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Jason Aldean Surprises Stations With Early Reveal Of 2018 CMA Broadcast Winners
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 16TH, 2018 –– Jason Aldean surprised radio stations and broadcast personalities yesterday by revealing news of their 2018 CMA Broadcast Awards wins, announced in advance of the award show and presentation. This year's winners include:
CMA BROADCAST AWARDS PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR WINNERS: NATIONAL “Country Countdown USA” Lon Helton – Westwood One MAJOR MARKET -- “Bud and Broadway” (Bud Ford, Jerry Broadway, Kelly Rebal, “Captain Mac Douglas” Gregory Paul Ford, “T.Wall” Tom Wall, and “Sweet Becca” Walls) – WIL, St. Louis, Mo. --- LARGE MARKET “Jim, Deb & Kevin” (Jim Denny, Deborah Honeycutt, and Kevin Freeman) – WFMS, Indianapolis, Ind. ---- MEDIUM MARKET “Ken, Kelley, and Daniel” (Ken Hicks, Kelley Bradshaw, and Daniel Wyatt) – WUSY, Chattanooga, Tenn(shown). ---- SMALL MARKET “Steve and Jessica Mornings” (Steve Waters and Jessica Cash) – WFLS, Fredericksburg, Va.
---- CMA BROADCAST AWARDS RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR WINNERS: MAJOR MARKET KKBQ – Houston-Galveston, Texas ----- LARGE MARKET WUBE – Cincinnati, Ohio ----- MEDIUM MARKET WUSY – Chattanooga, Tenn. SMALL MARKET KTTS – Springfield, Mo.
The categories are established by market size based on population as ranked by Arbitron. Entries for Broadcast Personality of the Year are judged on aircheck, ratings, community involvement and biographical information. Candidates for Radio Station of the Year are judged on aircheck, ratings, community involvement and format leadership. LISTEN TO ALDEAN'S CALL HERE - PHOTO/Jason Aldean - Miller Mobley - “Ken, Kelley, and Daniel” - Courtesy of WUSY (ed. note: Kelley Bradshaw was in the inaugural class of ReelWorld/MSBC's 2015 Rising Stars)
Charlamagne Tha God Cancels Times Talk Interview On Mental Health With Kanye West
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 16TH, 2018 –– Charlemagne Tha God, co-host of the Premiere-Network's The Breakfast Club, has canceled as scheduled New York Times discussion with the Kanye West on mental health. Charlamagne wrote on Instagram Monday that the event would have been “a total distraction.” The Times Talk had been slated to take place Oct. 17 in New York. Charlamagne wrote that the he felt the conversation he “really wanted to have” with West “would not be productive” right now.
West has “been so vocal about his own mental health struggles,” Charlamagne wrote. “Unfortunately I think to have that conversation with him right now would not be productive and a total distraction from the point of the convo which is to eradicate the stigma of mental health especially in the black community.” The Huffington Post writes that Charlamagne and West hold starkly different political views. The Times noted on its website that the event had been canceled because both Charlamagne and West backed out. A representative for West did not immediately respond to HuffPost’s request for comment.
Arrest Made In Radio Tower Knock-Down
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 16TH, 2018 –– An arrest has been made in the knock-down of a Middlesboro radio station tower of WFXY-A/F. A man was taken into custody on Monday after police tracked a piece of evidence belonging to a Dodge truck matched that of a neighboring vehicle of the radio tower site reports WATE-TV. The owner of the truck eventually admitted to investigating officers that he had hit the guy wires that had held the tower up, causing it to topple. The man was arrested and taken to Bell County Detention Center and charges for criminal mischief and failure to report a traffic accident.
Owner Frank Smith said he knew something was wrong Sunday afternoon around 3:45 when his station went off the air. "It was devastating soon as I seen the tower on the ground with no insurance, and it's hard to insure something like this, this is my livelihood," Smith said. And with the tower like that, WFXY can't broadcast." For the time being, they're streaming online. "We're going to temporarily try to get it back up just to cover the city of license and go from there. It's going to be an expense," he said.
Radio Mercury Awards Name Chris Beresford-Hill, Chief Creative Officer
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 16TH, 2018 –– The Radio Mercury Awards has named Chris Beresford-Hill, Chief Creative Officer at TBWA\Chiat\Day NY, as the 2019 Chief Judge for the 28th Annual Radio Mercury Awards Competition. Chris is responsible for the shop’s creative product, and partners with Nancy Reyes (president) and Rob Schwartz (CEO)
Prior to TBWA, Chris served as Executive Creative Director at fellow Omnicom shop BBDO where he steered some of BBDO’s best work in recent years, for clients such as Guinness, Priceline.com, HBO, FedEx and Foot Locker. His work is acclaimed, having been covered by Good Morning America, named one of TED’s Ten Ads Worth Spreading, and receiving the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation’s Visionary Leadership award. Before joining BBDO in 2010, Beresford-Hill worked at Saatchi & Saatchi New York, Goodby, Silverstein & Partners in San Francisco, and Modernista! in Boston
“The Radio Mercury Awards are near and dear to my heart. It was the first creative award I won, and I’ve essentially ‘grown up’ with this show, and the leadership, and wonderful crew behind it,” noted Chris Beresford-Hill. “Radio needs our very best, as creatives. Targeting? What’s better than radio? Creative freedom? It’s theater of the mind, where anything is possible. The audience can’t fast forward radio spots. So make them great. I’m looking forward to finding this year’s best!”
Registration Now Open For Jacobs Media’s Techsurvey 2019
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 16TH, 2018 –– Jacobs Media announced today that registration is open for radio stations to participate in Techsurvey 2019. Last year’s survey broke ground once again in the annual series that began in 2005. Overall, more than 560 radio stations across North America, representing a diverse group of broadcasting companies, contributed more than 64,000 respondents to radio’s largest web survey devoted to media and technology. Fourteen different formats were represented, helping programmers and managers focus their efforts and resources on what is truly important for their listeners.
According to Jacobs Media President Fred Jacobs, “The data from early this year in Techsurvey 2018 was revealing, providing broadcasters with a unique look at their audiences. The continued growth of digital platforms, the emotional triggers that make broadcast radio unique across different generations, podcasting and smart speakers were all areas that provided great guidance to help the industry better understand the shifting media landscape. Techsurvey 2019 will be even bigger and better.” This year's study will launch in early January. Stations have until December 21st to sign up. Broadcasters can sign up online at jacobsmedia.com/techsurvey and/or contact Lisa Riker at Jacobs Media for more information: 248-353-9030 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Nominations For CRSHOF Now Being Accepted
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 16TH, 2018 –– Nominations for the Country Radio Hall of Fame Class of 2019 are now being accepted and must be received by October 29, 2018. Interested parties can submit nominations at www.countryradioseminar.com/awards. The 2019 Hall of Fame inductees will be revealed at Country Radio Seminar’s 50th Anniversary event (CRS 2019), which will take place Feb. 13-15, 2019 at the Omni Hotel in downtown Nashville, Tenn. The Country Radio Hall of Fame is dedicated to the recognition of individuals who have made significant contributions to the radio industry over a 20-year period, 15 of which must be in the Country format.
The Country Radio Hall of Fame was founded in 1974 to recognize outstanding individuals working in the broadcasting industry who are promoting the Country radio format. The Hall of Fame has two categories: Radio and On-Air Personality. The CRB President’s Award and the Artist Career Achievement Award are also recognized at the event. Submissions received after the deadline will be placed under consideration for the 2020 Country Radio Hall of Fame induction ceremony. CLICK HERE TO NOMINATE
PODCAST: iHeart & Einhorn Give Glimpse Of Lethal Lit With Trailer
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 16TH, 2018 –– iHeartMedia and Einhorn’s Epic Productions (“EEP”) gave a first look into Lethal Lit, an iHeartRadio Original scripted mystery podcast, with the release of the official trailer. Lethal Lit will debut October 29 with two episodes and subsequent episodes will air each Monday. Listeners can hear the official trailer here.
“We announced the debut of Lethal Lit back in May and we can’t wait to see how this unique podcast is received when it’s released on October 29th,” said Chris Peterson, Executive Vice President of Podcasting at iHeartMedia. “There’s never been a more exciting time for podcasting than now and I speak for the entire team when I say we are absolutely delighted and energized by the potential and opportunity in this space. Lethal Lit introduces a new podcast format and audience for us, and it’s just the beginning of our larger effort to expand and diversify the types of shows iHeartRadio will offer.” Visit iHeart.com/apps to download iHeartRadio and listen to podcasts on your favorite device. Lethal Lit is part of the iHeartRadio Podcast Network. LISTEN TO TRAILER HERE
EVENTS: WCSX-FM And City Of Allen Park To Officially Unveil Bob Seger Boulevard
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 16TH, 2018 –– Beasley announces 94.7 WCSX-FM & the City of Allen Park will officially unveil Bob Seger Boulevard at 6pm on Friday Oct 19th, 2018. A stage will be set up at Allen Park City Hall (located at 15915 Southfield Road in Allen Park, Michigan) from 4pm-6pm. Festivities will include a special performance by a Bob Seger tribute band as well as a video screen featuring fans & celebrities congratulating the rock legend!
The Big Jim’s House Morning Show has been on a six-month mission to honor the Detroit Rock legend and native with a street named after him. WCSX-FM and the City of Allen Park encourage all fans and residents to come out and celebrate the naming of Bob Seger Boulevard. For additional information, questions, or inquiries please contact Ben Perez at 248-586-2940 or email@example.com.
Entercom Announces 'Not-So Silent Night Schedule
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 16TH, 2018 –– Entercom announced the dates for “Not So Silent Night,” a Radio.com event, in New York, San Francisco and San Diego. The alternative music festival started in San Francisco in 1991 and has grown from a small acoustic concert to a large arena show hosting some of the biggest alternative acts in three cities. This year, the show will debut at New York’s Barclays Center. Co-headlined by Muse and Florence + The Machine, ALT 92.3’s holiday event will also feature musical performances by AJR, Bastille, Chvrches, Death Cab for Cutie, Foster The People, and Mike Shinoda on Thursday, December 6.
“Entercom brings fans the best of live and local events and we are thrilled to have artists that are on the forefront of new music participate in this year’s event lineup across the country,” said Michael Martin, Senior Vice President of Programming and Music Initiatives, Entercom. “We have an amazing group of alternative stations with passionate audiences who embrace today’s alternative scene hosting in each city.” “New York has been starved for a station that can unite the biggest names in alternative music with like-minded fans throughout the tri-state area,” said Mike Kaplan, Senior Vice President of Programming and Program Director, Entercom New York. “To bring together all of these artists on one stage for one night is an incredible first step in harnessing the power of ALT 92.3’s influence in our community.”
NETWORKS: WWO'S Clayton Neville At Mexico Beach In Wake Of Michael
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 16TH, 2018 –– The devastation from Hurricane Michael still very much remains in Panama City and beyond. There for a closeup look and to report is Westwood One News correspondent Clayton Neville who covered the catastrophic damage in hard-hit Mexico Beach, Florida.
Neville says, "Some homes are gone, others ripped apart, and authorities are still going door-to-door. Residents say their town was “wiped out.”
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Powell Broadcasting To Cease Panama City Operations Following Hurricane Damage
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 15TH, 2018 –– While a number of AM/FM stations await their return to the air in the Panama City following Hurricane Michaels, at least one group appears to be tuning off permanently. Radio Insight's Lance Venta writes that Powell Broadcasting which owns a number of stations in Panama City, will cease broadcast operations in the market after sustaining “catastrophic damage” from Hurrican Michael to its facility in Panama City Beach.
Venta says WKNK Panama City Market Manager Jeff Storey told its sister stations in Sioux City IA that their 150 foot STL tower (L) snapped in half punching a hole in the roof of the studio building allowing water to rush in. Powell COO Robert Bond confirmed with Venta, “We have made the difficult decision to cease broadcasting operations in Panama City. Hurricane Michael did catastrophic damage to our physical plant to the point that rebuilding was uneconomic"
Some of the now former staffers like PD Fitzdog (R) of Lazer 103 and 93 QFM who lived on Mexico Beach and lost his home, have started a GoFundMe page seeking assistance.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: iHeart Names Greg Millard EVP Of Events Post
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 15TH, 2018 –– –iHeartMedia announced today that Greg Millard has been named Executive Vice President of Event and Experiential Partnerships, effective immediately. Millard will report to Tim Castelli, President of National Sales, Marketing and Partnerships for iHeartMedia. In his new role, Millard will spearhead the go-to-market strategy for all of iHeartMedia’s national sponsorship sales efforts, including the company’s roster of incredibly successful, nationally recognized marquee events; the iHeartRadio Theaters in New York and Los Angeles; custom events and partnership opportunities; and local events in over 150 markets nationwide.
“I’m thrilled to be joining iHeartMedia, especially at such an exciting time in the audio business,” said Millard. “The company is leading the industry in multi-platform experiential programs. I look forward to working with the incredible National Sales, Marketing and Partnerships team to develop powerful partnerships leveraging our unparalleled portfolio of events and venues.” Millard’s background includes more than 20 years of sports and entertainment partnership sales experience. He joins iHeartMedia from Turner Broadcasting where he served as Vice President of Partnerships and Branded Programming.
The Andy Slater Show Comes To 640 The Hurricane West Palm Beach
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 15TH, 2018 –– Starting today, Monday October 15th Alpha Media, West Palm Beach adds The Andy Slater Show to afternoon drive, 3-5P Monday-Friday on 640 The Hurricane (WMEN-AM). Andy Slater joins an already stacked lineup that includes 2018 Marconi Award Winner Dan Patrick, Colin Cowherd, The New York Yankees, The Miami Hurricanes, and The Florida Panthers. His most recent gig had him as the afternoon host for 940 WINZ in Miami. Prior to that, Slater had a 6 year run at WMEN.
640 The Hurricane Program Director, Paul Mason stated, "Nobody has their finger on the pulse of the South Florida Sports scene like Andy Slater. His proven track record of breaking local sports stories, inside sources, and his massive Poker Tournament is a huge win for 640 The Hurricane." "I'm thrilled to bring my show to 640 The Hurricane." Andy Slater added "Having the opportunity to speak directly to South Florida sports fans every afternoon is a privilege that I don't take for granted." market demographically.
Tommy “Jammer” Muzzillo Named Program Director At KQXY/Q94 Beaumont
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 15TH, 2018 –– Cumulus has appointed Tommy “Jammer” Muzzillo as Program Director for Top 40 radio station KQXY/Q94 in Beaumont, TX. Muzzillo helped launch Q94 in 1993 and was formerly Columbia Records’ Dallas Regional Promotion Manager. He returned to his hometown of Beaumont in 2010, rejoining Q94 as Assistant Program Director/Music Director and Afternoon On-Air Personality under Operations Manager/Program Director BrandinShaw, who recently retired from radio after a successful 30-year career.
Bo Brown, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus-Beaumont, said: “Jammer is the leader we need to take Q94 to the next level. Nobody understands Q94 music and the Beaumont market better than Jammer.” Tommy “Jammer” Muzzillo said: "I am thrilled to be programming the station I helped put on the air back in 1993! And the funny thing is, our VP/Market Manager, Bo Brown, who took the reins at the stations about three months ago, was with me when we kicked off Q94 back in 1993! He and I work very well together and we have a really solid team at Cumulus Beaumont, plus having great Cumulus leaders and great minds like Doug Hamand, Mike McVay, Leslie Whittle and Louie Diaz to bounce music and ideas off of makes us even stronger as we take the station into the future."
HONORS: Jessie Ritter Takes Cumulus NASH NEXT 2018 Competition Honors
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 15TH, 2018 –– Jessie Ritter from Fort Walton Beach, Florida was announced as the winner of Cumulus Media's 4th annual NASH Next competition — a national and local grassroots search for the nation’s newest Country star. The final competition event featured live performances from the top ten national finalists, and a special performance by Radio Romance, last year’s NASH Next winner whose single “Weekend” rose to the Top 40 on the Country Airplay charts. “So darn likeable,” “Very exciting and just delightful,” “You nailed it” were a few of the comments by the NASH Next expert judges to describe Jessie Ritter’s performance. The winning band joyfully accepted their high-praise and went on to win the top honor and will receive national radio airplay on CUMULUS MEDIA radio stations, and a recording contract with Nash Next Records under the Big Machine Label Group (BMLG) umbrella. Jessie Ritter, said of her experience, “I’m very excited and blessed for this opportunity. God has given me patience and strength throughout this entire process and I’m humbled to be crowned the NASH Next winner. This is where I’m meant to be and I can’t wait for the adventure that lies ahead!”
On the NASH Next program, Mike McVay, EVP Programming and Content, Cumulus Radio Station Group and Westwood One, commented, "Radio leads the way when it comes to music discovery," commented. "NASH Next genuinely discovers new artists, enables all of the contestants to be heard and allows the winners to take advantage of an amazing opportunity to have their music backed by a major label as well as played nationally on the radio.”
Premiere's Steve Harvey Honored At 10th Annual Merge Summit
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 15TH, 2018 –– At the 10th annual Merge Summit in Los Angeles, Premiere Networks-syndicated radio host, Emmy Award-winning television personality and best-selling author Steve Harvey was among the honorees at the Merge Gala Awards, which recognize those making an impact in bridging the worlds of faith and entertainment.
Joined by fellow award recipients Laila Ali, DeVon Franklin, and Chad Johnson & Michelle Williams, Harvey was presented with the award by his Steve Harvey Morning Show co-host Shirley Strawberry at the Hilton Universal City, the site of this year’s Summit. The annual Merge Summit is one of the largest events providing a platform for men and women of faith to interface, learn and partner with leading executives and talent in the entertainment industry, who lead workshops, interactive panels and master class sessions covering music, television, film, creative development, branding, marketing and new media.
Anna Faris Brings Podcast To Radio
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 15TH, 2018 –– Anna Faris hit the radio airwaves this weekend with her Unqualified' popular podcast series will be broadcasting on local stations around the nation.
Anna and co-host Sim Sarna hear relationship advice, hilarious candid interviews with celebrities as well as loads of fun content and priceless rapport. In addition, at least eight songs will air throughout the podcast, so listeners can still get their jam on. Anna aired on more than 30 local stations.
EVENTS: Dan + Shay Among Headliners For The River's Concert For Suicide Prevention
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 15TH, 2018 –– iHeartMedia Nashville’s 107.5 the River, Nashville’s Number 1 Hit Music Station, announced today the all-star lineup for its second annual Live. Life. Love. concert taking place on Monday, December 10 at Marathon Music Works. The concert will feature performances by Why Don’t We, Dan + Shay, Lauv, and Kim Petras.
All proceeds from the event will benefit To Write Love On Her Arms (TWLOHA), a non-profit organization that supports mental health and suicide prevention resources nationwide. “Live. Life. Love. is a unique event that we’re incredibly proud of,” said Jonathan Shuford, Program Director for 107.5 the River. “Suicide rates have increased by nearly 25% in the last 20 years, and it’s the third leading cause of death for Americans between the age of 15 and 24. We want to do our part to not only bring attention to the prevalence of the problem, but make our audience aware of the resources available to them in times of crisis.”
Trevor Shand Builds Victorian Era Studio In LA Home; Airs Podcast With 'Boo Crew'
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 15TH, 2018 –– Trevor Shand, who does imaging work for KROQ FM in LA and nationally for Rogers Broadcasting in Canada sent us a glimpse of his halloween-centric home in Burbank. He tells Jockline he spent the last two years building a Victorian era radio broadcast studio thru a secret bookcase. "It was designed by myself and my wife and constructed over the period of two years alongside the restoration team behind LA's historic theater district. All the tech in the room was taken part and rebuilt by hand by artisans to reflect the era of a time past. I do all my radio imaging and voice over work from this studio."
His other horror project is a podcast i started with his wife, Tim Armstrong and friends. They're called The Boo Crew (shown above) Trevor Shand (KROQ LA / ROGERS CANADA Imaging and vo), Tim Armstrong, Danny Elfman, Austin Wilkin, Lauren Shand (former asst producer Loveline with Adam Carolla and Dr Drew) Rachel Tejada, Leone D'Antonio
Longtime Researcher Roger Wimmer Passes Away At 69
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 15TH, 2018 –– We were saddened to learn of the passing of highly respected media researcher Dr. Roger Wimmer who passed away on Saturday, October 13. Wimmer, who battled cancer for the past four years died at his home in Lakewood, CO at 69.
Prior to forming his who research company, Wimmer's resume included President/CEO/Co-founder of The Eagle Group, President/General Partner/Co-founder of Paragon Research, and President of Surrey Research. Wimmer is survived by his wife, Darnell, sons Shad and Jeremy, stepson Leigh and a brother.
[WATCH] FCC's Pai Says 'Michael' Caused 'Substantial Communication Outages'
kly WASHINGTON, October 11, 2018—In a statement issued by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai he says, “Data from the FCC’s Disaster Information Reporting System shows that Hurricane Michael caused substantial communications outages along its destructive path. (Yesterday morning), my office and staff from the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau reached out to representatives of carriers and broadcasters to discuss the situation on the ground and how to restore service as quickly as possible. In particular, we were pleased that carriers had pre-positioned equipment and were in the process deploying cells on wheels (COWs) and cells on light trucks (COLTs) in order to get wireless service up and running in many locations." Pai extended his thoughts for all of those who have been impacted by this historic storm.”
To get a closer look at the devastation in the path of this incredible story, storm-tracker Brett Adair shares drone footage with CBS of damage to a school (former gymnasium shown above) and buildings (at right) in the Panama City area - Click HERE for CBS link - TOP PHOTOS/screengrab
The President Inks Music Modernization Bill
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 12TH, 2018 –– Along with Kid Rock, Beach Boys' Mike Love and other artists, President Trump, as expected, signed the Music Modernization Act on Thursday at a White House ceremony. Variety also reports that The Doobie Brothers guitarist Jeff Baxter and Sam Moore were also present. The legislation includes a number of components, including payments to songwriters and artists for pre-1972 recordings, as well as increased compensation for works played on streaming services. “The Music Modernization Act is now the law of the land, and thousands of songwriters and artists are better for it.
Neil Portnow (shown top left), president and CEO of the Recording Academy, who was among guests, said, “with the president’s signature today, the Music Modernization Act is officially the law of the land. As we celebrate the harmony and unity that got us here, we applaud the efforts of the thousands of performers, songwriters, and studio professionals who rallied for historic change to ensure all music creators are compensated fairly when their work is used by digital and satellite music services. We thank the members of Congress who championed this issue throughout the past several years to bring music law into the 21st century.”
Emmis Reducing Operations On NextRadio
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 12TH, 2018 –– During a Thursday morning earnings call, Emmis boss Jeff Smulyan said that the consortium he had hoped to build never materialized reports ibj.com. Emmis officials announced that the company has lost $7.6 million on NextRadio in the last 12 months alone. The type of loss Emmis had this year with NextRadio “has been going on year after year,” Smulyan said. Smulyan said Thursday that there was considerable support for NextRadio but admitted that support “was 10 miles wide and a tenth of a mile deep.” He added, "When it came time to pitch in and help fund this, we just couldn’t get enough support. We can’t do this ourselves. We can’t fund R&D for the entire industry.” As such, Smulyan said. The company said it planned "to dramatically reduce the operations" of NextRadio and related business TagStation, and "explore other means of eliminating the operating losses from these businesses in the coming months."
While Smulyan was disappointed about the next NextRadio news, he said there was much to be upbeat about the company’s most recent quarter. Emmis on Thursday announced results for its fiscal second quarter ending Aug. 31. Emmis' radio net revenues for the quarter were $30.7 million, down from $41.8 million in the prior year. Read Full Story HERE
[WATCH] iHeart Toledo's Scott Sands Volunteers To Get Tased In Training Session
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 12TH, 2018 –– In the book (yet to be published) of all the crazy things radio peeps have done in the course of Public Service, here's one that may get its own chapter. The back-story is the Toledo Police Department holds a Citizens Academy as part of its chief's pledge for more public transparency and community policing — about 20 community leaders participate every year. One of the classes this year was about the police department’s action response policies, how to deal with non-compliant suspects without lethal force. Because that’s been in the news recently, they invited the media to the class to learn more about TPD’s non-lethal options. And, they asked for a media “volunteer” to be tased. The purpose was to show media that use of a taser, while effective in controlling a non-compliant suspect, is also completely safe.
Guess who they talked into it? Yup, Scott Sands Senior VP Programming, iHeartMEDIA Toledo and Afternoon Host, News Radio WSPD. He tells Jockline, "TV reporters didn’t want any part of that nonsense. “It’s almost like my career went full circle and I was once again some morning show stunt boy.” He adds, "I am also a graduate of the Toledo Police Department Citizens Academy as well as the FBI Citizens Academy at Quantico and serve on the Advisory Board for the Lucas County Sheriff’s Department Drug Addiction Response Program. Other than a very sore derriere, we're happy to report Sands is doing fine - WATCH HERE - CAUTION: STRONG LANGUAGE
HONORS: Johnjay & Rich Inducted Into Arizona Broadcasters Hall of Fame
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 12TH, 2018 –– HeartMedia Phoenix 104.7 KISS FM morning duo and Premiere Networks-syndicated personalities Johnjay Van Es and Rich Berra were inducted into the Arizona Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame today, October 11, at the Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz. Selected for their outstanding contributions to broadcast journalism, Johnjay and Rich joined fellow 2018 inductees Art Brooks, JD Freeman and Donna Rossi.
Entertaining Arizonans since 2001, The Johnjay & Rich Show debuted in Tucson on KRQ and was an instant success. The show moved to Phoenix in 2006 to join their current flagship iHeartMedia’s 104.7 KISS FM, and is now syndicated by Premiere Networks in 20 markets nationwide. Among their numerous charities, they created the #LoveUp Foundation, a non-profit organization that strives to improve the quality of life for the most vulnerable children in our communities, with a primary focus on children living in the foster care system. Johnjay and Rich also raised funds for #LoveUp’s sister foundation, #LovePup, by hosting adoption and fundraising events. To date, more than 500 rescue dogs have found forever homes through #LovePup’s ongoing efforts. PHOTO/Johnjay Van Es and Rich Berra pose with their Arizona Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame trophy.
Chicago's Kathy Hart Gets Shot As Talk Host On WGN 720
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 12TH, 2018 –– The former co-host of WTMX Chicago's Eric & Kathy Show is getting a shot as a talk show host on WGN 720-AM writes Robert Feder. Hart will appear as guest co-host three times in the coming weeks alongside weekend host Frank Fontana who'll join from 1 to 3 p.m. this Sunday and October 28, and they’ll fill in for John Williams from 1 to 3 p.m. October 17.
