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THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 17TH, 2019 –– Ray Ratto and Matt Kolsky have officially joined Damon Bruce in afternoon drive on 95.7 The Game as Ratto agrees to a multi-year deal with the Entercom Bay Area Sports outlet. Damon Bruce, who lives in San Francisco and done voice over work for several video games, joined 95.7 The Game in August of 2014. Ray Ratto has been a San Francisco Bay Area sportswriter since the 1970s and a sports columnist since the 1980's and has co-hosted radio shows in the Bay Area for the past decade. Ratto currently is a contributor at Deadspin and also writes columns for the San Jose Mercury News. Ratto is one of 60 sportswriters whose ranking of college football teams makes up the AP Poll.
Matt Kolsky is a Chicagoland native who moved to the Bay in 2004 — as a newspaper stringer covering high school sports, a radio producer, a NBA G-League broadcaster and countless other odd jobs, he has worked his way through the industry while making a home on the Berkeley/Oakland border. For the last seven years Kolsky has been an afternoon radio host in the Bay Area, and now also covers the sports scene as a columnist for the San Francisco Examiner.
NETWORKS: Sun Latino Turns 8 With A New Look And Launch Of A New Sports Division
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 17TH, 2019 –– Sun Broadcast Group (SBG) is celebrating the 8th birthday of its Hispanic network, Sun Latino. The milestone is being celebrated with a fresh new look and the introduction of Sun Deportes, a targeted 24/7 Spanish-Language sports offering already airing on over 385 affiliates nationwide. Sun Deportes programming includes long form shows, play-by-play, daily vignettes and commentary from hosts about a wide range of sporting events nationwide. In addition, SBG is restructuring Sun Latino.
“With our 2020 lineup being finalized, we wanted to create a new dynamic for our Hispanic offering and make it even more in line with changing market requirements,” said Julio Aponte – SBG Chief Operating Officer. “It’s important for our stations, advertisers and partners to get a comprehensive selection of shows and services that cover the Hispanic demographics and provide relevant content. Sun Latino and Sun Deportes will do just that, no matter if you are a sports or a music fan.”
“Sun Latino is a major part of the SBG family,” commented Jason Bailey – Sun Broadcast Group President & Founder. “The lineup keeps growing and now features almost 400 unique affiliates with a monthly audience of over 19 million monthly listeners. I’m so excited about our progress these last 8 years and even more excited to see Sun Deportes fly under its own brand.” For more information, contact Rich O’Brien at 212.380.9338 or firstname.lastname@example.org More about Sun Latino here: https://sunbgi.com/sunlatino
Key Networks Names Jim Higgins As President And COO, Rich Baum EVP, Ad Sales
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 17TH, 2019 –– Next-generation radio syndication company Key Networks announces that it has expanded its offerings to include network audio advertising sales to producers and service / program providers. Leading the team for Key Networks will be executive Jim Higgins (TL), who joins the company as President and Chief Operating Officer. Key Networks has also appointed ad sales veteran Rich Baum (R) as Executive Vice President, Advertising Sales. Higgins will be based in New York City and Baum will be based in Chicago.
Higgins was previously President & COO for United Stations Radio Networks for the last 15 years and EVP & General Manager for United Stations Radio Networks for 21 years prior. He also served as an Account Supervisor at Grey Advertising and ran Market Research for RCA Records.
Baum formerly served as EVP, Sales at United Stations Radio Networks for 13 years and was SVP at United Stations Radio Networks for 11 years prior. He was also Manager, Southwest Network Sales and Sr. Account Executive, Midwest Regional for Westwood One in Chicago and Dallas and was an Account Executive for Unistar Radio Networks.
Key Networks, based in Orlando, FL, and New York, NY, was launched last year by its affiliated company Sun & Fun Media with the appointment of Chief Revenue Officer Dennis Green. For more information about Key Networks, contact Jim Higgins, President & COO, email@example.com or at 646-757-0394, Rich Baum EVP Advertising Sales, firstname.lastname@example.org or at 847-502-8329, Dennis Green, Chief Revenue Officer, at email@example.com or at 407.915.5023
Cumulus Appoints John Toohey VP/Finance
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 17TH, 2019 –– Cumulus has appointed media finance executive John Toohey as Vice President, Finance for the Company. He will report directly to John Abbot, Executive Vice President/Chief Financial Officer, and will be based in New York City and Atlanta.
Toohey joins CUMULUS MEDIA following 12 years with Charter Communications and its predecessor, Time Warner Cable (TWC), where he was most recently Group Vice President, Media Sales Finance, Spectrum Reach.
In addition to his tenure at Charter/TWC, Toohey’s broad media finance background includes five years with NBC, seven years with CBS, and four years with Cablevision.
Danny Bortnick Named Region SVP/Sales For iHeart Wash. D.C.
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 17TH, 2019 – iHeartMedia announced that Danny Bortnick has been named Region Senior Vice President of Sales for the Washington D.C./Baltimore markets, effective immediately. He will report to Aaron Hyland, Region President for iHeartMedia Washington D.C./Baltimore.
Bortnick is a media veteran with over a decade of experience, most recently serving as the senior vice president of sales for iHeartMedia Washington D.C. He also served as the VP/Sales for Entercom, vice president of sales for CBS Radio and GSM for WNEW-FM.
DJ Ayisha Jafferas Named Afternoon Drive Host / Promotions Coordinator For Non-Comm 88Nine Milwaukee
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 17TH, 2019 –– 88Nine Radio Milwaukee (WYMS-FM 88.9) has named former artist manager and radio DJ Ayisha Jafferas afternoon drive host / promotions coordinator. Jaffer will host the station’s weekday afternoon on-air shift (2 p.m. –6 p.m.).
“When I think of Milwaukee success stories, I think of Ayisha,” Program Director Jordan Lee said. “Born and bred here in Milwaukee, she’s traveled the world and worked with some of the coolest artists in contemporary music. She brings knowledge, industry experience and passion to the Radio Milwaukee team.”
Jaffer most recently owned and ran Greater Than Propaganda, which focused on artist management, tour management, venue promotion and production, and developing brand and partnership campaigns for artist and projects. She previously worked for Saiko Management and Punkdafunk, and as a DJ at two non-commercial alternative-music stations in New Zealand, 95bFM and Aotea FM, and part-time at Radio Milwaukee.
PODCASTS: Beasley CEO Caroline Beasley Goes Beyond The Business With Scott Borchetta
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 17TH, 2019 –– Beasley's Chief Executive Officer Caroline Beasley recently interviewed Big Machine Label Group Founder, President and CEO Scott Borchetta during the latest episode of her Beyond the Business podcast. Caroline and Scott discuss a variety of topics including his thoughts on how the music industry is evolving to meet the needs of today’s consumers.
To download the latest episode, please go to www.bbgi.com.
NY Post Launches First Podcast, “We Hear: A Page Six Podcast,” With Ad Sales Partner cabana
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 17TH, 2019 –– The launch date is here! Earlier this month, the New York Post and cabana announced the upcoming launch of We Hear: A Page Six Podcast. The first episode drops today with hosts Maggie Coughlan and Ian Mohr, Page Six editors who bring insider stories and knowledge straight from the newsroom to life every week.
Listen to We Hear: A Page Six Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and anywhere podcasts are heard. Look for more announcements from the New York Post and cabana in the coming weeks.
EVENT: Beasley Employees Roll Up Their Sleeves During Annual Day of Caring Event
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 17Th, 2019 –– Beasley Media Boston employees recently rolled up their sleeves to help individuals and families in need during the company’s recent “Day of Caring.” The event, held in conjunction with Beasley Media Group’s Community of Caring Initiative, took place on Wednesday, September 11th, 2019 at the Greater Boston Food Bank.
The group sorted and packed 12,206 lbs of food that will provide 10,172 meals or feed a family of 4 for 2.3 years. “This is the second year that the Beasley Boston Team sorted thousands of pounds of food at the Greater Boston Food Bank,” said Beasley Media Group Boston Vice President and Market Manager, Mary Menna. “It feels good to work together to help others in need. The Day of Caring event great team building experience and a lot of fun too!”
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In-Car Listening Under Attack: RANDY LANE
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 16TH, 2019 –– In talent specialist Randy Lane's latest blog, he warns that Spotify is 'aggressively targeting your in-car listeners. He points to “Driveway Moments.” The TV commercial humorously features people in various situations staying in their cars to hear the end of a song. Fred Jacobs got it right in a recent blog when he stated that this is the commercial radio should have produced.
As cars become more connected, it’s urgent that radio defends this important piece of real estate, says Lane. Among the
Strategies to Defend In-car Listening he suggests: Deepen drive-time personality relationships with listeners. Blake Hayes, morning host at Coast 93.1 Portland, ME, received countless email responses after he vulnerably shared his struggles concerning the unexpected death of his young partner and his father’s addiction and subsequent death. The emails consistently mentioned the fun and the humor of the show, but what compelled them to actually write in was the emotional connection they felt to Blake’s story.
--Do you image and market your drive-time listening as vigorously as Adult Contemporary stations image and market for at-work listening? Take inventory of how many promos your station devotes to personality-driven shows versus contest promos or commercial-free Mondays. Because engaging personalities attract long-term loyalty. You will get more bang for your buck by promoting drive-time personalities throughout the day.
-- Personality shows must be be on-demand. - WMMR’s Preston and Steve have their full show on-demand, a fun-size podcast that features the best segments of each show and they highlight bite-sized clips.
-- Your stream is not a stepchild. People at work listen primarily online. As cars get more connected, streaming is now a priority. Common complaints include processing quality is low, there are long periods of dead air, or commercials just pop in and interrupt the content. If your stream does not sound like your show, you are losing listeners. READ MORE HERE
Cali 93.9 Launches Cali Mornings With Carolina 'Caro' Marquez , Mando Fresko, & Jessica Flores
Mando Fresko moves to Cali from a successful run as an on-air personality with Cali’s sister station Power 106, also a Meruelo Media station. Fresko said of the move the he is “beyond excited to join the Cali 93.9 family, and I’m honored to continue being a part of Meruelo Media's elite team. Jessica Flores rounds out the Cali Mornings, as a sidekick, and will also serve as a Cali 93.9 digital personality. Jessica started her radio career with Cali sister station Power 106’s Liftoff show featuring Justin Credible, and also served as talent for Radio Disney. She was involved in the development of media and music campaigns with Musical.ly (now Tik Tok), focused on growing the Latin music market with artists like Shakira, Daddy Yankee, Becky G, Karol G, J Balvin and Luis Fonsi. DJ E-Man, Director of Programming, is “extremely proud of the new Cali Mornings team. This is a station made by LA, for LA.”
