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Angela Yee Toasted By Charlamagne The God And DJ Envy On Her Final Show With The ‘Breakfast Club’
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 5TH, 2022 –– The syndicated Breakfast Club's Charlamagne tha God and DJ Envy bid farewell to their 12-year co-host Angela Yee as they aired their final show together before she takes the reigns of her new Premiere syndicated show 'Way Up With Angela Yee' coming sometime before year-end.
“I do want to just say, Angela Yee, job well done,” Charlamagne said on Friday's broadcast. They can never take away what we built. We’ve all made history together as a radio show, we’re in the Radio Hall of Fame. We are linked together forever, and us three have created a blueprint for a lot of people to follow. I can’t wait to see what God has planned for us next, and I know that it’s going to be incredible, and I know you’re going to have tremendous success with 'Way Up with Angela Yee.”
therichest.com reported that near the end of Friday’s show, Yee gave listeners a proper sendoff by reflecting on how the Breakfast Club has established itself in the Radio Hall of Fame. “We’ve had quite a run, so I just want to thank everyone that was up here with us. Looks like the pandemic is over, this is like a super spreader,” Yee said. “But thank everybody for just being here with us and rocking with us for so long. We’re in the Radio Hall of Fame, that is a huge deal, we don’t take that for granted.”
DJ Envy added, “I’m going to miss my sister. I’m not going to miss you taking stabs at me, [but] I’m going to miss my sister.”
Yee added, “Honestly it takes a team of people to be able to do this, and so I’m excited for what the Breakfast Club is gonna do, ’cause y’all my lead-in. So I want to make sure if there’s anything I can do to make the transition smooth other than come up there and work, I will make sure to help in anyway.” Yee is set to launch her new show with iHeartRadio before the end of the year
'The Original Is Back' As Rock 100.5 Atlanta Flips To 99X; Official Launch On January 3rd
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 5TH, 2022 –– With The Verve’s ‘Bittersweet Symphony’being looped since late Friday on Rock 100.5 Atlanta along with the verbal tease: “It’s coming. Same As It Ever Was." Well, around 6 a.m this morning they made the switch back to 99X from Rock 100.5 interspersed with 99X imaging.” It was just nine months ago that they added syndicated morning show “Elliot in the Morning” and moved “Southside” Steve Rickman and Axel Lowe to afternoons. According to The AJC's Rodney Ho, the syndicated Eliot In the Morning has been dropped with Rickman and Lyndsey Marie, the Rock 100.5 mid-day host, not being part of the new lineup. Sources say longtime station member Axel Lowe will remain on board with the remaining staff to be announced with official launch..
Marie commented on her departure over the weekend on social media, posting, “I’ve loved talking to Atlanta for almost 12 years! I’m proud of the time we’ve shared together. And we had a lot of fun! If you made my little midday show any part of your day, I appreciate your company.”
Cumulus programming head, Brian Philips, first launched 99X 30 years ago. Look for the station to remain in a music mode for the remainder of the year and make the official switch on Jan. 3rd. See More HERE
House Judiciary Committee To Markup American Music Fairness Act This Week
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 5TH, 2022 –– In response to the announcement by the House Judiciary Committee that it will markup the American Music Fairness Act next week, NAB President and CEO Curtis LeGeyt was quick to post: "More than 250 bipartisan cosponsors of the Local Radio Freedom Act, including a majority of the House of Representatives, stand with America’s local broadcasters against this onerous performance fee that would irrevocably damage local radio. In spite of this, the recording industry continues its uncompromising pursuit of this one-sided proposal that would upend the relationship between artists and broadcast radio."
LeGeyt added, "NAB remains committed to working to find a mutually beneficial solution to this decades-old policy disagreement, but this AMFA proposal is not the answer. A markup of this legislation as drafted simply ensures that yet another Congress will pass without meaningful progress on this issue."
On background: The American Music Fairness Act would mandate a new performance fee on free, local radio stations that would jeopardize local jobs, prevent new artists from breaking into the recording business and harm the hundreds of millions of Americans who rely on local radio. Broadcasters have gained the strong bipartisan support of legislators from across the country to support the Local Radio Freedom Act, which opposes a performance royalty, and is supported by more than 250 members of the House and Senate.
John Lewis Rises To Regional VP/MM For Cumulus Huntsville
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 5TH, 2022 –– Cumulus Media announces that it has promoted John Lewis to Regional Vice President/Market Manager for Cumulus Huntsville, AL, and Cumulus Chattanooga, TN. Lewis, who joined Cumulus Media in 2009, rises from his most recent role as Vice President/Market Manager for Cumulus Huntsville and adds oversight of the Chattanooga market to his purview. Lewis was previously Vice President/Regional Market Manager for Cumulus Chattanooga and Cumulus Macon, GA. He has also served Cumulus Media as Vice President/Market Manager for the company’s radio stations in Albany, NY, Pensacola, FL, Lexington, KY, and Memphis, TN.
Bob Walker, President of Operations, Cumulus Media, said: “We are excited to have John continue to lead our talented Huntsville team and to expand his duties to again lead the successful team in Chattanooga. His passion for our industry and his enthusiastic leadership style are key reasons for his success.” Lewis commented: “I am very appreciative of Cumulus for this opportunity to lead the Chattanooga and Huntsville markets. I am so excited and honored to re-join the amazing Chattanooga team and help both markets continue to grow and thrive over the coming years.”
EVENTS: $1,074,984 Equals 107 Wishes Granted On 'ZPL Smiley Show's 36-Hour Make-A-Wish-A-Thon
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 5TH, 2022 –– $1,074,984 = 107 wishes granted! That was the payoff following The Dave Smiley Show's 26th Annual 36+ hour live broadcast to benefit Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana. In 2021, a record-setting 106 wishes were granted to area children with critical illnesses, bringing the cumulative total raised by the Make-A-Wish Request-A-Thon over the past 25 years to more than $11,000,000.
The event kicked off last Thursday and ran until Friday, December 2, at 6PM. Joining for the marathon are Toni Williams (TR), Dave Smiley (C) Nikki Reed (RC) Producer Will (LC) and Asst. Producer, Carter Marshal (TL)
"We want to thank EVERY SINGLE PERSON that donated to the 26th Annual Make A Wish Request-A-Thon. Thanks to your generosity, 107 Hoosier kids with life-threatening illnesses will get to see their wishes granted," they posted on social. "THANK YOU INDY!!! We love you. In a weird way. Now we’re gonna go sleep."
WiLD 94.1 Morning Freak Show's Orlando Davis High Atop Tower For 11th Annual Holiday Toy Drive
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 5TH, 2022 –– Beasley Media Group's WiLD 94.1 FM’s Freak Show Personality and Program Director Orlando Davis’ host the station’s 11th Annual Toy Drive Tower event to benefit The Children’s Home Network in Tampa, Florida. Beginning on Friday, December 2nd at 5pm through Saturday, December 10th at 5pm, Orlando is now atop the Toy Drive Tower, an outdoor constructed platform which will be elevated 30 feet in the air overlooking the City of Tampa and Westshore Plaza Mall (250 Westshore Blvd), where he will remain for eight days. Orlando will encourage listeners to stop by and donate unwrapped toys, bicycles, gift cards and monetary donations to benefit The Children’s Home Network.
In addition, the Freak Show will join him from the tower and broadcast live every morning from December 5th-9th, 2022. The WiLD 94.1 FM Morning Show Personality hopes to break last year’s donation collection record, which included more than 658 bicycles, 4 Full POD containers of toys and over $81,219.00 in cash and gift cards!
"After the year that we've all experienced, it's nice to get a chance to get back to the sweetest space of sharing… with our community," said Davis. “This is where our audience, business community and friends put their best giving gloves on and do an incredible thing – together. To see families and company staffers all beam with joy for the kids of The Children’s Home Network is a blessing to witness. I’m proud of Tampa Bay every year!” The Children’s Home Network is a non-profit organization that serves as a sanctuary for abused, neglected or abandoned children in the community.
Mark Kaye’s 'Ho Ho Hold ‘Em! Poker Tournament' Raises Over $36,000 For Kaye’s Kids Charity
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 5TH, 2022 –– The Mark Kaye Show hosted it’s 5th annual “Ho, Ho, Hold ‘Em Charity Poker Tournament” on Thursday, December 1st, raising a record-breaking $36,000 for Mark Kaye’s children’s charity “Kaye’s Kids.” This year’s tournament made history as all three of the Top players were women! “We’ve never had a woman place in the top three before,” explains Kaye,” and this year the ladies dominated!”
Linda Purvis took home the title, the trophy, and the $1000 cash prize. “We had an incredible turnout which helped make this such an amazing event” explains Kaye. “The players, the spectators, the sponsors came out in force. Every year this tournament gets bigger and better. And every year we are able to raise more and more money for ‘Kaye’s Kids." Mark and his wife Pam created Kaye’s Kids eight years ago on Mark’s 40th birthday. They partnered with ‘Dreams Come True, Inc.’ to deliver “dream gifts” to young children battling life-threatening illnesses.
iHeart Celebrates Bono In Latest ICONS Event
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 5TH, 2022 –– iHeartMedia celebrated superstar artists in recent weeks with a slew of special programming, including the latest iHeartRadio ICONS event with U2 star Bono. On December 1, “iHeartRadio ICONS with Bono: Celebrating his Memoir, aired across iHeartRadio Classic Rock stations hosted by iHeartRadio's Jim Kerr. Additionally, two artists have taken residence in the metaverse as part of iHeartLand’s winter lineup of events. Darren Criss took over iHeartLand during Thanksgiving weekend with a spectacular performance of songs from his holiday album “A Very Darren Crissmas.” Fans were able to watch his performance from November 25 to November 27. And earlier British singer-songwriter Mimi Webb performed several songs, including her single “Ghost of You,” in State Farm Park for fans in iHeartLand.
Last week, the 2022 iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour Presented by Capital One kicked off in Dallas/Ft. Worth on November 29 and continued with a stop in Los Angeles on December 2. The lineups include Dua Lipa, Jack Harlow, Pitbull, Black Eyed Peas, Khalid, Lauv, Bebe Rexha, Lewis Capaldi and much more.
[WATCH] Kraddick Show Takes On Hot Pockets
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 5TH, 2022 –– Back in March, host J-Si Chavez spoke on-air about wanting to create a pair of cargo shorts with an insulated pocket to keep food warm. Even pitching a potential use, asking, “Where are you going to put your Hot Pockets?” With co-host Big Al Mack then coining the phrase, “Warm Pockets.” Just a month ago, J-Si even pitched their idea for Warm Pockets to Shark Tank’s Mark Cuban during his visit to the show, “What if you have a burger and you need a way to keep it warm? How about Warm Pocket Pants?” To which Cuban replied, “I like that! And you can have a special Hot Dog design where you put the hot dog right in front!” (But he did decline to invest $4 Million for a 10% stake.)
