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The Chris Stigall Show Returns To Kansas City For Mid Mornings On Cumulus' KCMO Talk Radio
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 22ND 2020 – Cumulus is bringing The Chris Stigall Show back to Kansas City on KCMO Talk Radio, airing Monday through Friday from 10:00am-12:00pm. Stigall joins KCMO Talk Radio, where he successfully hosted mornings from 2006 to 2010. Stigall is a frequent cable news guest, and regularly conducts news-making interviews and commentary on his daily show. Since 2009, Talkers Magazine lists him as one of the “100 Most Important Radio Hosts in America”. Stigall will continue to be heard on Salem Media on Philadelphia’s AM 990 The Answer in morning drive.
Pete Mundo, Program Director/Morning Show Host, KCMO Talk Radio, noted: “Any time there is an opportunity to welcome back to Kansas City a known commodity like Chris Stigall, it’s a home run for the community. A big thanks to RVP Donna Baker and VP of News/Talk Bill Hess for supporting the move and giving KCMO Talk Radio expanded live and local content and conversations unique to Kansas City.”
Chris Stigall commented: "You can move away from Kansas City, but anyone who’s born and raised here knows Kansas City is always in your heart. Most of my family and closest friends still call it home. It’s been a while, but like any good friend, the audience of KCMO Talk Radio and I go way back and we’ll pick up right where we left off.”
SYNDICATION: The Woody Show Added At ALT AZ 93-3 Phoenix
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 22ND, 2020 –– Hubbard Radio’s ALT AZ 93-3, Arizona’s Alternative, announced today the debut of “The Woody Show,” effective Monday, September 28. “For the last few years, ‘The Woody Show’ and Phoenix have been living in sin,” said Woody Fife (L). “Phoenix has been a top 5 streaming and podcast city for ‘The Woody Show,’ but now ALT AZ is making an honest show out of us! I need to thank the legendary Trip Reeb, ALT AZ Program Director David Moore, and our new extended family at Hubbard for this marriage made in heaven.”
“The opportunity to have a great one-two punch with Woody in the morning and Mo! in middays was too good to pass up,” said Trip Reeb, Hubbard Radio Phoenix LLC VP/Market Manager. “The Woody Show” is highly-interactive, socially-engaging appointment radio. Featuring Woody, along with co-hosts Ravey, Greg Gory, Menace and Sebas, “The Woody Show” is described by listeners as “authentic,” “raw,” “unapologetic” and “recess/happy hour on the radio.”
Roger Todd Lands Mornings At B97.5 Knoxville
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 22ND, 2020 –– Midwest Communications announced that Roger Todd is joining WJXB/B97 Knoxville. He'll join for mornings with market veterans Ashley Adams and Michele Silva (BR). Roger recently departed WPCV in Lakeland where he spent the last 15 years. Roger’s career accolades include being nominated 7 times for CMA Personality of the Year, 5 times as ACM Personality of the Year while winning each once.
WJXB Brand Manager Shane Cox notes, “Our entire Knoxville operation is excited to welcome Roger and his family to B97. 5. Roger will join Ashley and Michele to make the B97.5 morning show East Tennessee’s #1 choice to start their day.”
"Roger is a terrific award-winning morning talent and community-oriented broadcaster who knows how to win and strengthen brands," said Randy Ross, VP/GM of Midwest Communications-Knoxville.
Todd added, "I'm very excited to join the B97.5 team! Who would have thought that during a pandemic, such a fantastic opportunity would present itself? I'm looking forward to having a lot of fun and making many new friends in East Tennessee!" Roger will begin October 1st .
BMI, Beasley And Xperi’s HD Radio Launch 100 Years of Hit Makers Series
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 22ND, 2020 –– Broadcast Music Inc, Beasley Media Group, and Xperi’s HD Radio have launched a new series called “100 Years of Hit Makers.” The series is a part of a year-long campaign to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the first commercial radio broadcast in the U.S., and to highlight the continuing importance of radio, especially in our current climate. The series will take acclaimed songwriters from the country, rock, and R&B/hip-hop genres and give music fans everywhere a behind the scenes glimpse into the writing of their hit songs. “100 Years of Hitmakers” will air on 33 Beasley Media Group radio stations, as well as on demand at www.bbgi.com/hitmakers.
“Radio has never been more important as a source of information, breaking news, and entertainment, than it is today,” said Joe D’Angelo, Xperi’s Senior Vice President Radio. “Xperi’s HD Radio is proud to continue its mission of amplifying consumers’ enjoyment of radio as it moves into its next 100 years. We are delighted to join BMI and Beasley Media Group to celebrate this radio milestone with some of the most exciting songwriters and hitmakers making music today.” Among the writers included in the series are heavy hitters John Oates, Ed Roland of Collective Soul, Jesse Frasure, Daniel Tashian, Derrick Milano, Sonny Digital, and many others. Also celebrated are up-and-coming writers from the three genres. These acclaimed music creators will take audiences behind the scenes and into the writing rooms with stories of how their hit songs were created.
