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Following Backlash, KXNO Des Moines Re-Hires All Six Fired Sports Talk Radio Hosts
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 17TH, 2020 –– Citing extensive backlash from listeners, WHO-TV Reports that KXNO Radio has re-hired all six of the on-air employees who were released earlier this week. Travis Justice, Heather Burnside, and Sean Roberts of “The Morning Rush,” and Chris Williams and Ross Peterson of “The Sports Fanatics,” along with program director Andrew Downs, were terminated by KXNO on Tuesday, following its company's new management restructure.
KXNO general manager Joel McCrea says he and noticed the angry reaction to the news from thousands of listeners in Iowa and reconsidered his decision to restructure KXNO. He was given permission by iHeartMedia, which owns KXNO and its sister stations in Des Moines, to re-hire the employees (The station since posted the above graphic at its website) McCrea told WHO-TV that the shows will not only return next week, but KXNO will also be simulcast from now on on 106.3 FM a 25,000-watt station. This will significantly increase the reach of KXNO’s broadcasts. McCrea says he will also apologize to listeners on the air.
Nick & Kristen Take Over Mornings At Entercom's 99.5 The Wolf Portland
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 17TH, 2020 –– Entercom announced Nick and Kristen as hosts of the new morning show on 99.5 The Wolf (KWJJ-FM), Portland. They'll officially start on January 22. “Nick and Kristen’s accessible sound, positivity and family friendly approach will resonate not only with new country fans but the entire Portland community,” said Kim Martinez, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Portland.
“We are so thrilled to work alongside Kim Martinez and Scott Roddy [Program Director and Operations Manager, 99.5 The Wolf],” said Nick and Kristen. “Both are dynamic and inspiring leaders in our industry who elevate their staff and their stations.
Prior to joining Entercom, Nick and Kristen handled mornings on KOIT-FM in San Francisco for the last three years. They previously held the same roles for KNTY-FM in Sacramento, CA. The couple met ten years ago in Las Vegas where Kristen served as an anchor for sister station News Talk Radio 840 AM (KXNT-AM) and Nick served as an on-air personality for sister station 98.5 KLUC (KLUC-FM).
After 35-Years Run At KOST-FM, LA's Mark Wallengren Announces Exit
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 17TH, 2020 –– Mark Wallengren, who had worked at KOST-FM/103.5 since 1985, and Ted Ziegenbusch, who worked at the station for several decades off and on since its founding in 1982, were both let go this week by station owner iHeart amid its management restructure. The Daily News reports that Wallengren wrote on his Facebook page: “I’ve got some kind of important news. “I didn’t know it, but yesterday, last night at 7 o’clock, I realized — or I was told — I’ve done my last show at KOST 103.5 after 35 years. “And let me tell you, what an incredible ride."
Ziegenbusch also announced on Facebook that he had “had been ‘retired’ by the station, too. He had worked at the station from 1982 to 2000 as host of its late-night Love Songs program, left for three years in the mid-2000s, and had been there consistently in a variety of roles from 2009 until Wednesday. “I was the last remaining member of the original KOST on-air staff that was hired way back in 1982 and I was still working at KOST until January 15, 2020,”
iHeart had said in a statement earlier in the week “ We recognize that the loss of any job is significant; we take that responsibility seriously and have been thoughtful in the process.”
Scott Ferrall Joins SportsGrid In New Sports Betting Show
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 17TH, 2020 –– Longtime CBS Sports radio host, Scott Ferrall, has been tapped by SportsGrid to launch two new live video streaming programs called Scott Ferrall: Coast to Coast & In-Game LIVE. Both live programs will be produced from the SportsGrid's Meadowlands Studio starting on Wednesday, Jan. 29. Scott Ferrall: Coast to Coast will stream LIVE weekdays from 4-6 PM with Scott returning an hour later as the host of In-Game LIVE weekdays from 7-9 PM.
Ferrall says in a release, "I'm thrilled to be joining the talent and management team at SportsGrid. The future of sports betting is gigantic and rapidly evolving beyond all expectations. Lou Maione, SportsGrid President & Co-Founder, is a titan of sports media and ahead of his time! He understands the integration of media, talent, money, gaming and relationships like no other executive. He's a maverick and I'm blessed to have such a marvelous opportunity taking the lead in the business of sports betting. Frankly, I know it's going to be the ride of a lifetime because SportsGrid is well-positioned for major success. Let's dance."
SYNDICATION: Cumulus Adds The Breakfast Club In Myrtle Beach; DeDe In The Morning To Florence
THE MOUTH, JANAURY 17TH, 2020 –– Cumulus announced that Myrtle Beach's 98.5 KISS FM)/WDAI-FM has added The Breakfast Club to the station’s morning lineup. The highly rated morning show will air on WDAI Monday through Friday from 6am-10am ET, and on Saturday from 10am-1pm ET. The Breakfast Club stars South Carolina native Charlamagne Tha God, current host of MTV2’s Uncommon Sense & Guy Code; Angela Yee, creator and host of Angela Yee’s Lip Service; and DJ Envy, legendary mixtape master and world-renowned DJ. The Breakfast Club was named the No. 1 radio program in the nation by “The Source” magazine.
In a separate announcement, Cumulus WYNN 106.3 in Florence, SC, has added DeDe in the Morning to the station’s morning lineup. The morning show stars DeDe McGuire, with co-hosts Lady Jade, Rudy Rush and comedian Michael Shawn, and will air on WYNN Monday through Friday from 5am-10am ET, and on Saturday from 6am-10am ET.
Doug MacGunnigle Rises From APD To PD Over Cumulus News/Talk Trio In Providence
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 17TH, 2020 –– CUMULUS as promoted Doug MacGunnigle to Program Director for Providence, RI, News/Talk radio station 99.7FM/630AM WPRO and for sister News/Talk station AM 790/WPRV-AM. MacGunnigle was previously Assistant Program Director for WPRO, a position he has held since October 2017. In his new role, MacGunnigle will be working with newly named Operations Manager for Cumulus Providence, Mary Ellen Kachinske.
Holly Paras, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Providence, said: “Doug MacGunnigle is a tremendous asset to our News/Talk stations. With 20 years’ experience in Providence radio, Doug knows the market and stations inside and out. He was the natural choice to lead WPRO and WPRV moving forward.”
MacGunnigle commented: “I grew up listening to WPRO, and it is truly an humbling honor to be given an opportunity to lead this legendary radio station. I look forward to helping bring these stations into the future, while continuing to protect and grow WPRO’s legacy as one of the great News/Talk stations in the country.”
Ashley Allegretto Rises To Vice President/Market Manager For Cumulus Five-Station Cluster in Fort Walton Beach
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 17TH, 2020 –– Cumulus has promoted Ashley Allegretto to Vice President/Market Manager for Cumulus Fort Walton Beach, FL. Allegretto rises from her current position as Regional Sales Manager, Digital for Cumulus Pensacola and Fort Walton Beach, a position she has held since May 2014. She joined Cumulus Fort Walton Beach in 2007 as Account Executive/Recruitment Specialist.
Pete DeSimone, Regional Vice President, CUMULUS MEDIA, said: “We are thrilled to promote Ashley Allegretto to lead this cluster. Her passion for this community and her understanding of how to use our brands and our digital assets to help clients grow their businesses make her an effective leader.” Allegretto commented: “I am grateful to Mary Berner, Bob Walker and Pete DeSimone for the opportunity to lead the incredible team we have assembled in Fort Walton Beach. Over the past 13 years I have seen firsthand the positive impact that our radio stations can have for local businesses and organizations in our community. I am eager to build on our past accomplishments and lead this group into our next round of success.”
Chris Ornelas Named General Counsel at Beasley Media Group Naples, Florida
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 17Th, 2020 –– Beasley has named Chris Ornelas General Counsel at Beasley Media Group. He will officially begin his new position on February 1, 2020. The highly respected media executive most recently spent nearly a decade serving as chief operating and strategy officer of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), where he was responsible for overseeing the operations of and providing strategic guidance to NAB’s advocacy teams in addressing the diverse legal and regulatory issues facing broadcasters today.
Before joining the NAB, Ornelas was chief counsel on communications and technology policy in NAB President/CEO and former Senator Gordon Smith’s U.S. Senate office, overseeing all matters relating to communications, media, entertainment and technology before the Senate Commerce Committee.
“We are absolutely thrilled to welcome Chris into the Beasley Media Group Family,” said Beasley Media Group Chief Executive Officer Caroline Beasley. “I’ve had the opportunity to work alongside him over the years as an NAB board member and have learned that he is an incredibly thoughtful and dedicated person. His vast experience, outstanding reputation and proven leadership capabilities made Chris the absolute perfect choice to join our team. I am very thankful to Senator Gordon Smith and the entire NAB family for supporting Chris in his decision to join our Beasley Media Group family.”
EVENTS: Coldplay To Perform At For Inaugural Radio.Com Event In New HD Sound Space
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 17TH, 2020 –– Entercom, announced that multiple award-winning band Coldplay will perform at the inaugural RADIO.COM Live event series in front of a small audience of KROQ (KROQ-FM) listeners. The performance will mark the grand opening of the new HD Radio Sound Space, a state-of-the-art entertainment hub which will host live broadcasts, music and custom events from the heart of Los Angeles’ Miracle Mile on Wilshire Boulevard. RADIO.COM will stream the special performance live nationwide starting at 7:00 p.m. PT/10:00 p.m. ET on January 17.
“We’re honored Coldplay will kick off the RADIO.COM Live event series at the grand unveil of the HD Radio Sound Space,” said Pam Russo, Senior Vice President and General Manager, RADIO.COM. “We are excited to offer fans exclusive access to this once-in-a lifetime performance, live via the RADIO.COM app and website nationwide as well as on select HD Radio stations. This is the first of many events that we will be hosting live from the heart of the city and we are looking forward to giving fans everywhere insider access.”
The HD Radio Sound Space program has been in existence since February 2017 and was originally located in the World Famous KROQ studios performance space on Venice Boulevard (shown above), that also launched with a grand opening performance by Coldplay. HD Soundstage photo/Photo by Ashley Osborn - for KROQ
HONORS: Radio.Com Wins Samsung Bixby Capsule of The Year Award Fro Project Voice
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 17TH, 2020 –– Entercom was honored with “Samsung Bixby Capsule of the Year” at the Project Voice Awards, for its RADIO.COM integration. The awards honor global best-in-class achievement across the emerging voice and AI realm and took place at the organization’s annual conference in Chattanooga, Tenn. on January 15. Project Voice gathered the companies and innovators who are shaping the future of voice tech as well as executives from various vertical markets.
“We’re honored to be recognized among industry leaders by Project Voice,” said David Rosenbloom, Vice President, Corporate Business Development, Entercom. “This award is a testament to our ongoing commitment to innovating in voice and to enhancing the consumer experience. With Bixby, we were able to expand the reach of RADIO.COM to millions of listeners and engage with them whenever and wherever they are with an optimized presence.”
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REPORT: Dudley & Bob With Matt Moving To Afternoons On 93.7 KLBJ Austin
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 16TH, 2020 –– The iconic “The Dudley and Bob with Matt Show” will be moving to afternoons reports KXAN-TV Austin. According to KLBJ’s PD and on-air host, LA Lloyd the show will now air weekdays from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.. The show started on 93.7 KLBJ as The Dudley and Bob Show who were later joined by comedian Matt Bearden. The show has been broadcast in the mornings for more than 20 years and has been inducted into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame.
“We want to offer our loyal listeners the same show format and give our afternoon listeners a chance to hear the show,” said Lloyd during a phone interview. Lloyd said he has monitored the social media response and believes it is mostly positive. The morning time slot will be replaced by LA Lloyd offering rock music, guests and audience participation. Lloyd said his format would be more open than a typical DJ experience offered by most music stations. KXAN reports there is not yet a firm date on when the transition will happen, but the show is expected to move in early February.
SYNDICATION: The Joe Pags Show Added On Entercom's 840 KXNT Las Vegas
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 16TH, 2020 –– Joe Pags, host of the syndicated Joe Pags Show, will join News Talk 840 KXNT Las Vegas, for afternoon drive 3-6pm which began on Monday, January 13, 2020. Other recent additions WKBN Youngstown OH and KFOR Lincoln NE. The Joe Pags Show, which is nationally syndicated from his flagship station WOAI-AM San Antonio, is heard in over 125 markets.
“We are excited to bring the energy and passion of Joe Pags to our listeners throughout Las Vegas and the Valley,” said Dan Kearney, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Las Vegas. “With Americans facing another crucial election year in 2020, his common sense approach to current events and natural ability to navigate breaking news will fit perfectly in our already superstar KXNT lineup.”
Joe Pags adds, “It is an honor to join the amazing team at KXNT, Las Vegas. Bringing my brand of talk to town has been a goal and to be lucky enough to do so on such a remarkable station is humbling!” For more info, contact Susan O’Connell firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 914-708-1450.
The Sandy Show Picks Up Two New Affiliates
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 16TH, 2020 –– United Station's Syndicated The Sandy Show on its Dayparts on Demand lineup has added another two (2) new Monday through Friday affiliates. The program, which features veteran air personality Sandy McIlree teamed with his wife, Tricia, started broadcasting in 2019 via United Stations. The newest additions include First Media Radio’s Classic Hits WTRG-FM covering Roanoke Rapids and Gaston, NC, which airs The Sandy Show in morning drive from 6-9 am. Also, Homeslice Media Group’s Hot AC station KKNK-FM (“93.9 Mix”) in Rapid City, SD which will start airing The Sandy Show on Tuesday, January 21st
The Sandy Show is the creation of its anchor, Sandy McIlree, who has been an on-air radio morning show personality for nearly three decades. Sandy is best known as half of “The JB and Sandy Show,” which aired on KAMX (Mix 94.7) Austin for 17 years, consistently dominating ratings in the morning drive time. McIlree was named Austin’s Best Radio Personality by The Austin Chronicle five times and nominated for induction into the Texas Radio Hall of Honor. He is joined on the show by his wife, Tricia, who balances Sandy’s big-hearted optimism by being pragmatic, strongly opinionated and very organized. She has been a regular contributor on McIlree’s radio shows for years. For more info, contact Andy Denemark, USRN - email@example.com - (212) 536-3603
iHeart's 'Employee Dislocation' Extends To Boston, San Diego And Beyond
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 16TH, 2020 –– Following this week's announcement of iHeart's new organizational restructure, we now head into day three of its 'Employee Dislocation' that followed the move. Due to space, we'll offer a quick update and provide a local link for additional news.
