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Real Radio's Jim Philips Announces Retirement; Jim Colbert Show Set To Follow
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 13TH, 2018 –– Real Radio 104.1, announced the debut of The Jim Colbert Show, effective November 26. Led by Jim Colbert, a 26-year Orlando morning show veteran, will be joined by co-host and News Director Deborah Roberts, award-winning stand-up comedian Rauce Padgett, and Executive Producer and 20-year Real Radio veteran Jack Bradshaw.
“We are very excited about The Jim Colbert Show expanding to five days a week,” said Linda Byrd, Division President of iHeartMedia. “After 26 years of entertaining morning audiences as part of the Monsters of the Morning show on Real Radio, Jimmy will now be doing the same in afternoon drive time with his unique comedic take on the world.” “Before I was in radio I was a long-time listener of Jim Philips and Philips Phile” said Colbert. “It is an absolute honor to bring my show to the same time slot on Real Radio 104.1.”
This news comes on the heels of the legendary Jim Philips (R) who announced his retirement from Real Radio 104.1’s “The Philips Phile” The final live “The Philips Phile” will air from 3 – 7 p.m. on November 20, 2018 on Real Radio 104.1, We Say What We Want. Real Radio 104.1 will also celebrate Philips retirement with a special “Phinal Philips Phile” tribute show on Wednesday, November 21, 2018 from 3 - 7 p.m. “It has been a great 50-year career and now it is time to move on with the next phase of my life,” said Philips. “I can’t thank the Orlando community enough for letting me into their homes, their cars and their offices for all this time.”
Corey Bonalewicz Takes Afternoons; Kevan Kenney Moves From Weekends To Nights At ALT 92 New York
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 13TH, 2018 –– Entercom, announced Corey Bonalewicz (L) as its new afternoon drive host for ALT 92.3 (WNYL-FM) in New York. In addition, current Saturday evening drive host Kevan Kenney (R) will transition to host the station’s late-night 10:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. ET. Both changes are effective November 12. "Kevan Kenney “ALT 92.3 has proven to be a strong addition to Entercom’s New York portfolio, showcasing that alternative music has a steady place in this market,” said Susan Larkin, Regional President and Market Manager, Entercom New York. “We are certain that Corey and Kevan will be assets to the team and continue to elevate ALT in New York.”
“As we continue to grow our dynamic team, it’s vital to have talent that can create memorable content across all platforms,” said Mike Kaplan, Senior Vice President of Programming and Program Director, Entercom New York. “Corey and Kevan’s innovative minds will add to these efforts.” “From the day I began my career in radio, it has been a goal of mine to make it to New York City,” said Bonalewicz. “Finally that day has come. I’m so pumped to join the amazing team at ALT.” Prior to joining ALT 92.3, Bonalewicz held on-air roles for Entercom sister stations B96 (WBBM-FM) in Chicago and B97 (WEZB-FM) in New Orleans.
“Growing up as a kid in New Jersey, this opportunity is nothing short of a lifelong dream come true,” added Kenney. “I can’t wait to grow the station’s late-night listening experience. It doesn’t get any better than this.”
IT'S OFFICIAL: Ben Shapiro To Join WLS 890 Chicago's Lineup
To Launch New Longform Interview Podcast Series On WWO
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 13TH, 2018 –– As Chicago scribe Robert Feder first tipped earlier this week, Cumulus has now confirmed it's bringing Westwood One nationally syndicated talk radio program The Ben Shapiro Show to WLS-AM 890 afternoons. The Ben Shapiro Show will move from its current 9pm-10pm slot on WLS-AM 890 to a new three-hour position weekdays from 2pm-5pm Central on January 7, 2019. .
Marv Nyren, Vice President/Market Manager, CUMULUS MEDIA-Chicago, said: “When the opportunity originally came up to be the first station in Chicago to carry The Ben Shapiro Show, we jumped on it. With the incredible success we’ve experienced in a short period of time, moving Ben into a prime daypart is the perfect addition to our star-studded lineup.”
In a follow-up announcement, WWO announced “The Ben Shapiro Show Sunday Special” will debut on May 6th as a Stand-Alone Show Available on “The Ben Shapiro Show” Podcast Feed. The Ben Shapiro Show Sunday Special is a brand new long-form interview series airing every Sunday on the same feed as The Ben Shapiro Show podcast. The first episode will be available via audio and video on May 6th. Westwood One Podcast Network is the exclusive sales partner for all of Ben Shapiro’s podcasts and has SOLD OUT the first six episodes of The Ben Shapiro Show Sunday Special — with a wait-list for future episodes. “The excitement around the launch of The Ben Shapiro Show Sunday Special podcast is a testament to the demand for Ben’s powerful and enlightening voice and his ability to align brands with passionate audiences through audio,” said Suzanne Grimes, EVP, Marketing, Cumulus Media and President, Westwood One. The Ben Shapiro Show, is the most listened to conservative podcast in the country, with 15 million downloads each month. Ben is also editor-in-chief of DailyWire.com.
KBKS-FM Seattle Reveals New Morning Show; Now Searching For Another Member
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 13TH, 2018 –– Carla Marie & Anthony have been named the new morning show at KISS 106.1Nov 12, 2018 We're your new morning show on 106.1 in Seattle!! The station's website announces that it's moving them from its night spot to mornings. The duo adds, "We cannot thank you enough for your support, the love we have experienced over the last few weeks has been unimaginable, so thank you!! The two of us couldn't be more excited for this next adventure because our family is growing! "
They add, they're adding another member to the Carla Marie & Anthony show! If you want to be a part our family and you love waking up at 3:30am YOU can apply HERE - Meantime, KBKS' search for Seattle's Funniest continues.
SHOCKER: Mary Ellen Kachinske Exits WTMX Chicago; Search Begins For New PD
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 13TH, 2018 –– Hubbard Radio Chicago announced that Mary Ellen Kachinske will no longer serve as Program Director of 101.9 THE MIX / WTMX. “We thank Mary Ellen for her contributions to the success of THE MIX and wish her the best in her future endeavors.” stated Jeff England Vice President / Market Manager Hubbard Radio Chicago. Music Director Nikki Chuminatto will serve as Interim Program Director.
“Our search for the next great Programming leader for THE MIX begins today.” added England. Interested candidates should complete the on line application at www.wtmx.com/careers-opportunities/ and contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
SYNDICATION: The Woody Show Invades Norfolk
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 13TH, 2018 –– iHeart's ALT 105.3 WNOH-FM, Hampton Roads Alternative Rock, announced today the debut of The Woody Show, effective immediately. The show features Woody, along with co-hosts Ravey, Greg Gory, Menace and Sebas,
“We are so Norfolk(ing) appreciative of Brett Ballard and the local muckity mucks for asking us to be a part of their station, despite the more responsible options that I’m sure were available to them,” said Woody.
“We are excited to have The Woody Show on ALT 105.3,” said WNOH-FM Program Director Brett Ballard. “We feel the content that The Woody Show provides in mornings is perfect for Hampton Roads!”
iHeart Philly Debuts 106.1 The Breeze
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 13TH, 2018 –– iHeartMedia Philadelphia announced the launch of 106.1 The Breeze, Philly’s Relaxing Favorites. 106.1 The Breeze launched at 12 p.m. on Monday by playing 10,000 commercial-free songs in a row. The full talent line-up for 106.1 The Breeze will be announced in the upcoming weeks.
“This is a sound that was long abandoned by other stations, said Nick Gnau, President of iHeartMedia Philadelphia Region. “Listeners can now hear relaxing Adult Contemporary genre music that hasn’t been played on the radio in years from their favorite artists.” “There is a huge appetite in Philly for a softer, relaxed sound, especially during the workday, said Brian Check, Vice President of Programming for 106.1 The Breeze. “I’m happy to say we’re bringing “The Breeze” to Philadelphia.” As part of this move, programming on Real 106.1 changed on Friday November 9th to a Holiday music format and will now transition to 106.1 The Breeze. With the move, longtime Philly host Chio and Shila exit mornings along with midday personality Nicole Michalik and afternoon talent Johnny V.
Entercom Flips AMP Radio Detroit To 987 The Breeze
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 13TH, 2018 –– Entercom announced yesterday the launch of 987 The Breeze (WDZH-FM) in Detroit, MI. “We are excited to launch 987 The Breeze and to fill this void in the Motor City’s music scene,” said Debbie Kenyon, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Detroit. “We know the station will become a must-listen to make your work day breeze by.”
987 The Breeze kicked off with 10,000 songs commercial-free, starting yesterday at 5:00 p.m. ET. 987 The Breeze replaces 98.7 AMP Radio.
AdLarge Media And WAVSTAR Announce Exclusive Ad Sales Partnership
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 13TH, 2018 –– AdLarge Media and WAVSTAR have partnered in an exclusive ad sales partnership which makes the cloud-based CRM/workflow management system available to radio stations on a barter basis for the first time. “WAVSTAR is a sought-after station management platform, backed by a team that collaborates with their affiliate stations,” observed Gary Schonfeld, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of AdLarge Media. “From the first time we saw WAVSTAR's incredible interface and integrated workflow modules, we knew that the WAVSTAR software was very important to radio stations."
Stations interested in learning more about the WAVSTAR workflow system may contact Pamela O’Connor at 855 927-7827 x204 or email@example.com. WAVSTAR is represented by Heather Cohen at the Weiss Agency.
Free Beer & Hot Wings On The Hunt For Producer/Co-Host
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 13TH, 2018 –– Compass syndicated Free Beer & Hot Wings are on the hunt for a new producer/co-host. They add, "We are a good place to work. We are left alone by management, we invest heavily in ourselves, and we all love each other" We’re looking for a Producer/Co-host on the Free Beer and Hot Wings morning show. The show is a syndicated, male-targeted talk show heard in 40+markets nationwide and growing. Candidates must have a great sense of humor, fit into a multi-cast ensemble show, be bold and confident in their on-air personality and fit into the show’s irreverent, self-deprecating, sometimes edgy environment. A commitment to excellence and a “whatever it takes to win” attitude is a must. Position requires both on-air and off-air responsibilities.
Off-air roles to be determined based on skill set of the personality, but will include audio (adobe) and video editing, content curation, social media management, guest booking and management, etc. This is not a job that is four and the door. It is a whatever it takes job. The ideal candidate will come to play, laugh, work and win!
Email demo, resume and references to firstname.lastname@example.org
CONDOLENCES: Radio Vet & Producer/Host of The Acoustic Storm, Jeff Parets, Passes Away At 67
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 13TH, 2018 –– Andy Denemark tells Jockline, 'All of us at the United Stations Radio Networks are sad to confirm that our long-time friend and partner, Jeff Parets, passed away on Wednesday, November 7th after a valiant battle with cancer. He was 67." Jeff Parets started out in the medium on the college radio station as a student at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA, before making his way out to the Phoenix, Arizona area not long after graduation. It was his experience as Program Director/Music Director at KSTM “The Storm” in Phoenix that convinced Jeff that there was a sophisticated audience for music that needed to be served.
“The Storm” lasted from 1981 to 1987, and not long after it changed format, Jeff landed at KDKB-FM. But his passion for digging deeper into music never faded, and in the late 90’s, Jeff started producing and hosting “The Acoustic Storm” on KSLX-FM in Phoenix. By 2003 the show was being syndicated independently by Jeff Parets, and at the start of 2007, Jeff partnered with United Stations so that he could focus on the show and United Stations would handle affiliations, ad sales and distribution of the 3-hour weekend program. The Acoustic Storm remains a mainstay of USRN’s Classic Rock and Classic Hits lineup. In lieu of flowers, the Parets family requests that anyone wishing to commemorate Jeff make a donation in his name to the Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA. Please follow the Acoustic Storm Facebook page for event details on the Life Celebration and how to make a donation to AAWL.
REPORT: Ben Shapiro To Join WLS-AM/Chicago Lineup In January; Mancow May Be In Line For Mornings
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 12TH, 2018 –– While no official word from Cumulus, Robert Feder reports that Chicagoans may soon be hearing more of Ben Shapiro on WLS 890-AM, according to insiders. Shapiro whose hourlong podcast now airs at 9 p.m. weekdays, is expected to host his Westwood One syndicated afternoon show on the Cumulus Media news/talk station. Starting early in the new year, sources said, he’ll replace afternoon star Steve Dahl, whose last show on WLS airs December 21. Confirmation of the deal could come Monday when Shapiro originates his podcast from WLS studios in Chicago.
Feder also adds that Erich Mancow Muller may be in line to host mornings on WLS, shifting Big John Howell to another role at the station. Muller, who paired with Pat Cassidy in middays on WLS from 2008 to 2010, most recently hosted mornings on the former WLUP (aka The Loop) before it was sold in March.
Brian Gary Announces He'll Be Leaving KUAD/ Colorado In January; Townsquare Now On The Hunt For Replacement
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 12TH, 2018 –– Brian Gary, n a very emotional on-air announcement last Friday told his listeners “I’ve decided it’s time to ride away. I’ve been talking about this for a long, long time. Today is that day for me. I have loved every minute of this. There is no person on Earth who has been more blessed than me.” Gary tells Jockline, “I have had a career that has been beyond anyone's wildest dreams. I could've never imagine the things that have happened to me but I've decided that it's time to see what is next. I have enjoyed every minute of the past 30 years but I'm looking forward to sleeping in and staying up late with my wife and making my world a little smaller. It has been an honor to have been so welcomed in the country music family. My thanks to Townsquare Media and all the others who allowed me to live my dream.”