“Many of us in radio, including myself, pursued a career in broadcasting because of our passion for music,” said Beasley Media Group Chief Content Officer Justin Chase. “As we celebrate the centennial of radio, it is an honor to be part of such a great tribute to the hit makers who have helped shape the course of the entertainment business throughout the last 100 years.” The series is produced in partnership by Benztown, who provided all on-air post-production for the campaign.
STEVE GOLDSTEIN: How To Know When To Pull The Plug On Your Podcast
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 22ND, 2020 –– Amplifi Media's Steve Goldstein blogs that it’s relatively easy to spin up a podcast – it must be, there are 1.4 million of them. Knowing when to throw in the towel is much more challenging. Interestingly, of the 1.4 million titles, most (55%) have not produced a new episode in the last 90 days, and 27% have not produced an episode in the past year, so clearly, these podcasts have already fallen off. Still, they keep coming. There is a surge in new podcasts aligned with the start of the pandemic. After “finishing Netflix,” for some, the next thing to do was start a podcast. Daniel J Lewis’s excellent data resource Mypodcastreviews tell us some 280,00 podcasts were started in the last 90 days, and you can double that looking to the start of the pandemic.
Goldstein says, "Podcasts fade for a variety of reasons. Many are started on a whim; some creators hope for instant stardom and riches, ending up disillusioned when finding few listeners. Others quickly learn that creating good durable content is hard and time-consuming."
Goldstein points to six signs it’s time to change or cancel your podcast: 1. “We’ll just wing it” – no real plan – 2. More “B” than “A” 3. Creative bankruptcy or story fatigue 4. Freshness dating – Tastes and times change. People change. Some shows or topics can’t or won’t change too. 5. No marketing – and 6. Soft time spent listening chart momentum, and download motion help paint a picture of a podcast's health and growth potential.
Goldstein concludes that these are the factors we see most often in determining a show’s trajectory. Some shows run out of gas. Some have clear expiration dates. Some lose their freshness. Some cede to new voices, and some fail to recast or rebuild. And some, who work at it, break through to the other side. READ COMPLETE BLOG HERE
Steve Goldstein will be among the featured speakers during this week's Morning Show Boot Camp 32 - More Info HERE
Hillary Clinton Partners With iHeart For Podcast
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 22ND, 2020 –– iHeartMedia announced “You and Me Both with Hillary Clinton,” an iHeartRadio Original Podcast hosted by Hillary Clinton. The 24-episode show joins the expansive iHeartPodcast Network beginning September 29 and will be available on iHeartRadio and everywhere else podcasts are heard. Listen to the official podcast trailer now.
“I’m excited to bring these eye-opening, powerful, sometimes hilarious conversations to the forefront and open up new avenues of discussion with some of the people I find most fascinating,” said Clinton. “This podcast is a chance to talk about subjects that are too often overlooked and share the inspiration and education I’ve gotten from my guests.”
“Hillary, being the first woman on the ballot in a general election for president, is one of the great political leaders of our time, and we are delighted to partner with her on this project,” said Conal Byrne, President of the iHeartPodcast Network. “‘You and Me Both’ will provide listeners with an astute, nuanced look at what’s happening in the world right now — and Hillary is the perfect moderator for those discussions. We’re excited to incorporate her voice and unique perspective into the ever-expanding library of iHeartRadio Originals.”
PODCAST: WTOP Teams With Lifestyle Blogger For New 'Squats and Margaritas' Podcast
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 22ND, 2020 –– WTOP has partnered with local lifestyle blogger (and margarita enthusiast) Erin Washington on her new podcast, “Squats and Margaritas.” As a mom of two children, juggling workouts, playdates, and happy hours, Washington subscribes to the philosophy of living life with balance. Washington is also a former college athlete who struggled with weight and body image for 20 years. At 37, she finally found her best body after having two kids. “I created my ‘Squats and Margaritas’ brand and wrote my book because I wanted to help women who struggled like I did,” said Washington. “Now, my podcast gives me a way to continue that conversation and connect with people each and every week.”
