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Hubbard Radio Helps Radio Talent System Move West

Compelling & relatable on-air talent is what separates local radio from all other audio entertainment services - Ginny Morris

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 5TH, 2016 –– With four Institutes in the south and east, the National Radio Talent System now heads to the great Northwest with Institute number five; the Hubbard Radio Talent Institute at Central Washington University in Washington State. Hubbard Radio’s Chair and CEO, Ginny Morris, commented: “Compelling and relatable on air talent is what separates local radio from all other audio entertainment services. Our investment in the National Radio Talent System at Central Washington University is an extension of Hubbard Radio’s commitment to do our part to nurture and grow the talent pipeline for the industry. We are proud to partner with Dan Vallie and his team in this important initiative.”

Dan Vallie, Founder and President of the National Radio Talent System, stated: “I am nothing less than thrilled to be working with Ginny Morris and her team of quality professionals at Hubbard Radio. From the first time we spoke about it, it was obvious they shared the vision. We are flattered to have Hubbard partner with us to continue growing the farm system for radio, discovering, coaching, and incubating young talent who have a desire and passion to be in radio. This is our future.” The inaugural Hubbard Radio Talent Institute will debut this summer, June 13-22. The National Radio Talent System will be contacting broadcasters from radio stations in Seattle and across the state and region to teach sessions during the ten-day institute.

Individual broadcasters, broadcast groups or organizations who would like to join the National Radio Talent System in establishing and sponsoring a Radio Talent Institute on a campus in their state or region should contact Dan Vallie at DanVallie@NationalRadioTalentSystem.com or 828-262-1502.

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PROGRAMMING: Jojo Turnbeaugh Named VP/Programming For iHM Las Vegas

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 5TH, 2016 –– iHeartMedia announced that JoJo Turnbeaugh has been named Senior Vice President of Programming for the Las Vegas market. He will also serve as Program Director and Afternoon Host for KWNR."Jojo's energy, depth of knowledge in multiple formats, and intense desire to win will continue to drive revenue and ratings for our Las Vegas cluster," said Glynn Alan, Regional President, iHeartMedia "This is a fantastic step in JoJo's career and we are thrilled to utilize his vast experience in multiple formats to help continue our growth in Las Vegas," said Steve Geofferies, Executive Vice President of Programming, iHeartMedia.

"I am humbled that Glynn Alan and Steve Geofferies have put their trust in me to lead the great team here in Las Vegas," said Turnbeaugh. "The staff and properties here are poised for great success and I am proud to be a part of it."

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: Entercom Appoints Katerina Perez GSM For Miami Combo; Katy Lollis Rises To Director Of Sales At Beasley Fayetteville, NC

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 5TH, 2016 –– Entercom South Florida announced the appointment of Katerina Perez as general sales manager of Miami’s 104.3 The Shark / WSFS-FM and The Ticket / WAXY-AM. Perez is a 15 year media veteran who has held senior leadership positions throughout Florida, Virginia and Washington State. Born in Canada, Katerina has spent most of her life in South Florida. She started as an Account Executive in South Florida and was quickly promoted to General Sales Manager over the 5 station iHeartMedia cluster in Ft Pierce-Vero, FL. Perez then became Market President over 8 stations in Melbourne, FL/Key West, FL. Most recently, Katerina served at Senior Vice President of Sales in Seattle, WA, overseeing all sales operations for the 7 station cluster.

Beasley Media Group announced that Katy Lollis has been advanced from General Sales Manager to Beasley’s new Director of Sales in the Fayetteville , NC market. “I am very thankful and honored to serve in this position. We have a tremendous opportunity to grow our revenue in Fayetteville ,” added Katy. “ Our sales team puts forth whatever effort is needed to succeed and we will not let any obstacle stop us."

In Fayetteville, Beasley Media Group owns four FMs and two AMs, including: WKML - FM 95.7; WFLB - FM 96.5; WZFX - FM 99.1; WUKS - FM 107.7; WYDU - AM 1160; and, WAZZ - AM 1490. Congratulate Katy at katy.lollis@bbgi.com

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MIW Gender Analysis Study Shows Greatest Challenge For Women In Radio Mgt. Continues To Be As Programmers

Women currently only program 10.9% of all stations in the country, which compares to 10.7% nine years ago.

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 5TH, 2016 –– According to the latest MIW Gender Analysis Study released by the Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio Group (MIW’s) out of 11,201 AM and FM radio stations, accounted for by MStreet Publications as of December 31, 2015, 1878 or 17.3% have women holding the GM position in 2015. This is a one-tenth percentage point drop from 2014, which was 17.4%, but does continue to show growth from 2004, eleven years ago when the percentage was only 14.9%. The annual study is compiled, analyzed and released by the MIW’s from information provided by *MStreet Publications.

In the top 100 markets, the number of women GM’s is just barely ahead of the national average. In 2015 16.3% of stations in these markets were managed by women, which compares to 16.2% in 2014. Overall the best management opportunities for women continue to be in sales management although there has been essentially only a minor change for the last eleven years. In 2015, 30.5% of all stations have a women sales manager, which is just slightly up from last year. And in the top 100 markets just under 31% of the stations have women SM’s, which showed a decrease of one and a half percentage points from 2014.

The greatest challenge for women in radio management continues to be as programmers. Women currently only program 10.9% of all stations in the country, which compares to 10.7% nine years ago. The news is a little better in the top 100 markets where women programmers now represent 11.9%, which compares to 12.2% in 2015, but does show a decrease year-over-year. "Tracking the leadership roles of women in media brings awareness to the continued need to reach back and lift up,” comments MIW Spokeswoman Kay Olin (shown). *All information provided by MStreet Publications is subject to the limitations of data provided by radio companies.

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SYNDICATION: Marci Braun Joins Ramblin' Ray Steven's On USRN's 'Serving Your Country'; Blair Garner Partners With Advance Auto For New Podcast; Tom Joyner To Host Special Red Carpet Presentation At 47th NAACP Image Awards

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 5TH, 2016 –– United Stations Radio Networks announced the addition of Marci Braun to the airstaff of its weekly Country Music program Serving Your Country. The show is hosted by WUSN-FM’s morning co-host Ramblin’ Ray Stevens. Marci Braun is the Music Director and Assistant Program Director at CBS Radio’s WUSN-FM (“US99.5”) which is one of the most listened to Country stations in America. In addition to being heard in over 50 U.S. cities, the show airs weekly on the American Forces Radio Network reaching 177 countries and territories worldwide as well as all American ships at sea.

--Blair Garner, host of NASH/America’s Morning Show and newly-named inductee to the Country Radio Hall of Fame, has partnered with Advance Auto Parts to create 'Under the Hood,' a new, custom podcast that is all about cars. The first monthly podcast debuted Wednesday, January 27, 2016. New podcasts will be released on the last Wednesday of each month through the end of 2016. Garner, an admitted car aficionado who bought his first car at age 11, currently owns 13 vehicles – including his favorite, a 1968 Pontiac Firebird Convertible. “This is the first time that I’ve been able to really share my passion for cars, and I cannot thank Advance Auto Parts enough for the opportunity,” said Garner. “I’ve been a longtime customer of Advance Auto, and I’m totally psyched to get under the hood with my car buddies."

-- Nationally syndicated radio host Tom Joyner, known as ‘the hardest working man in radio’ will host a special red carpet presentation and be a featured presenter on the 47th NAACP Image Awards airing live February 5th on TV One. The NAACP Image Awards are set to the most diverse awards show of the 2016 season celebrating the outstanding achievements and performances of people of color in the arts, as well as those promoting social justice through their creative endeavors.

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[LISTEN] Show Member Shares Birth Of Son On The Air With Listeners

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 5TH, 2016 –– Since arriving in St. Louis, Spencer Graves, host of Spencer's Neighborhood on Hubbard's The Arch has certainly made a lot of noise. This week he raised the bar to include the sound of a baby being born.

Team member Brando is now a father of four after his wife, Alex, gave birth to a happy and healthy baby boy, August Haynes. It took some convincing but Alex finally agreed to carry the birth LIVE on air. Brando provided the “play by play” while Spencer and co-host Ricki reacted in the studio.

At one moment after baby August was out, you didn’t hear him make a noise. Both Spencer and Ricki held their breath but then…it happened. Baby August cried and the room filled with happiness. Spencer tells Jockline, “It was singlehandedly the most intimate moment I’ve ever been apart of on the radio.”

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NETWORKS: Radio Express Teams With Sun Broadcast Group For Sales/Affiliate Deal

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 5TH, 2016 –– Sun Broadcast Group and Radio Express announced they have entered into a network partnership that will bring ten new programs and services to Sun’s Hispanic lineup beginning immediately. Sun’s Hispanic arm, Sun Latino will handle ad sales and affiliate relations for each of the ten programs and services including La Piedra, La Mex-Cla, Mobile Apps from jacapps Groovetools and Trynity HDFX.

“We are thrilled and honored to welcome Radio Express to our ever-growing Sun Latino partners,” said Ron Rivlin, SVP of Programming and Affiliate Sales for Sun Broadcast Group. “Barbara Rounds and her team have shown their commitment to bringing exceptional programs and services to market and we are very proud to welcome them to the Sun family.” Radio Express will join Sun Latino’s great brands including, The Andres Gutierrez Show, El Show de Tomas Rubio, El Morro y Mostro, Yahoo Deportes, vCreative Hispanic and the PromoSuite Latino Network. For more information contact Ron Rivlin, SVP of Programming and Affiliate Relations at 212-380-9303 or RRivlin@sunbgi.com.

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Westwood One Quizzes QBs Backstage At Super Bowl 50

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 5TH, 2016 –– As the clock nears kickoff at Super Bowl 50 this Sunday, Westwood One Sports is busy on radio row with Coach Mike Holmgren contributing to its coverage, catching up with Broncos coach Gary Kubiak and announcer Jim Gray who's show interviewing Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton and Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning before the Big Game. Gray will be hosting Westwood One’s Super Bowl 50 pregame and halftime shows.

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Channel 93.3's Kramer & Geena Score Rare Interview With Panther's Head Coach

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 5TH, 2016 –– Lost in all the Super Bowl hoopla is the not so visible Ron Rivera, coach of The Carolina Panthers who shys away from doing many interviews. But thanks to a close contact of co-host Geena, they were able to land one of the few just in time for this morning's show at 8:35am pacific.

Steve Kramer tells Jockline, "Rivera, who was the San Diego Chargers Defensive Coordinator from 2008 to 2010, became friends with Geena and the station. On a long shot, Geena sent a text to Rivera. While he’s not doing many interviews right now, he was happy to hop on with the duo. Great reminder to everybody the industry, you never know when you may need one of your contacts. Stay close to them” – Steve Kramer

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KJUG's Mike & Lisa Show Stand In Solidarity (And Dresses) Against District Dress Code

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 5TH, 2016 –– The Clovis Unified School District (just northeast of Fresno, CA) is bracing itself for a legal fight with the American Civil Liberties Union, which has taken it to court over the district's dress code. In a surprise vote last week, trustees went against recommendations that would have allowed boys to wear long hair and earrings and removed language that says dresses and skirts are for girls. The decades-old policy directly violates state education code, according to the ACLU. A student petition, urging the board to approve a gender-neutral dress code, had garnered nearly 2,500 signatures by Monday (2/1).

In response, a number of students at Buchanan High School in Clovis flipped the script: the boys wore dresses! Upon hearing the news, Mike Pesto and 'Chad' from Mike & Lisa in The Morning on 106.7, KJUG Country (Visalia, CA) took it upon themselves to stand IN DRESSE in solidarity with their brethren at BHS. Check out more HERE

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7Earth Wind & Fire Co-Founder, Maurice White Passes Away; Megyn Kelly Inks Book Deal

 

Earth Wind & Fire's Co-Founder, Maurice White, Passes Away At 74 - [ROLLING STONE]

FOX To Take On SNL With 'Party Over Here' - [EW]

Seal To Play Pontius Pilate In FOX 'Passion' Musical - [BILLBOARD]

Megyn Kelly Inks Mega Book Deal With Harper Collins - [THR]

[WATCH] Elton John Surprises London Commuters With Piano Performance - [THE GUARDIAN]

[WATCH] David Bowie 'Starman' Video Comes To Super Bowl - [ESQUIRE]

[WATCH] Sneak Peek At SB50's Top Commercials - [PATCH]

[WATCH] ... The One That CBS Banned - [PAGE SIX]

[WATCH] 'Top Gear's' New Co-Host Will Be Joey From 'Friends] - [THE VERGE]

[WATCH] 'Property Brothers' Go Country In New Music Video - [ET]

[WATCH] First Trailer For 'Friends' Reunion Special - [METRO]

Piers Morgan Drops Top For Susan Sarandon In New Photo - [DIGITAL SPY]

Voice Of Daffy Duck, Joe Alaskey, Succumbs To Cancer At 63 - [DAILY MAIL]

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Leslie Moonves Rises To CBS Chairman As Sumner Redstone Resigns

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 4TH, 2016 –– Sumner Redstone has resigned as exec. chairman of CBS, and with the move, CEO Leslie Moonves is stepping into the role, the company reported. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Redstone, 92, who has been in poor physical health, stepped down effective Tuesday (Feb. 2) and was appointed chairman emeritus. His daughter, Shari Redstone, will continue to serve as vice chairman. Redstone is also executive chairman of Viacom, and there was speculation Wednesday that his role there would change and Viacom issued a press release announcing that its board of directors will meet today, Feb. 4.

"I am honored to accept the chairmanship of this great company,” said Moonves. “I want to thank Sumner for his guidance and strong support over all these years. It has meant the world to me." CBS said the appointment of Moonves was led by Redstone's daughter Shari, after her father resigned. She said in a statement, "I have been fortunate to work with Les and he has clearly established himself as a creative and effective leader who understands both the challenges and the opportunities that are shaping today's media landscape. I am sure he will make a great Chair and I look forward to working with him for many years to come." PHOTO/Helga Esteb/Shutterstock

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Futuri Media Inks Landmark Deal With Cumulus Media

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 4TH, 2016 –– Futuri Media has reached a landmark agreement with Cumulus Radio to provide the broadcasting giant with four major platforms: Listener Driven Radio (LDR1), Takeover, TopicPulse social media monitoring, and TopLine sales research. The agreement includes immediate implementation of Futuri technology across 27 of Cumulus’ largest markets with additional markets and stations to follow.

Cumulus Media Sr. VP/Content & Programming Mike McVay said, “We’ve always respected the value Futuri can bring to broadcasters, and have watched the company continuously innovate and improve its services. Futuri has proved to us that they can customize their capabilities to our individual stations’ ratings and revenue objectives. We’re a particularly big believer in Futuri’s TopicPulse social media tool, which will help us maximize our audience engagement potential in our largest and most competitive markets.”

“We are honored and excited to have the opportunity to work with the leadership team at Cumulus Radio,” said Futuri Media CEO Daniel Anstandig. “Cumulus owns numerous stations that are truly heritage brands in their communities, and we look forward to working with them to deploy new and meaningful ways to connect with their millions of listeners on digital platforms.”

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: Greater Media Promotes Buzz Knight To SVP/Program Development; Jeff Hickcox Tapped As Promotions/Events Director For Beasley Florida

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 4TH, 2016 –– Greater Media announces Buzz Knight has been promoted to senior vice president of Program Development. Knight has been with Greater Media since February 2002. Prior to that, he worked as Program Director at several stations including: CBS Boston based classic rock WZLX, Saga Communications rock WNOR in Norfolk and Great American’s Active Rock WLVQ in Columbus, Ohio. In addition, the radio veteran spent three years on air as part of the legendary WNEW-FM in New York City. Knight launched his broadcasting career at WRKI in Fairfield County, Connecticut after graduating from the University of Dayton.

-- Beasley Media Group’s veteran community promotions head Jeff Hickcox has returned to the Southwest Florida cluster of radio stations, where he is serving as Director of Promotions and Special Events. His radio career covers more than two decades with Beasley, including his “gigs” as on - air talent for B103 . 9 and Sunny 106.3. Jeff launched into his radio career shortly after he served two tours of duty in the U.S. Air Force. Send congrats to Jeff at Jeff.Hickcox@bbgi.com

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John Boyle Named OM/PD For WRKN-FM And WZRH-FM New Orleans

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 4TH, 2016 –– Cumulus Media announces that it has appointed John Boyle to Operations Manager/Program Director for NASH FM 92.3/WRKN-FM and 106.1 the Underground/WZRH-FM in New Orleans. Boyle segues from his previous role as the first Program Director of Cumulus’ Melbourne, FL, station 95 ROCK/WSJZ. Prior to that, he was Promotion Director and Director and Producer of Artist Performance Videos for Entercom Sacramento’s six-station cluster.

Boyle has also held Program Director positions in San Luis Obispo, CA (KZOZ), Bakersfield, CA (KKXX), and Lansing, MI (WWDX). Boyle said: “It's a tremendous honor and great privilege to join the talented New Orleans Cumulus crew. Many thanks to Mike McVay, Troy Hanson, Charlie Cook and Pat Galloway. Even in my wildest dreams, and there have been some doozies, I never thought I'd get the opportunity to work in The Crescent City.”

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Denver Host Shopping New Country/Pop Hybrid Format

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 4TH, 2016 –– Jonathan Wilde, 30 year radio vet announces The COP format—a Country/Pop Hybrid. COP erases the already blurred lines between the 2 biggest formats, Country and HotAC/Top 40. Wilde says "Today, with so many listeners, it’s not about what format they prefer, but more about the songs they like. Those songs come from multiple genres and build the playlists of millions of listeners. With musical textures sounding more and more alike, this concept finally blends the two together."

COP is 60-70% Hot AC and 30-40% modern/new country • Core artists are: Taylor Swift, Maroon 5, Luke Bryan, Katy Perry, Florida Georgia Line, Pink, Kenny Chesney, Kelly Clarkson, Keith Urban, One Republic, Carrie Underwood, Adele • HotAC and Country miss the boat on so many potential crossover songs. COP is the creation of Jonathan Wilde, 30 year industry vet, 20 years morning drive, 3-time CMA Personality of the Year winner (KYGO-Denver), former PD of KWOF (The Wolf-Denver), currently mornings at KOSI-Denver. Contact Wilde at 303-478-7956 jonwild@aol.com www.copformat.com

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NETWORKS: Tom Kent Radio; The Chad Benson Show Adds Stations; Live Coverage Pres. Debates; Envision Adds Hockman Hawaii Communications To Focus 'Powered By Jelli'

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 4TH, 2016 –– The Tom Kent Radio Network announced the addition of of its shows to WIOZ 102.5 FM Raleigh-Durham - KYMV 1 00.7 FM Salt Lake City - WRQN 93.5 FM Toledo - KRQX 98.9 FM St. George, UT - KDAL 95.7 FM Duluth, MN. This include stations for its new nighttime live AC show, "TK Live" TKRN is comprised of over 500 great radio stations in the United States, Canada and Mexico. For affiliation please contact: Ed Douglas EdD@TomKentRadio.com or 614- 321-6708.

The Chad Benson Show (top right) announced its newest affiliates: KTSA-AM, San Antonio; KTMS-AM, Santa Barbara; KBUR-AM, Burlington, IA; WJEH-AM, Gallipolis, OH and WRKQ-AM, Madisonville, TN. Added to the announcement, they'll continue to offer extended live coverage of the Republican and Democratic debates and the Iowa Caucuses and New Hampshire primaries. Those special editions of the program are available to all current affiliates, as well as interested stations in markets where the show is not currently cleared.

Envision Networks® announced it has added Hochman Hawaii Communications’ stations to that are “Powered by Jelli™.” Focus’s programmatic networks are enabled by Jelli’s cloud-based ad platform that traffics, serves and reports campaigns using Jelli's RadioSpot™. For more information on how to join Focus 360’s “Powered by Jelli™” networks contact Amber Wade at amberw@envisionradio.com or 216-831-3761.

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TOP NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

Nearly Six Million Tuned In To Watch Tribute To Radio's Terry Wogan

By Graham Mack

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 4TH, 2016 –– Terry Wogan has died. Nearly six million people tuned in to watch The One Show’s tribute to Terry Wogan on Monday night on BBC 1 Television. The show featured appearances from Chris Evans, who replaced the veteran broadcaster as host of the Radio 2 breakfast show in 2010, and Graham Norton, who has presented the BBC’s coverage of the Eurovision song contest since Wogan stepped down in 2008. Evans had earlier dedicated Monday morning’s broadcast of his Radio 2 breakfast show to Wogan, describing him as his “radio dad”.

Kyle & Jackie O In Sydney Australia Are Not Going Back To 2Day FM - The supposed 20 million dollar deal ($15 million US) to get the KIIS FM Breakfast team, Kyle and Jackie O to go back to 2DayFM is off! They’ve been talking about it on the air. Kyle said, “I would never go back to Austereo, even if they gave me the radio station” Read more and listen to the audio HERE

Another AM turn-off In The UK - BBC Radio Bristol has confirmed it will be leaving AM this month; the transmitter site is due to be demolished as part of a redevelopment scheme. Now BBC Radio Bristol is inviting listeners via social media to spread the word about the changes, which will mean affected listeners will need to tune in to the station via either FM, DAB, Online or via Freeview on digital television from 19th February. The UK is one of the last countries in western Europe with a comprehensive collection of A.M. stations: many neighbouring countries have already ditched the waveband.

Jamie And Emma Go National - Jamie Theakston and Emma Bunton (Baby Spice) who present the Breakfast Show on Heart FM, London will head the line-up on a new national DAB station this month from Global. “Heart Extra”, will launch on February 29th and include Jenni Falconer, Mark Wright and Jason Donovan on the schedule as well.

WANT TO CONNECT WITH GRAHAM? Reach him at +44 7752 416905. Twitter: @GrahamMack Web: www.mackmedia.co.uk Email: graham@mackmedia.co.uk

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Weigh-In Takes Place Today For WIP's 24th Annual Wing Bowl

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 4TH, 2016 –– SportsRadio 94WIP’s Al Morganti, Rhea Hughes and eaters competing in Wing Bowl 24 are scheduled to appear to record their official “eating” weight and record their age, height, and hometown. Members from each eater’s entourage plus dozens of Wingettes (shown below) will be on hand to cheer on their favorite eaters to victory. The competition heats up for Wing Bowl 24 with last year’s champion, Patrick Bertoletti and the amazing Molly Schuyler, both competing against the field of local eaters. Plus returning this year is the college division. A portion of the proceeds from Wing Bowl 24 will benefit the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police Survivors Fund. For more information, go to www.wingbowl24.com.

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7Taylor Swift Video Game On The Way; Miley Cyrus Joins As Advisor On 'The Voice'

 

Taylor Swift Video Game On The Way - [GAMES SPOT]

Miley Cyrus Joins 'The Voice' In Adviser Role - [E ONLINE]

FOX Prevails In 'Empire' Trademark Lawsuit - [THE WRAP]

[WATCH] Where Do I Go: Clive Davis' Grammy Bash Or Jimmy Iovine's Wedding? - [THR]

[WATCH] Lil Wayne 'Movin On Up' In Super Bowl Ad - [IDOLATOR]

[WATCH] 10 Worst Super Bowl Ads From Last 15 Years - [ESPN]

Release Dates Set For Three 'Fast & Furious' Films - [NME]

[WATCH] FINAL 'Zoolander 2' Trailer - [WGTC]

CHECK IT OUT: EW's 'Beyond Beautiful' Cover - [EW]

HBO’s Bill Simmons Accidentally Announces Google Play Music Podcasts Launch - [VARIETY]

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[WATCH] Defense Lawyer Drops Bombshell In Trial Of Canadian Radio Star

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 3RD, 2016 –– It's the trial that has all the makings of an episode from TV's 'Law & Order.' Along with major media coverage, Marie Henein (shown behind radio host Jian Ghomeshi in above photo), defense attorney for Ghomeshi, asked the accuser if, after the alleged assaults, she had anything more to do with Ghomeshi. She said 'no.' Henein remarked that on six occasions she told police detectives she’d had nothing more to do with him. Henein also noted that the woman told the court that when she saw him on TV or heard him on radio, she flipped the off switch. So traumatized was she, the woman said, that she did not even listen to the “new guy” on Q (his station). Henein cautioned her several times. Is there anything you want to tell me? The Star's Kevin Donovan then reports Henein dropped the bombshell:

Henein then presented two emails sent to Ghomeshi after the alleged assault, on containing a photo of her in a bikini. They were shown on a jumbo court screen, the first addressed to “Play>boy” - “Good to see you again!” It invited him to watch her on a music video “when you take a break from ploughing snow naked.” That email was sent Jan. 16, 2004, shortly after 3 a.m. She ends by inviting him to keep in touch. The second, sent June 22, 2004, at 1:46 a.m., says the woman has been watching Ghomeshi on a television show. A photo was attached to the second video. Court saw photo, which is subject to a sealing order pending a media challenge, is a picture of the woman in a bikini on the Toronto islands.

Presented with these emails and the photo. The woman claimed she was baiting Ghomeshi, hoping he would call so she could confront him. He never called, she told court. SEE COMPLETE STORY HERE

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Broadcasters Have A Unique Ability To Capitalize On Listener's 'Fear Of Missing Out' Says Edison's Larry Rosin

Lead Finding Of 'Ear Wars' Presentation During CRS/Nashville

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 3RD, 2016 –– With so much competition from other forms of audio, radio’s top competitive advantage is its urgency. Broadcasters have a unique ability to capitalize on their listeners’ “fear of missing out.” That’s the lead finding of “Ear Wars,” Edison Research’s 2016 Country radio research presentation, set to be unveiled Feb. 9 at 10 a.m. at Country Radio Seminar in Nashville by Edison’s Larry Rosin and Megan Lazovick.