“Brian has made an undeniable impact in our community-- I’ve met very few individuals quite as passionate as Brian, I wish him all the best on his next ride.” -Evan Harrison, President & CRO Townsquare Media Northern Colorado “All of us at Townsquare are so grateful for everything Brian has done for Northern Colorado, for Country Radio, and for our company. He’s one of the best that has ever done it.” - Kurt Johnson, SVP Programming Townsquare Townsquare is receiving applications to move into this opening at K99. Send your materials today to Market President Evan.Harrison@townsquaremedia.com.
California Fire Death Toll Rises To 31; Homes Of Some Radio People Destroyed
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 12TH, 2018 –– In one of the deadliest fires in California history for a single fire, AP reports at least another 228 remain unaccounted for as crews stepped up the search for bodies and missing people. Paradise — a town of 27,000, was largely incinerated last week. Statewide, 150,000 remained displaced as more than 8,000 fire crews battled wildfires that have scorched 400 square miles, with out-of-state crews continuing to arrive. Whipping winds and tinder-dry conditions threaten more areas through the rest of the week, fire officials warned. “This is truly a tragedy that all Californians can understand and respond to,” Gov. Jerry Brown said at a press briefing. “It’s a time to pull together and work through these tragedies.”
Further south, fires extended into Woolsey and The Hill area which threatened homes and businesses in Malibu, Thousand Oaks and beyond - An area which is the home to several radio members. Among those we've heard from so far include Joel Denver, President of The All Access Music Group, who lost his Malibu home, but posted this morning that its nearby offices in Malibu were still intact remain evacuated.
Frank Kramer, (shown) morning co-host of The Frosty, Heidi & Frank on Cumulus KLOS, also lost his home. He tweeted: "Trying to grasp the situation this morning. I lost everything yesterday when my home was destroyed in the Woolsey Fire. My family is safe and that is all that matters. Things keeping popping in my head that I left behind, but we will build from our ashes. Thanks for the love
For those wishing to help victims of the Woolsey and Hill Fire, KLOS has prepared an in-depth list places to donate - Visit HERE -
'Billboard,' A Film Inspired By Radio Publicity Stunt, Screened in Lewisburg, PA
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 12TH, 2018 –– ‘Billboard,’ a Film Based on Radio Station Publicity Stunt was screened over the weekend in Lewisburg. The screening, which took place at the Campus Theatre in Lewisburg on Sunday, was inspired by a contest put on by the radio station WSAN-AM in the Lehigh Valley in the 1980s.
According to WNAP-TV, people lived on top of a billboard in order to win a mobile home. The stunt lasted for more than six months and received national attention. "I drove by the billboard on a weekly basis, and you could see the tents and everything lined up, and for years after, I'd drive by that same billboard and they still had the platform out there until they changed the exit ramp," said Dave Givler of Lewisburg. "Billboard" just came here after a week-long screening in the Lehigh Valley. It will continue its screening tour Monday in Harrisburg. WATCH HERE
HONORS: Delilah Inducted Into Adoption Hall of Fame
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 12TH, 2018 –– Premiere Networks-syndicated personality Delilah was inducted into the 2018 Adoption Hall of Fame at a ceremony held in Washington, D.C., last week. The Adoption Hall of Fame Award is given by the National Council for Adoption (NCFA) in recognition of outstanding commitment, service, and sacrifice for the cause of adoption by an individual or organization who has positively impacted the practice of adoption.
A mother of 13 children, 10 of whom were adopted, Delilah was honored for her decades-long commitment to children in need of a family, and for using her national radio platform and her non-profit organization Point Hope to celebrate adoption and raise awareness of children waiting to be adopted from the U.S. foster care system. NCFA president and CEO Chuck Johnson says, “With a loving heart, Delilah has made a home for the 10 children she has adopted. She is an incredible advocate for children to have loving, permanent families. Through her work at Point Hope—a non-profit organization she founded over a decade ago—Delilah is committed to advocating for children in foster care and providing resources that reduce the burden on foster parents and let kids in care know they are not forgotten. We thank Delilah for being a voice for children in need, and we are proud to induct her into our Adoption Hall of Fame this year.”
Cumulus Brings Love To Minneapolis
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 12TH, 2018 –– Cumulus will deliver the best of the holiday season to Christmas music lovers in the Twin Cities with the launch of its all-Christmas music station,
WGVX/LOVE 105. LOVE 105 turned on the holiday cheer in a big way with the warm sounds of the season, launching Wednesday, November 7th at 12:00am Midnight with the Christmas favorite, “Let it Snow” by Dean Martin. LOVE 105 will move to an Oldies AC format after the holidays. Please see the attached release for details. Also attached is the LOVE 105 logo for your use.
EVENTS: The Bert Show Distributes Over 189,000 Letters To Troops For Thanksgiving
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 12TH, 2018 –– On Thursday, November 8th, just days before Veterans Day, the entire Bert Show cast and dozens of volunteers gathered to help the United States Postal Service pick up thousands of The Bert Show’s “Big Thank You” letters. Over 189,000 handwritten Thank You letters were received from the nation and beyond to be delivered to our troops deployed outside the United States just in time for Thanksgiving Day. The nationally syndicated talk radio show kicked off their annual “Big Thank You” campaign this fall, in an effort to give thanks to all the men and women that serve our country.
“What our Bert Show community has done over the years with the Big Thank You is extraordinary, and I never want this to go unappreciated,” says Bert Weiss, host of The Bert Show. “There are a tremendous amount of letters being sent each year to people who our listeners will never meet, and most will never even get a response back. This is a true act of altruism, and there is so much honor in making our deployed military feel connected during the lonely holiday season.” For more information on The Bert Show’s “Big Thank You” campaign, please visit http://thebertshow.com/bigthankyou.
Entercom Denver Teams With Project Sanctuary For 'Mountain Of Gratitude'
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 12TH, 2018 –– Entercom announced a partnership with Project Sanctuary to launch the inaugural “Mountain of Gratitude Radiothon” on 99.5 The Mountain (KQMT-FM) in Denver. The radiothon, which will benefit veterans through Project Sanctuary, will broadcast live from Dave & Buster’s in Denver on Monday, November 12 from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. MST.
“We are proud to partner with Project Sanctuary and spread the word about their mission to help our veterans go from battle ready to family ready,” said John Fullam, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Denver. “We’re honored to be able to play a role in this initiative.” During the radiothon, 99.5 The Mountain morning show co-hosts Mike Casey and Allie Hartwick (shown) will highlight families helped by Project Sanctuary and the importance of supporting troops returning home from deployment. Listeners can donate online or via call-in to 99.5 The Mountain’s phone bank. Project Sanctuary helps military families thrive through an evidence-based program built on compassionate advocacy, providing resiliency and reintegration tools, and reestablishing hope.
Benztown And Saga Form Creative Branding Partnership
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 12TH, 2018 –– Benztown announced that it has entered into an agreement with Saga Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq:SGA) to provide custom creative audio imaging production and imaging production libraries to all Saga radio stations across the U.S. through a new companywide creative branding initiative launching on January 1, 2019. Benztown will also provide to all Saga stations its technology assets to catalogue and archive imaging elements.
Dave “Chachi” Denes, President, Benztown, said: “I have great admiration for Saga and Ed Christian’s leadership within our industry, not to mention his long service on the Radio Music License Committee, and Bob Lawrence’s extensive programming, branding, and research track record. They represent the very best of radio broadcasting. We are proud and excited to partner with them and with Saga professionals across the country to create great-sounding audio brands that listeners and communities love.” Bob Lawrence, Vice President of Programming for Saga Communications, said: “When it comes to creative imaging and branding, Benztown is second-to-none. They have designed a platform that seamlessly interfaces with our own talented programming and production teams in every market and at every station. This just makes perfect sense for us on so many levels."
FORMATICS: Gwen Stefani Joins KOST-FM To Bring On Christmas Music
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 12TH, 2018 –– iHeartMedia Los Angeles’ KOST 103.5, Feel Good Los Angeles, announced the return of its annual continuous holiday music programming, beginning last Friday at 5:00 p.m. PST. The station flip was announced by KOST morning drive host, Ellen K, and will be carried out live on the air by afternoon drive host, Mark Wallengren. Interscope Records Recording Artist, Gwen Stefani, joined the KOST personalities in-studio to flip the ceremonial switch to Holiday Music and perform some of her own select Christmas Songs from her album You Make it Feel Like Christmas live for a small group of contest winners.
“The holiday season in Southern California officially gets underway when KOST 103.5 starts playing holiday favorites and for the 17th consecutive year, KOST 103.5 will provide a festive soundtrack for millions of listeners,” said John Peake, KOST Program Director. “We are honored to be a part of our listeners family holiday traditions. Last year, KOST 103.5 set a new record reaching more than 5.3 million cheerful listeners every week during the Holiday season and we can’t wait to do it again this year.”
But Wait, There's More: WJBR/Delaware Flips; Star Dallas Flips, Too
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 12TH, 2018 –– 99.5/WJBR-FM has become Delaware’s official Christmas Station, playing all Christmas music from now through December 25th. “The Delaware Valley loves Christmas music and counts on WJBR to get them in the holiday spirit,” said Market Manager, AJ Lurie. “We have been fielding messages for weeks asking for us to flip.” “Christmas is always a special time of year, but this year Jingle Bell Radio really signifies the tradition of Christmas music on WJBR,” said Program Director, Rich DiSisto. “The timing felt right to “Make The Flip” today!”
-- STAR 102.1 (KDGE-FM) Dallas jumped into the holiday season last week by flipping its format from Mainstream Adult Contemporary to around-the-clock Christmas Music. On-air personalities Leigh Ann and Jeremy, Amanda Flores and Rick O’Bryan, will continue to host the station’s programming.
[LISTEN] Boomer Esiason Addresses Former Co-Host Craig Carton's Guilty Verdict
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 9TH, 2018 –– In the months leading up to this week's guilty verdict on fraud charges for former WFAN morning co-host Craig Carton, Boomer Esiason, his longtime friend and former co-host, had hoped that somehow Carton would find a way out of his legal woes. This week a jury quickly doused hope quickly by returning a guilty verdict just after a day of deliberations. On Yesterday's "Boomer and Gio Show" Boomer Esiason led off by saying, "I think all of us are saddened by the news, and we had all held out hope that Craig would somehow find his way out of what he got himself into. There are victims in this case. I don't want to in any way, shape or form take away from what they've had to deal with over the last 14 months (since Carton's arrest)."
Esiason added, "So yesterday, when the news came down, I wasn't shocked. I was saddened. I was saddened for his family. I will miss Craig. I have missed Craig. But the show here goes on. "For anybody out there, who's ever had anybody in their life who has dealt with any sort of addiction -- drugs, alcohol, gambling -- this is a cautionary tale of how your life can spiral out of control and how it can affect so many around you, including your own family, the people that you work with and the people that you try to do business with on the outside. "Last night, there was a moment that I had where I just said, 'You know, I can't believe that it's finally come to an end,' and it led us to where we are today."
“Yesterday was the lowest of lows," admitted Boomer. "For all of us that have been involved with this and we can only pray and hope that he and his family find solace in the fact that now it’s come to at least somewhat of an end. … It’s a sad day but there will be brighter days somewhere along the line.”LISTEN HERE - Read More HERE in Newsday
Charlie Cook Inks Multi-Year Extension With Cumulus As VP/Country And Added Posts
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 9TH, 2018 –– Cumulus announces that it has entered into a multi-year contract extension with Charlie Cook as Vice President, Country Formats, Operations Manager, Nashville, and Program Director, WSM-FM.A veteran Country programming professional, Cook oversees programming for Cumulus Nashville radio stations, including: WKDF, WWTN, WGFX and WQQK.
Mike McVay, Executive Vice President, Content & Programming, Cumulus and Westwood One, said: “Charlie Cook is not only one of the best known and most successful country programmers in the history of the format, he is a solid and strategic thinking multi-format radio expert. We are excited to continue this partnership with him.” Cook said: “I have enjoyed my five years here in Nashville with Cumulus. I could not ask for better partners than Dave Milner, Mike McVay and Allison Warren. I have been in the business for many years and honestly, this is as good a group of professionals as I have ever been blessed to work with day in and day out. I look forward to continuing in my roles with the company.”
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Tom Langmyer To Head New Great Lakes Media Corp
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 9TH, 2018 –– Great Lakes Media Corp. today announced its intentions to invest in local broadcasting and digital media opportunities through the acquisition of local radio stations and digital platforms in small markets. The company is looking to acquire properties in small markets, focusing on opportunities in New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin. “Smaller communities are making a big comeback. This new generation of people, to whom quality of life and community are very important, are building their lives and businesses in these places,” says Tom Langmyer, President & CEO of Great Lakes Media Corp. “Over the years, the shifting economy and technology had ended an era of localism in media. Today, people are once again in search of real community and the greater connection that comes with being a part of a ‘place.’ Local media builds that connection - particularly in smaller markets.”
