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Atlanta Host Issues Apology After Being Suspended Over Sexist Tweets Aimed At ESPN Female Analyst
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 8TH, 2015 –– Atlanta host Mike Bell OF 92.9 The Game has been suspended for making a sexist tweet towards ESPN commentator Jessica Mendoza. The four-time All-America softball player at Stanford who won gold and silver medals for the US at the Athens and Beijing Olympics, became the first female MLB analyst in ESPN history this past Tuesday night during ESPN's broadcast of the AL wild-card game between the Yankees and Astros. With a reference to the 2004 'Anchorman's Ron Burgundy, Bell tweeted:, “yes tell us T**s McGhee when you're up there hitting the softball you see a lot of 95 mile an hour cutters?” (since deleted). Bell was promptly suspended by the station on Wednesday and then offered a pre-taped statement on-air:
“I didn’t get it,” he said. “I get it now. There is no place for that kind of stuff on my show. I will be more mindful. I hope I can be a better talk show host and better person. This has been an eye-opening experience.” His co-host Carl Dukes added that he didn’t agree with Bell’s opinion but they are still best friends and Bell will return.
According to The AJC's Rodney Ho, after working her way up through the ESPN ranks, Mendoza began on Baseball Tonight in 2014 and worked her way into the broadcast booth this year.
Spencer Graves To Host Mornings On 106.5 The Arch St. Louis
Joins With Current Hosts Ricki & Brando Beginning Nov. 9th
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 8TH, 2015 –– As Jockline shamelessly teased earlier this week, Hubbard St. Louis Radio Group’s 106.5 The Arch announced the addition of Spencer Graves as host of the Morning Show. Graves will “officially” join The Arch’s current personalities Ricki & Brando on the air beginning Monday, November 9th.
Spencer Graves comes to 106.5 The Arch from the legendary WSTW in Wilmington Delaware, where he’s been hosting the #1 morning show for more than six years. Graves got his start in Roanoke, Virginia at the tender age of 17, and has programmed and entertained listeners in Texas, California and Pennsylvania. He also represented Sony’s Radio participation in NASCAR through Host Communications, when they sponsored Ryan Newman’s car. From there, Spencer went to San Diego as an Internet Marketing Manager and a team broadcaster with minor league hockey team The San Diego Gulls. Last month, Spencer Graves was recognized by the Delaware Business Times as one of the “40 Under 40” within the Wilmington community.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Karen DeFriez Joins WWO To Head NASH Sales Team; Bill Cahill On The Rise At Premiere Networks; Steven Myers Promoted To Director Of Digital Operations At Greater Media
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 8TH, 2015 –– Veteran station rep Karen DeFriez will be joining Westwood One as an Affiliate Sales Manager for its country properties, including the NASH entertainment brand programming platforms--America’s Morning Show, NASH Nights Live, Kickin’ it with Kix, and American Country Countdown. Prior to joining Westwood One, DeFriez spent nearly 17 years as an Affiliate Sales Director for Premiere Networks. While at Premiere she also served as a Project Manager on several longform shows and as an Affiliate Sales Trainer who mentored new hires. For six years before that, DeFriez was an on-air host and Promotions Director for Nashville’s WJXA/WRMX.
iHM has promoted Bill Cahill to SVP/Programming for iHeartRadio and Premiere Networks. He succeeds Rich McLaughlin. Cahill will report Chris Williams, who is iHeartRadio Chief Product Officer. He'll also continue serving as iHM's Classic Hits/Oldies Brand Manager. Bill will also continue to work with Jennifer Leimgruber on Premiere programming projects.
Greater Media announces Steven Meyers has been promoted to Director of Digital Operations at Greater Media. Meyers most recently served as the Director of Digital Strategies at Greater Media, where he has been responsible for helping to grow audiences and revenue by developing new digital platforms that deepen listener engagement while providing new opportunities for the company’s commercial partners. Prior to joining Greater Media Philadelphia as the Digital Manager 2012, Meyers served as the vice president of Products and Development at Slamm for five years, a digital agency based out of West Chester, PA, in which he was a founding member.
Cumulus Brings Classic Hip Hop To Reno
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 8TH, 2015 –– Cumulus Media has launched KNEV-FM Reno as 95.5 The Vibe, Reno’s all-new Classic Hip Hop radio station. The station was formerly programmed as Adult Contemporary Magic 95.5. The new station will feature big old school Hip Hop hits, mixed with some R&B “throwbacks” from the ‘80’s, ‘90’s and early 2000’s.
Davey Morris (R), Corporate Program Director for Cumulus said: “Radio listeners are in for an early treat this October as Classic Hip Hop has made its way to RENO! 95.5 The Vibe will be providing all the Classic Hip Hop and familiar throwbacks to echo through the mountains and city of Reno. Reno Hip Hop lovers, get ready for big time fun!” Westwood One syndicates the Classic Hip Hop programming for 95.5 The Vibe.
Station Draws Mixed Reviews With Early Christmas Music
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 8TH, 2015 –– With Christmas just shy of 80 days away, that's apparently close enough for 103.7 Play Richmond. "The phones won't stop ringing," radio host Jack Lauterback said following yesterday's announcement. "We've gotten a mostly positive response so far, but according to WTVR-TV, some people aren't too pleased. One woman even said that she hated us. But that's okay. The Christmas spirit isn't for everyone, sadly. We hope to change that though." One woman called it bullsh*t, he added.
In explainin the early play, 103.7 Play host Melissa Chase said they just felt Richmond needed a pick me up. "This year people needed the holiday spirit a little earlier than usual," Chase said. Reaction on the 103.7 Facebook page is predictably mixed. The question now remains if they'll continue to stay in the holiday mode. Stay tuned.
NYMRAD Hosts Star Studded Concert During Ad Week Open
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 8TH, 2015 –– New York Market Radio (NYMRAD) hosted the 12th Annual Advertising Week Opening Night Event with an exclusive live concert featuring some of radio's top musical acts and radio stars. With a crowd of more than 2,000 media, marketing, and advertising agency executives, radio stars included Bethany and Nate, members of Z100's "Elvis Duran's Morning Show, WPLJ's Jayde from "Todd and Jayde in the Morning" introduced Natalie LaRose, and AMP Radio's Shoboy and Nina brought on Shaggy. Hot 97's Ebro Darden from "Ebro in the Morning" introduced the evening's headliner, Future. "That's what we do in Radio -- we give listeners the info and the new music they want to hear," said Bethany from the stage.
NYMRAD Exec Debbie Beagan; Chair Deon Levingston, VP/GM of Hot 97/WBLS, and Marc Rayfield, SVP/Market Manager of CBS Radio, took the stage to present NYMRAD's sizzle video, highlighting radio's best on-air talent, events and promotions across all of its member stations.
TOP NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
Rove McManus Replaces Dan And Maz On 2DAY; French DJs Rebel Against Prescribed Playlists
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 8TH, 2015 –– Only ten months after they debuted on 2DAY FM breakfast in January, Dan Debuf and Maz Compton have been replaced on Sydney's 2DAY FM. The new breakfast host, Rove McManus, 41, is an Australian stand-up comedian. For the last two years he's been presenting television programmes in the US for Comedy Central and the Game Show Network. He's not done radio on a regular basis for over ten years, and has never done a regular daily radio programme. Dan and Maz will remain with the Hit Network lineup. Their previous show, the national drivetime slot, is now held by Hamish and Andy, who this week confirmed a new National Drive News Presenter, Emma Freedman, and a "new streamlined drive news service". Only last week, Southern Cross Austereo were press-releasing a new social media service from Dan and Maz.Shares in Southern Cross Austereo, 2DAY's owners, rose 2% on the news.
Neil Fox Denies New Charges Against Him - Magic’s suspended breakfast show presenter Neil Fox has pleaded not guilty to six new charges. They were made against him for sexual offences against girls under the age of 16. Neil has previously denied seven counts of indecent assault and two counts of sexual touching without consent. He is due to stand trial for the original charges on November 5th. The Bauer Media employee was first arrested in September last year, then again in December and March. He remains off-air.
Quotas Killed The Radio Star: French DJs rebel against prescribed playlists For a while this week, France’s commercial radio sounded a bit less French as independent stations and leading broadcasters – including Europe 1, RFM, NRJ and RTL – staged a 24-hour boycott of the law that for 20-odd years has ensured nearly half the music played on French radio is, indeed, in French.
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WBLI's Dana & Jayson Raise $185,000 In First CMN Fundraiser
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 8TH, 2015 –– 106.1/WBLI'S Long Island's Dana & Jayson in the Morning were all smiles following their first Radiothon with the Children's Miracle Network with proceeds going to its local Children's Hospital.
Dana tells Jockline, "it was our first time doing it and we were blown away by the generosity of the Long Island community. I was so moved. Bawling. We didn't have a lot of sponsors since it was our first time so it really was a community effort. We were amazed with drawing a $185,000 total.
Benztown Partners With Dash Radio
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 8TH, 2015 –– Benztown and Dash Radio have teamed for a revolutionary digital radio platform that features more than 70 originally programmed live channels curated by some of the world's top DJ's, radio personalities and programmers, to help create an incomparable sound and distinctive experience for Dash listeners. Under the agreement, Benztown will provide comprehensive custom imaging for Dash’s 70+ stations. In addition, all Dash stations will have full access to Benztown’s production libraries.
Benztown will also work closely with Dash on new station launches, curating custom content, and gathering content from events. Additionally, Benztown will consult on programming strategy for Dash, assisting Dash in getting great programming on the air and finding the freshest and most exciting talent for its stations. Please see the attached release for details. Also attached is a photo of the Dash Radio and Benztown teams, including (at top right, left to right) Dash Radio's DJ Skee; Justin Case, Director of Programming and Imaging for Benztown; and Masa Patterson, Vice President of Sales and Operations for Benztown. Thanks for your interest in this exciting alchemy of Radio's very best!WBLI's Dana And Jeffrey Raise $185,000 In First CMN Drive
J-LO To Host American Music Awards; Paul McCartney Uncovers Lost Jackson Vocals
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Ellen K Takes Over Mornings At KOST-FM; Mark Wallengren Shifts To Afternoon Drive
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 7TH, 2015 –– iHeartMedia Los Angeles announced that Ellen K, veteran radio personality and co-host with Ryan Seacrest on 102.7 KIIS FM’s morning show, will make the move to anchor mornings on sister station KOST 103.5. “The Ellen K Morning Show on KOST 103.5” will debut on October 19th at 6:00AM. Concurrently, longtime KOST personality Mark Wallengren will move to host afternoon drive. “
Ellen K is a major marquee radio talent, and we saw a real opportunity to bring her to KOST, building a great roster that also includes one of L.A.’s most beloved personalities, Mark Wallengren, now leading our afternoons,” said Andrew Jeffries, SVP of Programming for iHeartMedia.
Most recently Ellen co-hosted "On Air with Ryan Seacrest," the market-topping No. 1 Los Angeles morning drive-time show for iHeartMedia’s 102.7 KIIS-FM as well as the top rated, nationally-syndicated music and entertainment show “On Air with Ryan Seacrest,” heard on 170 stations across America as well as on iHeartRadio. Ellen regularly appears on The Talk and has been the voice of The Grammys, People’s Choice Awards, the iHeartRadio Music Festival and was most recently selected as the voice of the 88th Academy Awards, in addition to narrating “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” and “My Big Fat American Gypsy” on TLC. In 2012 Ellen was honored with a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame for her work in radio, and was awarded the inaugural Airblazer during this year's Morning Show Boot Camp as awarded by the MIW
Bubba Issues Apology After Admitting To Ratings Tampering
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 7TH, 2015 –– After returning to the air in Tampa yesterday following a short suspension, Bubba The Love Sponge held a very brief, but emotional press conference where he admitted that he attempted to tamper with ratings by trying to influence a person's listening habits who was participating in a Nielsen survey.