In Boston, several well-known broadcasters were announced among those affected include WBZ news anchor Deb Lawler and political commentator Jon Keller. Also let go were Jackson Burnes, the morning show executive producer at WZLX (FM-100.7). Ginny Brophy with WBWL in Boston in 2018, was fired on Tuesday. READ MORE HERE
In a report from Springfield, the popular 'Kevin and Liz' morning show has been canceled - read more HERE in the Springfield News Leader - In Detroit, WKQI-FM (95.5) late evening host Kristina "Krissy T" Williamson and overnight host Anne Erickson of classic rock WLLZ-FM (106.7 were let go. Read more HERE
In San Diego, sources reports that 30+ market vet, Coe Lewis middays on 101.5 KGB-FM, Chris Merrill at News/Talk 600 KOGO and Nina “Ruth 66” – KGB's DSC Show are among those dislocated. Read More HERE
Popular WCOD Cape Cod's Dan Mahoney and Stephanie Viva, co-hosts of WCOD’s “Dan and Stephanie” morning show, were among those laid off, as was Marylee Kelly from WCIB’s Classic Rock “Cool 102.” Viva had been with iHeartMedia for 20 years. Read more HERE
For an ongoing list of those affected so far, visit Radio Insight and All Access
HONORS: WWO's Ty Bentli Nominated For Prestigious Radio Award In The UK
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 16TH, 2020 –– Ty Bentli, host of the Westwood One syndicated The Ty Bentli Show, also airs on Country Hits Radio in the UK, and apparently has made a splash there. He's just been nominated for one of their most prestigious radio awards – The Aria Awards from the Radio Academy– Best Specialist Music Show.
The awards show is March 4th at the London Palladium. We're told he's up against and beat some big BBC productions. His show airs on Bauer Media where it's aired since last April.
Mercedes Martinez & Charese Fruge Launch Female-Targeted Talent Firm
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 16TH, 2020 –– Longtime Las Vegas morning host and Mercedes Martinez and seasoned programmer and former morning host Charese Frugé have launched MC Media, a multi-purpose consulting company servicing both the talent and programming side of radio. Frugé has successfully programmed in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Houston, Denver and Las Vegas. She joins Mercedes who will continue to host mornings on her popular 'Mercedes In The Morning' on Entercom's MIX 94.1 Las Vegas. MC Media says it will cover multiple formats including CHR, Rhythm, AC, Adult Top 40, Alternative, Country and Classic Hits.
“We have a lot of experience between the two of us,” says Martinez. “And while we want to help all talent, we are taking a special interest in female talent that may feel like they are not getting the advice and coaching they need.” Mercedes said, “I’m excited about the fresh new approach we have on the business as it continues to broaden, expand and become more inclusive,” says Frugé. “It’s the opportunity for talent and programmers, both new and seasoned, to get something different from the norm that we know from experience is successful.” MC Media will provide services like air check sessions, expansion of the brand on air as well as in person, at events and on social media, career advice and negotiation, music and programming philosophy, a deep dive on your brand versus your competitor and a “Programmers Guide to Selling the Station” for both the on-air talent and the sales team. FOR MORE INFO LINK HERE
Brendan Annakin On Triple M Sydney Afternoons
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 16TH, 2020 –– Brendan ‘Brendo’ Annakin is the new Afternoon host on Triple M Sydney. He’ll be on from 12-4pm.‘Brendo’ started out as a panel op and assistant producer for Merrick and the Highway Patrol in 2012. He’s been the anchor of Triple M Brisbane’s Breakfast show for the past four years.
Overnight Changes In Australia - There are more changes at the newly rebranded Nine Radio. Sydney’s 2GB Overnights host Michael McLaren will now be heard nationaly, across 3AW in Melbourne, 4BC in Brisbane and Nine Radio’s network stations. His show will go out take midnight to 5:30am Monday to Fridays.
BBC Radio Shutting Down AM - The BBC says it is closing another 18 AM transmitters across England, Scotland and Wales. Currently they simulcast local radio on AM, FM and DAB but AM is on it’s way out. Two years ago the BBC closed 13 AM transmitters.
In Ireland, RTÉ Radio 1 favourite Marian Finucane Has Died - Marian first worked with RTÉ in the 1970s. She became a household name with her Liveline programme on RTÉ Radio 1. A winner of the Prix Italia, her television work included Consumer Choice and Crime Line. On Gay Byrne’s retirement in 1999, she took over his early morning radio slot to present The Marian Finucane Show, ultimately taking over the morning slots on Saturday and Sunday.
Steve Lamacq On Tour With BBC Radio 6 Music In The UK - Steve is taking his BBC Radio 6 Music show to five UK cities during Independent Venue Week 2020. The programme will be live from a tour bus in Newcastle, Sheffield, Cardiff, Exeter and Brixton, and Steve will be welcoming Mercury Prize-nominated Anna Calvi, Nadine Shah and Gruff Rhys, and Self Esteem and Frank Turner on his show from Monday 27 to Friday 31 January. Independent Venue Week is a seven-day nationwide celebration of music venues around the country.
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iHeartRadio Undergoes 'Employee Dislocation' Following New Organizational Structure
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 15TH, 2020 –– Following iHeartMedia's new organizational structure announcement yesterday, the news quickly turned to reports of numerous layoffs taking place within the company. Due to the size and scope of these changes, there isn't enough room in this post to properly list all the reported changes, but we've listed below a number of sources and links that reveal several of the changes - among the many include Mike Preston at iHeartMedia Baltimore - WAIO/Rochester's Bill D'Ettorre, producer of the The Brother Wease Show -- Chuck Knight at KQXT in San Antonio -Wendy Rollins in Atlanta and Philadelphia - WSIX Nashville afternoon hosts (and syndicated evening hosts) Tige & Daniel - Gary Cee, Senior VP of Programming Sussex NJ - night hosts Chris Michaels of WVAZ FM 102.7, DJ MoonDawg of WGCI FM 107.5, and Trace Hamilton of WEBG 95.5-FM. Chicago.
A staff email from Bob Pittman and Rich Bressler stated: "As we move to more fully utilizing our investments in technology there will be some employee dislocation – some by geography and some by function – which is the unfortunate price we pay to modernize the company. We have had to make some tough decisions, and in the process some employees have been affected. Please know we were thoughtful in this process and have provided enhanced severance benefits as well as outplacement assistance for any impacted employees, and we want to thank them for the valuable contributions they have made." PHOTO/Jason Kempin—Getty Images for Clear Channel
The Rock Hall of Fame Announces 2020 Inductees
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 15TH, 2020 –– The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame announced today this year's inductees. Honorees include: Depeche Mode, The Doobie Brothers, Whitney Houston, Nine Inch Nails, The Notorious B.I.G. and T-Rex. Jon Landau and Irving Azoff are the recipients of the Ahmet Ertegun Award. Ballots were cast by an international voting body of more than 1,000 artists, including current living Inductees, historians and members of the music industry. Factors such as an artist's musical influence, body of work, innovation, style and technique are taken into consideration with the voting, according to the organization.
According to CNN, four of the Inductees this year were on the ballot for the first time: The Doobie Brothers, Whitney Houston, Notorious B.I.G. and T-Rex. The Ahmet Ertegun Award, to be presented to Landau and Azoff, honors songwriters, producers, disc jockeys, record executives, journalists and other industry professionals who have had a major influence on rock and roll.
The 35th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place in May in Cleveland, Ohio. Tickets will go on sale to the public on February 27. Performances and special guests will be announced later. The ceremony will be broadcast live on HBO on May 2nd at 8 p.m. ET. SEE MORE HERE
SYNDICATION: Rickey Smiley Takes Over Mornings On Detroit’s 105.9 KISS FM
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 15Th, 2020 –– Beasley has added The Rickey Smiley Morning Show to mornings on 105.9 KISS-FM. The show officially launched on Monday, January 6th. We are thrilled to have Rickey Smiley join 105.9 KISS FM,” said station Program Director, John Candelaria. “I have watched Rickey ascend to National superstar over the past 20 years and we are excited to have him leading the line-up for the All New 105.9 KISS FM. Detroit is ready for a fresh new morning show!” Rounding out the show is Eva Marcille – Gary Wit Da Tea – Da Brat – Rock T – and Special K
Rickey Smiley was recognized by the National Association of Broadcasters in 2017 as recipient of the Marconi award for “Top National/Syndicated Talent.”
Jason Fitz Inks Multi-Year Extension With ESPN
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 15TH, 2020 –– Jason Fitz, former fiddle player for The Band Perry who launched his sports talk radio show career in Nashville on The Game 102.5-FM, has signed a new multi-year contract with ESPN reports The Tennesean. Fitz joined ESPN in 2016 and most recently served as host of the twice-daily show "SportsCenter" on Snapchat, ESPN Radio’s "First and Last" and was a regular contributor on "Golic and Wingo."
On Monday Fitz will launch a new show "First Take, Your Take with Jason Fitz" on ESPN and simulcast on ESPNews (noon-2 p.m.). Having a long term contract under his belt is new for Fitz, 41, who found the music business unstable at best in his six years with The Band Perry. "The most amazing thing is from the get-go when I had the opportunity to work for ESPN I left the band with no idea how I was going to pay the bills and if it was going to work out," Fitz said. "So to be sitting here today with a multi-year extension, with the level belief ESPN has given to what I do, is incredible. If you'd have asked me two years ago when I made the jump and moved to Bristol (Connecticut) what the best case scenario would be, I couldn't imagine it could be this." The details of Fitz's extension were not disclosed by ESPN.
KOKE-FM's Scotty Bennett Moves To Texas Nights
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 15Th, 2020 –– Austin Radio Network/GAR Broadcasting’s KOKE-FM (98.5-FM/99.3-FM Austin, TX) announced that morning news/traffic reporter and KOKE in the Morning co-host Scotty Bennett is moving to Texas Nights. Bennett has been a staple on KOKE-FM since the stations re-launch in July 2012, co-hosting and producing the KOKE in the Morning AM Drive show with Bob Cole, Eric Raines, and Rita Ballou, and hosting the weekly Friday night "Dancehall with Scotty Bennett." Texas Nights showcases local and regional artists, long-form interviews, and additional features.
"I spent 25 years DJ'ing in the bars and nightclubs and breaking new bands and new music. I brought bands in like Kevin Fowler and Aaron Watson to play when they were playing for pennies and I want to be tied to that again," Bennett says. "We are excited about having Scotty hosting Texas Nights. Scotty will do a great job growing the Texas music brand at night. We’re excited for him to take his knowledge and expertise from his days as a club DJ and expand our reach to even more local and regional artists," says Program Director Eric Raines.
NETWORKS: Salem To Provide Coverage Of Impeachment Trial
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 15TH, 2020 – U.S. House Democrats will vote today (1/15) on transmitting the impeachment articles to the Senate, which will begin the Impeachment Trial of President Trump next Tuesday, January 21st. Once under way, the trial—with U.S. Supreme Court chief justice John Roberts presiding—will be the Senate’s only business until it concludes. It will be conducted every day including Saturdays; Sunday will be the sole day off. The Salem Radio Network will provide unprecedented, comprehensive coverage of the Impeachment Trial including: Live longform gavel-to-gavel broadcast of the Senate proceedings via SRN News and TOWNHALL News.
Ongoing updates and analysis from SRN’s nationally syndicated talk hosts Hugh Hewitt, Mike Gallagher, Dennis Prager, Dr. Sebastian Gorka, Larry Elder and Dan Proft; SRN’s talk hosts will also provide instant reaction to the Senate’s deliberations from SRN listeners coast-to-coast. Round-the-clock reports from key SRN/TOWNHALL correspondents including Greg Clugston at the White House, Bob Agnew in the U.S. Senate and Bernie Bennett at the U.S. House. SRN will also provide a daily “wrap” of Trial highlights, featuring insight from SRN correspondents.
Tom Tradup, VP/News & Talk Programming, states: “SRN stands ready to provide our audiences total access to this—hopefully—once in a lifetime event that promises to make history each day of the proceedings.”
2nd Annual iHeart Podcast Awards Set For This Friday In Los Angeles
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 15TH, 2020 –– iHeartMedia will host the second annual 2020 iHeartRadio Podcast Awards streaming live from the iHeartRadio Theater Los Angeles, on Friday, January 17, 2020 at 8 p.m. PT via LiveXLive and on iHeartMedia broadcast radio stations nationwide. The Awards will include appearances by award nominees, celebrity presenters and other special guests including Will Ferrell, Sebastian Maniscalco, Ashley Iaconetti and Jared Haibon, Becca Tilley, Brooke Burke, Brooks Laich, Dean Unglert, Eric Winter and Roselyn Sanchez, Gavin DeGraw, Kaitlyn Bristowe, Meghan King Edmonds, Nick Viall, Stassi Schroeder, Teddi Mellencamp, Yeardley Smith and podcast nominees, Aaron Mahnke, Holly Frey, Jake Brennan, Josh Clark and Chuck Bryant.
The event will feature iHeartRadio on-air personalities, Tanya Rad, Ellen K, Charlamagne Tha God, Angela Yee and DJ Envy of The Breakfast Club, Elvis Duran and Enrique Santos. The iHeartRadio Podcast Awards span 30 categories and celebrate the incredible talent and wide variety of leaders across the booming podcasting industry. A number of categories will be awarded during the one-hour live show including Best Crime Podcast, Best Overall Host and Podcast of The Year among others.
