Details Coming Soon On This Year's 'Radio Roundtable' At  Talentmasters' 36th Annual MSBC 36 San Diego 

 

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Power 96 Flips To 'Miami's New Home For Throwbacks'

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THE MOUTH, MAY 24TH, 2024 - While we await the official word, news out of Miami has Audacy's Power 96/WPOW, flipping from rhythmic Top 40 to "Miami's New Home For Throwbacks." The change happened at 5pm on Thursday with the station keeping its heritage Power 96 moniker.

Commenting on the flip, Brand Manger Will Calder said, "Our listeners have been asking for it and we're excited to announce the next chapter of Power 96 as 'Miami's New Home for Throwbacks.' This music is the heartbeat of Miami's vibrant culture, shaping our city's identity and bringing back the best memories and feel-good vibes that make South Florida so unique." Judging by its website, it appears it's lineup remains intact.

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Candy 95 Names Mikaylee Supak As Co-Host For 'Morning Candy' College Station

THE MOUTH, MAY 24TH, 2024 - Candy 95 (KNDE-FM) taps Texas native Mikaylee Supak as the new morning co-host, plugging her headphones in across from Ted Hallowell each weekday. Mikaylee came to KNDE last summer via sister station, News/Talk WTAW. She recently graduated from Texas A&M University with a major in Business Administration, and a minor in Journalism.

Bryan Broadcasting OM & Candy 95 PD Rob Mack says, “Mikaylee’s radio story is an interesting one. She got the attention of our morning news anchor and WTAW host Chelsea Reber on Instagram, which led to a part-time fill-in role on WTAW last summer. Mikaylee expressed an interest in learning all facets of the radio business, so we had her sit in with Ted on Candy 95. This is all while completing her senior year at A&M. When we re-opened our search for a morning co-host earlier this year, we kept coming back to Mikaylee.”

Mikaylee says, “A dream I never even thought possible. My dad always told me to do something that makes you want to put two feet on the ground in the morning, and while I maybe wish I didn’t have to put them on the ground so early in the morning, I genuinely love my job. I am so excited to officially be a co-host of Morning Candy on Candy 95! I can’t wait for all that is to come and get even more connected with the community. Hello Aggieland!”

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SNAPS: Audacy's Glennon Doyle, Abby Wambach, And Amanda Doyle Honored At Gracies

THE MOUTH, MAY 24TH, 2024 - 'We Can Do Hard Things' hosts Glennon Doyle, Abby Wambach, and Amanda Doyle were recognized as the winners of the Best Lifestyle Podcast Co-host/Ensemble. Glennon and Abby were in attendance to receive the award. “Rooms like tonight, nights like this one matter,” Abby said in her acceptance speech. “…I want to acknowledge and affirm the little girl inside all of us that was told, ‘You can’t do it because you’re a girl.’ Tonight, I tell that little girl, ‘Yes, you can. Yes, you can.'

They were in great company, as it was a star-studded night with awards presented to Carol Burnett, Maria Shriver, Phylicia Rashad, and many more. Susan Larkin, Chief Operating Officer; Jennifer Tobar, Vice President of Sales; and Jeff Federman Regional President and Los Angeles Market Manager, joined the celebration by hosting a table with Audacy’s partners at Katz.

The Gracies Gala will be followed by the Gracies Luncheon at Cipriani’s in New York City on June 18. Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Alliance for Women in Media Foundation

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Reminder: MSBC 36's Legendary 'Battle Of The Bits' Now Open For Pre-Event Entries*

THE MOUTH, MAY 24TH, 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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Formula 1 Grand Prix de Monaco '24 Airs On SiriusXM

THE MOUTH, MAY 24TH, 2024 - SiriusXM will offer listeners nationwide coverage of this weekend’s world-famous FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX DE MONACO 2024, featuring the live turn-by-turn broadcast as well as pre- and post-race commentary airing on SiriusXM channel 81 and on the SiriusXM app. On race day Sunday, May 26, SiriusXM’s coverage begins at 8 am ET with the Speed City F1 Pre-Race Show, hosted by Jon Massengale, Jonathan Green, Bob Varsha and Chris Medland. At 9 am ET, SiriusXM will air the BBC 5 Live radio broadcast for the FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX DE MONACO 2024, allowing listeners to hear every lap live from start to finish.

“The Grand Prix de Monaco is one of the most exciting events in motorsports,” said Scott Greenstein, SiriusXM’s President and Chief Content Officer. “Our coverage will deliver all the action from the circuit and our F1 programming before and after the race will bring our listeners closer to everything happening this weekend in one of the most exotic and beautiful venues in the world.”

SiriusXM will also air live coverage of Qualifying on Saturday, May 25 at 9:55 am ET. After Qualifying, Speed City Saturday airs live with a recap of qualifying and a preview of Sunday’s Grand Prix. Tonight at 7 pm ET, SiriusXM listeners can also tune in to the weekly F1 show, Wheel to Wheel, hosted by Chris Medland and Jon Massengale, on SiriusXM channel 81 and on the SiriusXM app. In the days leading up to the race, the SiriusXM app will feature a special “Greatest Day in Motorsports” hub that will make it easy for listeners to find F1 race and qualifying coverage, preview programming and more.

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Nashville’s 107.5 The River Announces Its Eighth Annual 'River On The Rooftop' Concert Series

THE MOUTH, MAY 24TH, 2024 - iHeart107.5 The River Nashville announced today the lineup for its annual River on the Rooftop concert series presented by First Horizon Bank. The event returns this summer to a new venue – Skydeck on Broadway. The free concert series will span three dates throughout the summer. The first event will take place Monday, June 17th, and will feature acoustic performances from Jelly Roll, Jessie Murph, and Haven Madison. Future performers include Shinedown, David Kushner, Wallows, Knox, Dasha, Lawrence, Mark Ambor, Hayes Warner, Haven Madison, Brooke Alexx, and more to be announced soon.

The entire lineup and schedule can be found at 1075theriver.com or by following 107.5 the River on social media platforms. All shows are free and open to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis until the rooftop patio is at capacity. VIP viewing platforms will be available through the radio station and its partners. For more information, visit 1075theriver.com. Proud sponsors of River on the Rooftop include First Horizon Bank, Virgin Hotels Nashville, and Skydeck on Broadway. 107.5 the River is the leading media outlet in the Nashville market with multiple platforms, including its broadcast stations; live events; data; and its digital businesses and platforms, including mobile, social and its own iHeartRadio, iHeartMedia’s free all-in-one digital music, podcasting and live streaming radio service – with 3 billion app downloads and more than 160 million registered users.

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103.7 KEYN’S Free Eight Show Series to Be Hosted at Wichita's Naftzger Park and Andover's Amphitheater

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THE MOUTH, MAY 24TH, 2024 - Audacy announces the KEYN Summer Concert Series. This series of free concerts, hosted by 103.7 KEYN (KEYN-FM), will be held on select Fridays throughout the summer in the Wichita, KS, area, and bring a diverse lineup of bands to two locations: Wichita's Naftzger Park and Andover's Capitol Federal Amphitheater. “The KEYN Summer Concert Series promises to deliver unique and unforgettable musical experiences under the summer skies,” said Becky Domyan, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Audacy Wichita. “Whether you're a dedicated music lover or just looking for a fun way to spend your summer evenings, we look forward to spending time with our fans this summer.”

Concert Schedule June 14: Across The Pond, Wichita's Naftzger Park June 28: Llew Brown Band, Andover's Capitol Federal Amphitheater July 12: Big Fat Fun, Andover's Capitol Federal Amphitheater July 19: The Banned, Andover's Capitol Federal Amphitheater July 26: The Source Band, Andover's Capitol Federal Amphitheater August 2: Fast Lane, Wichita's Naftzger Park August 9: Lucky People, Wichita's Naftzger Park August 16: The Roadhouse Saints, Wichita's Naftzger Park

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iHeart Extends Its Broadcast Agreement With The Pittsburgh Steelers

THE MOUTH, MAY 24TH, 2024 - iHeartMedia Pittsburgh announced today an extension of its audio agreement with the Pittsburgh Steelers which will have iHeartMedia powering the newly created “Steelers Audio Network” through the 2028 season. The “Steelers Audio Network” will feature game day broadcasts, ancillary programs, digital audio (Steelers Nation Radio), podcasts and social media content. Fans can find the “Steelers Audio Network” and its programming year-round across a variety of platforms - 102.5 WDVE, Fox Sports Pittsburgh (970AM), Steelers Nation Radio, the Steelers mobile app, the iHeartRadio mobile app, as well as the team and station’s websites. In addition, 102.5 WDVE will continue to be the home of Pittsburgh Steelers game broadcasts. Steelers games have been broadcast on the station since 1999.

"We are thrilled to continue our collaboration with the Pittsburgh Steelers,” said Kevin LeGrett, President of iHeartSports. “Our renewed agreement, now known as ‘Steelers Audio Network’ encompasses a comprehensive range of audio offerings, delivering an exceptional listening experience for Steelers fans. Additionally, we’re excited to provide promotional support and further brand awareness across all six iHeartMedia Pittsburgh stations and digital sites. Our longstanding partnership continues to thrive, and we look forward to celebrating many more victories together!"

"iHeartMedia Pittsburgh and the Steelers have had a longstanding partnership," said Tim McAleer, Market President, iHeartMedia Pittsburgh. "We are thrilled to continue to give Steelers fans access to Steelers audio broadcasts and unique Steelers programing content for years to come."

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BPM And KMG Announce New Feature On WPYR And WTMD: 'The Good News' With Civil Rights Icon Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr.

THE MOUTH, MAY 24TH, 2024 - Baltimore Public Media (BPM) and KMG Networks, a division of Krantz Media Group (KMG), announced an exciting new feature on WYPR and WTMD titled "The Good News" with Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., who hosts a weekly national TV show on PBS TV. The feature is scheduled to debut on Monday, June 3, 2024, airing on both WYPR (88.1 FM) and WTMD (89.7 FM), streaming and on-demand.

“The Good News” is a daily radio commentary and headline news review hosted by the journalist and civil rights icon, offering fresh, timely, unique and brief perspective on the headline news of the day across America and throughout the world. Dr. Benjamin Franklin Chavis, Jr. (born January 22, 1948) in Oxford, NC is an African American civil rights leader and icon, United Church of Christ (UCC) ordained minister, author, journalist, organic chemist, environmentalist, global entrepreneur and, currently, president and CEO of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) based in Washington, DC since 2014.

“We're thrilled to bring 'The Good News' with Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. to WYPR and WTMD, " said Gary Krantz, CEO of KMG. “Dr. Chavis will present the facts and related stories objectively, yet with a multicultural nuance affirming the 'oneness of humanity,' providing listeners with a fresh, positive perspective on headline news."

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7DOJ Files Lawsuit Against Live Nation; Cassie Ventura Breaks Her Silence

 

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Live Nation Antitrust Lawsuit Filed By DOJ

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Paramount And Charter Extend Carriage Deal With Hotly Anticipated Multiyear Agreement That Includes Paramount+

Celine Dion Chronicles her Battle Back to the Stage After Stiff Person Syndrome Diagnosis in Documentary Trailer

Cassie Ventura Breaks Her Silence On Video That Showed Her Being Physically Assaulted by Diddy

Lady Gaga Debuts ‘Chromatica Ball’ Film at L.A. Premiere

Madonna Fan Earns World Record with 18 Tattoos of the Singer

'Masked Singer' Winner Vanessa Hudgens Loved 'Rare' Opportunity to Be Acknowledged for Talent Over 'Celebrity' 

Tim Burton Resurrects Beetlejuice in new Beetlejuice Beetlejuice Trailer

Demi Moore, Cher and More Stars Raise Money for AIDS Research at Annual amfAR Gala Near Cannes 

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Edison: 'Comedy Continues To Capture The Largest U.S. Weekly 13+ Podcast Listening Audience'

THE MOUTH, MAY 23RD, 2024 - Edison Research announced the Top Podcast Genres in the U.S. by reach for Q1 2024 among weekly podcast listeners age 13+. Edison Podcast Metrics™ is the only podcast measurement service in the U.S. that measures the relative audience size of all podcasts and podcast networks; this includes networks and shows that have not opted into other industry rankers. Nineteen genres have been identified as having at least one percent reach among weekly podcast listeners aged 13 and older in Q1 2024. Edison defines a podcast's genre using its primary genre in Apple Podcasts. See the full list below:

While there have been changes to the top podcast genre rankings since Q1 2023, Comedy continues to capture the largest U.S. weekly 13+ podcast listening audience. Society & Culture and News also remain in the top three, but Society & Culture has now surpassed News for the #2 spot this quarter. The genres with the most movement compared to Q1 2023 are Music and Fiction, both moving up two spots on the list.

