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STUDY: 'Jingle Bell Rock' Tops America's Best Testing Christmas Favorites
7 of the Top 10 songs were released between 1945 and 1963
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 21ST, 2017 –– P1 Media Group wanted to know how Americans would rate the 40 most-played Christmas songs from the 2016 Holiday Season. Six decades after its release, “Jingle Bell Rock” by Bobby Helms was America’s Top Testing Christmas Songs for 2017. Some of the highlights: • The timeless Holiday Classic’s rule. 7 of the Top 10 Christmas songs were released between 1945 and 1963. • Christmas music is equally appealing among Men and Women and across Adults 25-54. • Top 40 and Country listeners have the most interest in listening to an all Christmas music station. We also found Men that listen to Rock and Alternative formats have a strong interest in Christmas music. • The newest song tested was Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s – Christmas Cannon from 2002, which ranked #34. TSO’s - Christmas Eve Sarajevo from 1996 was the newest song to finish in the Top 10. • Two versions of Jingle Bell Rock, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Sleighride landed in the Top 15.
P1 Media Group conducted the survey the weekend of November 17-19th, 2017. They sampled 25-54-year-old radio listeners in the Top 50 US Radio Markets that reported listening either “Frequently” or “Sometimes” to Christmas Music on a local radio station during the holiday season. The 40 songs tested were the most played Christmas Songs from 2016 according to Mediabase monitored airplay. The full results are available at p1mediagroup.com/Christmas - and just in case you need yet another infusion of Jingle Bell Rock, LISTEN HERE
REPORT: President Trump's Weekly Radio Address On 'Indefinite Hiatus'
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 21ST, 2017 –– The White House confirmed that President Trump's weekly presidential radio address is on indefinite hiatus, reports voanews.com. "We received quite a few comments and a lot of feedback that the weekly address wasn’t being used to its full potential," White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in response to a VOA question during Monday’s daily briefing. "We're looking at different ways that we can revamp that and make it where it’s more beneficial and gets more information out," added Sanders, who declined to elaborate on whether the radio tradition is fading out permanently. Trump's last recording The last time the White House released a weekly radio recording made by President Donald Trump was on Oct. 13.
"In our increasingly fast-paced news cycle in which a president can make and shape news with a few flicks of his fingers via Twitter, you can argue that the president’s weekly radio address is less relevant and timely," according to presidential historian Mike Purdy. President Roosevelt began with the "fireside chats" of President Franklin Roosevelt during the depth of economic depression in 1933. Roosevelt had begun using radio to reach the public as governor of New York state at a time when radio broadcasting was a technological revolution.
There's apparently little interest from radio, as well. VOA contacted numerous information-oriented radio stations across the country, in large and small markets, but found few still airing the Saturday brief presidential speeches. "We haven't received any reaction about the missing addresses. Not by phone or email. That is in some contrast to feedback from listeners in prior years who feared we might not choose to carry the new president's remarks, especially when there was a change in parties," said Steve Butler, the longtime program director at KYW in Philadelphia. READ STORY HERE
Bell Media Confirms Layoffs Of Prominent Radio & TV Hosts Across Canada
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 21ST, 2017 –– Bell Media is laying off employees at ITS radio and TV stations across Canada, but won't say how many reports business.financialpost.com. Reportedly, sportscasters Joe Tilley and Lance Brown, along with on-air personalities such as BNN host Michael Kane are among those affected. In an email sent Monday, Bell Media spokesman Matthew Garrow confirmed a union report that a number of employees were told last week their jobs would end due to a reorganization designed in part to address declines in advertising revenue.
“Like other Canadian broadcasters, we are confronting rapid change in the media marketplace including new broadcast technologies and viewing options and fast-growing international competition,” he said. “As the media marketplace evolves, local radio and TV stations are facing significant declines in advertising, their only source of revenue. We need to reorganize and reduce costs to manage the impact.” Bell Media is a division of BCE Inc., Canada’s largest telecommunications company. It owns 30 local television stations and 105 licensed radio stations. Many media companies across Canada have been cutting staff to deal with increasing competition in advertising markets. Early this year, Rogers Media moved to trim its workforce by four per cent or 200 jobs, in a bid to improve efficiency.
MOVES: Jessica Tyler Joins Cumulus' NASH/WDRQ-FM Detroit As APD/MD And Midday Host; Tamo Sein Takes Same Posts At 106.5 The End Charlotte, NC
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 21ST, 2017 –– Cumulus Media has appointed Jessica Tyler (TL) as Assistant Program Director/Music Director for NASH FM 93.1/WDRQ-FM in Detroit. Tyler will also be On-Air Host of the 10am-2pm show weekdays on the station starting December 15th. Tyler joins Cumulus Media-Detroit from Q103.1/WQNU in Louisville, KY, where she served as Assistant Program Director and Morning Co-Host for the past five years. Prior to that, she held programming positions at WCTK/Providence, RI; WRNX Springfield, MA; and WPLR/New Haven, CT.Tyler said: “I'm excited for the opportunity to come to Detroit and work for a legendary station like WDRQ and continue the great tradition of country music in the Motor City! Thank you so much to Mike McVay, Charlie Cook, Mike Wheeler and Robby Bridges for this opportunity.”
--iHeartMedia Charlotte announced that Tamo Sein has been named Assistant Program Director, Music Director and Midday Host for 106.5 The END, Charlotte. " It’s Tamo Time in the Queen City!” said Meg Stevens, Executive Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia’s Northeast Division. “She is a welcome addition to the Queen City.” Sein joins iHeartMedia Charlotte from Richmond, Virginia, where she most recently served as the Music Director and Afternoon Drive Host for iHeartMedia’s XL102, Richmond’s Alternative Rock. “I'm thrilled to join the talented programming team at iHeartMedia Charlotte,” said Sein. “To be a part of one of the fastest growing in-demand markets in the country is both a challenge and an opportunity that I am proud to accept!”
EVENT: Entercom Announces 'Count On Country' Special For Las Vegas Victims
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 21ST, 2017 –– Entercom announced a special philanthropic, commercial-free programming feature, “Count on Country,” that will be broadcast on Giving Tuesday, November 28 at 12 noon in local time zones. The syndicated one-hour on-air program will feature exclusive content from country music’s biggest stars, hosted by Big & Rich. With a focus on stories from Las Vegas’ heroic first responders to messages of hope from the Mayor of Las Vegas, Carolyn Goodman and many of the artists that performed at Route 91 Harvest Festival.
Entercom’s #CountOnCountry program this #GivingTuesday aims to continue the healing process for listeners. Within the commercial-free programming block and digital exclusives, artists will encourage donations to the Las Vegas Victims' Fund. “Country music fans are some of the greatest people in the world. They’re the ones you count on in the toughest of times,” said Big & Rich. “We are truly thankful to be your hosts for ‘Count On Country,’ and playing an integral role in bringing our community together to give back. “When the unthinkable happens, people come together. We come together to heal, to grow, to cry, to remember, and most importantly, to help each other. It is in this spirit that we present ‘Count on Country,’ a remarkable collection of music, commentary and reflection surrounding the Route 91 Harvest Festival tragedy,” said Pat Paxton, Entercom’s President of Programming. “People put their fear to the side and were trying to help one another."
Greg & The Morning Buzz’s 27th Annual Lend A Helping Can Fundraiser Raises Over $162,000; B98.5 Atlanta Collects 4,800 Pounds Of Food For Families in Need
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 21ST, 2017 –– iHeartMedia Portsmouth’s Greg & The Morning Buzz raised over $ 162,000 during its 27h annual Lend A Helping Can fundraiser. The funds raised from the radiothon and online auction will benefit 11 New Hampshire organizations that combat local hunger. The two-day radiothon, held on November 16 and 17, aired from 5:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. During the radiothon broadcast, Greg & The Morning Buzz welcomed host of Dancing With the Stars Tom Bergeron and comedian Larry the Cable Guy to show their support for Lend a Helping Can. “The word “thankful” can’t even begin to express how I feel about our audience,” said Greg Kretschmar, lead host of Greg & The Morning Buzz. Every year we ask them to help, and every year they answer the call. Knowing that together, the money we raised will feed hundreds of thousands of meals to folks in need- is very humbling. We’re eternally grateful to our incredible listeners…hire residents.
--On Thursday, Nov . 16, B98.5 partnered with Publix to collect food needed to supply Thanksgiving meals for Atlanta Community Food Bank. Tad, Drex and Kara of Tad & Drex Mornings, broke out of the morning routine, pulling a 2nd on - air shift to broadcast live from Publix in Alpharetta. Over the course of five hours, B98.5 listeners donated 4,800 pounds of food for Atlanta Community Food Bank, which includes 2,792 pounds of turkey, 1,522 pounds of canned goods, and 486 pounds of produce. Chris Eagan , Director of Branding and Programming, said , "Our listeners are great! When we ask them to give, they always come through and help worthy causes like the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Giving back to the communities we serve is exactly what local radio does best."
[WATCH] Entercom Team Rings The Closing Bell At New York Stock Exchange
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 21ST, 2017 –– To say it's been a big week for Entercom Communications following its transformational merger with CBS Radio would be an understatement. Adding to celebration was yesterday's ringing of the closing bell on Wall Street.
PHOTO: Front row L-R: Andrew Sutter, Joseph Field, David Field, Weezie Kramer, and at far right, Pat Paxton. Back Row: L-R Ruth Gaviria, Chris Oliviero, JD Crowley, at center Mike Dee, Bob Philips and Richard Schmaeling. WATCH HERE ON LIVESTREAM
HONORS: CRB/CRS Announce 2018 Rusty Walker Scholarship Recipients
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 21ST, 2017 –– The Country Radio Broadcasters have named Jennifer Hays – “Jenn Parker (L)” (Music Director/On Air, KCTR/Billings, MT), Mark "Haystack" Wells (C) (Program Director/KCYT-FM/Fayetteville, AR), and Jamie Jackson (R)(Promotions Director/95.3 KRTY/San Jose) as recipients of the 2018 Rusty Walker Scholarship. Each individual will receive an all-expense paid trip and attendance to CRS 2018, to be held Feb. 5-7, 2018. The three scholars will be recognized during the CRS 2018 Opening Ceremonies.
The Rusty Walker Scholarship program is named in honor of Country Radio Hall of Fame member Rusty Walker, who passed away in May 2012 at the age of 59. To honor Walker’s belief in cultivating rising stars, CRS created the scholarship program in his name, enabling young members of the business who may not otherwise have the chance, to attend CRS. Country Radio Seminar will be held Monday, February 5 through Wednesday, February 7 at the luxurious Omni Nashville, in the heart of downtown Nashville. Register to attend CRS 2018 today by visiting www.CountryRadioSeminar.com or by calling the CRS offices at 615-327-4487. Registration is now available at the “Regular Rate” of $599.
WCSX/Detroit's Big Jim's House And Mayor Karnes Declare Bob Seger Day
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 21ST, 2017 –– In conjunction with the release of his new album, Big Jim's House and Mayor Tom Karnes were happy to announce yesterday as Bob Seger Day in Lincoln Park! Before moving to Ann Arbor, Seger lived in Lincoln Park and attended Lincoln Park High School, so it was only fitting to team up with the city of Lincoln Park to declare today September 17th, 2017, Bob Seger Day.
The Mayor stopped by the studio today to read the proclamation and make it official! Seger Photo by Peyton Hoge
TV's Charlie Rose Accused Of Sexual Harassment
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The 'New Entercom' Opens With A Flurry Of Announcements & Moves
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 20TH, 2017 –– The New Entercom was unleashed on Friday following completion of its merger with CBS Radio. Following the announcement, Entercom's President CEO David Field said, “We are thrilled to officially close our transformational merger with CBS Radio and welcome their talented employees and iconic brands to Entercom -- We now have the scale and capabilities to drive meaningful growth and to compete more effectively with other media for a larger share of advertising dollars. We also look forward to helping to elevate the Radio industry, which remains massively undervalued by advertisers despite having emerged as America’s #1 Reach medium, delivering outstanding ROI to customers.”
Following the announcement, David Field issued a video - WATCH HERE. The merger news was just the beginning. By day's end it had announced a number of other changes (see below) along with a revised, logo (shown above), a new website and new photos of its management team.
Entercom Unveils New Business Practices And Audience Analytics
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 20TH, 2017 –– Adding to a flurry of announcements, Entercom announced it will implement three new business policies which better reflect radio's strong value proposition as America's #1 reach medium. The company announced plans to: Reduce commercial advertising inventory by 5% in order to improve the listener experience and increase the entertainment to ad ratio for Entercom's advertising partners. Prohibit cash infusion advertising deals which the Company views as a poor business practice and inconsistent with its strategic goals. Eliminate future sales of advertising with spot resellers which like cash infusion deals, the Company views as a poor business practice and inconsistent with its strategic goals. "With our enhanced platform and scale, Entercom is committed to evolving our business practices for the benefit of Entercom's listeners and advertising partners,"said Weezie Kramer (L), Chief Operating Officer.
Also announced on Friday was the launch of Entercom Audience Analytics. The enhanced analytics capability is powered by an exclusive partnership in Entercom markets with AnalyticOwl, a broadcast analytics platform used to measure effectiveness and audience response of radio advertising. Entercom Audience Analytics tracks and quantifies the impact of on-air advertising campaigns on web conversions and online lift.
“Entercom Audience Analytics will enable us to develop a more consultative relationship with our advertising partners and more effectively measure and validate the important role of Radio in the consumers’ path to purchase,” said Bob Philips (L), Entercom’s Chief Revenue Officer. “This is a tremendous step toward improving campaign effectiveness and ROI for our advertisers.”
Entercom Follows Flip In NYC With Moves To Alt Rock In Dallas & Classic Hip-Hop In Chicago
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 20TH, 2017 –– Following its move to Alt Rock in New York (see Jockline 11/17), Entercom announced that alternative rock would be returning to radio in Dallas/FW with the launch of DFW's New Alternative ALT 103.7. “We are thrilled to bring alternative back to Dallas-Ft. Worth,” said Pat Paxton, Entercom’s President of Programming. “With the launch of ALT 103.7, we will cater to the core audience who helped define the genre for decades – and we couldn’t be more excited to rewrite history.” Radio remains the #1 medium in terms of reach (93% of the U.S. population), serving over 271 million people and continues to be the driving force in new music discovery.
Entercom then announced that WJMK-FM/Chicago would evolve into ‘The New 104.3 JAMS - Throwbacks,’ the ultimate destination for classic Hip-hop and R&B. Paxton added, “The time has come to usher in a brand new chapter in Chicago radio -- a station that is designed by Chicagoans exclusively FOR Chicago. Hip-hop and R&B always makes you feel a certain way. The memories will come back to you immediately.”
For the first time since Nielsen started measuring music consumption in the United States, the combined genre of Hip-hop and R&B took the number one spot this year - and is responsible for more than 25% of all music consumption in the U.S. Radio remains the number one medium in terms of reach (93% of the U.S. population), serving over 271 million people and continues to be the driving force in music discovery.
[WATCH] Mike & Mike Air Final Show
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 20TH, 2017 –– After 17 years, Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic, ESPN beloved Mike & Mike Show aired their last show together and it was indeed a family affair. Greenberg is set to move to New York for a daily morning TV talk show, with Golic will staying with the radio show along with longtime NFL Live host Trey Wingo taking Greenberg’s seat. Greenberg's new show will debut in 2018. It was originally slated to launch in January, but construction delays on a new studio in New York City have pushed back the debut reports nj.com news. The new show has the working title of 'Get Up.' Greenberg is rumored to be joined in studio for the new show by Michelle Beadle and Jalen Rose, with Cari Champion possibly replacing Beadle on 'SportsNation.' Champion would join Marcellus Wiley and LZ Granderson on the 'SportsNation' set.
Joining for several on-air tributes included Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, NBA commissioner Adam Silver, former MLB commissioner Bud Selig and former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly as well as former U.S. president Bill Clinton who all bid their fond farewells reports programminginsider.com PHOTO/Twitter - WATCH HERE
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Emmis Indy Names Bob Richards VP/MM; Taja Graham Rises To VP/Sales; Dan Frisbie Named VP Digital For Beasley
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 20TH, 2017 –– Bob Richards (L)has been named VP/MM of Emmis-Indianapolis, which includes 1070 The Fan, B105.7, 93 WIBC and 97.1 Hank FM. Taja Graham (BR), currently Director of Sales for Music for the Emmis-Indianapolis cluster, has been promoted to VP/Director of Sales for the cluster. Richards joined Emmis in 2009 as Operations Manager, and was named Vice President/Programming for Emmis-Indianapolis in March of 2014. “Bob's leadership has been instrumental in building our dominant position in the Indianapolis market,” said Patrick Walsh, President of Emmis Communications. “His reputation for building great teams and winning content strategies is legendary. We look forward to Bob applying his ample skills to fortify our culture and performance in the coming years.”
Richards replaces Chuck Williams who had joined Emmis-Indianapolis as VP/Market Manager in August of 2016. Richards began his career in radio as programming director of Indianapolis’ WFMS (Susquehanna), and was promoted to operations manager of WFMS/WJJK/WRWM (which had been purchased by Cumulus) in July 2006. Graham has been with Emmis-Indianapolis since June of 1996, save a short stint working in marketing for a CPA firm. She has been with Emmis consistently since June of 2003. Both Graham and Richards begin their new roles immediately.
-- Beasley has named Dan Frisbie Group Vice President of Digital Sales. Most recently founded Frisbie Consulting, LLC. “We are thrilled to bring Dan on board to lead digital revenue growth at Beasley Media Group,” said Beasley Media Group Executive Vice President of Digital Steve Meyers. “Dan’s experience, enthusiasm and passion for digital, especially as it relates to the radio space, is a perfect complement for our goals to aggressively grow our digital presence and capabilities for our brands and our clients.” “I am excited to be joining the great team at Beasley Media Group,” said Frisbie. “I am a firm believer in the power of radio and the strong relationship that stations have with their local audiences. I look forward to advancing the company’s digital sales offering from a local, regional and national standpoint with a media company that is best positioned to succeed in this rapidly changing environment.”
PROGRAMMING: Bonneville Intl. Promotes “Jazzy” Jim Archer To PD At KMVQ SF
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 20TH –– Bonneville International Corporation announced today that it has promoted "Jazzy” Jim Archer as Program Director for 99.7 Now (KMVQ-FM), San Francisco. Archer has served as KMVQ's has been Assistant Program Director and Music Director of KMVQ since 2011. He was also Program Director of KYLD/SF from 2005 to 2008.
"Jazzy is the natural choice to continue 99.7 Now's amazing run to the top in Bay Area radio," said Carl Gardner, Market Manager for Bonneville San Francisco. "He knows the street and has the feel for what's hot right now." Bonneville will begin operating the station under a local marketing agreement with the Entercom Divestiture Trust, on completion of the Entercom/CBS merger. Bonneville currently owns and operates stations in Seattle (KIRO-FM, KTTH & 710 ESPN), Phoenix (KTAR-FM, KMVP-FM & ESPN 620), Denver (KOSI-FM, KYGO-FM, KKFN-FM & KEPN-AM) and Salt Lake City (KSL TV-NBC, KSL NewsRadio-AM/FM, KSFI-FM & KRSP-FM).
EVENTS: WNOR/Norfolk's 21st Annual Food Drive Delivers 667,000 Meals; Beasley Charlotte Team For Less Fortunate Families
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 20TH, 2017 –– Saga/WNOR's Mayflower Marathon Food Drive generated 667,000 much-needed meals for families in the Hampton Roads area last week. Morning host Rick Rumble (top center) tells Jockline, "Of course, when the Hell’s Angels throw in (88,000 meals), things have a way of getting done."
-- Beasley Charlotte’s New 103.7, Kiss 95.1, Power 98, V 101.9, 94.7 SMOKE and K 104.7 have partnered with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department and FOX 46 Charlotte for the CMPD Explorers Christmas Project to collect new unwrapped toys for local children in our community. Since 1974, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department and the CMPD Police Explorers have partnered with the community to provide Christmas for less fortunate families in Charlotte. “We are proud to partner and join forces with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department for this massive toy drive,” said Beasley Media Group Charlotte Vice President and Market Manager Bill Schoening.
Holiday Flippage Continues - Now In Indy, DC And Beyond
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 20TH, 2017 –– Cumulus has delivered the best of the North Pole to Indianapolis Christmas music lovers with last Friday's launch of North Pole Radio 93.9! WRWM.FM/93.9. The Beat turned on the holiday cheer in a big way with the warm sounds of the season on North Pole Radio 93.9, launching at 5:30pm EST.
-- iHeartMedia Washington, D.C. Debuts Holiday Music Station on 97.1 WASH-FM, a new holiday music station for listeners in the Washington, D.C. WASH-FM will broadcast around-the-clock traditional festive favorites. Editor Note: We're doing our best to include as many holiday flip updates as possible. Due to space, we're unable to post all announcements received, but we'll do our best.
SNAPS: WWO Backstage At The AMAs
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 20TH, 2017 –– Westwood One Backstage at the AMAs celebrated the 2017 American Music Awards with three days of branded programming and first-class artist interviews. In addition to the array of artists that came through radio row, there were exclusive live backstage performances from Glassnote rockers Secondhand Serenade, RCA’s Walk the Moon, In2une’s Taylor Grey, and Hollywood Records’ Sabrina Carpenter. Westwood One Backstage at the AMAs took place at LA’s Microsoft Theater Event Deck on Thursday, November 16-Saturday, November 18. Westwood One and Cumulus Media are official promotional partners of the 2017 American Music Awards.
PHOTO/(L-R) Cat Collins, EVP/In2une Music; Mike McVay, EVP Programming & Content, Cumulus Media and Westwood One; John Kilgo, SVP, Talent Relations, Cumulus Media; in2une recording artist Taylor Grey; and Suzanne Grimes, EVP Corporate Marketing - TOP RIGHT, Adam Bomb hosted for Westwood One and Q100/Atlanta
CONDOLENCES: Longtime Johnboy & Billy Character Robert Raiford Passes Away
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 20TH, 2017 –– Longtime North Carolina Host, Robert Raiford, has died at age 89. According to WRAL, Raiford died on Friday. For 30 years, he served as a political commentator, "curmudgeon at large," on the "John Boy and Billy Big Show. After a stroke, Raiford left the air in August 2015.
In the early 1950s, Raiford worked for WBT-AM in Charlotte. The Charlotte Observer reports Raiford was at WTOP in Washington in 1963 when CBS used him as a reporter describing the funeral coverage of President John F. Kennedy.
Bruno Mars Tops AMA Awards; Fox's 'The Four' Names Judges
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[LISTEN] KABC/LA's Leeann Tweeden Says Senator Al Franken Kissed And Groped Her Without Consent In 2006
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 17TH, 2017 –– KABC/LA's Leeann Tweeden (TL) put the internet in overdrive yesterday after revealing to Doug McIntyre, host of KABC's 'McIntyre in the Morning Show' that in December of 2006 during her ninth USO Tour to entertain the troops that the show's headliner was then-comedian, now-senator, Al Franken, kissed and groped her without consent. She explained to McIntyre that Franken had written some skits for the show and brought props and costumes to go along with them. Like many USO shows before and since, the skits were full of sexual innuendo geared toward a young, male audience (left photo showing Franken holding female garment during Christmas tour at Base Marez in Mosul, Iraq Dec 16, 2006). Tweeden says, "As a TV host and sports broadcaster, as well as a model familiar to the audience from the covers of FHM, Maxim and Playboy, I was only expecting to emcee and introduce the acts, but Franken said he had written a part for me that he thought would be funny, and I agreed to play along. Franken had written a moment when his character comes at me for a ‘kiss’.
"On the day of the show Franken and I were alone backstage going over our lines one last time," Tweeden said. "He said to me, 'We need to rehearse the kiss.” I laughed and ignored him. Then he said it again. I said something like, ‘Relax Al, this isn’t SNL…we don’t need to rehearse the kiss.’ He continued to insist, and I was beginning to get uncomfortable. He repeated that actors really need to rehearse everything and that we must practice the kiss. I said ‘OK’ so he would stop badgering me. We did the line leading up to the kiss and then he came at me, put his hand on the back of my head, mashed his lips against mine and aggressively stuck his tongue in my mouth. I immediately pushed him away with both of my hands against his chest and told him if he ever did that to me again I wouldn’t be so nice about it the next time -- I felt disgusted and violated."
Tweenden added that she never had a voluntary conversation with Al Franken again -- "When our C-17 cargo plane took off from Afghanistan I immediately fell asleep, even though I was still wearing my flak vest and Kevlar helmet. It wasn’t until I was back in the US and looking through the CD of photos we were given by the photographer that I saw this one (TR) I couldn’t believe it. He groped me, without my consent, while I was asleep. I felt violated all over again. -- Someday, I thought to myself, I would tell my story. That day is now." Leeann Tweeden is morning news anchor on Cumulus-owned TalkRadio 790 KABC in Los Angeles LISTEN HERE Photos/Twitter, KABC, USO photo - DVIDS/Spc. Creighton Holub
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Entercom Completes Merger With CBS Radio
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 17TH, 2017 –– Entercom Communications Corp. announced that it has completed its merger with CBS Radio Inc. (“CBS Radio”), creating a leading American media and entertainment company and one of the top two radio broadcasters in the country. Entercom is now the #1 creator of live, original, local audio content in the United States and the nation’s unrivaled leader in news and sports radio. With a nationwide footprint of 235 stations, Entercom will engage over 100 million people weekly with a premier collection of highly-rated, award-winning radio stations, digital platforms and live events.
“We are thrilled to officially close our transformational merger with CBS Radio and welcome their talented employees and iconic brands to Entercom,” said David Field, Entercom’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “We look forward to capitalizing on our unique positions in sports, news, music, podcasting, live events, digital and more to provide outstanding experiences for our listeners and compelling integrated marketing opportunities for our advertisers. We now have the scale and capabilities to drive meaningful growth and to compete more effectively with other media for a larger share of advertising dollars. We also look forward to helping to elevate the Radio industry, which remains massively undervalued by advertisers despite having emerged as America’s #1 Reach medium, delivering outstanding ROI to customers.” Following the announcement, David Field issued a memo along with a video - WATCH HERE
FCC Votes To Modernize Ownership Rules
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 17TH, 2017 –– The Federal Communications Commission voted yesterday to modernize its broadcast ownership rules and to help promote ownership diversity in the broadcast industry. These actions will provide broadcasters and local newspapers with a greater opportunity to compete in the digital age and will help ensure a diversity of viewpoints in local markets it said in a release. For too long, the Commission has failed to acknowledge the pace of change in the media marketplace by maintaining analog broadcast ownership rules that do not reflect today’s digital age -- By modernizing these outdated rules, broadcast stations and local newspapers will be able to more easily invest in local news and content and improve service to their local communities for the benefit of consumers.
The release added, the program has broad support and will help promote ownership diversity in the broadcast industry. Action by the Commission November 16, 2017 by Order on Reconsideration and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking with Chairman Pai, Commissioners O’Rielly and Carr (shown on top) approving. Commissioners Clyburn and Rosenworcel dissenting. In a dissenting opinion, Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel , said, "Instead of engaging in thoughtful reform, which we should do, the agency sets its most basic values on fire. They are gone. As a result of this decision, wherever you live, the FCC is giving the green light for a single company to own the newspaper and multiple television and radio stations in your community." Following the vote, NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith lauded the move saying, “NAB thanks the FCC for voting today to reform outdated broadcast media ownership rules -- We are grateful the Commission has adopted a common-sense approach to media regulations that will foster innovation, reinvestment in investigative reporting and better service to our tens of millions of listeners and viewers.”
Alternative Rock Returns To The Big Apple With Launch of ALT 92.3
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 17TH, 2017 –– Entercom Communications announced that alternative rock returns to radio for the first time since 2011 in the largest media market in the country with the launch of ALT 92.3 FM, New York’s New Alternative. ALT 92.3 will give music fans a true alternative – an expertly curated playlist with local, informed discovery. Eschewing the hype of traditional radio formats, ALT 92.3 is celebrating the launch by putting the music first and kicking-in full force. Listeners will hear 10,000 songs in a row, back-to-back, 100% commercial-free starting at 10:00 a.m. today. Listeners can tune in at 92.3 FM in the New York area and around the world at alt923radio.com.
“In a city where alternative music is a way of life, we are thrilled to finally fill the void in radio in New York City,” said Pat Paxton, Entercom’s President of Programming. “With the launch of ALT 92.3, we will cater to the passionate audience who have helped define the genre for decades – and we couldn’t be more excited to turn up the volume.”
HONORS: AWM Honors Five Female Leaders At New York Event; CBS Radio And Sarah Frazier Honored In Houston
The All iance for Women in Media (AWM) hosted its annual Women Who Lead luncheon Tuesday to a capacity crowd at the Marriott Marquis in New York City. Those honored were Caroline Beasley , CEO, Beasley Broadcast Group • Amy Emmerich , Chief Content Officer, Refinery29 • Kathleen Finch, Chief Programming, Content & Brand Officer, Scripps Networks • Susan Swain , Co-CEO, C-SPAN • Julie Talbott , President, Premiere Networks. “AWM was proud to host and celebrate an incredible group of leaders with our Women Who Lead event ,” said Sarah Foss, chief product o fficer, Advertising Management Systems, Imagine Communications, and AWM Board chair. “In a room full of multi-talented and successful women and men who were moved to tears, laughter and standing ovations, it is clear these trailblazing honorees are paving the way for future generations while having earned the much deserved respect and recognition from their colleagues inside and outside their companies.
-- In Houston, Sarah Frazier (L) and CBS Radio were Honored at the Houston Hispanic Chamber Annual Awards. In celebration of its 40th Anniversary, the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will host its Annual Awards at the Marriott Marquis in Downtown Houston on Saturday November 18th. The Chamber’s Annual Awards honors the accomplishments of the Houston business community every year. This year, the Chamber will recognize winners across many categories, including the Chairman/President & CEO Award which will be awarded to Sarah Frazier, Senior Vice President & Market Manager for CBS Radio’s work in the Houston community in 2017.
TOP PHOTO (L-R) Honorees Julie Talbott, Geraldine Laybourne, Kathleen Finch, Susan Swain, and Amy Emmerich - Credit Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for Alliance For Women In Media
EXCUTIVE ACTION: Jason Courtemanche Named Dir. Of Sales For Alpha West Palm Beach
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 17TH, 2017 –– Alpha Media, West Palm Beach, FL announced that Jason Courtemanche has been named Director of Sales effective December 4, 2017. Jason was previously Vice President of Sales for Cumulus Media in Los Angeles and iHeart Media in Chicago. Prior to that, Jason was Sales Manager for WBBM in Chicago and Director of Sales for MVS International Communications in San Diego. Courtemanche also served as General Sales Manager for Clear Channel (iHeart Media) in San Diego and Las Vegas.
