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ABC News Radio, Entercom & Hubbard Among 2019 Edward R. Murrow Award Winners
THE MOUTH, JUNE 19TH, 2019 –– RTDNA announced winners of the 2019 National Murrow Awards. From more than 4,600 entries, these awards recognize 100 local and network radio, television and digital news organizations for 122 examples of outstanding journalism in 16 categories. The winners at the national level also include Student MurrowAwards in five categories of audio, video and digital reporting.
Among the big winners was ABC News Radio which was awarded the Murrow for Excellence in Innovation for its flagship podcast. It also received the award for Sports Reporting for America’s Next Pastime, in which Scott Goldberg dug into whether soccer’s surging popularity in the U.S. might overtake the long-beloved baseball. Brad Mielke (Scott & Brad shown right) added, “ ….of all the awards we could get, the one for innovation is super exciting and thank you to everyone who’s been supporting the project.”
WTOP-FM, Washington D.C. repeats its 2018 win for Overall Excellence in large market radio, while Vermont Public Radio clinched the spot for small market radio.
Taking home the most national awards this year is CBS News, with an Overall Excellence award in the network radio category. Also included were Entercom's awards for Large Market Radio Excellence in Video Sweet Spot: The Hat Lady (L) WCBS 880 (WCBS-AM) New York, NY Newscast 5pm News, November 8, 2018 KCBS All News (KCBS-AM) San Francisco, CASince 1990, KCBS Radio has won 25 national Murrow awards. SEE MORE HERE - The national awards will be presented October 14, 2019, at the RTDNA Edward R. Murrow Awards Gala at Gotham Hall in New York City.
[WATCH] Kerri Kasem Wants To Bring Father's Body Back From Norway; Stepmother Denies Abuse
THE MOUTH, JUNE 19TH, 2019 –– It’s been five years since Casey Kasem passed away but , as Fox Reports, 'The family war that ensued over the beloved patriarch is far from over. Kerri Kasem, the daughter of the late iconic radio host, told Fox News she wants to bring his body back to the United States from Norway, where he was transferred and buried six months after his death at a hospital in Gig Harbor, Wash. Kerri alleged his widow, Jean Kasem (TR), chose to bury her father halfway across the world during an ongoing heated dispute, while Kasem's widow explained the star "always said that Norway symbolizes peace and looks like heaven" and that she "would like to respectfully fulfill his wishes."
“As soon as we win the trial that Jean has done everything to delay, I will get a lawyer in Norway and I will show them the court’s findings that she’s an elder abuser and she did my father wrong,” Kerri claimed. “She harmed him. Once I can show what was found in the American court, I will go to Norway and I will have his body brought back and buried [at Forest Lawn] where he wanted to be buried.”
In 2014, Kerri, 46, formed the Kasem Cares Foundation, a nonprofit that aims to successfully pass bills in multiple states to stop elder abuse. According to the foundation, the Kasem Cares “Visitation Bill” has been passed in 12 states, while several others have adopted a version of it, totaling to 21. “We are helping people who were in my situation,” the radio personality explained. “There’s a lot of people who don’t have hope. They don’t have the last name to get the recognition. And they don’t have the money to fight in court. We go state to state, putting in a bill that can help.” PHOTO/composite screengrab - Casey/Kerri - Kerri Casem SEE INTERVIEW HERE
REPORT: Ron Roberts Exits Star 94.1 Atlanta As PD
THE MOUTH, JUNE 19TH, 2019 –– While no official word yet, the AJC's Rodney Ho reports that Star 94.1 has dropped PD Ron Roberts who joined the station last year. The move comes amid a number of other recent changes at the Entercom outlet including the exit of longtime Atlanta morning host Jeff Dauler who parted ways with the station just six weeks ago. The show was then rebranded as Jenn & Friends and added new cast members along with other lineup changes.
Last night Roberts posted on Instagram a photo with him, his husband Ethan Smith and two Star 94.1 radio hosts he hired: Mike Kannon and Curtis Stone. He wrote: “Celebrating the end of an emotional day with some of my favorite people ever. They say work isn’t work when you work with good people. Okay, well I had to do a lot of work and under some duress but these two were effortless to work alongside. They’re stars ... and they’ll lead a station’s resurrection. I’m already proud knowing they’re not only capable but destined to do it. #noregrets..." Prior, to Star 94.1 Roberts spent several years as PD/Station Manager for Quantum Comm./Myrtle Beach. READ MORE HERE
NETWORKS: Mary DelGrande Rises To VP/Affiliate Sales For Premiere Networks
THE MOUTH, JUNE 19TH, 2019 –– Premiere Networks announced the promotion of Mary DelGrande to Vice President of Affiliate Sales from Executive Director of Affiliate Sales. Based in New York, DelGrande will continue to report to Eileen Thorgusen, Senior Vice President of Affiliate Sales/Entertainment Shows.
In her new role, DelGrande will continue to oversee affiliate sales for Premiere’s industry-leading roster of national entertainment programs such as Delilah, On Air with Ryan Seacrest, CMT After MidNite with Cody Alan, On with Mario Lopez and others, as well as the company’s roster of prep services. DelGrande will also continue to serve as brand manager for Futuri Media, Mediabase and other comprehensive research tools that Premiere offers to stations.
“I’m so happy to recognize Mary with this well-deserved promotion,” said Thorgusen. “We’re fortunate to have someone like Mary, who has such deep experience and relationships in the radio industry. Mary has been a valuable member of our team for nearly 20 years, and I know she’ll continue to drive success for our industry-leading entertainment programs, as well as our prep, production, imaging, and research services.” DelGrande joined Premiere Networks’ affiliate relations team in 2000, focused on the company’s nationally-syndicated entertainment radio shows. She came to Premiere from Launch Media, Inc., where she served as Senior Director, Affiliate Marketing. She previously served as an account executive focused on national network sales for Westwood One.
NETWORKS: WWO's Adam Bomb Show Adds Three Affiliates
THE MOUTH, JUNE 19Th, 2019 –– Westwood One announced that three new stations have joined the expanding lineup for The Adam Bomb Show. The show welcomes KYIS-FM/Oklahoma City; KWPW-FM/Robinson, TX; and WMXV-FM/Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL to the Bomb Squad!
Adam, who is also heard locally on Atlanta’s Q99.7, WWWQ-FM, began his career during his freshman year at California University of Pennsylvania as the night jock at B94 in Pittsburgh. He then moved on to work at Y100 in Miami, Q100 Atlanta, and KLIF-FM Dallas, with TV stops at KDKA, Pittsburgh and WFAA, Dallas. He also serves as one of Westwood One’s backstage hosts during premiere red carpet events like the GRAMMYs®, the American Music Awards, and the MTV Video Music Awards.
The Adam Bomb Show is available via web or FTP automated download. For more information on The Adam Bomb Show, contact Todd Alan at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (212) 735-1107.
Joe Pags Show Now Heard In 5 Of The Top 10 Markets
THE MOUTH, JUNE 19TH, 2019 –– The Joe Pags show has added some heavy hitters to its’ line up recently. New affiliates (now over 125): WPHT/ Philadelphia PA KSEV/Houston TX WLOB/Portland ME WOOD AM&FM/Grand Rapids MI
Joe’s flagship is WOAI in San Antonio and The Joe Pags Show is now heard in 5 of the top 10 markets WPHT Philadelphia, KRLD Dallas, WWDC F2 Washington DC, KSEV Houston and WRKO Boston.
EVENTS: Kelsea Ballerini & Ally Brooke Among Headliners For 'River On The Rooftop
THE MOUTH, JUNE 19Th, 2019 –– iHeartMedia’s 107.5 The River announced the lineup for the second installment in its annual River on the Rooftop concert series. The event will be hosted at Jason Aldean’s Kitchen + Rooftop Bar at 311 Broadway. The next event will take place Monday, July 22nd and feature performances from Kelsea Ballerini and Ally Brooke, with other supporting acts to be announced at a later date.
“River on the Rooftop has built a reputation of blurring traditional genre lines and offering our listeners an incredible musical experience that’s unique to Nashville,” said Jonathan Shuford, Program Director for iHeartMedia Nashville. “We’re thrilled beyond words to invite Nashvillians to enjoy the music of a world-class superstar like Kelsea Ballerini in an intimate setting that they won’t find anywhere else.” All shows are free and open to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis until the rooftop patio is at capacity.
Entry Window Ending Soon; Let Your Voice Be Heard; Now For MSBC/Jacobs Talent Study
THE MOUTH, JUNE 13TH, 2019 –– The long-awaited second annual Talent-On-Air-Talent Questionnaire (AQ) is now available for your input! Among many new areas being explored this year include: Who are YOUR biggest influencers? The personalities you learn from, network with? How stressed are you - compared to a year ago? How's your support network - your PD, your co-workers, management? In general, how is broadcast radio sounding these past few years?
This first-of-its-kind survey of on-air personalities, hosts and teams and their producers is a collaboration between Morning Show Boot Camp and Jacobs Media. First results will be presented at MSBC 31 in Chicago on August 8 & 9. If you’re on-air or produce a show, you’re exactly who we’d like to participate. If you manage talent, please forward link below to any and all of those you work with who are on the air.
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iHeart & WPP Team For Project Listen
THE MOUTH, JUNE 18TH, 2019 –– iHeartMedia and WPP, a creative transformation company, announced the launch of Project Listen to develop next-generation insights, planning and creative capabilities in audio. The two companies will help brands better engage with consumers and win across all audio platforms: broadcast radio, digital streaming, podcasts, smart speakers and live events. Consumer listening is at an all-time high, according to new iHeartMedia research. The study shows consumers say they are listening to audio content for an average of 17 hours a week, with millennials and younger generations listening the most. This ramp up in listening is the direct result of the rapid growth of digital streaming, podcasts, smart speakers and airpods, on top of the massive and consistent scale of broadcast radio.
The new partnership comprises: 1. Creative Audio Studio – Audio will be pushed higher on the agendas of creatives and media strategists with the launch of a new studio at GroupM’s headquarters at 3 World Trade Center in New York. Clients and creatives from across WPP will experiment with modern audio marketing programs, working with creative producers in a series of pilots. 2. Empowering Planning – iHeartMedia’s Smart Audio Insights and audience tools will be integrated with GroupM’s proprietary data and insights tools to uncover new insights and support novel measurement approaches, all of which will be shared in quarterly intelligence reports for clients and the market. A new audio certification program for planners at GroupM’s agencies will roll out later in 2019. 3. Raising Audio IQ – A new Project Listen monthly podcast is launching in Cannes with plans for 18 episodes through 2020. Lessons from the client pilots and research will be shared to help inspire more advertisers to embrace audio’s new capabilities. Project Listen is intended to raise the bar in audio creativity and media strategy through shared learning about what works in the evolving audio landscape.
“At iHeartMedia, we understand the unparalleled power of audio and its ability to engage and make brands part of the daily conversation, with consumers of all ages, at a massive scale,” said Bob Pittman, Chairman and CEO of iHeartMedia, Inc. “Project Listen is about tapping into the scale of audio and moving from the traditionally transactional radio business to the future of audio advertising where insights and ideas lead the way to growth for brands. Simply put, audio is the biggest greenfield for growth in media today, and we could not be more excited to partner with the talented teams across WPP to develop the tools and skillsets needed to unlock that growth.”
MOVES: Bruce Logan Named OM/Brand Content Director At WIRK & WEAT-FM West Palm Beach
THE MOUTH, JUNE 18TH, 2019 –– Hubbard Radio in West Palm Beach Hubbard Radio announced that programming veteran Bruce Logan will take the helm as Operations Manager and Brand/Content Director of WIRK-Country and WEAT/Sunny 107.9 West Palm Beach. Logan was most recently the VP of Programming for Entercom’s Houston Market and Program Director for Country KILT-FM and Adult Hits KKHH-FM. Prior to that Logan served as National Country Brand Coordinator and Regional Vice President of Programming for iHeart Media and programmed iHeart Media’s WKKT/Charlotte, WTQR/Greensboro and Country duo WSSL and WESC/Greenville, SC.
“A leader with experience, knowledge, passion, a strategic long-term view and the unique ability to develop people is a rare find. After an exhaustive search, I’m thrilled to have found those qualities and more in Bruce. I’m excited to welcome him to our Hubbard team and look forward to putting his talent to work on legendary West Palm Beach stations, WIRK-Country and Sunny 107.9.” said Hubbard Radio West Palm Beach SVP/Market Manager, Elizabeth Hamma. Logan commented, “I feel like I have won the lottery, I get to join the Hubbard Broadcasting family, I get to program WIRK-FM and WEAT-FM and I get to live in South Florida! Thanks so much to Elizabeth Hamma and Greg Strassell for entrusting these great brands to me. THRILLED to be part of the West Palm Beach team.”
NETWORKS: David Begnaud Assigned As Anchor For CBS News Radio's Reporter's Notebook
THE MOUTH, JUNE 18TH, 2019 –– CBS News Radio and CBS Audio announced that “Reporter’s Notebook” with David Begnaud launched this week on the CBS News Radio Network. Each edition of “Reporter’s Notebook” will give listeners insight and context to the day’s biggest news stories.
“David represents true compassion in his storytelling that affects our listeners,” said Craig Swagler, Vice President and General Manager of CBS News Radio. “Our affiliates can depend on David to bring the best original reporting to their audiences with ‘Reporter’s Notebook." Reporter’s Notebook” has been providing CBS News Radio listeners the stories behind the headlines since 1981, and has featured some of the greatest journalists in CBS News history.
Begnaud is the first anchor assigned to “Reporter’s Notebook” since 2011. Begnaud was named lead national correspondent for CBS THIS MORNING in May 2019. He joined the Network in 2015, and his reporting, featured across all CBS News broadcasts and platforms including CBS THIS MORNING, the CBS EVENING NEWS, 48 HOURS, CBS SUNDAY MORNING and CBSN, has earned him some of journalism’s most prestigious awards. His coverage of Hurricane Maria earned him the prestigious George Polk Award for public service in 2018.
PODCASTS: iHeart Launches 'How Men Think'
THE MOUTH, JUNE 18TH, 2019 –– iHeartRadio has launched “How Men Think With Brooks Laich & Gavin DeGraw (shown top center, left and right) ,”. The iHeartRadio Original podcast starring Gavin DeGraw, an award-winning singer and songwriter and Brook Laich, a hockey player in the NHL, examines the minds of men and their thoughts on life, love and self-discovery.
For each episode of the podcast, DeGraw and Laich chat with Demetri, a comedy writer, Ryan, a television executive and Rik, a coach and IT professional. Each of these men are in different stages of their lives, which adds unique perspectives and depth to their conversations that listeners are sure to enjoy. SEE MORE HERE
Garth Brooks Stuns Crowd With Surprise Performance At 99.5 WYCD-FM Hoedown
THE MOUTH, JUNE 18TH, 2019 –– Country superstar Garth Brooks stunned fans as he was revealed as the surprise guest at last night's 37th annual “99.5 WYCD Hoedown,” hosted by Entercom’s 99.5 WYCD Detroit’s Country (WYCD-FM) and presented by Detroit RAM Truck Dealers, at DTE Energy Music Theatre. The performance – his first ever at DTE Energy Music Theatre – marked the 30th anniversary of his first Hoedown appearance when he made his major concert debut at the Downtown Hoedown in Detroit on May 13, 1989.
“Garth Brooks always promised he would return to perform at the Hoedown, and he is a man of his word,” said 99.5 WYCD Program Director Tim Roberts. “He lived up to it, and as always, exceeds expectations with his live performance. This sort of epitomizes why he is the number one performer in the world.” Brantley Gilbert headlined the “99.5 WYCD Hoedown” which also included main stage performances from Joe Nichols and Caylee Hammack. The event also included performances from Dylan Schneider, Logan Mize, Filmore and The Joey Vee Band on the Festival Stage in the DTE parking lot and Austin Burke, Haley & Michaels and Mac Watts on The Pine Tap stage. PHOTO/Mike Ferdinande for WYCD
EVENTS: The River Nashville's Jim Chandler, An Ordained Minister, To Perform Nuptials
THE MOUTH, JUNE 18TH, 2019 –– 107.5 The River Nashville are inviting its listeners who are interested in having their Nuptials Officiated By Jim Chandler co-host of its Woody & Jim Morning Show. “Woody and Jim” are calling it their Big Fat All-Inclusive Wedding to be held on June 28, they will be providing select listeners with an opportunity to have their nuptials officiated by the station’s very own Jim Chandler, an ordained minister.
Beginning July 1, 2019, the state of Tennessee will no longer permit officiants who obtained their license online to perform a legal marriage. The on-air radio personality and ordained minister will officiate select listeners interested in tying the knot regardless of gender, sexual orientation or religious preference. Listeners with a valid marriage license can sign up via the station’s website beginning today until June 25 at 5:00pm CST.
93.1 KATY Raises $44,500 For Law Enforcement
THE MOUTH, JUNE 18TH, 2019 –– The Texoma Back the Badge Foundation, 93.1 Katy Country and Classic of Texoma, TX, announced $44,500 was raised this year from the 3rd Annual Wheeler & Castellanos Back the Badge Memorial Golf Tournament, that happened on May 17th at the Denison Golf & Country Club. Money raised will go to the Texoma Back the Badge Foundation, which was established to help raise awareness and assist in minimizing the financial burden often placed on Law Enforcement agency employees who experience catastrophic circumstances including illness, serious injury, or death. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Chad Key Memorial Scholarship Fund and the Rickey Wheeler Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Funds raised came from sponsor donations and community members who competed in the tournament. Over the past 3 years, $124,500 has been raised to support local law enforcement in Southern Oklahoma and North Texas. The tournament was renamed after two law enforcement officers, Rickey Wheeler and Vinny Castellanos lost their battles to cancer, shortly after playing in the inaugural tournament in 2017. A total of $124,500 has been raised for this cause in three years. We hope this event creates an overwhelming sense of appreciation for what our first responders do on a daily basis.”
SNAPS: KSCS/Dallas 'Mark 'Hawkeye' Louis Gives Commencement Address At Academy
THE MOUTH, JUNE 18TH, 2019 –– KSCS-FM Dallas / Fort Worth longtime morning host Mark “Hawkeye” Louis of Hawkeye in the Morning was recently invited to give the commencement address at the prestigious Westlake Academy in Westlake, Texas.
Every graduating senior of the class of 2019 has been accepted to college, with members of the senior class headed to Duke, Harvard and Vanderbilt among others. Watch Hawkeye's Address HERE
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Nick Cannon Takes Mornings On Power 106 LA
THE MOUTH, JUNE 17TH, 2019 –– Meruelo Media announced that TV/Radio host, comedian, actor, producer, rapper, writer, philanthropist, children's book author, and activist, Nick Cannon, will join Power 106, LA's #1 hip hop station, as the morning show's main host and producer. The show, "Nick Cannon Mornings - Power 106 #1 for Hip Hop," launches today, June 17, and will air daily from 5AM — "Nick is the quintessential entertainer and content creator who will take our media game to the next level," said Otto Padron, President and COO of Meruelo Media, "His tremendous success across television, film and music is testimony of his unique talent, work ethic and impeccable reputation." Otto concluded, "Nick is the absolute right talent to start our mornings on Power 106 - this is an incredible match and we're fortunate to have him on our family!"
Cannon said, "Power 106 is one of the most substantial fixtures in our Hip Hop culture that has proven time and time again that they are #1 and not going anywhere! Los Angeles is used to star players joining star franchises! I'm just honored for the opportunity to make our community and Culture proud. All I can say is it's Ncredible!" Power 106 Program Director, E-Man said, "Nick Cannon is that fresh sound we were looking for on Power 106. Nick is an incredible entertainer who embodies Hip Hop, pop culture, comedy, and community all in one! We are very excited to have him on our team." Cannon is the Host and Executive Producer of Fox's #1 hit TV show, "The Masked Singer", as well as the Creator, Host, and Executive Producer of MTV's "Wild 'N Out", which will begin production on its 15th season later this year.
Worth noting, former Power 106 morning host Big Boy who now handles mornings at crosstown Real Real Radio's 92.3, announced Cannon's news prior to release - Listen to what he had to say HERE
Craig Carton: 'I Believe In Redemption'
THE MOUTH, JUNE 17TH, 20-19 –– Before beginning his prison sentence, Craig Carton, the former morning co-host on The Fan New York, said, I 'Believe In Redemption'. According to WFAN, he vowed Friday to redeem himself following his fraud conviction. In a statement posted on Twitter, Carton, who will begin serving his 42-month sentence today, June 17th, acknowledged he made many mistakes and said he'll spend his time in prison working to turn his life around.
"I made mistakes," Carton, 50, wrote. "Mistakes in judgements, decisions and how I was living my life. I was wrong. I have, will and should continue to pay a dear price for those mistakes. I also though, believe in redemption and earning second chances. I am keenly aware that my life doesn't end when I go to prison, to the contrary it actually begins. I plan on making the most of the positive and life growing opportunities that the prison offers. I will work tirelessly to repay those whom I have hurt and to regain the trust that you all had in me. I look forward to the day when you accept that I have lived up to these promises and allow me the opportunity to once again be a part of your lives. I know when that day comes you will see and hear the best version of me."
Carton, who co-hosted the "Boomer and Carton" show from 2007 to 2017 with former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason, was convicted in November of conspiracy, wire fraud and securities fraud related to his ticket-resale business that duped investors out of millions of dollars. He was sentenced in April to 3 1/2 years in prison, 150 hours of community service and $4.8 million in restitution.
Matthew Jarecki Added to Lineup At KILT-AM Houston
THE MOUTH, JUNE 17TH, 2019 –– Entercom has named Matthew Jarecki as night drive host for SportsRadio (KILT-AM), Houston. Jarecki will air weeknights from 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. CT, effective immediately. “Matt’s a natural when it comes to sports radio,” said Sarah Frazier, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Houston. “He has an innate ability to create unique and passionate opinions around Houston sports. His relentless work ethic will shine through.'
Prior to joining Entercom, Jarecki was a morning show host on KLJX-LP in Flagstaff, AZ. He also served as a sideline reporter for KAFF-FM and play by play and sideline reporter for NAU-TV in Flagstaff.
FORMATICS: Beasley Unveils Jammin’ 105.7 in Las Vegas
THE MOUTH, JUNE 17TH, 2019 –– Beasley Media Group has unveiled the new Jammin’ 105.7 on KOAS-FM in Las Vegas. The new format officially launched with “Smile” by Li’l Duval & Snoop Dogg at midnight,
The new on-air lineup will include: 5am-9am The Steve Harvey Morning Show 9am-2pm Zenja Dunn remains in Middays 2pm-6pm Paco Lopez joins the team for afternoon drive 6pm-9pm Connie Breeze will handle evening duties 9pm-2am The Sweat Hotel featuring Keith Sweat “Bringing back Steve Harvey was a key part of our strategy for KOAS,” said Beasley Media Group Las Vegas Vice President and Market Manager, Peter Burton. “He has had tremendous success in Las Vegas in the past. We are expecting big things from this great morning show. Paco Lopez provides a strong bookend in afternoon drive. His track record with the Hispanic audiences in New York, Washington and Houston is outstanding.” “Our dedicated listeners spoke loud and clear,” said Beasley Media Group Executive Vice President, Justin Chase. “They want Harvey back! This programming shift will super serve our core audience and we’re excited to see the results.”
NIELSON: Country The Top Format Of Both Genders Again; Radio Remains Top Platform
THE MOUTH, JUNE 17Th, 2019 ––Nielsen's newly released June 2019 Audio Today report, offers insights regarding listening trends, in all its variious forms, including podcasting and smart speakers! Among the highlights: Across age, gender and ethnicity, radio consistently connects with a large number of consumers. · When looking at demographics by gender, listenership remains strong. Both women and men 18-49 use radio in large numbers, with their listenership nearly equal at 65.9 million (97%) and 65.4 million (98%), respectively. Country is the top format for both genders.
The Steady Reach of Radio: Winning Consumers’ Attention If there’s one thing we’ve learned about radio, it’s that its mass appeal has been consistent over time as America’s top reach medium. The original electronic media, radio continues to reach more Americans than any other platform measured by Nielsen. Among adults 18+, radio reaches 92% of U.S. adults every week.
Not surprisingly, adults 18-49 are the demographic that tunes in the most. The monthly reach for these listeners is 132.4 million (98% of the population), and Country is the format they prefer most. Adults 25-54 are the second most reached demographic for radio, with 123.6 million (99%) of the population listening each month.
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PODCASTS: The Weiss Agency Teams With John Wiley & Sons For Dummies: The Podcast
THE MOUTH, JUNE 17TH, 2019 –– The Weiss Agency’s newly established podcast division, TWA Podcast Studio, has partnered with John Wiley & Sons on the production and distribution of FOR DUMMIES: THE PODCAST Hosted by NBC daytime star Eric Martsolf. With more than 250 million books in print and thousands of published titles globally in 30 languages, the iconic Dummies brand publishes an extensive series of friendly, easy-to-understand, reference books intended to present information across various topics in a non intimidating way to readers at every level.
The Weiss Agency is a preeminent broadcast talent agency, representing a multitude of award-winning local and nationally syndicated radio personalities, podcasters, program producers, and executives in every radio format - from music to talk. With its newly launched podcast division, TWA Podcast Studios, headed by radio and publishing industry veteran Joe Garner, the agency is collaborating with Wiley on the development, production and distribution of the podcast. “Dummies is an iconic media brand that has successfully educated readers around the globe for over three decades,” says Eric Weiss. “I am thrilled to partner with Wiley to produce an informative and entertaining podcast that will allow us to share this gold mine of instructional information with listeners around the world.”
For Dummies: The Podcast debuts Monday, June 17, 2019 on all major podcast platforms.
For First Time Ever, NRTS Launches Two Institutes In The Same Week - Boston & Knoxville
THE MOUTH, JUNE 17TH, 2019 –– Today marks a first for Dan Vallie's National Radio Talent System as it launches two of its institutes in the same week. As reported last week, The Beasley Radio Talent Institute begins today at Emerson College in Boston just as the TAB Radio Talent Institute kicks off at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. The Beasley Radio Talent Institute officially begins today as Brian Beasley, COO and Executive VP of the Beasley Media Group,takes the opening session. BrianBeasley will be followed by Mary Menna,VP/Market Manager of Beasley Media Group Boston,along with broadcast professionals from iHeart, Entercom, Hall Communications and others,as well as Steve Goldstein, Amplifi Media, Fred Jacobs ,Jacobs Media, Joe D’Angelo, Senior VP/Radio, Xperi and others.
