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CRB Honors Inductees Into The Country Radio Hall of Fame
THE MOUTH, JUNE 24TH, 2016 –– Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc. honored the 2016 class of inductees into the Country Radio of Fame this week at a special ceremony, held at the Omni Hotel in Nashville, Tenn. This year’s Country Radio Hall of Fame inductees were Blair Garner, Mike & Dana Schuff, and Lisa Dent in the On-Air Category, and Mick Anselmo, Kerby Confer, Jack Reno, Tim Roberts, and Jim Slone in the radio category. In addition, Randy Travis was recognized as the recipient of the 2016 CRB Artist Career Achievement Award, and Carole Bowen was honored with the 2016 President’s Award.
Pictured below (L to R): CRB President Charlie Morgan, Kerby Confer, Bev Reno (accepting on behalf of her late husband, Jack Reno), Mick Anselmo, Lisa Dent, Blair Garner, Dana Schuff, Tim Roberts, Jim Slone, CRB Executive Director Bill Mayne (back), and Country Radio Hall of Fame chairman RJ Curtis. Photo Credit: Hunter Berry
ChyronHego's Visual Radio Brings Viewers To GO 96.3 Minny
THE MOUTH, JUNE 24TH, 2016 –– Go Media, voice of Major League Baseball's Minnesota Twins, has installed ChyronHego's Visual Radio reports broadcastingcable.com. The fully automated software solution syncs audio content with video to turn radio broadcasts into visual shows as well. Go Media recently rebranded its flagship station with a modern alternative format and later added a sister hip-hop station.
"With our recent rebrand of 96.3, we wanted to be much more than just a terrestrial radio station. We wanted to find new ways to connect with our core audience of millennials, who are accustomed to consuming media on many different types of platforms and online channels," said Sam Gagliardi, president and chief operating officer at Go Media. "When we first saw ChyronHego's Visual Radio tool, we thought it had a cool factor of 10 -- a great way to engage listeners on mobile devices, tablets, and desktops and keep them tuned in. Visual Radio is the premier offering in this space because it offers sophisticated and robust technology and yet is easy to deploy and use."
Under the control of Visual Radio, Go Media viewers are able to access the Go 96.3 website (go963mn.com) at any time and watch a live stream of the current radio program. In-studio cameras highlight the DJs, as well as guest presenters and visiting bands. When a DJ cues a song for playout, Visual Radio matches the audio file with XML data for the corresponding music video and syncs the two together for playout. - For more information about Visual Radio and ChyronHego's full product portfolio is available at www.chyronhego.com.
Historic Houston Station Finds New Home On FM HD
THE MOUTH, JUNE 24TH, 2016 –– KCOH, which proudly calls itself Texas’s first black radio station, has completed a long awaited move to FM HD radio after over six decades on the other side of the dial reports Houstonia Magazine. The station has been broadcasting locally since 1953, first on 1430 AM and then on 1230 AM. The move to FM follows the sale of the station to Ben Hall, the Houston attorney who ran for mayor last year. Hall had been hosting his own show, the Ben Hall Legal Hour, when the station announced it was experiencing financial trouble in late 2014.
During the transition to FM, KCOH went online-only for several months; along the way, longtime hosts like Wash Allen, Michael Harris and Don Samuel left the station. “When they left, there was a time we thought the station wouldn’t make it,” said Jerri Beasley, who hosts the station’s morning show and was promoted to station manager by Hall last year. Beasley says the station bought HD radios for some elderly listeners and taught others how to access the station’s website, which live-streams the DJs as they’re on air.
ON-AIR: Alyssa Page Joins The Lineup At 107.7 The End Seattle
THE MOUTH, JUNE 24TH, 2016 –– Alternative 107.7 The End, Seattle’s announced the arrival of Alyssa Page as its new midday host. Alyssa will come to Seattle after handling weekends and swing shifts at Cumulus/Atlanta’s Rock 100.5. She will also handle 107.7 The End’s social media efforts. “Alyssa’s sense of humor, grit and passion makes her the perfect addition to our already strong team. I can’t wait for Seattle to get to know her,” says PD Leslie Scott.
“I keep asking myself 'is this real life?' It's not everyday you get to go work for your dream station,” says Alyssa. “The End is unique and extremely authentic in everything they do, and I have so much respect for the brand. I am thrilled and honored to be joining such a tremendous team. Alyssa will begin July 18th.
Led Zeppelin Prevails In 'Stairway To Heaven' Lawsuit
THE MOUTH, JUNE 24TH, 2016 –– A federal jury yesterday rejected a lawsuit alleging that Led Zeppelin stole the opening guitar riff of its classic hit "Stairway to Heaven" from the defunct Los Angeles group Spirit. According to The Hollywood Patch, The eight-person jury found there was not enough evidence to support claims by the estate of the late Spirit songwriter/guitarist Randy Wolfe that the guitar intro to "Stairway" was lifted from Spirit's obscure instrumental "Taurus." The jury declined to award any damages, ending the legal battle that turned into a spectacle in downtown Los Angeles with the daily attendance of Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page (R) and singer Robert Plant (L) both of whom testified during the trial - shown above with shown with John Paul Jones (C)
During closing arguments Wednesday, an attorney for Wolfe's estate told jurors that Page and Robert Plant should be held accountable for millions of dollars in royalties for having "lifted" a brief musical passage from "Taurus" more than 45 years ago. Zeppelin's lawyer countered that the delicately descending pattern is a commonplace "musical building block" that is in the public domain and thus not legally protectable. PHOTO/featureflash - shutterstock
Cousin Brucie Calls Stint At WABC "The Golden Moment. It Was The Mount Olympus Of Radio"
THE MOUTH, JUNE 24TH, 2016 –– As he prepares for this weekend's 'Palisade Park Reunion IV at Meadowlands State Fair in East Rutherford, New Jersey, "Cousin" Bruce Morrow reflected on his lengthy career with The Examiner's Elliot Stephen Cohen. Morrow, now 78, who was born Bruce Meyerowitz, became a star on Manhattan's powerful WABC where he performed over 4000 shows from 1961 through 1974 writes Cohen.
Explaining the origin of his beloved moniker, 'Cousin Brucie,' says he got the idea while on the air at WINS Radio. He was approached by little old lady who, while hitting him up for 50¢, called him Cousin. This stuck with him and decided to call himself 'Cousin Brucie' every chance he could on the air. The next morning he says he got a call from his boss, saying, "Get your a... in here, son. You're in big trouble." My heart immediately went into my throat. So I go down to the station, and he pulls out hundreds of yellow pieces of paper that in those days were called Western Union telegrams, the extreme precursor of e-mails. These usually meant bad news, something like a war, or somebody in trouble. Then, after he actually started reading these telegrams, a smile broke over his face and he said, "We're gonna put you on a seven-year contract." That's exactly how the birth of "Cousin Brucie"
Asked about his long broadcasts career and what stands out the most, Morrow said, WABC was the golden moment. It was the Mount Olympus of radio. Something like that will never happen again." Tomorrow night's Palisades event will be broadcast on Morrow's Sirius XM show. READ ARTICLE HERE
WMMR/Philly's 11th Annual 'I Bleed For Preston & Steve Blood Drive' Draws Record 1,297 Units
THE MOUTH, JUNE 24TH, 2016 –– 93.3 WMMR-FM listeners showed up in record numbers to help save lives at one of the times the American Red Cross needs it the most as summer sets in, schools let out, and families begin vacations plans. The radio station, in conjunction with the Penn-Jersey Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross, combined efforts to collect 1,297 units of blood on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at Valley Forge Casino Resort- the largest blood drive in the PA, NJ, DE region.
WMMR-FM Morning Show Personalities Preston Elliot and Steve Morrison were the first to donate at 6:00am. They hung out after giving blood to greet every person until the final donor left at 4:30pm. Each donor left with the newest Preston & Steve t-shirt and a ‘Gadzooks!’ pint glass (a popular catch-phrase from the show). Preston & Steve Show members Caseyboy, Kathy Romano, Nick McIlwain and Marisa Magnatta greeted donors as they arrived and prepared to give blood.
PHOTOS: Coach John Calipari Visits ESPN's Mike & Mike; ABC's Kim Serafin Reports From Disney's 'The BFG' Hollywood Premiere
THE MOUTH, JUNE 24TH, 2016 –– Mike & Mike welcomed Kentucky men’s basketball coach John Calipari and NBA Rookie of the Year Karl-Anthony Towns.. Calipari and Towns – who starred at Kentucky and now plays with the Minnesota Timberwolves –discussed the NBA Draft, among other topics. Mike & Mike, hosted by Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic, airs weekdays from 6 – 10 a.m. on ESPN2 and ESPN Radio.
--At right is ABC Radio Entertainment contributor Kim Serafin reporting from Disney’s “The BFG” premiere, earlier this week, in Hollywood.
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Share Your Favorite Video(s) With Art Vuolo For MSBC 28 Aircheck Video Channel
THE MOUTH, JUNE 23RD, 2016 –– Following yesterday's request for our readers to share their favorite show videos with radio's best friend, Art Vuolo, he tells Jockline he was 'Overwhelmed' by some of the amazing videos he received by email following our story.
As mentioned, this year we thought we'd give our much traveled friend some help by reaching out to you our readers and asking that you dig into your trove of cool videos and forward them to Art for permitted use on this year's MSBC Aircheck Video Channel.
If you have something 2 or 3 min. long that you'd like to share, mail it to him at PO BOX 55 - WALLED LAKE, MI 48390 - Or, if you have a large file mailing service, email to firstname.lastname@example.org - he needs them as soon as possible - call him at 248-926-1234 for more details. PHOTO/Art Vuolo with the Shotgun Tom Kelly - Hollywood Walk of Fame star! May 2013
FORMATS: iHeart Kicks Off 4th Pride Radio In St. Louis
THE MOUTH, JUNE 23RD, 2016 –– iHeartMedia St. Louis announced Pride Radio St. Louis, the pulse of LGBT St. Louis. Pride Radio St. Louis is iHeartMedia’s fourth radio station in the country with programming devoted to local Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) listeners and allies. The new station kicked off commercial-free yesterday, June 22 at 2pm CT.
The station’s on-air programming will include an emphasis on local community news, plus several music and entertainment shows throughout the day with popular on-air personalities: Ricky, from 6 – 10 a.m.; Delana, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Houston, from 2 – 6 p.m.; Pacey, from 6 – 10 p.m.; and Christie, from 10 p.m. – 12 a.m.
iHeartMedia St. Louis is the official radio partner of STL Pride and will celebrate with its listeners from June 24 – 26 with live public performances by recording artists Jordin Sparks, Shawn Hook, Karmin, Melanie Martinez (shown) and others.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: John F. Abbot Named CFO For Cumulus
THE MOUTH, JUNE 23RD, 2016 –– Cumulus Media announced the appointment of John F. Abbot as Executive Vice President, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer effective July 1, 2016. Abbot most recently served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Telx Holdings Inc., a leading provider of connectivity, co-location and cloud services in the data center industry. Abbot succeeds Joseph P. (“J.P.”) Hannan, who resigned his position after six years in order to pursue other interests.
“We are fortunate to attract a leader of John’s caliber with such extensive financial and operational experience to Cumulus as we work to accelerate the progress we have made in the company’s multi - year turnaround,” said Mary Berner, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cumulus Media. “ His expertise and versatility will be invaluable as we continue to focus on managing the business to improve revenue performance while maintaining cost discipline and exploring available options to improve the balance sheet. We thank J.P . for his significant contributions to the expansion of Cumulus and are grateful for his dedication to the business.”
PROGRAMMING: iHeart Taps Josh Everett Dir. Spoken Word For Kentucky/Indiana Region - PD/WHAS Louisville
THE MOUTH, JUNE 23RD, 2016 –– iHeartMedia announced that Josh Everett has been named Director of Spoken Word Programming for its Kentucky-Indiana Region, effective July 12, 2016. In addition, Everett will oversee NewsRadio 840 WHAS-AM’s on-air and online programming. “Josh started his career at WHAS-AM and knows what this station means to the community,” said Michael Jordan, Regional Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia. “His focus on providing fresh, quality content and developing new ways to reach listeners will ensure that we continue to grow our audience across our eight Spoken Word stations in the Kentucky-Indiana Region.”
Everett, a Louisville native, graduated from the University of Louisville and began his career as a board operator at WHAS-AM in June 2007. He went on to serve as Program Director of WLAP-AM in Lexington, KY and Program and News Director for WGY-AM and WOFX-AM in Albany, NY. Most recently, he served as the Program Director for KHOW-AM and KDSP-AM in Denver, CO.
ON-AIR: Dan Hardee Takes Over Afternoons On 99.5 The Mountain Denver
THE MOUTH, JUNE 23RD, 2016 –– Entercom's KQMT'99.5 The Mountain' Denver welcomes Dan Hardee to afternoons, 3-8 pm, beginning July 18. Hardee, began his career on Hot AC KKPK-FM Colorado Springs, then moved to Denver as Production Director and night personality for country KWOF-FM. Most recently, he was swing personality for Bonneville Denver's Country KYGO-FM and AC KOSI-FM.
"It's not every day that the opportunity of a lifetime comes along. I'm beyond ecstatic to work with Sam Hill, Mike Peterson and Amy Griesheimer in growing an already monstrous radio station in the most beautiful place to live in the country. A legend like Dan Mitchell leaves very big shoes to fill, so it's probably good I have size 15 feet. It's truly an honor to carry on what he started. Let's rock," stated Hardee.
NPR One Streaming App Drawing Younger Listeners
THE MOUTH, JUNE 23RD, 2016 –– Thanks to it's new streaming app, NPR is drawing new and younger listeners to public radio since its launch in 2014. According to Current, The largest age group listening to NPR One is 25- to 34-year-olds, with 40 percent of listeners under 35. More than a third of users who answered NPR surveys said they never or only occasionally listen to broadcast radio. And the audience is sticking around. According to NPR data, the average user listens to NPR One for nearly two and a half hours a week.
There's an upside for broadcast radio as well: More than a quarter said they are listening more to NPR on terrestrial radio after starting to use NPR One. NPR One gives listeners a continuous stream of NPR News segments, mixed with local coverage targeted to the listener’s location. Nearly all NPR member stations that aren’t music-only can be found through NPR One, according to the network. Of those, about two-thirds are contributing local content to the platform. “That number continues to grow as we make it easier to do so,” said Tamar Charney (inset), local editorial lead for NPR One, who was hired earlier this year for the new position after working as program director for Michigan Radio. NPR hired Charney to “make sure that NPR One feels local, better represents local news and shows, and directs NPR One’s growth to support station priorities." As of last year, NPR One had been downloaded more than 650,000 times, according to the Pew Research Center’s latest State of the News Media report. READ COMPLETE STORY HERE
NBC Sports Radio Now Available On Apple Music
THE MOUTH, JUNE 23RD, 2016 –– NBC Sports Radio, a joint venture between NBC Sports Group and Westwood One, will now be available for live-streaming on Apple Music. The NBC Sports Radio channel is available through Apple Music on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV, Mac, PC, Android, and Sonos.
“We’re happy to offer listeners access to NBC Sports Radio on this exciting platform,” said Rob Simmelkjaer, SVP, NBC Sports Ventures. “Now, through Apple Music with its broad reach and immediate availability, NBC Sports Radio content is even more accessible.”
NBC Sports Radio is fully-amped, 24/7 sports talk programming that entertains, informs, and engages sports fans nationwide on 418 affiliated stations. For more information on programming, please contact Westwood One at NBCSportsRadio@westwoodone.com.
Ryan Seacrest Holds Fireside Chat With Usher In Cannes
THE MOUTH, JUNE 23RD, 2016 –– iHeartMedia hosted a fireside chat this week with radio and television host/producer Ryan Seacrest and eight time Grammy award winner musician/entrepreneur Usher at Cannes 2016. Titled "An Intimate Conversation With Usher," they were introduced by iHeartMedia Chairman and CEO Bob Pittman. The conversation centered on entrepreneurship, the path to success, and what it takes to build a lasting career. Usher spoke candidly about staying hungry, the power of hard work and dedication, and the value of radio and connecting with one's audience.
The event took place at the Lumière Theater, Palais during the Cannes Lions Festival. Photo credit: Getty for iHeartMedia.
TOP NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
Elton John To Play In London's Hyde Park For BBC Radio 2
Graham Mack’s WORLD SERVICE Elton John will play in London’s for Hyde Park for BBC Radio 2 Sir Elton John will headline this year’s Live in Hyde Park, organised by BBC Radio 2. Madness have also been confirmed was to perform at the event on September 11th. The rest of the lined up is still to be announced. Last year, Leona Lewis, Rod Stewart and Bryan Adams all performed, along with The Shires, The Corrs and Giorgio Morodor. Photo/courtesy of Graham Mack
BBC wins Broadcaster of the Year in New York The winners of the New York Festivals® International Radio Programme Awards have been announced at an Awards Gala at New York City’s Manhattan Penthouse. The title of Broadcaster of the Year was awarded to the BBC. London-based TBI Media earned Production Company of the Year. The 2016 Grand Jury honored Athena Media, the BBC, and TBI Media with the Grand Award. The BBC also earned 1 Grand Award, 7 Gold trophies, 7 Silver, 5 Bronze, 5 Finalist Certificates and two UNDPI Awards (1 Silver trophy and 1 Bronze).
Win The Station’s Promo Car! Hitz 939 in Bundaberg, Australia have been running a comp to giveaway their station promo car, The Hitz Machine. It turned out to be the station's biggest comp in 23 years with over 1,300 entries to win the i30 and over 500 showing up to the remote at Bundaberg Motor Group on Saturday. Closing down the main street and 10k on Facebook Live – it was down to five finalists. The winner was Brenda Hussey. Read more and listen to the audio HERE
Speakers announced for Next Radio in London James Cridland and Matt Deegan's radio ideas conference - Next Radio - has announced its first raft of speakers including Australian radio programmer Craig Bruce and International broadcaster, Graham Mack. Craig Bruce is one of the most experienced and respected radio talent coaches in Australia and the former Head of Content for Australia’s Southern Cross Austereo. Graham is currently Bob FM’s Programme Director/Breakfast Presenter. Next Radio is on 19th September at the Royal Institution in London.
Need an international broadcaster to talk on your show about what’s happening in the UK? – Please call me on +44 7752 416905. Twitter: @GrahamMack Web: www.mackmedia.co.uk Email: email@example.com
Share Your Favorite Video(s) With Art Vuolo For MSBC 28 Aircheck Channel
THE MOUTH, JUNE 23RD, 2016 –– No one, NO ONE has taken more video of radio talent, programmers, executives and the like than radio's best friend, Art Vuolo. This year we thought we'd give our much traveled friend some help by reaching out to our readers and asking that you dig into your trove of cool videos and forward them to Art for permitted use on this year's MSBC Aircheck Video Channel.
If you have something 2 or 3 min. long that you'd like to share, mail it to him at PO BOX 55 - WALLED LAKE, MI 48390 - Or, if you have a large file mailing service, email to firstname.lastname@example.org - he needs them as soon as possible - call him at 248-926-1234 for more details.
Art Vuolo with the iconic Shotgun Tom Kelly - Hollywood Walk of Fame star! May 2013
UH OH: Ivanka Trump Being Sued Over Shoe Design; ESPY Nominees Announced
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Want To Be Part Of This Year's Morning Show Boot Camp 28 All-New 'Women's Forum?'
THE MOUTH, JUNE 21ST, 2016 –– The goal of this year's Women's Forum is to create an experience in which the truth shatters false perceptions and causes us to think differently, says moderator Dana Di Donato. "Hopefully, stereotypes of women in morning radio will shift, if they need to. Maybe we will even gain new insight on subjects we don't usually talk about. If we can leave this forum with a truer understanding and greater appreciation for each other, then it will have been helpful.
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ABC News Takes Murrow Award For Overall Excellence A Third Year In A Row
ESPN, NBC, CBS Gather Multiple Awards
THE MOUTH, JUN22ND, 2016 –– RTDNA has announced the winners of the 2016 National Edward R. Murrow Awards, which recognize outstanding work produced by radio, television and online news organizations around the world. RTDNA received more than 4,300 entries during the 2016 awards season, setting an all-time record for the fourth year in a row.
For the third year in a row, ABC News Radio and ABC News (television) both won the Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence at the network level. ABC's radio team also won awards for Breaking News and Hard News. ESPN took home three Murrow Awards. CBS News won for Hard News and Writing, and NBC News won for Newscast and Continuing Coverage.
"We present the Murrow Awards not only to recognize outstanding journalism, but to inspire radio, television and digital newsrooms across the country," said RTDNA Executive Director Mike Cavender. "Journalists can learn from each other and push each other to find new and better ways to serve their communities."
Commenting on ABC's awards, Steve Jones said "Today the ABC News Radio staff learned that for the third year in a row we have been recognized by our peers for the Overall Excellence of the work we do. It was one of three awards ABC News Radio won (8 total for ABC News!). To win the Overall Excellence award once is an accomplishment but to win for the third year in a row with our ABC News TV colleagues is remarkable and humbling.
NAB Introduces Inaugural Pilot Innovation Challenge
THE MOUTH, JUNE 22ND, 2016 –– The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), through its PILOT program (formerly NAB Labs) is accepting submissions for its first-ever Innovation Challenge. The PILOT Innovation Challenge will recognize creative ideas that leverage technological advances in the production, distribution and display of engaging content. The program will also provide support to the winners for development. The submission deadline is September 23. This year’s challenge question is “How can local television and radio broadcasters engage their communities with next generation content on any device, whether big, small or moving?”
“The broadcast industry is continuously evolving and exploring new ways to produce and deliver engaging content,” said Executive Director of PILOT John Clark. “The PILOT Innovation Challenge works to identify creative ideas and offer solutions and strategies that benefit broadcasters and consumers alike.” A panel of judges from the broadcast, venture capital, media and technology industries will choose 10 semi-finalists in late September. A smaller panel of judges will determine the winners. The first place winner will receive $20,000, second place $15,000 and third place $10,000 to assist with prototyping the winning concepts.
Learn more at www.nabpilot.org.
WABC's Joan Hamburg Honored At 41st Gracie Awards
THE MOUTH, JUNE 22ND, 2016 –– The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation handed out the 41st Annual Gracie Awards yesterday at a luncheon at Cipriani on 42nd in New York City. Host Robin Meade led the program alongside presenters Beverly Bond, Emme, Erica Hill and Ginger Zee. Lifetime Achievement Honoree Joan Hamburg (shown inset with Meade) was presented her award by close friend Alan Alda. Ginger Zee was not only a presenter but an acceptor for Good Morning America’s win for Outstanding Talk Show- News.
Alan Alda, when speaking of Lifetime Achievement Honoree Joan Hamburg, said, “In a media industry where talk radio is overwhelmingly dominated by men, Joan is a woman’s voice that is graceful and lively but authoritative.” Hamburg said, “To all the people in the radio industry, including my new WABC Family who stood by me, it’s about community. Always about community. People’s lives.” SEE COMPLETE LIST OF WINNERS HERE
77 WABC Brings Fashion Guru Mark Weber To Weekend Programming
THE MOUTH, JUNE 22ND, 2016 –– 77 WABC Radio will expand its weekend programming line-up with a new show that goes behind the scenes of the fashion industry, 'Always in Fashion', hosted by one of the fashion industry's most successful business leaders, Mark Weber. The one-hour weekly business talk program features Weber and luminaries from the world of fashion, including fashion's top retailers, executives and designers from well-known fashion brands. '
Always in Fashion' debuts on 77 WABC on Saturday, June 25, 2016, from 10:00-11:00 p.m. EST. New York City-born Weber began his four-decade high fashion retailing career as a clerk at Phillips-Van Heusen Corporation, eventually becoming CEO and board member of the company which owns and oversees such iconic brands as Calvin Klein, Phillips Van Heusen and Izod. "Always in Fashion" is 77 WABC is the first station of a planned syndication rollout through KMG Networks, a division of Katz Media Group in association with Sungate Partners, Inc..1
NETWORKS: Envision Virtual Services Welcomes New Anchors Sherry Wright And Brandon Dickson
THE MOUTH, JUNE 22ND, 2016 –– Envision Networks® welcomes Sherry Wright and Brandon Dickson to its team of reporters at Envision Virtual Services News Reports. Sherry Wright has been a broadcast journalist for more than 15 years in markets, including New Orleans, Austin, Portland and Long Island. Brandon Dickson has covered news, sports, business and everything in between as a host, anchor and reporter. He is a graduate of Appalachian State University and currently works as the morning news and sports anchor for WPTF/Raleigh, North Carolina. He brings nearly 10 years of broadcasting experience.
EnvisionVirtualServices offers complete locally-derived news and weather solutions for radio stations 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, on a cash or barter basis. The news component of EnvisionVirtualServices is the easiest and most economical way for a radio station to broadcast a local newscast. For more info, contact Amber Wade at AmberW@envisionradio.com or 216-831-3761 for more information about EnvisionVirtualServices.
ESPN Chicago 1000 Becomes Flagship Station For Notre Dame
THE MOUTH, JUNE 22ND, 2016 –– ESPN Chicago 1000 has reached a multiyear agreement to broadcast every Notre Dame football and men’s basketball game beginning with the 2016-17 seasons. The deal returns the Fighting Irish to Chicago’s No. 1 sports station, which was previously the home for Notre Dame sports from 1999-2005. ESPN Chicago 1000 will produce Notre Dame basketball games, while IMG will produce Notre Dame football games, as part of IMG’s Notre Dame Football Network. The Fighting Irish will kick off their 2016 football season on Sunday, Sept. 4, at Texas.