Alpha Media, West Palm Beach Market Manager, Elizabeth Hamma commented on the announcement, “Jason is a natural leader who brings a depth of knowledge in marketing, digital and events that will help us further drive results for our listeners and clients. His vision, leadership, enthusiasm and innate ability to coach will take our cluster to the next level.” "I look forward to rolling up my sleeves and helping the already high achieving West Palm Beach team soar to new heights,” remarked Courtemanche.
EVENTS: iHeart's Breakfast Club Raise Over $700,000 In Benefit; Hubbard St. Louis Combo Host Emergency 'Cash For Kids'
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 17TH, 2017 ––iHeartMedia’s The Breakfast Club, the popular morning show syndicated on Hip-Hop and R&B stations nationwide, announced today that #Change4Change Radiothon, raised over $700,000 to benefit The Gathering for Justice, an organization whose mission is to eliminate racial inequalities, social injustice and child incarceration. The Breakfast Club’s #Change4Change Radiothon featured on-air personalities DJ Envy, Angela Yee and Charlamagne Tha God who encouraged listeners to donate in support of The Gathering for Justice, a charity that sponsors movements such as The Women’s March, Justice League NYC and Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Camp. Donations are still being accepted through December 1, 2017
--New Country 92.3 and 106.5 The Arch St. Louis are hosting an emergency one-day Radiothon – “Cash For Kids” – to raise money for the St. Louis Shriner’s Hospital For Children today, November 17th. The warehouse storing toys and blankets for the upcoming Shriner’s Christmas Party was destroyed by a massive fire Wednesday. The Shriner’s Christmas Party is scheduled for December 10th. Shriners said that 1,500 children were sent invitations. The Hubbard Radio St. Louis stations’ goal is to raise $10,000 between 6:00 am and 6:00 pm on Friday, November 17. And it is easy for the general public to help. Program Director Scott Roddy notes, “NO child should be without this Christmas."
OH BABY! Mix Group President Jason Garte, And Wife Natally Welcome Their Third Child Milana Skye Garte
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 17TH, 2017 –– Congratulations are in order for our special friend Jason Garte of The Mix Group and his lovely wife Natally who welcomed their third child Milana Skye Garte, who arrived at 10:28 ET at Miramar Memorial Hospital, Miramar, FL, at a healthy 9 lbs!
Jason posted on Facebook, “Just when you think you’re doing the best you can and GOD has blessed you, blessed you again, blessed you again— AND BLESSED YOU AGAIN— guess what? HE blesses you AGAIN!!!!!! Just moments ago my beautiful wife gave birth to our third baby and now second beautiful baby girl, Milana.” To his wife Natally he says, “I will never be able to repay you and thank you for these blessings you have shared with me in your unending love and the gift of life in our now THREE angels— Bella, Danny, and Mila.” Thank you!" Send your love to Jason and his family HERE
WMGK-FM Legendary Morning Host John DeBella Celebrates 35th Anniversary
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 17TH, 2017 –– Beasley Media Group announces WMGK-FM Morning Personality John DeBella celebrated his 35th Anniversary on the Philadelphia airwaves on Thursday, November 16th! The WMGK-FM staff, led by Program Director Bill Weston, Beasley Media Group Philadelphia’s Vice President Market Manager, Joe Bell and the entire staff burst into the studio and surprised legendary morning show host during his show to congratulate him for on being the on-air in Philadelphia for 35 years.
During that time, DeBella has dedicated himself to serving the community. He has raised over $1.1 million for local veterans in his Veterans Radio-thon, collected over nine thousand turkeys annually for less fortunate individuals during his DeBella Turkey Drop and assisted hundreds of local dog rescue groups and shelters in his annual John DeBella Dog Walk. He is being honored by the Philadelphia Kennel Club at this year’s National Dog Show for his tremendous dedication to the welfare of animals. “It’s a testament to John’s talent and passion that he continues to connect with his audience in such a powerful way, and is still going strong, 35 years into the game,” said WMGK-FM Program Director Bill Weston.
Christmas Flips Continue To Stack Up; Now In St. Louis, Milwaukee & Philly
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 17TH, 2017 –– Looks like there will be no shortage of Christmas tune in St. Louis as iHeartMedia St. Louis Debuts Holiday Music Programming on 103.3 KLOU We are thrilled to announce the launch of Christmas music on 103.3 KLOU, St. Louis’ Christmas Station. It’s exciting to begin to spread holiday cheer throughout the St. Louis community with non - stop holiday favorites now thr ough Christmas Day! ” said A.J. , Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia St. Louis .
Meanwhile, 102.5 KEZK/St. Louis began playing wall-to-wall Christmas music yesterday, officially launching the holiday season in St. Louis. Marty Linck, Program Director for 102.5 KEZK said, “As St. Louis’ official Christmas music station, KEZK is proud to once again provide the soundtrack for so many great local family holiday traditions.” ABOUT KEZK-FM
Over in Milwaukee, 95.7 BIG FM has announced the launch of its Christmas music programming. The switch to all Christmas Music coincides with the holiday lighting in downtown Milwaukee and surrounding parks beginning at 6:30 p.m. (Dave) Murphy and Meg (McKenzie), mornings on 95.7 BIG FM, will help emcee the downtown holiday lighting ceremony.
-- Beginning Today Continuous Christmas music starts on 101.1 MORE-FM/WBEB, Philadelphia’s Official Christmas Station. Reportedly, 101.1 MORE-FM/WBEB is the highest rated Christmas music station in the nation’s major media markets, owning the top four slots. Look for more flippage news soon!
SNAPS: SRN'S Medved Talks Bobby Kennedy With MSNBC's Chris Matthews
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 17TH, 2017 –– Salem Radio Network host Michael Medved (R) Thursday welcomed MSNBC Hardball host Chris Matthews to his Seattle SRN studio for a discussion of Matthews’ new book: Bobby Kennedy, A Raging Spirit. Medved—who was 20 feet from Senator Robert F. Kennedy in Los Angeles’ Ambassador Hotel when the New York senator and Presidential candidate was gunned down by an assassin—explored Kennedy’s personality and policies in his interview with Matthews.
Steve Harvey To Host Live New Year's Special On Fox
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99.9 KISW/Seattle To Broadcast 'Live Day' In Front Of Live Audience 'Today'
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 16TH, 2017 –– Entercom Seattle’s 99.9 KISW will celebrate its 3rd annual “Live Day” by broadcasting in front of a live audience during both morning and afternoon drive shows, “BJ & Migs (shown)” and “The Mens Room,” will be broadcasting completely live – including commercials, sound effects, and music. “ Live Day ” will feature local musicians and comedians, along with the station’s usual cast of characters.
KISW’s “Live Day” won a 2017 Jacobs Media “Radios Most Innovative” award and was nominated for a 2016 Mercury Radio Award. It happens today , November 16 beginning at 6:00 am in Seattle.
MoShay LaRen Tapped For Middays/MD At WMBX-FM West Palm Beach
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 16TH, 2017 –– WMBX/X102.3 West Palm Beach, FL announced that MoShay LaRen has been named its new midday host & music director. Prior to joining X102.3, MoShay handled middays and APD duties for 107.9 WRNB/Philly.
“We are pleased to have someone of MoShay’s talent, experience, and passion joining the Alpha Media team as midday host and MD for X102.3 said PD, Don Chris. LaRen added, “I am super excited to re-engage my passion for radio. I look forward to working with R&B X102.3, Alpha Media family to represent what today’s Urban AC and old school swag looks like in 2017 - vibrant, progressive, tech-savvy, and socially conscious with the same old-school values. I am living my best life right now and can’t wait to pour this good energy into West Palm Beach” PHOTO/twitter
HONORS: Beasley CEO Caroline Beasley Honored At 2018 AWM Women Who Lead Luncheon
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 16TH, 2017 –– Beasley's Chief Executive Officer Caroline Beasley was recognized among this year’s honorees at the 2017 Women Who Lead Luncheon presented by the Alliance for Women in Media (AWM). The event took place on Tuesday, November 14th at the Marriott Marquis in New York City.
“I am humbled to be recognized by AWM with this distinguished honor,” said Beasley. It is a privilege to work with all of the outstanding women who lead on a daily basis at Beasley Media Group. I am proud to be on THEIR team.” Photo: (L to R): Beasley Media Group CEO Caroline Beasley with Christal Radio President and AWM Chair-Elect Christine Travaglini.
Celebrities Turnout For 93.3 WMMR-FM's Preston & Steve’s 20th Annual 'Camp Out'
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 16TH, 2017 –– Beasley's 93.3 WMMR-FM Morning Personalities Preston & Steve are set to embark on a food drive of epic proportions with the 20th Annual Preston & Steve Camp Out For Hunger. The event will take place from 6am on Monday, November 27th through 11am on Friday, December 1st, 2017. The duo will live in the parking lot of Xfinity Live! Philadelphia, located at the Sports Complex in South Philly.
Dozens of local and national celebrities, performers, and athletes will be on hand to lend their support, including U.S. Senator Christopher Coons of Delaware, Zach Ertz and Beau Allen from the Philadelphia Eagles, Kelly Ripa, the ‘City 6’ College Men’s Basketball Coaches, M. Night Shyamalan, and many more. Donors will be treated to free coffee in the morning, along with breakfast, lunch and dinner throughout the day. There will also be plenty of prizes and incentives, as well as multiple free events at night, including a Preston & Steve Calendar Girl signing, a comedy night featuring Don Jameson & Jim Florentine, The legendary radio duo started their food drive back in 1998 because they believed that hunger was a real issue in the Philadelphia area and needed to be addressed. Their goal that year was 1 ton of food, which they (to their own surprise), achieved. In 2016, their efforts yielded over 580 TONS of food. The 2017 results, combined with over $74,000 in unsolicited financial donations, yielded over 1.4 million meals for individuals facing hunger insecurity. WMMR is owned and operated by Beasley Media Group, Inc.
NETWORKS: Top Stars Join WWO Backstage For 2017 American Music Awards
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 16TH, 2017 –– Westwood One and Cumulus Media are official promotional partners of the “2017 American Music Awards” and will offer a comprehensive array of special programming and exclusive content to celebrate the world’s largest fan-voted awards show.
To kick off the event, Glassnote’s rockers Secondhand Serenade will open Radio Row with a performance on Friday, November 17. Also, taking the stage are RCA’s Walk the Moon and In2une’s Taylor Grey (shown) on Friday, November 17. Hollywood Records’ Sabrina Carpenter will perform on Saturday, November 18. Westwood One Backstage will take place at LA’s Microsoft Theater Event Deck on Friday, November 17 and Saturday, November 18 from noon – 4 pm PT.
More than 15 radio stations from around the country, plus Westwood One’s national Zach Sang Show and The Adam Bomb Show, will broadcast remotely and curate audio, video, and social media content to share with listeners nationwide. In addition to the backstage festivities, Westwood One, through its partnership with the American Music Awards and dick clark productions, is offering its stations a special five-hour red carpet broadcast companion show airing Sunday, November 19. The Hot AC/AC format will be hosted by Adam Bomb and The Bert Show’s Kristin Klingshirn, the Top 40 format will be hosted by Zach Sang Show, and the Urban/Urban AC version will be hosted by La Loca and Kenny Smoov. The evening also includes a one-hour Red Carpet Special hosted by Jayde Donovan, a three-hour Broadcast Companion, and a one-hour Awards Wrap-Up.
More Holiday Flippage In Cleveland, Seattle And Portland
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 16TH, 2017 –– Cleveland’s Star 102 (WDOK-FM) became Cleveland’s official Christmas Music Station this morning at 7 am, officially kicking off the Cleveland holiday season. Star 102’s playlist will switch to wall-to-wall Christmas music through December 25, 2017. “The store windows are decorated, Christmas commercials are playing so it’s time for Christmas music on Star 102!” stated CBS RADIO Cleveland VP of Programming, Dave Popovich.
--Out west, Warm 106.9 made the flip to 24/7 Christmas music yesterday morning at 8am PST. A lucky Warm 106.9 listener Alyssa Batacan of Lakewood, WA, and her daughter, helped make the switch along with Allan & Ashley in the morning! Warm 106.9 Program Director, Ron Harrell, says: “This is our ‘Big Game’ every year, but this year seems to be a little more special with the social and political mood of our nation. We’re proud to offer some audio relief with our air-staff presenting the greatest music soundtrack of all time.”
-- 97.1 Charlie FM (KYCH - FM), Portland launched its annual Christmas music playlist today marking the first Portland radio station to make the switch. Charlie FM will deck the halls with holiday cheer through December 25th , where the entire day of Christmas will be advertisement free. “The sooner we started playing Christmas music, the sooner we could justify eating Christmas cookies, so, yeah, the choice was pretty easy” Charlie’s music director Gary Bloxom joked.
[WATCH] Jay-Jay Harvey Is Leaving The Edge In New Zealand
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 16TH, 2017 –– Jay-Jay Harvey has announced that she will be leaving The Edge at the end of the year. In an emotional speech on her breakfast show on Tuesday morning, she said said she had decided it was time for her to move on after 23 years at the Mediaworks radio station. Jay-Jay started work on the station when it first began in Hamilton in 1994. Stressing that her decision had nothing to do with her and husband Dom's "break-up" earlier this year, she said moving on was something she had been thinking about for a while. Mediaworks also confirmed that Megan Annear will be joining The Edge Breakfast team from Monday, November 27, allowing Jay-Jay time to hand over the reins before Annear takes over from her in early 2018. Read more and watch the video HERE
Radio Stations Given Freedom Of U.K. City - BBC Radio Merseyside and Radio City, in Liverpool are being given the Freedom of the City. Separately, presenters on the stations will receive the council’s Citizen of Honour award, for their prominent role in community life in Liverpool over many decades. They are Billy Butler, Linda McDermott and Roger Phillips from Radio Merseyside and Pete Price from Radio City. The ceremonies to confer the honours will be held next year.
Capital Jingle Bell Ball In London Sells out in 45 mins - Global Radio’s Capital Jingle Bell Ball has sold all its tickets for this year’s event, featuring Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift, in record time. The party – now in its 10th year – takes place on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th December at the O2 arena in London. Sheeran and Swift headline on the Sunday, with acts the night before including Sam Smith, Rita Ora and Niall Horan.
40 Brand New Live And Local Radio Show To Launch on The BBC In The UK - The BBC Director General Tony Hall has announced that the evening programme, shared across 40 Local Radio stations in England, will end after 5 years and be replaced with locally-made programmes instead. Planned cuts to BBC Local Radio budgets have also been cancelled. Speaking at the Gillard Awards at Coventry Cathedral on the 50th anniversary of the launch of the UK’s first local radio station, BBC Radio Leicester, Lord Hall said the corporation would invest in BBC Local Radio to make it ‘even more local and more creative’.
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PROGRAMMING: iHM Names Lisa Worden VP/Prog. For ALT 98.7 LA & National Alt. Rock Brand Manager
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 15TH, 2017 –– iHeartMedia announced that renowned radio veteran Lisa Worden (L) has been named Vice President of Programming for ALT 98.7, LA’s New Alternative, in Los Angeles. In addition, Worden was named Alternative Rock Brand Manager for iHeartMedia’s National Programming Group. Worden will report to Tom Poleman, Chief Programming Officer for iHeartMedia, and Brad Hardin, Executive Vice President and General Manager of National Programming Group for iHeartMedia.
“Lisa is widely regarded as an outstanding leader in the Alternative Rock world,” said Poleman. “Her relationships are fantastic. She’ll play a key role in helping artists maximize iHeartMedia’s unmatched Alternative footprint.” Worden brings over two decades of Alternative Rock programming experience to iHeartMedia, most recently as Assistant Program Director and Music Director for KROQ-FM in Los Angeles. She first joined the station as its Music Director in 1995. Beginning in 2003, Worden spent two years as the Program Director for WHFS-FM in Washington, DC and returned to KROQ-FM in 2005. "I could not be more thrilled to join the incomparable iHeartMedia team and work with the amazing people at iHeartMedia Los Angeles,” said Worden. “My 20-plus year career in radio has led to this tipping point. I can't wait to take the iHeartMedia Alternative platform to new heights!”
REPORT: Erich 'Mancow' Muller Sues New Boss For 'Emotional Distress'
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 15TH, 2017 –– Erich Mancow Muller is suing his new boss at Cumulus' WLUP/Chicago, the same boss who fired Mancow back in 2006 after a long stint at WKQX reports Robert Feder. Earlier this month Cumulus Media hired Marv Nyren (shown below) )as its VP/MM, overseeing its four Chicago stations, which include WLUP FM 97.9, where Muller has been hosting mornings since March 2015. Muller sued Nyren and Emmis for $6 million in 2007 for allegedly making false and disparaging statements as part of a “pattern of malicious acts” against Muller. The suit ended with a settlement in 2011.
In a new lawsuit filed Monday in Cook County Circuit Court, Muller now claims he has “suffered emotionally and physically with the prospect that Nyren will continue his efforts to retaliate against him.” The latest suit, which seeks unspecified monetary damages, recounts numerous incidents alleged in the 2007 complaint, including a claim that Nyren ordered a station employee to break into Muller’s home and that he directed his sales staff to send raw meat — depicting Muller as “a dead cow” — to major advertisers and media buyers.
“Nyren took steps to diminish Erich Muller’s reputation and standing in the community and the radio industry to ensure that Erich Muller would not soon be hired by a competitor in the market,” the suit claims. Nyren did not respond to requests for comment on the suit, but was quoted in the Chicago Tribune saying: “I’m thrilled to be working with Cumulus and Mancow. He’s seeing some really great ratings, and I’m looking forward to working with him.” Reached at home Tuesday, Muller said: “I love Cumulus. I don’t want any problems with anybody." Muller’s attorney, Michael Young, said the suit is intended to “prevent the pattern of retaliation that has occurred in the past from continuing in the future. . . . Mancow is extremely pleased with his position at Cumulus, he feels the show is as good as it’s ever been, and he just loves his job. Then this [Nyren’s hiring] happened. “He’s extremely troubled by the turn of events and he was very reluctant to take this step,” Young said.
IT'S OFFICIAL: WFAN Announces Replacement(s) For Mike Francesa; Greg Giannotti To Cohost With Boomer Esaison
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 15TH, 2017 –– CBS has now confirmed yesterday report by announcing that New York’s legendary WFAN Sports Radio 101.9 FM and Sports Radio 66 AM will kick off the new year with fresh new line-up. As rumored yesterday, Gregg Giannotti, currently co-host of “Gio & Jones” on CBS Sports Radio, has been named co-host of the newly renamed WFAN Morning Show, “Boomer & Gio,” alongside the incomparable Boomer Esiason.
Later in the day, SportsRadio 94WIPs Chris Carlin, former New York Jets linebacker Bart Scott and CBS Sports Radio and Sports Illustrated’s Maggie Gray will host a long-awaited new afternoon program, “The Afternoon Drive with Carlin, Bart and Maggie.” Further bolstering The Fan’s weekday line-up, longtime audience favorites Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts will now host a fourth hour. The new shows and programming updates take effect Tuesday, January 2, 2018. Overnight hosts Tony Paige and Marc Malusis are on-air from 1:00 to 5:40 AM and then Al Dukes and Jerry Recco host “The Warmup Show” from 5:40 to 6:00 AM to help busy NY’ers start their day.
ON-AIR: Jon Marks Joins Lineup At 94WIP Philly; Joe Giglio To Host Evenings
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 15TH, 2017 –– CBS RADIO Philadelphia’s SportsRadio 94WIP announced that Jon Marks (L) will begin co-hosting afternoons 2:00 to 6:00 PM alongside Ike Reese (FL) effective Thursday, November 16, 2017. Marks is currently the station’s evening host, 6:00 to 10:00 PM, a role he’s held since February 2017. Additionally, Joe Giglio (R) will host evenings from 6:00 to 10:00 PM and anchor week-day Phillies pre-game and post-game coverage.
“I’m really excited to be part of the station I grew up listening to,” said Marks. “I’m thrilled to be able to work alongside Ike Reese, a guy I admired on the football field and have such respect for as a radio host. “We’re lucky to have Jon Marks here and moving into afternoons on WIP. He’s honed his craft and worked for this for a long time, and we’re excited to have him team with Ike and take us into the future. He’s the real deal,” said Spike Eskin, SportsRadio 94WIP Program Director. “Having Joe Giglio in evenings gives us a guy who is smart, informed, funny and has a fantastic work ethic. I’m glad we can finally give Joe the chance he deserves to shine on a nightly basis.”
[WATCH] 100.3 The Sound Signs Off
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 15TH, 2017 –– 100.3 The Sound will go "from playing the hits to playing the hymns" reports CBS LA. This week, hosts on The Sound have been bidding their loyal listeners farewell with the news that the 10-year-old station will switch its format to Christian rock on Thursday (11/16). “I’ve known the audience, and they’ve known me for many years,” says “Uncle Joe” Benson. He tells CBS2 News he’ll miss the music most of all. "It’s a transition for a radio station that almost never happened."
“Our ownership at the time wanted to do this, even though the research told them not to,” says program director Dave Beasing (inset). “The listeners have embraced the station like nothing I’ve ever been a part of,” Beasing tells CBS2. 100.3 will become Christian rock station K-LOVE as part of CBS Radio’s merger with Entercom, Variety reports.
Emails in support of the station are plastered all over the studio (L) as a reminder of their impact. A group of listeners even made a banner with The Sound’s logo that will be signed by the DJs and auctioned off to help pay the medicals bills for one of them. “I don’t know how much time we’ve got left,” Uncle Joe tells his audience, “but I’m gonna make the most of it.” Benson says he has the perfect song for when he puts the needle to wax for the last time: “In the End” by The Beatles. PHOTOS/cbs2-screengrabs
SYNDICATION: Premiere Inks Long-Term Extension For Glenn Beck Show; Envision Adds Ashley & Brad Show To Syndication Lineup
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 15TH, 2017 –– Premiere Networks and Mercury Radio Arts, Glenn Beck’s multimedia production company, announced today a renewed and extended agreement to syndicate The Glenn Beck Program, one of America’s leading talk radio programs. The Glenn Beck Program celebrates its 15-year anniversary in national syndication this year and its audience of millions continues to grow across radio, digital and podcasting platforms. Premiere will continue to provide ad sales representation for the fan portal www.GlennBeck.com, the daily Glenn Beck Newsletter, as well as the popular The Glenn Beck Program podcast and stream. Beck stated, “Premiere remains the gold standard in the industry. We’ve now been working together for fifteen years, and I couldn’t be happier to extend and renew our relationship." “Over the past 15 years, we’ve watched Glenn build a brand that stands the test of time,” said Julie Talbott, Premiere Networks President. “He’s a unique talent who can connect with millions of fans across any and every platform. We’re proud of what we’ve accomplished together and look forward to many more years of success.”
Envision Networks® announced its representation deal with Skid Trax to distribute The Ashley & Brad Show for cash or barter. Ashley & Brad, a Los Angeles based morning show duo, provide their top market talent to radio stations nationwide with a daily voice-tracked show offered at www.skidtrax.net. The four-hours of programmed content allow radio stations to maintain control and their on-air quality without exceeding current budget constraints.
Stations interested in adding The Ashley & Brad Show to their programming should contact Dave Hintz at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org or 216-831-3761.
EVENT: KTI Milwaukee Raises $41,986 To Buy A New Truck For Local USO
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 15TH, 2017 –– 94.5 KTI Country's “Truck for the Troops” radiothon raised $41,896 to replace a broken-down service vehicle for USO Wisconsin. The funds will purchase an all-new truck with the important customizations necessary to better serve troops in the field. "When USO Wisconsin shared their need with us, we knew we had to take action,” said Ryan Wild, program director for 94.5 KTI. “The radiothon allowed our local listeners to say thank you to the military in a way they will appreciate. We’re so proud to serve such a great community!”
Donations were accepted online at kticountry.com and at a volunteer phone-bank in the studios. The radiothon featured on - air auction items and it included a locally based service member, now deployed in the Middle East, who made a $5,000 pledge to encourage additional donations.
HOLIDAY FLIPS: Beasley MAGIC 106.7 Boston Goes All Christmas
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 15TH, 2017 –– Beasley announced that WMJX-FM, Boston will flip the switch to Christmas music on Friday, November 17th at 5pm to officially ring in the season and play the best variety of holiday favorites all the way through Christmas Day at midnight. MAGIC 106.7 will continue the station’s commercial-free hours at 8:15am and 2:15pm each weekday. In addition, the MAGIC OF CHRISTMAS tradition continues with commercial-free music from 6pm Christmas Eve through 8pm Christmas Day to give listeners the opportunity to enjoy their holiday favorites without interruption as they celebrate with family and friends.
For listeners who miss the best variety of music on MAGIC 106.7, Today’s Hits, Yesterday’s Favorites...it will be broadcast on MAGIC 106.7 HD-2, available at www.magic1067.com.
HONORS: WACO 100 Celebrates Major Milestones In Mornings & Afternoons
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 15TH, 2017 –– iHeart's WACO-FM, Waco-Killeen, TX announced the 25th anniversary of the “Zack and Jim Morning Show (TL).” who began airing on, Jan. 1, 1993. When asked how they did it, Zack said he learned something very early on that set the tone for these 25 years, “Every station is given the same records, it’s what you do between the records that counts.” Everybody who started with this morning show in 1993 is still listening today, along with many new listeners. Jim said “It’s amazing when listeners approach you and tell you that they’ve been listening to you their whole life.”
WACO also announced the 25th anniversary of “Afternoons with John Elliott (TR). “It feels like I just started yesterday,” said Elliott. “My father always told me that it doesn’t matter what you do, but whatever you do, be the best you can be at it and I’ve always applied that to my show. I’ve been lucky in that my listeners have always been very generous and kind. I wouldn’t have made it to 25 years here without them.” John has been in the radio industry for over 33 years and began broadcasting his afternoon show on WACO-FM in Waco, Texas in 1993. Since then, “Afternoons with John Elliott” has steadily been the number one show for its timeslot in the Central Texas area for over 20 years. “John Elliott represents the very best in Central Texas radio,” said Zack Owen, SVPP. “The impact he’s made both on and off the airwaves will be felt for decades to come. We’re thrilled he’s celebrating 25 years at WACO 100.”
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Has WFAN New York Found Its Replacement For Mike Francesa?
Craig Carton’s Replacement With Boomer Esiason To Be Announced Soon Adds Report
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 14TH, 2017 –– The New York Post reports that WFAN has found its replacement for Mike Francesa who's set to depart on December 15th. They write that Bart Scott, Chris Carlin and Maggie Gray (shown below L to R) will follow the longtime host of top-rated WFAN's afternoon show. Chris Carlin, who now co-host a midday show with Ike Reese on CBS' WIP Philly, will join former Jets linebacker Bart Scott and “SI Now” host Maggie Gray on the new WFAN show, according to multiple reports.
Carlin and Scott will be returning to the city they once made their home. Scott with the Jets from 2009-12 and Carlin as a producer on “Mike and the Mad Dog." Scott took an analyst job on ESPN New York radio after he became one of CBS Sports’ casualties in May. Gray, who splits time between SI.com and CBS Sports Radio in New York, will bring a female perspective to the sports radio franchise.
Francesa announced last January he would be leaving WFAN at the end of 2017, although he said he would be open to pushing the date back should the station need help following Craig Carton’s arrest. WFAN’s upcoming announcement will also include naming Carton’s replacement to team up with Boomer Esiason in the morning. Gregg Giannotti (L) who has filled in for Carton since he resigned from WFAN is expected to get the nod says report.
Entercom Names Format Captains
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 14TH, 2017 –– Entercom has named executives appointed to the role of Format Captain across all of the Company’s formats. The following executives have been named Format Captains:
· Steve Butler - News · Mark Chernoff - Sports · Jimmy Gonzalez - Spanish Language · Brian Kelly - Top 40 · Michael Martin - Alternative · Mike Moore - Country · Diane Newman - Talk · Nikki Nite - Adult Contemporary · Dave Richards - Rock/Classic Rock · Reggie Rouse - Urban · Jim Ryan - Classic Hits · Steve Salhany - Hot Adult Contemporary Additionally, Michael Martin will continue in his role as SVP of Prog. and Music Initiatives in the new organization.
“We are excited about the best-in-class programming team we are building at Entercom,” said Pat Paxton, President of Programming, Entercom. “This talented team of experts has the skills and experience to take our live, original and local audio content to new heights and compete at the highest level in the media industry.” “We are committed to bringing fresh, new thinking to our programming,” said Chris Oliviero, currently Executive Vice President of Programming at CBS Radio and named Executive Vice President of Programming at Entercom upon completion of the merger. “We are confident that we have the best people in place to deliver the top-rated content across all of our formats that our listeners and partners expect.”
Format Captains will report to Pat Paxton and Chris Oliviero effective upon the completion of the merger with CBS Radio, as early as November 17. On February 2, 2017, Entercom announced the pending merger with CBS Radio.
PROGRAMMING: Rich DeSisto Named PD At WJBR-FM Wilmington, DE
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 14TH, 2017 –– Beasley has named Rich DeSisto Program Director at WJBR-FM in the Delaware Valley. The 30 year radio veteran has spent most of his career in the Tri-state area, most recently serving as the Assistant Program Director/Afternoon Drive Personality at Beasley Media Group Philadelphia’s BEN-FM and as a weekend personality on WMGK-FM, where he will continue to work. Previous to that, DeSisto worked on the air at WYSP-FM, Q104.3-FM, WPST-FM, WZXL-FM and WSJO-FM.
“I have learned to hire people brighter than myself, and Rich is one of those people!” said AJ Lurie, Vice President/Market Manager at Beasley Media Group’s WJBR-FM.” We are thrilled to welcome him to our team.” “This is a very exciting opportunity for which I am incredibly grateful and excited, said DeSisto, “I want to thank Bruce Beasley, Justin Chase, Joe Bell, Buzz Knight, Cadillac Jack and AJ Lurie for their support as well as Chuck Damico for his leadership, influence and direction. I look forward to continuing to work with the Beasley Media team in this exciting next chapter and building on WJBR’s impressive 60 year heritage in Wilmington.”
ON-AIR: Jacob 'Tight Pants' Bowling Takes Afternoons/APD Posts for ALT 107.3 Wichita
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 14TH, 2017 –– iHeartMedia Wichita announced that Jacob “ Tight Pants ” Bowling has been named Assistant Program Director, Music Director and Afternoon Personality for ALT 107.3, Wichita’s Alternative Rock, effective November 20 , 2017. He will report to Jim Dorman, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Wichita. “We are very excited at what Tight Pants will be bringing to Wichita,” said Jim Dorman. “His work ethic and passion for music is second to none and I am looking forward to working with him on ALT 107.3. He truly deserves this promotion.”