The company is meeting with investors and brokers - and others who are interested in specific markets; and plans to announce appointments of officers and partners in the weeks ahead. Langmyer, a longtime media executive, believes in the opportunity to better develop a deeper local content experience in markets - and he looks favorably at radio as the way to bring more consumers to the mix.
FORMATICS: A New Breeze Comes To Sacramento
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 9TH, 2018 –– iHeartMedia Sacramento announced today the launch of 92.5 The Breeze, Sacramento. 92.5 The Breeze will launch Monday, November 12th. “The timing is perfect to bring 92.5 The Breeze to our iHeartMedia Sacramento market,” said Sara McClure, Market President for iHeartMedia Sacramento. “We’re taking our powerful 50,000-watt signal back to when it was a powerful adult contemporary station playing familiar favorites for today’s listeners.”
“No doubt many in Sacramento will remember the station 92.5 for its decades- long heritage as an Adult Contemporary station and one of the top stations in the market,” said Curtiss Johnson, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Sacramento. “I’m happy to say we’re bringing that format back to Adult Contemporary. 92.5 The Breeze is the perfect station for relaxing to favorites while you work, unwinding after a long day or just for getting into that weekend frame of mind.” As a part of this move, programming on 92.5 The Bull and The Bobby Bones Show will be moving to iHeartMedia Sacramento’s 107.1 FM.
PODCAST ABC Radio Announces New Podcast 'Journeys Of Faith' With Paula Faris
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 9TH, 2018 –– ABC Radio will launch a new podcast hosted by ABC News Senior National Correspondent Paula Faris, titled ‘Journeys of Faith with Paula Faris.’ The first three episodes will be released on Wednesday, November 14 and will feature interviews with Robin Roberts, co-anchor of ABC News’ ‘Good Morning America;’ Luke Bryan and Hillary Scott, country music superstars; and Ben Shapiro, political commentator and author. "'Journeys of Faith' is an opportunity to listen and learn from one another - respecting that faith is the core and foundation for so many, yet no two faith journeys look alike," says Faris. "I hope listeners will be encouraged and inspired by these stories of what people believe and why." The first season of ‘Journeys of Faith’ will feature ten episodes, posting every Wednesday. Episodes will be available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, TuneIn, Spotify, Stitcher and the ABC News app.
“We are excited to welcome ‘Journeys of Faith’ as the newest addition to ABC Radio’s expanding podcast collection,” says Steve Jones, Vice President and General Manager, ABC Radio. “We love the passion that Paula brings to each interview and believe listeners will enjoy the illuminating discussions featured in each episode.” For more information, visit www.abcradio.com.
YEA Networks Announces 'Logically Irrational', With Reality TV Stars Melissa Rycroft-Strickland & Tye Strickland
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 9TH, 2018 –– YEA Networks, the parent company of “The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show”, “Tino Cochino Radio” and many popular podcasts, is producing and distributing “Logically Irrational”, a weekly podcast from Melissa Rycroft-Strickland and husband Tye Strickland. Early user reviews on the Apple Podcast app already give it a perfect 5-star review.
Melissa Rycroft began her career in the spotlight as a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader before taking the world by storm on ABC’s “The Bachelor”. She then took her moves to “Dancing with the Stars” before marrying her husband Tye Strickland. In addition to appearing with Melissa on the CMT reality show "Melissa & Tye", Tye runs his own insurance agency in Dallas, TX. And now, they're taking their talents to the world of podcasting.“ George Laughlin, CEO of YEA Networks adds, “Not all couples have chemistry on the mic, but Melissa and Tye definitely have IT. We’re excited to welcome them to the YEA Networks family and look forward to helping them rise up the podcast charts.” For more information, contact Scott Kerr, Director, Affiliate Sales and Content, YEA Networks, at: email@example.com or at 843.270.2836.
SYNDICATION: Salem Networks To Take Sebastian Gorka National
To Replace Michael Medved Show
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 9TH, 2018 –– Salem Radio Network is launching a new talk show hosted by Dr. Sebastian Gorka. The show—“America First with Sebastian Gorka”—will debut January 1, 2019 and will air daily in the 3pm to 6pm ET daypart on the SRN platform, replacing the Michael Medved show. Medved commented, “I feel grateful for the more than 21 years I’ve worked with Salem Media Group, and I wish continued success to my friends and colleagues at the network. Together with my team of producers here in Seattle, we’ll be continuing our daily broadcast with no interruption, making it available to our devoted listeners in an exciting new format. We’ll also move forward with our emphasis on history programs and commentary to encourage public appreciation of the real blessings of this amazing country.
“There is a culture war going on in this country, and Dr. Gorka is uniquely qualified to take this fight to talk radio,” said Salem Radio Network Senior Vice President, Phil Boyce. “The Listener feedback we receive each time Dr. Gorka fills in for one of our Network hosts is overwhelming,” added Salem Broadcast Division President David Santrella. “I think Dr. Gorka is the right person at the right time and the Salem Radio Network is definitely the right place.” Follow us on Twitter @SalemMediaGrp.
NETWORKS: Debbie Brand Returns To WWO As Affiliate Sales Manager, Country
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 9TH, 2018 –– Westwood One announced the hiring of affiliate sales veteran Debbie Brand as Manager of Affiliate Sales, Country. It’s a happy homecoming for Brand, who worked at Westwood One as an Affiliate Relations Manager back in the mid-1990’s. She replaces Tim Closson and reports to Bryan Switzer, VP/GM of Music & Entertainment – Country. Brand has more than 25 years of Affiliate Sales experience and was most recently with United Stations for many years as its Regional Director of Affiliate Relations. In addition to her prior experience at Westwood One, she also worked at Unistar Radio Networks and WMZQ Radio and WMOD Radio in Washington, DC.
“After 20 plus years of honing my craft in Affiliate Relations, it is an absolute honor to be asked to return to Westwood One as a member of the Affiliate Sales Team,” said Brand. “The Westwood One team is loaded with some of the best and most talented people in the business.” Stations can reach Debbie Brand at firstname.lastname@example.org or (703) 569-1000.
HONORS: IBA Honors 95.5 WFMS Indy As Its Station of the Year
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 9TH, 2018 –– Cumulus announces that Indianapolis' 95.5 WFMS was recognized as Radio Station of the Year by the Indiana Broadcasters Association at its 2018 Spectrum Awards Luncheon. The luncheon was held on Thursday, November 1, at the 2018 Indiana Broadcasters Conference in Carmel, IN.
This marks the third year that 95.5 WFMS has been honored as Station of the Year, with previous wins in 2008 and 2012. Chuck Fredrick, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus-Indianapolis, said: “95.5 WFMS is Central Indiana’s heritage Country station and has enjoyed great success by putting our loyal listeners first and providing them with the very best Country programming. On behalf of the entire 95.5 WFMS team, we thank the Indiana Broadcasters’ Association for this incredible recognition.”
EVENTS: iHeart Albany's PYX 106 To Hold Sixth Annual Vets Rock Broadcast
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 9TH, 2018 –– iHeartMedia Albany’s PYX 106, Albany announced the sixth annual Vets Rock broadcast featuring nine local military servicemen and servicewomen. Throughout Vets Rock, the hosts will share stories about their time in the military, as well as play rock music that holds a special meaning to them. For four weeks in October, PYX 106 on-air personalities encouraged local veterans to visit PYX106.com and submit an entry for a chance to guest DJ on the station. The selected veterans host the station’s programming and conversation topics for one designated day.
“Veterans from all military branches are ready to take over the station” said John Cooper, Program Director for PYX 106. “This is a great opportunity to hear from our nation’s heroes. The program will feature amazing stories and music choices. We are grateful to all the participating vets for giving their time and service to our country.” The veterans were selected to DJ their own hour-long broadcast sharing stories of Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan and other personal military experiences. This year Vets Rock will air on Friday, November 9 from 9 a.m.–6 p.m. podcasting and live streaming radio service – with more than 2 billion app downloads and 121 million registered users.
Benztown Kicks Off 'Grow A Mo - 'Save A Bro;' Radio 104.5 Philly With 5th Annual Movember Mondays
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 9TH, 2018 –– The Benztown Brigade, comprised of radio and audio professionals, the radio community at large, and the Movember Foundation, kicks off Movember with 'Grow A Mo, Save A Bro - It doesn’t matter if you’re a Mo Bro or a Mo Sista – Movember is for everyone. There are two ways to participate: sign up to grow a mustache through the end of November, or take the MOVE challenge and get active every day this month. As an added benefit to those participating this year, Benztown is donating $50 for each new member sign-up that comes from the radio industry, up to $1,000. Individuals, shows and companies are also invited to join please visit: Radio MoBros Network at: https://moteam.co/benztown-brigade.
-- Radio 104.5, Philadelphia announced its fifth annual Movember Mondays, a fundraiser to benefit The Movember Foundation, a global men’s health charity investing in programs to address prostate cancer, testicular cancer, poor mental health and physical inactivity. Movember Mondays kicked off on Monday, November 5 at 10 a.m. and will continue through November 26. “For a fifth year, Radio 104.5 is partnering with The Movember Foundation to benefit men’s health,” said John Allers, Program Director for Radio 104.5. “In the U.S, men die on average five years earlier than women and for largely preventable reasons. One in nine men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. Testicular cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in young men. We are asking our loyal listeners to donate to our team and help us raise money for a cause that impacts so many people.” Previous Movember Gala performers included Chris Cornell, Weezer, Jimmy Eat World and Fitz and the Tantrums. For the past four years, Radio 104.5 has raised over $90,000 to benefit The Movember Foundation.
Sentencing Set For February 27th Following Craig Carton Guilty Verdict
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 8TH, 2018 ––Former WFAN sports host Craig Carton was found guilty yesterday on all fraud charges in a multi-million-dollar fraudulent Ponzi scheme for misleading investors to put money into his ticket resale business. Newsday reports the verdict came on the second day of deliberation after a weeklong trial on charges that Carton used deceit to raise more than $4 million to buy blocks of event tickets to be resold at a profit, and then diverted the money to pay personal expenses, gambling debts and prior investors.
Carton, longtime co-host of former Jets quarterback Boomer Esiason (R) on WFAN’s morning show, left the station after he was charged last year. Carton didn’t testify at trial or react as the verdict was read. Following the verdict, Carton said outside the courthouse that he was “disappointed” but respected the decision. “I need to let it sink in now,” he told reporters. “I’ll have nothing else to say other than my plans. …I’m going to go home and hug my kids and let my lawyers deal with the rest of it.”
Carton was released pending sentencing, and his lawyer said he planned to appeal. Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman, in a statement, lambasted Carton for his blatant lies. “Craig Carton solicited investments for his ticket buying scheme by touting his show business contacts and ability to buy blocks of tickets to live events,” Berman said. Newsday writes that although Carton's sentence will likely much lower, he faces a maximum of 45 years in prison.
Bay Area Vet Lee Hammer Takes Programming Reigns At KGO And KSFO
Jack Swanson Shifts To Consultant
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 8TH, 2018 ––Cumulus has appointed Bay Area vet Lee Hammer as Program Director of San Francisco Talk Radio stations KGO and KSFO. Hammer served KGO and KSFO as Interim Program Director in 2015, when he was also the Program Director at KNBR 680 and KNBR 1050 (KTCT), positions he held for 12 years and over 19 years, respectively. Hammer was promoted last year to Operations Manager for the Cumulus cluster in San Francisco and Vice President of Play-by-Play Programming for KNBR. He assumes the additional role of KGO and KSFO Program Director from recently appointed Program Director Jack Swanson, who will now serve as programming consultant for KGO and KSFO.
Doug Harvill, Vice President and Market Manager, Cumulus-San Francisco, said: "Lee Hammer did an excellent job while handling the programming for KGO and KSFO. It's an easy choice to hand Lee the keys to these two legendary radio stations." Harvill added: “Jack Swanson has decided he’s happiest spending his days playing on the beach rather than sitting behind a desk. We’re pleased he’ll continue to share his vision about the future of KGO and KSFO as he continues to serve the stations as a programming consultant.” Hammer said: “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the talented professionals at KGO and KSFO. I want to thank Doug Harvill for his confidence in me, and for the opportunity to consult with Jack Swanson, who is without a doubt, one of the top talk radio programmers in the country.”
Kevin Cassidy Named SVP/MM At Entercom New Orleans
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 8TH, 2018 –– Entercom has named Kevin Cassidy as Senior Vice President and Market Manager for Entercom New Orleans, effective November 14. Cassidy will oversee WWL (WWL-AM/FM), home of the New Orleans Saints and Louisiana State University, B97 (WEZB-FM), Bayou 95.7 (WKBU-FM), Magic 101.9 (WLMG-FM) and The New Hot 92.9 FM (WWWL-AM). Cassidy most recently served as General Sales Manager for Entercom Dallas.