In addition to the live broadcasts of Notre Dame football and basketball games, in-depth programming in the form of the Jack Swarbrick, Brian Kelly and Mike Brey Shows will now be available on Chicago radio. Chicago 1000 ESPN Chicago1000 is the flagship station of ESPN Radio, who's lineup includes Carmen & Jurko, Kap & Co. and Waddle & Silvy
CONDOLENCES: Legendary WMCA/New York 'Good Guy' "Dandy" Dan Daniel Passes Away
THE MOUTH, JUNE 22ND, 2016 –– The self-described “world’s most adequate swinging disc jockey,” spent decades on New York radio stations beginning with WMCA in 1961. According to cbslocal.com, His smooth voice was loved by many. Over the years, Daniel made the rounds on several local stations, including WHN, WYNY, and most recently WCBS-FM. He was known for mixing songs and segues with the smoothest banter on the radio.
Daniel’s oldest son, Chris Daniel, put out a message saying his father died “suddenly” Tuesday morning. The cause of Daniel’s death was not indicated. Following the news, radio videographer, Art Vuolo produced a 6 1/2 minute tribute, which includes his video aircheck with the late host. WATCH HERE
iHeart’s BIG 98 Nashville To Host Sixth Annual Guitar-B-Que Concert
THE MOUTH, JUNE 22ND, 2016 –– The BIG 98 announced the sixth annual Guitar-B-Que, a live concert and guitar auction to raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The event will take place on Wednesday, August 10 at Ascend Amphitheatre in Nashville, Tenn. and feature performances by Kip Moore, Dustin Lynch, Jon Pardi, Brandy Clark, Chris Lane and DJ Sinister. Hosts Amy Paige, Tige and Daniel will host the concert and the live guitar auction featuring over 10 signed guitars by various Country superstars.
Michael Bryan, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Nashville said, “We are very grateful to our listeners for their generosity as well as the Nashville music community for helping to deliver a n incredible lineup -- all to help the kids of St. Jude.” In 2015 , Guitar-B-Que raised over $ 20,000 to support the lifesaving work of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. For over 25 years The BIG 98 has collected more than $6 million for the organization through charity concerts such as Guitar-B- Que , as well as through radiothon fundraisers including Songs and Stories for St. Jude and Country Cares for St. Jude Kids
LAWSUIT: Robert Plant Recalls Writing 'Stairway To Heaven'
Kobe Bryant To Keynote Sport's Entertainment Summit
‘Kane Show’ Host Arrested For Allegedly Assaulting Wife; Calls Accusation 'Unfounded'
THE MOUTH, JUNE 21ST, 2016 –– Calling it "..an accusation that’s unfounded,” Peter Deibler, best known as Kane, of the syndicated “The Kane Show,” was arrested in Maryland on Friday after his soon-to-be ex-wife accused him of second-degree assault, according to court records reports The Washington Post. On Monday (June 20th,), Montgomery County District Judge William Simmons issued a temporary protective order related to the alleged assault, which took place on May 25, court records say. The temporary order bars Deiber from contacting his wife or entering the Potomac home where she lives.
Kane and his wife, Natasha Deibler have been locked in a nasty divorce, with many of its details being discussed both on his nationally syndicated show, which airs from HOT 99.5 FM in Rockville, and on his wife's personal blog. According to Natasha Deibler’s protective order petition, she said that on May 25, her husband grabbed her and threw her into a wall in the presence of the couple’s daughters, resulting in a sprained knee, head injury, bruises and a black eye. According to online records, Natasha Deibler accused him assault that same day. Last Friday Deibler posted a $3,500 bond and was released from custody.
“It’s an accusation that’s unfounded,” Peter Deibler said by phone of the assault charge. Yesterday he was absent from his show, but tweeted pictures of himself inside an elevator, where he claimed to be stuck and unable to get to work. “First day of summer, I have $500 to give away today at 7:45est…AND I’M STUCK IN AN ELEVATOR AND HAVE TO PEE!” he posted (right)
NAB Breaks Ground On Site Of New Wash. DC Headquarters
THE MOUTH, JUNE 21ST, 2016 –– The National Association of Broadcasters announced it has entered into an agreement with Washington-DC based developer Monument Realty and its investment partners, New York-based Angelo, Gordon & Company, to purchase upon completion a new headquarters in the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood of the nation's capital, with a scheduled move-in by fall of 2018. The planned relocation of the broadcast industry lobbying arm's headquarters is the culmination of a rigorous search for a location with easier access to Capitol Hill that will allow NAB to improve its advocacy efforts.The new headquarters building will be located at the corner of South Capitol and M Streets, SE, a "gateway" to the vibrant Capitol Riverfront section of Washington, DC. The building will be based exactly one mile from the U.S. Capitol and two blocks from the Washington Nationals baseball stadium.
"We're thrilled that we have found a new home," said NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith. "The new building will be a showcase venue for radio and television stations across America, and will send a strong message to public policymakers on the vibrant future of local broadcasting." Tommy McFly, morning host on CBS Radio's 94.7 Fresh FM served as Emcee for the announcement - Meanwhile, among the released photos we couldn't help but notice that the NAB's new site is directly across the street from Saint Vincent De Paul's Catholic Church, which offers a 'Nat Mass (inset) on gamedays. (Wash. National's) Nice!
PROGRAMMING: Chase Daniels Rises To OM For Entercom Madison Cluster
THE MOUTH, JUNE 21ST, 2016 –– Entercom AC WNTR (107-9 The Mix)/Indianapolis PD Chase Daniels has been promoted to OM of Entercom Madison. Daniels will oversee Hot AC WMHX (Mix 105.1), Triple AAA WMMM (105-5 Triple M), and Classic Hits WOLX.
Daniels, whose previous stops include WSTR Atlanta and WAPE Jacksonville said “I’d like to thank Jennifer Skjodt and JR Ammons, who not only helped me in my career here, but were also supporters of this decision. I’d like to also thank Chuck Sullivan and Brian Kelly for making this a smooth transition and for the opportunity.” He’ll officially start Monday, August 15th.
Powered By Adswizz, iHeart Brings First Programmatic Private Marketplace For Digital Radio To U.S.
THE MOUTH, JUNE 21ST, 2016 –– iHeartMedia announced the launch of the first programmatic private marketplace for digital radio in the U.S. The private marketplace will allow select programmatic buyers to access iHeartMedia’s premium radio inventory across its digital properties on iHeartRadio, the company's digital music and streaming service. "Audio has a significant and growing role in the lives of today's consumers and iHeartMedia is committed to evolving the ways marketers can reach and influence their target audience through our audio channels," said Brian Kaminsky (shown), President of Programmatic and Data Operations for iHeartMedia. "Offering a programmatic approach to buying iHeartRadio's digital listening audiences is a natural extension of our direct sales and broadcast programmatic initiatives and further enables us to capture even more of the $20 billion in ad spending that is projected for 2016."
iHeartMedia's private marketplace is powered by AdsWizz’ programmatic platform and will offer programmatic guaranteed, private marketplace, and open auction opportunities to its advertising partners. With AdsWizz' technology, iHeartMedia will take full advantage of its first-party and partner data to create a rich advertising experience that leverages the effectiveness of programmatic buying.
The Generational Divide Getting Larger Blogs Steve Goldstein
THE MOUTH, JUNE 21ST, 2016 –– In Steve Goldstein's last blog, he reports that new data shows that more Americans get their news from social media, than any other source (with apologies to ABC News for borrowing the phrase). The implications are profound if not yet totally clear as all of this has happened with great speed. Even a digital based news organization such as Buzzfeed, now sees 75% of its traffic originate from Facebook and other social sources. Recent data from Reuters vividly shows just how significant the differences are by each age demographic. While it is not surprising to see TV and newspaper losing dominance with younger groups, this data shows even 45-54 year-olds leaning to online news sources. This certainly was the impetus for a venerable old-school media company, The Tribune Company, to change its name this week. However the name TRONC, which is short for Tribune Online Content is unlikely to change much except generate a good chuckle over another goofy name for a company trying to finds its place in a rapidly altered media world.
A similar digital divide is occurring with audio. The rapid ascension of the smartphone has changed how many listen. Edison Research reports 68% of 13-34 year-olds listen to audio on their smartphones daily. That is a sea change from linear AM/FM listening to on-demand .. Without a direct conduit to consumers on their smartphones, many legacy media brands - not just newspaper companies - will be coming up with their own odd names to try and remain relevant. Steve Goldstein will be a featured presenter at MSBC with "The ABC'$ Of Podcasting" - set for August 11 & 12 Atlanta - READ BLOG HERE
Major Recording Artists Petition Congress Against YouTube
THE MOUTH, JUNE 21ST, 2016 –– Taylor Swift, Paul McCartney, U2, Vince Staples and dozens of other top recording artist are petitioning Congress today against YouTube reports pitchfork.com. They say the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA),“has allowed major tech companies to grow and generate huge profits ... while songwriters’ and artists’ earnings continue to diminish.” Today (6.21), a petition advocating Congress for reform of the DMCA which regulates the circulation of copyrighted work on the internet, will run in D.C. publications such as Politico, the Hill, and Roll Call, as Billboard and Recode report.
The petition will be signed by 180 musicians and songwriters, including Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift, U2, Vince Staples, Kings of Leon, Carole King, and more. Under the DMCA, YouTube is given "safe harbor" from copyright infringement lawsuits, as long as it complies with takedown notices. The artists and labels signing the petition say this gives the service more power than it should have. READ ARTICLE HERE
NETWORKS: John Garabedian Greets Daya 'On Open House Party;' Florida Georgia Line Invades ABC Radio Nashville
THE MOUTH, JUNE 21ST, 2016 ––When John Garabedian books guests LIVE on Open House Party, he doesn't mess around. Artbeatz/Red recording artist DAYA, who is featured on the #1 CHR song in the USA right now ("Don’t Let me Down by The Chainsmokers), was John's guest this past Saturday, June 18th. Pictured on the attached are John and Daya. She is 17, from Pittsburgh, and is also climbing the charts with her own track called "Sit Still, Look Pretty".
From ABC Radio: *Photo Caption: “The Fourth of July must nearly be here because Florida Georgia Line spent Monday in a Nashville studio recording their 3-hour ABC Radio special! Pictured are Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley moments after tracking a script for “ABC Radio's Salute to the CMA Music Festival.” To carry this show that will put sizzle in your holiday programming, contact email@example.com.
Would You Like To Be Part Of This Year's Morning Show Boot Camp 28 All-New 'Women's Forum?'
THE MOUTH, JUNE 21ST, 2016 –– The goal of this year's Women's Forum is to create an experience in which the truth shatters false perceptions and causes us to think differently, says moderator Dana Di Donato. "Hopefully, stereotypes of women in morning radio will shift, if they need to. Maybe we will even gain new insight on subjects we don't usually talk about. If we can leave this forum with a truer understanding and greater appreciation for each other, then it will have been helpful.
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Co-Stars And Actors React To 'Star Trek' Actor Anton Yelchin's Tragic Death
Public Voting for National Radio Hall of Famers Starts Today
THE MOUTH, JUNE 20TH, 2016 –– Starting today through June 30, listeners nationwide can vote for their favorite radio personalities in two categories to be inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame on Nov. 17, 2016.
The nominees for Music Format On-Air Personality are: Sean “Hollywood” Hamilton, Tom Kent, The Kevin & Bean Show (Kevin Ryder and Gene Baxter), and Bob Kingsley. For Spoken Word On-Air Personality, the nominees are Sean Hannity, Mike and the Mad Dog (Mike Francesa and Chris Russo), Diane Rehm and Michael Savage.
Chairman of the National Radio Hall of Fame Kraig T. Kitchin comments, “The listener response we received last year since reinstituting the public voting process after a 5-year hiatus was overwhelmingly positive. Fans want to engage and be a part of the process, which is a tribute to the dynamic personalities of each show.”
Winners of the two categories will be announced July 11. For more info, visit National Radio Hall of Fame website: www.radiohof.org. In addition to the two listener-voting categories, there are four categories being voted on by a panel comprised of 400 industry professionals. For a list of nominees: www.radiohof.org. Those winners will also be announced July 11. The induction ceremony takes place Nov. 17 at the home of the National Radio Hall of Fame – the Museum of Broadcast and Communications in downtown Chicago.
SYNDICATION: Rudy Rush, Ebony Steele And Loni Swain Team For New Nationally Syndicated 'Afternoon Rush'
THE MOUTH, JUNE 20TH, 2016 –– Former WGCI midday star Loni Swain will soon be heard each weekday as part of a new nationally syndicated afternoon radio show which replaces "The Doug Banks Show." The show with Swain will be heard in numerous markets, but not in Chicago at this time reports crm.com. Former "Banks Show" co-host and comedian Rudy Rush (center) will take over the new show along with Loni and Ebony Steele (top right)
The new show is being renamed the "The Afternoon Rush." Rush remains as the primary host. Dee Dee Renee has been replaced by Ebony Steele, the former co-host of "The Rickey Smiley Show." A third co-host has also been added: Loni Swain. In addition to contributing on-air, Swain will serve as Executive Producer for the program. AURN Program Director Mike Love said in a statement Friday: "We've assembled a solid team and we're putting a new brand of fun and laughter into afternoons on urban adult stations." He added: "With a more current driven playlist and exciting new features, I believe urban audiences across the country are going to love 'The Afternoon Rush' radio show." All of the stations across the country that previously carried Banks' show will carry "The Afternoon Rush," with one noticeable exception: the flagship radio home of WVAZ-FM. The Chicago station chose to not go with a syndicated program in afternoons, instead promoting longtime nighttime host Joe Soto to afternoons.
NBC'S 'Today' Show To Profile Elvis Duran On July 4th
THE MOUTH, JUNE 20TH, 2016 –– It’s been 20 years since Elvis Duran segued from afternoons to mornings on Z100 and then hosting one of radio's top-rated nationally syndicated shows on Premiere Networks. Meanwhile, he's landed a regular segment on NBC’s “Today Show” with his “Artist of the Month” segment and on “Entertainment Tonight.” On July 4th, “Today” will profile Duran in a special segment. In an interview with The New York Post, he explains the advantages of radio over other media: "It’s unscripted, it’s every day and our listeners are used to us. We talk about our personal lives … we do a lot of things on our radio show that they don’t do on TV … where everything is scripted, to-the-second, lots of chefs in kitchen telling you what you can’t do. On our show we just go in and do what we want, and it succeeds."
Duran adds, "Being a “radio guy” helps in a way because there’s spontaneity there — I’m not afraid to say what’s on my mind. It could hurt in some ways, where people who run TV networks are like, “Oh my God, this guy is talking about whatever he wants, we gotta control that.” So I can see how it works both ways. Elvis says he'd like to dabble in TV a little more, "but only if it’s right. I’m not going to go out there and beg anyone for a job. I refuse to audition for any TV [projects] because I don’t need it. So many people in TV look at me and go, “You’re not really the TV type.” PHOTO/Premiere READ ARTICLE HERE
Cedar Rapids Host Not Taking Life For Granted Following Battle With 'Flesh-Eating Disease'
THE MOUTH, JUNE 20TH, 2016 –– KMRY Cedar Rapids host Ricky Bartlett had part of his left leg amputated below the knee 18 months ago after contracting necrotizing fasciitis, commonly known as flesh-eating disease. According to thegazette.com, “He was given a second chance at life and he decided to live it wholeheartedly,” said Jennifer Bartlett, Ricky’s wife of 22 years.
Ricky said he believes he got the infection during a trip to Wyoming and South Dakota in 2010. While he was in the Badlands of South Dakota, one of his blistered feet became stuck in the mud. However, it wasn’t until October 2014 that he saw any symptoms. Soon, he became very ill. On Dec. 6, 2014, his wife Jennifer demanded her husband go to the emergency room. “They rolled me into the lobby and I passed out. I woke up and my leg was gone.” Ricky was transferred to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, where medical staff several times told Jennifer he wasn’t going to make it. But fortunately, he did make it
“I have this mentality now of ‘if I can defeat this, I can do anything. Take advantage of the opportunities you have.’” Ricky received his first prosthetic in early February of 2015. And in June 2015, he landed a job at KMRY, as host of the mid-morning show. Ricky had worked in radio in the past, but was most recently in the IT field — to which he couldn’t return because of physical restrictions. Station Manager Eric Walker said he hired Ricky the same day they met after he felt “an immediate connection.” Since then, Bartlett “has been a great asset to the station." READ ARTICLE HERE
WALTER SABO: 'All That Matters Is What's On The Air'
THE MOUTH, JUNE 20TH, 2016 –– Walter M. Sterling (aka, Walter Sabo) started his radio show on a dare from Chris Oliviero, EVP Programming for CBS Radio. Chris asked, "Have you ever thought of doing a talk show?" Sabo, a longtime media content builder, visionary and much in demand guest speaker, finally agreed after some coaxing and took a slot on Philidelphia's WPHT under the moniker Walter M Sterling.
Following great response and sudden interest by other stations to add his show nationally, Jockline reached out to Sabo to find out what other advice, if any, he may now offer to talent after taking a seat behind the mic himself. "Unique always wins," says Sabo. "When casting stations, I have always listened for non-duplicable talent. Honestly i never listen to other talk show hosts and I think it messes up a talent when they copy from colleagues. It dilutes talent. As a manager I have NEVER suggested that a host listen to another host for guidance. Develop your gifts, trust your gut, pay very close attention to events in your life and no attention to what other hosts do.
Sabo adds, "Being on the air has reminded me of the incredible importance of a world class chief engineer like Dave Skalish at WPHT and an on-top-of things PD like Jared Hart. Little things to management are big things to talent—successful management knows and acts on this fact: All that matters is what’s on the air.” I’m deeply gratified by the number and quality of owners/CEOs who say they want to build entire stations around the proven conversation of daily life. Meanwhile, check out Sabo.. I mean Mr. Sterling's website HERE
Y100’s Mia Amini Receives “ Best On Air Personality ” From Georgia Association of Broadcasters
THE MOUTH, JUNE 20TH, 2016 –– Hilton Head announced that Y100’s (WXYY) Mia Amini won Best On Air Personalit y in Division A radio from the Georgia Association of Broadcasters (GAB) on June 10th. Also from Alpha Media Savannah - Hilton Head , Tim Leary and Jess Jennings from BOB 106.9 (WUBB) were recognized with merit awards and Craig Edelson was awarded a “Gabby” for his production work on Best Station Produced Commercial.
These awards publicly recognize our team’s commitment to excellence in live and local radio.” “I work with the most talented people in t he business and I’m lucky to work for Alpha Media and get to do what I love every day. Thank you Gigi South and Rob Walker for pushing us all to be the best every day,” Mia remarked.
The Gracies Luncheon Takes Place Tomorrow In New York
THE MOUTH, JUNE 20TH, 2016 –– The Gracies Awards luncheon will be held tomorrow, June 21, 2016 at Cipriani on 42nd Street in New York. The Alliance for Women in Media will honor exemplary programming by, for and about women at the historic 41st Annual Gracies Awards Luncheon at Cipriani on 42nd Street. Hosted by Robin Meade, WABC's Joan Hamburg will receive AWMF Lifetime Achievement Award The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation presented by Alan Alda at the Gracies at the Luncheon.
The Gracie Awards, established in 1975, honor outstanding programming by, for and about women and individuals of the highest caliber in all facets of radio, television, cable and web-based media including: news, drama, comedy, public service, documentary and sports. For updates on the awards ceremony and luncheon, please visit www.thegracies.org. For the latest information, please follow the Gracies Awards on Facebook: TheGracies and Twitter: @TheGracies.
92.3 WIL'S Bud & Broadway Host 'Humble & Kind' Week
THE MOUTH, JUNE 20TH, 2016 –– In response to recent events in the news media, 92.3 WIL’s Morning Show “Bud and Broadway” announced this morning that they are hosting the station’s first ever Humble & Kind Week June 20 through 24, 2016. In the spirit of Tim McGraw’s popular song “Humble & Kind”, Bud and Broadway pledge to be “humble & kind”, and they’re asking their St. Louis listeners to join their effort to create at least 1,000 acts of kindness and selflessness during this specially designated week.
Even Mayor Francis Slay has taken the pledge, by officially proclaiming June 20-24th at “Humble and Kind Week” for the City of St. Louis! All week long, Bud and Broadway will be taking calls each morning from listeners with reports of their random acts of kindness, suggestions on how people can volunteer within the St. Louis area, and share ideas on ways the community can be “humble and kind” to each other during the week-long campaign. For more information regarding about the “Bud and Broadway” Show and the “Humble & Kind Week” campaign, please contact 92.3 WIL Program Director Scott Roddy at 314-983-6000.
Co-Stars And Actors React To 'Star Trek' Actor Anton Yelchin's Tragic Death
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Michigan Host Lands Spot In Rolling Stone Eagle's Interview
THE MOUTH, JUNE 17TH, 2016 –– The Kalamazoo host who helped the Eagles earn their first No. 1 hit landed him some ink in Rolling Stone magazine. Jim Higgs, now an is owner and air personality for Plainwell radio station WAKV-AM (980), was the music director for Kalamazoo's WKMI (1360) back in 1975 reports mlive.com. In a story titled "Eagles' Complete Discography: Don Henley Looks Back," writer David Browne asks Eagles co-founder Henley about Higgs' role in the band's success.
"Best of My Love" became a hit after Higgs started playing it and the song took off," Browne said. "We had more or less given up hope for the success of the On the Border album," said Don Henley, "and we'd begun work on the next album. So, when "The Best of My Love" took off, it was like a resurrection, a miracle. Henley said that on our last tour – the History of the Eagles Tour – we tracked down Higgs and invited him to our show in Grand Rapids. "Rolling Stone was a nice surprise," Higgs said, "but meeting the band was way better." PHOTO/L-R Jim Higgs, middle, with the members of the Eagles prior to the band's Sept. 8 concert at the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids. At right is a photo from 1975 with Higgs posing with signed copy of On The Border Album. Courtesy of Jim Higgs
FORMATS: WWO Introduces New Lite AC 24 Hour Format; Beasley Launches WJBX "News Talk And More In South Florida
THE MOUTH, JUNE 17TH, 2016 –– Westwood One announced that it will launch a traditional Lite AC 24-hour format, fully hosted and featuring a wide variety of music from the 70’s through today. The new satellite-delivered format will launch on Monday, July 11. Lite AC will be offered on Westwood One’s Total platform, with a structured-break, exact-timed hour, but with numerous opportunities for station and market identification.
The new format will be programmed by Cheri Marquart (shown top left), VP/Programming, Contemporary Formats, and Jonathan Steele, Director of Operations. "Lite AC will fit a nice slot between our Adult Standards, on the gold side, and our current-based AC and Hot AC formats,” commented Kirk Stirland (shown top right) , President of Programming at Westwood One. For more information, a link to a sample stream and availability in your market, contact Pat Crocker, at 720-873-5170, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Beasley Media Group’s South West Florida Market, covering Fort Myers, Naples and Marco Island launched WJBX News Talk and More, a new station on 104.3 FM, 101.5 FM and 770 AM, and available online at www.WJBXNEWSTALK.com “Listeners will start each weekday at 6 am, with “This Morning, America’s First News” with Gordon Deal, followed by Kilmeade & Friends, John Gibson, Dave Ramsey, Tom Sullivan, and Alan Colmes. Other features include CBS News at the top of every hour and the “Daily Dose” with Dr. Oz.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Trip Savery Rises To Pres/COO At Curtis Media; CMG Atlanta Names Amanda Allwood Its New Promotion's Director; Jeff Lyons Takes Promotions & Event Marketing Post For Adams Las Cruces
THE MOUTH, JUNE 17TH, 2016 –– Trip Savery has been promoted to President and COO for Curtis Media Group. The promotion was announced by company founder Donald W. Curtis, who will remain CEO/Chairman. Curtis stated, "This is actually more of a formality. We have actually been working this way for the past year." Savery added, "I am honored to continue my career at Curtis Media Group in this role, and want to thank Don Curtis and the many talented people I have the privilege of working with every day for our continued success."
--Cox Media Group (CMG) Atlanta has named Amanda Allwood as its new Promotions Director, beginning Monday, June 27. In this role, Allwood will oversee promotions and event marketing for B98.5, 97.1 The River, Kiss 104.1 FM and News 95.5 FM and AM 750 WSB. Prior to joining CMG Atlanta Radio, Allwood was at Sirius / XM in New York where she spent the last four years as senior manager of promotions and event marketing. Her other career highlights include promotions director for CBS Radio in Tampa and numerous promotions and marketing positions for CMG in Tampa and Orlando.
Jeff Lyons has been named Promotions and Event Marketing Manager for Adams Radio of Las Cruces. Lyons has served in radio promotions and events for over 15 years, including stints in Ventura, CA, Santa Maria, CA, Tallahassee, FL and Memphis, TN. Lyons is originally from Washington, DC area and a graduate of the University of Maryland. Lyons also attended Florida State University and has Graduate Certification in Special Events Management.
PODCAST: Jim Berk Named CEO For PodcastOne
THE MOUTH, JUNE 17TH, 20916 –– PodcastOne has named long-time media industry executive Jim Berk to the role of CEO. Concurrently, PodcastOne founder Norm Pattiz retains his post as Executive Chairman. Berk will report directly to Pattiz, in addition to joining PodcastOne’s Board of Directors.
Jim Berk comes to PodcastOne with over 20 years of experience as CEO of media, entertainment and hospitality companies. Most recently, Berk served as the Chief Executive Officer of Participant Media. Previously, Berk was Chairman and CEO of Gryphon Colleges Corporation; President & CEO of Hard Rock Cafe International, Inc. and was also the founding Executive Director of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences Foundation (The Grammy Foundation)
NIELSEN: Lollapalooza Remains Most Well-Known Music Festival Overall; Coachella Rising
THE MOUTH, JUNE 17TH, 2016 –– According to Nielsen’s Audience Insights Report on Music Festivals, some 36% of the general U.S. population has now heard of Coachella, up from 22% in 2013. The shown graphic provides a snapshot of the fans of the major music festivals in 2016. For music fans, seeing their favorite musicians perform live can be an experience like no other. So it’s no surprise that music festivals—with many artists taking the stage, often over a few days—are gaining popularity. And many of the country’s biggest festivals are becoming household names.