“WTOP is always looking for thoughtful, local influencers to partner with in the podcast space,” said Julia Ziegler, WTOP’s Director of News & Programming. “I have been following Erin on Instagram for a while and absolutely love the engaging, authentic interviews she does in that medium. Creating a podcast with the same energy was a natural extension of Erin’s terrific brand. We’re elated to have her join our podcast family.” For more from Erin, subscribe to her Squats and Margaritas blog or follow Erin on Instagram, @SquatsandMargaritas. About WTOP WTOP serves the Washington D.C. metro area 24/7
EVENTS: DFW’s Sportradio 96.7 and 1310 The Ticket Raise Over $122,000 for Dallas Area Children
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 22ND, 2020 –– Cumulus' DFW Sportsradio 96.7 and 1310 The Ticket (KTCK) raised over $122,000 for Dallas, TX, area children in its 2nd annual Donnie’s DFW Domino Classic held on Labor Day weekend, September 4-5, 2020. All proceeds of the fundraiser go to local charitable organization, AT LAST! Boarding, which helps underprivileged children get a quality education.
This year’s event, hosted by Donovan Lewis (TR), co-host of The Ticket’s popular 10am-Noon show, The Norm and D Invasion, and AT LAST!, included an online car raffle and virtual dominoes tournament. The benefit more than doubled the total amount raised in the 2019 event, which raised $56,000 in the fundraiser’s first year. Donovan Lewis said: “I’m so grateful to all of our listeners who donated to helpf the 2nd annual Donnie’s DFW Domino Classic raise $122,000 for At Last! It’s more than double the total from last year and we are so appreciative to everyone for helping kids from my old neighborhood get a jump on their education with this very unique experience!”
B103.9 Ft. Myers Presents Its First Annual Palm Awards
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 22ND, 2020 –– Beasley's B103.9 FM is presenting its First Annual Palm Awards. Hosted by B103.9’s Jason Jones (aka Big Mama), the awards will feature more than 70 categories that showcase the very best of what Southwest Florida has to offer from the people, places and all the exciting things our community! “As a resident and radio personality of City of Palms for over a decade, I thought it was more than due for me to have my own awards show,” said Jones. “I am beyond thrilled to be able to celebrate and support the local businesses that our community loves. This is Southwest Florida’s Official Community Choice Awards. We’re calling on you to join us as we seek nominations in a wide variety of categories and then vote for your favorites."
“This new exciting opportunity will allow our Southwest Florida community to express their tastes like they’ve never done before at a time when our businesses need our support,” said B103.9 FM Program Director, Adam Star. “This gives us the ability to amplify the voices of thousands of listeners in a fun way!”
McDonalds And The Detroit Praise Network Are Looking For Detroit’s Next Young Gospel Singer
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 22ND, 2020 –– McDonald’s and The Detroit Praise Network are looking for the Motor City’s next young Gospel star! Young gospel singers between the ages of 10-17 are invited to submit a YouTube video link featuring them singing their favorite gospel song acapella or with music. Submissions are being accepted now thru September 25, 2020 at 12 p.m. Beginning on Monday, September 28th, listeners will be invited to visit Detroitpraisenetwork.com and vote for their favorite Gospel singer. The individual with the most votes will win the $1,000 grand prize and the opportunity to do an on-air interview with station Program Director and Midday On-Air Personality Randi Myles.
“I feel like we have so much incredible talent in Detroit,” said Myles. “We want to spotlight talented young gospel singers with this once in a lifetime singing contest.” The promotion is sponsored by McDonald’s Inspiration Celebration Gospel Virtual Tour Broadcast. The Detroit event, which will take place on Sunday October 4, 2020, was created to empower the community and raise money for local Ronald McDonald House charities.
MSBC HIGHLIGHTS: Listeners Track Free Beer & Hot Wings From Break To Break - Find Out What Kept Them Tuned-In, Or Tuned Out - With Tracy Johnson
NOTE TO REGISTRANTS: Look for an email today with sign-in instructions - First session kicks off tomorrow at 10 AM ET (all sessions presented in eastern time zone) - And be aware that sessions will be available to registrants via streaming beginning next week.
AGENDA: Once Upon A Time In Radio - BERT WEISS, BJ & MIGS, ROULA CHRISTIE, DANA CORTEZ, DAVE RYAN, SCOTT SHANNON & Moderated by LOUIE DIAZ ••••••••• Radio Roundtable - Coming Back From Chaos - With scheduled guests: SUSAN LARKIN, ROY LAUGHLIN, MARV NYREN, JIM RYAN, LESLIE WHITTLE, JON ZELLNER and moderated by MIKE MCVAY •••••••••• Negotiating During A Pandemic - With scheduled guests: PAUL ANDERSON, ROSS EATMAN, CHRIS OLIVIERO, BRIAN PHILIPS and moderated by HEATHER COHEN ••••••••••• Podcast Master Class - A special presentation from STEVE GOLDSTEIN, with scheduled guests: FALEN, ELIZABETH KAY, INTERN JOHN and KEVIN ROLSTON - MIW AIRBLAZER AWARD presented to ANGELA YEE - And Presentation of THE KRADDICK AWARD to BJ SHEA.