Bubba said that he was "humbled and embarrassed" by the incident and said he owed the truth to his listeners, fans and advertisers. "With regret," he said, "the accusations are true." He added, he wasn't sure what the future holds, but was sorry he let everybody down, and again asking forgiveness.
Beasley hasn't announced any punishment, but said it would require Clem and his staff to undergo ratings compliance training. Clem broadcasts his syndicated show from WBRN 98.7 in Tampa. No questions were taken following the press conference.
[WATCH] Matt Drudge Makes Rare Visit On Alex Jones Show
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 7TH, 2015 –– Internet behemoth and former radio talk host Matt Drudge made a surprise, and somewhat mysterious visit to radio host's The Alex Jones' 'Prison Planet TV' show. While not appearing directly on camera, he remained off-stage holding a mic as Jones asked questions. Drudge went off on social media, corporate control of the internet and, of course, politics. WATCH UNUSUAL INTERVIEW HERE
The Weather Channel & SBG Team For New Partnership
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 7TH, 2015 –– The Weather Channel® and Sun Broadcast Group today announced they have entered a network radio partnership in a groundbreaking move that will change how listeners consume and interact with The Weather Channel team’s national radio products. The multi-year deal will also include using Sun’s “Shazam for Radio” product to create the nation’s first interactive, broadcast radio weather forecasts.
“As Sun continues our rapid growth we are constantly on the lookout for best-in-brand providers that understand, as we do, the changing radio landscape,” said Jason Bailey, CEO of Sun Broadcast Group. “Not only is it an honor and privilege to represent The Weather Channel brand’s extensive national radio network to our partners, clients and advertisers, but the commitment from both our companies to deliver the nation’s first ever, fully interactive, BROADCAST RADIO weather reports is incredibly exciting."
For more information on The Weather Channel radio service contact Ray Stagich at 770-226-2729.or firstname.lastname@example.org.
iHeartRadio Lands On PlayStation 3 & 4 Video Game Consoles
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 7TH, 2015 –– iHeartRadio has landed on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 in a brand new app, completely customized for Sony’s top gaming platform. Open the new iHeartRadio app on your PS3 or PS4 and instantly gain access to your favorite Live Radio and Custom Stations, plus stations tailored specifically “For You” based off your location, previous listening and genre preferences. You can use your PlayStation controllers to search for the perfect songs, stations, podcasts and artists.
Santa Makes Way For Classic Rock In Duluth
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 7TH, 2015 –– At a time of year when many stations prepare for their seasonal flip to Christmas music, one station in Duluth is doing just the opposite. According to The Duluth News Tribune, the town's newest FM radio station it the Twin Ports has abandoned its all Christmas stuntage for a classic rock format. Townsquare Media Duluth on Tuesday announced the launch of The New Sasquatch 106.5 FM which will also be broadcast on the company's sister station, WEBC 560 AM.
The FM translator was recently purchased by the company and moved from Moose Lake to Duluth. The company also dropped the sports format for WEBC. For the past week both FM 106.5 and 560 AM were playing Christmas music 24/7 as a means to draw attention to the new classic rock format. "We have a lot of classic rock fans in the market and we continually heard that listeners wanted another classic rock option," said David Drew, Townsquare operations manager in Duluth, in a statement. "We decided to program a musically focused classic rock station with an irreverent, 'anything goes' style.
MOTION: Sam Rogers Named VP/National Sales & Corp. Partnerships For CBS Radio; The Mighty 1090 San Diego Extends Dan Sileo Show
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 7TH, 2015 –– CBS RADIO announced that Sam Rogers has been named Vice President, National Sales and Corporate Partnerships. Rogers returns to CBS RADIO where he previously spent more than two decades (1988-2011) in a variety of management positions, most recently as Senior Vice President/Market Manager, CBS RADIO Washington, D.C.
Since 2013, Rogers has been Vice President of National and Corporate Sales at Radio One. Prior to that, he was Vice President of Political and Platform Sales at Cumulus Media from 2011-12, and General Manager of WMAL/WRQX. Rogers also managed political sales during the 2012 election cycle. ABOUT CBS RADIO
Broadcast Company of the Americas announced they have extended their agreement with Mighty 1090 (XPRS-AM) morning drive host, Dan Sileo, through December 2017. Sileo joined the Mighty 1090 lineup in February 2014 and since then quadrupled AM drive ratings, making a significant impact at the station.
In addition to Dan’s morning show responsibilities, he also has been part of the San Diego Padres Pregame Show for the 2015 baseball season. Sileo commented “I want to thank the folks at the Mighty 1090am, Mike Glickenhaus and Mike Shephard, and of course Executive Producer, Joe Tutino, for his guidance and helping me build our show here in San Diego into something I am very proud of. I am so thankful for the great folks in San Diego and Southern California for embracing me and my family here. It’s a great honor to be part of the best sports talk lineup in the country for years to come."
SYNDICATION: iHeart Adds John & Leah Show To Five Stations; Sunday Night Slow Jams Launches Third New Format Version
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 7TH, 2015 ––Envision Networks® has reached an agreement with iHeartMedia to bring The John and Leah Show to five new stations in the Birmingham, AL area including WERC-AM, WERC-FM, WAAX-AM, WDAK-AM and WRTR-FM. Leah Brandon currently works as a morning news anchor at Newsradio 1055 WERC. She started out as a DJ in Roanoke, Va., and then came to Los Angeles where she began her radio voiceover imaging career. John Ziegler first worked with Leah at KFI-AM/Los Angeles. Interested in adding The John and Leah Show to your programming? Contact Amber Wade at AmberW@envisionradio.com or 216-831-3761.
Benztown’s internationally syndicated hit weekend radio show Sunday Night Slow Jams announces that it has launched the third and brand new format version of Sunday Night Slow Jams: The Throwback Edition. The Throwback Edition of Sunday Night Slow Jams is created especially for Classic Hip-Hop stations and showcases those monster Slow Jams from back in the day. Hosted by R Dub! For more information and to get the new Throwback Edition of Sunday Night Slow Jams in your market, visit www.benztown.com/slowjams or contact Masa Patterson at Benztown at email@example.com or (818) 842-4600.
Valerie Geller's 'Beyond Powerful Radio' Book Now In Audio
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 7TH, 2015 –– The audio version of Valerie Geller's highly popular 'Beyond Powerful Radio is now available.
Geller tells Jockline, "If you'd like to become a more powerful communicator in the digital world - and you'd rather listen than read... 'BEYOND POWERFUL RADIO - A COMMUNICATOR'S GUIDE TO THE INTERNET AGE is now an audio book!
Jay Leno Crashes Jimmy Fallon's Monologue; Howard Stern Rips Pink Floyd's Waters
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Bubba's Back; Press Conference Announced For 11:00 AM
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 6TH, 2015 –– The Bubba The Love Sponge Show was back on the air this morning on WBRN 98.7 Tampa after being sidelined during an investigation into alleged rating's tampering.
This followed yesterday's announcement by Beasley Media Group saying it determined that Todd Clem (AKA, ‘Bubba The Love Sponge’), who airs his syndicated show on WBRN 98.7 in the Tampa Bay radio market, was indeed contacted directly by a PPM (Portable People Meter) holder and subsequently attempted to influence the listening habits of the PPM holder.
Nielsen Audio confirmed that Mr. Clem’s conduct had no impact on the Tampa Bay radio market ratings because the improper activity was discovered in a timely manner and Nielsen moved quickly to remove the PPM holder’s results from the survey. However, due to Mr. Clem’s attempt to influence the listening of a PPM Panelist, Beasley’s station, WBRN-FM (98.7 MHz), will not be included in the September 2015 ratings report. Beasley Media Group President Bruce Beasley stated “Beasley strongly condemns the actions of Mr. Clem, who has provided syndicated programming to radio broadcasters for many years and is not a Company employee. We are taking appropriate steps to ensure that such conduct does not occur in the future.
Meanwhile, BTLS was back live this morning in Tampa and called it a "Joyous day." Among others, he thanked Beasley Media for its support and elected to not take phone calls, but did say he would be holding a press conference at 11:00 am et.
‘Serial’ Being Pitched As TV Series; Not Everyone Happy
“The fact that the audience wasn’t being fed visuals — forced you to pay attention in a way that television often does not.” - Soraya Nadia McDonald
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 6TH, 2015 –– Production of the next season of NPR's 'Serial,' is now being pitched as a television series. According to current.org, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, executive producers of The Last Man on Earth on Fox, want to capture behind-the-scenes action as producer Sarah Koenig (R) and her crew create Season 2 — which reportedly will focus on U.S. Army soldier Bowe Bergdahl, held captive for five years in Afghanistan.
Not everyone, however, was pleased with the announcement. The Washington Post’s Soraya Nadia McDonald wrote what made Serial’s first season so addictive “was the way it isolated you with your thoughts and left you free to visualize what Koenig was reporting and the conversations she had with the people in Adnan Syed’s life.” “The fact that the audience wasn’t being fed visuals — aside from the ones being provided if you went hunting for them on the Serial Web site forced you to pay attention in a way that television often does not.”
Alpha Media Launches Group Wide Donation Campaign For SC Flood Victims
THE MOUTH, OCTO BER 6TH, 2015 –– Alpha Media is running PSA's, promos and social media posts in all 35 Alpha markets asking for donations for those affected by the South Carolina flood. This past weekend, Columbia, South Carolina was devastated by torrent ial flooding leaving thousands trapped without running water, electricity or a way out affecting many fellow Alpha employees and their families. The American Red Cross is providing safe shelter and support across the Carolinas where unprecedented flooding has destroyed homes, Red Cross volunteers have opened 35 shelters in North and South Carolina – 30 in South Carolina alone – where more than 200 people spent Sunday night.
Alpha Media Executive VP of Programming Scott Mahalick (shown) commented on the announcement, “All of us here at Alpha Media are in shock and devastated by the loss our fellow Alpha family members are experiencing. Words cannot beg in to describe what they are going through, it’s unbelievable. We are appreciative of the Red Cross and what they are doing and want to continue to ask everyone to help out any way they can; by texting REDCROSS to 90999 or by helping run PSAs to support the efforts of the Red Cross.”
PROGRAMMING: Ryan Kramer Rises To PD At iHM Austin Combo
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 6TH, 2015 –– iHeartMedia Austin announced that Ryan Kramer has been named Program Director for Austin’s Hip Hop and Hit Music station KPEZ-FM 102.3 The Beat and Austin’s Sports Talk AM 1300 The Zone, effective immediately.
Kramer has been with iHeartMedia Austin since September of 2013 when he was brought in as the Assistant Program Director and to host the 102.3 The Beat Morning Show. Before coming to Austin, Kramer was the midday host and Program Director of CHR KSME in Fort Collins, Colorado for more than 8 years.
"I'm so thankful and humbled by the opportunity that Patrick Davis has given me with KPEZ and KVET-AM. Special thanks to Patrick, Jay Shannon, Brad Hardin & Pam McKay for the faith they have in me," said Kramer.
iHM Inks Extension With Charlamagne Tha God
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 6TH, 2015 –– iHeartMedia announced it has renewed its relationship with Charlamagne Tha God, host of New York's Power 105's nationally syndicated hit radio show "The Breakfast Club." Charlamagne Tha God will continue to host the nationally syndicated, award-winning hit radio show "The Breakfast Club" on weekdays from 6-10:00 a.m. ET, as well as "Weekends with The Breakfast Club," alongside Angela Yee and DJ Envy "The Breakfast Club" is also televised live Monday through Friday on REVOLT TV.