The survey answers key questions for broadcasters in 2016 such as “why radio” and “what matters”? Continuing Edison’s tradition of presenting major surveys for country radio at CRS, the researchers surveyed more than 1,500 listeners and conducted one-on-one interviews of listeners and broadcasters in three markets. Legendary stations whose listeners and staffers are spotlighted in this year’s presentation are WXTU Philadelphia, WIVK Knoxville, and WTHI (Hi 99) Terre Haute, Ind. “This presentation will walk programmers through every element of their programming day with an eye toward instilling ‘Fear of Missing Out’ into everything they do, from music to air talent content to other engagement, community involvement, and even your marketing,” says Edison President Larry Rosin. “Without a doubt, our 2016 presentation will be the one most loaded with things that broadcasters can take back to their market,” says Rosin. “Programmers should make sure they don’t miss out as well.”

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Howard Stern's Video Plans On SiriusXM To Be Announced Later This Year Says CEO

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 3RD, 2016 –– The CEO of the SiriusXM reported the fourth-quarter earnings this week showing it strongest full-year subscriber growth in eight years. Jim Meyer said the company's total subscriber base reached 29.54 million at the end of 2015. SiriusXM added 2.28 million net new subscribers in 2015, the highest growth in net subscribers since 2007, before Sirius and XM merged.

As we reported in December, SiriusXM and Howard Stern announced five-year extension to their relationship, including a 12-year agreement for Stern's content. An important part of the deal included plans for SiriusXM to launch its first plunge into video programming with Stern. This week Meyer said, "We are working closely with Howard and plan to announce "firm plans" later this year. “I’m pretty excited about it,” Meyer said. He added the plans 'will include allowing our subscribers to access the video feed live of The Howard Stern Show.”

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Boomer & Carton Top Barrett's Top 20 Local Sports Shows

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 3RD, 2016 –– Barrett's Sports Media has revealed its 'America’s Top 20 local sports morning shows' for 2015. Blogger Jason Barrett says although this is an inexact science and the results are subjective, he tried to create a formula that made sense. Whether it worked or not is in the eye of the beholder, but says he's comfortable with the way it turned out.

In total, 35 radio executives took part in determining these results. (Barrett not included). Each member of the executive committee was given 35 shows to choose from, and asked to select their Top 20 in exact order. Following CBS/WFAN's Boomer and Carton was CBS cohorts at Boston's 98.5 The Sport Hub's Toucher & Rich & number 3, WIP Philly's Angelo Cataldi. SEE COMPLETE LIST HERE

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PROGRAMMING: Cumulus Promotes Veteran Country Programmer Mac Daniels To Program Dallas Combo

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 3RD, 2016 — Cumulus Media announces that it has promoted Country programming veteran Mac Daniels as Program Director for heritage Country stations 99.5 The Wolf/KPLX-FM and New Country 96.3/KSCS-FM in Dallas. Daniels joins Cumulus Media Dallas from KSJO/NASH FM 92.3 San Jose, where he was Program Director.

Daniels is a 30-year programming professional with 20 years in large and major market programming. He has also programmed stations including: WMZQ, Washington, D.C.; WYCD, Detroit; KSKS, Fresno; and KASE and KVET, Austin, where he was Operations manager for iHeart Media. Early in his career, he was Assistant Program Director of KPLX Dallas, so this move marks a homecoming for Daniels. "I am very excited for this opportunity to shepherd two of the nation’s leading Country music brands to greater success. The team assembled in DFW is poised for success in every platform. I am humbled that Dan Bennett, Mike McVay and Charlie Cook has placed their confidence in me for this role at two of the stations that are key to the success of Cumulus," said Daniels.

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: CMG Athens Names Kisha Hardwick As Digital Sales Manager

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 3RD, 2016 –– Cox Media Group’s (CMG) Athens Radio has named Kisha Hardwick as its new Digital Sales Manager. In her new role, Kisha will work alongside the leadership team to deliver integrated marketing solutions to valued clients while developing new profitable revenue opportunities for the Athens cluster’s six radio stations – WPUP Power 100.1, WXKT 103.7 Chuck FM, WRFC 960 AM The Ref, WGMG Magic 102.1 FM, WGAU News Talk AM 1340/98.7 FM, and Your Georgia Country 106.1/107.1 FM. Hardwick’s other media career highlights include working as a Digital Client Services Manager at Morris Communications and Mid-day Producer at NBC 26 in Augusta.

“When presented the opportunity to work at Cox Media Group, I knew this would be a great opportunity to extend my growth in digital media sales,” said Hardwick. “Cox Media Group is known for our superior digital products, and I can’t wait to explore all of those digital opportunities.”

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MOTION: Alpha Names Stephanie Blue As Co-Host For Mornings At Mix 106.9 And Jonathan 'Miracle' Steele For Nights At Energy 102.3 Peoria

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 3RD, 2016 –– Alpha Media, Peoria announces Stephanie Blue will join veteran Morning Mix host Randy Rundle on Mix 106.9 (WSWT), effective February 15th. She previously served as a Morning Show co-host, Afternoon talent, and most recently as the Midday talent on KISS-FM (WPIA) in Peoria.

In a separate announcement, Alpha announced that Jonathan “Miracle” Steele will be the newest addition to Energy 102.3 (WNGY) Peoria. He'll take over nights from 7:00pm-12:00am. His past stops include Producer/Board-Operator for WHIO-AM/FM Dayton, OH, MD/Nights at WHIZ-FM Zanesville, OH and a brief stint as MD/Afternoons at ZFKY-FM in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands.

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Westwood One Champions Sound With 3rd Annual Super Bowl Sound Awards

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 3RD, 2016 –– Westwood One will present its third annual Super Bowl Sound Awards for Excellence in Audio Creativity, a consumer-driven contest that celebrates brand advertisers and audio creative. Westwood One will champion the power of sound by showcasing the best radio commercials within the biggest sporting event of the year—the Super Bowl.

Westwood One is the exclusive national radio partner of the NFL and will broadcast national play-by-play coverage of Super Bowl 50 from Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California on Sunday, February 7, 2016. The Super Bowl Sound Awards for Excellence in Audio Creativity will feature national commercials airing on the hundreds of radio stations airing Westwood One’s Super Bowl 50 broadcast, as well as on SiriusXM Radio, the TuneIn Radio App, through NFL Game Pass. Voting starts today, Wednesday, February 3, at 12:00 am ET at www.thesoundawards.com and runs through 12:00 pm on Monday, February 8. The winner will be announced on Tuesday, February 9, 2016.

Meanwhile, Westwood One Sports is in San Francisco all week preparing for live coverage of Super Bowl 50 and special pregame programming. Going behind the scenes, WWO announcer Scott Graham shows what you have to do when the acoustics aren’t great, as he finds the perfect spot to pre-tape some show segments after realizing the ceilings were too high for optimum sound

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NETWORKS: Westwood One To Exclusively Simulcast CNN Democratic Townhall From New Hampshire; Jorge & Izzy Debuts On ESPN Radio; Ian Fitzsimmons Joins The Freddie Coleman Show Beginning Monday

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 3RD, 2016 –– Less than week to go before votes are cast in New Hampshire, and Westwood One News will exclusively simulcast this week's CNN Democratic Town Hall from Derry, New Hampshire with Bernie Sanders & Hillary Clinton CNN’s Anderson Cooper moderates the event, which is being broadcast from 9:00-11:00 pm ET.

ESPN Radio will debut Jorge & Izzy, hosted by Jorge Sedano and Israel Gutierrez. The show will air weekdays from 9 – 11 p.m. ET and will cover the day’s top stories from across the sports world. Sedano has more than 15 years of radio broadcast experience and has previously hosted Sedano & Stink and The Sedano Show. Longtime Miami-based reporter Gutierrez currently hosts a Sunday ESPN Radio show with fellow ESPN NBA reporter Amin El-Hassan, Izzy & Amin (10 a.m. – noon). Also on February 8, ESPN Radio reporter and host Ian Fitzsimmons will join the weeknight The Freddie Coleman Show (11 p.m. – 2 a.m.), hosted by veteran ESPN Radio host Freddie Colman.

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7Lady Gaga To Deliver Anthem At Super Bowl; REPORT: Manziel Parting Ways With Browns

Lady Gaga To Sing National Anthem At Super Bowl - [USA TODAY]

First 'Bourne' Trailer Expected To Air During Super Bowl - [MOVIEFONE]...

...[WATCH] Drake Pitches T-Mobile During The Game - [THE VERGE]

...[WATCH] Steven Tyler For 'Skittles' - [NME]

Channing Tatum Offers George Clooney Role In Next 'Magic Mike' - [E ONLINE]

REPORT: Johnny Manziel Leaving Brown's Next Month - [DEADSPIN]

TV's Chuck Lorre Inducted In NAB's HOF - [VARIETY]

Blake Shelton Announces Kids Choice Awards Nominees - [PEOPLE]

OJ Not Thrilled With Johnny Cochran Depiction In Mini-Series - [ACCESS HOLLYWOOD]

[WATCH] International Trailer For Batman vs. Superman - [COSMIC BOOK NEWS]

James Corden To Host 2016 Tony Awards - [THE GUARDIAN]

Photographed by Ruth Hogben Hair by Frederic Aspiras Makeup by Sarah Tanno

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Cumulus' 93.9 The Beat And WJJK Indy Collect Over 205,000 Bottles Of Water, Plus Thousands Of Dollars For Flint

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THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 2ND, 2016 –– Cumulus Media Indianapolis stations WRWM (93.9 The Beat) and WJJK, in partnership with Midwest Food Banks, Metro PCS, and television partners WXIN (FOX) and WTTV (CBS), collected much-needed bottled water for the citizens of Flint, MI, last week through on-air, online and on-site promotions that drove the collection of over 205,000 bottles of water and over 20,000 gallons of water, plus thousands of dollars in cash donations, to benefit Flint residents in need.

The water drive kicked off on Monday, January 25, with a bottled water collection event hosted by WRWM (93.9 The Beat), WJJK, and Metro PCS, at the Metro PCS Store at 5035 W 71st St in Indianapolis. The drive culminated in a donor event on Wednesday, January 27, at HH Gregg at 4161 E 96 St in Indianapolis, and featured Cumulus Indianapolis’ afternoon radio personalities Zakk (WRWM) and Nikki (WJJK), who broadcast live with partners WXIN (FOX) and WTTV (CBS). Friday, January 29, six semi-trucks made their way to Flint to deliver the water. Please see the attached release for details.

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SYNDICATION: Molly Qerim Joins The Mike & Mike Show; The Johnjay & Rich Show Adds Affiliates In Albuquerque & Bakersfield

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THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 2ND, 2016 –– The Johnjay & Rich Show announced it has added affiliates in Albuquerque’s on Z106.3 Hit Music Now/KDLW-FM and Bakersfield’s Hits 93.1/KKXX-FM. The duo is joined on-air by Kyle. For more information or to listen to the station online, please visit http://www.hits931fm.com/.

-- Molly Qerim (inset) Joins The Mike & Mike, ESPN Radio and ESPN2’s weekday morning show (6 – 10 a.m. ET) hosted by Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic. With her arrival, they'll debut an enhanced studio set on Monday, Feb. 8. First Take moderator Molly Qerim will officially join the show that day, and for the last two hours (8-10 a.m.) will present a variety of content including news and breaking news updates and the hottest trending topics on the sports social media scene. Each show includes interaction between the show’s hosts and First Take’s Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith, facilitated by Qerim, to bridge the transition between ESPN2’s morning programs. First Take follows Mike & Mike at 10 a.m. The updated approximately 1,700-square-foot space features several enhancements including. In addition, the show will debut a new theme, which was created by Man Made Music in coordination with ESPN.

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Radio Nominees Announced For 51st ACM Awards

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 2ND, 2016 –– Nominations were announced yesterday for the 51st Annual Academy of Country Music Awards to be held in Las Vegas this April. Among the radio nominees announced included:

NATIONAL ON-AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR (3-way tie within category lead to increased nominees) • Blair Garner, Chuck Wicks America's Morning Show • Cody Alan CMT After MidNite with Cody Alan • Lon Helton Country Countdown USA with Lon Helton • Lorianne Crook and Charlie Chase The Crook and Chase Countdown • Sam Alex Taste of Country Nights • The Bobby Bones Show The Bobby Bones Show • Whitney Allen, Jackie Stevens & Mike McNamee The Big Time with Whitney Allen

ON-AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR – MAJOR MARKET • Ben Campbell and Matt McAllister KNIX-FM Phoenix, AZ (L) • Cadillac Jack WQYK-FM St. Petersburg, FL • Chris Carr, Maverick and Kia KEEY-FM St. Louis Park, MN • Paul Schadt, Meg Butterly, Geof Knight WKKT-FM Charlotte, NC • Tanner in the Morning WSOC-FM Charlotte, NC

ON-AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR – LARGE MARKET • AJ & Ashley In The Morning WWKA-FM Orlando, FL • Dave O’Brien WLHK-FM Indianapolis, IN • Jim Denny, Deborah Honeycutt & Kevin Freeman WFMS-FM Indianapolis, IN • Karen, Scott & Radar WMIL-FM Greenfield, WI • Randy Carroll and Jamie Martin KAJA-FM San Antonio, TX

ON-AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR – MEDIUM MARKET • Andy Ritchie, Alison Mencer, Jimmy Holt WIVK-FM Knoxville, TN • Broadway, Cory, Jordan WWYZ-FM Hartford, CT • Buzz Jackson KIIM-FM Tucson, AZ • Scott Wynn, Sarah Kay, Sue Wilson WQMX-FM Akron, OH • The Dex and Mo Show WUSY-FM Chattanooga, TN ON-AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR – SMALL MARKET • Bill Barrett, Tim Fox & Tracy Berry KKNU-FM Eugene, OR • Brent Lane and Candy Ruddy WYCT-FM Pensacola, FL • Brian Gary, Todd Harding, and Susan Moore – KUAD-FM Windsor, CO The Good Morning Guys • Scotty Cox & Cara Denis KCLR-FM Columbia, MO • Sherry St. John WXFL-FM Florence,

The ACM Awards will be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 3, 2016 on the CBS Television Network. FOR COMPLETE LIST OF AWARDS HERE

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PROGRAMMING: John Shomby Appointed Dir. Of Programming For NASH Network

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 2ND, 2016 –– Cumulus Media announces that it has hired John Shomby as Director of Programming for the NASH Network. In the newly created position, Shomby will oversee all NASH programming through the Nashville network and syndication operations. He will be based at the NASH Campus in Nashville and will report to Mike McVay, Senior Vice President, Content and Programming for Cumulus. For more than 13 years, Shomby has been Director of Programming for Max Media’s five-station cluster in Norfolk/Virginia Beach, including Country WGH-FM.

Shomby said: "It's been a great run in Norfolk/Virginia Beach. I thank VP/GM Dave Paulus and the outstanding staff there for 13 fantastic years. I am super excited to turn the page and be a part of the growing NASH platform and work for Cumulus Media. Mary Berner’s commitment and philosophies excite me. Mike McVay and I have known each other a long time and I have always been impressed with his clear vision for programming. I look forward to working with him, Tommy Page, Charlie Cook and the entire team at the NASH campus."

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MOTION: NYC'S AM 970 The Answer Launches 'Michelle Jerson's Passport'; Tiffany Bentley Takes Afternoons And Adds MD Stripes At WEDG-FM, Buffalo/Niagra

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 2ND, 2016 – Longtime New York host Michelle Jerson has joined Salem's News/Talk WNYM-AM (AM 970 The Answer NY) for a new lifestyle show "Michelle Jerson's Passport' beginning Feb. 7th. Jerson has spent much of her radio career hosting lifestyle and relationship talk shows on WJFK-FM/Washington, DC and SiriusXM and reporting for Howard Stern's news team. "I am extremely excited to combine all of my passions into one wshow and can't wait to bring New Yorkers a fun, entertaining program that will enhance their everyday lives," added Jerson. A huge thank you to Jerry Crowley, Phil Boyce and Darren Yelin for making this happen. I look forward to working with the very talented team at AM 970 The Answer."

-- Cumulus Media Buffalo/Niagara announces that it has named Tiffany Bentley (“Bentley”) as Music Director and Afternoon Drive On-Air Personality (3:00-7:00 p.m.) for Alternative Rock station, WEDG-FM/103.3 The Edge. Bentley comes to Cumulus and 103.3 The Edge from Alternative Rock station WLKK-FM in Buffalo, where she was Morning Host.

Bentley began her radio career as Programming Assistant and Nighttime On-Air Personality for WKRL-FM/WKLL-FM (K-Rock) in Syracuse, NY.

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Harris Media Teams With KMG, Adlarge & Country Aircheck for Country Dashboard

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 2ND, 2016 –– Country Dashboard, a customizable dashboard that delivers up-to-the-minute information and audio about country music artists and the country music scene in real time has launched. The announcement was made by KMG Networks, Harris Media, the producer of Control Room Pro and AdLarge Media. Country Dashboard was modeled after the popular Anchor Dashboard from Harris Media, which delivers real-time information and audio directly to news anchors, in the studio.

“The Anchor Dashboard platform has been a game changer for News/Talk stations, and many programmers shared a need for a similar service designed specifically for music stations. Country is our first brand extension and there is more coming,” said Gary Krantz, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Krantz Media Group. Stations interested in the Country Dashboard may contact Gary Krantz at 201-400-3682 or gkrantz@krantzmediagroup.com or Ted Edwards at 913-963-3923 or ted@krantzmediagroup.com.

 

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NETWORKS: Envision Adds 14 New Affiliates In January

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 2ND, 2016 –– During the month of January, Envision Networks® welcomed the following 14 stations as affiliates including WKKY-FM/Cleveland, OH; WDDH-FM/Johnstown, PA; WKFM-FM/Cleveland, OH and KXMX-FM/Ft. Smith, OK (The Stories That Made The Music) KSWD-FM/Los Angeles, CA; WGZZ-FM/Columbus, GA and WNDD-FM/Orlando, FL (Guest Services) WGZZ-FM/Columbus, GA (The Rooster) KOYE-FM/Tyler, TX and WKY-AM/Oklahoma City, OK (AudioMonky) WNDD-FM/Orlando, FL (influence FM) WZLB-FM/Ft. Walton Beach, FL (The Core) KIWR-FM/Omaha, NE (Full Metal Jackie Radio) KKCL-FM/Lubbock, TX (Imaging Chop Shop) Stations interested in more information can contact Amber Wade at 216-831-3761 or amberw@envisionradio.com. About Envision Networks®

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Westwood One Presents Super Bowl 50 Game Day Coverage

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARAY 2ND, 2016 –– For the 29th consecutive year and the 43rd time overall, Westwood One Sports, the official network radio partner for the National Football League, presents comprehensive coverage of historic Super Bowl 50. The network will feature a full schedule of Game Day programming leading up to kickoff, live from Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, on Sunday, February 7, 2016. Future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos take on Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers.

Beginning at 5:00 pm ET, Kevin Harlan, Boomer Esiason, and Hall of Famer Dan Fouts will join to broadcast. Former quarterback Boomer Esiason will play two positions on Super Sunday—pregame/halftime/postgame analyst for CBS Sports television and game analyst for Westwood One radio. Jim Gray hosts the pregame and halftime shows, with contributions from four-time Super Bowl champion quarterback Tom Brady and Cardinals’ Pro Bowl wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald. Scott Graham and Boomer Esiason kick off Westwood One’s extended pregame coverage with Super Bowl Preview at 2:00 pm ET. Super Bowl XXXIV MVP Kurt Warner and Super Bowl XXXI winning Coach Mike Holmgren will also contribute to Westwood One’s coverage throughout the day.

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7Ben Stiller & Owen Wilson Model For 'Zoolander 2' In Italian Store Window

[WATCH] Voter Drops F-Bomb During MSNBC Interview; Brian Williams Issues Apology - [VARIETY]

Adele Wants Trump To Stop Using Her Music At Rallies - [INDEPENDENT]

Piers Morgan To Zayn Malik: 'Get Over Yourself' - [EXPRESS]

Pope Francis To Appear In First Feature Film - [SHOWBIZ 411]

Elton John Confirmed As Carpool Karaoke Guest In Post Super Bowl 'Late Late Show' - [TVLINE]

'Law & Order's' Dick Wolf Inks Mega-Deal With NBC Universal - [DEADLINE]

CHECK IT OUT: Vanity Fair's 2016 Hollywood Issue Cover - [VANITY FAIR]

[LISTEN] Ronda Rousey's Mom Calls Coach An Idiot - [ESPN]

[WATCH] The Recording Artists Who Drew ACM Nominations For 2016 –– [ET]

'So You Think You Can Dance' Extended For 13th Season By Fox - [VARIETY]

Ben Stiller & Owen Wilson Model for 'Zoolander 2' In Italian Store Window - [EW]

Check Out The Lineup For Florida's 2016 Okeechobee Festival - [BILLBOARD]

[WATCH] Liam Neeson In LG Super Bowl Ad - [ENGADGET]

... [WATCH] Hyundai Unveils Its Super Bowl Ad With Ryan Reynolds - [ADWEEK]

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Entercom's Star 94 Atlanta Announces New Line; Jeff Dauler To Take Over Mornings; Drex, Cassiday & Tingle Move To Afternoons

Mike Marino Moves From Afternoons To Mornings As Co-host

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 1ST, 2016 –– Entercom's Star 94/WSTR-FM Atlanta announced to its staff this morning that longtime Atlanta host and stand-up comedian Jeff Dauler will launch a new morning show on the station, effective in March. STAR 94 will begin a nationwide search this month 7to find a co-host. Current afternoon host Mike Marino moves to mornings as current show, Drex, Cassiday and Tingle, move to afternoons.

Dauler remarked, “While I've enjoyed sleeping in for a few months ... I'm ready to start waking up early and entertaining Atlanta again. The countdown is officially on. I cannot wait to start collaborating with the very talented crew at Star to make this station the best in Atlanta. I hope (Star PD) Tony Lorino likes me, because we will be spending a LOT of time together in the next few weeks. STAR 94’s new lineup will soon feature 5:30-10am Jeff Dauler Show with Mike Marino 10am-3pm Heather Branch 3-7pm Drex, Cassiday, and Tingle, with producer J.P. Allen 7-Midnight Andrew Hart

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: Alissa Pollack To Lead New iHM Global Music Endeavor

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 1ST, 2016 –– iHeartMedia announced today that Alissa Pollack was named Executive Vice President of Global Music Marketing, a new initiative that will focus on leveraging iHeartMedia¹s extensive pool of listener data and deep music and consumer insights to benefit advertising partners, brands and artists and deliver even more value on air, online, on mobile, social and through live events. In addition, Pollack will collaborate with Premiere Networks, the iHeartRadio Digital team and the iHeartMedia National Programming Group to coordinate and maximize programs across all iHeartMedia platforms.

Pollack began her career at Z100, New York producing the nationally-syndicated show 'Love Phones'. Soon after, she joined Premiere Networks as Regional Marketing Director and quickly ascended through the ranks. Pollack eventually became the Executive Vice President of Integrated Media Marketing for Mediabase Worldwide. Most recently she served as the Executive Vice President of Music Partner Integrations for Premiere Networks.

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Trial Of Disgraced Canadian Radio Star To Begin Today

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 1ST, 2016 –– It's been more than a year since the allegations against one of Canada's most popular host, Jian Ghomeshi, made the headlines. Now, the former host of CBC (Canadian Broadcast Company) radio's popular culture show “Q” - after pleading not guilty to four counts of (s)exual assault and one count of overcoming resistance by choking, his trial is set to begin today. According to ctvnews.ca, the trial, which is expected to last several weeks, will be watched closelyacross the country.

The controversy around Ghomeshi surfaced on Oct. 24, 2014, when the CBC first said he was taking time off from his duties “to deal with some personal issues.” Two days later, the public broadcaster said it had cut ties with the popular host. In a lengthy Facebook message posted on the same day, Ghomeshi said he'd been fired because of “a campaign of false allegations.” He also said that while he engaged in “rough (s)ex” and “adventurous forms of (s)ex that included role-play, dominance and submission,” he only participated in (s)exual practices that were “mutually agreed upon, consensual, and exciting for both partners.” One of the women who contacted police was Lucy DeCoutere, an actress on the TV show “Trailer Park Boys,” who was the first to speak on the record about her alleged experiences with Ghomeshi. DeCoutere, - the only one of the complainants at Ghomeshi's trial who can be publicly identified - accused the 48-year-old of choking her “to the point she could not breathe” and slapping her “hard three times on the side of her head." PHOTO/cbc. READ ENTIRE STORY HERE

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The Rickey Smiley Show Invites Flint Community To Come Out For Water

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 1ST, 2016 –– In Collaboration with Lowe’s, today (February 1) The Rickey Smiley Morning Show is inviting the community of Flint, Michigan to come out and receive a case of water at one of Lowe’s locations. Smiley will do so in collaboration with Lowe’s and hometownstation WOWE 98.9 JAMZ.

