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Pat Sajak Officially Passes The ‘Wheel of Fortune’ Hosting Baton Over To Ryan Seacrest

MOUTH, JUNE 14TH, 2024 - It's deja vu all over again as yet another radio host will take the TV game show baton this fall on 'Wheel of Fortune." This week Pat Sajak officially passed the baton to longtime radio host/media behemoth, Ryan Seacrest. Variety reports a new video promo for the long-running game show that touts Seacrest’s hosting debut this fall. Sajak told Seacrest, ‘You’re Never Going to Find a Better Job’ or ‘a Better Co-Host’ in Vanna White. Sajak signed off as “Wheel of Fortune” host after more than 40 years on June 7.

“I think what you’re going to enjoy most is meeting the players and getting to know the audience at home,” Sajak tells Seacrest in the video. “People love this show. They go and see us every day and spend a half hour with us and watch with the whole family.” Vanna White, who, according to Variety, extended her contract with the game show for two more years. PHOTO/YouTube

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Alpha's 95.9 The River Chicago Shifts From Classic Hits To Classic Alternative

MOUTH, JUNE 14TH, 2024 - Alpha Media announced the transformation of 95.9 The River from Classic Hits to Classic Alternative, a move that positions the station at the forefront of the next major trend in radio formats.

Phil Becker (far left), Alpha Media's EVP of Content, elaborated on the strategic shift: "Classic Alternative is a natural extension of Classic Rock. Just as throwback hip-hop stations tapped into a rich vein of nostalgia for 90s rap and R&B about ten years ago, we believe Classic Alternative will do the same for the alternative hits of the 90s. There's a valuable audience in Chicagoland that's been overlooked, and 95.9 The River is poised to fill that gap with a format that resonates deeply with listeners who grew up on this music. We anticipate this will be one of the nation's hottest new formats for those who execute it properly."

dIn conjunction with this format change, Alpha Media announced that Todd Nuke'Em, renowned for his work with X96 in Salt Lake City, will be joining 95.9 The River as the station's Content Director. Todd will continue his responsibilities at Broadway Media's X96.

"This is a revolutionary approach to programming," Becker continued. "By working with another radio group like Broadway Media to share Todd's services, we are pioneering a new way of thinking about talent and content development."

I am beyond excited to join 95.9 The River and help shape its new identity as a Classic Alternative station," said Todd Nuke'Em. "The 90s alternative era was a groundbreaking time in music, and I'm thrilled to bring that energy and spirit to Chicagoland.” Scott Mcay will continue to host morning drivev and Nick Jakusz remains in market and in afternoon drive. Artie Fufkin, also of X96 fame, joins as the evening host.

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P&G and iHeart Celebrated The Fifth Annual Can’t Cancel Pride 2024 Hosted By Billy Porter

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MOUTH, JUNE 14TH, 2024 - iHeartMedia and P&G’s Can’t Cancel Pride 2024 event streamed on iHeartRadio’s YouTube and Facebook pages, Hulu and Revry yesterday evening at 8 p.m. ET. The evening recognized the impact both music and LGBTQ+ organizations have on the community and featured performances by Elton John Impact Award Recipient and host Billy Porter (shown), honored for his advocacy of marginalized communities, LGBTQ+ rights, HIV care, racial justice and gender equity, Allison Russell, Ben Platt, David Archuleta, Meghan Trainor, Melissa Etheridge, Orville Peck, RAYE, Victoria Monét and more. The event will be available to stream throughout Pride Month.

“The honor is all mine to present the third annual Elton John Impact Award to the extraordinary Billy Porter,” said Elton John. “His achievements go beyond winning an Emmy, Grammy, and Tony; Billy embodies authenticity, tirelessly using his platform to dismantle harmful stigmas. Whether it’s on TV screens or radio airwaves, Billy infuses every project with powerful LGBTQ+ representation, making a profound and lasting impact on audiences around the world. For these reasons and more, he is truly deserving of this honor. Thank you for being your authentic, trailblazing self, Billy!”

Now in its fifth year, the event has raised more than $17 million for a number of organizations and celebrated the profound impact of music, a unifying force that can drive society toward more equality and acceptance for all. Photo/Getty Images for iHeart.

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Tino Cochino Radio Expands To iHeart's B104 Allentown

MOUTH, JUNE 14TH, 2024 -The YEA Networks Nationally syndicated Tino Cochino Radio expands east again as it takes over nights 7-11pm this week at iHeart Media B104 Allentown. EVPP Jeff Hurley exclaimed..."I’m thrilled for Tino Cochino Radio to bring their energy and excitement to weeknights on B104 Allentown! The show delivers engaging conversations, interactive segments, and a social media presence that connects with our audience like never before."

Tino added, "WAEB is a heritage radio station and it's truly a big deal for us to be a part of it. iHeart Media EVPP Jeff Hurley and National CHR Program Director Derek Cole believe in personality radio and we're here for it! Our goal is to always make an emotional connection that will keep the listeners coming back for more and we can't wait to connect with the Lehigh Valley every night."

Get the fastest growing radio show on your airwaves today by reaching out to Scott@yeanetworks.com or Mikey@tinocochinoradio.com for all the details.

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The Other Side Of Midnight' With Frank Morano Added At WCCO/Minneapolis & K-DAWN Las Vegas

MOUTH, JUNE 14TH, 2024 -Two Audacy stations. WCCO, Minneapolis, and K-DAWN, Las Vegas, added Red Apple Audio Networks’ “The Other Side of Midnight with Frank Morano.” It will air live from 1am to 5am ET, Monday through Friday.

“I’m incredibly grateful to be on both of these great radio stations. I’ve dreamt on being on the radio in Minnesota ever since Jesse Ventura ran for Governor. It’s great to be on a station that has so many independent thinkers,” said Morano. As far as K-DAWN goes, Morano said, “I’m absolutely thrilled to be on the air in Las Vegas, a 24/7 city. It’s great to talk to an audience in a city that’s up all night.”

“The Other Side of Midnight with Frank Morano” is also heard on KMOX, St. Louis; WCBM-AM, Baltimore; WFDF-AM Detroit; and more. “We’re thrilled to add these two great affiliates to The Red Apple Audio Networks” stated Chad Lopez, President of Red Apple Media and 77 WABC.

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Shawn Knight Exploring Next Opportunity Following Exit From KMAJ-FM Topeka

MOUTH, JUNE 14TH, 2024 - Shawn Knight has loved every minute hosting mornings at Cumulus Adult Contemporary KMAJ-FM, Majic 107.7. His adventure now comes to an end as he departs the station this week.

Shawn said, “I am thankful to management at Cumulus Media for this amazing opportunity. Hosting mornings on Majic 107.7 for 3 years was an absolute pleasure as I took the show #1 in ratings, met wonderful listeners in Topeka and surrounding areas, and won numerous awards with Danielle Norwood. I am excited about my next opportunity.”

After the requisite time to get used to not waking up at 3:30 AM, Shawn will be exploring new opportunities where his dynamic personality, tireless enthusiasm, and passion for entertaining an audience can shine. Reach out to him at: (773) 392-3325 or shawnknightshow@live.com. Media Contact - Creative Talent Inc. (561) 613-3186 - PHOTO/Shawn Knight with Macy Gray

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HONORS: CMG Orlando’s Heather Torres-Thomas Named Salesperson of The Year At Hispanic Conference

MOUTH, JUNE 14TH, 2024 -Cox Media Group announced that Heather Torres-Thomas of CMG Orlando has been named the 2024 Salesperson of the Year. This prestigious recognition was bestowed upon her by Radio Ink during the Medallas de Cortez award ceremony at the 2024 Hispanic Radio Conference.

Torres-Thomas expressed her gratitude, saying, “CMG’s constant support is truly amazing. Thank you so much to Radio Ink and vCreative for the award. And thank you to my Cox Media Group family, my wonderful colleagues, and my amazing management team. I’m truly honored.”

The Medallas de Cortez Awards, sponsored by vCreative, celebrate excellence in Hispanic radio programming, sales, and management. These awards honor the legacy of Raoul Cortez, who founded the first Spanish-language radio station in the United States, KCOR, in San Antonio in 1946. “We are so excited for Heather! She is a true dedicated sales professional,” said Ashley Williams, Director of Sales at CMG Orlando. “Heather builds incredible relationships with her clients and is their trusted marketing partner. She fights hard for business and is well-respected by her peers. She truly deserves this distinguished recognition.”

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Reminder: Presubmit Now For MSBC 36's Legendary 'Battle Of The Bits' While Entry Window Still Open*

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THE MOUTH, JUNE 14TH, 2024 - For those attending this year's Morning Show Boot Camp 36 San Diego, entries are now being accepted for the legendary 'Battle of The Bits' competition. Just click on the entree form below for details including a summary of your bit or idea along with supporting audio/video.

Important: Supporting Audio/Video of Your submission should not be longer than 1-minute (00:60) or require added production. We'll select the top 10 finalists** to present their bits on stage (and audio/video will be played) live for our judges and the audience. Judges (Shown above) will pick their favorite bits/ideas based on a scoring sheet, and the winner will receive the top prize.

New to MSBC 36 will be our Round 2: Rapid-Fire Ideas. Audience members will get a chance to come up and submit their bits/ideas for the rapid fire round. They'll each get 1 minute to describe their idea or bit for a chance to walk away with one of two special cash prizes.

Ideas can include those from on-air, social media or a special event.  Send us your bits below and then join us Thursday, August 8th 2024 in San Diego for Battle of the Bits - **You must be present to win! Click HERE For Submissions.

MSBC 36 is set for Aug. 8-10 at the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego - Click HERE To Register. MSBC 36 Battle of The Bits 2024 is sponsored by Wise Brother Media.

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7Jimmy Fallon Extends With 'The Tonight Show' Through 2028

 

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Jimmy Fallon Extends Deal To Host ‘The Tonight Show’ Through 2028

Bonnaroo to Stream More Than 40 of this Weekend's Sets on Hulu

Taylor Swift The Eras Tour Last Show Confirmed

Tony Bennett's Daughters Sue Brother over Singer's Estate

R.E.M. Reunite To Perform Iconic Hit At Songwriters Hall Of Fame Ceremony

Former Browns QB Bernie Kosar Suing Media Company Over His Firing As Pregame Radio Host

Transgender Swimmer Lia Thomas Fails in Challenge to Rules That Bar Her From Elite Women's Races 

Conor McGregor Out Of UFC 303 Fight Vs. Chandler After Suffering Injury

James Gunn Shares Vision for His First DC Studios Project ‘Creature Commandos’ at Annecy

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Today Is BFOA Giving Day;' Over $15 Million In Aid Provided In Financial Assistance Over Last 20 Years

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MOUTH, JUNE 12TH, 2024 - The Broadcasters Foundation of America's annual Giving Day is taking place today. The campaign’s purpose is to raise money to support the Foundation’s sole mission of providing financial assistance to radio and television professionals who find themselves in acute need due to critical illness or disaster.

“One hundred percent of Giving Day donations go directly to grants that help our colleagues, who are struggling with life-altering disease or disaster,” said Tim McCarthy, President of the Broadcasters Foundation. “Any amount -- large or small -- helps provide much-needed aid to support our colleagues.”

The Broadcasters Foundation has distributed more than $15 million dollars in aid over the past 20 years. Monthly grants support broadcasters on a continual basis while they recover from an illness or accident. Emergency grants provide one-time financial aid following a devastating natural disaster or home emergency. Make Donation Here

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Tim Richards Named Content Director For Alpha Media's Free Country Chicago

MOUTH, JUNE 13TH, 2024 - Alpha Media has named Tim Richards Content Director for Free Country Chicago, encompassing stations WCCQ and WXLC. In this expanded role, Tim will continue to serve as the Content Director of KUPL Portland, home to 98.7 The Bull. Tim's appointment leverages his extensive experience and deep understanding of the country music landscape, enhancing the synergy between KUPL, WCCQ, and WXLC. A native of the Chicagoland area, Tim Richards brings a unique perspective to Free Country Chicago. 

Tim Richards shares, "The opportunity to lead the content strategy for Free Country Chicago while continuing my work with KUPL and the Smith Richards Collective is incredibly exciting.”

Phil Becker, Alpha Media's EVP of Content, stated, "At Alpha Media, our commitment to the country music format is stronger than ever. With our footprint in Portland, San Francisco, and now Chicago, we're uniting some of the best country music markets under one powerful umbrella. With Tim's leadership, we're poised to create a unified and robust country music experience for our listeners on an even larger scale.”

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Paul Blake Rises To Cluster Manager At Beasley Philadelphia

MOUTH, JUNE 13TH, 2024 - Beasley Media Group announces Paul Blake has been promoted to Cluster Manager at Beasley Media Group Philadelphia. Blake most recently served as Vice President/Director of Sales and has been with the cluster for the past 22 years. In his new role, he will report directly to President Bruce Beasley and will be responsible for overseeing the company’s Philly-based radio properties, including WMMR-FM, WMGK-FM, WXTU-FM, BEN FM, 97.5 The Fanatic, WWDB 860 and Camden's WTMR 800.

