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KILT Houston Unveils New Lineup; Clint & Kamla Take Over Afternoons; Rich Lord Exits
THE MOUTH JULY 19TH, 2019 ––Entercom announced the addition of Clint Stoerner and Rick Kamla as afternoon drive hosts for SportsRadio 610 (KILT-AM) Houston and the flagship station of the Houston Texans. The new afternoon show “Clint and Kamla” will be on air weekdays from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. CT, effective July 22. “Clint and Rick are the perfect pair to bring informative and clear-cut opinions to the Houston listener,” said Sarah Frazier, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Houston. “As a native Houstonian, Clint has a natural connection with the audience and a distinct delivery and southern charm. Rick brings a national platform with instant recognition from his years at NBA TV to the station and his passion for sports will be evident instantly. We are equally as excited to provide the Houston sports community with a revamped weekday lineup that they can connect with to and from work on a daily basis.”
Prior to joining Entercom, Stoerner was a studio analyst for 103.7 The Buzz in Little Rock, AR, and the SEC Network. Rick Kamla was recently the midday host for sister station 92.9 The Game (WZGC-FM) in Atlanta. Kamla also previously served as a studio host and play-by-play announcer for NBA TV, a role he held since 2003. The station subsequently announced a new weekday lineup, effective July 22. Sean Pendergast will now transition to the morning drive alongside co-host Seth Payne. Pendergast hosted the station’s afternoon show for the last five years.
Along with the moves, Rich Lord will be departing SportsRadio 610 (KILT-AM) in Houston. “Rich did an incredible job for nearly two and a half decades on SportsRadio 610,” said Frazier. “As one of the first announcers on Houston’s first all-sports talk station, he has played an instrumental role in building this heritage station and will always be an integral part of its legacy.
Ali Mac Takes Mornings At CMG's Easy 102.9 Jacksonville
THE MOUTH JULY 19TH, 2019 –– Cox Media Group Jacksonville welcomes Ali Mac as its new Morning Show Host for the new Easy 102.9/Adult Contemporary. “I'm thrilled to wake up with Jacksonville on the new Easy 102.9 and join this incredible team! I'd like to thank OM/PD Todd Shannon and VP/Market Manager Dan Lawrie for their confidence in me,” said Ali Mac.
“Ali is an amazing talent with so much energy, passion and enthusiasm. I knew after our first conversation that she was the right fit for the fastest growing radio brand in Jacksonville,” said Todd Shannon. Congratulate Ali on her new job that is effective immediately at Ali.Mac@cmg.com
Meruelo Media Flips KXOS LA To Cali 93.9, #1 for Reggaeton
THE MOUTH 19TH, 2019 –– Meruelo Media has switched KXOS-FM to Cali 93.9, Reggaeton y Mas! Meruelo Media has started the process of changing the station's call letters from KXOS to KLLI to match the new format. Interim Program Director, DJ E-Man said, "Cali 93.9 features the best uptempo hit music by today's Latin superstars! Cali 93.9 is the new home of superstars like J Balvin, Maluma, Bad Bunny and Cardi B.
On the sales side, Irma Barrios will add CALI 93.9 in addition to serving as General Manager for Meruelo Media's flagship television station KWHY-TV. Dianna Jason, the current VP of marketing for Meruelo Media, will take over marketing responsibilities for CALI 93.9. On-air talent and other department heads will be named shortly. Otto Padron, President of Meruelo Media, said "Cali 93.9 will be the most "Caliente" station in Cali! Not just because the music transcends language as it has exploded into mainstream popularity; but because we will place this format on one of the most powerful radio signals in Los Angeles, the new Cali 93.9."
THE MOUTH JULY 19TH, 2019 –– 103.7 Play-FM/WURV Richmond host and regular 'Boot Camper Melissa Chase said it was her own fault for going too far out in the ocean... but I got bit by a shark while on vacation this week. She posted, "I got bit by a shark on vacation this week! Yes, for real. It was a baby one and I’m fine now but holy bananas it hurt sooo badly! Chase explained that she was jumping waves at the beach and due to the water not being very high, she didn’t notice how far she actually was from the shore. Suddenly she felt something rubbery slide between her legs and bumped her. “I knew right away it was a shark but didn’t have enough time to react before it bit down on my ankle.”
Chase said the immediate pain felt exactly like you’d think it would when you watch a shark movie and it chomps down - my stomach felt completely nauseous. My 10-year-old was right next to me and our Mother’s helper and my 6-year-old were a few yards away and I knew. I had to get out of the water right that minute and had to get the kids out of the water before they got bit -- We ran into shore and our friend who is a nurse helped get the bleeding under control. It was a small bite but we ended up going to get it checked out after a while. The hospital confirmed yes, it was a baby shark (they call them “pups”) but they couldn’t tell what kind because the teeth were too small to see the shape."
"It’s incredibly achy now," she says. "And I’ll be on antibiotics to fight off any infections but overall good outcome. I was super lucky it wasn’t a big shark and beyond thankful it happened to me and not my kids.
GOLDSTEIN: Are We At Peak Podcast? - NYT
THE MOUTH, JULY 19TH, 2019 –– Steve Goldstein, who'll lead this year's 'Podcast Master Class' at Morning Show Boot Camp in Chicago, blogged today about a New York Times piece about whether we have hit “peak podcast.” It referred to similar numbers posted in two recent Blogstein posts about how many of the 706,000 podcasts out there are still in production (hint: only 18% added an episode in a three month period). Those posts generated a good deal of chatter about the arc of podcasting and whether looking at active versus total podcasts was of value. Of course it is. Trees don’t grow to the sky and it is important to have a sense of calibration about where we really are in this feverish podcast environment. "
“So how many if the 706,000 podcasts are still in production?” and “Podcast stats- The sequel.” The New York Times article talks about the ease of starting a podcast and the failure that ensues for many. The piece by Jennifer Miller compares podcasting, as others have before, to blogging in its earlier days when it seems everyone had to have one. It also makes a critical point that a big audience isn’t always the correct metric. That indeed is true for hobbyists and niche players. READ BLOG HERE
KOA News Radio Denver Announces Debut 'Broncos Country Tonight' With Dave Logan and Rick Lewis
THE MOUTH JULY 19TH, 2019 ––KOA NewsRadio850 AM & 94.1 FM announced the debut of a new show, “Broncos Country Tonight,” effective today, July 19. “Broncos Country Tonight” will broadcast weekday evenings from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. KOA NewsRadio850 AM & 94.1 FM also celebrates its 50th season as the Denver Broncos flagship station. To launch the show, “Broncos Country Tonight” will co-star Dave Logan, the legendary Denver Broncos play-by-play announcer; Rick Lewis, the iconic Denver Broncos color analysts well as popular sports on-air personalities Ryan Edwards and Benjamin Allbright.
“‘Broncos Country Tonight’ solidifies the strong partnership between the Denver Broncos, iHeartMedia’s KOA NewsRadio and top sports on-air personalities such as Dave Logan and Rick Lewis,” said Tim Hager, President of the iHeartMedia Denver Region.“From the Denver Broncos Training Camp to behind the scenes preseason coverage, this show will attract a huge following and we’re excited to welcome it to our heritage station.”
WEBINARS: CRS360 To Present Third Installment Of 'Mid-Year Ratings And State of Format Report'
THE MOUTH JULY 19TH, 2019 ––Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc.® will present the next installment of its recently-launched CRS360 webinar series on Thursday, July 25th at 12 p.m. (CDT), with an episode titled “Country Radio 2019: Mid-Year Ratings and State of The Format Report.”
“Our July CRS360 episode takes a look at the format’s mid-year ratings report card, examining national shares in key demos, comparing PPM and diary-measured markets, and highlighting success stories in certain markets, and, at specific stations,” said CRS Executive Director, RJ Curtis (L). The July session will include a broader “state of the format” discussion, with a goal of identifying potentially strong music trends, emerging artists, and how Country radio can better compete with other platforms exposing Country music.
Panelists for this episode include Entercom KILT/Houston PD Chris Huff, and Bonneville KNCI/Sacramento PD Joey Tack. The conversation will be moderated by MCA Nashville SVP/Promotion, Katie Dean. Viewing CRS360 is free, but slots are limited so those interested should be sure to pre-register here. For more information, please visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com
BUSINESS: Ditty TV And Krantz Media Group Announce Audio Partnership
THE MOUTH JULY 19TH, 2019 –– 2019. Krantz Media Group/KMG Networks (KMG) this week announced a new partnership with television music channel Ditty TV. The partnership will bring a wide array of audio programming to listeners around the world well and live-programming on site at current and planned events.
“Ditty TV is the most robust video channel in the world dedicated to the diverse and growing Americana and Roots music categories.”, said Gary Krantz, CEO of KMG. “Americana continues to grow exponentially and is the passionate choice for 18-34 and 25-54-year-old adults that are under served by mainstream media, yet highly desired by brands and advertisers. KMG is very excited to build success with several projects in the works for all forms of radio and podcasts”. Plans are already in motion for a 24/7 Ditty TV Audio Channel, Daily and Weekly Podcasts, Event and Awards show coverage and more. Interested media outlets and platforms may contact KMG Networks at 646-573-6800 or by emailing at firstname.lastname@example.org KMG Networks, a division of Krantz Media Group
2019 NAB Marconi Radio Award Finalists Announced
THE MOUTH 18TH, 2019 –– The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) announced the finalists for the 2019 NAB Marconi Radio Awards, honoring radio stations and on-air personalities for excellence in broadcasting.
The winners will be announced September 26 at the NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner & Show, held during the 2019 Radio Show in Dallas, Texas. The 2019 NAB Marconi Radio Awards are recognizing two new award categories, "Legendary Manager of the Year" and "Best Radio Station Podcast." Additionally, “Best College Radio Station of the Year,” has been renamed from "Noncommercial Station of the Year.” See All The Finalists HERE
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iHeart Rings NASDAQ's Opening Bell
THE MOUTH 18TH, 2019 –– iHeartMedia, Inc. announced that Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bob Pittman and President, COO and CFO Rich Bressler rang the opening bell today, July 18, to commemorate the listing of the Company’s Class A common stock on the NASDAQ Global Select Market.
The stock will begin trading today under the ticker “IHRT.” The opening bell will ring at 9:30 a.m. ET and the ceremony can be viewed HERE. Also joining for the event, Elvis Duran, The Breakfast Club & Jim Kerr.
NETWORKS: George King & Eric Sundstrom On The Rise At WWO
THE MOUTH 18TH, 2019 –– In a move to fortify its leadership position in the 24-Hour marketplace, Cumulus Media's Westwood One has announced the elevation of two key executives in its 24-Hour Formats division. George King (L)will rise to Vice President/General Manager from VP/Programming for Country. Additionally, 24-Hour format veteran Eric Sundstrom (R) has been named Vice President of Affiliate Sales, from Regional Affiliate Manager. King reports to Kirk Stirland, President, Programming, Westwood One. Sundstrom reports to King.
“George is both a gifted, experienced programmer and a big strategic thinker, and he’ll bring both skills to bear with our customers at 24-Hour Formats,” commented Stirland. “Very few people understand the local radio marketplace like Eric, which makes him a smart choice for this leadership role. With George and Eric at the helm, we’ll continue to bring high-quality radio to the traditional 24-hour format marketplace, as well make an impact in larger markets that require different features and qualities.”
Before joining Westwood One in 2014, King was Regional Operations Manager for Townsquare in Ft. Collins, CO. He also held programming and operations roles for Cox and Clear Channel in San Antonio and at WMZQ/Washington DC. Sundstrom has been in affiliate management at Westwood One for more than 20 years. “I’d like to thank Kirk Stirland, Charles Steinhauer, and Suzanne Grimes for this opportunity and for having the confidence in me to take on this new role,” said King. “We are proud to be the leader in the field, and we will continue to deliver best-in-class 24-hour content to radio stations nationwide.”
Mario Lopez Joins 'Access Hollywood' & Access Daily'
THE MOUTH 18TH, 2019 –– Beginning Monday, Sept. 9, entertainment veteran Mario Lopez will join Kit Hoover and Scott Evans as host of both “Access Hollywood” and its daytime counterpart, “Access Daily” (formerly “Access Live.”) In addition, Lopez has signed an overall development and producing deal for both scripted and alternative programming with Universal Television and Universal Television Alternative Studio.
“Mario is a multi-talented television personality. Drawing from his experience as an entertainment TV and radio host, actor, author, and, of course, a father and husband, Mario brings a fresh voice and perspective with creative ideas to our business,” said Tracie Wilson, Executive Vice President, Creative Affairs, NBCUniversal Domestic TV Distribution. “Our viewers know him and love him, and we are so excited to have him as a part of the NBCUniversal family.” Lopez said. “I’m thrilled to have an opportunity to join in that success and develop scripted and alternative projects on their many creative platforms.”
Backstreet Boys Join The Lineup For The 2019 iHeartRadio Music Festival
THE MOUTH 18TH, 2019 –– Joining performances from Alicia Keys, Cage The Elephant, Camila Cabello, Chance The Rapper, Def Leppard, French Montana, Halsey, Heart, HER, Hootie & The Blowfish, Marshmello, Miley Cyrus, Mumford & Sons, Steve Aoki , The Backstreet Boys now expand the lineup.
This years event will once again be hosted by Ryan Seacrest on September 20 and 21 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas
CONDOLENCES: Cumulus Charleston VP/MM Sherry Dollar Passes Away
THE MOUTH JULY 18TH, 2019 –– With deep sadness, we share the news that Sherry Dollar, Vice President/Market Manager for Cumulus Charleston and 27-year radio veteran, died yesterday after a courageous battle with breast cancer. Sherry was surrounded by her family, who has asked for nothing more than prayers and to honor Sherry’s last wish to “Be Kind”.
Sherry’s bright spirit touched many people throughout her long radio career. Details about memorial services honoring her amazing life are forthcoming. "Sherry was a terrific Market Manager and a terrific human being. She will be sorely and deeply missed by all of us." –- Mary Berner, President and CEO, Cumulus. "Sherry’s passion for this business was only surpassed by her passion for life. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and I will forever be grateful to have worked with her.” -- Bob Walker, EVP, Operations.
iHeart And Pride Media Team For Slate of LGBTQ+ Podcasts Partnership
THE MOUTH JULY 18TH, 2019 –– HeartMedia and Pride Media, the premier LGBTQ+ media company and home to publications including Out, The Advocate, and Pride, today announced a partnership to co-produce a slate of LGBTQ+ podcasts in 2019-2020 that will be available on the iHeartRadio app and everywhere podcast are available. The partnership will kick off with the launch of “The Outcast,” a brand new iHeartRadio Original podcast co-produced with Out Magazine. Hosted by Fran Tirado, Deputy Editor of Out Magazine
“A podcast by the world’s premiere queer media brand is long overdue, and I am more than honored to help it along the way,” said Tirado. “Podcasting and audio storytelling, particularly in the LGBTQ+ space, needs more voices in it. I can’t wait to help elevate and uplift those voices.” “I’m so thrilled that Fran is blessing us with his unique talents in the podcasting space,” said Phillip Picardi, Editor-in-Chief of Out. “Under his vision and direction, I’m hopeful that the stories we’re so proud to tell at Out will be given new dimension and texture.”
Radio Sales Exec Sacked For Streak, Offered A Job On KIIS In Sydney Australia
Matthew Cooper has been sacked from Southern Cross Austereo following his streak at an NRL (rugby league) match on Sunday. He had been employed at SCA for the past 18 months as a national account manager selling across the 2DayFM and Triple M networks. He was at the Parramatta-West Tigers match as a representative of SCA after he was given a free ticket by the NRL as part SCA’s broadcast rights deal with the league. This morning, Kyle Sandilands announced on his rival breakfast show, ARN’s KIIS FM, that he had learned that SCA had terminated Cooper’s employment before adding that he was prepared to offer the 34-year-old a job. He said, “Matthew Cooper you have everything it takes to represent the Kyle & Jackie O show. Put on your little suit – pants or no pants – front up here at the radio station and we will organise something for you. You have a place amongst us. Forget those dogs,” Sandilands said, taking one last pot-shot at his previous employer. Cooper has been charged with wilful and obscene exposure and was also charged under the pitch invasion act. He is due to appear in Parramatta Local Court next month and faces a maximum fine of $12,000 (US$8400) and/or up to a year in prison.
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Meg McHugh To Chill On Hits Radio Scotland Network - Northsound Radio presenter Meg McHugh is the new host of Hits Chilled show across the Hits Radio Network in Scotland. From Sunday 4th August, Meg will take over the Hits Chilled segment every Sunday to Thursday from 10pm to 1am across Clyde 1, Forth 1, Tay FM, Northsound 1, MFR, West FM and Radio Borders, replacing Ryan Borthwick.
Debbie Ridgard Joins Beat 102 103 For Evenings In Ireland - Debbie Ridgard is joining Beat to present the Top 7 at 7, and The Takeover, Monday to Thursday evening from 7pm. Debbie will also be presenting the More Music Sunday each weekend from 4-6pm. Debbie was shortlisted in the newcomer category at the 2018 national IMRO radio awards, and before joining the on-air team, Debbie worked in promotions and sales in Beat.
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Mikey Off The Lineup At KFMB's 100.7 San Diego
THE MOUTH, JULY 17TH, 2019 –– Word finally spread this week in San Diego that Mikey Esparza is no longer in the lineup at KFMB San Diego. According to The San Diego Reader, After being off the radio airwaves for five years, Esparza was brought back to be an afternoon DJ at 100.7 KFMB-FM in 2017. That ended two weeks ago when his contract was not renewed.
“I heard Mikey knew it was coming because he saw the memo that congratulated the other DJs at 100.7 over their ratings, but ignored him,” said one radio insider. “There are no new Mikey issues,” explains Alberto Mier y Teran, manager of the KFMB stations which includes Channel 8, CW San Diego/Channel 6, AM 760, and 100.7 FM. “He is a good guy, a total professional, and we wish him luck. It’s just that we are moving towards a more female-based audience, and Mikey fit us better when we were playing harder rock.”
REPORT: New Morning Show Headed To US99
THE MOUTH, JULY 17TH, 2019 –– While unconfirmed by station officials, Media blogger Robert Feder says according to insiders, former WUBL/Atlanta morning host Jason Pullman is expected to sign on for mornings at the Entercom country outlet US99/WUSN 99.5 early next month. He would follow Doug Stylz and Justin Roman who parted ways earlier this year.
Before Pullman's 10-year run in Atlanta, which ended in January, he was on the air in Washington D.C., Los Angeles, Detroit, St. Louis and San Francisco. Feder says If all goes as planned, Pullman will be joined by Katie Bright, who most recently has been national director of promotion at Warner Music Nashville. She previously worked in radio in Nashville and Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
This news follows other lineup changes reported this week at US99. In a note to staffers Tuesday, PD Kenny Jay wrote: “While moves like these are never easy, they are part of a strategic vision to make us more competitive both on air and in the content space.”
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[WATCH] Police Investigating Bullets Fired Into iHeartRadio Building in Maryland
THE MOUTH, JULY 17TH, 2019 –– DC'S NBC Channel 4 TV says employees at a building in Maryland that houses the D.C. offices of iHeartRadio are on edge after someone shot at the windows, damaging some of them. The incident is believed to have happened during the July Fourth holiday weekend. Police are investigating it as a crime called unlawful discharge of a firearm. One of the multi-hundred-pound windows on the sixth floor of 1801 Rockville Pike in Rockville, Maryland, appears to be boarded up. Another window, on the fourth floor, shows damage to its frame.
"I'm surprised, because this doesn't happen often here," said one observer. "You wouldn't think it would be in this neighborhood, but you know, it could be anything, so I don't want to get too alarmed about it. But, yeah, it's a little concerning."
NBC 4 says Investigators have recovered potential evidence at the scene, a spokesperson for the City of Rockville said. In addition to iHeartRadio, the building also houses a number of other businesses. Tenants of the building received an email telling them to work in areas away from the three damaged windows facing Rockville Pike. WATCH HERE
Nikki Vaughn Named New Midday Host At 105.1 The BOUNCE Detroit
THE MOUTH, JULY 17TH, 2019 –– Beasley Broadcast Group has named Nikki Vaughn as its new midday host at 105.1 The BOUNCE in the Motor City. She can be heard on the air from 10a.m.-3 p.m. on the station. Vaughn most recently served as a midday on-air personality from 10a.m.-12noon at 105.9 KISS- FM in Detroit.
"I couldn’t be more excited and grateful to join such an excellent group of radio personalities here at Beasley Media Group,” said Vaughn. “I’m so happy to work with John “Candy” once again and help The BOUNCE team Detroiters remember the good times we had in the peak of Hip Hop and R&B with the best throwbacks!"
“I’m very excited to reconnect with Fawn Conley who will go by Nikki Vaughn on air,” said 105.1 The BOUNCE Program Director John Candelaria. “After an extensive search we are fortunate to add Nikki to The BOUNCE family. She is the ideal fit, bringing a solid understanding of the market having grown up here in the ‘D’. Her dynamic personality, combined with 11 years of radio experience (all in Detroit), makes her the perfect person for 1051 The BOUNCE.”
NUVOODOO STUDY: Workplace Listening Opportunity is BIGGER Than Ever
THE MOUTH, JULY 17TH, 2019 –– NuVoodoo Media Services presents the first installment of the NuVoodoo Fall webinar series, “How To Win The Workplace War in 2019”, based on its new Ratings Prospects Study 14. The webinar series kicks off on Wednesday, July 24, with additional sessions on Wednesday, July 31, and Monday, August 5. Attendees can reserve their spot here. The new study was fielded in June and represents the opinions of over 3,000 respondents ages 14-54 from across all PPM markets. Findings of the study reveal that a full 60% of likely ratings respondents identified say they listen to radio at work. In addition, at-work listeners are more likely to listen to terrestrial radio for more hours and more days.
Leigh Jacobs, Executive Vice President, Research Insights, NuVoodoo Media Services, explained: “We’ve chosen to start with a dive into at-work listening because the market for audio entertainment at work has never been bigger (or younger). Fully 60% of the ratings-susceptible respondents we’ve identified say they listen at work. Savvy operators have been playing to this opportunity for decades, but the competition has never been more fierce.”
Mike O’Connor, Executive Vice President, Marketing, NuVoodoo Media Services, added: “In this new data, 24% say they spend at least an hour a day with terrestrial – but that number jumps to 41% among those who listen at work. 41% say they listen at least 5 days a week – but that jumps to 61% among those who listen at work. That’s the potential for significant lift for programmers and marketers who play to this opportunity.” The NuVoodoo Ratings Prospects Study is conducted twice a year to learn more about those who are most likely to say “yes” to the opportunity to wear a meter or fill out a diary in order to provide NuVoodoo clients with competitive insights and advantages that they can exploit to capture higher ratings.
This is the 14th Ratings Prospects Study that NuVoodoo has completed since 2011. FOR MORE INFORMATION, Contact Carolyn Gilbert, President, NuVoodoo Media Services, at: firstname.lastname@example.org or at 888.9VooDoo (888.986.6366).
ESPN To Debut New Daily Podcast In October
THE MOUTH, JULY 17TH, 2019 –– Beginning in October, ESPN will debut The ESPN Daily, a podcast that will be published five times per week. “The ESPN Daily is going to be appointment listening for anyone interested in the world of sports,” said Andy Tennant, ESPN senior coordinating producer who also oversees Outside the Lines and E:60 and will run the team producing The ESPN Daily. More details will be announced closer to the launch.
According to Ben Strauss of The Washington Post, the show will range from 18 to 25 minutes per day and says there are “three to five internal candidates under consideration” Strauss wrote that as per his sources, Mina Kimes (who currently hosts a weekly NFL podcast for ESPN in addition to her work on their other shows and platforms) “is one person under consideration” to host.
SYNDICATION: John Clay Wolfe Show Added To KBPI-FM & KBPL-FM Weekend Lineup
THE MOUTH, JULY 17TH, 2019 –– John Clay Wolfe, the Texas-based entrepreneur who hosts the John Clay Wolfe Show in dozens of U.S. radio markets, will join the Saturday morning lineup at iHeartMedia's KBPI-FM (107.9 FM/Ft. Collins) and KBPL-FM (107.9/Pueblo), beginning Saturday, July 27, 2019. The show will air live, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. MT, in a coverage area that includes the Denver metropolis, Colorado Springs, parts of northern Colorado and Cheyenne, Wyoming. John Clay Wolfe, whose show features Mike Turley, Bobbo, John Clay Wolfe, JD Ryan (shown), says "We're ready to rock the Rockies. --- ' iHeartMedia has been a great partner for us everywhere we've gone with them and now they're turning us loose in Colorado!"
The John Clay Wolfe Show is a live, long form Saturday morning broadcast sponsored by GiveMeTheVin.com, a car buying and wholesale auction enterprise owned by Wolfe. During his show, Wolfe takes live calls from listeners hoping to sell him their cars before offering them a committed bid, on the spot, in real time. "We are like Saturday morning cartoons for adults," said Wolfe. "A Saturday Night Live-style show full of bits, skits, impersonations and great music. But, you can also sell us your car by calling in to (800) 800-RADIO." For more information about John Clay Wolfe, his show and his enterprise, visit www.JohnClayWolfe.com
Fred Jacobs Asks 'How Safe Are Your Archives?'
THE MOUTH, JULY 17TH, 2019 –– In Fred Jacob's latest blog he points to an article in The New York Times Magazine last month, “The Day the Music Burned” by Jody Rosen. It offers a detailed analysis of a music story most of us knew little to nothing about. So, here's it is: In 2008, a fire blew through a Universal Studios Hollywood lot, including several familiar movie sets, as well as a back warehouse. It turns out that building contained a treasure trove of classic Universal Music Group recordings – the original raw masters of individual studio tracks by hundreds of musicians. The fire was downplayed at the time, but it turns out irreplaceable archive material – and a ton of it – was destroyed in that fire.
So, what does this have to do with radio, aside from the obvious music connection? When I read “The Day the Music Burned,” it was around the time that WPLJ was in its final throes, waiting to be extinguished by a new owner and a completely different format. Yes, the call letters were going away, the format was over, and management was left to selling commemorative T-shirts. But what of the WPLJ archives? Who ended up with them? And have they even existed all these years, as the station was sold from ABC to Cap Cities to Citadel to Cumulus?
Come to think of it, the only consistent “archiving” the radio industry has been engaged has been done voluntarily by an aging videographer here in Michigan – Art Vuolo. Everyone knows Art – if you go to virtually any radio conference, from Morning Show Boot Camp to Conclave to the Worldwide Radio Summit, there's Art, recording the event on video so that future generations might understand just what the business was all about last year, last decade, or during a time when you weren't even born. Watching Art's Archives from the early days of radio is a reminder of how the business has changed – and how it hasn't.
But these efforts are few and far between. Oddly enough, the phrase “keepers of the flame” came to mind when I started thinking about the Universal fire, and the neglect that has surely happened throughout the radio industry and its history these past several decades. The past is the past. But not to be able to remember it, celebrate it, and share it with future generations is just sad. READ ENTIRE ARTICLE HERE
NETWORKS: WWO News To Provide Live Coverage Democratic Debates from Detroit
THE MOUTH, JULY 17TH, 2019 –– Westwood One News will provide live, anchored coverage of the Democratic Presidential Debates from Detroit on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 30 and 31. The debates, produced by CNN, are sanctioned by the Democratic NationalCommittee and will feature 20 candidates over both nights.
Westwood One News correspondent Evan Haning will anchor debate coverage starting at 7:59 pm ET on both nights. Westwood One News correspondent Bob Costantini (L) will handle on-scene reporting and be available both days for live Q&A from Detroit.
Westwood One News will also offer stations an unanchored feed from the debates and one-minute special reports each night at the top and bottom of the hour between 8:00 pm and 12:00 am ET. CNN’s debate coverage will be moderated by Dana Bash, Don Lemon, and Jake Tapper.
Rising Through the Ranks Recipients Announced
THE MOUTH, JULY 17TH, 2019 –– Scholarship recipients for this year’s Rising Through the Ranks program, presented by Radio Advertising Bureau, BMI, and Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio (MIW), have been selected. Linked below are a list of twenty-nine individuals attending this year’s seminar August 13-15 at the BMI Nashville office. This year’s course will focus primarily on management and sales techniques including problem solving, recruiting, difficult conversations, hiring and firing, personal brand building and the role of today’s radio manager.
Featured speakers include: Hartley Adkins, president, integrated revenue strategy, iHeartMedia, Inc; Georgia Beasley, manager, professional development, RAB; Joe D'Angelo, senior vice president, broadcast radio, Xperi Inc. DTS/HD Radio; Erica Farber, president and chief executive officer, RAB; Kim Guthrie, president, Cox Media Group; Bill Hendrich, executive vice president, Cox Media Group; Amy Hughes, director of sales, Entercom Memphis; Laurie Kahn, founder/chief multi-tasker, Media Staffing Network; Susan Larkin, regional vice president, Entercom; Denyse Mesnik, president, The Mesnik Group/MIW Executive Committee; Val Maki, president and chief operating officer, Brandovation; Jennifer Morelli, senior vice president, live events & experiences, Entercom; Ginny Morris, chairperson and chief executive officer, Hubbard Radio; Beth Neuhoff, chief executive officer, Neuhoff Media; Dan Spears, vice president, industry relations, and BMI; Erika Sylvia, controller, Emmis Communications. CLICK HERE FOR 2019 RECIPIENTS
EVENT: Beasley Presents Kids Day 2019 Tampa
THE MOUTH, JULY 17TH, 2019 –– Beasley Media Group Tampa’s 7th Annual Kids Day Event will take place on Sunday, July 21, 2019 at The Raymond James Stadium on in Tampa, Florida. 98.7 The Shark, 99.5 WQYK, 92.5 Maxima, Q105 and WiLD 94.1 will all be on-site for this indoor family friendly event.
Children will have the opportunity to meet and have their picture taken with Isaak Presley, star of Television’s “Stuck In the Middle” and “Fuller House”. Other activities will include a sports center with hockey, basketball, baseball and bowling as well as a petting zoo with live animals, including baby alligators, pigs and other live creatures from Busch Gardens and the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. Net Proceeds will benefit the Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association.
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STUDY: Newer Podcast Listeners Using Much Broader Group Of Platforms To Access Podcasts
THE MOUTH, JULY 16TH, 2019 ––Westwood One is releasing the results of a new study focused on podcast consumers and their listening habits. They partnered with Canadian media research consultancy Audience Insights Inc. to utilize their Canadian Podcast Listener 2018 questionnaire for a major new study of the American podcast audience. Fielded in March 2019, the report examines the podcast consumption habits of 1,407 monthly podcast listeners and focuses on four distinct segments based on when people began listening to podcasts. These segments include “Podcast Pioneers” who started listening four or more years ago, those who began listening 2-3 years ago, those who began listening in the past 7-12 months, and “Podcast Newcomers” who began listening within the last six months.
Highlights from the study include: · Spotify and Google Podcasts are attracting consumers who recently began listening to podcasts: Among those who have been listening to podcasts over four years, Apple is the leading destination. More recent podcast listeners use a much broader and diverse group of platforms to access podcasts, including Spotify and Google Podcasts. While the average monthly podcast listener accesses 2.7 podcast platforms, Podcast Newcomers use 3.5 platforms.
A stunning 67% of “Power” podcast listeners (those who listen to 5+ hours per week) follow their favorite podcast hosts on social media. READ REPORT HERE
Seacrest Co-Host Sisanie Joins NBC4 AS Callfornia Correspondent
THE MOUTH, JULY 16TH, 2019 ––Sisanie, co-host of the Premiere Networks-syndicated On Air with Ryan Seacrest, has been tapped by NBC4 Southern California to serve as a correspondent for their California Live program. The 30-minute, Emmy-nominated lifestyle and entertainment show, which airs across KNBC, KNTV and KNSD, delivers complete coverage of the must see and do in California entertainment, leisure travel, fashion trends, food and restaurant reviews.
Check out Sisanie’s latest segment, where she visits Crumbs & Whiskers, Los Angeles' first cat cafe experience where customers can drink coffee while cuddling rescue cats who are up for adoption: WATCH HERE
Sytonnia 'Toni' Moore Joins The Morning Groove On KISS 104.1 Atlanta
THE MOUTH, JULY 16TH, 2019 –– Cox Media's KISS 104.1 (WALR-FM) welcomes Sytonnia “Toni” Moore to The Morning Groove, joining Art Terrell and Corey “Zooman” Miller, weekdays from 5 to 9 a.m. starting Monday, July 22. Prior to joining the KISS 104.1 team, Moore was an on-air personality for V-103 (WVEE-FM/Atlanta) and a sports reporter for the Atlanta Hawks and the Atlanta Falcons. She has also worked with 92.9 The Game (WZGC-FM), Fox 5 Atlanta, CIAA, ESPN and many other media outlets throughout her career.
"This is an incredible opportunity and I am both thrilled and honored to be joining the powerhouse that is Cox Media Group and KISS 104.1,” says Moore. “It's a dream I've had for a few years and to see it come to fruition is beyond exciting. Big thanks to Terri Avery and Chris Eagan for putting me on the team." Terri Avery, director of branding and programming, says, “Toni Moore is the real deal. We are excited to have her join The Morning Groove as the co-host/news anchor. Her experience and passion for radio is beyond compare and will take KISS 104.1 to new levels!”
Randy Raley Named PD For Classic Rock KDVV/V100 And Classic Hits Station KWIC/99.3 The Eagle In Topeka
THE MOUTH, JULY 16TH, 2019 –– Cumulus has promoted veteran programmer and St. Louis Classic Rock Hall of Famer Randy Raley to Program Director for Classic Rock station KDVV/V100, Topeka’s Rock Leader, and Classic Hits station KWIC/99.3 The Eagle. Raley will continue in his role as on-air personality on V100 weekdays from 3:00pm-7:00pm.
Raley was previously Operations Manager and afternoon drive on-air personality at KPOW/Power 97.7 in Sedalia, MO, and was also with Kansas City radio stations KYYS/KY102 and KCFX/101 The Fox. Prior to that, Raley was afternoon drive personality on KSHE 95 in St. Louis for 13 years. Raley said: “I’ve been a radio geek since an early age, and I’m happy to be taking the programming reins at the legendary V100. Amber Lee has put together an incredible staff and we’re going to do great things together!”
SYNDICATION: Country Radio's Sam Alex Launches National Show
THE MOUTH, JULY 16TH, 2019 ––After 5-years of anchoring Townsquare Media’s a Taste of Country Nights, Sam Alex has now launched The Sam Alex Show nationwide with affiliate and and sales being handled by The Sun Broadcast Group.
“I’m so excited about this new chapter,” Alex tells Forbes Brittany Hodak. “The world of radio has changed so much in the past decade, with continued consolidations, new technology and increased competition to discover new music. This change positions me to have full creative control and reach listeners in new ways.”
According to Billboard, in addition to working with the Sun Broadcast Group, Alex has partnered with country music website Sounds Like Nashville for the new endeavor. The website will stream Alex’s interviews, while he will work with editor in chief Josh Ickes on featuring additional SLN content on his radio show. “Since I own the show, I’m in control of travel decisions and we can effortlessly take the show on the road and broadcast on-site at award shows, festivals and affiliate stations,” he said. “Connecting with listeners face-to-face has always been my favorite part of the job.”
HONORS: Boomer Esiason Inducted Into New York State Broadcaster's Hall of Fame
THE MOUTH, JULY 16TH, 2019 ––Entercom's WFAN (WFAN-AM/FM) morning show host Boomer Esiason has been selected to the New York State Broadcaster’s Hall of Fame Class of 2019. Inductees were selected by the New York State Broadcaster’s Association Board of Directors. Esiason will be will be inducted at the Broadcast Leadership and Hall of Fame Luncheon during the NAB New York Show in October. “We’re very proud Boomer Esiason has been selected for the New York State Broadcaster’s Association’s highest honor,” said Susan Larkin, Regional President and Market Manager, Entercom New York. “Boomer has been a cornerstone of this station since his arrival and this distinguished recognition represents his invaluable contributions to our station and industry overall.”
“I’d like to thank the New York State Broadcaster’s Association for this incredible honor,” said Esiason. “It is extremely humbling to be recognized alongside hardworking, accomplished individuals in our industry.” Esiason joined WFAN in 2007 and currently hosts “Boomer and Gio (shown above)” on weekday mornings alongside Gregg Giannotti. After a 14-year career in the NFL, Esiason made his broadcast debut as a commentator for ABC’s NFL “Monday Night Football.” He has also called games for Westwood One/CBS Radio Sports' "Monday Night Football" broadcasts for nearly two decades and has served as a studio analyst for CBS Sports’ “The NFL Today” and Showtime’s “Inside the NFL.”
iHeart Denver Officially Debuts Freedom 93.7 – Real News. Real Talk
THE MOUTH, JULY 16TH, 2019 –– iHeartMedia Denver has debuted the new Freedom 93.7, Real News. Real Talk, simulcast on 760 AM. The lineup will include Premiere Networks’ Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck and Buck Sexton. The station will also feature Fox News segments, frequent traffic reports and local news updates.
“We are excited to welcome Rush, Sean, Glenn and a number of best-in-class personalities to Freedom 93.7,” said Tim Hager, President of the iHeartMedia Denver Region. “With massive FM coverage, a 50,000 watt AM signal and unmatched digital distribution, we are confident that Freedom 93.7 will quickly become a favorite destination for Colorado talk radio listeners.”
“The launch of Freedom 93.7 on 93.7 FM and 760 AM is an exciting opportunity to showcase some of the most-listened-to national talk radio stars, live in a single lineup, on this far-reaching simulcast,” said Peter Tripi, Premiere Networks Senior Vice President of Affiliate Sales, Talk and Morning Shows. “This is a win for Denver area talk radio fans.” The lineup will also feature The Dave Ramsey Show, The Ken Coleman Show, Crime Stories with Nancy Grace, Ground Zero with Clyde Lewis 12 a.m. – 5 a.m. This Morning with Gordon Deal
WEBINAR: Seth Resler With Tips On How To Monetize Podcast
THE MOUTH, JULY 16TH, 2019 –– Jacobs Media's Seth Resler, who'll join 'MSBC 31's Podcast Master Class' in August, will hold a webinar this Thursday on monetizing podcasts. "When radio broadcasters think about monetizing podcasts, they naturally turn to the model they know: attract a large audience and sell ads,' says Resler. "But there may be a better way for radio stations to generate revenue from podcasts -- especially for radio companies that don't have a large national footprint."