“Tight Pants ” returns to Wichita market from iHeartMedia St. Louis, where he most recently served as the Night Host on Z107.7. He will also continue to broadcast from 7-midnight on 107.5 KISS FM, Des Moines. “I’ve had an amazing experience in St. Louis - I’ve learned and grown so much, but Wichita is home,” said Tight Pants. “I’m excited to return and have a larger impact, and continue to grow professionally."
NETWORKS: WWO Celebrates The Season With A Dozen Holiday Music Specials
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 14TH, 2017 –– Westwood One kicks off the holiday season with a hosts of musical treats. This year's specials commence with "A Thanksgiving Weekend with Chris Young (L)," a four-hour Country special available to stations Thursday, November 23 – Sunday, November 26, between 6:00 am and 12 midnight. The following one-hour specials are available to Country, AC, and Pop stations during the dates listed, and can air any time between 6:00 am and 12 midnight: · Brett Eldredge Christmas Special, Saturday, 11/25 – Sunday, 11/26 · Train Christmas Special, Saturday, 11/25 · My Kind of Christmas with Reba McEntire, Saturday, 12/2 – Sunday, 12/3 · Gwen Stefani Christmas Special, Saturday, 12/2 · Chris Young Christmas Special, Saturday, 12/9 – Sunday, 12/10 · Josh Groban Christmas Special, Saturday, 12/9 · Rascal Flatts Christmas Special, Saturday, 12/16 – Sunday, 12/16 · Kelly Clarkson Christmas Special, Saturday, 12/16 · 98 Degrees Christmas Special, Saturday, 12/16 or Sunday, 12/17 · Dave Koz Christmas Special, Saturday, 12/23 · An American Country Christmas with Kix Brooks, Friday, 12/22 – Monday, 12/25 (This special features 24 hours of original content.
Stations can run as little or as much as desired with an 8-hour minimum, between 6:00 am and 12 Midnight.) Stations interested in airing any of the Country specials can contact Country@westwoodone.com. Stations interested in airing any of the AC or Pop specials can contact Neal Bird at email@example.com or (310) 840-4207.
EVENTS: WRKO Raises Over $90,000 For Disabled American Veterans
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 14TH, 2017 –– On Veterans Day, Entercom Boston ’s WRKO hosted a radiothon to benefit the Disabled American Veterans. The Boston Morning Show with Kim & VB, The Armstrong Advisory Group, Jeff Kuhner and Howie Carr highlighted inspirational stories from veterans of all ages and the DAV members who assist them. When the event ended, over $ 90,642 had been raised for DAV of Mass achusetts and their Transportation Program to assist veterans keep their medical appointments.
WRKO Program Director Michael Czarnecki (second from right) said, "The passion the WRKO listeners have for our veterans continues to amaze me year after year! It was an incredible day filled with energy and emotion, and I am so thankful to the DAV and WRKO s taff for all of their hard work .”
Dave Matthews Band To Headline 'Night Before' Concert In St. Paul, Minn.
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 14TH, 2017 –– CBS RADIO and On Location Experiences (“OLE”) announced that Dave Matthews Band will headline THE NIGHT BEFORE show at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn. on Saturday, February 3, 2018. CBS Radio and OLE have partnered to produce a one-of-a-kind entertainment experience the night before the big game. Doors open at 6:30 PM and the show begins at 7:30 PM.
“As the leader in sports radio, CBS RADIO is proud and thrilled to present Dave Matthews Band alongside our partners at On Location Experiences the night before the biggest day in sports,” said Andre Fernandez, President and CEO, CBS RADIO. “THE NIGHT BEFORE is the perfect culmination of our deep and storied relationships with so many iconic sports teams and their loyal fans allowing for a truly unique experience.” “Our goal is to create unique and memorable Super Bowl weekend experiences that can’t be found anywhere else,” said John Collins, CEO, On Location Experiences. “We take pride in producing quality entertainment that the whole community can enjoy, and we thank Dave Matthews Band and CBS Radio for being part of this year’s experience.”
SNAPS: Rozzi Dazzles At RAB Meeting
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 14TH, 2017 –– Radio executives attending the Fall Board Meeting of the Radio Advertising Bureau, held recently in Denver were treated to an extraordinary performance from BMI pop singer-songwriter Rozzi reports BMI. The California native, who is signed to Small Giant Records, performed an intimate concert that was put together for leaders from groups such as iHeart Media, Entercom, Cox Radio, Hubbard Radio, Salem Media and Cumulus Media.
Rozzi has been working on her album for close to two years, with her first single slated to hit radio in the first quarter of next year. The RAB serves more than 6,000 member radio stations in the U.S., and over 1,000 member networks, representative firms, broadcast vendors, and international organizations.
Pictured (L-R) are: Entercom Regional President Susan Larkin, RAB President and CEO Erica Farber, Cumulus Media EVP of Corporate Marketing & Westwood One President Suzanne Grimes, BMI singer-songwriter Rozzi, Hubbard Radio CEO and RAB Board Chair Ginny Morris, and BMI’s Dan Spears.
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CMG Integrates Operations In Atlanta
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 13TH, 2017 –– Cox Media Group (CMG) will integrate its CMG’s portfolio of traditional and digital media platforms in the Atlanta area beginning in 2018. Moya Neville (TL) is CMG Atlanta’s new VP of Sales. Neville returns to CMG after spending the last three years at Cox Media, a division of sister company Cox Communications. Before joining Cox Media, Neville was Senior VP of Sales and Marketing for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Donna Hall (LC) is CMG Atlanta’s new VP of Marketing. A 30-year Cox veteran, Hall has been VP and Market Manager for CMG Atlanta and Athens radio stations since 2014. In addition to her new CMG Atlanta marketing responsibilities, Hall will oversee programming for all Atlanta-area music stations, including in Athens, Ga. Mark Medici (RC) is CMG Atlanta’s new VP of Audience and Newspaper Operations. Medici has been the Multi-Market Vice President of Audience. CMG Atlanta’s new VP of Content and Broadcast Operations is Paul Briggs (TR) who brings many years of media experience in both TV and radio in Memphis and Charlotte.
“This is the perfect leadership team to take CMG Atlanta into the future,” said CMG’s Executive Vice President Jane Williams. “Integrating CMG Atlanta is part of the company’s multi-faceted strategy to position us for future growth and success. With our integrated media approach, we have a unique opportunity in CMG’s flagship market where we offer our audiences unparalleled award-winning content, our customers comprehensive strategic business solutions, and our employees unrivaled cross-platform career opportunities.” CMG’s Atlanta-area media brands include: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, MundoHispanico, News 95.5 FM AM 750 WSB, 97.1 The River, B98.5, KISS 104.1 FM, and WSB TV Ch. 2 Action News, as well as 960 The Ref, WGAU 98.7 FM & AM1340, Magic 102.1 FM, 103.7 Chuck FM, Power 100.1 and Your Country Georgia 106.1/107.1 in Athens, Ga.
ESPN Launches 'SportsCenter' Offshoot On Snapchat With Twice Daily Shows
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 13TH, 2017 –– ESPN is bringing “SportsCenter” to Snapchat in a twice-daily show featuring cast of more dressed-down, millennial hosts reports Variety. Under the two-year pact, the Disney-owned programmer is angling to reach a younger, mobile-centric demo with the “SportsCenter” offshoot. Each episode of the show, the first daily sports program on Snapchat, will be just 3-5 minutes long. “SportsCenter” for Snapchat debuts today (Nov. 13) at 5 p.m. ET, and then starting Tuesday will launch on a regular schedule of shows available twice a day at 5 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET on weekdays, and once at 5 a.m. on weekends.
“It’s taking the DNA of SportsCenter and transplanting it onto Snapchat,” said Glenn Jacobs senior coordinating producer for “SportsCenter” digital content. The first show will be hosted by Katie Nolan (pictured above), the Emmy-winning sports personality who joined ESPN last month from Fox Sports. Other hosts will include “SportsCenter” anchor Elle Duncan, ESPN NBA commentator Cassidy Hubbarth, ESPN Radio host Jason Fitz, and comedian Cy Amundson. “Now we have a new medium in mobile video — and there’s a huge opportunity for a ‘SportsCenter’ made for mobile, for the next generation of sports fans.” For Snap, the new “SportsCenter” show is part of its strategy to lure new users after failing to hit Wall Street expectations on user and revenue growth. Each “SportsCenter” on Snapchat show will have a single host, who will delivering an opinionated perspective on current events and chatter. “It’s going to be very personality driven,” said Jacobs. PHOTO/L-R Cassidy Hubbarth, Cy Amundson and Jason Fitz.
MOTION: Rick Crandall Extends With KEZW Denver; Eric Johnson Named Director of Sports Content at Beasley Media Philadelphia
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 13TH, 2017 –– Entercom announced that it has extended Rick Crandall, Program Director and morning show host, of KEZW (Cruisin’ 1430) through 2020. Rick Crandall has been a staple of Denver’s broadcast community since he joined team KEZW in 1991. He has earned numerous awards including the National Association of Broadcasters Marconi Award for Adult Standards Station of the Year, and the Colorado Broadcasters Association Harry Hoth Award for Public Service. In 2012, The Colorado Broadcast Association acknowledged Rick with the highly esteemed, “Rex Howell Award for Broadcaster of the Year” for his commitment to the industry and accomplishments in the community. “Rick is one of the best broadcasters in the business with an undeniable passion for the community. We’re lucky to have him!” Mike Peterson, VP Programming Entercom Denver.
-- Eric Johnson Named Director of Sports Content at Beasley Media Philadelphia. He will begin his new position on Monday, December 4, 2017. Johnson most recently spent the past 19 years serving as the Brand Manager and Program Director at New Jersey 101.5 FM. Prior to that, Johnson worked as the Assistant Program Director at WIP and was the Program Director at Y-100 in Philadelphia. In his new role, the radio veteran will be in charge of content for 97.5 The Fanatic, 610AM and the company’s digital platforms. In addition, he will oversee all sports programming, including on-air, on-line and our team relationships, which include the Philadelphia 76ers, The Philadelphia Flyers and the Philadelphia Soul, as well as Temple, Villanova and St. Joe’s Universities. “I am very excited to be joining the impressive team at Beasley Media Group,” said Johnson. “My thanks to Joe Bell, Buzz Knight, Justin Chase and Bruce Beasley for the tremendous opportunity!
HOLIDAY FLIPS: KOST/LA Brings Back Non-Stop Christmas Music
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 13TH, 2017 –– iHeartMedia Los Angeles’ KOST 103.5 announced the return of its annual non-stop holiday music programming, starting on Friday (November 10th) at 5:00PM PST. The flip was announced by KOST morning drive host, Ellen K (L), and will be executed live on the air by afternoon drive host, Mark Wallengren.
“This is the 16th consecutive year that KOST 103.5 has provided the soundtrack for the season to Southern California. We’re honored and excited that each year millions of listeners make KOST 103.5 a part of their families’ holiday traditions,” says KOST Program Director, John Peake. “During the 2016 Holiday Season, KOST 103.5 averaged more than 5.2 million listeners weekly, making KOST one of the most listened to radio stations in the country during that period.”
EVENTS: The Bert Show Delivers 190,000 Letters To The Troops With 9th Annual Event; PYX 106 Let Vets Man The Mics On Vet's Day
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 13TH, 2017 –– The Bert Show once again wrapped its 9th Annual 'Big Thank You' letter drivie topping 190K letters to troops According to The AJC's Rodney Ho, by last Thursday afternoon, 230 boxes of letters departed from a spare office across the street from Bert’s studios off I-400 and I-285 for distribution to military outposts all over the world, from Guam to South Korea, from Iceland to Italy.
As usual, the collection was touch and go writes Ho. But Bert listeners came through as they always do, with tens of thousands of letters pouring in at the last second from all over the country.
Further north, PYX 106 Albany held its 5th Vets Rock On Veterans Day. The annual event featured 11 local military service men and women – including a husband and wife team. “It’s an honor to have special guest Vet DJs on the air each Veterans Day” said John Cooper, Program Director for PYX 106. “We air some incredible stories from those who service our country. The veterans are excited to have their stories on the iHeartRadio app as well, which gives their family, friends, and peers they served with, an opportunity to hear them wherever they may be across the world!”
98 Rockfest Tampa Set For April 20th; WJRR Orlando Reveals Earthday Lineup
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 13TH, 2017 –– 98ROCK Tampa Bay’s Rock Station unveiled the lineup for Tampa’s premier rock festival’s 10th Anniversary, 98ROCKFEST “The Big 10”, taking place on Friday, April 20, 2018 at 5 PM at Amalie Arena. 98ROCK’s on-air personalities “Crash & AJ” officially announced the lineup for 98ROCKFEST which will be headlined by rock legends Shinedown and include performances from Three Days Grace, Seether, Starset, Fozzy, 10 Years and more.
--A little further up in Florida, WJRR, Orlando announced its Earthday Birthday 25 music festival, taking place on Saturday, April 21 at the Central Florida Fairgrounds. This year’s music festival includes performances from Shinedown, Three Days Grace, Seether, Starset, Fozzy, 10 Years, Powerman 5000 and more. It also marks the 25th anniversary of the locally-produced show. Earthday Birthday is one of the largest annual rock festivals in the state and draws upwards of 15,000 music lovers from around the globe. 101one WJRR’s Earthday Birthday festival will feature three stages of music including the JRR Unplugged Acoustic Stage and Chill Zone, plus other attractions.
KQKS-FM Denver's Tony V's 14th Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive Underway
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 13TH, 2017 –– Beginning today, November 13th morning host Tony V will be hitting the streets and the airwaves with his annual Thanksgiving Food Drive. In its 14 th year, this campaign has fed more than 10,000 disadvantaged families for the Thanksgiving holiday. The beneficiary of this year’s food drive is Food Bank of the Rockies.
“Having a strong partnership with a nonprofit t hat is ingrained within the community is key to identifying families in need this holiday season. We’ve are thrilled to be teaming up with The Food Bank of the Rockies again this year, they do great work within our community,” says Tony V. KS1075 Night Show host Rosa Jad will also be lending a hand broadcasting from locations around the city.
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BUSINESS: Entercom Gets Greenlight From FCC For Proposed CBS Merger
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 10TH, 2017 –– Entercom Communications Corp. announced receipt of approval from the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) to complete the proposed tax-free combination with CBS Radio. The FCC’s order concluded that granting its approval to the merger and transfer applications related to the combination of Entercom and CBS Radio will serve the public interest, convenience and necessity. “We are energized and excited by today’s announcement from the FCC. The Commission’s approval marks a significant milestone on our path toward completing the transformational combination of Entercom and CBS Radio,” said David Field, President and Chief Executive Officer, Entercom. “This brings Entercom an important step closer to our goal of delivering greater value for our listeners, customers and shareholders as a leading media and entertainment company with national scale and the No. 1 creator of live, original and local audio content.”
As previously announced, CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS.A and CBS) launched an exchange offer for the separation of its radio business as part of the agreement to combine CBS Radio and Entercom, which is scheduled to expire at 11:59 p.m., New York City time, on November 16, 2017, unless the exchange offer is extended or terminated. On February 2, 2017, Entercom announced an agreement to combine with CBS Radio in an all-stock transaction which is expected to be tax-free to CBS and its shareholders. The merger will make Entercom a leading local media and entertainment company with a nationwide footprint of 235 stations, with coverage of close to 90% of persons 12+ in the top 50 markets, as well as robust digital capabilities and a growing events platform, and the unrivaled leader in news and sports radio.
Boston Host Regrets His Conduct Over Comments On Death Of Baseball Star
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 10TH, 2017 - After drawing intense criticism for incredibly insensitive comments following the death of former Phillies pitching star Roy Halladay (shown below) in an airplane crash, 98.5 Sports Hub/Boston host Michael Felger (inset) opened his 2 p.m. show yesterday expressing regret for his behavior reports NBC Sports. "In a nutshell, I would say I feel bad about what happened on a lot of levels. I feel bad about what I said and how I conducted myself," Felger said. "To say it was insensitive or over the top is stating the obvious." "I could come in and say, 'I apologize if I offended anyone,' but that's fake and hollow everyone hates that. The only folks I really want to extend that to are the loved ones of Halladay. They're the ones who are dealing with enough right now not to have me come over the top and do what I did yesterday. Sorry doesn't do it justice as it relates to them. That's going to stick with me a while as it relates to them. "I meant part of what I said yesterday and a lot of what I said was just dumb hyperbole."
Felger added, "There was stuff I did mean, but the presentation, the tone, and the hyperbole was just low-class, bad, not good. I don't feel good about it. I regret my conduct yesterday." "The tone and the hysterics were really uncalled for." His ramblings on the previous day included Felger calling Halladay a "moron" as well as adding he had "no sympathy" for the deceased baseball star. "He got what he deserved."
MOTION: The Chet Buchanan Show Inks Multi-Year Extension; Modifies Name
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 10TH, 107 –– CBS Radio Las Vegas and The Chet Buchanan Show featuring hosts Chet (LC) Spence (TR) and Kayla (RC) have a new multi-year deal that will continue to have them waking up Las Vegas on 98.5 KLUC. The show, produced by Davey the “Showkiller (TL),” has been heard on 98.5 KLUC since its debut in 1999. In conjunction with the signing of the new deal, the show will also be rebranded from “Chet Buchanan & the Morning Zoo” to “The Chet Buchanan Show” effective immediately.
“Chet’s work on air and in the Las Vegas community is second to none; coupled with Spence’s creativity and passion for radio, I am thrilled that they will continue to be an integral part of the KLUC lineup,” said CBS Radio Las Vegas Operations Manager, JB King. “Along with their co-host Kayla and producer Davey the “Showkilller” I look forward to them taking morning drive on 98.5 KLUC to new heights.” “We're still the same fun, positive, funny, and interesting show we've always been,” said Chet Buchanan. “Our P1’s who listen all the time will notice a fresh new tone to the things they love, and we look forward to reaching and entertaining new audiences as we get the word out about the new show name. Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go and resume preparing...Toy Drive starts soon!”
New Country 92.3 WIL St. Louis Adda Stacey & Jonah To Afternoons
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 10TH, 2017 –– Hubbard Radio’s only live and local New Country station in the bi-state region, New Country 92.3, welcomes “Stacey and Jonah” to the Afternoon Drive time slot, beginning in January 2018. The duo will move to St. Louis from Santa Rosa, California, where they have hosted mornings on KHTH “Hot 101.7” for the last six years. “Stacey K” Boyer is a native of Santa Rosa and has been doing double duty as Program Director of Hot 101.7, as well as co‐hosting Mornings with Jonah Griss-Bush. “
New Country 92.3 program director Scott Roddy says, “Hubbard is the platinum standard for live and local talent. While most radio companies are reducing local talent, Hubbard is adding diversity and experience to our stable of show hosts. Stacey and Jonah’s charm, wit and humor make them the perfect companion while sitting in traffic on Hwy. 40 during the drive home!” Commenting on their upcoming move to the Midwest and New Country 92.3, Stacey and Jonah note, “We are so excited to join the Hubbard family and the CMA Station of the Year, New Country 92.3 and the outstanding ‘Home Team!’” The duo continues, “A huge thank you to Hubbard Radio’s Ginny Morris, Drew Horowitz, Greg Strassell, as well as Hubbard St. Louis’ VP & Marketing Manager John Kijoswski and WIL Program Director Scott Roddy for making this dream job possible.
EVENTS: Greg & The Morning Buzz Hold 27th Annual 'Lend A Helping Can' Event; CBS Pittsburgh Kicks Off 19th Santa Spectacular
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 10TH, 2017 –– Greg & The Morning Buzz, on New Hampshire’s Rock 101, (WGIR FM-Manchester), 100.3 WHEB-FM (Portsmouth,NH), 104.9 The Hawk (WLKZ-FM Wolfeboro, NH) , Q106,(WHDQ-FM-Claremont, NH) and WRFK-FM (Barre, VT) announced the return of Lend A Helping Can radiothon to benefit 11 New Hampshire charities working to combat local hunger and homelessness. On November 16 and 17, Greg & The Morning Buzz will extend its broadcast to a 13-and-a-half-hour radiothon, from 5:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. On-air personalities from Greg & The Morning Buzz will encourage listeners to donate to Lend A Helping Can by calling the station or by participating in an online auction. Proceeds from Lend a Helping Can will benefit the following local organizations: The Salvation Army of Manchester, The Salvation Army of Portsmouth, My Friend’s Place, New Horizons of New Hampshire, The New Hampshire Food Bank, Community Action Partnership of Strafford County, Community Action Partnerships of Rockingham County, Community Partners, Families in Transition, David’s House and Cross Roads House.
-- CBS RADIO Pittsburgh will present the 19th Annual NRG Santa Spectacular at Point State Park, Friday, November 17. Festivities kick off at 5:00 PM with the opening of Winter Wonderland booths, and local dance and music groups performing holiday features. A complete list of activities throughout the evening can be found at www.SantaSpectacular.com. This year’s highlights include visits with Santa in his workshop custom built by Empire Roofing & More; coffee and hot chocolate from the Salvation Army Canteen Truck, Farkleberry Cookies from Oakmont Bakery in the Warm-up Tent with NewsRadio 1020 KDKA, and 93.7 the Fan will host a photo booth courtesy of Flynn’s Tire and Auto Service. 100.7 Star will broadcast live onsite from 2-7 PM providing information for its Hope for the Holidays gift drive for the Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh; Wookie from Y-108 will broadcast from 3-8 PM. Since 1998, the Santa Spectacular show has become a staple for families in the Pittsburgh region. This year the show is sponsored by NRG and others.
NETWORKS: USRN's Celebrity Top Ten Countdown Adds New Affiliates
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 10TH, 2017 –– United Stations Radio Networks announced that its weekly hit music and entertainment program, The Celebrity Top Ten Countdown with Joe Breezy, has expanded its footprint with the recent addition of several new affiliates including Midwest Communications new hit musicstation, WLMI-FM also known as “i92.9” in Lansing, MI. Other recent affiliates to come on board with the program are Townsquare’s KKPL-FM “99-9, The Point” in Cheyenne, WY and WSKS-FM and WSKU-FM both serving Utica and a multi-county area west of Albany, NY.
Joe Breezy is an accomplished and popular on air talent who spent four years at Boston’s WODS (CBS’s “Amp Radio”) prior to moving to Nashville. He started doing promotions for KYLD/ San Francisco where he eventually hosted nights. He quickly moved into on-air positions at KKFR and KZON in Phoenix, at KHTS in San Diego, KDND in Sacramento, WWVA in Atlanta and eventually WODS Boston and WNFN Nashville. For more information, contact: Andy Denemark, USRN, firstname.lastname@example.org or 212.536.3603
Mark Goodier Returns To Radio With Absolute In The UK
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 10TH, 2017 –– Mark Goodier is joining the Absolute Radio network for a series of special programmes focussing on the careers of music icons. As part of this series, he will be hosting ‘Elton John- Diamonds’, a two-part special featuring an exclusive interview with Elton John and Bernie Taupin. The programme sees Elton and Bernie reminisce about careers which have spanned over 50 years. Mark is a BBC Radio 1 and Smooth Radio presenter and was most recently on BBC Radio 2. He suffered two strokes in 2016 and 2017.
More Networking In Australia - Nova 96.9 Sydney-based morning jock Greg Burns, who’s show is networked into Melbourne on Nova 100, will also now be heard i Brisbane and Adelaide mornings, with local breaks during his 9am to 1pm show. Burns replaces Nova 106.9 Brisbane morning presenter, Katie Mattin, who will move to afternoons, which, according to The Courier-Mail newspaper, leaves Tim Wong-See in search of a new gig. At Nova 91.9 Adelaide, Burns replaces morning host Cale Porter.
2FM Has A Number One Album - The Joshua Tree – New Roots became the biggest selling album in Ireland last week. The charity album was created by RTÉ 2FM and Universal Music Ireland and has 11 studio tracks. Some of Ireland’s most outstanding musical talent cover songs from U2’s Grammy Award-winning album ‘The Joshua Tree’. It will raise funds for LauraLynn, Ireland’s Children’s Hospice. The Joshua Tree – New Roots includes an exclusive bonus track from U2, a live performance of ‘Red Hill Mining Town’ recorded at the band’s recent show in Amsterdam during ‘The Joshua Tree Tour 2017’.
Rabbit And Julie Goodwin Will return to Star104.5 In Australia Two time ACRA award winner for Best Entertainment/Music Presenter Dave “Rabbit” Rabbetts and Australia’s first ever MaterChef Julie Goodwin are set to return to breakfast radio at Star104.5 on The New South Wales Central Coast.
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Cumulus Reports Slight Gain In Net Revenue For Q3
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 9TH, 2017 –– Cumulus Media Inc announced operating results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2017. The Company reported net revenue of $287.2 million, up 0.4% from the three months ended September 30, 2016, net income of $1.3 million and Adjusted EBITDA of $61.8 million which was up 40.7% from the three months ended September 30, 2016. For the nine months ended September 30, 2017, the Company reported net revenue of $841.8 million, net loss of $0.4 million and Adjusted EBITDA of $167.9 million which was up 12.7% from the nine months ended September 30, 2016. Adjusted EBITDA for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2016 included the impact of $14.4 million of expenses incurred to resolve previously disputed syndicated programming and network inventory expenses with CBS Radio Inc.
Mary Berner, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cumulus Media Inc. said, “As we noted when we announced our preliminary results in October, our strong third quarter performance plainly demonstrates that our operational turnaround plan is working. The entire Cumulus team has shown great commitment to maintaining our momentum. By executing our foundational operating initiatives and continuing to develop growth opportunities, we are confident that we can build on our success despite the challenging industry environment.”
Berner added, "Regardless of the path forward, we have ample cash to operate our business. Our goal remains to reduce our debt so we can focus our time and resources on investments in our people, key technologies and initiatives that will ultimately drive sustainable, long-term growth.” SEE FULL REPORT HERE
Boston Sports Hosts Under Fire Over Comments On Baseball Star's Death
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 9TH, 2017 –– Following the tragic death of baseball great Ray Halladay (inset) in a plane crash off the coast of Florida, a pair of Boston sports hosts are under fire over comments during Wednesday's show about his death reports Mediaite. Michael Felger (BL), of “The Felger & Mazz Show" on 98.5 SportsHub, expressed no sympathy for the former pitcher after seeing video of the crash. "You’re 40 years old and a multimillionaire with a loving family, and to you, you have to go get that thing where you can dive bomb from 100 feet to five above the water with your single-engine plane with your hand out the window," said Felger. "Wheee! Wheee! Yeah, man, look at the G-force on this! I’m Maverick!” Felger said while imitating the sounds of explosions. “‘Yeah, man, look at this, this is so cool.’ And you die, splat.”
Co-host Tony Massarotti (L) described Halladay's death as “an unfortunate circumstance, not a tragedy.” If you haven't see the Halladay video, watch. And then try to tell me your thoughts haven't changed - what bugs me about a story like this is when they use the word ‘tragedy,’” Massarotti said. “A tragedy is what happened at that church in Texas this past weekend, or an orphanage burning down. This? You know what the risks are!” LISTEN HERE
Broadcast Winners Lauded At CMA Show
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 9TH, 2017 – Broadcast winners were recognized during The 51st annual CMA Awards, which took place last night at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. Winners were notified last month by phone, but got a shout out during last night's show which aired on ABC-TV. The categories are established by market size based on population as ranked by Arbitron. Entries for Broadcast Personality of the Year are judged on aircheck, ratings, community involvement, and biographical information. Candidates for Station of the Year are judged on aircheck, ratings history, community involvement, and format leadership. CMA members who are full-time, on-air personalities and CMA member radio stations in the United States and Canada were eligible. The entries are judged by a panel of distinguished broadcast professionals, representing all market sizes and regions.
Radio Show winners included (shown above L-R) National Personality of The Year: The Bobby Bones Show featuring Bobby Bones, Amy Brown, Dan "Lunchbox" Chappell & Eddie Garcia - Premiere Networks • Major Market Personality of The Year: Mike Chase & Amy Faust, KWJJ/Portland, OR • Large Market Personality of The Year: Amanda Valentine & Jesse Tack, WUBE/Cincinnati • Medium Market Personality of The Year: Natalie Cash & Matt Bradley, KWEN/Tulsa • Small Market Personality of The Year: Don Evans & DeAnn Stephens, WBUL/Lexington, KY.
Station winners included: Major Market Station of The Year: WIL/St. Louis • Large Market Station of The Year: WQDR/Raleigh • Medium Market Station of The Year: WIVK/Knoxville and Small Market Station of The Year: WYCT/Pensacola, FL.
MOTION: Suzette Rodriguez Becomes 4th Member Of Johnjay & Rich Show; Lady La Takes Afternoons At KISS-FM Phoenix; Reid Spivey Takes Over Nights At MIX 96.9 Tucson
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 9TH, 20127 –– Suzette Rodriguez's (L) schedule just got way busier as Premiere Networks announced she's been named a new co-host on The Johnjay & Rich Show. Based in Phoenix at iHeartMedia’s 104.7 KISS FM, Rodriguez joins hosts Johnjay, Rich and Kyle. Suzette, who originally filled in for co-host Kyle over the summer, will continue to host her midday show on 104.7 KISS FM in Phoenix, and the afternoon show on Hot 98.3/Tucson.
In other iHeart Phoenix news, Lady La (TL) who previously served as a weekend host for the station and as an on-air evening personality for MIX 96.9, will now air Monday through Friday from 3 to 8 p.m. beginning November 8. In addition, Reid Spivey (R)will take over as MIX 96.9’s evening on-air personality and will be heard weekdays from 7 p.m. to midnight on the station. Spivey will continue as weekend host and Assistant Program Director/Music Director for 104.7 KISS FM and MIX 96.9.
John Hancock Inks Longterm Extension With WBT Charlotte
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 9TH, 2017 –– Entercom Charlotte announced a multiyear agreement with veteran afternoon host John Hancock who was recently inducted to the WBT Hall of Fame. The “John Hancock” show will continue to air on News 1110AM and 99.3FM WBT from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. “John represents one of the most unique radio personalities in America today” said Matt Hanlon, Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Charlotte. “He’s a WBT Hall of Famer and still delivers a contemporary message every day that the listeners can count on.”
“This contract pretty much guarantees I’ll retire at WBT” said John Hancock. “I couldn’t be more excited to continue my 27 year run, and I’m thrilled to be a part of the new Entercom that is emerging from the CBS merger. Special thanks to the people of Charlotte who have allowed me so much success. I am proud to be part of the 95 year old legacy of ‘The Great Colossus of the South’, WBT.” John Hancock began his career at WBT in 1990. Over the 27 year run, John has been heard during almost every shift and currently resides in the afternoon position. Earlier this year, Hancock was inducted to the WBT Hall of Fame and carries the distinction as the only Hall of Fame Member who is still actively broadcasting.
