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Judge Rules Casey Kasem's Wife Can Choose His Burial Site
Kasem's Body Remains Unburied Or Embalmed Five Months After His Death
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 21ST, 2014 –– Five months after radio legend Casey Kasem died, a Los Angeles judge has denied a request from his oldest children that their father’s remains be returned from Norway so they can bury him in a Hollywood cemetery. According to NBC, A judge ruled Thursday that Kasem’s widow, Jean, has authority over the remains. As Kasem's body still lies in a mortuary unburied, the children continue to ask that Norway deny Jean’s wish to bury his body in Oslo. Jean asked the Norwegian government on Aug. 7 to allow the burial, claiming that she would be moving to Norway soon. She also said in a letter that her husband "always said that Norway symbolizes peace and looks like heaven and I would like to respectfully fulfill his wishes." His eldest children from his first marriage maintain he always wanted to be buried in Los Angeles. Government officials told NBC News that they have decided to defer the decision until the Santa Monica police investigation of Jean Kasem on elder abuse allegations is completed. Those allegations stem from Jean Kasem’s removal of her husband from a healthcare facility in May. Casey Kasem died on June 15 after battling Lewy Body dementia. Jean Kasem first moved his remains to Montreal, Canada. Norwegian officials said in court papers that Kasem's body has not been embalmed as the legal battle has dragged on. PHOTO/screengrab WATCH HERE
[LISTEN] Two More Cosby Accusers Ring Up John & Ken And Rich Stevens Show
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 21ST, 2014 –– Add two more women to the growing list of those coming forward with accusations against Bill Cosby. Carla Ferrigno (L), wife and manager of actor Lou Ferrigno, called into KFI's John And Ken show claiming that in 1967 after her and a friend watched a movie with Cosby and his wife, her date and Cosby's wife disappeared and she was left alone playing pool with Cosby. She then claims "he grabbed me, pulled me to him and kisses me on the mouth like really, really rough," Carla said. "I was a tough girl. I just took my hands and pushed him away and said, 'What are you doing? ... And he came at me again and I just pushed and jumped and ran and I got out of his way and ran out in the hall and this guy was coming out of one of the rooms and I said I want to go home.... I never said anything to anybody in all these years." LISTEN TO JOHN AND KEN INTERVIEW HERE - Meanwhile, back on the opposite coast, Therese Serignese (upper right) called into WFTL/Miami's Rich Steven's Show. As it turns out, she's a registered nurse who lives in Boca Raton. She told Stevens it all started in Las Vegas in 1976 when she met Bill Cosby. "He asked me, 'would you like to come see my show?' Of course I would." said Serignese. Hours later it was just her and Cosby and that's when she says he offered her some pills. "I took them, didn't know what they were My next memory is feeling drugged and him having (s)ex with me." She says she did not report the incident to police because that wasn't done in those days, and ended up staying with Cosby in his penthouse for weeks, and ultimately got paid by the comedian for going to school. Serignese was Jane Doe Number 10 in a civil suit against the comedian. She had agreed to testify on behalf of Andrea Constand, a Pennsylvania woman who alleged that she was (s)exually assaulted by Cosby and settled out of court. LISTEN TO STEVENS INTERVIEW HERE
GAME OVER: Tribune Turns Off The Game 87.7 Chicago; Garry Meier To Exit; Brandmeier Says He'll Continue Online
Ben Finfer and Alex Quigley Learned Of Their Fate While On The Air
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 21ST, 2014 –– Chicago media blogger, Robert Feder, reported yesterday that Tribune Media was 'throwing in the towel' on WGWG LP 87.7, aka The Game 87.7 FM, at the end of the year. With the move, would be the exit of former WGN personalities Jonathon Brandmeier and Garry Meier, although Brandmeier's exit isn't immediate, Meier's would be. Brandmeier’s morning show aired on The Game 87.7 and the online streaming site wgn.fm. Meier’s afternoon show aired only on wgn.fm. crm.com reports Brandmeier will continue online for WGN. Tribune Media launched The Game 87.7 last February on a low-power television frequency that doubles as an FM radio signal. Leased from Venture Technologies Group, the station previously drew respectable ratings for smooth jazz and hard rock. Brandmeier had joined WGN in December 2011 to host mornings. He was replaced by Steve Cochran in September 2013, Johnny B. moved to wgn.fm and added The Game 87.7 last February. Meier, 64, joined WGN in April 2009 and hosted afternoons until last May, when he moved to wgn.fm. Meier's contract runs through October 2015. Meanwhile, according to The Chicago Tribune, Ben Finfer and Alex Quigley of "Quigs and Finfer" on 87.7 The Game, learned mid-show that Tribune Media was getting rid of the station. They often talk sports with emphasis on the Bears. "We're doing a live show here," Finfer said on the air. "And to be told this way, it's really a letdown. We're getting screwed on this one ... We just found out on Twitter a half hour ago that the station is being taken off the air. We were not told about this ahead of time." Finfer learned from reporter Robert Feder who happened to tweet out the news to the show.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Hubbard Radio Appoints James Bryant President/GM Of New Division; Mike Frederick To Replace Bryant As VP/Market Manager At Hubbard Cincinnati
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 21ST, 2014 –– Hubbard Radio announced tthat Cincinnati radio veteran James Bryant will lead the formation of a new in-house digital company called 2060 Digital, LLC. A digital media services company built by Hubbard Interactive in Cincinnati, 2060 Digital will begin serving Hubbard Radio in seven markets. Bryant arrives from Hubbard Cincinnati where he served as VP/Market Manager. Prior to working for Hubbard Radio, Bryant held leadership positions for a number of broadcast companies, including Bonneville, Entercom and CBS. Bryant is a past President of the Greater Cincinnati Radio Broadcasters Association. Hubbard Radio Chair and CEO Ginny Morris commented, "We have long looked to Jim for leadership in this space and we feel fortunate that his full attention will be focused on helping us find comprehensive solutions for our advertising partners." “ Hubbard Radio also announced that Mike Fredrick, currently the VP/General Manger/DOS for Hubbard Radio in Cincinnati, will replace Bryant as Vice President/Market Manager for Hubbard Radio in Cincinnati. ######### Cumulus announces that Jaysson Reno has been appointed Vice President, Sales for San Francisco’s legendary stations KGO-AM and KSFO-AM. Reno has 10 years experience in the San Francisco radio, digital and event space, and has led sales for Cumulus San Francisco’s KSAN-FM and KFOG-FM since 2012. The appointment is effective immediately. A search for Reno's replacement as VP, Sales, for KSAN-FM and KFOG-FM is currently underway.
MOTION: CMG Orlando Names J.R. Jaus Afternoon Drive Host FOR K92.3; Brian Egan Appointed Executive Producer For NASH Nights; Jane Londo Leave MIX100 Denver
Cumulus and Westwood One Partner With Dick Clark Productions For Audio Content From Backstage at the AMAs
NETWORKS: Garth Brooks Opens Up To Marty McFly On The Live Ride; The 100 Greatest Christmas Hits With Wink Martindale Adds 12 More Affiliates; The Phantom Producer Launches Second Version; Lia Teams With Soldier's Angels For Holiday Heroes
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 21ST, 2014 –– Envision Networks®’ The Live Ride with Marty McFly will feature special guest Garth Brooks throughout the entire episode this weekend. The two-hour weekly country “concert” radio program is part of the Envision Country Network. Preview a clip from the interview HERE. During the interview, Brooks chats about his brand new album, Man Against Machine. This is his firststudio album since 2001 and it debuted at #1 on the country albums chart. The show is hosted by 25 year country radio veteran Marty McFly. ############Envision Networks® is excited to welcome 12 new affiliates for The 100 Greatest Christmas Hits of All Time, the award-winning ten-hour radio special hosted by beloved TV game show host Wink Martindale. Available on a cash basis, this holiday program will count down everyone’s favorite Yuletide hits from 100 to number one. Stations interested in more information should visit goenvisionnetworks.com or contact Amber Wade at email@example.com or 216-831-3761. ############# United Stations Radio Networks, Inc., (USRN) has just diversified its radio imaging service called PHANTOM PRODUCER by introducing a second version of the service geared toward the Country format. Phantom Producer has achieved remarkable growth since its introduction and is currently also serving the CHR, AC, Hot AC, Rock, Classic Rock and Classic Hits formats. The expansion to two Country formats is effective immediately. To create the new Mainstream Country content for Phantom Producer, the team has turned to Ben LuMaye who already handles the existing Country service for Phantom affiliates. ######## Lia, the Westwood One Country show hosted by Lia Knight, has teamed up with Soldiers' Angels this year for "Holiday Heroes." Lia listeners are helping to raise money to purchase gifts, food, and clothing for the families of our active duty and retired servicemen and women. You can make a donation and become a Holiday Hero HERE and read more at www.soldiersangels.org.
TOP NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
BBC Host Apologizes For Telling Women To 'Keep Your Knickers On' During Rapist Debate
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 212ST, 2014 –– Popular BBC host Nick Conrad sparked outrage after saying women should "keep their knickers on", during a live debate about convicted rapist Ched Evans, a popular athlete. During his show on Monday, Conrad said: "I think women need to be more aware of a man's (s)exual desire, that when you're in that position that you are about to engage in sexual activity, there's a huge amount of energy in the male body, there's a huge amount of will and intent, and it's very difficult for many men to say no when they are whipped up into a bit of a storm. It's the old adage about if you yank a dog's tail then don't be surprised when it bites you." According to bbc.com, Ched Evans was jailed in April 2012 for raping a 19-year-old woman in a hotel room and released last month. Some 72-hours later, Conrad then apologized on his show saying, ‘‘Some of my comments in one section of the discussion were ill-judged and were offensive to some. I apologise to anybody who was offended by what I said.’
Kyle and Jackie O Pranked On Air By Radio Rival - Sydney radio duo Kyle and Jackie O have been pranked by their counterparts from another network. The Kiis FM breakfast hosts took a call from a woman named Erica, who was celebrating her birthday and got the chance to spin a prize wheel. ‘Erica’ was actually Merrick Watts from rival network 2Day FM. The prize wheel stopped on a dinner for two at an Italian restaurant. “I won a dinner? Oh my God, Kyle and Jack … it’s Merrick here from 2Day FM,” he confessed. “I was hoping I’d win the car.”
BBC Continues To Switch Off Local Radio AM transmitters - BBC local radio stations in Lancashire, Humberside, Wiltshire, Devon and Surrey & Sussex are each losing at least one of their AM transmitters in December. The local stations affected will still b available on FM, DAB and Online.
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Cosby Debate Gets Heated On 'The View'; OMG: 'Pitch Perfect Has A Sequel
Legendary Writer/Director Mike Nichols Passes Away At 83 - [NYDN]
Jay Leno Stuns Wounded Veteran With Special Gift - [TODAY]
Country Star Ty Herndon Comes Out - [ET]
[WATCH] Three Grannies Smoke Weed For First Time - Nuf Said - [GAWKER]
Tom Cruise Being Wooed For 'Highlander' Reboot - [THE WRAP]
SNL Ends Season With Star Studded Finale - [TV GUIDE]
'Bachelor' Creator Arrested For Harassing Neighbors Brooke Burke And David Charvet - [GOSSIP COP]
[WATCH] Anna Kendrick In 'Pitch Perfect 2' - [SLASH FILM]
And You'll Love The Cover - [EW]
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Talentmasters and Gabe Hobbs Media have teamed again to present Talk Show Boot Camp™ 2015, a special forum that caters to both current and future stars of spoken-word, programmers, producers and more. It's coming February 6 & 7th, 2015 to the luxurious W Hotel in Atlanta's Buckhead area (above). CLICK HERE TO REGISTER. REGISTRATION AT THE W HOTEL NOW AVAILABLE HERE
Listeners Join NuVoodoo On Stage At TSBC VI Chicago
To highlight some of NuVoodoo's all-new data to be revealed during Talk Show Boot Camp VI, Carolyn Gilbert and Leigh Jacobs (shown) will have listeners join them on-stage to let attendees hear first hand their take on radio. This will be part of TSBC's first-ever live focus group conducted on Friday, Feb. 6th at Atlanta's W Hotel in Buckhead - More details coming this week.
*Speakers/Sessions subject to change without notice
Bob Pittman To Interview Ryan Seacrest At CES 2015 International Headliner
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 20TH, 2014 –– The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) announced that Bob Pittman, Chairman and CEO of iHeartMedia, will interview KIIS-FM and media phenom, Ryan Seacrest, during a headline address at the 2015 International CES on Wednesday, January 7. “We couldn’t be more excited about our slate of headliners for C Space at ARIA,” said Karen Chupka, senior vice president, International CES and corporate business strategy, CEA. “The addition of these major name speakers reflects the phenomenal interest and excitement among the tens of thousands of marketing, advertising, content and creative professionals who flock to CES to discover and take action on the latest digital trends. We’re excited to bring the content community together in one space to add value to their experience at CES.” The 2015 CES is the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies, and will run January 6-9, 2015, in Las Vegas, Nevada. C Space is open from 10 AM Tuesday, January 6, until 4 PM Thursday, January 8, 2015. PHOTO/Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images North America - iHeart.
WENDY WILLIAMS: Bill Cosby Tried To Get Me Fired From Radio Show For Discussing Rape Allegations
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 20TH, 2014 –– Talk host Wendy Williams made a startling revelation on Wednesday's show saying Bill Cosby nearly cost her her radio job 24 years ago while on WBLS. According to rumorfix.com, during her “Hot Topics” segment, Williams said that back in 1990 she came across an article in the National Enquirer with a woman who claimed Cosby drugged and raped her. Wendy then discussed the article during her 98.7FM “Dish The Dirt” segment. She says this was followed by Cosby himself called up the GM and demanding she be fired. Even though her GM had always been in her corner, she said following Cosby’ he 'turned on her “like a wild pit bull.” She was yanked off the air and brought into his office where Cosby was on speaker phone. Wendy said he dressed her down hard and “called me everything but a daughter of God.” READ MORE HERE
REPORT: Apple Planning To Bundle Beats Music Service Into iOS
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Cumulus Promotes Jeff Davis To New National Music Scheduling Post
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 20TH, 2014 –– Cumulus announces that 26-year radio veteran Jeff Davis has been promoted to the newly created position of National Director of Stratus Music Scheduling. Davis has been with Cumulus for over eight years as Program Director of heritage Hot AC/CHR hybrid WQSM in Fayetteville, NC. Jeff has also been Music Director for Cumulus’ Hot AC station KBBY in Ventura, CA. Davis has extensive knowledge of Cumulus’ proprietary Stratus Music Scheduling System, used at more than 450 radio stations in 89 markets across the U.S. He will continue to program WQSM for Cumulus. Davis said: "I am thrilled to work even closer with Emily Boldon, Senior Vice President of Programming, Mike McVay, and Chief Technology Officer, Alfred Lutter at Cumulus Corporate to continue developing this national platform, while staying embedded in my local market at WQSM. Cumulus is a great company that values and rewards hard work, a proven track record and loyalty, and helps drive the passion for great radio.”