"I am deeply honored and thrilled to take on the role of Cluster Manager for Beasley Media Philadelphia,” said Blake. “I extend my heartfelt gratitude to the Beasley family for their unwavering trust and confidence in me. It is an incredible privilege to lead one of America's premier groups of radio stations and digital content creators, and I look forward to continuing our tradition of excellence and innovation in the media industry."

“Paul is the perfect person to take our Philly-based radio cluster to the next level,” said Beasley Media Group President Bruce Beasley. “His long-standing dedication, insight and leadership is the perfect fit to lead our team into the future. We are thrilled to have him on our team.”

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Cumulus Promotes Kriston Aitken To Chief Human Resources Officer

MOUTH, JUNE 13TH, 2024 - Cumulus Media has promoted Kriston Aitken to Chief Human Resources Officer, effective July 1, 2024. Reporting to Mary G. Berner, President and CEO, Aitken will be responsible for Human Resources strategy and operations, talent management, compensation and benefits, and supporting the advancement of the company culture. She succeeds Todd McCarty, who will be retiring after nearly nine years with the company.

Aitken joined Cumulus Media in 2016 and has held the position of Senior Vice President of Human Resources for the past two years. With a career spanning nearly two decades, Aitken has a wealth of experience in leading HR teams.

Mary G. Berner said, “For the past nearly eight years, Kriston has been a stand-out HR executive, and I’m delighted that she is fully ready and able to step into this important role. Given our significant focus on culture and the fact that 94% of our surveyed employees express pride in working at Cumulus, it’s crucial to have a leader genuinely invested in cultivating our culture. Kriston’s commitment to this aspect and her proven operational skills give me full confidence that she will continue to enhance the legacy that Todd leaves behind.”

Berner added, “I want to express my deepest gratitude to Todd for his invaluable contributions to Cumulus. Not only was Todd instrumental in shaping the positive and inclusive culture that defines Cumulus today, but he also built our top-notch HR Department from the ground up. His visionary leadership, strategic insights, and unwavering commitment have played a pivotal role in transforming our organization. I know his influence will continue to be felt in the thriving culture and terrific HR organization he leaves behind.”

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Dominic Carter Takes Over Former Rudy Giuliani Slot On WABC

MOUTH, JUNE 13TH, 2024 - WABC Radio has named Dominic Carter will fill the 3 to 4 pm slot on WABC Radio and WLIR 107.1. Carter will continue to host his Midnight to 1am show on weeknights and his 11pm-Midnight Sunday program.

“It is with great pleasure that I announce Dominic as our 3 to 4 pm host,” stated John Catsimatidis, Owner of Red Apple Media and WABC Radio. “Dominic is an exceptional broadcast journalist and political commentator, who presents all sides of issues relevant to our listeners. He’s done an excellent job with his overnight programs, and I know he will do the same with the 3pm hour.”

“I’m excited about hosting an afternoon slot and grateful for the trust that Mr. Catsimatidis and Chad Lopez have shown in me,” said Carter. “It’s an honor to serve the New York City area listeners, especially on a powerhouse station like WABC Radio, as well as WLIR 107.1, our sister station on Long Island.”

“Dominic brings a lot of energy to his programs, and he is an exceptional interviewer,” stated Chad Lopez, President of Red Apple Media and WABC Radio. “Growing our own from within is always a recipe for success.”

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EDISON: LGBT Listeners Age 13+ Spend 16% More Daily Time With Audio Sources Than Overall 13+

MOUTH, JUNE 13TH, 2024 - In celebration of Pride month, this week’s insight features Share of Ear® data to illustrate how the LGBT community spends its day with audio. It is no surprise that the audio choices of LGBT listeners include a medium that allows for individualism, creativity, and expression: podcasts. According to the latest data from Edison Research’s Share of Ear, those age 13+ in U.S. who identify as LGBT spend 14% of their daily audio time listening to podcasts, which equates to 40 minutes per day. This amount of daily listening clocks in at 48% higher than the overall 13+ population in the U.S., who average 11% of their daily audio time with podcasts, or 27 minutes.

From the graphic above you might have deduced that LGBT listeners spend more time overall with audio daily, and that is correct. Share of Ear shows that LGBT listeners age 13+ spend 16% more total daily time with all audio sources than the overall population age 13+ -- important information for creators and advertisers alike. Podcasts can provide a unique vehicle for specialized and targeted content, where listeners find community. And that is something we can all be proud of.

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Hubbard's Dan Seeman & Daughter Hannah To Be Recognized At Next Week's Gracie Luncheon

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MOUTH, JUNE 13TH, 2024 - With Father's Day coming up, we thought you'd enjoy this Facebook post from The Alliance for Women In Media (AWM). At next week's AWM Gracies Luncheon in New York, they'll shine the light on a most special father-daughter connection. Dan Seeman and his daughter Hannah (Vincent) Seeman will be recognized at the luncheon on June18.

Dan is Market Manager for KTMY-FM (Hubbard Broadcasting/myTalk 107.1 FM) and their show “Jason & Alexis” will be awarded for Radio Talk Show-Local, making this KTMY-FM’s 15th Gracie Award! Hannah, a sophomore at @hofstrau, will be taking home a Gracie Award for her show, WRHU Broadway Broadcast - Radio Talk Show-Student.

PHOTO/ Top left shows Dan & Hannah today, and Top right shows Dan in college radio circa 1981at left and Hannah on-air at Hofstra in 2023.

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Podcasts: 'After The Uprising,' 'Perez Hilton With Chris Booker' Among Podcasts In This Weeks Spotlight At iHeart

MOUTH, JUNE 13TH, 2024 - In iHeart's weekly Podcast Spotlight roundup include “After the Uprising” season two and “The Perez Hilton Podcast with Chris Booker”

After the Uprising: The second season of the gripping true crime podcast explores the tragic death of rapper and activist Darren Seals, who was found shot dead in his burning Jeep in 2016. Six years later, former Missouri state senator and Ferguson movement ally, Maria Chappelle-Nadal, teams up with co-host Ray Nowosielski and an NAACP Image Award-nominated investigative team.

The Perez Hilton Podcast with Chris Booker: Join pop culture experts Perez Hilton and Chris Booker every Monday as dive into the latest in showbiz and beyond with their unique perspectives and often clashing opinions. With nearly a decade of shows and a loyal following, you'll be hooked after just one episode.

Check out our iHeartPodcast Spotlight blog for more info on these shows. Plus, click over to iHeart’s Podcast Top 100 to stay up-to-date with the most popular and trending shows!

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Oprah Winfrey Is At Home And ‘Feeling Better’ After Stomach Virus Sends Her To Emergency Room

NBA Great Jerry West Dies

Sony Pictures Buys Dine-in Movie Theater Chain Alamo Drafthouse

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck Keep Distance at His Son's Graduation

Roger Daltrey Thinks The Internet Has Ruined Concerts And He Is ‘sick Of It

TJ Holmes and Amy Robach's Exes Andrew Shue and Marilee Fiebig Still Going Strong as They Share a Kiss in NYC 

Toto 'Africa' Video Hits 1 Billion Views on YouTube

Joey Chestnut vs. Kobayashi Hot Dog-Eating Contest Set by Netflix After Nathan’s Bans the 16-Time Champ

Tony Awards 2024 Presenters Include Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Angelina Jolie, Renée Elise Goldsberyr and More

Kehlani Raised $555,000 for Gaza, Sudan, and Congo

 

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Syndication: The Woody Show To Begin Airing In Mornings On 97.1 The Eagle Dallas In July

MOUTH, JUNE 12TH, 2024 - iHeartMedia Dallas announced the addition of “The Woody Show” to its morning lineup on the newly-launched 97.1 The Eagle – Dallas-Fort Worth effective Monday, July 8, 2024. Eagle listeners are currently hearing segments from “The Woody Show” airing throughout the day leading up to the launch. The show features Woody, along with co-hosts Ravey, Greg Gory, Menace and Sebas. In 2016, the popular program was a NAB Marconi Radio Award finalist for “Major Market Personality of the Year,” and it was launched into national syndication by Premiere Networks in 2017.

“I can’t even begin to tell y’all how excited I am to be joining The Eagle,” said Woody. “From the moment ya’ll signed the station back on, I was hoping to get the call from ya’ll. Thanks to y’all at iHeart Dallas: Amy Leimbach, Patrick Davis and Zakk Zaccagnini. We’re ready to rock, y’all.”

“We are excited to announce the addition of ‘The Woody Show’ to mornings on 97.1 The Eagle,” said Amy Leimbach, Region President, iHeartMedia Dallas/Austin/San Antonio. “Given the success and widespread popularity of ‘The Woody Show,’ we have no doubt that it will strike a chord with our Dallas listeners and play a pivotal role in enhancing the Eagle’s iconic brand.”

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Hartford Icon Renee Dinino Announces Retirement From The River 105-9 And Community Access

MOUTH, JUNE 12TH, 2024 - iHeart Hartford's The River 105-9 announced the retirement of Renee DiNino from the station and as the host of Community Access. Renee’s last day on-air will be June 30, 2024. Renee is a Connecticut native who grew up listening to The River and has most recently served as Midday Host, Community Access Director and host of Acoustic Sunday Mornings.

Throughout her career, Renee received many accolades for her community service and was awarded numerous Humanitarian Awards. She serves on multiple boards and committees including Kenway's Cause, Inc, Connecticut FoodShare, Operation Fuel, Special Olympics Connecticut and Autism Speaks, amongst others. Her most recent passion projects have included working with Connecticut Legislatures on the passing of an animal advocacy bill and working with Campaign for Bully Free Communities as an Ambassador and is a champion of children’s causes and literacy and military/veteran centered nonprofits. She’s also passionate about working with CT Animal Control Officers to educate the public on the over-population of animals and the proper surrender of them.

“Renee has done an amazing job in her nearly two decades as the Midday Host on The River,” said Joey Brooks, iHeartMedia Connecticut Senior Vice President, Programming. “Her commitment to the community is unmatched and she has helped raise millions of dollars to help the people of Connecticut and beyond.” “Renee has done incredible work during her time with iHeartMedia and has done so much to help the community,” said Steve Honeycomb, Market President for iHeartMedia Connecticut. “She will be missed, and we are grateful for all that she has done for our stations and listeners.”

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Miguel & Holly's Interview With Waitress Who Lost Job Over Snap Of Man With Blow-Up-Doll, Goes Viral

MOUTH, JUNE 12TH, 2024 - Miguel & Holly, morning hosts on iHeart's HITS 96.1 Charlotte, had a newsworthy moment last week when they interviewed waitress/TikTok creator Tara, who went viral for her video of a man sitting at a table in her restaurant with a blow-up doll. In an interview with Miguel & Holly, Tara said she lost her job due to the video, and that the man was only there with the doll because he'd lost a bet. Their conversation made it to a story in a local paper who, in true newspaper fashion, neglected to mention both their show and the full name of the radio station - arggggg!

According to the story posted in the Charlotte Observer, A former server at a south Charlotte fine-dining restaurant says she was fired after her viral TikTok video of a man having lunch with a blow-up doll over Memorial Day weekend. “OK, I’m not supposed to be making TikToks at work, but this calls for it,” the server, who was identified as Tara in an interview on 96.1, says in her 16-second TikTok at RH Rooftop Restaurant in Phillips Place. “I work at a nice restaurant in Charlotte, and I need you guys to see what just came in the door.” The man later commented on her video, “I lost my fantasy football league, man.” The camera flashes back to the server. She gives a look and makes a sound as if to say, “Oh, my, I can’t believe this is happening.”

The video has drawn more than 2.5 million views on TikTok. On TikTok Saturday night, Bjork told The Charlotte Observer she “knew one of two things was going to happen” when she posted the video: “it would get no views and I would be fine or, it would blow up and I would be fired.” Bjork said she “was ready for new opportunities, so it wasn’t too much of a shock, thank goodness.

Holly tells Jockline: "I don't think she has a new server job yet--but she told us she was interested in getting her own small business off the ground. She does thrifting and resells it for a lower price. Find her on Instagram: @TheLoved_Shack. See Charlotte Observer story here - Photo/t_bjork/Instgram

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iHeart And Paris Hilton’s 11:11 Media Impact Team To Renovate LGBT Center Youth Center

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MOUTH, JUNE 12TH, 2024 - iHeartMedia and Paris Hilton’s 11:11 Media Impact joined forces with the Los Angeles LGBT Center, with the help of Emmy-winning design expert Bobby Berk who led the redesign. The Center is the world’s largest queer-serving nonprofit organization that provides safe space and services for LGBTQ+ people that span four broad categories: Health, Social Services and Housing, Culture and Education, and Leadership and Advocacy.