The Woody Show To Be Heard On AFN
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 9TH, 2017 –– Premiere Networks announced that The Woody Show will join the American Forces Network (AFN). Effective Monday, November 13, the top-rated, syndicated morning show will be added to the lineup on AFN Radio’s alternative music channel, Freedom Radio. The Woody Show, which broadcasts from iHeartMedia’s Alt 98.7 in Los Angeles, will be available to more than 375,000 American service men and women, Department of Defense civilians and their families stationed at bases and American Embassies and Consulates in 175 countries and 200 U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command ships at sea.
“We all owe a tremendous amount of gratitude to the men and women who serve in our military,” shared Woody. “To know that The Woody Show can, in some small way, give them the opportunity to stay connected to life back home is humbling. We are honored that American Forces Network asked us to be a part of something so special.” “American Forces Network Radio is proud to bring The Woody Show to our U.S. military serving overseas as they listen to our alternative music channel Freedom Radio,” says AFN Radio Director, Scott Stover. “We thank The Woody Show for partnering with AFN to ‘serve those that serve’ so far from home.”
EVENT: The Breakfast Club To Hold All-Day Radiothon 'Gathering For Justice
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 9TH, 2017 – iHeartMedia’s The Breakfast Club announced today #Change4Change, an all-day radiothon to benefit The Gathering for Justice, an organization whose mission is to eliminate racial inequalities, social injustice and child incarceration. The #Change4Change radiothon will broadcast on Thursday, November 16, 2017 during The Breakfast Club from 6 – 10 a.m. local time across more than 75 syndicated markets, and will continue from 10 a.m. - midnight on Power 105.1, New York’s Hip-Hop and R&B with other participating markets to be announced.
The show featuring DJ Envy, Angela Yee and Charlamagne Tha God will host the #Change4Change radiothon and encourage listeners to donate in support of The Gathering for Justice, a charity that sponsors movements such as The Women’s March, Justice League NYC and Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Camp. The broadcast fundraiser will also feature interviews with celebrities and representatives from charities fighting for equality and social justice, as well as inform listeners how to get involved in their local community’s efforts to help promote equality and unity for all.
The Rise Guys Go 28 Hours For Toy Drive
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 9TH, 2017 –– Mattman, Nine, Paige, FatBoy and Jeff Lewis Neal invite listeners to help the kids of the by joining them for the 28 Hour Broadcast starting at 6am today, November 9th 6am thru Friday, November 10th 10 AM. This year marks the 14th year of the 28 Hour Broadcast. Each year, The Rise Guys stay on the air for 28 straight hours encouraging listeners to donate to Toys for Tots.
The event will feature entertainment by The Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Monster Jam, autographed sports and entertainment memorabilia including guitars, and other prizes. This year marks the 14th year of The Rise Guys' 28-hour Broadcast.
Brooks, Stapleton Among Top Winners At CMA Awards
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BUSINESS: iHeartMedia Reports Q3 Consolidated Revenue Down 1.9%
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 8TH, 2017 –– iHeartMedia, Inc. today reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2017. “As a true multi-platform, 21st-century media company, we continue to expand the innovative ways for us to engage consumers and to reinvent how we do business with our advertising and marketing partners,” said Bob Pittman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of iHeartMedia, Inc. “At our iHeartMedia business, in addition to building out a data-first programmatic advertising platform, we are continually growing our content offerings, including iHeartRadio's podcast platform, with virtually all of the top 200 U.S. podcasts. At Americas outdoor and International outdoor, we are both expanding our digital footprint and enhancing our automated ad-buying and data analytics and attribution capabilities to generate better results for our partners.”
Rich Bressler, President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer said: “Our consolidated revenues and operating income declined in the third quarter. However, the iHeartMedia segment extended its year-over-year revenue growth to eighteen consecutive quarters. We continue to be committed to balancing financial discipline with investments in data, programmatic and attribution to grow our businesses while staying focused on improving our capital structure.” PHOTO/alamy SEE COMPLETE REPORT HERE
[WATCH] Craig Carton Breaks Silence: 'The Last Two Months Have Been Hell'
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 8TH, 2017 –– After nearly two months of silence, former WFAN/NY sports host Craig Carton finally broke his silence on Monday with USA TODAY's Martin Rogers. Following his arrest on Sept. 6 for alleged involvement in a Ponzi scheme involving concert tickets, he was suspended from The Boomer and Carton Show that he co-hosted for a decade with Boomer Esiason. Carton resigned a week later. “It is killing me,” Carton told Rogers from his attorney’s offices near Wall Street. “I made my living speaking and being opinionated on whatever it was I was speaking about. Now I am the focus of that. I am the subject that people are talking about. It is extraordinarily frustrating. It is maddening. It was beyond difficult to keep my lips tight for the last two months.”
According to his attorney Robert Gottlieb, Carton will plead “not guilty” at his arraignment on (today). Gottlieb said last week that Carton will “fight these false charges with every ounce of his being.” Although the fight has just begun, Carton said the accusations have had a deep impact on him, his wife Kim and their four children. “It is devastating,” Carton said. “There is no other word for it. It has thrown my entire life upside down -- As far as the personal toll, I was employed for 10 years at my dream job. I have no income now. My life unfortunately is kind of on hold. The last two months have been hell.” But Carton does have supporters. NJ Gov. Chris Christie is among them. In a telephone conversation with USA TODAY Sports, Christie spoke of their close friendship, which stretches back 13 years to when Carton was on the radio on Jersey 101.5. “I believe in Craig and I believe in his goodness as a person,” Christie said. “I asked him when this all broke to be honest with me and he said he has done nothing wrong and he is the victim here. Craig has never lied to me before and so if a friend of mine tells me they are being wronged and I believe them – and I do believe Craig – (then) friendship is not just for good times but for difficult times too. That’s when you need to stand up.”
Christie appeared as both guest and stand-in co-host on Carton’s show in the past. As a former federal prosecutor, has urged Carton to have faith in the system. “I have explained this to him,” Christie said. “There is a process you have to go through here. I still believe in the process. I told him there are no shortcuts on this, it is never fun or easy, but this is how it works.” SEE/WATCH STORY HERE
STUDY: Radio Most Trusted News Source
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 8TH, 2017 –– NuVoodoo Media Services revealed in its latest NuVoodoo Ratings Prospects Study of nearly 3,000 persons 14-54 across all PPM markets revealed that people largely trust local radio to give them timely and accurate news. The NuVoodoo study further showed that this perception is strong across a broad ideological spectrum. In the NuVoodoo Ratings Prospect Study, respondents were asked the question:"On a scale of "0" to "10," where "0" is no trust at all and "10" is complete trust, how much do you trust these sources to give you timely and accurate news?"
Respondents rated a list of 20 media outlets, which are shown below. When NuVoodoo’s consumer research specialists ranked the mean scores for all the news sources listed, they found that “Your local news radio station” ranked number one across the sample. Tied for number one in the sample was “Your daily local newspaper”. When NuVoodoo filtered responses down to the groups likely to accept a meter or diary to play the Nielsen game, “Your local news radio station” becomes a solid number one - ahead of “Your daily local newspaper” as the single most trusted source for timely and accurate news.
Carolyn Gilbert, President, NuVoodoo Media Services, said: “The bottom line is that listeners still trust the radio stations they rely on for news and information. In addition to these findings from our recent NuVoodoo Ratings Prospect Study, we've yet to see a market study where there's not significant consumer interest in weather and traffic reports, even on music stations. Gilbert concluded: “Local radio is a platform with continued goodwill in the community. Listeners are interested in things that will impact their lives directly. That can be a powerful combination.”
NIELSEN: Holiday Music A Hit Beyond AC; Country, Classic Hits In The Mix
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 7TH, 2017 –– Holiday music continues to grow in popularity each year and radio stations across America are switching their format to all-Christmas programming earlier each year. But who are the fans of Holiday Music? Are people only listening on the radio or streaming? Which formats are marking the switch?
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 8TH, 2017 –– Holiday music grows in popularity each year, and it’s rooted in what many consider to be the classic era of the genre, the 1950s and 1960s. For many Americans, simply hearing those timeless versions of some of the most popular holiday songs is enough to set the mood each year. But despite that enduring demand for the classics, there is a lot about holiday music that you probably don’t know, and Nielsen found some commonly held myths that are quite easy to dispel by combining Nielsen’s portable people meter (PPM) radio trends on the all-Christmas format along with airplay, sales and streaming data for holiday songs, and insights into holiday music fans themselves.
First up, the myth that because the classics endure, only older people must like holiday music. Nielsen’s Music 360 report is a yearly in-depth study of American music consumers which allows us to focus on those who noted that they often listen to holiday music—the holiday music fan. Their profile might surprise you: More than a third of holiday music fans are Millennials… the largest of any generation. In each of the past few years, more than 500 stations have gone to holiday programming on or around Thanksgiving, and in many markets, Adult Contemporary (AC) stations are the obvious choices to make the flip. But, this format is not the exclusive domain of AC radio. In 2016, AC stations accounted for just over half of the airplay of all holiday music (53%), while the remaining 47% came from a combination of other popular formats, including Country, Classic Hits and even Hot AC. When holiday programming hits the radio dial, things change. Findings from this article were sourced from the Nielsen U.S. Music 360 Report, Nielsen BDSRadio and Music Connect, and Nielsen Audio PPM Market data. Radio data used in this article is inclusive of multicultural audiences.
PROGRAMMING: 'Big Chris' Hart Named PD For KNEV-FM Vegas
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 8TH, 2017 –– Cumulus Media has appointed Chris Hart (known on-air as “Big Chris” Hart) as Program Director for Classic Hip Hop radio station KNEV-FM/95.5 The Vibe in Reno, NV. A 15-year veteran of Reno radio, Hart was previously Program Director and Afternoon On-Air Host for KWFP-FM in Reno, following a decade at KUUB-FM in Reno. Jennifer Odom, Vice President/Marketing Manager, Cumulus Media-Reno, said: "I'm excited to have Chris join our team in Reno. Chris brings years of experience and a winning attitude, which bodes well with our FORCE values here at Cumulus."
Hart said: "This is one of those opportunities that you dream about in this business. I've competed against and known the Cumulus team in Reno for 17 years now. Now, it's my distinct pleasure to be joining the best team around and do some great, fun, plain ol' kick butt radio with Cumulus, KNEV and the good people of the greatest market in the universe, RENO!"
EXECUTIVE ACTION: JācappsDoubles Staff In Past Year
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 8TH, 2017 –– The mobile application space is growing, and jācapps has recently made several important personnel moves to accommodate its continuing expansion. The company has more than doubled its staff in the past year as it enjoys significant growth in all business categories, including radio, logistics, health care, travel and tourism, and others. “Each of these moves enables jācapps to invest time and resources to develop new products as well as providing our clients with outstanding service,” comments jācapps President Paul Jacobs. “Our rapidly expanding list of clients is expecting more from us, from websites to new platforms, and of course, great mobile applications, and this expanded team is up to the challenge.” Effective today, jācapps is pleased to announce:
Jody Messinger (TL) has been promoted to VP, Operations. “Jody joined us almost two years ago as Director of Production and her impact on how we operate was instantaneous and has allowed us to scale the way we have,” said company COO, Bob Kernen. “This promotion will allow Jody to further expand her impact on the growth of jācapps by taking on an expanded range of responsibilities. She’s proven herself again and again, and we’re delighted to recognize that.”
Ben Levy (C) has been promoted to Director of Software Architecture. Kernen said, “Ben has always been one of our go-to guys when it comes to new technical challenges and opportunities and it’s time that becomes his primary focus instead of a side gig.”
Nathan Turner (TR) has joined jācapps as Director of Product Development. Nathan joins jācapps from his previous position as head of UI/UX design at web development firm, Entrega. These moves cap a year where jācapps has expanded all areas of the business, including design, UX, development, customer service, and business development. “jācapps is a Detroit success story,” remarks Jacobs. Founded in Detroit in 2008, jācapps is a leading mobile application developer, which has developed more than 1,000 apps that have generated over 28 million downloads worldwide. For more information, visit www.jacapps.com.
Radio's Rich Berra Pens Children's Book
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 8TH, 2017 –– Rich Berra, nationally syndicated radio host of iHeart Media’s Johnjay and Rich Show, debuts The Tale of Christmas Steve, a hilarious and heartwarming holiday children’s book. The whimsical story about a Christmas elf is a timely reminder that everyone has something unique to offer — no matter the outside package. “I wanted to share a story that I used to tell my kids,” said Berra. “When I started writing, it started rhyming; then Christmas Steve took on a life of his own. The magic of Christmas is alive — and I hope people feel it.”
Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Rich Berra has been in radio since he was 14 years old. He cofounded the #LoveUp Foundation, which focuses on enriching the lives of children in the foster care system and supporting children and families in need. The Tale of Christmas Steve is his first book. Illustrated by Design Art Studio and published by Branded Pros, the 32-page hardcover book is available for purchase at HERE and on Amazon. Proceeds benefit the Johnjay and Rich Christmas Wish program, a division of #LoveUp, which provides food, clothing, comfort and holiday presents to those in need. Currently available for pre-order, The Tale of Christmas Steve drops this Thanksgiving.
EVENTS: KQRS/Minneapolis To Honor Veterans With Military Guest DJ's
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 8TH, 2017 –– Beginning Saturday morning with a series of guests including World War II veterans, Purple Heart recipients, along with members of the Freedom Alliance and The Real Warriors, Cumulus' KQRS will talk with representatives from the American Legion discussing their “Shop, Ship & Share” initiative where consumers can donate needed items to our troops and have them shipped overseas during the holidays. Starting at 10am until 6pm, each hour will feature an “Honorary Military Guest DJ”. In October, KQRS encouraged listeners to nominate a Veteran to enjoy a unique experience of being on KQRS playing music, sharing stories and shout outs to friends and family. Each “honorary guest DJ” will receive a digital download of their radio show as a keepsake and to share with friends, family and military colleagues. Military Guest DJ’s are listed HERE
The Military Takeover was an idea developed by Scott Jameson, Operations Manager for Cumulus Media’s KQRS in Minneapolis who routinely reads “Military Tributes” on the KQRS Morning Show recognizing retired and active duty Minnesota military personnel. Jameson states, “I wanted to do something special for the Vets who have been so loyal to KQRS all these years. Hosting your own radio show is once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that will be a lot of fun for the Vets and for our listeners.”
More Bad News For Weinstein; Meet The Newest Funko Pops
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Entercom Revises Management Titles; Announces New Leadership Members
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 7TH, 2017 – "From day one of the merger announcement, we have said that we wanted to assemble the best team in the business," announced Entercom COO Weezie Kramer in a company memo. "Regardless of whether you wear an Entercom jersey, a CBS jersey, or one from the opposing team – we want to make sure that we have the best starting line up on opening day. To that end, I wanted to share some important announcements regarding Regional Presidents, Market Managers, and our Operating Advisory Board. Last week, we passed the DOJ regulatory hurdles and are able to officially announce our new market leadership team." Kramer went to say that Entercom Market Managers will be elevated to Senior Vice President to be consistent with CBS title nomenclature. Additionally all Entercom Regionals will receive the President title.
This move means that Doug Abernethy (R) and Susan Larkin (L) will be joined by Dave Alpert, Mark Hannon and Brian Purdy. Doug will become a full time Regional President, overseeing Miami, Orlando, Gainesville, Atlanta, Denver, Greensboro, Greenville, Charlotte, Houston, Austin, Richmond, and Norfolk. Susan will take on the Market Manager responsibilities for Entercom San Francisco, in addition to her regional oversight of Riverside, Sacramento and San Diego. Susan and Doug will report to me. In addition to his Kansas City Market Manager responsibilities, Dave Alpert will oversee Madison, Milwaukee, St. Louis and Wichita. In addition to his Dallas Market Manager responsibilities, Brian Purdy will have regional oversight of Las Vegas, New Orleans, Chattanooga and Memphis.
IN OTHER MOVES -- Michael Doyle, President of Sales Operations/Regional President, will have regional responsibility for Cleveland, Detroit, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, Rochester and Seattle. --Mark Hannon will report to Michael Doyle, with Market Manager responsibilities for Boston and regional oversight of Buffalo, Washington DC and Wilkes-Barre. Keriann Worley, the CBS VP/Director of Sales in Miami, will move to the SVP Market Manager position in Miami, managing a new lineup of stations and succeeding Doug Abernethy. -- Bennett Zier gains the added responsibility of managing the Richmond market as well as Norfolk and will become the SVP Market Manager Entercom Virginia.
Chicago's Beloved Jimmy deCastro Among New Additions To Entercom
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 7TH, 2017 –– Earlier in the year, Entercom made leadership changes in Portland and New Orleans, and announced Bill Ashenden and Chris Wegmann as its respective SVP Market Managers in each city. Entercom will have new SVP Market Managers in Denver, Los Angeles and Chicago and welcome John Fullam as the new Market Manager of Entercom Denver. -- Jeff Federman is back as the new SVP Market Manager of Los Angeles. In Chicago, Entercom's new SVP Market Manager is long time Chicago media executive and entrepreneur, Jimmy deCastro. In his new role, deCastro will oversee the market's seven-station cluster.-- Phil Zachary will assume the SVP Market Manager role in Hartford, and oversee Providence, and Springfield.
Out west, Bob Bolinger will own the SVP Market Manager responsibilities for the combined CBS/ETM stations in San Diego. Peter Schwartz will join the San Diego sales leadership team as a General Sales Manager. -- In Atlanta, Rick Caffey will remain as the SVP Market Manager of the combined CBS/ETM portfolio. -- Mike Fowler will join him as the VP Sales. -- Jack Hutchison will retain the responsibilities of SVP Market Manager managing our new footprint in Seattle. -- Lance Richard will be SVP Market Manager over our new combined CBS/Entercom cluster in Sacramento. And, finally, -- Dan Kearney will take on the SVP Market Manager responsibilities of Las Vegas.
All SVP Market Managers and the new Regional Presidents will have a chance to get to know one another when they meet later this week in Chicago. PHOTO/JIMMY DECASTRO
Greg Ashlock & Hartley Adkins Rise To National Posts At iHeart
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 7TH, 2017 –– iHeartMedia has elevated Greg Ashlock and Hartley Adkins as the next step in the evolution of the iHeartMedia Markets Group. Ashlock, previously President of iHeartMedia Markets Group West Division who also served as the senior business leader representing the company in the West, has been named President of the iHeartMedia Markets Group. In addition, Hartley Adkins, who most recently served as President of Northeast Division and Corporate Operations for the iHeartMedia Markets Group, has been named President of Integrated Revenue Strategy. In his new role, Ashlock will now manage the entire iHeartMedia Markets Group, including the company’s more than 850 radio stations in over 150 markets.
Division Presidents Kevin LeGrett and Tom McConnell will continue in their roles and report directly to Ashlock. Ashlock and Adkins will report to Bob Pittman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of iHeartMedia, Inc. and Richard J. Bressler, President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer for iHeartMedia, Inc. “We created our iHeartMedia Markets Group to bring decision-making and resources closer to our markets. This is the next step in that evolution to a fully-empowered Markets Group and is a reflection of the success we’ve had so far, not only in our Divisions but with our new Region President structure,” said Pittman.
WBZ-AM Boston's New Owner Tells Employees To Re-Apply For Positions
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 7TH, 2017 –– The company acquiring Boston's WBZ-AM has indicated employees at the station will have to re-apply for their positions, reports The Boston Globe. And the company does not plan to honor two union contracts. In a letter sent Thursday to a union official, an attorney for iHeartMedia said that the company “will interview and consider for employment for on-air announcers and off-air production staff currently employed by CBS at WBZ-AM.” The letter goes on to say that iHeartMedia “will not be assuming the two collective bargaining agreements between CBS Radio” and the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, SAG-AFTRA.
Tom Higgins, a Boston-based national director for SAG-AFTRA, said he hoped the letter represented a “misstep.” A handful of iHeartMedia managers who visited the station Thursday said they wanted the station’s transition to new ownership to be seamless. In a phone interview Friday night, Higgins said, “This sure doesn’t sound like seamless.” Higgins said he forwarded the letter to WBZ staff on Friday. The station’s employees, he said, were in “total disbelief.”
Higgins estimated that between 75 and 100 employees, including on-air talent, writers, producers, editors, and production assistants, would be affected. “WBZ is a desirable commodity because it’s a very successful radio station,” said Higgins. “They do what they do well and they generate revenue. I don’t expect a company coming in would come in to sabotage that success.” He added that he did not think iHeartMedia has “any intention of gutting” the station. WBZ is among those Boston stations slated to get new owners under a deal that was aimed at winning federal approval of Entercom Communications Corp.’s merger with CBS Radio. As part of that deal, iHeartMedia would own WBZ-AM and classic rock staple 100.7 WZLX, while Entercom would get stations in other cities.
PROGRAMMING: Shawn Stevens Tapped To Program KCYE-FM Las Vegas
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 7TH, 2017 –– Beasley has appointed Shawn Stevens as the new Program Director at KCYE-FM in Las Vegas. The well-respected industry veteran, with close ties to the Nashville community, has spent the past twenty years in Salt Lake City, serving most recently as Program Director/On-Air at (Country) KUBL-FM. Prior to that, he worked at KBEE-FM and KKAT-FM in the market. In addition, Stevens did on-air and programming stints at KXKL-FM and KZDG-FM in Denver, KXRX-FM in Seattle and WRTH-AM in St. Louis.
“We searched for a very long time to find the perfect PD fit for KCYE,” said Beasley Media Group Las Vegas Operations Manager John Candelaria. “Shawn’s total understanding of the format, his vision for KCYE-FM and his friendly attitude is tailor made for the Beasley Las Vegas culture. Shawn brings a wealth of knowledge and with his leadership abilities, 102.7 the Coyote will continue to grow to new heights.” “The Beasley culture is well-known in the industry and I’m thrilled to be joining a solid broadcast family that shares my passion for this business,” said Stevens. “My thanks to Executive Vice President of Programming Justin Chase, Vice President & Market Manager Tom Humm and Operations Manager John Candelaria for giving me the opportunity to lead the resilient team at KCYE.”
ON-AIR: The Ed Martin Movement Coming To KXFN 'The Answer' St. Louis
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 7TH, 2017 ––The Salem Media Group announced yesterday that starting on Nov. 13, one of STL's most persistent political figures, Ed Martin, will host his own radio show on KXFN-AM 1380/The Answer (which also airs on 105.3 FM). Dubbed "The Ed Martin Movement," the show will air 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays
Station general manager Greg Lhamon tells St. Louis Today that Martin's role as a CNN commentator was one reason for hiring him. "We looked at a lot of options for afternoons, but no other host had their finger on the pulse of national, statewide, and local politics like Ed Martin," Lhamon said. Martin was the chairman of the Missouri Republican Party from 2013 to 2015, and has run unsuccessfully for the U.S. Congress and state attorney general.
HONORS: George Noory Among Honorees For St. Louis Media Hall Of Fame; BFOA Bestows Emily L. Barr With Golden Mike
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 7TH, 2017 –– Legendary news reporters, editors, photographers, broadcasters, ground-breaking filmmakers, and shapers of public opinion are among the 22 inductees of the 2018 class of the St. Louis Media Hall of Fame. They will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at a gala on Saturday, March 17, at St. Louis City Center hotel, 400 South 14th Street, in downtown St. Louis. Among the radio honorees include George Noory: Host of “Coast to Coast AM, will also be honored. Noory is a longtime St. Louisan, a former news director at KSDK-TV, and a former late-night host on KTRS Radio. Other radio notables include George “The G” Logan: A popular radio DJ in the mid-1950s on KXLW in St. Louis, “The G’s” style of broadcasting and imitation of Black radio helped lay the foundation for what would become “rock and roll radio” here and across the country.
-- The Broadcasters Foundation of America announced that Emily L. Barr, President and Chief Executive Officer of Graham Media Group, will receive the 2018 Golden Mike Award on Monday, March 5, 2018, at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. The annual black-tie gala is a major fundraiser for the Broadcasters Foundation, the only charity devoted exclusively to helping broadcasters in acute need.
“It is an honor to receive this award from the Broadcasters Foundation of America, and I am grateful to the Board for their commitment to our colleagues in need,” said Barr. “This year, the Broadcasters Foundation rose to the challenge of helping so many of our colleagues who were impacted by hurricanes, floods, and wildfires. With the generous support of broadcasters across the country, the Foundation can continue to make a difference in the lives of those who find themselves in devastating circumstances.” “Emily is a consummate broadcaster, whose leadership and service to the industry and the communities that the Graham stations serve are commendable,” said Dan Mason, Chairman of the Broadcasters Foundation. “We are proud to honor her and recognize her accomplishments.” For more information, please visit www.broadcastersfoundation.org, call 212-373-8250, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
[WATCH] Landecker Honored In Chicago
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 7TH, 2017 –– Following yesterday's coverage and photos of the recent NRHOF induction ceremony, we were happy to get this special video from Radio's Best Friend, Art Vuolo, of John Records Landecker FINALLY receiving his award from longtime Chicago broadcaster and former Landecker cohort on The Big 89 WLS, Bob Sirott.
Vuolo tells Jockline, "I shot it with my own camera and a direct audio feed right out of the sound board, so it should look and sound pretty good. Apologies for any instabilities, I didn't bring my tripod...but it's better than just using a cell phone. It's been a big couple of weeks for hot news in Chicago. First the NRHOF class of 2017, plus yesterday's news of the return of Jimmy deCastro to head Entercom's Cluster. Did we forget to include our shameless plug that Morning Show Boot Camp will be presenting its 30th Annual Event in the Windy City next August 9 & 10 at the luxurious Sheraton Grand Chicago? WATCH LANDECKER INDUCTION HERE
SNAPS: KRBE's Roula Joins Astro's Victory Parade; Hangs With 'Altuve!'
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 7TH, 2017 –– Make no doubt about it, Houston is still in Astromania fever following its first-ever World Series victory. Among the many is KRBE/Houston's Roula, of The Roula And Ryan Show. She tells Jockline, "I was in the Astros Victory Parade Friday in downtown Houston! A million Houstonians showed up to show our Astros how excited we are as a City! I had the honor of riding along with Hall of Famers Craig Biggio, Jeff Bagwell and Jose Cruuuuuz!! It Was Truly a milestone moment for me personally and for the city as a whole."
She added, "That Sunday, I went back to Minute Maid Park to have a meet up with (probable League MVP) Jose Altuve!! (TL) He was awesome and gave my 3 year old son a high five too. What an all around solid guy- so genuine and warm hearted. These Astros- what a chemistry!"
Ryan Seacrest Announces 'Idol Premiere Date
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'In The Midst Of Greatness,' NRHOF Class Of 2017 Takes Center Stage In Chicago
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 6TH, 2017 –– The 29th Annual National Radio Hall of Fame class of 2017 induction ceremony was an emotionally filled evening that wasn’t short on laughs, standing ovations and reflection. Host Dave Ramsey welcomed the sold-out crowd and commented, “We’re sitting in the midst of greatness tonight.” He spoke about the business being both art and science. Bill Handel was first to receive his honor. In a humorous video tribute, Chairman/CEO iHeartMedia Bob Pitman, Big Boy, Premiere Networks President Julie Talbott, Program Director/KFI-AM 640 Robin Bertolucci and others congratulated Handel. In his acceptance speech, he acknowledged his audience saying “I have one person I’m talking to, just a million times. Radio is truly a magic medium.”
President/CEO of Entercom David Field then introduced his father Joseph Field (L) on the eve of “one of the largest radio mergers in the history of the industry.” David said, “What I most admire about my Dad is who he is as a human being. He’s the model of honesty and decency. Working together with my Dad has been rewarding and fulfilling.” Joseph stated, “I know I wouldn’t be receiving this honor tonight without David’s extraordinary record.” John Records Landecker talked about knowing “radio’s best friend” Art Vuolo, since high school and that Art shared with him on the red carpet that Nov. 2 was the 97th anniversary of radio in the U. S., making the event more special. Tom Barnard (R) said “I care deeply about my family and friends. You all keep me on the straight and narrow by threatening me, which is a good thing!” He went on to say “it’s about working with great people” and that he plans to be around “until I drop dead, I love [radio] so much. Thank you for including me in this club. I’m not even religious, but let me say this…God bless all of you.” Then NRHOF Chairman Kraig Kitchin surprised Dave Ramsey with a special presentation of his 2015 induction portrait which he couldn’t accept in person due to a commitment he made to speak in front of 4,000 of his fans. Sean Hannity and Robin Quivers, who were unable to attend, were inducted. PHOTO/L-R, Kraig Kitchin, John Records Landecker, Joseph Field, Bobby Bones, Tom Barnard, Bill Handel & Bruce DuMont.
CMA Lifts Media Restrictions For Awards Show; Issues Apology Following Backlash
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 6TH, 2017 –– The Country Music Association lifted its controversial restrictions on the media at this week's CMA Awards, following widespread criticism. "CMA apologizes for the recently distributed restrictions in the CMA Awards media guidelines, which have since been lifted," the organization announced in a press release Friday. The sentiment was not to infringe and was created with the best of intentions to honor and celebrate Country Music." Before issuing its release, The CMA had asked media outlets to avoid questions about the recent mass shooting in Las Vegas, gun rights or political affiliations at the awards show, or risk losing their credentials and being escorted by security off the premises reported USA Today.
Among the policy's many critics was Brad Paisley, who has co-hosted the show for the last decade. "I'm sure the CMA will do the right thing and rescind these ridiculous and unfair press guidelines," Paisley wrote on Twitter on Friday. The singer praised the organization once they reversed the policy, tweeting, "Bravo CMA awards for doing the right thing (and) apologizing for this mistake. All are welcome, let's have a great show." In their original media guidelines, the association said the restrictions were "out of respect for the artists directly or indirectly involved" and they wanted everyone "to feel comfortable talking to press." Media who strayed from the guidelines could have their credentials "potentially revoked via security escort." The 51st Annual Awards Show takes place this Wednesday, Nov. 8th 8|7c on ABC. PHOTOS/CMA screengrab
Former Sports Host Craig Carton Lists 4.39 Acre NJ Mansion For $2.4 Million
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 6TH, 2017 –– Craig Carton, the former co-host of the popular Boomer & Carton Show on WFAN, NYC, has listed his Chester Township, NJ, mansion for $2.4 million. Carton left the show last month after he was charged with securities and wire fraud in connection with a concert ticket Ponzi scheme. According the Realtor.com, The 4.39-acre property features a house with six bedrooms, seven bathrooms, and two half-baths. The home features a grand entry foyer, eat-in kitchen, wood-paneled library, formal dining room, family room, and five fireplaces. The master suite has a private balcony. There's also a 12-seat home theater and two game rooms. Outside there's a heated saltwater pool and sport court.