The show was then surprised and shocked to see their idea stolen and announced by Hot Pockets this week. Hot Pocket Shorts feature "literal hot pockets that keep your sandwiches hot and your calves cool thanks to insulated cargo pockets.
The show called Hot Pockets HQ on-air today, but the customer service person claimed to have no information on the new product. Big Al Mack asked, “How long will it take us to get a check?” To which she replied, “I don’t have that information, but I can report your feedback to the appropriate department, so that your voice is heard.” WATCH HERE
RAB Presents 'Protect Yourself From Copyright Violations'
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 5TH, 2022 –– As part of RAB’s live presentation efforts, the next presentation, titled “Protect Yourself from Copyright Violations,” is geared to help stations better understand copyright and trademark protections. Taking place at noon CT on Wednesday, December 7, Claire Hawkins, principal, Foster Garvey, and Brad Deutsch, office managing director and principal, Foster Garvey, will share how radio stations should be protecting their own intellectual property rights while not infringing on the rights of others.
This crucial information can also be used for planning promotions as well as planning event campaigns with station advertisers. Registration for this presentation is free for RAB members. The presentation will also be available for on-demand viewing. To register, click HERE. We will continue to update you as we announce upcoming information on future RAB presentations and additional RAB efforts.
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Advance Registration Now Open For Morning Show Boot Camp 35 As It Makes First-Ever Trip To Dallas
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 3RD, 2022 –– Advance registration for Morning Show Boot Camp 35 is now open, but now for a very limited time you can take advantage of our highly popular ''First 100" offer - Be among the first 100 to register and we'll knock off 50% from the cost of a single registration**. This special offer is available on a first-come basis and will end once all tickets are sold, or by December 16th, 2022, whichever comes first. To take advantage of this timely offer, simply CLICK HERE and insert PROMO CODE 'FIRST100'. While available, your cost will reflect the discount with the code. **This special rate is not available with other discounts and non-refundable.
As previously announced, Talentmasters' 35th Annual Morning Show Boot Camp (MSBC), the city of Dallas was selected for next year's event being held August 10 & 11, 2023 at the beautiful, newly-opened, Marriott Uptown Hotel.
Registration to the Marriott is now available by CLICKING HERE - As always, this special conference rate and block of rooms are limited and offered on a first-come basis.
For more information, contact Don Anthony at email@example.com, or by phone at 770-737-2700. In the coming weeks, we'll load our website with info on sponsorships and other opportunities. Be sure and ask about GROUP RATES for 10 or more registrants.
[LISTEN] Patty Steele Looks Ahead After Scott Shannon In The Morning Show Ends On December 16th
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 2ND, 2022 –– Upon her co-host Scott Shannon announcing his retirement from WCBS-FM, Patty Steele will move on from the 101.1 FM New York City morning show to consider all current and future options. Live from the Blythedale Children’s Hospital, their last show together will be Dec. 16, after which Steele will devote more time to her award-winning podcast, The Deep 6. She’ll also explore new opportunities that have been presented in radio and digital, as well as public speaking and writing, all real passions of hers.
“My career in New York City has been in blocks, three of which were with Scott at Z100, then WPLJ, and now WCBS-FM,” says Steele. “I fully support his decision and look forward to pursuing new career opportunities and diving deeper into my own creative endeavors.” Listen to her on-air announcement HERE
Steele who was honored at this year's 34th Annual Morning Show Boot Camp with MIW annual Air Blazer Award, is represented by David Katz of the Elvis Duran Group. Feel free to reach out at David@ElvisDuranGroup.com.
Lauren 'Lo' Sessions Takes Afternoons And APD Post At Cox Media Group's 93Q Houston
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 2ND, 2022 –– Cox Media Group (“CMG”) has tapped Lauren “Lo” Sessions as its new Afternoon Drive Host and Assistant Program Director/Music Director. Sessions started her radio career at iHeart Media Tampa Bay on WFLZ and later spent time with West Virginia Radio Corporation’s 102 WVAQ. Most recently, she served as the Marketing Director in San Antonio for Alpha Media USA. Sessions was named one of Radio Ink Magazine’s “30 and Under Superstars” in 2021 and was recently chosen as one of four mentees for the MIW Mildred Carter Mentoring Program’s Class of 2022.
“Cue Alan Jackson, she’s gone country folks!” said Sessions. “The only word I can describe how I’m feeling is excitement. I’m excited to join a group of talented individuals, work alongside one of the best Country programmers in the industry, and experience the magic of what this format not only brings to the great city of Houston, but across the country. My sincere thanks to Travis Moon, Stephanie Callihan and the CMG team for this incredible opportunity. I’m truly looking forward to bringing The Lo Show & KKBQ to new heights in the Space City. Also, a girl can never have too many pairs of boots, right?!”
“I am beyond pumped to have Lo join the 93Q team. She is a rising programming star with such a creative and engaging on-air personality,” said Travis Moon, CMG Houston’s Director of Operations. “I’m looking forward to seeing her amazing connection come to life with 93Q’s passionate country listeners in Houston.”
Longtime Milwaukee Host Sandy Maxx To Co-Anchor Afternoon Drive On WTMJ-AM
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 2ND, 2022 –– A voice familiar to radio listeners in Milwaukee and across Southeast Wisconsin is joining WTMJ. Sandy Maxx has been named the new co-anchor of Wisconsin’s Afternoon News. Maxx will join host John Mercure, Sports Director Greg Matzek and traffic reporter Debbie Lazaga weekday afternoons from 3 to 6pm starting on Monday, December 12th.
“We are thrilled to welcome Sandy to the WTMJ team,” said WTMJ Director of Content Ryan Maguire. “Her perspective is unique, her energy is infectious and her love for Milwaukee is truly genuine. Our fans and partners can expect Sandy to make an entertaining and enlightening addition to ‘Wisconsin’s Radio Station’, and we can’t wait for her to get started.”
Maxx has spent the last eight years on air at 96.5 WKLH. Prior to that she’s also been on air at 99.1 WMYX in Milwaukee, 95.1 WIIL-FM in Kenosha, and The Eighties Channel in Chicago. “I’m truly thrilled to join John and the entire team as we collaborate and create the next chapters in the station’s evolution,” Maxx said. “It is an honor to be chosen to bring my experience to better engage, entertain and serve our fans across multiple platforms.”
In addition to her work in radio, Maxx has also served as the host of the Emmy Award winning program The Arts Page on PBS Milwaukee since 2012. She was also the in-game host for the Milwaukee Brewers (2003-2007), the Milwaukee Wave (2003-2007, 2015-2020), and as the P.A. announcer for Marquette University’s women’s basketball teams and volleyball teams (2003-2007, 2015-2020).
Edison And SXM Media To Examine Women Podcast Users In Report; Registration Open For Dec. 14 Webinar
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 2ND, 2022 –– Edison Research and SXM Media have announced the debut of the Women’s Podcast Report, the first comprehensive survey research of women podcast listeners in the U.S. Join Megan Lazovick, Vice President at Edison Research, and Melissa Paris, VP Sales Research and Analytics at SXM Media, on Wednesday, December 14th at 2:00 p.m. ET for a webinar presentation of the findings from the Women’s Podcast Report.
In this webinar, among many findings, you’ll learn: · The demographics of women podcast listeners · The podcast discovery habits of women podcast listeners · How women promote and share podcasts · Why women follow podcasts or hosts on social media · How women feel about brands on podcasts We hope you will join us on Wednesday, December 14 at 2:00 p.m. ET. Register HERE
Portland's Nick & Kristen Help Eradicate Over $4.1 Million In Medical Debt Throughout Pacific Northwest
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 2ND, 2022 –– Audacy's 99.5 The Wolf’s “Nick and Kristen’ Show has helped eradicate over $4.1 million in medical debt for over 3,200 people in Oregon and Washington through “Nick and Kristen’s Medical Debt Payoff.” The event, in partnership with RIP Medical Debt, was hosted by 99.5 The Wolf (KWJJ-FM) in Portland and morning show hosts Nick and Kristen on November 14-18.
“This year especially, as Americans grapple with inflation and other economic factors, we’re honored to leverage our voice to help those in need of medical financial support,” said Kim Martinez, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Audacy Portland. “Once again, our listeners showed up to support their fellow neighbors, and together, we're able to serve our communities and spread some good.” Last year’s “Nick and Kristen’s Medical Debt Payoff” helped eradicate over $3.5 million in medical debt.
RIP Medical Debt was founded in 2014 by two former debt collections executives, Craig Antico and Jerry Ashton. Over the course of decades in the debt-buying industry, Antico and Ashton met with thousands of Americans saddled with unpaid and un-payable medical debt and realized they were uniquely qualified to help these people in need. They used their expertise and compassion to create a unique way to relieve medical debt: they would use donations to buy large bundles of medical debt and then relieve that debt with no tax consequences to donors or recipients. From this idea came RIP Medical Debt, a New York based 501(C)(3). Over $7 billion in medical debts has been eradicated so far, providing financial relief for nearly four million individuals and families.
iHeartMedia Chicago Giving Away Over $95,000 In Cash, Food & Toys To Families In Need During Holidays
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 2ND, 2022 –– iHeartMedia Chicago’s 93.9 LITE FM; 103.5 KISSFM, Inspiration 1390, 107.5 WGCI and V103 announced the return of “Spreading Holiday Cheer in Chicagoland,” a celebration of giving back to listeners and the community during the holiday season.
iHeartMedia Chicago will support various initiatives during the “Spreading Holiday Cheer in Chicagoland” Celebration including: 93.9 LITE FM, ComEd Energy Efficiency Program and the Coca-Cola Company will grant over $25,000 in Christmas wishes for Chicagoland families in celebration of 22 years as Chicago’s Christmas Music Station.
103.5 KISS FM’s “The Fred Show” and Foot First Podiatry will grant $20,000 in KISSmas Wishes to brighten the season for Chicagoland families. 103.5 KISS FM and the Coca-Cola Company will team up for Stuff-A-Bus to collect toys to share with area families among others.
“iHeartMedia Chicago along with our partners are spreading holiday cheer throughout the Chicagoland community,” said Matt Scarano, President of iHeartMedia Chicago. “It is such a blessing to have the opportunity to giveaway over $95,000 in cash, food and toys to families in our community during this special time of the year.”