Tom Tolbert Inks Multi-Year Extension With Cumulus & KNBR AM/FM
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 16TH, 2019 –– Cumulus has signed Tom Tolbert, popular sports radio personality heard on San Francisco’s KNBR 104.5FM & 680AM The Sports Leader, with a multi-year deal with the company. Tolbert has been with KNBR since 1996 and currently co-hosts Tolbert, Krueger & Brooks with Larry Krueger and Rod Brooks weekdays from 2pm-6pm. The show can be heard on KNBR 104.5FM, KNBR 680AM and KNBR 1050AM. He also serves as host of KNBR’s Dubs Countdown to Tipoff pre-game shows.Tolbert played as a Forward in the NBA for seven years, and later served as a color commentator for NBA telecasts at NBC, ABC and ESPN.
KNBR Program Director Jeremiah Crowe said: “Tom is the heart and soul of the KNBR brand and we’re excited to have him stay in the family here at The Sports Leader. He has a special bond with Bay Area sports fans and his unrivaled passion for the game can be heard every weekday during Tolbert, Krueger & Brooks. We are extremely proud to extend our relationship with Tom for years to come.”
Samantha DeJesus Named Producer For Jagger & Kristi Show At Magic 92.5 San Diego
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 16TH, 2019 –– XHTZ-FM/Magic 92.5 San Didgo's Jagger & Kristi Show welcomes Samantha DeJesus, nicknamed 'Sam”' on-air, as their new producer. The San Diego native started as an Intern at Local Media San Diego in the radio promotions department while studying at Communications at Miramar College.
“I cannot fully express the amount gratitude I have to be given such an amazing opportunity,” said DeJesus. “Along with the rest of the city, I grew up listening to Jagger and Kristi, so I feel like I’ve known them all my life. To be working alongside such an iconic radio duo, who are legends to the San Diego community, I am thrilled to learn and grow with the best in the business.”
Kristi added, “We are so excited to welcome Sam to the show! Her personality lights up a room and she is such a people person. We look forward to sharing lots of laughs and fun with Producer Sam and our listeners!” “We knew from the beginning Sam was a great fit!” said co-host Jagger. “She is going to be an awesome compliment to the morning show and we couldn’t be happier that she is on board.”
Sammy Cruise Joins Townsquare Media Portsmouth, NH As OM
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 16TH, 2019 –– Townsquare Media/Portsmouth announced that Sammy Cruise has joined Townsquare Media/Portsmouth, NH as Operations Manager Cruise spent the last 11 years with WIRK in West Palm Beach with previous stops in Sarasota, Las Vegas and Albuquerque. Cruise said “I’ve had an amazing run in Florida working with some of the best in the business. I’m very much looking forward to joining the great team at Townsquare Media! An amazing opportunity like this doesn’t come along very often, and I’m very excited to get started. WOKQ is a legendary station and I’m honored to be able to be a part of its history. I heard the weather isn’t that different from Florida…that’s true right?”
Townsquare Northern New England Regional Market President Brian Lang added, “We are confident that Sammy’s leadership, energy, and product knowledge make him the right person to lead our Portsmouth cluster.”
EXECUTIVE MOVES: iHeart Denver Names Dave Barnett SVP/Sales
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 16TH, 2019 –– iHeartMedia announced that Dave Barnett has been named Senior Vice President of Sales for Denver, effective immediately. As Senior Vice President Sales, Barnett will be responsible for overseeing the Spoken Word and Sports station’s including KOA, Freedom 93.7, 630 KHOW and the markets sports partnerships with The Denver Broncos, Colorado Rockies and University of Colorado Buffs. He will report to Ryan Clune, Region Senior Vice President of Sales for iHeartMedia Denver Region.
Barnett joins the Denver market from iHeartMedia Tampa Bay, where he most recently served as the vice president of sales for NewsRadio WFLA and 95.3 WDAE. He also served as the director of sports for iHeartMedia Tampa, where he worked closely with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tampa Bay Rays and Tampa Bay Lightning. Prior to working for iHeartMedia Tampa, he served as the director of sports for iHeartMedia Denver and the Broncos and Rockies Radio Network. He began his career at KMOX and the St. Louis Cardinal Radio Network.
Becki West Appointed VP/Sales & Director Of Agency Partnerships For iHeart Philadelphia
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 16TH, 2019 –– Becki West has been named Vice President of Sales and Director of Agency Partnerships in Philadelphia, effective immediately. She will report to Jeff Moore, Senior Vice President of Sales for iHeartMedia Philadelphia.
Before serving as General Sales Manager at iHeartMedia Philadelphia, West served as the general sales manager for Greater Media. She also served as the local sales manager for WWDB and national/general sales manager for Radio One. She began her radio career at Power 99 FM as co-op director and is a graduate of Temple University.
Kim Reis Exits Entercom
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 16TH, 2019 –– After six-plus years as Entercom's director of Digital Audience Engagement at Entercom, Kim Reis has exited the Philiadelphia based group following h the elimination of her position.
Reis began her career as a morning cohost on WPRO-FM and WWKX Providence before moving into television as a technical news and assistant marketing director.
Reis tells Jockline, "Unfortunately, due to some restructuring, my position was eliminated. I’d like to thank everyone at Entercom for an amazing 6+ years. It’s a great team and a great company. I’ll miss everyone dearly and I look forward to my next adventure. Connect with Kim at firstname.lastname@example.org
Rock Icon's Ric Ocasek & Eddie Money Pass Away
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 16TH, 2019 – It was an doubly sad weekend for rock fans with the passing of both Ric Ocasek, the lead singer of the rock band The Cars, and 'Two Tickets to Paradise' rocker Eddie Money. According to NPR, Ocasek died Sunday in New York; he was found unconscious at his townhouse in Manhattan. The Boston-based band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2018. Ocasek co-founded the group with Benjamin Orr, a bassist and vocalist whom he had begun playing in Ohio.
This followed news late Friday of the passing of famed 70's & 80's rocker Eddie Money who passed away at 70 following his battle with cancer. Cindy Ronzoni provided a statement from the family and said Money died Friday morning in Los Angeles. Money had recently announced that he had advanced cancer. In 1987, the husky-voiced, blue collar performer received a best rock vocal Grammy nomination for “Take Me Home Tonight,” which featured a cameo from Ronnie Spector. “It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to our loving husband and father,” the statement said. “It’s so hard to imagine our world without him, however he will live on forever through his music.”
With Money's passing, The Mix Group produced a special tribute available HERE - use the password: money (lowercase)
Benztown also produced a special tribute to Eddie Money, written and produced by Bill Royal and produced by Tom Baker and available HERE - In addition, Benztown produced a tribute to Ric Ocasek written voiced and produced by Adam Keckskemeti and available HERE
MILESTONE: KNX LA Celebrates 99th Year On Air
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 17TH, –– Last week was a big week in the life of KNX (1070 AM) Los Angeles wrote LA's Daily News. "It was way back in on September 10, 1920 that Fred Christian, an electrical engineer, first broadcast on his experimental station 6ADZ. This was the area’s first radio station, though others would be on the air soon after. The station’s first studio was in Christian’s home, and the first transmitter was a mere five watts - Initial programming was recorded music played using records borrowed from neighborhood record shops in exchange for on-air mentions.
When the KNX call letters were assigned by the FCC a year later, the station moved into studios in downtown Los Angeles, inside the California Theater. By 1935 the station was broadcasting from studios on Sunset Boulevard with 50,000 watts, the power it transmits today.
While a news outlet today, KNX was obviously the local outlet for popular CBS programs and stars, including Jack Benny, Bing Crosby, and more. Bob Crane hosted mornings from 1957 to 1965, and other future television stars such as Ralph Story could be found on KNX as well. The news format (or close variants) has been in place since the Spring of 1968. Currently owned by Entercom, KNX continues to be one of Southern California’s most popular radio stations.
Townsquare Media Boise On The Hunt For New Operation's Manager
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 16TH, 2019 –– Townsquare is looking for its next great Operations Manager in Boise. It says, "You’ll lead a group of six strong station brands with one of the best and most talented group of programming pro’s in the business, and you’ll have the unequalled resources of Townsquare at your disposal. All while working in one of the best cities in America.
The post includes brand manager and on-air for KAWO (Wow Country). If you have a winning track record of ratings, leadership and online innovation, send your material to email@example.com
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STUDY: Majority Of People Say They Have At Least One Smart Speaker In Their Homes
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 13TH, 2019 –– NuVoodoo Media Services is presenting the second installment of the NuVoodoo Fall webinar series: The NuVoodoo Fall 2019 Contesting and Marketing Guide. In its latest report, it revealed the continued growth of Smart Speaker penetration in homes across the U.S, which now show 51% of NuVoodoo’s sample of over 3,000 persons 14-54 across all PPM markets reports at least one Smart Speaker in their lives. That reflects an 8% increase in Smart Speaker penetration since January, based on findings from NuVoodoo’s January 2019 survey.
Leigh Jacobs, Executive Vice President, Research Insights, NuVoodoo Media Services, said: “While there are lots of things you can use Smart Speakers to do, they’re called “Smart Speakers” – so lots of people use them to listen to things. Percentages are up for every category of things we’ve asked respondents about listening to via Smart Speakers. And now Smart Speaker technology is coming to the car.”
Carolyn Gilbert (L), President and Chief Executive Officer, NuVoodoo Media Services, observes: “With Alexa in the car, the barrier to selecting FM/AM vs. Spotify vs. podcasts and/or audiobooks is gone. If you think of it, it’s usually an easy matter to get Alexa to play what you want. That dynamic presents Radio with a real challenge or an incredible opportunity, depending upon what stations choose to do about it.“
The final two sessions will be on Tuesday, September 17th at 1:00pm ET/10:00am PT, and on Wednesday, September 18th, at 11:00am ET/8:00am PT. You can reserve a spot for one of the two remaining sessions at: nuvoodoo.com/webinars.
iHeart Debuts 'iHeartRadio Sports' Website
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 13TH, 2019 –– iHeartMedia announced the launch of “iHeartRadio Sports,” a new website that lets listeners find the leading broadcast Sports radio stations, top Sports podcasts and latest Sports news in one place.