“Since Kathy is passionate about so many topics that are part of the fabric of the ‘Frank Fontana Show,’ we wanted to get them talking on WGN,” said Todd Manley, station manager and vice president of content at WGN. Whether there’s a future for Hart on WGN remains to be seen. Except for a few appearances on “Good Day Chicago,” the morning show on Fox-owned WFLD-Channel 32, Hart has been out of the limelight since she left WTMX in April 2017 On Thursday she wrote: “Dusting off the headphones to come out to play! . . . Thrilled because I’ve missed radio, slightly terrified because it’s been soooo long, and honored because it’s frickin’ W. G. N.!!!”
Emmis With Promotions In Indianapolis
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 12TH, 2018 –– Inside Indiana Business reports that Emmis has promoted David Wood (FL) ) to director of programming for Indy Radio. He will continue to serve as program director of WIBC as well.
Sean Copeland has been promoted to program director of B105.7, while continuing to host the morning show. Matt Hibbeln has been promoted to assistant program director of WIBC. Also, Eric Allen (L) has been named new afternoon drive host and music director of B105.7.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: HRN Media Network Hires Matt Feinberg As Chief Strategy Officer
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 12TH, 2018 –– HRN Media Network, a Gen Media Partners company has hired broadcast and digital media expert Matt Feinberg as its Chief Strategy Officer. The move marks the return to radio for the seasoned brand marketer, who will report to Clark Logan, President of HRN Media Network. “Matt is a long-time media industry veteran, who has been involved with growth-oriented companies and credited for leading their expansion across emerging technologies and platforms,” Logan commented.
“As HRN looks to meet the many opportunities that go beyond broadcast radio, Matt’s experience and knowledge will be pivotal in helping us achieve results for our content partners and advertisers.” I'm thrilled to return to radio and work with the team at HRN,” stated Feinberg. Feinberg will be based in the HRN Media Network office at Gen Media Partners’ headquarters in New York City. He can be reached at 917-445-4627 and matt.feinberg@Genmediapartners.com.
EVENTS: WDRV's Sherman & Tingle Raise Over $60,000 For Homeless Pets
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 12TH, 2018 –– WDRV-FM’s The Sherman & Tingle Show (Brian Sherman, Steve Tingle and Executive Producer, Jill Egan) recently completed a charitable effort to benefit Wright-Way Rescue – a non-profit organization whose mission aims to reduce the number of homeless pets euthanized in the Midwest each year. Throughout September, The Sherman & Tingle Show invited fans to donate to the cause via The Drive’s website (www.wdrv.com.) The donation campaign was amplified by an exclusive, marquee event termed “Boataoke.” Hosted by Sherman, Tingle and Jill, the karaoke-meets-cruise event accommodated hundreds of pet lovers onboard “The Summer of George,” a passenger vessel that cruises The Chicago River and Lake Michigan.
All proceeds from tickets, auction items and monetary donations benefitted Wright-Way Rescue. Total charitable contributions totaled over $60,000.00. WDRV Program Director, Rob Cressman said, “The Sherman & Tingle Show consistently advocates for the health and well-being of the pet community in Chicagoland. While the show’s ability to create a unique and entertaining opportunity for pet lovers to unite was not surprising, the sheer volume of interest and colossal contributions exceeded all expectations. The Sherman & Tingle Show and The Drive are proud to be associated with such a worthy cause.”
SNAPS: Dolly Invades Ty, Kelly & Chuck Show
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 12TH, 2018 –– The one and only Dolly Parton joined Ty, Kelly and Chuck in-studio in Nashville yesterday morning to talk about her latest Netflix project, "Dumplin'", which led her to working with Jennifer Aniston and Sia. Ty, Kelly and Chuck also chatted with Dolly about her Imagination Library, her most embarrassing moment, and SO much more!
Check out interview HERE Photo Attached: (Left to Right) Ty Bentli, Dolly Parton, Kelly Ford and Chuck Wicks
Things Get Scary While Rat and Puff Await Their Next Gig
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 12TH, 2018 –– Rat and Puff announced their 3rd Annual Terror Tour with three of the biggest and scariest haunts that Michigan has to offer. Friends of the Rat And Puff Show have the opportunity to win free tickets on their social media accounts and go along with the show as they document each experience. The show began its Terror Tour back while doing (Nights) on WFLZ-Tampa. They brought the tour with them to WIOQ-Philly (Afternoons) and then WDZH-Detroit (Mornings).
Despite not having a radio home at the moment, the show wanted to continue its yearly tradition. The tour kicks off Saturday, October 13th at Hush Haunted Attraction in Westland, Michigan at 8pm EST. Week two of the tour goes to Taylor, Michigan at The Scream Machine Saturday, October 20th. The tour wraps up at our 2017 favorite, Rotten Manor located in Holly, Michigan Saturday, October 27th. “We are really excited about our Terror Tour this year because we personally hand picked all 3 stops. We are super fans of haunted attractions and Michigan has some of the scariest in the country. We encourage everyone to follow along with us on our social @RatAndPuffShow as the tour is bigger and scarier than ever. Contact: Josh “Puff” Foreman (215) 480.0850 or PuffOnTheRadio@gmail.com Jeff “Rat” Daly (856) 304.8708 or RatOnTheRadio@gmail.com All Social: @RatAndPuffShow
SAVE THE DATES: MSBC 31 Returns To Chicago August 8 & 9 At The Swissotel
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 12TH, 2018 –– Lock in the dates now for Morning Show Boot Camp 31, the First & Foremost event designed exclusively for Radio's top talent and the people behind them
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BFOA Prepared For Another Influx Of Grant Applications Following Michael
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 11TH, 2018 –– Even as requests for emergency aid from those affected by Hurricane Florence are still coming in, Broadcasters affected by Hurricane Michael could be next in line. The Broadcasters Foundation Emergency Grant Relief Program provides an expedited application process that is streamlined to deliver emergency funds as quickly as possible to qualifying individuals who work (or have worked) in broadcasting. Emergency grants are based on financial need.
Earlier this year, the Broadcasters Foundation Board of Directors elected to double the maximum amount of an individual emergency grant from $1,000 to $2,000. This increase is particularly significant when considering that last year more than $300,000 was awarded to individual victims of a rash of disasters that included Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, as well as wildfires and floods. For more than 70 years, the Broadcasters Foundation has distributed millions of dollars to thousands of needy broadcasters and their families. To learn more about emergency or monthly grants or to donate, please contact the Broadcasters Foundation at 212-373-8250 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit - for those interested in applying for a grant visit HERE - PHOTO/Courtesy of Josh Benson via Tessa Talarico - WFLA/Twitter
Ryan Cameron Returning To The Air In Atlanta At Urban One's Majic 107.5/97.5
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 11TH, 2018 –– The AJC's Rodney Ho reports that Ryan Cameron is returning to radio eight months after he left mornings at V-103, this time its Majic 107.5/97.5. He will take over afternoons from Silas “SiMan” Alexander and Chubb Rock starting November 5, airing from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.. SiMan and Chubb move to 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
As you'll recall, Cameron left V-103 in in January to become a business partner at branding firm Rakanter and later, also a business partner with management consulting firm the Threaded Agency, which focuses on sports and technology. Ho writes that he plans to create content and strategy for Urban One, which owns Majic and other radio stations as well as its digital and TV platforms.
Cameron said he spoke with Alfred Liggins, Urban One CEO, about generating digital content. For instance, he’d love to take some of his favorite stories, narrate them and turn them into animated or sketch comedy bits. Urban One also owns Hot 107.9 which signed Cameron from V-103 more than 20 years ago to become its first morning man and helped him establish his now legendary presence in the city. “It is a dream come true to add Ryan’s amazing talent to our line up,” said Tim Davies, Radio One’s regional vice president.
Entercom Launch's 'Out Now' To Celebrate LGBTQ Community And Their Allies
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 11TH, 2018 –– Entercom and its Los Angeles station 97.1 AMP Radio (KAMP-FM) announced the launch of “Out Now,” the premiere LGBTQ+ Talk Radio Network dedicated to celebrating the LGBTQ+ community and their allies. To coincide with National Coming Out Day, “Out Now” will launch today on Radio.com, the exclusive digital home for all Entercom content across the company’s robust portfolio of 235 radio stations, the Radio.com app and on 97.1 HD2. The station is also available on sister stations in four additional markets including Mix 94.1 HD2 (KMXB-FM) in Las Vegas, ALT 94-7 HD2 (KKDO-FM) in Sacramento, Sunny 98.1 HD3 (KXSN-FM) in San Diego and Alice @ 97.3 HD2 (KLLC-FM) in San Francisco.
“We are thrilled to launch ‘Out Now’, a passion project for our entire team, to give a voice to the LGBTQ community and its allies,” said Jeff Federman, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Los Angeles. “Our goal is to provide a high quality listening experience and content for our community as well as a diverse platform with differing points of view.” The new weekday line-up is as follows: 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.: “The Morning Beat” hosted by Jai Rodriguez and Mikalah Gordon 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: “Our House” 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.: Monday – “The B. Scott Show” Tuesday – “Life w/ Ryan” hosted by Ryan Black Thursday – “Dumb Gay Politics + Everything Else” hosted by Julie Goldman and Brandy Howard Friday – “Sidebar with John Duran” hosted by John Duran 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.: “Let’s Go There” hosted by Shira Lazar and Ryan Mitchell 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.: “LoveLine” hosted by Dr. Chris Donaghue and Carrie Keagan (Monday-Thursday) 9:00 p.m. – 6:00 a.m.: Late Night Music “Out Now” kicks off with a live day-long broadcast from The Abbey in West Hollywood, CA from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. PT.
PODCAST: Opie, Stuttering John, Jackie 'The Jokeman' Tell All On Opie Radio
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 11TH, 2018 –– Broadcast legends Gregg “Opie” Hughes, “Stuttering John” Melendez, and Jackie “The Jokeman” Martling sit down for two tell-all podcast episodes of Opie Radio. The trio, and Opie Radio regular Carl Ruiz, share personal stories about backstabbing and redemption in a post-Howard Stern satellite radio world. This double-episode also covers the complicated history between The Howard Stern Show, The Opie & Anthony Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and the revealing books available now from John and Jackie. Part 1 of the podcast is available now; with Part 2 airing today, Thursday, October 11.
John goes deeper into the time he prank-called Donald Trump and pretended to be Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ). Attached is a highlight from that story, in this clip John talks about how the secret service tracked him down and how it looks for, as John puts it, "some stuttering idiot to get through to the White House." Opie Radio drops new episodes every Monday and Thursday. You can listen to the show now on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, the WestwoodOnePodcasts.com, and the Westwood One Podcast App for iOS and Android.
PODCAST: School Of Humans Teams With iHeart & HowStuffWorks For 'Hell & Gone'
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 11TH, 2018 –– School of Humans, an Atlanta-based production company, announced that it has teamed up with iHeartMedia and HowStuffWorks to launch a new iHeartRadio Original true crime podcast 'Hell and Gone.' The eight-part series will premiere October 17 with new episodes available each Thursday. Hell and Gone follows the unsolved killing of a beautiful and popular 22-year-old college student, in the Arkansas Ozarks. The podcast will be hosted by true crime writer and licensed private investigator Catherine Townsend (L).
On September 20, 2004, Rebekah walked into the Possum Trot gas station to buy food and coffee – and was never seen alive again. Over the past 14 years, her murder has become one of the most notorious cold cases in the region and is seared into the collective memory of an entire community.
“I’ve always had a personal connection to Rebekah’s murder. My dad is a deputy sheriff in the area, my sister is close friends with Rebekah’s sister,” Townsend said. “It seemed like over the years, everyone in town has had a theory about who killed Rebekah – but not everyone wanted the case solved.” “I was inspired by true crime podcasts like Serial and wanted to use the podcast as an investigative device,” Townsend said. “But because no one had been arrested or charged, there is a very real sense of danger to the story. WATCH TRAILER HERE
Anthony Cumia's 'Permanently Suspended' Available In November
With Foreword By Jim Norton
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 11TH, 2018 –– Originally set for release in May, the uncensored and long-awaited life story of radio's Anthony Cumia 'Permanently Suspended' will be available in hardback on November 20th at Amazon. Cumia is the co-host of the “Anthony Cumia Show,” which live-streams, but best known as longtime former co-host of SiriusXM's Opie and Anthony Show.
According to Amazon Permanently Suspended finally answers what really happened between Opie and Anthony? What was the reasoning behind the multiple firings? What prompted the tweeting about the Times Square NYC incident? And more.. ORDER HERE
EVENTS: WTMJ To Hosts Brewers, Dodgers Playoff Viewing Party
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 11TH, 2018 –– WTMJ Milwaukee is presenting " The Hometown Call at Turner Hall" viewing party on Mon day, October 15 , 2018. The free event will feature a massive movie - screen broadcast at Turner Hall Ballroom of Game 3 of the National League Championship Series between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Los Angeles Dodgers synced to Hall of Famer Bob Uecker’s play-by- play broadcast on WTMJ RADIO and the Associated Bank Brewers Radio Network.
The Hall of Fame voice of the Brewers on WTMJ is the soundtrack to this magical postseason," said Tom Langmyer, vice president and general manager of WTMJ and WKTI and vice president, news/talk/sports for The E.W. Scripps Company. "There’s nothing better than Bob Uecker calling October baseball." " We had so much fun with the first w atch p arty, we knew we had to do it again , " said WTMJ Director of Programming and News Eric Brooks." We can’t wait to have more fun with the fans." WTMJ’s Gene Mueller, John Mercure and Steve Scaffidi will emcee the viewing party
Hubbard Radio’s 105.7 The Point Hosts 2nd Annual Eat & Treat Event
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 11TH, 2018 –– For the second year in a row, Hubbard Radio/St. Louis' 105.7 The Point's Rizzuto Show will host "EAT And TREAT" Halloween Food Truck Event. It takes place on Saturday, October 20th at the Chesterfield Amphitheater. The 2nd Annual “EAT And TREAT” event will also feature: Balloon artists, Face painting, Juggling and Magicians and much more.
Proceeds benefitting Maryville University's KIDS ROCK CANCER - an innovative program that helps children successfully cope with the unique emotional challenges that accompany a cancer diagnosis through the power of music therapy
Ian Collins Is Back At Breakfast In The UK
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 11TH, 2018 –– Former LBC, talkRADIO and Invicta FM presenter Ian Collins is joining BBC Radio Kent to host the breakfast show with Anna Cookson. Ian left LBC’s late show last month after five years on-air just days before Eddie Mair was added to the weekday schedule. It’s a return to the BBC for Ian, as he previously hosted a Friday Phone-In on Radio Kent along with a satirical political show in 2015. BBC Radio Kent Breakfast with Ian Collins & Anna Cookson will air weekdays between 6am and 9am.
1 Xtra’s DJ Semtex On Capital XTRA - who left BBC Radio 1 last month after 15 years on the netwoDJ Semtex,rk, has signed up for a new show on Capital XTRA. He’ll be on every Friday night, starting this weekend, with “non-stop hip-hop, the hottest exclusives and feature the world’s biggest artists.” Charlie Sloth, who announced his departure from 1Xtra and Radio 1 this week, is rumored to be joining Apple Music to present a show on Beats 1.
KIIS 106.5 Kyle Sandilands Confirmed For Aussie Reboot Of MTV Cribs - MTV Australia has announced a reboot of the classic 2000s television show MTV Cribs, and the home of Kyle Sandilands has been confirmed to feature. The series will come to Australia for the very first time and will be on the air in 2019. Kyle and his girlfriend Imogen Anthony will feature on the series with their waterfront mansion. The original series took viewers into the homes of the likes of Mariah Carey, Missy Elliott, Snoop Dogg, Kanye West and many more. A sneak preview is set to air on Wednesday, October 17 on MTV from 10:30pm.
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Florida Braces For Hurricane Michael
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 10TH, 2018 –– For the second time in as many months, Florida braces for yet another Hurricane. Now upgraded to 'An Extremely Dangerous" Category 4, Hurricane Michael continues on its approach toward the Florida Panhandle. According to Fox News, The storm’s winds have increased to about 130 mph with higher gusts, the National Hurricane Center said. The agency said it is possible the storm could strengthen further before it makes landfall later today.
The Panhandle is now bracing for what The National Hurricane Center reports could bring storm surges of up to 13 feet, life-threatening hurricane winds, heavy rainfall and flash-flooding, The storm, which formed off the coast of northern Honduras, has already killed at least 13 people in Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador. Evacuations of about 375,000 people have been called for ahead of the fast-strengthening storm, Florida officials said. Jockline has reached out to a number of radio stations within the region and will share their reports in the days ahead. PHOTO/NOAA
[WATCH] 'A Star Is Born' Opens Big With A Nationwide Assist From iHeart Radio
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 10TH, 2018 –– iHeart recently partnered with Warner Bros. to help promote A Star is Born, starring Lady Gaga and Bradly Cooper. The new release grossed about 41.3 million in the box office this past weekend. This is a good example of the impact radio can have on a new release and more advertisers are recognizing the power of audio overall. The iHeartMedia marketing campaign for A Star is Born included broadcasting an exclusive trailer across all iHeartRadio stations nationwide, having our on-air personalities attend early nationwide screenings, hosting on-air radio promotion contests both locally and nationally and much more.
The film not only raked in the tickets at the box office, but with the help from iHeart the film’s album soundtrack Star is Born is also currently No. 1 on the iTunes album chart, with the top three songs on the singles chart. A Star Is Born became a key partner at the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Festival with a completely custom in-show integration that brought Gaga to the festival stage. The local LA team got behind the Film Premiere at the iconic Shrine Auditorium to keep the buzz going. The morning of the premiere, KOST-FM awarded one lucky listener with passes to the event and private transport for the true star experience. Local talent shared their excitement and reactions on social media. KIIS-FM talent EJ took over the iHeartRadio Instagram Stories for the evening. To extend the reach, the best video was shared via Ignite opening week with Jill Escoto (INSET) - WATCH HERE
Rock Hall Of Fame Reveals Class Of 2019
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 10TH, 2018 –– The official Rock Hall of Fame Class of 2019 were introduced this week. They include Def Leppard, Devo, Janet Jackson, John Prine, Kraftwerk, LL Cool J, MC5, Radiohead, Rage Against the Machine, Roxy Music (shown), Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, Stevie Nicks, The Cure, The Zombies and Todd Rundgren.
Check out the official nominee bios and download curated playlists featuring the recommended discography of each nominee HERE
Entercom's BUZ'n Minneapolis Welcomes Mandy James & PT To Mornings
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 10TH, 2018 –– Entercom's Mandy James and Paul Thomas aka 'PT" were officially welcomed to KMNB/BUZ'n Minneapolis today as its new morning co-hosts. They join Mike Dubs, AKA "Dubs" who had recently been handling mornings solo. Mandy posted on Facebook, "I'm still trying to put together the perfect words to express how incredibly excited and grateful for this amazing opportunity; to finally go home and play music that I love, in the city that I love and with people I love is an absolute DREAM COME TRUE."
She continued, "Lucas Phelan (PD and afternoon host) Andy Bloom are heroes for believing in me and bringing me home to build something really special, a brand new morning show from the ground up. Coming home has always been the goal and there are a few people I need to thank for helping me get this far: (and I'm sorry if I leave anyone out, I'm trying to spare you the notification headaches) Jay Philpott, Tom Cook, Dan Duffy, D Scott Meyers and Will Sterrett. Your unconditional support and guidance has been a true blessing and I'm so thankful to have you all in my life."
WBBM Chicago Celebrates 50th Anniversary
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 10TH, 2018 –– Current and former employees of WBBM 780-AM will gather tonight to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Entercom station’s all-news format. According to Robert Feder, WBBM Newsradio’s actual launch date was May 8, 1968. “It was a learning experience getting into it and getting it all set up,” recalled news anchor John Hultman, who joined the station three months earlier.
“The format has changed a little over the years, but we are telling people what they need to know — about traffic and weather, about sports, about the stock market, about the breaking stories.” The 50th anniversary celebration will be held at the new Chicago Architecture Center.
Bobby Bones And Dance Partner Draw Their Highest Scores Of Season On DWTS
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 10TH, 2018 –– Props to Bobby Bones who along with his dance partner Sharna Burgess earned their best scores of the season on Monday night’s “Dancing with the Stars,” reports The Tennessean. The theme was Memorable Year Night. Bones chose 1998 as his most memorable year — the year he graduated high school.
The milestone was a particularly meaningful to Bones because no one in his family had ever earned their diploma. “My mom was pregnant with me when she was 15 years old and struggling with addiction and she had to drop out of school,” Bones revealed, adding that he has very few memories of his father. Bones never had a bedroom, he slept on the couch in the living room instead. With no closet, he crammed all of his clothes underneath the furniture. “I knew for me to get out of the culture I was in that I needed an education,” Bones said. “School was important to me to try to break the cycle. When I graduated high school and I put on that cap and gown, it was a big deal to me and it was a big deal to my mom.” The popular country radio personality’s mother died in her 40s of drug and alcohol abuse. But right before she passed away, she earned her GED. She told her son that he inspired her to go back to school.
Still in the running for the coveted mirror-ball trophy are former Olympic gymnast Mary Lou Retton, radio personality Bobby Bones, Fuller House star Juan Pablo Di Pace, model Alexis Ren, singer Tinashe, Dukes of Hazzard and Smallville star John Schneider, Harry Potter icon Evanna Lynch, former NFL star DeMarcus Ware, Disney Channel alum Milo Manheim and Bachelor in Paradise star Joe Amabile.
Friday Pilots Club Wins Cumulus' 'Next2Rock 2018 Competition
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 10TH, 2018 –– Friday Pilots Club, from Chicago, IL, was announced as the winner of Cumulus Media's 2nd annual neXt2rock competition — a national and local grassroots search and artist development program for Rock music. The final competition event featured live performances from the top five national finalists, and a special performance by Roc Nation recording artist Dorothy. Caleb Hiltunen. Friday Pilots Club lead singer, said of the band’s experience, “neXt2rock was an absolute dream come true. We’re endlessly thankful for the entire experience – from being in LA and performing at the Roxy to the immense hospitality of Cumulus' WKQX, and everyone involved with neXt2rock. To everyone who supported us on this journey, thank you for flying with us.”
On the Cumulus Next franchises, Mike McVay, EVP Programming and Content, commented, "The Next franchises discover artists, enabling 1,000+ of contestants to have their music heard by industry professionals, and take advantage of an amazing opportunity to reach a massive audience. We just wrapped up our Rock version in naming Friday Pilots Club the winner of neXt2rock, and on October 11th, we will host our 4th annual NASH Next finale to name this year’s Country winner. We are relentlessly committed to music discovery, and radio is the one true platform that connects music to a massive audience and can make or break a song.”
SNAPS: KKOB Flies High At Balloon Fest
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 10TH, 2018 –– Check out the large balloon at center of News Radio KKOB's high-flying hot air balloon taken this past weekend at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. KKOB is the official radio voice of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. For the 47th year, scores of colorful hot air balloons in all shapes and sizes fill Albuquerque's blue skies as hundreds of thousands of onlookers watch in wonder.
The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta extends from October 6-14 and attracts around 1,000 balloons. It is the largest balloon festival in the world and has been recognized as "the world's most photographed event".
[WATCH] KRBE's Special K And Kevin Quinn Take AMA Coverage To New Heights
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 10TH, 2018 –– KRBE Houston's Kevin Quinn & Special K decided to take their coverage of this year's AMA's to a new height with the help of a drone. "I hiked up to the top of the Hollywood sign with a drone and shot some incredible intro footage before being run off by the park rangers,' says K "It was a 4 mile hike for 10 seconds of video but obviously worth it! WATCH HERE
Meanwhile it was another successful Westwood One Backstage at the AMAs in Los Angeles at the Microsoft Theater Event Deck. More than 25 of the top music stations around the country and two Westwood One nationally-syndicated shows, Zach Sang Show and The Adam Bomb Show. Westwood One is the official national radio partner of the 2018 American Music Awards. The live event aired last night on ABC.
Among the many guests backstage included Westwood One Backstage at the AMAs -Mike McVay, EVP Programming & Content for CUMULUS MEDIA and Westwood One, with singer Ashlee Simpson and husband, actor Evan Ross.
HONORS: Benztown Honored With City's Best Workplace Culture Award
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 10TH, 2018 –– Glendale-based Benztown was honored with the city's Best Workplace Culture Award. Dave "Chachi" Denes, Benztown President, accepted the award on behalf of Benztown at the ceremonies held at The Green at the Americana at Brand in Glendale. The Tech Week Awards honored standout individuals and leading companies in the local tech scene.
Earlier in the week, Denes spoke to an audience of tech leaders on a podcasting panel covering trends in podcasting, its increasing popularity, how to launch a successful podcast, and how to build and maintain an audience in a crowded marketplace. (Left to Right) Maria Sahakian, Chair, Glendale Young Professionals, a program of the Glendale Chamber of Commerce, joins Martin Petoyan, Treasurer, GYP, in honoring Benztown with the City of Glendale, CA's Best Workplace Culture Award and Dave "Chachi" Denes, Benztown President, at right.
SAVE THE DATES: MSBC 31 Returns To Chicago August 8 & 9 At The Amazing Swissotel
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 10TH, 2018 –– Lock in the dates now for Morning Show Boot Camp 31, the First & Foremost event designed exclusively for Radio's top talent and the people behind them - Registration details coming soon!
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Radio Doubtful Taylor Swift's Political Post Will Trigger A Dixie Chicks Reaction
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 9TH, 2018 –– Following Sunday's post by music mega-star Taylor Swift on Instagram that she would vote for two Democrats running for Congress in Tennessee, it quickly stirred memories of The Dixie Chick's Natalie Maines' comments in 2003 on President Bush - a move that literally ended their career. The Huffington Post writes that Taylor Swift broke from her usual 'non-political persona' this past weekend and threw her support to two Democrat candidates in Tennessee. No sooner had Taylor posted her comments, several prominent conservatives weighed in, including President Trump who told reporters on Monday that Swift doesn’t know enough about politics to join the conversation. He also professed to now be less of a fan of the singer ... Let’s say that I like Taylor’s music about 25% less now, okay?” We reached out to some of our readers and Facebook friends for comments. At first glance it doesn't appear Swift will experience anywhere near the same blowback as The Dixie Chicks.
Blaine D. Fowler (L) - WDVD Detroit - I don't think she'll get the Dixie Chicks treatment, because she's Pop now. And even if she was still Country, she'd be OK: she's Taylor Swift. But, as a fan, I don't like it when artists get into their political views. Everyone's doing it now and it's a bit much.