Plus, exclusive presentations: An Undeniable Look at the Future of Radio: 5 Things That Will Change Everything - Presented by Futuri CEO DANIEL ANSTANDIG ••••••••• 19 Lessons Learned During The Pandemic: Special Presentation From FRED JACOBS ••••••••• Looking Your Best On The Radio - MAHONEY, KELLIE RASBERRY, NICK STEELE and moderated by SHAWN TEMPESTA ••••••••• All-New Producer's Forum - 'It's Complicated' - RACHEL GIORDANO, CHRIS MARTINEZ, TOMMY OWEN, ERIC ROWE, GARY SAUNDERS and moderated by DANNY VIGIL •••••••••• What Happened When A Group Of Listeners Put A Top Morning Show Under The Microscope - Presented by TRACY JOHNSON •••••••••• Morning Radio In The New. Abnormal - What's New? What's Not? What's Next? - presented by NuVoodoo CAROLYN GILBERT & LEIGH JACOBS - REGISTER ONLINE HERE
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iHeart Music Festival Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary From Stages In Nashville & L.A.
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 21ST, 2020 –– After dozens of legendary performances, the two-day virtual stream and radio broadcast of the 10th annual iHeartRadio Music Festival concluded on Saturday evening with unforgettable performances from Alicia Keys, Bon Jovi, BTS, Coldplay, Kane Brown with Special Guests Khalid & Swae Lee, Keith Urban, Migos, Miley Cyrus, Thomas Rhett with Surprise Guest Jon Pardi, Usher and more. Hosted by Ryan Seacrest, the iconic weekend-long virtual festival that was recorded on stages in Los Angeles and Nashville, streamed on The CW App and CWTV.com, and broadcasted on iHeartMedia stations nationwide Sept. 18 and 19.
The CW Network will broadcast the two-night televised iHeartRadio Music Festival on Sunday, September 27 (8:00-10:00pm ET) and Monday, September 28 (8:00-10:00pm ET). Although music fans were unable to attend the 2020 iHeartRadio Music Festival in person given the new limitations on live events during the pandemic, millions of iHeartRadio listeners were still able to experience the Festival’s traditional one-of-a-kind collaborations and surprise performances as many bands reunited to perform on a stage together again for the first time in months.
Highlights of the 2020 iHeartRadio Music Festival: Alicia Keys kicked off the first night of the 2020 iHeartRadio Music Festival performing her new hit song “Love Looks Better” and “So Done.” She welcomed everyone to the legendary show’s 10th year anniversary saying: “2020 has been something, and nothing is the same is it? But you know what I call it, I call it, ‘The Great Transformation.’ And one thing that’s true – you can never stop the music; we need it more than ever.” She added, “I was here for the very first iHeartRadio Music Festival and I’m here right now, better than ever.”
Host Ryan Seacrest opened night one of the Festival following Alicia’s performance saying, “In the past ten years we’ve seen incredible talent… and we’re continuing that level of star power tonight.” iHeartRadio's The Breakfast Club, Elvis Duran, Enrique Santos, Ryan Seacrest and Bobby Bones were there to welcome several of the acts. PHOTO/Getty Images for iHeartRadio.
Waterloo Media Debuts 93.3 Austin, The Brooke & Jeffrey Show Fills Mornings
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 21ST, 2020 –– 93.3 Austin has launched with “New Music Now," a new music focused channel. In addition, 93.3 Austin promises to break new and emerging music, including innovative acts from TikTok. Filling mornings will be the syndicated The Brooke & Jeffrey Morning Show. A full live and local air staff will be announced soon.
93.3 Austin will be programmed locally by Waterloo Media & Program Director Jay Michaels, who notes “This could be the most exciting job in the current radio climate. My goal is to program 93.3 using local and national tools like streaming, TikTok, and not just play the usual corporate Top 20 songs. It’s amazing to be back in Texas and do what I love with an incredible company and staff.” Listen live and connect at 933Austin.com or ask Alexa to “play ninety three three Austin” on your Amazon Echo.
WFLA's Jack Harris Celebrates 50-Years On Tampa Radio
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 21ST, 2020 – After 50 years on the air in Tampa, WFLA's Jack Harris says he's not ready to give this up. This week he's celebrating 50 years on Tampa Bay radio. The Tampa Bay Times writes, "If not for a drunk disc jockey, Jack Harris might be a minister rather than one of the most recognized voices in the Tampa Bay area." Harris was reading the news at noon for a radio station in Logan, West Virginia. It was a summer job, meant to pass the time. But when the evening host showed up drunk to work, Harris was asked to fill in. Not long after, the DJ was fired and Harris became evening host for the rest of the summer.