Education and Religion & Spirituality also had growth on the ranker, moving up one spot from their Q1 2023 placement. For a list of specific show titles in the Top 50, visit The Top 50 Podcasts in the U.S. for Q1 2024.

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Billy Kidd Celebrates 40 Years in Rochester Radio

THE MOUTH, MAY 23RD, 2024 - 92.5 WBEE afternoon host Billy Kidd is celebrating 40 years in Rochester radio, and the station is commemorating this milestone with a special morning show celebration on Friday, May 24 from 5:30 to 10:00 a.m. ET. Former station veteran Terry Clifford will make her return for the day and join the program.

“Billy is not only the beloved familiar voice that our listeners hear every day on the radio, but he’s also a major part of the heart and soul of our staff,” said Sue Munn, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Audacy Rochester. “He is a huge team builder at our company, and over the years has helped launch many careers of the superstars you hear today on WBEE. We’re honored to be alongside him to celebrate his 40th year in radio and look forward to the next 40.”

“My radio career started at Burger Middle School when I convinced the principal to let us play records in the cafeteria during lunch class,” said Kidd. “I’m still playing records these days, just to a much bigger audience. I’ve never had any interest in moving from city to city chasing a radio career, and frankly, I’ve never had to because it all happened here at home in Rochester. I’m surrounded by people I love, playing the music I love and hopefully putting a smile on people’s faces, even if it’s just for a few minutes on their ride home from work. I couldn’t imagine doing anything else for a living. I am so blessed.”

Kidd launched his career in 1984 as an intern with long-time Bee Morning Coffee Club co-host Terry Clifford. Additional roles have included board operator, morning show producer on then-WBBF, evening host on 92.5 WBEE, Music Director and currently, Assistant Brand Manager of 92.5 WBEE.

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Ace & TJ Show Moves From Middays On WNKS-FM To Afternoons On WKQC-FM in Charlotte

THE MOUTH, MAY 23RD, 2024 - Beasley announced that the Ace & TJ Syndicated Show will officially move from CHR WNKS to AC WKQC beginning on Tuesday, May 28, 2024. The Ace & TJ Show is currently aired Monday through Friday from 9 A.M. – 12Noon on WNKS-FM. Beginning on Tuesday, May 28th, Ace & TJ will officially move to afternoons from 3 P.M. 7 P.M. on WKQC. WNKS NEW LINEUP (As of 5/28) 6 A.M. - 10 A.M: Maney & LauRen Show 10 A.M. – 3 P.M: Cameron Moore

“Buckle up Charlotte, the Iconic Ace & TJ show is back with the all the belly laughs and the same wit and wisdom that made them legends.” said Beasley Vice President of Music & Entertainment and Director of Charlotte Operations, John Reynolds. “Given the show’s style, it’s the perfect fit for WKQC!”

“Every single pleasure sensor in my enormous brain has been stimulated since I received word of our move to K 104.7,” said TJ. “Now, we begin similar stimulation to the brains of the audience!” Ace added, “We are very excited to be part of K104 .7 because the combination of their audience and their music with our history in Charlotte is a perfect fit.”

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Chris Stapleton To Launch Exclusive, Year-Round SiriusXM Channel: 'Chris Stapleton Radio'

THE MOUTH, MAY 23RD, 2024 - SiriusXM announced that 10-time GRAMMY award winning singer-songwriter Chris Stapleton will launch an exclusive year-round SiriusXM channel, Chris Stapleton Radio, today, May 23 at 12:00 pm ET. SiriusXM’s newest 24/7 channel will be available to subscribers across North America in their cars on channel 63 or anywhere they go with the SiriusXM app.

Chris Stapleton Radio will be curated and presented by Stapleton and his band, The Honchos, and feature music spanning his career as well as the kings and queens of Country, Rock, Soul and more. The channel will also give listeners and fans a closer look at the stories behind his songs and the music that has influenced his career.

"Chris Stapleton Radio gives people another way to connect with our music -- where me and the rest of the guys in the band and Morgane are coming from. What our influences are. Knowing that when people come to watch a show, what they're hearing is informed by the things that are on this channel. That's probably the ultimate reason that I want to do this. We're honored and thrilled to bring Chris Stapleton Radio to life at SiriusXM,” said Stapleton.

Eligible customers can get their first three months of SiriusXM for free. Go to siriusxm.com/GetSiriusXM3mos to sign up and experience all that SiriusXM has to offer. See Offer Details.

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Premiere Networks/iHeart Celebrate 2024 Gracie Award Winners Ellen K, Angela Yee And Medha Gandhi

THE MOUTH, MAY 23RD, 2024 - Last night, May 21, Premiere Networks syndicated personalities Angela Yee, host of Way Up with Angela Yee, and Medha Gandhi, co-host of Elvis Duran and the Morning Show, were honored at the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation’s 49th Annual Gracie Awards. The annual gala commemorating the remarkable achievements of women across various media platforms was held at the Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles. Yee – a previous two-time Gracie Award winner for The Breakfast Club (2019) and Angela Yee’s Lip Service podcast (2020) – received her first honor for Way Up with Angela Yee in the Host – Midday [Radio - Nationally Syndicated Commercial] category. Gandhi was honored in the Co-host [Radio - Nationally Syndicated Commercial] category for the second time in her career (she previously won in 2022).

Additional iHeartMedia honorees included Ellen K, who won a Gracie for the Ellen K Weekend Show in the Host – Weekend [Radio – Nationally Syndicated Commercial] category, and Ester Dillard from BIN: Black Information Network who was honored in the News Feature [Radio – Nationally Syndicated Commercial] category for her report “Black, Autistic and Safe.” During the Gala, Yee, Gandhi and Ellen K (shown above) took the stage together in a special “Women of iHeartMedia” moment to accept their individual awards. Photo Credit: Getty on behalf of The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation

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Applications for Upcoming Rising Through the Ranks Program are Open until May 31

THE MOUTH, MAY 23RD, 2024 - As previously announced, this year’s Rising Through the Ranks program will begin online on August 13, followed by the in-person event on August 20 – 22 in Nashville. Applications are being accepted until 5 p.m. CT on Friday, May 31.

Current speakers include Hartley Adkins, president, market groups, iHeartMedia; Kristin Cantrell, owner and operator, Seven Mountains Media and CapCity Communications; Erica Farber, immediate past president and chief executive officer, RAB; Kelli Frieler, owner, Vibrant Impact and director, Guaranty Digital Media; Kim Guthrie, division president, iHeartMedia; Kim Johnson, vice president of professional development, RAB; Susan Larkin, chief operating officer, Audacy; Ruth Presslaff, board president, Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio, Inc. (MIW); Jeff Schmidt, senior vice president, professional development, RAB; Brooke Williams, senior vice president, membership, RAB; Linnae Young, executive vice president, operations and revenue development, Salem Media Group.

Sessions will include topics as: Building Your Personal Brand It’s Your Turn to Rise The Heart and Art of Coaching Managing Personality Styles Scholarship applications and registration are available on https://www.rab.com, and will be accepted through 5 p.m. CT on May 31, 2024. Scholarship recipients will be notified of their selection by June 28,

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Podcast: Actor Ryan Guzman Opens Up To Tommy DiDario About Suicide Attempt

THE MOUTH, MAY 23RD, 2024 - This week on 'I’ve Never Said This Before with Tommy DiDario,' part of The Elvis Duran Podcast Network, Actor Ryan Guzman, best known for his starring role on ABC’s most-watched series 9-1-1, talked candidly with DiDario about the possibility of a romantic storyline involving his character Eddie and Oliver Stark’s character Buck. This has generated much buzz among fans ever since Buck came out as bi in season seven. Additionally, when DiDario asks Guzman to reveal something he's never said before, Guzman opens up about his struggles with mental health, which led to a suicide attempt years ago.

Ryan Guzman said, “My goal for this podcast has always been two-fold: speaking with fascinating people whose work is celebrated all over the world, while also giving them the space to discuss personally meaningful things they usually don’t get the chance to talk about,” says DiDario. “Ryan blew me away with his vulnerability and honesty. He’s a beacon of light for anyone struggling with their mental health. By sharing his truth, he’s letting others know they’re not alone and it’s ok to ask for help.”LISTEN HERE

Warning: This interview contains mentions of suicide.If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), text "STRENGTH" to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741, or go to suicidepreventionlifeline.org.

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Snaps: Erik Scott Smith's '10-Minute Tune' On KILT-FM Houston Goes Viral Drawing Over 88 Million Views On Instagram/TikTok

THE MOUTH, MAY 23RD, 2024 - The 10-Minute-Tune is one of the premiere benchmarks of The Morning Bullpen with George, Mo & Erik on 100.3 KILT-FM Houston and has become Erik's calling card. At 7:30 every morning, listeners are invited to call KILT and suggest song topics. Usually, the calls involve relatable topics like being late for school, food, birthdays or coffee. However, sometimes the suggestions get incredibly bizarre, and the crew rolls with the punches. Once he chooses a song topic, he vanishes for 10 minutes while the audience enjoys a few songs. Upon his return, Erik has written a new parody song and performs it live on the air.

After 2 years of doing the segment, Erik decided to record & post the tunes to social media. Within weeks, the internet had discovered his parody songs and began sharing them like crazy. In just nine months, Erik has gained over 180K followers and received over 88 million video views across Instagram & TikTok.

Erik's videos received the attention of Scotty Kay, Audacy afternoon talent at US99 in Chicago. Soon, the two were collaborating to incorporate Erik's songs into Scotty's afternoon show. Thus, the "Tuesday 10-Minute-Tune" was born, combining the popular comedy songs into the fabric of Scotty's lighthearted show. Since then, Scotty has re-posted the videos on social media, receiving almost a million video streams on Scotty's social media pages.

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7Graceland Auction Called Off; Best 11 SNL Sketches Of Season 49

 

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Graceland Auction Called Off; Fraud on FBI's Radar

TikTok Ban Is Popular With Voters as AI Stirs Privacy Fears, Poll Shows

Katy Perry Teases Mysterious New Era with Profile Picture Change

Earth, Wind & Fire Wins $750K Tribute Band Settlement

Morgan Wallen's Nashville Bar Sign Denied Due to Controversies

DOJ Looks To Break Up Live Nation And Ticketmaster In Antitrust Suit

The 11 Best ‘Saturday Night Live’ Sketches of Season 49

Wendy’s Jr. Bacon Cheeseburgers Are 1 Cent for Nearly a Week Starting on National Hamburger Day

Guy Fieri Reveals How He Lost 30 Lbs.

Former Train Bassist Charlie Colin Found Dead in Shower

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NAB 'Grateful' To Subcommittee Rep's For Holding Bipartisan Markup On AM Radio Legislation

THE MOUTH, MAY 22ND, 2024 - In response to the announcement that the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Innovation, Data and Commerce will hold a markup of legislation to preserve Americans’ access to AM in automobiles, NAB President and CEO Curtis LeGeyt said “NAB is grateful to Reps. Gus Bilirakis (FL-12) and Frank Pallone (NJ-6) for the introduction of the AM Radio for Every Vehicle Act of 2024, and the committee leadership for scheduling this important markup. With more than 310 bipartisan cosponsors in the House and Senate, the AM Radio for Every Vehicle Act demonstrates overwhelming support in Congress for the critical role of AM radio in America’s public safety infrastructure. The nation’s broadcasters are grateful for Congress’s continued commitment to AM radio as they work to ensure this bill is passed and enacted into law for the benefit of all consumers.”

On April 30, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Innovation, Data and Commerce held a hearing titled, “Preserving Americans’ Access to AM Radio.” The legislation introduced today mirrors the draft legislative language that was the focus of that hearing and the legislative language that passed out of the Senate Commerce Committee last year. The AM Radio for Every Vehicle Act (S.1669/H.R. 3413) currently has 61 cosponsors in the Senate and 252 cosponsors in the House of Representatives. 

Chairs Rodgers and Bilirakis said, '... We look forward to advancing critical policies to protect kids online and to ensure people continue to have access to A.M. radio. The Energy and Commerce Committee has a rich history of advancing important legislation in a bipartisan way, and we look forward to building on that legacy this week."