According to Nielsen’s Audience Insights Report on Music Festivals, some 36% of the general U.S. population has now heard of Coachella, up from 22% in 2013. Meanwhile, Lollapalooza is the most well-known music festival overall, with 52% of the general populace having heard of the event. Bonnaroo also has high awareness, with 21% of Americans having heard of it. . SEE REPORT HERE
AWARDS: Greater Media's WLNK-FM Named Large Market Station Of The Year By NCAB
THE MOUTH, JUNE 17TH, 2016 –– Greater Media Charlotte’s WLNK-FM was awarded the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters (NCAB) 2016 Large Market Radio Station of the Year Award at the organization’s annual convention. The event took place on Tuesday, June 14th at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro, North Carolina. Criteria for the judging process included highlights and achievements during 2015, innovative programming, and revenue generation, audience involvement and promotion, commitment to the community, and hurdles encountered and how they were overcome.
“I’m so proud of this team and what we’ve accomplished in the past year at 107.9 The Link,” said Darla Thomas, brand manager of WLNK-FM. “To be recognized by the NCAB with this award is a great honor and one I’m pleased to share with every single person on staff who’s contributed to our success.”t for the awards, it ’ s nice to be recognized by our state organization.
[WATCH] RHCP Frontman Anthony Kiedis Tells Radio Host How He Saved A Baby's Life While Filming' This Week's Carpool Karaoke'
THE MOUTH, JUNE 17TH, 2016 –– The Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman told UK Radio X's Chris Moyles how he helped an infant breathe during the shooting of The Late Late Show segment 'Carpool Karaoke.' He told Moyles he managed to revive the infant while the band was shooting a dance segment.
"We had a very interesting unscripted moment. We danced-off, we tied and then we were going to celebrate with some Mexican food on the corner. "And a woman came out of her house holding a child, saying 'my baby, my baby, my baby can't breathe!' "We all ran across the street. The lady thrust the baby into my arms. The baby was not breathing." He continued: "I thought, 'i'm going to try and do a little baby CPR real quick to see if I can get some air into this kid. I tried to open the mouth. (It was) locked shut. So I started rubbing the belly, bubbles started coming out of the mouth, the eyes rolled back into place. The ambulance showed up and I handed the baby over who was breathing and fine." "Then we went back to shooting Carpool Karaoke."WATCH HERE - and in case you missed RHCP appearance on the Corden Show, WATCH HERE (Yes, they got naked)
Couple Wins 'Gender Reveal' At Turner Field With Star 94.1
THE MOUTH, JUNE 17TH, 2016 –– The Jeff and Jenn Show on Star 94.1 Atlanta recently selected a lucky Atlanta couple, Jake and Abbey, to do their "gender reveal" at Turner Field (home of The Atlanta Braves) all thanks to the Braves and their first baseman Freddie Freeman and his wife Chelsea. The Freeman's recently chose the same very unique way to reveal the gender of their upcoming bundle of joy and wanted to pass down the "explosive" opportunity Jake & Abbey headed to the Braves game Wednesday night with hosts of The Jeff and Jenn Show, Jeff Dauler and Jenn Hobby, to throw a pitch & find out the gender of their baby.
The reveal involves which color the ball explodes with: 'blue' it's a by; pink a girl. As you can at left, it was a BOY! All the players came out the locker room to watch them do it. Braves legend Dale Murphy offered Jake hitting pointers before the game. The story also got picked up nationally by ESPN on Thursday night. As soon as the ball exploded, the inside of Turner Field turned blue, and all the signs said HAPPY FATHER'S DAY FROM STAR 94.1 & THE ATLANTA BRAVES. Dauler said, "It was truly one of the coolest live events I've ever been a part of. PHOTO/left is father, Jake Robinson - L-R Jenn Hobby, Abbey, Jake, Freddie Freeman & Jeff Dauler
Rocker Meatloaf Collapses On Stage In Canada; Leno Covers Monologue For Fallon
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EXECUTIVE ACTION: Dan Mason Joins iHeart As Senior Advisor For Broadcast Relations
THE MOUTH, JUNE 16TH, 2016 –– iHeartMedia announced today that highly respected radio industry executive and former President and CEO of CBS Radio Dan Mason will join the company as its Senior Advisor for Broadcast Relations, reporting to iHeartMedia, Inc.’s CEO and Chairman Bob Pittman and iHeartMedia, Inc.’s President, COO and CFO Rich Bressler. Mason’s appointment highlights iHeartMedia’s position as a 21st century media and entertainment company whose leadership is built on the unparalleled strength of broadcast radio.
“I’ve known and deeply respected Dan for decades,” said Pittman. “Given his long and deep relationships with the broadcast industry, we feel he is ideally suited to establishing deeper and more constant communications with everyone associated with the radio industry on an ongoing and timely basis. We look forward to Dan’s wise counsel on important broadcast issues.” “I've known both Bob and Rich for many years and have admired the inroads they have made in transforming iHeartMedia into the multi-dimensional entertainment company it is today,” said Mason. “It will be great to join the team, and I look forward to continuing my relationships with everyone in the broadcast industry from this new platform.” Mason retired from CBS Radio in April 2015 after spending over a combined 15 years with the company.
Mentoring And Inspiring Women In Radio Group Names Angie Martinez Recipient Of 2nd Annual 'Airblazer Award'
To Be Presented During Upcoming 28th Annual Morning Show Boot Camp, Aug. 11-12, 2016 in Atlanta
THE MOUTH, JUNE 16TH, 2016 –– The Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio (MIW) Group has announced that Angie Martinez has been named the 2016 MIW Airblazer. Last year, the MIW Radio Group formed an alliance with Talentmaster's Morning Show Boot Camp (MSBC) to establish the MIW Airblazer Award, an honor bestowed annually to a deserving on-air personality in radio broadcasting. Angie Martinez, host of The Angie Martinez Show, which airs in both New York and Miami, succeeds Ellen K, recipient of the inaugural 2015 MIW Airblazer Award.
Known as “The Voice of New York,” iHeart Media’s Angie Martinez is the reigning queen of radio and quickly becoming an empire in her own right. With nearly 20 years of on-air experience in the New York City radio market, the Power 105.1 host is also an author, actress, television host, recording artist, brand spokesperson and activist for youth and health awareness. Starting as a station intern when she was just a teenager, Angie has grown up in the radio world alongside her mother, a program director at a smooth-jazz station. Today, Angie can additionally be seen as a celebrity correspondent on Extra TV. In May of 2016, Angie released her first memoir, My Voice where she details her story, including her climb to becoming a multimedia icon in the world of entertainment, and shares never-before-told anecdotes from her years in media.
Don Anthony, founder and host of MSBC comments, "Having gone from an intern to the reigning ‘queen of New York radio, Angie's story serves as a true inspiration to others in search of their dreams. I can't imagine a more perfect pick by last year's recipient, Ellen K, in choosing Angie for this honor, a perfect segue from trailblazer to airblazer." MIW Radio Group Spokesperson Kay Olin adds, “Our intention with the Airblazer Award is to showcase ladies behind the microphone who lead the way as local and syndicated on-air personalities. Women honored by the MIWs have not only achieved their own success, but further understand the importance of sharing their experiences with those coming up the ranks behind them. Angie embodies this spirit and we heartily congratulate her on adding another professional accomplishment, the 2016 MIW Airblazer Award, to her collection of accolades."
Dan Mason Elected Chairperson Of Broadcasters Foundation Of America
THE MOUTH, JUNE 16TH, 2016 –– The Broadcasters Foundation of America, the charity that provides aid to broadcasters in need, has elected Dan Mason Chairperson along with several new members to its Board of Directors. The elections took place during the Board of Directors’ meeting yesterday in New York City. The new Board members are Caroline Beasley, Interim Chief Executive Officer of Beasley Broadcast Group, Perry Sook, President and Chief Executive Officer of Nexstar Broadcasting Group, and Jordan Wertlieb, President of Hearst Television. In addition, Bill Hoffman, President of Cox Media Group, will now serve as Co-Vice Chair with Richard A. Foreman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Richard A. Foreman Associates, and Leo MacCourtney, President of Katz Television Group, will take over as Treasurer of the Broadcasters Foundation.
Mason has served as Co-Vice-Chairperson since June of last year, following his retirement as President and Chief Executive Officer of CBS RADIO. He assumes the chairmanship role from Phil Lombardo, Chief Executive Officer of Citadel Communications, who is retiring from the position after 13 years and who is being recognized for his service with the title of Chair Emeritus. Also retiring from the Board are George Beasley and David Barrett.
The Broadcasters Foundation of America has distributed millions of dollars in aid to broadcasters who lost their livelihood through a catastrophic event, debilitating disease, or unforeseen family tragedy. For more information on how to give help or get help, please visit www.broadcastersfoundation.org, call 212-373-8250, or email email@example.com.
Delilah Takes Aim At PPM; “It’s Destroying Radio In General, And Especially Shows That Don’t Play For The Meter
THE MOUTH, JUNE 16TH, 2016 –– Bloomberg's Ira Boudway penned a lengthy piece on radio's Delilah and her fight to hold ground as the reigning queen of night-time FM radio. Eight million people listen at least once a week, according to IHeart. At any given moment, hundreds of thousands are tuned in. In February, Delilah celebrated her 56th birthday and 20 years in syndication (syndicated by Premiere Networks since 2004).
But now, Delilah is speaking out. Boudway says Adult contemporary has gone into decline, with programmers 'preferring newer, more up-tempo music. Many of AC stations have cut back on DJ talk. The changes have affected Delilah's show, too. As for the culprit, she points to the Portable People Meter, The device Nielsen uses to measure radio audiences.
“The damage is horrendous,” she says. “It’s destroying radio in general, and especially shows that don’t play for the meter. Delilah says, "the PPM sample sizes are too small, and the device itself is faulty." Nielsen, in an e-mailed statement , said PPM “yield statistical reliability … that is comparable to and in most instances better than the reliability from the former diary.” Industry analyst Richard Harker, a frequent critic of PPM, along with Delilah's manager, Kraig Kitchin and others in the industry, also believes that meters often fail to register softer types of programming. Beyond AC, others say PPM has affected talk radio ratings, as well as the disappearance of the Smooth Jazz format, not to mention the emergence of the Voltair as a means to boost noise from stations in an effort to capture more detections by the PPM.
Recalling her start in radio, she tells Boudway, “I wanted to do something that nobody else was doing,” she says. “I didn’t have a mentor. There were no other women on the radio.” READ BLOOMBERG PIECE HERE
Rickey Smiley & Former Co-Host Ebony Steele Have Emotional Exchange Two Years After She Was Dropped From The Show
THE MOUTH, JUNE 16TH, 2016 –– Two years ago, Rickey Smiley dropped his longtime sidekick Ebony Steele (inset) from his syndicated show with 'nary an explanation' writes AJC's Rodney Ho. 'She felt blindsided. Smiley received a lot of flak.' On his TV One reality show “Rickey Smiley For Real” that aired this week, Smiley met with Steele and tried to clear the air. “Time,” she noted, “heals everything. He might not have been able to say what he did a year ago. I might not have been able to receive it a year ago.”
On the show, Smiley told her: “I have been trying to figure out how can I air this out. What can we do to build together?” Steele: “You’re the only platonic friend I must tell you I’ve ever had that broke my heart.” Smiley: “From the bottom of my heart, I sincerely apologize.” Steele: “You don’t have to say anymore because I knew you may have been going through something… Whatever it was, it was your show. For whatever reason, you didn’t feel I needed to be there at that time. I had to accept and understand that. I also have to remember you were the dude who helped me and put me on. What hurt me the most I think was that I felt like you left me. I never stopped loving you.” Smiley: “Same here. It’s one day at a time trying to right every wrong. I’m not perfect. I apologize for everything.” Steele: “You don’t ever have to say that again.” Smiley: “I know your heart.”
WARM 106.9 Seattle's Shellie Hart Crowned Queen Alcyone
THE MOUTY, JUN 16TH, 2016 –– Warm 106.9 Midday host Shellie Hart was crowned Queen Alcyone along with the crowning of King Neptune, former Seahawk Jordan Babinbeaux, yesterday in the Kick off Celebration of 2016’s Seafair Festival. The crowning of King Neptune & Queen Alcyone is a long standing tradition of Seafair. Covering a ten-week span and over 75 events, Seafair brings an entire community together in celebration. The King and Queen are chosen based on their philanthropic contributions to the Puget Sound region and ability to inspire the local community. The King and Queen will be featured as honored guests in the Alaska Airlines Seafair Torchlight Parade. Throughout the festival they will greet visiting dignitaries and perform several knighting ceremonies recognizing outstanding citizens in the Seattle area. They will also provide support to Seafair’s Royalty Program.
“What an honor! Growing up here, I always look forward to all the festivals, parades and signature events. I love getting out and meeting new friends, families and adding to my long and cherished list of favorite Seafair Summer moments. Plus, I get to spend it side-by-side with King Neptune, former Seahawk Jordan Babinbeaux. Gonna be fun!” said Hart.
PODCAST: Comedian Bill Engvall Launches 'My Two Cents'
THE MOUTH, JUNE 16TH, 2016 –– Known for his family-friendly comedy act, talented actor and comedian Bill Engvall has partnered with PodcastOne to launch My Two Cents with Bill Engvall. The first to enter the on-demand audio world from the Blue Collar Comedy Tour team, he brings that same humor, along with celebrity interviews, personal stories and, of course, his “two cents” on current events to the show.
“Hey gang, I am really stoked about this new podcast of mine at PodcastOne,” said Engvall. “This show is going to be a blast. It's everything that I have wanted to talk about and MORE! We will have interesting guests, your input, and most of all, some big time laughs. Hope you subscribe - remember it's My Two Cents with Bill Engvall. Yeah, like there's a whole bunch of Bill Engvalls out there Haha!” You can listen to the podcast HERE
[WATCH] Bob Rivers & Spike O'Neill Team For 'King Trump'
THE MOUTH, JUNE 16TH, 2016 –– Bob Rivers and Spike O'Neill have teamed up again to create "King Trump", a parody of the Steve Martin classic "King Tut." Rivers describes himself as being in "semi-retirement" looking for just the right gig to continue creating comedy content.
Bob currently cohosts a once a week Saturday afternoon "morning show" with his longtime friend Zip Zipfel on Cumulus Classic Hits WWFX The Pike in Worcester. Bob and Zip hosted mornings on WAAF, Boston from '81-'87. Spike, still a household name and well known rock brand in Seattle describes himself as "hungry for that next opportunity to kick butt on a morning radio show". Spike is currently doing sports and crushing it on the sales side of radio for CBS Seattle, and his morning show band Spike & The Impalers still tours regularly in the Northwest. WATCH HERE
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Jerry Springer Podcast On talkRADIO In The UK
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, JUNE 16TH, 2016 –– The new national Talk station in Britain, talkRADIO, will broadcast a bespoke version of Jerry Springer’s podcast show, every Saturday at midnight. The announcement was made by Jerry himself, who joined talkRADIO for an interview with Eamonn Holmes on his Sunday morning show. talkRADIO broadcasts on DAB (The UK version of HD radio) and online.
Another Brit Moving to Canada - Programmer, Mike Cass has revealed his next radio move after it was announced he is leaving Bauer Media in the UK. He’s tweeted to say he’s looking forward to working with the teams at Z953 and LG1043.
Zayn Refuses To Go On Stage - Zayn, former member of One Direction has cancelled his headline appearance, his first major UK solo gig, at Capital Radio’s Summertime Ball in London just minutes before he was due on stage in front of 80,000 at Wembley Stadium. He has released a statement on Twitter explaining his anxiety has gotten the better of him. The event featured performers including Craig David, Little Mix, Ariana Grande, Tinie Tempah and The Vamps.
Radio personalities in Australia’s most unpopular list - Hugh Jackman is once again the most liked Australian personality in this year's Encore popularity index but no radio personalities made the top ten this year, but some certainly made it into the bottom of the list. KIIS breakfast duo Kyle and Jackie both ranked at the bottom of the popularity score this year, as did Triple M Melbourne breakfast host Eddie McGuire. Encore Score 2016 Bottom 10: ? Kyle Sandilands ? Shane Warne ? Eddie McGuire ? Lara Bingle ? Jackie O ? Matthew Newton ? Pete Evans ? Jason Donovan ? Johnny Ruffo ? Rhiannon Fish. The annual survey of 400 celebrities is commissioned by Mumbrella and compiled by Encore Score.
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CBS Extends Deal With Grammys; Seth Meyers Bans Donald Trump From Show
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Cumulus Kansas City Launches 102.5 JACK FM And X 105.1, Kansas City’s Alternative Today
THE MOUTH, JUNE 15TH, 2016 –– Cumulus Media announced that it will move its JACK FM (KCJK-FM) radio station from 105.1 on the FM dial to its new position at 102.5 today at 7:30 AM. A popular station in Kansas City for 12 years, JACK FM will continue “Playing What We Want” in its Adult Hits format as 102.5 JACK FM. As JACK FM moves to its new home at 102.5, Cumulus will simultaneously launch its Alternative station, formerly at 102.5, on the new broadcast home at 105.1—with a new name, X 105.1, Kansas City’s Alternative.
The Alternative station originally debuted on 102.5 in November, 2015, as 102.5 The Underground. Donna Baker, Regional Vice President/Market Manager for Cumulus Media-Kansas City, said: “Cumulus Media-Kansas City’s seven-station cluster has experienced explosive growth, up 19.7% since last year in total audience (6+ M-Su 6a-12a). All other Kansas City radio groups’ audience shares have declined over the same period. 1.2 million people tune in to a Cumulus Media-Kansas City station every week, making ours the largest radio audience in Kansas City.
Cox Media Group's K92.3 And Channel 9 Team For Star-Studded 'Orlando's Night Of Healing Concert'
THE MOUTH, JUNE 15TH, 2016 –– Cox Media Group (CMG) Orlando’s K92.3FM (WWKA) along with WFTV Channel 9, WRDQ-TV27 and the CFE Arena will host a benefit concert Tuesday June 21st at 8pm. K92.3’s Country Strong will feature musical guests Maddie & Tae, Tyler Farr, Canaan Smith and Eustis’s own Michael Ray, all coming together in Orlando for a night of healing and country music, with more artists to be announced. Proceeds from tickets and parking will go to the City of Orlando’s OneOrlando Fund benefiting those effected by the recent terror attack at Pulse nightclub.
“In times of tragedy, communities turn to local radio not only for information but for connection,” said Susan Larkin, regional vice president of Orlando radio. “Country music and their superstar artists are the best at uniting people. We, at K92.3, are honored to provide our Orlando community a night to come together, heal and look forward.”
FCC's Net Neutrality Rules Upheld By Federal Court
THE MOUTH, JUNE 15TH, 2016 –– A federal court has ruled that high-speed internet 'Can be defined as a utility; thus, clearing the way for more rigorous policing of broadband providers and greater protections for web users reports The New York Times. The two-to-one decision from a three-judge panel at the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Tuesday came in a case about rules applying to a doctrine known as net neutrality, which prohibit broadband companies from blocking or slowing the delivery of internet content to consumers. Those rules, created by the Federal Communications Commission in early 2015, started a huge legal battle as cable, telecom and wireless internet providers sued to overturn regulations that they said went far beyond the FCC's authority and would hurt their businesses.
“After a decade of debate and legal battles, today’s ruling affirms the commission’s ability to enforce the strongest possible internet protections — both on fixed and mobile networks — that will ensure the internet remains open, now and in the future,” said Tom Wheeler, chairman of the FCC, in a statement. The 184-page ruling opens a path for new limits on broadband providers. The FCC has already proposed privacy rules for broadband providers, limiting the ability of companies like Verizon and AT&T to collect and share data about broadband subscribers.
NIELSEN: Summer Shines Bright On Classic Hits
THE MOUTH, JUNE 15TH, 2016 –– Over the past two summers Millennials have been listening to Classic Hits radio more and more reports Nielsen. And with summer around the corner this format is off to a strong start.
While the audience share among persons 6 and older for this popular format was flat from April to May at a 5.4%, the 18-34 and 25-54 listener bases are growing. Classic Hits trended 3.6%-3.8%-3.9% among 18-34s and 4.7%-4.7%-4.8% among 25-54s since March 2016. The 3.9% share in May 2016 among 18-34 year-olds is the first time outside of the holidays that the format has reached this level among this listener group.
This format may not be targeted toward Millennials, but they are tuning into Classic Hits like never before. CLICK HERE FOR REPORT
[LISTEN] Muslim Listener Talks Orlando Attack With 103.3 Boston's TJ Taormina Show: 'It Does Not Represent Us'
THE MOUTH, JUNE 15TH, 2016 –– CBS' AMP 103.3/WODS' TJ of The TJ Show, had a Muslim listener call in and talk about what happened in Orlando. What followed led to some pretty teary stuff as the caller, named Akeema, pleaded with his listeners to not judge her and others like her by the actions of the gunman in Orlando.
"It Does Not Represent Us. We are one race," .. "I know what it's like to walk down the street and have people look at you." .. "I'm praying for the people of Orlando," the woman said. She had reacted to a previous call from USRN's Jeffrey Jameson, a friend of TJ's, who was discussing his insight on the weekend tragedies. TJ added, "It was very tough to hold back emotions during the break. At one point, co-host Loren Raye said, I haven't said much, but was busy crying in the corner." TJ also says he didn't get one bit of negative comment, all positive and mostly people saying they were driving to work with tea"rs in their eyes. LISTEN HERE
[WATCH] Longtime Boise Morning Host Sidelined For Cancer Treatment
THE MOUTH, JUNE 15TH, 2016 –– Longtime Mix 106 Boise morning host, Mike Kasper posted at the station's website: 'I never expected or at least I hoped I’d never hear those words for myself or my family… “You Have Cancer.” Unfortunately, I did hear those words recently and I will need to take some time away from the Mix Morning show to deal with it. I can honestly say that I was completely blindsided when my doctor sat me down to tell me that I had prostate cancer. I vividly remember thinking to myself as I waited in the exam room for the doctor, that everything was going to be fine and that I probably had some sort of infection. I had pretty much convinced myself that even after my blood test and the biopsy, that there was no way that I could have cancer. The doctor entered the room and the first words out of his mouth were “thank goodness we ordered the biopsy, because you have cancer.”
Kasper added, "The good news was that it was caught early. The bad news, for me, is that is’ a fairly aggressive and high grade form of cancer, so there was no waiting around and just monitoring it to see if it was growing or starting to spread. " Beginning this week, Mike will be off the radio for a few weeks for surgery and recovery time. I hope to come back, at least on a limited basis by the end of the month or early July.
NETWORKS: TKRN & USRN Ink New Long"Term Deal! - WWO & Loyal Ears Bring Fantasy Free Gaming To Radio
THE MOUTH, JUNE 15TH, 2016 –– United Stations Radio Networks and The Tom Kent Rad io Network have inked a new multi"year, long term sales and programming agreement brokered by Craig Albert of the Dallas law firm Cherry Petersen Landry Albert LLP. Through the end of this decade and well beyond, USRN will be the exclusive sales representative for TKRN. For the past five years, USRN has been the sales and distribution agent for TKRN. TKRN CEO/President Tom Kent says "Nick Verbitsky, Andy Denemark, Jim Higgins, Charlie Colombo, Rich Baum, Susan Moore and the rest of the fantastic team at USRN have been nothing but the very best. For more info, call 614-321-6708
Westwood One announced it has signed a multi-year partnership with Loyal Ears Digital to bring Fantasy Free -- FREE fantasy sports and entertainment games -- to its broadcast radio affiliates, starting with the upcoming 2016 NFL season. The average fantasy player spends 9.5 hours a week constructing fantasy lineups. Westwood One’s Fantasy Free package allows stations to tap into that heavily-engaged audience with FREE games that are 100% legal and that bring all the excitement that comes with fantasy gaming. Gabe Hobbs Media partnered with Loyal Ears Digital on the Westwood One integration. Hobbs said, “What station wouldn’t want a contest that drives digital engagement through the roof, and is driven by on-air promotion with no special programming required?" For more information, contact Rich Burg at email@example.com | (212) 824-2994.
PODCAST: 'Weird Al' Yankovic, Adam Nimoy & Josh Horowitz On 'Engage' The Official Star Trek Podcast
THE MOUTH, JUNE 15TH, 2016 –– As previously announced, today is the official launch of “Engage: The OFFICIAL Star Trek Podcast!” Hosted by Jordan Hoffman, a film critic and writer of the “One Trek Mind” blog on StarTrek.com. Featured guests for these launch episodes include pop culture icon “Weird Al” Yankovic, Leonard Nimoy’s son and director Adam Nimoy, and MTV News Correspondent Josh Horowitz.
When asked by Hoffman if he was aware about the first series, Yankovic said: “I was [aware of Star Trek.] Honestly, my only memory was once I kind of got into a little bit of a fight with my parents because I wanted to stay up late enough to watch Star Trek. It was a little past my bedtime, but I was always like, ‘Just a few minutes more. I really want to watch Star Trek.’ [His parents saying,] ‘No, it’s past your bedtime.’ I said, ‘I’ll forgo my allowance this week if you just let me watch Star Trek!’ the first three episodes of the hour-long podcast are available NOW for listening via Play.it/StarTrek, iTunes and StarTrek.com.
American Idol Alum Bo Bice Guest Hosts On NewsRadio 106.7 Atlanta
THE MOUTH, JUNE 15TH, 2016 –– Country artist and former American Idol finalist, Bo Bice took to the airwaves this morning from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. on NewsRadiio 106.7 Atlanta. NewsRadio 106.7 Program Director, Greg Tantum says, “Bo’s appearance captures the spirit of the Casting Call program in that it encourages all voices in the Atlanta community to participate. Not just experienced or seasoned personalities."
