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Grammys Unveil 2020 Nominees; Trevor Noah To Host; The Weeknd Calls Out Academy Over Snub
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 25TH, 2020 –– The 63rd GRAMMY Awards are right around the corner, airing Sunday, Jan. 31, on CBS, but the nominations are here now! Find out who is nominated in each of the 83 categories in the link below. Beyoncé, Taylor Swift and Dua Lipa dominated the nominations with Beyoncé drawing nods in 8 categories, including both record and song of the year for 'Black Parade.' Taylor Swift received 6 nominations,including 5 for 'Folklore,' including a nod for album of the year and best pop vocal album. Swift's 'Cardigan' received 2 nominations, including song of the year. Swift was also nominated for Best Song Written for Visual Media for 'Beautiful Ghosts' from Cats, which she wrote with Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Dua Lipa is also up for album of the year with 'Future Nostalgia,' while her 'Don’t Start Now' was nominated for both record and song of the year. See complete list HERE
The Recording Academy announced "The Daily Show" host and Grammy-nominated comedian Trevor Noah as host of the 63rd GRAMMY Awards on Jan. 31. "Despite the fact that I am extremelydisappointed that the GRAMMYs have refused to have me sing or be nominated for Best Pop Album, I am thrilled to be hosting this auspicious event," Noah said in a statement. "I think as a one-time GRAMMY nominee, I am the best person to provide a shoulder to all the amazing artists who do not win on the night because I too know the pain of not winning the award! (This is a metaphorical shoulder, I'm not trying to catch Corona). See you at the 63rd GRAMMYs!"
Along with the excitement, there was also controversy as The Weeknd called out the Recording Academy over being snubbed in its nominations in a year that he dominated the music scene and was most recently announced as halftime performer for the upcoming Superbowl. His absence astonished nearly all observers reports Variety, and the artist himself leveled an accusation of corruption against the Recording Academy. “The Grammys remain corrupt. You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency…” he tweeted. Read Story HERE - Noah Photo/Gavin Bond for Grammys
SportsGrid Radio To Replace VSiN On SiriusXM
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 25TH, 2020 –– The SportsGrid Radio channel will soon be available to SiriusXMon channel 204. SportsGrid Radio will replace VSiN channel, which will air on SiriusXM until December 31. SportsGrid Radio will feature a team of on-air personalities including Scott Ferrall (L), Gabe Morency, Ariel Epstein, and Jared Smith. "We're extremely pleased to connect the SportsGrid brand to the millions of SiriusXM subscribers and deliver the most comprehensive sports gaming coverage nationwide," said Louis Maione, SportsGrid President and Founder. "January is the perfect time to launch the SportsGrid Radio channel with some of the biggest events on the sports calendar happening in the weeks ahead."
"We are very excited to give our subscribers access to SportsGrid's expert hosts and analysts on the SportsGrid Radio Channel," said Steve Cohen, SiriusXM's SVP of Sports Programming. "SportsGrid provides listeners with real-time sports news and gaming information from a unique and entertaining perspective and they are a terrific and welcome addition to the SiriusXM lineup."
The all original SportsGrid Radio weekday line-up has 22-hours of live daily programming starting with The Early Line, weekdays from 7-9 AM ET, hosted by Dane Martinez and Kevin Walsh leading into The Morning After, weekdays at 9 AM ET, hosted Ariel Epstein and Jared Smith. SportsGrid's pre-game programming features Ferrall Coast to Coast, weekdays from 4-6 PM ET, hosted by popular veteran sports radio personality Scott Ferrall, followed by Game Time Decisions, weekdays from 7-8 PM ET, with Gabe Morency and Cam Stewart.
Dave Crowl Announces Retirement at Year-End
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 25TH, 2020 –– Longtime radio broadcasting executive and industry leader Dave Crowl, Regional Vice President and Market Manager-Cumulus Cincinnati, has announced his retirement after a successful 44-year career. Crowl will depart at the end of the year. During his career, Crowl was responsible for the operation of radio station groups in 147 markets, ranging in size from Chicago, IL, to Hillsboro, OH.
In 1991, he became President of Great American Broadcasting’s Radio Division, and then President of Jacor Communication’s Radio Division after the company’s (then Citicasters) acquisition by Jacor. In 2000, he was appointed Senior Vice President of Clear Channel Communications (now iHeartMedia), before joining CUMULUS MEDIA in 2012 as Regional Vice President and Market Manager for Cumulus Cincinnati. Crowl was also Acting General Manager of Cumulus Indianapolis from 2014-2016.
Crowl commented: “A 44-year career in radio would have been challenging to achieve without the support of my family, mentors, colleagues and friends who constantly inspired me. More importantly, I could not have arrived at this moment without the foundation of all the many dynamic general managers and their market teams who delivered compelling audio content to their listeners, communities and advertisers every day 24-7.”
Mary Berner, President and CEO, CUMULUS MEDIA, said: “Dave Crowl has distinguished himself as one of the most respected leaders in radio, dedicating the last 44 years to making radio the best it could be for the many communities he has served so well. In the process, he has lifted up our industry and the people in it, always treating others with respect, dignity and understanding. He will be greatly missed, and we wish him all good things in his retirement.”
Jason Taylor Tapped For OM/PD Posts With For Adams Tallahassee
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 25TH, 2020 –– Jason Taylor, veteran Tallahassee country programmer has joined Adams Radio Tallahassee as Operations Manager and PD of 103.1 The Wolf. Taylor replaces Casey Daniels who is returning to Indiana for personal reasons. For 16 years prior to joining Adams, Taylor was with iHeart Media in Tallahassee where he served in a similar position. Taylor will serve as Ops Manager for the Adams 4 station cluster, Country 103.1 The Wolf; Top 40, WHTF, Hot 104.9; Adult Hits WXTY, Tally 99.9 and Oldies, WQTL Kool Oldies 106.1.
Jason began his broadcast career and in his hometown of Dothan, Alabama, where he fell in love with the magic of radio while working on his grandfather’s syndicated show. Since 2002, he has been one of the most recognizable voices on the radio in Tallahassee. Jason is also a national voiceover talent for many top brands, winning more than a dozen Addy awards for voiceover and narration. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Ronald McDonald House and Boys and Girls Clubs of the Big Bend. Jason has received numerous awards and honors for his contributions to the community.
Preston & Steve’s Camp Out Raises Over $1 Million Dollars And 2.5 Million Pounds of Food
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 25TH,, 2020 –– Beasley's 93.3 WMMR-FM proudly announces the Preston & Steve Camp Out For Hunger event raised over 2.5 Million pounds of food and $1.4 Million dollars cash to benefit needy individuals and families residing throughout the greater Philadelphia area. Beginning at 6am on Monday, November 16th through 11am on Friday, November 20, 2020, Preston and Steve camped out and broadcast live in the parking lot of Xfinity Live!, located within the Wells Fargo Center Sports Complex, in South Philadelphia in an effort to collect food and monetary donations from listeners and businesses throughout the tri-state area. The duo started their food drive back in 1998 after recognizing that hunger was a real issue in the Philadelphia area. Their initial goal was to raise one ton of food.
Dozens of local and national celebrities, performers, and athletes were either on hand, or ‘zoomed in’ this year to lend their support, including Jon Bon Jovi, Tiffany Haddish, Rob McElhenney, Michael Giacchino and Brad Bird, Brent Smith from the band Shinedown, members of the band Nothing But Thieves, Mike Kerr from the band Royal Blood, U.S. Senator Chris Coons, Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Aaron Nola, comedian Tom Papa, ABC’s Ginger Zee, 6ABC’s legendary anchor Jim Gardner with Cecily Tynan and Ducis Rodgers and many more.
While online and ACME in-store cash donations were the focal point to maximize social distancing, donations were accepted on site via a ‘Drive Thru’ system to make it contactless, while the volunteers loading the food were treated to free coffee in the morning, along with breakfast, lunch and dinner throughout the day from event sponsors.
PHOTO CREDIT: BP Miller/Chorus Photography Photo (Top L-R): WMMR-FM’s Steve Morrison, Preston Elliot, and Kathy Romano; Nothing But Thieves’ Dom Craik and Conor Mason. (Bottom): Jon Bon Jovi.
Huge Turnout For The 92.1 WROU Holiday Helpout
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 25TH, 2020 –– Alpha Media, Dayton announced that in the fifth year of the Holiday Helpout event, they were able to help more families than ever before despite being in the middle of a pandemic. Afternoon host and program director, Faith Daniels, moved into Trotwood Firehouse #72 on Friday at 6am and broadcasted live all weekend from 10a-7pm. She was joined on Friday by Kev Nash with cluster station Hot 102.9 and Justin Kinner from 1410 ESPN.
Over the weekend they were able to provide 110 holiday meals to referred families and 50 holiday meals to local frontline healthcare workers. In addition to the 160 holiday meals, they also donated 6,377 pounds of food to the With God's Grace Food Pantry! Bo Matthews, operations manager, stated “I am forever impressed by what WROU means to the local Dayton community and by the connection Faith Daniels has with her listeners. The success of this Holiday Helpout, even during a pandemic, is a true testament of that. This is what separates us.”
Pictured left to right: 43rd District State of Ohio Representative, Rodney Creech; Chief Haacke, Firehouse #72, City of Trotwood; Faith Daniels; and Councilman Kenny Henning, City of Clayton
KC101's Annual Stuff-A-Bus' Food Drive Raises Over $16,000 & 498 Frozen Turkeys For Foodbank
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 25TH, 2020 –– iHeartMedia New Haven announced its 30th annual “KC101 Stuff-A-Bus” food drive raised over $16,000 and collected 498 frozen turkeys, 164 pounds of meat and over 6, 600 pounds of non-perishable food items for the Connecticut Food Bank. “KC101 Stuff-A-Bus” took place on Thursday, November 19 and Friday, November 20 at the Hamden Plaza in Hamden from 6 a.m. – 7 p.m. on both days. The event featured on-air personalities Vinnie Penn, Rob Dibble and Adam Rivers who hosted live broadcasts from inside a tent in the parking lot.
“Food insecurity throughout the COVID-19 pandemic is emphasized more during the holiday season,” said Vanessa Wojtusiak, Vice President of Marketing for iHeartMedia Hartford and New Haven. “We’re thankful for the incredible generosity from the Connecticut community to kick off this holiday season and continue the annual tradition of the food drive working alongside an incredible organization, Connecticut Food Bank.”
KISS 104.1 Hands Out Turkeys To Those In Need
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 25TH, 2020 –– On Saturday, November 21, KISS 104.1 partnered with Wayfield Foods and Metro by T-Mobile for the second annual KISS 104.1 Turkey Giveaway, providing free turkeys for families in the Urban League of Greater Atlanta Emergency Relief Center program. The recipients were socially distanced for a safe pickup of their turkey. “The Urban League of Greater Atlanta is grateful to have Cox Media Group as a long-standing partner of the League and our work to financially empower youth, adults and families throughout metro Atlanta,” said Nancy Johnson, President of Urban League of Greater Atlanta.