Paris Hilton and Bobby Berk were in attendance at the Center for the reveal of the makeover on May 23. The full reveal will be part of iHeartMedia and P&G’s Can’t Cancel Pride, a show streaming today that recognizes the impact both music and LGBTQ+ organizations have on the community, and raises funds and visibility for GLAAD, SAGE, The Trevor Project, the National Black Justice Coalition, CenterLink and Outright International. Hilton joined Can’t Cancel Pride to show community support and provide a “wish” in her own backyard. Together with iHeartMedia, they selected one of Can’t Cancel Pride’s beneficiaries, the LBGT Center in Los Angeles, part of CenterLink.

iHeartMedia and Paris Hilton focused efforts on highly visited areas of the Center, which offers showers, laundry service, food and clothes to LGBTQ+ youth to help them get back on their feet. Can’t Cancel Pride and Paris Hilton funded and redesigned the main dressing and laundry facilities, designed by Bobby Berk, including much needed new washing and drying machines, a supply of Tide and Downy donated by P&G, a complete renovation of the space, and clothes donated by IHL Group, Fabletics, and other brands in the closet. Photo/ Kevin Ostaj/11:11 Media

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Billy Porter, Meghan Trainor Among Performers To Celebrate Pride Month With iHeart

MOUTH, JUNE 12TH, 2024 - It’s officially Pride Month and iHeart has no shortage of ways to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community this month and beyond. Find the perfect soundtrack to your festivities with iHeart’s Pride-themed programming all month long: from Can’t Cancel Pride 2024 and the best in music on PRIDE Radio to iHeartPodcasts from your favorite LGBTQ+ creators and Pride parties hosted by local radio stations across the country.

The event features performances from some of the most influential voices in the community and its allies, including Elton John Impact Award Recipient and host Billy Porter, Allison Russell, Ben Platt, David Archuleta, Meghan Trainor, Melissa Etheridge, Orville Peck, RAYE, Victoria Monét and more. The event provides much-needed visibility and funding for six LGBTQ+ organizations – CenterLink, GLAAD, National Black Justice Coalition, Outright International, The Trevor Project and SAGE – to continue the transformative work they are accomplishing in support of the LGBTQ+ community.

Fans can tune in to the one-hour benefit special, produced by iHeartMedia and P&G, on iHeartRadio’s YouTube and Facebook pages, Hulu and Revry tomorrow, June 12 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT and the special will also be available to stream throughout Pride Month. Plus, celebrate anywhere you are with iHeart’s Outspoken Podcast Network, featuring a lineup of shows that aim to amplify, elevate and reflect the diversity, richness and humanity of the voices throughout the LGBTQ+ community. Stay tuned to iHeartRadio all of June for even more Pride-themed content still to come. Happy Pride!

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SNAPS: 50 Listeners Compete For KUBL/93.3 Salt Lake City 'Luke-A-Like' Contest

THE MOUTH, JUNE 10TH, 2024 - KUBL Salt Lake City Jesse James Show on 93-3 The Bull Salt Lake City, took full advantage of Luke Combs doing back to back sold out shows at Rice Eccles Stadium, with a “Luke-a-like” contest! After over 50 wanna be Luke’s entered, it was narrowed down to three top contestants.

We took the three to ABC 4’s “Good things Utah” show to crown the winner live! 3,000 plus votes later, and separated by less than 20 votes- we crowned a winner who got the autographed guitar, back stage passes and pit passes!

Photo/Left to right- Jesse James, Lukealike winner, contestants, co host Jodee and “Grunt” from the JJMS.

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Carrie Underwood Falls Off Stage on Tail End of South Carolina Concert

Oprah Hospitalized for ‘Very Serious’ Stomach Issues

Billy Ray Cyrus and Wife Firerose Split, He Files for Annulment

Tearful Kevin Spacey Says He Has No Money Amid Foreclosure and Millions in Debt 

Gary Glitter Ordered to Pay Over $600,000 to Child Sexual Abuse Victim

Sheila E. Was Turned Away From Paisley Park On Prince’s Birthday And Now She Wants Her Drum Set Back

Billie Eilish Says She Lost 'All Of' Her Friends When She Became Famous At 14

Jin Is Back: First Member of Global Sensation BTS Completes Military Service

Red Lobster Teams Up with Flavor Flav to Welcome Back Crabfest in the Most Flavorful

 

 

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Steve Goldstein: 'For Younger Listeners, Podcasting Is The New Talk Radio'

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MOUTH, JUNE 11TH, 2024 - In Amplifi Media's latest 'Thought Letter' from Steve Goldstein, he writes whenever he speaks at various events or to media groups, one surefire way to get an instant gasp from the crowd is to show them the median ages of the major media platforms. "Let’s break down what this data means for podcasting. TV and print media are experiencing a demographic shift that is impossible to ignore. The median age of linear primetime TV viewers in the U.S. is now 64.6 years old. That means half the viewers are older than 64.6. That’s a far cry from TV’s long-time sweet spot of adults 18-49," says Goldstein.

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Cable news is particularly affected by this demographic shift. The median age for viewers of MSNBC is 70, FOX News is 69, and CNN is 67. As The Wall Street Journal noted, “For years, media executives built their pitches to advertisers around the idea that they could reach younger audiences… But there is a hard reality these days: Most people watching TV are older than those groups.”

For younger listeners, podcasting is the new talk radio. The youngest show among the linear networks this past year was Bob’s Burgers on FOX, which was 49.5. In fact FOX is the youngest of the big four networks at 58. CBS is the oldest at 68. These numbers don’t include streaming, which would bring the averages down a bit. For example, Abbott Elementary is 61 on ABC but 36 on streaming services which are growing audience while linear TV is getting hammered.

How about commercial radio? Talk Radio is aging. According to Nielsen, its median is 58. To complicate matters, while the category of Spoken Word has grown substantially in the past 10 years, according to an Edison/NPR study, much of the listening has moved from broadcast to podcast. That’s especially true in younger demographics where podcasting exceeds AM/FM. Continue Reading Here

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DMR: 'Stop Listening To The Haters;' What Radio Can Learn From McDonalds

MOUTH, JUNE 11TH, 2024 - In DMR Interactive's latest 'The End Result' titled: 'McDonald's Stopped Listening To The Haters Why It Matters,' Andrew Curran writes that McDonald's was a bruised and battered American icon, synonymous with dead-end jobs and advertising that used a clown to target kids. The Academy Award-nominated documentary "Super Size Me" had just been released, highlighting the company's role in America's obesity epidemic.

dLike a boxer up against the ropes, McDonald's found itself absorbing body blows from these "McHaters." After losing its footing, McDonald's has successfully implemented a playbook that offers valuable lessons for radio. They shifted their focus from listening to the haters and started focusing on their fans while continuing to invest in marketing.

McDonald's stock price has gone up nearly 1,000 percent in the 20 years since "Super Size Me" was released - nearly twice the return of the S&P 500. How did they pull it off? Instead of trying to redefine themselves or pivot to healthier options, McDonald's doubled down on what made them successful: affordability, convenience and taste. By promoting "fan-favorite moments" and leveraging celebrity endorsements, McDonald's created a strong emotional resonance with their brand. This strategy not only retained existing customers but also attracted new ones.

McDonald's success story shows that focusing on core strengths and deepening emotional connections with the audience can lead to remarkable financial results. For radio, embracing what makes it unique and beloved can ensure its continued relevance in a rapidly changing media landscape.

Just as eating at McDonald's has become a form of civic participation, the same holds true for radio - we're free, easy to use and listeners love their favorite station even more than their favorite fast food restaurant. What's more American than getting in your car, turning on your favorite radio station and stopping by McDonald's on your way to work? Let's go further, faster - together. For a closer look, Curran points to The New York Time's article: 'Fast Food Forever: How McDonald's won the culture war around fast food

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REMINDER: MSBC 36 Presenting Its Second Annual 'Women's Brunch;' Limited Seating, Book Quick

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THE MOUTH, JUNE 11TH, 2024 - Make plans now to join us for the highly anticipated return of the 'Women's Brunch' at MSBC 2024, presented in association with The Alliance For Women In Media —an exceptional opportunity to engage in a visionary and unparalleled event! Following our hugely popular inaugural edition in 2023, the Women's Brunch is back and poised to make an even greater impact. This event celebrates the remarkable achievements of women in radio, serving as a beacon of inspiration and guidance for aspiring individuals within our industry.

While dubbed the Women's Brunch, it's important to note that all attendees are warmly welcomed—we wholeheartedly encourage the participation of our male counterparts in championing the advancement of women. Last year's gathering, masterfully hosted by Corey Dylan (shown), featured an array of enriching experiences including complimentary headshots, a sumptuous breakfast bar, refreshing mimosas, exciting prizes, and captivating talks from influential figures. Dylan, who'll serve again as this year's host, is a 2023 Gracie award for large market morning host and currently handles mornings on Local Media San Diego at 100.7 BIG FM.

"Last year’s inaugural women’s brunch left us feeling incredibly inspired, " said Heather Cohen, AWM Foundation Board. "Bringing the Alliance for Women in Media in as a key sponsor is one way we are showing our joint commitment to women in the industry that we all love. We look forward to supporting each other at what is certain to be another remarkable and powerful event. We can't wait to see you all there."

Consider joining us as a sponsor as well for the 2024 edition of the Women's Brunch, set for Saturday, Aug. 10th, 2024 - from 10:00 am to Noon. For info on sponsorships, contact Marie LeMaitre at Marie@theradiofam.com - to attend click here

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Superadio And AfroZons Radio Bring the Sound of Afrobeats to National Syndication

MOUTH, JUNE 11TH, 2024 - Superadio and Miles Ahead Broadcasting LLC, announces a distribution and advertising sales agreement for national syndication of the "AfroZons" radio show. The partnership sets a new broadcast standard as the first syndicated radio show to bring dAfrobeats, one of today's most popular new trends in music and culture to the US airwaves. Produced weekly from the flagship studios at Chicago's WPWX-FM, "Afrozons" is hosted by multimedia presenter and Grammy Academy member, Sheila O.

The "Afrozons" radio show stands out as the premier destination for a unique blend of Afrobeats and Hip Hop. The playlist is carefully curated to include trending hits in urban music and Afrobeats, a fusion of British House music, Hiplife, Dancehall, Soca, R&B and more. The show also features contributions from culture-connected and culture-adjacent personalities, providing expert insights and format related features. "AfroZons" targets the prime Adults 18-34 demographic, with a secondary focus on Adults 25-54.

"I am excited to be part of the historical 'first' that brought Afro beats to mainstream terrestrial radio in the United States," said Afrozons creator and host Sheila O. "Our goal was to showcase through the lens of music, fashion, and live shows our beautiful culture. We are thrilled about this partnership, which will help us amplify our mission to continue bringing Africa to the world on a larger platform."

Eric Faison, President of Superadio, expressed his enthusiasm about the partnership: "The Afrozons brand, with the syndicated radio show at its core, offers tremendous opportunities for affiliations, network radio, digital sales, and collaborative partnerships. It's a big win for everyone!"

For affiliation information on "Afrozons" contact Raphael George at: raphael@superadio.com.

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SiriusXM To Air Over 40-Hours Of Coverage For 2024 U.S. Open Championship

MOUTH, JUNE 11TH, 2024 - SiriusXM announced its programming coverage for the 124th U.S. Open Championship. SiriusXM will deliver lmore than 40 hours of live coverage across all four days of Championship play - Thursday, June 13th through Sunday, June 16th - from Course No. 2 at Pinehurst Resort and Country Club in North Carolina.

On Thursday and Friday, SiriusXM’s coverage will extend from the day’s first tee time through the end of play. On the weekend, SiriusXM’s on-course coverage will begin at 10 am ET on Saturday and Sunday and run through the completion of play both days.

SiriusXM’s U.S. Open Championship broadcast team will feature Taylor Zarzour and Brian Katrek handling play-by-play duties, alongside lead analyst Mark Carnevale. Three-time U.S. Open Champion Hale Irwin will join the SiriusXM team in the booth to provide analysis on Thursday and Friday. Maureen Madill, Emelia Migliaccio, John Maginnes and Carl Paulson will be on-course reporters. The SiriusXM team will also include Jason Sobel and Jim McLean, who will provide commentary and conduct interviews with players. Immediately following each round, listeners will hear a two-hour wrap-up of the day’s play, hosted by Gary Williams.

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Audacy Amplifies LGBTQ+ Voices for Pride

CHANNEL Q Audacy’s CHANNEL Q is a party with a purpose 365 days a year. It’s a platform dedicated to celebrating and empowering the LGBTQ+ community by offering visibility and support to those who may feel silenced or underrepresented through music, news, and interviews with stars like Bebe Rexha, Sofi Tukker, David Archuleta, and Taylor Dayne.

Pride Month brings even more opportunities for CHANNEL Q to highlight up-and-coming LGBTQ+ artists with its first “Q the Music Spotlight,” featuring artists like Chappell Roan, Madison Beer, Kaleena, and Shygirl.

In its commitment to LGBTQ+ mental health as part of I’m Listening, Audacy stations nationwide aired a conversation on Pride Month Mental Health and Suicide Prevention hosted by Corey Crockett. Corey spoke with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Christine Moutier, and longtime volunteer Bradley Balandis on the importance of mental health care within the LGBTQIA+ community. Play 00:00 00:00 00:00 CHANNEL Q also features Therapy Thursdays in its regular programming, with morning show talent CJ Robinson discussing various mental health topics and issues impacting the LGBTQ+ community with therapists.

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Podtrac: iHeart Holds Top Spot In Publisher's List; 'The Daily' Remains On Top On Podcast List

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MOUTH, JUNE 11TH, 2024 - The Top US and Global Publishers & Networks and Top US Podcast rankings for May are now available at www.Podtrac.com. Highlights of the May 2024 rankings include: US UMA was up for three of the US ranking participants (ReVolver, CNN and Fox) in May over April. Nine of the US ranking participants were up or flat on US Downloads month-over-month. Two of the Top Global Networks were up on Global Downloads, Streams & Views in May over April. Total RSS traffic across all Global Network participants was down 3% month-over-month, while total reported YouTube views were up 11% during the same time period.