"God is great. The greatest radio company in the world, iHeartMedia, has committed to me and I have made a commitment to iHeartMedia," said Charlamagne Tha God . "This December, 'The Breakfast Club' will celebrate five years, and during that time, all my radio dreams have come true, including 'The Breakfast Club' becoming a nationally syndicated radio show. I can't wait to see what God has planned for the next five years. We are just getting started!"
L.A. Times Columnist Bill Plaschke To Co-Host Morning Show With Jeanne Zelasko; KXNT Vegas Launches New Two Shows
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 6TH, 2015 –– Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times columnist, will team up with veteran sports personality Jeanne Zelasko to host an all-new morning show airing weekdays from 6 – 9am beginning today, October 6, on The Beast 980, L.A.’s all-sports radio Plaschke has written for the L.A. Times since 1987 and has been the Associated Press National Sports Columnist of the Year five times. He is a regular panelist on ESPN's “Around the Horn” talk show and has written five books. A popular sports journalist and insider, Zelasko has anchored The Beast 980 morning show since it launched in 2014. Before that, she spent several years as a host and sideline reporter for FOX Sports, both nationally and regionally, covering the NFL, MLB and NASCAR.
News Talk 840 AM KXNT announced the launch of their new local morning and afternoon shows effective immediately. Heidi Harris airs weekdays from 6:00 am – 9:00 am and Alan Stock airs from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm. Both shows can be heard weekdays on-air, online at www.kxnt.com and through the Radio.com mobile app. Heidi Harris is a Las Vegas native and 17 year talk radio and cable TV veteran and has appeared as a commentator on Cable News channels hundreds of times, including Fox News, CNN and MSNBC.
Alan Stock has worked in television and radio for over 30 years and is one of the most well known talk show hosts in Las Vegas. He’s received numerous awards for his work including three Electronic Media Awards, being named to Talkers Magazine 100 Most Influential Talk Radio Hosts in America for the past sixteen years, and was inducted into the Nevada Broadcaster Association’s Hall of Fame in 2003.
FORMATICS: Cumulus Passes The Torch To Hip Hop, 98.3 Des Moines
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 6TH, 2015 –– Cumulus Media announces KWQW-FM, formerly programmed as News/Talk station 98.3 The Torch, launched yesterday at 12:00 Noon CST as Des Moines’ all-new Classic Hip Hop station, 98.3 The Vibe. 98.3 The Vibe kicked off its totally unique take on Hip Hop with wall-to-wall music and will play an exciting mix of hit music from the biggest stars from the early days of Hip Hop. The new station features big old school Hip Hop hits, mixed with some R&B “throwbacks” from the ‘80’s, ‘90’s and early 2000’s.
Westwood One syndicates the Classic Hip Hop programming for 98.3 The Vibe. Davey Morris, Corporate Program Director for Cumulus said: “This is going be a fun and thrilling time for radio listeners in Des Moines. As a company, we get uber-excited when we launch such an energetic, upbeat and familiar station. I know Des Moines will love coming to our party in the speakers. 98.3 The Vibe is born!”
South Africa Grants Futuri Patent For LDR & Takeover Technologies
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 6TH, 2015 –– Futuri Media has received a patent from the Republic of South Africa for its Listener Driven Radio (LDR) and Takeover technologies, including Instant Alerts™, live interactive radio programming, and social playlist sharing. The patent, which names Futuri President/CEO Daniel Anstandig and CTO Brian Seeders as inventors, also pertains to LDR’s unique interface with radio automation systems. The patent supports Futuri radio station partners KFM/Cape Town and 947/Johannesburg (formerly 94.7 Highveld Stereo), owned by Primedia.
The stations use Futuri’s LDR1 services on their websites and mobile apps around the clock. Futuri’s LDR and Takeover exemplify our commitment to connecting everyone together in ways that demonstrate how radio continues to be a state-of-the-art business.” Futuri President/CEO Daniel Anstandig commented, “We are proud to be recognized by the government of South Africa for our groundbreaking work with our LDR and Takeover programming innovations. This patent is a wonderful accomplishment for our team and our partners. Our partnership with Primedia has shown how powerfully impactful real-time interaction with a live broadcast can be on audience growth. As our company has rapidly expanded to eleven countries, this is another illustration of how Futuri is changing the face of radio around the world.”
College Students Join For Gathering With Benztown & Dawson McAllister During Atlanta Radio Show
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 6TH, 2015 –– Dawson McAllister connected with college students one-on-one at a special beer and pizza party during last week's Radio Show in Atlanta. Joining McAllister was Jessica McVay, Dawson McAllister Live co-host, their production team, and the folks at Benztown.
Among the Student Scholars attending were students from: Emerson College, University of Florida, Cal State Long Beach, University of LaVerne, University of Alabama, and Tri-County Technical College. PHOTO ID (Left to Right): Dave "Chachi" Denes, Benztown President; Dawson McAllister; Samantha Hval, Student Scholar and Emerson College Sophomore; Nicole Simeone, Student Scholar and Emerson College Senior; Jessica McVay, co-host, Dawson McAllister Live; and Savannah Williams-Radecic, Student Scholar and Emerson College Junior.
Sneak Peek At Sam Smith's 'Bond' Video; Kardashians: American's First Family?
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Al Roker Issues Apology Following Selfie During South Carolina Disaster Coverage - [THE WRAP]
'The Soup' Invades Nascar - [E!]
[WATCH] First Peek At Martin Scorsese And Mick Jagger's HBO Series - [INDEPENDENT]
Grateful Dead, John Mayer Giving Away 10K Tickets To New York Show - [US NEWS]
And The Best Global Brands In The World Are... [CNBC]
Pepsi Gets Back To The Future With Pepsi Perfect Collector Item - [USA TODAY]
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Cumulus Chairman Quells Bankruptcy Rumors
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 5TH, 2015 –– Amid bankruptcy rumors which began to swirl following last week's blockbuster announcement of longtime CEO Lew Dickey being switched out at Cumulus for former Readers Digest executive, Mary Berner (R), Chairman Jeffrey Marcus tells 'industry influencers that isn't the case
The New York Post's Claire Atkinson reports there are private-equity folks who think there’s still some value to be extracted despite its $2.4 billion debt load. Atkinson adds: 'Dickey’s chief creation of the past 18 months has been to invest in content that builds out of a radio-station concept. He created the NASH FM/NASH ICON country music radio network and attempted to create a lifestyle portfolio around it. That included a music label with Taylor’s Swift’s Big Machine and released artists such as Reba McIntire. It also published Country Weekly magazine, and a retail clothing line was on the horizon.
MOTION: 102.0 KBLX Bay Area Adds Comedian Mark Curry To Mornings
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 5TH, 2015 –– 102.9 KBLX is bringing Bay Area comedian and entertainer Mark Curry to the air from 6 am to 9 am as of Monday, October 12. Curry will be joined by veteran broadcasters Victor “Big Daddy” Zaragoza and Kimmie Taylor, both of whom have collectively been with KBLX for over 15 years.
Curry, a prominent comedian who performs nationwide, is best known for his starring role on the ABC sitcom Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper. He has also served as a host of the syndicated series It’s Showtime at the Apollo. “I’m so ready to take to the Bay Area airwaves. I’m bubbling with excitement to serve the listeners of this legendary radio station in the market where I was born and raised. How great is that?” said Curry. “We’re about to change the face of Bay Area radio forever.
KBLX-FM is operated by Entercom Communications, which also operates San Francisco radio stations 96.5 KOIT Lite Rock Less Talk, 98.5/102.1 Classic Rock KFOX and 95.7 The GAME, the Bay Area’s only FM sports station.
ESPN Radio’s Russillo & Kanell To Simulcast In Full On ESPNEWS
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 5TH, 2015 –– Russillo & Kanell, co-hosted by Ryen Russillo and Danny Kanell and broadcast daily on ESPN Radio from 1 – 4 p.m. ET, will be simulcast in full on ESPNEWS beginning Monday, Oct. 5. The show, which debuted August 31, airs Monday – Friday, and is also available nationally on ESPN Radio, espnradio.com, the ESPN app, SiriusXM, Apple iTunes, Slacker Radio and TuneIn, as well as on WatchESPN.
Russillo was named co-host of ESPN Radio’s Scott Van Pelt Show in May 2009. From June – August 2015, he hosted The Russillo Show with a group of alternating co-hosts, including Kanell. Previously, Russillo hosted ESPN Radio’s College GameDay (noon-7 p.m. Saturdays throughout the football season). Russillo joined ESPN Radio in February 2006, and hosted NBA Sunday, The Baseball Show and the NFL Draft. Kanell joined ESPN in 2010 as a college football game and studio analyst. In addition to Russillo & Kanell, he hosts a variety of college football studio programming Thursdays-Saturdays during the season.
Prior to joining ESPN, Kanell was an NFL and college football analyst for WQAM Miami and CBS4 Miami. After playing quarterback at Florida State for four years, Kanell was drafted by the New York Giants in 1996. He also played for the Atlanta Falcons and the Denver Broncos until 2004. For more info, contact Tara Chozet firstname.lastname@example.org (860) 766-2206 @TaraESPN
Spencer Graves Announces Move To Major Market
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 5TH, 2015 –– Spencer Graves, a man often mistaken at Morning Show Boot Camp for singer Charles Kelley from Lady Antebellum (below), tells Jockline "I'm ecstatic to tell you that in November, I will be joining an amazing new company in a major market. With the new position brings the end of a eight year career with Delmarva Broadcasting Company's WSTW Wilmington, DE. During that time we helped raise over $1 million for a local children's hospital, made an impact with local students with an anti-bullying campaign and brought the morning show and station back to number one.
I must thank Chris Carl, Rick Jensen, Mike Reath, Bob Krasne and Nancy Johnson for their leadership, faith in me and friendship over my time with DBC. My last day on WSTW-FM is October 9th.
PodcastOne Adds Bruno, Cardone & Love Debate To Lineup
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 5TH, 2015 –– PodcastOne announced that three additional programs will now be available to listeners and advertisers via PodcastOne’s network. First up, New York Times Bestselling Author, Business Expert and Motivational Speaker Grant Cardone, also founder of Grant Cardone Sales University, the most popular online sales training University in the world, will bring his expertise and successful podcast to the PodcastOne platform.
Next up, The Great Love Debate, hosted by Great Love Debate creator, and author of How To Find Love in 60 Seconds, Brian Howie, along with The Debate Team - actress/writer Jill Bartlett and dating and social media expert Kate Edwards.
And beginning October 8th, The Tony Bruno Show. He's held posts at FOX Sports, Sporting News and Premiere Networks, and some of the biggest radio stations in the nation, in addition to being one of the original voices of ESPN when Mike & Mike began as Bruno & Golic. The show features advice and the female perspective from Executive Producer Robin Austin, as well as regular visits from fantasy sports enthusiast Luigi Curto, and Twitter correspondent Joe Corrado. For more information, please visit www.PodcastOne.com. To advertise, please contact PodcastOne at email@example.com. About PodcastOne
Radio's Beloved Jeff' & Jer' Show Takes Stage One Last Time
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 5TH, 2015 –– Hard to believe that next week, one of radio's most beloved and revered radio teams will air their final show together on KyXy San Diego (Jeff and the remaining show members will continue with KyXy). As previously reported, Jerry Cesak and his wife Pam are building a pet hospital to be named Charlotte's Medical Center. This past weekend, the entire show took to the stage one final time for a fundraising celebration to raise money for the hospital. PHOTO/L-R Jerry, Jeff, Randy Hoag, Laura Cain, Emily & Little Tommy.