Cast members Jeff Johnson and Juicy will be on-site at Lowe’s distributing water with 98.9 JAMZ personalities to those in need while doing live call in reports to the Rickey Smiley Morning Show community. The nationally syndicated radio show is heard on nearly 70 radio stations is set to mobilize the community both locally and nationally from the ground in Flint. Lowe’s will have staff on location with the Rickey Smiley Morning Show providing water to those in need.

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PROGRAMMING: Gator Harrison Joins iHeart Country Brand Mgt. Team; Alpha Media, Portland Promotes Danny Dwyer & Amanda "ICE" Habrowski To Music Director.

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 1ST, 2016 –– iHeartMedia/Chattanooga SVP/Programming & US-101 WUSY PD Gator Harrison has joined the iHeartCountry Brand Management Team led by SVPP Rod Phillips. Harrison will join with fellow team members Steve Geofferies, Chad Heritage, Doug Montgomery and Gregg Swedberg. Harrison will retains his roles as WUSY PD and senior VP of programming for Chattanooga.

-- Alpha Media, Portland announced that they promoted Danny Dwyer and Amanda "ICE" Habrowski to Music Director. Danny made his way into country music by working for different radio stations in Southern California (KZLA, KHAY & KTPI) before moving to the Great Northwest and becoming part of an exclusive team at 98.7 The Bull. Originally hailing from the city of Detroit, Amanda “ICE” Habrowski is now a proud resident of Portland. None other than Public Enemy’s Flavor Flav coined her infamous “ICE” moniker during a stint on VH1’s “Flavor of Love 3.; She has been heard on the radio for 10 years now, bringing her to the Portland market

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MOTION: Bryan 'B-Dub' Washington Heads To Phoenix; Frank Ski To Consult Bounce TV

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 1ST, 2016 –– Bryan "B-Dub" Washington has been named Assistant Program Director, Music Director and afternoon host of Country KMLE-FM 107.9 Phoenix. He replaces Chris Matthews who recently moved to mornings. Washington most recently served as Asst. PD/MD at Alpha's KUPL-FM/Portland, Oregon, as well as the host of syndicated "Buckwild Saturday Night" show. "B-Dub is a remarkable on-air talent and programmer," said CBS Radio/Phoenix VP/Programming Tim Richards. "His obvious love for radio makes him a fantastic fit for KMLE. We are looking forward to creating radio magic with B-Dub on the team." "I am thrilled to get the opportunity to join the KMLE Nation, and work with Tim Richards and the entire crew at CBS Radio Phoenix," added Washington.

--Atlanta-based Bounce TV has hired Frank Ski as a consultant and future on-air talent, report the AJC's Rodney Ho. “His on-air role will be determined,” said spokesman Jim Weiss. “It’s nice to have someone with his background and connections. The notion is to be in the Frank Ski business and have him in the Bounce TV business.” Since Ski left WHUR-FM in D.C. last fall after a two-year run, he has been back in Atlanta DJing, producing and hosting events, awaiting his next radio opportunity.

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REPORT: Former Employer Set To Offer Kyle & Jackie O $20 Million To Return

Former Employer Denies Report

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 1ST, 2016 –– According to The Sunday Telegraph, former Kyle & Jackie O employer Austereo is set make the radio duo a whopping $20 million offer in an attempt to get them back to 2DayFM. Reportedly, their former bosses are set to make Kyle Sandilands and Jackie 'O' Henderson an offer as soon as their current contract with KIIS FM finishes at the end of this year.

In a statement released to Daily Mail Australia on Sunday, a spokesperson said they intend on enjoying 'many great years' with their current breakfast show hosts Rove McManus and Sam Frost. 'SCA is strongly committed to its new breakfast show on 2DayFM - 'They are a perfect fit for our positive culture and team environment. SCA is not in discussions with Kyle and Jackie O to return to 2DayFM, or any other station in the Hit Network.'

The five time winners of the Best On-Air Team Commercial Radio Award have remained well ahead of their competitors since their departure in 2013 to new rival KIIS FM. According to the publication, the code name for the project to rescue the ailing station is called Operation Get Kyle Back.

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CBS Radio's Boomer Esiason And 'Scorpion's' Katherine McPhee Return To Host 'Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials 2016'

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 1ST, 2016 –– CBS announced two Super Bowl specials that will air prior to SUPER BOWL 50. First, SUPER BOWL GREATEST COMMERCIALS 2016 will celebrate 50 years of great Super Bowl commercials with a top 50 countdown culminating in a live announcement of the greatest Super Bowl commercial of all time from Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. home of SUPER BOWL 50. It will be broadcast Tuesday, Feb. 2 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network and available live and on-demand across digital platforms through CBS All Access. It is hosted by WFAN's Boomer Esiason, co-host of its Boomer & Carton Show and Analyst for CBS Sports’ NFL pre-game show THE NFL TODAY. He'll be joined by Katharine McPhee, star of the CBS drama SCORPION. Also, SUPER BOWL GREATEST COMMERCIALS ALL-STAR COUNTDOWN, a new special hosted by ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT’S co-host Kevin Frazier from Pier 48 in San Francisco, to be broadcast Saturday, Feb. 6 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT)

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CONDOLENCES: Detroit Newsman Bob Schuman Passes Away

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 1ST, 2016 –– Robert K. Schuman, affectionately known as Bob, passed away from congestive heart failure Saturday morning January 30, 2016 at his home in Macomb County, Michigan (suburban Detroit). He was 65. According to his wife, Cindy, he died peacefully in his sleep. They had just returned from a long road trip to Florida visiting family and friends. After several months of intensive care at home, he was doing well, and was able to do much of the driving on the Florida trip. Bob and his wife were longtime sweethearts meeting at North Central High School in their native Indianapolis. His long and checkered resume started at the legendary 13 WIFE in Indy with a multitude of newsroom stops at a plethora of famous radio stations like: WNOE New Orleans, WSAI and Q102 Cincinnati, KLIF Dallas, Z93 Atlanta, WROR Boston and last 25+ years in Detroit at WJR, WOWF, WYCD and WOMC.

Radio's best friend, Art Vuolo wrote: "He was truly one of the best. Bob was a news personality who worked with some of the best jocks in the business. WATCH SPECIAL TRIBUTE HERE

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7Chicago Enters Music Festival Arena; Coachella Files Suit Against Hoodchella

 

NFL To Host First-Ever Women's Summit Durin Super Bowl Week - [THE WRAP]

David Bowie Now Equals Elvis' Official Albums Chart Record - [NME]

Chicago Enters The Musical Festival Arena With Launch Of 'Open Air Festival' This Summer - [COS]

Coachella Files Suit Against Hoodchella Fest - [BILLBOARD]

Trump's HWOF Star Vandalized With Swastika - [ESQUIRE]

REPORT: Lady Gaga & Taylor Kinney Planning Wedding In Italy - [PAGE SIX]

Cyndi Lauper Goes Country With New 'Detour' Album - [COUNTRY WEEKLY]

[WATCH] Carol Burnett's Touching SAG Awards Speech - [SLATE]

...Check Out Complete Winners List - [ACCESS HOLLYWOOD]

TV Industry Group Hints Google Has Inside Access at the FCC - [THR]

'Property Bros. Renewed For 52 More Episodes By HGTV - [THE WRAP]

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MOTION: Rob Cressman Takes The PD Reins At The Drive, Chicago; Tommy Mattern, Kyle Guderian On The Move At Emmis St. Louis

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 29TH, 2016 –– VP/Market Manager John Gallagher & Hubbard Radio Senior Vice President of Programming Greg Solk announced the appointment of Rob Cressman as Program Director WDRV-FM - The Drive Chicago. Cressman arrives from iHeart-Media, Indianapolis where he served as Senior Vice President of Programming for WFBQ, WOLT, WNDE and WUBG for the past two years. Prior to Indianapolis, Cressman spent five years in New England where he oversaw Programming and Operations for Saga's WAQY and WLZX. Rob's career includes a decade as Director of Programming for CBS Radio’s (at the time Entercom's) WFS - Memphis and eight years at the helm of WAVF-Charleston. Rob got his start in radio at WFVA/WBQB in his hometown of Fredericksburg, Virginia.

--Tommy Mattern (shown right) has been promoted to operations manager at Emmis St. Louis and Kyle Guderian (far right) will move into Director of Marketing and events post, reports bizjournals.com. Mattern joined Emmis St. Louis in 1996 and has programmed six different stations in that time, including KPNT. In his new role, Mattern will be responsible for overseeing programming at KFTK, KSHE, KNOU and KPNT. Guderian previously split duties with Emmis as the company’s director of marketing and promotions director for KSHE-95. He joined KPNT in 2002 as marketing and promotions director before moving to Chicago where he served Emmis as operations manager at WLUP and WKQX. He returned to St. Louis in 2011 as Emmis’ director of marketing at KSHE and KIHT. In 2014, Guderian was promoted to director of marketing for all four Emmis St. Louis stations.

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: iHM Jacksonville Names Nicky Sparrow Market President; Ellen Rubin Rises To SVP/General Counsel For Greater Media

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 29TH, 2016 –– iHeartMedia announced today that Nicky Sparrow has been named Market President for the Jacksonville market, effective immediately. Sparrow began her broadcast marketing career in Tupelo, Mississippi in 1999. Since her time at iHeartMedia she has served in the capacity of roles including as Senior Vice President of Sales in New Orleans, Director of Sales in Memphis and Tallahassee and General Sales Manager in Jacksonville.

-- Greater Media announced that Ellen Rubin has been promoted to the position of Senior Vice President and General Counsel. Rubin joined Greater Media as General Counsel in June 2003. She was promoted to Vice President and General Counsel in February of 2007. Prior to that, she was a corporate attorney with Hill & Barlow, a Boston law firm. Rubin is a member of the Federal Communications Bar Association, the Association of Corporate Counsel, and the Society for Human Resources Management.

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The Bob & Tom Show Mobile App Receives Over 100,000 Downloads in One Week

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 29TH, 2016 –– Just one week after making the official announcement, the new The Bob & Tom Show mobile app has already eclipsed 100,000 downloads. The Bob & Tom Show app was developed in partnership with Clip Interactive. The app allows them to hear The Bob & Tom Show live on their local affiliate station and it remembers their favorite station preferences.

Tom Griswold of The Bob & Tom Show said “The response to the app has been amazing. Our listeners are able to connect with the show in a whole new way. We are excited about the overall experience the app offers.” "We are very encouraged to see the strong adoption by The Bob & Tom Show's loyal listeners,” said Bill Freund, Chief Revenue Officer at Clip Interactive. “Now all listeners can deeply engage with the show while it is live or on demand, providing a truly unique listener experience." The Bob & Tom Show app is available through the iTunes App store and Google Play.

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FSR To Broadcast 16th Annual Super Bowl Coverage Leading Up To The Game

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 29TH, 2016 –– For the 16th straight year, FOX Sports Radio will offer one-stop coverage of the Super Bowl during the week leading up to the Big Game. Broadcasting across a network of more than 400 station in the U.S. The network will transport fans to the center of the action in San Francisco from February 1-5, with live, on-location programming and updates; interviews with athletes, coaches and newsmakers from around the NFL; along with listener interaction and expert commentary.

As part of FOX Sports Radio’s continuous coverage of Super Bowl 50 leading up to the game, The Herd with Colin Cowherd, Jay Mohr Sports, J.T. The Brick and The Jason Smith Show with Michael Harmon will broadcast live from Radio Row at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, while The Dan Patrick Show and The Rich Eisen Show bring fans the excitement from the site of DIRECTV’s remote broadcast at the historic Presidio in San Francisco. For affiliations, please call Kurt Kretzschmar at 602-374-6351.

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Charlie Puth Takes Over American Top 40 This Weekend For Seacrest

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 29TH, 2016 –– Platinum-selling recording artist, songwriter and producer Charlie Puth will take over American Top 40 this weekend, January 30 and 31. In addition to counting down the Top 40 songs, the pop music superstar will discuss the making of his debut album Nine Track Mind and his favorite songs from the January 29 release.

American Top 40 with Ryan Seacrest, the number one countdown show in the U.S., is syndicated by Premiere Networks on nearly 400 stations worldwide. Charlie Puth Charlie Puth has fast become a worldwide star thanks to the international smash hit, “See You Again,” by Wiz Khalifa (Feat. Charlie Puth). The 3x RIAA platinum certified track, which was co-written and co-produced by Puth, is featured on Atlantic Records’ FURIOUS 7: ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK. It has entered the history books as one of the decade’s biggest singles, topped Billboard’s “Hot 100” for a stunning 12 weeks, hit No. 1 on the iTunes Store’s “Top Songs” chart in a remarkable 101 countries, and shattered Spotify records by becoming the most streamed track ever in a single day (with 3.18 million global streams on April 8th alone) and in a single week (a stunning 21.9 million worldwide streams).

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CONDOLENCES: WPRO Providence's Vincent 'Buddy' Cianci Passes Away At 74

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 29TH, 2016 –– Vincent “Buddy” Cianci, former mayor of Providence, and longtime host on WPRO-AM Providence, died Thursday at the age of 74. Cianci hosted an afternoon talk show on 630 WPRO-AM.

At its website the station posted: "It is with profound sadness that the WPRO-AM and Cumulus Providence family acknowledges the passing of Buddy Cianci, a dynamic force on our airwaves all over Southern New England for the past nearly nine years. We join his friends and family in their sorrow at this difficult time. We choose to focus on the truly extraordinary and positive contributions the former Mayor made in the lives of so many in our community and among his fellow broadcasters. The twice elected Mayor of Providence served for over 21 years and leaves a legacy that will be felt for many years to come."

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92.3 WIL St. Louis Hosts Annual Event With Duct Tape Twist

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 29TH, 2016 –– 92.3 WIL is teaming up again with Hidden Valley Ski Resort and The Alpine Shop to host their popular annual sled racing event “with a twist” – the “Duct Tape Derby”! The “Duct Tape Derby” will take place on Sunday, February 28th beginning at 10:00 am at Hidden Valley Ski Resort in Wildwood, Missouri WIL is searching for the best looking sleds and the fastest teams on the snow. And the “twist” for competitors is that the sleds can only be constructed of cardboard, tape and glue!

150 sledding teams will compete for prizes in two categories: Best Designed Sled 1st Place Prize: $500 in Cash and a $500 Alpine Shop Gift Card 2nd Place Prize: $250 in Cash and a Hidden Valley Gift Bag Fastest Sled Winner: $250 in Cash and a $500 Alpine Shop Gift Card Participation in the 2016 Duct Tape Derby is limited to 150 teams. There is no cost to register and participate in the “Duct Tape Derby”, and after the races are over, all participants will be able to snow tube for FREE at Hidden Valley's Polar Plunge Tubing Hill. Registered teams and WIL listeners can join WIL Morning Show Host Jim Day, co-host of The Jim And Jeane Show, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm on Thursday, February 4th where they will receive complimentary cardboard and helpful advice for sled construction.

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7Leonardo DiCaprio Meets Pope Francis; Oasis' Noel Gallagher To Host UK Radio Show

 

Oasis' Noel Gallagher To Host Radio Show On UK's Absolute Radio - [NME]

[WATCH] Leonardo DiCaprio Meets Pope Francis; Exchange Gifts - [US]

Tina Fey, Will Ferrell Among Guest To Join Stephen Colbert In Post Super Bowl CBS 'Late Show' - [DEADLINE]

[WATCH] Mean Joe Greene Reunites With Coca Cola Kid 40-Years After Famous Commercial - [PEOPLE]

[WATCH] Amy Schumer, Seth Rogan Do Bud Light Teaser For 'Big Game' - [VARIETY]

Teresa Giudice To Make Appearance On GMA - [PAGE SIX]

'Celebrity Apprentice' Cast To Include Kyle Richards, Jon Lovitz, Boy George - [E ONLINE]

Carrie Underwood Teams To Give Back To Military Families - [TASTE OF COUNTRY]

Sting Now Headed To NBA All-Star Game Halftime Show - [COS]

Kris Kristofferson, Bonnie Raitt Set For 'Austin City Limits' Hall of Fame - [ROLLING STONE]

Julian Moore Covers Marie Claire's March UK Fashion Issue - [MARIE CLAIRE UK]

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WCSX Hosts Wants Street Renamed After The Late Glenn Frey

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THE MOUTH, JANUARY 28TH, 2016 –– Jim O'Brien, co-host of The Trudi & Jim Morning Show on 94.7 WCSX Detroit, tells Jockline, "Glenn Frey graduated from Dondero High School in Royal Oak, and never let go of his love for Detroit. A lot of people don't realize how close he was to going on the road with Bob Seger back in the '60s (but his mom caught him smoking a joint and wouldn't let him go). This seemed like a no-brainer, so I reached out to the city of Royal Oak and they found a stretch of road (on Willis Dr.) that could be renamed Glenn Frey Drive. Now we need to make sure they know how important this is to Detroit (and the music world in general)."

This started the launch of helping to make Glenn Frey Drive a reality! It'll go up for a vote with the board on Thursday, Feb. 11th and WCSX wants to make sure it passes by showing them support from all over Detroit (and beyond). Check it out at #GlennFreyDrive 1

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[LISTEN] TV's Joe Scarborough Tells Hugh Hewitt He Would Be Open To Being Trump's Running Mate

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 28TH, 2016 –– Salem Media Group's Hugh Hewitt has garnered a lot of national facetime during the presidential debate season, but now his latest interview with MSNBC's Joe Scarborough is catching some added attention. During an interview with the co-host of MSNBC's 'Morning Joe' and former radio talk host, Scarborough refused to rule out the possibility of serving as Donald Trump's running mate. Although repeatedly playing down the possibility he eventually said he would be open to being Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump running mate should he win the nomination.

"I don't know where you get that from?" said Scarborough. "You always get me in trouble with questions like this, Hugh. ... Nobody's going to ask me to do anything but, like, take them to softball practice and baseball practice... I don't know. I don't think he would ask me. Let's move on." Scarborough finally said he would do just about anything to get the White House back," which led Hewitt to interpret as a "yes." "No, it's not a yes," Scarborough replied. "You're telling me this is why I walked away from dinner with my kids, to not answer this question?" READ TRANSCRIPT HERE, or LISTEN HERE

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KISW'S Men's Room Launch Sausage Line

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 28TH, 2016 –– 99.9 KISW/Seattle's afternoon show,The Mens Room, have teamed up with local favorite foodies, Uli’s Famous Sausage, to bring fans of rock and food alike the new Mens Room Original Sausage. Made with the 7tremendously popular Mens Room Original Red Ale from Elysian Brewing, a portion of the proceeds will support the VA and JBLM Fisher Houses (just like the beer).

“With a name like The Mens Room, sausage just seemed like a natural fit,” Steve “The Thrill” Hill, co-host of The Mens Room, said about the new endeavor. Dave Richards, Vice President of Programming at Entercom Seattle commented, “Not many things go better with a Mens Room Original Red than a great PNW sausage. And nobody makes a better sausage than Uli.”

Owner of Uli’s Sausage, German Master Butcher Uli Lengenberg, said "Sausage and beer that's why I'm here!" Mens Room Original Red, the inspiration for the Mens Room Original Sausage, has been contributing a portion of its proceeds to Puget Sound Fisher Houses since its inception, and has raised over $541,000 to help its patrons.

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NAB Rebrands Its Labs Initiative To Pilot; Names John Clark As Exec. Dir.

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 28TH, 2016 –– The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) announced the evolution of its innovation arm – NAB Labs – which will become PILOT, an initiative to bring together leading edge companies, organizations and educators to advance broadcast technology and broadcaster innovation. PILOT is honored to welcome Accenture, Akamai, Frankly, Google, Nielsen, Shareablee and Yahoo! to join with NAB as charter members of 7the initiative. With the formation of PILOT, NAB is also pleased to welcome John Clark as executive director of the program. Clark brings 18 years of experience in the digital media space, most recently with the Reese News Lab in the School of Media and Journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to UNC, Clark conceived, built and managed some of the most successful broadcast television web sites and mobile applications in the industry.

“As the definition of what it means to be a broadcaster broadens, it is critical to work with traditional and new media partners on innovations to better meet the needs of future generations of consumers,” said NAB Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Sam Matheny. “PILOT will build these partnerships among visionaries who share the goal of tackling the challenges and opportunities facing the broadcast industry in the 21st century. I am especially happy to have John Clark leading this effort and look forward to working with him to build an engaging future.” GET MORE INFOR HERE.

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Bill & Shelly Remain In Mornings As Easy 100.9 Richmond Flips To Star 100.9

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 28TH, 2016 –– Easy 100.9 has rebranded as STAR 100.9 and with the move will now feature classic hits from the 70s, 80s and early 90s. Longtime area host Bill Bevins along with his co-host Shelly Perkins posted a video on Facebook saying, “Normally we ask you to listen to us, but lately we've been listening to you.”

“People who grew up with Top 40 music wanted a station more in line with what they remember from high school and college days,” STAR 100.9 Program Director Buddy Van Arsdale said. “So we’re giving them just that with the new STAR 100.9.” Bill and Shelly will remain at the station. “Bill and Shelly are a Richmond institution and our listeners love them,” Richmond market President Bob Willoughby said. “They will continue to be a huge part of everything we do.”

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JOB ALERT: 107.7 The End Seattle Looking For New Team Member

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 28TH, 2016 –– Pepper, Music Director/Middays at 107.7 The End/Seattle, is leaving the station for a digital opportunity outside of the industry. Her last day is Friday, February 19th. With that, 107.7 The End / Seattle has a rare opening for a new team member.

Are you authentic, relatable and entertaining on the air? Do you understand the importance of being social through social media and on the streets? Do you thrive in a team environment and are you hungry to win? Do you understand that “alternative” is more than Nirvana and flannel and embrace the constantly evolving lifestyle? If this sounds like you, please head over to entercom.com in our careers section to apply. Make sure to include your resume, cover letter, demo and examples of outstanding social engagement. Entercom is an equal opportunity employer.

More information is available at www.Entercom.com, Facebook, and Twitter (@entercom).

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TOP NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

Chris Price Named Head Of Music At BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra

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THE MOUTH, JANUARY 28TH, 2016 –– BBC Radio 1 And 1Xtra has appointed Chris Price as the Head of Music for Radio 1 and 1Xtra. He replaces George Ergatoudis, who is leaving to join Spotify in March. According to Music Business Worldwide, Price was Consultant Head Of Music at BT. He was also Head Of Music at Last.fm from 2012-2013. Prior to this he devised music strategy for MTV’s nine UK music channels from 2006-2009. Between 2000-2006 he was a programmer at… you’ve guessed it, BBC Radio 1, before which he worked in marketing and product management roles at Sony Music and Warner Music.Music Business Worldwide

Digital Future Still Stalling in Britain - For the last twenty years, DAB digital radio has been touted as the future of radio in Britain but disappointing new figures show that, 20% of new cars sold in the UK still don’t have it fitted as standard. The figures are even worse for commercial vehicles with DAB not fitted in 60% of new commercial vehicles.

Brit Scott Phillips joins Miami station as PD Former UTV producer Scott Phillips is joining Miami’s Revolution Radio as programme director. The Brit, who was producer of Ian Collins’ show on talkSPORT, also worked for Capital Radio group before a string of stations in Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan and Dubai will also take an on-air shift and be the station voice when his new role begins in February.

WANT TO CONNECT WITH GRAHAM? Reach him in the UK at +44 7752 416905. Twitter: @GrahamMack Web: www.mackmedia.co.uk Email: graham@mackmedia.co.uk

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7Is Facebook About To Compete With YouTube? A Look At More Super Bowl Ads

 

[WATCH] Megyn Takes The High Road On Trump - [EXTRA]

[WATCH] Jimmy Fallon Shaves Josh Brolin's Mustache - [GOSSIP COP]

[WATCH] Alec Baldwin And Dan Marino In Amazon's First-Ever SB Ad - [THE VERGE]

[WATCH] Jeff Goldblum And Lil Wayne Pitch apartments.com - [AD WEEK]

'Straight Outta Compton' Cast Don't Get Invite To Oscars - [NYDN]

Oprah Makes $12 Million With One Tweet - [MARKETWATCH]

Is Facebook About To Compete With YouTube? - [DIGITAL SPY]

Facebook Posts First-Ever Billion Dollar Quarter In Profits - [THE WRAP]

More Teasing About 'Top Gun 2' - [HITFIX]

Tim McGraw To Perform During Pro Football Hall Of Fame Legends Concert - [THE BOOT]

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[LISTEN] Trump Announces Bolt From Iowa Debate On Savage Show; Cruz Calls For One-On-One Debate On Talk Radio

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 27TH, 2016 –– GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump talked to Michael Savage yesterday on The Savage Nation, just before Trump boarded a plane for Iowa for Monday's Iowa Caucuses. Trump said he would not appear on Thursday night's FOX News Channel GOP debate after speaking to Savage, when Savage told him on-air he hoped he wouldn't appear. The news follows Trump repeated objection to the participation of Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly as one of its three moderators, claiming she has treated him unfairly. He was also critical of Fox's press release issued earlier, which he said was 'belittling him was inappropriately antagonistic and childish.' LISTEN HERE

Joining last night's Mark Levin Show, Ted Cruz told Mark Levin that he is challenging Donald Trump to a one-on-one debate. He suggested that the debate be held on talk radio, and that it be a "Megyn Kelly-free zone". The challenge comes after Trump said he would not participate in the Fox News debate on Thursday January 28, 2016. Cruz told Levin, "The fact that Donald is now afraid to appear on the debate stage. That he doesn't want his record questioned. I think that reflects a lack of respect for the men and women of Iowa." Cruz said if Trump is afraid of Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin, or Megyn Kelly hosting a debate that he is willing to do an hour long head-to-head debate with no moderator. LISTEN HERE

The Savage Nation and The Mark Levin Show are nationally syndicated by Westwood One. TRUMP PHOTO/Christopher Halloran / Shutterstock.com

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: David Walls Named VP/MM Cumulus Birmingham; Heidi Raphael On The Rise At Greater Media

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 27TH, 2016 –– Cumulus Media has appointed Birmingham radio veteran David Walls as Vice President/Market Manager for its six-station cluster in Birmingham. Walls joins Cumulus from Summit Media in Birmingham, where he was General Sales Manager and Director of Sales for Summit and Cox Radio for 19 years. Walls said: “I am honored and grateful to have the opportunity to work for a company that combines great stations with great people. I look forward to building on the success and the tremendous work already happening in the building. Together, we can win big and have fun getting it done.”