Carton began his career in 1991 before arriving at WFAN,“The Fan in 2007,” which became the highest-rated show in the station’s history. He co-hosted along with Boomer Esiason who now anchors the show. Following last month's allegations, Carton called the legal issues “unfounded.” PHOTOS/realtor.com
PROGRAMMING: Matt Nahigian Named PD For San Francisco's KGMZ-FM
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 6TH, 2017 –– Entercom San Francisco officially announced the appointment of Matt Nahigian as Program Director for KGMZ, 95.7 The Game. “I want to thank Susan Larkin, Pat Paxton and David Field for the opportunity to join the Entercom family. Their leadership and success with all of their stations across the country is second to none,” said Matt Nahigian. “Being able to join the team at 95.7 The Game, which has a terrific lineup and great sports partnerships, is extremely exciting.”
Nahigian was most recently the Program Director at 97.5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia for over ten years. During that time, he helped the station transition from AM 950 to 97.5 FM and obtained the rights to the Philadelphia 76ers and Philadelphia Flyers, partnered with ESPN in addition to bringing top-rated talent to the station. He began his career at 1 on 1 Sports based out of Chicago.
ON-AIR: Brian Peck Takes Over Middays At WJMK FM Chicago; Jeffrey T. Mason Moves Over To Afternoons
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 6TH, 2017 –– Brian Peck (L) takes middays at WJMK FM Chicago/K-Hits as current midday host Jeffrey T. Mason shifts To afternoons reports blogger, Robert Feder. Mason takes over for Gary Spears (R), who left last month to move to Florida. Dave Fogel (R) continues in mornings.
“Adding Brian to K-Hits gives us a unique opportunity to reset our on-air lineup with three veteran Chicago voices, all perfectly suited for their dayparts,” Greg Solk, PD/OM. “Brian is a great fit for K-Hits and Chicago listeners will be thrilled to have him back on the air,” Solk said in a statement. Peck, who’s been on Chicago radio since 1992, hosted mornings on Hubbard Radio adult contemporary WSHE FM 100.3 until late last year.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Chuck Bortnick Takes SVP Post For Gen Media Partners
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 6TH, 2017 –– Gen Media Partners (GMP) has hired noted radio executive Chuck Bortnick to the newly created position of Senior Vice President, Integrated Platforms. Kevin Garrity, GMP’s Chief Executive Officer, stated, “At GMP, we’re fortunate to be in a position that allows us to grow and take advantage of opportunities that we create or are made available to us. Chuck shares our company’s vision for radio’s growth across all sectors and has the background to play an instrumental role in our continued expansion. I am pleased to welcome him to the GMP family.”
“Kevin’s foresight about radio’s prospects has fueled his team with innovative ideas, and I am excited to join them,” said Bortnick. “I look forward to bringing my experience and strengths to GMP, as we expand our platforms during the next phase of our growth.” An accomplished radio executive with network, regional, and station management experience, Bortnick was Chief Operating Officer of Westwood One and Chief Operating Officer and President of Metro Networks. He was Regional Vice President for several of Cumulus Media’s regions in NY, CT, TX, and LA, He led CBS Radio’s WFAN, NY, as its Vice President and General Manager and was Executive Vice President, Jack Radio, at SparkNet Communications.
FORMATICS: B98.7 Tampa Filps To All-Christmas
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 6TH, 2017 –– Beasley announced beginning today, the new b98.7 will become Tampa Bay’s new official Christmas Station, playing all Christmas music from now through Christmas Day. “Kristi and I are big fans of Christmas music and the memories that it brings to so many people,” said Program Director and Morning Show Host Chadd Thomas.
Morning Show Co-Host Kristi added, “This year, especially, with the devastation from all of the hurricanes, the Las Vegas tragedy and all of the bad news stories, there are a lot of people that are craving the comfort that the Christmas season brings more than ever. We are thrilled to be able to provide that.” Beasley Media Group Tampa officially launched the new B98.7 on January 5th.
NETWORKS: WWO And Cumulus Join With CMA Awards For 5-Hour Special
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 6TH, 2017 –– Westwood One and Cumulus Media are the official national radio partners for “The 51st Annual CMA Awards” and will offer to radio stations across the country five full hours of exciting programming and exclusive content celebrating Country Music’s best music and brightest stars. Beginning at 7:00pm EST, “Westwood One Backstage at the CMAs will offer complete coverage of “The 51st Annual CMA Awards on ABC”
“Countdown to the 2017 CMA Awards” Show and “The 2017 CMA Awards Wrap Up Show”, Both Hosted by NASH Nights Live Stars Shawn Parr and Elaina Smith. “The 51st Annual CMA Awards” airs live Wednesday, November 8, 2017, on ABC-TV from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN. Country superstars Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will preside over the evening, returning as hosts for the 10th consecutive year.
Benztown Teams With P1 Media For 2018 Top 50 Imaging List
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 6TH, 2017 –– Benztown will release the fourth annual Benztown 50 List of Radio’s Biggest Imaging Voices, the radio industry’s exclusive listing of the top 50 voiceover artists in the U.S. and Canada. The Benztown 50 list will be based on several criteria, including number of radio station affiliates, station size and market. Benztown has partnered with P1 Media Group to compile and analyze industry data that will be the foundation for this distinction. The list is currently in development and will be released to the industry in early February 2018. Voice talent can apply for the Benztown 50 from now through December 1, 2017 at: www.benztown.com/50.
Dave “Chachi” Denes, Benztown President, said: “To stand out in a media environment where there are more consumer choices than ever before, captivating, great sounding audio content is the single biggest driver of success. Expert voiceover creates excitement and interest while defining brands in an instant. As a company defined by the highest quality audio content and branding, we are proud to provide the quintessential platform for the industry’s biggest voices with the Benztown 50, giving these outstanding professionals and artists the credit they deserve. We look forward to sharing the results.” Ken Benson, Partner, P1 Media Group said: “P1 is proud to continue our partnership with Benztown to honor the amazing imaging voices heard on radio throughout the U.S. and Canada. These voices fill the airwaves 24/7/365 and play a vital role delivering a unique audio signature. We look forward to sharing the names of these all too familiar voices and providing them the recognition they truly deserve.” For more information, visit www.benztown.com/50, or contact Masa Patterson at email@example.com and at (818) 842-4600.
SNAPS: Blake Shelton Invades USRN NY
Blake Shelton's new album "TEXOMA SHORE" came out today (11-3), and yesterday, in anticipation of that release and during a whirlwind week of promotional appearances in New York on TV and elsewhere, Blake Shelton stopped by the United Stations Radio Networks studios to chat with dozens of radio stations around the country and also with the network's EVP/Programming Andy Denemark.
Pictured on the attached from that session are Blake Shelton (seated), and L-R standing, Andy Denemark, John Esposito, Chairman and CEO of Warner Music Nashville, and Chad Schultz, VP Original Content & Radio Marketing for WMN.
Swift Sets Album Pre-Sale Record; Diddy Changes Name
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NIELSEN: Americans Now Spend Over 32 Hours A Week Listening To Music
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 3RD, 2017 –– On average, Americans spend just over 32 hours a week listening to music in 2017, up 5.5 hours over last year reports Nielsen. How is this possible? Technology. At home, at work and traveling in between, people are consuming more music than ever before, from more devices.
New technology and the latest gadgets allow listeners to seamlessly engage with music anywhere, anytime. Smartphones, laptops and tablets are among top devices for music engagement at home, and radio still dominates in-car listening, but new technology is becoming more and more relevant.
Music listeners use an average of 3.4 devices in a typical week to engage with music (teens and Millennials average 3.8). Those who currently pay for streaming services use an average of 4.8, while weekly AM/FM radio streamers use an average of 5.5. While smartphones, laptops and television are still the most popular ways we listen to music, newer tech is becoming more mainstream, further personalizing at-home and in-car music experiences. U.S. music listeners value both quantity and quality, with 30% saying they’re willing to pay more for top-quality music technology. That number climbs to 40% among Millennials. SEE REPORT HERE
iHeart Names Dr. Michele Madansky EVP Of Research And Data Analytics Post
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 3RD, 2017 –– iHeartMedia announced that Dr. Michele Madansky will join the company as its Executive Vice President of Insights, Research and Data Analytics, effective November 27. Madansky will report to Peter Ban, Executive Vice President of Revenue & Sales Operation. “Michele has an expansive track record providing cutting edge analytics for a wide variety of today’s biggest media companies,” said Ban. “We’re thrilled she’ll be shaping our research efforts and ensuring our advertising partners are best utilizing iHeartMedia’s unparalleled reach and multiplatform assets.”
Madansky’s extensive research background includes operating her own media and market research consulting firm specializing in media and advertising. Over the past decade she has worked with some of the top media companies including BuzzFeed, ESPN, Pinterest, Time Inc., Hearst, Twitter, The New York Times, YouTube, GSN, Chegg and BabyCenter. From 2003 to 2007, Madansky served as Vice President of Global Market Research for Yahoo!; prior to joining Yahoo!, she was a managing partner at analytics consultancy Grey Insight Partners and was the first interactive specialist at advertising agency BBDO.
Atom Smasher Returns To Mornings On Candy 95/Bryan-College Station TX
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 3RD, 2017 –– Beginning Monday, November 6th, KNDE/CANDY 95 Bryan-College Station, TX will debut the "Katy and Smash" show with former Houston/Dallas radio veteran Atom Smasher reports blogger Mike McGugg. He's teaming with station program director and host Katy Dempsey for rebranded "Katy and Smash" show. "I’m excited to be with a company that still follows the fundamental rules of what radio was intended to be," Smasher said in a statement. "CANDY 95 is local and community driven. They just won a MARCONI, so I’d say they’re pretty good at it. Big thanks to General Manager, Ben Downs, for having faith in my skills and PD Katy Dempsey who has already shown herself to be one of the most dedicated/hard-working people I’ve seen. Now how long before she hates seeing my face in the morning?"
“It’s not a pretty face, but he’ll do," Dempsey added. "We are excited to introduce Atom to our audience. A large portion of our listeners are from Houston/Dallas, so it’s going to be a pleasant surprise for those who grew up with the guy. Smasher has done stints at KRBE Houston, 106.1 KISS FM Dallas, Hot 96 WSTO-FM Evansville, IN, and Mix 96.5 KHMX Houston.
KSHE 95 To Celebrate 50th Birthday With 'Where it All Began' Special
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 3RD, 2017 –– In 1967, KSHE St. Louis became one of the first radio stations in the United States to play rock music on the FM band and was a pioneer of the Album Oriented Rock radio format. In celebration of KSHE’s 50th Birthday, the 2017 NAB Marconi award winner of “Rock Station of the Year” will feature 12-hours of special programming.
“Where It All Began” will kick off with “KSHE Classics”--- 6A-10A Favorite St. Louis rock from the KSHE archives ... Mark Klose visits with the KMRS for a “Stories 2” sneak peek with “Klose’s Kut Above” @ 9A / Classic imaging /“Nights at White Castle” “American Woman”--- 10A-11A A show originally hosted by our beloved “Rocktogenarian” Ruth Hutchinson ... We’ll highlight the SHE in KSHE with music from female rock artists throughout the decades “The 60’s @ KSHE”--- 11A-Noon Bob Dylan, Beatles, Beachboys and… “The Lunch Show w/ Dessert”--- Noon-1P Rock exclusively from 2 of KSHE’s quintessential artists or themes “Just 1967”---1P-3P What a great year for rock music releases! We’ll highlight the monsters “The Album of the Week” followed by more of “The 60’s @ KSHE”---3P-5P Back in the day this AOW feature aired Friday nights at 8:00 ... We’ll play the selected album in its entirety and follow it up with more rock greats from the “groovy” 1960’s “Hands Across the Water”-5P-6P British Invasion rock smashes
EVENTS: Why Hunger’s 32nd Hungerthon Campaign Kicks Off On CBS Radio NYC
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 3RD, 2017 –– WhyHunger's Hungerthon tradition kicks off after a record-breaking year raising $1.1 million to help end hunger in America. The campaign once again taps into the power of radio personalities, listeners, celebrities and fans to multiply its impact over two months of activation. Each fall, CBS RADIO New York’s news/talk and sports stations, News Radio 880 WCBS, 1010 WINS, Sports Radio 101.9 FM and Sports Radio 66 WFAN, together with WhyHunger, raise awareness about hunger and poverty and engage the public through radio broadcasts, social media and an extensive celebrity-driven online auction.
“We believe that nutritious food is human right and hunger is a solvable problem,” said Noreen Springstead, WhyHunger Executive Director. “There is power in community, and Hungerthon is the perfect time to come together, take action and make a difference in the fight against hunger. With the help of the community and these iconic CBS RADIO New York stations, we can continue our work to help more families access healthy, affordable food and advance social justice.”
2017 Hungerthon Ambassadors Tom Morello, Michael McDonald, Kenny Loggins, Jon Batiste, Southside Johnny, Mark Weiss and KWL Management's Jojo Brim are using their public platforms to educate and engage their fans as they help raise awareness and funds for the campaign. - To make a donation or to find out more, visit HERE
Lauren Alaina & Dustin Lynch To Host Entercom's 2017 CMA Awards 'Red Carpet Countdown; Sam Alex On The Carpet For Taste Of Country
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 3RD, 2017 –– Entercom announced country music stars Lauren Alaina and Dustin Lynch as hosts of its exclusive 51st Annual Country Music Association Awards ‘Red Carpet Countdown.’ The multi-platform programming will kick-off on Sunday, November 5th through Friday, November 10th and will include unprecedented audio and digital access live from Nashville to be broadcast across all of Entercom’s country music stations, websites, apps and social media platforms throughout each day. “Lauren and Dustin are two of country music’s brightest stars and are the perfect pair to host our special programming feature - counting down to country music’s biggest night,” said Pat Paxton, President of Programming, Entercom. “‘The CMA Awards’ stage has been the home to some of the most iconic moments in music history and we’re thrilled to offer our listeners behind-the-scenes access across our audio and digital platforms.”
Taste of Country Nights host Sam Alex (R) will lead Taste of Country's CMA Awards Red Carpet broadcast for the third consecutive year. "Burning House" and "Diane" singer Cam is slated to co-host this year's YouTube Live and Facebook Live broadcast with Alex on Nov. 8 at 5PM CT here.
Lauren Alaina Photo Credit: Entercom Dustin Lynch Photo Credit: Ron Elkman-USA TODAY Network
Country Band RADIO ROMANCE Wins Cumulus' NASH Next 2017 Challenge
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 3RD, 2017 –– Cumulus Media announced tonight RADIO ROMANCE from Hermitage, TN as the NASH Next 2017 Challenge artist development competition grand prize winner. The final competition event took place at the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville with live performances from the Top 10 national finalists and a special performance from 2016 NASH Next winner Todd O’Neill and The Valory Music Co’s Delta Rae. “Great showmen, very cohesive sound and a polished performance” were a few of the phases used by the NASH Next 2017 judges to describe Radio Romance, who will receive national radio airplay on Cumulus Media radio stations, and a recording contract under the Big Machine Label Group umbrella.
“We woke up this morning and we didn’t have a record label or a booking agency. All we had was our one manager,” said Sam Hayes of Radio Romance. “But we are going to bed tonight with a record deal. We can’t thank our fans and family enough for all the support they have given us that got us here tonight.” "Radio leads the way when it comes to music discovery. NASH Next 2017 genuinely discovers new artists, enables all of the contestants to be heard and allows the winners to take advantage of an amazing opportunity to have their music backed by a major label as well as played nationally on the radio,” said Mike McVay. EVP, Content & Programming, Cumulus Media. “We’re very excited to see what the future holds for Radio Romance.”
NASH Next 2017 winners Radio Romance strikes a “bro-mance” pose with NASH Program Director John Shomby (top row, left), Cumulus SVP Content & Programming Mike McVay (center, top row), Cumulus VP Label Relations John Kilgo (top row, right) and Big Machine Label Group President/CEO Scott Borchetta (front row, kneeling).
Radio Presenter Named In British Politician Sex Scandal
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 3RD, 29017 –– Julia Hartley-Brewer (R), mid-morning host on talkRADIO in the UK, says she threatened to punch Sir Michael Fallon, The Defence Secretary, for repeatedly putting his hand on her knee. The Prime Minister, Theresa May said he was 'right' to apologise but confirmed he will not be investigated by the Cabinet Office over the 2002 incident. Today Julia tweeted a picture of her legs and said: 'Full medical check-up this morning and, yes, both of my knees are still intact. Get a grip, people. Although not on my knee, obviously'. In the Sunday Express in 2009 she described how Fallon had propositioned her. She wrote: ‘He was, he told me, a firm believer in the long-standing Westminster rule of … “party conferences don’t count”. I was, I told him, a firm believer in not going to bed with other women’s husbands.’
Kate Hawkesby Joining Newstalk ZB In New Zealand - Newstalk ZB has announced broadcaster and journalist Kate Hawkesby will host its Early Edition programme in 2018. Hawkesby, who is married to Newstalk ZB's Mike Hosking, started her news career at TVNZ in 1995 reporting, presenting and news reading. More recently, she has worked across many Newstalk ZB shows including The Mike Hosking Breakfast, Saturdays with Jack Tame and Andrew Dickens Sunday Café, and is a columnist for Woman's Day. Kate Hawkesby's first day on Early Edition - which airs from 5am to 6am - will be January 22, 2018.
Fox FM pulls Milo Yiannopoulos Ads Because They Offend “Snowflakes” - In Australia, Southern Cross Austereo’s Fox FM team have been called “snowflakes” after pulling advertisements promoting controversial right-wing agitator Milo Yiannopoulos from air. Penthouse Magazine’s radio ad promoting Milo Yiannopoulos’ second Melbourne event was pulled off air with Penthouse claiming the banned ads are worth $10,000. Fox FM produced the ad, but Penthouse Magazine claims Gemma Fordham, head of content at Hit Network said the ad was pulled for being “too off brand” and because the network was getting “a number of complaints”.
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SNAPS: 88Nine Radio Mural Celebrating Diversity Completed In Milwaukee
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 3RD, 2017 –– A large mural celebrating diversity has been completed on a building wall in the Walker’s Point neighborhood commissioned by non-com 88Nine Radio Milwaukee. The mural starts with the word “ignore” crossed out and replaced with the word “honor,” following by the word “difference.” “As we were painting it, we heard so many passersby contemplate its meaning,” said the artists, Katie Mullen and Jordan Pintar. “That was our favorite part of the process. So instead of putting up an artist statement explaining it, like we’d originally planned to, we decided to continue to leave it up to the viewer.”
Radio Milwaukee selected and commissioned artists this year for two murals through a Mary L. Nohl Fund grant and with support from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation . The murals are part of 88Nine’s activities recognizing the non-profit station’s 10th anniversary this year on air and in the community.
Sports Illustrated 'Called It'; Hagar: No Van Halen Reunion
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Entercom Reports 20% Increase In Annual Dividend And $100 Million Share Repurchase Program
NOVEMBER 2ND, 2017 –– Entercom Communications reported financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2017. Highlights Net revenues increased 1% to $122.3 million, compared to $121.6 million in the third quarter of 2016 Operating income was $13.5 million, after $8.8 million of merger and acquisition costs, compared to $25.7 million in the third quarter of 2016 Net income per diluted share was $0.09, compared to net income per diluted share of $0.28 in the third quarter of 2016 Same station net revenues decreased by 1% excluding political Adjusted EBITDA decreased 12% to $26.7 million Announced settlement with U.S. Department of Justice, clears path for merger with CBS Radio Increased dividend by 20% to $0.36 per share on an annualized basis $100 million share repurchase program authorization, with $30 million expected to be repurchased by the end of 2018.
David J. Field, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated: “These are exciting times at Entercom as we count down the days before closing our game changing merger with CBS Radio. Entercom will be one of the radio industry’s two largest companies with an extraordinary lineup of highly rated, award winning radio stations, digital platforms and live events and a robust set of meaningful scale-driven value-creation opportunities. We are looking forward to deploying our extensive plans to drive growth in the business through a significant series of enhancements and investments across the organization.” SEE REPORT HERE
DOJ Greenlights Entercom/CBS Radio Merger; Beasley Scores WBZ-FM Boston
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 2ND, 2017 - Eying a target date of Nov. 17th, Entercom announced a series of agreements in connection with its pending merger with CBS Radio Inc. including: A settlement with the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) that will allow Entercom and CBS Radio to move forward with the proposed combination; Asset exchange agreements with iHeartMedia, Inc. and Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. in Boston, Seattle, Richmond and Chattanooga; and LMAs with Bonneville International Corporation in San Francisco and Sacramento.
“Today’s announcements mark a significant milestone as we work to complete the transformational combination of Entercom and CBS Radio,” said David Field, President and Chief Executive Officer, Entercom. “While it is necessary to divest certain stations in order to secure regulatory approval, it is difficult to part ways with so many strong brands and, most importantly, their talented people. However, we are excited by the terrific new additions to our lineup that will bolster our position in Boston and expand our footprint in the Southeast. We look forward to unlocking the potential of the combined company to deliver value for our listeners, customers and shareholders.” The iHeartMedia transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2018.
Beasley Swaps WMJX-FM for WBZ-FM, Boston
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 2ND, 2017 –– Ever since Entercom/CBS Radio merger was first announced, all eyes were on CBS' 98.5 The Sports Hub,WBZ-FM Boston, one of the top-rated sports outlets in the nation and home to the highly successful Toucher & Rich Show (show). Beasley solved that mystery yesterday by announcing it entered into an asset exchange agreement with Entercom, whereby Beasley will exchange WMJX-FM, 106.7MHz Boston and $12 million cash for WBZ-FM, 98.5 MHz Boston.
Commenting on the proposed transaction, Caroline Beasley, Chief Executive Officer said, “Throughout Beasley Broadcast Group’s 56 year history, we have actively managed our station portfolio with the goal of serving the communities where we operate with the best local programming and brands, diversifying our operations, managing risk and improving financial results. The agreement to add WBZ-FM to our portfolio addresses all of these strategic objectives as, upon completion, we will complement our already strong Boston market presence and content with the market’s best and most listened-to professional sports programming."
Caroline added, “Boston fans love their strong local teams and 98.5 The Sports Hub was the first Boston FM Sports Talk Radio Station to address this interest. Not only is The Sports Hub the flagship station for the New England Patriots, the Boston Bruins, the Boston Celtics and the New England Revolution, but it also features an outstanding line-up of on-air talent to keep Boston sports fans on top of all of their favorite teams every day, at any time and on any device.
iHeart To Acquire Seven Stations From Entercom Boston & Seattle; Entercom To Acquire 10 Stations From iHeart
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 2ND, 2017 –– Along with the many moving parts of Entercom's merger including the exchange of stations with iHeartMedia (graph shown in top story). Under the agreement, WRKO-AM, WZLX-FM, WKAF-FM and WBZ-AM in Boston and KZOK-FM, KJAQ-FM and KFNQ-AM in Seattle will join iHeartMedia. Entercom will acquire WRVA-AM, WRXL-FM, WTVR-FM, WBTJ-FM, WRNL-AM and WRVQ-FM in Richmond and WKXJ-FM, WLND-FM, WRXR-FM and WUSY-FM in Chattanooga.
“We’re excited to add these stations to iHeartMedia across broadcast, digital, mobile, social and our spectrum of iHeartRadio-branded live events,” said Bob Pittman, Chairman and CEO of iHeartMedia. “This exchange is an opportunity for us to expand our presence and further strengthen our position in two markets – Seattle and Boston – even though we have to give up two smaller markets that have been an important part of this company. This was a difficult decision for us, but we think we arrived at the best decision for our company, and we are pleased that we’ll continue to have a presence in the Richmond and Chattanooga markets through the iHeartRadio platform, Premiere Networks, the Total Traffic and Weather Network and the Virginia News Network.” Pittman added, “These markets are two of the few where we did not have a full complement of stations; now we will have a full complement in Boston and a full complement of FM stations in Seattle.”
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Marv Nyren Named VP/MM For Cumulus Chicago
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 2ND, 2017 –– Cumulus Media has appointed veteran radio manager Marv Nyren as Vice President/Market Manager for Cumulus Media-Chicago and its four radio stations: 101 WKQX/WKQX-FM, WLS 890 AM/WLS-AM, 94.7 WLS/WLS-FM, and The Loop 97.9/WLUP-FM. Nyren joins Cumulus Media from Chicago Public Media, where he was Vice President, Corporate Sponsorships for WBEZ-FM. Nyren was previously President/Regional Vice President for iHeartMedia’s 13 radio stations in Jacksonville, FL, and Brunswick, GA. He was also Regional Vice President/Market Manager for Emmis Media for 13 years, managing the company’s stations in Chicago, Phoenix and Indianapolis.
Nyren said: "As a Native Chicagoan, I feel so fortunate to have the opportunity to be part of these legendary stations and strong team. Cumulus’ continued focus on improving its product, culture and revenue makes me very excited about the next chapter in my career.”
Two Heart Attacks In Six Days Lands WHO's Simon Conway In The Hospital
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 2ND, 2017 –– WHO/Des Moines' Simon Conway (inset)explained via Facebook why he had been missing from his radio show with video from his hospital bed where he landed after suffering two heart attacks in six days. The good news is Conway said he is feeling "fine." The British-born Conway, who frequently guest hosts the nationally syndicated America Now Radio Program, said he expects to be back on the air soon, no later than Monday of next week. Joel McCrea, GM at iHeart's WHO radio, told the Des Moines Register that, based on his understanding, the heart attacks were mild and confirmed that Conway plans to be back on the air on Monday.
Van Harden, WHO morning talk show host and former program manager for WHO Radio, has also been in touch with Conway. He told the Register that listeners can expect to hear about Conway's heart attacks on the air. "He told me, 'I'm fine. It's providing me with lots of stories,'" Harden said. "That's just the way we radio people are. Everything that happens to us is material." Conway confirmed with Jockline that he's doing fine and will be back on Monday - 'with LOTS of new material!' WATCH CONWAY'S FACEBOOK POSTER HERE
PODCAST: WWO Podcast Network Adds Content Sports And Politics
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 2ND, 2017 –– The Westwood One Podcast Network is attracting major players in the audio podcast space, including exclusive new podcast partnerships with CBS Sports Radio talk host Jim Rome (BL), Democratic strategist Peter Daou (TR), The Daily Wire’s political talker Michael Knowles, and sportscaster Josh Lewin. The network has also signed a podcast extension agreement with new National Radio Hall of Fame inductee Tom Barnard.
The Daou of Politics is hosted by Peter Daou , Democratic strategist, political consultant, activist, and CEO and founder of Verrit.com. The Michael Knowles (BR) Show with Michael Knowles Come for the conversation. Stay for the Covfefe. Michael Knowles is the #1 international best-selling author of Reasons to Vote for Democrats: A Comprehensive Guide, which President Trump hailed on Twitter as “a great book for your reading enjoyment.” Josh Lewin Sportscaster Josh Lewin, former play-by-play announcer for the San Diego Chargers, play-by-play announcer for the New York Mets Radio Network, and the UCLA Bruins football and basketball teams.
In other news, Tom Barnard (TR) has renewed his agreement with Westwood One and begins his second year of providing daily, original content with The Tom Barnard Show. Tom’s daily podcast is now heard on two terrestrial radio stations in Northern Minnesota; it’s the first original content podcast that’s transitioned to commercial radio, where it re-airs in its entirety. For more info, contact email@example.com. For podcast insights and trends, Westwood One’s Podcast Download Fall 2017 Report is available for download on WestwoodOne.com.
On Your Mark… Get Set… GROW!
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 2ND, 2017 –– The Benztown Brigade, comprised of radio and audio professionals, the radio community at large, and the Movember Foundation, a global charity committed to men living happier, healthier, longer lives. Since 2003, millions have joined the men’s health movement, raising $650 million and funding 1,200 programs focusing on prostate cancer, testicular cancer, poor mental health and physical inactivity. Benztown kicks off Movember by inviting radio and audio professionals, shows, stations and companies serving the radio industry to start their own moustache-growing teams and MOVE challenge teams for 30 days to raise funds and awareness for men’s health and prostate cancer.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a Mo Bro or a Mo Sista – Movember is for everyone. There are two ways to participate: sign up to grow a moustache for 30 days, or take the MOVE challenge and get active every day for 30 days. As an added benefit to those participating this year, Benztown is donating $20 for each team sign-up that comes from the radio industry, up to $1,000. Individuals, shows and companies are also invited to join the Benztown Movember team HERE
SNAPS: Houston Stronger With Astros Win
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 2ND, 2017 –– That's Eric Rowe (pronounced like WOW) of Cumulus' KRBE/Houston's Roula & Ryan Show who delivered a save to Jockline publisher Don Anthony who looked for any possible to make last night World Series win a radio story for his beloved Astros.
Rowe says winning this championship for the city of Houston is amazing. We’re still going through some rough times after Hurricane Harvey. It felt great to see the whole city bonded together over watching the Astros do something so positive and special. We’ll be celebrating this one for a long time. Where’s my scotch!
Sinclair Passes On Bill O'Reilly Hire; Lady Gaga Engaged
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In case you missed the 29th annual MORNING SHOW BOOT CAMP last summer in Atlanta, the radio-themed podcast BRANDWIDTH on DEMAND has kicked off their second season with excerpted highlights from the event. If you did attend, you'll want to hear these moments again. From TRACY JOHNSON's vital insights on Millennials to legendary PD and WCBS-FM/NY morning host SCOTT SHANNON's interview of Hubbard CEO GINNY MORRIS, this episode is packed with information you'll want to know to advance your career. Other sessions featured include the popular MASTERS OF THE MORNING, lead by IHeart's uber-coach DENNIS CLARK, TAKING CONTROL OF YOUR CAREER, moderated by ACE (of Ace & TJ fame) and perhaps one of the most highly anticipated events, the annual BATTLE OF THE BITS, lead by RICK RUMBLE (WNOR/Norfolk). To help kick off the 30th Anniversary Boot Camp next August in Chicago, a special "Brandwidth Discount" is being offered to podcast listeners thru the end of November. Details at www.brandwidthondemand.com.
NPR's SVP/News Placed On Leave As Past Harassment Allegations Surface
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 1ST, 2017 –– NPR has placed its SVP for news, Michael Oreskes, (inset) on leave after fielding accusations that he sexually harassed two women seeking career opportunities nearly two decades ago, when he worked at The New York Times reports NPR. Michael Oreskes was hired to lead NPR's news and editorial operations in March 2015. The allegations from the two women were first reported by The Washington Post on Tuesday afternoon. They included similar accounts of unwanted and unexpected kisses during business meetings. A current NPR employee went public with her account of filing a formal complaint with the network's human resources division in October 2015. Rebecca Hersher says she considers the incident less severe but nevertheless felt it crossed a line and made her uncomfortable.
