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Emmis Banks On Local As It Flips H-HITS To Top 40 NOW 96.3

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THE MOUTH, JANUARY 30TH, 2015 –– Looks like there's a CHR battle about to break out in St. Louis as Emmis Radio has flipped adult hits K-HITS to CHR under the new brand, NOW 96.3. GM John Beck tells stltoday.com, they will bring in some high-profile talent at "NOW 96.3." "The deejays will be here in St. Louis, the music is researched here in St. Louis, and the contests will be in St. 7Louis only," said Beck. "This will be radio like it should be, like it used to be," Beck said. Beck's pointed the emphasis on local talent — hinting a showdown with iHeart Media's KSLZ-FM 107.7- Z-107 who airs Elvis Duran in mornings and Ryan Seacrest in middays from L.A. Emmis has signed a well-known game-show host and STL native Todd Newton middays who won a Daytime Emmy last year for his hosting of "Family Game Night." Curt Copeland, who spent nine years at KSLZ, will handle morning drive; Christine Pawluk arrives from Chicago to handle afternoons and Nina Blanco moves to evenings. Proramming will be Tommy Mattern, who also is program director for Emmis' alternative-rock station, KPNT-FM 105.7 ("The Point"). Current hosts Rick Sanborn and Todd Morgan will reportedly not remain with the station. The station will rotate 60 minutes of commercial-free music, a nine-minute block of ads, and then 60 minutes of music and so on. Emmis, which also operates KSHE-FM 94.7 and KFTK-FM 97.1/97 NewsTalk, will move to have the station's call letters changed to KNOU. 1

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2015 'ACM Broadcast Awards' Finalists Announced

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 30TH, 2015 –– The 2015 ACM Broadcast awards' finalists were announced yesterday. The Winners Reception, held the day prior to the ACM Awards telecast, will be on Saturday, April 18, 2015 in Arlington, TX. Among the winners included --- NATIONAL ON-AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR Big D, Bubba, Patrick Thomas The Big D and Bubba Show Cody Alan CMT After MidNite Crook and Chase The Crook and Chase Countdown, Lia Knight The Lia Show Shawn Parr, Elaina Smith Nash Nights Live --- ON-AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR – MAJOR MARKET Ben Campbell and Matt McAllister KNIX-FM7 Phoenix, AZ Daveand Veronica WQYK-FM Tampa, FL Lisa Dent & Ramblin’ Ray WUSN-FM Chicago, IL Razz on the Radio WXTU-FM Philadelphia, PA Rob Tanner, Guenn, Chris & Captain Jim WSOC-FM Charlotte, NC ---ON-AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR – LARGE MARKET AJ & Ashley WWKA-FM Orlando, FL Big Dave, Chelsie, Stattman WUBE-FM Cincinnati, OH Dave O'Brien WLHK-FM Indianapolis, IN, Mike Wheless, Marty Young, Janie Carothers WQDR-FM Raleigh, NC The Odd Squad CKRY-FM Calgary, Alberta --- ON-AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR – MEDIUM MARKET 97 Country Breakfast Clubwith Roger, Tom, WPCV-FM Lakeland, FL Melissa and DJ Thee Trucker Buzz Jackson KIIM-FM Tucson, AZ Cash and Carey KWEN-FM Tulsa, OK Steve & Gina and the Kat 103.7 Morning Show KXKT-FM Omaha, NE Wynn & Wilson in The Morning WQMX-FM Akron, OH --- ON-AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR – SMALL MARKET Brian Gary, Todd Harding, and Susan KUAD-FM Ft. Collins-Greeley, CO Moore -The Good Morning Guys Gator, Styckman, Cowboy Kyle WUSY-FM Chattanooga, TN M. Fletcher Brown WXFL-FM Florence, AL Philip Gibbons WGSQ-FM Cookeville, TN Scotty Cox & Cara Denis KCLR-FM Columbia, MO. In the RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR FOR MAJOR MARKET, KNIX-FM Phoenix, AZ WIL-FM St. Louis, MO WKLB-FM Boston, MA WSOC-FM Charlotte, NC WUSN-FM Chicago, IL were selected. See The COMPLETE LIST HERE

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On-Air 'Casting Call' Underway At 97.9 The Loop Chicago

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THE MOUTH, JANUARY 30TH, 2015 –– Starting Monday, 97.9 The Loop Chicago will begin a series of four weeklong “tryouts,” testing various hosts and inviting listeners to register their feedback, reports Chicago blogger Robert Feder.The morning slot has 7been open since last September when The Loop parted company with Maxwell. First up is Abe Kanan whose show enjoyed a three-year run on Howard Stern’s Sirius/XM Radio channel. Kanan’s show will include his brother Sam, Ryan Manno and Dan “Bass” Levy. Feder says Muller is also on the list of radio personalities who are expected to participate in The Loop’s “Morning Radio Casting Call.” Muller took a break last October when his morning show on Fox-owned WPWR-Channel 50 ended its two-year run. “I’ve worked nonstop since 1985,” he said at the time. Feder says Liz Wilde, who once hosted evening on The Loop, is also set to audition. Cumulus has been operating The Loop and WKQX since January 2014, when it signed a local marketing agreement with Merlin Media for both stations with an option to buy. At the Loop's website, it posted: 'YOU put the U in WLUP Hey Loopers! Hear personalities try out for the morning shift on The Loop. Starting Monday February 2nd, tune in, turn up and sound off. Listen from 6:00 am to 9:00 am then plan to give feedback here at WLUP.com.

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STUDY: Radio Has 'Monster' Reach

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 30TH, 2015 –– In Edison's Larry Rosen blog titled: The Monster: AM/FM Reach, he writes: 'Imagine you are a national advertiser and you need to get a message out to as many people as possible in ONE DAY. Well, if you want to use audio, no matter what broad age group you are targeting Broadcast will get you the most people by sfar (the only age group that is close is 13-17s). Fully 75% of respondents in our Fall 2014 Share of Ear study recorded at least some listening to AM/FM Radio in their one-day listening diary. Even among 13-24 year-olds, broadcast provides the most daily reach by a large margin. But one can see how this is changing. While broadcast reaches 62% of 13-24s in a day, Pandora all by itself reaches 23% (or put another way -- Pandora has more than one-third the reach of Broadcast all by itself). Fast-growing Spotify -- which is increasingly being consumed on its ad-supported tier, reaches 14% of 13-24s. The classic radio "money demo" of 25-54s sees almost 80% listening to Broadcast Radio each day -- no doubt in part because most radio stations target this group. Pandora now reaches more than one-in-six of all 25-54s itself as well.

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MOTION: Mark Levin Joins Lineup At KRLA/Los Angeles

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 30TH, 2015 –– Salem Communications Corporation announced today the addition of Mark Levin to its weekday lineup, live from 3pm to 6pm beginning Tuesday, February 3, 2015 on AM 870 The Answer in Los Angeles. Hugh Hewitt who airs in that slot will move into the 6pm to 9pm slot. "Rarely do you have the chance to add somebody of Mark's quality in market #2, and we decided it was an opportunity we could not pass up," said Salem SVP of Spoken Word Format Phil Boyce. "Hugh Hewitt is also a class act so running these two back to back makes this lineup even stronger." Levin is syndicated by Westwood One and Hewitt is syndicated by the Salem Radio Network. The AM 870 The Answer lineup will now be one of the strongest in the country, with The Morning Answer with Brian Whitman, Ben Shapiro and Elisha Krauss starting the day 6-9am, Dennis Prager from 9am to Noon, Michael Medved from Noon to 3pm, followed by Levin, Hewitt, and Chuck Tyler

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WABC Presents The 5th Annual Imus On Broadway Show

Cumulus announces that Don Imus of the “Imus in the Morning” program, heard on 77 WABC Radio in New York weekdays from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., will present the 5th Annual Imus on Broadway show on Monday, February 9, at 6:30 p.m. at the Hard Rock Café in Times Square. Tickets sales from the one-night only performance will benefit BROADWAY CARES/EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS. Joining Imus as emcee will be Michael Riedel, New York Post Theatre Columnist. The highly-anticipated annual benefit will feature live performances from the top musicals on Broadway, including: Kinky Boots, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, It Shoulda Been You, Honeymoon In Vegas, The Lion King, Cabaret, Into The Woods, Les Miserables, Chicago and more! Tickets are on sale now at www.wabcradio.com. For more information, please contact WABC Radio at 212.613.3848 or events@wabcradio.com.

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Piolin Pens Inspirational Autobiography

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 30TH, 2015 –– Eddie 'Piolin' Sotelo has penned a soon to be released autobiography. Titled “¿A qué venimos? ¡A triunfar!” (What did we come for? To Win!), Piolin talks about how he found his voice within faith, strength and determination. In order for readers to enter to his life, the radio host told People en Español he did some deep digging into his past. “I had to reunite with almost every day with my parents to recall anecdotes and stories from my childhood,” he said. “It’s a big responsibility to write a book.” In his literature project, which includes a prologue by Cuban producer Emilio Estefan, the 42-year-old narrates everything from personal family problems to his experience crossing the U.S. border as an undocumented immigrant. He also talks about his marriage with Maria Luisa. “There’s a section in the book where she talks about my virtues, it’s about 140 pages, and my defects, which is one blank page,” he joked. He hopes people will get to know the real him via his book. “You learn from every challenge in life. Sometimes you don’t understand it, but you have to focus on the positive side,” he said. PHOTO/Penguin/Celebra

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ESPN 'Experts' Pick Super Bowl XLIX Winner

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 30TH, 2015 –– As the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots face off in Super Bowl XLIX, ESPN's TV and radio personalities shared their predictions along with a short explanation of their pick. So, before you lay down your cash in the company pool, check out these picks: Tedy Bruschi, "NFL Live" analyst and three-time Super Bowl champion picks Patriots 23, Seahawks 20. Frank Caliendo (below), comedian/impersonator and "Sunday NFL Countdown" contributor says it will be Patriots 24, Seahawks 18. Colin Cowherd, Seattle native and host, ESPN Radio's "The Herd" calls it Patriots 27, Seahawks 16 -- 'The Patriots' defense repeatedly keeps the Seahawks out of the end zone. Seattle settles for field goals and a Super Bowl appearance, instead of back-to-back wins'. Mike Ditka, Pro Football Hall of Famer, Super Bowl-winning coach and "Sunday NFL Countdown" analyst calls it Patriots 24, Seahawks 17 -- I just think there's more balance there. It's not just Tom Brady. Mike Golic (above right), co-host of ESPN Radio's "Mike & Mike" says its Seahawks 27, Patriots 21. His co-host, Mike Greenberg (left) says it will be Seahawks 23, Patriots 16 -- One of the great defenses of all time -- and Marshawn Lynch. Ryen Russillo, co-host of ESPN Radio's "SVP & Russillo" Patriots 24, Seahawks 17 -- 'I have no idea.' Hannah Storm, "SportsCenter" anchor Seahawks 21, Patriots 14 -- 'Top to bottom, the Seahawks' defense is the best in the NFL. Scott Van Pelt, co-host of ESPN Radio's "SVP & Russillo" calls it Seahawks 23, Patriots 20 -- Always take defense, and my guess is Seattle got rid of its bad game. So, in summary: Looks like it's anyone's game. READ ALL THE PICKS HERE

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[WATCH] Frank Caliendo Helps Johnjay & Rich Show With Annual Super Bowl Of Eggs Competition

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 30TH, 2015 – It's nice to see Actor/Comedian/Impressionist Frank Caliendo stop by The Johnjay & Rich Show in Phoenix yesterday. Back before he ascended into megastardum, he was a regular guest on their show in Tucson. This week, with the show’s annual “Super Bowl of Eggs,” he returned to join in the festivities. For the past 12 years, the show has placed two eggs representing each Big Game contender in a microwave to see which one survives longer. The last egg standing has accurately predicted the Super Bowl winner every year! Check out the following video to watch Caliendo’s play-by-play commentary and find out who will win this weekend: WATCH HERE

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7Suge Knight Arrested On Suspicion Of Murder; Letterman Wants Leno On Show

 

Suge Knight Arrested On Suspicion Of Murder - [VIRGINIA GAZETTE]

WHOAAA: Letterman Invites Leno On 'Late Show' - [TV INSIDER]

WHOAAA 2: Eddie Murphy Returning To SNL For First Time Since '84 - [HUFFPO]

Katy Perry Teases About Surprise Third Guest She's Bringing To SB Halftime Show - [ACCESS HOLLYWOD]

You MUST WATCH Danny Trejo And Steve Buscemi In 'Brady Bunch' Snickers SB Ad - [ZAP 2 IT]

Chelsea Handler Goes Topless Again For Middle East Peace - [PAGE SIX]

Convicted Drug Dealer Charged With Killing Fox Executive - [THE WRAP]

Kenny G Says He Helped Inspire Starbucks Frappuccino - [FORTUNE]

Rihanna Covers 'ID' Music Issue - [IDOLATOR]

Justin Bieber Apologizes For 'Arrogant' Behavior - [E ONLINE]

[WATCH] 'Ted 2' Trailer Is Here - CAUTION: RAUNCHY - [CINEMA BLEND]

[WATCH] Mind Blowing 'Insurgent' SB Pregame Trailer - [MTV]

 

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: Jim Lawson Expands Duties With iHeart Media Colorado

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 30TH, 2015 –– iHeartMedia announced that Jim Lawson, Vice President of Programming of Hispanic Media and Brand Manager for National Programming Platforms, will expand his duties to include Regional Manager for iHeartMedia Colorado and Operations Manager for Colorado Springs and Pueblo, effective February 2. Lawson will continue his duties as Vice President of Programming for Hispanic Media and Brand Manager for National Programming Platforms. He joined the company in 2001 as Program Director of KFMD KISS 95.7 in Denver. Prior to that, Lawson helped to launch one of the first Modern adult contemporary (AC) stations, KALC Alice 105.9, in Denver. His more than 25 years of broadcast experience includes programming and on-air roles at classic rock, AC, Hot AC, adult hits and news talk stations. Lawson also served as on-air talent at contemporary hits, smooth jazz and classic hits stations in Chicago. "Adding additional responsibilities to my already rewarding position is beyond exciting," said Lawson. "We have some great brands and talent in Colorado Springs and Pueblo, and I look forward to building on that success.

