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STUDY: Pop, Hip Hop/R&B Music Up, Country Down In Coleman Insights Superstudy
THE MOUTH, MAY 5Th, 2021 –– Coleman Insights has released its second round of findings from its annual Contemporary Music SuperStudy in the Tuesdays With Coleman blog and reports that Pop Reigns Supreme (Again!) in Contemporary Music SuperStudy 3 by Coleman Insights President Warren Kurtzman. This week’s highlights include: Pop has been the genre with the biggest share of the Top 100 in every Contemporary Music SuperStudy, and its 40% performance this year represents an increase from 35% last year. - Hip Hop/R&B looks even stronger this year than in the two previous studies.
Among Suburban consumers, Country’s fortunes have clearly changed. Last year, Country’s 27% presence in the Top 100 among Suburban consumers represented a tripling from 9% in the first Contemporary SuperStudy; this year, the same figure plummeted to 7%.
Registration is now open for the Contemporary Music SuperStudy 3 Deep Dive Webinar Thursday, May 13th at 2PM EDT/11A PDT by CLICKING HERE.
P!nk to Receive Icon Award at the 2021 Billboard Music Awards Hosted By Nick Jonas
THE MOUTH, MAY 5TH, 2021 –– P!nk has been selected to receive the Icon Award at the 2021 Billboard Music Awards, which will broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, May 23. Nick Jonas is hosting the show for the first time. P!nk is the 10th artist to receive the Icon Award and the youngest recipient to date. The previous recipients are Neil Diamond, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Jennifer Lopez, Celine Dion, Cher, Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey and Garth Brooks.
In a statement, P!nk wrote: "As a little girl, I always dreamed about being a singer and sharing my love of music with the world," she said. "Years later, to receive the Billboard Music Awards Icon Award is hard to fathom! I feel so honored to join the ranks of music idols like Cher, Garth Brooks, Janet Jackson and Stevie Wonder. It's a true 'pinch me' moment and I feel humbled and blessed."
As all of the previous Icon Award recipients have, P!nk will perform at the show. This will mark her first performance on the BBMA stage in five years. Nick Jonas Set to Host 2021 Billboard Music Awards The Icon Award "recognizes outstanding artists who have achieved excellence on the Billboard charts and have made an indelible mark on music itself." P!nk's last three studio albums. The Billboard Music Awards are produced by dick clark productions, which is owned by MRC; MRC and Penske Media are co-parent companies of Billboard. Barry Adelman and Robert Deaton are executive producers. The show will air live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, May 23, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on NBC. READ MORE HERE in Billboard - PHOTO/Andrew MacPherson
[WATCH] Pink Tells Heart London's Mark Wright She ‘Rewrote Her Will' During Covid Battle
THE MOUTH, MAY 5TH, 2021 –– More than a year has passed since Pink and her son, Jameson, tested positive for COVID-19, and the singer is still reeling from the experience reports NBC5 Chicago. Pink tells Heart Radio host Mark Wright, she thought her and her then-3-year-old son were going to die, because their symptoms were so dire.
"This is going to sound crazy, but we had COVID last year, very early in March, and it was really bad and I rewrote my will... You know, at the point where I thought it was over for us," says Pink. She adds that she took the extra step of calling her best friend to make a request in case she didn't make it, leaving behind her husband Carey Hart and daughter Willow.
"I said, 'I just need you to tell Willow how much I loved her,'" she recalls. "It was really, really scary and really bad." The singer continues, "As a parent, you think about, you know, what am I leaving for my kid? What am I teaching them? And are they going to make it in this world, this crazy world that we live in now? And what do I need to tell them if this is the last time I ever get to tell them anything?" WATCH HERE- PHOTO/YouTube Composite
Beloved Canadian Host Terry DiMonte Stepping Away From CHOM 97.7's Morning Show Following 43-Years On-Air
THE MOUTH, MAY 5TH, 2021 –– Beloved Canadian host Terry DiMonte “It’s a very difficult thing to walk away from something that has been so good to me and that I love so much." He announced the news yesterday to his audience on Montréal’s CHOM 97.7 that he would be stepping away from broadcasting after an incredible 43 years.
DiMonte’s final live broadcast is Friday, May 28. Celebrating DiMonte’s career all month long, the station invites listeners to share messages of their favourite memories via social media @CHOM977 and 514-931-5373.
According to The Suburban, DiMonte's career began in Churchill, Man. in 1978. After originally joining CHOM as the “Morning Man” in 1984 for seven years, DiMonte moved over to MIX 96 and drove the station to ratings success in the ‘90s, and then in 1998 took over from the legendary George Balcan at CJAD 800. After a brief stint back at CHOM, and following a four-year stay at Q107 in Calgary, DiMonte returned to CHOM where he handled mornings for the last decade.
“It’s a very difficult thing to walk away from something that has been so good to me and that I love so much,” said DiMonte. “It was a very tough decision for me to make, but one I’ve been pondering for a couple of years, and it is time for a new chapter… one that doesn’t include getting up in the middle of the night!” “One of the beautiful things born out of Terry’s broadcasting career is the relationships that he has made with thousands of people that he will never actually come into contact with,” said Mathew Wood, Program Director, CHOM 97.7. “He received one of the biggest compliments possible for a broadcaster when a listener wrote in, ‘You feel like a friend that I have never met.’ He is a gentleman and a true professional.” PHOTO/Terry DiMonte
NAB Commends Resolution Opposing Performance Royalties On Local Radio Stations
THE MOUTH, MAY 5TH, 2021 –– A bipartisan coalition of 77 members of the House of Represenatives and eight Senators have joined together to introduce resolutions in Congress opposing "any new performance fee, tax, royalty, or other charge" on local broadcast radio stations. The Local Radio Freedom Act (LRFA) signals members of Congress's opposition to any potential legislation that would impose new performance royalties on broadcast radio stations for music airplay. Reps. Kathy Castor (D-FL-14) and Steve Womack (R-AR-3) are the principal cosponsors of the Local Radio Freedom Act in the House of Representatives. Sens. Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and John Barrasso (R-WY) are the lead cosponsors of a companion resolution in the Senate.
"America’s broadcasters commend the bipartisan cosponsors of the Local Radio Freedom Act for standing with their hometown radio stations against a devastating performance royalty," said NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith. "For decades, free radio airplay has promoted performing artists and their music, launched the careers of countless performers, generated unparalleled revenue for record labels and served the millions of listeners who tune into their local radio stations every day. We appreciate the bipartisan lawmakers in the House and Senate who have voiced their support for preserving the mutually beneficial relationship between broadcast radio and the music industry."
"Congress should not impose any new performance fee, tax, royalty, or other charge relating to the public performance of sound recordings on a local radio station for broadcasting sound recordings over the air, or on any business for the public performance of sound recordings on a local radio station broadcast over the air," reads the Local Radio Freedom Act. In the 116th Congress, a similar resolution was introduced in the House of Representatives and Senate. The House resolution eventually gathered support of the majority of the House of Representatives. The Senate resolution garnered 28 cosponsors. The 77 House cosponsors of the Local Radio Freedom Act include:
PODCAST: Westwood One Launches 'My World' With Jeff Jarrett
THE MOUTH, MAY 5TH, 2021 –– Cumulus' Westwood One Podcast Network dropped the first episode of 'My World with Jeff Jarrett', the newest addition to the Conrad Thompson family of podcasts focused on professional wrestling. Future episodes will be available each Tuesday at Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, Pocket Casts, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, and Pandora, among other platforms.
Co-host Thompson says, “For years I've been asked, 'If I could do a podcast with anyone in wrestling today, who would it be?' And I've always been consistent that one of those names is Jeff Jarrett. If Jarrett's life was a movie script, nobody would believe it. I can't wait to dive into Jeff's story and hear directly from one of the most accomplished and controversial people to ever be in the wrestling business. My World is a can't-miss podcast."
Tampa Bay’s Hot 101.5 Throws Cinco De Mayo Party; Flips To Caliente 101.5 For A Day
THE MOUTH, MAY 5TH, 2021 – Cox Media Group Tampa’s Hot 101.5 (WPOI 101.5 FM) will celebrate Cinco De Mayo today, May 5, with a fun immersive theme as the station rebrands to Caliente 101.5 for the day. The fun kicks off with Miguel and Holly at 6 a.m. and will last all day with Street Mixes and unique station themed promos. Twice an hour Caliente 101.5 will give listeners a chance to take swings at our Caliente Pinatas where they can score prizes like Beach Cruisers, Apple Airpods, Coolers, Amazon cards and more. The day is sponsored by Corona Extra, Tijuana Flats and Columbia Records.
“Cinco de Mayo is the perfect day to just break all the rules and celebrate living,” Said WPOI Brand Manager Will Calder. As the sun sets, and the clock turns towards midnight, Caliente 101.5 will be no mas, and Hot 101.5 will be back to their regularly scheduled programs!
EVENTS: Jacobs Media To Present FREE Techsurvey 2021 Results Webinar Tomorrow
THE MOUTH, MAY 5TH, 2021 –– Jacobs Media will present its Techsurvey 2021 results in a free webinar on Thursday, May 6 at 2pm Eastern, 11am Pacific, sponsored by Veritone. This year’s annual study, “Radio in the Year of COVID,” is comprised of more than 42,000 core radio listeners from 470 participating stations and charts the impact of COVID-19 and its disruptive effect on radio listening and other media consumption.
In this year’s survey, the impact of COVID on broadcast radio was a major focus, says Jacobs. Overall, 13% of the total sample indicated listening less to radio during the prior year. The reasons driving the downturn are different, however, from past years where the culprits tended to revolve around “too many commercials” or more car dashboard listening options. Techsurvey 2021 reveals that seven in ten of these respondents say they’re simply spending less time in their cars, while more than six in ten cite “lifestyle changes.” Clearly, job loss and layoffs, stay-at-home orders, health issues, and family matters all conspired to disrupt lives. Jacobs Media President Fred Jacobs comments,
“This year’s Techsurvey reveals seismic shifts in radio listening, and changes in media consumption, owing to the impact of the pandemic. Digital platforms have already seen impressive growth in the past few years, and it is clear there is even greater momentum now due to the transcendent changes of the last thirteen months. We will continue to closely monitor the media landscape as we continue on the path to ‘normal.’ We hope you can join our webinar Thursday, May 6 as we reveal these important insights and more.” In order to join the webinar, you MUST click the button below to register: Register HERE
Audacy Brings 'The Power of Audio' To IAB
THE MOUTH, MAY 5TH, 2021 –– Audacy announced its lineup for the IAB NewFronts and IAB Podcast Upfronts, the media and entertainment industry’s two premiere events designed for brands, agencies, and media buyers to preview the latest in digital content and podcast programming. This will be Audacy’s inaugural year at the NewFronts, and as the exclusive audio-only company represented this year, an opportunity for it to reinforce the power of audio to move business (or for advertisers) and reintroduce itself to the industry under its new brand.
“At this year’s IAB events, we will demonstrate the unique ability of sound to connect, immerse, captivate and engage audiences like no other medium.” The Audacy IAB NewFront virtual presentation will take place today, May 5 at 3:15 p.m. ET, followed by virtual experiences from Audacy’s Cadence13, Pineapple Street Studios, and Podcorn companies at the IAB Podcast Upfronts on Thursday, May 13 at 12:50 p.m. ET. Audacy’s NewFront presentation will open with spoken word artist, poet and 2020 winner of “America’s Got Talent” Brandon Leake and close with a performance by multi-platinum indie-pop trio AJR. Audacy’s Podcast Upfront presentation will showcase exclusive launches from Cadence13 and Pineapple Street Studios. This will include global superstar Demi Lovato discussing her forthcoming podcast with Cadence13
Audacy On The Hunt For Promotions Pros
THE MOUTH, MAY 5TH, 2021 –– Audacy is looking to add two talented, versatile promotions pros to our central Promotions + Experiences team. These individuals will focus on promotional partnerships with concert partners, activating select live performance venues, and play a vital role in live events across the company’s portfolio of brands.
These positions are full-time and report to Chad Fitzsimmons, SVP/Promotions + Experiences. · Promotion Director, Concerts & Experiences - For Promotion Director, CLICK HERE - For Promotion Manager, Concerts & Experiences, CLICK HERE
NAB Opens 2021 Marconi Radio Awards Nomination Window
THE MOUTH, MAY 4TH, 2021 – The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) is now accepting nominations for the 2021 NAB Marconi Radio Awards and will be accepting submissions until May 31. Established in 1989 and named for inventor and Nobel Prize winner Guglielmo Marconi, the prestigious awards recognize overall excellence and performance in radio.
Station and on-air personality nominations may be submitted for the 23 awards presented in the following categories: Legendary Station of the Year Legendary Manager of the Year Radio Station of the Year by Market Size Radio Station of the Year by Format Personality of the Year by Market Size Network/Syndicated Personality of the Year Best Radio Podcast of the Year The NAB Marconi Radio Awards finalists are selected by an independent task force of broadcasters and will be announced in July. Winners will be recognized during a special event at the Radio Show, held October 13-14, 2021 in Las Vegas, and co-located with NAB Show.
All nominations must be submitted through the NAB member portal. The complete list of categories, entry rules and qualifications can be found HERE - Contact Tobi Hall with questions regarding the Marconi Radio Awards, nomination process or station eligibility. Learn more at www.nab.org.
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STUDY: Among Passive Job Seekers, 39% Listen To AM/FM Radio Streaming
THE MOUTH, MAY 4TH, 2021 –– To analyze the national employment ecosystem and profile the passive job seeker, Cumulus' Westwood One commissioned MARU/Matchbox to field a study in February 2021. 969 respondents were surveyed to explore changes in the labor market since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. These findings were compared to a similar study we conducted in April 2018. This week’s Westwood One blog highlights the key findings.
Passive job seekers are the #1 source of new workers in America and outnumber active job seekers four to one: Passive job seekers are the one in two Americans who are not actively looking for a new job: “I might consider the right new job” (37%) or “I am definitely willing to consider a new job” (12%).
Flexible at-home and on-site work opportunities are most compelling to passive job seekers: Half of passive job seekers say the most attractive schedule is flexible with both at-home and on-site opportunities. Passive job seekers are less likely to use online job sites: Only a minority of passive job seekers use Indeed.com, LinkedIn, ZipRecruiter, and Glassdoor.
Passive job seekers are most aware of LinkedIn and Indeed: Over half of passive job seekers are not aware of most online job sites. 54% say they are extremely/somewhat familiar with LinkedIn. 48% are extremely/somewhat familiar with Indeed. Among active job seekers, it’s a two-horse race for familiarity and usage between LinkedIn and Indeed. Audio is a great way to reach active and passive job seekers: AM/FM radio reaches over eight out of ten passive and active job seekers.
Among passive job seekers, 39% listen to AM/FM radio streaming. Half of active job seekers listen to AM/FM radio streaming. One-third of passive job seekers listen to podcasts and 38% of active job seekers are podcast listeners. Reach job seekers on Rock, Oldies/Classic Hits, Adult Contemporary, News/Talk, and Top 40 AM/FM radio programming formats. SEE BLOG HERE
Audacy To Bring Mental Health Conversations Into the Mainstream With Genomind Partnership
THE MOUTH, MAY 4TH, 2021 –– Audacy announced a multiplatform partnership with mental health innovator Genomind. This breakthrough partnership taps into Audacy’s influencers and Genomind’s personalized genetic insights to bring mental health conversations into the mainstream. As part of the partnership, Audacy will leverage the deep local connection of 15 stations across eight markets – Baltimore, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, San Diego and Washington D.C. – to promote Genomind’s new Mental Health Map™, the first and only consumer DNA test to offer a concise, easy-to-navigate blueprint of your genetic profile and its influence on stress and anxiety, mood, focus and memory, habits and substance use, sleep, social behavior, and eating behavior.
“Mental health awareness is a major area of focus for us and a crucial pillar of our companywide social impact platform, and we’re excited to further activate our commitment through this partnership with Genomind,” said Sarah Harris, Vice President, Social Impact, Audacy. “We recognize our significant influence and welcome the opportunity to use our voice, coupled with Genomind’s mental health expertise, innovations and technology, to help improve and save lives and continue our shared mission of ending the stigma of talking about mental health.”
Genomind will also serve as the sponsor for Audacy’s “I’m Listening Daily Capsules,” 60-second daily public service announcements as part of the company’s year-long “I’m Listening” mental health initiative. Genomind will also serve as the presenting sponsor of Audacy’s annual “I’m Listening” broadast, a live national program that brings together artists, athletes and medical specialists every September to remind listeners it’s okay to not be okay, raise awareness and end the stigma of talking about mental health.
[LISTEN] Mistress Carrie Lands Afternoons At The Pike 100 FM In Worcester
THE MOUTH, MAY 4TH, 2021 –– After parting ways with WAAF-FM Worcester in February following a nearly 20-year run, the beloved Mistress Carrie has landed at Cumulus' Pike 100 FM in Worcester for afternoons. She'll debut on Mondays, May 10th from 3p – 7p.
Morning host Mike Hsu had her on his morning show yesterday to officially welcome her to 100 FM The Pike! Carrie is a familiar name to Boston and Worcester Rock fans. She was formerly Music Director/Assistant Program Director and Afternoon Drive Personality for legendary Boston Rock station WAAF-FM, and was with the station for more than 20 years.
The lineup will feature Mike Hsu in the morning, Chuck Perks in Middays and now Mistress Carrie in the afternoon. Mistress Carrie commented: "I could not be more excited to take the next step in my radio career at 100 FM The Pike, and in a city that has supported me for decades, Worcester MA. To be reunited with the one and only Mike Hsu makes it absolutely perfect! We got the band back together, and now it's time to kick the tires and light the fires! Let’s GO!" Mistress Carrie starts Monday May 10! LISTEN TO ON-AIR ANNOUNCEMENT
Nina D Returns To Riviera's Hot 97.5 & 103.9 Phoenix For Middays
THE MOUTH, MAY 4TH, 2021 –– Nina D has returned for middays at Riviera's KMVA/Hot 97.5 & 103.9 Phoenix. In addition to her previous stint at KMVA, she most recently handled afternoons at crosstown Audacy's KMLE-FM. Her first stint was as KMVA in 2012. Nina says "to be back at the station that first brought me to the Valley over a decade ago feels like a dream. I’m grateful I get to be on a station I love, in the city I love with the listeners I love. Let’s do this PHOENIX!”
President/CEO Jeff Trumper added “I worked with Nina when she first arrived in Phoenix years ago. She has developed into a premier air personality that has strong and meaningful bonds with her audience both on-air and in her social media platforms. We are thrilled to have her join Riviera Broadcasting and, specifically, Hot 97.5 & 103.9."
'Cardle & Woolley' Join The Lineup At TALK 1370 Austin
THE MOUTH, MAY 4TH, 2021 –– Audacy announced the addition of the morning news and talk program “Cardle and Woolley” to Talk 1370AM (KJCE-AM) in Austin. The duo will be heard weekdays from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. CT, effective immediately. The show is a live and local look at the issues of the day – from Austin and Texas, to the national picture in Washington and beyond, featuring expert guests, listener calls, and the issues they care about. “We are excited to provide Austin and central Texas with a new local outlet to join the conversation on issues and concerns people have that effect our area,” said Bob Mackay, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Audacy Austin.
Jim Cardle, the “Texas Insider,” is the publisher of the online political newsletter TexasInsider.org and has more than 30 years of connections and experience across the political spectrum, from his years on Capitol Hill and the H.W. Bush administration, to years of working with elected officials from across the state. Lynn Woolley brings more than 30 years of talk radio experience from markets across Texas, including more than 24 years as host of the syndicated “The Lynn Woolley Show” heard in several Texas markets. He’s also worked as a radio news anchor in Dallas and Austin, a political writer for The Dallas Morning News and The Epoch Times, and has worked on the ad agency side of the business in his native Temple and across much of Central Texas.
