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David Field Tackles 'Misleading Narrative' Spawned By Recent Industry Woes
THE MOUTH, MARCH 20TH, 2018 –– In a memo yesterday, David Field, Chairman, President and CEO of Entercom, weighed in on the recent iHeart bankruptcy and said much of misleading narratives that followed 'Could not be more wrong.' He wrote in part: "As most of you already know, iHeartMedia declared bankruptcy last week. The story received prominent news coverage across the country. Coming on the heels of a similar announcement from Cumulus Media, the iHeart news has spawned discussion on the implications for the Radio industry and its future. Since there seems to be a considerable amount of misinformation and inaccurate speculation floating around, I thought it would be constructive to share some facts and thoughts to help clarify the situation."
Field continued, "First, iHeart and Cumulus went bankrupt because years ago prior management teams made ill-advised decisions to place too much debt on their companies. Period, full stop. The bankruptcies have nothing to do with Radio. In fact, any company in any industry that takes on too much debt will suffer a similar fate. Unfortunately, some reporters and observers have created an erroneous and misleading narrative that the bankruptcies are a result of challenges within the radio industry. They could not be more wrong. The fact is that Radio is a healthy business that generates large amounts of earnings and operating cash flow."
"If Radio has an issue, it isn’t the size of our audiences or the value of our product or the health of our business model," adds Field. "No, our issue is that we are highly undervalued and receive far less than our fair share of total ad spending." Fields said, "With iHeart and Cumulus emerging from bankruptcy, the industry will be even healthier going forward and that’s good news for all of us. READ FULL STATEMENT HERE
PROGRAMMING: Wade Linder Takes Over PD Duties At WLS-FM Chicago
THE MOUTH, MARCH 20TH, 2018 - Following yesterday's top story on Brian Thomas moving to Atlanta to add WKHX-FM PD duties to his VP/Country programming title, came the announcement that Wade Linder will now slide into Thomas' former PD chair at WLS-FM from WLUP-FM, where he has served as Program Director since June 2014. Prior to that, Linder was Program Director for KXXR-FM in Minneapolis, MN, a station he programmed for nearly 20 years. Linder began his radio career in 1990 at KQRS-FM in Minneapolis, where he was Music Director/Assistant Program Director. He went on to launch Minneapolis station KEGE-FM in 1994, prior to signing on at KXXR-FM.
Marv Nyren, Vice President and Market Manager, Cumulus Media-Chicago, said: “Having the luxury of replacing a premiere Program Director like Brian Thomas with Wade Linder doesn’t happen often. We are most fortunate to be able to move Wade from WLUP-FM to the Program Director’s role at WLS-FM. Mike McVay, Executive Vice President, Content & Programming, Cumulus Media and Westwood One, said: “It is rare that a market has as many strong programmers in one building as does Cumulus Chicago. We’re excited to be able to take advantage of Wade’s skills and experience and use him as the growth of WLS-FM continues.” Linder said: “I am thankful for the opportunity to keep doing what I love – Radio, at another great Chicago brand, WLS-FM. There are a lot of talented and passionate people who want to win here! The future looks bright.”
Jim Kurdziel Rises To Reg. VP/Rock Programming For Cumulus Northeast
THE MOUTH, MARCH 20TH, 2018 –– Cumulus has promoted Jim Kurdziel to Regional Vice President, Programming – Rock, overseeing the Rock and Alternative formats for Cumulus’ radio stations in the Northeastern U.S. Kurdziel will continue to serve Cumulus Media-Buffalo, NY, as Program Director and Midday Personality for WEDG-FM (103.3 The Edge) in Buffalo. In his new role as Regional Vice President, Programming – Rock, for Cumulus, Kurdziel will support stations in markets including: Buffalo, NY; Syracuse, NY; Harrisburg, PA; Wilkes Barre, PA; Saginaw, MI; New Orleans, LA, and Appleton, WI.
Mike McVay, Executive Vice President, Content & Programming, Cumulus Media, said: “Jim has shown his ability to program successfully. His track record speaks for itself. We’re excited to expand his role and take advantage of his success and experience.” Troy Hanson, Vice President, Programming, Rock, Cumulus Media, said: “We are incredibly proud of Jim for this well-deserved promotion. He is a natural leader. It is a true recognition of his skills, talents and commitment to excellence. And that’s just his hair.” Kurdziel said: “It’s hard for me to put into words how much this means to me. To have Mike McVay, John Dimick and Doug Hamand believe in me is humbling and I don’t know what I can say about Troy (that he won’t make fun of me for saying). He doesn’t like getting credit or attention, but to put it simply, he’s made a lot of lives and careers better, especially mine. To continue my career with Cumulus is my passion because Mike is leading us to new heights and it’s so much fun to follow him. Working with true mentors like Ralph Cipolla, Keith Cunningham, Derek Madden, Val Garris and so many others is a privilege. That I can continue in my hometown of Buffalo, NY, with Steve Bearance leading our amazing team is a really wonderful perk - a very cold perk, but a perk, nonetheless.”
iHeart Names Echo Robinson Director of Marketing And Promotions For Chicago Region
THE MOUTH, MARCH 20TH, 2018 –– iHeartMedia announced that Echo Robinson has been named Director of Marketing and Promotions for the Chicago Region, effective immediately. She will report to Tommy Austin, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia’s Chicago Region. “Echo’s wealth of experience and expertise makes her the perfect choice for this position,” said Matt Scarano, President of iHeartMedia’s Chicago Region. Robinson joined iHeartMedia’s Chicago Region in 1995 and steadily progressed from Intern to Senior Promotions Coordinator before her appointment to Promotions Director in 2001.
“I was blessed to have the opportunity to start my media journey at iHeartMedia Chicago,” said Robinson. “I am grateful and excited to venture into the next phase of my career with such an amazing company!”
NETWORKS: WWO Taps Paul Joseph For VP/Program Operations And Content Post
To Coach, Consult And Train Music and Entertainment Talent and Producers
THE MOUTH, MARCH 20TH, 2018 –– Westwood One HAS hired veteran media executive Paul Joseph in the newly created role of VP, Program Operations and Content, for its expanding Music and Entertainment division. Joseph is based in Culver City, CA and reports to Susan Stephens, SVP/GM, Music and Entertainment. Joseph joins Westwood One from Cumulus Media, Los Angeles. Before that, he was the creator and executive producer for IMG’s The Source. Among his many other high-profile gigs, Joseph was the creator and executive producer of The Radio Music Awards on ABC-TV/NBC-TV; consultant and executive producer, On Air With Ryan Seacrest at KIIS-FM/LA; executive producer, American Top 40; executive producer, Rick Dees in the Morning, KIIS-FM/LA plus the national version; producer of KIIS-FM’s Unite, Wango Tango, and Jingle Ball events; and writer/producer of Into the Night for ABC Late Night Television.
“There is no doubt that Paul is a star and a mentor that makes magic happen,” says Stephens. “His expertise will be invaluable to our roster of talent and producers as he works one-on-one with our team to help each person and show achieve their personal best. Investment in talent and programming is priority at Westwood One, and this strategic hire is another example of our commitment to great content and employee growth.” “I’m thrilled to be a part of the amazing Westwood One team,” says Joseph. “Our goal is to strengthen programming and content across the platforms by using all the tremendous assets of Westwood One and Cumulus Media, including Zach Sang, the brightest young star in radio. Many thanks to Suzanne Grimes, Charles Steinhauer, Kirk Stirland, Susan Stephens, and, of course, Mike McVay for their confidence and support. Let’s Rock!”
ON-AIR: Lexi and Banks Take Over Mornings On SLC's K-Bull 93/KUBL
Cumulus Media announces that it has named popular Salt Lake City radio personalities Lexi and Banks as Co-Hosts of an all-new Morning Show on K-Bull 93/KUBL –FM. The show debuts on K-Bull 93 on Wednesday March 21st and will air weekdays from 5:30-10:00am. Lexi and Banks have been on-air in the Salt Lake City market since 2012. Patrick Reedy, Regional Vice President and Market Manager, Cumulus Media-Salt Lake City, said: “With over five years of entertaining SLC under their belt we’re confident that Lexi and Banks will hit the ground running, with a fun, fast paced, entertaining show, that is sure to put a smile on listeners faces.’ Travis Moon, KUBL Program Director, said: “I am beyond pumped to have Lexi and Banks joining the Bull. They are fun, engaging, and exciting. I can’t wait for our listeners to experience their awesome chemistry, and make them a part of their everyday life. This is going to be fun.” Lexi said: “I am super excited to be back on the air every morning with my best friend doing what I love - laughing and making you laugh.” Banks said: “I feel incredibly blessed for this opportunity! K-Bull 93 is a fantastic station with great heritage. The SLC market really showed they liked what Lexi and I were doing on the radio and we are excited to continue that success on the Bull. A massive thank you to Patrick, Chris and Travis for making it happen.”
HONORS: Nassau Community College Station Snags Three National Awards
THE MOUTH, MARCH 20TH, 2018 –– So nice to hear from our longtime Morning Show Boot Camp attendee Shawn Novatt (second from right - with tie) that Nassau Community College radio station, WHPC 90.3 FM, was the winner of three national awards at the 2018 Intercollegiate Broadcasting System (IBS) conference held on March 3rd: Best Overall On Air Schedule, Best Sports Update, and Best Training Manual. The station was also nominated in five other categories: Best Community College Radio Station, Best Newscast, Best Liner/Sweeper, Best Website (for the show American Hit Radio), and Best Faculty Advisor for Shawn Novatt. With a membership of over 1,000 non-profit, education-affiliated radio stations and webcasters, IBS has for 70 years awarded exceptional college and high school radio stations.
"WHPC has been an amazing college radio station for 45 years and counting — and it's finally getting the national recognition it deserves! Our mission is to provide professional broadcasting training to qualified Nassau Community College students, and these awards prove we are accomplishing it," said Shawn Novatt, the station's director. Nassau Community College's radio station is home to approximately 100 volunteers, most of whom are NCC students. The station can be heard at 90.3 FM and worldwide through the iHeartRadio app, as well as Amazon Alexa and Google Home devices.
EVENTS: The Bert Show's 3-Year Old Takes On National Sportscaster - Watch
THE MOUTH, MARCH 20TH, 2018 –– March Madness is in full swing and the syndicated The Bert Show has elected one special person to take on HLN/CNN Sports Anchor and Correspondent, Coy Wire in the college basketball tournament. Bert Weiss’ girlfriend’s 3-year-old daughter, Elizah is going head-to-head with the national sportscaster. They have both filled out their brackets and stay neck and neck with their picks. If Coy Wire loses, he will let Elizah do his makeup for a live on-air TV segment just like she did for the women of The Bert Show (shown top left).
For more information on their picks and full coverage of The Bert Show, WATCH HERE - PHOTO/TL - L-R: Davi Crimmins, Cassie Young, Elizah, Kristin Klingshirn -- TR, Christi Paul & Coy Wire
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Brian Thomas Adds PD Duties For WKHX-FM Atlanta
THE MOUTH, MARCH 19TH, 2018 –– Cumulus has appointed veteran programming professional Brian Thomas as Program Director of Kicks 101.5/WKHX-FM, Atlanta. Thomas heads to Atlanta from Cumulus Media-Chicago, where he was Program Director for WLS-FM. Thomas also serves Cumulus as a member of the Corporate Programming Team for the Country format, and is Vice President, Programming, Classic Hits. Thomas was previously Program Director for Cumulus Media’s Country station in New York City, NASH FM 94.7/WNSH-FM. Prior to joining Cumulus, he was National Vice President of Classic Hits programming for CBS Radio. He was also Program Director of Country WQYK-FM and Classic Hits WRBQ-FM, and Vice President, Programming for CBS Radio in Tampa.
Louie Diaz, Operations Manager, Cumulus Media-Atlanta, said: “It’s an exciting time for us, and Kicks 101.5. Atlanta is ready for Brian. Time to turn it up!” Thomas said: “It was always my dream to program WLS-FM in Chicago, but I started in Country and everyone knows I love it. And although I am Corporate Program Director for Country at Cumulus, it’s not the same as having a Country station down the hall. I’m beyond thrilled that Sean Shannon, Mike McVay and Charlie Cook have confidence in me to program KICKS, one of America’s leading Country stations. And looking forward to working with Louie Diaz and the team at Cumulus Atlanta." This announcement comes following last Friday's departure of Scotty Lindy at the country outlet.
The Late Bob Levy Of WOBM Toms River Honored With Street 'Bob Levy Way'
THE MOUTH, MARCH 19TH, 2018 –– Bob Levy often joked that he would be forgotten when he was no longer alive writes Karen Wall of Toms Rivers Patch, but adds that officials are taking steps to ensure that doesn't happen. The 92.7 WOBM radio host and icon, who died March 1, will be honored with a plaque on Robbins Street that will designate the street as "Bob Levy Way." It will honor "the memory, dedication of service to the public, and contributions to the community of the late Bob Levy for more than 50 years at the 92.7 WOBM radio station he helped to build," and commemorate his service to the community.
Levy died at age 86 on the 50th anniversary of the station's first broadcast. He had worked for the station in a variety of positions, including general manager, and created the Sunday morning talk show "Topic A." In addition to helping to get Ocean County's first radio station off the ground, he helped ensure the station served its community in ways beyond the airwaves, with fundraising efforts and rallying the community to various causes. The headquarters of Townsquare Media on Robbins Street (shown) named its fourth floor The Bob Levy Broadcast Center in his honor. Photo/Google Maps
CMG's Jamie Dupree Seeking Solutions For Mysterious Vocal Problems
THE MOUTH, MARCH 19TH, 2018 –– Jamie Dupree – Washington D.C. correspondent for Cox Media Group, including News 95.5 and AM 750 WSB – came to Atlanta last week in search of solutions on why he has been unable to speak consistently since July of 2016 reports The AJC's Rodney Ho. Dupree continues to work for WSB but has to provide sources a card noting why he can’t talk when meeting sources.
“I am working to come back – hard,” he told Channel 2 Action News reporter Berndt Petersen. He has a rare neurological condition that makes it difficult for his brain to tell his tongue what to do while speaking. Oddly, placing a pen in his mouth helps him speak. He notes that the situation makes it tough not just at work but at home. Emory researchers are trying out a new treatment to slow down the movement of his tongue and make it easier to speak.
NRHOF 2018 Nomination Suggestion Window Ending This Month
THE MOUTH, MARCH 19TH, 2018 –– The National Radio Hall of Fame’s Nominating Committee is selecting a group of radio personalities in six categories, taking into consideration their own ideas as well suggestions from the general public. Nominees in four of the categories are then voted upon by members of the radio industry for induction into the National Radio Hall of Fame. In addition, the National Radio Hall of Fame offers two categories which are voted upon by the public. If you have an individual (or radio show) whom you would like the Nominating Committee to consider for nomination, please use the form linked below. “We’re looking forward to celebrating this milestone anniversary in New York City," said Chairman Kraig Kitchin. "As we prepare for the special evening, it’s our priority to provide everyone the opportunity to be a part of it, starting with suggestions for our 2018 nominees.”
Categories include: Longstanding Local/Regional (20 years or more), Active Local/Regional (10 years or more), Networks/Syndication (10 years or more), Longstanding Network/Syndication (20 years or more), Music Format On-Air Personality, and/or Spoken Word On-Air Personality.. The 2018 suggestion window will close at 5:00 pm Central time on Friday, March 30th. OPEN FORM HERE
DAVE RYAN: Managing Talented People Tricky, But It's Worth It
THE MOUTH, MARCH 19TH, 2018 – Talent consultant Randy Lane writes in his latest blog that a big part of a achieving success as a host of a successful morning show is managing people, but adds that not all top hosts are skilled at this task. It’s a difficult position because you’re part of the on-air team AND you’re the team’s manager.
Randy points to Dave Ryan, KDWB Minneapolis, one of the most successful show hosts in North America, who says, "I wanted to be a deejay. I wanted to sit in a cool studio, play music and be on the radio. I never expected to have to be a manager, but as a morning show host, that's a big part of what I do. It was a big shock when I realized at age 22 that I had to manage and motivate people. In my career as a host, I've learned two things: Not everyone will have your passion and energy and work ethic. But if they make a solid contribution, they still can be valuable. Find out what your deal-breakers are: showing up late, not paying attention, bad attitude. Get rid of anyone with those types of issues NOW. Waiting for them to get better will kill your show. Know the people on your show. You don't have to be best buddies, but it is important to ask them about their weekend or how their sick dog is. Focus on them and listen. Managing talented people can be tricky, but it's worth it. Managing people who aren't talented or who take too much managing aren't worth it. Grow a pair and make the change.
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Townsquare Launches Second ALT In Albany
THE MOUTH, MARCH 19TH, 2018 –– Townsquare has Launched Alt 105.7 Matching Pamal’s Alt 104.9 reports Radio Insight. The debut of 105.7” makes WQSH the second station in the Albany to flip to Alternative with the 'Alt' brand after Pamal Broadcasting flipped Sports “Win 104.9” WINU Altamont to “Alt 104.9” on Friday afternoon. This marks the return of Alternative to Albany for the first time since iHeart’s Channel 103.1 WHRL flipped to a simulcast of News/Talk 810 WGY in 2010.
Radio Insight notes "Townsquare had registered Alt1057Albany.com in mid-February for Classic Hits “Rewind 105.7” WQSH. That station is now going to have to look for a Plan B, as at the same moment WINU flipped, WQSH began stunting with Irish bands as “Shamrock 105.7” for St. Patrick’s Day."
SonicAi Releasing eBook On Smart Speaker Use
THE MOUTH, MARCH 19TH, 2018 –– Amplifi & Jacobs Media who teamed to create SonicAi, is set to release, “Look, No Hands!,” a free eBook on how to best take advantage of Smart Speakers. The ebook will explain 1. Why you need a voice strategy and not just a skill. 2. How is that skill working? 3. How will your skill stand out and be used? 4. Building “sticky” skills. 5. How to market and monetize skills.
According to Jacobs Media's Fred Jacobs, "We're learning there's more to winning in this space than just launching skills. Brands need a coherent audio strategy. We hope the eBook is a good start." SEE MORE HERE
[WATCH] BBC Director Of Radio & Music To Appoint Podcast Commissioner
THE MOUTH, MARCH 19TH, 2018 –– The BBC Director of Radio and Music, Bob Shennan, said while addressing delegates at the Radiodays Europe conference in Vienna this morning that he'll be appointing a podcast commissioner reports Radio Today. “For many years, in spaces like this, we have gathered as allies and rivals. Public radio versus commercial; commercial versus commercial. But today it’s really time for all of us in radio to come together as one united industry to secure our future. Shennan then outlined what the BBC is doing to target younger audiences, through podcasts and creating content that’s available online before it’s broadcast on the radio.
Shennan revealed that, while the BBC had had 240 million downloads of its podcasts last year, there are still nearly 2 million podcast listeners in the UK who don’t consume any BBC Radio output. The corporation therefore is taking on someone new to oversee its podcast work. “We’re about to announce the appointment of a new Podcast Commissioner who nurture the development of content, outside of our station brands,” Mr Shennan told the audience from the stage in Austria. He also talked about the future of digital switchover, as we reported yesterday, saying radio’s future should be about a ‘mixed economy’ rather than just DAB. WATCH HERE
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STUDY: Nearly Half The U.S. Population Has Now Listened To A Podcast
THE MOUTH, MARCH 16TH, 2018 –– According to the 2018 Infinite Dial by Edison Research and Triton Digital, podcasting remained an emerging source of entertainment and information with 73 million Americans listening to a podcast every month, 48 million Americans listening weekly, and the average listener taking in 7 podcasts per week. Radio stations and their personalities are tapping into the world of podcasting in a very big way with iHeartRadio, Cumulus/Westwood One, ABC News Radio, Entercom, Hubbard Radio and 44% of local radio stations producing and purveying original content.
"At 29, the median age of the podcast audience is 18 years younger than AM/FM radio and much younger than broadcast television network audiences."
Rapidly becoming a leader in the podcasting space, the Westwood One Podcast Network has grown exponentially due to its unrivaled promotional reach and portfolio of wildly popular podcasts that resonate with audiences, such as The Ben Shapiro Show, The Jim Rome Podcast, Talk is Jericho. Westwood One is laser-focused on building a podcast network that delivers consumers and marketers the best quality and most popular podcasts in news/talk, sports and entertainment. True to form, the company has invested in data and insights, focused on the podcast listener, as well as advertiser behaviors, and has published multiple insight reports for the industry, including “The Podcast Download” and “State of American Podcasting.” Last year iHeartRadio saw a 60% increase in podcast listenership and it continues to grow. READ MORE HERE
Former ESPN Chief John Skipper Reveals The Real Reason Behind His Departure
THE MOUTH, MARCH 16TH, 2018 –– Former ESPN chief John Skipper goes public in an in depth interview with The Hollywood Reporter's James Andrew Miller now reveals the real reason behind his abrupt departure. "The statement I released was accurate," says Skipper. "I had a substance abuse problem. I grew up wanting to be countercultural. I worked at Rolling Stone for the first 10 years of my professional life. I had a point of view that recreational drugs were recreational, that they weren’t dangerous. That they could be used without repercussions." Skipper says never used cocaine at work, nor with anyone at work, or with anyone I did business with and that he never let it interfere with his work.