In this webinar, Resler will explain what branded podcasts are and how radio stations can make money from them." Sign up HERE - but hurry, it's this week.
[LISTEN] Man Okay After Suffering Heart Attack While Winning Concert Tickets
THE MOUTH, JULY 16TH, 2019 –– We're happy to report that a KROQ who suffered a heart attack while winning tickets to a concert is back home and resting. Last Friday KROQ hosts Stryker and Klein were busy giving away Smashing Pumpkins tickets when a man named Tom (shown) was caller 20! the station posted at its website, "Now normally, that’s where the story would end, however, Tom disclosed that he was on his way to the emergency room for a racing heart and stuck in traffic. Uncertain of the severity of the situation, Klein and Tom joked, renaming him “Dead Tom” and joked that if he died they’d award the tickets to someone else.
Yesterday they updated the news by reporting, "Tom is indeed ALIVE! He let the show know that upon arriving at the emergency room that the staff found he was suffering from a heart attack and rushed him into surgery. He is now recovering in the hospital and on the road to recovery! Stryker and Klein called Tom on Friday to get an update on his condition. He told FOX47-TV, "I'm super excited to be alive," Tom said. He needed a blood transfusion and wouldn't have survived without it. "I got an email today that the American Red Cross is critically low on blood and needs donations. I got a blood transfusion during this, and if people were directed to give blood that would be awesome," said Tom. The station says Tom has since been released from the hospital. He's now at home resting and still plans on using those Smashing Pumpkins tickets. - LISTEN HERE
SNAPS: NBC Sports Radio Broadcast Live From Celebrity Golf Tournament In Lake Tahoe
THE MOUTH, JULY 16TH, 2019 –– This past weekend, NBC Sports Radio was onsite broadcasting live from the American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. NBC Sports Radio produced seven national radio shows from the driving range at Edgewood Tahoe Golf course.
PHOTO/ L-R The Daily Line hosts Tim Murray and Michael Jenkins with MLB Hall of Fame Pitcher John Smoltz
Townsquare Media On The Hunt For Next OM/Brand Manager In Hudson Valley
THE MOUTH, JULY 16TH, 2019 –– Townsquare Media of The Hudson Valley is looking for its next great Operations Manager/Brand Manager to lead our programming team. While the primary responsibility is overseeing our market leading, heritage Classic Rock station, WPDH, they say you will need to possess a deep knowledge of multiple formats. The ideal candidate will develop relationships with the on air team, the sales department, sales management, and Market President.
Essential Duties include: • Quickly become proficient on Nex Gen both in studio’s and production rooms • Learn Selector and schedule music • Take complete ownership of the stations brand both on air and in the digital space • Clear vision for the future, a strong desire to win and the confidence to manage a strong, veteran staff • Must be extremely creative in the development of unique content and multi-media strategies • The ability to train and develop quality air staff and get the most out of their talents • Attend other programming/sales meetings as requested • Work with station “voice” to keep station’s imaging fresh including timely promo’s for upcoming events • Total responsibility for the overall sound of your radio station • Knowledge of multiple formats among other responsibilities. Townsquare is an EEO opportunity employer. Send material to Jason.email@example.com.
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The Greg Hill Morning Show Moves To Sister-Station WEEI From WAAF; Gerry Callahan Exits
THE MOUTH, JULY 15TH, 2019 –– Entercom announced the upcoming debut of “The Greg Hill Morning Show” on WEEI (WEEI-FM) in Boston. The new show will feature longtime Boston radio veteran Greg Hill, who will be transitioning to WEEI from sister station WAAF (WAAF-FM). Hill will be joined by co-host Danielle Murr and a rotating group of additional contributors. “Greg is a Boston market veteran with an incredible pedigree and track recordof success,” said Mark Hannon, Regional President and Market Manager, Entercom Boston. “We are excited to welcome him to mornings at WEEI and to usher the station into the future.”
“I am thrilled to embark on the next chapter in my career in Boston. WEEI is a legendary Boston station and one of the country’s first sports stations,” said Hill. “I am excited to anchor mornings moving forward. I also want to thank WAAF and all of the listeners and co-workers who have made the last 28 years so amazing. The good news is I will still be talking to them every weekday, just down the dial at 93.7 FM.”
As part of these changes, Gerry Callahan, longtime morning co-host, will depart WEEI after nearly two decades at the station. Callahan has been a dominant force and a big part of WEEI over the years. While it is now time for a new chapter, we thank him for his many contributions and the indelible mark he has made at WEEI." Additionally, on-air personality Mike “Mut” Mutnansky will transition back to hosting evenings at the station, a position he previously occupied. At sister station WAAF, longtime personality and morning show sports anchor Lyndon Byers will remain with the station in a new capacity. Morning show producer Mike Hsu will move to afternoon drive. m.
Leslie Whittle Rises To VP/Hot AC For Cumulus Media
THE MOUTH, JULY 15TH, 2019 –– Cumulus has promoted veteran radio Leslie Whittle as Vice President, Hot AC Formats. In her new role, Whittle will serve as a corporate programming resource for the company’s HOT AC-formatted stations across the U.S. Whittle continues in her role as Program Director for KRBE in Houston. She joined KRBE in 2000 as Assistant Program Director and was named Program Director for the station in 2006.
Brian Philips, Executive Vice President, Content and Audience, CUMULUS MEDIA, said: “With great strategy and spirit, Leslie has built a Cumulus CHR powerhouse in Houston. She understands all nuances of contemporary music radio, and we are fortunate to enlist her as VP of our Hot AC formats. Her name has hit every list of the “Best PDs in America”, and we are glad to spread Leslie’s brainpower and influence through our important Hot AC stations.”
Whittle said: “I’m honored to have this opportunity and look forward to working with these amazing programmers and their teams, along with the talented people at Westwood One. A huge “thank you” to Brian Philips for believing I have what it takes to succeed in this new role, and to Mike McVay for his guidance over the years. Also, a big high five to our team here at KRBE led by Alex Cadelago and Dan Bennett for allowing me to take on these additional duties as we continue to do great things in Houston!”
REPORT: Podcast Advertising Revenues To Surpass $1 Billion By 2021
THE MOUTH, JULY 15TH, 2019 –– According to new figures from the IAB and PwC show that podcasting advertising revenues will surpass $1 Billion by 2021. eMartketer reports In an analysis of the US podcast advertising industry, IAB and PwC calculated self-reported podcast advertising revenues from 22 companies and found that revenues grew 34% in 2018, compared with the $257.4 million in self-reported revenues in 2017. The IAB and PwC predict that revenues will grow 42% this year.
“Podcasts are one of the fastest-growing, if not the fastest-growing category within digital audio,” said Lauren Fisher, principal analyst at eMarketer. “Performance marketers and brands are recognizing the value in reaching consumers who aren’t just tuning in to tune out—they’re tuning in to actively be entertained or engage their minds. And that’s a mindset advertisers increasingly want to be a part of.” While podcast listeners may still be in the minority (76.4 million people in the US will listen to podcasts this year, or one-quarter of the population), surveys have found that among weekly listeners, most are listening to several podcasts a week.
In a March 2019 survey by Edison Research and digital audio technology and advertising company Triton Digital, a fifth (21%) of podcast listeners said they listened to four to five podcasts a week, and even more (31%) said they listened to six or more podcasts a week. “We’re hearing a lot about the influential power of that host-read ad,” Fisher said. “Some listeners look at hosts very similarly to influencers, and brand and performance advertisers are eager to take advantage of that.” SEE FULL REPORT HERE
Station Issues Statement After Female Co-Host Leaves Show Claiming Equal Pay Dispute
THE MOUTH, JULY 15TH, 2019 –– Whitney Young who had co-hosted mornings with Corey James at WPXY-FM Rochester since last May got tongues wagging last week after deciding to leave her post claiming pay disparity.
She posted on social: “I choose to leave my position as morning show host, because my male co-host's salary was nearly double my own, and I was unable to negotiate a raise that would reduce the pay disparity. This inequality is in conflict with my most deeply held beliefs.”
Young added, that there is “no bad blood with my co-host (James). He's a good friend, a talented showman, a dependable colleague and fully deserving of his salary. I do not believe he was overpaid, but rather that I was underpaid. We had fun doing the show, and I will miss that.
WPXY-FM owner Entercom followed with a statement, writing, "We are disappointed that Whitney has decided to leave. While we will not comment further on the specifics of this situation, we do believe that our compensation practices are fair." Read more HERE in Rochester's Democrat & Chronicle.
HONORS: Caroline Beasley And Fred Ryan of To Be Honored At ‘Free Speech Event
THE MOUTH, JULY 15TH, 2019 –– The Media Institute will honor Caroline Beasley, chief executive officer of Beasley Media Group and Frederick J. Ryan, Jr., publisher and CEO of The Washington Post, at its annual “Free Speech America” Gala Oct. 7 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington, D.C. Caroline Beasley has served as chief executive officer of Beasley Media Group, Inc., since January 2017. She has held a number of other positions at Beasley including executive vice president, CFO, treasurer, and secretary of the company. The company, which started with a single AM radio station, now owns and operates 64 stations (46 FM, 18 AM) in 15 large and mid-size markets. She most recently served as the Joint Board Chair of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Board of Directors. Fred Ryan will receive the Freedom of Speech Award while Caroline Beasley will receive the American Horizon Award.
The master of ceremonies will be communications attorney and former FCC chairman Richard E. Wiley. The Freedom of Speech Award recognizes an individual who has worked to advance free speech and the First Amendment. The American Horizon Award recognizes an individual for visionary leadership in the communications industry. The Media Institute is a nonprofit foundation specializing in communications policy and the First Amendment. For more information, visit the Institute online at www.mediainstitute.org.
93Q Syracuse's Ted & Amy Headed to NYSBA's Hall of Fame
THE MOUTH, JULY 15TH, 2019 –– Cumulus Media Syracuse 93Q morning team Ted Long and Amy Robbins will be inducted into the New York State Broadcasters Association’s Hall of Fame this October.
The Ted & Amy in the Morning morning show recently marked a milestone: waking up Central New Yorkers for 30 years and still going strong, Long and Robbins will formally receive this statewide recognition in a ceremony at the Javits Center in New York City on October 17.
Previous Hall of Fame inductees include: Walter Cronkite, Mike Wallace, Barbara Walters, Al Roker, Regis Philbin, David Muir, and other industry leaders. Ted & Amy are being recognized for their years of on-air companionship and entertainment, along with their relentless ongoing support of Central New York charity and nonprofit organizations. Cumulus Media Syracuse Vice President/ Market Manager Beth Coughlin said, “When two amazing people create and produce a dynamic and platinum standard product, and fine-tune it for many years on air, it can’t be duplicated. Ted and Amy’s influence as part of not only the 93Q family, but also within the Central New York community, has set them apart. We congratulate them, and thank the New York State Broadcasters Association for this Hall of Fame recognition.”
101.7 & 95.3 The Bull Named St. Jude 2019 Country Cares Station Of The Year For Boston
THE MOUTH, JULY 15TH, 2019 –– iHeartMedia Boston’s 101.7 The Bull and iHeartMedia Portsmouth’s 95.3 The Bull were recently named 2019 Country Cares Radio Station Of The Year by St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The Bull’s three year cumulative total for St. Jude tops the $1million mark. In 2018, 101.7 The Bull hosted an Intimate Evening with Lady Antebellum to benefit St. Jude. The station’s on-air personalities also hosted Toast to St. Jude, a young professionals gala, and the St. Jude Walk/Run Boston event.
“St. Jude partners with over 350 radio stations throughout the year and is proud to honor The Bull,” said Jenn Potter, Regional Development Director for St. Jude Children’s Hospital. “They are the true definition of incredible partners and are always trying to do more for the kids of St. Jude to ensure families never receive a bill for treatment, travel, housing or food –because all a family should worry about his helping their child live.” Photo from Left to right: Kim Chisholm (Managing Director, New England Region at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital) Tim Moore (95.3 The Bull Program Director) Jenn Potter (Regional Development Director - ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital) Ally Klein (101.7 The Bull Sales Manager) Ginny Brophy (101.7 The Bull Program Director) Scott Hinshelwood (Director, Radio Development Country Cares Program at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital) Colton Bradford (On-air Personality on 101.7 The Bull and 95.3 The Bull)
SYNDICATION: Benztown Teams With Promo Only For 'Hot Mix: The Afterparty'
THE MOUTH, JULY 15TH, 2019 –– Benztown announced that Hot Mix has partnered with Promo Only to launch a late night Hot Mix show called Hot Mix: The Afterparty. Designed to supplement the iconic Hot Mix Mainstream and Hot Mix Crossover shows, Hot Mix: The Afterparty is programmed for late night dance music lovers who can’t get enough, and keeps the beat going for stations into the early morning hours. Hot Mix: The Afterparty features an all-star lineup of remixers and producers including: Tiesto, Calvin Harris, Don Diablo, Joe Maz, R3hab, Diplo, Marshmello, DJ Snake, David Guetta, Cash Cash, The Chainsmokers and more.
Dave “Chachi” Denes, Benztown President, said: “We are incredibly pumped to make this hyper-charged extension of the legendary Hot Mix brand available to Hot Mix affiliates and new affiliates. There is a massive opportunity for compelling late night programming for passionate and engaged dance music fans and Hot Mix: The Afterparty fits that bill, and then some. The stellar remixers and producers brought together by Hot Mix and Promo Only make some audio magic with this new show that keeps the music hot and the energy high.” Darin Taoka, Program Director, Hot Mix and Hot Mix: The Afterparty, said: "This is something we've always wanted to do, and the timing couldn’t be better. We're huge fans and friends of Promo Only and I'm excited that we finally have this chance to collaborate to give stations a high-impact show that will have listeners tuning in longer every day. We are thrilled to give our affiliates yet another great Hot Mix product that their listeners will love and respond to in a big way." For more information or to get Hot Mix: The Afterparty for your station, please visit: https://www.benztown.com/programming/hot-mix or contact Masa Patterson at Benztown at firstname.lastname@example.org or (818) 842-4600. LISTEN TO SAMPLE HERE
CONDOLENCES: Longtime Radio Executive Bob Liggett Passes Away
By Art Vuolo
THE MOUTH, JULY 15TH, 2019 –– We are saddened to report the passing of Bob Liggett. Robert G. Liggett, 76 just passed away from pancreatic cancer on Sunday morning. Bob owned radio stations in Michigan, New York, Minnesota, South Carolina, Ohio and California. After selling all his remaining stations in Michigan (mostly around Lansing) to Citadel in 2000 his only broadcast properties were in the Port Huron area northeast of Detroit.
His company was known as Liggett Communications. In 2000 he bought Big Boy Restaurants, which are headquartered in Warren (suburban Detroit). For longtime radio-buff's, Liggett was known as Bob Layne at WJBK-AM 1500 in Detroit in the 1960's. Bob is survived by his wife Victoria of 31 years and 4 daughters.
ReelWorld Reveals Its 2019 Rising Stars
THE MOUTH, JULY 12TH, 2019 –– Congratulations are in order for ReelWorld's 2019 class of Rising Stars. This year's 5th Annual honorees include Amanda Kelly, Dovy Abarius, Josh Holleman, Laura Gilbert & Victoria Rosa. They'll each be presented with their special award during this year's 31st Annual Morning Show Boot Camp set for August 8 & 9 at The Swissotel Chicago. Winners were chosen by a select group of judges from entries submitted from throughout the U.S.
Of note, several past honorees now command airshifts from LA, Boston, Tampa to Nashville. We look forward to following this year's honoree's future success.
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[WATCH] iHeart To Air Ed Sheeran And Charlamagne Tha God Interview Nationwide
THE MOUTH, JULY 12TH, 2019 –– In celebration of Ed Sheeran’s new album today, iHeartMedia will broadcast an Interview Special with Ed Sheeran and iHeartRadio’s Charlamagne tha God. Fans can watch the video interview on Ed Sheeran’s YouTube Channel HERE and listen to a radio broadcast of the 60-minute interview special across more than 150 iHeartRadio stations nationwide at 8pm local time. This is in celebration of his Sheeran's new album, No. 6 Collaborations Project, available July 12 via Atlantic Records.
Featured quotes from Ed Sheeran include: "Blow" featuring Bruno Mars & Chris Stapleton When asked, "Why the hell y'all did a rock record," Sheeran simply replied, "Because, exactly that." He added, "I think people do not expect that any time I play that to anyone, the first cord instantly people [are surprised], and I love that." Ed also explained how the song and its classic rock sound came together. Stapleton initially had the track's guitar riff, and it just grew from there after the country star and Bruno got together to mess around with it. Now, Ed is inspired to get a band for his live shows because of the profound rock sound. He says, "Throughout my whole career, I've never had an excuse to get a band, and now, that's an excuse to maybe tour with a band. Because I think playing that live would be a different level." Sheeran adds, "I think people like my loop pedal, and no one's seen me with a band, and I think you can have a show that [incorporates both]. I think it's time to have a show that incorporates both of them, personally. - Read more HERE - " WATCH HERE
Dixon Inks Extension With Q105 Tampa
THE MOUTH, JULY 12TH, 2019 –– Tampa Bay Legendary host Mason Dixon has signed a multi-year renewal deal to continue doing mornings at Q105/WRBQ-FM in Tampa. The radio veteran has been consistently ranked among the top rated morning shows in the Tampa Bay/St. Petersburg market. “The majority of my life has been Q105,” said Dixon. “They say when you love what you are doing, you never work a day in your life. Thanks to all at Beasley media group, including Ted Cannarozzi, Travis Daily, Steve Triplett and certainly all of the Beasley Media Group family for giving me the chance to keep never working…..oh…wait…that doesn’t sound right…uh…letting me keep loving what we do for the Tampa Bay area and Q105! Let the fun continue!”
“Mason Dixon is part of the fabric of the Tampa Bay community,” said station Program Director, Ted Cannarozzi. “We’re thrilled to have him remain the face of Q 105 for years to come.” “Tampa Bay wouldn’t be Tampa Bay without Mason Dixon in the morning,” said Beasley Media Group Tampa Vice President and Market Manager Steve Triplett. “I’m honored to work with him and excited about hearing his show on the air for many years to come!” The name Mason Dixon and Tampa Bay radio have become synonymous for over 40 years. Mason utilizes humor, compassion, and community awareness to help ease the tensions of the morning drive to work. Photo: (L-R) Ted Cannarozzi (Station PD), Steve Triplett (VP/Market Manager), Mason Dixon (seated) and Travis Daily (Operations Manager)
Matt Mangas Takes On Added Programming Duties At WJPT-FM in Ft. Myers; Ralph Marino Named APD & Morning And Morning Host
THE MOUTH, JULY 12TH, 2019 –– Matt Mangas has officially returned to programming duty at Beasley Media Group’s WJPT-FM, while maintaining his role as Program Director (PD) and Midday Host on WRXK in Southwest Florida. He has been with the Ft. Myers radio cluster since he joined the company as an On-Personality in October of 2017.
“Matt has been serving as Program Director for both stations in the interim and has been doing a tremendous job. It was an easy decision for us,” said Operations Manager Adam Star.
Ralph Marino has been named Assistant Program Director and Morning On-Air Personality at WJPT-FM. He will begin his new position on Monday, July 15th, 2019.
Marino was most recently heard on the air doing Mornings at 99.9 WQRC-FM and Middays at Cape Country 104 on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. He also did weekends and weekday fill-in shifts at Beasley’s Country 102.5/WKLB-FM in Boston.
Previously, the Long Island native did stints at Star 93.7 in Boston, 107.1 WERZ-FM in Portsmouth in New Hampshire, 103.5 WKTU in New York, JAMN 94.5 in Boston and Hot 97 in New York City.
“In the radio business, it’s RARE to be able to put family first,” said Marino. “Thank you to Beasley/SWFL for giving me the privilege of being able to do just that. My family is thrilled. I cannot wait to get started and be a positive contributor to my new community!”
SYNDICATION: Armstrong & Getty Now On Both KMBZ AM & FM/Kansas City
THE MOUTH, JULY 12TH, 2019 –– You can add another FM to iHeart's Armstrong & Getty show with the addition of KMBZ-FM/Kansas City. They began filling 6P-9P slot, Monday through Friday, effective July 2. They've aired on KMBZ-AM since January.
In addition to KMBZ, the show airs on KGO/San Francisco, WJOL/Chicago, KFMB/San Diego, KEX/Portland, WINT/Cleveland, KASI/Des Moines among many others, closing in on 50 affiliates. It's hosted by Jack Armstrong and Joe Getty.
Hubbard Brings The Party To West Palm Beach
THE MOUTH, JULY 12TH, 2019 –– There’s a new Party in West Palm Beach as Hubbard Radio announced the launch of “Party 96.3” with Brooke and Jubal in the morning. The syndicated Brooke and Jubal Show will air in mornings on the new Party 96.3. We’re pleased to have Brooke and Jubal back in our cluster and to offer West Palm an entertaining show and a whole lot of today’s music,” said Hubbard Radio West Palm Beach SVP/Market Manager Elizabeth Hamma. “We are very excited to bring a station that plays everyone’s favorite songs in one place and is just one big PARTY."
"We know today’s listener wants less and less interruptions, so we promise to play less commercials than anyone else,” said Program Director, Leo Baldwin. The new Party 96.3 launched at 3pm on Thursday, July 11th with Brooke and Jubal premiering on Monday, July 15th.
ESPN Radio/KESN-FM 103.3 Becomes Official Radio Home of the NFL In Dallas-Fort Worth
THE MOUTH, JULY 12TH, 2019 –– ESPN Radio Dallas (KESN-FM 103.3) will be the new official radio broadcast home of the NFL in Dallas-Fort Worth, TX, adding the Prime Time NFL Package from Westwood One. Listeners in Dallas-Fort Worth will be able to hear Sunday Night Football, Thursday Night Football and Monday Night Football every week on ESPN Radio. ESPN Radio will also air every NFL Playoff Game and the Super Bowl next February 2020.
With the addition of the NFL, KESN-FM is now the radio home in Dallas-Fort Worth of the NFL and Super Bowl, the NBA and NBA Finals, Major League Baseball and the World Series, College Football’s Playoffs and National Championship and the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, in addition to being the flagship station for the NBA’s Dallas Maverick.
PODCASTS: YEA Networks Launches 'I Mean Why Not?!
THE MOUTH, JULY 12TH, 2019 –– YEA Networks announced the launch of a new podcast this week featuring the three very funny mothers of members of the hit boy band, Why Don’t We. The podcast, called “I Mean… Why Not?!” delivers a weekly dose of catching up and a whole lot of laughter when these three best friends and moms of Why Don’t We’s Daniel, Jack and Zach get together.
Hosts Keri Seavey, Kristin Stanford and Myta Herron share laugh-out-loud, relatable stories about family, pop culture and life in general, and invite listeners in for some much-needed girl time as they talk about “all the things”.
The new podcast has already reached the top 5 in Comedy on Apple Podcasts. I Mean… Why Not?! is available now on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, TuneIn, Audioboom and other podcast services. New episodes are available Wednesdays at 10am CT. Check out "I Mean... Why Not?!" HERE
Bob Pittman Goes One-On-One With Gayle Troberman
THE MOUTH, JULY 12TH, 2019 –– In the latest episode of Bob Pittman’s “Math & Magic: Stories from the Frontiers of Marketing.” This week’s episode features iHeartMedia’s own Executive Vice President and Creative Marketing Officer, Gayle Troberman.
Learn about her 90s start-up, why she believes audio and Instagram are the “two giant green fields” every brand needs to be playing in; and how Microsoft’s reluctance to use the word advertising helped her become a pioneer of branded content.
“I think branded audio content is the next giant green field. The numbers of people listening to podcasts, the ability for a brand to say, "What's the conversation I want to have, who should I have it with, what are the topics we should talk about and then curate that conversation and that content themselves or with a partner.” - Gayle Troberman on the significance of branded audio content “I think there's an endless number of stories brands have the right to tell and I think audio is so fast and efficient and peopleare listening more and watching less. So I'd say branded audio content is a giant green field, branded Instagram pages.” - Gayle Troberman on the significance of branded audio content LISTEN ">HERE
First And Only Female NBA Scout Bonnie-Jill Laflin Launches The Weekly Pass' On WWO
THE MOUTH, JULY 12TH, 2019 –– Westwood One and Bonnie-Jill Laflin, the NBA’s first and only female scout, are announcing a new podcast called The Weekly Pass. Every Wednesday Bonnie-Jill and co-host Adam Copeland, one of the Top 30 Sportscasters Under 30, share interviews with prominent athletes and celebrities discussing sports news and action with an insider’s perspective.
Bonnie-Jill Laflin said, “I’m excited to join the Westwood One team and have this platform where my career in sports and entertainment intersects with athletes and celebrities, many of whom I’m fortunate enough to call friends.” Bonnie-Jill has a number of firsts in her career. In addition to her role with the NBA, Bonnie-Jill was the first to cheer on a professional level for three teams in two sports, and is the first female to be awarded six championship rings. Laflin can be heard as a sports reporter on national platforms across the globe.
“There is no doubt that Bonnie-Jill is an empowering pioneer for women in sports,” said Suzanne Grimes, EVP, Marketing for Cumulus and President, Westwood One. “Her access, credibility, authentic relationships with her guests, and chemistry with Adam make The Weekly Pass a winner.”
San Diego Legend Sam Bass Has Passed Away
THE MOUTH, JULY 11TH, 2019 –– Tributes began to pour in last night following the news that venerable San Diego host Sam Bass had passed away. His daughter Alexis Kenny posted on Facebook: "Tonight, July 11th, 2019, at 6:08pm, Sam Bass went to be with our Father in Heaven. Thank you, Jesus, for this incredible man who has touched so many lives. He was the best dad to me and my siblings, and Grandpa to our kids. He was an amazing brother to his sister Betsy, and husband to Minda Marzan Graff. Daddy, Alan Graff aka Sam Bass, we all love you more than you will ever know..."
The Times of San Diego wrote back in Jan. 2018 that Sam Bass had decided to hang-up the headphones. He had worked for 40 years at KyXy 96.5-FM in San Diego. Following his first radio job in 1973 in Miami he moved to San Diego 1977. Tommy Sablan a longtime cohort at KyXy posted: "God bless Sam Bass. It was like God gave him an extra few weeks to see for himself how much he was loved! He texted me a few weeks ago that he can’t wait to meet my mom in heaven. Heaven has to be that way. He’s with everyone he has loved his entire life. If there’s a Rock and Roll Heaven, they just got a hell of an emcee!" SEE TRIBUTES HERE
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Axel Lowe Heads Home To Atlanta As PD And PM Drive Host For Rock 100.5
THE MOUTH, JULY 11TH, 2019 –– Cumulus has named longtime Atlanta radio host Axel Lowe as Program Director for Atlanta’s Rock Station Rock 100.5. Lowe heads home to Atlanta from Cincinnati, OH, where he was Program Director and PM Drive On-Air Personality for Cumulus Cincinnati’s WFTK/96 Rock.
Lowe started his radio career with Cumulus Atlanta’s 99X in 1992, and transitioned to sister station Rock 100.5 in 2007. After almost 23 years in Atlanta, he moved to Cincinnati in late 2014, where he was named Program Director and PM Drive On-Air Personality for WFTK/96 Rock. During that time, Lowe remained with Rock 100.5, as he voice-tracked Nights on Rock 100.5 from Cincinnati, as well as Nights for KSAN/107.7 The Bone in San Francisco, CA.
Lowe commented: “We’ve got a great team in Cincinnati, and I’m going to miss working with this talented crew. At the same time, I’m excited to get back to Atlanta and go all-in with Rock 100.5! Thanks to Brian Philips, Troy Hanson, Sean Shannon and Dave Crowl for making this happen.”
KISS 108'S Matty 'In The Morning' Siegal Sells Out The Wilbur For 9th Year In A Row
THE MOUTH, JULY 11TH, 2019 –– iHeartMedia Boston’s KISS 108’s Matt Siegel from “Matty in the Morning , Host of An Evening With Matty in The Morning at The Wilbur and has once again sold out his 9th show. “Matty in the Morning” has been an Boston market staple for the community since he first arrived at KISS 108. Written, produced and as told by Matty, the theater show, which has sold to date over 10,000 tickets.
During the theater show’s Q&A, audience members have the opportunity to go behind the scenes and ask him an array of questions about his morning show and his career journey as well as receive advice from Matty about anything going on in their lives. “When Matt came to me asking if I thought this would work, I said ‘sure, why not give it a shot,’” said Andrew Mather of The Wilbur. “Knowing the power of his radio show, I figured it would have gained some traction. I don't think anyone ever thought we would end up selling 10,000 tickets over the course of this run and it’s astonishing. I am crossing my fingers that he decides to do a 10th show.” Congrats Matty!
KNIX-FM To Celebrate 50th Year Of Country Music; Its Success No Surprise To Tim Hattrick
THE MOUTH, JULY 11TH, 2019 –– 'They're not really listeners, they're family,' says Tim Hattrick (shown), co-host of “The Tim, Ben & Brooke Show” According to azcentral, It's been 50 years since KNIX-FM left progressive rock behind, switching formats to country, and never looking back. In February, the Academy of Country Music named the Valley powerhouse its Major Market Radio Station of the Year.
On Monday, July 15, the station plans to celebrate that anniversary at its annual birthday bash festivities, with Tim McGraw topping a bill at Comerica Theatre that also features Jon Pardi and Midland. As Barrel Boy, the station's mascot, he says of securing McGraw for the concert, "He’s the most played artist in the history of KNIX (102.5). The guy isn't just a musician. He's also a Hollywood star. He is as A-list as it gets. So having Tim McGraw play? It's a mic drop. It's like 'Hello, BOOM!' Are you kidding me? Shut the front door."
The success of KNIX comes as no surprise to Hattrick. "Country music always kind of has been and still is just music with great stories about things we all go through," he says. "I say this a lot: At KNIX, we play drinking songs for people with drinking reasons." READ COMPLETE STORY HERE
Public Voting For NRHOF Begins Monday
THE MOUTH, JULY 11TH, 2019 –– Starting July 15 through July 28, listeners nationwide can vote for their favorite radio personalities in two categories to be inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame this November. The nominees for Music Format On-Air Personality are Hollywood Hamilton, Lon Helton, The Mark and Brian Show and Ryan Seacrest. For Spoken Word Format On-Air Personality, the nominees are Joe Madison, Scott Slade, Stephanie Miller and Suzyn Waldman.
From 6 a.m. ET July 15, until 11:59 p.m. PT July 28, fans can vote for one personality in each category online at www.radiovote.com and via text to 877-370-VOTE (8683) accordingly: Message and data rates may apply. Music Format On-Air Personality For Hollywood Hamilton, text “10” For Lon Helton, text “20” For The Mark and Brian Show, text “30” For Ryan Seacrest, text “40” Spoken Word Format On-Air Personality For Joe Madison, text “50” For Scott Slade, text “60” For Stephanie Miller, text “70” For Suzyn Waldman, text “80”
Chairman of the Radio Hall of Fame Kraig Kitchin says, “Listener engagement is an important part of this process as they’re given an opportunity to directly support their favorite on-air personality.” The inductees of the two categories will be determined by the public and the Radio Hall of Fame Nominating Committee. The outcome of the listener vote counts as one vote among the committee votes. Inductees will be announced August 5. Returning sponsors of the 31st Annual Radio Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony include The Mix Group and V Creative. SEE ALL NOMINEES HERE
NETWORKS: CBS News Radio With One-Hour Apollo 11 Special: One Giant Leap Revisited
CBS News is offering a one-hour Apollo 11 Special: ONE GIANT LEAP REVISITED, beginning today, July 11, to run ahead of Apollo’s July 16th launch and through the 20th moon landing anniversary. CBS Correspondent Peter King will bring listeners from the Apollo 11 launch pad in Cape Canaveral, Florida to the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas where he will hear from the brave men and women who made the mission possible.
A long list of affiliates of all formats have signed up, including WHIO-AM/FM Dayton, WHAM-AM Rochester, KDKA-Am Pittsburgh, WDEL-AM/FM Wilmington. Interested stations can reach out to CBS Affiliate Sales for details.
The Voice of Esports Original Subnation Podcast To Debut This Month On WWO
THE MOUTH, JULY 11TH, 2019 –– Westwood One and Subnation announced a new original podcast called, “The Voice of Esports” hosted by gaming legend Paul “ReDeYe”Chaloner. The first show aired 6/28 on Westwood One Podcast Network;
The first guest on The Voice of Esports is Marcus Graham/DJ Wheat, one of the co-founders of Twitch, which sold for just under a billion dollars to Amazon. Marcus Graham is being inducted into the Esports Hall of Fame.
Paul "ReDeYe" Chaloner said, "We want to bring you the people who love esports, who can share their passion, and educate you whether you're an expert, anovice, a casual gamer, or a skeptic. We want you to tune in and listen to these incredible human beings who bring esports to life.” "Given his unique perspective, ReDeYe is the authentic voice of esports – weaving his colorful personal experiences with riveting interviews and insights for our passionate audience,” said Suzanne Grimes, EVP, Marketing for CUMULUS MEDIA and President, Westwood One. “Westwood One and Subnation have joined forces with Paul to create access to the fiercest competitors, visionary publishers and developers, luminaries and influencers who are defining the esports culture.”
The Voice of Esports podcast is the second collaboration between the two companies, the first being a regular feature airing in Westwood One’s nationally syndicated Zach Sang Show. Listen and subscribe to The Voice of Esports on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, TuneIn, and WestwoodOnePodcasts.com.
AdLarge Welcomes New And Returning Affiliates For Good Parts Media And IMGR
THE MOUTH, JULY 11TH, 2019 –– Spring brought renewals for Good Parts Media prep on both KODA, Houston and WTMX, Chicago, reconfirming Good Parts Media's The Hookup prep is hooking them up with perfectly curated prep every morning.
New to affiliations with Good Parts are KWFI/KWFO-FM, Idaho Falls (Prep Country) and KFCO-FM, Denver (Juicy). We are also excited to welcome KCAZ/KWRK-FM, Albuquerque and WGMM-FM, Elmira to the IMGR family. The Albuquerque stations picked up the Country imaging service while Elmira picked up Classic Hits.
Alpha Adds Rhythmic In Amarillio; Keith Curry To Program
THE MOUTH, JULY 11TH, 2019 –– Alpha Media, Amarillo announced the addition of WE 102.9 to KVWE-FM. Grey Television owned the station previously known as KEYU. The former Spanish Hits station has switched to Rhythmic CHR and debuts today July 11th as WE 102.9. Alpha Media executive vice president of content/programming, Phil Becker, commented on the announcement, "Hip-Hop is the most consumed music in the world and one that our company is passionate about and believes in. The addition of WE 102.9 to our Amarillo cluster gives us the ability to offer our advertisers a new demographic and puts us in a great position to continue to be the market's most listened to radio operators."
Alpha Media also announces today that the station will be programmed by the newly hired operations manager, Keith Curry. Curry, who previously worked at WSNX Grand Rapids, WKFR Kalamazoo, WDKS Evansville, WDRQ Detroit, and most recently 105.3 The Beat Miami, shares, "I'm thrilled to be joining Alpha Media and am excited about offering a more compelling hip-hop option to the market. Thank you to Phil Becker and Melissa Kibbler for believing in me. WE are about to do big things."
CONDOLENCES: Longtime WBPT-FM Birmingham Host Lisa Mason Has Passed Away
THE MOUTH, JULY 11TH, 2019 –– A longtime Birmingham radio host has died due to “health complications,” her employer confirms. According to CBS42, Mason was a fixture on WBPT-FM 106.9 The Eagle for over 17 years.
The station posted at is website: "We are heartbroken to share the news that award winning morning show personality, Lisa Mason, has passed away due to health complications. Mason was a long time Birmingham radio veteran and spent over 17 years as an on-air personality on WBPT-FM 106.9 The Eagle.
Mason not only served her community on-air with entertainment and news but also hosted and worked countless community events including Do Dah Day, local town festivals, Toys for Tots events, tornado relief drives, annual Boo Halloween Party, and so much more. Lisa Mason and her commitment to the station, community, and her listeners will be dearly missed. While we mourn the loss of a very special woman, we also celebrate her remarkable life and hope that it serves as an example to young and old alike. PHOTO/Summit
The Return Of Botica’s Bunch On 96FM, Perth; Listener Sends Station A Letter From The Grave
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, JULY 11TH, 2019 –– Just a week after announcing that Paul Hogan and Lisa Fernandez were leaving, 96FM has moved to reclaim its Perth heritage with the return of Botica’s Bunch for Breakfast, hosted by Fred Botica (L), and his long-term radio partner Lisa Shaw. Fred and Lisa have been on-air together since 1997 and are the most successful breakfast team in Perth radio history, together winning a record 100+ consecutive ratings surveys.
Listener Sends Letter To Radio Station From The Grave - A listener to BBC Radio Solent’s Breakfast show in Dorset arranged for a letter to be sent to the team after he died. The listener, known as John from Weymouth, wrote a note to “all the team” thanking them for their show and hoping they continue for many years to come. Steve Harris, presenter of Breakfast in Dorset – an opt-out from BBC Radio Solent on weekday mornings – posted a photo of the card on social media. When you read this card I will have departed from this earth. Just a message to thank all of you for all your programmes, full of local interest, news, travel, weather, interviews, brain teasers, music, plus more general world news and sport since you started in July 2013. I hope your coverage will continue for many years to come.
Thanks for everything, from John xxx.” Read more and see the letter HERE
In Ireland, Former Radio Nova and Galway Bay FM Presenter Neil Molloy is joining Midlands 103. - Neil will host a programme every Saturday from 11am till 2pm, replacing what was known as The Saturday Mix. He used to host breakfast on Galway Bay FM with Molly in the Morning, but lately hbeen doingas weekends on Nova.
Molly at the Weekend starts this Saturday at 11am on Midlands 103, with an Outside Broadcast from the Edenderry Festival.