On the campus of the University of Tennessee today, Larry Stone from StoneCom Radio, Cookeville, TN,will be leading the way at the TAB Radio Talent institute,followed over the next ten dayswith over three dozen broadcasters teaching in their areas of expertise, including Larry Patrick of Patrick Communications, Lester Turner, President/CEO of Tuned In Broadcasting Nashville, Chris Protzman, President and VP of Sales,Summit Media Nashville, Randy Ross,Market Manager Midwest Communications, Ken Salyer, VP/Market Manager Cumulus, Don Anthony from Morning Show Bootcamp and publisher of Jockline Daily and others, including Bud Walters, President of Cromwell Communications
Sponsors include Benztown and vCreative, Mr. Master, Xperi and Marketron. For more information, contact Dan Vallie: email@example.com 704-246-8185 –Office 828-266-1594
HONORS: WUSY-FM Chattanooga Honored By St. Jude Hospital With Spotlight Award
THE MOUTH, JUNE 17TH, 2019 –– Entercom, was honored by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital with the 2019 Spotlight Award. The award recognized the fundraising efforts of country station U.S. 101 (WUSY-FM)’s annual “Heart Strings for Hope” event which has raised over $1 million for St. Jude over the course of a decade. U.S. 101 was honored at the charity’s annual “Volunteer Awards Dinner” in Memphis, TN on June 12.
"Heart Strings for Hope’ has become one of the most prestigious events in Chattanooga, TN,” said Nichole Hartman, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Chattanooga. “It holds a special place in the heart of our community and Chattanooga has proven year after year its support for the kids of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Along with our partners, Will Miller and the Miller Family Foundation, we’re truly honored to be the voice of such a fantastic and worthy cause. St. Jude won’t stop until no child dies from childhood cancer and neither will we.”
SHOWN ABOVE: Left to Right: Tyler Stansell, Entercom; Nichole Hartman, Entercom; Allison Buchignani, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; Justin Cole, Entercom; Will and Kristen Miller, Miller Family Foundation; Cheryl and Dickie Hutsell, Miller Family Foundation; and Haley Cameron, St. Jude.
WUBE-FM Cincinnati Helps Buy Four More Service Dogs For Combat Veterans
THE MOUTH, JUNE 17TH, 2019 –– WUBE (Cincinnati’s Country … B-105) morning team, The Big Dave Show, set a goal for their listeners during the week of June 10 – 14, 2019 to collectively donate at least $50,000 to the Battle Buddy Foundation in order to purchase two service dogs for two local veterans. In 2018 the mission was: One Pet; One Vet and B-105 listeners raised enough for two. So the goal was to match that this year. In 2019 the station’s listeners and corporate friends DOUBLED that goal with over $103,000 raised. This will result in four veterans being rewarded a service dog each. Many donation incentives were aired during the week including tickets and passes to see and meet Jason Aldean, Kane Brown, Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert; pavilion tickets to EVERY Country concert coming to Riverbend Music Center in 2020 courtesy of MEMI (Music and Event Management, Inc.).
The Battle Buddy Foundation helps combat veterans transition back to civilian life while living with the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress, Traumatic Brain Injury and other combat related disabilities. The Battle Buddy Foundation was founded with the combined mission of assisting veterans, of all eras, in the acquisition of service dogs, while providing a network of peer support and activity, and promoting education and awareness of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), the current veteran suicide epidemic, and the live saving benefits of highly trained service dogs.
Bob Seger Matches Money Raised By Firefighter Who Walked 140 Miles For 'Neighbors' Event
THE MOUTH, JUNE 17TH, 2019 –– A Macomb Township firefighter (outside of Detroit) walked 140 miles in four days in full gear to raise money for "Neighbors United" (a charity that helps firefighters with cancer pay their medical bills) and he raised $13,680...not bad!
But wait Big Jim's House Morning Show at 94.7 WCSX told Joe's story to Bob Seger's management, and they decided to match the money raised by Joe!
The Bob Seger Trust along with Chevrolet Trucks is donating $13,680 to Neighbors United. Jim O'Brien - host: "I've seen this time and again from Bob Seger and his Trust - we simply made them aware of what Joe was doing, and they went above and beyond. Thank you to the Bob Seger Trust and our friends at Chevrolet Trucks. There is only ONE Bob Seger".
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WE WANT YOUR INPUT! MSBC/Jacobs Media's Talent-On-Talent Survey Now Underway
THE MOUTH, JUNE 13TH, 2019 –– It's finally here! The long-awaited second annual Talent-On-Air-Talent Questionnaire (AQ) is now available for your input! This first-of-its-kind survey of on-air personalities, hosts and teams and their producers is a collaboration between Morning Show Boot Camp and Jacobs Media. First results will be presented at MSBC 31 in Chicago on August 8 & 9. If you’re on-air or produce a show, you’re exactly who we’d like to participate. If you manage talent, please forward link below to any and all of those you work with who are on the air.
This Survey And All Individual Information Provided Is ABSOLUTELY CONFIDENTIAL! No radio companies are involved with this survey. No IDs are used for tracking purposes. Everyone who takes the survey gets the exact same link so there is no way for any personally identifiable information to be tagged to anyone taking the survey. We don’t share your info with anyone. We do have limitations on the number of survey completions, so please take it soon.
This is a forward-only survey. Do not go back or you may lose all of your responses.
Last year over a 1,000 respondents provided info and we're expecting even more this year. Expect lots of new questions and, more importantly, data that can benefit both talent and management alike. We couldn’t do this survey without your participation, so we thank you in advance for your opinions and time! CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE TEST
Cumulus & ESPN To Launch New Sports/Talk Radio Station In Washington, DC
THE MOUTH, CUMULUS MEDIA and ESPN Audio will launch a new sports/talk radio station for the nation’s capital on July 1 - ESPN 630 on WMAL-AM. The new sports/talk station will be the home for ESPN Radio weekday talk programming in Washington, D.C., including Golic and Wingo (6-10 a.m. ET) hosted by Mike Golic and Trey Wingo, The Stephen A. Smith Show (1-3 p.m.) and the exclusive national radio outlet for the NBA (including playoffs and Finals) and MLB (including postseason and World Series). The station will also carry Washington Redskins NFL games as part of an expanded content partnership with the team and sports/talk shows hosted by local personalities.
Jake McCann, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Washington, D.C., said: “We’re thrilled to be partnering with the two biggest sports brands in D.C. – ESPN and the Washington Redskins. We look forward to creating compelling content for our listeners and advertisers as a natural expansion of our relationship with the Redskins.” Traug Keller, Senior Vice President, ESPN Audio, said: “It has been a great experience working with Cumulus to launch our new ESPN Radio station in D.C.
Golic said: “Washington D.C. is a great sports destination with a passionate and involved fan base. We can’t wait to bring the unique style of Golic and Wingo to the nation’s capital next month on the new ESPN 630.” Wingo said: “I’m happy we’ll be heard in our nation’s capital. My first job out of school was there and my son played football at Georgetown so I’m excited for Golic and Wingo to be part of the D.C. scene. Also, little-known fact, I was the one who told Alex Ovechkin to scream like a caveman during the Capitals Stanley Cup parade,” Wingo added jokingly.
EVENTS: Brian Beasley To Kick Off 2nd Annual Beasley Radio Talent Institute At Emerson College Boston
THE MOUTH, JUNE 14TH, 2019 –– Beasley Media Group will host its 2nd Annual Beasley Radio Talent Institute for students, interns, and young professionals. The event will take place June 17 – June 26, 2019 at Emerson College in Boston.
Beasley Media Group Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President Brian Beasley will officially kick-off the sessions, followed by 40 experts in the broadcasting field, including Fred Jacobs (Jacobs Media), Joe D’Angelo (Xperi), Steve Goldstein ( Amplifi Media) and Mary Menna (Vice President/Market Manager, Beasley Media Group Boston) as well as representatives from Beasley Media Group, iHeart, Entercom Communications, Hall Communications, the New England Patriots, the Boston Bruins, the Boston Celtics and more.
“We are very proud to once again support the development of new industry talent,” said Beasley Media Group Chief Executive Officer Caroline Beasley. “The Beasley Radio Group Talent Institute provides an incredible opportunity for students to gain valuable experience and learn from some of the industry’s top leaders. We’re thrilled that our incredible teams at ROCK 92.9, HOT 96.9, WKLB-FM, WROR-FM and WBZ-FM/ 98.5 The Sports Hub are involved in this exciting initiative.”
The Beasley Radio Group Talent Institute is part of the National Radio Talent System. Produced by Dan Vallie, the series of highly respected radio-focused institutes take place on select college campuses across America each year. The event is presented by Beasley Media Group, with support from Xperi, Marketron, Benztown, vCreative and Mr Master.
[WATCH] Dahl Says Disco Demolition 'Could Not Happen Again' As White Sox Honor Event
THE MOUTH, JUNE 14TH, 2019 –– Following Thursday night's tribute by The Chicago White Sox of the infamous 'Disco Demolition Night,' Steve Dahl spoke with Chicago Tribune's Heidi Stevens and reflected on its 40th anniversary - a promotion he helped create at Comiskey Park 40 years ago on July 12th, 1979. According to The Tribune, the legendary host was feted before the Sox-Yankees game, which included a T-shirt giveaway commemorating the anniversary. “It’s been great so far,” Dahl said. “I got a free jersey with my name on it and I threw a decent first pitch I feel. Pounded the zone a little bit. Didn’t hit the photographer, didn’t bounce it, didn’t sky it. … I’m good with all that. It’s great to be back.”
As for the promotion, Dahl said. ‘It’s just something that happened, and honestly, it was just about the music.” Dahl was shocked that the WLUP-FM promotion — fans could get in for 98 cents if they brought a disco record to be blown up between games — caused an overflow crowd at old Comiskey Park, one of the biggest ever on the South Side. “Back then the Sox drew maybe 9,000 on a good night, so if I triple that, the place would still be half empty,” he said. “I was really surprised by the response.” Could a night like Disco Demolition ever happen again? “It could not happen again, because people now look at today through today’s lens,” he said. “Times are different. No, it can’t happen again. WATCH HERE - PHOTO/screengrab
Paris Nicole Rises To PD At Radio One's Boom 103.9 Philly
THE MOUTH, JUNE 14TH, 2019 –– Radio One Philadelphia has promoted Paris Nicole to Program Director of WPHI-FM/ Boom 103.9. In addition to programming, Nicole will continue to handle middays from 9am-2pm. Paris
Colby Tyner, Vice President of Programming, said, “Paris took the reins of WPHI in the last six months, increased ratings, and pulled off a major event. She earned these stripes, and we are so proud of her.” Kashon Powell, Vice President of Programming, stated, “I’m ecstatic to have Paris take on this role. She’s demonstrated an unquestionable ability to lead the team and her passion for radio is incomparable. I have no doubt that her future is bright.”
“I’m truly honored and grateful for the opportunity,” Nicole stated. “I’d like to thank Colby Tyner, Kashon Powell, Ezio Torres, and the entire Radio One family for believing in me. Boom 103.9 has always done amazing things in Philadelphia, and I’m excited to lead our station to new heights! Boom is poised to represent the hip-hop and R&B culture as no other outlet can."
Robby Bowen Tapped To Lead Sales For Entercom New Orleans
THE MOUTH, JUNE 14TH, 2019 –– Entercom has named Robby Bowen as Vice President and Director of Sales for Entercom New Orleans, effective June 19. In this role, Bowen will oversee sales efforts for B97 (WEZB-FM), Bayou 95.7 (WKBU-FM), Magic 101.9 (WLMG-FM), The New Hot 92.9 FM (WWWL-AM) and WWL 870 AM – 105.3 FM (WWL-AM/FM).
“Robby has an exceptional track record of leading sales team and programs for clients,” said Kevin Cassidy, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom New Orleans. “We are pleased to keep his talents within Entercom and welcome him to the bayou.” “I am really looking forward to this next phase of my career with Entercom New Orleans,” said Bowen. “With the support of our great teams, I’m sure we’ll be able to provide successful solutions for our partners.” Bowen is an industry veteran with over 14 years of experience, most recently serving as General Sales Manager for Entercom Dallas. Previously, Bowen served as Market President and Chief Revenue Officer for Townsquare Media Buffalo. Prior to that, he was General Sales Manager for CBS Radio station 105.3 The Fan.
88Nine Radio Milwaukee Names Maggie Corry To Development Director Post
THE MOUTH, JUNE 14TH, 2019 –– Maggie Corry, 88Nine Radio Milwaukee’s membership manager for the last three years, has been named the non-commercial station’s development director, the station announced Monday. As membership manager, Corry managed individual Radio Milwaukee donors and oversaw its membership program, including on-air membership drives and building relationships with its listening community.
“We're so excited to be promoting Maggie to this position,” Radio Milwaukee Executive Director Glenn Kleimansaid. “She is so smart and skilled, and fun to work with. Her education, experience elsewhere and impressive performance at Radio Milwaukee made this decision relatively easy. Can't wait to see how she helps us grow.”Corry said she was “thrilled to step into this new role at 88Nine.Most importantly, I feel so lucky to deepen relationships with the amazing team and generous supporters of Radio Milwaukee, as we continue to work together toward our mission of creating a better, more inclusive and engaged Milwaukee.”As development director, Corry will provide the leadership, strategic direction and management for all Radio Milwaukee philanthropic fundraising efforts,including individual giving, foundation grants and development events. More than 6,000 contributing members help support the station’s operations.
HONORS: Townsquare's New Jersey 101.5 Awarded For Breaking News Coverage By NJBA
THE MOUTH, JUNE 14TH, 2019 –– New Jersey 101.5 (WKXW-FM), was recognized this week by the New Jersey Broadcasters Association (NJBA) at its annual conference in Atlantic City where the station earned a Best of the Best award in breaking news. The station’s breaking news coverage of a fatal bus accident in Paramus won in the NJBA’s Breaking Story category. On the morning of May 17, 2018, a school bus from East Brook Middle School collided with a dump truck on Interstate 80 after the bus driver crossed three lanes of traffic in what prosecutors say was an attempt to make an illegal U-turn. Teacher Jennifer Williamson and 10-year-old student Miranda Vargas lost their lives. New Jersey 101.5 New Anchor Jen Ursillo, with online support by Louis Hochman, Sergio Bichao and Dan Alexander, delivered the latest information on the accident through the station’s dayparts.
“For almost 30 years, New Jersey 101.5 has been a voice for the people of the state,” said Ron deCastro, New Jersey 101.5 market president and chief revenue officer. “This award reflects the station’s commitment to its audience.” The fatal accident has resulted in a number of proposals by federal and state officials to address school bus safety.
Bones To Guest On 'Running Wild With Bear Grylls
THE MOUTH, JUNE 14TH, 2019 –– Looks like Premiere syndicated host Bobby Bones, host of the Bobby Bones Show and American Idol mentor, is adding to his ever-growing screen credits. This time it's Running Wild w Bear Grylls. While an official announcement will arrive soon, Bones will reportedly join as one of the celebrities. They’ve also announced Brie Larson and Arnie Hammer. Bones Can’t say where he's going yet! Hmmmmmm.
EVENTS: KMGL/Oklahoma City's Jeff Roberts Helps Raise $150,000 for Hungry Kids
THE MOUTH, JUNE 14TH, 2019 –– Magic 104.1 KMGL Morning Show co-host Jeff Roberts spent 37 hours on top of a billboard in Oklahoma City this week as part of a Food For Kids challenge for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. Roberts was placed on the billboard, 30 feet in the air, on Tuesday at 5 a.m. and pledged not to come down until his listeners had donated $150,000. By 6 p.m. Wednesday, donations totaled almost $160,000 and he came back down to Earth.
In Oklahoma, hunger affects 1 in 4 children. Roberts was proud to bring attention to this issue, even if it meant his own discomfort. "It's just such a great cause, I couldn't say no. This money will go to providing over 600,000 meals to kids in our state. It was well worth it." While on the billboard, Roberts kept himself busy with radio and TV interviews, social media posting, and even singing karaoke. His version of Old Town Road has to be heard to be believed. Roberts is well-known to radio listeners in Oklahoma City. He's been a co-host of the morning show on KMGL for over 30 years.
Sam Alex's Event Raises Reading Awareness
THE MOUTH, JUNE 14TH, 2019 –– Sam Alex brought together over 20 artists in a Celebrity Kickball Game to raise awareness for Get Caught Reading, a nationwide campaign to remind people how much fun it is to read. Team William Michael Morgan won the series over Team Luke Pell 2-1. Over 100 books were donated to The Children's Hospital at TriStar Centennial and the Little Free Library, a nonprofit that inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world.
With thousands descending on Music City for the 2019 CMA Music Festival, the kickball game was a fantastic cap to the week’s festivities. Additional talent in attendance were Seth Ennis, Jackson Michelson, Emma White, Honey County, Leah Turner, Tara Thompson, Lena Stone, Levon, actress Hayley Orrantia, and numerous others. PHOTO/recording artist William Michael Morgan, Mary Sarah (The Voice), Sam Alex & actress Hayley Orrantia from The Goldbergs - Photo by Alex Berger
SNAPS: Ted Edwards Visits Houston... As An Artist!
THE MOUTH, JUNE 14TH, 2019 –– A contingent of former KLOL staffers were on hand to welcome their PD colleague Ted Edwards back to Houston for his first show…as an artist! Edwards, who now makes his home in Kansas City, MO and represents John B. Wells and other syndicated broadcasters, was one of three artists featured in a group show at the Midtown Arts and Theatre Center Houston.
Ted’s work includes hand painted images on vellum and intricate “walking art” created using fabric pens and bleach on cotton surfaces. Among those who turned out were sales ace Tom Haynes (The Car Pro Show), Edwards and Hall of Fame broadcasters Dayna Steele and Doug Harris, pictured here flanked by KLOL Miss Rockwear poster girls Liz Reed (far left) and Karen Martin (far right).
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Zach Sang Onsite To Kick Off WWO & Subnation Alliance For Esports Audio Content
THE MOUTH, JUNE 13TH, 2019 –– Westwood One and multi-platform media brand Subnation announced a new strategic alliance that will bring esports audio content to millions of fans across the country. The first collaboration between the two companies is a weekly feature in Westwood One’s nationally syndicated Zach Sang Show. Kicking off the partnership, Zach is onsite with Subnation at the 2019 Electronic Entertainment Expo, otherwise known as E3.
The first regular feature will air the following Tuesday, 6/18 – gaming legend Paul “Redeye” Chaloner will join Zach on his show every week to talk about gaming news, current standings, and new releases. Heavy esports watchers are more likely to be heavy AM/FM radio listeners, according to a recent MARU/Matchbox National Community study fielded in February 2019. The study also found that heavy esports watchers and heavy video game players frequently listen to Sports, Rock, and Top 40.
"Given our decades of leadership in iconic sports audio entertainment, Westwood One is uniquely positioned to capture the passion, scale and momentum of esports, bringing the new voices, commentary and perspectives of esports to the audio platform,” said Suzanne Grimes, EVP, Marketing for Cumulus and President, Westwood One. “Subnation is the perfect partner to collaborate on authentic, high quality esports content that will resonate with our massive audience."
Award Winning Kelly Mac Named PD For KTCX-FM Beaumont
THE MOUTH, JUNE 13TH, 2019 –– Cumulus has appointed award-winning Kelly Mac as Program Director of Urban AC radio station KTCX-FM/Magic 102.5 in Beaumont. Mac joins Cumulus Beaumont with nearly two decades experience in broadcasting, including stops in: Charleston, SC (WWBZ and WWWZ); Mobile, AL (WBLX); Greenville, SC (WJMZ); Philadelphia, PA (WDAS and WUSL); Indianapolis, IN (WTLC); and Charlotte, NC (WBAV).
The National Association of Broadcasters honored Mac with a Marconi Award for “On-Air Personality of the Year” in 2010 (WJMZ) and “Station of the Year” in 2009 (WJMZ). Bo Brown, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Beaumont, said: “Kelly Mac is the creative, talented and professional leader that we need to lead Magic 102.5. She is a perfect fit for our team and the Magic family.” Mac said: “It’s an honor to rejoin forces with the Cumulus family and I look forward to expanding the KTCX team and brand. As a BIG FAN of Cumulus’s new programming initiatives, I look forward to exercising my creativity and programming experience in this exciting new role.”
Jonathan 'JR' Ruppel Joins Saga's WPOR/Portland As PD; Paul McDaniel Takes OM Reins In Harrisonburg
THE MOUTH, JUNE 13TH, 2019 –– Harrisonburg Radio Group OM/WSIG PD Jonathan “JR” Ruppel will be heading north to join Saga’s Portland Radio Group as PD of heritage Country station WPOR. Crash Poteet will exit and head back home to family in West Virginia.
“There’s an undeniable synergy in the air at WPOR,” said Ruppel. “While I’m going to miss the Harrisonburg team tremendously, I’m excited to join my new radio family in Portland!” Taking the reins in Harrisonburg is Twenty-three year radio vet Paul McDaniel, who will join Saga’s eight-station group as OM and PD of market leader and heritage country legend WSIG.
“This is a one of a kind brand,” said McDaniel. “I couldn't be more excited to grab the torch and build upon the success that JR and the winning team have created at Harrisonburg Radio Group.”
“It is always such a thrill to be able to take our programming talent and move them up to another market”, says Saga VP/Programming Bob Lawrence. “Crash has done a terrific job at WPOR over the past couple of years and we are truly sorry to see him leave. Moving up JR is just a natural, wonderful opportunity for all of us. When we couple that with being able to bring in a PD like Paul McDaniel for WSIG – well, it’s like winning the perfecta!” McDaniel is well known across Central Virginia and will begin on June 24th.
PODCAST: WTOP's 22 Hours: An American Nightmare, Rises To #24 On Apple Chart
THE MOUTH, JUNE 13TH, 2019 –– According to Wheeler Morris, Manager of Corporate Podcast Strategy For Hubbard, WTOP & PodcastOne's 22 Hour: An American Nighmare rose to #24 yesterday on Apple rankings (up from 40+ earlier in the day) and #6 on Apple for News & Politics. As we reported earlier this week, WTOP News and PodcastOne teamed up for this new true-crime podcast that featured details the horrific events that led to a D.C. power couple, their 10-year-old son and housekeeper being held hostage, tortured and brutally murdered inside their own home. The killings of the Savopoulos family and Vera Figueroa in May 2015 were among the most shocking and mysterious crimes in D.C. history. Three years later, Daron Wint, the man charged in the crime that became known as the D.C. Mansion Murders, was finally brought to justice.
In 22 Hours: An American Nightmare, award-winning WTOP reporters Megan Cloherty and Jack Moore painstakingly piece together the victims’ last 22 hours, unpack the complicated and shocking trail of evidence that led police to the killer, reveal what happened in the dramatic trial, explore Wint’s motives, and re-examine whether he had help committing the crime. For more information on the podcast, visit PodcastOne.com.
iHeart's Exec's Honored By UJA-Federation
THE MOUTH, JUNE 13TH, 2019 –– UJA-Federation of New York’s annual Music Visionary of the Year Award Luncheon honored Bob Pittman, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, iHeartMedia, Inc.; Rich Bressler, President, Chief Operating Officer & Chief Financial Officer, iHeartMedia, Inc.; John Sykes, President of Entertainment Enterprises, iHeartMedia; and Tom Poleman, Chief Programming Officer & President, National Programming Group, iHeartMedia.
Dan + Shay, Lizzo and Jade Bird entertained 700 guests including Sony Music Entertainment’s Rob Stringer, Universal Music Group’s Michele Anthony, Records Founder Barry Weiss, YouTube’s Lyor Cohen, Lava Records’ Jason Flom, Atlantic Records’ Julie Greenwald and Craig Kallman, Hitco Entertainment’s Charles Goldstuck, RCA’s Peter Edge, Warner Records’ Tom Corson, Glassnote Entertainment Group’s Daniel Glass, and 300 Entertainment’s Kevin Liles. iHeartMedia’s on-air personalities, Angie Martinez from Power 105.1’s “The Angie Martinez Show” and Bobby Bones from the nationally syndicated “The Bobby Bones Show” emceed the event and Judy McGrath presented the award. The sold-out event took place at The Pierre Hotel in New York and raised $1.6 million to benefit UJA-Federation.
106.5 The Arch St. Louis Goes All Gloria
THE MOUTH, JUNE 13TH, 2019 –– In case you didn't hear, The St. Louis Blues Claimed the Stanley Cup last night ending a 52-Year Wait. As expected, 106.5 the Arch in St. Louis quickly will become Gloria 106-5 starting Friday afternoon at 3!
Look to hear the greatest Blues plays in hockey history, and the songs on the radio that year, every 15 minutes! Gloria is the Blues victory anthem.
Boston's Toucher & Rich Host Bruins' Rally
THE MOUTH, JUNE 13TH, 2019 –– Heading into game 7 of the Stanley Cup, Toucher & Rich from Beasley Media Group’s 98.5 The Sports Hub invited listeners down to the studios to participate in a #Game7Chaos rally in the radio station parking lot on Wednesday, June 12th in Boston! The duo invited groups of fans up into the studio throughout the morning to cheer on the Boston Bruins to victory in the 2019 Stanley Cup!
WBZ-FM is the Flagship Station of the Bruins and the only place for the local call of Game 7 in Boston. Those present were also able to enter to win tickets to tonight’s highly coveted Boston Bruins Game 7 Stanley Cup game against the St. Louis Blues. Photo ( L to R): Fred Toucher and Rich Shertenlieb with Bruins fans in the WBZ-FM/98.5 The Sports Hub studio.
Ugly Phil Takes Over Mornings On FIX Radio In The UK
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, JUNE 13TH, 2019 –– One of the first callers to Ugly Phil’s new Breakfast Show on Fix Radio in the UK had an unusual claim to fame, putting 24 Maltesers underneath his foreskin! Ugly Phil, is well known in Australia for his work on some of their biggest radio stations including Triple M, FOX FM and Nova. He has returned to Britain to present the Breakfast Show on Fix. He said, “I know Britain is famous for eccentrics but I wasn’t expecting this on my first show!”.