Greater Media, Inc. has promoted Heidi Raphael to the position of Senior Vice President of Corporate Communication. She most recently served in the role of Vice President of Corporate Communication since February of 2008.

The Western New York native began her radio career at WGRF-FM and WHTT-FM in Buffalo, New York. She is the past spokesperson and executive committee member of the Mentoring & Inspiring Women (MIW) Radio Group. A past NAB Radio Board member, Raphael currently serves on the board of the Library of American Broadcasting and is the current President of the Buffalo Broadcasters Association. In addition, she is a member of the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) and the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).

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MOTION: USRN's Rico Colindres Joins Cast of 'Lopez; Len Berman & Todd Schnitt Celebrate One-Year Mark At WOR NY; 77 WABC NYC Debuts “The Bernie & Sid Show”

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 27TH, 2016 –– Rico Colindres, the creator and mastermind behind the nationally syndicated Carmen Calls (distributed by United Stations), has been cast as a series regular in George Lopez’s new single-camera comedy "Lopez". Colindres has just started filming his role as Lopez's friend, Eduardo. The show is set to debut this March on TV Land. Colindres, who has worked at legendary stations like KIIS-FM Los Angeles, WQHT-Hot 97 New York and KYLD San Francisco, believes he wouldn’t be in his current situation without all of his experience in radio. “Morning radio is like Navy Seal training for television," he said." There is no way this happens for me without radio!” Keep up with Colindres as he documents this new experience on Instagram at @RicoColindres!

--Yesterday morning on 710 WOR, morning team Len Berman and Todd Schnitt marked one year of waking up the tri-state with “Len Berman and Todd Schnitt in the Morning” (weekdays 6-10am). The celebration featured call-ins from A-listers including veteran WNBC-TV New York news anchor Chuck Scarborough, New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio, and Radio Hall of Famer (and former Schnitt employer) Scott Shannon. Pictured during a post-show anniversary gathering in the WOR programming office are (L-R): WOR Program Director Tom Cuddy, Executive Producer Natalie Vacca, Assistant Program Director

--77 WABC Radio announced it will debut its newest talk radio show, “The Bernie and Sid Show”, today from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m ET. The new show brings together Bernard “Bernie” McGuirk and Sid Rosenberg. McGuirk is the executive producer of the Imus in the Morning radio program and an on-air personality on the Imus show. McGuirk is a frequent guest on Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor”. Rosenberg started his venerable radio career on “The Drive,” heard on SportsLineUSA.com. Previous stops include: 790 The Ticket and Miami’s WQAM-560 AM. 1010-WINS New York and 640 AM Sports/WMEN in Royal Palm Beach, FL.

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CHRISTMAS: 'Kind Of A Big Deal' For Radio In 2015

Adele’s record-setting 25 A Likely Factor That Helped Push AC Into The Record Books At Year-End

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 27TH, 2016 –– The recent release of Nielsen’s holiday ratings data has some formats basking in the afterglow of a particularly generous holiday listening season. With each passing year, the buildup to and payoff from switching to an “all-Christmas” format continues to pay dividends. In 2015, 528 radio stations nationwide adopted a holiday programming format, which was just one station shy of 2014’s record of 529 stations. Either way you slice it, “all-Christmas” radio is a big deal on the airwaves, and the holiday book results prove that out.

After showing signs of growth in the December ratings, which covered Nov. 5, 2015, through Dec. 2, 2015, Adult 7Contemporary (AC) shot to new heights in the holiday book, posting new records in several demographics and finishing as the top-ranked format nationwide. This is the second year in a row that AC has increased its share of listening during the holiday survey; what’s more, among Millennial audiences (aged 18-34), the year-over-year results jumped by more than a full share point between 2014 and 2015. It also bears mentioning that the release of Adele’s record-setting 25 is another likely factor that helped push AC into the record books to close the year.

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NAB Debuts New Podcast To Focus On Exclusively On Radio

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 27TH, 2016 –– The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) has launched “The NAB Podcast,” a bi-weekly podcast focused on public policy issues, new technologies and proven business strategies for radio broadcasters. The podcast is distributed by and available on BlogTalkRadio, in addition to iTunes. “The NAB Podcast” will feature new segments released every other Tuesday beginning yesterday (1/26).

The debut episode, “2016 Broadcast Issues on Capitol Hill,” featuring Gordon Smith, NAB Executive Vice President of Government Relations Curtis LeGeyt, and NAB Executive Vice President of Radio John David, delves into performance tax, streaming rates, advertising deductability, and the political landscape. In the second podcast, “Political Advertising: Radio’s Role and the Rule of Law,” NAB Associate General Counsel Scott Goodwin discusses with the Assistant Division Chief for the Policy Bureau at the Federal Communications Commission Robert “Bobby” Baker the context and implications of political advertising guidelines and how stations can best prepare for the upcoming election.

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NETWORKS: Jalen & Jacoby To Premiere Show On ESPN2

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 27TH, 2016 –– Beginning January 28th Jalen & Jacoby will premiere at 2 a.m. ET (late night Wednesday) on ESPN2. The show will air late night, Monday – Friday, on ESPN2.

Jalen & Jacoby, hosted by ESPN NBA analyst Jalen Rose and writer, podcaster and senior producer David Jacoby, launched as a national ESPN Radio show in September 2015 after premiering as a podcast in 2011. The two-hour radio show is broadcast out of ESPN’s Los Angeles Production Center and highlights the chemistry between Rose and Jacoby as they break down the latest news in sports and pop culture with humor, intelligence and perspective that only a former NBA star and long-time ESPN producer can provide.

Jalen & Jacoby on ESPN Radio is broadcast 7 – 9 p.m., Monday – Friday, and is also available via ESPNRadio.com, the ESPN app, SiriusXM Channel 80, Apple iTunes, Slacker Radio and TuneIn.

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BUSINESS: TM & Atomica Team For Radio Music Library

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 27TH, 2016 –– TM STUDIOS has partnered with Atomica Music to bring a one-of-a-kind production music library to radio. The library is new to the medium, as the content has only been available for network TV, film, and national agencies until now. Greg Clancy, VP Creative/GM, TM Studios, says 'What attracted us to Atomica is that it combines the artistry and excellence of 'agency-grade' libraries, yet it functions perfectly for the day-to-day application of production directors and imagers. It's massive but it's fresh and nothing in the library is older than 2010."

Atomica is available now with over 30,000 tracks, and the library is updated regularly, with nearly 1000 tracks added each year. Check out Atomica and download FIVE FREE Atomica songs to use how you like. For more info, Email info@tmstudios.com or call Michael Capozzoli at (609) 386-1642

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Mel Greig Returns To The Air Three Years After Royal Prank

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 27TH, 2016 –– Three years after the radio prank heard around the world, Mel Greig is returning to radio to join Travis Watkins on Wave FM Mornings. According to stuff.co.nz, she fielded several calls on her first day back, including one from Kyle Sandilands and Jackie Henderson from KIIS 1065.

Sandilands, no stranger to controversy himself, said "From time to time you make some mistakes and you can either ride the wave out and keep doing what you do or you can bury your head in the sand like what Mel did and disappear for years and come back a stronger person," said Sandilands. Greig admitted that the road back had been far from easy but that she wanted to start her new job without being "aligned" to the 2012 prank call.

"It's been so tough," she said. "People just won't give me that chance. The biggest problem is we didn't want to be aligned with that prank call. You know, if you start somewhere we're going to get that bad reputation, we're going to get people talking about it and rehashing it [but] it hasn't happened with this. The press has been incredibly supportive and positive." Earlier, actor Sophie Monk, who starred with Greig in Celebrity Apprentice called in to lend her support, describing her friend as "organized, loyal and awesome". The infamous prank call on December 4, 2012 was made by Greig and her then co-host Mike Christian on 2Day FM's breakfast show

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7FOX NEWS: Trump Is Scared Of Megyn Kelly; Miss Universe Wants To Be A 'Bond' Girl

 

FOX NEWS: Donald Trump Is Scared Of Megyn Kelly - [CNN]

Will MSNBC's Upcoming Democratic Debate Be Missing Two Candidates? - [THE WRAP]

Miss Universe Wants To Be 'Bond' Girl - [INQUIRER]

Playboy To Debut New Non-Nude Issue During Superbowl Weekend - [PRNewwire]

'Barney Miller's' Hal Linden Remembers Abe Vigoda - [NYDN]

'Rolling Stone' Launches First-Ever Podcast - [ROLLING STONE]

Leonardo Dicaprio Offered Role As Lenin By Russian Studio - [INDEPENDENT]

'Blade Runner' Sequel With Ryan Gosling Gets Green Light - [ACE SHOWBIZ]

Behind The Scenes At TV's New 'Fuller House' - [DEADLINE]

REPORT: Lack Of Inclusion In Hollywood Plagues The Entire Industry - [VARIETY]

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Cumulus Realigns Programming Support Team To Be Led By Mike McVay; Nine Current Members Promoted

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 26TH, 2016 –– Cumulus Media, Inc. announced today certain strategic additions to the corporate programming team in support of local market operations. The moves add resources in the key areas of research, strategy and format-specific expertise that leverage Cumulus’ national scale while giving day to day control to local market managers and programmers, with enhanced on-demand corporate capabilities that support their local efforts.

7Mary Berner, CEO of Cumulus Media said: “Who knows their markets better than the people who live and work there? We believe that the injection of more local insight and more effective corporate support into our programming decisions will drive improved ratings outcomes for our stations. Consistent with this view, Cumulus program directors will now report to market managers and will have control over the day-to-day programming of their stations, which has not been the case in the past. Our corporate programming team, with its specialized resources and expertise, will be led by Mike McVay and will support the markets in the execution of this content strategy and in the creation of programming that surprises and delights—and delivers ratings.”

Joining the new Cumulus corporate programming support team are senior programming professionals Dr. Ed Cohen (above left), Vice President, Ratings and Research; Doug Hamand (above r right), Vice President, Programming Operations; Cat Thomas (bottom center), Vice President, CHR and Hot AC; Ralph Cipolla (bottom right), Vice President, Analytics; and Ken Johnson (far right), Vice President, Urban. Dr. Ed Cohen joins Cumulus from Nielsen Audio. Doug Hamand joins Cumulus from iHeart Media. Cat Thomas joins Cumulus following a 27-year career with CBS Radio. Ralph Cipolla joins Cumulus from Cipolla Analytics, LLC. Ken Johnson (lower bottom right) joins the Cumulus corporate programming support team from Cumulus station WUHT in Birmingham, AL, where he serves as Operations Manager. 7

Concurrently, Cumulus announces the promotion of nine current members of its programming support team. Val Garris, former Vice President, Programming, is promoted to Vice President, Analytics. Greg Frey, former Corporate Program Director, is promoted to Vice President, Programming Operations. Aaron Roberts, former Vice President, Programming Partnerships, is promoted to Vice President, 7Programming Communications/Partnerships. Emily Boldon (far left), former Vice President, Stratus Music Programming and Corporate Program Director, is promoted to Vice President, AC. Troy Hanson, former Corporate Program Director, Rock Formats, is promoted to Vice President, Rock. Brian Thomas, former Corporate Program Director, Country and Classic Hits, is promoted to Vice President, Classic Hits. Charlie Cook, former Operations Manager, Cumulus Nashville, is promoted to Vice President, Country. Bill Hess, former Corporate Program Director, NewsTalk, is promoted to Vice President, NewsTalk. Scott Jameson, former Corporate Program Director, Classic Rock, is promoted to Vice President, Classic Rock. Bruce Gilbert (left) remains Senior Vice President, Sports for both Cumulus Media and Westwood One. John Kilgo continues as Vice President, Label Relations.

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Ellen K Named Voice Of 'Live Everywhere' 2016 Grammys

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 26TH, 2016 –– Talent and content management company, Workhouse Media announced that Ellen K, host of The Ellen K Morning Show on iHeartMedia’s KOST 103.5, has been selected as the voice of the 58th GRAMMY Music Awards®. Paul Anderson, principal and CEO, shared, “Ellen K’s poise, elegance, and inviting personality is welcomed once again to voice the most important awards evening in all of music.”

“This year the GRAMMYs are live everywhere for the first time," said Ellen. "And with Adele back on the GAMMY stage and so many other amazing performances — I know the entire GRAMMY team is gearing up for a spectacular night, and I’m grateful to be a part of it."

The 58 th GRAMMY Awards ® ceremony will be held on Monday, February 15, 2016 at the Staples Center® in Los Angeles and will be televised live by the CBS Television Network at 8 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. PT. For more information, please visit www.grammy.com

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Sirius XM Sues Former Programmer Who Jumped Ship For Spotify

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 26TH, 2016 –– Sirius XM Radio Inc. has sued its former country programmer, John Marks, in New York state court for jumping ship to rival Spotify USA Inc.. According to law360.com, it alleges that Marks violated a non-compete agreement and is using Sirius XM’s internal data against it. In a lawsuit filed last Thursday in New York Supreme Court in Manhattan, Sirius XM said that Mark E. Sebastian, known as John Marks, broke an agreement barring him from working at a competitor for one year.

Last November (11/1), Jockline reported that Mark's hire by Spotify was a move to bolster the music streaming outlet's country music presence. During his tenure at Sirius, Marks had earned a reputation for spotting talent and breaking young artists.

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MOTION: Ali Mac Joins Kicks 101.5 Atlanta As It Debuts New Lineup

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 26TH, 2016 –– Cumulus Media announced that Kicks 101.5 FM/WKHX-FM in Atlanta debuts a new weekday lineup today, welcoming on-air host Ali Mac from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. weekdays. Kicks 101.5 FM personality, CJ moves from Middays to host the 3:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. show.

Ali Mac joins Kicks 101.5 FM from 93.7 WGYL Vero Beach/Treasure Coast, FL, where she was Co-Host of “Geoff and Ali in the Morning”. Prior to that, Ali hosted the 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 Midnight show on Star 94 in Atlanta, having previously served that station as news and traffic anchor and fill-in personality. She was also morning show co-host on 97.5 WABB in Mobile, AL, and was on-air at Z97/WMGZ in Milledgeville, GA.

Scott Lindy, Corporate Program Director for Cumulus Media said: “I’ve worked alongside Ali and watched her grow into an entertaining personality with razor sharp social media and digital skills. I’m excited for our listeners to hear and see what Ali will bring into their lives. Ali Mac said: “I’m thrilled to be back in Atlanta with Kicks 101.5 and to reunite with Scott Lindy and his team. I’d like to thank Cumulus Atlanta Vice President/Market Manager Sean Shannon and Cumulus SVP Content/Programming Mike McVay for their confidence in me.”

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iHM Jacksonville Announces Programming Changes In Jacksonville

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 26TH, 2016 –– iHeartMedia Jacksonville announced programming changes in Jacksonville, FL. beginning last Friday. Planet Radio moved to 97.3, playing Active Rock programming, and Project 106.9, Your Commercial-Free Alternative. Project 106.9 will be a simulcast of WQIK-HD2 and will play alternative rock music programming. Skip Kelly, Program Director of 107.3 JACK FM will add the additional Program Director duties for Project 106.9.

"We have had Planet Radio on air at 106.9 for two years and the move to 97.3 will enhance our footprint and cover more of Jacksonville," said Tommy BoDean (shown), Senior Vice President of Programming, iHeartMedia Jacksonville. "I’m thrilled to be adding the Alternative format to our cluster. This will give Jacksonville listeners a true Alternative station that is passionate about the music and lifestyle." iHeartMedia Jacksonville has a strong cross-platform presence and includes a number of iconic brands and franchises — both broadcast and digital – and includes 99.1 WQIK-Country, 93.3 The Beat-Hip Hop and R&B, 97.9 KISS FM-Top 40, 107.3 JACK fm-Adult Hits, V101.5 – Throwback Hip Hop, 97.3 Planet Radio –Rock, SportsRadio 930 and now Project 106.9.

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SYNDICATION: Sunday Night Slow Jams Presents Free Valentine's Day Special; Stephanie Miller's 2016 Sexy Liberal Comedy Tour Kicks Off In Wisconsin

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 26TH, 2016 –– Benztown’s Sunday Night Slow Jams announced that it is offering its upcoming four-hour Valentine’s Day Special for free to stations on a market-exclusive basis. The free Valentine’s Day Sunday Night Slow Jams show is available in three formats: Rhythm/Urban, Top 40/Mainstream and the new Throwback edition is available for download, and includes interactive phones and Valentine’s Day song dedications—with no commitments or strings attached for stations. Sunday Night Slow Jams currently is the #1 weekend radio show on 114 radio stations across the U.S. R Dub!, Creator, Host and Producer of Sunday Night Slow Jams said: "What better night to air Sunday Night Slow Jams than on Sunday, February 14, 2016, Valentine’s Day? For more information visit www.benztown.com/slowjamsvalentine or contact Masa Patterson at Benztown at mp@benztown.com or (818) 842-4600. About Benztown

- On the eve of the Iowa and New Hampshire Primaries, Stephanie Miller’s Sexy Liberal Comedy Tour (www.sexyliberal.com) announced its theatrical return in 2016. The first Tour date will be in Madison WI at the iconic Barrymore Theater on Saturday, February 27th . The Tour will feature progressive radio and TV hosts Stephanie Miller, John Fugelsang, and comedy duo Frangela. “America has spoken. Stephanie Miller says, “When the people who don’t think say ‘ Donald Trump says what we think!’ its time to admit that desperate times demand desperate comedy. Additional Tour dates and cities to be announced shortly. For more information contact: Ron Hartenbaum Hartenbaum@wydmedia.com 917-881 - 9669

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BUSINESS: Yahoo Sports Radio Picks Up 'Legendary Coaches'; Gen Media Teams With Creative Talent For Alliance

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 26TH, 2016 –– Legendary Coaches, a weekly radio program hosted by noted sports broadcaster Chris Childers and featuring iconic NCAA coaches, will be heard on Yahoo! Sports Radio’s broadcast and digital platforms beginning February 13 as part of wider-ranging deal with KMG Networks, a division of Krantz Media Group, and Hill Entertainment, the program’s producer.

Iconic coaches such as Phillip Fulmer and Gene Stallings, as well as Vince Dooley, RC Slocum, Houston Nutt, and Jerry Stovall, will bring a unique perspective of the interaction with players, fans, schools, and media and the pressures on a coach during a football season.

-- Gen Media Partners, the integrated media representation company for radio, and Creative Talent, Inc., a broadcast talent and management agency, announced today a strategic business development alliance to engage and expand their proprietary services to clients. Under the arrangement, the two entities will work together to generate revenue and growth capabilities for their general market and Hispanic radio clients. "We are in a new age, and Gen Media Partners is a fast-growing company with a group of very smart people,” stated Steve Gallagher, President and Chief Executive Officer of Creative Talent, Inc.

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AWARDS: Westwood One News Takes Golden Mike Award At RTNA

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 26TH, 2016 –– This past Saturday night (1/23), Westwood One News won a Golden Mike Award® for best reporting by a radio network, given by the Radio and Television News Association of Southern California (RTNA). Westwood One News correspondent Jim Roope accepted the award for his coverage of last year’s Roseburg Oregon shooting massacre.

The Golden Mike Awards® are Southern California's most prestigious, and most coveted, broadcast journalism prize. Blue-ribbon panels of judges are constituted by recruiting first-rate, experienced broadcast news professionals from top markets, stations, networks, bureaus, and universities across the country. Photo: Westwood One News correspondent Jim Roope (L) being presented the award by RTNA rep and KFI/LA News Director Chris Little

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Want A Photo With Trump? Radio Host Now Has An App For That

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 26TH, 2016 –– Okay, so what are the chances of grabbing a quick photo with Presidential hopeful, Donald Trump? Actually, thanks to a new mobile app, your odds are quite good. From the creator of the now hugely popular 'Picture me with The Pope, WFTL/Ft. Lauderdale's Rich Stevens is back at it again with his latest app called Picture Me with Donald Trump.

Developed by Mashuga Media, it's available on both the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. And, it’s 100% free. Rich Stevens, president of Mashuga Media, says as soon as Trump began rising in the polls, he knew he had to develop the app. “We already have apps that let you take photos with Pope Francis, President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and several other noted major figures,” Stevens said. “But Trump’s popularity nationally made this new app a must-have for all political junkies. And once the photos are taken, they can easily be posted on social media.” The app also features a countdown clock that lets you know how many days, hours, minutes and seconds it is before Trump, if elected, takes office. Since launching this latest app, Stevens tells us the news has gone viral and has been featured on TV news in Boston, Orlando, Des Moines, Louisville, Tampa and even India. Yahoo News and Yahoo Finance and MSN gave it front page yesterday, as well, says Stevens.

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7KATO KAELIN: What 'People vs. OJ' Got Wrong; Carol Burnett Honored By SAG

Brian Williams To Co-Anchor Iowa MSNBC Coverage - [TV NEWSER]

'Watergate' Series In Development At ABC - [THR]

[WATCH] Kids Critique Adele's Singing - [BILLBOARD]

[WATCH] Shaq Surprises Kid's Street Basketball Players - [TMZ]

[WATCH] KATO KAELIN: What 'People Vs. OJ.' Got Wrong - [NYDN]

Fey/Poehler To Present Carol Burnett With SAG Lifetime Achievement Award - [PAGE SIX]

LOOK: First Group Photo Of 'Friends' Reunion - [VANITY FAIR]

[WATCH] Pokemon Releases Peek At Superbowl Ad - [ADWEEK]

CHECK IT OUT: Four Country Stars Selected As Celebrity Coaches For NHL All-Star Game - [THE BOOT]

'X-Files' Duchovny Finally Gets Star On Walk Of Fame - [VARIETY]

Weird Al To Join 'Comedy Bang Bang' As Co-Host And Band Leader - [THE WRAP]

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The East Coast Digs Out In The Aftermath Of Jonas

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 25TH, 2016 –– Following numerous deaths, millions losing power, hundreds of auto crashes and travel bans, the east coast is slowly digging out from this weekend's crippling winter storm Jonas. According to weather.com, the snow dropped 26.8 inches in Central Park, the second-most recorded since 1869. The storm dropped snow from the Gulf Coast to New England, with areas of Washington surpassing 30 inches. A rural area of West Virginia reported nearly 40 inches.

As usual, radio did its part in keeping listeners informed around the clock as some staffers holed up in nearby hotels and perhaps a cot or two at their stations. Some of our friends and associates in the region hit hardest shared a few close-ups. Among the many included 1010 WINS New York's morning anchor Lee Harris who took the photo at top of 9th @ 55th right after the traffic ban. At left, USRN Jeffrey Jameson offered a look outside of Radio City Hall. On the right, one of last year's MSBC/ReelWorld's Rising Stars, Pavlina Osta, grabs hold of the Wall Street's charging bull on Broadway & Morris St, New York, NY. Phil Boyce, SVP/Spoken Word Format for Salem Media Group and Salem Radio Network told us he was hit with about 20 inches of snow at his home in NW New Jersey, but said 'The blessing for NYC was that this hit on Friday night." Phil Boyce and Lee Harris will be among the featured guests at this year's TSBC 7 in sunny Ft. Lauderdale on March 4&5.

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BLIZZARD COVERAGE CHECKLIST: 'Listeners Become Your Key Reporters' And 'Don't Forget The Food' Says Bill Hess

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 25TH, 2016 –– Bill Hess (inset) Corporate PD For News/Talk & Cumulus and PD 105.9FM WMAL Wash. DC, has a lot of practice covering major events such as Jonas. He tells Jockline, 'It's all about logistics- staffing and providing housing for news anchors, reporters, support personnel, board ops, etc. Oh, and don't forget the food because, even though you have Hotel rooms, restaurants are likely to close," he warns.

Other items on his checklist include contacts: Make sure your storm contacts are always updated so you can get to the officials you need to?" WMAL offered ongoing coverage, provided by its anchors, reporters, web content folks, and additional reporters were embedded in neighborhoods around the region. "One of the highlights of talk radio," says Hess, "is that your listeners are your reporters, and WMAL listeners added great color to our coverage by sharing their stories." Back at Bill's home, he shared a look from his garage after opening the door. Yikes!

Bill Hess will be among our top guests during TSBC in sunny Ft. Lauderdale, FL in March. PHOTO/ WMAL Bldg. Wisconsin Avenue.