WHO's Simon Conway Raises More Money For Puppy Foundation
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 5TH, 2015 A year ago WHO Afternoon Driver, Simon Conway, adopted a charity and put on a BBQ in the iHeartMedia News Talker’s parking lot for two hours. $4,000.00 was raised. Everyone was impressed. And now a year on, Conway repeated the event and in the same two hours smashed last year’s figure with a $6,000 haul!
The Puppy Jake Foundation, which acquires, raises and professionally trains service dogs for physically and mentally wounded Veterans is the official charity of his show. “Once again my audience has stood up in a huge way to help Veterans in our community,” he said. Conway convinced a local supermarket to hand over 200 Pounds of meat, a baker to give 500 buns and a Grilling Champion to do the cooking. “We were non-stop with people driving through, picking up “free” sandwiches and throwing heaps of cash in the donation buckets,” said Simon. “Not only did loads of people come out to support us, we even had a Navy SEAL team turn up! Also on hand were dogs — lots of them — including the first dog to have been given to a veteran, the original Puppy Jake himself, my own Chocolate Lab, Reagan, and a couple of eight week old puppies.” Learn more about the charity HERE.
USRN Opens Up 'Donald Trump Insult Hotline'
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 5TH, 2015 –– If you’ve ever dreamed of being insulted by The Donald, United Stations wants to make your wish come true. USRN’s Comedy On Demand service has created a “Donald Trump Insult Hotline” to provide stations with a free custom put-down from the presidential hopeful.
Those interested in getting their own personalized insult are invited to call 212-536-3685 during the week of October 5. Within 24 hours, free customized audio will be sent to any station that leaves their name, call letters, cell phone number, email and a personal detail. The hotline will be open until 3 p.m. Eastern on Friday, October 9.
To check out United Stations' Donald Trump in action, watch Forrest Trump (http://bit.ly/1N1Opv5) on the USRN comedy team’s YouTube Channel.
'The Martian' Blasts Off At Box Office; David Cassidy Charged After Hit & Run In Florida
David Cassidy Charged With Leaving Accident Scene - [PEOPLE]
Demi Lovato Explains Why She Bared All - [INQUISITR]
REPORT: Turmoil Behind The Scenes At 'Dr. Phil' - [THE WRAP]
'The Martian' Rockets To Success - [CNN]
[WATCH] Hill Faces Off With Val The Bartender On SNL - [RAW STORY]
Lenny Kravitz & James Franco Star In 'Guitar Hero' Ad - [EW]
'Family Feud' Catching Heat Over (S)exually Charged Answers - [NYDN]
CBS Planning Another Macyver Series - [CBS]
'Lethal Weapon' Reboot In The Works At Fox - [THR]
First Ever Latin Music Awards Picks Its Host - [BILLBOARD]
Laurence Fishburne Picked To Play Nelson Mandela In Mini-Series - [DEADLINE]
Man Claimed To Owned google.com Domain For 12 Secs. Paid $12 - [TELEGRAPH]
Glastonbury Tickets Sell Out In 32 Minutes - [SKY]
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Big Night For Hubbard And Cox At Marconi's
KYW-AM Philadelphia Draws Legendary Station Honors
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 2ND, 2015 –– Winners of the 20152 National Association of Broadcasters' (NAB) Marconi Radio Awards were announced Thursday night at the NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner & Show held at the Radio Show in Atlanta. The NAB Marconi Radio Awards are given to radio stations and outstanding on-air personalities to recognize excellence in radio.This year's NAB Marconi Radio Award recipients are:
Legendary Station KYW-AM, Philadelphia, PA - AC Station of the Year - WDUV-FM, Tampa, FL - Network/Syndicated Personality of the Year Steve Harvey, Premiere Networks - CHR Station of the Year KQMV-FM, Seattle, WA - Major Market Personality of the Year Eric & Kathy, WTMX-FM, Chicago, IL - Classic Hits Station of the Year KONO-FM, San Antonio, TX - Large Market Personality of the Year Gene & Julie Gates, WRAL-FM Raleigh, NC Country Station of the Year WUBE-FM Cincinnati, OH - Medium Market Personality of the Year Dan Potter, KRMG-AM, Tulsa, OK - News/Talk Station of the Year WSB-AM Atlanta, GA - Small Market Personality of the Year Brian Byers, WSOY-AM, Decatur, IL - Religious Station of the Year WPRS-FM Washington, D.C. - Major Market Station of the Year WTOP-FM, Washington, D.C. - Rock Station of the Year WDRV-FM Chicago, IL - Large Market Station of the Year KSTP-FM, St. Paul, MN - Sports Station of the Year WFAN-AM New York, NY - Medium Market Station of the Year KRMG-AM, Tulsa, OK - Urban Station of the Year WBLS-FM New York, NY - Small Market Station of the Year WLEN-FM, Adrian, MI - Noncommercial Station of the Year WKAR-FM East Lansing - The NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner & Show also featured a performance by Grammy nominated singer and BMI songwriter Gavin DeGraw. Top-rated syndicated radio personality Rickey Smiley served as the host. 1
Attendance Rises For 2015 Radio Show
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 2ND, 2015 –– NAB and RAB today announced the total number of registered attendees for the 2015 Radio Show, held this week in Atlanta. 2015 Radio Show Attendees: 2,170 This compares to 2,079 attendees at the 2014 Radio Show in Indianapolis. Event organizers also announced that the 2016 Radio Show, September 21-23, will be held at the Omni Nashville Hotel in Nashville,TN. The 2015 Radio Show, produced by the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) and the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), About NAB The National Association of Broadcasters is the premier advocacy association for America's broadcasters. NAB advances radio and television interests in legislative, regulatory and public affairs. Through advocacy, education and innovation, NAB enables broadcasters to best serve their communities, strengthen their businesses and seize new opportunities in the digital age. Learn more at www.nab.org.
Nielsen and Westwood One Ink Multi-Year Extension
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 2ND, 2015 –– Nielsen and Westwood One announced that Westwood One has signed a multi-year extension to use Nielsen BDSradio measurement exclusively across its Cumulus stations and Westwood One 24/7 syndicated programming. Nielsen BDSradio is the world's leading measurement tool for streaming, airplay, and sales data for the record and radio industries and powers the official Billboard charts.
Charles Steinhauer, Westwood One’s COO, said “The power of our platform, our recent investments in sales and marketing, and the strong continuity of our partnerships has allowed us to represent the best in class services in the industry. We are proud to extend our relationship with Nielsen and look forward to the future together.” “We are delighted to extend our successful relationship with Westwood One” added Erin Crawford, GM of Music, Nielsen. “As a leading provider of audio entertainment content, Westwood One is an ideal collaborator for us as we continue to develop new innovative tools for a dynamic music industry. It is a testament to our commitment to quality services and insights and we couldn’t be prouder.”
[WATCH] Disgraced Canadian Radio Star Pleads Not Guilty To (S)exual Assault Charges
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 2ND, 2015 –– Disgraced former radio host Jian Ghomeshi yesterday pleaded not guilty in a Toronto courtroom to all five charges against him. The former host of CBC Radio is facing five charges, including four counts of sexual assault and one count of overcoming resistance by choking.
According to CBC News, Ghomeshi did not speak with reporters as he walked into the downtown courthouse, where he was arraigned during a court appearance. Ghomeshi said only "not guilty" when asked how he pleaded. Ghomeshi was originally charged with seven counts of sexual assault and one count of overcoming resistance by choking, but two sexual assault charges were withdrawn in May because they said there was no reasonable prospect of conviction. He is also facing one charge of sexual assault that is being tried separately.
The CBC fired Ghomeshi last October after executives saw what they described as graphic evidence that he had physically injured a woman. The one-time radio star has admitted to engaging in rough (s)ex but said it was consensual. The alleged assaults he was originally charged with occurred between 2002 and 2008. Ghomeshi's $100,000 bail conditions require him to remain in Ontario and live with his mother. WATCH HERE
PROGRAMMING: 97.3 KISS Savannah Names Johnathan 'JR' Reed PD
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 2ND, 2015 –– iHeartMedia Savannah announced that Johnathan "JR" Reed has been named Program Director and On-Air Personality for 97.3 KISS-FM WAEV-FM. JR is an accomplished programmer with former stops at WNOK in Columbia, 97.9 KISS- FM in Jacksonville, WRVQ in Richmond and WZEE in Madison. He was most recently with iHeartMedia Austin, serving as Program Director for KHFI-FM and KPEZ-FM.
"I'm excited about the opportunity at WAEV in Savannah," said JR. "Thanks to Travis Dylan, Sheryl Collison, LJ Smith and Rod Phillips. I can't wait to get started and set up my new home in Savannah!" "JR continues a rich tradition of highly successful individuals that have called 97.3 KISS FM home," said Travis Dylan, Senior Vice President of Programming, iHeartMedia Savannah. "This iconic brand could not be in better hands!"
Jana Kramer and Country Music Personality Cody Alan Team With Super 8 For Military Appreciation
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 2ND, 2015 –– More than 300 service members and their families from Western Massachusetts, including Westover Air Force Reserve Base in Chicopee, will be treated to a special, live Q&A with award-winning Country music star Jana Kramer later today, all thanks to the Super 8¨ hotel brand and Premiere Networks. The event, being held in advance of Kramer's main stage performance at The Big E, New England's Great State Fair, will be hosted by CMT After MidNite's Cody Alan and marks the second stop of the Super 8 Military Appreciation Tour.
Launched earlier this year, the tour provides service members and their families with access to exclusive, one-of-a-kind events featuring top name Country music stars and is a part of a larger, ongoing effort by Super 8 to recognize and celebrate those who serve. The Super 8 Military Appreciation Tour marks the continuation of an ongoing relationship between Premiere Networks and Super 8, which is a long-time sponsor of the network's national Country music radio programs and events. The tour kicked off this summer with award-winning Country music duo Montgomery Gentry in Oak Grove, Ky.
Iowa Host Named Among World's Best Modelers
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 2ND, 2015 –– Longtime Quad Cities host Bill Michaels, co-host of the perennial successful Dwyer & Michaels Show on 97X, has now grabbed world attention for his talent. No, not just radio. But his miniature modeling work (above right). In the latest issue of the UK's Model Rail Magazine, he was named among the world's best.
"I’m pretty excited to be included as part of Model Rail’s cover story: “Ultimate Realism”. The author primarily wanted to focus on the water, Michaels tells Jockline. Initially, he wanted to know how I “go about incorporating real water into a project” and how I keep it from evaporating. After explaining the Envirotex and Mod Podge method that I used, his response was “Although, I still don’t believe that isn’t real water… It really is, without doubt, the most realistic water I have EVER seen.” Very flattering to say the least! - See more HERE
Don Henley Calls Out Kanye West; Could Bill Cosby Finally Be Facing Criminal Charges?
Taylor Swift Donates $50K To 13-Month Old Boy Battling Cancer - [POP SUGAR]
is There Really A Taylor Swift Baseball Curse? - [TIME]
[WATCH] Hillary Clinton To Join SNL's Season Premier - [VANITY FAIR]
UH OH: Don Henley Calls Out Kanye West - [ROLLING STONE]
[WATCH] RAVEN SYMONE: Never Talking About Trump Again - [THE WRAP]
REPORT: Bill Cosby To Finally Face Criminal Charges - [THE HOLLYWOOD GOSSIP]
Coachella Could Be Coming To Queens - [NYDN]
WENDY WILLIAMS: Terrence Howard Should Be Kicked Off 'Empire' - [GOSSIP COP]
Is Vin Diesel Going To Direct 'Furious 8?' - [DEADLINE]
Amazon To Ban Sale Of Apple, Google Video Streaming Devices - [BLOOMBERG]
In Time For Christmas? 'Game Of Thrones' Coloring Book Coming - [TECH TIMES]
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Ellen K Becomes Voice of 88th Annual Academy Awards
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 1ST, 2015 –– Yesterday on 102.7 KIIS-FM's Ryan Seacrest Show, he announced that co-host Ellen K has been selected as the voice of the 88th Academy Awards®. The Oscars® join a long list of voice credits for Ellen, including the Grammy Awards, the People’s Choice Awards, the iHeartRadio Music Awards, My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding on TLC and Hatched on The CW.