Bert Weiss - The Bert Show Atlanta - I'm not sure we're ever been in a more politically polarizing time than right now. While we pride ourselves on talking about most social issues, but we avoid politics about 98% of the time. It's not what my audience comes to us for."
Fred Jacobs (R)- Jacobs Media: "Sometimes rock stars get to the point where they're so big, they don't care about the potential blowback. That's true on both sides, whether you look at Bruce Springsteen or Kid Rock. Taylor must feel her beliefs outweigh (almost said "trump") the risk to her brand. And something tells me that if radio decides not to play her, fans will find her music on Spotify, Apple Music, and elsewhere. The Dixie Chicks didn’t have that luxury and it cost them. Taylor could get more famous (if that's possible) by taking a stand."
Codie Allen (L) - WDAF KansasCity: "The big difference is that T Swift didn't diss the Prez on foreign soil like the Dixie Chicks did in England. She might get some angry fans but her career will remain just fine.
Chris Cruise: 98.7 AMP RADIO Detroit: "She absolutely will not get Dixie Chick'ed. When they spoke out against the president, that was pretty much unheard of. These days, everyone is speaking out against everything. I think you'd literally have to make a credible death threat or go on a STRONG racist tirade to get black-listed anymore. --
SEE MORE QUOTES HERE - OF NOTE, Back in Aug. 2015, during Taylor's five-show residency at L.A.'s Staple Center, Taylor Swift brought Natalie Maines to the stage for a surprise duet of "Goodbye Earl." - shown above bottom right. See also today's Radio Ink HERE with more feedback from programmers.
Daena Kramer Returns To The Air On ALT 105.3 San Francisco
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 9TH, 2018 –– Look for an official announcement shortly, but we were happy to learn that Daena Kramer was introduced on yesterday's Elvis Medina (R) morning show n ALT 105.3 San Francisco as his new co-host.
The show will also be rebranded as "Elvis & DK" and officially launch on Monday 10/15. Daena most recently served as GSM for Alpha's KBAY/KEZR in San Jose. Prior to that, she was the longtime co-host with Dave and Mahoney on KXTE Las Vegas before heading to KHMX Houston.
Emmis New York Announces Series of New Hires, Promotions
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 9TH, 2018 –– Emmis New York, which includes HOT 97, WBLS and WLIB, has announced a series of new hires and a promotion designed to build its sales organization to best serve for the ever-changing media landscape. “The changes to our structure and the addition of key talent to the team is evidence of our commitment to be responsive to our customers’ needs,” said Charlie Morgan, SVP/Emmis New York Market Manager.
They include: Mathew (Matt) Dawson (TL) joins Emmis in the newly created role as General Sales Manager National/Agency Partnerships.
Cynthia Morgan Jenkins (TR) joins Emmis in the newly created role as Brand Strategist.
Tonisha (Toni) Nicholls (BL) joins Emmis in the newly created role of Director, Business Development – Healthcare. And finally,
Suzy Rufail (BR) moves into the newly created role, Director – Brand Partnerships for Emmis New York.
All employees have already begun their new roles at Emmis New York.
EVENT: SBG Unveils 2019 Lineup And New Look At Upfront Event.
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 9TH, 2018 –– Sun Broadcast Group, a Gen Media Partners Company, announced its 2019 network radio lineup to a packed house at its annual network radio upfront event on Friday night. Held at New York City’s 230 Fifth Rooftop Lounge and hosted by TV and radio personality Alfonso Ribeiro, “2019 The Preview” included performances by platinum recording artists AJR, SBG’s DJ Sinister, Rejoice Network’s Earl Bynum Choir and New York City 90’s cover band The Fresh Kids of Bel-Air.
It was the first public event since Gen Media Partners purchased SBG in September. In addition to celebrating the return of The Hit List, The Fitz Show, Country Fried Mix, Nashville Minute, Country Fastball, Remote News Service, Ashley & Brad and more, SBG welcomed several shows and services that will be switching syndicators in 2019 as well as many new shows making their radio debut. They include: · The 90’s with Alfonso Ribeiro · The Jim Brickman Show · The Michael Baisden Show · Woody & Wilcox · DJ Goofy Whitekid · Wolfman Jack · SnoCountry Ski Reports · Car Pro · Girls World Expo · 4 Elements Music · AirKast SBG’s Hispanic Division, Sun Latino,
Following the event, Jason Bailey (TR) , Sun Broadcast Group President & Founder, said: “Thank you to the advertisers, agencies and programmers who continue to support SBG and more importantly for supporting radio. I am just as energized today about our future as I was 10 years ago. Here’s to another decade of great radio, for great people, by the most talented team I know.”
Elvis Duran Invites Radio Industry And Friends To 4th Annual Carney Awards
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 9TH, 2018 –– As Executive Producer of The Carney Awards, Elvis Duran invites all radio industry friends to attend the star-studded event that honors exemplary character actors on Oct. 28 at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica, Calif. This year’s class of honorees include favorites of stage and screen Joe Morton, Jessica Walter, Joe Pantoliano, M. Emmet Walsh, James Cromwell and Bruce Greenwood. Comedian Patton Oswalt will host the evening’s program. Red carpet begins at 3 p.m., and the televised show begins promptly at 5 p.m. with a cocktail reception following.
Duran comments, “Art Carney is the gold standard. We’re so humbled to honor these actors in his name, forever enshrining them in a character actor ‘hall of fame.’ This is the only production in all of Hollywood to do so. These amazing men and women deserve to be recognized.” Now in its fourth year, The Carney Awards, named for the late, great Oscar and six-time Emmy Award-winning actor Art Carney, honor Hollywood’s leading character actors for their outstanding achievements.
The Carney Awards were created by Elvis Duran Group CEO David Katz, his brother Jim Katz, an Emmy Award winning producer, and Brian Carney, actor/voice-over artist and Art’s son.
Tickets are complimentary to radio industry members. Pleas RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Kix Brooks And WWO Honor Vets With A Two-Hour Holiday Music Special
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 9TH, 2018 –– Westwood One and Kix Brooks will honor the men and women throughout our nation's history who answered the call to serve in the U.S. armed forces with his annual A Salute to Our Military Veterans. Kix, the popular award-winning host of Westwood One’s American Country Countdown and host of the Kickin’ it with Kix podcast, rallies his long list of friends to join him for this musical salute, including Tim McGraw, Chris Young, Dierks Bentley, Sam Hunt, Cole Swindell, and more. These Country superstars will talk about their appreciation for the nation's military while Kix plays the most popular songs that capture America's patriotic spirit.
Westwood One's holiday music specials are an honored tradition with hundreds of programmers, millions of listeners, and local advertisers. Stations can air Westwood One’s A Salute to Our Military Veterans any time on Saturday, November 10 through Monday, November 12, 2018, between 6:00 am and 12 midnight. For more information, contact Country@WestwoodOne.com. About Kix Brooks
SNAPS: WWO Backstage At The AMAs
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 9TH, 2018 –– Among the many stars who joined for WWO's Backstage during the AMA's at LA’s Microsoft Theater Event Deck was Hollywood Records’ Ocean Park Standoff - Actress/singer Sabrina Carpenter (Hollywood Records) - Sony Music singer/songwriter Khalid -Vanguard Record’s Matt Nathanson (shown) who performed a crowd-pleasing set for the Radio Row crowd.
Crush Music’s MAX also stopped by Westwood One’s Backstage for an exclusive performance.
ESPN Chicago 1000 Celebrates its 20th Anniversary in October
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 9TH, 2018 –– On October 12, ESPN1000 Chicago will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a “Fanniversary” event honoring 20 years to the date (October 12, 1998) ESPN1000 went on the air as the flagship owned station for ESPN Audio. The “Fanniversary” event will located at Austin’s Fuel Room in Libertyville, Ill., where ESPN1000 will be broadcasting from the entire day. The event will include a live broadcast of Golic & Wingo (5 a.m. – 9 a.m. CT), Kap & Co. (9 a.m. – noon), Carmen & Jurko (noon – 2 p.m.) and Waddle & Silvy (2 p.m. – 6 p.m.).
“ESPN 1000 has provided Chicago sports fans with an outlet for listening to, sharing and experiencing every top Chicago sports story for the past twenty years, said Jim Pastor, Vice President and General Manager of ESPN1000 Chicago. “We gave them a front row seat during championship runs by the Blackhawks, Cubs, White Sox and Bulls and we introduced them to new voices who would become part of their daily routine. It’s a great source of pride knowing the role we play in keeping Chicago sports fans informed and entertained.”
The Bert Show Host Its 3rd Annual 'Live Like A Woman' Week
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 9TH, 2018 –– The nationally syndicated morning talk radio show kicked off the month of October with their third annual “Live Like a Woman Week,” putting host Bert Weiss and co-host Moe Mitchell through a series of activities for five days that some women do on a regular basis. Co-host, Kristin Klingshirn strategically coordinated the tasks and challenges with local businesses for each day in an effort to help the men of the show empathize with the to-do’s of a woman.
“We knew that being a woman was tough, but you truly can’t empathize with a woman until you live like one for at least a full day,” says Bert Weiss, Host of The Bert Show. “I know it’s just a radio segment but it gives so much perspective in to what some women go through.” Bert and Moe experienced a full week living “a day in the life” of a woman, with each day bringing a new challenge. The pair started the week by wearing sticky bras, heels, skirts and even thongs for a full day attending meetings and normal appointments in their outfits. The men also received a full face of photoshoot ready makeup and said “yes to the dress” as they visited a local bridal salon to try on wedding dresses with their bridal squad. Before rounding out the week they got waxed and sugared in-studio. Visit http://thebertshow.com/articles/livelikeawoman/ For a closer look.
Sean 'Hollywood' Hamilton Inks Long-Term Extension With iHeart & 103.5 KTU
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 8TH, 2018 –– iHeartMedia New York has inked an exclusive long-term agreement with veteran on-air personality Sean “Hollywood” Hamilton to renew his relationship with the company and 103.5 KTU. Under the new agreement, Hamilton will continue his current role as host of his highly-rated weekday afternoon show on 103.5 KTU in New York City. He also renewed and extended his partnership with Premiere Networks to syndicate his trio of radio programs – The Remix Top 30 Countdown with Hollywood Hamilton, Weekend Top 30 with Hollywood Hamilton and Weekend Top 30 with DJ Pup Dawg – which broadcast on 120 stations worldwide.
“Hollywood Hamilton is one of the most loved, respected and recognized voices and names in radio,” said Bob Pittman, Chairman and CEO of iHeartMedia, Inc. “His unparalleled ability to connect with both listeners and music’s biggest artists is a true representation of what makes radio the most powerful medium in the U.S.It’s the reason he’s been a fixture on New York City radio for the past decade, and we’re excited for the opportunity to continue our long-standing relationship with him.”
“One of the many reasons why it was so easy to re-sign is because of the friends I work with in our building,” said Hamilton. “iHeartMedia, and more specifically KTU, are like family. I'm so happy to be associated with an incredibly talented group of people. Not to mention the extraordinary continuing support of my friends at Premiere Networks.”
Hamilton began his radio career in 1979, when the 17-year old constructed an illegal pirate radio station in the basement of his parents’ home. The station was the basis for the 1990 New Line cinema film, Pump Up The Volume,” starring Christian Slater. His radio plight would then take him to Reno, Las Vegas and Tampa before moving to New York City to help launch Z100 in 1983. After five years at Z100, Hamilton spent ten years at KIIS-FM/LA and then returned to NY in 1996 to help launch KTU.
DJ Vice & Krystal Bee Added To Line-Up At 97.1 AMP Los Angeles
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 8TH, 2018 –– Entercom announced the addition of DJ Vice (TL) to 97.1 AMP Radio (KAMP-FM) in Los Angeles as on-air host of “DJ Vice in the Mix.” The show airs weekdays from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. PT. The station also welcomes Krystal Bee (TR) as weekend on-air personality. Both moves are effective immediately. “DJ Vice and Krystal Bee have been household names in the Southern California radio and music scene for more than 25 years collectively,” said Jeff Federman, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Los Angeles. “Both are quality additions to 97.1 AMP Radio and we look forward to them delivering a fresh listening experience for fans.”
"As someone who was born and raised in Los Angeles, it’s an honor to be a part of the 97.1 AMP Radio family and take over the airwaves,” said DJ Vice.“This mix is so fulfilling to do for my city, and hopefully I can ease the pain of our listeners as they sit in L.A. traffic.” Prior to joining Entercom, Krystal Bee held on-air roles for KPWR in Los Angeles since 2011. “AMP has a vision for radio that is so exciting,” said Krystal Bee. “I have loved working with the team and I am excited for everything the future holds for me, the station and our amazing listeners.”
Programming Legend Jack Swanson Named PD, Scotty Bastable VP/DOS At KGO/KSFO San Francisco
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 8TH, 2018 –– Cumulus Media announces has appointed Jack Swanson as Program Director of KGO and KSFO in San Francisco. The legendary San Francisco radio programmer returns to the stations he helped build, as former Program Director of KGO and KSFO, where he led programming from 1994 until 2011. Swanson was previously Director, News and Programming for KCBS in San Francisco and prior to that, was a general manager and major market news anchor. Swanson is also an attorney admitted to the bar of the U.S. Supreme Court and a pilot who flies rescue dogs. Doug Harvill, Vice President and Market Manager, Cumulus Radio Station Group-San Francisco, said: “Jack Swanson is the best talk show programmer on the planet. He is visionary, a showman and a leader. I’m thrilled to work with Jack again.”
Swanson said: “People have asked why I’m returning. Simple. This is the most exciting time in the history of these iconic stations. I’m jazzed about their future. Returning to work with Doug, and the support of a re-energized Cumulus is going to be an amazing adventure. I’m excited to be a part of the new Cumulus!”
In a join announcement, Cumulus also appointed media sales executive Scotty Bastable as Vice President/Director of Sales for its San Francisco radio station group, effective November 15, 2018. Bastable was previously Agency and Corporate Development Manager for CBS 360 in San Francisco. Prior to that, he was General Sales Manager for Entercom-San Francisco radio station KOIT and Director of Sales for Clear Channel Radio-San Francisco. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity," said Bastable. " I am thrilled to join Cumulus Media, where teamwork and collaboration thrive. I have always had a special relationship with radio, and I am thrilled at this amazing opportunity with Cumulus Radio Station Group-San Francisco. The future belongs to those who think big, and I am all in with Cumulus’ vision.”
Austin Rhodes Extends Long-Term With WGAC-FM in Augusta
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 8TH, 2018 –– Austin Rhodes has signed a long-term renewal deal with Beasley Media Group Augusta. Rhodes, who recently celebrated his 26th year on the air at WGAC-FM in July, will continue to host afternoon drive from 3 p.m.- 6 p.m. at the station. “Austin is the longest running radio talk show in Augusta, Georgia history,” said Beasley Media Group Augusta Vice President and Market Manager Kent Dunn. “His commitment to WGAC listeners, the community and Beasley Media Group is tremendous. We are fortunate to have him on our team for the future.”
“Beasley is committed to top quality local content across our platforms and Austin Rhode’s show is loved by our clients and listeners in the Augusta market,” said Executive Vice President of Programming Justin Chase. “Austin has been with Beasley for many years and we are thrilled that he’ll be with us for many more!”
Jason Barsky Now In The Weekday Lineup At WILK Newsradio
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 8TH, 2018 –– After 24-years of mornings on CHR, last October Jason Barsky began doing fill-ins at Entercom-owned Newsradio WILKWilkes-Barre Scranton. But late last month he was officially given the nod to take over mid-mornings fulltime ahead of the Premiere-syndicated Rush Limbaugh at noon.
Barsky tells Jockline, "Special thanks for Pat Paxton for putting in a good word for me, because without previous news talk experience, I don't know that I would've ever gotten a shot. He said "He's a good guy". They gave me a shot. Now I'm here." Jason Barsky has been heard on the radio for more than 25 years, in cities like Trenton, NJ, Philadelphia, Sacramento, Harrisburg, and is now happy to call NEPA his home.
WWO Backstage Underway At AMA's
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 8TH, 2018 –– Westwood One, the official national radio partner of the 2018 American Music Award is offering radio stations, nationally syndicated shows, brands, and fans a comprehensive array of special programming and exclusive, multi-platform content to celebrate the most influential and iconic artists on the musicscene. Westwood One Backstage at the AMAs will feature a dynamic day of branded programming, first-class artist interviews, and exclusive backstage live performances at Radio Row. Firing up the backstage festivities on Monday, October 8, will be Crush Music’s MAX and 300 Entertainment’s multi-platinum DJ trio Cheat Codes (L).
Through WWO's partnership with the American Music Awards and dick clark productions, is offering its stations a special three-hour red carpet broadcast companion show airing Tuesday, October 9. The Hot AC/AC format will be hosted by Adam Bomb and The Bert Show’s Kristin Klingshirn, the Top 40 format will be hosted by Zach Sang Show, and the Urban/Urban AC version will be hosted by Kenny Smoov and Sissy Brown. The evening also includes a one-hour Red Carpet Special hosted by NASH NightsLive’s Elaina D. Smith and a one-hour Awards Wrap-Up.
For information about Westwood One Backstage at the AMAs radio row and programming, contact Neal Bird at firstname.lastname@example.org or (310) 840-4207. Bottom left photo: Mike McVay, EVP, Programming & Content, CUMULUS MEDIA and Westwood One, with Hollywood Records' Ocean Park Standoff, who performed at last night's backstage orientation..
EVENTS: iHeart ALTer Ego19' Concert Sells Out In Less Than A Minute
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 8TH, 2018 –– iHeartMedia announced that the 2019 iHeartRadio ALTer Ego officially sold out on the first day on sale. Due to the tremendous demand, the second annual music event sold out in less than a minute of being on sale to the general public.
“It was remarkable to watch how fast tickets for the 2019 iHeartRadio ALTer Ego sold out,” said Tom Poleman, Chief Programming Officer for iHeartMedia. “All tickets immediately went the moment we made them available. It speaks to the power of the lineup and how fast the ALTer Ego brand has grown in just two years.”
Beginning December26, iHeartRadio will launch a nationwide promotion to give Alt-Rock fans across the country the opportunity to win a trip to Los Angeles to attend iHeartRadio ALTer Ego. The promotion will run across more than 85 Alternative, Rock and Classic Rock 90s iHeartRadio stations. The event will broadcast live across over 70 Alternative and Rock iHeartRadio stations. iHeartRadio ALTer Ego is an iHeartMedia Production.
For more information, visit iHeartRadio.com/alterego.
The Kenny Smoov Morning Show To Debut On Cumulus' 92Q/WQQK-FM Nashville
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 5TH, 2018 –– Cumulus' Nashville Urban AC radio station 92Q/WQQK-FM will debut its new live and local morning show, “The Kenny Smoov Morning Show”, on Thursday, October 11, 2018, featuring longtime Nashville air talent and The Tennessean’s 2017 Favorite Radio Personality of the Year, Kenny Smoov. Smoov, a veteran radio programmer and air talent, will continue to serve 92Q as Program Director, in addition to his new role as Morning Show Host.
Joining Smoov on “The Kenny Smoov Morning Show” is Sissy Brown, radio personality, social media maven, and former Tennessee Titans cheerleader. Brown will bring “The Get Down”, hourly entertainment and gossip updates, and “Sissy’s Inbox” to the show. 92Q Evening Host, C-Dub, will round out the morning team as Producer and Social Media Director. Smoov said: “All Middle Tennesseans want to have a good time and that’s what we are going to deliver every morning on the show. You get enough vitriol and nastiness on TV and some of these other radio shows. I want to put on a show that you can drink your coffee to because you know we’re going to give you a smile, some information, a great contest, some music, and BAM...you’re at work! Thank you Allison Warren, Charlie Cook, Mike McVay, and Ken Johnson for this amazing opportunity in the Hottest City in the country.” PHOTO/L-R: C-Dub, Sissy Brown and Kenny Smoov (Host).
Sarah Lee Named Morning Co-Host At 96.9 The Kat Charlotte
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 5TH, 2018 –– iHeart has named Sarah Lee as its new morning drive co-host for 96.9 The Kat, Charlotte, effective October 15th. Lee will broadcast on Paul Schadt and Sarah Lee in the Morning weekdays from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. and Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., beginning October 22nd. Lee joins Country Radio Hall of Famer Paul Schadt to bring the latest country music hits from the biggest stars, blending music and family-friendly, fun conversation. She will report to Meg Stevens, Regional Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Virginia-Carolina Region and Program Director of 96.9 The Kat.
“We are delighted to bring Sarah Lee home to Charlotte,” said Stevens. “Her knowledge of the area, extraordinary work ethic, and intellect make her the perfect fit to join country radio’s renowned host Paul Schadt in the morning.” “I'm ecstatic to return to Charlotte and work on-air with one of my idols in the genre my parents raised me in,” said Lee. “Paul Schadt is not only a talent that I have respected for years, but he is a legend in the format, a mentor, a peer and a friend. It is my deepest honor to be able to call him partner, and a dream come true to wake up the Carolinas on 96.9 The Kat.” Lee joins the Charlotte market from Black River Entertainment, where she most recently served as an artist social media manager. In addition, she also served as on-air talent for several radio stations including, WRJY, the former WNOW and WNYL. Lee began her career as an intern for CBS Radio’s syndicated Ace & TJ Show in Charlotte, NC.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Veteran Programmer Scott Lindy Joins Futuri Media Team
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 5TH, 2018 –– Longtime programmer Scott Lindy has joined Futuri Media team of specialists. In his new role, Lindy will work with Futuri's radio partners to devise station-specific strategies for using the company's audience engagement technology, like POST, TopicPulse, and #engage, to drive ratings and revenue growth.
Lindy, most recently Program Director at Cumulus Media's country WKHX Kicks 101.5 Atlanta and Cumulus corporate Program Director, adds his more than 30 years programming experience to Futuri's Partner Success team. In addition to Cumulus, he's held programming positions at companies including iHeartMedia, SiriusXM Radio, Lincoln Financial and he's served on the boards of directors for several industry organizations, including the Country Music Association and Country Radio Broadcasters. "I've been a fan of Daniel Anstandig since the day we met," said Lindy of the Futuri Media CEO. "I'm so excited to join the talented team and invigorating culture he's built here, and to help our partners best use Futuri's truly innovative technology solutions to stand out in an increasingly crowded marketplace."
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JACOBS: 'Austin City Limits Radio' Garners 'Most Innovative' Honors
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 5TH, 2018 –– "Today, we dust off those coveted “Radio’s Most Innovative Awards” says Jacobs Media head, Fred Jacobs, adding,"This new initiative has nothing to do with technology – and has everything to do with partnerships." He explains that last month, Emmis' AAA formatted KGSR/Austin made a bold, innovative move, joining forces with the iconic Austin City Limits, known for its flagship TV show, music festival, and unique culture. The creative branding accomplishment was made possible through a licensing agreement with Austin City Limits Enterprises, the organization that created and manages the long-running, award-winning music television show Austin City Limits.
This isn’t the first time Austin City Limits Enterprises has entered into this type of agreement. The annual ACL music festival is a partnership with C3 Presents/Live Nation. And the ACL Live concert series is presented in conjunction with the Moody Theater, an Austin concert venue. Check out 1-minute video at left that explains ACLR's statement of purpose
To find out more about how the idea came together and what it means for the station’s future Fred Jacobs spoke with Program Director Emily Parker (R). She tells Jacobs the idea to become Austin City Limits Radio came from our afternoon host and long-time KGSR staffer, Andy Langer who has known Tom Gimbel, the President of ACL Enterprises and GM of Austin City Limits, for quite some time. They actually had a passing conversation about the idea a few months before it happened. READ COMPLETE INTERVIEW HERE
PODCAST: Spotify Testing Program Where Podcasters Can Share With Its 180m Users
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 5TH, 2018 –– Spotify is testing a new program that aims to significantly increase the number of podcasts it offers. According to The Wrap, the new program — titled “Spotify for Podcasters” — will let podcasters “easily” share their feeds with Spotify and reach its 180 million users, the Stockholm-based company said in a Wednesday blog post.
“For podcasters who run active podcasts and continue to publish episodes, new episodes will instantly be added to Spotify as soon as podcasters upload them to their host or aggregator,” the company said. Spotify hopes to lure in more podcasts by offering several audience measurement tools — including stats on listener demographics, listener locations, and engagement. Spotify started its push into original podcasts last year and recently launched its first branded original podcast series. According to PEW Research Center, U.S. podcasts pulled in $314 million in revenue in 2017, an 86 percent increase from the previous year. That’s bolstered by podcasts continuing to grow in popularity, with 17 percent of Americans 12 and older listening to a podcast on a weekly basis — up from 7 percent in 2013. PHOTO/Twitter
HONORS: Orlando's Sandra Carrasquillo Receives Lifetime Hispanic Achievers Award
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 5TH, 2018 –– – iHeartMedia Orlando on-air host Sandra Carrasquillo was honored with the Lifetime Hispanic Achiever’s Award at the Hispanic Achievers Heritage Month celebration in Orlando for her significant contributions to the Central Florida Hispanic community. Carrasquillo is the morning co-host of the new Acciòn 97.9, network anchor of Spanish language newscasts on the statewide FNN Hispana service and host of the weekly statewide news and public affairs program Florida Exclusivo, which is heard on 24 radio stations throughout Florida.
“We are so incredibly proud of Sandra for receiving this achievement award,” said Hector Marcano, Vice President and General Manager of Hispanic Media for the iHeartMedia North Florida Region. “She has been a lifelong contributor to the Hispanic community.” Carrasquillo began her radio career in 1985 at Orlando’s first Spanish station, WONQ-AM as a traffic reporter, promotions person, sales person, and eventually an on-air personality. She’s also worked as an on-air personality at Spanish talk radio station WPRD in Orlando and has been with iHeartMedia Orlando since 2005.
CRHOF Winner Steve Harmon One Of Five Inaugural Inductees To Trailblazer Society
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 5TH, 2018 –– Former SUNY-Adirondack student and recent Country Radio Hall of Fame winner Steve Harmon is one of five inaugural inductees to SUNY Adirondack’s Trailblazer Society, a new distinguished alumni program for the college. Ceremonies were held Friday at the school’s main campus in Queensbury. Steve came to WACC from Flushing, NY with visions of Biology, but the fun and fascination of the radio program quickly changed his mind.
As a student of former WABC-NY, Professor LeRoy Aiken, he studied Radio and TV Broadcasting and worked at the newly established WACC radio station. After graduating, Harmon left WACC to work at WBT-Charlotte, KPLX and KHKS-Dallas and WXTU-Philadelphia... Shown L-R: NASA's Dennis Harris, Sarah Ghent, Rich Johns and Brett Lange - Harmon top right.