In Australia, Ray Hadley, ‘Hottest Radio Hunk’? - A campaign has been launched for Ray Hadley to be named Australia’s Hottest Radio Hunk 2019. The push for Ray to be named Take Five magazine’s “wireless wonderboy” was started by… Ray Hadley. On the air, Ray took a look through the other nominees and weighed in on the competition. Dave ‘Hughesy’ Hughes – “He’s got a head like a Mongolian trotting duck.” Kyle Sandilands – “He’d have his admirers.” Ryan ‘Fitzy’ Fitzgerald – “Fitzy from upstairs is there. 42? He looks 62!” At 64-years-old, Ray is the equal eldest broadcaster in the final 20 so far, alongside Macquarie Radio colleague Steve Price.
In The UK, Gold Back On National Digital Radio - Gold is returning to the national DAB multiplex D1 and putting James Bassam – The Bassman from Capital – on Breakfast. James will replace Tony Dibbin, who left the station last month after a decade on-air.
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[WATCH] A Look At WPLJ's Reunion Party
THE MOUTH, JUNE 13TH, 2019 –– The WPLJ Farewell Reunion took place on Tuesday night, May 21st when over 400 alumni and friends of this iconic New York FM station gathered at The Cutting Room in Manhattan to give WPLJ a memorable send-off. And, of course, radio's best bud Art Vuolo was there manning the camera and now shares this video of the night's highlights. For those who were there, you can relive it all. For anyone unable to be there, you can enjoy it all. For listeners and fans of 95.5 FM it's a bitter-sweet finale to a station that entertained for 48 years.
This linked video was produced and edited by Art Vuolo, Jr. who has, once again, captured a major slice of radio history! It features dozens of those in attendance, the two minute "mash up" audio montage, TV spots, comments from legendary alums like; Allen Shaw, Jim Kerr (inset top right) and Scott Shannon (inset top left). Also included are rare old video airchecks of WPLJ personalities, not shown at the party. The video, on a standard DVD, is available at www.vuolovideo.com/videovault/reunions. It runs 95.5 minutes. See Preview HERE
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WNCX-FM Cleveland Host & Music Legend Michael Stanley Honored With Street Sign
THE MOUTH, JUNE 12TH, 2019 –– Cleveland music legend and Entercom's WNCX afternoon host Michael Stanley has been honored with dedicated street sign. According to NEWS5 Cleveland, the corner of Euclid Avenue and Huron Road will be renamed Michael Stanley Way. Stanley called the moment "pretty surreal." "I never expected this to happen. It's very cool. It wasn't on the list of things to accomplish, but it's certainly a nice cherry on top of things," said Stanley, laughing.
Stanley added, "I grew up here my entire life and I've always loved it. I won't lie, like most Clevelanders I like to get out of here in January or February if I could, but other than that, it's just a great bunch of people. We've traveled all over the world, and there's a lot of great places, but when you come back here [Cleveland], you go 'This place is really special.'"WATCH HERE
SNAPS: Radio Peeps Land 1st & 2nd Spot On The New York Times Bestsellers List
THE MOUTH, JUNE 12TH, 2019 –– As tipped by Westwood One's Walter Sterling, host of Sterling On Sunday, guess who occupies first and second place atop the New York Times Bestseller's 'Non-Fiction' list? That would be none other that Westwood syndicated host Mark Levin with his book 'Unfreedom of the Press, and SiriusXM's Howard Stern with 'Howard Comes Again.' SEE HERE
Sterling says, “Radio moves product. On day of publishing, both books hit the top of the NYTIMES best seller list—the gold for publishers. Incredibly hard to do. Nothing moves product like a radio star. Nothing!”
Mike Calta Inks Multi-Year Extension with Tampa’s 102.5 The Bone
THE MOUTH, JUNE 12TH, 2019 –– Cox Media's 102.5 The Bone announced a multi-year contract extension with morning host Mike Calta. Calta will continue his role as host of Tampa’s number one morning drive talk show – The Mike Calta Show.
“I’m excited to call both Tampa Bay and CMG my home and my family for the next couple of years and hopefully plenty more beyond that” says Calta. “This is where The Mike Calta Show was born and we are excited to watch it continue to grow!”
Originally from Staten Island, New York, Mike Calta transplanted to the Tampa market in 1989 and joined 102.5 The Bone family in 2007. Since then, The Mike Calta Show has entertained its listeners with fun, unique and compelling content. “Mike Calta leads the most entertaining weekday talk show in Tampa Bay. We are excited that The Mike Calta Show will continue to call 102.5 The Bone home for many years to come,” says John Brennan, director of branding and programming for CMG Tampa.
Callahan Adds PD Duties For Entercom's K-FROG Riverside
Now Oversees Programming At All Entercom Southern California Country Stations
THE MOUTH, JUNE 12TH, 2019 –– Entercom announced Kevin Callahan as the new Program Director for country station K-FROG (KFRG-FM/KXFG-FM) in Riverside, effective immediately. K-FROG, the Inland Empire’s Only Country Station, recently expanded its reach to 93.1 JACK FM HD2 in Los Angeles. “We are excited for Kevin to lead K-FROG stations in Riverside,” said Michael Valenzuela, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Riverside. “His vast award-winning industry experience and leadership in audio and marketing innovation will help raise the bar for our team.”
“I’m honored to be afforded the opportunity to expand my role with Entercom in the Riverside market,” said Callahan. “I’ve been fortunate to oversee programming efforts for 103.7 KSON and I look forward to taking K-FROG to new heights in the next chapter of my career.” Callahan now oversees programming efforts for all Entercom Southern California country stations. He continues in his role as Program Operations Manager for sister stations 103.7 KSON (KSON), 97.3 The Fan (KWFN-FM), ALT 949 (KBZT-FM) KYXY 96.5 (KYXY-FM) and Sunny 98.1 (KXSN-FM) in San Diego.
Keith Memoly Rises To Program Director For WDBO & ESPN 580 Orlando
THE MOUTH, JUNE 12TH, 2019 –– Memoly will manage and continue to innovate the legacy brand of WDBO, both as Orlando’s premier News/Talk station and the market’s ESPN affiliate. “Keith brings a diverse amount of experience and passion to his role. I look forward to seeing him and the WDBO team help shape the future of Orlando’s iconic radio brand,” says Steve Stewart, director of programming operations for CMG Orlando.
Memoly started his career with CMG in 2010 as the marketing director for WPYO, WCFB and WMMO in Orlando. In 2017, he was promoted to assistant program director at WDBO, where he became instrumental in the stations’ programming and promotional planning and its on-air execution.
“I’m beyond THRILLED for the opportunity to lead an amazing, award-winning team of talent that is the fabric of the News 96.5 and ESPN 580 brands,” says Memoly. “WDBO is a legendary brand in the industry and I would like to thank Jason Meder, Steve Stewart and Tim Clarke for believing and entrusting in me and my leadership.”
Don Parker Named GM For iHeart's Pride Radio
THE MOUTH, JUNE 12TH, 2019 –– iHeartMedia has named Don Parker General Manager for iHeartRadio’s PRIDE Radio, The Pulse of LGBTQ America, effective immediately. In addition, Parker will continue his role as Regional Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia’s Northern California Region. Additionally, iHeartMedia will soon conduct a national search for a program director for PRIDE Radio, reporting to Parker.
“PRIDE Radio has grown significantly over the years and has the ability to reach both a local and national targeted audience across multiple markets through its audio, digital, social and live event assets,” said Parker. “I’m excited to be expanding my role with this engaging initiative that supports equality and inclusivity and bringing on a dedicated Program Director to help lead the brand and its impact this platform has on the LBGTQ+ community to new levels.”
Parker is a media veteran and has held several positions while at iHeartMedia. Prior to his current role as regional Senior Vice president of Programming and General Manager for PRIDE Radio, Parker has served as Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia San Francisco, Vice President of Programming for NextMedia Group, Program Director for KCMG in Los Angeles and Program Director for KTBZ in Houston.
BUSINESS: iHeart To Support Nielsen With Continuous Diary Measurement In 4 Markets
THE MOUTH, JUNE 12TH, 2019 –– Nielsen announced that iHeartMedia will advance radio attribution by supporting Nielsen Media Impact (NMI) and Continuous Diary Measurement (CDM) in Nielsen Audio’s four book markets. With this agreement, Nielsen moves forward with its decision to implement Continuous Diary Measurement as planned in radio markets currently measured four times a year. In addition, iHeartMedia’s support boosts the momentum of Nielsen’s national cross-media planning tool, Nielsen Media Impact.
“Nielsen Audio is THRILLED to be collaborating with iHeartMedia on these important, forward-looking industry level initiatives,” said Brad Kelly, Managing Director, Nielsen Audio. “Billion dollar advertisers are telling us with absolute clarity that fresh data and cross-platform media analytics are of paramount importance. These are critical inputs which fuel the marketing mix models -- the same models that guide vast marketing and ad spend budgets.” “The advertising ecosystem is evolving quickly,” added Kelly. Continuous Diary Measurement will start with the July 2019 survey in the 46 Nielsen Audio markets that are currently measured four times a year. The survey period covers April 25 to July 17 and the reports will be delivered between August 14th and August 23rd.
NETWORKS: Todd Alan Draws VP Stripes At WWO; Julie Bell Named Dir. Affiliate Sales
THE MOUTH, JUNE 12TH, 2019 –– Westwood One has promoted Todd Alan to Vice President, Affiliate Sales, Music & Entertainment from Director, Affiliate Sales. Alan is based in New York City and reports to Stuart Greenblatt, SVP, Affiliate Sales. In addition, Westwood One has hired affiliate sales specialist Julie Bell as Director, Affiliate Sales, Music & Entertainment. Bell takes over Alan’s previous responsibilities, reporting directly to him.
Alan has spent 16 years at Westwood One, with affiliate sales experience in Entertainment and Talk programming. He also spent two years as a Vice President, Affiliate Sales and Programming for Focus 360, LLC. Prior to Westwood One, he served as Director of Affiliate Marketing for LAUNCH Media and Affiliate Sales Manager for OnRadio.
Bell comes to Westwood One from United Stations, where she spent 20 years as Regional Director, Affiliate Relations. She also served as National Director, Content & Affiliate Relations at Superadio and as Director of Client Services and Research Manager for Vallie-Richards Consulting.
ABC News Radio To Air 'Faith Under Fire' Series
THE MOUTH, JUNE 12TH, 2019 –– Houses of worship are supposed to be places of peace, spiritual renewal, joy and sanctuaries to seek God - not war zones. Yet in recent years, houses of worship have not been spared the type of violence that many other communities have witnessed. On Monday, June 17, four years after the Charleston, South Carolina church shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church that left nine dead, ABC News’ Chief Justice Correspondent Pierre Thomas reports “Faith Under Fire,” a five-part series for ABC News Radio.
The new series features interviews with three representatives of houses of worship that have endured horrifying attacks in recent years: Rev. Frank Pomeroy from First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas and his wife, Sherri; Pastor Eric Manning from Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina; and Alan Hausman, Vice President of Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They each speak candidly about the tragedies they endured, coping with trauma, the changes that were made in the aftermath, how divisive gaps can be bridged and the resilience and hope displayed by their congregations. For affiliation information contact email@example.com.
PODCASTS: Cabana Adds 10 New Podcasts With Content From True Crime To Comedy
THE MOUTH, JUNE 12TH, 2019 –– Cabana has added 10 podcasts to its already expansive digital audio library. The new titles come from distinguished publishers, such as Inc. Magazine, New Hampshire Public Radio (NHPR), and celebrity hosts like Jen Kirkman (L).
The new podcast titles on Cabana are: Think Again: A Big Think Podcast – conversations with the world’s brightest minds, from Big Think The Story Collider – personal stories tied together with a science theme with Erin Barker Civics 101 – a refresher course on the basics of how US democracy works, from NHPR Outside/In – compelling stories about the natural world and how we use it, from NHPR Inc. Uncensored – stories on startups, entrepreneurship, technology, and more, from Inc. Magazine Support is Sexy – a podcast inspiring women entrepreneurs, with Elayne Fluker Let There Be Talk –comedy with Dean Delray Having Funlessness with Jen Kirkman – weekly musings on life, from comedian Jen Kirkman Believable – personal stories that define who we are, from Narratively Bald Move – a podcast network with shows about movies and TV shows, including Game Of Thrones
“We’re excited to welcome these engaging hosts and topics to cabana,” said Frank DeSantis, Senior Vice President of Business Development for cabana. “As podcast advertising matures, we have a variety of options and opportunities to help our advertisers engage with targeted listeners.”
PODCAST: Triton Digital To Acquire Omny Studio
Triton Digital®, the global technology and services leader to the digital audio and podcast industry, announced today the acquisition of Omny Studio, the creators of the world’s most advanced podcast and on-demand audio publishing platform, which Triton has been integrated with and re-selling since 2017. As a result of this acquisition, Triton Digital has acquired the technology, assets, and team of the Melbourne-based podcasting leader, and is now the exclusive provider of the industry’s most advanced, full-stack enterprise podcasting solution. The entire Omny Studio team, including co-founders Andrew Armstrong and Long Zheng, have joined Triton Digital. Omny Studio is trusted by the world’s leading radio stations and podcast networks, including Cumulus Media, Entercom, Mediacorp, Southern Cross Austereo, Corus Entertainment, Mashable, Arabian Radio Network, Mamamia, and more.
“Omny Studio has been an exceptional partner that shares our passion for enabling traditional broadcasters and pure play podcasters to grow their audience and revenue,” said Neal Schore, CEO of Triton Digital. “We are proud to welcome Omny to the Triton family, and look forward to combining our talent and technology to expand the solution globally and continue to innovate around podcast data and analytics.”
Beasley & WMMR-FM Preston & Steve Show Among Honorees At Service To America Event
THE MOUTH, JUNE 12TH, 2019 –– Beasley Media Group and WMMR-FM in Philadelphia’s Preston & Steve Morning Show were among the honorees at the 2019 Service to America Awards, presented by the National Association of Broadcasters Leadership Foundation (NABLF). The event took place on Tuesday, June 11th at the Anthem in Washington, DC. Beasley Media Group received the 2019 Service to “Community Award for Radio-Ownership Group” for its yearlong company-wide Beasley Best Community of Caring Initiative, which shined an important spotlight on issues that included Bullying, Hunger, Autism, and the Opioid Epidemic. Company employees also participated in special Day of Caring volunteer events in the community.
WMMR-FM received the “Service to Community Award for Radio-Major Market” for Preston & Steve’s Camp Out for Hunger Initiative. The event is the largest food collection of its kind in the United States. Proceeds from the collection benefit Philabundance, the largest hunger relief organization in the Delaware Valley. Beasley Media Group (BMG) Team
PHOTO/L-R- Bill Weston (WMMR-FM Program Director & BMG Rock Format Brand Manager), Heidi Raphael (BMG Chief Communications Officer), Joe Bell (BMG Philadelphia VP/Market Manager), Cullen Wilson, Preston Elliot (WMMR-FM), Caroline Beasley (BMG CEO), Steve Morrison (WMMR-FM), Lora Lewis (BMG Philadelphia Community Affairs Director), Allyson Hillman (BMG Ft. Myers Director of Sales), Jennifer Williams (VP of Digital Marketing) and Justin Chase (BMG EVP of Programming).
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THE MOUTH, JUNE 11TH, 2019 –– Former Army Staff Sgt., David Bellavia, current co-host on Entercom's WBEN/Buffalo's Bauere & Bellavia Show, will receive The Medal of Honor for Valor in Iraq during a ceremony from President Trump on June 25; thus, becoming the first living recipient of The Medal of Honor reports TIME
According to The White House he'll receive the nation’s highest military honor for actions in Iraq. Bellavia was leading a squad in support of Operation Phantom Fury in Fallujah in November 2004 when his platoon was pinned down by gunfire as he went from house to house. Bellavia engaged the insurgents, providing cover that allowed members of the platoon to exit safely. He later killed four of the insurgents.
Bellavia was released from the Army in August 2005. He now co-host afternoons on WBEN in Buffalo, New York See official report HERE.
BUSINESS: Beasley To Acquire WDMK-FM Detroit; Emmis To Sell Controlling Interest In Austin Cluster
THE MOUTH, JUNE 11TH, 2019 –– Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. announced that it entered into a definitive agreement to acquire WDMK-FM and three translators in Detroit, Michigan from Urban One for $13.5 million in cash. Excluding one-time transaction costs, the acquisition of WDMK-FM is expected to be immediately accretive to Beasley’s free cash flow without materially altering the Company’s leverage.
Commenting on the proposed transaction, Caroline Beasley, Chief Executive Officer, said, “The accretive acquisition of WDMK-FM significantly enhances our revenue and competitive position in Detroit. Detroit is undergoing an exciting renaissance as a result of billions of dollars of new investments in the city’s residential, commercial, entertainment and cultural centers, all of which are driving new residents, businesses, tourists, employment and economic activity.” “We entered the Detroit market in late 2016 and have consistently improved the operating results of the three stations we acquired, and we believe the proposed transaction is a strategically and financially compelling growth opportunity for our shareholders.
-- Emmis Communications Corporation announced an agreement to sell its 50.1% controlling interest in a partnership that owns and operates six Austin radio stations and two FM translators to its partner, Sinclair Telecable, Inc., for $39.3 million, subject to customary prorations and adjustments. Emmis and Sinclair have been partners since Emmis purchased its controlling interest in July 2003. Sinclair Telecable is not in any way affiliated with Sinclair Broadcast Group, licensee of KEYE-TV in Austin. The company also owns and operates 7 FM, 2 AM, and 2 FM translators in Norfolk, Virginia and in the Sonoma County California wine country. The Austin radio cluster includes eight station brands: KLBJ-AM, KLBJ-FM, Bob FM, La Zeta, Star 93.3, 101X, Austin City Limits Radio, and Latino 102.7. The Austin cluster will be rebranded as Waterloo Media.
"It's been a fabulous run in Austin, operating in one of America's best radio markets with such a special team and winning culture," said Emmis Chairman and CEO Jeff Smulyan. "I can't say enough great things about the performance of our incredible team in Austin. Our focus at Emmis now will be on transitioning to new areas of growth. I'm thrilled to say we didn't need to look far to find a committed, well-known buyer who feels the same way about the Austin team. The Sinclairs have been great partners and will undoubtedly take the operation to new heights."
EXECUTIVE ACTION: ABC News Names Stacia Philips Deshishku VP/GM
THE MOUTH, JUNE 11TH, 2019 –– ABC President James Goldston Goldston’s issued a note yesterday to his staff stating: I am pleased to announce some exciting news. Stacia Philips Deshishku has been promoted to Vice President and General Manager of ABC Radio and will oversee all of our audio businesses, from traditional terrestrial radio serving over 1,650 stations nationwide to podcasts and digital audio. rely on during her tenure as deputy bureau chief for the last five yIn April we asked Stacia to be the interim leader of the radio division. She dove in immediately and quickly demonstrated the same steadfast leadership and journalistic smarts the Washington team has come to ears."
Goldston continued, "Throughout her impressive career Stacia reported on big stories and events at home and around the world. She covered the White House extensively, during the 2000 election was CNN's Manager of Political Coverage and later was head of CNN's White House unit. Stacia led CNN’s breaking news coverage for many years, including the network’s Peabody Award-winning coverage of Hurricane Katrina. As Vice President and General Manager, Stacia will be integral in leading ABC News to even greater success and growth in this exciting time for the audio industry. -- We'll post the role for a new Washington Deputy Bureau Chief shortly. In the meantime, the team is in great hands with Jonathan Greenberger and the terrific leadership team in D.C.
Chris Moreau Rises To VP/MM For Cumulus Green Bay
THE MOUTH, JUNE 11TH, 2019 –– Cumulus has promoted Chris Moreau as Vice President/Market Manager for Cumulus Green Bay. A 40-year veteran of broadcast and sales management, Moreau joins Cumulus Green Bay from Cumulus Appleton/Oshkosh, where he was Director of Sales for the company’s group of five radio stations. His successful radio broadcasting career includes roles as Business Development/Account Manager for Journal Broadcast Group/E.W. Scripps; Vice President/General Manager for Bliss Communications in Racine, WI; and Account Executive/Local Retail Specialist for Entercom Communications in Milwaukee, WI.
Mark Sullivan, Regional Vice President, Operations, Cumulus, said: “Chris has demonstrated that he embodies our company’s values and has delivered a strong track record of results and strong leadership qualities. I’m really excited to announce his promotion to Green Bay and I look forward to many additional successes with Chris.” Moreau said: “I imagine this is how an NFL player feels when he's traded to Green Bay! I would like to thank Mary Berner, Bob Walker and Mark Sullivan for this opportunity and promotion. I'm excited to be joining an experienced team of driven, experienced sales, programming and business professionals who have a tradition of winning. With the great support and resources that Cumulus provides, we'll keep that tradition alive."
The MIX Chicago Launches New Music Club
THE MOUTH, JUNE 11TH, 2019 –– 101.9 The MIX has added “The MIX NEW MUSIC CLUB”. While our audience enjoys listening to the songs they’ve known and loved for years, we also know there’s an appetite for the very best in the new music that’s released every week! With the amazing volume of new pop music currently available, lately due to a current pop music renaissance of sorts, we’ve created an opportunity to play an hour of all new music every weeknight at midnight on the MIX NEW MUSIC CLUB!
The show is hosted by our resident all around music expert, taste-maker and award winning MIX Music Director NIKKI! Nikki and her special guests (some famous and some not so much) take over the MIX airwaves playing you the very best in fun, promising, obscure, live, outtakes, and hopefully destined for prime time, great new pop music!
WTOP & Podcast One Release New True-Crime Podcast, 22 Hours: An American Nightmare
Washington D.C. (June 10, 2019) – WTOP News in Washington, D.C. and PodcastOne have teamed up for a new true-crime podcast that will have everyone talking. The new series, 22 Hours: An American Nightmare, details the horrific events that led to a D.C. power couple, their 10-year-old son and housekeeper being held hostage, tortured and brutally murdered inside their own home. The killings of the Savopoulos family and Vera Figueroa in May 2015 were among the most shocking and mysterious crimes in D.C. history. Three years later, Daron Wint, the man charged in the crime that became known as the D.C. Mansion Murders, was finally brought to justice.
In 22 Hours: An American Nightmare, award-winning WTOP reporters Megan Cloherty and Jack Moore painstakingly piece together the victims’ last 22 hours, unpack the complicated and shocking trail of evidence that led police to the killer, reveal what happened in the dramatic trial, explore Wint’s motives, and re-examine whether he had help committing the crime. Additionally, the investigation for the podcast led to the discovery of confidential audio recordings of the trial. The hosts challenged the court’s current policy, prompting the chief judge of D.C. Superior Court to launch a review. This could mean, for the first time ever, the public will be able to hear trial proceedings inside D.C. courts. The series debuts today, with new episodes every Monday on PodcastOne.com, Apple Podcasts, and WTOP.com. More information about the crime, trial and its aftermath can also be found on WTOP.com. For more information on the podcast, visit PodcastOne.com.
[LISTEN] Toronto's Derringer In The Morning Scoops First Interview With Mick Jagger Since Heart Surgery
THE MOUTH, JUNE 11TH, 2019 –– With The Rolling Stones North American Tour set to launch on June 21st in Chicago, the status of Mick Jagger's health following last month's heart surgery weighed heavily on the minds of his fans and promoters. Fortunately, yesterday he rang up Q107 Toronto's Derringer In the Morning Show to say he was 'feeling pretty good' and already back in the gym for rehearsals.
“We’re trying to pick some songs we haven’t done in recent years, stuff we haven’t done before,” he said. “Most of the time people don’t want too much unusual. People like a little bit unusual. They don’t want 100 percent unusual.”
According to The Independent, in recent interview with the Toronto Sun Keith Richards reported Jagger went through it very easily. He’s in great shape — rocking! -- “It was just, ‘Oh, Mick will be better.’ We’ll just wait around because there was no doubt that we’d soon pick it up. It just had to be done. So we did it.” The Rolling Stones kick off the North American leg of their tour on 21 June in Chicago.
PODCAST: TV/Radio Host Elaina Relaunches 'Breaking Thru Podcast On WWO Network
THE MOUTH, JUNE 11TH, 2018 –– Westwood One and TV and Radio personality Elaina Smith are announcing the rebrand and return of Elaina’s original podcast, Breaking Thru With Elaina, formerly known as 'Women Want to Hear Women' with Elaina Smith. The groundbreaking show returned with new stories from female artists breaking through the music industry starting June 9th on The Empow(h)er Podcast Network on Westwood One.
“I’ve been itching to get season two going all year long. I’m so thankful to everyone for being so patient as I worked on launching my new radio show, With Elaina. Now that it is off the ground, it’s time to keep this conversation going, and with a new name! Make sure to listen to the first episode to find out why. I am so grateful to Westwood One Podcast Network for believing in this message and can’t wait to continue sharing these amazing stories that have been inspiring women and men everywhere.”
“Elaina’s podcast has a fresh feel and a strong voice, celebrating female artists who have a lot to share,” said Suzanne Grimes, EVP, Marketing for Cumulus and President, Westwood One. “We believe in Elaina’s mission to inspire and empower, and are supporting the growth of her podcast across CUMULUS MEDIA’S vast marketing channels in a big way.” Listen and learn more at WestwoodOnePodcasts.com. New episodes drop every Sunday.
The Bert Show Sends Billboard Spoof To Tyler Perry
THE MOUTH, JUNE 11TH, 2019 –– The syndicated Bert Show which airs from Cumulus' Q100 Atlanta, shared some well wishes this past Thursday to actor, filmmaker and comedian, Tyler Perry, in a fun way. During a segment of the show on June 6, co-host Davi Crimmins (BR) had a spontaneous idea to create a spoof in response to Perry’s recent Facebook post addressing actress, Racquel Bailey, where Bailey requested a ‘leading role’ from Perry via advertisement.