According to The Washington Post, there were two separate complaints about Oreskes from his tenure as Washington bureau chief at The New York Times nearly 20 years ago. Both women tell similar stories: After meeting Oreskes and discussing their job prospects, they said he unexpectedly kissed them on the lips and stuck his tongue in their mouths. The Post did not disclose their names, stating they spoke on condition of anonymity because they did not want to damage future employment prospects. The women also shared their allegations with NPR management in mid-October. In a note to staff on Tuesday, NPR CEO Jarl Mohn encouraged employees to come forward if they have been harassed. "We take these kinds of allegations very seriously," Mohn wrote. "If a concern is raised, we review the matter promptly. We take all appropriate steps to assure a safe, comfortable, and productive work environment for everyone at NPR. ... This is our NPR. And I will stand up for it, and every one of you." READ STORY HERE
Houston iHeart Sports/Talk Combo Send 30 Listeners & First Responders To Game 6 Of World Series In Los Angeles
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 1ST, 2017 –– Houston Astros Flagship Radio station, SportsTalk 790 (KBME) and sister station NewsRadio 740 KTRH teamed up with Jim McIngvale, store owner of Gallery Furniture and philanthropist, to send 10 lucky listeners and 20 first responders to Game 6 of the World Series in Los Angeles.
Michael Berry (L) selected 20 First Responders through his afternoon show on Newsradio 740 KTRH, while SportsTalk 790 morning host Josh Innes (R) broadcast live from Gallery Furniture to invite listeners on air and social media to show up this morning starting at 6 a.m. Jim McIngvale, also known as Mattress Mack, and partner of the radio station, asked SportsTalk 790 to team up with him to send a special entourage of Houstonians to represent at Game 6.
All boarded a private charter that left at 11 a.m. yesterday morning and upon touch down in Los Angeles will be shuttled to Dodger Stadium in time for the first pitch as the Houston Astros look to win their first World Series. In last night's matchup, the Astros came up short with a 3-1 loss to the Dodgers leaving the series tied at 3 and 3. Tonight's game will decide this year's champion.
Burglars Steal Everything 'Except The Transmitter' From Small Kansas Station
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 1ST, 2017 –– Burglars left a small El Dorado, KS station with nothing but its transmitter reports KWCH. Jim O'Laughlin, the Founder and President of Catholic Radio Network, says sometime between Friday evening and Sunday morning, thieves broke into Holy Spirit Radio – KAHS 1360 AM and stole computers, software the phone and the emergency alert system.
O'Laughlin says neighbors called 911 after seeing glass broken out of the front door. O'Laughlin says the radio station will be off the air for at least a couple weeks. He says repairs will run $25,000 to $50,000.
FORMATICS: iHeart Norfolk Debuts ALT 105.3
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 1ST, 2017 –– iHeartMedia Norfolk announced today the debut of the new ALT 105.3, Hampton Roads Alternative Rock, effective immediately. “The opportunity to launch a radio station like ALT 105.3 in the No. 1 radio company in the country and within the Hampton Roads area is beyond exciting,” said Angel Brown, Market President of iHeartMedia Norfolk. “By analyzing song requests, digital streaming, downloads and talking to our listeners, we know the area is passionate about Alternative Rock. We anticipate great success with the new station in the Hampton Roads Area, ALT 105.3.” “This is exciting news for Alternative Rock fans in Hampton Roads,” said Tias Schuster, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Norfolk.
“The New ALT 105.3 is one of the strongest signals in the market and will connect local ALT fans to the artists they enjoy the most on-air, online and through local events. A format tapped into their lifestyle and no more static!! We start with 10,000 songs in a row and a chance to win $1,000 sixteen times a day!” iHeartMedia will bring Alternative Rock’s biggest superstars together for the first-ever “iHeartRadio ALTer EGO,” taking place at the historic, “Fabulous” Forum in Los Angeles on January 19, 2018 to celebrate everything Alternative Rock.
ON-AIR: Mudflap & Palmer Take Mornings At WWKT-FM Florence, Sumpter; Ron Olson Moves To Mornings On Co-Owned WRVR-FM Memphis; Jimmy Holt Announces Exit From WIVK/Knoxville
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 1ST, 2017 –– Community Broadcasters announced Tuesday that Mudflap and Palmer will be taking over mornings on New Country WWKT 99.3 the Cat, Florence/Sumter, Randy “Mudflap” Wilcox and Ed Palmer (TL) were a staple in the market for over four years and Regional MM Wayne Mulling now says 'we’re happy to give them a new home and to be part of the Community Broadcasters family." Mudflap and Palmer added, "Once again, the Pee Dee region has a local country morning show to wake up to."
--After 34 years holding down mornings on WMC-FM (FM100, Ron Olson (BL) is moving to Entercom sister-station WRVR-FM (The River) for mornings, He'll make the move beginning in January. He'll be joined by Karen Perrin whom Olson co-hosted with several years ago on WMC. Entercom Memphis Director of Programming Chris Michaels said, "I can't even begin to tell you how excited I am about this new opportunity for both Ron and Karen. They have great chemistry from their time together on FM100 and will without a doubt bring a lot to the table at WRVR."
-- In a surprise announcement yesterday, longtime morning show producer Jimmy Holt (R) announced on Facebook that yesterday marked his 18th year at WIVK. "Sadly, it will be my last," he posted. "I have decided to pursue other interests and my final day will be Nov 10th. Thank YOU for listening to my shenanigans over the years. East TN, you have been my family. I gave my all for WIVK, but as a great broadcaster once said “It’s time.” Thank you to Andy & Alison for believing in me and I wish the best for Tony & Kris. Wherever God leads me, I’m following! #HappyTrails #GoVols
PROGRAMMING: DJ Flexx Adds MD Duties To PM-Drive Shift At WPGC-FM
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 1ST, 2017 –– CBS Radio Washington, D.C.’s WPGC 95.5 announced that DJ Flexx will take over as music director, alongside his PM on-air hosting duties, weekdays from 3:00 PM- 7:00 PM. WPGC 95.5 celebrated its 30th anniversary in June and continues to be one of the most listened to radio stations in the Washington, D.C. metro area.
DJ Flexx started his radio career at WPGC-AM Flava 1580 in 1995 and was then hired by sister station, WPGC 95.5 the following year. He moved from nights to evenings and currently hosts afternoons. Flexx also served as the DJ on BET’s Teen Summit. “I am beyond excited that WPGC’s legendary afternoon host, DJ Flexx will take on the role of Music Director for the station,” said Steve Davis, Vice President of Programming, CBS RADIO Washington, D.C. and Program Director of WPGC. Flexx has been an incredible asset to WPGC APD Angelique Alston and myself and this is a well-deserved and earned recognition for the great job he does.” “I am truly living my dreams and this opportunity is unbelievable,” said DJ Flexx. “ I am so grateful!”
REPORT: Near Death And Death Threats Led To New Erick Erickson Book
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 1ST, 2017 –– WSB Atlanta's Eric Erickson’s life has been crazy, both professionally and personally writes The AJC Atlanta's Rodney Ho. Following death threats against his family and his employer, Cox Media Group, hired armed guards to watch over his home for months. Last year, he suffered serious blood clots in his lungs and almost died. At almost the same time, his wife Christy found out she had a tumor in her right lung, then another one in her left.
Ho writes, "Facing mortality led to his current book “Before You Wake: Life Lessons From a Father To His Children.” It gave him perspective, that politics doesn’t matter nearly as much when you’re knocking on death’s door. “I didn’t want to write another book after the last two,” he said, referencing 2016’s “You Will Be Made to Care: The War on Faith, Family and Your Freedom to Believe” and “The Wrong Type of Values.” “I didn’t find it fun. It was grueling. Last year, I wrote a column about what Christy and I went through, then David Brooks wrote about it. It took a life of its own. A publisher asked me if I could please write a book. I said okay. One thing led to another.” Erick's show airs daily on News 95.5 and AM 750 WSB from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. - ORDER BOOK HERE
EVENT: KLGA Algona, IA, Town Of 5,500, Raises $55,000 In 'Pack A Trailer' Event
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 1ST, 2017 –– Proving you don't have to be big to deliver big, The KLGA “Pack the Trailer” event is a fund raiser for the Kossuth County Food Pantry. KLGA's Bob Ketchum asks, "Why would I claim this small town event is one of the best in all of radio? Because it annually raises more than $55,000 in cash in a town of 5,500 people. It’s not a resort community with a population swelled by visitors. It’s not a suburb of a larger metropolitan area. It’s a small town in rural Iowa.
Katchum says, "Take the population of the city in which you operate, multiply by 10 and put a dollar sign in front of it. I will make it simple for you: In a city of 400,000 that’s $4,000,000. Now, raise that amount of cash in 10 hours! ONLY small market radio can do it. And the $55,000 is ONLY the cash raised, it doesn’t count the food donated. Look for it November 17 at the corner of highway 18 and 169 in Algona, Iowa." And listen for it on KLGA, Hometown Radio, 92.7 FM.
It's Beginning To Sound A Lot Like...
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 1ST, 2017 –– Do you hear what I hear? Yup, Christmas music is launching everywhere. Here are couple more who've broke out the holiday favorites: -- In Detroit, Oldies 94.7 Beasley announced Detroit’s Oldies 94.7 HD2 will transform into 24/7 Christmas music, beginning at midnight, November 1, 2017. The first song that will be played on the air will be the holiday classic, “It’s Beginning to Look A Lot like Christmas” by Johnny Mathis. “We’re interrupting our normal HD2 station programming, which features great oldies’ stars like Elvis, the Temptations and the Beach Boys to bring listeners the very best Christmas music experience,” said Program Director Jerry Tarrants. “Tis the season for Christmas music to begin on Detroit Oldies 94.7 HD2!”
-- Down south, Cumulus Media announces that Memphis, TN, radio station WKIM-FM/98.9 The Vibe (TR) officially turned on the holiday spirit today as Memphis’ destination Christmas station, Christmas 98.9! It launched yesterday at 12 Noon Central, playing the first of the season’s most popular holiday tunes, Elvis’ “Blue Christmas”. Morgan Bohannon, Vice President and Market Manager, Cumulus Media-Memphis, said: "We are really excited to offer a new and unique listening experience for the hundreds of thousands of people that enjoy non-stop Christmas music. "Christmas 98.9" offers the River City an exciting choice as soon as you cross the bridge.”
SNAPS: Can You Guess Who This Former Child Model, Turned Radio Executive Is ?
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 1ST, 2017 –– As we near the holidays, we'll all soon be breaking out the photo albums to share with friends and family. We thought we'd get a head start by sharing this Sears Catalog snap from.. er, a few years ago featuring a slightly younger Gary Krantz - head of Krantz Media Group.
He tells Jockline this was snap of him working as a child model from age 6-9. "Someday I will show you my TV work for Lipton “Is it soup yet” or the toys I am on the cover of (Jello kit and popcorn maker), says Krant. Send Gary an note HERE to tell him how cute he looked.
FORBES: Michael Jackson Earnings In 2017 $75M
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BUSINESS: Beasley Reports Net Revenue Increased 112.4% To $58.9 Million In Q3
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 31ST, 2017 –– Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. announced its operating results for the three month and nine month periods which ended September 30, 2017. The actual results presented reflect the Company’s legacy Beasley Broadcast Group broadcasting and digital operations and the results from the acquired Greater Media stations. On January 6, 2017 the Company completed the sale of WFNZ-AM and three Greater Media stations in Charlotte. On May 1, 2017 the Company completed the sale of six stations in Greenville-New Bern-Jacksonville. The pro-forma results presented excluded the Charlotte and Greenville-New Bern-Jacksonville stations, as if the transaction had been completed on January 1, 2016.
Station Operating Income (SOI, a non-GAAP financial measure) rose 100% year-over-year in the third quarter of 2017. The increase in SOI reflects the operations of the Greater Media stations and comparable quarterly net revenues at Beasley’s existing stations versus the 2016 period, which does not include the Greater Media stations. Operating income of $13.2 million in the third quarter of 2017, an increase of approximately $9.4 million, or 246.9%, over the comparable 2016 period, is primarily attributable to the increase in station operating income, partially offset by the $2.5 million change in the fair value of contingent consideration on the acquisition of the Greater Media due to fluctuations in the Company’s stock price which increased the fair value of certain preliminary purchase price accounting items. READ FULL REPORT HERE
Commenting on the financial results, Caroline Beasley, Chief Executive Officer, said, “I'm pleased to report that we had another solid quarter of pro forma SOI growth. Overall, pro forma revenue was flat in third quarter and this is primarily due to softness in local and national spot revenue and the non-recurrence of last year's political revenue, which amounted to about $620,000. Excluding the impact from political, revenue increased 1%. Pro forma expenses for the quarter declined 5.2%, resulting in a 16.9% increase in SOI. In addition, our pro forma margins rose 16.7% year over year and we reduced our debt by $6 million during the quarter. We’ve reduced it by $49 million year to date and a total of $51.3 million since the closing of Greater Media last November 1. READ TRANSCRIPT OF EARNINGS CALL HERE
PROGRAMMING: Bo Money Named Dir. Urban Prog. For iHeart Indy
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 31ST, 2017 –– iHeartMedia’s Kentucky-Indiana Region announced that Bo Money (shown with Alicia Keys) has been named Director of Urban Programming. As Director of Urban Programming, Bo Money will work closely with on-air personalities and sales to oversee the station brands’ on-air and digital programming for Real 98.3 in Indy and 93.1 The Beat in Louisville.
“Bo brings a wealth of knowledge in terms of urban formats,” said Brad Polston, Market President for iHeartMedia Indianapolis. “With his leadership, Real 98.3 and 93.1 The Beat will no doubt continue their rapid growth, making them a dominant force in their markets.” Bo Money most recently served as Program Director for 93.7 The Beat in Houston, TX. He also previously worked at 95.7 The Beat in Tampa, FL and The Beat Columbia in Columbia, SC. PHOTO/twitter
ON-AIR: 94.5 KTI Milwaukee Promotes Carol Vonn To Middays
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 31ST, 2017 –– 94.5 KTI Country Milwaukee has promoted longtime Milwaukee talent Carol Vonn to host the midday show and serve as Community Relations Director. Vonn, a Midwest native, has been on-air in Milwaukee for nearly 15 years. Vonn joins recently-added market icon Karen Dalessandro at KTI COUNTRY with the mission to expand the station’s commitment to being the local, hometown Country station. "KTI COUNTRY is thrilled to feature another locally-known and talented host in Carol Vonn,” said KTI COUNTRY Program Director Ryan Wild. “In addition to hosting the midday show, Carol will lead the station’s community relations effort.
Vonn replaces Jillene Khan, who is departing the station for an on-air position outside of Milwaukee. 94.5 KTI COUNTRY is at an all-time ratings high and is quickly closing the gap on the heritage Country station in Milwaukee by featuring live and local hosts who share their love of Country music and the experience of living here in Wisconsin.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Jacobs Media Adds Jason Hollins As Research Dir.
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 31ST, 2017 –– Jacobs Media announced that veteran media research executive, Jason Hollins, has joined the company as Research Director. Hollins will work closely with Fred and Paul Jacobs to lead the company’s expanding research initiatives in radio, digital media and beyond.
“I’m thrilled to join Jacobs Media. I’ve always admired the successes they’ve achieved with their clients, the relationships they’ve cultivated and the excellent reputation they’ve built in doing so,” said Hollins. “I’m eager to bring my passion and experience in identifying trends, and emerging industries and platforms, to further expand the role research plays in helping Jacobs Media clients succeed now and into the future.” Hollins has spent the entirety of his career in media with Edison Research, including serving nearly twelve years as Vice President.
FORMATICS: Meruelo's Hip Hop 93.5 KDAY Add Simulcast To 'Inland Empire'
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 31ST, 2017 –– Meruelo Media has announced that 93.5 KDAY Hip Hop Back in the Day will simulcast on 93.5 KDEY-FM in the Inland Empire effective immediately. This will extend 93.5 KDAY’s signal and coverage to the Riverside and San Bernardino counties. Meruelo Radio Vice President Programming, Jimmy Steal (R) said, “We’re pleased to bring 93.5 KDAY, Hip Hop Back in the Day, back to the Inland Empire.”
In addition to extended signal reach, 93.5 KDAY has posted a highly targeted outdoor campaign and a launched a refreshed digital platform. The Meruelo Media consolidation has provided 93.5 KDAY with additional resources, including an extended social media and digital team. The greater Los Angeles area may listen to 93.5 KDAY via its free streaming app or by visiting www.935KDAY.com 93.5 KDAY and 93.5 KDEY are owned by Meruelo Media, the largest minority-owned broadcaster in California.
EVENTS: Foo Fighters, Duran Duran Among Headliners For CBS Radio Las Vegas New Years Eve Weekend Event
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 31ST, 2017 –– This holiday season, CBS RADIO will present an electric roster of New Year’s Eve weekend shows at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Beginning Friday, December 29 and lasting into the early morning hours of 2018, Vegas residents and visitors alike will enjoy four epic shows across what’s sure to be three unforgettable nights of music headlined by Foo Fighters, Duran Duran, and Zac Brown Band, with a special performance by Sir Rosevelt.
“We are so excited to be part of this special New Year's weekend along with the Foo Fighters and Zac Brown Band. To celebrate the start of a new year in Las Vegas is a thrill and a privilege. There is nowhere we would rather be than with our fans in that great city. As one of our favorite places to play on tour and one that embodies the spirit of entertainment and celebration unlike any other in the world, we welcome the opportunity to remind everyone that love and music together has great healing power. See you at the show!” Commented Michael Martin, Senior Vice President, Music Initiatives.
WIL-FM St. Louis Reveals Jingle Fest Lineup
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 31ST, 2017 –– Hubbard's New Country 92.3 St. Louis announced that Old Dominion, LOCASH, Walker Hayes, and Delta Rae will be among the stars taking part in its holiday Jingle Fest. The station will also present the swearing in of newly recruited Airmen from Scott Air Force Base before the show!
Started in 2003 as a free show to thank the New Country 92.3 listeners, part of the JingleFest tradition lies within the infamous ticket blasts, where listeners line up for hours to get a pair of general admission tickets to the show. Outside of a select number of reserved seats, the only way in is to win.
SNAPS: Kenny Chesney Meets 'Lucky' 101.7 Bull Listeners In Boston - WATCH
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 31ST, 2017 –– Kenny Chesney paid a visit to Boston on Friday (10/27) to promote his new album “Live In Nor Shoes Nation” and meet some lucky 101.7 Bull listeners. Kenny visited for over an hour and talked with The Bull’s Colton Bradford about his career, the new album, his fans, the devastation in Saint John, and played his favorite songs from the new album!
Watch Colton Bradford interview Chesney HERE - PHOTO/Jordan Corey
'House Of Cards' Pulls Plug Amid Spacey Scandal
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BLOG: 'At Long Last' FCC Announces Its Plan To Modernize Broadcast Ownership
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 30TH, 2017 – In a blog penned by Jerianne Timmerman, SVP/Senior Deputy General Counsel at National Association of Broadcasters titled: Modernizing the Mother of All Media Regulations she points to The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) at long last announcing its intention to reform its woefully outdated broadcast ownership rules. At its open meeting in November, the FCC plans to vote on an order eliminating the ban on owning a print newspaper and any radio or TV station in the same market; removing the restrictions on owning radio stations along with a TV station in the same market; revising the rule that very strictly limits the ownership of TV stations in local markets; and reversing its previous decision effectively banning the joint sale of even modest amounts of advertising time by two same-market TV stations.
Clearly, not every long-standing FCC rule should be eliminated or modified just because of its age. But the broadcast ownership rules fail to reflect today’s digital media marketplace, and the FCC’s past failures to update its rules flew in the face of Congress’ directive that the Commission must every four years determine whether its rules remain “necessary in the public interest as the result of competition” and “repeal or modify” those that are not. Most importantly, these rules for years have caused real harm to daily newspapers and their readers, the public’s free, over-the-air broadcast services and local TV stations’ ability to compete against consolidated pay-TV and broadband providers and huge social media and technology companies. - PHOTO / B Christopher / Alamy READ ENTIRE BLOG HERE
NETWORKS: CBS News Radio Unveils New Shows During Upfront Event
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 30TH, 2017 –– CBS News Radio is getting a new slate of programming for its more than 600 affiliates nationwide reports Adweek. Last week's upfront event, co-hosted with Skyview Networks, was joined by Jane Pauley, Jim Axelrod,Erin Moriarty, Lara Logan and Jill Schlesinger. Starting Jan. 1, the new additions to the CBS News Radio lineup will include: Daily, one-minute, self-contained news, lifestyle & entertainment and information updates from the CBS Television distribution shows including Entertainment Tonight, Inside Edition, The Doctors, Dr. Phil and Rachel Ray and Jill On Money, hosted by business analyst Jill Schlesinger will a two-hour weekend program along with daily, one-minute updates on breaking financial news and money tips. The lineup will also feature Eye On Veterans/Daily one-minute features and a two-hour weekend program is produced by veterans for veterans and their families and Dave Ross who will offer his perspective on current events in a 90-second commentary.
“We’re excited to share these new and exclusive program offerings, as well as our continuing lineup of original reporting with our colleagues in the advertising community and our affiliate stations,” said Charles Pavlounis (L), CFO of CBS News. “These programs allow our affiliated stations to deliver original, engaging content to their dedicated listeners, while our clients are able to gain maximum exposure for their messages on News, Talk and Music formats around the country.” 1
John DePetro Announces New Radio Home On WNRI A/M After Exit From WADK-AM Newport
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 30TH, 2017 –– Longtime New England host John DePetro said on Friday that he has left WADK-AM in Newport and would be making a “major announcement” (today) about where he was headed next, reports The Providence Journal. “I’ll be on the radio Monday,” DePetro said, “just not there.” As promised, DePetro announced this morning that his show, which has aired for the past few months in syndicated form in afternoons and weeknights on WNRI/Rhode Island & Massachusetts will now be heard "Live and Local" weekdays from 11:AM to 2:PM on AM/FM combo.
DePetro, a former host on WPRO-AM/Providence for 10 years, had been on the air at the Newport station since January. DePetro said he would make the announcement on his website, depetro.com, and on social media at about 8 a.m (today). At WPRO, he was twice cited as talk show of the year by the Associated Press. But in 2013 an organization called 'For Our Daughters,' backed by organized labor, organized a boycott against him after he referred to protesters as “union hags.” He was off the air during that controversy for five weeks.
Emmis' Jeff Smulyan Named Mike Carroll Award Recipient Indianapolis
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 30TH, 2017 –– Jeff Smulyan, Chairman, CEO and Founder of Emmis Communications Corporation, has been named the recipient of this year’s Mike Carroll Award, given in memory of former deputy mayor and civic leader Mike Carroll. The annual award, selected by the Indianapolis Business Journal, honors a community member who has demonstrated Mike's qualities of determination, humility and devotion to the central Indiana community.
“Jeff Smulyan’s contributions to central Indiana extend far beyond what he has achieved at Emmis Communications,” said Greg Morris, publisher and president of Indianapolis Business Journal. “He cares deeply about the community and as a result is always happy to help out organizations large and small.” “I’m humbled to be given the Mike Carroll Award,” Smulyan said. “Mike was a visionary leader in our community, and I’m incredibly honored to be added to the remarkable group of previous leaders who have won this award.” Smulyan is the 24th recipient of the award. Smulyan will be presented the award at the IBJ’s upcoming Engage Indiana event on Friday, December 8. READ MORE HERE
BUSINESS: Gen Media Partner And The Tacher Company Form GMPT Media
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 30TH,, 2017 –– Gen Media Partners and The Tacher Company announced the formation of GMPT Media, a joint venture that brings together the sales and management resources of both companies. Cherry Creek Media, a 53-station group, is the first radio partner to sign on for the collaborative ad sales representation. Jonathan Brewster, Chief Executive Officer of Cherry Creek Media, states, “Gen Media Partners and The Tacher Company have delivered national revenue for Cherry Creek for more than ten years. With GMPT, we get the best of both companies and exponentially increase opportunities for hitting our revenues goals.”
“I have often said that Independent broadcasters need a new voice in representation and an ad sales partner that drives revenue by focusing on their localism and assets,” says Kevin Garrity, Chief Executive Officer of Gen Media Partners. “Greg Tacher and his team share that vision, and we are excited to partner with them and welcome Cherry Creek as the first radio group represented by GMPT.”
Little Tommy's Breaking & Entering Christmas Moves To Sunny 98.1
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 30TH, 2017 –– Radio's beloved 'Little Tommy's Breaking and Entering Christmas, now in it's 21st year, has a new home in San Diego courtesy of Entercom's Sunny 98.1. Following Little Tommy Sablan's recent move to Entercom from his former home at CBS' KyXy, efforts are now underway for this year's latest edition. Sablan tells Jockline, "At Entercom, we don't break in anymore like the first year. I get permission from an older family member and sometimes they are part of my crew or they simply leave me the key when they vacate the home for us to come in. It is a surprise to the children of the family and all but one adult. The beautiful thing is that my crew also takes care of many other families off the air. We do ONE on the air and many more off the air. My friend Steve Finley who played Major League baseball takes care of about 5 families himself. My family takes care of a few. I've been getting a car every year for ALL but the first one
B&EC is trademarked by Sablan, so stations/shows get his permission to run the actual event. Sablan adds, "I am proud that it started with me on The Jeff and Jer Show, but it's also a tradition with BIG AL in Dallas. ACE AND TJ in Charlotte. MOJO in Detroit. This year will be the first year in Atlanta with Jeff and Jenn on Star 94.1. B&EC will air on Sunny 98.1 with Dave Mason in the Morning.
WPFM/Panama City Turns Pink As It Bowls for Breast Cancer
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 30TH, 2017 –– Awesome night with a sold out house and LOTS of pink! The event raised more than $2250 for the American Cancer Society and over 120 bowlers had a great night! “This was the 3rd year for the event, and by far, the most successful one ever and we were lucky enough to spend some time with some real heroes, our group of breast cancer survivors who came out,” says Operations Manager Chris Alan.
Shown above is the crew from Simply You, a local mastectomy boutique in Panama City, who won cool Pink Yeti Ramblers (also pictured lower center, Chris Alan OM/PD for WPFM and Powell Broadcasting Panama City). Love the opportunity to share our success story and we hope you do! Thanks for the ink and love! All the best, Chris Chris Alan Operations Manager WKNK – Program Director WPFM – Program Director Powell Broadcasting Panama City
Country 102.5/Boston Rebrands As KENNY 102.5 In Honor Of Station Visit
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 30TH, 2017 –– Beasley's Country 102.5/Boston had Kenny Chesney live in its studio on Friday for a very special album release party. For one day only, Country 102.5 was renamed KENNY 102.5! In addition, some lucky listeners watched live as Kenny took over the station for an hour with Carolyn Kruse, answering listener questions, talking his love for Boston and playing songs from his new live album Kenny Chesney: Live In No Shoes Nation.
The country legend also announced that he is adding a second date to his stop at Gillette Stadium! Photo Caption: (L to R): Kenny Chesney live on KENNY 102.5 with mid-day host Carolyn Kruse.
Spacey Makes Announcement After Misconduct Apology
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FCC To Vote Against 'Outdated Rule' To Keep Media Diversity In Local Markets
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 27TH, 2017 –– In FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's (TR) ongoing efforts to update media regulations, he announced this week that the commission will vote next month to eliminate a decades-old rule designed to preserve media diversity in local markets. The Washington Post says the move is aimed at supporting economically struggling media outlets in an age of digital consumption. But critics argue it will lead to greater media consolidation and the loss of independent voices.
“The marketplace is nothing like it was in 1975,” Pai told lawmakers on Wednesday, arguing that the restriction on newspaper/broadcast cross-ownership was outdated. Pointing to the massive online media industry — and the enormous advertising revenue of companies such as Facebook and Google — Pai described the FCC's media ownership rules as a form of government intervention into a major civic institution.
FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn (TL) responded saying, “The already consolidated broadcast media market will become even more so, offering little to no discernible benefits to consumers,” Pai's announcement came a day after the FCC voted to eliminate a 77-year-old rule requiring that TV and radio stations operate a physical studio in the areas where they're licensed. Republicans at the agency said the deregulation would save the stations money, while Democrats said it would allow large media titans to better control the airwaves. PHOTO/alamy
SiriusXM Defeats Turtles In Florida Court
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 27TH, 2017 –– The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday ruled against Flo & Eddie Inc., a company created by the singers, finding Florida common law does not recognize an exclusive right of public performance in pre-1972 sound recordings, reports Daily Business Review. “Flo & Eddie asks this court to recognize an unworkable common law right in pre-1972 sound recordings that is broader than any right ever previously recognized in any sound recording,” Justice Charles Canady wrote in a unanimous opinion. “Doing so would require this court to, among other things, ignore the lengthy and well-documented history of this topic — something we decline to do.”
SiriusXM previously settled with Flo & Eddie, which filed class actions in Florida, New York and California on behalf of owners of pre-1972 sound recordings. The settlement, approved by a California federal judge in May, cost Sirius XM at least $25 million in payments to the class as well as a 10-year license. But the value of the settlement would have been higher if the Florida Supreme Court had ruled in favor of Flo & Eddie. READ STORY HERE
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Gregory Simonson Named GSM For Beasley North Carolina Cluster
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 27TH, 2017 –– Beasley Media Group has named Gregory Simonson as the General Sales Manager at Beasley Media Group in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Simonson has held multiple sales executive roles within the broadcast and digital industry throughout the past 20 years, most recently serving as the Southeast Regional Vice President of Advertising Partnerships at Inc.’s iAd division. He began his career in the broadcasting industry in New York at the Katz Media Group in 1995 and spent the next 15 years in various management roles in Detroit, Los Angeles and ultimately Atlanta, Georgia, where Simonson rose to Vice President of Sales, overseeing all unwired network sales and marketing efforts for the Southeast region. The broadcasting veteran has also held similar management roles at Cumulus Media and Pandora Radio.
“We are thrilled to welcome Gregory to the Beasley Media Group family,” said Vice President and Market Manager Erika Beasley. “His experience and leadership in both traditional and digital media will make him a huge asset to our amazing Fayetteville team.” Simonson received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Florida, as well as served in the Florida and New York Army National Guard for six years.
PROPS: WSB's Mark Arum Inducted Into Georgia Radio Hall of Fame
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 27TH, 2017 –– Cox Media Group Atlanta's Mark Arum was inducted into the 2017 class of the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame on Saturday, Oct. 21. He became the youngest inductee in the organization's 11-year history. The annual awards ceremony was held at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre in Marietta. Other 2017 inductees included Atlanta Braves announcer Don Sutton and longtime radio engineer Tom Giglio.