FORMATICS: KINK Goes Pink During Breast Cancer Awareness Month
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 5TH, 2018 –– Alpha , Portland is announced for the second year, 101.9 KINK has changed its name to 101.9 PINK for the month of October. Throughout the month, 101.9 PINK will be raising money for the American Cancer Society in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Listeners who donate $40 or more will receive a limited edition KINK beanie, as well as opportunities for other incentives.
Alpha Media, Portland SVP/Market Manager, Lisa Decker commented on the announcement, “KINK is PINK to save lives, raise awareness and raise money to fight breast cancer in our community.” “For the month of October, I wear pink every day to show those facing a breast cancer diagnosis that they are not alone and I want to honor the millions of women that have bravely fought this disease,” remarked Mitch Elliott, 101.9 PINK Morning Show host. “The fight against breast cancer is very personal for me. I lost my mother when she was only 57. I feel blessed to work at KINK and all of the efforts to go Pink. Mitch is my hero, he truly wears pink every day of the month,” added Corey Foley, 101.9 PINK Morning Show host.
FORMATICS: BOB FM/KNOB Returns To Santa Rosa
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 5TH, 2018 –– After more than 5 years, 96.7 Bob FM makes it s triumphant return to the Sonoma County airwaves! Starting this week when you turn your knob to Bob you’ll find all your favorite classic hits in one place. Dray Lopez will be programming the station
Natalie, who was previously the 96.7 Bob FM midday host, rejoins the station from 10am - 3pm and Mike Watermann, a well-loved staple of the Sonoma County radio scene , joins the team as the afternoon personality from 3pm - 7pm.
EVENTS: Bones Show Celebrates 5th Annual Joy Week
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 5TH, 2018 –– iHeart's The Bobby Bones Show shared details for its fifth-annual Joy Week celebration. From October 8 -11, the CMA and ACM Award-winning radio show will once again encourage listeners to choose joy, spread happiness, and do good things for others with the biggest week of live studio performances by Country music stars. Kelsea Ballerini, Jon Pardi, Luke Combs and Old Dominion will join the popular program next week for hour-long, in-studio performances of their hits, as well as cover songs, with their bands. B
All proceeds will benefit military service members, veterans and their families. Since the #PimpinJoy movement was launched in 2014, more than $2.5 million dollars has been raised to support many worthy causes. For more information, please visit: https://www.theshopforward.com/collections/pimpinjoy or www.BobbyBones.com. Pictured: The Bobby Bones Show cast wearing the Joy Week limited-edition, neon #PimpinJoy apparel.
SNAPS: Cody Alan Hosts Screening For 'A Star Is Born'
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 5TH, 2018 –– Award-winning radio and CMT personality Cody Alan recently hosted a special screening of the upcoming Warner Bros. Pictures, Live Nation Productions and Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures’ film “A Star is Born,” with star, director, producer and co-screenplay writer Bradley Cooper.
After attendees watched the film at the AMC Dine-In Thoroughbred 20 in Franklin, Tennessee, Alan moderated a Q&A with Cooper, along with songwriter/producer and music coach Lukas Nelson, who, along with Promise of the Real, appears in the film as part of Cooper’s character’s band, and four-time Grammy-Award winning producer and soundtrack contributor Dave Cobb. Visit https://cmtcody.iheart.com/ for more information.
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Entercom Brings Classic Hits To DC With Launch Of 94.7 The Drive
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 4TH, 2018 –– Entercom, announced the launch of 94.7 The Drive (WIAD-FM) in Washington D.C. The station, formerly 94.7 Fresh FM, will provide the Capital Region with curated Classic Hits, including rock, pop and R&B hits from the 1980s, as well as mass appeal titles from the 1970s and 1990s.
“Washington D.C. is the only major market without a Classic Hits radio station,” said Phil Zachary, Senior Vice President and Market Manager,Entercom Washington D.C. “With Entercom’s track record in the format from New York to L.A., we have the wherewithal to capitalize on this unique opportunity. It’s no stretch to launch with a high level of confidence when Pat Paxton, Jim Ryan and Jeff Sottolano are part of the brain trust.”
The station launched with limited commercial inventory and will announce programming updates in the coming months.
iHeart’s The BIG 98, Launches Second Satellite Studio On Nashville’s Broadway
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 4TH, 2018 –– The BIG 98, Nashville announced that they have joined forces with TC Restaurant Group - who operate several restaurant venues in the Nashville area including; Jason Aldean’s Rooftop Kitchen + Bar, Luke Bryan’s 32 Bridge, FGL House, and more – to launch a satellite studio. The newly designed satellite studio is located on Historic South Broadway. “This is an unprecedented opportunity to bring iHeartCountry to Broadway and into Nashville’s newest venue, where Country music is made and played,” said Gator Harrison, iHeartCountry Brand Coordinator.
The new studio will be home to the CMA nominated Tige and Daniel show weekday afternoons from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Its location will allow WSIX to usher in a number of artists as well as serve as a special event studio for Cody Alan with CMT, The Bobby Bones Show and iHeartCountry station broadcasts from around the country. Nashville’s Historic Broadway is well-known for being an entertainment district and home to Nashville's live country music and most visited honky-tonks. In addition, Nashville’s Historic Broadway has easily become one of the most visited destinations in Nashville for both fans and artists alike. PHOTO/shutterstock
iHeartMedia Takes Stake In High Times
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 4TH, 2018 –– The Wall Street Journal reports that iHeartMedia will trade up to $10 million worth of advertising inventory for roughly a 5% stake in the publisher of High Times, the 44-year-old marijuana magazine. WSJ says no cash is to change hands with Hightimes Holding Corp., but provides the publisher with access to the media giant’s creative services and digital and radio advertising inventory as it gears up to sell shares to the public. High Times announced the transaction in a filing with Securities and Exchange Commission. High Times leads in a sector “increasingly of interest to both iHeart listeners and the population in general,” said Joe Robinson, president of iHeartMedia Ventures.
“Cannabis at the end of the day is mainstream,” said High Times Chief Executive Adam Levin. “And iHeart has a huge mainstream appeal. This gives them the opportunity to play in the cannabis sector without directly doing it themselves,” Mr. Levin said. High Times is offering the public shares via a regulatory shortcut known as Regulation A+, which lets companies sell limited amounts of stock before listing it on a national exchange.
The legal cannabis market in the U.S. grew 31% in 2017 to $8.5 billion, according to a report from cannabis industry investment and data network. The market is projected to reach $11 billion in consumer spending in 2018 and more than $23 billion by 2022.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Bruce Law Named VP/MM For Cumulus Grand Rapids
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 4TH, 2018 –– Cumulus has appointed Bruce Law as Vice President/Market Manager for its Grand Rapids, MI, radio station group. Law, a Michigan native, was previously President, Saga Communications of NC in Asheville, NC, where he also served as Vice President/General Manager. Prior to that, Law was Market President for Townsquare Media in Quad Cities, IA/IL.
Bob Walker, Executive Vice President, Operations, Cumulus, said: "We are thrilled to welcome Bruce back home to Grand Rapids. His passion for these brands and for Western Michigan is obvious and we are glad to have him on the team." Law said: "I am excited to be back home in Grand Rapids working with brands I have admired since I started my career in radio. Thank you to Mary Berner and Bob Walker for this opportunity. I can't wait to get started." CUMULUS MEDIA owns and operates five radio stations in Grand Rapids, including: WBBL-FM/107.3 (Sports); WHTS-FM/105.3 Hot FM (CHR); WJRW-AM/1340 (News/Talk); 97 WLAV-FM (Classic Rock); and WTNR-FM/NASH FM 94.5 (Country).
Beasley & Philly Flyers Renew Partnership
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 4TH, 2018 –– The Philadelphia Flyers and Beasley Media Group announced a renewed broadcast partnership that includes 97.5 The Fanatic as the flagship station of the Flyers Radio Network, and 93.3 WMMR as a partner broadcast station as part of a multi-year partnership extension. Since 2012, 97.5 The Fanatic and 93.3 WMMR have broadcast all Flyers preseason, regular season and Stanley Cup Playoff games, and that will continue into next season and beyond.
The first “Fanatic Flyers Weekly” hosted by Jason Myrtetus and Chris Therien will air this Thursday from 6-7 p.m. Flyers radio broadcasts will also continue to be streamed in real time on PhiladelphiaFlyers.com, 975TheFanatic.com or 933WMMR.com, and corresponding mobile apps. “The Flyers have been part of the backbone of the Fanatic’s programming, so we look forward to continuing this great partnership,” said Joe Bell, vice president/market manager at Beasley Media Group. “The addition of the weekly show hosted by Jason Myrtetus allows us to provide an even deeper dive into Flyers Hockey.”
NETWORKS: Premiere Unveils FSR Fall Weekend Lineup
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 4TH, 2018 –– Premiere Networks announced a new weekend lineup on FOX Sports Radio (FSR) for the 2018 fall season. Joining the fall lineup is five-year NFL veteran Bucky Brooks (TL), who teams up with FSR personality Mark Willard (TR) to host Saturdays from 4 - 8 p.m. ET. Plus, veteran radio and TV sports personality Kelvin Washington partners with FSR’s Steve Hartman on Saturdays from 1 - 4 p.m. ET, and he also joins FSR weekend host and 13-Year NFL Veteran/NFC Champion Ephraim Salaam on Sundays to host Red Zone Radio from 5 - 8 p.m. ET.
“Coupled with the recent additions of RJ Bell, Chris Broussard and Rob Parker to our weekday lineup, FOX Sports Radio has the best array of talent to provide thoughtful insight and entertaining commentary for all sports fans both on weekdays and weekends,” said Scott Shapiro, VP of Sports Programming for Premiere Networks. “When sports news breaks or action on the field develops, we are live 24/7 to provide instantaneous reaction with perspective and opinions from the best minds in the game.”
CBS News Launches 'CBS Connect' Designed Specifically For Music FMs
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 4TH, 2018 –– The CBS News Radio Network is launching CBS Connect, a new offering created to provide news, entertainment and information designed specifically for FM music listeners. CBS Connect will also offer a morning show prep service that includes actualities, daily audio features, written stories, and digital content.
“CBS Connect is the latest addition to our suite of offerings for radio stations,” said Craig Swagler, General Manager of CBS News Radio. “The launch of CBS Connect demonstrates our commitment to providing our broadcast partners with the tools, services, and content they need to win in our hyper-competitive media environment.” The Connected Minute' is anchored by Jennifer Brown, an anchor, reporter and radio host who has been with CBS since 2005. She began her career at WBBM-AM in Chicago. For more information, go to CBSAudio.com.
EVENTS: Alessia Cara Among Headliners During iHeart's Jingle Ball 2018 Tour
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 4TH, 2018 –– iHeartMedia will once again celebrate the holiday season across the nation with its annual "iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour 2018 Presented by Capital One®." The full artist line-up will be announced on October 9. In advance, iHeartMedia and Capital One are excited to announce that Grammy Award winning artist, Alessia Cara will perform at select stops throughout the tour, joining previously announced performer Bebe Rexha. For the fourth straight year, Capital One will be the national presenting partner for the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour.
The iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour Presented by Capital One will stop in Dallas; Los Angeles; San Francisco; Minneapolis; Boston; Philadelphia; New York; Washington, D.C.; Chicago; Atlanta; Tampa and Miami/Ft. Lauderdale. The iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour is produced by Tom Poleman, Chief Programming Officer for iHeartMedia and John Sykes, President of Entertainment Enterprises for iHeartMedia. PHOTO/ Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeartMedia
Ty, Kelly & Chuck's Kelly Ford To Serve As Host Committee Chair Of 'Play Like A Girl' Event
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 4TH, 2018 –– Cumulus announced that top Country radio personality and women’s advocate, Kelly Ford, Co-Host of nationally-syndicated morning radio show, “Ty, Kelly and Chuck”, will serve as Host Committee Chair of the Play Like a Girl Honors Gala. The black-tie event will benefit the national non-profit organization, Play Like a Girl, and will be held on Monday, November 26, 2018, from 6:00-9:00pm at the Marriott Hotel in Franklin, TN.
Ford joins fellow Host Committee Chair Danielle Breezy, WKRN Chief Meteorologist, and Honorary Chair, Trisha Yearwood, platinum-selling, multiple Grammy, CMA and ACM Award winning vocalist, for the gala evening that will celebrate the achievements of leading women and men in sports and the girls they inspire. The Play Like a Girl Honors Gala will raise funds for programs that inspire leadership through sport and build confidence in girls on and off the field. The Play Like a Girl Honors Gala will be hosted by Cari Champion of ESPN and will include a cocktail reception and silent auction, with a dinner featuring keynote speaker and Founder’s Award recipient, professional tennis player Madison Keys.
Kelly Ford said: “Elevating girls and women is a passion project for me, and I am honored to help raise awareness and funds for these incredible programs benefiting girls through sport as Host Committee Chair of the Play Like a Girl Honors Gala. I look forward to seeing a full house in Franklin on November 26th as we celebrate some incredible men and women in sports and the girls they inspire.” For more information, visit www.cumulusmedia.com.
PODCASTS: 'FoodStuff' Hits The Road
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 4TH, 2018 –– The hosts of FoodStuff now brings you Savor. Hosts Anney Reese and Lauren Vogelbaum hit the road to interview the culinary creators and consumers of the world, digging into how people live, how they eat and why.
Talking to culinary experts from around the world, Savor examines the psychology behind our taste buds and takes listeners on a flavorful journey, exploring questions such as why we enjoy the food we enjoy and how we can all find more of those things.
WATCH - New Zealand Host Loses It When Channing Tatum Calls Her “Amazing”
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 4TH, 2018 –– Bree Tomasel (shown), from ZM, in New Zealand is a fan of Hollywood star Channing Tatum. Earlier this year, Channing followed Bree on Instagram, and the two exchanged direct messages, but now the saga has gone even deeper. Friend of the show and Hollywood reporter Dean McCarthy spoke to Channing about Bree at the premiere of his new movie Small Foot. Bree absolutely lost her mind as Clint played back the audio from the interview, warning him that it better not be an impersonator.
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Gibraltar Gets It’s First Commercial Radio Station - The British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar has a new commercial radio station known as Rock Radio. Presenters Neil and Gianna launched the station at 8am local time, which is Gibraltar’s first independent commercial radio station. It joins state-owned Radio Gibraltar and a local British Forces Broadcasting Service. Rock Radio is on 99.2 FM locally, along with DAB+ and online. Gibraltar has a population of approximately 32,000 people living in an area 2.6 square mile at the southern tip of Spain. It’s where John London and Yoko Ono we’re married in 1969.
Pamela Joyce Will Cover Paula MacSweeney at Today FM In Ireland - Pamela Joyce is taking over Early Breakfast on Today FM while regular presenter Paula MacSweeney goes on maternity leave. Paula, who also hosts the showbiz reports on The Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show, took on the 5-7am slot in 2015. She announced her pregnancy in April this year and now leaves the show with Irish comedian Pamela Joyce for the next six months.
Breakfast And Drive Changes At BBC Radio Kent - BBC Radio Kent breakfast show presenter John Warnett is moving to Drivetime from November 5th after 23 years waking up the county. A new incoming breakfast presenter, yet to be announced by the station, will join as Anna Cookson’s new co-host.
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The Tommy Show, Others Exit 94.7 Fresh FM Wash. DC Ahead Of Station Changes
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 3RD, 2018 –– Tommy McFly, beloved host of The Tommy Show along with Jen Richer & Kelly Collis, aired their last show yesterday on 94.7 Fresh along with other on-air staff members. DCRTV who first broke the news, says in addition to The Tommy Show, Dana McKay, and Britt Waters (L) are also out. According to The Washington Post, new Entercom Market Manager Phil Zachary said the company will unveil the planned changes to the station during a Wednesday afternoon webinar for advertisers.
McFly tells Jockline, "The station is changing, we are not. Kelly Collis, Jen Richer and I are so grateful for what we've built and the opportunity we've had ... as we figure out what the next steps in our journey will be we're looking back with incredible gratitude. During our incredible run I was tapped by President and Michelle Obama as first emcee in White House Easter Egg Roll history, in May we won Washingtonian Magazine's publicly-voted "Best Radio Personalities"award; we've hand delivered more than 30,000 Georgetown Cupcakes to teachers all around the Beltway, rallied thousands to join us at the annual Wreaths Across America at Arlington National Cemetery and hosted national events for the National Association of Broadcasters. Today Kelly is taking her kids to school for the first time in seven years, Jen is working on obedience training her pups, and I'm at NBC4-TV where my role is likely to expand for the time being. We'll continue to communicate with our Tommy Show family on social media and fulfill our commitments to the community." Those wishing to connect with Tommy are asked to contact Paul Anderson at Workhouse Media at 206-352-3200 or email HERE
Buck Wise Named New Morning Show Host At 105.1 The Buzz Portland
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 3RD, 2018 –– Entercom announced the addition of Buck Wise to 105.1 The Buzz (KRSK-FM) in Portland as morning show host, effective immediately. “Buck brings a magnetic personality and passion to Buzz mornings,” said Bill Ashenden, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Portland. “We’re excited to add him to the Portland team.”
“I’m honored to be joining the talented Entercom Portland family,” said Wise. “I’ve admired Bill Ashenden and Brian Bridgman’s [Program Director for 105.1 The Buzz] approach to local entertaining radio and I’m excited to work with them as a member of the KRSK team.” Wise has 15 years of broadcast experience, including on-air roles for KFMS in Las Vegas, KYSR in Los Angeles, WKQI in Detroit and KKRZ in Portland.
For First Time In 51-Year History, BBC Radio 2 Names Its First-Ever Morning Female Host
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 3RD, 2018 –– Zoe Ball has been announced as the new Breakfast show presenter on Radio 2 Zoe Ball will be the new presenter of BBC Radio 2's Breakfast Show reports BBC. The show's current host Chris Evans revealed the news live on air, as part of his "great job Wednesday" segment. "This is bonkers. I'm not underestimating the task ahead of me," said Ball, revealing she "definitely didn't expect to get the call" from Radio 2 bosses. The star, was the first female breakfast show host on Radio 1 and will now repeat the honour on Radio 2. She becomes the seventh person to host the UK's most listened-to breakfast show full-time.
Ball, who earned between £250,000 ($324k US) and £299,000 ($388k US) for her various presenting jobs at the BBC last year, will get a significant pay rise for her new role. Evans, 52, was paid £1.6m last year to host the show, which is listened to by a weekly audience of 9 million people. Speaking to the BBC's Lizo Mzimba on Wednesday, Ball said she was "not expecting the same" as Evans but was "very, very happy with what the BBC are paying me." READ MORE HERE
Ron Valeri Exits WAAF Boston For New Venture
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 3RD, 2018 –– Longtime WAAF 107.3 FM PD Ron Valeri said he made his intentions to leave the station last May, but agreed to stay while a search for his replacement took place. The news comes as he plans to start a new home-based business with the wife. In a message to his staff, he wrote: "Today is my last day here at Entercom. These most recent 13 years have flown by. I credit many of you for that, being that ‘time flies when you’re having fun!’ I’ll miss the daily interactions with several of you, as well as the strong sense of tribalism and pride that comes with sticking with a company and its team for any extended period of time. "Thank You for your camaraderie all these years. I’m particularly grateful for the contributions made by so many on the WAAF staff. It’s been a privilege and my good fortune to have these smart and highly dedicated people working tirelessly on the brand."
He added, "I’m truly lucky to have been surrounded by and supported by such a talented team. Also, very special thanks to our Boston Big Guy, Mark Hannon. I’ve enjoyed working for Mark immensely. You’re all in good hands with him moving forward." With regard to his future plans, Valeri said, "I’ll be diving head first into a new venture starting tomorrow! None of this ‘life design’ would be possible for me at this juncture had it not been for the opportunities afforded me by Pat Paxton, David Field and Weezie Kramer. I can't thank them enough for their many years of mentorship and support."
Entercom & Washington Redskins Team For New Partnership Across All Platforms
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 3RD, 2018 –– Entercom announced a new broadcast partnership with the NFL's Washington Redskins.. As part of the agreement, Entercom Washington D.C. stations will provide coverage of the team across all of their platforms. Spanish broadcasts of all Washington Redskins football games will be heard on El Zol Deportes (WJFK-AM) in Washington D.C., as well as the station’s website, elzoldeportes.com, a part of the Radio.com network, on the Radio.com app and on the Redskins mobile app. In addition to Spanish language game broadcasts, 106.7 The Fan (WJFK-FM), 94.7 Fresh FM (WIAD-FM), El Zol 107.9 (WLZL-FM) and WPGC 95.5 FM (WPGC-FM) will provide ancillary coverage of the team.
“We’re excited to partner with the Washington Redskins and bring Spanish language coverage of the team to fans in the community,” said Phil Zachary, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Washington D.C. “As the unrivaled leader in sports radio, we remain committed to expanding our sports content and reaching an even broader audience.” As part of the agreement, 106.7 The Fan and WPGC 95.5 FM will become the official pregame tailgate partners. WPGC 95.5 FM DJ Romeo and DJ Redz will spin hip-hop hits from the WPGC Red Zone Tailgate and DJ Jealousy (R) has been named the official DJ of FedExField (shown). On-air personalities from 106.7 The Fan’s morning show “The Sports Junkies” (TL)will broadcast live on-air segments while interacting with fans as part of “The Sports Junkies Pregame Show.”
iHeart Houston & NBA's Rockets Extend Partnership
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 3RD, 2018 –– iHeartMedia Houston and the Houston Rockets today announced a continuation of their long-term partnership to keep Sportstalk 790 AM, Houston's Live & Local Sports Talk radio station, the home of the Houston Rockets. Rockets fans will continue to hear all regular season games, in addition to pre-game, post-game as well as all other Rockets’ related programming on Sportstalk 790 AM. In addition, all the games will also broadcast on 94.5 HD channel 2 and many of the games will be simulcast on KTRH AM 740 and 99.1 HD channel 2.
“We’re thrilled to be able to continue our partnership with the Rockets. The team is poised to make a championship run and the next several seasons promise to be very exciting,” said Bryan Erickson, Director of AM Programming, iHeartMedia Houston. Sportstalk 790 AM is also the radio home for the Houston Astros as well as The University of Texas football and basketball.
Beasley Launches Esports Initiative Company And Acquires Checkpoint Radio
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 3RD, 2018 –– Beasley Media Group has announced the launch of the company’s new Esports initiative, BEASLEY XP and the acquisition of the only internationally syndicated Esports gaming lifestyle radio show, CHECKPOINT RADIO. The announcement was made on Tuesday, October 2nd during the 2018 Esports Business Summit at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada. CHECKPOINT, a weekly two-hour show that is also found on the twitch platform, features Co-hosts Nathan Bender, Norris Howard (shown above with Caroline Beasley), Robbie Landis and Joe Sloan.
“Our company is excited to enter the growing arena of Esports,” said Beasley Media Group Chief Executive Officer Caroline Beasley. “It’s a great way for us to reach future generations of listeners as we continue to focus on new and innovative ways to grow and transform the way we do business as a company.” “Beasley Media Group is committed to great content creation and content acquisition,” said EVP of Strategy & Innovation Buzz Knight. “Adding CHECKPOINT to our roster brings us into the innovative world of Esports.”
EVENTS: KSHE 95 Presents Classic Car Show
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 3RD, 2018 –– KSHE 95 St. Louis will present is 2018 KSHE Classic Car Show at Chesterfield Amphitheater on Saturday, October 6th, 2018. Listeners are invited to show off their classic car or truck for a chance at first, second, and third place prizes professionally judged by Mann’s Restoration.
The 2018 KSHE Classic Car Show is sponsored by Overhead Door Company of St. Louis, Car Craft Auto Body and O’Fallon Brewery.
SNAPS: The Band Gets Back Together Again
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 3RD, 2018 –– Westwood One’s SVP, Digital Tim Sabean (TL) got a visit yesterday from Jackie "The Joke Man" Martling; Gregg "Opie" Hughes, host of Opie Radio on Westwood One Podcast Network; and “Stuttering” John Melendez, all, with the exception of Opie, formerly of The Howard Stern Show.
Needless to say, the laughs were loud and plenty.
K104 Seeks Elite Music Director
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 3RD, 2018 –– K104 Dallas asks: Are you a “music maven” and “cultural curator” ready to elevate your brand, career and creativity? • Is your passion for people, music, culture and community unmatched? • Do you live, love and breathe the “Hip Hop” lifestyle? • Have you mastered music scheduling and how to create the perfect music flow? • Can you carefully craft the perfect playlist every hour, every day? • Can you create compelling content and experiences that captivate 18-34 listeners on-air, on social media and in person? • Do you seek every opportunity to place the brand in listeners lives in “authentic” and “unexpected” ways where they work, live and play? If so, Service Broadcasting Group may have a rare opportunity for you in the 5th largest market in America, Dallas, TX.
Elite music director candidates can send their resumes/package to SBG HR Manager Debbie Henry at firstname.lastname@example.org No phone calls please. Service Broadcasting is an equal opportunity employer (EEO).
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Louie Diaz Adds VP Stripes At Cumulus
Continues To Serve As OM For Cumulus Atlanta & PD For Q100 Atlanta
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 2ND, 2018 ––Cumulus Media has promoted Louie Diaz to VP/Contemporary for the Cumulus. Diaz (L), who joined Cumulus in 2014 and arrived in Atlanta in 2016, will continue as OM for Cumulus Media Atlanta and PD over WWWQ (Q100). Mike McVay, EVP, Content & Programming, for Cumulus Media and Westwood One, said, "This move recognizes the success that our company has had with Louie Diaz, first in Dallas, then in D.C. and now in Atlanta. We're excited to have him join the team in the Office of Programming at Cumulus Media."
Diaz commented, "From the moment I started my career at WPLJ/New York, I knew I’d found my passion for radio. I'm very excited to work with the best personalities and programmers in the country. I want to thank Mary Berner and Mike McVay for this great opportunity, and I especially want to thank Atlanta Market Manager Sean Shannon for allowing me to expand my horizons. It is a real honor to be a part of this great team at Cumulus Media."
Marc Farzetta And Tra Thomas Taking Over Mornings At 97.5 The Fanatic Philadelphia
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 2ND, 2018 ––Anthony Gargano will remain at Beasley's 97.5 The Fanatic as Marc Farzetta, Tra Thomas take over morning show reports philly.com. The show will debut on Monday, Oct. 8th. Named Farzetta and Tra in the Morning alongside former Eagles offensive lineman William "Tra" Thomas, who jumped to The Fanatic from WIP in July and has been acting as a fill-in host. Thomas is a three-time Pro Bowler who played 10 seasons for the Eagles. Marc Farzetta will replace Anthony Gargano who will take over co-hosting duties on the Fanatic's midday show, alongside current host Jason Myrtetus.