MOTION: Chip Franklin To Host Afternoon Show On KGO SF; Ryan Hoppe Joins Rover's Morning Glory Show On WMMS Cleveland; The Sports Fix Celebrates 5th Anniversary On ESPN 980 DC
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 20TH, 2014 –– Cumulus announced that Chip Franklin will host a weekday talk show on KGO (810 AM) debuting December 8 from Noon to 3:00 p.m. Pacific. Franklin is a talk show host, comedian, musician, and filmmaker who has written for and appeared on shows and networks including: Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show, Conan O'Brien, The Situation Room, Larry King, The CBS Morning Show, CNN, HBO and Showtime. A winner of 7 Edward R. Murrow awards for radio and television writing, Franklin’s 2004 National Murrow award for writing was presented by Dan Rather, Peter Jennings and Tom Brokaw. Franklin hosted mornings on KOGO from 2007-2013, and writes position pieces and prep for guests on Real Time with Bill Maher, Good Morning America and Face the Nation. ########## We were so happy to read that longtime Morning Show Boot Camp assistant, Ryan Hoppe (R), has now joined WMMS Cleveland's Rover Morning Glory Show as its screener. He posted on Facebook: "The news I am about to share with you just does not seem like real life. I am proud and honored to announce that I have been hired as phone screener for the nationally syndicated Rover's Morning Glory out of Cleveland. Rover is one of my main influences for going into FM talk radio, so this is an absolute honor. I will be relocating to Cleveland to get my radio career going!!! I have wanted to go into broadcasting since 4th grade (4th grade!!!), so I am on cloud 9 right now. I want to thank Rover, Duji and for this life changing opportunity.' ######## Red Zebra Broadcasting proudly announces that The Sports Fix with Kevin Sheehan and Thom Loverro celebrates its 5th anniversary today. Loverro said of the show “One out of five marriages end in divorce after five years. The average NFL career is less than five years. So five years of ‘The Sports Fix’ is quite an accomplishment. Kevin Sheehan, who also hosts the Washington Redskins Pre Game. The Sports Fix airs daily from Noon to 2pm est. on WTEM: 980AM, 92.7FM and 94.3FM DC.
Stars And VIPs Turn Out To Celebrate American Heroes And Wounded Warrior Project; Plus, Rita Cosby's Birthday
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 20TH, 2014 –– On Monday, November 17th, FOX News’ Geraldo Rivera emceed a spectacular star-studded evening that supported the Wounded Warrior Project at The Edison Ballroom with about one thousand attendees. Occurring just after Veteran’s Day, the evening included an impressive program that opened with an exciting performance by the Navy Color Guard and NYC Shield Pipe band. The legendary songstress Dionne Warwick and her granddaughter, Cheyenne Elliott, debuted their latest duet, entitled, “Let There Be Love.” The program culminated in a special 50th birthday celebration for Emmy-Winning TV and Radio Host Rita Cosby. Geraldo Rivera and John And Margo Catsimatidis sang Happy Birthday to Rita while presenting her with a beautiful cake. Among the numerous attendees included actors Danny Aiello, Paul Sorvino, Stephen Baldwin, Tina Louise, Courtney Hope, FOX News’ Dee Dee Benkie, Gretchen Carlson, Kimberly Guilfoyle, Bill Hemmer, Ainsley Earhardt, Andrea Tantaros , Lis Wiehl Cheryl Casone, Heather Childers, Laura Ingle, Gerri Willis, Emmy-Winning TV news anchor, Ernie Anastos, Emmy-Winning TV and radio host, Lynne White, CNN Media host, Brian Stelter, WABC radio hosts Pat Kiernan, Curtis Sliwa and Noam Laden, WCBS-TV anchor, Kristine Johnson, NY1 Traffic Reporter, Jamie Stelter, WPLJ radio host, Ralphie Aversa, celebrity blogger and TV personality, Perez Hilton, Ben Carson and Sharon Bush.
[WATCH] Kim Kardashian 'Breaks The Radio,' Reads Excerpts From '50 Shades Of Grey'
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 20TH, 2014 –– After trying to break the internet with her photo shoot for Paper magazine, Perth's 92.9FM's Heidi, Will and Woody show decided to raise the bar and persuaded Kimmy to try her audio skills by reading excerpts from 'Fifty Shades Of Grey.' Against a slow-paced jazz track, Kimmy decided to replace one of the more offensive words 'Fleur Fatale,' the name of her new fragrance. As it turned out, Australia was one of the markets where she launched her fragrance. In another interview, Kimmy later added that she wouldn't be against her one-year-old daughter North wanting to do a nude photo shoot similar to hers when she grows up. 'I would support anything she wants to do." WATCH VIDEO HERE
KRBE's Roula Gives Birth To Matthew James
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBERT 20TH, 2014 –– Right about the time KRBE Houston was delivering news that its longtime, top rated Roula and Ryan Show had inked a long-term extension with the Cumulus outlet, Roula (Christie) was delivering her own news with the birth on Monday, November 17th of Matthew James. In the photo, he's joined by his sisters Alexandra and Eleni who were super happy to greet him! Mama Roula is recovering well. That's Roula's beaming husband Tasos at center. Earlier this year, Roula had a scare while headed to Morning Show Boot Camp in Chicago. Some late complications led her doctor to insist that she not fly and play it safe in the last few months of her pregnancy. Meanwhile, looks like we'll have to hold an extra large suite for her and family at next years camp in Chicago. We'll be ready! Way to go Roula! Our best to you and your family!
More Cosby Cancellations; Stuff You Never Knew About Channing Tatum
First Netflix, Now NBC Dumps Cosby Sitcom - [MONEY]
And Then There's 'TV Land' Pulling The Plug On Thanksgiving Cosby Marathon - [VARIETY]
Cosby's Former Mistress Breaks Her Silence - [INSIDE EDITION]
Don Lemon Now Apologizes For Comment To Cosby Rape Accuser - [PEOPLE]
Bono's To Be Treated With Metal Plates And Intensive Therapy Following Accident - [ROLLING STONE]
REPORT: Kathy Griffin To Follow The Late Joan Rivers On 'Fashion Police' - [GOSSIP COP]
Steve Harvey Reveals Worst Three 'Family Feud' Answers Ever - [USA TODAY]
10 Things You Didn't Know About Channing Tatum - [ESQUIRE]
Katy Perry Is Radio's Artist Of The Year - [IDOLATOR]
Shailene Woodley Covers GQ's Men Of The Year Issue - [E ONLINE]
Angelina Jolie Says She Plans To Start Making Films, Not Starring In Them - [DUJOUR]
Stephen Colbert To Host Kennedy Center Honors - [YAHOO]
Burst Pipes Knock WGN And The Game Off The Air
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 19TH, 2014 –– After finally returning to the air, WGN Morning host, Steve Cochran joked: "Now that we are back, it's time for Father Jack! Father Jack Wall joins us NOW and He's going to talk about Blase J. Cupich. He came on a good day. WGN Radio needs prayer... And duct tape." This came following pipes bursting on the 8th floor at Tribune Tower. It ended up knocking WGN-AM 720 and 87.7 The Game off the air for 20 minutes during the 6 a.m. hour which included a portion of the Steve Cochran show. According to The Chicago Tribune, The water streamed down from the ninth floor, where the pipes burst, and reached the radio studios on the seventh floor. "There's apparently pretty significant damage," said Jimmy de Castro, who was stuck in traffic driving to work during the incident. "The seventh floor where the station is, is basically intact, but the lobby is a wreck and smells horrible and has water all over. I just heard we had a priest on the air who had to wade through it to get on the air."
Bert’s 'Big Thank You' Tops 1.4 Million Letters To Troops Since Start
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 19TH, 2014 –– With fewer troops, there may be a need for fewer letters but that didn't stop The Bert Show listeners from exceeding expectations by delivering over 170,000 handwritten letters to troops overseas. It's part of Bert's annual 'Big Thank You' drive that the show began in 2007. Since then, over 1.4 million letters have been delivered to troops worldwide, with the latest batch to arrive in time for Thanksgiving. Bert Weiss, along with Kristin Klingshirn and Jeff Dauler of the Bert Show sent out over 375,000 letters in their first campaign back when the U.S. was still at war in Iraq and Afghanistan. This year the goal was 160,000 but they received more than 170,000. According to the AJC's Rodney Ho, it takes hundreds of volunteers to help collect and vet letters, then place them in boxes to be sent to troops worldwide. It took 15 volunteers and radio station staffers last week to gather to deliver all the boxes, complete with a large Bert Show Logo.
Classic Hip Hop Invades St. Louis As Majic Flips To The Beat
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 19TH, 2014 –– You can add 100.3 The Beat St. Louis to the lastest list of stations converting to classic hip hop. This week the long running Majic 100.3 ditched the moniker and returned to its one-time brand, The Beat. "The all new 100.3 The Beat will bring back the fun times of an older hip-hop and R&B generation while continuing to serve the local community, playing the music our listeners want to hear," said Beth Davis, Regional Market President, iHeartMedia St. Louis. "I'm confident 100.3 The Beat listeners will remember where they were, who they were hanging out with and how they were feeling with every song we play." The move puts them in direct competition with Radio One rival Hot 104.1. The flip to classic hip hop follow similar moves in Houston, Philadelphia and Dallas.
Tom Joyner Show Off The Air In Dallas Following Station Flip To Boom 94.5
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 19TH, 2014 –– Adding to the rise of classic hip-hop flips, following Radio One's recent switch from K-Soul to Boom 94.5 Dallas, among those displaced by the move was none other than the iconic Tom Joyner whose rise to fame began in this very city. According to WFAA.com. “Due to the format change to the classic hip-hop format and C, we just felt the show didn’t align with the current direction of the station,” explained Gary Spurgeon, general manager of Radio One in Dallas The bottom line is that Joyner is still heard by more than 8 million listeners on almost 100 stations, but unfortunately he’s no longer on the radio in his hometown. The station is hoping for bigger ratings, but it may lose some listeners along the way. Several posted tweets like this one from “Shady Sadie”: “Why did I not hear @TJMshow this morning on 94.5 in Dallas? My whole day is gonna be off now.” “I think we all feel the same way our listeners do,” Spurgeon said. “It’s never an easy thing. These are tough decisions we have to make.”
Sun Broadcast Group Hits Six-Year Milestone
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 19TH, 2014 –– Sun Broadcast Group has 142 Million reasons to celebrate today. The national radio network, headquartered in New York City and Boca Raton, FL, turns 6 years old today and announced that with programming additions to its 2015 lineup it will now reach more than 142 Million Monthly listeners on over 5,500 general market affiliates. Sun’s Hispanic Division, Sun Latino, is also celebrating with it’s audience growing to over 35 Million Listeners, making it on of the top three Hispanic networks in the country. “Talk about a wild ride,” said Jason Bailey, CEO of Sun Broadcast Group. “Our revenues have more than doubled year over year, we were honored by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest growing companies in America and now, on our sixth birthday, we are able to announce such mind blowing numbers. My sincere thanks to the great programming partners who have chosen us as their network rep, and to the amazing team here at Sun who work tirelessly, day in and day out to make us the very best network in radio!” At it’s annual upfront party in October Sun announced major 2015 lineup additions including “Shazam for Radio”, Entercom morning man, Fitz, and his nationally syndicated countdown show, “Powered By Country”, SupeRadio’s “Weekend Throwdown with Jagger” and “Retro Pop Reunion with Joe Cortese”. Joining Sun’s ever expanding country music offerings are the popular weekend dance show “Country Club with Dee Jay Silver”, Superadio’s “Retro Country USA” and “Buckwild Saturday Night” and Gen3 Entertainment’s newly expanded “Nashville Minute with Fitz”. Sun Latino welcomed newpartnerships with “vCreative Hipsanic”, “Yahoo Deportes” and “PromoSuite Latino Network”.
Fitz Makes It Seven Years In A Row As 'Best Local Personality' In Seattle
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 19TH, 2014 –– For the seventh year in a row, Entercom Country KKWF (100.7 THE WOLF) Seattle's Fitz In The Morning has been named “Western Washington's Best Radio Personality for 2014” by the viewers of KING 5 TV. The contest is decided by popular vote and 2014 marks. The 7th consecutive year that Fitz has grabbed the top spot in the poll. Fitz said, "Fitz in the Morning P1's are the most loyal listeners ever. Our formula is simple. We just have fun." In addition to his show on The Wolf, Fitz serves as Chief Imagination Officer @ FitzProjects LLC - The HIT LIST with Fitz -The FITZ Show - Nashville Minute with FITZ: handled by The Sun Broadcast Group.
WNOX Knoxville's Frank Murphy Honored With FBI Leadership Award
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 19TH, 2014 –– WNOX Knoxville's Frank D. Murphy was selected to receive the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award. FBI Special Agent in Charge, Edward W. Reinhold, Knoxville Division, presented Frank D. Murphy with the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award (DCLA), on November 18, 2014 at the Knoxville FBI office in Knoxville. The FBI Director created the DCLA in 1990 as a way to honor individuals and organizations for selfless contributions to their communities. Each FBI Division may select one recipient each year. The recipients are recognized first by the local FBI office. At a later date, all recipients are brought to FBI Headquarters for a national ceremony with the FBI Director. The recipients come from all walks of life, with extraordinary contributions as varied as their backgrounds; but all share a common commitment to improving the lives of their neighbors. Murphy does afternoons on Classic Hits 93.1 WNOX and weekends on Star 102.1 (WWST). Both stations are part of the Journal Broadcast Group's Knoxville cluster. He also takes turns hosting the "East Tennessee Report" which is the Sunday morning public affairs show. It airs on all four stations in the cluster: WNOX, WWST, WKHT, WCYQ.
Foo Fighters Tour Dates Announced
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 19TH, 2014 –– In the wake of Sonic Highways' climb into the top 3 of charts worldwide and the announcement of the band's first ever U.S. stadium dates, Foo Fighters have now unveiled a full North American stadium, arena, amphitheater assault for summer/fall 2015. This most massive North American on-the-road undertaking in Foo Fighters' history will see Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett and Pat Smear headline multiple historic U.S. stadiums for the first time: New York's Citi Field on July 16, a debut double header at Boston's Fenway Park on July 18 and 19, as well as the previously announced Aug. 29 Chicago headline at Wrigley Field that sold out in one day, and the July 4 all-day 20th anniversary blowout at Washington, D.C.'s RFK Stadium. And there's more…Tickets for the Foo Fighters 2015 tour (with the exception of Fenway Park) will first go on sale via the BEAT THE BOTS: BOX OFFICE ONLY PRE-SALE this Saturday, Nov. 22 at 10 a.m. Fans sick of Scalper-BOTS programmed to clog online queues and snatch up huge amounts of tickets to resell them will get first shot at tickets to these shows. Visit http://foofighters.com for a complete list of box office locations and details.