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NETWORKS: Westwood One Extends The Mark Levin Show Through 2020

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 29TH, 2015 –– Westwood One announces the long-term extension of the nationally syndicated talk program "The Mark Levin Show" through 2020. The fast-7growing show covers the most important legal and political events of the day and has become one of the top five most-listened-to programs, reaching a listener base of millions on over 300 stations across the nation. "I am delighted to continue working with Cumulus and Westwood One and look forward to further developing the show over the next five years," Levin said. "Mark has established himself as a pillar in talk radio with his sharp and witty commentary, and we look forward to expanding his program's reach," said John Dickey, Executive Vice President of Content and Programming for Cumulus. In 2003, "The Mark Levin Show" launched on flagship station 77 WABC Radio in New York in the competitive 6:00PM - 8:00PM primetime slot, skyrocketing to #1 on the AM dial within the show's first 18 months on the air. In 2009, a third hour was added to the broadcast to keep up with the demand from his radio affiliates and fans for even more original content. Prior to launching his radio career, Levin worked as an attorney in the private sector and as a top advisor and administrator to several members of President Reagan's cabinet.

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[WATCH] Radio Host Being Called Hero After Coming To The Aid Of Injured Police Officer

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 29TH, 2015 –– A Las Vegas radio host is being called a hero after coming to the aid of a police officer who was the victim of a hit and run. Miles Farlow, a host n KCEP FM 881.1 and Michael Gutierrez say they both stopped to aid a police officer who fell of his motorcycle earlier this week on a local Interstate highway. The crash occurred about 8:30 p.m.near an off-ramp. According to Fox 5 Las Vegas, the patrolman was traveling southbound along I-15 when a driver hit his motorcycle and then fled. Farlow witnessed the car swerve and hit the motorcycle officer. 'The officer went flying at least 30 yards, 90 feet,' Farlow said. After being ejected from his bike, the officer's head hit the concrete barrier wall. Farlow ran over to help, attempting to calm him down until help arrived. "I wasn't really scared. I wasn't worried about anything besides getting him safe because he can't help. Another man, Michael Gutierrez, also ran to his aid. Farlow said he doesn't consider himself a hero. He was just doing what anyone should do in the situation. "It hurts, and it's shocking to realize there are so few people in this world that will actually do that, that will actually put their life on the line to help another life," he said. PHOTO/screengrab - WATCH VIDEO HERE

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625 Stations Later, The Mix Group Hits 12-Year Milestone

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 29TH, 2015 –– From one client-station in 2003 to 625 stations today, The Mix Group, is now celebrating its 12-year anniversary. Reaching this milestone is a testament to our special 7friend and long-time supporter, The Mix Group Founder and President, Jason Garte. Based in Miami with a full-time production team of 18 seasoned radio imaging producers and an in-house production director to streamline operations, Garte attributes the success and longevity of his company to his talented team and his obsession with quality control. “My passion for our business is insatiable,” says Garte. “Because of that, I surround myself with only the best in the business. Our Mix Group family is exactly that – family. We love what we do and love doing it together as we push to exceed our clients’ expectations and blow their minds.” From soup-to-nuts, The Mix Group creates 100 percent custom imaging for all broadcast partners from promos and sweepers to legal identifications and music beds. Their affiliate roster covers an extensive variety of popular radio formats and features such stations as KXOL-FM Mega 96.3 (Los Angeles), WPWX-FM Power 92.3 (Chicago), and WFEZ-FM Easy 93.1 (Miami). In addition, The Mix Group has provided voice-over services since 2005. To meet the growing demand for those services, Garte launched Mix Talent Management, Inc. in 2009. Today, that stable of 35 blue-ribbon talents include the likes of Scott Matthews, Eric Edwards, Rick Party and Brian Christopher. Jason also hits another milestone tomorrow, January 30th is his birthday. Jockline extends our warmest congratulations to Jason on reaching his company's 12th year, and wishes him a happy birthday.

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WWO Sports Joins With Over 100 Media Outlets For SB XLIX

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 29TH, 2015 –– Westwood One Sports is busy behind the scenes this week at Super Bowl Radio Row, where nearly 100 media outlets from around the country are set up remotely to broadcast live. Current and former NFL players and coaches, athletes, and celebrities all come through Radio Row during the week for one-on-one interviews. Westwood One will broadcast Super Bowl XLIX this Sunday, February 1.

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Women In Media Name New Chair; Begin Review Of Gracie Entries

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 29TH, 2015 –– The Alliance for Women in Media (AWM) announced that Kristen Welch, SVP, Global Content Operations at Discovery Communications. in Silver Spring, Md., as the 2015 National Chair. She takes over from past National Chair Kay Olin, Principle, Kay Olin & Associates. Kristen Welch is SVP, Global Content Operations for Discovery Communications. After their meeting, the board participated in judging the 2015 Gracies entries on January 24 and 25 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. “I am honored to take over the role of AWM National Chair,” said Welch. “The AWM Board of Directors is united in its mission to empower career development, facilitate conversations about the state of women in the media industry and celebrate the success of like-minded causes. We couldn’t have a better group of women to lead this charge.” Serving as Chair-Elect of AWM is Sarah Foss, Vice President of Product Management and Media at Imagine Communications, New York, N.Y. The Treasurer is Keisha Sutton-James, Vice President, Inner City Broadcasting Corp., New York, N.Y.; the Treasurer-Elect is Christine Travaglini, President, Christal Radio/KRG Partnerships, New York, N.Y. and Past Chair is Kay Olin. Among the individuals who will serve as Directors at Large, include Robin Alston, Director of Business & Legal Affairs, Karla Ballard, SVP, Heather Cohen (R), EVP, The Weiss Agency, Sandy Girard, Vice President, Brand Management and Development, SiriusXM Radio, New York, N.Y.; Susie Hedrick, VP, Radio Sales, Wide Orbit, Inc.; Laura Martinez, Senior Director, Affiliate Sales, Westwood One, Washington, D.C.; Christine Merritt, Columbus, Ohio; Deborah Parenti, Executive Vice President of Radio, Radio Ink/RBR/TVBR, New York, N.Y.; and Josie Thomas, Executive Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer, CBS Corporation, New York, N.Y.

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Pandora Creates Seattle And Boston Group's Radio Stations

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 29TH, 2015 –– First it was stations banning music of bands that hailed from cities where their NFL rival played. Now, it's your own Pandora station to fill you with music from your hometown stars. For Seattle, it's acts like Hendrix, Nirvana, Macklemore and others, all available on the music streaming platform a a “Go Seahawks” station that features tunes performed by artists from the Seattle region says geekwire. Artists include Seattle’s own Jimi Hendrix, Nirvana, Death Cab for Cutie, Temple of the Dog, Foo Fighters, Macklemore, and Sir Mix-a-Lot. Pandora also created a “Go Patriots” station to celebrate that other team playing on Sunday. Musicians include Aerosmith, Guster, Staind, The Dropkick Murphys, The Cars, Dinosaur Jr., and, of course, Boston. Geekwire asks: 'We already know which city has the better football team, but which has the best musicians? - CARE TO WEIGH IN? Let us know HERE

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WHO's Simon Conway Flashes Lights During Interview With DOT Official In Mock Protest

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 29TH, 2015 –– Talker Simon Conway is usually lighting up the phone lines at 1040 WHO Des Moines from callers, but yesterday it was a guest he was lighting up - so to speak. He tells Jockline, 'There's strange goings on in Iowa! The State's DOT wants to run a pilot program to put blue and white lights on the back of snow plows to see if that reduces wrecks involving the vehicles. Not only will this cost a staggering $250,000,' says Conway, 'but before it can happen it requires the approval of a minimum of 77 lawmakers including the Governor. 'I don't tolerate stupid very easily,' says Conway. And to make his point, when he had State Senator Mark Chelgren in his studio yesterday, he placed two blue and white lights next to him and invited his listeners to watch on his show's web cam. "We needed no approval and it didn't cost a Dime", he said. "Mark was a good sport too," he said, 'conducting the entire interview with these lights spinning in front of him." Conway has now launched a campaign to get the Iowa DOT to use data from four similar pilot studies around the country thereby saving the State hard cash!

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94WIP Philly's Wingbowl 23 Now Officially In Progress

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 29TH, 2015 –– The weigh-in begins today as SportsRadio 94WIP’s Al Morganti, Rhea Hughes and eaters prepare for Wing Bowl 23. 29 eaters are scheduled to appear to record their official “eating” weight and record their age, height, and hometown. Members from each eater’s entourage plus 7dozens of Wingettes (Bella and Melissa shown) will be on hand to cheer on their favorite eaters to victory. It begins at Chickie’s and Pete’s in south Philly. Tomorrow, January 30th, last year’s champion, Molly Schuyler, Nacho from the Wahlburgers, and one of the highest ranked eaters in the country, Patrick Bertoletti, will compete against the field of local eaters. Plus returning this year is the college division. A portion of the proceeds from Wing Bowl 23 will benefit local charities including the Fraternal Order of Police Survivors Fund.Tickets are sold out to the event, as it continues to be one of the world’s largest wing eating competitions. The best way to follow WIP’s Wing Bowl 23 is by listening live on 94WIP, over the Internet at cbsphilly.com or through mobile devices. The overall winner of Wing Bowl 23 wins a 2015 Harley-Davidson FLSTF Softail Fat Boy Motorcycle, along with $10,000 in cash and a Wing Bowl 23 Championship ring. For the first time ever, SportsRadio 94WIP and a local Jewelerwill give $10,000 cash to the Overall Runner-Up as well. This makes it a $20,000 grand total of cash provided by Steven Singer Jewelers. Once again, WIP has two cars up for grabs: one for the top Local Eater and one for the top College Eater. The Wing Bowl 23 Local Winner has the chance to win a Chrysler 300 and the Collegiate Eater will win a Chrysler 200. The Wingette of the Year walks away with $5000. For more information, go to www.wingbowl23.com.

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TOP NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

Taylor Swift To Headline Radio One's 'Big Weekend'

By Graham Mack

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 29TH, 2015 –– BBC Radio 1 Big Weekend has been revealed by Nick Grimshaw on the Breakfast Show. The station is heading to Norwich for the annual event. Taylor Swift has been announced as one of the acts on 23 and 24 May. Nick also broke the news that local Norfolk act ‘Context’, who was first discovered through BBC Introducing, will perform at Radio 1’s Big Weekend in May. Radio 1’s Big Weekend is now in its 12th year and will be produced this year in partnership with Norwich City Council.

BBC Radio Bristol AM Switch-Off - The BBC has started its latest AM closure, affecting the broadcaster's local radio station for Bristol. BBC Radio Bristol will not broadcast its regular programming on 1548 kHz. Transmissions continue as normal on FM (104.9 and/or 94.9 MHz), on DAB digital radio, on iPlayer Radio and via its newest outlet on Freeview digital television channel 719.

Tyneside To Host Second BBC 6 Music Festival - Bands including The War on Drugs, The Fall and Maximo Park will play at BBC radio station 6 Music's second festival in Newcastle and Gateshead next month. 6 Music will broadcast gigs from venues including the Sage Gateshead and the O2 Academy Newcastle from 20-22 February. Other acts on the line-up will include Hot Chip, Young Fathers, Neneh Cherry, Interpol, Jon Hopkins, Kate Tempest, The Charlatans, Villagers and Jungle. It comes a year after the first 6 Music Festival took place in Manchester.

Reach Graham at +44 7752 416905. Twitter: @GrahamMack Web: www.mackmedia.co.uk Email: graham@mackmedia.co.uk

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7Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett Perform At The Grammys; Did J-Lo Slap A Contestant?

 

Tony Bennett And Lady Gaga To Croon At Grammys - [MTV]

Rock Legend, Sly Stone, Wins $5 Million Settlement Against Former Manager - [HIP HOP HOLLYWOOD]

Docuseries On Bruce Jenner's Changing Looks Journey Coming - [TMZ]

Did J-Lo Really Slap A Contestant? - [HOLLYWOOD LIFE]

[WATCH] Ariana Grande And Demi Lovato To Guest Judge On RuPaul's 'Drag Race' - [E ONLINE]

Former Mariah Carey Nanny Says She Worked 100 Hour Weeks; Now Suing - [NYDN]

Brad Pitt Negotiating To Star In Jolie's 'Africa' - [THE WRAP]

NFL To Run Anti-Domestic Spot During SB - [ADAGE]

TISSUE ALERT: Check Out Bud' Lost Puppie SB Ad - [YOUTUBE]

Michael Fasbander To Play Steve Jobs On Big Screen - [ACCESS HOLLYWOOD]

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Cipha Sounds Exits Hot 97 After Voicing Frustration With Station On Podcast

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 28TH, 2015 –– In a story you read first in yesterday's Jockline, 17 year Hot 97 mainstay, Cipha Sounds took to a podcast to air his frustrations with the station after being displaced in afternoons by the arrival of Nessa. Sounds had been filling the slot following Angie Martinez' move to Power 105 last summer. Less than 24 hours after Cipha's appearance on Juan Epstein's podcast, the station issued a statement saying ""Effective immediately, Cipha Sounds is no longer with WQHT HOT 97 FM. We wish him well on his future endeavors." Sounds then released his own statement, writing, 'After 17 years, I’m leaving Hot 97. I’m changing my relationship status from “it’s complicated” to “single”. It’s been an amazing ride – from intern to weekends to morning show host to fill Angie’s seat in afternoons ... The next move is already underway and I promise it’s going to be huge. Follow me at @ciphasounds. On the podcast with fellow Hot 97 co-host, Peter Rosenberg, he said once Angie Martinez left for Power 105.1 and he took over her time slot and wasn’t sure if the position was permanent. Cipha added, “One boss told me one thing, another boss told me another thing, they then fired one of those bosses, another boss came in an told me one thing, and then a boss of another station came in and became our boss and told me another thing." Last month, it was announced that Martinez’s slot would be taken over by Nessa Nitty who began this week.