NewsRadio 106.7’s Casting Call Atlanta is the stations search for the next big Atlanta talk star! As part of the initiative three listeners with little or no professional radio experience have participated weekly in the Wednesday Radio Fantasy Camp. Each given one hour between 9:00 a.m. and Noon for live, on-air auditions.
Walt Disney Company Donates $1 Million For Those Affected By Terror Attack
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Former KLAQ-FM El Paso Host Found Murdered
THE MOUTH, JUNE 14TH, 2016 –– A Police have now charged a man suspected of killing a former KLAQ El Paso host Richard Madrigal reports kvia.com. Leonel Hernandez (shown below) is being held on a $1 million bond on murder charges.
According to police, 33-year-old Richard Madrigal was found dead from a gunshot wound after he was discovered in his apartment by a friend who stopped by to visit. According to a court document, a woman who witnessed the killing told police the name of the alleged shooter. In 2013, Madrigal was named best disk jockey of the year in 2013 in 'What's Up in El Paso."
[WATCH] CMG Orlando Holds Roundtable Discussion On Terror Attack - City Holds Candlelight Vigil For Victims
THE MOUTH, JUNE 14TH, 2016 –– Cox Media Group (CMG) Orlando held a live panel discussion yesterday about the Orlando Pulse nightclub terror attack. It featured a host from each of the Cox Media Group Orlando radio stations as well as live calls from listeners. It was heard live on News 96.5FM, K92.3, Star 94.5, Power 95.3, 98.9 WMMO, ESPN580 Orlando and streamed on each of their websites. The panel consisted of Host and moderator- Joe Kelley, News 96.5 WDBO · AJ and Ashley from K92.3 WWKA · The Obie and Lil Shawn Morning show from Power 95.3 WPYO · Monica May- Star 94.5 WCFB · Denise Ryan – 98.9 WMMO · Also joining the panel was Brian Kilmeade, host of Fox & Friends on Fox News Channel and Host of Kilmeade & Friends on Fox News Radio - WATCH HERE
Especially moving was this photo below on WDBO's Facebook Page taken from the roof of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Orlando last night of a candlelight vigil. Also worth a look is this incredible 360 snap from esteveztv SEE HERE - PHOTO/Samuel Corum Anadou Agency
Slain 'Voice' Contestant Christina Grimmie's Funeral To Be Paid By Her Coach Adam Levine
THE MOUTH, JUNE 14TH, 2016 –– Adam Levine has offered to pay for Christina Grimmie’s funeral, according to the late singer’s brother reports Gossip Cop. Grimmie was gunned down by a man named Kevin James Loibl as she signed autographs following an Orlando concert on Friday. Her brother, Marcus, tackled Loibl, who then turned the gun on himself. Her brother is deeply touched by the outpouring of support in the wake of her murder and revealed on Facebook late Sunday that some of that is coming directly from Levine, who coached Grimmie on “The Voice.”
Marcus wrote, “I found out this morning, that Adam Levine personally called my mother and said he will pay for the funeral and her plane flight, and I was blown away.” Marcus also referenced the GoFundMe account set up by Grimmie’s manager, Brian Teefey, who happens to be Selena Gomez’s stepdad. He noted the funds, which have topped $100,000 in just two days, were intended to “help our family move out of our current house and to take care of the funeral.” Now Levine will apparently be pitching in as well. The Maroon 5 frontman led Grimmie to a third-place finish on season 6 of “The Voice” in 2014. In a statement following Grimmie's death, Levine said he was “devastated and heartbroken” PHOTO/iHeartRadio Theater August 26, 2014 in Burbank, California - Kevin Winter/Getty Images North America
Chris Rock Teams With RHCP's For Limited Run Radio Show
THE MOUTH, JUNE 14TH, 2016 –– The Red Hot Chili Peppers are celebrating their upcoming album 'The Getaway' by joining forces with their old pal Chris Rock. According to complex.com, Rock, who inducted them into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, will host a new limited run Chili Peppers-only satellite station on SiriusXM. The station, called Red Hot Chili Peppers Radio, will launch tomorrow, Wednesday 6/15), two days before The Getaway's release, and will run through June 21.
According to SiriusXM, it will feature music spanning the band's whole career, as well as commentary from the group members and "songs by influential artists hand-picked from the band's personal music collection." "We're excited to join forces with one of rock's most treasured bands to bring SiriusXM subscribers Red Hot Chili Peppers Radio," said Scott Greenstein, President and Chief Content Officer, SiriusXM. "With Chris Rock as the channel host — someone who knows a thing or two about hosting big entertainment events and even more about the Chili Peppers.
PROGRAMMING: iHeart Names Zach Dillon Asst. PD/MD & Afternoons On KDWB Minneapolis
THE MOUTH, JUNE 14TH, 2016 –– iHeartMedia announced that Zach Dillon has been named Assistant Program Director, Music Director and Afternoon On-Air Talent for 101.3 KDWB in Minneapolis, effective June 13.
"I am so thrilled to join such a phenomenal station like KDWB and continuing my work with iHeartMedia,” said Dillon. “Afternoons in Minneapolis, here I come. So excited to buy my very first snow blower and spend summers on Lake Minnetonka!”
ON-AIR: 97.7 AMP Detroit Adds Jag To Middays; Jim Bosh Takes Mornings At WLMI Lansing
THE MOUTH, JUNE 14TH, 2016 –– (WDZH-FM) announced that well known personality Jon Gay, also known as “Jag,” has joined the station as host of the midday show airing weekdays from 10:00AM-3:00PM both on air and online at 987ampradio.com and through the Radio.com mobile app. “The most fun I’ve ever had in my career was being on the air in Detroit. There’s an incredible spirit about this town,” said Jag. arrives from New Orleans where he was program director and afternoon drive host at Voodoo 104, KVDU-FM. Jag formerly aired on WKQI-FM, where he hosted the evening show and later, the midday show, between June 2011 and December 2012.
--WLMI Lansing, MI announced that Jim Bosh will take over mornings on 92-9 WLMI. Bosh previously worked in the market at crosstown WIBM. He also aired on the late WWWW (W4) and WMGC/Detroit, as well as WHMI/Howell, MI. Over a four-decade radio career Bosh also spent seven years in mornings on iHeartMedia Country WWYZ/Hartford and made earlier stops at KQKS (KS107.5)/Denver, WQSR/Baltimore, the late WPHR (Power 108)/Cleveland and KWJJ/Portland, OR.
Larry Wilson Speaks On Opening Day At Hubbard Radio Talent Institute's Inaugural Opening At Central Wash. University
The Inaugural Hubbard Radio Talent Institute at Central Washington University The inaugural Hubbard Radio Talent Institute kicked off this week on the campus of Central Washington University in Washington State. Ginny Morris, Chair and CEO of Hubbard Radio, opened the Institute followed by Larry Wilson (shown), Founder and Chairman of Alpha Media.
Travis Box, radio veteran and General Manager of college radio station KCWU, said: “The unparalleled, professional foundation of Hubbard Radio, coupled with the expertise of the National Radio Talent System, will now give west coast student broadcasters the opportunity to launch their careers with an unprecedented skill-set and real-world understanding of the industry and what it takes to succeed.
MIX 94.1 Las Vegas 'Mercedes In The Morning' Gives Blood To Orlando; Children's Hospital Of Illinois Recognizes 93.3 The Drive's John Riley
THE MOUTH, JUNE 14TH, 2016 –– MIX 94.1 Las Vegas' JC. Fernandez, co-host of 'Mercedes In The Morning,' tells Jockline, "United Blood Services here in Las Vegas was one of the first cities to send blood to Orlando. Because of this our supply was running low and they feared that they would not have more to send to Orlando (and more if it was needed here in Las Vegas). So, Mercedes and I had United Blood Services bring in their equipment and we donated our blood live on the air, we also had 'Imagine Dragons' frontman Dan Reynolds come to the studio and donate blood as well. Thanks to this we managed to sell out all of their appointments today and the blood supply is headed back to normal levels in Las Vegas.
--Alpha Media Peoria, IL announced that John Riley, co-host of “The Morning Drive with John & Nancy” on 93.3 The Drive (WPBG) has been given the Bill Houlihan Professional Award from Children’s Hospital of Illinois. Every year Children’s Hospital of Illinois recognizes advocates throughout Central Illinois who are making a difference in the lives of children. The Bill Houlihan Professional Award recognizes a professional who advocates for children through their work, going beyond the daily expectations. John has hosted and coordinated the “Drive for Miracles” Radiothon for the past 15 years, raising well over $3 million for Children’s Hospital of Illinois.
PHOTOS: Hot 101.5 Tampa Post Billboards For Orlando
THE MOUTH, JUNE 14TH, 2016 –– One of our favorite peeps and longtime MSBC attendee, Miguel Fuller, posted this billboard now up in Tampa for CMG's HOT 101.5. Fuller, co-host of its morning show wrote: "Amazing to work for a company that actively supports diversity and love. Thank you Cox Media Group & Hot 101.5. You'll see these around Tampa Bay this week."
Microsoft To Absorb Linkedin For $26.2 Billion; Apple Music App Gets Makeover
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[WATCH] TRAGEDY STRIKES ORLANDO; "I'm Really Having A Hard Time Absorbing What Happened Says WDBO's Joe Kelly; The Bone Tampa' Drew Garabo Talks With Club DJ; Former Chairman Of US House Intelligence/Turned Host Mike Rogers 'Calls It An Attack On All Americans'
THE MOUTH, JUNE 13TH, 2016 –– "I'm Really Having A Hard Time Absorbing What Happened," said 96.5 WDBO Orlando's Joe Kelly (inset) after the Cox Media outlet had spent over 24-hours covering the horrific shooting in the Pulse Nightclub that left a reported 50 dead so far, and over a hundred injured. WDBO'S immediately posted the #PRAY FOR ORLANDO BANNER at its website "It was 2 a.m., closing time at Pulse reported The Washington Post, the dance floor remained crowded, with hundreds of men and women packed into one of Orlando’s most popular gay nightclubs. This was “Latin Night.” The club’s DJ, Ray Rivera, suddenly heard a sound, a pop-pop-pop and at first thought it was Firecrackers? (hear his interview below). He took cover behind the DJ booth. Several patrons joined him, everyone staying low. When there was a pause in the shooting — maybe the killer was reloading — Rivera said, “Come on, let’s go!,” and he and the others fled through a rear exit. A man with a long gun, an AR-15-style semi-automatic rifle, was shooting people. It was Omar Mateen (L), age 29, an American who had purchased the rifle and a handgun in the past week and pledged allegiance to ISIS. He was later killed by police. WATCH JOE KELLY VIDEO HERE
[LISTEN] Club DJ Tells The Bone's Drew Garabo 'At 2 AM "All Hell Broke Loose - Inside Club 'Not A Pretty Sight"
THE MOUTH, JUNE 13TH, 2016 –– Drew Garabo spoke with Ray Rivera aka a 'DJ Infinite' yesterday on 102.9 The Bone. Rivera was the DJ at Pulse the night of the shooting in Orlando. In the interview Rivera told Garabo at 2am “All Hell broke loose” and he initially thought it was firecrackers going off. He said there was a guy and a girl who hid under his DJ booth with him. He also said the inside of the club was “not a pretty sight.”
He said all you could see were people on the floor. He followed the girl who was hiding with him to safety. His phone and all his things are still inside the club. He also said the gunman started shooting in the VIP area. Drew hadn’t spoken with Rivera in 15 plus years before the interview. PHOTO/Drew Garabo LISTEN TO INTERVIEW HERE
Orlando Pride Radio Host: 'I'm Afraid To Go Outside'
THE MOUTH, JUNE 13TH, 2016 –– Sondra Rae Valentino, an afternoon host on Orlando Pride Radio and co-host Johnny's House morning show on XL1067 Orlando, tells ABC News she met her fiance at the nightclub Pulse, the site of where at least 50 people were killed early Sunday morning in the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. She said, members of her community were experiencing a range of powerful emotions as people rushed to donate blood, support one another, and attempt to grapple with a horrific massacre that took place in a club that they loved. "It scared us," Valentino told ABC News by phone "I'm afraid to go outside, because who knows what's going to happen?" I can't believe right now. Why is this world so cruel. My heart goes out to my friends and their family.
Connor Hachey, who identifies as gay, and works with Valentino as a host at Pride Radio Orlando, a digital radio station focused on the LGBT community of central Florida, and XL 106.7 in Orlando, a top 40 station, told ABC News that the LGBT community in his city was close-knit and vibrant, playing host to Gay Days Orlando, a popular festival that attracted visitors from across the country. He said that he had never experienced any intimidation in the city related to his identity, but had heard of rare occasions where other people did. "I would say that everyone here just supports one another," Hachey said, while acknowledging that every LGBT community deals with some form of hate. "What happened last night was just completely unexpected," SEE COMPLETE ARTICLE HERE
"This Was Not An Attack On A Part Of America. It Was An Attack On All Americans" Says Westwood One Host Mike Rogers
THE MOUTH, JUNE 13TH, 2016 –– There's likely no one in radio who knows more about terrorism than Mike Rogers, the former Chairman of US House Intelligence Committee/turned Westwood Commentator. Jockline reached out to Rogers, a key speaker at this year's 7th, Annual Talk Show Boot Camp in Ft. Lauderdale.
He tells Jockline,"This was not an attack on a part of America. It was an attack on all Americans. It continues to highlight the threat of a vibrant jihadist movement and the danger of not having an aggressive plan to deal with them. We must disrupt and destroy ISIS where they plan, recruit, train, propagandize, and provide the narrative they are beating the U.S "
[WATCH] Carson Daly Still In Shock Over Grimmie's Death
THE MOUTH, JUNE 13TH, 2016 –– The weekend was doubly tragic for Orlando as former 'The Voice' contestant Christina Grimmie was shot to death while signing autographs following an Orlando concert. Voice host and 97.1 AMP LA morning host Carson Daly said on NBC's 'Today' that he's still in shock over her death. Daly, who met Christina on season six of the show, spoke on NBC's Today show on Saturday morning.
"We're just so saddened by the news of Christina, who is such an incredible talent and incredible person. It still seems so fresh...I "And this was a girl—people say this phrase a lot, of you know, 'So-and-so was a nice person, such a sweet person'—but Christina really was." Carson continued: "She was special. I mean, she really was special. She would walk in a room and she had an infectious laugh. She was determined, she was confident but she was so incredibly sweet. You would never forget meeting her. I'm shocked she didn't actually win season six." After being rushed to hospital in a critical condition, the star's publicist announced later that the much-loved singer had died from her injuries. The attacker, who was said to be a disturbed fan, turned the gun on himself taking his own life. WATCH HERE
WTMX Chicago's Eric Ferguson Escapes Boat Explosion With Nasty Bruises And Stitches
THE MOUTH, JUNE 13TH, 2016 –– WTMX Chicago morning host Eric Ferguson escaped serious injury Saturday when the WaveRunner personal water craft he was riding on a Wisconsin lake exploded, sending him 15 feet into the air reports Robert Feder. Calling it a miracle he survived, Ferguson said he expects to be on the air Monday hosting his morning show on Hubbard's WTMX FM 101.9. Co-host, Kathy Hart tells Jockline, however, in spite of Eric's hope to be back on the air, "He's out of it today. I certainly admire his work ethic but he should be home resting!"
Ferguson told Feder, the accident happened on Powers Lake in Wisconsin, just southeast of Lake Geneva, where he owns a vacation home. He described the scene as “a complete inferno” when the WaveRunner exploded. “[It] launched me 15 feet in the air, and I landed about 20 yards from the machine,” he said. “I was scooped out of the water by a passing WaveRunner [and] ended up in the hospital all day Saturday. They thought they’d need a trauma team, but amazingly, I walked in with some nasty bruises and needed a few stitches. I had the battery of CAT scans, MRI’s and X-rays. All were negative. They anticipated some facial reconstruction, but I got the all clear.”
Amazon Taking On Apple, Spotify And Others With Plans Of Streaming Music Service
THE MOUTH, JUN 13TH, 2016 –– Amazon plans to launch a streaming music service this year, closely integrated with its Amazon Echo smart speaker reports investors.com. (Amazon). according to multiple reports, a direct competitor to Apple (AAPL) Music, Spotify, Alphabet (GOOGL) and others. Amazon will charge $9.99 a month and offer a broad music selection, Reuters reported, citing sources.
Amazon is wrapping up deals with major music labels with an eye to a late summer or fall launch said Reuters, which provided the initial report. Amazon already offers music streaming with a limited catalog as part of its Amazon Prime service. The paid music service would be closely integrated with Amazon Echo, its home speaker and personal assistant. The Echo has been a hit. Alphabet plans to roll out its own smart speaker — Google Home. There’s speculation that Apple will eventually do the same. Amazon’s streaming music service, also reported by Bloomberg, is a shot across the bow at Apple, which is expected to announce Apple Music and Siri updates and upgrades at next week’s Worldwide Developers Conference. Apple Music launched last year to great fanfare.
Terrestrial Radio 'Gets A Free Ride Over It's Digital Competitors' In Copyright Law Writes Rep. Jerrold Nadler
THE MOUTH, JUNE 13TH, 2016 –– Copyright law should play fair writes Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) in thehill.com. 'Last Congress, the House Judiciary Committee launched a comprehensive review of the Copyright Act to examine how the law is faring in the digital age and to determine if any changes are needed to reward creativity and keep pace with technological advancement. Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) recently indicated that the review is moving to the next phase, and that he would soon bring people together to discuss potential reforms. As the committee prepares to take action, it is increasingly clear that music licensing reform must be at the top of the agenda. If Congress were to start with a blank sheet of paper, none of us would write the law the way it stands today. Thanks to special-interest exemptions, short-term reactions to changing technologies and congressional gridlock, the law that governs royalty payments is inconsistent and unfair, disadvantaging new technologies and massively shortchanging artists and musicians.
Nadler argues that Internet broadcasters like Pandora pay royalty rates set to reflect what would have been negotiated in the free market, while cable and satellite providers pay a lower, below-market rate under a “grandfathered” provision that predates the development of internet radio. Nadler adds, "And, of course, terrestrial radio gets a free ride and an advantage over its digital competitors. Performing artists, background musicians and other rights holders of sound recordings receive absolutely no compensation when their music is played over the air on AM/FM radio."
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Jesse Bewley Named Digital Director For Hubbard Minneapolis
THE MOUTH, JUNE 13TH, 2016 –– Hubbard Radio Minneapolis-St. Paul VP/Regional Manager, Dan Seeman, announced that Jesse Bewley was named Digital Director for Hubbard Radio Minneapolis St. Paul. Bewley will oversee the digital strategy for Hubbard’s three radio stations—KS95-FM, myTalk 107. 1 and 1500 ESPN.
“We couldn’t be more excited to bring Jesse’s pass ion, experience and leadership to our digital efforts in Minneapolis-St. Paul,” commented Seeman. “We have three of the best digital operations in the market. We are excited to work w ith Jesse and Jeremy to grow our digital footprint to the next level.” Bewley was most recently the Digital Program Direct or for iHeart Radio in Minneapolis-St. Paul. Bewley will start his new position on June 20, 2016.
CBS Radio Programming Head Meet With Label Glitterati
THE MOUTH, JUNE 13TH, 2016 –– On June 8 and 9, CBS RADIO Top 40, Rhythmic Top 40, Hot AC and Alternative programmers and executives from across the country came together in New York City to meet with various music labels, managers and artists. The two days of meetings included surprise appearances and performances from American Authors, The Chainsmokers, Dagny, DNCE, Ingrid Michaelson, Jordan Fisher, Jordan Smith, Kent Jones, LEON, Marc E. Bassy, One Republic, Shaggy, Stanaj, Tinashe, and others. PHOTO 1: [left to right] CBS RADIO programming members Jim Ryan (SVP, Programming), Chris Oliviero (EVP, Programming), Kevin Weatherly (SVP, Programming) and Michael Martin (SVP, Programming and Music Initiatives) with Ryan Tedder of One Republic.
Two Radio Guys Land A Local TV Show And It Airs Tonight
THE MOUTH, JUNE 13TH, 2016 –– Jerry Cesak, former longtime member of the Jeff and Jer Show San Diego and his longtime radio producer Little Tommy Sablan are putting on a television show and it debuts tonight.
San Diego Tonight is on KUSI TV in San Diego and will air at 9:00 through the summer on Monday nights. If you live outside of San Diego you can stream it at www.kusi.com It's the tonight show template. It's a variety show with great guests from local dignitaries to national celebrities. They'll have a live house band and a theater audience of over 500 people. Sablan tells Jockline, "We pitched the idea to Mike Mckinnon Jr. on March 1st and tonight the show debuts." Sablan will moderate this year's Producer's Forum at MSBC 28 In Atlanta - details coming soon.
'Voice Coaches' Pay Tribute To Christina Grimmie; 'Hamilton;' Adele Said What?
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Today Is Final Chance To Vote For 2016 NRHOF Nominees
THE MOUTH, JUNE 10TH, 2016 –– Kraig T. Kitchin Chairman, National Radio Hall of Fame says there are just a few outstanding votes left to be received in the 2016 National Radio Hall of Fame Inductee process, and your vote is one of them. Kitchin asks, 'Can you to take several minutes before midnight tonight, Friday, 6/10, and cast your vote?
Below you’ll find a link and your unique login that will connect you to the confidential voting site. The results of this voting process will be revealed on July 11th to the listening audience and the radio industry. The actual Induction ceremony takes place on Thursday, November 17th, 2016. Many thanks for your time to vote" – CLICK HERE TO VOTE
Radio Reports From Ali Procession & Memorial Service
THE MOUTH, JUNE 10TH, 2016 –– The photo above shows The main SportsCenter set outside Louisville’s KFC Yum! Center as ESPN makes final preparations for today's day-long coverage. With at least nine-and-a-half hours of live presence and coverage of Friday’s day of remembrance for Muhammad Ali, ESPN’s SportsCenter on ESPN (and WatchESPN) will provide the best viewing option for those hoping to see the planned 19-mile procession and the ensuing memorial service.
ESPN Radio’s Russillo & Kanell (1 p.m.-4 p.m., simulcast on ESPNEWS) will also include the Ali memorial service’s eulogies while ESPN Audio will have an uninterrupted stream of the entire service on ESPNRadio.com and in the ESPN App. Mike & Mike’s 6-10 a.m. show (simulcast on ESPN2) will include Ali discussion with people who knew him, including Dick Ebersol,
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Jim Lampley. Additionally, ESPN Caribbean will honor the life of Muhammad Ali with a programming block starting at 7 a.m. tomorrow, also including the memorial service. ESPN is also deploying reporters throughout Louisville and across the planned procession route (which starts at 9 a.m.). SEE MORE HERE
Westwood One News correspondent Steve Kastenbaum is also in Louisville, Kentucky at the Muhammad Ali Center where he will be covering today’s procession and memorial service for Ali, who passed away last week.
Two Of Sponge's Lawyers Plead To Keep Law Licenses
THE MOUTH, JUNE 10TH, 2016 –– Two of the lawyers accused of orchestrating the arrest of a rival attorney in the Bubba The Love Sponge vs Todd Schnitt case are asking the state’s Supreme Court not to disbar them for good. According to floridapolitics.com, Adam Filthaut (top left) and Robert Adams (bottom left) of Tampa are requesting disbarment with an opportunity for reinstatement in five years.
Along with a third attorney, Stephen Diaco, who has already been permanently disbarred, Filthaut & Adams were partners in a firm that represented Bubba “the Love Sponge” Clem in a slander suit brought by Todd “MJ” Schnitt. During the 2013 trial, Schnitt's lawyer C. Phillip Campbell was arrested on a DUI charge, but later reports suggested that Adams, Filthaut and Diaco conspired to set up Campbell to get arrested. There was no timeline for when the court would make a decision.
Detroit Radio Vet Tom Bender Announces Retirement
THE MOUTH, JUNE 10TH, 2016 –– Senior Vice President and General Manager of Greater Media Interactive, Tom Bende,r has announced he will be retiring from the company at the end of June after nearly three decades of service. “I am grateful to Peter Smyth for allowing me to lead our digital initiative for the past six years as we worked to conquer the digital challenges to radio,” said Bender. “He has been a friend as well as a great boss. I was privileged to work in my hometown with a wonderful group of people who created WCSX-FM and built upon the 45 year heritage of WRIF, where I began my career. Greater Media is an extraordinary company and I thank them for a creative and innovative culture in which to work. Now it’s time for a new chapter in my life!”
Bender was officially inducted into the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in July of 2007. Steve Meyers, Greater Media’s Director of Digital Operations, will assume strategic management of the company’s digital efforts, and Jennifer Williams, Digital Marketing Director, will continue to direct the company’s Content Factory in Detroit.
ON-AIR: Dan McNeil Exits WDRV/Chicago's 'Morning Drive'
THE MOUTH, JUNE 10TH, 2016 –– Hubbard Radio Chicago Vice President/Market Manager John Gallagher and WDRV Program Director Rob Cressman announced yesterday the departure of Dan McNeil as co-host of its 5am-9am program, “The Morning Drive.”
McNeil joined WDRV in February, 2015. On the decision to step away, McNeil says, "It was an incredible chapter in my radio tour. I got to be a part of a terrific air staff... some really wonderful people. The Drive paid me go to movies, to take listeners to see AC/DC and the Who. I've been wanting to write a love letter to rock and roll publicly for years and I got to do it on one of the most sparkling classic rock stations in the country." The Morning Drive features Pete McMurray and Scott Miller.
[WATCH] Johnboy & Billy's Beloved Curmudgeon, Robert D. Raiford, Retiring Following Stroke
THE MOUTH, JUNE 10TH, 2016 –– He’s recovering, reports thestate.com, but frustrated by impairments. "One minute you can do anything and suddenly, ‘Bam!’’ he says, but isn’t happy, "not a bit." Following a stroke in August cost the decades-long member of the syndicated Johnboy & Billy Show his mobility, all sensation on his right side and the source of his livelihood: His voice. Through months of arduous rehabilitation, Raiford regained the ability to walk with a cane and speak well enough to make himself understood to those who know him best. But even at 88, Raiford feels he’s been cheated out of his life.