Through “iHeartRadio Sports,” sports fans can choose from more than 195 live broadcast and digital stations including FOX Sports Radio; AM 570 LA Sports, Home of Dodgers Radio & Los Angeles Sports; FOX Sports The Gambler in Philadelphia; KFAN FM 100.3 – Minneapolis/St. Paul – The Sports Leader; and others. In addition, they can listen to episodes from more than 25,000 sports podcasts including The Herd with Colin Cowherd, 3 and Out with John MiddleKauff, Outkick the Coverage with Clay Travis, Sports Wars and more.
“iHeartRadio has long been a destination for the biggest sports fans and now provides the premier destination where they can find all their favorite teams, podcasts, personalities and stations all in one place,” said Darren Davis (shown), President of iHeartRadio and iHeartMedia Networks Group. “Sports listeners are incredibly passionate and this new destination utilizes the power and reach of iHeartMedia and its programming to create an encompassing all-things-sports experience like no other, for those enthusiastic fanatics everywhere whether it’s getting outstanding play-by-play of the latest Dodgers game to sports betting podcasts for expert picks and analysis.”
In June, the company launched iHeartRadio Sports Daily – a newsletter featuring top sports stories and videos that are sent out daily to sports fans. VISIT WEBSITE HERE
NETWORKS: WWO News' 'America In The Morning' Celebrates 35th Anniversary
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 13TH, 2019 –– Cumulus' Westwood One is celebrating its 35th anniversary of its award-winning weekday news magazine, America in the Morning, which launched September 17, 1984. America in the Morning is hosted by John Trout (TL), who took the reins from Jim Bohannon (TR) in 2016. Bohannon still contributes interviews and features to the program. The show began out of what was originally the last half hour of the overnight five-and-a-half hour Larry King Show. When King was cut back to five hours, Westwood One utilized the last half hour to launch a morning news magazine. The show was later expanded to one hour.
“Our 332 affiliates know that America in the Morning is the show to turn to for the best and most comprehensive coverage of breaking news overnight,” said Bart Tessler, EVP, News and Talk, Westwood One. “ Jim Bohannon created a legacy and John Trout continues the tradition of ensuring Americans are informed and entertained at daybreak.” The program has received numerous accolades and is the winner of many industry awards, including the top prize for “Best News Magazine” the last two years at the New York Radio Festival. Learn more about America in the Morning by contacting Jim Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 840-7933.
[LISTEN] Green Day Visits The Woody Show; Added To Lineup For iHeart Music Festival
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 13TH, 2019 –– The Woody Show, which originates from iHeartMedia’s ALT 98.7 - LA's New Alternative and is nationally syndicated by Premiere Networks, welcomed Green Day in studio today, September 12. The bandmates discussed a wide range of topics, including the making of their new album, “Father Of All…,” including what Morrissey thought of the album title; their upcoming global Hella Mega Tour with Fall Out Boy and Weezer.
While there, it was announced that Green Day would be among headliners for this year's iHeartRadio Music Festival at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on September 20 and 21. LISTEN HERE- Pictured left to right: Tré Cool, Woody, Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt.
[WATCH] Fitz Talks 'Country Music Documentary With Famed Producer Ken Burns
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 13TH, 2019 –– Fitz in the Morning, host of 98.9 The Bull in Seattle had the opportunity to spend some quality face time with American filmmaker, Ken Burns, to celebrate his most recent documentary, Country Music is described as a story of America, one song at a time. Country Music, A Film by Ken Burns, debuts Sunday, September 15th on PBS.
“As a broadcaster and fan of American history, this was the ultimate bucket list interview: sitting down to ask questions to the man who has been taking the Pulse of America for nearly 40 years,” said Fitz. “There is no greater man to speak with about the history of one of my biggest passions, Country Music, and how it intersects with the growth of our great nation.”
Country Music, a film by Ken Burns, explores the history of a unique American art form, featuring never-before seen footage and photographs plus interviews with more than 80 country artists. The film chronicles country music's early days from southern Appalachia's songs of struggle, heartbreak and faith to the rollicking Western swing of Texas, California's honky-tonks and Nashville's Grand Ole Opry. WATCH INTERVIEW HERE
PODCAST: Jonathan Cheban Kicks Of 'Foodgod' With Kimmy On Yea Networks
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 13TH, 2019 –– YEA Networks, announces the launch of a new podcast hosted by television personality and social media star Foodgod (aka Jonathan Cheban). Kicking off the premiere episode is best friend and international icon, Kim Kardashian. Jonathan Cheban got his famous name “The Foodgod” from his A-list palate of all things culinary -- and boasts an Instagram following of over 3.4 million that track his food adventures around the globe. Widely known for his recurring roles on TV, particularly “Keeping Up With The Kardashians,” Foodgod is now the biggest food influencer online and has the decadent diet to prove it.
Recently honored as The Food Influencer Of The Year (Monaco 2018), Foodgod was named “The Most Influential Name in Food” by Food & Beverage Magazine and appeared on the cover of the LA Times announcing his rise to a dining deity. He has also appeared on hit TV shows including “The Spin Crowd” and “Celebrity Big Brother” and is a regular personality in the media for his international taste and style.
George Laughlin, Chief Executive Officer, YEA Networks, said: “For anyone that thinks Foodgod is just a reality TV star and social media influencer, you haven’t heard the podcast yet! He’s a gifted storyteller, hilarious, and a natural in the studio. We’re excited for him to join the YEA family.” New episodes are available Thursdays at 9am ET.
[WATCH] WRMF's KVJ Show Raises $100,000 For Bahamas In 48-Hour Marathon Broadcast
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 13TH, 2019 –– To aid in the Bahama's recovery effort, 97.9 WRMF’s The KVJ Show, Hubbard Radio West Palm Beach has been broadcasting from 6:00AM ET on Wednesday, September 11 and will continue with the broadcast until 10:00AM this morning. Donations go directly to rebuilding West End, the oldest community on Grand Bahama, through a partnership with 501c3, Little Smiles.
To help them rebuild, the The KVJ Show stayed on the air for 48 hours straight in an attempt to help Little Smiles raise $100,000 cash. All donations are 100% tax-deductible. “When you live in the Caribbean, you are family, even if you’re not in the same country. We both enjoy the beauty and devastation of our climate. What the Bahamas has gone through is unfathomable and unprecedented, but they will not go through it alone” said Kevin Rolston, host of the KVJ Show. The KVJ Show & Hubbard Radio will be with the Bahamas as they rebuild back to being even stronger than they were before.” WATCH HERE
iHeart Miami Helps Fill Over 21 Semi-Trucks With Supplies For Bahamas
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 13TH, 2019 –– South Florida residents have donated over 21 semi trucks filled with critically-needed supplies to residents of the Bahamas who have been impacted by Hurricane Dorian -- and an additional donation drive, which will provide another opportunity to support the people of the Bahamas, will take place this through today. These relief drives are part of the #iHeartBahamas Relief Effort led by Mobile Mike, who were joined by on-air personalities from all iHeartMedia South Florida broadcast brands for all-day broadcasts on Thursday and Friday.
“We salute the people of South Florida for their compassion and generosity-- we are thankful and amazed by the tremendous outpouring of support by our listeners and the people of South Florida,” said Greg Ashlock, President of the iHeartMedia Markets Group. “We feel privileged to connect people who want to help with those in need; Mobile Mike was a guiding force in ensuring that we were able to quickly create these donation drives and we want to thank everyone on our Miami team who broadcasted live, helped spread the word on-air and on social, packed boxes and trucks and donated themselves.”
Cox Media Group Names Ken Newman Director of Sales for San Antonio
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 13TH, 2019 –– Cox Media Group (CMG) San Antonio has named Ken Newman as director of sales for the San Antonio market’s radio cluster, effective Sept. 17, 2019. Bringing more than 16 years of executive sales and business management experience to his new role, Newman will oversee sales operations for San Antonio’s radio brands, including KONO 101.1, 99.5 KISS, KKYX 680AM and 104.9, MAGIC 105.3, The Eagle 106.7, Y100 and KONO 86.
“Ken brings a wealth of industry knowledge and sales expertise to his new role, making him the ideal sales leader for our market,” says David Abel, vice president and general manager for CMG San Antonio. “Our clients expect the very best from CMG and I am confident our teams will continue to deliver exceptional service under Ken’s leadership.”
Newman’s vast background in sales and marketing includes leadership roles with Hearst, DexMedia, Secure Education Consultants and Digital Marketing Agency (DMA). Newman also served in the United States Army and was a member of the Greenville, South Carolina Police Department.
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Ellen K Named Voice Of 71st Emmy AwardsTHE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 12TH, 2019 –– One of TV's biggest nights is set for September 22nd, The 71st Annual Emmys! The award show celebrating and honoring television shows (including streaming shows) will not have a host this year for the first time ever, but they will have the glorious voice of Ellen K , top rated morning host on KOST 103.5 Los Angeles.
Ellen K knows a thing or two about voicing award shows, she's been the voice of the Grammys for the past decade, the Oscar awards and now the Emmys! All she needs is to voice the Tony Awards so she can be an EGOT Voice! Tune in to the 71st Emmy Awards on Sunday, September 22, 2019 at 5pm broadcasting live from Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, on FOX. There are only 15 people who have won Emmys, Oscars Grammys and Tonys (EGOT) - Ellen is now one award VO away from being the EGOT of VO Award shows!
REPORT: Chris Carlin Announces He's Leaving WFAN
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 12TH, 2019 –– WFAN New York's Chris Carlin announced on Wednesday that this would be his last day at the sports outlet. In a Twitter post, Carlin thanked CBS and Entercom for the opportunity of hosting Carlin, Maggie & Bart (shown below) with Maggie Gray and Bart Scott. Carlin indicated that Gray and Scott will continue with the show reports Awful Announcing
According to Newsday, Carlin’s contract was up at the end of this year, but that’s also the case for Gray and Scott. Carlin seemed optimistic about the show itself, and he said he “can’t wait to see them take the show to the next level” but that may depend if Gray and Scott sign extensions with WFAN.
Before joining CMB, Carlin had previously been a producer for “Mike and the Mad Dog” and Philadelphia-based WIP (94.1-FM).
WHO's Simon Conway Prompts Listeners To Place Nearly 3,000 Flags In Park On 9/11
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 12TH, 2019 –– WHO Des Moines' afternoon host Simon Conway tells Jockline: "About four months after I arrived in Des Moines, there was a meeting. How were we going to mark the tenth anniversary of 9-11. Some people wanted to rent the big arena in town and have a solemn service. I pointed out that was a big risk! It was the first or second NFL Sunday and how terrible would it be if no one showed up. Eventually I came up with the idea of planting a flag in the ground for every person who was murdered that day. We have done that ever since.