LISTEN TO PODCAST HERE - WARNING STRONG LANGUAGE

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MOTION: 107.5 WGCI Chicago Cast New Morning Show

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 27TH, 2015 –– 107.5 WGCI announced that Kyle Santillian, Kendra G will join Leon Rogers and host mornings, effective January 29, 2015. “We’ve signed Chicago’s next big morning show,” said Derrick Brown, Director of Urban Programming, iHeartMedia Chicago. Kyle, Kendra and Leon are one-of-a-kind entertainers, but most importantly, they have a heart for the community. They won’t hesitate to tackle tough issues our listeners confront or step in to lend a helping hand. ”Kyle Santillian most recently hosted mornings on 102 Jamz in Greensboro, N.C. "I’m extremely excited to be joining the team at WGCI,” said Santillian. “I look forward to contributing to the legacy that WGCI has built throughout the years!”Kendra G, a native of Connecticut, is a graduate of Hampton University and former morning show co-host at WPWX-FM in Chicago and WVEE-FM in Atlanta. Most recently, Kendra G hosted Coca-Cola Red Carpet LIVE for the 2014 American Music Awards. Leon Rogers joined 107.5 WGCI nearly ten years ago and is best known to WGCI listeners as “The Destined Legend” and host of “Leon’s Lock Room.”“I’m excited to have Kyle and Kendra G join the team,” said Rogers. “Time to dominate!

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Cumulus 93.9 The Beat Brings Classic Hip Hop To Indianapolis

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 28TH, 2015 –– Cumulus announces that WRWM-FM/i94 launched this week as 93.9 The Beat, Indianapolis’ Classic Hip Hop station. The former Top 40 station, which moved to Classic Hip Hop programming in December, kicked off its debut week as 93.9 The Beat. Mike McVay, Senior Vice President, Programming for Cumulus said: “We’re excited to have this format in our stable. First in wins and we’re already seeing the spoils of victory.” Jay Michaels, Program Director, WRWM-FM, said: “The response from Indy on our new radio station has been more than positive, both from listeners and advertisers. This format is the rhythmic answer to “HOT AC” – and has already proven to be Indy’s new favorite radio station. I couldn’t be prouder to lead the new ’93.9 The Beat’ to victory!”

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Casey Tate Joins Gene & Julie Show As Producer

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 28TH, 2015 –– Just as Drex, Cassiday & Tingle launch their new morning show on Star 94 Atlanta, it was announced that longtime WSTR producer, Casey Tate (inset) is headed to Mix 101.5/WRAL-FM Raleigh where he'll join The Gene And Julie show as it newly created producer/on air contributor. As previously reported, Drex and Cassiday most recently served as members of the Drex and Maney show WNKS/Kiss 95.1 Charlotte, Tingle arrived from WRDW/Wired 96.5 - Philadelphia. Gene and Julie told Jockline, 'We couldn't be happier by being joined with Casey. His talent, experience and attitude will take our show to a whole new level."

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[WATCH] Johnny Magic Gets Sweet Revenge On Co-Host

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THE MOUTH, JANUARY 28TH, 2015 –– Those lookin for a new way to take a show-piece viral, check it out. It has been over a year 7since XL 106.7/Orlando co-host, Laura Diaz pranked Johnny with old photos of Johnny in a thong, lathered up in oil and plastered on billboards throughout central Florida. Now, it 's Johnny's turn. It seems he came across some old photos of his partner that, let's say, may have revealed more than she would have preferred others to see, the least of which, an entire audience. UH OH, too late, as Johnny decided to put Laura through the same drill he went through a year ago. AND NOT JUST ONE BILLBOARD! Try over 20 locations throughout the city. He even conveniently posted all the locations at the website (R). Meanwhile, viewers are mounting quickly on YOUTUBE. SEE MORE HERE

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: Paul O’Malley To Lead New High-Level Sales Post For WWO; Moving Dallas Operations To Other Facilities

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 28TH, 2015 –– Westwood One announced that it has promoted Cumulus VP, Brand Solutions Paul O’Malley to Senior Vice-President, Strategic Sales Partnerships, for Westwood One. This newly-created Strategic Sales division will specialize in programs such as Red Carpet Radio music and entertainment events, print, NASH, live concerts, and more. Based in Atlanta and reporting to Steve Shaw, Westwood One President, he said ,“I am excited by the opportunity to deliver experiential solutions which will encompass national scale and local engagement.'

In related news, it was announced that Westwood One's lease on its Dallas offices and studios on Montfort Drive will be up in mid-2015 and they have elected to move their Dallas operations to other facilities. Westwood One will build out broadcast facilities at its TM Studios location on Academy Lane in Dallas, and will move programming, production and affiliate sales there. Back-office functions, like traffic and affiliate service/affidavit management will be relocated to an existing Cumulus facility in nearby Arlington, TX. Other than some duplicated facility support positions, there will be no other changes to staffing related to the relocations.

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SYNDICATION: Billy Madison Show On The Rise Nationally; Sean Hannity Now On 720 KDWN/Las Vegas; Sunday Night Slow Jams Adds 12

BILLY MADISON SHOW SYNDICATION SHOWING SIGNS OF SUCCESS Nineball Radio Networks LLC is an independent creator and clearance house for terrestrial radio programming and services and the syndication company that licenses The Billy Madison Show, available for Rock stations nationwide Monday through Friday mornings. The Billy Madison Show is currently heard on KISS-FM (KISS ROCKS), in San Antonio, TX and WHPT-FM (THE BONE), in Tampa, FL. The Billy Madison Show has commanded a number one market share in all male demos in both markets. At the start of the Fall '14 book the show debuted in morning drive on WXNX-FM (Sun Broadcasting)in Fort Myers, FL. According to Nineball Radio Networks' President/ CEO Stefan Jones, "Planting your flag in the sand in your first syndication market can always be a little nerve-racking but the results are in and Billy is a proven winner. He boosted morning drive across ALL demos and went from 10th to 4th in Men 18-49 in one book! We could not be happier. ######### The Sean Hannity show now adds AM 720 KDWN WHO: AM 720 KDWN/Las Vegas to its on-air lineup. The Sean Hannity Show premieres Monday, February 2, 2015 on AM 720 KDWN and will air live from noon to 3:00 p.m. weekdays is heard by more than 11 million listeners each week on more than 500 affiliates ######## Benztown Radio Networks announced today that nationally syndicated radio show, Sunday Night Slow Jams, has added 12 new affiliates in the first month of 2015. The new affiliates include KCDZ-FM, Joshua Tree, CA KKPL-FM, Fort Collins, CO KTFM-FM, San Antonio, TX KTOY-FM, Shreveport, LA KZGF-FM, Fargo-Valley City, ND WHIZ-FM, Zanesville, OH WXYY-FM, Savannah, GA KBHT-FM, Waco-Temple-Bryan, TX WGNG-FM, Jackson, MS WZZA-AM, Huntsville-Decatur, AL KZGF-FM, Grand Forks, ND SMOOTH 106.2, Nicosia, Cyprus

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[WATCH] Ryan Seacrest And Jimmy Fallon Share AT40 Stories On 'The Tonight Show'

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 28TH, 2015 –– Ryan Seacrest recently appeared as a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to talk about the 14th season of American Idol. During the interview, Seacrest shared that as a kid, he would set up a Radio Shack mixer in his bedroom and make tapes pretending to be AT40’s original host and creator Casey Kasem, who would ask Seacrest to introduce the #1 song of the week. Seacrest and Fallon also chatted about how shocked they were when Fallon’s song "Ew!" featuring will.i.am made the Top 40 chart. Click the following link to view the episode of The Tonight Show, during which Seacrest and Fallon teamed up for a game of Charades against actress Taraji P. Henson and The Roots’ Tariq: About American Top 40 American Top 40 with Ryan Seacrest, the number one countdown show in the U.S., is syndicated by Premiere Networks on nearly 500 stations worldwide. The show, which is executive produced by Claudine Cazian, can be heard by approximately 5 million weekly listeners worldwide in markets such as New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Boston, Houston, Washington, D.C., Singapore, Shanghai, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Kuala Lumpur, Dubai, Beijing, Dublin, Moscow, Berlin and many others. WATCH HERE

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TSBC6 UPDATE: Stephen A. Smith Joins Friday Sport's Panel Lineup

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 28TH, 2015 –– Next Friday's blockbuster sports' panel at TSBC6 in Atlanta just got kicked up a notch with the addition of radio and TV star, Stephen A. Smith - Led by Bruce Gilbert, SVP sports programming for Cumulus Media and scheduled for 3:30 pm on Friday 2.6 At The W Hotel In Buck head/Atlanta, Smith will join panelists Rich Shertenlieb - 98.5 The Sports Hub Boston Steve Gorman - Premiere Networks Los Angeles, Amy Lawrence - CBS Radio Sports Network New York , Christopher Rude - 680 The Fan Atlanta and Terry Foxx - 92.9 The Game. With the fusion of more entertainment content in sports talk programming, they'll tackle content beyond the scores and stats. TO REGISTER, OR FOR MORE DETAILS, VISIT http://www.talkshowbootcamp.com

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XAPPmedia and jacapps Announce Partnership

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 28TH, 2015 –– XAPPmedia, provider of the first interactive audio advertising service, and jacapps, the nation's leading provider of mobile apps to the radio industry, today announced a partnership to establish JAX, a new mobile audience premium ad service. The partnership will integrate the XAPP Interactive Audio Ad Service into jacapps, the mobile platform created by Jacobs Media, and allow commercial and public radio stations to monetize their mobile apps with XAPP Ads. The JAX mobile monetization solution will include ad sales and will be available to radio stations using the jacapps mobile platform. Jaccapps President Paul Jacobs said, "XAPP Ads provide a simple and effective way to drive consumer engagement and higher ROI, which in turn increases CPMs. The JAX solution will help radio broadcasters substantially improve their mobile monetization." Launched by the Jacobs Media team, they understand the needs of radio broadcasters as well as the highly competitive mobile audio space. It's imperative for radio broadcasters to have the tools and guidance to build mobile audiences and generate new revenue sources. Advertisers are willing to pay a premium price for XAPP Ads because they deliver high consumer engagement rates on mobile. The JAX solution from jacapps is an ideal platform to bring these advertisers to radio."

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7Hackers Threaten To Release Nude Photos Of Taylor Swift; 'Ghostbusters' Cast Revealed

 

Hackers Threaten To Release Nude Photos Of Taylor Swift; She Quickly Tells Followers Not To Worry - [TRUTH REVOLT]

Bob Dylan Gives Interview To AARP - [PINEANDLAKES]

[WATCH] Kimmy Pokes Fun At Herself In T-Mobile SB Ad - [BLEACHER REPORT]

Virtual Buddy Holly Tour Coming - [THR]

'Frozen' Songwriting Team Chosen For Neil Patrick Harris Oscar Number - [EW]

All-Female Cast Set For New 'Ghostbusters' - [E ONLINE]

Christina Aquilera & Rockettes To Open NBA All-Star Game - [BILLBOARD]

Winona Ryder Says Game-On For 'Beetlejuice 2' - [HUFFPO]

[WATCH] Pierce Brosnan In OO7'ish SB Car Ad - [YOUTUBE]

ESPN Names 3 New Sportscenter Correspondents - [THE WRAP]

[WATCH] First 'Fantastic Four' Trailer Is Here - [SLASH]

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Despite Shut Down, The Show Goes On For New York Radio

Funniest thing this am is doing traffic and transit every 10 minutes when traffic is banned and transit is shutdown - Lee Harris

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 27TH, 2015 –– Radio hosts in the northeast are all too familiar with the drill when it comes to crippling weather conditions, but when a city closes down like New York City did last night, that can prove more challenging. Mayor Bill de Blasio warned residents to stay off roads, sidewalks and said storms were going to hit quickly, and people should just stay home. He added that only essential workers should be on the streets. As always, that includes on-air hosts. 1010 WINS' Lee Harris tells Jockline: "We all had to hotel it around the corner because there was a total travel ban after 11pm with even the subways shut down. But the storm is nowhere near as bad as first thought in the city. Funniest thing this am is doing traffic and transit every 10 minutes when traffic is banned and transit is shutdown. Although there are apparently some drivers who didn't get the message or are willing to risk a 300 dollar ticket." For some, it was added exercise: 103.5 KTU's Paul Cubby Bryant told us "I just got to work after walking a mile from Lower Manhattan to Tribeca since public transportation and cabs are shut down. The storm is underperforming predictions. Long Island is taking the brunt of this storm with NYC only seeing about 8 inches (as of 5am) opposed to the 18" to 24" predicted." Others, like newly transplanted Jayde Donovan on WPLJ-FM who recently arrived from Tampa, seems to be takin it all in stride, saying, "My new station 95.5 PLJ put me & the fam up in a hotel next to the radio station for a couple days so I can broadcast in the blizzard tomorrow morning. The kids are so excited to hunker down in the snow storm. Stay safe!" At her FB page she also posted a video her performing her first-ever snow angel. WCBS-FM's Louis Pulice of Scott Shannon's tells us, "Fortunately, we didn’t get nearly as much snow as predicted. When you get into radio you know you are counted on for situations like this and you will never have the “snow days” that everyone else gets. We have been at the station since late Sunday night, knowing we may not get back home for days. We live out of a nearby hotel during these events because we know there are people out there who rely on us getting the information they need in a timely manner." Salem's Phil Boyce told Jockline: "Snowmageddon turned out to be a whimper. But because the city over reacted and shutdown all forms of travel, we had to keep essential personnel in the city overnight. We had hotel rooms booked, where we doubled up men with men, women with women. We had some people including our VP/GM Jerry Crowley sleeping on their couch at the station. Fortunately we do have a shower, just for these occasions. Piscopo in the morning did a great job. I think by tomorrow life will return to some form of normalcy.