[LISTEN] The Shaq Talks Basketball With 'TBD In The AM'
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 19TH, 2014 –– We can only wonder how close the top of Shaquille O’Neal's head was to the ceiling, but, thankfully, he got through the studio door for a chat with CBS Sports Radio's “TBD in the AM.” There he talked basketball with Brandon Tierney and Tiki Barber (shown L and R) this morning. Listen to interview HERE - CBS Sports Radio website.
Another Woman Accuses Cosby Of Assault; Michael Sam Gets Arena Football Contract
Bill Cosby Attacked Me, Too, Says Former Super Model - [PEOPLE]
Netflix Shelves Cosby Special - [DEADLINE]
OUCH: CNN's Don Lemon Ask Cosby Accuser Why She Didn't Bite Off His D*** [THE CONCOURSE]
Howard Stern Calls Bill Cosby Biggest Hypocrite In The World - [DEATH AND TAXES]
Bob Marley To Be Face Of Global Marijuana Brand - [BILLBOARD]
Ellen & Portia Pulls Kimmy On Christmas Card - [ET]
UH OH: Betty White's 'Hot In Cleveland' Cancelled - [USA TODAY]
Charles Manson And 26 Yr. Old Get Marriage License - [PEOPLE]
Michael Sam Covers GQ; Gets Arena Football Offer - [DAILY MAIL]
Nicki Minaj To Get Married And Have Babies - [E ONLINE]
Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris Top Cast On HBO's 'Westworld' - [REUTERS]
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MOTION: Roula & Ryan Extend With KRBE Houston
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 18TH, 2014 –– Cumulus announces that it has re-signed Houston’s popular long-running morning show, The Roula & Ryan Show to 104.1 KRBE. The show debuted on KRBE in 2006. The show features Roula Christie and Ryan Chase along with sidekicks Producer Eric (Eric Rowe), Special K (Kevin England) and Phoenix. Christie and Chase are native Texans who first hit KRBE airwaves in the late 90’s. Christie co-hosted the morning show on Q102 in Philadelphia for Clear Channel/iHeart Media, before returning to Houston for an on-air post at KHMX, and then back home to KRBE in July, 2006. John Dickey, Executive Vice President of Content and Programming for Cumulus said: “Roula and Ryan have been a successful fixture in the Houston media landscape for many years. It’s great to be able to recognize their talent and their contribution to the much beloved KRBE with another long term contract proving our commitment to work with the best talent in the business.” "On behalf of The Roula and Ryan Show, Ryan Chase said: “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to continue The Roula and Ryan Show from the only place we consider home- KRBE!”
Mitch Rosen Named Operations Manager For WXRT-FM & WSCR-AM Chicago
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 18TH, 2014 –– Rod Zimmerman, Senior Vice President and Market Manager for CBS Radio Chicago, announced the promotion of Mitch Rosen to Operations Manager for both WXRT-FM/93XRT and WSCR-AM/670 The Score. According to crm.com, Rosen has been the Program Director for WSCR-AM since 2005. In his new role, Rosen will oversee the programming departments for both radio stations. Norm Winer has been WXRT-FM's Program Director for 35 years, celebrating his anniversary this past August. His role remains the same. At WXRT-FM, Winer will continue to be responsible for all on-air elements and the brand development. Rosen will oversee the marketing, non-traditional revenue (NTR), and overall administrative side of operations. Winer is currently searching for a new Music Director to replace John Farneda, WXRT-FM's Operations Manager and Music Director who announced his exit this month. Rosen began working in Chicago radio as a producer for Eddie Schwartz on WGN-AM in 1988. In 1992, when Schwartz moved to WLUP-AM, Rosen followed. From there, he went on to produce other stars, such as Kevin Matthews. He left WLUP-AM in 1994 to become General Manager of the Continental Basketball Association's Chicago Rockers. In 1997, he returned to radio, first to WKTU-FM in New York, and then later that year, back to his native Chicago at WMVP-AM. He moved over to WSCR-AM in 2005.
Salem Announces Structural Changes And Promotions
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 18TH, 2014 –– In October Salem announced that Network President, Greg Anderson, would be retiring at the end of the year. In the wake of that announcement Salem has restructured its broadcast division creating new opportunities for several members of its Senior Management staff. Effective January 1, 2015 Salem is consolidating its radio and network divisions into one. Dave Santrella will move from President of the Radio Division to President of Broadcast Media, adding to his radio division responsibilities the oversight of the Salem Radio Network, SMR/VMR Rep Firm, and a variety of digital assets. On the Radio station side of the operation, Allen Power and Linnae Young take on new roles as Senior Vice Presidents dividing up the oversight of other operational vice presidents, as well as departmental managers in ministry relations, digital and business formatted radio properties. Terry Fahy is promoted to an Operational Vice President role overseeing most of the company's stations west of Phoenix. Other Operational Vice Presidents including Brian Taylor, John Peroyea, David Ruleman and Mike Moran, all pick up additional station responsibilities. On the Network side Phil Boyce (R), Veteran Programmer and current VP, Director Spoken Word formats for Salem is promoted to Senior Vice President, Salem Radio Network and Spoken Word Formats. In his new role Phil will oversee all program and revenue aspects of Salem's News and News Talk Networks including its five Network Talk hosts, the Janet Mefford Show, and SRN News. Boyce will continue to work with other aspects of Salem's spoken word formats, most notably as a program consultant for national ministries. Boyce will continue to oversee Salem's New York operations.
Kevin & Bean's Kevin Ryder To Host 'Anarchy Afterword
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 18TH, 2014 –– KROQ'S Kevin Ryder, co-host of the The Kevin & Bean Show will host tonight's 'Anarchy Afterword on FX' immediately following the latest episode of SOA. Ryder will be joined in studio by cast members Jimmy Smits ("Nero") and Drea de Matteo ("Wendy") and Theo Rossi ("Juice") via satellite. Ryder tells futoncritic.com, "Sons of Anarchy is one of the best shows in my lifetime. Kurt Sutter is a genius," Ryder said. "Do I want to be a part of that world in any way?? OF COURSE!" In tonight's 11th episode, "Suits of Woe" the SOA organization bears down on SAMCRO and Jax comes face to face with an ugly truth. The episode was written by Peter Elkoff & Mike Daniels & Kurt Sutter and directed by Peter Weller. The show is produced by Emmy(R) nominated Mob Scene Creative + Productions, Anarchy Afterword premiered during season six. Fans can also watch episodes of Afterword at www.anarchyafterword.com.
Gary Sullivan Honored As Volunteer of The Year By Habitat For Humanity of Ohio
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 18TH, 2014 –– Habitat for Humanity of Greater Cincinnati (HFHGC or Habitat) is honored to announce that longtime volunteer and member of the Board of Directors, Gary Sullivan, was awarded the 2014 Volunteer of the Year by Habitat for Humanity of Ohio at its annual conference this week. Each year Habitat for Humanity of Ohio confers this high honor on an individual for outstanding achievements and contributions to the local affiliate and the overall mission of Habitat for Humanity. Gary Sullivan is best known as the host of the nationally syndicated radio program, At Home With Gary Sullivan. The Premiere Networks-syndicated program is America’s most-listened-to home improvement show. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors and is a member of the Executive Committee and Development Committee. Active in the organization for over 20 years, he has taught the Home Maintenance course for Habitat partner families in Cincinnati for the last 15 years. Ed Lee, President and CEO of HFHGC notes that, “Gary Sullivan is always willing and eager to share and leverage his knowledge and contacts to help expand the reach of Habitat for Humanity in the Greater Cincinnati region. He has truly made a difference in our community and helped transform lives through decent, affordable home ownership. The Habitat mission is brought to life by our volunteers and none do it better than Gary.” Gary is quick to credit those around him along with receiving the award. Gary shares, "I am embarrassed and humbled by this award but also proud to accept on behalf of all the hard working Habitat volunteers."
24th Annual 'Lend A Helping Can' Event On For New Hampshire's Hungry
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 18TH, 2014 –– The 24th ANNUAL “Lend a helping hand' event will be held Thursday and Friday, November 20-21st, 2014. Hosted by Greg & The Morning Buzz, this two-day radio auction has become a yearly tradition as the radio team extends the normal four-and-a-half hour show to 13-and-a-half hours each day (5:30am-7pm) – with all proceeds to benefit 11 NH agencies that help to feed the state’s needy and homeless. The event will be broadcast at The Morning Buzz ‘s Portsmouth studios and heard statewide on 100.3 WHEB-FM in Portsmouth, Rock 101 WGIR-FM in Manchester, KOOL 93.9 in Lebanon, as well as KOOL 96.3 in Keene and 104.9 The Hawk in the Lakes Region of Meredith/Laconia! Last year, the event raised over $90,000 . Over the last few years, “Lend A Helping Can” has raised well over a Million Dollars and has fed hundreds of thousands of NH residents! Before that – The Morning Buzz collected hundreds of tons of canned foods for local agencies! Greg Kretschmar, who spearheads the event, says it’s a cause that’s always meant a lot to him and his co-workers. “We all know how much of a difference the event makes in the quality of so many peoples’ lives. 100% of the money that we raise is given to the agencies to help feed those in NH that need it.” Greg and The Morning Buzz is heard across the state on Rock 101 WGIR-FM in Manchester, The Rock Station 100.3 WHEB in Portsmouth, The Hawk 104.9 in the Lakes Region, KOOL93.9 in Lebanon, KOOL 96.3 in Keene—and across the country on iHeartRadio.
[LISTEN] UH OH: O'Reilly Hangs Up On ESPN Host Over Career Questions
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 18TH, 2014 –– Bill O’Reilly went on Dan Le Batard’s ESPN Radio show Monday to promote his “Killing” book series, but when he was asked questions he didn't like, there went the interview. This happened just before Le Batard played audio of his infamous “Do it live!” outtake. According to mediaite.com, the conversation started out fine with O'Reilly talking up his book and discussing his biography, but towards the end of the interview, Le Barard asked O’Reilly to discuss the more controversial aspects of his career, but Billo didn't want to go there. When asked to reveal the incident that caused him the most “unrest,” O’Reilly replied, “I’m not going to get into any of that stuff” and said if they didn’t have another question for him he would “say goodbye.” “Wait a minute, what do you mean you’re not going to get into any of that stuff?” Dan asked. “I don’t understand!” CLICK!, O’Reilly apparently hung up the phone before they could confront him with the audio from a moment he thought was off-camera on Inside Edition so many years ago. “There’s no way he’s still there, right? He’s gone? He left?” Le Batard asked. “Oh, I wanted his reaction to that so bad.” LISTEN TO INTERVIEW HERE
[WATCH] German Hosts Have Breasts Enhancement Surgery For Radio Bit - GRAPHIC
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 18TH, 2014 –– No, you're not in the grocery checkout. This actually happened at Berlin's JAM FM where a couple of German hosts, John & Rasheed (L), allowed a cosmetic surgeon to give them temporary enlarged breasts for 24 hours. After being injected with 700ml of saline solution, they hit the gym and went bra shopping. "Bras are torture and every woman should get a medal for wearing this monster," they posted on their Facebook page. As you may have surmised, they are known" for their antics in Berlin. But, if you want to see the actual operation and follow-up, we suggest you proceed with caution AND WATCH HERE - be warned, this is sorta NSFW, and smacks of weird, too. You should also know that it's all in German, but we think you'll understand them just fine.
This TV Host Wears The Same Suit For A Year And No One Even Noticed
UH OH: One Direction's Malik Not Happy With Matt Lauer's Drug Questions - [DAILY MAIL]
New 'Late Late Show' Host, James Corden, To Make Guest Appearance On Letterman Show - [VARIETY]
U2 Cancels Weeklong Fallon Appearance Following Bono Injury - [NYDN]
Studio Hopefull 'Fast And Furious' Will Continue Without Paul Walker - [E ONLINE]
This TV Host Wore The Same Suit For A Year And No One Even Noticed - [E ONLINE]
Pope Francis Invites Patti Smith To Play At Vatican Christmas Concert - [INDEPENDENT]
Neil Young To Boycott Starbucks - [UTSANDIEGO]
[WATCH] Kevin James In 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2' Trailer - [SLASH FILM]
Amy Adams Makes First 'Vogue' Cover - [FASHIONISTA]
MOTION: The Morning Mess To Wake Up Live 101.5 Phoenix; Scott Miller On The Rise At WGN Chicago; KGRT-FM Las Cruces Adds Mike Elroy To Middays
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 17TH, 2014 –– CBS Radio/Phoenix's KZON (Live 101.5) has teamed Lady La with current afternoon host Joey Boy to create The Morning Mess. "The merging of Joey Boy and Lady La in morning drive is exciting," said OM Tim Richards. "This team has the makings of the Valley's next greatest morning show, and we're all looking forward to this partnership." The move reunites Lady La and Joey Boy who once handled mornings at KKFR/Power 98.3. Meanwhile, Kimmie Caruba, who currently handles nights at sister station KMLE, will now also take over the 10-am-3pm shift on Live 101.5. He'll be followed by Natasha Castles, who takes over afternoon drive and Kid Corona will complete the lineup by handling the night shift. ########## WGN's Scott Miller will continue to serve as Executive Producer and Co-Host of The Pete McMurray Show, but now will also become the Supervising Producer, in charge of overall booking at WGN Radio (and its subsidiaries). He tells Jockline: "The last 14 months at WGN Radio have been incredible. I am honored to now be the Supervising Producer under Jimmy De Castro and Todd Manley's leadership. I have received interest in my talents from markets larger than Chicago, but I so believe in what is happening and what will be happening at WGN Radio and all of its platforms." ##########Mike Elroy has been hired by Adams Radio Group to serve as the Midday Host for KGRT FM in Las Cruces, NM. Mike will also oversee the production department. Mike served in various positions in Akron, Ohio, Erie, PA, before taking on mornings at WWCH. Mike served as assistant program director at WDDH before relocating to Jamestown New York to become Production Director and host mornings at WKZA. Most recently, Mike was on air at WKKY.