Neil Walker To Join 93.7 The Fan Pittsburgh As Weekly Guest On Morning Show
THE MOUTH, MAY 4TH, 2021 –– Audacy announced former MLB player Neil Walker will join 93.7 The Fan (KDKA-FM) in Pittsburgh as a weekly guest. Walker will join “The Fan Morning Show” with Colin Dunlap and Chris Mack every Monday morning at 9:00 a.m. ET, beginning May 10. “The Fan Morning Show” broadcasts weekdays from 5:40 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. ET.
“Neil Walker will forever be beloved in Pittsburgh – the local kid who led the Pirates to the playoffs for the first time in over 20 years…you can’t write a story any better than that,” said Michael Spacciapolli, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Audacy Pittsburgh.
Walker was born in Pittsburgh, PA, attended high school at Pine-Richland in Gibsonia, PA and was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2004. He made his MLB debut with as a second baseman in 2009 and played in Pittsburgh through 2015. His 12-year MLB career also included time with the New York Mets, Milwaukee Brewers, New York Yankees, Miami Marlins and Philadelphia Phillies. PHOTO/Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Jeff Luckoff Expands Duties To Regional Oversight For Townsquare Michigan Clusters
THE MOUTH, MAY 4TH, 2021 –– Townsquare Media has expanded Grand Rapids Market President Jeff Luckoff's role to statewide oversight for the company's Michigan clusters. He will report to Townsquare Senior Vice President Todd Lawley. “In a very short amount of time, Jeff has reset the culture, made key hires, and built a foundation that is unlocking the full potential of our market leading online and on-air brands. We are now challenging him to unlock the full potential of our statewide footprint," said Lawley. Luckoff added, "We have incredible talent and local brands throughout the state of Michigan. I am fortunate for the opportunity to utilize Townsquare's footprint to deepen our impact on the community and further deliver better results for our advertisers. I am honored to be leading such an extraordinary team."
In addition, Eric Meier has been promoted from regional digital specialist to Director Of Content for its Michigan properties. He will oversee all content, working with the local creators of the company’s 24 local media brands. Lawley adds, “Ereic essentially created this opportunity by generating best-in-class results working with our teams in many local markets. In this new role, he will help our Michigan content teams continue to build momentum.”
P'Pool Media Adds PromoSuite To Its Client Roster
THE MOUTH, MAY 4TH, 2021 –– PromoSuite has chosen P'Pool Media, owned and operated by Randi P'Pool, as their marketing agency. P'Pool Media will support all of the marketing efforts for PromoSuite, including: PR and communications, digital and traditional brand strategies, industry marketing and more. \
"We're very excited to welcome Randi to the PromoSuite family," exclaimed Rocco Macri, CEO. "As PromoSuite has continued to grow exponentially, we knew we needed to find a marketing force that would match our vision, energy and drive. Our CRO Rachel Field has long been an admirer of Randi's work and industry insights. She encouraged me to get to know her and it soon became clear that P'Pool Media was the perfect choice for our marketing efforts."
"I have had the privilege of watching PromoSuite's incredible evolution over the past 30 years," said P'Pool. "As a Promotions Director at Citadel in Salt Lake City, I was there when Judy Ellis announced we would be using PromoSuite as our contesting and promotions software ... To finally be part of the team is a dream come true," added P'Pool.
EVENTS: P&G And iHeart Join Forces For Return of 'Cant' Cancel Pride' Event On June 4th
THE MOUTH, MAY 4TH, 2021 –– This June, P&G and iHeartMedia will once again join forces during Pride Month for the return of “Can’t Cancel Pride,” a virtual relief benefit for the LGBTQ+ community featuring performances and appearances from the most influential voices in the community as well as the biggest names in culture and entertainment. The second annual event will demonstrate that nothing can cancel the heart of Pride and the spirit of the LGBTQ+ equality movement by focusing on intersectionality and the issues that continue to impact the LGBTQ+ community in 2021, including the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
This year, “Can’t Cancel Pride” will again partner with The Greater Cincinnati Foundation to administer and distribute financial support raised by the event to LGBTQ+ organizations with a track record of positive impact and support of the LGBTQ+ community, including GLAAD, SAGE, The Trevor Project, the National Black Justice Coalition, CenterLink and OutRight Action International. Stay tuned for full details and lineup announcement for the 2021 “Can’t Cancel Pride” in the coming weeks.
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WLNK-FM Charlotte Flips To Mix 107.9; Matt & Ramona Move To Mornings
THE MOUTH, MAY 3RD, 2021 –– Marsha Landess, Regional Vice President at Radio One, announced the launch of WLNK MIX 107.9 at Radio One Charlotte. The new format will be anchored by Matt & Ramona In the Morning (6 a.m.-10 a.m - shown left.) followed by Drew Parham (10 a.m.-3 p.m.), Madison James (3 p.m.-7 p.m.), and Holly Haze (7 p.m.-Midnight)! The line-up demonstrates Radio One's commitment to bring the best talent to the Charlotte community. "As people head back to work and our lives return to some normalization, now is the perfect time to launch MIX 107.9," said Terry Foxx, Brand Manager for WLNK. "People will relate to the music, and we've put together some of the best talent in the industry. We will be live and local in Charlotte every day!"
"We asked the Charlotte listeners what they wanted from a radio station, and Mix 107.9 is a direct result of what those listeners told us," said Marsha Landess. "We're excited to bring engaging and entertaining on-air talent combined with the best upbeat MIX of music from the '90s 2000s and today to the airwaves of Charlotte. Our listeners are going to love listening to the music. Our clients are going to love the results it brings to their businesses."
MIX 107.9 has lots of great programming perks planned for listeners. Among them, each weekday, the station will host three 24 song sweeps throughout the day! The station will also maintain a strong community presence and continue to exemplify Radio One's stellar commitment of service to its local communities.
105.1 The BOUNCE Detroit Announces New Lineup
THE MOUTH, MAY 3RD, 2021 ––Beasley Media Group announces that Zannie Glover (L) will transition from afternoon to morning drive as the official Host of the “Morning BOUNCE” in the Motor City. In addition, he will retain his position as Program Director for 105.1 the BOUNCE and 105.9 KISS-FM. Glover will begin his new role immediately.
In addition, J Steele (R) returns full-time hosting the afternoon drive show on the BOUNCE as well as assume the Assistant Program Director responsibilities for the station. Jonel Jaska will also move from part-time to full-time producer for the “Morning BOUNCE” as well as continue his on-air responsibilities at Beasley’s legendary active rock station, 101 WRIF-FM.
“The energy of The BOUNCE is infectious,” said Beasley Media Group Vice President of National Content and Director of Detroit Programming, Scott Jameson. “Detroit’s Throwback party station is positioned for strong growth with these key talent upgrades.”
SYNDICATION: Native Son Charlamagne tha God And The Breakfast Club Land In Charleston
THE MOUTH, MAY 3RD, 2021 –– In the second of three announcements, Cumulus reports that Z93 JAMZ/WWWZ-FM and Magic 107.3/WMGL-FM in Charleston, SC, have a new morning lineup. Today, Z93 JAMZ will kick off the week with its new morning show, The Breakfast Club, featuring the Lowcountry’s own Charlamagne Tha God. Charlamagne Tha God hails from Moncks Corner, SC, and began his successful radio career at Z93 JAMZ as an intern. The Breakfast Club, hosted by DJ Envy, Angela Yee and Charlamagne Tha God, will air on Z93 JAMZ Monday through Friday from 6:00am-10:00am. The show replaces The Rickey Smiley Morning Show, which moves from Mornings on Z93 JAMZ to its new morning home at sister station Magic 107.3/WMGL-FM. The show is nationally syndicated by Premiere Networks. The Rickey Smiley Morning Show hosted by Rickey Smiley, also features Da Brat, Gary With Da Tea, Special K, and Rock-T. The Rickey Smiley Morning Show is nationally syndicated by Reach Media. See more below:
Kathy Brown, Program Director, WWWZ-FM and WMGL-FM, said “We are so excited to have The Breakfast Club on our station with Charlamagne Tha God, a Monck’s Corner, South Carolina, native. The show aligns with our target demographic and reflects the Hip Hop culture that has a strong voice across the country. The Breakfast Club is THE voice that needs to be heard on Z93 JAMZ.”
Kiss 103.1/WLXC-FM Columbia Announces New Weekday Lineup
THE MOUTH, MAY 3RD, 2021 ––Cumulus' Kiss 103.1/WLXC-FM will debut a new weekday programming lineup today. The Urban AC-formatted station kicks off mornings with its new morning wake-up, The Rickey Smiley Morning Show, which airs Monday through Friday from 6:00am-10:00am. Dee Dee Renee follows from 10:00am-1:00pm, with Chris Connors from 1:00pm-3:00pm. A second new addition to the Kiss 103.1 slate is The D.L. Hughley Show, which takes Afternoon Drive from 3:00pm-7:00pm, followed by Johnny Green from 7:00pm-Midnight. Both of the station’s two new weekday shows, The Rickey Smiley Morning Show and The D.L. Hughley Show, are syndicated nationally by Reach Media and features co-host Jasmine Sanders.
Chris Connors, Program Director, Kiss 103.1/WLXC-FM, said: “We’ve strengthened our lineup to better serve the Columbia community. We think our listeners will respond in a big way to our two new weekday shows, The Rickey Smiley Morning Show and The D.L. Hughley Show, as well as the other shows they love and tune into on Kiss 103.1 throughout the day. Let the fun begin!”
Zazza Mornings Adds Erika Jeanine as New Co-Host
THE MOUTH, MAY 3RD, 2021 –– In an added announcement, Cumulus has named Erika Jeanine as co-host of the regionally syndicated Zazza Mornings. The show airs on 107.1 WA1A in Melbourne, FL, 97.5 WABD-FM in Mobile, AL, and Z96/WZNS-FM in Ft. Walton Beach/Destin, FL.
Jeanine was previously on-air in Orlando, FL, at WXXL-FM and was on the programming team for WMGF-FM in Orlando. In addition to co-hosting Zazza Mornings, she will also lead the Cumulus Melbourne cluster as Promotions Director. Her first day on-air with Tony Zazza, Host of Zazza Mornings, will be Tuesday, May 4th.
Zazza, who joined Cumulus Melbourne in 2015 on Top 40 WAOA before the company syndicated the show regionally in 2016, said: “Erika brings a passion for radio and knowledge of pop culture and social media to Zazza Mornings, and I’m excited to have her on the team. She also brings fun and energy that the audience will love and relate to, and she will be an asset in growing the show. Plus, it’s been a long 394 days of talking to myself. But who’s counting?”
Jeanine added, “What excites me the most about this opportunity is that I not only get to work on being a great co-host Tony, but I also get to show my abilities as a Promotions Director. Being able to do both really keeps me on my toes! I feel like this is my big break. Also, who doesn't love the beach?!"
iHeart Dayton Cluster Moving To New Home
THE MOUTH, MAY 3RD, 2021 –– One day when looking back at the Pandemic period we may just have to recall all the stations that moved to new home. Joining cities such as Pittsburgh, Cleveland and others, iHeartMedia Dayton will soon have a new home reports WDTN-TV. The media company said it plans to move into the historic Dayton Arcade, taking its sales, marketing, digital and programming operation into a new state-of-the-art facility in the heart of Downtown Dayton.
The move will bring iconic brands and franchises, including iHeartMedia's Mix 107.7, 104.7 WTUE (Dayton’s Rock Station), 99.9 WCHD (Channel 999), 103.9 WZDA (ALT 1039), 105.9 WRZX (BIG 1065), 94.5 WYDB (Hot Country B945), 980 WONE (980 Fox Sports) and 1340 WIZE Black Information Network.
“We are thrilled to be part of the transformation of this historic landmark and bring our broadcast and digital operations to the heart of our city,” said Dave Litteral, Market President of iHeartMedia Dayton. “Connecting our influencers, marquee talent and operation staff with the innovation Space and Arts Centers in the Arcade will cement our commitment to the Downtown Dayton Business District. It’s really the perfect location for iHeartMedia Dayton.” The new offices are scheduled to open in late September. PHOTO/Dayton Arcade
Randy Lane: 'What Does Your Show Stand For?'
THE MOUTH, MAY 4TH, 2021 – In Talent Specialist Randy Lane's latest blog he posts a checklist for radio hosts to consider in their branding efforts. He point to Theodore Levitt, who was a Harvard Economics professor and editor of the Harvard Business Review, who says that all brands go through four marketing life cycles. The cycles are: Introduction, Growth, Maturity, and Decline.
Although some will overlap, there are different priorities to address in each cycle. Lane begins by taking a look at the all-important Cycle One: The New Brand. You are about to unleash a new show into your market. In this time of unprecedented change, Covid has been brutal on new shows as most people have been seeking the comfort of familiarity and nostalgia. For most of us, mornings are the most routine time of day for all of us, and change can be unsettling, so carefully crafting a strategy is the key to debuting a successful show.
A SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) analysis of your major competitors is an important first step to determining the best way to position a new show in the competitive landscape. What’s the brand strategy? Begin the strategic process by answering these questions: What does the show stand for? What differentiates the show (relationship, controversial show, etc.?) What’s the show plot?
Taglines are not necessary for established brands, yet they help distinguish new shows in a crowded marketplace. Describe the roles for each player on and off-air. Define the character for each player. Identify their primary and secondary characteristics, quirks, and flaws. Then narrow it down to the character’s essence (e.g., the single, millennial party girl or the goofy suburban dad).
Conduct a market localization exercise with longtime residents. Identify market characteristics, hot-button issues, local celebs, primary parts of the area, major employers, etc. Sum it up by outlining the market’s positives and negatives. Soft launches are preferable to pre-hyping a new show. This goes back to Marketing 101 -- not launching a product before it’s ready. As Scott Shannon once said,” Get their arms and legs in the car, then take off.”
MIW Group Announces Its New Status As A 501(c)(3) Charitable Organization
THE MOUTH, MAY 3RD, 2021 –– Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio, Inc. (MIW) has announced its official designation as a 501(c)(3) charitable entity. The volunteer organization, formerly known as the Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio (MIW) Group, consists of top-level female radio professionals who use their experience, influence, and resources to help other women in radio develop management and leadership skills. The benefits of this IRS structure include additional sponsorship options that will aid in expanding MIW’s reach, enhance mentoring opportunities and magnify MIW’s mission of strengthening radio’s next generation of female leadership. The MIWs have dedicated the past 20 years to this vision. Since its inception, the organization has published an annual Gender Analysis Study that tracks percentages of women placed in senior management roles.
MIW Board President Ruth Presslaff (shown) said, "Today’s announcement is the culmination of one of MIW’s most ambitious long-range goals. It could not have been done without the leadership of our Board Treasurer, Valerie Blackburn, and the pro bono work of Foster Garvey PC, we are indebted to them both. We are equally grateful to so many who volunteered their time and expertise to MIW, from the very beginning of the MIW Group in 2000, to those in subsequent years whose participation ensured the continuation of our organization. Each of these women, and men, along with our generous and loyal corporate sponsors, represents a unique and important brick in the MIW foundation.”
To learn more about the organization, please visit RadioMIW.com.
EVENTS: Jacobs Media To Present FREE Techsurvey 2021 Results Webinar
THE MOUTH, MAY 3RD, 2021 –– Jacobs Media will present its Techsurvey 2021 results in a free webinar on Thursday, May 6 at 2pm Eastern, 11am Pacific, sponsored by Veritone. This year’s annual study, “Radio in the Year of COVID,” is comprised of more than 42,000 core radio listeners from 470 participating stations and charts the impact of COVID-19 and its disruptive effect on radio listening and other media consumption.
In this year’s survey, the impact of COVID on broadcast radio was a major focus, says Jacobs. Overall, 13% of the total sample indicated listening less to radio during the prior year. The reasons driving the downturn are different, however, from past years where the culprits tended to revolve around “too many commercials” or more car dashboard listening options. Techsurvey 2021 reveals that seven in ten of these respondents say they’re simply spending less time in their cars, while more than six in ten cite “lifestyle changes.” Clearly, job loss and layoffs, stay-at-home orders, health issues, and family matters all conspired to disrupt lives. Jacobs Media President Fred Jacobs comments,
“This year’s Techsurvey reveals seismic shifts in radio listening, and changes in media consumption, owing to the impact of the pandemic. Digital platforms have already seen impressive growth in the past few years, and it is clear there is even greater momentum now due to the transcendent changes of the last thirteen months. We will continue to closely monitor the media landscape as we continue on the path to ‘normal.’ We hope you can join our webinar Thursday, May 6 as we reveal these important insights and more.” In order to join the webinar, you MUST click the button below to register: Register HERE
HONORS: WBAL NewsRadio 1090/FM 101.5 Balimore Nominated For 6 AP Awards
THE MOUTH, MAY 3RD, 2021 –– WBAL NewsRadio 1090/FM 101.5 was recently announced as a finalist in 6 categories in the Chesapeake Associated Press Broadcasters Association Awards. WBAL News earned five nominations, including Outstanding Spot News reporting for its coverage of an explosion at a row home in west Baltimore in August of 2020. The station also received nominations in the Outstanding Newscast and Documentary/In-Depth Reporting categories, and Robert Lang and Scott Wykoff received nominations in the Best Anchor and Best Reporter categories, respectively. Additionally, WBAL’s morning team of C4 and Bryan Nehman were nominated in the Outstanding Talk Show Category.
“WBAL NewsRadio is honored by this recognition from the Chesapeake AP," said Cary Pahigian, the station's President and General Manager. “After 96 years of service, WBAL remains resolute in our 24/7 commitment to dependable breaking news coverage and fair-minded analysis and debate.” The winners in each category will be announced during the Virtual Chesapeake Associated Press Broadcasters Association Awards Show on Saturday, July 10.
NETWORKS: United Stations Announces Next Five Weeks Of 'Backstage Country' Guests Hosts
THE MOUTH, MAY 3RD, 2021 –– United Stations has announced ffive more weeks of stellar guest hosts that are lined up to anchor the company’s daily, weekday program “Backstage Country.” With Nashville-based radio veterans John Shomby and Adrian Kulp serving as the show’s Talent Relations Consultant and Senior Talent/Content Producer respectively. For the current week of programming in the series which ends on Friday, April 30th, the shows are being hosted by the members of Little Big Town. Now, with newly confirmed bookings, Backstage Country is thrilled to announce a May lineup that looks like this: Week of… Hosted by… May 3 Chris Lane May 10 Maren Morris & Ryan Hurd (shown) May 17 Dylan Scott May 24 Old Dominion May 31 Lady A.
Backstage Country gives listeners and affiliates an insider’s look at Country music as it is hosted by the stars of Country Music. Each Country artist who serves as host for the program does so for an entire Monday through Friday week. The show debuted on September 14, 2020, and the network broadcast has already presented week-long programming hosted by Tim McGraw, Jason Aldean, Kane Brown, Luke Bryan, Luke Combs and Garth Brooks with Trisha Yearwood. The show reaches dozens of cities around the U.S., and all seven (7) Beasley Media Group-owned Country stations have been on board as flagship affiliates since its launch. For more info, contact Andy Denemark at firstname.lastname@example.org - 212.536.3603
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Bret Mega Joins Y98 St. Louis For Mornings; Julie Tristan Moves To Mornings; Jen Meyers Slides To Middays And Named Asst. Brand Mgr. For KYKY & KEZK-FM
THE MOUTH, APRIL 30TH, 2021 –– Audacy welcomes Bret Mega as morning show co-host for Y98 (KYKY-FM) in St. Louis. Mega will join “The Wake Up,” weekdays from 5:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. CT. Additionally, Julie Tristan (TR) will transition from her previous role in middays to join Mega. The station subsequently announces Jen Myers (R) will move to middays and has been elevated as Assistant Brand Manager of Y98 and sister station 102.5 KEZK (KEZK-FM). Both moves are effective May 3.