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CONDOLENCES: EIB's Christopher 'Kit' Carson Passes Away At 58

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 27TH, 2015 –– One of talk radio's most powerful behind the scenes talents, Christopher "Kit" Carson sadly lost his multi-year battle yesterday with cancer at 58. Speaking of the longtime phone screener for his syndicated Rush Limbaugh show, the Premiere host began yesterday's show by saying, "Ladies and gentlemen, indulge me for just a few minutes here. We all here at the EIB Network are experiencing a huge void in all of our hearts here today because of a death, one of our staff members, the very first staff member to join me 27 years ago in New York. Christopher Carson, "Kit," my trusted chief of staff, aide-de-camp, passed away today at 8 a.m. at his home in New Jersey after what really was a four-year battle, really valiant, never-seen-anything-like-it battle with essentially brain cancer. Recalling when Kit was first hired, Rush said 'When the program debuted in 1988, nobody had any idea if it was gonna work .. It was just a radio show with a guy doing three hours on the radio and the itinerant things that happened. Ed McLaughlin, who was the syndicator of the program at the time and the founding executive of the EIB Network, said, "Look, I got this guy that's gonna come up from the magazine, and he's gonna answer the phones and deal with the mail. He's a good guy. He's here in New York. He's trying to become an actor, and he'll help us out here in a pinch." I said, "Oh, okay, great, what's his name?" He said, "Some guy, Kit Carson." I said, "Kit Carson? Kit Carson, like the cowboy?" "Yeah, that's what he says, Kit Carson." Okay. So the next day in walks this guy, cargo shorts, white ankle socks, black Keds, and red hair that looks like it's got yeast in it piled so high on top of his head. I was immediately jealous, I said, "What did you do, put yeast in your hair?" After over an hour in remembrance, Rush said, 'I spent much of the first hour doing the remembrances, but it's such a huge void here. I feel like I'm just doing the program today here on half-mast, half scan, half attention, what have you. It's just an empty feeling ... God bless Kit Carson, his wife Theresa, and his sons Jack and Jesse. See you tomorrow. READ ENTIRE TRANSCRIPT HERE

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Nessa Takes Over Afternoons On Hot 97; Cipha Sounds Ponders Future With Station

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 27TH, 2015 –– This week marked the beginning of Nessa, Hot 97’s Newest host who will take over the 3-7 p.m. slot. She, of course, fills the void left by Angie Martinez who departed after nearly 20 years, crossing over to Power 105.1 last summer. "It's an honor to be taking over Angie's seat," Nessa told FADER over the phone last week. "She paved the way for so many of us girls—she's coming out with cookbooks, and I can't even boil water right." Unlike Angie, who is known as "The Voice of New York," Nessa is not a native New Yorker—she was raised in Los Angeles and aired on San Francisco's KYLD 94.9. Meanwhile, longtime Hot 97 host Cipha Sounds, says the move leaves his future with the station 'up in the air. Joining Juan Epstein's podcast, Cipha Sounds, who spent 17 years with Peter Rosenberg on Hot 97, revealed that his future with the radio station is “up in the air." According to bet.com, for the last three months, Cipha has held down Martinez’s old weekday afternoons spot and with the Nessa move, this leaves Cipha 'hanging in the balance,' reports bet.com READ POST HERE

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REPORT: New Ruling Makes It Harder For Marvin Gaye Estate To Prove Case Against Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines'

Jury will not hear Gaye's voice or the actual sound recording of the 1977 hit “Got to Give It Up”

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 27TH, 2015 –– A federal judge today ruled that the Marvin Gaye recording at the center of litigation between the late singer's children and Robin Thicke cannot be played for the jury when the multimillion dollar copyright infringement case goes to trial. According to 7patch.com, U.S. District Judge John A. Kronstadt told lawyers for Marvin Gaye III that the jury will not hear his father’s voice or the actual sound recording of the 1977 hit “Got to Give It Up,” which the Gaye family contends was plagiarized by Thicke and producer/singer Pharrell Williams for the making of the megahit “Blurred Lines.” Instead, Kronstadt ruled that jurors will hear the song performed in court by a keyboardist because the issue is whether Thicke and Williams lifted the Gaye song’s compositional elements, including the melody line, rather than the overall sound and atmosphere of the record, which is owned by Motown. However, jurors will hear the “Blurred Lines” recording. “We’re gratified that the judge has recognized what’s at issue -- the lead sheet, not the sound recording,” Thicke’s lawyer, Howard E. King, said outside court. “The two songs are of the same genre, but ‘Blurred Lines’ is very different from ‘Got to Give It Up.’ Thicke and Williams are being sued by Gaye’s children, who allege that more than a dozen elements of “Blurred Lines” were lifted from “Got to Give It Up.” The case could potentially be worth millions of dollars in damages. Gaye family attorney Richard S. Busch said he would file motions and briefs appealing Kronstadt’s decision.

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Host Of 'Serial' Tapped To Keynote At Podcast Movement Event

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 27TH, 2015 –– Sarah Koenig, host of the podcast Serial, has been tapped as keynote speaker at a special Podcast Movement event taking place in Forth Worth, TX this summer. Event organizer, Dan Franks tells keranews.org, “I think there’s no denying the fact that Sarah is kind of the person right now in podcasting. There really was only one main target to try to put as a headline speaker at our event, and the reaction has reflected that,” Franks said. “No doubt about it.” Franks launched the conference last year after a Kickstarter campaign raised nearly $32,000. The event drew about 600 people from around the world. This year, he’s expecting more than double that. It brings together people just starting to experiment with podcasting to those who’ve launched their own programs that listeners can download online. Podcasting has been around for a decade, but it never had a breakout hit quite like "Serial." Koenig spent an entire year researching the 1999 murder of Hae Min Lee, a popular high school student in Baltimore. Her ex-boyfriend and classmate Adnan Syed was convicted of murder, but he’s maintained his innocence. The show is a spinoff from the creators of another popular series "This American Life". The weekend-long event will take place at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel in July.

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FORMATICS: Evansville's Wolf, Flips To 93.5 Duke FM; 93.9 The Ville Comes To Louisville

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 27TH, 2015 –– Envision Networks® and Kroeger Media Inc. announced Midwest Communications’ WLFW-FM/Evansville, in its debut of DUKE FM®. With WLFW’s recent launch as 93.5 DUKE FM®, the station joins over 200 affiliates on the Envision Country Network. “Evansville, Indiana has always been a huge country radio market since the early 1990s. However, over the last few years, superstars like Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, Reba and Brooks & Dunn have been absent from the radio. We are excited about changing that and giving them a new home on 93.5 Duke FM,” WLFW operations manager Rusty James said. DUKE FM® offers different levels of programming packages available for both cash and barter. In addition to the license to use the DUKE name and logo, affiliates have access to a constantly updated music library, creative on-air copy and cutting-edge station imaging including voice, sweeper, promos and jingles. DUKE also offers off-air support with promotional ideas, daily music logs and programming guidance. Stations interested in more information on DUKE FM® can visit goenvisionnetworks.com or contact Valerie Brooks at 216-831-3761 or ValerieB@envisionradio.com. ########## Louisville Cardinal fans are getting a new radio station '93.9 The Ville'. According to whas.com, 93.9 The Ville hits the airwaves Jan.29. The studios will be housed at Cardinal Towne, along with sister station ESPN 680. It will be staffed by ESPN Regulars, Bob Valvano, Drew Deener and John Ramsey. The Ville will also be home to the Jeff Walz coaches show and UofL baseball. It will also be home to a number of ESPN syndicated shows. WATCH HERE

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Westwood One Champions Creative Sound with the Super Bowl Sound Awards

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 27TH, 2015 –– Westwood One presents its annual Super Bowl Sound Awards for Excellence in Audio Creativity, a consumer-driven index that celebrates brand advertisers and audio creative. More and more advertisers are maximizing their ad spends and strategically using sound to break through the clutter and effectively identify their brand. Westwood One--through its programming, experiential events, and digital assets—champions the power of sound by showcasing the best radio commercials within the biggest sporting event of the year—the Super Bowl. Westwood One is the exclusive national radio partner of the NFL and will broadcast national play-by-play coverage of Super Bowl XLIX from Phoenix, Arizona. The Super Bowl Sound Awards for Excellence in Audio Creativity will feature national commercials airing on the 700+ radio stations airing Westwood One’s Super Bowl XLIX broadcast, as well as SiriusXM Radio, NFL.com/Audiopass, NFL Mobile from Verizon, and on the American Forces Radio Network. Last year’s Sound Award winner, Motel 6, earned the top spot with a clever parody on using AutoCorrect. Live coverage begins with Super Sunday at 4 pm ET. The game is set in motion at 5 pm ET, live from University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona.

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Brantley Gilbert Celebrates Big 3-0 With NASH Nights Live!

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 27TH, 2015 –– NASH Nights Live co-hosts Elaina Smith and Shawn Parr, flanking birthday boy and Country artist Brantley Gilbert. The trio shared Brantley's belated birthday cupcakes last night on the show at the NASH Campus in Nashville. Brantley celebrated his 30th birthday on January 20.

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7Howard Stern Disses Sam Smith; 'Idol Winner Suing Show Producer Over Contracts

 

OUCH: Howard Stern Rips Sam Smith; Calls Him Fat, 'Chubby & Effeminate' - [2DAYFM]

Sam Smith Responds to Stern's Comments - [TAKE 40]

'Idol Winner Takes Legal Action Over 'Oppressive' Contracts With Show's Producer - [THR]

Did Tom Cruise Want Nicole Kidman's Phone Tapped Before Breakup? - [NYDN]

Hollywood Executive Now Comes Forward With Bill Cosby Rape Accusation - [THE WRAP]

'Avengers Age Of Ultron With Covers And Stills On Empire - [WHAT CULTURE]

UH OH: WATCH - Did Miss Beverly Hills Bikini Fall Off On-Stage? - [TMZ]

'Full House' Stars Reunite For Birthday Event - [KTIC]

Arnold Schwarzenegger Announced For 2015 WWE HOF - [BLEACHER REPORT]

Adam Levine To Perform At Oscars - [IDOLATOR]

Melissa Rivers Files Suit Over Mother's Death - [E ONLINE]

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[LISTEN] Curtis Sliwa Lashes Out At John Gotti Jr. And Former Producer Following Interview

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 26TH, 2015 –– As Jockline reported last week, John Gotti Jr. the son of one of America's most famous mobsters and a former high ranking member of the Gambino Crime Family, joined Frank Morano on AM 970 THE ANSWER last Friday in NYC for the first radio stop on his book tour for, 'Shadow of My Father." In a wide ranging discussion mostly focused on his book, the subject 7 turned to 77 WABC's Curtis Sliwa. For those not familiar , John Gotti Jr. went through four federal racketeering trials, all of which ended in a hung jury. Many of the charges involved the alleged ordering the kidnapping and assault of Curtis Sliwa, talk host and founder of the Guardian Angels. After hearing the interview on crosstown 970 The Answer, Sliwa took to the air and slammed Gotti on his own radio show. He also had a few words for Morano, who had served as Sliwa's executive producer for several years prior to his move to WABC. Throughout Sliwa's comments on Gotti, listen to Dominic Carter who was filling in for Ron Kuby, plead with Sliwa to change the subject - Go to about the 64 min. mark for Sliwa's comments HERE. Of course, beyond promoting the book and commenting on Sliwa there was a lighter tone as Morano asked Gotti who he liked in The Super Bowl. Hear his answer and more IN AUDIO HERE

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[LISTEN] Random Tweet Leads To Rosie O'Donnell Calling Into Fargo Show, Plus An Invite To 'The View'

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 26TH, 2015 –– Last Friday will be one Jesse And Amanda, along with Pike's morning show on Big 98.7 Fargo may remember for along time to come. It all started with a tweet promoting an upcoming segment on the show and an hour later, Rosie O'Donnell was the line and now the show is headed to 'The View.' The tweet teased Rosie's recent flub where she called their show 'The Talk,' which unfortunately is 'The View's' top competitor. At first, O'Donnell responded with several tweets, then phoned into the show for nearly a 15-minute conversation. Morning anchor and station PD, Jesse James, said the whole thing came “completely out of the blue.” Pike also caught O'Donnell's attention by telling her about his fascination with Whoopi Goldberg. James confirmed Pikes's obsession with the View' co-host with Jockline. But it was Amanda that may have been most responsible for callin in. O’Donnell said during the interview that she decided to call the show because Lea’s picture put her at ease about the station, something Lea said was flattering. In fact, the two continued to tweet back and forth following her call-in to the show. Before O'Donnell hung up, James bravely asked if (Rosie) could get the three morning show hosts in the audience for “The View/” O'Donnell quickly agreed to do so and the show is planning to fly out to New York next weekend to join “The View” on Feb. 2. LISTEN TO INTERVIEW HERE

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MOTION: John Marty And Johnna Farmer Reunite For Mornings At 97.5 Mobile; McKinzie Roth To Co-Host Mornings On 98.7 The Bull, Portland; Vicki Rogers Returning To The Air In Louisville; Gillian Reilly To Co-Host Mornings At KICKS Odessa/Midland; Eric Von Haessler Lands Slot On WSB Atlanta; Joe Clair Returns To WPGC 95.5 Wash, DC

THE MOUTH, JANURY 26TH, 2015 –– John Marty and Johnna Farmer will reunite for mornings, Monday, February 2, at 97-5 WABD/Mobile. Cumulus SVP Programming, Jan Jeffries commented, “We are thrilled to have John and Johnna come home to wake up and entertain Mobile and gulf coast listeners." 7 Johnna Farmer comments, “As a child, Dorothy told me there was no place like 7home. Now that I am part of the Cumulus family, and not only back on the air with John but at the station I grew up with, her words have nev er felt more true! I am ecstatic to be able to work with Jan Jeffries and Market Manager, Angel Taylor. Mobile is where I grew up, these are my people and 97.5 WABD is my home”! ######### Alpha Media Portland, Oregon announced that Indianapolis Afternoon host and Q100 Atlanta Midday talent, McKinzie Roth (L) will join Alpha Media’s 98.7 The Bull/Portland as morning co-host starting today, January 26th. McKinzie has also spent the last two years hosting a weekly television program “Crowd Surfing” for Comcast. She’s worked for CBS, FOX and has served as an official NBA emcee for the Indiana Pacers (NOTICE: In a previous post, we accidentally listed 98.7 the Bull in Indianapolis rather than Portland. Our apologies for the oversight). ######## 100.5 MYfm, Louisville announced 7today that longtime Louisville radio personality Vicki Rogers (above right) will join the station, effective today. Rogers will host weekdays from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. on 100.5 MYfm after a short hiatus. Rogers had most recently aired on Lite 106.9 WVEZ for the past 14 years. ########## 7 ####### Former WDZH/Detroit host, Gillian Reilly (R) will join KHKX/KICKS FM 99.1 Odessa/Midland, TX as its morning co-host replacing Mike Lawrence and Dana Carole who recently retired. Her co-host is expected to be announced shortly. ######### Former longtime 'Regular Guy' co-host Eric Von Haessler has landed his first weekly two-hour show on WSB 750/News 95.5 beginning this pas t weekend. Von Haessler had worked with Larry Wachs on various stations through 2013, but joined WSB last year as a regular fill-in. The new show will be called the “Von Haessler Doctrine. ###### CBS Radio Wash, DC announced that Joe Clair will serve as morning host alongside Tati, Guy Lambert and Poet beginning Monday, Feb. 9th. Clair started his radio career at WPGC as part of the Sunday Night Hip-Hop Show with veteran DJ Big Tigger. He went on to become co-host of the Russ Parr Morning Show (WKYS) and later an on-air talent at Hot 97(WQHT) in New York City. He most recently was a part of WHUR 96.3’s afternoon show with Frank Ski.