This week my listeners started to contact me saying that the city had cancelled this year’s event due to lack of flags and volunteers. There was no way I was going to let that happen and so using social media and the opening of my show yesterday, I directed people to the park. All the nearly 3,000 flags were in the ground before 5pm! - WATCH HERE
iHeart's Shelli Sonstein Hosts 9/11 Honoring Heroes Day
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 12TH, 2019 –– Yesterday marked 18 years since 3,000 people lost their lives in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. iHeartRadio partnered once again for the eighth consecutive year with 9/11 Day of Service, an organization dedicated to transforming 9/11 from a day of tragedy into a day of service, unity and peace.
As part of the event, iHeart host Shelli Sonstein hosted 9/11 Day: Honoring Heroes, a 30-minute long form show in which Shelli interviews two men affected by the 9/11 tragedies.
Sonstein says, "Once again this year, I was so honored to be asked to host a special show airing on iHeartRadio stations all over the U.S. “9/11 Day: Honoring Heroes” replaces my usual “Sonstein Sunday.” I speak with Port Authority Police Superintendent Ed Cetnar, the highest-ranking 9/11 First Responder fighting a serious 9/11 cancer. Re-joining me this year is Jay Winuk, who lost his brother on 9/11. Jay turned tragedy to positivity, founding 9/11 Day with millions doing good deeds on 9/11. These are two of the most inspiring men I have ever had the privilege to interview."
PODCASTS: YouTube Continues To Grow As (Unlikely) Podcast Platform Giant
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 12TH, 2019 –– An article in this week's The Verge explores how some top podcasters, like Joe Rogan, are taking advantage of YouTube and its features to grow audience and revenue on their podcasts. While most people think of YouTube as a platform that's focused on video, Rogan and a growing number of podcast content creators are flocking to YouTube. Podcast purists might shake their head when they hear YouTube mentioned in the same breath as "podcasts," multiple studies are finding that listeners are flocking to YouTube for what they consider to be podcasts, even if it doesn't technically tick all the boxes for the qualities of a traditional podcast, like being downloadable
At MSBC31 in Chicago this past August, Daniel Anstandig and the Futuri Media team presented the results of a study they conducted with the University of Florida earlier this year, which showed that 70% of regular podcast listeners use YouTube to access that content, ahead of Apple Podcasts and Spotify. They noted that the study surveyed "self-identified" podcast listeners, meaning that respondents weren't given the dictionary definition of podcast; findings were based on what the 2,000 respondents considered to be a podcast. A recent Canadian study showed that YouTube was that country's top platform for podcasts as well.
"Taking advantage of YouTube for your podcast content is easier than you might think, and radio shouldn't miss that opportunity " said Zena Burns (R) of Futuri Media, whose POST podcasting system recently launched a feature that automatically turns audio content (including PPM-encoded time-shifted radio content) into video files for stations to take advantage of platforms like YouTube. "Increasingly, listeners are using YouTube to discover not just video, but audio of all types," says Burns. She adds, POST's new audio-to-video feature is getting a ton of usage from top-performing stations who want to get their audio in front of as many listeners as possible." Futuri Study also spotlighted in Business Insider report. TOP GRAPHIC/YouTube Facebook
New Original Podcast Series 'The Killing Of Marilyn Monroe,' Scored by Benztown
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 12TH, 2019 –– Benztown announced that The Killing of Marilyn Monroe, a new original 12-part podcast series produced by Broad + Water Studios in partnership with Endeavor Content and scored by Benztown, has made the “New and Noteworthy” section on Apple Podcasts. The podcast series, which premiered on August 19th and is available via Apple Podcasts, Spotify and other podcast apps, investigates the secret life silver screen legend Marilyn Monroe hid from the world, juggling affairs with Rat Pack crooners, President’s men and mob bosses, and chronicles every encounter found in her infamous “Red Diary”.
Dave “Chachi” Denes, President, Benztown, said: "We greatly appreciate the opportunity to work on such a special and riveting production. Our composers, Mike Ramos and Teddy Shrader, were tasked with creating a modern score for a story about a classic icon, and making the podcast appealing to all generations. They achieved magnificent results and the score they created perfectly sets the tone for this captivating podcast series.” The Killing of Marilyn Monroe is hosted by Us Weekly Correspondent Jackie Miranne - The series is Executive Produced by Dylan Howard. Executive producers also include Tom Freestone, James Robertson and Andy Tillett. The series is produced by Caroline Budge and written by Dominic Utton.
Record Audience For ESPN Podcasts In August; Verified Unique Audience Rises To 7.1 Million
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 12TH, 2019 –– ESPN reports that its set a new record in verified unique audience of 7.1 million podcast downloads in August. The total represents an increase of 49% over August 2018. This is the eighth consecutive month of year-over-year growth. The leading driver behind the growth was 30 for 30: The Sterling Affairs, a series focused on Donald Sterling, the former owner of the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers.
In August, 30 for 30 registered a unique audience of more than one million, a first, and an increase over the same month last year of 172%. In addition, Fantasy Focus Football drew a unique audience of 1.3 million, an increase of 33% over 2018. ESPN’s unique podcast audience is verified by Podtrac. ESPN Podcasts ESPN Audio launched its first podcast in 2005. The most popular titles include Fantasy Focus Football, The Lowe Post as well as podcasts of ESPN Radio’s The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz, and TV’s First Take, Pardon the Interruption and Around the Horn.
EVENTS: 'GMA’s' Ginger Zee To Keynote Beasley's BEN-FM Her Story Luncheon
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 12TH, 2019 –– ABC News and Good Morning America Chief Meteorologist Ginger Zee will be the official keynote speaker at 95.7 BEN FM’s 3rd annual Her Story Luncheon. The annual event will take place on Wednesday, September 18th. The luncheon will be hosted by Kathy Romano, host of BEN FM's “Her Story” weekly program and co-host of the Preston and Steve Show on 93.3 WMMR-FM.
Attendees will include CEO's, influencers in arts and cultural worlds, directors of non-profit organizations and public relations professionals, as well as BEN-FM listeners who won tickets to the event. The “Her Story” program showcases dynamic women that are making a significant impact in the community via their business, their charity work or a combination of both.
Radio Trailblazer Robin Seymour Returns This Weekend To Detroit To Be Honored At Radio Reunion
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 12TH, 2019 –– Robin Seymour will return to Detroit this weekend for an industry reunion being organized in part by radio's best friend, Art Vuolo. According to the Detroit News, Seymour, 93, will be honored Saturday at an event the Suburban Collection Showplace. He's known for his long run on Dearborn's WKMH-AM station and for hosting a television dance show in the 1960s similar to "American Bandstand" called "Teen Town" and later "Swingin' Time."
Saturday's event will also include tons of other media personalities including Detroit News music writer Susan Whitall, Gary Burbank, Doug Podell, Jim Johnson of WOMC, Joey Reynolds, Bill Hennes, Pat St John, John Records Landecker, Shotgun Tom Kelly and Phlash Phelps- Visit leealancreative.com/reunion.html for more details and to purchase tickets. Seymour, who lives in Texas, will also appear Thursday at the Motown Museum 3-5 p.m. He'll meet fans and sign copies of his new book, "The DJ that Launched a 1,000 Hits."
CONDOLENCES: WRBR-FM South Bend's Ron Stryker Has Passed Away
HE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 12TH, 2019 –– Sad news from South Bend as Federated Media's WRBR-FM/103.9 The Bear posted on Facebook (shown above) news of the passing of its longtime member Ron Stryker:
"It is with incredible sadness and heavy hearts that we announce that our friend and colleague Ron Stryker has passed away. Ron has been a part of 103.9 The Bear and Federated Media family as long as any of us can remember. His personality and passion are irreplaceable. Out of respect for his family, friends and co-workers who are grieving his loss we are asking for privacy at this time."
In addition to his work with 103.9 The Bear, Stryker was an announcer for Notre Dame Men’s Basketball’s home games. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of Federated Media and Ron's family.
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BLOG: AM/FM Streaming Shows Younger, More Female, And Mostly In Home DMA
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 11TH, 2019 –– This week’s Westwood One blog post looks at the distinctions between the profile of the streaming audience and the over-the-air audience of AM/FM radio stations. Westwood One analyzed audience data from over 88,000 consumers who recently registered on the Cumulus Radio Station Group sites that make up the Cumulus Radio Station Group Digital Streaming Network. The analysis looked at age, gender, and location data from these listeners between April and July of 2019. Here are the key findings:
· AM/FM radio streaming skews female: While half of the on-air audience to Cumulus Radio Station Group music AM/FM radio stations is female, 62% of the music streaming audience consists of women. Every music programming format on streaming shows a higher composition of women compared to the on-air audience.
· AM/FM radio streams have more Millennials: The median age of the Cumulus Radio Station Group music streams is 40, five years younger than the on-air audience. The 18-34 audience composition of the Cumulus Radio Station Group music streaming audience is 37%, a much larger composition of Millennials than the on-air audience (27%).
· AM/FM radio streams also have more persons 25-54s: The proportion of 25-54s is higher in the music streaming audience (67%) versus the on-air audience (52%).
· Over 80% of the music streaming audience is located in the home DMA: Streaming ads provide extra impact and message frequency for advertisers looking to reach consumers in the market where they do business.
· Sports and News/Talk streaming audiences skew younger:Spoken word formats have the same male audience composition on-air and online: 86% male for streaming Sports compared to 85% on-air and 70% male for streaming News/Talk compared to 65% on-air. News/Talk shows the same story. The 25-54 audience composition is higher in streaming (40%) versus over-the-air audiences.
· Smart speakers power growth of Cumulus Radio Station Group streaming:In September 2017, 2% of Cumulus Radio Station Group’s streaming audience came from smart speakers. As of July 2019, smart speakers represent an astonishing 18% of the Cumulus Radio Station Group streaming audience. READ MORE HERE
Entercom Apparent Victim Of Ransomware Hit
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 11TH, 2019 –– Beginning this past weekend, Entercom’s internal networks were reportedly hit with a ransomware attack. While no official comments have been issued by Entercom, RadioInsight's Lance Venta writes that according to 'multiple sources,' "systems were compromised through what is believed to be an affected machine on the programming side which spread through their shared internal systems -- thankfully playout systems were locked down allowing stations to continue broadcasting." Venta adds that many stations are currently doing music logs by hand and are utilizing previously uploaded traffic logs or no commercials are running. Meanwhile, Entercom is not paying the supposed $500,000 ransom, says Venta.