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Andrew Babinski Named New Morning Show Co-Host For 99.9 KEZ Phoenix

THE MOUTH, MAY 22ND, 2024 - iHeartMedia Phoenix’s 99.9 KEZ announced that Andrew Babinski has been promoted to Co-Host on the long running “Beth and Friends Morning Show,” effective immediately. In addition to retaining Executive Producer duties, as co-host, Andrew will serve as a primary creative voice on the Beth and Friends on-air show as well as on all Beth and Friends social media channels.

“I’m so happy to have Andrew as my co-host. This show has a storied history since we debuted in 1990 with ‘Beth and Bill’ and transitioned to ‘Beth and Friends’ after Bill Austin’s passing in 2010. Andrew is my first co-host since then, and he’s the perfect guy to take over such a meaningful role on our team,” said Beth McDonald, host of “Beth and Friends.” “The show is now the best it has been since the Beth and Bill days. I’m looking forward to many years of fun ahead with Andrew!” “He’s funny, the listeners and advertisers love him, and he’s a pretty darn good employee.

‘The Beth and Friends Show’ is better with Andrew sitting across from Beth,” said Paul Kelley, 99.9 KEZ Program Director. Andrew has been with iHeartMedia Phoenix for 24 years, where he has most recently served as the Executive Producer for 99.9 KEZ, a title he will retain. He also served as the Executive Producer for 550 KFYI, and Producer for Fox Sports 910. He began his career at iHeartMedia Phoenix and is a graduate of The Academy of Radio & Television Broadcasting.

“I am honored and excited to continue working with Beth each morning. She’s an absolute legend. I couldn’t have found a better home than iHeartRadio and 99.9 KEZ,” said Andrew Babinski.

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Mike Aguilar Joins Aly Mac For Mornings On B93 Grand Rapids

THE MOUTH, MAY 22ND, 2024 - Having served as the local anchor for the syndicated Mojo Show and middays at 104.5 WSNX Grand Rapids, Mike Aguilar is crossing the hall at iHeart's WBCT-FM/B93.7 Grand Rapids to join with Aly Mac in mornings as co-host.

Aguilar posted on social: "I am beyond excited to share that this Belding kid and his family are joining the 93.7 B-93 team and co-hosting The B93 Morning Show with Aly Mac !! I am truly grateful and excited to take on the this new adventure and build this show with her. I’m feel like I’m going back to my roots. "

Aguilar says he'll continue to handle middays on 104.5 WSNX. "I’m not leaving I’m just going down the hall. As I finish my final week on Mojo In The Morning I want to thank everyone who gave a guy from West Michigan a chance on the show. I want to thank radio family on the show who has been there in good and bad times. My family and I appreciate and love you more than you know."

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iHeart Philadephia Names Marie Tolson-Overton Sales Manager For WDAS-FM And Power 99

THE MOUTH, MAY 22ND, 2024 - iHeartMedia named Marie Tolson-Overton Sales Manager for iHeartMedia Philadephia stations WDAS FM, Philly's Best R&B & Throwbacks, and Power 99, Philadelphia's Hip Hop and R&B, effective immediately. She will report to Anthony Fuscaldo, Senior Vice President of Sales for the Philadelphia iHeartMedia Markets Group.

"We are thrilled to elevate Marie Tolson-Overton to this position. Marie’s passion and history with the stations, coupled with her strategic vision and dedication to client success, make her the ideal candidate to lead our sales efforts for Power 99 and WDAS FM," said Jeff Moore, President, iHeartMedia Markets Group Philadelphia.

Tolson-Overton is a 31-year veteran at iHeartMedia Philadephia where she most recently served as a senior account executive. She previously served as Director of Marketing for WDAS FM and Power 99. Tolson-Overton is a graduate of Norfolk State University. “I couldn’t be prouder to have the opportunity to help steer these market-leading brands with an incredibly talented group of sales professionals and iconic on-air personalities,” said Tolson-Overton. “With my longstanding history with both WDAS FM and Power 99, I look forward to leading sales to new heights for these heritage brands while strengthening our ties to the community through strategic partnerships.”

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Carol Burnett Honored With Lifetime Achievement Award At 49th Annual Gracie Awards

THE MOUTH, MAY 22ND, 2024 - The 49th Annual Gracie Awards presented by The Alliance for Women In Media (AWMF), hosted by Tamera Mowry-Housley, was held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. This year's theme was centered on “Feminine Strength, both Large and Small,” highlighting impactful actions resonating on various scales.

Among the distinguished honorees was Carol Burnett, a trailblazing figure known for her groundbreaking roles and whose impact spans decades and resonates with audiences of all ages. Burnett was bestowed with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by castmate of Palm Royale, Kristen Wiig.

Winners and presenters included influential figures such as Jane Fonda, Natalie Morales, Sheryl Underwood, Yvette Nicole Brown, Mayan Lopez, Melissa Peterman, Emma Kenney, Danielle Pinnock, Amanda Kloots, Lauren E. Banks, Sharon Carpenter, Allison Holker, Christina Elmore, Kim Fields, Betsy Brandt, Sutton Stracke, Crystal Kung Minkoff, and Amy Chozick. Attendees include Maria Shriver, Glennon Doyle and Abby Wambach, Phylicia Rashad, Garcelle Beauvais, Mary McDonnell, Mariana van Zeller, and more. The audience was captivated by a special musical performance of “Girls” by Rachel Platten.

During her acceptance speech for the Lifetime Achievement Award, Carol Burnett playfully remarked, “I was unfortunately (believe it or not!) too young to have met the legendary Gracie Allen, who is the inspiration for these awards, but I think we might have had a lot in common and her iconic work as an artist paved the way for all the women who came after her, including me.”.

For a complete list of award recipients and honorable mentions, please visit allwomeninmedia.org. Local and student award recipients will be honored at the Gracie Awards Luncheon on June 18 at Cipriani’s in NYC.

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Berry Gordy Pledges $5 Million Gift To The UCLA Herb Alpert School Of Music To Establish The Berry Gordy Music Center

THE MOUTH, MAY 22ND, 2024 - Berry Gordy, founder of the iconic record label and hit-making enterprise Motown, has pledged a $5 million gift to establish The UCLA Berry Gordy Music Industry Center. The new center, launching in the 2024/25 academic year, positions The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music’s new music industry program as a national leader. “I’m thrilled to create a center that provides opportunities for students at UCLA to prepare for careers in the music industry,” said Gordy. “Music is powerful, inspiring, universal, crossing over political, cultural, social and economic barriers. It reaches ALL people and has been the guiding force in my life. These students will be the future innovators, artists, and executives that will lead us through the twenty-first century.”

This center will position The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music to become the leading music industry program in the world,” said Eileen Strempel, inaugural dean of the school of music. “It will help empower us to recruit and attract the best faculty and students, and to conduct research in cutting-edge fields. Thanks to Mr. Gordy’s gift that our program will be the leading force in shaping the twenty-first century music industry.”

“I’ve always known Berry as generous and gracious,” said legendary singer and songwriter Smokey Robinson. “At the start of my career, I benefitted from Berry’s mentorship. He was always a teacher at heart. What I love about this center is that it is guided by his philosophy that truly great music comes from nurturing young talent and getting them to think holistically about their art, and their careers.”

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Throwback Nation Radio Expands Network With Eight New Affiliates

THE MOUTH, MAY 22ND, 2024 - Throwback Brands’ nightly radio program, Throwback Nation Radio, through its syndication partner, Skyview Networks, announced the addition of eight affiliates to expand the program’s footprint across over 75 total stations.

In recent months, Throwback Nation Radio has welcomed the following into the fold: WEEKENDS KEZK-FM St. Louis, MO – Audacy KRQV-FM Tulsa, OK – Griffin Media WDOK-FM Cleveland, OH – Audacy WKOL-FM Burlington, VT – Hall Communications WEEKNIGHTS KIOA-FM Des Moines, IA – Saga Communications *Expanded from weekend partnership* WCFW-FM Eau Claire, WI – Civic Media WLDE-FM Ft. Wayne, IN – ST Radio WSYB-AM Rutland, VT – Pamal Broadcasting

“We are thrilled to be serving great brands and companies in all sizes of markets, and most importantly, connecting with their listeners,” said Tony Lorino (shown), Founder and CEO of Throwback Brands and host of Throwback Nation Radio. “Throwback Nation Radio is all about engaging with listeners, welcoming them onto your radio station, and giving them an outlet for the music they love. Our partners at Radio.Cloud and Skyview Networks are allowing us to do that better than ever, and the result is excellent content that keeps people coming back again and again!” “

For program details and affiliation information, contact affiliation@skyviewsat.com or visit throwbacknationradio.com.

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Compass Media Networks And SKRATCH N SNIFF Presents The 'SUMMER-TIME SUBLIME MIX' F.7or Memorial Day Weekend

THE MOUTH, MAY 22ND, 2024 - Compass Media Networks and SKRATCH N SNIFF presents the “SUMMER-TIME SUBLIME MIX” for Memorial Day Weekend 2024 featuring guest host Jakob Nowell playing the hits from Sublime and the new single “Feel Like That” with Figure Stick along with tunes from Jakob’s Castle.

Keep your Memorial Day weekend vibes chill with music from the greats BOB MARLEY, DIRTY HEADS, SLIGHTLY STOOPID, and more…This 2 hour program is market exclusive. Station’s in void markets can air this commercial free option and enjoy the vibes. To get this download email Compass Media Networks, Doug Ingold, dingold@compassmedianetworks.com

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7Grammys Sets 2025 Ceremony & Nomination Dates

 

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Grammys Sets 2025 Ceremony & Nomination Dates

‘The Voice’ Season 25 Winner

Case of Matthew Perry's Ketamine Death Being Investigated by LAPD, DEA

Diddy Sued By Model Who Claims Sexual Assault After Drugging

Passengers on Singapore Airlines Flight Describe Nightmare at 37,000 Feet

Scarlett Johansson’s AI Legal Threat Sets Stage for Actors’ Battle With Tech Giants

‘Walker’ Canceled After Four Seasons at The CW

Jon Bon Jovi’s Son Jake Bongiovi Stars in New Movie About Hair Metal Band

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Blog: 85% Of Average Americans Are Back To Commuting To Work

THE MOUTH, MAY 21ST, 2024 - Marketers and agencies are increasing their commutes and spending more days at the office, according to a new Advertiser Perceptions study of 305 media agencies and brands commissioned by the Cumulus Media | Westwood One Audio Active Group®. Interviews took place April 2-12, 2024, and the results were compared to the same study conducted in April 2022October 2022April 2023, and October 2023. The Cumulus Media | Westwood One Audio Active Group® also commissioned a MARU/Matchbox study to examine the commuting habits of everyday Americans.

The nationally representative study was conducted April 2024 among 1,617 adults 18+. These results were compared to the same questions asked by Nielsen and MARU/Matchbox over the past four years. This week’s blog outlines the key findings.

87% of marketers and agencies now commute to the office, up from 63% in April 2022 85% of average Americans are commuting to work

The share of listening to ad-supported audio content in a car or truck that goes to AM/FM radio is a dominant 86% share, according to Edison Research’s Q4 2023 “Share of Ear” report

61% of marketers and agencies have resumed in-person media vendor meetings; 60% have resumed in-person conference and events - Read Blog Here

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Podcast Radio And Alpha Media Partner To Launch Podcast Radio Missouri

THE MOUTH, MAY 21ST, 2024 - Podcast Radio is collaborating with Alpha Media to bring a unique radio experience to Missouri. Podcast Radio Missouri will launch on KREI-AM (Farmington) on May 27th and KWIX AM/FM (Moberly) on June 17th. Podcast Radio Missouri will be featured across dayparts on the two stations, prominently acting as the Morning Show in both markets.

This partnership marks a significant expansion of Podcast Radio's format into the American radio landscape, promising to offer Missouri listeners a novel way to explore podcasting content through traditional radio. Listeners will hear top-quality podcast content from across North America and the world, while also giving airtime to local Missouri podcast content. Localized imaging and station IDs will feature across Podcast Radio Missouri broadcast hours, which also include original interviews with podcasters. Gene ‘Bean’ Baxter acts as lead interviewer, delving deep into the methodology and personality of both local and national podcasts and their creators.

Gerry Edwards, CEO of Podcast Radio, notes, “We are thrilled to be partnering with Alpha. The team has been great to work with in the build-up to launch, and we cannot wait to hear more Missouri-based podcasters on these stations.” Phil Becker, Executive Vice President of Content at Alpha, said, “We're excited to partner with Podcast Radio to bring this innovative format to our listeners in Missouri. This partnership underscores our commitment to delivering fresh, engaging content that resonates with our communities. While we are launching on one station in two Missouri markets, our goal is to expand the format to our other two Missouri markets”.