 

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: Tommy Chuck Named PD Of Hot 995/Wash. DC And WPOC/Baltimore

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 26TH, 2015 –– iHeartMedia Washington, D.C. announced that Tommy Chuck has been named the new Program Director of WIHT-FM HOT 99.5, D.C. and 93.1 WPOC, Baltimore’s New Country Station. Chuck joined the iHeartMedia team in 2000 at WKXJ Chattanooga, Tenn. Since then he’s programmed WQEN in Birmingham, Ala; WXXL in Orlando; and spent the past eight years as Program Director and Digital Director for WFLZ and WMTX in Tampa. Joining the iHeartMedia team in D.C. and Baltimore is an exciting next step for me and my family. I am thrilled to be HOT99.5's next leader, build on my long relationship with The Kane Show and work with the talented team already in place," said Chuck. "Country music has always been a personal favorite of mine – I am honored to lead one of America's most legendary and award winning country stations, WPOC! I'd like to thank everyone involved for giving me the opportunity to continue to grow my career with iHeartMedia."

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Royal Hoax Host Claims She Was Assaulted By Taxi Driver

"He touched me/ I can still hear his disgusting moans and can't get rid of the feeling of him touching me. " - Mel Greig

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 26TH, 2015 –– it's been over two years since the well-chronicled royal hoax that ended with a nurse committing suicide, but for Mel Greig, the story never seems to end. According to smh.com, Greig has claimed she was indecently assaulted by a taxi driver in Adelaide, Australia last Thursday. On Friday, Greig posted a blog on her website titled "Attention Women" where she recalled incident in a cab during which she alleged a taxi driver groped her on her way home. "He touched me/ I can still hear his disgusting moans and can't get rid of the feeling of him touching me," she posted in her blog. The former 2Day FM host claims the taxi driver had touched her leg, asked for a hug and rubbed her body. "It was an absolute violation of my rights as a woman and as a passenger just trying to get home safely, his inappropriate behavior was out of line and he needs to know that it's NOT OK [sic]", she wrote. Having attended an event at the Adelaide Casino on Thursday before the alleged assault. She said she drank five glasses of wine at the event. "I have regret and I'm ashamed at myself for not taking better care… The one thing I do know though is that even if I didn't follow my rules he had no right to take advantage of an intoxicated passenger," she wrote. The Taxi Council of South Australia has been contacted for comment.

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Over 1,000 Fans Turn Out For FrancesaCon II

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 25TH, 2015 –– Move over ComicCon, here comes Mike Francesa's FrancesaCon. In only it's second year, a crowd of over 1,000 fans of for the beloved CBS/WFAN sports host gathered at Irving Plaza on Saturday where grown-ups donned gray bouffant wigs, wore pontiff hats (Francesa is c7alled the Sports Pope) and joined to celebrate all for a good cause., According to News Day, Fransesa said to the crowd, "You're all nuts," .."Exceptionally crazy. A thousand people with nothing to do.""The goal is that we wanted him to come last year" to the first FrancesaCon, said New Jersey's Ron Haraka, who started the fan convention. He didn't know much about it and he was very unsure . . . But once he said he was coming this year, it was like, 'This is the big time.' I think what convinced him was that one, it was for charity, and two, that it was a success last year. Everyone loves him." Proceeds from the event went to the Children's Network for Hope and the Dr. Theodore A. Atlas Foundation, which also focuses on the needs of children. Francesa said he was more than happy to help and next year, he'll try to bring his old partner, Chris "Mad Dog" Russo. One fan commented, "Besides Howard Stern, who on radio has a cult following like this?"

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Westwood One To Present Super Bowl XLIX Game Coverage

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 26TH, 2015 –– For the 28th consecutive year and the 42nd time overall, Westwood One Sports, the official network radio partner for the National Football League, presents comprehensive coverage of the Super Bowl. The network will feature a full schedule of Game Day programming leading up to kickoff of Super Bowl XLIX. Super Bowl XLIX airs live from University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona on Sunday, February 1, 2015 as Russell Wilson and the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks take on Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. The Seahawks are trying to become the first team to repeat as champs since Tom Brady and the Patriots did it ten years ago. This is Brady’s sixth Super Bowl, an NFL record for appearances by a quarterback. All of Westwood One's game day programming is being offered to stations in stereo in addition to mono. Westwood One Sports takes great pride in our partnership with the NFL, which culminates each year with the greatest event on the sports calendar,” said Bruce Gilbert, SVP Sports for Westwood One and Cumulus. “Our Executive Producer, Howard Deneroff, has once again assembled a remarkable team of top-notch announcers, former players, and football experts who descriptively and dramatically paint every picture of this amazing event for all those listening around the world." PHOTO/ (L-R) Producer Aaron Cummins, Announcer Scott Graham (the voice of NFL Films), Executive Producer Howard Deneroff, and Hall of Famer Rod Woodson.

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Boomer Esiason And Katharine McPhee To Host Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials 2015 Tonight On CBS TV

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 26TH, 2015 – Katharine McPhee and Boomer Esiason will host Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials 2015 on CBS Tonight in an interactive countdown special where viewers will be able to vote LIVE on www.cbs.com/superbowl/commercials. Esiason, co-host on CBS radio's hugely successful Boomer & Carton Show on WFAN/New York, and analyst for CBS Sports' NFL pre-game show joins Katharine McPhee, star of the CBS drama SCORPION tonight, Jan. 26 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. According to broadwayworld.com, this one-hour special, now in its 15th year, will originate from The University of Phoenix Stadium, home of "Super Bowl XLIX," and will celebrate the commercials that have become almost as big as the game itself. Esaison selected his favorite "Old School" commercials which include Coke's "Mean Joe Greene" and Pepsi's "Cindy Crawford Classic," and McPhee will cheer on her "New School" picks such as the Doritos "Sling-Shot Baby" (R) and VW's "The Force." These commercials go head-to-head on www.cbs.com/superbowl/commercials, where fans are able to vote to determine the top two SUPER BOWL commercials. One "Old School" and one "New School" commercial will advance to the live vote during the broadcast, when viewers will decide the outcome and the winner will be revealed at the end of the show. Kevin Frazier, co-host of ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT, will report from various locations in Phoenix on how Arizona is preparing for SUPER BOWL Sunday.

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CONDOLENCES: 97.5 KMOD Tulsa's Shay 'Biggie' Adams Passes Away Following Long Illness; Longtime 770 KKOB Albuquerque Host, Terrie Q. Sayre Passes Away At 54; Former WIVK Knoxville's Dave Young Loses Battle With Cancer

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 26TH, 2015 –– We were saddened to learn of the passing three popular radio hosts over the weekend. Shay "Biggie" Adams (R)of Tulsa's KMOD The Big Mad Morning Show passed away this past weekend following a long illness. Posts on Facebook from KMOD say that he died sometime Friday night. According to KTUL TV, He took a leave of absence from the show back in November. His co-host, Corbin, wrote this message on their Facebook. "...As many know, Biggie took a Leave of Absence in November due to illness. Last night, despite weeks of treatment and a wonderful team of doctors & caregivers, Shay “Biggie” Adams has passed away. I have lost my brother. I have lost my best friend. We have all lost a treasure." Adams was 40 years old. ####### Terrie Q. Sayre, a popular Albuquerque radio personality, died Thursday, according 770 KKOB’s website. Sayre worked in radio for more than 20 years, including about eight years in Albuquerque. The cause of her death isn't known. ######## Jockline learned this morning of the passing of WIVK/Knoxville's Dave Young who died following his battle with cancer. According to WBIR TV, Young first came to Knoxville to work at the old WNOX-AM 990 in July of 1968. He then moved to WKGN, where he hosted the popular Dave Young Morning Show in the mid '70s. From there he moved to WIVK, replacing the legendary Bobby Denton in Afternoon Drive. Funeral arrangements are still being final

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7'American Sniper' Still Dominates; Rihanna Surprises With McCartney, West Single

'The Interview' Hits Netfilx With A Bang - [THE WRAP]

UH OH 1: ESPN Analyst Accidentally Tweets (P)orn - [HUFFPO]

'American Sniper' Continues To Dominate BO - [EW]

[LISTEN] Rihanna Teams With McCartney & West For New Single - [E ONLINE]

Pauline Vega Crowned Miss Universe - [ZAP2IT]

UH OH 2: Chris Brown Victim Of Identity Theft - [THE GRIO]

UH OH 3: Watch 'Wheel Of Fortune' Contestant Forget How The Game Is Played - [FOX6]

Kanye Explains How Looking Glum Is Cool - [DAILY MAIL]

Beyonce Shuts Down Feyonce Product Line - [VIBE]

Lady Gaga Pole Dances For Old Classmates At Bachelorette Party - [MTV]

Sylvester Stallone Now Pitchman For Warburton Bakery - [THE GROCER UK]

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iHeartRadio Surpasses 60 Million Registered Users

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 26TH, 2015 –– iHeartRadio announced that it has surpassed 60 million registered users, continuing to grow faster than any other radio or digital music service ‹ even faster than Facebook ‹ and also reaching nearly 90 million unique visitors across its iHeartRadio Network. Plus, the service's registered users do not account for the millions of users who listen to iHeartRadio's live radio functionality without registering, indicating that the app's total reach is even greater "iHeartRadio's rapid expansion continues to push the boundaries of the digital radio listening experience," said Darren Davis, President of iHeartRadio and iHeartMedia Networks. "Our growth is a testament to the success of our continued innovation, our hard work in anticipating the needs of the connected consumer and our goal to provide listeners with the content they love anytime and anywhere, with the personalized and curated experience they crave across all their devices." iHeartRadio's growth comes on the heels of its expanded availability across more than a dozen additional devices, announced at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show, including first time integrations with Sony, LG and others spanning auto, in-home entertainment and gaming.

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Alpha Media To Add Four More Stations With Purchase of Lance-Star

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 26TH, 2015 –– Alpha Media of Portland, Oregon announced today they have entered into a definitive agreement to purchase radio stations from Free Lance-Star Radio. Free Lance-Star owns four radio stations; WFLS
(FM) and WNTX (AM) in Fredericksburg, VA; WVBX (FM) in Spotsylvania, VA and WWUZ (FM) in Bowling Green, VA. Larry Wilson, Chairman of Alpha Media will add the Free Lance-Star cluster to the eighty-nine stations currently in the Alpha Media portfolio. When all pending deals are completed, it will bring the total number of stations owned by Alpha Media to ninety-three. Commenting on the acquisition, Wilson said, “Around 50 miles from Washington D.C., Fredericksburg is a thriving place that continues to grow. It will
be a nice addition to our East Coast footprint. I feel privileged to be able to get into that market and work with the great people there.” Robert Orr, Managing Director of Free Lance-Star Radio said, “We are proud to have been owners of the Free Lance-Star radio properties. As has been previously reported, the FCC required that Sandton divest the properties to comply with cross-ownership regulations. The transaction with Alpha Media gives us great comfort in knowing that the stations will be in very capable hands, and that listeners in the Fredericksburg area will continue to benefit from the excellent entertainment and news programming
that they have come to expect from us.”

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: Peter Z To Program 99.5 Nash Icon Birmingham

PETER Z TO PROGRAM 99.5 FM NASH ICON IN BIRMINGHAM BIRMINGHAM, AL, January 23, 2015— Cumulus announces that Peter Z has been named Program Director of 99.5 FM NASH Icon (WZRR) in Birmingham. Peter Z comes to Cumulus Birmingham from St. Augustine, FL, where he was Principal and Director of Operations for WYRE-FM 105.5. Prior to that, he programmed 98.7 KLUV in Dallas (Classic Hits), following six years programming WGRR-FM in Cincinnati (Oldies). He was also General Manager of WAQZ-FM, WSAI-AM, and WAOZ-AM in Cincinnati. Peter Z began his radio career at WGR in his hometown of Buffalo, NY, while in college. Mike McVay, Senior Vice President, Programming for Cumulus said: “We’re thrilled to add yet another big brain to our programming team. Peter brings multi-format experience to the table that should be beneficial to NASH Icon in Birmingham.” Peter Z said: “I think the lead is that I finally made a long-time dream come true and I get to program Country. I’ve always loved Country music and have had a desire to program the format since Garth showed up on the scene the first time.”