Southwest Florida's B103.9 Kicks Off Stuff-A-Bus Toy Drive To Benefit Needy Families During the Holiday Season
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 2ND, 2022 –– Beasley Media Group’s WXKB-FM (B103.9) and Achieva Credit Union, in collaboration with The Salvation Army of Lee County, will collect toys to benefit Southwest Florida’s Families during the B1039 Stuff-A-Bus Toy Drive. The station will broadcast live from a SWFL Waste Management Truck located on site at a Wal-Mart from 6:00am – 10:00am on Friday, December 9, 2022. On-air personalities will encourage listeners and businesses to stop by and donate a bike and toys to benefit children residing throughout the local community. In addition, Achieva Credit Union team members will be on site lend a hand with toy donations.
“Santa can use a little help sometimes, and our communities are full of the Christmas Spirit,” said Budman from The Wild Bunch. “I know we'll make Santa proud by spreading Holiday magic and joy to the kids of Southwest Florida!” "Christmas is all about the kids and with the last few months, especially, being difficult for so many families in SWFL, we are excited to spread the joy of the holiday season,” said Marija from The Wild Bunch. “There's nothing like seeing the face of child light up at the sight of gifts under the tree and we’re happy to help make that a reality for kids in our community this year!"
SYNDICATION: Cumulus Media’s Westwood One Adds The Matt Walsh Show' To Syndicated Radio
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 2ND, 2022 –– Cumulus' Westwood One announced it is expanding its relationship with leading conservative news and entertainment media company The Daily Wire to include distribution of “The Matt Walsh Show” beginning Monday, January 2, 2023. “The Matt Walsh Show” joins “The Ben Shapiro Show” and “The Michael Knowles Show” to create a powerful three-hour programming block featuring a modern generation of conservative voices each weekday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern.
The new programming lineup will be: “The Ben Shapiro Show” M-F from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern “The Matt Walsh Show” M-F from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern “The Michael Knowles Show” M-F from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern
Remote News Service Adds Three New Affiliates
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 2ND, 2022 –– KELO-AM, Sioux Falls, SD. · Mountain Gospel Radio – 99.9 WMTC & 98.7 FM/1470 AM WBFC, Vancleve & Stanton, KY 94.5 WGTK The Answer, Greenville have become the latest affiliates to add Remote News Service with Lesley Lotto.
The service provides a combination of Local, Regional, State, and National news to radio stations across the U.S., including in-depth and breaking news coverage, plus local traffic. Stations interested in learning more about Remote News Service may contact Lesley Lotto at 917-283-1380 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hubbard's 97.1 The Drive Chicago Looking For Someone To Take The Wheel In Afternoon Drive
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 2ND, 2022 –– Looking for a gig in a great city, a great company, a great station and great daypart? Are you, or do you know, the next content creator/afternoon drive rock star for 97.1 FM The Drive/Chicago?
Hubbard has an immediate opening. Hubbard is a destination employer, the nation's largest privately held radio company. Send them what they need to see and hear to be considered for this rare opportunity. CLICK HERE
EDISON: Between 2019/2020, Radio Listening Via Streams Increased From 8% To 11%, Now At 12%
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 1ST, 2022 –– In this week's Edison Research Insights, they rewind on a data point they presented three years ago as part of its Share of the Ear annual Top 10 Findings countdown. Finding #9 from its 2019 list was “AM/FM Listening is almost exclusively over-the-air..STILL!” At the end of 2019, 92% of AM/FM listening by those in the U.S. age 13+ was done over the air, versus eight percent to the AM/FM streams.
They admitted, "With the available ways to hear AM/FM radio streams through mobile and smart speakers, we expected more of a shift to streams. Three years later, is this still the case? Today we go to our most recent Share of Ear® data to find out. The graphic below shows annual data from the inception of Share of Ear in 2014."
The comparison only is concerning listening to AM/FM radio content – comparing listening on a ‘radio set’ to that done on any streaming device – phone, smart speaker, etc. In 2014, five percent of the total AM/FM listening among those in the U.S. 13+ was to the station streams, with 95% being over the air. There was almost no change in share of time with streaming compared with over-the-air listening from 2015 to 2019. In that four-year span, streaming increased by one percentage point. But in one year between 2019 and 2020, the percent of AM/FM listening time spent with station streams increased from 8% to 11%, and is now at 12%.
It’s probable that time at home and away from our cars due to quarantine restrictions caused a bump in the percent of total AM/FM audio time spent with streams. It’s also worth noting that as overall time with over-the-air AM/FM decreases, the time with station streams makes up a bigger portion of the total. Listeners age 25-54 are the most likely to consume AM/FM radio via a station stream. As shown in the graph, 12% of the AM/FM listening by those age 13+ is to the radio station streams.
If you take a quick look at some age breaks: 13% of AM/FM listening by those age 13-24 is done to the streams, 17% of AM/FM listening by those age 25-54 is done to the streams, and of 7% of AM/FM listening by those age 55+ is done to the streams. We are finally firmly in double digits with the percent of AM/FM consumption done to radio station streams on an overall basis, but probably still lower than one would expect given digital audio devices. We will continue watching Share of Ear trends to see how AM/FM listening tracks with over-the-air versus streams.
ESPN NY 98.7FM Launches New Weekday Schedule Featuring Major Expansion Of Local Programming
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 1ST, 2022 –– ESPN today announced a new schedule for ESPN NY 98.7 FM featuring an expansive 16 hours of local studio programming between 6 a.m. and midnight every weekday beginning Jan. 3. The new schedule begins with the expansion of DiPietro & Rothenberg to four hours each morning from 6-10 a.m. The new lineup also features the continuation of fan-favorite Bart & Hahn in the 12-3 p.m. slot, with the duo now exclusive to 98.7 and focused entirely on New York.
“We are always looking for the best ways to serve sports fans and we are excited to bring even more New York flavor and content to local fans throughout their day on 98.7,” said Scott McCarthy, vice president, ESPN Audio. “Expanding DiPietro & Rothenberg in morning drive and being fortunate enough to have Bart & Hahn as a local New York-focused show will create consistency for listeners and give our hosts a greater opportunity to engage with audiences, and each other, on the day’s top stories.”
The rest of the day on ESPN NY 98.7 will retain the same great shows, featuring Greeny (10 a.m.-12p.m.), the legendary Michael Kay Show (3-7 p.m.), Dan Graca (7-10 p.m.) and Hardesty & Damer (10 p.m.-12 a.m.). ESPN’s national radio lineup including Keyshawn, JWill & Max, will continue to be available on 1050AM ESPN New York and digitally on SiriusXM, TuneIn and the ESPN App.
Doja Cat Takes Airplay Crown In iHeart's Top Artists And Songs Of The Year List With 3.6B Spins
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 1ST, 2022 –– The end of the year is almost here and you know what that means – iHeartRadio is releasing our list of the most played artists and songs of the year! Whatever your plans are for 2023, join us one last time in celebrating the beloved artists and iconic music that defined 2022 with iHeartRadio’s list of top artists and songs of 2022.
By tallying the total audience spins (TAS) and streams across iHeartRadio stations nationwide and on the iHeartRadio app, they compiled a list of the top 10 songs, as well as the top 10 artists by category, which include: overall, contemporary hit radio or CHR, country, hip-hop, alternative and rock.
This year, Doja Cat took the crown with over 3.6 billion spins, over one billion more than 2021’s most played artist, Ariana Grande. The pop superstar was the only artist with two songs in this year’s Top 10 most played, “Need to Know” and “Woman.” No song, however, got more listens this year than “Stay” by The Kid Laroi and Justin Bieber. Following these incredible artists to round-out iHeartRadio’s top five played artists this year were Harry Styles, Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber and The Weeknd. As for songs? Glass Animals’ alternative bop “Heat Waves ”Harry Styles’ pop anthem “As it Was”, Justin Bieber’s “Ghost” and“That’s What I Want” by Lil Nas X rounded out the top five. See Complete List HERE Photo DFree/Shutterstock
MIW Group Launches 'Speak Up!' Program In Memory Of Laurie Kahn
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 1ST, 2022 –– With mixed emotions, Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio, Inc. (MIW), a 501(c)(3) charitable organization announces its newest national mentoring program, Speak Up! Speak Up! was created in partnership with Media Staffing Network Founder and CEO Laurie Kahn. Fortunately, MIW had the privilege of building this program with Laurie prior to her recent passing on October 27, 2022.
Her intention was to specifically reach women in small to medium radio markets. Said MIW Board President Ruth Presslaff, “MIW’s mission, and greatest joy, is introducing and managing distinctive programs to professionally nourish the industry’s next generation of female leadership. Entwined with the excitement of launching a program that is distinct from MIW’s numerous mentorships is deep sadness from the passing of a treasured friend and an enduring member of the MIW community.”
“Speak Up!” was coined by Kahn; it is the code she lived by and the foundation on which she built her highly respected firm. Qualified candidates will be jointly mentored by MIW experienced executives and Media Staffing Network certified coaches. Applications for the Speak Up! Mentorship will open in first quarter of 2023 and details will soon be available on the MIW website.
Applications For 9th Annual 'Benztown 50' Now Open Through January 13, 2023
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 1ST, 2022 –– Benztown announces that it will release the 9th Annual Benztown 50 List of Radio’s Biggest Imaging Voices, the radio industry’s exclusive listing of the top 50 voiceover artists in the U.S. and Canada. Voice talent can apply for the Benztown 50 from November 30, 2022, to January 13, 2023, at: https://benztown.com/bz50-apply/.
The Benztown 50 list will be based on several criteria, including number of radio station affiliates, station size and market. Benztown has partnered with P1 Media Group to compile and analyze industry data that will be the foundation for this distinction. Dave “Chachi” Denes, Benztown President, said: “This year, we celebrate the 9th big year of saluting radio’s biggest imaging voices in the U.S. and Canada through the Benztown 50. We are honored to highlight the role of outstanding VO talent in shaping and growing some of the most successful brands in audio.
” For more information, visit benztown.com/bz50, or contact Masa Patterson at email@example.com and at (818) 842-4600.
EVENTS: DFW's Hawkeye In The Morning Collects Over 106,000 Holiday Cards To Send To The Troops
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 1ST, 2022 –– Cumulus' New Country 96.3 (KSCS-FM) morning show, Hawkeye in the Morning, concluded the Fourth Annual “10,000 for the Troops” holiday card drive to send warm, hopeful wishes to the brave men and women serving the U.S. Armed Forces overseas this holiday season. The DFW radio station has partnered with Support Our Soldiers, a local 501(c)(3) organization based in Fort Worth, TX, to send the holiday cards to “high risk” units/individuals that are either in isolated areas or do not have support coming from home.