Gary Krantz, CEO of Krantz Media Group (KMG) who is overseeing syndication of Podcast Radio, added, “We are excited to expand Podcast Radio's presence into Missouri with Alpha Media. Together, we're creating a new gateway for listeners to discover and enjoy the best in podcast content through the familiar and trusted medium of radio.

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The Hubbard Radio 'MSBC Pre-Game Party' Set For Hard Rock Hotel San Diego - RSVP Early; Seats Limited!

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THE MOUTH, MAY 21ST, 2024 - The Hubbard Radio MSBC Pre-Game Party is headed to Hard Rock Hotel San Diego, and you are invited! What's become one of MSBC's 'Must Attend' gatherings, the Hubbard Radio Pre-Game is the official kickoff of MSBC 36! This year, the pre-game will take place in the 207 Bar at Hard Rock Hotel San Diego on Wednesday, August 7, 2024, from 6PM until 8PM. Mingle with tons of friends, colleagues, industry partners, and Hubbard Radio Management and enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and beverages.

Space is limited. Invitations are for MSBC attendees only! RSVP ASAP HERE. More details will be provided to all who RSVP a few weeks before MSBC. The Hubbard Radio Pre-Game fills up fast. So RSVP today! We look forward to seeing you in San Diego!

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'Hot Mix To Offer Memorial Day Party Starter'

THE MOUTH, MAY 21ST, 2024 - Benztown and Hot Mix is offering radio stations a four-hour Memorial Day music special for any daypart, created especially for the Memorial Day Weekend. The “Hot Mix Memorial Day Party Starter” is available in Top 40/CHR and Rhythmic/Crossover formats and features a steady stream of hits. Now through Friday, May 24, 2024. The four-hour weekly show is professionally programmed and mixed and is completely customizable with local commercial and station ID breaks.

Local air personalities can customize Hot Mix, host it from the studio, or create a weekly on-location program. Using MediaBase Monitoring and the hottest club tracks, the show’s music is on point, with artists such as: Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran, Post Malone, Halsey, Bruno Mars, The Chainsmokers, Calvin Harris, and Taylor Swift (Hot Mix Mainstream), and Khalid, Drake, Travis Scott, Chris Brown, Cardi B, YG, Kendrick Lamar, and Tyga There's also Hot Mix Crossover, as well as Hot Mix 2K To Today and the all-new Hot Mix Classic Hits.

For more information or to get the free “Hot Mix Memorial Day Party Starter” four-hour special for your station, please visit: https://benztown.com/hot-mix-memorial-day/ or contact Mark Wilson at Benztown at mw@benztown.com or at (818) 842-4600.

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59th Academy Of Country Music Awards Streaming Now On Prime Video Hosted by Reba McEntire

THE MOUTH, MAY 21ST, 2024 - The 59th ACM Awards, hosted by entertainment icon Reba McEntire from Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas, delivers a 2-hour non-stop show featuring awards and live performances, including can’t-miss collaborations between Kelsea Ballerini and Noah Kahan, Reba McEntire and Post Malone, and Chris Stapleton and surprise guest Dua Lipa, among other acclaimed performances you’ll only see at the ACM Awards.

Fans can watch the ACM Awards on a mobile phone device, tablet, TV, or smart device. Prime Video: amazon.com/acm (both the 59th ACM Awards and Red Carpet Show) Watch / Listen / Shop: amazon.com/acmawards for a deeper ACM Awards fan experience, including Amazon Music playlists and podcasts, shoppable Amazon Fashion edits, nominees and performers’ stores, exclusive show merch, and more

This year’s acclaimed group of presenters includes Alabama, BRELAND, Dan + Shay, Tyler Cameron, Jordan Davis, Carin León, Little Big Town, Ashley McBryde, Scotty McCreery, Dion and Rozene Pride, Noah Reid, Richard Sherman, Charissa Thompson, Randy Travis, Clay Walker and The War And Treaty.

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Condolences: Longtime Madison Host Jim McGaw Passes Away

THE MOUTH, MAY 21ST, 2024 - Audacy's 94.9 WOLX posted that "On Sunday, we all lost a dear friend... host Jim McGaw. Jim helped so many people wake up every morning for the past 11 years on WOLX, but his voice was heard in town for much longer. Jim had been on the air in Madison for about 40 years."

"Before coming to WOLX you could hear Jim on Magic 98. He started his career on the legendary WISM in Madison. Jim was the hardest working and thoughtful person in radio. He was always willing to help and wanted to do whatever he could to make the place where he worked better."

The station shared that Jim had some health problems in the last few years, but never complained. He always said he didn't want to let his co-workers or his listeners down by missing a day on the air. We all here at WOLX can't believe we won't hear his infectious laugh in the hallways anymore. One thing we all know is that Jim McGaw was doing what he loved right until the very end.

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7'Graceland' Set For Foreclosure Auction; Riley Keough Slams Sale

 

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Graceland Set for Foreclosure Auction

... Riley Keough Slams ‘Fraudulent’ Sale

Streaming Activity for Sean “Diddy” Combs Drops Following Assault Allegations

Scarlett Johansson Hired Lawyers Over OpenAI's ChatGPT Voice

Steve Angello Launches New Show on SiriusXM Diplo's Revolution

Yellowstone Begins Production on Final Episodes Ahead of Slated November 2024 Return

Super/Man: The Christopher Reeve Story’ Sets U.S. Release Date

Jason Momoa Makes It Instagram Official with Adria Arjona

The Avett Brothers Announce 'Swept Away' Musical Headed to Broadway

 

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WSM Nashville Announces Two New Shows: 'On Air With Eryn' And 'Late Nights With Lexi'

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THE MOUTH, MAY 20TH, 2024 - WSM Radio, the Grand Ole Opry’s flagship home, announced the addition of two new shows to its lineup, beginning today, May 20. ON AIR WITH ERYN, hosted by Eryn Cooper, will take the afternoon drive slot from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., while LATE NIGHTS WITH LEXI, hosted by Lexi Carter, will entertain listeners overnight from 12 a.m. to 5 a.m.

Cooper, who has spent the last six months as the producer for the legendary WSM Radio flagship show, “Coffee, Country & Cody,” will also host "The Opry Warm Up Show” where WSM sets the stage for an unforgettable evening of history-making performances at the Opry, previewing the artists set to perform and honoring Opry Members past and present. “I’m absolutely over the moon to take this next step with WSM,” said Cooper. “This is an opportunity to carry on the prestigious history of country music’s most famed platform and combine it with the stories of the genre’s newest faces. Country music is meant to make folks feel at home, and I intend to make you feel that way every day during ‘On Air with Eryn.’”

Carter, who started at WSM Radio as a producer for "Nashville Today,” quickly rose to host the afternoon drive show, before serving as Music Director for WSM Radio, Opry Nashville, and Route 650 in her current role. "I'm thrilled to embark on this new chapter with WSM Radio," shared Carter. "‘Late Nights with Lexi’ is not just a radio show; it is a platform for celebrating the rich tapestry of country music and the Grand Ole Opry while connecting with a new audience in the overnight hours.”

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DJ ETCO1 Named APD For 93.5 KDAY Los Angeles

THE MOUTH, MAY 20TH, 2024 - Meruelo Media's SVP Audio Brands and Content Pio Ferro, promoted Matthew "DJ ECTO1" Hernandez as Assistant Programming Director for 93.5 KDAY-FM. Matthew will also continue to closely collaborate with sister station Power 106 (105.9) KPWR-FM.

Hernandez said, "I grew up listening to KDAY and always dreamed of working here. It's an honor and a huge responsibility to lead the first Hip-Hop radio station in America. I am a huge fan of the original West Coast sound that was born on KDAY. I am proud to work with this amazing team and KDAY's strong legacy and vision."

Meruelo Media's SVP of Brands, Pio Ferro said, "Matthew is the leader that KDAY needs today. He has a refreshing perspective on our legendary music brand while simultaneously bringing a vigorous vibe, solid work ethic, and execution skills."

Hernandez was previously the head of Hip-Hop and EDM programming for Dash Radio in Hollywood, California. American General Media's Music Director/Program Director for Top 40 & Rhythmic KDLW & KAGM and worked in both programming and mixing for Rhythmic & Top 40 KCAQ/KQIE/KFYV Oxnard/Ventura/Santa Barbara & Inland Empire CA. 93.5.

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Syndication: Tino Cochino Radio Extends With iHeart To Host Mornings On KSSX-FM San Diego And KGGI-FM Riverside

THE MOUTH, MAY 20TH, 2024 - YEA Network's Tino Cochino Radio has extended its deal with iHeart to host Mornings On KSSX San Diego And KGGI Riverside. The new two year deal includes a partnership with iHeart in which TCR will air in a total of 16 markets. TCR will air in dayparts ranging from mornings to nights at the iHeartmedia outlets. SVPP iHeartMedia 99.1 KGGI-Riverside and KSSX-San Diego.

Kid Jay - Jason Wagers said.... "What a dream it is for me to watch and witness the growth of one of the best personalities and influencers to be a part of the radio stations that I program. The TCR Show of Tino, Serina, Nicasio, and Matt are among the most driven people in the industry and have gone the extra mile for success, and I look forward to working with them and building on that future success.

Tino added... Our success in Riverside and San Diego is something we’re extremely proud of. It’s the best feeling to see everyone's hard work and dedication payoff. I’m excited to continue our growth with iHeart. Major thank you to Brad Hardin, Tom Poleman, John Ivey, Kid Jay, Jeff Hurley and Dennis Clark for their continuous support, belief and dedication to personality driven radio.

Tino Cochino Radio is available for ALL dayparts via barter. Reach out to Scott@yeanetworks.com or mikey@tinocochinoradio.com for details

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Audacy Kicks Off 'On The Record,' A New Album Release Initiative With Billie Eilish's Third Studio Album

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THE MOUTH, MAY 20TH, 2024 - Audacy announces “On The Record,” a new album release initiative. The program kicked off onFriday, May 17, to coincide with the release of singer and songwriter Billie Eilish’s third studio album, “HIT ME HARD AND SOFT.” Hosted by Audacy's Bru, “Billie Eilish: On The Record” will feature exclusive content from Eilish talking through hand-picked tracks from the album, including her creative timeline, album inspiration and how she wants her fans to feel listening to her new music. The special will air at 9:00 p.m. local time across Audacy’s Top 40 stations, CHANNEL Q and on the Audacy app.

“At Audacy, we deepen the relationship between artists and their fans, and ‘On The Record’ will bring our listeners closer to their favorite artists than ever before,” Michael Martin, Senior Vice President of Programming and Head of Music Initiatives, Audacy. “We're thrilled to introduce this series with the incredibly talented Billie Eilish and offer her fans an exclusive, in-depth look at her creative process and the stories behind her music.”

“On The Record” continues on May 24 with twenty one pilots and the debut of their new album “Clancy.” Heard across Audacy’s Alternative stations and on the Audacy app at 8:00 p.m. local time the night their album drops, “twenty one pilots: On The Record” will feature exclusive content with the band. They will share songs from the new album, give insight into their creative process and even share some of their all-time favorite tracks from other artists. “On The Record” was created following similar efforts the Company has made to promote new albums from artists like Taylor Swift and Dua Lipa. The series will continue throughout the year and expand to other formats.

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Podbean: 'How to Use AI to Market Your Podcast'

THE MOUTH, MAY 20TH, 2024 - Podbean will be presenting a virtual event poised to transform how podcasters approach marketing. On May 30th, "How to Use AI to Market Your Podcast" will feature Mike Kaput, Chief Content Officer at Marketing AI Institute. This event aims to equip podcasters with the knowledge and tools to effectively use artificial intelligence to expand their reach and engagement.

Podbean’s CEO, David Xu, commented on the upcoming event, "We are excited to continually offer podcasting AI and marketing expertise to the podcasting community. As the industry evolves, it’s essential to stay ahead of the curve. Mike’s expertise in AI provides invaluable insights that can significantly benefit podcast creators in enhancing their marketing efforts."

Register below for Podbean’s, “How to Use AI to Market Your Podcast: Insights from the Marketing AI Institute”, and join the live stream to learn tools to improve your podcast creation, production and growth. Participants can also register and follow all of Podbean’s events on Eventbrite.