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Radio One Files Lawsuit Against Flinn Broadcasting Over Boomin' Moniker

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 23RD, 2015 –– Radio One has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Flinn Broadcasting over use of its 'Boomin 96 moniker in both Oxford, MS and Tunica, MS-Memphis, TN., Radio One has created throw-back hip hop stations under the 'Boom' handle in markets such as Houston, Philadelphia, Atlanta and Dallas. In its Complaint, 'Plaintiff Radio One, Inc. presents claims for relief of trademark infringement, false designation of origin, deceptive acts and practices, and unfair competition against Defendant Flinn Broadcasting Corporation.' Boom, which is actually registered to CBS, assigned the name to Radio One which launched it Boom format in Houston on October 8th, 2014. Radio One says Flinn began using Boomin marks on December 7, 2014. On December 17, 2014, CBS sent a letter to Duane Hargrove, GM of Flinn's WIVG-FM 96.1, demanding the station stop using Boomin 96 in association with WIVG or other Flinn stations. A second letter was sent on January 6 and there was no response. Radio One is seeking to block Flinn from further use of the BOOMIN moniker as well as various costs and reasonable attorneys’ fees. Read the entire court filing HERE

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KANYE WEST: 'Of Course I Want To Be On The Radio'

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 23RD, 2015 –– Appearing before a gathering at the iHeartMedia Music Summit at Burbank, CA's iHeartRadio Theatre, Kanye West walked out with his laptop, picked up the mic - then, according to billboard.com, put it down and proceeded to speak for around 45 minutes without a mic. Since he was speaking before a number of programmers, he circled back to a statement he made onstage at the Governors Ball in 2013: that he didn't want to be on the radio. "I was joking!" he laughed. "Of course I want to be on the radio!" In his speech, which Billboard describes as a bit stream-of-consciousness, he spoke at length about how he'd brought unlikely songs and topics to urban radio with "Jesus Walks" and "Through the Wire" from his first album, and then later in his career discovered Daft Punk and EDM and brought those influences into his music with "Stronger" and again with 808s and Heartbreak and how he hears that album's influence on a lot of urban radio today, even though it wasn't his biggest-selling album. "This little talk I'm giving is going good so far," he said at one point, "so I have to risk being Kanye." He also talked about working with Paul McCartney on "Only One." He also brought up 'what a sexy song the Beatles' "Come Together" is, and how he was in complete disbelief when Paul stood across from him and played the bassline. PHOTO/Def Jam

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[LISTEN] Gloria Allred Talks Cosby Case With WMJI-FM/Cleveland

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 23RD, 2015 –– With an assist from Envision Networks® Guest Services,attorney Gloria Allred spoke yesterday with The Majic Morning Show on WMJI/Cleveland (Nolan, Malone & Kullik )about (s)exual abuse allegations made against Bill sCosby. Allred is currently representing eight of the women who have come forward with allegations against Cosby. Many have questioned why it took so long for the alleged victims to come forward. Allred said that Cosby’s status as a celebrity kept the women from going public sooner because they were intimidated and feared backlash against them.“Some of them were in fear that they would not be believed … They were afraid also that they would be attacked because he has a lot of money and he can pay his, what I call his ‘paid attack dogs,’ to attack them and in fact that fear that they would be attacked has become a reality when they finally did come out,” Allred said. She went on to say that some of the alleged victims told family and friends about their accusations at the time, but never made them public with a lawsuit or by going to the police. Due to the statute of limitations, the alleged victims haven’t been able to file a lawsuit against Cosby since bringing their allegations to the public. Allred also revealed that in addition to the women she is currently representing, there are more who have contacted her but have not yet made their accusations public. She continued that some of them would do so in the future. “We haven’t heard the last of this. This is a very, very serious situation and whether or not they can sue, they can still tell what their story is in the court of public opinion and everybody can judge for themselves,” Allred said. LISTEN TO INTERVIEW HERE

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DAN RATHER: The Most Dangerous Time For Journalists In The History Of The Profession

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 23RD, 2015 –– Legendary Journalist Dan Rather spoke with Florida Live host Dan Maduri on how news media has changed over the years. When asked by Maduri if it's more dangerous to be a journalist today compared to when he was reporting abroad, Rather said: "The short answer is, yes. This is by any reasonable analysis, the most dangerous time for journalists in the history of the profession. There's always been an element of danger in things such as covering war zones, hurricanes, natural disasters, but given the situation of the world today, I think it is unquestionable it's the most dangerous time for journalists ever." Of course, back in Rather's heyday, he was well-known for taking on dangerous interviews. Did he ever get nervous, Maduri asked: "Sure. For example if you walk into Baghdad Palace as I did during Gulf War I for my first interview with Saddam Hussein, walked into the palace alone and meet Saddam Hussein three tiers underground, and you're there by yourself alone, are you gonna get nervous? You bet." Maduri asked, 'Did you ever find yourself with a certain admiration towards some of these people you were interviewing even though they had been deemed some of the most despicable people on earth? "No. When we were among the most despicable people on earth, I didn't have any thoughts about admiration. With Saddam Hussein, listen, no one could be in the room with him for any length of time at all and not conclude that here you had a stone cold killer. And what's Rather's take on today's news vs. keeping up with The Kardashians?" LISTEN TO INTERVIEW HERE

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SYNDICATION: 95.9 The Drum Columbus Adds Harvey Show

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 23RD, 2015 –– FM 95.9 The Drum announced the addition of the Steve Harvey Morning Show to the lineup at the newly-launched station. Harvey is joined by co-hosts Shirley Strawberry, Nephew Tommy, Carla Ferrell and Junior and syndicated by Premiere Networks on more than 70 stations with an audience of appx. six million weekly listeners. “FM 95.9 The Drum is honored and excited to introduce The Steve Harvey Morning Show to the great city of Columbus, Ohio - home of the National Football Champion Buckeyes,” stated Program Director "Wild Bill" Jenkins. Joining Harvey on “The Drum” will be former Buckeye great Maurice Clarett, Keep Hope Alive with Reverend Jesse Jackson, and The Reverend Dr. Carole H. Squire, host of Grace Place, a daily talk program focused on family healing and nurturing our youth.

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New York's Media Elite Turn Out For Barry Farber Hall Induction

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 23RD, 2015 –– A packed crowd gathered in "The Statler Grill" in Midtown Manhattan to pay tribute to Barry Farber, at a cocktail reception commemorating his induction to the National Radio Hall of Fame. While Barry was formally inducted to the Hall of Fame at a ceremony late last year, the New York radio, media and political community came out in full force to honor Barry for his substantial contributions to the world of talk radio and to New York in general. Among the many included - Curtis Sliwa, the Founder of the Guardian Angels and the co-host of "Curtis & Kuby" on 77WABC.- Pat Kiernan (NY1 anchor) and Rita Cosby, the co-hosts of "The Ride Home" on 77WABC. - The Amazing Kreskin, the world's foremost mentalist - Frank Morano, longtime radio talk show host and the host of "Morano in the Morning" Sunday mornings from 4am-8:30am on AM 970 The Answer in NYC. According to The New York Post, Farber isn’t bitter about how badly he was paid back in the day. But addressing “you young people in radio today” Farber, 84, said, “You earn in a year what we earned in a career.” He added, “I’ve been around a long time,” Farber said. “If you look at that portrait of the Last Supper, I’m third from the right.” PHOTO/Frank Morano

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Geraldo Rivera Gets Double Love On New York Billboard

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 23RD, 2015 –– When you're the star of a popular TV series as well as a midday host on Cumulus' 77 WABC New York, it made good sense to make the most out of the situation. As you'll see from the large billboard, there, bigger than life, is Geraldo Rivera sandwiched between the logos of both NBC's Celebrity Apprentice and 77 WABC Radio. - Our only question is who paid for the billboard? Regardless of who paid, it's a win-win for both shows. BTW, Geraldo does regular 'Apprentice' updates on his radio show. PHOTO/Courtesy of Mike McVay

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7Bob Dylan Covers Sinatra And More On New Album; Lady Gaga And Adele Collaborating?


'SYTYCD' To Replace Mary Murphy With Paula Abdul & Jason Derulo - [TV GUIDE]

UH OH: Rosie O'Donnell Flubs Show Name, Calls It 'The Talk' - [NYDN]

HIDE THE CHILDREN: The Sun's Page 3 Returns - [BBC]

[LISTEN] Bob Dylan Covers Era He Once Derided In New Album - [SLATE]

Are Lady Gaga And Adele Planning A Collaboration - [MTV]

CHECK IT OUT: Gerber Has A New Baby - [YAHOO]

Madonna Covers 'Mojo' - [MOJO]

Lisa Kudrow To Host Writers Guild Award's Show - [EW]

Rosie Perez Return Date Set By Producers - [HEADLINES AMERICA]

UH OH: Mudd Singer Arrested For Riding Airport Baggage Carousel - [STEREOGUM]

[WATCH] Victoria's Secret's Angels Play Football In Ad Leading Up To Super Bowl - [NYDN]

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Edgar 'Shoboy' Sotelo Takes Mornings At 92.3 AMP New York

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 22ND, 2015 –– CBS Radio WBMP-FM 92.3 AMP Radio has launched “Shoboy in the Morning” as its new weekday morning drive show (Monday-Friday 5:30-10:00AM), this morning, January 22. The dprogram features the award-winning Edgar “Shoboy” Sotelo making his New York City radio debut. Shoboy was most recently host of morning drive on CBS RADIO’s KMVK-FM in Dallas. “We’re establishing a new take on morning drive with this show,” said Rick Thomas, Program Director of the station. “The emphasis will remain on music but with an infusion of relevant and useful information – with a touch of Shoboy’s positive humor – that New Yorkers need to start their day. We are thrilled to welcome Shoboy and his award-winning personality to AMP.” Also joining the show is Nina Hajian, a former New Yorker by way of Seattle and Sacramento where she most recently anchored the morning show at CBS RADIO’s KZZO-FM. Hajian will provide insight and commentary on music, lifestyle, and tri-state area nightlife. The station’s local weekday line-up continues with Niko in middays (10:00AM-3:00PM), Astra from 3:00-7:00PM, and Toro from 7:00-11:00PM. 92.3 AMP Radio, New York’s newest CHR station, is available on-air at 92.3FM, online at www.923ampradiony.com and through the Radio.com app for a variety of mobile devices. His “Shoboy en la Manana” debuted on May 17, 2010 on CBS RADIO’s Mega 107.5 in Dallas/Fort-Worth, one of the top-rated morning shows in the market. His energetic, passionate, and candid personality radiates fun; his program features an innovative fusion of music, comedy, entertainment and community empowerment.

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MOTION: KCMO-A/F Kansas City Announces New Lineup

Rob Carson & Chris Plante To Lead The Day

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 22ND, 2015 –– Cumulus announced that KCMO Talk Radio 710 AM and 103.7 FM will debut a new programming line-up on Monday, February 2, with talk personality Rob Carson signing on as the station’s new Morning Host from 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and veteran D.C. correspondent Chris Plante, joining KCMO from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. Dave Ramsey follows live from Noon to 2:00 p.m., followed by Michael Savage from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Current morning host Greg Knapp’s show moves to afternoon drive from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Mark Levin kicks off evenings from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00, with Jon Batchelor from 10:00 p.m. to Midnight. Carson began his broadcasting career in Missouri after graduating from Northwest Missouri State University. He has taken his talk show to markets including Minneapolis, Cincinnati and Washington, DC. Carson most recently produced the show from his home studio for airing on stations in Chicago, Atlanta, St. Louis, Kansas City, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Nashville, and Milwaukee. One of radio's most prolific comedy writers, Carson’s work has been featured on America's biggest radio networks and shows, including The Rush Limbaugh Show. Chris Plante joins KCMO from WMAL in Washington, DC, following 17 years as a correspondent at CNN, including nearly a decade at the Pentagon covering the U.S. military and intelligence community. Carson said: "This is a real homecoming for me and my family. We've been away from Missouri too long, and it's a real blessing to get a spot on one of the country's premiere talkers, KCMO. I’m excited to join John Dickey, Mike McVay and Mark and Gary at Cumulus.”

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Rick Dees To Be Honored With Career Achievement Award

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 22ND, 2015 –– One of radio's most beloved personalities, Rick Dees, is set to be honored by the Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters on Friday, Jan. 23. The group’s president, Chuck Street, who just so happens to be Dees’ longtime traffic reporter from his days at KIIS-FM, will present the Art Gilmore Career Achievement Award at the group’s luncheon at the Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City. According to thedailynews.com, It was 1979 when Dees landed in Los Angeles, first at KHJ (930 AM) and then hired away by then head of programming, Don Benson (R) at KIIS-FM where he remained for over a quarter century. Dees defined morning radio in Los Angeles At KIIS-FM where he was teamed with Wally Clark, programmer Gerry DeFrancisco, and a cast that included Liz Fulton, plus fellow on-air hosts such as Big Ron O’Brien, Paul Freeman and Bruce Vidal among others. Accord in to the report:, those ratings records still stand: No FM station in Los Angeles has earned the ratings KIIS-FM had in the early to mid-1980s; only the AM stations of the 1960s and ’70s commanded a higher rating than KIIS’ 10-plus shares in the Arbitron ratings, and that was before the popularity, and extra competition, of FM.

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970 The Answer/New York's Frank Morano Scoops First Radio Interview With John Gotti Jr.

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 22ND, 2015 –– As you may have heard, John A. (Junior) Gotti, the son of the late “Teflon Don”, John J. Gotti, has written a book about his father and his life growing up as the son of the most famous gangster in America,and why he decided to follow in his footsteps as a member of the mafia and why he walked away from it all. His book “Shadow of my Father” is now for sale as an e-book and he’ll be doing his first radio interview tomorrow (1.23) on AM 970 THE ANSWER with Frank Morano. As luck had it, John Gambling has the day off, so Frank will be substituting for him from 11am-1pm. Gotti will join him by phone, with his attorney Charles Carnesi from 11:30 AM ET. In the NYC area, you can listen on 970 AM. You can also listen on-line anywhere in the world at www.am970theanswer.com Frank tells Jockline Daily, "I initially got to know Gotti, covering his four federal racketeering trials from 2005-2009. I was the only journalist to attend every day of the trial proceedings for all four trials.