“It was so sudden,” says Raiford. “One minute you can do anything and suddenly, Bam! It’s terribly, terribly said. Just go ahead and put me in the ground.” For nearly a year, his co-workers at the “The Big Show” starring John Boy & Billy have deflected questions about Raiford’s absence, saying he was on medical leave but getting better. He retired on Thursday morning, and hosts John Isley and Billy James broke the news to listeners that Raiford was done. “We’ve made it clear to him that there will always be a place for him on our show,” Isley said in a statement. “We look forward to announcing his ‘un-retirement’ soon.” READ STORY HERE
Former Q92 Canton Host Suing Station
THE MOUTH, JUNE 10TH, 2016 –– A former Q92/Canton, OH radio host is suing the station over his firing, claiming he's owed money for lost earnings and should be able to work elsewhere on the air. Known on-air as Mo, real name is Bryan Modzelewski, was let go in February after the station said he violated his work contract, reports cantonrep.com. On Wednesday, Modzelewski filed a lawsuit in Stark County Common Pleas Court, arguing that Q92 (WDJQ) breached the employment agreement.
The filing says his firing was "based exclusively upon the defendant's single allegation of 'deceit, dishonesty or wrongful appropriation for personal use or benefit of company property or money.' " Modzelewski's attorney, Steven Okey, said Thursday that station management never gave his client a specific reason for his firing, either verbally on written. "Mo took nothing, so we have no idea what it is that's being alleged," the attorney said, "and that's why we're so confident it's a complete falsehood.""If Q92 wanted to fire Mo without cause, the written contract requires the station to give him notice or pay," Okey said in a news release. "They failed to do either. Modzelewski is also seeking further damages for "lost remote talent fees, bonus compensation, endorsement fees, live read fees and live broadcast compensation, in amounts yet to be determined." The lawsuit is seeking compensatory damages of $50,000. The court is also being asked to rule that Modzelewski be excused from complying with all other conditions of the contract, including the no-compete clause. "The Mo Radio Show," which began in evenings in 2008, later moved to afternoons and then mornings.
NETWORKS: SBG & Compass To Offer 4th Of July Specials
THE MOUTH, JUNE 10TH, 2016 –– Sun Broadcast Group announced that it will present a special commercial free, 3-hour 4th of July edition of it’s new weekend retro-mix show. The Mix Masters Network is operated by Andrew Starr, the originator of “Hot Mix”, and the pioneer of syndicated mix shows for radio, since 1985. 4th of July Mix – The ‘80’s is available on a market exclusive basis. ““The 80’s are red hot. If a Vacation is all you ever wanted, you’ll be Walking on Sunshine. Just don’t wear your Sunglasses at Night,” said Ron Rivlin, SVP of Programming and Affiliate Sales. For more information on all Mix Master’s shows contact Ron Rivlin at 212-380-9303 or RRivlin@sunbgi.com.
Compass Media Networks is offering a 4th of July special, “America’s Birthday Party,” hosted by Stoney Creek Records’ Thompson Square along with Silverfish Media’s Carsen, host of Country with Carsen. The special is available to air July 2 – 4; for information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org Carsen, host of Country with Carsen, says: “Shawna and Keifer have such great stories to share, from growing up in small towns where kids were running around with fireworks to travelling with their new baby, and the feeling they get performing for our military; they’re the perfect pair to celebrate 240 years of freedom.” For info, contact Adam Wilbur at email@example.com or 310-242-8742
Mel Gibson 'Passion' Sequel?; Blake Shelton Surprises Woman In Hospice
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Trump Adviser Wants Radio Host Banned From Convention
THE MOUTH, JUNE 9TH, 2016 –– Salem Media syndicated host Hugh Hewitt made news this week in response to presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump’s criticism of Judge Gonzalo Curiel. He called for the GOP to dump Trump at the convention. Now the Trump campaign is striking back at Hewitt reports thedailycaller.com. Hewitt said ignoring Trump’s words and actions is “like ignoring Stage IV cancer. You can’t do it. You gotta go attack it.” Trump campaign senior adviser and director of social media, Dan Scavino, called Hewitt a “hater” and said if the radio host planned on attending the GOP convention in Cleveland “the RNC should BAN him from attending.”
Hewitt told HuffPost by email that he will be attending the convention for his radio show and with NBC and MSNBC, where he recently signed on as a political analyst.
[LISTEN] 92 KQRS Minneapolis' Tom Barnard Show Adds Transgender Traffic Reporter
THE MOUTH, JUNE 9TH, 2016 –– Tom was talking to one of his longtime friends, Lauren Siegel (formerly known as Cliff Siegel), the lead singer of Minnesota Rock and Country Hall of Fame inductees, The High Spirits. Tom mentioned to Lauren that the 92 KQRS traffic reporter was leaving, so he invited Lauren on-air for an audition. Last month, Tom had Lauren on the show to discuss musicians boycotting North Carolina’s “Bathroom Bill”, which drove tremendous positive response from KQ listeners. LISTEN HERE
Her traffic report was so well received this morning that Lauren will return to the show on a recurring basis. Tom Barnard is a vocal supporter of the Twin Cities LGBTQ community, and said: "People should be allowed to be who they really are." Of interest: Tom met (then) Cliff Siegel 42 years ago through Cliff's brother, Beau, when all three worked as record label reps. As a former rep for Warner Bros., Cliff got Prince's very first record deal.
Lauren follows Kristen Eck, formerly known as Scott Eck, a traffic reporter for WBZ in Boston.
ANALYSIS: FM On Smartphone APP Amplifies The Listener
THE MOUTH, JUNE 9TH, 2016 –– According to data from NextRadio®, the smartphone app that provides portable FM radio listening, stations that display schedule content in between songs – such as programming schedules, program imagery, and the ability to interact with a show and/or personality - realize more listening time. Plus, they deliver more tune-ins, and increased views of all of their station visuals compared with stations that only show “Now Playing Screens." The latest NextRadio data analysis examines a best practice group of 40 radio stations across five local markets*. The data shows that when more promotional content is available to the listener, there is a lift in key FM listening metrics.
“Local listener interactions with station programs and personalities have always been a cornerstone of the radio experience, and it’s one of radio’s greatest assets. NextRadio enhances the listener-station relationship by empowering our audience to engage with songs playing, on-air personalities and station content in fresh, interactive ways,” said Paul Brenner, President, TagStation, LLC powered by NextRadio. “We are only at the beginning of our journey to deliver an interactive radio experience." CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO
Charlotte Morning Show Cast In 'Big Fat Fabulous Life'
THE MOUTH, JUNE 9TH, 2016 –– The Maney, Roy and LauRen Morning Show on WNKS KISS 95.1 appeared on TLC’s My Big Fat Fabulous Life, starring Whitney Thore (inset and left center above). The third season premiered Wednesday, June 8th at My Big Fat Fabulous Life follows Whitney, as she strives to maintain a healthy life style through her passion for dance and her No Body Shame Campaign. Maney, Roy and LauRen will join the series as Whitney ventures back into radio. Thore started this spring as an Intern on Kiss95.1 as cameras filmed Whitney and the Maney, Roy and LauRen Morning Show from March through May.
"It was crazy to see all the television crew members in the building, it was kind of fun having cameras on us during the show," said Maney. The Morning Show treated her like any other intern. She had to blog, edit audio and even make bagel runs, if necessary. The Kiss Mornings’ crew is expected to be featured on episodes four through nine of this season.
WPLJ'S Jayde Donovan Host 2nd Apple-A-Day iPad Party
THE MOUTH, JUNE 9TH, 2016 –– Cumulus New York City hosted its 2nd Annual Apple-A-Day iPad Party at 95.5 WPLJ studios last Saturday, June 4, 2016, where 20 children with pediatric cancer were presented with their very own iPads to stay connected to the outside world while undergoing cancer treatment. 95.5 WPLJ morning show co-host, Jayde Donovan, launched the Apple-A-Day non-profit organization and laptop giveaway in 2001, in memory of her friend Brittany, who passed away from bone cancer. Each child who attended the party and received an iPad also got the exciting experience of what it would be like to be a celebrity visiting the radio station.
The tour included the chance to be a DJ at their own dance party, with stops in Cumulus NYC's green screen room, the "Todd & Jayde in the Morning" show studio, the station's paparazzi staging area and VP/Market Manager Chad Lopez’s office, where they were able to ‘be the boss’. PHOTO/APPLE-A-DAY founder, Jayde Donovan at the NASDAQ building in Times Square.
PROGRAMMING: Jeff Stevens Tapped As Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeart Dayton Cluster
THE MOUTH, JUNE 9TH, 2016 –– Jeff Stevens has been named SVP/Programming for iHeart Radio's Dayton Cluster. He'll oversee WMMX-FM, WTUE-FM, WCHD-FM, WZDA-FM, WYDB-FM, WRZX-FM, WONE-AM, and WIZE-AM as well as the stations’ on-air personalities. Previously, Stevens served as the Program Director and morning show personality for Mix 107.7 in Dayton, OH.
In Stevens’ 22 years of experience with iHeartMedia he has worked in a variety of programming and on-air roles, including hosting duties for Mix 107.7’s “Jeff, Gina and Dave Show” as well as the afternoon drive and weekend personality for Mainstream AC and Hot AC stations heard across dozens of iHeartMedia stations. He also hosts iHeartRadio’s “The 80’s Show” heard on approximately 20 stations. He grew up in Dayton and began his career locally as the Program Director for WXEG-FM.
ON-AIR: Stacy Gantt To Pull Double Shifts At Adams Las Cruces
THE MOUTH, JUNE 9TH, 2016 –– Stacy Gantt has joined Adams Radio of Las Cruces where she'll hold shifts on both KHQT (Hot 103) and KSNM (Classic Hits 98.7). Stacy’s first radio job was an intern on the "Ace & TJ Show" on WNKS Charlotte. She eventually landed in Tucson on legendary KFMA. Stacy was also part of the #1 rated "Rock 102 Mornings with Shmonty & Carolina"
Stacy commented, I am thrilled to become part of the Adams radio family in Cruces! I am excited to start my new adventure in the fantastic city of Las Cruces ... and start exploring the area!"
Little Big Town Invades NASH With 'New Buddy' Pharrell
THE MOUTH, JUNE 9TH, 2016 –– Little Big Town stopped by the NASH Campus in Nashville yesterday with their new buddy Pharrell to talk about their new album Wanderlust, which Pharrell produced. PHOTO: Front Row, L-R: Cumulus Media’s John Shomby and John Kilgo; UMG’s Royce Risser Back Row, L-R: Little Big Town’s Jimi Westbrook and Kimberly Schlapman; America's Morning Show's Blair Garner; Pharrell; America's Morning Show's Kelly Ford; Little Big Town’s Phillip Sweet and Karen Fairchild; Capitol’s Bobby Young.
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US Born Host Paul Gambaccini Sticks Boot Into BBC
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, JUNE 9TH, 2016 –– US born Paul Gambaccini has taken his own bosses to task in a no holds barred attack in which he derides Director General Tony Hall for acquiescing to a media ‘witch-hunt’ in the wake of the Jimmy Saville (s)ex abuse scandal and dismissed the broadcaster as the ‘worst employer of all time’. The veteran presenter went on the warpath just days after being installed as presenter of Radio 2’s weekly, Saturday show, Pick of the Pops, attacking the organization on a wide range of fronts. Amongst the targets of Gambaccini’s ire were a ‘coterie’ of managers who valued high culture above popularity and expressed dismay at the treatment of former colleagues such as Tony Blackburn, who he said was wrongly sacked in the aftermath of an abuse inquiry headed by Dame Janet Smith. Also in the firing line was a decision by the BBC to live broadcast a police raid on the home of the singer Sir Cliff Richard, a decision seen as a ‘new low’. Gambiccini returned to the BBC fold 18 months ago after being informed he would face no action in a police inquiry into alleged historic sex crimes. For its part the BBC has declined to comment on the remarks.
Meghan Trainor In Sydney - Australia Sydney radio station, Nova, hosted Meghan Trainor when she performed to a packed crowd at Marquee, The Star for the Sydney leg of Nova’s Red Room Global Tour. With 700 people enjoyed the show including Nova’s Kate Ritchie, Smallzy and Jason Smith, Meghan Trainor performed a selection of her biggest hits so far.
Maher Khan returns to Dilse Radio in London for Ramadan - Maher Khan is returning to Dilse Radio 1035 for special programming every day during Ramadan. The popular host is returning to the station to conduct the Ramadan programming during the opening and breaking of the fast every day.
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Carrie Underwood, Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton Win Big At CMT's
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John “Online” Mingione Joins WPLJ's Todd & Jayde Show
THE MOUTH, JUNE 8TH, 2016 –– Cumulus Media has officially announced that John “Online” Mingione will join the WPLJ-FM weekday morning program, “Todd & Jayde in the Morning” as Street Ranger and Video Vigilante. “Todd & Jayde in the Morning." Mingione was previously part of 106.1 WBLI Long Island's morning show “Dana & Jayson in the Morning”, and Director of Digital Media for WBLI and WBAB. Mingione is a native New Yorker who was born and raised on Long Island.
Mingione’s viral videos and parody songs have received millions of views on YouTube and Facebook. Gillette, Program Director, 95.5 WPLJ said: “In less than 16 months, ‘Todd & Jayde in the Morning’ has grown to be a top 5 show with Women 25-54 in the most competitive market in the universe. That’s beyond remarkable. But instead of being satisfied, the hiring of Johnny is like throwing gasoline on an already raging fire, and is indicative of our commitment to make the show a three-dimensional dominator…on the air, on the street and online/social media.”
Alicia Tyler Heads To KFOG/San Francisco For Middays & MD
THE MOUTH, JUNE 8TH, 2016 –– Cumulus Media announces that it has appointed 17-year programming professional and on-air personality Alicia Tyler as Music Director for KFOG-FM. Tyler, will also be an On-Air Personality for KFOG. She debuts on KFOG on June 22, 2016.
Tyler heads back to San Francisco to join KFOG from Alternative Rock station WZNE-FM (94.1 The Zone) in Rochester, NY, where she was Program Director and Midday Personality. Previously, Tyler was Midday Personality for KMYZ-FM (Z104.5 The Edge) in Tulsa, OK, and was Assistant Program Director, Music Director and Midday Personality for KLCK-FM (Click 98.9) in Seattle, WA. She has also held posts including: Music Director and On-Air Personality for KKDO-FM (RADIO 94.7) in Sacramento, CA; On-Air Personality for KLLC-FM (Alice @ 97.3) and KMVQ-FM (Movin 99.7) in San Francisco, CA; and Assistant Program Director/Music Director and Afternoon Drive Personality for KOSO-FM (Your B93.1) in Stockton/Modesto, CA.
Cox Media Group Ohio's Julia Wallace Announces Retirement
THE MOUTH, JUNE 8TH, 2016 –– Cox Media Group (CMG) Ohio’s Market VP Julia Wallace will be retiring from the company at the end of 2016. “Julia has had a remarkable career, leading The Atlanta Journal-Constitution as its editor for a decade and then spearheading the CMG Ohio convergence effort in Dayton – bringing TV, radio and newspapers together as a successful and innovative media business,” said CMG Executive VP Mike Joseph. Wallace will transition from her role as Market VP on July 1 to work directly with Joseph on broader strategic CMG Newspaper news and operations matters for the remainder of 2016. In addition, she will also be teaching a class on political journalism at the University of Dayton.
Wallace joined the Cox organization in 2000 as Managing Editor of The Atlanta Journal and Constitution. She was named editor in July of 2002. She was named editor of the year by Editor & Publisher magazine in 2004 and was inducted into the Medill School of Journalism Hall of Achievement and received the Alumni Merit Award from Northwestern University in 2006. The search for Wallace’s successor will begin immediately. In the interim, Rob Rohr, CMG Ohio’s General Manager, will oversee the operation and report directly to Joseph. About Cox Media Group
Maddie & Tae Join WWO July 4th Holiday Music Special
THE MOUTH, JUNE 8TH, 2016 –– Westwood One is celebrating Independence Day with a four-hour holiday music special, Celebrate the USA with Maddie & Tae. CMA Award-winning duo Maddie & Tae are throwing an all-star birthday party featuring great music, patriotic classics, and 4th of July memories from Country all-stars Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean, Carrie Underwood, Florida Georgia Line, and themselves.
Stations can air Westwood One’s July 4th holiday special any time Saturday, July 2 – Monday, July 4, 2016 between 6:00 am and 12 midnight. For more information, contact Donny Walker at (615) 727-6987 or email@example.com.
NETWORK: Sun Broadcast Group Adds Over 140 Affiliates in Q2; Mark Elliott Joins TKRN; KMIT-TM SD Wakes Up With Envision's 'The Rooster'
THE MOUTH, JUNE 8TH, 2016 –– Sun Broadcast Group’s programs and services continue to grow. Since Q2 2016 began, 143 new affiliates have joined the Sun roster. Full list below: The Fitz Show & The Hit List With Fitz : KVAS-FM – Seattle-Tacoma, WA - Nashville Minute: KARB-FM – Salt Lake City, UT The Country Club with Dee Jay Silver: KNCQ-FM – Chico-Redding, CA - The House of Hair with Dee Snider: KZWY-FM – Rapid City, SD - Shazam for Radio: WBOS-FM – Boston-Manchester, MA KZGO-FM – Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN KTWN-FM – Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN WVYB-FM - Just to name a few.For more information, call Sun Broadcast Group (800) 871-6163
Former WRQN-FM Toledo PD Mark Elliott is joining The Tom Kent Radio Network in affiliate sales handling AC and Country products. Prior to programming with Cumulus in Toledo, Mark was with South Central Media in Evansville, IN, and Northern Broadcast Group in Tra verse City. In addition, Mark was also Chief Marketing Consultant of Radio One 2 One in Indianapolis.. TKRN is comprised of over 500 great radio stations in the United States, Canada and Mexico. For affiliation please contact: Ed Douglas EdD@TomKentRadio.com or 614- 321-6708.
Envision Networks® welcomes Saga Communications’ KMIT-FM/Sioux Falls, South Dakota as the latest affiliate of The Rooster, the all new multi-tasking content resource for morning shows available 24/7 at GotRooster.com. KMIT-FM joins over 250 affiliates on the Envision Morning Network. The Rooster is available on a barter basis. Stations interested in a FREE two-week trial should visit GotRooster.com. For more information contact Amber Wade at 216-831-3761 - amberW@envisionradio.com.
SYNDICATION: Country Legends 97.1 Houston Adds Original Country Gold With Rowdy Yate's
THE MOUTH, JUNE 8TH, 2016 –– Original Country Gold with Rowdy Yates announced the addition of Country Legends 97.1 (KTHT FM) in Houston on Saturday nights 7 pm to 12 midnight beginning June 11, 2016.
Rowdy Yates, host of Original Country Gold, says “Houston will be a homecoming for me as Original Country Gold started as a local Houston broadcast 21 years ago. I can’t wait to welcome all the Houston listeners new and old.” Rowdy worked in Houston from 1994-2011 and is best known for his afternoon drive show on KILT FM named Rowdy’s Ride Home. To find out more details contact Compass Media Networks at 310-242-8742 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Over 115 iHeartCountry Music Stations & Premiere Networks Stars Join For 2016 CMT Music Awards Remote Broadcast
THE MOUTH, JUNE 8TH, 2016 –– iHeartMedia’s The Bobby Bones Show, CMT After MidNite with Cody Alan and The Crook & Chase Countdown were on-location to provide listeners with interviews with award nominees, performers and celebrity guests, including Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, Martina McBride, Brothers Osborne, Dierks Bentley, Elle King, Sam Hunt, Jason Aldean, Tim McGraw, Kelsea Ballerini and others.
iHeartCountry will once again serve as the official radio partner of the fan-voted 2016 CMT Music Awards, simulcasting the live show from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena tomorrow, June 8, at 8 p.m. ET/PT. The live radio broadcast of the Awards telecast will air across more than 115 iHeartCountry music radio stations.
Steve Gorman & His Brother Honored At Orioles Game
THE MOUTH, JUNE 8TH, 2016 –– The Baltimore Orioles welcomed FOX Sports Radio’s Steve Gorman and his brother Jim Gorman to Oriole Park at Camden Yards on June 5 to help raise awareness for The Multiple System Atrophy Coalition. The Steve Gorman SPORTS! host threw out the first pitch at the Yankees-Orioles game, and the brothers were recognized by the O’s for their efforts to raise money and awareness for MSA, which Jim was diagnosed with in 2014. Pictured left to right: The Oriole Bird, Jim Gorman, Steve Gorman and Orioles Pitcher Mychal Givens Please visit https://www.multiplesystematrophy.org/ for more information or to support The Multiple System Atrophy (MSA) Coalition’s efforts to find a cure for the rare neurodegenerative disorder and provide support for those affected by the disease.
Steve Gorman SPORTS! Features The Black Crowes drummer and Nashville-based sports radio personality Steve Gorman. He’s joined on-air by his co-host and cousin Jeffrey Gorman and airs Monday through Friday from 6 - 8 p.m. ET/3 - 5 p.m. PT on more than 150 stations and iHeartRadio. For more information, please visit www.foxsportsradio.com.
[WATCH] Teenager Spots Wrong Radio In Capone Cell
THE MOUTH, JUNE 8TH, 2016 –– You can add this one in the 'Oops' file. As explained by KYW/Philly's John McDevitt to TV3, the historical accuracy of a lavishly decorated cell at Eastern State Penitentiary in Fairmount was challenged by a teenager on a field trip. The cell featured oriental rugs, fine furniture, and a cabinet radio. The later caught the eye of 13-year-old Joey Warchal of Northeast Philadelphia.
“I looked in here and I saw that was definitely a 1940s Philco A-361, and I knew that was from the 40s, and I saw on the sign over here that Al Capone was incarcerated from 1929 to 1930. So I knew we had to get a radio that was appropriate for the cell,” said Joey. Joey knows his radios being a collector. He pointed out the inaccuracy to Eastern State and was challenged by the staff to find a radio suitable for the period, with a budget of $400. Joey delivered. With a Philco Lowboy 64 (see inset below) from 1929 he found on eBay for $300. The the 1940 radio was given to Joey at a token of appreciation by eastern state.
Will Smith Among Pallbearers At Muhammad Ali Funeral; Ellen Being Sued
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Glenn Beck Returns To SiriusXM Lineup
Still 'Strongly Disagrees' With Decision To Suspend Show
THE MOUTH, JUNE 7TH, 2016 –– Following a brief dust-up, Glenn Beck's Radio Show was back on SiriusXM after being “suspended” last week over Trump comments. Beck said on the show "it’s “not even worth” mentioning," but decided to take a few minutes to address the issue. He told listeners that he “strongly disagrees” with the decision to pull his show over comments made by author Brad Thor that some interpreted as supportive of assassination should Donald Trump win the presidency in November.
Thor and Beck have since sought to clear up the controversy, saying that was not at all what was being suggested. “I was wildly confused by it because [SiriusXM Vice President and General Manager David Gorab] didn’t listen to the segment where we explained it the very next day, nor were we called or talked to,” Beck said on Monday's radio show. The host added that he finds it “interesting” that the announcement was first made on a radio show for Breitbart — a publication often at odds with Beck. Regardless, Beck said he hopes to have a “long relationship” with the broadcasting network, but, if not, it’s a “free market,” so SiriusXM “can do whatever they want.” “I talked to Dave yesterday, and I said, ‘Dave, you don’t want to be in business with me? That’s totally cool, and we’re still friends,’” Beck said. ”You don’t want to be in business, don’t be in business, and no hard feelings. That’s what private free market industry is about.” Beck added that he doesn’t “agree with silencing voices” but admitted that he doesn’t think that was SiriusXM’s intention.
iHeart80's Launches In San Francisco With Martha Quinn
THE MOUTH, JUNE 7TH, 2016 –– iHeartMedia announced the launch of iHeart80s in San Francisco. Martha Quinn, the iconic MTV personality, will host weekday mornings from 6-10 a.m. PT. “I love everything about music from the ‘80s, and I’m psyched to relive the excitement of my favorite decade every morning with San Francisco’s ‘80s fans of all ages,” said Quinn. “This influential decade obviously holds a very special place in my heart, and every day I hear from people who remind me that I’m not the only one."
In February, iHeartMedia held its first-ever iHeart80s Party, hosted by Quinn. "Following the major success of our iHeart80s Party, which sold out in minutes, we can certainly confirm that the ‘80s are having a moment, and iHeartRadio is celebrating the success of its resurgence," said Don Parker, SVP/Programming, San Francisco Region for iHeartMedia. When we were discussing creating the first iHeart80s-branded FM station, we knew that San Francisco would be the perfect place for it to launch, and that Martha Quinn was the only person we wanted to launch it with.”
PARAGON: Radio Still the Cockroach Of All Media
THE MOUTH, JUNE 7TH, 2016 –– In Paragon Media's latest blog they take on recent trade headlines that capture the lightning from radio’s thunderstorm. "Radio is not only weathering the storm," they say, "but it's showing once again, “radio is the cockroach of all media.” Headline 1: “Nielsen Says Millennials Use Radio Less, Smartphones More, Than Older Groups” Real Line: Radio is still the #3 medium of Millennials, and #2 of Gen X and Baby Boomers.
Twenty years ago, over half of the choices on the list didn’t exist. Thirty years ago, only radio and TV would have been on the list. Yes, most of the new media options will increase their share and radio and TV will continue to decline. But, it’s 2016 folks, and we all were told radio would be dead by now. Some still believe it, despite the facts. “Free” media is still in heavy use amongst all age groups, including the youngest. 0606 blog graph Headline: “Tim Westergren Says Pandora is Replacing AM/FM Radio” Real Line: Sorry Tim, I know you have stock to sell, but listening to audio is not a zero sum game. Everything we know about listeners of “new” audio choices tells us that, on average, they are super listeners. Listeners of Pandora, Spotify, Sirius and streaming audio as well as video are the biggest music consumers and use many sources to satisfy their thirst. And, these savvy music consumers know how to use different media for different purposes (trial, discovery, fandom).