"Can you imagine what it's like to be Tyler Perry?,” said Crimmins. She goes on to explain, “You're always getting emails, and you're always getting texts. . .my cousin wants to get into acting, put him in something. . .like harassment. Now, you're getting billboards. I just want to rent out a billboard that says, ‘Hey Tyler Perry, have a good weekend.’ ”
The show wasted no time in making this vision come to life. Within just a couple of hours, the team ran with the idea and had three billboards up all across the south side of the city, near Tyler Perry Studios. The billboard read, “Hey Tyler Perry - Don’t need a job. Just wanted to tell you to have a great weekend. Love, The Bert Show.” WATCH HERE
96 Rock's Jake 'Paco' Navarro Attempts To Top 52 Hours-3 Minutes World Record On Skywheel
THE MOUTH, JUNE 11TH, 2019 –– iHeart Panama City’s Jake “Paco” Navarro, Program Director and on-air personality for 96 Rock will attempt to beat the current Guinness World Record for the longest marathon on a fairground/theme park attraction. Paco will have to be on Panama City Beach’s newest attraction, SkyWheel, for longer than 52 hours and 3 minutes, which is the current world record. Guests will have the opportunity to ride one-on-one with Paco for a minimum $25 donation. Proceeds will benefit Gulf Coast Children’s Advocacy Center, which provides refuge to victims of child abuse and sexual violence and their families.
In addition, SkyWheel will donate a portion of ticket sales to Gulf Coast Children’s Advocacy Center, as well as victims of Hurricane Michael. Skypro Studios, a full-service production company, will document the attempt as required by Guinness World Records. Paco will attempt to go a record of 53 hours, tomorrow June 12 at 11:00 a.m. or Friday, June 14 at 4:00 p.m. “Local radio stunts make this business great,” said Paco. “I look forward to providing support and a much-needed distraction to our community while trying to break a world record in the process.”
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Radio Hall of Fame Announces 2019 Nominees
THE MOUTH, JUNE 10TH, 2019 –– Voting for the 2019 Radio Hall of Fame Inductees begins today. The 24 nominations in six categories were determined by the organization’s Nominating Committee. Four of those categories will be voted on by a voting participant panel comprised of nearly 1,000 industry professionals. On July 15, listeners nationwide will have the opportunity to weigh in and vote via Votem on the other two categories. The winners will be determined by the public and the Radio Hall of Fame Nominating Committee. The outcome of the listener vote counts as one vote among the committee votes.
NOMINEES TO BE VOTED ON BY VOTING PARTICIPANT PANEL (shown in top photo) Longstanding Local/Regional (20 years or more) Bob Rivers, Seattle - Charles Laquidara, Boston - Harry Harrison, New York - Jack Harris, Tampa Bay Active Local/Regional (10 years or more) Angie Martinez, New York - Kevin and Bean (Kevin Ryder, Gene “Bean” Baxter), Los Angeles - Preston and Steve (Preston Elliot, Steve Morrison), Philadelphia - Sarah and Vinnie (Sarah Clark, Vinnie Hasson), San Francisco - Longstanding Network/Syndication (20 years or more) Jim Rome, The Jim Rome Show - Robert Siegel, All Things Considered - Sid Mark, The Sounds of Sinatra Wait, - Wait Don’t Tell Me! Active Network/Syndication (10 years or more) George Noory, Coast to Coast AM Glenn Beck, The Glenn Beck Program John Tesh, Intelligence for your Life Kim Komando, The Kim Komando Show
NOMINEES TO BE VOTED ON BY LISTENERS/RADIO HALL OF FAME NOMINATING COMMITTEE: Music Format On-Air Personality Hollywood Hamilton Lon Helton Mark & Brian Show (Mark Thompson, Brian Phelps) - Ryan Seacrest Spoken Word On-Air Personality - Joe Madison. Scott Slade Stephanie Miller, and Suzyn Waldman.
Radio Hall of Fame Chairman Kraig Kitchin comments, “Each year we have the privilege of coming together to acknowledge those who have tremendously impacted our industry and the audiences they serve. We’re all proud to present our 2019 nominees.” Inductees will be announced August 5 and they’ll be honored this Fall at the 31st Annual Induction Ceremony. Returning sponsors of the 31st Annual Radio Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony include The Mix Group and V Creative.
Jen & Jhas Debuts On The Wave Norfolk
THE MOUTH, JUNE 10TH, 2019 –– 92.9 The WAVE Norfolk has debuted its new Morning Show The Jen & Jhas Show. Jen Lewis moves from middays to mornings to team up with Jhas Williams-Wood, who ironically comes from 97.1 The Wave in Ocean City, Maryland and Eagle 97.7 where she co-hosted mornings for several years, for 92.9 The WAVE’s first all-female morning show. Jen spent 19 years at 97.3 The Eagle/WGH-FM where she co-hosted the popular Jimmy Ray and Jen Morning Show. In 2015, Jen transitioned to television as she joined the #1 morning team on WAVY TV10/Fox 43. She made her return to radio in March of this year as the midday host for the WAVE.
“Just when I thought my morning show days were over, I met Jhas. She’s a bright, talented and beautiful woman. I can’t wait for the 92.9 The Wave listener family to get to know her. I’m also looking forward to breaking ground on a female-driven show. Count on it being fun, thoughtful and informative,” commented Mrs. Lewis. Jhas Williams-Wood was born and raised in New Jersey, just 20 minutes outside of Philadelphia. She spent 2 years studying acting on a scholarship to the Academy of Dramatic Arts in the heart of Los Angeles, California. Upon returning to the East Coast, she realized that radio and serving the people were her true love. She’s discovered her voice not only on the radio, but also in the form of freelance writing for various online publications such as ESSENCE and Rantt Media. “I’m so looking forward to becoming a part of Max Media's family and beyond grateful for the opportunity to be welcomed into the homes and cars of our listener friends,” remarked Ms. Williams-Wood.
Nick Wize Named APD/Afternoon Host At 93.3 Tampa
THE MOUTH, JUNE 11TH, 2019 –– Nick Wize has been named Assistant Program Director and Afternoon Drive host for 93.3 FLZ, Tampa Bay’s #1 Hit Music Channel, effective immediately. i He will report to Tommy Chuck, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Tampa Bay and Program Director for 93.3 FLZ. “I’ve known Nick for years and have seen his love for radio up close,” said Chuck. “He’s creative, driven and has performed at a high level throughout his career. I am excited to have Nick by my side as we continue to build on 93.3 FLZ’s incredible 30-year history!” Wize has served as Assistant Program Director and on-air personality for iHeartMedia Tuscon’s 93.7 KRQ, Today's Hit Music with Johnjay & Rich In The Morning, since May 2018. His previous experience includes various on-air and programming roles in Detroit; New York City; Jacksonville, Florida; and Panama City, Florida.
“I couldn’t be more excited to join the incredible team in Tampa,” said Wize. “The passion and dedication they have for their brands is undeniable. To work at the legendary 93.3 FLZ with such an amazing team is a dream come true.”
EVENTS: Hubbard Radio Talent Institute Begins Today In Washington State
THE MOUTH, JUNE 10TH, 2019 Forty broadcasters head to the campus of Central Washington University over the coming ten days as the Hubbard Radio Talent Institute begins today, June 10 and finishes up Wednesday, June 19 th . Anne Marie Holland, VP/Market Manager of Hubbard Seattle takes the opening session.
On Friday, students will be entertained and learn from and be the live studio audience as The Fitz Morning Show from 98.9 The Bull, Seattle, broadcasts live from the Institute. The Hubbard Radio Talent Institute is the third of eight Radio Talent Institutes this summer from the National Radio Talent System, along with the Beasley Radio Talent Institute at Emerson College in Boston; Kellar Radio Talent Institute, Appalachian State University in NC; TAB Radio Talent Institute at the University of Tennessee; Confer Radio Talent Institute at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania; GAB Radio Talent Institute at the University of Georgia; KBA WKU Radio Talent Institute at Western Kentucky University and the MBA Radio Talent Institute at Northwest Missouri State University.
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PODCAST: Jordan B. Peterson & Joe Rogan In 2-Part Interview
THE MOUTH, JUNE 10TH, 2019 –– Westwood One Podcast Network presents a two-part podcast episode event sure to break the internet as Jordan B. Peterson interviews his friend Joe Rogan on The Jordan. B. Peterson Podcast. Part one of the interview is available now, and part two will be released Sunday, June 9th.
During the interview, the pair discuss the enormously positive effect they both have on their fans’ lives and how they feel misrepresented in the media. Rogan also provides a rare glimpse into who he is and where he comes from, as well as insight into his upcoming comedy special and creative process, his childhood, sarcasm as a micro-aggression, adolescent experimentation with drugs, and little known performance figures for his wildly-popular podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience. PHOTO/Courtesy of The Jordan B. Peterson Podcast / Westwood One Podcast Network.
94WIP Philly's Garage Sale Benefits SPCA
THE MOUTH, JUNE 10TH, 2019 –– Entercom’s SportsRadio 94WIP (WIP-FM) 2019 Garage Sale featured the sale of one-of-a-kind sports memorabilia and station merchandise, including framed sports jerseys, a pair of seats from the Spectrum, framed artwork and more, with all proceeds benefitting the Pennsylvania SPCA. SportsRadio 94WIP featured on-air personalities Eliot Shorr-Parks, John Barchard and James Seltzer and broadcast “Go Birds” live on-site from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. last Saturday, June 8
The Pennsylvania SPCA rescues animals from cruelty and neglect, rehabilitates them medically and behaviorally, and places them with new, loving families. The PSPCA’s mission to life through the lifesaving efforts of a Humane Law Enforcement division, in-house Shelter Hospital, low-cost veterinary services, behavior and enrichment program, humane education, and placement of abandoned animals in loving forever homes.
CONDOLENCES: WLLR/Quad Cities Bo Spates Passes Away
THE MOUTH, JUNE 10TH, 2019 –– iHeart's WLLR/Quad Cities posted on its Facebook Page and website, "The WLLR family and all of us here at iHeart Quad Cities got some terrible news today--the passing of Bo J. Spates. Bo died in his sleep overnight and just never woke up this morning.
As we get funeral service information, we will of course pass it on. Tomorrow (Monday) afternoon in his time slot, 1-6pm, we will pay tribute to Bo J, and welcome your comments and condolences for his family.
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2019 Mercury Awards Winners Announced; Progressive Takes Top Marketer Honors
THE MOUTH, JUNE 7TH, 2019 –– Winners for the 2019 Radio Mercury Awards were announced last night at the 28th annual awards presentation held at SONY HALL in New York. This year’s $50,000 Best of Show award was presented to Wieden + Kennedy (shown above with Erica Farber) for their Old Spice Pomade Radio campaign. "We have tremendous diversity in tonight’s winning audio, and what impressed the final round judges most was the power of storytelling and the various ways advertisers were able to convey a brand’s message through innovative and unique creative," noted Chris Beresford-Hill, chief judge and chief creative officer, TBWA\Chiat\Day NY. "It was another great night for radio and the strength of the audio medium in conveying a brand's message," said Erica Farber, president and CEO, Radio Advertising Bureau, and chair of the Radio Creative Fund. "The Radio Mercury Awards continue to advance the medium forward by showcasing innovative and effective radio commercial work."
On behalf of the Radio industry, this year's Radio Marketer of the Year Award was given to Progressive Insurance. Caroline Beasley, chief executive officer of Beasley Media Group, and Drew Horowitz, president and chief operating officer of Hubbard Radio, presented the award to Jeff Charney, (shown above with Caroline Beasley) chief marketing officer at Progressive Insurance.
The event was hosted by Orlando Davis, Program Director and Host of Orlando and the Freakshow on WiLD 94.1 in Tampa, and Scott Rizzuto, headliner of The Rizzuto Show on 105.7 The Point from St. Louis. To listen to all of the work awarded at tonight's ceremony log onto www.radiomercuryawards.com.
Krissy T Takes Nights At Channel 95.5 Detroit
THE MOUTH, JUNE 7TH, 2019 –– iHeart Detroit’s Channel 95.5 has named Krissy T as its new host from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m.
“We love Krissy’s sound and energy and know that she will bring those key ingredients to the night show,” said Tony Travatto, Regional Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Detroit. “We have been searching for somebody that will reinvent the way night time radio is done in Detroit and Krissy is that person.”
“I’m ready to crush it in Detroit,” said Krissy T. “The station is iconic and the city is awesome and I can’t wait to connect with the Detroit community and bring magic to their weekday nights on Channel 95.5.” Krissy T joins Channel 95.5 from Hot 104.7 in Portland, Maine, where she most recently served as the morning co-host. She also previously worked at WODC Boston.
Podcast News Just Keeps On Comin,' Plus Part About Billion Dollar Forecast - Goldstein
THE MOUTH, JUNE 7TH, 2019 –– The podcast related tech news has been coming at us like a fire hose over the past few days writes Amplifi's Steve Goldstein in his latest blog. After Apple began one of its segments during this week's developers conference Goldstein says, "You gotta love when Apple begins a segment of their developer’s conference with these words: "Let's turn our attention to podcasts!: At first glance, Goldstein notes, that may not seem all that significant given the relatively small amount of podcast consumption on computers and laptops, however, there are a couple of elements baked into this announcement which are worth focusing on (read more at link below)..”
Goldstein then asks: "Why settle for 50 radio stations when you can have 100,000? This followed several passionate posts recently about whether or not to activate the FM chip in iPhones. Apple pretty much settled the issue with the announcement of 100,000 streaming stations in the new version of IOS. While we already have all of those stations via various apps including TuneIn, iHeart and Radio.com, they will now be more accessible and supported by Siri. Radio stations can be activated by asking Siri for a station by its name. The FM chip argument was about accessibility of 50 or so local stations - now, Apple offers increased access to live radio from everywhere.
Oh yes, the IAB is forecasting a billion dollar podcast industry just two years from now. That feels good to write says Goldstein - READ BLOG HERE - Steve Goldstein will lead this year's Podcast Master Class at MSBC 31 in Chicago - Details coming next week.
Spotify Inks The Obamas To Exclusive Podcast Deal
THE MOUTH, JUNE 7TH, 2019 –– Spotify is apparently betting big on podcasting with its latest grab, Higher Ground, with President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama. According to AP, they'll create exclusive podcasts for the streaming platform. Both Obamas will appear on some of the shows. Plus, the Obamas will develop and produce podcasts across a number of topics with a new division of their company called Higher Ground Audio.
"We're thrilled to have the opportunity to amplify voices that are too often ignored or silenced altogether, and through Spotify, we can share those stories with the world," Michelle Obama said in a statement. "We've always believed in the value of entertaining, thought-provoking conversation," said President Obama. "It helps us build connections with each other and open ourselves up to new ideas. We're excited about Higher Ground Audio because podcasts offer an extraordinary opportunity to foster productive dialogue, make people smile and make people think, and, hopefully, bring us all a little closer together." Spotify recently bought major podcast producer Gimlet Media as well as podcast creation platform Anchor. The Obamas follow the first presidential family to step into podcasting -- Bill and Chelsea Clinton debuted a show last month called Why Am I Telling You This?
Former MTV CEO, Judy McGrath Joins Bob Pittman On Math & Magic Podcast
THE MOUTH, JUNE 7TH, 2019 –– Judy McGrath joined Bob Pittman’s podcast, Math & Magic this week with more Stories From the Frontiers of Marketing. McGrath, Former CEO of MTV Networks and current Director on Amazon’s Board, shares insights from her front-row seat experiencing two business phenomena in one lifetime: MTV and Amazon, and how the two are similar in culture. Their focus on the value of vision and talent; the need for both curation and discovery; the power of invention and reinvention; and to always create for your consumer, not yourself.
McGrath discusses the importance of always supporting your talent as well as the concept of Amazon’s Alexa. “One of the things I love about Amazon, which is very much like we were (at MTV), is that they are, as we all know, relentlessly customer focused. And, they have a list of tenants and principles and they live by them. And, it is customer, customer, customer. And another one I like is ‘Day One.’ They want you to feel like this is the first day. This is a new idea. ‘What can we do today that's different than what we did yesterday?’ LISTEN TO PODCAST "HERE "
John Stolnis On The Rise At Westwood One News
THE MOUTH, JUNE 7TH, 2019 –– Westwood One News has promoted Executive Editor John Stolnis to News Manager. He reports to Kevin DeLany, Vice President, Westwood One News. Stolnis is a 20-year veteran of radio news and talk programming, with the last 15 years at Westwood One. He has served as Executive Editor and reporter for Westwood One News since its debut in 2015. Prior to that he produced for NBC News Radio as well as multiple national talk radio programs under the Westwood One umbrella, including The Jim Bohannon Show, The Fred Thompson Show, and The Douglas Urbanski Show.
“In his 15 years at Westwood One, John has excelled as a producer, reporter, and editor,” said Bart Tessler, EVP, News & Talk, Westwood One. “Since the launch of Westwood One News four years ago, he has been instrumental in its rapid success as executive editor in the newsroom. With John’s leadership, Westwood One News will continue to lead as the most awarded news network in 2019.”
Stolnis said, "I'm extremely honored to be able to work with such an incredible staff of anchors, correspondents, editors and newsroom managers, all of whom are the heartbeat of Westwood One News. Westwood One News has quickly become a leader in network radio news, and I look forward to continuing to serve our affiliates and listeners with the best coverage and programming in the industry." Westwood One News, airing on more than 900 stations, launched in January 2015. It was created to offer radio stations greater flexibility and local branding opportunities and enable them to integrate comprehensive network news coverage into their local operation. Find out what Westwood One News can do for your station by contacting Jim Jones at email@example.com or (202) 840-7933.
REPORT: Yes Networks & Yankees Eye Radio
THE MOUTH, JUNE 7TH, 2019 –– The Yankees and the YES Network are exploring developing YES Radio while leveraging its current content and creating new shows reports The Post. While radio may be the beginning driver, the new ownership setup could eventually have a major impact on how fans watch the games as the finances of cable/digital sports viewing further change in the next decade and beyond. According to sources YES and SiriusXM have had discussions about housing the radio network on the satellite service. These talks could pick up at the completion of the $3.5 billion deal, as YES, with the Yankees its biggest shareholder again, will return to its more nimble and entrepreneurial roots after being controlled by Fox as one of 22 Regional Sports Networks.
The paper says, A program, such as Michael Kay’s “CenterStage,” where he interviews athletes and celebrities, could be distributed in a number of ways digitally from Prime to Amazon Music. “Yankeeographies” are another example. YES will try to expand its reach, which is why it has quietly been talking with prospective personalities about joining it. READ MORE HERE Photo: E.H.Wallop/YES Network
CONDOLENCES: Dr. John Passes Away At 77
Dr. John, whose hits included "Right Place, Wrong Time," has passed away reports CBS. The New Orleans' legendary six-time Grammy Award winning pianist and 2011 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee died in New Orleans from a heart attack.
In a statement released through his publicist, the family said Dr. John, who was born Mac Rebennack, died "toward the break of day" of a heart attack. They did not say where he died or give other details. He had not been seen in public much since late 2017, when he canceled several gigs. He had been resting at his New Orleans area home, publicist Karen Beninato said last year in an interview. Memorial arrangements were being planned. "The family thanks all whom have shared his unique musical journey, and requests privacy at this time," the statement said. pic.twitter.com/9ph7kisvHx
"Music is a healing force. A vital thing," he told the New Orleans Times-Picayune in 2006. "The Indian music, the church music, the Mardi Gras music, the second-line from the corner ... our culture does not exist without the music. Music is what people have to get their head out of their head." In 2017, he was honored by the New Orleans City Council and at a special birthday event, but he canceled shows later that year at the Tipitina's venue and in New York, WWL-TV reports.
The photo at left, shown atop his Twitter pag,e is from French graffiti artist MTO and his amazing 2-story Dr. John the Night Tripper mural @ Toledano & Dryades Streets in New Orleans, for the #NOLA Mural Project. #ThrowbackThursday
Students Rise Early For Live Ace & TJ Show
THE MOUTH, JUNE 7TH, 2019 –– As we load the car for our 13th trip to Dan Vallie's Kellar Radio Talent Institute from Appalacian State University in Boone, NC, shown above is a snap from this morning's LIVE Ace & TJ show from the Institute. Ace and Tj joined with over 40 broadcast pros from Beasley Media Group, Entercom, iHeart, Radio One, Capitol Broadcasting, Dick Broadcasting for this year's program which takes place in the Beasley School of Journalism Buidling. The Kellar Radio Talent Institute at Appalachian State is the original Institute of eight Radio Talent Institutes, and began in 2007. Broadcasters, broadcast groups, state broadcast associations, and companies, including Benztown, vCreative, and Mr Master serve to support the event.
As is the tradition, a top local show airs live from the event on Friday morning as students get of taste of rising before daybreak to experience the joy of morning radio - Ace & TJ air their syndicated show from iHeart's WHQC-FM in Charlotte.
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DOJ Taking A Look At 1941 Music Licensing Consent Degrees
THE MOUTH, JUNE 6TH, 2019 –– The Department of Justice said Wednesday it would review two consent decrees reached with ASCAP and BMI in 1941, a decision that could upend the business of licensing music to online & movie companies, bars and restaurants.
According to Reuters, The department said it planned to review settlements reached with the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and Broadcast Music, Inc (BMI) to set how the organizations must operate that license most music in the U.S. “There have been many changes in the music industry, ... and the needs of music creators and music users have continued to evolve,” said Makan Delrahim, head of the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division, in a statement Wednesday.ASCAP and BMI said in statements that the review would allow for an update of the music licensing business. “Amore flexible framework with less government regulation will allow us to compete in a free market, which we believe is the best way for our music creators to be rewarded for the value of their music,” ASCAP CEO Elizabeth Matthews said in an statement.
In response, NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith: “Broadcasters welcome the opportunity to participate in the Justice Department’s review of the music antitrust consent decrees, and appreciate that the tone of DOJ’s inquiry recognizes the ongoing importance of this antitrust framework. "For decades, these BMI and ASCAP antitrust consent decrees have ensured a fair and efficient licensing of musical works to local radio and TV stations. The decrees benefit songwriters, broadcasters, music licensees, and music listeners. Absent broader legislative reforms, their preservation is essential to a fully functional music marketplace.”
Cara Carriveau Added To Talent Roster At 94.7 WLS Chicago
THE MOUTH, JUNE 6TH, 2019 –– As we await the official word from Cumulus, Robert Feder reports that popular Chicago host Cara Carriveau has signed on at WLS 94.7-FM. She’ll officially debut July 4 as a part-time and fill-in host, according to program director Wade Linder, who confirmed her hiring Wednesday.
Carriveau left the air in March 2018 after exiting the afternoon post at WSHE 100.3-FM. Since then she’s been employed at Local Radio Networks as midday host for the company’s classic rock format. “I’m so excited to work at WLS,” Carriveau told Feder. “I’ve been a big fan of the station for a long time, love the music and adore the staff. I’ve worked with most of the jocks and off-air employees at some point over the last three decades so I immediately feel right at home. . . . It feels great to be back on the air in Chicago.” Carriveau said she will continue at Local Radio Networks.
Jeff Henderson Announces Retirement From WLW-AM Cincinnati
THE MOUTH, JUNE 6TH, 2019 –– Newsman Jeff Henderson who started at WLW-AM in 1983, shortly after Randy Michaels took over the station has announced his retirement reports WVXU. He says, "This was planned over a year ago -- I've worked since I was 13. I had two Enquirer routes as a kid. That's 50 years. I worked really hard, and I'm ready to retire. It's time," he says. Henderson was hired by the legendary programmer Randy Michaels, as he took over the aging ninth-rated station and started the rejuvenation as "The Big One."
Henderson worked with Scott, Bob Trumpy, Gary Burbank, Bill Cunningham, Mike McConnell, Darryl Parks, Cris Collinsworth, Bill Wills, Andy Furman, and numerous others. Jack Crumley will take over as regional news director when Henderson retires Friday, June 7.
Katelin Tinley Named Director of Sales For CMG Group Long Island
THE MOUTH, JUNE 6TH, 2019 –– Cox Media Group (CMG) Long Island proudly promotes Katelin Tinley to director of sales, effective immediately. Tinley will utilize her decade of sales management experience to oversee sales operations for Long Island’s radio brands, including WBAB-FM, WBLI-FM, and its digital media platform, Local Solutions.
“Katelin’s strategic planning, creativity and passion for building and maintaining relationships makes her the ideal director of sales for our market,” says John Shea, vice president and general manager of CMG Long Island. “She is well-respected as an innovative marketer and is a strong, supportive leader that drives results for our customers.” Tinley started her career with CMG in 2005 as an account executive for WBLI-FM. She spent a few years with ESPN-FM before returning to CMG Long Island in 2009 as a local sales manager. In 2013, she was promoted to general sales manager, where she successfully contributed to WBAB and WBLI’s growing market share.
“It is truly an honor to work every day with our amazing team and products at WBAB, BLI and Cox Local Solutions,” says Tinley. “I couldn’t be more excited to take on this new role and build upon the success that our winning team has created at CMG Long Island!”
NETWORKS: O'Reilly Update Tops 125 Affiliates Mark In First Month On-Air
THE MOUTH, JUNE 6TH, 2019 –– Key Network announced that its 15-minute daily radio program, The O’Reilly Update, starring Bill O’Reilly, has been added to WBT-AM/FM in Charlotte, NC, KFYI-AM in Phoenix, AZ, and KFMB-AM in San Diego, CA, eclipsing 125 affiliates across the U.S. in the show’s first month on-air. Key Networks adds that the O’Reilly Update will debut an O’Reilly Update-Weekend Edition for affiliates of the weekday show in July. The O’Reilly Update is heard across media companies including: Alpha Media, Beasley Media Group, Cox Media Group, Entercom Communications, Hubbard Broadcasting, iHeartMedia, Midwest Communications, Saga Communications, Salem Media Group and Townsquare Media.
Out of the more than 125 stations broadcasting The O’Reilly Update, 23% are non-News/Talk stations, including Country and Classic Hits stations. 70% of the affiliates are heard on FM.
The O’Reilly Update marks a return to broadcast radio for O’Reilly, who hosted the nationally syndicated show, “The Radio Factor”, from 2002-2009. For more information and to get The O’Reilly Update on your station, contact Dennis Green, Chief Revenue Officer, Key Networks, at 844.KEY.NETS or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The MAXX Added To SuiteRadio Roster
The Latest 24/7 SuiteRadio Format Debuts with Envision Networks
THE MOUTH, JUNE 6Th, 2019 –– RFC Media and Envision Networks® have gone all in to deliver a young, up-tempo presentation of Classic Hits, targeted squarely at adults from 35 to 44. Going for maximum coverage, this is the latest addition to the SuiteRadio roster of 24-hour broadcast formats called The MAXX. "Classic Hits is one of the hottest formats in the world right now,” said SuiteRadio President, Cruze (L).