“This year is particularly special because of all the tremendous need that exists as a result of families being negatively impacted by the COVID 19 pandemic. To be able to support more than 200 families with a turkey dinner this season will mean so much and give hope to so many for the future. We value our partnership and vow to do all we can to assist families throughout the year with Cox Media Group’s support.” “KISS 104.1 was humbled to help those in need this holiday season. Thank you to our sponsors, especially Wayfield Foods who serves our communities all the time,” said Terri Avery, KISS 104.1 Director of Branding and Programming. “Thanks to their generous gifts from Wayfield Foods and Metro by T-Mobile, 208 families will have a very special Thanksgiving this year!”
Hughesy, Ed & Erin Take Mornings At 2Day FM Sydney; Ugly Phil Lands At WSFM-FM
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 25TH, 2020 –– Phil O’Neil (aka Ugly Phil) has joined WSFM as the host of mornings. Phil is heard on WSFM every weekday from 9am – 1pm from and joins Jonesy & Amanda, Jason Staveley, and Steve Fitton in WSFM’s all-star lineup for 2021. Phil is a radio legend in Australia and the UK , best known for his hugely popular nationally syndicated Hot30 Countdown show and has also hosted drive, The Rubber Room night show, talk shows on 2UE in Sydney and in the UK on LBC in London, as well as working in the UK on Kerrang Radio, and Kiss 100, XFM and Planet Rock in London.
Hughesy, Ed & Erin confirmed for 2Day FM Breakfast In Sydney Australia - 2Day FM’s Breakfast lineup of Dave Hughes, Ed Kavalee and Erin Molan has been confirmed. The 2Day FM Morning Crew with Hughesy, Ed and Erin – will start on January 18. Hughes and Kavalee currently host the later drive slot across Southern Cross Austereo’s (SCA) Hit Network, of which Sydney’s 2Day FM is a part.
BBC Radio London Airs Offensive Call - The BBC is investigating a call to BBC Radio London on Saturday night after a caller made it to air voicing repeated offensive language.
The caller, who claimed to be from Greece, spoke a number of offensive words with presenter Sunny but he was allowed to continue unchallenged. Then the presenter seemed to completely ignore the caller talking about a board game that kills n*****s and gays. The caller then went on to repeat the N word at least half a dozen times, oblivious to the host, who appeared confused and said he might be losing him in translation. BBC local radio stations do no not use delay and broadcast all phone calls live.
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Vanessa Hale Takes Middays At Entercom's Alice@97.3/KLLC San Francisco
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 24TH, 2020 –– Entercom has named Vanessa Hale as its new midday show host for Alice @ 97.3 (KLLC-FM) in San Francisco. Hale will be heard weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. PT, effective immediately. “I’m happy to welcome Vanessa Hale back to the airwaves to join Alice’s impressive slate of on-air talent,” said Greg Nemitz, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom San Francisco. “Her passion for her craft and willingness to engage with her audience will translate to a dynamic midday program for our listeners as they move through their days.”
“I’m super excited to be back with Entercom and couldn’t ask to be a part of a better team,” said Hale. “Alice is a legendary station with amazing talent and I’m honored to join the lineup.”
Hale began her on-air career at KYSR in Los Angeles where she served as a weekend host for a year before moving to Santa Rosa, CA to become the afternoon drive host for KHTH. Hale later joined Entercom in 2013 as a midday host for former sister station WODS-FM, a role she held from until 2016. She most recently served as the station’s afternoon drive host until June 2020.
WUNC Music Raleigh Adds New Hosts To On-Air Lineup
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 24TH, 2020 –– WUNC Music, the Music Discovery streaming radio station produced by NPR News/Talk WUNC-FM in Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, has added two new on-air hosts to its schedule.
Alan Thompson (L), aka DJ Who4thecru (L), comes to the station from WNCU in Durham where he hosts their popular Morning Jazz show.
Alan is a fixture in the Durham and greater Triangle music scene as a member of the jazz/hip hop/indie group ZOOCRU. Alan can be heard on WUNC Music on Saturdays and Sundays from 12-6 pm.
Susan Castle (R) has also joined the WUNC Music team. Susan is the long-time morning host on public radio Music Discovery station KUTX in Austin, and previously was on-air at KGSR in Austin. Susan can be heard on WUNC Music from 2-8 pm Wednesday through Friday. Alan and Cindy join host Cindy Howes, who is heard 8 am-2 pm weekdays on WUNC Music.
Of the new hosts, Music Director Brian Burns says, “We couldn’t be more excited to have both Alan and Susan on the WUNC Music team. I’ve been a fan of Alan’s Morning Jazz show for years, and Susan brings so much knowledge and experience to our young station.” WUNC Music is consulted by Mike Henry of Paragon Media Strategies in Denver.
Carrie Underwood & Idina Menzel To Guest Host On Go Country 105 LA During December
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 24TH, 2020 –– Beginning Monday, November 30th, Go Country 105 will be switching to Christmas programming and, during December, featuring guest hosts Idina Menzel weekdays from 10am - 2pm and Carrie Underwood from 2pm - 7pm. In addition to its Christmas programming, Country music will continue on 105.1 HD3 as well as a Country music stream on GoCountry105.com and our iOS and Android mobile apps.
Carrie Underwood fill-in comes on the heels of her first-ever Christmas album, My Gift. While filling in, she'll will share personal stories, her unique perspective on holiday music and much more weekdays from 2:00PM through 7:00PM beginning Monday November 30, 2020 through Friday December 25, 2020.
"We couldn't be more excited to welcome country superstar Carrie Underwood on-air for afternoon drive for the month of December! She is such an amazing artist and I know our listeners will be thrilled to hear her on-air for our annual Christmas programming" stated Go Country 105 Station Manager Michael Levine.
Happy Thanksgiving! Other than special 'News Alerts,' we'll return on Monday November 30th with our next daily report Until then, here's wishing each of you and your families a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday!
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NETWORKS: Fox Sports Radio Names Top 20 Athletes Of The Past 20 Years
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 24TH, 2020 –– As part of FOX Sports Radio’s ongoing 20th anniversary celebration, the network announced today it will name the “20 in 20: FOX Sports Radio’s Top 20 Athletes of the Past 20 Years.” Narrowed from a list of 60 athletes, a team of 30 FOX Sports Radio hosts, anchors and producers cast their votes to determine the Top 20 based on several criteria, including championship pedigree, longevity, whether the athlete transcended their sport, and more.
For the next five weeks, FOX Sports Radio’s weekday program The Odd Couple with Chris Broussard & Rob Parker will count down the top picks live at 6:30 p.m. PT/9:30 p.m. ET, culminating with the top 3 and winner on December 17. Below is the announcement schedule: November 24: Athletes 16 - 20 December 1: Athletes 11 - 15 December 8: Athletes 6 - 10 December 15: Athletes 4 - 5 December 17: Top 3 Visit www.FOXSportsRadio to find a local affiliate or tune in to FSR’s channel on iHeartRadio.
EVENTS: Entercom Teams With Ad Council For Coping 19 Mental Health Campaign
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 24TH, 2020 –– Entercom has teamed up with the Ad Council as the exclusive audio production partner for COPING-19, a national public service advertising (PSA) campaign aimed at raising awareness and providing Americans tips and resources to help people who are experiencing mental health challenges, in conjunction with the CDC, the CDC Foundation, The HHS, and the White House.
“Entercom is dedicated to supporting the health and success of the communities that are the heart of our business,” said Sarah Harris, Vice President, Social Impact, Entercom. “With so many Americans struggling with mental health, we are delighted to use the reach of our platform to share helpful self-care and coping tips with our 170 million listeners and so many more in partnership with the Ad Council. We know talk is a powerful tool in the struggle for mental health, and are committed to using our voice to break the stigma and help people find the resources they need to thrive.”
“With the prolonged health crisis and the isolation and economic challenges stemming from Covid-19, many aren't talking about what's happening with our mental health,” said Heidi Arthur, Chief Campaign Development Officer, Ad Council. “COPING-19 is a far-reaching platform that provides self-care and coping tips, as well as resources, to address the struggles people are facing. We're so grateful to our creative and media partners for developing the creative content and resources that will empower audiences throughout the country to take steps to protect their mental health.” The campaign will also see the launch of a new website, Coping-19.org, which will serve as a central hub where visitors will be able to access over 100 vetted resources in English and Spanish to help with their mental health needs.
Participating in COPING-19 is a part of Entercom Serves, the Company’s social impact platform that raises awareness of social issues and brings communities together for good.
BLOG: Air Talent Should Bring Emotion And Energy To Promos To Mimic On-Site Experiences
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 24TH, 2020 –– Before the pandemic, remote broadcasts and appearances were staples of the AM/FM radio industry. This week’s Westwood One blog looks at how social distancing measures and shelter-in-place mandates have paused this type of station remote but offers solutions for how a virtual event could deliver similar results.
The media plan for a station event is the engine of impact: An example weekly campaign has twenty ads, twenty promos, and eight live reports. They promote the station’s presence at the store, give listeners the important details, and, most importantly for advertisers, give consumers the necessary call to action. The media plan: Average remote broadcast schedules have massive audience reach and generate significant frequency:
According to Nielsen, a typical AM/FM radio buy of twelve weekly commercials reaches 43% of a stations’ 25-54 audience an average of 1.7 times. The average remote broadcast schedule includes significantly more ads, promos, and live reports – forty-eight announcements in all. It generates a massive reach of 76% of a station’s audience with exposure to the campaign an average of 4.1 times.
While in-person remotes can rely on the onsite excitement of call-ins, virtual remotes need to develop that atmosphere. For example: The message: On-air talent should bring emotion and energy to promos to mimic onsite experiences. The media: Align to the consumer purchase mindset by knowing key buying windows or times when consumers might be in their cars. The tools: Use music or a sonic logo to add interest and capture attention. Creative, however, cannot stand alone. According to Nielsen, of the 3 media elements of targeting, recency, and reach, reach is by far the most significant media sales driver. SEE ENTIRE BLOG HERE
EVENTS: The Armstrong & Getty Show Raises $1.2 Million For Warrior Foundation
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 24TH, 2020 –– iHeart's nationally syndicated Armstrong & Getty Show recently announced that their annual “Warrior Foundation Freedom Station Give-A-Thon” raised approximately $1.2 million. All proceeds benefit the Warrior Foundation-Freedom Station (WFFS), a 501(c)3 volunteer-based organization that helps wounded vets recover both physically and mentally from service injuries. The funds raised will be used to purchase plane tickets for injured warriors so they can spend the holidays at home and with their families. “Warrior Foundation Freedom Station Give-A-Thon” took place over the week of November 16-20, 2020.
During the broadcast special, on-air personalities Jack Armstrong and Joe Getty (shown top left and right) encouraged listeners to call in and donate to help injured warriors return home. “After giving so much to protect our country, it is our turn to help thousands of service members,” said Jack Armstrong, co-host of the Armstrong & Getty Show. “WFFS provides critical help to our injured military so they can get back to their families and their communities.” “Thanks to our generous listeners, WFFS will be able to help hundreds of injured soldiers be home with their families just in time for Christmas,” said Joe Getty, co-host of The Armstrong & Getty Show.