“We are excited to have Kevin take on the role of Market Manager in New Orleans,” said Brian Purdy, Regional President, Entercom. “Kevin’s vast industry experience, audio and marketing innovation, paired with outstanding leadership qualities will help raise the bar for our team in NOLA.” “I am excited to start the next chapter of my career overseeing this strong portfolio of stations in New Orleans,” said Cassidy. “I relish this opportunity to work with the team and I look forward to leading our stations to anticipated growth in this market.”
Lineup Moves At Wild 949 San Francisco
Julian Sets Sights On AM-Drive Opportunities; Gabby Diaz & Crystal Rosas Move To Afternoons & Nights
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 8TH, 2018 –– After 3 years as Afternoon Personality, our good friend JulianOnTheRadio and KYLD-WILD 949 has amicably parted ways. He gets high marks from management here, and available for the next great gig! With the move, night-time host Gabby Diaz moves up and Crystal Rosas takes nights from the morning show producer position
"AM Drive is something I'd really love to get back into" said Julian. Julian has experience in every day part from hosting nights in his hometown of Washington DC at Hot 995, to hosting nights, than mornings in Chicago at B96, Afternoons in Phoenix at 1047 Kiss FM, and now at San Francisco's Wild 949. He will still be in the building working for Wild part-time and also voice-tracking a few stations in the meantime.
EVENTS: The Breakfast Club To Host Second Annual #CHANGE4CHANGE Event
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 8TH, 2018 –– iHeart's The Breakfast Club announced today that this year’s #Change4Change, an all-day radiothon, will benefit PROJECT 375, an organization whose mission is to unlock human potential through conversation, education and inspiration. The #Change4Change radiothon will broadcast on Thursday, November 15, 2018 during The Breakfast Club from 6 – 10 a.m. local time across more than 77 syndicated markets, and will continue from 10 a.m. - midnight on Power 105.1. The Breakfast Club’s on-air personalities DJ Envy, Angela Yee and Charlamagne Tha God will host the #Change4Change radiothon and encourage listeners to donate in support of PROJECT 375, a charity co-founded by NFL wide receiver Brandon Marshall and his wife Michi. Brandon, who after struggling with mental illness himself for years, was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder in 2011.
“Following the success of the first-ever The Breakfast Club #Change4Change radiothon in 2017 in support of The Gathering for Justice Organization, we immediately knew that this was an effective platform to address relevant and timely community issues and to incite change,” said Thea Mitchem, EVP/Programming, iHeartMedia.
iHeart's Wilmington's Cluster Presents 21st Annual Turkey Round Up For Food Bank
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 8TH, 2018 –– iHeartMedia Wilmington recently announced the 21st annual Turkey Round Up, a food-drive and fundraiser to benefit families living in the Delaware area. All contributions will benefit the Food Bank of Delaware, whose mission is to provide nutritious foods to Delawareans in need and facilitate long-term solutions to help fight hunger and poverty through community education and advocacy. Last year, Turkey Round Up collected 469 turkeys, 3,861 pounds of non-perishables and over $11,000 for the Food Bank of Delaware.
iHeartMedia Wilmington’s on-air personalities including Justin P, Christa Cooper, Whiskey and Randy from 94.7 WDSD; Glenn, Amy, Kat, Benny Panella, Courtney Lane, Nick and Rob Tyler from 92.9 Tom FM will broadcast live from the two locations encouraging listeners to donate frozen turkeys, non-perishable food items or cash. "I've had the honor of being part of this event since 1998,” said Kathryn Alt, Program Director for 94.7 WDSD and 92.9 TomFM. “Every year, the generosity of our listeners, our advertisers and our friends simply amaze me. We are so proud to be a part of a community that rallies to help others in need."
Jason Aldean Talks 'Overcoming Obstacles' At CRS
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 8TH, 2018 –– This year’s three-time CMA nominee Jason Aldean will appear as a featured speaker at Country Radio Seminar (CRS) 2019. Jason Aldean: “Overcoming Obstacles” at CRS 2019 will take place on Friday, Feb. 15 at 3 p.m. CT. Led by RJ Curtis (CRB/CRS) and Beverlee Brannigan (SummitMedia) the 60-minute discussion will feature the multi-Platinum entertainer recalling the path paved by his sure-footed approach that has defined the genre’s 21st century.
Aldean will reflect on the highs as well as the heartaches of childhood dreams that grew into selling out the nation's largest stadiums and will also elaborate on his long-standing Broken Bow Records deal that put him on the map in 2005, and continued over the years with countless recognition from the GRAMMYs, ACMs, CMAs, BBMAs, People’s Choice Awards and more. For more info, visit at www.CountryRadioSeminar.com
Townsquare On The Hunt For OM In Bismarck
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 8TH, 2018 –– Townsquare Media has a cool opening for an Operations Manager in Bismarck. Great opportunity to lead several successful brands in a great town for a great company.
Send your materials to market president Mark.Crump@townsquaremedia.com.
It's Raining Money In Brisbane Australia
By Graham Mack
Raining Money In Brisbane Australia - Hit105’s Stav jumped out of a plane and threw A$10,000 ($7200) cash into the sky. Stav jumped from 10,000 feet, and, with the support of Suzuki QLD, he released $10,000 and made it rain money over Brisbane. Read more and see the pictures here: https://radioinfo.com.au/news/raining-money-brisbane-hit105s-stav-davidson-jumps-plane
Capital Reveals Artists For Jingle Bell Ball In London - Artists for Capital’s Jingle Bell Ball 2018 have been announced across the Capital network of stations. Artists for the first day, Saturday December 8th, were announced on Monday morning, the acts for day two on Sunday December 9th were announced on Tuesday. On day one, Anne-Marie, Liam Payne, James Arthur, Halsey, Jonas Blue, Rak-Su, Ellie Goulding, Olly Murs and Rita Ora will perform, with Sigala, Mabel, Jess Glynne, Years & Years, Jax Jones, Clean Bandit, Zara Larsson, Jason Derulo and Cheryl playing on day two. Last year, more than 30,000 people attended the Ball over two days to see performances from Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Dua Lipa, Sam Smith, The Chainsmokers and more. Capital breakfast shows will add one more artist soon.
Singer Brian Kennedy Will Host Radio Show In Ireland - Singer-songwriter Brian Kennedy is joining Clare FM to host a new Life, Love and Happiness show. The programme,will be exclusive to Clare FM and its sister Station Tipp FM. Belfast born Kennedy came to prominence as a featured singer in Van Morrison’s blues and soul revue in the late 80s. When he started his solo career, he has had several number one hit singles and albums and represented Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest.
Want to connect with Graham? Reach him at +44 7752 416905. Twitter: @GrahamMack
Web: www.mackmedia.co.uk Email: email@example.com
‘American Idol’ Taps Bobby Bones As Full-Time In-House Mentor
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 7TH, 2018 –– Calling this a good week for radio phenom Bobby Bones would be as simple as ABC - literally! First, the announcement during this week's Dancing With The Stars that he has been named as an official In-House Mentor on ABC's American Idol - on ABC. Deadline reports in his expanded role he'll offer industry expertise throughout the competition, helping contenders reach the next level of their artistry and performances. American Idol will return to ABC for the 2018-2019 season, marking its second season on the network along with judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and host Ryan Seacrest.
Back to the dance floor, Bobby Bones then earned his highest scores of the season along with professional dance partner Sharna Burgess. With an added perk he finally got an 8 from Judge Len Goodman. In fact, all three judges gave Bones an 8 for a score of 24 out of 30. Bones, who promised Goodman a kiss on the cheek if he landed an 8, darted to the table and kissed Goodman on the cheek after his scored was revealed.
Charlamagne tha God To Sit Down For Live Therapy Session On VH1
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 7TH, 2018 –– Joining his close friend Bobby Bones on the small screen will be Charlamagne Tha God of the Premiere syndicated 'The Breakfast Club. It was announced that he'll participate in a live therapy session with mental health expert Dr. Jessica Clemons on VH1 next week. “In Session Live With Dr. Jess,” set to air Monday, Nov. 12 at 10 p.m., is being billed by the network as the “first live session on mental health in television history.”
The Wrap reports that Charlamagne will sit down with Clemons, a trained psychiatrist known for participating weekly Q&A sessions surrounding mental health issues and hosting a monthly conversation series that aims to inspire and normalize discussions regarding mental health and wellness.
Charlamagne has been quite open about his personal struggles with anxiety and shared his experiences in his latest book, Shook Ones. In Session With Dr. Jess” will executive produced by Charlamagne Tha God and Karen Kinney. Lily Neumeyer, Dara Cook and Chris Williams will executive produce for VH1.
Albie Dee Returns To The Air In Wash. D.C. For Afternoons On 94.7 the Drive
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 7TH, 2018 –– Longtime D.C. radio host Albie Dee is returning to the air in DC as afternoon drive host for Entercom’s 94.7 The Drive! Dee -- who was most recently at WTMP in Tampa -- will be on the new Classic Hits station weekdays from 3 to 7 p.m. His background also includes on-air and programming positions at Entercom's WPGC 95.5 and WIHT in Washington, as well as WWMX and WZBA in Baltimore.
Entercom D.C.'s Vice President of Programming Steve Davis says the hire was an obvious choice. “Albie Dee is a radio legend in D.C., and I am beyond excited to have him return to the market as the first personality on 94.7 The Drive," Davis said. "This will be fun!” Davis expects to make further talent additions before the holidays. For Dee, it’s a trip home to the nation’s capital. “I am so excited to come back home to the DMV to play on the radio. I wonder if Steve and (Entercom Washington, D.C. SVP/Market Manager) Phil Zachary are off their meds! Seriously, I can’t wait to say ‘It’s me, it’s me, it’s Albie Dee rocking The DMV so viciously on 94 7 The Drive!’” Dee’s first day on The Drive is November 12.
Beasley Elevates Mike Thomas & David Corey To National Brand Managers
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 7TH, 2018 –– Beasley Media Group has appointed Boston Program Directors Mike Thomas (L) of WBZ-FM/98.5 The Sports Hub and David Corey (R) of Country 102.5 WKLB-FM to the positions of National Format Brand Managers on behalf of the company. As the National Format Brand Manager for Spoken Word formats, Thomas will work closely with Sports Programming, Talk, Podcasting and Esports content.
In his new role, David Corey will focus on Beasley Media Group’s country format stations throughout the company. Thomas and Corey will continue to oversee their respective local market stations, while also focusing on their newly expanded roles. “Mike Thomas and David Corey will join our existing National Format Brand Managers, John Candelaria (Urban) from Detroit, Cadillac Jack (AC/CHR) from Boston and Bill Weston (Rock) from Philly to round out a first class programming team to further support and elevate our stations,” said Beasley Media Group Executive Vice President of Programming Justin Chase.
“We’re thrilled to recognize the excellent work from these two fine Brand managers and look to tapping into their expertise to help the entire company,” said Executive Vice President of Strategy and Innovation Buzz Knight.
iHeart Denver Debuts Dan Caplis & Krista Kafer In Afternoons On KHOW; Michael Brown Moves To Evenings On KOA
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 7TH, 2018 –– iHeartMedia Denver debuts the new Caplis and Kafer show will air weekday afternoons on TalkRadio 630 KNOW from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. effective, today. It also has launched The Heckuva Show with Michael Brown, which will broadcast weekday nights from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on KOA NewsRadio 850 AM & 94.1 FM.
“Adding these new shows on both KOA NewsRadio 850 AM & 94.1 FM and TalkRadio 630 KHOW further enhances our commitment to original, local content,” said Tim Hager, Region President of iHeartMedia Denver. “We’re fortunate to have Michael, Dan and Krista in these key roles and I’m confident they will quickly become a trusted source of information and entertainment for our listeners, clients and partners.”
NETWORKS: Weatherology Taps WWO As Exclusive Radio Partner
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 7TH, 2018 –– November 6, 2018: Westwood One is now the exclusive radio partner of Weatherology, the 24/7 weather reporting service. Westwood One will be affiliating Weatherology to radio stations across the United States, building on their existing 600 affiliates in the upper Midwest. “We’re partnering with Weatherology because of their unparalleled immediacy, currency, and quality,” said Suzanne Grimes, EVP Marketing for Cumulus and President, Westwood One. “From day-to-day forecasts to storm emergencies, weather on the radio is a vital service to local communities. Winter is coming soon, and Westwood One is ready to offer this service to stations everywhere, including our massive 24-Hour Format customer base.”
“For 32 years, Weatherology has been the industry leader supporting the unique programming challenges of our radio partners. Our latest audio weather technology, and our partnership with Westwood One, allows us to take our operation to radio stations across the country. There’s nobody better prepared to help local radio stay local than Weatherology,” added Stephen Wohlenhaus, Weatherology’s founder and Chief Executive. “We are so excited to take local weather programming to a whole new level with Westwood One.” Weatherology is available immediately everywhere, and interested stations should contact Patrick Crocker, SVP/Affiliate Management at Westwood One’s 24-Hour Formats, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 720-873-5170.
ESPN Lands A New Home In Jacksonville
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 7TH, 2018 –– Beginning in January 2019, ESPN will join Cox Media Group’s (CMG) radio portfolio to provide local and nationwide sports coverage in Jacksonville. The new station, ESPN 690-AM, will replace WOKV 690-AM. NEWS 104.5 WOKV-FM will continue to be a source for local news, weather, traffic and informative talk for listeners in Northeast Florida.