In addition, five categories will be awarded on the red carpet prior to the live show including Best Branded, Best Kids & Family, Best Fiction, Best Beauty & Fashion, and Best Food. The iHeartRadio Podcast Awards also recently announced the recipients of the three Icon Awards, paying tribute to the creators, organizations and podcasts that have made groundbreaking contributions to podcasting’s expanding role in today’s popular culture. Winners will be announced during the live show and stream filled with unique celebrations at iHeartRadio Theater Los Angeles.
Alliance For Women In Media Foundation Extends Deadline For 2020 Gracie Award Entries
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 15TH, 2020 - The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) has announced that the final deadline to submit entries for the 45th Annual Gracie Awards has been extended until January 23, 2020. The Gracie Awards, presented by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation, celebrate programming and individual achievement by, for and about women in television, radio and interactive media. Submissions from all facets of media are encouraged.
The Alliance for Women in Media is also proud to partner with its newest Honorary Trustee, Jinny Laderer, Co-founder & CEO, vCreative. Laderer joins Jason Bailey, Sun Broadcast Group, Catherine Frymark, Discovery Communications, and Mark Gray, Katz Radio Group, as 2020 Honorary Trustees.
.The 45th Annual Gracie Awards Gala will be held on May 19, 2020, at the Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills, A Four Seasons Hotel and the Gracie Awards Luncheon will be held on June 24, 2020, in New York City at Cipriani 42nd Street. To learn more, visit https://allwomeninmedia.org/gracies/
Radio Mercury Awards Announce 2020 Call For Entry
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 15TH, 2020 –– Call for Entry for the 29th Radio Mercury Awards has officially opened For 2020, the Radio Mercury Awards has added several new prize categories. There is a new prize category entitled Multicultural Radio Spot Campaign. The prize is meant for specific non-general, market consumer segments, including, but not limited to, Hispanic, African-American, LGBTQ+, Asian and People with Disabilities.
In addition, there will also be one additional prize each for the Radio Commercial, Radio Campaign and Station-Produced Radio Commercial categories. In collaboration with the Radio Mercury Awards, Chief Judge Robin Fitzgerald and BBDO Atlanta launched the “Radio Makes the Best Stories” for the Call for Entry campaign today. The social campaign is a series of audio stories from creatives sharing some of their most memorable behind-the-scenes career experiences. Finalists will be announced in early May. Winners will be announced at the 2020 Radio Mercury Awards event on June 4, 2020 at SONY HALL in New York City.
For more information regarding entry categories, guidelines, entry fees and deadlines, please log onto www.radiomercuryawards.com.
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Stern Slams Award Shows For Excluding Radio Category - 'Why Is Radio Not Entertainment?'
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 14TH, 2020 –– Howard Stern took time during his Monday radio show to slam TV Award Shows for not having a radio category reported radaronline. He asked co-host Robin Quivers to explain why The Golden Globes honor TV, film, and all sorts of entertainment but not radio. “Why don't they give out a couple of radio awards” he asked. “Why is radio not entertainment?” “It is entertainment.” Quivers said. “It is the forgotten, important medium.” Quivers said "one category for radio wouldn’t work."
Stern continued, "Like radio has big reach, millions of people listen to it. It’s got bigger audiences than films do. So, every once in a while, why they don’t have a radio category?" Stern said he'd "even be okay if they even honored Rush Limbaugh.” Stern — who has been in the radio for over 40 years — was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 2012. - PHOTO/shutterstock composite
iHeart Announces New Organizational Structure For Its Markets Group
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 14TH, 2020 –– As it enters the new decade, iHeartMedia today announced a new organizational structure for its Markets Group as it modernizes the company to take advantage of the significant investments it has made in technology and artificial intelligence (AI). The company has made significant technology investments to change everything from how it sells advertising to how it utilizes data and builds new businesses like its digital platform, podcast platform and robust data platform – all of which have given it an undisputed leadership position in the audio world. Additionally, the company’s technological advancements increase its ability to support its employees and its customers through world class systems and innovation.
“iHeart is the rare example of a major traditional media company that has made the successful transformation into a 21st century media company – one with unparalleled scale, reaching 91% of Americans each month with our broadcast assets alone, more than any other media company,” said Bob Pittman, Chairman and CEO of iHeartMedia. “We are now using our considerable investments in technology to modernize our operations and infrastructure, further setting us apart from traditional media companies; improving our services to our consumers and advertising partners; and enhancing the work environment for our employees.”
Here is the new structure of the iHeartMedia Markets Group, which will continue to be led by Greg Ashlock, President of the iHeartMedia Markets Group: · The Region Division: The Region Division comprises the company’s largest markets, like New York and Los Angeles, that each reach hundreds of cities, communities and trading areas for local businesses. The Region Division will be led by Division Presidents Kevin LeGrett and Scott Hopeck. · The Metro Division: This division houses markets that are large areas that still encompass multiple communities – but are not regional hubs like the company’s largest markets. It will be led by Division Presidents Tom McConnell, Tony Coles and Linda Byrd. · The Community Division: Includes markets that focus on the shared needs of one community and one trading area for most businesses and advertisers and will also group markets into areas which are geographically close and culturally similar. It will be led by Division Presidents Shosh Abromovich, Nick Gnau and Dan Lankford.
Additionally, the company is creating a new Division that cuts across all Markets -- the very successful Multi-Market Partnerships (MMP) Division headed by Julie Donohue, who is elevated to President of MMP with responsibility for this business.
REPORT: Story On 'Possible Sale' Prompts WGN Radio To Sever Ties With Crains
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 14TH, 2020 –– WGN 720-AM Chicago has abruptly severed its longstanding partnership with Crain’s Chicago Business Monday over a story that speculated on its possible sale, reports Robert Feder. As a result of the move, Crain’s editors, reporters and other contributors no longer will appear on any WGN Radio programs, and the station no longer will host the Monday-through-Thursday business news podcast “Crain’s Daily Gist” on its website.
Sources tell Feder, A WGN microphone was removed from Crain’s newsroom Monday. Despite denials from Nexstar WGN Owner Nexstar of any plans to sell the company’s stand-alone radio property, the Crain’s story by Dalton Barker quoted industry analysts suggesting that recent changes in personnel and programming were “potentially positioning the 95-year-old Chicago station for another sale.” Nexstar acquired WGN Radio in September as part of its $6.4 billion takeover of parent company Tribune Media. A Nexstar spokesman confirmed that WGN Radio had “terminated its relationship” with Crain’s but declined further comment. READ FEDER STORY HERE
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Steve Newberry Leaving NAB For CEO Post At QUU
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 14TH, 2020 –– QUU has named veteran media executive Steve Newberry its Chief Executive Officer of the company, effective April 1, 2020. In addition, he will serve on the Company’s Board of Directors and receive an equity stake in QUU. Newberry currently serves as Executive Vice President for Industry Affairs and Strategic Planning at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB). Newberry will continue in his current role there until March 31, 2020.
Steve Newberry has been a tremendous asset to NAB and the entire broadcast industry for decades,” said NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith. “While we hate to see him leave, we’re delighted Steve will be with us through the completion of our move to a new headquarters this Spring. We’re also pleased that Steve will be fulfilling his entrepreneurial passion with QUU, an auto dashboard initiative that uses technology to improve the listener experience and drive higher radio station revenue."
“It has been an absolute honor and privilege to work closely with Senator Gordon Smith and the incredible team at the NAB over the past several years, both as past Joint Board Chair and as Executive Vice President for Industry Affairs and Strategic Planning on behalf of the organization,” said Newberry. “I look forward to the opportunity to work closely with Joe Harb and the QUU team to offer exciting, game-changing ad sync technology that provides results for broadcasters and their advertisers in the coming years.” Newberry will remain in his role as Chairman of Glasgow, Kentucky-based Commonwealth Broadcasting. He will be based in Washington, DC.
PODCAST: The Pete and Sebastian Show Moving Over To iHeartPodcast Network
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 14TH, 2020 –– Sebastian Maniscalco and Pete Correale are best friends and comedians who chat about real life along with their hilarious observations and annoyances on the podcast. Sebastian kicked off 2019 with the release of his 5th comedy special, a Netflix Original Special “Stay Hungry” and is the author of a best-selling memoir with the same title. He also had a string of record-breaking arena-sized sold-out comedy appearances (including Madison Square Garden) and can be found acting in films such as The Irishman and Green Book.
His pal and co-host Pete have also made a name for himself. He’s performed for The Tonight Show with David Letterman and Conan and has filmed three of his own one-hour television comedy specials.
PODCAST: The Fred Minnick Show Launches On The New KMG Utopia Studios
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 14TH, 2020 –– KMG Utopia Studios, a division of Krantz Media Group (KMG) announced that Bourbon expert Fred Minnick will launch “The Fred Minnick Show” beginning January 17th, 2020. The show will feature the biggest artists in music talking bourbon, music, and a wide range of topics with best-selling author, editor-in-chief of Bourbon+ Magazine, personality on the Spirits Network and the curator (with Danny Wimmer Presents) of the annual Bourbon & Beyond music festival.
“Bourbon and music are art”, remarked Minnick, this podcast combines the artistic minds of musicians with the rich flavors of American whiskey. I interview artists, who open up about their lives, perhaps inspired by good drink, and delve into their favorite styles of drink. Sometimes, they don't even know what their favorite flavors are, but I help them discover”. “Through his work with Danny Wimmer Presents Country’s Hometown Rising, Rock’s “Louder than Life”, and as Bourbon curator of “Bourbon & Beyond” festivals in Louisville, Fred has serious creditability with the music artist community, and he is amazing storyteller, said Gary Krantz, CEO of KMG/Utopia. “He brings out a side of the artists that is not revealed in a traditional interview which they love to be a part of.” The podcast will be produced in conjunction with the newly launched KMG Utopia Podcast Studios, via the Triton/Omny Studio platform, and will be available on all podcast platforms - Sponsorships are being handled by KMG. Contact Alison Woods, Director of Sponsorships & Revenue at Alison@krantzmediagroup.com
NETWORKS: SGB Kicks Off 2020 With Over 6,000 Affiliates
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 14TH, 2020 –– Just a few days into 2020 and Sun Broadcast Group is already in full swing, with the announcement of new affiliates, joining the SBG family: The Sam Alex Show welcomes WYOT-FM, in Rockford IL. WJLX-AM, Birmingham AL, KODZ-FM, Eugene OR, KLDJ-FM, Duluth MN, WRAN-FM, Champaign IL, and WFDL-FM, Fond du Lac WI join the Throwback Nation Radio family.
Red Cup Country - In The Mix with DJ Grooves - LOUD FM - Street SPLAT! - Talk SPLAT! - Classic Rock SPLAT! - ConXtreme and Tejano Nation all added affiliates as well.
Jason Bailey, Sun Broadcast Group President & Founder commented: “We are so excited about 2020 and what it will bring for our company, hosts, partners and advertisers around the country. The addition to new shows, services, events and sponsorships opportunities will strengthen our position as one of the top networks in the country and allow us to continue supporting our affiliates and clients with innovative content."
BUSINESS: Lazar Expands Partnership With Gen Media Partners
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 14TH, 2020 –– Lazer Broadcasting has expanded its national ad sales relationship with Gen Media Partners (GMP) by moving its entire portfolio of 43 Spanish Language radio stations to Gen Media Partners exclusively. Gen Media Partners already represented Lazer stations in seven markets. The expanded deal adds 26 more stations to the Gen Media Partners Hispanic platform, which now reaches over three-quarters of U.S. Hispanics. Alfredo Plascencia, President and Owner of Lazer Broadcasting, stated,
“We have developed a very strong relationship with the team at Gen Media Partners. They have been focused and aggressive in seeking national business for our stations. Based on their performance, moving our entire group under Gen Media Partners was a natural progression and a great choice. Gen Media Partners and Lazer are well aligned for growth in national revenues.” “Alfredo has built a powerful Spanish Language radio group, and I am extremely grateful at the confidence that he and Gerardo have placed in our team,” noted Kevin Garrity (shown), Chief Executive Officer of Gen Media Partners. “Having all of the Lazer stations on our Hispanic platform solidifies Gen Media Partners as a dominant player in Hispanic radio today. I am excited at the many opportunities we can create together.”
[WATCH] Bobby Bones Gets Caught In A Precarious Position In 'Running Wild With Bear Grylls'
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 14TH, 2020 –– Bobby Bones host of the Premiere Networks syndicated The Bobby Bones Show will be exploring uncharted territory tonight on a brand new episode of National Geographic's Running Wild With Bear Grylls. In an exclusive TV Insider clip from tonight's show set in the Norway, Bones is tasked with rappelling down a rocky cliffside, carrying rafts meant for him and Grylls to use. The mission? Don't let the inflatable vessels pop.
Wind and awkward support strings make the trip downward difficult and when Grylls notices this he says, "keep talking to me, Bobby." "My only goal is to not pop these boats," Bones says to the camera right before he loses his footing and slides down the cliff in a rush. Letting out a couple laughs, it's clear the radio personality and music mentor is in pain.
When he finally makes it down, Bones is joined by Grylls, to whom he quips, "The boats are safe. I may not be able to have children but the boats are here."Watch tonight at 10pm ET. Photo: PHOTO/national geographic - Ben Simms - WATCH HERE
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Miami Radio Host And Rapper Trick Daddy Arrested On DUI And Cocaine Possession
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 13TH, 2020 –– Trick Daddy, co-host of Trick n' Trina morning show on Miami's 99Jamz/WEDR, was arrested in Miami-Dade Saturday morning on a cocaine possession charge reports The Miami Herald. According to police, a Miami-Dade officer responded to a report of a driver hitting signs and running red lights in a dark colored Range Rover in Miami around 3:20 a.m. The officer saw that the driver “appeared to be asleep behind the wheel.” Once he was awakened by a knock on the window, the man, identified by his driver’s license as Maurice Samuel Young, aka Trick Daddy. Young told the officer he had had about five drinks hours earlier at the club and that he was dropping someone off and heading home.