In May's Podcasts rankings, Podtrac showed The New York Time's 'The Daily' remaining in 1st place followed by NPR's 'News Now' and 'Up First' and NBC's 'Dateline with Wondery's 'Morbid' rounding out the top 5. See all lists and rankings here.

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7Bob Marley Blocked From Hitting No. 1 By SZA

 

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Bob Marley Blocked From Hitting No. 1 By SZA

Maren Morris Comes Out as Bisexual

Madonna Concert Lawsuit: Judge Spikes Settlement Claim

Julianna Margulies Will Not Return to ‘The Morning Show’ for Season 4

Dick Van Dyke Makes History With Emmys Win

Welcome to Another Summer of Uncertainty in Hollywood 

Tom Brady's Pants From Final NFL Game Sell For Over $89K At Auction

George Lopez Walks Out of Sold-Out Comedy Show Over Hecklers 

African Elephants Call Each Other by Unique Names, New Study Shows

 

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Katie Schurk And Nick Vitrano 'Reconnect' With Otis Day On KISS FM In Northeast Wisconsin

MOUTH, JUNE 10TH, 2024 - After sitting out their non-compete, Katie Schurk and Nick Vitrano are set to join Otis Day for their first 95.9 KISS FM morning show on Monday. Fox11 reports The pair left WIXX in December, but due to a non-compete clause, they were unable to start their new jobs right away. Schurk and Vitrano said they are eager to reconnect with listeners across Northeast Wisconsin. "I just can't wait to get back to doing something that I love, with people that I love. We can not thank everyone enough for the support through these frustrating 6 months, but it's go time,"

Schurk said in a news release. "It's time to laugh with each other again, and we've got a lot of things to cover from these last six months off air. Monday morning at 5am cannot come soon enough." Vitrano added, "I'm a grab bag of adjectives - excited, ecstatic, thrilled, elated, giddy. It's kind of ironic, actually - I feel like there isn't much left to be said. It's just time to go, and I can't wait!"

Day, who has hosted the morning show solo while awaiting the addition of Schurk and Vitrano, said he's been waiting for this day for a long time. "Work isn't work when your friends are with you. I can't wait for my friends to finally be free. I, along with most of NE Wisconsin, have been waiting for this day for 6 long months. The wait is over. The fun starts soon! Let's go!"

As for WIXX, it debuted its new morning show trio of "Huggie, Natalie & Corey" in early February. Andrew Haze was promoted to host the afternoon drive shift after Dan "Huggie" Amsden moved to mornings.

Photo/ L-R: Katie Schurk, Nick Vitrano and Otis Day. (Photo courtesy of Woodward Community Media)

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Kylie Moore Rises To Co-Host On Jersey 101.5' All-New 'Deminski & Moore' Afternoon Show

MOUTH, JUNE 10TH, 2024 - Townsquare Media's New Jersey 101.5 (WKXW-FM) announced some exciting changes to its highly rated afternoon show. Beginning today, June 10, long-time host Jeff Deminski will be joined by the Kylie Moore, who has been promoted from producer and fill-in host on the show to full-time co-host. The show will now be called Deminski & Moore. Moore, a familiar millennial voice on New Jersey 101.5 since 2015, is known for her roles as a producer, fill-in host, digital content creator and weekend music DJ on the station.

"The stupid robots in grocery aisles, your phone that fell in a toilet, the governor's hairstylist somehow avoiding charges, the fact that Kylie still doesn't understand how to eat M&Ms, the neurosis we all have and never dare talk about," said Deminski. "Kylie is fun, smart, and unique. I love the wide range of topics we'll be able to cover."

"I'm excited to partner with Jeff Deminski," Moore said. "He's one of the hardest-working and most genuine people I know, and you can hear his passion through the airwaves. He can make me laugh, think critically, and argue with him all before we hit our first traffic break!" "Jeff has been a voice for New Jersey residents since 1993, and Kylie brings a fresh perspective. Together with Jersey callers, Deminski & Moore will engage audiences on-air and online," said Brian Lang, Townsquare Media New Jersey Regional Vice President.

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Report: WLS-AM With Lineup Changes Amid Move To More Conservative Talk

MOUTH, JUNE 10TH, 2024 - According to an internal email obtained by Axios, WLS-AM has parted ways with market mainstay Steve Cochran (TL) of The Steve Cochran Morning Show, 'The Closing Bell' and 'PM Chicago'. They report the shows will be replaced with more syndicated conservative talk shows during the election season. Cochran's show will be replaced by another local host, Ramblin' Ray Stevens (TR), Other cuts reportedly include veteran Chicago radio personalities Andrea Darlas and Jane Clauss. Darlas will continue her weekend show and podcast with the station.

"The Big 89 is leaning into the right side of talk with Matt Walsh and Michael Knowles replacing The Closing Bell and PM Chicago," WLS program director Stephanie Tichenor wrote in Friday's email. The station, owned by Cumulus Media, already airs syndicated conservative shows hosted by Ben Shapiro and Mark Levin.

Cochran has been a mainstay in Chicago radio for decades, with prior highly-rated morning and afternoon shows at WGN Radio.

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99.5 The Wolf's Nick & Kristen Show To Present Hometown Hero Benefit Concert In Portland

MOUTH, JUNE 10TH, 2024 - Portland 99.5 The Wolf’s (KWJJ-FM) Nick and Kristen will present a Hometown Hero Benefit Concert, hosted by The Ponderosa, at The Ponderosa Lounge & Grill in Portland on Tuesday, June 18 at 7:00 p.m. PT. The event will feature performances by national Country star and former first responder Frank Ray and local firefighters from Fifth Alarm Band’s False Alarm Duo.

All proceeds will go to the family of Gresham firefighter Spencer Tejedas, who suffered burns on an estimated 45% of his body from rushing to the rescue into a duplex fire with the belief that a child was inside.

99.5 The Wolf’s Hometown Hero Benefit Concert is a part of Audacy’s commitment to making a meaningful difference at scale. Audacy uses its reach and personal connection with listeners to advance causes that promote strong mental health and build sound communities.

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Rachel McGrath Guest On Latest Free Webinar From P1 & Benztown

MOUTH, JUNE 10TH, 2024 - P1 Media Group and Benztown are Hosting a Free Webinar for radio professionals around the globe, entitled “Getting the Most From Your Station Imaging Voice” with top radio imaging voice Rachel McGrath. In Thursday’s webinar, McGrath will share her insights, tips, and tricks for getting the most from your radio station’s imaging voice.

Among topics: The importance of copywriting to effective station imaging. - How AI will change how she approaches station imaging and how it will affect how stations work with VO talent. - What does the ideal relationship between the Program Director and VO talent look like? It takes place this Thursday, June 13, 2024, at 11:00am PST/2:00pm EST/8:00pm CET - Register Here

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7Caitin Clark Breaks Silence On Olympic Snub; 'Bad Boys 4's Big Open

 

Caitlin Clark Breaks Silence on Olympic Basketball Snub

Howard University Cuts Ties With Sean "Diddy" Combs After Assault Video

Box Office: ‘Bad Boys 4’ Rides to $56 Million in Opening Weekend

Taylor Swift Shuts Down Show To Help Fan

See Billy Joel Bring Out Trey Anastasio at Penultimate MSG Show

Eminem — “When I’m Gone” Music Video Surpassed 1 Billion Views on YouTube

Latin Women in Music 2024

The Beatles Biopics Reportedly Cast Their Fab Four

Rob Schneider Booted Mid-Set From Another Stage After Attendees Walk Out

Julia Louis-Dreyfus Disagrees with Jerry Seinfeld’s Political Correctness Take

 

 

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O’Reilly Auto Parts Recognized As Radio Marketer Of The Year In 2024 Radio Mercury Awards

MOUTH, JUNE 7TH, 2024 - Winners of the 2024 Radio Mercury Awards were announced last night at the 33rd annual awards presentation held at SONY Hall in New York as well as live streamed, courtesy of Hubbard Radio. “No surprise, the Radio Mercury Awards continues to be where the best in radio and audio creativity is discovered. As a long-time entrant, sometimes winner, and forever fan, it’s been an honor to serve as chief judge,” said Mitch Bennett, executive creative director of new audio-focused creative agency Guesthouse Audio.

“As final-round judges, we laughed, debated, and were inspired that 129 years after Marconi invented this thing, radio can still delight and surprise us.” “I have been an active fan of the Radio Mercury Awards throughout my broadcasting career, and having the opportunity to experience the judging process reinforced my belief in the awards’ importance in radio and advertising today,” said Mike Hulvey, president and chief executive officer of RAB and the chair for the Radio Creative Fund. “The awards competition truly helps us propel our medium forward.”

On behalf of the radio industry, this year’s Radio Marketer of the Year Award was presented to O’Reilly Auto Parts. New York’s WOR on-air talent Mark Simone bestowed the award to Hugo Sanchez, vice president, marketing & advertising, O’Reilly Auto Parts. Hulvey noted, “O’Reilly Auto Parts is a longtime and committed partner of the radio industry, and we are delighted to honor them with this fitting recognition, especially as they are celebrating 25 years of their iconic

The ceremony included the following on-air personalities as the event’s presenters: Mike Adam from NEW 102.7 in New York City, Errol Barnett from CBS News, Maxwell from 100.3 Z100, iHeartMedia, Mark Simone from WOR 710, iHeartMedia and Shelley Wade, NEW 102.7, Audacy. To listen to all of the winners at tonight’s ceremony, go to www.radiomercuryawards.com.

Photo: TL: RAB’s Mike Hulvey with Best of Show winning team, Highdive and Guesthouse Audio’s Mitch Bennett - TR: WOR’s Mark Simone with O’Reilly Auto Parts’ Hugo Sanchez

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Podcast Radio Inks Deal With Local Radio Networks To Offer First All-talk Radio Format

MOUTH, JUNE 7TH, 2024 - Podcast Radio with KMG, have signed a deal with Local Radio Networks (LRN), marking LRN's first foray into all-talk formats. This collaboration will make Podcast Radio’s unique spoken word format available through the LRN delivery platform, allowing it to be ingested directly into each affiliates automation system.

Gerry Edwards, CEO of Podcast Radio, expressed enthusiasm about the partnership: “We are beyond excited to be partnering with LRN. Our respective teams have engaged like kindred spirits in the sharing of tech and platform advancements. We cannot wait to hear Podcast Radio brands executing on the LRN platform that will allow stations an unparalleled degree of programming flexibility that is simply not common in the Talk syndication industry.”

Steve Swick, President and CEO of Local Radio Networks, commented on the partnership: “We’re excited to partner with Podcast Radio to bring this innovative format to our partner’s and broadcast groups. It’s an excellent opportunity to diversify our 24/7 Music Formats and content offerings and introduce a fresh, dynamic listening experience to our audience and affiliates alike across radio dials.” Gary Krantz, CEO of Krantz Media Group (KMG), who is overseeing the management of Podcast Radio's syndication, added, “We are excited to expand Podcast Radio's presence into Local Radio Network's ecosystem. Together, we're creating a new way for listeners to discover and enjoy the best in podcast content through the familiar and trusted medium of radio."

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dAudacy Names Paul Marshall Morning Drive Host On 98 Rock In Sacramento

MOUTH, JUNE 7TH, 2024 - Audacy welcomes Paul Marshall as morning drive host of 98 Rock (KRXQ-FM) in Sacramento beginning June 24. “We are excited to welcome Paul Marshall back to 98 Rock,” said Stacey Kauffman, Regional Vice President, Audacy Sacramento. “His deep connection to the Sacramento community and his previous success at our station will make him a welcomed addition to our weekday lineup. We look forward to seeing the energy and enthusiasm he will bring to our listeners once again.”

“I am humbled by the opportunity to rejoin 98 Rock,” said Marshall. “Huge thanks to the Audacy brain trust that deemed me the guy for the gig, namely Jeff Sottolano, Dave Richards, Vince Richards and Stacey Kauffman. I look forward to working alongside a great group led by Aaron Roberts. I’m stoked to get back to Sac!” This marks Marshall’s second stint at 98 Rock. He previously served as Music Director and afternoon drive host from 2001 to 2004.

Other career on-air stops include then-107.3 WAAF and WBCN-FM in Boston, KQRC-FM in Kansas City, and KDKB-FM and KSLX-FM in Phoenix. Marshall has also served as Monday Night Football postgame analyst for KXTV in Sacramento.

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Jade Springart Rises to Director of Rock Prog. At Beasley Media Group Detroit

MOUTH, JUNE 7TH, 2024 - Beasley Media Group has promoted 101 WRIF-FM Program Director Jade Springart to Director of Rock Programming . In her new role, Springart will add legendary Classic Rock station 94.7 WCSX-FM to her programming duties. She will begin her new position immediately.

Springart has been with the station for the past 17 years. She started working at the WRIF-FM as a promotions intern, served as Assistant Program Director, Music Director, and Midday Host at the station before being named Program Director in August 2021. In addition, Springart will continue to be heard on WRIF weekdays from 10:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

“Jade is the perfect choice to lead our rock programming in the Motor City,” said Chief Operating Officer Brian Beasley. “Her commitment, dedication and drive for the rock format is exactly what we need to take both stations to the next level and beyond.”