The Armstrong & Getty Show is a nationally syndicated talk show that is heard in 50 markets, including: Los Angeles (790 KABC), San Francisco (560 KSFO), San Diego (AM760), Portland (1190KEX), Sacramento (AM650 KSTE) and Kansas City (98.1KMBZ). Armstrong & Getty are rep'd by The Weiss Agency
iHeart Dallas/Fort Worth To Present 'Candy Cane Lane,' A Zero-Contact Holiday Experience
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 24TH, 2020 –– iHeart Dallas/Fort Worth announced “Candy Cane Lane,” a zero contact, family friendly drive-through Holiday experience in partnership with American Airlines Center and Ear Fuel Entertainment presented by Germania Insurance. “Candy Cane Lane” will take place in the evening on select dates beginning Friday, November 27, 2020 thru Saturday, December 26, 2020 at the American Airlines Center in the Silver Garage. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the non-profit hunger relief organizations that distribute donated and purchased foods.
"Candy Cane Lane" is a multi-level visual Christmas attraction that will allow guests to celebrate the holidays in a touchless environment from the safety of their cars. Each level of "Candy Cane Lane" combines all the wonderful outdoor experiences of Christmas including a vast array of holiday lights, classic holiday lantern characters, and wonderland surprises around every corner. Guests can tune into a special playlist of memorable holiday music to help set the mood for “Candy Cane Lane,” all within the comfort of their own vehicles. Unlike most of the other local events, “Candy Cane Lane” is one of the few fully covered drive-throughs in Texas, so it will take place in rain or shine.
“The holidays are a very special time of the year and we created ‘Candy Cane Lane’ to be a safe and socially distanced option for Dallas/Fort Worth families to celebrate the season,” said Kelly Kibler, Region President of iHeartMedia Dallas/Fort Worth.
Boston's 101.7 The Bull And NBC 10 Raises Over $38,000 For St. Jude's Hospital
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 24TH, 2020 –– iHeart Boston’s 101.7 The Bull and NBC10 Boston “One Night Only” broadcast special raised over $38,000 to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the leading children's hospital pioneering research and treatments for kids with cancer and other life-threatening diseases.
“One Night Only” aired on Saturday, November 21 from 7pm - 8pm on NBC10 Boston and was simulcast on 101.7 The Bull, Portsmouth’s 95.3 The Bull and Springfield’s Kix 100.9.
Hosted by 101.7 The Bull’s on-air personalities Colton Bradford, Amanda Jo and Jess the one-hour special featured performances by country artists Kane Brown, Old Dominion, Kelsea Ballerini, Jon Pardi, Maren Morris, Lauren Alaina and Jimmie Allen. Since 2016, 101.7 The Bull, 95.3 The Bull and Kix 100.9 have combined the power of their signals to simulcast the “Country Cares for St. Jude’s Kids” radiothon reaching hundreds of thousands of listeners. For the past four year the radiothon raised over $1.5 million to benefit St. Jude.
94.7 WCSX-FM Detroit Presents 6th Annual People Helping People Campaign
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 24TH, 2020 –– Beasley Media Group announces 94.7 WCSX-FM will present the 6th Annual People Helping People campaign in an effort to assist families in Metro Detroit who are facing challenges during the holidays. Beginning this week through Friday, December 11, 2020, listeners are encouraged to nominate families in need on the air and at WCSX.com. The Big Jim’s House Morning Show will share requests they receive on behalf of needy families and connect them with the appropriate business donors.
I"We have a saying on the show that no one can help everyone...but EVERYONE can help someone,” said Big Jim, host of WCSX’s Big Jim’s House Morning Show. “That's the mindset behind People Helping People.” This year’s program is presented by Pizza Hut and 94.7 WCSX-FM.
NETWORKS: WWO To Present Four Christmas Specials For AC & Hot AC Stations
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 24TH, 2020 –– November 23, 2020 – Cumulus' Westwood One, will offer four distinct holiday specials designed for Adult Contemporary and Hot Adult Contemporary formats. The Goo Goo Dolls’ Johnny Rzeznik, Carrie Underwood, Meghan Trainor, and Taylor Swift will each host their own special, which will include stories, holiday memories, or favorite holiday music as well as music from the host artists’ Christmas albums. Stations can air one of the Christmas specials or all four on Saturdays or Sundays from November 28th through December 20th.
The Christmas specials include: Weekend of 11/28-11/29 - Johnny Rzeznik - Goo Goo Dolls This one-hour Christmas Special will feature the new Goo Goo Dolls Christmas album "It's Christmas All Over" Weekend of 12/5-12/6 - Carrie Underwood This one-hour Christmas Special will feature Carrie's new Christmas album "My Gift" Weekend of 12/12-12/13 - Meghan Trainor This two-hour Christmas Special will feature Meghan's new Christmas album “A Very Trainor Christmas” only with Meghan’s favorite Christmas music. Weekend of 12/19-12/20 - Taylor Swift This one-hour Christmas Special will feature Taylor's favorite Christmas playlist. For more information, contact Julie Bell at 212.735.1114 or email email@example.com
Bruce St. James Succeeds Mancow In Mornings At WLS
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 23RD, 2020 –– Chicago's Robert Feder reported on Friday that Bruce St. James Bruce who's aired for the last ten years on Phoenix's KTAR has been tapped to replace Erich Mancow Muller in mornings at WLS 890-AM. St. James will begin on December 14, according to Marv Nyren, vice president and market manager of Cumulus Media Chicago. Muller’s last day on WLS will be Wednesday. Fill-in hosts will substitute in the coming weeks.
“Bruce St. James is here to have a conversation, not a lecture. He is not here to change formats,” WLS program director Stephanie Tichenor told staffers in an email today. “He is here to continue what 890 already does best – inform and entertain our listeners.” St. James had been one of three top candidates for the job, according to Nyren, who said all of the finalists were from outside of the market.
St. James previous stops included stations Los Angeles, San Diego and Phoenix, including KTAR, where he hosted middays for 10 years until last February. He previously spent 13 years as program director of KKFR in Phoenix. Muller announced last week that he was not renewing his contract after two years at WLS. Mancow said at the time, “Much of the enjoyment I had left doing radio has been sucked out of it,” he told Feder. “For me, no interaction has been the radio kiss of death. Talking during this political season and hearing endless tales of woe from my listeners has been radio without joy.”
Lou Manfredini Inks Extension At WGN Chicago
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 23RD, 2020 –– WGN Radio announced a contract extension with host Lou Manfredini through December 31, 2024, as well as an additional hour to the start of his show. Beginning January 2, “HouseSmarts Radio with Lou Manfredini” will be heard on Saturdays from 6am to 10am.
"I am humbled and honored to continue my show at WGN Radio,” said Lou Manfredini. “I’m grateful for the listeners that tune in each week – without you, none of us are on the air! The two constants in my life have been my amazing family and WGN Radio, including my talented producer Lindsey Smithwick. I’m happy I get to keep talking with our listeners on Saturday mornings.”
The announcement comes at the conclusion of a year that marked Manfredini’s 25th anniversary on WGN Radio. After writing letters to pitch the idea of a call-in home improvement show, the Chicagoland native got his start as a guest on the Bob Collins Show in 1995. “HouseSmarts Radio with Lou Manfredini” continues to be the #1 Saturday morning radio program in Chicago
“We are excited to continue the legacy that Lou has built at WGN Radio the past 25 years,” said WGN Radio Vice President and General Manager Mary Sandberg Boyle. “While his media empire looks a lot different now than when he first started here, one thing remains the same: Lou is here to serve the audience. He is patient and kind with every listener, while keeping his genuine sense of humor. He truly is the definition of the ‘helpful hardware man.’” Lou Manfredini is a regular contributor to NBC’s “Today Show”, WGN-TV’s “Morning News”, and he hosts the nationally syndicated weekly television show “HouseSmarts.”
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Taylor Swift Takes Top Prize At AMA's
Swift Says She Was Unable To Accept Award In Person Because She Was Busy Rerecording Her Early Music Catalog
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 23RD, 2020 –– The American Music Awards aired live last night on ABC with Taraji P. Henson serving as host from The Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The show featured multiple live performances, in person presenters and even a small audience reports CNN. The Weeknd and Roddy Ricch led going into the event with eight nominations each. Justin Bieber and Shawn Mendes (BR) opened the show with their new single, "Monster."
Katy Perry took the stage for the first time since becoming a mom and performed "Only Love" with Darius Rucker.Megan Thee Stallion also had a standout performance. Doja Cat (TR) won new artist of the year and Becky G won favorite female Latin artist, a brand new category at the AMAs.
The top prize of the night, Artist of The Year, went to Taylor Swift who said she was unable to accept the award in person because she was busy rerecording her early music catalog, which was recently sold.
Swift also won music video of the year and favorite female pop artist. She holds the record for most AMA career wins by a single artist with 32. FOR COMPLETE LIST OF WINNER, CLICK HERE - PHOTOS/ Swift-YouTube; Doja Cat & Shawn Mendez-MRC
FRED JACOBS: Top Ways Your Radio Station Can 'Ease The Pain' This Holiday Season
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 23RD, 2020 –– During a time of 'extraordinarily bad', Jacobs Media's Fred Jacobs writes in his latest blog, that despite this years woes, there are things local radio stations can do to ease the pain, and more importantly, bring joy into the lives of listeners. "These holidays will indeed have a very different feel than any other season we've experienced in our entire lives," says Jacobs. Among the things that stations can do to make a difference include the following:
–– What are they missing most? This one's not rocket science. Many music fans will tell you they miss going to concerts and shows. Your station can't fix things, but it can help fill in the blanks. A concert weekend or even one of those “faux festivals” we've talked about these past several months is one tactic. And depending on your contacts, you might be able to arrange for an artist to do a Zoom “meet & greet” with your audience.
–– Talk to them. Better yet, listen to them. You're going to be broadcasting to many dispirited people, and more than a few who will be alone for much of the holidays. Venting on social media only gets you so far. This is when radio's role as a companion comes into play. Those studio lines may be more important than ever. Your emotional intelligence is more important than ever. Give our the phone number, welcome calls, and play back short segments that reflect the emotion of the moment. Your audience won't get this kind of “eye contact” on Spotify, SiriusXM, their favorite podcasts, or anywhere else.
–– Help hometown businesses. These types of initiative got off to a great start during the early weeks of the lockdown, but most have languished over the months. Initially, many radio stations were especially supportive of local restaurants, concert venues, and other businesses in need. Nothing's changed. In fact for many local enterprises, the hurt is more acute with another round of PPP assistance nowhere in sight. The third wave of our COVID study conducted last month showed a strong intention to support local businesses this year. This coming weekend, it's American Express' “Small Business Saturday.” Their slogan? “Share Joy – Shop Small.”