For those attempting to connect with Entercom personnel via email this week, auto-generated replies stated: "We are currently experiencing technical issues with our email. Please contact our local markets via phones, or visit our web site at www.entercom.com to find our contact information." Of course, you can still go 'old-school' and pick up the phone.
Popular Dubai Host Lucy Stone Confirmed Dead; Switzerland To Switch Off FM By 2014
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 11TH, 2019 –– Lucy Stone, host of the Drive Time show on Dance FM, died last week in the UK. Friends described her as 'gorgeous and fierce' and the news of her death sent shockwaves across radio and the internet. While circumstances surrounding her death have not yet been released, Cameron Plant, Group MD at Shock Middle East released a statement, confirming the tragic news: "Lucy was an instrumental member of the Shock Middle East family and we are deeply saddened to hear of her passing. We will miss her energy, dedication and her commitment to radio. Lucy was very popular amongst her peers and she will be deeply missed by her friends and family. We kindly ask everyone to respect the privacy of her family during this difficult time.” . Read More HERE
Switzerland Will Switch Off FM Radio By 2024 - The Swiss radio industry is planning to gradually phase out analogue radio broadcasting via FM by the end of 2024 at the latest. Instead, it will use DAB+ as its main broadcasting technology. To accompany this change, OFCOM (Switzerland’s Federal Office of Communications) launched an information campaign in 2017 with various information campaigns on radio, television, print and on billboards saying “Radio is moving”. Radio listening is already 65 percent digitally consumed in Switzerland, and 4.3 million DAB + radios were sold in Switzerland by the end of June 2019.
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The General Insurance Teams With Bobby Bones For Jingle Remix Contest
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 11TH, 2019 –– The General® Insurance teamed up with its brand ambassador Bobby Bones to launch The General® Jingle Remix Contest Presented by The Bobby Bones Show. The contest allows fans to put their own spin on The General® Insurance’s iconic jingle.
“It’s been great to stand behind the vision of The General Insurance and all they represent this year,” shared Bones. “I can’t wait to see the creativity of the fans through this campaign. May the best jingle win!"
“We’re excited to take our partnership with Bobby to the next level. Whatever the style - rock, country, R&B or hip-hop - this contest gives fans the opportunity to put their skills to the test and create their own spin on The General’s famous jingle,” said Elicia Azali, senior vice president Marketing at The General.
Bobby Bones and The Bobby Bones Show cast will announce the final winner live on-air the week of October 28. Bones has also enlisted some of his industry friends who will help him select the winner. For more information about The General® Jingle Remix Contest presented by The Bobby Bones Show, including contest rules and restrictions, please visit www.thegeneral.com/remix. Bobby Bones has served as a brand ambassador for The General® since the beginning of 2019.
Nikki Imbracsio Headed To West Palm Beach For Midday Slot On Hubbard Station
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 11TH, 2019 –– Hubbard Radio West Palm Beach’s 97.9 WRMF welcomes Nikki Imbracsio to the mid-day mic starting Monday, September 16th. After a 10 year run at middays Top 40 B96 Chicago, Nikki has been filling nights at crosstown Hubbard’s Hot AC WTMX 101.9 The Mix. Boston born Nikki Imbracsio also had stops at Mix 94.1 Las Vegas, Kiss Vegas, Kiss Chicago, Power Chicago.
Leo Baldwin, Operations Manager and Brand/Content Director of WRMF said, “After an extensive search we are so happy to bring Nikki and her major market experience to Hubbard West Palm Beach. WRMF has been looking for its mid-day voice for quite some time and I am excited for Nikki to get started!”
Imbracsio commented, “So happy to be staying with Hubbard and back in the Hot AC lifestyle. Anyone that knows me knows how much I love the ocean, so West Palm Beach is perfect for that, and because so many Bostonians migrate there, I’ll fit in perfectly. Special thanks and shout-out to Hubbard’s Jimmy Steal, Greg Strassell and the new crew in West Palm, Elizabeth Hamma and Leo Baldwin.”
Todd Schnitt & Fark Founder Team For Podcast
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 11TH, 2019 –– Todd Schnitt has teamed with FARK.COMfounder Drew Curtis for an entertaining, irreverent look at the stories you may have missed.
The first episode of FARK AND SCHNITT was released on Tuesday, September 10 and available on all popular podcast platforms.New episodes will post every Tuesday morning.
“The explosive growth of podcasts cannot be ignored and this delivery method will continue to grow exponentially. While I’ve been part of repurposing my radio shows for many years, Fark and Schnitt is all new exclusive quality content just for the podcast universe. Soon, I'll be Adam Carolla's golf caddy," says Schnitt.
Drew Curtis is the gifted Founder of FARK.COM, a go-to resource for thousands in the media business.FARK.COMis a successful news aggregator site with over 2,000 link submissions daily, 20 Million page views per month with over 1 Million are uniques. ”The FARK AND SCHNITT Podcast is managed by Steve Lapa and Lapcom Communications and represented by Crossover MediaGroup.Advertising Inquiries: Contact: Sue Freund, Sue@crossovermediagroup.com Contact: Steve Lapa-President, Lapcom Communications, Steve@Lapcomventures.comor 954-868-6763.
SYNDICATION: Coast To Coast AM Launches 'Art Bell Vault' For Insiders
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 11TH, 2019 –– Coast to Coast AM announced the launch of a new feature for Coast Insiders - The Art Bell Vault. This ongoing, curated collection features classic Art Bell programs in which the legendary Coast to Coast AM host talked to renowned paranormal researchers about a vast array of strange and unusual topics, as well as unforgettable episodes featuring one-of-a-kind callers with fantastic stories, and mysterious individuals with some truly amazing claims.
The Art Bell Vault currently features 20 shows, and two additional vintage programs will be added each week. Offered commercial-free, they are available on-demand for Mac, Windows, IOS, and Android devices, in both guest-only and full-show streams. For more information, please visit: https://www.coasttocoastam.com/article/introducing-the-art-bell-vault/.
Beasley XP Unveils Checkpoint XP On Campus at the 2019 Esports Business Summit in Las Vegas
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 11TH, 2019 –– Beasley XP, the Esports Division of Beasley Media Group (BMG), announced the unveiling of Checkpoint XP On Campus, a new college-based collaborative endeavor with the Hank Greenspun School of Journalism and Media Studies (JMS) at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas (UNLV). The official announcement was made on campus on Monday, September 9th in Las Vegas on the eve of the 2019 Esports Business Summit.
Under the new initiative, the Hank Greenspun School of Journalism and Media Studies will serve as the primary content creation and production hub for Checkpoint XP’s college-targeted brand extension. Plans include a college-agnostic esports weekly video and podcast show, as well as extensive online content the will be featured under the Checkpoint XP On Campus section on CheckpointXP.com.
“The convergence of sports and entertainment has never been more real than with the esports academic curriculums, sports teams and arenas that are changing the face of campuses across the country,” said Beasley Media Group Chief Digital Content Officer Lori Burgess. “Checkpoint XP On Campus intends to capture this lifestyle-based competitive sport as it continues to gain popularity and become a more serious part of the university experience.”
PHOTO/L-R: Dr. Kevin Stoker (Director of the Hank Greenspun School of Journalism and Media Studies at UNLV), Dr. Robert Ulmer (Dean of the UNLV Greenspun College of Urban Affairs), Caroline Beasley (CEO of Beasley Media Group), Norris Howard (Host of Checkpoint XP on Campus) and Leslie Fitzsimmons (Director of Underwriting and Corporate Sponsorship for UNLV's Public Media outlets)
BFOA Raises Over $250,000 To Help Broadcasters in Need During Celebrity Golf Tournament
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 11TH, 2019 –– The Broadcasters Foundation of America raised over $250,000 yesterday to help broadcasters in need during its 2019 Celebrity Golf Tournament at the Quaker Ridge Golf Club in Scarsdale, NY. More than 175 broadcasters and celebrities turned out to help support broadcasters who have experienced terrible loss due to illness or unforeseen disaster. Since its inception, the annual fundraising event has generated more than $5 million for financially afflicted broadcasters and their families.
“The money raised from this event comes at a time when we are helping more broadcasters and their families than ever before,” stated Jim Thompson, President of the Broadcasters Foundation. “This year, we will distribute $1.5 million in aid to those in our industry who need it most,” Thompson added. “The Celebrity Golf Tournament is one of our biggest fundraisers, and we are grateful to our sponsors and players.”
Personal donations can be made to the Foundation’s Guardian Fund. Corporate contributions are accepted through the Angel Initiative, and bequests can be made through the Foundation’s Legacy Society. For more information, please visit www.broadcastersfoundation.org, call 212-373-8250, or email email@example.com.
WRMF's KVJ Show Airs 2-Day Radiothon For Bahamas Relief Efforts
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 11TH, 2019 –– 97.9 WRMF’s The KVJ Show, Hubbard Radio West Palm Beach, is hosting a two-day radiothon to help the relief efforts in the Bahamas. To aid in the recovery effort, the KVJ Show will broadcast from 6:00AM ET today, September 11 until 10:00AM on Friday, September 13th.
Hurricane Dorian sat over the Bahamas for 48 hours as a Category 5 storm and only moved 100 miles in that time. To help them rebuild, the The KVJ Show is going stay on the air for 48 hours straight in an attempt to help Little Smiles raise $100,000 cash. Continual KVJ begins Wednesday at 10 AM.
The KVJ Show & Hubbard Radio will be with the Bahamas as they rebuild back to being even stronger than they were before.” Listeners are encouraged to donate with incentives such as on-air shout outs and song requests.
[WATCH] Longtime Seattle Host BenderWalking Across Washington For Children's Hospital
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 11TH, 2019 –– Longtime Seattle morning host Bender is walking across Washington for Seattle Children's Hospital. According to KIMA-TV, Bender's journey started August 31st from the Washington/Idaho border. He made it to the Tri-Cities last Monday and is headed back to Seattle. Bender is raising money for the Seattle Children's Hospital Uncompensated Care Fund. The fund helps families with or without insurance who can't cover their medical bills.
"There are so many families that come through the doors of Seattle Children’s that just can't afford it, but the hospital doesn't check the financial records before they take their son or their daughter back to get them taken care of,” Cunningham said.
Cunningham’s monetary goal is $100,000. He tells Jockline, "Yesterday we wrapped up day 10 (of an expected 22) with over $57,300 (our goal is $100k). I’ve walked over 200 miles so far.
