the show by participating in a stunt, then never left.
Larry Mac, Operations Manager for Rock102.1 KFMA, comments, "Billy and the boys are a great addition to the Rock102.1 KFMA Team." Billy Madison adds, "The Billy Madison Show is extremely excited for the opportunity to be heard in Tucson on Rock102.1 KFMA. We want to thank management and staff for believing in us and giving us this opportunity. Let’s go, Tucson!”
CBS Sports Radio To Debut New Morning Show Taz & The Moose
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 21ST, 2017 –– CBS Sports Radio (CSR) has announced the debut of its new morning show, Taz and the Moose, which launches nationwide on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 from 6:00 – 9:00 am ET. The show will be anchored by professional wrestling world heavyweight champion and popular podcast host Taz (Pete Senerchia - top left) and radio talent and TV host Marc “The Moose” Malusis (R). Taz and the Moose replaces Gio and Jones.
“We’re extremely excited for the debut of Taz and the Moose,” said Eric Spitz, Director of Programming for CSR “As the host of an extremely successful podcast, Taz has done an amazing job of transitioning from a successful career as a professional wrestler into sports broadcasting. Moose has hosted two popular weekend shows on CSR since our launch five years ago. I know he is ready for this opportunity." Stations interested in airing Taz and the Moose can contact Jon Wilson at (972) 406-6824 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
MORE JOY: Magic 98.3 & WCTC-AM New Brunswick, NJ Bring 'Magic Of Christmas'
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 21ST, 2017 –– MAGIC 98.3 and 1450 WCTC New Brunswick, NJ partnered with a local bank to present the 2nd Annual “MAGIC OF CHRISTMAS” Toy Drive! The event took place on Tuesday, December 19th at The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey. The on-air staff from both stations, along with Santa and his Elves, delivered toys to help make the holidays brighter for the kids!
“It was amazing to see the smiles on everyone's faces and make a difference in the community during the holiday season,” said 1450 WCTC Program Director and Morning Show Host Bert Baron. PHOTO (L-R): Matthew Burrill (Santa’s Elf) Beasley's NJ Promotions Team Member Jodi Bustillo/Marketing Director – Magic 98.3 & 1450 WCTC Maryann Morgan/Morning Show Co-Host – Magic 98.3 WMGQ
SNAPS: Envision Host Steve Warren In Asia On A Chinese Pop Music Mission
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 21ST, 2017 –– Steve Warren, host of Envision Networks® The Country Oldies Show, just returned from Taipei, Taiwan, where he travels to work with the Chinese pop internet radio station, Chinamerica Radio. Steve is the executive producer of the station which is dedicated to providing quality Chinese pop music in both Mandarin and Cantonese. Most of Steve’s country music fans probably don’t know that Steve has been a frequent visitor to Asia for the past 10 years. He’s dedicated to his work as an ambassador for global listenership with Chinamerica Radio being an outlet for Chinese Americans and the global Chinese communities. American Country music is also popular in Taiwan and several top country artists have performed at the famous Taipei Arena over the years.
While in Taiwan, Steve met with several music industry representatives. As Steve tells it, he even speaks a little “mauled Mandarin.” He’ll be visiting Taiwan as well as mainland China again in 2018. For information on The Country Oldies Show or other Envision Networks offerings, contact Dave Hintz at 216-831-3761 or email@example.com - PHOTO/ Steve atop Elephant Mountain, overlooking Taipei 101, one of the tallest buildings in Asia.
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Court Sides With BMI’s Consent Decree; NAB 'Extremely Disappointed' By Ruling
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 20TH, 2017 –– Calling it a 'massive victory for songwriters, composers, music publishers and the entire industry,” BMI president Mike O’Neill (L) is 'incredibly gratified' with yesterday's consent decree court ruling allowing for fractional licensing. The U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday ruled against the U.S. Department of Justice and affirmed BMI’s 2016 consent decree victory, which allows for the practice of fractional licensing. According to Variety, parties seeking to use songs written by multiple songwriters must obtain a license from all of the songwriters, or their representatives. Previously, the DOJ had ruled that the consent decree called for “full-works” or 100% licensing, whereby a user was required to obtain a license from only one of its songwriters.