“We’re very excited to expand the coverage of ESPN Sports in Jacksonville,” said Dan Lawrie, market vice president for Cox Media Group Jacksonville. “From NFL football, to college sports, to high school football, we can cover more sports for Jacksonville sports fans than any other local radio station.” “The possibilities are endless with ESPN 690AM!” said Nick Figueredo, director of branding and programming for ESPN 690 Jacksonville. “We are excited to cover Jacksonville sports the CMG way!” Here’s a look at some of the weekday sports shows to be featured on the new ESPN 690 AM: 4 a.m. – First & Last, hosted by Mike Golic Jr. 6 a.m. – Golic and Wingo (shown), hosted by Mike Golic and Trey Wingo 10 a.m. – The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz 1 p.m. – The Stephen A. Smith Show 3 p.m. – TBD 6 p.m. – Spain & Fitz, hosted by Sarah Spain and Jason Fitz 9 p.m. – Freddie and Fitzsimmons, hosted by Freddie Coleman and Ian Fitzsimmons
United Stations Adds Gina Suarez To Affiliate Relations Team
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 7TH, 2018 –– United Stations Radio Networks announced the appointment of Gina Suarez as the company’s newest Representative in its Affiliate Relations department. In her new role, Suarez will work with primarily with music formatted radio stations to assist those stations in utilizing USRN’s many fully produced programs as well as the company’s various Prep, Comedy and Production services.
Gina Suarez has an impressive history of working hand-in-hand with radio stations and their programming departments. Her first foray into Network Radio was with the storied ABC Radio Networks during their heyday. She later worked for the Global Satellite Network; then spent a more than a decade in the recording industry working for A&M Records and Columbia Records in the Southeastern U.S., and later for the Warner Music Group in New York.
She returned to the Network Radio landscape in 2013 and most recently, Gina was handling Affiliate Relations for AdLarge Media specializing in marketing their comedy and daypart offerings. Gina Suarez is reachable at 212-852-6826 and via email at email@example.com.
STUDY: 61 Years Later, Bobby Helms Rockin' Atop Best Testing Christmas Songs List
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 7TH, 2018 –– P1 Media Group wanted to know how the 40 most-played Christmas songs from the 2017 Holiday Season rank amongst Christmas music radio listeners.
Six decades after its release (1957), “Jingle BellRock” by Bobby Helms is once again America’s #1 Testing Christmas song. “Christmas music’s appeal is a strong as ever amongst those that listen to All Christmas stations” Ken Benson, Partner andco-founder, of P1 Media Group.
Here’s a few highlights from this year’s study: • The Holiday Classic’s continue to rule the Top 10 with two versions of “Jingle Bell Rock” and two versions of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” landing in the Top 10. • 14 of the top 20 testing songs are classics recorded between 1942 and 1970. • The iconic Christmas songs test higher than their contemporary counterparts, such as “Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24,” “Last Christmas” and “Wonderful Christmastime. • 2017’s most-played Christmas song was Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You” which ranked #13 in this year’s research. • The Top 40 songs all tested excellent with 39 of the 40 most-played Christmas songs testing with an appeal score over 70. • All-Christmas Music stations have broad appeal amongst Men and Women 25-54 with 70% of the sample saying they “frequently” listen to Christmas music on a local radio station. • Classic Rock, Classic Hits, Country, CHR, AC, Rock/Alternative and Christian format listeners are most-likely to listen to an All Christmas format.
P1 Media Group conducted the survey the weekend of November 2-4th, 2018. They sampled 25-54-year-old radio listeners in the Top 50 US Radio Markets that reported listening either “Frequently” or “Sometimes” to Christmas Music on a local radio station during the holiday season. The 40 songs tested were the most-played Christmas Songs from 2017 according to Mediabase monitored airplay. The full results are available http://p1mediagroup.com
Magic 98.9 Greenville, Lite FM Chicago Join Parade Of Stations Flipping To Christmas
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 7TH, 2018 –– Entercom announced that Magic 98.9 (WSPA-FM) in Greenville, SC has switched to an all-holiday music format, powered by Waldrop Plumbing Heating Air. The station will return to regular Adult Contemporary format on December 26. “Continuous demand for holiday hits is the force behind this Upstate holiday tradition and the entire staff at Magic 98.9 is excited to be a part of it,” said Steve Sinicropi, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Greenville. “We look forward to delivering holiday cheer to the thousands of families and businesses that share their holidays with Magic 98.9.”
-- iHeartMedia Chicago announced today the debut of a new Christmas music station for listeners in the Chicagoland community. 93.9 LITE FM, The Best Variety From the 80’s, 90’s and Now for Chicago, will broadcast around-the-clock Christmas music by today’s biggest artists along with all the holiday classics. To welcome the new Christmas station, 93.9 LITE FM Afternoon show host Mick Lee will host and broadcast a holiday kick-off featuring your favorite Christmas song classics and festive games to get listeners in the holiday cheer spirit. The kick off will take place on November 8, 2018 at 4:05pm. On-air personalities Melissa Forman, Robin Rock, Mick Lee and Delilah will continue to host the station’s programming.
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SYNDICATION: Brooke & Jubal Reach 50th Affiliate Milestone On Premiere Networks
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 6TH, 2018 –– Premiere Networks reports that Brooke & Jubal has reached a broadcast milestone of 50 affiliates. Recent additions to the Hubbard Radio program’s growing roster include: Now 96.3 in St. Louis, Mo.; Mix 105.1 in Albuquerque, N.M.; Energy 95.3 in Bakersfield, Calif; Hot 104.9 in Tallahassee, Fla.; 97.1 Kiss FM in Billings, Mont.; My 103.5 in Bozeman, Mont.; Mix 102.3 in Helena, Mont.; i101 FM in Roseburg, Ore.; and Jump 106.9 in Ottawa. Premiere Networks began affiliating the show in March 2016, which originates from Hubbard Radio’s MOViN 92.5/KQMV in Seattle, Wash.
“We’re excited by the fast-paced growth and success of Brooke & Jubal nationwide,” said Julie Talbott, Premiere Networks President. “Brooke and Jubal, along with their team, are incredibly hard working, and they have an undeniable ability to entertain and engage listeners with topical conversations and a whole lot of laughs. We look forward to celebrating many more milestones together.”
Amber Glaze Takes Afternoons/MD Posts At KVOO Tulsa
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 6TH, 2018 –– KVOO-FM, Tulsa announced the addition of Amber Glaze as music director and afternoon drive host. “Amber brings ideas and energy, along with her passion for country music," said Brian Jennings, KVOO program director. "We waited for the right candidate to come along, and we’re so excited she’s finally here. Her bright demeanor, silly sense of humor and trademark boisterous laugh make for an invaluable addition to the KVOO team.”
Glaze got her start at 105.9 KLAZ in Hot Springs, Arkansas and also previously served as a morning co-host alongside Phil Thompson on 104.5 The Fox in Wichita, Kansas. Three years ago she moved home to Little Rock, Arkansas to create and host Hot Mess in the Morning on 106.7 The Ride KHLR. A woman of many talents, Glaze is a professional cake designer, stand-up comedian and songwriter.
Townsquare On The Hunt For Next OM In Ft. Collins As Lance Tidwell Departs
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 6TH, 2018 –– Townsquare tells Jockline, "We have an immediate opening for an OM for our Fort Collins stations. Lance Tidwell is departing this week for new opportunities. Tidwell said, "After a lot of time and consideration, I have made a decision to resign my position as OM for Townsquare/Northern Colorado."
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FORMATICS: The Flip To Christmas Tunes Begins; Battle Brewing In Buffalo
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 6TH, 2018 –– As we begin our daily All-Christmas Music tracker, we'll start with Entercom's 94.5 KOOL FM in Phoenix, which debuted an all-Christmas music format and will put Classic Hits on hold until December 26. “We are excited to ring in the holidays with our listeners on KOOL with Christmas music,” said Dave Pugh, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Phoenix. “We are looking forward to feeding Phoenix’s appetite for holiday music by limiting commercials and we are excited to say that nobody in the Valley plays more Christmas than KOOL.” To kick off the holiday festivities and make the switch, Santa Claus was in the studio at 6:00 p.m. MST on Friday, November 2.
--Meanwhile in Buffalo, both Mix 96 & Star 102.5 made the switch with Mix 96 owned by Townsquare Media and Star is run by Entercom Communications. The Buffalo News shows that Star 102.5's Facebook page has posted twice today, "For the 18th consecutive year Star 102.5 is Buffalo's First And Original Christmas Station! Nobody's done it longer than us!" The Buffalo News says that Mix 96 circulated a press release announcing it had moved up its holiday programming to 5:30 a.m. Nov. 5., with Christmas music to be played exclusively through Dec. 25. Mix's angle? It was the first station to begin playing Christmas music in 2018.
Alpha Launches Live 96.7 Hagerstown, MD
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 6TH, 2018 –– Alpha Media, Hagerstown, MD announced the launch of Live 96.7. The station, formally Wild 96.7 (WDLD-FM), will be known as The "Hub City's" Live 96.7. Alpha Media, Hagerstown VP/Market Manager, Ed Dorsey commented on the announcement, "We are thrilled to be evolving the station into the 'Live and Local' brand that Alpha Media Hagerstown-Chambersburg stands for, to better serve the Hagerstown community. We are excited about this new image, a ‘fresh coat of paint’ on the WDLD 96.7 brand that the community has learned to know and love over the past 16 years."
“I’m super excited to bring the 'Live' brand to 96.7. The 'Hub City' has been without their own radio station for far too long,” remarked Mike Shriver, Live 96.7 Content Director.
EVENTS: KROQ L.A. Presents Its 29th Annual Almost Acoustic Christmas
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 6TH, 2018 –– Entercom announced the 29th annual “KROQ Absolut Almost Acoustic Christmas 2018,” a RADIO.COM event, in Los Angeles. The two-day event will feature musical performances by Smashing Pumpkins, Florence + The Machine, Death Cab for Cutie, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Mike Shinoda and Third Eye Blind, among others. “KROQ Absolut Almost Acoustic Christmas 2018” will be hosted by KROQ (KROQ-FM) on Saturday, December 8 and Sunday December 9 at The Forum in Inglewood, CA
. “We are so proud of ‘Acoustic Christmas’ and its unprecedented 29 year history,” said Jeff Federman, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Los Angeles. “This end of the year holiday show is a special time for all of us in Southern California and we’re pleased to support Para Los Niños and the Al Wooten Jr. Heritage Center this year. We are thrilled to deliver an incredible two nights of music where fans, brands and artists come together.”
'Idol Contestant Gabby Barrett To Perform For Entercom Pittsburgh's Santa Spectacular
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 6TH, 2018 –– Entercom has announced the 20th annual “NRG Santa Spectacular” in Pittsburgh. This year’s event, supported by Entercom Pittsburgh stations 100.7 Star (WBBZ-FM), 93.7 The Fan (KDKA-FM), News Radio 1020 KDKA (KDKA-AM) and Y108 (WDSY-FM), and presented by NRG Energy, will feature a musical performance by American Idol contestant and Pittsburgh native Gabby Barrett, as well as other family friendly activities. The event will take place on Friday, November 16 at Point State Park in Pittsburgh, PA.
“Since 1998, ‘Santa Spectacular’ has been a staple for families in Pittsburgh and we are excited to continue this tradition,” said Michael Spacciapolli, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Pittsburgh. “We are looking forward to bringing the city together for this great event.” “It’s so exciting to see the Santa Spectacular get better and better each year,” added Mike Starck, Vice President and General Manager, NRG Retail East. “On this 20th anniversary, NRG is particularly grateful to be a part of it. Pittsburgh is a wonderful place to live, work, and do business, especially during the holidays. Having talented local singer Gabby Barrett be a part of the festivities makes it even more memorable.”
Radio 104.5 Philly Presents The Miller Lite Mystery Show In November
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 6TH, 2018 –– – iHeartMedia’s Radio 104.5, Philadelphia’s Alternative Rock, announced today the Radio 104.5 Miller Lite Mystery Show presented by Xfinity Live! The mystery show will take place on Monday, November 19 at Xfinity Live! in Philadelphia featuring a surprise performance from one of today’s top performing artists. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. and the show will begin at 8:00 p.m. with a special post-show set by DJ Reed Streets. The free mystery show requires a ticket for entry which can only be won by listening to Radio 104.5 or downloaded on Radio104.5.com. The next free ticket download will take place on Thursday, November 15 at 12:00 p.m., and will be available while supplies last. Listeners must be 21+ to attend.