Forrest Goodman Joins Newstalk FM 98.9 Memphis For Mornings
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 17TH, 2014 –– Cumulus announces that it has signed iconic Memphis radio personality Forrest Goodman as morning show host of Newstalk FM 98.9 in Memphis. He is joined by Steve Butler weekdays from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Central. Goodman, a Memphis native, is a brand name in Memphis radio and sports. He has been a force in Memphis news talk radio for eight years, serving in roles from morning show host to program director and everything in between. He continues in his 16th season as part of the Memphis Tigers football and basketball broadcasts. Randall Bloomquist, Corporate Program Director, News Talk for Cumulus said: “Forrest Goodman is a gifted broadcaster and a fixture on the Memphis radio and sports scenes. Adding him to the Newstalk 98.9 roster is a real coup and bolsters the station’s position as the voice of Memphis.” Goodman said: “I'm so pleased to be back on the air. This is my home and Newstalk FM 98.9 has great talent."
iHeartMedia Dallas Debuts Talk Radio 1190 With Texas Accent
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 17TH, 2014 –– iHeartMedia Dallas/Ft Worth announced the launch of its new station, Talk Radio 1190, effective today November 17, 2015. The station will deliver the area up to date talk and news programming, airing local and Texas based syndicated talk shows including The Russ Martin Show, The Michael Berry Program (L)and The Matt Patrick Show. Talk Radio 1190 will provide a fresh approach for Dallas/Ft. Worth radio by blending local talk radio with national shows, showcasing a variety of views. The station will primarily focus on a wide array of popular current talk shows ranging in topics from lifestyle to politics, and includes live and local news, traffic and weather updates. The Russ Martin Show will lead weekday mornings from 7a-11am, followed by Texas based syndicated shows with hosts Matt Patrick from 2-5pm and Michael Berry from 5-7pm. The remainder of the day will showcase local and national talk shows. the app, visit iHeartRadio.com/apps.
The Bobby Bones Show Raises $150K For St. Jude Hospital
Huntsville's WWFF-FM Rebrands As New NASH Icon Station; 'America's Morning Show' Adds Greenbay & Appleton/Oshkosh
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 17TH, 2014 –– Cumulus announces that WWFF-FM launched as 93.3 NASH Icon. The station previously operated under the brand Journey 93-3. Matt Tobin, Market Manager for Cumulus Huntsville said: “93.3 NASH Icon brings Country music fans the artists that made Country great, along with today’s Country stars. Country music fans can now reconnect with the iconic artists and music they fell in love with during the 80’s, 90’s and early 2000’s—and the Country stars they love today. We are extremely excited to bring 93.3 NASH Icon to the passionate Country fans of the Tennessee Valley!” Bob Raleigh, Corporate Program Director for Cumulus said: "I'm thrilled we are bringing our NASH Icon brand to WWFF. The link between Huntsville lovers of Country music and Nashville has just become stronger. The passion for NASH Icon is like no other I've ever seen and now that passion comes to Huntsville." The NASH Icon platform also includes a record label and live events venture, in partnership with Big Machine Records. Last month, NASH Icon Music signed its first artist to the NASH Icon label, the multi-platinum Country superstar, Reba. ####### Cumulus announces that “America’s Morning Show” hosted by Blair Garner debuts this morning on NASH FM 99.5 (WPKR) and NASH FM 104.9 (WPCK) in Green Bay and Appleton-Oshkosh, Wisconsin. NASH is simulcast on WPKR and WPCK. The show replaces Chris Carson, who is pursing other opportunities outside of radio. Garner is joined daily by co-hosts Terri Clark and Chuck Wicks, with HLN anchor Robin Meade anchoring news updates and Erika Grace Powell with the latest updates on Country music news.
Usher Joins Seacrest To Unveil Newest Studio At Boston Children's Hospital
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 17TH, 2014 –– Ryan Seacrest and his foundation donated a new multimedia broadcast studio in the celebrity host's name to Boston Children's Hospital Friday. The studio will serve as an opportunity for patients at the hospital to create various media projects. Seacrest was joined at the hospital in a red carpet event by Grammy award-winning artist Usher, the Swon Brothers, and Shawn Mendes. "Providing our patients and families with the best possible hospital experience during their stay is an absolute priority for us," said Sandra L. Fenwick, the hospital's president and CEO, in a statement. "The addition of Seacrest Studios is a wonderful way for our patients to be active while they recover." "We're so excited and proud to be opening our eighth broadcast media center at world renowned Boston Children's Hospital," Seacrest said. "Sometimes patients get bored during their stay at a hospital; they miss being active and just being kids. We hope the studio will serve them as not only a welcome distraction, but as a constant source of fun and inspiration."
Thousands March In Protest Over CBC/Radio-Canada Cuts
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 17TH, 2014 –– Thousands marched through downtown Montreal on Sunday as part of a series of protests across Quebec as well as in Moncton, N.B. According to The Montreal Gazette, CBC/Radio-Canada announced in June it would slash 1,000 to 1,500 jobs over the next five years. This came in addition to another 657 job cuts announced in April to meet a budget shortfall caused by falling advertising revenues and federal budget reductions. Lisa Djevahirdjian, a spokeswoman for the Canadian Union of Public Employees and promoter of an “I love Radio-Canada” campaign, said support for the movement is growing. It calls for increased funding, greater stability, and more independence from the federal government. In a statement, CBC President Hubert Lacroix said Sunday’s rallies were further evidence of the important connection between the public broadcaster and the public. Lacroix himself has been the target of protest.
[WATCH] Boomer Snubs Elvis Duran By Accident
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 17TH, 2014 –– So what happens when a couple of big name radio hosts from competing stations bump into each other in the wee hours of the morning? Well, if you Boomer Eaison, one half of the highly popular Boomer & Carton
HIDE THE CHILDREN: Mike And Mike's Golic Loses Bet; Must Now Recreate Kardashian Cover Photo
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 17TH, 2014 –– Mike Golic (inset), co-host of ESPN's Mike and Mike Show, said on Friday’s show that he would recreate Kim Kardashian’s Paper magazine cover photo if his alma mater, Notre Dame, lost to co-host Mike Greenberg’s alma mater, Northwestern. Well, the college football gods must have seen this as too good a bet to pass up and and saw the Wildcats edge the Irish, 43-40, in overtime. The mere thought of Golic greasing up his posterior for a mock photo shoot led one fan to tweet: "Is there enough oil in the world to cover Golic?" We understand his wife isn't too happy about this either.
WWO's Charles Osgood Tickles The Ivories During Home Event
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 17TH, 2014 –– Yup, he plays a mean keyboard, too. Charles Osgood, anchor of the long-running Westwood One-syndicated The Osgood File, host of CBS' 'Sunday Morning' with Charles Osgood, poet-in-residence, author, and journalist. Last Thursday night, Charles Osgood hosted an exclusive, intimate Westwood One client event at his home in New York City. Specials agency guests were serenaded in the parlor by Osgood himself, who regaled the crowd from the seat of his magnificent Steinway piano. After music, drinks, and hors d’ouevres, Osgood, Westwood One executives, and client guests moved on to an exquisite dinner at Quality Italian restaurant.
'Dumb And Dumber To' Tops Weekend BO; Bill Cosby's Lawyer Speaks Up
LAWYER: Bill Cosby Won't Address Allegations - [THE GLOBE AND MAIL]
CBS Warns It May Go Dark On Dish Network When Deal Expires - [DEADLINE]
'Dumb & Dumber To' Tops Weekend BO's - [ROPEOFSILICON]
Shirley MacLaine Says Frank Sinatra Reached Out To Her From Beyond - [USA TODAY]
REPORT: Shailene Woodley In Talks To Play Snowden's Girlfriend In Whistleblower Film - [THR]
Layson Hannigan To Make Guest Appearance On 'The McCarthy's' - [INSIDE TV]
Johnny Depp Causes Social Media Stir Followin Bizarre Speech At Hollywood Film Awards - [NYDN]
'Battlestar Galactica' Creator Glen A Larson Passes Away At 77 - [VARIETY]
''Aaliyah' Biopic Getting Thumbs Down From Late Singer's Fans - [THE WRAP]
Final Interview With MTV Challenge Star Diem Brown Who Died At 32 - [US]
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BUSINESS: Hubbard Broadcasting Acquires 16 Stations From Omni
Dan Seeman Rises To VP/Regional Minnesota Operations
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 14TH, 2014 –– Hubbard Broadcasting, Inc. announced that it has entered into an asset purchase agreement to acquire 16 radio stations from Omni Brodcasting Company. “Hubbard Broadcasting is deeply committed to local radio and to Minnesota, and this is a great opportunity to expand the company’s presence into some wonderful local communities,” said Virginia (Ginny) Morris (L), chair and CEO of Hubbard Radio. The 16 stations involved in the transaction are: KIKV-FM 100.7, KULO-FM 94.3, KKZY-FM 95.5, KLLZ-FM 99.1, KBHP-FM 101.1, WQXJ-FM 104.5, KBUN-AM 1450, WJJY-FM 106.7, KLIZ-FM 107.5, KBLB-FM 93.3, KVBR-AM 1340, KUAL-FM 103.5, KLIZ-AM 1380, KKWS-FM 105.9, KWAD-AM 920 and KNSP-AM 1430. Through the acquisition, Hubbard Broadcasting will add 100 employees. The company expects no programming or personnel changes for any of the acquired stations. As a result of the expansion, Dan Seeman (R), Vice President and Market Manager for Hubbard Radio Minneapolis-St. Paul, has been named Vice President and Regional Manager of Minnesota Radio Operations for Hubbard Broadcasting, Inc. Seeman will continue his current role in managing KS95, myTalk 107.1, 1500 ESPN and the Hubbard Radio Network in the Twin Cities, as well as overseeing the new Hubbard properties in Alexandria, Bemidji, Brainerd and Wadena. Patrick Communications was the seller’s exclusive broker for this transaction.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Mike Crusham Announces Retirement from iHeartMedia Minneapolis; Steve Chessare On The Rise At Greater Media Detroit
The Radio Hall Of Fame 'Art Laboe Control Room' Is On Air
REPORT: Ramonski Luv Returning To Chicago Radio
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 14TH, 2014 –– According to crm.com, sources say Ramonski Luv has signed up with Crawford Broadcasting and will soon be heard weeknights from 6:00pm-10:00pm on Soul 106.3. This will begin on Wednesday, December 3rd. Luv was part of the top-rated nighttime program on V103's "The Real Show," which he had long co-hosted with his on-air partner Joe Soto. The duo had celebrated their 10th anniversary together this past April. Things came to a halt in July when he was released by WVAZ-FM. Last March, ,WSRB-FM added Mike Love, another former WGCI-FM personality, to afternoons. In September, WSRB-FM named former WGCI-FM and WVAZ-FM host Sundance as its newest midday host.
[WATCH] Hartford's Gary Craig Seeks Votes For His Dorito's Super Bowl Ad
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 14TH, 2014 –– The popular Doritos “Crash the Super Bowl” contest is underway and this time, longtime WTIC/Hartford host, Gary Craig is hoping his commercial is the one that will be selected for the 'big game' on Feb. 1, 2015. According to touch.courant.com, he's produced a commercial that with the right number of votes has a shot at being aired. The Doritio's ad takes on mob-theme and filmed at a local Italian restaurant. Along with Craig, there are a couple hired actors and the restaurant's owner Tony Albano. And the title: “Doritos, Always A Hit.” Acting isn't new to Craig, who has had bit parts in the award winning “American Hustle” with Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper. The contest includes cash prizes and trips to the Super Bowl for finalists and the grand prize winner. “I just want to get it on television,” said Craig, who is asking friends, supporters, friends of friends and anyone else to rate his submission so it will go through to the next round. You can vote through Sunday with semi-finalists being named Nov. 17. Watch Craig's commercial HERE
Boston Host Opens Up About MS
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 14TH, 2014 –– WKLB-FM Country 102.5 host Lori Grande says according to The Boston Herald, the pins and needles and coldness in her feet began eight years ago after a trip to London. She rubbed them and put on heavy socks, but nothing helped. She went to see her doctor, then a neurologist and after numerous tests, he told her she had multiple sclerosis. She now tells the Herald in her first media interview, “I remember just thinking, ‘I don’t want this to be true.' All I could think is, ‘I’ll be in a wheelchair in six months and I won’t be able to walk." Grande has helped raise money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society but, until now, has mostly kept her own diagnosis out of the spotlight. Now, one half of JW & Lori morning show is sharing her story publicly in the hopes of helping others. Grande says waited four years to tell her on-air partner, John Willis, about her MS. “I was afraid to tell anybody,” she said, and feared losing her job and didn’t want pity. SEE ARTICLE HERE
John DeBella Reveals Story Of How He And Andrew Dice Clay Were Once Mistaken For Drug Smugglers
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 14TH, 2014 –– Following yesterday's story involving 94.7/Fresh FM/D.C.'s afternoon host, Darik, being mistaken for a drug dealer (JL 11.13), this story was too good to pass up. Comedian/actor Andrew Dice Clay is out promoting his new memoir "The Filthy Truth," in Philadelphia and one of the stories that didn't make the book came to light. It involved 102.9 WMGK's John DeBella (R) who recalled the time he and Andrew Dice Clay were mistaken for drug smugglers in Mexico and were almost arrested? So, when Clay mentioned DeBella to philly.com's Molly Elchel, she reached out to DeBella to see if he had anything to add. Debella brought up the time he and a few other morning jocks were asked to perform cameos on "Crime Story." They flew to Acapulco and once there, he and the cast were driven to a field where they were suppose to shoot a scene in a DC-4 airplane. DeBella acted as the pilot. "The cops see me, its star, Dennis Farina and Clay and they are convinced that we are actually drug smugglers. They decide that the two kingpins are Clay and Farina and I'm their pilot," DeBella said. "At some point, the producers grab El Capitan or someone like that. They go have a conversation. And, lo and behold, we're no longer drug smugglers. Once the producers paid them off, it seems we weren't drug smugglers anymore." READ ARTICLE HERE
Batchelor Show Welcomes Asian Journalists To 77 WABC
STAR POWER: Taylor Swift Covers 'Time'
Kathy Griffin In Talks To Succeed The Late Joan Rivers On 'Fashion Police' - [DEADLINE]
Taylor Swift Covers Time - [TIME]
AC/DC Members Not In Touch With Rudd Since Charges Dropped - [YAHOO]
Al Roker Going For World Record Of Uninterrupted Weather Forecast - [USA TODAY]
Warhol's Elvis & Brando Paintings Fetch $151 Million At Auction - [DAILY MAIL]
Bono's Plane Has Brush With Disaster While Flying Over Germany - [NYDN]
UH OH: Lorde Takes Aim At Diplo's Shortcomings After He Disses Taylor Swift - [HUFFPO]
'Duck Dynasty' The Musical Planned For Vegas - [NYTIMES]
Jennifer Lawrence Has Scary Encounter With Fans Following Appearance On 'Letterman' Show - [EXTRA TV]
Fergie Confirms Collaboration With Minaj - [GOSSIP COP]
Photograph by Martin Schoeller for TIME
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Talentmasters and Gabe Hobbs Media have teamed again to present Talk Show Boot Camp™ 2015, a special forum that caters to both current and future stars of spoken-word, programmers, producers and more. It's coming February 6 & 7th, 2015 to the luxurious W Hotel in Atlanta's Buckhead area (above). CLICK HERE TO REGISTER. REGISTRATION AT THE W HOTEL NOW AVAILABLE HERE
Bobby Bones And iHeart Media To Launch TV Production Company
To Develop Scripted And Unscripted Programming For Cable And Network Television
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 13TH, 2014 –– iHeartMedia, Inc. and Bobby Bones announced today their partnership in the launch of development and production company, Right Side Blind Productions (RSB). Based in Los Angeles, RSD will develop scripted and unscripted programming for cable and network television with an emphasis on original, sophisticated and innovative concepts. The company will also work directly with brands to take advantage of iHeartMedia’s commitment to unprecedented measured media support across its multi-platform networks. RSB is a collaborative venture of Nashville-based Bobby Bones, Los Angeles-based Custom Productions, led by writer, producer, director Steve Stockman, which will serve as the company’s production arm, and Seattle-based Workhouse Media, Inc., led by Principal & CEO Paul B. Anderson. “iHeartMedia gets the big picture – and has the kind of reach and promotional power to engage effectively across multiple platforms through their radio, digital, social, mobile and live event assets with unique content that grabs and holds viewers’ attention. “ said Bones. Bobby Bones is host of THE BOBBY BONES SHOW and hosts the weekly COUNTRY TOP 30 WITH BOBBY BONES, carried on over 100 stations. The show is syndicated by Premiere Networks
6-Week Old Daughter Of Tampa Producer Passes Away After Being Struck By Car
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 13TH, 2014 –– Following yesterday's tragic news of a Tampa producer's girlfriend and two small children being struck by a car as they crossed a street, came word that Serena Arlia, the 6-week old baby girl, died at approximately 8 am on Wednesday morning. According to WFLA TV, The baby was with her mom Sarah Arlia, 32, and her 5-year-old brother Benjamin when they were struck by a car while crossing a busy street in Largo. Reportedly, both Arlia and Benjamin are in stable condition at a local hospital. The kids's father is Rob Garguilo, the executive producer on the Mike Calta Show on 102.5 The Bone. He arrived last month from WMMS Cleveland where he worked on Rover's Morning Glory. Rover launched a crowdfunding campaign on GoFundMe to help raise $35,000 for the medical expenses Rob's family. Since its debut on GoFundMe, the campaign has raised $26,655 from over 1,000 backers.