Within each headline above, free broadcast radio is the default medium where consumers and industry still co-exist. This must be how the cockroaches do it. READ COMPLETE BLOG HERE
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Susan Forbes Returns To 99.5 WJBR Wilmington; Alpha Names Bruce Collins As Talk OM Over Portland Cluster
THE MOUTH, JUNE 7TH, 2016 –– Beasley Media Group announced Susan Forbes (L) has returned to 99.5 WJBR, as Event Producer. Susan previously served as Promotions Director for WJBR in 2012, and returns to work at the Wilmington station after accomplishing several business ventures. “It’s a joy to return to work with our impressive team of professionals at 99.5 WJBR!” noted Susan. “I’m eager to report to Matt Smith, the manager of our Wilmington and Philadelphia markets, and I am ready to develop new and exciting events with Director of Strategic Sales Lori Heeren from Beasley’s corporate team!”
Alpha Media Portland has appointed Bruce Collins (L) as Talk Operations Manager over Portland’s KXL, KXTG, KUFO, and Radio Northwest Network. Most recently, he served as News/Talk/Sports Format Captain for iHeart Media as well as a Program Director. Over the years, Bruce also worked in the programming department at 700WLW and 55KRC in Cincinnati as well as Oklahoma City, Nashville, Atlanta, Columbus, Ohio, McAllen, Brownsville, Harlingen and Baton Rouge, LA.
iHeart To Serve As Radio Partner Of 2016 CMT Awards
THE MOUTH, JUNE 7TH, 2016 –– CMT and iHeartMedia announced iHeartCountry will once again serve as the official radio partner of the fan-voted 2016 CMT Music Awards, simulcasting the live show from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, June 8, at 8 p.m. ET/PT. The live radio broadcast of the Awards telecast will air across more than 115 iHeartCountry music radio stations. In addition, Premiere Networks will engage those stations and Premiere-syndicated affiliates at the exclusive radio remote broadcast in Nashville today and tomorrow, June 6 and 7, to help kick off “the loudest night in Country music.”
iHeartMedia’s The Bobby Bones Show, CMT After MidNite with Cody Alan and The Crook & Chase Countdown will be on-location to provide listeners with interviews with award nominees, performers and celebrity guests, including Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, Martina McBride, Brothers Osborne, Dierks Bentley, Elle King, Sam Hunt, Jason Aldean, Tim McGraw, Kelsea Ballerini and others. This year's awards will be hosted by sportscaster/TV personality Erin Andrews and NFL star J.J. Watt.
BUSINESS: E.W. Scripps Acquires Podcast Listening Service Stitcher
THE MOUTH, JUNE 7TH, 2016 –– The E.W. Scripps Company (NYSE: SSP) has acquired popular podcast listening service Stitcher, which facilitates discovery and streaming for more than 65,000 podcasts to 8 million registered users. Stitcher is one of the most established and popular streaming audio listening brands. It is accessible via free iPhone and Android apps, on the dashboard of more than 50 car models and at stitcher.com. Stitcher will operate as part of Midroll Media that was acquired by Scripps in July 2015. The Stitcher acquisition significantly broadens Midroll’s consumer base and technology capabilities.
“The Stitcher brand is recognized to be an early mover and innovator in on-demand audio, especially with connected cars,” said Adam Symson, chief digital officer for Scripps. “Stitcher’s data-driven technology has made it a leader in podcast discovery and audio distribution, which will complement Midroll’s leadership in content creation and advertising sales.” Its team of 12 will join Midroll and operate out of San Francisco. Stitcher’s General Manager and Vice President of Product Todd Pringle will lead all of Midroll’s product development and will have continued responsibility for the Stitcher product development team. Midroll was founded in 2010 and is a wholly owned subsidiary of The E.W. Scripps Company.
Gival Press To Publish Stephanie Miller's 'Sexy Liberal! Of Me I Sing'
THE MOUTH, JUNE 7TH, 2016 –– Gival Press is pleased to announce the publication of Stephanie Miller’s 'Sexy Liberal! Of Me I Sing,' the top-selling political, humor, and memoir ebook which is now available by popular demand in paperback format. The Stephanie Miller Show is the #1 liberal talk radio show in the country. With Arbitron ratings clocking over 3+ million listeners a week and simulcast daily in 37 million homes on Free Speech TV, where she is also the number one show.
Stephanie also headlined the country’s number one comedy tour, “Stephanie Miller’s Sexy Liberal Comedy Tour”, as well as the number one comedy album, “Stephanie Miller’s Sexy Liberal Comedy Album”. She has recently had her second and third #1 comedy albums in the country with her "Stephanie Miller's Happy Hour, Volume One" and "Stephanie Miller's Happy Hour, Volume Two."
“Reading Stephanie’s book is like being on the best kind of dinner date. The conversation is smart, funny and politically insightful. And Stephanie’s contribution isn't bad either. Seriously, what a fun read. Stephanie, in her wonderfully self-deprecating way, lets you into her brilliant mind, her no BS take on the political scene, and life itself. Enter at your own risk.”—Rob Reiner
SYNDICATION: [LISTEN] Tom Joyner Shares Special Memories With 'The Champ'
THE MOUTH, JUNE 7TH, 2016 –– On Monday morning nationally syndicated radio host Tom Joyner shared personal stories of his special relationship with Muhammad Ali. From bouts in the ring (no hits below the belt) to Joyner quitting radio to join The Champ’s team; they shared a bond that was uniquely fun. In a statement, Joyner wrote: "Even though Howard Cosell once publicly referred to me as a "hanger on," my days as part of the Champ's camp were some of the most memorable. You can't be that close to Ali without learning something about confidence, independence, diligence and excellence. To have earned his respect, trust and friendship meant a lot to me. Through it all he remained larger than life. His body failed him but it was the heart of a champion that made him great."
Tom Joyner, Dewayne Dancer and Muhammad Ali (photo courtesy of Dewayne Dancer) Find more photos, video and details on Tom Joyner and Muhammad Ali here on BlackAmericaWeb.com - The Tom Joyner Morning Show is distributed by REACH Media Inc., a subsidiary of Radio One. LISTEN HERE
KLUC's Chet Buchanan Presents At Miss USA Las Vegas
THE MOUTH, JUNE 7TH, 2016 –– KLUC Las Vegas Morning star Chet Buchanan tells Jockline it was an awesome weekend! Saturday night "I was a presenter at the Best of Nevada Preps Awards...got to meet Bill Walton! Sunday was Miss USA...privileged to once again be on stage to keep the crowd engaged at T-Mobile during the breaks. I've done it since 2010 for Miss USA and Miss Universe, as well as hosting the Preliminary competitions and Miss Teen USA."
He adds, "Say what you will about pageants, it's an amazing, really fun gig and the Miss Universe Organization has become family. Who knew Julianne Hough was a hugger? She, Terrence J, and Ashley Graham (inset) CRUSHED it...they couldn't have been cooler. I legit made friends!" Chet also promised to bring more pics to MSBC 28 in Atlanta - Meanwhile, today is his birthday - send him your best HERE
Coachella Announces 2017 Dates; Kate Moss & Daughter Cover 'Vogue' Italia
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Jim Bohannon To Air Ali-Liston Fight Tonight On WWO
THE MOUTH, JUNE 6TH, 2016 –– Following Friday night’s announcement of the passing of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali, Westwood One News began special reports immediately, with the first one on the air at 12:30 am and continuing twice an hour through Saturday afternoon. On Saturday, Westwood One News also made CNN correspondent Pablo Sandoval in LLouisville available for station one-on-ones.
Westwood One News correspondent Steve Kastenbaum (right) will be in Louisville this week for coverage of Ali’s funeral and surrounding events. And tonight The Jim Bohannon Show is airing the Westwood One-Mutual live broadcast of the second Ali-Sonny Liston fight from 1965 when Ali retained his championship with the "phantom punch" first-round knockout.
Louisville's WHAS Pays Tribute To Muhammad Ali; The Bert Show's Weiss Recalls Meeting; ABC News Radio Reports From Ali Center Louisville
THE MOUTH, JUNE 6TH, 2016 –– Following news of famed boxer Muhammad Ali's death, his hometown's WHAS/Louisville did a comprehensive Saturday morning show with three of its anchors: Tony Cruise (morning guy), Leland Conway (middays), and Terry Meiners. We talked with African American community leaders, former sports guys who dealt with Ali, and aired clips from a 1962 WHAS interview with a 20-year-old Cassius Clay who was on the cusp of worldwide fame (14 months before the first Sonny Liston fight).
Meiners tells Jockline, "I told my stories of interactions with Muhammad; my next door neighbor Henry Sadlo was his attorney so I saw him visit their home. He arrived in a pink Cadillac and brought dolls for all three of Mr. Sadlo’s daughters. AUDIO LINKS: Our sports station 790KRD then continued after we went off the air. Their first guest was Louisville coach Rick Pitino comparing Ali’s relative fame and social conscience to all other athletes - LISTEN HERE Meiners shared a rare dual autograph (shown) as both Muhammad Ali and Cassius Clay that he gave to attorney Henry Sadlo in 1994. It says “Mr Sadlo, We both fooled Cosell.”
--- Following Ali's passing, we heard from Bert Weiss, host of the syndicated The Bert Show, who shared his memories of his family's chance meeting with the sport's icon back in April of 2012. It came after his son Hayden (shown) had stirred much debate back then by wanting to wear brown makeup while portraying Ali in a 'Great American's' school project. As fate would have it, Bert had a friend who attended Muhammad Ali’s 70th birthday party in Kentucky. They agreed to pass along a letter Bert drafted about the project to Muhammad Ali, so that Bert and his family could get an answer from the source himself. This led to a meeting with Bert's family and the champ. Recalling that meeting, Bert said Ali couldn't speak but you literally could feel his kindness engulf the entire hotel room. His eyes said everything. They were so sincere and kind. He LOVED kids. Couldn't hold my kids enough!" SEE STORY HERE
PROGRAMMING: Scott Smith Rises To VP/Programming For Adams
PROGRAMMING: Scott Smith has been promoted to VP of Programming for Adams Radio Group. Since 2012, Scott Smith has served as Program Director for WLJE - FM (Indiana 105), WXRD - FM (X Rock 103.9), WZVN - FM (107.1 The Z) and WAKE-AM (1500 WAKE). Before joining Adams Radio Group, Smith was an on-air personality for CBS Radio’s Fresh 105.9 WCFS-FM in Chicago, IL, where he hosted afternoons and later the morning show. Smith’s background also includes hosting morning shows in Tulsa, OK, and South Bend, IN, where he was also an Assistant Program Director and Music Director.
Ron Stone, CEO of Adams commented “ Scott has been an integral part of the management team in Northwest Indiana and his leadership has truly stood out. The on air products that we acquired in Northwest Indiana continue to set the standard for us."
NETWORKS: Kelly Kantz Joins Centerpost Limited As VP/Programming
THE MOUTH, JUNE 6TH, 2016 –– Centerpost Limited, the parent company to Youtoo America, BizTV and BizTalkRadio, has announced the hiring of Kelly Kantz as Vice President of Programming. Ms. Kantz brings over 25 years of business experience in leadership, management, sales and marketing to the Centerpost Limit ed team. Most recently Kelly was the Senior Vice President of Programming Sales for Rural Media Group, parent company to RFD-TV, FamilyNet and Rural Radio.
“We are excited to add Ms. Kantz ’s experience and expertise to our team,” says Centerpost Limited EVP, Scott Miller. “Kelly has a reputation of building strong relations hips with programmers that lead to solid line - ups for the viewers and affiliates.” “I am looking forward to building the best networks for our viewers and affiliat es,” says Kantz. “ I am a big believer in quality programming that can be enjoyed by the whole family.” As VP of Programming, Kelly will report directly to EVP Scott Miller and will be responsible for managing the programming relationships and programming for Youtoo America, BizTV and BizTalkRadio.
Toledo Host Lauded For Work To Promote Organ Donations
THE MOUTH, JUNE 6TH, 2016 –– Nearly 19 years ago, Harvey Steele, dying from liver failure and waiting at the Cleveland Clinic for a transplant, received a second chance at life writes toledoblade.com. Today the co-host of Cumulus/Toledo’s WKKO-FM, 99.5’s Shores and Steele show, will receive the National Donor Memorial Award for Excellence in Richmond, Va., for his efforts in promoting the cause of organ donation.
He tells the Blade, “I know that I am lucky to have a bully pulpit working on K-100, and I just started to run with it,” Steele said. The United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) is a nonprofit organization that manages the nation’s organ transplant system under contract with the federal government. It established The National Donor Memorial Award for Excellence to honor “‘unsung heroes’ who have gone above and beyond in promoting organ donation in their community.” READ COMPLETE STORY HERE
HONORS: WNEW/Washington, D.C. Posthumously Honored Dave & Chuck the Freak Show Named Best Show By Detroit Magazine; Fredericksburg’s 93.3 WFLS-FM Named Favorite Station
THE MOUTH, JUNE 6TH, 2016 –– WNEW/Washington, D.C. was posthumously honored at the annual Chesapeake Associated Press Broadcasters Association awards banquet. Retired CBS Radio CEO Dan Mason was on hand with nearly 30 former WNEW'ers to accept awards for Outstanding News Operation - PHOTO/R-L: Stacy Lyn, former afternoon anchor, now afternoon anchor at WBAL. Robert Sanchez, former WNEW PD, now PD WLZL-FM El Zol 107.9 CBS Radio, Washington, D.C. Cameron Thompson, former WNEW reporter, now reporter at WDCW. Letese Clark, former producer at WNEW - Now a producer at WTOP. Amy Morris, former morning drive anchor - Now morning anchor at Bloomberg Radio 99.1 Washington. Photo Courtesy of Robert Sanchez
–– Greater Media announces WRIF Morning Personalities Dave and Chuck the Freak have been named “Detroit’s Best Radio Program” for the third consecutive year by Hour Detroit Magazine. The morning show will be featured in the publication’s June issue, which features the results of its annual readers’ survey. “We're blown away that people would take some time out of their day to cast a vote for us,” said WRIF Morning Personality Dave Hunter. “It's an honor to be named "Detroit's Best Radio Program" by Hour Detroit for the 3rd year in a row, and it's even better that our incredible listeners helped make it happen.” PHOTO/WRIF- FM Morning Personalities Dave Hunter, Chuck "the Freak", Lisa Way and Andy Green Bottom left: Jason Watson (phone screener and video editor) and James Campbell (show producer) WRIF-FM’s Dave & Chuck the Freak Morning Show
--Alpha Media, Fredericksburg, VA announced that 93.3 WFLS was named Fredericksburg’s “Favorite Radio Station” at the 2016 Reader’s Choice Awards held on Sunday, May 29 . The 2016 Reader’s Choice Awards is sponsored by Fredericksburg.com and The Free Lance - Star. Voting took place online by readers from Freder icksburg and surrounding cities and counties. MM Ralph Salierno commented "This is a great compliment from the people of Fredericksburg to vote WFLS as their favorite radio station.."
Tampa's Drew Garabo Awards iPads To Kids Battling Cancer
THE MOUTH, JUNE 6TH, 2016 –– Tampa Bay’s Drew Garabo (shown bottom center), afternoon drive host on 102.5 The Bone (WHPT 102.5 FM) threw a party for some really amazing children on Saturday, June 4, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Bone Studios. Garabo decided to fill the void left by former fellow radio personality Jayde Donovan by awarding an iPad to 12 very special young children battling childhood cancer.
"I felt this was a great cause to undertake and continue,” Garabo said. “Children should have to worry about what video game they want to play, or how to ace a test, not about fighting for their life. I’m hoping that we can help them keep their mind occupied at such a challenging time.” Listeners and clients were directed to donate to the Give Hope Foundation which helps secure the Ipads. WHPT morning host Mike Calta got in on the action as well helping raise over $13,000 through his show. The children and their families were treated to lunch from Chick-fil-A®, goody bags, an appearance by Tampa Bay mascots Raymond, Thunderbug, and Rocky The Bull and tours of the radio station. Garabo then presented each child their very own iPad, and Apple Geniuses instructed the children on how to operate the iPads.
Check Out The Most Powerful Woman On Australian Radio
THE MOUTH, JUNE 6TH, 2016 –– Jackie O, co-host of highly popular Kyle & Jackie O Show on KIIS-FM, has been named as the highest ranked female on-air personality in a list compiled by THE country's top industry website, Radio Today. “The Kyle and Jackie O brand is a powerhouse, especially considering how long it’s been in the market,” Radio Today’s editor Blair Sullivan said. The Kyle and Jackie O Show is currently the number one FM breakfast show in Sydney and Sullivan told news.com.au that Jackie O is not only a driving force on air but also behind the scenes.
In second place on the list of influential women on radio is Amanda Keller who hosts the WSFM breakfast show in Sydney with Brendan Jones. Amanda Keller also hosts The Living Room on Network Ten. Keller and Jackie O are the only two female radio presenters who get paid $1 million per year. Here’s the top 10 of Radio Today’s list of the most influential women on radio: 1. Jackie O: Co-hosts The Kyle and Jackie O Show on Kiis FM 2. Amanda Keller: Co-hosts Jonesy & Amanda on WSFM 3. Robin Bailey: Co-hosts Robin, Terry and Bob on 97.3 FM in Brisbane 4. Kate Langbroek: Co-hosts Hughesy & Kate on KIIS FM 5. Fifi Box: Co-hosts Fifi & Dave on Fox FM in Melbourne 6. Kate Ritchie: Co-hosts Kate, Tim and Marty on Nova. 7. Chrissie Swan: Co-hosts Chrissie, Sam & Browny on Nova 100 in Melbourne 8. Jo Stanley: Co-hosts Jo & Lehmo on Gold FM in Melbourne 9. Fran Kelly: Hosts the breakfast show on ABC’s Radio National 10. Wendy Harmer: Hosts Mornings with Wendy Harmer on the ABC in Sydney. SEE COMPLETE LIST HERE
AUTOPSY: Tributes Poor In For Ali, Covers Sports Illustrated For 40th Time
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Radio Legend Garrison Keillor Suffers Another Seizure
THE MOUTH, JUNE 3RD, 2016 –– Radio legend Garrison Keillor says he's feeling "fortunate" after the Prairie Home Companion host suffered a seizure over Memorial Day weekend. He wrote on his Facebook page, that he hosted two back-to-back shows at the Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts in Vienna, Virginia, on Friday before suffering from a medical emergency. Keillor wrote, "Flew to Mayo to get checked out and saw an MRI image of my skull with a black hole where a previous stroke struck close to the language center of the brain, so I came away feeling vastly fortunate." When he was discharged from the Mayo Clinic, Keillor said went home to St. Paul, Minnesota, and then boarded a flight to Atlanta, Georgia, to host a show at the Fox Theater, according to David O'Neill, Prairie Home Companion publicist.
According to CNN, this is the second seizure for the radio icon. He suffered another one within the past year, according to O'Neil. "He (the doctor) put me on an anti-convulsant that makes me feel lethargic but I intend to fight this," he said on Facebook. Keillor has five upcoming live shows left on his tour and says he wants them all to be "terrific." He insists he has plenty of time for lethargy -- in August. Keillor is expected to retire from his radio show after a 40-year run, he said in an interview with CNN's Poppy Harlow. SEE CNN REPORT HERE
[LISTEN] John Melendez Says He And Stern Have Made Up
THE MOUTH, JUNE 3RD, 2016 –– Comedian and one-time Howard Stern Show co-host John Melendez, aka Stuttering John, debuted his new podcast yesterday with PodcastOne. In the show, he shares untold stories from behind the scenes of The Howard Stern Show and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. This includes an unexpected telling, in the first episode, of how he made up with Stern after a very public rift.
In the link below, he says “I used to work with Howard Stern, of course, and there was some friction when I left for Jay. And I recently emailed his wife Beth and said, ‘Look, can you please, you know, get this to Howard? Because I just want to say, you know, thanks for everything. I’m sorry for some – I know you and I have said things that have hurt each other, and I just want to say that I’m sorry if I hurt you.’ And then he wrote me back and he said, you know, “Thanks so much for saying that. It’s all good.’…I extended the olive branch, and hopefully there will be a day we can hang out again, because we used to hang out all the time.” You can listen to the podcast HERE
Another Radio Peep Pops Up On Live! With Kelly
THE MOUTH, JUNE 3RD, 2016 –– First it was former radio host, turned TV star, Jimmy Kimmel, then Ryan Seacrest and now D.L. Hughley Is Set to be a Guest Co-Host on “Live with Kelly." D.L. Hughley, standup comic and host of the syndicated "The D.L. Hughley Show will guest co-host on “Live with Kelly” alongside Kelly Ripa on Monday, June 6th.
The D.L. Hughley Show is a daily afternoon drive show which airs from 3:00pm – 7:00pm ET. The D.L. Hughley Show is distributed by REACH Media Inc., a subsidiary of Radio One.
BIA/Kelsey Forecast $15.4 Billion For Radio In Five-Year Ad Revenue Outlook
THE MOUTH, JUNE 3RD, 2016 –– BIA/Kelsey has issued the spring update to its U.S. Local Ad Forecast 2016. The forecast indicates the overall local media marketplace will experience consistent growth from 2015-2020, reaching approximately $172.2 billion by 2020 (CAGR: 4.2%). The firm expects this growth will be driven by exceptional increases in mobile and social advertising, continued strong political advertising in even-numbered years, and an overall growth in the U.S. economy.
Growth in online/digital advertising revenues will be stronger than originally predicted, with a 2015-2020 CAGR of 12.8 percent. Over the same period, traditional advertising revenues will remain flat, with a CAGR of 0.0 percent. "While digital's impressive growth, driven by mobile and social, comes mainly at the expense of traditional print media, it's important to note other traditional media segments are maintaining a position in the local marketplace," said Mark Fratrik, chief economist, BIA/Kelsey. According to the forecast, the top five media (revenues and share of market) contributing to the local media pie in 2016 are: Direct Mail: $36.9 billion (25% share) Local TV: $21.9 billion (15% share) Newspapers: $17.4 billion (12% share) Online / Interactive: $17.3 billion (12% share) Radio: $15.4 billion (11% share) BIA/Kelsey defines local advertising as all advertising platforms that provide access to local audiences for national, regional and local marketers. SEE REPORT HERE
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Owen Grover Rises At iHeart As EVP & GM Of Content Development & Distribution
THE MOUTH, JUNE 3RD, 2016 –– Via an internal iHeart memo, Darren Davis announced yesterday that Owen Grover (L) will take on the role of Executive Vice President & GM of Content Development & Distribution. Grover will oversee teams that create and distribute content across iHeartMedia’s network of station and personality sites, as well as third party social platforms such as iHeartRadio’s Snapchat Discover channel. Using iHeartMedia’s national scale and resources, Grover’s team will develop innovative editorial and video assets and focus on audience growth to ensure the company’s key digital platforms continue to flourish.
Previously, Grover served as the Senior Vice President & GM of iHeartRadio. In Grover’s 10+ years of experience at iHeartMedia he has set a standard for the company’s digital network, developed the iHeartRadio brand and established key entertainment properties such as the iHeartRadio Music Awards.
Cha Cha Comes Home To BCA's 107.5 MAX FM San Diego
THE MOUTH, JUNE 3RD, 2016 –– Broadcast Company of the Americas welcome Karen “Cha Cha” Harlow as the new Afternoon Drive Host for 105.7 MAX FM. Making TV news and creating a social media buzz, Cha Cha made her public plea for the job high atop a Scissors-Lift 30 feet above Clairemont Mesa Boulevard next to the giant 105.7 MAX FM billboard (shown). Based on this creativity and showmanship and a one day on-air audition Thursday afternoon, where she received a warm welcome home from San Diego listeners, Cha Cha was officially hired by MAX FM and begins her permanent shift immediately.
The native San Diegan and SDSU graduate is no stranger to the San Diego Market as a former Morning and Afternoon talent on XHTZ-FM / Z90 for 12 years and Afternoon Drive Host on KHTS-FM/Channel 93.3 for another 10. Cha Cha has most recently been with CBS Radio as an Anchor, Host and Reporter for KNX1070 Newsradio. “Cha Cha dominated afternoon drive in San Diego during the 80s, 90s and all the way through 2006, and we’re excited to bring her back to play many of those same feel good songs on 105.7 MAX FM. Her energy, passion and audience engagement is amazing… Welcome Home Cha Cha!” adds Broadcast Company of the Americas Vice President of Programming & Operations, Mike Shepard.
MOTION: Tony Kornheiser To Exit ESPN 980 Wash. DC And Launch Podcast; John Clayton To Host 710 ESPN Seattle
THE MOUTH, JUNE 3RD, 2016 –– Red Zebra Broadcasting announced that Washington, D.C. sports radio icon Tony Kornheiser is leaving ESPN 980. Beginning in 1992 as part of WTEM’s original lineup, The Tony Kornheiser Show has entertained the nation’s capital for more than 20 years. “I have loved every minute on the radio at WTEM,” Kornheiser said. “But I felt it was time to pursue a new and appealing challenge. I will be launching a podcast this September.
In a separate release, ESPN announced that John Clayton, renowned ESPN writer and commentator, is expanding his role on 710 ESPN Seattle with a new local morning show. “John Clayton” will air weekdays from 10 a.m. to noon on 710 ESPN Seattle beginning Monday, June 6. Clayton, a.k.a. “The Professor,” will also host an original weekly podcast and write for 710Sports.com. Clayton can still be heard every Saturday on “The John Clayton Show” from 9 a.m. to noon, as well as daily on “Brock and Salk” at 7:15 a.m. and “Danny, Dave and Moore” at 4 p.m. “I’ve spent 30 years in the Pacific Northwest, and the time couldn’t have been better to expand my local presence here at 710 ESPN Seattle,” Clayton said.