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Are Serials Bringing Back 'Intrigue' To The Radio Experience

Audio journalism is a satisfying form for such tales: intimate voices, sound artistry, provocative questions phrased casually - Sharon Larson

7THE MOUTH, JANUARY 22ND, 2015 –– While the media is still buzzing over the popularity of NPR's 'Serial,' perhaps a bigger story is the growing intrigue of storytelling on the radio medium. Now there's 'Invisibilia', starring Alix Spiegel and Lulu Miller (shown) a new NPR show about the unseen forces that shape human behavior, thoughts, emotions, assumptions and ideas. The New Yorker writes, “Invisibilia,” like “Serial” before it, has been the No. 1 podcast on iTunes for most of its existence, adding, “Invisibilia” sounds like a cross between “This American Life and “Radiolab,” and hints of the elaborate sound design and chatty “Cosmos”-meets-“Car Talk” vibe of “Radiolab.” Writer Sharon Larson says “Invisibilia” combines sophisticated storytelling with cultural and scientific reporting, yielding astonishing stories that can feel almost too good to be true. Audio journalism is a satisfying form for such tales: intimate voices, sound artistry, provocative questions phrased casually. Larson adds, 'Emotion, that wonderful and nefarious invisible force, is a powerful part of entertaining journalism of the NPR variety. And it’s tied to our love of both storytelling and neuroscience. We want answers and advice; we want things to make sense. On “Invisibilia,” they often do. READ ENTIRE ARTICLE HERE - PHOTO/John Poole/NPR

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SYNDICATION: The Dave Ramsey Show Now Third Largest In The U.S.; BizTV & BizTalkRadio To Syndicate The Ray Lucia Show

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 22ND, 2015 –– The Dave Ramsey Show” is now available on more than 550 radio affiliates and is heard by more than 8.5 million listeners weekly. The show began in 1992 and is the largest independently owned, operated and syndicated talk radio show in the country. “The Dave Ramsey Show” is clearly positioned as the third largest talk radio show in the country behind only “The Rush Limbaugh Show” and “The Sean Hannity Show.” Hosted by New York Times best-selling author, Dave Ramsey, the live radio talk show focuses on life and how it happens to revolve around money. Listeners from across the country call daily to ask Ramsey about: how to start a small business, stop fighting with their spouse, teach their kids about money, save for retirement, get out of debt and other life issues they are struggling with and wondering “What would Dave do in my situation?” The radio show offers hope to listeners who feel lost in their current financial situation. ######### BizTV and BizTalkRadio announces an exclusive deal to produce and syndicate The Ray Lucia Show. The agreement brings Mr. Lucia full circle with the radio network which launched his first national radio show in 1991; Business Talk Radio Network was recently purchased by the parent company of BizTV and rebranded to BizTalkRadio. The natural paring of BizTV and BizTalkRadio creates a unique synergy for Ray. “I have been looking for a new home for my radio and TV show,” says Ray Lucia, “after hearing and seeing what BizTV and BizTalkRadio had in mind to grow both the Lucia brand and the network, I felt like it was a perfect marriage.”

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FORMATICS: Beasley Augusta Debuts Hot 95.5/93.1 With Throwback Hip Hop And R&B

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 22ND, 2015 –– Beasley Media Group Augusta has debuted the all new HOT 95.5/93.1. Augusta radio veteran and market Operations Manager Chris O’Kelley has been named the station’s program director. O'Kelly says, “Although a few local stations may have peppered some of these songs into their playlist a few times a day, The All New HOT 95.5/93.1 is the ONLY station exclusively featuring Throwback Hip-Hop and R&B music from the 1980’s through the 2000’s. It’s a format specifically designed to cater to the Generation X lifestyle 24/7. “ “That’s something we felt was missing for the Augusta market,” says Beasley Broadcast Group Executive Vice President of Operations Brian Beasley. “The All New HOT 95.5/93.1 will take many members of the Augusta community back in time and it’s an on-air journey that will stir up some very fond memories. Kudos to our Beasley programming team of Chris OKelley, John Candelaria, and Justin Chase for their vision in creating the All New HOT format for Augusta and for their efforts in today’s successful launch.”

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iHeart Radio And Tinder Team For Ultimate Valentine's Escape

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THE MOUTH, JANUARY 22ND, 2015 –– iHeartRadio and Tinder have teamed up to give 9 Winners and their Valentine's VIP Trips to the iHeartRadio Ultimate Valentine’s Escape! The weekend after Valentine's day, winners will cruise to Las Vegas for an incredible weekend, including an suite at the Paris Las Vegas, and some super special surprises including: treatments at Mandara Spa, a dinner at BLT Steak, and a private concert with superstars OneRepublic (shown) and John Legend! Applicants are asked to download the Tinder App. and then swipe until they find one of the 10 iHeartRadio profiles.

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TOP NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

Former Aussie Radio Star Backtracks Claims Of One-Time (S)ex Addiction

By Graham Mack

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 22ND, 2015 –– Longtime morning host, Chrissie Swan now says "I didn't have a (s)ex addiction' following a racy interview about her love life when she was younge. According to thedailymail.com, after treating listeners of her podcast, Show And Tell, to the intimate details about her young, single former self, Chrissie Swan, where she said she was once a 'borderline (s)ex addict', yesterday she tweeted, she hadn't meant the relations to be taken seriously. "I was joking' she now says. 'Obviously women can't make JOKES about anything anymore,' she wrote. The (s)ex addiction reports followed Chrissie's chat on the podcast, where she said, 'Let me explain, I was in a long-term monogamous relationship, from the ages of about 20 to 28, and when I came out of it, let's just say, politely, I made up for lost time.'

Vanessa Feltz Fills For Late Arriving Chris Evans - Chris Evans was 30 minutes late for his breakfast show – the biggest show on UK radio – meaning Vanessa Feltz had to stay on an extra half hour. The incident was handled in a tweet and patronizing way by Vanessa, who said “lovely listeners be gentle with me if you please I will be in charge for the next half hour”. Chris managed to get to work in time to be on the air in time for just after the 7am news where he sung along with his jingle and made no mention of his late arrival, but did say the show was dedicated to anyone who missed the first half hour. He said it was “probably the best, the very best since we started our five and a half year run. Seriously, catch up with it on iPlayer. It was off the chart.” He did however say thank you to “Lady Vanessa”, who would have made her way to her next show on BBC London 94.9 a little later than normal.

Kate, Tim & Marty Guarantee One listener a Million Dollars - Nova’s Kate, Tim & Marty have returned to the Australian airwaves in 2015 with a simple plan - to make one listener a millionaire. However, the big question is… a millionaire of which country? It’s entirely up to the winner when they make the spin of a lifetime. One lucky listener will earn a chance to spin Kate, Tim & Marty’s wheel live in the Nova studios. Whatever country the wheel lands on will determine where they will be considered a millionaire. Kate Ritchie, Tim Blackwell and Marty Sheargold said: “We've always wanted to give away a million dollars, and our dong-giving days are over. It's time we make it rain with some real dollas.” The currencies include one million Vietnamese dong, on million Syrian pounds, one million Ugandan shillings, one million Albanian lek and the coveted one million Australian Dollars. One million Vietnamese Dong is currently equivalent to about $58 Australian dollars. To enter, listeners can register their interest for Kate Tim & Marty’s Guaranteed Millionaire at Novafm.com.au for a chance to correctly identify country of the day and win their way onto the shortlist. Kate, Tim & Marty returned this week. With over 1.6 million listeners, Nova’s Kate, Tim & Marty have been Australia’s number one national Drive show in every survey since. Need an international broadcaster to talk on your show about what’s happening in the UK? – Please call me on +44 7752 416905. Twitter: @GrahamMack Web: www.mackmedia.co.uk Email: graham@mackmedia.co.uk

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7'LL Cool J Returning To Host 2015 Grammys; Snubs, Surprises And Controversies Cover EW

 

Pharrell Gets Happy For GQ Cover - [YOUTUBE]

LL Cool J Returns As Host Of 2015 Grammys - [RTE]

UH OH: Jay Leno Blasts Bill Cosby - [NYDN]

Anderson Cooper Now Apologizes For 'No-Go-Zone" Remarks - [DEADLINE]

UH OH: LeAnn Rimes & Eddie Cibrian's Reality Show Cut After One Season - [ET]

NBA All-Star Concert A Nightmare For New York District - [NY POST]

Steve Jobs Biopic Begins Filming At Childhood Home - [MACTRAST]

Snubs, Surprises And Controversies Cover EW - [EW]

Fergie Talks Therapy With Josh Duhamel In 'Allure' - [E ONLINE]

Jennifer Aniston Reveals Personal Struggles Plus Oscar Snub In 'The Hollywood Reporter' - [THR]

Charli XCX And Rita Ora Team For Music Video - [HOLLYWIRE]

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[WATCH] FCC Fines ESPN And Viacom For Emergency Alert Misuse

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 21ST, 2015 –– The FCC has upheld it's fines against Viacom and ESPN over misuse of Emergency Alerts after running ads for Film District‘s 2013 thriller 'Olympus Has Fallen,' which featured the alert audio in its trailer. According to deadline.com, the agency rejected the companies’ claims that they shouldn’t be held responsible for fines it imposed last year, requiring Viacom to pay $1.12 million and ESPN to cough up $280,000. Reportedly, Viacom aired the ad 108 times over Spike, VH1, MTV, Comedy Central, MTV2, Centric, and BET. ESPN ran them 13 times over four days on ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPNEWS. Viacom and ESPN told the FCC that they shouldn’t be held responsible because they weren’t notified that the movie trailer broke the rules. Viacom added that the ban on use of EAS tones “does not apply to intermediaries…which neither produced the Advertisement nor transmitted it directly to consumers.” The FCC countered by saying that the rule “applies broadly to ‘persons’ and does not exclude cable programmers.” It also applies to those who “transmit or cause to transmit” the tones, which gave the companies “unambiguous notice” that they could be held responsible. Of note: Viacom’s ad guidelines tell buyers that it can review commercials before they run and reject them if needed “to ensure compliance” with laws and regulations. CLICK HERE TO WATCH TRAILER

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Dean Blundell Headed Back To Toronto's Airwaves On Rogers' Sportsnet 590

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 21ST, 2015 –7– A year after being booted from his longtime home on rocker 102.1 The Edge, controversial host Dean Blundell is going to be the new morning show host of Sportsnet 590 The Fan starting in March. According to thestar.com, in addition to Blundell joining the Roger's station on March 2, former morning show host Greg Brady will move to the 1 p.m. slot starting on March 30 while his on-air partner, Andrew Walker will join the new Blundell & Co. morning show. Brady starts March 30, with a co-host still to be determined. Blundell has been off the air for over a year after his long-running show on the Edge was cancelled after he and other radio hosts made “homophobic” remarks on the air. The show was suspended in Dec. 2013 but then cancelled in Jan. 2014. His producer at the time, Derek Welsman had served on a jury which convicted a man of (s)exually assaulting three men whom he met at bathhouses. During his show, Welsman and other hosts mocked men who visit bathhouses. Blundell later apologized saying, “We both made rude, homophobic and inappropriate remarks, which were offensive and unacceptable. We offended a lot of listeners, our families and our friends,” according to The Toronto Star. A few months after leaving the station, Blundell mocked his firing with his own 'Hey I got fired roast (right).'

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: iHeartMedia St. Louis Names Two New Program Directors

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 21ST, 2015 –– iHeartMedia St. Louis announced that Dusty Panhorst (L) has been named Program Director for Country KSD-FM (93.7 The Bull) and Jordan DeSocio has been named Digital Program Director for iHeartMedia St. Louis and Program Director for Rhythmic CHR KBWX (Wild 104.9), effective immediately. Panhorst most recently held the position of Assistant Program Director for KSD. He began his career as an intern in 2005. DeSocio most recently served as Assistant Program Director for KBWX and CHR KSLZ. He also previously held key programming positions with iHeartMedia in Orlando and Cincinnati.
"I'm extremely honored to take the reigns of The Bull,” said Panhorst. “We have an amazing team in St. Louis and the future is very bright." “This is an amazing opportunity and I'm thrilled to continue to grow in my career with iHeartMedia St. Louis," said DeSocio.

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MOTION: Jimmy Ray And Jen Exit Eagle 97.3 Virginia Beach; Op's Mgr. Takes To YouTube To Discuss

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 21ST, 2015 –– Jimmy Ray and Jen, morning hosts on Eagle 97.3/Virginia Beach, have left the station, but in a most unusual follow-up, Op's Mgr. John Shomby took to YouTube to discuss the parting. “Jimmy Ray and Jen were a great morning show for a great bunch of years,” and said the station now plans to conduct a nationwide search for a “live and local morning show,” Shomby said. He does not expect a nationally syndicated show to replace the the show, but their replacement could be anyone from a team to a single host. Shomby added, “I’ve got to tell you, they were my friends .. I miss them. I’ll miss them too... " In the interim, Mark McKay will handle mornings, Karen West will cover afternoons and Stephanie Taylor will do nights. WATCH VIDEO HERE

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Alpha Media To Purchase Coast Radio Group; Would Bring Station Total To 89

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 21ST, 2015 – Alpha Media of Portland, Oregon announced today they have entered into a definitive agreement to purchase radio stations from Coast Radio Company. Coast owns three radio stations; KUIC(FM) in Vacaville, CA., KKIQ(FM) inLivermore, CA. and KKDV(FM) in Walnut Creek, CA. Alpha Media will begin operating the Coast stations under an LMA starting February 1, 2015. Larry Wilson, Chairman of Alpha Media will add the Coast clusters to the eighty-six stations (which include eleven under LMAs) currently in the Alpha Media portfolio. When all pending deals are completed, it will bring the total number of stations owned by Alpha Media to eighty-nine. Commenting on the acquisition, Wilson said, “I’m thrilled to be buying from exceptional operators and management who really know radio. I’m excited about the stations; they will fit nicely into our live and local game plan and concentration in California.” John Levitt; President & CEO of Coast Radio Company said, “Alpha Media is the ideal group to continue Coast Radio’s legacy of serving our local communities. My brother Jim and I have been partners for 40 years in radio station ownership and could not be happier to have found such a great home for our stations and employees.” This transaction will be filed with the Federal Communications Commission shortly and is subject to their approval.

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Radio Host Seeks To Turn John Denver's Aspen Home Into Peace Retreat

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 21ST, 2015 –– Following last August announcement that the late John Denver's Aspen home was on the market for $10.75 million, Willie Hoevers, who host a weekly American Veteran's Radio Show, had a vision to turn the home into a "Global Retreat for Peace." According to bizjournal.com, Hoevers told the Aspen Times that although the asking price is a bit out of his range, he is turning to listeners to raise the money. "I'm looking for people who are willing to invest in peace. Nothing more, nothing less," Hoevers told the newspaper. "And I'm looking for investors who are willing to take that step." The 6,000-square-foot, six-bedroom, 4.5 baths house is located on 7.6 acres of prime mountain real estate. It has been listed at Carol Dopkin of Aspen Snowmass Sotheby's International Realty since late July. Dopkin said the current owners spend about two weeks a year there and no longer desire to own it. Denver died in 1997 after an aircraft he was piloting crashed into Monterey Bay near Pacific Grove, California. He was 53.