This year’s campaign collected 106,322 cards, with more expected to arrive in the mail over the next week. The cards will be included in care packages sent to the troops by Support Our Soldiers, just in time for Christmas. The campaign kicked off October 24, 2022, with the goal of collecting 10,000 cards. Hawkeye in the Morning and New Country 96.3 concluded the program with a live broadcast on the radio station’s plaza, where fans from across DFW and busloads of schools stopped by to drop off their cards for the troops. Community Coffee provided free coffee to everyone who stopped by.
Hawkeye, Host of Hawkeye in the Morning, said: "My co-host Michelle Rodriguez and I were overwhelmed by the tremendous support for U.S. service members stationed overseas. We never imagined that we would collect 10 times as many cards as we hoped for – and we thank our amazing listeners and partners for their help in making the holidays brighter for our service men and women." For more information or to stream New Country 96.3, visit: https://www.newcountry963.com/.
99.5 WZPL's Smiley Show 36+ Hour Live Broadcast Returns To Help Make Local Children’s Wishes Come True
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 1ST, 2022 –– Cumulus' 99.5 WZPL and Smiley Morning Show kicks off their 26th annual 36+ hour live broadcast to benefit Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana. 99.5 WZPL sounds different this time of year and it’s not because we’re playing holiday music! It’s because we are playing anything to raise money for Make-A-Wish!
In 2021, a record-setting 106 wishes were granted to area children with critical illnesses, bringing the cumulative total raised by the Make-A-Wish Request-A-Thon over the past 25 years to more than $11,000,000.
It kicked off today at 6AM and will air through Friday, December 2, 2022, at 6PM. Joining for the marathon are Toni Williams (TL), Dave Smiley (BC) Nikki Reed (TC) and Producer Will (TR)
98.9 MAGIC FM Colorado Springs Launches Online Auction To Benefit Those Affected By Club Q Shooting
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 1ST, 2022 –– Cumulus Colorado Springs Top 40 radio station 98.9 MAGIC FM/KKMG-FM has kicked off an online benefit auction, MAGIC FM Cares For Club Q: An Auction for the Colorado Healing Fund. Partnering with artists and supporters, 98.9 MAGIC FM provides music fans and the people who love them with an opportunity to bid on unique autographed items from some of today’s top artists. All proceeds from the online auction will help the families of victims and others affected by the tragic shooting at Colorado Springs’ Club Q on Sunday, November 20th. The 98.9 MAGIC FM auction is open through Tuesday, December 13, 2022.
Auction items currently include: a guitar autographed by OneRepublic, a guitar autographed by Brothers Osborne, a keyboard autographed by JVKE, a helmet autographed by Deadmau5, tickets to Ed Sheeran’s 8/19/23 concert in Denver, tickets to Snoop Dogg’s 12/22/22 concert in Colorado Springs, a vinyl autographed by Ozzy Osbourne, a vinyl autographed by Meghan Trainor, a magazine cover autographed by Selina Gomez, a poster autographed by Ellie Goulding and Carly Rae Jepsen, and an Alt Rock poster autographed by Imagine Dragons, Weezer, All-American Rejects, Rise Against, Jimmy Eat World and The 1975 – with more items to be added throughout this week.
Jeff Haber, 98.9 MAGIC FM Program Director and Afternoon On-Air Host, said: “We want to help the families of the victims and those affected by the Club Q tragedy. Personally, I felt sick when I woke up to the news of the shooting and was just devastated hearing about what the LGBTQ+ community is going through. We want to be an ally and to help our Colorado Springs community heal any way possible."
Tucson’s 97.5 The Vibe To Host 'DJs For PJs' Pajama And Book Drive Benefiting Local Children in Need
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 1ST, 2022 –– Cumulus 97.5 The Vibe/KSZR-FM Tucson's on-air personalities will broadcast live from American Eat Company in Tucson this Saturday at the first annual “DJs for PJs,” a pajama and book drive for local children in need this holiday season. The station will collect community donations of new pajamas for children of all ages and sizes, as well as new or gently used children’s books, and monetary donations to Tucson non-profit organization The Angel Heart Pajama Project.
The Angel Heart Pajama Project’s mission is to provide new pajamas and books and to foster literacy development in children who have been abandoned, abused, removed from homes, and placed in foster care or living in homeless shelters in the City of Tucson, South Tucson, and surrounding counties in Southern Arizona including Pima, Cochise, and Santa Cruz. It takes place on Saturday, December 3, 2022, from 10:00am-4:00pm.
Buzz Jackson, Program Director, 97.5 The Vibe, said: “This is our first-ever 97.5 The Vibe charity event and we couldn’t be more excited to partner with The Angel Heart Pajama Project. The work they do is incredibly important, and they are so full of heart. We can’t wait to find out how many pajamas and books we’re able to collect for Tucson children in need of these basic necessities. We thank our sponsors and listeners for their support in this important effort. We’ll see you all this Saturday at American Eat Company!”
iHeart Raleigh Announces STUFF-A-BUS Toy Drive
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 1ST, 2022 –– iHeartRadio Raleigh announced a toy drive in partnership with Hiester Automotive Group benefiting the Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots program, taking place Friday, December 2 from 6 a.m. through Sunday, December 4 at 6 p.m. iHeart Raleigh stations will be on site broadcasting live from the bus for 60 consecutive hours and will promote the event on air including on G105, Raleigh’s #1 Hit Music Station, B93.9, Raleigh’s #1 For New Country and Your All Time Favorites, 95.3 The Beat, Raleigh’s #1 For Throwbacks, 100.7 WRDU, Raleigh’s Classic Rock, and 106.1 FM Talk, Real News. Real Talk.
“It’s the most magical time of year for kids,” said Trevor Morini, Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Raleigh. “As members of the community, our team feels the urgent responsibility to make sure no child goes without a present on Christmas morning. If our on-air personalities can inspire just one person to donate a toy, that’s one less child who will go without.”
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REPORT: Watchable Podcasts 'Growing In Popularity'
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 30TH, 2022 –– Cumulus Media in partnership with Signal Hill Insights, released its Insights’ Podcast Fall 2022 Report. A key finding uncovered in the Podcast Download Report is that podcast listeners have no problem listening to podcasts with language or content that might be considered objectionable on other media. “Our new Podcast Download Report reveals that podcast listeners are comfortable with the content they choose,” said Suzanne Grimes, EVP, Marketing for Cumulus Media and President, Westwood One.
"Unlike push media like radio, TV or even social media, podcasting is a pull medium." said Jeff Vidler, President and Founder of Signal Hill Insights. "Podcast listeners choose from hundreds of thousands of podcasts to find the ones that speak to them directly. They know the content they’re signing up for. That means the advertiser can feel some comfort that the listener approves of that content." The Fall 2022 edition reveals other valuable insights for content creators and advertisers. Some highlights from the report:
• The majority of weekly podcast listeners have no problem listening to podcasts with language or content that might be considered unsuitable or objectionable. Even when considering True Crime podcasts that might be graphic in nature, only a small percentage said they would turn off the podcast if they heard a disclaimer beforehand.
• Watchable podcasts have grown in popularity. Driven by Podcast Newcomers, more listeners prefer podcasts with video they can actively watch or minimize, to listen in the background. • Podcast video is strong but not necessary for all podcasts. 43% of weekly podcast listeners still prefer audio-only podcasts. Some podcast genres, like True Crime, do better with listeners who prefer audio only.
The Cumulus Media and Signal Hill Insights’ Podcast Download – Fall 2022 Report is available in full for download HERE
BIA Projects $165.7 Billion In 2023 For The Local Advertising Market, Indicating Flat YOY Revenue
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 30TH, 2022 –– In its newly released 2023 U.S. Local Advertising Forecast, BIA Advisory Services estimates revenues across all media in the U.S. will reach $165.7 billion in 2023, a decline of 0.5 percent from the firm’s final estimate of $166.5 billion for 2022. Removing political advertising revenues from the estimate, BIA projects $165.2 billion in total local advertising next year, a 4.8 percent increase in local advertising year-over-year. The almost flat revenue projections for the year indicate continued economic and supply chain concerns, yet the forecast is more bullish starting mid-2023. The updated local advertising forecast for 16 media and 96 sub-verticals is now available in the BIA ADVantage™ platform and local radio and television revenues have been updated in the MEDIA Access Pro™ database.
“This year has been filled with contrasting economic indicators creating several challenges for the local advertising marketplace,” said Nicole Ovadia, VP Forecasting & Analysis, BIA Advisory Services. “Supply chain issues continued to plague the first couple of quarters of 2022 making it difficult for local media sellers. In the summer, we had higher hopes for the remainder of the year; however, inflation issues and recession fears started to set in and that stalled anticipated rebounds in key verticals such as automotive.”
“For our 2023 forecast, we lowered near-term expectations to reflect the current economic climate that we anticipate will stay with us into next year.” The 2023 forecast shows digital continues to gain on traditional media, growing its share to 49 percent of the overall advertising spend at $81 billion. Traditional media ad revenue is 51 percent of the ad spend at $84 billion. BIA has been slightly decreasing its digital estimates over the last couple of forecasting rounds because of opt-in privacy measures on Apple and Android devices that have slightly impacted mobile advertising growth.
The top three paid media channels for 2023 include direct mail ($37.2B), mobile ($33.5B), and PC/Laptop ($29.0B). As we’ve previously reported, direct mail’s growth has been slowing substantially and is expected to continue that pattern at +1.5% in 2023 due to rising costs and the continued growth across all digital channels. TV Digital, Over-the-Top (OTT), and Mobile will rise +17.3 percent, +12.3 percent, and +8.1 percent respectively, with TV digital growing from a smaller base than the other media.
Aaron Roberts Rises To OM For Audacy's Sacramento Cluster'
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 30TH, 2022 –– Audacy has promoted Aaron Roberts to Operations Manager of its Sacramento market, which includes 98 Rock (KRXQ-FM), 96.9 The Eagle (KSEG-FM), ALT 94-7 (KKDO-FM), 102.5 KSFM (KSFM-FM), 106.5 The End (KUDL-FM), ESPN 1320 (KIFM-AM) and CHANNEL Q (KKDO-HD2). He will continue in his role as Brand Manager of 98 Rock and 96.9 The Eagle, which he assumed in August 2022.
“When we welcomed Aaron to our team in August, we were confident in his ability to position 98 Rock and 96.9 The Eagle for success,” said Stacey Kauffman, Regional Vice President, Audacy Northern California. “His experience and leadership style has done just that and we’re excited to have his oversight on our full suite of stations moving forward.”
“I’m excited to expand my role here in SAC and oversee our market’s rich portfolio of stations,” said Roberts. “I look forward to taking this next step in my career and appreciate the tremendous support from the Audacy team of Stacey, Vince, Dave and Jeff.”