'Long Story Short' Campaign Tops 2016 Radio Mercury Awards
THE MOUTH, JUNE 3RD, 2016 –– Winners for the 2016 Radio Mercury Awards were announced last evening at the 25th annual awards presentation held at Stage 48 in New York. This year’s $50,000 Best of Show award was given to Fitzgerald + CO for their Long Story Short Campaign for Quikrete. "This year’s winners epitomize our mission of distinguishing and honoring the best creative storytellers who engage consumers, and help build brands," said Erica Farber, president and CEO, Radio Advertising Bureau and chair of the Radio Creative Fund.
This year’s Marketer of the Year Award was presented to The Coca-Cola Company. Drew Horowitz, president and chief operating officer of Hubbard Radio presented this year’s award to Carleen McCarthy, Director of Local Media & Experiential Marketing and Sharon Waters, Local Media Director from the Coca-Cola Company. The lively ceremony was hosted by the radio team of Brooke and Jubal from Hubbard Radio’s MOVIN’ 92.5 FM in Seattle and included the following presenters: Chris Beresford-Hill, BBDO NY and Larissa Kirschner, Publicis NYC; New York radio personalities - Cubby and Carolina Bermudez from iHeartMedia’s WKTU; Joel Santiago from Univision Radio’s X 96.3 FM; Ralphie Alvarez, from Cumulus’ 95.5 PLJ; and Scott Shannon, from CBS Radio’s WCBS-FM. DJ Whutever from iHeartMedia’s Power 105.1 served as the guest DJ for the night. PHOTO/Chief Judge Chris Smith, RAB CEO Erica Farber, with Best of Show Winners, Mitch Bennett and Noel Cottrell from Fitzgerald + CO.
[WATCH] Paul & Young Ron Launch Weekly Cartoon Series
THE MOUTH, JUNE 3RD, 2016 –– How cool is this? With the help of iHeart-Miami's digital team, BIG 105.9's Paul and Young Ron show got animated with a new weekly cartoon series. In this week's episode, they ponder running into Sir Paul McCartney on the subway. Half the show loves Walking Dead and Game of Thrones, half does not. But, it turns out we all love cartoons.
Special thanks to Executive Producer Steve Harmon for this link HERE
GIG ALERT: KISS Milwaukee Looking For Someone With Production Chops
THE MOUTH, JUNE 3RD, 2016 –– KISS Milwaukee overnight sensation and production assistant Seth Kleinschmidt will be starting a new job in July at 95 Triple X in Burlington, Vermont as afternoon drive personality. This creates a full-time opportunity for someone with some production chops and CHR knowledge to join one of the best radio teams in America. Send your production samples and airchecks to PRODMILWAUKEE@GMAIL.COM
AUTOPSY: Cause Of Prince's Death Revealed; Jimmy Kimmel Tells Huffpo To F*** Off
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Little Rock Morning News Host Killed In Head-On Collision
THE MOUTH, JUNE 2ND, 2016 –– A longtime Little Rock morning news host, Gary DiGiuseppe, of Cumulus' KARN radio was killed Wednesday morning following a head-on collision. According to an Arkansas State Police report, an unidentified female driver was traveling north in the southbound lanes of Interstate 430 across the river bridge and reportedly hit the vehicle driven by DiGiuseppe, thv11.com reports the vehicles caught fire and both drivers were pronounced dead at the scene.
DiGiuseppe was the morning newscaster for "First News with Kevin Miller" on KARN and also provided daily newscasts for the Arkansas Radio Network. Cumulus News and Program Director Bob Steel released a statement: 'We here at Cumulus Broadcasting, KARN, the Arkansas Radio Network and the Cumulus Group of stations are mourning the loss of a colleague. Longtime central Arkansas journalist, 60 year old Gary Digiuseppe, was on his way to work this morning from Maumelle and had just gotten on the interstate. He was headed in to report the morning news, when a woman traveling the wrong direction on Interstate 430 hit him head-on. According to the Arkansas State Police, the accident occurred at 3:49 a.m. Video taken by a passerby indicates both vehicles erupted in flames upon impact. Our colleague and the woman who hit him were both pronounced dead at the scene. The name of the female driver is not yet available. Our thoughts and prayers are with Gary Digiuseppe's wife, Mary, and the rest of his family as we all face the realization of the shocking loss of our co-worker. Our thoughts and prayers are also with the family of the unidentified woman who died in this tragic crash. SEE STORY HERE
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Bob McCurdy Named VP/Sales For Beasley Media Group; Taps Deirdre 'Deedy' Palmer GSM For Its Las Vegas Cluster; Alpha Names Robert Mueller Market Manager For Amarillo
THE MOUTH, JUNE 2ND, 2016 –– Beasley Media Group announced the appointment of Bob McCurdy to Vice President of Sales. Bob will be based in the Corporate Headquarters in Naples, Florida. Most recently he served as president of Upping the Volume a sales consultancy group. Bob has held prominent sales and management positions in Chicago, Minneapolis and New York, where he became President of Katz Radio in 1990. In 2009, Bob became the President of Katz Marketing Solutions, then the new business arm of the Katz Radio Group.
In a separate announcement, Beasley named Deirdre (“Deedy”) Palmer (shown right) as its General Sales Manager for their Las Vegas cluster. Deirdre's experience in the Las Vegas market includes two decades of radio industry experience, along with magazine and custom publishing, and most recently, Vice President of Sales at a Las Vegas-based media company.
Alpha Media Amarillo announced that Robert Mueller, aka Cisco Kidd, (shown far right) as Market Manager. Mueller has been in the radio industry for over 25 years working for several radio stations in Amarillo before moving to Oklahoma City in 2000. Previous experience includes hosting Afternoon Drive, Music Director, and Program Director at Oklahoma City’s former Citadel stations. Most recently, Mueller served as an Alpha Media Corporate Product Manager. 1
ON-AIR: Laura Steele Joins WJJK-FM Indy
THE MOUTH, JUNE 2ND, 2016–– Former WFBQ-FM Indianapolis midday host Laura Steele is returning to the air at WJJK-FM (104.5), beginning with a 6 p.m. shift on Saturday, June 4 reports indystar.com Steele will then be heard from 7 p.m. to midnight on weekdays. "I know WJJK will be a perfect fit because when I listen to the station I turn the volume up as loud as it can go," Steele said of the station that focuses on music made in the 1970s and '80s. Steele left Q95 in May 2015.
Steele's past stints have included WZPL-FM (99.5); WNAP-FM (93.1) and then at Q95, beginning in 2000. Steele, who became the first woman to join the Indianapolis Motor Speedway public address team in 2004, served as an Indianapolis 500 contributor last month for TV station WISH-8. She tells The Indy-Star she's open to the idea of future TV work. "I am absolutely interested in keeping options open for TV in conjunction with my new radio endeavor."
CBS Prevails In Lawsuit Over Pre-1972 Songs
Ruling Could Help 'Immunize' Terrestrial Radio Operators And Others From Lawsuits
THE MOUTH, JUNE 2ND, 2016 –– Over the last few years, the public performance of songs authored before sound recordings fell under federal copyright law and has become a intense legal issue, but on Tuesday (5/31), a California judge handed down a ruling that could help immunize terrestrial radio operators and others from lawsuits and change many preconceived notions about copyright law.
The decision from U.S. District Court Judge Percy Anderson involves a dispute between ABS Entertainment and CBS Radio, which was brought to court after others found success litigating the theory that pre-1972 songs are protected under state law and can't be broadcast without permission. On the issue of originality, the judge gave credence to CBS' expert, Dr. Durand Begault, an acoustic engineer and research scientist specializing in forensic investigation of audio evidence, and found that the plaintiffs' pre-1972 sound recordings "have undergone sufficient changes during the remastering process to qualify for federal copyright protection," adding that ABS hasn't offered sufficient evidence to even make this a contestable point for a jury to decide. According to CBS Radio, it was not performing the original analog recordings, once distributed mainly through vinyl, but rather remastered versions that came out after 1972. Under this argument, the specifically performed works aren't protected by state law, and CBS doesn't have to pay. READ ARTICLE HERE
Johnjay Van Es #Loveup Campaign Draws Cover
THE MOUTH, JUNE 2ND, 2016 –– North Valley magazine recently featured Johnjay Van Es of The Johnjay & Rich Show in a cover story highlighting his radio career and how he uses his fame to benefit others. The article details how a simple hashtag created by Johnjay – #LoveUp – grew into a fundraising vehicle for those less fortunate.
As for #LoveUp, Johnjay actually stumbled upon this “campaign” via text with football legend Kurt Warner. Warner coaches Van Es’ son’s football team, and one day Kurt was unable to make it to a game. In his absence, Van Es kept Warner updated through text, giving him play-by-play details about the game. At one point, the kids made a killer pass, catch, and touchdown, and Van Es texted Warner about the amazing play. In response, Warner texted “Love up;” thanks to auto text, the cell phone altered his intentional message of “Love it.”
Johnjay is joined by co-host Rich Berra and Kyle is syndicated by Premiere Networks and also available on iHeartRadio. READ STORY HERE
PODCASTS: Audioboom & Undisclosed Expand Partnership
THE MOUTH, JUNE 2ND, 2016 –– AudioBoom and Undisclosed have expanded their partnership with an exclusive premium ad sales agreement. The popular Undisclosed podcast investigates possible wrongful convictions, and generated over 80 million listens in its first season last year with a deep-dive into the case of The State of Maryland vs. Adnan Syed. The second season of Undisclosed will launch on July 11.
Hosted by attorneys Rabia Chaudry, Susan Simpson, and Colin Miller, new episodes of Undisclosed are podcast on Mondays, followed by a weekly addendum featuring Emmy Award-winning actor Jon Cryer (NCIS, Two and a Half Men). AudioBoom’s extended partnership with Undisclosed includes more projects to be launched this fall. Advertisers who would like to learn more about Undisclosed and any other AudioBoom podcasts, may contact Mancusi at email@example.com.
NETWORKS: Envision Adds 12 New Affiliates In May; AdLarge Media Announces Ad Sales Agreement With idobi Network
THE MOUTH, JUNE 2ND, 2016 –– During the month of May, Envision Networks® welcomed the following 12 new affiliates to its networks: WBRT-AM/Louisville, KY and KXLW-FM/Anchorage (The Stories That Made The Music) KBZT-FM/San Diego, CA, WOXL-FM/Asheville, NC and WIKZ-FM/Harrisburg, PA (The Rooster) KAGM-FM/Albuquerque, NM (AudioChopShop) KISZ-FM/Albuquerque, NM and KOLK-FM/Missoula, MT (AmeriCountry) WHOU-FM/Presque Isle, ME (influence FM) KYWY-FM/Cheyenne, WY (Imaging Chop Shop) WSUE-FM/Traverse City, MI (The Core) WXNX-FM/Fort Myers, FL (Full Metal Jackie Radio). For more info, contact Amber Wade at 216-831-3761 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
AdLarge Media has announced a digital ad sales agreement with its newest streaming content partner, idobi Network. As Adlarge continues to expand its platform, it has become increasingly important to create content partnerships that deliver on all levels,” stated Jay Green, Vice President, Digital Content Partnerships for AdLarge Media. “idobi is a trendsetter with not only a youthful audience, but one that is fully invested and dedicated to its programming.” “As a frontrunner in digital audio ad sales, AdLarge is the perfect partner to help us grow our business,” stated Eddie Barella, Vice President of idobi Network. “We look forward to working with their experienced team.”
TOP NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
KISS Host Calls Matt LeBlanc An A**hole After Weak Interview; Melbourne Hosts Launch Nude Restaurant
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, JUNE 2ND, 2016 –– BBC Radio 2 host, Chris Evans were interviewed for the Kyle and Jackie O Show in Sydney Australia, but the KISS hosts refused to play the entire pre-recorded chat on their program because Kyle was so annoyed with Matt, who barely answered any questions, making them struggle to start a conversation. They aired excerpts from their chat, which Kyle called a "disaster" because Matt "said about 15 words in the whole interview. In between each clip, Kyle aired his frustration at Matt on air. He said: “The guy’s an a**hole... I was really p**sed off because I thought, why am I giving up my evening for these p**cks?”. At the end of the segment, Kyle said: “I now hate Matt LeBlanc... Here I was for the last 20 years feeling sorry that (TV spinoff) Joey didn’t work out and now I know why, because you’re an a**hole.”
Australian Radio Newsreader Makes Spectacular Save Of Blooper - Nova Entertainment journalist, Kim Napier had some trouble with “irreconcilable differences” when presenting a story about Johnny Depps’s divorce. Hear how she salvages the situation and read more HERE
Naked In Melbourne - After learning about London’s first nude restaurant, Gold 104.3's Jo & Lehmo launched Australia’s first ever nude restaurant. Guests on opening night included cancer survivors, mum’s who want to promote healthy body image for their kids, people who are insecure about their bodies and would never strip down in public to people who fully embrace a nude lifestyle! Read more HERE
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UH OH: Mark Cuban Questions Trump's Business Instincts Beyond Real Estate
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[LISTEN] Glenn Beck Spox Responds To Fallout Following Trump Comments; SiriusXM Relationship Status Complicated
THE MOUTH, JUNE 1ST, 2016 –– For those of us who live in the Google Alerts world, yesterday's inboxes rained with articles of SiriusXM's decision to suspend Glenn Beck's radio show following comments on presumptive GOP Presidential candidate, Donald Trump. Beck was chatting with thriller writer Brad Thor (shown right) about Trump’s potential presidency and some of their comments were construed by some to have advocated harm against an individual currently running for office
With Beck on vacation, Dom Theodore, GM, Glenn Beck Radio Show responded to what he called, "unfortunate fabrications surrounding his interview with Brad Thor." As every listener of the show knows, Glenn has never — and will never — advocate violence. It wasn’t long ago that he was criticized by some for advocating peace during the Bundy Ranch saga. Glenn is a firm believer in Martin Luther King’s approach to affecting change, not Malcolm X's. This past summer, he organized an event in Birmingham, Alabama called Restoring Unity, the purpose of which was to unite different groups to commit to come together. Again, Glenn has never advocated violence. His interview with Brad Thor speaks for itself.
"This viral hatchet job is based on 49 seconds out of a 15-minute interview that gives no context of the hypothetical posited from by Brad Thor, a thriller writer," added Theodore. "Glenn is on the record, repeatedly, expressing concern for all people, especially the President of the United States. With every scandal at the Secret Service, Glenn has implored his audience to pray for the safety of the President and for the restoration of the Secret Service’s judgment and abilities. And to answer the question before it has been asked: No one from any governmental agency, Secret Service, police force, etc., has been in contact with our company about this story in any way, shape, or form." The Glenn Beck Radio Program is distributed by Premiere Networks. "What happens from here is between Premiere and SiriusXM," said Theodore. "We have been told that Glenn will be back on the Patriot Channel on Monday morning. READ MORE HERE -LISTEN TO EXCHANGE HERE
Nominations Now Being Accepted In ReelWorld's 2nd Annual Rising Star Awards
THE MOUTH, JUNE 1st, 2016 –– Is there a radio host or show that you feel is destined to become one of radio's next major stars? ReelWorld, in conjunction with Morning Show Boot Camp 28, is on the hunt for ten special personalities who are destined for on-air stardom in its 2nd annual 'ReelWorld Rising Stars Awards.' These awards are designed to showcase and pay recognition to those individuals whose uniqueness and exceptional talents have caught the attention of their peers, but are relative unknowns to most others beyond an individual market. If one or more personalities (including yourself) fits that description, nominate them now by using the link below.
"We're extremely honored once again to help recognize the future of on-air radio talent," says ReelWorld’s Brand Director, Tyler Huggins (shown). "The ReelWorld Rising Stars awards is now in motion to uncover some of radio's future stars," adds Huggins." Don Anthony, founder and host of Morning Show Boot Camp, says proudly, some of last year's recipients have already landed in top markets and we know there are others just waiting to be discovered. I can't wait to hear and see this year's crop of future stars."
NOMINATIONS ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED THROUGH MIDNIGHT, JULY 10, 2016. The Rising Star Awards are open to all candidates, in all formats and market sizes, who have been on-air for at least one year, but not longer than ten years, in either a supporting or leading role. The goal is to recognize those lesser known personalities who rarely, if ever, receive press and are unknown to most radio professionals beyond their colleagues or employers. Ready to submit? CLICK HERE
PROGRAMMING: Hubbard Seattle Names Dave Numme PD For Rock 98.9
THE MOUTH, JUNE 1ST, 2016 –– Hubbard Radio Seattle has tapped Dave Numme as Program Director, of ROCK 98-9 KVRQ. When asked to comment on his new gig Dave said, “The chance to program again in the Northwest is a return home and joining Hubbard Radio, a family owned broadcaster, makes this a very unique opportunity. When I first met with VP/Market Manager Marc Kaye we quickly bonded after sharing our vision for the new Rock 98-9.
Dave Numme has a rich background in rock including most recently Program Director for KITS-FM Live 105, San Francisco where he also served as VP of Programming for the Rock and Alternative formats for CBS Radio. Dave grew up in the Northwest where he began radio in college. He was the first Program Director for Rock 101 KUFO-FM in Portland, Oregon from 1991 through 2006. The station led in ratings, established a strong brand and was tied to the local community. KUFO became a leader in the Active format and won numerous awards. Dave’s broadcast career also included stints at KGON Portland, KRQR San Francisco and KSJO San Jose. Dave begins his duties June 6th.
[WATCH] Last Broadcast Of Murdered Texas Host Released
THE MOUTH, JUNE 1SST, 2016 –– Sherry Francis had only worked at Kerrville, Texas' Hot Mix 96 The Fox for four weeks before her tragic murder. This week, the station released audio clips of her during her last broadcast that give a sense of the bubbly personality of Sherry Francis reports News4 San Antonio. As Jockline reported last week (JL 5/26), Francis was found murdered in the station's parking lot. Investigators soon arrested Gilbert Manriquez who, according the report, 'fueled by drugs, walked up to her car and beat her to death.' Manriquez later told detectives he was in a drug haze and thought he was at a house to buy more drugs.
"The on-air presentation was just outstanding," said Ranch Radio Group owner Mark Grubbs. "She was a rock star." In the wake of her death, coworkers at ranch radio group have launched a fundraising campaign to help pay for her funeral. "We're asking them to open their hearts," said Grubbs. "Open their prayer book, and open their check book. As her daughter said, she's in a better place. But the rest of us are still here, and it hurts." WATCH HERE
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Alpha Media Names Bill Gentry SVP/Market Manager Louisville; Mike Jensen Named GSM For Adams Las Cruces, NM
THE MOUTH, JUNE 1ST, 2016 –– Alpha Media, Louisville, KY announced that Bill Gentry (top left) has been named SVP/Market Manager for the company’s Louisville, Kentucky radio cluster. Gentry’s 30 years in the radio industry include positions in all facets of sales and management. Most recently, he was a Regional Market President for Clear Channel/iHeart. A native Kentuckian, Gentry has called Louisville home for many years.
Adams Radio has named Mike Jensen (top right) General Sales Manager for Adams Radio of Las Cruces. Jensen comes to Adams Radio from Las Vegas with extensive experience in media and event sales. He began his career in broadcast media in Nebraska and Colorado and spent 10 years at CBS Radio in Las Vegas as a Senior Account Executive. In addition, Jensen, was a Sales Manager at Global Experience Specialists and most recently served as an Account Executive for Lamar Outdoor Las Vegas.
SYNDICATION: ESPN To Syndicate The Paul Finebaum Show
THE MOUTH, JUNE 1ST, 2016 –– ESPN Radio announced it will syndicate The Paul Finebaum Show. Hosted by noted journalist and radio voice Paul Finebaum, the four-hour daily radio program airs every weekday from 3 to 7 p.m. ET. “Paul is one of the most compelling talents in all of talk – not just sports,” said Tim McCarthy, senior vice president, ESPN Radio Group. “His passion and credibility with his audience is second to none. We’re pleased to offer our network of affiliate stations The Paul Finebaum Show as part of our slate of programming.”
The Paul Finebaum Show launched on ESPN Radio on August 12, 2013, and can be heard on ESPN affiliates throughout the country. The program debuted on SiriusXM in November 2013, and since August 2014, The Paul Finebaum Show has been simulcast on the SEC Network. Finebaum is a longtime sports talk radio host known by many as the leading sports authority in the South and the “Voice of the SEC.” In addition to hosting The Paul Finebaum Show, he appears on a variety of other ESPN shows and outlets, including SportsCenter, College Football Live, College GameDay and in ESPN The Magazine.
REPORT: Shari Redstone Says Viacom Shareholders Want New Management
THE MOUTH, JUNE 1ST, 2016 –– Shari Redstone, the daughter of media billionaire Sumner Redstone, said Viacom Inc. shareholders want new management reports bloomberg.com. Shari Redstone, who is vice chair of Viacom, said in a statement issued Tuesday by a spokeswoman that she has no desire to manage the company or become chairman. Her remarks were in response to comments Monday from lead director Frederic Salerno, who said Viacom’s board members would fight any attempt to remove them.
Sumner Redstone could call a special meeting of the media company’s stockholders and replace the board, according to billionaire Mario Gabelli, the second-largest owner of Viacom voting shares, but any effort to do so is likely to be challenged in court by Viacom’s board, he said in an interview.
“This is basically legal entanglement,” Gabelli said. Shares of Viacom had fallen 40 percent over the past year before rallying in recent days as Redstone began to reassert his control over the company, the owner of Comedy Central, Nickelodeon and Paramount Pictures. Redstone also controls CBS Corp. READ ARTICLE HERE
CRB To Honor Randy Travis & Carole Bowen With Special Awards
THE MOUTH, JUNE 1ST, 2016 –– Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc. has announced Randy Travis as the recipient of the 2016 CRB Artist Career Achievement Award, and Carole Bowen as the recipient of the 2016 President’s Award. Both awards will be presented during the Country Radio Hall of Fame Dinner and Awards ceremony, which will be held on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at the Omni Hotel in Nashville, Tenn.
The 2016 CRB Artist Career Achievement Award recipient, Randy Travis, is being honored for his significant career accomplishments, as well as the tremendous impact he has had on Country music as a whole. Travis commented, " I appreciate so much the kindness I have been shown over the years by radio; and, I have enjoyed the many interviews I have had the opportunity to do with so many of the stations across the country.
The 2016 President’s Award will be presented to Carole Bowen. Her outstanding contributions include more than 15 years of service on the CRB Board of Directors. During that time, Bowen was a member of the board’s Executive Committee, holding an officer position as longtime secretary for the organization. Bowen’s more than 30 years of successful radio and sales experience at WKIS in Miami played a key role in shaping the success of CRS. PHOTO/randytravis.com For more info, contact www.CountryRadioSeminar.com
[LISTEN] ABC's Stone Fights Off Pepper Balls At Trump Rally
THE MOUTH, JUNE 1T, 2016 –– In an presidential election year unlike any other, listen as ABC News Radio correspondent Alex Stone runs from pepper balls during a Donald Trump rally this past Friday in San Diego. According to Reuters, The scene outside the San Diego Convention Center was filled with more than a 1,000 demonstrators carrying signs criticizing Trump's rhetoric against illegal immigration. About a third of the city's population is Latino. LISTEN HERE
Take A Tour Of Adele's New Beverly Hills' Mansion; Postal Service Honors NASA
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FORMATICS: Hip-Hop 106.3 SPIN-FM Arrives In Ventura County, CA
THE MOUTH, MAY 31ST, 2016 –– Cumulus Media announced that Ventura County, California’s KRRF 106.3 FM has kicked off classic Hip-Hop on the all-new 106.3 SPIN-FM. The former Country-formatted station launched by Chris Cox, Operations Manager, Cumulus Media Oxnard/Ventura said, “This is an exciting new day in Ventura County radio as KRRF 106.3 becomes SPIN-FM. This great music defined an entire generation and nobody else in Ventura County is playing these songs. We are also pleased that all the great country music has moved on down the FM dial to 100.7 KHAY.”
Meanwhile, Tony Zazza, who handles mornings on Cumulus co-owned 107.1 A1A Florida, will be going bicoastal as he'll cover mornings on Spin from 6a-12n. He'll be followed by Ms. Eklass (12n-6p) and Zakk (6p-12m) Zakk (6p-12m). Zazza is also on the Westwood One classic hip hop network.
KSSX San Diego Flips To JAM'N 95.7
THE MOUTH, MAY 31ST, 2016 –– iHeartMedia San Diego added to the Memorial Day format flippage by switching from Rhythmic AC to Rhythmic Top 40 and rebranding as JAM'N 95.7. According to sandiegoradio.org, JAM'N 95.7 will be guided by Rob Scorpio, who will continue as SVP of Programming for iHeartMedia Riverside, CA. "We are fortunate to have Rob's level of expertise leading JAM'N 95.7," said John Peake, Regional SVP of Programming, iHeartMedia San Diego-Riverside. "He has incredible passion for the format and we're excited about not only the music changes he's implemented, but also the amazing talent lineup he has assembled."
JAM'N 95.7 will start the day with Pablo Sato & Tati, formerly of XHTZ (Z90) and most recently co-hosting mornings on WPGC/Washington from 2013-2015. Midday talent Mercedes "Cedes" Howard also returns to her hometown after a five-year run in nights at Entercom Rhythmic KQKS (KS107.5)/Denver. Taking afternoons will be Frankie V, who spent many years across the hall on KHTS (Channel 933). He returns after a recent stint as morning co-host on sister WJMN (JAM'N 94.5)/Boston. At night is current KSSX host Beto Perez will roll from 7-midnight.