But on what led to his resignation: "In December, someone from whom I bought cocaine attempted to extort me. ... They threatened me, and I understood immediately that threat put me and my family at risk, and this exposure would put my professional life at risk as well. I foreclosed that possibility by disclosing the details to my family, and then when I discussed it with Bob, he and I agreed that I had placed the company in an untenable position and as a result, I should resign." READ FULL INTERVIEW HERE
ON-AIR: 49ers Hall of Famer Jerry Rice Joins 95.7 The Game As Contributor
THE MOUTH, MARCH 16TH, 2018 –– Entercom announced the addition of 49ers Hall of Fame wide receiver and three-time Super Bowl champion, Jerry Rice as a weekly contributor to The Bay Area’s Sports Station 95.7 The Game. “As the nation’s leading local sports platform, Entercom is committed to personalizing the sports experience for fans. We are proud to strengthen our roster with the addition of Bay Area sports heavyweight Jerry Rice to our team at 95.7 The Game,” said Susan Larkin, Regional President and Market Manager, Entercom San Francisco. “We believe his football acumen is second to none and our listeners will really enjoy hearing him break down the NFL on a weekly basis.”
Jerry will contribute to coverage throughout the 2018 NFL off-season, including breaking news, the NFL Draft, free agency and more. In addition, he will join “Mornings with Joe Fortenbaugh, Lorenzo Neal and Dan Dibley” on Mondays at 8 a.m. PT during the 2018 NFL Season through Super Bowl 53. 95.7 The Game is the largest FM sports station in California* and the flagship radio station for the world champion Golden State Warriors, Oakland Raiders and Oakland Athletics.
Bobby Bones Pens 2nd Book; Tops Amazon List Ahead Of June Release
THE MOUTH, MARCH 16TH, 2018 –– Bobby Bones, host of the Premiere Syndicated 'The Bobby Bones Show,” is set to release his second book "Fail Until You Don't - Fight. Grind. Repeat," in June. The book is described as a inspirational and humorous collection of stories about his biggest misses in life and how he turned them into lessons and wins.
It adds, 'A lot of what made him able to achieve his goals were mistakes, awkward moments, and embarrassing situations—lemons that he turned into lemonade through hard work and humility.
This follows 'Bare Bones,' his first book which became a #1 New York Times Bestseller. Worth noting, Bone's latest book isn't set for release until June 19th, but already tops Amazon best sellers in advance sales - NICE! Order HERE
PODCAST: Jason Aldean Named First Guest For ESPN's 'Marty Smith's America'
THE MOUTH, MARCH 16TH, 2018 –– Marty Smith’s America … The Podcast will launch Monday, March 19, with country music superstar Jason Aldean as the first guest. The April 2 edition of the podcast will include golf superstars Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy as they prepare to play in that week’s Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. A new podcast will post every Monday. “Marty’s unique voice and passion for storytelling and perfect for the one-on-one relationship between a podcast and the listener,” said Traug Keller, senior vice president, ESPN Audio. “We’re very happy to have him as part of our podcast lineup and look forward to hearing what he’ll bring each week.”
In April and May, he will cover three of sports’ most iconic events in succession: the Masters, the Kentucky Derby and the Indianapolis 500. In addition to reporting for SportsCenter and writing for ESPN.com, Smith also co-hosts the Saturday morning Marty and McGee program (ESPN Radio, 6 a.m. ET) with ESPN the Magazine’s Ryan McGee. He also has the recurring interview program Marty Smith’s America which returns March 22 at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN with Woods and McIlroy as guests. Along with a featured interview, the hour-long podcasts will begin with a “Marty Party,” with Smith being joined by friends including SportsCenter anchor Matt Barrie, McGee or others. Smith also will close each episode with a fun feature related to his southern upbringing. The podcast will be available on ESPN Podcasts and iTunes. end of the 2014 season.
NETWORKS: Pull Up Your Echo And Join Westwood One For March Madness
THE MOUTH, MARCH 16TH, 2018 –– Westwood One, the official network radio partner of the NCAA, has worked with Amazon and development partner XAPPmedia to offer Alexa and Westwood One consumers access to Westwood One Sports’ exclusive live audio coverage and post-game recaps of the 2018 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship. Fans will be able to hear complete play-by-play action from all 67 men’s basketball games, including the First Four®, every game from all eight first-round and second-round sites, the regional semifinals and finals, plus the Final Four® and National Championship game. In addition, Alexa customers will also be able to hear Westwood One’s coverage of Division II Men’s Basketball Championship, the NIT semifinals and final from Madison Square Garden, and the regional finals, Final Four® and National Championship Game from the Division I Women’s Basketball Tournament.
Customers can enable the Westwood One Sports Alexa skill to listen to a live stream of a game of their choice or tune into the exclusive March Madness Mix Channel — a whip-around channel that takes Westwood One listeners from one tournament site to another to make sure they never miss the best action. Users will also be able to access the most exciting play-by-play highlights and request the day’s schedule to find out what’s coming up next. They can also ask Alexa for a specific game or score and Alexa will answer, then ask if they’d like to be connected to the Westwood One skill. For more information, visit www.westwoodone.com
EVENTS: Y108 Pittsburgh Announces 'Red Dirt Revival Concert Series'
THE MOUTH, MARCH 16TH, 2018 –– Entercom's Y108 Pittsburgh announced the “Red Dirt Revival Concert Series,” serviced by Halliburton, a string of 5 live monthly music events beginning in May. The concerts, which will go until September, are an extension of the station’s recently announced “Red Dirt Revival” radio show, which airs Sunday evenings from 9 p.m. ET to Midnight on WDSY-FM (107.9). Y108, Lord & Thorn Publishing and Wild Things Park have partnered to produce the events. “As the nation’s leaders in live, original, local audio content, we are pleased to bring Texas Country music stars to Pittsburgh this summer,” said Michael Young, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Pittsburgh. “We have received a tremendous interest in the genre since the launch of “Red Dirt Revival” radio and are excited to partner with Lord & Thorn Publishing and Wild Things Park to bring this event to life.”
On May 19: Aaron Watson will headline, with Roger Creager. “Red Dirt Revival” host Jackson Gardner will open. June 16: Pat Green to headline, supported by Dalton Domino and Kody West. July 28: Headliner Jack Ingram with feature support from Koe Wetzel. August 18: Ray Wylie Hubbard and Wade Bowen will co-headline. William Clark Green will also perform. September 22: Academy of Country Music Award winner Eli Young Band to headline, with support from Shane Smith and The Saints. “Red Dirt Revival” host Jackson Gardner will open.
SNAPS: ABC Radio With ZZ Top’s Gibbons
THE MOUTH, MARCH 16TH, 2018 –– For the record, ABC Radio’s Matt Friedlander is NOT the one with the beard - that's him on right. At left would be ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons who chatted with Friedlander about the band’s upcoming summer tour with John Fogerty.
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iHeart Strikes Agreement With Creditors
THE MOUTH, MARCH 15TH, 2018 –– HeartMedia Inc filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Thursday after reaching an in-principle agreement with creditors to restructure its debt load reports Reuters. The company, which filed for bankruptcy along with some of its units, said it reached the agreement with holders of more than $10 billion of its outstanding debt for a balance sheet restructuring, which would reduce its debt by more than $10 billion.
“The agreement is a significant accomplishment, as it allows us to definitively address the more than $20 billion in debt that has burdened our capital structure,” Chief Executive Bob Pittman said. The filing comes after John Malone’s Liberty Media Corp proposed on Feb. 26 a deal to buy a 40 percent stake in a restructured iHeartMedia for $1.16 billion, uniting the company with Liberty’s Sirius XM Holdings Inc satellite radio service.
Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings Inc, a subsidiary of iHeartMedia and its units, did not commence Chapter 11 proceedings.
IHeartMedia skipped a $106 million interest payment on Feb. 1, triggering a 30-day grace period followed by a series of 'Forebearance' agreements, had tried to hammer out a deal with it bondholders. According to its most recent annual report, iHeartMedia had 14,300 employees by the end of 2016.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Susan Larkin Rises To SVP/MM For Entercom New York
THE MOUTH, MARCH 15TH, 2018 –– Entercom announced Susan Larkin as the Market Manager for Entercom New York. Larkin will continue in her position as Regional President overseeing San Francisco and Sacramento while assuming the Market Manager role in New York effective April 9. Larkin joined Entercom in July as Regional President with Market Manager responsibilities at Entercom San Francisco.
“We are thrilled to have Susan take on the market manager role for Entercom New York,” said Weezie Kramer, Chief Operating Officer, Entercom. “She has demonstrated incredible leadership skills and is a strong, strategic player who builds great teams and drives outstanding results. With her energy and experience, there is no better person to take on the management responsibility in America’s #1 media market.” “I am looking forward to joining Entercom New York,” said Susan Larkin. “As a native New Yorker, it is exciting to be home and at the center of the media universe, representing some of Entercom’s most iconic brands, including 1010 WINS and WFAN.”
Along with Larkin's move, Gregory Nemitz (BL) was promoted to SVP/MM of Entercom San Francisco reporting to Larkin and Kieran Geffert (BR) has been upped to Vice President/Director of Sales in the same market. Both roles will be effective April 1. Jeff Federman will assume regional oversight of the Southern California markets, including San Diego, Riverside and Palm Springs, while continuing in his post as Senior Vice President/ Market Manager of Entercom Los Angeles.
ON-AIR: Jack Freeman Named Co-Host For Jeremiah Show At Q104 Cleveland
THE MOUTH, MARCH 15TH, 2018 –– Entercom's Q104 (WQAL-FM) has named Jack Freeman as co-host for “The Jeremiah Show.” Freeman joins current hostbeginning on March 19. The morning show airs weekdays from 5:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. ET. “I’m looking forward to joining Jeremiah and connecting with listeners of the morning show,” said Jack. “I’m thankful for the opportunity to join the Q104 team and getting to know Cleveland.”
Previously, Freeman was at WKQI-FM in Detroit on “Mojo in the Morning.” He spent three years there as Intern Jack Black. Prior to that, Freeman was at Comedy Central. Listeners can tune in to Q104 on 104.1FM, stream at www.Q104.com and connect with the station via social media as @Q104Cleveland on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Q104 is a part of Entercom, a leading American media and entertainment company and one of the top two radio broadcasters in the country reaching over 100 million people each week through a robust portfolio of over 235 radio stations, digital platforms and live events. Entercom is also the #1 creator of live, original local audio content and the nation’s unrivaled leader in news and sports radio.
PROGRAMMING: Trent 'Moose' Pender Rises To Rock Format Captain For Midwest Communications
THE MOUTH, MARCH 15TH, 2018 –– Midwest Communications has promoted Trent 'Moose' Pender to the newly-created post of Rock Format Captain. Pender, who will continue to serve as asst. brand manager over Adult Hits WCJK, will now oversee WHBZ/Sheboygan WI, WJXQ/Lansing MI, KRRO/Sioux Falls SD, 98.5 The River/Terre Haute IN, WABX/Evansville IN, WIMZ/Knoxville TN, KQDS/Duluth MN, WZOX/Kalamazoo MI and WOZZ/Wausau WI. as rock brand manager.
Midwest VP/Programming Jeff McCarthy said, "Moose has earned the right to continue moving the Rock brands forward. We've seen outstanding success with previous projects and look for more of the same from Mr. Pender." Pender says, "It's an honor to put additional focus on these Rock brands and help them grow." "I can't thank everyone enough at Midwest Communications for their unwavering support and this incredible opportunity."
EVENT: Live 95.5 Portland Goes Silent In Support Of Student Walkout
THE MOUTH, MARCH 15TH, 2018 –– Alpha's Live 95.5 Portland was among numerous stations nationwide that went silent starting at 10:00am yesterday for 17 minutes in support of National Student Walkout Day. The station chose the broadcast industry’s equivalent of a walkout by terminating their broadcast for 17 minutes in remembrance of the 17 lives that were lost in Parkland, Florida one month ago. Live 95.5 morning show host Jubal Flagg shared, “I'm proud to live in a country that was created by people standing up for what they believe in."
" Airing our traditional broadcast during a time when students across the country are creating a movement for change feels inappropriate,” said Phil Becker, Vice President of Content for Alpha Media. “So for 17 minutes we will only be broadcasting the names of those whose are no longer with us. It is our hope that the National School Walkout will remind us of the time when students felt lucky to go to school and not lucky to simply come home safe.”
SYNDICATION: Clark Howard Celebrates 20-Years In Syndication
THE MOUTH, MARCH 15TH, 2018 –– Clark Howard, said he is truly appreciating how long he’s been around by all the anniversaries reports The AJC's Rodney Ho. He recently celebrated 20 years in radio syndication. And Atlanta Habitat for Humanity recently feted his 25th year working with the non-profit organization.
As for his radio show, he said listeners now are asking more questions about spending as the economy continues to rev along. “From 2008 to around 2014, it was heavily about people crashing and burning from the recession and unemployment. Now people are more confident. They want to buy a new car. There are more investment questions.” He said his radio show is doing well financially. It helps that his show, heard on 220 stations nationally, is not controversial or political. “I’m not on anybody’s no-buy list,” he said. He is also seeing huge growth in his podcasts. And his website clark.com continues to pull in readers, he said.
Christian O'Connell Show Being Investigated
THE MOUTH, MARCH 15TH, 2018 –– Christian O’Connell Show on Absolute Radio 90s Being Investigated By Regulator - The Uk’s FCC (Ofcom) is investigating a show broadcast across the Absolute Radio network in the UK on Thursday 8th February. The regulator is looking into one part of the show – a comment made by Christian about Anne Frank. Christian is leaving Absolute Radio for a new life in Australia later this year and will start on Gold in Melbourne on June 4th.
French Radio Network To Broadcast Live Concert In Lille - The French music network, NRJ have organized this year’s concert for the launch of Chiti 2018. Chiti is a guide to the city prepared by university students with tips on all of the best places to visit in Lille including bars and restaurants. The free, outdoor concert starts on Saturday, March 17 at 3pm in Place de la République in Lille. NRJ will broadcast a special pre-show from noon, on 101.3. Hosted by French presenter Fabian who will chat to artists appearing at the concert.
Iain Dale From LBC In London Gets More TV Work - Television show CNN Talk is going 5 days a week - complete with LBC's Iain Dale on the show, in addition to his daily show on the radio.
UK Commercial Radio Took More Advertising Revenue in 2017 Than Ever Before - Commercial radio in the UK took £679.2 million ($949 million) in ad revenue in 2017, its highest ever figure. This represents a 5.2% increase year on year, outperforming the total 2017 advertising industry growth estimate of 4.7% from the Advertising Association/WARC. Radio’s 2017 revenue also builds on 2016’s record ad revenue for the medium. According to Radiocentre, 12 out of the Top 20 radio advertisers now spend more than 20% of their total advertising budget on radio, and over half of those same advertisers increased their spend by 40% or more. Sky TV remains the UK’s biggest radio spender increasing spend on the medium by 46%. The proportion of total media budget Sky allocates to radio also grew by over 50% demonstrating greater commitment to the medium over other media. The motor industry remains the biggest sector for radio advertising and other traditionally strong categories such as fast food brands grew significantly underpinned by increased spend across McDonalds, KFC and Dominos.
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[WATCH] Stormy Daniels Discussed Alleged Affair With Donald Trump During 2007 Radio Show, Says Host
THE MOUTH, MARCH 14TH, 2018 –– Stephanie Clifford, the (p)orn star known as Stormy Daniels, discussed her alleged affair with Donald Trump during a May 2007 radio appearance on the Bubba the Love Sponge Show reports CNN. Bubba played portions of the interview on his radio show last Friday and on Monday, where Daniels was asked to write down the names of famous men she had slept with. Clem says the first name on that list was Donald Trump. Although neither Daniels nor Bubba say Trump's name in the 2007 audio, she can be heard describing key details that match the description of her alleged affair with Trump.
Clem said on his show that Daniels was talking about Trump, and later verified the same information to CNN. CNN independently corroborated the story with another person who was in Clem's studio that day, who would speak only on the condition of anonymity. That person also said Donald Trump's name was the first on Daniels' list. This would be the earliest known instance of Daniels publicly discussing the alleged affair. Michael Avenatti, a lawyer for Daniels, declined to comment and said Daniels would not be commenting. A spokesperson for the White House referred all questions to the President's outside lawyers. Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, did not return a request for comment. Cohen has said previously that Trump "vehemently denies" any affair. Cohen has admitted that he used $130,000 of his own money to pay Daniels. Clem declined to be interviewed for this story, citing a pending civil matter, but provided CNN with a statement saying in part, "I wish her and our President nothing but the very best." WATCH HERE
AWARDS: The 53rd Academy Of Country Music Announces Broadcast Winners
THE MOUTH, MARCH 14TH, 2018 –– The Academy of Country Music® has revealed the full list of Radio Award winners for the 53rd ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™. Though not part of the telecast, the awards will be presented during the annual Radio Winners Reception. This year’s event will be held at Topgolf Las Vegas on Saturday, April 14, the day prior to the broadcast of the 53rd ACM Awards®, airing LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 15, over the CBS Television Network.
This year's winners include: ON-AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR WINNERS: NATIONAL Bobby Bones, Amy, Lunchbox, Eddie – The Bobby Bones Show MAJOR MARKET Bud and Broadway – WIL-FM – St. Louis, MO LARGE MARKET Dale Carter – KFKF-FM – Kansas City, MO - MEDIUM MARKET Steve & Geoff – KUZZ-AM/FM – Bakersfield, CA SMALL MARKET Dave Daniels – KHAY-FM – Ventura, CA
RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR WINNERS: MAJOR MARKET KMLE-FM – Phoenix, AZ LARGE MARKET WSIX-FM – Nashville, TN MEDIUM MARKET WUSY-FM – Chattanooga, TN SMALL MARKET KTTS-FM – Springfield, MO.
This marks the third ACM National On-Air Personality of the Year win for The Bobby Bones Show. The show previously won the award in 2013 and 2015. This also marks the second win for Steve & Geoff in the Medium Market On-Air Personality of the Year category. This marks the eleventh win for WSIX-FM, seventh win for WUSY-FM, and second win for KTTS-FM in Radio Station of the Year categories.
ON-AIR: Maney Show Inks 5-Year Extension With WNKS-FM Charlotte
THE MOUTH, MARCH 14TH, 2018 –– High Fives to our longtime friends Maney, Roy Brown & LauRen Merola of The Maney, Roy & LauRen Show, who just inked a five year extension with Beasley's KISS 95.1/WNKS Charlotte. Maney tells Jockline: "We’re super excited to be waking up Charlotte for another 5 years...Thanks to the Beasley’s for believing in us and Bill Scheoning and John Reynolds for putting up with us! Big things coming!"
Maney first arrived at the CHR outlet in 2012 from WHBQ-FM Memphis. In 2015 he was joined by co-host LauRen (formerly of WZGV Charlotte) and Roy (formerly of WXLK-Lexington, KY) PHOTO/L-R: Roy Brown - OM John Reynolds - Maney & LauRen Merola.
PROGRAMMING: Miles Anzaldo Takes MD Post For KROQ Los Angeles
THE MOUTH, MARCH 14TH, 2018 -- Entercom has named Miles Anzaldo as the new Music Director for its Los Angeles station KROQ 106.7 FM, effective March 26. “After an extensive search for the next Music Director, I am beyond thrilled to welcome Miles Anzaldo to KROQ,” said Jeff Federman, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Los Angeles. “Miles grew up in the music and radio business in Southern California and is extremely passionate and knowledgeable about our business. His understanding of digital and social content will certainly help the station continue to expand beyond Broadcast.”
“I’m beyond humbled to call myself a member of the KROQ family. To call this a “dream job” would be a vast understatement,” said Miles Anzaldo. “It’s a thrill, not only to return home to California, but to be on team Entercom. Big thanks to Kevin Weatherly for this incredible opportunity. I cannot wait to work alongside him, Jeff Federman and the most talented crew of radio superstars in the country." Miles comes to Entercom from KQGO-FM in Minneapolis where he was the Assistant Program and Music Director since 2015. Prior to that, he spent ten years at Live 105 in San Francisco both on air and as Assistant Music Director.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Michelle Miguelez Named VP OF Communications And Public Affairs For CMG Atlanta
THE MOUTH, MARCH 14TH, 2018 –– Cox Media Group has named Michelle Miguelez VP of Communications and Public Affairs, effective immediately. “I could not be more thrilled for Michelle to join our team,” said Mary Ellen Marcilliat-Falkner, SVP and Chief HR Officer. “She brings a wealth of experience and has a genuine passion for aligning employees with a company’s vision.