Roberts joined Audacy in August after spending 10 years with Cumulus Media & WestwoodOne, including as Vice President of Programming Operations and Special Projects from 2014 to 2019. His radio career spans over 20 years in operations and programming, including WRQQ in Nashville, WIOT in Toledo, OH and WROV in Roanoke, VA., as well as Operations Manager for Citadel Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, PA and WLUM in Milwaukee.
Eric Marrapodi Named New VP For NPR News Programming
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 30TH, 2022 –– NPR has named Eric Marrapodi its new Vice President for News Programming effective immediately. "Eric is a creative and thoughtful journalist, just the person we want making sure our audience is well served now and in the years ahead," said NPR's Interim SVP of News and Editorial Director Edith Chapin.
"It's an amazing team at NPR. I'm grateful for the opportunity to do public service journalism at the highest level alongside everyone here. I'm looking forward to the challenge," said Marrapodi.
In his nearly four years at NPR, Marrapodi has worked on the management team at Morning Edition before taking on the lead producing role of live special coverage of special events for political coverage as well as overseeing the network booking team. He has been an ardent advocate of trying new approaches to special coverage, including video interviews and the use of Twitter spaces as venues to generate a wider audience for our editorial work.
Before coming to NPR, Marrapodi was the Senior Producer in Washington for NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, overseeing all of the Washington editorial and production needs for the show. He previously worked at CNN, where he was part of their Emmy Award-winning election coverage as well as the co-creator of the Belief blog, focused on faith and values.
Diamond Tyleir Goes From Weekends To Weeknights At SummitMedia's WBHJ 95.7 Jamz Birmingham
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 30TH, 2022 –– After handling weekends and serving as an interim midday host on WBHJ/95.7 Jamz since joining SummitMedia Birmingham in 2019, Diamond Tyleir now moves to weeknights. Before coming to Birmingham, she worked as midday talent for WJWZ in Montgomery.
“I have worked with an amazing team at WBHJ for the past three years! I feel equipped to step into the night position and cannot wait to build my relationship with the magic city on a higher level,” Tyleir stated. “I love a good challenge and I am ready.”
“Diamond has impressed me with her energy and willingness to take on new challenges. Our listeners will love her in this new, expanded role,” said Maurice DeVoe, WBHJ Program Director, and SummitMedia’s Rhythmic Top 40 Brand and Content Leader. Tyleir will air from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m.
The College Radio Foundation Launches The College Radio Society
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 30TH, 2022 –– The College Radio Foundation has launched The College Radio Society, a national organization for college radio students, alumni and supporters. The society’s mission will be “explicitly celebrating and promoting the rich, ongoing history of college radio and seeks the involvement of the many generations of college radio alumni in the country,"
“We plan to have lots of events that will celebrate the important continuing legacy of college radio, including a podcast, zine and other (virtual and in-person) events if possible!” said Lori Quicke, Executive Director of the College Radio Foundation.
Starting at just $3 a month, Standard Membership offers you special member events throughout the year to celebrate different aspects of college radio history. You’ll also receive an official member pin to show off your passion for college radio! visit the organization’s website HERE.
SNAPS: Robert Plant & Alison Krauss Perform At 'CMT's Crossroads Event
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 30TH, 2022 –– CMT Crossroads celebrated its 20th anniversary of the iconic franchise last night with a special 90-minute concert featuring Robert Plant & Alision Krauss. The intimate night featured captivating performances of their collaborative hits, including “High And Lonesome,” “Can’t Let Go” and “Gone Gone Gone,” as well as classic Led Zeppelin favorites “Rock And Roll” and “When the Levee Breaks.”
Encores will take place on Sunday, 12/4 at 11a/10c . The show was presented by CMT’s Margaret Comeaux and Michael McNamara are Executive Producers. The Executives in Charge of Production are Jackie Barba and Heather D. Graffagnino. Leslie Fram is Executive in Charge of Talent; Shanna Strassberg is Talent Producer. See More HERE
The Bert Show On The Hunt For New Cast Member 'To Compliment The Show'
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 30TH, 2022 –– The 'Bert Show' is searching for the perfect on air compliment to join the show. Bert Weiss says, "We're a syndicated show based out of Atlanta (thebertshow.com). I’m incredibly proud of what we’ve put together over 20 years but equally excited to bring someone fresh to the show. I love how this show has evolved over the years and I’m looking for someone to blend in and share in our continuing evolution. I believe that all great shows are based on the balance of the people behind the mics. We all contribute to the success of The Bert Show every day. This is a true TEAM. So, are we the right fit for each other?"
Bert asks, " Are you real? Are you funny? Are you unique? Are you brave enough to be vulnerable? Can you authentically laugh at yourself and life? Can you come in with strong opinions but not be offended when others disagree with you? Can you put ego aside when there is an opportunity for others to shine?” Are you mostly secure but not shy about sharing personal messiness? Do you love going out? Do you love/hate dating and are you willing to share your weekend fun? Are you digitally savvy? Do you have thick skin? Are you a great conversationalist? Do you like to have fun and be in an environment that is thirsty for unique creativity and content?"
"The amount of radio experience you have is INCONSEQUENTIAL," says Bert. "We hire on personality, chemistry and fit. Most of this sound like you? Then let’s get ya in here and do this show together! Shoot your shot! Send us anything you feel best highlights your unique personality to firstname.lastname@example.org
Advance Registration Now Open For Morning Show Boot Camp 35 Making Its First-Ever Trip To Dallas
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 28TH 2022 –– Advance registration for Morning Show Boot Camp 35 is now open, but for a very limited time you can take advantage of our highly popular ''First 100" offer - Be among the first 100 to register and we'll knock off 50% from the cost of a single registration**. This special offer is available on a first-come basis and will end once all tickets are sold, or by December 16th, 2022, whichever comes first. To take advantage of this timely offer, simply CLICK HERE and insert PROMO CODE 'FIRST100'. While available, your cost will reflect the discount with the code. **This special rate is not available with other discounts and non-refundable.
As previously announced, Talentmasters' 35th Annual Morning Show Boot Camp (MSBC), the city of Dallas was selected for next year's event being held August 10 & 11, 2023 at the beautiful, newly-opened, Marriott Uptown Hotel.
Registration to the Marriott is now available by CLICKING HERE - As always, this special conference rate and block of rooms are limited and offered on a first-come basis.
For more information, contact Don Anthony at email@example.com, or by phone at 770-737-2700. In the coming weeks, we'll load our website with info on sponsorships and other opportunities. Be sure and ask about GROUP RATES for 10 or more registrants.
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FTC Settles With Google And iHeart Over Pixel 4 Ads
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 29TH, 2022 –– The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and a handful of states announced settlements Monday with Google and iHeartMedia related to misleading radio advertisements about a Google cellphone. According to AP, the settlements stem from complaints alleging Google paid to have radio personalities endorse and talk about their personal experiences using the Pixel 4 cellphone, according to California Attorney General Rob Bonta. At the time, the phone wasn't available and many of the radio hosts had not used it, Bonta said. The ads ran more than 23,000 times across 10 media markets, including Los Angeles and San Francisco, Bonta's office said.
Google will pay $9 million and iHeartMedia will pay $400,000, Bonta's office said. Some smaller radio stations also ran the ads. "Google tried to take shortcuts in advertising its products, and now it's paying the price," Bonta said in a statement. "Asking DJs to share personal experiences about a product they had not used is misleading — and a violation of state consumer protection laws."
The radio advertisements aired in late 2019 and early 2020. California's complaint includes a script given to radio personalities that included first-person language about using the phone's camera to take photos at night for events like football games and meteor showers, as well as using the phone's voice activation system. "These Radio Personalities did not own or regularly use a Pixel 4 and had not used a Pixel 4 to take pictures at night, as indicated in scripts," according to the complaint. Arizona, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York and Texas and the Federal Trade Commission were part of the settlements.
Armstrong & Getty's Annual Radiothon Raises Over $820,000 To Benefit Warrior Foundation
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 29TH, 2022 –– iHeartMedia Sacramento's The Armstrong & Getty Show recently announced the annual Armstrong & Getty Radiothon raised over $820,000 to benefit Warrior Foundation Freedom Station. The Radiothon took place on during the week leading-up to Veterans Day 2022.
For the ninth consecutive year, Jack Armstrong & Joe Getty hosted the live, on-air fundraiser benefiting Warrior Foundation Freedom Station, with the goal of providing funds to help reunite injured military service members with their families for the holidays. The organization also supports warriors by providing transitional housing used during both recovery and transition processes. Since 2013, “The Armstrong & Getty Show” has helped raise more than $7 million for Warrior Foundation Freedom Station.
“Warrior Foundation Freedom Station (WFFS) is an amazing and efficient organization,” said Armstrong & Getty co-host, Joe Getty. “We like to focus on the positive. But the truth is, there are so many sad and heartbreaking stories involving injured service members who’ve fallen into despair, loneliness, drug addiction or homelessness. Over the years, WFFS has managed to help so many service members avoid those outcomes by bringing the military brotherhood and sisterhood back into their lives and bringing back that feeling of excitement for their future. WFFS is changing lives every single day.” “We really believe it’s important to take the success of the radio show and do something positive--and we really believe in this charity,” said Armstrong & Getty co-host, Jack Armstrong. “It is our patriotic duty to provide our time and help spread the word about this incredible cause. We remain grateful that our faithful Armstrong & Getty listeners have continued to support us by once again donating so generously to Warrior Foundation Freedom Station.”
iHeart Presents 'iHeartRadio LIVE With John Rzeznik Of The Goo Goo Dolls' Hosted By Ellen K
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 29TH, 2022 –– “iHeartRadio LIVE with John Rzeznik will include him performing tracks from the band’s new album Chaos in Bloom [Warner Records] along with a selection of hits spanning their iconic repertoire. iHeartMedia’s Hot AC stations will carry the show December 13 at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT hosted by KOST-FM morning host Ellen K. In honor of Chaos in Bloom being the first album he produced, John Rzeznik will deliver an intimate solo acoustic performance at the iHeartRadio Theater LA.
Formed by John Rzeznik and Robby Takac in Buffalo, NY during 1986, Goo Goo Dolls have quietly broken records, contributed a string of staples to the American songbook, connected to millions of fans, and indelibly impacted popular music for three-plus decades. Beyond selling 15 million records worldwide, the group has garnered four GRAMMY® Award nominations and nearly a dozen platinum & gold singles combined, and seized a page in the history books by achieving 16 number one and Top 10 hits. As a result, they hold the all-time radio record for “Most Top 10 Singles.”
It takes place Tuesday, December 13, 2022 at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT The event will be streamed on YouTube.com/iHeartRadio and broadcasted on iHeartMedia’s Hot AC stations.