MOTION: Zachary Wellsandt Named PD At WSNX-FM Grand Rapids
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 13TH, 2014 ––104.5 WSNX announced today that Zachary Wellsandt (L) has been named Program Director. He began his career in Spokane, WA. originally as a Hip Hop DJ for local shows and bars. He later turned to radio to reach a larger audience, working his way up from a street team intern at KEZE, to recording mix shows and then hosting overnights. In 2008 Wellsandt joined KQMV in Seattle. He also became KQMV's overnight host and contributed to the morning show. In 2011 he returned to Spokane to program Rhythm/CHR station, Hot 96.9. "We're excited to have Zach coming on board to lead the WSNX team," said Doug Montgomery, Operations Manager, WSNX-FM.
Former Coast to Coast AM Host Launches National Show On WRKO
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 13TH, 2014 –– With the growth and popularity of John B. Wells’ daily three-hour cybercast Caravan to Midnight, which debuted in February, 2014, the show launches with WRKO-Boston as its first top 10 market affiliate on Saturday nights. As Wells resumes his former weekend time slot, he’s also making Caravan to Midnight available to stations on a Monday-Friday basis for all day-parts. “Once my commitment to Coast to Coast came to an end in January, I had the freedom to create my own platform and the opportunity to connect with like-minded truth-seekers,” says Wells. “Not only has my audience followed me, but it continues to increase.” Spearheading the national radio syndication effort and overall brand extension is David Rubini, former CBS Radio ad executive and current operations executive of C2M Network. “John B. has a long track record for making money for his clients. Given the instant and overwhelming response and support for the Caravan to Midnight cybercast, I’m confident his track record is going to get longer,” says Rubini. The radio program is syndicated and distributed by C2M Network, which is owned and operated by Wells and based in Dallas, Texas. In addition, Wells plans to develop new talent for syndication with C2M Network. Check out his show HERE
Wall Street Journal To Pull Plug On Radio Network
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 13TH, 2014 ––Dow Jones CEO William Lewis told his employees that “it will come as no surprise that in order to do even more, we must do fewer things that are not core to our business so that we can move faster in pursuit of our goals.” Among the fewer things included the announcement that The Wall Street Journal Radio Network “will cease operations at the end of the calendar year.” The Wall Street Journal Radio Network, which includes MarketWatch Radio and provides content to affiliate stations in the U.S, will cease operations at the end of the calendar year. Lewis added that as they move away from the terrestrial radio business, they'll continue to build out our digital audio capabilities and offerings. As for the future, NTS Online head, Al Peterson who broke with the story yesterday, wrote "At last count, both long and short-form programming from the Wall Street Journal and MarketWatch Radio networks currently airs on some 470 affiliates, with it’s signature long-form morning news magazine, The Wall Street Journal This Morning, part of the lineup at some 200 outlets — including many of the country’s biggest News and Talk stations. ...Might another network or syndicator seek to license the WSJ Radio brand? And while Westwood One’s long running news magazine, America In The Morning and First Light are two currently syndicated news magazine-style programs that are likely in play, might the soon-to-debut Westwood One News consider creating a long-form morning news program, using its partnership with CNN? Or might the now Disney-controlled ABC News Radio be looking to use the extended resources of ABC News to get into the long-form morning news magazine business?
Tax Fraud Victim Gets Help From Radio's Mason Dixon
THE MOUTH, NOVEMER 13TH, 2014 –– Marguerite Wardlaw (shown) recently discovered that someone has been filing a tax return in her name and getting a refund using her name in 2009, 2010,2011 and 2013. According to WFLA TV, Wardlaw made the discovery when she noticed her Social Security check was smaller than normal. After inquiring, she was told the IRS had garnished her check because they believed she was working and earning an income. In reality, Wardlaw has been confined to a wheelchair for 15 years and is unable to work. The IRS confirmed the mistake, but then sent her check to the person who committed the fraud. This week, longtime Tampa Bay morning host, Mason Dixon on Q-105 and his wife Pat saw a story and said 'we've got to do something here.' With funds from his Mason Dixon Christmas Wish Foundation which he formed 15 yr. ago, he brought a check to Wardlaw who had borrowed money to pay her bills. "Since we have started, we have raised over a million and a half dollars and donated it back out to families in need for the holidays," said Dixon. Wednesday Mason and his wife knocked on Marguerite Wardlaw's door with a check in their hand. When he handed her the check, she told him she had no words. Mason looked at her and said, "How about a hug?" Wardlaw replied, "How about two or three?"
Police Mistake Host In Drug Bust; Gets Thrown To Ground And Cuffed
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 13TH, 2014 –– Now who could ever mistake the handsome, mild-mannered Darik, afternoon host on 94.7 Fresh FM Wash. DC for a bad guy? Well, while filling in on Tommy McFly's morning show and riding the elevator in his apartment building at 4:15 in the morning, police apparently weren't taking any chances and confused Darik as part of drugs, weapons and robbery bust. They proceeded to throw Darik and another guy on the ground, cuffed them both, but eventually cleared Darik and let him come in to work. Darik tells Jockline: "It turns out I was at the wrong place at the wrong time. Apparently a robbery occurred 20 minutes before and they were looking for suspects in the parking garage and building. When the police saw me walk out of the parking garage with one of the suspects, they thought I may be involved and cuffed me and detained me. The sergeant apologized and the officers explained to me what was going on. They cleared me after an hour. I ended up making it to the show 2 hours later. My PD, Steve Davis, had to rush to the studio at 5am to cover. We're guessing he had lots of content when he arrived.
Buffalo Wild Wings Launches iHeartRadio’s First Branded Station
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 13TH, 2014 –– Buffalo Wild Wings announced that it has launched iHeartRadio’s first branded radio station, ‘B-Dubs Radio powered by Wings, Beer and Sports.’ The streaming radio station features contemporary hits blended with exclusive sports content – such as weekly commentary from sportscaster and radio personality Dan Patrick – as well as the week’s top sports match-ups, key rivalries, trivia and more. “We wanted to create our own unique ongoing radio platform that incorporates two of our Guests’ key passions – sports and music,” said Bob Ruhland, vice president of marketing, Buffalo Wild Wings. “It’s another great way for us to engage our Guests outside of our restaurants, while also letting them know about specials and activities they’ll find when they come in for the next big game.” B- Dubs Radio joins Buffalo Wild Wings’ suite of in-restaurant and outside entertainment platforms such as B-Dubs TV and tableside tablets that help create the ultimate social experience for Guests. The company recently launched GameBreak, a single sign-on, multi-platform gaming experience allowing consumers to play a wide range of fantasy-style and competitive sports games in restaurant (via tablet), online and on a mobile app for Android and iOS devices.
Nashville Heads To Louisville For Coyote Calhoun Celebration
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 13TH, 2014 –– 97.5 WAMZ presents Coyote's Acoustic Concert. Special guests include Toby Keith, Luke B ryan, Jake Owen, Little Bi Twon, Chris Young, Mongomery Gentry, Craig Morgan, John Michael Montgomery, Kristian Bush, Maddie & Tae with More to be announced. It takes place on December 3rd at the KFC YUM Center. Tickets are $40.00 plus service fees and go on sale Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 10:00am online at ticketmaster.com, the KFC YUM Center Box Office and all ticketmaster outlets. Additional details: www.WAMZ.com Media contact: Michael Jordan | iHeartMedia | 859-396-7369 or MichaelJordan@iHeartMedia.com
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At $4 Million Each, Hamish And Andy Become Australia's Highest Paid Morning Hosts
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 13TH, 2014 –– Hamish Blake and Andy Lee announced via Instagram that they would be returning to drive time radio. They’ll get $4 million ($US 3.49) each, per year, which makes the pair the highest paid FM radio announcers in Australia. The Daily Telegraph reported that Southern Cross Austereo has been struggling since Kyle Sandilands and Jackie 'O' Henderson left 2DayFM in Sydney, after pay negotiations fell apart. At the time, Kyle and Jackie O were asking for $2 million each per year to stick around. "We're so stoked to be jumping into the drive slot," the pair themselves said in a recent statement. "It's something we've always wanted to do. Ever since that time we did it for five years. It's going to be so much fun." Hamish and Andy will take over the national drive time slot in July of next year.
Radio Dance-off and Jungle for Craig On ITV’s, Strictly Come Dancing (British version of Dancing With The Stars) It was a mini-radio battle between BBC Radio 1’s Scott Mills and Heart FM’s Mark Wright. Heart won as Scott left the Dancing competition. Scott is the fifth celebrity to be voted off, leaving Heart’s Mark Wright still in the show along with eight other couples. Meanwhile BBC 6 Music presenter Craig Charles will be taking part in the new prime time TV series, “I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here”, starting this weekend.
The Naked Breakfast on 98 FM Dublin, Ireland The Naked Breakfast is the 1st fully live Radio event of its kind in Ireland. Everything you hear on the show will be created and made at the Naked Breakfast on the morning of the 28th November. Ray, JP & Team, all music, all guests and even all the advertisements will be coming live, in their entirety, on November 28th. Need an international broadcaster to talk on your show about what’s happening in the UK? – Please call me on +44 7752 416905. Twitter: @GrahamMack Web: www.mackmedia.co.uk Email: email@example.com
Kimmy's Nude Cover Sparks Memes; 'Lifestyles Of The Rich & Famous Returning
Add YouTube To Growing List Of Music Streamers - [ENGADGET]
Kimmy's Nude Cover Sparks Internet Competition - WARNING: NSFW [NYDN]
OH WAIT: There's More To Kimmy's 'Paper' Spread - BE WARNED, No Blurring: NSFW- [PAPER]
'Lifestyle's Of The Rich And Famous' Returning To TV - Nick Cannon To Host - [THR]
Terminally Ill 'Simpsons' Co-Creator To Give $100 Million To Charity - [TIME]
One Direction Announce Holiday Special On NBC - [EW]
Anderson Cooper Gets Pranked By Staff - [USA TODAY]
LeBron Jame's Latest Triple Double Goes Up In Smoke - [YAHOO]
[WATCH] Adam Sandler Walks In Everyone's Shoes in 'The Cobbler' - [SLASH FILMS]
Spotify's Chief Speaks Out Following Swift Snub
All The Talk Swirling Around About How Spotify Is Making Money On The Backs Of Artists Upsets Me Big Time.