Prior to joining CMG, Miguelez served as Director of Corporate Communication for Georgia Power. Miguelez’ communications experience includes positions of increasing responsibility with the Burger King brand, where she worked in the global communication, customer service and diversity and inclusion departments throughout her 13-year tenure. “I am very excited and honored to be part of the CMG team,” Miguelez said. “I look forward to creating fresh, authentic content that stands out in today’s ever-evolving communication landscape and resonates with audiences in a meaningful way.”
TSBC 9 RECAP: Talk Radio Report Card 2018
80.5% Of All PPM Meters In 2017 Were NOT Exposed To ANY AM radio. That’s Up From 70.4% In 2010
THE MOUTH, MARCH 12TH, 2018 –– This week we're featuring some top take-aways from last week's 9th Annual Talk Show Boot Camp which wrapped up on Friday at the Joule Hotel in Dallas. Among the many highlights included Nielsen data from the eye-opening 4th Annual 'Talk Radio Report Card, as compiled by TSBC co-presenter, Gabe Hobbs. He points out that overall News/Talk radio did a fabulous job of holding on to the “Trump Bump.” Typically, the year after a major election talk radio’s share recedes back to where it was the year before the election and often lower. This time? It barely moved which is great news.
• While the average share of the leading talk stations in PPM markets was up again, Cume and AQH Persons was down slightly. This indicates a decline in Total Market Listening combined with an increase in TSL. All of the numbers Hobbs used were topline in Adults 25-54.
• Fragmentation of platform usage was evident by the fact that AQH Persons is now down just over 20% since 2011. But that is an improvement from the 31.4% decline when the format bottomed out in 2015.
• Non-Commercial talk stations, comprised of NPR affiliates, continues to grow at a very healthy rate experiencing a 9% increase year over year from 2016 to 2017. That comes on the heels of a 21% increase from 2015 to 2016.
• Non-Commercial talk radio passed AM talk in cume during the 2012 election and passed FM talk during the 2016 election. The biggest winners in 2017 for commercial talk radio included 102.5 The Bone in Tampa, WIBC/Indianapolis, KLBJ/Austin and KOGO/San Diego. The Non-Commercial stations with the best year included KQED/San Francisco, WAMU/Washington, WNYC/New York City and WABE/Atlanta.
• The title of most listened to radio station in the United States among Adult 25-54-year-olds was KQED-FM in San Francisco with an average monthly cume of 468,200. They were followed closely by WAMU-FM/Washington DC, WNYC-FM/New York, KFI-AM/Los Angeles and WSB-AM/FM in Atlanta.
• NPR’s strength comes from the PPM markets. When you add in the numbers from every county in the U.S. commercial radio trumps non-commercial handily. The Non-Commercial talkers enjoyed a much younger demographic profile and an almost even split among male and female listeners. Both commercial and non-commercial talk stations still have over half of their audience in the 55+ age group when looking at all 2,104 spoken word stations rated by Nielsen in 2017.
• When it comes to dayparts, morning drive leads the way for spoken word in the total Nielsen universe followed by middays, PM drive, evenings and then way behind these four dayparts are weekends. Can you say paid programming? • And even more concerning for AM radio was the percent of Total Quarter Hours that are attributed to AM radio. In 2010 that number was 10.8% and just last year it had dropped a whopping 40% to only 6.7% of Total Quarter Hours going to the AM band.
The most shocking figures came near the end however when it was revealed that 80.5% of all PPM meters in 2017 were NOT exposed to ANY AM radio. That’s up from 70.4% in 2010. To wrap up a sobering look at exactly WHO comprises the Adult 25-54 demographic was shown. Millennials are ALREADY 12-years in to the Adult 25-54 demo comprising the lower end of 25 to 37-year-olds. That’s 22% of the population and 45% of the Adult 25-54 demographic. Another 52% of the so-called “money demo” are the Gen X’ers, now between the ages of 38 and 53. The Baby Boomers comprise the remaining 3%. By the end of next year there will be no more Boomers left in the Adult 25-54 demo. Hobbs commented that, “when it comes to audio content and distribution, traditional radio should be leading the way and not playing catch up with digital pure-plays and technology. After all, no industry has excelled for so many decades with audio than broadcasters.”
[WATCH] Denver Host Pulls All-Nighter To Break Broncos News - Fans Follow
THE MOUTH, MARCH 14TH, 2018 -- How cool is this? DMac, host for Bonneville's 104.3 The Fan stayed up all night to talk to fans once Colorado learned Case Keenum would be the Broncos' newest quarterback reports Denver's 9News TV. In its segment called 'The Most Colorado Thing We Saw' they reported, 'Today could not be seen, really, but it was heard by fans across Broncos Country overnight.'
Darren McKee - aka DMac, the host of The Drive on 104.3 The Fan - pulled an all-nighter after Colorado learned Case Keenum would become Denver's newest quarterback. When the news broke, he tweeted he'd be headed to the station to take calls from fans all night long. He kept it going for hours and his fans were right there with him. "Headed in right now!!!!! Gonna take calls all night!!!! Be on in 15 minutes or so — Darren McKee (@dmac1043) 9News says fans were bringing DMac food and energy drinks as they rolled on through the night. WATCH HERE
Preston & Steve And WMMR Philly Set To Celebrate Joint Anniversaries
THE MOUTH, MARCH 14TH, 2018 –– As WMMR/Philadelphia is set to celebrate its 50th anniversary, longtime morning hosts Preston Elliot and Steve Morrison, aka, Preston & Steve, will add to the festivities by reaching their 20th anniversary this year, as well. “We’ve been told that we’ve helped to usher in a new era for ‘MMR,” Morrison tells Mainline Media News. “There are a couple of (celebratory) things in the works that all dovetail with the 50th anniversary of WMMR.”
Waking up the region at 93.3-FM since 2005, Preston & Steve were previously heard on Philly's former alternative rocker WPLY 100.3-FM. In 1998 the show was “Preston, Marilyn & Steve,” featuring Marilyn Russell, who is now part of 98.1 WOGL’s “Breakfast Club” morning show. In a phone interview, Elliot and Morrison noted that their current team of news/sports/traffic anchor Kathy Romano (since 2003) and producers Casey Foster, Nick McIlwain and Marisa Magnatta, has been the longest running iteration of “Preston & Steve” in the duo’s 20-year partnership. Elliot’s radio career brought him to Philadelphia in 1996 to be music director and afternoon drive host at the former 103.9 WDRE which simulcast with WDRE in New York City. This is where Long Island native Steve Morrison, a stand-up comedian who had studied radio broadcasting, was producing commercial spots for comedy clubs. “They liked his commercial production so much they wanted him to do their live remote appearances. “This went on nearly for a month or more before I met Steve in person," said Elliot.
"We met on the radio.” It was the idea of (CBS-FM's) Scott Shannon (L) to put them together in the morning. Elliot added that WMMR’s parent company, Beasley Broadcast Group, is “incredibly supportive” and that radio will remain relevant “as long as your car is moving.” READ ARTICLE HERE
SYNDICATION: ‘Please, Don’t Hit Send’ Vignette From Steve Hytner
THE MOUTH, MARCH 13TH, 2018 –– Some people probably shouldn’t be allowed to use social media—but we’re glad they do! From the mind of well-known comedian and actor Steve Hytner comes Envision Network's 'Please, Don’t Hit Send.' It gives listeners the rundown on the most outrageous and topical posts from social media in a daily 45-second vignette. Hytner, who received critical acclaim for his portrayal of Jerry's nemesis, Kenny Bania, on the long running hit Seinfeld, gives hilarious takes on what celebrities write on social media or do in the real world.
“We would probably get 5 years of material from the Kardashians alone. But we’re gonna take a swing at everyone,” said Hytner. “We could call it Keeping Up with the Catatonic.” It’s so good that this man will make 45 seconds feel like a minute! Steve Hytner is one of America’s best stand ups and most recognized character actors. His TV credits include Modern Family, Hung, Mike and Molly, Two and a Half Men, Curb your Enthusiasm, CSI, CSI New York, Boston Legal, Friends, Roswell, King of Queens, and of course, Seinfeld. - Stations interested in adding Please, Don’t Hit Send should visit the show’s web page to get a FREE trial, or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 216.831.3761.
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Gets A 24-Hour Extension
THE MOUTH, MARCH 5TH, 2018 –– Another week, another forebearance extension for iHeart from its consenting lenders. In its latest 8-K Filing with the SEC, iHeart Communications, Inc. reported in part that iHeartCommunications and certain lenders entered into Forbearance Agreements (the “Forbearance Agreements”), with respect to the Credit Agreement, dated as of May 13, 2008, as amended and restated as of February 23, 2011. On March 12, 2018, iHeartMedia and the Consenting Lenders entered into a new Forbearance Agreement that extended the term of the Forbearance Agreements to the earliest to occur of (i) March 13, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. Central time and (ii) an event of default under the Credit Agreement other than those that resulted in the entry into the Forbearance Agreement.
As previously disclosed, iHeartCommunications has been engaged in ongoing discussions with its stakeholders with respect to the restructuring of its capital structure. In connection with such discussions, iHeartMedia and iHeartCommunications have been working on a proposed draft restructuring support agreement and related proposed draft restructuring term sheet with advisors to groups of iHeartCommunications’ noteholders, lenders and equity holders.
PROGRAMMING: Chris Matthews Named PD/PM Drive For 92.5 The Bull Sacramento
THE MOUTH, MARCH 13TH, 2018 –– iHeartMedia Sacramento announced that Chris Matthews has been named Program Director and Afternoon Drive Host for 92.5 The Bull. “We were looking for a creative thinker to take ownership and grow the Bull brand,” said Curtiss Johnson, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Sacramento. “Someone who is a PD and entertainer with deep roots in the Country community. Chris Mathews is that guy. I have no doubt he will put 92.5 The Bull front and center in the minds of Sacramento Country fans.”
Matthews joins 92.5 The Bull from KMLE-FM in Phoenix, where he served as Assistant Program Director, Music Director, Morning Show Host and Afternoon Drive Host. He has also worked as Director of Marketing and Promotions for Cumulus Communications in Tucson.
Dave Fogel Returns Home To Take Middays On KCMO-FM Kansas City
THE MOUTH, MARCH 13TH, 2018 –– Cumulus Media announces that popular on-air personality Dave Fogel joins Classic Hits station KCMO-FM in Kansas City, KS, as Midday Host. Fogel started his radio career at KMXV in Kansas City, and has held on-air positions in markets including: San Diego, Washington, D.C., Detroit, and most recently, Chicago, at WJMK-FM and WLS-FM. His show airs weekdays from 10am-2pm on 94.9 KCMO, Kansas City’s Greatest Hits. Fogel, the son of Kansas City radio and television legend Jerry Fogel, was exposed to celebrities and the entertainment world at a young age. He was raised on the Missouri side of Kansas City but moved to the Kansas side when he started his own family with his wife, Melanie, a Raytown native.
Joe Russo, KCMO-FM Program Director, said: “Dave is a superstar and a Kansas City guy through and through. Somebody pinch me- Kelly Urich mornings and Dave Fogel in the workday on KCMO. What a fantastic lineup for our listeners. ” Fogel said: “I am thrilled to be on KCMO and back on the radio in Kansas City where my career started in the 80’s right after MU.”
NETWORKS: 'O.J. Simpson Is A Narcissistic Psychopath' Says Judith Regan Listen
THE MOUTH, MARCH 13TH, 2018 –– Fresh off this week's airing of "O.J. Simpson: The Lost Confession?" special on FOX, publisher Judith Regan with Westwood One spoke exclusively to several Cumulus radio stations -- WMAL/Washington, DC; WLS-AM/Chicago; WYAY-AM/Atlanta; WABC-AM/New York; WPRO-AM/Providence; WJR-AM/Detroit; KABC-AM/Los Angeles; KGO-AM/San Francisco; KMJ-AM/Fresno; and WWTN-AM/Nashville -- about her controversial interview with O.J. Simpson back in 2006.
Commenting on Simpson’s graveside cursing, Regan told WMAL/Washington, DC’s Mornings on the Mall “In every story that he tells, he’s the victim. In every story that he tells, ‘she did this to me.’ Even in her death he goes to her grave and curses her and screams at her, ‘you should have listened to me.’ You know, and he’s angry at her, as he said, his anger didn’t go away. He’s angry at her that she’s not there anymore to abuse.” LISTEN HERE
On whether Simpson showed any remorse, she told WYAY/Atlanta’s Shannon Burke (R) LISTEN HERE - “Not a speck, which was so disappointing, because I always hope that people are remorseful and truly sorry, and I actually believe that redemption is possible in human beings, but I don’t, I don’t think it’s possible with him. I think he’s a psychopath and he has no conscience. He has no empathy; zero empathy for anyone.”
SYNDICATION: YEA Networks Launches National Syndication For Tino Cochino
THE MOUTH, MARCH 13TH, 2018 –– YEA Networks, unleashes the 21st Century talent of DJ and radio personality Tino Cochino and co-host Milli Rodriguez to Rhythmic and CHR stations. Tino Cochino Radio is building momentum across the U.S. as the fastest-growing personality-driven radio show in the country. Debuting on 20 stations in markets including Phoenix, Portland, San Antonio, and Albuquerque, Tino Cochino Radio is a PPM and diary-friendly modular show with timely content, and is available for weekday afternoons/nights for barter, customizable for each market and daypart, with up to 11 songs per hour (programmed locally).
Born and raised in Lubbock, Texas, Tino Cochino broke into radio at the age of 13 as an intern. At age 16, he was given his first full-time on-air shift and worked his way to the #1 night show in his hometown. Nearing his 21st birthday, Tino took his show to San Antonio, TX, building a buzz that took him to Bakersfield, CA, and finally, to Power 98.3/KKFR-FM in Phoenix, AZ, where he now hosts Tino Cochino Radio weekday mornings from 6:00am-10:00am. Tino also has produced television content for CW.
Legendary Boston Host Charles Laquidara To Release Memoir 'Daze In The Life'
THE MOUTH, MARCH 13TH, 2018 – Charles Laquidara was the last of a breed writes Artery's Jim Sullivan. Laquidara held down that 6 to 10 a.m. spot at WBCN (self-tagged “The Rock of Boston”) from 1972 to 1995. After leaving WBCN, Laquidara immediately moved to classic rock sister station WZLX (both were owned by CBS), making way for the syndicated and hugely popular Howard Stern Show on WBCN. Then on Aug. 5, 2000, Laquidara spun his last record in Boston, Tony Bennett’s “The Best Is Yet to Come” and headed to Maui for a life of semi-retirement. Tomorrow, March 14, Laquidara, now 79, will celebrate his 32 years in Boston radio with what he calls “a multimedia memoir” titled “Daze in the Life” at the Paradise Rock Club. It coincides, almost to the day, with WBCN’s 50th anniversary. Laquidara will be back in town to host and hold court. “They’re going to see an old man with a prune face,” he quips,
For several years people have asked, ‘Hey Chaaales, are you going to write a book? You should write a book. You interviewed George Harrison, you met with Al Pacino, you competed with Tony Curtis for [the role of] “The Boston Strangler.” You have all these stories that nobody else has.’ READ ARTICLE HERE - Photo/Courtesy McWalker Photography
EVENTS: Miguel & Holly Take Aim At 'The Bachelor'
THE MOUTH, MARCH 13TH, 2018 –– Miguel & Holly, mornings on Cox Media’s Hot 101.5, are busy in Tampa Bay!" This past weekend, the city of St. Petersburg hosted its annual Grand Prix. Most recent alumnus from ABC’s The Bachelor Arie Luyendyk Jr. was reportedly in town with his new fiancée Lauren for the event,
Miguel and Holly on COX Top 40 WPOI (HOT 101.5)/TAMPA blasted him with billboards all over Tampa Bay for dumping original fiancée Becca to try his luck with Lauren, the show’s runner up. Now they embark on their second annual “Ten in Ten,” taking their show to ten different cities across Tampa Bay in ten days. The pair will do their show live at a different Dunkin’ Donuts location each morning for two weeks in order to meet listeners with free coffee and donuts.
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[LISTEN] Brandmeier & More Join Steve Dahl For 'Final Hours Of The Loop' Show
THE MOUTH, MARCH 12TH, 2018 –– Garry Meier was among the few missing from The Loop’s four-hour star-studded send-off Friday, hosted by Steve Dahl and simulcast on Cumulus Media’s WLUP FM 97.9 and WLS AM 890. Dahl told listeners he made numerous efforts to get Meier to participate in the once-in-a-lifetime broadcast. According to Robert Feder, Meier backed out of a well-publicized agreement to appear on David Plier’s tribute to The Loop early Sunday morning on Tribune Broadcasting’s WGN AM 720. About an hour before the taping, Meier called to cancel, according to Plier.
Steve Dahl rode the Loop into the sunset on Friday, March 9 in an unprecedented simulcast. The guest list was a Chicago listener’s dream line-up, including Steve’s old colleagues and friends Jonathon Brandmeier, Joe Walsh (The Eagles), Danny Bonaduce, Sky Daniels, Patti Haze, Mitch Michaels and Stan Lawrence. AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell” was the last song played, just as Steve Dahl suggested. That was preceded by Motley Crue’s “Shout at the Devil” and Iron Maiden’s “The Number of the Beast.” Hear Steve Dahl host the final hours of the Loop Mar 10, 2018 | JVO LISTEN HERE
Howard Stern Prevails In Lawsuit Over Airing IRS Agent's Call With Taxpayer
THE MOUTH, MARCH 12TH, 2018 –– A Massachusetts federal judge has ruled that a private call between an Internal Revenue Service agent and taxpayer Judith Barrigas that was broadcast on The Howard Stern Show was somehow related to collection of taxes and wasn't "sufficiently personal or intimate in nature reports The Hollywood Reporter. As such, Stern and the U.S. government beat privacy and negligence claims by the woman. The lawsuit was filed in February 2017 forced the government to defend a leak of tax information. This case emanated from what Stern's audience heard on May 19, 2015. That day, IRS agent Jimmy Forsythe called up The Stern Show as a guest and was put on hold. As Forsythe got back to work and spoke to Barrigas, Stern was then ready to put Forsythe on the air. "Jimmy, go ahead," said Stern. "You're on the air in Long Island...Jimmy?" "$71 due on the 20th," said Forsythe. "Jimmy, you're on the f-ing air," said Stern. "What is he doing?" asked Stern's co-host Robin Quivers. "Making a transaction?" Forsythe continued to talk to Barrigas for several minutes without being aware that Stern, Quivers and their audience were listening in and making fun of what was being said.
In response to the lawsuit, the U.S. government argued it had sovereign immunity under the "tax exception" to the Federal Tort Claims Act. Meaning that it couldn't be held liable for actions, even wrongful ones, made by a federal government employee while acting within the scope of employment. "The Court agrees with Plaintiff that Agent Forsythe’s personal telephone call to The Howard Stern Show, and the partial disclosure of his conversation with Plaintiff regarding her taxes, went beyond the scope of his duties as an IRS employee," writes U.S. District Court Judge Allison Burroughs in an opinion on Friday.The judge concluded, "There may be circumstances in which the publication of tax related information does constitute an invasion of privacy under Massachusetts law, but for the reasons stated above, the level of the intrusion was significantly diminished here." SEE ENTIRE ARTICLE PLUS COURT DOCS HERE
PROGRAMMING: AJ Malone Takes PD Reins At iHeart's 98 Rock Tampa
THE MOUTH, MARCH 12TH, 2018 –– iHeartMedia Tampa Bay announced today that AJ Malone has been named Program Director for 98ROCK, She will report to Tommy Chuck, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Tampa Bay. “As Assistant Program Director, AJ has played a key role in driving great ratings and revenue gains for 98ROCK,” said Chuck. “This upgrade in role and responsibilities is one she has certainly earned!” AJ has served as Assistant Program Director of 98ROCK since August 2017. Her previous experience includes various roles including Program Director at WXSR-FM in Tallahassee, FL as well as Production Director at WOLT-FM in Indianapolis, IN.
“I am honored to be at the helm of the legendary 98ROCK,” said AJ. “The past seven months have been a dream come true! Thank you to everyone involved for giving me the opportunity to continue to grow my career with iHeartMedia.”
ON-AIR: 77 WABC Debuts 'Bernie & Sid In The Morning;' Bethany Linderman Named Morning Co-Host On Baltimore's MIX 106.5
THE MOUTH, MARCH 12TH, 2018 –– 77 WABC Radio announces a new morning show, “Bernie and Sid In The Morning”, featuring beloved New York talk hosts Bernie McGuirk and Sid Rosenberg, which debuts on 77 WABC on Monday, April 2, 2018. The program replaces the “Imus In The Morning Show”, and airs weekdays from 6am-10am. McGuirk and Rosenberg take the morning marquee on 77 WABC from their previous midday position. McGuirk and Rosenberg are familiar voices to Imus listeners in New York, as part of the “Imus In The Morning Show” for over 20 years.