He estimates 45 of his 50 years have been with NewsRadio 970 WFLA, including the last 27 hosting the morning talk program AM Tampa Bay. “Fifty years doesn’t sound so strange,” Harris said. “But when you say five decades, it is weird. y.” Webb recalled working alongside Harris during 9/11. Harris adds, “I’ve always just tried to have fun -- I’m not ready to give this up. I’m still loving it.” READ ARTICLE HERE
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 21ST, 2020 –– Robert Feder reports that Mary Sandberg Boyle, the first female general manager in the 96-year history of WGN 720-AM, has been promoted to vice president and general manager of the Nexstar Media Group news/talk station. Sandberg Boyle has been general manager since December.
“Mary has done an outstanding job under less than ideal circumstances,” said Sean Compton, Nexstar executive vice president overseeing WGN Radio. “She is innovative, thoughtful and determined, and she has forged a great working relationship with the staff. She is a respected leader in Chicago media and this promotion is well-deserved.”
Sandberg Boyle said: “WGN Radio is the gold standard of radio stations in Chicago and the Midwest, and I am extremely proud to work alongside its talented and dedicated staff. I am grateful to Nexstar for giving me this opportunity and for allowing me to lead this station into the future. WGN Radio’s best days are still ahead of us.” Before joining WGN in 2015, Sandberg Boyle was executive producer of “The Steve Dahl Show” on multiple outlets and exec producer of the morning show at Entercom Top 40 WBBM 96.3-FM.
Fred Jacobs: 'How To Make Sure Your Morning Team Doesn’t Turn Into A Reality Show'
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 21ST, 2020 –– In today's Fred Jacobs blog, he offers some lessons radio shows could learn from the recent news of E!'s beloved 'Keeping Up With The Kardashians" coming to an end. Jacobs points out that after an amazing 14 year run (actually 18 seasons) it will come to an end next year. Pointing to an article BuzzFeed Newsby Ellie Woodward which details the breakdown of the show, Jacobs says, "Sadly, I've seen the same dynamic damage and ultimately destroy some wonderful radio shows, too. While they may not have been as wildly successful asKUWTK, the backbiting, eye-rolling, finger-pointing, and malicious gossip takes its toll ... And sometimes, it takes down careers.
Last year working with talent coach extraordinaire Steve Reynolds, I offered up the idea of a Morning Show Boot Camp session featuring a marriage counselor. In many ways the dynamic of therapy is an often overlooked way to salvage a show that's gone off the rails or is in trouble. (Ironically, Kourtney Kardashian's therapist apparently thinks about how much of her life was being broadcast on the show, including some of “her most personal and darkest moments for the sake of ratings.”
Yes, for some shows, therapy isn't a bad option. And with all due respect to most program directors out there – and I'm one of them – trying to sort out a toxic dynamic infecting an ensemble cast is well above their pay grades and abilities. As a consultant, I've been asked on several occasions to play the role of an outside interventionist, mediator, peacemaker to a show in the process of going south. Typically, I'm brought it during the late innings to save a show that may be beyond redemption. Ironically, I've had some success. In fact, some of the shows that have thrown me into their mosh pits of dysfunction are still together today, apparently functional and still successful." Jacobs admits, " I've been involved in my share of dumpster fires, too." READ BLOG HERE
Jacobs will be doing a special presentation during this week's Virtual Morning Show Boot Camp: “19 Radio Lessons From The COVID Pandemic” It takes place this Thursday at 11am ET and there's still time to register for Morning Show Boot Camp 32. Click here.
NETWORKS: ABC Audio's Power Portal Delivers Original Videos During Emmys And ACM Awards
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 21ST, 2020 –– During last night’s virtual Emmy Awards ABC Audio’s Power Portal provided affiliates with 17 videos and social media pieces for their websites, apps, and social media platforms. Throughout the evening Power Portal featured content from all major categories, including Drama Series, Comedy Series, Lead Actor/Actress, and Supporting Actor/Actress. Power Portal also posted pre and post-show clips from the red carpet and virtual backstage interviews with Zendaya on being the youngest Emmy recipient for Lead Actress in Drama, the cast of Schitt’s Creek on its historic Emmy sweep, and more.