“We are thrilled to welcome Bret to Y98 and St. Louis,” said Becky Domyan, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Audacy St. Louis. “Bret has an unparalleled positive energy and passion for our business that is truly contagious and will be a tremendous addition to ‘The Wake Up’ team. We’re equally as excited to elevate Jen Myers after 16 years of success on the Y98 morning show. Her unwavering commitment to excellence will continue to yield outstanding results on both Y98 and KEZK.
“I am so excited to join Audacy as this company takes multiple media content to the next level,” said Mega. “I feel honored to be part of the historic Y98 brand and can’t wait to join ‘The Wakeup’ team and do radio that makes a difference and feels like St. Louis. I’d like to give a special thanks to Becky Domyan and Leo Baldwin for believing in me.” Mega’s on-air career includes stops at KZDB in Spokane, WA, KISS in Memphis, TN, Power 96.1 in Atlanta and Hot 93.3 in Dallas.
Myers has been heard on Y98 for 19 years, including more than 15 on the morning show. She started her career in her hometown of Buffalo, NY and spent two years at KSTZ in Des Moines, IA before joining Y98.
Jenny Valliere Takes Middays At WTMX-FM Chicago
THE MOUTH, APRIL 30TH, 2021 ––Hubbard Radio Chicago’s 101.9 THE MIX Vice President of Brand and Content, Jimmy Steal, announced today the appointment of Jenny Valliere as On-Air Midday Personality / Music Director at WTMX (101.9 THE MIX).
Valliere comes to Hubbard Radio Chicago from Z102.9 KZIA Cedar Rapids, IA where she served as Program Director, Music Director and Afternoon On-Air Personality. Valliere says, “I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to join 101.9 THE MIX. Working in the Chicago market is something I've dreamed of since I started in radio. I can't thank Jimmy Steal and Hubbard Chicago enough for this incredible opportunity."
Vice President Market Manager Jeff England added, “After an extensive, nationwide search, we were pleased to find someone of Jenny’s talent right here in the Midwest. The combination of programming and on air experience will make for the perfect fit Middays and serve as a great asset in the programming department”.
Toni Terrell Leaps To Mornings At 94.1 WHRP Huntsville
THE MOUTH, APRIL 30TH, 2021 –– Program Director Toni Terrell and longtime midday host of Cumulus Urban AC 94.1 WHRP-FM known as “Your Best Girlfriend,” takes the leap to join the rare breed of women to lead a morning show starting May 3rd with the “Toni Terrell with T. Mill in the Morning” show. Terrell, a 30-year radio vet will kick off a local platform from 6a-10a for listeners to indulge during morning drive for the first time in station history.
“The decision was made during March, Women's History Month, which felt empowering since there are so many barriers that we still have yet to break even in the 21 Century, especially for women of color. I hope this move will inspire the up and coming to pursue more demanding roles in business,” said Terrell.
Newcomer Timothy “T. Mill” Miller makes the switch from public and digital radio to join Terrell as her co-host. P. Frazier, better known as DJ Chocolate, joins the airwaves to the hold down middays with a new show “Chocolate's Midday Vibe,” from 10a-2p. Having over 15 years of radio experience while traveling the United States and abroad as a professional DJ, Chocolate brings great talent and experience to 94.1 WHRP. She also serves as Promotions Director of the Cumulus Huntsville radio cluster.
"WHRP has always been amazingly involved in the Huntsville community and sought out every opportunity to give back to our community. We at Cumulus Huntsville are excited about making WHRP even more local and engaged by airing the only live and local urban radio show in the mornings!" says John Lewis, Vice President/Market Manager.
Station Rebrands To Robyn 105 To Mark Retirement Of Longtime Morning Host Robyn Adair On Country 105 Calgary
THE MOUTH, APRIL 30TH, 2021 – How's this for showing appreciation? Calgary radio station Country 105 will be rebranded Robyn 105 to mark the retirement of long-time morning host Robyn Adair.
After 32 years as a host on Country 105, Robyn Adair is hanging up her headphones. Her longtime radio home will be rebranded “Robyn 105” to mark the occasion today, April 30th. Adair will be joined by Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi and other special guests from 5:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. to wish her a happy retirement.
Adair called her career at Calgary’s country radio station “a dream come true for me.” “It’s been a ridiculous amount of fun and I have had the chance to do things in this career that I couldn’t have imagined when I was starting out. Adair served as a co-host on the award-winning morning show The Odd Squad, Adair said she’s long been looking forward to retire early. She tells Global News, “While I have absolutely no doubt that I won’t miss waking up at 3:30 a.m., I will certainly miss Roger, my friends at the station and all the listeners who have welcomed me into their lives.”
On a personal note: "We've been honored to have Adair and her crew join us at numerous Morning Show Boot Camps in the past and we'll miss badly miss her presence," says host Don Anthony. 'But be assured, we wish her only the best in her retirement and hope our paths cross again in the future. Cheers Robyn!"
After 32 Years, Dave Lee Signing Off From WCCO Radio Minneapolis
THE MOUTH, APRIL 30TH, 2021 –– Morning radio in Minnesota just won’t be the same says WCCO. Today marks Dave Lee’s final show at WCCO Radio. After 32 years, Lee is heading into retirement. Gov. Tim Walz, who was a guest on Lee’s final show, declared that Friday was Dave Lee Day in Minnesota in honor of the broadcaster’s “incredible” career.
While many Minnesotans know Lee’s voice from his beloved morning show, Lee also did sports play-by-play and was a tireless fundraiser for the community. He also regularly appeared on WCCO-TV. Check out all the accolades here from fans and cohorts HERE
Jill Kempton Named PD For KOST 103.5 Los Angeles
THE MOUTH, APRIL 30TH, 2021 –– iHeartMedia Los Angeles has named Jill Kempton Program Director for Los Angeles’s AC KOST 103.5, effective immediately. iHeartMedia. She will report to John Peake, Senior Vice President Programming for iHeartMedia Los Angeles. “It takes a special programmer to lead an iconic radio station like KOST 103.5, and Jill is in that elite class,” said Tom Poleman, Chief Programming Officer for iHeartMedia. “Her impeccable track record includes impressive wins at some of the top stations in the world including WASH, WLTW and WBEB. And I’m confident KOST will be her next. We’re proud to have her taking the reins of one of iHeartMedia’s most cherished brands.”
“I had the pleasure of working with Jill for several years in Washington, D.C. and am thrilled to welcome her to the iHeartMedia Los Angeles programming team,” says Kevin LeGrett, President of iHeartMedia Los Angeles. “Jill is one of the best AC programmers in the country and has an impressive history of success at each station she has touched."
Kempton most recently served as the program director for iHeartMedia Philadelphia’s 106.1 The Breeze and will remain the program director for iHeartMedia Washington, D.C.’s 97.1 WASH-FM.
“What an absolute thrill and honor to work alongside the incredible programming minds of iHeartMedia LA,” said Kempton. “KOST is an iconic brand with world-class talent, and I’m still pinching myself that I get to be part of it. The bond listeners have with KOST is undeniable, starting every morning with the great ELLEN K. I’m looking forward to continuing to grow the station and market in this everchanging audio universe. My sincere gratitude to iHeartMedia.”
Patti Taylor Named Director Of Sales At Beasley Detroit
THE MOUTH, APRIL 30TH, 2021 - Beasley Media Group has named Patti Taylor Director of Sales at the company’s Detroit-based properties, including 101 WRIF-FM, 94.7 WCSX-FM, 105.9 KISS-FM, 105.1 The BOUNCE and the Praise Network. She will begin her new role immediately. Taylor most recently served as the General Sales Manager of the Motor City-based radio cluster. Previously, she was Sales Manager at both WCSX-FM and WRIF-FM and worked as a Sales Manager with CBS Radio in Detroit.
"We could not be more excited to have Patti leading our sales effort in Detroit,” said Beasley Media Group Vice President of Sales, Tina Murley. “Patti is collaborative, strategic and extremely well respected. She is exactly what we need to drive revenue for Beasley and for our valued clients."
“I'm thrilled for this opportunity to lead the sales efforts for Beasley Media Detroit,” said Taylor. “We have an unmatched team of account executives, market-leading brands, and an impressive suite of products and tools to offer advertisers today. I am truly enthusiastic for what we'll achieve in 2021 and beyond."
SYNDICATION: Ace & TJ Show Picks Up First Country Affiliate
THE MOUTH, APRIL 30TH, 2021 –– The Charlotte-based Ace & TJ Family is thrilled to announce they have gone Country with the addition of Q103.1, Louisville to their roster of stations. This marks their first morning show in the county format. The Show has long hoped to be a part of the Country format. It is a natural fit as it matches their personalities and sound.
"Ace & TJ bring incredible energy and content that is perfect for SummitMedia Louisville. We're thrilled to have them part of the Q103.1 team." – Randy Chase / EVP Programming – Summit Media “I'm excited, but my wife is ecstatic! She's already bugging me about when she's going to get to meet Thomas Rhett and his wife.” TJ / Ace & TJ Show "Radio is about creating an emotional bond with listeners and it's very exciting to be reaching out to a new audience in a new format for our brand. Everyone at Summit Broadcasting has been a great partner and we're excited about the future (both short and long term) with the company."– Ace / Ace & TJ Show “Thanks to our many friends in the industry who have said repeatedly that the Ace & TJ Show is perfect for Country music radio stations. We are beyond proud to be welcomed to the Q103.1 team." For information, contact Adam Goodman at 843 212 6522 (ALG@RadioButtonNetwork.com)
EVENTS: Q104.3l New York's Backstage Pass Raises Over $4,400 For Independent Venue Group
THE MOUTH, APRIL 30TH, 2021 –– iHeartMedia New York’s Q104.3 and the Rock & Roll Fantasy Camp helped raise over $4,400 during “Q104.3’s Backstage Pass,” a virtual live event with Laurence Juber and Denny Seiwell celebrating the golden anniversary of the band Wings that benefited the National Independent Venue Association. The event took place on April 17 at 12 p.m. EST via zoom and was hosted by Q104.3’s on-air personality Ken Dashow.
“Q104.3’s Backstage Pass” was presented by New York Alliance Against Insurance Fraud (NYAAIF), a nonprofit committed to bringing awareness to insurance fraud and encouraging New Yorkers to report it. Funds raised will be donated to the National Independent Venue Association, an American organization of independent music venues, independent promoters and festivals pursuing federal support such as business recovery grants and tax relief in the wake of COVID-19’s devastating effect on the live entertainment industry.
PODCAST: Chelsea Handler to Host 'Dear Chelsea' On iHeart Podcast Network
THE MOUTH, APRIL 30TH, 2021 –– iHeart announced “Dear Chelsea,” a new iHeartRadio Original Podcast hosted by comedian, best-selling author and television host Chelsea Handler. “Dear Chelsea” episodes will give listeners the opportunity to submit questions about life and get candid answers on the podcast. “Dear Chelsea” will premiere on May 6 with new episodes releasing every Thursday.
Alongside her co-host and long-time assistant, Brandon Marlo, “Dear Chelsea” plays on the idea of “Dear Abby,” as Handler and Marlo will help listeners to answer any and all questions going on in their lives. Unlike “Dear Abby'' letters, “Dear Chelsea” episodes will have a hilarious-edge where Handler and Marlo won't shy away from giving their honest and raw opinions on situations to provide listeners with the advice they need to hear. The new podcast will also feature surprise celebrity and expert guest appearances to help weigh in on the listeners’ questions.
“iHeartRadio has been a great place for me to share all of my wild, unvarnished thoughts,” said Chelsea Handler. “I’m excited to start this journey with ‘Dear Chelsea’ to help people figure out what they need in life -- I’m more than happy to be that kick in the pants or shove that will give someone a new perspective on a situation and help them to make a decision.”
“Dear Chelsea” is distributed by the iHeartPodcast Network. Listeners can visit iHeart.com/apps to download iHeartRadio
MAGIC 965 Ft. Wayne Looking For New Morning Show Member
THE MOUTH, APRIL 30TH, 2021 –– 1 WAJI, Majic 95.1 in Fort Wayne, Indiana is looking for the next member of our winning team! Candidate must have a feisty, energetic, fun, likable personality who’s not afraid to be vulnerable on-air to compliment the current morning show host. This person must love editing, is hungry to win, and is willing to build and maintain relationships with listeners. If you want to have fun and be paid for doing it, apply now.
Send resume and audio to email@example.com Sarkes Tarzian Inc., is an Equal Opportunity Employer
[LISTEN] NPR Celebrates 50th Anniversary Of First 'All Things Considered'
THE MOUTH, APRIL 239TH, 2021 –– The first broadcast of NPR's 'All Things Considered' took place on May 3, 1971. That day more than 20,000 people gathered in Washington, D.C., to protest against the Vietnam War. NPR journalists covered the day's events, producing a 24-minute sound portrait of what was happening which was inducted in 2017 into the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress for its place in US audio heritage. In 1971, NPR debuted with around 88 Member stations, 55 employees, and fewer than 2 million listeners. Now, more than 60 million people access NPR content for free on multiple platforms each week.
"For the past 50 years NPR has been an essential, trusted source for international, national and local news, and cultural programming featuring music, history, education and the arts," said NPR President and CEO John Lansing. "All Things Considered's first broadcast was a vivid report on demonstrations against the Vietnam war. Times may have changed but NPR's mission and commitment to informing the American public has not. We just went through a summer of racial unrest, a global pandemic, and a very contentious election year. NPR is covering all of this and no longer just on the radio, we are meeting our listeners where they are and addressing their interests and needs."
2 NPR Founders Remember The First Days, 50 Years Ago On Fresh Air. Susan Stamberg* (L), and NPR's first Director of Programming Bill Siemering will share memories of the early days of NPR and the first broadcast of All Things Considered (May 3, 1971), on the same day that over 20,000 protestors shut down the city to protest the war in Vietnam. You'll hear excerpts of the amazing coverage ATC provided of the protest, and also tape of Susan Stamberg hosting ATC when she filled in as a guest host in 1972.
To commemorate NPR50, World Cafe (May 3) takes a trip into the musical time machine back to the year 1971. Considered by music fans and critics to be one of the greatest years in music, 1971 saw the release of significant albums by Marvin Gaye, Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Led Zeppelin, Sly & The Family Stone, and others. Cafe host Raina Douris turns back the hands of time for this two hour musical journey to 1971. A companion playlist of the Best Songs from 1971, curated by stations, will be available on NPR Music. LISTEN TO FIRST BROADCAST HERE
*Susan Stamberg co-hosted All Things Considered from 1972 until 1986 — she's the first woman to anchor a daily national news program in America. She is now an NPR special correspondent. NPR ILLUSTRATION/Wanyu Zhang
BLOG: 'Preparing Your Station In Appealing To A New Generation' - 'Time To Break Things'
THE MOUTH, APRIL 29TH, 2021 –– Matt Bailey, President of Integr8 Research, is releasing a three-part blog series on future proofing your radio station. Bailey says "As a programmer, sometimes your #1 job is to not break what’s working. Then there are times where the only way you can fix things is to break things. If you program a hit music station, it’s time to start breaking things. Scary. However, "In times like these, it helps to recall that there have always been times like these,” advised Paul Harvey. In our next three posts, we’ll outline things you should consider breaking at your radio station in the next few years, with some guidance from radio’s past to point the way. Today, we’ll tackle the #1 trap you’ll need to avoid when choosing your station’s music.
Avoid the “It’s a hit but it doesn’t fit” hole. Historically, CHR’s worst ratings came during times when the format has tried in vain to balance the tastes of younger and older listeners who no longer agreed on the hits: 1991: On the cusp of Alternative and Hip Hop breaking through to become the definitive sounds of Generation X, CHR radio was playing Paula Abdul and Wilson Phillips, holding on to the promise of a new day. 1981: As MTV launched with New Wave, CHR was powering “Love On The Rocks,” “Endless Love,” and endless supplies of Air Supply. 1971: The artists we now laud as Classic Rock attracted their far-out fans to FM radio. Meanwhile on AM Top 40, it was Osmonds as far as the ear could hear.
At each of these points in history, popular music was on the cusp of passing the torch to a new generation whose tastes would determine the hits. When this schism first emerges, following the newest cutting edge music trends among younger listeners is foolish. READ BLOG HERE
iHeartMedia Extends Relationship With Latin Legend Enrique Santos
THE MOUTH, APRIL 29TH, 2021 –– iHeartMedia announced today that it has extended its relationship with top-rated on-air radio personality and community leader Enrique Santos. Under a new five-year agreement, Santos will continue as President and Chief Creative Officer of iHeartLatino as well as morning host on his Spanish nationally-syndicated show originating from TÚ 94.9 in Miami and host of his English weekly nationally-syndicated radio show “On The Move with Enrique Santos.”
“The Latin community listens to radio more than any other group in the U.S., with radio reaching 95 percent of the Latin population nationwide,” said Tom Poleman, Chief Programming Officer and President of National Programming Group for iHeartMedia. “Enrique is an extraordinary talent with the unparalleled ability to connect with listeners and the Latino community across the country. As the President and Chief Creative Officer, Enrique has helped us grow the iHeartLatino multi-platform brand that now connects and engages with tens of millions of Hispanic listeners every month through our broadcast radio stations and digital platforms. Together, we are excited to continue this growth trajectory of our Spanish- and English-speaking Hispanic audiences even further.”
“iHeartMedia’s commitment to serving the needs of the Latin community throughout the nation is unparalleled and I’m honored to continue leading our commitment to our community,” said Santos. “In these times of misinformation, it is more important than ever for our listeners to have unfiltered, honest and credible sources, as well as relatable voices that they trust. We stand committed to continue to unite, lift, entertain and inform our LatinX listeners.” In addition, Santos will continue to lead the development of iHeartMedia’s Latin-focused content for TV specials and other multimedia platforms.
Former Tennessee Vol' Basketball Star Ron Slay Joins Lineup At Nashville’s 104.5 The Zone/WGFX-FM
THE MOUTH, APRIL 29TH, 2021 –– Cumulus' 104.5 The Zone/WGFX-FM Nashville and Middle Tennessee has added former Tennessee Volunteer Ron Slay to the 3HL on-air team as Co-Host. 3HL is heard on 104.5 The Zone on weekday afternoons from 3:00pm-6:00pm. Slay joins co-hosts Brent Dougherty and Dawn Davenport on 3HL and debuts this week.
Slay started his sports career playing high school basketball at Nashville’s Pearl-Cohn High School followed by prep school Oak Hill Academy. He went on to play basketball at the University of Tennessee and as a senior, was named the Associated Press SEC player of the year and a third team All American. Slay was also named to the All-NBA D-League Second Team.
Paul Mason, Program Director, 104.5 The Zone/WGFX-FM, said: “Our listeners have made it clear that they want us to hire Ron Slay. I am happy to say we listened, and we are thrilled Ron Slay will be joining Brent Dougherty and Dawn Davenport on 3HL. 3HLis already a great show, and I look forward to seeing it go to even higher levels.”