Entercom has named Bethany Linderman as co-host of “Mix Mornings” on MIX 106.5 (WWMX-FM) in Baltimore. Linderman will join longtime host and Baltimore native Reagan Warfield every weekday from 5:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. ET, beginning March 12. Bethany comes to Baltimore from Albany, NY, where she co-hosted WGNA’s morning show. Prior to that, her career stops included Tampa, FL and her hometown of Olean, NY.
“We welcome Bethany’s energy, enthusiasm and charisma to MIX 106.5,” said Tracy Brandys, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Baltimore. “We’re looking forward to having her and Reagan refresh mornings in Baltimore and mix it up for our dedicated listeners.” “I’m excited to get to know my new town and connect with MIX 106.5’s listeners,” said Bethany. “I’m thankful for the opportunity to continue to build this great morning show with Reagan on one of America’s premiere HOT AC stations.”
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Futuri Adds Three To Sales Posts
THE MOUTH, MARCH 12TH, 2018 –– Futuri Media announced several key additions to its fast-growing team. Michael Sharkey (L) joins as Product Manager, #engage and Futuri Mobile. Sharkey, known to many in the industry as “Shark,” has more than 25 years experience in programming and brand management positions for radio broadcasters, including 14 years at Cox Media Group. There, he was Rock Format Leader and Program Director/Brand Manager for Tampa Bay’s 97X (WSUN) and 102.5 The Bone (WHPT).
Jim Roberts (C) joins as National Account Manager. Roberts joins Futuri Media from Mid-West Family Broadcasting, where he spent more than 20 years in Sales and Programming executive positions with their South Bend stations. Roberts has extensive experience on both the content and sales side of the broadcasting business. Jim Tarantine (R) joins as National Account Manager. Tarantine joins Futuri Media from Nielsen Audio, where he spent more than 12 years, most recently as Director, Client Solutions, leading key initiatives including TV/audio integration, digital audio measurement, audio enhancements, and media analytics offerings. “Futuri’s fast-growing team builds solutions to deliver the ROI our media industry partners require: audience engagement, ratings, and revenue,” said Daniel Anstandig, Futuri Media CEO. “Collaborating with local managers and corporate leaders to help them develop the future of our industry is the most important and rewarding part of our mission.”
Podcast-Focused Rocket Radio Music Network Launched
THE MOUTH, MARCH 9TH, 2018 –– From the production and promotion companies behind Emmy Award-winning TV shows Gotham and Mad Men comes a brand new podcast-focused media startup called Rocket Radio Music Network. In a market where big names dominate the airwaves, Rocket Radio will act as the first stop in both music discovery and music-related news. A 2017 report conducted by Edison Research found that 67 million Americans are monthly podcast listeners — in the United States alone.
Rocket Radio will host five separate channels: Rocket Rising, Rocket Outlaw, Country Rising, Rocket News and Rocket Urban. Each channel is hosted by established industry luminaries, features exclusive interviews with artists and presents several selected songs. "We aim to give our listeners the new sounds they'd find if they had the time," says CEO and founder Salvatore Simeone. In recent years, the music industry has relied heavily on streaming platforms to supply listeners with playlists filled with individual hit singles from new artists as a means of discovering new music — but it stops there. Rocket Radio is dedicated to not only introducing its listeners to innovative new sounds but to also provide a well-rounded story about these emerging new artists through various tracks, artists interviews, written coverage, a call-to-action to the various platforms for music purchases, tour schedules, breaking news and much more. Rocket Radio was founded in 2017 and fundamentally backed by Software Engineering of America (seasoft.com).
SNAPS: 'It's Little Tommy With The KGB'
THE MOUTH, MARCH 12TH, 2018 –– 'It's Little Tommy with the KGB!' That's what Tommy Sablan, Senior Producer for KGB San Diego's Bob & Coe Show said when calling the White House and trying to get President Trump on their show. "He tells Jockline, "It's my job to get him on the radio or at least try to. I called the White House a few times last week asking to talk to someone about the President coming to KGB!"
When the operator at the White House asked Sablan who he was, he told her, "It's Little Tommy with the KGB." She then put him on 'eternal hold.' Today, unless being interviewed by the Secret Service, he plans to call back and say iHeart.
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2018 INFINITE DIAL: Steady Growth For Podcasts; Smart Speakers On The Rise THE MOUTH, MARCH 9TH, 2018 – The two most talked-about sectors in audio today – podcasting and Smart Speakers – post significant gains in this year’s Infinite Dial study from Edison Research and Triton Digital. Podcasting continues to steadily grow, as 44% of Americans 12+ now say they have ever listened to a podcast, up from 40% from last year. Podcasting’s in-car gains continue as well: a year ago, 18% of podcast listeners described the car as the place they most often listened to podcasts; this year, that number is 22%. This year’s report spotlights the growth of Smart Speakers, voice-controlled devices such as the Amazon Echo and Google Home. Today, 18% of Americans 12+ (an estimated 51 million people), live in households that have at least one Smart Speaker. This means that Smart Speaker ownership has more than doubled from 7% just one year ago, which shows Smart Speaker adoption at a faster rate than the early days of the smartphone, which showed only 4% growth in a comparable timeframe. The Infinite Dial has become the report card on digital audio and other digital media, and is widely used and quoted by broadcasters, Internet radio, ad agencies, and the financial community. The study uses the gold standard of nationally representative survey research—a random probability telephone sample – comprising both mobile phones and landlines, of all Americans ages 12 and older. Tom Webster, Edison’s Senior Vice President noted, “With the surge in smart speaker ownership, and the continued growth of podcasting and streaming audio, it is more important than ever for brands to have a holistic audio strategy.” SEE REPORT HERE
Cort Johnson Named National Digital Content Producer For Alpha THE MOUTH, MARCH 9TH, 2018 –– Alpha Media has named Cort Johnson National Digital Content Producer. Cort will be primarily involved in creating national digital content for Alpha’s Rock formats and will be a major contributor to streaming and podcasting strategies. Alpha Media National Director of Digital Content, Ernie Martinez commented on the announcement, “I am thrilled to be collaborating with Cort! His skillset, experience and knowledge in both the digital and traditional radio space are going to be pivotal in driving content on Alpha Media's digital and social platforms." “I am excited to work with Ernie Martinez and our great team as we expand Alpha Media's digital footprint. A big thank you to Scott Mahalick, Phil Becker and Ronnie Stanton for this opportunity,” remarked Cort.
[WATCH] Remembering 97.9 'The Loop'
THE MOUTH, MARCH 7TH, 2018 –– It appears Chicago's iconic The Loop will come to an end nearly as quickly as word spread yesterday that the four-decades-long rocker was being acquired by The Educational Media Foundation (EMF) for $21.5 Million. According to a letter from Marv Nyren, VP/Cumulus-Chicago, to employees, WLUP's programming will end next Tuesday. Nyren said the station will continue playing classic rock through the end of the week. Then, EMF, which runs stations K-Love and Air1, will begin its religious programming.
Nyren wrote in part: While we had hoped to be the highest bidder for the station, we are taking the sale of the Loop as an opportunity to ensure we have the right people in the right jobs and are keeping as many employees as possible. In finalizing this sale, we can now focus on the future stability of the Chicago cluster and necessary growth to remain competitive. We continue to be in active discussions with Merlin regarding an acquisition of WKQX-FM --- We wish each and every one of those affected by the sale nothing but the best as we all move forward."
Current morning host Mancow” Muller told Robert Feder “The Loop has lasted 41 years” and he “hoped we’d be on to celebrate her 50th," but wished the new station "all the best." Longtime Loop host, Steve Dahl, forever known for his infamous 'disco demolition, who now airs on WLS-AM, spent most of yesterday's show taking calls from listeners to discuss the sale and their memories of The Loop. He told NBC's Phil Rogers, "It took me to bring down disco, and God to take down The Loop. WATCH VIDEO HERE
Brooke Morrison Takes Afternoon Drive On Channel 96.1 Charlotte
THE MOUTH, MARCH 7TH, 2018 ––iHeartMedia announced today that Brooke Morrison has been named Afternoon Personality for Channel 96.1. She will also assist in the day-to-day operations of the station’s social media platforms, and will report to A.J., Program Director for Channel 96.1. “We are very excited about what Brooke will bring to Charlotte,” said A.J. “Her high level of engagement, work ethic and passion for music and entertainment make her a superstar on and off the air. I look forward to her joining the team as we build the next chapter of Channel 96.1.”
Morrison joins Charlotte from iHeartMedia Los Angeles, where she most recently served as the producer for Nina Chantele on Real 92.3. She also hosted Overnights and Weekends for iHeartMedia Riverside’s 99.1 KGGI, and Afternoons on Z107.7 for iHeartMedia St. Louis. “I’m incredibly excited to join Channel 96.1! I can’t begin to describe how amazing it has been to learn and grow under the guidance of the entire iHeartMedia Los Angeles team,” said Morrison.
Ex-WFAN Host Craig Carton Drops Price On New Jersey Mansion For 3rd time
THE MOUTH, MARCH 7TH, 2018 –– Ex-WFAN host Craig Carton has dropped the listing price on his NJ mansion for the third time reports nj.com. Carton first put his 9,345-square-foot Chester home on the market in November for $2.4 million. The price of the home, which has six bedrooms, nine bathrooms and is located on more than four acres of land, was first dropped in January by $100,000 before it was decreased by the same number in February and then again on Tuesday, according to its Zillow listing.
The former co-host of the popular "Boomer and Carton Show" was accused in September 2017 of helping run a multi-million dollar Ponzi scheme. He pleaded not guilty to the charges.
'Ayyyyyy!' FONZ-FM Debuts In Milwaukee
THE MOUTH, MARCH 7TH, 2018 –– 'Sunday, Monday Happy Days' opened the 'Happy Days' theme song. And now a Milwaukee station will have its theme spinning through their heads with the launch of FONZ-FM reports The Journal Sentinel. Milwaukee Radio Alliance LLC switched the format for its station at WZTI-AM (1290) and 100.3 FM, along with 107.3 FM in Racine and 93.3 HD2, to what it's calling FONZ FM. According to a press release issued at the moment the station changed at 5 p.m. Tuesday.
FONZ FM's playlist will focus on music from the late 1950s to the late 1970s, aiming at Milwaukee listeners ages 35 to 64. The station's new name plays "on the iconic Milwaukee character Fonzie, played by Henry Winkler on "Happy Days," the 1970s sitcom set in a fictional Milwaukee in the 1950s and early '60s, and memorialized with his own statue on the downtown RiverWalk. When informed of the format name on Twitter, Winkler responded, "That’s what I’m talk’n about."
STUDY: AM/FM Powers ROI For Personal Care Brand; $12 Return For Every Dollar
THE MOUTH, MARCH 7TH, 2018 –– Westwood One announced results of the first Nielsen Catalina Solutions (NCS) sales effect study conducted for an AM/FM radio campaign in the personal care brand category. “Westwood One has been very vocal that AM/FM radio delivers an impressive return on investment for brand marketers,” said Suzanne Grimes, EVP Marketing, Cumulus Media and President, Westwood One. “Today, we back that statement up with a NCS study for a major personal care brand, which shows a $12 return on advertising spend for every dollar of AM/FM radio advertising. NCS is the gold standard for CPG sales measurement, and these findings show that a personal care brand can use radio to realize impressive sales lift and a powerful return on ad spend.”
Other key findings from the study: ● Market share growth: Increased purchasing came at the expense key competitors in the category. ● Sales growth: The campaign drove a positive sales lift of 8% for the men’s personal care brand. ● Sales drivers: Sales growth was impacted by more spending per trip. ● Heavy category buyers were activated: Those who buy often in the category were the most responsive to the radio campaign and generated most of the incremental sales. See more HERE in Adweek.
TopLine Adds Appointment Prep Reports
THE MOUTH, MARCH 7TH, 2018 –– Futuri Media launched a new feature in its TopLine product: TopLine Appointment Prep Reports. TopLine subscribers will receive the Appointment Prep Report, a tool for tailoring their approach to new business. TopLine Appointment Prep Reports include: Decision Maker Personality Profile: Information to help determine the best way to communicate with prospects and key decision makers. The report includes an overview of their personality-type, tips to communicate effectively, and how to set the agenda for the most compelling meeting. Digital Marketing Overview: A snapshot of a client’s current digital marketing efforts, including digital advertising, high-performing social media content, top searches, and business reputation and discoverability. This overview also identifies potential opportunities for more effective digital campaign-building.
“TopLine’s mission is to give sales professionals their time back, so they can focus on what they do best - developing business. TopLine provides resources for sales teams in the field at every step in the sales process, from positioning to presenting and closing,” said Futuri SVP/Sales and TopLine, Sophie Fry. “After delivering $100 million in revenue for our partners in 2017, we’re excited for the TopLine Appointment Prep Report to elevate the capabilities of our partners who use TopLine.”
EVENT: Eli Young Band To Headline 98.7 The Bull Portland's Country Fest 2018
THE MOUTH, MARCH 7TH, 2018 –– 98.7 The Bull (KUPL/Portland) announced that Eli Young Band will headline CountryFest 2018! CountryFest will be held on June 3rd at the Portland Rose Festival as part of the Rose Festival RoZone. In addition to Eli Young Band the following will also be performing; Parmalee, Russell Dickerson, Carly Pearce and Mitchell Tenpenny.
98.7 The Bull’s Program Director, MoJoe Roberts, states “CountryFest has become a Portland summer tradition! Not only will Eli Young Band and Parmalee play hit after hit, we’ve also included two ACM nominees in Russell Dickerson & Carly Pearce, both of which already have number one hits. This show has a something for everyone and we’re looking forward to some great music on the waterfront!”
KAT 103.7 Omaha's 16th Annual Canfest Raises Over $10,000 For Food Bank
THE MOUTH, MARCH 7TH, 2018 –– KAT 103.7, Omaha's New Country station, announced today that the 16th annual Canfest, an acoustic concert, raised over $10,000 from ticket proceeds and four 50-gallon barrels of non-perishable food to benefit the Food Bank for the Heartland. Canfest took place on Thursday, March 1 at the Whiskey Roadhouse in Council Bluffs, IA. KAT 103.7’s on-air personalities Steve Lundy, Gina Melton, Hoss Michaels and EJ hosted the event. Listeners were encouraged on-air to purchase tickets and to donate food at the event. Canfest featured performances by country artists and DaviBrandon Lay, Carly Pearce, Michael Ray and Lee Murphy.
“Canfest is an event our listeners look forward to each year,” said Hoss Michaels, Program Director for KAT 103.7. “Thanks to our musical guests and sponsors, this year was a huge success raising over $10,000 and four 50-gallon barrels of non-perishable food to benefit those in need in our community.”
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SHOCKER: 97.9 The Loop Being Acquired By Christian Broadcasting Company
THE MOUTH, MARCH 6TH, 2018 –– Chicago media blogger Robert Feder reports The Loop 97.9 WLUP FM 97.9, after four decades of radio history, is being acquired by a nonprofit Christian broadcasting company, according to an FCC filing Monday. Educational Media Foundation has agreed to buy The Loop from Merlin Media for $21.5 million and plans to convert it to a noncommercial contemporary Christian music station under its syndicated K-Love brand. Pending government approval.
The deal 'marks the end of a legacy,' says Feder, that began when owner Phil Chess of Chess Records flipped the call letters from WSDM to WLUP in 1977. Steve Dahl, who rose to stardom on The Loop in the early ’80s, said: “As I look back on my 40 years on the radio in this market, I am reminded almost daily of The Loop’s impact not only my career, but also rock and roll history in Chicago, and around the world. They just don’t make brave risk-taking local radio stations like that anymore, and that’s everybody’s loss.
Since 2014 The Loop has been operated under a local marketing agreement by Cumulus Media. As part of a bankruptcy filing last month, Cumulus withdrew plans to buy the station, setting in motion Merlin’s search for a new owner. Marv Nyren, vice president and market manager of Cumulus Chicago, declined to comment on the sale Monday. Loop Morning host Mancow Muller said: “Well, I love Christian music and wish them all the best. The Loop lasted 41 years. I had hoped we’d be on to celebrate her 50th. Lots of great folks will be without a job and that’s very sad.” READ FULL REPORT HERE
NuVoodoo Takes Deep Dive Into Smart Speakers At Talk Show Boot Camp 9
48% of likely PPM participants now own a smart speaker
THE MOUTH, MARCH 6TH, 2018 -- In case you have any doubt as the ever-growing effect Smart Speakers are having on radio listening, NuVoodoo Media Services is about to set the record straight. In announcing its latest Ratings Prospects Study of 3,041 respondents, ages 14-54, across all PPM markets reveals a sharp rise in smart speaker ownership since the previous NuVoodoo Ratings Prospects Study in August 2017 and this new study fielded in late January 2018. Smart speaker ownership kicked into overdrive across this past holiday season. In this latest study, one-third of respondents now report they have a smart speaker at home – up from less than a quarter in the previous study. NuVoodoo further found that 48% of likely PPM participants now own a smart speaker.
NuVoodoo's Carolyn Gilbert (L) & Leigh Jacobs will be presenting a deeper dive into these numbers, especially as they apply to talk shows, on Thursday, March 8th at Talk Show Boot Camp at the Joule Hotel in Dallas.
Roxy Romeo Joins Philly's Rise & Grind Morning Show On iHeart's Power 99
THE MOUTH, MARCH 6TH, 2018 –– Power 99, Philadelphia’s Hip Hop and R&B station, announced that Roxy Romeo will join the Rise & Grind Morning Show, effective March 12. The Rise & Grind Morning Show is co-hosted by Mikey Dredd and Mutha Knows. “To be able to add a talent the likes of Roxy to our staff is phenomenal,” said Derrick Corbett, Director of Urban Programming for iHeartMedia Philadelphia. “She’s an incredible personality who has the ability to make you feel as if you’ve known her for years upon first listen. We’re excited to be able to share her voice with the city of Philadelphia, and that she’s chosen to make Power 99 her new home.”
Romeo joins Power 99 from REAL 103.9 in Las Vegas, where she most recently served as the Assistant Program Director, Music Director and Midday talent. In addition to joining the Rise & Grind Morning Show, Romeo can be heard on 93.7 The Beat in Houston, 103.5 The Beat in Miami and across the country as an iHeartMedia Urban and Urban AC Custom personality.
Jenny Milk & Jay Team For Afternoons On Hubbard's SHE 100.3 Chicago
THE MOUTH, MARCH 6TH, 2018 –– WSHE-FM / The New SHE 100.3 has paired Jenny Milkowski, aka Jenny Milk, formerly of Fox TV Chicago, will and Jay Styles to host the new afternoon show 2-7 on SHE 100.3 beginning March 29, 2018. Jenny says, “I am beyond ecstatic to continue connecting with listeners in Chicago! To be able to work in the city where I was born and raised is a dream come true. Thank you to everyone at Hubbard Radio for this amazing opportunity. And let’s be honest, I’m super pumped to sleep in *throws alarm clock across room*.”
Jay Styles has been an afternoon and morning host in Texas, Florida, The Grand Cayman Islands and Virginia, and most recently Chicago Producer of the Brooke & Jubal Morning Show on SHE 100.3. “This is a dream come true!” said Jay. “To team with a talent like Jenny is something you usually just say, "Imagine if?" Well, it's real and I cannot wait to get started!” Robb Rose moves from his 7pm-Midnight show on SHE 100.3 to produce the Brooke & Jubal Morning Show, weekdays 5:30am-9:00am. Brian Middleton is promoted from weekend talent to host of the 7pm-Midnight show.
SYNDICATION: Joe Pags Added To iHeart's WRKO 680 Boston's Lineup
THE MOUTH, MARCH 6TH, 2018 – Joe Pags, host of the popular nationally syndicated radio show, The Joe Pags Show, will join iHeartMedia Boston’s WRKO-AM 680, The Voice of Boston, for weeknights. Beginning this week, The Joe Pags Show, which is nationally syndicated from his flagship station WOAI-AM San Antonio, is heard in over 100 markets including Dallas, Houston, Minneapolis and Denver.
Michael Czarnecki, WRKO Program Director, says “We are thrilled to have Joe join the WRKO weekday line-up. Joe does so much more than just political talk. He entertains, makes you think, makes you laugh, heck he even sings. This makes him the perfect addition to the WRKO family.“ Joe Pags adds, “When you hear the call letters WRKO, you hear heritage - and a station most hosts can only dream of being on. I’m psyched beyond words that my show is coming to this amazing station. It’s an opportunity I cherish and simply cannot wait to talk with the great people of Boston on a daily basis. Thank you so much to the management team for the trust and support!” To request information contact Susan O’Connell email@example.com or phone 914-708-1450. - Pags will be a featured panelist during this week's Talk Show Boot Camp in Dallas.