ABC Power Portal’s virtual Emmy coverage comes less than one week after it covered the Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards, one of the biggest nights in country music. Power Portal offered affiliates 17 videos featuring some of the biggest winners, including Old Dominion, Maren Morris, Luke Combs, and Carrie Underwood. Since its debut during the 92nd Academy Awards earlier this year, ABC Power Portal has signed top radio stations as affiliates, including KKGO in Los Angeles, CA; WTMX, WSHE, and WDRV in Chicago, IL; KSLX, KUPD, and KDKB in Phoenix, AZ; and KQMV, KRWM, and KNUC in Seattle, WA. ABC Power Portal is the first on-demand original video service for distribution to radio station websites, apps, and social media platforms. For more info, Contact Christopher Venice at firstname.lastname@example.org
Star 94.1 Atlanta Relaunches With 'Feel Good Music'
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 17Th, 2020 –– Although the new on-air lineup hasn't been posted yet, hosts such as Jenn Hobby and Kannon joined to pitch the change via video with Entercom's relaunch of The New Star 94, the rhythm of Atlanta. The upbeat station will be home to Atlanta’s largest music library, delivering a unique blend of expertly curated music from artists like Prince, Bruno Mars, Madonna, Lady Gaga, and more.
“The New Star 94 will bring the rhythm of Atlanta to life and capture the vibe of the metro area,” said Rick Caffey, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Atlanta. “In these difficult times, radio serves as a platform to both entertain and inform. We look forward to growing the well-established Star brand into a place for our audience to feel good through top hits from their favorite artists.”
Jenn Hobby adds, "We have created some incredible memories together over the past thirty years. We were here for the Olympics...we were here for Snowpocolypse, and we were here when FreakNik literally took over the streets. We've shared music, and spent time with personalities who are impossible to forget -- A lot of radio stations in Atlanta sound the same. Like when you flip through the stations and three of them are playing the same song at the same time. So we hit the streets and asked Atlantan’s exactly what they crave. The answer? You want to feel good. You want something that surprises you! You want a rhythm that is unique and diverse... just like Atlanta."
KISW-FM's BJ Shea To Co-Host Entercom's Takes 4th Annual 'I'm Listening' Campaign
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 18TH, 2020 –– Entercom will broadcast the fourth annual “I’m Listening,” a live national program that brings together artists, athletes and medical specialists to raise awareness and end the stigma of talking about mental health. The two-hour special will air nationwide and, for the first time, in primetime on Wednesday, September 23 at 6:00 p.m. local time across more than 230 Entercom stations and RADIO.COM livestream. This year’s “I’m Listening,” program will poignantly address mental health through the lens of the global pandemic, the fight for racial equality, among other issues facing the country today.
Co-hosted by BJ Shea, morning show host for 99.9 KISW (KISW-FM) in Seattle and Dr. Chris Donaghue, international lecturer, therapist, educator and CHANNEL Q on-air host, the show will highlight shared mental health stories and experiences while also acting as a resource for those simply looking to connect, heal, and share. Listeners are encouraged to call in for advice or to share a story. Singer Jon Bon Jovi, DJ Khaled, Guns and Roses’ Duff McKagan, Cage the Elephant’s Brad Shultz, TLC’s Chilli, singer-songwriter Thomas Rhett, singer-songwriter Katy Perry, singer-songwriter Demi Lovato, rapper G-Eazy, singer-songwriter Luke Combs will be among many participating.
“Conversations have the power to save lives and in this time of heightened unrest, human connection and sharing experiences have never been more powerful,” said Pat Paxton, Chief Programming Officer, Entercom. “Like millions of others, my family has been impacted by mental health issues and the effects it has on families and friends. ‘I’m Listening’ is part of our year-round mental health initiative that is integral to not only who we are as a company, but who we are as people. We’re committed to continuing to leverage our national platform to engage in these crucial and healing conversations.” For more information about the campaign, please visit https://www.radio.com/im-listening.
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 18TH, 2020 –– As many wager on the likely next radio stop for former WFAN host Craig Carton, HBO is set to release the documentary "Wild Card: The Downfall of a Radio Loudmouth" which chronicles the rise and fall of Carton. series. The new HBO documentary chronicles details how Carton, 51 got in overhis head with gambling debt and led to his departure from radio in 2017 and subsequent arrest. The film features first-person interviews with Carton and and others, including his former WFAN co-host, Boomer. The film reveals how Carton's secret gambling addiction brought his career to a sudden halt after being charged with conspiracy, wire fraud and securities fraud.
According to an HBO press release. The Securities and Exchange Commission said he and a co-conspirator stole millions from investors in a Ponzi scheme. Those investors were promised that their money would be used to buyand resell concert tickets. “He talked of his ability to buy blocks of tickets to live events and sell them for a profit on the secondary market -- The money was instead used to cover Carton’s gambling debts. The film's trailer says his actions caused him to become known as the "Blackjack Whisperer."