Want to connect with Graham? Reach him at +44 7752 416905. Twitter: @GrahamMack
Web: www.mackmedia.co.uk Email: email@example.com
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PRODUCTS: Nielsen Launches Service Matching Podcast Listeners To Buying Habits
THE MOUTH, JULY 10TH, 2019 –– Nielsen announced the launch of the Nielsen Podcast Listener Buying Power Service from Nielsen Scarborough, with iHeartMedia, Cadence13, Midroll-Stitcher’s advertising arm, Westwood One and Cabana as charter clients. For the first time, clients will be able to profile shows using program titles collected from our subscribers in order to connect specific types of listeners with particular advertisers and specific program-level insights. Nielsen Podcast Listener Buying Power Service has an effective sample of close to 30,000 respondents, with the ability to capture results for specific programs.
“We see this as a game-changer that will propel podcast advertising forward,” stated Cathy Csukas (L), Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of cabana and its parent company, AdLarge Media. “Nielsen’s Podcast Listener Buying Power Service makes it easy for advertisers to go deep within a specific genre to target listeners with interests and buying habits that match those of the customers they want to reach..”
“We are looking forward to the ways that data from Nielsen’s Podcast Listener Buying Power service will allow us to communicate our podcasting value proposition to advertisers,” said Conal Byrne (TR), President of the iHeartPodcast Network for iHeartMedia. “As our business continues to expand, and the abundance of ways that people are listening across multiple platforms continues to amplify, it’s imperative that we have the tools necessary to accelerate our business and have a deep understanding of what motivates over a quarter of a billion of our monthly U.S. listeners.”
“We are pleased to welcome iHeartMedia, Cadence13, Midroll, Westwood One and cabana as the first charter clients to Nielsen’s Podcast Listener Buying Power Service,” said Brad Kelly (BR) Managing Director, Nielsen Audio. “As the audio landscape continues to evolve, podcasting is winning the attention of American consumers as another powerful tool in audio’s arsenal.
Race Taylor Lands Middays At WCBS-FM New York
THE MOUTH, JULY 10TH, 2019 –– Entercom announced that Race Taylor will be joining WCBS-FM 101.1 (WCBS-FM) New York for middays, airing 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. ETMonday through Friday, effective July 22.
“We are extremely excited to welcome Race to WCBS-FM and to reunite him with some of our most legendary on-air personalities,” said Susan Larkin, Regional President and Market Manager, Entercom New York. “We are thrilled to offer former WPLJ fans a new place to call home at our station and to offer Race’s loyal listeners more of the absolute best on-air listening experience for which we are known.”
“Pinch me. I am beyond ecstatic for the support I’ve received from Jim Ryan [Senior Vice President of Programming, Entercom New York] and Susan Larkin,” said Taylor. “To say I’m a lucky guy to walk into one of the greatest radio stations ever is an understatement. There are some two million PLJ fans looking for a station to call home and I'd love for them to join me at WCBS-FM. I’m ready to rock. Scott Shannon, I’ve missed you brother.”
Race Taylor is a radio veteran, spending nearly 20 years on air at the recently shuttered 95.5 WPLJ New York, and hosted part of the final 48 hours and sign off on May 31, 2019. Currently, Taylor is the billboard voice for ABC-TV’s prime-time, daytime, and late-night programming.
J.D. Justice Sails Into Twin Ports' KTCO-FM For Programming & Mornings
THE MOUTH, JULY 10TH, 2019 –– J.D. Justice (TL) has been named the new Brand Manager for Kat Country, KTCO, Duluth, MN. Market Manager, Shawn Skramstad said, "We are very excited to have a person of JD's caliber join us in Duluth. JD's experience and enthusiasm will really be a game changer for KTCO and raise the stakes as country radio here in the Twin ports heats up". J.D. transfers to Duluth from KXIA Marshalltown, IA where he was the Program Director and host of the Kix 101.1 morning show. J.D. was born and raised in Minneapolis. He replaces Justin Henrickson who vacated the position to move his family to Washington State.
J.D. commented, “I'm thrilled to join Shawn Skramstad and his staff at KTCO. His long-term success in Duluth speaks for itself and his knowledge coupled with the tools provided by Midwest Communications will be a solid benefit.”
J.D. joins the Midwest Communications, Duluth station on July 15.where he'll team with Brooke a.k.a. “Brookie the Rookie” (TR) for mornings.
98.5 The Sports Hub Boston Adds FOX Sports Radio To Its Weekday And Weekend Lineup
THE MOUTH, JULY 10TH, 2019 –– Beasley Media Group’s WBZ-FM/98.5 The Sports Hub announced the addition of several FOX Sports Radio (FSR) programs to its weekday and weekend roster. Effective July 18, 98.5 The Sports Hub will welcome FSR’s The Jason Smith Show with Mike Harmon (12a.m. - 2 a.m. ET) and The Ben Maller Show (2 - 6 a.m. ET) to its Monday through Friday programming roster. The station, which is home to the New England Patriots, Boston Celtics, Boston Bruins and New England Revolution, will also air FOX Sports Radio’s weekend overnight lineup.
“For the second time in our 10-year history, The Sports Hub will partner with Fox Sports Radio for late-night programming,” said Beasley Media Group National Spoken Word Brand Manager and WBZ-FM/98.5 Sports Hub Program Director, Mike Thomas. “We’re happy to have FSR’s compelling brand of sports talk back on The Sports Hub to keep our listeners informed and entertained.” 98.5 The Sports Hub’s new weekday lineup: 6 a.m. - 10 a.m. ET Toucher & Rich 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. ET Zolak & Bertrand 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. ET Felger & Mazz 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. ET The Baseball Reporters 7 p.m. – 12a.m. ET The Adam Jones Show 12a.m. - 2 a.m. ET The Jason Smith Show with Mike Harmon 2 a.m. - 6 a.m. ET The Ben Maller Show. PHOTO/ Mike Felger, Marshall Hook and Matt McCarthy
iHeart Launches Throwback 96.5 Tallahassee
THE MOUTH, JULY 10TH, 2019 –– iHeartMedia Tallahassee brings a brand-new station to town, Throwback 96.5. Focusing on hip hop and R&B from the 80’s, 90’s and early 2000’s. Throwback 96.5 launched Monday, July 8 at 2:00pm in Tallahassee.
To celebrate the launch of Throwback 96.5, the station will host a Throwback Thursday party July 11 at Madison Social from 5 – 8 pm. DJ Loosekid and DJ Jam will play all the best of throwback hip hop and the first 97 people to arrive at the party will receive a free drink on the house. “Throwback Hip Hop and R&B is what’s hot right now and I’m glad that we’re the ones that get to bring that to Tallahassee!” D – Strong, Program Director for WTLY.
EVENTS: Jacobs Media To Explore New Opportunities For Radio In Age Of Digital Disruption At Radio Show
THE MOUTH, JULY 10TH, 2019 –– Fred and Paul Jacobs of Jacobs Media will lead a Radio Show session titled, “You’re not in the Radio Business Anymore: Stories from Innovators Who’ve Made the Transition,” on Thursday, September 26. The session will bring together media professionals from inside and outside of the radio business to share their journeys of transformation with stimulating stories and ideas.
The 2019 Radio Show, produced by the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB), will be held September 24-26 in Dallas, Texas. In 2008, the Jacobs brothers recognized the rise of smartphones and mobile apps and founded jacapps, a mobile application company at the forefront of connecting radio to digital. “We are excited to present an all-important session on the strategies that best serve broadcasters as we position our industry to succeed in 2019 and beyond,” said Radio Advertising Bureau President and CEO Erica Farber. “Fred and Paul Jacobs will offer actionable insights on propelling the radio business forward in today’s changing media landscape.”
More Stars Added To iHeart Music Festival Lineup
THE MOUTH, JULY 10TH, 2019 –– iHeartMedia announced today that Hootie & The Blowfish, Marshmello and Steve Aoki with special guests Darren Criss and Monsta X have been added to the iconic lineup for the 2019 iHeartRadioMusic Festival, the annual legendary concert event on Friday, September 20 and Saturday, September 21 at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena.
This year, the epic two-day event will be hosted by Ryan Seacrest and will feature performances by Alicia Keys, Cage The Elephant, Camila Cabello, Chance The Rapper, Def Leppard, French Montana, Halsey, Heart, H.E.R., Hootie & The Blowfish, Marshmello, Miley Cyrus, Mumford & Sons, Steve Aoki with special guests Darren Criss and Monsta X, Tim McGraw, Zac Brown Band and more.
The CW Network will broadcast a two-night television special on Wednesday, October 2 and Thursday, October 3 from 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. EST/PST. Leading up to the official television special, The CW will also air an hour-long Best Of Special on Sunday, September 29 at 8 p.m. EST/PST. In addition, The CW will exclusively livestream both nights of the festival via The CW App and CWTV.com.
PODCAST: Dana Schwartz To Host iHeart's 'Noble Blood'
THE MOUTH, JULY 10TH, 2019 –– iHeart has launched 'Noble Blood' and original podcast hosted by Dana Schwartz, a popular entertainment writer for publications like Entertainment Weekly and Marie Claire, Schwartz guides listeners on the stories of untold stories of monarchs.
Listeners will learn about the forgotten or misremembered moments leading up to Marie Antoinette’s death, or hear the unbelievable story of the cockney butcher and more.
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NETWORKS: SRN News To Air Week-Long Series On Preserving Religious Freedom
THE MOUTH, JULY 10TH, 2019 –– Beginning Monday, July 15th Salem Radio Network’s 24/7 SRN News service will air a week-long special series entitled “America’s Fight toPreserve Religious Freedom.” The multi-part broadcast will focus on threats by secular activists and politicians to drive Christianity and other religions out of the public square in America.
This special series will feature exclusive interviews with Charles J. Chaput, Archbishop of Philadelphia (right, pictured with SRN V.P./News & Talk Programming Tom Tradup); Michael Farris, President & CEO of Alliance Defending Freedom; Texas attorney general Ken Paxton; Daily Wire talk host Michael Knowles and David French, senior writer at National Review. “From gender-bending activists to outright hostility by states and local governments, religious freedom in America is under more attack in 2019 than at any other time in our history,” states Tradup. “America’s Fight to Preserve Religious Freedom” will air on 2,200+ SRN News affiliates from coast to coast. SRN News based in Washington, D.C. is a division of Salem Media Group.
Hubbard Radio West Palm Beach Inks 5-year Deal With FAU Athletics
THE MOUTH, JULY 10TH, 2019 –– Hubbard Radio West Palm Beach and Florida Atlantic University Athletics have agreed to a 5-year contract that will begin this football season. The deal makes Fox Sports Affiliate, 640 (The Hurricane) WMEN-AM the new flagship radio station for the FAU Owls. WMEN will now broadcast all FAU Football Games, Men’s Basketball Games, and a one-hour weekly coaches show with Head Football Coach Lane Kiffin and Head Men’s Basketball Coach Dusty May each week during the respective seasons.
Florida Atlantic fans will hear a familiar voice as longstanding “Voice of FAU Athletics” Ken LaVicka will continue to serve in the same capacity on the new home of FAU Athletics. “We’re honored that FAU Athletics and Florida Atlantic Sports Properties have chosen Hubbard Radio’s cluster of seven stations (640 WMEN, 97.9 WRMF,103.1 WIRK, X102.3, News-Talk 850 WFTL, Sunny 107.9 and Beatz 96.3) to help bring the excitement of FAU Football and Basketball to fans across South Florida,” said Elizabeth Hamma, Senior Vice President and Market Manager for Hubbard Radio West Palm Beach. “640-WMEN, the new flagship station for FAU will provide FAU fans with unparalleled access to all football and basketball games with the familiar
SNAPS: 94.7 WCSX/Detroit Big Jim Producer Ryan Logan Goes Grillin' In Parking Space
THE MOUTH, JULY 10TH, 2019 –– 94.7 WCSX/Detroit - Big Jims House Morning Show Producer Ryan Logan won Employee of the Month at Beasley Detroit and decided to use the parking space for more than his car. As you can see in the photo, he went in full-grillin' mode along with pool and drinks. Judging by the number of buns shown, we're guessing his space was soon invaded by happy station staffers.
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REPORT: Online Efforts Fuel Uptick In Overall Ad Revenue For Radio
THE MOUTH, JULY 9TH, 2019 –– In an update to its U.S. Local Advertising Forecast 2019, BIA Advisory Services forecasts the total local media marketplace in 2019 will be slightly stronger than expected earlier in the year, with ad revenue reaching approximately $148.8 billion. The elements supporting the advertising marketplace are a strong economy, an early start to the 2020 election, and most notably, increases in mobile and mobile-social advertising.
Traditional media will retain a significant portion (60 percent) of the overall spend, $89.2B, with digital ad revenue at 40 percent with $59.5B. However, the future of online/digital advertising revenue is progressively increasing, with a 2018-2023 CAGR of 9 percent. Over the same period, traditional advertising revenues will see a decrease in the 2018-2023 period with a CAGR of -1.4 percent.
“This is a very interesting time for local media,” said Mark Fratrik (L) , SVP and chief economist, BIA Advisory Services. “Although it’s a non-political year, the sheer number of Democratic candidates running and the significant attention this presidential race is garnering is driving earlier than usual advertising revenue across television and mobile/social channels. Additionally, we are more bullish on certain digital advertising platforms like mobile due to its targetability, measurability, attribution and high level of adoption by consumers.”
According to the forecast, the top five media (revenue and share of market) in order of largest to smallest contribution in local advertising for 2019: Direct Mail: $37.2 billion (25 percent share) Direct mail (such as direct solicitation, couponing and catalogs) remains an effective means of communication to reach certain households for national and local advertisers.
Local Radio shows $14.5 billion (9.8 percent share) Competition for audiences continues to erode over-the-air (OTA) advertising revenue, however online efforts by stations are helping to support a slight growth in overall revenue. “It can be surprising to see that direct mail continues as such an important medium,” commented Fratrik. “However, it directly targets more households than any other channel and mobilizes local consumers to make purchases, especially when combined with campaigns that make use of digital platforms. The key for revenue growth (and protection) today is not just to look at the media in your sector, but across all local media because you compete across all ad channels today.” GET MORE INFO HERE
The Late John Walton To Get New Orleans Style Celebration Complete With Brass Band
THE MOUTH, JULY 9TH, 2019 –– A celebration of life for the late John Walton, co-host of popular syndicated morning radio show "Walton and Johnson," is planned for Sunday in New Orleans reports the Advocate. Walton died July 1 at age 57 from an undisclosed illness. The Sunday event will run from noon to 3 p.m. at Generations Hall, 310 Andrew Higgins Blvd. The public is invited.
"John Walton … once told us he wanted a big New Orleans style celebration when he passed," radio partner Steve Johnson said. "We're going to give John what he requested. Please join us as we give John a proper send-off — keyword 'revelry.'" Johnson said to expect a second-line tribute brass band. Food and drink will be provided by Tommy Cvitanovich's Dragos, Alicia Maenza's 12 Seasons Catering and Greg Reggio's Zea. A service also is scheduled in Walton's hometown of Houston on Friday at the Second Baptist Church West Campus.
Beasley XP Esports Broadcast Studio Unveiled in the Motor City Checkpoint XP
THE MOUTH, JULY 9TH, 2019 –– Beasley has officially unveiled its Beasley XP studio in the Motor City. This exciting new broadcast space will serve as the official headquarters for the nationally syndicated Esports lifestyle driven program, Checkpoint XP, seen daily on Twitch and heard weekly on 74 stations across the Sun Broadcast Group Network and via a line-up of original content Esports focused podcasts. Located at One Radio Plaza in Ferndale, Michigan, the state of the art studio is the first of its kind in the radio industry and is home to Checkpoint XP Casters Nate Bender, Robbie Landis, Norris Howard and Joe Sloan.
Viewers can join the team during the weeklong celebration LIVE on Twitch from 11am to 6pm, between now and Friday July 12th, 2019. Throughout the week, Checkpoint XP will welcome a variety of guest to their broadcasts, including coaches and players from the Renegades (North America’s premier multi-gaming Esports organization), video game developer Shawn Alexander Allen, fellow caster Jack “Script” Ross, Dr. Amine Issa (Founder and Warchief of Science for Mobalytics) and many more. PHOTO/Checkpoint XP Casters Norris Howard, Joe Sloan, Robbie Landis and Nate Bender with Beasley Media Group CEO Caroline Beasley (center).
ESPNLA 710’s Steve Mason & John Ireland Ink Multiyear Extensions
THE MOUTH, JULY 9TH, 2019 –– ESPNLA 710 has reached a multiyear agreement extension with local radio icons Steve Mason and John Ireland to continue as co-hosts of the weekday show Mason & Ireland (noon-3:30 p.m. PT). The midday show Mason & Ireland has been the highest rated sports talk radio show in Los Angeles the last three years. “Mason and I always say that to succeed in life, you need talent, a strong work ethic, and most of all, luck,” said Ireland. “We feel extremely lucky that ESPN is allowing us to continue with the show.” Mason added, “It’s a privilege to work at ESPN and it’s an honor to be the OG of sports talk radio in Los Angeles. Special thanks to all the program directors that have worked with us. Can’t wait to meet the next one (after the current guy).”
“We could not be more excited about the fact that Steve and John will continue with ESPNLA for years to come,” said Scott McCarthy, vice president and general manager of ESPNLA. “While the two of them are singlehandedly responsible for the lion’s share of my high blood pressure, they are the best in the business. It’s amazing, and incredibly rare, to see a radio duo delivering their highest numbers ever after 25 years together.” Steve Mason is a former host of The Mighty 690 (San Diego) in 1992. He later teamed with John Ireland for The Mason & Ireland Show in 1994.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: SpokenLayer Names Andy Lipset As CEO
THE MOUTH, JULY 9TH, 2019 –– SpokenLayer announced the hiring of Andy Lipset as the company’s new Chief Executive Officer. He officially began in SpokenLayer’s New York City offices on Monday, July 8, 2019. Lipset will assume the CEO position from SpokenLayer Founder Will Mayo, who will maintain his current role as Founder and continue to focus on innovation and global partnerships as the Company’s Chief Strategy Officer.
Lipset spent the past six years at Pandora, helping to build several units for the company. Most recently, as Vice President, East. Prior to Pandora, Lipset spent 12 years in the National Radio business, and served as the Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Ronning Lipset Radio, the nation’s first online radio representation firm which was widely credited with pioneering the monetization of digital audio from an advertising perspective. The company was acquired in 2008 by TargetSpot, Inc., where he oversaw growth of the company’s advertising revenues as its Chief Revenue Officer.
“I am so thrilled to be joining Will and the team at SpokenLayer,” said Lipset. “I have known Will for close to eight years, and have a great deal of respect for what he has built and accomplished as a leader in the voice space. The audio business is the healthiest I have ever seen it since coming into the media industry. Given the average consumer is spending close to 4 hours a day with audio, and advertising demand is at an all-time marketplace high, publishers know they need to invest in the space. The foundation that Will has built at SpokenLayer has the company perfectly positioned, and now we are going to build and scale the business even further to take advantage of the health of this ecosystem. Here we go!”
HONORS: Mary Quass To Receive National Radio Award
THE MOUTH, JULY 9TH, 2019 –– NRG Media Chairman and CEO Mary Quass will receive the National Radio Award during the Radio Show luncheon program, "2020 and Beyond: Insights from the Top," on Wednesday, September 25. The 2019 Radio Show, produced by the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB), will be held September 24-26 in Dallas, Texas.
A 35-year veteran of the radio business, Quass formed New Radio Group in 2001. Later named NRG Media, the company currently operates 45 stations and their corresponding digital channels across the Midwest. Quass began her radio career in 1977 as an account executive and purchased her first radio station in 1998, forming Quass Broadcasting Company (QBC). QBC became part of the publicly traded company Capstar Broadcasting, which eventually became a part of Clear Channel.
Quass has also received The Mentoring and Inspiring Women (MIW) Radio Group Frances Preston Trailblazer Award, which is presented annually to a woman who, through her leadership and success in the media industry, creates opportunities for other women in radio. FREE news media registration is available here.
CBS News Radio's Steven Portnow To Lead White House Correspondent's Association
THE MOUTH, JULY 9TH, 2019 –– CBS News Radio White House correspondent Steven Portnoy has been elected by his press corps colleagues to lead their association. Portnoy will serve a three-year term as an at-large member of the White House Correspondents’ Association board and become WHCA president in the final year of his term, starting in July 2021.
Putting on the White House Correspondents’ Dinner will be his responsibility in the spring of 2022. Portnoy is the first radio correspondent elected to serve as WHCA president since his former ABC colleague Ann Compton had the duty in 2008.
Portnoy, a Washington-based reporter for nearly two decades, joined CBS News in 2015.
NETWORKS: Country Gold With Terri Clark Crosses 165 Affiliate Mark
THE MOUTH, JULY 9TH, 2019 –– Westwood One reports that Country Gold with Terri Clark has amassed 165 station affiliations, including WCCQ-FM/Crest Hill-Chicago; WKPA-FM/Boston; WDRQ-FM/Detroit; WNKN-FM/Cincinnati; WSM-FM/Nashville; WPUR-FM/Atlantic City-Philadelphia; KTJJ-FM/Farmington-St. Louis; and KXKC-FM/Lafayette.
“I love hosting Country Gold,” said Clark. “It gives me the chance to not only catch up with my peers, but to let fans be a ‘fly on the wall’ and that’s what makes this show so special. I’m such a fan of Country music from the 80’s and 90’s and I’m passionate about keeping that era alive and in the forefront, as well as letting listeners know what their favorite artists are up to today.” For more information contact Country@WestwoodOne.com. About Westwood One
The 90’s With Alfonso Ribeiro Launches Under SBG Umbrella Of New Shows
Daena Kramer To Join The Show
THE MOUTH, JULY 9TH, 2019 –– Sun Broadcast Group has announced the launch of The 90’s with Alfonso Ribeiro. The 3-hour show debuted last weekend on several stations including iHeart’s WRIT-FM, Milwaukee. We all of course remember Alfonso as Carlton on Fresh Prince of Bel Airand the current host of America’s Funniest Videoson ABC.
Radio veteran Daena Kramer (DK) joins him on the show. DK is currently hosting mornings on KITS-FM, San Francisco, and has been heard across the country on stations in markets like Las Vegas and Houston. Sun Broadcast Group VP of Programming and Affiliate Relations Rich O’Brien commented, “This isn’t going to be your typical weekend show! The chemistry between these two is great. It’s fun, interactive and music intensive, playing the biggest hits of the 90’s, along with some surprises and novelty songs— Like a morning show on the weekends.” For more information about The 90’s with Alfonso Ribeiro, contact Rich O’Brien at 212.380.9338 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Radio Sales Compensation Study Survey Begins Today
THE MOUTH, JULY 9TH, 2019 –– Media Staffing Network (MSN) has teamed with Radio Ink on The 2019 Radio Sales Compensation Study, which will be released during this year’s NAB/RAB Radio Show. The study begins with a two-minute survey for managers and sellers that launches yesterday, Monday, July 8, and runs through Friday, July 26. The goal of the study is to guide radio owners, operators, and managers to develop sales compensation packages that attract – and keep – the best candidates, including those from younger demographics, in today’s highly competitive hiring landscape.
“With radio stations regularly sharing their frustration about the difficulty of hiring sellers, and with the strong advice to get away from the outdated compensation model of offering a 90-day guarantee and then moving new hires to 100 percent commission, we felt it was time to gather some actual facts,” stated Laurie Kahn, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Media Staffing Network. To help the radio industry gain this knowledge MSN teamed with Radio Ink to get the word out so that a large survey sample can be collected. "We are delighted to team up with MSN in a project that will hopefully help provide guidance, especially to smaller groups and individual stations, in crafting the kind of compensation packages that encourage young people to consider radio sales as a career path. With so much competition from digital media, making radio "sexier" to prospective hires has to, first and foremost, include a more competitive pay structure."
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SNAPS: Benztown's Jan Bruckner Poses For Radio Days Africa
THE MOUTH, JULY 9TH, 2019 –– Benztown joined the gathering at The Wits Club in Johannesburg, South Africa for Radio Days Africa. The global radio event was held July 3-5, and featured Benztown Imaging Director, Jan Bruckner, who was invited to teach an Audio Production Masterclass for attendees.
Benztown has been a sponsor of Radio Days Africa for the last two years. Radio Days Africa, now in its 10th year and a partner event to Radio Days Europe, is presented by the Wits Radio Academy under the auspices of the Department of Journalism at the University of the Witwatersrand. PHOTO ID's: PHOTO 1: (Left to Right) Benztown Imaging Director, Jan Bruckner with Primedia's Herman Tefo and Terrence Adendorff.
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EVENTS: Confer Radio Talent Institute Begins
THE MOUTH, JULY 8TH, 20198 –– The Confer Radio Talent Institute Begins Today featuring over ten days of the Institute with students learning from an impressive group of over 40 broadcast professionals. They include:Kristin Cantrell, CEO of CapCity Communications and Seven Mountains Media and Jim Loftus,COO of Seven MountainMedia; Lynn Deppen, President of Forever Media; Joe Bell,VP/Market Manager of Beasley Media Group Philadelphia; Karen Richards,VP/Sales,Cumulus Media Harrisburg ; Jon Zellner (shown), President of Programming Operations, National Programming Group, iHeartMedia NY; Shelly Easton,VP ofMusic Programming, Entercom Philadelphia; Brian Check,Senior VP of Programming, iHeartMedia Philadelphia; Eric Johnson, Program Director of 97.5 The Fanatic, Beasley Media Group Philadelphia, and many more.
The students will be the live studio audience of the RJ Harris Morning Show, News Radio WHP Harrisburg, and the JoJo & Leapin’Lily Show from Froggy 98 Altoona, as both shows broadcast live from the Confer Radio Talent Institute on Bloomsburg’s campus.
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Hisham Fayed Appointed Dir. Of Marketing For iHeart Boston
THE MOUTH, JULY 8TH, 2019 –– iHeartMedia Boston announced that Hisham Fayed has been named Director of Marketing, effective today July 8. He'll served Kiss 108, JAM’N 94.5, 101.7 The Bull, 100.7 WZLX, and The New 97.7 and will report to Adam Ralston, Vice President of Marketing for iHeartMedia Boston.
“Hisham has a proven track record of impactful marketing campaign creation and execution in Boston,” said Ralston. “We are thrilled to add him to our superstar marketing team and we know he will contribute to our brands’ongoing success.”
With over ten years of brand management and marketing experience, Fayed is a Boston radio marketing veteran with stints at WTKK and WBQT, where he contributed to the launch of the latter.
Don Harrison Joins WZBH/WGBG Salisbury/Ocean City At Brand Manager
THE MOUTH, JULY 8TH, 2019 –– Adams Radio of Delmarva has announced a new Brand Manager for its heritage rock stations in Salisbury – Ocean City, WZBH (The Beach) and WGBG (BIG 107.7). Don Harrison will assume his new role with Adams on July 8. A Connecticut native, Don Harrison began his career as an on-air personality at rock radio station WHCN-FM in Hartford. He moved on to the legendary WBCN-FM in Boston where he won three Boston Achievement in Radio Awards and was the Executive Producer of New England Patriots Radio Network.
Don was most recently the OM for Townsquare Media in Cheyenne and Laramie, Wyoming. Don says of his new role with Adams Radio Group, “I'm honored to join Adams Radio Group and working with the entire team! It's refreshing to be part of a company that believes in local radio, super-serving the community and creating a great working environment. I also can't wait to team up with Lisa Layne - she's a Rockstar!"
Jasmine Lee Named Co-Host Of Big Mama And The Wild Bunch Morning Show At WXKB-FM Ft. Myers
THE MOUTH, JULY 8TH, 2019 –– Beasley Media Group’s WXKB-FM in Southwest Florida Ft. Myers, FL has named Jasmine Lee its new co-host of the Big Mama and the Wild Bunch Morning Show in Southwest Florida. She starts today, July 8, 2019. The Orlando native most recently served as the Morning Host of “Jazzy in the Morning” on KSPI-FM in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Previously, she worked at News 96.5/WDBO-FM in Orlando.
“Jasmine has great charm and charisma on the air,” said Operations Manager Adam Star. “Her energy and fun personality is infectious. She is the final piece that we were looking to add to Big Mama and The Wild Bunch Morning Show.”
SYNDICATION: D.C.'s The Morning Hustle To Also Also Air On Hot 107.5 Detroit
THE MOUTH, JULY 8TH, 2019 –– Radio One's WGPR/Hot 107.5 Detroit announced that sister station WKYS/Washington's The The Morning Hustle will now be heard on the urban outlet beginning July 15. The Morning Hustle features Angie Ange (TR), "On-Air" Jordan (C) and Lore'l. The show launched last May on WKYS.
In making the announcement, Kathy Stinehour, General Manager/VP of Radio One Detroit, offered “We think the vibe of this new show will really resonate with Detroiter’s. The chemistry between Angie, Lore’l and Jordan is electric and unfiltered. Detroiter’s will remember Jordan from his time as Shorty Da Prince doing nights on Hot some years back. He was number one at night and we are delighted he is coming back to the D.” The Morning Hustle can be heard on 107.5 FM WGPR Monday through Friday from 6:00a-10:00a.
FRED JACOBS: Radio's 10 Biggest Lies
THE MOUTH, JULY 8TH, 2019 – What better way to return from an unusually long holiday weekend than by putting the spotlight on Fred Jacobs who, just back from his first trip to Italy, posts: “Lies, damn lies, and radio lies.” It started with Mike Stern sending me a story – “The 10 Biggest Lies We Tell Each Other On Instagram” (“Clutter? Not in my home” and “I'm perfect” are a couple examples) – and suggesting that a “radio lies” version might be fun. He adds: the blog wrote itself. It was helpful that many of these lies have been told to me over the years – dozens of times. I've told a few of them myself. So, here is our version of those lies we tell each other, to advertisers, to our bosses, our shareholders, and our employees. No explanation is necessary for any of them. They speak for themselves.
Here are a few to get you stared: Your request is coming up soon. --- --- Seriously, it's just one meter. --- Young people have never stopped listening to the radio --- Radio is the original social media!, among others
Jacobs says, "Something tells me I've missed a few “lies” along the way. Please use the “comments” section below to add yours, or visit me on Facebook or Twitter to be part of what I hope will be an interesting conversation. Truthfully yours, Fred - Read and enjoy HERE
RESEARCH: The Infinite Dial® Germany To Debut in 2019
THE MOUTH, JULY 8TH, 2019 – The Infinite Dial from Edison Research, has just been commissioned by Berlin-based RTL Radio Deutschland for implementation in Germany. The Infinite Dial is the longest running survey of media consumer behavior in the U.S., tracking consumer usage of digital media over time. Germany will join the U.S., Australia, Canada, and most recently, South Africa, as media communities who use The Infinite Dial® to measure consumer behaviors.
RTL Radio Deutschland is the leading German radio group. With its stations and brands, the company serves all relevant platforms. RTL Radio Deutschland recently started AUDIO NOW, a podcasting platform for Germany showing a great range of popular podcasts in German and English language, including exclusive podcasts and audio series. The results from the first in The Infinite Dial® Germany will be revealed on September 3 in Berlin, and will be published simultaneously online on www.audionow.de and Edison Research websites.
“Germany’s addition of The Infinite Dial study comes at the perfect time. As digital audio is experiencing such explosive growth, it is crucial to have quality, consistent measurement of the space. We are thrilled to add Germany to the list of countries employing the Infinite Dial,” said Larry Rosin, President of Edison Research.
PODCAST: Fiat's Oliver Francois The Subject Of Bob Pittman's Latest 'Math & Magic' Blog
THE MOUTH, JULY 8TH, 2019 –– In the latest episode of Bob Pittman’s “Math & Magic: Stories from the Frontiers of Marketing.” he goes one-on-one with the legendary CMO of Fiat Chrysler and Head of the Fiat Brand, Oliver Francois.
Listeners can tune in to learn why the rapper, Eminem, volunteered to put himself in Francois’s commercial, how coming up with a soundtrack for every brand helps Francois shape his vision, and why a little cultural ignorance has helped him push the boundaries of advertising. Plus, hear the surprising backstory behind that incredible tagline: “Imported from Detroit.” LISTEN "HERE
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CONDOLENCES: John Walton, Of Walton & Johnson Show Fame, Has Passed Away
THE MOUTH, JULY 3RD, 2019 –– John Walton (left) who first teamed with Steve Johnson (R) in 1983 to form The Walton & Johnson Show, passed away following "medical issues that were too numerous to overcome." According to WBRZ-TV Baton Rouge, he had been receiving treatment over the last month but continued to suffer. He made the decision to return home on Monday July 1st and spend his last hours with his family.
Johnson posted in a blog on Tuesday, "...I will always cherish John as not only a partner but a dear friend. His wit and humor defined him as the unique individual we all knew him to be. He will never be replaced. He had a voice and he had something to say. Your loyalty and support for him and his craft was always a mutual sentiment. John cared deeply for all of you. He loved to make you all laugh. Please remember his family in your "thoughts and prayers".
The Houston Chronicle reported Tuesday morning, producers said the show will air Wednesday for listeners to pay tribute to Walton. The newspaper reported Walton would record the four-hour, 30-minute show then drive to Beaumont where he owned and managed his own radio station.
After Delay, Rolling Stone Rolls Out Its Charts
THE MOUTH, JULY 3RD, 2019 –– After first revealing its new Charts feature during The Music Biz Conference in Nashville back in May and then delaying its original launch date, Rolling Stone officially announced yesterday the launch of its new music charts feature "Today, we’re proud to introduce the Rolling Stone Charts, an interactive set of music charts that update on a daily basis and offer an impartial, in-depth and in-the-moment view of the biggest songs, albums and artists in music.
Our service is driven by our commitment to accurately represent the modern music world without opacity or opinion. The RS Charts are powered by our independent analytics company Alpha Data, formerly known as BuzzAngle Music, which collects and processes data from dozens of major suppliers. All five of these charts auto-populate in almost real-time on a daily basis, with finalized overviews available at the end of each week.
The Rolling Stone chart rules have been applied to the latest week of data, with all figures previous to that date tallying under the rules of Alpha Data’s years-long internal log. For a deeper look at how we put the charts together, visit the methodology tab on any individual chart page, or our General Methodology. A list of frequently asked questions is also available here. All comments and queries should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org, which is monitored full-time by our charts team. Stay tuned for exciting further announcements and updates to the project as well — including new charts. We’re thrilled to have you join Rolling Stone as we welcome this new chapter in our dynamic history. READ ANNOUNCMENT HERE
WXRT Chicago's Beloved Terri Hemmert To Sign-Off Middays On July 9th; New Lineup Announced
THE MOUTH, JULY 3RD, 2019 –– Terri Hemmert, beloved midday host on WXRT 93.1-FM is set leave her longtime post and cutback to partime status. Media blogger Robert Feder reports that after 45 years on the Entercom adult album alternative station, Hemmert, 71, announced last month she’s cutting back to part-time status. The Radio Hall of Famer said she’ll continue to host her Sunday morning “Breakfast with The Beatles” program and fill in for other on-air hosts many weeks throughout the year. Feder says that news of her stepping down from the 10 a.m to 1 p.m. shift 'triggered an avalanche of accolades from fans and friends on this blog and across multiple social media platforms."
Greg Solk, operations manager and program director of WXRT, confirmed the date of Hemmert’s final midday show and announced the station’s new Monday-through-Friday talent lineup in an email to employees Monday. Solk wrote. “Luckily XRT has an amazing deep bench of world class personalities and music lovers. Terri’s full-time departure allows us the opportunity to stretch out some shows and give our other stars a bit more airtime.”
Effective July 19, the weekday schedule will be: Lin Brehmer and Mary Dixon from 5:30 to 10 a.m.; Richard Milne from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; Marty Lennartz from 2:30 to 7 p.m.; Ryan Arnold from 7 p.m. to midnight; and Emma Mac from midnight to 5:30 a.m. - Solk said in a staff memo: We are a fortunate bunch. We all love you Terri, enjoy this ride as much and as long as you care to. You will always be part of 93XRT and we all owe you a debt of gratitude for what you helped build all these years."
Brian Shannon To Co-Host Mornings At KGON Portland
THE MOUTH, JULY 3RD, 2019 –– Entercom has named Brian Shannon its new morning show co-host for 92.3 KGON (KGON-FM). He'll join Terry Boyd on “Terry Boyd’s World,” weekdays from 5:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. PT, effective July 8. “Brian’s outstanding comedic talents and timing will combine with Terry’s tremendous market equity to give Portland its most unique, entertaining and compelling morning show in years,” said Kim Martinez, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Portland. “The instant chemistry between Brian and Terry was astounding. The timing is right and the market is ready for someone who can add fuel to the fire that is ‘Terry Boyd’s World.’”
“I am incredibly excited to be going home to radio and to be working alongside one of Portland’s best, Terry Boyd,” said Shannon. “Radio is my happy place and I’m planning to be a part of this station and this city for a long time.”
Prior to joining Entercom, Shannon served as an editor and anchor for News 92 FM in Houston. He held various on-air roles for KFNC in Houston, KEGL-FM in Dallas-Fort Worth and KLOL-FM (now Houston sister station Mega 101 FM), where he was a longtime member of the “Stevens & Pruett” show. On KEGL-FM, Shannon was producer and voice of co-host Eddie “The Boner Sanchez.”
PODCAST: Rock 100.5 Atlanta's Jason Bailey Debuts New Podcast
THE MOUTH, JULY 3RD, 2019 –– Rock 100.5 FM Atlanta/WNNX's Jason Bailey, host of the Bailey and Southside morning show, has taken on a new project. Jason just wrapped season 1 of his new podcast called “Shoot To Grill." The Shoot to Grill Podcast is where grilling meets entertainment. Jason Bailey created the concept because of his love of grilling and passion to interview interesting people. Each episode has a featured food that our grill master Sheed of Philips Barbeque Co. grills up for our celebrity guest. While the grill is going, Bailey entertains with a light hearted conversation with the week’s celebrity guest. Then, when it’s all said and done, the feast begins for all to enjoy.
Season 1 of the podcast included such guests as Jesse James Dupree of Jackyl, 3x Super Bowl Champ Randy Cross, actor Judd Lormand of CBS’ Seal Team, Randy Rand of Autograph, former professional tennis player Robby Ginepri, and Rich Ward of Fozzy and Stuck Mojo.
Season 2 will be released in early August, featuring such guests as former professional wrestler Diamond Dallas Page, Will Turpin of Collective Soul, comedian Ian Bagg, and hip-hop artist Montell Jordan. All are available on ShootToGrillPodcast.com. Additionally, Bailey is the voice of the New York Open and the BB&T Atlanta Open professional tennis tournament that runs from July 20th to July 28th. Matches of the New York Open as well as the BB&T Atlanta Open are broadcasted on ESPN 2, ESPN 3 and the Tennis Channel.