PRODUCTS: Vipology Introduces Smart Speaker System 'VS3'
THE MOUTH, MARCH 6TH, 2018 –– Vipology announced it has introduced its smart speaker skills product, Vipology Smart Speaker System (‘VS3’) to radio stations as consumer adoption of smart speakers continues to grow at record levels. Vipology launches its latest innovation for radio on 100 U.S. radio stations, concurrent with the signing of a group deal with Adams Radio Group to provide the company’s 24 stations in the Midwest, Maryland and Florida with VS3. Per the terms of the agreement, Vipology will work with Adams’ stations to develop a strategic “road map” to optimize each station’s position on Alexa and other smart speakers and to educate listeners as to how to easily access the stations on their smart speakers.
Ron Stone, President and Chief Executive Officer, Adams Radio Group, said: “We’re thrilled to have chosen Vipology as our partner in the smart speaker space, putting radio back in the home and office where it belongs. Vipology’s deep innovation, affordability, and their 100% digital solutions for radio made this an easy decision.” For more information on VS3, the Vipology Smart Speaker System now available for cash or barter, please contact Michael W. Kay at (213) 432-1800 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PODCAST: Vanderpump Rules Star Scheana Shay Launches Podcast
THE MOUTH, MARCH 6TH, 2018 –– Vanderpump Rules star Scheana Shay debuts the first episode of her new podcast today, March 6, on PodcastOne. Appropriately titled Scheananigans, the Bravo reality star brings a weekly party to listeners with juicy behind-the-scenes stories from Vanderpump Rules, a real-time peek into her life, and playful games where celebrity guests reveal more than you’d expect. Plus, fans are invited to submit their own questions for the guests. Listen to the show: HERE
HONORS: WIIL & WRXQ Chicago Area Bring Home Kilpop Rock Radio Awards
THE MOUTH, MARCH 6TH, 2018 ––Alpha Media announced that two of its Chicago area stations brought home multiple awards from the Kilpop Rock Radio Awards. The awards were presented at Kilpop Rock Radio Convention 2018 at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, NV. Awards are as follows. Major Market Radio Station of the Year – WIIL/Waukegan-Kenosha, IL Major Market PD of the Year – John Perry/WIIL/Waukegan-Kenosha, IL (TL) Under the Radar PD/MD of the Year – Mark “Elwood” Mailler WRXQ/Joliet
“We are always honored to simply be nominated for any award, but to actually win an award is an amazing feeling. The Kilpop Awards are unique and the fact that voting is done only by your peers is pretty awesome! It just proves that our staff has done a great job with this radio station over the years,” added Perry. "To be recognized at a national level by our radio family, record labels, and bands is a true honor."
Tower Record's Founder Russ Solomon Passes
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iHeart Gets A Bit More Time
THE MOUTH, MARCH 5TH, 2018 –– In its latest 8-K Filing with the SEC, iHeart Communications, Inc. reported on March 4th that it has entered into a Forbearance Agreement with its consenting lenders. The filing states in part, "with respect to the Credit Agreement, dated as of May 13, 2008, as amended and restated as of February 23, 2011. --Pursuant to the Forbearance Agreement, the Consenting Lenders agreed to temporarily forbear from accelerating the obligations under the Credit Agreement or otherwise exercising any rights or remedies thereunder as a result of any actual or prospective event of default under Section 8.01(e) of the Credit Agreement resulting from iHeart Communications’ failure to make an interest payment beyond the applicable grace period with respect to its 14.00% Senior Notes due 2021 that was originally due on February 1, 2018. The forbearance became effective upon all parties’ execution thereof and will terminate immediately and automatically upon the earliest to occur of (i) March 7, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. Central time and (ii) an event of default under the Credit Agreement other than those that resulted in the entry into the Forbearance Agreement (the “Forbearance Period”)."
Over the weekend, iHeartMedia and iHeartCommunications have been working on a proposed draft restructuring support agreement and related proposed draft restructuring term sheet with advisors to groups of iHeartCommunications’ noteholders, lenders and equity holders. SEE FILING HERE
97.3 The Machine Officially Starts Up In San Diego; Kevin Kline Takes Mornings
THE MOUTH, MARCH 5TH, 2018 –– Entercom officially announced the launch of 97.3 The Machine, Talk that Rocks, in San Diego on Friday. “97.3 The Machine will offer San Diego listeners a one of a kind station that combines all of the elements they have been craving: captivating talent, comedy, rock and sports,” said Bob Bolinger, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom San Diego. “We’re excited to fill this void in San Diego and will continue to add even more compelling content to the station’s lineup to serve both listeners and local partners.” The new 97.3 The Machine will feature the popular sports-themed program, “The Dan Sileo Show,” on weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Following that, the station will air the top syndicated program on Seattle’s KISW, “The Men’s Room (L),” from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
On March 29th, 97.3 The Machine will debut it’s morning show “Kevin Klein Live” from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. 97.3 The Klein most recently handled morning on “ALT 105” KITS San Francisco where he was joined by co-host Ally Johnson.
ALT 96.1 Debuts In Spokanel KIX Country Moves To 99.3
THE MOUTH, MARCH 5TH, 2018 –– iHeartMedia Spokane announced today the debut of the new ALT 96.1 , The New Alternative , effective immediately. The station will also feature nationally syndicated “The Woody Show ” on weekday mornings and broadcast commercial - free music from 10 am-noon. Previously on the frequency, was country station Kix 96.1, which now moves to become Kix 99.3.
“We’re thrilled to bring the new ALT 96.1 to Alternative music fa ns throughout the Inland Northwest,” said Brad Miller, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Spokane. “ We know our listeners will love ‘The Woody Show’ and quickly discover why it’s been called happy hour on the radio.” New morning show host Woody says: “Much like the flu, we are a problem. Spreading and infiltrating cities across America. It’s too late for Spokane, but they are strong people, and will survive this.”
MOTION: Cara Carriveau Resigns From Afternoons On WSHE-FM Chicago
THE MOUTH, MARCH 5TH, 2018 –– SHE 100.3 announced that Cara Carriveau has resigned her position as afternoon host on WSHE-FM 100.3,a position that she has held since March 2015. "I am so appreciative of all of the wonderful opportunities Hubbard Radio Chicago has given me. To have hosted afternoons on WSHE after hosting middays on WTMX, two of the most impressive radio stations in the country much less Chicago, makes me extremely proud of the past decade in my career. I will deeply miss the amazing people I have worked with for so many years.”
“Cara will be missed at the New SHE 100.3 and by our listeners. I thank her for all of her hard work, positive attitude and spirit” said WSHE Program Director Cat Thomas. Cara’s last day on air was Friday, March 2nd. SHE 100.3 will announce a new afternoon show soon.
CMG Atlanta Inks 3-Year Extension With Erick Erickson On WSB Radio
THE MOUTH, MARCH 5TH, 2018 –– Conservative radio host Erick Erickson has signed a new, three-year agreement with Cox Media Group Atlanta’s WSB Radio that will keep him on-air through 2020. Erickson joined WSB in 2011 and moved into a prime daypart in less than one year. “We are excited to have Erick as part of our radio family for the long term. He came into radio having never expected to be on radio and has thrived,” said Pete Spriggs, Director of Branding and Programming for WSB. “The contacts in his phone are a Who’s Who of newsmakers and power brokers. Atlanta is genuinely listening to the most connected man in radio.”
In addition to hosting “Atlanta’s Evening News with Erick Erickson,” weeknights from 5-7 p.m., he also provides political analysis for “Atlanta’s Morning News” and occasionally fills in for WSB’s Herman Cain. “I fell into radio by accident, and it has been fun to really move from being a blogger and TV pundit into the role of talk radio host,” said Erickson. “These last couple of years were not at all what I expected, but I get up every day excited to keep Atlanta entertained and informed with what is happening locally, nationally, and around the globe,” he said.
NETWORKS: CMT Inks Multi-Year Renewal With Premiere Networks
THE MOUTH, MARCH 5TRH, 2018 –– CMT, a unit of Viacom Inc. and iHeartMedia’s Premiere Networks announced a multi-year deal extension. Along with the move, award-winning country radio and CMT personality Cody Alan will continue as host of Premiere Networks’ long-running syndicated radio program CMT After MidNite with Cody Alan, which celebrates 25 years on-air this year. Alan was recently nominated for ACM Radio Awards’ “National On-Air Personality of the Year.”
Under the agreement, CMT and Premiere Networks will continue to collaborate and develop programs and events for multiple platforms and screens that give fans insider access to the artists and music they love. Additionally, Premiere Networks serves as the exclusive distribution partner for CMT Radio Live with Cody Alan, which broadcasts weeknights from 7 p.m. to midnight ET. CMT Radio, including shows After MidNite and CMT Radio Live, originates from the network’s Nashville-based studio bringing fans the latest in news and entertainment direct from Music City. “I’m honored to continue our work with Premiere Networks, and humbled by the ACM nomination for ‘National Personality of the Year,’” remarked Cody Alan, Host of After MidNite and CMT Radio Live. “It’s a real testament to the hard work of our team. We take pride in creating engaging content for our fans every day.”
[WATCH] Alec Baldwin Calls Into His Brother's Radio Show As 'Donald Trump'
THE MOUTH, MARCH 5TH, 2018 –– Daniel Baldwin, on TK99 (WTKW-FM) Syracuse, got a call last week from Donald Trump, or at least someone who's made the most of impersonating him on SNL, his older brother, Alec Baldwin. He called in to complain about the actor's portrayal of him on "Saturday Night Live." Alex Baldwin, who as Trump tweeted: "dieing (sic) mediocre career was saved by his impersonation of me on SNL, now says playing DJT was agony for him. Alex, it was also agony for those who were forced to watch. You were terrible. Bring back Darrell Hammond, much funnier and a far greater talent!" he tweeted. Trump removed the tweet and re-posted it with Baldwin's first name corrected.
Alec , while speaking with his brother as "Trump" Friday morning, claimed he was "in the West Wing right now" while on the phone bashing his real self reports syracuse.com. "First of all, everybody knows that Stephen Baldwin is the best Baldwin, OK?" Alec said while using Trump's voice. Ironically, Stephen Baldwin is a longtime Trump supporter who appeared on "Celebrity Apprentice. "Alec Baldwin's Trump then said Daniel was "the No. 2 Baldwin" and continued to criticize Alec. When Daniel defended Alec's Emmy-winning portrayal of Trump on "SNL," the fake Trump demoted Daniel on the list of Baldwin brothers.
"The Daniel Baldwin Show," airs weekdays from 3-4 p.m. on ESPN Syracuse. Baldwin had been sitting in for TK99 morning show hosts Gomez & Lisa while they were on vacation this week; his niece Jacqueline joined him the studio during his show. WATCH HERE
[WATCH] Chicago Radio Hosts Featured Prominently In Bruce Willis' 'Death Wish'
Mancow in the mooovies: THE MOUTH, MARCH 5TH, 2018 –– Mancow Muller, morning host on Cumulus' WLUP FM 97.9, as well as SiriusXM's Sway are featured several times in the just released “Death Wish,” the Bruce Willis vigilante action film that’s set in Chicago and opened there over the weekend report blogger Robert Feder. Muller appears several times with his morning team from their studio at the Cumulus The Loop.
“His energy pops right off the screen,” writes film critic Richard Roeper. “He sounds just like Mancow would sound if there were a mysterious, hooded figure dubbed ‘The Grim Reaper’ exacting ‘justice’ on the streets of Chicago.” Also appearing in the movie are former Chicago news anchors and longtime radio hosts Bob Sirott and Robin Robinson (who play TV news people). WATCH TRAILER HERE
SNAPS: KGB San Diego's Bob & Coe Show Gather 8,000 For Group Hug
THE MOUTH, MARCH 5TH, 2018 –– With all that's been happening lately, what the world needs now, to quote a famous tune, IS LOVE!. Bob and Coe from 101.5 KGB in San Diego felt the same way and set out to have a San Diego Group Hug to unite and come together! Over 8,000 people gave one giant hug! PHOTO/Senior Producer Tommy Sablan
Big Night For 'The Shape of Water' & 'Three Billboards'
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As Talks With Lenders Continue, iHeart Skips $138 Million Interest Payment
THE MOUTH, MARCH 2ND, 2018 –– According to an SEC 8-K filing on Thursday, iHeart Communications Board of Directors chose not to pay $138 million in interest payments. The filing wrote in part, "On March 1, 2018, "iHeart Communications, Inc. elected not to make the interest payments due on March 1, 2018 of approximately $59.1 million with respect to its outstanding Priority Guarantee Notes due 2021 and of approximately $78.8 million with respect to its outstanding Priority Guarantee Notes due 2021 (collectively, the “Notes”).
The report added, "The Board of Directors of iHeart Communications elected not to make the payments as active discussions continue among its lenders, noteholders, and financial sponsors regarding a comprehensive debt restructuring, shows the filing. Under the indentures governing the Notes, iHeart Communications has a 30-day grace period to make the interest payments before such default triggers an event of default. As also noted, "the filing of this Current Report on Form 8-K shall not be deemed an admission as to the materiality of any information herein that is required to be disclosed solely by reason of Regulation FD."
In a separate filing, it reported that on February 23, 2018, the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors of iHeartMedia, Inc. approved bonus payments for Robert W. Pittman, the Company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Richard J. Bressler, the Company’s President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer and Robert H. Walls, Jr., the Company’s Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary.
Huckabee Resigns From CMA Board Amid Firestorm One Day After Appointment
THE MOUTH, MARCH 2ND, 2018 –– Just a day after being appointed to The Country Music Association's Board of Directors, conservative radio host Mike Huckabee has resigned reports Variety. In a statement late Thursday, The CMA accepted his resignation. Shortly after his appointment, one of the top managers in Nashville, Jason Owen, wrote a letter to the CMA announcing that his artists would no longer work on Foundation efforts. Owen even suggested that cooperation with the entire CMA was in question. Owen’s clients include Little Big Town, whose Karen Fairchild sits on the Foundation board, and was seen as likely to resign if Owen intended to carry out his words.
Steve Schnur, a former CMA board member, said the town’s phones were lit up all night and into this morning after Wednesday’s announcement. “I got calls in shock from multiple CMA members, asking if I knew about it, some threatening to leave,” says Schnur, who is the worldwide executive of music for EA, the blockbuster video game producer. Among those pleased by Huckabee’s swift exit is Shane McAnally, the producer of Midland’s and Old Dominion’s recent breakthroughs and co-writer of hits like Sam Hunt’s “Body Like a Back Road.” In a statement to Variety, McAnally said, “I am glad to hear that Mike Huckabee resigned from the CMA Foundation Board and I hope that this will prevent any further distractions from the work that the CMA Foundation does in our community. SEE COMPLETE ARTICLE HERE
ON-AIR Emily Raines To Co-Host 'The Morning Wolfpack' On 100.7 Seattle
THE MOUTH, MARCH 2ND, 2018 –– Entercom and its top-rated Seattle country station 100.7 The Wolf (KKWF-FM) announce that Emily Raines (inset) has been named as co-host of the morning show, beginning Monday, March 5. Raines joins co-host Matt McAllister (R) and Producer Joe (C) on “The Morning Wolfpack with Matt McAllister,” which airs weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. PT. “We are excited to welcome Emily to our Morning Wolfpack show alongside Matt McAllister. She is a very talented personality, compelling storyteller and has a competitive spirit that understands what it takes to play at the highest level of major market radio,” said Jack Hutchison, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Seattle.
“I am thrilled to be the newest member of the Wolfpack and look forward to waking up Seattle alongside Matt,” said Emily. “It is a great time to be part of an amazing radio company like Entercom and I’m looking forward to the opportunity.” Raines arrives from Atlanta, where she most recently produced the morning show on iHeart's WUBL/94.9 The Bull.
FORMATICS: iHeart Boston Debuts The New TALK 1200; 97.3 The Machine Kicks Off In San Diego
THE MOUTH, MARCH 2ND, 2018 –– iHeartMedia Boston announced the debut of the new TALK 1200, Boston’s Conservative Talk, effective immediately. The station launched yesterday morning with The Glenn Beck show. The rest of the day features Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Buck Sexton, Mark Levin and more. The station’s programming will simulcast on 94.5 HD2. “We are excited to have this powerful lineup of conservative talk on a new channel here in Boston,” said Alan Chartrand, President of iHeartMedia’s Boston Region.
“We are proud to have the best talent in talk radio on TALK 1200,” said Dylan Sprague, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia’s Boston Region. “With a more powerful signal, we can now reach a wider audience.”
-- While no official word yet from Entercom, according to Wikipedia, 'Midway through "Finesse" by Bruno Mars, KEGY began stunting yesterday with a imaging-less presentation of rock songs as a prelude to a flip to its new hot talk/rock format branded as "97.3 the Machine". The new format's schedule includes "The Men's Room" (based at sister KISW in Seattle) in afternoon drive, with repeats of the program in morning drive, as well as Dan Sileo hosting middays, and the overnight hours are given to a mixed format of mainstream rock and stand-up comedy routines. Giving credit where due, the station flip was first tipped back in February (JL/2/20 when the Padres Announced its new radio home on 97.3. The San Diego Tribune had written then that the move was part of its conversion of 97.3 to an all-talk format.
Variety, iHeartMedia To Co-Produce New Season Of ‘Playback’ Film Podcast
THE MOUTH, MARCH 2ND, 2018 –– Variety and iHeartMedia announced a joint venture to co-produce PLAYBACK, a film-focused podcast hosted by Variety Awards Editor Kris Tapley, and relaunch the weekly podcast on iHeartRadio, the free all-in-one digital music, podcast and live streaming radio service. New PLAYBACK episodes will release every Thursday on iHeartRadio, featuring exclusive in-depth interviews with the talents behind many of today's hottest movies. As part of the collaboration, Variety and iHeartMedia will co-produce a 40-episode season which kicked off yesterday with heavy digital and social promotional support on both platforms.
"Aligning ourselves with the premiere media and entertainment company with the largest audience reach across digital and radio provides a tremendous opportunity for Variety," said Michelle Sobrino-Stearns, Variety's Group Publisher and CRO. "It is exciting for us to bring our esteemed journalists like Kris Tapley to iHeartMedia’s mass consumer audience." Tapley has covered the film industry and entertainment awards landscape since 2001. Formerly the editor-at-large for HitFix.com, his work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Times of London and Los Angeles Magazine. He also surveys the Oscar and Emmy seasons under his own "In Contention" banner at Variety."
PODCASTING: 'It's Not Like Radio'
Part 5 of An Exclusive Series On Podcasting
THE MOUTH, MARCH 2ND, 2018 –– In part 5 of a special series on podcasting we decided to conclude this series by asking what many may want to know, what does Mike Carruthers teach in his course about podcasting? And given his track record, he should know. Carruthers made the move from radio to podcasting with his program 'Something You Should Know' www.SomethingYouShouldKnow.net. The podcast has been consistently ranked in the top 50 of ALL podcasts for over a year. 'Something You Should Know' averages over 25,000 downloads a day and is still growing." Mike also consults podcasters and offers free training videos and pdfs on his website www.PerfectYourPodcast.com
"When I started my journey into podcasting, I struggled a lot, admits Carruthers. "At first I thought it was pretty much like radio. It is not. There is a BIG learning curve. In addition to the technical elements you also have to get your head into the podcasting game and it is very different from radio. So I have created a training program that walks you through the steps from start to finish. It is 63 videos, exercises, worksheets, pdfs and more – plus one-on-one time with me. I really drill down into the details. In podcasting, not paying attention to the details can torpedo everything. For example, consider that in many if not most cases, the decision to choose a podcast to listen to is visual. People go to iTunes and SEE a podcast there and based on what they see, they listen or pass. So your artwork, title and show description must be perfect. When you are starting out, you may not know what goes into creating those things which makes it hard to be perfect. This is exactly the training I wish I had when I started. It would’ve saved me a lot of time, money and frustration in getting my podcast off the ground," he says.
Mike also offers straight one-on-one consulting because he says, "I find a lot of people really want the consistent reassurance that they are on the right path. I know that path well. And I absolutely love to help others – especially radio people because you already have skills that a lot of podcasters would kill for. If you are interested in the training go to: http://www.perfectyourpodcast.com/platinum-training. The cost is $597 but if you use the discount code MorningMouth you will get $100 off the price. If you are interested in one-on-one consulting go to: http://www.perfectyourpodcast.com/one-on-one-coaching or email me at mike@PerfectYourPodcast.com
Alpha Unveils Bloodworks Live Studio
THE MOUTH, MARCH 2ND, 2018 –– Alpha Media, Portland announced a multi-year partnership with Bloodworks Northwest as the naming rights sponsor for their state of the art live performance studio. It will now be known as the Bloodworks Live Studio. “We’ve been proud partners with Alpha Media for several years, and we embraced this opportunity to lend Bloodworks’ support to a vibrant downtown venue that welcomes local, emerging and visiting musicians into the community,” commented James P. AuBuchon, President and CEO of Bloodworks Northwest. “It’s a place that unites a community, and brings it together -- the same thing that happens when our donors support local patients with lifesaving blood.”