Ellen, who was recently honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2012 and recipient of the Inaugural Airblazer Award commemorating “Women Inspiring Women in radio" last August" said , “I’m honored and thrilled to be a part of the 2016 Oscars team. It’s a true privilege to lend my voice to this global event celebrating the best in cinema.”
Ryan Seacrest and Ellen K have anchored the morning show on KIIS-FM for 11 years. Ellen K is represented by Workhouse Media.
PROGRAMMING: Scott Lindsay Takes PD Reigns At WFMS Indianapolis
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 1ST, 2015 –– Cumulus Media announces that Stephen Giuttar (R)i has joined the company as Program Director for Country station WFMS 95.5 in Indianapolis, replacing Scott Lindy (L), who moves to Atlanta as Program Director for Country-formatted WKHX-FM (KICKS 101.5) and as Corporate Program Director for Cumulus.
Greg Frey moves from his WKHX Program Director position to Cumulus Corporate, where, as newly named Corporate Program Director, he will focus on Cumulus’ portfolio of Country stations and growing Country product line.
Giuttari comes to Cumulus from Townsquare Albany, where he was Country Format Leader and Brand Manager for WGNA. "Giuttari said: "I am honored to be joining a company that truly understands how to connect with the listener in so many ways, and I thank Mike McVay and Dave Crowl for this incredible opportunity. I am very much looking forward to working with the great staff at the legendary WFMS in Indianapolis."
Lindy said: “It’s rare to be given a chance to lead a team as dedicated as the group of professionals at the legendary 95.5 WFMS. Saying that I will miss working with everyone at WFMS is a vast understatement, only offset by knowing that I can continue to be a resource for them and that they will be working with an extremely talented programmer, Steve Giuttari. My gratitude goes out to Mike McVay for the opportunity to return to Atlanta as a Corporate Program Director and as PD of the award-winning KICKS 101.5.”
PIERRE BOUVARD: AM/FM 'The Last Media Standing'
Ad-Blocking Increased 300% By Consumers In Last Two Years
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 1ST, 2015 –– In his just-released blog, Cumulus/Westwood One CMO Pierre Bouvard shares how AM/FM is the “last media standing” when it comes to mobile mass reach and how radio can help marketers reach consumers who are increasingly blocking online advertising.
Pierre points to recent analytics from comScore who partnered with Adobe to release the 2015 Ad Blocking Report, which revealed that ad-blocking has increased 300% in the last two years.
comScore estimates 9% block ads; PageFair reports 16% block ads. In countries like France and Germany, comScore reports one out of four use ad-blocking. Could the U.S. expect to see ad-blocking levels of that magnitude? READ FULL BLOG HERE
Piolin Poll Shows Hillary Well In Front Of Democratic Presidential Contenders Among Hispanic Americans
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 1ST, 2015 –– Alliance Radio Networks announced the results of the weekly polling period for the Piolin Presidential Poll, which tracks Hispanic Americans’ voting preferences for the 2016 U.S. Presidential election on a weekly basis. Host Eddie Sotelo-- known to millions as “Piolin”-- and his nationally syndicated show El Show de Piolin, polled tens of thousands of Hispanic Americans, representing one of the largest and most representative Presidential Polls of Hispanic American voters. Respondents submitted their responses to a single question—“Whom do you plan to vote for for President of the United States?”
According to the online poll tracking respondent preferences for the Democratic Presidential candidates for the week of Thursday, September 24 through Wednesday, September 30, 2015, 67.9% of respondents said that they planned to vote for Hillary Clinton for President of the United States in the 2016 elections. Vice President Joe Biden came in at a distant second, with 17% of respondents saying that they planned to vote for Biden. Behind Biden was Senator Bernie Sanders, with 11.3% of respondents saying that they planned to vote for Sanders. 3.8% of respondents said that they planned to vote for Governor Martin O’Malley.
Frankie Robinson & Tone Kapone To Host New Shows On WGCI Chicago
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 1ST, 2015 –– iHeartMedia Chicago announced that Frankie Robinson (L) vwill host a new midday show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Tone Kapone will host a new afternoon show 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on 107.5 WGCI-FM beginning Thursday, October 1, 2015.
Frankie Robinson began her career at 107.5 WGCI-FM more than ten years ago as traffic reporter before hosting evenings on the station. Most recently, Robinson was Midday Host at WPWX-FM in Chicago. She lends a familiar voice to Chicagoland by championing many local community non-violence and educational programs. Tone Kapone, a Chicago native, began his career as an intern and quickly moved up the ranks to afternoon drive personality at WPWX before landing his dream job at 107.5 WGCI-FM. He serves as daily correspondent on Dish Nation and co-starred in the movie, “Of Boys and Men” and the hit television show, “The Parkers.”
Fox News Goes All In With SiriusXM 24/7 Headlines
Fox News Radio, Fox News and SiriusXM Debuts Fox News Headlines 24/7 On Monday, Oct. 5th
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 1ST, 2015 ––Ad Week reports the all-new satellite radio channel will broadcast from the FNC headquarters in New York and will offer real-time updates on everything from breaking news to social media trends.
“Our goal is to continuously deliver original breaking news product to our viewers. This up-to-the-minute national breaking news channel, combined with SiriusXM’s reach, is a natural partnership and extension for the FOX News brand,” Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes said.
Fox News begins with the voice of Bill Hemmer on Monday at 6 a.m. ET. Shepard Smith will also host for an hour at 6 p.m. ET with additional FNC personalities replacing Hemmer and Smith after the initial launch of the channel. Fox News Headlines 24/7 will be the fourth FNC station on SiriusXM, joining Fox News Channel, Fox Business and Fox News Talk.
KFOG’s To To Debut All-Star Breast Cancer Song & Video Featuring Top Rock Artists During Awareness Week
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 1ST, 2015 –– Cumulus San Francisco's KFOG announced it will release an all-star breast cancer benefit song and video today for Breast Cancer Awareness Month featuring many of rock’s biggest artists including: Hozier, Florence + The Machine, Vance Joy, Michael Franti, Spandau Ballet, Matt Nathanson, Elle King, Grace Potter, ZZ Ward, Graham Nash and members of the Grateful Dead.
The song, entitled “Boob Spelled Backwards is Boob” debuts today at 6:15 a.m. PDT on KFOG In The Morning and can be downloaded on iTunes. The accompanying music video can be accessed on www.kfog.com/boobproject/ and on YouTube. The effort is part of a multi-pronged yearlong KFOG global charity initiative dubbed #BoobProject, which includes a social media blitz featuring rock artists and a cross-country motorcycle tour.
Eight-year-old Archer Nelson wrote the song lyrics as a way of dealing with his mom Christi’s breast cancer diagnosis. The boy said he had the song stuck in his head so when Archer’s dad, Mike “No Name” Nelson, morning co-host at KFOG radio in San Francisco, told this story on the air, station staff decided to ask all the musicians who visited the station in 2015 to help make the song a reality.
TOP NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
Chris Moyles At War With Bosses Over Sam Smith Airplay
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 1ST, 2015 –– Chris Moyles is already be at war with his Radio X bosses over his hope to get Sam Smith on his programme. The new breakfast show host has made his return to the airwaves, but the station's rock leanings mean getting the crooner's tracks played is proving difficult. He told the Daily Star: "I really want to get Sam on the show. I missed a load of stuff in the three years I was away from radio, Sam was one of them. I finally met him this summer. I love him but can't play his music." The British singer made waves with his James Bond theme Writing's On The Wall, but Chris admitted he hasn't heard it yet. Sam isn't the only pop star he'd fight to get featured on his show. Taylor Swift is also near the top of his list.
Chris Evans Says He Will Stay At Radio 2 Even Though He’s Hosting Top Gear - Radio 2 Breakfast Show host, Chris Evans has dismissed claims that his upcoming television commitments will mean he doesn’t have time to focus on his Radio 2 breakfast show. Speaking at this year’s Radio Festival at the British Library in London, Chris also said it isn’t his role to be controversial on the air. “I’ve fallen back in love with life and how wonderful it is,” he told delegates in a Q&A with Radio 4’s Paddy O’Connell. “I would love to be more spiky, more edgy sometimes. But that’s not my job. I’m not flying a spitfire, I’m flying an Airbus A380 and we can’t do loop the loops.”
Justin Bieber Performed For KIIS In Sydney - Kyle and Jackie O’s on KIIS in Australia enjoyed some some Bieber love. Justin performed live on Bieber Island in Sydney. Around 1600 fans were ferried to the gig with Sydney harbour as the backdrop. - See more at: http://www.radiotoday.com.au/news/whats-new/7739-bieber-island-that-s-a-wrap.html#sthas
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Caitlyn Jenner Won't Be Charged In Fatal Car Crash; Sheeran To Host MTV EMA's 2015
Meet Steve Martin, Art Curator - [THR]
Ben Carson Surpasses Trump As Most-Liked On Facebook - [WSJ]
People Looks At Trump And Wife Melania's First Encounter - [PEOPLE]
Caitlyn Won't Be Charged In Deadly Car Crash - [LA TIMES]
[WATCH] Bill Cosby Once Told Kenan Thompson He Was Going To Need Two.. Ok, You Read It For Yourself - [NYDN]
Ed Sheeran To Host 2015 MTV EMA's - [MTV]
Beyonce, Jay Z, Prince To Headline Charity Tidal Concert - [ROLLING STONE]
'X-Factor' Winner Announces Project With Kelly Clarkson - [BILLBOARD]
[WATCH] "Name the first part of a woman you touch to get her in the mood," Steve Harvey Asked On 'Family Feud' - [ET]
The Beatles First Management Contract Goes For $$$$$$ At Auction - [NME]
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EXECUTIVE ACTION: Mary G. Berner Appointed CEO For Cumulus Media
Mike McVay Assumes SVP Content & Programming On Interim Basis
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 30TH, 2015 –– The board of directors of Cumulus Media announced that Mary G. Berner has been named Chief Executive Officer of the company, effective October 13, 2015. She will succeed Lew Dickey, the company's founder and CEO, who has decided to serve as Vice Chairman and continue as a director of the company.
Ms. Berner most recently served as President and Chief Executive Officer of MPA – The Association of Magazine Media ("MPA"), the industry association for magazine media companies. From 2007-2011, she was CEO of Reader's Digest Association and, before that, Chief Executive Officer of Fairchild Publications.
Lew Dickey, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cumulus said, "When I founded Cumulus in 1997, my goal was to create the nationwide platform we have today, with 460 stations in 90 cities, the industry's most important network, and unique original content, such as NASH. After serving the company day-to-day for almost 19 years, and the last 16 as CEO, now is right time for me to transition from CEO to Vice Chairman.
Along with Ms. Berner's appointment, it was confirmed that John Dickey has left his post Cumulus EVP of Content & Programming and in the interim will be assumed SVP of Content & Programming Mike McVay.
WPOC Celebrates Laurie DeYoung Day In Baltimore
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 30TH, 2015 –– On Tuesday, (9.29) 93.1 WPOC celebrated Morning Show Host Laurie DeYoung’s 30th Anniversary.In honor of Laurie’s anniversary Mayor Rawlings-Blake declared it Laurie DeYoung Day in Baltimore.