The report said Young had slurred speech, bloodshot, watery and glassy eyes and that the officer smelled alcohol on his breath. He agreed to a field sobriety test, which he could not complete, said police said. Young was taken to the Hammocks District Station on 142nd Avenue. While there, police found cocaine inside a dollar bill while Trick Daddy was putting his possessions in a plastic bag. Police also say he was wanted on a warrant for driving under the influence. His bond was set at $5,000 on the cocaine possession charge and $1,000 on the driving under the influence charge.
Last Fall he joined Trina as a morning host on Miami radio’s 99Jamz/WEDR. The duo took over the Rickey Smiley Morning Show. Young made bond according to court records and was released on Saturday. READ MORE HERE
The Herd With Colin Cowherd Surprasses 70 Million Podcast Listens In 2019
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 13TH, 2020 –– FOX Sports Radio (FSR), a division of Premiere Sports Network, reported that The Herd with Colin Cowherd podcast amassed more than 70 million total listens in 2019. Airing on more than 250 stations nationwide, the radio program also experienced double-digit growth in December 2019, with average quarter hour audience increasing +43% with Adults 25-54 and +51% with Men 25-54. (Source: Nielsen Audio, PPM, Exact Times, AQH, Dec. ‘19 vs. Dec. '18). Additionally, the program's fourth quarter audience on FS1 increased +21% over the previous year, and grew +18% overall in 2019.
The Herd with Colin Cowherd is a thought-provoking, topic-driven journey through sports. Featuring interviews with entertainers and newsmakers from across the spectrum of sports and pop culture, the program can be heard on more than 250 stations nationwide, FS1, The Herd with Colin Cowherd channel on iHeartRadio, FOX Sports channel 83 on SiriusXM, as well as podcasts on multiple platforms. Daily clips can be accessed via the official Twitter handle @TheHerd, on the show’s Facebook page,
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Bob Mackay Rises To SVP/MM For Entercom Austin
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 13TH, 2020 –– Entercom has named Bob Mackay Senior Vice President and Market Manager for Entercom Austin, effective January 27. In this role, he'll oversee Majic 95.5 (KKMJ-FM), Mix 94.7 (KAMX-FM), Talk Radio 1370 (KJCE-AM), and The New Hot 95.9 (KKMJ-HD3). Mackay was previously General Sales Manager for Entercom Houston.
“Bob has earned the trust and respect of his teams and clients alike and we are thrilled he is remaining at Entercom,” said Brian Purdy, Regional President, Entercom. “As General Sales Manager he delivered outstanding results and we are excited for him to bring his energy and drive to Austin.”
“I am grateful for the support of Sarah Frazier [Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Houston] and Doug Abernethy [Regional President, Entercom] and am especially thankful that Brian Purdy [Regional President and Market Manager, Entercom Dallas] tapped me to work with the Entercom Austin team,” said Mackay. “It can’t get much better than to be promoted in the best media company and continue to live in the great state of Texas.”
Alana Lujan Named Director of Sales For Entercom Houston
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 13TH, 2020 –– Entercom announced the addition of Alana Lujan as Director of Sales for Entercom Houston, effective January 27. In this role, Lujan will oversee sales efforts for 100.3 The Bull (KILT-FM), 95.7 The Spot (KKHH-FM), CBS Sports Radio 650 (KIKK-AM), MEGA 101 FM (KLOL-FM), Mix 96.5 (KHMX-FM) and Sports Radio 610 (KILT-AM). She previously held the same role for Cox Media Group since March 2019.
“Alana is well respected in the market due to her extraordinary ability to lead sales efforts and I’m happy to bring her back home to Houston,” said Sarah Frazier, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Houston. “Her recent experience in digital sales will be an especially valuable asset as we continue to develop new and innovative ways to serve our clients through RADIO.COM.”
“I am looking forward to joining a team and company that is incredibly passionate and focused on the future of audio,” said Lujan. “I am equally excited to be returning to Houston, a city I have called home for many years.”
Westwood One's Suzanne Grimes With Keynote Interview At CES
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 13TH, 2020 –– Suzanne Grimes, EVP Marketing, Cumulus and President, Westwood One shared progressive insights on business disruption, continuous innovation with audio, and more when she took the stage this week for a keynote interview with Alexis Palmer Zinberg, Executive Vice President of Client Services & Events at The Palmer Group, at The Shelly Palmer Innovation Series Summit at CES® 2020. Click HERE for a transcript.
In the keynote interview Grimes revealed moves Westwood One has made since 2016 to remain a powerhouse in the audio space, among other topics. Shelly Palmer, the “King of CES Tour Guides” and CEO of The Palmer Group and Blackbird CEO Ross Martin also joined Suzanne and Alexis on stage to talk about 'Think About This' with Shelly Palmer and Ross Martin, an original podcast on Westwood One Podcast Network challenging listeners to think differently about business, money, culture, technology, media, marketing and more.
Goldstein Takes Us For A Ride Through CES
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 13TH, 2020 –– Just back from the CES Show, Amplifi's Steve Goldstein offers 8 Reality Checks in his latest blog. He writes that after six annual trips to CES, it is now fairly easy to conclude that fantasy is easy and integration is hard.
It’s one thing to imagine the future, and so much of that is the fun of attending CES, but creating, building and implementing something of value to consumers is often elusive. So much of what is seen at CES never makes it to market. Here are 8 reality checks from our time at PHOTO/Steve Goldstein in futuristic Honda - SEE BLOG HERE
Xavier The X-Man Celebrates 20-Years On Local Radio's Magic 92.5 San Diego
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 13TH, 2020 –– Local radio personality Xavier “The X-Man” reached a milestone last week, as Tuesday, January 7 marked his 20th Anniversary broadcasting on Magic 92.5 (XHRM-FM). Xavier started on-air in the 90’s at college radio at SJSU and held jobs in the San Francisco and Los Angeles before landing on Magic 92.5 in 2000, where he has been a mainstay since. His popular syndicated Sunday cruising show is also heard in various markets in Arizona and California, playing Old school, R&B, and New Soul music sprinkled with listener requests and dedications.
“Twenty years is unbelievable, and I still have to pinch myself to make sure it's not a dream,” said Xavier.“ I feel so lucky and take it as a daily blessing to be able to turn on the mic, entertain and play music for the San Diego and Tijuana market. I truly love the people here.“I'd like to thank the entire San Diego community for listening to my radio show and connecting with me daily throughout the years. I would also like to thank the "Magic 92.5 Family" past and present that I've had the honor to work with, who believed in Xavier "The X-Man,” all those who continue to allow me to turn on this mic each and every day. I am a lucky man!”
Magic 92.5 Program Director R Dub! Said,“ I would be hard pressed to find another personality with not only as much dedication to his listeners as Xavier possesses, but conversely as much dedication from his listeners. X-Man breathes and bleeds San Diego and has become part of the DNA of not just Magic 92.5, but the city. We’re proud to celebrate Xavier’s 20 thanniversary on Magic 92.5!” Magic 92.5
EVENT: Hockey Fans Toss 6,552 Stuffed Animals On The Ice For WARM-FM Seattle
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 13TH, 2020 –– Seattle Thunderbirds hockey sellout crowd of 6,160 passionately threw teddy bears and stuffed animals onto the ice, immediately following the T-Birds first goal of the night. The game is the annual Fred Meyer Teddy Boss presented by WARM 106.9.
The teddy bears and stuffed animals collected by the WARM 106.9 Teddy Bear Patrol has will be distributed through partnership with The Salvation Army. Seattle Thunderbirds won 4-3 over the Everett Silvertips.
CONDOLENCES: Joel Chaseman, WINS Pioneer Who Helped Usher In The 24-Hour News Cycle, Passes Away
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 13TH, 2020 –– 1010 WINS New York's Joel Chaseman who was the general manager of WINS in 1965 when the station switched from rock and roll to all-news has passed away writes WINS' Lee Harris who wrote an obit for the station's website
In an interview for the 50th anniversary of the format Chaseman explained that then parent company of 1010 WINS, Westinghouse Broadcasting, was unhappy with the station’s image because they felt it reflected badly on their other businesses and he was ordered to find a replacement. With all the obvious music formats already taken the decision was made to try a continuous news wheel based on the top 40 format.
Newscasters were hired in secret from all over the country and rehearsals began, but the initial results were not encouraging. “We had the most boring, droning, monotonous broadcast you could possibly imagine,” Chaseman said. But on the morning of April 19, 1965 Chaseman announced the new format to the world telling listeners that “now news is at your fingertips whenever you want it,” thereby marking the birth of today’s 24 hour news cycle. Chaseman admitted that initially he wasn’t optimistic that the format would succeed, but with some help from the great blackout of 1965 1010 WINS became the nation’s first successful all-news radio station spawning many imitators. PHOTO/courtesy of Lee Harris
Beauty Industry Icon Bobbi Brown Teams Up With iHeart For Debut Of “Beyond The Beauty With Bobbi Brown”
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 13TH, 2020 –– Bobbi Brown, beauty industry icon, world-renowned makeup artist, best-selling author and founder and former CEO of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, and iHeart announced the launch of “Beyond The Beauty With Bobbi Brown,” a groundbreaking iHeartRadio Original Podcast where Brown enlists top-notch experts across the fields of makeup, wellness, fashion and entrepreneurship—all in search of the real meaning of beauty. “Beyond the Beauty With Bobbi Brown” will be distributed through the iHeartPodcast Network and can be heard now on iHeartRadio and everywhere else podcasts are available. New episodes will air every Wednesday.
“Beauty isn’t just about makeup or moisturizer,” says Bobbi. “It’s about how you feel in your skin. What you eat, what you wear, how you treat others, and who you have in your posse affects your overall well-being. Information out there is so saturated, it’s hard to know what is actually right for you.” From founding a billion-dollar cosmetics brand to becoming a certified health coach and launching a supplemental wellness line, Brown has always pushed the boundaries of what it means to be beautiful. Visit iHeart.com/apps to download and listen to “Beyond The Beauty With Bobbi Brown” on iHeartRadio now.
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[LISTEN] Celtics Fan Arrested For Throwing Drink Onto Court Calls Into Radio Show
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 10TH, 2020 - As you and the rest of the world have probably heard by now, a Celtic's fan was arrested and banned for life from the TD Garden for allegedly throwing a large can of Truly hard seltzer onto the court during the Boston Celtics game with the San Antonio Spurs Wednesday night. This happened in the third quarter when Celtics guard Kemba Walker was knocked to the court on a hard pick by LaMarcus Aldridge. Fortunately, no one was hit by the can and the fan who threw the can was immediately arrested. Boston Police later identified him as 22-year-old Justin Arnold. Police said he appeared to be extremely intoxicated and had a strong odor of alcohol. Arnold has since been banned from the Boston Garden for life.
This morning on his way to court Arnold called into Ashlee & The New Jam'n Morning Show on iHeart's Jam'n 94.5 in Boston. Find out what prompted him to throw the can. LISTEN HERE
Mary Ellen Kachinske Named OM For Cumulus Providence And PD Over WWLI-FM
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 10TH, 2020 –– Cumulus has appointed Mary Ellen Kachinske as Operations Manager for Cumulus Providence, overseeing all programming for the five-station cluster. Kachinske will also be Program Director for AC station Lite Rock 105/WWLI-FM. Kachinske heads to Providence from Chicago, IL, where she was Program Director for Hot AC station MIX 101.9 FM/WTMX-FM for almost 19 years. Prior to that, she was Program Director of WQAL-FM in Cleveland, OH. Holly Paras, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Providence, said: “After an exhaustive nationwide search, I am pleased to have Mary Ellen Kachinske joining the Cumulus Providence programming team. The breadth of Mary Ellen’s experience will no doubt be felt immediately throughout the cluster."
Kachinske said: “I'm delighted to join Cumulus’ unparalleled brands in Providence. I look forward to working with the talented team to make the stations even stronger. I fell in love with Providence and can't wait to enjoy the beauty and ease of this gorgeous city. Thank you to Holly Paras and John Dimick for an amazing opportunity.”
EXECUTIVE ACTION: John Abbot Stepping Down As CFO For Cumulus
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 10TH, 2020 –– Cumulus announced that John Abbot, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, will leave the Company at the beginning of March after it reports its full-year 2019 financial results. Cumulus Media is conducting a search for his successor.
Mary G. Berner, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cumulus Media, said, “On behalf of the Board and the entire Company, I would like to thank John for his many contributions to Cumulus and for the strong finance and accounting organization he has helped build. After nearly four years of commuting to Atlanta from Connecticut, it’s understandable that John has decided to pursue new opportunities at a company based closer to his home. We appreciate his continued support through the transition and wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”
“It has been a privilege and tremendously rewarding to work with Mary and the rest of the Cumulus team, and I am truly proud of our many accomplishments over these past several years,” said Mr. Abbot. “I am confident in the Company’s ongoing ability to achieve its objectives, and I look forward to following Cumulus’s continued success in the years ahead.
[LISTEN] Bob Pittman Goes One-On-One With Charlemagne tha God
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 10TH, 2020 –– In the latest episode of“Math &Magic: Stories from the Frontiers of Marketing,” hosted by Bob Pittman, Chairman and CEO of iHeartMedia, he sits down with Charlamagne tha God, popular Co-host of the nationally syndicated “The Breakfast Club Morning Show,” a New York Times bestselling author, an outspoken advocate for mental health and one of the top personalities, known for conducting unapologetically, insightfully tough interviews.
In this week’s interview, Charlamagne how he got his start with legendary Wendy Williams and how he discovered his passion for radio. Throughout the interview, Charlamagne also talks about how a simple piece of advice from his mom helped him transcend the circumstances of his childhood, why presenting his authentic self to the world is so important to him, and why hip hop culture is pop culture. Plus, Charlamagne shares why he prefers podcasts over TV. LISTEN HERE
77 WABC Renews 'The Greatest Show of All Time' With Clint Arthur
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 10, 2020 –– TALKRADIO 77 WABC announces that it has extended its commitment with “The Greatest Show of All Time” starring celebrity entrepreneur Clint Arthur to continue on 770AM during the entirety of 2020. The show will air on WABC every Sunday evening at 9:30pm EST.