“With this partnership, we are truly living up to Alpha Media’s philosophy of Live & Local by reaching out and connecting with our community in a new way,” remarked Lisa Decker (R), SVP/Market Manager, Alpha Media Portland. “We’re pleased to take our work with Bloodworks to a new level and to assist them in their very important mission. The blood they collect supplies 100% of the blood used at Providence, Legacy and Peace Health Hospitals locally.” The Bloodworks Live Studio will host musical artists, public figures, and events for all seven Alpha Media, Portland radio stations: Live 95.5, 98.7 The Bull, 101.9 KINK, WE 96.3, FM News 101 KXL, 750/102.9 The Game, and Freedom 970.
SNAPS: NPR Shows Invade SXSW Austin
THE MOUTH, MARCH 2ND, 2018 –– In just a couple of weeks, Public radio hosts from around the country are heading to Austin for SXSW 2018, and they've got lots of live events planned. From official showcases on huge stages to live webstreams from tiny bars, the Public Radio SXSW Takeover will feature dozens of artists during five crazy days in Texas. NPR writes, "If you're headed to the festival, this is your cheat sheet. If you're staying home (like most of us), don't worry: We'll be capturing lots of these events and presenting them on NPR.org in the days following SXSW. See who'll be joining HERE
In shown photo, that's Tank and The Bangas, seen here performing at NPR Music's 10th Anniversary party - PHOTO/Becky Harlan/NPR
Megyn Kelly Scores Second Sit-Down With Putin From Russia
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Spotify Going Public With 'Direct Listing'
THE MOUTH, MARCH 1ST, 2018 –– Music streaming service Spotify is going public as documents state it's targeting a $1 billion IPO, but this is just a placeholder reports Tech Crunch, adding that they actually plan to go public without the standard fundraising event. Reportedly, Spotify isn’t selling its shares on the stock market. Instead, the event known as a “direct listing” will be a series of transactions from existing shareholders such as employees and investors. Spotify’s acknowledges the process is “risky.”
Spotify's public debut is likely to happen in late March or early April, and it's unclear how much shares will cost when it lists under “SPOT” on the New York Stock Exchange. Spotify says that for 2018 its shares have traded on the private markets for between $90 and $132.50, valuing the company at $23.4 billion at the top of the range. Spotify says it is present in 61 countries and its platform includes 159 million monthly active users and 71 million premium subscribers.
Intruder At Sean Hannity’s Home Leads To Arrest
THE MOUTH, MARCH 1ST, 2018 –– A former dentist Jan Gilbert, 72, of Long Beach, New York, was charged with trespassing after entering the home of radio/tv host Sean Hannity in February reports The Huffington Post. Gilbert managed to enter Hannity’s Centre Island home by telling an unnamed person outside the home that he was writing a book about him and needed to give him some papers according to an AP report. The intruder then followed that person into the house.
Hannity’s wife, Jill, told police that she spotted Gilbert inside without permission and that she did not know him. She said Gilbert then left the house and sat in his car on the driveway, where police found him. Gilbert was charged with misdemeanor criminal trespass.
He told Newsday “someone misheard, fabricated or misunderstood” the encounter. “There is a real reason, a valid reason, a superior reason and a fully confirmed reason, but I’m not going to be able to talk about it,” he said.
NETWORKS: Westwood One Brings Back Popular Hosts To 24/7 Formats Division
THE MOUTH, MARCH 1ST, 2018 –– Westwood One welcomes back three well-known on-air personalities to the network’s 24/7 Formats division -- Marconi (TL), Jay Coffey (LC), and Tony Scott (RC)-- plus welcomes veteran Lynn Briggs (TR) to the network roster. Marconi also worked at WKQX/Chicago, KUFO/Portland, and KNDD/Seattle. Jay Coffey is well-known for playing the hits in Los Angeles for over 28 years on KIQQ and on K-EARTH 101, where he became Music Director, Assistant Program Director, and eventually Program Director. Coffey is returning to Classic Hits, middays. Tony Scott has worked for some of America’s biggest radio stations, including 95-5 KLOS, K-Earth 101, and 100.3 The Sound, all in Los Angeles. Scott also worked for over 25 years on Westwood One’s Classic Rock format, where he is returning as nighttime host.
Nevada Radio Hall of Fame veteran Lynn Briggs is taking on AC, afternoons. Briggs worked in many of the largest markets in the country as a program director, music director, and on-air personality – including WJLB/WMXD/WHYT in Detroit, KJLH/Los Angeles, WQHT/New York, KOAI/Dallas, KOAS/KDWN/Las Vegas, and KSBL/Santa Barbara. Completing the new Westwood One 24/7 Formats division hires are: Classic Hits -- Alan Craig, mornings; Bryan Jester, nights, and Joyce Jefferson, nights; Classic Rock -- Whip, mornings and Maria Danza, middays; Hot AC-A – Chuck Clark, afternoons and Kairee Burnor, nights; Hot AC – Carson, nights; AC – Maria Miller, afternoons; AC-B – Brian Curry, nights; and Rock -- Eddie Barella, middays. For more information on Westwood One’s 24/7 Formats, contact Pat Crocker at (720) 873-5170 or email@example.com.
ON-AIR: The Jox Roundtable Moves To Mornings On WJOX-FM Birmingham; Michael Holley Announces His Departure From WEEI Boston; To Expand Role With TV; LISTEN
THE MOUTH, MARCH 1ST, 2018 –– Cumulus Media announces that it will move its highly popular midday show, JOX Roundtable, to mornings on Sports Talk radio station JOX 94.5/WJOX-FM in Birmingham, AL. JOX Roundtable will debut in its new timeslot on Monday, March 5, 2018, and will air weekdays from 6-10am. A new midday show will make its debut on JOX 94.5 in late March. JOX Roundtable features Co-Hosts Jim Dunaway, Lance Taylor and Ryan Brown. David Walls, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Media-Birmingham, said: “We are extremely excited and pleased to be able to put our most successful show in the mornings and introduce this fantastic program to more JOX listeners. These guys know how to win and with their work ethic and talent, we are expecting great things.”
-- Longtime WEEI Boston co-host Michael Holley announced he is leaving the station following Wednesday's show. Holley, who joined WEEI back in 2005, made the announcement during the final hour of Wednesday's "Dale & Holley with Keefe" show. "I'm nervous," Holley said. "I never imagined making this announcement. Thirteen years ago i took this job, and that in itself is a blessing. Today is my last day at WEEI." WEEI VP Mark Bannon said in a statement that Holley chose not to renew his contract after they offered him a multi-year extension. Instead, Bannon said, Holley chose to "expand his role with NBC Sports Boston." Starting today the show will rebrand as The Dale and Keefe Show - LISTEN TO HOLLEY'S ANNOUNCEMENT HERE
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Tori Dunn Named Marketing/Promotions Director For KNUC-FM Seattle; CMG Taps Tina Commodore As Integrated New Director Over Tulsa Market
THE MOUTH, MARCH 1ST, 2018 –– Hubbard Radio Seattle announces the appointment of Tori Dunn (L) as the new Promotions and Marketing Director of Country 98.9 (KNUC). Tori said, “To be a part of such a special brand like Country 98.9 is an extreme honor and I am incredibly appreciative of the support of Lisa Adams, Marc Kaye and the Hubbard Radio Seattle Family. My dreams are coming true being able to walk through the doors each day with Country 98.9!” Lisa Adams, KNUC Programming Director said, “Tori is a true asset to the Country 98.9 brand! Her energy, creativity, passion and her experience propelled her to the top of my list. I’m excited for the continued evolution of the station and all that Tori brings to the team!” Tori was most recently the Promotions and Marketing Coordinator at Warm 106.9 and has held positions at KKWF (Country), KMTT (AAA), KWJZ (Smooth Jazz) and KQMV (Top 40).
--- Cox Media Group (CMG) has named Tina Commodore (R) Integrated News Director for the converged Tulsa market. In her new role, she will handle FOX 23 News and News 102.3 and AM740 KRMG. “This new role will be responsible for integrating two powerful news brands across all platforms,” said Cathy Gunther, CMG Market Vice President for Tulsa, Okla. “Tina is a talented leader and will have a unique opportunity to take a fresh look at the way we gather and cover news across our Radio, TV and digital platforms in Tulsa.” Commodore joined FOX 23 as News Director in November 2016. Prior to joining CMG Tulsa, Commodore served as Managing Editor for WSB-TV in Atlanta, Ga. “I’ve been privileged to work with some of the nation’s best broadcasters and journalists during my career with Cox Media Group,” said Commodore. “Integrating our talented newsgathering teams will benefit the communities we serve. I’m excited about the future.”
HONORS: Cathy Hughes To Receive 2018 Lowry Mays Award From BFOA
THE MOUTH, MARCH 1ST, 2018 –– Cathy Hughes, Founder and Chairperson of Urban One, Inc., has been announced as the recipient of the 2018 Lowry Mays Excellence in Broadcasting Award. The award will be presented at the Broadcasters Foundation of America’s annual breakfast at 7:00AM, Wednesday, April 11 in the Brahms Room of the Encore Hotel in Las Vegas, during the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show.
Hughes’ career has spawned a multi-media conglomerate across radio, television, and digital media. She began her career in her hometown of Omaha, Nebraska, at KOWH-AM. In 1980 she founded Radio One (now Urban One), which became the largest African-American owned and operated broadcast company in the nation. When Radio One went public in 1999 she became the first African-American woman to head a publicly traded company. In May 2017, Radio One’s name was changed to Urban One to reflect the market it serves. Urban One, Inc. is now the parent corporation of several subsidiaries.
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PODCASTING: Getting Started
Part 4 of An Exclusive Series On Podcasting
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 27TH, 2018 –– In part 4 of a special series on podcasting we once again turn to Mike Carruthers (L) who made the move from radio to podcasting with his program 'Something You Should Know' www.SomethingYouShouldKnow.net. The podcast has been consistently ranked in the top 50 of ALL podcasts for over a year. 'Something You Should Know' averages over 25,000 downloads a day and is still growing." Mike also consults podcasters and offers free training videos and pdfs on his website www.PerfectYourPodcast.com
Today, the subject turns to 'Getting Started?. "As a radio person, you likely have or have access to all the equipment you need," says Mike. "Any modest production setup that records good quality audio will work. Levels are critical. There is no Optimod or any other processing on your audio later. What you record is what people hear. You also need a hosting company. Just like a website is hosted on HostGator or GoDaddy your podcast audio needs to be hosted by a hosting company that specializes in podcasts. I recommend www.Blubrry.com. Use my discount code PYP for a free month. The cost is minimal –less than $15 a month depending on length and frequency."
"You will also need a great name for your podcast and outstanding artwork," he instructs. "Many people decide which podcast to sample and listen based on the name and the artwork. Both should intrigue people and make them want to listen. This is really important and is worth spending a lot of time on. You can get good, inexpensive artwork by graphics people at www.Fiverr.com . Be sure to submit your podcast to all the appropriate podcast directories starting with iTunes, Stitcher, GooglePlay, TuneIn and Podbean. That’s how people will find you. It’s recommended that you launch with more than one episode so you look substantial. It’s also common to have an Episode Zero which is like an “About Us” page or a trailer and is no more than 1-3 minutes. Then once you launch you should get everyone you know or can ask to leave a rating and review on iTunes and put up some posts on social media when you launch.
Tomorrow's Series: 'WHAT I TEACH'
[LISTEN] 15-Year Old Reveals Solution To School Shootings
THE MOUTH, MARCH 1ST, 2018 –– A 15-year-old high schooler revealed exactly how to stop school shootings on Westwood One's Walter Sterling's weekly podcast: 'Old Dad Secrets'. She explains that the media attention given the shooter is part of the problem. She and her classmates are now terrified to go to their public school.
“They ask us to wear IDs all the time. That’s not going to stop the problem and no one does it anyway. There is one guard for a 2000 kid school.” Hear her solution to the violence on this week’s episode - HERE
EVENTS: Bert's Big Adventure Completes Another Trip For Kids To Disney World
THE MOUTH, MARCH 1ST, 2018 –– The Bert Show kicked off a trip of a lifetime for 13 children and their families in conjunction with Bert’s Big Adventure, a nonprofit organization that provides a magical, all-expenses-paid, five-day journey to Walt Disney World® for children with chronic and terminal illnesses and their families. Children from Atlanta, Nashville and Indianapolis all participated in this year’s trip with the nonprofit organization and The Bert Show cast including Bert Weiss and Kristin Klingshirn.
The entire five-day journey was filled with smiles as the families experienced the VIP treatment including princess/pirate makeovers, all access passes to the Disney parks and rides, a surprise dance party with their favorite Disney characters, front-row access to fireworks, and much more. For more highlights on the 2018 trip and to make a donation to Bert’s Big Adventure, please visit thebertshow.com.
Soap Star Joins Minster FM In York England
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, MARCH 1ST, 2018 –– Actress Roxanne Pallett (shown) is joining UKRD station Minster FM to do the breakfast show alongside Ben Fry. She’s best known for TV roles in Emmerdale, Waterloo Road and Casualty, as well as being a musical theatre star in The Wedding Singer and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. She’s also previously appeared as a contestant on ITV’s Dancing On Ice and in the Hollywood movie ‘Lake Placid 3’. Read more HERE
Russ Williams Has Gone From Smooth In London England - Smooth Radio breakfast presenter Russ Williams has left the station after two years. Russ, who started hosting the breakfast show in 2016 replacing Andrew Castle, was last on-air on Friday. His last break gave no indication that he was leaving the station and now all references to him and his show have been removed from social media and websites. Russ was previously at Absolute Radio for a 23-year stint, having joined when it was Virgin Radio.
97.3 Coast FM In Western Australia Beginning To Feel Like Oprah - You get a car! And YOU get a car! On Saturday, 97.3 Coast FM broadcast live from Mandurah Suzuki to celebrate National Suzuki ‘Test Drive Day'. During the event, local listeners who booked to test drive a range of vehicles and were given a chance to win a brand-new car. Jennifer Garner of Karnup won a brand-new Suzuki up to the value of $28,00 ($US22,0000). On Friday March 2nd to wrap up Coast FM’s ’97 Days of Summer’ another lucky listener will win a new Suzuki Swift. Read more HERE
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There Is One Thing That Would Make Oprah Run For President
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Popular NY Post Columnist Michael Riedel To Co-Host Mornings With Len Berman On WOR
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 28TH, 2018 –– iHeartMedia New York's 710 WOR announced that multi-media personality Michael Riedel will join Len Berman as the co-host of the station’s morning show, effective Monday, March 5. “After a four-month search, we are super fortunate to have a triple-triple threat like Michael joining WOR,” said Tom Cuddy, Program Director for WOR. “He has been a successful newspaper writer for decades, he co-hosted a TV show for over 20 years and now he’s joining us in a full-time capacity to pursue a lifelong passion for radio.”
Riedel has been the theater columnist for the New York Post since 1998 and is the most influential Broadway columnist in the United States. Riedel co-hosted the PBS-TV show “Theater Talk” for 24 years, and he is the author of The New York Times bestseller “Razzle Dazzle: The Battle for Broadway.” He is currently researching and writing his second book scheduled for a 2019 release. Since 2011, Riedel has been a regular guest on Imus in the Morning. His radio resume also includes National Public Radio, the BBC, and guest hosting for WOR’s Mark Simone.
“I have been a devoted WOR listener since I moved to NYC in 1986. In recent years, I’ve listened to broadcast legends Len Berman and Mark Simone regularly and was thrilled last fall when WOR asked me to guest host with Len,” said Riedel. “Len, his Producer Natalie Vacca, and news anchor Joe Bartlett were sensational to work with. They made the job fun and easy. I am grateful to the iHeartMedia New York team for a new career in a medium I love—radio.” PHOTO/Annie Wermiel
Idol Alum Scott McCreery Tapped To Host Radio Disney's 'American Idol Insider'
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 28TH, 2018 – Country music singer Scotty McCreery (winner of "American Idol" season 10), is set to host the premiere show of Radio Disney's 'American Idol Insider' tonight at 8 p.m. EST. The new program will air every Tuesday on Radio Disney with encore airings throughout the week and across multiple platforms. Radio Disney is known for identifying and boosting the careers of music talent who have quickly grown to be some of today's biggest artists, including Selena Gomez, Alessia Cara, Kelsea Ballerini, Shawn Mendes and its current "NBT" (Next Big Thing), the recording artists.
According to Broadway World, McCreery's show will feature the journeys of "American Idol" alumni each week and include show results and recaps of the first season of "American Idol" on ABC from Radio Disney on-air personality Morgan Tompkins. American Idol" will return to airwaves on Sunday, March 11 (8-10:01 p.m. EDT), at its new home on The ABC Television Network. For more information and a current tour schedule, visit www.ScottyMcCreery.com.
Colin Cowherd Launches 'The Herd Podcast Network'
Joining the Network for its launch is '3 and Out' with John Middlekauff
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 28TH, 2018 –– Colin Cowherd (R) host of FOX Sports Radio and FS1’s The Herd, announced today the launch of The Herd Podcast Network. Debuting on iHeartRadio and other podcast platforms tomorrow, February 28, the Network will feature Cowherd’s daily and weekly podcasts, which generated nearly 100 million downloads in the past year, as well as other podcasts hand-picked and curated by Cowherd. Joining the Network for its launch is 3 and Out with John Middlekauff (BR) an NFL and college football analyst for the Bay Area, Middlekauff is also a radio host, former NFL scout, and writer for The Athletic, a sports publication. Doug Gottlieb, host of FOX Sports Radio’s weekday afternoon program The Doug Gottlieb Show, will also host a college basketball and NBA podcast for the Network beginning in March. More details regarding Gottlieb’s podcast will be announced soon.
“I’ve said it before - I’ve chosen to work with the best people in the industry and I couldn’t be more excited about this new venture with Premiere Networks and Red Seat Ventures,” said Cowherd. “Colin Cowherd is one of the most talented personalities in sports media,” shared Julie Talbott, President of Premiere Networks. “We are beyond excited to expand our relationship with Colin and his brand. He has millions of passionate fans and the addition of a podcast network allows us to increase our content offerings, while connecting with more sports fans than ever before.”
PODCASTING: How Long? How Often?
Part 3 of An Exclusive Series On Podcasting
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 27TH, 2018 –– In part 3 of a special series on podcasting we turn again to Mike Carruthers (L) who made the move from radio to podcasting with his program 'Something You Should Know' www.SomethingYouShouldKnow.net. The podcast has been consistently ranked in the top 50 of ALL podcasts for over a year. 'Something You Should Know' averages over 25,000 downloads a day and is still growing." Mike also consults podcasters and offers free training videos and pdfs on his website www.PerfectYourPodcast.com
Today, the subject turns to 'How Long, How Often?. One of the most exciting things about podcasting is there are no rules. For every “best practice” there are plenty of exceptions. When it comes to how often to podcast, once a week is the most common. I do 2 episodes a week – and a couple of highly ranked podcasts (“The Daily,” “Up First” and “Today Explained”) publish every day. I tell clients to start with once a week. You can always increase the frequency later. One issue with publishing daily is that people who subscribe to a podcast have episodes delivered to their phone or tablet. So it is easy for those daily episodes to stack up – unheard. It’s like newspapers on the front porch when you go on vacation. And what do you do with old newspapers? You toss them out. That likely happens to podcasts that stack up. I have heard that advertisers often shy away from daily podcasts for that reason. As for length… again there are no rules. There is a theory that because the average commute time is about half an hour, that 30 minutes is a good podcast length. But most podcast listening doesn’t happen in the car so I am not sure how valid that is. My advice to clients is – it should be as long as it needs to be. My episodes run about 40 minutes but episodes of Dan Carlin’s “Hardcore History” podcast run about 5 hours! And he only publishes one every few months and it is very successful. But if you want to fit into the meaty part of the curve, the most common is one episode a week and keep it under an hour.
Tomorrow's Tip: How To Get Started - The Basics of Getting Your First Podcast Off The Ground
SYNDICATION: Murphy, Sam And Jodi Add 6 More Affiliates, Now Up To 52 Markets
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 28TH, 2018 –– Syndicated AC and Classic Hits morning show Murphy, Sam & Jodi welcome 6 new affiliates including Delta Radio WBYB FM/Greenville, MS., Ohana Media Group KTMB FM/Anchorage, AK., Thunderbolt Broadcasting WCDZ FM/Martin, TN. and RadioJones WDBG FM/Dublin, GA., WXRS AM/Swainsboro, GA. and WBMZ FM/Metter, GA. The show is customized for each affiliate, designed to deliver a “Live and Local Morning Show” experience. Program your own music or fully produced, VT, song intro options and on the spot news and weather.