'Audacy Beach Festival' Returns To The Shores Of Fort Lauderdale, Fl, December 3 And 4
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 29TH, 2022 –– “Audacy Beach Festival” is set for Dec. 3 & 4 in Ft. Lauderdale and will feature performances from Machine Gun Kelly, Muse, The 1975, Jack White, The Used, Jimmy Eat World, Dashboard Confessional, Phoenix, YUNGBLUD, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, GAYLE, The Maine, The Struts, BoyWithUke, Waterparks, Mayday Parade, Sueco, half•alive, Story of the Year, Beach Weather, Wheatus, Talk, and Giovannie & The Hired Guns.
In partnership with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), Audacy Beach Festival supports "I’m Listening," Audacy’s commitment to more mental health conversations, reminding us all, Talk Saves Lives. “I’m Listening” is the flagship program within Audacy Serves, the Company’s social impact platform that raises awareness of social issues and brings communities together for good.
Kevin Callahan Named Corporate Director of Programming And Operations For Pamal Broadcasting
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 29TH, 2022 –– Pamal Broadcasting has hired Kevin Callahan as its new Corporate Director of Programming and Operations. Kevin will oversee the programming and operations of Pamal’s four markets; Albany, NY, Hudson Valley, NY, Glens Falls, NY and Rutland, VT.
Pamal executive Chuck Benfer says “It’s really great to have Kevin back on our team. Kevin brings a lot of programming and operational insights, knowledge and experience that will be very helpful to our company and our team. Pamal Broadcasting is committed to delivering high quality live and local programming to the communities we serve. Kevin will be instrumental in delivering on that commitment”
Pamal Broadcasting is a family owned and operated media company operating in small and medium markets. Pamal is hiring at all levels of the company. If you are looking for an opportunity to join a company where “live and Local” is more than a catch phrase then send your resume to Chuck@Pamal.com. Pamal is an equal opportunity employer.
PODCAST: AdLarge Adds 'Murder With My Husband' True Crime Podcasts To Portfolio
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 29TH, 2022 –– AdLarge announced that the 'Murder with My Husband' podcast has joined the company’s podcast sales network portfolio. A slight twist on the typical true-crime genre, Murder with My Husband ventures into the darkest send-shivers-up-your-spine crime stories, shared and narrated by a married couple with extremely different opinions and levels of intrigue about the content.
Consistently a top ranked podcast, Murder with My Husband is hosted by Payton and Garrett Moreland, with each story told by Payton, coupled with input and reactions from Garrett. The format has resonated with listeners, as Garrett is hearing the story for the first time, along with them. Payton has always been fascinated with the true crime stories while Garrett is the complete opposite, and would rather avoid the subject altogether. With millions of monthly listens, and over 100 episodes already released, the couple have skillfully covered the Salem Witch Trials, the Manson Family and the Torso Killer - just to name a few.
"We are very excited to be working together with the team of experts at AdLarge to elevate our podcast to the next level," said Payton and Garrett Moreland. "This allows us to focus on our goals of honoring the victims in our stories and continuing to create and deliver exceptional content to all of our listeners." Cathy Csukas, CEO of AdLarge said, “Murder With My Husband is more than the typical true crime podcast. Payton’s passion for true crime is evident in each broadcast, while Garrett’s authentic reaction from hearing the story for the first time represents all of us in the moment. It’s real and unfiltered. They’ve created a truly unique podcast experience that we’re eager to share with our advertising partners.” Murder with My Husband is available wherever you listen to podcasts.
Murphy, Sam & Jodi Adds 9 New Affiliates
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 29TH, 2022 –– Nationally syndicated, Murphy, Sam & Jodi have added 9 new affiliates to their morning show and new afternoon show roster. New affiliates include Summit Media's Hot AC WVEZ FM (Mix 106.9) Louisville, KY., and Hot AC KSRZ FM (Star 104.5) Omaha, NE., LM Communications' Classic Hits WMXE FM/WWQB FM (Mix 100.9/102.3) Charleston/Huntington WV., iHeartMedia's AC KKYS FM (Mix 104.7) Bryan, TX., AC WXXF FM 107.7 (The Breeze) Mansfield, OH, and AC WACT AM (96.6 My FM) Tuscaloosa, AL, First Natchez Radio's Hot AC WKSO FM (Kiss 97.3) Natchez MS., Commercial Assets' AC WLIM AM (93.3 The Breeze) Medford, NY, and Rochelle Broadcasting's AC WRHL AM (93.5 Superhits) Rochelle .IL.
According to Jodi, "we are THRILLED to be working with our new broadcast partners as the connected, real companions audiences can feel and sales teams can sell." For information contact June Colbert firstname.lastname@example.org or (615) 202-5900.
NETWORKS: G Audio Announces Holiday Programming
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 29TH, 2022 –– G Audio Networks has announced its slate of holiday programming. The special programs bring Christmas music and memories from the artists who perform the music to radio stations across America. The 19th Annual Chop Shop Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) Special Chop Shop, the weekly two-hour program dedicated to great guitarists, continues its holiday tradition with the 19th Annual Chop Shop Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) Special.
Chop Shop host and producer Steve Black shares engaging stories from the road. TSO guitarist Al Pitrelli reminisces on holidays with his family and his connection to the new traditions that TSO has created with the audience. TSO guitarist Chris Caffery reveals which guitars he’s taking on the road this year and the problems he’s faced with fake social media accounts. In addition, commentary from the archives and from the band’s late founder/producer, Paul O’Neill will be a part of the holiday programming.
The 100 Greatest Christmas Hits of All Time with Wink Martindale - Legendary disc jockey Wink Martindale presents The 100 Greatest Christmas Hits of All Time, a captivating ten-hour Christmas countdown, featuring timeless classics that bring back music, magic, and memories.
The Jim Brickman Show Holiday Special - The Jim Brickman Show continues its holiday tradition with weekly two-hour shows focused on Christmas and Christmas music
For information on any of these holiday specials, or any programming needs, stations may contact Rich O’Brien at email@example.com or 212-380-9338.
Sheri Lynch Launches Latest Book: 'A Coloring Book for Exhausted Adults'
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 29TH, 2022 –– NOW! Media announced that Sheri Lynch, co-host of Bob & Sheri with Bob Lacey, has authored her fifth book, It’s Always Something: A Coloring Book for Exhausted Adults. The book is published by NOW! Media, the company that nationally syndicates Bob & Sheri to over 70 radio stations nationwide and is co-owned by Lynch and veteran network radio executive Tony Garcia.
“Let's face it,” said Lynch. “Adulting is tough work. It's exhausting. Nothing seems to go exactly as planned. We know. That's why we created this coloring book. They say coloring is soothing. It may not keep the cat from barfing on your brand-new Persian rug, but it may take the edge off. And, hey, it's a lot cheaper than therapy.” Each book is 10" tall and 7 1/2" wide and contains 50 pages of snarky coloring fun that sum up life's little challenges and allow adults to work through them by coloring.
Lynch has authored or co-authored five books, including Cooking with Cats: Favorite Recipes of Crazy Cat People and the Felines We Feast With, which was published by NOW! Media in November of 2020. Featuring recipes from radio’s craziest cat lady (Sheri) and several cat-loving cooking listeners. In March of this year, NOW! Media published The Book of Bob, three decades of Bob’s on-air comments, observations, and musings that Lynch wrote down over the years.
For more information on Bob & Sheri, stations may contact Tony Garcia, co-owner of Now! Media, the company that syndicates the popular morning show, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-916-6333.
U93 South Bend On The Hunt For A Morning Show Co-Host
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 29TH, 2022 –– U93 South Bend, Locally owned and operated Sound Management is looking for a morning show Co-Host for the market’s most listened to radio station, WNDV – 92.9 FM. U93 is the last live and local radio station in all major dayparts in the market.
They are looking for an energetic, creative, outgoing, well-spoken team leader that has at least three years of broadcast experience and success to lead their established morning show dominance both on the air and off.
In addition to being live on the air each weekday morning, applicants should be ready to assist in imaging, production, promotional planning and execution, live remotes, social media savvy, and anything else that is needed to secure victory! Public events are part of our ongoing strategy so be ready to say hello to its audience whenever possible. SOUND Benefits Include: · Medical including dental and vision options · Tailored 401k options · Ratings bonuses · Vested PTO To apply, email audio and resume to email@example.com
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How Hosts Are Using TikTok To Reach New Listeners
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 28TH, 2022 –– Adding to one of the hottest topics at this past summer's Morning Show Boot Camp 34 is an excellent piece in Business Insider. Among others, writer Dan Whateley shines the light on Audacy's Josh 'Bru' Brubaker who now reaches somewhere around 4.4 million TikTok followers. He also points to Canada's iHeart and Virgin Radio host Shannon Burns (shown below) who has built an audience of roughly 660,000 TikTok followers.
Brubaker, who works for Audacy on syndicated shows that air in markets like Chicago, Philadelphia, Miami, and Las Vegas, told Insider. "I had pretty much every radio company reaching out, asking about, 'What's your contract situation like? Would you want to move when it's up? Radio has been so influenced by TikTok...it's not lost on me on how important the app is to discovering new music and even with artists making music."
Brubaker is not alone. For radio-show hosts, offering TikTokers a behind-the-scenes look into their jobs, either by posting show clips or going live during broadcasts, can drive users to stream their shows digitally, even if those audiences live in different media markets. "I wound up on TikTok because I was looking for another way to connect with the listeners of my show, [and] I was looking for a way to expand the listenership of my show," said Jeffrey Ramsey, an on-air personality at iHeart's Denver, Colorado, station HITS 95.7. Ramsey, who has around 69,000 TikTok fans, said going live on TikTok during his show has boosted engagement. "If you can incorporate a TikTok Live while you're actually live on the air broadcasting, there's something really cool about it," he said.
Shannon Burns said she plays a game with her roughly 660,000 TikTok followers where they prompt her to slip in a particular word or phrase into her radio broadcast. Brubaker also plays the same game with his fans. "It was kind of this inside joke between myself and the people that were watching on TikTok," Burns said. She added: "I noticed a huge spike in the people that were listening to my radio station or that just knew of the radio station. A lot of the people that will call into my show are just wanting to say, 'Hi,' because they follow me on TikTok." Read Complete Business Insider Article Here - Photo/Brandon Ferguson - Courtesy of Shannon Burns
Ex-Boyfriend Charged With Killing Of Utah Host
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 28TH, 2022 –– A former boyfriend has been charged with aggravated murder in the 2021 shooting death of Utah radio host Gabriela Sifuentes Castilla, better known as Gaby Ramos. Manuel Omar Burciaga-Perea (shown below via Taylorsville Police), was arrested in Chihuahua, Mexico, on Thanksgiving Day. Sifuentes, 38, was fatally shot in Taylorsville on Oct. 17, 2021. According to Deseret News, Burciaga-Perea is charged with aggravated murder, a first-degree felony, and accused of shooting her at close range.