"I am truly humbled to be inducted into the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame," said Mark Arum. "I've had the pleasure to work with so many amazing people over my twenty years with WSB and never imagined that I would ever join so many of them in the Hall of Fame. It's an incredible honor." Pete Spriggs, WSB Radio's Director of Branding and Programming, said, "Mark trained at the wing of the legendary Capt. Herb Emory and has a similar work ethic and will to serve the listener and the community, and he proves that every day in the WSB Traffic Center. In addition to hosting his own 2-hour "Mark Arum Show" weeknights from 7-9 p.m. on WSB Radio, he is the face and voice of Atlanta Traffic on Channel 2 Action News This Morning and Atlanta's Morning News with Scott Slade.
MWAHAHAHA: WHO's Van & Bonnie' Spend The Night In 'Axe Murder House'
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 27TH, 2017 –– WHO/Des Moines longtime morning hosts 'Van & Bonnie' (inset)did their show from the place Google has deemed to be the scariest place in the country…the Villisca, Iowa, Axe Murder House, where 6 children and 2 adults were murdered in 1912, and bizarre things have been happening there ever since. Van tells Jockline, "They allowed us to stay there all night the night before. There is no electricity and we were not allowed to sleep in the beds so we slept on the floor in sleeping bags. Axe marks are still there on the walls. The crime has never been solved. Weird, unexplained things did indeed happen. We heard footsteps in the tiny house when all our crew was together and accounted for. We had weird, eerie pictures popping up on our phones. We brought playballs, set them out on the floor and they would move on their own."
Van said, " Doors would open with no one there. The whole state of Iowa was buzzing about the broadcast. We couldn’t sleep for 2 reasons…one because it was so creepy…and two, our engineer snores like a banshee! "
'Dead FM' Drama To Invade Bartlesville
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 27TH, 2017 –– Channeling Orson Welle's revered 'War of The Worlds, 'Dead FM' is an original radio drama by Tulsa's Tim Hudson that will also be broadcast by several area radio stations in the days leading up to Halloween and will also be available via live-stream. Plus, there will be a free listening party with members of the cast in attendance (shown above).
Dead FM centers around Barbara Logan, a DJ at the last local radio station still broadcasting
Hudson, a former concert promoter turned writer, tells Tulsa World “Dead FM” centers around Barbara Logan, a DJ at the last local radio station still broadcasting. She has remained on air for several days in an effort to warn people about the sudden appearance of ravenous reanimated dead people but comes to the realization that she needs to protect her family."
"Dead FM" will air on KGGF (660 AM) , KWON (1400 AM/93.3 FM) and KRSU (91.3 FM) - PHOTOS/Tim Hudson
EVENTS: WILD 95.5 Has Listeners Live In A Kia For Chance To Win It; Bob 94.9's Nancy & Newman Raise $10,000 With 'Boatload Of Bras' Event
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 27TH, 2017 – WiLD 95.5 West Palm Beach has teamed with a Kia dealership for SURVIVE IT & DRIVE IT, giving listeners the chance to compete for a brand new 2017 Kia Forte. On Saturday, October 28th at 3pm all qualifiers, along with anyone that signs up that afternoon will be in the running to be one (1) of five (5) people to compete in “SURVIVE IT & DRIVE IT!” The five (5) finalists will live in the 2017 Kia Forte until only one competitor remains! Contestants will have limited bathroom breaks, meals served in the car and are only allowed to bring limited and basic personal essentials. Listeners can watch the 24 Hour Live Stream on its WiLD Kia Cam.
Bob 94.9 Harrisburg's Nancy & Newman set sail this week for their third annual #BobBoatloadOfBras event to raise money for the PA Breast Cancer Coalition. Listeners donated over 1000 bras during the month of October, twice as many as 2016! They covered the Pride of the Susquehanna Riverboat with all of the donated bras during today's live broadcast. Our partner COMMUNITY AID donated a grand total of $10,000 to the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition! Following the check presentation, the Pride of the Susquehanna steamed up and down the Susquehanna river through the city of Harrisburg Pictured Left to Right: Members of PA Breast Cancer Coalition, Jeff Hurley - iHeartmedia Senior Vice President of Programming, Members of Community Aid, FAR RIGHT: Nancy Ryan - Bob 94.9 Mornings, Newman - Bob 94.9 PD/Mornings
SNAPS: 99.1 The Mix Elizabeth & Radar Gather Sig's For Aaron Rodgers Banner
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 27TH, 2017 –– Entercom Milwaukee’s 99.1 The Mix (WMYX-FM) morning show “Elizabeth & Radar” are inviting listeners to come sign the “Get Well Soon, Aaron Rodgers” banner during their live broadcast at Perkins restaurant. Everyone who attends is welcome to sign. The Packers quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, suffered a broken collar bone on October 15 and this is a great opportunity for fans to brighten up Aaron’s spirits.
Elizabeth and Radar felt a “Get Well Soon” card would be too small for all fans to sign so they decided to create a banner with FastSigns in Greenfield, WI. Elizabeth and Radar will deliver the banner to the Green Bay Packer offices, on Tuesday, October 31st.
Ellen Catching Heat Over Katy Perry 'Big Baloons' Message
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Cumulus Announces Selected Preliminary Operating Results For Third Quarter
'Strong preliminary results for the third quarter provide further evidence that our turnaround plan is taking hold' - Mary Berner
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 26TH, 2017 –– In a preliminary look at Cumulus operating results, the company expects to report net revenue in a range of $286.0 million to $288.0 million, net (loss) income in a range of $(0.3) million to $1.7 million, and Adjusted EBITDA in a range of $60.0 million to $62.0 million in its upcoming Q3 report. When adjusting for the impact of $14.4 million of one-time expenses in the three months ended September 30, 2016 related to the resolution of disputed syndicated programming and inventory expenses with CBS Radio Inc., Adjusted EBITDA performance for the three months ended September 30, 2017 is expected to show growth in a range of 3% to 6% year-over-year.
Mary Berner, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cumulus Media Inc., said, “The strong preliminary results for the third quarter provide further evidence that our turnaround plan is taking hold. We are encouraged by our continuing operating and financial momentum in the face of negative industry trends. This quarter, we delivered our seventh straight quarter of ratings share growth at the station group along with revenue share gains for our fifth straight quarter at the station group and third straight quarter at Westwood One. Most importantly, it was the second straight quarter of year-over-year growth in revenue and Adjusted EBITDA.” “
Berner continued, “While the Company has ample cash to operate our business, Cumulus continues to be constrained by an excessive debt load. With the assistance of outside advisors, we are proactively exploring a range of alternatives with our lenders and noteholders to restructure the balance sheet and reduce debt. Our objective is to be able to redirect more of our time and resources to where they can have the greatest impact on our future – investing in our employees, in key technologies and in initiatives that drive growth.”
The Company will issue a press release reporting its third quarter 2017 operating results at approximately 7:30 AM EST on Thursday, November 9th.
SiriusXM Reports 42% Earnings Rise In Q3; Still No Word On Howard Stern Video
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 26TH, 2017 –– SiriusXM announced third quarter 2017 operating and financial results, including record revenue of $1.4 billion, up 8% versus the prior year period. Net income totaled $276 million in the third quarter 2017, up 42% from $194 million in the third quarter 2016. Among the highlights included Self-Pay subscribers reaching approximately 27 Million. The company added 311,000 net new self-pay subscribers in the third quarter 2017 to end the period with approximately 27 million self-pay subscribers.
"SiriusXM delivered a very strong third quarter despite headwinds from slowing auto sales and the impact of severe weather in many parts of the United States. We recorded our best-ever quarter for adjusted EBITDA and its corresponding margin — which reached 39.9%. SiriusXM is pleased to once again raise our full-year guidance for revenue, adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow. In September, we also completed our $480 million strategic investment in Pandora and recently announced a 10% hike in our quarterly dividend," said Jim Meyer, Chief Executive Officer, SiriusXM.
Following its cash investment of $480 for Pandora, Meyer told analysts during a morning call that it was too early to weigh possible synergies between his company and Pandora. "It's an investment. We are taking our time evaluating that," Meyer explained. Top executives gave no update on a long-delayed Howard Stern video service in the works from SiriusXM, but did touch on Ricky Gervais' launching a new show exclusively on the platform, Ricky Gervais Is Deadly Sirius reported The Hollywood Reporter.
Cumulus Extends Talent Endorsements To Video With C-Endorsement Product
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 26TH, 2017 –– Cumulus is extending its talent endorsements to video with the industry's first video endorsement product called “C-Endorsement Videos.” It's part of Cumulus' Digital C-Suite which lets clients buy local personality-branded video endorsements that appear as pre-roll video ads before content on popular and reputable third-party websites. visited by consumers. They feature specific target audience, including age, gender, geography and behavioral characteristics.
Larry Linietsky, VP, Digital Operations and Business Development for Cumulus says, “Radio personality endorsements are effective marketing solutions because of the trusted relationship listeners have with their favorite local DJs and hosts. With audiences spending up to four hours every day with these personalities, research shows that nearly 80% trust on-air personalities like friends. Given the combination of the time spent and the trust built, it's no wonder that over 50% of the audience reports their favorite personalities influence their opinions."
WWO Offers First-Ever Guaranteed ROI To Advertisers
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 26TH, 2017 –– Westwood One announces the first-ever industry-wide ROI Guarantee in the audio space based upon irrefutable evidence of radio’s powerful return on advertising spend. The results, as proven by Nielsen, have continually shown exceptionally strong evidence of radio’s positive ROI across 23 national studies measuring sales results for multiple brand category campaigns. The Westwood One ROI Guarantee program will partner with qualifying clients to accomplish their business objectives. Nielsen will measure return on advertising spend on behalf of the radio campaign, which includes all media that run across the entire broadcast radio landscape, as well as Westwood One, by matching Media Monitors ad occurrences with Portable People Meter listening, Nielsen credit card data and in-store CPG purchase data from Nielsen Catalina Solutions. If ROI is not positive, Westwood One will run no-cost supplemental media weight sufficient to deliver the guaranteed ROI.
Suzanne Grimes, EVP Corporate Marketing, Cumulus Media and President of Westwood One says, “We have seen stunning radio ROI data across the board and are convinced of radio’s ability to generate a positive return, so much so that we are offering the ROI Guarantee to our advertisers.” “Given secular trends across the media landscape, brands are deeply concerned over ad fraud, viewability, and questionable metrics,” Grimes continued. “Marketers demand solutions that reach their target customers and generate results. The WWO ROI GUARANTEE elevates radio as the measurable mass reach medium that, simply put, delivers.”
PROGRAMMING: Chris Edge Named SVPP For iHeart Raleigh/Greensboro
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 26TH, 2017 –– iHeartMedia announced that Chris Edge has been named Area Senior Vice President of Programming for Raleigh and Greensboro, effective immediately. Edge is currently responsible for spearheading the programming strategies for all stations in the Raleigh market, a position he has held for the past five years. As Area Senior Vice President of Programming, he will also oversee programming for iHeartMedia Greensboro’s five stations.
In 2012, Edge returned to iHeartMedia Raleigh as the Senior Vice President of Programming, where he also serves as an on-air host for 95X, Raleigh's New Rock Alternative. He previously was Program Director of iHeartMedia Raleigh’s WDCG-FM from 1999 to 2003. Edge’s background also includes programming roles at stations in Hartford, Connecticut; Indianapolis, Indiana; and Austin, Texas. In 2016, iHeartMedia named him Senior Vice President of Programming of the Year for the Northeast Division. “I’m looking forward to collaborating with the team in Greensboro, learning new things from them, and contributing to the long-term success of our brands,” said Edge.
EVENTS: 99.9 KISW/Seattle's 'Live Day' To Broadcast In Front Of Live Audience
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 26TH, 2017 –– On Thursday, November 16, at Emerald Queen Casino Entercom Seattle’s 99.9 KISW “The Rock of Seattle” celebrates the third annual “Live Day” by moving the groundbreaking event in front of a live audience. During “Live Day,” both morning and afternoon drive shows, “BJ & Migs” and “The Mens Room”, will perform completely live. This means nothing is recorded for the show, including commercials, sound effects and music. This year, “Live Day” will feature a cast of local musicians, Foley artists and comedians, along with the station’s cast.
“Doing two full shows completely live clearly wasn’t enough of a challenge for KISW,” said Dave Richards, Vice President, Programming and Operations, Entercom Seattle. “This year, we’ll take ‘Live Day’ to a full stage production in front of a live audience.” KISW’s “Live Day” received the 2017 Jacobs Media “Radios Most Innovative” award and was nominated for a 2016 Mercury Radio Award. “BJ & Migs” is broadcast on KISW Monday through Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., and “The Mens Room” from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Ciara Kelly Will Host Newstalk Lunchtime Show In Ireland
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 26TH, 2017 –– Ciara Kelly is starting a new lunchtime show on Newstalk from Monday, as a replacement for George Hook and High Noon. The new show, called Lunchtime Live, will see Ciara bring a “fresh perspective to midday radio examining the key issues of the day and how they affect the lives of the listeners,” from 12pm to 2pm, Monday to Friday. Ciara joined Newstalk just 12 months ago to host a weekend show. George Hook has been moved to weekends following recent incidents at the station.
Anna Bingham Is Changing Stations - In Sussex, England, More Radio’s networked mid-morning show host Anna Bingham is joining Spirit FM for the Hometime show from November 6th. Anna has worked for More Radio aka Splash FM for the last 14 years and also works on Isle of Wight Radio.
Jane And Mick Back On The Air In Melbourne Australia - Jane Kennedy and Mick Molloy returned to the Melbourne airwaves this week, as the show made it’s on-air debut ahead of the wider launch into other states next year. Read more HERE
96FM In Perth, Western Australia Has A New Breakfast Show - Carmen & Fitzi are out of a 96FM, effective immediately. Paul Hogan and Lisa Fernandez, or Lise to her friends, will instead create Paul & Lise for Breakfast. In 2014 Lise Fernandez joined Channel 9 Television as a presenter. Lise will be continuing work with Channel 9 as she begins back on-air for Breakfast radio with 96FM in 2018. Meanwhile, Paul Hogan began his media career as a comedian and writer and soon moved to a national on-air role on Triple M before working with Lise in Perth. For the past four years, he’s been in Hobart co-hosting Breakfast and his show currently holds the #1FM position.
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SNAPS: Kelsea Ballerini Presents NASH Team Her First Platinum Album
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 26TH, 2017 –– Black River Group Country superstar Kelsea Ballerini stopped by the NASH campus this week to present the NASH team with a little gift - her first platinum album! Ballerini shot to stardom after releasing three consecutive platinum-certified #1 hits – “Love Me Like You Mean It," “Peter Pan” and “Dibs” – from her critically acclaimed debut album The First Time, making her the only female artist in country music history, including female duos and groups, to achieve this feat. The gifted singer-songwriter also reached gold with her top 5 hit “Yeah Boy,” and either wrote or co-wrote all 12 songs on her debut album.
Ballerini's highly anticipated sophomore album, Unapologetically, is slated to drop next Friday, November 3rd, and was named among the "30 Biggest Albums of Fall” by Entertainment Weekly. PHOTO/Left to Right - John Shomby, NASH Director of Programming and PD, NASH FM 103.3/WKDF; Kelsea Ballerini; Mike McVay, EVP, Content & Programming, Cumulus Media and Westwood One; and John Kilgo, VP, Label Relations, Cumulus Media.
Fats Domino Remembered; Sinclair InTalks With O'Reilly
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FCC Ends 80-Year-Old Main Studio Rule
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 25TH, 2017 –– The Federal Communications Commission today eliminated the broadcast main studio rule . The Order retains the requirement that stations maintain a local or toll-free telephone number to ensure consumers have ready access to their local stations. The main studio rule, adopted nearly 80 years ago, currently requires each AM radio, FM radio, and television broadcast stations to have a main studio located in or near its local community. The rule was implemented to facilitate input from community members and the station’s participation in community activities. The Commission recognizes that today the public can access information via broadcasters’ online public file, and stations and community members can interact directly through alterative means such as email, social media, and the telephone. Given this, the Commission found that requiring broadcasters to maintain a main studio is outdated and unnecessarily burdensome. The vote resulted in Chairman Pai, Commissioners O’Rielly and Carr (TL) approving. Commissioners Clyburn and Rosenworcel (TR) dissenting.
Following the move, NAB Executive Vice President of Communications Dennis Wharton commented: “NAB supports elimination of the main studio rule, which has outlived its usefulness in an era of mobile news gathering and multiple content delivery platforms. We're confident that cost savings realized from ending the main studio rule will be reinvested by broadcasters in better programming and modernized equipment to better serve our local communities. We applaud the FCC for continuing to remove unnecessary and outdated broadcast regulations.”
Shelli Sonstein Inks Multi-Year Extension With Q104.3 As Morning Show Co-Host
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 25TH, 2017 –– Shelli Sonstein celebrates an amazing 40th Anniversary on the New York radio airwaves as co-host on the “Jim Kerr Rock and Roll Morning Show” by inking a four-year contract extension with top-rated Q104.3 Radio. The ageless radio personality, who recently won a Gracie Award for best radio co-host and a 2nd for best public affairs show, has been Kerr’s morning show mate on America’s most-listened-to rock station since 2003. This follows Kerr signing a five-year extension last year.
Sonstein first paired with Kerr from 1977-89 at WPLJ Radio in New York. In 1990, the duo joined country station WYNY in New York , and then joined Q104.3, where they are beginning their 15th year. Shelli began her radio career at the age of 18 on WMMR in Philadelphia, her hometown. Sonstein also hosts “Sonstein Sunday” and “Sonstein Sessions” on iHeartRadio app. She also serves as News Director and Movie Critic in her wide-variety of roles at the station. In addition to her many on air duties, Shelli is an advisory board member of the Asbury Park Music & Film Festival. After founding her entertainment prep service, BS Entertainment News, Inc, she supplied Jay Leno’s “Tonight Show” a 12-20 page daily report which his writers used to craft his iconic monologue, continuing the successful arrangement for 15 years until he left late night television.
Alex Mac Takes Afternoons For ALT 106.3 Des Moines And Nights For ALT 104.9 St. Louis
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 25TH, 2017 –– iHeartMedia announced today that Alex Mac has been named Afternoon Personality and Music Director for ALT 106.3, Des Moines’ Alternative Rock station , as well as Evening Personality for ALT 104.9, St. Louis’ Alternative Rock station, effective October 30 . Alex will broadcast from 2-7p.m. on ALT 106.3 in Des Moines and 7 p.m. - midnight on ALT 104.9 in St. Louis.
Alex Mac joins the Des Moines market from iHeartMedia Richmond , where he most recently served as the Night Host on XL102. He began his career with iHeartMedia Rich Richmond as a Promotions Assistant. “I'm absolutely thrilled to join such a strong market with great leaders and mentors,” said Mac. “I'm honored to be a part of the team that's destined to lead the Alternative Roc k format in the region.”
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Tim Davies Rises To Regional VP For Radio One Atlanta
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 25TH, 2017 –– Radio One has promoted radio veteran Tim Davies from Vice President, General Manager of Radio One Atlanta to Regional Vice President. With over 30 years of media management experience and a proven track record in the expansive Radio One Atlanta market since 2008, Davies’ promotion reflects his success in talent and market management, revenue growth, and high performance team development. Tim Davies oversees the Radio One Atlanta and Reach Media operation which includes four radio stations (Hot 107.9 FM, MAJIC 107.5/97.5 FM, Boom 102.9FM, Praise 102.5FM), four syndicated shows (The Rickey Smiley Morning Show, The Ed Lover Morning Show, The Willie Moore Jr. Show and The Nightly Spirit with Darlene McCoy), digital platforms, the filming of Dish Nation TV and signature events such as Birthday Bash and Praise in the Park.
Davies said, “Every day we create content in Atlanta impacting not only our market, but the entire country using our fully integrated platform of our local stations, syndicated shows, vast digital assets and television programming. I am excited about the new role and how we will continue to grow revenue and audience in the years to come.”
Chicago Legend Dick Biondi Film Edges Closer To Big Screen
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 25TH, 2017 –– Pam Pulice is doing a documentary film on the legendary DJ Dick Biondi The Daily Herald. While Biondi is on hiatus from WLS due to health problems, Pulice has set up A GoFundMe page to help fund the film "The Dick Biondi Film," a documentary about the legendary WLS radio disc jockey and the experience of listening to him while growing up in Chicago in the 1960s, is expected to debut sometime next year. The film is the project of lifelong Biondi fan and Villa Park native Pamela Pulice.
This is the first documentary by Pulice, who spent her professional career making video memoirs. Since 2014, she's been slowly compiling interviews about Biondi with dozens of celebrities, including Bobby Rydell, Brian Wilson, Frankie Valli, hosts Bob Sirott and John Landecker. In these interviews, they talk about Biondi's profound impact on rock 'n' roll as one of the nation's most powerful and popular DJs in the 1960s. They also share stories about what it was like to listen to him on WLS or WJMK 104.3 FM, or be the recipient of his kindness back when they were unknown musicians. Biondi, who turned 85 on Sept. 13, still lives in Chicago and deejays on weekends at WLS 94.7-FM. He's been off the air since April while recovering from a leg ailment. His close friend and former producer Scott Miller, who saw him at his casino-themed birthday party last month, tells The Herald he's doing well and "is still the same Dick Biondi." He's just waiting for his doctors to give him the OK to return to work, Miller said. Biondi said in a statement: "I want nothing more than to get back to entertaining the greatest radio audience in the greatest city in the world!" READ ARTICLE HERE
NETWORKS: ABC Presents Pre-CMA Special Living Everyday: Luke Bryan
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 25TH, 2017 –– As fans gear up to celebrate Country Music’s Biggest Night™, ABC airs its ninth annual pre-CMA Awards special, “Living Every Day: Luke Bryan,” On Monday, Nov.. 6 (10:01–11:00 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network. Presented by “Good Morning America” co-anchor Robin Roberts, Luke Bryan welcomes Roberts to his Tennessee farm where he’s joined by wife, Caroline, and young boys ‘Bo’ and Tatum, and nephew Til.
“Living Every Day: Luke Bryan” is a documentary-style look at how Luke balances family and a career that has him touring the world and on top of the country charts as he prepares to launch his upcoming album, “What Makes You Country,” on Dec. 8 and takes a seat as a judge on ABC’s highly anticipated music competition series, “American Idol.” “Living Every Day: Luke Bryan” also features a new interview with CMA Awards hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood. This year the duo will celebrate their 10th year as hosts.
PODCASTS: Fatherly & iHeart Launch Podcast
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 25TH, 2017 –– Fatherly, the leading digital lifestyle guide for millennial parents, has partnered with iHeartMedia to launch The Fatherly Podcast on iHeartRadio. Fatherly is hosted by veteran journalist, children’s book author, and father of two, Joshua David Stein.
“Our goal is to create a podcast that makes fathers feel more empowered,” said Andrew Burmon, Editor-in-Chief, Fatherly. “It’s in Joshua’s nature to ask substantive, probing questions and to be forthcoming and honest about his own experiences. This is about bringing private sentiment into the public square and we do that well.”
“Fatherly has done a tremendous job building their brand and creating great content that we know iHeartRadio listeners will enjoy,” said Chris Peterson, Senior Vice President of Podcasting for iHeartMedia. “We are excited to help Fatherly bring their audio strategy to life with the launch of ‘The Fatherly Podcast’ on iHeartRadio." The Fatherly Podcast is sponsored exclusively by Hum by Verizon, TLC, and ADT Home Security. The podcast will also be available for download on Apple Podcasts and Google Play.
Rocker Dee Snider To Count Down Scary, Hairy Hits Of The 80's On 95.7 BEN-FM
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 25TH, 2017 –– 95.7 BEN FM announces Dee Snider, lead singer of the legendary 80’s rock band Twisted Sister, will be the guest host of “95.7 BEN FM’s Halloween Hair Ball” on Saturday, October 28th starting at 7pm on the station. Snider will play the top 50 greatest hair band hits of the 80’s as chosen by the 95.7 BEN FM listeners.
“We came up with the idea of letting listeners choose their favorite scary, hairy hits of the 80’s and running them back countdown style for people’s Halloween parties,” said 95.7 Program Director Chuck Damico. “There’s only one perfect host that makes sense for that – Dee Snider! He’s an 80’s Rocker, a radio pro and Philly loves him! We’re thrilled to have Dee party with 95.7 BEN FM for the Halloween weekend.”
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Singer Katie Arminger Claims She Was Sexually Harassed By Radio Hosts & PDs
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 24TH, 2017 –– Country singer Katie Armiger tells Fox News she was blacklisted from country music after revealing she was groped by a radio DJ while still underage. She claims it happened during her first radio tour while just 15-yrs. old. "I was at a radio station in Texas and was taking a promo photo with one of the on-air DJs after doing my performances and he grabbed my butt during the photo," Armiger told Fox. "And at the same time he was whispering in my ear, 'When are you going to be legal?'" Armiger told us she "was shocked" and "terrified" but had no one to lean on for support. Armiger decided to keep quiet, but things came to a head in June 2016 when the singer was sued by her record label, Cold River, and filed a counterclaim alleging the label told her to "sex it up" in order to become successful. According to the lawsuit, Armiger said she was asked to "purchase 'hot, game-changing' clothes," "hug, kiss and flirt" with radio programmers. Armiger said she was told she needed to make the programmers "wish you would take them home with you." Cold River Record head Pete O'Heeron told Fox News at the time the suit was "baseless" and "an attempt to try and smear good people." Armiger said she can't comment on her battle with Cold River after a settlement was made, but said she now wants to share her stories of sexual harassment amid the growing number of sexual abuse allegations against disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and others
In another instance of harassment, Armiger claims while taking a radio programmer and his team to lunch when the program director asked everyone to share their "top five list of women they would want to sleep with." After sharing his first choice, Armiger said the programmer turned to her, "looking me in the eyes, he said, 'But you would absolutely be my No. 2.'" Armiger said he then turned to her guitar player and said, "Surely you've been f--king her. Where is she on your list?" READ STORY HERE
David Field, Scott Shannon, Rod Phillips, Scott Jameson, Bob Sirott, Greg Ashlock And Ryan Wrecker To Present Awards At 29th Annual NRHOF Induction Ceremony
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 24TH, 2017 –– Presenters for the 29th Annual National Radio Hall of Fame Induction ceremony are confirmed. Those unable to attend the sold-out event on Nov. 2 at the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago will have the opportunity to listen to the commercial free presentation exclusively via TuneIn, this year’s official online streaming partner. PRESENTER: INDUCTEE (L-R) David Field , President/CEO of Entercom Communications Corp. to present award to Joseph Field. CBS New York host, Scott Shannon to present award to Sean Hannity - Rod Phillips, leader of iHeartCountry, o present award to Bobby Bones, Scott Jameson, Cumulus VP of Classic Rock, o present award to Tom Barnard. Famed Chicago personality Bob Sirotto to present award to John Records Landecker. Greg Ashlock, President of iHeartMedia, West o present award to Bill Handel, Ryan Wrecker, St. Louis Talk Radio Host, will accept the award for the late Bob Sievers.
National Radio Hall of Fame Chairman Kraig T. Kitchin says, “We’re pleased to have such talented and accomplished presenters joining us on this special night and happy that those who can’t attend won’t miss a beat thanks to TuneIn.” Leading radio imaging and production company The Mix Group is the presenting sponsor of the National Radio Hall of Fame Induction ceremony. The museum is located at 360 North State Street in downtown Chicago.
Robin Roberts To Be Honored With Distinguished Service Award At NAB Show
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 24TH, 2017 –– Co-anchor of ABC’s “Good Morning America” Robin Roberts will receive the NAB Distinguished Service Award (DSA) during the 2018 NAB Show in Las Vegas. Roberts will accept her award at the NAB Show Opening on Monday, April 9. Each year, the NAB DSA recognizes members of the broadcast community who have made significant and lasting contributions to the industry. Previous award recipients include Bob Schieffer, Michael J. Fox, Mary Tyler Moore, President Ronald Reagan, Edward R. Murrow, Bob Hope, Walter Cronkite and Oprah Winfrey, among others.
Roberts began contributing to “Good Morning America” in June 1995 and was named co-anchor in May 2005. Prior to that, she appeared on ESPN’s “SportsCenter” and “NFL PrimeTime.” Additionally, Roberts heads her own production company, Rock'n Robin Productions, which creates original broadcast and digital programming for ABC and other networks. Roberts is the author of “From the Heart: 7 Rules to Live By” and her memoir, “Everybody’s Got Something,” in which she tells the story of her battle against a life-threatening illness, learning life’s hardest lessons, and her inspiring return to broadcast television. Additional information about NAB Show is available here.
PROGRAMMING: Cumulus Expands Role Of Market Vet Bobby Novosad
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 24TH, 207 –– Cumulus Media has promoted longtime Lafayette, LA morning host/pd Bobby Novosad to Program Director of KXKC-FM/NASH FM 99.1. The promotion expands Novosad’s role in the Cumulus Media-Lafayette station cluster. Novosad retains his duties as Brand Manager and Morning Host of Cumulus Media-Lafayette’s Top 40 station, KSMB-FM, a position he has held for over 32 years. Scott Chiasson, Vice President and Market Manager, Cumulus Media-Lafayette, said: “I am very excited to promote Bobby to Program Director of KXKC-NASH FM 99.1. Bobby has been a generational staple in the Lafayette metro area and is a fantastic radio guy. His deep experience and understanding of the way a winning station should sound is already having an impact."
Novosad said: "It’s hard to fathom that I started my 33rd year this week at KSMB. From part-time on Sundays to Middays/Promotions Director, Assistant Music Director, Music Director, APD to PD, I have enjoyed it all and still do. KSMB continues to be the market powerhouse in Lafayette, LA. My staff is beyond amazing, Karli Guidry is the perfect co-host, and our ratings are through the stratosphere.” He added: “That said, I am beyond excited to add to that success as Program Director of NASH FM 99.1. I love challenges and this is one I couldn’t turn down. Thanks to Scott Chiasson, Pat Galloway, Greg Frey, Mike McVay, Charlie Cook and Cat Thomas for this opportunity.”
Doug MacGunnigle Rises To APD At Providence Combo
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 24TH, 2017 –– Cumulus Media has promoted Producer and Digital Content Director Doug MacGunnigle to Assistant Program Director of NewsTalk 99.7 and AM 630 WPRO and AM 790/WPRV-AM in Providence, RI, effective immediately. MacGunnigle started at WPRO in 2002 as a weekend board operator, soon branching out to production and on-air duties on Hot 106 and 92 PRO FM. As a producer, MacGunnigle has worked with many legends of the Rhode Island radio landscape, including Steve Kass, Ron St. Pierre, Arlene Violet, and Dan Yorke. After stints at other media outlets in the area, he returned to WPRO in May 2015 and has served as producer of the Matt Allen Show and Digital Content Director for the station's digital assets.