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MOTION: iHM & Premiere Extend With Johnjay & Rich Show

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 25TH, 2016 –– Premiere Networks announced a renewed long-term agreement with The Johnjay & Rich Show. Premiere will continue to distribute the hit weekday morning radio show, which celebrates its 15th anniversary this May, to CHR and Hot AC stations nationwide.

Concurrently, iHeartMedia’s 104.7 KISS-FM in Phoenix announced it has renewed and extended its relationship with The Johnjay & Rich Show.

A chance meeting during Morning Show Boot Camp in New Orleans in 2001 found Rich teaming up with Johnjay. The beginning of The Johnjay and Rich era began in 2001 with their first show airing on KRQQ in Tucson. In 2006, the program moved to KISS-FM in Phoenix, Ariz. PHOTO/JJ & Rich and co-host Kyle.

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[WATCH] The Bert Show's Kristin Klingshirn Comes To The Aid Of Her Niece On TLC's 'Say Yes To The Dress'

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 25TH, 2016 –– Kristin Klingshirm, co-host of the nationally syndicated The Bert Show appeared on TLC’s Say Yes To The Dress Atlanta last Friday January 22. She came to the aid of her niece, Katy (both shown left), as she prepares to get married to her fiancé, Sam. After getting engaged in April 2015, Katy asked for Kristin’s help in the dress search as they have similar style and fashion taste.

“My niece is getting married in June,” Kristin says. “After her lovely boyfriend proposed and became her fiancé, she reached out to me because she wanted to do Say Yes To The Dress.” Kristin reached out to her friends at Bridals by Lori for help finding the perfect dress. The Atlanta-based TV show filmed Kristin in-studio with The Bert Show and at their Atlanta bridal store, Bridals by Lori.

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SYNDICATION: Piolín Show Returns To La Grande 107.5 Dallas; Added At 104.5FM “La Mejor Houston

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 25TH, 2016 –– A localized edition of El Show de Piolín, which is nationally syndicated as a morning program by Los Angeles-based Alliance Radio Networks, will air weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on La GRANDE 107.5fm.

Meanwhile, Latino Broadcasting Corporation (LBC), a radio company serving the Houston Hispanic market, announced today that Piolin's El Show de Piolin, will join 104.5FM “La Mejor”, KTBZ HD2. The show will air live from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon and makes its Houston debut today.

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Real-Life Drama Unfolding In Battle Over Radio Producer's Fortune

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 25TH, 2016 –– A real-life drama is developing following a lawsuit, which claims Himan Brown, the late creator of such classic radio dramas as "Dick Tracy" and "The Adventures of the Thin Man," was duped into putting the bulk of his $100 million fortune into a charitable trust controlled by his lawyer.

According to abcnews.com, Brown, a radio producer who died in New York City in 2010 at the age of 99, had wanted the money go to an organization he founded to promote radio theater, according to court papers. It claims attorney Richard L. Kay exploited Brown, who was 94 when he signed documents now being contested in Manhattan surrogate's court. It says Kay used the trust "for his personal benefit, in disregard of the express intent of Mr. Brown's will and prior estate plan."

The lawsuit was filed by Radio Drama Network, Inc., a private foundation started by Brown in 1984 to foster his love and appreciation for the radio serials that popularized the airwaves in the 1930s and 1940s. Several members of his family serve on its board of directors. Kay's attorney, Michael B. Kramer, disputes this account and said the lawsuit is the latest in a series of court challenges by members of the Brown family over the fortune. He insisted Brown was mentally sharp in October 2004 when he signed papers for the newly created Himan Brown Charitable Trust. The lawsuit, which was filed in December and made public last week, is next scheduled for a March 1 court date, but it could be years before it goes to trial. Brown produced more than 30,000 radio shows in a career that spanned from the 1930s into the 1980s and secured the radio rights to such characters as Dick Tracy, Flash Gordon and the Thin Man.

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7Chris Rock NOT Dropping Out Of Oscars; Steven Tyler Crashes CNN Storm Coverage

 

[WATCH] Chris Rock NOT Dropping Out Of Oscars - [ET]

[WATCH] Tina Fey Returns To SNL As Sarah Palin To Endorse Trump - [CNET]

DEJA VU: Trump Says Megyn Should Not Be Allowed To Moderate Debat; Fox Sends Thanks - [BRIETBART]

Celine Dion's Son Offer Touching Eulogy At Father's Funeral - [THR]

[WATCH] Steven Tyler Crashes CNN Snow Coverage - [THE WRAP]

Adele Video Tops ONE BILLION Views On YouTube - [BILLBOARD]

[WATCH] J-Lo's Rear End Proves To Much For Dance Pants - [GOSSIP COP]

David Bowie's Film 'Labyrinth' To Get Reboot - [THR]

Bob Seger Recalls Last Days Of Glenn Frey - [TASTE OF COUNTRY]

[WATCH] Batman / Superman Face Off In New Trailer - [YOUTUBE]

'The Revenant' Tops Weekend BO - [INDIEWIRE]

CHELSEA HANDLER: Bieber Worst Celebrity Interview - [PEOPLE]

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Shila Nathan Joins The Lineup At Nash 94.7 NY

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 21ST, 2016 –– As Jockline hinted last week (JL 1/15), Cumulus now reveals it's bringing Shila to New York and NASH FM 94.7. Shila debuts on NASH FM 94.7 New York on Monday, February 8, from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. She replaces Kelly Ford, who recently moved to Nashville as Co-Host of America’s Morning Show. Shila comes to New York from Chicago, where she was Afternoon Drive personality for CBS Chicago’s WUSN-FM/US99.5. Prior to that, she held on-air posts at KWRZ-FM and WGGY-FM in Scranton, PA, and was co-host of morning shows on WRDW-FM and on WYSP-FM in Philadelphia, where she was a weekly TV contributor for Fox 29’s “Good Day Philadelphia”.

She began her career in 2005 at WKRZ-FM in Scranton, PA, as a producer and on-air sidekick. Shila said: “What an exciting and unexpected opportunity at NASH FM 94.7 in New York City! I'm so grateful that I found an opportunity that brings me close to home and my family and allows me to pursue my passion of radio on the world's biggest platform. I owe a big thanks to Mike McVay, Chad Lopez, John Foxx and to the entire NASH FM crew! What a great time to be in Country music!" 1

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REPORT: Live365 To Close Down Operations Amid Rising Royalty Rates

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 22ND, 2016 –– It's being reported that Live365 will be closing down its operations on January 31st. According to hypebot.com, rates that net broadcasters pay to play music went up late last year and with the hike came the elimination of a special rates for smaller net broadcasters. Live365, since 1999 has been providing streaming services for 5000+ of small broadcasters.

Dean Kattari (L), Director of Broadcasting, posted on his linkedin.com background page, "This company ended its 17 year career due to loss of funding and changes in the royalty payment structure" Recently, Live365 had significantly reduced staff. In an email to its broadcasters, Live365 wrote: "We are sad that we are closing our doors at the end of this month. There are always possibilities that we can come back in one form or another, but at this point in time, January 31, 2016 is the last day that Live365’s streaming servers and website will be maintained and supported."

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WTMX-FM To Receive Crystal Heritage Award At Las Vegas NAB

Only five other stations have received this honor in the history of the NAB Crystal Radio Awards

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 22ND, 2016 –– The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) will honor WTMX-FM, Chicago, IL, home of the wildly successful Eric & Kathy Show, with the esteemed NAB Crystal Heritage Award, which will be presented during the NAB Show Radio Luncheon, on Tuesday, April 19 in Las Vegas.

Only five other stations have received this honor in the history of the NAB Crystal Radio Awards. “Giving back to the community is a big part of who we are and what we do at WTMX. It always has been-- going back to our inception and now as part of the Hubbard Radio family," said Hubbard Chicago Market Manager John Gallagher."

Stations can submit entries for a Crystal Radio Award until January 29. At the NAB Show Radio Luncheon, sponsored by ASCAP, NAB will honor this year's 10 Crystal Radio Award winners and 50 finalists. Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg, hosts of ESPN Radio’s “Mike & Mike,” will be inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame. Radio host and web entrepreneur Kim Komando will be the keynote speaker at the luncheon.

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iHeartRadio Surpasses 80 Million Registered Users

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 22ND, 2016 –– iHeartRadio announced it has surpassed 80 million registered users. iHeartRadio continues to reach user milestones at a rate faster than Facebook or any other radio or digital music service, having reached 70 million registered users just last summer. The number of registered users do not account for the millions of listeners who tune in to iHeartRadio's live radio stations, which does not require registration -- meaning that iHeartRadio's reach is even greater. iHeartRadio has also been downloaded more than 850 million times, has 80 million social media followers and is now available on more than 80 unique device platforms

"In just five years, we've seen continued powerful growth in our registered user base - a testament to the power of radio and listening," said Darren Davis, President of iHeartRadio. "Our listeners have many new ways to enjoy our stations and programming, and we want to continue to deepen their listening experience and ensure we're available everywhere they expect us to be." Earlier this month at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, iHeartRadio announced integrations on seven new platforms, including AppleTV.

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Entries Now Being Accepted For 2016 Radio Mercury Awards

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 22ND, 2016 –– Call for Entry for the 25th Annual Radio Mercury Awards is now open. Entries are being accepted for outstanding creative spots, campaigns and innovative radio work from advertising agencies, radio stations, production companies, colleges, universities, and advertisers.

Chief Judge Chris Smith (R) along with a soon-to-be-announced team of final round judges, will disburse up to $90,000 in cash prizes including the $50,000 Best of Show prize. Categories for this year’s competition include: Agency/Production Company Spot, Best Use of Radio in an Integrated Campaign, Most Innovative Use of Radio, Public Service/Awareness Spot, Radio Campaign, Radio Station Produced Spot, Spanish Language Radio Spot or Campaign, and Student Produced Spot. “Motel 6, a brand I’ve worked on for 15 years, won the very first Radio Mercury Grand Prize. So it’s even more gratifying to be the head judge on the 25th anniversary of that achievement," noted Chris Smith, Brand Creative Group Head, The Richards Group. The 2016 Finalists will be announced in early May. Winners will be announced at the 2016 Radio Mercury Awards event on June 2 in New York. For more information CLICK HERE .

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SYNDICATION: 'Something to Think About' With Mike Rogers Hits 200 Station Mark

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 22ND, 2016 –– Westwood One announced that Something to Think About with Mike Rogers hit a major milestone – surpassing the 200 station mark in its first year on the air. The weekday “slice of life” vignettes, featuring Mike Rogers, former Congressman (R-Michigan) and Chair of the House Intelligence Committee, are now heard on more than 200 affiliated stations, including WABC-AM/New York, KABC-AM/Los Angeles, WLS-AM/Chicago, KSEV-AM/Houston, KDKA-AM/Pittsburgh, and WIOD-AM/Miami.

Rogers spent more than a decade at the intersection of the topics and events that shape Americans’ lives, where he's been privy to perspectives available only to a select few in senior levels of government and national security. - Stations interested in Something to Think About can contact Stuart Greenblatt at (212) 419-2946 or sgreenblatt@westwoodone.com.

Rogers will be a featured speaker at this year's Talk Radio Boot Camp, set for March 4 & 5 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL - CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

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NEWS: CBS Radio's 'Looking At The Law' Marks 10,000th Broadcast

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 22ND, 2016 –– Neil Chayet CBS Radio News’ weekday legal segment LOOKING AT THE LAW, which launched four decades ago, this week marks its 10,000th broadcast delivered to listeners around the country and on the Armed Forces Radio Network around the world. The segments, which launched on April 1, 1976, feature attorney and Harvard Medical School professor Neil Chayet.

“Neil thought he would run out of material by now, but with millions of lawsuits brought every year, along with an apparently endless supply of puns, the future is secure,” said Harvey Nagler (L), CBS News Vice President, Radio. “Most listeners have gotten a chuckle – or a groan – from Neil’s last lines and continually marvel at the strange and sometimes wacky cases that find their way into the courtroom.” Four decades and 10,000 broadcasts later, Chayet is still LOOKING AT THE LAW every day. Chayet will celebrate his 10,000th program Friday, Jan. 22, 2016 at 8:00 PM as a guest on Dan Rea’s “NightSide” heard on Boston’s WBZ 1030 AM.

Harvey Nagler will be a featured panelist at this year's TSBC in Ft. Lauderdale during a special 'Radio News' session.

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7Steve Harvey Says 'We Need Chris Rock On That Night;' Dr. Phil Sued By Ex-Employee

 

Steve Harvey Says 'We Need Chris Rock' On That Night'- [ACCESS HOLLYWOOD]

[WATCH] Ice Cube Says "He's Not gonna Kiss No Ass" For An Oscar Nomination - [POWER 105]

Bill Cosby Prevails In Philadelphia Lawsuit; Defamation Lawsuit Dismissed - [CNN]

[LISTEN] Amy Schumer Says She 'Would Never Steal A Joke' - [VULTURE]

[WATCH] Dr. Phil Sued For By Ex-Employee For False Imprisonment - [NYDN]

[WATCH] EW Covers 'OJ's American Crime Story' - [EW]

[LISTEN] To David Bowie's Impressions Of Other Rock Stars - [BILLBOARD]

[WATCH] Kevin Hart & Stormzy Go At It In Rap Battle - [USA TODAY]

CHECK IT OUT: The Richest Person In America's Top 50 Cities - [FORBES]

Hasty Pudding's 2016 Man Of The Year Is... [BOSTON]

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Philly Host Draws Three Day Suspension For Using Racial Epithet

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 21ST, 2016 –– 94.1 WIP Philadelphia released a statement yesterday (1/20) announcing that host Josh Innes had been suspended for three days following his comments about Eagles center Jason Kelce.

“Comments made by Josh Innes during his WIP-FM program yesterday in regards to Eagles center Jason Kelce were inappropriate and unacceptable .. We do not condone or approve of those comments," WIP stated.

Innes had used a racial epithet on Tuesday while referring to Kelce on his show shortly before Eagles head coach Doug Pederson's opening press conference. Later in the show, Innes offered an apology saying, “I’m the dumbest human being on the planet,” adding: his intention was not to offend anybody. “I apologize for that, I truly do. I’m an idiot.” 1

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WRIF-FM Extends Longterm With Dave & Chuck the Freak

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 21ST, 2016 –– Greater Media announced that morning hosts Dave & Chuck the Freak have signed a new multi-year contract with WRIF-FM in Detroit. The show began with the station in May of 2013. No strangers to the Detroit airwaves, Dave and Chuck the Freak, along with Lisa Way (above center), have spent over a decade working together at WRIF-FM and “across the border” in Windsor, Ontario. The six member team of the Dave & Chuck the Freak Morning Show anchor one of America’s most successful rock radio stations. WRIF-FM recently marked 44 years in the rock radio format in Detroit. WRIF-FM is owned by Greater Boston Radio, Inc., a subsidiary of Greater Media, Inc.

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: Cumulus Promotes Jake McCann And Beth Cohen To VP Posts At Wash, D.C. Stations; Nichole Hartman Appointed GSM For CMG Jacksonville

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 21ST, 2016 –– Cumulus Media announced that it has promoted Jake McCann to Vice President/Market Manager for Cumulus Washington, D.C. McCann was formerly Vice President, Sales for Cumulus Washington, D.C. Prior to that, he was Director of Sales for Greater Media in Detroit. Concurrently, Cumulus announces that it has promoted Beth Cohen to Vice President, Sales for Cumulus Washington, D.C. Cohen was formerly Director of Sales for Cumulus’ D.C. stations. Prior to joining Cumulus, she was General Sales Manager for iHeart Media in Washington, D.C. for many years.

--Cox Media Group (CMG) Jacksonville Radio has named Nichole Hartman as its new General Sales Manager (GSM). Hartman will also serve as Brand Manager for 95.1 WAPE, WJGL Eagle 96.9, and Hot 99.5. Hartman began her CMG career as Local Sales Manager for CMG Jacksonville where she focused on cluster Target development. Before joining CMG, she was Account Manager for Entercom Communications in Greenville, South Carolina.

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Wisconsin Host Takes On 'Making a Murderer' With 10-Part Rebuttal Series

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 21ST, 2016 –– The trials and tribulations of Steven Avery and the subsequent Netflix documentary series "Making a Murderer," have caused a viral phenomenon. While some argue that Steven Avery's case is a failure to our judicial system, others assert that the documentary paints a one-sided picture of the trial and conviction of Mr. Avery.

Enter Dan O'Donnell (L), a non-practicing lawyer and radio journalist at WISN, iHeartMedia's News/Talk station in Wisconsin, who has a unique perspective on the case. Dan was assigned to cover Avery from his release in 2003 through his (and his nephew's) conviction in 2007. While he doesn't make much of an appearance in the documentary, "Making a Murderer" has had a profound impact on Dan - particularly, due to its bias. And so, Dan is doing what any lawyer would do in the courtroom - rebut the case presented in the Netflix documentary - and it can all be heard on iHeartRadio.

Mirroring the show as a 10-part series, WISN has produced a podcast entitled "Rebutting a Murderer" which combines the best parts of "Serial" with the buzz of "Making a Murderer" and the unique perspective of law-school educated journalist who was there covering it all, bringing to light pieces of evidence the filmmakers left out or glazed over. The series just finished up the last of its 10 episodes. LISTEN HERE

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Nielsen Wants to Watch You Talk On Social Media About TV

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 21ST, 2016 –– Nielsen announced this week that it is working with Facebook to include conversations about TV programs in its measurement system. According to recode.net, Nielsen is going to start tracking discussions that people have about TV on Facebook with their family and friends, even if that discussion isn’t marked as “public.” Nielsen still won’t be able to peer into Facebook messages you send directly to your friends, but it will see if you post a message on someone’s feed declaring your love for “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” or “Jessica Jones.”

Nielsen says it will create new social TV ratings that incorporate Facebook data later this year, and will rename its Twitter TV Ratings “Social Content Ratings” when that happens. Eventually, it says, it will also incorporate conversation from Instagram. If the fact that Nielsen will know you told your friends you love “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” is worrisome for you, you can relax a bit: The company says it will only use the data in aggregate form, so your semi-secret will be safe. PHOTO/netflix READ ARTICLE HERE

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Westwood One News To Simulcast Iowa Democratic Town Hall

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 21ST, 2016 –– Westwood One News will exclusively simulcast CNN’s town hall on Monday night, January 25, when the Democratic presidential hopefuls will face voters in in Des Moines -- one week before the highly anticipated Iowa caucuses. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, and former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley will field questions from Iowa Democrats in this prime-time event hosted by the Iowa Democratic Party and Drake University.

The CNN town hall comes as the race for the Democratic nomination shows Clinton and Sanders locked in a close battle for Iowa. Sanders leads Clinton in New Hampshire; Clinton is seen more favorably by Democrats in South Carolina and in national polls. The town hall, which will be moderated by CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, will air from 9 pm.-11 pm ET on Westwood One News stations nationwide. For more information, contact Jim Jones at jimjones@westwoodone.com or (202) 895-2339.

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RADIO NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

Aussie Host Unloads On Former Station; Chris Evans Gets Car Sick On 'Top Gear'

By Graham Mack

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 21ST, 2016 –– Meshel Laurie (R), who started her new breakfast show with Matt Tilley on KIIS in Melbourne, Australia this week, took to Facebook and Twitter to unload on her former station, Nova100. Meshel stated: “After 13 years with the Nova radio network, during which I was part of 3 number 1 shows including National drive, and then treated like a disposable dish rag and a fool, I start a new job tomorrow at KIIS FM 101.1. My nerves are soothed by the fact that all the best people from Nova are now there too and I'm beyond grateful to them for judging me worthy of a spot on the team”.

Chris Evans Gets CAR SICK On New 'Top Gear' - The Daily Mirror newspaper in the UK has published pictures of the Radio 2 Breakfast Show host, Chris Evans throwing up during filming of his new car show. Chris was the passenger as the German racing driver raced round a track in Monterey, California before she had to come to a sudden stop and let the him hop out. Evans became lead host of Top Gear when Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, James May and several senior production staff left the BBC motoring programme back in March. Read the full Daily Mirror story here; http://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/chris-evans-gets-car-sick-7197150

Justin Bieber Helps Liverpool Station Launch - Capital Liverpool has recruited Justin Bieber, Chris Martin, Ariana Grande and a host of other stars to front its multi-media launch campaign on Merseyside Read more and watch the TV commercial here; http://www.thedrum.com/news/2016/01/18/justin-bieber-little-mix-and-jason-derulo-front-capital-liverpool-launch-campaign

Want to connect with Graham? Call +44 7752 416905. Twitter: @GrahamMack Web: www.mackmedia.co.uk Email: graham@mackmedia.co.uk

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WGCI Chicago's Kendra G Is Looking For A Date This Valentine's Day

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 21XT, 2016 –– As the annual deluge of Valentine's Day stuntery gets underway, we thought we'd get things started with this one from WGCI/107.5 Chicago. Morning host Kendra G, as their promo suggests, is looking for a man in 2016! It continues: "If you think you’re the man for a Valentine’s Day date with Kendra send us your Instagram video!

Entries are being taken now through Tuesday, January 26th. Voting will take place Monday, February 1st through Sunday, February 7th. 3 finalists will be chosen and each will go on a one-on-one date with Kendra G. From there a Grand Prize Winner will be chosen to go on a Valentine’s Day date with Kendra G. As expected, the date includes dinner with Kendra G and plenty of extras. Read more HERE

Feel free to send us your Valentine's Day STUNTAGE HERE

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7Adele To Perform At Grammys; Springsteen Covers Eagle's Tune; Gaga & Elton Collaborat

 

[WATCH] Bruce Springsteen Covers Eagle's 'Take It Easy' - [HUFFPO]

[WATCH] Melissa Rivers Talks Playing Her Mom In 'Joy' - [E ONLINE]

Lady Gaga Writes New Album With Elton John - [IDOLATOR]

HELLO: Adele To Perform At Grammys - [ET]

[WATCH] Jamie-Lynn Sigler Reveals She Has MS - [PEOPLE]

Quincy Jones Threatens To Sit Out Oscars - [GOSSIP COP]

[WATCH] Stacey Dash Dishes On Oscar's Diversity Backlash: 'There Shouldn't Be Black History Month' - [THE WRAP]

Jamie Foxx Meets Father Of Man He Saved From Car Wreck - [NEWSONE]

Check Out Cast members From 'Cheers,' 'Taxi', '2 1/2 Men,' And More, Who'll Reunite For NBC's James Burrows Special - [THR]

'MORE' Of Katie Holmes - [MORE]

 

 

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REPORT: Real 92.3's Big Boy And Emmis Settle Lawsuit

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 20TH, 2016 –– While no official word from Emmis Communications yet, tmz.com reports that iHeart LA's Real 92.3's Big Boy has ended his legal war with his former station, Power 106 owned by Emmis Communications. As Jockline reported early last year, Emmis Radio, owner of Power 106 wanted the court to block Big Boy from leaving, but he proceeded and took to the air at crosstown Real 92.3.

TMZ writes, according to new docs, 'Big Boy and Emmis have settled the suit with terms confidential, but say that both sides will pay their own attorneys' fees. Documents show his iHeart salary at $3.5 mil/year. READ STORY HERE

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iHeart Seattle Shuffles Its Stations' Programming

THE MOUTH, JANURY 20TH, 2016 –– Calling it a revolution for the Seattle market, iHeartMedia announced that it has realigned several of its stations’ programming to provide an enriched listening experience for the Seattle audience. Among the changes:

· KBKS 106.1 CHR will become a HOT AC station with the new slogan "More Music, More Variety." The highly rated hugely popular morning show with Bender and Molly will continue to broadcast weekday mornings.

· KUBE 93.3 FM (Rhythmic/CHR) will evolve into CHR - POWER 93.3 FM "Seattle's New Hit Music,” and will kick off playing 10,000 songs commercial free. Anchoring POWER’s new talent line up will be Carla Marie & Anthony, recognized from the Elvis Duran Show, with a fresh new morning show.

· The popular brand KUBE will find a new frequency home on 104.9 FM and become dedicated to Rhythmic programming as "Tacoma’s New Home for Hits & Hip Hop." KUBE 104.9 FM will also continue to feature Supa Sam on weekday mornings and Tiffany in afternoon drive.

· Last week prior to yesterday's announcement, KYNW’s HOT AC listeners were transitioned to KBKS and it will become ALT 102.9 FM, "Seattle/Tacoma's Rock Alternative," playing Alternative Rock music programming. The ALT station will also welcome back popular Seattle on air personality Harms during the afternoon drive.

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: Dave Pugh Appointed SVP/MM & DOS At CBS Phoenix; Hillary Hatch & Ted Cannarozzi On The Rise At Beasley Tampa

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 20TH, 2016 –– Dave Pugh has been named Senior Vice President/Market Manager and Director of Sales of CBS RADIO Phoenix, it was announced today by Scott Herman, Chief Operating Officer, CBS RADIO. Pugh succeeds Tim Pohlman, who was recently appointed Senior Vice President and Market Manager of the division’s stations in Chicago. Prior to joining CBS RADIO, Pugh was Regional Vice President of Veritone Media in San Francisco since 2014

--Beasley Media Group Announced a pair of staff upgrades in Tampa Bay. WQYK’s Promotions Director Hillary Hatch (far left) has been elevated to new responsibilities as the Tampa Bay Cluster’s marketing director. Additionally, Ted Cannarozzi has been named Q105’s program director.