NETWORKS: Alexis Leondis To Anchor Bloomberg Radio's Tax Tips For 2019; Envision Launches 'Snackable' Daily Videos
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 6TH, 2018 –– United Stations announced that The Bloomberg Radio Network will once again be providing an original series of “TAX TIPS” to be broadcast during the height of the 2019 season when consumers are preparing their personal income tax filings for 2018. These “Tax Tips” segments will be 30-seconds in length and will be written and anchored by Bloomberg’s Team Leader for Tax coverage, Alexis Leondis. The full series of “Tax Tips” will be made available in late January for broadcast starting on Monday, February 4, 2019 and will be provided to stations for weekday broadcasts up to and including Friday, April 12th, just before the annual tax filing deadline. The “Tax Tips” series will be distributed through Bloomberg Radio’s marketing partners at United Stations Radio Networks, Inc, (“USRN”). For more info, contact: Andy Denemark - (212) 536.3603 - email@example.com
Envision says listeners are devouring video entertainment on their phones and mobile devices and Envision Networks® wants to help radio stations grab a larger slice of the market. Snackable Daily Videos is the new service from Envision Networks® and Norstar Media for radio stations to place up-to-date, short and topical video segments on their web pages, apps and other digital platform. “The most demanded audience - millennials- are the video on the go audience that you can build in your market - online, on mobile, on your apps for enhanced revenue opportunities,” said Norstar Media CEO, Laurence W. Norjean. For info, stations should contact Envision Networks at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 216.831.3761
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Radio Networks Set To Provide Live, Wall-To-Wall Coverage On Election Night
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 5TH, 2018 –– Anchored by Correspondent Aaron Katersky from New York with Correspondents Karen Travers, Alex Stone, Jim Ryan, Pete Combs and Mark Remillard reporting from various races across the country, ABC News Radio will be among the radio networks covering this weeks highly publicized elections. Correspondent Lana Zak will monitor the House and Senate races from Washington, Correspondent Scott Goldberg (BL) will report from the ABC News Decision Desk (shown above), and Contributor Steve Roberts will provide political analysis. ABC News Radio will also provide one-minute updates on ‘Your Vote 2018’ four times an hour, from 5:00 a.m. ET on November 6 through midnight on November 7. ABC News’ podcast “Start Here,” hosted by Correspondent Brad Mielke, will provide extensive coverage in the lead up, day of and the days following the 2018 midterm election. Of Note: The shown set is built inside the former home the “The Chew,” ABC’s Studio TV2.
Over at Salem Radio Network, Mike Gallagher will anchor its coverage from their Election Night headquarters in New York City. § Veteran anchor Bob Agnew will report live from our Washington bureau, zeroing-in on major East Coast races including the mega-battles for U.S. Senator and Governor in the key Electoral Vote state of Florida. Southwestern correspondent Val DeOre will be filing reports from the Dallas County Republican Party headquarters and will be closely following the hotly-contested U.S. Senate re-election bid by incumbent Ted Cruz, who is being challenged by El Paso congressman Beto O’Rourke
LISTEN: Bert Weiss Responds To Political Backlash Following Will Ferrell Visit
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 5TH, 2018 –– In yet another example of just how heated the political climate is for the mid-term elections, Will Ferrell's recent visit to The Westwood One syndicated The Bert Show caused a stir among conservative listeners over his support of Democratic Governor candidate.
The AJC reports that Host Bert Weiss (TR) received a rash of social media backlash from conservative listeners after he allowed Will Ferrell a on the air to talk for a couple of minutes about Democrat candidate Stacey Abrams who's running for governor. Weiss defended his actions and did not apologize saying, "if Ferrell had been stumping for Brian Kemp (Abrams's Republican opponent), he would have done the same thing. “I am not stumping for either candidate,” Weiss said. Ferrell in studio “fits into the fabric to what the Bert Show does,” he said, which is pop culture. While there, co-host Kristin Klingshirn re-enacted a scene from “Anchorman” with Ferrell.
“Some of you guys are so dug in on your beliefs that anything I say won’t shed any light in a situation you don’t want to embrace,” Weiss said. "If Ferrell was stumping for Kemp and had a Kemp shirt on in studio noting would have been any different that morning. But some refuse to believe that. He said if conservative-leaning Hollywood types like Kid Rock, Bruce Willis, Cindy Crawford, Jessica Simpson and Arnold Schwarzenegger came into studio, he’d say yes." LISTEN HERE
Carter Moves To Afternoon Drive, Named APD At 102.9 Now Dallas; Brooke Morrison Takes Nights
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 5TH, 2018 –– iHeartMedia’s 102.9 Now announced that Carter has been named Afternoon Drive Host and Assistant Program Director, effective December 3. Carter will air weekdays from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Carter most recently served as a night on-air personality for 102.9. In addition, he has also held several on-air and programming positions, including Program Director for KWTX in Waco, TX, as well as an On-Air Personality for KJYO in Oklahoma City, OK, WFLZ in Tampa, FL, WAPE in Jacksonville, FL, and WWWQ in Atlanta, GA. He began his career at WBGG in Miami. “I enjoyed working nights on 102.9 Now, but to say I am excited to transition to afternoon drive would be an understatement,” said Carter. “Now, I will finally be able to attend all of the great concerts that come to the Dallas/Fort Worth area and I’m thrilled to begin this new chapter.”
With Carter transitioning to afternoons, 102.9 Now has named Brooke Morrison night host. Morrison will broadcast from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. weekdays. Brooke began her career at KCOU at the University of Missouri as an on air DJ and has also been heard on WHQC in Charlotte, NC and KSLZ in St. Louis Mo.
Kathy Hart To Be Heard More On WGN Chicago
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 5TH, 2018 –– Chicago's Robert Feder reports more airtime in the works for Kathy Hart on WGN 720-AM. Following up on three-day fill-in gig alongside Frank Fontana, the longtime former co-host of WTMX Chicago's highly popular Eric & Kathy Show was back on the Tribune Broadcasting news/talk station Sunday.
The show featured asn in-studio Botox party with Hart, Wendy Snyder, Judy Pielach and Mary Van De Velde. (Unusual radio, to say the least.)
Todd Manley, station manager and vice president of content at WGN, said Hart would be filling in “multiple times” over the next two months.
PODCASTS: New Episodes Of 'Happy Face' True-Crime Podcast Continue On iHeart
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 5TH, 2018 –– New episodes of Happy Face, a true-crime podcast that follows the fascinating self-discovery of the “Happy Face” serial killer, Keith Hunter Jesperson’s, daughter are on iHeartRadio. On each new episode, Melissa Moore (L) revisits her childhood home, filled with complicated and dark memories and examines her father’s killings that took place throughout multiple states, including California, Nebraska, Wyoming, Oregon and Washington.
Moore also talks to the families of her dad’s victims and visits a neuroscientist to determine if she could be a psychopath as well. Listeners get an intimate glimpse into Moore’s story and how much influence genes have on our own lives. LISTEN HERE
EVENTS: WRAT-FM Presents 20th Annual Broadcast for People of New Jersey
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 5TH, 2018 –– Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: BBGI) announces WRAT-FM will present the 20th annual Broadcast for the People of New Jersey Thanksgiving Season Collection Drive.
The station will once again attempt to fill a 55-foot tractor trailer with items to be donated to three local non-profit organizations, including Fulfill (formerly known as the Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties), the Family Resource Associates and Holiday Express. “The generosity of our listeners is inspiring,” said Doug Sjonvall, marketing director at WRAT-FM. “We’ll be out there – no matter what the weather is! We look forward to filling our 22nd truck with items to benefit needy individuals and families in our community.” Once packed, the tractor trailer will be taken to the loading dock at Fulfill (Formerly the Foodbank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties) to be unloaded. Volunteers assisting in the distribution of the items will include cadets from McGuire Air Force Base as well as employees from the Pepsi Bottling Company and Shore Point Distributing.
Live 95.5 Portland Teams For Kindness Campaign
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 5TH, 2018 –– Northwest Honda Dealers, KATU, and Live 95.5 join forces today to positively affect youth mental health in our community through the “Kind is Better” campaign. The campaign will create visibility surrounding issues of youth mental health, and invites and encourages real conversations to better understand the mental, emotional, and physical challenges children face in our community. Research has shown, and we instinctively know, that being kind especially as it pertains to youth can make a difference. As such, the goals of the campaign are to start a movement and create change to encourage kindness.
Alpha Media’s VP of Sales Amy Leimbach stated that “by taking a stand with messages of kindness, we endeavor to make an impact on the health and well-being of the communities we serve.” We believe each act of kindness leads to another and with support from compassionate individuals and organizations, we will collectively create a movement to build a kinder community, one kind act after another. What will you do to join us? For more information, please visit www.KindisBetter.org.
Kimmi Couture Takes Middays At Q102.1 San Francisco
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 2ND, 2018 –– Entercom has named Kimmi Couture as its new midday host for Q102.1 (KRBQ-FM) in San Francisco, effective immediately. Couture was previously a contributor for the station’s morning show.
“Kimmi first showed us her star power on social media and we knew she would be a great addition to the Q102.1 team,” said Gregory Nemitz, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom San Francisco. “We are confident she will build a strong rapport with her listeners and we are really excited to elevate her to a more high-profile spot on the station.”
“I am beyond excited and thankful for the opportunity to host middays on Q102.1,” said Couture. “It is truly a dream come true and I’m looking forward to connecting with listeners in the Bay Area.”
With the move, on-air host and Program Director Billy Vidal (R) will slide from middays to evenings from 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. PT.
Robby Bridges To Exit Post As Cumulus Director Of FM Programming Detroit
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 2ND, 2018 –– Robby Bridges announced via Facebook that he will be leaving his post as Cumulus Director of FM Programming Detroit by the end of the year. "It is with many mixed emotions to share I have chosen not extend my agreement and will be leaving Detroit by the end of the year. Totally my choice, company has been terrific as I made the decision also. It's been an amazing 11 year ride with Cumulus that's given me incredible opportunities, found me lifelong friends and left me with unforgettable memories. None more so, than in the Motor City!"
He added, "I knew full well the legendary history of WDRQ when I came to town 5 years ago and am incredibly proud of the station we've built as NASH FM, its really made its mark in the market and the country format. I can't wait to watch what it does next! Additionally, to launch NASH ICON on our HD-2 has been a blast. Last but not least to guide 96-3 WDVD to some of its best ever ratings, build a new morning show and personality have been career changing for me." Bridges extended special thank you's to Mike Wheeler and Mike McVay saying he wouldn't be here today without them.' Bridges plans to move back to Providence. READ POST HERE
Robert Elfman Joins WGNI/WKXS in Wilmington as Program Director
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 2ND, 2018 –– Cumulus announces that it has appointed 20-year radio programming veteran Robert Elfman as Program Director of Wilmington, NC, Adult Contemporary radio station WGNI-FM (102.7 GNI) and Classic Rock station WKXS-FM (94.5 THE HAWK). Elfman has spent the past 11 years with Eagle Communications and most recently served their three stations in Manhattan, KS, as Operations Manager, Program Director/AM Drive for CHR KJCK-FM, and Program Director for N/T KJCK-AM. He also served as an on-air talent for Classic Rock KVGB-FM.
Eric McCart, Vice President/Market Manager, CUMULUS MEDIA-Wilmington, NC, said: "While searching for our next leader for 102.7 GNI and 94.5 THE HAWK, Robert impressed us from the very start as someone who will help take us to the next level and deliver an even better listener experience. He possesses the leadership skills to work with our team and lead our brands to even greater success serving our listeners, advertisers and community. I’m very excited to welcome Robert to our Cumulus family!” Elfman said: “I am grateful for the new chapter in my life and the opportunity to do new and challenging work for Cumulus in beautiful Wilmington, NC. It is clear that this is a solid team with great leadership and talent that will continue to skyrocket in ratings and revenue.”
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REPORT: Apple Exploring Stake In iHeart To Boost Its Streaming Service
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 2ND, 2018 –– Apple reportedly has its eye on iHeartMedia as a means of expanding its streaming service. The Financial Times reports that Apple, which will report its quarterly results today, is among the companies that have talked with iHeartMedia about a deal, according to people familiar with the discussions. The story adds that talks between the companies are said to be at a preliminary stage and no deal has been agreed and suggests with the move that Apple could put its Beats 1, with top hosts such as Zane Lowe (R) and Julie Adenuga, into more cars or kitchens.
One music executive described it as a 'power move' by Apple Music in its battle with Spotify. Apple, which launched in mid-2015, surpassed 50 million subscribers earlier this year, overtaking Spotify in the US. However, Spotify is still the global leader with more than 80 million paid users around the world.
As for iHeartMedia, it remains the largest radio broadcaster in the US with more than 850 stations. The story adds that neither Apple or iHeartMedia have commented so far. KELLI PHOTO/Getty for iHeart - READ ARTICLE HERE
Entercom Debuts Channel Q In Palm Springs
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 2ND, 2018 –– Entercom has launched “Channel Q,” formerly known as “Out Now,” on 103.1 (KQPS-FM) in Palm Springs, CA. The station, formerly Sunny 103.1 (KEZN-FM) also shared new call letters. “Channel Q,” the premiere LGBTQ+ Talk Radio Network, provides the latest in LGBTQ+ news and information, pop culture and new music.
“We are thrilled to add Palm Springs and the entire Coachella Valley to the ‘Channel Q’ network,” said Jeff Federman, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Los Angeles. “This time last year the station was merely an idea. We are pleased to announce that we are now on a Class A signal and have a comprehensive network up and down the West Coast including an additional HD2 signal in Phoenix, Live 101.5 (KALV-FM). We’re passionate about giving a voice to the LGBTQ+ community and its allies and are particularly proud to showcase diversity on ‘Channel Q.’”