–– Find the joy. Don't forget about your team. They've been through a lot this year. And the on-air folks are tasked with the burden of putting a happy face on a challenging situation, especially this time of year. Just like everyone else, many of them are personally or professionally going through trying times when the mic's not on. They've served the industry especially well these past many months. And they deserve a holiday celebration and a break as well. This season has sadly become even more stressful for many in radio, thanks in no small part to layoffs and staff reductions that now coincide with these emotional holidays. Read entire blog HERE
The Rick And Carly Show Land Mornings On Iliad Media Bob FM Boise
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 23RD, 2020 –– The Rick and Carly Show has resurfaced at Iliad Media Group/Boise’s Bob FM. Rick Dunn and Carly Cash formerly helmed mornings at Wow Country 104.3 before Dunn left the station last year. boisedev.com reports Dunn joined Nampa-based Iliad Media Group earlier this year. Now, with the hiring of Cash, the pair will return to the mornings starting today on KSRV-FM, Bob FM.
“We are excited to bring Rick & Carly back together. Their passion for creating entertaining content and connecting with the community (Rick & Carly’s Kids) has made them beloved in the market,” Iliad Media Group CEO Darrell Calton said. Dunn took up an afternoon shift at Iliad’s 101.9 The Bull, which the company said earned the top spot in the spring rating period. Dunn will do double duty on The Bull and Bob. Bob FM, which runs a format known as “variety hits,” plays rock and pop hits from the 1980s and subsequent decades.
The paper says since it launched in the 2000s, the station ran without any DJs. Dunn and Cash will be the first to regularly appear on the format.
Ron Stutts, Host of 97.9 The Hill’s Morning Show Chapel Hill, Announces Retirement After 43 Years
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 23RD, 2020 – After 43 years, Ron Stutts, Host of 97.9 The Hill’s Morning Show, Announces Retirement. According to its website, chapelboro.com, He first came to WCHL on July 11, 1977 – and on Friday, December 18, 2020, he will host his final morning show. “It is with mixed emotions that we announce the retirement of the inimitable Ron Stutts,” said Aubrey Williams, general manager of 97.9 The Hill and Chapelboro.com. “His voice has woken up this community for 43 years, and he’s as much the fabric of our town as anything. I will miss working with him every day, but I am also happy for him to get to spend more time with his family and to finally get to sleep in every morning!”
Stutts said, “When I first came to Chapel Hill in 1977 I had no idea I would still be here in 2020 hosting the morning show! It’s been a blast and an honor to wake up this community every weekday morning. I hope everyone knows that I have put my heart and soul into this job. Lately, during this pandemic, I’ve been very careful like so many others, and even did the morning show from my kitchen for a couple of months. This just seems like a good time to retire. Look, I’m 71 years old now, and 43 years is probably long enough doing this gig. The radio station has been here for 67 years, and I realized I’ve been a part of it 2/3 of that time! As the saying goes, all good things must come to an end."
Alpha Expands Its WE Format Across San Antonio, Portland & Amarillo With Cannon & Cortez
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 23RD, 2020 –– Alpha Media announced the expansion of its WE format in San Antonio and Amarillo, Texas and Portland, Oregon to feature Skyview Networks’ nationally syndicated programs, Nick Cannon Radio and The Dana Cortez Show. Under this new agreement, these shows will anchor mid-days and afternoons in three of WE’s lineups. Earlier this year, Skyview Networks launched Nick Cannon Radio on weekdays and weekends to stations across the US. Since then, the show has become #1 in mornings in Louisville and expanded to a dozen additional markets.
The Dana Cortez Show is a fast-growing, ratings success already heard on several Alpha stations. Featuring Dana Cortez along with co-host DJ Automatic and comedian Anthony A., the trio said, “We are very happy to be a part of the WE family as it adds new markets! The WE brand is something I know listeners are craving, and we are excited to add our fresh take to this new approach in radio!”
“Our relationship with both The Dana Cortez Show and Nick Cannon Radio has always been a good one,” said Phil Becker, EVP of Content, Alpha Media. “I’m excited to lengthen our partnership as well as welcome them to some new stations. The work intensity, customization and team mentality of both The Dana Cortez Show and Nick Cannon Radio continue to impress me." For additional information on either show, visit skyviewnetworks.com/dana-cortez-show or skyviewnetworks.com/nick-cannon-radio. For affiliation information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Caravan To Midnight with John B. Wells To Debut Weeknights
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 23RD, 2020 –– Caravan To Midnight with John B. Wells debuts as a LIVE two hour weeknight radio program starting December 1st. Wells will host the show Monday through Friday nights from 10 p.m. to Midnight, Eastern Time.
In announcing the launch of Caravan To Midnight, John B. Wells shared, "The nightly show launch is like coming home in a way. Over the air radio is where I started. It's my first love. It's immediate, demanding and therefore really exciting. Every show is a canvas waiting for the oil. Great radio is art, and I treat every episode as such."
Talk Media Network CEO Josh Leng remarked, "In just over seven months, fifty radio stations have signed on as Ark Midnight affiliates. The demand for John B. Wells hosted programming by radio stations is undeniable. Caravan To Midnight with John B. Wells will be a destination program in weeknights." Wells adds, "The audience response to Ark Midnight has enabled us to register in the Top 25 most-listened-to talk programs, with only one weekend show per week. If that's any indication, we're about to do very well by broadcasting every weeknight." Radio stations interested in airing Caravan To Midnight with John B. Wells should visit https://TalkMediaNetwork.com for more information
FM99 & 106.9 The Fox Norfolk With Record 1.1 Million Meals Served In Marathon Food Drive
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 23RD, 2020 –– A new record of 1,101,822 meals will be served thanks to donations made at the FM99 & 106.9 The Fox 24th Annual Mayflower Marathon Food Drive. The annual drive took place simultaneously at four locations from 5:30am on Friday, 11/20 until 3pm on Sunday, 11/22. FM99 and 106.9 The Fox Brand Manager, Mike Beck says In the most challenging year ever for the Foodbanks, our listeners and client partners donated enough money and food to create more than 1.1 Million meals for people in Hampton Roads. The 24th Annual FM99 and The Fox Mayflower Marathon is a great example of the teamwork and hometown spirit of Hampton Roads. Our thanks to the volunteers, organizations, client partners, and the thousands of people who made this event another huge success."
"During a year of great uncertainty, the Mayflower Marathon serves as a beacon of hope for some of our community’s most vulnerable individuals and families facing food insecurity,” said Dr. Ruth Jones Nichols, President & CEO, Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore. “We are grateful for the outpouring of generosity from the community and our longstanding partnership with FM99 and 106.9 The Fox who support our mission to eliminate hunger in Southeastern Virginia and on the Eastern Shore.”
Still Recovering From Covid-19, Tim Cleary, And WIRK's Tim & Chelsea Show, Raise Over $11,000 For Food Drive
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 23RD, 2020 –– In a year that has been brutal on everything, by the time WIRK’s Tim & Chelsea signed off Saturday evening, their listeners had helped them and the staff of WIRK collect more than $11,000 for their annual “Friends Feeding Friends” Food Drive.
Not only did they surpass their original goal of $10,000, but because of the pandemic, the entire event was held virtually. And what made things even more challenging, Tim and Chelsea were broadcasting remotely from their homes as Tim Leary is still recovering from COVID-19 himself!
“Friends Feeding Friends” has been a signature event for WIRK for 15 years, and Tim & Chelsea were determined to not let 2020 make it a casualty,” said WIRK OM/PD Bruce Logan. “So even though the event changed to a virtual event AND Tim was in COVID-19 quarantine, they were on the air for 12 hours on Saturday. The people of the Palm Beaches came through with more than $11,000! So proud of this team for pushing through a lot of obstacles to do a lot of good for the hungry West Palm Beach.”
92.5 XTU Presents Annual Benefit For St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 23RD, 2020 –– Beasley Media Group’s 92.5 XTU, Philadelphia will present the annual St. Jude’s Radiothon on Thursday, December 10 and Friday, December 11, 2020. The station’s on air hosts will broadcast live from 6am to 7pm each day to raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer research that will directly benefit the hospital.
In addition, national country artists will be calling into the station to share their support and thoughts about what St. Jude Children’s Hospital means to them.
“Their incredible mission really compelled us to get involved with St. Jude”, said Mark Razz Program Director. “We are thrilled to be involved with such a world class non-profit organization that helps so many children and their families throughout our local community.”
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The Broadcasters Foundation of America Launches Annual Year-End Giving Campaign
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 20TH, 2020 –– The Broadcasters Foundation of America launches its annual year-end giving campaign today, appealing to those in the broadcast industry for tax-deductible personal donations to the Guardian Fund and corporate contributions to the Angel Initiative. The Broadcasters Foundation is a 501(c)3 charity and the only organization dedicated exclusively to providing aid to broadcasters and their families whose lives have been upended by tragic illness, accident, or catastrophe. Donations can be made by visiting www.broadcastersfoundation.org/donate.
The annual Giving Campaign comes as more broadcasters than ever before are reaching out for monthly or emergency relief. This year, the Broadcasters Foundation will award more than $1.7 million in monthly and one-time emergency grants. Monthly grants have increased over 79% since 2016, and more than 500 emergency grants have been awarded since 2017. Over the past 20 years, the Broadcasters Foundation has distributed over $13 million to broadcasters in need.
“Our only goal at the Broadcasters Foundation is to provide aid to those in our industry who need it most,” stated Scott Herman, Chairman of the Broadcasters Foundation of America. “Our grant recipients are hard-working broadcasters from across the country, who have been hit by challenging, often life-altering circumstances. Together, we can help them get through the toughest times.”
To learn more or to donate, please contact the Broadcasters Foundation at 212-373-8250 or email@example.com or visit www.broadcastersfoundation.org.
Rare Triple Format Flip In Detroit/WindsorTHE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 20TH, 2020 –– Detroit/Windsor radio yesterday witnessed a rare triple format flip. After three decades as alternative rock, Bell Media's 89X (CIMX-FM' 88.7) switched over to Pure Country and a bit further up the dial, (CIDR-FM) 93.9 The River became Virgin Radio. The moves were closely followed by local media - for a closer look, radio's best bud, Art Vuolo, compiled a video of the coverage and audio of the Pure Country's launch. WATCH/LISTEN HERE
No sooner had the Bell Media outlets made the switch, Entercom soon announced the launch of ALT 98.7 (WDZH-FM), Detroit’s new alternative. The station, previously known as 98.7 The Breeze. “This is a huge opportunity to add alternative to our portfolio, and we’re thrilled to further expand our content offering for Detroiters,” said Debbie Kenyon, Senior Vice and Market Manager, Entercom Detroit. “ALT 98.7 will serve as a home for some of today’s top hits from premier artists in the industry, while capturing the distinctive style and flair of the Motor City.” ALT 98.7 will launch with 10,000 songs commercial free. On-air programming details will be announced in the coming weeks.
Joseph P. 'J.P.' Hannan Named EVP & Chief Financial Officer For Cox Media Group
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 20TH, 2020 –– Cox Media Group (“CMG”) has appointed Joseph P. “J.P.” Hannan as EVP & Chief Financial Officer, effective immediately. Hannan joins CMG from AutoWeb, a full-service marketing organization for dealers and manufacturers, where he served as EVP & Chief Financial Officer for the past two years.