"I'm thrilled to remain with my Fanatic family," Gargano said in a statement. He said he was "blessed" to work on his passions: Philly sports and his writing projects. Former Daily News reporter Bob Cooney and producer Jamie Lynch (known to listeners as "The Bro") will both remain on the morning show.
Musexpo Names Jimmy Steal As Its 2019 'International Music Person Of The Year'
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 2ND, 2018 – MUSEXPO has announced it’s honoree for 2019’s “International Music Person of the Year” as Jimmy Steal, VP/Programming and Program Director of Los Angeles' “Power 106” KPWR, and Classic Hip–Hop KDAY (93.5). In MUSEXPOs announcement, it says "Under Steal’s stewardship, Power 106 has become the world’s most influential hip–hop radio station, which has also shaped U.S. and global pop culture. During that time he’s also developed a number of influential on–air personalities, programs, and strategies. More recently Jimmy has his team focused on effectively fortifying/freshening their legacy brand fending off the latest in a long line of hip–hop competitors over the years."
Prior to his current role at Meruelo Media, and his 18 years with Emmis as National Digital Program Director/VP of Programming, Steal started out at WXXL Orlando as APD/MD and on–air talent. He then took on the same roles at KEGL Dallas. After a quick stint as PD at WKRQ Cincinnati, Steal returned to Texas as Director of Programming & Operations at Clear Channel Dallas. Musexpo presented by A&R Worldwide serve as co-presenters of Joel Denver's Worldwide Radio Summit.
HONORS: 'Dollar' Bill Lawson To Receive CRS 2019 Tom Rivers Humanitarian Award
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 2ND, 2018 –– The Country Radio Broadcasters have announced “Dollar” Bill Lawson, WDXB Morning Show Personality, as the recipient of the CRS 2019 Tom Rivers Humanitarian Award. To be presented during Country Radio Seminar 2019, Lawson will be recognized following the Opening Ceremonies on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019.
The Tom Rivers Humanitarian Award is named in honor of CRB Board member Tom Rivers, who died in 2004 at age 38 of bronchial asthma. Rivers, known for his work at WQYK, Tampa/St. Petersburg and WUSN, Chicago, was highly regarded for his public service. Past recipients of the Tom Rivers Humanitarian Award include Dan Halyburton, Peter Smyth, Jeff Smulyan, Mary Quaas, George G. Beasley, and more.
Bill Lawson’s career in Birmingham began in 1979 at WERC-FM. His leap into Country music came in the early 80’s where he worked under the helm of Rusty Walker at WZZK. At that time, Lawson did Middays and soon moved to Mornings where he co-hosted the show with the late Patti Wheeler. Together, they had 20 years of being number one. They left in early 2002 and that Fall, Bill and Patti were hired by Tom Hanrahan of iHeartMedia when he launched 102.5 The Bull (WDXB). Patti retired in 2008 and in the last ten years, Lawson has been paired with Madison Reeves as part of The Dollar Bill and Madison Show on The Bull.
WWO & Xapp Media Team To Bring Voice Activated Marketing To Ad Market
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 2ND, 2018 –– Appearing yesterday on an Advertising Week panel in New York City, Suzanne Grimes (TC), EVP Marketing for Cumulus and President, Westwood One, announced that Westwood One and XAPP media are launching a new program to help national brands enter the fast-growing voice enabled ecosystem. Westwood One will collaborate on content, build and distribute the voice app, provide significant launch and ongoing promotional support, and track and optimize results.
“Emerging audio platforms are among the greatest opportunities for brands and publishers to engage with consumers. Voice will be the easiest way to directly reach and interact with consumers — and it will be on their terms,” said Grimes, “It’s important to understand how this new marketplace dynamic redefines commerce and advertising strategy. Now is the time to build a sound strategy, and we have the experience, tools, and audience to help brands achieve success.” To learn how your brand can leverage voice apps please contact Mark Wildman, Executive Vice President of Audio Active Group at Westwood One, at MWildman@WestwoodOne.com or (212) 419-2978.
SYNDICATION: 'Throwback Nation Radio' Debuts In Multiple U.S. Markets
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 2ND, 2018 ––The all-new Classic Hits music radio show, “Throwback Nation Radio” debuted last night from 7:00pm-12:00 Midnight on AC and Classic Hits stations in multiple markets across the U.S., including Green Bay, WI; Montgomery, AL; and Kauai, HI. Tony Lorino, CEO and Weekday On-Air Host, “Throwback Nation Radio”, said: “As we watch the passion for classic music continue to grow by leaps and bounds, we are so excited to bring a new, exciting option for stations to entertain their audience at night. These aren’t your parents’ or grandparents’ “moldy oldies”, and there are no slow songs or ballads - These are upbeat, fun songs that the audience LOVES, presented in a fresh new way. We are so thankful to be able to provide a new option for stations as they continue to evolve so that the music they play and the presentation they give matches their format 24 hours a day.”
For more information about “Throwback Nation Radio” or to get “Throwback Nation Radio” for your station, visit: www.throwbacknationradio.com or contact Dan Holiday, Affiliate Relations Representative at: email@example.com or 800.967.0130. PHOTO/ Prince impersonator with Jim Bohannon, nationally syndicated host, "The Jim Bohannon Show", Westwood One.
WATCH - The Woody Show Announces Lineup For iHeart's 'ALTer Ego'On LA TV
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 2ND, 2018 ––– Woody, Menace, Ravey and Greg Gory of The Woody Show announced the lineup for iHeartRadio ALTer Ego 2019 on LA's KTLA! iHeartRadio ALTer Ego is coming to The Forum on January 19, 2019 featuring twenty one pilots, Muse, The Killers, Weezer, Rise Against, Bishop Briggs and The Revivalists. “Thiswill be one of the strongest alternative performance lineups to ever appear on one stage,” said Tom Poleman, Chief Programming Officer for iHeartMedia. “It’s such a strong lineup that it’s impossible to refer to any one of these incredible artists as the headliner – in fact, several of the performers have told us that it’s a show they would want to go to even if they weren’t already on the bill.”
iHeartRadio ALTer Ego is part of iHeartMedia’s roster of incredibly successful, nationally recognized concert events, including the iHeartRadio Music Festival, iHeartRadio Music Awards, the nationwide iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Concert Tour, iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina, the iHeartCountry Festival by AT&T and the iHeartRadio Wango Tango by AT&T. “This has become Alternative Music’s biggest night,” said John Sykes, President of Entertainment Enterprises for iHeartMedia. WATCH HERE
EVENTS: 93.1 Katy Country Raises $50,000 For Law Enforcement In Golf Outing
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 2ND, 2018 ––Alpha N. Dallas-Sherman-McKinney's 93.1 Katy Country (KMKT) partnered with a local car dealership to raise $50,000 for the Texoma Back the Badge Foundation with the 2nd Annual Wheeler and Castellanos, Back the Badge Memorial Golf Tournament. Funds raised came from sponsor donations and community members who competed in the tournament. Additional money was raised through a ball drop where golf balls were dropped from a helicopter onto the green and the first ball landing in the hole won. The owner of the ball was granted $1,000 while the remainder of the money raised went to the tournament beneficiaries.
93.1 Katy Country Content Director, Zac Grantham commented on the announcement, “The Texoma community is truly amazing when it comes to supporting local law enforcement. I am overwhelmed by our listeners and sponsors generosity! A total of $80,000 has been raised for this cause in just two years.” The tournament was renamed after two law enforcement officers, Rickey Wheeler and Vinny Castellanos who lost their battles to cancer earlier this year. Both officers played in the inaugural tournament in 2017.
Public Radio KXT 91.7 Dallas Hosts 2nd Annual 'Local Music Month' For North Texas
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 2ND, 2018 –– For the second year in a row, KXT 91.7 FM Dallas is highlighting North Texas’ thriving music scene by declaring October Local Music Month. Through amplified efforts, both on-air and out in the community, Local Music Month aims to engage listeners with the North Texas music community and provide exposure to the unique and talented musicians that call North Texas home. Local Music Month began in 2017 when KXT launched an exciting new programming schedule of locally-produced content, including What’s New with Gini Mascorro on Mondays and The KXT Local Show with Amy Miller on Thursdays.
As a commercial-free, member-supported, listener-driven public radio station, KXT is committed to providing support to North Texas musicians year-round on these and other programs. In the month of October, this continuous support will be magnified through increased airtime for musicians from or based in North Texas; local artist features both on-air and online at kxt.org and artandseek.org; a KXT in-studio session and interview with up-and-coming North Texas talent; and more. . For more information about KXT’s Local Showcase at Four Corners Brewery and Local Music Month, visit kxt.org.
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Country Radio Goes Silent For 58 Seconds Today On Anniversary Of Vegas Tragedy
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 1ST, 2018 –– A 58-second moment of silence will be observed today by country radio stations and others around the nation in honor of the victims of the tragic shooting at the Route 91 Festival in Las Vegas one year ago. Variety reports the tribute will include all stations across all formats thorough the state of Nevada, along with a host of record companies, publishers and other music organizations in Nashville and other music capitals. The 58 seconds pays tribute to the 58 people who were killed on Oct. 1, 2017. The silence will be observed at 10:05 a.m. PT and 1:05 ET. The tribute will also be in honor of more than 500 victims who were injured and survived the tragedy.
Among the dozens of organizations confirmed as participating so far are BMI, ASCAP, the Academy of Country Music, the Country Music Association, SiriusXM, iHeart Country, CMT, CAA the Association of Music Publishers and virtually every label in Nashville, including Big Machine, Black River and the Music Row divisions of Warner Music, Sony Music and the Universal Music Group. Following the tragedy, numerous vigils took place near the concert grounds and the "Country Strong" mantra covered street signs and billboards throughout Las Vegas.
To commemorate the anniversary, Benztown created a special audio tribute to victims of the October 1, 2017, tragedy at the Route 91 Harvest Festival. It was written, voiced and produced by Scott Mayton, Director of Programming & Imaging, Benztown - listen HERE. PHOTO/Route 91 Harvest Festival
Ellen K Debuts New Podcast Network
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 1ST, 2018 –– iHeartMedia's Ellen K, host of KOST 103.5’s top rated Ellen K Morning Show and nationally syndicated weekend host has announced the launch of The Ellen K Podcast Network, a tell-all podcast network that shares behind the scenes stories from Ellen K’s career and dives deeper into the stories of the day. The network will launch three new podcasts on iHeartRadio and will stream to millions of listeners on iHeartRadio and are available for download everywhere podcasts are found.
“I’m so excited to invite listeners into our studio through The Ellen K Podcast Network,” said Ellen K. “The opportunity to explore daily topics and everyday situations in a deeper way is thrilling to me. I use to get in trouble in school for talking too much during class, and thanks to iHeartRadio I can continue my passion for connecting with listeners after the morning radio show is off air.” Ellen K is the host of a top-rated morning show on KOST 103.5 in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles native landed her hosting duties after co-hosting with Ryan Seacrest and Rick Dees for years on KIIS FM Los Angeles, and on the nationally syndicated On Air With Ryan Seacrest. Ellen recently voiced The Academy Awards as well as the Grammy Awards and is the recipient to a variety of awards and honors including the annual Genie Award, the inaugural Air-blazer award presented at Morning Show Boot Camp by Women Inspiring Women in Radio’ and was recently honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Scotus Hearings Spike Talk Radio Listening
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 1ST, 2018 –– Last week's Hearings with Professor Christine Blasey Ford and Scotus nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh spiked more than TV viewing (Deadline reported a whooping 11.05 million tuned in on cable to watch the proceedings. Among the broadcast nets, ABC was first in overall viewership with 3.3 million). The proceedings were a boon for radio, as well. Radio listening saw dramatic gains as well. Among the many included iHeart's (The digital music and live radio streaming service) News / Talk stations was up dramatically during Thursday's hearings.
According to its data, listeners tuned into KFI-AM in Los Angeles 70% more compared to last week (photo above of it's Bill Handel Show). Similarly, KTRH-AM in Houston was up 80%, WOR-AM in New York was up 31%, KEIB-AM in Los Angeles was up 44% and WISN-AM in Milwaukee was up 42%.
Bob Pittman Moderates 'An America Divided: Are We Listening?' Panel at Advertising Week New York
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 1ST, 2018 –– Those in New York and in the advertising business usually see the country through the lens of Manhattan – and sometimes LA and Miami. But changes, including political changes, of the last few years have brought to light that this isn’t fully representative of all of America. The Hispanic population of America is now 18%; the African American population is now 13%; and a quarter of a billion people live outside New York and Los Angeles. Effective marketers need to understand everyone – not just their neighbors here.
Bob Pittman, Chairman and CEO of iHeartMedia, Inc., will moderate a panel at the 2018 Advertising Week New York including Amy Brown, co-host of the Bobby Bones Show, the No. 1 national country radio show based in Nashville; Enrique Santos, the No. 1 Spanish language personality in Miami syndicated on iHeart Spanish language stations around the country – and who also does a weekly English language show on Hispanic culture and music on pop stations like KTU in New York and KIIS FM in Los Angeles; Elvis Duran, New York City’s premier morning show host on Z100 which is syndicated across America in markets like Miami and Phoenix to Des Moines, Iowa and Stephanie Ruhle, the anchor of MSNBC Live. The panel will explore what the multiple voices are in America today; what marketers don’t understand about this audience; and the best way to reach the
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Chuck Deskins Jr. Named SVP Of Inside Sales For iHeart
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 1ST, 2018 –– Chuck Deskins, Jr. has been named Senior Vice President of Inside Sales, effective immediately. Deskins will report to James Donovan, Executive Vice President of Inside Sales for iHeartMedia, and will be based out of St. Petersburg, Florida. In his new role, Deskins will manage iHeartMedia’s team of Inside Sellers and Managers and create advertising opportunities for brands and iHeartMedia partners across the company’s vast array of platforms including radio broadcasting, digital, mobile, outdoor, live concerts and events and more.
Deskins brings over 30 years of sales experience to iHeartMedia’s Inside Sales team, most recently as a partner at C3 Media advertising agency. He began his career as an Account Executive for Jacor Broadcasting in Cincinnati and moved to their Tampa market in 1992, where he remained with the market when the company was purchased by iHeartMedia and rose to the position of Director of Sales. After spending 14 years with the Tampa market, Deskins was named Market President and General Manager for iHeartMedia Atlanta in 2006. His recent experience also includes serving as the owner/publisher of Coastal Angler Magazine and as a partner at Advantage Marketing advertising agency.
NETWORKS: Bob Brinker Stepping Down From 'MoneyTalk' After 32-Year Run
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 1ST, 2018 –– After more than 32 years of hosting MoneyTalk, Bob Brinker has decided to step away from radio. Bob will continue to write and publish Marketimer, his award-winning investment newsletter, and says it's time for him to “take his weekends back and enjoy Sundays with his family.”
The team at Westwood One congratulates Bob on his unprecedented radio career as the #1 weekend financial show, and wishes him the best. For more information on weekend programming for your radio station please contact Stuart Greenblatt at firstname.lastname@example.org or (212) 419-2946.
PODCAST: 'It’s Not A Bubble, It’s A Business,' Steve Goldstein
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 1ST, 2018 –– In Amplifi Media's Steve Goldstein latest blog, he points to a few good reminders about where we are with podcasting: Creating good content is hard - Anyone can start a podcast. Creating something unique and sustainable with a fresh voice is far more challenging.
We ran a blog post a few weeks ago pointing out that only about 25% of the 550,000 podcast titles are still in production. Some finished their runs, but most were abandoned. No matter the medium - TV, video, radio, movies - creating compelling and durable content is daunting. Finding an audience is hard– Who’s got time to listen to all of this stuff?
Goldstein adds, "Having been involved with content development for a long time, I can tell you that no one has a firm grasp on the alchemy for creating a hit. 60% of the TV shows created by the big 4 TV networks last year ended in cancellation (including one about podcasting). For podcast creators hoping not to get trapped in a “bubble,” keep in mind, there are an awful lot of crime podcasts out there right now. Maybe that’s just another yogurt shop. - Read Blog HERE
PRODUCTS: Futuri Adds Logger Capabilities To POST System
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 1ST, 2018 –– Futuri Media announced POST, has added logger capabilities to its feature set. Thanks to POST’s complete integration with a station’s audio-chain and board, the system identifies different types of breaks, so talent or producers can quickly grab the segment they'd like to push out - audio that’s PPM-encoded in relevant markets - add a fully-licensed image right from the system, and push out onto its websites and social platforms with one click.
“POST is a fully-integrated on-demand and podcasting system that maximizes the ROI on broadcast programming in the on-demand space,” said Futuri Media CEO Daniel Anstandig. “By taking advantage of POST’s complete system integration to make logger capabilities available to programmers, as well as making it easier for sales to pull proof of performance assets, POST becomes an even more integral part of today’s radio brand’s daily operations and growth.” For more on POST by Futuri Media, visit futurimedia.com/POST.
Salem Network's Jim Bligh Takes A Seat In Matt Damon's SNL Scotus Skit
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 1ST, 2018 –– While all eyes were on Matt Damon who starred as Scotus Nominee Brett Kavanaugh on this weekend’s Saturday Night Live, you may not have noticed that seated behind Damon’s “Kavanaugh” was Salem Radio Network east coast director of Affiliate Relations Jim Bligh (circled).
Bligh is regularly seen in New York-based feature films and has made several appearances on SNL including this weekend’s program. See clip below in Popline of Damon's performance.
EVENTS: Beasley Joins With Community To Donate Over 5,000 Lbs Of Goods To Benefit Hurricane Florence Victims
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 1ST, 2018 –– Beasley Media Group Augusta announced today it is donating over 5,000 lbs. of items to assist with the Hurricane Florence relief effort in Fayetteville, North Carolina. The local community banded together to fill a 26-foot-box truck, courtesy of Two Men and a Truck, including canned foods, paper products, diapers, toiletry items, cleaning supplies, peanut butter and other necessities. The 26-foot-long box truck will be driven by a volunteer from Two Men and a Truck to Second Harvest Food Bank in Fayetteville on Tuesday, October 2, 2018.
“When we heard about the devastating effects of Hurricane Florence in the Southeast, especially in our Fayetteville cluster’s area, we were ready to help our friends however possible,” said Beasley Media Group Vice President and Market Manager Kent Dunn.
Memorial Services Set For Paul Menard, Co-Host Of San Diego's Famed Charlie & Harrigan
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 1ST, 2018 –– Memorial services have now been set for Paul Menard who passed away last week. For thousands of San Diegans in the 70's and 80's, he was Irv Harrigan, one half of the National Radio Hall of Fame team, Charlie and Harrigan
According to San Diego Radio.org, Menard passed peacefully in a North County San Diego hospital last Tuesday September 25th. Paul Menard was a popular morning disc jockey on KOMA-AM in Oklahoma City as Paul Miller before being teamed with Jack Woods in 1965 at KLIF-AM in Dallas as the newly recreated Charlie & Harrigan. Together they worked on-air at WKYC in Cleveland, KILT in Houston, KFMB in San Diego, KCBQ in San Diego and WAVA in Washington D.C. Their ‘Charlie & Harrigan Presents’ syndicated morning show was heard daily in 53 markets, simultaneously, across the country. Menard is now reunited with Woods, who passed 3 years before him, as Charlie & Harrigan once again are entertaining eternally.
Services are set at 3:00 pm on October 26th at the The Historic Old Mission Church a Old Mission San Luis Rey in Oceanside, CA with a reception at the Menard home at 4:30 pm.
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2018 Marconi Award Winners Announced
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 27TH, 2018 –– Winners of the 2018 National Association of Broadcasters' (NAB) Marconi Radio Awards were announced Thursday night at the 29th annual NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner & Show, sponsored by Xperi and held at the Radio Show in Orlando. This year's NAB Marconi Radio Award recipients are:
Legendary Station of the Year KKBQ-FM, Houston, TX ---AC Station of the Year KSTP-FM, St. Paul, MN --- Network/Syndicated Personality of the Year Dan Patrick, Premiere Networks --- CHR Station of the Year KNDE-FM, College Station, TX ---Major Market Personality of the Year --- Angie Martinez, WWPR-FM, New York, NY --- Classic Hits Station of the Year KRTH-FM, Los Angeles, CA --- Large Market Personality of the Year Joe Kelley, WDBO-FM, Orlando, FL --- Country Station of the Year KCLR-FM, Columbia, MO --- Medium Market Personality of the Year Pat Kerrigan, KSRO-AM, Santa Rosa, CA --- News/Talk Station of the Year WTOP-FM, Washington, D.C. --- Small Market Personality of the Year Brian Byer, WSOY-AM, Decatur, IL --- Non-commercial Station of the Year WPSC-FM, Wayne, NJ --- Major
Marconi finalists were selected by a task force of broadcasters, and the winners were voted on by the NAB Marconi Radio Awards Selection Academy. The votes were tabulated by an independent firm. The NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner & Show also featured performances by recording artists Matt Nathanson and MAX. Nathanson (L) also served as the event’s emcee.
PHOTO (L-R): Beasley Media EVP of Strategy and Innovation Buzz Knight, President Bruce Beasley, COO/EVP Brian Beasley, CEO Caroline Beasley, WMMR-FM Program Director Bill Weston and EVP of Programming Justin Chase.
Radio Show Attendance Up 8%
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 27TH, 2018 –– Total registered attendance reached 2,130 for the 2018 Radio Show, held this week in Orlando. This represents an eight percent increase over the 2017, reports NAB/RAB. Radio Show in Austin where registered attendance totaled 1,974.
The 2019 Radio Show will be held September 24-27 in Dallas, TX.
Seattle’s KUBE 93.3 Announces Debut of New 'The Wake Up Show' For Mornings
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 27TH, 2018 –– KUBE 93.3, Seattle announced the debut of The Wake Up Show, effective October 1. The who will feature Strawberry, Lizette Love, Jenna and DJ Supa Sam (shown). "I’m THRILLED to join KUBE 93.3. As a redhead from Northern California, it's going to be nice not to have to worry about getting sunburnt for once,” said Strawberry. “ “It’s a dream come true to get the opportunity to be a part of an amazing team on a legendary station like KUBE,” said Lizette Love. “I’m super excited to join Strawberry, my new cool girl Jenna, and the wickedly talented Supa Sam to help wake this town up.”
Strawberry makes the move to the Pacific Northwest from KMVQ in San Francisco, California and has previously anchored mornings both at iHeartMedia’s San Francisco’s Wild 94.9 and KALV in Phoenix, Arizona. Lizette Love joins the KUBE team from iHeartMedia Nashville, where she was midday host and music director for 101.1 The Beat. Her previous stops include iHeartMedia Monterey’s 102.5 KDON and iHeartMedia Ft. Myer’s 105.5 The Beat. Jenna takes on the dual role as on-air personality and morning show producer, after having most recently produced the Marcus & Sandy Morning Show for Star 101.3 as well as on-air personality for 106.1 KMEL. DJ Supa Sam is a Seattle mix show legend and doubles his morning show duties as the official in-stadium DJ for the Seattle Seahawks.
Miles In The Morning Coming To KLUV/Dallas
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 27TH, 2018 –– Here's something you don't hear often: Jody Dean, longtime morning host of 98.7 KLUV-Dallas who'll be sliding into different posts with the station, interviewed incoming host Jeff Miles on his new show which begins next week. There he'll join with Rebekah Black and David Rancken. The show will be called “Miles in the Morning.”
Dean, who succeeded Ron Chapman in 2005, will remain with KLUV, doing appearances, client endorsements, etc., plus a weekly show. Miles' with previous stops in previous stops in Boston and Atlanta, will kick off his new show on Monday, Oct. 1st.
Listen to Dean's interview HERE
ESPN Inks Mina Kimes to Multiyear Extension
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 27TH, 2018 –– ESPN senior writer Mina Kimes has agreed to a multiyear extension with ESPN, and will debut an NFL-themed podcast – Bootleg with Mina Kimes – is now available everywhere. Kimes, who joined ESPN in May 2014, will continue to write for ESPN The Magazine, as well as maintain a presence across a variety of programming including: as a regular panelist on Around the Horn; as a co-host on The Morning Roast on ESPN Radio with Domonique Foxworth and Clinton Yates; guesting on The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz and Highly Questionable; as a debater on First Take; as a contributor to E:60; appearances on Get Up; and more.
“Mina is an exceptional talent, whose storytelling transcends sports,” said Alison Overholt, editor-in-chief and vice president, ESPN The Magazine, espnW and The ESPYS. “She boasts an unbeatable hat trick of witty intelligence, sly humor and masterful narrative instincts that make her a compelling voice on television, radio, and on the printed page or screen. Mina is a star-in-the-making.”
SNAPS: Kraddick & Cochino Show Celebrate On The Rooftop In Orlando
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 27TH, 2018 –– The casts of two of YEA Networks' nationally syndicated radio shows, "The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show" and "Tino Cochino Radio" celebrated success in a big way at the 2018 Radio Show in Orlando this week.
The two shows celebrating at a rooftop party hosted by YEA Networks' CEO George Laughlin on Tuesday night at STK in Orlando.
Bob & Tom Show Airs Live From The Hilton
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 27TH, 2018 –– Right in heart of this year's Radio Show at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek was the entire cast of The award-winning nationally syndicated morning radio show, heard on over 100 affiliates across the U.S. The show broadcast all week, live from the North Foyer of the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek from 6am-10am Eastern, Wednesday through tomorrow (Friday).
Top guests included Frank Caliendo, Drew Hastings, Pat Godwin, Greg Hahn and Jim Bohannon, among others. In addition to Tom Griswold, cast-members Chick McGee, Josh Arnold, Kristi Lee, Donnie Baker, Allee Breen, Al Jackson, Grace Yinger and Jessica Alsman also joined the broadcast.
HONORS: Miguel & Holly Take Best of Bay Award
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 27TH, 2018 –– Miguel Fuller, co-host of the Miguel & Holly Show on Cox's Hot 101.5 Tampa says, "Seven years ago around this time I was a few weeks into working at my first big radio job in a big city. I remember stopping at a gas station to grab some energy drinks at 4am in the morning. As I was walking in I saw the issue for the Creative Loafing Tampa's Best Of The Bay Awards 2011. I remember looking through it and hoping that maybe one day the show I was working on would one day win Best Local Morning Show. We were let go a year later."