Along with the music, imaging and ability to insert local news, sports, weather, remotes, specialty dayparts and more, affiliates will soon start to have a full on-air lineup of top market talent to help customize the format for each market. For information on The MAXX, visit our web page envisionnetworks.com or contact us at email@example.com or 216.831.3761. Lara Weidner
HONORS: AWMF To Honor CBS New's '48 Hours' Erin Moriarty With Achievement Award
THE MOUTH, JUNE 6TH, 2019 –– The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) announces that Erin Moriarty, “48 Hours” correspondent, will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 44th Annual Gracie Awards Luncheon to be presented to her by Susan Zirinsky, president and senior executive producer, CBS News. Hosting the luncheon will be another television news veteran, Sheinelle Jones, co-anchor of “Weekend TODAY” and co-host of the “3rd Hour of TODAY.” The annual Gracies Luncheon set for June 26 at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City honors individual achievement and outstanding programming at the local level for television and radio, public radio and students in television, radio and interactive media.
In 1986, Moriarty began her career at CBS News as a consumer correspondent for “CBS This Morning” and “CBS Evening News with Dan Rather.” • She has served as correspondent on CBS News’ “48 Hours” since 1990. • She also reports for “CBS Sunday Morning.” “This is an incredible honor to receive this Gracie from the Alliance for Women in Media,” said Erin Moriarty. “It is truly humbling to be recognized with this award and to join the list of notable women who have come before me. It is because of this organization that I, and so many others, have flourished in our profession.”
George Galloway Sacked Over Israel Tweet
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, JUNE 6TH, 2019 ––In the UK, talkRADIO has terminated George Galloway’s contract following his tweet at the weekend after Liverpool beat Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League final (soccer). On Saturday night, Mr Galloway wrote: “Congratulations to the great people of Liverpool to the memory of the socialist miner Bill Shankly to the fallen 96 to those who fought justice for them and to the Liverpool dockers. No Israel flags on the Cup!”
Kyle Launches Fiery Tirade At 2DayFM & Nova In Australia - Kyle & Jackie O’ KIIS KIIS 106.5’s Breakfast show rated #1 on FM in Sydney in the third GfK metro survey for the year, rising to an 11.8% share of listening. Kyle’s advice for his competitors was to stop worrying about KIIS and worry about their own shows, accusing 2DayFM and Nova 96.9 of trying to convince advertisers to pull their spend from his show. “I was told that the people over at 2DayFM and the people over at Nova are running around to the advertising agencies, playing them things we are saying that are naughty or rude, and trying to say ‘do you really want your advertising with these people?’ “What dogs! Listen to Kyle’s full rant HERE
UK Radio Presenter And Executive, John Myers Dies Aged 60 - John died suddenly on Saturday evening. His family paid tribute to him early Sunday morning saying: “He went through life with a smile, his glass always half full, and no matter how much life got you down, he always found the humour. “We hope your memories are filled with as much joy as ours”. He was well-known from his days presenting on Border Television in Cumbria as a continuity announcer in the 1980s. He had begun his radio career with BBC Radio Cumbria and Red Rose. He went on to launch CFM, as well as the Century, Real, Smooth and Rock Radio brands. He is also a former Chairman and Chief Executive of the Radio Academy, and was founding Chairman of TeamRock. READ MORE AND TRIBUTE HERE
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SNAPS: WIP Philly Sports A New Look
THE MOUTH, JUNE 5TH, 2019 –– Entercom's WIP Philly is sporting a New Logo and Branding reports Crossing Broad. The Twitter banner now features the station lineup with a slogan that reads, “The best team to talk Philly sports” – It highlight's Angelo Cataldi & Morning team, Joe Decamara & Jon Ritchie, Jon Marks & Ike Reese and Joe Giglio.
The paper says this theme "screams “Philadelphia Eagles”, but adds, WIP is the Birds’ radio partner, so I guess this type of MOTIF makes sense, READ AND SEE MORE HERE
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In First Year Post-Emergence, Cumulus Achieves $200 Million Debt Reduction
THE MOUTH, JUNE 5TH, 2019 –– Cumulus Media announced that it has made a voluntary prepayment of $115 million on its first lien senior secured term loan. In the year since emerging from bankruptcy, the Company has reduced its total outstanding debt by $200 million. Additionally, net leverage has declined from approximately 5.8x at emergence to approximately 4.8x with this payment. The debt prepayment is being funded by the net proceeds of the previously announced sale of six radio stations to Educational Media Foundation, which closed on May 31, 2019, for $103.5 million in cash, as well as cash on hand generated from operations. Separately, the Company previously announced it had entered into an agreement to sell KLOS-FM in Los Angeles to Meruelo Media for $43 million in cash.
Mary G. Berner, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cumulus Media, said, “In our ongoing efforts to strengthen the business, Cumulus has been relentlessly focused on executing our key strategic priorities and meeting our financial objectives. The milestone we achieved today — $200 million of debt reduction in the first year since we emerged from Chapter 11 — resulted from those efforts and is another example of the progress we continue to make in implementing our business plan.” READ MORE HERE
FEDER: Hall Of Famer Garry Meier To Fill In For Mancow On WLS For An Entire Week
THE MOUTH, JUNE 5TH, 2019 –– In today's 'Robservations' from Chicago scribe Robert Feder, we were THRILLED to learn that Radio Hall of Famer and Chicago legend Garry Meier will be filling in for Mancow Muller on Cumulus' WLS 890-AM. Feder writes, "Meier will appear as a guest on Mancow Muller’s morning show June 21 and then fill in for Muller the full week of June 24, according to Stephanie Tichenor, program director of WLS. Mancow joked “Radio’s greatest second-banana lands the greatest honor of his career — filling in for me. . . . This is very big for him!”
Meier will forever be remembered as co-host of the wildly popular morning show with fellow legend Steve Dahl at WLS in the ’80s. Later he spent eight years there as co-host of Roe Conn’s afternoon show. Meier left terrestrial radio in 2014 while at Tribune's WGN 720-AM. In 2016, he launched a podcast. - TOP PHOTO/Garry Meier
Alicia Keys, Cage The Elephant, Miley Cyrus Among Headliners For iHeartMusic Festival
THE MOUTH, JUNE 5TH, 2019 –– iHeartMedia announced its lineup for the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Festival, on Friday, September 20 and Saturday, September 21 at Las Vegas’ hottest entertainment venue, T-Mobile Arena. This year, the epic two-day lineup will feature performances by Alicia Keys, Cage The Elephant, Camila Cabello, Chance The Rapper, Def Leppard, French Montana, Halsey, Heart, H.E.R., Miley Cyrus, Mumford & Sons, Tim McGraw, Zac Brown Band and more. Once again, it will be hosted by Ryan Seacrest. The Daytime Stage at the iHeartRadio Music Festival will take place at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds on Saturday, September 21 with performances by Juice WRLD, Maren Morris,Billie Eilish, Old Dominion, H.E.R., Zara Larsson, CNCO, Brett Young, FLETCHER, Monsta X, Bryce Vine and Lauv, with more to be announced.
“Each year we strive to live up to our reputation as the most diverse music festival in the world,” said John Sykes, President of Entertainment Enterprises for iHeartMedia. “This year we have the best in class from all genres of music performing indoors and out, all weekend long.”
The 2019 iHeartRadio Music Festival is co-produced by John Sykes, and Tom Poleman. For more details about the iHeartRadio Music Festival visit iHeartRadio.com/festival.
iHeartMedia Teams With Fox TV For Tyga Livestream Across 16 Websites & Dish Nation
THE MOUTH, JUNE 5TH, 2019 –– Fox Television Stations are teaming with iHeartMedia to livestream a concert and interview on Wednesday across 16 station websites featuring platinum-selling hip-hop artist Tyga. Deadline reports that IHeartRadio LIVE with Tyga will air at 7PM PT / 10PM ET and across the syndicated show Dish Nation. It is not slated for linear broadcast, but aims to capture younger viewers where they live, which is online.
The event will take place at iHeartRadio Theater in LA is the release of Tyga’s new album, Legendary. In addition to performing songs from the album, the artist will take part in an interview co-hosted by J Cruz, an on-air personality from iHeart’s Real 92.3. The event will also broadcast live across iHeartMedia’s urban and rhythm radio stations. In all, the company has 28 stations.
“Tyga speaks directly to the Dish Nation audience and this opportunity displays what we do best – connecting our audience with exclusive and compelling entertainment news,” said Stephen Brown, EVP Programming and Development for the station group. “IHeart has been a great partner on this project and we look forward to doing more with them in the future.”
Budman Named AM Co-host At WXKB-FM Fort Myers
THE MOUTH, JUNE 5TH, 2019 –– Jason “Budman” Paige has been named as the new Co-host and Executive Morning Show Producer for the Big Mama and the Wild Bunch Show on B103.9/WXKB-FM. He officially began his new position on Monday, June 3, 2019. The radio veteran most recently worked at KSFM-FM in Sacramento, CA for the past 12 years, where he co-hosted the “Budman and Booger Night show” and was part of the “Wayne, Jay, and Megan Show” over the last six years. Previously, the Hamden, Connecticut native did mornings with Big Mama in Phoenix, Arizona at KPTY-FM and mornings in Honolulu, Hawaii at KXME-FM.
“Budman is a game changer,” said Adam Star, Operations Manager at Beasley Media Group SWFL. “He has so many different unique skillsets to bring to the table. We are ecstatic to have him on the Big Mama and the Wild Bunch team.”
Legendary Radio Host Marty Manning Announces Retirement
THE MOUTH, JUNE 5TH, 2019 –– After an impressive 50-year radio career, Marty Manning is putting down the mic. Manning got his start in radio in 1969 at KCAC 1010-AM voicing commercials and working as a part-time on-air host. His career has taken him from Arizona to Texas, California, Ohio and eventually back to Phoenix, Arizona in 1985 when he became the Creative Director for 99.9. Manning has been the “Man on the Street” for 99.9 for over 30 years and has become an advocate for the local community. Manning hosted and produced the Valley Views public affairs program where he has done approximately 750 interviews with local organizations.
“Marty’s contributions over the years will benefit 99.9 KEZ and the community for many years to come. Marty’s talent, devotion and community focus have been exemplary,” said Paul Kelley, Program Director of 99.9 KEZ. “I want to thank Marty for all he’s done for the development and progress of 99.9 KEZ over the years.” “Marty and I started at the radio station within 8 months of each other and have been friends and colleagues ever since.” said morning show host Beth McDonald “It’s hard to fathom coming in and not having him here, but his retirement is well deserved! He’s one of the smartest and kindest people I know. I consider Marty to be the conscience of the radio station. He makes us want to be better. And I feel that I am just for having known him. I’ll miss him.”
KXL Portland Inks Extension With Lars Larson
THE MOUTH, JUNE 5TH, 2019 –– Alpha Media Portland has signed Lars Larson to a multi-year contract extension through 2024, senior vice president and market manager Lisa Decker announced. The Lars Larson Show airs weekdays from Noon to 4 pm on FM News 101 KXL in Portland and on 21 Pacific Northwest stations through Alpha Media’s Radio Northwest Network.
“All of us at Alpha Media Portland, our listeners and our advertisers are excited to extend our relationship with Lars for the next five years.” "I'm thrilled to renew my relationship with a station I've been with through half a dozen Presidents, a dozen NW Governors, a live volcano eruption and more than 25 years as a reporter, anchor and now talk host,” exclaimed Larson. “When I first started in radio 44 years ago, we still played (on 45s believe it or not) Zager & Evans’ ‘In the year 2025.’ Now, I get the opportunity to work with KXL at least until then - and maybe a whole lot longer.”
The national Lars Larson Show, syndicated by Compass Media Networks, launched in September 2003 and airs on 125 affiliates across the country. With this new extension, Larson currently holds multi-year contracts with both Compass Media Networks and Alpha Media.
WIP Philly Sports A New Look
THE MOUTH, JUNE 5TH, 2019 –– Entercom's WIP Philly is sporting a New Logo and Branding reports Crossing Broad. The Twitter banner now features the station lineup with a slogan that reads, “The best team to talk Philly sports” – It highlight's Angelo Cataldi & Morning team, Joe Decamara & Jon Ritchie, Jon Marks & Ike Reese and Joe Giglio.
The paper says this theme "screams “Philadelphia Eagles”, but adds, WIP is the Birds’ radio partner, so I guess this type of MOTIF makes sense, READ AND SEE MORE HERE
SNAPS: Premiere Networks Join For Exclusive CMT Music Awards Remote In Nashville
THE MOUTH, JUNE 5TH, 20-19 – This week Premiere Networks engaged more than 120 iHeartCountry music radio stations and Premiere-syndicated affiliates at the exclusive 2019 CMT Music Awards radio remote broadcast in Nashville. CMT After MidNite with Cody Alan, The Bobby Bones Show and The Crook & Chase Countdown were on-location.
They provided listeners with interviews with award nominees, performers and celebrity guests, including Little Big Town, Thomas Rhett, Trisha Yearwood, Tanya Tucker, Sheryl Crow, Keith Urban and others.
Brand Manager Wanted In Lansing
THE MOUTH, JUNE 5TH, 2019 –– Ready to Make the Jump to Management? Midwest Communications, a family owned media company with 82 radio properties located in the states of Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Indiana, Illinois and Tennessee, is looking for the next great Brand Manager to join our team in Lansing, MI.
This is an ideal starter position for someone who wants to make the jump to a programming role. You'll get a feel for what it takes to do day to day maintenance and create interactive digital content on a pair of brands that carry syndicated programming, while still getting to enjoy hosting an airshift on non-syndicated brands. You'll get to work with a team of experienced broadcast professionals, each of whom have a passion for teaching, training, learning & lifting others up.
"None of us is smarter than all of us." At the moment, we're a brain short. If you want to lend yours to the cause, e-mail your resume, cover letter, aircheck & commercial production samples to email@example.com. Midwest Communications is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer by choice.
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[WATCH] Apple's New iOS 13 Gives Siri Access To Over 100,000 Radio Stations
THE MOUTH, JUNE 4TH, 2019 –– Apple's SVP/ Software Engineering, Craig Federighi (L), gave a rousing presentation of its all new iOS 13 yesterday to open Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose. In addition to a dramatic new look for the iPhone with Dark Mode, Federighi said, “We’re excited for customers to experience what’s coming to iPhone this fall and can’t wait for them to see how great everything looks in Dark Mode.”
Among numerous new features include its • HomePod which can distinguish voices from anyone in the home to deliver personal requests, including messages, music and more. Live radio gives Siri access to over 100,000 radio stations from iHeartRadio, radio.com and TuneIn, and a new sleep timer turns off music after a set amount of time.
Other features reveal that with • AirPods, Siri can read incoming messages as soon as they arrive, from Messages or any SiriKit-enabled messaging app.
• Voice Control provides a powerful new experience that enables users to operate their iPhone, iPad or Mac entirely by their voice. Using the latest Siri speech recognition technology, Voice Control gets even more accurate text transcription and editing.1
• Text Editing is enhanced, making scrolling documents, moving the cursor and selecting text faster and more accurate. Files app introduces the ability to share folders with iCloud Drive and access files from external storage devices like SD cards and USB flash drives.
Plus, Apple introduced • Performance improvements that make the entire system more responsive with faster Face ID unlock, and a new way to package iPhone apps on the App Store that reduces app download sizes by up to 50 percent, makes app updates over 60 percent smaller and results in apps launching up to twice as fast. See/Read Press Release HERE
David LaBrozzi Crosses Over To Cumulus' 77WABC & 103.9 WNBM-FM New York As PD
THE MOUTH, JUNE 4TH, 2019 –– Cumulus has named David LaBrozzi as Program Director for legendary New York City News/Talk radio station 77 WABC New York and for Bronxville/New York Urban AC station Radio 103.9/WNBM-FM. LaBrozzi joins the stations from 95.5 PLJ in New York, where he served as Program Director since May 2018. Prior to that, LaBrozzi was Vice President, Programming, for Entercom’s four-station cluster in Baltimore, MD, for 14 years. He previously served as Regional Vice President of Programming for Clear Channel/iHeart Media, overseeing stations in Pittsburgh, PA; Wheeling, WV; and Johnstown, PA. LaBrozzi’s career also includes programming stops in Dallas, TX; San Antonio, TX; Austin, TX; and Nashville, TN.
Chad Lopez, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus New York, said: “Dave will be an incredible asset to 77 WABC and Radio 103.9/WNBM-FM, and brings experience in both the News/Talk and Urban AC formats to his new role with Cumulus New York. We are looking forward to continuing to grow these stations and to giving their passionate listeners even more of the content and community connection that they rely on and enjoy every day.” LaBrozzi said: "I am honored and thrilled to lead programming at 77 WABC and Radio 103.9/WNBM, and look forward to working with the powerhouse teams at these incredible stations to do great things together. I want to thank Chad Lopez, Dave Milner, Mike McVay and Brian Philips for giving me this tremendous opportunity.”
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Lisa Layne Joins Adams As VP/GM For Salisbury Ocean City
THE MOUTH, JUNE 4TH, 2019 –– Adams Radio of Delmarva has announced a new VP/GM for the market. Lisa Layne assumes her new role on June 17 for the Adams Cluster including WZBH :The Beach”, WOCQ “OC 104”, WGBG “BIG 107.7”, WUSX “Everything Country” and KOOL FM. Lisa began her radio career nearly 25 years ago as a part time weekend DJ at her local radio station in Danville, Virginia. She continued to grow and eventually landed a morning show in Southern Virginia at WZBB “B99” as part of “Glenn & Lisa in the Morning”. After 11 years on the air Lisa made the move to sales in Greensboro NC with Entercom. After Greensboro, Lisa served as GM in in the Poconos for Nassau Broadcasting. After making a move back to southern Virginia and several years with iHeart in Roanoke and Lynchburg, Virginia she transferred to iHeart DC. She has served as GSM for Delmarva Broadcasting (now Forever Media) at WXCY in Maryland since 2014.
Lisa says of her new role with Adams Radio Group, “I have enjoyed the journey my career has taken me and especially my time at 103.7 WXCY. I will miss my team…my work family… and the community I have grown to love. I am so excited for this next chapter of my radio career. I’m confident that as the new leader for Adams Radio Delmarva we will grow our brands and get even better results for our clients. I look forward to serving the community and building a legacy we all at Adams Radio can be proud of.”
Corinna Delgado Joins Jason Kidd In Mornings On 94.7 The Drive Wash. DC
THE MOUTH, JUNE 4TH, 2019 - In the wake of WRQX Washington going dark, we were happy to see one of its former host making a quick leap back on the air at Entercom's 94.7 The Drive. While no official word as of yet, Corinna Delgado announced via Facebook that she'll be joining Jason Kidd's morning show. She's also now featured at its website where it says, 'Delgado was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, where she began her Broadcast Career in 2001. After a brief stretch as a reporter and news anchor for both Fox and ABC, Delgado returned to her first love: Radio. She is a Veteran of the U.S. Army, a painter, published author and nationally recognized performance poet. Most of Delgado’s spare time is dedicated to guiding her only son’s professional boxing career.
She posted, "I am so excited to announce I landed on the Morning Show with Jason Kidd here in Washington D.C. on 94.7 the Drive Please join us mornings from 6am -10am M-F - Here we Goooooooo! #NextChapter
Shelby Sos To Cover Evenings On Z104.3 Baltimore
THE MOUTH, JUNE 4TH, 2019 –– Z104.3, Baltimore welcomes Shelby Sos as an Evening host effective immediately. Sos will broadcast weekday evenings from 7 p.m. – 12 a.m. Sos joins the Baltimore market from Washington D.C., where she most recently served as an assistant producer for “The Kane Show” on HOT 99.5 and began her career as an intern for “The Kane Show” in 2016.
Shelby brings so much experience from ‘The Kane Show’ to her new position at Z104.3,” said Mike Preston, Senior Vice President of Programming for Baltimore. “Shelby is immensely talented and really knows how to engage an audience. We can’t wait to have her on the air in her hometown to shake things up!” “
As a Baltimore native, I’m so excited to be launching my on-air career as an evening personality with the station that I grew up listening to and continue to identify with,” said Sos. “Joining the team at Z104.3 is truly a dream come true and I’m looking forward to having fun and connecting with Baltimore’s loyal listeners each evening.”
Dustin 'Fletcher' Matthews Named PD For 106.5 The End Charlotte
THE MOUTH, JUNE 4TH, 2019 –– iHeartMedia Charlotte has named Dustin 'Fletcher' Matthews PD For 106.5 The End Charlotte. He will report to Chadwick “A.J.” Hausknecht, Region Senior Vice President for iHeartMedia’s Virginia-Carolina Region. “Dustin is one of the best alternative format programmers in the country,” said A.J. “His unmeasurable creativity and distinctive out-of-the-box thinking will be a great addition to our super passionate and strategic programming family here at iHeartMedia Charlotte.”
Dustin brings over 10 years of programming expertise to his new role. Before joining 106.5 The End, he served as Director of Alternative Rock Programming for iHeartMedia’s St. Louis Region. Dustin began his career at WIMZ-FM in Knoxville. “It’s truly an honor to join the iHeartMedia Charlotte team and I am beyond thrilled to work with the esteemed ‘The Woody & Wilcox Show,’ and popular on-air personalities like Tamo and Palmer to lead the legendary 106.5 The End into its 25th year,” said Dustin. “Thanks to the entire iHeartMedia senior leadership team for their support and this incredible opportunity. I am excited for what we have in store.”
Chuck 'DZ' Thompson Named PD At The Kat Charlotte
THE MOUTH, JUNE 4TH, 2019 –– iHeartMedia has named Chuck “DZL” Thompson its new Program Director for 96.9 The Kat, Charlotte. He will report to Chadwick “A.J.” Hausknecht, Region Senior Vice President for iHeartMedia’s Virginia-Carolina Region. “DZL’s unique insight on the market, coupled with his talent, creativity and innovative style of thinking will ensure that the station continues to do great things in Charlotte,” said A.J. “Because of his vision and passion, I’m thrilled to have DZL lead our team at 96.9 The Kat.”
DZL is a seasoned media veteran and has been with iHeartMedia since 2002. He most recently served as the day-to-day Program Director for 106.5 The End, Charlotte’s Alternative Rock. Before returning to Charlotte in 2017, DZL managed programming for WRXL-FM in Richmond, Virginia.
“I couldn’t be more excited to lead the super-talented team at 96.9 The Kat in a city known for a very competitive country radio landscape,” said DZL. “This tremendous opportunity wouldn’t be possible without the full support of our local and national program leadership teams at iHeartMedia. I look forward to continuing the consistent growth of one-of-the-most iconic and dynamic brands in our iHeartCountry family.”
Alpha Promotes Brown To OM Post In SC
THE MOUTH, JUNE 4TH, 2019 –– Alpha Media, Columbia is proud to announce that they are moving Brown from his PD position in Louisville to become the new operations manager in Columbia, SC. He will also continue in his role as the format captain for the Company’s urban, urban AC, and gospel brands. Brown commented on the move, “I am very excited to take on this new journey! It's an honor to be given this amazing opportunity by Mr. Hartel, Mr. McElveen, and Alpha Media’s programming top brass to join this awesome team. I’ll be surrounded by an abundance of talent and look forward to a successful 2019 serving and living in Columbia, SC.”
Alpha Media’s EVP of content, Phil Becker, adds, “Brown has been a vital member of our company and I'm thrilled to welcome him into this new role. He has delivered great results in both his Louisville and format captain role and I'm confident his winning streak will continue as our newly named operations manager in Columbia."
EVENTS: Q104.3 New York's Shelli Sonstein Once Again Climbs to New Heights For Second Straight Year
Gets Support From Elvis Duran & Jim Kerr
THE MOUTH, JUNE 4TH, 2018 –– Two-time Gracie award winner Shelli Sonstein, longtime co-host of Q104.3’s Jim Kerr Rock & Roll Morning Show led the # 1 fund raising team in the 2019 NYC Tunnel to Towers Climb. Recently named an Honorary Battalion Chief of the FDNY for her work highlighting the plight of the ailing 9/11 community, Sonstein led her age group with a record time in climbing the 104 stories of the World Trade Center, along with her team of 11 listeners.
“I would like to thank Elvis Duran of “Elvis Duran and the Morning Show”, and my co-host Jim Kerr for their very generous donations, and of course, Q104.3 and iHeart Media for supporting my efforts.” said Sonstein. “My entire team finished this very difficult climb and vows to be back again next year to raise even more funds and awareness of this great organization.”
The Stephen Siller Tower 2 Tunnels Foundation raises money nationwide for the families of first responders and military personnel killed in action.WATCH HERE
Entercom Marks Pride Month With Expansion Of Channel Q To Six New Markets
THE MOUTH, JUNE 4TH, 2019 ––Entercom announced the expansion of LGBTQ+ Talk Radio Network CHANNEL Q to Dallas-Fort Worth, Denver, Kansas City, San Diego, and Washington D.C., and an additional station in San Francisco. CHANNEL Q is the premiere LGBTQ+ Talk Radio Network dedicated to celebrating the LGBTQ+ community and their allies.
“The expansion of CHANNEL Q to six new stations is a significant step as we strive towards further inclusion throughout our country,” said Jeff Federman, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Southern California. “We are proud to expand our company’s efforts in providing a voice and representation to the LGBTQ+ community just in time for Pride celebrations nationwide.”
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MILESTONE: Kellie Rasberry Celebrates 25th Anniversary With Kidd Kraddick Show In Dallas
THE MOUTH, JUNE 3RD, 2019 –– What a year for the Kellie Rasberry host of Yea Network's syndicated Kidd Kraddick Show. First, the Mentoring And Inspiring Women's Group (MIW) announced in April that she'll be this years recipient of its prestigious 'Airblazer' Award to be received during the 31st Annual Morning Show Boot Camp in Chicago this August. Then in May she received a Gracie Award during The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation event in Beverly Hills. This all just happened to take place in the same year she's celebrating her 25th Anniversary with the Kidd Kraddick Show. Kellie is shown on top with her longtime co-host Big Al (top right) - Jenna Owens (top left) and J-Si Chavez (left center). Rasberry arrived in Dallas on May 31, 1994.