Stations interested in more information can visit www.murphysamandjodi.com or contact JUNE COLBERT at firstname.lastname@example.org or (615) 202-5900.
PRODUCTS: Gen Media And Synchronicity Introduce Sync Harmony
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 28TH, 2018 –– Gen Media Partners and Synchronicity.co, Inc., have partnered to introduce Sync Harmony, an entirely new, leading-edge hardware + distributed computing platform that manages all aspects of a radio station's programming playout. Sync Harmony’s distributed infrastructure and custom hardware bring unparalleled power and flexibility to radio stations with no capital expenditures, no on-site implementation, and no on-site training. Sync Harmony’s breakthrough technology is completely integrated with Synchronicity’s SyncHD media management platform, which is designed to simplify a radio station's audio playout, while delivering a new level of HD sound quality.
Michael Dalfonzo, a long-time broadcasting sales and marketing executive, has been named Vice President of Business Development to introduce Sync Harmony to the industry. Dalfonzo was most recently Director of Sales for Streaming and On Demand at Wide Orbit and previously with Abacast and RCS. To schedule an appointment, stations may contact Michael Dalfonzo at 332-255-8472 or email@example.com. About Sync Harmony www.sync-harmony.com
EVENTS: Top Artists Join In For 94.5 KTI Milwaukee's Bleeds Country' Drive
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 28TH, 2018 –– Country artists Dierks Bentley, Dan & Shay, Russell Dickerson and Chase Rice all were on the air to encourage listeners to give for KTI's 'Bleeds Country' blood drive. In addition, Josh Gracin and Brandon Lay performed live (shown in background with KTI's Karen Dalesssandro at the mic) to entertain the donors. 501 donors participated in the first-year blood drive which included a partnership with Summerfest, the “World’s Largest Music Festival.”
One donation can save up to three lives and a total of 512 units were collected. During the winter months when weather and illness often causes donations to decline, the donated blood will help patients in Milwaukee and across Wisconsin. Each donor received a ticket to Summerfest and were eligible to win prizes, including autographed guitars from Keith Urban and Scotty McCreery.
Ellen Surprises Jimmy Kimmel; Atlantic Records With Podcast
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Liberty Media Makes A Play For iHeart
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 27TH, 2018 –– John Malone's (L) Liberty Media, parent company of SiriusXM, is making a play for a large stake in iHeartMedia amid its proposed restructure reports Variety. According to a term sheet submitted on Feb. 23 by Liberty, which owns 69% of SiriusXM, the company would infuse $1.159 billion into a reorganized iHeartMedia acquiring 40% in New Common Shares, 20% to be held by SiriusXM and 20% by Liberty Media. The proposed restructure, which would include a new nine-member board to directors, which the Colorado-based Liberty would hold four seats and be subject to approval of a Chapter 11 plan by all parties.
Reportedly, Clear Channel Outdoor would be spun off as part of the proposed reorganization. The term sheet calls for “consummation” to be completed by December 21, 2018. In March 2017, iHeart warned that it may be forced to declare bankruptcy if it cannot reach an agreement with its debtholders. READ TERM SHEET HERE
Michael Savage Mulling Run For Senate?
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 27TH, 2018 –– Westwood One syndicated host Michael Savage says he's been approached by 'Some Very Important People' urging him to run against Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)
SAVAGE: “Some very important people have come to me and said ‘Savage, would you like to run as an independent for the U.S. Senate in the of California against the esteemed Dianne Feinstein?’ Now you may say ‘you don’t have a ghost of a chance.’ With all those illegal aliens, with all that union money, with no press on your side, how could you David run against the Goliath of Feinstein?” […] I’ve been holding down the fort for 24 years this March. 24 years in the radio business and I am younger than Dianne Feinstein. --- I am contemplating whether I really want to leave what I’ve worked for all my life and roll in the mud because politics is the dirty business on the planet.” Savage did not reveal who is pushing him to run for the U.S. Senate or what type of backing he would receive. LISTEN HERE
ON-AIR: Nicholaus 'Niko' Petrou Named Morning Co-Host For 107.9 KMLE Phoenix; 99.5 The River Albany Taps Tracy Villaume To Co-Host 'Kevin & Tracy In The Morning' Show
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 27TH, 2018 –– Entercom announced that Nicholaus “Niko” Petrou (L) is the new morning co-host for KMLE Country @ 107.9 (KMLE-FM) in Phoenix. The station also announced that the morning show was renamed as “The Breakfast Buzz.” Niko joins Nina D. (TR) on the morning show. “After almost 20 years in the radio industry, I’m looking forward to taking on the challenge of mornings,” said Niko.
“Given the opportunity to work with such a legendary team and station, I'm excited to bring what I have to offer to Phoenix. A huge thanks to Tim Richards, Dave Pugh, Mike Moore, Chris Oliviero and Pat Paxton for the confidence in me. Nina D. and I are going to have a blast waking up the KMLE Nation." Prior to KMLE, Niko was the evening on-air host for WHTZ-FM in New York.
-- iHeart's 99.5 The River Albany names Tracy Villaume (R) as co-host for its “Kevin & Tracy in the Morning.” She replaces Shanna, who moves to iHeartMedia Milwaukee’s FM106.1, Milwaukee. “Kevin & Tracy in the Morning” will feature Villaume along with Kevin Rush. Prior to joining 99.5 The River, Villaume served as news anchor and reporter for iHeartMedia Albany’s News Radio 810 & 103.1 WGY. She also served as a news reporter for local TV station WTEN.
“I am excited for the opportunity to work alongside such talent,” said Villaume. “I’m looking forward to being a part of delivering the variety of music and up-beat content The River is known for each morning.” 1
It's 'Mason Dixon Day' In Tampa Bay As The Iconic Host Celebrates 40 Years On The Radio
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 27TH, 2018 –– Beasley announced that Q105’s Mason Dixon will kick off the celebration of his 40th anniversary on this morning, February 27th, with Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn presenting him with an official proclamation proclaiming February 27th “Mason Dixon Day” in Tampa Bay! “40 years of doing what love, I feel like I’ve never worked a day in my life,” said Dixon. “My job, plus raising a family in the most beautiful area anywhere, makes me feel truly a lucky man and I’m still loving every minute of it.”
In addition to hosting the Q105 morning show, Dixon is extremely involved in the community. In 2002, he created his own Florida non-profit, the “Mason Dixon Christmas Wish Fund, Inc”. Through the “Christmas Wish”, Dixon has been able to help families who have fallen on hard times throughout the holidays, especially those who may have fallen through the cracks of public assistance. Over the past 16 years, the non-profit organization has raised over 2 million dollars and has helped more than 5,000 local families.
HONORS: The BFOA Announces Its 2018 Ward L. Quaal Leadership Awards Recipients
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 27TH, 2018 –– The Broadcasters Foundation of America, the charity devoted exclusively to helping broadcasters in acute need, is proud to announce the recipients of the 2018 Ward L. Quaal Leadership Awards. The Awards will be presented at the Broadcasters Foundation annual breakfast at 7:00AM, Wednesday, April 11 in the Brahms Room of the Encore Hotel in Las Vegas, during the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show.
The 2018 Ward L. Quaal Leadership Awards recipients are: Marcellus Alexander, President, NAB Education Foundation Joe Bilotta, President & CEO, JMB Solutions, LLC Richard Bodorff, Partner, Wiley Rein LLP - Steve Jones (shown), Vice President & General Manager, ABC Radio - Patrick Maines, former President & CEO, The Media Institute - Bill McElveen, Executive Vice President, Alpha Media.
The Leadership Awards are given annually by the Broadcasters Foundation in recognition of career contributions to the broadcast industry and the community at-large and are named in honor of iconic broadcaster Ward L. Quaal. The breakfast is complimentary to all, although pre-registration is required. To register, or to obtain information on reserving a page in the Program Guide, please contact the Broadcasters Foundation at 212-373-8250 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
PODCASTING: Choosing The Right Content For You And How To Grow An Audience
Part 2 of An Exclusive Series
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 27TH, 2018 –– In part 2 of a special series on podcasting we once again turn to Mike Carruthers (L) who made the move from radio to podcasting with his program 'Something You Should Know' www.SomethingYouShouldKnow.net. The podcast has been consistently ranked in the top 50 of ALL podcasts for over a year. Mike also consults podcasters and offers free training videos and pdfs on his website www.PerfectYourPodcast.com
Today, the subject turns to 'Choosing the right content' and how to grow an audience. "Nothing is more important than choosing the right topic and format for a podcast," says Mike. "It is so different from radio where you have to fit in to the radio station’s format. In podcasting there are no restrictions – it’s all up to you. I suggest you think about 3 things: • Who is your audience? • Who are you really trying to appeal to? It has to be more targeted than just “Adults 18-49.” Podcasting is narrow. Trying to be all things to all people is going to make it very hard. Get a really clear picture of who that ideal listener is. Finally, • Think about sustainability. Can you keep it going for a long time? Is it a topic you like? There will be some lean times in the beginning. If you really like what you do it will carry you through. · When you get an idea, find similar podcasts and listen to a lot of them – especially the ones that are highly ranked. Go to iTunes/ Apple Podcasts and use it as a search engine and spend a lot of time listening."
In terms of growing your audience, Mike says "there is no magic formula but here is one underlying strategy that will help: Focus most of your promotion inside the podcast universe. If you promote to a general audience remember that about 3 out of 4 people don’t listen to podcasts yet and wouldn’t know how even if they wanted to. When you promote inside the podcast universe you are talking to people who already listen to podcasts. So get on other podcasts as a guest, swap advertising or buy ads on similar podcasts, etc. With that said, of course social media is a must and if you have guests, getting them to promote their appearance to their social media followers can be very helpful.
Tomorrow's Tips: How Long & How Often?
NETWORKS: 70,000 Attendees Deep, Red Eye Radio Kicks Off Trucking Show With Star Studded Lineup
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 27TH, 2018 –– It will be a boot-scootin’ affair as Westwood One’s Red Eye Radio kicks the Mid-America Trucking Show up a notch with this year’s star-studded event. It features live appearances and musical performances from Country artists Tanya Tucker, Dustin Collins, Lucas Hoge, Ray Scott, Tyler Jordan, Jayne Denham, and Tony Justice. Red Eye Radio will be treating attendees to this spectacular lineup of award-winning and highly-accomplished artists in booth 41064.
The Mid-America Trucking Show, a trucking convention with over 70,000 attendees, will take place March 22-24, 2018 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, KY. Eric Harley (R) host of Red Eye Radio, will be on site to introduce attendees to the sizzling lineup of Country music artists who will mix and mingle, take photos, sign autographs, and engage with drivers. It’s all happening at Red Eye Radio’s lobby booth 41064. For specific days, schedule, and details visit www.redeyeradioshow.com. Visitors to the booth will also be able to register for daily drawings for CB Radios, GPS Units, and much more. For more information, Contact: Steven Schildt | email@example.com | (972) 406-6812
Monica Lewinsky In The Age Of #MeToo; Kevin Smith Tweets
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JoJo To Host iHeart Countdown For Premiere Networks
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 26TH, 2018 –– Premiere Networks announced today that 102.7 KIIS-FM Los Angeles personality JoJo has joined the network as host of the iHeartRadio Countdown. Effective February 24, JoJo will debut as host of the two-hour CHR weekend program, which currently airs on more than 100 affiliates worldwide, including markets such as New York, Los Angles, Chicago, Dallas, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Philadelphia, Boston, Beijing, Shanghai and Tokyo. The Los Angeles-based radio and TV veteran will continue to host the nationally-syndicated “JoJo On The Radio,” which originates from KIIS-FM and airs on 60 stations nationwide.
“I’m thrilled to host the iHeartRadio Countdown and I can’t wait to create incredible moments with some amazing artists,” said JoJo. “I’m very excited for this opportunity with Premiere to extend my national brand.” A Houston native, JoJo got his start in radio at a young age. By the time he graduated from high school, he had already landed three radio jobs. After a few stops around the country, including San Francisco’s KYLD, Dallas’ KHYI and Charlotte’s WCKZ, JoJo joined iHeartMedia’s legendary KIIS-FM in Los Angeles in 1997 as an overnight DJ and was quickly promoted to evenings.
Keillor Speaks Up On Allegations: “No Button Unbuttoned, No Zipper Unzipped”
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 26TH, 2018 –– In Garrison Keillor's first extended interview since Minnesota Public Radio severed ties with the former "A Prairie Home Companion" creator and host in November, he described several sexually suggestive emails he exchanged with a former researcher who accused him of sexual misconduct as “romantic writing” that never resulted in a physical relationship reports The Post Register. Keillor said he never had a sexual relationship with the woman, a freelance contributor to the show at the time. “No button was unbuttoned and no zipper was unzipped,” Keillor told The Associated Press. “I never kissed her … This was a flirtation between two writers that took place in writing.”
The woman said in an email response through her attorney that Keillor “had the power to provide or take away job assignments and opportunities. He also acknowledged several times that power imbalance between us, recognizing how his conduct could be offensive when it was coming from the person for whom I work.” She also said she wasn’t interested in anything but a “collegial” relationship with Keillor. “He was my mentor and employer,” she said. “As such, he had power over me. Every time I said ‘no’ or tried to avoid him I feared I was saying ‘no’ to my future.” MPR spokeswoman Angie Andresen said the station stands by its handling of the claims against Keillor. “Our decision was not based on flirtations or fantasies, but based on facts confirming unacceptable behavior in the workplace by a person in a position of power over someone who worked for him,” Andresen said by email. READ ARTICLE HERE
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Angie Kasal Rises To Manager, Sports Network Operation For WTMJ Milwaukee
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 26TH, 2018 –– Angie Kasal has been promoted to to the position of Manager, Sports Network Operations for WTMJ Radio, effective immediately. Angie's deep knowledge of our sports networks, her years of experience and involvement in our operation, her passion for our team partners and the support of our sales efforts make her more than ready to take on this new challenge.
In her new role, reporting to me, Angie will be responsible for management of affiliate relations, our broadcasts (in concert with Eric Brooks), day-to-day communication with our team partners, revenue tracking, expense management, assets and more.
PODCASTING: Making The Jump From Radio To Podcasting; Is It Really Worth It?
Part 1 of An Exclusive Series
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 26TH, 2018 –– –– Seems like every conversation lately includes the question, "what do you think about podcasting?" And while nearly everyone has an opinion, few have realized the success or possess insight more than Mike Carruthers (L) who made the move from radio to podcasting with his program 'Something You Should Know' www.SomethingYouShouldKnow.net. The podcast has been consistently ranked in the top 50 of ALL podcasts for over a year. Mike also consults podcasters and offers free training videos and pdfs on his website www.PerfectYourPodcast.com
In the first of a multi-part series, we asked Mike if making the jump from Radio to Podcasting is really worth the effort for most talent? "It was certainly worth the effort for me, he says. "As a career broadcaster, I was working a lot harder and making a lot less money. I had to do something else and podcasting was the one thing that could utilize many of the skills I had from radio. And yes, there is money in podcasting. Advertisers are seeing great results because the listeners are very engaged. Since listeners choose the podcast and they choose when to listen, the engagement level is quite high. There are an estimated 300,000 podcasts on iTunes. Most podcasts never get a large enough audience to interest advertisers because they are just dabbling. But when you learn how to grow a podcast audience and are willing to do the work to get there, the rewards are waiting. Many podcasters I know have from 20-300 downloads a day. 'Something You Should Know' averages over 25,000 downloads a day and is still growing."
Tomorrow, Mike explains 'How to choose the right podcast for you and how to grow an audience'
Tom Brokaw Relaunches 'Now Hear This' Podcast
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 26TH, 2018 –– iHeartMedia’s WOR 710 New York's Tom Brokaw, has relaunched his “Now Hear This” podcast on iHeartRadio. The new and improved podcast will post Friday mornings and feature Brokaw’s personal insight and perspectives on current events alongside the impact these events hold on the lives of Americans today.
Brokaw’s just launched episode discusses how the recent school shooting in Florida has reignited the gun debate in our country. Your readers can follow the “Tom Brokaw: Now Hear This” podcast on iHeartRadio and hear the new episode here: Gun Violence Solutions.
EVENTS: WJR Raises $1.2 Million For Salvation Army; Paul W. Smith Fills In
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 26TH, 2018 –– Started 31-years ago by Dick Purtan and his late producer, Gene Taylor, the annual fund-raiser for The Salvation Army once again delivered a whopping $1,261 million-plus during lst week's event. And it was led by longtime Cumulus/WJR Detroit host Paul W. Smith, who came in in relief when regular host, Dick Purtan came down with the flu. Cheers to all for an amazing success and get well wishes to Dick Purtan.
The Baby Delivery Heard 'Round The World
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 26TH, 2018 –– Following news last week out of St. Louis of Hubbard's 106.5/Arch St. Louis; co-host Cassiday Proctor giving birth LIVE on the air during Tuesday's morning show, well, apparently the WORLD took notice. Italy, France, The UK, Thailand, Indonesia, India, Japan, Russia (some we couldn't tell: współgospodarz audycji „Spencer Neighbourhood” w stacji The Arch w St. Louis w Missouri zaczęła rodzić dwa tygodnie za wcze), you name it and this story made its way there.
Special props to Spencer's Neighborhood Morning host Spencer Grave who came up with the idea and to Cassiday who somehow arranged the audio - and the baby! Cassiday not only welcomed little Jameson (named with help from their listeners), but took calls from around the world - including the BBC who referred to Cassiday as a new 'mum.' ICYMI, LISTEN HERE to audio leading up to the birth of baby Jameson.
Bon Jovi Chats With Jim Kerr Following Live Performance For iHeartRadio Icons
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 26TH, 2018 –– On February 21, Bon Jovi celebrated the re-release of This House Is Not For Sale at iHeartRadio ICONS. The 60-minute live event included an exclusive Q&A with iHeartRadio on-air personality Jim Kerr (inset). Bon Jovi will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in April and are set to hit the road this spring for their recently announced This House Is Not For Sale Tour. Listeners were able to tune in to the event nationwide via iHeartMedia’s 103 Classic Rock and AC radio stations, a video stream on iHeartRadio's Official YouTube Channel and a stream on iHeartRadio’s The Classic Rock Channel.
When asked, “Have you had the opportunity to speak with Richie Sambora about the induction and can you share a little bit of what that conversation was like?” Jon Bon Jovi stated, “We’ve exchanged emails and he’s looking forward to coming, as is Alec Such. We were having rehearsals and we talked to Al as well. So, yea, they’ve been invited to not only come and celebrate but to perform with us.” Jim Kerr announced that Bon Jovi will be given the first-ever iHeartRadio ICON Award at the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards.
More Charlie Walk Accusations; Al Pacino Plays Joe Paterno
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Emmis Announces Agreements to Sell Its St. Louis Radio Stations for $60 Million
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 23RD, 2018 –– As part of its previously announced agreements in principle to sell its St. Louis stations, Emmis Communications Corporation announced today that it has entered into definitive agreements to sell its St. Louis stations KSHE (94.7 FM) and The Point (KPNT, 105.7 FM) to Hubbard Radio for $45 million, and St. Louis stations KFTK (FM News Talk 97.1 FM) and NOW (KNOU, 96.3 FM) to Entercom Communications Corp for $15 million. The transactions are subject to FCC approval as well as closing adjustments and prorations. Local Marketing Agreements (LMAs) of the stations will start March 1. The final transactions are expected to close in Emmis’ first fiscal quarter.
“The St. Louis team has been an integral part of our Emmis family since 1984. We love our people in St. Louis and the team’s performance has been nothing short of remarkable,” said Jeff Smulyan, Chairman and CEO of Emmis. “Hubbard and Entercom are both tremendous radio operators and they are adding great people and great brands to their St. Louis clusters.”
Rosenworcel Slams FCC's 'Misguided' Decision To Reverse Net Neutrality
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 23RD, 2018 –– "It’s official. The Federal Register published the @FCC order rolling back #NetNeutrality. But here’s what’s also official: This misguided decision awoke a sleeping giant—the American public—and we won’t stop making a ruckus until internet openness is the law of the land,' tweeted Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel. This followed news of the FCC ordering net neutrality to end in April. The commission voted 3-2 in December to overturn Obama-era rules preventing internet service providers, or ISPs, from treating certain content differently. The change will allow ISPs to block, slow down, or charge more for certain content as they see fit reports The Huffington Post. Overturning them means the government will stop regulating internet service as a utility, like phone service.
Many tech giants opposed the repeal. Supporters, however, say net neutrality is essential to a free and open internet. The new rules mean startups may have a harder time reaching consumers, and ISPs may be able to censor information they do not like, critics of the FCC decision say. Democrat commissioners Mignon Clyburn and Jessica Rosenworcel, were the FCC’s two dissenting commissioners. “This misguided decision awoke a sleeping giant ― the American public ― and we won’t stop making a ruckus until internet openness is the law of the land,” Rosenworcel said in a tweet yesterday. Congress now has 60 legislative working days to reverse the FCC decision under the Congressional Review Act. Some, including New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, have already announced plans to do so.