During her tenure at WPOC Laurie DeYoung has earned many honors including being nominated eleven times for the Country Music Association’s Personality of the Year award. She took the award home twice, most recently in 2014. DeYoung was a 2010 inductee into the Country Music DJ Hall of Fame and a 2014 Maryland D.C. Delaware Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame inductee.
MOTION: Jasmine Sadry Joins KSCS' 'Hawkeye In The Morning As Co-Host; B98.5 Atlanta Taps Tripp West For Middays
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 30TH, 3015 –– Cumulus Media Dallas/Fort Worth announced that Jasmine Sadry will join New Country 96.3 KSCS in Dallas as co-host for the “Hawkeye In The Morning” show with Mark “Hawkeye” Louis and Katelyn “Connected K” Maida. Jasmine comes to KSCS with over a decade in Dallas morning radio as part of “The Jagger Show” at 102.1 The Edge, Live 105.3 and 105.3 The Fan.
CMG Atlanta's Tripp West Named Weekday On-Air Personality, Music Director on B98.5 ATLANTA – Sept. 30, 2015 – Cox Media Atlanta’s (CMG) B98.5 has named Tripp West as its weekday on-air personality and music director, effective immediately. In this role, West will take over the top-rated 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tripp is a native of Savannah, Ga. and has been in Atlanta since 1997 with stops at WRDA, WYAY, 94.9 The Bull and most notably middays at Star 94 from 2002-2009.
Easy 106.5 Debuts In Jacksonville
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 30TH, 2015 –– Yesterday at noon, Cox Media Group (CMG) Jacksonville launched the new Easy 106.5 (WEZI ). Easy 106.5 will entertain listeners with an Adult Contemporary format featuring core artists like: Lionel Richie - Elton John - Billy Joel - Air Supply - Hall & Oats
“We couldn’t be more excited to bring this incredible music back to the listeners of Jacksonville ,” said CMG Jacksonville Operations Manager Todd Shannon.
iHeartRadio Music Fest Spurs 6.5 Billion Social Impressions
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 30TH, 20125 –– iHeartMedia shared the latest social media engagement data resulting from its iHeartRadio Music Festival, which took place in Las Vegas on September 18 and 19. This year's festival generated a record 6.5 billion social media impressions, putting the iconic music event's social activity ahead of the Big Game Half Time Show for the third consecutive year and neck and neck with the Academy Awards.
Twitter was the most popular platform for fans and viewers of this year's event, comprising almost half the social activity surrounding the festival, resulting in #iHeartRadio trending worldwide, nationally and locally across more than 80 cities. After Twitter, Facebook and Instagram were the next platforms of choice for those joining the conversation around the event, comprising 30 percent and 20 percent (respectively) of the festival's social activity, followed by Tumblr, Flickr and YouTube.
ON TAP TODAY: The RAB Releases White Paper On Programmatic At Radio Show
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 30TH, 2015 –– The Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) announced "A White Paper on Programmatic for The Radio Industry" to be released in conjunction with the General Session being presented at the 2015 Radio Show entitled "Unlocking Programmatic's Potential" taking place today, September 30th, 4-5:30PM in Atlanta.
The White Paper prepared by Prohaska Consulting and commissioned by the RAB is available for download to RAB Members at www.RAB.com. Matt Prohaska, Principal at Prohaska Consulting will be presenting findings from the White Paper and facilitating the General Session on programmatic at the Radio Show. To register for the Radio Show: www.RadioShowWeb.com The RAB is offering a free webinar to RAB Members only on October 6 and 8 where findings of the White Paper will be covered as well. To register for the webinar: http://www.rab.com/webcasts/webinars.cfm
Jim Carrey's Girlfriend Found Dead; NBA To Stream First Live Event On Facebook
Jim Carey's Girlfriend Found Dead From Apparent Suicide - [PEOPLE]
Frank Sinatra's Radio Broadcasts Uncovered For Reissue - [ROLLING STONE]
Lady Gaga Honored As Woman Of The Year By Billboard - [BILLBOARD]
Madonna Calendars Now Ready To Order - [MADONNA]
NBA To Stream Its First Live Event On Facebook With Lebron James - [VARIETY]
Nicki Minaj Comedy Series Coming To ABC - [DEADLINE]
ACT SURPRISED: Trump Admits He's Been A Little Childish - [CNN]
Why Kim Zolciak Really Got Booted From DWTS - [PAGE SIX]
HIDE THE CHILDREN: Demi Lovato, The Latest To Drop Top For Mag' Cover - It's Complex - [MTV]
Paul Walker's Death Wasn't His Porsche's Fault Says Company - [THE WRAP]
FORBES: Facts & Stats On America's Richest - [AOL]
'The Simpsons Could Come To An End Next Season Says Executive Producer - [EXPRESS]
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Bubba The Love Sponge Remains In 'Best Of' Mode Amid Probe
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 29TH, 2015 –– For the second day in a row, Bubba The Love Sponge aired in 'best of' mode following an investigation for alleged ratings tampering. This follows Nielsen announcing yesterday it will reschedule the release of ratings data for the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater market. The company said it was delaying the release to allow for completion of additional 'quality assurance steps'.
Nielsen and Beasley Media both said last Friday they are investigating the matter as well. Bubba, whose show airs from Beasley Media's 98.7 Tampa, told Tampa's FOX 13 "He was unaware of the ratings tampering allegations and was off the air Friday because he was being treated for injury after a fall. He denied he had been fired from the station and said he would have more to say once he had more information on the allegations against him.
Talk Host Seeks FBI’s Help After Altered Video Shows Her Death
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 29TH, 2015 –– Fresh off this week's news of Chicago host Julie DiCaro taking a day off last Friday following threats aimed at her on Twitter, comes yet another disturbing threat aimed at a radio host. Popular syndicated host, Dana Loesch (L), a ardent gun rights activist who recently starred in a television advertisement for the National Rifle Association, has contacted the FBI following a disturbing threat made on the internet. According to mediaite.com, Loesch found herself targeted by an anonymous troll on social media who apparently disagreed with her gun advocacy stance and created a violent video depicting her death.”
The doctored version was posted to Twitter sometime on Sunday night. It was subsequently taken down, but not before Loesch got access to a copy, which she then reposted to her own Twitter page in an effort to re-troll the person who initially posted it. In an edited clip taken from the original video, an off-screen hand positioned to look like Loesch’s own raise a handgun to her head and pulls the trigger. Loesch then tweeted: I’ve contacted the FBI. I will keep you updated. I am going to pursue this to the fullest extent.
PROGRAMMING; Andy Holt Named PD At KOSI/Cozy 101 Denver
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 29TH, 2015 –– KOSI-FM/Cozy 101 Denver has named Andy Holt as its new Program Director. Most recently, he programmed Entercom's KOIT-FM/San Francisco. Andy Holt commented, "This is a truly unique opportunity. Bonneville is a company I've long admired, and KOSI is one of America's legendary AC brands. It's a privilege to join Bob Call and the great team in Denver. KOSI 101 is poised for an exciting new era of success. I can't wait to get started."
Holt's past stints have included the post of Operations Manager for Entercom co-owned Magic 101.9/New Orleans, and Bayou 95.7 where he spent 11 years. He also programmed stations in Miami, San Antonio and Raleigh.
San Diego's Alternative 102.1 KPRI Announces Sale To Christian Broadcaster EMF
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 29TH, 2015 –– San Diego's KPRi 102.1 announced on Monday that the station would be under new ownership. “This is a step we take with very mixed emotions,” Compass Radio president and station co-owner Jonathan Schwartz said in a news release. "We have loved the opportunity to serve San Diego for the last two decades, and we are grateful to our staff, listeners, advertisers and the San Diego community.” CEO, co-owner and radio host Robert Hughes added, “KPRI has been a true labor of love. All I can say is: I thank each and every one who has helped us create and sustain a truly amazing radio station.” According to the release, Educational Media Foundation (EMF), which purchased KPRi’s assets, specializes in adult contemporary Christian music.
According to NBC TV San Diego, while EMF is taking control of programming beginning this week, the transaction requires approval from the FCC and is expected to close in January. Schwartz and Hughes sent a personal note via email to the KPRi staff Monday morning, both explaining and lamenting the sale.
CW & iHM Announce Multi-Year Event's Broadcast Agreement
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 29TH, 2015 – The CW and iHeartMedia announced a new multi-year agreement for The CW to remain the exclusive television broadcaster of the star-studded two-day iHeartRadio Music Festival. The CW will also exclusively telecast the annual holiday iHeartRadio Jingle Ball concert. The announcement was made today by Mark Pedowitz, President, The CW, and John Sykes, President of Entertainment Enterprises, iHeartMedia.
"The CW's young musically engaged audience is a perfect match for the artists we are discovering on iHeartRadio." said John Sykes. "These shows serve as perfect promotional showcases for artists and their music on an important platform, and delivers on our mission of connecting the music to the fans."
This year's iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas included performances from some of the biggest names in music, including Coldplay, The Killers, Kanye West, Kenny Chesney, Puff Daddy, Jennifer Lopez (shown), Blake Shelton, The Weeknd, Nick Jonas, and more. The CW will telecast a two-night special Tuesday, September 29 and Wednesday, September 30 8:00-10:00 pm ET/PT.
INC Magazine Names iHeart NY Headquarters Among 'Coolest'
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 29TH, 2015 –– How cool is this? Inc. Magazine recently named iHeartMedia's New York headquarters 'One of the World's Coolest Offices,' and listed iHeartMedia No. 5. Other companies recognized by Inc. were Airbnb the digital economy's leading site for people to list, find and rent places to stay; digital marketing and e-commerce solutions company Bluecore; Paris-based Ekimetrics a digital statistics, modeling and Big Data analytics company; and Kickstarter, the world's largest global crowdfunding platform.
Inc calls the above entrance corridor (shown) looking like something straight out of 'Blade Runner.' SEE COMPLETE ARTICLE AND PHOTOS HERE
PRODUCTS: AdLarge/KMG Team With Harris' Control Room Pro
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 29TH, 2015 –– AdLarge Media and KMG Networks, a division of Krantz Media Group, have joined in a partnership with Harris Media, the producer of Control Room Pro. AdLarge Media will lead the national advertising sales effort, while KMG Networks will spearhead radio station distribution. The two firms share a similar relationship on behalf of several radio and digital products and services.
“Most of the new digital and mobile programs for broadcast radio are consumer-facing,” observed Lee Harris (L), Founder, Harris Media. “We focused on the development of cutting edge newsroom and radio station field tools that expedite the gathering of news-related material for anchors and streamlined the field reporting process.” “Control Room Pro tools already are proven winners in the News/Talk marketplace, including top stations like WINS-AM, New York, WCBS-AM, New York, and KYW-AM, Philadelphia,” said Gary Krantz, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Krantz Media Group. He added, "We see a big opportunity for sports and music stations as well”
Stars Turnout For NY Premiere Of 'Stretch & Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives'
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 29TH, 2015 –– Some of New York's biggest radio stars and more turned out over the weekend for the New York premiere of 'Stretch & Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives."
BET and HBO presented the 19th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival at the AMC Empire 25 theater in NYC for a five-day event. On the second day, radio duo Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Garcia presented their film, Stretch and Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives. The movie highlighted the impact that WKCR’s “The Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Show” had on hip-hop.