Cannarozzi has programmed in Tampa at Thunder 103.5 as well as Sunny 104.5 in Philadelphia. Ted’s on-air career also includes Tampa’s 98ROCK, WNBC, and Z-100 in New York City.

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[WATCH] Mike Francesa Says 2017 Will Be Last Year At WFAN

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 20TH, 2016 –– Mike Francesa, WFAN New York's venerable afternoon radio host since 1989, told FS1's Katie Nolan during a "Garbage Time" podcast that when his contract with WFAN ends at the end of 2017, he will be done with the station. According to Fox Sports, Francesa, who joined the station in 1987 and was paired with Chris "Mad Dog" Russo from 1989-2008, made it clear that his career isn't necessarily ending, just his time at the legendary New York sports talk radio station.

"I'm not saying I'm leaving the business, the 61-year-old host told Nolan. "I'm leaving Monday to Friday, five-and-a half-hours, FAN. I'm bringing the curtain down on that part of the show." Francesa added, "I'm not saying I'm not gonna work again. I'm not saying I'm not gonna do anything ever again. What I'm saying is, that part of my life is ending at the end of 2017. I've agreed to stay through the end of 2017," he said. "We talked about me leaving earlier. We discussed it. They didn't really want it. They really didn't give me a chance to get out. They never offered me a reasonable way out. So 2017 it is. You can watch a portion of Nolan's interview with Francesa on "Garbage Time," Wednesday night at midnight on FS1. WATCH HERE

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[LISTEN] Host Apologizes After Using Racial Epithet To Describe Eagle's Player

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 20TH, 2016 –– WIP Philadelphia's Josh Innes apologized after drawing heat by referring to a Philadelphia Eagle' player, who is white, as a 'House Negro.' Referring to Eagle's player, Jason Keice, Innes said, (edited) "Let me find a good comparison here. I was watching Malcolm X yesterday ... and there was a scene where Denzel’s doing the whole thing about the slave and the house negro? Right? And like, the house negro is the guy who’s gonna tell you like, oh he gets to live in the big house with the boss and every time he refers to something that happens in the house it’s ‘our house’ and ‘we’ and everything like that. And then there’s the actual slave that isn’t the house negro that’s just trying to run away. Essentially what you’re getting here is Jason Kelce is the house negro is what I’m trying to convey to you. ..."

In his apology, he explained “I think [Jason Kelce] is the Eddie Haskell of the team, whoever the coach is he’s gonna kiss the coach’s (a)ss, that’s always been my opinion of Jason Kelce. And then I tried to make a comparison to how I was watching Malcolm X yesterday, and I made a bad analogy, and for that I apologize .. my intention was not to offend anybody or anything …it all came out poorly and I see that people are making fun of me across the country and you should make fun of me across the country because I’m stupid. Like, it was in no way meant to offend anybody, it was stupid is all it was and I apologize for that, I truly do. I’m an idiot. I acknowledge I’m an idiot.” LISTEN HERE

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SYNDICATION: 'America In The Morning's John Trout Debuts With Out-Of-This-World Interview With Astronauts

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 20TH, 2016 –– John Trout, the new host of Westwood One’s America in the Morning, kicks off his debut week with an out-of-this-world interview when he talks to two of the orbiting International Space Station astronauts today (Wednesday 1/20).

Trout will speak to Commander Scott Kelley and cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko (inset), now in space for 10 months. The Expedition 46 Mission international crew of six lives and works while traveling at a speed of five miles per second, orbiting Earth every 90 minutes. Crew members spend about 35 hours each week conducting research in many disciplines to advance scientific knowledge in Earth, space, physical, and biological sciences for the benefit of people living on our home planet. Trout took the reins of America in the Morning from Jim Bohannon, who stepped back to focus more on The Jim Bohannon Show. The Jim Bohannon Show air weekdays from 10 pm – 1 am ET on more than 250 stations.

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BUSINESS: Futuri Media Introduces Topline Research App For Broadcast Media Sales Teams

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 20TH, 2016 – For the first time ever, radio and TV station sales executives can now receive next-business-day service on unlimited customized sales research presentation via Futuri’s new TopLine mobile app and desktop tool. Using station licensed ratings tools such as Nielsen ratings and Scarborough qualitative research, TopLine makes it seamless for broadcast sales talent and management to request real-time, relevant, and customized station-specific sales research emphasizing their station’s unique demographic and lifestyle strengths for nearly any advertiser client. Unlike existing sales collateral providers, the new service promises turnaround in one business day.

Tracy Gilliam, now SVP/Sales at Futuri, was the principal and founder of TopLine Matters Inc. With more than 25 years’ experience in sales and management at CBS Radio, Clear Channel and Premiere Radio Network, she built a team that includes award-winning veteran broadcast research analysts with more than four decades of experience combined. Futuri Media CEO Daniel Anstandig adds, “We now we have the technology to quickly create powerful custom presentations that generate new business, increase revenue share and provide consistent messaging – all directly to your smartphone and email. For sellers and sales leadership, TopLine is a secret weapon to help grow revenue, generate new incremental dollars in key advertiser categories, and justify the value of broadcasting as a viable, powerful solution for advertisers everywhere.” More information is available HERE

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NETWORKS Tom Brady, Peyton Manning Matchup Among WWO Sports Coverage Of Sunday's NFL Championship Games

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 20TH, 2016 –– Westwood One Sports, the official network radio partner for the National Football League, continues its broadcast coverage of the NFL postseason, including this weekend’s AFC and NFC Conference Championship games on Sunday, January 24, 2016. Broadcast coverage of the Conference Championship doubleheader kicks off at 2:00 pm ET and begins with the 17th and possibly final matchup between two of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game – future Hall of Famers Tom Brady and Peyton Manning – as the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots take on the Denver Broncos in the AFC Championship Game. Following the conclusion of that game, it’s the NFC Championship Game, featuring a matchup between two of the top MVP candidates when Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers host Carson Palmer and the Arizona Cardinals.

Scott Graham hosts the pregame, halftime, and postgame shows for both broadcasts. Westwood One’s NFL games can be heard on more than 500 radio stations nationwide, as well as on SiriusXM radio, on the TuneIn Radio app, and through NFL Game Pass (NFL.com/gamepass), which is available on NFL.com and the NFL Mobile from Verizon app.

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7Steve Harvey Says He Received Death Threats Following Miss Universe Flub

 

Glenn Frey's Five Best Songs - [CNN]

[WATCH] Steve Harvey Says He Received Death Threats Following Miss Universe Flub - [TODAY]

[LISTEN] Chelsea Handler Rips Former Worker Over Comments - [SIRIUSXM]

[WATCH] Jamie Foxx Helps Pull Trapped Driver From Fiery Wreck - [ABC7]

[WATCH] Adam Lambert's Oreo's Ad - [IDOLATOR]

Whoopi Goldberg NOT Boycotting Oscars - [THR]

'Fresh Prince's' Aunt Viv Slams Jada Pinkett Over Oscars Snub - [THE WRAP]

Oscar De La Hoya To Launch Two Free Boxing Channels - [VARIETY]

'Live With Kelly & Michael' Renewed Through 2020 - [DC]

Pearl Jam, Chili Peppers Join New Orleans Jazz Fest' Lineup - [COS]

PSY Hits 100 Million Views AGAIN - [MASHABLE]

Caitlyn Jenner Writing Memoir - [VANITY FAIR]

[WATCH] 'Neighbors 2' Along With Selena Gomez - [FLICKERIN MYTH]

Disney Pressured Me To Fix My Teeth Says Demi Lovato - [GOSSIP COP]

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The Eagles' Founding Member Glenn Frey Passes Away 67

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 19TH, 2016 –– For the second time in as many weeks, another rock legend has passed away. Glenn Frey, a founding member of The Eagles, has died at 67. At the band's website, they wrote: "It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of husband, best friend, father, comrade, and Eagles founder, Glenn Frey, in New York City on Monday, January 18th, 2016. Glenn fought a courageous battle for the past several weeks but, sadly, succumbed to complications from Rheumatoid Arthritis, Acute Ulcerative Colitis and Pneumonia. The Frey family would like to thank everyone who joined Glenn to fight this fight and hoped and prayed for his recovery. Words can neither describe our sorrow, nor our love and respect for all that he has given to us, his family, the music community & millions of fans worldwide. Cindy Frey • Taylor Frey • Deacon Frey • Otis Frey Don Henley • Joe Walsh • Timothy B. Schmit • Bernie Leadon • Irving Azoff

According to cnn.com, Frey formed the Eagles with three other backup musicians for Linda Ronstadt in the 1970s, disbanded in 1980 and reunited in 1994. Frey had been suffering from intestinal issues, which caused the postponement of the band's inclusion in the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors. "We are all in a state of shock, disbelief and profound sorrow," Don Henley said in a statement Monday. "I'm not sure I believe in fate, but I know that crossing paths with Glenn Lewis Frey in 1970 changed my life forever, and it eventually had an impact on the lives of millions of other people all over the planet. "It will be very strange going forward in a world without him in it," Henley added. "But, I will be grateful, every day, that he was in my life. Rest in peace, my brother. You did what you set out to do, and then some."

Numerous artists commented on Frey's passing including Travis Tritt who posted: "Glenn Frey and the music he created alone and with The Eagles have been such an inspiration to me. We first met at the video shoot for my version of ‘Take It Easy’ in 1993. He always went out of his way to acknowledge and encourage me ever since. I'm a better person, better musician and a better songwriter having met him. I still can't believe he is gone!" 1

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Frey's Death Mourned By Host Who Helped Break Eagles First Number One Hit; Says Record Label Pushed Other Songs

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 19TH, 2016 – A Kalamazoo radio host/PD credited with helping The Eagles reach their first No. 1 hit said Monday he was greatly saddened to learn of the death of Glenn Frey, whom he finally met in Grand Rapids after the group's performance there in 2014. According to mlive.com, Jim Higgs was a jock and PD at WKMI-AM (1360) in 1974. He picked "Best of My Love," a song written by Frey, Don Henley, and J.D. Souther, to play frequently in Kalamazoo even though the group's record label was pushing other songs on the Eagles' new album "On the Border." The song became a hit in Kalamazoo, Higgs continued to report its success to the label, but the label continued to push other selections. Finally, the label released the song as a single. By March 1975, "Best of My Love " topped both the pop and adult contemporary charts. Asylum Elektra representatives sent Higgs a framed copy of the album with autographs from the band members (shown right with Pelli and Stein who worked at the record label Elektra-Asylum Records.) Higgs now owns and serves as a host of WAKV-AM (980) in Plainwell.

Attending their concert some 40 years later, the band gave him a shout out and he met band members backstage (Higgs poses for a photo with the Eagles prior to their Sept. 8, 2014 concert in Grand Rapids) Higgs told mlive's Rosemary Parker that Frey and the other band members were very gracious. "He gave me the impression that he was truly grateful for us having started the band's first No. 1 hit, " he said. READ STORY HERE

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[WATCH] Person Of Interest In Custody Following Murders Of Former Talk Host & Daughter

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 19TH, 2016 –– Authorities say a person of interest is now in custody after a former radio talk show host and her daughter were killed near Gary, Indiana, reports WLS TV Chicago. Lana Taneff, 64, (above right) was found dead in the family's home on Sunday. The body of 86-year-old Velia Taneff (above left) was found at her rental property next door.

"Autopsy results determined both women died of result of strangulation and blunt force trauma," Lake County Sheriff John Buncich said. Investigators said the handyman of the Taneff family is linked to their deaths. Investigators said the nephew of the person in custody went to police on Saturday. Investigators said a person of interest was arrested on unrelated charges after investigators said he stole the victims' Cadillac. Velia Taneff used to host a radio show on WLTH, and she had recently started video blogging.

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MOTION: Len Shackelford Named PD 103.1 The Wolf Orlando; Andy Chanley Moves To Afternoons On 100.3 The Sound LA

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 19TH, 2016 –– JVC Media has named Len Shackelford (L) as its new PD for WOTW/103.1 The Wolf, Orlando. Shackelford, with previous stops in Raleigh NC, and Columbus GA, most recently worked at Cox Media Group Orlando as OM and Country Format Coordinator. Murph Dawg will remain in afternoons and handle Assistant PD duties. JVC Broadcasting President/CEO John Caracciolo added, "We are 100 percent committed to Country radio in Orlando and with one year under our belt we are ready to bring in an industry pro, a market expert, and a programmer that can take this station to the next level, 2016 will be a breakout year for the WOLF."

Andy Chanley (far right) announced live on 100.3 The Sound last Friday that he and Christian James Hand (right) will take over afternoons as 'Andy In The Afternoon."

“I’m really excited for the chance to play radio with my oldest friend in LA, Christian Hand,” says Andy. “We’re building it from scratch. We hope to find traction right away with shut-ins and the morbidly curious, and just go from there.” Andy has been co-host of Mark in the Morning since it began last year. Chanley succeeds Julie Slater, who recently left the station.

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Bubba's Lawyers Suspended Over DUI Setup In Schnitt Trial

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 19TH, 2016 –– The three attorneys involved in a DUI setup which targeted a rival attorney in case between Bubba the Love Sponge Clem and Todd Scnitt have been suspended by the Florida Supreme Court. According to wtsp.com, Stephen Diaco, Robert Adams, and Adam Filthaut were suspended from practicing law as the court decides whether they should be disbarred.

During a 2013 defamation trial between Schnitt and Clem, Schnitt's attorney, Phil Campbell, was allegedly set up by Diaco and two other attorneys for a DUI arrest. Campbell says the set-up involved a flirty legal assistant and a Tampa Police officer in an organized effort to land him in handcuffs. Judge Douglas Baird said in August that the setup hurt Campbell and the three attorneys should pay with their license, and re-pay $14,000 each to the Florida Bar. WATCH

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BUSINESS: The Mix Group & Premiere Networks Celebrate 10-Year Mark With Long-Term Extension

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 19TH, 2016 –– The Mix Group and Premiere Networks are celebrating their 10-year anniversary with a long-term renewal. Premiere Networks, a subsidiary of iHeartMedia, continues to nationally represent The Mix Group in advertising sales. Since partnering with Premiere in 2005, The Mix Group has grown from 35 stations to more than 900 and has seen over 1,200% growth in revenues.

President of Premiere Networks Julie Talbott (R) comments, “Jason and the team at The Mix Group have been incredible partners for the past 10 years, and we’re delighted to continue offering advertisers a powerful network of affiliates as a result of The Mix Group’s unique brand of customized imaging production.” President of The Mix Group Jason Garte says, “If you aren’t using Mix to do your imaging on barter in 2016, you’re probably stuck in the 80’s watching reruns of Press Your Luck while putting together amateur production using a Commodore 64, Casio keyboard, and a crusty, old cart machine. Or even worse, you might be paying cash for some random guy in “BFE” who takes three weeks to squeeze out a promo.”

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[WATCH] Listener Gets A Kidney With Help From Woody & Jim

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 19TH, 2016 –– Last summer Carol Hawkins called the WRVW (107-5 The River) Nashville's sales department looking to buy spots. She wanted them to ask the public to donate a kidney to her new husband, Richie. Richie was on a 4 year waiting list, and he wasn't going to make it that long. Sales manager Melissa Kent instead referred her to Jonathan Shuford and the River air staff. Everyone said, let's find her husband a kidney!

Morning hosts Woody and Jim interviewed them in their home (he couldn't travel easily) and played back parts of the interview on air for a week. But we never revealed to listeners why they were getting to know this couple. Then the reveal. Richie and Carol come on The Woody and Jim Show to reveal he needed a kidney. Hundreds of listeners signed up at the hospital website. 17 listeners went through the process of seeing if they were a match. 1 person was a perfect match and gave him a kidney on October 29th. Friday, Richie, his wife Carol and his kidney donor all came in to tell the world it worked! Everyone is healthy and Richie has new life. What a radio moment. WATCH HERE

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PODCAST: 'Reasonable Doubt' With Avery Lawyer Dean Strang

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THE MOUTH, JANUARY 19TH, 2016 –– The now infamous 'Making A Murderer' lawyer and co-council to Steven Avery, Dean Strang, joined Adam Carolla and Mark Geragos on PodcastOne’s Reasonable Doubt this week to discuss the docu-series and the case. They talked about their denied request for third-party liability in the current justice system, why Strang “doesn’t think much” about the prisoners claiming Avery had a sex chamber, the key that magically appeared after seven thorough searches found nothing, finding Teresa’s DNA on the bullet 4 months later in a previously searched area, the inconsistency with the story of a slashing, how he kept from getting emotional in court and why it would have been irresponsible for Strang to take part in the appeal.

On the Justice System and Being Denied Third Party Liability, Geragos said, “You made a motion for third party liability?...He denied that, correct?” Strang: “The judge denied that.” Geragos: “So what this was, Adam, you have to – this is the craziest thing in the law…They tell you, ‘You don’t have to prove anything. You’re the defendant.’…however, there’s a court that prosecutors have gotten away with which is, if you want to point the finger at somebody else and say they did it, you have to make an offer to the judge and the judge has to allow it. So, Dean, you did that, correct?” Strang: “We did a written proffer…and in Wisconsin, at least, Mark, there’s one additional asymmetry, to put it politely. You know, in Wisconsin, and I think in most states, in a murder case, the prosecution doesn’t have to prove a motive. They just have to prove you did it and that you intended to do it. Not a reason to do it or a motive. - LISTEN HERE

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7Could Chris Rock Bow Out Of Oscars Amid Boycotts; Miss Columbia Chats With Harvey

 

'You Have To Learn How To Read Cards' - Miss Colombia Chats With Steve Harvey - [US]

[WATCH] Jada Pinkett & Spike Lee Skipping Oscars - [ET]

Could Chris Rock Bow Out Of Oscars Following Calls To Boycott Awards? - [NY DAILY NEWS]

UH OH: British Lawmakers Bash Donald Trump - [THE WRAP]

[WATCH] Rihanna Stars In CBS SB50 & Grammy Promo - [IDOLATOR]

Woman Who Impersonated Hospice Worker At Bobbi Kristina Hospital Jailed - [MEDIAITE]

Bowie's 'Black Star' Debuts At #1 On Billboard Chart - [BILLBOARD]

Sales Of Old Albums Overtake New Releases, A First In The U.S. - [NME]

Adele Carpool Karaoke Most Viral Late Night Video Since 2013 – [INFORUM

Zoolander & Penelope Cruz Cover Vogue - [INDEPENDENT]

UH OH: Linda Perry Slams Gaga's Oscar Nomination - [VARIETY]

Tim Curry Returns To 'Rocky Horror' In TV Remake - [HUFFPO]

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Former Chicago Program Director Kris Kelley, 45, Found Dead In Her Philadelphia Apartment

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 18TH, 2016 –– Longtime programmer Kris Kelley was found dead in her Philadelphia apartment late last week, according to crm.com. Kelley, the former WGCI-FM/107.5 - WKSC-FM/103.5 Kiss FM Program Director and WVAZ-FM/V103 midday personality, was found unresponsive at her apartment in Philadelphia at the start of this weekend. No cause of death has yet been publicly announced.

Kelley was a 15-year employee of Clear Channel (now iHeartMedia). She first came to Chicago in March 2007, joining WGCI-FM as PD and part-time on-air personality. Kelley was later named Urban Brand Coordinator for all of Clear Channel Radio in November 2011. In October 2012, Kelley was promoted to the PD role over both WGCI-FM and WKSC-FM. Following a round of layoffs in 2013, she moved back to her native Philadelphia.

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[LISTEN] Hill-Man Show's Interview With Steven Avery's Mom And Half-Brother Draws Worldwide Attention

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 18TH, 2016 –– With the Netflix docu-series "Making A Murderer" being the nation's latest binge-watching craze, everyone at Entercom's WAAF has been discussing their theories on Steven Avery's alleged murder of Teresa Haibach. This led to its Hill-Man Morning Show devoting an entire show to the series, as well as chatting with some of the individuals directly associated with the case. Since airing the show, it has already been reported in People Magazine, Business Insider, Examiner, and TMZ.

Dolores Avery (Steven Avery's Mother) was their first interview. She told them, she has full faith that her son is innocent and has her own doubts about certain details surrounding his case, like how evidence was planted and why she believes that Teresa Halbach is still alive! Next they spoke with Brad Dassey (Brendan Dassey's Half-Brother). Brendan is also convicted along with his uncle, Steven Avery, for the alleged murder of Teresa Halbach. Brad puts in his two cents about the documentary, how the media has been covering his family, and why he even wrote a rap song dedicated to proclaiming Steven and Brendan's innocence. LISTEN TO INTERVIEW HERE

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[LISTEN] Backstreet Boys AJ McLean's Call Into Kramer & Geena Show Goes Viral; Says 'People Make Mistakes'

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 18TH, 2016 - Following news that Backstreet Boys member Nick Carter and his friend got arrested for battery after being wasted at a bar in Florida, fellow band member AJ McLean rang up Channel 933's San Diego Kramer and Geena Morning Show in an exclusive interview about Nick’s arrest. He told them “(Nick) had a couple of drinking and got into a fight. I feel sorry for him, he’s human…people make mistakes”. According to the police report, Nick and his friend were hammered when they got to the bar just before 7pm. Bar workers say they refused to serve the guys and then kicked them out when they told cops one of the guys tried to sucker punch an employee. And that's when Nicks friend headbutted the bar manager and Nick grabbed a bouncer by the throat!! When cops arrived on the scene both guys were already restrained by staffers and Nick's friend had blood all over his hands, face and knees. Both men were arrested for battery. Well after Nick was finally arrested he said, "The truth will come out."

As with the WAAF interview above, no sooner had audio from Kramer & Geena's interview gone public, news sites such as TMZ, ET, Yahoo, US, NBC, plus numerous foreign news outlet jumped on it. LISTEN AND WATCH HERE

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The 'Golden Voice,' Ted Williams, Returns To The Radio

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THE MOUTH, JANUARY 18TH, 2016 –– Hard to believe it's been five years since Jockline first reported the story of Ted Williams who was discovered in a video while homeless, but whose velvet voice garnered nationwide attention. Beginning last week, he returned to do weekday morning show at the same Ohio station where he began his career. According to The Columbus Dispatch he's back on the air at 1580 WVKO-AM. Williams tells the Dispatch he’s had his ups and downs in the years since the video was published. But he says he’s just trying to move forward living with his daughter and his longtime girlfriend.

The ups and downs of Williams sudden fame were played out nationally with a kick-start from an appearance on WNCI's Dave & Jimmy Show, then appearances on numerous national TV shows such as Dr. Phil and others. William's new manager and morning co-host is Scott Anthony. Williams still does voice work for Kraft Foods where he did a recent spot for its Star Wars-themed macaroni. He was also tapped by Pepsi to voice a commercial that aired during the Fox drama 'Empire.'

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iTunes Radio To Raise Paywall Later This Month

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 18TH, 2016 –– iTunes Radio will soon be folded into Apple Music and go behind the paywall by the end of January making Beats 1 its only free music outlet. In an email sent to customers, Apple confirmed that Beats 1 will the only free music service offered by the company.

"We are making Beats 1 the premier free broadcast from Apple and phasing out the ad-supported stations at the end of January," an Apple spokesperson told BuzzFeed News. "Additionally, with an Apple Music membership, listeners can access dozens of radio stations curated by our team of music experts, covering a range of genres, commercial-free with unlimited skips. Apple Radio will go behind the Apple Music paywall from January 29. Sources - digitalspy.com - buzzfeed.com

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[WATCH] 106.5 The Arch St. Louis' Spencers Neighborhood' Gives Spurned Ram's Football Fans Their Own 'Shred Fest'

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 18TH, 2016 –– Another week, another bit from newly landed Spencers Neighbood host, Spencer Graves of 106.5 The Arch St. Louis. After last week's NFL ownership's decision allowing the St. Louis Rams to move back to Los Angeles for the 2016 season, Spencer's Neighborhood provided an outlet for spurned Rams fans to "shed and shred" their 20 years worth of Rams merchandise and memorabilia.

The "Spencer's Neighborhood" Rams "shred fest" took place last Friday morning on the parking lot of local State Farm Agent's office. TV news cameras from KSDK Newschannel 5 and KTVI FOX2 covered the action as the former Rams fans vented their anger and delighted in disposing of their Rams merchandise in a very cathartic manner. Any Rams clothing items, jerseys, caps, shirts, etc. were saved and donated later to MERS Goodwill. WATCH HERE

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[WATCH] White House Spox Gives Shout Out To Herman Cain

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 18TH, 2016 –– Commenting on last Thursday's GOP debate, White House spox Josh Earnest gave a shout out to WSB Atlanta host and WYM Media syndicated Herman Cain saying, “I never thought I’d pine for the days of Herman Cain, but at least he had a 9-9-9 plan,” he said. “Next to all these guys on the stage last night, Herman Cain looked like a policy wonk.” Cain ran as a candidate in 2012 Republican contest. WATCH HERE

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7Ryan Seacrest 'Not So Sure' 'Idol Won't Return; Fans Want Mars Renamed Bowie

 

'Spotlight', Mad Max Top 'Critics Choice' Awards 2016 - [EW]

Charles Osgood Stepping Away 'CBS Sunday Morning' - [DEADLINE]

Steve Harvey To Air 'The Truth' In Back To Back Shows With Miss Philippines And Colombia - [NBC]

Ryan Seacrest Not Sure 'Idol Won't Return - [THE WRAP]

...Kelly Clarkson Returning This Season To JUDGE - [ET]

British Fans Want To Rename Mars After Bowie, Put Him On Bank Note - [MASHABLE]

..Belgiums Give Him His Own Constellation - [DDBRUSSELS]

..Covers 'Time' - [TIME]

[WATCH] Betty White Turns 94, Stars In New Bandwagon.net Ad - [E ONLINE]

'Empire' Renewed For 3rd Season - [TVLINE]

'Ride Along 2' Rides High At Weekend BO - [GOSSIP COP]

Jada Pinkett Smith Hints At Boycotting Oscars Over Lack Of Diversity - [DAILY MAIL]

Celine Dion's Brother Passes Away Just Two Days After Loss Of Her Husband - [PEOPLE]

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PROGRAMMING: Kenny Jay Named PD For KMPS Seattle

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 15TH, 2016 –– Kenny Jay has been named Program Director for KMPS-FM, Seattle, it was announced today by Kevin McCarthy, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, CBS RADIO Seattle.