Having returned some three years later, Miguel and Holly have now been named 'Best of Tampa'! Miguel adds, "I could not thank my radio soul mate, best friend, and the person who knows every fiber of my random and crazy existence, Holly O'Connor for being with me on this journey. 10 years in and we have so much more to experience. Miguel gives props to Producer Ryan McGibbeny, new Associate Producer Scott.
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Alpha To Sell West Palm Beach Cluster To Hubbard
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 26, 2018 – Alpha Media has reached an agreement in principle to sell its six radio stations in West Palm Beach to Hubbard Radio led by Chair/CEO Ginny Morris. [WRMF-WIRK-WMEN-WFTL-WEAT-WMBX]
Terms of the sale have not been disclosed, while Alpha says a definitive sales contract hasn’t yet been signed and is subject to satisfying any conditions contained in those agreements. Alpha employs roughly 105 people in West Palm Beach, including the highly popular Kevin, Virginia & Jason Show on WRMF. The company has had a presence there since February 2016 when it purchased the stations from Digity LLC.
The exit from West Palm Beach leaves Alpha with 213 stations in 46 markets around the country. The company has been selling off assets to lower its debt leverage.
The Boston Celtics And 98.5 The Sports Hub Announce Multi-Year Broadcast Extension
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 27TH, 2018 –– Wyc Grousbeck, Governor and Managing Partner of the Boston Celtics, announced a multi-year broadcast extension with Beasley Media Group’s 98.5 The Sports Hub today during the Felger and Mazz Show on 98.5 The Sports Hub. The station has been the official flagship Station of the Boston Celtics since 2013. The Boston Celtics games will continue to be broadcast for many years to come on Boston’s #1 sports station, 98.5 The Sports Hub. Sean Grande and Cedric Maxwell (R) will continue to call play-by-play on the 98.5 Celtics Radio Network.
Each week, 98.5 The Sports Hub welcomes Celtics General Manager and President of Operations, Danny Ainge to the Toucher & Rich Show in season on Thursday mornings at 9:00 a.m. Celtics Head Coach, Brad Stevens, joins Zolak & Bertrand on Wednesdays around noon.
“The entire 98.5 Sports Hub Team is thrilled to be continuing this great partnership with the legendary Boston Celtics and are honored to be able to provide coverage of the exciting Celtics games, as well as pre and post-game analysis to the Boston fans who bleed green,” said Beasley Media Group Boston Vice President and Market Manager Mary Menna.
Rebekah 'Bex' Maroun Named Executive Producer/Co-Host For KISS 108/Boston's Matty In The Morning Show
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 27TH, 2018 –– iHeartMedia Boston announced that Rebekah “Bex” Maroun has been named Executive Producer and Co-Host for Kiss 108’s Matty In The Morning, effective October 1. Bex joins the Matty in the Morning team alongside well-known on-air personalities, Matt Siegel, Billy Costa and Lisa Donovan. Bex will replace Medha Gandhi who recently joined the syndicated Elvis Duran & The Morning Show earlier this month.
“I love Bex and can’t wait to work with her,” said Siegel. “Bex is a true talent and I know her creativity and upbeat personality will add a special element to our morning show.” “Bex’s chemistry with the Matty team was obvious at our first meeting,” said Dylan Sprague, Kiss 108 Program Director and Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Boston. “Couple that with her magnetic personality and producing experience and it was really an easy choice.” Bex joins iHeartMedia Boston from 96.5 TDY in Philadelphia where she spent four years as a morning producer, on-air co-host and afternoon drive on-air personality. She also hosted a sports segment on 94 WIP Sports Radio, served as an entertainment reporter for KYW News Radio and assisted in the launch of an entertainment segment — The Hot Minute on CBS 3 TV. In addition, Bex also served as a producer for iHeartMedia’s syndicated show, The Weekend Throwdown with Jagger.
HONORS: Indy's The Joe And Alex Show” Draw National Award From Crime Stoppers USA
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 27TH, 2018 –– “The Joe and Alex Show” on Indy’s Radio Now 100.9 was just given a National Award for their weekly benchmark feature “Murder Monday” from Crime Stoppers USA. The honor was announced Tuesday, Sept 11th, in New Orleans at the Crime Stoppers USA National Training Conference. The award gives distinction to “The Joe and Alex Show” in the “Radio PSA for population over 1 million” category. Each week a blood curdling true crime story is chosen to be narrated across the airwaves and the show’s podcast. Some are serial killer’s you’ve heard of like John Wayne Gacy or Richard Ramirez “The Night Stalker”, and some weeks they might dig deeper to find an extraordinary murder that may be new to the audience.
The bit simultaneously entertains the listening audience and encourages listeners to provide their own tips to Crime Stoppers for unsolved cases in the Indianapolis area. Despite the “listener discretion is advised” warning, “Murder Monday” drives listeners not only to WNOW in droves every week, but their show podcast as well. It is their most prominent and well known feature and has been adopted recently by “The Dave Ryan Show” on KDWB.
Mario Lopez Announces Launch Of New Podcast
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 27TH, 2018 –– During yesterday's 'The Podcast Boom' session at the NAB/RAB Radio Show, nationally-syndicated iHeartMedia on air personality, TV personality and host of the iHeartRadio Countdown, Mario Lopez and Darren Davis, President of iHeartRadio and iHeartMedia Networks Group, shared with attendees that Lopez is launching a new podcast network this Fall available through the iHeartRadio Podcast Network. Lopez will also executive produce an additional slate of podcasts to roll out in the near future. Hope you can share this news and let me know if you have any questions. Thanks,
Also there for the event was Elaina Smith, Co-Host, "NASH Nights Live"; singer-songwriter Jewel; Suzanne Grimes, President, Westwood One and EVP, Corporate Marketing Cumulus; and Kaitlyn Bristowe from The Bachelorette (shown L-R at right), panelists on the 2018 Radio Show's "The Podcast Boom", at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek. Jewel capped the session with a surprise performance of her new single, "No More Tears".
PODCAST: iHM & HowStuffWorks Announce New Podcast, 'Unobscured' With Aaron Mahnke
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 27TH, 2018 –– iHeartMedia announced the upcoming launch of 'Unobscured,' a new original podcast produced in collaboration with HowStuffWorks. Unobscured will focus on The Salem Witch Trials. The podcast will be hosted by Aaron Mahnke, host of the hit podcast Lore, an award-winning, critically-acclaimed podcast about true life scary stories. This is the second podcast produced by HowStuffWorks that Mahnke will host, the first being Cabinet of Curiosities. The new podcast will launch on October 3, 2018. This announcement comes on the heels of the news that iHeartMedia is acquiring Stuff Media, LLC, the leading for-profit publisher of entertaining and informative podcast content, which includes the HowStuffWorks (HSW) podcasting business as well as a slate of premium podcast content. Unobscured host Aaron Mahnke is the creator, producer and host of the hit podcast Lore (Best of iTunes 2015 & 2016), Executive Producer of the Lore television show on Amazon (from the producers of The Walking Dead) and author of The World of Lore book series (Penguin Random House / Del Rey).
“This is a momentous time for iHeartMedia and HowStuffWorks, having just joined forces through our acquisition of Stuff Media,” said Chris Peterson, Executive Vice President of Podcasting at iHeartMedia. “With HowStuffWorks’ expert content producers and iHeartMedia’s unparalleled reach and expertise in all things audio, the caliber of our collaboratively-produced podcasts will be unprecedented. Unobscured is the introduction to this new chapter in podcasting for iHeartMedia and HowStuffWorks."
Ten Finalists Advance To NASH NEXT Live Finale Event On October 11th In Nashville
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 27TH, 2018 –– Cumulus announced the ten (10) Country music artists selected as finalists for its annual NASH Next competition— a national and local grassroots talent search and artist development program. The winner of this four-month-long competition will receive a record deal under the Big Machine Label Group umbrella, as well as substantial exposure, commensurate with a major label release on Cumulus Radio Stations nationwide. They include: Brecken Miles representing Appleton, WI (WPKR-FM) Murphy’s Ford representing Columbia/Jefferson City, MO (KBBM-FM) Harper Grace representing Dallas, TX (KSCS-FM/KPLX-FM) Jessie Ritter representing Ft. Walton Beach, FL (WYZB-FM) Lane Mac representing Lafayette, LA (KXKC-FM) Justin Rivers representing Montgomery, AL (WLWI-FM) Jessica Rose representing New York, NY (WNSH-FM) Pearl Clarkin representing Pensacola, FL (WXBM-FM) NATU representing Peoria/Bloomington, IL (WFYR-FM, WBWN-FM, WJBC-FM) Brian Fuller representing Savannah, GA (WJCL-FM)
The finale event will take place October 11th, 7:30 – 10pm CST, at the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville, TN. The finale event will be hosted by national Country morning show personalities Ty Bentli, Kelly Ford and Chuck Wicks from the eponymous “Ty, Kelly and Chuck” radio show. Last year’s NASH Next winners, Radio Romance, will headline the event. These ten emerging artists will be judged in the finale by a panel of Country music luminaries including; Scott Borchetta, founder, president and CEO of Big Machine Label Group, the world’s No. 1 independent record label and home to such superstars as Taylor Swift, Rascal Flatts; Cindy Watts, 15-year veteran Country music reporter; and Terri Clark, platinum Country artist and host of national radio show, Country Gold.
Mike McVay, executive vice president, content & programming for Cumulus, said: “This competition is all about the talent who will deliver the future sound of Country music. Every artist who entered this year’s NASH Next competition is incredibly gifted and has the opportunity of a lifetime before them – to be a major Country music superstar!”
EVENTS: The Bert Show Kicks Off Annual 'Big Thank You' Campaign
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 27TH, 2018 –– Nationally syndicated talk radio show, The Bert Show, is kicking off their Big Thank You campaign this fall, giving thanks to all the men and women that serve our country. The annual effort aims to provide every active service member deployed outside the United States with a handwritten thank you letter on Thanksgiving Day. This year's goal is 170,000 letters
“On Thanksgiving, we think about everything we have to be grateful for, and sometimes we take for granted what’s not right in front of us,” says Bert Weiss, host of The Bert Show. “To think about being apart from my kids or family during the holidays, it’s unimaginable.” He continues, “The sacrifices that our servicemen and women make are immeasurable, and we all want to say thank you -- This is ambitious, but that’s why we need the nation’s help.”
More than one million handwritten letters from all over the nation and beyond have been collected since the inception The Bert Show’s Big Thank You campaign in 2009. Past efforts have prompted calls from former First Lady Michelle Obama and former President Bill Clinton. For more info, visit thebertshow.com/bigthankyou.
Rod Stewart's Radio Show Back On Smooth FM Australia
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 27TH, 2018 –– Sir Rod Stewart is back on Smoothfm. His Saturday Night Dinner Party is a special two hour show every Saturday evening. Rod will release his 30th studio album, Blood Red Roses on 28 September. He’s the latest in a long list of music legends to join the smoothfm line-up including Michael Bublé, The Beach Boys, Barry Gibb, Neil Diamond, Elton John and Dolly Parton.
Graham Mack Back On The Air In London - Graham Mack (who pens our international news each week in Jockline), the Program Director at Fix Radio in London will be back on the air on the station from Monday. He’ll be presenting the afternoon drive show Monday to Friday from 3pm.
Evan Davis Will Host PM On BBC Radio 4 - Evan Davis is returning to BBC Radio 4 to host the Drive sow, PM as a replacement for Eddie Mair. Evan has been working in TV since leaving Radio 4 in 2014. He’s been the lead presenter of BBC Newsnight and fronted Dragon’s Den (the Uk copy of Shark Tank). Evan will take up his new role at PM later this autumn. In the meantime the programme will continue to be presented by a range of journalists.
Brian Maher To Swim Across Dublin Bay For Charity - 98FM’s Brian Maher swam from Poolbeg Lighthouse to the Forty Foot in Dun Laoghaire on Sunday to raise vital funds for Special Olympics Ireland. The 10K swim across Dublin Bay was part of a fundraising initiative to raise €10,000 ($11,760) to help Irish athletes make it to Abu Dhabi for next year’s World Games in March.
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SNAPS: Alpha Media Kicks Off First Ever Programming Pop-Up Event In Portland
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 27TH, 2018 –– The first ever Alpha Media Programming Pop-Up popped off this week in Portland, Oregon with a rooftop cocktail party.. Fifty of Alpha’s Content Directors from around the country were joined by Mike Posner and Ocean Park Standoff at The Porter Hotel's Xport Bar & Lounge. Image Programming Pop Up is a two-day forum with key Program and Content Directors in Alpha Media. The goal is to motivate and educate Alpha’s brand leaders by providing interaction with and information from some of the industry’s top executives, and celebrity influencers. Today's agenda includes the nationally syndicated morning show Brooke & Jubal, Promotions Guru, Paige Nienaber, a look at corporate culture from Nike Brand Ambassador, Steve Bence and several more dynamic sessions with record label and music management executives from RCA, Columbia, Epic, Republic, In2une and Hollywood.
Shown above: L-R: Scott Mahalick, Sharon Dastur, Gary Spangler, Phil Becker, Mike Posner, Brett Dumler, Mike Depippa, Kim Stolz Republic Records
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Music Modernization Act Passes House Vote; Heads To White House For Signature
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 26TH, 2018 –– The Music Modernization Act has passed in the House of Representatives unanimously following a vote for passage in the Senate last week. This clears the way for the bill to be sent to President Trump’s desk for signature and with it reports Variety, will come the most sweeping changes to archaic copyright laws. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) called the MMA “crucially important” earlier this year, stating, “our music licensing laws are convoluted, out-of-date, and don’t reward songwriters fairly for their work. They’ve also failed to keep up with recent, rapid changes in how Americans purchase and listen to music.” The bill was overwhelmingly supported by the industry.
The version that passed in the Senate last week differed from the version that passed in the House back in April, but there will not be a conference committee to “reconcile” the two bills. Instead, the House agreed to take up the bill as amended by the Senate. Now it will be sent to the Executive Secretary at the White House. Once the Executive Secretary receives the bill, the President then has 10 days to sign it. If he chooses not to sign it, and Congress is still in session, the bill still becomes law. Trump's is expected to sign the bill.
STUDY: The Car Still Top Spot For Audio Listening
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 26TH, 2018 –– NEW RESEARCH – The Car is the Top Audio Listening Location in the U.S. That will be among the key data to be revealed this week at the Radio Show in Orlando by Edison Research's Larry Rosin (L). In any given day, nearly everyone in the U.S. will consume at least some audio, and on average, people age 13 and older spend four hours per day listening to music, news, personalities and sports. Edison’s Share of Ear® study notes the location of all this listening – and the location that people are most likely to consume audio is in the car.
Seventy percent of Americans age 13 and older listen to audio in a car each day – higher even than the portion who listen to audio at home. What are these people listening to? How is the in-car audio environment changing? The answers to these questions will be revealed in a session called "Miles Different: In-Car Audio 2018" at 1:30pm on September 27 at the Radio Show, Produced by NAB and RAB. Edison’s Larry Rosin will summarize data from Share of Ear®, Infinite Dial, and a unique tracking survey performed with NPR, to show the state of in-car audio today.
ABC, Skyview & Front & Center Networks Announce New Country/Rock Programming
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 26TH, 2018 –– ABC Radio, Skyview Networks and Front and Center Entertainment are introducing two new programs exclusively for country and rock formats: “Front and Center Sessions” and “The Speakeasy Sessions.” Both series will feature 12 two-hour programs that are being produced exclusively for ABCRadio and are based on the critically acclaimed public television programs, “Front and Center” and “Speakeasy.” “Front and Center” has featured some of the biggest and brightest names in country music, including superstars Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley, Darius Rucker, Ronnie Dunn, Jennifer Nettles, Clint Black, Luke Combs and Kane Brown. “The Speakeasy Sessions” will bring unique conversations, stories and insights from some of the most recognizable icons of rock and roll including Joe Elliott, Roger Waters, John Mellencamp, Billy Gibbons and Geddy Lee.
“We are excited to work with today’s greatest performers in country and classic rock music,” said Steve Jones, Vice President and General Manager of ABC Radio. “We’re taking a wealth of content and weaving it into fast-paced radio programming that features great music and riveting behind the scenes stories and never before shared anecdotes from some of the biggest country and rock stars.” For affiliation information, contact Heidi Oringer at 212.456.5541 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SYNDICATION: Rick Party & Sasha The Diva Team For New Urban AC Morning Show On Westwood One
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 26TH, 2018 –– Westwood One, will be nationally syndicating a new weekday morning show pairing two of the most popular Urban voices in the country -- Former Hot 105 FM/Miami personality Rick Party and Former Kiss 104.1 FM/Atlanta personality Sasha the Diva. Rick and Sasha will air live mornings from 6-10 am in all time zones across America plus be available for other dayparts and Urban formats. This new morning drive program will include comedian Benji Brown along with other incredible talent.
“The natural chemistry between Rick and Sasha is undeniable and deserves a wide audience with the reach and scale that only Westwood One has to offer,” said Suzanne Grimes, EVP Marketing for Cumulus and President, Westwood One. “Rick and Sasha delivers personality, energy, and authenticity to younger Urban AC listeners and the brand marketers hoping to reach them.” For more information, contact Neal Bird, email@example.com or (310) 840-4207, or Gary Bernstein, firstname.lastname@example.org or (508) 245-1776.
Steve Harvey's Nephew Tommy To Host OWN's New Dating Series 'Ready For Love'
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 26TH, 2018 –– The Steve Harvey Morning Show’s Thomas “Nephew Tommy” Miles is set to host OWN’s new dating series 'Ready to Love.' Produced by Will Packer Media and Lighthearted Entertainment. A unique twist on a typical dating show, Ready to Love, highlights the men’s observations and experiences in the search for true love in Atlanta.
The new series joins OWN’s popular Saturday night unscripted programming lineup. Ready to Love is set for a two-night premiere on OWN on Tuesday, October 23 (10-11 p.m. ET/PT) and Saturday, October 27 (10-11 p.m. ET/PT) and will air Saturdays at 10 p.m. for the remainder of its series run.
[WATCH] 'The Rendezvous' Simon Marcel Talks 'Micro-Cheating On Chicago's Fox 32
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 26TH, 2018 –– Simon Marcel, host of the Premiere Networks-syndicated The Rendezvous with Simon Marcel, was a guest on FOX 32 in Chicago for a discussion on relationships and romance. Heard locally on iHeartRadio’s 93.9 LITE FM, the Chicago-based radio personality and self-described French romantic shared his thoughts on the topic “micro-cheating,” the one-drink rule of dating, and more.
Stations interested in The Rendezvous should contact Premiere Networks at 818-377-5300 or visit www.PremiereNetworks.com for more information. WATCH HERE
EVENTS: iHeart Teams With WPP And Fors Marsh Group For Launch Of National Opioid Action Coalition
Last year alone, 42,000 deaths by opioid overdose were reported
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 26TH, 2018 –– In response to the national opioid epidemic that has killed tens of thousands of Americans and impacted millions more in the past year, WPP (NYSE: WPP), iHeartMedia and Fors Marsh Group announce the launch of the National Opioid Action Coalition (NOAC), an initiative focused on reducing stigma as a barrier to addiction prevention, treatment and recovery. Leveraging the marketing power and behavior change expertise of WPP, iHeartMedia and FMG, NOAC will help support local, state and federal opioid misuse and addiction prevention, treatment and recovery efforts by elevating the conversation around stigma.
“This is an epidemic that is impacting families and individuals across America, and we want to harness our national reach to expand awareness, prevention, treatment and recovery efforts in communities across the country – and highlight local, state and federal government resources that are available to those fighting against this epidemic,” said Bob Pittman, Chairman and CEO, iHeartMedia. “The opioid epidemic in the United States is one of the worst public health crises of our lifetime. Yet, despite record-breaking addiction and fatal overdose rates, only one in 10 Americans with a substance abuse disorder received treatment last year,” said Dr. Sean Marsh, CEO, FMG. NOAC will hold a debut event during the annual New York City Advertising Week on October 3, 2018 which will be moderated by Bobby Bones. To learn more about NOAC, visit https://www.noac.org
PRODUCTS: AirKast Unveils AirBridge
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 26TH, 2018 –– AirKast Inc announced that it has deployed its new AirBridge analytics dashboard for their clients - over 800 North American and international radio stations, syndicated radio hosts and podcasters - so they can better understand not only who is using their mobile apps but the demographics and psychographicsbehind the behavior. The fully integrated dashboard now shows data for all mobile, social and smart speaker data in one place along with the usual ability to remotely configure presentations and features within each app.
“We expect that these new analytics will be quite beneficial to radio stations - by permitting them to forge easy - to - use personal connections with their audiences, and by giving them new ways to understand mobile and social engagement to start or hone their mobile strategy," explained AirKast CEO Larry Leung. "It’s our mission to not only provide basic analytics but also expose more engagement data to drive an understanding of how important mobile and social are to grow their online and o ff - line audiences” he added. "The radio industry and their advertisers are looking for metrics that prove the true ROI of radio, knowing where and how listeners interact on mobile devices is critical for a broadcaster’s success.”
SNAPS: WWO'S Kevin Harlan Gives Advice To Student Scholars In Orlando
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 26TH, 2018 –– Monday Night Football announcer Kevin Harlan and the National Sports Media Associations Sportscaster of the Year, spoke to a large group of 2018 Radio Show Student Scholars about the business of radio broadcasting. "As a broadcaster, prep is important, but it's all about delivery, performance, and an honest critique of what you do,” said Harlan. He also told them “You can train, you can watch others, but at the end of the day, be what you are. Be yourself."
The Student Scholar Kick-off with Kevin Harlan was hosted by Westwood One Sports EVP/Executive Producer Howard Deneroff, who talked about working behind the scenes and how he finds and hires sports announcers. The session was followed by a Q&A with Kevin and Howard.
PHOTO/ Suzanne Grimes, EVP Marketing for Cumulus and President, Westwood One And Harlan
CONDOLENCES: Paul Menard, Co-Host Of Famed San Diego Team Charlie & Harrigan Passes Away
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 26TH, 2018 –– News from San Diego reports that Paul Menard (BR) has passed away. For thousands of San Diegans in the 70's and 80's, he was Irv Harrigan, one half of the National Radio Hall of Fame team, Charlie and Harrigan
According to San Diego Radio.org, Menard passed peacefully in a North County San Diego hospital on Tuesday September 25th. Paul Menard was a popular morning disc jockey on KOMA-AM in Oklahoma City as Paul Miller before being teamed with Jack Woods in 1965 at KLIF-AM in Dallas as the newly recreated Charlie & Harrigan. Together they worked on-air at WKYC in Cleveland, KILT in Houston, KFMB in San Diego, KCBQ in San Diego and WAVA in Washington D.C. Their ‘Charlie & Harrigan Presents’ syndicated morning show was heard daily in 53 markets, simultaneously, across the country. Menard is now reunited with Woods, who passed 3 years before him, as Charlie & Harrigan once again are entertaining eternally.
iHeart's Tommy Sablan tells Jockline, they were in San Diego along with Hudson and Bauer. They were the Chuck Berry's of San Diego morning radio. It started with them. Paul's daughter Toni says the service will be on October 26th. Information coming soon!
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Nielsen To Transform Diary Measurement With Year-Round Monthly Reporting
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 25TH, 2018 –– Nielsen announced it will transform the measurement of markets that are measured with the audio diary from a quarterly or two times a year view to year-round measurement with monthly reporting. This more dynamic measurement solution enables clients to see seasonal shifts and react more quickly to marketplace changes. With this transition, radio will be able to find new insights and tell its reach story to advertisers each month.
"Big billion dollar advertisers leave nothing to chance,” said Brad Kelly, Managing Director, Nielsen Audio. “Every decision they make is data driven and updated audience data is crucial for timely decisions. Nielsen Audio is excited to help diary market clients have a better understanding of the audio landscape and respond faster to dynamic market conditions. Continuous Diary Measurement, will help radio reinforce its compelling reach story more often and provide fresh radio data to fuel Marketing Mix Models—the decision tools big advertisers rely on to allocate budgets and evaluate the effect of their ad spend.”
The implementation of Continuous Diary Measurement will begin in phases with the first starting in July 2019 in the markets currently measured four times a year. The current four-book markets will convert to 12 currency releases that will comprise three months of data starting with the May/June/July 2019 report period. Effective with July 2019, approximately 70% of radio’s ad spend will be reported monthly by Nielsen Audio. Going forward, Nielsen plans to deliver monthly reports, covering six months of data in markets with at least 1,000 metro in-tab, and monthly reports covering 12 months of data in the smallest markets. Currently, Nielsen reports larger diary markets four times a year (winter, spring, summer and fall), mid-sized diary markets twice a year in the spring and fall and the smallest markets with two book averages of Spring/Fall and Fall/Spring.
Buzz Knight Rises To EVP Of Strategy And Innovation At Beasley Media Group
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 25TH, 2018 –– Beasley Media has promoted Buzz Knight to the position of Executive Vice President of Strategy and Innovation. He will begin his new position immediately. Knight, who joined the company in November of 2016 (upon the sale of Greater Media, Inc. to Beasley Media Group), most recently served as vice president of programming at the company. In his new role, he will be responsible for the company’s existing and future strategic initiatives, along with new opportunities that innovate and diversify its portfolio.
“Since Buzz joined Beasley Media Group, he has been an integral part of our strategic direction and the brand management of the company,” said Chief Executive Officer Caroline Beasley. “His passion for innovation and new ideas will help lead us into the future.” “These are transformative times in the company and the media industry,” said Knight. “Beasley Media Group is committed to pursuing and embracing strategy and innovation. I am grateful to have the opportunity to be a part of helping to shape the company’s next exciting chapter!”
John Reynolds Promoted to Operations Manager at Beasley Charlotte
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 25TH, 2018 –– Beasley Media has also promoted John Reynolds to the position of Operations Manager at the company’s Charlotte-based radio station cluster, including WSOC-FM (103.7), WNKS-FM (KISS 95.1) WKQC-FM, K 104.7 FM, SMOKE (94.7), WPEG-FM (Power 98) & WBAV-FM (V101.9). He will officially begin his new position on Monday, October 1, 2018.
Reynolds most recently served as the Program Director and Operations Manager at KISS 95.1 and K 104.7. Previously, he worked at KHKS-FM (106.1 KISS-FM) in Dallas, WHTZ-FM (Z100) in New York and WKTI-FM in Milwaukee. “John is an exceptional leader and very committed to the success of all of our Beasley Media Group Charlotte Radio stations”, said Bill Schoening, VP and Market Manager for Beasley Media Group, LLC Charlotte, NC. “I am looking forward to seeing him continue to build our strong brands for many years to come.” “We recognized John’s talent for creating great radio from the moment we began working with him in 2014,” said Beasley Media Group Executive Vice President of Programming Justin Chase. “He has helped build some the best radio brands in the market and we’re proud he’ll be leading the programming strategy for all of our stations in Charlotte.”