Among the numerous guests who joined this weekend at Lava Cantina in Dallas to celebrate included: Steve Harmon (bottom left) who hosts mornings on Westwood One’s Mainstream Country format. Patrick Davis VP programming iHeart Dallas Dennis Clark (shown next to Harmon along with former Kraddick imaging director Gary D & Robert Ehrman, longtime Exec. Producer for Kraddick Show), iHeartRadio VP Talent Development; Josh Medlock, VP Affiliate Relations from Mediabase, Lee Anne Locken from Bravo’s Real Housewives of Dallas, Caroline Kraddick (shown top left center with Yea Network's CEO George Laughlin). Also on hand were Kellie's parents and brother, plus tons of past employees from YEA Networks and iHeart's KHKS. To top things off, beverages were served with a special Kellie stirrer (bottom right) - Send Kellie your best HERE - PHOTOS/Monica Salazar Photography - Bottom left photo courtesy of Steve Harmon
On Eve Of Its 95th Anniversary, WGN Chicago Announces Inductees For 2019 ‘Walk of Fame’
THE MOUTH, JUNE 3RD, 2019 –– WGN Radio announced its sixth class in the 2019 Walk of Fame: Legends of WGN Radio on Friday's Steve Cochran Show. This year’s class includes four native Chicagoans, two of whom are present-day voices, one who hosted a show for 60 consecutive years, and a behind-the-scenes staff member with 52 years of service to the station. The honorees are Andrea Darlas (BL), Sam Weinstein, Marlene Wells and John Williams (R).
“There’s unforgettable wisdom in each of this year’s inductees,” said Station Manager and Vice President of Content Todd Manley. “They are among the greatest WGN ambassadors and inventive entertainers.” The announcement came one day in advance of the station’s 95th birthday marked on June 1. On that date in 1924, supervising engineer Elliott Jenkins spoke the words “This is WGN, formerly WDAP…” and WGN was born. The 95th birthday celebration will include a re-launch of the WGN Hometown Voices Tour with stops at Geneva’s Swedish Days, Lisle’s Eyes To The Skies Festival, and the McHenry County Fair.
Wells celebrates her 52nd anniversary with WGN this October. John Williams first walked the hallways of WGN Radio as an intern for Wally Phillips and Bob Collins. In September 1997, Williams became the midday host before moving to afternoons in 2000. John Williams has received several broadcasting awards over the years and is currently heard weekdays, 1pm – 3pm and Saturdays 10am – Noon and on the podcast “The Mincing Rascals,” a weekly news roundtable. The on-air ceremony set for Friday, September 13.
Brian Thomas Named OMAnd Head of Classic Hits For Townsquare Grand Rapids
THE MOUTH, JUNE 3RD, 2019 –– Townsquare Media Inc. announced that Brian Thomas is joining the Company effective now as its Operations Manager in Grand Rapids, MI. Thomas will also oversee the Company’s 17 Classic Hits stations.
“Townsquare is excelling in local radio by investing in personality and programming, both on-air and online. This is a perfect fit for my skills and I’m thrilled to join. Thanks to Kurt Johnson and Todd Lawley for the opportunity,” said Thomas.
SVP/Programming Kurt Johnson added, “Brian’s extensive achievement across several formats and markets is well-known. His passion for local radio, music programming, building digital audience, and talent development make him a fantastic addition to the team, helping us build on our already strong local success in Grand Rapids, and taking our Classic Hits stations to the next level.” Thomas’ previous posts include Program Director at WCBS-FM New York, WLS-FM Chicago, KFRC San Francisco, B97 New Orleans, and most recently Cumulus/Atlanta.
Mike 'Swift' Powell Tapped As PD For WKYS 93.9 Washington, DC
THE MOUTH, JUNE 3RD, 2019 –– Mike 'Swift' Powell has been named the new PD for Urban One's WKYS/Wash. DC Originally from New Orleans where he started as an on-air host with KMEZ, he later rose to Assistant PD and then Program Director with Cumulus Media. Powell left New Orleans in 2017 to become PD with Core Communicators in Charlotte and in 2018 he served as PD with Flinn Broadcasting in Memphis.
"First and foremost, I would like to thank Kashon Powell for giving me this once in a lifetime opportunity. I feel incredibly humbled to be chosen to lead such an iconic brand as WKYS and I look forward to creating history with the staff at Radio ONE DC," said Powell.
VP/Programming Kashon Powell added, "I am excited to have Mike take on this role. His experience, passion for the format and enthusiasm will certainly be an asset to our DC team." "Mike says a lot when he says, creating history. That's what we do here at Radio One, D.C., and I'm looking forward to blazing new trails with Mike on our amazing team," said Senior Regional VP Jeff Wilson.
Tim Leary Teams With Chelsea Taylor For Mornings On WIRK-FM West Palm Beach
THE MOUTH, JUNE 3RD, 2019 –– WIRK (Country) has tapped Country Radio vet Tim Leary to wake-up West Palm Beach. Leary will pair with WIRK’s Chelsea Taylor for mornings . Tim has an extensive country radio background most recently as the morning host at Hubbard Radio Seattle’s KNUC “98-9 The Bull”, and prior to that he spent seven years as morning host at country WUBB in Savannah.
“When you meet Tim, you can’t help but feel his passion for Country Radio. His enthusiasm and hunger to engage his listeners and community is just what we were looking for. Pairing Tim with Chelsea who was born and raised locally and loves country music as much as Tim does is sure to be winning combo” said Hubbard Radio West Palm Beach SVP/Market Manager, Elizabeth Hamma. Operations Manager, Leo Baldwin added, “From the second we met Tim, we knew he was the right guy for the job and then when he met Chelsea, we immediately knew we had the right show. We are thrilled to welcome Tim to our West Palm Beach family.”
Leary commented, “I am so unbelievably excited to come to such a legendary station as WIRK! I can’t wait to kick the show up in West Palm with Chelsea Taylor and work with Elizabeth Hamma, and Leo Baldwin! Thanks to Ginny Morris, Drew Horowitz, David Bestler, Greg Strassell, Jim Robinson...and THANK YOU to everybody who called, texted, and messaged me over these past weeks. You have no idea how much it has meant to me!”
MIX 107.3 Diamond Show Recruits Station's Former Hosts For Star-Studded Final Show
THE MOUTH, JUNE 3RD, 2019 –– Much attention was given to WPLJ's 2-day send-off in New York (see JL 5/31), but over in Washington, DC before MIX 107.3 turned off the lights, they celebrated its legacy by bringing back some of the greatest talents of its past. Rob Roberts tells Jockline, " I am so proud and grateful that everyone accepted our invite to come on and talk with Jack about what him, his show, and this station means to them. Love and emotions ran high, and it was a pleasure to be a part of it all. It's hard to say good bye, but a executing an amazing send out like today, makes it easier.
Guests included, Barbara Britt - 1st cohost of Jack's at Mix. - Q107 night person Dude Walker. Elliot & Woodside (Jim Elliot & Scott Woodside) - Q107 Mornings. They haven't been together since '86 - Joe Theismann - Redskins Super Bowl Winner - Carol Parker - former music director of Mix 1073 and Billy Bush - former competitor of Jack's in the 90s on Z104.
Roberts said on Facebook: "...It's the first time in my career I've been on the wrong side of a station getting sold so don't feel sorry for me. It was my turn. The next thing on my to-do list is "Go to Sedona for a week". A good friend of mine says about radio, "we don't vacation for days, we vacation for hours." connect with Rob HERE
EVENTS: Chris Lytle Kicks Off 13th Annual Kellar Radio Talent Institute In Boone
THE MOUTH, JUNE 3RD, 2019 –– The 13thAnnual Kellar Radio Talent Institute begins today at Appalacian State University in Boon, NC. Chris Lytle, of Instant Sales Training and bestselling author, will be speaking to nearly 30 students who were accepted into this year’s institute
Closing the program ten days from now, lifelong broadcaster Kerby Confer returns to the Kellar Radio Talent Institute to do the closing session. During The Kellar Radio Talent Institute. They'll join with over 40 broadcast pros from Beasley Media Group, Entercom, iHeart, Radio One, Capitol Broadcasting, Dick Broadcasting for this year's program which takes place in the Beasley School of Journalism Buidling.
Don Anthony, publisher of Jockline and host of Morning Show Bootcamp, Warren Kurtzman President of Coleman Research, and others, will lead sessions over the 10-day event. The Kellar Radio Talent Institute at Appalachian State is the original Institute of eight Radio Talent Institutes, and began in 2007. Broadcasters, broadcast groups, state broadcast associations, and companies, including Benztown, vCreative, and Mr Master serve to support and sponsor the event.
SYNDICATION: Woody & Wilcox Rise To 10 Affiliates With Addition Of 3 More
THE MOUTH, JUNE 3RD, 2019 –– Sun Broadcast Group (SBG) announced the addition of 3 new affiliates for the very popular Woody & Wilcox Show: WCYY 94.3 Portland, ME, WQRR FM ALT 101.7 Tuscaloosa AL, and WVWB 105.5 The Bull Clarksville, TN. The show now airs in 10 markets, originating from iHeartMedia’s 106.5 The End/Charlotte since 2010. Rich O’Brien, VP Programming and Affiliate Relations for Sun Broadcast Group adds, “We’re so excited about The Woody & Wilcox Show because not only are they doing morning shows on multiple formats (Alt, Classic Rock, Active Rock…even nights on a country station now!) but they do it in every corner of the globe…from Charlotte and Raleigh to Portland, ME to Alabama to Alaska…and they WIN!”
“After years of expanding my waist line, it’s nice to finally have a more positive expansion” –Woody “In an effort to expand our show to even more formats, we’re working on our Spanish too…so guten tag to all our Hispanics amigos!” -Wilcox. David DuBose, Market President - Townsquare Media Tuscaloosa AL also commented: “We are excited to bring Woody & Wilcox to ALT 1017 “, this show is a proven winner. These guys are funny, and very entertaining, I knew we had the right show when they gave us a big ROLL TIDE during our first call”. For more information about Woody & Wilcox, contact Rich O’Brien at 212.380.9338 or firstname.lastname@example.org
WHAS Louisville's Crusade For Children Raises $5.69 Million For Special Needs Children
THE MOUTH, JUNE 3RD, 2019 –– The 66th WHAS Crusade for Children in Louisville raised $5.69 million for special needs children throughout Kentucky and Indiana. Firefighters, civic groups, churches, and businesses collect for the annual charity simulcast on iHeart’s 840WHAS radio and Tegna’s WHAS11 television.
Radio’s Terry Meiners and TV news anchor Lisa Hutson co-host the weekend-long simulcast. The WHAS Crusade for Children has delivered more than $185 million to children’s charities over six decades.
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New York's Legendary WPLJ Signing Off
THE MOUTH, MAY 31ST, 2019 –– The legendary WPLJ New York,which launched in 1971 as an AOR will go dark Friday at 7 p.m. ET. The frequency, acquired from Cumulus Media by leading religious programmers Educational Media Foundation (EMF) earlier this year, will immediately transition into a contemporary Christian music station, an affiliate of the national K-LOVE network. This week, the station celebrated its final two days with the help numerous former DJs and staffers on the air, while offering commemorative T-shirts (see below - order HERE).
Variety reports that among the personalities who joined in were Scott Shannon, Patty Steele (now co-host of WCBS-FM), Joe Nolan, weatherman Bill Evans, Brad Blanks and Jim Kerr, (now the morning man at iHeartMedia’s New York classic rocker WAXQ (Q104.3). Others who visited the studio included former WPLJ President/GM Mitch Dolan, ex-PD Tom Cuddy (now at crosstown WOR-AM) and past APD/.MDE Louie Diaz (now Cumulus VP Contemporary Programming and PD at WWWQ Atlanta).
WPLJ’s call letters came from the name oft he first track on the 1971 Mothers of Invention album, “Burnt Weeny Sandwich,” based on a song by one of Frank Zappa’s favorite northern California R&B doo-wop groups, The Four Deuces, which stood for “white port and lemon juice.” Using the tag line, “Rock ‘N Stereo,” the then-ABC-Radio-owned station was one of the first of the emerging AOR formats under the direction of legendary program director Larry Berger, who passed away last October. The station segued into a CHR/Top 40 direction in 1983, temporarily changing its call letter to WWPR (Power 95) before switching back to WPLJ a year later after listener research showed the audience identified with the well-known moniker. Current WPLJ on-air personality Race Taylor: “It’s official. Goodbyes are hard. This one’s going to hurt a little. Okay, a lot #EndofanEra.”
In a lengthy interview in Billboard, New York radio legend Jim Kerr (R) says "It's not even a switchover, its WPLJ ceasing to exist altogether. What the company that acquired them, which is a nonprofit broadcaster and one of the largest in the United States, has done was just acquired a frequency, nothing more nothing less. No studio, no nothing. A new owner starts on a new day as a new frequency. PLJ is gone. But it's so important for the history of this station to be preserved in some way. READ INTERVIEW HERE
PHOTO- Courtesy of Dave Stewart - Louie Diaz, Harry Kapsalis, Scott Shannon, Brad Blanks, Joe Nolan, Patty Steele, Dave Labrozzi, Mike Allan, Tom Cuddy, me. — with Scott Shannon, Brad Blanks, Joe Nolan, Patty Steele, Dave Labrozzi and Mike Allan. Kerr Photo/Cindy Ord/Getty Images for iHeartRadio
STUDY: Facebook Usage Continues To Drop
THE MOUTH, MAY 31ST, 2019 –– There are now approximately 223 million social media users age 12+ in the U.S., and their original social media platform of choice, Facebook, is losing ground among users of all ages, for various reasons. The Social Habit 2019 is a new study from Edison Research designed to dig deeper after a finding from The Infinite Dial®2019 (from Edison Research and Triton Digital® ) showed that Facebook has 15 million fewer users overall in the U.S. in 2019 than 2017. The latest study shows that around one-third of Facebook users are using the platform less often than when they joined, regardless of age, but the reasons for using Facebook less vary widely with age.
Those age 13-34 say they are using Facebook less because they enjoy other social media sites more, their friends don’t post much on Facebook, and because they are trying to avoid parents and relatives on the site. Those age 35+ say they are using Facebook less because they don’t like rants and have privacy concerns.
“Not only have millions of Americans stopped using Facebook entirely, nearly a third of Facebook users tell us they are using the service less. While Facebook remains the leading social media brand in America, it is being wounded on multiple fronts, as every demographic has their own reasons for spending less time there,” said Tom Webster, Senior Vice President at Edison Research. Other key findings include: · The “core users” of the different social media brands, (those who use that one ‘most often’) have different demographic profiles. Those who use LinkedIn and Twitter most are more likely to be male. Pinterest and Facebook users are more likely to be female. Snapchat is evenly split. To VIEw PRESENTATION, CLICK HERE
BUSINESS: Banyan Software Acquires vCreative
Founders Jinny and John Laderer Will Continue To Run The Company
THE MOUTH, MAY 31ST, 2019 –– Atlanta-based Banyan Software, Inc., a company focused on acquiring,building and growing great enterprise software businesses, is pleased to announce the acquisition of vCreative, a Florida-based company that delivers innovative cloud-based workflow software to broadcast and media companies. vCreative is the nation’s leading broadcast workflow software company, providing solutions that help radio, TV and media companies thrive in a rapidly evolving marketplace. Founded by Jinny (L) and John Laderer, vCreative was built on a single premise: produce software that dramatically increases efficiency and productivity in order to provide more time for revenue generating activities.
The Laderer’s commitment has never been stronger and they will continue on as CEO and CTO, driving strategy and managing the company’s day-to-day operations alongside the current leadership team. “As the media industry continues to evolve and change, our clients have been asking for new and customworkflow solutions to address digital, TV, programmatic, podcasting, promotions, and other non-traditional opportunities.” says Jinny Laderer, CEO, vCreative. “In order to deliver, John and I knew that we needed a stronger foundation with deeper resources in technology, strategy and finance. With Banyan Software, we can accelerate the delivery of new products, integrations and the efficiency models urgently needed for media companies to thrive in today’s changing market. Banyan provides vCreative a permanent home and the infrastructure needed to exceed our client’s expectations.
“vCreative has earned the position of market leader due to an amazing team and corporate culture that is focused on client success, continuously listening and consistently improving the company’s products to adapt to client needs,” says David Berkal, CEO, Banyan Software. “Our plan is to invest heavily in next-generation improvements in technology, including an immediate expansion of the team, that will ensure we continue to provide best-in-class products and client support to build upon the standard of excellence that Jinny and her team have created.” For more information, please visit: http://www.banyansoftware.com.
NETWORKS: Alpha & Compass Extend With Markley, Van Camp & Robbins Show
THE MOUTH, MAY 31ST, 2019 –– Alpha Media & Compass Media Networks announced a multi-year extension of their programming partnership for the syndication of (newly rebranded) The Markley, van Camp & Robbins Show (“MVR”). Since debuting into syndication in April 2018, MVR has over 50 affiliates in all size markets (PPM and diary) and regions, including KXL in Portland (OR), KTSA in San Antonio, WMBD in Peoria and WWBA in Tampa. The addition of Scott Robbins (currently a contributor to the show) accentuates the shows focus on addressing topics from the perspective of a Baby Boomer, Gen X and Millennial (by having a host from each era).
“Markley, van Camp and Robbins have achieved the perfect blend of chemistry and humor” says Phil Becker, Executive Vice President of Content, Alpha Media. “This is the show News Talk stations have been looking for.” Jamie Markley comments "I’m so excited that Robbins is a now a full time member of the show. His lack of filter and wit definitely takes us to another level.” David van Camp adds "It's awesome to have Scott. He's a hilarious guy, a great broadcaster, and a ton of fun to work with." Scott Robbins says “I feel incredibly blessed to be part of this show.” For information on how to reserve your market today contact Susan O’Connell (914) 708- 1450
Michael Berry Inks Multi-Year Extension With KTRH-AM Houston
THE MOUTH, MAY 31ST, 2019 –– iHeartMedia Houston’s KTRH AM 740 announced a new four-year agreement with host Michael Berry. He'll continue his relationship with KTRH AM 740, Houston’s News, Weather and Traffic, as an on-air host for “The Michael Berry Show” through 2023. Under the agreement, fans will continue to enjoy “The Michael Berry Show” each weekday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
“I’m excited to extend our partnership with Michael because he is one of the hardest working radio personalities in America and offers a unique brand of humor and information,” said Eddie Martiny, Region President for iHeartMedia Houston. I know his listeners will ‘pop a top’ knowing Michael Berry will continue taking them to and from work!” “I love what I do, I love who I do it with and I love that I do it here with iHeartMedia,” said Berry. “Talk Radio is about engaging people with ideas, and some will agree, some won’t, but it’s entertaining and rewarding to engage. That’s what I get to do every single day and now I can do it for years more to come.”
Berry began his radio career in 2005 at KPRC AM 950 and now “The Michael Berry Show” can be heard on nearly two dozen additional iHeartMedia stations across top cities throughout the country including New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Portland, Nashville, New Orleans, Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, Birmingham and Baton Rouge.
PODCAST: SVP & Russillo Reunite On June 3rd
THE MOUTH, MAY 31ST, 2019 –– Former ESPN Radio co-hosts Scott Van Pelt and Ryen Russillo will recreate the tremendous chemistry they enjoyed with lively sports conversation in a new podcast, SVP & Russillo. The one-hour offering will debut June 3. After three monthly editions, in September the show will become bi-weekly. Their former ESPN Radio show was heard for six years weekday afternoons until mid-2015.
“We just figured, if we are going to talk on the phone for 45 minutes, we might as well record it and make it a podcast,” said Van Pelt. “We enjoyed our time together on radio, and it’s amazing the loyalty and appetite our listeners still have for us. I couldn’t be more fired up.” Russillo added, “It’s been a few years since we stopped doing the show and I’ve always been amazed how many times people come up to me and say how much they still miss it. It was a daily part of people’s lives. Even people at ESPN who have different roles and positions today say how much they loved the show. We both knew we would do something again. I’m just happy it’s still with ESPN.” Russillo, who joined ESPN Audio in 2006, was first heard on a variety of radio shows and formats including talk shows, college football’s College GameDay on Radio and the NFL Draft. After Van Pelt left for SportsCenter, Russillo continued to host the show through December 2017. As of January 2018 he hosts a weekly podcast, The Russillo Show. He also appears regularly on SportsCenter and Get Up!
AWARDS: Joey Reynolds Honored By New Jersey Legislature With Distinguished Achievement Award in Broadcasting
THE MOUTH, MAY 31ST, 2019 –– With a joint resolution from the New Jersey Senate and the New Jersey Assembly, iconic broadcaster Joey Reynolds was bestowed the honor of a “Distinguished Achievement in Broadcasting” award” on May 17, 2019. Reynolds received this grateful recognition, from Senator Weinberg, Assemblyman Johnson and Assembly woman Vainieri Huttle, as he was saluted by the Cedar Lane Management Group during its Annual Teaneck Cedar Lane Family Festival.
Joey Reynolds is renowned as a pioneer of the brash, no-holds-barred style that dominated morning rock radio in the 1990’s. Reynolds became a sensation in the 1960’s on some equally legendary call letters in major cities on the east coast and mid-west on radio and TV. Reynolds was named “DJ of the Year” for three consecutive years by Billboard. Joey managed an AM radio station in Lakewood, NJ in the early ‘70s with an enlightened talk and music format that is still discussed today.
In 1985, Joey Reynolds landed at WNBC-AM in NYC doing afternoons, preceded by mornings at WFIL-AM, Philadelphia. His long reign on late-night radio at 710 WOR-AM in NYC with his legion of followers of his Royal Order of the Night People for nearly 15 years. Today, Joey Reynolds is pioneering the audio and video world with a “triple-cast” of a Radio, TV and Internet show.
EVENTS: Broadway Stars Join 77WABC's Joan Hamburg For Annual Pre-Tony Luncheon
THE MOUTH, MAY 31ST, 2019 –– 77 WABC radio host Joan Hamburg presented her annual Pre-Tony luncheon today at Arno Ristorante in New York City. The sold-out audience was treated to appearances by Broadway stars including: Jeff Daniels, Tony Award-winning actor and Tony nominee this year for his role as Atticus Finch in the smash Broadway play "To Kill A Mockingbird"; "King Lear" actress Glenda Jackson, who won the Tony last year for Best Actress in a Play for her work in "Three Tall Women"; Damon Daunno, Tony nominee for his work in Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Oklahoma", and Susie Essman of television's Curb Your Enthusiasm.
Highlights of the show will air on 77 WABC in two parts. Part 1 will air this Saturday, June 1st, at 1:00pm, while Part 2 will air the following Saturday, June 8th at 1:00pm. The 2019 Tony Awards will air live on CBS on Sunday, June 9th, at 8:00pm ET, from Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Joan Hamburg said: “It’s one of my favorite days of the year where we get to meet our listeners and talk with some of Broadway's most exciting performers.” Craig Schwalb, WABC Program Director, said: “Joan Hamburg’s Pre-Tony luncheon is a must-attend for Tony nominees. The event is yet another example of the respect Joan has throughout New York’s theater community. We are fortunate to bring the best of Broadway to 77 WABC and our listeners.” The Joan Hamburg Show has aired exclusively on 77 WABC since 2014 and is hosted by Hall Of Fame Broadcaster and Gracie Award-winner Joan Hamburg.
SNAPS: Blake Shelton Asked Big Al Mack To Introduce Him At New Music Venue- WATCH
THE MOUTH, MAY 31ST, 2019 –– Big Al Mack from YEA Networks' syndicated The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show, was ecstatic when Blake Shelton asked if he'd be willing to introduce him at the Memorial Day weekend Grand Opening of Shelton's new live music venue, The Doghouse at Ole Red, in Blake's hometown of Tishomingo, OK.
Blake sent his helicopter to Dallas, TX, to pick up Big Al and bring him 125 miles north to Tishomingo to make the on-stage introduction. Why Big Al? Blake explained: "Every time I look on Twitter, you're always saying something nice about me!"
Proceeds of more than $145,000 from the ticket sales went to benefit the Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation - WATCHPHOTO/Blake Shelton, Big Al Mack, and Gwen Stefani. Thanks for your interest!
Blair Garner With Thomas Rhett Gathering
THE MOUTH, MAY 31ST, 2019 –– Blair Garner, host of The Blair Garner Show, syndicated by Westwood One, presented a private Center Point Road listening party for Thomas Rhett fans who won their way in to the special event at Cumulus Nashville's WKDF/NASH FM 103.3 last week. Listeners got to hear Rhett's new album before its release and also heard him talk to Blair about life with two little girls, touring with his dad, and how his wife has become more Instagram-famous than he is!
PHOTO/L-R: Valory's Ashley Sidoti; Chris Palmer; Thomas Rhett; Blair Garner; WKDF/NASH FM 103.3's John Shomby; Tyler Reese and Kelley Brock.
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iHeart & Elton John To Celebrate Paramount's Rocketman With Massive Roadblock Event
THE MOUTH, MAY 30TH, 2019 ––Iconic recording artist Elton John will join iHeartRadio stations across the country today to discuss his life and music and how they influenced Paramount’s Film Rocketman on the Eve of Its Friday Opening. Beginning today at 5 p.m. ET/PT, The exclusive on-air special will feature Elton John as he personally introduces his favorite hits of all time and shares personal stories across more than 120 iHeartRadio AC, Hot AC,Classic Rock, and Oldies stations nationwide and digitally.
In addition, leading up to the radio special, snippets from the exclusive special will be featured in iHeartRadio’s Icons: Real talk with the greatest minds in music and culture podcast hosted by Disgraceland’s Jake Brennan (L). Elton says, “Music saved me and that’s why there’s music all the way through the film. It’s been a constant in my life since I was a little boy. It saved me because I still kept working when I was mis-behaving and doing drugs…I’m still alive because of that"
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WKYS DC Debuts Revamped Morning Hustle
THE MOUTH, MAY 30TH, 23019 –– Urban One's 93.9 WKYS Washington DC has debuted its revamped morning show, 'The Morning Hustle,' featuring Angie Ange (center) who's joined by new co-hosts Jordan ( top right - formerly known as Shorty da Prince) and Lore' (top left). Jordan returns to the station where he previously worked from 2014 to 2017 and also worked at sister stations in Cleveland, Detroit, and St. Louis. He also hosted BET’s 106 & Park. Lore'l is known for her work on Season 3 of VH1's "Love & Hip Hop: New York," as well as her podcasts "Bully and the Beast" and "Lip Service." "
"I'm excited about The Morning Hustle and the dynamic show they will bring to the WKYS listeners every morning. They each have such unique personalities and I'm confident that the expansion of this show will continue to strengthen the WKYS brand," said VP/Programming Kashon Powell. Senior Regional Vice President Jeff Wilson added, "We have combined three of the most lively and engaging people on the planet to wake-up one of the most vibrant districts in the universe." PHOTO/Twenty8 Photography
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Andrew L. Dahm Tapped As iHeart's Chief Privacy Officer
THE MOUTH, MAY 30TH, 23019 –– iHeartMedia announced that Andrew L. Dahm has been named the company’s Chief Privacy Officer. Dahm will also remain in his role as iHeartMedia’s Senior Corporate Counsel. In this new role, Dahm will be responsible for shaping, regulating and administering iHeartMedia’s privacy policies and strategies to ensure they continue to meet global regulatory requirements and address the company’s specific needs. He will also work closely with Steve Mills, iHeartMedia’s Global Chief Information Officer, and David Neuman, iHeartMedia’s Global Chief Information Security Officer, to oversee company-wide data security and protection plans.