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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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7Diddy Apologizes; 'American Idol' Pays Tribute To Katy Perry

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Diddy Apologizes

1st Black Astronaut Candidate Will Finally Get His Chance at 90 to Launch into Space

Steve Buscemi's Alleged Attacker Being Held In Jail On $50,000 Bond

Body-Horror Flick ‘The Substance’ Wows Fest, Gets Nine-Minute Standing Ovation at Cannes

Box Office: John Krasinski’s ‘IF’ Debuts at No. 1 With Soft $35 Million

American Idol’ Pays Tribute to Katy Perry on Her Final Episode

Chris Pratt Reflects on Stunt Double Tony McFarr's 'Tragic' Death

Dabney Coleman, The Bad Boss of ‘9 to 5’ and ‘Yellowstone’ Guest Star, Dies at 92

Founding Staind Drummer Jon Wysocki Dead at 53

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Edison: More People Than Ever Listening To Podcasts; Listeners 'Diverse And Increasingly Female'

THE MOUTH, MAY 17TH, 2024 - On Thursday, Megan Lazovick, Vice President at Edison Research, presented insights in a webinar, offering benchmark data on weekly and monthly U.S. podcast consumption. The presentation focused on foundational research findings in the podcast space and emphasized the targeted appeal and increasing influence of podcasts.  Key points for advertisers to know about podcast listeners include: 

More people than ever are listening to podcasts: 67% of the 12+ population has ever listened to a podcast; 47% of the 12+ population are monthly podcast listeners and 34% are weekly listeners.   

Listeners are spending more time than ever with podcasts: In 2014, out of the daily time spent listening to all audio by those age 13+, 2% was spent with podcasts. In 2024, that number more than quadrupled and podcasts now account for 11% of daily time with audio. Twenty-three percent of weekly podcast listeners spend 10 hours or more listening to the medium each week.   

Podcasts reach all generations: 29% of kids age 6-12, 59% of those age 12-34, 55% of those age 35-54, and 27% of those age 55+ are monthly podcast listeners.   

Podcasts listeners are diverse and increasingly female: 48% of Black Americans and 43% of Latino Americans are monthly podcast listeners. The number of U.S. women listening to podcasts has hit a new high as 45% of women are monthly podcast listeners and 32% are weekly podcast listeners.    

Podcasts reach receptive audiences: 46% of weekly podcast listeners have purchased a product or service as a result of hearing an ad on a podcast. The podcasting industry has the metrics to help advertisers match with consumers.   

Lazovick said, “Every element in this report has been chosen with a single goal in mind: to support and advance the podcast industry. Because great content, and the creators behind it, need to be supported. Today’s insights, alongside industry metrics, are valuable tools for anyone looking connect with their audiences more effectively.”   Read entire report here

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The Mechanical Licensing Collective Brings Legal Action For Unpaid Royalties Against Spotify

THE MOUTH, MAY 17TH, 2024 - The Mechanical Licensing Collective (The MLC) announced it has filed a legal action against music streaming platform Spotify USA Inc. (Spotify) in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. The action seeks recovery of unpaid royalties due under the compulsory mechanical blanket license obtained by Spotify to reproduce and distribute musical works in the United States via its consumer music streaming platform.

The action states that, beginning in March 2024, Spotify asserted that its Premium Individual, Duo and Family subscription streaming plans were now Bundled Subscription Offerings because those plans included access to audiobooks. Applying the rate formula applicable to Bundled Subscription Offerings results in a reduction of the Service Provider Revenue that Spotify reports, which results in an underpayment of royalties. The MLC believes that Spotify’s position does not comply with applicable law and regulations. The MLC has statutory authority to address Spotify’s noncompliance with its royalty payment obligations. The MLC is taking legal action to enforce these obligations and ensure that Spotify pays all royalties due from its use of songs on Premium plans.

“The MLC was designated by the Register of Copyrights to administer the blanket license and is the only entity with the statutory mandate to collect and distribute blanket license royalties and take legal action to enforce royalty payment obligations,” said The MLC’s CEO Kris Ahrend. “The MLC takes seriously its legal responsibility to take action on behalf of our Members when we believe usage reporting and royalty payments are materially incorrect.” The MLC seeks corrected usage reporting and associated unpaid royalties for periods dating back to March 2024, along with an order requiring compliance going forward.

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'KMJ: 100 Years In The Valley' Doc. Earns Regional Emmy Nomination

THE MOUTH, MAY 17TH, 2024 - Cumulus announced that “KMJ: 100 Years in the Valley,” a documentary film detailing the origins and century of success of iconic Fresno, CA, News/Talk station KMJ-AM/FM, has been nominated for a regional Emmy Award. "KMJ: 100 Years in the Valley" earned the prestigious nomination in the Cultural/Historical News or Long Form Content category.

In this Valley PBS Original Documentary, filmmaker Jeff Aiello tells the rich history of News Talk 580 and 105.9 KMJ as it celebrates 100 years of being on the air. From its beginnings in music and popular serial programs to the leading News/Talk powerhouse station that it is today, the rich and storied KMJ journey is revealed by current and former on-air personalities who bring this story to life. Valley PBS CEO and filmmaker Jeff Aiello produced, directed, and narrated the film.

KMJ Program Director Blake Taylor also served as a producer for the film. Winners will be announced at the 53rd Northern California Emmy Awards Gala on June 15, 2024, at the San Francisco Hilton. Patty Hixson, Regional Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Fresno, said: “It is a remarkably humbling experience to be a part of this documentary celebrating KMJ’s 100 years of serving the community. I am grateful to have been with this heritage brand since the late 80’s. The entire KMJ team is excited to share our story through this documentary – and we’re thrilled that the film has been nominated for an Emmy!”

Watch “KMJ: 100 Years in the Valley” here.

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Hot Mix Unveils New 'Hot Mix Classic Hits' Format at Chicago’s WSHE-FM

THE MOUTH, MAY 17TH, 2024 - Benztown announced that Hot Mix has debuted a new four-hour weekly mix show, Hot Mix Classic Hits. The new programming has debuted at its first affiliate, Chicago’s WSHE-FM, a Hubbard Broadcasting station. Hot Mix Classic Hits is the fourth version of Hot Mix syndicated mix programming to be released, following Mainstream (CHR), Crossover (Rhythmic), and 2K to Today (mix of both throwback and current hits).

Jimmy Steal, Vice President, Brand & Content, Hubbard Broadcasting Chicago, said: “Hot Mix has become an awesome partner for us in every way. Their level of customization for our Saturday Nite Throwback show has been unparalleled! The show sounds great on The New Throwback 100.3, and we couldn’t have done it without them.” Darin Taoka, Program Director, Hot Mix Classic Hits, commented: “I’m absolutely thrilled with the launch of the new Hot Mix Classis Hits Mix!

For more information or to get Hot Mix Classic Hits for your station, please visit: (INSERT LINK) or contact Mark Wilson at Benztown at mw@benztown.com or (818) 842-4600.

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Podbean Unveils YouTube Video To Podcast Feature

Easily Turn Your YouTube Playlist into a Podcast

THE MOUTH, MAY 17TH, 2024 - Podbean announced its latest feature: YouTube Video to Podcast functionality. This groundbreaking innovation empowers users to effortlessly convert their YouTube videos into immersive podcasts, offering creators unprecedented opportunities to extend their content's reach to diverse podcast audiences and unlock new avenues for monetization. Discover how to utilize this innovative feature here, or follow Podbean’s step-by-step tutorial here
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“At Podbean we're dedicated to optimizing audience engagement and unlocking monetization opportunities for all creators,” said David Xu,Podbean CEO. “Our latest feature represents a significant stride in fulfilling this commitment. We're excited for all our users to explore it, empowering them to reach their audience and revenue goals with unprecedented ease and efficacy."

YouTube Video to Podcast Provides: Wider Audience Reach: Expand your reach beyond YouTube and tap into the vast podcasting audience. Flexibility of On-the-Go Listening: Give your audience the freedom to listen to your content anytime, anywhere. Podcasts offer the convenience of on-the-go listening, allowing your audience to engage with your content while commuting, working out, or performing other activities. Diverse Podcast Monetization: Unlock new revenue opportunities by monetizing your podcast. With Podbean's built-in monetization features, you can explore various revenue streams such as sponsorships, advertising, and Apple Podcasts Subscriptions, maximizing your earning potential.

For More Information on Turning Your YouTube Videos into Podcasts, visit: Questions About Turning YouTube Videos into Podcasts - The workflow to turn YouTube videos into podcasts

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SNAPS: V-103's Big Tigger Show Broadcast Live From GAB Radio Talent Institute In Atlanta

THE MOUTH, MAY 17TH, 2024 - RAB's GAB Talent Institute is wrapping up this week at The Grady College of Journalism on the campus of the UGA in Athens, Georgia. During this week, student attendees were treated to a variety of speakers including John Dimick, SVP/operations at Cumulus Media, Rob Babin, EVP/Radio for Cox Media Group, Mike McVay, McVay media, Allen Power, President broadcast media Salem Radio Group and many others.

As is its tradition on Friday, a local show broadcast live from the campus, in real-time, meaning that students are up at the crack of dawn to witness a live radio show. This year at the GAB Institute they were treated to V-103's The Big Tigger Show (shown) who stuck around to answer questions and offer advice to students.

The National Radio Talent System™ is made up of multiple Talent Institutes at colleges and universities throughout the United States. Each institute brings in industry professionals from around the country as Guest Speakers who bring their real-world knowledge to this intensive 6-day summer program. Upon completion of the institute, students will further their networking opportunities with access to the National Radio Talent System's Career Center. This is where those in the industry are able to discover and hire NRTS graduates, who very likely, will be tomorrow's industry leaders.

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Dave, Ken & Molly Named 'Best Of' For 25th Year In A Row In Spokane Reader Poll

THE MOUTH, MAY 17TH, 2024 - Mega props to our longtime friends: Dave, Ken & Molly of 92.9 ZZU Spokane who once again topped “The Inlander“ BEST OF in its reader's poll for 25th year in a row.

We're also told they'll be going into their 29th year of its “Christmas Wish“ program where they raised and spent close to $2 million helping out families in need during the holidays.

Can't help but add we'll once again be joined by their most welcomed presence at Morning Show Boot Camp 36 in San Diego which, by our count, will top their 30th trip! Cheers to one of radio's best!

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72024 ACM Awards Winners List; Big Night For Lainey Wilson

 

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2024 ACM Awards: Winners List - Lainey Wilson With Big Night

Maria Shriver Calls Out Harrison Butker for Graduation Speech

Prince’s ‘Purple Rain’ Commemorates 40th Anniversary With 4K UHD and Digital Release

Paul McCartney Becomes First U.K. Billionaire Musician on Famous Rich List: Who Else Made It?

Drake and Nicki Minaj Lead the 2024 BET Awards Nominations

Cher and Son ‘Pause’ Their Conservatorship War Amid Mediation

‘Grand Theft Auto VI’ Sets Fall 2025 Release as Take-Two Posts $2.9 Billion Quarterly Loss

Maven Is a New Social Network That Eliminates Followers—and Hopefully Stress 

Joint Streaming Venture Involving ESPN, Fox, Warner Bros. Discovery will be Called Venu Sports 

Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for ACM

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BIA: Hubbard's WTOP-FM Continues Its Winning Streak A The Highest-Billing Radio Station in 2023

THE MOUTH, MAY 16TH, 2024 - Hubbard Radio, LLC’s WTOP-FM in Washington, DC has once again continued its winning streak in 2023 and remains the top-billing radio station in the United States, according to BIA's newly released Investing in Radio 2024, 1st Edition. If you’re keeping count, that’s 13 times in the last 14 years that WTOP-FM has been #1 on the list. Hubbard owns additional stations in the DC market, but WTOP-FM tops them all… with its $66.3 million in over-the-air revenue accounting for nearly 29% of the total radio advertising revenue in the Washington DC market in 2023. Hubbard’s stations collectively account for 30.1% of revenue in the Washington, DC radio market. Below is the Top 10 Radio Stations by Revenue in 2023,reflects only over-the-air revenue

Below are the Top 10 Radio Stations by Revenue in 2023, which reflects only over-the-air revenue.

  • Over-the-air revenues for the top 10 stations are down an average of 5.0% from 2022. Number 1 WTOP-FM is down the least, 3.9%.

  • Eight of the top ten are FM stations and two are AM. However, Audacy’s WINS-FM is replacing WINS(AM) on this list as the stations started simulcasting in late 2022. BIA attributes revenue to the FM station.

  • Hubbard and Beasley Media Group LLC each landed one station in the top ten, while iHeartMedia and Audacy each have four.

  • Four stations program a News format, one is Sports, one is Sports/Talk, and the remaining four have music programming.

  • Five of the top ten are in New York, two are in Los Angeles, and there’s one each in Chicago, Washington, and Boston.