Ron Slay commented: “I am both delighted and eager to join the 104.5 The Zone and 3HLfamilies. I hope to bring joy, energy, and insight to Nashville sports enthusiasts each day. LOCK THE DOOR…LET’S GO!” Earlier this month, 104.5 The Zone announced the launch of 104.5 The Zone TV, a new way to engage with 104.5 The Zone’s live and local sports content and new original live programming created exclusively for Nashville sports fans.
980 The WAAV To Launch Wilmington’s Morning News with Nick Craig
THE MOUTH, APRIL 29TH, 2021 – Cumulus announced that 980 The WAAV / WAAV-AM, Cape Fear’s News, Talk & Sports will debut Wilmington’s Morning News with Nick Craig beginning May 3rd. The show will air live on 980 The WAAV weekday mornings from 6am-9am EST. Wilmington’s Morning News with Nick Craig is a live and local morning show hosted by fresh conservative talk personality Nick Craig. T
Eric McCart, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Wilmington, said: “We’re excited to have Nick join our 980 WAAV Cumulus family! He brings a fresh new energy and excitement to weekday mornings that our listeners will really enjoy. If it’s happening in Wilmington and the Cape Fear region, it’s happening on Wilmington’s Morning News with Nick Craig!”
Nick Craig, Host, Wilmington’s Morning News, said: “Traveling on the road paved by the likes of Rush Limbaugh, I’m excited to bring the next generation of conservative talk to the Wilmington region and beyond. To be part of a legacy talk station like WAAV and Cumulus is quite the opportunity at my age. Looking forward to using these platforms to engage and interact with traditional talk listeners and the next generation.”
HONORS: WDIA Memphis' Bobby O'Jay To Be Inducted Into The Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame
THE MOUTH, APRIL 29TH, 2021 ––iHeartMedia Memphis’ WDIA congratulates Bobby O’Jay for his upcoming induction to the Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame, an honor given to a special group of people who have led their stations and their communities, leaving a legacy of impact behind. O’Jay will officially be inducted into the Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame on July 31st at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Convention Center in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
O’Jay is the fourth Memphis personality to be inducted into the Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame, joining legendary broadcasters such as Rufus Thomas, Nat D. Williams and Bev Johnson. Originally from Batesville, Mississippi, O’Jay first got his start in Montgomery, Alabama and from there went on to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Houston, Texas, Dallas, Texas, and Chicago, Illinois, before landing his dream job in February 1983 in Memphis, Tennessee. Since then, he has drawn in millions of listeners by talking about his personal life and topics that are close to his heart.
O’Jay has been a fixture on WDIA since 1983 as both an outspoken on-air personality and program director of the station. WDIA is the first radio station in America that was programmed entirely by African Americans for African Americans. Many music legends got their start by working at WDIA, including B.B. King and Rufus Thomas. “Bobby O’Jay’s impact on our industry is undeniable,” said Sue Purnell, Senior Vice President of Programming of iHeartMedia Memphis. “He’s an absolute champion when it comes to our community, and we’re overjoyed to see Bobby join The Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame.” “Bobby O’Jay’s Fun Morning Show” airs on WDIA 1070AM.
EVENTS: WCSX-FM’s Big Jim’s House Ultimate Restaurant Road Trip to Raise Money for Vets
THE MOUTH, APRIL 29TH, 2021 –– Beasley Media Group’s 94.7 WCSX-FM Morning hosts Big Jim & Ryan from Big Jim’s House will drive 300 miles on an Ultimate Restaurant Road Trip from Detroit to St. Ignace, Michigan to help raise money to provide meals for Veterans returning home from military service. Over the past three months, Big Jim’s House has supported small, locally owned restaurants throughout the Motor City. On Thursday, April 29, 2021, Big Jim & Ryan will drive 300 miles in a Shelby Mustang (provided by Ford) from Detroit to Clyde’s Burgers in St. Ignace. The duo will be asking for a $10 donation for each mile traveled as well as sponsorship donations to raise money to benefit Veterans Returning Home, a non-profit organization dedicated to feeding area veterans.
"It’s an absolute honor to raise money for a great organization like Vets Returning Home,” said Big Jim. “I spent eight years in the service and thank God for the men and women who I served with! Anything we can do to make sure they know how much we care about them is time and money well spent!”
“Nothing resonates more than authenticity,” said Beasley Media Group Vice President of National Content and Director of Detroit Programming, Scott Jameson. “Big Jim and Ryan exemplify local radio, connecting emotionally with our listeners every day.” Big Jim’s House Ultimate Restaurant Road Trip has already received donations from Former Detroit Lions player TJ Lang, Roger Penske Corporation, Paul Rodgers - lead singer of Bad Company, Phil Collen - lead guitarist of Def Leppard, Former Detroit Red Wings player Darren McCarty and Paul Glantz (CEO of Emagine Theatres).
WHO's Simon Conway Bringing Navy Seals Who Took Down Osama Bin Laden To Des Moines
THE MOUTH, APRIL 29TH, 2021 –– WHO Radio/Des Moines Afternoon Driver Simon Conway has always had a sharp focus on the veteran community. In fact he is the Board VP of the Puppy Jake Foundation - a service dog for combat wounded veterans charity. And now he has pulled off something of a coup, bringing two of the US Navy SEALs who took down Osama Bin Laden to Iowa for a fundraiser.
Rob O'Neill is the SEAL who fired the shots that killed Bin Laden, while Will Chesney was the SEAL dog handler on that same mission. "I am so honored that these true national heroes are coming here to support this charity," said Conway who's show also airs on WMT/Cedar Rapids and WOC/Davenport. The event will take place on June 18 - just after the tenth anniversary of Operation Neptune Spear.
iHeartRadio & TikTok Launch New Digital Radio Station 'TikTok Trending' In Australia
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, APRIL 29TH, 2021 –– The Australian Radio Network’s (ARN) and iHeartRadio Australia has come together with TikTok’s local operation to launch a digital station. TikTok Trending will showcase the music and artists taking off on the platform, as well as the tracks experiencing a revival due to viral trends or rediscovery from different generations. The station will feature creators as hosts, including musicians G Flip and Isaiah Firebrace, as well as local TikTok star Tannar and emerging musician Avneesha. There will also be a rotating lineup of guest hosts, including popular creators, local artists and international stars – the first of which is international pop star and new judge on the Australian version of “The Voice”, Rita Ora.
talkSPORT in the UK Joins Social Media Boycott Weekend - Britain’s national sports-talk radio station, talkSPORT, has joined the social media boycott announced by English football (soccer) in response to the ongoing discriminatory abuse received online by players and many others connected to the game. talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2 will not publish any content across their social media channels starting at 3pm on Friday until Tuesday May 4.
Adrian Kennedy & Jeremy Dixon Have Left 98FM in Ireland - The mid-morning phone-in show ‘Dublin Talks’ has come to an end. The presenters Adrian Kennedy & Jeremy Dixon left the station after seven years. 98FM has moved to a more music format from with ‘The Sound of the City’ with Barry Dunne now broadcasting from 10am-3pm, and The Big Ride Home with Brian Maher starting at the earlier time of 3pm. 98FM was recently bought by Bauer Media
CONDOLENCES: Mixologist Doug E. Holt Passes Away At 52
THE MOUTH, APRIL 29TH, 2021 –– Yesterday we learned of the passing of mixologist Doug E. Holt (top left) at a local hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas. He was 52. “Doug was a staple mixologist for RadioMixes for the last 10 years and will be sorely missed,” reported Rob Austin, CEO of parent company JamTraxx Media Inc. A GOFUNDME page has been established at the following link to cover medical expenses incurred as a result of his hospitalization. http://gf.me/u/zrgpcw
To replace him, the company held an extensive search to find the best of the best in the industry to continue uninterrupted production of the company’s 23 shows. For more information, press only: Rob Austin 312.893.7549 RobAustin@JamTraxxMedia.COM
Edison Research 'Moms' To Present Their Annual Moms & Media Webinar On May 6th
THE MOUTH, APRIL 28TH, 2021 –– The Research Moms of Edison Research will present their annual Moms and Media study in a webinar on Thursday, May 6th at 2 PM EDT. This year’s Moms and Media study provides insight on media usage, social media habits, and current outlook on tech by U.S. moms.
Highlights from this year’s study include: Smart speaker ownership - Podcast adoption - Online audio listening - Social media engagement - In addition,the report will showcase brand new research centered on social media usage by U.S. moms and their children.
Findings incorporate data from The Infinite Dial® study from Edison Research and Triton Digital, as well as data from Edison Research’s new ongoing syndicated measurement of social media, The Social Habit. Edison Research VP (and Research Mom) Melissa DeCesare will present the findings. CLICK HERE to register for Moms and Media 2021 The 2021 report features data trends on devices, media engagement, and technology usage of U.S. moms.
Dan Le Batard Show Inks Deal With DraftKings For Distribution Over All Platforms
THE MOUTH, APRIL 28TH, 2021 –– News on the future of Dan Le Batard following his exit in January from ESPN came Tuesday afternoon with the announcement that Meadowlark Media and DraftKings have formed a multiplatform partnership for the Miami-based show. Meadowlark Media is the content company Le Batard and former ESPN president John Skipper formed in January. According to The Miami Herald, starting in June or by early July, DraftKings, the daily fantasy sports and sports betting operator, will distribute the Le Batard Show on any and all platforms including radio, television, podcast and social media. The Miami Herald was told DraftKings is spending about $40 million in a three-year deal. The Wall Street Journal reported the deal as $50 million.
Le Batard told the Miami Herald. “The thing that I chose was freedom. Every time I’ve negotiated anywhere was for freedom, not money.” “This allows Meadowlark to be profitable from the start, and have total freedom to do what we want,” he said. “We can go forward and appear everywhere. We can make partnerships anywhere we want. We don’t have any corporate overlord. Our partner is our sponsor and what they are sponsoring is our freedom.
Le Batard added, ”The media landscape is changing very rapidly, and this shows how much power and value individuals can exert in breaking free from the corporate machine.” Evidently, leaving ESPN pays. It has for Bill Simmons, Dan Patrick and others. Here, with the DraftKings deal, Le Batard has attracted an annual sponsorship that easily exceeds the $8 million annual salary paid Stephen A. Smith, ESPN’s highest-paid on-air personality. READ MORE HERE
Tricia Gallenbeck Named VP/MM For Cumulus Eugene
THE MOUTH, APRIL 28TH, 2021 –– Cumulus has appointed Tricia Gallenbeck as Vice President/Market Manager of Cumulus Eugene, OR. Gallenbeck arrives from Reno Media Group in Reno, NV, where she was Vice President/General Manager. She was previously Director of Sales for Beasley Media Group in Fayetteville, NC, and prior to that, served Beasley Las Vegas as Director of New Business and Events and General Sales Manager.
Don Morin, Regional Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Boise, said: “Tricia’s extensive broadcast career and experience in various size markets make her a perfect fit for our Eugene station cluster. Her strategic approach to management coupled with her ability to build a winning culture position this team and stations for great success. Tricia is a winner!”
Gallenback commented: “It’s an exciting time to work in radio! Cumulus is a dynamic and innovative company and I’m honored that Don Morin invited me to join the talented team in Eugene. The Cumulus stations in Eugene are iconic brands and have a history of commitment to community and partnership success. I’m looking forward to discovering how much more we can accomplish together.”
Ernest Fears, III Rises To Director of Sales For Radio One Wash. DC
THE MOUTH, APRIL 28TH, 2021 –– Radio One, the radio division of Urban One, Inc., has named Ernest Fears, III the new Director of Sales for Washington, D.C.. Fears will be transitioning from his position as General Sales Manager to the Director of Sales for Radio One’s Washington, D.C. five-station cluster. Throughout his career, Fears has driven over 800 million dollars in billing for major media companies like ABC, CBS, and most recently, Radio One. Fears is one of the founders of the Media Sales Institute, sponsored by the National Association of Broadcasters.
“During my 40 years in the business in the DC Market, I’ve had the chance to work with so many professionals that I have learned from. If not for them, I would not stand where I am today. I look forward to paying forward the help and guidance that I received to my team and their clients.” said Fears.
Jeff Wilson, Senior Regional Vice President, adds, “For decades, Ernie has been one of the most respected leaders in Washington DC media. But today, we celebrate his leadership and innovation moving forward as we blaze new trails while creating unprecedented solutions for our business partners.”
90.3 WPLN News Nashville Names Caroline Eggers As New Environmental Reporter
THE MOUTH, APRIL 28TH, 2021 –– Public Radio's WPLN News Nashville has hired Caroline Eggers as the newsroom’s first Environmental Reporter, starting in June 2021. Eggers will cover environmental issues with a focus on equity for WPLN News as a corps member of Report for America, a national service program that places talented emerging journalists in local newsrooms across the U.S. to report on under-covered topics and communities.
“WPLN News delivers essential stories with incredible intellect and empathy,” Eggers says. “I can’t wait to reflect these values while investigating Nashville’s climate action plan, air quality and infrastructure challenges.” This newly created position adds another reporter to WPLN’s growing news team. In the past two years, the station has added seven positions to its news team to provide more news and information for Middle Tennessee listeners.
“We’ve heard for years from people in the region that they’re invested in news coverage about the environment — something that affects them in big and small ways every day,” says Emily Siner, news director of WPLN News. “Caroline has been dedicated to covering the environment as a human issue and explaining complicated concepts in a way that everyone can understand.”
NETWORKS: Westwood One Promotes Three Key Staffers
CUMULUS MEDIA’s Westwood One announced several promotions within Westwood One’s Programming and Operations divisions, effective immediately. Susan Stephens (L) is promoted to SVP and General Manager, Westwood One Programming, reporting to Suzanne Grimes, Executive Vice President, Corporate Marketing and President, Westwood One. In this expanded role, Stephens, a 28-year veteran of Westwood One, will work to optimize programming and content opportunities and collaborations between news, talk, music, and entertainment.
Tim Seymour (C) becomes SVP, Head of Operations. With a 20-year tenure at Westwood One, Seymour assumes responsibility for the Operations, Partner Relations, Affiliate & Sales Operations, Traffic & Continuity, and Research Operations teams. Seymour also reports to Grimes.
Becky Bennett (R) is elevated to VP, Partner Relations, reporting to Seymour. In addition to managing the compensation inventory procurement process and current partner relationships, Bennett is responsible for developing new producer partners. “We have an enviable depth of talent within Westwood One with the unique experience to lead us forward,” said Grimes. “It is a privilege and a pleasure to announce these well-deserved promotions that will position us to succeed in 2021 and beyond.”
BUSINESS: SiriusXM 'Started The Year Strong' In Q1 Says New CEO Jennifer Witz
THE MOUTH, APRIL 28TH, 2021 – SiriusXM announced first quarter 2021 operating and financial results, including revenue of $2.06 billion, an increase of 5% compared to the prior year period. The company recorded net income of $219 million in the first quarter of 2021, compared to $293 million in the prior year period. First quarter 2021 net income included a $220 million non-cash impairment charge related to the failure of the company's SXM-7 satellite, not reflecting any potential insurance recoveries, a $25 million charge related to the surrender of certain office space, and a $95 million benefit associated with a state tax audit settlement.
"I am pleased to announce SiriusXM has started the year impressively," said new CEO Jennifer Witz (shown). Witz added, "We added 126,000 self-pay net subscribers, an 83% increase as compared to the period a year ago, saw a first quarter record-low churn rate of 1.6%, and are reporting a new record-high quarterly adjusted EBITDA figure. These strong results reflect the value we bring to our listeners through the breadth and depth of our content. Our advertising revenue grew 24%, driven by robust monetization of both on- and off-platform opportunities, as well as the growing podcast market." Read Full Report HERE
ABC News Radio To Provide Special Coverage Of President Biden's Address To Congress
THE MOUTH, APRIL 28TH, 2021 –– ABC News Radio will provide extensive coverage of President Biden’s address beginning with a one-hour special, “The Biden Presidency: The First 100 Days,” looking back at the start of the Biden administration. The program will air live on the radio network from 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. ET. It will be available to affiliates to replay on-demand throughout the weekend and will later be available on the “ABC News Radio Specials” podcast, available on all major listening platforms.
The special will be anchored by Correspondent Aaron Katersky in Pennsylvania, the swing state that flipped in 2020 and put Biden over the top. Katersky will speak with some of the voters who helped decide the race. The program will feature reporting by Correspondent Karen Travers on the promises made and whether they’ve been kept; Chief Business, Economics and Technology Correspondent Rebecca Jarvis on the stimulus, infrastructure and the economy; Correspondent Mark Remillard on race and justice in the Biden era; and Correspondent Jim Ryan on the immigration crisis at the border.
The special also features analysis by ABC News contributors Dr. Jay Bhatt on the administration’s COVID-19 response and Dr. Leah Wright Rigueur on whether progress has been made since last year’s racial reckoning.
Media Staffing Network And Media Sales Institute Form Strategic Partnership
THE MOUTH, APRIL 28TH, 2021 –– The Media Sales Institute (MSI) announced it has entered into a strategic alliance with Media Staffing Network (MSN). The arrangement brings MSN’s media recruiter’s expertise to the already successful MSI curriculum at the 2021 NABOB MSI, held at the Atlanta University Center (AUC) and hosted by Morehouse College, October 25 to November 4.
MSI, Developer Jeffrey P. Myers stated, “This new partnership will allow our candidates to gain a better insight into how to research prospective employers and create an effective personal marketing presentation. Additionally, our alliance includes incorporating MSN’s expertise in the first Media Sales & Operations Department (MSD) collegiate curriculum in the country, which is being developed at the AUC and housed at Clark Atlanta University (CAU), starting in 2022.”
"With our tutelage, we can better prepare the MSI graduates to address the position for which they are applying," stated Laurie Kahn, Chief Executive Officer and founder of Media Staffing Network. “Sadly, many colleges and universities are not as up to date on what a recent graduate should include on their resumes. Nor do they teach their students how to best stand out and showcase their value when they have little to no work experience.”
Survey: 'Plurality' Of Morning Show Boot Camp Patrons Want To Meet 'On Sit' This August
THE MOUTH, APRIL 26TH, 2021 –– Barring unforeseen developments, radio's venerable Morning Show Boot Camp plans to return on-site in August to The Swissotel in Chicago. "After extensive input from many of our conference regulars and sponsors, returning 'on-site' for this year's 33rd Annual Morning Show Boot Camp appears to be their clear preference," says host Don Anthony. "Along with the continued progress of Covid-19 vaccinations and more and more events returning on-site this summer, we decided to give it a go. Obviously, our attendees' safety continues to be top-of-mind, and we've been assured by hotel representatives that all local and state safety measures will be enforced in meeting rooms, and throughout the hotel
To confirm this sentiment, Jacobs Media compiled a quick survey of nearly 200 people that showed not only did 'Boot Camp patrons look forward to returning on-site, but nearly half said they'd only do so in an in-person type presentation. "Obviously, we'll continue to monitor how things progress in the coming weeks, but we're already developing an loaded agenda and have been contacted by numerous people ready to book flights and participate."
Of note, MSBC 33 will likely be offered both in-person and later on-demand. Anthony says, "The Jacobs Survey shows, as of now, there are still about 16% of those concerned with travel would attend only virtually. We certainly respect those concerns. As such, we're planning on producing a modified on-demand version so everyone can participate."
Jacobs Media's Fred Jacobs says, "We know virtual conferences work - Jacobs Media's CES event this past January was a huge success, as was Talk Show Boot Camp in March and All Access did a great job with their Audio Summit last week. But the numbers strongly support the idea that talent are inherently a social group. They love to hang out with each other. And we appear to be at that point in 2021 when many of them will be excited to spend a couple days comparing notes about 2020, and how their career paths are changing moving forward."