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JACOBS: Lights, Camera, Radio!
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 10TH, 2019 –– 'Who Wants To Watch Radio' is the title of Fred Jacob's latest blog and it begins by pointing out a recent anniversary that many may have missed: The debut of “Imus In The Morning” on MSNBC in 1996. "As radio historians know, Imus was the wildly successful morning guy on WFAN in New York, resurrecting a checkered, controversial career. On the Fan, Imus combined his ironic humor, character voices, along with real famous guests from sports, showbiz, and especially politics. And it was this last piece that truly resonated with listeners. Because unlike seeing these big names on shows like “Meet the Press,” the disarming Imus made them more comfortable, giving his audience insight into who these people really were." He points to other examples and later wonders why some haven't gone the Imus/MSNBC route of providing streaming on on-demand video for the entire show.
"I was encouraged while roaming the halls and attending sessions at the Swissotel in Chicago last month at Don Anthony's 31st annual Morning Show Boot Camp," Jacobs says. "I couldn't help but notice how well put together many radio personalities are. Here we were at the industry's conference of on-air talent, and by and large, attendees were not only well-dressed, but many sported a calculated “look.” Whether it was the “Breakfast Club” from Power 105.1 in NYC (shown above with guest Kamala Harris), where the “Women's Forum” where the entire group looked camera-ready (R), or just on-air people and producers hanging out at Boot Camp, it was impossible not to notice how good everyone looked, and why radio personalities are becoming increasingly cognizant of not just how they sound but how they appear."
Jacobs adds, " At a time when broadcast radio is in need of an update to its traditional recipe, the visual, behind-the-scenes side of radio could change the game for fans and advertisers. It has become less about being a passive listener, and more about experiences – something that's well within the capability of most radio stations and many of its leading personalities -- But to continue to be a relevant part of people's lives and routines, radio may have to reinvent its presence. (Top photo - The Bert Show Studio camera set up) READ BLOG HERE
Longtime Programmer Alex Tear Named VP/Music Curation and Programming For Pandora/SiriusXM
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 10TH, 2019 –– Alex Tear has joined Pandora and SiriusXM as VP/Music Curration & Programming. He most recently served as SVP/Programming for iHeart Miami and PD of WHYI/Y100.
SiriusXM's President/Chief Content Officer Scott Greenstein said in a release: “Tear will be responsible or partnering with the programming teams to further build Pandora's listener base. More specifically, he will work closely with Pandora’s music genre leaders on refining top curated stations and playlists, and further defining strategy and execution of mood and activity programming along with new artist development.”
Tear will be based at Pandora’s New York offices and report to Pandora VP Content and Programming Alex White.
Florida Man Radio Kicks Off In Orlando
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 10TH, 2019 –– JVC'S Florida Man Radio officially kicked off this week in Orlando and has already caught the attention of local media. Morning host Bubba The Love Sponge tells The Orlando Sentinel, “We’re not going to be afraid to talk about anything,” said fellow host Bubba the Love Sponge Clem. “I think this is going to be some of the most polarizing radio that Orlando has had in a long time.”
Shannon Burke (R) is slated for afternoons. He arrives from Atlanta’s NewsRadio 106.7 where he aired from 2016 to earlier this year. He calls the Florida Man Radio format 'dangerous.' “You either fluff it up and make it nice or you strangle it down till you don’t talk about certain topics because we don’t want to be on the news.” Bubba saw the premiere in darkly humorous terms. “We’re so hated we can’t get any more hated,” he said. “This is our last chance in radio. If this doesn’t work, we’re done.”
Shane Reeve, JVC’s executive vice president, has vowed. “Florida Man Radio will prove that there can still be creativity and real topics discussed on Orlando radio that affect each and every one of us.” So get ready, Central Florida.
PODCASTS: iHeart &MSNBC Launch New Podcast 'Modern Ruhles'
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 10TH, 2019 –– Today, iHeartMedia will launch “Modern Ruhles,” an iHeartRadio Original podcast hosted by MSNBC anchor and NBC News correspondent Stephanie Ruhle, that addresses some of today’s most pressing issues. “Modern Ruhles,” a production of MSNBC and iHeartRadio, features conversations between Ruhle and influential guests, who help dissect the sensitive and often complex social topics that impact the state of the world today. The first of eight episodes is available now, distributed through the iHeartPodcast Network and available wherever you get your podcasts.
“The iHeartPodcast Network aims to connect people with content that means the most to them,” said President of the iHeartPodcast Network, Conal Byrne. “In today’s current cultural climate, having a podcast with commentary that focuses on these serious and nuanced topics is vital. With ‘Modern Ruhles,’ we’re hoping to add another unique and trusted voice to iHeartRadio’s vast podcast library.” VisitiHeart.com/apps to download the iHeartRadio app and listen to “Modern Ruhles” on your favorite device now. “Modern Ruhles” is also available wherever you get your podcasts.
88Nine Labs To Use Technology To Address Hunger In Milwaukee
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 10TH, 2019 –– 88Nine Labs, a project of non-commercial 88Nine Radio Milwaukee (WYMS-FM 88.9), is hosting a hackathon addressing hunger Sept. 14 –15 and a tech talk Sept. 18 by the founder of an innovative company that leverages technology to combat hunger and reduce waste. The two free events are being offered as part of Hunger Action Month in cooperation with Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin.
“We are very excited to illustrate how technology can be used to tackle serious issues in the community and beyond.” said Tarik Moody (L), Radio Milwaukee’s director of digital strategy and innovation, and founder of the Labs.The Sept. 14 –15 Hacking Hunger MKE hackathon is achallenge focused on innovation and collaboration in the areas of food waste, access and literacy in Milwaukee and beyond. Students, programmers, marketers, entrepreneurs, designers, and anyone interested in tackling these issues are invited to take part in Hacking Hunger MKE.
“Doing Goodr with Food Surplus,”features Atlanta-based entrepreneur Jasmine Crowe (R), founder of Goodr, a startup that uses block chain technology to reduce food waste and help end hunger.
EVENTS: 101 WKQX Reveals Lineup For 'The Night We Stole Christmas'
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 10TH, 2019 –– Chicago Alternative Rock station 101WKQX announced an all-star lineup for its popular annual Christmas shows, “The Nights We Stole Christmas”. This year’s series of five shows, sponsored by Wintrust and Heineken, will be held at Chicago’s Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom for five consecutive nights on December 11-15, 2019, and will feature live musical performances from a total of 13 stellar rock bands and artists. The lineup by date includes:
12/11 – Cage The Elephant / Angles & Airwaves / The Federal Empire
12/12 – The 1975 / Bob Moses / Allan Rayman
12/13 – Twenty One Pilots /IDKHBTFM
12/14 – Mumford & Sons / Local Natives
12/15 – 311 / Highly Suspect / The Glorious Sons
For more information on “The Nights We Stole Christmas”, visit http://www.101wkqx.com/stole/.
SNAPS: Boston's Ashlee & The New JAM'N Morning Show Sits Down With Megan Thee Stallion
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 10TH, 2019 –– It was an amazing night at Summer Jam and Ashlee of Ashlee & The New JAM’N Morning Show sat down with Megan Thee Stallion and discussed Nicki Minaj’s retirement.
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J-Lo To Be Honored At iHeart Fiesta Latina
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 9TH, 2019 –– Jennifer Lopez will be honored with the fourth annual iHeartRadio Premio Corazón Latino Award at the upcoming iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina music festival - held this year at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, Florida. ET reports the celebrated musical icon will be honored with the award in recognition for her many philanthropic and humanitarian efforts in regards to disaster relief, international human rights and children's health across the world.
"This year, we’re truly excited to honor the hardest working woman in showbiz with the iHeartRadio Premio Corazón Latino award," Enrique Santos, Chairman and CCO for iHeartLatino, shared in the press release announcing the news. "As a global advocate for children, women and all Latinos, the list of foundations and charities that J. Lo has supported throughout her career is endless and the positive impact that she’s had on the entire entertainment industry and so many lives is immeasurable." "I can’t wait to see the queen dominate our stage this year," added Santos, who is also hosting the star-studded event this year. PHOTO/Sony Music
A Closer Look At This Year's 'Talent On Talent' Study; Summary Deck Now Available
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 9TH, 2019 - Following last week's well-attended Talent-On-Talent study (AQ2 webinar, we connected with Jacobs Media's Fred Jacobs for a deeper look at what stood out most to him on this year's report - a joint effort by Jacobs Media and Morning Show BootCamp. Was there a single category or response that surprised him most/least in this year's study by over a 1,000 participants?
"We need to be thinking of the next generation of radio stars - who are they, where will they come from, and how do we make being on the air a cool career again."
"I was surprised at just how stressed out air personalities are," he revealed. "I suspected it could be high, given the way the industry rolls. But for six in ten to be feeling significant stress levels was surprising. Our new question about most influential personality turned out to be Howard Stern - no surprise there. But his margin of victory over the rest of the field was stunning. When you add in the fact he was #1 among men and women, as well as Millennials, Xers, and Boomers is astounding - especially for a guy who hasn't worked in broadcast radio for more than a dozen years."
And what was his personal biggest takeaway? "We still have a long way to go to close the gender gap. Men greatly outnumber women overall - we know that. But the gap between how men feel about women's chances to succeed in the air studio - versus how women perceive their own mobility is a big deal. I also think that the biggest complaint about program directors - that many air staffers don't see a path for growth and advancement at the station or in the company was an eye-opener."
The fact that most who participated didn't seem overly interested in recommending radio as a career to others was a special sore spot? "It troubled me a lot, but it's symptomatic of the larger problem that we're doing a good job as an industry recruiting, growing, and nurturing the next generation of talent. Not surprisingly, many of the big names are on the other side of 50 year of age. Radio needs a personality succession plan. And that's going to be more challenging if entertainers would rather take their talents to other media.
Jacobs was encouraged by the 'positive outlook' for radio's future expressed by the majority of participants in spite of the cutbacks and staff reductions. But he was discouraged by the fact that many would not recommend radio as a career to high school students. "That tells you that while radio is challenged today, we need to be thinking of the next generation of radio stars - who are they, where will they come from, and how do we make being on the air a cool career again."
NOW FOR THE FIRST TIME, A FREE COPY OF THIS YEAR'S AQ2 summary deck is available HERE.