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.”
Born, raised, and still living in New York City, Arthur is a graduate of PS 40, JHS 104, and Stuyvesant High School, where he studied creative writing for two years with Pulitzer Prize winner Frank McCourt, author of Angela’s Ashes, whom Clint credits for inspiring him to become a writer. His #1 bestselling books include: What They Teach You at The Wharton Business School, as well as Speaking Game: 7-Figure Speaker Secrets, and The Greatest Book of All Time.
Popular Maine Morning Host Eva Matteson Leaving Coast 93.1 In February
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 10TH, 2020 ––Eva Matteson has announced that she will be leaving Coast 93.1, after 15 years as a co-host on the station's morning show reports The Press Herald. She told listeners on Tuesday's show her last day will be Feb. 28 saying she has some “health issues I want to focus on.” She also said that getting up at 3 a.m. every day “takes a toll.” “I’ve decided it’s the right time for me to step down from the Coast Morning Show and take ‘self’ time to focus on me – continuing the healing path I’ve been on for my body and mind, and travel for more than two weeks at a time,”
Matteson told listeners she had come to Coast 93.1 from Nashville, Tennessee, as a temporary fill-in host. But she soon discovered she loved the job and was offered it full-time. She said that her co-host since 2014, Blake Hayes, as well as others at Coast 93.1, have become “like family” to her. Randi Kirshbaum, the brand manager for Coast 93.1, said the station will seek a replacement for Matteson but added, “of course, she is irreplaceable.” Matteson is the sister of Premiere Network's Jenny Shields.
EVENTS: French Montana And Nadine Randle Perform At iHeart MasterCard CES Event
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 10TH, 2020 –– During this week's Consumer Electronics Show, iHeartMedia held an event at Drai's Nightclub at The Cromwell in Las Vegas. The event featured a special performance by French Montana (shown above) and Swedish Artist, Nadine Randle (bottom left). Rich Bressler, President, COO and CFO of iHeartMedia, John Sykes, President of Entertainment Enterprises of iHeartMedia and Raj Rajamannar, CMO of MasterCard (shown right) hosted the event which included an array of celebrities, including Paris Hilton and Flavor Flav.
The Consumer Electronics Show at Drai's Night Club at The Cromwell Las Vegas took place on Tuesday night, January 08, 2020, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Bressler, John Sykes, and Raj Rajamannar Photo by Bryan Steffy/Getty Images for iHeartMedia - Nadine Photo by Brenton Ho Photo
NETWORKS: Westwood One To Cover All Four NFL Playoff Games This Weekend
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 10TH, 2020 –– Cumulus' Westwood One, the official network radio partner of the National Football League, will present live play-by-play coverage this weekend of all four games of the NFL Divisional Playoffs:
On Saturday Jan. 11th · 4:00 pm, ET: MINNESOTA VIKINGS @ SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS - Ryan Radtke (play-by-play), Tony Boselli (analyst), and Scott Kaplan (sidelines) Then at 7:45 pm, ET: TENNESSEE TITANS @ BALTIMORE RAVENS with Brandon Gaudin (play-by-play), Ross Tucker (analyst), and Laura Okmin (sidelines) SUNDAY, JANUARY 12, 2020 · 2:30 pm, ET: HOUSTON TEXANS @ KANSAS CITY CHIEFS o Kevin Kugler (play-by-play), Trent Green (analyst), James Laurinaitis (sidelines) · 6:15 pm, ET: SEATTLE SEAHAWKS @ GREEN BAY PACKERS with Kevin Harlan (play-by-play), James Lofton (analyst) and Hub Arkush (sidelines) Scott Graham hosts the pregame, halftime, and postgame shows for all broadcasts.
Westwood One will broadcast every postseason NFL game, from Wild Card Weekend through Super Bowl LIV on Sunday, February 2nd at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami. You can find more information on westwoodonesports.com
KDWB/Minny's Dave Ryan Taunts 49ers Fans With Billboards In San Francisco
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 10TH, 2020 –– Leave it to 101.3 KDWB/Minneapolis' Dave Ryan to stir things up out west by taunting San Francisco 49er fans with billboards in the bay area showing The Minnesota Vikings obliterating their team by a 101 to 3 margin. As bringmethenews.com points out: Almost every national "expert" picked the Saints last week to destroy the Vikings, who won 26-20 in overtime. Now Minnesota may need some extra magic to pull off another upset this week.
Ryan purchased a couple of billboards in the Bay Area colored with purple and gold colors, but will it bring magic for a second week in a row? According to NBC, San Francisco is currently a seven-point favorite. The Vikings were eight-point underdogs against the New Orleans Saints, where tight end Kyle Rudolph caught a game-winning touchdown pass in overtime to set up a matchup at Levi’s Stadium . Other odds are if Minny loses, it may take Dave awhile to get reimbursed for his billboard expenses - just sayin.'
SNAPS: Ty Bentli's Tricia 'TJ' Jenkins Says 'I Do'
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 10TH, 2020 –– Westwood One nationally syndicated country radio personality Tricia 'TJ' Jenkins of morning radio's Ty Bentli Show, rang in the New Year as a wife, after marrying Ricky Starck in Minneapolis, MN, on New Year's Eve. She shared more on her wedding night on Instagram @tjradioo.
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REPORT: 60 Million Adults In U.S. Own At Least One Smart Speaker; Security Concerns Persist
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 9TH, 2020 –– The Winter 2019 Smart Audio Report confirmed continued growth in the smart speaker market with 24% of U.S. adults — 60M people — owning at least one smart speaker device. The average smart speaker household now features 2.6 devices, up from 2.3 devices per household at the same time last year. With 54% of the U.S. population now having ever used voice-command technology, smart speakers and voice assistants across devices are increasingly a part of everyday lives.
The research from NPR and Edison uncovers security concerns among both smart speaker owners and non-owners, and challenges in discovery of new smart speaker functions or skills. But despite these challenges, smart speaker owners continue to integrate the device in their everyday routines: 69% of smart speaker owners use their device daily. GET REPORT HERE
[WATCH ] Angie Martinez Reveals How Her Car 'Flew Over 10 Ft Wall,' Shattering Her Vertebrae In 'Severe Accident' - 'Had To Be Cut Out Of Trees'
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 9TH, 2020 –– The 'Voice of New York,' Angie Martinez returned to her show this week after a two-month break to recover from a severe car accident. Saying she couldn't say too much "because insurance is still dealing with stuff,” she said, “I was swerving out of the way to miss another car and I flew over a wall. It was like a 10-foot wall. The car dropped straight down (into some trees). Luckily I had my seatbelt on, it was the daytime.” She described it 'Like Dukes of Hazard in the air."
Martinez said she had to be cut out of the trees to be rescued. "So, when I tell you it’s like a miracle… God is amazing,” Martinez admitted that every day is a struggle but she continues to push through. "I had a fractured vertebrae, shattered the vertebrae in one part. So they had to put something in my back [to put it back together].” Martinez joked that's she's not really sure what's going to happen the next time she goes to the airport." - WATCH HERE
Jessie Watt Joins The Morning Mix At MIX 96.5 Houston
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 9TH, 2020 –– Entercom announced that Jessie Watt will join Mix 96.5’s (KHMX-FM) “The Morning Mix” Houston as a cast member. Beginning on January 13, she will host the morning show alongside Sarah Pepper and Geoff Sheen, weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. CT.
“We are excited to have Jessie join our team here at Mix 96.5,” said Sarah Frazier, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Houston. “I’ve admired her work at our sister station 99.5 WYCD from afar and know she will be a true asset to our station. Her infectious personality and high energy will help our listeners start their morning on a high note.”
“I am beyond thrilled to be joining Entercom Houston’s incredibly accomplished Mix 96.5 team,” said Watt. “I feel lucky to be able to spend my mornings working and laughing with the fiercely talented Sarah Pepper and Geoff Sheen and am extremely excited for the opportunity to work under Sarah Frazier and Chase Murphy [Program Director, Entercom Houston]. I want to send a big thank you to Tim Roberts [Program Director, Entercom Detroit] for his continued mentorship and support."
Prior to this role, Jessie Watt was a morning show producer and on-air personality for “Chuck, Rachael and Grunwald in the Morning” at sister station 99.5 WYCD (WYCD-FM) in Detroit. She joined Entercom in 2017 as a promotions coordinator and was previously a board operator.
SYNDICATION: Premiere Networks' The Breakfast Club Kicks Off 2020 With 10 New Affiliates
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 9TH, 2020 –– The Breakfast Club, who air from Power 105 in New York, kicked off the New Year by welcoming 10 new affiliates: WJXM-FM in Meridian, Miss.; WIBB-FM in Macon, Ga.; WEOA-X1 (W253BF)/WEOA-AM in Evansville, Ind.; WTMG-FM in Gainesville, Fla.; WJIZ-FM in Albany, Ga.; KRVV-FM in Monroe, La; WMNX-FM in Wilmington, N.C.; KRRQ-FM in Lafayette, La.; WDAI-FM in Myrtle Beach, S.C.; and WLZD-FM in Hattiesburg, Miss.
The Premiere Networks-syndicated program featuring DJ Envy, Angela Yee and Charlamagne Tha God, continues to be one of the leading tastemakers in the genre, reaching nearly five million weekly listeners on 90 stations nationwide. In addition to welcoming the biggest guests from music, entertainment and pop culture, the show – which has more than 4.1 Million YouTube subscribers - has been dubbed a must-stop on the 2020 Presidential campaign trail by MSNBC, FOX News and CNN.
DeDe In The Morning Adds 8 New Affiliates
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 9TH, 2020 –– Beginning today, DeDe in the Morning airs across 35 markets with the additions of: WYBC-FM “94.3 WYBC” New Haven - WAMO-AM “The Beat” Pittsburgh -- KHTE-FM “96.5 The Box” Little Rock -- WEMX-FM “MAX 94.1” Baton Rouge -- KMJJ-FM “The Big Station” Shreveport -- WHOG-HD2 “Hot 94.1” Daytona Beach -- WYNN-FM “WYNN 106.3” Florence-- KBLZ/KAZE-FM “The Blaze” Tyle, TX.
"We are thrilled that DeDe’s show is growing rapidly and spreading more laughter and fun in new markets” said Geo Cook, Director of Operations for Service Broadcasting Group and General Manager & Brand Manager for DeDe in the Morning. DeDe adds, “We are honored and blessed to be chosen as the new morning family for these markets. We are ready to bring fun and laughter to our new audiences and connect with them in a real and meaningful way. This is how we kick off the New Year! ”
DeDe in the Morning is distributed nationally via a partnership between K104 in Dallas (Flagship affiliate) and Compass Media Networks (Syndicator) in mid-2018 and now boasts a robust number of 35 affiliates with station groups including Connoisseur, Cumulus, Saga, Core Communicators, El Dorado, Southern Stone and many more. For more information visit www.compassmedianetworks.com or call Nancy Abramson at (914) 708-1451 - firstname.lastname@example.org .
Westwood One To Debut 'Nights With Elaina' Hosted By Elaina Smith Beginning In February
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 9TH, 2020 –– Cumulus' Westwood One announces a new syndicated radio show, Nights with Elaina, hosted by award-winning radio and podcast host Elaina Smith, launching on February 3, 2020. Elaina has become one of the strongest female presences in Country Radio, having hosted shows in San Diego, Florida, and on over 100 stations simultaneously on NASH Nights Live, as well as hosting the syndicated weekend show, With Elaina and the award-winning podcast Breaking Thru with Elaina.
“I’ve been lucky enough to have spent the last six years of my life with the best country music fans in the nation every single weeknight, and I’m so excited to have the opportunity to continue connecting with them with a new show, Nights with Elaina,” said Elaina Smith. “If there is one thing I’ve learned that listeners and stars have in common, it’s that we’re all just trying to figure out life and have fun while doing it.”
“Today’s Country music genre is young, fresh and modern, and Nights with Elaina fits the bill perfectly,” said Charles Steinhauer, Chief Operating Officer, Westwood One. “Elaina is a force of nature when it comes to connecting with her listeners and some of the biggest names in entertainment today.." For more information on Nights with Elaina, contact Country@westwoodone.com.
George Willlborn Joins The Rick & Sasha Show
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 9TH, 2020 –– Cumulus' Westwood One announced the addition George Willborn to its syndicated Rick & Sasha Show. George has a 25 year plus stand-up/broadcast radio career that is unrivaled. From successful stints on WVAZ Chicago, WHUR Washington DC, and twice with the nationally syndicated Michael Baisden program,. The Rick and Sasha show is now heard on over 25 radio stations.
"I've been a part of multiple #1 radio shows in my career, yet I've never felt as optimistic about the potential success of a show than I do about Rick and Sasha. After appearing on the show as a guest, I experienced an instant chemistry with them, and instantly fell back in love with radio. Rick and Sasha just get it, and together we will be an unstoppable force,” said Willborn.
“It's game on and game over for the new sound of Urban Adult radio everywhere." Charles Steinhauer, Chief Operating Officer, Westwood One says, “with the addition of George complementing this already highly successful cast, we look forward to continuing the trajectory of fastest-growing urban adult show morning show throughout 2020 and for years to come." Willborn moves to Atlanta, GA where he will be working out of the new state-of-art Rick and Sasha studios. For more information on Rick and Sasha contact Todd Alan, email@example.com or (212) 735-1107, or Gary Bernstein, firstname.lastname@example.org or (508) 245-1776.
Chad Benson To Join Larry Gaydos In Afternoons On KTAR Phoenix
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 9TH, 2020 –– Bonneville Phoenix announced Wednesday that nationally syndicated host Chad Benson will be permanently joining Larry Gaydos in the afternoon drive on KTAR News 92.3 FM later this month. Benson, who also hosts Radio America’s syndicated “The Chad Benson Show” nationwide, formerly hosted a 6-9 p.m. show on KTAR News.