Other highlights of survey: Nearly half (46%) feel mostly/fully safe returning to many/all pre-COVID activities -- • Nearly half (46%) are 18-44 year-olds • Nearly seven in ten (69%) are men • Interviews were conducted online 4/20-4/25 Of these respondents, three in four are open to attending MSBC this year.
Anthony says, beginning later this week registration for the August event will be available along with a newly configured website. Meanwhile, if you'd like more information, contact Anthony at firstname.lastname@example.org, or at 770-737-2700. PHOTO/file photo
[WATCH] 99.1 PLR New Haven To Celebrate Its 50th Anniversary On Starting Tomorrow
THE MOUTH, APRIL 27TH, 2021 –– Add 99.1 PLR as the latest rocker to hit the half century mark. This Thursday they'll be celebrating their 50th anniversary. To celebrate, ' PLR is going back to where it all began: the streets of New Haven! VPP Keith Dakin said, "There are so few stations in the country that have kept the same format for this long. PLR's longevity and success is truly a testament to its ongoing power of local rock radio."
On Thursday beginning at 7am, during the Chaz and AJ morning show, New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker will proclaim April 29th as "WPLR Day" in New Haven, and at 8:30am, Governor Ned Lamont will issue a similar honor on behalf of the State of Connecticut. Then, every hour through Sunday night, WPLR will highlight a different year in music history, and several former PLR hosts will also share their favorite memories of the station.
Each hour we’ll be from a different spot in the city. They’ll be handing out limited edition PLR 50th Anniversary stickers and fans will get to sign a gigantic PLR Birthday Card! Plus, everyone who signs our birthday card will be entered to win a 50 Inch TV. For the occasion the station produced a special video - WATCH HERE
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Shari Gonzalez Rises To Market President For iHeart Miami
THE MOUTH, APRIL 27TH, 2021 – iHeartMedia has promoted Shari Gonzalez to Market President for Miami/Fort Lauderdale. She will report to Linda Byrd, Division President for iHeartMedia. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to promote Shari into her first Market President role,” said Byrd. “In the short time that we have worked together, I have seen her competitiveness, work ethic and ability to move her team in the direction we need to go. Shari has the experience and smarts to make a great Market President of iHeartMedia Miami/Fort Lauderdale. She will be a great leader in one of our most important markets.”
Gonzalez has over30 years of sales and radio industry experience. She joined iHeartMedia in 2015 and most recently served as the Region Senior Vice President of Sales for iHeartMedia Miami/Fort Lauderdale. Prior to that, she served as General Sales Manager and Director of Sales for CBS in the Washington, D.C. market. Throughout her career, Gonzalez held several leadership positions in Washington, D.C. including serving as an Account Executive for WJZE-FM and WGAY/WWRC-FM before settling into a 15-year stint in sales and leadership at WMAL-AM. She began her career as a Sales Assistant for WDJY-FM in Washington, D.C. “I am honored and thrilled for this opportunity,” said Gonzalez. “To continue to work with and now lead this incredible portfolio of brands and this ‘best-in-class’ team of talented, passionate colleagues is a dream come true.
NETWORKS: Mistress Carrie Joins Westwood One's Rock Talent Roster
THE MOUTH, APRIL 27TH, 2021 – Cumulus' Westwood One announced that Mistress Carrie will be joining the 24-hour network formats division as afternoon host of the Rock 2.0 and CRX formats. Carrie has more than twenty years of experience on the legendary Boston rock station WAAF-FM.
"I am honored and thrilled to take the next step in my radio career with Westwood One,” said Carrie. “Taking my show nationally has always been a dream, and now it's coming true thanks to this incredible company! I know I'm part of an amazing and talented team, and I cannot wait to get started!”
“Carrie is already well established as top-shelf radio talent, and we’re proud to elevate her to a national level by showcasing her on dozens of US radio stations,” said Cheri Marquart, Vice President of Programming - Contemporary Formats, Westwood One. “This is another example of how Westwood One is able to offer our affiliates top-tier talent. We are very excited to have Carrie join our team, and I know our affiliates will be as well.”
Audacy Teams With Rich Eisen For Streaming Audio Partner And Podcast
THE MOUTH, APRIL 27TH, 2021 –– Audacy announced a new distribution partnership with The Rich Eisen Show to carry the program across its digital platforms, effective immediately. Audacy becomes the program’s first free streaming audio partner. Owned and operated by the 2021 Sports Emmy nominee for ‘Best Studio Host’ and long-time host of NFL Network, “The Rich Eisen Show” can be heard live weekdays from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET.
In addition to Rich’s live program, both an on-demand podcast version of his weekday program and his new podcast 'Just Getting Started' are also available on Audacy. “Rich’s show is a terrific addition to our Audacy platform and reinforces our position as the unrivaled leader in local and national sports audio content,” said Jeff Sottolano, Executive Vice President of Programming, Audacy. “We’re thrilled to bring Rich’s mix of sports and culture to our audience, just in time for this week’s NFL Draft.”
“I could not be more thrilled to be partnering with Audacy to bring my show and podcasts to the millions of ears they have listening on their platform 24/7,” Eisen said. “I would say I can’t wait to just get started with them, but it all starts immediately, so that’s quite exciting.” “The Rich Eisen Show” will continue to originate from their El Segundo studio, where the show has lived since it started in 2014, with all three hours of the show also airing live on NBC Sports on Peacock from noon to 3:00 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday.
The Woody & Wilcox Show Add Affiliates In North Carolina and Tennessee
THE MOUTH, APRIL 27TH, 2021 – Sun Broadcast Group’s 4-hour morning show, The Woody & Wilcox Show, is expanding, adding both iHeartMedia’s WQNS (Rock 105.1) in Asheville, North Carolina, and LOUD Media’s WVLZ (106.1 VLZ) in Knoxville, Tennessee. The show hosts, Greg Wood and Chris Wilcox, are the unlikely pair of opposites, who provide audiences with side-splitting humor and engaging entertainment every day.
Co-host Greg Wood states, “Big thanks to Sun for spreading W&W love across this great nation. Can I re-phrase that? We love BOTH Asheville and Knoxville and can't wait to convince our wives that we need to spend more time in each."
The 4-hour Woody & Wilcox Show originates on iHeartMedia’s 106.5 The End out of Charlotte, NC, and is available as a part of the Sun Broadcast Group lineup. The show is currently heard in Raleigh, Spokane, Portland ME, Myrtle Beach, Lincoln NE, Anchorage, Tuscaloosa and more! For more information on The Woody & Wilcox Show visit their show page here, or contact Rich O’Brien at 212.380.9338.
HardDrive XL Presents Week-Long Tribute To 30th Anniversary Of Temple of The Dog Hosted By Lou Brutus
THE MOUTH, APRIL 27TH, 2021 –– United Stations announced that its daily rock program, hardDrive XL, has created a special theme week for the program in order to honor the 30th anniversary of the release of Temple of the Dog, the eponymous and only album by that influential collection of musicians. The tribute episodes will air across the five weeknight broadcasts of hardDrive XL all this week, starting this week and running through Friday, April 30th.
To complete the on-air tribute, the staff of hardDrive XL has pulled together both archival audio and interviews with members of Temple of the Dog as well as gathering audio from some of today’s top artists influenced by that early 90’s release. Current musicians featured during the Temple of the Dog tribute week will include Arejay Hale of Halestorm, Lajon Witherspoon of Sevendust and current rising star Ayron Jones, a Seattle musician himself. Audio from the late Chris Cornell, a frequent guest on both hardDrive XL and its weekend counterpart, hardDrive, will also be featured during the week.
hardDrive XL has been on the air since February of 2007, and at the time of its launch it was a brand extension of the successful weekend program, hardDrive which is celebrating 25 years on the air this summer. Both the nightly weeknight program and the weekend show are hosted by Lou Brutus (shown) who has a long history in rock radio including stops at WMMR/Philadelphia, WRCX/ Chicago, WBCN/Boston, WHFS/Washington DC and WHJY/Providence. For more info, contact Andy Denemark - email@example.com
Rey Mena Rises To VP/Product Design & Development For PromoSuite
THE MOUTH, APRIL 27TH, 2021 –– PromoSuite has promoted Rey Mena to the position of Vice President, Product Design & Development. Mena joined PromoSuite in 2018 to lead the design and development of the new PromoSuitePlus platform. He will continue fulfilling his current role, in addition to new responsibilities including strategic oversight to PromoSuite's entire product line.
"This effort began with the release of PromoSuite® Production, the first product launched on the all-new PromoSuite®Plus platform, which is the most advanced production workflow application on the market," explains Mena.
Mena's media career spans over three decades and includes key leadership roles including LSM, NSM, GSM and Marketing Director at Emmis/Chicago and Co-President of Emmis Interactive, the award-winning digital media division of Emmis he founded in 2001. In 2014, Mena left the radio industry to launch his successful branding and consulting firm, Menagery, Inc. "There's no one more qualified, capable and forward thinking in the media technology space to propel PromoSuite to the next level than Rey," exclaimed PromoSuite CEO, Rocco Macri. "I've known him for over 20 years and have watched in awe of the advancements he's made for brands, radio stations and in technology. He's an innovator that dreams big and knows how to execute. We are proud to have him on our team."
Good Karma's ESPN Cleveland Moving Its Studios And Corporate Offices To New Location
THE MOUTH, APRIL 27TH, 2021 –– Good Karma Brands's ESPN Cleveland announced it will move its broadcast studios and corporate offices from downtown to the Flats East Bank. According to WKYC-TV, The new office build out is expected to be finished in late 2021. An additional ESPN Cleveland partner, Xtend Technologies, will lead the office technology portion of the build out. “We are extremely excited to be a part of the Flats redevelopment project. The visibility of our broadcast studio and offices will provide a great opportunity for partners to activate and for fans to be entertained,” said Sam Pines, Vice President of Good Karma Brands and Market Manager of ESPN Cleveland.
“Fifteen years ago, we chose to expand into Cleveland because we believed in the passion of the sports fans and in an economic recovery for the region. The way we have been embraced by the fans and business community has exceeded our expectations, and we are so excited to make this investment in our future in Cleveland,” said Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Good Karma Brands, Craig Karmazin. Construction is already underway on the new space, and the station anticipates moving in late 2021.
Apple Music Launching More Than A 100 City-Focused Music Charts
THE MOUTH, APRIL 27TH, 2021 –– Apple Music is coming to a city near you. According to AP the streaming service launched daily music charts focused on particular cities around the world on Monday, April 26, 2021. The streaming service unveiled City Charts on Monday for more than 100 cities, and the Top 25 songs on each local chart are based on the number of plays in the particular city.
More than 25 of the new City Charts are based in North America, including Los Angeles, Chicago (downtown store front shown above), Atlanta, Philadelphia, Miami, San Francisco, Honolulu, Toronto, Vancouver and San Juan, Puerto Rico.
In Europe, City Charts will be available in Paris, Berlin, Dublin, Rome, Madrid, London and more cities. City Charts will also launch in Africa (Nairobi, Johannesburg); Asia (Seoul, Bangkok, Manila); Latin America (Rio de Janeiro, Bogotá); and the Middle East (Tel Aviv, Istanbul, Dubai). Apple Music also has music charts that track song and album plays globally.
CRS Announces 2022 Agenda Committee Members
THE MOUTH, APRIL 27TH, 2021 –– Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc® has announced its 2021-2022 CRS Agenda Committee under Chairman Brent Michaels (KUZZ/Bakersfield) and Vice-Chair Joey Tack (KNCI/Sacramento).They are Jeana Adkinson (Alpha Media), Carletta Blake (WGAR/Cleveland), Zena Burns (Futuri Media), Hannah Byrom (WCTO-FM/LeHigh Valley), Maynard Cohen (iHeart), Chris Cruise (Throwback2k), Amy Dillon (Brewer Broadcasting), Shelley Hargis-Gaines (Broken Bow), Ali Matkosky (Big Loud), Billy McKim (Associate Professor, Texas A&M University), Annie Ortmeier (UMG Nashville), Jesse Tack(WUBE/Cincinnati), Michelle Tigard-Kammerer (BMLG Records), Monta Vaden (Country Aircheck), and Adam Weiser (AEG Live).
2021-2022 Agenda Chairman Brent Michaels comments, “We were grateful to have an overwhelming response to our call for participation on the CRS Agenda Committee. From so many qualified applicants, this group of industry leaders from radio, records, DSPs, and touring will create ‘can’t miss’ content for CRS 2022.” The committee is responsible for planning sessions, panels, and events for the upcoming year’s CRS. CRS will return in 2022 and is set for February 23 – February 25, 2022, at the Omni Nashville Hotel.
CONDOLENCES: Dallas Radio Legend Ron Chapman Passes Away At 85
THE MOUTH, APRIL 27TH, 2021 – Ron Chapman, who entertained radio listeners in Dallas for over 40 years, passed away on Monday at 85. According to The Dallas News, he began his radio career 1953 at WHAV in Haverhill. He served with the Army in South Korea from 1957 to 1959 where he produced a radio show for Voice of the United Nations Command. He moved to Dallas in 1959 and was known for years as Irving Harrigan who shared a microphone with Charlie Brown (real name was Jack Woods) at KLIF and were known as The Charlie & Harrigan Morning Show.
In 1969, Chapman joined KVIL-FM/Dallas-Fort Worth and years later, in 2000, moved to KLUV-FMDallas where he stayed until announcing his retirement fin 2005. In 2007, he returned to broadcasting part-time as a “permanent substitute” for legendary broadcaster Paul Harvey reports WFAA.
He was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 2012 (shown above). In memory of Ron Chapman, Art Vuolo produced a special video tribute - WATCH HERE - Jody Dean also produced a tribute, WATCH HERE - PHOTO/YouTube
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SYNDICATION: The Dave & Mahoney Show Ink Multi-Year Deal With Compass Media Networks
THE MOUTH, APRIL 26TH, 2021 –– The Dave and Mahoney Show and Compass Media Networks are expanding their existing agreement, with Compass Media Networks taking over affiliation and marketing responsibilities in addition to ad sales, effective immediately. This new multi-year agreement will lead to an expanded national footprint bringing the already successful show to even more markets across the country. The Dave and Mahoney Show, which originates from Audacy Alternative KXTE-FM (ALT 107.5)/Las Vegas, and has been a top ratings performer for more than a decade, takes a huge leap forward by signing a long term agreement with Compass Media Networks as a full syndication partner.
Host Dave Farra commented saying “The team at Compass Media Networks are best in class, and having their full weight behind us will help continue to fast track the Dave and Mahoney Show on the path to being one of the fastest growing syndicated shows in the country.” Jason Mahoney added, “We have been seeing great ratings from our current affiliates, and cannot wait to see what the future holds as we continue to grow the show on air, online, and on demand for our incredible partners.” Compass Media Networks’ Vice President of Affiliate Relations, Adam Wilbur stated “Dave & Mahoney are proven winners. We are thrilled to offer a program with their track record of success to our radio partners nationwide.” The Dave And Mahoney Morning Show is currently heard in Las Vegas, San Diego, Louisville, Albany NY, Columbia SC, Cedar Rapids, Appleton and Lafayette LA. For syndication inquiries please contact; Doug Ingold firstname.lastname@example.org Dave Farra 702.622.1042 - m @DaveFarra
The Chubb Rock Show Adds 15 New Affiliates
THE MOUTH, APRIL 26TH, 2021 –– United Stations reports that Chubb Rock has generated fifteen (15) new affiliations including four new daily daypart broadcast outlets and eleven new affiliates for weekend programming. United Stations began working with Chubb Rock and his team of on-air talent and behind the scenes producers at the start of 2021 with the network company now handling distribution, affiliations and ad sales for the daily live-via-satellite morning show known as The Chubb Rock Show with SiMan Baby as well as two weekend shows, Diggin’ in Tha Crates and Authentic Caribbean. The daily morning show is also offered as content segments each day so that radio stations can use Chubb Rock’s show in other time slots including middays and afternoon drive.
The 4-hour daily weekday show, The Chubb Rock Show with SiMan Baby can now be heard in morning drive in Columbus, GA on Davis Broadcasting’s WKZJ-FM (K92.7) and in Northern Oregon on KWCQ-FM (106.1 The Beat). The daily show is also now heard via delayed broadcast on WZKS-FM (Kiss 104.1) in Meridian, MS as well as in Orangeburg, SC on 93.7 The People’s Station. Chubb Rock’s two weekend shows have also been expanding their footprint across America as Authentic Caribbean has been added to several frequencies in the Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton, PA region. Meanwhile, the weekly mix show, Diggin’ in Tha Crates, has added seven (7) affiliates including WUFO in Buffalo, WMNX in Wilmington, NC, and most notably, WHUR in Washington, D.C. For affiliate information, email@example.com
NOW Media! Hires Kary 'Doc' Bowser As Associate Producer For Bob & Sheri Show
THE MOUTH, APRIL 26TH, 2021 –– Now Media!announced that Kary “Doc” Bowser is joining Bob & Sheri as Associate Producer. The announcement was made by Tony Garcia, Co-Founder of Now Media!, which syndicates Bob & Sheri, currently on 70 markets across the country, including Minneapolis, Memphis, Columbia, SC, and Albuquerque.
“Kary is the perfect person to join our team, especially now as we embark on soon-to-be announced digital initiatives,” stated Garcia. “Kary’s expertise will be valuable as we expand Bob & Sheri’s already robust listener engagement on social media, and our daily podcasts, which includes our daily show, as well as podcast-only content, The Oddcast, and Bob & Sheri Fun Size Bowser has been in radio for 15 years, starting out as an intern at WLNK in Charlotte and rising to associate producer of the station’s local afternoon drive-time show.
“I’ve always wanted the opportunity to do something bigger,” noted Bowser. “I’m excited to create content for a top-quality nationally syndicated program like Bob & Sheri. I’m surprisingly reserved in real life, and I love breaking out of that in the fast-paced on-air environment.” “We are delighted that Kary has chosen to join team,” said Sheri Lynch. “We’ve watched him grow as a professional who understands the importance of developing new and relevant content. He’s experienced at working with affiliates to provide local customization elements that allow stations to connect with our content while remaining relevant to local audiences.” To learn more about Bob & Sheri, please visit www.bobandsheri.com.
KMOX St. Louis Reveals New Cast For 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Time Slot
THE MOUTH, APRIL 26TH, 2021 –– Audacy announced a new weekday programming lineup for News Radio 1120AM / 98.7FM KMOX (KMOX-AM) in St. Louis, effective May 3. The station will introduce a new local midday show, “St. Louis Talks,” featuring KMOX personalities Carol Daniel (L) and evening talk show host Ryan Wrecker (C) alongside long-time St. Louis Radio personality Bo Matthews (R). The trio will be heard weekdays from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. CT.
The remaining lineup, including “Our American Stories” from 2:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m. CT, “America in the Morning” from 4:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. CT, “Total Information AM” from 5:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. CT, “The Charlie Brennan Show with Amy Marxkors” from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. CT, and “The Dave Glover Show” from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. CT, will remain the same.
“Now is the time to expand our local content offering for the people of St. Louis, and we are thrilled to have three established, well known and trusted St. Louis voices to help usher in this new era for our station,” said Becky Domyan, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Audacy St. Louis. “We look forward to Carol, Ryan and Bo working in tandem with the KMOX newsroom to report and react on local, regional and national topics that affect our community as we continue building on our position as the voice of St. Louis.”