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iHeartRadio Country Festival Returns In May

Hosted By Premiere Network's Bobby Bones

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 21ST, 2015 –– iHeartMedia announced today the return of the successful iHeartRadio Country Festival. This year, country music's biggest superstars will hit the stage at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas on Saturday, May 2, in a live celebration of all things Country. The country music of the iHeartRadio app will come to life onstage in Austin with an extraordinary lineup including Tim McGraw, Brantley Gilbert, Rascal Flatts and Brad Paisley, with more to be announced, and will be hosted by iHeartMedia's nationally-syndicated host Bobby Bones. "The country format has great talent and on-air personalities who have such a strong bond and loyalty with their fans and there is no better way to celebrate that relationship than at a live event," said Tom Poleman President of National Programming Platforms for iHeartMedia. "With our more than 120 country stations nationwide we have the ability to bring the biggest events and one-of-a-kind experiences to our loyal listeners that no one else can provide."

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[WATCH] CBS Sunday Morning Profiles Steve Harvey

THE This past weekend, CBS Sunday Morning featured a candid interview with Steve Harvey about why he laughs in the face of adversity. Special Correspondent James Brown sat down with Harvey in Chicago as he marked his 58th birthday to talk about his journey from losing everything he owned twice and living in his car for three years, to becoming an award-winning radio and television host, best-selling author and producer, and why he doesn’t take his success for granted. He tells CBS' Charlie Brown, "I tape 180 shows in 34 weeks," Harvey said. "And then as soon as I'm done, I go home to Atlanta to tape 'Family Feud.' And in eight weeks I tape 185 shows. And then every morning on the radio I do 240 live shows a year, every morning!"The checks help get you there," he laughed. "The moment they quit paying me -- I'm exhausted!" WATCH HERE

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PHOTOS: Marilu Henner Reunites With 'Taxi' Cast; Dee Jay Silver Ties The Knot

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 21ST, 2015 –– Sun Broadcast Group host, Marilu Henner, was broadcasting from the ABC News Radio studios in NYC in conjunction with the premiere of 'Honeymoon in Vegas' starring fellow cast member Tony Danza. Taxi co-stars Christopher Lloyd (Reverend Jim Ignatowsjki) and Carol Kane (Simka Dahblitz-Gravas) stopped by to share some 'Taxi' memories. The full cast reunited at the Nederlander Theatre. CAST PHOTO/David Gordon ##### Fellow SBG host, Dee Jay Silver, Sony Music Nashville artist and host of Sun Broadcast Group’s The Country Club with Dee Jay Silver, tied the knot last week on the beach in Punta Cana, D.R. As a wedding present, Sun Broadcast Group gave them a George Foreman grill and 3 new affiliates: WCKN-FM, Charleston SC, KIOD-FM, McCook NE, and WJVL-FM, Janesville WI. If you’d like to give a gift of affiliation, they are registered at Sun Broadcast Group 212-380-9303. Pictured are Dee Jay and his better half, Jenna Michelle.

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7Blake Shelton Rips Critics Of 'American Sniper;' Perry Covers ESPN's Music Issue

 

UH OH: The 'Bieb To Be Roasted On 'Comedy Central' - [RYAN SEACREST]

Katy Perry Plays Ball With Houston Texans' JJ Watt IN ESPN's Music Issue - [ESPN]

UH OH: Bad Plumbing Forces Justin Timberlake's New York Eatery To Close - [PAGE SIX]

J.K. Simmons Is Going To Host SNL - [PEOPLE]

Netflix To Stream 'The Interview' Beginning Jan. 24th - [THE VERGE]

NBC Streaming Superbowl For Free - [EW]

'50 Shade's' Dakota Johnson Vogue Cover Hits News Stands Today - [DAILY MAIL]

Blake Shelton Rips Critics Of 'American Sniper' - [GOSSIP COP]

Oscar de la Hoya To Launch Boxing Channel - [VARIETY]

Rob Lowe Tells Conan About Time He Filmed Show Next To Dildo Factory - [UPROXX]

 

 

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MOTION: Len Berman And Todd Schnitt Team For Mornings At 710 WOR New York

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 20TH, 2015 –– 710 WOR-AM New York announced today the debut of its new morning show, "Len Berman and Todd Schnitt in the Morning," which will broadcast weekdays from 6-10:00 a.m., beginning Jan. 26, 2015. Berman is an Emmy-Award winning sportscaster and New York Times Best Selling Author who has covered just about every major sports event including multiple Super Bowls, World Series and Olympics during his 40-year career in broadcasting. He was a long-time sports anchor for WNBC-TV and creator of “Spanning the World,” a monthly collection of sports bloopers, which is a long time staple on NBC’s Today Show. Schnitt is an award-winning nationally syndicated radio talk show host heard on over 50 stations nationwide, which he'll continue to host via the show's flagship station WFLA Tampa. He previously hosted the very successful "MJ Morning Show," which ran for 18 years in Tampa on WFLZ and included affiliates in Atlanta, St. Louis, Jacksonville, West Palm Beach and Ft. Myers. "Len Berman is the perfect co-host, he is a well-known New Yorker and brings a ton of wit, wisdom and street smarts to the microphone," said Schnitt. "Together we are very excited to construct a new local, engaging and entertaining morning show for New York." "I've been fortunate to broadcast for some historic stations and am thrilled to add the iconic WOR to that list," said Berman. "This is the entertaining, informative and locally focused morning show that New Yorkers have been waiting for," said Thea Mitchem, Senior Vice President of Programming, iHeartMedia. "We are confident the show will quickly become an essential part of New Yorkers' mornings."

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John McConnell Joins Talent/Content Management Group Workhouse Media

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 20TH, 2015 –– Talent and content management company Workhouse Media announces today that John McConnell has joined the company as Executive Vice President. McConnell will be in charge of overseeing Workhouse Media’s East Coast offices as well as serving in a new senior management role for the company. McConnell comes to Workhouse Media after a long history of senior executive management for a series of successful radio networks, including ABC Music and ABC News, ABC Talk Radio and the ESPN Radio Network. Over the past six years, in managing his own company, he has represented some of the most popular stars in broadcasting today. “John comes to Workhouse Media with a powerful combined background in programming, syndication and strategy,” says Paul B. Anderson, Principal & CEO of Workhouse Media, adding that he and McConnell have worked together on both sides of the negotiating table for more than ten years. “His track record is both broad and deep, and the industry recognizes his impeccable reputation for integrity and results.” McConnell, who will be managing Workhouse Media’s expanded offices in New York, says his new role with the company will extend its client reach, as well as representation model. “We need to be able to identify and develop where talent is going before the next wave online and at every stage in their broadcast careers ... Paul and I share an enthusiasm for developing and nurturing our creative partners at every level and stage of growth.” Workhouse Media, Inc. is a multi-platform talent + content management company, with clients and partnerships working across radio, television, literary representation, digital and film. The company has offices in Seattle, Los Angeles and New York.

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: Scott Shapiro Named VP/Sports For Premiere Networks; Westwood One Promotes Jim Daunais & Tim Walker To EVPs

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 20TH, 2015 –– Premiere Networks announced today that Scott Shapiro has been named Vice President of Sports Programming for Premiere Networks, effective immediately. Shapiro will report to Don Martin, Premiere Networks SVP of Sports Programming. In his most recent role, Shapiro served as Program Director of ESPN Radio. He previously served as producer of Mike & Mike, Assistant Program Director and Executive Producer of WQXI-AM, 790 The Zone in Atlanta, Ga. He also produced Mayhem in the AM, and managed its simulcast on Comcast Sports South TV. ************ Westwood One announced that it has promoted seasoned sales executives Jim Daunais (L) and Tim Walker (R) to Executive Vice-Presidents in its network Sales division. Daunais becomes EVP, Southeast Region and Walker moves up to EVP, Southwest Region. Daunais is based in Atlanta; Walker in Dallas. Before joining the company in 2004, he also served as an account executive for the New York Mets. Walker is a 25+ year broadcast veteran. He spent the last three years as Director of National Sales, Southwest Region, for Cumulus, and before that was National Sales Manager for Cumulus, Dallas/Houston. Prior to joining Cumulus, Walker worked as the National Sales Manager for CBS Radio, Dallas. This is his second tour with Westwood One. He was an account executive in the Dallas office from 2000-2002.

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[LISTEN] Seattle Station Catches F-Bomb Heard 'Round The World In Post-Game Interview

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 20TH, 2015 –– By scant chance you didn't hear, there was quite a playoff game between the Seattle Seahawks and Greenbay Packers on Sunday with the Seahawks delivering a wild comeback in overtime to win 28-22. KIRO/Seattle was on the scene and scooped a quick reaction to a highly emotional wide receiver Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse following the winning drive. Catch the 90-second clip below from Seahawks radio flagship KIRO where Doug Baldwin made it perfectly clear that Russell Wilson "didn't have a *uckin' message" before the game-winning drive, and Jermaine Kearse insisting that "I know I didn't make all my plays, but when they count, I MAKE 'EM." Hats off to sideline radio reporter, Jen Mueller (R) for grabbing the the sound bites which by now has surely been heard by millions around the world - CAUTION: STRONG LANGUAGE - LISTEN TO AUDIO HERE AND PHOTOS FROM GUARDIAN.COM

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Mark McCrazy Experience Take Mornings At BOOM 94.5/Dallas

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 20TH, 2015 –– Just two months after its launch, Radio One's KSOC-FM (Boom 94.5/Dallas has announced it morning and afternoon shows. OM/PD Mark McCray will anchor the "Mark McCrazy Experience" with co-host India and DJ Menace. And taking afternoons is Fort Worth native Big Baby Kenny J from 2-7pm with DJ Mo Dave. "It's always been a desire of mine to return to Texas, where I have lived most of my adult life, and to host mornings," said McCrazy. "I've reassembled my team. India, Menace and I hosted a show in Florida (X102.3 West Palm) for 8 years. I know we can bring the same energy, entertainment, local information, Hip Hop knowledge and community involvement to the place we call home, North Texas." Radio One/Dallas VP/General Manager Gary Spurgeon said, "Boom 94.5 is experiencing significant growth in DFW and the North Texas area. The addition of Mark, India and Menace live in mornings, gives us even more momentum for the BOOM 94.5 brand. The combination of great Classic Hip Hop, live and local morning personalities, a local afternoon program and our specialty features, gives BOOM 94.5 the additional boost to take it to a whole new level of entertainment for the DFW listener." PHOTO/Ms. India, DJ Menace And McCray,

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The Fly Jock, Tom Joyner, Is Hitting the Road Again In 2015

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 20TH, 2015 – After going to 40 markets in 2014, Joyner sets out again to visit more listeners on a monthly basis. The Tom Joyner Morning Show (TJMS) launched the first leg of the 2015 “Meet Every Listener” tour on January 19, 2015 in Houston, Texas. Each month Tom Joyner, along with co-hosts Sybil Wilkes and J. Anthony Brown (shown), will broadcast live from a different region of the country from local radio station affiliates, meet and greet listeners and sponsors, and generally have a great time meeting thousands of people. During the week of January 19th the TJMS started in Houston, TX with Majic 102.1, continuing on to Beaumont, TX broadcasting from KTCX-FM 102.5, then to Shreveport, LA with KVMA-FM102.9; the TJMS will complete this leg in Little Rock, AR with KOKY-FM 102.1. Follow the tour on social media via hashtag #TJMSTour and online on BlackAmericaWeb.com for photos and updates.

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7'American Sniper' Tops $105 Million At Box Office; Ferrell & Hart Star In 'Get Hard'

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'American Sniper' Now Topping $105M At Box Office - [THE WRAP]

[WATCH] Betty White Surprised By 'Flash Mob' On Her 93rd, Birthday - [PEOPLE]

Fox In Talks Fo More '24'; Maybe Without Sutherland - [EW]

The UK Sun To Cover Up Pg. 3 Topless Photos Tradition - [YAHOO]

[WATCH] Matt Healy Says He Is NOT Dating Taylor Swift - [GOSSIP COP]

UH OH: 'Bigget Loser' Contestant Reveals Behind The Scenes' Secrets - [NY POST]

Guess Who Julianne Hough & Vanessa Hudgen Are Going To Play In Fox's Live 'Grease' Musical - [E ONLINE]

World Renowned Fitness Expert/Actor Killed By Train In California - [NBC LA]

Famed CSNY Drummer Passes Away At 66 - [UCR]

Gary Sinise Starring In 'Criminal Minds' Spinoff - [DEADLINE]

Sportscaster Greg Anthony Suspended After Arrest for Soliciting A D.C. Prostitute - [WAPO]

[WATCH] 'Price Is Right' Announcer Takes Hilarious Fall Off Treadmill During Show - Doens't Miss A Beat - [TODAY]

[WATCH] 'Get Hard' With Kevin Hart And Will Ferrell - [SLASH FILM]

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Former New Orleans' Talk Host Caught On Video Making (S)exual Advances Towards Cabbie, Found Guilty Of Mischief

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 19TH, 2015 –– A New Orleans attorney and former WGSO/New Orleans' radio talk host accused of filing a false police report against the cabdriver who filmed her sexual advances toward him during a cab ride three years ago, was found guilty of misdemeanor criminal mischief last Friday (Jan. 16), according FOX 8 NOLA. Jennifer Gaubert, who was convicted in April of simple battery against driver Hervey Farrell, escaped a more serious felony charge of making false statements, the station reported. Farrell had originally faced charges of extortion and video voyeurism following a 2013 cab ride, with Gaubert claiming the cabbie emailed her attorney threatening to expose the video unless she paid him. But prosecutors declined the charges, leading Farrell to bring a federal lawsuit against New Orleans police and the city over his arrest. Farrell shot video of Gaubert which was entered into evidence during the simple-battery trial of Gaubert. Judge Paul Sens convicted Gaubert on April 2 of touching the cab driver without his permission. Farrell has now filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the New Orleans Police Department for the way they initially handled the matter. WARNING: NSFW - WATCH HERE

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