“I am beyond excited to be partnering with Larry Gaydos, one of the most talented men in radio, on one of the most iconic stations in the country,” Benson said. “Here we come Phoenix.” Gaydos and Chad will debut Jan. 21 and air weekdays at 2-6 p.m.
“Chad is one of the most talented and energetic talk show hosts that I’ve ever seen,” said Scott Sutherland, Bonneville Phoenix senior vice president and market manager. “I can’t wait for he and Larry to inform and entertain the KTAR audience on their way home each day.” With the change, KTAR News will also add Arizona’s Evening News to its daily lineup, a full hour of news, traffic and weather starting each weeknight at 6 p.m.
Scott Van Pelt Launching New ESPN Podcast
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 9TH, 2020 –– Scott Van Pelt will join ESPN’s podcast lineup with SVPod, to debut Tuesday, Jan. 14. The popular anchor of late-night’s SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt and former ESPN Radio host will present a weekly show that will include long-form interviews, commentary and expanded takes on his “One Big Thing” segment on SportsCenter. In addition, Van Pelt’s co-host for the “Bad Beats” section of SportsCenter, “Stanford” Steve Coughlin, will make appearances.
“As much as I enjoy the SportsCenter show we get to do at midnight, it doesn’t always provide the time and space for all I want to get to,” said Van Pelt. “I look at interviews we had with Patrick Beverley, Matthew McConaughey or Rakim as examples of times when the conversation was so interesting to me that it went on far beyond what we had room for on TV. Obviously, a podcast allows as much leeway as we’d like. To take the deeper dives with guests, and flush out topics that matter will be fun. My love of radio was well documented and this is as close as I am likely to find for the time being. I’m grateful to have to chance to throw some headphones on and have at it."
The Scott Van Pelt Show made its debut on ESPN Radio and in a simulcast on ESPN2 through the summer of 2015 when Van Pelt was preparing for the launch of the new midnight SportsCenter.
Australian Radio Stations Pull Potentially 'Insensitive' Songs During Bushfires
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 9TH, 2020 –– As local radio stations in affected areas go into full emergency broadcast mode, national commercial radio stations have removed certain songs from their catalogues while the nation experiences an unprecedented bushfire crisis. Bosses at the Hit Network, which broadcasts Sydney's 2DayFM and Melbourne's Fox FM along with a string of other stations, made the decision to censor any potentially "insensitive" material given the scale of the fires burning across Australia. Sister network Triple M, which focuses on sport and classic rock, has also pulled a number of songs from its playlists.
Banned songs include “I’m on Fire” by Bruce Springsteen, “Burning Down The House” by Talking Heads and Midnight Oil’s “Beds Are Burning”. The development comes as Australians flock to news and current affairs to stay up-to-date on the bushfire crisis. On public radio, ABC Gippsland and ABC South East NSW have recorded a significant spike in the number of streams via the ABC listen app.
Jenni Falconer Moves From Heart To Smooth Radio In London - Jenni Falconer is joining Smooth Radio to present the breakfast show in London and nationwide on Smooth Extra after leaving Heart last year. She takes over from Gary King, who will present Smooth’s new, national early breakfast show from Monday to Friday, as well as continuing to host Saturday afternoons across the network.
BBC Radio Ulster Presenter, Stephen Clements Dead at 47 - The radio station announced the news at lunchtime on Tuesday and his morning programme was hosted by Steven Rainey. Stephen is survived by his wife and two children. Stephen’s last tweet, just yesterday, showed a picture montage of him with his family.
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Nominees Announced For iHeartRadio's 2020 Music Awards From LA
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 8TH, 2020 –– iHeartMedia and FOX Entertainment announced today the nominees for the 2020 iHeartRadio Music Awards, airing live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, Sunday, March 29 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live / PT tape-delayed) on FOX. The event also will be broadcast on iHeartMedia radio stations nationwide and iHeartRadio, the all-in-one digital music, podcast, on demand and live-streaming radio service. “The iHeartRadio Music Awards is a true celebration of the music and artists that millions of fans listen to every day on their favorite radio stations across the country,” said John Sykes, President of Entertainment Enterprises for iHeartMedia. “FOX’s young and engaged audience has proven to be the perfect home for our iHeart listeners.”
Artists receiving multiple nominations include Ariana Grande, Bad Bunny, Billie Eilish, Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Daddy Yankee, Dan + Shay, Drake, Ed Sheeran, El Fantasma, Halsey, J Balvin, Jonas Brothers, Justin Bieber, Khalid, Kygo, Lil Nas X, Lizzo, Luke Combs, Maren Morris, Post Malone, Selena Gomez, SHAED, Shawn Mendes, Snow, Summer Walker and Taylor Swift.
“It’s always exciting to see who gets nominated for our iHeartRadio Music Awards,” said Tom Poleman, Chief Programming Officer for iHeartMedia. “This year’s nominees represent the music heard all year on our stations and the iHeartRadio app. We can’t wait to bring them together for one incredible night of celebration and see who takes home the award in all thirty-plus categories.” In addition to paying tribute to music and artists, the 2020 iHeartRadio Music Awards will again celebrate the fans, giving iHeartRadio listeners the opportunity to decide winners in several new and established categories. - SEE MORE HERE
Chris Berry Rises To Executive VP Of News, Talk & Sports For iHeart
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 8TH, 2020 ––iHeartMedia has promoted Chris Berry to Executive Vice President of News, Talk and Sports Programming, effective immediately. Berry has an extensive background in both local and network radio, and since 2011 has managed iHeartMedia’s 24/7 News Source, the world’s largest “broadcast-only” newswire. In 2017 he was promoted to Senior Vice President of News, Talk and Sports Programming, and in his new position he will continue as Format Brand Manager and provide oversight for NBC News Radio and the 24/7 News Network. Based in Phoenix, Ariz., Berry reports to Premiere Networks President Julie Talbott.
“Chris has tremendous programming experience and he’s been a valuable asset to our team for nearly a decade,” said Talbott. “As the spoken word format continues to grow, his leadership and vision will help ensure we’re strategically positioned to provide the best content across multiple platforms, while delivering unparalleled results for stations and advertising partners.”
Berry’s resume includes 14 years at the Walt Disney Company where as Vice President, Radio for ABC News he managed the network’s global news operation along with the Paul Harvey News and Comment broadcast. During his time at Disney, he also served as President and General Manager of WMAL-AM in Washington, D.C. and KSPN-AM in Los Angeles. His radio career began at KNX Newsradio in Los Angeles, and he served as Executive Producer for CBS Radio, Washington and Director of News and Programming for Chicago’s WBBM Newsradio.
Dana DiModica Promoted To VP Market Manager For Cumulus Toledo
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 8TH, 2020 –– Cumulus has promoted Dana DiModica to Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Toledo. In her new role, DiModica will manage seven Toledo radio stations, after serving Cumulus Toledo as Director of Sales and Local Sales Manager. She joined Cumulus Toledo in November 2014. Prior to that, she was General Sales Manager for WPFX-FM/107.7 THE WOLF, and was Local Sales Manager and Account Executive for iHeartMedia in Toledo.
DiModica said: “I am honored and excited to be able to lead this wonderful group of people in Toledo. I appreciate the opportunity that has been given to me by our CEO, Mary Berner, and Executive Vice President, Bob Walker. Having spent my entire radio career in the area, I know the impact our radio stations have in our community, with our listeners, and the relationships with our clients. I am grateful for the opportunity to continue that impact as Vice President/Market Manager of Cumulus Toledo.”
The Ticket Dallas Host/ Station Co-Founder Mike Rhyner Officially Announces Retirement
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 8TH, 2019 –– Mike Rhyner, Co-Host of “The Hardline”, heard afternoons from 3-7pm on Sportsradio 1310 and 96.7 FM The Ticket/KTCK, has announced his retirement from the station he co-founded and helped launch in Dallas/Fort Worth in 1994. Rhyner was elected to the Texas Radio Hall of Fame in 2016. Rhyner said: “These 26 years at The Ticket mean more to me than I could ever say. In my heart, I will continue to be a part of it, even though I won't be there. And I will always pull for its continued success and foster that in any way I can. Nothing but love and respect for everyone there.”
Dan Bennett, Regional Vice President, Cumulus Dallas/Houston Dan Bennett, commented: “Mike Rhyner is an iconic visionary who spearheaded what became the most prolific brand in Sports Talk radio. I could not be more proud and thankful to Mike for what he has accomplished at The Ticket, and wish him all the best in his retirement.” Corby Davidson, Current Afternoon Co-Host, and show producer Danny Balis will continue in their roles with “The Hardline”. Davidson has been with the station since 1995 and on “The Hardline” since 2001. Balis joined as show producer in 2000.
SYNDICATION: The Breakfast Club Joins The Lineup On Cumulus' Coast 97.3 Wilmington
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 8TH, 2020 ––Coast 97.3 WMNX has added The Breakfast Club to the station’s weekday morning lineup. The top-rated morning show starring DJ Envy, Angela Yee and Charlamagne Tha God will join WMNX in the Monday through Friday, 5:30am to 10:00am timeslot, as well as the Saturday, 7:00am to 10:00am timeslot. The Breakfast Club stars Charlamagne Tha God, current host of MTV2’s Uncommon Sense & Guy Code; Angela Yee, creator and host of Angel Yee’s Lip Service; and DJ Envy, legendary mixtape master and world-renowned DJ.
Launched in December 2010, The Breakfast Club was named the No. 1 radio program in the nation by “The Source” magazine. It is also widely regarded as one of the most informative and entertaining morning shows today. WMNX Program Director and Afternoon Drive Host Brandon “Bigg B” Hickman said: “We are excited to bring a fresh morning to Wilmington with breaking Hip Hop and R&B with Angela Yee, Charlamange the GOD, and DJ Envy. This addition pushes the urban culture forward with topics from trending news, finance, and politics wrapped up in a music intensive show on the way to work. They and we are the culture!” For more information, please visit www.PremiereNetworks.com.
K-LOVE's Skip & Amy Moving To Tennessee
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 8TH, 2020 ––K-LOVE’s nationally broadcast morning program, The Skip & Amy Show, is scheduled to relocate from its current studio in Indianapolis to the K-LOVE studio in Franklin, Tenn., and begin airing live from its new location the week of the seventh annual K-LOVE Fan Awards. Newly appointed K-LOVE CEO, Bill Reeves, recently moved from Franklin to Northern California, where K-LOVE is headquartered.
“Having personally been a part of the Franklin Christian music and media community for almost 25 years,” Reeves said, “I believe having K-LOVE’s morning show in the heart of it all will further deepen the network’s relationships with the industry and artists, and ultimately serve our listeners and supporters even better.” Each year, nearly 4,500 K-LOVE listeners flock to Nashville for the K-LOVE Fan Awards weekend, one of the most popular events in contemporary Christian music. K-LOVE is working now to configure its nearby Franklin studio so the morning show can begin broadcasting from there on Monday, May 18.
HONORS: WBAB-FM Long Island's Roger & JP Honored In Babylon On 20th Anniversary
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 8TH, 2020 – COX MEDIA WBAB-FM Long Island's Roger & JP just celebrated 20 years on-air together and for the occasion, the duo received some major notice in the area. Among the many accolades included Suffolk County and Town Of Babylon both declaring January 4, 2020 “Roger & JP Day” on Long Island.
The Town of Babylon is naming a “rest facility” at Tanner Park in Copiague for Roger & JP (Naming ceremony will take place Memorial Day weekend) and JP’s Hometown of Deer Park is naming a street for him.
Newsday wrote a nice piece about the guys (screengrab shown) And lots of local politicians, celebrities, promoters, venues and businesses have takes to Social Media to acknowledge this milestone with fitting tributes.
EVENTS: Power 99 Philly's Rise & Grind Help 3 Couples Tie The Knot On Valentine's Day
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 8TH, 2020 ––Power 99 FM, Philadelphia will celebrate Valentine’s Day in style by hosting a “Rise & Get Married with Rise & Grind” wedding ceremony. Rise & Grind Morning will marry three couples at Philadelphia’s iconic LOVE sculpture on February 14, following a live station broadcast from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and will be sponsored by Philadelphia’s Department of Parks & Recreation and Fairmount Park Conservancy.
The morning show hosts, Mikey Dredd, Mutha Knows and Roxy Romeo will each be ordained as ministers to officiate the ceremony and select the three lucky couples. Beginning this week, interested couples can enter for a chance to be married at the iconic LOVE sculpture on Valentine’s Day by uploading their photo and sharing their love story on the Power 99 website.
LIVE 101.5 Raises $116,138 For Health Group
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 8TH, 2020 ––Entercom's LIVE 101.5 Phoenix raised $116,138 for Valleywise Health Foundation during its inaugural “LIVE 101.5 GIVE-A-THON,” presented by Rafi Law Group, in Phoenix. “Valleywise Health is a staple within the Phoenix community and we are proud to support them with LIVE 101.5’s first on-air fundraiser,” said Dave Pugh, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Phoenix. “The organization has been in our community for over 140 years and ensures that every patient receives exceptional care, without exception. Our team is on a mission to inform residents of this amazing resource right in our backyard and we look forward to continuing to support them.”