“We are thrilled to have such an accomplished financial leader like J.P. joining our CMG leadership team,” said Dan York, President & CEO, CMG. “J.P. is a seasoned executive with decades of highly diverse, very hands-on operational experience in media as a Chief Financial Officer with companies ranging from start-up and turnaround environments to large scale, publicly traded enterprises. His proven and unmatched expertise will serve us well, as we lead CMG in the next phase of our growth.”
“This is an exciting time to be joining CMG and I am energized by the potential for enhanced growth and value creation given the well-respected and dynamic content, products and people CMG is known for,” said Hannan.
Dinah Powers, Former Co-Host Of Houston's The Rod Ryan Show', Passes Away Following Cancer Battle
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 20TH, 2020 –– We're deeply saddened to report the passing of popular Houston morning host Dinah Powers. According to The Houston Chronicle, the former co-host on 94.9's Rod Ryan Show died after a battle with cancer On Thursday. Ryan announced her death with a tribute on the station's website. He said Powers had stage four uterine cancer, which had spread to her lungs.
Powers moved to Houston in 2012 after winning her co-host position on "The Rod Ryan Show" in an on-air competition. She was previously at 102.5 FM in Tampa. Powers left the show in August 2019 as she decided to go back to school and try to become a counselor. According to a GoFundMe, which raised more than $150,000 for her medical treatments, Powers began chempotherapy in September. "She fought to the end," Ryan wrote in his tribute. "She was one of a kind and we are all richer for having known her. I will never forget her."
Weeknd Added To iHeart's 2020 Jingle Ball Lineup; Joins Billie Eilish, Harry Styles And More
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 20TH, 2020 – iHeartMedia announced today that The Weeknd has been added to the lineup for the annual iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Presented by Capital One. Although fans are unable to attend the 2020 national iHeartRadio Jingle Ball in person, given the limitations on live events during the pandemic, this year’s virtual event will invite music fans into the homes of today’s top artists to share their personal holiday traditions and perform their biggest hits along with never-before-heard covers of iconic holiday songs.
This year’s event will feature already announced performances from the biggest names in music today, including Billie Eilish, Doja Cat, Dua Lipa, Harry Styles, Lewis Capaldi, Sam Smith, Shawn Mendes and more.
THE 2020 Jingle Ball will broadcast across more than 95 iHeartMedia CHR radio stations nationwide and on the iHeartRadio App and will also stream on The CW App and CWTV.com on Thursday, December 10 at 9:00 p.m. EST/6:00 p.m. PST. In addition, The CW Network will broadcast the event as an exclusive nationwide television special on Monday, December 14 at 8:00 p.m. EST/PST. In addition, The CW will televise a one-hour “iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Greatest Moments” special, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the event through performances, special backstage moments and more on Thursday, December 3 at 8:00 p.m. EST/PST.
The iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Presented by Capital One is produced by Tom Poleman and John Sykes for iHeartMedia and Joel Gallen for Tenth Planet Productions. Artists and/or events subject to change or cancellation without notice.
SYNDICATION: Wilhite And Wall Added To SBG Roster
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 20TH, 2020 –– Sun Broadcast Group have added award-winning Wilhite and Wall to its roster. Darren Wilhite and Tim Wall are two-time ‘CMA Personalities of the Year’ and host a 4-hour show available for all dayparts. “We are excited to add high profile personalities Wilhite and Wall to our content line up,” said Sun Broadcast Group Chief Development Officer Rich O’Brien. “In these challenging times, it is important for stations to have flexibility in how and when they integrate programming into their local line up. Wilhite and Wall provides multiple format options and dayparts for barter.”
“We couldn’t be more excited about partnering with Sun,” said Darren Wilhite. We’ve been fans for a while, and to become part of their roster is beyond awesome!” Wilhite And Wall is more than just a radio show. Providing relatable content that listeners demand, Wilhite and Wall offer the latest entertainment and news with smiles and laughs to make their day brighter.
830 WCCO Minneapolis Raises Over $330,000 For Union Gospel Missions
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 20TH, 2020 –– Entercom raised over $330,000 to provide over 169,000 meals and care to those in need through 830 WCCO’s (WCCO-AM) “2020 Union Gospel Mission Hunger Radiothon” in Minneapolis. The amount raised during the 18th annual radiothon, which benefits Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities (UGMTC), brought the overall fundraising total to over $3.3 million since 2003. “Entercom Minneapolis and 830 WCCO are proud to support the Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities and its local efforts to fight hunger, homelessness and addiction in Minnesota,” said Shannon Knoepke, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Minneapolis. “During this pandemic, I’m incredibly proud of the selflessness and generosity of our listeners who stepped up to help us deliver another successful radiothon.”
As part of the radiothon on November 17, 830 WCCO dedicated its entire day of on-air programming to raising money for Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities. Programming from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. CT featured live interviews from UGMTC students and staff, who shared inspirational stories throughout the day.
92.5 XTU Presents 21st Annual Toy Truck Parade
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 20TH, 2020 –– Beasley Media Group’s 92.5 XTU (WXTU-FM), Philadelphia has unveiled details for the 21st Annual Toy Truck Parade to benefit the United Service Organization (USO) and The Boys & Girls Clubs of America. The Toy Truck Drive Thru event will take place from 8 a.m.- 1 p.m. on Saturday, December 5, 2020 in the Xfinity Live Valet Parking lot located at 1100 Pattison Avenue in Philadelphia.
Due to Covid-19 precautions, the event will be a “drive thru” event this year. This year’s Toy Truck Parade will be hosted by 92.5 XTU’s Andie Summers Show, Razz on the Radio, Charlie Maxx, and Nicole Michalik.
Entercom & LA Unified School District Launch Give A Gift Drive
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 20TH, 2020 –– Entercom announced the launch of “RADIO.COM’s Gift a Gift” in partnership with the Los Angeles Unified School District, to provide gifts, food and clothes to those in need this holiday season. As part of the partnership, Entercom Los Angeles stations, including 93.1 Jack FM (KCBS-FM), 94.7 The Wave (KTWV-FM), 97.1 AMP Radio (KAMP-FM), K-Earth 101 (KRTH-FM), KNX 1070 News Radio (KNX-AM) and KROQ (KROQ-FM) will participate in a text-to-donate fundraiser to benefit the Los Angeles Most in Need Fund. From November 23 to December 13.
“Many Families throughout Southern California have been financially impacted by the pandemic, and we’re honored to be able to support them through this heartwarming initiative with the Los Angeles Unified School District,” said Jeff Federman, Regional President, Entercom. “Our community proves time and time again their willingness to support others in need, and we look forward to collaborating with them and the Los Angeles Unified School District to make this holiday season a little brighter.” “RADIO.COM’s Give a Gift” is a part of Entercom Serves, the Company’s social impact platform that raises awareness of social issues and brings communities together for good.
Cumulus Launches Project Shine A National Appeal To Volunteerism Across 422 Stations And WWO
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 19TH, 2020 –– Cumulus has announced the launch of PROJECT SHINE, a cross-platform charitable initiative, serving as a nationwide call to local volunteerism through partner VolunteerMatch, the world’s largest volunteer engagement network. PROJECT SHINE will be promoted on the company’s 422 radio stations and websites across 87 U.S. markets and through Cumulus' Westwood One with creative promos framed by a new version of iconic rock band Collective Soul’s hit “Shine”, re-recorded exclusively for PROJECT SHINE.
The program encourages Cumulus’ hundreds of millions of listeners to visit local station websites to instantly connect with VolunteerMatch’s powerful search engine and database and find local volunteer opportunities. The campaign was produced by Cumulus, with support from production company Benztown and McVay Media.
Brian Philips (L), EVP Content & Audience for Cumulus said: “PROJECT SHINE serves as a conduit for human connection. We make it easy for good people to connect with great causes through VolunteerMatch. In every town, in every corner of America, some darkness subsides, and a new ray of light appears. Through service, we help ourselves and the whole world is better for it.” Philips noted: “We thank our friend Ed Roland and Collective Soul, whose timeless song “Shine” was the inspiration for this project. Ed’s exciting new version elevates PROJECT SHINE and brings fresh light to a nation in need.”
Ed Roland, Founder and Lead Vocalist, Collective Soul, commented: “ I want to thank Brian Philips and everyone at Cumulus for allowing us to be a part of PROJECT SHINE. Together we can make a difference.“ Visit: https://www.cumulusmedia.com/shine/ to connect to a nonprofit you love through PROJECT SHINE and to hear Collective Soul’s new version of “Shine”.
Michelle Rodriguez Joins Hawkeye in the Morning On New Country 96.3/KSCS-FM Dallas
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 19TH, 2020 –– Michelle Rodriguez will join the legendary Hawkeye in the Morning Show on Cumulus' New Country 96.3/KSCS-FM as Co-Host. Rodriguez moves to mornings on New Country 96.3 after seven years as Midday Host for the station.
A Dallas native, Rodriguez has been a fixture on DFW radio since 2004 and has been recognized by D Magazine as one of the Best Radio Personalities in DFW. She debuts on “Hawkeye in the Morning” on Monday, November 30th.
Mike Preston, Program Director, New Country 96.3/KSCS-FM, said: “Michelle has been a shining star on the station for 10 years and pairing her with Hawkeye just made sense. I can't wait to see the new heights that together they'll take us to!” Rodriguez commented: “I’m so honored and humbled to be joining my great friend Hawkeye in the Morning! Eternally grateful to Dan Bennett, Mike Preston, Doug Hamand and Brian Philips for believing in me and allowing me the opportunity to be part of a show I grew up with, in my hometown, simply a dream."
WRKO 680 Boston Announces Debut of The Grace Curley Show
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 19TH, 2020 –– WRKO-AM 680 announced today the debut of The Grace Curley Show, effective January 4, 2021. Curley will broadcast weekday afternoons from 12:15 p.m. to 3 p.m. Hosted by Grace Curley,
“Grace Curley is a great talent and just the sort of host Talk radio needs to take the industry to the next level,” said Howie Carr, Host of the Howie Carr Show. “Grace is a young, articulate, conservative woman who already has years of experience in drive- time programming, state-of-the-art podcasts and daily print journalism.”
“Grace has a spark ready to be ignited,” said Rob Sanchez, Vice President of News, Talk and Sports for iHeartMedia Boston. “She is part of the next generation of Talk radio hosts and is ready to set the Boston airwaves on fire with her strong and authentic voice."“
"I am ecstatic for this huge opportunity to host a Talk radio show and offer my perspective on politics, pop culture and more,” said Curley. “Over the last six years, I've been mentored by one of the best in the business, and I look forward to putting the skills I've learned from Howie Carr to the test and creating a show that is interesting, unique and entertaining.”
In addition to her daily show, Grace Curley will continue her role as the Executive Producer of the “Howie Carr Show” and columnist for the Boston Herald.