  • Two of the FM stations on the list are actually AM/FM simulcast… Audacy’s WINS AM/FM and WFAN AM/FM in New York.

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  • iHeartMedia's KTRH(AM) in Houston-Galveston made a seemingly miraculous jump up the chart, from #14 to #3. According to BIA's Nicole Ovadia, KTRH reports their revenue numbers to us, and reported the revenue jump, as well as a corresponding decline in revenues for sister station KTBZ-FM.

  • Cox Media Group Inc. and Cumulus Media Holdings Inc. each landed one station in the top ten, while Audacy has five and iHeartMedia has three.

  • Five stations program News, three program News/Talk, one has a combination of News/Talk/Sports, and one is Sports.

  • Two of the top ten are in Los Angeles, and there’s one each in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Houston-Galveston, Atlanta, Philadelphia, and Denver-Boulder.

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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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SPECai Inks Adams Radio Group And Southern Stone Comm. As Newest Clients

THE MOUTH, MAY 16TH, 2024 - ENCO Systems, Inc., Benztown, and Compass Media Networks have entered into agreements with Adams Radio Group and Southern Stone Communications to bring their SPECai product to select markets across the U.S. SPECai uses advanced AI technology to generate fully produced spec spots in English and Spanish, including regional accents.

Last month, SPECai was honored with Radio World's “Best in Show Award” at the 2024 NAB Show in Las Vegas. Chip Thomas, Vice President of Sales, and General Manager, Southern Stone Communications in Jackson, TN, said: “I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly our sellers could create a great sounding commercial, with no help from production, and use it to help close new business. I would highly recommend this product for any sales team looking for creative ways to close more business.”

. Jennifer Figg, Vice President/Market Manager, Adams Radio Group, Northern Indiana, said: “SPECai is absolutely transformative. I was amazed by the blend of technology and creativity. Within minutes, our sellers are able to create top-notch spec spots. The interface is easy and intuitive, saving us time and making the production process more efficient. Each spot is crafted with a professional touch. We only just started and have already closed new business.”

To experience SPECai firsthand, contact Nancy Abramson at nabramson@compassmedianetworks.com for a demo. For more information about SPECai, visit: www.enco.com/speca

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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 broadcaster and will be greatly missed.

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7Cher Changes Her Mind About Rock HOF; South Park Tackles 'Ozempic'

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Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour Projected to Boost U.K. Economy by 1 Billion Pounds

Cher Changes Her Mind About Rock Hall of Fame Induction

‘South Park’ to Tackle Ozempic Craze in ‘The End of Obesity’ Special

Adam Sandler’s ‘Happy Gilmore 2’ Officially Confirmed at Netflix

Olivia Culpo, Miss Universe 2012, Reacts to Sudden Miss USA Resignations: 'I Feel for Everybody' 

Actor Angie Harmon Sues Instacart And Its Delivery Driver For Fatally Shooting Her Dog

Gayle King Shocked She’s On Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover

‘Harry Potter’ Weasley Twins James and Oliver Phelps to Host ‘Wizards of Baking’ Competition at Food Network 

Tinker Bell Not Canceled, Still Makes Disney Park Appearances Despite Reports

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Edison: 'New Heights' With Jason & Travis Kelce Leaps Into Top 10 Podcasts In U.S. For Q1

THE MOUTH, MAY 15TH, 2024 - Edison Research announces the Top 50 Podcasts in the U.S. based on reach for Q1 2024 among weekly podcast listeners age 13+. The list ranks podcasts based on total audience reach from Edison Podcast Metrics. Interviews were conducted continuously throughout the quarter in English and Spanish. Rankings are based on listening over the full period.

All respondents reported listening to podcasts in the last week. Remaining in the Top 3 from Q4 2023 into Q1 2024 are The Joe Rogan Experience, Crime Junkie, and The Daily. 1. The Joe Rogan Experience 2. Crime Junkie 3. The Daily 4. New Heights with Jason and Travis Kelce (Top4debut) 5. Dateline NBC 6. This American Life (+1) 7. Call Her Daddy (+5) 8. SmartLess (+2) 9. Morbid (+2) 10. Stuff You Should Know (-6)

In the fourth quarter of 2023, New Heights with Jason and Travis Kelce made an impressive leap into the Top 10. This quarter, the show rose even further, ranking fourth overall. In The Top 50 for the first time: Some exciting newcomers make their debut in the Top 50. Debuting at #11, Club Shay Shay gained traction with a viral episode featuring Monique and Katt Williams, even earning a parody on Saturday Night Live. Nightcap, co-hosted by Club Shay Shay's Shannon Sharpe, debuted at #46. The Tucker Carlson Podcast, which launched in early December 2023 at the same time as Carlson's own streaming network, debuted at #24. The Basement Yard, a sensation on TikTok, secured the #40 spot, while Dumb Blonde came in at #45. Additionally, The Broski Report with Brittany Broski, launched in May 2023, has steadily risen to #48 and was featured in Edison’s Top Five Podcasts Launched in the U.S. in 2023.

Out of The Top 50: The Bill Simmons Podcast, H3 Podcast, Dark History and the WTF with Marc Maron Podcast bid farewell to the Top 50 this quarter. The podcast show ranker is derived from data collected continuously during the first quarter of 2024, interviewing 5,300 weekly podcast consumers ages 13 and older in the U.S. Photo/Wave Sports + Entertainment

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BFOA Presents Third In Series of Networking Media Mixers In June From iHeart Studios, NYC

THE MOUTH, MAY 15TH, 2024 - The Broadcasters Foundation of America (BFOA) will present its third in a series of networking Media Mixers, Thursday, June 13, from 5:30pm to 7:30 pm, at the New York City studios of iHeart Media. The event will be hosted by iHeartRadio air personality Gandhi, a member of the nationally syndicated Elvis Duran And The Morning Show, with a live performance from local singer/songwriter sensation Jackie Romeo, currently a contestant on The Voice.

“Our first two Media Mixers were a huge success for young professionals who mingled with executives, and we’re looking forward to another great event,” said Tim McCarthy, President of the Broadcasters Foundation. “We have an obligation to show young people in radio and television that broadcasting offers successful and fulfilling career opportunities. We also need to help them understand what the Broadcasters Foundation does, why it’s important, and how they can help.”

The June Media Mixer is presented in part by industry sponsors Hearst Television and NY State Broadcasters Association. The two-hour event is free, but space is limited, and advance registration is required. More information about the Broadcasters Foundation, including how to make a donation or apply for aid, is available at www.broadcastersfoundation.org, 212-373-8250, or info@thebfoa.org.

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Melissa Frost Rises To Operations Manager At Cenla Broadcasting Alexandria, LA

THE MOUTH, MAY 15TH, 2024 - Cenla Broadcasting has named Melissa Frost as their new Operations Manager. Melissa will be taking on the responsibility of overseeing the operations across all our stations which include KRRV, KQID, KZMZ, KKST, ESPN, KSYL, MAGIC 100.9, and KDIXIE. Frost will continue to serve as Program Director of KRRV.

"Melissa has been an invaluable member of the Cenla Broadcasting team, bringing creativity, passion, and a wealth of experience to the table. Her dedication to excellence and proven leadership skills make her the perfect fit for this role, and we have no doubt that she will excel in her new position. We are confident that with her leadership, Cenla Broadcasting will reach new heights of success."

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Radio Content Pro Launches New Service For News/Talk

THE MOUTH, MAY 15TH, 2024 - WP Media has launched a new AI content-creation service for News and Talk stations in its Radio Content Pro (RCP) product line. RCP INFO is the company's seventh format-specific product that leverages the power of Artificial Intelligence to Inspire Broadcast Performance.

RCP Info offers: Breaking stories are gathered and curated within minutes, including national news, entertainment, pop culture, viral stories, "Strange But True" topics, breaking content, and more. Multi-Platform: Each piece of content is summarized as a news story, crafted into a monologue or commentary, translated into personality-based responses, crafted into three compelling teases, rewritten as a blog post, developed as four separate phone topic suggestions, and written as social media posts for the most popular platforms. News Stories Written To Be Spoken: RCP Info is a journalist's dream. Each story is rewritten in a style to be spoken, not read. Perfect for an overworked news team.

Tracy Johnson, President and CEO of Tracy Johnson Media Group, says: RCP Info is the result of over a year of testing to meet the high standards and demands of news organizations and personalities. This goes beyond a typical prep sheet by putting every topic imaginable at your fingertips and providing inspiration for how to turn those topics into exciting, audience-building content. Morning personality and talk-radio veteran Jonathan Wier helped beta test the service. He says: There’s no shortage of content for a talk radio host, but the big challenge is finding unique angles for every topic hour after hour, day after day. "

RCP Info is available now. It's market-exclusive and affordably priced based on market size. Barter arrangements are available for qualifying stations based on Average Quarter-Hour performance For more info, contact: Tracy Johnson (858) 472 3546 Tracy@TJohnsonMediaGroup.com Andrew Johnson (619) 289-8382 hello@radiocontentpro.com - See Sample Here

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Audacy Gives Amplification to Mental Health Awareness Month

THE MOUTH, MAY 15TH, 2024 -As part of Audacy’s commitment to supporting the health and success of the communities at the heart of its business, the Company uses specialty content to inform listeners and amplify acceptance this Mental Health Awareness Month. Exclusive stations, podcasts and news: Interviews

“I’m Listening” is Audacy’s flagship program to support those dealing with mental health issues and help them understand they are not alone. The Company enlists notable stars, including Usher and Meghan Trainor, to promote resources, foster an open dialogue, and be a platform for talk that saves lives.

Listeners can tune in to Usher’s chat with Audacy V-103’s Greg Street about therapy and preserving your headspace. The star also addresses mental health stigma by stating, “I know it’s against our culture to be able to assess some of the things that we’ve [gone] through. But you gotta get it out, you have to get it out. More than anything, you have to hear yourself and then you have to forgive yourself,” further emphasizing the importance of these conversations.

Meghan Trainor also shares the importance of mental health as a mother of two and her social media boundaries. She illustrates the domino effect of vulnerability by explaining, “Hearing [Carson Daly] talk about his panic attacks, I was like, ‘I gotta talk about what I went through.’ When I do that, I hear my fans tell me their stories and how they don’t feel alone. The more we talk about it, the more people we’re helping and that’s such a gift.”“Hearing [Carson Daly] talk about his panic attacks, I was like, ‘I gotta talk about what I went through.’ When I do that, I hear my fans tell me their stories and how they don’t feel alone. The more we talk about it, the more people we’re helping and that’s such a gift.”

For more information and to hear more artists, including Selena Gomez, Lenny Kravitz, Billie Eilish, and Shawn Mendes, weigh in on the conversation, click here.

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59th ACM Awards Announce Special Tribute to Toby Keith Performed By Jason Aldean

THE MOUTH, MAY 15TH, 2024 - The Academy of Country Music (ACM), Prime Video, and Dick Clark Productions (DCP) will host a special salute to legendary singer-songwriter Toby Keith at the 59th Academy of Country Music Awards by Country Music superstar Jason Aldean with a special rendition of “Should’ve Been a Cowboy.”

Toby Keith was a 14-time ACM Award recipient, including multiple wins for ACM Top Male Vocalist and ACM Album of the Year, and was named ACM Entertainer of the Year twice, in 2002 and 2003.

Hosted by 16-time ACM Award-winning entertainment icon, Reba McEntire, the 59th ACM Awards will feature additional performances and collaborations from a star-studded lineup, including Kelsea Ballerini, Kane Brown, Jelly Roll, Cody Johnson, Noah Kahan, Avril Lavigne, Miranda Lambert, Post Malone, Reba McEntire, Parker McCollum, Thomas Rhett, Blake Shelton, Nate Smith, Chris Stapleton, Gwen Stefani, and Lainey Wilson.

The ACM Awards will be free to stream live exclusively for a global audience across 240+ countries and territories on Prime Video from Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas on Thursday, May 16 at 8 p.m. EDT / 7 p.m. CDT / 5 p.m. PDT. The full rebroadcast of the 59th ACM Awards will be available to watch after the show on Prime Video and will be available to stream the next day on Friday, May 17, starting at 8 p.m. EDT/5 p.m. PDT on the Amazon Music App and for free on Amazon Freevee.

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Mix 96.5 Houston With Rare Morning Show Opening

THE MOUTH, MAY 15TH, 2024 - Audacy Houston has a rare morning show opening at KHMX/ Mix 96.5. They're searching for an interactive, innovative, local Morning Show host with a history of success to be the star on this legendary brand. This is a live and local position that requires all personalities to be based in the Houston area. We will consider talent ready to be part of a show as well as existing shows.