Meanwhile if you have a question you would like included in next year's study, shoot Fred an email at Fred@jacobsmedia.com
SYNDICATION: Tino Cochino Radio Crosses Over To 104.7 KISS-FM Phoenix
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 9TH, 2019 –– 104.7 KISS FM Phoenix announced the debut of the “Tino Cochino Radio,” effective today, Sept. 9th. “Tino Cochino Radio” will broadcast from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. “Tino Cochino Radio,” starring Tino Cochino alongside Raquel Marquez and DJ Nicasio is one of the fastest-growing radio programs in the country. The show is syndicated nationally by YEA Networks across more than 50 markets and covers the latest hip hop and entertainment headlines.
“My dream to have one of the best Top 40 on-air personalities and influencers in the country join our program lineup has come true,” said Mat Mitchell, Program Director for 104.7 KISS FM. “Tino, Raquel and Nicasio are among the most driven people I’ve met in the industry and I cannot wait for their new night show to start in Phoenix while they continue to expand their syndication profile."
“It feels like we’ve won the lottery,” said Cochino. “The hospitality, drive and energy in this building are unmatched. I've always been the type to surround myself with those who want to better their best and that’s the case at iHeartMedia Phoenix. A special thanks to everyone at iHeart for their belief in our Tino Cochino Radio brand and vision for radio. We have a special love for the Phoenix community.”
Joey Brooks Named SVP/Programming For iHeart Hartford/New Haven
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 9TH, 2019 –– iHeartMedia announced that Joey Brooks has been named Senior Vice President of Programming for the Hartford and New Haven markets, effective October 1. He will report to Steve Honeycomb, President, iHeartMedia, Hartford Region. “Joey’s experience of leadership, drive and passion for radio will be an amazing addition to our iHeartMedia teams in Hartford and New Haven,” said Steve Honeycomb. “There is no doubt that Joey will take our nine market-leading radio brands to the next level as we continue to provide the best entertainment for our listeners.”
Brooks joins the iHeartMedia Connecticut market from iHeartMedia Miami, where he served as Program Director for 939 MIA, Variety From the 80s, 90s and Today! and Assistant Program Director for Y100, Miami’s #1 Hit Music Station. He also served as the Music Director for CHUM Toronto from 2009-2012, Assistant Program Director at iHeart’s WIOQ (Q102) Philadelphia from 2006-2009, and started his career as Air Personality for iHeart’s KISS 108 Boston in 2001.
Paco Lopez Rises To PD At Program Director at Beasley's Jammin’ 105.7 in Las Vegas
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 9TH, 2019 –– Paco Lopez has been promoted to the position of Program Director at Beasley Media Group’s Jammin’ 105.7/KOAS-FM in Las Vegas. In his new role, Lopez, who originally joined the station in June 2019, will also continue to serve as the afternoon drive personality on the station.
Lopez has held programming, music director and on-air duties for nearly four decades. Prior to joining Beasley Media Group in Las Vegas, he served as the midday personality for nearly six years at WOCL-FM/105.9 Sunny FM in Orlando, as well as worked as APD and on the air at HOT 97 in New York City, WPGC in Washington, DC, KNRJ-FM in Houston, KKFR-FM in Phoenix, Y-100 in Miami, and 102 Jams in Orlando.
“Paco is a highly experienced and successful major-market programmer with an amazing strategic vision for KOAS,” said Beasley Media Group Executive Vice President of Programming, Justin Chase. “We’re all going to sleep well at night knowing that Paco is our PD.” “I’ve wanted to join the Beasley family for years,” Lopez. “I'm so thankful and blessed to work with some of the best people I've known in all my years in the business. Thanks to Peter Burton, Justin Chase, Darrel Goodin, Dom Theodore, John Candelaria, Dave Beasing and the entire crew at Beasley for giving me this exciting opportunity!”
EVENT: Geraldo Rivera To Host 'Ohio: The Heart of 2020 Pre-Election Event'
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 9TH, 2019 –– iHeart Cleveland’s Newsradio WTAM 1100 announced that Geraldo Rivera, one of America’s most well-known broadcasters, Fox News correspondent-at-large and Newsradio WTAM 1100 on-air personality, will host Ohio: The Heart of 2020 on Tuesday, Sept. 10th.
Geraldo will discuss the upcoming 2020 election’s most important issues. The guest list for the event is by invite only and will include several contest winners selected during Geraldo Rivera’s daily radio show on Newsradio WTAM 1100, “Geraldo in Cleveland.
News Talk 99.7 & 630 WPRO Tackles Opioid Crisis In Full-Day Broadcast
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 9TH, 2019 –– In honor of National Recovery Month, NewsTalk 99.7 FM & AM 630 WPRO, The Voice of Southern New England, announces a day of broadcasts aimed at confronting the Opioid Crisis, and how it affects Rhode Island and Southern New England. Enough: WPRO’s Opioid Awareness Day airs on Friday, September 13th, starting at 6am during The News with Gene Valicenti, and runs through The Tara Granahan Show, The Matt Allen Show, The Dan Yorke Show, and The Gresh Show.
“As the opioid crisis continues to threaten the state of Rhode Island, WPRO understands that we have a responsibility to use our voice and our platform to discuss this terrifying epidemic,” states WPRO and CUMULUS MEDIA Market Manager Holly Paras. “I am proud to be part of a station that understands this responsibility and is bringing this difficult but critically important conversation to the community.” Guests will include former Boston Celtics player Chris Herren, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo and First Gentleman Andy Moffit, mental health advocate and former Congressman Patrick Kennedy, recovery advocate John Tassoni, leaders from industries affected by the crisis, first responders, and more. http://www.997wpro.com/enough.
[LISTEN] Lamont & Tonelli Talk Scoops Interview With Lars Ulrich From Metallica
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 9TH, 2019 –– Metallica played the first set of concerts at the brand new Chase Center in San Francisco with the San Francisco Symphony. S&M2 happened on Friday, September 6th and Sunday, September 8th. For the occasion, Cumulus' The Bone's Lamont and Tonelli’s scooped an interview with Lars Ulrich from Metallica.
Metallica performed with the Symphony as legendary conductor Michael Tilson Thomas lead a portion of the show, kicking off his final season in San Francisco. The shows also commemorate the opening of the state-of-the-art Chase Center, a historic addition to the city’s waterfront. This included several tracks from the original ’99 S&M release as well as symphonic versions of new songs released since then, this theatrical release gives millions of fans around the world the chance to eclipse time and experience the show as a modern-day big screen concert. PHOTO/file photo from Ulrich prievious appearance - LISTEN HERE
97.1 The Ticket Detroit To Launch Special Edition Beer
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 9TH, 2019 –– Entercom announced that 97.1 The Ticket (WXYT-FM) will launch its own special edition beer in partnership with Ellison Brewing and Spirits. “97.1 The Ticket American Lager” and “97.1 The Ticket DDH Hazy Pale Ale” beer is brewed and packaged by Ellison Brewing and Spirits and will be available on tap and in limited edition cans throughout Michigan, beginning today, September 9.
“97.1 The Ticket is thrilled to launch its very own lager and pale ale,” said Debbie Kenyon, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Detroit. “It’s been a fun venture working with Ellison, a veteran owned and operated business from East Lansing. Like 97.1 The Ticket, Ellison is committed to excellence both in its quality and community relationships. We think our listeners, over 21 years of age, will enjoy these new creations.” “We are really excited to have the opportunity and privilege to work with 97.1 The Ticket to bring these world-class beers to Michigan beer drinkers,” said Aaron Hanson, Founder and Owner, Ellison Brewing and Spirits. “Our hope is that everyone enjoys the beers as much as we enjoy making them.”
SNAPS: Kane Brown And Seaforth Perform At 2019 Beasley's Management Meeting
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 9TH, 2019 –– RCA Nashville Recording Artist Kane Brown and Sony Nashville’s Seaforth Performed during a recent dinner during the 2019 Beasley Media Group Managers Meeting at the Curtis Atrium in downtown Philadelphia.
Photo Credit: Harrison Brink / Chorus Photography L-R: Beasley Media Group National Country Brand Manager and WKLB-FM Program Director David Corey, Beasley Media Group EVP of Programming Justin Chase, Seaforth’s Mitch Thompson, Kane Brown, Seaforth’s Tom Jordan and WXTU-FM Program Director Mark Razz.
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Howard Stern To Broadcast From LA For Launch Of SiriusXM's New Studio Complex
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 6TH, 2019 –– SiriusXM and Pandora announced that Howard Stern will commemorate the official October 7th opening of SiriusXM Hollywood, the company's new Hollywood complex featuring artist-first studios, with Stern's first broadcast from the West Coast in almost 20 years. Now in his 14th year on SiriusXM, he has a new #1 best-selling book of his radio interviews, "Howard Stern Comes Again," (cover photo inset), and is regularly complimented as the best interviewer in the business. The new complex is located in the heart of the burgeoning Hollywood Media District at 953 N. Sycamore Ave (rendering above).
SiriusXM Hollywood's official October 7th launch with Howard Stern will be preceded by four weeks of special broadcasts and performances across many SiriusXM channels from the new Hollywood studio complex and from legendary venues around Los Angeles. In week one, SiriusXM Hosts Jess Cagle, Andy Cohen and Jenny McCarthy (L) are expected to welcome top Hollywood guests for on-air interviews and specials, including Chelsea Handler, Neil Patrick Harris, Julia Roberts, Carrie Underwood, Renée Zellweger, and more.
"The launch of our new SiriusXM/Pandora Hollywood complex is a major step forward in creating the best coast to coast content for our listeners," said Scott Greenstein (R), President and Chief Content Officer, SiriusXM. "This world class studio and performance space in the heart of the entertainment capital of the world was a priority for us. As the slate of programming we are delivering over the next month demonstrates, this space will be a must destination for talent and we can't wait to bring this great content to our listeners nationwide."
EXECUTIVE ACTION: John Lansing Named President And CEO Of NPR
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 6TH, 2019 –– The NPR Board of Directors announced that it selected John Lansing to become its next President and Chief Executive Officer. Lansing is a media executive with a deep understanding of journalism, having spent two decades as an award-winning journalist, successful newsroom leader and major market local media executive before becoming a global chief executive officer.
"We are delighted to welcome John, whose deep experience as a media industry executive and practicing journalist make him ideally suited to lead NPR into its next chapter," said Paul Haaga, Chair of the NPR board. "He is a listener and a collaborative leader with a passion for our public service journalistic mission who will help us continue to expand the audience for our storytelling."