Nashville Host Seen As 'Shining Star' On TV's 'Bachelorette'
THE MOUTH, MAY 31ST, 2016 –– TV' Bachelorette's 2016 season is underway and at least one odds-maker sees contestant Wells (Adams) is one of those Bachelorette hopefulls who Bustle's Alaina Urquhart-White calls 'a shining star' in the dark sky that is her chosen group of men. "Besides being absolutely adorable," she writes, "he is a radio DJ.
Wells, in fact, is not only a morning host on iHeart's Alt 98.3 Nashville, but also covers afternoons on 105.9 The Rock. At least one other writer attributes Wells charm to his love of dogs, like the one above, one of many, posted Instagram. SEE MORE HERE
Bill Cunningham Pulls Plug On Daytime TV Show
Relished his time on television but found his schedule too grueling
THE MOUTH MAY 31ST, 2016 –– Bill Cunningham, longtime WLW radio host, has pulled the plug on his eponymous daytime television program on CW TV due to long hours reports. He tells cincinnati.com "It's the travel that got me – I went back and forth to New York 228 times and I spent 408 days in a hotel room." Cunningham said he relished his time on television but found his schedule too grueling.
In order to do both daily radio and television, Cunningham would fly to New York on Monday night and tape three TV shows a day Tuesday through Friday. He would then tape or broadcast his afternoon radio show from an adjacent radio studio before flying home to Cincinnati Friday night. "The worst part of doing 650 live shows? The airports. The best part was walking on set and getting that audience feedback. I’ve done radio for 33 years, and you don’t see anybody besides yourself," he said. "I believe time is more precious when there’s less to waste. Asked if this will re-energize his radio program, Cunningham repeatedly and enthusiastically said "yes." "Radio is 10 times harder than television.
ON-AIR: Tony Sculfield Takes Mornings At KBLX/San Francisco; Victor 'Big Daddy' Zaragoza Moves To Afternoons
THE MOUTH, MAY 31ST, 2016 –– Entercom announced that former Chicago host Tony Sculfield is taking over mornings at KBLX/San Francisco. Longtime host, Victor “Big Daddy” Zaragoza now heads to afternoons. “I am excited for Victor Zaragoza’s return to afternoon drive. He is electrifying, fun, and engaging,” said Elroy Smith, Entercom San Francisco’s Operations Manager and Program Director. “Victor’s spirit is contagious to everyone who hears him.”
Sculfield is a well-known actor and comedian, who along with fellow funny man Mark Curry and Kimmie Taylor. Zaragoza is reportedly taking over afternoons beginning today, May 31st, while Sculfield will take over morning on June 6th.
Sports Radio (KILT) 610 Houston Kicks Off New New Lineup Today
THE MOUTH, MAY 31ST, 2016 –– SportsRadio 610 and CBS RADIO Houston kicks off today with “Mad Radio,” featuring 10-year NFL veteran, and former Houston Texans defensive tackle, Seth Payne and top rated Houston host, Mike Meltser, who will air from 6:00-10:00AM daily. Moving to mid-days will be “In The Loop,” hosted by John Lopez, eight year SportsRadio 610 veteran who has been covering Houston sports for more than 25 years. Joining Lopez will be newcomer Dante Hall, nine-year NFL veteran, Texas A&M alumni, and local Houstonian, as well as the up and coming native Houstonian, and Texas Tech alumni, Cody Stoots. Sean Pendergast and Ted Johnson will be back as the afternoon hosts with “The Triple Threat,” and can be heard 2:00-6:00PM daily. From 6:00-7:00PM, “Texans All Access,” the daily Texans Radio show, will give Houston Texans fans a nightly inside look on Houston’s #1 team featuring host Marc Vandermeer. Capping off the night will be “Gallant at Night” featuring host Paul Gallant as he talks all things sports, while interacting with listeners from 7:00-11:00PM.
Cumulus Holds Camp Nash Event To Benefit Special Forces
THE MOUTH, MAY 31ST, 2016 –– Camp NASH (#CampNASH) held yesterday at Fontanel Nashville featured performances by Country superstars Big & Rich, Thompson Square (bottom left), Parmalee, Chuck Wicks (co-host of America’s Morning Show and MC of Camp NASH) (bottom right), RaeLynn (upper right), and Breaking Southwest.
A 100% of all ticket proceeds went directly to The Special Forces Charitable Trust, which provides sustainable and meaningful financial support, programs and services to the United States Army Special Forces (Green Beret) community and their Families.
Beasley's Caroline And Bruce Beasley Join For Opening Day At Kellar Radio Talent Institute At Appalachian State University
THE MOUTH, MAY 31ST, 2016 –– Classes kick off today in Boone, NC on the campus of Appalachian State University followed by ten days of all things radio. Joining today's agenda will be Caroline Beasley, CFO, and Bruce Beasley, President , with Beasley Broadcast Group. They'll join over 40 radio pros from broadcast groups in the state and region and are held on the ASU campus. Former Kellar Radio Talent Institute students have started their careers with CBS, Beasley Media Group, Cumulus, Curtis Media, Entercom, iHeart Media, Alpha Media, Greater Media, Capitol Broadcasting, Blue Ridge Broadcasting, IMG College Network, NASCAR, CNN and others. The Kellar Radio Talent Institutes at Appalachian State University , where the National Radio Talent System began, was funded by lifelong Broadcaster Art Kellar, with the Institute now being funded posthumously by the Kellar Family Foundation, with further support from the NCAB.
Institute founder Dan Vallie says "We have a fun, challenging, and changing industry, we need to embrace all technology to insure we continue to thrive into the 21st century, but the thing that always has and always will make the difference is people. That is why we do this, to find those young people who have a growing passion to be in the business, to connect them to the industry and the in dustry to them. For those who would like to join the National Radio Talent System™ in establishing and sponsoring a Radio Talent Institute™ on a campus in their state and region, should contact DanVallie@NationalRadioTalentSystem.com or call 828-262-1502, or visit www.NationalRadioTalentSystem.com.
WZPL's Dave Smiley Show Takes To The Track At Indy 500
THE MOUTH, MAY 31ST, 2016 –– We're guessing just before security was brought in, WZPL-FM Indy's Top-Rated Dave Smiley Show took to the track for a quick snap well ahead of it's reported 300,000 spectators of the 100th Indy 500. - Shown above are show members Producer Will,a Toni Williams, Dave Smiley and Nikki Reed.
In case you didn't hear, rookie Alexander Rossi took this year's honors earning $2,548,743 for the win. As his luck would have it, the first-year driver coasted across the finish line just before running out of gas. He also became the first American-born rookie winner since Louis Meyer in 1928.
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CBS Radio Sale Has 'Mr. Redstone's Full Support' Says Leslie Moonves
Says Situation with Radio Has Absolutely Nothing Yo Do With Viacom
THE MOUTH, MAY 27TH, 2016 –– Sumner Redstone is on board with CBS’ planned radio divestiture, according to CBS chairman and CEO Leslie Moonves. Variety reports during the Q&A portion of CBS’s 2016 shareholders meeting Thursday in New York, Moonves was asked if that deal was contingent on the approval from Redstone, or his representatives in light of his opposition to the Paramount proposal.
“Our situation with radio has absolutely nothing to do with Viacom,” Moonves responded. “We have received full support from Mr. Redstone with what we are doing” with the planned CBS Radio divestiture. Redstone was not present at the CBS shareholders meeting , but was dialed in via phone, according to Moonves. Meanwhile, when Moonves and CBS chief legal counsel Larry Tu were asked about the potential for a CBS-Viacom recombination, Tu said only that any major transactions would be reviewed by board and he noted that the board is mostly comprised of independent directors.
Redstone has been engaged in a battle with Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman. Last week he removed Dauman from his role as a board member of Redstone’s National Amusements holding company and from the trust that will inherit those holdings after Redstone’s death. Dauman on Monday filed a lawsuit to reverse his removal from the trust, arguing that Redstone “now lacks the capacity to have taken these steps.” PHOTOS/Jaguar PS /s_bukley / Shutterstock
Dying Army Vet Gets Wish To Sing On Radio Come True On Richmond's 93.1 Hank FM
THE MOUTH, MAY 27TH, 2016 –– A 78-year old Army veteran, Jessie Smith, is getting a dream come true thanks to his family, a funeral home and 93.1 Hank FM. "Words can't express the emotion we are all feeling. It's simply a blessing," says Jessica Hairfield, the granddaughter of Jessie H. Smith
According to nbc12.com, Jessie Smith is currently in hospice care as he battles Stage Four cancer, but the family says one thing has never changed as he's fought the disease: his love of music and the dream of hearing himself on the radio one day. The family says they don't know how much time Smith has left after he was diagnosed with cancer in late 2015, but they wanted to make Smith's wish of hearing himself on the radio come true, and thanks to the kindness of a local funeral home, that dream is becoming a reality. A Simple Wish Foundation arranged for a song performed by Smith to be played on 93.1 Hank FM at 7:10 a.m. this morning (5/27).
Big Machine Records Scott Borchetta Co-Host Mornings With HANK-FM's Dave O'Brien Indianapolis - Arrives At 6:00 AM
THE MOUTH, MAY 27TH, 2016 –– If you're looking for a cool way to connect with top celebrity guests, why not bring in the President/CEO of one of the biggest labels in entertainment. That worked for HANK-FM/Indy's Dave O'Brien had Scott Borchetta join as co-host yesterday and today. Dave tell's Jockline, he even go in right at 6:00 am. "We "hacked" his contacts list and called a lot of his friends - Keith Urban, Reba, Jennifer Nettles, Brantley Gilbert, Justin Moore, Cassadee Pope and three time Indy 500 winner Dario Franchitti. New American Idol winner Trent Harmon also stopped by live in the studio and performed his brand new song "There's A Girl" for the first time ever live this morning. Check out more photos at hankfm.com.
[LISTEN] Mayor Tells The Bert Show His Pick Would Be The Rolling Stones To Perform During Halftime For Super Bowl LIII 2019
THE MOUTH, MAY 27TH, 2016 –– Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed joined The Bert Show on Wednesday, May 25th, to discuss the exciting news announced less than 24 hours earlier: the city of Atlanta has been selected by the NFL to host Super Bowl LIII in 2019. “It’s a game changer, because the Super Bowl is the most prominent sporting event in the world,” says Mayor Kasim Reed on the show early Wednesday morning. He goes on to say, “I think this is a terrific day for us because we have really won all of the major events that we said we would win when we made the argument for building the new facility.”
Asked what it means for the city to host the Superbowl in 2019. Reed says, “it sends a signal to America and to the rest of the world that we can handle world-class events. Co-host Brian Moote had mixed emotions about the announcement, with concerns of traffic and congestion in the city. Reed said, “I think there is pretty good evidence that we know how to handle these large events, certainly when we have such a long runway to let everybody know what’s going to be going on in the city and prepare.”
And if the mayor could have his pick of the Super Bowl halftime performer, he says, “I’m leaning towards the Rolling Stones, but I don’t want to jinx them”. LISTEN HERE
PROGRAMMING: John Dimick Named VP Programming/Operations For Cumulus
“I’m very happy that Mike McVay wouldn’t buy my ‘retirement from the industry’ thinking,' said Dimick
THE MOUTH, MAY 27TH, 2016 –– Cumulus Media announces that it has appointed 35-year radio veteran John Dimick as Vice President, Programming Operations. Dimick joins the Cumulus corporate programming resources team on June 1, 2016, and will report to Mike McVay, Senior Vice President, Content and Programming. Dimick was previously Senior Vice President, Programming and Operations for Lincoln Financial Media, where he was responsible for the oversight of station brands, digital development, PPM and audience strategies.
Over the course of his career, Dimick has programmed stations in markets across the country, including: Salt Lake City; Columbus, OH; Seattle; San Diego and New York City. McVay said: “John Dimick brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to this position. He joins Doug Hamand and Greg Frey as a VPPO. The three of them, along with our format specialists and analysts, will provide even more tools to our managers and PD’s to employ when programming their stations.” Dimick said: “I’m very happy that Mike McVay wouldn’t buy my ‘retirement from the industry’ thinking! What the new senior management team at Cumulus is building is extraordinary and compelling. I am flattered that Mike and Bob Walker believe I can help advance the growth and success of the stations and the remarkable Cumulus platform.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Brian Schneekloth Named GSM For Magic 106.7 Boston
THE MOUTH, MAY 27TH, 2016 –– Greater Media has named Brian Schneekloth as the General Sales Manager of WMJX-FM in Boston. Schneekloth most recently spent the past 12 years as the Vice President and Manager of the Katz Radio Group, where he was responsible for working with local agencies and advertisers to drive sales for the Katz Radio Group stations throughout the country. In addition to his management role, Schneekloth served as Director of Sales for Katz Digital Schneekloth previously worked as a sales manager at Boston CBS Radio's WBCN-FM and WZLX-FM.
"Brian's exceptional client relationships and expertise in the radio and digital space make him the perfect addition to the Greater Media Boston family," said Mary Menna, VP/MM of the company's Boston-based cluster.
Travis Hill & Callie Hoch On The Rise At iHeartMedia's Central Texas
THE MOUTH, MAY 27TH, 2016 –– iHeartMedia’s Central Texas Region announced the promotion of Callie Hoch to Regional Digital Program Director and Travis Hill (L) to Director of Marketing and Promotions. The Central Texas Region includes Austin and San Antonio, and both positions will split their time between the cities. Hoch was most recently the Director of Marketing for iHeartMedia San Antonio’s nine brands.
Travis Hill is now the Director of Marketing and Promotions for the Central Texas Region. Previously Hill served as the Director of Marketing and Promotions for iHeartMedia Austin. “I’m excited to bring my marketing and promotional expertise to San Antonio while still working with iHeartMedia’s great brands in Austin,” said Hill. “Partners rely on our brands’ multiplatform reach to make deep connections with their communities, and by working with both markets we can produce even more incredible opportunities together.” “Callie and Travis are rockstars in their respective positions and we are thrilled to have them focus on their areas of expertise,” said Breeanna Malik, Region President for iHeartMedia Central Texas.
NETWORKS: WHUR-FM Joins Shazam For Radio; Neal McCoy & Cody Alan Kick-Off Second Annual Super 8 Salutes Tour
THE MOUTH, MAY 27TH, 2016 –– Sun Broadcast Group announced they have added WHUR-FM to the Shazam For Radio platform. WHUR 96.3 FM is the flagship station of the Howard University Radio Network. Broadcasting to the Washington DC region since 1971. With the addition of WHUR, Shazam for Radio. “We are looking forward to working with the creative, forward-thinking team at WHUR in bringing another level of interactivity to their great radio properties,” said Ron Rivlin, SVP, Programming and Affiliate Relations. “Shazam for Radio will allow them to engage directly with their audience by giving them real-time access to all their content, personalities, promotions and advertisers.” For more information on Shazam For Radio contact Ron Rivlin at 212-380-9303 or RRivlin@sunbgi.com.
Last night more than 200 service members and their families from Luke Air Force Base outside of Phoenix, AZ were treated to a special evening of music and conversation with country superstar Neal McCoy and country music personality Cody Alan, all thanks to the Super 8® hotel brand and Premiere Networks. McCoy said, “I’m always excited to spend time with the women and men of our military and their families. Whether it’s entertaining them overseas or here at home, it’s the highlight of my year. I thank Super 8 and my buddy, Cody Alan, for inviting me to join in this salute to the hard work they do every day at Luke Air Force Base.”
Now in its second year, Super 8 Salutes marks the continuation of an ongoing partnership between Premiere Networks and the Super 8 brand, which is a long-time sponsor of the network’s national Country music radio programs and events. In 2015, the tour included stops in Fort Campbell, KY and West Springfield, MA. Three stops are currently planned for 2016, with additional details to be announced soon.
'Nashville' Finale End With HUGE Cliffhanger; Why The Weeknd & Belly Bailed On Kimmel
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STUDY: Radio Use Changes As Millennials Move Through Life
THE MOUTH MAY 26TH, 2016 –– While millennials fall into one generation group, they have different beliefs, interests and behaviors as they move through life reports Nielsen Q4 2015 Total Audience Report. As this group moves through life stages, media remains an important part of their lives, especially radio. On average, radio reaches nine out of 10 Millennials across all three life stages each week. Their lives are in rapid transition, they are joining the workforce, moving into their own homes and starting families. And these changes influence their media consumption habits, including how and when they listen to the radio.
To better understand the media habits of the different sub-groups within the overall Millennial generation, Nielsen’s fourth-quarter 2015 Total Audience Report separated the 18-34 crowd into three different groups: Dependent Adults (those living in someone else’s home), On Their Own Millennials (those living in their own home without children), and Starting a Family Millennials (those living in their own home with children).
As for formats, On Their Own Millennials are the least ethnically diverse group and show a preference for non-ethnic formats like Hot Adult Contemporary and Alternative. They also listen to sports stations more than the other two Millennial groups.
Radio Effectively Reaches Millennials With 265 million Americans 6 and older listening to the radio each week, the medium reaches more people each week than any other platform. Despite the proliferation, many advertisers perceive Millennials as unreachable by radio because of the abundance of media options available to them. The reality, however, is that Millennials account for 66.5 million radio users each week. And no matter which life stage Millennials are in, nine out of 10 listen to radio weekly. SEE COMPLETE STUDY HERE
[WATCH] Texas Host Killed In Apparent Random Act Of Violence
THE MOUTH, MAY 26TH, 2016 –– A Kerrville, TX radio host was found dead Wednesday morning in the parking lot of the radio station where she worked, and her accused killer has been arrested, sheriff's officials said. The victim, identified as Sherry Ruth Francis, morning host on KRNH 92.3 FM The Ranch, was discoverd by fellow host Rey Rodriguez who said he went to the parking lot to look for her after he realized she didn't show up for her show.
According to KSAT TV, not long after Francis' body was found, Kerr County sheriff's deputies spotted Gilbert Manriquez (inset) walking along the highway near the station. "Some of the evidence at the scene and his demeanor led us to probable cause and him being a suspect," Kerr County Sheriff W.R. "Rusty" Hierholzer said. "Everything that we have suggests that it was a random act of violence," Hierholzer said. Manriquez was arrested and confessed to the slaying, Hierholzer said WATCH
MOTION: John Mingione Heads To WPLJ NYC For Digital Video Post; Danny Vigil Tapped As Associate Producer For BJ & Migs Show Seattle
THE MOUTH, MAY 26TH, 2016 –– Sources tell Jockline that John Mingione (John On Line) (shown right) is leaving his post at WBLI Long Island and making a short move from the Island to NYC where he'll handle Digital Video Production for 95.5 PLJ in NYC.
In other moves, Danny Vigil (R) has accepted the position of Associate Producer for KISW/Seattle's BJ & Migs morning show. He posted on Facebook, "When I first started, it was my dream to produce a morning show, on a rock station, in a top market, for people I could only dream of working for ... my endless hours of work in the industry, and never giving up, I am completely humbled to announce that I have accepted a job as the Associate Producer of the BJ and Migs show in Seattle.
Bobby Bones Book Headed To NYT's Bestseller List; Angie Martinez Calls Radio 'Significant Part Of Hip Hop Story
THE MOUTH, MAY 26TH, 2016 –– Jockline hears that 'Bare Bones I'm not lonely if you're reading this book," a just released memoir by Bobby Bones, host of the Premeire Syndicated The Bobby Bones Show, is headed to NYT's Bestsellers list. We're also told it has become the top selling book in the US. In case you haven't noticed, Bones has been all over national TV lately on shows such as 'Today,' Fox News' and more in promoting his book. ORDER HIS BOOK HERE
Also out on the book tour is iHeart's Angie Martinez of Power 105 New York who's out promoting her "My Voice' memoir on the west coast. She tells hiphopdx.com, "when you look at the history of Hip Hop, radio is a significant part of that, a part that’s not documented well might I add to a lot of things that happened, not just in New York hip hop, even I’m sure here in L.A. .. I think radio, it’s like a curator, it's like a place where people go to, to hear people who you know and you trust deliver you music, deliver you what’s hot right now. And its free, and it's right there and it's close to you when you listen, close to you in your car somewhere or at home. There is a certain comfortableness that comes from radio that you don’t really get from other mediums - ORDER BOOK HERE - READ INTERVIEW HERE
NETWORKS: Envision's Country Oldies Show To Remember Merle Haggard
THE MOUTH, MAY 26TH, 2016 –– This Memorial Day weekend The Country Oldies Show will spend three full hours honoring the life and legacy of legendary musician Merle Haggard. The weekly classic country radio show hosted by veteran personality Steve Warren will feature Haggard’s biggest hits along with stories and memories of his life.
This special edition of The Country Oldies Show can be heard on over 100 stations throughout the country. Started in 1994, The Country Oldies Show is America’s longest running weekly radio program featuring three hours of the greatest country hits from the 1950s to the 1990s. For more details, visit goenvisionnetworks.com or contact Amber Wade at 216-831-3761 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Red Nose Day, Time For Fun And Making A Difference For Kids
THE MOUTH, MAY 26TH, 2016 –– Chalk up another cool idea the U.S. picked up from our UK friends across the pond. Yup, it's Red Nose Day. A day we celebrate in the U.S. annually and every two years in the UK, when people get together and do something funny at schools, work and of course RADIO. !The event debuted in the U.S. in 2015 and is back again this year for another star-studded live TV event and day of fun-raising. For those who've been noticing more radio and TV promotions -- even ad campaigns -- and still wonder what exactly is Red Nose Day USA, it's a special day for people to come together to have fun and make a difference for kids.
According to rednoseday.com, The day's events will culminate in a two-hour live primetime TV special on NBC, featuring the biggest stars across comedy, music, TV and film. Funds raised go to the Red Nose Day Fund which distributes the money through programs to keep children and young people safe, healthy and educated. Red Nose Day USA is run by Comic Relief Inc. in the U.S. and Comic Relief UK are independent sister organizations that are joined by their shared vision of a just world, free from poverty and the mission to drive positive change through the power of entertainment.
Among the many radio peeps donning the red nose included The Drive Chicago's Pete McMurray, with Scott Miller looking on. At right is Andy Riggs, morning host at Entercom's 103.7 KISS-FM Milwaukee. Just below is Kelley Bradshaw, WUSY US 101. Ken Hicks on left and Daniel Wyatt on right
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Fearne Cotton Returning To Radio On BBC 2; Ricky Gervais Producing A Radio Movie
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, MAY 26TH, 2016 –– Fearne Cotton will be making her BBC Radio 2 debut this summer, over a year after leaving Radio 1 While Graham Norton takes his summer break, both Cotton and Martin Kemp will be making their Radio 2 debuts with a new live show from Saturday July 9 until September 10. Cotton spent a decade with Radio 1 but left last year after announcing that she was pregnant. The radio presenter said: “I can’t wait to get back on the radio, so to be presenting on Radio 2 this summer on Saturday mornings with Martin Kemp is going to be absolutely brilliant.” Kemp commented: “Radio 2, Fearne Cotton, every Saturday through the summer! When they asked me to work with Radio 2 I never expected this! It's gonna be a great way to spend my Saturday mornings... chatting to great guests, some fun and games and playing my favourite tracks with one of the most experienced radio DJs out there! Now things are really warming up... Roll on the summer!”
More BBC Pay Outrage, This Time From Daughter - BBC Radio 4 presenter Justin Webb got a blunt response from his 16-year-old daughter Martha, when she found out how much he was paid. She said, ‘But you don’t do anything.’ Justin who is one of the the host of ‘Today’, said ‘She has read my name on a list on the internet and is quizzing me on the way home. She declared: “But you don’t do anything” and, after his protestations that he does need to wake rather early to be on air by 6am, added: “But you just read things out. Literally, Daddy, you read for a living. And you pick me up every day”.’ His revelation in Radio Times come shortly after a White Paper on the future of the BBC revealed that the Corporation will have to reveal the salaries of staff on more than £450,000 a year ($656,000). The BBC’s top earners include Chris Evans on £1.6million ($2.33m) as host of the BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show and Justin Webb’s ‘Today’ co-host, John Humphrys who is paid £375,000 ($547,000).
A Radio Movie From Ricky Gervais - Former XFM (London, England) presenter and Golden Globes host, Ricky Gervais has written, produced, directed and stars in Special Correspondents, a Netflix original release about a New York based news radio station and its top newshound, Frank Bonneville, played by Australian actor Eric Bana and his sound technician, Ian Finch, played by Ricky Gervais. The plot revolves around the two main characters who are sent to cover an uprising in Ecuador but somehow miss the plane and end up reporting stories that they’ve concocted from a New York apartment across the street from the radio station that thinks they’re in Ecuador.
Grand Jury Sits in Australia In Adelaide - MIX 102.3’s Jodie & Soda have launched the 10 Grand Jury. Six people, locked in a jury room with $10,000 Aus ($7,194 US) on the table; and all they need to do is reach a unanimous decision as to who gets the lot. The rest leave with nothing. Matt & Meshel at KIIS 101.1 did it a couple of weeks back, take a listen to how Jodie & Soda set the tactic up. - WATCH HERE
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iHeart Executives Gather In Miami For Summer Pool Party
THE MOUTH, MAY 26TH, 2016 –– iHeartMedia and industry executives joined in Miami for its 2016 iHeartRadio Summer Pool Party. Among them included (shown above) on-air personalities Billy The Kidd and Anne Hudson from 96.7 KISS-FM’s The Billy The Kidd Show, John Ivey, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia, Sofia Carson, and Charlie Walk, President of The Republic Group. They gathered at The Fontainebleau Miami Beach. Others in Miami included Bill Koenigsberg, President, CEO and Founder of Horizon Media, Eric Hirschhorn, Chief Marketing Officer North America, Burger King Corporation, Bob Pittman, Chairman and CEO of iHeartMedia, Inc, Sharon Dastur, Senior Vice President of Programming Integration for iHeartMedia, Tom Poleman, President of National Programming Group for iHeartMedia, and Gary Spangler, Executive Vice President of Promotion for Republic Records. PHOTO/Sergi Alexander/Getty Images for iHeartMedia
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