“I am honored to take on the role of program director for 94.7 WCSX,” said Springart. “As a born and raised Detroiter, I grew up listening to 94.7 and can honestly say this station played a huge part in influencing my love for rock n’ roll (along with my mom who had this station on every morning while taking me to school). I’m excited to work with some of the best talent in the industry and continue the success of the brand and call I can’t thank the Beasley’s enough for their continued support and for entrusting me to guide both WRIF and WCSX!”

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SiriusXM Launches Media-Focused New Program, 'Mediaite’s Press Club' With Guests George Stephanopoulos & Charlamagne tha God

MOUTH, JUNE 7TH, 2024 - SiriusXM has launched “Mediaite’s Press Club” in collaboration with the popular political media news website, Mediaite.com. Mediaite’s Editor-in-Chief Aidan McLaughlin will host and executive produce the program, which will air on Saturdays at 10 am ET on SiriusXM’s bipartisan P.O.T.U.S. channel 124.

The new SiriusXM show will be an expansion of Mediaite’s “Press Club” podcast, which featured conversations between McLaughlin and top figures in media and politics. The SiriusXM program will continue to broadcast major interviews. The inaugural episode will feature an in-depth interview with ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos, with other expected guests including Alyssa Farah Griffin, co-host of “The View” and former White House Director of Strategic Communications and bestselling author and radio host, Charlamagne tha God.

The launch of “Mediaite’s Press Club” comes on the heels of Mediaite celebrating its 15th anniversary with a major event that brought together the biggest names in media from all sides of the political aisle. Mediaite was founded by Dan Abrams, who also hosts his own show on the POTUS channel, “The Dan Abrams Show,” which airs daily at 2 pm ET. “I am thrilled to expand my relationship with SiriusXM with this new program,” said Abrams, Mediaite founder and CEO. “Aidan has had really insightful conversations with various top media personalities, including many who rarely do interviews, and airing it on SiriusXM’s prominent POTUS channel will make the show and Mediaite that much bigger.”

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Washington Mystics And Audacy Announce Partnership for Live Radio Broadcasts

MOUTH, JUNE 7TH, 2024 - The Washington Mystics and Audacy announced a partnership to broadcast live Mystics games on The Team 980 (WTEM-AM), the new Mystics flagship station, throughout the 2024 WNBA season. While most radio broadcasts will air on The Team 980, select games will air on 106.7 The Fan (WJFK-FM) and The Bet Washington (WJFK-AM), and all games will be streamed locally on the Audacy app.

The Mystics broadcast booth features University of Maryland Hall of Famer Christy Winters-Scott, who returns for her 15th season as television color analyst for the Mystics, and play-by-play announcer Meghan McPeak, who enters her sixth season with the team’s television broadcast. The Team 980 is Washington, D.C.'s first all-sports radio station. It features a live and local lineup of personalities including The Sports Junkies, Kevin Sheehan, Chris Russell, and Craig Hoffman, and is the flagship radio home of the Washington Wizards, Maryland Terrapins football and men's and women's basketball, and Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball.

“The Team 980 is where the DMV goes to talk basketball,” said Chris Kinard, Vice President of Sports Programming & Cluster Director of Operations, Audacy Washington, D.C. “We are excited to bring an audio presentation of Mystics games to their growing fanbase on The Team 980 AM and available on mobile and smart speakers through the Audacy app.”

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SportsRadio 94WIP Goes Across the Pond for Phillies London Games SportsRadio

MOUTH, JUNE 7TH, 2024 - 94WIP (WIP-FM), the flagship station of the Philadelphia Phillies, is heading to London to broadcast Major League Baseball’s London Series as the Phillies take on the New York Mets June 8 and 9. To celebrate the weekend, “The WIP Morning Show” will also broadcast two live shows from Passyunk Avenue, London’s Philadelphia-themed bar, on Friday, June 7 and Monday, June 11 in partnership with Phans of Philly.

The broadcasts, which will air both days starting at 11:00 a.m. local London time (6:00 a.m. ET), will welcome surprise guests as the station celebrates the hometown Phillies, including former Phillies players and World Series champions Cole Hamels and Matt Stairs.

Morning Show Live Broadcast locations: Friday, June 7: Passyunk Avenue Waterloo Location, 22 Leake Street, Leake Street Arches, London SE1 7NN. Monday, June 10: Passyunk Avenue Battersea, Embassy Gardens, 7 New Union Square, Nine Elms, London SW11 7DN Owned and operated by former South Philadelphia natives, Passyunk Avenue is regarded as the premier location for Philly fans to socialize and support the team while in England. Passyunk Avenue will have a series of great events all week including tailgates, bus tours and local Philly foods.

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NAB Elects New Board Leadership at June Board Meeting

MOUTH, JUNE 7TH, 2024 - The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) announced the results of the 2024 NAB Executive Committee elections.  Collin Jones, executive vice president, Corporate Strategy and Development of Cumulus Media and president, Westwood One, was elected radio board chair by the NAB radio board. Kevin Perry, president and CEO of Perry Publishing and Broadcasting Company, was elected radio board first vice chair, and Leonard Wheeler, president of Mel Wheeler, Inc., was elected radio board second vice chair. Chris Ornelas, executive vice president and general counsel of Beasley Media Group, was reelected to the radio board's major group representative seat on the NAB board's executive committee. Pat LaPlatney, president and co-chief executive officer of Gray Television Inc., was reelected as NAB television board chair. Lynn Beall, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Media Operations for TEGNA Inc., was elected as first vice chair, Chris Ripley, president and chief executive officer for Sinclair Broadcast Group, was elected second vice chair and RaMona Alexander, vice president and general manager of WDBD and Corporate Programming at American Spirit Media was elected third vice chair. 

Keith Murphy, senior vice president and regulatory counsel at Paramount, was appointed to the designated TV network seat on the NAB board's executive committee.  In addition to the elections, Pilar Ramos, executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of TelevisaUnivision, Inc. was appointed to the open television board seat created by a vacancy in a seat previously held by the company.

In her role at TelevisiaUnivision, Pilar leads several key functions including Law, Compliance and Government Affairs. She joined the company in 2021 while overseeing the merger that established TelevisaUnivision.  Perry Sook continues the second year of his role as joint board chair. The position is elected every two years.  The elections took place at the NAB Board of Directors meeting, held June 3-4.

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7Vanna White Bids Emotional Farewell To Pat Sajak On Final Show

 

'i Love You, Pat': Vanna White Bids Emotional Farewell To Host On Eve Of Final Show

Dolly Parton Announces Broadway Musical Based on Her Life

Live Music Experts on DOJ-Live Nation Suit: 'Have an Industry to Save'

Ed Sheeran Admits He Got Rid of His Phone in 2015 Because 'I Was Losing Real-Life Interaction'

Eminem ‘Lonely’ as Single Dad but Won’t ‘Let Guard Down’ to Date

Netflix Is Testing a New Layout Design for TVs

'Baby Reindeer': Real-Life Martha Files Lawsuit Against Netflix

‘Full House’ House Back on the Market, Asking $6.5 Million

 


 

 

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Jack-FM Becomes 'Blade-FM' For A Day In Honor Of Richard Blade’s Hollywood Walk Of Fame Star

MOUTH, JUNE 6TH, 2024 - As a followup to news that radio legend Richard Blade will be receiving his own star today on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Audacy's 93.1 Jack-FM/KCBS-FM will now honor the occasion by rebranding as 'Blade-FM' for the day. In addition to SiriusXM, Blade also hosts 'Flashback Lunch middays on Jack-FM. Blade will also join sister station KROQ, where he handled in the 1980s, for an interview with the Klein & Ally Show. The event, will be hosted by Walk of Famer Jimmy Kimmel and Richard Blade Fan Club coordinator Oscar E. Alvarez Jr.

dAccording to The Walk of Fame, In the 1980s, he was the top-rated morning-drive host on KROQ in Los Angeles and hosted and directed numerous TV shows and series including Video One, MV3, and VideoBeat. Walk of Fame Producer Ana Martinez says, "Richard has enriched many lives with his incredible talent and passion for music. This ceremony will bring back great memories and music from the 1980s when he was with Los Angeles radio station, KROQ. What makes this award even more special for Richard is that he was nominated by his fans!” added Martinez.

Audacy Regional President Jeff Federman commented, “We’re so incredibly lucky and proud to have Richard associated with our stations for the past 40 years. His genuine love for music has entertained and inspired countless fans, making him a respected and admired figure in the world of radio and beyond.”

Blade Photo/Walk of Fame - Jimmy Kimmel/ ABC

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Deborah Roberts To Host 49th Annual Gracie Awards Luncheon; Suzyn Waldman Honored With Lifetime Achievement Award

MOUTH, JUNE 6TH, 2024 - The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) leadership announces Deborah Roberts, Senior National Affairs Correspondent for ABC News and Co-dAnchor of “20/20,” will host the 49th Annual Gracie Awards Luncheon on June 18, at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City.

AWMF is also proud to honor Suzyn Waldman, pioneering Yankees sports announcer with the Gracies Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her extraordinary contributions to sports broadcasting for over four decades, notably as one of the first women to cover Major League Baseball.

“We are honored to have Deborah Roberts, an exemplary journalist and storyteller, host this year’s Gracies Luncheon. Her illustrious career and dedication to impactful reporting epitomize the values we celebrate at the Gracie Awards,” said Becky Brooks, President of the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation. Additionally, we are honored to recognize Suzyn Waldman’s pioneering contributions to the industry with the Gracies Lifetime Achievement Award. This event promises to be a memorable celebration of talent and achievement in media.”

The Gracie Awards Luncheon, a cornerstone event of the Gracie Awards, celebrates the exceptional contributions of women in media and will touch on this year’s theme of “Feminine Strength, both Large and Small,” highlighting incredible achievements of women who have documented and narrated critical moments in local communities, providing a platform for student winners whose inspiring content signals a bright future for the media industry.

The National Gracie Award honorees were recognized at the Gracies Gala, May 21, at The Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills. A full list of winners may be found here. For more information about the 2024 Gracies Luncheon or to secure tickets, please visit HERE.

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After Nearly 30-Year Run, Shreveport's Erin Bristol Says She's Stepping Down From Radio For 'The Non-Profit Sector'

MOUTH, JUNE 6TH, 2024 - Shreveport's Erin Bristol announced via Facebook that after nearly three decades on-air, she is stepping down from her posts at Townsquare's KRUF-FM, KVKI-FM and KXKS-FM and leaving for the non-profit sector, specifically, 'Volnteers for Youth Justice.'

She posted: "Wow... I've been dreading writing this because somehow making it 'Facebook Official,' makes it real... but I've decided to take my career in a new direction. After 28 years and a lot of blood, sweat, tears, and some of the best times of my life, I'm leaving radio for the non-profit sector, specifically Volunteers for Youth Justice. This has been on my heart for a long time, and when this opportunity became available, it spoke to me."

She clarified, 'There's absolutely nothing wrong with Townsquare Media Shreveport, I love my co-workers, especially that damn Gary McCoy (morning co-hoist on KXKS-FM) but I have to do this for me."

"While I'm not sure what the future holds and I have too many people to thank for their support, please know I'm excited, scared, and most of all, ready to wake up again at a decent hour," she added.

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SiriusXM And Baseball Hall of Fame/Museum Team For New Podcast 'The Road To Cooperstown'

MOUTH, JUNE 6TH, 2024 - SiriusXM and the National Baseball Hall of Fame announced a multi-year collaboration to produce a new podcast dedicated to telling the stories of the all-time great players who are enshrined in the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. “The Road to Cooperstown” will debut June 8th and air every Saturday at 9 am ET on SiriusXM’s MLB Network Radio channel and on the SiriusXM app.

Season 1 will run from June through October and each week’s episode will feature a long form conversation between SiriusXM host Jon Paul Morosi and a different Hall of Famer. Election into the Baseball Hall of Fame is the ultimate recognition of baseball greatness, and listeners will hear directly from these greats first-hand as they reflect on their life in the game, remembering the highlights as well as the challenges they faced on their way to earning a place in baseball’s most exclusive club. The series premieres on June 8th with a conversation with Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench. Ensuing episodes will feature fellow Cooperstown inductees Ozzie Smith, Cal Ripken Jr., George Brett, John Smoltz, Tom Glavine, Craig Biggio, Joe Torre and many more.

“Induction into the Hall of Fame is the greatest honor in all of sport, and each one of our 346 Hall of Famers faced and overcame challenges en route to a plaque in Cooperstown,” said Josh Rawitch, President of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. "The Road to Cooperstown’ brings these stories to listeners through the voices of the legends themselves, sharing with fans the amazing character and skill that made them the greatest players in the game’s history. We are proud to work with SiriusXM to bring this engaging and inspiring series to listeners around the world.”

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Audacy Announces Multi-year Agreement With New Orleans Saints And Pelicans

MOUTH, JUNE 6TH, 2024 - Audacy announced a new multi-year agreement with the New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Pelicans. This partnership will ensure that all Saints and Pelicans games are broadcast live on WWL (WWL-AM/FM). WWL has been the flagship station for the New Orleans Saints continuously since 1995. With this new agreement, WWL will expand its sports broadcasting portfolio by becoming the official radio home of the New Orleans Pelicans.