Scott Brubaker Tapped As GSM/Director of Sports Marketing For KNBR San Francisco
THE MOUTH, JULY 3RD, 2019 –– Cumulus has appointed veteran sports marketing executive Scott Brubaker as General Sales Manager and Director of Sports Marketing for San Francisco Sports/Talk radio station KNBR. Brubaker joins Cumulus San Francisco from the Arizona Hotshots, where he was President of the Alliance of American Football team. Prior to that, he was Vice President, National Sales – Southeast and Central Region, for Learfield Sports.
He was also Associate GM/Director of Sales for Gopher Sports Properties/Learfield Sports and was Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, for the Arizona Diamondbacks, and Account Executive for the Phoenix Suns.
WCKY-FM Toledo Rebrands As 'Buckeye Country
THE MOUTH, JULY 3RD, 2019 ––WCKY-FM/Toledo has rebranded as “Buckeye Country, 103.7 ‘CKY” playing Country Superstars from the past few decades. Market President Shosh Abromovich says, “We’re so excited to once again be playing some of country music’s greatest songs from the 80s & 90s through today. You may even hear some older classic country from time-to-time.:
Scott Sands, Senior VP Programming, explains, “Buckeye Country will feature the real icons of country music like George Strait, Alan Jackson, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, Garth Brooks, Travis Tritt, Shania Twain, Alabama, Kenny Chesney, Brooks & Dunn, Clint Black, Kenny Rogers, Reba McEntire, Randy Travis and so many more.” Sands adds, “These are the real country superstars, and many of them haven’t been heard on the radio in Northwest Ohio in a long time. That changes now!”
The Bobby Bones Show remains in morning drive on Buckeye Country 103.7 ‘CKY. Bob Delmont and Bob Pickett will split middays. Meaghan Mick continues in afternoon drive. Tom Travis is new to nights. CMT with Cody Allen in overnights. During the day, you’ll continue to hear the latest local weather forecasts, area news and traffic, plus the Ohio Ag Report.
Zoe Ball Among Top Earners List At The BBC
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, JULY 3RD, 2019 –– New BBC Radio 2 breakfast show host Zoe Ball (shown) has joined the BBC big earners top 10 list while Jeremy Vine took at £110k ($134,000) pay cut. Vanessa Feltz also makes it inside the top 10 list, which this year includes three women for the first time, along with Claudia Winkleman. Former Radio 2 Breakfast Show host, Chris Evans is still in the list, as it covers the period from April 2018 to March 2019, so will only represent nine months of work. He got £1.25m ($1.58m) for 150 editions of the Breakfast Show or £8.3k ($10.5k) per programme. Zoe Ball’s wage at £370,000 ($467,000) to £374,999 ($474,000) represents the first three months of hosting Breakfast (30 programmes), plus nine months of Saturday shows (40 programmes).
2GB In Sydney Australia Confirms Chris Smith Has Gone - Macquarie Media has confirmed that 2GB and Chris have ended their working relationship. He will still go ahead with his pre-planned overseas trip, which will include a cruise from New York to London accompanied by about 100 his listeners. He’ll finish up at 2GB on July 31, confirmed Macquarie. The announcement follows reports over the last week that Smith’s relationship with 2GB had become strained, following speculation that he could be swapped with Steve Price on Nights. A change.org petition for 2GB to keep Smith has almost 1,200 signatures at the time of writing.
RTÉ Ireland Wins Broadcaster Of The Year At New York Awards - RTÉ Ireland was honored with the title of Broadcaster of Year for the third consecutive year at the New York Radio Awards 2019. Other Irish stations picking up awards this year include Clare FM, Newstalk, Today FM, Near FM, Ocean FM, Classic Hits and Athena Media.
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EVENTS: Radio Show to Explore the Art of Storytelling with Bestselling Author David Fisher
THE MOUTH, JULY 3RD, 2019 –– New York Times bestselling author David Fisher will keynote a session focused on the art of storytelling at the Radio Show on Thursday, September 26. The 2019 Radio Show, produced by the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB), will be held September 24-27 in Dallas, Texas. “Powerful content is driving the audio medium forward in each of our platforms from broadcast to podcast, and of course advertising,” said Erica Farber, president and CEO, Radio Advertising Bureau. “Understanding how to deliver a powerful story that resonates with listeners and audiences is key, and David Fisher will offer valuable insight at Thursday’s Radio Show keynote.”
Fisher is the author of more than 80 books, including 24 New York Times bestsellers. Throughout his career, he has collaborated with notable figures, including William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Tom Coughlin, Terry Bradshaw, Ann Romney and Dan Abrams - with whom he wrote comprehensive, bestselling books on both Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt.
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Emmis To Sell WBLS-FM And Hot 97 New York To Newly Formed Public Company Mediaco
Emmis To Remain Active In Management Of New York Stations
THE MOUTH, JULY 2ND, 2019 –– Emmis Communications Corporation announced that it has signed an agreement to form a new public company, Mediaco Holding, with New York investment firm Standard General. Mediaco Holding will purchase from Emmis two of its New York radio properties, WBLS-FM and WQHT-FM (HOT 97). Closing of the transaction is subject to FCC approval and other customary closing conditions, and is expected to occur later this year.
As a result of the transaction, Emmis will receive $91.5 million in cash, a $5 million note receivable, and 23.72% of the common equity of Mediaco. Emmis will distribute this common equity of Mediaco pro rata to its shareholders in a taxable dividend. Mediaco will be a public company expected to be listed on NASDAQ, and Emmis will remain a separate public company, as well. Emmis will remain active in the management of WBLS and HOT 97 and provide certain corporate services to Mediaco pursuant to a management agreement between the parties. Jeff Smulyan will be the Chief Executive Officer of Mediaco and will continue to serve as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Emmis, which will remain a public company.
"This is a landmark day in the forty year history of Emmis," said Jeff Smulyan. "We look forward to continuing to manage two of the world's most iconic radio brands in HOT 97 and WBLS and employ our award-winning New York team as we partner with Soo Kim and Standard General to form a new public company to invest in media opportunities. The transaction provides Emmis significant capital to aggressively pursue new business opportunities that align with our entrepreneurial spirit and management skills. We are also excited to work with Soo and Standard General to grow Mediaco Holding. We have already been evaluating great investment opportunities and I'm incredibly excited about the future. Today is a great day for the future of Emmis." "
Teen Charged With Manslaughter In Crash That Killed Popular Auburn Radio Voice And His Wife
THE MOUTH, JULY 2ND, 2019 –– The 16-year-old was arrested and charged Monday with two counts of manslaughter in the deaths of Rod and Paula Bramblett (inset) reports WBRC-TV. Rod, the celebrated voice of Auburn Tigers and his wife were both killed in an auto crash on May 25th. Johnston Edward Taylor, 16, of Auburn, was arrested at his home Monday on manslaughter charges, then taken to the Lee County Jail where bond was set at $50,000. Taylor has since made bond and released, His arrest marked the first time police have stated the name of the the only survivor of the crash.
Investigators said Taylor’s arrest came as part of an ongoing investigation into the traffic crash. Taylor will be tried as an adult. Taylor told police he fell asleep at the wheel before his 2011 Jeep Laredo slammed into the back of the Bramblett’s 2017 Toyota Highlander SUV. The impact of the crash caused the Jeep to hit a pedestrian crossing signal and a traffic light pole before coming to a stop. The Highlander was pushed into the intersection and through the opposing lanes of traffic before coming to a stop on the curb. According to Auburn police, an Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Traffic Homicide Unit report confirmed Taylor’s vehicle was traveling at well over the posted 55 mph speed limit at the time of the May 25 crash. Additionally, on July 1, 2019, the Auburn Police Division received the Toxicological Analysis confirming the presence of marijuana in Taylor’s system. Taylor is being charged as an adult.
The Brambletts left behind two children, Shelby and Joshua. As of today, no court date has been set. WATCH HERE
Chris Williams Inks Four-Year Contract Extension As Chief Product Officer For iHeart
THE MOUTH, JULY 2ND, 2019 –– High-fives are in order for Chris Williams who just inked a four-year contract extension to continue his role as Chief Product Officer for iHeartRadio. He’ll remain based in New York City and continue to report to Darren Davis, President of iHeartRadio & iHeartMedia Networks Group.
Chris has been with iHeart since November 2013 when he joined iHeartMedia as Senior Vice President of iHeartRadio Programming. He was named Chief Product Officer in December 2014.
Most recently, Chris helped launch iHeartRadio’s integrated podcast platform with a feature rich podcast player and over 250,000 podcasts, making iHeartRadio #1 for podcasts.
Amy Marxkors To Co-Host Mornings With Charlie Brennan At 1120 KMOX St. Louis
THE MOUTH, JULY 2ND, 2019 –– Entercom, announced that Amy Marxkors has been elevated to morning show co-host on News Radio 1120 KMOX (KMOX-AM) in St. Louis. Marxkors will host “Total Information AM Overdrive” alongside Charlie Brennan Mondays through Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. CT and “The Charlie Brennan Show” from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., effective immediately.
“Amy is a rising star in radio and has shown tremendous growth on air while covering everything from the Blues Stanley Cup run to discussing local and national issues during our longform talk shows,” said Becky Domyan, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom St. Louis. “She has a very bright future and I’m looking forward to the impact she can make on KMOX.”
“I'm from St. Louis and I grew up listening to KMOX, whether it was in the car early in the morning or on summer evenings listening to Cardinals games. I’ve always loved radio,” said Marxkors. “To be joining ‘The Charlie Brennan Show’ is a bit surreal. Charlie’s name and his voice are woven into the very fabric of this city and I’m beyond thrilled to have this opportunity to be a part of his show. It’s an incredible honor.” In addition to her role on the morning show, Marxkors will continue to cover the Stanley Cup Champion St. Louis Blues and the National Hockey League by hosting a weekly hockey podcast.
Cumulus Brings Back KRUZ 103.3 Call Letters California's California’s Central Coast And Moves 103.3 The Vibe From Santa Barbara to Oxnard/Ventura
THE MOUTH, JULY 2ND, 2019 –– Cumulus has brought the legendary KRUZ 103.3 call letters back to California’s Central Coast with the launch of Classic Hits radio station KRUZ 103.3. Concurrently, Classic Hip Hop station 103.3 The Vibe (KVYB-FM) signed off in the Santa Barbara market and debuted in the Oxnard market as CHR formatted 106.3 The Vibe
Sommer Frisk, Regional Vice President/Marker Manager, Cumulus Oxnard/Ventura, said: “Everything good takes time. And, after more than a decade, it’s time we bring KRUZ 103.3 FM back to the Central Coast! It’s also the right time to move 106.3 The Vibe to Oxnard to give the fans what they’ve been begging for. With the combination of KRUZ 103.3’s powerful signal, along with the synergy of its legendary sister brand 106.3 The Vibe, we will provide new and exciting ways for our listeners and marketing partners to engage with the fans up and down the Central Coast.
Frisk added, "We could not be happier to welcome Brandon Young to our superstar programming team headed by Operations Manager, Justin Taylor. This duo is unstoppable and are ideal for this huge project.”
STUDY: Heavy Esports Watchers More Likely To Be Heavy AM/FM Radio Listeners
THE MOUTH, JULY 2ND, 2019 –– As popularity surges for the world of esports, Cumulus/Westwood One explored the habits of esports watchers and video game players to understand this expanding audience. Using MARU/Matchbox, the company surveyed 602 respondents between the ages of 13 and 44 who indicated they were frequent or occasional esports watchers or video game players. The survey took place in February 2019. Key takeaways:
· Heavy esports watchers and heavy video game players are media junkies, consuming a wide variety of media simultaneously
· Heavy esports watchers are more likely to be heavy AM/FM radio listeners · Heavy esports watchers and heavy video game players are more likely to be heavy podcast listeners
· Heavy esports watchers and heavy video game players prefer Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram · Esports events are gaining popularity among heavy esports watchers and heavy video game players
· Heavy esports watchers and heavy video game players are super sports fans with high levels of interest in major league sports like the NFL, MLB, NBA, and NCAA basketball
Westwood One and multi-platform media brand Subnation recently announced an exciting new strategic alliance that will bring esports audio content to millions of fans across the country. The first collaboration between the two companies is a weekly feature in Westwood One’s nationally syndicated Zach Sang Show. Gaming legend Paul “ ReDeYe” Chaloner will join Zach on his show every week to talk about gaming news, current standings, and new releases. READ BLOG HERE
STUDY: Radio Continues To Miss The Hits
THE MOUTH, JULY 2ND, 2019 –– Bridge Ratings Media Research has been specializing in the analysis of on-demand music streaming for five years. In that time they've been up close and personal with billions of data points related to songs that are consumed by choice (on-demand) on the many streaming platforms available - from Amazon Music and Apple to YouTube and Spotify and everyone in between, large and small. BRMR's Dave Van Dyke says, 'I’m happy to say that over time the discomfort associated with using streaming research to properly align radio playlists is beginning to turn to confidence. Yet most radio stations still prefer other methods to gauge song popularity in this digital age of tech that puts essentially all the available music at consumers’ fingertips.
The slow adoption of radio to use this amazing technology and data has resulted in most radio formats missing the right songs when it comes to properly representing their listeners’ tastes. Like it or not, radio listeners continue to want the “hits” from their favorite stations and, depending on the format, those listeners generally like to discover new songs as well.
Research has shown that radio is the number one way most people discover songs be they old or new. And just to be clear, “music discovery” doesn’t necessarily refer to new recently released songs. Depending on the generation, music discovery means different things. For Quintile Four or Five music consumers - deemed occasional listeners by the amount of time they listen to music in a given week - we often see songs that have been big hits for weeks listed by some of these listeners as having “just discovered that song”.
This month’s results are mixed and they represent a typical month in the radio business for music adds. We look at a national group of radio stations in six major radio formats, note the songs they’ve added and compare that list of “industry adds” with the reality of streaming song popularity at the time of those adds to playlists. Keep in mind, the musically “active” radio listener - even passive radio listeners who may not stream as much music as the heavy users of streaming platforms - tend to be more aware of popular songs much sooner than radio programmers and record labels give them credit. SEE REPORT HERE
Former 'Biggest Loser' Contestant, 92.5 WXTU Host Nicole Michalik Shares Lessons Learned
THE MOUTH, JULY 2ND 2019 –– The Biggest Loser is coming back to TV and will be recruiting contestants in Philadelphia this week reports The Inquirer. The extreme weight-loss competition series ran for 17 editions on NBC, starting in 2004, with the most recent, The Biggest Loser: Temptation Nation, airing in 2016. The new season, to run on Comcast-owned NBC’s corporate sibling USA Network and is planned for 2020.
Nicole Michalik, a host at Beasley's 92.5XTU Philly, and Season 4 Biggest Loser contestant, has seen it firsthand. “I loved, loved, loved the show and loved my experience. I made amazing friends," Michalik, who was on the show in 2007, said in a phone interview on Friday. "It was very exciting, I was in L.A., I was on TV, I was losing weight, like it was a blast. -- But you have to be very vulnerable and tell your story,” she said. “Don’t just go in there and say, ‘I want to lose weight.’ You really have to tell the story of who you are, what this means to you, why you want to do it, who it’s going to affect.”
Michalik thought weight loss would change her life. “But when I lost 105 pounds and came home, [I] realized I’m actually the same person." She added, "Weight loss can make some things better, she said. “You can fit in a plane seat, you can ride in a roller-coaster.” But other things don’t change. “You have to really love yourself, no matter what, at the start.” READ HERE
EVENTS: Delilah Host 5th Annual 'Farm To Table' Fundraiser With Help From Chris Daughtry
THE MOUTH, JULY 2ND, 2019 –– This past weekend, Premiere Networks-syndicated personality Delilah welcomed more than 100 guests to her home outside Seattle, Washington, for the fifth-annual “Farm to Table” fundraiser for her non-profit foundation Point Hope. 2019 marks Delilah’s 15-year commitment to Point Hope, an organization she established as a voice for forgotten children everywhere. The immediate focus of the Foundation is supporting children in the U.S. foster care system, as well as refugee children in Ghana.
As part of the special evening, four-time Grammy Award-nominated music artist and former American Idol contestant Chris Daughtry performed for the dinner guests, who were served a meal of fresh food from Delilah’s own farm. Pictured: Delilah and Chris Daughtry at the fifth-annual “Farm to Table” fundraiser for Point Hope at the radio host’s home outside Seattle Fans can also listen to Delilah’s interview with Daughtry for her Love Someone with Delilah podcast. Check it out HERE: For more information about Point Hope, please visit https://pointhope.org/.
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Bob Bronson Joins For Mornings At WROR-FM As Loren & Wally Show Air Final Broadcast
THE MOUTH, JULY 1ST, 2019 –– As longtime Boston's The Loren & Wall Show aired its final broadcast last Friday (Wally retired a couple of years back), Beasley named Bob Bronson its new Morning host of the The ROR Morning Show with Bob Bronson, LBF and Brian on 105.7 WROR-FM in Boston. He will officially begin on the air on today July 1st, 2019. Bronson most recently spent 10 years hosting the #1 rated morning show in New York at 106.7 Lite FM. The radio veteran began his career in his hometown of Portland, Maine and has worked in Boston, New Hampshire, Louisville and Raleigh. Bronson will join Lauren Beckham-Falcone (LBF) and Brian Bell mornings on the station.
“I want to thank the Beasley management team, including Mary Menna, Cadillac Jack and Buzz Knight for giving me the chance to wake up the greatest city in the world,” said Bronson. “I can't wait to join the amazing team at WROR!” “I’ve known Bob for over a decade and am excited for the ROR audience to get to know him as well,” said Beasley Media Group Boston Director of Programming, Cadillac Jack. “He’s a battle-tested, hard-working winner who is a relatable storyteller and all-around wonderful person to be leading our talented morning team!” LISTEN TO FINAL LOREN & WALLY PODCAST HERE
WTIC-FM Hartford Teams Ryan 'Salt' MacMillan With Christine Lee For Mornings
THE MOUTH, JULY 1ST, 2019 –– Entercom has named Ryan “Salt” MacMillan as the new morning drive co-host for 96.5 TIC FM (WTIC-FM). Salt will join Hartford radio veteran Christine Lee in the studio. “We are incredibly excited to bring Salt to Hartford alongside Christine Lee,” said Stephanie Perl, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Hartford. “Salt’s personality and enthusiasm are the perfect complements to our morning show and we look forward to new possibilities with his addition to 96.5 TIC FM.”
“Boston has given me so much over the past seven years both on and off the air and I will forever be thankful, but it’s time for a new adventure in Hartford,” said Salt. “Gary Craig is a Hartford radio legend and with his long-time partner, Christine Lee, I am honored to try and continue his legacy.” Salt will succeed Gary Craig, who recently announced his retirement after spending over 35 years with the station. Prior to joining 96.5 TIC FM, Salt served as co-host of morning show “Karson & Kennedy” on sister station Mix 104.1 (WWBX-FM) in Boston for seven years.
Ashley Wilson Named Director of Country Content For iHeart Kentucky/Indiana
THE MOUTH, JULY 1ST, 2019 –– iHeart has named Ashley Wilson Director of Country Programming for the Kentucky-Indiana region, effective July 22. She will oversee the country programming for the region’s five country stations, including 97.5 WAMZ, Kentuckiana’s #1 For Country in Louisville and 98.1 The Bull, Lexington’s Better Country, WBUL-FM. She will be based out of Louisville and will report to Michael Jordan, Region Senior Vice President for iHeartMedia’s Kentucky-Indiana Region.
“Ashley is becoming a leader in her field and we are fortunate to bring her to our region,” said Jordan, Regional Senior Vice President of Programming, iHeartMedia. “She brings a lot to the table and will be a valuable asset to our team.” Wilson is a seasoned media veteran and has been with iHeartMedia since 2017. She most recently served as the day-to-day Program Director for 101.1 WNOE, New Orleans’ Country Station.
Sybil Summers Takes Over Afternoons At 98.7 KLUV/Dallas
THE MOUTH, JULY 1ST, 2019 –– Beginning today, Sybil Summers will join for afternoons on Entercom's 98.7 KLUV Dallas. Last week on social, Summers said: "I sneaked into the 98.7 KLUV studio, and I'm gonna live in here until they kick me out. Starting Monday, July 1st, please listen from 2-7pm during your workday and on your drive home. Go ahead and put us in your presets and favorite on RADIO.COM... I'll wait here.
Summers adds, "See ya Monday (unless the bosses come to their senses before then.)
SiriusXM Hosts Involved In Separate Auto Accidents
By Art Vuolo
THE MOUTH, JULY 1ST, 2019 ––Two for Tuesday & Thursday Two of the most popular hosts Sirius XM‘s 60s on six channel could use some get well wishes. Last Tuesday popular morning guy Phlash Phelps found himself literally between a rock and a hard place. On his 70 mile commute to work in Washington DC going through a tunnel in Baltimore he was squeezed between the tunnel wall and an 18 wheeler semi-truck with a large piece of metal in the middle of the his lane which obliterated his tire and nearly caused him to spin out of control. Needless to say, he never made it to work that day.
Two days later, afternoon host Pat St. John, was T-boned by a four-wheeler truck on the driver’s side of his favorite car. He’s recovering with an abundance of aches and pains but, still plans on being back on the air Monday afternoon. Thank God they’re both OK and would like to drive home the point for the upcoming 4th of July weekend to be extra careful, watch out for the other guy and fasten those seat belts!”
KC Host Loses Job Over Coach Reid Comments
THE MOUTH, JULY 1ST, 2019 –– WHB-AM Kansas City's Kevin Kietzman has finally lost his job after a comment he made about Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid that stirred outrage reports ESPN. Union Broadcasting announced on Friday afternoon that it had reached a mutual agreement to part ways with Kevin Kietzman. He had been suspended since Tuesday from WHB (810 AM), where he was a key on-air personality. "We would like to thank Kevin for his dedicated service over the last 22 years," said Chad Boeger, president of Union Broadcasting. "Kevin has been a valuable member of the Sports Radio 810 WHB team. We wish him all the best on his future endeavors and good luck moving forward."
Issues arose last Monday when Kietzman said on his "Between The Lines" program that Reid had "a lot of things go bad on him: family and players." Kietzman then added that Reid "is not good at fixing people." Kietzman has denied that he was referring to Reid's son Garrett, who died in 2012 at age 29 of a heroin overdose.
iHeart Names Kristy Beebe Regional VP/Sales For Kentucky-Indy Region
THE MOUTH, JULY 1ST, 2019 –– iHeartMedia has named Kristy Beebe Regional Senior Vice President of Sales for the Kentucky-Indiana region, effective August 1. Beebe will report to Earl Jones, President of the iHeartMedia Kentucky-Indiana region. "It’s always great when you have a talent in the building that you can promote to a higher level,” said Jones. “Kristy is that talent and has contributed greatly to the success of our Louisville market. I'm eager to watch her share her knowledge and skills with those in the Indianapolis, Lexington and Somerset markets." Beebe will remain based in Louisville, where she most recently served the last two years as the general sales manager.
"I am so thankful to the iHeartMedia team for the confidence that they have shown in me,” said Beebe. “My decades in radio have prepared me to contribute to the growth and success that has been building in these markets. Our legendary radio brands combined with our ever expanding digital and event offerings create an unmatched marketing portfolio! I can’t wait to dig in with our sales teams and use these amazing tools to drive success for our partners.”
Cumulus Throws A Party For Mike McVay; Mary Berner With Special Gift
THE MOUTH, JULY 1ST, 2019 –– As Mike McVay returns to his consultancy following an 8-yr run at Cumulus Media in Atlanta, he was treated last Thursday to a special farewell party by his cohorts. Among the highlights was a special poster (top left and shown in his office )given to him by CEO Mary Berner. It featured dozens of slightly transparent photos in the background (see inset) topped with a large photo of McVay.
Having informed Cumulus several months before of his decision, McVay publicly announced in May that he would be returning to his consulting company making way for Brian Philips to assume the role as Executive Vice President, Content and Audience. He also announced that Cumulus would be his first client. Contact McVay at firstname.lastname@example.org
PODCAST: Kyle Meredith Extends Podcast To New Daily Show On Louisville’s 91.9 WFPK
THE MOUTH, JULY 1ST, 2019 –– Kyle Meredith, host of Kyle Meredith With… on Consequence of Sound Podcast Network, has announced a new daily show on Louisville Public Media's 91.9 WFPK. Beginning today, Meredith will host an hour-long weekday show at 6:00 pm/
The show serves as an extension of his podcast, with a focus on new music and guest interviews. Kyle Meredith With… is a three-times a week podcast presented exclusively by Consequence of Podcast Network.
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Rickey Smiley To Succeed Tom Joyner Following His Retirement
To Debut a New Urban AC Morning Show Beginning January 2nd
THE MOUTH, JUNE 28TH, 2019 –– Today on The Tom Joyner Morning Show, Tom introduced listener favorite Rickey Smiley as the successor to the morning anchor position established by Tom over the course of 25 years.
Joyner, who is retiring at the end of the year, acknowledged that Smiley has established himself as a trusted leader on-air and in the community with his current show, captivating audiences with his authentic humor but also his unique perspective on topics important to his audience. Smiley also announced that Eva Marcille and Gary Wit Da Tea would be among the on-air cast members joining him to broadcast out of the Dallas studios beginning January 2020. Additional details about the show will be shared in the coming months.
Joyner reflected on his accomplishments and the future, “I’m happy to see the landscape of Urban AC morning radio continue to expand with Rickey, and I’m proud of the doors the Tom Joyner Morning Show opened. Twenty-five years ago, there was no template for a syndicated Urban radio show and we worked hard to prove that we could successfully produce and market a national platform that would entertain, inform and empower African-American listeners. We brokesome ground, raised the bar for what audiences expected from Black radio all while partying with a purpose. Yeah, we’ve done a lot but there’s still a lot left to be done. I’m confident that Rickey’s activism along with his love for radio, the community, and us, will pick up where we left off.”
Rickey Smiley shared his excitement, “It’s an honor to continue the legacy of my boss and frat brother Tom Joyner. Not only has he been a friend to my family and me over the years, but we consider him family. Tom’s mentorship has instilled in me valuable wisdom that I will carry with me through this new morning show.” David Kantor, Reach Media and Radio One CEO, acknowledged the collaboration, “Tom changed the entire urban radio marketplace. He entertained and educated multiple generations of listeners over the last 25 years. While there is and will always be only one Tom Joyner, we are excited that Rickey will be moving to Urban AC in January. Like Tom, Rickey’s talent, community consciousness and commitment to his audience will serve his listeners well.” Reach Media’s other current morning Urban AC program, The Russ Parr Morning Show, will also continue in syndication into 2020.
Meantime, The AJC's Rodney Ho reports that Headkrack (L), part of Smiley’s Atlanta-based syndicated morning show for many years, will reportedly start his own syndicated show in 2020 which will air on many existing hip-hop stations where Smiley is currently heard. Headkrack is also part of the syndicated TV gossip show ‘Dish Nation.' Gary With Da Tea, Da Brat and Porsha Williams are also part of that TV show. Stay tuned.
Cumulus To Sell 77WABC To Red Apple Group For $12.5 Million; Plans To Retain Staff
THE MOUTH, JUNE 28TH, 2019 –– Cumulus Media announced that it has entered into an agreement to sell WABC (AM) in New York City to Red Apple Media, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Red Apple Group, for $12.5 million in cash. Mary G. Berner, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cumulus, said, “Today’s agreement with Red Apple isyet another step in the execution of our portfolio optimization priority to drive Cumulus’s long-term success. Consistent with our financial goals, we intend to use the sale’s net cash proceeds to pay down debt and invest in the Company to better serve our 250 million listeners and the advertisers who want to reach them. We are also pleased that WABC’s excellent team will work with Red Apple following the transaction’s close to continue building this iconic station’s legacy.”
John A. Catsimatidis (R), Chairman and CEO of Red Apple Group, stated: “I am very pleased that Red Apple Media Inc. has agreed to acquire 77 WABC (AM) Radio. The station is a real New York legend with a rich history in broadcasting. I started a radio show five years ago which is now available in 14 states and on the internet; it has gained a large and loyal audience. Our purchase of 77 WABC (AM) Radio is the next step in building a new broadcasting business, and we look forward to considering the acquisition of more broadcasting assets. We plan to retain the excellent staff and talent working at the station now and look forward to working with them.” Under the terms of the agreement, Red Apple will take responsibility for programming WABC immediately following the close of the sale, which is expected to occur in the third quarter of 2019.
iHeart Announces It Has Been Approved For Listing On NASDAQ Global Select Market
THE MOUTH, JUNE 28TH, 2019 –– iHeartMedia, Inc. announced that its Class A common stock has been approved for listing on the NASDAQ Global Select Market. Upon listing, iHeartMedia’s Class A common stock will trade under the ticker “IHRT.” As previously announced, iHeart had been evaluating all paths to achieve a listing of its Class A common stock on a recognized U.S. stock exchange following emergence from its restructuring process. iHeartMedia has determined that a listing on the NASDAQ Global Select Market is the optimal strategy for iHeartMedia and all of the company’s stakeholders. As a result, the Company has requested the withdrawal of its previously filed registration statement on Form S-1 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. iHeartMedia’s management team will be meeting with investors the week of July 15 in advance of a listing date of July 18, 2019.
“This is an exciting time for our company and an important step in the evolution of iHeartMedia. Our listing on the NASDAQ will provide greater liquidity for existing shareholders, allow us to diversify our investor base, and give us improved access to public capital markets in the future,” said Bob Pittman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of iHeartMedia, Inc.
iHeart Launches 97.7 The Beat In Boston
THE MOUTH, JUNE 28TH, 2019 –– iHeartMedia Boston announced today the debut of The New 97.7 The Beat of Boston, effective immediately. In addition, a variety of popular Boston on-air personalities will join the station. Listeners can tune in to hear Romeo (R) hosting middays, while he retains his PM drive hosting duties on Kiss 108. Boston radio mainstay, KJ will host afternoon drive.
“If you grew up listening to Kiss 108 and JAM’N 945 in the 80s and 90s this station is for you,” said Dylan Sprague, Senior Vice President of Programming for the Boston Region. “With a playlist that is uniquely Boston, The New 97.7 The Beat of Boston is filled with songs that you haven’t heard on the radio in a long time.”“Programming a station with this much energy and real variety is going to be a blast,” said Chris Tyler, Program Director for 100.7 WZLX and The New 97.7The Beat of Boston.
Patrick Scott Rises To PD At WLTO-FM Lexington
THE MOUTH, JUNE 28TH, 2019 –– Cumulus announced it has promoted Patrick Scott to Program Director for Mainstream CHR radio station WLTO-FM/Hot 102.5 in Lexington, KY. He rises from his previous role as Promotions and Marketing Director for Cumulus Lexington’s five radio stations, a position he has held since 2016. He takes the programming reins for Hot 102.5 on Monday, July 1, 2019.
Scott Frazier, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Lexington, said: “I look forward to working with Patrick in his new role as Program Director. His work ethic, commitment to excellence and passion for radio make him an excellent choice.” Anthony “Twitch” Longo, Operations Manager, Cumulus Lexington, added: “I'm unbelievably stoked to see Patrick move up the ranks to Program Director. After working with him as our Promotions Director for the last three years, and experiencing his passion for this business, I can say with all honesty that there is no one I would rather have at the helm of Hot 102.5.”
Cassidy Manetta Named Promotions Manager Cumulus Des Moines Cluster
THE MOUTH, JUNE 28TH, 2019 –– Cumulus has named Cassidy Manetta as Promotions Director for its 5-station cluster in Des Moines. She arrives from its station in Topeka. Manetta was previously Digital Media Director and Marketing Director for Julie Manetta Insurance Agency, Inc. in Washington, MI. She was also Promotions Coordinator for 97.1 The Ticket/WXYT-FM in Southfield, MI. Manetta holds a B.A. Degree in Media and Information from Michigan State University and an M.S. Degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from Eastern Michigan University.
Cumulus Des Moines operates radio stations including: 1700 The Champ/KBGG-AM (Sports Talk); 95 KGGO-FM (Classic Rock); NASH FM 97.3/KHKI-FM (Country); 92.5 KJJY-FM (Country); and 98.3 The Vibe/KWQW-FM (Classic Hip Hop).
SYNDICATION: SBG And Michael Baisden Ink New Deal
THE MOUTH, JUNE 28TH, 2019 –– SBG and The Michael Baisden show have renewed their agreement that will keep Baisden behind the microphone through December 31, 2020. Baisden also announced the kick-off of his, Conversation and Comedy Tour and Michael Baisden Presents: New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas, which will be hosted by the newly renovated Palms Hotel.
“Now that the show is hitting on all cylinders it’s time to do what I do best...engage with people” Michael says. “I began my career hosting relationship seminars and producing upscale events, it’s time to get back out there and connect with my listeners face-to-face and have some fun!” Julio Aponte, Chief Operating Officer of SBG, says they are behind the Baisden brand 100%, whether it’s in morning drive, afternoons or both. “We have the luxury of not having to waste time worrying about the quality of the show…that’s a given!” For more information on The Michael Baisden Show, contact Rich O’Brien at 212.380.9338
PODCASTS: Popular Podcaster & Author To Launch New Podcast Network Distributed By WWO
THE MOUTH, JUNE 28TH, 2019 –– Award-winning podcaster, Jessica Cordova Kramer and best-selling author, Stephanie Wittels Wachs have joined forces to form a new podcast network, Lemonada Media. They are entering the podcast ether with three original series: “Last Day,” “As Me with Sinéad,” and “Good Kids: How Not to Raise an A**Hole.” Lemonada will partner with Westwood One to distribute, sell, and market the shows to build audiences across the Lemonada network.
Cordova Kramer met Wittels Wachs in 2017, shortly after both women had lost their brothers to opioid overdoses. Hearing Wittels Wachs talking about her brother on the “Terrible Thanks for Asking” podcast, Cordova Kramer felt understood and less alone in her grief; she even laughed. The women connected over their shared experiences and the idea to bring Lemonada to life was born: Turn lemons into lemonade, one podcast at a time. Notable guests across all three shows include actress Jamie Lee Curtis, comedians Sarah Silverman, Tig Notaro, and Aziz Ansari, author Reza Aslan, actress Mara Wilson, activist DeRay McKesson, songwriter Justin Tranter and filmmaker Kulap Vilaysack. “Our partnership with Lemonada, which is women-founded and women-run, diversifies the Westwood One Podcast Network as Jessica and Stephanie break new ground,” says Suzanne Grimes, EVP, Marketing for Cumulus and President, Westwood One. “Their candid approach to tackling the intricate issues of our daily lives will resonate with the millions of Americans looking for light in the shadows.”
SNAPS: Ingrid Andress Performs At FAB Event
THE MOUTH, JUNE 28TH, 2019 –– BMI Songwriter and Atlantic Records/Warner Music Nashville Artist Ingrid Andress performed during a special dinner on Wednesday, June 26th at the 2019 Florida Association of Broadcasters’ Annual Convention. The two-day event took place on June 26-27th at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The annual conference attracts radio and television broadcasters from across the state.
Photo (L-R): Caroline Beasley (Beasley Media Group CEO/BMI Board Member), Ingrid Andress (BMI Songwriter and Atlantic Records/Warner Music Nashville Artist Ingrid Andress), Dan Spears (BMI VP-Industry Relations), Mike Pumo (FAB Board Chair and Market Manager/Sinclair Broadcast Group- West Palm Beach) and Ginny Morris (Hubbard Radio Chair & CEO/BMI Board Member).
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Cox's Radio Group Being Sold To Apollo; Will Maintain 'Cox Media Group' Name
THE MOUTH, JUNE 27TH, 2019 –– Atlanta-based Cox Enterprises, Inc. announced yesterday it has reached an agreement to sell Cox Media Group's Radio station portfolio as well as its CoxReps and Gamut national advertising businesses to a new broadcasting company that is substantially owned by private equity funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, LLC.
Cox Enterprises will maintain a minority stake in the new company, which will maintain the name "Cox Media Group" and will be headquartered in Atlanta, Ga. Cox Media Group operates more than 60 radio stations across 11 markets, reaching 14 million listeners monthly. The buyer plans to maintain the operating structure of Cox Media Group's Television, Radio, CoxReps and Gamut businesses and leverage these assets to continue building a national media company with station properties in key markets across the country.
"We are happy our Cox Radio and national ad platforms will continue to be operated with our television group," said Alex Taylor (R) president and CEO, Cox Enterprises. "Keeping these media businesses together gives us even more confidence in the future success of the new company. We have spent many years fostering a culture of collaboration and innovation across these businesses and are pleased to see that work will continue."
The transaction is subject to customary regulatory review and closing conditions. To comply with FCC ownership limits, the buyer intends to divest two FM stations, one each in Orlando and Tampa.
(Note from Radio's Best Friend, Art Vuolo: The Cox Broadcasting family has deep roots in radio dating back nearly 100 years to James Cox who ran against Warren G. Harding who won the presidency in 1920. Those election returns were the first program broadcast on the first station KDKA in Pittsburgh on November 2, 1920!}
Nick Cannon Show Reveals New Cast Members
THE MOUTH, JUNE 27TH, 2019 –– Meruelo Media's Power 106/LA's Nick Cannon Morning Show has announced the addition of cast-members Melissa Rios, Teddy Mora and DJ Carisma. The Cannon show launched on June 17, 2019 with the rest of the team officially joining this week.
Melissa Rios is a Los Angeles native from Covina, a married mother of 3 and a Millennial. She was previously the morning host at KXOL. Teddy Mora started his career as a Power 106 intern and an event host for the Power 106 Flava Unit. Teddy was so committed to landing a full time position on Power 106 that he rode on a Greyhound bus back and forth from Phoenix where he hosted weekends on Power 98.3. This led him to hosting Saturday nights on Power 106. Carisma is a well-respected Celebrity DJ and three-time Female DJ of the Year. She has released hit records with Chris Brown, Tory Lanez, Dej Loaf and more.
Nick Cannon said, “We have a strong team! To have the support system of Teddy, Melissa, and Carisma…people who are authentic to the culture and community is important. One of the things I’m most excited about is to help develop new artists out of LA with Carisma!”