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 12TH, 2014 –– Fresh off the heels of Taylor Swift's recent announcement that she was pulling her entire catalog off Spotify, Daniel Ek (L), Spotify's chief executive posted a statement at his company's blog on Tuesday defending its business model. Ek writes: 'Taylor Swift is absolutely right: music is art, art has real value, and artists deserve to be paid for it. We started Spotify because we love music and piracy was killing it. So all the talk swirling around lately about how Spotify is making money on the backs of artists upsets me big time. Our whole reason for existence is to help fans find music and help artists connect with fans through a platform that protects them from piracy and pays them for their amazing work. Quincy Jones posted on Facebook that “Spotify is not the enemy; piracy is the enemy”. You know why? Two numbers: Zero and Two Billion. Piracy doesn’t pay artists a penny – nothing, zilch, zero. Spotify has paid more than two billion dollars to labels, publishers and collecting societies for distribution to songwriters and recording artists. A billion dollars from the time we started Spotify in 2008 to last year and another billion dollars since then. And that’s two billion dollars’ worth of listening that would have happened with zero or little compensation to artists and songwriters through piracy or practically equivalent services if there was no Spotify – we’re working day and night to recover money for artists and the music business that piracy was stealing away." After responding to various myths, Ek says of Swift: " ...At our current size, payouts for a top artist like Taylor Swift (before she pulled her catalog) are on track to exceed $6 million a year, and that’s only growing – we expect that number to double again in a year. Any way you cut it, one thing is clear – we’re paying an enormous amount of money to labels and publishers for distribution to artists and songwriters, and significantly more than any other streaming service ... Spotify has now paid $2 billion in royalties, he said, and it continues to grow quickly, with 50 million users around the world, 12.5 million of whom pay for subscriptions." READ EK'S FULL STATEMENT HERE
Wife & Two Young Children Of Tampa Producer Struck By Auto While Crossing Street
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 12TH, 2014 –– We were deeply saddened to learn yesterday of an accident involving the wife and two young children of 102.5 The Bone Tampa producer, Rob Garguilo, of the Mike Calta Show. According to WFLA News, the woman, Sarah Arlia, and two children, 6-week old Serena and 5-year-old Benjamin, were struck by a vehicle traveling about 40 miles per hour in front of Largo High School, at Commerce Drive South and N. Missouri Avenue, around 6:26 p.m. Police say the woman and her children were truck by a BMW traveling about 40 miles per hour. All three victims were transported to the hospital via bay flight Monday night. The mother was reported last night to be in critical but stable condition, the boy is in serious but stable condition and the baby has life threatening injuries. Mike Calta of 102.5 The Bone posted on Twitter, "Our new producer Rob's wife and kids were hit by a car tonight and are in critical condition. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers!" 102.5 The Bone program director John Brennan wrote to News Channel 8, "We are aware of the tragic situation, and our thoughts and prayers are with Rob Garguilo and family." The driver of the 2003 BMW, a 65-Yr. old woman, was not injured. And no criminal charges are expected. The investigation revealed the victims were crossing the street outside of a marked crosswalk. Garguilo had arrived last month from Rover's Morning Glory at WMMS Cleveland. Rover has since set up a fundraiser to offset medical bill for the family at http://www.gofundme.com/RoverRadioRob - In a note to Rover last night, Rob said Ben is stable. He has a lumbar fracture. a concussion, bumps and bruises, vut he'll live. Nothing is life-threatening. Serena is on life support. She isn't able to breath on her own and isn't showing any signs of brain activity. Please say a prayer for her.' 2
BUSINESS: Radio One's Net Revenue Down 5.3% In Q3
WASHINGTON, Nov. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Radio One, Inc.today reported its results for the quarter ended September 30, 2014. Net revenue was approximately $112.2 million, a decrease of 5.3% from the same period in 2013. Station operating income1 was approximately $38.6 million, a decrease of 13.8% from the same period in 2013. The Company reported operating income of approximately $19.6 million for the three months ended September 30, 2014, compared to operating income of $21.8 million for the same period in 2013. Net loss was approximately $13.2 million or $0.28 per share for each of the quarters ending September 30, 2014 and 2013. Alfred C. Liggins, III, Radio One's President and CEO stated, "Our radio business experienced a very soft quarter: we had a perfect storm of weak market revenues and soft ratings in our four largest markets, and political revenues were less than anticipated. We had some ratings challenges in Washington DC, Baltimore and Atlanta in addition to the new competitor in Houston. Management has taken steps to remedy these issues, including a format change in Houston from News to Classic Hip-hop. The initial ratings for our new station, Boom 92, are extremely encouraging, and should mean we reverse the annual $1.5 million of losses that we were incurring on the news format.
MOTION: The Three Amigos' Arrive At San Francisco's 95.7 The Game; John Ferneda Calls It A Day At WXRT Chicago
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 12TH, 2014 –– 95.7 The Game has announced “The Three Amigos,” starring Victor “Big Daddy” Zaragoza, along with Rudy Ortiz and Brandon Santiago, two finalists from their “Lucky Break” competition, will make its debut Saturday, November 15th from 9-12. “I’m very excited about this show, it will enable our listeners to hear something unique in the marketplace.” said Jason Barrett, Program Director at 95.7 The GAME. “Victor is a polished Bay Area music radio veteran who fans will enjoy hearing in this format. He has a passion for sports and will bring an imaginative and different perspective to the program. Rudy and Brandon are new voices who I believe the audience will enjoy getting to know. This show will be fun and different from anything else on sports radio in the Bay”. ########### Chicago blgger, Robert Feder reports that John Farneda, who joined WXRT FM 93.1 as an intern in 1983 and rose to operations manager and music director, is retiring from the CBS Radio outlet. “After 31 years at Chicago’s Finest Rock, I realized that I have achieved all my goals at the radio station and it is now time to set new ones,” Farneda, 53, told colleagues Tuesday. His last day on the job will be November 26.Director and Operations Manager. John began as morning show producer for Terri Hemmert, which led to his role as Assistant Music Director, then Music Director and subsequently Operations Manager. FERNEDA PHOTO/Flickr
Finalists Announced In 'American Country Countdown Awards'
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 12TH, 2014 –– The American Country Countdown Awards, based on country music’s longest-running radio countdown show, “American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks,” announced the inaugural event’s finalists. Country megastar Luke Bryan dominates the list with seven nods, followed closely by superstar duo Florida Georgia Line, with six. Florida Georgia Line and Kix Brooks made the announcement on Cumulus radio’s nationally syndicated show, “America’s Morning Show with Blair Garner.” The show will air live from Nashville’s Music City Center Monday, Dec. 15 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX and feature performances by finalists Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line and Miranda Lambert. Florida Georgia Line’s Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard will host the live music celebration. Additional performers, special award recipients and presenters will be announced. Additional finalists include Jason Aldean, with four nods, and Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert, who are tied with three. Brett Eldredge, Brantley Gilbert, Lady Antebellum, Justin Moore, Thomas Rhett and Cole Swindell each were named finalists in two categories. Finalists are determined based on statistics and radio airplay charts from November 1, 2013-October 31, 2014. The Finalists for Album of the Year were based on album sales from SoundScan and the finalists for Artist of the Year were based on a combination of Mediabase airplay, digital data provided by Big Champagne and tour information from Pollstar. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO.
REPORT: BOB-FM Ottawa To Return As Country
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 12TH, 2014 –– The Ottawa Citizen is reporting that BOB-FM is set to begin broadcasting Wednesday, under a country format. The switch follows the much talked about move by owner Bell Media that 93.9 BOB-FM was signing off after a decade of ’80s, ’90s and Whatever format. The move came with cut of staff members Cub Carson, Codi Jeffreys, Melanie Adams, Darryl Kornicky and John Mielke (better known on air as Milky Show) and numerous others. Also cut in the change was longtime CFRA-AM program director Steve Winogron. He’d been with the station for more than 30 years. Yesterday, The Citizen reported the station was broadcasting a mixture of music and commercials occasionally interrupted by a voice-over that says, “A brand new radio station arrives soon.” According to Fall 2012 radio rating figures from Canadian Media Rating service, BOB-FM had three per cent of the market share among the anglophone listening audience in Ottawa-Gatineau. BX93 had 10.8 per cent of the London-area radio audience.
NETWORKS: Nashville Minute With Fitz Adds 5 New Affiliates
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 12TH, 2014 –– The following stations are ‘Puttin on the Fitz’ Nashville Minute with Fitz. KSCH-FM 5 Dallas-Ft. Worth - KSCN-FM 108 Tyler-Longview, TX - KOYN-FM 5 Dallas-Ft. Worth - WRHT-FM 99 Greenville-New Bern-Washington, NC and KSMA-FM 153 Rochester-Mason City-Austin, MN. For over 5 years Nashville Minute has been providing listeners with a :60 second glimpse into the heart of Nashville! Designed for today’s modern country radio and web audiences. Nashville Minute offers your listeners an instant backstage pass to the Music City’s latest buzz, news and stories that not only come from Nashville, but directly from the stars themselves with exclusive interviews.
Randy Jackson Leaving 'Idol; Is That Really Taylor Swift On The 'Wonderland' Cover
Eminem Draws Complaints For Dropping F-Bombs During 'Concert For Valor' - [THE BLAZE]
...And He Also Raps About Punching Lana Del Rey In The Face - [US]
'The Osbournes' Headed Back To TV - [E ONLINE]
Taylor Swift Joins Thanksgiving Day Parade On CBS - [CBS]
Randy Jackson Leaving 'Idol After 13 Years - [USA TODAY]
Is This Really Swift On Cover Of 'Wonderland'? - [MTV]
Joseph Gordon Levitt Confirmed As Edward Snowden Lead In Oliver Stone Film - [DEN OF GEEK]
Garth Brooks Jumps On The Social Media Wagon - [THE BOOT]
Prince Takes His First Selfie - [ET]
NO, REALLY: Andy Cohen Had Lady G's Urine Turned Into Perfume - [PAGE SIX]
J.J. Watt Earns Sports Illustrated Cover - [HOUSTON TEXANS]
Jennifer Aniston Dazzles On Cover of 'Harpers Bazaar' - [FASHION GONE ROGUE]
YUMMY: New Usher Song Arrives Exclusively In Walmart Cereal Boxes - [BILLBOARD]
Donnie Wahlberg, Jenny McCarthy Land Reality Series - [NYDN]
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Rush Limbaugh Threatens DCCC With Lawsuit Over Rape Emails
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 11TH, 2014 –– Rush Limbaugh is threatening to sue the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee over campaign emails sent that Limbaugh says incorrectly portrayed him as condoning campus rape, according to bloomberg.com. This was linked to a show on September 15th where he took aim at Ohio State University's revised guidelines instructing students to adhere to a behavioral code requiring verbal consent before having (s)ex. On Monday, Limbaugh's lawyers sent a letter to the DCCC demanding it issue a public apology and retraction, or face a lawsuit. "We love opinions, but this crossed a very bright line," Brian Glicklich, a Limbaugh spokesman, told the Washington Post. "They lied about his words. They quoted something specific and out of context, and it is a lie." Representative Steve Israel, The DCCC Chairman said in a statement one day after Limbaugh's comments that 'Limbaugh is advocating for the tolerance of (s)exual assault and should be taken off the air immediately.' So far, DCCC official have not responded to the potential lawsuit.
Glenn Beck Reveals Health Scare He Kept Secret For Nearly Five Years
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 11TH, 2014 –– Glenn Beck said yesterday he can no longer keep what has happened a secret from his friends, his staff or audience, whom he considers to be his family. “Tonight’s show is not for the casual fan or, really, anyone in the press,” Beck said. “This is a one-on-one between friends. No one in the media ever does a show like this, because it is crazy. … But I believe that by not talking with you openly, it destroys everything of real meaning and value — namely, our trust.” Beck went on to say that five years ago, around the time of his Restoring Honor event in Washington, D.C. his health issues began, starting with vocal cord paralysis, eyesight problems and what doctors at first believed was a painful form of neuropathy. “While I was at Fox, the pain would get so bad that my camera crew, our executive producer Tiffany and I, had worked out hand signals so they would know when to take the camera off of me,” Beck revealed. “We didn’t know at the time what was causing me to feel as though, out of nowhere, my hands and feet, or arms and legs would feel like someone had just crushed them, set them on fire or pushed broken glass into them.” Beck added that a string of doctors, medications and diets only left him with more questions, and none really improved his condition. Fortunately, Beck eventually found help at Carrick Brain Centers in Texas. " .... For the first time gave us hope that we could reboot my system — not just stop it, but reverse things,” Beck said. READ ENTIRE PIECE HERE AT THE BLAZE
Ex-Host To Spend 25-50 Years In Prison For Child Rape
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 11TH, 2014 –– Former WCSG/Grand Rapid's host John Balyo (L) will spend between 25 and 50 years in prison after a court sentencing Monday, according to woodtv.com. He pleaded guilty in September to raping an 11-year-old boy in a motel room after paying a man to set up (s)ex with the child. He faces up to 15 more years in a separate child sex case. "I am feeling very deep and constant remorse for my actions," Balyo said in court, according to the Battle Creek Enquirer. "And I want the family to know I am very sorry and wish I could do something to correct what has been done." Balyo could face at least 15 more years in prison in another case, in which he pleaded guilty in July to photographing (s)ex acts with a 12-year-old boy he paid to have (s)ex. He will be sentenced on federal charges of sexual exploitation of a child and possession of child pornography in December. The child's mother told Balyo in court, "you should sit and rot in jail the rest of your miserable life." WCSG terminated Balyo's employment after his arrest in June. He had been with the station for eight years.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: ALT AZ 93-3/Phoenix Announces Mike Tierney As Its New PD; Greg Tantum Appointed PD Of Newsradio 106.7 Atlanta
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 11TH, 2014 –– ALT AZ 93-3/Phoenix has named Mike Tierney as Program Director. Tierney comes to the Phoenix Market from Boston where he was a partner and consultant at Mars Organic. Previous jobs include General Manager at Rocket Music Entertainment, VP of Broadcast Operations at WFNX in Boston, and Program Director at WXRK in New York. “Connecting fans with artists and music has always been my passion. And there’s never been a medium that does that better than radio, which is why it feels like home to me,” said Tierney. “I’m thrilled to join this station, and excited to help build the team that will make the station a leader in Phoenix and the format.” ###########Cumulus announces that Greg Tantum has been named Program Director of Newsradio 106.7/Atlanta. Tantum started his career as a reporter and anchor and for the past 30 years has successfully programmed spoken word stations in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Seattle, San Diego, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Most recently, he was Executive Editor for NBC News Radio based in Washington, D.C. John Dickey, Executive Vice President of Content and Programming for Cumulus said: “Greg Tantum is the ideal candidate to program Newsradio 106.7. His success building first-rate news operations and long experience in the spoken-word format are exactly what we need to grow the station and maximize its huge ratings and revenue potential.” Tantum said: "At one of the most critical times in our country's history, it is exciting and rewarding to be joining Cumulus and News Radio 106.7. The station's recent coverage leading up to and during the election is just one example of the serious commitment to providing the best resources available to give Atlanta listeners access to the news and information impacting their daily lives. It is also exciting to join a team which had one of the most successful launches of a new spoken-word format in many years and is now positioned to become the undisputed news leader in Atlanta."
MOTION: The Bobby Bones Show Picks Up 98.9 The Wolf Richmond; The Wolf/Memphis Taps Marty Brooks For Mornings
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 11TH, 2014 –– Alpha Media Richmond has announced that it has added The Bobby Bones Show to air mornings on WLFV-98.9 The Wolf (previously 93.1 The Wolf). The Bobby Bones Show features on-air personalities Bobby Bones, Lunchbox and Amy. Alpha Media Station Manager Bill West commented on the announcement, "We couldn't be more excited to have The Bobby Bones Show on 98.9 The Wolf in Richmond! The show is such a great fit for our New Hit Country station and it's going to set the bar higher for all morning shows in the market! Right now, we're getting all the preparations ready to kick the show off on November 17th!" "I can't wait to be on in the RVA!" said Bones. "I'm also looking forward to working with Bill West and the entire Alpha Media team. Alpha Media, headquartered in Portland, Oregon owns and operates 68 radio stations and 2 additional stations under LMAs in 12 markets across the United States. ######## Entercom Memphis names Marty Brooks to mornings on its newly launched 94.1 The Wolf. He arrives from WHTS-FM and WTNR-FM/Grand Rapids. "After a nationwide search for the perfect candidate for The All New 94.1 The Wolf," says Program Director Chris Michaels. 'Marty was exactly what I was looking for. His passion, energy, and talent make him the perfect fit for The Wolf. He's competitive and will hit the ground running when he arrives in Memphis."