MacGunnigle said: "I'm ecstatic to be working with Neil and the fantastic team at WPRO in this new role. It's a thrill to be working with such talent on a talk station that's live and local for 16 hours a day - a true rarity in today's radio landscape. I look forward to helping bring WPRO into the future with informative, entertaining, and compelling content."
PODCAST: WWO Presents The Kurt Warner Quarterback Podcast
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 24TH, 2017 –– The Westwood One Podcast Network welcomes The Kurt Warner Quarterback Podcast to the lineup. Westwood One is the exclusive network radio partner of the NFL. In partnership with the National Football League, the network has created The Kurt Warner Quarterback Podcast, which features an analysis and review of the weekend’s quarterback play. The podcast is hosted by Kurt Warner, newly-inducted Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback and Westwood One and NFL Network analyst, plus Kevin Harlan, the voice of Westwood One’s coverage of Monday Night Football and the Super Bowl. T
The Westwood One Podcast Network will provide exclusive ad sales representation for The Kurt Warner Quarterback Podcast, delivering relationships and expertise with massive scale and reach. If you are an advertiser, podcast content creator, or distributor and want to learn more about the Westwood One Podcast Network, contact email@example.com. For podcast insights and trends, Westwood One’s Podcast Download Fall 2017 Report is available for download on WestwoodOne.com.
SYNDICATION: Murphy, Sam & Jodi Up To 47 Markets; Jim Brickman Joins Envision Lineup
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 24TH, 2017 –– Now heard in 47 markets. Syndicated AC and Classic Hits morning show Murphy, Sam & Jodi welcome 3 new affiliates including MARC Radio Group’s 100.9/WXJZ FM, Gainesville, FL., IHeart Media’s Star 92.9/KYWY FM/Cheyenne, WY. and IHeart Media’s Mix 98.1/WDFM FM Defiance, OH. MSJ is customized specifically for you, designed to deliver a “Live and Local Morning Show” experience. Program your own music or fully produced, VT, song intro options and on the spot traffic and weather. Stations interested in more info, contact June Colbert at firstname.lastname@example.org or (615) 202-5900.
--Envision Networks® has announced its representation deal with Jim Brickman to distribute The Jim Brickman Show as well as new audio and video programming from The Brickhouse Network. The Jim Brickman Show is a four-hour lifestyle program with music and interviews hosted by the award-winning songwriter and best-selling solo pianist Jim Brickman. Co-hosts Brynne and Bob along with Jim provide affiliates with friendly conversation and fun programming filled with music and pop culture every weekend. From Hollywood and health to lifestyle and food, The Jim Brickman Show provides listeners with everything they need to make the most out of their weekends. And Brickman is releasing a brand new holiday single "Christmas Where You Are" with Five for Fighting, which will be premiering on "The Jim Brickman Show" in November. Stations interested in more information on any of Envision Networks® offerings can visit goenvisionnetworks.com or contact Amber Wade at 216-831-3761 or email@example.com.
CBS RADIO Wraps Up 5th ANNUAL “We Can Survive” Show At Hollywood Bowl
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 24TH, 2017 –– CBS RADIO presented its fifth annual WE CAN SURVIVE show at the historic Hollywood Bowl this past Saturday, October 21. This year’s line-up was the show’s biggest yet, featuring performances by ALESSIA CARA, HARRY STYLES, KESHA, KHALID, LORDE, MACKLEMORE, P!NK, SAM HUNT, and SAM SMITH and a surprise performance by NIALL HORAN. The show is hosted in support of breast cancer awareness and benefits the Young Survival Coalition, the premier organization dedicated to the critical issues unique to young women who are diagnosed with breast cancer.
Highlights of the show included a collaboration between Kesha and Macklemore on “Good Old Days” and Harry Styles leading the audience to sing Happy Birthday to his mom who was celebrating her 50th. Michael Martin, CBS RADIO’s SVP of Music Initiatives, commented, “This year’s show was nothing short of spectacular! From the line-up to the attendance, the energy and spirit at the Hollywood Bowl was just captivating. We’re incredibly thankful to all of the artists and fans along with our sponsors and partners that came out to support CBS RADIO and the fight against breast cancer.” PHOTO/Kevin Winter/Getty Images
Janet Jackson Not Banned From Super Bowl Says NFL
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Cumulus' First 'Next2Rock' Competition Kicks Off With Over 1,800 Submissions
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 23RD, 2017 –– Cumulus Media’s neXt2rock 2017 competition — a national and local grassroots search for the nation’s newest rock star — is off to a roaring start with over 1,800 submissions, and thousands of fans weighing in on their favorites thus far. The winner of this four-month-long competition will receive a record deal with Big Machine/John Varvatos Records, as well as substantial exposure, commensurate with a major label release, on Cumulus radio stations nationwide. Emerging artists will first be rated by Cumulus listeners — currently underway now and continuing throughOct. 25, 11:59 pm ET. All those participating in the rating process will be automatically entered into a sweepstakes to win a trip to the neXt2rock 2017 finale at the Viper Room in Los Angeles on Dec. 12. Mentor Judges for the competition’s finale include some of rock’s most successful and passionate purveyors: Big Machine Label Group President & CEO Scott Borchetta ; musician, songwriter and producer Desmond Child; record producer Bob Ezrin; Sex Pistols' guitarist and host of “Jonesy’s Jukebox” Steve Jones; and Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale [WATCH] Rossdale's Next2rock video HERE
Cumulus Media is the first broadcaster to offer its national platform to support unsigned artists. “It’ refreshing and exciting to see and hear the wide spectrum of entries we’ve received for our first neXt2rock competition,” said Mike McVay (R), Executive Vice President, Content & Programming. “It’s especially encouraging to see how diverse the submissions are within the genre, which further proves that rock music is alive and well, and its future remains bright.”
Stars Turnout For Donnie Simpson's 40th
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 23RD, 2017 –– Radio One Washington D.C. celebrated the 40th Anniversary of Donnie Simpson on Sunday night with a star-studded concert filled with surprises and some of Simpson’s favorite DMV and national artists. Among them included from Hip Hop legends like Doug E Fresh and Big Daddy Kane; R&B greats like BBD and Chante Moore; and the DMV’s own, Rare Essence to name a few.
Professional athletes, reality television stars and industry moguls were also in attendance. Simpson arrived via police motorcade and took brief interviews on the red carpet. Concert was held at the Warner Theatre.
Rascal Flatts Surprises Attendees With Special Performance At Vegas Strong
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 23RD, 2017 –– Country Music Superstars Rascal Flatts surprised attendees at Beasley's Vegas Strong: A Night of Healing when the band walked on stage to do a special live performance. This fundraising event, which took place on Thursday, Oct. 19th at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada featured Nashville Recording Artists, Big & Rich, and (Arista Nashville)Singer/Songwriter, Cam. In addition, nationally syndicated Radio & Fox Television Personality, Sean Hannity, and Comedian, Ron White, contributed to the all-star lineup as this event, which honored all victims, survivors and first responders from the Route 91 Harvest Festival tragedy that occurred on October 1.
“There's still a long road to recovery for the victims of the October 1 shooting and not all scars are physical,” said KCYE-FM Music Director and Afternoon Host Ransom Garcia. “I think it's wonderful that such an iconic band as Rascal Flatts volunteered to be a part of this night of healing. We will be forever grateful to all the incredible acts and special guests that appeared on stage for their compassion and generosity." Beasley Media Group invited Big & Rich back to Las Vegas for Vegas Strong: A Night of Healing to perform “God Bless America” in honor of the victims, survivors and first responders at this special event. The duo performed “God Bless America” earlier in the evening on the night of October 1 and brought members of the military on stage to lead a sing-a-long with the crowd, as they traditionally do during their live performances. 100% of the donations received will benefit the Steve Sisolak Las Vegas Victims’ Fund. PHOTO/top left- Beasley EVP of Programming Justin Chase, Sean Hannity, Rascal Flatts Lead Singer Gary LeVox, New Revolution’s Jeff Solima - at right, KKLZ PD/Morning Host Mike O’Brian, Justin Chase and as Vegas Operations Manager John Candeleria
iHeart Orlando Goes To Bat For Puerto Rico
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 23RD, 2017 –– iHeartMedia Orlando partnered with Baby DJ, Inc., XL1067 on-air personality Johnny Magic’s non-profit organization, and Experience Kissimmee, the tourism authority for Osceola County, to host Unite for Puerto Rico Celebrity Softball Game to benefit Hurricane Maria victims. The free event featured local celebrities, including Sheriff Jerry Demings, Jim Phillips, Russ Rollins and Dirty Jim from Real Radio 104.1, John & Jenny from Rumba100.3, Pat Lynch and Taco Bob from 101.1 WJRR, DJ D-Strong and Viva La Koi from 104.5 The Beat, Ryan Elijah and Bob Frier from FOX35, Summer Knowles and Alex Villareal from WESH2, Justin Warmoth and Julie Broughton from WKMG, Artist Michael Stuart, Socialite Maripily and Pedro Juan WAPA America playing softball to raise money for a good cause.
On-air personalities from iHeartMedia Orlando’s eight stations will encourage fans to attend the game and donate funds or critically needed supplies such as water, first aid kits, sleeping bags, bug spray and all hygiene items. All donations will benefit Unite for Puerto Rico, an initiative created by the office of Puerto Rico’s first lady, Beatriz Rosselló, to assist the victims of the hurricanes in Puerto Rico. For more information, listeners can go to babydj.org.
NETWORKS: Kix Brooks Honors Veterans With A 2-Hour Holiday Special
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 23RD, 2017 –– Westwood One and Kix Brooks will honor the men and women throughout our nation's history who served and are still serving in the U.S. armed forces with his annual A Salute to Our Military Veterans. Kix, the popular award-winning host of Westwood One’s American Country Countdown and host of the Kickin’ it with Kix podcast, rallies his long list of friends to join him for this musical salute.
“I’m always grateful to be able to honor our military,” said Brooks. “It’s an honor and privilege to salute their service and their sacrifice.” Stations can air Westwood One’s A Salute to Our Military Veterans any time Friday, November 10 through Sunday, November 12, 2017, between 6:00 am and 12 midnight. For more information, contact Country@WestwoodOne.com. Photo Credit: Micah Kandros
ON-AIR: 77 WABC Adds 'Go Big Or Go Home' With Tom Maoli
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 23RD, 2017 –– 77 WABC Radio announces that it has added “Go Big or Go Home”, a new call-in business talk show hosted by successful business leader and entrepreneur Tom Maoli, to its weekly line-up. The one-hour program debuts this past Sunday, October 22, 2017, from 7:00pm-8:00pm.
On “Go Big or Go Home”, Maoli reveals his secrets, tips and insights for entrepreneurial and business success with listeners across the northeast.
Darrel Eason To Program And Air Mornings On Praise 95.1 St. Louis
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 23RD, 2017 –– Salem Media Group announced that Darrel Eason – former Majic 104.9 and Hallelujah 1600 PD and nighttime host – has been named program director and morning-drive personality for the new contemporary urban gospel Praise 95.1. “Darrel’s success in R&B and urban Gospel radio is unquestioned in St. Louis,” said Greg Lhamon, Vice President and General Manager for Salem Media Group, the parent company of Praise 95.1. “He has passion for this city and a strong desire to build a powerful urban gospel station for the African-American community. He’s the right guy for this job.”
Praise 95.1 is the first FM radio station to play contemporary Gospel music in St. Louis. In addition to programming the station, Eason will host the morning show called, “The Morning Praise.” “Salem Media is a mission-driven company,” Eason said, “and that allows me to perform my mission of helping to provide spiritual growth to St. Louisans through music and encouragement.”
Fans Pay Tribute To Miami Radio Legend Rick Shaw
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 23RD, 2017 –– Over 100 people came to Gulfstream Park in Miami on Sunday night to pay tribute to Miami radio legend, Rick Shaw, who died in September at the age of 78. After a career that spanned 51-years, he retired in 2006 reports the Miami Herald. Local celebrities, including Beatles Brunch host DJ Joe Johnson and Majic 102.7 colleague Mindy Lang, were there to pay tribute to their late colleague and friend. “He was larger than life,” Johnson said. “He was South Florida’s Dick Clark.”
Sean Hummell, Shaw’s son, said that outpouring of love from the community has been overwhelming. Hummell performed at the tribute with his band Captain Pigg, singing some of his dad’s favorites including selections from the Beatles. “I know he is tuning in from wherever he is and would hear us,” he said. The event would end the same way Shaw ended his program throughout his career — with the 1959 Ray Peterson classic “Goodnight My Love” PHOTO/Facebook
CONFIRMED: Timberlake To Perform During Super Bowl
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Entercom Eyes Mid-November For Closure Of CBS Merger
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 20TH, 2017 –– CBS Corp announced the commencement of an exchange offer for the separation of its radio business as part of its previously announced agreement to combine CBS Radio Inc. ("CBS Radio") with Entercom Communications Corp. (NYSE: ETM) ("Entercom"). The combined company will have a nationwide footprint of 235 stations, including stations in 22 of the top 25 U.S. markets.
"We are very pleased to be taking this important step toward the split-off of our radio business in a way that we believe is good for CBS Radio, good for the CBS Corporation, and good for our shareholders," said Leslie Moonves, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, CBS Corporation. "This exchange offer will give equity holders the opportunity to invest in what we believe will be a best-in-class radio company, with top assets and a terrific management team. And for CBS, we expect that it will unlock even more value and allow us to become even more focused on the creation and distribution of premium video content."
Unless the exchange offer is extended or terminated, the final exchange ratio will be announced in a press release no later than 11:59 p.m., New York City time, on November 14, 2017, and the exchange offer will expire at 11:59 p.m., on November 16, 2017, leaving two trading days between the date that the final exchange ratio is announced and the expiration of the exchange offer. Immediately following the completion of the exchange offer, a special-purpose merger subsidiary of Entercom will be merged with and into CBS Radio, with CBS Radio surviving the merger and becoming a wholly owned subsidiary of Entercom.
Entercom has scheduled a meeting of shareholders to be held on November 15, 2017, to approve the issuance of Entercom Class A common stock in the merger and amend the Entercom articles of association to classify the Entercom board of directors in connection with the transaction. Entercom will still need to secure approval from the Dept. of Justice and Federal Communications Commission prior to close, but Entercom President/CEO David Field appears optimistic that closure will come by mid-November. In a company memo he wrote, “We are continuing our work with those agencies and remain optimistic that we will receive their approvals in a timely manner and close our merger in the fourth quarter, possibly as early as Nov. 17, the day after the CBS exchange offer is scheduled to conclude."
St. Louis Host Sued For Discussing Employee's Rehab On-Air
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 20TH, 2017 –– Longtime St. Louis talker, Frank O. Pinion, is being sued by a former employee for alleged comment he made about the man's rehab stint. According to St. Louis Today, in a lawsuit filed Oct. 6 in St. Louis Circuit Court, a man, identified in the suit as John doe, who worked 19 years for Pinion (real name, John Craddock) alleges that Pinion broadcast live on KTRS-AM 550 the fact he had entered a substance abuse rehab facility. The suit, which asks "in excess of" $50,000, says Pinion talked about the subject at least six times in the two weeks the man was in a rehab facility in late August.
The suit states on Aug. 21, Pinion told listeners the man "had to go get help" to "deal with substances." A couple of days later, the suit adds that Pinion said the man "has gone away to get straightened out" and then went on to say: "People who have a substance abuse problem — you're never going to help them kick it by molly-coddling them, helping them keep it hush-hush. You have to put the hammer down." The suit says the man, who was in a rehabilitation facility from Aug. 15 to Aug. 29, heard his condition was being discussed on the air, as well as on social media, and then called Pinion to resign. The suit also names KTRS as a defendant, claiming the station did not "exercise reasonable care to prevent the host from disclosing private information." Pinion had been the afternoon jock at KTRS for 20 years, leaving last month and now working at KFNS-AM 590.
ON-AIR: WTMJ Milwaukee Makes Lineup Changes
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 20TH, 2017 –– WTMJ Radio has realigned its daytime talk show lineup. Midday host Steve Scaffidi (TL) will move to the late-morning and Jeff Wagner (TR) will return to the early afternoon where he has been a dominant talk host for over a decade. The move better positions the conservative news analysis of Steve Scaffidi and the local, town hall nature of Jeff Wagner’s midday program.
“Steve has grown tremendously since joining the station in early 2017. He has capitalized on his unique perspective as a former politician and community leader. His show is quickly growing and we are excited to put him in the daypart where our audience has come to expect political and issue-driven talk” said WTMJ director of programming and news Eric Brooks. “Meanwhile, Jeff Wagner will resume his early afternoon program where he consistently beat his competitors in Milwaukee. WTMJ’s weekday lineup - Effective Monday, October 23 5:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Wisconsin’s Morning News with Gene Mueller 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Steve Scaffidi with news anchor Erik Bilstad 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Jeff Wagner 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Wisconsin’s Afternoon News with John Mercure 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Sports Central with Greg Matzek 9:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. Clark Howard.
NETWORKS: WWO To Air Vietnam War Special Over Veteran's Day Weekend
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 20TH, 2017 –– “For those of us who were there, Vietnam remains a memory of frustration, of fortitude, of pain and pride.” - Jim Bohannon, Vietnam War veteran, Westwood One host Westwood One News, winner of the 2017 Edward R. Murrow Award for Hard News Reporting, will present a special retrospective, Pain & Pride: Remembering Vietnam – 50 Years Later, a look back at 1967, a pivotal year in what may have been the most polarizing event of 20th century America. Nearly half a million American troops were fighting in Vietnam at that time and the anti-war movement at home was heading toward a fervent peak.
In Pain & Pride, the terror of war and a divisive home front is brought to life through the recollections of those who were there and from archive audio from Westwood One News, including audio from a similarly titled program 30 years ago. In their own voices, combat veterans share their stories with Vietnam War veteran and Westwood One talk host Jim Bohannon, and former Westwood One executive, White House press secretary, and NBC News Vietnam War correspondent, Ron Nessen. Bohannon will look back 50 years on his own war experience and will cull new perspectives on the war in assorted interviews, including one with filmmaker Ken Burns, director of the recently broadcast 10-part documentary, “The Vietnam War.” The half-hour special -- airing Veterans Day weekend, November 10-12, 2017 -- is available to all Westwood One News affiliates, Westwood One music format stations, and Cumulus-owned stations. It will also air in place of The Week in Review during that same weekend. for info, contact Jim Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 895-2339
Cumulus San Francisco Stations Raise Over $250,000 For Bay Area Fire Victims
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 20TH, 2017 –– Cumulus Media-San Francisco announced it has engaged listeners of its six popular radio stations - KFOG, KGO, KNBR, KSAN, KSFO, and KTCT – to raise over $250,000 for the Bay Area Fire Relief Fund since Friday, October 13. The wildfires destroyed homes displacing thousands of Northern Californians and scorched areas including Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino counties, with 42 people reported to have perished in the fires, and more than 58 people still missing.
Cumulus' stations partnered with local businesses to launch a major two-week relief drive, where businesses match up to $10,000 per day in cash donations raised by the stations’ listeners, driving big momentum for the fundraising effort. 100% of funds raised by the drive will go to local North Bay fire relief. Cumulus San Francisco has already disbursed $150,000 between the Northern California Chapter of the Red Cross and to the United Way Bay Area. The drive continues today, October 20th, as KGO 810 collects gift cards and new, unused items from listeners at Blind Scream Haunted House in Rohnert Park from 4:00pm-7:00p.m. PHOTO/(Left to Right) Donating gift cards for Cumulus Media's North Bay Fire Relief effort on Sunday, Oct. 15, at San Francisco's Stonestown Galleria are: Arthur (KFOG Morning Show); KFOG listener, Stephanie from Martinez, CA; Stephanie’s son; Dayna (KFOG Talent) and Stephanie’s daughter.
SYNDICATION: 'Sunday Night Slow Jams' Expands To Six New International Markets
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 20TH, 2017 –– Benztown announced that its internationally syndicated hit weekend radio show Sunday Night Slow Jams has expanded to six new international markets in the third quarter of 2017, bringing the show to 129 total affiliates worldwide and nearly doubling its footprint outside the U.S. The additions grow Sunday Night Slow Jams’ global reach to a total of 13 countries outside the U.S. Sunday Night Slow Jams is currently heard each week by over three million listeners worldwide.
Sunday Night Slow Jams welcomed the following international radio stations as affiliates in the third quarter of 2017: Wave 89.1-Manila, Philippines; Cool 96.9-Lagos, Nigeria; Urban Radio 90.7-Kisumu, Kenya; Surf 102.5-Chiang Mai, Thailand; The Thaiger 102.75-Phuket, Thailand; and 105.3 Zack FM-Suffolk, England. These six countries join existing Sunday Night Slow Jams international affiliates in: Mexico, Cayman Islands, The Bahamas, Bonaire, Suriname, Cyprus and Canada. Sunday Night Slow Jams, the #1 weekend radio show in America, is available to a wide variety of stations through three different formats: Rhythm/Urban, Top 40/Mainstream and Throwback.PHOTO/Sunday Night Slow Jams' Creator, Host and Producer, R Dub!, with two of the show's new international affiliates.
Lady Gaga, Elvis Duran Among Those Voicing PSAs For GLAAD Spirit Day
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 20TH, 2017 –– GLAAD Spirit Day is the largest and most visible anti-bullying campaign in the world accelerating acceptance of LGBTQ youth. It inspires millions of people around the world to wear purple or ‘go purple’ online in a unified stand against bullying and to show their support for LGBTQ youth. Each year, Spirit Day draws the participation of celebrities, corporations, media outlets, sports leagues, schools, faith institutions, national landmarks, and individuals. Coinciding with National Bullying Prevention Month, Spirit Day began in 2010 after a high school student posted the idea to her Tumblir page following the suicide deaths of several LGBTQ and LGBTQ-perceived young people.
iHeartMedia will ‘go purple’ for its fifth consecutive year and released PSAs that encourage listeners to ‘go purple’ and take the Spirit Day pledge to unite of against the bullying of LGBTQ youth. Lady Gaga, and Elvis Duran are just a few of the personalities to participate in the PSAs. iHeartRadio, iHeartMedia’s free all-in-one digital music, podcasting and live streaming radio service, went purple in-app, on iHeartRadio.com, via social media and on its Snapchat Discover channel. For 2017, the music industry is out in full force supporting Spirit Day with Celine Dion, Britney Spears, Halsey, Fergie, Christina Aguilera, Wrabel, Luis Fonsi, Michael Ray, and more participating.
Ace & TJ Launch Annual Breaking And Entering Christmas Event
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 20TH, 2017 –– The Ace & TJ Show announced this morning they will be again be helping those in need with their annual Breaking and Entering Christmas. Through donations from listeners and local businesses, Ace & TJ's Breaking and Entering Christmas delivers the holiday spirit to families that can’t afford to do so on their own.
“Breaking and Entering is easily one of my favorite things that we do. It’s a shinning example of people helping people. We only act as the go-between.” Said TJ. “For well over a decade, Ace & TJ’s Breaking and Entering Christmas has stood as a reminder to “Radio Family Members” throughout the Ace & TJ Network of what Christmas is truly all about.” added Ace. Now in its 19th year of syndication, The Ace & TJ Show is syndicated by The Radio Button Network.
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TSBC 9 Returns To Dallas Next March
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 19TH, 2017 –– The Joule Hotel, host site for this year's 9th Annual Talk Show Boot Camp, iis fittingly named for the international unit of energy and occupies a revitalized 1920's landmark Dallas building. This boutique venue will serve as the perfect setting for one our most timely agenda's ever. Under our 'Smart Talk For The Future' mantra, this year's event will include a special 3-Hour 'Tech For Talk' segment which will offer some of the hottest new tools for developing smart talk for the future.
The event will kick off at 8:30 am, ct on Thursday, March 8th with our 4th Annual HOBB'S REPORT led by co-presenter, Gabe Hobbs of Gabe Hobbs Media who will share his highly popular 'Talk Radio Report Card, created in cooperation with Nielsen Audio.
Conference and Hotel Registration will be available beginning next week. In the meantime, don't hesitate to call 770-737-2700 for information or sponsorship details.
Apple Deliberately Disables FM Says NAB
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 19TH, 2017 –– NAB Chief Technology Officer Sam Matheny (L) sets the record straight on Apple's refusal to voluntarily equip iPhones with FM radio reception. Citing recent months in the Southeast U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, these areas have been pummeled by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. The wildfires in California have been equally devastating. These storms and fires have wreaked havoc on communications networks and challenged public safety officials’ ability to get lifeline information to affected residents.
At a time when many Americans have come to rely on their smartphones, massive cellular outages were suffered from Texas to Florida on an even greater scale than in Superstorm Sandy five years ago, and California has also suffered major outages in key locations. In Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, it may take weeks and even months to fully restore cellular service because of the damage to the electric grid. In the wake of these storms, a passionate discussion about activating FM radio in smartphones – and, specifically, Apple’s iPhone – has emerged. This discussion was started by those most impacted by Irma when the South Florida Sun-Sentinel editorialized on the issue and Senator Bill Nelson (R) of Florida called for activating FM chips in smartphones. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai also issued a public statement calling for Apple to activate FM chips to promote public safety and FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel also weighed in with her support. Matheny says this is my effort to try and set the record straight.
Among the details, Matheny says Apple deliberately disables FM. Apple has chosen to only use the WiFi and Bluetooth aspects of the communications module. They have admitted as much for all phones through the iPhone 6 series, at which point they claim FM capability was removed from the 7 series and 8 series. Yet, tear-down reports indicate the iPhone 8 contains the same 4357 chip family, which manufacturer Broadcom clearly states includes an integrated FM radio core. SEE POST HERE
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Amy Griesheimer Exits Entercom Denver Says Report
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 19TH, 2017 –– Longtime market vet Amy Griesheimer, VP/GM of Denver's Entercom cluster is out reports Westword. Citing a knowledgeable source, they say that Doug Abernathy, one of Entercom's VPs, will serve as acting general manager for the Denver cluster, which includes KS107.5 Alice-FM, 99.5 The Mountain, Cruisin' 1430 KEZW and Comedy 103.1. Griesheimer has served as VP/GM of Alice for 23 years, beginning in 1994. She began overseeing the entire Entercom cluster beginning in the early 2000s.
This follows recent news of Kendall B, who's just taken over the morning slot at JAMMIN 101.5. Kendall B, who partnered with Larry and Kathie J in mornings for fifteen years, left the show in January. Then, in March, Larry and Kathie J left the station after a contract dispute. Last summer, the station launched a n ew morning team made up of KS-107.5 veterans Tony V, Cedes and DJ Chonz.
[LISTEN] Ricky Gervais To Get 'Deadly Sirius' On New SiriusXM Radio Show
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 19TH, 2017 –– Ricky Gervais is set to host a new weekly SiriusXM radio show called "Ricky Gervais is Deadly Sirius," starting next Tuesday. The hour-long program will be broadcast from London. "I started out in radio, and SiriusXM made me an offer to return that I couldn't refuse," Gervais said in a statement. "With 32 million subscribers, editorial control, my own playlist and absolute freedom of speech, it's the perfect platform for me, and, hopefully, the listener, too."
Aside from stand-up comedy and acting roles, Gervais is well known for numerous roles as host the Golden Globe Awards. "Ricky Gervais is undoubtedly one of the most uniquely talented comedians in the game," added Scott Greenstein, president and chief content officer of SiriusXM. "Whether he's starring in a beloved television show, delivering raucous stand-up before a crowd of 20,000, or skewering celebrities at an awards show, the bottom line is that Ricky is a compelling performer whose legion of fans is only growing. We're ecstatic that he's bringing those many talents to SiriusXM, where he'll tackle some of life's big mysteries, while he charms and enlightens our more than 32 million subscribers nationwide." LISTEN HERE
Cox Media Group Launches Cox Media Group Cares For Tampa Bay Businesses
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 19TH, 2017 –– While Tampa Bay was spared a direct hit by Hurricane Irma, many local businesses were still greatly impacted by the storm. Some were left without power, lost inventory, or even had to close their doors for days. This week, Cox Media Group (CMG) announced it will launch its philanthropic initiative, Cox Media Group Cares Tampa Bay. With the generous support of sponsors, The Miggs and Swigg Radio Show, DeBartolo Family Foundation, Pepin Distributing Company and Great Bay Distributors, Cox Cares will help small businesses recover after Irma through marketing and promotional outreach. Each Saturday between Oct. 21 and Small Business Saturday, Nov. 25, local companies will be featured on Cox Media Group radio stations.
Cox Cares will provide assistance to more than 40 small businesses in the Tampa Bay area with approximately $250,000 in promotional support. “CMG understands local businesses are an important part of our communities,” said Keith Lawless, Vice President/General Manager for CMG Tampa. “The disruption from Hurricane Irma has greatly impacted these businesses. We are proud to help support them at a time when they need it most. With the help of our local sponsors, we are promoting Tampa Bay area businesses across all six of our CMG radio stations.”
Former BBC Radio Presenter Sean Hughes Has Died
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 19TH, 2017 –– Irish stand-up comedian and former BBC Radio 6 Music presenter Sean Hughes has died. Sean worked for the station in London when it first launched, hosting a Sunday morning show in 2002. Before that, he worked weekends on BBC GLR and more recently was on FUBAR Radio each Sunday afternoon. Seans’s last tweet, dated 8 October, simply said that he was in hospital. He died after suffering from cirrhosis of the liver, aged 51.
Lawrence Mooney For Triple M Brisbane Breakfast In Australia - Comedian and TV personality, Lawrence ‘The Moonman’ Mooney is officially joining Marto and Robin on the new Triple M BIG Breakfast 104.5FM in 2018. Triple M listeners already know Lawrence from his appearances on Merrick & Australia and The Triple M Cricket Commentary Team. Lawrence has been a regular contributor to Triple M Brisbane Breakfast, calling in as “Big Mal” and most recently filling in for Ed Kavalee whilst he was on paternity leave. Read more and listen to how the news was announcer on air HERE
Lou Nash And Alex Baker Get Juice Breakfast - Lou Nash and Alex Baker have found themselves presenting Juice Breakfast in Brighton, England, together permanently after a schedule shakeup. It was meant to be a temporary arrangement for the station’s Content Manager and Lou, the new breakfast host, but they liked spending mornings together so much they’re now ‘official’.
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SNAPS: Walter (Sabo) Sterling Talks Shop With WWO's Suzanne Grimes
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 19TH, 2017 – Nice pic' of Suzanne Grimes, EVP Westwood One and Walter (Sabo) Sterling Westwood One Host who discuss the future of network radio this week in New York City.
Sterling’s weekly show STERLING ON SUNDAY is now heard on WMAL AM FM, WLS Chicago, WPHT Philadelphia, KMOX St. Louis and KDKA Pittsburgh and more, airing at 10 PM et, Sunday Nights.
Alicia Keys Returning To 'The Voice;' Hefner Covers Playboy
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