THE MOUTH, JUNE 27TH, 2019 –– While we await the official word, Raph posted on Facebook: "The cat’s out of the bag! It’s been a great and amazing 5 years at Q102 Philly, thanks to Jared Fallon for the guidance and the fun we had in Philadelphia! However, I am super stoked to be joining another Legendary brand with 102.7 KIIS FM and can’t wait to get started!"
Raph thanked John Ivey for believing in him, writing, "A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity knocked and I’m ready to bust the door down! Let’s gooooooooo! Opida will hold down the 2-5pm slot ahead of Jesse Lozano who, according to KIIS-FM PD John Ivey, has extended his deal to remain on KIIS in the 5-7pm shift while also continuing his live morning show sister station KMYI/Star 94.1 San Diego.
Kenny Smoov Rises To VP/Urban Formats At Cumulus
ATLANTA, GA, June 27, 2019 – Cumulus has promoted veteran radio programming professional Kenny Smoov as Vice President, Urban Formats. In his new role, Smoov will serve as a corporate programming resource for the company’s 37 Urban-formatted stations in 25 markets across the U.S.
Smoov joined Cumulus in 2003, and continues in his current roles as Program Director for Cumulus Nashville’s Urban AC station 92Q/WQQK-FM and Host of The Kenny Smoov Morning Show on 92Q. Smoov has programmed stations in markets including Nashville, TN; New Orleans, LA; Greensboro, NC; and Myrtle Beach, SC. A Desert Storm veteran, Smoov has been honored for his work as The Tennessean’s 2017 Favorite Radio Personality of the Year, was Billboard Radio Personality of the Year (Small Market), and received an NAACP Image Award, among others.
Brian Philips, Executive Vice President, Content and Audience, CUMULUS MEDIA, said “Kenny does it all. His natural talent and hard-driving work ethic earned him this promotion. He is on the frontlines of the next generation of Cumulus senior leaders.” Smoov said: “I want to say ‘Thank You’ to Brian Philips for affording me this wonderful opportunity to work with such an amazing team of programmers and talents. I also want to thank Mike McVay for always believing in me, and Allison Warren and Charlie Cook at my home base in Nashville for sharing me with the rest of Cumulus."
Real 92.3 LA Names DJ Amen MD
THE MOUTH, JUNE 27TH, 2019 –– iHeartMedia announced that DJ Amen has been named Music Director for REAL 92.3, LA. He will report to Doc Wynter, Executive Vice President of Hip Hop Programming Strategy for iHeartMedia and Program Director for REAL 92.3. DJ Amen began working for iHeartMedia in 2006 on the turntables for the legendary 106 KMEL in San Francisco. In 2015, he joined REAL 92.3 as a DJ, mixing daily for the newly launched Hip Hop station and in 2016, contributed to the launch of REAL 92.3’s top-rated show, “Young California Radio.”
“His knowledge and passion for music made Amen the perfect choice for music director at REAL 92.3,” said Wynter. “He has a special ear and talent for discovering the latest musical hits and trends. We’ve seen him work his magic on the air-waves and know that with his expanded role he’ll help take the station to even higher levels.”
HONORS: AWMF Presents 44th Annual Gracie Awards From Cipriani's New York
THE MOUTH, JUNE 27TH, 2019 –– The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) presented the 44th Annual Gracie Awards Luncheon at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City on June 26. Host Sheinelle Jones, co-host of “3rd Hour of TODAY” and co-anchor of NBC News’ “Weekend TODAY” led the program alongside presenters Angela Yee (inset top left) from “The Breakfast Club”; supermodel, TV personality and podcast host Emme; Roula Christie (inset top right) of “The Roula and Ryan Show” on KRBE; and Duarte Geraldino from Al Jazeera Digital and “PBS NewsHour.
Board Chair and Katz Radio Group President Christine Travaglini opened the Luncheon. After welcoming the record-breaking crowd, she introduced AWM Board Treasurer and Gracies Co-Chair Heather Cohen, executive vice president of The Weiss Agency. Lifetime Achievement Honoree Erin Moriarty, correspondent for “48 Hours”, was presented her award by Susan Zirinsky, president of CBS News
Among the honorees was Angela Yee & Roula Christie who won for 'Host of Major Market Radio-Local' Roula has hosted “The Roula and Ryan Show” in Houston on KRBE FM for 16 years! She has been in morning radio for 19 years. There to cheer her on was Cumulus' Mary Berner, Dave Milner, Mike McVay, Christina Albee and Suzanne Grimes of Westwood One along with her husband Tasos at the legendary Cipriani’s in Manhattan. PHOTOS/Getty For AWMF
PRODUCTS: Cabana Publishes 2019 Podcast Buying Guide
THE MOUTH, JUNE 27TH, 2019 –– Cabana has published its much-anticipated 2019 Guide to Buying Podcasts, with new features, such as white-labeled case studies, “Ask an Ad Ops Expert” section, and insights into dynamic ad insertion. The comprehensive, easy-to-understand guidebook goes beyond the basics to help the expanding array of advertisers coming into the space.
“We're seeing bigger brands with different goals entering podcast advertising, so we wanted to speak to their concerns directly,” noted Ilwira Marciszek, Vice President Digital Sales for cabana. “Podcast advertising has worked for direct response, and it can work for all kinds of campaigns when used smartly.” “The last edition of the Podcast Buying Guide was broad – more of a primer about the medium in general, and how to navigate the space,” explained Donelle Brown, Vice President, Marketing & Client Solutions for cabana. “A lot has changed since then, so in this next evolution, we go beyond the basics to dig a little deeper into hot topics like dynamic insertion, and how the overall landscape is changing.”
The 2019 Podcast Buying Guide from cabana is divided into 5 sections: Podcasts' transformation with new research from the Infinite Dial/Podcast Consumer What makes the podcast ad environment unique and how to make ads work in that space Ask an Ad Ops Expert - answering the most frequently asked questions from the marketplace Breaking down how dynamic ad insertion works and how it can work for both direct response advertisers and brands 3 case studies (white-labeled) Download the 2019 Podcast Buying Guide on cabana’s website by clicking HERE
New Hosts For Hits Radio Breakfast In The UK
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, JUNE 27TH, 2019 –– The singer and TV personality, Fleur East, former Capital and Heart presenter Greg Burns, and heat DJ James Barr are the new hosts of the Hits Radio breakfast show. From the 12th July, the programme will be heard on FM in Manchester and DAB in the rest of Britain. They are replacing Gethin, Gemma and Dave. Fleur East was a finalist on The X Factor in 2014 and was a contestant on last year’s I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! Greg Burns is a comedian and presenter who has presented Drivetime shows on Heart and Capital, as well as a show on Virgin Radio. For the last two years, he’s been hosting mornings on Nova in Sydney Australia.
Michelle Heffernan on Beat 102-103 In Ireland Talks About Clamidia
“I was 23 when I was diagnosed with an STI” says presenter Michelle Heffernan, in Beat 102 103’s latest documentary Open Your Eyes to STIs. The documentary can be heard from 10am on Beat 102-103’s The Sunday Grill this weekend (June 30th) and on Beat102103.com from 12:30pm that day.
In Sydney Australia, 2GB host Chris Smith, Storms Out
Has 2GB broadcaster Chris Smith has been fired? According to Sydney’s Daily Telegraph, Chris was dragged into a meeting with management on Monday to discuss his future at the top rating Sydney station. After a contentious gathering, the daily newspaper says Smith “stormed out” of the Pyrmont-based headquarters. Luke Grant was immediately summoned to cover the afternoon shift, although Smith returned on Tuesday. The top brass at 2GB were reportedly hoping Smith and evening host Steve Price would engage in a game of shift swap – Smith to evenings and Price, also a regular on Ten’s popular evening show The Project, to afternoons. According to the Tele, Smith visited the building on the weekend to collect his personal belongings, and on Tuesday morning station management held “crisis talks” with Smith’s staff.
One radio insider has described the latest drama as “collateral damage”. Jones inked a new two-year contract with the network last month for a reported $8 million after chairman Russell Tate stepped in to get the deal done. It followed a very public and prolonged negotiation that played out in the media.
Want to connect with Graham? Reach him +44 7752 416905. Twitter: @GrahamMack
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[WATCH] Atlanta Host Kristen Gates Back At Work After Large Brain Tumor Removed
THE MOUTH, JUNE 25TH, 2019 –– Kristen Gates, co-host of 94.9 The Bull's Spencer & Kristen Morning Show, had a 'ping pong ball' sized tumor successfully removed from her brain in April and, fortunately, doctors determined it wasn't cancerous. She tells Fox 5 TV/Atlanta that she started having really sharp lightning bolt pains run down my head and by April decided it was time to go to the emergency room. "I was so embarrassed that I'd be saying to them, 'I have a headache' because you know, you think they'll just say, 'Well go and take Advil.'"
Gates then had surgery to get the mass taken out. Her kids, 15 and 19 years old, were by her side every step of the way. "It makes you look at your kids differently," she said. "Could you love them anymore? Yeah, you can." And after weeks of healing, Kristen returned to work in Mid-May. Messages of love and support poured in. Now, Gates is using her pain to empower others, and she makes sure to do that with plenty of humor and a lot of truth.
She had her neurosurgeon come into her studio and remove her staples on-air all to show viewers that pain doesn't have to be permanent. "Even if you get news like I did, news that you don't want, it's not a death sentence," said Gates. And that faith and family can carry even the heaviest weights. "God goes where god flows, and I believe that," she said. WATCH HERE
[WATCH] Kansas City Host Issues Apology After Suspension For Chief's Coach Comments
THE MOUTH, JUNE 25TH, 2019 –– Longtime Kansas City WHB sports host Kevin Kietzman is now off the air after making comments about Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid that sparked outrage among listeners reports KCTV 5/Kansas City In a statement, Union Broadcasting said they were aware of the “controversial comments” made by host Kevin Kietzman during his broadcast Monday and that the company has decided to “take the immediate step” of pulling him off the air until further notice.
During his Monday broadcast of “Between the Lines,” Kietzman had been discussing a possible interview of Tyreek Hill by NFL investigators and what the future could hold for the current Chiefs receiver. While discussing Hill’s future with the team and the possibility of “fixing” his off-field behavior, Kietzman noted that Reid “does not have a great record of fixing players” and that “discipline was not his thing.” Kietzman then pointed at the coach, saying, “it did not work out to well in his family life, and that needs to be added to this” and “he has had a lot of things go bad on him, family and players.”
Many people took his comments to refer to the drug overdose death of Reid ‘s son in 2012. Later Monday afternoon Kietzman, who is also the Vice President-Sports Director of the station, took to Twitter to defend his comments, saying that he “never mentioned one word about the tragic death of Andy Reid’s son” and pushed back against callers who tried to claim he had. Kietzman was replaced by Frank Boal and Todd Lebo on the show Tuesday. Late Tuesday afternoon, Kietzman posted an apology message to Reid on Twitter.
REPORT: 69% Of Smart Speaker Owners Use Their Device Daily Despite Privacy Concerns
THE MOUTH, JUNE 25TH, 2019 –– With more than 53M smart speaker owners in the U.S. A18+, new research from The Smart Audio Report reveals how smart speaker owners are settling in with their devices and the factors the industry will have to solve for in order to grow further.
“We continue to see those that have voice assistant devices love them, using them every day to get the news, listen to podcasts, live stream radio stations and more,” said Joel Sucherman, NPR Vice President, New Platform Partnerships. “The latest data suggest we’ve moved into a maturation phase in this space, in which earning and maintaining the trust of potential smart speaker buyers, while also demonstrating new functionality, may be a key to continuing dynamic growth.” Released today, key findings from the Spring 2019 Smart Audio Report include:
69% of smart speaker owners use their device daily, despite security and privacy concerns Smart speaker owners who have owned the device for 2+ years use an average seven (7) skills per week, compared to an average 12 skills per week among those who have owned the device for less than three (3) months.
66% of those who own a smart speaker with a screen say the screen has made it easier to discover new content, and the same number say having a screen makes the smart speaker “easier to use”
63% of people who are interested in owning a smart speaker have not acquired one specifically because they are concerned hackers could use the device to gain access to their home or personal information, and 55% haven’t out of concern that the device is always listening. SEE REPORT HERE
Nathan James Joins Adams As Dir. Marketing & Partnerships
THE MOUTH, JUNE 25TH, 2019 –– Nathan James has joined Adams Radio of Delmarva as Director of Marketing Partnerships and Promotions. Nathan will be responsible for all marketing and promotions for all 5 Adams brands in Salisbury – Ocean City including WZBH (The Beach), WOCQ (OC 104), WGBG (BIG 107.7), WUSX (Everything Country 98.5) and KOOL Oldies as well as the Adams Digital Products. Nathan will assume his new role with Adams on July 1st . Nathan most recently served as Director of Marketing at iHeartMedia in Philadelphia, Nathan also served iHeart in Raleigh/Durham as well as iHeart, Max Media and Entercom in Norfolk/Virginia Beach.
“I am excited to join a company whose core values focus on being hyper local in the ever-evolving radio landscape” says Nathan James. “I look forward to creating on-air, on-site and digital opportunities with the Adam Radio Group team for local clients and listeners. With an area that is constantly growing, Delmarva has unlimited potential for building longstanding relationships with the local community.”
Steve Reynolds To Discuss Morning Marriages With Therapist At MSBC 31
THE MOUTH, JUNE 25TH, 2019 –– True or false: You’ve had jobs in radio where you’ve dreaded going to the station because you don’t like the people you work with. Keep that answer in your head then join us for Managing Your Morning Marriage at this year’s 31st Annual Morning Show Boot Camp in Chicago.
Great cultures are central to workplaces that produce the best radio with the highest ratings and the happiest people.
Talent coach Steve Reynolds from The Reynolds Group peels back those raw layers to talk about the off-air attributes of great teams. Family therapist Devon Spencer, along with WDRV (The Drive), Chicago’s Sherman and Tingle and Drex from WSB-FM, Atlanta, join Steve to explore how to build positive relationships and resolve drama in your team to win.
If you’ve ever questioned how to have a great marriage with those you work with or fix the time bombs in the room, this session is for you. Come on and get happy. But only at MSBC on Friday, Aug 9 at 11am.
Devon Spencer earned MS in Marriage and Family Therapy from The Family Institute at Northwestern. She practices at Pinnacle Counseling in Chicago and Andersonville - MSMFT, AMFT
NETWORKS: Krantz Media Group Announces Partnership With Politicon
THE MOUTH, JUNE 25TH, 2019 –– Krantz Media Group (KMG) Networks announced a new partnership with Politicon, the annual bipartisan “Unconventional Political Convention” that is taking place in Nashville, TN at the Music City Center on October 26-27, 2019. The partnership will bring a wide array of audio programming to listeners around the world in the lead up to event, as well as live-programming onsite.The fifth annual Politicon will bring Republicans, Democrats and people of all political stripes together to banter and spar over the most topical issues in smart and entertaining ways that often poke fun at both sides of the aisle.
Last year, more than 10,000 fans flocked to the 4th annual Politicon at the Los Angeles Convention Center, enjoying participants such as Kathy Griffin, The Baby Trump Balloon, Adam Carolla, Carter Page, Ann Coulter, Dennis Rodman, Alyssa Milano, Tucker Carlson, Ana Kasparian, Ben Shapiro, Eddie Izzard, James Carville, Tomi Lahren, Henry Winkler and more.
This year’s participants will be announced later this summer. A highlight reel from the event can be found HERE Stations may contact KMGNetworksat646-573-6800 or by emailing at programming@krantzmediagroup.
EVENTS: WMMR-FM Tops New Record With 14th Annual I Bleed For Preston & Steve Drive
THE MOUTH, JUNE 25TH, 2019 –– Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: BBGI) announces 93.3 WMMR-FM’s Preston & Steve® Show presented the 14th annual I Bleed For Preston & Steve Blood Drive to benefit The American Red Cross Penn-Jersey Blood Services Region. The event took place on Saturday, June 15, 2019 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA. 93.3 WMMR-FM listeners showed up to help save lives, donating a record 1,443 productive units of blood.
The event marked the largest Red Cross blood drive of its type in the nation, eclipsing a mark set last year. The annual I bleed For Preston & Steve Blood Drive’s 14-year total (year to date) for the single day-single collection is 16,410 pints of blood.
“I Bleed for Preston & Steve is one of the most highly-anticipated blood drives in our region for our donors, volunteers and staff, alike,” said Alana Mauger, communications manager at the American Red Cross, Penn Jersey Blood Services Region. “The blood we collected at this year’s drive alone will help up to 4,329 patients battle illness and injury. Many thanks to the entire WMMR team for their commitment to serve the Greater Philadelphia community. Together, we’re literally helping save lives.” “Our morning show and the station’s incredibly generous listeners never cease to amaze me,” said WMMR-FM Program Director Bill Weston.
Pride Live And iHeartMedia New York To Host Second Annual Stonewall Day
THE MOUTH, JUNE 25TH, 2019 –– Pride Live and iHeartMedia New York announced the second annual Stonewall Day, a global campaign to elevate awareness and support for the Stonewall legacy and the continuing fight for full LGBTQ+ equality. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Stonewall, Pride Live and iHeartMedia New York will bring multi-generational LGBTQ+ communities and allies together through the power of music at Pride Live's Stonewall Day concert, presented by United Airlines.
Pride Live's Stonewall Day concert will take place in New York City on Friday, June 28. It will be hosted by Elvis Duran, iHeartMedia New York's Z100, and 103.5 KTU, which will offer listeners a chance to attend Pride Live's Stonewall Day concert by visiting https://z100.iheart.com/prideliveto claim tickets. Honoring Those Who Fought for Equality Stonewall Day, launched by Pride Live in 2018, is a national day of awareness that is recognized each year on June 28th to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Riots. Follow @REALPRIDELIVE on Twitter, @prideliveofficial on Instagram, and like us at Facebook.com/PrideLiveOfficial.
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Following 22-Year Run, Andrew Kalb Exits ABC News Radio
THE MOUTH, JUNE 25TH, 2019 –– In a surprise announcement, following a 22-Year run at ABC News Radio, Andrew Kalb, Exec. Dir./Programming/News Coverage, is exiting his post. Kalb wrote: "It has been an honor to lead a talented team of broadcast and digital journalists and story tellers, and to successfully re-launch the ABC News Radio business, which now serves over 1,650 radio stations,"
Kalb adds, "Along the way, I have served our affiliates in partnership and with pride, understanding that all success is the result of teamwork and collaboration. To my many friends in radio, both at ABC and across the industry, thank you for the opportunity to work with you. I am looking forward to my next exciting opportunity."
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Drew Horowitz Announces He's Retiring As President/COO For Hubbard At End Of Year
THE MOUTH, JUNE 25TH, 2019 –– Drew Horowitz announced he’s retiring at the end of the year as president and chief operating officer of Hubbard Radio, parent company of three stations in Chicago and more than 25 others across the country.
He tells media blogger Robert Feder, “This is as good as I could have ever hoped for. I had a career that I never could have dreamed of when I started selling in 1976. I’ve loved every minute of it. I worked with great companies and great people who respected the industry and respected the people that worked for them. I just was so lucky.”
Ginny Morris, chairman and CEO of Hubbard Radio, wrote in an email to employees. “I know that Drew has touched and helped many of us personally as well as professionally. Drew is a wise and generous leader and it has been an honor to be able to work alongside him for the last eight years.” From his start as a sales account executive at the former WFYR to his key role in the development of hot adult-contemporary WTMX 101.9-FM as one of Chicago radio’s greatest success stories, Horowitz can look back on a phenomenal run." Morris added, "We will be celebrating Drew in the coming months and we will be in ‘business as usual’ mode until further notice. Please join me in sharing our heartfelt appreciation for all that Drew has done to make us the best we can be and in wishing him all good things in the future."
THE MOUTH, JUNE 25TH, 2019 –– Cumulus announced the addition of two new programs to KNBR 680AM’s weekday lineup. Beginning Tuesday, July 16, 2019, Papa & Lund with Greg Papa and John Lund will broadcast Monday through Friday from 10am–2pm PT, marking the return of Greg Papa to the KNBR airwaves via a multi-year agreement.
Papa previously hosted his own show on KNBR 1050 from 2001-2003. Papa will host the weekday 10am-2pm time slot alongside John Lund, whom he worked with for five years previously. Upon joining the 49ers earlier this year, Papa became the first Bay Area broadcaster to have a role with five of the region’s major professional teams. He previously served as the voice of the Warriors (TV & radio – 1986-97), Giants (TV & radio – 2004-08), Oakland A’s (TV – 1990-2003) and Oakland Raiders (radio – 1997-2017). Papa currently hosts NBC Sports Bay Area’s San Francisco Giants and Golden State Warriors Pregame Live and Postgame Live shows.
KNBR 680AM is also announced that Tolbert, Krueger & Brooks will debut as a weekday afternoon show from 2pm–6pm PT beginning July 16. The show features Tom Tolbert, Larry Krueger and Rod Brooks, popular on-air personalities that have been part of the station for a combined total of 67 years. As part of the changes to KNBR 680AM’s weekday programming lineup, The Mark Willard Show has been extended from three hours to four hours, now broadcasting from 6pm-10pm PT, Monday through Friday. Longtime personality Gary Radnich, who joined KNBR in 1992, will be leaving the station concurrent with the launch of the new on-air schedule.
Chicago Icon Terri Hemmert 'Cutting Back' At WXRT-FM
THE MOUTH, JUNE 25TH, 2019 –– Terri Hemmert, who’s been with WXRT 93.1-FM for 45 years, says she is cutting back her workload at the Entercom alternative outlet but will “continue to be proud of being part of the XRT family,' reports Robert Feder. Hemmert, 71, told colleagues in an email on Monday that she plans to step down from her Monday-through-Friday midday shift in a few weeks and switch to “a schedule with much more flexibility.”
“After 45 years at WXRT," says Hemmert, "I’m going to figure out how to turn the record over and see what plays on the other side,” she wrote. “My doctor will be thrilled I’ll be getting eight hours of sleep a night. After all these years.”
Hemmert said she will continue to host her long-running “Breakfast with The Beatles” program on Sunday mornings and will fill in throughout the year for other on-air personalities when they’re on vacation. Greg Solk, operations manager and program director of WXRT, said the company faces “the awesome challenge of finding a successor to Terri for the midday shift in the coming weeks.” It won’t be easy. From the time she signed on at the fledgling progressive rock station in November 1973, Hemmert has been a role model, a mentor and a Chicago radio treasure. She made history in 1981 when she became the first woman to host a morning drive show in Chicago. She’s been hosting middays since 1992.
FORMATICS: Y100.1 True Oldies Debuts In Ocala Florida
THE MOUTH, JUNE 25TH, 2019 –– JVC Media of Florida is bringing oldies back to North Central Florida radio with the launch of True Oldies Y100.1 (WXUS-HD2). The new True Oldies Y100.1 will introduce itself to Ocala, The Villages, and the surrounding area with The Best of the 60’s and 70’s - completely commercial-free!
“True Oldies Y100.1 is the perfect radio station for the Ocala and The Villages area with the best music of all time, and together with legendary DJs like Scott Shannon and our local guys it’s what made radio great growing up in the 60’s & 70’s” said Charlie Lombardo, JVC Media’s Senior Vice President of Programming. “We’ll be live and local on the radio with theme weekends, great giveaways, and FUN! “True Oldies Y100.1 is exactly what is missing on the radio in Ocala and The Villages. JVC’s EVP Shane Reeve commented, “Our newest North Central Florida radio station, True Oldies Y100.1, will specialize in live and local radio personalities playing great music that makes you feel good. In addition to Q92.9 (WMFQ) and US102.3 (WXUS), we are better positioned to super-serve our local community – both listeners and business owners - with great events, music, promotions, and RESULTS!”
John David, Jinny Laderer And Deborah Roberts Elected To the Board of Directors For BFOA
THE MOUTH, JUNE 25TH, 2019 –– The Broadcasters Foundation of America has elected John David, Senior Advisor to the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), Jinny Laderer, Co-Founder and CEO of vCreative, and Deborah Roberts, award winning ABC News Correspondent for 20/20, Nightline, Good Morning America, and ABC World News Tonight with David Muir, to its Board of Directors.
“John, Jinny, and Deborah are industry leaders who have exemplified the Foundation’s philosophy of ‘giving back’ through their tireless efforts to advance broadcasting and to support our charitable mission of helping colleagues in need,” commented Dan Mason, Chairman of the Broadcasters Foundation. “It is with great pleasure that I welcome these highly respected professionals to our Board of Directors.” John David is a long-time executive of the NAB, including Executive Vice President as NAB’s radio liaison for membership and services. Prior to the NAB, he had a distinguished career in radio management. Jinny Laderer is the visionary leader behind vCreative, championing workflow efficiency and driving innovation. She has a lifelong history in radio that began with her family-owned a radio station. Deborah Roberts is a highly respected journalist who has traveled the world in her reporting. Her long form reports on 20/20 have consistently produced extraordinary narratives and intimate profiles.
To learn more or to donate, please contact the Broadcasters Foundation at 212-373-8250 or email@example.com or visit www.broadcastersfoundation.org.
PRODUCTS: Tracy Johnson Debuts New Air Check Coaching Service
THE MOUTH, JUNE 25TH, 2019 –– A new air check service for radio broadcasters has been launched by Tracy Johnson Media Group. The service Air Check Coaching service offers individual, customized critique and feedback in one-hour air check sessions with Johnson's talent coaches Andy Meadows and Mike Shepard. Users can schedule a session online and upload audio for review. Their talent coach prepares a personalized critique based on the user's goals and objectives. This is discussed in a one-hour personal coaching session and is followed by a detailed written strategy review, including recommendations and next step advice.
Johnson explains why the new service is so necessary: "The #1 thing air personalities tell me is they just don't get feedback on a regular basis. Many aren't getting it at all. And programmers tell me they don't have time to spend with talent like they would like. Our new service fills those gaps. It's for personalities who want direct, honest, positive feedback, programmers who want another set of ears on their talent, and forward thinking managers who realize developing talent is the most important asset for their future." For more details, contact Tracy Johnson or visit the Air Check Sessions website HERE.
NETWORKS: CBS Radio News To Offer July 4th Special Hosted By Gil Gross
THE MOUTH, JUNE 25TH, 2019 –– Gil Gross will host a three-hour special to air starting Thursday, July 4th Celebrate America’s birthday with the CBS News Radio ‘Fourth of July’ Special. From fireworks to the Declaration of Independence, this three-hour block of programming will focus on the things that make July 4 so special to all Americans.
he program will be available for FTP download or on your XDS receiver on Thursday, June 27th. Please email your call letters to firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to air this special program. Notable stations include KFBK-AM Sacramento, WHIO-Dayton, KXL-Portland, KRLD-Dallas, WHAS-Louisville. The lineup includes its brand new affiliate! WHIO-AM/FM cox station in Dayton.
Jacobs Media Unveils Podcast Movement Agenda
THE MOUTH, JUNE 25TH, 2019 –– For the third consecutive year, Jacobs Media is partnering with the organizers of Podcast Movement to host sessions designed to bring together leaders from the radio and podcast worlds to form “Broadcasters Meet Podcasters.” "“The growth of ‘Broadcasters Meets Podcasters’ mirrors the explosion of the podcasting industry,” remarks Jacobs Media President Fred Jacobs. "There’s something for everyone, whether they’re a CEO, a Program Director, an air personality, or are a podcaster who is interested in learning more about radio’s increased focus on the space.”
Dan Franks, President of Podcast Movement, concurs: "When the team at Jacobs came to us with the idea of doing ‘Broadcasters Meet Podcasters’ for a third year, we were excited. It's been one of the most consistently in-demand tracks since introducing it in 2017. See lineup HERE
Radio 104.5 Philly 2nd Lineup For Free Summer Block Parties
THE MOUTH, JUNE 25TH, 2019 –– iHeartMedia’s Radio 104.5, Philadelphia’s Alternative Rock revealed the 2nd lineup for its 2019 Radio 104.5’s 10th Annual Free Summer Block Parties. The event will take place on Sunday, July 21 at 1 p.m. at Xfinity Live! and will feature live performances by Silversun Pickups, Shaed, I Don’t Know How But They Found Me & Twin XL.
The kick-off event took place on last Sunday, June 23. The lineup for the August 18 event will be announced at a later date. “We are so excited to offer our listeners another free concert event with established favorites like Silversun Pickups and one of the year’s biggest new artists, Shaed, along with emerging artists I Don’t Know How But They Found Me and Twin XL,” said John Allers, Program Director and On-Air Personality for iHeartMedia Philadelphia’s Radio 104.5. “The performances from these top-charting artists will make this one of Philadelphia’s most unforgettable free shows and I know our listeners will have a blast.”
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FEDER: Hall Of Famer Garry Meier Filling In For Mancow This Week On WLS
THE MOUTH, JUNE 24TH, 2019 –– As first reported earlier this month, radio hall of famer and beloved Chicago radio host Garry Meier will be filling in all week for WLS's Mancow on WLS. According to Robert Feder, on last Friday’s show, Muller assured Meier he was only kidding when he told me: “Radio’s greatest second-banana lands the greatest honor of his career — filling in for me. . . . This is very big for him!” Meier’s response: “Do I look like I care at this point? I’m having a good time when I do this.
Meier will forever be remembered as co-host of the wildly popular morning show with fellow legend Steve Dahl at WLS in the ’80s. Later he spent eight years there as co-host of Roe Conn’s afternoon show. Meier left terrestrial radio in 2014 while at Tribune's WGN 720-AM. In 2016, he launched a podcast.
Dave 'Cruise' Madden Named New Co-Host of The Andie Summers Show on WXTU-FM in Philadelphia
THE MOUTH, JUNE 24TH, 2019 –– Beasley Media Group has named Dave “Cruise” Madden has been named as the new co-host of The Andie Summers Show on 92.5 WXTU-FM in Philadelphia. Cruise, who initially joined the show as an interim host on January 2, 2019, most recently worked over the past year as the afternoon drive host/Assistant Program Director (APD) at Beasley sister station WBEN-FM in Philadelphia. Previously, he spent four years as the afternoon drive/APD at WWEG-FM in Hagerstown, Maryland.
“When we needed him to step up and handle interim hosting duties for 925XTU, Dave delivered every day,” said station Program Director, Mark Razz. “We’re glad to have him on as part of The Andie Summers Show. He worked hard and deserves this opportunity!” “We are thrilled to officially welcome Dave to XTU on a permanent basis,” said Beasley Media Group Country Format Brand Manager, David Corey. “The Andie Summers Show is in great hands!” "I can't begin to tell you how excited I am to be a part of such an iconic station and to work with such an amazing person like Andie Summers,” said Cruise. “I am so thankful to Market Manager Joe Bell, Mark Razz and David Corey for making my dream come true!"
Cumulus Media Strengthen's Its Footprint In Boston With Signal Boost
THE MOUTH, JUNE 24TH, 2019 –– Cumulus Media announced it has made a $250,000 investment in technology to boost the signal strength of WXLO-FM 104.5. With Jen & Frank in the morning and syndicated programs such as The Adam Bomb Show,
Fitchburg, MA-based WXLO has been airing Hot Adult Contemporary programing across three decades. Now, thanks to MaxxCasting, WXLO has the ability to bring its programming to as many as one million more listeners in the Boston area. “We’re excited that the 450,000+ listeners who tune into 104.5 XLO on a weekly basis, many of whom commute in and out of the City of Boston, will now be able to hear the radio station on their entire commute,” said Bob Goodell, Regional Vice President, Cumulus Radio Station Group. “MaxxCasting has also given us the opportunity to reach new listeners who live in the greater Boston area, giving us the opportunity to expand our footprint.”
Thanks to MaxxCasting, WXLO can now be heard loud-and-clear in downtown Boston and in places east of Route 2 near Lexington and Waltham where reception had previously been spotty. The technology helps boost radio signals in densely populated areas where there are a lot of tall buildings that can cause reception problems.
PODCASTS: Steve Austin Kicks Off New Episodes With More Than 1 Million Downloads
THE MOUTH, JUNE 24TH, 2019 –– Last week, WWE legend Steve Austin returned from hiatus of The Steve Austin Show podcast with power. His new-content, premiere episode released June 18, and has garnered more than a million downloads so far. On the episode, Austin welcomed Tony Khan, who is launching a new wrestling league, for the in-depth conversation wrestling fans all wanted to hear.
The Steve Austin Show will now feature new episodes every Tuesday on PodcastOne.com and Apple Podcasts. To listen or subscribe, visit: https://www.podcastone.com/episode/Steve-Austin-Return-Tony-Khan-AEW
[LISTEN] Building Radio's Bench: Are We Getting the Best from Today's Grads?
THE MOUTH, JUNE 24TH, 2019 –– Dr. John Owens of the University of Cincinnati and NuVoodoo's Carolyn Gilbert were honored to participate with Erica Farber on her RAB podcast last week to discuss our collaboration on the “Building Radio’s Bench” project. Gilbert says,
We’ve long thought that colleges weren’t necessarily optimizing the wealth of knowledge available to share with their students from the business community. And that we, as radio folk, weren’t doing enough to inspire and tap into the incredible talent at local colleges and universities. What we have here might just be a failure to communicate!"
Carolyn added, "We had some thoughts on what each constituency might think of the other, and their experience with radio, and offer some thoughts on working on the relationship. In partnership with the RAB, we interviewed radio folks and some institutions of higher learning gave us access to their students. John and I discussed the results with Erica just last week. Please read what the RAB wrote, and take a listen to the podcast HERE
EVENTS: Student-Run WSOU-FM Seton-Hall SD Sets New Record With Clothing Drive
THE MOUTH, JUNE 25TH, 2019 –– WSOU 89.5 FM, the student-run radio station at Seton Hall University, set a new record for donations to its annual clothing drive for the Our Lady of the Sioux Church on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. The station collected enough clothing to fill 14 large boxes with clothes for all ages and all seasons. The clothing will benefit members of the Oglala Lakota community, as well as others on the reservation. Sister Barbara Bogenschutz, the church’s parish life coordinator, will facilitate distribution when the clothing arrives.
“It was exciting and humbling to see so many students responding to this year’s clothing drive,” said WSOU Staff Representative Kaleigh Diamond, who helped spearhead the effort. “We collected more than double the amount of clothing we did last year. WSOU General Manager Mark Maben noted that community service is an essential part of WSOU’s activities as a broadcaster. “One of the things we teach at WSOU is that radio isn’t just about entertainment,” he said. “Radio has a long tradition of giving back to the community and helping others. This annual clothing drive fits perfectly with those values and Seton Hall’s mission to develop servant leaders and as well as great broadcasters.”
(Left to Right): WSOU Sports Director Dalton Allison, Staff Representative Kaleigh Diamond, News Director Bob Towey, Technical Operations Director Jillian Fitzpatrick, and Assistant News Director Ronald Castaneda with the boxes of clothes collected by WSOU for distribution on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. South Orange, N.J.
Dave Hanson Named Creative Services Director; Carmine Takes Afternoons At WILD 95 WPM
THE MOUTH, JUNE 21ST, 2019 –– WiLD 95.5 West Palm Beach, has tapped Dave Hanson as its Creative Services Director. He will report to Rad Messick, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia West Palm Beach. “Dave’s track record across multiple formats in South Florida is outstanding. We’re excited to tap Dave’s skills, passion, and creative energy to create highly entertaining content that deepens our WiLD 95.5 audience connection” said Messick. Hanson joins the South Florida Region and West Palm Beach from WFLC Miami, where he most recently served as Assistant Director of Branding and Programming and Music Director. He also served as Music Director for WFEZ Miami and WPYM Miami, and Music Director/Morning Host for WHDR Miami. He began his career at WKTU New York and is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University.
In an added announcement, Carmine Gialanella has been named 2-7pm host for WiLD 95.5 West Palm Beach. Carmine continues in the South Florida Region and West Palm Beach, where he most recently served as WLDI West Palm Beach 7pm-midnight host. He began his career at WLDI as an intern and later promotion assistant in 2010.
"From the first moment I cracked the mic I knew this was it, my life would never be the same. To be in the position I've dreamed of in the place it all started is surreal. Excited for the opportunity and next chapter of my radio life" said Gialanella.
The Randi Rhodes Show Debuts On San Fran's Real Talk 910
THE MOUTH, JUNE 21ST, 2019 –– Real Talk 910 AM, Think Forward, debuted The Randi Rhodes Show this week and will continue airing weeknights from 5-7 p.m. Randi Rhodes will join Real Talk 910 AM’s line-up of top-notch on-air personalities including Stephanie Miller, Thom Hartman, Clark Howard and Rick Ungar.
“We are beyond excited for the opportunity to bring Randi back to the Bay Area,” said Cory Callewaert, Program Director for Real Talk 910 AM. “She is one of the most powerful progressive voices in the country and with her wit and sense of humor, she is exactly what we need and a one of a kind.”
“Being back on the radio in one of the greatest cities in America for a market-leading station like Real Talk 910 AM is amazing,” said Rhodes. “I feel such a strong connection to the listeners here in San Francisco and I’m thrilled to get on-air and shake things up!”
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HONOR: Country Radio Broadcasters Induct Class of 2019 Into Country Radio Hall of Fame
THE MOUTH, JUNE 21ST, 2019 –– The Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc. held the 2019 Country Radio Hall of Fame dinner and awards ceremony on June 19, 2019 at Vanderbilt Marriott in Nashville, Tennessee. The evening was filled with honoree presentations, acceptance speeches, video segments, along with a special performance by chart-topping Country artist Dustin Lynch. Four on-air personalities and two off-air broadcasters were recognized for making a significant impact on the radio industry over the course of a 20-year period, with 15 of those years being contributed to country-specific radio.
The 2019 Country Radio Hall of Fame Class of inductees were Radio category honorees Mac Daniels, Bobby Denton, Jeff Garrison, and Gregg Lindahl. The Air Personality category included Charlie Monk and Kyle Cantrell. Long-time music industry veteran and recent Country Radio Broadcasters Executive Director, Bill Mayne, was also honored with the 2019 CRB President’s Award. Pictured above - L to R: Gregg Lindahl, Ron Morton and Charlotte Wise appearing on behalf of Bobby Denton, Charlie Monk, Kyle Cantrell, Mac Daniels, and Jeff Garrison / Photo Credit: Kayla Schoen Photography Pictured below left - L to R: CRB/CRS Board President, Kurt Johnson, 2019 CRB President’s Award recipient Bill Mayne, and CRB/CRS Executive Director, RJ Curtis. / Photo Credit: Kayla Schoen Photography **more photos available upon request: email@example.com** (Nashville, Tenn. – June 20, 2019)
Over 300 jammed filled with Hall of Famers showed to cheer each new member in! - Bottom right: Hall of Famer Steve Harmon, new HOF Member Mac Daniels KPLX-KSCS-Dallas and his wife Cindy, Hall Of Famer Dan Halyburton - Bottom right is singer Cole Swindell, Hall of Famer, Karen Dalessandro, Executive Director of the Country Radio Broadcasters R.J. Curtis
NETWORKS: WWO To Air The Lunar Conquest
THE MOUTH, JUNE 21ST, 2019 –– "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." Those were the famous words we heard as astronaut Neil Armstrong touched down on the surface of the moon on July 20, 1969. The lunar landing was one of the most challenging endeavors ever launched.