Staffer Charged With Arson After Allegedly Setting Station On Fire
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 11TH, 2014 –– East Arizona's Majic 100.7's was off the air briefly following a fire in their studios. Now, Police have arrested a suspect. According to the eacourier.com, Scott Louis Welbaum, 44, of Safford, was arrested and booked into the Graham County Jail on a charge of arson after an investigation by detectives. When officers arrived on the scene, they noticed a man, later identified as Welbaum, standing in the parking lot watching. Welbaum was told to retreat from the area, and he informed officers he was an employee of the station and there was a significant amount of expensive electrical equipment inside. According to reports, Fire Chief Clark Bingham advised the fire was possibly arson and that it appeared to have been set intentionally in multiple places from the inside of the building. Officers then learned the anonymous phone call about the fire had been placed at a pay phone at Walmart across the highway. Review surveillance saw a man he believed to be Welbaum approach and use a pay phone at the time of the tip. The subject was also wearing the same clothes as Welbaum. A search revealed he was in possession of five green-tipped wood matches. He was then booked into the jail on a charge of arson.
Cumulus & Music Choice Announce New Strategic Partnership
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 11TH, 2014 – Cumulus announces that the popular NASH Country music and lifestyle brand will be available in 57 million homes starting November 24th through a new strategic partnership with Music Choice, the No. 1 free Video On Demand provider in the U.S. NASH content will be featured across Music Choice’s multi-platform video and music network including:
iHeartMedia Teams Up With HBO To Broadcast The Concert For Valor; PYX Albany Lets Vets Take Over Programming
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 11TH, 2014 –– iHeartMedia is teaming up with HBO, Chase, and Starbucks to help bring forward a first-of-its kind concert - The Concert For Valor - on the national holiday (November 11th) to help honor the courage and sacrifice of our nation's veterans and their families. The event will take place at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. and will feature some unforgettable performances from artists including Jack Black, The Black Keys, Bryan Cranston, Eminem, Jamie Foxx, Dave Grohl, Jennifer Hudson, Jessie J., George Lopez, Metallica, John Oliver, Rihanna, Bruce Springsteen, Carrie Underwood, Bob Woodruff and Zac Brown Band. There will also be some special appearances by Tom Hanks, Will Smith, Steven Spielberg, Meryl Streep, Oprah Winfrey and Reese Witherspoon, among many others. iHeartMedia will broadcast The Concert for Valor live on nearly 70 radio stations across America, and will also stream the show live on iHeartRadio beginning at 7 p.m. ET. Additionally, through the end of the month, iHeartRadio will feature a customized Concert for Valor station featuring music from all of the concert's performers. ######### Meanwhile, PYX 106, Albany’ announced that it will observe Veterans Day with a special broadcast featuring 12 military servicemen and women from the Capital Region. The veterans will host the station’s programming, music and conversational topics for the day. 12 veterans were chosen and will DJ their own hour-long broadcast on November 11, 2014. Since June 2013, PYX 106 has supported iHeartRadio Show Your Stripes, the largest public service program in the company’s history.
[LISTEN] Westwood One Sports Boards The USS America
'Good Times' Cast Reunites 40-Years Later
Jason Aldeen Now Pulls New Album From Spotify - [ROLLING STONE]
'Today' Co-Host To Exit Amid Power Struggles - [PAGE SIX]
'60 Minutes' Reporter Lara Logan Quarantined For Ebola - [FOX]
Meryl Streep, Stevie Wonder Set For U.S. Top Honor - [YAHOO]
DYNOMITE: 'Good Times' Join For Cast Reunion After 40 Years - [EXTRA TV]
Garth Brooks Serenades Fan With Breast Cancer - [NYDN]
Yes, Really: Bette Midler Wants To Plant A Tree On The Moon - [PEOPLE]
Madonna's Sean Penn Wedding Dress Draws Over $80K At Auction - [BILLBOARD]
News Anchor Dancin' To Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' Draws Attention - [UPROXX]
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REPORT: Casey Kasem's Body Decomposing In Norway Mortuary
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 10TH, 2014 –– Nearly five months since the passing of legendary radio/tv host Casey Kasem's passing, his elder kids have returned to court once again to force their stepmother, Jean Kasem (inset) to bring his remains back from Norway.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: iHeartMedia Portland Names Dave Hill VP/Programming; Adams Radio Taps Larry (Big Red) Stevens As PD/Morning Hot For KGRT-FM/Las Cruces
[LISTEN] Big Machine's Borchetta Says Pulling Swift From Spotify Was About Lack Of Control
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 10TH, 2014 –– Sixx Sense with Nikki Sixx and co-host Jenn Marino welcomed Scott Borchetta, President and CEO of Big Machine Label Group. Borchetta spoke candidly about the decision to pull Taylor Swift’s music catalogue from Spotify. When Sixx asked him to explain his reasoning, Borchetta said we have never put them on any free streaming services for the first 90 to 120 days. And the reason being is we never wanted to embarrass a fan. What I mean by that is, if this fan went and purchased the record, CD, iTunes, wherever, and then their friends go, ‘why did you pay for it? It’s free on Spotify,’ we’re being completely disrespectful to that super fan who wants to invest, who believes in their favorite artist…Motley Crue is one of my favorites, they’ve never let me down. I buy their records, right? So why would I want to go and do that only to know that, well, they ripped me off. I could have gotten it for free.” Sixx: “So is this a 90 day, 120 day thing, or is this permanent?” Borchetta: “This is what we decided to do. So, what we had done in the past with her records, is after that initial period, we put them up for streaming services. And for this album coming in to everything that’s going on in the business and how dramatic the streaming moment is and how it’s affecting sales, we determined that her fan base is so in on her, let’s pull everything off of Spotify, and any other service that doesn’t offer a premium service. Now if you are a premium subscriber to Beats or Rdio or any of the other services that don’t offer just a free-only, then you will find her catalogue. So the problem we have with Spotify is, they don’t allow you to do anything with your music. They take it, and they say we’re going to put it everywhere we want to put it, and we really don’t care about what you want to do. Give us everything that you have and we’re going to do what we want with it. And that doesn’t work for us.” PHOTO/ACM-Frederick Breedon IV/Getty Images LISTEN TO INTERVIEW HERE
Cumulus Station Announces Singing Competition With $50,000 Payoff And Trip To NBC's 'The Voice'
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 10TH, 2014 –– Cumulus Shreveport, LA has announced plans for a March 7 singing competition awarding $50,000 and an all-expenses paid trip to Los Angeles to audition for The Voice. “In the history of Cumulus, we’ve never had a competition of this size and most certainly never given away this amount of money,” said Brandon Beard, Shreveport market manager for Cumulus to shreveporttimes.com. “There are many talented people in this area who never get their voices heard and that’s exactly what we’re trying to do here.” Contestants can register for Sound Off by submitting a 30 second a capella audition video of any song to radio stations 997kmjj.com, i973hits.com, krmd.com or magic1029fm.com. Cumulus also will hold live auditions throughout late January and early February at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs. Contestants can register for live audition on the same station websites. Beard said he anticipates tens of thousands of entries from across the region because of the large prize.
[LISTEN] AC/DC Author Talks Murder & Meth With KKBZ-FM/Fresno
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 10TH, 2014 –– In an interview with The Morning Blaze with Gus & Izzy on KKBZ/Fresno, CA, author Jesse Fink spoke out on charges against AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd (which have since been dropped) and what the future holds for the band. Fink is the author of the recently released , The Youngs: The Brothers Who Built AC/DC. With an assist from Envision Network's Guest Services, Fink said 'it would appear from the statement that AC/DC made that they’re preparing, or have been preparing for a tour without Phil Rudd,” Fink said. “I think the language in the statement made it clear to me anyway. [They were] using words like ‘Phil’s absence.’ There’s going to be a tour without him.” Rudd was initially charged with attempting to procure murder, threatening to kill and possession of methamphetamine and cannabis. According to Rolling Stone, the charge of attempting to procure murder has been dropped due to “insufficient evidence.” Fink wouldn’t speculate on the particulars of the case, including whom the targets of alleged threats were, but expects complete details to emerge. For more info on Guest Services, contact Valerie Brooks at ValerieB@envisionradio.com or 216-831-3761 - LISTEN TO INTERVIEW HERE
National Radio Hall of Fame Inducts New Members For Class of 2014 In Los Angeles
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 10TH, 2014 –– The Museum of Broadcast Communications (MBC) celebrated the 2014 induction of new members Charlie & Harrigan, Barry Farber, Stanley E. Hubbard, Ira Glass, Jon Miller, Dick Orkin and the late Agnes Moorehead. The sold out night featured host Delilah, announcer Jim Bohannon, and presenters Larry King and Marion Ross among others. It also was the first NRHOF ceremony presented from Los Angeles. Work now begins for the 2015 National Radio Hall Of Fame Induction ceremonies & gala dinner. On hand for this weekend's occasion was NTSMedia Online's chief, Al Peterson, who introduced Charlie & Harrigan and snapped this photo of the iconic Art Laboe and Kerri Kasem.
For SNL Alum Joe Piscopo Finding New Life On The Radio
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 10TH, 2014 –– With over 40 years of show business under his belt, The New York Daily News caught up with former SNL Alum, Joe Piscopo on his new life in Radio. Now the morning anchor on AM 970 The Answer New York City, he says “All I ever wanted to do was bit parts on Broadway. I have more than achieved any goal that I aspired to. And now I am in the No. 1 market, anchoring the morning show,” Piscopo said. “I am embracing it, I am inspired by it, I love what I am doing.” He says he was happily performing at casinos and clubs around the country, but said his friend Dr. Rock Positano, the foot doctor to the stars, suggested he consider getting into radio. Piscopo, who studied broadcasting in college, got his chance with Curtis Sliwa left AM 970 last winter. “Joe has great stories to tell, he has a great sense of what is funny. But that is the salt and pepper on the steak - it’s not the steak,” said Phil Boyce, a vice president at Salem Communications. The “steak,” Boyce explained, is “this insatiable desire for news and information, which is why listeners come to us.” READ COMPLETE ARTICLE HERE
The UK Scraps Its Prestigious 'Radio Academy Awards Show' Following Loss Of Sony Sponsorship
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 10TH, 2014 –– The Radio Academy has announced it is scrapping its annual 'Radio Awards Show' celebrating the UK's radio industry. This comes following Sony's withdrawal as the headline sponsor last year, the academy said "new models need to be explored". It now says it plans to create a new event to "celebrate and reflect the radio industry in a dynamic and modern way" for the digital age. The awards, which first began in 1983, are considered the most prestigious in the radio industry. According to bbcnews.com, It was previously referred to as the Sony Awards, after their sponsor of 32 years, but was renamed the Radio Academy Awards when that sponsorship ended. "I'm confident and determined that as an industry we can create an exciting and modern event that retains the gravitas of over 30 years of Awards," Ben Cooper, chair of the Radio Academy, said. his 50th year in radio. Chris Evans (R), who hosted this year's Radio Academy Awards, was also due to host the event in 2015
Robert Plant Turns Down A Fortune For Led Zeppelin Reunion Tour
UH OH: Robert Downey Begins Interview By Telling Female Interviewer She Has Nice **ts - [PEREZ HILTON]
Check Out This Year's MTV EMA Winners - [MASHABLE]
Nicki Minaj's New Video Causing Stir Over Claims Of Anti-Semitic Imagery - [BUZZFEED]
Matt Damon Returns In Jason Bourne Role - [E ONLINE]
'Big Hero 6' Just Edges Out 'Interstellar' During Weekend 'BO's' - [MTV]
Jared Leto Sought As 'Joker' In 'Suicide Squad' - [THE WRAP]
Ariana Grande Covers First 'InStyle' Magazine - [INSTYLE]
Ed Sheeran 'Devastated' By Death Of Terminally Ill Superfan - [METRO UK]
Jimmy Kimmel Sells His Hollywood Home For More Than Double Original Cost - [THR]
Robert Plant Turns Down $$$$$$ For Led Zeppelin Reunion Tour - [MIRROR UK]
UH OH: Andy Dick Arr3sted On Suspicion Of Grand Theft - [ET]
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[WATCH] ESPN Hosts Engage In Full-Blown Pi**ing Match
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 7TH, 2014 –– For those who follow sports closely, you're likely aware of ESPN Radio's Bill Simmons being suspended for several weeks during the summer over comments he made regarding NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. On Wednesday, Simmons appeared on Colin Cowherd’s radio show, where he chatted about LeBron James and the Cavs and various other topics. Regarding LeBron, Simmons said his latest performance in Cleveland reminded him ‘a tiny bit’ of Albert Pujols once he was traded from St. Louis to Los Angeles. This led to Mike Golic, one half of the highly popular Mike & Mike show saying later on his show: “I think it’s one of the most ridiculous statements I’ve heard four games into a season in my life in any sport,” said Mike Golic. “That’s what I’ll say about Bill Simmons. So, you know, he grabbed a headline, which is something I know he loves — and that’s one of the most ridiculous lines I’ve ever heard in any sport in my life. Four games into a season. I don’t even … that’s ridiculous.” Simmons then took to Twitter where he posted: "What Mike and Mike did today was absolute garbage. I would say I lost respect for that show, but I never had it. thebiglead.com/2014/11/06/mik.. He followed by tweeting: "For an ESPN Radio show to pull an interview out of context from another ESPN radio show, then play the moral authority card, is disgusting... Even later he poste: 'Have the balls to call me to discuss it on theshow. Don't pull it out of context just because you need fodder for a segment. Pathetic." READ MORE HEREWATCH MIKE AND MIKE VIDEO HERE
MOTION: Tony Zazza Exits Mornings AT KVIL/103.7; Terry Ayers Takes PM Drive At KGRT FM Las Cruces, NM; Tucson Launches Rock 102 Mornings with Shmonty & Carolina; Y108 Pittsburgh Taps Elista As AMD/Night Host
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 7TH, 2014 –– Tony Zazza who's been with KVIL since 2009 and his morning co-host Julie Fisk have left the morning show. According to dfw.com, this was confirmed by Lori Conrad, CBS Radio/TV DFW’s communication director, who confirmed that Zazza and Fisk, who have co-hosted since April 2013. heir last day was Wednesday. Zazza, who had been with KVIL since 2009, moved from a middays to mornings in January 2013, when former host Gene and Julie left the station. Conrad says that a new morning show will be announced at a later date. Reportedly, Julie Fisk will remain with the group in a new capacity. ########### Terry Ayers (L) has been hired by Adams Radio Group to serve as the PM Drive Host for KGRT FM in Las Cruces, NM. Since 2003, Terry has served as a director for Addictive2Music, a full service entertainment production company offering services ranging from music publishing, production, to management and consultation. Prior to 2003, Terry served as Cruise Director/Entertainer for Seabourn Cruise Line. ######### Tucson's KFMA-FM/Rock 102 has launched "Rock 102 Mornings with Shmonty & Carolina (shown right)," weekdays from 5:30-10am beginning November 10. Shmonty previously worked for WCCC/Hartford, Radio 2GB/Sydney, Australia and Cumulus Media's group in New York. Most recently Shmonty aired in mornings on KDKB-FM/Phoenix. Carolina formerly interned with the Ace & TJ show on WNKS-FM Charlotte. ########## WDSY-FM (Y108) Pittsburgh has named Elista as AMF and night host. Elista arrives from co-owned WBZZ-FM/Star 100. WDSY OM Mark Anderson says "She's the embodiment of what is exciting about our format right now, and never fails to be the life of the party."