“Protecting our company data and personal information has always been a priority for iHeartMedia,” said Rich Bressler, iHeartMedia’s President, COO and CFO. “Andrew is uniquely suited for this important new role at our company and has been at the center of the legal aspects of all of our digital operations for several years, including the development of our privacy policies for consumers and employees and our third-party vendor relationships relating to privacy matters.” Dahm joined iHeartMedia in 2011 as its Senior Corporate Counsel, Business and Regulatory.
Renowned Fantasy Sports Host Craig Mish Joins FNTSY Radio
THE MOUTH, MAY 30TH, 2019 –– The Elvis Duran Group and SportsGrid welcome Craig Mish to their Fantasy Sports Radio Network (FNTSY Radio) to host Fantasy Sports Today, a new show launching June 3. As the prior host of the longest running Fantasy Baseball show on SiriusXM, Mish’s relationships with top MLB and NFL players, owners and insiders will come into play as they join him on the show as guests sharing inside knowledge that will assist fantasy players with their teams.
EDG Partner/CEO and FNTSY Radio Partner David Katz comments, “Craig is the only person in sports who inherently presents any news and information through a fantasy sports perspective. He never forgets his audience and I for one have greatly benefitted from his insight with my own fantasy teams over the years. All of us are extremely proud to have him join FNTSY Radio.” Craig Mish adds, “I’m impressed with what David and Louis are doing with the network and how they’re super-serving this huge fan base. I’m happy to be a part of FNTSY Radio and look forward to connecting with listeners worldwide.”
In addition to launching Fantasy Sports Today, the Florida native covers the Miami Marlins as host of his own podcast, Swings and Mishes. He’s also considered the country’s top Marlins “Insider” and frequently guests on sports media outlets. The free digital streaming audio platform can be heard on the FNTSY Radio app, iHeart Radio and TuneIn.
Roanoke/Lynchburg's WJJS & Steve FM Now Airing On New Frequencies
THE MOUTH, MAY 30TH, 23019 –– iHeartMedia Roanoke/Lynchburg announced that WJJS-FM, Roanoke and STEVE-FM, Roanoke/Lynchburg have moved to new frequencies. WJJS-FM has moved its FM frequency to 93.5 in Roanoke, Virginia and will continue to simulcast on 102.7 in Lynchburg, Virginia. In addition, STEVE-FM has moved its FM station frequency to 104.9. Both station frequency changes are effective immediately.
WJJS-FM also airs Elvis Duran's Morning Show, as well as, Ryan Seacrest. The station reports, STEVE-FM will now be reaching thousands of new listeners with its wide-ranging format.
Entercom & The Florida Panthers Ink Multi-Year Broadcast Extension
THE MOUTH, MAY 30Th, 2019 –– Entercom and the Florida Panthers have reached a multiyear broadcast extension. As part of the agreement, 560 WQAM Sports Radio (WQAM-AM) in Miami will remain the broadcast radio home of the team, airing all Panthers games through the end of the 2021-2022 season. “As South Florida’s Iconic Sports Station, WQAM is committed to being the go-to home for Miami’s devoted sports fans,” said Keriann Worley, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom South Florida.
“We’re THRILLED to continue our partnership with the Florida Panthers and are committed to providing fans with comprehensive coverage of their hometown team.” “We’re proud to continue to our partnership with Entercom and 560 WQAM as our Panthers’ flagship,” said Shawn Thornton, Senior Vice President, Florida Panthers. “From the RADIO.COM app to the dial, our fans know where to find Panthers Hockey and Panthers talk.”
EVENTS: The Ty Bentli Show Adds 11 Artists To Whiskey Row Broadcast
THE MOUTH, MAY 30TH, 2019 –– The Ty Bentli Show is once again broadcasting live from downtown Nashville during CMA Fest! For the first time this year, Ty Bentli, Tricia “TJ” Jenkins, and Chuck Wicks will air from Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row on Nashville’s historic Broadway.
Artists confirmed to make appearances during the show’s morning broadcasts (5am-9am daily) include Little Big Town, Scotty McCreery, Jordan Davis, Walker Hayes, Tenille Townes, Rachel Wammack, King Calaway, Clare Dunn, Seaforth, Gone West, and Matt Stell, with more artists to be announced.
Listeners across the U.S. and U.K., as well as an in-house audience, will share in personal stories, performances, and photo opportunities with their favorites in country music. “One of the reasons it was so vital for us to get The Ty Bentli Show on Country Hits Radio was for this exact reason,” says James Brownlow of Country Hits Radio UK. “They’re giving us original ideas in delivering some of the best country artists during the world’s biggest annual country event: CMA Fest. This show is spoiling UK country music fans, and we can’t wait to hear what happens from Whiskey Row.”
For more information and the latest artist announcements, click HERE.
PRODUCTS: Benztown Launches New Plug-in
THE MOUTH, MAY 30TH, 2019 –– Benztown unveiled a brand new advanced audio production tool, the Benztown Plug-in. The first of its kind, the Benztown Plug-in brings the entire Benztown radio imaging library in fully integrated form to audio producers' digital audio workstation in seconds, making audio production faster and easier. The Benztown Plug-in works with any DAW - from proTools to Audition to Logic, Reaper, and more. AAX, VST and AU formats are supported.
Andreas Sannemann, Benztown Chief Executive Officer and creator of the Benztown Plug-in, said: “After months in development, we are pleased to bring this advanced audio production tool to audio producers around the world and believe it will be a real game-changer for them. The Benztown Plug-in is unlike anything that’s available and will transform how producers integrate our highest quality creative library content with their own audio to create something greater than the sum of its parts. We truly believe in integration of audio in the actual workflow as being part of the future of our industry and this is a big step in this direction!”
Dave “Chachi” Denes, President of Benztown, added, “The Benztown Plug-in is radio imaging simplified… It takes the great-sounding audio from Benztown production libraries and puts it directly in producers’ actual project/session at the touch of a button. Audition, download and ready to use in your DAW. Just pull the audio from the plug-in into your session and start creating... It's that easy - and gives audio production professionals even more time to UNPLUG when the work is done!" For more information, please visit: https://benztown.com/plugin or contact Masa Patterson at Benztown at email@example.com or (818) 842-4600.
Gethin, Gemma & Dave Gone From Hits Radio Breakfast Show In The UK
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, MAY 30TH, 2019 –– Hits Radio Breakfast presenters Gethin Jones and Dave Vitty, plus afternoon presenter Debbie Mac, are leaving the station. Gemma Atkinson will move to Drive. The major changes come just 12 months since the station launched with a large marketing campaign and almost national coverage on DAB. Gemma will co-host with Wes Butters when she returns from maternity but in the meantime, Wes will move to breakfast to present with Dave Vitty and former Emmerdale actress Sherree Murphy. Gethin, Gemma and Dave’s last Breakfast Show will be Friday 7th June, with Wes, Sheree and Dave covering Breakfast ahead of the brand new show launching this summer. Debbie Mac’s last show is 21st June. The details of the new Breakfast show will be unveiled shortly too.
Cat Gets Presenter’s Tongue-
In Australia, triple j’s Liam Stapleton had to deal with a serious threat in the studio, Ben Harvey’s cat. Liam found out earlier this week that he is allergic to cats, so Ben bringing in his feline friend was far from ideal. Liam went and locked himself in an “allergy bunker” and called in. “I want to be feel comfortable in my workplace without my throat closing up!” he said. He eventually found a solution, somehow tracking down a military grade gas suit to wear! Read more and listen HERE
Fairytale Festival returns to Beat 102-103 In Ireland - The Fairytale Festival will return to the South East of Ireland this summer with Beat 102-103 & Kilkenny County Council. Set in Woodstock Gardens, The Fairytale Festival is the brainchild of Beat’s Creative Department, who have been working over the winter period to produce the event which promises an enjoyable, safe and magical space for children to discover (and adults to rediscover) the magic of traditional fairy tales. Now in its fourth year, the 100% screen-free event is set to feature a fairy trail, bouncy castles, storytelling, a plethora of outdoor games, a Reptile Zoo and Mini Farm, the return of an expanded capacity interactive story train, and so much more.
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MWC's My 106.5 Kalamazoo On The Hunt For A Morning Co-Host
THE MOUTH, MAY 30TH, 2019 –– Duke Wright’s Midwest Communications has an immediate opportunity at My 106.5 WVFM, Kalamazoo Michigan’s leading Adult Contemporary station. We’re currently looking for a part-time morning drive person (with the possibility of full time). You will be teamed with veteran air talent Kim Carson! We’re in search for a Smart, Hard Working, Ambitious and Nice person to join an excellent team of professionals. A good driving record and a valid driver’s license are required.
Send your audio, examples of your social media skills , resume & anything you think is relevant to: Operations Manager, Mark Hamlin at email@example.com; or Mail to Mark’s attention at 4200 West Main Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49006. No phone calls please. WVFM and Midwest Communications is an Equal Opportunity Employer by choice.
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iHeart Canada Rebrands 13 Stations As Pure Country; First-Ever, National Country Brand
THE MOUTH, MAY 29TH, 2019 –– iHeartRadio Canada launched PURE COUNTRY on Tuesday, Canada’s first-ever, national country music radio brand. Rolling out beginning today across 13 Canadian radio stations from Northern B.C. to Truro, NS , as well as the iHeartRadio Canada app and PureCountry.ca. PURE COUNTRY is anchored by llocal morning and drive home shows, while iHeartRadio Canada host Shannon Ella hosts a nationally syndicated midday show weekdays on all PURE COUNTRY stations. Ella joins the PURE COUNTRY team after previously being on air with Today’s Country BX93 in London and KHJ in Fredericton.
PURE COUNTRY also airs Bobby Bones daily show during the evenings, plus his Top 30 Country Countdown. on weekends The following iHeartRadio Canada stations are now rebranded as PURE COUNTRY:
Ottawa's Pure Country 94 - Fredericton's Pure Country 103.5 - Nova Scotia's Pure Country 99.5 (Truro)London's Pure Country 93 - Central Ontario's Pure Country 106 (Orillia, Barrie, Midland) - Pembroke’s Pure Country 96.7 - Peterborough's Pure Country 105 - Sudbury's Pure Country 91.7 - Dawson Creek's Pure Country 890 - BC North's Pure Country (Terrace, Prince Rupert, Kitimat) - Brandon's Pure Country 101 - Regina's Pure Country 92.7 - Kingston's Pure Country 99
Longtime Toledo Host Gary Shores Steps Down From Show, In Need Of Lung Transplant
THE MOUTH, MAY 29TH, 2019 –– Calling it the “most difficult decision of my life,” veteran radio broadcaster Gary Shores is leaving his long-running WKKO-FM 99.9, K-100, morning show on Thursday — at least for now — for health reasons reports The Toledo Blade. The team of Cliff and Lyn will begin handling morning duties beginning Friday.
Shores was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a lung disease where lung tissues become progressively damaged and scarred, leading to shortness of breath. “I’m going out on disability starting this Friday, because of my lung disease, pulmonary fibrosis,” he posted on the K-100’s Facebook page. “I get completely out of breath after talking for a minute or so, it’s very frustrating. I’ve struggled with this disease for about 3 years now. It’s a progressive disease, and there’s no cure except a lung transplant.”
The Blade writes: It's been a tough ride for Shores in recent years. His wife of nearly 43 years, Joanie, died in November after a brief second battle with cancer, and his longtime radio partner, Harvey Steele, died in late December, 2017. Radio, a constant in his life, was “not something I wanted to step away from,” he said. “I wanted to retire and kick off my shoes and relax on my terms. But my lungs are really determining this is the time to do it.” PHOTO/screengrab
[WATCH] Jack Diamond Breaks News To Listeners Of Mix 107.3's Last Day On Air
THE MOUTH, MAY 298TH, 2019 –– After 30 years on the air in Washington, DC, Jack Diamond, host of the The Jack Diamond Morning Show, shared with listeners yesterday exactly what is happening with Mix 107.3 and his show coming this Friday. Sounding upbeat and optimistic in spite of the pending changes, Diamond announced that 'This Friday May 31st, will be 107.3's final day -- As of 7pm on Friday May 31st, there will be new programming on 107.3. he also teased that on Friday morning 'We have some surprises for you - "and if you've been a listener since the early days of the station, 'This will blow your mind." He urged listeners to listen both in the morning and at night between 6 & 7 PM where he'll join for a special broadcast.
Diamond said that with the exception of one year, Cumulus 'was kind enough to bring us back - he thanked their CEO Mary Berner, EVP/Programming and Content, Mike McVay, EVP/Operations for Cumulus, Dave Milner. Diamond repeated that he wanted to get the facts out there, not rumors - he then shared the latest ratings (25-54 demo), that were released on Tuesday - boasting that in overall numbers The Jack Diamond morning show was now 8th" in a very crowed field.
He later teased that 'The Jack Diamond Morning Show, featuring Diamond, Erica Hilary (inset TL), Jimmy Alexander (inset BR), and Producer Blaire (not shown) isn't going anywhere - Could this mean it's headed to a different platform? A new radio home? We should know soon. Meantime, WATCH VIDEO HERE
After 61 Years, Warner Bros Records Rebrands
THE MOUTH, MAY 29TH, 2019 –– Following its recent move to Los Angeles' Arts District Warner Bros. Records has rebranded to Warner Records after 61 years. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the rebranding also comes with a new logo (shown) and is part of the label’s continuing evolution under the leadership of U.S. co-chairman/CEO Aaron Bay-Schuck, who joined in October 2018; U.S. co-chairman/COO Tom Corson, appointed in January 2018; and Phil Christie, named president of the U.K. label in 2016.
Founded in March 1958 as a division of Warner Bros. Pictures, Warner Bros. Records adopted its parent company’s shield logo and used it ever since. Then in 2004, Warner Music Group became the world’s largest stand-alone major music company when it was sold by Time Warner. At the time of the sale, it was agreed that Warner Bros. Records would continue to use its name and logo for 15 years. "For the first time in the label’s history, we’ve had the opportunity to create a distinct, modern identity entirely of our own," said Corson and Bay-Schuck in a joint statement. "The timing couldn’t be better, since we all feel the label is at a moment of reinvention that builds on our legacy, while moving into a future driven by fearlessness and creativity. We have a growing roster of world-class artists, a rejuvenated team and an incredible new location. It’s a new day for Warner Records, an iconic label that was born in the California sun and is at home everywhere on earth." This article was originally published by Billboard.
Andrea Hansen Rises To Station Manager/Director Of Sales For Entercom Madison Cluster
THE MOUTH, MAY 29TH, 2019 –– Entercom announced the promotion of Andrea Hansen to Station Manager and Director of Sales for Entercom Madison, effective immediately. In this role, Hansen will oversee sales efforts for 105.5 Triple M (WMMM-FM), 94.9 WOLX (WOLX-FM) and MIX 105.1 (WMHX-FM). Hansen was previously General Sales Manager for the market, a role she held since 2015.
“Andrea has done a tremendous job leading our sales team and is an invaluable resource to the culture of our company,” said Chuck Sullivan, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Madison. “She has been instrumental in the growth of our client base and the training of the team.”
“I am proud to be part of a company that allows us to be true solution providers for our clients," said Hansen. “I look forward to expanding on our growth.” Hansen joined Entercom in 2015 as a Local Sales Manager before assuming the role of General Sales Manager. Prior to joining Entercom, she served as a sales manager for the Wisconsin State Journal.
EVENTS: The 12th Annual 'Rising Through the Ranks' Open for Scholarships Submissions
Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB), Broadcast Music, Inc. ® (BMI®), and the Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio (MIW) Group will present the 12th annual “Rising Through the Ranks” Seminar on August 13-15 at BMI's Nashville office. As in years past, BMI will offer 20 scholarships for this year's program. These scholarships cover the cost of the professional development course which is designed to foster and educate current and emerging female radio managers within broadcast radio.
Featured speakers include: Hartley Adkins, president, integrated revenue strategy, iHeartMedia, Inc; Georgia Beasley, manager, professional development, RAB; Joe D'Angelo, senior vice president, broadcast radio, Xperi Inc. DTS/HD Radio; Erica Farber, president and chief executive officer, RAB; Kim Guthrie, president, Cox Media Group; Bill Hendrich, executive vice president, Cox Media Group; Amy Hughes, director of sales, Entercom Memphis; Laurie Kahn, founder/chief multi-tasker, Media Staffing Network; Susan Larkin, regional vice president, Entercom; Denyse Mesnik, president, The Mesnik Group/MIW Executive Committee; Val Maki, president and chief operating officer, Brandovation; Jennifer Morelli, senior vice president, live events & experiences, Entercom; Ginny Morris, chairperson and chief executive officer, Hubbard Radio; Beth Neuhoff, chief executive officer, Neuhoff Media; Dan Spears, vice president, industry relations, BMI; Erika Sylvia, controller, Emmis Communications.
Scholarship recipients will be notified of their selection by Wednesday, June 25. Learn more at http://www.rab.com/public/academy/rttr-info.cfm.
Stars of Bravo’s Real Housewives of Dallas Kick Off Weekly Dose Of B.S.
THE MOUTH, MAY 29TH, 2019 –– More than 600 people attended the sold-out event, “Weekly Dose of B.S. - The Tour” on Thursday, May 23rd, at Lava Cantina in The Colony, TX (DFW area). Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Dallas” stars Brandi Redmond and Stephanie Hollman, kicked off “Weekly Dose of B.S. - The Tour” as they recorded their hit podcast, "Weekly Dose of B.S." in front of the live audience. A portion of drink sales at the event benefitted the non-profit Lonestar Social Services. There were also giveaways, a free photo booth from Simple Booth, music from DJ Bad Ash from Radio DJs, and more!
Brandi Redmond said: “It was surreal and epic for us. We loved seeing everyone laugh with us live.” Stephanie Hollman added: “The smiles, laughter and love made this an evening to remember. I am forever grateful! More tour dates coming soon!”
The podcast is produced by YEA Networks. For more information about “Weekly Dose of B.S.”, visit: weeklydoseofbs.com. TOP PHOTO/Trey Stewart, Brandi Redmond, and Stephanie Hollman.
97.1 The River and Reformation Brewery Team For Wheat Will Rock You BeerTHE MOUTH, MAY 29TH, 2019 –– 97.1 The River (WSRV-FM/Atlanta) has partnered with Reformation Brewery to create a limited-edition beer just in time for summer. Wheat Will Rock You will be available on draft beginning in early June at Reformation Brewery and Georgia Taco Mac locations as a limited seasonal summer release. 97.1 The River’s English Nick worked with the brewers at Reformation Brewery to create a hop-forward American Wheat inspired by the sweet citrus notes of Amarillo & Idaho Gem hops. The low-alcohol, limited-release beer is light, crisp and ready to be enjoyed on your favorite patio, all summer long.
“There are two things that go great together in the Atlanta summer heat: 97.1 The River and beer! The gang at Reformation Brewery did an awesome job coming up with a beer that I know our listeners will love,” says Chris Eagan, senior director of operations at Cox Media Group. The Wheat Will Rock You launch party will take place on Saturday, June 15 from 2 to 6 p.m.
WKLH Miracle Marathon For Children’s Hospital Raises Over 1.1 Million Dollars
THE MOUTH, MAY 29TH, 2019 –– WKLH’s Miracle Marathon for Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin wrapped up 36 hours of broadcasting from 5a on the 23rd to 5p on the 24th, raising $1,101,602. Broadcast live from Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, this two-day radiothon, hosted by 96.5 WKLH/Milwaukee’s Mornings with Dave Luczak, is a 22-year annual fundraising tradition held before Memorial Day weekend.
This event is Children’s Hospital’s largest fundraiser, with over $27,000,000 in donations through all 22 Marathons. “Not only is Children’s a tremendous asset to children in our community, but families from across the nation come to this world-class hospital for care,” said Luczak. “It is an honor to support the work and Children’s mission through Miracle Marathon each year.”
ALT 98.7's Summer Camp 2019 Set For August
THE MOUTH, MAY 29TH, 2019 –– ALT 98.7 Los Angeles' Summer Camp is set for Saturday, August 3 at The Queen Mary Events Park in Long Beach! The show will feature: Of Monsters and Men, Walk the Moon, The Head and The Heart, Phantogram, Cold War Kids, Grouplove, Lovelytheband, The Interrupters, K. Flay, Shaed, Half Alive and Oliver Tree.
"We are excited to return to one of our favorite cities, Long Beach, for the third year in a row for ALT Summer Camp 2019," said Lisa Worden, Alternative Rock Brand Manager for iHeart and VP of Programming for ALT 98.7. "We look forward to giving our listeners a great day of music from some of ALT 98.7’s biggest artists." For More Info, CLICK HERE.
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Cumulus Flips WYRG-FM Indy To Rock
THE MOUTH, MAY 28TH, 2019 –– Cumulus announced that Energy 93.9/WYRG-FM has flipped to 93-9X, Indy’s Rock Station! The station ran commercial-free through Memorial Day weekend. The Bert Show now moves from WYRG to mornings on sister station 107.9 The Mix/WNTR-FM. Chuck Fredrick, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Indianapolis, said: “93-9X Indianapolis’s Rock Station is looking forward to serving the Rock enthusiast and the communities they live, work and celebrate in.”
Troy Hanson, Corporate Program Director, Cumulus, said: “We are excited to expand the successful 93X brand to Indianapolis with the new 93-9X. Shout out to (KXXR/MSP Program Director) Derek Madden, our brainchild on this project, as we fill a hole in the marketplace with a much-needed Rock station. The partnership opportunities this brand adds to our Indy cluster portfolio and Rock platform are limitless.”
Radio Voice Of Auburn Tigers, Rod Bramblett, And His Wife Paula Killed In Auto Accident
THE MOUTH, MAY 28Th, 2019 –– Tiger Nation is mourning the loss of Rod and Paula Bramblett The two died from injuries suffered in a car accident. Rod has been the radio voice of the Auburn Tigers since 2003. According to USA Today, the two were hurt in a 2-car crash Saturday. The other vehicle was driven by a 16-year-old. Rod and Paula died at the hospital. The teen was also transported with non life-threatening injuries. Alcohol was not a factor in the accident but is still under investigation by the Lee County Coroner’s Office and Auburn Police.
They leave behind two children, daughter Shelby (LC), a sophomore at Auburn University, and son Joshua (L), who will be a 10th-grader at Auburn High School.
Auburn Athletics on Sunday evening announced that a memorial service “celebrating the lives of Rod and Paula Bramblett” will be held Thursday at the arena. Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m., with the memorial service starting at 2.
FRED JACOBS: The Need Of Being 'Real' In An Increasingly 'Fake' World
THE MOUTH, MAY 28TH, 2019 –– Fred Jacobs writes in his latest blog, 'When Donald Trump coined the term “Fake News” just a few short years ago, many journalists, pundits, and commentators didn't take it too seriously. It simply seemed like a convenient way for Trump to discredit news stories that didn't suit his narrative." But Jacobs says to put your politics aside, and consider the implications. "This whole question over facts, truth, and credibility has intensified, infecting news coverage, political discourse, and the way information is disseminated. The term “fake” isn't just reserved to news – it now covers myriad communications across all media outlets."
And Jacobs also warns to not forget the ratings machine. "At Canadian Music Week earlier this month, I sat through an eye-opening presentation from Numeris – the equivalent of Nielsen ratings (they also use both the PPM and diary methodologies). The net net of their message to their radio clients was to announce changes to the way their diary ratings will be averaged due to having to cut back their audience surveys to every other week. And the culprit? Falling responses rates, due in large part to Canadians simply not responding to the offer to participate in radio ratings studies.
Jacobs closes by saying, "These days, the spate of “Fake News” is a firehose of misleading, biased, manipulative information designed to make us doubt everything we see and hear. While this may have a healthy side, “question everything” often transforms to “trust no one.” That' not just the government or politicians. It's radio stations and its personalities. There's never been a more important time to live up to your promises, be transparent, and do what you say you will do. There are advantages to being real in an increasingly “fake” world. READ ENTIRE BLOG HERE
RANDY LANE: Howard Stern More Talented Than Ever
THE MOUTH, MAY 28TH, 2019 –– With all the added attention Howard Stern, the self-proclaimed 'King of all Media' has been getting lately with the launch of his new book, 'Howard Stern Comes Again, consultant Randy Lane blogs, "Goodbye, Shock Jocks What's Next?
Lane says Howard Stern built his reputation discussing taboo subjects and spouting off-limit language on air. With the publication of his new book, and his multiple book tour interviews, much has been written about the end of the shock jock era. That era peaked in 2005 when Howard moved from terrestrial to satellite radio. Suddenly his enemies were gone. The restrictions on language were removed and so was the conflict and drama with the FCC, religious groups, and corporations.
But with the meteoric rise of subscription television, what was previously shocking is now commonplace. Heads are severed and incest is rampant on Game of Thrones, and eighty-one-year old Jane Fonda is saying “F#*! you” on Netflix’s Grace and Frankie.
Howard is not a shock jock today, and he’s more talented than ever. He arguably has become the best interviewer on the planet. By his own admission, he now communicates with more intention, intelligence, and empathy. So, if radio’s shock jock era is over, what’s next?
SYNDICATION: The Ace & TJ Show Debut On iHeart's KISS-FM Greensboro
THE MOUTH, MAY 28TH, 2019 – iHeartMedia Greensboro announced the debut of one The Ace & TJ Show on 100.3 KISS FM. The Ace & TJ Show” is a highly interactive and socially engaging radio show hosted by Ace and TJ, along with co-hosts Riggins, Sass and Tech D Rob. The show originated in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1998, launched into syndication in 2002 and is heard on nine stations across the Southeastern part of the country.