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[WATCH] Double Format Flip Tease In Detroit Area Stirs Attention - Including TV
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 19TH, 2020 –– Following teasers from a couple of Detroit/Windsor stations for pending format flips the news quickly caught the attention of longtime listeners - including at least two area TV outlets. CIMX-FM (88.7), the station that began as alternative-rock 89X in the '90s, announced on its website that a new format is coming at noon (today) — and warned existing fans that they're "probably not going to like it." A similar tease was posted on 93.9 The River's website.
The station posted: "From the Cutting Edge to New Rock 89X, it’s been one hell of a ride over the past thirty years. If you’ve ever listened, called the X-Lines for a request, won a contest, or partied with us at a Birthday Bash – THANK YOU. 89X was a unique station and we have some great memories. Thirty years is a long time though and it’s time for a change. Soon there will be a very new and VERY different sound on 88.7FM and to be honest if you're a New Rock fan you're probably not going to like it -- Find out what’s next for 88.7FM, listen Thursday, November 19th at noon.
The Format reveal will come at noon today (click HERE at noon et for the news). Bell owns CKLW-AM (800), CKWW-AM (580), CIMX-FM (88.7) known as 89X and CIDR-FM (93.9) The River. The AM's remain the same with news-talk on 800 and oldies on 580. However, the FM's will undergo a major alteration and before it even happens, at least two Detroit TV stations covered this story. Radio videographer, Art Vuolo says, "It's rare that radio news makes it on local TV even AFTER it happens. This happened BEFORE it occurred." Watch WDIV 4 clip HERE - courtesy of Art Vuolo
Frontline Nurse Who Started Listening To New York Country 94-7's Kelly Ford Show During Beginning Of Pandemic Makes Surprise Call-In
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 19TH, 2020 –– Kelly Ford, morning host on Entercom New York's Country 94-7, says this is why 'she loves radio.' It's hands down THE BEST medium for one on one connection and humanity," says Ford. "Two things we need more of right now."
Amy O'Sullivan is an ER Nurse/COVID survivor in Brooklyn who has become a regular listener of Ford's show. She was recently on the cover of TIME Magazine as one of the Top 100 Most Influential People of 2020 (L).
She reached out to Kelly to share that she started listening to her show on the way to work back when the streets were empty at the beginning of the pandemic. She talks about her hospital taking in the first Coronavirus patient in Brooklyn back in March, getting intubated herself after she contracted it, going back to work and breaking some rules to help connect dying patients with their loved ones.
It turned out to be quite an epic interview and revealed the kind of company radio hosts became for pandemic travelers - the interviews can be heard HERE
Kasper Returns To Northeast Ohio On Alpha's Mix 94.1
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 19TH, 2020 –– Alpha Media Canton has tapped Ohio-native Kasper for on-air weeknights on Mix 94.1 effective immediately. “It’s not often you get the opportunity to bring in a talent with whom the audience is intimately familiar. When Bo Matthews (Operations Manager) and I had the chance to sign-on Kasper to the team it was a no-brainer.”
Added Kasper, “I’m pumped to be on the air again back home in Northeast Ohio - and for it to be on Mix 94.1 is the cherry on top. This is one of the country’s premiere Hot AC’s and I’m honored to “virtually” join the team. Special thanks to Bo Matthews, Gabe Carrillo and Rich O’Brien for the opportunity! Oh and hi Mom and Go Browns!”
Kasper’s previous stops in Northeast Ohio include stations in Youngstown, Cleveland and Akron. He has also been heard in Chicago, Richmond, VA and Philadelphia.
NETWORKS: WWO's Daily Wire Adds The Michael Knowles Show
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 19TH, 2020 –– Cumulus Media’s Westwood One will expand its broadcast programming offerings from the Daily Wire with the addition of The Michael Knowles Show beginning January 4, 2021, from 5 – 6 p.m. ET.
The Michael Knowles Show, is among the top 10 News Commentary podcasts on the American iTunes Charts. Knowles has 1.12 million Facebook followers, 393.9k Twitter followers, 352k YouTube followers, and 150k Instagram followers.
Knowles, who has previously served as a guest host for The Ben Shapiro Show, will be heard on radio exclusively through Westwood One. For information about affiliating, contact Newstalk@westwoodone.com.
United Stations Extends/Expands Partnership With SoCast
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 19TH, 2020 –– United Stations and SoCast announced both an extension and expansion of their partnership. For starters, the two firms have agreed to a multi-year renewal of their partnership efforts which already includes exclusive advertising sales representation for SoCast’s barter inventory, affiliate marketing of SoCast’s “Digital Playbook” and the provision of web content by United Stations for some of SoCast’s clients.
Stefan Jones, Senior VP/Content & Affiliation for United Stations at the company's headquarters in New York, say, "Our friends at SoCast mastered the content management side of the web for our broadcast partners with solutions for websites, apps, streaming, smart speakers and more. Now they’ve added the super-smart strategy of giving radio stations the power to become true hybrid players on the supply side of advertising, and we’re thrilled to take their platform to the marketplace now and for years to come.”
For more information regarding SoCast and the United Stations Digital Playbook, potential clients can contact Stefan Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212.536.3647 or Eric Eisen at email@example.com or 416-635-6678, extension. 223.
Media Staffing Network and IBA Partner To Help Out-Of-Work Radio Professionals
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 19TH, 2020 – Media Staffing Network (MSN), specialists in recruitment and placement for media, has partnered with the Independent Broadcasters Association (IBA) as part of the recently announced IBA Rapid Response Opportunity for out-of-work professionals in the radio industry. MSN plans to host informative webinars on how to research and target new opportunities, stand out in the hiring process, and conduct and navigate a search in a remote world.
“With many broadcasters needing to downsize because of the impact COVID has had on the economy, there are many radio professionals looking for work,” stated Ron Stone, President and Executive Director of the IBA. “Media Staffing Network’s expertise in the media business, especially radio, will be an asset to those seeking employment, as well as to those looking to hire. We’re very pleased that they are sharing their insights and knowledge as we work together to keep radio strong and help radio talent get through a very difficult situation.”
Last week, IBA announced a ”Talent Available” section on its website, where out-of-work radio professionals can post their resume, and radio companies looking to hire can peruse the database at no charge to fill open positions. Laurie Kahn, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Media Staffing Network noted, "When I saw the IBA announcement, I knew we had the right resources to help people get back to work, and I had to help. We’re always working to create solutions for radio operators struggling to hire and having access to those who are looking for employment can fill a lot of unique needs." For more info, contact Laurie Kahn at firstname.lastname@example.org, (480) 306-8930. For more information on the Independent Broadcasters Association, please visit the website at https://www.iba.media/.
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 19TH, 2020 –– –- iHeartMedia and Cloud10 Media, the podcast network and production studio behind numerous hit celebrity podcasts, announced they have partnered for a two-year production and distribution deal. The partnership will leverage Cloud10’s diverse slate of curated celebrity-hosted audio programs and iHeartMedia’s national cross-platform network in order to reach a wider audience of consumers across the country.
As part of the deal, all existing and upcoming Cloud10 Media podcasts including “Busy Philipps is Doing Her Best,” “Daddy Issues with Joe Buck and Oliver Hudson,” “Work in Progress with Sophia Bush,” and more will be distributed by the iHeartPodcast Network and will be promoted across iHeartMedia’s multiplatform network including radio, digital, social and live events.
In addition, iHeartMedia and Cloud10 Media will collaborate to develop and co-produce new audio content to harness the creative experience and innovative insight from both companies. More details on the new slate of shows will be available early next year.
Will Pearson, the COO of the iHeartPodcast Network, says, “Sim and his team lead the way in developing the most engaging celebrity-driven podcast content in the industry. We are excited to team up with Cloud10 Media to create innovative new audio experiences for our listeners and bring them even more of the shows they crave.”
Graham Norton Joins Virgin Radio UK; Sally & Erica Gone From National Breakfast Australia
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THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 19TH, 2020 –– After news of his departure from Radio 2, Wireless has confirmed the signing of Graham Norton to do Saturday and Sunday shows for Virgin Radio. His new programmes will launch in the New Year and Graham will continue to present his Friday night chat show on BBC 1 Television. During his appearance on Chris Evans’ Virgin Radio breakfast show on 30th September, Graham had commented on how nice the studios were and how close they were to his home in Wapping. Evans went on to spend a large part of the hour-long interview trying to convince Graham to join Virgin.
Sally & Erica Gone From National Breakfast In Australia - The hosts of triple j Breakfast, Sally Coleman and Erica Mallett, are leaving only one year into the gig, effective immediately. They took over the slot from Ben Harvey and Liam Stapleton, who took their Ben & Liam show to Nova in Adelaide. Bryce Mills will move from the Weekend Afternoon slot to carry Breakfast for the rest of the year, before the new hosting lineup is announced.
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In Ireland, Christmas Radio Station Returns To Cork for 2020 - Cork’s dedicated seasonal radio station is back for 2020 as Cork’s 96Mas plays non-stop Christmas hits between now and the end of December. This is the third year that the seasonal station has run and will be available to listen via the Cork’s 96FM smartphone app and website; the TuneIn radio app as well as via smart speakers.
Longtime WONE-FM Akron Host T.K. O'Grady Has Passed Away From Natural Causes
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 19TH, 2020 –– T.K. O’Grady, host on Akron classic rock WONE 97.5-FM for more than two decades, has died, the station announced Tuesday. According to his biography on WONE, O'Grady worked nearly 50 years in radio broadcasting. Thestation said he died from natural causes. He began his career in his hometown of Mexico, Missouri, in 1972. O'Grady previously worked in Chicago, Miami and Charleston, South Carolina. In 1998, he joined the Rubber City Radio Group in Akron.
Akron's Beacon Journal writes that in 2001, O'Grady became the host of the WONE afternoon drive show and served as assistant program director. Most recently, he worked from 7 p.m. to midnights on Saturdays and Sundays. There will no service or calling hours due to COVID-19, WONE said in a Facebook post. “May his memory be eternal,” the station said.
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Longtime Michigan Host Who Had Recently Purchased His Own Stations Dies In Boating Accident
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 18TH, 2020 –– Longtime Jackson radio host Jamie McKibbin (inset) was 1 of 2 men who died in boating incident during Ohio hunting trip reports WILX-TV. (WILX) - Radio host Jamie McKibbin, a beloved community figure in Jackson, died in a boating accident alongside his friend James ‘Bud' Miller. His story of starting out as a radio talent and later becoming an astute businessman is a testament to the person he was and the life he lived. McKibbin was known as “The Big Dog” during his days deejaying on K-105.3 FM in Jackson (located appx. 78 Mi. West of Detroit.
Before his untimely passing, he had purchased Jackson Radio Works in 2019 from Bruce and Sue Goldsen. He had spent 23 years altogether working for Jackson Radio Works. The station now known as McKibbin Media Group owns three different radio stations: NewsTalk 970 AM, 95.9 FM, and 101.9 FM in Jackson, MI.. “His lifelong dream was to be an owner in the media business,” said Sue Goldsen. McKibbin also served on the board of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters. McKibbin is survived by his wife Katina and his 14-year old son Walker.