WTMJ Milwaukee Holds On-Air Town Hall Discussion On Securing Area Schools
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 23RD, 2018 –– WTMJ Milwaukee News is holding a Community Conversation today, (2/23) ' Securing Our Schools.' This will be a one-hour special including MPS Superintendent Dr. Darienne Driver. Airing today from 3-4 pm, the program will be a forum for listeners and community leaders to discuss last week’s shooting and how local schools are taking action to keep local students safe. “WTMJ is Wisconsin’ s Radio Station and we’re honored to provide an on-air town hall for local leaders to discuss the importance of securing area schools,” said Eric Brooks (L), WTMJ director of programming and news. “It’s our duty to provide a forum on such an important subject which has taken on added urgency following the Parkland shootings.”
WTMJ’s hosts John Mercure and Melissa Barclay (R) will moderate the special, which will be carried on-air, streamed at WTMJ.com and through “Facebook Live” at Facebook.com/620 wtmj.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Jill Strada & Crystal Gans Earn Promotions At CMG Miami
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 23RD, 2018 –– Cox Media Group (CMG) Miami has named Jill Strada (L) as Director of Operations and Crystal Gans as Integrated Sales Manager for Miami Radio. “We are very happy when we have an opportunity to promote successful leaders from within our company,” said Rob Babin, CMG Regional VP. “Crystal and Jill are proven leaders who have demonstrated incredible success at Cox Media Group Miami. Their success lies in commitment to their teams and the passion they each have as leaders." Strada will oversee WEDR, WFLC, WFEZ and WHQT as well as marketing, promotions, and digital content. Prior to this role, she was Director of Branding and Programming for WEDR and WFLC.
Gans will lead Miami Radio sales strategies across multiple platforms. Prior to this role, she was Digital Sales Manager for Miami Radio. “Crystal’s track record of over performance, her intelligence, and her high-level of engagement have had a positive impact on our team and our clients,” said Ralph Renzi, General Manager for CMG Miami.. “We will all benefit from this well-deserved promotion.”
Becky Domyan Named SVP/Market Manager For Entercom St. Louis
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 23RD, 2018 –– Entercom has officially named Becky Domyan (L) as its Senior Vice President and Market Manager of Entercom St. Louis, effective March 1. She has over 12 years of experience in radio across various roles including General Sales Manager and Account Executive.
Domyan, who had been the St. Louis market sales manager for Emmis Communications, had been in charge of the CBS stations in St. Louis since 2007, after having worked in radio sales for 14 years in the Kansas City area.
Today's announcement follows yesterday's report in St. Louis Today that longtime KMOX St. Louis chief John Sheehan (R), has been replaced.
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Entercom Teams With Yankee's Aaron Boone For WFAN Sport Radio
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 23RD, 2018 –– Entercom announced a partnership with Yankees Manager Aaron Boone. As part of the agreement, Boone will be joining Entercom New York’s WFAN Sports Radio 660 AM & 101.9 FM, New York’s Flagship Station for the New York Yankees. Beginning March 1st, Aaron will be live on air every Thursday at 5:00 p.m. ET on WFAN’s Afternoon Drive show hosted by Chris Carlin, Maggie Gray and Bart Scott to talk Yankees baseball. Aaron will also be interviewed by WFAN personality and Yankees announcer Suzyn Waldman during all Yankees pre-game shows throughout the season.
“As part of our commitment to delivering premiere live, New York-centric sports audio content, we are proud to continue the tradition of partnering with the Yankees Manager. It’s a tradition that goes back to Joe Torre and continued with Joe Girardi,” said John Fullam, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom New York. “We are excited to welcome Aaron.” WFAN broadcasts all Yankees regular season games, post-season games and a slate of pre-season games. WFAN-AM/FM is the original and longest running sports talk station in the nation.
NAB Announces 2018 Crystal Radio Awards Finalists
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 23RD, 2018 –– The National Association of Broadcasters announced the 50 finalists for the 31st annual NAB Crystal Radio Awards. Since 1987, the NAB Crystal Radio Awards have recognized radio stations for their outstanding year-round commitment to community service. Winners will be announced and the finalists honored at the new We Are Broadcasters Celebration, held Tuesday, April 10 during the 2018 NAB Show in Las Vegas.
This year's finalists are: KBFB-FM Dallas, Texas KYGO-FM Denver, Colo. KBHP-FM Bemidji, Minn. WBLK-FM Buffalo, N.Y. KCYY-FM San Antonio, Texas WCCO-AM Minneapolis, Minn. KFOR-AM Lincoln, Neb. WDRV-FM Chicago, Ill. KFTK-FM St. Louis, Mo. WEZL-FM Charleston, S.C. KGSR-FM Austin, Texas WFLC-FM Miami, Fla. KHJK-FM La Porte, Texas WHKO-FM Dayton, Ohio KLVB-FM Citrus Heights, Calif. WINS-AM New York City, N.Y. KMOK-FM Lewiston, Idaho WJJY-FM Brainerd, Minn. KMVP-FM Phoenix, Ariz. WKAQ-AM San Juan, P.R. KNDE-FM College Station, Texas WKML-FM Fayetteville, N.C. KOYE-FM Tyler, Texas WKRQ-FM Cincinnati, Ohio KPEK-FM Albuquerque, N.M. WLBC-FM Muncie, Ind. KRLC-AM Lewiston, Idaho WOR-AM New York City, N.Y. KRSP-FM Salt Lake City, Utah WRLT-FM Nashville, Tenn. KSFI-FM Salt Lake City, Utah WSB-AM Atlanta, Ga. KSL-AM Salt Lake City, Utah WSHE-FM Chicago, Ill. KSRO-AM Santa Rosa, Calif. WSOY-AM Decatur, Ill. KSTP-FM St. Paul, Minn. WTMJ-AM Milwaukee, Wis. KTAR-FM Phoenix, Ariz. WTMX-FM Chicago, Ill. KTMY-FM St. Paul, Minn. WVAZ-FM Chicago, Ill. KTTS-FM Springfield, Mo. WWJ-AM Detroit, Mich. KUPL-FM Portland, Ore. WWPR-FM New York City, N.Y. KXKT-FM Glenwood, Iowa WYRK-FM Buffalo, N.Y. KXLG-FM Watertown, S.D. WZFX-FM Fayetteville, N.C.
Ten Crystal Radio Award recipients will be chosen by a panel of judges representing the broadcast industry, community service organizations and public relations firms. Also at the We Are Broadcasters Celebration, television and film actress Kristen Bell will receive the NAB Television Chairman's Award. News media registration is available here.
PODCAST: Jacobs Media Expands Relationship With Podcast Movement
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 23RD, 2018 –– Jacobs Media and the organizers of the Podcast Movement conference announced today an expansion of their relationship. For the upcoming 2018 convention in Philadelphia in July, Jacobs Media will be developing nine sessions over two days targeted at members of the radio industry. “’Broadcasters Meet Podcasters’ debuted last year with a one-day slot, but the interest was so strong from the radio industry, we wanted to take it up a level,” company President Fred Jacobs announced. “Podcasting represents a tremendous opportunity for the radio industry to expand its content delivery and brands, and Podcast Movement is the best forum to learn about the space and where it’s going.”
Podcast Movement’s Co-Founder/Organizer Dan Franks recognizes the important relationship between broadcasting and podcasting, remarking, “We are so excited to be joining forces with the Jacobs team for the second year at Podcast Movement. The feedback we got from last year’s ‘Broadcasters Meet Podcasters’ was so great we knew we had to do it again! Jacobs Media has arranged for a discount on the registration price for broadcasters and an additional discount for groups of five or more. Please contact Paul Jacobs at Jacobs Media for the discount code at Paul@jacobsmedia.com.
Osbournes Launches Weekly Podcast
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 23RD, 2018 –– Ozzy, Sharon, Jack and Kelly will relive events of their popular MTV reality series during the 10-week podcast reports The Hollywood Reporter. Beginning March 5, Ozzy, Sharon, Jack and Kelly Osbourne will sit down each week for The Osbournes Podcast to talk about their time on MTV's The Osbournes, catch fans up on their lives today and interview some of their closest friends. Scheduled guests include Sheryl Underwood, Carnie Wilson and The Osbournes executive producer Greg Johnston. Jack, who will serve as the de facto host of the podcast, tells The Hollywood Reporter that the idea was born out of his own love of the audio format. "There's been talk about bringing The Osbournes back, but it would never work," he says. "I thought, 'Well, this is probably the next best thing." A few familiar faces from the show will make appearances on the podcast, too, including Big Dave the Manny and Melinda Varga. The Osbournes Podcast will premiere March 5 on the 16th anniversary of the show's MTV debut. New episodes will become available every Monday.
Oprah Comments On Trump Jab; Quincy Jones Apologizes
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Little Rock Station Renames 'Babe Bracket' Contest Following Protest
Contest Will Now Be Known As 'The Bracket With No Name'
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 22ND, 2018 –– Little Rock's 103.7 The Buzz is renaming its "Babe Bracket," weeks after it became a national, even international topic of discussion reports Arkansas Matters. The Babe Bracket was a longtime annual event that pitted female journalists against each other in a March Madness-style competition as part of its 'Show With No Name' morning show on The Buzz.
Following weeks of consternation and launch of hashtag #morethanababe, The Buzz posted the following explanation on its website: "The hosts of 103.7 The Buzz’s The Show With No Name (shown) announced this week that there will be changes made to the annual on-air event known as “The Babe Bracket”. From now on as part of a natural evolution and in an attempt to better reflect the nature of the segment, the annual, listener-voted contest will now be known as “The Bracket With No Name”. The goal of this event has always been to let Buzz listeners get to know local TV journalists and celebrities better and allow the contestants to have an open forum to show their personality, share what they are passionate about and talk to members of our great community."
It continued, "It is of the utmost importance to hosts Tommy Smith, David Bazzel, Roger Scott and RJ Hawk that the women who are part of the event are treated with respect and celebrated for all of the things that make them so popular with our listeners and their viewers. The winner of this year’s Bracket With No Name will receive a spa package and in addition, 103.7 The Buzz will also be making a $500 donation to the charity of the winner’s choice.
ON-AIR: Kevin Rolston Adding Sports Show To Daily Duties
To Be Called 'Kevin's Other Show'
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 22ND, 2018 –– WMEN-AM – 640 “The Hurricane” sports radio in West Palm Beach announced that Kevin Rolston, co-host of the highly popular KVJ (Kevin, Virginia & Jason) Show on WRMF-FM, will join 640 “The Hurricane” (WMEN-AM) starting on February 26th for a daily sports radio show for 3-4pm. Rolston’s local sports radio show appropriately titled, “Kevin’s Other Show” will be part of 640’s all-star national lineup including Colin Cowherd and Dan Patrick.
Rolston said, "I'm not sure if this opportunity is really a compliment to their faith in my broadcasting ability, or just an attempt to stop me from talking about sports on a Hot AC morning show. Either way, I'm pumped!" Program Director Paul Mason added, “Kevin is a special kind of talent that doesn’t come along too often. His worth ethic, love for this market, and passion for local sports will take WMEN to new heights.”
PROGRAMMING: Len Weiner Adds PD Duties For 560 WQAM In Miami
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 22ND, 2018 –– Entercom announced that Len Weiner will add PD duties for 560 WQAM in Miami. This will be in addition to his current programming responsibilities for Sports Talk 790 AM The Ticket in Miami. “Len’s leadership ability and knowledge of sports radio make him the perfect candidate to take on our two major sport stations in Miami,” said Keriann Worley, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom South Florida. “Adding the 560 WQAM Program Director responsibilities to Len’s current role is a natural fit. I’m confident both stations will continue as the top choice for Miami’s sports fans with Len on board.”
“I’m very excited to be able to work at Miami’s two premier sports radio stations. There is great talent on both teams, and to be part of a heritage station like WQAM and to continue to work on a successful station like The Ticket, is an amazing opportunity,” said Len. “I’m looking forward to it all. Thank you to Keriann Worley, Doug Abernethy, Chris Oliviero, Pat Paxton, Weezie Kramer and David Field for this incredible opportunity.” Len Weiner has spent most of his career in Sports Radio. He served for almost twelve years as Program Director for the ESPN Radio Network and was the Program Director of various sports stations in Chicago, Boston and Los Angeles. Len is passionate about radio and sports, and also has experience in news and news/talk formats.
FORMATICS: WVLK-FM Lexington Flips To Jack FM
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 22ND, 2018 –– Cumulus announced that it has launched Lexington’s newest radio station, 101.5 Jack FM, on WVLK-FM. The Jack FM station debuted at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 20, and segued from its previous Country format to Jack FM’s popular Variety Hits programming.
Scott Frazier, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Media Lexington, said: “We are looking forward to introducing Jack FM to Central KY. Jack is the #1 branded radio format in the country, and the programmin g energizes listeners with its truly original brand and “we will play anything” attitude.” Anthony “Twitch” Longo (L), Operations Manager said: “We are beyond excited to unleash Jack FM upon the fine people of Central Kentucky! Jack is a terrific brand, and a perfect complement to rest of our cluster. I can’t wait for Lexington to get to know Jack!"
Bon Jovi To Perform And Receive First-Ever Icon Award At iHeart Music Event
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 22ND, 2018 –– iHeartMedia announced that Bon Jovi have been added as performers at the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards which will be hosted by Hailey Baldwin and DJ Khaled. It was also announced that Bon Jovi will receive the iHeartRadio Icon Award; Chance The Rapper will receive the 2018 iHeartRadio Innovator Award; and Camila Cabello will be honored with the iHeartRadio Fangirls Award presented by L'Oréal Paris at the fifth annual fan-fueled television music event live from the historic, “Fabulous” Forum in Los Angeles on Sunday, March 11, 2018.
Bon Jovi has sold over 130 million albums and has performed to more than 34 million fans across 50 countries. The Grammy winning band will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April 2018. Nominees for the iHeartRadio Music Awards were announced on January 10. The awards are produced by iHeartMedia and Den of Thieves. Executive Producers for iHeartMedia are John Sykes, Tom Poleman and Lee Rolontz.
NETWORKS: Salem Radio Network With All-Day Coverage Of Billy Graham's Death
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 22ND, 2018 –– SRN’s VP/News & Talk Programming Tom Tradup (seen here on a California movie set which recreated Dr. Graham’s historic 1949 “tent crusade” in Los Angeles) tells Jockline that both SRN News and TOWNHALL News provided Special Reports hourly…audio obituaries and perspective on Dr. Graham’s life…and other special programming. In addition, SRN News White House correspondent Greg Clugston was dispatched to North Carolina where he will get local perspective as well as set the stage for the Memorial Service being organized by the Billy Graham Evangelical Association.
Initial word is that President Trump is likely to attend, given his friendship with Dr. Graham whose counsel to U.S. presidents dates back to the administration of Harry Truman. “We are saddened at Dr. Graham’s passing,” Tradup says, adding: “But as Christians we rejoice in his life and know he is seeing the glory of Heaven today.”
Chelsea Norris Returns To Breakfast Show In Manchester England
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 22ND, 2018 –– Former Key 103 breakfast co-host Chelsea Norris is moving to the breakfast show at BBC Radio Manchester, up against her former co-host Mike Toolan. Chelsea joined the BBC after leaving Key in 2016, first fronting a weekend show before becoming Drive Time presenter in February 2017.
Stars Join Roman Kemp On Capital Breakfast In London - A line up of artists are joining Roman Kemp as guest co-hosts of Capital Breakfast over the next two weeks. The co-hosts includes shortlisted artists for The Global Awards. Camila Cabello, Liam Payne, Stefflon Don, Paloma Faith and Sigala are co-presenting this week while Vick Hope is away. For the week of The Global Awards, next Monday to Friday, Anne-Marie will be co-host. The Global Awards will bring together all Global’s radio stations including Capital, Capital XTRA, Heart, Classic FM, Smooth, Radio X, Gold and LBC to celebrate the biggest stars of music, news & entertainment at London’s Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith on Thursday March 1st.
In Australia, triple j Breakfast’s Ben & Liam Will Debut A New Stand-Up Show - Ben Harvey and Liam Stapleton will debut a new comedy show in their hometown of Adelaide in March. Supported by local talent Amos Gill on MC duties, the triple j Breakfast duo will also be joined by two surprise, yet-to-be-announced supports. Ben and Liam replaced Matt Okine and Alex Dyson on the national youth broadcaster’s Breakfast show in 2017, having begun their radio careers as volunteers on Fresh 92.7 Adelaide in 2012. Read more here; http://radiotoday.com.au/triple-j-breakfasts-ben-liam-debut-new-stand-show/
In Ireland, PJ Gallagher And Jim McCabe Learn To Yodel - Classic Hits 4FM’s PJ Gallagher and Jim McCabe were given a challenge to learn how to Yodel. Country singer Cliona Hagan was drafted in to teach the guys the art of yodelling and offered to have them do the yodel chorus of her song ‘Cowboy Yodel’. Cliona and the lads performed live on Classic Hits 4FM this and the video has already been viewed almost 25,000 times. Watch HERE
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Smooth R&B 105.7 Dallas On The Hunt For New Midday Star
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 22ND, 2018 – Is your passion for people, music, culture and community unmatched? Do you live, love and breathe the “Smooth R&B” lifestyle? Can you connect emotionally with 35-44 listeners and captivate them with creative content on-air, on social media and in person? If so, Service Broadcasting Group may have a rare opportunity for you to step into the spotlight in the 5th largest market in America, Dallas, TX.
Its new Smooth 105.7 Midday Personality must know how to connect with listeners, clients and partners to positively impact and enhance ratings, revenues and relationships. This is an opportunity for a “multi-dimensional,” multi-platform entertainer with a unique point of view, not a jock. You should also: • Be an experienced brand builder and content curator • Know how to create and have FUN • Possess a proven track record of PPM success • Display the passion and depth of preparation to win every time you open the mic or make a post • Be a total team player and bring out the best in your teammates • Conduct compelling interviews • Build and sustain strong community connections • Be highly engaged and “real-time relevant” on social media • Have strong podcasting, blogging and vlogging skills • Possess creative production skills (experience with Adobe Audition, Pro Tools, Vegas and Vox Pro are a plus)
Send your audio, resume, references and social media links to: SBG HR Manager, Debbie Henry at jobs@KRNB.com. No phone calls please. Service Broadcasting is an equal opportunity employer (EEO).
Roseanne Returns; AGT Back With All Four Judges & Tyra
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Bobby Bones Announces Mentoring Role On ABC's New ‘American Idol’
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 21ST, 2018 –– Bobby Bones, host of the Premiere syndicated Bobby Bones Show,told his listeners this morning that he has been selected as this season’s “American Idol” mentor reports Austin 360. “I just feel like it’s too good to be true,” Bones told the Statesman earlier this month before breaking the news on-air. “I never thought I would get a call back. Then they called about two months ago and said, ‘We really think this could be something for you. A couple days ago they confirmed they want me to do it.” This season’s judges are Luke Bryan, Lionel Richie and Katy Perry along with host Ryan Seacrest (R). Bones will appear as mentor on the show for several episodes in April.
Bones told the American-Statesman, I do bring something different to the show, meaning I’ve worked in a lot of different formats and these singers are going to be singing a lot of different things. I think I’ll bring perspective to that side of it instead of being another singer or another artist.
The new season of “American Idol” kicks off on March 11 on ABC.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Entercom Names Jim McCloud EVP/National Business Development; Ernie Martinez Takes National Digital Post For Alpha; Eric Jewell Named GSM For Cumulus KC
THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 21ST, 2018 –– Entercom announced the appointment of Jim McCloud as Executive Vice President of National Business Development for Entercom. McCloud joins Entercom from Major League Baseball, where he most recently served as Group Director & Vice President of Sponsorship Sales & Client Services.
“We are so pleased to welcome Jim to Entercom,” said Weezie Kramer, Chief Operations Officer, Entercom. “Jim’s deep experience in sports, corporate sponsorships and advertising will help us unlock the full potential of our national platform across radio, digital and events.”
-- Alpha Media has named Ernie Martinez (R) National Director of Digital Content. Originally from Dallas, TX, Ernie began his career in radio at the age of 19. In 1997, he joined Radio Disney as a Producer and quickly worked his way up becoming Director, On-Air Programming. After departing from Disney, Ernie quickly jumped into the digital content space as a VP, Talent Partnerships at mitú, a digital media company creating short and long form content for an American Latino audience.
-- Cumulus Media announces that it has appointed veteran radio sales executive Eric Jewell (TR) as General Sales Manager of Cumulus Media-Kansas City. Jewell joins Cumulus from iHeartMedia-Memphis, TN, where he was Senior Vice President, Sales. He brings over 20 years of radio sales management experience to Cumulus, and has held leadership positions including Director of Sales for Entercom in Gainesville, FL, and General Manager of Rocket City Broadcasting in Huntsville, AL.
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