Jay spent the past two years programming sister station KMNB-FM, BUZ’N @102.9 Minneapolis. He joined the station in 2012 as Assistant Program Director. “We were looking for a bright, innovative thinker who is at ease working across the various platforms that today’s country listener engages with every day,” said McCarthy. “Kenny’s that guy.” Prior to joining KMNB-FM, Jay was the Brand Manager for WUBB-FM (BOB 106.9) in Savannah, Georgia (2011-12). He also held several on-air and programming positions for Mid-West Family Broadcasting in Madison and La Crosse, where he won multiple Wisconsin Broadcasters Association awards.

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MOTION: Matthews Shifts From Middays To Mornings AT KMLE Phoenix Shila Nathan To Exit US 99.5 Chicago For Undisclosed Destination

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 15TH, 2016 –– Chris "Matthews" Wagnon shifts from middays to mornings where he'll co-host with current host. Nina D. "Chris is a remarkable talent and an ideal fit to co-host mornings with Nina on the New KMLE," said CBS Radio Phoenix VP/Programming Tim Richards. "He is a stellar talent, but more importantly he's a great person. We are looking forward to big things from Chris and Nina in 2016." Matthews follows Steve Kramer who left the station late last year to join Geena The Latina for mornings at Channel 933 in San Diego.

Following nearly a two-year run in afternoons, Shila Nathan is leaving US 99.5 Chicago. According to blogger Robert Feder, Her last day on US 99.5 will be January 22. Reportedly, Nathan has accepted a new job in New York City. “I love it here truly,” she said of her brief run in Chicago. “What a great city and great people that surprisingly took to me.

Before arriving in Chicago, Shila had co-hosted with Chio at Wired/Philadelphia. Jeff Kapugi, PD for US 99.5 and VP/Pro. for CBS' country stations, is now on a nationwide search for a new afternoon drive host. As for Shila's next stop, our lips are sealed. Stay tuned.

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: CMG Names Jodi Rainey Dir. Of National Sales

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 15TH, 2016 –– Cox Media Group (CMG) has named broadcast sales veteran Jodi Rainey as its new Director of National Sales for its Radio division. In this role, Rainey will oversee the sales strategies for all of CMG’s 60 radio stations across the country in addition to her current duties as Regional National Sales Manager for CMG’s Jacksonville and Tampa radio stations.

Rainey’s other CMG career highlights include General Sales Manager for Cox Media Group Tampa’s WSUN/97X and Account Executive for CMG’s Atlanta and Tampa Radio. Prior to joining CMG in 1999, Rainey worked for Katz Television in Atlanta.

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SPORTS: NBC Sports Radio Announces New Weekday Lineup

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 15TH, 2016 –– NBC Sports Radio will debut a new weekday lineup on Monday, February 8 – the day after Super Bowl 50 – highlighted by ProFootballTalk Live with Mike Florio moving into a new 7morning show timeslot, it was announced this week by NBC Sports Group and Westwood One. Among the changes, ProFootballTalk Live with Mike Florio, will air live each weekday from 6-9 a.m. ET, and will encore in West Coast drive time from 6-9 a.m. PT (9 a.m.-noon ET). In addition, the live final hour (8-9 a.m. ET) will be simulcast on NBCSN and streamed on NBC Sports Live Extra for the next three months, through the 2016 NFL Draft. With that shift, Voices of the Game with Newy Scruggs moves into the midday slot (noon-3 p.m. ET) and will be followed by the Chris Mannix Show from 3-7 p.m. ET. SEE COMPLETE CHANGES HERE

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IMAGING/VO: KOST 103.5 LA Launches A New Sound From ReelWorld; Benztown Adds Actors Rachel Butera & Scott Whyte

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 15TH, 2016 –– ReelWorld has announced the completion and release of its all-new KOST 2016 jingle package for AC stations. KOST program Director Michael La Crosse said, "I wanted to start 2016 with something brand new for KOST. ReelWorld created a jingle package that's exciting, contemporary, feels good, and sounds right at home next to any song in our deep playlist. To hear a demo CLICK HERE.

Benztown announces it has signed two prominent character voiceover actors, Rachel Butera and Scott Whyte, to do promos and celebrity impersonations for their radio imaging and production library customers. Benztown is now making these distinctive voice talents available to radio stations for cash or barter. Butera was first recognized as a female impressionist when she won $5,000 in the Howard Stern Impressions Contest. In addition to voicing commercial ID’s for radio stations across the country, she recently voiced the Toyota Big Prius Event commercial on TV and radio.

Whyte has built an impressive voiceover career through his extensive character voice work across radio and television, including a Disney animated series. He is also currently voicing multiple major video games. He has voiced the character of Homer Simpson for a popular video game. Please see the attached release for details. Also attached are photos of Scott Whyte and Rachel Butera.

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CONDOLENCES: Longtime KCBS Bay Area Anchor Al Hart Passes Away At 88

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 15TH, 2016 –– Longtime KCBS Radio anchor Al Hart, a legendary voice in Bay Area broadcasting, died this week at the age of 88. According to his family, Hart died following a long-term illness. Hart joined KCBS in 1966, two years before the all-news format arrived. During his 34 year career at KCBS, Hart delivered the news of the day, including major Bay Area stories such as the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake and the 1991 Oakland Hills fire. He retired in 2000.

“Al found joy in everything he did and shared it with everyone he met. He inspired all of us at KCBS to achieve our best and to care deeply about our community” said Doug Harvill, Senior Vice President and Market Manager for CBS RADIO San Francisco. “Al was the broadcaster I wanted to grow up to be. His positive energy and his passion for serving the audience were an inspiration every day.

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Could Self-Driving Cars Make Streaming TV The Next Radio?

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 15TH, 2016 –– Somehow lost in all the talk about self-driving cars is its potential impact on the car radio. As long we control the wheel, there's little challenge from TV other than for back seat passengers. But during the recent CES show, the likelihood was raised that TV could very easily rule the next time you’re stuck in gridlock, or waiting outside in a parking lot for your other half to return from shopping. According to thewrap.com, computers are autonomously piloting test automobiles by Google, and driverless features are making their way into cars by companies like Ford, Audi and Tesla. It could revolutionize the auto market — but also provide huge new opportunities for entertainment companies, especially those that excel at making content available on-the-go.

“We’re not going to flip the switch. Very slowly over time, little bits and pieces of autonomous driving are going to be installed,” said Mark C. Boyadjis, senior analyst at researcher IHS Automotive. “But that opens up opportunities for entertainment companies…to get more eyeballs in the vehicle.” We’re still in the world of automated systems, not automated driving,” said Jennifer Kent, connected car analyst for Parks Associates. She estimated such automated systems will become more commonplace over the next three to five years. The next five to 10 years will see greater autonomous driving. It requires a driver present in the front seat still in command of the wheel and brakes to take control in emergent situations at the computers’ prompting. “After 10 years, you get into visionary, ‘who knows?’ territory,” she said. READ ENTIRE ARTICLE HERE PHOTO/John F. Martin Delphi Automotive

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[WATCH] Seacrest Plays 'Plead The Fifth' On Cohen Show; Asked About Worst 'Idol Mistake Ever, Ellen Or Dunkleman

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 15TH, 2016 –– Lots of radio shows have created their own version of 'Plead The Fifth,' a popular bit on the Bravo's 'Watch What Happens' with Andy Cohen. This is where participants are asked a series of questions, but they can only plead the fifth on one of them. Given this year's final edition of 'Amercian Idol, several memories of the past years judges and guests are being woven into the program. But so far, no mention of season one's co-host, Brian Dunkleman who joined a blonde-tipped Ryan Seacrest on stage.

Among the questions Cohen sprang on Seacrest during the segment was which was 'Idol's biggest mistakes, Ellen or Dunkleman. Seacrest was joined on the show with Eva Longoria - CLICK HERE TO SEE HOW HE RESPONDED

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[WATCH] Bailey & Southside With 'Making A Phone Screener'

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 15TH, 2016 –– In yet another parody of Netflix hugely popular 'Making A Murderer,' Cumulus Rock 100.5' Atlanta's stepped into the bizarre world of phone screening. Bailey tells Jockline, "Our intern Madison is training to be a phone screener, so we decided to turn her awkward test run into a parody of the documentary phone call conversation." Jason is joined on the show by Southside Steve, Nate Hanson and Brandi Britain. WATCH HERE

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7Celine Dion's Husband, Rene Angelil, Passes; Bowie Breaks Adele's Single Day Vevo Mark

 

Celine Dion's Husband, Rene Angelil, Passes Away - [US]

Stars Pay Respect To Alan Rickman's Passing - [NYDN]

David Bowie Breaks Adele's Single Day Vevo Record - [VULTURE]

Vandals Put Up David Bowie Street Sign In Austin - Officials Let It Stay - [HUFFPO]

Adam Lambert Stars In 'Rocky Horror Picture Show' - [THR]

Matthew Perry Unable To Join 'Friends' Reunion - [USA TODAY]

Bonnaroo's 2016 Lineup Leaked Online - [COS]

Kevin Hart & Drake To Coach Teams During NBA Celebrity Game - [ABC]

Run DMC To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award At Grammys - [ROLLING STONE]

Olympic Gold Medalist Picabo Street Charged With Assault & Domestic Violence - [FOX]

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Judge Sets Trial Date For Hulk Hogan Gawker Over Video With Radio Host's Former Wife

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 14TH, 2016 –– Terry Bollea, aka Hulk Hogan arrived at a St. Petersburg courthouse on Wednesday (1/13) where for his suit against website Gawker for $100 million claiming his privacy was violated when they released a video of him having (s)ex with the former wife of radio host Bubba the Love Sponge Clem. According to WFLA TV, Gawker published a portion of the tape in 2012, and Bollea has been involved in a lawsuit against Gawker since then.

“It was an extortion of my client. It was somebody trying to shake him down on a tape that he didn’t consent to, that they published with knowledge that he hadn’t consented to it all of which and in every scenario which there’s one victim constantly and that’s Terry Bollea,” said Bollea Attorney Kenneth Turkel in court on Wednesday. Gawker attorneys asked the judge to dismiss the case based on what they believe are lies that were told by Bollea. “There was one thing they wanted to deceive about. But as often the case, that led to a second thing to cover for the first thing, and then the third thing to cover for the second thing, to cover for the first thing” said Gawker attorney, Seth Berlin. The judge ruled against a motion to dismiss the case. The trial will begin March 7th.

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Da Brat Adds Co-Host Duties For Smiley Show On 'Dish Nation'

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 14TH, 2016 –– Rapper Da Brat is joining Fox’s Dish Nation as a co-host on Rickey Smiley’s Atlanta-based team, said Stephen Brown, Fox TV Stations executive VP/Prog. & Dev, on Wednesday (1/13). According to Broadcasting & Cable, Da Brat, nee Shawntae Harris, began guest-hosting last summer alongside Smiley, Headkrack, Gary with da Tea, Rock T and The Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Porsha Williams. In addition to joining Dish Nation this season and becoming a permanent co-host on the Rickey Smiley Morning Show, Da Brat is a regular on TV One's reality show, Rickey Smiley for Real. Dish Nation is a syndicated daily half-hour entertainment news program that features radio teams from around the country featuring The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show and Los Angeles’ Heidi & Frank, also featuring Erik Scott Smith and Sammi Marino, and heard weekdays on KLOS. Distributed by Twentieth Television, Vinny Rutherford is Dish Nation’s executive producer.

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MOTION: Beasley Promotes Adam Star To OM For SW Florida; Chris Beasley To PD For ESPN Combo & Stino Added To Nights At 96 Rock; David Chancellor Joins Ari Temkin On ESPN San Antonio

CHANGE is in the Air and ON the Air at Beasley’s SW Florida Cluster Ft. Myers, Florida – Jan 14, 2016 -- Beasley Media Group’s South West Florida Market, covering Fort Myers, Naples and Marco Island, has announced three staff changes. After seven successful years of entertaining morning audiences as one of three co-hosts on B1039’s popular “Big Mama and the Wild Bunch” Show, Adam Star has been promoted to Operations Manager of the Fort Myers Cluster. Adam also will serve as Program Director, specifically for B1039 and The Link, SW Florida cluster’s translator station. Other changes include the professional transition of on air personality and Program Director Chris Beasley from The Link to a new opportunity to serve as Program Director for both ESPN and ESPN Deportes.

Additionally, “Stino” has been added to the nights on 96 KRock where she will serve also as a production assistant.

-- Alpha Media, San Antonio announced that David Chancellor will be joining Ari Temkin on ESPN San Antonio Monday through Friday 11am till 2pm in The Hardline with Ari and Chance. David Chancellor is a 20-year veteran and award-winning sports anchor for News 4 San Antonio. Chancellor was awarded the 2008 Associated Press Best Sportscast and Best Sports Story. Temkin commented, “We are extremely excited to add a dynamic voice like David Chancellor to our line-up. Chancellor grew up in the market, which will add a unique perspective to ESPN San Antonio.

Alpha Palm Springs also announced that Paul Cashin has been named Program Director of ESPN 103.9 Coachella Valley. Paul has been Program Director of Palm Springs’ K-News 94.3 for the last year.

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USRN Acquires Remaining Assets Of Nineball Radio Network

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 14TH, 2016 –– United Stations Radio Networks, Inc. announced that it has formally closed a deal to acquire the 50% of Nineball Radio Networks, LLC that it did not already own, and that the assets of the national program supplier are completely owned by USRN effective immediately. USRN will now oversee the production, distribution and affiliate relations efforts for Nineball’s entire lineup of programming. USRN has been acting as Nineball’s marketing partner to the advertising community for the last decade.

The acquisition of Nineball Radio was announced by USRN’s Chairman/CEO, Nick Verbitsky. Nineball Radio Networks started as an independent provider of radio Prep Services in 2005. Since then, from its home base in the Minneapolis area, the company has branched out in program creation and representation and its lineup includes multiple services geared toward personality-driven, local radio shows as well as some long-form offering. In 2015, Nineball partnered with the Cox Media Group to syndicate the San Antonio-based ratings juggernaut, The Billy Madison Show. USRN acquired half of the company in 2008, and while USRN now owns all of its assets, Nineball Radio will continue to operate its own programming properties as a distinct brand. Concurrent with this acquisition, Nineball founder Stefan Jones (L) will join United Stations at its New York headquarters as Senior Vice President/Content Sales and Affiliations. Jones’ resume is extensive in network radio and includes stops at Winstar, SFX and the former Dial/Global. Jones will focus on both USRN and Nineball services

The New York-based company maintains programming, sales and affiliate marketing offices in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Washington and Nashville. USRN was founded in 1994 by radio pioneers Dick Clark and Nick Verbitsky.

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FORMATICS: CMG Returns Christian Music To Tulsa

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 14TH, 2016 –– Cox Media Group (CMG) has brought back Christian Music to Tulsa with the launch of Spirit 105.7, "Today's Christian Music." The "Spirit” brand was moved from over-the-air to Cox Cable Channel 1982 in 2009, when CMG’s news/talk station KRMG took over the 102.3 dial position to add an FM broadcast to its heritage AM signal. Since then, local management has received consistent requests to bring back the Contemporary Christian station to an over-the-air signal.

Steve Hunter (L), CMG’s Director of Operations, said, “We conducted an audience poll and the response to bring Spirit back was amazing. We are thrilled to bring this great radio station back to Tulsa." Spirit 105.7 FM will be locally programmed and available on 105.7 FM, Cox Cable channel 1982 and online at Spirit1057.com The station will launch with at least 55 minutes of music every hour and will provide music that is positive and uplifting to serve local families that want a radio station that is safe to listen to with their kids.

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106.5 The Arch's Spencers Neighborhood Drives Protest Of Rams Move To LA All The Way To Houston

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 14TH, 2016 –– In a “down to the wire” effort, 106.5 The Arch (WARH-FM) took the lead role in championing the St. Louis fan’s desire to keep the Rams playing football in their hometown, and appealing to the NFL owners to keep St. Louis in the conversation. The brainchild of the “Spencer’s Neighborhood” Morning Show, the St. Louis radio station hired a mobile LED billboard to circle the Westin Memorial City Hotel in Houston, Texas between 3:00 and 8:00 pm on Tuesday, January 12th during the NFL’s owner’s meetings. The mobile billboard carried the simple but impactful message “Keep The Rams In St. Louis #spencersneighborhood.” One reporter actually tweeted seeing the truck (pic attached.) Host Spencer Graves (inset) told Jockline, "One reporter actually tweeted seeing the truck (shown above) after the announcement was made that the Rams would be in LA for the 2016 season.

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NETWORKS: SBG Adds More Affiliates; WDHR/Charleston Adds Envision's AudioMonky; Tom Kent Launches Live and Local For AC Radio

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 14TH, 2016 –– Sun Broadcast Group reports its The Hit List with Fitz has now been picked up by WDHR-FM/Charleston-Huntington, WV KYCK-FM/Fargo-Valley City, ND and The Country Club with Dee Jay Silver WDHR-FM/Charleston-Huntington, WV.

Envision Networks® announced Alpha Media’s KOYE-FM/Tyler, Texas as the latest affiliate of AudioMonky, the new imaging and production elements library exclusively for Spanish Pop and Regional Mexican radio stations available at AudioMonky.com. With La Invasora 96.7 now utilizing AudioMonky, it joins over 150 affiliates on the Envision Spanish Network. For more info, contact Amber Wade at (216) 831-3761 or amberw@envisionradio.com

Tom Kent Radio Network has announced the successful launch of "Tom Kent Live and Local " for AC radio. With TLC's TOTAL LOCAL CUSTOMIZATION, they are able to truly be live and local. Kent says, "If you've seen the new movie " The Revenant" you know how realistic that scene is with the bear mauling Leo DeCaprio...it was a bit of a wake up call and what we're doing at AC is even more so!"

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TOP NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

Radio Presenter Accidentally Announces Death Of UK Prime Minister, David Cameron, Ed Stewart Passes Away At 74

By Graham Mack

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 14TH, 2016 –– Ed Stewart, who was given the nickname “Stewpot” by Kenny Everett when they worked together on the pirate ship Radio London in the 60s, has died at the age of 74. He died in hospital in Bournemouth, according to Rocky Taylor, his friend of 40 years. Stewart was one of the first presenters on Radio 1 after its launch in 1967. He started presenting children's show Junior Choice, which became his trademark radio show, the next year. He returned to BBC radio when he presented a special edition of Junior Choice for BBC Radio 2, which went to air on Christmas Day.

Australia: radio revenue rises by 4.6% (again) - For the six month period ending December 2015, revenue's up in every metropolitan market. Adelaide saw an increase of 12%, while Brisbane performed "worst", just seeing an increase of 2%.

Radio Presenter Accidentally Announces Death Of UK Prime Minister, David Cameron - A radio news presenter has accidentally announced the death of David Cameron - instead of David Bowie. Fiona Winchester was reading the news for Heart FM Radio when she made the embarrassing gaffe. Listen to the audio here; http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/david-bowie-dead-radio-presenter-7155270

Chris Moyles Drops Another F bomb - Chris Moyles has apologised for swearing on the Radio X breakfast show, even though says he didn’t remember doing it. He blurted out the F word in the middle of a conversation about The Voice television show at 7.25am, but didn’t even realise he said it. Journalist and co-host Dominic Byrne had to stop Chris and apologise on his behalf, before explaining to Chris what just happened. Chris said “Then this big 22 stone f***ing fella with sweat dripping off him and they’re like…” to which Dominic interrupted “Watch your language”. Chris then also said sorry a number of times saying he was just getting carried away.

Want to connect with Graham? Reach him at +44 7752 416905. Twitter: @GrahamMack Web: www.mackmedia.co.uk Email: graham@mackmedia.co.uk

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7Oscar Nominations Announced; Bowie's 'Black Star' Set To Topple Adele's Reign

 

Oscar Nominations Announced; 'Revenant, Mad Max; Fury Road' Lead The Way - [NBC]

Bowie's 'Black Star' Projected To End Adele Reign On Album Charts - [IDOLATOR]

...Tickets For Tribute Concert Going For Up To $3,000 - [BILLBOARD]

...Covers EW - [EW]

ESPN's 1st Play-By-Play Announcer, Jim Simpson, Passes Away At 88 - [ESPN]

Late Nights With Seth Meyers Extended By NBC - [TVSERIESFINALE]

Jimmy Fallon Show Returning To LA Next Month - [THE WRAP]

Gwen Stefani Back For Season 10 Of 'The Voice'??? - [E ONLINE]

'Friends' Cast Reunion Coming To NBC - [TVLINE]

CHECK IT OUT: Razzie Nominations 2016 Are In - [US]

Julia Roberts & George Clooney Returning To The Screen For 'Money Monster' - [ET]

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: iHM Promotes Four Division Presidents

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 13TH, 2016 –– iHeartMedia announced today that four of its senior executives have been promoted into newly created roles as Division Presidents. These executives – Hartley Adkins (top left), Greg Ashlock (top right), Matt Martin (bottom left) and Tom McConnell (bottom right) – were formerly iHeartMedia Executive Vice Presidents of Operations. These promotions also reflect a new operating structure for iHeartMedia’s markets. The company, formerly organized into ‘Major’ and ‘Regional’ Market groups, will now be comprised of four geographic Divisions, each led by a new Division President. The Divisions are strategically organized into 36 Regions that will address the needs of both listeners and advertisers based on geography and will be led by Region Presidents drawn from within the company’s seasoned leadership team.

“The new structure under the leadership of Hartley, Greg, Matt and Tom adds nimbleness and new resources for our markets and stations,” said Bob Pittman, Chairman and CEO of iHeartMedia, Inc.

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Are AM/FM Buttons In Jeopardy On Apple's Carplay?

21 Manufacturers And 100 Car Models Are Slated For Roll Out

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 13TH, 2016 –– At last week's CES, much of the buzz about autos was connectivity with phones, says Amplifi's Steve Goldstein. On the heels of that, Apple recently posted more details about their in-car solution Apple CarPlay.

Goldstein writes: There are 21 manufacturers and 100 car models slated for roll out. So, it's happening now or in the near future (CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE LIST). How will this affect radio? One never knows for sure, but intuitively, linear radio's wide-moat in the car is vulnerable. People crave choice and control - two giant modern media themes - and that's what CarPlay represents. Look at how on-demand has changed TV and video (see my last two posts about CES and the ascension of YouTube and Netflix).

But CarPlay does something else potentially damaging to linear radio, says Goldstein. It removes the AM/FM buttons from the user interface and pushes them at least several clicks away - depending on the car manufacturer's own options. Simplicity in the car is critically important. To date, iHeart and CBS News are the only AM/FM radio apps I have seen included - congrats to iHeart for the significant forward thinking. But streaming apps including Pandora and Spotify move front and center along with other new listening options. Where are the AM/FM buttons? No car company is expected to remove AM/FM radio - it just will not be the "automatic" default if people choose to tether their phone to the car. PHOTO/Apple - READ GOLDSTEIN'S BLOG HERE

Steve Goldstein & Pierre Bouvard present 'Podcasting Is The New Black' at TSBC 7 In Ft. Lauderdale - CLICK HERE

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Michael Savage Prevails With Supreme Court Against Former Syndicator

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 13TH, 2016 –– The U.S. Supreme Court denied a petition Monday to hear an appeal by the Talk Radio Network in a lawsuit brought by host Michael Savage. The denial of the petition leaves in place the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in July upholding a federal judge’s decision to release Savage from a contract with his former syndicator. “After many, many years and over a million dollars of legal fees, justice has prevailed, Savage told WND. “TRN has never paid me one dime of the money they were supposed to pay me.”

Savage filed the suit in December 2010 regarding his contract, alleging the network used “illegal and unenforceable contract provisions” and “other strong-armed tactics” to intimidate him and force him into accepting a “sub-standard agreement.” In September, as WND reported, the arbitration panel awarded Savage $863,454.92, plus all other money from withheld earnings and permanent ownership of all his archived radio shows. The decision enabled Savage to sign with Cumulus Media Networks in October, which now airs “The Savage Nation” from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern, Monday through Friday.

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[WATCH] WPHT's Stigall Talks Philly Shooting With O'Reilly

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 13TH, 2016 –– Last night, Talk Radio 1210 WPHT's Chris Stigall gave Bill O'Reilly on Fox News the latest details of the horrific police officer shooting by a confessed Islamic radical. The shooting took place last week in Philadelphia. WATCH HERE

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MOTION: Nick English Joins The Lineup At 97.1 The River Atlanta; Scott Gaines Takes Afternoons At KIX 106 Memphis

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 13TH, 2016 –– Cox Media Group Atlanta has named English Nick as its new weeknight host on WSRV 97.1 FM The River, beginning Monday, Jan. 18. Nick has been weekend and fill-in host on The River for four years and will now host nights Monday - Friday from 7 p.m. to midnight in addition to his weekend shifts.