Qualifications: Required & Preferred: 5+ years On Air experience preferred Solid production skills and working knowledge of studio audio equipment, including digital systems such as Vox Pro, Audition & Wide Orbit. Proficiency in social media/digital content creation A valid driver’s license, satisfactory completion of a motor vehicle record check, and, if the position requires use of the applicant's own vehicle, proof of insurance, is required.

Please make sure when applying to include links/handles for social media. Applications will only be considered through the official application portal here: https://careers-audacy.icims.com/jobs/6734/morning-show-host---khmx-houston/job?mode=view

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7First Golden Bachelorette Revealed; 'Legally Blonde' Prequel Coming

 

Joan Vassos Named First ‘Golden Bachelorette’

The Making of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue

Kelly Clarkson is On Weight Loss Medication, But it’s Not Ozempic

Rory McIlroy Files for Divorce

Reese Witherspoon Developing 'Legally Blonde' Prequel Series 'Elle'

Melissa McCarthy Joins Only Murders in the Building Season 4

Howard Stern Reveals Jerry Seinfeld Called Him to Apologize For Insulting His Comedy Chops

Tom Brady “Wouldn’t Do” Netflix Roast Again: “It Affected My Kids”

WNBA Expansion Team Golden State Announces Team Name: Valkyries 

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STUDIES: 'Personalities And Non-Music Elements Dominate Reasons Why Women Listen To Radio'

THE MOUTH, MAY 14TH, 2024 - Cumulus Media/Westwood One Audio Active Group® partnered with Alan Burns & Associates to conduct a brand-new study in the “What Women Want” series. 1,001 U.S. women aged 15-64 took an online MARU/Matchbox survey from September 28-October 6, 2023. In addition, the Audio Active Group® team analyzed data from Nielsen, Edison’s “Share of Ear,” Katz Media, and the just released Jacobs Media Techsurvey 2024 to seek insights on the female listener.

The results are outlined in this week’s blog. Key findings: Post-COVID, working women indicate they are commuting less, impacting their time spent with AM/FM radio in the car In-car radio listening is a strong habit and AM/FM radio dominates in-vehicle ad-supported audio

Key findings:

  1. Women love their favorite AM/FM radio station almost as much as their phone and more than Amazon, Netflix, Apple, Spotify, and TikTok; Advertisers can leverage this radio station affection and connection to build their brands
  2. Streaming has become more important as working women commute less, impacting their time spent with AM/FM radio in the car
  3. Radio station programming features do not align well with the key priorities of women – family, health, and relationships
  4. AM/FM radio personalities and non-music elements dominate the reasons why women listen to AM/FM radio; “Free” tops the list; Two-thirds of women say AM/FM radio hosts are the main reason they listen, according to Jacobs Media’s Techsurvey 2024
  5. Annoying ads and the number of commercials are noted as a reason for listening less for AM/FM radio
  6. Universally, six out of ten women feel “today’s music is not as good as it was years ago”

When asked to think about their personal lives, women prioritize family, health, and relationships over money and career, providing clues for relevant content. In Jacobs Media Techsurvey 2024: Almost half of women say they really feel a sense of connection with their favorite station, +24% more than men.

Non-music elements dominate the reasons why women listen to AM/FM radio; “Free” tops the list The vital role of personalities: 64% of women say AM/FM radio hosts are the main reason they listen, according to Jacobs Media’s Techsurvey 2024. Universally, six out of ten women feel “today’s music is not as good as it was years ago Across the generations, free, fun, favorite songs, and companionship resonate. Read complete blog here

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Tamera Mowry-Housley To Host 49th Annual Gracie Awards

THE MOUTH, MAY 14TH, 2024 - The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation announced that Emmy award-winning host, author, actress, producer, and entrepreneur Tamera Mowry-Housley will host the 49th Annual Gracie Awards, set to take place on May 21 at the iconic Beverly Wilshire in LA. The Gracies honor exceptional achievements in media dedicated to women, by women, and about women across diverse platforms in news and entertainment.

Kristen Wiig is set to grace the stage to present her Palm Royale co-star, Carol Burnett, with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. Additional presenters include Candace Parker, Natalie Morales, Sheryl Underwood, Yvette Nicole Brown, Mayan Lopez, Emma Kenney, Danielle Pinnock, Amanda Kloots, Lauren E. Banks, Nikki and Brie Garcia, Sharon Carpenter, Allison Holker, Christina Elmore, Kim Fields, Betsy Brandt, Sutton Stracke, Crystal Kung Minkoff, and Amy Chozick. Attendees include Maria Shriver, Glennon Doyle and Abby Wambach, Phylicia Rashad, Garcelle Beauvais, Mary McDonnell, Mariana van Zeller, and more.

Adding to the event, Rachel Platten is slated to deliver a captivating performance, and Raegan Revord will serve as AWMF’s Digital Impact Ambassador.

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Travis Daily Rises To VP/Country For Cumulus

THE MOUTH, MAY 14TH, 2024 - Cumulus has appointed Travis Daily as Vice President of Country. He fills the position previously held by Charlie Cook, who will depart the company on May 31st. Daily was named Brand and Content Manager for Cumulus Media’s two Nashville Country stations last month. Daily officially assumed content responsibilities for Nashville’s 103.3 Country/WKDF-FM and 95.5 Nash Icon/WSM-FM on May 1st, after two years as Program Director for Cumulus Media’s 93.3 The Bull/KUBL-FM in Salt Lake City, UT.

Daily was previously Operations Manager and Program Director for Beasley Media Group’s 99.5 WQYK-FM in Tampa, FL, and spent 17 years at Clear Channel Communications/iHeartRadio, where he was Senior Vice President/Programming for the company’s Sarasota and Tampa clusters. He was also Operations Manager/Program Director/Morning Host at Y96.9/KCCY-FM in Pueblo/Colorado Springs, CO, and launched US 103.5/WFUS-FM in Tampa.

Brian Philips, Chief Content Officer, Cumulus Media, said: “When Charlie Cook told me he was departing, I was faced with one of the tougher decisions of my career: who could I trust to lead and represent our vast fleet of important Country stations with the finesse and character that Charlie did? On every front, Travis rises to the demands. Fresh from a fast, stunning turnaround at KUBL, he has demonstrated the creative and executive skills and style that set him apart from the rest. A new era begins in Nashville.”

Travis Daily remarked: “Storytelling is at the heart of every great Country song. As VP of Country, you’re not just shaping playlists; you are weaving narratives that resonate with listeners across Cumulus Media’s entire footprint of Country stations. Together with our talented programmers, we’ll harmonize tradition with innovation, ensuring that our stations remain a vibrant part of listeners’ lives. It’s an exciting time to be in Country music and, with the advancement of technology, we have almost unlimited ways to deliver content. I am grateful for the opportunity to lead the Country stations for Cumulus from my new hometown of Nashville, where I’ll be working intensively with WKDF and WSM-FM.”

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Jay Michaels Named Brand Manager For New South Radio Jackson, MS

THE MOUTH, MAY 14TH, 2024 - New South Radio, Inc. dba Digio Strategies in Jackson, Mississippi has named Jay Michaels of Austin, TX, as Brand Manager for their stations, WYOY-FM (Y101) and WJKK-FM (Mix 98.7).

Said Michaels about stepping into the role: "I'm beyond excited to join the New South Radio team and work with these successful and talented industry professionals. After getting to know owner Clay Holladay, General Manger Kelly Crocker, and Operations Manager Jan Michaels, they made this big decision very easy for me. This company is locally owned and programmed and has all the tools, talent, comradery, and iconic heritage that I have been looking for.”

Kelly Crocker states, “We are thrilled to have Jay Michaels join our team. He brings passion, knowledge, and years of experience in these two formats and will help take us to the next level. Jay is a perfect fit with the teamwork, mindset and culture we are creating in our building. We are so excited for him to get here." Jay joins New South Radio after successful stops as Brand manager in Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, and Austin markets. Jay starts Friday, May 17th.

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WABC Owner John Catsimatidis Offers Statement On Steps Leading To Rudy Giuliani Dismissal

THE MOUTH, MAY 14TH, 2024 - Following the much publicized news of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani's show being dropped by WABC, owner John Catsimatidis offered a timeline of warnings given to Giuliani that led to the show's cancelation. He shared in a statement, that In January 2021, during the fallout of the 2020 election and controversy surrounding the results circulating the news media space, WABC received a letter from lawyers at Dominion Voting Systems, which our own lawyers reviewed.

We informed Dominion’s lawyers that we would instruct our on-air talent not to talk about Dominion. Our lawyers came to the decision, in order to protect the station, to direct all on-air talent “not to state, suggest or imply that the election results are not valid or that the election is not over. This has remained the policy of the station ever since and is wholly consistent with industry-wide policies. Mayor Guiliani has admitted repeatedly over the past few days that he agreed not to speak about Dominion. However, he was also warned numerous times, particularly in the past few months, to refrain from any allegations of electronic voting manipulation surrounding the 2020 election.

Last Tuesday, May 7th, Mayor Giuliani gave me an ultimatum. He texted me that I had to double his airtime and compensation by May 28th. I told him I wanted to sit-down in person to discuss this. He repeated his demand on Wednesday, May 8th. That Thursday, May 9th, management was made aware of the Bloomberg News report that Rudy was continuing to double down on his defamatory comments about the Georgia election workers on social media, leading to additional filings against him by the plaintiffs in that lawsuit.

As a result of this new information and in an effort to protect the station, that same day, I sent Rudy a letter reminding him not to speak about the legitimacy of the election results on our air. Yet just hours later, during his 3:00 pm show that day, he did just that." Read Complete Statement Here

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Cumulus Takes Alternative Rock Fans Behind the Making of Glass Animals’ First Single From New Album

THE MOUTH, MAY 14TH, 2024 - Cumulus Media (NASDAQ: CMLS) announces the launch of the latest installment of its exclusive multi-part audio series, Your Music Plus, featuring exclusive insights and personal stories from GRAMMY®-nominated and Diamond-selling British band Glass Animals about the making of their new song, “Creatures In Heaven,” the first single from the band’s upcoming fourth studio album, I Love You So F***ing Much.

Cumulus Media’s new Your Music Plus feature shares observations behind the birth of “Creatures In Heaven” and I Love You So F***ing Much, which Bayley reveals was an existential crisis, as he found himself struggling to make sense of this newfound global stardom, having watched it all happen while the world was in lockdown. Full of 70s analogue synths and a vast space-scale of production, “Creatures in Heaven” tackles being in the moment amidst chaos.

Greg Frey, VP of Music Partnerships, Cumulus Media, said: “Cumulus Media is delighted to again partner with our friends at Republic Records with Glass Animals’ new song “Creatures In Heaven” as the latest Your Music Plus campaign. This pulsing anthem, combined with singer / songwriter Dave Bayley’s exclusive audio about the creation of the song, make this a terrific YMP for our Alternative Rock listeners.”

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7Judge Judy Suing National Enquirer; Fallon Celebrates 10th

 

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Snoop Dogg & Michael Bublé Join ‘The Voice’ Alongside Reba McEntire & Gwen Stefani For Season 26

Jimmy Falllon Celebrates With 10th Anniversary Special

Judge Judy Suing National Enquirer

Paris Hilton, Nicole Richie To Star In New Reality Show Together

Toby Keith’s Daughter Accepts His Posthumous Honorary Degree

Chris Hemsworth Broke One Very Big Rule at the Met Gala

Anya Taylor-Joy's Security Guard Fends Off Aggressive Autograph Seeker

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Archewell Foundation Declared a "Delinquent" Charity

David Sanborn, Jazz Saxophonist Who Played on David Bowie’s ‘Young Americans,’ Dead at 78

 

 

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Alan Burns Teams With Cumulus/WWO For 'What Women Want From Radio' Study This Wednesday

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THE MOUTH, MAY 13TH, 2024 - Women control as much as 85% of all consumer spending in the U.S.(1) but 91% of women say they are misunderstood by advertisers . Given that most radio stations are programmed and managed by men, and men dominate the creative departments at most ad agencies, there’s a need to better understand the women who make up more than half of many stations’ audience. That’s why Alan Burns and Associates have teamed up with the Cumulus Media | Westwood One Audio Active Group® to conduct the latest installment in the “What Women Want” research series that began in 2010.

This survey of over 1,000 women nationwide provides actionable information about their needs, desires, perceptions, and media behavior, and covers a range of subjects from women’s personal values and priorities to what topics they want from your morning show.