Staff Promotions At V101.9 & Power 98 Charlotte
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 25TH, 2018 –– Beasley also announced the following on air staff promotions on 101.9 & Power 98 in Charlotte: Brian “Mr. Incognito” Robinson (R) has been promoted to the position of Program Director at WBAV-FM/ V 101.9-FM & WPEG-FM/Power 98-FM. Robinson, who has been with the station since 1997, most recently served as Assistant Program Director of Power 98. Previously, he worked as the Music Director, Afternoon Drive Host and Co-host for the No Limit Larry Morning Madhouse Morning Show. “I would like to thank Bill Schoening and John Reynolds for their leadership in giving me this amazing opportunity to lead a great team,” said Robinson, “I look forward to taking both stations to the next level and continuing to impact the Charlotte community in a positive way.”
In addition, Janine Davis (FL) has been promoted to the position of Midday Host at WBAV-FM/V101.9. Davis is a 30-year radio veteran who most recently served as the Traffic Correspondent for WPEG-FM and WBAV-FM as well as former producer of the Steve Harvey Morning Show.
“Nikki “Ya Girl Nikki” Davis (L) has also been named as the new Afternoon Drive Host at WPEG/Power 98-FM. She joined the Charlotte cluster in March 2017, where she successfully hosted nights on WPEG after coming from sister station, WZFX in Fayetteville. In June 2018, Davis was named “Large Market Personality of the Year” by the North Carolina Association of Broadcasting (NCAB). “I’m excited about the future with Beasley Media Group!” “We are thrilled to promote this great trio,” said Bill Schoening, Vice President & Market Manager, “They are a great group of talented people and I couldn’t be happier for them.”
SYNDICATION: Conservative Talk Trailblazer Ben Shapiro To Launch Live National Show With WWO
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 25TH, 2018 –– Westwood One and podcast-to-broadcast innovator Ben Shapiro are launching a nationally syndicated two-hour LIVE radio show. The first live episode of The Ben Shapiro Show will air in January 2019. Earlier this year Westwood One made history as the first company to bring a podcast to broadcast in the commercial segment when The Ben Shapiro Show podcast became a dedicated radio show in 60 markets -- debuting on WABC-AM in New York and top market stations in Los Angeles, Chicago, and Washington D.C.
The live show will air from 4-6pm EST. Breaking the mold once again, the live radio show will forego nationally recorded ads, and restrict advertising opportunities to a limited number of powerful live reads like the ones heard in Ben’s podcast.
“I grew up on talk radio and cut my teeth there,” Shapiro says. “There’s no medium that allows the exchange of ideas and the explanation of detailed narratives better than talk radio, and I can’t wait to bring two more live hours to listeners across the country. And we’re going to bring the values of podcasts – islands of advertising surrounded by oceans of content – to talk radio, too, merging the best of both worlds.
Michael Savage To Host New 1-Hour Hybrid Broadcast/Podcast
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 25TH, 2018 –– Westwood One also announced that Michael Savage will launch of a one-hour version of The Savage Nation radio show and a new original podcast. The Savage Nation podcast will also be available for radio broadcast, as Westwood One pioneers bridging the demos and consumption patterns on both linear and on demand audiences. This is the first original podcast from Michael Savage, who currently releases an on-demand version of his radio show. Savage is excited to experiment with audio and create a podcast that will reach his listeners and fans all over the country.
“As I move into the next phase of my 25-year radio career I hope to bring even more listeners to the medium of audio with The Savage Nation,” said Savage. “I will be free to innovate in unique ways on my podcast. The flexibility of the platform will permit me to expand my story-telling and insights into politics, books, food, cars, and rock and roll. I'm going to change the way talk radio is spoken and consumed.”
“Dr. Savage’s on-demand audience is massive, and I have no doubt this new podcast will be too,” said Suzanne Grimes, Executive Vice President, Marketing for Cumulus Media and President, Westwood One. “He has fans from all over the world and from different walks of life who will flock to his versatile new shows.” The Savage Nation podcast will be available in January at michaelsavage.com, Apple Podcasts, Google Play, WestwoodOnePodcasts.com, and the Westwood One Podcasts App for iOS or Android.
PRODUCTS: United Stations Joins With SoCast For Smart Speaker Package
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 25TH, 2018 –– United Stations Radio Networks, Inc. (USRN), and SoCast announced a partnership to introduce a new service for radio stations called SMART SPEAKER V.A.L.E.T. At the core of the service is a two-pronged approach to not only help radio stations establish themselves in the voice-activated home speaker environment, but to effectively promote the use of radio listening via such devices. The announcement comes jointly from Elliott Hurst (TL), Founder and CEO of SoCast, Sandy Hurst (TR), Founder and COO of SoCast, and Stefan Jones, Senior VP/Content & Affiliation for USRN, at the company's headquarters in New York. Smart Speaker V.A.L.E.T. (an acronym for Voice Activated Listener Engagement Technology)
Stefan Jones commented, “We found that lots of radio stations were entering the smart speaker environment without a plan as to what happens next. We felt that it was important to create a service where a station can not only GO to smart speakers, but GROW with them as well. SoCast’s built its suite of digital services specifically for radio broadcasters, with the goal of helping them grow audience and revenue. That made SoCast the ideal partner for USRN in this joint effort to help radio stations expand their reach on smart speakers.” For more information regarding SoCast and USRN’s SMART SPEAKER V.A.L.E.T., potential clients can visit http://unitedstations..com/Show/Index/1201 or can contact Stefan Jones at email@example.com or 212.536.3647 or Eric Eisen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 416-635-6678, extension. 223.
[WATCH] Bobby & Sharna With Their First Dance On 'Dancing With The Stars'
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 25TH, 2018 –– Bobby Bones, of Premiere Network's Syndicated Bobby Bones Show, and his partner Sharna Burgess had their first dance, the 'Jive,' to kick off the season premiere. At his website, it says their dance was dedicated to Nashville, Tennessee. A backdrop of their dance included the popular tourist spot in Nashville, Broadway street complete with "Tootsies Orchid Lounge." They danced their 'Jive' along to Travis Tritt's "T-R-O-U-B-L-E." Bones received recognition not only for his epic dance moves but also for his wild energy at the end.
Bones had so much energy that he dropped his glasses, fell down and even kissed Burgess on the cheek. The pair were awarded a score of 20 by the judges. The duo will be back again tonight and fans like you get to vote for your favorite couples **#TeamBeautyAndTheGeek** every step of the way. Your votes will be combined with the judges’ scores, and the couples with the lowest combination of votes and scores will be eliminated. So in order to keep Bones and Burgess on, it's time to vote! To vote for "Team Beauty And The Geek," there are two ways! REGISTER & vote online at https://dwtsvote.abc.go.com/ (you can vote 13 times & you can make multiple emails) Call 1-800-868-3402 (you can call 13 times) PHOTO/screen grab - Dancing With The Stars - WATCH HERE
EVENTS: NASH FM New York With Holiday Bash Details
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 25TH, 2018 –– New York’s NASH FM 94.7 will present the “NASH Holiday Bash” this holiday season, with live performances from Country artists Chris Young, Dan & Shay, and Morgan Evans.
The event will benefit Long Island Cares-The Harry Chapin Food Bank, which helps to feed more than 272,000 Long Islanders. It takes place on Friday, December 7, 2018
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Sirius XM To Buy Pandora For $3.5 Billion
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 24TH, 2018 – SiriusXM has agreed to buy music-streaming service Pandora Media for $3.5 billion in an all-share deal that marks yet another shakeup in the U.S. media and entertainment sector. The Street reports the combination will create world's largest audio entertainment company, the pair said, with 2018 pro-forma revenues of around $7 billion.
"We've made tremendous progress in our efforts to lead in digital audio. Together with SiriusXM, we're even better positioned to take advantage of the huge opportunities we see in audio entertainment, including growing our advertising business and expanding our subscription offerings," said Pandora CEO Roger Lynch. Pandora shares surged 10% in pre-market trading Monday following news of the deal, indicating an opening bell price of $10.03 each, a move that would take the stock to its highest level in 16 months and extend its year-to-date gain past 110%. READ MORE HERE
STUDY: Only 38% Of Radio Listeners Are Aware Of Stations Running Group Contests; 13% Who Are Aware Think They Are Bad
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 24TH, 2018 – NuVoodoo Media Services recently completed 12th and latest NuVoodoo Ratings Prospects Study and revealed that a little more than one-third of respondents are aware of the practice of group contesting among radio stations – and among those who are aware of group contests, 13% think they are bad. Among the larger population, the portion who think group contesting is bad dilutes to 5% overall, which translates to one listener in 20 who thinks group contesting is bad.
NuVoodoo Ratings Prospect Study XII was fielded in June to over 3,000 radio listeners between the ages of 14 and 54 across all PPM-rated markets. Carolyn Gilbert (L), President, NuVoodoo Media Services, said: “In these days of 10-digit dialing for local calls in many markets, many stations employ toll-free numbers for local contests. We know the on-air announcements dispatching the legal requirements of group contest disclosure are hardly as noticeable as the promos and liners talking about the size of the prizes and the frequency of giveaways. The result is clear: Only a little more than a third of radio listeners are aware of the practice of group contesting. That presents opportunities for stations on both sides of the contesting equation.”
Leigh Jacobs, Executive Vice President, Research Analysis, NuVoodoo Media Services, said: “Among those listeners who are aware of group contesting, the majority don’t care one way or another. Some even think it’s good, perhaps due to the larger prizes offered or more frequent chances to win. It’s only 13% of those aware of group contesting who think it’s bad. Stations running group contests need to lean heavily on big prize money and frequent chances to win. Stations running local contests up against group contests need to aggressively promote that only local people are going to win.”
Mike O’Connor, Executive Vice President, Marketing, NuVoodoo adds, Don’t forget that you’re also fighting the opinion some listeners have that contests are fake." For more info, contact Carolyn Gilbert, President, NuVoodoo Media Services, at: email@example.com or at 888.9VooDoo (888.986.6366).
Chicago Radio Vet Brian Peck To Host Weekday Evenings on 94.7 WLS
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 24TH, 2018 – Cumulus has appointed Chicago radio broadcast veteran Brian Peck as On-Air Host of Evenings on 94.7 WLS. Peck debuts in the 7:00pm-12:00 Midnight slot today, September 24. Peck has recently shared evening hosting duties with fellow 94.7 WLS personalities, Tom O’Toole and Danny Lake, who will continue with their weekend shows on 94.7 WLS, along with Erin Carmen and Abby Ryan.
A Chicago radio fixture since 1992, Peck was introduced to Chicago radio listeners as Co-Host of Mornings on WKQX (Q 101) with former MTV veejay, Mark Goodman. In August 1996, Brian went on the air at WTMX (101.9 The Mix) and later at WSHE (SHE 100.3). He most recently hosted Middays at WJMK (K-HITS 104.3) before joining 94.7 WLS. Wade Linder, Program Director, 94.7 WLS, said: “Brain has a rare interactive style with our listeners. It seems like he’s conversing with a different caller every time he turns on the mic.” Peck said: “94.7 WLS is a perfect fit for me and my style. I’m excited to play Chicago’s Classic Hits and talk with our listeners every night from seven to midnight!”
Kris Fisher Named Brand Manager For Beasley Combo Las Vegas
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 24TH, 2018 – Beasley has named Kris Fisher Brand Manager at Rhythmic Oldies "Old School 105.7"/KOAS-FM and Hot AC “STAR 107.9”/KVGS-FM. He will begin his new position today, September 24, 2018. Fisher most recently served as the Program Director at Beasley Media Group’s HD98.3 and Hot 95.5 /93.1 in Augusta, Georgia.
“We’re thrilled that Kris will be joining our team in Las Vegas. After a lengthy nationwide search it is especially gratifying to be able to promote someone from within our company,” said Vice President and Market Manager Dennis Gwiazdon. “HD98.3 and Hot 95.5/ 93.1 have achieved some of their highest ratings under his direction. I'm looking forward to watching Kris work his magic for us here!” “Kris is a star programmer with proven success in our company and I’m proud that he will now be leading our stations in Vegas,” said Beasley Media Group Executive Vice President of Programming Justin Chase. “I have no doubt he will win!” “I'm honored and thankful to be given this opportunity to take such a huge step in my career,” said Fisher. “I began my radio journey with the purpose of having fun and seeing the world. This is going to be an incredible addition to that journey. Dennis and his staff have a great thing going and I'm beyond excited to join our Beasley fam in Las Vegas!”
Geraldo Rivera Added To Mornings At WTAM Cleveland; Jensen Lewis Also Joins Lineup
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 24TH, 2018 – – iHeartMedia’s WTAM 1100, Cleveland’s Newsradio, welcomes Geraldo Rivera with the debut of his brand-new show, Geraldo in Cleveland, premiering today, September 24. Geraldo in Cleveland will broadcast weekday mornings from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. In addition, Rivera will host a weekly podcast for iHeartRadio. Hosted by Rivera, one of America’s most enduring broadcasters and Fox News correspondent-at-large, Geraldo in Cleveland will discuss a range of local and national headlines, including the latest business, political and pop culture news.
“Cleveland is my home now and so is WTAM,” said the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning Rivera. “History put me here by random chance and now I am a part of this great city where I fell in love with my wife of 15 years, Erica Rivera. I will continue to work on a national level with Fox News, and I look forward to sharing conversations and perspective locally with you every day. This is just the beginning of what I hope will be a long relationship with WTAM, iHeartMedia, and most importantly - YOU.” iHeartMedia Cleveland has also added Jensen Lewis to the WTAM line-up. Lewis, a former pitcher for the Cleveland Indians and current television broadcast host for the team, will join Nick Camino and the legendary Mike Trivisonno on the newly formatted Sports Feed 2.0 program, weekdays from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
KBOI Boise Celebrates The Legend Of Paul J Schneider, Who's Set To Retire After 51 years
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 24TH, 2018 – After over 51 years of radio broadcasting, Paul J Schneider has decided it is time to sleep in. The announcement was made last Friday morning on Cumulus' NewsTalk 670 KBOI in Boise, ID. Paul J moved to Boise and started his career at 670 KBOI in June of 1967, shifting exclusively to radio in 1976. During the early years, Paul anchored the TV news and voiced the television replay of BSU football. From there he was quickly ushered in as the radio play-by-play voice for Boise State football and basketball from 1973 to 200
8. His radio career has spanned the encyclopedia of Treasure Valley history and during his career enjoyed one of the country’s largest radio audience shares as a part of “Dunn & Schneider” which aired from 1973 to 1993. Since 2001, Paul J. has hosted “Idaho Talks Live” with Chris Walton and throughout his career, Paul J and his morning partners have been at the top of station ratings. In honor of his professionalism and dedication, both the press box at Albertsons Stadium and the Cumulus broadcast building, home to the 670 KBOI studios, are named after him. Paul J’s final regular morning broadcast on NewsTalk 670 KBOI will be December 14, 2018.
Former CIRI-FM DJ Sues Station After Being Fired For Transgender People Comments
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 24TH, 2018 – A former radio host in Winnipeg who was fired after making comments about transgender people is suing for wrongful dismissal reports The Windsor Star. Dave Wheeler is seeking more than $1.4 million in damages from 92.1 CITI FM and its parent company, Rogers Media. Johnson was let go in July after he made comments on-air that compared transgender people to actors who pretend to be different things.
In his lawsuit, Johnson says the radio station hired him to be controversial and promoted him that way. He also says Rogers made untrue and defamatory remarks about him to the media after he was fired. The lawsuit contains allegations that have not been proven in court and Rogers Media has not yet filed a statement of defence. “It was an express or implied term of (Johnson’s) employment with Rogers … that (Johnson’s) on-air persona was to be provocative and controversial, and he was to push the boundaries and engage listeners in controversial social topics,” the statement of claim reads. “Rogers has recklessly, unfairly and intentionally harmed (Johnson’s) reputation and has acted in a high-handed, wanton and unfair manner.”
A Rogers Media spox said Friday that Johnson was fired after multiple disciplinary incidents, including one suspension. “After repeated warnings, he continued to violate the company’s core values and offend our audiences,” READ MORE HERE
SYNDICATION: WHTY-FM Columbus, GA Adds 'DeDe in the Morning'
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 24TH, 2018 – iHeart Media owned WHTY-FM “Hot 100” in Columbus, GA to debut “DeDe in the Morning” Monday, September 24 from 5 -10 am. B Paiz, iHeartMedia Columbus/Albany GA Senior Vice President of Programming, says “Columbus get ready!! The Queen is coming!! We are so excited to have DeDe in the Morning on Hot 100!! She has great familiarity in the market and her show is perfect for us!!!” Compass Media Networks officially launched DeDe in the Mornings in partnership with Service Broadcasting K104 in Dallas TX on July 16th. The show has several early adopters, most notably WJMR-FM in Milwaukee WI. Other affiliates include 96.3 Victorville CA, Streetz 87.7 Norfolk VA, KZWA Lake Charles LA, WHJA Hattiesburg MS and KZYQ Greenville MS. DeDe is in demand and she will be emcee at NABOB http://nabob.org/nabob-fall-conference/ in Washington DC on Thursday, October 4 and flying cross-country to host the Living Legends https://livinglegendsfoundation.com/ awards dinner in LA on Friday, October 5. To find out how to get DeDe in the Morning contact Compass Media Networks (310) 242-8742 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Adams Launches US 98.5 Country In Salisbury-Ocean City; Nashville's 1510 WLAC To Simulcast On 98.3 FM; Steve Gill's Slot Extended
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 24TH, 2018 – Adams Radio Group has decided on a new format for 98.5 in Salisbury-Ocean City, and the decision is country. Recently, Adams moved WGBG Classic Rock from 98.5 to a new 25,000watt signal that had previously been broadcasting country. The new “US 98.5 Everything Country” will be consulted by Keith Hill. Ron Stone, CEO of Adams added “After a lot of research, we determined our best opportunity for success was country on 98.5, a signal that serves the market very well! Salisbury – Ocean City needs a country format that does notignore the best country of all time. The market is in for a real treat with US 98.5”. Stone added, “there are more surprises coming on this station. Stay tuned!”
HeartMedia Nashville announced that TalkRadio 1510 WLAC, will now simulcast on 98.3 FM, effective immediately. WLAC will also now be heard on WSIX-FM on HD-2 and continue to broadcast on 1510 AM, and everywhere listeners are via iHeartRadio. In addition, WLAC’s Tennessee Star Report has expanded and will now broadcast from 5 to 8 a.m. effective, immediately. Steve Gill will continue to host the Tennessee Star Report weekday mornings with Michael Patrick Leahy, Tennessee Star Executive Editor. “I’m thrilled that TalkRadio WLAC can now be heard on the FM dial,” said Dan Endom, Region President for iHeartMedia Nashville.
PRODUCTS: Simple Booth Named To 5000 List Of Fastest Growing Companies
MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 24TH, 2018 – YEA Networks announces that Simple Booth, creator of iPad-based photo booths and selfie stations for social and business events, has been named to the elite Inc. 5000 list of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies, ranking in the top 5% of fastest-growing companies in the Business Products & Services category. With 2017 revenues of $3.3 million and a three-year growth rate of 1,210%, Simple Booth ranked #414 out of the 5000 companies on the list and was #23 out of the 472 fastest-growing companies in the Business Products & Services category. The company is featured in the September 2018 issue of Inc. magazine. The complete Inc. 5000 can be found at: https://www.inc.com/inc5000.
YEA Networks launched Simple Booth branded photo solutions across the Radio industry earlier this year, to radio stations of every format and market size with cash, lease and barter options, empowering stations with the next generation of event and social marketing tools. Simple Booth is now used by over 400 radio station affiliates in the U.S., and is in 11 of the Top 25 Markets, and 7 of the Top 10 Markets. Check out Simple Booth in action at the Opening Reception for the 2018 NAB Radio Show in Orlando, FL, on Tuesday, September 25, 2018, from 5:15pm-6:45pm at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek.
iHeart Music Festival 2018 Rocks Las Vegas
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 24TH, 2018 – After two days and dozens of legendary performances, the eighth annual iHeartRadio Music Festival hosted by Ryan Seacrest concluded on Saturday evening at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas with unforgettable performances by Justin Timberlake, Fleetwood Mac, Carrie Underwood, Mariah Carey, Imagine Dragons, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Panic! At The Disco, Kelly Clarkson, Shawn Mendes, Kygo, Rae Sremmurd, Logic, Childish Gambino and more.
Elvis Duran hosted a live backstage broadcast featuring exclusive artist interviews and performances that aired that aired across iHeartMedia radio stations throughout the country in more than 150 markets and on iHeartRadio. The CW Network exclusively livestreamed both nights of the festival via CWTV.com and The CW App, and will broadcast a two-night television special on October 7 and October 8 from 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. EST/PST. PHOTO/Greg Noire For iHeart
EVENTS: Bank Teller Annointed Tony & Kris' First 'Big Orange Winner,' Had To Wear All Day
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 24TH, 2018 – Just in time for Gator hater weekend, Tony & Kris Big Orange Make Up Debuts Every Friday before a UT home game, starting last week (Sept 21st), Tony & Kris will be picking a huge Vol fan to receive "The Big Orange Make Up.” The winner will be painted head to toe in UT orange, they’ll throw on some checkerboard overalls and an orange wig, and wear it ALL DAY long.
Yes, that means they have to go to work/school dressed like that! If they complete the task they will be awarded two tickets to the game, 4 rounds of golf, 4 lunches, and a bucket of balls at The Sevierville Golf Club, plus (this week) two tickets to the Joe Nichols concert at the Cotton Eyed Joe. This week’s winner, Peyton (yes, named after Manning - shown center), is a bank teller at a local bank.
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iHeart Gets OK From Texas Judge To Solicit Creditor Votes On Chapter 11 Plan
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 21ST, 2018 –– A Texas bankruptcy judge issued an order Thursday approving the disclosures and solicitation materials for iHeartMedia Inc.'s Chapter 11 plan Law360 reports, "With approval from U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Marvin Isgur, iHeartMedia moved forward in its mission to restructure $16 billion in funded liabilities and emerge from bankruptcy with a more sustainable level of debt. The committee said prior to a court hearing to approve the disclosure statement that iHeartMedia must provide creditors with more information about how it negotiated the pending restructuring scheme, suggesting general unsecured creditors should be entitled to more than a projected recovery of between zero and 14.45 percent."
“The debtors are proposing to provide such parties with an over 175-page document premised on indecipherable defined terms and convoluted gifting mechanics that renders an informed judgment next to impossible,” they said. But, with the voting materials being sent, creditors will also receive a letter describing the committee’s position with respect to the plan, according to the judge’s order. Judge Isgur also approved the disclosure statement over objections raised by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Trustee’s office related to provisions that would release debtors and affiliated third-parties from potential litigation related to the bankruptcy. SEE REPORT HERE.
NETWORKS: Westwood One Collaborates with AP News Network To Rep Ad Sales
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 21ST, 2018 –– Westwood One has formed a collaboration with The Associated Press’ (AP) short form news network for ad sales representation of their bartered breaking news wire service, photos, video, web content, sports scores, datasets, audio bites, and more. “AP is very pleased to have our diverse content set and affiliate list represented by Westwood One in the advertising marketplace. Westwood One has a rich history of providing consumers relevant news talk, entertainment and sports programming.” said Michael Fabiano, Vice President of Local Media for The Associated Press.
Charles Steinhauer (R) Westwood One’s COO, added “Westwood One has had a long relationship with the AP, and with our entry into the short duration ad market they were a natural partner.” Established in 1846, The Associated Press is an independent, not-for-profit news cooperative headquartered in New York City, with teams in 263 global locations and in all 50 U.S. states. Stations interested in learning more about AP shortform barter can contact AP’s Paul Memoli at email@example.com or (212) 621-6923.
Billboard Acquires Live Entertainment News Site Amplify Media
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 21ST, 2018 Billboard announced the acquisition of leading live entertainment news site Amplify Media Inc. Billboard gained full ownership of Amplify on June 18, 2018. Amplify founder Dave Brooks has joined Billboard’s full-time staff as a Senior Correspondent, along with writer Taylor Mims, and will lead Billboard’s touring and live entertainment coverage.
Amplify Media was created by Dave Brooks and his wife Kristen Bilanko in 2014 and it quickly became the leading tip sheet in live entertainment. “I started Amplify because I wanted to tell stories about the live music business in a new and exciting way,” Brooks says. “We built an amazing audience, and now, with this sale, Amplify and Billboard will come together to create the most impactful platform in touring and live entertainment.”
“We are extremely excited to acquire Amplify,” said Billboard’s Vice President of Content, Ross Scarano. “Dave Brooks is a true entrepreneur who knows the live entertainment world inside out and we are thrilled to be able to provide Billboard’s readers with more in-depth coverage of the touring industry.”
Beasley CEO Caroline Beasley Unveils New Beyond the Business Podcast
2-Part Interview Features One-On-One Conversation Global Futurist, Trendcaster and New York Times Best-Selling Author Dr. Shawn DuBravac
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 21ST, 2018 –– Beasley announced that Chief Executive Officer Caroline Beasley recently interviewed Dr. Shawn DuBravac, author of the New York Times Best Seller Digital Destiny: How the New Age of Data Will Transform the Way We Work, Live, and Communicate (Regnery, 2015), during a 2-Part interview for her brand new podcast entitled, “Beyond the Business”.
“Podcasting is an area of growth in the audio space that I am personally very passionate about as we continue to grow as a company,” said Beasley Media Group CEO Caroline Beasley. “It was such a privilege to speak with Shawn and hear his valuable thoughts about the future role of smart cities, the transformation of automotive industry and more!” To download the first of the 2-Part interview session, please go to www.bbgi.com.
Entercom's Candy Cintron Rises To PD At El WLZL-FM Wash. DC
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 21ST, 2018 –– Entercom announced the appointment of Candy Cintron to Program Director for El Zol 107.9 (WLZL-FM) in Washington D.C., effective immediately. She previously held the roles of Assistant Program Director and morning show Producer for the station since 2015.
“Candy has invested close to a decade of her career in making El Zol a vital, vibrant voice in D.C.’s Hispanic community,” said Phil Zachary, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Washington D.C. “This promotion honors her past, present and, most importantly, her future contributions to the El Zol legacy.” “It has been a pleasure working alongside the amazing professionals at El Zol,” said Cintron. “I look forward to leading us into the next chapter of success and to continuing to engage with our vibrant, culturally rich and diverse community.”