Sifuentes was shot seven times in the chest, arm and head, according to charging documents filed in November 2021. She died of wounds at her sister's home. Burciaga-Perea and Sifuentes had been in a relationship but were not together at the time of her death. Sifuentes, a well-known member of Utah's Hispanic community, hosted the radio show "La Neta del Planeta," or "The Truth of the Planet," on La Mas Picosita KMRI Radio.
Taylorsville police determined that Burciaga-Perea fled to his hometown in Chihuahua, Mexico, after the killing. The police department did not have the authority to detain Burciaga-Perea because of his status as a Mexican citizen, prompting international collaboration between Taylorsville police; the Salt Lake County District Attorney's Office; the U.S. Marshals Service in Utah; the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington; the Mexican State Attorney General's Office; and federal court in Mexico to execute a warrant for Burciaga-Perea's arrest.
Burciaga-Perea will be held with the Federal Justice Center in Mexico, pending an extradition hearing based on the National Code of Criminal Procedures, police say.
Randy Lane: Is Your Show A Commodity Or A Brand?
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 28TH, 2022 –– In Randy Lane's latest blog, he says, "In the minds of listeners, generic shows without personality, cultural relevance, or differentiation are commodities with little value. Commodities are perceived by consumers to be the same as the other products or services in that category. Gasoline is a commodity. Even when gas prices are low, we buy it strictly on price. There is little to no loyalty to Shell, ExxonMobil, etc.
Recently, a top executive asked me what percentage of winning radio stations utilize bowtie stop sets (placing commercial clusters across quarter-hours). My reply: "Almost all PPM market stations use bowtie commercial placement to maximize the potential of getting five minutes within a quarter-hour to get credit in Nielsen. Stations utilizing bow ties run the gamut of winners and losers. They make little difference in ratings if the station lacks effective branding, great content, and execution.”
Tactics like contesting and Nielsen clock games are a form of commodities since multitudes of stations employ them. They have either minimal or temporary ratings impact. In the case of contesting, the effect is inconsistent, and listening usually declines immediately when the contest ends. Brands have a trusting relationship with listeners. They choose you because they relate to you, they know you and they like you. Brands enjoy long-term listener loyalty that transcends short-term tactics.
In a recent Forbes article, Nielsen CMO Jamie Moldafsky points out the importance of being clear on your core brand values and communicating them to your audience. The syndicated Bert Show is exemplary in conveying their brand essence: Real. Funny. The Bert Show consistently illustrates these two brand characteristics across all platforms and by highlighting clips of the characters being real sharing their viewpoints, stories, quirks, and flaws as well as funny moments. Relationships thrive on interactions. Since we’re an audio medium, listener interactions must go beyond the ease of social media and texting. Make it a priority to work harder talking with listeners on the phone for the benefit of more entertainment and emotion.
Today, successful brands stand for something bigger than their show. During the holiday season, many shows around North America are making a difference, like Star 101.5 Seattle’s Moug and Angie’s Toy Drive and New Country 103.1 West Palm Beach’s Tim and Chelsea’s Friends Feeding Friends. Your show, podcast, and radio station are competing on a worldwide stage where listeners have a dizzying array of choices. To stand out as a brand, it comes down to four factors: Be clear on what your brand stands for -- Have a trusting relationship with your listeners -- Create relevant and innovative content and Highlight your brand’s uniqueness.
Radio’s Got Talent, New On-Air Competition For Radio Talent And Programs Now Open For Entries
Radio's Got Talent is a new industry competition for radio’s favorite on-air talent and programs, showcasing the audio talent that listeners say they love most. Radio’s Got Talent will award cash prizes for the most entertaining radio programs and personalities in the U.S., totaling $10,000! NuVoodoo Media Services will use its proprietary software and systems to have randomly selected paid respondents evaluate all eligible entries for their entertainment value. At least one hundred (100) screened respondents across the U.S. will evaluate each valid submission to reveal what on-air talent listeners like best in each category.
The Radio’s Got Talent contest is open to radio programs and personalities of multiple formats and experience levels. Must by 18 years or older to enter. Includes Internet radio talent and shows, as well as broadcast radio talent and shows. Radio’s Got Talent is sponsored by All Access, Benztown, Dollinger Strategic Communication, McVay Media, and NuVoodoo Media Services.
Enter NOW for a chance to shine and win cash for yourself or a favorite charity of your choice. Deadline for submissions for Radio’s Got Talent is January 19, 2023. Radio’s Got Talent finalists will be announced on March 2, 2023. Winners will be revealed and recognized at the All Access Audio Summit in Los Angeles, CA, in April 2023. Go to www.radiosgottalent.com and upload a 1- to 3-minute audio submission of an on-air bit, show break, parody or running feature that best showcases your talent or show. Each person or show may submit in more than one of 10 categories (with a maximum of three entries allowed per person or show), including: Top 40/Main & Rhy, AC/Hot AC, Alternative, Rock/Classic Rock, Classic Hits/80’s, Country, Urban, Christian, Sports, and Talk.
Jacobs Media’s Techsurvey 2023 Launches In January; To Better Understand 'Disruptive Changes'
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 23RD, 2022 –– Jacobs Media announced that registration is open for commercial radio stations in the U.S. and Canada to participate in Techsurvey 2023. Earlier this year, the 2022 survey was fielded in January and February with 474 participating radio stations across North America. Fourteen different formats were represented among a diverse group of broadcasting companies, yielding nearly 31,000 respondents to radio’s largest web survey devoted to media and technology.
The new study is the 19th in an annual series that began in 2005. The original design was to chart the impact of changing media and technology on broadcast radio. Smartphone, social media, satellite radio, streaming, and smart speakers have been included in these studies going back to the beginning. This year marks the first question series on the metaverse, a hot topic in technology circles. The pandemic on everything – radio listening, acquisition of gadgets like smart speakers, and overall changes in lifestyle, locations, and habits.
Jacobs Media President Fred Jacobs noted, “Techsurvey 2023 is a much-anticipated study that tracks broadcast radio’s ability to adapt and transform in a fast-moving media landscape. We have grown this survey’s reach by adding more participating stations. We’re hoping to continue the progress with Techsurvey 2023 and its revelations about the impact of change.” This new study will field beginning in early January. Stations have until Thursday, December 22nd to sign up. Once again, this year’s survey is in partnership with All Access. Broadcasters can sign up HERE or contact Elnora Lowe at Jacobs Media for more information: 248-353-9030 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lin Brehmer Returning To 93XRT Chicago Lineup Today Following Medical Sabbatical
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 23RD, 2022 –– Marty Lennartz on 93XRT's Morning Show announced the return of beloved personality Lin Brehmer who has been on a medical sabbatical fighting cancer since July 15, 2022. According to 93XRT, while Lin’s chemotherapy continues, he has decided to return to a slightly shortened midday time slot of 10am to 1pm weekdays on 93XRT beginning Monday, November 28, 2022.
Brehmer announced last July online, “I have been fighting prostate cancer for several years. I have worked through various radiation treatments, biopsies, CT Scans, MRI’s and drug therapies. The cancer was caught early, treated early, but it has spread places one would rather it did not spread.” Beginning then, he said he would be stepping away from the mic for a long period of chemotherapy.
As Lin himself expressed yesterday, “I have been truly touched by the love, support and encouragement from all the XRT listeners who have posted on social media, sent cards and letters and emails throughout my time away from the radio. Getting back to playing Chicago’s Finest Rock and sharing my love of music and life with our audience has always been my goal. Remember this; it really is Great To Be Alive!”
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EVENTS: Doug & Angie Deliver Nearly $9,000, Over A 100 Bikes And 3 Bins Of Toys In 1st Toy Drive
STAR101.5 Seattle's Doug And Angie teamed for its first annual Toy Drive and delivered big to the Salvation Army Northwest Division. When all was done and said, over 3-bins filled with toys, nearly $9,000 and over a 100 bikes later, the duo was all smile as they posed with Santa following the event's wrap-up.
44 Years Later, WKRP's 'Turkeys Away' Reigns Supreme
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 23RD, 2022 –– Back in 1978 when AM Top-40 was giving way to the growing presence of FM, there stood TV's ‘WKRP-AM in Cincinnati. While audiences were entertained weekly by its cast members usual antics, radio peeps often grimaced with their familiarity of its characters - plus, not-so-real on-air production. Standing out among its 4-year run was WKRP's infamous turkey episode which remains the hallmark of legendary radio moments some 44-years later.
The show, inspired by actual characters of a former top-40 station, aired the unforgetable 'Turkeys Away' in October of 1978. The episode starred newsman Les Nessman (played by Richard Sanders) and their beloved GM Art "Big Guy" Carlson - (played by Gordon Jump), who ended the episode uttering the unforgettable line: "As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly!"
According The AJC's Rodney Ho, Blum's character was based 790/WQXI-AM Atlanta's former GM Jerry Blum. A few years ago Ho wrote that Jerry Blum's son, Gary, said Blum did a similar live turkey giveaway promotion in the late 1950s off a pick-up truck in Dallas at a shopping center parking lot. It didn't go well. "The public went nuts fighting over the turkeys and it was a mess," Blum said. "To his knowledge, the turkey drop was never repeated." Blum told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in 1996 that after the botched promotion, he actually uttered “I didn’t know turkeys couldn’t fly,” similar to what Carlson said on the show. And now watch one more time HERE
Commenting on the episode's enduring relatability by radio, McVay Media's Mike McVay says, "“The episode is relatable because most of us who lived through the Wild West of Top-40 and Rock Radio experienced some kind of promotion or event that went sideways. It was a time before lawyers brought common sense and a conservative approach to the business. Lawsuits will do that to you.”
Study: Radio Still Rules In-Car (Even For Gen Z)
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 23RD, 2022 –– AAA predicts that 89% of Thanksgiving visitors in the U.S. will travel via automobile -- almost 49 million people. And regardless of the distance of the journey, many will be listening to audio on the way. Edison Research’s Share of Ear® data shows how much time Americans typically spend with each audio device when they are listening in-car.
The graphic below shows that among those 13+ who listen in-car, the majority of time (58%) is spent listening through a traditional AM/FM radio receiver. Twenty-one percent of the time is spent with mobile, 16% with a satellite receiver, and 4% with a CD player. Gen Z listeners (age 13-24) spend around twice the average time listening through a mobile device in-car: 43% compared with 21% for those age 13+.
But traditional AM/FM radio narrowly takes the top spot for in-car listening device for Gen Z at 48%. This might come as a surprise for everyone who knows that Gen Z listeners prefer mobile phones for audio listening overall, and they do; but the in-car environment is different, and young listeners spend almost half of their in-car listening time with an AM/FM radio receiver.