The station also announced a new weekday line-up: 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.: “The Morning Beat” hosted by Jai Rodriguez and Mikalah Gordon 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: “Dumb Gay Politics + Everything Else” hosted by Julie Goldman & Brandy Howard (Monday-Thursday) “Sidebar with John Duran” hosted by John Duran (Friday) 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.: “No Things Considered with Kevin Klein & Ally Johnson” 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.: “Our House” (spinning the latest in Pop Hits, Chill and House Music) 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.: “Let’s Go There” hosted by Shira Lazar and Ryan Mitchell 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.: “LoveLine” hosted by Dr. Chris Donaghue and Carrie Keagan (Monday-Thursday) 9:00 p.m. – 6:00 a.m.: “Our House” (spinning the latest in Pop Hit Mixes, Chill and House)
“Channel Q” kicked off yesterday, November 1, during Palm Springs Pride Festival weekend
Alpha Media Mankato Launches Mix 99.1
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 2ND, 2018 –– Alpha Media, Mankato, MN announced the launch of Mix 99.1. The station, formally Z99 (KEEZ-FM), will target the 25-54 demo. Alpha Media, Mankato Market Manager, Jim Lowe commented on the announcement, “The new Mix 99.1 is exactly what the name implies, a solid mix of the right music. Combine that with Brad and Sarah's Mankato hometown roots and local experience and this is a radio station whose time to shine is right now. We couldn't be more proud or excited about the new sound.”
“This new sound of Mix 99.1 is what the listeners demanded! We are always listening to our fans. What they said they wanted was less repetition while adding more music and content. That is what we are going to delivering. Our content is key to this rebrand, you and your family will always be able to listen to Mix 99.1 without having to worry about the content,” remarked Brad Steele, Mix 99.1 Content Director.
PODCASTS: Premiere Launches 'Red Pilled America' With Patrick Courrielche & Adryana Cortez
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 2ND, 2018 –– Husband and wife creative team Patrick Courrielche and Adryana Cortez, and Premiere Networks, announced the launch of a new iHeartRadio Original Podcast, Red Pilled America, beginning November 1 on the iHeartRadio Podcast Network. Courrielche, Cortez and Premiere Networks will co-produce Red Pilled America, a weekly storytelling series that promises only one thing – the truth.
Each episode will search for answers in the stories of forgotten men and women of America. Why is the middle class shrinking? What is causing the homeless crisis in Los Angeles? Is “fake news” really a new phenomenon? These are just some of questions that will be covered by hosts Courrielche, a former physicist and long-time Hollywood correspondent for Breitbart News, and Cortez, a writer, short film producer, and marketing expert.
SYNDICATION: Throwback Nation Radio With Free Special On New Year’s Eve
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 2ND, 2018 –– The all-new Classic Hits music radio show, “Throwback Nation Radio”, with hosts Tony Lorino and Danny Hustle will be hanging partygoers and holiday travelers in cars on New Year’s Eve 2019." “Throwback Nation Radio” is offering its five-hour New Year’s Eve’s special programming to radio stations completely FREE, with the interactivity to make stations sound connected and pre-recorded promos to drive listeners to the show.
To get “Throwback Nation Radio” FREE for your station’s New Year’s Eve 2019 special programming, visit: www.throwbacknationradio.com or contact Dan Holiday, Affiliate Relations Representative at: email@example.com or 800.967.0130.
CONDOLENCES: Longtime Charleston Host Al Woody Passes Away
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 2ND, 2018 –– WQBE/Charleston, WV has confirmed that longtime morning host Al Woody passed on Thursday morning.
The station posted on their Facebook page, "We lost Al this morning around 2 a.m. Pray for his wife Dora and his entire family. And pray for us too! It is a sad day at the Rabbit station."R.I.P. Al Woody.
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Scott Shannon To Host 30th Annual NRHOF Induction Ceremony In Sold Out NYC Event
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 1ST, 2018 –– In a sold-out event that breaks prior attendance records, WCBS-FM 101.1 New York morning personality, USRN nationally syndicated host of Scott Shannon Presents America’s Greatest Hits, and 2006 National Radio Hall of Fame inductee, Scott Shannon will host the 30th Annual National Radio Hall of Fame Induction ceremony and celebration in New York City on Nov. 15. This year the event is officially sold-out and marks what will be the most attended ceremony in the history of the National Radio Hall of Fame at Guastavino's on 59th street (shown above). Additionally, an exemplary group of presenters joining the festivities include Rush Limbaugh (L), 1993 National Radio Hall of Fame inductee; Bruce Morrow, aka Cousin Brucie; Alan Alda (L), Golden Globe and Emmy award-winning actor; Jim Nantz, CBS sportscaster ; Jim Harper, acclaimed Detroit host; Jimmy DeCastro, SVP/Market Manager of Entercom Chicago; Gabe Hobbs, Gabe Hobbs Media, Gabe Hobbs Media, National, Greg Moceri, Moceri Media and Paul Jacobs, Jacobs Media.
National Radio Hall of Fame Chairman Kraig T. Kitchin (R) says, “Scott Shannon is the perfect person to host the 30th anniversary of the National Radio Hall of Fame induction in New York City. And with the support and presence of this years’ presenters, and of course our inductees, this is going to be a most memorable evening for all.”
The 2018 inductees include Jonathon Brandmeier, Nanci Donnellan, Mike Francesa, Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg (Mike & Mike), Joan Hamburg, Fred Jacobs, Kid Kelly, Jim Kerr, Mark Levin and Dr. Laura Schlessinger. The Mix Group is the presenting sponsor of the National Radio Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.
KISS 106.1 Seattle Now On The Hunt For Next Morning Co-Host
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 1ST, 2018 –– Following a week of stuntage and sweepers with the ominous "KISS IS DEAD" iHeart's KBKS/106.1 Kiss FM /Seattle revealed late yesterday that. they're now on the hunt for 'Seattle's Funniest Person!' saying, "We need your help. So much so that we will pay you $10,000 to help! If they get the gig, you get $10K! It was also learned that Molly Mesnick, half of its Bender & Molly morning show will remain in a capacity TBA
Following the news, Bender confirmed to Q13 news that the 'Bender and Molly morning show is no more.' He posted on Instagram, "Thank you for nearly 18 years of fun, laughter, tears, ups, downs, happiness and sorrow. Thank you for making me a part of your morning routine for all these years. It’s truly meant the world to me.” He told Q13, the station is moving in a different direction and that I wasn’t part of the plan."
For the last week, KISS FM has gone jockless, but between songs a promo says “106.1 KISS FM SEATTLE … IS DEAD.” As for now, the station remains in under construction mode.
ABC Developing Comedy Series Inspired By Friendship Of Kelly Ripa And Ryan Seacrest
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 1ST, 2018 –– ABC is developing a comedy series, 'Work Wife' inspired by the real life friendship of Kelly Ripa and Radio & TV's Ryan Seacrest reports Broadway World. It will be written by Michael Ian Black and produced by Seacrest’s RyanSeacrest Productions, Ripa and Mark Consuelos’ NY-based Milojo Productions and ABC Studios. Work Wife is an ensemble half-hour multi-camera comedy that explores the dynamics surrounding our “work spouses,” who have very few boundaries with each other, and how that impacts their relationships with everyone else. Black executive produces with Nina Wass, Andrea Shay and Seacrest via Ryan Seacrest Productions and Ripa, Consuelos and Albert Bianchini for Milojo.
Seacrest, who also hosts American Idol on ABC and is host and executive producer of ABC’s annual program Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest, has been a longtime friend of Ripa. As an actor, Black recently recurred on Netflix’s Insatiable, CBS All Access’ The Good Fight and Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later. He also wrote episodes and appeared on Another Period for Comedy Central. TOP PHOTO/Disney/ABC
FORMATICS: Entercom Brings Thowbacks To Austin's KKMJ-FM
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 1ST, 2018 –– October 31, 2018 – Entercom announced the launch of HOT 95.9 (KKMJ-HD3) in Austin, TX. The station will provide the Austin region with curated throwback hits from the 1990s and 2000s from artists like Snoop Dogg, Beyoncé, Notorious B.I.G., Jay-Z and Alicia Keys.
“We’re excited to launch HOT 95.9, Austin’s throwback station,” said Stephanie Callihan, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Austin. “The station’s unique playlist fills a void in the Austin music scene and is expertly curated with the city’s rising multicultural, millennial listener in mind.”
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Dave Jansen Named VP/Sales For iHeart Minneapolis
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 1ST, 2018 ––iHeartMedia Minneapolis announced that Dave Jansen has been named Vice President of Sales, effective immediately. He will report to Greg Alexander, Region Vice President of Sales for iHeartMedia’s Western Great Lakes Region.
“We are extremely excited to have a person of Dave’s skill set join the iHeart Minneapolis team,” said Alexander. “Dave’s wealth of experience and vast knowledge of the industry will benefit both our sales team and clients.” Jansen joins iHeartMedia Minneapolis from Comcast, where he served as a Digital Sales Manager. He previously worked at iHeartMedia as an account executive from 2007 to 2009. In addition, Jansen’s sales background also includes more than five years as digital lead at the Star Tribune, primarily working with strategic accounts. Jansen is a graduate of the University of Minnesota where he studied English and journalism."
EVENTS: WBZ-FM Boston Hands Out Nearly 20,000 Damage Done Signs For Parade
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 1ST, 2018 –– In case you were locked away in the prize closet, you of course know The Boston Red Sox breezed to victory in this year's World Series. So naturally, stations like Beasley Media Group’s WBZ-FM/98.5 The Sports Hub joined the celebration by handing out nearly 20,000 “Damage Done” signs during the Championship Celebration parade today in Boston, Massachusetts.
Detroit's 97.9 WJLB To Hold 35th Annual Coats for Kids' Event
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 1ST, 2018 –– iHeartMedia Detroit’s 97.9 WJLB, Detroit’s Hip-Hop & R&B station, will hold the 35th annual Coats for Kids, a fundraiser event to benefit the Salvation Army of Metro Detroit, which provides food, clothing, comfort and care to people in need throughout the Detroit Metro area. Coats for Kids will kick off at the Adams Butzel Complex in Detroit on Saturday, November 3 at 10 a.m. HeartMedia Detroit’s 97.9 WJLB on-air personalities Bushman, Kirby Gwen, Dr. Darrius and K Smoot will host the event. DJ Don Q, Kim James, DJ Ray and Big Dawg Blast will mix live music.
“iHeartMedia Detroit is passionate about the greater Detroit community and committed to its advancement,” said Tony Travatto, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Detroit Region. “We look forward to bringing everyone of all ages together to collect coats and money for those who need a little extra help during the cold Michigan winters.”
WATCH - JJ & Rich's Chainsaw Wakeup
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 1ST, 2018 –– Every Halloween, Premiere Networks’ The Johnjay and Rich Show surprises listeners with their Chainsaw Wakeup. Over the years, hundreds of listeners have been terrorized by a masked man busting into their bedroom in the pre-dawn, firing up a chainsaw, and scaring them awake. Last year, co-host Johnjay Van Es sent in the chainsaw man to scare his kids, but his family decided to get their revenge this year --
Johnjay received his very own Chainsaw Wakeup at 2:36 a.m. Check out the video of Johnjay becoming the latest victim of one of his all-time favorite segments - WATCH HERE
Michael Bublé To Host On Smooth FM’s Saturday Night Show Across Australia
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 1ST, 2018 –– Michael Bublé will host a series of music specials on smoothfm as the newest host of the network’s Saturday Night Dinner Party. He’ll feature songs by the likes of Van Morrison, The Beach Boys, Bee Gees, Queen, Aretha Franklin, Paul McCartney and Frank Sinatra, as well as the songs that inspired him to get through tough personal moments in his life. The Saturday Night Dinner Party has previously been hosted by Sir Rod Stewart.
Legendary British Radio Team Is Back - The Russ and Jono Rebooted podcast brings Russ Williams and Jono Coleman back together for as show based on their multi award winning 'Breakfast Experience' show on the original Virgin Radio in the UK. The podcasts will feature all their classic features including, Russ and Jono’s ‘House Of Crap’, Sad But True, Dumb Crime Of The Day, Probe the Globe , Lost In Showbiz and the wayward newsreaders ‘Shanka & Edward'.
Read more at: https://radioinfo.com.au/news/russ-and-jono-reboots-november-5 © Radioinfo.com.au
Nigel Johnson Back On Breakfast In Australia - Nigel will host Breakfast on Mix 106.3 Canberra alongside Kristen Henry. They’ll be joined by ACRA award-winning newsreader Kate Rice. Nigel left Mix in 2016 to join the the media and comms team with the Emergency Services Agency ACT ESA, after spending the best part of 20 years in radio.
Want to connect with Graham? Reach him at +44 7752 416905. Twitter: @GrahamMack
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CONDOLENCES: Gail Purtan, Wife Of Dick Purtan Has Passed Away
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 1ST, 2018 –– Gail Purtan, wife of famed Detroit Personality Dick Purtan has passed away. He and his wife of 60 years had six daughters; Jennifer, Jackie, Jessica, JoAnn, Jill and Julie. Now, the matriarch of “Purtan’s People” is gone," laments Art Vuolo, lifelong friend of the Purtans and radio videographer.