Carton was released from prison in June just 12 months into his three-and-a-half-year sentence. As part of his sentence, Carton was ordered to pay the victims $4.8 million in restitution. According to a recent bankruptcy filing, Carton claims assets of around $1 million and liabilities of $9.4 million which includes the restitution payments. The film which will be featured on HBO, announced a premiere date of Oct. 7. WATCH TRAILER HERE
Benztown produced an audio tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsburg available for use HERE
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Dakota Woods Named Market Manager/Chief Revenue Officer For Townsquare Lawton, OK
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 18TH, 2020 –– Townsquare Media has appointed Dakota Woods has its Market Manager/Chief Revenue Officer for Lawton, OK. The cluster includes: Country KLAW 101.3, Rock KZCD Z94 and Top 40 KVRW107.3 - PopCrush. Woods arrives from Gray Television’s KSWO-TV, where he served as LSM and Digital Sales Manager. Townsquare Regional VP Robert Truman said, “Even more encouraging than his experiences is Dakota’s deep roots and relationships in the community, and his strong desire to serve Lawton for years to come.”
Woods commented, "I'm excited to re-join the Townsquare Media team in Lawton, as I've missed how progressive Townsquare is in helping local businesses grow across its many platforms. Lawton is my home and it is such an honor to be representing these iconic community-connected brands we have in the market."
iHeart Unveils New Alexa Routine By Amazon
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 18TH, 2020 –– Amazon announced Alexa Routines today a bunch of things you can do with Alexa and bundling them together seamlessly. For example, if every morning you turn off your alarm, turn on a light, ask about the weather, and check your calendar, you can create a single routine that, when kicked off, does all of that automatically, without you needing to think about it.
Amazon just has four initial launch partners, and iHeartRadio is one of them. The iHeartRadio Routine can start your morning with our popular podcast Stuff You Should Know. When you dismiss your alarm, Alexa will turn on your smart lights, start your compatible smart coffee maker (don’t worry if you don’t have these – the Routine will still work without them), and then start Josh and Chuck’s ‘Stuff You Should Know’ podcas (shown).
EVENTS: The Fan Denver's Tyler Polumbus Set For 100 Mile Bike Ride To Beat Ovarian Cancer
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 18TH, 2020 –– This Saturday, 9/19, Former Denver Bronco Tyler Polumbus,co-host of Bonneville's KKFN-FM/104.3 The Fan Denver, will bike 100 miles around Empower Field to beat ovarian cancer. He says on Facebook: "I lost my Mom in April after a courageous 6 yr battle, lets beat this lethal disease! First 2 to donate $1500 get to join me as relief riders."
Polumbus says, "I’ll be riding my bike 100 miles around Empower Field at Mile High on Saturday, September 19, 2020, to raise funds for the Colorado Ovarian Cancer Alliance (COCA). I have no idea how long this ride will take me to complete, 6 hours, 7 hours, 8 hours, etc., but I am hoping you can support me on this ride without even breaking a sweat! To learn more about Pedal with Polumbus to BEAT ovarian cancer or make a donation that will benefit the Colorado Ovarian Cancer Alliance, visit 1043TheFan.com/Pedal.
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The Score Chicago Fires Host Following 'Degrading' Tweet About ESPN Reporter‘
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 16TH, 2020 –– Entercom's WSCR 670 AM wasted no time in cutting ties with longtime sports host Dan McNeil (inset) after he tweeted a disparaging comment about an ESPN sideline reporter and her choice of wardrobe. Robert Feder reported that Entercom Chicago bosses acted decisively in cutting McNeil from sports/talk WSCR 670-AM barely 14 hours after he questioned Maria Taylor’s outfit (shown above) during Monday night’s NFL game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Giants.
McNeil quickly deleted his remark which suggested that her outfit made her look like she should be hosting an adult film awards show, but it was up long enough to create a late-night uproar on social media. It also drew a rebuke from Taylor, who tweeted: “Well Danny Dearest if you would like to continue making sexist comments about me . . . please bring your misogyny with you to the NBA Countdown double header I’ll be hosting tomorrow night. Hey ladies remember you can wear whatever you feel confident in!”
Rachel Williamson, senior vice president and market manager of Entercom Chicago, announced that McNeil was no longer employed by The Score in an email to staff. “For each one of us our words have power. For our brands and on-air personalities that is amplified and brings increased responsibility in how we chose to use our voices. Last night’s tweet, and its degrading and humiliating tone to a fellow female broadcaster, was unacceptable,” Williamson wrote. "... We apologize to all who were offended by Dan’s words, especially Maria.”