“LIVE 101.5 GIVE-A-THON” was broadcast live from the station’s studio on Monday, December 16 and Tuesday, December 17, 2019 from 6:00 a.m. through 7:00 p.m. MT. PHOTO/ From top row, left to right: Bryan Moreno, Filip Kobylarz, Dave Pugh, Jeff Salvano, Seth Simon, Tim Richards, Tiffany Lemmon, Shelli Brockhoff, Brianna Meighan, Ashley Cruz, Gabe Mercer, Kendell Marquez, Kimberli Rivera, Bily Foster, Micah Powell, Carolyn Coffey, Aaron Miller, Rico Valeriano, Karla Hernandez, Chris Hernandez, Joey Boy and Natasha Castles)
WARM 106.9 / KING 5 Home Team Harvest Collects More Than 7.9 Million Meals
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 8TH, 2020 –– The 19th annual Home Team Harvest broke records for the third year in a row, raising 7,982,154 meals for Northwest Harvest, the largest hunger relief agency in Washington state. WARM 106.9, Tegna owned KING 5 and Northwest Harvest collaborated with partners AT&T, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington, Safeway and Albertsons throughout the months of November and December to collect non-perishable food and cash donations. This year’s goal of 7 million was blown away thanks to generous donations from sponsors and the community, making this the largest Home Team Harvest yet.
Home Team Harvest was born out of the emotional and economic trauma that followed 9/11. Eighteen years later it is our state’s largest food drive, supporting Northwest Harvest in its mission to end hunger in Washington. In its lifetime, Home Team Harvest has raised over 55 million meals for Washington families. PHOTO/ WARM 106.9 Work Day Host, Shellie Hart with the KING 5 EVENING team, and retired KING 5 Anchor/Journalist, Jean Enersen
Todd Schnitt Reviving MJ Morning Show
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 8TH, 2020 ––Todd “MJ” Schnitt is reviving his MJ Morning Show in Tampa Bay with the launch of a new podcast. Tampabay.com reports "He’s planning billboards across the region, along with a blitz of radio commercials announcing “the MJ Morning Show is back." Since October, Schnitt has released six episodes of a new podcast with the same name and co-hosts as the popular morning show he hosted on Tampa Bay’s 93.3 WFLZ-FM for 18 years. He’s also financing the whole venture himself. Schnitt said the response to the podcast has been vibrant, netting “tens of thousands of downloads," a couple “major potential sponsors,” and drawing out “feelers” from terrestrial radio programmers interested in possibly putting him back on old-school radio in the morning, which he isn’t ruling out. “
The MJ Morning Show podcast runs about one hour, with a new episode every two weeks, though that frequency and length could increase. Of course, Schnitt never left radio. From 2014 to 2017 he co-hosted a morning show with Len Berman on WOR-AM New York, and for more than a decade hosted the Schnitt Show, an afternoon talk show focused on news and politics. The Schnitt Show airs on close to 50 stations across the U.S., including AM stations WHNZ and WFLA in Tampa Bay. He also hosts a podcast called Fark and Schnitt, alongside Fark.com creator Drew Curtis. PHOTO/L-R: Todd "MJ" Schnitt, Michael “Froggy” Cusamano and Dom "Fester" Siciliano [Courtesy of Todd Schnitt]
Cabana Expands Podcasts Portfolio
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 8TH, 2020 ––cabana starts the new decade by adding two new titles to its portfolio: Voices for Justice, a true crime podcast that seeks justice, and ONE Extraordinary Marriage, which emphasizes the importance of an intimate lifestyle for couples. Voices for Justice is hosted by Sarah Turney, whose sister Alissa went missing in 2001. Tony and Alisa DiLorenzo, marriage coaches and co-authors of 7 Days of Sex Challenge, are the hosts of the ONE Extraordinary Marriage podcast. Turney explains, “I heard great things about cabana from others in the podcast community, and I’m delighted to find that it’s all true. Cabana is easy to work with and they care about their content partners.”
Tony DiLorenzo echoed that sentiment. “cabana’s reputation included the integrity they demonstrate with their content partners. Cabana takes a personal approach to their business relationships, making them the perfect ad sales partner for us.” “We’re excited about 2020 and kicking off the new year with these two great podcasts,” said Frank DeSantis, Senior Vice President of Business Development for cabana. “Our advertisers are eager for podcasts that tap into the interests and emotions of listeners. We look forward to working with Sarah and the DiLorenzos and to bringing their audiences to national advertising brands.” For more information, please visit www.letscabana.com.
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Matt Cord Named New Midday Host On Beasley's 102.9 WMGK-FM in Philadelphia
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 7TH, 2020 –– Beasley has named Matt Cord for middays (9am-2pm) at WMGK-FM in Philadelphia. Cord unveiled the announcement about his new shift during an on-air cross over conversation with legendary station morning personality John DeBella on Monday, January 6, 2020. “I’m so thrilled to continue Debbi Calton’s (bottom left) incredible legacy with the WMGK workplace audience,” said Cord. “I feel fortunate to have theopportunity to work side-by-side with Philly radio legend John DeBella and longtime Afternoon Drive host Andre Gardner!”
Cord is no stranger to the Philadelphia radio scene. The 30-year market veteran’s career includes serving as Morning Host on Beasley Media Group’s 95.7 BEN-FM as well as spending anadditional 20 years split between working on the air doing evenings and afternoons on WMMR-FM. Previously, he was the afternoon drive host at Y-100.
Cord began his career at Long Island’s WBLI-FM in 1988. He has served as the in-arena announcer for the Philadelphia 76ers for 23 seasons. In addition, Cord worked as an official ball boy for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1975-78. “We were so fortunate when Matt became available,” said WMGK-FM Program Director Bill Weston. “I think the stars aligned so I could replace one radio legend with another. Matt’s personality, combined with his passion for classic rock, love of radio and dedication to our loyal fans, made him the perfect choice to take over middays on the station!”
Cord follows legendary midday personality Debbi Calton, who recently retired on December 6th, 2019, after spending 26 years hosting the midday shift on WMGK.
Mike McCabe Named PD For Z104.3 Baltimore
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 7TH, 2020 ––iHeartMedia announced that Mike McCabe has been named Program Director for Z104.3, Baltimore effective January 20. He will report to Mike Preston, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Baltimore. “McCabe’s extensive programming background combined with his passion for the pop music landscape makes him the perfect fit for this position,” said Preston. “We are thrilled to welcome him to Baltimore as we kick off Z104.3’s 11th year as Baltimore’s number one hit music station.”
McCabe joins the Baltimore market from iHeartMedia New Hampshire where he most recently served as the program director and afternoon host for Z107. Past PD stints include: WFIZ-FM in Ithaca, New York, an on air personality for WPXY-FM and WKSE-FM in Rochester and Buffalo, New York as well as an on-air personality for iHeartMedia’s Kiss 108 in Boston, 101.3 KDWB in Minneapolis and HITS 96.1 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
“I look forward to creating on-air, online and live content driven by the top hits that appeal to our Charm City listeners,” said McCabe. “The opportunity to work with local powerhouse talent like Elizabethany, Sos and ‘The Kane Show’ is a dream come true.”
Orphan Andrew Rises To APD/MD For 106.5 The End Sacramento
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 7TH, 2020 ––Entercom has promoted Orphan Andrew to Assistant Program Director and Music Director of 106.5 The End (KUDL-FM), Sacramento. He will also maintain his current role as midday show host. “Since joining 106.5 The End, Orphan Andrew has demonstrated his passion for the station and our listeners, and his promotion to Assistant Program Director and Music Director is a direct result of that,” said Stacey Kauffman, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Sacramento. “His long-standing relationship with his audience and broad understanding of pop culture makes him the ideal candidate. I’m excited to continue to see his positive energy and spirit in the hallways and hear what he can add to one of America’s most successful top 40 brands.”
“I’d like to extend a big thanks to Rayne [Program Director, 106.5 The End], Vince Richards [Operations Manager, Entercom Sacramento] and Stacey Kauffman for this fantastic opportunity to grow my career with Entercom,” said Andrew. “I’ll be celebrating 10 years at The End in March and can’t think of a better gift. I’m proud to be the Assistant Program Director and Music Director of this iconic brand.” Andrew joined Entercom in 2010 and has hosted the midday show on the station since 2012. He also serves as an on-air personality for sister stations 98 PXY (WPXY-FM) in Rochester, NY and MIX 94.7 (KAMX-FM) in Austin, TX, as well as the in-game host for the Sacramento River Cats, the San Francisco Giants’ Minor League Baseball Triple-A affiliate.
Melinda & Mason Take Mornings With Launch Of New KRMD-FM Shreveport Weekday Lineup
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 7TH, 2020 ––Cumulus' 101.1 KRMD Shreveport, LA debuted a new weekday lineup and morning show this week. They now kick off mornings Melinda and Mason, the station’s new morning show featuring longtime market veteran and current Morning Host Melinda Coyer, who is joined by Mason Stanfield, who moves to Cumulus Shreveport from Adams Radio Group in Las Cruces, NM, where he was Afternoon Personality and Music Director for Country 103.9 KGRT, and Morning Host for Classic Rock KSNM 98.7. Current Morning Co-Host and market veteran Mike Martindale will move to Afternoon Drive.
KRMD’s new on-air lineup is: 6am-10am: “Melinda and Mason” 10am-3pm: Jay Michaels 3pm-7pm: Mike Martindale 7pm-Midnight: “NASH Nights Live” Jay Michaels, KRMD-FM Program Director and Operations Manager, Cumulus Shreveport, said: “From the first moment I spoke to Mason, his passion, energy and talent wowed me! And the instant chemistry he had with Melinda sealed the deal. Melinda and Mason are ready to give Shreveport the local listener-focused and interactive show that Shreveport has been missing. Our new lineup has two market veterans anchoring our prime dayparts with LIVE and LOCAL content and energy. Mike Martindale’s love for this community and the music will shine in Afternoon Drive!
Stanfield added: “I am so excited to be a part of Cumulus Radio and KRMD! KRMD is such a legendary Country station, and Shreveport is such a vibrant, beautiful city! I can’t wait to see what we all can do together!”
Jamie Morris Moves To K-JOY Long Island For Mornings
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 7TH, 2020 –– Jamie Morris — Mark Daniels' morning partner the past three years at WALK/97.5 FM before his departure last November — has joined WKJY/98.3 FM ("K-JOY") as its new morning host, the station's Connecticut-based owner announced Monday. Newsday reports she replaces Kara Reifert, the morning show host there for the past two years.
In an interview Monday, Connoisseur Senior Vice President James Condron said "with the changes that went on at WALK we had great talent in Jamie and we wanted to find a home for her, We feel like 'K-JOY' is a great place for her."
SYNDICATION: Free Beer & Hot Wings Now Served At WGBF-FM Evansville
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 7TH, 2020 ––Compass Media Networks “Free Beer and Hot Wings” is the new morning show for Townsquare Media WGBF-FM Active Rock station in Evansville IN. Kat Mykals, WGBF Brand Manager states “We are excited to start the new year and the new decade with a new era in morning rock radio as we welcome the Free Beer and Hot Wings Morning Show to WGBF-FM. With their amazing chemistry and authenticity, the show is a natural fit as we continue to be Evansville and the Tristate’s home for ‘Everything That Rocks.’”
Gregg “Free Beer” Daniels joins in saying “We are so excited to be added to the GBF family! Evansville is a great town with tons of great radio talent over the years, and we are honored to get going!” To find out more about Free Beer and Hot Wings visit www.compassmedianetworks.com. To affiliate call Doug Ingold at 310-242-8746 or email email@example.com . PHOTO/L-R: Kelly Cheese/Producer - Joe Gassman, Gregg "Free Beer" Daniels - Chris "Hot Wings" Michels and Executive Producer Steve.
The Chad Benson Show Upgrades Live Time to 9 am-Noon ET Beginning January 20th
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 7TH, 2020 ––A re-feed from 6P-9P ET will remain. Since launching Chad into national syndication in 2015, the show has increased in popularity and audience growth and has been a major factor in building audience growth on its affiliates in the A25-54 demo. As a result, many stations have requested the show's LIVE feed time be earlier in the day going into this important election year. Chad's show has always been programmed to offer stations flexibility for broadcast time. He focuses on the big, relevant issues of the day and what it means to his listeners and not every bit of meaningless minutiae being reported. This also makes the show more appealing for a delayed airing. Therefore, the evening 6P-9P ET feed will continue as a re-broadcast. In addition, the later feed of the show will be updated as needed for any breaking news developments. Stations wishing to upgrade to the new 9A-12 Noon ET time slot may contact Radio America at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-807-4703, Ext. 250 to do so.
CMT And iHM Extend Broadcast Partnership; Cody Alan And Ashlee McDonald Ink Extension
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 7TH, 2020 –– CMT and iHeartMedia have renewed their partnership and multi-year extension that keeps intact one of the world’s largest country music platforms spanning radio, television, digital and social. In addition to the content partnership renewal, iHeartMedia and Premiere Networks will support CMT’s Next Women of Country artists with a new syndicated programming element airing weekly. Under the renewed agreement, Premiere Networks and CMT will continue their exclusive distribution and production partnership for two syndicated radio programs, “CMT After MidNite with Cody Alan” and “CMT Radio Live with Cody Alan,” broadcasting weeknights from midnight to 6 a.m., and 7 p.m. to midnight., respectively.
Additionally, award-winning country radio host, producer and CMT personality Cody Alan has signed on to continue as host of both programs. The deal also extends Alan’s hosting duties for CMT’s weekly flagship series, “CMT Hot 20 Countdown.” Ashlee McDonald, Executive Producer of CMT Radio Content and Programming Partnerships, has also extended her agreement. “Extending and expanding our partnership with CMT and Cody Alan was a no-brainer,” said Julie Talbott, President of Premiere Networks.
PHOTO/Cody Alan; Julie Talbott, President of Premiere Networks; and Ashlee McDonald, Executive Producer of CMT Radio Content and Programming Partnerships and MCA Nashville artist Sam Hunt
EVENTS: Cumulus Dallas/Ft. Worth Cluster Raised A Total of $1,282,996 During 2019; Entercom With Record Draw Of $285,108 In Hungerthon
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 7TH, 2020 –– Cumulus Dallas radio group raised a total of $1,282,996 for Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex charities during the 2019 calendar year. Its stations include 99.5 The Wolf/KPLX-FM; WBAP-AM NewsTalk 820; Sportsradio 1310 AM/96.7 FM The Ticket; Hot 93.3/KLIF-FM; New Country 96.3/KSCS-FM; KLIF 570 AM; and ESPN Dallas 103.3/KESN-FM.