With millions of people glued to their tiny TVs, Armstrong and fellow astronaut Buzz Aldrin (actual footprints shown above) bounded across the eerie landscape for more than two hours. In honor of the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11, Westwood One News will present a half-hour special, The Lunar Conquest. The news retrospective, hosted by correspondent Michael Toscano (inset), salutes this historic event with archived audio clips, news reports, and interviews. This special Westwood One News content is available to affiliated stations for unlimited use from Thursday, July 4, 2019 through Sunday, July 7, 2019.
Stations interested in learning more about Westwood One News can contact Jim Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 840-7933.
ABC Radio To Offer Three Specials Over 4th Of July
THE MOUTH, JUNE 21ST, 2019 –– ABC will present Three Specials over the July 4th weekend for its affiliates: “Red, White and Rock 2019,” “Homemade Hometown Salute” and “Cherished America” ABC’s Aaron Katersky visits Mount Rushmore for the ABC Radio special “Cherished America.” “Red, White and Rock 2019,” “Homemade Hometown Salute” and “Cherished America.” “Red, White and Rock 2019,” hosted by rock legend George Thorogood, provides rockmusic from American bands and artists including Aerosmith, The Allman Brothers Band, Heart, Cheap Trick, Santana, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Tom Petty, Bob Seger, Bruce Springsteen, Van Halen, ZZ Top and more.
ABC News Radio correspondent Aaron Katersky (shown) hosts “Cherished America” which takes listeners to national monuments, national parks, and places both familiar and obscure on the National Register of Historic Places.
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PODCAST: '22 Hours: An American Nightmare' Debuts With More Than 2.3 Million Downloads
THE MOUTH, JUNE 21ST, 2019 –– The new true-crime podcast series, 22 Hours: An American Nightmare, which investigates the horrific story of a D.C. power couple, and their 10-year-old son and housekeeper, has launched with chart-topping success and millions of downloads. Since its debut on Monday, June 10, the PodcastOne-WTOP produced and distributed podcast has topped the Apple Podcasts charts, and has maintained its #3 ranking for all categories and #1 in-category ranking with episode two, as well. PodcastOne Executive Chairman, Norm Pattiz, said, This is just the beginning. To my knowledge, we’re the only podcast network producer and distributor with programming representing every category on Apple Podcasts."
Pattis added, "Congrats to our great production partners at WTOP and Hubbard Broadcasting. Our four year-old partnership continues to pay big dividends.” New episodes are available every Monday on PodcastOne.com, Apple Podcasts, and WTOP.com. During the investigation, 22 Hours: An American Nightmare hosts, Megan Cloherty and Jack Moore, discovered confidential audio recording from the trial, and have petitioned the court to release them. If released, it would set a new precedent for access to D.C. Superior Court cases. LIStEN HERE
[LISTEN] 'The Best Ideas Come From Desperation' Says NPR'S Jarl Mohn
THE MOUTH, JUNE 21ST, 2019 –– In the latest episode of Bob Pittman’s “Math & Magic: Stories from the Frontiers of Marketing,” this week’s episode features Jarl Mohn, CEO of NPR and takes listeners on his journey from a disk jockey at a local radio station in Louisville to now the CEO of one of the most prominent non-profit media organizations.
Learn how the legendary CEO of NPR worked his way up from spinning records and gives us a glimpse into his journey that you won’t want to miss. From his practice of mindful meditation and how it helps enhance his creativity to his many business life lessons throughout his career.
Tune in to hear how the booming podcast industry has impacted NPR in a positive way by allowing the media organization to reach wider audiences and why limited funds and a little bit of desperation led to groundbreaking successes at major media companies such as MTV, E! and now NPR.
Emma Jo & Ben Pearce Host The Hit List On KMFM; Kris Fade Make Dramatic Rescue
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, JUNE 21ST, 2019 –– In the UK, former Capital South Coast breakfast show co-host Emma Jo (top left) has joined KMFM to present the Monday to Thursday evening show and former Channel 4 Dubai presenter Ben Pearce will host the show on Sunday evenings. Emma and Ben replace Glen Scott who has left the slot after four years. The Hit List is all about new music, interviews, content surgeries and exclusive sessions.
Dubai Radio Presenter In Dramatic Fire Rescue - Virgin Radio’s Kris Fade (top right) has helped rescue a family from a house fire in Dubai. A video shared by Kris on Instagram on Saturday showed flames and plumes of black smoke rising above the fence of a two-storey villa. He’d spotted the fire driving home from the gym. The family of about eight, including a baby, were safe. Shortly afterwards, Civil Defence crews arrived. “Legendary fire department, legendary fire department,” said Mr Fade in the video. “They don’t get enough praise.” - Fade will join Dennis Clark's 'Masters of The Morning 5' session at MSBC 31 in Chicago in August.
Matt Okine & Alex Dyson Back Together In Australia - Former triple j Breakfast team Matt & Alex have reunited on the air, for a cameo appearance on the Hit Network‘s ‘The Sunday Experiment’. They surprised listeners on Sunday evening, with their show airing from 8pm-10pm. Matt & Alex finished three years together on triple j Breakfast at the end of 2016, and still have a cult following. READ AND SEE MORE HERE
Ciaran O’Connor Gets A Listener F-Bomb Live On 98FM In Ireland - Ciaran O’Connor got an unexpected line of abuse from a caller on 98FM. He was introducing a caller, named Joanne, for the “When I was 17” game, but instead of a usual greeting, he heard “F***ing D***H***”. Ciaran later explained when he posted the fail on Twitter, saying Joanne was speaking to someone else at the time.
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Columbia University Student Awarded 2019 BMI Founders Award
THE MOUTH, JUNE 21ST, 2019 –– The 2019 BMI Founders Award was presented yesterday to Columbia University student Bekah Mulberg at the Conclave Learning Conference in Minneapolis. Established in 2015, the BMI Founders Award is an annual internship program open to radio broadcasting students nationwide. The award commemorates the group of radio industry leaders who founded Broadcast Music, Inc. in 1939 with an unprecedented and enduring mission: to provide a competitive source for music licensing and an open-door policy to songwriters, composers, and publishers of all genres of music. This year’s program is in partnership with Beasley Media Group Philadelphia, where Bekah will be interning this summer.
PHOTO (L-R): Conclave Board Chair Lori Lewis, Beasley Media Group EVP of Strategy & Innovation Buzz Knight, 2019 Winner Bekah Mulberg and BMI VP of Industry Relations Dan Spears.
SNAPS: Talent Institute Students Rise Early For WROR's Lauren & Wally Show And More
THE MOUTH, JUNE 21ST, 2019 –– As we pack our bags for the TAB Radio Talent Institute at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, The Beasley Radio Talent Institute in Boston is also underway as two institutes are underway at the same time.
As is the tradition, each Friday students rise early for a peek at a live morning show. This morning students were treated to two shows in Boston, including WROR's Lauren and Wally as well as HOT 96.9 show with Ramirez - down at the TAB Radio Talent Institute in Knoxville, students were entertained by B97.5's Ashley, Brad and Michelle. Sponsors include Benztown and vCreative, Mr. Master, Xperi and Marketron. For more information, contact Dan Vallie: email@example.com 704-246-8185 –Office 828-266-1594
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STUDY: Millennials Now Listen To More Audio Than Any Other Generation
THE MOUTH, JUNE 20TH, 2019 –– Millennial audio consumption in the U.S. is booming, with the demographic listening to audio of more types, at more times, and in more places than any other generation, according to a newly released Ipsos study conducted for iHeartRadio reports AdAge. “Audio is hot right now and a must for marketers looking to reach increasingly elusive and fractured audiences,” said Bob Pittman, iHeartRadio’s CEO and chairman, in a statement. “We are living in an audio-first world.”
Across the board, the Ipsos-iHeartRadio survey found that radio reaches more consumers than any other audio channel, with 85 percent of consumers listening to a radio broadcast at least once per week, outpacing social media at 68 percent and live television at 56 percent. On a daily basis, radio has more than twice the listenership of audio streaming services, with 69 percent of consumers tuning in to the radio at least once a day compared to streaming’s 34 percent.
“Radio has long been a trusted companion for people of all ages,” said iHeartRadio’s chief marketing officer Gayle Troberman (R) in a statement. “The only difference now versus decades ago is that today people can enjoy that connection anywhere they are across a variety of platforms.”
While radio still reigns supreme, other forms of audio are steadily gaining traction in both listenership and revenue. This year, 51 percent of American consumers reported listening to a podcast at some point in their lives, compared to just 22 percent in 2009, according to the Edison Infinite Dial media survey, a separate study that was conducted earlier this year. The Edison Research survey also found that 50 percent of the U.S. population over 12 years old listened to music via YouTube at least once a week, while popular streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon Music have seen their monthly listener numbers grow year-over-year since 2017 in the 12-to-34 demographic by between three and nine percentage points. - The study, conducted by Ipsos for iHeartMedia in March 2019, surveyed a nationally representative sample of 6,016 consumers aged 13–64 who listen to 1+ audio platform at least once a week.
Emmis To Fund Rapid Expansion Of Podcast Studio
THE MOUTH, JUNE 20TH, 2019 –– Sound That BRANDS, the Los Angeles-based podcasting studio specializing in branded audio content, announced that Emmis Communications would provide a round of funding that will allow rapid expansion. "At Sound That BRANDS, our motto is 'Be the content, not the interruption'," said Dave Beasing (TR), CEO of Sound That BRANDS and a veteran media consultant. "With Emmis' support, we'll grow quickly, producing audio that is not only entertaining and informative, but builds brand loyalty."
"We've monitored the early stages of global brands telling audio stories through branded podcasts that dramatically enhances loyalty and preference," said Emmis Chairman and CEO Jeff Smulyan. "Sound that BRANDS has already become a leader in branded podcasting and is uniquely positioned to work with marquee brands to build episodes that make you laugh, feel and think in a way that reinforces the brand. Dave is a great audio storyteller, and we look forward to helping him accelerate Sound that BRANDS' growth."
Fast Company has called branded podcasts, "the ads that people actually want to listen to." According to survey data released by Edison Research (April 4, 2019), podcast listenership is booming. 32% of Americans aged 12 and older say they have listened to a podcast in the past month. Of those, 54% say they are more likely to consider the brands they hear advertised on podcasts. Sound That BRANDS is seeking motivated talent for several key roles, including VP/Revenue and Brand Partnerships. Former KPWR-FM Los Angeles SVP/GM Val Maki (BR) is heading the search. Interested parties should apply confidentially on the company's website, SoundThatBRANDS.com. Sound That BRANDS is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes inquiries from all locations.
PODCASTS: Rickey Smiley Co-Host Rock-T Launches 'Perfect Pair' Podcast On YEA
THE MOUTH, JUNE 20TH, 2019 –– Rock-T, co-host of nationally syndicated The Rickey Smiley Morning Show, jumps into podcasting and becomes the latest addition to YEA Networks’ podcast lineup with the launch today of a new podcast entitled “Perfect Pair”, a fresh, funny and honest take on relationships and having the perfect “NON-perfect” marriage. “Perfect Pair” features Rock-T and wife, Krystal as co-hosts who reveal the truth behind everyone thinking they are a "Perfect Pair."
New episodes of “Perfect Pair” are available each Wednesday on Apple Podcasts and Spotify. Find out more about this dynamic duo and their new podcast at: http://perfectpairpodcast.com.
Andy Meadows Joins Tracy Johnson Group
THE MOUTH, JUNE 20TH, 2019 –– Veteran Operations Manager, Program Director and Air Personality Andy Meadows has joined Tracy Johnson Media Group, Inc. Meadows most recently served as Operations Manager for LKCM Radio Group, also serving as midday Air Personality on 95.9 The Ranch/Fort Worth. Meadows has a long, solid history of developing talent, with a particular gift of coaching young, emerging talent. Johnson is excited about his company's growth and the addition of Meadows, saying, “2019 has been an exciting year for us. In March, we added Mike Shepard and now Andy! Many broadcasters may not have heard of him, but Andy is one of the best I've seen in identifying exactly how personalities can improve quickly. He's a great addition to the group!”
Meadows is equally excited with the new gig. He said, "I'm so thrilled to be a part of Tracy Johnson Media Group. I'm humbled and grateful for this opportunity to work with talent on a full time basis. We have a lot of fresh new ideas in the pipeline, and I couldn't be more excited about what's to come." Meadows is more than just a talented broadcaster. He's also a crooner! LISTEN HERE
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Don Pollnow Named Market President For iHM Wichita
THE MOUTH, JUNE 20THM, 2019 –– iHeartMedia announced that Don Pollnow has been named Market President, effective immediately. iHeartMedia Pollnow will report to Taylor Walet, Region President for iHeartMedia Omaha. “We are very fortunate to have the leadership of such an accomplished industry veteran,” said Walet. “Don has such an extensive track record and we look forward to his superb leadership and influence that he will bring to the table as iHeartMedia Wichita builds on its many past successes.”
Pollnow joins iHeartMedia Wichita from Cumulus Media, where he most recently served as Vice President and Market Manager in Green Bay, Wisconsin. He also previously held successful general management positions for leading markets in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Little Rock, Arkansas; Topeka, Kansas and Stevens Point in Wausau, Wisconsin. Pollnow began his radio career as an account executive for KMGA in Albuquerque, New Mexico and is a graduate of Columbia College in Missouri. ”
Patrick Crocker Joins Local Radio Networks as EVP, 24/7 Music Formats
THE MOUTH, JUNE 20THM, 2019 –– Seasoned 24/7 music format executive Patrick (Pat) Crocker is the latest in a stream of senior managers to join Local Radio Networks (LRN). Crocker, who has been in radio and the 24/7 music format business for more than 30 years, joins LRN as Executive Vice President and will work closely with Chief Executive Officer Steve Swick.
”In the past year and a half, we have collectively amassed over 135 years of treasured time and talent along with critical expertise in 24/7 music formats,” observed Swick. ”With the addition of Pat to our growing team, we can further expand our services and are well on our way to attaining the leadership position within the 24/7 music format space. I am delighted to welcome Pat and enthusiastic about what lies ahead for LRN and our affiliated radio station partners.”
"LRN offers local broadcasters an exciting combination of strategic benefits that attracted me to the company,” said Crocker. “The opportunity to focus 100 percent on the small and medium market radio community, without other corporate and Wall Street distractions, is appealing and will allow me to deliver the products and services that local broadcasters need to compete and thrive in today’s environment. The association with Skyview Networks and ABC Radio is a powerhouse combination that makes it all-the-more enticing. I’m looking forward to rejoining my former colleagues who have migrated to Local Radio Networks.” Crocker joins LRN from Westwood One
77WABC Launches 'The Greatest Show Of All Time'
HE MOUTH, JUNE 20THM, 2019 –– 77 WABC Radio in New York City has launched a new weekend radio program, “The Greatest Show of All Time” with celebrity entrepreneur Clint Arthur. The show will air on 77 WABC on Saturday evenings at 7:00 pm, airing weekly through November 6, 2019.
Arthur noted: “The mission of this show is personal, professional, and spiritual transformation for entrepreneurs, business owners, CEO’s and anyone responsible for improving their own life and who wants to be more, do more and have more. As a Native New Yorker, I am thrilled by this opportunity to give back to the city that made me who I am today.”
Clint is also a popular television expert guest, with over 100 network television appearances including: The Today Show, Mornings with Maria, CNN, HLN, BBC, SkyNews, and Good Day LA. Please see the attached release for details. Also attached is a photo featuring Clink Arthur for your use. Thanks for your interest. All the best, Lisa
KRBE Houston's Roula & Ryan Show On The Hunt For Technical Producer/On-Air Host
THE MOUTH, JUNE 20TH, 2019 –– 104.1 KRBE Houston is on the lookout for a Technical Producer for one of the leading morning shows in the country, “The Roula and Ryan Show”. Candidates must have at least 3 years on-air commercial radio experience (preferably CHR format), run a flawless board in a high pressure environment, contribute to topics and content of an active-lifestyle female-driven morning show, and thrive in a collaborative environment.
This position also includes hosting a weekly weekend show and the “Best of Roula and Ryan Show” as a solo talent. This position is a great opportunity to learn major market morning show radio and to invest in your future as a radio personality. Applicants MUST: -Include Radio Audio Aircheck in Submission Apply at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: Technical Producer Houston/KRBE. Please include resume and aircheck. No calls please.
SNAPS: 710 WOR Hosts Live Listener Event
THE MOUTH, JUNE 20TH, 2019 –– 710 WOR/New York morning show co-host Len Berman ("Len Berman and Michael Riedel in the Morning," 6-10am weekdays) hosted a live listener event yesterday afternoon at The Cutting Room in New York City. He was joined by veteran Fox 5 (WNYW/New York) anchors Rosanna Scotto and Ernie Anastos (center and top center) for "WOR Live," a panel discussion on the changing face of news coverage today.
Berman, Scotto, and Anastos are a powerful trio: between them, they have spent more than 115 years on television screens. Pictured at The Cutting Room are (left to right): WOR Assistant Program Director Scott Lakefield, Berman, Scotto, Anastos, and WOR Program Director Tom Cuddy.
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Take Survey Today And Let Your Voice Be Heard; MSBC/Jacobs Talent Study In Progress
THE MOUTH, JUNE 20TH, 2019 –– The long-awaited second annual Talent-On-Air-Talent Questionnaire (AQ) is now available for your input! Among many new areas being explored this year include: Who are YOUR biggest influencers? The personalities you learn from, network with? How stressed are you - compared to a year ago? How's your support network - your PD, your co-workers, management? In general, how is broadcast radio sounding these past few years?
This first-of-its-kind survey of on-air personalities, hosts and teams and their producers is a collaboration between Morning Show Boot Camp and Jacobs Media. First results will be presented at MSBC 31 in Chicago on August 8 & 9. If you’re on-air or produce a show, you’re exactly who we’d like to participate. If you manage talent, please forward link below to any and all of those you work with who are on the air.
This Survey And All Individual Information Provided Is ABSOLUTELY CONFIDENTIAL! No radio companies are involved with this survey. No IDs are used for tracking purposes. Everyone who takes the survey gets the exact same link so there is no way for anypersonally identifiable information to be tagged to anyone taking the survey. We don’t share your info with anyone. We do have limitations on the number of survey completions, so please take it soon.
This is a forward-only survey. Do not go back or you may lose all of your responses.
DON'T WAIT! Last chance to take part in this survey is only days away! We couldn’t do this survey without your participation, so we thank you in advance for your opinions and time! CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE TEST
ABC News Radio, Entercom & Hubbard Among 2019 Edward R. Murrow Award Winners
THE MOUTH, JUNE 19TH, 2019 –– RTDNA announced winners of the 2019 National Murrow Awards. From more than 4,600 entries, these awards recognize 100 local and network radio, television and digital news organizations for 122 examples of outstanding journalism in 16 categories. The winners at the national level also include Student MurrowAwards in five categories of audio, video and digital reporting.
Among the big winners was ABC News Radio which was awarded the Murrow for Excellence in Innovation for its flagship podcast. It also received the award for Sports Reporting for America’s Next Pastime, in which Scott Goldberg dug into whether soccer’s surging popularity in the U.S. might overtake the long-beloved baseball. Brad Mielke (Scott & Brad shown right) added, “ ….of all the awards we could get, the one for innovation is super exciting and thank you to everyone who’s been supporting the project.”
WTOP-FM, Washington D.C. repeats its 2018 win for Overall Excellence in large market radio, while Vermont Public Radio clinched the spot for small market radio.
Taking home the most national awards this year is CBS News, with an Overall Excellence award in the network radio category. Also included were Entercom's awards for Large Market Radio Excellence in Video Sweet Spot: The Hat Lady (L) WCBS 880 (WCBS-AM) New York, NY Newscast 5pm News, November 8, 2018 KCBS All News (KCBS-AM) San Francisco, CASince 1990, KCBS Radio has won 25 national Murrow awards. SEE MORE HERE - The national awards will be presented October 14, 2019, at the RTDNA Edward R. Murrow Awards Gala at Gotham Hall in New York City.
[WATCH] Kerri Kasem Wants To Bring Father's Body Back From Norway; Stepmother Denies Abuse
THE MOUTH, JUNE 19TH, 2019 –– It’s been five years since Casey Kasem passed away but , as Fox Reports, 'The family war that ensued over the beloved patriarch is far from over. Kerri Kasem, the daughter of the late iconic radio host, told Fox News she wants to bring his body back to the United States from Norway, where he was transferred and buried six months after his death at a hospital in Gig Harbor, Wash. Kerri alleged his widow, Jean Kasem (TR), chose to bury her father halfway across the world during an ongoing heated dispute, while Kasem's widow explained the star "always said that Norway symbolizes peace and looks like heaven" and that she "would like to respectfully fulfill his wishes."
“As soon as we win the trial that Jean has done everything to delay, I will get a lawyer in Norway and I will show them the court’s findings that she’s an elder abuser and she did my father wrong,” Kerri claimed. “She harmed him. Once I can show what was found in the American court, I will go to Norway and I will have his body brought back and buried [at Forest Lawn] where he wanted to be buried.”
In 2014, Kerri, 46, formed the Kasem Cares Foundation, a nonprofit that aims to successfully pass bills in multiple states to stop elder abuse. According to the foundation, the Kasem Cares “Visitation Bill” has been passed in 12 states, while several others have adopted a version of it, totaling to 21. “We are helping people who were in my situation,” the radio personality explained. “There’s a lot of people who don’t have hope. They don’t have the last name to get the recognition. And they don’t have the money to fight in court. We go state to state, putting in a bill that can help.” PHOTO/composite screengrab - Casey/Kerri - Kerri Casem SEE INTERVIEW HERE
REPORT: Ron Roberts Exits Star 94.1 Atlanta As PD
THE MOUTH, JUNE 19TH, 2019 –– While no official word yet, the AJC's Rodney Ho reports that Star 94.1 has dropped PD Ron Roberts who joined the station last year. The move comes amid a number of other recent changes at the Entercom outlet including the exit of longtime Atlanta morning host Jeff Dauler who parted ways with the station just six weeks ago. The show was then rebranded as Jenn & Friends and added new cast members along with other lineup changes.
Last night Roberts posted on Instagram a photo with him, his husband Ethan Smith and two Star 94.1 radio hosts he hired: Mike Kannon and Curtis Stone. He wrote: “Celebrating the end of an emotional day with some of my favorite people ever. They say work isn’t work when you work with good people. Okay, well I had to do a lot of work and under some duress but these two were effortless to work alongside. They’re stars ... and they’ll lead a station’s resurrection. I’m already proud knowing they’re not only capable but destined to do it. #noregrets..." Prior, to Star 94.1 Roberts spent several years as PD/Station Manager for Quantum Comm./Myrtle Beach. READ MORE HERE
NETWORKS: Mary DelGrande Rises To VP/Affiliate Sales For Premiere Networks
THE MOUTH, JUNE 19TH, 2019 –– Premiere Networks announced the promotion of Mary DelGrande to Vice President of Affiliate Sales from Executive Director of Affiliate Sales. Based in New York, DelGrande will continue to report to Eileen Thorgusen, Senior Vice President of Affiliate Sales/Entertainment Shows.
In her new role, DelGrande will continue to oversee affiliate sales for Premiere’s industry-leading roster of national entertainment programs such as Delilah, On Air with Ryan Seacrest, CMT After MidNite with Cody Alan, On with Mario Lopez and others, as well as the company’s roster of prep services. DelGrande will also continue to serve as brand manager for Futuri Media, Mediabase and other comprehensive research tools that Premiere offers to stations.
“I’m so happy to recognize Mary with this well-deserved promotion,” said Thorgusen. “We’re fortunate to have someone like Mary, who has such deep experience and relationships in the radio industry. Mary has been a valuable member of our team for nearly 20 years, and I know she’ll continue to drive success for our industry-leading entertainment programs, as well as our prep, production, imaging, and research services.” DelGrande joined Premiere Networks’ affiliate relations team in 2000, focused on the company’s nationally-syndicated entertainment radio shows. She came to Premiere from Launch Media, Inc., where she served as Senior Director, Affiliate Marketing. She previously served as an account executive focused on national network sales for Westwood One.
NETWORKS: WWO's Adam Bomb Show Adds Three Affiliates
THE MOUTH, JUNE 19Th, 2019 –– Westwood One announced that three new stations have joined the expanding lineup for The Adam Bomb Show. The show welcomes KYIS-FM/Oklahoma City; KWPW-FM/Robinson, TX; and WMXV-FM/Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL to the Bomb Squad!
Adam, who is also heard locally on Atlanta’s Q99.7, WWWQ-FM, began his career during his freshman year at California University of Pennsylvania as the night jock at B94 in Pittsburgh. He then moved on to work at Y100 in Miami, Q100 Atlanta, and KLIF-FM Dallas, with TV stops at KDKA, Pittsburgh and WFAA, Dallas. He also serves as one of Westwood One’s backstage hosts during premiere red carpet events like the GRAMMYs®, the American Music Awards, and the MTV Video Music Awards.
The Adam Bomb Show is available via web or FTP automated download. For more information on The Adam Bomb Show, contact Todd Alan at email@example.com or at (212) 735-1107.
Joe Pags Show Now Heard In 5 Of The Top 10 Markets
THE MOUTH, JUNE 19TH, 2019 –– The Joe Pags show has added some heavy hitters to its’ line up recently. New affiliates (now over 125): WPHT/ Philadelphia PA KSEV/Houston TX WLOB/Portland ME WOOD AM&FM/Grand Rapids MI
Joe’s flagship is WOAI in San Antonio and The Joe Pags Show is now heard in 5 of the top 10 markets WPHT Philadelphia, KRLD Dallas, WWDC F2 Washington DC, KSEV Houston and WRKO Boston.
EVENTS: Kelsea Ballerini & Ally Brooke Among Headliners For 'River On The Rooftop
THE MOUTH, JUNE 19Th, 2019 –– iHeartMedia’s 107.5 The River announced the lineup for the second installment in its annual River on the Rooftop concert series. The event will be hosted at Jason Aldean’s Kitchen + Rooftop Bar at 311 Broadway. The next event will take place Monday, July 22nd and feature performances from Kelsea Ballerini and Ally Brooke, with other supporting acts to be announced at a later date.
“River on the Rooftop has built a reputation of blurring traditional genre lines and offering our listeners an incredible musical experience that’s unique to Nashville,” said Jonathan Shuford, Program Director for iHeartMedia Nashville. “We’re thrilled beyond words to invite Nashvillians to enjoy the music of a world-class superstar like Kelsea Ballerini in an intimate setting that they won’t find anywhere else.” All shows are free and open to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis until the rooftop patio is at capacity.
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iHeart & WPP Team For Project Listen
THE MOUTH, JUNE 18TH, 2019 –– iHeartMedia and WPP, a creative transformation company, announced the launch of Project Listen to develop next-generation insights, planning and creative capabilities in audio. The two companies will help brands better engage with consumers and win across all audio platforms: broadcast radio, digital streaming, podcasts, smart speakers and live events. Consumer listening is at an all-time high, according to new iHeartMedia research. The study shows consumers say they are listening to audio content for an average of 17 hours a week, with millennials and younger generations listening the most. This ramp up in listening is the direct result of the rapid growth of digital streaming, podcasts, smart speakers and airpods, on top of the massive and consistent scale of broadcast radio.
The new partnership comprises: 1. Creative Audio Studio – Audio will be pushed higher on the agendas of creatives and media strategists with the launch of a new studio at GroupM’s headquarters at 3 World Trade Center in New York. Clients and creatives from across WPP will experiment with modern audio marketing programs, working with creative producers in a series of pilots. 2. Empowering Planning – iHeartMedia’s Smart Audio Insights and audience tools will be integrated with GroupM’s proprietary data and insights tools to uncover new insights and support novel measurement approaches, all of which will be shared in quarterly intelligence reports for clients and the market. A new audio certification program for planners at GroupM’s agencies will roll out later in 2019. 3. Raising Audio IQ – A new Project Listen monthly podcast is launching in Cannes with plans for 18 episodes through 2020. Lessons from the client pilots and research will be shared to help inspire more advertisers to embrace audio’s new capabilities. Project Listen is intended to raise the bar in audio creativity and media strategy through shared learning about what works in the evolving audio landscape.
“At iHeartMedia, we understand the unparalleled power of audio and its ability to engage and make brands part of the daily conversation, with consumers of all ages, at a massive scale,” said Bob Pittman, Chairman and CEO of iHeartMedia, Inc. “Project Listen is about tapping into the scale of audio and moving from the traditionally transactional radio business to the future of audio advertising where insights and ideas lead the way to growth for brands. Simply put, audio is the biggest greenfield for growth in media today, and we could not be more excited to partner with the talented teams across WPP to develop the tools and skillsets needed to unlock that growth.”
MOVES: Bruce Logan Named OM/Brand Content Director At WIRK & WEAT-FM West Palm Beach
THE MOUTH, JUNE 18TH, 2019 –– Hubbard Radio in West Palm Beach Hubbard Radio announced that programming veteran Bruce Logan will take the helm as Operations Manager and Brand/Content Director of WIRK-Country and WEAT/Sunny 107.9 West Palm Beach. Logan was most recently the VP of Programming for Entercom’s Houston Market and Program Director for Country KILT-FM and Adult Hits KKHH-FM. Prior to that Logan served as National Country Brand Coordinator and Regional Vice President of Programming for iHeart Media and programmed iHeart Media’s WKKT/Charlotte, WTQR/Greensboro and Country duo WSSL and WESC/Greenville, SC.
“A leader with experience, knowledge, passion, a strategic long-term view and the unique ability to develop people is a rare find. After an exhaustive search, I’m thrilled to have found those qualities and more in Bruce. I’m excited to welcome him to our Hubbard team and look forward to putting his talent to work on legendary West Palm Beach stations, WIRK-Country and Sunny 107.9.” said Hubbard Radio West Palm Beach SVP/Market Manager, Elizabeth Hamma. Logan commented, “I feel like I have won the lottery, I get to join the Hubbard Broadcasting family, I get to program WIRK-FM and WEAT-FM and I get to live in South Florida! Thanks so much to Elizabeth Hamma and Greg Strassell for entrusting these great brands to me. THRILLED to be part of the West Palm Beach team.”
NETWORKS: David Begnaud Assigned As Anchor For CBS News Radio's Reporter's Notebook
THE MOUTH, JUNE 18TH, 2019 –– CBS News Radio and CBS Audio announced that “Reporter’s Notebook” with David Begnaud launched this week on the CBS News Radio Network. Each edition of “Reporter’s Notebook” will give listeners insight and context to the day’s biggest news stories.
“David represents true compassion in his storytelling that affects our listeners,” said Craig Swagler, Vice President and General Manager of CBS News Radio. “Our affiliates can depend on David to bring the best original reporting to their audiences with ‘Reporter’s Notebook." Reporter’s Notebook” has been providing CBS News Radio listeners the stories behind the headlines since 1981, and has featured some of the greatest journalists in CBS News history.
Begnaud is the first anchor assigned to “Reporter’s Notebook” since 2011. Begnaud was named lead national correspondent for CBS THIS MORNING in May 2019. He joined the Network in 2015, and his reporting, featured across all CBS News broadcasts and platforms including CBS THIS MORNING, the CBS EVENING NEWS, 48 HOURS, CBS SUNDAY MORNING and CBSN, has earned him some of journalism’s most prestigious awards. His coverage of Hurricane Maria earned him the prestigious George Polk Award for public service in 2018.
PODCASTS: iHeart Launches 'How Men Think'
THE MOUTH, JUNE 18TH, 2019 –– iHeartRadio has launched “How Men Think With Brooks Laich & Gavin DeGraw (shown top center, left and right) ,”. The iHeartRadio Original podcast starring Gavin DeGraw, an award-winning singer and songwriter and Brook Laich, a hockey player in the NHL, examines the minds of men and their thoughts on life, love and self-discovery.
For each episode of the podcast, DeGraw and Laich chat with Demetri, a comedy writer, Ryan, a television executive and Rik, a coach and IT professional. Each of these men are in different stages of their lives, which adds unique perspectives and depth to their conversations that listeners are sure to enjoy. SEE MORE HERE
Garth Brooks Stuns Crowd With Surprise Performance At 99.5 WYCD-FM Hoedown
THE MOUTH, JUNE 18TH, 2019 –– Country superstar Garth Brooks stunned fans as he was revealed as the surprise guest at last night's 37th annual “99.5 WYCD Hoedown,” hosted by Entercom’s 99.5 WYCD Detroit’s Country (WYCD-FM) and presented by Detroit RAM Truck Dealers, at DTE Energy Music Theatre. The performance – his first ever at DTE Energy Music Theatre – marked the 30th anniversary of his first Hoedown appearance when he made his major concert debut at the Downtown Hoedown in Detroit on May 13, 1989.
“Garth Brooks always promised he would return to perform at the Hoedown, and he is a man of his word,” said 99.5 WYCD Program Director Tim Roberts. “He lived up to it, and as always, exceeds expectations with his live performance. This sort of epitomizes why he is the number one performer in the world.” Brantley Gilbert headlined the “99.5 WYCD Hoedown” which also included main stage performances from Joe Nichols and Caylee Hammack. The event also included performances from Dylan Schneider, Logan Mize, Filmore and The Joey Vee Band on the Festival Stage in the DTE parking lot and Austin Burke, Haley & Michaels and Mac Watts on The Pine Tap stage. PHOTO/Mike Ferdinande for WYCD
EVENTS: The River Nashville's Jim Chandler, An Ordained Minister, To Perform Nuptials
THE MOUTH, JUNE 18TH, 2019 –– 107.5 The River Nashville are inviting its listeners who are interested in having their Nuptials Officiated By Jim Chandler co-host of its Woody & Jim Morning Show. “Woody and Jim” are calling it their Big Fat All-Inclusive Wedding to be held on June 28, they will be providing select listeners with an opportunity to have their nuptials officiated by the station’s very own Jim Chandler, an ordained minister.
Beginning July 1, 2019, the state of Tennessee will no longer permit officiants who obtained their license online to perform a legal marriage. The on-air radio personality and ordained minister will officiate select listeners interested in tying the knot regardless of gender, sexual orientation or religious preference. Listeners with a valid marriage license can sign up via the station’s website beginning today until June 25 at 5:00pm CST.
93.1 KATY Raises $44,500 For Law Enforcement
THE MOUTH, JUNE 18TH, 2019 –– The Texoma Back the Badge Foundation, 93.1 Katy Country and Classic of Texoma, TX, announced $44,500 was raised this year from the 3rd Annual Wheeler & Castellanos Back the Badge Memorial Golf Tournament, that happened on May 17th at the Denison Golf & Country Club. Money raised will go to the Texoma Back the Badge Foundation, which was established to help raise awareness and assist in minimizing the financial burden often placed on Law Enforcement agency employees who experience catastrophic circumstances including illness, serious injury, or death. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Chad Key Memorial Scholarship Fund and the Rickey Wheeler Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Funds raised came from sponsor donations and community members who competed in the tournament. Over the past 3 years, $124,500 has been raised to support local law enforcement in Southern Oklahoma and North Texas. The tournament was renamed after two law enforcement officers, Rickey Wheeler and Vinny Castellanos lost their battles to cancer, shortly after playing in the inaugural tournament in 2017. A total of $124,500 has been raised for this cause in three years. We hope this event creates an overwhelming sense of appreciation for what our first responders do on a daily basis.”
SNAPS: KSCS/Dallas 'Mark 'Hawkeye' Louis Gives Commencement Address At Academy
THE MOUTH, JUNE 18TH, 2019 –– KSCS-FM Dallas / Fort Worth longtime morning host Mark “Hawkeye” Louis of Hawkeye in the Morning was recently invited to give the commencement address at the prestigious Westlake Academy in Westlake, Texas.
Every graduating senior of the class of 2019 has been accepted to college, with members of the senior class headed to Duke, Harvard and Vanderbilt among others. Watch Hawkeye's Address HERE
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Nick Cannon Takes Mornings On Power 106 LA
THE MOUTH, JUNE 17TH, 2019 –– Meruelo Media announced that TV/Radio host, comedian, actor, producer, rapper, writer, philanthropist, children's book author, and activist, Nick Cannon, will join Power 106, LA's #1 hip hop station, as the morning show's main host and producer. The show, "Nick Cannon Mornings - Power 106 #1 for Hip Hop," launches today, June 17, and will air daily from 5AM — "Nick is the quintessential entertainer and content creator who will take our media game to the next level," said Otto Padron, President and COO of Meruelo Media, "His tremendous success across television, film and music is testimony of his unique talent, work ethic and impeccable reputation." Otto concluded, "Nick is the absolute right talent to start our mornings on Power 106 - this is an incredible match and we're fortunate to have him on our family!"
Cannon said, "Power 106 is one of the most substantial fixtures in our Hip Hop culture that has proven time and time again that they are #1 and not going anywhere! Los Angeles is used to star players joining star franchises! I'm just honored for the opportunity to make our community and Culture proud. All I can say is it's Ncredible!" Power 106 Program Director, E-Man said, "Nick Cannon is that fresh sound we were looking for on Power 106. Nick is an incredible entertainer who embodies Hip Hop, pop culture, comedy, and community all in one! We are very excited to have him on our team." Cannon is the Host and Executive Producer of Fox's #1 hit TV show, "The Masked Singer", as well as the Creator, Host, and Executive Producer of MTV's "Wild 'N Out", which will begin production on its 15th season later this year.