“This is a massive victory for songwriters, composers, music publishers and the entire industry,” said BMI president Mike O’Neill. “We have said from the very beginning that BMI’s consent decree allowed for fractional licensing, and we are incredibly gratified that Judge Stanton and the Second Circuit agreed with our position.
Shortly after the ruling, the NAB's EVP of Communications, Dennis Wharton (R) issued a statement saying, "NAB is extremely disappointed with the court’s decision allowing fractional licensing of BMI songs played on radio and television stations, as well as in countless venues across America. If sustained, this decision could disrupt the music licensing marketplace and impede the delivery of music to listeners and viewers, resulting in less airplay for their favorite songs. "For decades, NAB and BMI have had a mutually beneficial relationship that has benefited songwriters, broadcasters and tens of millions of listeners who enjoy hearing their favorite songs on free and local radio and television. We look forwarding to finding common ground with our songwriter friends to continue that partnership.”
REPORT: Public Broadcast Group To Acquire Two FM Stations In Richmond From Alpha Media
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 20TH, 2017 –– Commonwealth Public Broadcasting Corp., the owner of WCVE public television and radio stations in Richmond,VA, which brands itself as the Community Idea Stations, said it has agreed to buy radio stations WBBT (107.3 FM) and WWLB (93.1 FM), from Alpha Media reports richmond.com. Commonwealth Public Broadcasting said it has submitted an application to the FCC and expects to complete the acquisition in the first quarter of 2018. When completed, CPBC said it will switch its WCVE-FM radio station to an all-news and talk format, while the two acquired stations will simulcast exclusively music programs, focusing mainly on classical and jazz. WWLB currently is a classic country station, while WBBT is an ’80s hits station. The call letters of both stations likely will change.
In a statement, Curtis Monk, president and chief executive officer of Commonwealth Public Broadcasting, said the deal “fulfills a long-held objective, enabling us to meet the dual listening demands of our radio audience.” The acquisition comes about nine months after CPBC announced it had received almost $182 million in proceeds from the sale of broadcast spectrum as part of a national auction of airwave space managed by the FCC. “Part of our mission is to expand our programming, particularly in the news and arts arenas,” said Lisa Tait, CPBC’s vice president for development. “This supports that effort, and we have some proposals in to the foundation that we created for expansion of our news and arts programming that will go along with this.”
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Don Boyd Rises To VP/MM For Cumulus Mobile Cluster
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 20TH, 2017 –– Cumulus Media has promoted radio executive Don Boyd to Vice President/Market Manager of Cumulus Media-Mobile, AL, which operates five radio stations including: 104.1 WDLT-FM; WXQW 660 AM, News/Information; 97.5 WABD-FM; 93 BLX FM, The Big Station; and WGOK Gospel 900 AM.
Boyd has 28 years of experience overseeing sales and operational initiatives within the radio broadcasting industry and was promoted from his most recent position as a General Sales Manager for Cumulus’ seven-station cluster in Atlanta, GA, a position he has held since January 2015. Prior to that, Boyd was Nashville Regional Manager for Bott Radio Network, and General Sales Manager for Cumulus Media-Nashville from 2001-2008.
WBZ 1030 Boston To Simulcast On 107.9 HD-2; WRKO 680 On 100.7 WZLX’s HD-2
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 20TH, 2017 –– iHeartMedia Boston announced that WBZ NewsRadio 1030 will now be featured on KISS 108’s HD-2. In addition, iHeartMedia Boston announced that Evolution 101.7, Boston's Source For All Things Dance will simulcast on 101.7 The Bull’s HD-2; and WRKO AM 680, The Voice of Boston will simulcast on 100.7 WZLX’s HD-2.
“We’re always looking for ways to improve the listening experience for our listeners and reach more people wherever they want to listen,” said Dylan Sprague, Senior Vice President of Programming for the iHeartMedia Boston Region. “We’re thrilled to offer our stations’ programming across several platforms, including iHeartRadio and on the FM band for HD radio owners.”
PODCAST: Suze Orman Inks With PodcastOne
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 20TH, 2017 –– Award-winning personal finance expert Suze Orman will soon serve a weekly dose of interactive advice and entertainment in the on-demand, mobile and time-efficient world of podcasting. Orman has signed a deal with PodcastOne to produce and distribute a new program in 2018 that focuses on personal finance.