Prior to joining CMG in 2011, Nick worked at other Atlanta rock stations including WNNX, 99X and 96 Rock. “There is only one place on the radio dial in Atlanta to go to for classic hits/rock and that's 97.1 The River,” added Nick. s“I've shared my weekends with the River listeners for the past four years, and I can't wait to rock the night time shift too.”

Cumulus Media Memphis announces that veteran Country radio personality Scott Gaines will debut as Afternoon Host of WGKX-FM/KIX 106 Memphis on Tuesday, January 19 from 3:00-7:00 p.m. Gaines will also assume new duties as on-air personality for the Mainstream Country format syndicated by Westwood One. He was formerly Afternoon Host of 95.5 NASH Icon in Nashville and was an on-air personality for NASH Icon Country programming syndicated by Westwood One. Prior to that, he held on-air positions on multiple stations in Dallas and Detroit. Gaines fills the position in Memphis formerly held by longtime KIX personality Mark Billingsley, who passed away last month.

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Mike Francesa And Chris Russo Reunion Show To Air On Live TV

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 13TH, 2016 –– Fans of the long awaited Mike Francesa - Chris 'Mad Dog' Russo reunion show will be able to enjoy it on LIVE TV. According to The New York Daily News, the sold out show scheduled in March, will be simulcast on MSG+ TV and radiocast on WFAN and SiriusXM.

"If you were not able to get a seat you now have a way to watch," Francesa said during his show. He added there will be more announcements concerning the reunion forthcoming, including what celebrities will be on the show. Francesa said the duo has already met to discuss certain elements of the program.

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Sun Broadcast Group Purchases The “House of Hair With Dee Snider”

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 13TH, 2016 –– Sun Broadcast Group announced that it has entered into a purchase agreement with Bernadette Productions, producer of “The House of Hair with Dee Snider” radio show and daily vignettes. With over 160 affiliates like WRIF-FM Detroit, and WMMR-FM Philadelphia, “The House of Hair” brings a new dynamic to Sun’s growing personality lineup.

“We are constantly on the lookout for unique, best in brand programming that connects with listeners on a deep level”, said Jason Bailey, CEO of Sun Broadcast Group. “Dee and his team have been doing just that for nearly 20 years and the proof is in not only in their ratings but also their incredibly loyal following. There’s simply nothing like it on the radio and we are thrilled to welcome both ‘The House of Hair’ and the ‘Daily Haircut’ to the Sun Broadcast Group family.” For more information on The House of Hair, contact Ron Rivlin, SVP of Programming and Affiliate Relations at 212-380-9303 or RRivlin@sunbgi.com.

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SiriusXM Launches Channels Honoring The Late David Bowie

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 13TH, 2016 –– Beginning yesterday SiriusXM paid tribute to the late David Bowie across a variety of channels, playing his music and hearing from fans and fellow artists who called in to share their remembrances. This exclusive channel, which originally aired in 2013, will feature music spanning Bowie’s career, from his earliest recordings to his most recent release, Blackstar. Listeners will hear rare tracks and demo versions of some of Bowie’s greatest songs as well as interpretations of his work from artists including Beck, Annie Lennox, Nirvana, Tears For Fears, Barbra Streisand, The Wallflowers, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Duran Duran, the late Scott Weiland and more. The David Bowie channel launches Tuesday, January 12 at 7 pm ET and will run through Monday, January 18 on Ch. 30. It will also be available to stream online and through the SiriusXM app.

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Comedians Invade Paul & Young Ron Show; Marilu Henner Welcomes Eddie Money; Bailey & Southside With Heaven's Trio

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 13TH, 2016 –– "Comedians Dom Irerra, Steve Byrne and Owen Benjamin were leaving on a cruise with the Impractical Jokers from Tru TV out of Miami, so there was no way these lunatics were gonna be in my town without doing our show, " said Paul Castronovo (upper left). "So I lied to each of them, about the others agreeing to come in and guess who showed up?"

At right, iconic TV personality/turned talk host Marilu Henner of Sun Broadcast Group welcomed Eddie Money to the show.

Along with the various salutes to the late David Bowie, Bailey and Southside from Rock 100.5 in Atlanta paid a special tribute to the passing of the big 3 (Bowie, Weiland, and Lemmy) as they formed Heaven's Trio and perform purg-rock at the perly gates. Rock 100.5 Atlanta WNNX Hosts include Jason Bailey, Southside Steve, Nate Hanson and Brandi Britain. WATCH PERFORMANCE HERE

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7Charlie Rose Lands Sean Penn Interview; Watch Adele Kill It In 'Carpool Karaoke'

Charlie Rose Lands First Interview With Sean Penn Since El Chapo Meet - [BUSINESS INSIDER]

Late Nite TV Host Play Tribute To Bowie - [ET]

Jimmy Fallon Puts Trump Through Trial Presidential Interview - [EW]

'America's Got Talent' Returns With Simon Cowell - [VARIETY]

Ted Danson Leaving CSI Cyber - [TV GUIDE]

[WATCH] Adele Kills It In 'Carpool Karaoke' Teaser - [ELLE]

CHECK IT OUT: Elle Goes Multi-Covers On Women Of TV - [ELLE]

Adam Lambert Announces 2016 Tour Schedule - [BILLBOARD]

Charlie Sheen Tells Dr. Oz His HIV Numbers Are Back Up - [NYDN]

Nancy Grace & Donnie Wahlberg Go At It Over 'Making A Murderer' - [INQUISITR]

Snapchat Turning Into Mobile-Video Juggernaut - [BLOOMBERG]

Rams Returning To LA For 2016 NFL Season - [LA TIMES]

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97.5 Pride Radio Launches In Austin

Dedicated To Local LGBT Community

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 13TH, 2016 –– iHeartMedia Austin announced 97.5 Pride Radio, the pulse of LGBT Austin. 97.5 Pride Radio is iHeartMedia’s second FM radio station in the country with programming devoted to local Lesbian, G7ay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) listeners and allies. The new station kicked off yesterday, Jan. 12, commercial free with 10,000 songs in a row including artists such as David Guetta, Calvin Harris, Nick Jonas, Katy Perry and Rihanna.. 97.5 Pride Radio, a broadcast extension of the popular digital station Pride Radio on iHeartRadio, iHeartMedia’s all-in-one streaming music and digital radio service.

The station’s on-air programming will include an emphasis on local community news, plus several music and entertainment shows throughout the day with popular on-air personalities: Ricky, from 6 – 10 a.m.; Delana, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Houston, from 2 – 6 p.m.; Pacey, from 6 – 10 p.m.; and Christie, from 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. “As we look at Austin’s progressive community, there is no better time to launch a radio station for LGBT listeners and allies,” said Patrick Davis, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Dallas and Austin. “Austin has one of the most active LGBT communities in the nation, and 97.5 Pride Radio will fit right in with the community,” said Don Parker, Pride Radio Brand Manager and Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia.

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Kristi Lee Exits The Bob & Tom Show

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 12TH, 2016 –– Having not returned to the show since her departure for the holidays, The Bob & Tom show officially announced yesterday that longtime cast member, Kristi Lee, has left the show. "After almost 28 years with 'The Bob & Tom Show,' I have decided to pursue new opportunities in 2016," Lee said in a website post. Ironically, her last show on December 17th, paid tribute to Bob Kevoian's retirement. The show will now continue with Tom Griswold and Chick McGee.

"I wish all those involved in making The Bob and Tom Show the best radio program in America continued success. I owe this part of my career to Bob Kevoian, Tom Griswold, Chick McGee, Dean Metcalf and all of those on staff. 7They have been family to me both on and off the air. I gained a lifetime of growth and experience for which I am extremely grateful," she added. Kristi poses at right with Bob, Chick & Tom during the show's installation to the National Radio Hall of Fame in Chicago.

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ALT 98.7 FM LA Extend The Woody Show Through 2018

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 12TH, 2016 –– ALT 98.7 FM, L.A.'s New Alternative Station, announced three year contract extension for “The Woody Show.” Cast members Woody, Ravey, Menace and Greg Gory will continue to host morning drive, Monday through Friday, through December 2018. The Woody show, anchored by twenty year radio veteran, Jeff “Woody” Fife, came to Alt 98.7 in April 2014 from St Louis, where they had held the No. 1 position in key demos during their tenure in the market. Prior to that, the show had success in Chicago and San Francisco.

"We are thrilled they have extended their deal with us.” Woody added, "It really felt like the LA market was ready for something new, and my team and I have been blown away with how quickly the show has been embraced. There's no better platform for us than iHeartMedia, as we continue to impose our will on Los Angeles... and beyond."

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MOTION: Jade Alexander Takes Middays At 102.7 The Beach Miami; CJ Lusk Takes Middays At KICKS/Atlanta; WDAE Tampa Names JP Peterson Co-Host Of The Ron & JP Show

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 12TH, 2016 –– Entercom South Florida has tapped Jade Alexander as its new mid-day host of 102.7 The Beach. Alexander’s 25 year career in South Florida includes WHYI/Y-100 and CBS Television. “Jade is a natural talent with an unmistakable voice,” said Pattie Moreno, the Program Director for 102.7 The Beach. “Her trademark style reflects the rich, bicultural heritage of South Florida and she is a great addition to our phenomenal live and local lineup on 102.7 The Beach.”

Cumulus Media Atlanta announces that on-air personality CJ Lusk (L) has joined KICKS 101.5 FM/WKHX-FM for middays. Lusk’s weekday show debuts on KICKS 101.5 FM on Friday, January 15, from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Lusk was previously Morning Show Host and Social Media Director for Q107.5/WHBQ in Memphis, TN. Prior to that, he was Morning Host and Imaging Director for Live 95.5/KBFF in Portland, OR, and was Afternoon Host for Channel 96.1/WIBT in Charlotte, NC. Lusk also covered Showtime boxing as ring announcer for the mid-south region.

-- iHeartMedia Tampa Bay announced that JP Peterson will now co-host the Ron and JP Show on 620 WDAE, Tampa Bay's Sports Radio, effective immediately. JP has covered sports in the Tampa Bay area since 1997, he most recently hosted Extra Innings and Inside Pitch, the Tampa Bay Rays pre and post game shows for 620 WDAE. JP also shadows as the Tampa Bay Lightning in-arena intermission host delivering news and highlights throughout the games. He was also previously the lead sports anchor for WFLA-TV (NBC) Florida’s top rated station. During his 10 years at WFLA JP did sideline reporting and studio work for the Buccaneers Preseason Broadcasts and covered the Super Bowl, Stanley Cup Finals, four Final Fours and four NCAA National Football Championship Games.

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REPORT: $540K Ad Fine A Cause For Concern

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 12TH, ,2015 –– Last week, the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau settled on a $540,000 against Cumulus Media over an ad that ran on its formerly owed WOKQ/97.5 Dover, New Hampshire. As Jockline reported, The FCC said it was “the largest payment in FCC history for a single-station violation over the commission’s sponsorship identification laws.” tvnewcheck.com's Jack Goodman who practices communications law in Wash. DC and previous counsel for the NAB says, "There are several reasons why political advertisers, broadcasters and the FCC should worry about this development.

Goodman writes the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau and Cumulus Media reached a consent decree under which Cumulus admitted to violating the FCC’s sponsorship identification rule and agreed to pay the settlement. In addition, Cumulus agreed to a detailed three-year compliance program. The compliance program was not limited to the station involved, but extends to all Cumulus stations previously owned (as was the New Hampshire station) by Citadel. Goodman says, "This appears to represent a stunning reversal of longstanding FCC political broadcasting enforcement policies. For at least 25 years, the FCC has taken a light touch to enforcing the political rules. He added, In most cases, rather than proceeding to a formal decision, the FCC staff worked with stations to bring them into compliance. The Cumulus consent decree, however, goes in an entirely different direction. Goodman adds that the question about the Cumulus consent decree is whether enforcement of the political rules, which has been almost entirely handled by the Media Bureau, will now move to the Enforcement Bureau. There are several reasons why political advertisers, broadcasters and the FCC should worry about the implications of the Cumulus consent decree. Read Goodman's Complete Observations HERE

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NETWORKS: ABC Radio To Pay Tribute To David Bowie With Starman Special

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 12TH, 2016 –– ABC RADIO PRESENTS “STARMAN: REMEMBERING DAVID BOWIE” One-Hour Special Includes Rare Interviews with Bowie from ABC News and ABC’s Global Partner BBC ABC Radio presents “Starman: Remembering David Bowie,” a one-hour special that pays tribute to the legendary musician. Hosted by ABC’s Matt Wolfe, the music program will feature rare archival interviews from ABC News and ABC’s global partner BBC, as well as reactions from across the globe following Bowie’s death this weekend. For affiliation information, contact Heidi Oringer 212.456. 5541 or heidi.b.oringer@abc.com

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The Real Deal, Pete McMurray Wins An Emmy

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 12TH, 2016 –– 'This is the real deal, no joke," says 97.1 The Drive Chicago morning host Pete McMurray. "I have been doing TV for years in Chicago Sunday Sports Correspondent on Fox Chicago Fox Kickoff Sunday "Bears Pregame" Final Word - Sunday night Sports and News magazine Host Saturday Nights after SNL on NBC Chicago a show called "24/7" which is a news magazine. We go to restaurants, celebrity comes to town we hang out with them - it's the Access Hollywood of Chicago."

As for the award, he tells Jockline, "I've co-hosted the show for 6 years and have been nominated for an Emmy 4 times - never won. I was the Susan Lucci of TV hosts in Chicago. Not anymore baby! This will be my greatest prop at Bootcamp this year!"

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Father & Son Call The Games For NCAA Basketball

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 12TH, 2016 –– There have been many fathers and sons in the sports broadcasting business, but it’s very rare when both are calling the same game…at the same time. But it’s happening courtside today in Ann Arbor, when Westwood One play-by-play voice Scott Graham (L) calls the Maryland/Michigan basketball game three feet away from his son, Brett Graham (R), who will be broadcasting the game for Michigan’s student radio station, WCBN-FM.

Brett is a sophomore at the University of Michigan, majoring in Political Science. He developed an interest in broadcasting during his freshman year when he co-hosted a sports talk show on the school’s station. He has done play-by-play and color work for Wolverines men’s and women's basketball games, using his Dad’s charts as a guide, and will be doing analysis in the first half.

Scott Graham, studio host of Westwood One’s NFL coverage and also known as one of the primary voices of NFL Films. CBS Sports Radio’s Doug Gottlieb joins Scott Graham with color commentary.

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PodcastOne Announces More Than 1.5B Downloads in 2015

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THE MOUTH, JANUARY 7TH, 2016 –– PodcastOne announced it amassed a colossal 1.5 Billion downloads across its approximately 200-program lineup in 2015. PodcastOne recently announced seven iTunes “Best of 2015” awards

“When we started this journey three years ago, we wanted to be able to provide national advertisers and our programming partners a single destination for consumers to experience the best that podcasting has to offer,” said PodcastOne Chairman and CEO Norm Pattiz. “So far, so good. We’re grateful to our hosts, producer-publishers and, of course, our partner Hubbard Broadcasting. We look forward to doing our part in making 2016 the year of the podcast.”

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7Bowie Set For Posthumous #1 On Black Star; Gervais Says He's Been Asked Back For GG's

 

Ricky Gervais Says He's Been Asked Back For Golden Globes - [DEADLINE]

...Ratings Take Slight Dip With Gervais Return - [EW]

Bowie Set For Posthumous Number One With 'Black Star' - [NME]

...Tribute Set For Carnegie Hall - [COS]

...Music Streams Explode On Spotify & Pandora - [THE WRAP]

Lady Gaga Teases New Album - [EW]

[WATCH] Matt Lauer Dons High Heels For DeGeneres Show - [GOSSIP COP]

Apple Music Touts 10 Million Paid Subscribers; Spotify Responds - [BILLBOARD]

[WATCH] Kevin Hart Performs On 'Lip Sync Battle' - [USA]

'Creed' Eyes November 2017 For Sequel - [VARIETY]

Rupert Murdoch & Jerry Hall Engaged - [THR]

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Famed Artist David Bowie Succumbs To Cancer At 69

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 11, 2016 –– David Bowie's His son, Duncan Jones, confirmed in a statement on social media accounts. "David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer. While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family's privacy during their time of grief." Among his many hits included Space Oddity, Starman, Modern Love, Heroes, Under Pressure, Rebel, Rebel and Life on Mars. He was also well known for creating his flamboyant alter ego Ziggy Stardust.

According to the BBC, The singer had just released his latest album 'Blackstar on his birthday on Friday. The album, which includes just seven songs, has been well received by critics. Jones tweeted: "Very sorry and sad to say it's true. I'll be offline for a while. Love to all." Bowie's long-time friend and producer Tony Visconti saidwas the singer's "parting gift" to the world. He wrote on Facebook: "He always did what he wanted to do. And he wanted to do it his way and he wanted to do it the best way. "His death was no different from his life - a work of art. He made Blackstar for us, his parting gift. "I knew for a year this was the way it would be. I wasn't, however, prepared for it. He was an extraordinary man, full of love and life. He will always be with us." See more reactions to Bowie's death HERE

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Boston's Matty In The Morning To Celebrate 35th Anniversary

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 11TH, 2016 –– KISS 108’s Matt Siegel will celebrate his 35th Anniversary as host of “Matty in the Morning” Show on KISS 108 / WXKS FM tomorrow, Tuesday, January 12.

"Matty is a truly unique morning show personality. To remain at the top of his craft with such unparalleled rating success is unheard of,” said Tom Poleman, President of National Programming Group for iHeartMedia. “To see 35 years of such incredible accomplishment is a testament to his amazing talent, and we are so proud to call him a member of the iHeartMedia family." "I have a great team that works hard and I consider myself incredibly lucky and fortunate being able to entertain and make listeners laugh over the years,” said Matt Siegel. Siegel is joined on the show by Billy Costa and Lisa Donovan.

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MOTION: 102.7 The Beach Taps Kenny Walker For Mornings; KVIL-FM Dallas Uncorks Leigh Ann & Courtney Podcast

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 11TH, 2016 –– Entercom South Florida announced it has named South Florida radio personality Kenny Walker as the new host of mornings on 102.7 The Beach. Walker has been making South Florida radio rounds for over 20 years. In addition to his morning show, Walker is the voice of the Miami Dolphins and active with various charities throughout the area. During his career, Walker has announced over 170 Dolphins games, and has helped raise more than $1.6 million dollars for Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital. "I am thrilled to be joining 102.7 The Beach,” said Walker. “I love the energy of the station and I am excited to be working with Program Director, Pattie Moreno to help build this brand and connect with our audience.

-- Leigh Ann And Courtney Kerr #Uncorked “The Podcast” kicked off on Friday, January 8, 2016 on CBS Play.it The podcast promises to feature A-list celebrities, gossip, the stars of the show! Plus, their listeners. “The Podcast” will also highlight behind the scenes moments, and of course it’s uncensored. Yikes!

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Ed Lover & Monie Relocate To Atlanta On Stronger Signaled Boom 95.7/102.9

Both Hosts Are Relocating To Atlanta

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 11TH, 2016 –– Radio One is adding its Boom station to the stronger signaled 97.5 while keeping its current 102.9. According to the AJC's Rodney Ho, as of midnight (January 11, 2016), Boom added the additional signal.

Along with the move, Radio One announced that beginning today, former “Yo! MTV Raps” host Ed Lover and rap legend Monie Love are debuting a four-hour morning show together out of Atlanta-based studios. Lover and Monie Love will be syndicated in multiple markets. Both have chosen to leave the Northeast and work out of Atlanta for this show.

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Steve Goldstein's Six Takeaways On Audio From CES Show

 

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 11TH, 2016 –– Amplifi Media Steve Goldstein made his first visit to CES in Las Vegas and described it as 'an overwhelming spectacle of 170,000 people, and an array of robotic dogs, hoverboards, drones, 4G TV's, refrigerators that can talk.' In his latest blog he offered 6 Important takeaways, which pertain to audio and how it will be consumed in the near future. We've listed a couple below and provided a link for the other four.

- The autonomous car is coming, but not yet. - It is sexy, fascinating and a bit scary thinking about a car navigating traffic and passengers free to read, write, listen, watch or whatever. Auto companies are imagining a new driver experience - seats that swivel, video systems, etc. We spoke with a scientist designing BMW cars and everything is on the table in terms of design. However, it is all in prototype at the moment with a hope to put cars on the road before the decade is out. In addition to self-driving cars, the electric car is much closer to mass appeal. GM announced The Bolt EV, an electric car priced at $30,000. Ford announced $4.5 billion to develop electric vehicle technology. Toyota announced $1 billion toward self-driving vehicles.

- Connected Car is here - GM, Ford, Chrysler, Audi, Toyota and others are selling 2016 cars with tremendous connective options. AM/FM radio's wide-moat in the car is under attack from Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and each car company has their own system. This is not some Jetson's futuristic thing; it is here now and as with on-demand digital TV, it is a game-changer enabling greater choice. The car companies have come a long way in a short period of time recognizing that people bring their entertainment into the car via the Smartphone and thus have to create a simple-to-use experience. Importantly, podcasts and streamed audio move front and center with the new user interfaces while AM/FM may be 3 or 4 clicks away. READ FULL BLOG HERE

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Cincy Station Pulls 'Big Ben Warning' After Complaints

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 11TH, 2016 –– Cincinnati's talk-behemoth 700 WLW issued a "Big Ben Warning" for Tri-State females between the ages of 18-40, especially those with boob jobs or who have consumed alcohol. According to fox19.com, the spoof came just as Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was returning to Cincinnati for Saturday's wild card game against the Bengals. The ad went like this below:

"This is a severe Ben Roethlisberger update from 700 WLW. The Tri-State currently under a severe Big Ben warning from now through early Sunday morning. The Steelers quarterback has been spotted in the downtown Cincinnati area. All females ages 18-40 are to use extreme caution, especially if heavily consuming alcohol. Males should also be on the lookout just in case. If you see Big Ben and he flashes Little Ben, you are asked to report it to authorities immediately. "He poses the greatest threat to 18-to-40-year-olds, especially those with boob jobs in the downtown Cincinnati area...."

Just before their arrival, WLW pulled the promo, but the outrage went viral along withcomplaint from a Cincinnati-area prosecutor who expressed disapproval.

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[WATCH] Steve Harvey To Finally Sit Down With Miss Colombia; Miss Universe Rings Up KMCS/Davenport, IA

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 11TH, 2016 –– Steve Harvey finally broke his silence last week about the much publicized and spoofed wrong winner announcement during The Miss Universe pageant. He told his radio listeners he 'feels for Miss Colombia, Ariadna Gutierrez, and attempted to make amends. "When I did it, it was horrible for Miss Colombia. And she's the only one I haven't had a chance to talk to," he said. "Now, have I tried? Yes. But haven't gotten a response."

Well now it looks like the two have connected and the 2016 Miss Colombia is ready to face off with Steve Harvey. According to et.com, Ariadna Gutierrez will appear on The Steve Harvey Show in an interview expected to air the week of January 18th. It will mark the first time Harvey and the Miss Universe runner-up have come face-to-face publicly since the pageant. As you'll recall, Harvey mistakenly announced Miss Colombia as the winner, only to reveal moments later that the title actually belonged to Miss Philippines, Pia Wurtzbach. WATCH HERE

Meanwhile, Miss Universe Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach rang up The Tony Tone Show on KMCS-FM/Davenport, Iowa. As arranged by Envision's Guest Services, she said 'I know that mistakes like that happen, especially on live television. It’s okay with me, and Steve Harvey apologized, I have no problem with that.” Wurtzbach said. LISTEN HERE

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iHeartMedia's Country Festival Returns To Austin April 30th

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 11TH, 2016 –– ­iHeartMedia announced today the return of the iHeartCountry Festival on Saturday, April 30. For the third straight year, Country's biggest stars will perform at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas. Scheduled lineup includes Florida Georgia Line, Brett Eldredge, Sam Hunt, Thomas Rhett, Cole Swindell, Miranda Lambert, Lee Brice, Chris Young, Keith Urban, Zac Brown Band, with more to be announced.

"This year's incredible roster of artists is unquestionably a Country Music Dream Team," said John Sykes, President of Entertainment Enterprises, iHeartMedia. "These performers are all living testaments to why Country is one of music's most popular genres and we have them all one night, on one stage."

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[LISTEN] Steve-O Walks Out Of Brother Wease Interview

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 11TH, 2016 –– 'Jackass' star Steve-O joined venerable Rochester host, Brother Wease on Radio 95.1 and things took a turn for the worst when Wease connected Steve-O's girlfriend's ex — Jesse James.

Wease was referring to Kat Von D when he said,"We're proud to have three degrees from Sandra Bullock." Steve-O snapped 'Oh God, please — I'm not going there. Just stop that." Wease said to his producer, "I think he's pissed, I see him." Wease explained, "Who knew? You told us nothing was off limits." But Steve-O said, "You're messing with my girl. I take that as blatant disrespect to my girl." He later accused Wease of trying to egg him on. Yikes! To hear the dust-up, go to after the 10:30 HERE

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