“We are honored to extend our partnership with the New Orleans Saints and excited to bring the New Orleans Pelicans into the WWL family,” said Dan Barron, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Audacy New Orleans. “This agreement reaffirms our dedication to providing fans with the best sports broadcasting in the region. We are proud to be the go-to source for Saints and Pelicans coverage and are excited to bring every thrilling moment to our listeners.”

"We are thrilled to continue our longstanding partnership with WWL," said Gayle Benson, Owner of the New Orleans Saints and Governor of the New Orleans Pelicans. "WWL has been a trusted voice in our community for over a century, and we are confident that this agreement will enhance the experience for our dedicated fans. With WWL's extensive reach and experienced team, we look forward to delivering exceptional broadcasts for both the Saints and Pelicans for years to come."

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Report: Joe Rogan Tops Podcast Chart In The UK

MOUTH, JUNE 6TH, 2024 - The Top Podcasts in the UK This week’s insight includes: The Top 25 Podcasts in the UK Q1 2024 Register for the Sports Audio Report Register for The Infinite Dial Australia Edison Research is excited to reveal the Top 25 Podcasts in the UK based on reach for Q1 2024 among weekly podcast listeners age 15+. Edison Podcast Metrics™ is the only podcast measurement service that measures the relative audience size of all podcasts.

Remaining in the Top Three from Q4 2023 to Q1 2024 are The Joe Rogan Experience - The Diary of a CEO with Steven Bartlett, and Sh**ged Married Annoyed. New to the Top Five is TikToker-turned-podcaster GK Barry’s Saving Grace. ShxtsNGigs, a UK-based show currently in the middle of a U.S. tour, enters the Top Ten for the first time.

Making their debut in the Top 25, The Chunkz & Filly Show has quickly risen to #10 following the launch of their podcast in October 2023. The Fellas secures the #16 spot. What's Good with Miniminter and Randolph earns the #23 spot

Edison Podcast Metrics is available in both the UK and the U.S. For more information on how to become a subscriber to the full dataset, please contact info@edisonresearch.com.

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iHeart’s Ruby Studio And Car And DriverTto Debut 'Car And Driver’s Into Cars' Podcast

MOUTH, JUNE 6TH, 2024 - iHeartMedia’s branded studio dedicated to crafting meaningful, impactful and culturally relevant stories with partners, today debuted “Car and Driver’s Into Cars,” a new podcast co-produced with Car and Driver, America’s new-car bible. “Car and Driver’s Into Cars” examines the hottest and most compelling new cars of the year. As the name suggests, this show brings listeners into the cars to hear the engines revving and the tires squealing. After experiencing the cars, the hosts step into the studio to talk to the people who designed and built them.

Hosts Tony Quiroga, Editor-in-Chief of Car and Driver, and Eddie Alterman, Chief Brand and Content Officer of Hearst Autos, will bring to the show the same intelligence, independence and irreverence that has made Car and Driver a trusted source for news and reviews since 1955, and they will deliver unfiltered conversations about the most compelling new vehicles on the road. eBay Motors is the exclusive sponsor of “Car and Driver’s Into Cars” for season one.

The first episode of “Car and Driver’s Into Cars” is available today, June 6, 2024. New episodes will post each Thursday. “Car and Driver’s Into Cars” is distributed by iHeartPodcasts and is now available on iHeartRadio and everywhere podcasts are heard.

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Podbean Offers Creators Subscription Support on Apple Podcasts

OUTH, JUNE 6TH, 2024 - Podbean is offering their creators the ability to deliver premium podcasts for their subscriptions on Apple Podcasts. This feature will enable content creators and publishers on the Podbean platform to offer a premium experience to their listeners while growing their audience and revenue whilst minimizing operational work. To educate creators on the advantages and functionalities of the Apple Podcasts Subscription API, a free virtual event will be held on Wednesday, June 12 at 10:00 am PST hosted by experts from both Apple Podcasts and Podbean.

The event will help equip Podbean creators with comprehensive insights into Apple Podcasts Subscriptions and its seamless integration through the API. During this complimentary session, Podbean creators will learn about the benefits of offering a subscription on Apple Podcasts. It takes place on June 12th 10:00 am -10:45 am PST

“Apple Podcasts Subscriptions represent a game-changing opportunity for creators to not only enhance their monetization strategies but also deepen engagement with their audience,” said John Kiernan, Director of Content and Partnerships at Podbean. “At Podbean, we're committed to empowering our creators with the most innovative and cutting-edge opportunities available, and this collaboration with Apple is a testament to that commitment."Register Here

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7Pat Sajak Lets Go Of The 'Wheel' Tomorrow After 40+ Year Run

 

Pat Sajak To Let Go Of The ‘Wheel' Tomorrow Following A More Than 44-Year Run

Is Machine Gun Kelly About To Try Country Music? Set To Perform At Spotify House During CMA Fest 

Meghan Trainor Says She Wants to Replace Katy Perry as 'American Idol' Judge

Taylor Swift Defends Lady Gaga Amid False Pregnancy Rumors

Jelly Roll Having Trouble Booking International Tour Due to Felonies

How 'Maps' Became One of Rock's Most Iconic Love Songs

Kevin Costner Refused To Shorten Whitney Houston Eulogy For Funeral

Elon Musk Installs Starlink for Amazon Tribe, Who Promptly Develop Porn Addiction

America's Largest Case of Beer Is Now in Stores

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Kendall Mark To Join With Brittany Arneson For Afternoons On Hubbard's myTalk 107.1 Minneapolis

MOUTH, JUNE 5TH, 2024 - Hubbard Radio Minnesota’s VP/Market Manager, Dan Seeman, and myTalk 107.1 Brand and Content Manager, Amy Daniels, announced that Brittany Arneson and Kendall Mark will host afternoon drive on myTalk 107.1. The Brittany & Kendall Show will replace legendary afternoon drive hosts Lori & Julia. After 22 years Lori Barghini and Julia Cobbs have decided to hang up their myTalk headphones.

“I couldn’t be more excited to announce that Brittany and Kendall will host afternoons on myTalk 107.1,” commented Daniels. “The myTalk 107.1 audience is already familiar with and loves Brittany. When Kendall came in for the on-air audition we knew within 15 minutes that she was the perfect fit!”

Brittany Arneson is familiar to the myTalk 107.1 audience, serving as a primary fill-in host during the past five years. Prior to that, Brittany was on the KQRS morning show and most recently co-hosted the Tom Barnard Podcast with Tom Barnard. Brittany also has a background as a digital media specialist and is a United States Veteran, serving as Veteran Combat Medic in the US Army. Kendall Mark most recently worked as a reporter, anchor and host at Fox 9 in Minneapolis-St. Paul. Kendall hosted alongside Jason Matheson on the nationally syndicated “The Jason Show”. Prior to her six years at Fox 9, Kendall worked as an in-game host for the Minnesota Wild, a host and reporter for Fox Sports North and reporter at Canterbury Park.

“I am seriously the biggest myTalk fan, I listen constantly,” commented Brittany. “I can’t believe this is the station I get to work at with the people I adore.” Kendall remarked, “Is this real life?! We have some big shoes to fill, the Drive Time Divas are absolute legends. What a privilege to be joining Brittany on this new adventure. We can’t wait to spend our afternoons with all of you, myTalkers!”

VP/Market Manager, Dan Seeman, commented, “Let me start off by recognizing the incredible achievements of Lori & Julia. They blazed trails for this entire radio station and will always be in the DNA of myTalk 107.1. Replacing Lori & Julia was a big challenge, but I think Amy Daniels found the future with Brittany and Kendall.” Lori & Julia’s final broadcast will be on June 27, 2024. Brittany and Kendall will launch their new show on July 8, 2024.

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Radio Legend Richard Blade To Be Honored Tomorrow With Star On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame

Jimmy Kimmel and Richard Blade Fan Club coordinator Oscar E. Alvarez Jr. To Host

MOUTH, JUNE 5TH, 2024 - SiriusXM First Wave host Richard Blade is set to have his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 6. The event, will be hosted by Walk of Famer Jimmy Kimmel and Richard Blade Fan Club coordinator Oscar E. Alvarez Jr.

dWalk of Fame Producer Ana Martinez says, "Richard has enriched many lives with his incredible talent and passion for music. This ceremony will bring back great memories and music from the 1980s when he was with Los Angeles radio station, KROQ. What makes this award even more special for Richard is that he was nominated by his fans!” added Martinez.

According to The Walk of Fame, In the 1980s, he was the top-rated morning-drive host on KROQ in Los Angeles and hosted and directed numerous TV shows and series including Video One, MV3, and VideoBeat. He has won numerous awards, including The Golden Microphone, California’s Best DJ, the Brit-of-the-Year, and the American DJ Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Blade has also appeared in many Network TV series and starred or co-starred in several feature films, including Girls Just Want to Have Fun, Spellcaster, and Long Lost Son, which he also wrote. Blade Photo/Walk of Fame - Jimmy Kimmel/ ABC

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Big Sean, Gwen Stefani, Keith Urban Among Headliners For 2024 iHeartRadio Music Festival

MOUTH, JUNE 5TH, 2024 - iHeartMedia announced the lineup for the 2024 iHeartRadio Music Festival presented by Capital One, the annual concert event taking place on Friday, Sept. 20 and Saturday, Sept. 21 at T-Mobile Arena. This year, the epic two-day lineup for the iHeartRadio Music Festival presented by Capital One will feature performances by Big Sean, Camila Cabello, Doja Cat, Gwen Stefani, Hozier, Keith Urban, New Kids on the Block, Paramore, Shaboozey, The Black Crowes, Thomas Rhett, Victoria Monét and more. Hosted by Ryan Seacrest, the iHeartRadio Music Festival will once again include one-of-a-kind collaborations and surprise performances.

“The iHeartRadio Music Festival is the one time each year when the best-in-class superstar artists from all genres of music come together to share one stage for a weekend of live music,” said Tom Poleman, Chief Programming Officer and John Sykes, President of Entertainment Enterprises of iHeartMedia. “And with Hulu as the Official Streaming Destination, the festival will reach even more fans across the country.”

“This year’s iHeartRadio Music Festival includes a great lineup of artists across a variety of genres,” said Byron Daub, Vice President of Sponsorships and Experiential Marketing at Capital One. “Our cardholders are huge music fans, and we’re thrilled to offer them unique access to the concert event, giving them the chance to experience some of their favorite artists in an unforgettable way.”

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Audacy Honored With 20 Regional Murrow Awards

MOUTH, JUNE 5TH, 2024 - Audacy was honored with 20 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, presented by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) for outstanding achievements in broadcast and digital journalism. 11 Audacy markets were honored, including Dallas, Detroit, New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia and San Francisco. NewsRadio 1080 KRLD in Dallas, WWJ Newsradio 950 in Detroit, KNX News 97.1 FM in Los Angeles and WCBS 880 in New York captured the distinguished “Overall Excellence” Award. See complete list here

Regional winners automatically move on to the national round of consideration, which also includes digital news organizations and network competitors. Among the most prestigious awards in news, the Murrow Awards recognize local and national news stories that uphold the RTDNA Code of Ethics, demonstrate technical expertise and exemplify the importance and impact of journalism as a service to the community. Murrow Award-winning work demonstrates the excellence that Edward R. Murrow made a standard for the broadcast news profession. RTDNA has been honoring outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with these awards since 1971.

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Six To Be Recognized This Fall With 2024 Indiana Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame Honors

MOUTH, JUNE 5TH, 2024 - Five broadcasters well known to Indiana radio listeners and TV viewers and one “founding mother” of Hoosier broadcasting will be recognized this fall in the Indiana Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame. “Our 2024 Hall of Fame honorees will be recognized for their long service to Hoosier viewers and listeners, working to connect our communities and keep them informed and entertained. They are the best of the best, and we are delighted to recognize this class of top-tier broadcasters and community volunteers,” said Dave Arland, Executive Director of the Indiana Broadcasters Association. This year’s Hall of Fame class will be inducted at a luncheon recognition event on Tuesday, September 10 at The Bluffs at Conner Prairie in Fishers, Indiana.

This year’s honorees are: Dennis Jon Bailey, WIKY Radio Evansville radio personality. For more than 20 years, Bailey has led the Morning Show at 104.1FM WIKY in Evansville, following on-air work in Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Dayton, and Boston. Ardath Burkhart, civic leader and founder of Indianapolis Public TV broadcaster Debby Knox, WTTV and WISH Indianapolis TV news anchor. A three-time Emmy winner, Knox is a familiar face to Indianapolis viewers as an iconic anchor for news broadcasts at Channel 8 for 33 years and Channel 4 for 8 years.

Tony Lamont, WTLC Radio Indianapolis radio personality. Lamont’s career began in gospel radio and he is long remembered as the morning man on WTLC. Paul Page, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network. A longtime Indiana broadcaster who has worked at radio and TV stations throughout central Indiana, Page is best known for his local and network television and radio broadcast roles on race day. David White, Indianapolis WBRI / WXIR Radio personality and WISH-TV religion news anchor. White is immediate past president of the Indiana Broadcast Pioneers.