During the show’s run from 1990 to 1998, a long list of undiscovered and unsigned rappers were given the platform to jump on the mic and freestyle for the show’s audience or even have their demo played. Joining the premiere included Power 105's Angie Martinez, Hot 97's Laura Stylez, and actor Dean Winters (R) known as the 'Mayhem' character in Allstate commercials. Check out more here at Rolling Out
Keith Urban 'Strums For Scratch' During Denver 'Idol Taping; Trevor Noah Debuts
[WATCH] Trevor Noah Delivers First 'Daily Show' Without A Hitch - [CNN]
Said He's Not Trying To Be Jon Stewart - [FOX2]
Keith Urban 'Makes Some Scratch' On Street Corner In Denver During Idol Auditions - [THE DENVER CHANNEL]
iPhone 6 Breaks Apple's Sales Record - [ENGADGET]
Sam Smith's Bond Theme On Course To Become Bone's First No. 1 Record - [NME]
Martina McBride & Cassadee Pope Top Pandora's Women In Country - [ROLLING STONE]
Holly Madison Dishes More Dirt About Hef' - [PAGE SIX]
Vin Diesel Confirms Final 'Furious' Trilogy - [DIGITAL TRENDS]
UH OH: Kim Zolciak Rips Wendy Williams Over Stroke Comments - [PEOPLE]
[WATCH] David Beckham & Kevin Hart's HM Comedy - [GQ]
[WATCH] John Stamos Reunites With The Beach Boys - [TMZ]
Samantha Harris Returns To 'ET' - [ET]
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[WATCH] Bubba The Love Sponge Airs In 'Best Of' Mode Amid Investigation For Alleged Ratings Tampering
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 28TH, 2015 –– Beasley Media Group has confirmed they are investigating allegations against Bubba 'The Love Sponge' Clem for ratings tampering, according to THE WRAP. Nielsen is also conducting their own investigation, issuing a separate release stating: "We became aware of evidence of attempted ratings distortion activity in the Tampa market. We are working to resolve this issue and will provide additional details when they become available."
Clem, whose show didn't air on Friday, aired today in 'best of' mode. Bubba told Tampa's FOX 13 "He was unaware of the ratings tampering allegations and was off the air Friday because he was being treated for injury after a fall. He denied he had been fired from the station and said he would have more to say once he had more information on the allegations against him.
Clem was dropped by Cox Media last August and signed with Beasley Media Group, which changed its format on WHFS-FM to Bubba 98/7, No Rules Radio. [WATCH]
Chicago Host Skips Friday Show Following Threats
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 28TH, 2015 –– WSCR-AM/670 The Score Chicago's daytime update anchor Julie DiCaro was not at work last Friday following threats aimed at her on Twitter.
According to crm.com, DiCaro has been sending out Twitter updates and reporting on-air updates about the Patrick Kane rape allegation.
One tweet said DiCaro should be "hit in the head" and "killed." Another threatened her and places she frequents daily. As a former criminal and family law attorney, as well as a rape victim, DiCaro has been able to deliver incredibly intelligent and insightful commentary on the situation. Out of caution, steps are being taken to make sure some unstable person doesn't try to step away from the keyboard and do something even worse in person.
Louisville's Terry Meiners Wins Again In Appeals Court Ruling
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMEBER 28TH, 2015 –– Popular WHAS Louisville host Terry Meiners on-air statements about a police officer who had given him a speeding ticket in 2011 were “constitutionally protected,” ruled the Kentucky Court of Appeals on Friday.
According to wdrb.com, Louisville police officer Sam Cromity claimed in a March 2012 lawsuit that Meiners disparaged and lied about him on the air after being given a speeding ticket in March 2011.
“Since Meiners fully disclosed the facts supporting his opinion, and those facts are not provable as false, Meiners’ opinions are constitutionally protected.”
Jefferson Circuit Court Judge Mary Shaw previously ruled that Meiners' comments were "non-actionable expressions of opinion" based on the March 18, 2011 traffic stop. The appeals court agreed, calling Meiners’ comments constitutionally protected, “inactionable, opinion speech.” A district court jury acquitted him of speeding.After the verdict last Meiners went to shake the hand of Cromity, who brushed by him before turning back and telling Meiners that if he was going to call the officer a liar he should do it "to my face," reported wdrb.com
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Carl Anderson Named Market President For iHM Tucson
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 28TH, 2015 –– iHeartMedia announced today that longtime radio veteran Carl Anderson has been named Market President and Senior Vice President Programming for the Tucson market, effective immediately. In addition to his new role, Anderson will continue to serve as News/Sports/Talk Brand Manager.
He has been with iHeartMedia for the past 4 years, most recently serving as Executive Vice President of Programming for the Midwest regional markets and previously Senior Vice President of Programming overseeing program strategy for the West regional markets. "The career opportunities within iHeartMedia are truly amazing. I'm honored and humbled in this new venture of leading the Tucson team as well as remain engaged as Brand Manager for News/Talk/Sports. This combined role enables me to grow in a new position while furthering my passion of developing and growing spoken word programming for the company," said Anderson.
Chuck & Trisha Team For Mornings At Hampton Roads Movin'
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 28TH, 2015 –– iHeart Radio's MOVIN 107.7 Hampton Roads debuted its all new Chuck & Tricia Show this morning. Chuck Dowd spent 13 years on WPTE in the same hallway as Tricia over at WNVZ and and now they're together again. Some six months ago, the mom of four left her longtime anchor chair at WNVZ to spend time with the family, but told her listeners this morning 'I'm a career girl' and it was time to get back on the air. Both of them started in 2001.
Raul 'Dona Mela' Bernal Joins La Grande 107.5 Dallas For Mornings
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 28TH, 2015 –– Raul Bernal, best known as “Dona Mela,” is the newest member of La GRANDE 107.5 FM’s “El Chiquilin Todas las Mananas” team. “Raul is an incredibly creative and versatile entertainer,” said Jimmy Gonzalez, CBS RADIO DFW director of music programming and vice president of Spanish formats for CBS RADIO.
“He and his cast of characters bring another comedic dimension to our already successful morning show.” Bernal joined La GRANDE 107.5 FM from KLAX-FM and KXOL-FM in Los Angeles. He has also worked in San Antonio, Austin, and Corpus Christi, Texas, as well as San Francisco and Sacramento, Calif.
CBS Radio To Celebrate Veterans Day With Acoustic Concert
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 28TH, 2015 –– CBS RADIO announced STARS AND STRINGS, a stripped-down acoustic concert with performances by the biggest names in country music in celebration of our nation’s heroes and their families. Performing solo and in various combinations, Dierks Bentley, Gary Allan, Hunter Hayes, Jake Owen, Justin Moore, Kip Moore, Lee Brice, Little Big Town and The Band Perry, along with more artists to be announced and surprise special guests, will take part in this intimate showcase of musical talent at The Chicago Theatre on Veterans Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11.
STARS AND STRINGS is presented by The United Association’s Veterans in Piping Program, offering returning veterans a career in the Union Pipe Trades. Jeff Kapugi, Vice President of Country Programming, CBS RADIO and Program Director of US 99.5 (WUSN-FM, Chicago) said, “Our service men and women sacrifice every day to protect our country, and they deserve our appreciation and gratitude. The announcement was made this morning during US 99.5 hosts Lisa Dent and Ramblin' Ray.
Focus 360 Adds Nine Stations To It's Programmatic Network Lineup
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 28TH, 2015 –– Focus 360 announced it has added nine radio stations to its programmatic networks that are "Powered by Jelli"™. Focus 360 is a leading media network providing programming, syndication and national network advertising sales to thousands of radio stations across the country. The affiliate sales efforts for Focus 360’s programmatic networks are led by the Focus 360 team, including affiliate sales specialist Robert Magaziner, in conjunction with Envision Networks®.
The newest additions to Focus 360’s programmatic radio ad network affiliate roster cover six station groups: All Pro Broadcasting (KCXX-FM, Los Angeles); Costa-Eagle Radio Ventures (WNNW-AM, Boston); Jerry Lee Broadcasting (WBEB-FM, Philadelphia); JVC Media, LLC (WBON-FM, New York; WYGC-FM, Gainesville, Fla.; WOTW-FM and WTRS-FM, Orlando); Media One Group (WYBL-FM, Cleveland); and Rubber City Radio Group (WONE-FM, Cleveland). Danno Wolkoff, president and CEO of Envision Networks, said, “Ad agencies are increasingly demanding programmatic buying opportunities, and the Focus 360 radio networks powered by Jelli’s technology platform fulfill this growing need.
George Strait Makes Surprise Visit To America's Morning Show'
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 28TH, 2015 –– George Strait SURPRISED America’s Morning Show last week - hat and all. What was thought to be a phone interview turned in to a LIVE in-studio visit from the King of Country Music.
“I was just walking down the street…,” Strait joked. Please see the attached photo. Pictured L-R: AMS's Ashley Figueroa, Chuck Wicks, George Strait, Blair Garner.
Kenny Rogers Announces Retirement; Mick Jagger Rocks With Swift At '1989 Tour'
[WATCH] Mick Jagger Joins Taylor Swift's 1989 Tour Squad - [ET]
Kaley Cuoco & Ryan Sweeting Getting Divorce - [HELLO]
Bobbi Kristina's Cause Of Death Sealed - [XPOSE]
Smith, Sam Smith - With James Bond's 'Writings On The Wall' - [THE BOOMBOX]
Sigourney Weaver Joins 'Ghost Busters' Reboot - [DEADLINE]
Mark Wahlberg Talks 'Ted' In Front Of Pontiff - Asks Forgiveness - [USA TODAY]
Pope Francis To Release Pop-Rock Album "Go Forward' - [SOUND CLOUD]
UH OH: Jim Gaffigan Philly Santa Joke During Pope Visit Draws Boos - [PHILLY]
19-Year Old Son of Country Star Eddie Montgomery Dies In Accident At 19 - [CNN]
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USRN's James "D-Train" Williams To Sing Before Papal Mass
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMEBER 25TH, 2015 –– James “D-Train” Williams, Music Director for USRN’s custom production service “Comedy on Demand,” will have the distinct honor of performing in a star-studded concert preceding Pope Francis' Mass at Madison Square Garden today, Sept. 25.
Williams will perform during "A Journey in Faith," a two hour show featuring prayer and devotional music. Harry Connick Jr., Gloria Estefan and Jennifer Hudson will also be singing at the event, with additional performances from Kelli O'Hara, Martin Sheen, and Norm Lewis. The show is set to begin at 3 p.m. with the Papal Mass scheduled to follow at 6:30 p.m.
Williams has had a long and illustrious music career, having worked with artists such as Michael Jackson, Elton John, Vanessa Williams and most recently, Lenny Kravitz. Williams has been with United Stations Radio Networks for the past 20 years and has served as the Music Director since 2013. MSG PHOTO/littleny
CBS Radio's Chris Oliviero Named To Billboard's '40 Under 40 'Top Power Players's List
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 24TH, 2015 –– Billboard announced their annual ‘40 Under 40: Music's Top Young Power Players’ list. and among the elite list was none other than Chris Oliviero, Executive Vice President of Programming, CBS RADIO. This list highlights young executives in the agency, brand, digital, label, live, management, media, and publishing world who are driving the industry forward. Speaking to Billboard about CBS RADIO’s expanded online and mobile presence, Oliviero said: “Radio is no longer terrestrial. Our goal is to bring content and personalities to wherever people are. We can no longer assume they are going to come to us.” The one-time Howard Stern intern added, "If I Wasn't in the Music Business: "I'd be a priest, a politician or pro-wrestling manager -- all jobs that, as a kid, fascinated me." READ ARTICLE HERE
RAB To Host 'The Golden Art Of Podcasting' During Advertising Week
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 24TH, 2015 –– 2014 was declared "The Golden Age of Podcasts" and this year the Art of Podcasting is coming through loud and clear with new series of original audio programs from the radio groups large and small.