“Pop culture fans in Greensboro have been dying to have a morning show to call their own and I’m excited for them to be able to wake up and listen to this top-rated show,” said Keith Allen, Program Director for 100.3 KISS FM. “Ace and TJ’s morning show is incredibly entertaining and I know it will truly resonate with the Triad audience.” “For years the Triad audience has streamed our show on the iHeartRadio and Ace & TJ apps as well as on our website,” said Ace and TJ. “To now be able to reach so many more listeners on an iconic station like 100.3 KISS FM is amazing because it allows us to have an even larger platform to engage our North Carolina radio family.”
PODCASTS: Lansing's Rich Michaels Launches 'The 13th Floor' On YouTube
THE MOUTH, MAY 28TH, 2019 –– Lansing's venerable radio host Rich Michaels (L), and Jamie Hope (R) are hosts of a new program called "The 13th Floor." Up to two episodes are expected to be posted per week on YouTube. Rich Michaels began the show on YouTube show last week and, according to The Lansing Journal, said it will be free of scripted attempts for laughs and divisive debates. "Don’t have an agenda," Michaels said of his approach. "Don't have a political bit. Get away from that and just be a human being. "Right at the core, we all want the same damn thing. We all want to enjoy life."
Hope said the plan is to eventually have some live shows that are broadcast online. "A lot of times when you listen to the news these days, you kind want to jump of a cliff," Hope said. "We want something everybody of all walks of life can listen to." Hope, 42, grew up listening to Michaels on the former WVIC 95-FM back in the 1980s. She reached out to him on Facebook a few years ago to see if he wanted to co-host a show. Michaels, a full-time financial advisor, said he hasn't ruled out a return to radio and is hopeful "The 13th Floor" will eventually become a syndicated radio program. "I'm geeked about this," Michaels said. For more information about "The 13th Floor," visit its Facebook page, facebook.com/richandhopefloor13.
106.5 The Arch St. Louis Bans Music From Boston Until Its Blue Bring Home The Cup
THE MOUTH, MAY 28TH, 2019 –– Another station has joined band ban during playoffs. This time it's The Arch St. Louis who's banning the group Boston on their airwaves until St. Louis brings the cup home. In addition, 106.5 The Arch (WARH) and KSDK-TV “5 On Your Side”is inviting Blues fans to don their Blues fan gear, warm up their vocal cords and sing the Blue Notes to a Cup victory during the World’s LARGEST Glori-oeke Party! before the FIRST St. Louis home playoff game against Boston on June 1 at 2:30 p.m. in the “5 On Your Side” Plaza
The station says, "We need hundreds, if not thousands of St. Louis “fans in Blue” to belt out the rally song, “Gloria!” Baseball fans heading downtown watch St. Louis vs. Chicago should join the karaoke sing along too! Stacey and Jonah from 106.5 The Arch will broadcast live from the 5 On Your Side Plaza starting at 11:00 am with several surprise guests that St. Louis hockey fans will LOVE! The World’s Largest “Glori-oeke” karaoke starts at 2:30 pm. The bi-state’s best pregame is on 5 On Your Side with Mike Bush, Frank Cusumano, and Ahmad Hicks! NOTE: The Arch has also banned the music from the band Boston on their airwaves until St. Louis brings the cup home. For more details visit www.1065TheArch.com or www.ksdk.com.
SNAPS: Art Vuolo Scoops Photo With Indy 500 Winner Simon Pagenaud
THE MOUTH, MAY 28TH, 2019 –– Art, who's face has popped up a few times lately in Jockline, told us he didn’t want to abuse his relationship with peeps like up in the radio trades, but while visiting a Bob & Tom Carb Day remote at the Indy 500 last Friday, he says "I had a picture snapped with Simon Pagenaud who, 55 hours later, won the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race! Viva La France and shall we raise a “French toast” to honor the win?
Magic 105.3 San Antonio Adds Tony Cortez To Lineup
THE MOUTH, MAY 24TH, 2019 –– Magic 105.3 (KSMG), a Cox Media Group (CMG) station, has officially added Tony Cortez to its on-air talent roster, effective immediately. With more than 25 years of experience, Cortez will take weekdays from 7 p.m. to midnight.
“Tony’s style, experience and love for our great city make him the perfect addition to our Magic team,” says Jeff Garrison, director of operations for Cox Media Group San Antonio. “He’s sure to bring a new level of fun and energy to our evening listeners.”
Cortez calls San Antonio home and has spent more than 18 years of his acclaimed career in the Alamo City. Named best local radio personality by the San Antonio Current for multiple years, Cortez joins KSMG by way of KTFM. He started his radio career with KHFI in Austin, TX, and has worked with several other Texas-based stations over the years, including KXXM and KXTN in San Antonio.
“I’m beyond privileged and proud to be a part of such a talented and winning group here in San Antonio,” says Cortez. “Thank you to David Abel, Jeff Garrison and Adam Michaels for letting me join the KSMG team. It feels great to be back in the Alamo City!”
Ben And Woods Score Mornings At San Diego Padres Flagship, 97.3 The Fan
THE MOUTH, MAY 24TH, 2019 ––“The Ben & Woods Show,” which aired on San Diego's 1090-AM for a little over a year before the station was shut down last month, are set to resurface at 97.3 The Fan beginning June 10. According to The Big Lead, In just a year, Ben and Woods became the top morning destination for sports talk in San Diego. But in early April, The Mighty 1090 went off the air after failing to make signal lease payments for months. The station remained online as a streaming service for several weeks, but ceased operations on April 29. Less than a month later, the show has a new station. Ben Higgins and Steven Woods will take over the 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. slot on 97.3-FM. That spot was held until last month by Dan Sileo, the same person Higgins and Woods replaced last year at 1090.
“We are excited to welcome Ben and Steve to 97.3 The Fan,” Bob Bolinger, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom San Diego said. “In a short time Ben & Woods has emerged as a highly rated show in San Diego and will be a great addition to our popular local line-up that includes Padres Baseball, Gwynn & Chris, and Coach John Kentera.”
When Ben met Woods, he said “This is either going to be the best idea ever…or the absolute worst idea ever.” It turns out…it was the former. Ben Higgins and Steven Woods, along with producer Paul Reindl, are San Diego radio veterans, with over 40 years, combined, in the market - 97.3 Website
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White Sox To Celebrate Disco Demolition's 40th; Steve Dahl To Throw Out First Pitch
THE MOUTH, MAY 24TH, 2019 –– July 12, 1979, is a date etched in infamy for both baseball and disco fans alike writes Flood Magazine. As longtime baseball fans and radio devotees will always remember as The Disco Demolition, the night when Chicago radio icon Steve Dahl hosted an anti-disco rally at a Chicago White Sox game that turned into a full-fledged riot.
According to to Robert Feder, the White Sox have invited Dahl to throw out the first pitch on June 13 in recognition of the fortieth anniversary of the incident. The team will even distribute Disco Demolition t-shirts (L) to the first 10,000 fans in attendance, as part of Free T-Shirt Thursday.
Feder says, It won’t be the first time Dahl has thrown out the first pitch. For his previous honor more than a decade ago, Dahl recalled: “I practiced for three weeks and threw a strike to good old No. 21, Esteban Loaiza.
”Dahl added, “I think it’s really great that the White Sox are embracing the 40th anniversary. I’m looking forward to having my family out there with me, and I’m hoping to throw another strike. Or at least have someone to throw it to.”
Spain & Fitz Expanding Roles At ESPN
THE MOUTH, MAY 24TH, 2019 –– ESPN’s Jason Fitz and Sarah Spain – who regularly appear across multiple platforms at the network – will be expanding their roles. Fitz will become a regular part of ESPN Radio’s weekday morning lineup. Spain will be hosting a new weeknight radio show. The duo has hosted ESPN Radio’s Spain and Fitz since the beginning of 2018. Fitz – who joined ESPN in 2016, will now be a regular contributor on ESPN Radio’s weekday morning drive show, Golic and Wingo featuring Mike Golic, Trey Wingo and Mike Golic Jr. Fitz will play a key role in the radio and television simulcast of the show which airs weekdays, 6-10 a.m. ET (ESPN2, 6-8 a.m. and ESPNEWS, 6-10 a.m.). He will continue to contribute to ESPN’s live, on-site digital presence at major events.
Spain, the Peabody Award and Sports Emmy Award winner, is a signature voice across ESPN’s many platforms including ESPN Radio, espnW and a variety of the network’s television studio programming. Spain will now add to that, hosting her own, new ESPN Radio show, Spain and Company for three hours every Monday-Friday from 6-9 p.m. “I’ve really enjoyed working with Jason, creating a fun and unique show based on our shared sensibilities and interests,” said Spain. “Going forward, it's a thrill for me to lead the way on Spain and Company with a great cast of co-hosts. We'll be focused on the biggest national stories and giving listeners a fresh, different sound from the rest of the day's radio slate.” Co-hosts on the nightly show will include ESPN Radio’s Jason Goff and ESPN college basketball analyst Jordan Cornette.
Sterling On Sunday Adds Two New Stations WSB-AM/FM, Atlanta and KMBZ-FM, Kansas City
THE MOUTH, MAY 24TH, 2019 –– Westwood One announces that its Sunday night talk show, Sterling on Sunday, has added two new big market affiliates to its growing station lineup. Cox heritage powerhouse WSB-AM/FM in Atlanta and KMBZ-FM/Kansas City are now joining Sterling on Sunday’s growing lineup of more than 85 affiliated stations nationwide.
Sterling on Sunday debuted in August 2017. The program features radio storyteller Walter Sterling, who engages listeners with a variety of features from the sublime to the serious. The show’s MIDNITE MISFITS CLUB has connected listeners all across the country and made the program “must-hear” radio every Sunday night. Sterling on Sunday airs live from 10:00 pm ET to 1:00 am ET on more than 85 radio stations including host station WPHT-AM/Philadelphia and other top markets, including WLS-AM/Chicago; KKSF-AM/San Francisco; WBAP-AM/Dallas; WMAL-AM-FM/Washington DC; KUFO-AM/Portland; KDKA-AM/Pittsburgh; KMOX-AM/St. Louis; and KXNT-AM/Las Vegas. Stations interested in Sterling on Sunday should contact Jim Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 840-7933.
Adam Wolfson Named Director Of Sales For Entercom's Channel Q
THE MOUTH, MAY 24TH, 2019 –– Entercom has named Adam Wolfson as Director of Sales for CHANNEL Q. “CHANNEL Q has become such a powerful voice for the LGBTQ community as well as advertisers,” said Jeff Federman, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Southern California. “Adam has been the catalyst in leading our sales charge across the country. He is the perfect choice to lead sales for the network from coast to coast.” “Giving the LGBTQ+ community a voice has long been overdue,” said Wolfson.
Wolfson has served as General Sales Manager for Entercom since 2014. Prior to joining the company, Wolfson served in multiple sales roles for Cox Media Group, including Director of Sales and General Sales Manager of Music/Digital, dating back to 2004.
CHANNEL Q” is available nationwide on RADIO.COM, the exclusive digital home for all Entercom content across the company’s robust portfolio of 235 radio stations, the RADIO.COM app and on Entercom stations in 13 markets including.
WWO & NBC Sports Radio With Live Audio Coverage of The 2019 Stanley Cup Final
THE MOUTH, MAY 24TH, 2019 –– In conjunction with NBC Sports and NBC Sports Radio, Westwood One will once again present live play-by-play audio coverage of the Stanley Cup Final, starting Monday, May 27, 2019, when the Boston Bruins take on the St. Louis Blues in Game One of the best-of-seven series. This is the first Stanley Cup Final appearance for the Blues since 1970, when, coincidentally, they lost to the Bruins.
Kenny Albert (play-by-play) and Joe Micheletti (analyst) return for the fourth straight season as Westwood One/NBC Sports Radio’s broadcast crew for the Stanley Cup Final. Former NHL goaltender Brian Boucher joins the crew as rinkside reporter. Boucher will be doing double-duty throughout the series, serving as a pregame/postgame analyst for NBC Sports in addition to working rinkside for radio during the games. Florida Panthers announcer Steve Goldstein hosts the pregame, intermission, and postgame reports.
SNAPS: Kelly Ford & Chris Janson Welcome Sailors During Fleet Week In NYC
THE MOUTH, MAY 24TH, 2019 –– Kelly Ford, who anchors mornings on Entercom's New York Country 94.7, and Chris Janson joined to welcome the Sailors coming into NYC during fleet week. Chris says when he comes to the city with his family, his wife and kids love to shop, and he likes to chill. He also loves a good steak dinner at Smith & Wollensky.
“I just like the city, it’s a good atmosphere … we enjoy it when we get to come.” Heading into memorial day weekend we couldn’t help but think Chris Janson has the perfect songs for a holiday weekend. Buy Me A Boat, Fix A Drink, & his latest Good Vibes. READ MORE HERE
The Sports Hub’s Zolak & Bertrand Hosts Job Shadow Day for High School Student in Boston
THE MOUTH, MAY 24TH, 2019 –– WBZ-FM/98.5 The Sports Hub’s Zolak & Bertrand Show was joined by Luke D., a Junior at Westford Academy, for the school’s “Job Shadow” Day on Tuesday, May 21st, at the Beasley Media Group station in Boston.
Luke is a huge fan of all sports, participates with The Fitchburg State Men’s Soccer Team and hopes to one-day pursue a career in sports broadcasting! PHOTO/Student Luke D. (center) with (L to R) 98.5 The Sports Hub's Scott Zolak, Jim Louth, Hardy, Marc Bertrand and Tom Morgan.
WGRR-FM Cincy's Chris O’Brien Honored By Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
THE MOUTH, MAY 24TH, 2019 –– Chris O’Brien, Co-Host of Cumulus' 103.5 WGRR morning show in Cincinnati, was named the 2019 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Man of the Year for the Tri-State Southern Chapter. O’Brien captured the title for his efforts to fight blood cancer by raising funds and awareness for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society during a 10-week campaign that kicked off in February. His team “No Bad Days” raised $82,694 and the total effort by all involved raised $1,000,028 for the charity. The effort culminated in an event announcing the fundraising results on Saturday, May 18th at Jack Casino in Cincinnati.
Dave Crowl, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Cincinnati, said: “All of us at WGRR and the entire Cumulus Cincinnati operation congratulate Chris O’Brien on his recognition as 2019 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Man of the Year for the Tri-State Southern Chapter. The award was earned with a great deal of effort from Chris, his wife and on-air partner Janeen Coyle (both shown in background at front center) as well as other members of the No Bad Days team. Their contributions led to a first-time ever total of $1,000,000+ raised to help this important cause.”The man and woman who have raised the most across the entire U.S. will be recognized as the national Man and Woman of the Year. For more information on Chris O’Brien’s winning fundraising campaign, visit: https://pages.mwoy.org/soh/cincy19/obrien. PHOTO/Saturday, May 18th at Jack Casino in Cincinnati with Christ along with attendees including Janeen Coyle celebrating the successful fundraising initiative.
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EVENTS: Lady Gaga To Perform Concert At New York's Apollo Theater For SiriusXM
THE MOUTH, MAY 23RD, 2019 –– SiriusXM announced today that Lady Gaga will perform at Harlem’s world famous Apollo Theater for a special invitation-only concert for network subscribers and Pandora listeners on Monday, June 24. Howard Stern made the announcement during yesterday's show on SiriusXM. According to the announcement, “The special performance will celebrate SiriusXM and Pandora coming together as one company.” Variety writes, "The concert marks the first time that Lady Gaga will perform at the iconic venue and her first show in New York City in almost two years. Fresh from the latest run of her Las Vegas residency, “Enigma.”
The special performance will air in its entirety on SiriusXM Hits 1, Howard Stern’s Howard 101 channel, as well as Pandora NOW. Select highlights from the concert will also be available to Pandora listeners via user-generated playlists and curated stations. “Performing at The Apollo has always been a dream of mine. Thank you to SiriusXM and Pandora for inviting me. I’m excited for my fans to see a special show at this iconic venue” said Lady Gaga. “After getting her start in New York City, Lady Gaga went on to conquer the world with her talent. We are thrilled to have Lady Gaga perform this exclusive show at the world famous Apollo Theater in her hometown as we celebrate SiriusXM and Pandora as one company,” said Scott Greenstein, President and Chief Content Officer of SiriusXM. Additionally, subscribers since May 5, 2019 will be able to enter for the chance to win a trip for two to New York, NY including airfare, hotel stay, and a pair of tickets to SiriusXM Presents Lady Gaga at The Apollo Theater. See Official Rules for complete details at siriusxm.com/Gaga.
THE MOUTH, MAY 23RD, 2019 – Fresh off the heels of its recent acquisition of KLOS-FM (which should close in the third quarter), Meruelo Media announced on Wednesday that it entered into agreement with 93.9 Holdings, Inc. and Grupo Radio Centro Los Angeles to purchase FM radio station KXOS-FM in Los Angeles. KXOS-FM will join the company’s existing cluster of KPWR, KDAY, KDEY-FM, KWHY-TV, and KBEH. After customary government approvals, KXOS will be the seventh station in Meruelo’s Los Angeles broadcast station cluster.
“The acquisition of 93.9 FM KXOS is a key piece in our media division expansion strategy,” stated Alex Meruelo (R), Chairman and CEO. “Our group has done an amazing job curating some of the most recognizable local media brands into one extremely powerful portfolio.” Otto Padron, President and COO of Meruelo Media added: “What an amazing few weeks these have been! Adding these spectacular call-letters to our full-market FM radio station SOCAL cluster authenticates our hyper-local media strategy to super-serve clients, partners and our community. We are also looking forward to a productive multimedia content relationship with our friends of Grupo Radio Centro Mexico.”
Padron stated that Meruelo Media will also launch with Grupo Radio Centro an all-news Spanish language format using one of 93.9 KXOS’s HD Radio channels. Meruelo Media expects the transaction to be completed in the third quarter of 2019, after standard regulatory approvals are obtained.
Adam 12 To Cover Middays On Rock 92.9 Boston
THE MOUTH, MAY 23RD, 2019 –– Beasley Media Group has named Adam 12 as its new Midday host on ROCK 92.9 in Boston. His new show will air live Monday - Friday 11am-4pm beginning Monday June 3, 2019. He most recently served as an on-air host, imaging director and social media director at on-line station Indie617. He is best known for his on-air work at WFNX-FM and WBCN-FM in Boston.
“Adam 12 defines "The Next Generation of Classic Rock," said ROCK 92.9 Program Director Ken West. “He's a smart and witty local talent who'll keep ROCK 92.9 listeners entertained with the right balance of music geekery and infotainment throughout the workday!”
"ROCK 92.9 captures so many of the sounds I grew up listening to and playing on the air in Boston,” said Adam 12. “I'm looking forward to getting back on the FM dial and helping Ken West and the team at Beasley make some noise on the airwaves with ROCK 92.9!"
Adrian Kulp Joins Ty Bentli Show As Senior Executive Producer
THE MOUTH, MAY 23RD, 2019 –– Cumulus has named Adrian Kulp as Senior Executive Producer For Westwood One’s internationally syndicated The Ty Bentli Show. In his new role, Kulp will oversee digital, programming, and production of The Ty Bentli Show, which can be heard in markets across the U.S. and UK from its flagship Nashville radio station WKDF-FM (NASH FM 103.3).
Kulp brings a wealth of creative experience across multiple entertainment mediums to The Ty Bentli Show, including almost 10 years as a television executive with positions including: Vice President of TV Development at AdamSandler’s Happy Madison Productions (The Goldbergs, Rules of Engagement); Vice President of TV Development at Chelsea Handler’s Borderline Amazing; and a stint at CBS’s The Late Late Show. He is also an internationally recognized, best-selling author and has contributed as a writer for The Huffington Post and Parents Magazine. He is also the creator of the online parenting destination “Dad or Alive”.
Kulp succeeds Glenn Johnson, who recently relocated to become Operations Manager of Cumulus Pensacola.
Kirk Minihane Officially Parts Ways With Entercom
THE MOUTH, MAY 23RD, 2019 –– Kirk Minihane’s tenure with Entercom officially ended yesterday, but shortly afterwards the former morning co-host on WEEI/Boston took to Periscope with some expletive-filled parting shots at his former employer. According to Barrett Sports Media, during the course of an 11 minute video (filmed at a CVS store), Minihane expressed his displeasure with Entercom and said that he no longer has a non-compete and could go to work for a new employer starting tomorrow. Should he return to the airwaves, he can also do so with the name of his former podcast ‘Enough About Me’.
In a statement provided by Entercom the company said “We have mutually agreed to part ways with Kirk and allow him to pursue other opportunities. Over the years, Kirk has been a valuable member of the WEEI team, and a host of the ‘Enough About Me’ podcast. We wish him all the best on his future endeavors.”
Mike Crispino Extends With 97.9 Hartford
THE MOUTH, MAY 23RD, 2019 –– iHeartMedia Hartford announced that Mike Crispino has extended his broadcast agreement as UConn Football & Basketball play-by-play announcer on 97.9 ESPN, Hartford’s Sports Station, effective immediately.“I'm thrilled to extend my agreement with iHeartMedia and UConn for the next several years,” said Crispino. “It’s been a pleasure and a privilege to work with sports broadcast pros like Wayne Norman this past year as well as insightful and charismatic coaches and administrators like Randy Edsall, Dan Hurley, Jim Penders and David Benedict. I truly look forward to contributing to the expansion of the UConn brand and fan base across the region.”
“We’re thrilled that Mike Crispino will continue to make 97.9 ESPN and the UConn Radio Network his home for many years to come,” said Steve Honeycomb, Region President for iHeartMedia Hartford. “His passion for the team, our listeners and the UConn community is remarkable.”
HONORS: Alliance For Women In Media Group Presents 44th Annual Gracie Awards
THE MOUTH, MAY 23RD, 2019 –– The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation brought together a packed house of industry leaders in front and behind the camera and microphone to support and elevate strong voices and inspiring storytelling. Host Lauren Ash led the room in helping usher in the 2019 Gracie Award winners whose stories spanned from uplifting and empowering narratives to stories that touched on important issues such as diversity, human trafficking and women’s reproductive rights. This year’s attendees gathered at the Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire Hotel and included Sheryl Crow to perform along with many others. Among radio honorees included: Angela Yee, Elaina Smith, Jayde Donovan, Kellie Rasberry, Jillian Barberie, Lisa Mantineo, Lynda McLaughlin and more.
TOP PHOTOS L-R: Mike McVay, EVP Content & Programming, Cumulus; Scott Borchetta, CEO, Big Machine Records; Becky Brooks, Executive Director, Alliance for Women in Media Foundation; Heather Cohen, EVP, The Weiss Agency.
MIDDLE ROW: Premiere Networks Executive Vice President, Director of Personality Sales Dan Metter, Lynda McLaughlin, Premiere Networks President Julie Talbott and The Breakfast Club's Angela Yee.
BOTTOM ROW: The Kidd Kraddick Show's Big Al, J Si, Jenna Owens and Kellie Rasberry - Photos/Getty for AWF
PODCAST: Entercom To Honor Vets With Original Podcast Series 'To War And Back'
THE MOUTH, MAY 23RD, 2019 –– Entercom announced the launch of “To War and Back,” a RADIO.COM Original podcast series exploring the lives of three combat veterans and their journeys on the battlefield and on their return home. The full six-episode series will launch exclusively on RADIO.COM, the fastest-growing digital audio app in the U.S, on June 10. “To War and Back”—a collaboration between Entercom and Cadence13 —features journalist and Navy veteran Phil Briggs, host of “Connecting Vets” podcast, traveling cross country to meet three combat veterans—US Marine Corps Sgt. Kirstie Ennis (Ret.), US Marine Corps Major Scott Huesing (Ret.) and US Army veteran Sgt. Boone Cutler—to document their incredible experiences, to war and back.
‘To War and Back’ is an intimate portrait of the human spirit and a tribute to the bravery and perseverance of Boone Cutler, Kirstie Ennis, Scott Huesing and veterans everywhere,” said Spencer Brown, CEO, Cadence13. “We are thrilled to partner with Entercom on the first of what we expect to be a number of RADIO.COM originals.”
After the Navy, Briggs was a rock radio morning show host and began hosting podcasts for the military veteran website ConnectingVets.com. Entercom’s ConnectingVets.com is a team of veterans and military family members dedicated to connecting vets to stories of inspiration and perseverance, while bringing them closer to the things they care about like benefits, education, jobs and resources. In addition to producing the "Connecting Vets Report" and "VetStory" podcasts, they’ve also partnered with CBS to produce "CBS Eye on Veterans.” Connecting Vets broadcasts on 95.5 (WPGC-HD3) in Washington D.C, at ConnectingVets.com, and on the RADIO.COM app.
Midwest Communications On The Hunt For Brand Managers In Duluth & Peoria
THE MOUTH, MAY 23RD, 2019 –– Duke Wright’s Midwest Communications is on the hunt for a Brand Manager at KTCO Duluth, MN. 98.9 Kat Country is a 100kw facility with the tools, and direction to advance its Country dominance in the Twin Ports. You will be teamed with outstanding brands including, KQ95, My 95.7, 102.5 Duke FM, 610 KDAL, 710 WDSM and 970 WDUL. We’re looking for a focused leader to grow talent, be a talent, excellent at music scheduling (Music Master), production skills, and the ability to collaborate and maximize sales opportunities and grow our digital platforms. This position includes mornings with an established co-host, production and a slight interest in ice fishing or curling. - submit your air check, resume and programming material to: email@example.com. You may also submit materials to; Market Manager, Midwest Communications Duluth, 11 East Superior Street, Suite 380, Duluth, MN 55802 Midwest Communications, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer by choice.
In addition to Duluth, following Midwest Communications acquisitions from Alpha Media in Peoria, IL. they realized they needed a Brand Manager for 104.9 The Wolf, WXCL. And Even though the focus will be on country-formatted Wolf, you’ll be joining market leading stations; 1470 WMBD, 93.3 The Drive, Mix 106.9, G102.3 and Super Hits WIRL. Please submit your resume, audio and any other relevant materials to: firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to Market Manager, c/o WXCL, 331 Fulton Street, 12th Floor, Peoria, IL 61602. Midwest Communications, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer by choice
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