Burns and Westwood One will present the study’s findings in a free webinar this Wednesday, May 15 at 2pm Eastern/11am Pacific. Register HERE

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iHeart Airs ' Every Mother Counts' PSAs Over 840 Stations To Address The Maternal Health Crisis

THE MOUTH, MAY 13TH, 2024 - iHeartMedia named Every Mother Counts as the newest recipient of its coveted Spotlight Media Grant program to bring awareness to the fact that the United States is one of the most dangerous high-resource nations in the world to give birth. In 2021 (the most recent year for which there is data), in the U.S. alone, over 1,200 women died from complications of pregnancy and childbirth, and the risk of dying is three times greater for Black women in the U.S. compared to white women. Every Mother Counts believes that pregnancy and childbirth should be safe, respectful, and equitable for everyone, everywhere.

Founded by Christy Turlington Burns in 2010 to address the global maternal health crisis, Every Mother Counts works to increase access to timely, quality maternity care and improve maternal health outcomes in the United States and around the world. Beginning Mother’s Day weekend and running through the end of the year, 840 iHeart radio stations across the country that aired a series of Public Service Announcements (PSAs) that bring attention to the rising mortality rates among pregnant women and will direct listeners to everymothercounts.org to learn more and take action.

Launched in 2020, the iHeart Communities Spotlight Media Grant Program has supported with free media nearly 20 organizations that are making a positive impact within communities and serving the full diversity of the country. To date, iHeart has committed $11 million worth of media to leading organizations supporting American communities that fight against hate and racism and bring attention to issues disproportionately impacting underserved communities.

“It is unfathomable that, today, a woman might die in pregnancy or childbirth, and yet this happens far too frequently – and right here, in the United States. Every Mother Counts believes that to achieve our mission to make pregnancy and childbirth safe for everyone, everywhere, we need to begin by educating about the maternal health crisis,” said Christy Turlington Burns, founder and president of Every Mother Counts. “This is why we are delighted to partner with iHeart on this campaign. Raising awareness among the hundreds of thousands of iHeart listeners across this country is the first step toward creating meaningful change on the state of maternal health.”

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Steve Holm Rises To Regional Vice President/Market Manager for Cumulus Grand Rapids/Muskegon

THE MOUTH, MAY 13TH, 2024 - Cumulus has promoted Steve Holm to Regional Vice President/Market Manager for Grand Rapids/Muskegon, MI. He rises from his previous role as General Sales Manager for Cumulus Dallas. The appointment is effective today, Monday, May 13th. Holm, a native Michigander, started his radio career in 2010 in Battle Creek, MI, for WBCK-FM and WBXX-FM, former Cumulus stations now owned by Townsquare Media. Holm moved to Dallas in 2014 and has spent the past 10 years as a Sales Manager for Cumulus Dallas, most recently as General Sales Manager of KTCK-AM/FM, WBAP-AM/FM, and KLIF-AM

Bob Walker, President, Operations, Cumulus Media, said: “Steve has proven himself to be an accomplished leader in the Dallas market the past 10 years and we are thrilled to have him moving back home to Michigan, an area of the country that is important to Steve and his family. We are excited for him to get started and eager to see the impact he will have.”

Steve Holm commented: “I’m very thankful for the opportunity to come back home. The Grand Rapids and Muskegon teams are a tightly knit group and are determined and ready to win. I’m excited to be joining them and look forward to the challenges and growth ahead.”

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Andrew Garcia Named Morning Edition Host On KERA New 90.1 Dallas

THE MOUTH, MAY 13TH, 2024 - KERA has named Andrew Garcia as KERA News 90.1Dallas/Ft. Wort's Morning Edition Host. “I am so excited to join the KERA team,” says Garcia. “Joining the listeners of North Texas on their morning commutes is a real honor. I hope to be your friendly, trustworthy guide through the news of the day in our nation, our world and North Texas.”

“We’re very excited to welcome Andrew,” says Jeff Penfield, Program Director for KERA News. “He has a true passion for public radio and its essential services. I think North Texans are going to hear and feel that every morning.” Garcia grew up in California’s Central Valley. He discovered public radio shortly after receiving his first car, listening to Morning Edition, This American Life, and Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me. “I’ve seldom moved that dial ever since,” says Garcia. Garcia went on to serve as a volunteer and professional advisor for KSSU, the student-run station of California State University-Sacramento.

Most recently, Garcia served as the Midday Anchor for Cap Radio in Sacramento. Listeners can look forward to hearing Garcia on weekday mornings from 5:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m., beginning today, May 13.

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Rudy Giuliani's Daily Radio Show Canceled By WABC

THE MOUTH, MAY 13TH, 2024 -Rudolph W. Giuliani was suspended by WABC radio on Friday and his daily talk show was abruptly canceled after the station said he violated its policy by trying to discuss discredited claims about the 2020 presidential election on air. According to the New York Times, station owner John Catsimatidis said he had made the decision after Mr. Giuliani refused to avoid the topic despite repeated warnings. “We’re not going to talk about fallacies of the November 2020 election,” Mr. Catsimatidis said in a brief phone interview. “We warned him once. We warned him twice. And I get a text from him last night, and I get a text from him this morning that he refuses not to talk about it.” “So,” Mr. Catsimatidis continued, “he left me no option. I suspended him.”

In a statement, he called WABC’s policies “a clear violation of free speech.” He disputed that he had been aware of any policy related to what he could say on air about the 2020 election, and said he only learned he had been fired when contacted by The New York Times. “Obviously I was never informed on such a policy, and even if there was one, it was violated so often that it couldn’t be taken seriously,” he wrote. In many ways, it was an unlikely falling out.

Catsimatidis said the former mayor earned a percentage of the show’s advertising revenue, rather than a salary. The Times reported last year that Mr. Giuliani earned roughly $400,000 a year from WABC; more recent court filings suggested he was losing money on the endeavor. Catsimatidis said that WABC had issued a memo on Jan. 12, 2021, just days after a mob of Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol, governing how hosts could speak about the day's events on air. “Red Apple Media is committed to uniting the nation during this unprecedented and tumultuous time,” said the memo, using the name of the company that owns WABC. “To that end, Red Apple Media is directing all of its on-air talent to not state, suggest or imply that the election results are not valid or that the election is not over.” Read complete article here

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ONLY TWO WEEKS Left To Pre-register And Secure Your .MUSIC Domain

THE MOUTH, MAY 13TH, 2024 - If you've already registered, please note that verification emails will be going out at the end of May/early June. If you haven't pre-registered your .MUSIC domain yet, you still have time and you'll also get PRIORITY before it becomes available globally later in June. Pre-registration is free and we highly recommend that you do this immediately to prevent anyone from squatting on your music identity. Protecting your intellectual property and digital identities is of great importance. It is paramount that if you are in (or represent) an artist, band, or music-related business (record label, promotion, distribution, publisher, recording studio, etc.), now is the time to secure your .MUSIC domain prior to public Global Availability (GA) that opens in June 2024.

MUSIC is the trusted, safe, and verified music-centric platform for the global music community and industry. Artists, creators, musicians, performers, industry professionals, labels, publishers, music organizations and companies - everyone in the music community - will be able to securely connect and interact with each other using their trusted .MUSIC domain name and verified MusicID. To prevent fraud and impersonators, all submissions are followed up with an automated identity verification process to ensure that the real entity is allocated their .MUSIC domain.

Once approved, a registration token will be emailed providing the approved entity (or representative) the ability to register and secure their domain prior to the global launch for $65/year. Non-profit organizations may register for free for the first year. Register Here

 

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BBC Sounds Named Partner For International Women’s Podcast Awards’

THE MOUTH, MAY 13TH, 2024 - Everybody Media are delighted to announce that BBC Sounds will join Amazon Music and Wondery as principle partners of this year’s International Women's Podcast Awards Bursary Fund, with tickets to the event now available. Now in its 4th year, the awards will take place on Wednesday 19th June at the IET London: Savoy Place with an accompanying global livestream, bringing together podcasters, audio professionals, and podcast enthusiasts to celebrate the remarkable achievements of women in podcasting worldwide.

This year, the IWPAs received over 700 entries from 34 different countries worldwide including Bhutan, Equatorial Guinea, and Iceland, showcasing the variety of work led by women in audio across the globe.Winners and runners up will be awarded in 10 categories recognising exceptional ‘moments’ of audio brilliance. The IWPAs are proudly queer and trans inclusive and there is no restriction on what genre or ‘type’ of podcast can enter each category. The shortlists for each category will be released at The Podcast Show on Wednesday 22nd May, with the winners announced on Wednesday 19th June 2024.

The IWPA Bursary Fund was established in 2022 to facilitate complimentary entry and tickets to the awards - either in person or virtually - to anyone, anywhere in the world that might benefit. The IWPA team is thrilled to welcome BBC Sounds as a partner: the IWPA Bursary is easily accessible and was widely utilised for entries in 2024, and with tickets available now via the IWPA webpage, it is expected that bursary uptake for tickets will again be significant. 

For further information and updates on the International Women's Podcast Awards, please visit the website or follow @IWPodcastAwards.

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7Steve Bucemi Randomly Attacked In NYC; BO' Weekend Winner


Switzerland's Nemo Wins the Eurovision Song Contest 2024

Bad Boys 4 Has Already Repeated The Franchise's Best $426 Million Trick

‘Kingdom Of The Planet Of The Apes’ Takes Top Spot At Box Office With $56.5 Million Debut Weekend—Beating Expectations

MTV Movie & TV Awards Postponed Until 2025, Promises Revamped Format

Steve Buscemi Says Man Randomly Attacked Him in New York City

Taylor Swift’s Youngest Fan At Paris Concert Sparks Online Outrage

Foo Fighters Dedicate “My Hero” To Nirvana Producer Steve Albini In Charlotte

Jennifer Lawrence Fetes Orville Peck, Mocks Mike Pence at GLAAD Awards

Conservation Group Fighting to Save Marilyn Monroe's Los Angeles Home

 

 

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Edison: In The Digital Age, Social Media Platforms Influence Music Discovery And Beyond

THE MOUTH, APRIL 25TH, 2024 - In Edison's latest Weekly Insights it refers to the latest findings from The Infinite Dial 2024, supported by Audacy, Cumulus Media, and SiriusXM Media. It shows how platforms like Instagram, TikTok, and Facebook are also sources for discovering music. Social media platforms are embedded into the lives of the majority of Americans 12+. Sixty-three percent of Americans use Facebook, 44% use Instagram, and usage of TikTok is close behind at 35%. Yet the power of these platforms is not just measured by usage — it’s also about influence.

According to The Infinite Dial 2024, 48% of Americans age 12+ say it is “very” or “somewhat” important to keep up to date with music. Among this audience, 40% use Instagram as a source to find out about music. TikTok trails behind at 36%, while Facebook maintains a solid presence with 32% of Americans using it for discovering music. So, what makes these platforms so distinguishable in the realm of music discovery? It's the immersive experience they offer.

Instagram provides diverse avenues for musicians to showcase their craft and engage with audiences authentically with IGTV and Stories. Meanwhile, TikTok's algorithmic feed delivers an endless stream of short-form content tailored to users' preferences. TikTok’s music-centered features and viral challenges have also propelled the platform into a breeding ground for new trends and breakout hits, allowing emerging artists to rise to fame and audiences to establish favorite music. Even Facebook plays a significant role in music discovery, serving as a platform for users to connect with artists, explore new releases, and share their musical experiences with friends and followers.

The Infinite Dial 2024 report clearly illustrates the power social media platforms like Instagram, TikTok, and Facebook have in promoting a wide variety of music and artists to users. While interesting, this insight only scratches the surface of fascinating music discovery data from the full study. Stay tuned for future insights and reports that dive into how specific audiences discover and learn about music.

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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."

 

 

 

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Audacy Launches Austin’s 95.9 Texas Country

THE MOUTH, MAY 24TH, 2024 - Audacy announced the launch of Austin’s 95.9 Texas Country, effective today, May 24 at 12:00 p.m. CT. The station, previously known as The New Hot 95.9, will now play a blend of classic Country and contemporary artists from the Texas music scene.

“We’re delighted to launch Austin’s 95.9 Texas Country and continue delivering this wildly popular format to listeners on the FM dial,” said Doug Abernethy, Regional President, Audacy. “This station will offer the perfect blend of genre classics and the music shaping the Country music industry today.”

On-air staff and programming updates will be made in the coming weeks. Listeners can tune in to Austin’s 95.9 Texas Country in Austin on air and nationwide on the Audacy app and website. The station will also be heard via KKMJ-HD3.