Worth noting, former Power 106 morning host Big Boy who now handles mornings at crosstown Real Real Radio's 92.3, announced Cannon's news prior to release - Listen to what he had to say HERE
Craig Carton: 'I Believe In Redemption'
THE MOUTH, JUNE 17TH, 20-19 –– Before beginning his prison sentence, Craig Carton, the former morning co-host on The Fan New York, said, I 'Believe In Redemption'. According to WFAN, he vowed Friday to redeem himself following his fraud conviction. In a statement posted on Twitter, Carton, who will begin serving his 42-month sentence today, June 17th, acknowledged he made many mistakes and said he'll spend his time in prison working to turn his life around.
"I made mistakes," Carton, 50, wrote. "Mistakes in judgements, decisions and how I was living my life. I was wrong. I have, will and should continue to pay a dear price for those mistakes. I also though, believe in redemption and earning second chances. I am keenly aware that my life doesn't end when I go to prison, to the contrary it actually begins. I plan on making the most of the positive and life growing opportunities that the prison offers. I will work tirelessly to repay those whom I have hurt and to regain the trust that you all had in me. I look forward to the day when you accept that I have lived up to these promises and allow me the opportunity to once again be a part of your lives. I know when that day comes you will see and hear the best version of me."
Carton, who co-hosted the "Boomer and Carton" show from 2007 to 2017 with former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason, was convicted in November of conspiracy, wire fraud and securities fraud related to his ticket-resale business that duped investors out of millions of dollars. He was sentenced in April to 3 1/2 years in prison, 150 hours of community service and $4.8 million in restitution.
Matthew Jarecki Added to Lineup At KILT-AM Houston
THE MOUTH, JUNE 17TH, 2019 –– Entercom has named Matthew Jarecki as night drive host for SportsRadio (KILT-AM), Houston. Jarecki will air weeknights from 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. CT, effective immediately. “Matt’s a natural when it comes to sports radio,” said Sarah Frazier, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Houston. “He has an innate ability to create unique and passionate opinions around Houston sports. His relentless work ethic will shine through.'
Prior to joining Entercom, Jarecki was a morning show host on KLJX-LP in Flagstaff, AZ. He also served as a sideline reporter for KAFF-FM and play by play and sideline reporter for NAU-TV in Flagstaff.
FORMATICS: Beasley Unveils Jammin’ 105.7 in Las Vegas
THE MOUTH, JUNE 17TH, 2019 –– Beasley Media Group has unveiled the new Jammin’ 105.7 on KOAS-FM in Las Vegas. The new format officially launched with “Smile” by Li’l Duval & Snoop Dogg at midnight,
The new on-air lineup will include: 5am-9am The Steve Harvey Morning Show 9am-2pm Zenja Dunn remains in Middays 2pm-6pm Paco Lopez joins the team for afternoon drive 6pm-9pm Connie Breeze will handle evening duties 9pm-2am The Sweat Hotel featuring Keith Sweat “Bringing back Steve Harvey was a key part of our strategy for KOAS,” said Beasley Media Group Las Vegas Vice President and Market Manager, Peter Burton. “He has had tremendous success in Las Vegas in the past. We are expecting big things from this great morning show. Paco Lopez provides a strong bookend in afternoon drive. His track record with the Hispanic audiences in New York, Washington and Houston is outstanding.” “Our dedicated listeners spoke loud and clear,” said Beasley Media Group Executive Vice President, Justin Chase. “They want Harvey back! This programming shift will super serve our core audience and we’re excited to see the results.”
NIELSON: Country The Top Format Of Both Genders Again; Radio Remains Top Platform
THE MOUTH, JUNE 17Th, 2019 ––Nielsen's newly released June 2019 Audio Today report, offers insights regarding listening trends, in all its variious forms, including podcasting and smart speakers! Among the highlights: Across age, gender and ethnicity, radio consistently connects with a large number of consumers. · When looking at demographics by gender, listenership remains strong. Both women and men 18-49 use radio in large numbers, with their listenership nearly equal at 65.9 million (97%) and 65.4 million (98%), respectively. Country is the top format for both genders.
The Steady Reach of Radio: Winning Consumers’ Attention If there’s one thing we’ve learned about radio, it’s that its mass appeal has been consistent over time as America’s top reach medium. The original electronic media, radio continues to reach more Americans than any other platform measured by Nielsen. Among adults 18+, radio reaches 92% of U.S. adults every week.
Not surprisingly, adults 18-49 are the demographic that tunes in the most. The monthly reach for these listeners is 132.4 million (98% of the population), and Country is the format they prefer most. Adults 25-54 are the second most reached demographic for radio, with 123.6 million (99%) of the population listening each month.
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PODCASTS: The Weiss Agency Teams With John Wiley & Sons For Dummies: The Podcast
THE MOUTH, JUNE 17TH, 2019 –– The Weiss Agency’s newly established podcast division, TWA Podcast Studio, has partnered with John Wiley & Sons on the production and distribution of FOR DUMMIES: THE PODCAST Hosted by NBC daytime star Eric Martsolf. With more than 250 million books in print and thousands of published titles globally in 30 languages, the iconic Dummies brand publishes an extensive series of friendly, easy-to-understand, reference books intended to present information across various topics in a non intimidating way to readers at every level.
The Weiss Agency is a preeminent broadcast talent agency, representing a multitude of award-winning local and nationally syndicated radio personalities, podcasters, program producers, and executives in every radio format - from music to talk. With its newly launched podcast division, TWA Podcast Studios, headed by radio and publishing industry veteran Joe Garner, the agency is collaborating with Wiley on the development, production and distribution of the podcast. “Dummies is an iconic media brand that has successfully educated readers around the globe for over three decades,” says Eric Weiss. “I am thrilled to partner with Wiley to produce an informative and entertaining podcast that will allow us to share this gold mine of instructional information with listeners around the world.”
For Dummies: The Podcast debuts Monday, June 17, 2019 on all major podcast platforms.
For First Time Ever, NRTS Launches Two Institutes In The Same Week - Boston & Knoxville
THE MOUTH, JUNE 17TH, 2019 –– Today marks a first for Dan Vallie's National Radio Talent System as it launches two of its institutes in the same week. As reported last week, The Beasley Radio Talent Institute begins today at Emerson College in Boston just as the TAB Radio Talent Institute kicks off at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. The Beasley Radio Talent Institute officially begins today as Brian Beasley, COO and Executive VP of the Beasley Media Group,takes the opening session. BrianBeasley will be followed by Mary Menna,VP/Market Manager of Beasley Media Group Boston,along with broadcast professionals from iHeart, Entercom, Hall Communications and others,as well as Steve Goldstein, Amplifi Media, Fred Jacobs ,Jacobs Media, Joe D’Angelo, Senior VP/Radio, Xperi and others.
On the campus of the University of Tennessee today, Larry Stone from StoneCom Radio, Cookeville, TN,will be leading the way at the TAB Radio Talent institute,followed over the next ten dayswith over three dozen broadcasters teaching in their areas of expertise, including Larry Patrick of Patrick Communications, Lester Turner, President/CEO of Tuned In Broadcasting Nashville, Chris Protzman, President and VP of Sales,Summit Media Nashville, Randy Ross,Market Manager Midwest Communications, Ken Salyer, VP/Market Manager Cumulus, Don Anthony from Morning Show Bootcamp and publisher of Jockline Daily and others, including Bud Walters, President of Cromwell Communications
Sponsors include Benztown and vCreative, Mr. Master, Xperi and Marketron. For more information, contact Dan Vallie: firstname.lastname@example.org 704-246-8185 –Office 828-266-1594
HONORS: WUSY-FM Chattanooga Honored By St. Jude Hospital With Spotlight Award
THE MOUTH, JUNE 17TH, 2019 –– Entercom, was honored by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital with the 2019 Spotlight Award. The award recognized the fundraising efforts of country station U.S. 101 (WUSY-FM)’s annual “Heart Strings for Hope” event which has raised over $1 million for St. Jude over the course of a decade. U.S. 101 was honored at the charity’s annual “Volunteer Awards Dinner” in Memphis, TN on June 12.
"Heart Strings for Hope’ has become one of the most prestigious events in Chattanooga, TN,” said Nichole Hartman, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Chattanooga. “It holds a special place in the heart of our community and Chattanooga has proven year after year its support for the kids of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Along with our partners, Will Miller and the Miller Family Foundation, we’re truly honored to be the voice of such a fantastic and worthy cause. St. Jude won’t stop until no child dies from childhood cancer and neither will we.”
SHOWN ABOVE: Left to Right: Tyler Stansell, Entercom; Nichole Hartman, Entercom; Allison Buchignani, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; Justin Cole, Entercom; Will and Kristen Miller, Miller Family Foundation; Cheryl and Dickie Hutsell, Miller Family Foundation; and Haley Cameron, St. Jude.
WUBE-FM Cincinnati Helps Buy Four More Service Dogs For Combat Veterans
THE MOUTH, JUNE 17TH, 2019 –– WUBE (Cincinnati’s Country … B-105) morning team, The Big Dave Show, set a goal for their listeners during the week of June 10 – 14, 2019 to collectively donate at least $50,000 to the Battle Buddy Foundation in order to purchase two service dogs for two local veterans. In 2018 the mission was: One Pet; One Vet and B-105 listeners raised enough for two. So the goal was to match that this year. In 2019 the station’s listeners and corporate friends DOUBLED that goal with over $103,000 raised. This will result in four veterans being rewarded a service dog each. Many donation incentives were aired during the week including tickets and passes to see and meet Jason Aldean, Kane Brown, Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert; pavilion tickets to EVERY Country concert coming to Riverbend Music Center in 2020 courtesy of MEMI (Music and Event Management, Inc.).
The Battle Buddy Foundation helps combat veterans transition back to civilian life while living with the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress, Traumatic Brain Injury and other combat related disabilities. The Battle Buddy Foundation was founded with the combined mission of assisting veterans, of all eras, in the acquisition of service dogs, while providing a network of peer support and activity, and promoting education and awareness of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), the current veteran suicide epidemic, and the live saving benefits of highly trained service dogs.
Bob Seger Matches Money Raised By Firefighter Who Walked 140 Miles For 'Neighbors' Event
THE MOUTH, JUNE 17TH, 2019 –– A Macomb Township firefighter (outside of Detroit) walked 140 miles in four days in full gear to raise money for "Neighbors United" (a charity that helps firefighters with cancer pay their medical bills) and he raised $13,680...not bad!
But wait Big Jim's House Morning Show at 94.7 WCSX told Joe's story to Bob Seger's management, and they decided to match the money raised by Joe!
The Bob Seger Trust along with Chevrolet Trucks is donating $13,680 to Neighbors United. Jim O'Brien - host: "I've seen this time and again from Bob Seger and his Trust - we simply made them aware of what Joe was doing, and they went above and beyond. Thank you to the Bob Seger Trust and our friends at Chevrolet Trucks. There is only ONE Bob Seger".
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WE WANT YOUR INPUT! MSBC/Jacobs Media's Talent-On-Talent Survey Now Underway
THE MOUTH, JUNE 13TH, 2019 –– It's finally here! The long-awaited second annual Talent-On-Air-Talent Questionnaire (AQ) is now available for your input! This first-of-its-kind survey of on-air personalities, hosts and teams and their producers is a collaboration between Morning Show Boot Camp and Jacobs Media. First results will be presented at MSBC 31 in Chicago on August 8 & 9. If you’re on-air or produce a show, you’re exactly who we’d like to participate. If you manage talent, please forward link below to any and all of those you work with who are on the air.
This Survey And All Individual Information Provided Is ABSOLUTELY CONFIDENTIAL! No radio companies are involved with this survey. No IDs are used for tracking purposes. Everyone who takes the survey gets the exact same link so there is no way for any personally identifiable information to be tagged to anyone taking the survey. We don’t share your info with anyone. We do have limitations on the number of survey completions, so please take it soon.
This is a forward-only survey. Do not go back or you may lose all of your responses.
Last year over a 1,000 respondents provided info and we're expecting even more this year. Expect lots of new questions and, more importantly, data that can benefit both talent and management alike. We couldn’t do this survey without your participation, so we thank you in advance for your opinions and time! CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE TEST
Cumulus & ESPN To Launch New Sports/Talk Radio Station In Washington, DC
THE MOUTH, CUMULUS MEDIA and ESPN Audio will launch a new sports/talk radio station for the nation’s capital on July 1 - ESPN 630 on WMAL-AM. The new sports/talk station will be the home for ESPN Radio weekday talk programming in Washington, D.C., including Golic and Wingo (6-10 a.m. ET) hosted by Mike Golic and Trey Wingo, The Stephen A. Smith Show (1-3 p.m.) and the exclusive national radio outlet for the NBA (including playoffs and Finals) and MLB (including postseason and World Series). The station will also carry Washington Redskins NFL games as part of an expanded content partnership with the team and sports/talk shows hosted by local personalities.
Jake McCann, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Washington, D.C., said: “We’re thrilled to be partnering with the two biggest sports brands in D.C. – ESPN and the Washington Redskins. We look forward to creating compelling content for our listeners and advertisers as a natural expansion of our relationship with the Redskins.” Traug Keller, Senior Vice President, ESPN Audio, said: “It has been a great experience working with Cumulus to launch our new ESPN Radio station in D.C.
Golic said: “Washington D.C. is a great sports destination with a passionate and involved fan base. We can’t wait to bring the unique style of Golic and Wingo to the nation’s capital next month on the new ESPN 630.” Wingo said: “I’m happy we’ll be heard in our nation’s capital. My first job out of school was there and my son played football at Georgetown so I’m excited for Golic and Wingo to be part of the D.C. scene. Also, little-known fact, I was the one who told Alex Ovechkin to scream like a caveman during the Capitals Stanley Cup parade,” Wingo added jokingly.
EVENTS: Brian Beasley To Kick Off 2nd Annual Beasley Radio Talent Institute At Emerson College Boston
THE MOUTH, JUNE 14TH, 2019 –– Beasley Media Group will host its 2nd Annual Beasley Radio Talent Institute for students, interns, and young professionals. The event will take place June 17 – June 26, 2019 at Emerson College in Boston.
Beasley Media Group Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President Brian Beasley will officially kick-off the sessions, followed by 40 experts in the broadcasting field, including Fred Jacobs (Jacobs Media), Joe D’Angelo (Xperi), Steve Goldstein ( Amplifi Media) and Mary Menna (Vice President/Market Manager, Beasley Media Group Boston) as well as representatives from Beasley Media Group, iHeart, Entercom Communications, Hall Communications, the New England Patriots, the Boston Bruins, the Boston Celtics and more.
“We are very proud to once again support the development of new industry talent,” said Beasley Media Group Chief Executive Officer Caroline Beasley. “The Beasley Radio Group Talent Institute provides an incredible opportunity for students to gain valuable experience and learn from some of the industry’s top leaders. We’re thrilled that our incredible teams at ROCK 92.9, HOT 96.9, WKLB-FM, WROR-FM and WBZ-FM/ 98.5 The Sports Hub are involved in this exciting initiative.”
The Beasley Radio Group Talent Institute is part of the National Radio Talent System. Produced by Dan Vallie, the series of highly respected radio-focused institutes take place on select college campuses across America each year. The event is presented by Beasley Media Group, with support from Xperi, Marketron, Benztown, vCreative and Mr Master.
[WATCH] Dahl Says Disco Demolition 'Could Not Happen Again' As White Sox Honor Event
THE MOUTH, JUNE 14TH, 2019 –– Following Thursday night's tribute by The Chicago White Sox of the infamous 'Disco Demolition Night,' Steve Dahl spoke with Chicago Tribune's Heidi Stevens and reflected on its 40th anniversary - a promotion he helped create at Comiskey Park 40 years ago on July 12th, 1979. According to The Tribune, the legendary host was feted before the Sox-Yankees game, which included a T-shirt giveaway commemorating the anniversary. “It’s been great so far,” Dahl said. “I got a free jersey with my name on it and I threw a decent first pitch I feel. Pounded the zone a little bit. Didn’t hit the photographer, didn’t bounce it, didn’t sky it. … I’m good with all that. It’s great to be back.”
As for the promotion, Dahl said. ‘It’s just something that happened, and honestly, it was just about the music.” Dahl was shocked that the WLUP-FM promotion — fans could get in for 98 cents if they brought a disco record to be blown up between games — caused an overflow crowd at old Comiskey Park, one of the biggest ever on the South Side. “Back then the Sox drew maybe 9,000 on a good night, so if I triple that, the place would still be half empty,” he said. “I was really surprised by the response.” Could a night like Disco Demolition ever happen again? “It could not happen again, because people now look at today through today’s lens,” he said. “Times are different. No, it can’t happen again. WATCH HERE - PHOTO/screengrab
Paris Nicole Rises To PD At Radio One's Boom 103.9 Philly
THE MOUTH, JUNE 14TH, 2019 –– Radio One Philadelphia has promoted Paris Nicole to Program Director of WPHI-FM/ Boom 103.9. In addition to programming, Nicole will continue to handle middays from 9am-2pm. Paris
Colby Tyner, Vice President of Programming, said, “Paris took the reins of WPHI in the last six months, increased ratings, and pulled off a major event. She earned these stripes, and we are so proud of her.” Kashon Powell, Vice President of Programming, stated, “I’m ecstatic to have Paris take on this role. She’s demonstrated an unquestionable ability to lead the team and her passion for radio is incomparable. I have no doubt that her future is bright.”
“I’m truly honored and grateful for the opportunity,” Nicole stated. “I’d like to thank Colby Tyner, Kashon Powell, Ezio Torres, and the entire Radio One family for believing in me. Boom 103.9 has always done amazing things in Philadelphia, and I’m excited to lead our station to new heights! Boom is poised to represent the hip-hop and R&B culture as no other outlet can."
Robby Bowen Tapped To Lead Sales For Entercom New Orleans
THE MOUTH, JUNE 14TH, 2019 –– Entercom has named Robby Bowen as Vice President and Director of Sales for Entercom New Orleans, effective June 19. In this role, Bowen will oversee sales efforts for B97 (WEZB-FM), Bayou 95.7 (WKBU-FM), Magic 101.9 (WLMG-FM), The New Hot 92.9 FM (WWWL-AM) and WWL 870 AM – 105.3 FM (WWL-AM/FM).
“Robby has an exceptional track record of leading sales team and programs for clients,” said Kevin Cassidy, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom New Orleans. “We are pleased to keep his talents within Entercom and welcome him to the bayou.” “I am really looking forward to this next phase of my career with Entercom New Orleans,” said Bowen. “With the support of our great teams, I’m sure we’ll be able to provide successful solutions for our partners.” Bowen is an industry veteran with over 14 years of experience, most recently serving as General Sales Manager for Entercom Dallas. Previously, Bowen served as Market President and Chief Revenue Officer for Townsquare Media Buffalo. Prior to that, he was General Sales Manager for CBS Radio station 105.3 The Fan.
88Nine Radio Milwaukee Names Maggie Corry To Development Director Post
THE MOUTH, JUNE 14TH, 2019 –– Maggie Corry, 88Nine Radio Milwaukee’s membership manager for the last three years, has been named the non-commercial station’s development director, the station announced Monday. As membership manager, Corry managed individual Radio Milwaukee donors and oversaw its membership program, including on-air membership drives and building relationships with its listening community.
“We're so excited to be promoting Maggie to this position,” Radio Milwaukee Executive Director Glenn Kleimansaid. “She is so smart and skilled, and fun to work with. Her education, experience elsewhere and impressive performance at Radio Milwaukee made this decision relatively easy. Can't wait to see how she helps us grow.”Corry said she was “thrilled to step into this new role at 88Nine.Most importantly, I feel so lucky to deepen relationships with the amazing team and generous supporters of Radio Milwaukee, as we continue to work together toward our mission of creating a better, more inclusive and engaged Milwaukee.”As development director, Corry will provide the leadership, strategic direction and management for all Radio Milwaukee philanthropic fundraising efforts,including individual giving, foundation grants and development events. More than 6,000 contributing members help support the station’s operations.
HONORS: Townsquare's New Jersey 101.5 Awarded For Breaking News Coverage By NJBA
THE MOUTH, JUNE 14TH, 2019 –– New Jersey 101.5 (WKXW-FM), was recognized this week by the New Jersey Broadcasters Association (NJBA) at its annual conference in Atlantic City where the station earned a Best of the Best award in breaking news. The station’s breaking news coverage of a fatal bus accident in Paramus won in the NJBA’s Breaking Story category. On the morning of May 17, 2018, a school bus from East Brook Middle School collided with a dump truck on Interstate 80 after the bus driver crossed three lanes of traffic in what prosecutors say was an attempt to make an illegal U-turn. Teacher Jennifer Williamson and 10-year-old student Miranda Vargas lost their lives. New Jersey 101.5 New Anchor Jen Ursillo, with online support by Louis Hochman, Sergio Bichao and Dan Alexander, delivered the latest information on the accident through the station’s dayparts.
“For almost 30 years, New Jersey 101.5 has been a voice for the people of the state,” said Ron deCastro, New Jersey 101.5 market president and chief revenue officer. “This award reflects the station’s commitment to its audience.” The fatal accident has resulted in a number of proposals by federal and state officials to address school bus safety.
Bones To Guest On 'Running Wild With Bear Grylls
THE MOUTH, JUNE 14TH, 2019 –– Looks like Premiere syndicated host Bobby Bones, host of the Bobby Bones Show and American Idol mentor, is adding to his ever-growing screen credits. This time it's Running Wild w Bear Grylls. While an official announcement will arrive soon, Bones will reportedly join as one of the celebrities. They’ve also announced Brie Larson and Arnie Hammer. Bones Can’t say where he's going yet! Hmmmmmm.
EVENTS: KMGL/Oklahoma City's Jeff Roberts Helps Raise $150,000 for Hungry Kids
THE MOUTH, JUNE 14TH, 2019 –– Magic 104.1 KMGL Morning Show co-host Jeff Roberts spent 37 hours on top of a billboard in Oklahoma City this week as part of a Food For Kids challenge for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. Roberts was placed on the billboard, 30 feet in the air, on Tuesday at 5 a.m. and pledged not to come down until his listeners had donated $150,000. By 6 p.m. Wednesday, donations totaled almost $160,000 and he came back down to Earth.
In Oklahoma, hunger affects 1 in 4 children. Roberts was proud to bring attention to this issue, even if it meant his own discomfort. "It's just such a great cause, I couldn't say no. This money will go to providing over 600,000 meals to kids in our state. It was well worth it." While on the billboard, Roberts kept himself busy with radio and TV interviews, social media posting, and even singing karaoke. His version of Old Town Road has to be heard to be believed. Roberts is well-known to radio listeners in Oklahoma City. He's been a co-host of the morning show on KMGL for over 30 years.
Sam Alex's Event Raises Reading Awareness
THE MOUTH, JUNE 14TH, 2019 –– Sam Alex brought together over 20 artists in a Celebrity Kickball Game to raise awareness for Get Caught Reading, a nationwide campaign to remind people how much fun it is to read. Team William Michael Morgan won the series over Team Luke Pell 2-1. Over 100 books were donated to The Children's Hospital at TriStar Centennial and the Little Free Library, a nonprofit that inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world.
With thousands descending on Music City for the 2019 CMA Music Festival, the kickball game was a fantastic cap to the week’s festivities. Additional talent in attendance were Seth Ennis, Jackson Michelson, Emma White, Honey County, Leah Turner, Tara Thompson, Lena Stone, Levon, actress Hayley Orrantia, and numerous others. PHOTO/recording artist William Michael Morgan, Mary Sarah (The Voice), Sam Alex & actress Hayley Orrantia from The Goldbergs - Photo by Alex Berger
SNAPS: Ted Edwards Visits Houston... As An Artist!
THE MOUTH, JUNE 14TH, 2019 –– A contingent of former KLOL staffers were on hand to welcome their PD colleague Ted Edwards back to Houston for his first show…as an artist! Edwards, who now makes his home in Kansas City, MO and represents John B. Wells and other syndicated broadcasters, was one of three artists featured in a group show at the Midtown Arts and Theatre Center Houston.
Ted’s work includes hand painted images on vellum and intricate “walking art” created using fabric pens and bleach on cotton surfaces. Among those who turned out were sales ace Tom Haynes (The Car Pro Show), Edwards and Hall of Fame broadcasters Dayna Steele and Doug Harris, pictured here flanked by KLOL Miss Rockwear poster girls Liz Reed (far left) and Karen Martin (far right).
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Zach Sang Onsite To Kick Off WWO & Subnation Alliance For Esports Audio Content
THE MOUTH, JUNE 13TH, 2019 –– Westwood One and multi-platform media brand Subnation announced a new strategic alliance that will bring esports audio content to millions of fans across the country. The first collaboration between the two companies is a weekly feature in Westwood One’s nationally syndicated Zach Sang Show. Kicking off the partnership, Zach is onsite with Subnation at the 2019 Electronic Entertainment Expo, otherwise known as E3.
The first regular feature will air the following Tuesday, 6/18 – gaming legend Paul “Redeye” Chaloner will join Zach on his show every week to talk about gaming news, current standings, and new releases. Heavy esports watchers are more likely to be heavy AM/FM radio listeners, according to a recent MARU/Matchbox National Community study fielded in February 2019. The study also found that heavy esports watchers and heavy video game players frequently listen to Sports, Rock, and Top 40.
"Given our decades of leadership in iconic sports audio entertainment, Westwood One is uniquely positioned to capture the passion, scale and momentum of esports, bringing the new voices, commentary and perspectives of esports to the audio platform,” said Suzanne Grimes, EVP, Marketing for Cumulus and President, Westwood One. “Subnation is the perfect partner to collaborate on authentic, high quality esports content that will resonate with our massive audience."
Award Winning Kelly Mac Named PD For KTCX-FM Beaumont
THE MOUTH, JUNE 13TH, 2019 –– Cumulus has appointed award-winning Kelly Mac as Program Director of Urban AC radio station KTCX-FM/Magic 102.5 in Beaumont. Mac joins Cumulus Beaumont with nearly two decades experience in broadcasting, including stops in: Charleston, SC (WWBZ and WWWZ); Mobile, AL (WBLX); Greenville, SC (WJMZ); Philadelphia, PA (WDAS and WUSL); Indianapolis, IN (WTLC); and Charlotte, NC (WBAV).
The National Association of Broadcasters honored Mac with a Marconi Award for “On-Air Personality of the Year” in 2010 (WJMZ) and “Station of the Year” in 2009 (WJMZ). Bo Brown, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Beaumont, said: “Kelly Mac is the creative, talented and professional leader that we need to lead Magic 102.5. She is a perfect fit for our team and the Magic family.” Mac said: “It’s an honor to rejoin forces with the Cumulus family and I look forward to expanding the KTCX team and brand. As a BIG FAN of Cumulus’s new programming initiatives, I look forward to exercising my creativity and programming experience in this exciting new role.”
Jonathan 'JR' Ruppel Joins Saga's WPOR/Portland As PD; Paul McDaniel Takes OM Reins In Harrisonburg
THE MOUTH, JUNE 13TH, 2019 –– Harrisonburg Radio Group OM/WSIG PD Jonathan “JR” Ruppel will be heading north to join Saga’s Portland Radio Group as PD of heritage Country station WPOR. Crash Poteet will exit and head back home to family in West Virginia.
“There’s an undeniable synergy in the air at WPOR,” said Ruppel. “While I’m going to miss the Harrisonburg team tremendously, I’m excited to join my new radio family in Portland!” Taking the reins in Harrisonburg is Twenty-three year radio vet Paul McDaniel, who will join Saga’s eight-station group as OM and PD of market leader and heritage country legend WSIG.
“This is a one of a kind brand,” said McDaniel. “I couldn't be more excited to grab the torch and build upon the success that JR and the winning team have created at Harrisonburg Radio Group.”
“It is always such a thrill to be able to take our programming talent and move them up to another market”, says Saga VP/Programming Bob Lawrence. “Crash has done a terrific job at WPOR over the past couple of years and we are truly sorry to see him leave. Moving up JR is just a natural, wonderful opportunity for all of us. When we couple that with being able to bring in a PD like Paul McDaniel for WSIG – well, it’s like winning the perfecta!” McDaniel is well known across Central Virginia and will begin on June 24th.
PODCAST: WTOP's 22 Hours: An American Nightmare, Rises To #24 On Apple Chart
THE MOUTH, JUNE 13TH, 2019 –– According to Wheeler Morris, Manager of Corporate Podcast Strategy For Hubbard, WTOP & PodcastOne's 22 Hour: An American Nighmare rose to #24 yesterday on Apple rankings (up from 40+ earlier in the day) and #6 on Apple for News & Politics. As we reported earlier this week, WTOP News and PodcastOne teamed up for this new true-crime podcast that featured details the horrific events that led to a D.C. power couple, their 10-year-old son and housekeeper being held hostage, tortured and brutally murdered inside their own home. The killings of the Savopoulos family and Vera Figueroa in May 2015 were among the most shocking and mysterious crimes in D.C. history. Three years later, Daron Wint, the man charged in the crime that became known as the D.C. Mansion Murders, was finally brought to justice.
In 22 Hours: An American Nightmare, award-winning WTOP reporters Megan Cloherty and Jack Moore painstakingly piece together the victims’ last 22 hours, unpack the complicated and shocking trail of evidence that led police to the killer, reveal what happened in the dramatic trial, explore Wint’s motives, and re-examine whether he had help committing the crime. For more information on the podcast, visit PodcastOne.com.
iHeart's Exec's Honored By UJA-Federation
THE MOUTH, JUNE 13TH, 2019 –– UJA-Federation of New York’s annual Music Visionary of the Year Award Luncheon honored Bob Pittman, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, iHeartMedia, Inc.; Rich Bressler, President, Chief Operating Officer & Chief Financial Officer, iHeartMedia, Inc.; John Sykes, President of Entertainment Enterprises, iHeartMedia; and Tom Poleman, Chief Programming Officer & President, National Programming Group, iHeartMedia.
Dan + Shay, Lizzo and Jade Bird entertained 700 guests including Sony Music Entertainment’s Rob Stringer, Universal Music Group’s Michele Anthony, Records Founder Barry Weiss, YouTube’s Lyor Cohen, Lava Records’ Jason Flom, Atlantic Records’ Julie Greenwald and Craig Kallman, Hitco Entertainment’s Charles Goldstuck, RCA’s Peter Edge, Warner Records’ Tom Corson, Glassnote Entertainment Group’s Daniel Glass, and 300 Entertainment’s Kevin Liles. iHeartMedia’s on-air personalities, Angie Martinez from Power 105.1’s “The Angie Martinez Show” and Bobby Bones from the nationally syndicated “The Bobby Bones Show” emceed the event and Judy McGrath presented the award. The sold-out event took place at The Pierre Hotel in New York and raised $1.6 million to benefit UJA-Federation.
106.5 The Arch St. Louis Goes All Gloria
THE MOUTH, JUNE 13TH, 2019 –– In case you didn't hear, The St. Louis Blues Claimed the Stanley Cup last night ending a 52-Year Wait. As expected, 106.5 the Arch in St. Louis quickly will become Gloria 106-5 starting Friday afternoon at 3!
Look to hear the greatest Blues plays in hockey history, and the songs on the radio that year, every 15 minutes! Gloria is the Blues victory anthem.
Boston's Toucher & Rich Host Bruins' Rally
THE MOUTH, JUNE 13TH, 2019 –– Heading into game 7 of the Stanley Cup, Toucher & Rich from Beasley Media Group’s 98.5 The Sports Hub invited listeners down to the studios to participate in a #Game7Chaos rally in the radio station parking lot on Wednesday, June 12th in Boston! The duo invited groups of fans up into the studio throughout the morning to cheer on the Boston Bruins to victory in the 2019 Stanley Cup!
WBZ-FM is the Flagship Station of the Bruins and the only place for the local call of Game 7 in Boston. Those present were also able to enter to win tickets to tonight’s highly coveted Boston Bruins Game 7 Stanley Cup game against the St. Louis Blues. Photo ( L to R): Fred Toucher and Rich Shertenlieb with Bruins fans in the WBZ-FM/98.5 The Sports Hub studio.
Ugly Phil Takes Over Mornings On FIX Radio In The UK
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, JUNE 13TH, 2019 –– One of the first callers to Ugly Phil’s new Breakfast Show on Fix Radio in the UK had an unusual claim to fame, putting 24 Maltesers underneath his foreskin! Ugly Phil, is well known in Australia for his work on some of their biggest radio stations including Triple M, FOX FM and Nova. He has returned to Britain to present the Breakfast Show on Fix. He said, “I know Britain is famous for eccentrics but I wasn’t expecting this on my first show!”.
In Australia, Ray Hadley, ‘Hottest Radio Hunk’? - A campaign has been launched for Ray Hadley to be named Australia’s Hottest Radio Hunk 2019. The push for Ray to be named Take Five magazine’s “wireless wonderboy” was started by… Ray Hadley. On the air, Ray took a look through the other nominees and weighed in on the competition. Dave ‘Hughesy’ Hughes – “He’s got a head like a Mongolian trotting duck.” Kyle Sandilands – “He’d have his admirers.” Ryan ‘Fitzy’ Fitzgerald – “Fitzy from upstairs is there. 42? He looks 62!” At 64-years-old, Ray is the equal eldest broadcaster in the final 20 so far, alongside Macquarie Radio colleague Steve Price.
In The UK, Gold Back On National Digital Radio - Gold is returning to the national DAB multiplex D1 and putting James Bassam – The Bassman from Capital – on Breakfast. James will replace Tony Dibbin, who left the station last month after a decade on-air.
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[WATCH] A Look At WPLJ's Reunion Party
THE MOUTH, JUNE 13TH, 2019 –– The WPLJ Farewell Reunion took place on Tuesday night, May 21st when over 400 alumni and friends of this iconic New York FM station gathered at The Cutting Room in Manhattan to give WPLJ a memorable send-off. And, of course, radio's best bud Art Vuolo was there manning the camera and now shares this video of the night's highlights. For those who were there, you can relive it all. For anyone unable to be there, you can enjoy it all. For listeners and fans of 95.5 FM it's a bitter-sweet finale to a station that entertained for 48 years.
This linked video was produced and edited by Art Vuolo, Jr. who has, once again, captured a major slice of radio history! It features dozens of those in attendance, the two minute "mash up" audio montage, TV spots, comments from legendary alums like; Allen Shaw, Jim Kerr (inset top right) and Scott Shannon (inset top left). Also included are rare old video airchecks of WPLJ personalities, not shown at the party. The video, on a standard DVD, is available at www.vuolovideo.com/videovault/reunions. It runs 95.5 minutes. See Preview HERE
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WNCX-FM Cleveland Host & Music Legend Michael Stanley Honored With Street Sign
THE MOUTH, JUNE 12TH, 2019 –– Cleveland music legend and Entercom's WNCX afternoon host Michael Stanley has been honored with dedicated street sign. According to NEWS5 Cleveland, the corner of Euclid Avenue and Huron Road will be renamed Michael Stanley Way. Stanley called the moment "pretty surreal." "I never expected this to happen. It's very cool. It wasn't on the list of things to accomplish, but it's certainly a nice cherry on top of things," said Stanley, laughing.
Stanley added, "I grew up here my entire life and I've always loved it. I won't lie, like most Clevelanders I like to get out of here in January or February if I could, but other than that, it's just a great bunch of people. We've traveled all over the world, and there's a lot of great places, but when you come back here [Cleveland], you go 'This place is really special.'"WATCH HERE
SNAPS: Radio Peeps Land 1st & 2nd Spot On The New York Times Bestsellers List
THE MOUTH, JUNE 12TH, 2019 –– As tipped by Westwood One's Walter Sterling, host of Sterling On Sunday, guess who occupies first and second place atop the New York Times Bestseller's 'Non-Fiction' list? That would be none other that Westwood syndicated host Mark Levin with his book 'Unfreedom of the Press, and SiriusXM's Howard Stern with 'Howard Comes Again.' SEE HERE
Sterling says, “Radio moves product. On day of publishing, both books hit the top of the NYTIMES best seller list—the gold for publishers. Incredibly hard to do. Nothing moves product like a radio star. Nothing!”
Mike Calta Inks Multi-Year Extension with Tampa’s 102.5 The Bone
THE MOUTH, JUNE 12TH, 2019 –– Cox Media's 102.5 The Bone announced a multi-year contract extension with morning host Mike Calta. Calta will continue his role as host of Tampa’s number one morning drive talk show – The Mike Calta Show.
“I’m excited to call both Tampa Bay and CMG my home and my family for the next couple of years and hopefully plenty more beyond that” says Calta. “This is where The Mike Calta Show was born and we are excited to watch it continue to grow!”
Originally from Staten Island, New York, Mike Calta transplanted to the Tampa market in 1989 and joined 102.5 The Bone family in 2007. Since then, The Mike Calta Show has entertained its listeners with fun, unique and compelling content. “Mike Calta leads the most entertaining weekday talk show in Tampa Bay. We are excited that The Mike Calta Show will continue to call 102.5 The Bone home for many years to come,” says John Brennan, director of branding and programming for CMG Tampa.
Callahan Adds PD Duties For Entercom's K-FROG Riverside
Now Oversees Programming At All Entercom Southern California Country Stations
THE MOUTH, JUNE 12TH, 2019 –– Entercom announced Kevin Callahan as the new Program Director for country station K-FROG (KFRG-FM/KXFG-FM) in Riverside, effective immediately. K-FROG, the Inland Empire’s Only Country Station, recently expanded its reach to 93.1 JACK FM HD2 in Los Angeles. “We are excited for Kevin to lead K-FROG stations in Riverside,” said Michael Valenzuela, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Riverside. “His vast award-winning industry experience and leadership in audio and marketing innovation will help raise the bar for our team.”
“I’m honored to be afforded the opportunity to expand my role with Entercom in the Riverside market,” said Callahan. “I’ve been fortunate to oversee programming efforts for 103.7 KSON and I look forward to taking K-FROG to new heights in the next chapter of my career.” Callahan now oversees programming efforts for all Entercom Southern California country stations. He continues in his role as Program Operations Manager for sister stations 103.7 KSON (KSON), 97.3 The Fan (KWFN-FM), ALT 949 (KBZT-FM) KYXY 96.5 (KYXY-FM) and Sunny 98.1 (KXSN-FM) in San Diego.
Keith Memoly Rises To Program Director For WDBO & ESPN 580 Orlando
THE MOUTH, JUNE 12TH, 2019 –– Memoly will manage and continue to innovate the legacy brand of WDBO, both as Orlando’s premier News/Talk station and the market’s ESPN affiliate. “Keith brings a diverse amount of experience and passion to his role. I look forward to seeing him and the WDBO team help shape the future of Orlando’s iconic radio brand,” says Steve Stewart, director of programming operations for CMG Orlando.