Listeners age 25-54 spend over half their in-car listening time with traditional AM/FM radio (55%), 26% with a mobile device, and 14% with satellite. If we group AM/FM and satellite together as “radio,” then those age 25-54 spend 69% of their in-car listening time with radio receivers.
Satellite posts its best numbers with those age 55+, who spend 23% of their in-car listening with a satellite receiver. When combined with traditional AM/FM radio (66%), those age 55+ spend 89% of their in-car listening time with a radio receiver. This group spends five percent of their in-car audio time with a mobile device.
Keep in mind that one shouldn’t assume that the driver is making the audio choices in-car for everyone, since it is plausible that a parent could be in the front seat, for example, while a child is listening on their mobile phone through earbuds. One also can’t assume that only one thing can be listened to in the car at one time. Regardless, though, what we see here is that radios dominate the in-car listening experience overall.
KFI 640 LA Prepares To Serve Thousands Of Meals In Its 12th Annual 'Pastathon
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 23RD, 2022 –– iHeartMedia Los Angeles’ KFI-AM 640 will host the 12th annual KFI PastaThon event benefitting Caterina’s Club next Tuesday, November 29th. The KFI PastaThon is an annual event that encourages listeners to donate money, pasta, and sauce to benefit Caterina’s Club, a local charity that provides more than 25,000 nutritious meals every week to children in need in Southern California.
On November 29th, KFI’s Tim Conway Jr will broadcast live 6 p.m.-10 p.m. at the Anaheim White House restaurant to bring the community together to collect funds, pasta, and sauce to help children in our local communities. KFI hosts including Bill Handel, Jennifer Jones Lee, Gary Hoffmann, Shannon Farren, Mo Kelly, Dean Sharp, Neil Saavedra, and Wendy Walsh will promote the event on-air all week to drive donations.
With the help of partners Barilla Pasta, Smart & Final, and Wendy’s, who are offering donation options in stores and restaurants through December 4th, KFI hopes to have another record-breaking event. The 2021 event raised a record-breaking $1 million dollars and 115,000 pounds of pasta and sauce. Since 2010, this yearly event has raised over $4.6 million and 700,000 pounds of pasta and sauce for children in need in the community.
“As we embark upon our 12th annual KFI PastaThon we know the need is bigger than ever but so are the hearts of our listeners and partners,” said Robin Bertolucci, Program Director for KFI-AM 640. “Because of the incredible generosity of our listeners and partners like Barilla, Smart & Final and Wendy's, Chef Bruno is feeding over 25,000 kids every week, and not only that, but he is also helping to break the cycle of poverty. Our goal this year is to once again raise over a million dollars to help Chef Bruno continue his mission.”
Steve Harvey Morning Show And Premiere Celebrate Thanksgiving With 13th Annual Turkey Give
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 23RD, 2022 –– For the 13th year in a row, The Steve Harvey Morning Show and Premiere Networks are giving away thousands of turkeys as part of The Steve Harvey Morning Show Annual Turkey Give. More than 6,000 turkeys have been provided to its affiliates to help those less fortunate celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. The giveaways are taking place in affiliate markets across the country.
Since the Turkey Give was launched in 2009, more than 100,000 turkeys have been given to those in need. “It’s an honor and a privilege for all of us here at The Steve Harvey Morning Show to help those in need,” said Harvey during a recent broadcast. “Happy Thanksgiving and may God bless you all this holiday season.”
Created in September 2000, The Steve Harvey Morning Show joined Premiere Networks national lineup in 2005 and reaches millions of listeners on more than 100 affiliates nationwide and is the #1 syndicated morning show in America. Co-hosted by Shirley Strawberry, Nephew Tommy, Carla Ferrell and Junior. The Steve Harvey Morning Show is also available on iHeartRadio. For additional information, please visit www.SteveHarvey.com.
Shown above: iHeartMedia Detroit’s Mix 92.3 weekday personality The Bushman (center) with some local turkey recipients
NETWORKS: Country Top 40 With Fitz Announces Thanksgiving Special Co-Hosted by Dan + Shay
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 23RD, 2022 –– Country Top 40 with Fitz (CT40), through its syndication partner Skyview Networks, announced the production of 'Thankful for the Hits,' a Thanksgiving holiday special airing Saturday, November 26, and Sunday, November 27. The special, co-hosted by country superstar duo, Dan + Shay, will kick off the holiday season with a top 40 countdown of today’s hottest country music hits.
“I’m so excited to hang out with my Thanksgiving co-hosts, Dan + Shay,” said Fitz, host of CT40. “You’ll find out during this show why Dan + Shay have always called me the 3rd member of the group. It’s an entertaining four hours packed with music and memories, and we’ll be featuring some brand new music from them as well. I can’t wait for everyone to listen.” Thankful for the Hits will include familiar features from CT40, including “Music with Memories” and “CT40 Fierce Female.” For additional information on the special and its current availability, contact email@example.com. About CT40 with Fitz
The Mark Kaye Show To Host First Ever "THANKS-GAFFE-ING" Countdown
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 23RD, 2022 –– Nationally-syndicated talk host Mark Kaye will be hosting the first ever "Thanks-GAFFE-ing" countdown. Beginning today, November 23, Mark and his crew will count down the top 40 political "gaffes" of the last year. "Back when I was hosting Top 40 morning shows we always ended the year with a music countdown special," explains Kaye. "People love those. I love them too! But, we don't play music, we mostly just play gaffes. So, I decided to create a Thanksgiving special where we countdown the top 40 gaffes of the past year. It was pretty easy to put together."
The three-hour special will feature "gaffes" from a variety of political figures over the past year. Mark Kaye's "Thanks-GAFFE-ing" will air today at Noon-3:00 ET. The Mark Kaye Show can be heard on CMG's WOKV-FM, WHIO-FM, WDBO-FM, KRMG-FM, and WGAU-FM.
The Library of American Broadcasting Foundation Announces 2023 Board of Directors
Veteran Broadcast Executive Sally Brown Named Newest Board Member
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 23RD, 2022 –– The Library of American Broadcasting Foundation (LABF) announced today former WSTB-TV General Manager Sally Brown was elected to the LABF Board of Directors during a recent board meeting. The announcement came from Co-chairs Heidi Raphael, Beasley Media Group Chief Communications Officer and Jack Goodman, former NAB general counsel and longtime DC-based Communications attorney.
The LABF also announced the following board members were elected to serve new three-year terms: April Carty-Sipp, John Dille, Jack Goodman (Co-chair), Jim Morley, Patricia Smullin and Jeff Smulyan. Executive Committee members elected to additional two-year terms include Gary Chapman, David Kennedy, and Jack Goodman (Co-chair).
Other current LABF board members include Heidi Raphael (Co-chair), Heather Birks, Chandra Clark, Mike Conway, Dave “Chachi” Denes, John Dille, Harry Jessell, Richard Leibner, Jim Morley, Ginny Morris, Larry Patrick, Deborah Parenti, Walter Podrazik, Brian Philips, Patricia Smullin, Dan Spears, Julie Talbott, John Taylor, Joyce Tudryn, Dennis Wharton, Erica Farber, Dr. Judy Kuriansky, Mary Collins, Pierre Bouvard and LABF Legal Counsel Kathleen Kirby.
EDISON: AM/FM Radio Streaming Surges; Among Men 25-54 Represents 23% Of All Listening
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 22ND, 2022 –– Edison Research’s quarterly “Share of Ear” study is the authoritative examination of time spent with audio in America. Edison Research surveys 4,000 Americans to measure daily reach and time spent for all forms of audio. This week’s Cumulus Media | Westwood One Audio Active Group® blog outlines the key findings from the latest Q3 2022 release.
Perception vs. reality: Agencies and advertisers underestimate AM/FM radio shares and overestimate Pandora and Spotify audiences. A study of 300 media agencies and marketers conducted in August 2022 by Advertiser Perceptions, found the perceived combined share of Pandora/Spotify is 44%, much greater than the perceived share of AM/FM radio (28%). According to the Q3 2022 “Share of Ear,” AM/FM radio’s persons 18+ share of ad-supported audio (74%) is 15 times larger than Pandora (5%) and 19 times greater than Spotify (4%). AM/FM radio streaming hits a record high, representing 17% of persons 25-54 AM/FM radio listening.
All AM/FM radio streaming growth is coming from men. Among men 25-54, AM/FM radio streaming represents an astonishing 23% of all AM/FM radio listening, up 3X 2016 (8%). Among women 25-54, AM/FM radio streaming has been flat since 2018.
Spoken word represents a far greater share of AM/FM radio streaming time spent (41%) compared to over-the-air AM/FM radio (28%). Among men, nearly half of AM/FM radio streaming time spent goes to spoken word. 2022 versus 2017: AM/FM radio is dominant, AM/FM radio streaming doubles, podcasts are up 2.5X, Pandora is down, and Spotify up slightly.
AM/FM radio’s 25-54 streaming audiences are 20% larger than ad-supported Spotify and Pandora combined. Podcast audiences are on fire. Since the pandemic, daily podcast audiences have been on a tear. From 2016 to 2019, podcast weekly reach grew modestly and consistently by 6 points over four years (8.8% to 15%). AM/FM radio is the “queen of the road” with a stunning 89% share of ad-supported audio in the car. Read Blog Here
Dan + Shay Return To Guest Host Middays On Go Country 105 LA For Month Of December
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 232ND, 2022 –– Warner Music Nashville recording artists Dan + Shay return to the Midday show on Los Angeles’ Go Country 105 (KKGO) as guest host throughout the month of December for our holiday programming.
Dan + Shay will share holiday stories and much more weekdays from 10 AM – 2 PM PST beginning Monday, November 28, 2022 through Friday December 23, 2022. “We are thrilled to partner with such amazing talent for our holiday programming in December. Dan + Shay have a huge following in Southern California, and I know they will be thrilled to hear him on the station,” stated Go Country 105 Station Manager, Michael Levine. Fans around the world will be able to hear Dan + Shay each day at www.gocountry105.com and on the Go Country 105 mobile app.
Big 98.7's Jesse & Amanda With Gordo Take 21st 'Best of The Best' Honors
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 22ND, 2022 –– How's this for a track record? Big 98.7 Fargo's 'Jesse and Amanda with Gordo' in the morning have won an unprecedented 21st “Best of the Best” in just 9 years! This one is from one of the local papers, The Fargo Forum.
(Others have included the new Locals Love Us surveys and the NDBA). Truly and honor- Left to right- Jesse James, Gordo (producer) Amanda (co-host)
Photo/Grossman Burn Center At West Hills Hospital