Tired Of Doing 'Radio Without Joy' During Pandemic, Mancow Announces He's Leaving WLS
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 18TH, 2020 –– Erich 'Mancow' Muller announced he's leaving WLS 890-AM after two years as morning host. His last day on the Cumulus outlet will be November 25 reports Robert Feder. “Much of the enjoyment I had left doing radio has been sucked out of it,” Mulle said Monday. “Alone in an office building with no guests and endless rules is not my idea of a creative process. . . . For me, no interaction has been the radio kiss of death. Talking during this political season and hearing endless tales of woe from my listeners has been radio without joy.”
Marv Nyren, vice president and market manager of Cumulus Chicago, confirmed that the decision to part company was mutual, and said Muller would be paid through the end of the year when his contract expires. Neither side had initiated negotiations on a renewal. WLS 890 AM “Mancow has done everything we asked him to do,” said Nyren, noting their warm and cordial relationship this time around. “It’s been a gem for two years.”
November 30, a number of fill-in hosts will be used until a permanent replacement is hired. Nyren said he and program director Stephanie Tichenor have narrowed the field to three, with a decision expected by January 1 or sooner.
Muller has been part of the Chicago radio scene for 26 years after arriving from San Francisco to host mornings on the former WRCX. Other stints included Q101, WLS, The Loop and Talk Radio Network. As for his future, Muller said he and his agent, Steve Mandell, are considering radio and podcast opportunities, but he may take a break before deciding his next move. PHOTO/screengrab
Kobe Fargo Adds PD Stripes For WZNE Rochester
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 18TH, 2020 –– Stephen's Media Group's WZNE-FM/94.1 The Zone Rochester has named Kobe Fargo it's new Program Director for the Alternative outlet. Fargo will work with Operations Manager Mike McCoy and GM Mike Ninnie on the station's on-going makeover that includes the debut of a new morning show scheduled for December 1st.
Fargo, who also serves as afternoon host, says: "I am so excited for Rochester to hear The New 94.1 The Zone. We'll be the only station that reflects the current ALT music scene and equally important, be more inclusive, and engaging with our audience. I'd like to thank Bob Thornton, Mike Ninnie, Mike McCoy and Josh Venable for this opportunity to take The New 94.1 The Zone to new heights," said Fargo. "Radio is always in a constant state of change because listener's taste's and preferences change," says McCoy. Great radio stations like the Zone need to reflect those changes. It's part of our responsibility to the greater Rochester area."
AnalyticOwl And The IBA Partner To Bring Radio Attribution To IBA Members
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 18TH, 2020 –– AnalyticOwl announced a partnership with the Independent Broadcasters Association (IBA) to provide IBA members access to tools which optimize live radio campaigns.
“We’ve long been advocates of radio advertising and are excited to help IBA members prove that radio advertising works. Our platform and response metrics are proven to prospect, sell, upsell and win-back business.” said David Ballinger, founder of AnalyticOwl.
The addition of AnalyticOwl as an IBA partner is welcomed and enables IBA member stations of any size in any market to use AnalyticOwl data to close new business and retain existing business” said Ron Stone, IBA Founder and CEO of Adams Media Group. For more information, please visit: analyticowl.com/iba or iba.media
ACM Lifting Lives Announce Officers And New Board Directors
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 18TH, 2020 –– ACM Lifting Lives® is announcing a second-year term for the ACM Lifting Lives Officers and announced the newly elected Board of Directors for the 2020-2021 term. Continuing their tenure in office includes Chairman Paul Barnabee (L), Vice-Chairman Troy Vollhoffer, Vice-President Lorie Lytle, Treasurer Dwight Wiles, and Secretary Taylor Wolf.
This year, there were four representative director positions elected, three public director positions elected, five representative director positions appointed and six public director positions appointed by the ACM Lifting Lives Board of Directors: Newly elected REPRESENTATIVE directors include: Rod Essig, Ebie McFarland, Daniel Miller, Sally Williams.
Newly elected PUBLIC directors include: Fletcher Foster, Kimberly Schlapman, Meredith Seacrest, Newly appointed REPRESENTATIVE directors include: Jackie Campbell, Beville Dunkerley, Greg Hill, F. Reid Shippen, Butch Waugh Newly appointed PUBLIC directors include: Mark Bloom, Chris Farren, Kathleen Flaherty, Ricky Kelley, Elaina Smith, Jay Williams.
“I’m honored to continue as Chairman of the ACM Lifting Lives Board and to serve the Industry at this critical time,” said ACM Lifting Lives Chairman Paul Barnabee. “We talk a lot about the influence of music lifting the spirits of those in a time of need and right now it feels more important than ever. The vital work that we do could not happen without the commitment of the artists and industry leaders and their continued support, and we are forever grateful.”
Greg & The Morning Buzz Hold 30th Annual 'Lend A Helping Can' Fundraiser For Those In Need
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 18TH, 2020 –– Greg & The Morning Buzz, syndicated on 100.3 WHEB, Rock 101, 104.9 The Hawk and Q106, announced its 30th annual Lend A Helping Can radiothon and fundraiser to benefit 12 charities working to combat local hunger and homelessness. On Thursday, November 19 and Friday, November 20, Greg & The Morning Buzz will extend its broadcast to a 13-and-a-half-hour radiothon, from 5:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. On-air personalities from the morning show will encourage listeners to donate to Lend A Helping Can by calling the station or by participating in an online auction.
“Our 30th year of Lend a Helping Can will definitely be the most challenging yet,” said Greg Kretschmar, on-air personality of Greg & The Morning Buzz. “Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for food in our community is greater than ever while many of the resources we’ve relied on for fundraising in the past are limited. We look forward to helping our community in need with the help of our generous listeners.”
Greg & The Morning Buzz is heard Mondays through Fridays from 5:30 – 10 a.m. across New England on Rock 101 WGIR-FM in Manchester; The Rock Station 100.3 WHEB in Portsmouth; The Hawk 104.9 in the Lakes Region; Q106 in Lebanon; The Peak 101.9/100.7 in Keene, Wilmington and Jamaica, Vermont; plus 107.1 Frank FM in Barre; Burlington; Central Vermont; Stowe; Essex; St. Albans; Plattsburgh; and Dannemora, New York; and across the country on iHeartRadio.
Entercom Raises Over $200,000 For Pediatric Care During 94.9 The Point Norfolk's Radiothon
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 18TH, 2020 –– Entercom raised over $200,000 to benefit Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters (CHKD) during 94.9 The Point’s (WPTE-FM) 19th annual “CHKD Radiothon” in Norfolk, VA. Since its inception 19 years ago, 94.9 The Point Radiothon has raised more than $5 million to purchase equipment, fund research, support patient care programs, and expand the mental health program at the hospital. “CHKD is a big part of the Entercom Norfolk family and has been for over a decade,” said Bennett Zier, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Norfolk. “The children, their families and the health care workers are part of the daily fabric of our community efforts. Mike and Woo (shown), with their passion and commitment, are a key ingredient to help connect our listeners during this heartfelt annual event.”
As part of the three-day virtual campaign, 94.9 The Point morning show hosts Mike Powers and Woo Woo broadcast live from 94.9 The Point studios on November 11-13 from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET, raising critical dollars for the region’s only children’s hospital. Programming featured CHKD patients and families, who shared stories of courage and hope. Entercom is committed to supporting the health and success of the communities that are the heart of its business. “CHKD Radiothon” is a part of Entercom Serves, the Company’s social impact platform that raises awareness of social issues and brings communities together for good.
The Steve Harvey Morning Show To Give Away Nearly 9,000 Turkeys For Thanksgiving
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 18TH, 2020 –– For the 11th year in a row, The Steve Harvey Morning Show and Premiere Networks will give away thousands of turkeys as part of the Steve Harvey Morning Show Annual Turkey Give. Nearly 9,000 turkeys will be provided to affiliates of the top-rated, award-winning morning radio show to help those less fortunate celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. Since the Turkey Give was launched in 2009, nearly 90,000 turkeys have been given to those in need. “We consider it an honor and a privilege to help those less fortunate during the holiday season,” said Harvey during a recent broadcast.
“On behalf of the entire Steve Harvey Morning Show, Happy Thanksgiving and God Bless you all.” Created in September 2000, The Steve Harvey Morning Show joined Premiere Networks national lineup in 2005 and currently reaches more than 8 million monthly listeners on more than 100 affiliates nationwide. Co-hosted by Shirley Strawberry, J. Anthony Brown, Nephew Tommy, Carla Ferrell and Junior, For his work on the program, Harvey was honored with the NAB Marconi Award for “Network/Syndicated Personality of the Year” in 2013 and 2015, and he was inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame. For additional information, please visit www.SteveHarvey.com.
iHeart Brings Alternative Back To Columbus
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 17TH, 2020 –– iHeartMedia Columbus will bring the Alternative music format back to the Columbus with the debut of The New Columbus Alternative 105.7, Everything Alternative, effective immediately. The station’s afternoon host will be Rafferty, who has a unique connection to the Columbus music community. He will be joined by other on-air personalities to be announced soon.
“There’s a significant appetite in Columbus for new music discovery and a place to rediscover some 90s and 2000s Alternative music hits which has a strong nostalgic appeal right now,” said Kris Foley, Metro President for iHeartMedia Central Ohio. “Plus, with more people looking for audio companionship while working from home, we knew the time to change lanes was right now.”
“This station will be all about the music and a strong local connection,” said Michael McCoy, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Columbus. “In fact, we’re looking for guest hosts in the evening who are connected to the music community and aspire to build an on-air show."
Leo Baldwin Named Brand Manager Over KYKY & KEZK St. Louis
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 17Th, 2020 –– Entercom announced the appointment of Leo Baldwin as Brand Manager of Y98 (KYKY-FM) and 102.5 KEZK (KEZK-FM) in St. Louis, effective immediately. “I am beyond excited to welcome Leo Baldwin to the Entercom St. Louis team,” said Becky Domyan, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom St. Louis. “The combination of Leo’s tremendous experience in these formats, along with his exceptional talent, will take us to a winning place and beyond with these iconic brands.”
“I’m so excited to join the amazing team in St. Louis and the incredible brands they have established in the market,” said Baldwin. “I want to thank Pat Paxton [Chief Programming Officer, Entercom], Becky Domyan and Mike Kennedy [Brand Manager, 106.5 The Wolf and 99.7 The Point, for putting their faith in me to take these heritage radio stations to an even higher level.”
Prior to joining Entercom, Baldwin recently programmed WRMF and WEAT in West Palm Beach where he also served as Operations Manager over the seven-station cluster. During his time in West Palm Beach, Baldwin also held a format captain role for adult contemporary and hot adult contemporary for Alpha Media.