WBEZ's Steve Edwards Steps Down, Managing Editor Tracy Brown Steps Up As Chief Content Director
THE MOUTH, APRIL 26TH, 2021 –– WBEZ Chicago's Steve Edwards, a Chicago Public Media mainstay who helped transform WBEZ into a ratings success story and go-to source for local journalism in the city, is leaving the station to become a partner at an executive-search firm. WBEZ Managing Editor Tracy Brown will take over his role as chief content officer, making her one of the most influential newsroom executives and journalists of color in Chicago media.
“His character, his integrity and his passion are woven in and out of who we are at WBEZ. In that way, it’s a really difficult transition,” Chicago Public Media interim CEO Matt Moog said of Edwards. “On the other hand, it’s such a meaningful passing of the baton to Tracy, somebody who’s been here, who’s gotten to know everybody, who understands the city and knows the newsroom. Over the last few years, Tracy and Steve have built a strong partnership to lead our newsroom and content efforts, and together they have built one of the largest and most respected newsrooms in the city,” Moog continued. “While we will greatly miss Steve, we are in extremely capable hands with Tracy and her leadership as she starts her new role.”
Steve Goldstein: Will People Pay For Your Podcasts?
THE MOUTH, APRIL 26TH, 2021 –– In Steve Goldstein's latest Blogstein, he points to last week’s announcement about Apple Podcasts subscriptions has everyone in the industry talking and what it means for listeners. There is one essential factor driving creator interest in podcast subscriptions, and it is not their audience. It’s revenue. Hang on to that idea for a moment – Apple’s podcast subscription announcement has little to do with pleasing an audience. After all, listeners are already getting terrific content for free. The motivation is purely on the side of the creator.
Just about every article and post I have seen since Apple’s announcement talks about the virtue of giving the creator money. The truth is many producers cannot easily monetize their shows. As a result, some will perish, and others will have to augment their income to survive. At first look, Apple’s subscription initiative seems to favor podcasters who haven’t aggregated enough audience to make an ad model work but are still trying to hang in there. This new revenue could be a lifeline for many of them.
Think of it this way: a podcaster with 2,000 listeners willing to subscribe for $5 per month would gross $120,000. For each subscriber’s first year, the creator will give 30% of that fee directly to Apple. This cut has been a hot topic. Our take: while it might feel distasteful and onerous to some, any sales organization is already taking a fee anywhere from 15-25% and Apple removes all of the friction. There is also a lot of value for the big guys like NPR, Pushkin, Lemonada, PRX, and Qcode, who are already on board to offer member benefits across multiple titles via a new “channels” feature coming to the updated app.
Ostensibly, Apple Podcasts is using its power as the largest podcast platform to streamline and enable customization of the clunky subscription process at scale. They have successfully done this in other categories. What’s the downside? Get the answer to this and more HERE
EVENTS: KS95 Minneapolis Names Children’s Hospital As Recipient Of Its Annual Kids Fundraiser
Hubbard Radio’s KSTP-FM (KS95) announced M Health Fairview University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital will join Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare as a recipient of KS95’s annual KS95 for Kids fundraiser. Now in its 23rd year, KS95 for Kids is an annual radiothon hosted by the KS95 morning show—Crisco, Dez and Ryan. Since 1999 KS95 for Kids has raised $17.3 million dollars for local children’s health charities. U of M Masonic Children’s Hospital will replace Children’s Cancer Research Fund who announced that they will be leaving the partnership following the 2020 radiothon.
“The legacy of KS95 for Kids is unparalleled,” commented Dan Seeman, Hubbard Radio VP/Region Manager-Minnesota. “For over 20 years KS95’s commitment to kids has raised millions of dollars and changed the lives of thousands of kids and their families. I couldn’t be happier to welcome Masonic Children’s Hospital to the KS95 for Kids family. Everything about KS95 is local, and now our annual radiothon will be benefiting two internationally recognized children’s health organizations that are based in Minnesota.”
Stations Set To Pause Around The World For Covid Remembrance Day On May 25th
THE MOUTH, APRIL 26TH, 2021 –– May 25, 2021 has been designated as COVID Remembrance Day (tm pending). Radio stations around the world will pause, and in their own way, remember the people in their community who lost their lives during the pandemic. And they will also honor the doctors, nurses and frontline heroes who have helped immeasurably during this crisis.
Paige Nienaber and CPR Promotions have assembled a list of ideas and concepts that your station or cluster could use on May 25th. We feel that a Covid Remembrance Day would impact your listeners for a long time to come. There is no cost, and as part of the network, you would be included on a group share as stations join and participate with their own promotions for this date. We’ve gone through an unimaginable year, and while it’s not over, we believe it’s time to stop for a moment, engage with the listeners, and remember the people in your market that we’ve lost. Great radio can evoke emotion and this remembrance will provide you and your listeners with a collection of pitch-perfect emotional outlets, and concrete ways to participate on every level. We truly hope that you’ll participate. Thank you for visiting this page. The PDF of ideas can be downloaded HERE
Chaz & AJ Host Dons Godzilla Costume For 4-Yr. Old Boy With Congenital Heart Condition
THE MOUTH, APRIL 26TH, 2021 –– WPLR/WFOX New Haven's AJ ,of the Chaz and AJ show, dressed as Godzilla and took a walk downtown with a four year-old how has a heart condition. According to the Middletown Press, stations teamed up with Make-A-Wish Connecticut to raise over $10,000 last week to pay for an RV camping trip down south for Seth and his family. The paper says Seth, whose favorite character is Godzilla, was born with a congenital heart defect and has had three open heart surgeries.
Dressed as Godzilla and waddling his way through downtown, AJ waved at beeping cars as they passed by on Thursday. AJ, of Chaz & AJ in the Morning radio show on Milford-based WPLR, was there to celebrate his fans donating to Make-A-Wish for Seth Plourde, 4, who has undergone three heart surgeries, the first of which when he was 5 days old. Since Godzilla is Seth’s favorite character, AJ wore the costume to walk the streets with the boy and his family on Thursday. “Seth’s Wish is to go camping with his family,” said AJ, who does not disclose his last name due to privacy concerns. “So we raised (more than) $10,000. The generous Chaz & AJ Tribe all kicked in and raised the money, so now Seth and his family can go in an RV and go up and down the coast.” SEE STORY HERE
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Coleman's Contemporary Music Study Reveals Taste Nearly Frozen In Time During Pandemic
THE MOUTH, APRIL 23RD, 2021 –– Props are in order for All Access' Joel Denver and crew for this week's first-ever virtual All Access Audio Summit. Among the highlights included Coleman Insights findings from its third annual Contemporary Music SuperStudy, which examined the appetites for contemporary music among 1,000 12- to 54-year-olds across the United States and Canada. The benchmark study evaluated the most consumed songs of the previous year to provide the most comprehensive assessment of consumers’ appetites for new music available to audio-based media companies. The initial findings were announced at the virtual All Access Audio Summit. Contemporary Music SuperStudy 3 demonstrated how contemporary music tastes were impacted in 2020, a year in which the normal rhythms of life were upended by the COVID-19 pandemic.
In many ways, tastes were frozen in time. The best-testing song, “Shape Of You” by Ed Sheeran (shown above), was also last year’s best-testing song. “Baby Shark” by Pinkfong was again the least liked song. Six of the Top 10 songs were in last year’s Top 10. Post Malone remained the most prolific artist with the most songs (six) in the Top 100.
“I felt a bit like Phil Connors (shown above) in Groundhog Day when analyzing this year’s study,” said Executive Vice President/Senior Consultant John Boyne, who led the project for Coleman Insights. “In many ways, the freezing of music tastes makes sense. There were fewer new releases, no concerts, and consumers craved familiar things.” Boyne continued, “Even still, to have the same top and bottom songs one year and a thousand surveys later is quite remarkable. You could say ‘Shape Of You’ is this year’s comfort food.”
Coleman Insights will release more findings over the next few weeks in its Tuesdays With Coleman blog, followed by the Contemporary Music SuperStudy 3 Deep Dive webinar on Thursday, May 13th at 2PM EDT/11AM PDT. Registration is now open for the webinar HERE
Jacobs Media Techsurvey 2021; 'Importance of Personalities More Evident'
THE MOUTH, APRIL 23RD, 2021 – Fred Jacobs unveiled results from this year's Techsurvey 2021 at All Access Audio Summit. He tells Jockline, among the many finding, "There were key lessons for radio in the 'Year of COVID' that speak directly to the value of community and connection." The slide (attached) is an important one that shows the trend line for why radio fans still tune in broadcast radio. The value of a station's music product has diminished over time, while the importance of personalities has become much more evident"
Jacobs Media will present its Techsurvey 2021 results in a free webinar on Thursday, May 6 at 2pm Eastern, 11am Pacific, sponsored by Veritone. This year’s annual study, “Radio in the Year of COVID,” is comprised of more than 42,000 core radio listeners from 470 participating stations and charts the impact of COVID-19 and its disruptive effect on radio listening and other media consumption.
Jacobs Media President Fred Jacobs said, “This year’s Techsurvey reveals seismic shifts in radio listening, and all types of media consumption, owing to the impact of the pandemic. Digital platforms have already seen impressive growth in the past few years, and it is clear there is even greater momentum now due to the transcendent changes of the last thirteen months. We will continue to closely monitor the media landscape as we more and more continue towards a return to normal. We hope you can join our webinar Thursday, May 6 as we reveal these important insights and more.” In order to join the webinar, you MUST click HERE to register.
Jason Aldean On Country's Appeal To Younger Demos: 'This Ain't Your Grandaddy's Country'
THE MOUTH, APRIL 23RD, 2021 –– Another feature from yesterday's All Access Audio Summit was a session titled: 'What The Country Format Knows That Your Format Should Learn." The session included a special guest appearance by artist Jason Aldean and led by consultant Joel Raab and Beasley Charlotte OM John Reynolds
Aldean praised Country radio for helping artists build careers rather than generating one-hit wonders. "I almost feel like radio -- and fans invest in the artist," he said. "You get to build a career ... that lasts for more than a couple of years ..." Aldean added that the accessibility of artists to radio and fans is unique to the format."
Reynolds said he's worked in the Country format for about three years, noting that Nashville has its own "ecosystem," where everyone from the songwriters to those who ultimately play their songs work together. With regard to Country's success in 18-34 and 18-49 demographics, Reynolds said streaming has been instrumental in bringing listeners into the format, and also credited the music -- specifically "more pop-sounding songs" -- and suggested that young fans are open to seeing both a Post Malone show as well as one with Jason Aldean.
Aldean agreed saying, "This ain't your granddaddy's Country music," and pointed to a wave of new, young stars bringing in more young fans and different musical influences. To those who don't follow the format closely, Aldean noted, Country still has a "little bit of that stigma that we're all sitting around on hay bales and playing banjos." But that notion is quickly disproved when anyone sees a Country show like his on the road, where his production rivals that of any other major genre. "It's not what people think it is who aren't used to watching it," he said.
If you missed the session, summit registrants will have an opportunity to watch it on demand beginning MONDAY, APRIL 26th.
CRS360 Presents 'Talk Data To Me' Too Edition
THE MOUTH, APRIL 23RD, 2021 –– Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc® will present the next installment of CRS360, “Talk Data To Me Too,” on Wednesday, April 28 at 1 p.m. CT. Sharing specifics and examining how data can be leveraged to understand Country consumers and their engagement with new music, “Talk Data To Me Too” is a continuation of one of the most talked-about sessions held during CRS 2021: The Virtual Experience. The webinar will feature panelists Kenny Jay (previously with Big Loud), Haley Jones (MRC Data), and Annie Ortmeier (Universal Music Group), and Stonedoor Media Lab's Jeff Green will return to moderate the April episode of CRS360.
“The response to the ‘Talk Data To Me’ session at CRS 2021 was overwhelmingly positive,” said CRB Executive Director RJ Curtis. “This shows us programmers can never get enough useful data to help identify actual hit songs and how listeners are engaging with new music. That’s why we’re thrilled to welcome back Jeff Green and his expert panel for the April CRS360 episode, ‘Talk Data To Me Too,’ offering even more analysis and insight all programmers will find actionable.” To register to attend the April edition of the CRS360 webinar series, sign up HERE.
IBA Presents Special Members-Only 'Covid Remembrance Day' Produced By Paige Nienaber
THE MOUTH, APRIL 23RD, 2021 –– The Independent Broadcasters Association (IBA) is proud to support COVID Remembrance Day on May 25, as a day of honor and reflection for those who have been lost to the pandemic. A special IBA members-only webinar is set for 2 pm EDT, Thursday April 29 to provide how-to instructions and outline the tools and resources that will be available to participating radio stations.
COVID Remembrance Day is being produced by Paige Nienaber (L) and CPR Promotions, in conjunction with partners MannGroup Radio, Benztown and P1 Media Group. CPR Promotions will provide radio stations with multiple ideas for the day. Neinaber said, “On COVID Remembrance Day participating stations and their listeners can reflect on the events of the past year, honor and give tribute to the victims, heroes, and people in their communities who have stepped up and been a part of the response effort. We hope every radio station in America will join us.”
“This is a day for radio stations, clusters, and groups to pause and engage with their audiences in remembering those who have been lost since the pandemic hit in 2020, and those that have served as front line workers in this battle…” said Ron Stone, President of the IBA and Chief Executive Officer of Adams Radio Group. “I encourage all IBA member stations to participate in this day of remembrance for those who were lost to the pandemic. Stations that want to participate in COVID Remembrance Day as an IBA member and take advantage of the members-only webinar, and all the other benefits of IBA membership, can join prior to April 29 at iba.media.
SummitMedia Taps Lance Tidwell As PD For WZZK And WPYA Birmingham
THE MOUTH, APRIL 23RD, 2021 – – SummitMedia has named Lance Tidwell the new program director for 104.7 WZZK and Mix 97.3 (WPYA). Tidwell joins SummitMedia from Cumulus Media Detroit, where he coached talent, grew a social media network, and drove unprecedented ratings for 96.3 WDVD and 93.1 WDRQ. WZZK is Central Alabama’s heritage country radio station and home of The Rick and Bubba Show . WPYA recently rebranded to Mix 97.3 and welcomed The Ace & TJ Show, which after 18 years in the market switched to SummitMedia.
“Lance is one of the best programmers in the nation and I am thrilled to have him join our fantastic team,” said John Walker, president of Summit ‘s Birmingham cluster. “He brings tremendous insight, skill, knowledge and forward-thinking, which makes him perfectly suited to lead these amazing brands and digital assets into the future.” Tidwell brings experience as manager for Cumulus’ seven-station cluster in Kansas City, as well as SVPP roles for iHeart Media and Citadel Broadcasting. The move to Birmingham for this opportunity also brings Tidwell back to his roots. “I grew up in 90 minutes from Birmingham in Alexander City, Alabama. I’m excited how SummitMedia is growing in the market and to join a top-notch team focused on the future,” Tidwell said.
WILK Wilkes-Barre Announces New Lineup
THE MOUTH, APRIL 23RD, 2021 –– Audacy announced a new weekday programming lineup for WILK News Radio (WILK-FM, WILK-AM, WAAF-AM, WODS-AM) in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, PA, effective immediately. The station subsequently announces Nikki Stone as midday show host and welcomes former Lackawanna County commissioner Bob Cordaro as afternoon show host. Weekday programming will kick off with “America in the Morning” from 5:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. ET. Jason Barsky will co-host the station’s morning show “The Morning News with Nancy and Jason” alongside Nancy Kman from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. ET. Stone will be heard from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET, followed by “The Bob Cordaro Show” from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET. Frank Andrews will continue to be heard from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET, “The Ben Shapiro Show” will air from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET, “The Dave Ramsey Show” will be heard from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. ET, and “Coast to Coast AM with George Noory” will air from 11:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. ET.
“We’re really excited to introduce this enhanced slate of programming to our listeners as we focus on the issues that matter most to Northeast PA,” said Ryan Flynn, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Audacy Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. “Nikki brings a breadth of experience in this market which we think will quickly build a sense of trust between her and our audience. Bob Cordaro, also someone with deep local roots, is an expert on area, the people, and local politics. I trust his candor and connection with our audience will quickly translate to a successful afternoon show.”
NETWORKS: WWO's Coverage Of NCAA Men's Basketball Event Generated 19.2 Million Listeners
THE MOUTH, APRIL 23RD, 2021 –– Cumulus' Westwood One, the official network radio partner of the NCAA, reported that an IPSOS national audience study conducted April 9th through 11th revealed Westwood One’s exclusive live coverage of the 2021 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship generated 19.2 million listeners to the play-by-play action from all 66 men’s basketball games, including eight first-round and second-round games, plus regional semifinals and finals.
“We are thrilled that audio audiences for our NCAA March Madness® audio coverage returned so strongly” said Suzanne Grimes President of Westwood One and Executive-Vice President Corporate Marketing of Cumulus. “College basketball fans were excited to experience NCAA® Men’s basketball and listened across our streaming, smart speaker and broadcast platforms.“
NCAA March Madness® audio audiences are upscale, educated, employed and live in large households with children The IPSOS study also found: Listening audiences were equally distributed across demographics with 31% of listeners aged 18-34, 41% 35-64 and 27% over the age of 65. Westwood One’s audio coverage attracted a highly educated audience that was 6% more likely than average to be college graduates and 46% more likely to have an advanced degree. 56% of the audience was employed and nearly half (47%) had household incomes of $75,000 or more. The NCAA audio audiences lived in households that were 11% more likely to have three or more people living there and were 37% more likely to have children. Cross Platform Listening Westwood One’s complete NCAA men’s tournament coverage was heard on more than 400 radio stations nationwide and via SiriusXM.
EVENTS: iHeart Marks One Year Anniversary Of iHeartRadio Earth Launch
THE MOUTH, APRIL 23RD, 2021 – iHeartMedia celebrated the one year anniversary of the launch of iHeartRadio Earth, the company’s sustainability initiative designed to inspire iHeart’s millions of listeners to take action to positively impact the environment. Since the program’s inception on Earth Day in 2020, the company has committed nearly $5M worth of media and has run thousands of PSAs highlighting useful tips and information that promote insights about environmentally conscious actions and behavior while also helping consumers save money while protecting the planet.
The PSAs developed in partnership with the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF), were continually updated and aired throughout the year to take into consideration the evolving impact of the pandemic as well as seasonal changes, and covered topics ranging from energy efficiency, optimal home heating, car mileage and efficiency to recycling and sustainable shopping. All new PSAs were released this week for Earth Day and are focused on cooking and eating sustainably, conserving water, reducing energy while working from home and more. Additionally, iHeartRadio Earth provides listeners with information about virtual ways to explore the outdoors, including free guided tours of national parks, online workshops and more.
Beginning this week through May 3, iHeartstations will air PSAs voiced by Grammy Award-winning musician and actress Eve championing the power of homegrown food and encouraging listener participation to plant a garden or to make a donation. "We are so pleased to continue our partnership with iHeartRadio," said Meri-Margaret Deoudes, CEO and President of NEEF. "I'm confident that the small, but powerful, actions we've created for iHeartEarth coupled with the incredible reach of iHeartRadio, has helped listeners across the U.S. incorporate sustainability into their daily lives." About iHeartMedia, Inc.
[WATCH] WPGC's Joe Clair Enlisted To Help Pitch AAHP's Covid-19 Campaign
THE MOUTH, APRIL 23RD, 2021 – Audacy WPGC 95.5-FM morning host Joe Clair (top left) joined with Fox 5/DC's Morning News anchor Wisdom Martin to talk about the need to “Don’t Stress, Take the Test,” the campaign’s tagline. “Everybody’s ready to go back outside and play,” According to The Source of Spring, Clair says in one video, referring to the arrival of spring weather. “What about knowing your [COVID-19] status?” “We’ve all been affected by the pandemic and COVID-19 continues to be a significant health concern in our communities,” adds Martin’s message. “It’s still vital to get checked, especially if you haven’t been vaccinated.”