Cintron joined the station in 2009, holding Assistant Program Director and morning show Producer roles. She was a 2017 nominee for Radio Ink’s Medallas de Cortez Award and participated in Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio (MIW) Group’s 2018 Mildred Carter MIW Group Mentoring Program.
WBZ Boston Radio’s Lana Jones Inducted Into Massachusetts Broadcasters HOF
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 21ST, 2018 –– The late Lana Jones, a longtime WBZ NewsRadio 1030 reporter who died suddenly earlier this year, was inducted into the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame Thursday reports CBS Boston. Jones died back in April of an aortic tear.
Her husband, Steven Jones-D’Agostino, accepted the award Thursday saying, “While Lana has signed off for good, her powerful and positive impact on our own stories will continue to be broadcast forever.” You can see the complete list of 2018 inductees at massbroadcastershof.org.
Alpha Media, Portland Names Tony Howard Interactive Sales Manager
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 21ST, 2018 –– Alpha Media, Portland names Tony Howard Interactive Sales Manager, effective October 1st. Most recently, Tony was VP of Sales & Affiliate Partnerships for Clip Interactive where he managed teams responsible for educating, training and supporting sellers from 600 affiliates across the US. Tony has also worked for Tribune's KRCW-TV, CBS Radio, and Clear Channel (iHeart) Radio.
Alpha Media, Portland SVP/Market Manager, Lisa Decker commented on the announcement, “We are delighted to have Tony join the Alpha team to work with our clients to maximize their marketing results." Alpha Media, Portland VP of Sales, Amy Leimbach stated, "I've had the opportunity to work with Tony Howard when he was at CBS Radio and again when he handled affiliate partnerships at Clip Interactive. Tony is creative, competitive and has a drive to succeed, all qualities that correlate with Alpha's core values. I am looking forward to having Tony join the Alpha Portland team."
PRODUCTS: SoCast Introduces SoCast Ads
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 21ST, 2018 –– SoCast has launched SoCast Ads, a digital revenue advertising platform that can bring more and new dollars to radio. The turnkey platform enables the sale and management of online display, video, and mobile across a station’s digital assets and beyond. SoCast Ads uses data from a radio station’s digital channels (web, app, social, etc.), along with extensions to other relevant digital advertising platforms, to drive multiple revenue solutions for local advertisers.
“We believe radio is poised to take its share of growing digital ad dollars, and the SoCast Ads platform opens that revenue stream,” stated Elliott Hurst (TL), Chief Executive Officer of SoCast. “By extending digital advertising offerings beyond its own assets, radio can deliver the full-service marketing expertise that local advertisers need.” “Radio sellers have to become digital marketing specialists,” added Sandy Hurst (TR), Chief Operating Officer of SoCast. “There’s more to selling digital advertising than the usual ‘spots and dots,’ and radio sellers need to be equipped with best-in-class tools and know-how to help advertisers develop local campaigns across broadcast and digital platforms.” SoCast provides digital sales training for the SoCast Ads platform. For more information about SoCast Ads or SoCast’s suite of digital products for radio, stations may contact Eric Eisen, Director of Sales and Marketing at 416-635-6678, ext. 223, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
EVENTS: Ace & TJ Charity Group Continue To Raise Funds For Hurricane Florence Victims
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 21ST, 2018 –– iHeartMedia Charlotte’s ‘The Ace & TJ Show’ recently founded a new charity, The Ace & TJ Radio Family Charity, dedicated to helping the communities in which the show broadcasts. The Radio Family Charity aims to get help to those affected by Hurricane Florence as quickly as possible.
For the first time, The Ace & TJ Radio Family Charity will accept donations live on their morning show and will directly move funds where most needed. The needs of Hurricane Florence will last for months and the foundation is seeking donations from listeners that will go directly to local charities helping displaced victims of hurricane Florence.
“One of the things that has always made our Radio Family special is how we help each other during difficult times,” said Ace, Co-Founder of Ace & TJ’s Radio Family Charity. “The people who are receiving help now have helped so many others through the years listening to our show. It’s a beautiful and inspiring thing to be a part of.” The charity has no operating expenses and 100% of the funds donated go to relief efforts. To learn more or to donate to the Radio Family Charity please visit AceTJ.com/Florence, RadioFamilyCharity.org
SNAPS: Woody Show Welcomes Foo Fighters
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 21ST, 2018 –– The Woody Show, which originates from iHeartMedia’s ALT 98.7 - LA's New Alternative and is nationally syndicated by Premiere Networks, welcomed Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl and drummer Taylor Hawkins in studio this week. Among the highlights, Grohl tells Woody that one of their most-fulfilling moments so far, Just surviving, honestly. Getting to the point where - I turn 50 in a couple months. I honestly never thought any of this would last. I’ve seen a lot of my friends not make it, so it’s like wow, I got to get this far and I’m still kickin’. I swear I wake up every day and I’m just like, ‘ouch,’ first of all, I say ‘ouch,’ and then I’m like, ‘wow, I get to do it again. This is great.’”
Watch the full interview HERE - PHOTO/ left to right: Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, Woody and drummer Taylor Hawkins at The Woody Show studio at iHeartMedia’s ALT 98.7
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CONDOLENCES: Detroit Radio Great Bill Gable Passes
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 20TH, 2018 –– Late Tuesday we lost another legendary Detroit area radio host from the golden era at CKLW with the passing of Bill Gable, 69.
Bill's daughter posted on Facebook, "Yesterday 9/18/18 our family said an unexpected good bye to my wonderful, kind, loving and wise Dad, Bill Gable. Our hearts are completely shattered, shocked and broken. My Dad had been battling COPD, coupled with other health issues for sometime but it took a sudden turn. We covet your prayers at this time. We also know Facebook is the only way of communication with many of his beloved friends and colleagues. Memorial arrangements will be communicated by the family once we know those details. I “miss you already” Daddio. I’m so proud and grateful to be your daughter. I love you.
Gable, who retired in 2014, got his start in radio in Allentown, Pennsylvania and went on to work in some of biggest markets in the north, including Detroit's CKLW (The Big 8) in the 1970s. PHOTO/at right taken in Oct. 2017 at a Art Vuolo gathering is Bill flanked by former CKLW greats Gary Burbank (L) (retired from 700 WLW Cincinnati) and Jo-Jo Shutty MacGregor (former CKLW & WWJ traffic reporter)- Art Vuolo assembled this special video tribute to Bill Gable - WATCH HERE
Award-Winning CBS News Radio Reporter Dave Barrett Passes Away At 63
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 20TH, 2018 –– Dave Barrett, an award winning radio reporter for CBS News, died suddenly yesterday He was 63 and lived in Wilton, Conn. Barrett was a lover of his medium who was especially interested in utilizing natural sound as well as words to tell stories better. He was CBS News Radio’s go-to reporter for outdoor events such as music and sports and reported from 10 Olympic Games.
“Dave Barrett was a special kind of broadcaster – one who could transport you to the scene of the story in just a few words,” said Craig Swagler, the general manager of CBS News Radio. “He will be dearly missed – both in this newsroom and across the country.” Barrett received one of the highest honors in electronic journalism, the Edward R. Murrow Award, in 2011 for his insightful report that brought to life for listeners how kids occupy their time, illustrated by the sounds of their activities. He won two other Murrow Awards. One was for a report on the 200th anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner in 2015. In 1998, Barrett won his first Murrow for a profile on Tiger Woods.
The Broadcasters Foundation of America Raises Over $250,000 At Golf Tournament
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 20TH, 2018 –– The Broadcasters Foundation of America (BFOA) raised $250,000 to help broadcasters in need during its Celebrity Golf Tournament on Monday at the Westchester Country Club in Rye, NY. The annual event is one of the Broadcasters Foundation’s biggest fundraisers, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to broadcasters in need. This year, more than 150 broadcasters and celebrities came out in support of their colleagues, who due to illness or unforeseen disaster have experienced terrible loss.
“For the second year in a row, we have seen an unprecedented increase in applications for emergency aid due to the devastation from natural disasters,” commented Dan Mason, Chairman of the Broadcasters Foundation. “Additionally, more broadcasters are reaching out for monthly grants, as people live longer but do not always have the means to pay for life-sustaining medications and medical care. Celebrity golfers included: WCBS-FM’s Scott Shannon; ESPN’s John Anderson and Anita Marks; NY Jets’ Greg Buttle. The Lee Iacocca Villa Nicola in Tuscany, which was donated by Ned and Kate Hentz, pulled in an additional $20,000 in auction.
EVENTS: 7,521 Golf Balls Later, Remy Raises Thousands For Humane Society
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 20TH, 2018 –– Remy - from New Country 92.3's afternoon show "Mason and Remy" St. Louis - raised THOUSANDS for the Humane Society of Missouri in a marathon FOURTEEN hour swing-a-thon yesterday. This was part of the station's 'Hitting Balls for Hurricane Relief' Effort. Bud and Broadway, Kelly from Arnold and on-air talent from the other Hubbard Radio-St. Louis stations came out to “pinch swing” for Remy.
Remy is ALREADY back at work, even though he can barely lift his arms! His on-air partner Mason arranged for Remy to have an in-studio deep tissue massage from Massage Luxe this afternoon. "I am astonished Remy was able to swing a club for 14 hours straight - and we’re blown away by the support from our St Louis community!” commented Mason, while Remy said, “Everything on my body hurts."
Pair Of Washington State Radio Hosts Win Big On Fox TV's 'Beat Shazam'
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 20TH, 2018 –– Tri-City, WA Raleigh Hawthorne (L) and Stacy Lee (R) had to keep the secret for months says The Tri-City Herald. They filmed an episode of the FOX-TV game show “Beat Shazam” late last year, competing for up to $1 million against two other teams. They ended up the night’s big winners, going home with $256,000 to split between them. “It’s great to finally be able to talk about it,” Hawthorne said. “I wanted to tell everybody.”
She and Stacy Lee both are popular hosts with Hawthorne on Hot 97.5 and Stacy Lee on 98.3 The Key and 102.7 KORD. They competed on “Beat Shazam” against two other sets of DJs from around the country. Jamie Foxx is the host. In the final round, Hawthorne correctly named the Bette Midler song “The Rose” to double their earnings and walk away with $256,000. If she’d missed, they’d have left with a quarter of that amount.
“It was the most stress I’ve ever been under in one situation,” Hawthorne said of the moments leading up to that final question. But she had a childhood friend who used to play “The Rose” frequently on the piano, so Hawthorne immediately recognized it. READ STORY HERE
NETWORKS: Premiere's Buck Sexton Sits Down With Potus In The Oval Office
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 20TH, 2018 –– Premiere Networks personality Buck Sexton, host of The Buck Sexton Show and co-host of Hill.tv’s Rising with Krystal & Buck, sat down with President Donald Trump yesterday in the Oval Office for an exclusive interview.
During the 45-minute conversation, the President discussed a wide range of topics, including immigration policy; the Mueller probe and its negative affect on his presidency; his disappointment with Attorney General Jeff Sessions; his regret for not immediately firing FBI Director James Comey; and much more. LISTEN HERE
KQRS' Tom Barnard & Estate Of Late Attorney Settle Lawsuit
Parties Agree They Will Pay Each Other Nothing
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 20TH, 2018 –– Hall of Famer Tom Barnard of KQRS Minneapolis, and the estate of his late attorney, Ron Rosenbaum, settled a lawsuit that was filed against Barnard in August 2017 reports KSTP-TV. The lawsuit claimed Barnard stopped making payments to the Rosenbaum Trust in March 2017, despite having a contract requiring him to pay 5 percent of his KQRS salary through the end of 2019.
According to the suit, Rosenbaum represented Barnard in contract negotiations with KQRS in 2014. Rosenbaum died on May 29, 2016, at the age of 68. As a part of the settlement, the two parties agreed they will pay each other nothing.
Barnard's attorney, Christopher Madel, said Tuesday, "This case should have never been filed, and the results speak for itself." The lawsuit was officially settled Tuesday.
CNN's Cuomo Picks Up Radio Show On SiriusXM
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 20TH, 2018 –– CNN's rising star, Chris Cuomo, signs on with SiriusXM to host weekday radio show on its Potus Channel reports The Hill. The Show will be called 'Let's Get After It With Chris Cuomo.' Megan Liberman, who serves as senior vice president of news, talk and entertainment at SiriusXM, said Cuomo will foster "important, engaging conversation" on the new program. “Chris is a remarkable journalist, with a history of tough interviews that have everyone talking the next day,” said Liberman.
Cuomo, 48, called the opportunity to host both a primetime cable news program and a daily radio show "a dream come true." “The opportunity to deal with listeners directly about the biggest news stories and to share different sides of my personality and outside interests for two hours a day on SiriusXM – and then have Cuomo Prime Time ready to go at 9:00 p.m. EST? – wow!” said Cuomo. "Cuomo Primetime" launched on CNN on June 4 and quickly became the most-watched program on the network. The former "20/20" host jumped to ABC to CNN in 2013 to host CNN's "New Day" for more than five years before moving to evenings.
"Let’s Get After It with Chris Cuomo" will premiere on Monday at 12:00 p.m. ET on P.O.T.U.S channel 124.
PRODUCTS: Vipology Signs Major Market Groups in Smart Speaker Space
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 20TH, 2018 –– Vipology announces long-term partnerships with nationally recognized broadcasters Local Media San Diego, Leighton Broadcasting, Auburn Network Inc., Dickey Broadcasting Company, Big Thicket Broadcasting, and Mapleton Broadcasting to VS3 (Vipology Smart Speaker System), via Amazon’s Alexa.
Chris Peaslee, Chief Executive Officer, Vipology, said: “We’re attracting the most forward thinking radio groups in the country because of our smart speaker system, VS3. Our industry leading sales capabilities have resulted in 1100% ROI for our partners. VS3 also generates incredible real time user data that supports programming and sales.” That’s right – now VS3 details valuable user data such as Sessions, TSL, Reach & Frequency, and user locations identifying Hot Zips for programming and sales. For more information on VS3, the industry’s leading smart speaker solution that gathers user data for programming and sales, come see us at the Orlando Radio Show Booth #12, or contact Michael W. Kay at (213) 432-1800 or at email@example.com
Bec And Cosi Confirmed For Hit107 Breakfast In Australia
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 20TH, 2018 –– Andrew ‘Cosi’ Costello and Rebecca Morse have officially been confirmed as the new hosts of Breakfast on Hit107 in Adelaide. Cosi spent time at SAFM and Triple M, and is currently hosting Channel 9 Television’s South Aussie With Cosi. Bec has presented Network Ten’s Adelaide bulletin TEN Eyewitness News First At Five for over a decade. “Cosi and I have a lot in common; we are both passionate and proud South Australians and laugh at our own jokes. As for working both ends of the day, there will be coffee and there will be chaos.”
Scottie McClue Will Join Nation Radio in Scotland - Former Scot FM and Radio Scotland presenter Scottie McClue is joining Nation Radio in Glasgow to host a Friday and Saturday night phone-in. He’ll be back on-air at the end of September when the station launches officially on 96.3 FM, after a month of test transmissions across Glasgow and West Central Scotland.
Paul Carrington Lip-syncs The Morning DJ - Irish radio presenter Paul Carrington has lip-synced his own version of WOLD – The Morning DJ song in the studio at Shannonside. - WATCH HERE
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Senate Passes Music Modernization Act
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 19TH, 2018 –– Late yesterday the Senate passed the Orrin G. Hatch (inset) Music Modernization Act (MMA), joining the House of Representatives in unanimously approving the first reform of music copyright law in decades. Because the bills are not identical, the bill now goes back to the House for approval, and then to the White House for President Trump's expected signature. The MMA includes language that will formally establish a role for Congress as the Department of Justice reviews consent decrees with the two largest performing rights organizations — ASCAP and BMI — which collectively license over 90% of the musical works that are played on local radio and television stations.
Commenting on the latest vote, NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith said, "NAB applauds Senate passage of the Orrin G. Hatch Music Modernization Act. Naming this critical legislation after Senator Hatch is a fitting tribute to his tireless efforts to improve the lives of songwriters. NAB appreciates the hard work of Senators Hatch, Whitehouse, Alexander and Coons, Chairman Grassley and Ranking Member Feinstein in producing a compromise bill that will benefit songwriters, legacy recording artists, producers, digital streaming services, and music listeners. "We are particularly supportive of a provision added to the Senate bill ensuring enhanced congressional review of any DOJ changes to ASCAP and BMI consent decrees. These decrees are essential to a functioning music marketplace, and any action to terminate them will now be preceded by appropriate Congressional oversight to protect the interests of songwriters, licensees, and consumers of music."
[WATCH] Naked Teen Burst Into Nashville Radio Host's Home During Police Chase
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 19TH, 2018 –– At around 2:00 am Sunday Morning a naked intruder burst into the home of popular radio host Paul Kuharsky (inset) of Cumulus' WGFX/104.7 The Zone Nashville reports WSMV-TV. Brentwood police chief Jeff Hughes, who later called into Kuharsky's midday show, said "This ranks up there with some of the stranger things you would imagine happening. The home invasion was random-- just a 17-year-old out of his mind, high on drugs. That teen is now charged with three counts of aggravated assault, three counts of simple assault, aggravated burglary, vandalism, indecent exposure, public intoxication, evading arrest, resisting a stop and curfew violation.
Kuharsky and his family are now recovering from the ordeal. "I don't wish it on anybody," said Kuharsky. Meanwhile the takeaway lesson is this: no matter who you are, or where you live, even if you have an alarm that's on, "be sure to lock your damn door," said Kuharsky. "Take those steps to make sure you are not an easy target to be victimized," said Hughes. Kuharsky and his wife aren't mad at the teenager who charged into their home naked. Instead, they posted on Facebook saying, "We hope and pray that the young man who entered our home and his family are afforded the same level of grace in their community and that their son is receiving the help he needs as well." WATCH HERE
[LISTEN] Medha Gandhi Joins The Elvis Duran; 25 Things You Need To Know
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 19TH, 2018 –– As we first reported back in July, Medha Gandhi officially joined Morning Radio’s Elvis Duran Show as Co-Host beginning this week. “We fell in love with Gandhi within the first five minutes of meeting her,” said Duran back in July. “When you have a show as long established as ours, it's very important to continue to keep it fresh and in Gandhi we have found the perfect co-host to do that. I can't wait for her to join our dysfunctional family!”
Gandhi joins Elvis Duran and the Morning Show from iHeartMedia Boston’s WXKS - KISS 108, where she served as executive producer and co-host for Matty in the Morning. Prior to that role, she served as an on-air talent and executive producer of the Dave & Jimmy Show at iHeartMedia’s WNCI Columbus, Ohio. With her arrival, Duran posted at his website The 25 Things You Need To Know About Gandhi - And yes, she's the great, great grand daughter of Mahatma Ghandi. READ & LISTEN HERE
Maria Palmer Joins iHeart Charlotte
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 19TH, 2018 –– iHeartMedia announced that Maria Palmer has been named Music Director for iHeartMedia Charlotte and On-Air Host for 106.5 The END, Charlotte’s Alternative Rock, effective immediately. Palmer will also lead WEND’s social media accounts where she’ll regularly update and engage with listeners on multiple social platforms. As On-Air Host for 106.5 The END, Palmer will broadcast weekdays from 7 p.m. to midnight. She will report to Chuck ‘DZL’ Thompson, Program Director for iHeartMedia Charlotte.
Palmer joins the Charlotte Market from Washington, DC, where she began her radio career as the swing shift, fill-in and weekend talent on WWDC and WMZQ. She is a graduate of the National Conservatory of the Dramatic Arts. “I am absolutely THRILLED to be joining the team at WEND and cannot wait to discover everything Queen City has to offer,” said Palmer. “I look forward to connecting on-air and online with my listeners, while simultaneously growing and expanding my skills behind the scenes as Music Director. I am very enthusiastic to dive headfirst into my duties and am privileged to be a part of such a strong family at iHeartMedia Charlotte.”
STUDY: AM/FM Radio Drives Tune-In For TV And Delivers Younger Viewers
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 19TH, 2018 –– The latest Westwood One blog post shares the results from a major cable network’s advertising campaign that used AM/FM radio to help launch the returning season of a scripted drama series. Their media plan also included paid TV and promos running on their network and co-owned networks. Westwood One retained Nielsen to study how the combination of AM/FM radio and TV helped drive tune-in for the premiere. This was one of the first TV tune-in ROI studies to examine both TV and AM/FM radio.
Highlights showed: · AM/FM radio accounted for a small percentage of the media budget but generated significant impressions and incremental reach: Although AM/FM radio only represented 5% of paid media, it delivered 20% of total campaign impressions. · With amplified frequency, AM/FM radio drove tune-in conversion: The more frequently consumers were exposed to tune-in ads, the greater the conversion to viewing the premiere. Tune-in conversion is especially high among consumers who are exposed to ads six or more times. · Compared to TV, AM/FM radio delivered a much younger audience: TV’s audience skews older than AM/FM radio’s audience. 70% of AM/FM radio impressions came from 18-54 year olds. Conversely, nearly half of all the TV impressions were from 55+. · AM/FM radio is the exceptionally efficient media choice: From a cost standpoint, AM/FM radio’s reach and impressions were achieved much more efficiently. AM/FM radio is only 20% of TV’S CPM and cost per thousand net reach. · TV tune-in best practice: Utilize 125-150 GRPs of network radio to efficiently optimize a tune-in campaign with incremental reach and amplified frequency. SEE FULL REPORT HERE
PODCAST: Mooch & Mrs On Radio.Com
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 19TH, 2018 –– Entercom announced that Anthony Scaramucci and his wife, Deidre will launch “Mooch and the Mrs" on Radio.com beginning this week. The new weekly podcast, available at radio.com/moochandthemrs "Anthony Scaramucci’s first-hand political experience from his time in the White House, combined with his and Deidre’s unique points of view, will provide Radio.com listeners with a compelling podcast experience,” said Pam Russo, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Entercom. “We’re committed to providing a forum for diverse points of view and look forward to hearing Anthony’s and Deidre’s differing perspectives on the political landscape, through the unique lens of their personal relationship.” “
Radio.com currently has over 300 stations and more than 1,100 podcasts, with more added continuously, on its rapidly growing platform. It is available on home and auto-connected devices, including Amazon Alexa, Amazon FireTV, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Google Chromecast, Roku, and Sono
Perez Hilton Debuts New Podcast With Chris Booker
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 19TH, 2018 –– Trend-setting and notorious gossip columnist, Perez Hilton, announced today the debut of The Perez Hilton Podcast with Chris Booker on leading network PodcastOne. We are finally home!” said Hilton. “PodcastOne is the leader in the space! I'm upset we didn't get here sooner! Chris Booker and I have been doing The Perez Hilton Podcast for over three years now, and each week it gets better and better! Our chemistry is unlike any other!
PodcastOne Chairman and CEO, Norman Pattiz, said, “We’re happy to welcome Perez Hilton to PodcastOne. His radio and television visibility, plus his hugely successful blog, have made him the reliable source for celebrity scoops - which he’s been delivering for years.” Episodes of the Perez Hilton Podcast are available now on PodcastOne.com, the PodcastOne app and Apple Podcasts. For more information, visit PodcastOne.com or PerezHilton.com.
iHeart Milwaukee Teams With FX 6 & Clear Channel Outdoor For Hurricane Relief
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 19TH, 2018 –– iHeartMedia Milwaukee in partnership with local Fox affiliate, Fox 6, and Clear Channel Outdoor Americas will host a Hurricane Florence Disaster Relief Phone Bank to benefit families affected by the hurricane in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. On-air personalities from iHeartMedia Milwaukee’s News/Talk 1130 WISN, FM106.1, 95.7 BIG FM, The Big 920, 97-3 NOW and V100.7 including Ridder, Scott and Quinn from FM106.1; Hannah from 95.7 BIG FM; Rahny Taylor from 97-3 NOW and Bailey Coleman, Reggie Brown and Promise from V100.7 will staff the phone bank and process donations.
“It’s great when multiple media outlets come together for the common good,” said Colleen Valkoun, Market President for iHeartMedia Milwaukee. “Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by Hurricane Florence and we’re happy to help support the mission of the American Red Cross.”
CHEERS: ReelWorld Scotsman Craig Wallace Becomes A U.S. Citizen
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 19TH, 2018 –– Big props are in order for ReelWorld’s Chief Experience Scotsman, Craig Wallace, who added a new experience to his resume yesterday: U.S. Citizen.
ReelWorld CEO Mike Thomas said “We’re all so proud of Craig. He’s an amazing person, a great friend, a true ReelWorlder and will make America proud. We also told him new citizens are required to wear a stars-and-stripes fanny pack for the first 12 months. Shhh…”
Tamara Schuller, who joined with Craig at Homeland Security, posted on Facebook, "After 15 loooong years my amazing friend (and co-worker) is officially an American! 🇺🇸 🏴 it was a privilege to join you today for your Oath! #reelamerican #reelworld
Star 94.1 San Diego's Jesse Lozano Show Forms Heart With Listeners To Honor Military
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 19TH, 2018 –– If there's huge gathering of people in San Diego forming something special, you can usually find producer extraordinairre, Tommy Sablan somewhere in the mix. That was the case onSaturday as iHeart's Star 94.1's Jesse Lozano Show honored our military servicemen and women by having their listeners show up to a form a Heart with Gratitude.
On Saturday, September 15th, many San Diegans showed up on the flight deck of the USS Midway to take this photo. The photo at left will be sent worldwide to all of our military to show them how much Star 94.1 and San Diego appreciates all that they do!
PHOTO AT RIGHT - Left to right: Assistant producer Joe Campillo Executive producer Shelly Brown, Jesse Lozano, Co host Delana Bennett and Human Heart consultant Tommy Sablan.
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Broadcast Museum Planning Downsize
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 18TH, 2018 –– Media blogger Robert Feder writes that in order for The Museum of Broadcast Communications to keep its doors open it plans to sell two floors of its four-story building in River North, according to multiple sources. He adds its board is close to finalizing a deal with a privately-held real estate development and investment firm, to take over the third and fourth floors of the site, located at the southwest corner of State and Kinzie Streets. It’s not known what plans Fern Hill has for the space, which is currently used by the museum for exhibits including “Saturday Night Live: The Experience,” which ends its year-long run in December.
The shrine to American broadcasting has occupied three public spaces since the museum first opened at the River City condominium complex in 1987. With the downsizing, the museum will have approximately 12,000 square feet to accommodate the National Radio Hall of Fame, the Paul and Angel Harvey Radio Studio, and its permanent displays as well as its vast collection of artifacts and exhibits.
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