Florida Host Needs A New Kidney
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 7TH, 2014 –– A longtime Florida host/comedian says he needs a new kidney as soon as possible. According to news-press..com, Fort Myer's TWANG 106.7's D.J. Odom (L) says he's been on dialysis for one year now and he's also been on a waiting list to get a kidney from a deceased person. "They say it takes an average — for my blood type — of two years to get a kidney," he says. He's only been on the waiting list since April. This is why Odom hopes a living person will donate a kidney, instead. The sooner he can get one, the better. In the meantime, friends have organized a fundraising event on Nov. 21 to help pay for Odom's medical expenses. The fundraiser happens at Ter-Tini's bar and features magician Matt Price and local comedians Matt Zetts, Deric Cahill and Sheena Reagan. "This very special night of comedy is dedicated to our good friend and mentor, B.J. Odom," organizers posted on Facebook. "If you have a kidney to spare, PLEASE bring it with you!." Odom's kidney failure resulted from a heart transplant 11 years ago and the anti-rejection drugs he had to take afterward. He'll likely get the kidney transplant at Tampa General Hospital, the same place where he got his new heart.
SYNDICATION: Mike Huckabee To Syndicate Independently; Dana Loesch Launches Book Tour
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 7TH, 2014 –– After nearly six years of hosting The Huckabee Report, Huckabee leaves Westwood One to syndicate independently. The Huckabee Report currently airs nationally on more than 500 affiliates. New distribution details will be announced in the near future. Focusing on news, pop culture and politics of the day, The Huckabee Report is delivered mornings, middays and afternoons. The three unique reports are delivered in a modular format that allows stations to carry one or three minutes of content per report. Stations interested in The Huckabee Report should visit www.HuckabeeRadio.com or contact radio@MikeHuckabee.com. ########### Last week, Radio America host Dana Loesch embarked on a cross-country tour for her new book, Hands off My Gun, with stops in Atlanta at Cox Media Group affiliates News 95.5 and AM 750 WSB and Orlando at WDBO-FM, News 96.5's Red, White and Truth listener event. In Atlanta, she appeared as a guest for an hour on WSB's Atlanta's Evening News with Erick Erickson, prior to her book signing at Georgia Tech. In Orlando, she shared the stage with talkers Sean Hannity, Herman Cain, and Brian Kilmeade, as well as, Senator Ted Cruz and author David Limbaugh at the popular annual WDBO-FM listener event, held on the campus of University of Central Florida. PHOTO/Dana on Stage with Herman Cain, David Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Senator Ted Cruz. For more information please contact Radio America Affiliate Marketing at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-807-4703, Ext. 250.
NETWORKS: Envision Partners With Nobex On App Releases; Brian Polina Promoted To Mgr. Post At USRN
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 7TH, 2014 –– Envision Networks® is thrilled to share the new partnership with Nobex. Over the comings months, Nobex will be producing hundreds of apps for Radionomy’s most popular online stations. These will be available through Apple’s App Store as well as Google Play. With the Nobex Partnership Model, it is easy for stations to monetize their app with shared revenue from mobile ads. Nobex Partners also provides valuable business intelligence to help chart the success of the app, including daily registration reports, streaming session stats, and a Live Activity Map that lights up when listeners launch the app. Radio stations interested in creating their own FREE app should visit http://partner.nobexradio.com/Default.aspx?refer=ERN3. For more information contact Valerie Brooks at 216-831-3761 or ValerieB@envisionradio.com. ########### United Stations Radio Networks, Inc. announced that effective immediately, Brian Pollina has been promoted to Manager Digital Assets & Midwest Sales. The announcement comes from the company’s President/COO Jim Higgins based at the company’s New York headquarters. Based in Chicago, Brian Pollina has been with United Stations since 2008 as an Account Executive and more recently the Manager of Midwest Sales. in the networks ad sales department. Prior to joining USRN, Pollina had worked in local radio in Chicago as an Account Executive at both WLS-AM and WSCR-AM. Brian Pollina is reachable at USRN at 312.558.1630 or via email at email@example.com.
Jacobs Media Names AllAccess' Joel Denver As This Weeks Most Innovative
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 7TH, 2014 –– "There was a time when the most sought after piece of mail radio stations received each week wasn’t a new release from a hot artist. It was the latest issue of Radio and Records (R&R), “The Industry’s Newspaper, " says Fred Jacobs of Jacobs Media. Most industry vets would agree that R&R was radio’s leading printed radio trade publication at its height, providing a weekly look at radio across the country, including columns dedicated to every major format, special features, music charts that included details on what songs each station was playing and, of course, the coveted want ads (“Pros On The Loose”) where many a radio job was found. And of course, the latest gossip and comings and goings in “Street Talk.” And that’s where the story of this week’s entry in our “Radio’s Most Innovative” series begins. After 13 years in programming and a bit more than that as the Top 40/CHR Editor at R&R, Joel Denver decided it was time for a change. Leaving the paper late in 1994, he struck out to build a career path that mixed his three passions: music, radio, and technology. In January of 1995, along with his wife and business partner Ria, he launched the All Access Music Group, Inc. In this week’s edition of “Radio’s Most Innovative,” we asked Joel to share the backstory of his innovation: launching the first online-only radio trade publication, and talk about how the brand has grown over the years. READ INTERVIEW HERE
Big Night For Kix Brooks & Kidde, Lon Helton At The CMA's
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 7TH, 2014 –– This week before the 48th Annual CMA Awards, Westwood One radio host Kix Brooks joined Country music star Chris Young at Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to talk about fire safety. The two musicians announced the launch of a national fire safety campaign in partnership with smoke alarm manufacturer Kidde. The campaign will help protect families and assist burn-injured firefighters. Kix, the 2013 CMA National Broadcast Personality of the Year, is a radio spokesman for Kidde. Kidde will donate 2,000 Worry-Free sealed-battery smoke alarms to fire departments in select cities along Young’s 2015 A.M. World Tour and will contribute $25,000 to sponsor Phoenix Society’s new Survivors Offering Assistance in Recovery (SOAR) program to support burned firefighters. PHOTO (L-R): Amy Acton, executive director, the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors; Jim Ward, Kidde President; Kix Brooks; Chris Young; Luis Nevarez, Tulare Fire Department, burn survivor and SOAR member.
CONDOLENCES: Yakima Host Loses Battle With Mouth Cancer
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 7TH, 2014 –– KXDD/Yakima radio hst Joel Baker finally lost his two-year battle with mouth cancer. Baker passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014. He was 48. According to the yakimaherald.com, KXDD-FM 104.1 will be playing old clips of Baker on the air through today. “It’s a huge loss for this community and his family,” said Kelly Gasseling, station manager at KXDD. “He had an 8-year-old son that adored him, still does, and a 2-year-old little girl that had her daddy wrapped around her finger.” A donation account for Baker’s family has been set up at a local Credit Union. Baker has not been on the air since January, when he had surgery to remove a recurrence of mouth cancer. The surgery removed most of his tongue, making it difficult to speak, but he was still able to communicate in person, Gasseling said. Baker worked in radio in Yakima for 13 years, and had been in the business since he was 19 years old. Doctors first found pre-cancerous sores in his mouth in 2003 and again in 2006, and then cancer showed up for real in 2012. He had surgery that summer, but the cancer came back in October 2013.
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Australian 'Big Brother's' Busty Blonde Caught In Saucy Love Triangle
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, NOVEMB ER 7TH, 2014 –– The relationship between Big Brother Australia's Skye and Leo may have taken a turn, if comments made by host Sonia Kruger (R) are anything to go by. During an interview with 2DayFM Breakfast the 49-year-old blonde revealed household favorite Ryan is the new guy in Skye's life, after she sent Leo packing to the sanctuary as a part of his power play.
Hirsty Will Join Jane Garvey For Radio Review of the Year - Stephanie Hirst (who used to be Simon) will be back on the radio next month when she joins Jane Garvey on the air for BBC Radio 5 live’s annual review of the radio year show. They’ll be on the national talk station looking back at the last 12 months in the radio industry. The top stories of the year include BOB fm banning Scottish music in the run up to the Scottish independence referendum, Bauer taking Magic national and Hirsty’s transition from male to female.
Take That Lined-Up for Capital’s Jingle Bell Ball - The first night of Capital’s Jingle Bell Ball will see Take That along with One Republic, The Script, The Vamps, Ella Henderson, Union J, Olly Murs, Clean Bandit and Jess Glynne sing live. Capital’s Dave Berry and Lisa Snowdon revealed the line-up on their show this week. The pair crossed to Union J who surprised a crowd of captivated fans outside The O2, with an impromptu set, to announce they would be on the bill.
Merrick Watts is returning to the Triple M in Australia Head of the Triple M Network Mike Fitzpatrick told Radio Today Australia, "Triple M listeners have been asking us to bring Mez back, ever since he left at the end of last year. Now they'll wake up on January 19th and it'll feel like the whole thing was a dream, like he never left. Merrick is a great radio performer and we're so glad to have him back home.
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Miranda Lambert Dominates CMA's; Bryan Takes Top Honor
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 6TH, 2014 –– Country music's biggest event took place last night in Nashville with the 48th, Annual CMA Awards. And BIG it was for Miranda Lambert (shown) who took home four awards, including Album of the Year for her LP Platinum, Single of the Year for "Automatic" and Female Vocalist of the Year. "I don't even know what to say," said Lambert upon receiving the Female Vocalist honor for the fifth year in a row. "I just can't believe that I'm standing here." The night's biggest award went to Luke Bryan who brought home the Entertainer of the year award. "We're gonna have a good time tonight," said Bryan at the end of his acceptance speech. The Entertainer of the Year award was presented to Bryan by four-time winner Garth Brooks, who returned to the event for the first time since 2005. "Thank you so much for pioneering things," said Bryan, to Brooks. According to rollingstone.com, among the night's surprises included Kacey Musgraves, who brought home Song of the Year for her pro-gay/pro-pot/pro-just-being-yourself anthem "Follow Your Arrow." Brett Eldredge, meanwhile, beat out Clark, Kip Moore, Thomas Rhett and Cole Swindell in the New Artist of the Year race. The show was hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood. In their opening monologue, The two joked about Taylor Swift's recent rejection of her country-music roots with a bit about "Postpartum Taylor Swift Disorder" SEE COMPLETE WINNER'S LIST HERE
WRKO'S Howie Carr Injured In Car Accident Prior To Show
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 6TH, 2014 –– Longtime Boston talker and columnist, Howie Carr, was injured in a car accident prior to yesterday's show on 680/WRKO. VP/Market Manager Phil Zachary then issued this statement: "I'm sad to report our good friend and colleague Howie Carr was injured today in an auto accident. Those of us who know, love and respect Howie and his work recognize what an important day Tuesday was for him and why he toiled through the night to compose his columns and prepare for the post-election radio show today ... However, as a precaution, Howie will remain off the air and under observation to ensure a full recovery with no complications. At this time, I ask all of our great WRKO listeners to keep Howie and his family in your thoughts and prayers." Zachary told Jockline this morning "Howie is out of the hospital and recovering at home. Thankfully, he has no internal injuries, and despite the severity of the accident is more banged-up than anything else. ‘Not sure if he has the energy to return to WRKO today or tomorrow, but I know he’s eager to weigh in on the outcome of Tuesday’s elections. Knowing Howie, If there’s any chance he can be on the air, he’ll be there." 1
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MOTION: Westwood One To Syndicate 'Something To Think About' With Mike Rogers; Bob Frantz Debuts On WLQR-FM/Toledo; Tim Graves Returns To Toledo As Combo PD And Host On 93.5 WRQN
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 6TH, 2014 –– Congressman Mike Rogers will appear three times daily on radio stations nationwide beginning January 5 when his “Something to Think About” segments begin providing listeners with unique perspective from the outgoing Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and former FBI agent. “Something to Think About” will debut on radio stations coast to coast with syndication through the Westwood One distribution division of Cumulus. These daily vignettes are Rogers’s introduction to a broader platform with Cumulus. Cumulus announced earlier this year that Chairman Rogers would join the nation’s largest talk radio platform after the conclusion of his seventh term representing Michigan in Congress at the end of the year. "After spending more than a decade dealing firsthand with the most sensitive issues facing our nation, Mike Rogers will now bring his invaluable insight and perspective to the American people each weekday on Westwood One. Mike is an exciting addition to our expanding national talk platform,” said Lew Dickey, CEO of Cumulus. ############ Cumulus announces that Bob Frantz joins WLQR-FM “106.5 The Ticket” Toledo as the weekday 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. sports talk show host. Bob worked in Toledo previously as the WSPD-AM morning show host and in Cleveland at WTAM. Frantz debuts on 106.5 The Ticket today. Frantz said: “I cannot begin to describe how excited I am to renew acquaintances with my Toledo friends and family. This is such a unique sports town, where fans of Ohio teams and fans of Michigan teams all come together to battle for bragging rights in just about everything...and that's what sports talk is all about! We are going to have a blast!" ######### Meanwhile, Cumulus has also announced that Tim Graves will join its Toledo operations as Assistant Program Director of Classic Hits station 93.5 WRQN and Hot AC-formatted station WWWM (Star 105) beginning November 14. He will also host Middays live on Star 105. Graves arrives from KDAT/KRQN in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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