“You are never powerful in life until you are powerful over your own money, how you think and feel about it, and how you invest it. The goal of money is for you to be secure,” said Orman. “Tune into my podcast, power up, and let’s make that a reality. I’m a podcast consumer, myself, and know the magic of the medium first-hand – let’s do this together.”
[WATCH] Prince Harry Interviews Barack Obama As Guest Host On BBC Radio 4
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 22ND, 2017 –– When a slightly awkward Prince Harry came to interview Barack Obama for his stint as a guest editor on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, he admitted he was nervous, prompting the former US President to reassure him it was all a bit of fun. As the pair came face to face on camera, sitting across a table from each other behind the radio microphones, Obama jokingly asked the Prince if he should speak with a British accent. He also wondered if he should speak faster than usual because he was a “slow speaker.” The conversation covered topics including Mr Obama’s memories of the day he left office and his hopes for his post-presidential life, including his plans to focus on cultivating the next generation of leadership through the Obama Foundation. The Obamas have been touted as likely invitees to Prince Harry’s forthcoming wedding to Meghan Markle. WATCH HERE
Two Australian Radio Legends Sacked Just Before Christmas - Charlie Fox and Ron E Sparks add to the casualties of change at the Australian Radio Network. ARN has announced that Charlie Fox, Content Director for WSFM and The Edge and Ron E Sparks, Morning Announcer for WSFM have left ARN.
New Breakfast Co-Host For K Rock Geelong, Australia - Sarah Maree Cameron is joining the longtime show host Tom Lewis. Sarah has worked on Melbourne radio for the past 5 years. "Fresh Daily with Tom & Sarah Maree” will make its debut on Geelong airwaves from 6am-9am Monday, January 8.
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MORE JOY: Spencer's Neighborhood Delivers More Than 21,000 Holiday Cards To The Troops
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 20TH, 2017 –– December 18th was a special day for patients and families at St. Louis VA hospitals. Spencer, Cassiday and Brando (shown above) of St. Louis' 106.5 The Arch's "Spencer’s Neighborhood" delivered more than 21,000 holiday cards - 21,135 to be exact - to the troops at the three St. Louis VA hospitals.
The station hosted their second annual "10,000 Cards for the Troops" campaign, with the aim of collecting holiday cards for veterans - and the St. Louis listeners responded by more than doubling the amount requested for the campaign.
Cumulus Mobile And Partners Deliver Over 7,000 Toys & 400 Bikes For Kids
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 20TH, 2017 –– Cumulus Media-Mobile, AL, radio stations partnered with WKRG TV5, Port City Secondliners, MAMGA and NSpireU! (service organizations) for the Magical Christmas Toy Drive benefiting the Salvation Army and its mission. The drive was held from Nov. 26-Dec. 18. and through the generosity of the community, over 7,000 new unwrapped toys and more than 400 new bicycles were donated so that the children of Mobile and Pensacola will have a happier holiday season. Shown above is WKRG News Anchor Bill Riales (Left) and a Salvation Army staff member (Right)
More Of The Best Of 2017; Jay Leno's New Mansion
AND NOW MORE OF THE BEST OF 2017:
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ESPN President John Skipper Resigns To Tackle Substance Addiction Issue
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 19TH, 2017 –– John Skipper resigned on Monday as president of ESPN citing a problem with substance addiction. "I have struggled for many years with a substance addiction," Skipper, who also co-chairs Disney Media Networks, said in a statement. "I have decided that the most important thing I can do right now is to take care of my problem." George Bodenheimer will be the sports network’s acting chairman for the next 90 days. He had been its president from 1998 to 2011 and executive chairman until May 2014.
Skipper’s exit comes within a few days after Disney struck a deal to buy Rupert Murdoch’s Twenty-First Century Fox Inc for $52.4 billion. ESPN has recently struggled with subscriber losses and ratings declines reports Reuters,. Last month, it said it would lay off about 150 employees. Disney Chief Executive Officer Bob Iger, who extended his stay at the company through 2021 to oversee integration of Fox’s businesses, praised Skipper’s decision. Disney shares were down 0.2 percent at $111.09 on Monday afternoon. PHOTO/screengrab composite.
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