Memoly started his career with CMG in 2010 as the marketing director for WPYO, WCFB and WMMO in Orlando. In 2017, he was promoted to assistant program director at WDBO, where he became instrumental in the stations’ programming and promotional planning and its on-air execution.
“I’m beyond THRILLED for the opportunity to lead an amazing, award-winning team of talent that is the fabric of the News 96.5 and ESPN 580 brands,” says Memoly. “WDBO is a legendary brand in the industry and I would like to thank Jason Meder, Steve Stewart and Tim Clarke for believing and entrusting in me and my leadership.”
Don Parker Named GM For iHeart's Pride Radio
THE MOUTH, JUNE 12TH, 2019 –– iHeartMedia has named Don Parker General Manager for iHeartRadio’s PRIDE Radio, The Pulse of LGBTQ America, effective immediately. In addition, Parker will continue his role as Regional Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia’s Northern California Region. Additionally, iHeartMedia will soon conduct a national search for a program director for PRIDE Radio, reporting to Parker.
“PRIDE Radio has grown significantly over the years and has the ability to reach both a local and national targeted audience across multiple markets through its audio, digital, social and live event assets,” said Parker. “I’m excited to be expanding my role with this engaging initiative that supports equality and inclusivity and bringing on a dedicated Program Director to help lead the brand and its impact this platform has on the LBGTQ+ community to new levels.”
Parker is a media veteran and has held several positions while at iHeartMedia. Prior to his current role as regional Senior Vice president of Programming and General Manager for PRIDE Radio, Parker has served as Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia San Francisco, Vice President of Programming for NextMedia Group, Program Director for KCMG in Los Angeles and Program Director for KTBZ in Houston.
BUSINESS: iHeart To Support Nielsen With Continuous Diary Measurement In 4 Markets
THE MOUTH, JUNE 12TH, 2019 –– Nielsen announced that iHeartMedia will advance radio attribution by supporting Nielsen Media Impact (NMI) and Continuous Diary Measurement (CDM) in Nielsen Audio’s four book markets. With this agreement, Nielsen moves forward with its decision to implement Continuous Diary Measurement as planned in radio markets currently measured four times a year. In addition, iHeartMedia’s support boosts the momentum of Nielsen’s national cross-media planning tool, Nielsen Media Impact.
“Nielsen Audio is THRILLED to be collaborating with iHeartMedia on these important, forward-looking industry level initiatives,” said Brad Kelly, Managing Director, Nielsen Audio. “Billion dollar advertisers are telling us with absolute clarity that fresh data and cross-platform media analytics are of paramount importance. These are critical inputs which fuel the marketing mix models -- the same models that guide vast marketing and ad spend budgets.” “The advertising ecosystem is evolving quickly,” added Kelly. Continuous Diary Measurement will start with the July 2019 survey in the 46 Nielsen Audio markets that are currently measured four times a year. The survey period covers April 25 to July 17 and the reports will be delivered between August 14th and August 23rd.
NETWORKS: Todd Alan Draws VP Stripes At WWO; Julie Bell Named Dir. Affiliate Sales
THE MOUTH, JUNE 12TH, 2019 –– Westwood One has promoted Todd Alan to Vice President, Affiliate Sales, Music & Entertainment from Director, Affiliate Sales. Alan is based in New York City and reports to Stuart Greenblatt, SVP, Affiliate Sales. In addition, Westwood One has hired affiliate sales specialist Julie Bell as Director, Affiliate Sales, Music & Entertainment. Bell takes over Alan’s previous responsibilities, reporting directly to him.
Alan has spent 16 years at Westwood One, with affiliate sales experience in Entertainment and Talk programming. He also spent two years as a Vice President, Affiliate Sales and Programming for Focus 360, LLC. Prior to Westwood One, he served as Director of Affiliate Marketing for LAUNCH Media and Affiliate Sales Manager for OnRadio.
Bell comes to Westwood One from United Stations, where she spent 20 years as Regional Director, Affiliate Relations. She also served as National Director, Content & Affiliate Relations at Superadio and as Director of Client Services and Research Manager for Vallie-Richards Consulting.
PODCAST: Triton Digital To Acquire Omny Studio
Triton Digital®, the global technology and services leader to the digital audio and podcast industry, announced today the acquisition of Omny Studio, the creators of the world’s most advanced podcast and on-demand audio publishing platform, which Triton has been integrated with and re-selling since 2017. As a result of this acquisition, Triton Digital has acquired the technology, assets, and team of the Melbourne-based podcasting leader, and is now the exclusive provider of the industry’s most advanced, full-stack enterprise podcasting solution. The entire Omny Studio team, including co-founders Andrew Armstrong and Long Zheng, have joined Triton Digital. Omny Studio is trusted by the world’s leading radio stations and podcast networks, including Cumulus Media, Entercom, Mediacorp, Southern Cross Austereo, Corus Entertainment, Mashable, Arabian Radio Network, Mamamia, and more.
“Omny Studio has been an exceptional partner that shares our passion for enabling traditional broadcasters and pure play podcasters to grow their audience and revenue,” said Neal Schore, CEO of Triton Digital. “We are proud to welcome Omny to the Triton family, and look forward to combining our talent and technology to expand the solution globally and continue to innovate around podcast data and analytics.”
Beasley & WMMR-FM Preston & Steve Show Among Honorees At Service To America Event
THE MOUTH, JUNE 12TH, 2019 –– Beasley Media Group and WMMR-FM in Philadelphia’s Preston & Steve Morning Show were among the honorees at the 2019 Service to America Awards, presented by the National Association of Broadcasters Leadership Foundation (NABLF). The event took place on Tuesday, June 11th at the Anthem in Washington, DC. Beasley Media Group received the 2019 Service to “Community Award for Radio-Ownership Group” for its yearlong company-wide Beasley Best Community of Caring Initiative, which shined an important spotlight on issues that included Bullying, Hunger, Autism, and the Opioid Epidemic. Company employees also participated in special Day of Caring volunteer events in the community.
WMMR-FM received the “Service to Community Award for Radio-Major Market” for Preston & Steve’s Camp Out for Hunger Initiative. The event is the largest food collection of its kind in the United States. Proceeds from the collection benefit Philabundance, the largest hunger relief organization in the Delaware Valley. Beasley Media Group (BMG) Team
PHOTO/L-R- Bill Weston (WMMR-FM Program Director & BMG Rock Format Brand Manager), Heidi Raphael (BMG Chief Communications Officer), Joe Bell (BMG Philadelphia VP/Market Manager), Cullen Wilson, Preston Elliot (WMMR-FM), Caroline Beasley (BMG CEO), Steve Morrison (WMMR-FM), Lora Lewis (BMG Philadelphia Community Affairs Director), Allyson Hillman (BMG Ft. Myers Director of Sales), Jennifer Williams (VP of Digital Marketing) and Justin Chase (BMG EVP of Programming).
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THE MOUTH, JUNE 11TH, 2019 –– Former Army Staff Sgt., David Bellavia, current co-host on Entercom's WBEN/Buffalo's Bauere & Bellavia Show, will receive The Medal of Honor for Valor in Iraq during a ceremony from President Trump on June 25; thus, becoming the first living recipient of The Medal of Honor reports TIME
According to The White House he'll receive the nation’s highest military honor for actions in Iraq. Bellavia was leading a squad in support of Operation Phantom Fury in Fallujah in November 2004 when his platoon was pinned down by gunfire as he went from house to house. Bellavia engaged the insurgents, providing cover that allowed members of the platoon to exit safely. He later killed four of the insurgents.
Bellavia was released from the Army in August 2005. He now co-host afternoons on WBEN in Buffalo, New York See official report HERE.
BUSINESS: Beasley To Acquire WDMK-FM Detroit; Emmis To Sell Controlling Interest In Austin Cluster
THE MOUTH, JUNE 11TH, 2019 –– Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. announced that it entered into a definitive agreement to acquire WDMK-FM and three translators in Detroit, Michigan from Urban One for $13.5 million in cash. Excluding one-time transaction costs, the acquisition of WDMK-FM is expected to be immediately accretive to Beasley’s free cash flow without materially altering the Company’s leverage.
Commenting on the proposed transaction, Caroline Beasley, Chief Executive Officer, said, “The accretive acquisition of WDMK-FM significantly enhances our revenue and competitive position in Detroit. Detroit is undergoing an exciting renaissance as a result of billions of dollars of new investments in the city’s residential, commercial, entertainment and cultural centers, all of which are driving new residents, businesses, tourists, employment and economic activity.” “We entered the Detroit market in late 2016 and have consistently improved the operating results of the three stations we acquired, and we believe the proposed transaction is a strategically and financially compelling growth opportunity for our shareholders.
-- Emmis Communications Corporation announced an agreement to sell its 50.1% controlling interest in a partnership that owns and operates six Austin radio stations and two FM translators to its partner, Sinclair Telecable, Inc., for $39.3 million, subject to customary prorations and adjustments. Emmis and Sinclair have been partners since Emmis purchased its controlling interest in July 2003. Sinclair Telecable is not in any way affiliated with Sinclair Broadcast Group, licensee of KEYE-TV in Austin. The company also owns and operates 7 FM, 2 AM, and 2 FM translators in Norfolk, Virginia and in the Sonoma County California wine country. The Austin radio cluster includes eight station brands: KLBJ-AM, KLBJ-FM, Bob FM, La Zeta, Star 93.3, 101X, Austin City Limits Radio, and Latino 102.7. The Austin cluster will be rebranded as Waterloo Media.
"It's been a fabulous run in Austin, operating in one of America's best radio markets with such a special team and winning culture," said Emmis Chairman and CEO Jeff Smulyan. "I can't say enough great things about the performance of our incredible team in Austin. Our focus at Emmis now will be on transitioning to new areas of growth. I'm thrilled to say we didn't need to look far to find a committed, well-known buyer who feels the same way about the Austin team. The Sinclairs have been great partners and will undoubtedly take the operation to new heights."
EXECUTIVE ACTION: ABC News Names Stacia Philips Deshishku VP/GM
THE MOUTH, JUNE 11TH, 2019 –– ABC President James Goldston Goldston’s issued a note yesterday to his staff stating: I am pleased to announce some exciting news. Stacia Philips Deshishku has been promoted to Vice President and General Manager of ABC Radio and will oversee all of our audio businesses, from traditional terrestrial radio serving over 1,650 stations nationwide to podcasts and digital audio. rely on during her tenure as deputy bureau chief for the last five yIn April we asked Stacia to be the interim leader of the radio division. She dove in immediately and quickly demonstrated the same steadfast leadership and journalistic smarts the Washington team has come to ears."
Goldston continued, "Throughout her impressive career Stacia reported on big stories and events at home and around the world. She covered the White House extensively, during the 2000 election was CNN's Manager of Political Coverage and later was head of CNN's White House unit. Stacia led CNN’s breaking news coverage for many years, including the network’s Peabody Award-winning coverage of Hurricane Katrina. As Vice President and General Manager, Stacia will be integral in leading ABC News to even greater success and growth in this exciting time for the audio industry. -- We'll post the role for a new Washington Deputy Bureau Chief shortly. In the meantime, the team is in great hands with Jonathan Greenberger and the terrific leadership team in D.C.
Chris Moreau Rises To VP/MM For Cumulus Green Bay
THE MOUTH, JUNE 11TH, 2019 –– Cumulus has promoted Chris Moreau as Vice President/Market Manager for Cumulus Green Bay. A 40-year veteran of broadcast and sales management, Moreau joins Cumulus Green Bay from Cumulus Appleton/Oshkosh, where he was Director of Sales for the company’s group of five radio stations. His successful radio broadcasting career includes roles as Business Development/Account Manager for Journal Broadcast Group/E.W. Scripps; Vice President/General Manager for Bliss Communications in Racine, WI; and Account Executive/Local Retail Specialist for Entercom Communications in Milwaukee, WI.
Mark Sullivan, Regional Vice President, Operations, Cumulus, said: “Chris has demonstrated that he embodies our company’s values and has delivered a strong track record of results and strong leadership qualities. I’m really excited to announce his promotion to Green Bay and I look forward to many additional successes with Chris.” Moreau said: “I imagine this is how an NFL player feels when he's traded to Green Bay! I would like to thank Mary Berner, Bob Walker and Mark Sullivan for this opportunity and promotion. I'm excited to be joining an experienced team of driven, experienced sales, programming and business professionals who have a tradition of winning. With the great support and resources that Cumulus provides, we'll keep that tradition alive."
The MIX Chicago Launches New Music Club
THE MOUTH, JUNE 11TH, 2019 –– 101.9 The MIX has added “The MIX NEW MUSIC CLUB”. While our audience enjoys listening to the songs they’ve known and loved for years, we also know there’s an appetite for the very best in the new music that’s released every week! With the amazing volume of new pop music currently available, lately due to a current pop music renaissance of sorts, we’ve created an opportunity to play an hour of all new music every weeknight at midnight on the MIX NEW MUSIC CLUB!
The show is hosted by our resident all around music expert, taste-maker and award winning MIX Music Director NIKKI! Nikki and her special guests (some famous and some not so much) take over the MIX airwaves playing you the very best in fun, promising, obscure, live, outtakes, and hopefully destined for prime time, great new pop music!
WTOP & Podcast One Release New True-Crime Podcast, 22 Hours: An American Nightmare
Washington D.C. (June 10, 2019) – WTOP News in Washington, D.C. and PodcastOne have teamed up for a new true-crime podcast that will have everyone talking. The new series, 22 Hours: An American Nightmare, details the horrific events that led to a D.C. power couple, their 10-year-old son and housekeeper being held hostage, tortured and brutally murdered inside their own home. The killings of the Savopoulos family and Vera Figueroa in May 2015 were among the most shocking and mysterious crimes in D.C. history. Three years later, Daron Wint, the man charged in the crime that became known as the D.C. Mansion Murders, was finally brought to justice.
In 22 Hours: An American Nightmare, award-winning WTOP reporters Megan Cloherty and Jack Moore painstakingly piece together the victims’ last 22 hours, unpack the complicated and shocking trail of evidence that led police to the killer, reveal what happened in the dramatic trial, explore Wint’s motives, and re-examine whether he had help committing the crime. Additionally, the investigation for the podcast led to the discovery of confidential audio recordings of the trial. The hosts challenged the court’s current policy, prompting the chief judge of D.C. Superior Court to launch a review. This could mean, for the first time ever, the public will be able to hear trial proceedings inside D.C. courts. The series debuts today, with new episodes every Monday on PodcastOne.com, Apple Podcasts, and WTOP.com. More information about the crime, trial and its aftermath can also be found on WTOP.com. For more information on the podcast, visit PodcastOne.com.
[LISTEN] Toronto's Derringer In The Morning Scoops First Interview With Mick Jagger Since Heart Surgery
THE MOUTH, JUNE 11TH, 2019 –– With The Rolling Stones North American Tour set to launch on June 21st in Chicago, the status of Mick Jagger's health following last month's heart surgery weighed heavily on the minds of his fans and promoters. Fortunately, yesterday he rang up Q107 Toronto's Derringer In the Morning Show to say he was 'feeling pretty good' and already back in the gym for rehearsals.
“We’re trying to pick some songs we haven’t done in recent years, stuff we haven’t done before,” he said. “Most of the time people don’t want too much unusual. People like a little bit unusual. They don’t want 100 percent unusual.”
According to The Independent, in recent interview with the Toronto Sun Keith Richards reported Jagger went through it very easily. He’s in great shape — rocking! -- “It was just, ‘Oh, Mick will be better.’ We’ll just wait around because there was no doubt that we’d soon pick it up. It just had to be done. So we did it.” The Rolling Stones kick off the North American leg of their tour on 21 June in Chicago.
PODCAST: TV/Radio Host Elaina Relaunches 'Breaking Thru Podcast On WWO Network
THE MOUTH, JUNE 11TH, 2018 –– Westwood One and TV and Radio personality Elaina Smith are announcing the rebrand and return of Elaina’s original podcast, Breaking Thru With Elaina, formerly known as 'Women Want to Hear Women' with Elaina Smith. The groundbreaking show returned with new stories from female artists breaking through the music industry starting June 9th on The Empow(h)er Podcast Network on Westwood One.
“I’ve been itching to get season two going all year long. I’m so thankful to everyone for being so patient as I worked on launching my new radio show, With Elaina. Now that it is off the ground, it’s time to keep this conversation going, and with a new name! Make sure to listen to the first episode to find out why. I am so grateful to Westwood One Podcast Network for believing in this message and can’t wait to continue sharing these amazing stories that have been inspiring women and men everywhere.”
“Elaina’s podcast has a fresh feel and a strong voice, celebrating female artists who have a lot to share,” said Suzanne Grimes, EVP, Marketing for Cumulus and President, Westwood One. “We believe in Elaina’s mission to inspire and empower, and are supporting the growth of her podcast across CUMULUS MEDIA’S vast marketing channels in a big way.” Listen and learn more at WestwoodOnePodcasts.com. New episodes drop every Sunday.
The Bert Show Sends Billboard Spoof To Tyler Perry
THE MOUTH, JUNE 11TH, 2019 –– The syndicated Bert Show which airs from Cumulus' Q100 Atlanta, shared some well wishes this past Thursday to actor, filmmaker and comedian, Tyler Perry, in a fun way. During a segment of the show on June 6, co-host Davi Crimmins (BR) had a spontaneous idea to create a spoof in response to Perry’s recent Facebook post addressing actress, Racquel Bailey, where Bailey requested a ‘leading role’ from Perry via advertisement.
"Can you imagine what it's like to be Tyler Perry?,” said Crimmins. She goes on to explain, “You're always getting emails, and you're always getting texts. . .my cousin wants to get into acting, put him in something. . .like harassment. Now, you're getting billboards. I just want to rent out a billboard that says, ‘Hey Tyler Perry, have a good weekend.’ ”
The show wasted no time in making this vision come to life. Within just a couple of hours, the team ran with the idea and had three billboards up all across the south side of the city, near Tyler Perry Studios. The billboard read, “Hey Tyler Perry - Don’t need a job. Just wanted to tell you to have a great weekend. Love, The Bert Show.” WATCH HERE
96 Rock's Jake 'Paco' Navarro Attempts To Top 52 Hours-3 Minutes World Record On Skywheel
THE MOUTH, JUNE 11TH, 2019 –– iHeart Panama City’s Jake “Paco” Navarro, Program Director and on-air personality for 96 Rock will attempt to beat the current Guinness World Record for the longest marathon on a fairground/theme park attraction. Paco will have to be on Panama City Beach’s newest attraction, SkyWheel, for longer than 52 hours and 3 minutes, which is the current world record. Guests will have the opportunity to ride one-on-one with Paco for a minimum $25 donation. Proceeds will benefit Gulf Coast Children’s Advocacy Center, which provides refuge to victims of child abuse and sexual violence and their families.
In addition, SkyWheel will donate a portion of ticket sales to Gulf Coast Children’s Advocacy Center, as well as victims of Hurricane Michael. Skypro Studios, a full-service production company, will document the attempt as required by Guinness World Records. Paco will attempt to go a record of 53 hours, tomorrow June 12 at 11:00 a.m. or Friday, June 14 at 4:00 p.m. “Local radio stunts make this business great,” said Paco. “I look forward to providing support and a much-needed distraction to our community while trying to break a world record in the process.”
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Radio Hall of Fame Announces 2019 Nominees
THE MOUTH, JUNE 10TH, 2019 –– Voting for the 2019 Radio Hall of Fame Inductees begins today. The 24 nominations in six categories were determined by the organization’s Nominating Committee. Four of those categories will be voted on by a voting participant panel comprised of nearly 1,000 industry professionals. On July 15, listeners nationwide will have the opportunity to weigh in and vote via Votem on the other two categories. The winners will be determined by the public and the Radio Hall of Fame Nominating Committee. The outcome of the listener vote counts as one vote among the committee votes.
NOMINEES TO BE VOTED ON BY VOTING PARTICIPANT PANEL (shown in top photo) Longstanding Local/Regional (20 years or more) Bob Rivers, Seattle - Charles Laquidara, Boston - Harry Harrison, New York - Jack Harris, Tampa Bay Active Local/Regional (10 years or more) Angie Martinez, New York - Kevin and Bean (Kevin Ryder, Gene “Bean” Baxter), Los Angeles - Preston and Steve (Preston Elliot, Steve Morrison), Philadelphia - Sarah and Vinnie (Sarah Clark, Vinnie Hasson), San Francisco - Longstanding Network/Syndication (20 years or more) Jim Rome, The Jim Rome Show - Robert Siegel, All Things Considered - Sid Mark, The Sounds of Sinatra Wait, - Wait Don’t Tell Me! Active Network/Syndication (10 years or more) George Noory, Coast to Coast AM Glenn Beck, The Glenn Beck Program John Tesh, Intelligence for your Life Kim Komando, The Kim Komando Show
NOMINEES TO BE VOTED ON BY LISTENERS/RADIO HALL OF FAME NOMINATING COMMITTEE: Music Format On-Air Personality Hollywood Hamilton Lon Helton Mark & Brian Show (Mark Thompson, Brian Phelps) - Ryan Seacrest Spoken Word On-Air Personality - Joe Madison. Scott Slade Stephanie Miller, and Suzyn Waldman.
Radio Hall of Fame Chairman Kraig Kitchin comments, “Each year we have the privilege of coming together to acknowledge those who have tremendously impacted our industry and the audiences they serve. We’re all proud to present our 2019 nominees.” Inductees will be announced August 5 and they’ll be honored this Fall at the 31st Annual Induction Ceremony. Returning sponsors of the 31st Annual Radio Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony include The Mix Group and V Creative.
Jen & Jhas Debuts On The Wave Norfolk
THE MOUTH, JUNE 10TH, 2019 –– 92.9 The WAVE Norfolk has debuted its new Morning Show The Jen & Jhas Show. Jen Lewis moves from middays to mornings to team up with Jhas Williams-Wood, who ironically comes from 97.1 The Wave in Ocean City, Maryland and Eagle 97.7 where she co-hosted mornings for several years, for 92.9 The WAVE’s first all-female morning show. Jen spent 19 years at 97.3 The Eagle/WGH-FM where she co-hosted the popular Jimmy Ray and Jen Morning Show. In 2015, Jen transitioned to television as she joined the #1 morning team on WAVY TV10/Fox 43. She made her return to radio in March of this year as the midday host for the WAVE.
“Just when I thought my morning show days were over, I met Jhas. She’s a bright, talented and beautiful woman. I can’t wait for the 92.9 The Wave listener family to get to know her. I’m also looking forward to breaking ground on a female-driven show. Count on it being fun, thoughtful and informative,” commented Mrs. Lewis. Jhas Williams-Wood was born and raised in New Jersey, just 20 minutes outside of Philadelphia. She spent 2 years studying acting on a scholarship to the Academy of Dramatic Arts in the heart of Los Angeles, California. Upon returning to the East Coast, she realized that radio and serving the people were her true love. She’s discovered her voice not only on the radio, but also in the form of freelance writing for various online publications such as ESSENCE and Rantt Media. “I’m so looking forward to becoming a part of Max Media's family and beyond grateful for the opportunity to be welcomed into the homes and cars of our listener friends,” remarked Ms. Williams-Wood.
Nick Wize Named APD/Afternoon Host At 93.3 Tampa
THE MOUTH, JUNE 11TH, 2019 –– Nick Wize has been named Assistant Program Director and Afternoon Drive host for 93.3 FLZ, Tampa Bay’s #1 Hit Music Channel, effective immediately. i He will report to Tommy Chuck, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Tampa Bay and Program Director for 93.3 FLZ. “I’ve known Nick for years and have seen his love for radio up close,” said Chuck. “He’s creative, driven and has performed at a high level throughout his career. I am excited to have Nick by my side as we continue to build on 93.3 FLZ’s incredible 30-year history!” Wize has served as Assistant Program Director and on-air personality for iHeartMedia Tuscon’s 93.7 KRQ, Today's Hit Music with Johnjay & Rich In The Morning, since May 2018. His previous experience includes various on-air and programming roles in Detroit; New York City; Jacksonville, Florida; and Panama City, Florida.
“I couldn’t be more excited to join the incredible team in Tampa,” said Wize. “The passion and dedication they have for their brands is undeniable. To work at the legendary 93.3 FLZ with such an amazing team is a dream come true.”
EVENTS: Hubbard Radio Talent Institute Begins Today In Washington State
THE MOUTH, JUNE 10TH, 2019 Forty broadcasters head to the campus of Central Washington University over the coming ten days as the Hubbard Radio Talent Institute begins today, June 10 and finishes up Wednesday, June 19 th . Anne Marie Holland, VP/Market Manager of Hubbard Seattle takes the opening session.
On Friday, students will be entertained and learn from and be the live studio audience as The Fitz Morning Show from 98.9 The Bull, Seattle, broadcasts live from the Institute. The Hubbard Radio Talent Institute is the third of eight Radio Talent Institutes this summer from the National Radio Talent System, along with the Beasley Radio Talent Institute at Emerson College in Boston; Kellar Radio Talent Institute, Appalachian State University in NC; TAB Radio Talent Institute at the University of Tennessee; Confer Radio Talent Institute at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania; GAB Radio Talent Institute at the University of Georgia; KBA WKU Radio Talent Institute at Western Kentucky University and the MBA Radio Talent Institute at Northwest Missouri State University.
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PODCAST: Jordan B. Peterson & Joe Rogan In 2-Part Interview
THE MOUTH, JUNE 10TH, 2019 –– Westwood One Podcast Network presents a two-part podcast episode event sure to break the internet as Jordan B. Peterson interviews his friend Joe Rogan on The Jordan. B. Peterson Podcast. Part one of the interview is available now, and part two will be released Sunday, June 9th.
During the interview, the pair discuss the enormously positive effect they both have on their fans’ lives and how they feel misrepresented in the media. Rogan also provides a rare glimpse into who he is and where he comes from, as well as insight into his upcoming comedy special and creative process, his childhood, sarcasm as a micro-aggression, adolescent experimentation with drugs, and little known performance figures for his wildly-popular podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience. PHOTO/Courtesy of The Jordan B. Peterson Podcast / Westwood One Podcast Network.
94WIP Philly's Garage Sale Benefits SPCA
THE MOUTH, JUNE 10TH, 2019 –– Entercom’s SportsRadio 94WIP (WIP-FM) 2019 Garage Sale featured the sale of one-of-a-kind sports memorabilia and station merchandise, including framed sports jerseys, a pair of seats from the Spectrum, framed artwork and more, with all proceeds benefitting the Pennsylvania SPCA. SportsRadio 94WIP featured on-air personalities Eliot Shorr-Parks, John Barchard and James Seltzer and broadcast “Go Birds” live on-site from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. last Saturday, June 8
The Pennsylvania SPCA rescues animals from cruelty and neglect, rehabilitates them medically and behaviorally, and places them with new, loving families. The PSPCA’s mission to life through the lifesaving efforts of a Humane Law Enforcement division, in-house Shelter Hospital, low-cost veterinary services, behavior and enrichment program, humane education, and placement of abandoned animals in loving forever homes.
CONDOLENCES: WLLR/Quad Cities Bo Spates Passes Away
THE MOUTH, JUNE 10TH, 2019 –– iHeart's WLLR/Quad Cities posted on its Facebook Page and website, "The WLLR family and all of us here at iHeart Quad Cities got some terrible news today--the passing of Bo J. Spates. Bo died in his sleep overnight and just never woke up this morning.
As we get funeral service information, we will of course pass it on. Tomorrow (Monday) afternoon in his time slot, 1-6pm, we will pay tribute to Bo J, and welcome your comments and condolences for his family.
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2019 Mercury Awards Winners Announced; Progressive Takes Top Marketer Honors
THE MOUTH, JUNE 7TH, 2019 –– Winners for the 2019 Radio Mercury Awards were announced last night at the 28th annual awards presentation held at SONY HALL in New York. This year’s $50,000 Best of Show award was presented to Wieden + Kennedy (shown above with Erica Farber) for their Old Spice Pomade Radio campaign. "We have tremendous diversity in tonight’s winning audio, and what impressed the final round judges most was the power of storytelling and the various ways advertisers were able to convey a brand’s message through innovative and unique creative," noted Chris Beresford-Hill, chief judge and chief creative officer, TBWA\Chiat\Day NY. "It was another great night for radio and the strength of the audio medium in conveying a brand's message," said Erica Farber, president and CEO, Radio Advertising Bureau, and chair of the Radio Creative Fund. "The Radio Mercury Awards continue to advance the medium forward by showcasing innovative and effective radio commercial work."
On behalf of the Radio industry, this year's Radio Marketer of the Year Award was given to Progressive Insurance. Caroline Beasley, chief executive officer of Beasley Media Group, and Drew Horowitz, president and chief operating officer of Hubbard Radio, presented the award to Jeff Charney, (shown above with Caroline Beasley) chief marketing officer at Progressive Insurance.
The event was hosted by Orlando Davis, Program Director and Host of Orlando and the Freakshow on WiLD 94.1 in Tampa, and Scott Rizzuto, headliner of The Rizzuto Show on 105.7 The Point from St. Louis. To listen to all of the work awarded at tonight's ceremony log onto www.radiomercuryawards.com.
Krissy T Takes Nights At Channel 95.5 Detroit
THE MOUTH, JUNE 7TH, 2019 –– iHeart Detroit’s Channel 95.5 has named Krissy T as its new host from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m.
“We love Krissy’s sound and energy and know that she will bring those key ingredients to the night show,” said Tony Travatto, Regional Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Detroit. “We have been searching for somebody that will reinvent the way night time radio is done in Detroit and Krissy is that person.”
“I’m ready to crush it in Detroit,” said Krissy T. “The station is iconic and the city is awesome and I can’t wait to connect with the Detroit community and bring magic to their weekday nights on Channel 95.5.” Krissy T joins Channel 95.5 from Hot 104.7 in Portland, Maine, where she most recently served as the morning co-host. She also previously worked at WODC Boston.
Podcast News Just Keeps On Comin,' Plus Part About Billion Dollar Forecast - Goldstein
THE MOUTH, JUNE 7TH, 2019 –– The podcast related tech news has been coming at us like a fire hose over the past few days writes Amplifi's Steve Goldstein in his latest blog. After Apple began one of its segments during this week's developers conference Goldstein says, "You gotta love when Apple begins a segment of their developer’s conference with these words: "Let's turn our attention to podcasts!: At first glance, Goldstein notes, that may not seem all that significant given the relatively small amount of podcast consumption on computers and laptops, however, there are a couple of elements baked into this announcement which are worth focusing on (read more at link below)..”
Goldstein then asks: "Why settle for 50 radio stations when you can have 100,000? This followed several passionate posts recently about whether or not to activate the FM chip in iPhones. Apple pretty much settled the issue with the announcement of 100,000 streaming stations in the new version of IOS. While we already have all of those stations via various apps including TuneIn, iHeart and Radio.com, they will now be more accessible and supported by Siri. Radio stations can be activated by asking Siri for a station by its name. The FM chip argument was about accessibility of 50 or so local stations - now, Apple offers increased access to live radio from everywhere.
Oh yes, the IAB is forecasting a billion dollar podcast industry just two years from now. That feels good to write says Goldstein - READ BLOG HERE - Steve Goldstein will lead this year's Podcast Master Class at MSBC 31 in Chicago - Details coming next week.
Spotify Inks The Obamas To Exclusive Podcast Deal
THE MOUTH, JUNE 7TH, 2019 –– Spotify is apparently betting big on podcasting with its latest grab, Higher Ground, with President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama. According to AP, they'll create exclusive podcasts for the streaming platform. Both Obamas will appear on some of the shows. Plus, the Obamas will develop and produce podcasts across a number of topics with a new division of their company called Higher Ground Audio.
"We're thrilled to have the opportunity to amplify voices that are too often ignored or silenced altogether, and through Spotify, we can share those stories with the world," Michelle Obama said in a statement. "We've always believed in the value of entertaining, thought-provoking conversation," said President Obama. "It helps us build connections with each other and open ourselves up to new ideas. We're excited about Higher Ground Audio because podcasts offer an extraordinary opportunity to foster productive dialogue, make people smile and make people think, and, hopefully, bring us all a little closer together." Spotify recently bought major podcast producer Gimlet Media as well as podcast creation platform Anchor. The Obamas follow the first presidential family to step into podcasting -- Bill and Chelsea Clinton debuted a show last month called Why Am I Telling You This?
Former MTV CEO, Judy McGrath Joins Bob Pittman On Math & Magic Podcast
THE MOUTH, JUNE 7TH, 2019 –– Judy McGrath joined Bob Pittman’s podcast, Math & Magic this week with more Stories From the Frontiers of Marketing. McGrath, Former CEO of MTV Networks and current Director on Amazon’s Board, shares insights from her front-row seat experiencing two business phenomena in one lifetime: MTV and Amazon, and how the two are similar in culture. Their focus on the value of vision and talent; the need for both curation and discovery; the power of invention and reinvention; and to always create for your consumer, not yourself.
McGrath discusses the importance of always supporting your talent as well as the concept of Amazon’s Alexa. “One of the things I love about Amazon, which is very much like we were (at MTV), is that they are, as we all know, relentlessly customer focused. And, they have a list of tenants and principles and they live by them. And, it is customer, customer, customer. And another one I like is ‘Day One.’ They want you to feel like this is the first day. This is a new idea. ‘What can we do today that's different than what we did yesterday?’ LISTEN TO PODCAST "HERE "
John Stolnis On The Rise At Westwood One News
THE MOUTH, JUNE 7TH, 2019 –– Westwood One News has promoted Executive Editor John Stolnis to News Manager. He reports to Kevin DeLany, Vice President, Westwood One News. Stolnis is a 20-year veteran of radio news and talk programming, with the last 15 years at Westwood One. He has served as Executive Editor and reporter for Westwood One News since its debut in 2015. Prior to that he produced for NBC News Radio as well as multiple national talk radio programs under the Westwood One umbrella, including The Jim Bohannon Show, The Fred Thompson Show, and The Douglas Urbanski Show.
“In his 15 years at Westwood One, John has excelled as a producer, reporter, and editor,” said Bart Tessler, EVP, News & Talk, Westwood One. “Since the launch of Westwood One News four years ago, he has been instrumental in its rapid success as executive editor in the newsroom. With John’s leadership, Westwood One News will continue to lead as the most awarded news network in 2019.”
Stolnis said, "I'm extremely honored to be able to work with such an incredible staff of anchors, correspondents, editors and newsroom managers, all of whom are the heartbeat of Westwood One News. Westwood One News has quickly become a leader in network radio news, and I look forward to continuing to serve our affiliates and listeners with the best coverage and programming in the industry." Westwood One News, airing on more than 900 stations, launched in January 2015. It was created to offer radio stations greater flexibility and local branding opportunities and enable them to integrate comprehensive network news coverage into their local operation. Find out what Westwood One News can do for your station by contacting Jim Jones at email@example.com or (202) 840-7933.
REPORT: Yes Networks & Yankees Eye Radio
THE MOUTH, JUNE 7TH, 2019 –– The Yankees and the YES Network are exploring developing YES Radio while leveraging its current content and creating new shows reports The Post. While radio may be the beginning driver, the new ownership setup could eventually have a major impact on how fans watch the games as the finances of cable/digital sports viewing further change in the next decade and beyond. According to sources YES and SiriusXM have had discussions about housing the radio network on the satellite service. These talks could pick up at the completion of the $3.5 billion deal, as YES, with the Yankees its biggest shareholder again, will return to its more nimble and entrepreneurial roots after being controlled by Fox as one of 22 Regional Sports Networks.
The paper says, A program, such as Michael Kay’s “CenterStage,” where he interviews athletes and celebrities, could be distributed in a number of ways digitally from Prime to Amazon Music. “Yankeeographies” are another example. YES will try to expand its reach, which is why it has quietly been talking with prospective personalities about joining it. READ MORE HERE Photo: E.H.Wallop/YES Network
CONDOLENCES: Dr. John Passes Away At 77
Dr. John, whose hits included "Right Place, Wrong Time," has passed away reports CBS. The New Orleans' legendary six-time Grammy Award winning pianist and 2011 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee died in New Orleans from a heart attack.
In a statement released through his publicist, the family said Dr. John, who was born Mac Rebennack, died "toward the break of day" of a heart attack. They did not say where he died or give other details. He had not been seen in public much since late 2017, when he canceled several gigs. He had been resting at his New Orleans area home, publicist Karen Beninato said last year in an interview. Memorial arrangements were being planned. "The family thanks all whom have shared his unique musical journey, and requests privacy at this time," the statement said. pic.twitter.com/9ph7kisvHx
"Music is a healing force. A vital thing," he told the New Orleans Times-Picayune in 2006. "The Indian music, the church music, the Mardi Gras music, the second-line from the corner ... our culture does not exist without the music. Music is what people have to get their head out of their head." In 2017, he was honored by the New Orleans City Council and at a special birthday event, but he canceled shows later that year at the Tipitina's venue and in New York, WWL-TV reports.
The photo at left, shown atop his Twitter pag,e is from French graffiti artist MTO and his amazing 2-story Dr. John the Night Tripper mural @ Toledano & Dryades Streets in New Orleans, for the #NOLA Mural Project. #ThrowbackThursday
Students Rise Early For Live Ace & TJ Show
THE MOUTH, JUNE 7TH, 2019 –– As we load the car for our 13th trip to Dan Vallie's Kellar Radio Talent Institute from Appalacian State University in Boone, NC, shown above is a snap from this morning's LIVE Ace & TJ show from the Institute. Ace and Tj joined with over 40 broadcast pros from Beasley Media Group, Entercom, iHeart, Radio One, Capitol Broadcasting, Dick Broadcasting for this year's program which takes place in the Beasley School of Journalism Buidling. The Kellar Radio Talent Institute at Appalachian State is the original Institute of eight Radio Talent Institutes, and began in 2007. Broadcasters, broadcast groups, state broadcast associations, and companies, including Benztown, vCreative, and Mr Master serve to support the event.
As is the tradition, a top local show airs live from the event on Friday morning as students get of taste of rising before daybreak to experience the joy of morning radio - Ace & TJ air their syndicated show from iHeart's WHQC-FM in Charlotte.