Like other videos that began in March, it was produced for AAHP by the Silver Spring-based Fit Fathers Foundation’s, whose mission is to help men with nutrition and other health issues. The organization also is a partner with the Department of Health and Human Services, “specifically to help the Black and African American residents in the county utilize more of the free COVID-19 resources that they are offering, because traditionally, we have not been doing so,” founder and executive director Kimatni Rawlins said at the time of the first release. The data demonstrate that the Black community is more at risk from contracting and dying from the virus, so AAHP has set up a series of free testing sites around the county and began offering testing in November. WATCH HERE
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Omaha Talk Host Fired Following Racist Tweet
THE MOUTH, APRIL 22ND, 2021 –– Omaha talk host Chris Baker was fired Wednesday after posting an offensive tweet following the Derek Chauvin guilty verdict. C. Taylor Walet III, area president/Nebraska for iHeartRadio, said Wednesday that Baker had been fired from KFAB calling his tweet a "completely inappropriate and unacceptable," Walet said in a statement. "Please know that this does not represent our viewpoint or our values, and we take this situation very seriously. Accordingly, Chris Baker’s employment with our company has been terminated."
Chris Baker posted the tweet shortly after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of killing George Floyd that featured a GIF of four Black men wearing loincloths and body paint and dancing, possibly with spears in front of them. Above the picture was the headline: Guilty! Reached by phone on Wednesday, Baker told The Omaha World Herald his tweet was a "boomer Twitter moment." "That's not me, that's not who I really am," he said. Baker said he inadvertently selected the wrong image while doing multiple things at once: hosting his show, lining up guests and monitoring the unfolding news after the verdict. He said he tried to get the tweet taken down right away, but struggled to do so.
Asked if he thought the tweet, as it appeared, was racist, he responded: "I don't know if that's a fair question. It's horrible, is what it was," he said. "There's a difference between being intentional and being a fat-fingered boomer on Twitter. I don't look at Black people that way." Asked to describe the image he was seeking, he said, "people celebrating." Baker, who is known for lampooning others, said he didn't expect people to believe his explanation. "I apologize for a stupid move. I apologize for the mistake."
Baker's tweet, which was deleted Tuesday evening but had been captured in screenshots, was roundly criticized as racist, with some people calling for the conservative talk show host to be fired and his advertisers to be boycotted. At least two advertisers announced on Twitter that they had pulled their support from the show. This latest firing comes nearly one month after a morning host in Buffalo was let go following an on-air comments that compared the skin tones of famous Black women to toaster settings. Just days later the rest of the show was let go as well.
STUDY: 6 In 10 Americans Now ‘Ready To Go;’ Feeling Life Is Becoming More Normal
THE MOUTH, APRIL 22ND, 2021 –– According to Nielsen's latest consumer usage, the March 2021 PPM survey revealed significant gains in radio listening across the aggregate of markets, to the tune of an 8% increase month-over-month in total AQH audience. This marks the largest single-month increase in average audience since June of last year. These gains were driven by increases in both weekly reach (adding nearly 4 million consumers in March - a 3% increase versus February) as well as time spent listening (gaining by over 20 minutes - on average - a 5% increase compared with last month).
The year-over-year comparison between the March 2020 and March 2021 PPM stands at a 96 index for weekly reach and a 93 index for AQH. This means that from a weekly reach perspective, the radio audience in March 2021 is 96% the size of the same month from one year ago, while for AQH the number is 93%.
This uptick in radio usage mirrors the positive changes in consumer sentiment and habits observed during Nielsen’s latest radio consumer study conducted during the March survey. Six in 10 Americans are now ‘ready to go’ and feeling life is becoming more normal in their city or town. Those working outside the home have increased nearly 70% since last April, while consumers spending more than an hour each day in a vehicle has more than doubled in that time. Heavy radio listeners, because they are more mobile and ‘ready to go’, are also more likely to engage in top activities including shopping for groceries, driving longer distances, ordering take-out, and getting together in-person with friends and family, particularly among those who are vaccinated.
Cumulus Changes Westwood One Podcast Network Name To Cumulus Podcast Network
THE MOUTH, APRIL 22ND, 2021 –– Cumulus has rebranded its Westwood One Podcast Network to The Cumulus Podcast Network, effective May 6, 2021. The move consolidates the Company’s national and local podcasts into one entity, capturing the full breadth and diversity of the portfolio and providing advertisers with a comprehensive offering of podcasts, in addition to streaming, mobile, social and display.
Suzanne Grimes (L) Executive Vice President Corporate Marketing and President, Westwood One, will retain responsibility for the Company’s podcast sales network. “Placing our podcasts under the Cumulus umbrella allows us to offer our advertising partners easy access to the company’s full arsenal of digital products,” said Grimes.
Grimes added, “This exciting expansion takes our fast-growing podcast network to the next level, as well as simplifies the buying process for agencies and brands, allowing our partners to seamlessly tap into the full power of our premium on-demand audio content.”
PODCAST: Bo Snerdley To Narrate New Podcast Series On Rush Limbaugh's Career & Lasting Legacy
THE MOUTH, APRIL 22ND, 2021 –– Premiere Networks and the EIB Network announced the launch of a new, limited original podcast series, “Rush Limbaugh: The Man Behind The Golden EIB Microphone.” The 12-episode series will detail legendary radio host Rush Limbaugh’s award-winning, 30-plus year career in radio that revitalized the spoken-word format, and provided a platform for him to develop and lead modern conservatism in America. Featuring Limbaugh’s own words and never-before-heard stories shared by colleagues, friends and family, the series will give listeners a guided tour of the five-time Marconi Award winner’s historic journey from Cape Girardeau, Mo., to becoming the No. 1 talk radio host in America. The series will also highlight Limbaugh’s lasting legacy, which includes “The Rush Limbaugh Show’s” continued dominance as the most-listened-to talk radio program in the U.S.
“Rush Limbaugh: The Man Behind The Golden EIB Microphone,” will be narrated by James Golden, Limbaugh’s long-time call screener and “official show observer” known to listeners as “Bo Snerdley.” Golden had a front row seat to “The Rush Limbaugh Show” for nearly all 33 years of its existence. “Rush Limbaugh: The Man Behind The Golden Microphone” will debut May 12, with weekly episodes available Wednesdays on iHeartRadio and everywhere podcasts are heard.
“The only blessing greater than working with Rush, was knowing the man that he truly was,” said Golden. “It is not only my honor, but also my duty, to help ensure his legacy is properly acknowledged. I want to thank Premiere Networks and the EIB Network for allowing me this profound opportunity.” “We look forward to sharing this incredible series with millions of Rush Limbaugh fans,” said Julie Talbott, President of Premiere Networks. “Those who knew Rush best will provide an insider’s look at his life and career, providing a true celebration and tribute to the greatest talk radio host of all time.” Visit iHeart.com/apps to download iHeartRadio and listen to “Rush Limbaugh: The Man Behind The Golden EIB Microphone” on your favorite device.
Mo' Bounce Announces Exit From Z100 New York
THE MOUTH, APRIL 22ND 2021 –– In a surprise post on Facebook, longtime Z100 New York afternoon host Mo' Bounce announced that he had parted ways with the iHeart outlet. Mo' said he was beyond thankful and blessed to have called Z100 NEW YORK, his radio home for nearly 12 years saying, "I wish nothing but success for the mighty Z. The memories, the opportunities, the listeners... priceless!" Mo' rose from nights to afternoon drive in 2015.
Mo' added, "Broadcasting my show LIVE daily from home for over a year now, has really put life in perspective. I am hopeful and positive for the future. Whatever opportunity that may be. Thank you all, from the bottom of my heart. Onward and upward! "Reach MoBounce HERE
EVENTS: FCC Releases Agenda For Tech & Comm. Diversity Opportunity Symposium And Virtual Fair
THE MOUTH, APRIL 22ND 2021 ––The FCC has released the agenda for the Tech and Communications Diversity Opportunity Symposium and Virtual Fair on Wednesday, April 28, 2021, from 12:00 noon to 6:45 pm. EDT. Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel will welcome the Symposium participants. Edith McCloud, Acting National Director, Minority Business Development Agency, U.S. Department of Commerce, will deliver keynote remarks. The Virtual Fair is open to DCB owners, managers, and employees.
The companies, organizations and government agencies scheduled to participate in the Virtual Fair include Accompanying Capital, AT&T, Beasley Media Group, LLC, Charter Communications, Comcast Corporation, District of Columbia Department of Small and Local Business Development, Intelligent Waves, LLC, Minority Business Development Agency (US Department of Commerce), National Association of Broadcasters Leadership Foundation, Northern Virginia Technology Council, Paypal, T-Mobile USA, Inc., Verizon, and the Wireless Infrastructure Association. The Symposium will be presented as a Zoom webinar. To register and join the online event CLICK HERE
Janis Joplin Featured In iHeart's '27 Club' Among This Month's Podcast Editions
THE MOUTH, APRIL 22ND, 2021 – Among those podcasts in the spotlight currently on iHeart include its Pod27 Club - this refers to a group of iconic artists who all died at the age of 27. From Jim Morrison to Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse and more—these talented performers torched a wild path to their early graves and shifted and shaped our culture along the way. Hosted by writer, host and producer Jake Brennan, Season three is back to share the insane details behind the life of one of rock’s greatest icons: Janis Joplin. Each week, you’ll hear about her wild adventures from Texas to San Francisco and beyond, her involvement with the Hell's Angels and her surveillance by the FBI. - LISTEN HERE
Other podcasts includes: Works For Us with Rachel Zoe and Rodger Berman - Hosted by fashion icon Rachel Zoe - Luna Talks with Anna Paulina- Hosted by politician Anna Paulina - Tune in to the debut episode on April 23! Check out our Podcast Spotlight blog each Wednesday for new podcasts, seasons, and episodes that you won't want to miss. Also, don't forget to click over to our iHeartRadio's Top 100 Podcast Chart to stay-up-to-date with the most popular and trending shows.
Good Parts Media Strikes Deal With Audacy On Both Coast
THE MOUTH, APRIL 22ND, 2021 –– Good Parts Media, an AdLarge company, announced they have entered into agreements with two Audacy stations; KROQ in Los Angeles and WNYL (also known as ALT 92.3) in New York City. KROQ opted for Mr. Prep while WNYL is taking Mr. Laughs; both products are members of the Good Parts Media portfolio. Good Parts Media offers a family of prep products for multiple formats that perfectly curates content hosts rely on to connect with their listeners and make their stations shine.
Cane, Morning Show Co-Host on WNYL’s syndicated Cane & Corey Show commented on the announcement, “If laughter is the best medicine then 9 out of 10 doctors should recommend Mr. Laughs. But knowing what I know about the unhealthy lifestyles of their writers, I doubt that will happen.”
For more information about Good Parts Media please contact firstname.lastname@example.org About Good Parts Media Good Parts Media is a leader in radio show prep services, delivering a variety of choices to 250+ radio stations across the country. The Good Parts Media suite of show prep services includes Mr. Prep, The Hook Up, Locker Room, Mr. Laughs, Juicy Prep, and Prep Country. Good Parts Media is an AdLarge Media company. More information is available at www.goodpartsmedia.com.
Benztown Announces Top 50 List; Set To Honor Randy Thomas
THE MOUTH, APRIL 22ND, 2021 –– Benztown released its seventh 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. Benztown enlisted P1 Media Group to compile and analyze industry data that was the foundation for the list.
A special highlight of this year’s Benztown 50 is the presentation of the voiceover industry’s newest and now highest honor, the Chris Corley Lifetime Achievement Award, which will be presented to legendary voiceover talent, Randy Thomas. As America’s premiere female live voice announcer, Thomas made history as a 10-time announcer for the Academy Awards©. Thomas is the first woman to voice ABC News NIGHTLINE and GMA3, the Tony Awards© (20-time announcer), the Kennedy Center Honors (5-time announcer), the Rock & Rock Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (5-time announcer), and the DGA, AFI and EMA Awards, to name a few.
Dave “Chachi” Denes, President of Benztown, said: “ “It is our incredible privilege to present six-time Benztown 50 honoree Randy Thomas with the Chris Corley Lifetime Achievement Award for her brilliant contributions to our industry and profession through her incredible body of voiceover work. Randy is truly a voiceover icon, in every sense of the word, and sets the highest standards for all voiceover professionals today and in the future. We congratulate her and look forward to celebrating in person with her one day soon.” The following voiceover professionals comprise this year’s Benztown 50.
To view the 2020 Benztown 50 list online, please visit: https://benztown.com/bz50/. For more information, please visit: benztown.com or contact Masa Patterson at Benztown at email@example.com or (818) 842-4600.
Ten More UK Stations Turn Off AM Services
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, APRIL 22ND, 2021 –– BBC Essex, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, BBC Radio Devon, BBC Radio Leeds, BBC Radio Sheffield, BBC Hereford & Worcester, BBC Radio Stoke, BBC Radio Lancashire, BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Radio Foyle will be FM and digital only in May and June 2021. As well as that, BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio Gloucestershire will reduce AM coverage. The BBC’s intention to close AM transmitters was first announced ten years ago in 2011. In 2018 the corporation commenced with these and continued to switch AM transmitters off in 2020 across Scotland, Wales, and England. There have been no reports of any public opposition.
British FCC Continues To Bully Small Non-Profit Radio Stations - Caroline Community Radio is the latest small, non-profit radio station to be picked on by Ofcom (the British FCC). The unrated station has been found in Breach of the Broadcast Code for playing the song French Kiss by Lil Louis. The song contains sounds of moaning that is no worse than in songs such as ‘Big Love’ by Fleetwood Mac and ‘Love to Love You Baby’ by Donna Summer which are regularly played by radio stations owned by the big broadcasting companies, Global and Bauer. Two weeks ago, Ofcom announced that they will NOT take action against Capital Xtra when it was discovered that DJ Tiiny was taking payments of £200 ($280) to play songs on his radio show. Capital Xtra is owned by Global.
Listen to the “offensive” song that Caroline Community Radio played HERE
Big Daytime Changes At BBC Radio 1 In The UK - Rickie, Melvin and Charlie (shown) are taking over the mid-morning show on BBC Radio 1 as Clara Amfo moves to the 6pm new music show, Monday to Thursday. Annie Mac has also announced she is leaving the station after almost 20 years at the BBC. She joined as a broadcast assistant in 2002 and hosted her first show in 2004. In other changes, Radio 1’s Future Artists with Jack Saunders will move forward into a new, earlier slot (8pm-10pm, Monday-Wednesdays) as will Radio 1’s Indie Show on Thursdays. Meanwhile, Radio 1’s Powerdown Playlist (previously a weekly fixture in Radio 1’s Future Sounds) will become a standalone show for the first time, with Sian Eleri at the helm.
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Hollywood Descends On Murfreesboro For Premier Of 'AM Radio' Starring Omar Gooding
THE MOUTH, APRIL 21ST, 2021 –– A new movie is making its national premier this week in Murfreesboro, Tennessee with many scenes captured directly from WGNS Radio. According to Rutherford Group's News/Talk WGNS radio, the film's Red Carpet Premiere will be at the AMC Theater this Friday (April 23, 2021). Starring in the film is Omar Gooding (R), the brother of Cuba Gooding, Jr. who plays the character of “DJ Taz,” a late-night talk show host who has listeners that hang-on to every word he says. The movie was directed by Ricky Burchell.
The plot centers around a once-famous DJ, DJ Taz, who's now employed as a late-night AM radio DJ at his friend, Tony’s, struggling station, the embittered Taz often uses the mic to bemoan the condition of the world he finds himself in. His outbursts over the air frequently put the station in jeopardy and push his friendship with Tony to the breaking point.
One day a beautiful voice on the line simply says, “I understand” and begins to cut through the hard exterior of the radio personality and inspire a new listening audience around the country when their nightly conversations go viral.
The film will make its national premier at the AMC theater in the Stones River Mall in Murfreesboro this Friday. WATCH TRAILER HERE
Omaha Radio Host Facing Backlash Over Tweet Following Derek Chauvin Verdict
THE MOUTH, APRIL 21ST, 2021 –– A tweet by conservative 1110 KFAB Omaha talk host Chris Baker (shown below) following the guilty verdict of former Minneapolis' police officer Derek Chauvin was quickly deemed racist as it spread across social media last night. Beneath the headline 'Guilty' was a GIF (file image) of four dancing older Black native men in loincloths and body paint and possibly spears. According to the Journal Star, the post was quickly deleted, and Baker's Twitter feed has been deactivated. C. Taylor Walet III, area president/Nebraska for iHeartRadio, said the post was inappropriate and the situation was under review.
"We are aware of the completely inappropriate tweet that was posted late Tuesday afternoon," Walet wrote The World-Herald in an email. "Please know that this does not represent our viewpoint or our values; we take this situation very seriously and are reviewing it internally in order to take appropriate action." Ian Lee, an Omahan who works on political campaigns in Washington, D.C., said he took a screenshot of the tweet when he saw it at about 4:50 p.m. Lee follows Baker and other Nebraska political figures on social media. "It jumped out of the feed to be quite frank," he said. "It was just so brazen, so over the line." Lee said he made a screenshot of the image because he suspected that Baker would realize his mistake and take it down. "He should not be able to get away with this." Others on social media called for Baker to be fired and for the station and its advertisers to be boycotted.
SYNDICATION: Tino Cochino Radio Welcomes New Cast Member Nicasio To The Show
THE MOUTH, APRIL 21ST, 2021 – The YEA Networks nationally syndicated Tino Cochino Radio show is adding a new member to it's cast of characters. This week Nicasio (top center) who is extremely outspoken and has no filter was left speechless by his girlfriend Amber of 10 years who informed him that she is pregnant! After days of being in shock Nicasio said: “Words can’t describe how excited I am to take on this new journey and role as a new father! I’m super excited to share it with the listeners on-air and to get their crazy different perspectives on parenthood. We can’t wait to welcome our little one to the world in October! #BabyTorres2021”
Tino says, "The entire team is ecstatic and can't wait to incorporate Baby Torres into the fabric of the show." TCR is now heard in over 60 cities across America. To get TCR on your station reach out to scott@yeanetworks or Mikey@tinocochinoradio.com
Markley, Van Camp & Robbins Approaching 100 Affiliates With Addition of 17 More
THE MOUTH, APRIL 21ST, 2021 –– Alpha Media and Compass Media Networks are experiencing a surge in demand for The Markley, van Camp & Robbins Show. The show recently added over two dozen new markets with seventeen new LIVE clears for Markley, van Camp and Robbins: Markets include: Brownwood TX KXYL-AM Danbury CT WLAD-AM El Dorado AR KELD-AM Eugene OR KPNW-AM Eureka CA KINS-AM Fairfield IL WFIW-AM Jacksonville IL WJIL-AM Juneau AK KJNO-AM Klamath Falls OR KAGO-AM Medford OR KMED-AM Peoria IL WMBD-AM Robinson IL WTAY-AM Saginaw MI WSGW-AM/FM Sheldon IA KIWA-AM Susanville CA KSUE-AM Vincennes IN WAOV-AM Waynesville MO KJPW-AM
Dave Maurer, Operations Manager WSGW Saginaw MI, says, "The live Markley, Van Camp and Robbins show is making a positive contribution to the programming of 100.5 & 790 Newsradio WSGW! The guys get on the hot topics of the day, but they also know when to take the off ramp and add some entertaining elements to the show. I'm confident they are bringing us a broader audience including younger listeners and more women."