Dan Bennett, Regional Vice President, Cumulus-Dallas/Houston, said: “The job of any station group is to serve the community. In 2019 our Cumulus Dallas employees all worked with our listeners and various charities to be sure we gave back to the tune of almost $1.3 million. We are very proud of our generous listeners who made it happen.”
Meanwhile, Entercom partnered with WhyHunger to raise a record-breaking $285,108 as a part of the 34th annual Hungerthon campaign. Entercom New York stations’ contributions during the one-day event helped campaign totals reach over $1 million for the fourth consecutive year. “Every year WhyHunger is consistently at the forefront in spearheading efforts to end hunger,” said Susan Larkin, Regional President and Market Manager, Entercom New York. “I’m proud we were able to support their mission, both on our New York stations and nationally through the reach of RADIO.COM, for record-setting donations.”
2020, A Special Year For KDKA Pittsburgh
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 7TH, 2020 –– With this being the 100th anniversary of radio, it's certainly the year of KDKA Radio. The Pittsburgh talker entered its 100th year of broadcasting on November 2, 2019, where, according th Radio.Com, 99 years earlier, four men huddled in a makeshift shack on the roof (shown bottom center of above collage) of the Westinghouse Electric Building in East Pittsburgh and transmitted the results of the 1920 presidential election.
KDKA colleague Mike Pintek, who passed away in September 2017, profoundly stated that KDKA Radio is the “original social media,” an apt description of the industry’s incredible initial influence. For the occasion, KDKA plans to showcase significant contributions in its history and how the future is being molded for the next hundred years. Take a peek HERE at its original starting five, the five important figures who were instrumental in starting it all
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Following POTUS Leak, Premiere Confirms Rush Limbaugh Has Inked A Longterm Extension
Trump Called It A 'Four-Year Deal'
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 6TH, 2020 –– It what may be the first time an American President tipped the media of a radio talent's contract extension, it happened last week in Florida after Trump blurted out the information at a rally in Miami. He commented that "The Rush Limbaugh Show" will continue well into the new decade."
While no official word has been released by Premiere Networks, a company spokesperson confirmed with Jockline that the preeminent talk host had indeed renewed a "long-term agreement" and declined to comment on any specific terms.
But according to CNN, President Trump called it a four-year deal." After lodging his usual complaints about news outlets that challenge him, he turned to praise some of his biggest radio and TV boosters. "We have great people," Trump said. "Rush just signed another four-year contract. He just wants four more years, okay. Rush, Sean Hannity, Laura (Ingraham)-- a lot of great people -- Tucker's (Carlson) been great, 'Fox & Friends,' right?" Trump went on, listing off other supporters in the media. But the Limbaugh shout-out was curious because the host and the syndicator had not announced a new deal yet.
Rush celebrated his 31st year in national syndication in August 2019. The Rush Limbaugh Show broadcasts weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. ET on more than 650 affiliates reaching millions of listeners. It continues to be the most-listened-to national radio talk show in America.
Mike Francesa Kicks Off 'Mike's On' Starting Today On Radio.Com & WFAN AM/FM
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 6TH, 2020 –– Entercom presents “Mike’s On,” a RADIO.COM Original to be hosted by longtime WFAN (WFAN-AM/FM) host Mike Francesa. The daily show will be available weekdays from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. ET beginning today, only on RADIO.COM. Mike will also be heard on his longtime radio home The FAN, WFAN (101.9 FM/660 AM).
“Mike Francesa is a pillar in sports radio who has played an integral part in driving sports conversations in New York,” said J.D. Crowley, Chief Digital Officer, Entercom. “We’re excited to continue our partnership with Mike and offer the same unrivaled sports content our New York listeners love to a broader audience on RADIO.COM.”
“I’m looking forward to working with RADIO.COM in a variety of new ways and continuing my tenure on WFAN,” said Francesa. “This new opportunity will allow me to connect with loyal listeners all over the country on both broadcast and digital and I’m looking forward to making this new show a success.” In addition, Francesa will also host exclusive and original RADIO.COM programming to be announced at a later date. To tune in to “Mike’s On,” download the RADIO.COM app and search for “Mike’s On” or go to mikeson.com. To receive notifications and updates, favorite the station.
SYNDICATION: Reach Media Officially Kicks Off The New Rickey Smiley Urban AC Show And Morning Hustle Nationwide
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 6TH, 2020 –– Reach Media Inc.’s nationally syndicated Rickey Smiley Morning Show debuts as an Urban AC morning show at the start of the new year. Rounding out the show is a cast of personalities known to spark engagement and laughs: Eva Marcille - Gary Wit Da Tea – Da Brat – Rock T – and Special K.
The Rickey Smiley Morning Show is syndicated in markets including Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Detroit, Miami and Orlando. Rickey Smiley Rickey reinforces his radio brand 24/7 interacting online, socially with five million followers, through his stand-up comedy, reality-based TV shows, and publishing.
Meanwhile, The Morning Hustle, Cited as THE Breakout Mainstream Urban Radio Show for 2020, Goes Live Today – The Morning Hustle, also syndicated by Reach Media, is led by HeadKrack, Angie Ange, “On-Air” Jordan, Lore’l and Billy Sorrells. The show is produced by longtime Smiley producer, Loren 'Hollywood' Henderson. HeadKrack is a Hip Hop authority who stays up-to-date on all the latest in music, movies, artists and entertainment. Already a recongnized expert on pop culture and current events, he brings a straight-talking and funny outlook that has made him a listener favorite.
The Morning Hustle, based in Atlanta, kicks off today nationally with markets including Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Detroit, Cleveland and St. Louis - reportedly, they'll soon air in over 40 markets.
Madelyne Woods Named Morning Host On Wash. DC's WOL-AM
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 6TH, 2019 –– Kashon Powell, Vice President of Programming for Radio One taps, veteran media personality, Madelyne Woods to host the all new morning show on WOL-AM beginning today, January 6, 2020. Madelyne Woods will take over the morning drive time slot that was vacated by Tom Joyner when he retired after 25 years of his syndicated show.
Her interviews and reports have appeared on TV and radio stations around the nation, such as ABC, NBC, BET, Fox Entertainment and The Tom Joyner Morning Show. In addition to her work, Madelyne devotes time to many charitable organizations. She has a particular interest in supporting causes that provide vital services to people living with dementia, stroke, and breast cancer. A successful wife, mother, and Madelyne is a native of Washington, DC where she currently resides.
“Madelyne is an iconic personality with a career that spans over two decades and having her on a legendary station such as WOL is a perfect match.” says Powell, Vice President of Programming for Radio One. Ron Thompson, Program Director of WOL-AM added, “We're excited about the Morning Goods with Madelyne Woods. We're live; local and all about DC."
Longtime KLUC Morning Co-Host, Spence, Exits Show After 21-Yr. Run
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 6TH, 2020 –– In a surprise move, Spence, longtime co-host of the Chet Buchanan Morning Show on KLUC/Vegas announced his departure following a 21-year run. In a station post he titled "Spence Is No Good at Goodbyes," he writes: "Hi, it's Spence. You might know me as the "Nevada Ooh Na Na" guy, the dude from "Spence's Challenge" or perhaps from my many drunken, shirtless appearances when "Live PD" visited Nye County. Oh, also as part of 98.5 KLUC's morning show for the last billion years. I moved to Vegas in February of '98 to join the staff of 98.5 KLUC, expecting to spend a year or so and move on. That year turned into five and then ten and now some 21+ years later, I'm ready to move on." SEE POST HERE
He added, "... At this point, I'm not sure where I'll end up but I'll be around. You can subscribe to my YouTube channel...in fact you can find me on all social media as @Spencetology. Maybe check out my website, www.spencetology.com, if you get the chance. Since my mom force fed me "The Sound of Music" every year of my childhood, I think it is best to end with this: "So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, goodbye Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye Goodbye!"
Former KICKS 101.5 Atlanta Host Suing Company For Wrongful Termination
He Is Seeking $732,258.05 Left From His Contract
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 6TH, 2019 –– The AJC's Rodney Ho reports that former longtime Kicks 101.5 morning host Cadillac Jack has sued the Atlanta-based parent company Cumulus Media for wrongful termination, citing a boss who regularly harassed and bullied him over his sexual orientation. Last July, Cadillac (real name is William Choate) was let go from Kicks with 22 months left on his employment contract. According to the lawsuit, he was fired “with cause” but Caddy believes the cause was just an excuse to get rid of him and his hefty salary.
Cadillac is seeking $732,258.05, based on his annual $400,000 salary over those remaining 22 months of his contract with what was called Kicks but has since been re-named New Country 101.5. He started at the company at age 19 and worked afternoons for many years before moving to mornings. He also spent some time at Y106, a sister country station that no longer exists.
In response to the lawsuit, a Cumulus spokesperson tells Jockline, “We were disappointed to hear that the suit was filed and look forward to defending against these fabricated claims.” READ FULL STORY HERE
107.3 JenY-FM Arrives In Cleveland
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 6TH, 2020 –– After stunting with Christmas music, former smooth jazz The Wave has flipped to Modern AC 107.3 JenY FM reports Cleveland.com. Rubber City Radio owner Thom Mandel said in a release. “We found that we were pushing a boulder uphill, and serving fewer and fewer listeners. The station sounded fabulous, but without enough listeners, we could no longer support it.” Operations Manager and WNWV PD Jeff Lynn added, “We're very excited to bring to Northeast Ohio the first radio station for Generation Y. The music, promotions and talent will be hyper focused on that very important demographic.” The station is currently running jockless with an air staff to be announced later this month.
Rubber City Radio also owns classic rock WONE-FM (107.5) and news/talk/oldies WAKR (1590) in Akron. Listen to JenY-FM HERE
Albuquerque’s Newsradio KKOB Now With Full Market FM Signal At 96.3 FM
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 6TH, 2020 –– Cumulus announced that Newsradio KKOB in Albuquerque, NM, will broadcast on a full market FM signal at 96.3, in addition to its 770 AM signal, significantly expanding the reach of New Mexico’s #1 radio station. The FM signal will cover all of Albuquerque, as well as Santa Fe and the adjacent suburbs. The KKOB AM/FM simulcast goes live today at 9:00am MST, and includes local hosts Bob Clark in the morning, former Bernalillo County Sheriff Darren White in middays, afternoons with TJ Trout, and evening host Brandon Vogt.
Jeff Berry, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Albuquerque, said: “KKOB is approaching its 100th year of serving New Mexico and what better way to celebrate than to expand our platform to a full strength 100,000 watt FM signal?” Berry added: “The KKOB News Radio ‘Blowtorch’ will be blasted on both AM and FM signals, giving New Mexicans easy access for news, information, UNM football and basketball and the best on-air talent in the business. This is a huge win for our listeners, advertisers and partners.”
Brad Willis Stepping Down As PD For WGFX-FM The Zone Nashville; Station Now On The Hunt For Next PD
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 6TH, 2020 –– In an internal email from Allison Warren, VP/Market Manager, Cumulus Nashville she stated, "I want to be the first to share with you the bittersweet news that Brad Willis, longtime Program Director of 104.5 The Zone/WGFX-FM, is stepping down from his position to take on a new opportunity as Chief Advancement and Operations Officer for the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame. In his more than 12 years with the station, Brad has brought The Zone to the #1 position in the #1 sports town of Nashville, a monumental achievement for which we are immensely grateful. We bid Brad a fond farewell and wish him all the best in his new position with the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame. His last day with us will be January 17, 2020.
As you know, 104.5 The Zone is the dominant sports voice in Middle Tennessee and one of the premier sports brands in the country, in one of the most desirable and hottest cities in the country. To that end, we are currently seeking the right person to lead the station into the future. Interested persons should visit: https://www.cumulusmedia.com/careers/.
Angela Yee Launches ‘Lip Service’ Podcast
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 6TH, 2020 –– Angela Yee, host of the Premiere Network syndicated The Breakfast Club with DJ Envy and Charlamagne Tha God, she's now launched her own “Lip Service” podcast. According to Variety, she spent much of the fall of 2019 on the road, teaming up with Live Nation for “Lip Service Live.” The tour featured guests in every major city who came on to discuss such topics as sex and relationships.
In creating 'Lip Service, Yee said she began to notice a void in women’s voices on terrestrial radio, particularly when it came to talking about their sexuality. In one of her first episodes with DaBaby she garnered more than 1.5 million views on YouTube. Other “Lip Service” guests have included 50 Cent, Megan Thee Stallion, John Legend and Kevin Gates with his wife, Dreka. Read Yee's interview with Variety And watch 'Lip Service clip HERE
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Damon Amendolara Moves To Mornings As CBS Sports Radio Unveils Revamped Lineup
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 3RD, 2020 –– Entercom announced a revamped programming lineup for CBS Sports Radio, effective immediately. “Our new CBS Sports Radio lineup will provide enhanced programming for fans and further cement our place as a leader in national sports coverage,” said Jeff Sottollano, SVP/Programming, Entercom. “Damon Amendolara (shown above) has continued to demonstrate that he is a rising star in the format and will excel with his move to mornings. We are thrilled to add the Westwood One-produced Pat McAfee (R) program to the network lineup and happy to introduce our audience to Zach Gelb at night.”
“Westwood One is excited to continue to be the exclusive sales and distribution partner of CBS Sports Radio Network,” said Charles Steinhauer, Chief Operating Officer, Westwood One. “With two former NFL stars, Radio Hall of Famer Jim Rome and the ever-opinionated Damon Amendolara moving to mornings, CBS Sports Radio is positioned for great growth in 2020 and beyond.”
The New CBS Sports Radio weekday lineup is as follows. 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. ET: “The DA Show” 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET: “The Pat McAfee Show” 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET: “The Jim Rome Show” 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. ET: “Tiki and Tierney” 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. ET: Zach Gelb 10:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. ET: “Ferrall on the Bench” 2:00 a.m. – 6:00 a.m. ET: Amy Lawrence.