SYNDICATION: Connoisseur & Compass Media Team To Take The Anna & Raven Show National
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 16TH, 2020 ––Connoisseur Media and Compass Media Networks announced a multiyear partnership for the national syndication of The Anna & Raven Morning Show. This duo has been the dominant, morning-drive show in Connecticut as the foundation for STAR 99.9’s rating success. In early 2020, Connoisseur Media expanded the reach of Anna & Raven, adding the program in the morning on WALK 97.5 FM. “The response to Anna & Raven in Long Island really confirmed our belief that their sense of humor, benchmarks, and likability are universal,” said Jeff Warshaw, Connoisseur Media CEO, “Anna & Raven have proven they can win in PPM markets, diary markets, and against the best local and national morning drive talent in the country.”
“We are so excited to bring laughs and genuine conversations to your market,” said Anna Zap - The Anna and Raven Show. Added co-host, Jay Raven, “We’re two friends that laugh a lot and enjoy our relationship with the listener, interactive fun is the priority every morning!” “The time is right for Anna & Raven to go national,”
Peter Kosann, Compass Media Networks CEO, said “Stations are hungry for a proven morning show with universal appeal from a marketing partner ready to help them win.” The show will be delivered in segments so stations can control the music while providing tons of listener interaction. To find out more, contact Nancy Abramson email@example.com 914-707-9963.
Caddy & Erica Take Mornings At WITL-FM Lansing
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 16TH, 2020 –– September 16, 2020 – Townsquare Media Lansing has named Cadillac Jack and Erica Gray to its top-rated Country 100.7 WITL. The morning show debuts todays, September 16.
“We are beyond excited to have Caddy & Erica joining our team in Lansing as the morning show of our heritage WITL brand. Their experience and passion to deliver local content to our dedicated audience will be instrumental in the continued success of the station,” remarked Townsquare Lansing Market President, Zoe Burdine-Fly. “I am absolutely thrilled to join Townsquare and WITL. I am feeling so blessed to join such a great company in such a great city, and I can’t wait to get to know our listeners on the air, online and on the WITL app every day,” commented Jack. “I’m super excited to be back in the Mitten doing mornings on WITL!” added Gray.
Jack's track includes stops at WYCD/Detroit, WQYK/Tampa and WXTU/Philadelphia, among others. Ms. Gray previously hosted midday shifts at WBTU/Fort Wayne, IN, WKYS/Gainsville, FL, and mornings at WBTI/Port Huron, MI.
NETWORKS: The Associated Press And Skyview Networks Announce Multi-Year Agreement
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 16TH, 2020 –– Independent global news organization, The Associated Press (AP), and audio network specialist, Skyview Networks, announced a multi-year agreement for network audio sales of AP’s advertising inventory. Beginning January 1, 2021, Skyview Networks will exclusively represent AP’s 15-second advertising units.
“As a longtime supporter of the broadcast radio industry, The Associated Press is pleased to supply our premium radio station inventory to support the best media mix advertisers seek,” said Michael Fabiano, AP vice president and general manager for Americas media. “We are excited about working with Skyview and the potential to increase our brand presence across radio stations and advertisers.”
“Skyview Networks is proud to work with The Associated Press as it grows its global brand in the audio space,” said President and COO of Skyview Networks, Steve Jones. “Both our companies have rich assets and deep business relationships, presenting us with exciting new opportunities as we build upon today’s announcement.” For more information about The Associated Press, visit ap.org. For more information about Skyview Networks’ audio sales, syndication, distribution and software solutions, visit skyviewnetworks.com.
PRODUCTS: vCreative Introduces vTrade
THE MOUTH, JULY 29TH, 2020 ––vCreative, radio’s leading provider of media workflow software solutions, introduces vTrade - developed to provide companies with the ability to easily track, manage, audit and report on trade inventory, eliminating the risk of financial loss due to wasted or expired trade. The use oftrade or bartering has existed since the inception of the media business.
Alternative forms of payment are accepted in addition to or in lieu of cash to create a marketplace aimed at attracting innovative partners. Creative campaigns that encourage audiences to engage with both the station and the business or brand through merchandise giveaways, free tickets, coupons or other experiences lend to excitement and loyalty for audiences.
vCreative partnered with clients to solve a problem that exists across the industry. Melissa Mitchell, CPA and Corporate Controller at Bonneville International and heavy vTrade user says that, “vCreative’s system allows us to keep real-time and accurate inventory of company assets. All transactions and approvals are now time-stamped which makes record keeping and reporting a breeze. Having the ability to track trade usage by client, AE, agency, and category cuts down on potential losses due unused or expired trade and the automated workflow makes the multiple departments that are involved with approving, accepting and managing trade more efficient and effective.”
“The broadcast industry is in a period of rapid transition, and we are here to enable our industry to successfully bridge to the new future,” said vCreative CEO Jinny Laderer (R). “With vCreative’s vTrade solution, we have created an offering that will bring CFOs and business managers the ability to fully assess the value of the trade they accept and monitor the effectiveness of its use.” GET MORE INFO HERE