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Hartbeat And SiriusXM Premiere New Pop Culture Show 'Off Topic With Yamaneika' With Comedian Yamaneika Saunders

MOUTH, JUNE 5TH, 2024 - In collaboration with SiriusXM, Hartbeat, the global, multi-platform entertainment company founded by Kevin Hart, has launched “Off Topic with Yamaneika” – a new weekly, pop culture show hosted by award-winning TV writer, stand-up comedian, and actress Yamaneika Saunders.

Yamaneika was previously featured in Season 2 of Hartbeat’s stand-up series, “Comedy in Color.”

Beginning yesterday June 4th, Off Topic with Yamaneika will air new episodes exclusively for SiriusXM subscribers on Kevin Hart’s Laugh Out Loud Radio every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 3:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM PT.

Laugh Out Loud Radio is available to SiriusXM subscribers nationwide in their cars (channel 96) and on the SiriusXM app: https://sxm.app.link/PRlink-LOLRadio ASSETS: Hi-res cover art and headshot are available for download HERE

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7Cowell On The Hunt To Create New Boy Band; GaGa Denies Rumors

 

Simon Cowell Is on the Hunt to Create a New Boy Band

Lady Gaga Denies Pregnancy Rumors After Sister's Wedding Photos Go Viral

Jelly Roll & Bunnie XO Baby Plans: Open Up About IVF Journey

WWE Rising Star Tiffany Stratton Signs With Paradigm

Documentary About ‘South Park’ Creators’ Casa Bonita Rescue Sets World Premiere at Tribeca

Peaky Blinders Movie Announced by Netflix, Cillian Murphy Returning

Christina Applegate Says She Feels 'Trapped In This Darkness' Amid Ms Diagnosis: 'i Don't Enjoy Living'

Congressman's Son Steals The Show Making Silly Faces Behind Dad During Speech On The House Floor

Couple Finds Safe Containing $100,000 While Magnet Fishing in Queens

Brother Marquis of 2 Live Crew Dead at 58

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The SiriusXM Studio At Wynn Las Vegas Joins Its Growing Broadcast Studios Across North America

MOUTH, JUNE 4TH, 2024 - SiriusXM Studios has expanded to the Wynn Las Vegas which now, in addition to its headquarters in New York City’s Rockefeller Center; has facilities in Washington, DC., West Hollywood studios, featuring Los Angeles performance space “The Garage”; Miami studios in South Beach; and a newly-located hub in Nashville.

Flavor Flav’s new show The studio is home to a new series hosted by legendary hip-hop artist and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Flavor Flav. “Flavor Flav’s Flavor of the Week” debuts June 10 and airs weekly on LL COOL J’s Rock The Bells Radio (Ch. 43). Rock The Bells Radio. “I started my music career on the radio as DJ MC Flavor,” Flavor Flav said. “That was the beginning of both Flavor Flav and Public Enemy. I did things that had never been done and have never been duplicated since. It’s been some years since I’ve hosted a radio show. I’m so excited to team up with SiriusXM to bring y’all a new Flavor and the ‘Flavor of the Week’ show packed with all the Flavor! Let’s make some history!!”

John Mayer’s live broadcast Seven-time GRAMMY Award-winning singer-songwriter John Mayer hosts a live broadcast on June 5 for his channel, Life with John Mayer (Ch. 14). The special live-from-Vegas episode features John playing his favorite songs and artists as well as taking phone calls from listeners around the country. Life with John Mayer Your personal soundtrack Listen on the App More hosts in Las Vegas

Other on-air SiriusXM personalities broadcasting regularly from The SiriusXM Studio at Wynn Las Vegas include Mad Dog Sports Radio host JT the Brick; Ozzy’s Boneyard, Octane, and SiriusXM Turbo host Shannon Gunz; and Faction Talk and Hair Nation host Eddie Trunk.

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Report; 'Podcast Consumption Is Undercounted Due To Co-Listening With Friends And Family'

MOUTH, JUNE 4TH, 2024 - Cumulus Media (NASDAQ: CMLS), in partnership with Signal Hill Insights, released Cumulus Media and Signal Hill Insights’ Podcast Download – Spring 2024 Report, a comprehensive evaluation of the latest podcast audience trends. A key finding uncovered in the Podcast Download Report is that podcast consumption is undercounted due to co-listening that is occurring with friends, family, and children.

“Since the dawn of podcast advertising, selling estimates based on downloads, listens, or views never contemplated a device utilized by multiple people,” said Lauren Vetrano, VP, Advertiser Measurement & Insights, Cumulus Media | Westwood One Audio Active Group®. “What we have uncovered is that there is actually a fair amount of co-listening to podcasts that takes place. Whether it be with kids, friends, or family, the podcast industry is leaving ears on the table. There is a richer consumption story to be told as it is not just one person per download. For agencies and media planners, being able to examine co-listening by genre or podcast can offer invaluable insights into reaching the true audience.”

Another key finding highlighted in the report is how marketers targeting people with a side hustle can find a rich concentration of them among the podcast audience. “Side hustles are a growing phenomenon, and we find that podcast consumers have them, especially heavy podcast consumers and those aged 18 - 34,” said Paul Riismandel, Chief Insights Officer, Signal Hill Insights. “So many of these people are effectively small business owners. At the same time, we’re seeing increasing advertiser interest in this audience segment. This is additional evidence that podcasts are an effective way to reach them.”

Spring 2024 Report is available in full for download at CumulusPodcastNetwork.com.

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Tino Cochino Radio Says Aloha To Power 104.3 Honalulu

MOUTH, JUNE 4TH, 2024 -The Nationally syndicated YEA Networks Tino Cochino Radio started Monday morning with a big ALOHA to Power 104.3 Honolulu listeners. Tino and the crew have been inked to wake up Oahu from 6-10am on Summit Media's KPHW.

Tino commented: "We’ve been looking to lock in Hawaii for the longest! This is an accomplishment the team and I are extremely excited about. Thank you to Randy Chase, Maurice Devoe and everyone at Summit Media for their continued belief in Tino Cochino Radio."

For more info, contact Scott@yeanetworks.com or Mikey@tinocochinoradio.com for all the details.

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Honors: WBAL Baltimore And WTOP Wash. DC Win Big At CAPBA Event In Ocean City

MOUTH, JUNE 4TH, 2024 - Big night on Saturday at The Chesapeake Associated Press Broadcasters Association for Heartst WBAL in Baltimore and Hubbard's WTOP Wash. DC who were among those who recognized. WBAL NewsRadio 1090/FM 101.5 landed seven first-place awards at their annual convention in Ocean City. Photo - From left to right: Reporter Scott Wykoff, Director of Programming/News Director, Jeff Wade, Reporter Robert Lang and Producer David Gegorek.

Also drawing honors was WTOP who took home seven first place Chesapeake Associated Press Broadcasters Association (CAPBA) awards including Outstanding Website for WTOP.com, Outstanding Newscast and the Best in Show Award for all radio for Outstanding News Operation.

“In addition to the breaking news, traffic and weather WTOP offers, we have also made a concerted effort to offer a balanced news diet to our consumers across platforms,” said Julie Ziegler, WTOP’s Director of News and Programming. “There are great ‘good news’ stories happening across the DC region every day. It is a great honor to see some of them honored in this way.”

The Chesapeake Associated Press Broadcasters Association is comprised of television and radio professionals from across the region.

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Delilah To Be Honored With MIW's 'Airblazer Award At Morning Show Boot Camp 36 In San Diego

THE MOUTH, JUNE 3RD, 2024 - Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio, Inc. (MIW), in association with Morning Show Boot Camp, are delighted to announce that legendary radio host and Premiere Networks-syndicated personality Delilah is the recipient of the 8th annual 2024 MIW Airblazer Award.

dThe MIW Airblazer Award stems from an alliance formed in 2015 between MIW

and Morning Show Boot Camp (MSBC). The recipient is carefully selected, as is tradition, by the prior year’s recipient and is recognized for her dedication and contributions to the broadcast industry and to the communities she serves. The 2024 Airblazer Award will be presented to Delilah during the Morning Show Boot Camp on Friday, August 9, 2024, at the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego, CA. To register for 2024 MSBC visit: https://radiomsbc.com/.

With an audience of over eight million weekly listeners on 160 radio stations, Delilah is the most-listened-to-woman on radio in the U.S. Her unique voice and connection with loyal listeners and fans have made her a mainstay on radio. Commenting on the announcement, Delilah said, "I'm honored to be recognized by MIW and MSBC with their annual Airblazer Award, joining a group of very talented women who've also received this tremendous award. I do my very best to stay true to my audience and I value the one-on-one relationship we have. If my actions inspire other women in our industry to do the same, then I'm all the more humbled by this recognition."

MIW Board President Ruth Presslaff adds, “Delilah’s dedication to the radio industry, to children, and to communities far and wide has rightfully garnered an impressive collection of awards. MIW is proud to add Airblazer to the list. We are, as always, appreciative of Don Anthony for partnering with us on recognizing extraordinary women broadcasters.” 2023 MIW Airblazer

Dana Cortez, creator, and host of the nationally syndicated Dana Cortez Show said, “I’m beyond excited to announce I have chosen Delilah as this year’s Airblazer Award from Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio. Listening to Delilah gave me chills and learning about her career in radio gave me inspiration. The ceilings she broke through have opened up opportunity for every woman who has ever dreamed of a career behind the mic. Now everyone sing DE LIIIII LAAAHHHHH .” Register HERE for Morning Show Boot Camp San Diego

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WRMF-FM's Kevin Rolston Of The 'KVJ Show To Receive MSBC's 2024 'Kidd Kraddick Award'

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THE MOUTH, MAY 13TH, 2024 - ICYMI, Kevin Rolston of WRMF-FM's top-rated KVJ show has been named the 2024 recipient of Morning Show Boot Camp's (MSBC) prestigious 'Kidd Kraddick Award'. Kevin is joined on-air by co-hosts Virginia Sinicki and Jason Pennington (shown L-R). Named in honor of the late Kidd Kraddick, the annual award recognizes those of unparalleled success, inimitable style and authenticity. exemplary service to their community and serving as a constant source of inspiration to other shows and personalities. 

dTraditionally, each year's recipient is charged with selecting the following year's honoree. Last year's recipient, Dave Ryan (R) of iHeart's KDWB-FM Minneapolis, said in selecting Rolston, "The responsibility of choosing the next Kidd Kraddick Award winner is the hardest part of winning this award. So many amazing radio people went through my head like characters on a slot machine! But I owed Kevin for helping me hide that body at Boot Camp 2014 so I knew he was the one."

Ryan adds, "Seriously, Kevin is amazing on two important fronts. Of course he's an incredible radio talent. His content is different and fun and innovative and absolutely compelling. He never plays it safe and it pays off. On top of dthat, he's a visionary. He sees where the industry is going and how to get his show on that same path. If you want to know where to point your show in 2024, follow Kevin."


On being named as this year's recipient Kevin says, "There isn't an honor I would cherish more. I believe Kidd Kraddick was the most gifted person to ever crack a microphone in our industry. Everyone to have received his award is an industry giant. I don't feel worthy, but I'm not gonna turn this down either! And to receive this award from Dave Ryan is such a cool full-circle moment for me."

"Dave Ryan is the sole reason I'm even in radio in the first place," Kevin added, "Hearing him on the Morning Zoo at WNCI in Columbus as a young impressionable kid at Ohio University who couldn't pick a career path, inspired me and gave me the idea that maybe I could do this too. I wanted to be him so bad. Kind of weird where life takes you."

Past honorees include Bert Weiss of the syndicated 'The Bert Show,' The YEA Network Syndicated 'The Kidd Kraddick Show, The Ace & TJ Show, 97X Quad Cities' Dwyer & Michaels Show, Big 105.9 Miami's Paul Castronovo, BJ Shea, co-host of The BJ & Sarah Mornings on KZOK-FM Seattle, The Roula & Ryan Show, on KRBE-FM Houston, Brother Wease Radio 95.1 Rochester, Mojo of Channel 955 Detroit's Mojo in the Morning and, of course, Dave Ryan.

The Kraddick Award will be presented during Talentmasters' 36th Annual Morning Show Boot Camp (MSBC), taking place August 8-10 at The Hard Rock Hotel, San Diego. Register now by clicking HERE

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100.7 WZLX Boston Debuts The Rich Shertenlieb Show & Cast On Monday May 20th

THE MOUTH, MAY 16TH, 2024 - iHeartMedia Boston’s 100.7 WZLX will debut The Rich Shertenlieb Show on Monday, May 20, 2024. The new show will broadcast on 100.7 WZLX weekdays from 6 - 10 a.m. Since he first debuted on the Boston airwaves in 2006, Rich Shertenlieb, known to Boston radio listeners as part of an iconic Sports Radio duo, now has his own cast of characters sure to create can’t miss radio every day. Joining Shertenlieb will be Boston Television Personality and Sports Writer, Michael Hurley and a rotating cast including three-time Super Bowl Champion New England Patriot, Ted Johnson; Fox Sports, ESPN and Sports Illustrated alumni Charlotte Wilder and NFL Network alumni, Mike Giardi.