“Markley, van Camp and Robbins have achieved the perfect blend of chemistry and humor” said Phil Becker, Executive Vice President of Content, Alpha Media. “This is the show News Talk stations have been looking for.” Now with almost 100 markets including Seattle, Portland, San Antonio, Orlando and Peoria. For more info, contact Robert Blum (914) 610-4956 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Dana Show Adds KFYI Phoenix As Its Newest Affiliate
THE MOUTH, APRIL 21ST, 2021 – Radio America is excited to announce the addition of iHeartMedia’s KFYI-AM Phoenix. The show debuted on April 12th. Dana Loesch is the number one nationally-syndicated female talk radio host in the country and hosts her award-winning show, The Dana Show, from Dallas, Texas. Her third book released in 2020, Grace Canceled: How Outrage is Destroying Lives, Ending Debate, and Endangering Democracy, evaluates the current Cancel Culture taking over America.
The Dana Show is also heard on other great stations nationwide like: KRMG-AM/FM Tulsa, WBAL-AM Baltimore, KLIF-AM Dallas-Ft. Worth, KVI-Seattle, WSB-AM in Atlanta, KXNT-AM Las Vegas, plus many more.
EVENTS: Birthday Bash 25 Set For HOT 107.9 Atlanta Celebrating 25 Years of Hip Hop
THE MOUTH, APRIL 21ST, 2021 –– HOT 107.9 Atlanta announced its upcoming Birthday Bash 25 set for July 17th. Since 1995, HOT 107.9 has shaped the Hip Hop culture in the South, providing listeners with not only the hottest music but one of the biggest sold-out concerts in the country. Previous shows have included performances by just about every Hip-Hop heavy hitter, such as Biggie, T.I., Gucci Mane, Kanye West, Jay Z, Ludacris, Jeezy, Cardi B, Outkast, Migos, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Megan Thee Stallion, Chris Brown, Future, Rick Ross and countless other chart-topping artists.
The July 17th line-up celebrates 25 years of Hip Hop and will be nothing less than a sell-out success, with tickets going on sale Friday, April 30th. "We're excited to bring back Birthday Bash and know it will be a highlight for Atlanta after such a challenging year. We've moved the event to an outdoor stadium and implemented Covid-19 safety protocols to make Birthday Bash 25 one of the safest and most enjoyable shows ever," said Tim Davies, Regional Vice President and General Manager,"
The timing couldn't be better for the city to embrace music and have some fun." Devin Steel, Program Director, added, "The biggest artists in the world will come together on one stage, one night for an event they will remember forever."
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America Launches Partnership With iHeartMedia
THE MOUTH, APRIL 21ST, 2021 – The impactful mentoring message of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA) will be highlighted on more than 850 live broadcast radio stations, thanks to a new partnership with iHeartMedia. The number one audio company in the United States selected BBBSA for the Communities Spotlight Media Grant Program. The goal of the Program is to provide a platform for organizations to inspire, educate and empower listeners to take a stand against systemic racism and promote social justice. Today, there are more than 230+ local Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies, located in every state, from rural communities to major metropolitan areas. Beginning today a series of PSAs featuring voices of current youth (called "Littles") will air on iHeartRadio stations and the iHeartRadio app throughout 2021. The spots are focused on the need for Big Brothers Big Sisters mentors, and most especially Black men.
"Thousands of young people across the U.S. are facing social isolation due to the pandemic and the need for connection is even stronger within Black communities that were hardest hit," said Tony Coles President of BIN: Black Information Network, and Division President - Metro Markets at iHeartMedia. "Through iHeart's partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America we hope to increase equity for all youth, and especially those lacking male role models or those that have experienced loss due to the pandemic. Big Brothers Big Sisters has been positively influencing young lives for over a century and the need for male volunteers right now is critical to their mission." iHeartMedia will also be a thought leader and participate in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA) 2021 Virtual National Conference Bigger Together June 28-July 1.
'Radio Cares – Feeding America Radiothon' Delivers 400,000 Meals
MOUTH, APRIL 21ST, 2021 –– The Independent Broadcasters Association (IBA) and Feeding America® worked with independent radio stations across the country for the 2nd annual “Radio Cares – Feeding America Radiothon,” which raised $40,000 to provide 400,000 meals for individuals and families that are facing hunger in America. Three-hundred-and-seventy-five radio stations participated in the April 14th radiothon. Radio stations did not need to be IBA members to participate. The majority of the donations went directly to Feeding America®, the largest hunger relief organization in the U.S., with a member network of 200 local food banks. Some stations chose to send the donations to local food banks in their community. Radio stations had the freedom to execute the radiothon independently and directed listeners to their station’s web site to donate.
The Radio Cares team of volunteers produced all the materials to make the radiothon 100% turnkey. Guidelines and pre-produced tools in English and Spanish were available for download from the Radio Cares website. In addition, nearly 300 celebrities and artists, representing every format, recorded promotional spots. “ “Hunger in America escalated because of the pandemic, and there are families still struggling to put food on the table,” said Ron Stone, President of the IBA and Chief Executive Officer of Adams Radio Group. “I’m very proud of the stations that participated again. The work that Benztown, McVay Media, Vipology put into this effort is unmatched – they truly define the word volunteerism!” Several companies volunteered their time and expertise to make the Radio Cares Radiothon a reality. They are, Adams Radio Group, AdLarge Media, Benztown, RC Communications, HRN Media Networks, Steve Kamer, McVay Media, Motor Racing Networks (MRN), Sun Broadcast Group, YEA Networks, and Vipology.
Keith Hastings Named Director Of Operations For CMG San Antonio
THE MOUTH, APRIL 20TH, 2021 – Cox Media Group (CMG) San Antonio announced that effective this week, Keith Hastings will serve as Director of Operations for the market’s radio cluster. Hastings will oversee programming operations for San Antonio’s radio brands including KONO 101.1, 99.5 KISS, KKYX 680AM and 104.9, MAGIC 105.3, The Eagle 106.7, Y100 and KONO 86.
“Keith has been an instrumental leader on our programming team as Director of Branding & Programming for KISS FM and KTKX FM for the past eight years. He has also done an incredible job across our company in his role as CMG Radio’s Rock Format Leader,” said David Abel, Vice Present and Market Manager for CMG San Antonio. “I’m excited that Keith will be expanding his leadership role with us as CMG San Antonio’s Director of Operations.”
Hastings is an eight-year veteran of Cox Media Group, serving as Director of Branding & Programming for San Antonio’s KISS & KTKX and as Classic Rock Format Leader for Cox Media Group. He’s a graduate of Bowling Green State University, and his resume includes programming WCSX/Detroit, WHQG/Milwaukee, WAAF/Boston, and WLZR/Milwaukee.
Keith Hastings said “CMG San Antonio is the finest cluster of radio stations anywhere, with five super brands regularly at and near the top. It’s my honor and privilege to lead such a talented programming team in a company known for excellent culture, a winning reputation, and community service. Thank you to CMG’s David Abel, Steve Smith, and Rob Babin for this opportunity.
John Peake Rises To SVP/Programming For iHeart Los Angeles
THE MOUTH, APRIL 20TH, 2021 –– iHeartMedia Los Angeles announced today that John Peake will be elevated to Senior Vice President of Programming, in addition to maintaining his position as Program Director for 104.3 MYFM, effective immediately. Prior to joining iHeartMedia in 2009 as the Show Director for the Johnjay & Rich Show in Phoenix, Peake had an extensive radio career in San Francisco, Houston, Tucson, Denver and Birmingham.
In 2011, he was the Operations Manager for iHeartMedia Seattle, and in 2013, he moved to Southern California to spend the next four years as the Regional Senior Vice President for iHeartMedia’s Riverside and San Diego stations and the Program Director for Star 94.1. In 2017, John made the leap to Los Angeles, where he has served for the last four years as the Program Director for iHeartMedia’s highly successful station 104.3 MYFM and the legendary KOST 103.5.
“John is one of the most successful programmers there is, with experience that spans multiple formats and markets,” said Tom Poleman, Chief Programming Officer for iHeartMedia. “We’ve been programming peers for over 30 years and I’m excited to collaborate with him in Los Angeles. He’s the perfect person to lead our incredible lineup of stations and personalities.”
“I am thrilled for this opportunity be part of the iHeartMedia LA leadership team and some of the biggest audio brands in the world,” said Peake. “The chance to work at a higher level with the imaginative, innovative and charismatic group of talent and programmers that lead the industry in the audio space is so exciting. Our LA brands are well positioned for growth across multiple platforms in the future, and I am beyond honored to be a part of that. My thanks and gratitude to Greg Ashlock, Tom Poleman, Brad Hardin, Kevin LeGrett and Andrew Jeffries.”
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Edison Research Signs WNYC Studios As Latest Subscriber to The Podcast Consumer Tracker
THE MOUTH, APRIL 20TH, 2021 –– WNYC Studios has become the most recent subscriber to The Podcast Consumer Tracker from Edison Research. The Podcast Consumer Tracker is the industry’s only comprehensive measure of the total audience for podcasting and the reach of every major producer. "We are so happy to welcome WNYC Studios to our family of subscribers,” noted Edison Research SVP Tom Webster. “We have served New York Public Radio in a variety of capacities for nearly 15 years, and we are honored to be a part of their podcast strategy.”
The Podcast Consumer Tracker from Edison Research is a first-of-its-kind research product designed to serve the ongoing needs of leading podcast networks, agencies, and consultancies, and is the source of the Top 50 Most Listened To U.S. Podcasts of 2020. Current subscribers include Stitcher/Midroll, NPR, Wondery, ESPN, and many other producers and podcast platforms. Since 2019, The Podcast Consumer Tracker has offered a bespoke service to the growing podcast industry and provides members with reliable and regular data on the podcast audience, what they are listening to, and the relative reach and awareness of the leading podcast networks.
Each quarterly report tracks demographics, content preferences, listening behaviors, sales targeting information, and other custom measures. Edison Research has served the podcast industry for over 16 years through continual coverage of the medium in The Infinite Dial® and Share of Ear® research.
Study: Heavy Radio Listeners +18% More Likely Than Heavy TV Viewers For Major Auto Buy
THE MOUTH, APRIL 20TH, 2021 – As the economy recovers and consumer confidence is restored, auto dealers have the opportunity to ramp up advertising efforts to sell cars. This week’s Westwood One blog looks at the current state of the auto industry and the importance of advertising, and then outlines an AM/FM radio attribution report released by LeadsRx that shows how AM/FM radio campaigns generate significant auto dealer website traffic.
According to reports from The Conference Board, Apple, Ipsos, and The New York Times, the economy is returning to normal with increased consumer confidence, commuting, and optimism. Nielsen shows that Heavy AM/FM radio listeners are +18% more likely than heavy TV viewers to make a major auto purchase: Nielsen reports one-third of heavy AM/FM radio listeners intend to make an auto purchase in the next year, +18% greater than heavy TV viewers.
Nielsen Scarborough: 40% of U.S. new car buyers cannot be reached with TV: Based on media usage, 40% of U.S. new car buyers are impossible to reach on TV. While 60% of auto intenders are heavy TV viewers and can be reached by linear TV, two out of five auto purchasers cannot be sufficiently reached by TV. One out of four persons 25-54 cannot be reached on linear TV: Nielsen’s just-released
Total Audience Report reveals linear television’s weekly reach among persons 25-54 has dropped from 85% in Q3 2018 to only 77% in Q3 2020. The risk of cutting advertising is loss of mental availability for a store or brand: Kantar, one of the leaders in marketing effectiveness measurement, studied what happens six months after cutting ads: awareness starts to fade and fewer consumers cite your brand as the place they would buy. Top-of-mind awareness erodes, as does purchase intention. AM/FM radio campaigns generate significant auto dealer website traffic.
On behalf of iHeartMedia, LeadsRx conducted the world’s largest study of media impact on auto website traffic. LeadsRx found that, on average, AM/FM radio is responsible for a +17% lift in automotive dealer web traffic. Most of this traffic comes from new consumers. 59% of web visits attributable to AM/FM radio advertising originate from new shoppers. READ BLOG HERE
Audacy's V-103 Atlanta Rebrands Morning Show To 'The Big Tigger Morning Show'
THE MOUTH, APRIL 20TH, 2021 – V-103’s (Atlanta) morning show “The Morning Culture with Big Tigger” is rebranding to “The Big Tigger Morning Show.” Along with the new name, come some new show features include: Rise & Grind Returning: Eric Thomas the Hip-Hop Preacher and Dr. Erroneous Jenkins “Little Known Black Facts” New: Dr. Erroneous Jenkins is a fictional character who knows it all. He has a PhD in black history and the origins of all things in the culture. This segment was tested during Black History Month and became an instant hit for listeners, so the show will be bringing it back for good on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 6:25AM ET.
Also added, Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda New: Need advice on a situation or conundrum in your life? The Big Tigger Morning Show will tell you woulda, coulda, and shoulda done! This goes down daily at 7:25AM ET. 8 O’Clock Motivation Mix Returning: DJ Teknology gets you up and motivated as you’re getting your day started with his mix!
iHeart And NFL Team Up For Launch Of Exclusive NFL Podcast Network
iHeartMedia and the National Football League (NFL) announced an exclusive podcast partnership to launch the NFL’s podcast network which will include the distribution of NFL Media’s existing podcasts, (Around the NFL, Move the Sticks, NFL Fantasy Football, Huddle and Flow, NFL Total Access: The Locker Room, Good Morning Football and NFL Legends) as well as the co-production and distribution of two dozen new original podcasts. “Podcasts are an increasingly important way to reach fans and a compelling way to tell NFL stories,” said Kevin LaForce, Senior Vice President, Media Strategy and Business Development. “We look forward to partnering with iHeartMedia to bring the NFL Podcast Network to life and deliver our podcast content seamlessly to fans on their platform and anywhere podcasts are consumed.”
As part of the exclusive deal, the new podcast slate will develop new shows with NFL Films utilizing some of the best content from their archives, while also creating new podcasts focusing on NFL history, inside access, and more. These NFL podcasts will be distributed through the iHeartPodcast Network. “Our partnership with the NFL is an incredible moment for iHeart – and the podcast industry, period,” said Conal Byrne, CEO of iHeartMedia Digital Audio Group. “The NFL represents sports at its highest level – with the greatest athletes and the most heart-pounding games the world has seen. These are legendary stories, and we can’t wait to roll out a slate of incredible new podcasts to capture it all – for iHeart’s huge audience and the NFL’s massive fanbase alike.”
The first new original podcasts stemming from this partnership will be in-progress by this upcoming summer, ahead of the 2021 NFL season, and will be available on the iHeartRadio App and everywhere podcasts are heard.
iHeart Relocating Its Pittsburgh Headquarters
THE MOUTH, APRIL 20TH, 2021 ––iHeart Pittsburgh, home to the iconic rocker WDVE-FM, has signed a lease to relocate its headquarters from 200 Fleet Street in Green Tree to Beacon I, an 80,000-square-foot office building in South Fayette, reports Pittsburgh's Post Gazette. The company will be taking 9,400 square feet on the first floor of the $16 million office building located at 44 Abele Road in the Abele Business Park. The paper says, "While that’s less than it had in Green Tree, the new space will include significant upgrades. The new space, being erected by Burns Scalo, is also planning a second four-story, 80,000-square-foot office building known as Beacon II in the business park.
As part of the relocation, iconic rocker WDVE will be leaving its longtime home at 200 Fleet Street, an office building that can be seen from the Parkway West. For years, the building, part of the Jacob Center complex, has had “102.5 WDVE” emblazoned at its top for motorists heading toward Downtown Pittsburgh to see. iHeartMedia plans to begin the buildout of the space this month and move into its new headquarters in the third quarter of 2021. Representing Burns Scalo in the deal were Ruby Scalo and Shannon McGuire.
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Entercom Rebrands, Changes Name To Audacy
THE MOUTH, MARCH 30TH, 2021 - Following yesterday's tease, Entercom announced it's changed its name to Audacy. “We have transformed into a fundamentally different and dramatically enhanced organization and so it is time to embrace a new name and brand identity which better reflects who we have become and our vision for the future,” said David Field, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Audacy. ‘Audacy’ captures our dynamic creativity, outstanding content and innovative spirit as we aspire to build the country’s best audio content and entertainment platform.”
The company’s evolution has been fueled by a number of significant moves, including:
Acquiring CBS Radio, building scale as one of the two largest radio broadcasting groups, with unrivaled leadership in news and sports. Launching RADIO.COM and building the fastest growing digital audio platform. Acquiring Cadence13 and Pineapple Street Studios, establishing Audacy as one of the three largest podcasting publishers, with the industry’s most award-winning, critically-acclaimed content and the most shows consistently ranked in the top 100 on Triton’s U.S. Podcast Report. Becoming the primary companion podcast partner of leading brands including HBO, Netflix, Nike and others. Enhancing its best-in-class sports platform with the acquisition of QL Gaming Group and a ground-breaking partnership with FanDuel . Establishing strategic partnerships with Apple, Google, Amazon, Twitch and others, to enable its listeners to connect seamlessly with Audacy audio content wherever and whenever they want it. Acquiring Podcorn, the #1 podcast influencer marketplace in the country, pairing brands and podcast creators more effectively through an influencer marketplace with self- and full-service options for brands to connect with podcast creators for native advertising. Creating some of the nation’s best music festivals and exclusive, boutique listening experiences. Continuously investing in data, analytics and attribution capabilities, enabling advertisers to connect with scale and precision to over 170 million listeners monthly.
“This moment is not just a change of sign, but a sign of change. Our new brand encapsulates who we’ve become in audio and will guide our forward aspirations,” said Paul Suchman, Chief Marketing Officer, Audacy. “We are bringing it to life across all touchpoints inside and outside the organization and look forward to delivering on its promise every day.”
The company’s ticker symbol will change from ETM to AUD effective on or about Friday, April 9, 2021. Along with the name Entercom, effective today, the company will also sunset the RADIO.COM brand and align its direct-to-consumer platform under Audacy. Cadence13, Pineapple Street Studios, BetQL and Podcorn remain market-facing brands.
PRODUCTS: vCreative Introduces vTrade
THE MOUTH, JULY 29TH, 2020 ––vCreative, radio’s leading provider of media workflow software solutions, introduces vTrade - developed to provide companies with the ability to easily track, manage, audit and report on trade inventory, eliminating the risk of financial loss due to wasted or expired trade. The use oftrade or bartering has existed since the inception of the media business.
Alternative forms of payment are accepted in addition to or in lieu of cash to create a marketplace aimed at attracting innovative partners. Creative campaigns that encourage audiences to engage with both the station and the business or brand through merchandise giveaways, free tickets, coupons or other experiences lend to excitement and loyalty for audiences.
vCreative partnered with clients to solve a problem that exists across the industry. Melissa Mitchell, CPA and Corporate Controller at Bonneville International and heavy vTrade user says that, “vCreative’s system allows us to keep real-time and accurate inventory of company assets. All transactions and approvals are now time-stamped which makes record keeping and reporting a breeze. Having the ability to track trade usage by client, AE, agency, and category cuts down on potential losses due unused or expired trade and the automated workflow makes the multiple departments that are involved with approving, accepting and managing trade more efficient and effective.”
“The broadcast industry is in a period of rapid transition, and we are here to enable our industry to successfully bridge to the new future,” said vCreative CEO Jinny Laderer (R). “With vCreative’s vTrade solution, we have created an offering that will bring CFOs and business managers the ability to fully assess the value of the trade they accept and monitor the effectiveness of its use.” GET MORE INFO HERE