According to 'The State of American Podcasting 'from Westwood One, personalities and talk shows are the leading content consumed by podcast listeners. Taking up 66% of total podcast listening, leaving radio poised to lead the way in podcast programming. Radio Advertising Bureau President and CEO, Erica Farber will moderate a panel with leading talent and executives behind radio’s newest revenue asset which allows marketers to integrate with customized, compelling and creative storytelling. This panel will feature Adam Carolla, On-Air Personality, PodCastOne; Perez Hilton, Founder, Perezhilton.com and host of the Perez Hilton Podcast on Play.it; Norm Pattiz CEO & Founder, PodcastOne and Gayle Troberman EVP & CMO, iHeartMedia. This session will help open Advertising Week in New York at Lucille’s at B.B. Kings in Times Square at 10 AM on Monday, September 28.
[LISTEN] Norm Pattiz Talks Podcasting With USA Today
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 25TH, 2015 –– Nice interview with podcastOne chief, Norm Pattiz and USA Today's Jefferson Graham. He explains why he sees podcasting as the new frontier and offers more insight on selling a stake of his company to Hubbard Broadcasting.
As for getting into the podcast business, Pattiz says "I saw it as the digital version of Westwood One without the constraints of syndication. I wouldn’t have to get drunk with program directors to convince them to run my shows." Explaining the Hubbard sale, he said, "I didn’t need additional investors. but in the last year, it became obvious we could sell a minority share, and still have majority in our hands.
Should radio be worried? Pattiz thinks not, but says the competition from digital is significant. "Radio used to be the only place you could get new music, now there are music services. Talk radio was only consumable on broadcast band, now everything we do is talk oriented. So there’s a lot that’s not exclusive to broadcast radio anymore. We believe radio needs to embrace podcasting, because it promotes audio. PHOTO/screengrab - LISTEN TO INTERVIEW HERE, OR CLICK ON THE ABOVE GRAPHIC
[LISTEN] Oklahoma's JAKE-FM Rebrands For A Day As 93.3 THE DONALD
Will Not Play Any Songs That Fox's Megyn Kelly Likes
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 25TH, 2015 –– As Donald Trump makes a visit today to the Oklahoma State Fair, 93.3 JAKE-FM will turn into 93.3 THE DONALD from 10am-6pm in an effort to make radio great again.
Along with playing new country, THE DONALD will focus on building a wall between STILLWATER AND NORMAN to keep SOONER and COWBOY fans apart.
In addition, The Donald will not play any songs that Megyn Kelly likes and promises that his music library will be almost as big as the Trump Tower.
LISTEN TO PROMO HERE
MOTION: Jorge & Jen Debut On ESPN Radio
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 25TH, 2015 –– Jorge & Jen, hosted by ESPN Radio current host Jorge Sedano and newcomer Jen Lada, will now be broadcast weekday evenings from 9 – 11 p.m. ET beginning Monday, Sept. 28.
Sedano, with more than 15 years of radio broadcast experience, hosted Sedano & Stink alongside Mark Schlereth when he joined ESPN in 2013 until March 2015. Since then, he has hosted The Sedano Show (7-9 p.m.). Prior to joining ESPN, he served as program director and afternoon host at Sports Radio WQAM in Miami. Sedano also served as studio host for Fox’s Sun Sports telecasts of the Miami Heat in 2012-13. Since joining ESPN earlier this year, Lada has made guest host appearances on a variety of ESPN Radio and television shows. A Chicago native with more than a decade of broadcasting experience, Lada was an anchor and reporter in the Chicago area for Comcast SportsNet, covering professional Chicago sports. The program will be available nationally on ESPN Radio, espnradio.com, the ESPN app, SiriusXM, Apple iTunes, Slacker Radio and TuneIn.
NETWORKS: WWO Extends With Lon Helton & Countdown Show
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 24TH, 2015 –– Westwood One announced that it has signed a new, multi-year extension with Country’s best-known star interviewer, Lon Helton. Helton has hosted the Westwood One-syndicated Country Countdown USA since its inception in 1992 and will continue to do so for many years to come.
Westwood One COO Charles Steinhauer said, “What more can you say about this program and Lon? For almost two and half decades they have created a special offering for the marketplace with unprecedented access and insight into the world of Country music." Helton added, “Westwood One and I have been together for almost 24 years, seven CMA and three ACM awards. I’m thrilled to continue a partnership that has created so many hours of great content and enjoyed so much success -- all thanks to the hundreds of great Country radio stations that carry Country Countdown USA and the Country stars who have been so generous with their time in joining me each week as co-host.”
Seacrest To Produce CMT Reality Series 'I Love Kellie Pickler'
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 25TH, 2015 Ryan Seacrest Productions is producing a new CMT reality series about Kellie Pickler and husband, Kyle Jacobs. According to TheWrap, the series will debut on Nov. 5 at 10 pm ET/PT. Since her launch on “American Idol” and “Dancing With the Stars,” she's gone on to become a major country music star; voiced the lead character in the animated Veggie Tales movie “Beauty and the Beet” and performed eight songs on the official soundtrack album. Earlier this year she launched her first home goods line, “Selma Drye by Kellie Pickler.” She's also completed eight USO Tours and was presented with the Operation Troop Aid Chris Kyle Patriot Award for the acknowledgement of her unwavering and impassioned support and contributions to the United States Armed Forces and their families.
Pickler said in a statement. “We know how crazy our life is with both of us being in the entertainment business and all that it entails while trying to maintain a somewhat ‘normal’ marriage. It’ll be fun to let the rest of the world see into that window of our life. “I Love Kellie” is produced by Ryan Seacrest Productions with executive producers Seacrest, Eugene Young, Rabih Gholam, Lisa Tucker, Noah Moskin, Pickler and Jacobs. Jayson Dinsmore, Morgan Selzer and Matthew Trierweiler executive produce for CMT.
TOP NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
Apple's Zane Lowe Returns To London For Radio Festival
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 25TH, 2015 –– Zane Lowe is heading back to the UK for a Radio Festival conversation with his former Radio 1 boss Ben Cooper. The 2015 Radio Festival, already has Chris Evans, Nick Ferrari and Paul Gambaccini as headliners. The event takes place on Tuesday 29 September at the British Library in London. Zane Lowe left Radio 1 after more than a decade to join Apple as a presenter on Beats 1.
Chris Moyles Returns On Radio X - The former BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show host returned to the airwaves on Monday at 6:30 on Radio X, the rebranded XFM. The new show is much the same as his old Radio 1 show but this time with commercials (The BBC does not run commercials). Talking of commercials, you can watch the TV spot created for the new show here; https://youtu.be/6jSEiPtM0VY
Boss Gets On Air Makeover - Nugget & Al on Zic 96.1 in Queensland, Australia gave their boss, Ross Turner, a makeover. “He’s thrilled but you can’t tell from all the botox he’s had injected”, said Nugget. In Nuggets words “From the broken down idiot we started with”, the On-Air promo allowed listeners to be part of Ross’s transformation. Over five days Gympie Family Dental not only molded but ground back, added veneers and cemented Ross’s new teeth into place. Next he got a round of botox into his face. “We had a huge job on our hands but managed to get him looking (almost) perfect”, said the Doc Jeb. It wasn’t over yet with Hair Review on board giving Ross a haircut, colour, manicure, pedicure and a spray tan. Watch the video here; https://youtu.be/oIdTKAIyJAI
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Blake Shelton Reaches New Heights At Cumulus NASH Campus
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 25TH, 2015 –– A much thinner Blake Shelton was making the rounds in Nashville this week. Among the stops was America's Morning Show at the NASH Campus studios. There to say hey was Cumulus’ Mike McVay, AMS’s Ashley Figueroa, Shelton and Blair Garner. Later that day he met with Nash Nights Live's Shawn Parr's diminutive sidekick, Elaina Smith, who stood toe to toe with Blake Shelton, but eye to eye? That's a whole other matter.
South Park Takes On Caitlyn & Trump; Vladimir Putin Calls Elton John - Reall!
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NYMRAD Presents Super Stars Of New York Radio
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 24TH, 2015 –– New York Market Radio (NYMRAD) announced its Super Stars of Radio who will host its exclusive, live opening night concert at Advertising Week NYC. The kick-off event will take place at 8:00 p.m., Monday, September 28 at Terminal 5 in New York City.
Radio hosts and DJs of NYMRAD’s opening night concert at Advertising Week 2015 · Bethany with DJ Whutever - “Elvis Duran and the Z100 Morning Show,” iHeart Radio (top left) · Ebro with Funk Flex - Hot 97’s Morning Show, Emmis Communications (top right) · Edgar “Shoboy” Sotelo(bottom right ) and Nina Hajian with DJ Majestic - “Shoboy in the Morning,” 92.3 AMP Radio, CBS Radio · Jayde - “Todd and Jayde in the Morning,” WPLJ, Cumulus Media (bottom left) · DJ Lobo - 96.3 La X, Univision Communications.
“New York Radio stations are once again working together to showcase the influencing power of radio and its air personalities to thousands of advertising and marketing professionals,” stated Debbie Beagan, Executive Director, NYMRAD. ”Last week, studies from Nielsen confirmed that radio is not only the #1 reach vehicle, but also the driving force behind new music discovery.” Multi-platinum artist Chingy has just been added to the already spectacular lineup of musical performers.
REPORT: 'Serial' Eyeing Bergdahl Case For Upcoming Season
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 24TH, 2015 –– Soldiers who served with the ex-POW St. Bowe Bergdahl (inset) in Afghanistan have told Maxim Magazine they have been interviewed by Serial host Sarah Koenig. Maxim adds, that according to several anonymous sources, one of the two upcoming seasons of the wildly popular podcast will focus on the highly publicized case of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. soldier who disappeared from his post in Afghanistan back in 2009. Bergdahl was held prisoner by a Taliban-allied guerilla insurgent group, until his release in exchange for five Guantanamo Bay detainees in May 2014. Bergdahl claims that he was abducted after intentionally walking off his outpost.
Serial host Sarah Koenig took the podcast world by storm with the case of Adnan Syed, a man who was currently serving a life sentence for the 1999 murder of his high school ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee. The podcast ignited a campaign to reopen the case, and three weeks after the show concluded, Syed was granted an appeal. Maxim reports the Serial staff is currently working on several things simultaneously: Season 2, Season 3, and some other podcast projects. READ COMPLETE STORY HERE
Colleague Of Slain Virginia Journalists Wants Apology From Radio Host
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 24TH, 2015 –– After one of two members of the Cracker Barrel Show which airs on KTTS-FM, KSGF-FM and KSGF-AM quit, a colleague of the slain journalists is now asking its remaining host for an apology over comments he made following their deaths.. According to USA Today, Mike Bell, programming - promotions director at WDBJ-TV in Roanoke, Va., emailed KTTS-FM programming director Mark Grantin Wednesday morning asking whether Joe Rios, host of the Sunday morning call-in show Cracker Barrel, had apologized on air for his comments. Bell noted in his email that Rex Hansen, the cluster's station manager, issued an on-air apology calling the comments disrespectful, not factual and “downright wrong.” “But has Joe Rios gone on the air and apologized and set the record straight? Otherwise has the record really been set straight?” Bell asked in the email.
Rios' remarks were made during the Aug. 30 episode of Cracker Barrel — four days after reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward from WDBJ7 were shot by a former co-worker on live television. Rios’ call screener, Rick Kennedy, who goes by the on-air name Rick Masters, also speculated that the shooting was a hoax. Both men were suspended by the station. Bell added, "My only motive these days is to respectfully honor my two fallen friends and help the families and friends with the grieving process.”
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