“I couldn’t be happier to be a part of the iHeartRadio family,” said Rich Shertenlieb. “From empowering me to helm one of the most legendary signals in New England at WZLX, to giving me the ability to surround myself each morning with some of my favorite people on the planet, they’ve provided everything that I need to create something special. iHeartRadio is the biggest and best audio companies in the world, and I’m excited about exploring this partnership to its full potential. Now it’s time to get to work, and I couldn’t be more excited.”

“Rich has made an undeniable impact on the Boston radio landscape,” said Dylan Sprague, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Boston. “Rich’s drive and creativity are unmatched and he’s assembled an incredible team to lead WZLX into its next chapter.” Watch Announcement Here

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Audacy Shines The Light On Muni Long And Kassi Ashton In Its Latest LAUNCH Music Discovery Program

THE MOUTH, MAY 16TH, 2024 - Audacy announces its latest LAUNCH artists: Top 40 artist Muni Long and Country singer Kassi Ashton. Audacy LAUNCH is the Company’s music discovery program designed to spotlight emerging artists. Audacy will support Long and Ashton's work through broadcast and digital airplay, on-air artist vignettes, digital editorial and engaging social content.

Audacy’s inaugural LAUNCH artists are now at the forefront of the music industry. Three-time CMT winner Jelly Rolly, recipient of the CMT Breakthrough Male Video of the Year, Warren Zeiders and 2023 Billboard Women in Music Rising Star Doechii have received numerous accolades, nominations, record-setting hits and multiplying fanbases following the momentum created by LAUNCH. “Muni and Kassi are on the brink of something big, and LAUNCH will catapult that potential to unprecedented levels. This program creates an exclusive way for listeners to find who and what is bound to take over their favorite formats. The remarkable success amassed by our 2023 artists has proven it’s way more than that,” said Michael Martin, Senior Vice President of Programming and Head of Music Initiatives, Audacy.

“Muni Long is a special, multi-talented artist who makes timeless music that resonates both cross-culturally and generationally. We appreciate all of the support from Audacy in helping to ensure that her songs reach a broad audience of listeners,” said Tunji Balogun, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Def Jam Recordings. MCA Nashville recording artist Kassi Ashton ‘crash-landed’ on Country radio with her single, “Dates In Pickup Trucks,” in 2022. Audacy is fueling the success of her latest single, “Called Crazy,” by featuring it across its Country brands.

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MSBC 36 Presenting Its Second Annual 'Women's Brunch' 2024; Book Early, Space Is Limited!

THE MOUTH, MAY 16TH, 2024 - Make plans now to join us for the highly anticipated return of the 'Women's Brunch' at MSBC 2024, presented In Association with The Alliance For Women In Media —an exceptional opportunity to engage in a visionary and unparalleled event! Following our hugely popular inaugural edition in 2023, the Women's Brunch is back and poised to make an even greater impact. This event celebrates the remarkable achievements of women in radio, serving as a beacon of inspiration and guidance for aspiring individuals within our industry.

While dubbed the Women's Brunch, it's important to note that all attendees are warmly welcomed—we wholeheartedly encourage the participation of our male counterparts in championing the advancement of women. Last year's gathering, masterfully hosted by Corey Dylan (shown), featured an array of enriching experiences including complimentary headshots, a sumptuous breakfast bar, refreshing mimosas, exciting prizes, and captivating talks from influential figures. Dylan, who'll serve again as this year's host, is a 2023 Gracie award for large market morning host and currently handles mornings on Local Media San Diego at 100.7 BIG FM.

"Last year’s inaugural women’s brunch left us feeling incredibly inspired, " said Heather Cohen, AWM Foundation Board. "Bringing the Alliance for Women in Media in as a key sponsor is one way we are showing our joint commitment to women in the industry that we all love. We look forward to supporting each other at what is certain to be another remarkable and powerful event. We can't wait to see you all there."

Consider joining us as a sponsor as well for the 2024 edition of the Women's Brunch, set for Saturday, Aug. 10th, 2024 - from 10:00 am to Noon. For info on sponsorships, contact Marie LeMaitre at Marie@theradiofam.com - to attend click here

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Ashley & Brad Welcome Three New Affiliates

THE MOUTH, MAY 16TH, 2024 - Skid Trax’s Ashley & Brad Show have welcomed three additional affiliates to their radio family. New stations include Sunny 105.7 (KYIX-HD3) Chico, CA, Kool 94-5 (KUOL-FM) Elko, NV and Rewind 103.9 (KFYN-AM) Bonham/Paris, TX.

Andrew Palmquist, General Manager at Sunny 105.7 commented, “Our morning shift was tough to fill. But Ashley and Brad's interesting, fun and engagingly playful banter, and a real dynamic that comes from their years working together, made our choice for them to cover mornings easy!”

Ashely and Brad wrapped it up, adding, “We're excited to add more cities to our family and eager to bring our unique blend of humor, entertainment, and community connection to even more listeners across the airwaves! We can't wait to hear from them on the show." To hear a demo or to welcome The Ashley & Brad Show into your market, please contact Michael Raffety at info@skidtrax.net or call 877-549-8658. You can also visit the Ashley & Brad website by clicking here.

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TM Studios Creates A New Sound And Sonic Logo For Live 95-5 Portland

THE MOUTH, MAY 16TH, 2024 - TM Studios has created a new custom sound and melody for Alpha Media’s KBFF in Portland. Living in the sweet spot between CHR and HOT AC, Live 95-5 needed a jingle package that complimented an Adult CHR station that plays pop hits. And they wanted a 5 note sonic logo that mimicked the name of the station with the right amount of syllables.

“Being a radio nerd, I love jingles,“ exclaims Dylan Salisbury Content Director Live 95.5. “TM knocked it out of the park making us custom jingles for our sonic sound. Not only do they ring the nostalgic bell, but they sound current for radio in 2024.”

Dave Bethell, COO and Co-Owner of TM Studios said, “We’re on a mission to create great sonic branding and work with Program Directors who appreciate the effectiveness of jingles. While working with Live 95-5 on their new sound we created a fresh 5 note sonic logo, that will imprint into listeners’ minds, leaving no doubt what station they’re listening to.”

Hear the new Live in Portland jingle package here… https://tmstudios.com/jingles/live-in-portland/ Reach TM at hello@tmstudios.com

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EVENTS: B-Dub To Host 2nd Annual 'B-Dub's Longest Ride'

THE MOUTH, MAY 16TH, 2024 - For the second year in a row, B-Dub will be hosting “B-Dub’s Longest Ride,” a fundraiser that supports military veterans and their families through the Fisher House Foundation. From June 19-23, the two-time ACM Award winning radio host will be riding his motorcycle over 3,500 miles across the Western US to raise awareness for the Fisher House initiatives that build comfort homes for military veterans and families while their loved ones are in the hospital.

This year, B-Dub’s goal is to raise $10,000 to give back to Fisher House and provide support for those who need it most. For additional information or for those who wish to donate, please visit www.bdubslongestride.com or text RIDE to 844-358-2382.

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101.9 The Mix Celebrates 32nd Annual Chicago River Day

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THE MOUTH, MAY 16TH, 2024 - This past Saturday, WTMX/MIX staff and listeners volunteered at the annual Chicago River Day in partnership with The Friends of the Chicago River. The goal was to help restore wildlife and keep the river pristine ahead of the start of the summer. The month-long campaign, fronted by Morning MIX Traffic Reporter Violeta Podrumedic, asked listeners to Volunteer with Violeta at LaBagh Woods, just one of 87 sites throughout the Chicago River system. In total, over 2,000 volunteers pitched in to remove garbage and invasive plant material to help in the restoration process of the 156 miles that make up the Chicago River System.

"Our partnership with The Mix adds tremendous value to our annual Chicago River Day event and measurably increases our success,” said Margaret Frisbie, Executive Director of Friends of the Chicago River. “With the help of The Mix this year, we expanded to 87 locations along the 156-mile Chicago-Calumet River system and engaged a record-breaking 2,400 volunteers who picked up tons of litter to protect and restore the river system.”

Jimmy Steal, MIX/Throwback 100.3 Vice President of Brand and Content, said “We’re happy to be a part of this important initiative where the power of local radio, coupled with our amazing staff and listeners, come together to help make a difference in our community!”

PHOTO/L-R: Back Row: Dianne Sharp (Promotion Director), Chris Petlak (Host The Morning Mix), Jimmy Steel (VP Brand and Content), Keith Lawless (VP / Market Manager) L to R Front Row: Casey McCabe (Host The Afternoon Mix), Violeta Podrumedic (Morning Mix Traffic), Amy Rapp, Nikki Chaiken (Co-Host The Morning Mix), Jenny Valliere (Host The Afternoon Mix). Along with MIX Kids.

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Longtime Radio Great, Dick Summer, Passes Away At 89

THE MOUTH, MAY 16TH, 2024 - Longtime Radio Legend, Dick Summer, gone at 89 Dick Summer was doing voice-over work well into his 80’s. His was one of the smoothest voices to ever grace the radio airwaves. He passed away peacefully at Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport, MA early Tuesday morning May 14th. He had just turned 89 on February 24th. Summer was born in 1935 in Brooklyn, NY and was alum of Fordham University in The Bronx.

Videographer Art Vuolo fondly remembers him early in his career as “a very popular night DJ at powerful WIBC-AM 1070 in Indianapolis doing his show from a tiny studio atop a Mel’s Drive-Inn style restaurant known as Merrill’s Hi-Decker where listeners would vote for favorite songs by flashing their headlights! He also was Indy’s local Dick Clark with a teen dance show on WISH TV 8 called the RC Cola Rhythm Carnival.”

Vuolo adds, " He is probably best remembered by a regional audience for his years in the 1960’s as the overnight host on 50 kw clear WBZ-AM 1030 which covered half the US at night. He later did stints at various New York area stations like: WPLJ (pre-Jim Kerr) in mornings, 66 WNBC, WYNY-FM, and WNEW-FM. In recent years he and his wife were based in West Chester, PA near Philadelphia, before returning to her hometown, outside of Boston."

Dick Summer is survived by his wife Barbara, whom he called his “wonder wench,” his 4 sons, 2 daughters, 5 grandchildren and 6 great grandkids. He was a one-of-a-kind broadcast

 

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STUDY: Telecommunications Among Most Impacted Industries By Technology in 2024

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THE MOUTH, JANUARY 2ND, 2024 - “The Impact of Technology in 2024 and Beyond,” found AI as the technology most likely to have the greatest impact on a broad range of industries from film to medicine. The Impact of Technology in 2024 and Beyond: AN IEEE global study (IEEE) Extended reality, cloud computing, 5G and electric vehicles are also among the top five most important technologies in 2024, according to the IEEE. The survey of CTOS (Global Tech. Officers) from the US, UK, China, India and Brazil found AI to be the most impactful technology next year, encompassing predictive and generative AI, machine learning (ML) and natural language processing (NLP).

Telecommunications, Manufacturing, Financial Industries Most impacted by Technology in 2024- The top five industry sectors that will be most impacted by technology in 2024, according to survey responses, are: 

  • (41%) telecommunications (as compared to 40% in 2023)

  • (39%) manufacturing (as compared to 30% in 2023)

  • (39%) banking and financial services (as compared to 33% in 2023) 

  • (31%) automotive and transportation (as compared to 39% in 2023)

  • (31%) energy (as compared to 33% in 2023) 

According to the survey, among the top uses of AI in the coming year will be real-time cybersecurity, increasing supply chain efficiency, aiding and accelerating software development, automating customer service, and the speeding up screening of job applicants. However, integrating AI into existing work isn’t as straightforward as flipping a switch. In the study, nearly half of respondents said they see difficulty integrating AI into existing workflows as one of the top three concerns when it comes to using generative AI in 2024.

The benefit of AI is clear to many, but there’s a tricky part: potential risks. Among them is the risk of overreliance on generative AI for facts. As the IEEE puts it, the problem is that those facts aren’t always accurate. And with all forms of AI, it can be difficult to find out how, exactly, the software arrived at its conclusion. In the survey, 59% of respondents cited an “overreliance on AI and potential inaccuracies” as a top concern of AI use in their organizations. Part of the problem is that the training data itself can be inaccurate. “Verifying training data is difficult because the provenance is not available and volume of the training data is enormous,” said IEEE life fellow Paul Nikolic. In 2024 and beyond, expect intense efforts to ensure that AI results are more accurate, and the data used to train AI models is clean. Read Full Report Here

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Audacy’s 99.9 KISW Presents Halloween Hullabaloo With Headliner Godsmack

THE MOUTH, MAY 10TH, 2024 - Whoaaa, it's only May, but fans can ready for a hauntingly unforgettable night this Halloween as Audacy’s 99.9 KISW presents its inaugural Halloween Hullabaloo! The spooky spectacle will take place on Sunday, October 13, at accesso ShoWare Center. The event features an all-star lineup headlined by legendary rock giants Godsmack, GRAMMY® Award-winning RIAA Platinum artists Halestorm, The Warning, and Flat Black.

"Having an iconic band like Godsmack headline our first-ever Halloween Hullabaloo delivers the high expectation our KISW Rockaholics look to us for," said Ryan Castle, Brand Manager, KISW-FM. "We're incredibly excited to have them, Halestorm, and everyone else as part of this electronic event and can't wait to see what ghostly surprises they have in store."