Jackie Purtan wrote yesterday, "It is with profound sadness that I share with you some heartbreaking news. After 60 beautiful years, our most incredible wife and mother passed away this morning. To say she was the kindest, most loving and strongest woman we’ve ever known would be an understatement. But after more than 20 years of battling cancer, diabetes, chronic pain and a myriad of health issues, her body was simply tired." Services will be announced shortly.
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After 26 Years, WIP To End Wing Bowl
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 31ST, 2018 –– After 26 years, WIP's Wing Bowl, one of radio's most successful and popular events, has officially pulled the plug. Angelo Cataldi and his co-host Al Morganti, who came up with the idea, made the announcement on Tuesday morning. “Ladies and gentlemen, it has been a very difficult decision to make because of our great affection for it. But WIP has decided to end Wing Bow," said Cataldi, "Wing Bowl, after 26 years now, has been put to rest at WIP.” Listen to Cataldi making the announcement HERE
Philadelphia's market manager David Yadgaroff, program director Spike Eskin (R), marketing director Cindy Webster, and promotions coordinator Bryan Cole were all in-studio for the announcement. "This was the right time to go out and if there was a time to stop doing, after winning the Super Bowl was the time," Eskin said. Cataldi said the event was ending because the Eagles won the Super Bowl and there was no way to top that." — PHOTO/twitter - screengrab
Man In Custody After Police Detonate Suspicious Device Found In Truck Near KPCC Pasadena
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 31ST, 2018 –– A man is in custody after Pasadena police detonated a suspicious device found in a truck parked near member-supported KPCC headquarters in Pasadena, CA. According to the station, police have arrested a 34-year-old Glendale man tied to a suspicious package that disrupted businesses along a stretch of S. Raymond Ave. in Pasadena on Monday night. Theodore Bancarz was taken into custody Tuesday for two misdemeanor drug warrants and released on citation to appear in court, according to a Pasadena police press release. The device that authorities said Monday appeared to be a real explosive was not.
“All it was a plastic container used to ship drugs,” Jason Clawson, a lieutenant for the Pasadena police, told LAist/KPCC. It had been fixed to the truck with magnets. Police Say Officers searched Bancarz’s house and found a similar container that enclosed drugs and paraphernalia, according to the release. On Monday night, three hours after the device was first discovered, Pasadena police told reporters they had detonated it. Nearby businesses, including KPCC's station in the 400 block of S. Raymond, were evacuated as a precaution after they were alerted to the suspicious vehicle in a phone call.
Lawyer Says Host 'Was Played' By Con Man As Trial Begins In Craig Carton Fraud Case
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 31ST, 2018 –– Former WFAN morning co-host Craig Carton's trial began yesterday in a Manhattan federal court with his lawyer insisting the government was "dead wrong" with their claims that Carton was a lying thief who spent money from investors in a ticket reselling business on casinos and other personal pursuits reports ABC. Carton, the former on-air partner of Boomer Esiason (shown left with Carton), left the show after his arrest last year, when prosecutors alleged he had misappropriated at least $5.6 million from investors.
"People trusted him," Assistant U.S. Attorney Brendan Quigley said. Defense lawyer Robert Gottlieb, who said his client has always told the truth. "The government is dead wrong. The government has been dead wrong from the time they arrested Craig Carton," Gottlieb said. The lawyer blamed the charges on Carton's former business partner, Joseph Meli. Gottlieb called Meli a "con man, a liar, a thief" who "tricked countless people, including Craig Carton." "Mr. Carton was played," said Gottlieb.
In a statement, Carton promised that "when this strange episode is over, I'll be back, stronger than ever." READ ARTICLE HERE
El Jukeo Joins Myrka Dellanos As Guest Co-Host In Afternoons On Mega 97.9 New York
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 31ST, 2018 –– SBS Spanish Broadcasting System announced that Myrka Dellanos (C) will join “El Jukeo” as a guest co-host for the afternoon drive show, effective this week. El Jukeo broadcasts weekdays from 3-7pm on Mega 97.9FM with Janeiro Matos and El Pacha.
“We fell in love with Myrka within the first five minutes of meeting her,” said Arturo Sosa, Director of Programming WSKQ-FM Mega 97.9FM and 93.1FM Amor. “When you have a established show as long as we have, it's very important to keep it fresh. With Myrka we have found the perfect co-host and I truly believe this will be a new era for “El Jukeo”. I can't wait for her to join our family" Myrka Dellanos served as an on-air TV talent, actress, and spokesperson for over a decade in the Hispanic Market. She is a U.S. born, bilingual and unparalleled broadcast journalist. At least twenty million viewers throughout the United States, Latin-America and worldwide have come to embrace and welcome this two-time Emmy-Award winning journalist into their homes. PHOTO/SBS
Jim Norton And Sam Roberts Ink Multi-Year Extension With Sirius/XM
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 31ST, 2018 –– Forbes reports that Jim Norton and Sam Roberts announced on the air they will be with SiriusXM for three more years after signing new contracts. "Jim is like undeniably one of if not the funniest guys in radio," Roberts told Forbes. "It's such a blessing to be able to do a show with a guy like that because it's not the type of thing where we have to sit there for hours on end and try to find the humor in something or fake that we like each other, or fake chemistry or anything like that."
Forbes' Scott King writes that one of the details that needed special attention, was Norton's flagship character "Chip Chipperson" getting his own slot on Jim and Sam's channel Faction Talk. The Chip Chipperson Podcast will rebroadcast on SiriusXM on Sundays. "The fact is that we all have Chip in us," Norton said of his character (a dim-witted man in his 30s who lives with his mother). "We all kind of stink on some level. And Chip embraces that and is that. It's awful jokes, so it's really fun. It's fun to pick the worst jokes you can think of."
Detroit’s Oldies 94.7 HD2 Goes 24/7 Christmas Music Beginning November 1st
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 31ST, 2018 –– In what's likely to be the first of many stations making the switch, Beasley announced that Detroit’s Oldies 94.7 HD2 will transform into 24/7 Christmas music, beginning at midnight on Thursday, November 1, 2018. The first song that will be played on the air will be the holiday classic, “It’s Beginning to Look A Lot like Christmas” by Johnny Mathis.
“We’re interrupting our normal HD2 station programming, which features great oldies’ stars like Elvis, the Temptations and the Beach Boys to bring listeners the very best Christmas music experience,” said Program Director Jerry Tarrants. “Tis’ the season for Christmas music to begin on Detroit Oldies 94.7 HD2!”
EVENTS: WGCI Music Summit Returns To Chicago
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 31ST, 2018 –– iHeartMedia Chicago’s 107.5 WGCI annual Music Summit will return on Saturday, November 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at The Harold Washington Cultural Center in Chicago. The annual music summit is sold out, but listeners can still win a chance to attend by listening to 107.5 WGCI. The 107.5 WGCI Music Summit presented by AT&T will give Chicago artists, producers, songwriters and managers an inside look on what it takes to make it in the music business. The Music Summit will be hosted by 107.5 WGCI morning show co-hosts Leon Rogers, Kendra G and Kyle, mid-day host Frankie Robinson, afternoon host Tone Kapone and evening host DJ Moon Dawg
“The Hip Hop music scene is more vibrant than ever in Chicago,” said WGCI’s Program Director Johnnie D. “This is a perfect time to bring the Music Seminar, now called the Music Summit, back to Chicagoland. It will be a powerful day of networking, education and entertainment for aspiring artists.” The music summit will also include panel discussions, networking, performances, and a new artist showcase.
SNAPS: Cody Alan Gets Backstage With Garth Brooks At History Making Notre Dame Show
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 31ST, 2018 –– CMT personality Cody Alan recently caught up with Country music super star Garth Brooks backstage at his history-making show at Notre Dame Stadium. The six-time CMA Entertainer of the Year chatted about his 33-year career, including his upcoming 2019 North American Stadium Tour and the November 20 release of The Anthology Part III: Live.
Brooks also chatted about his desire for fans at his stadium shows to break out their game-day body paint, his Habitat For Humanity projects with wife Trisha Yearwood, and whether or not he’s a handyman around the house. Listen to the conversation HERE
WATCH - JAM’N 94.5s Money Mav’s “Red Sox Nonstop Anthem” Goes Viral
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 31ST, 2018 –– For Boston fans still savoring its 4-1 win over the L.A. Dodgers in last week's world series, Boston's JAM'N 94.5's Money Mav has one last treat for you. With little time to spare he whipped up an anthem that The Boston Red Sox have adopted as their own and played it on their private jet coming home from LA. WATCH HERE
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Elvis Duran’s 4th Annual Carney Awards To Be Televised In New York On November 24
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 30TH, 2018 –– The most recognizable faces in television and film were at The Carney Awards Sunday night. Harrison Ford (L) Joe Morton, Jessica Walter, Joe Pantoliano, M. Emmet Walsh, James Cromwell and Bruce Greenwood were honored for their outstanding achievements in character acting. Actor Patton Oswalt (BR) brought a layer of humor as this year’s host, while performers Donny Most (Happy Days) and his Orchestra and recording artist Lily Meola lent their musical talents to the ceremony. Mike Farrell, Harrison Ford, Marilu Henner, Debbie Allen, Gregg Henry and Stephen Tobolowskyserved as presenters during the show, which will be telecast on Tribune Broadcasting’s New York flagship, PIX11, on Saturday, November 24 at 8 p.m. EST.
Named in honor of the late, great Oscar and six-time Emmy winning actor Art Carney, The Carney Awards were created by Elvis Duran Group CEO David Katz, his brother Jim Katz, an Emmy Award winning producer, and Brian Carney, actor/voice-over artist and Art’s son. The Carney Awards is a joint production between The Elvis Duran Group and Radcliffe Road Pictures. National radio personality Elvis Duran (TR), the Katz brothers and Carney are executive producers.
TOP PHOTO/L-R:. David Katz, Joe Morton, Bruce Greenwood, Jessica Walter, Brian Carney, James Cromwell, M. Emmet Walsh, and Jim Katz, PHOTO CREDIT: Brian Friedman
iHeartRadio Now Available Across Mexico
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 30TH, 2018 –– Grupo ACIR, a Mexican leader in broadcasting and iHeartMedia, announced an exclusive partnership that will bring iHeartRadio to listeners and fans across México access to iHeartMedia's’s roster of incredibly successful, internationally recognized iHeartRadio branded events. The official launch Nov. 3 at the iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina. iHeartRadio México will include all 56 Grupo ACIR and 850iHeartMedia live broadcast radio stations from across México and the U.S.
“We are excited to expand our partnership with Grupo ACIR to launch iHeartRadio México and now make iHeartRadio available across all of North America,” said Darren Davis, President of iHeartRadio and iHeartMedia Networks Group. “To extend iHeartRadio’s footprint across México allows us to expand our brand and reach to even more listeners globally.” “This partnership will allow us to better connect with our audience by delivering an incredible free music listening experience and providing amazing technology to our users and partners,” said Antonio Ibarra, CEO of Grupo ACIR. “Our advertisers will also benefit from new comprehensive digital tools to reach their consumers more efficiently.”
Eric Brooks Named Asst. News Director at News Radio KCBS San Francisco
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 30TH, 2018 –– KCBS 740 San Francisco, which also broadcasts on FM, has named Eric Brooks as its new Asst. News Director. Eric spent the last eight years at WTMJ/Milwaukee. Eric will remain at WTMJ as it transitions to Good Karma Brands - and will start in his new role on November 12th.
Current VP of Programming Tom Langmyer says, 'It's been a pleasure to work with Eric here, and previously at WGN in Chicago. I'm very proud of him - and it's very exciting to cheer on Eric & Jenny (and, of course, "Gary the Dog") on their upcoming West Coast adventure. Congratulations to a great broadcaster and a great person!" Steve Wexler has begun the recruiting process for a new programming leader for WTMJ when he takes over in November.
Chris Debbins Rises To APD For WPXY-FM Rochester
THE MOUTH, OCTOBER 30TH, 2018 –– Entercom announced Chris Debbins as Assistant Program Director for 98 PXY (WPXY-FM) in Rochester, effective immediately. Debbins will continue in his current roles as afternoon drive host and Music Director, which he assumed in 2016. “Chris has strong leadership qualities and a genuine sense of curiosity that has led him to his current success and will continue to serve him well as he grows in our industry,” said Sue Munn, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Rochester. “He’s the latest in a long line of successful programming professionals at 98 PXY.”
“I am honored to be able to grow my career with this new role at 98 PXY,” said Debbins. “I look forward to working closely with Mike Danger [Program Director for 98 PXY] as we continue presenting our listeners with fresh Top 40 programming each and every day.” Debbins joined 98 PXY in April 2014 as producer for the station’s morning show. In September 2014, Debbins’ role was expanded to include hosting the station’s evening and weekend drives in addition to assuming the role of Promotions Director for 98 PXY and sister station 96.5 WCMF (WCMF-FM) in Rochester.
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