Radio One Philadelphia Moving Its Hip-Hop/R&B Programming Over To 100.3 Frequency
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 17TH, 2020 ––With Entercom set to take over WPHI-FM Philly's 103.9 frequency on Nov. 23, Radio One is moving its hip-hop programming over to co-owned WRNB 100.3. Along with the switch, WPHI-FM's current dial position will make way for the historic simulcast of Newsradio KYW-AM. Midday host Paris Nicole led the transition on her show and all the other featured personalities and shows including the Morning Hustle (6-10am shown), Paris Nicole (10am-3pm) The QuickSilva Show with Dominique Da Diva (3-7pm) and DJ Bran (7pm-12am) will follow throughout the week.
Radio One Philadelphia Manager Ezio Torres said, "I'm excited about the updates to our Philadelphia Urban One cluster as this allows the audience and reach of our stations to expand." "I am very excited to have 103.9 upgraded to a stronger signal," added Program Director Paris Nicole. "This will take our station and our amazing lineup to the next level with the latest R&B and Hip Hop, which will now be heard on 100.3."
To accommodate the transition, they'll simulcast the programming on both the 103.9 and 100.3 frequencies all this week leading up to the November 23 switch. Acting Operations Manager Jay Dixon will oversee the transition and updates along with Paris Nicole, who will work with the new 100.3 FM and continue to manage Praise 107.9 HD2 and Classix 107.9. Sure weeknights, giving Philly a complete young adult R&B listening experience they can enjoy 24/7."
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MUSIC: Scooter Braun Sells Taylor Swift’s Big Machine Master Rights
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 17TH, 2020 –– Scooter Braun’s (inset) Ithaca Holdings LLC has acquired Big Machine Label Group and all of its recorded music assets, sources tell Variety. Reportedly, he sold the master rights to Taylor Swift’s first six albums. The buyer, yet unknown, involves a deal believed to be north of $300 million and closed in the last two weeks. Some insiders speculate the value could be as high as $450 million once certain earn-backs are factored in. Ithaca purchased the Nashville-based independent record label Big Machine, founded by Scott Borchetta in 2005, in June 2019 for just over $300 million, of which Swift’s catalog — from her 2006 self-titled debut to 2017’s “Reputation” — was believed to be worth some $140 million.
Swift tweeted late Monday that she had been trying to actively regain control of her master recordings for the last year following the report in Variety that Braun had sold the assets for $300 million. But despite attempting to negotiate with Braun, she said her team had “received a letter from a private equity company called Shamrock Holdings” announcing they had purchased her music, videos and album art. “This was the second time my music has been sold without my knowledge,” she wrote, adding that she had begun re-recording her earlier songs." Variety has reached out to reps for Swift and Braun for comment.
SYNDICATION: Compass Media's Gordon Deal Show Tops 300 Affiliates
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 17TH, 2020 –– This week Gordon Deal celebrates 300 affiliates and his 15th anniversary as host of This Morning –America’s First News with Gordon Deal. Gordon Deal states “With a short attention span like mine, it’s hard to imagine doing the same thing for 15 minutes, let alone 15 years. There’s a lot of pressure and responsibility, especially now with 300 affiliates, but having an exceptional team to work with every day and the support of Compass Media Networks means waking up at 2:30 a.m. can actually be interesting and exhilarating.”
This Morning – America’s First News is produced and distributed by Compass Media Networks and broadcast daily via 300 news and talk stations in 92 of the top 100 markets and re-broadcast via all major podcast listening platforms including iHeart Radio, Radio.com, and TuneIn.
“In the history of our medium, very few shows have achieved over 300 affiliates,’ said Peter Kosann, CEO/Founder of Compass Media Networks. “Kudos to everyone at Compass Media Networks for reaching this goal and special thanks to Gordon Deal for his leadership and voice.” "15 years is quite the accomplishment, Gordon. You continue to be the perfect voice to wake up the KTAR early risers with your always interesting perspective on the biggest news stories of the moment. Congratulations and thanks!" Ryan Hatch, VP Content & Operations, Bonneville Phoenix
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THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 17TH, 2020 –– Premiere Networks announced today two holiday specials hosted by Cody Alan. The four-hour, barter-free CMT After MidNite Friendsgiving Special with Cody Alan will be highlighted by conversations with Country stars, including Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Gabby Barrett and others, who will share their favorite holiday foods, family traditions and more. The exclusive Thanksgiving special is available to CMT Radio affiliates and open markets to air anytime from November 25 to November 30, 2020.
Additionally, all the stars are coming Home for the Holidays with CMT’s Cody Alan in a four-hour, barter-free special featuring conversations with Country music stars, including Carrie Underwood, Dolly Parton, Keith Urban, Maren Morris and others, who will share stories of Christmas memories, favorite gifts and family traditions. Listeners will also be treated to a mix of holiday-themed songs.
Home for the Holidays with CMT’s Cody Alan is available to CMT Radio affiliates and open markets, and can be downloaded on Monday, December 14 to air any time during the holidays. American Forces Network (AFN). Stations interested in the CMT After MidNite Friendsgiving Special with Cody Alan or Home for the Holidays with CMT’s Cody Alan should contact Premiere Networks’ Affiliate Relations department at 818-377-5300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
EVENTS: Entercom Launches Month-Long Virtual Toy Drive In 18 Markets For Children In Need
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 17TH, 2020 –– Entercom announced the launch of “RADIO.COM’s Holiday Toys for Girls and Boys,” a virtual event in partnership with Toys for Tots dedicated to bringing toys and smiles to less fortunate children across the country. From November 16 to December 6, 40 Entercom brands across 18 markets nationwide will encourage listeners to donate money that will be turned into new, unwrapped toys for local children in need this holiday season. Entercom is also partnering with TicketSauce, an event ticketing, management, and box office white label solutions company to create a virtual giving platform that will turn the monetary donations into physical toys. All donations will be geo-tracked so all funds raised stay within their respective local communities.
“This innovation on traditional holiday campaigns allows us to build on our strong connection in our communities and meaningfully support the great work of Toys for Tots, safely,” said Sarah Harris, Vice President, Social Impact, Entercom. “Through our partnership with TicketSauce, we are able to raise money virtually, connecting the generosity of our listeners with the needs of our communities, delivering joy to children this holiday season.”
“RADIO.COM’s Holiday Toys for Girls and Boys” is a part of Entercom Serves, the Company’s social impact platform that raises awareness of social issues and brings communities together for good."
Cat Thomas Named OM At Beasley Las Vegas
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 16TH, 2020 –– Cat Thomas has been named Operations Manager of Beasley's Las Vegas radio cluster, including KCYE-FM, KKLZ-FM, KDWN-AM, KOAS-FM and KVGS-FM. Thomas will officially begin his new position today, November 16, 2020. The radio veteran most recently served as the Operations Manager and Program Director of KNOU-FM, KYKY-FM and KEZK-FM in St. Louis. Previously, Thomas spent 27 years working as Vice President of Contemporary Formats at Cumulus Media and Vice President of Programming of Entercom’s Las Vegas properties, where he also served as an on-air personality.
“Cat’s knowledge of the market and leadership experience will be invaluable to our success across the breadth of our station group,” said Beasley Media Group Las Vegas Vice President and Market Manager Peter Burton. “We are thrilled to have him join our team!”
“Sometimes the stars align,” said Thomas. “I couldn’t be more excited to join the outstanding family at Beasley Las Vegas. “The company has shown to be the top of the class when it comes to local broadcasting and audience engagement. Many thanks to Brian Beasley, Peter Burton, Justin Chase and Mike O’Brian for their incredible support!”
Roxanne Marati Rises To SVP/MM For Entercom Kansas City
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 16TH, 2020 –– Entercom has promoted Roxanne Marati to Senior Vice President and Market Manager for Entercom Kansas City, effective December 1. In this role, she will oversee Entercom’s leading portfolio of Kansas City stations, including 106.5 The Wolf (WDAF-FM), 1660 The Score (KWOD-AM), 610 Sports Radio (KCSP-AM), 98.1 KMBZ FM (KMBZ-FM), 98.9 The Rock (KQRC-FM), 99.7 The Point (KZPT-FM), ALT 96.5 (KRBZ-FM) and Talk 980 AM (KMBZ-AM). Marati previously served as Vice President of Sales for Entercom Denver since 2013.
“It has been a pleasure to watch Roxanne grow and deliver results the last seven years as our Vice President of Sales,” said Doug Abernethy, Regional President, Entercom. “She is a dynamic leader and a great fit to lead our collection of assets in Kansas City and I am thrilled to continue to work alongside her in this new chapter in her career.”
“I am so grateful for my career and years with Entercom Denver and couldn’t be more excited to lead the Kansas City team,” said Marati. “Kansas City has an amazing group of talent along with market-leading brands and portfolio of assets. Entercom is such an innovative, forward-thinking company and I am excited for what the future holds for both the organization as well as the community we serve.”
Marati joined Entercom in 2006, serving in roles including Director of Business Development, Integrated Media and Event Director and most recently Vice President of Sales for Entercom Denver.
[WATCH] WMAL 630 Old Towers In Bethesda Demolished In 23 seconds
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 5TH, 2020 –– As a followup to yesterday's report of the scheduled demolition of former WMAL 630's towers in Bethesda, WTOP was on the scene for their undoing. Wednesday, the four orange and white steel towers that carried the station’s middle-of-the-road programming to waiting ears in the 1960s and 1970s were demolished, in 23 seconds. The towers, in Bethesda, Maryland, were brought down in a carefully-orchestrated series of explosions, to make way for 309 new homes that will be built in a Toll Brothers subdivision. With neighbors and former neighbors watching from a safe distance, explosives set by Maryland-based Controlled Demolition Inc., one explosive knocked out three legs of each tower, while TNT pushed the towers to fall in the right direction, toward the middle of the large field.
PRODUCTS: vCreative Introduces vTrade
THE MOUTH, JULY 29TH, 2020 ––vCreative, radio’s leading provider of media workflow software solutions, introduces vTrade - developed to provide companies with the ability to easily track, manage, audit and report on trade inventory, eliminating the risk of financial loss due to wasted or expired trade. The use oftrade or bartering has existed since the inception of the media business.
Alternative forms of payment are accepted in addition to or in lieu of cash to create a marketplace aimed at attracting innovative partners. Creative campaigns that encourage audiences to engage with both the station and the business or brand through merchandise giveaways, free tickets, coupons or other experiences lend to excitement and loyalty for audiences.
vCreative partnered with clients to solve a problem that exists across the industry. Melissa Mitchell, CPA and Corporate Controller at Bonneville International and heavy vTrade user says that, “vCreative’s system allows us to keep real-time and accurate inventory of company assets. All transactions and approvals are now time-stamped which makes record keeping and reporting a breeze. Having the ability to track trade usage by client, AE, agency, and category cuts down on potential losses due unused or expired trade and the automated workflow makes the multiple departments that are involved with approving, accepting and managing trade more efficient and effective.”
“The broadcast industry is in a period of rapid transition, and we are here to enable our industry to successfully bridge to the new future,” said vCreative CEO Jinny Laderer (R). “With vCreative’s vTrade solution, we have created an offering that will bring CFOs and business managers the ability to fully assess the value of the trade they accept and monitor the effectiveness of its use.” GET MORE INFO HERE