"I am thrilled to work with NPR's exceptional management team, staff and journalists," said Lansing. "I have been an avid fan of NPR for many years. To be a part of creating the future of such an important institution is humbling, exciting, and a distinct honor." Lansing was most recently the CEO of USAGM, a $800 million dollar independent federal agency that operates on multiple platforms reaching an average weekly audience of 345 million in 61 languages.
Lansing will begin his term at NPR in October and will succeed Jarl Mohn, who has been Chief Executive Officer and President since 2014. Mohn led NPR through five consecutive years of audience growth and budget surplus. Under his leadership NPR has been reaching new audiences as the country's top podcast publisher and through platforms like smart-speakers and connected cars. Mohn will continue on as President Emeritus & Co-Chair of the 50th Anniversary Campaign.
HONORS: Christine Travaglini Named Recipient Of 11th Annual MIW Trailblazer Award
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 6TH, 2019 –– - The Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio Group (MIW Group) has named Christine Travaglini, President of Katz Radio Group, as the 2019 recipient of the MIW Group Frances Preston Trailblazer Award. The MIW Group Trailblazer Award is presented annually to a woman who, through her leadership and success in the industry, creates opportunities for other women in radio to further their careers.
In 2012, it was renamed the “Frances Preston Trailblazer Award” in honor of Frances Preston, longtime president and CEO of Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI). This year’s award will be presented to Christine Travaglini September 25, 2019 during the Wednesday Headliner “You’re Not Just in the Radio Business Anymore: Stories from Innovators Who’ve Made the Transformation” session at the Radio Show produced by the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB).
“Christine began her career with Katz as a sales assistant in the Atlanta office and was the first person to rise from an assistant to a division president within the organization...that personifies a Trailblazer!,“ said MIW Group National Spokeswoman Denyse Mesnik. “When selecting our MIW Trailblazer, we look for a woman who forged her own path to success in our industry while making it a priority to nurture others in their career growth. Christine embodies those qualities and we look forward to honoring her at the 2019 Radio Show.”
“I’m incredibly honored and humbled to receive this award, and join the ranks of all the inspiring women on the MIW Trailblazer list,” said Christine Travaglini. “Advocating personal and professional growth for women in our industry is a passion of mine. I admire the tremendous work that the MIW Group does to support and mentor women in media, to help them achieve their goals.”
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 6TH, 2019 –– Entercom announced a content distribution partnership with The Action Network, a media company featuring news, information and an industry-leading app focused on sports betting and fantasy content. The broad scale agreement leverages the reach of RADIO.COM Sports, Entercom’s national sports platform that sits atop the company’s vast array of industry-leading broadcast and digital sports assets, and The Action Network’s premier analysis throughout the 2019 football season. The partnership will feature unique broadcast content on Entercom’s robust portfolio of 35 all-sports stations nationwide, as well as digital content on the RADIO.COM Sports Digital Network, the platform’s new all-digital, daily, live, subscription-free sports network.
Entercom recently announced the launch of You Better You Bet, a daily, live sports betting show hosted by Nick Kostos with 24 hours of live podcast content every week as part of this new native digital content offering. “We are committed to make RADIO.COM Sports and our local broadcast stations the #1 destination for fans to access the very best sports betting information available,” said Mike Dee (TL), President of Sports, Entercom. “Nobody is better at informing the sports bettor in this fast-growing space than The Action Network. This partnership serves to align their personalities and best-in-class platform with the massive scale of our broadcast portfolio as well as our new highly targeted sports betting digital programming. The Action Network’s contributions to further enhance our You Better You Bet daily podcast will now take that show to the next level as the premier digital audio destination for sports betting enthusiasts.”
As part of the partnership, RADIO.COM will also become a distribution partner for The Action Network’s podcasts, including The Action Network Podcast and The Favorites.
1700 The Champ Des Moines Drafts Former NFL Star For Launch Of The Pat AcAfee Show
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 6Th, 2019 –– Cumulus announces that Des Moines radio station 1700 The Champ, (KBGG-AM), will debut a new weekday morning sports talk show on Monday, September 9th, featuring former NFL punter, standup comedian and social media star Pat McAfee. The Pat McAfee Show will air Monday through Friday mornings from 9am-11am on 1700 The Champ and also features a video simulcast on DAZN, the leading global sports streaming platform.
McAfee, the former Indianapolis Colts punter who played in two Pro Bowls during his eight-year NFL career, brings a fresh take on sports and entertainment to listeners and fans. He is known for speaking his mind and is both relatable and refreshing. His player’s insight, electric storytelling, and robust sense of humor have helped him build a huge and loyal fan base with more than two million social media followers.
Chad Taylor, Operations Manager, Program Director, 1700 The Champ, said: “We’re extremely excited to debut The Pat McAfee Show here in Des Moines! Pat brings a breath of fresh air to sports talk and entertainment. We’re already fielding inquiries from fans here in central Iowa since we announced the show would join our already stellar lineup. It’s a one-two punch weekdays with Pat McAfee at 9am and Jim Rome at 11am on 1700 The Champ.
ESPN St. Louis Launches Stalter & Rivers Show
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 6TH, 2019 –– 101 ESPN announced the launch of the new midday show, “Stalter and Rivers” featuring 101 ESPN’s Anthony Stalter and former St. Louis Blue and current Fox Sports Midwest Blues Pre and Postgame Show host, Jamie Rivers. The new show will air Monday, Sept. 9. “We are going to cover it all! Blues, Cardinals, big topics, NFL Football, Mizzou, college football, and we have XFL and MLS coming to town. We’ll talk about,” said Anthony Stalter. “We will cover national stories and relate them locally. It’ll be entertaining and knowledgeable with the feel of two guys at the end of the bar talking sports and having everyone join us! “ “Thank you to John Kijowski, Hoss Neupert, Tommy Mattern, and Hubbard for believing in us and giving us this incredible opportunity,” Stalter added.
“This has been a bit of whirlwind! Joining the crew in the spring, and getting to know everyone here at 101 ESPN has been amazing. It is one big happy family, and it’s like teammates that I had when I was a player. That environment was key to me joining. Stalter is amazing, and the relationship and chemistry have developed quickly. I love the guy already. It can only get better,” stated Jamie Rivers. Anthony Stalter joined 101 ESPN in 2012 as a producer for the past six years hosted “The Turn” on 101 ESPN weekdays from 1p-3p. He authors columns on 101 ESPN.com and hosts Football Frenzy on Sunday on ESPN Radio during football season. Jamie Rivers is a former Blues defenseman and the current host of the live Blues Pre and Postgame shows on FOX Sports Midwest.
SYNDICATION: Bob & Tom Show To Air On Alternative Rock WKQX-HD2 Chicago
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 6TH, 2019 –– Cumulus announced that beginning Monday, September 9th, the iconic Bob & Tom Show will launch in Chicago, IL, on 101.1 WKQX-HD2, the HD2 side channel for alternative rock radio station, 101 WKQX. The popular show will broadcast with limited commercial interruption via a full metro market signal broadcasting from the top of the John Hancock Building. The nearly 1.8 million HD Radio-equipped cars in the Chicago DMA will make The BOB & TOM Show accessible for scores of people in the Chicagoland area who grew up listening to the legendary morning comedy show in markets across the Midwest and beyond. The Bob & Tom Show is exclusively distributed by Westwood One.
Marv Nyren, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Chicago, said: “We are thrilled to bring The BOB & TOM Show to Chicago radio listeners through our 101.1 WKQX-HD2 station. 22.2% of the cars in the Chicago DMA are equipped with HD Radio – That means almost 5.9 million hours per week of in-car listening to stations using HD Radio side channels for programming that complements their primary signals. 101.1 WKQX-HD2 and The BOB & TOM Show add up to a lot more fun in the morning for Chicago comedy fans.” John Kesler, Chief Operating Officer, The Bob & Tom show, said: “It is a big step forward for us to have a full market signal in Chicago. There are potentially hundreds of thousands of BOB & TOM fans in the Chicago area. " For more information, visit: www.bobandtom.com.
John Clay Wolfe Show Adds Ten More
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 6TH, 2019 –– When John Clay Wolfe cracks the mic in his Fort Worth, TX studios on September 7th, he’ll be reaching listeners in ten new markets, a huge bump to his list of US affiliates that now includes 40 terrestrial signals on FM. In the mind of this broadcast wildcatter, that’s a new handful of PD’s who have discovered that his live, long form Saturday morning broadcasts are more about comedy than cars. “The old adage that it takes 10 years to achieve overnight success just doesn't fly in this racket”, observes Wolfe. “It’s more like 13. That’s how many years we’ve been sending air checks, program-length demos and ‘pretty please’ emails to music stations across the country to get our hot talk/guy talk show to listeners who like some fun with their rock”.
The John Clay Wolfe Show will now reach listeners of WNRQ-FM, Nashville, WKBU-FM, New Orleans. WEGR-FM, Memphis, WGMZ-FM, Birmingham/Gadsden, WTAK-FM, Huntsville, WRKH-FM, Mobile, WSTZ-FM, Jackson, WFFX-FM, Laurel-Hattiesburg, WTUP-FM, Tupelo, and WQYZ-FM, Ocean Springs/Biloxi. “The toughest job has been getting people to understand that this is NOT a car show," offers Wolfe." It's not some block program preacher trying to sell cars. It's more like the character vibe/story-style of The Office and Seinfeld, with that ‘tension reveal” moment on Pawn Stars where they price the goods. That’s our show." For info, contact: https://www.johnclaywolfe.com/contact.php Or DougH@Noisemaker.com
Cox Media Teams With Winn-Dixie Miami to Collect Donations For Bahamas Relief
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 6TH, 2019 –– Cox Media Group (CMG) Miami is partnering with Winn-Dixie locations in Broward and Dade County to collect donations for those in The Bahamas affected by Hurricane Dorian. As part of the two-day CMG Labor of Love Bahamas Relief event, 99 JAMZ, EASY 93.1, HITS 97.3 and HOT 105 will be broadcasting live today from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
“Cox Media Group is proud to partner with Winn-Dixie to collect supplies for those impacted by Hurricane Dorian in The Bahamas,” says Ralph Renzi, general manager for CMG Miami. “We stand with the people of The Bahamas and hope this much-needed support will provide relief and help their community recover.” Radio personalities from each station will be onsite to meet with listeners, accept donations and give away one $50 Winn-Dixie gift card every hour at each broadcast location. Donations items to be collected include non-perishable food, battery-powered radios, batteries, sunscreen, infant formula and diapers, personal hygiene items and much more. “We have the best listeners in Miami and the support this community provides in times of need is truly inspirational,” says Maestro Powell, director of community relations for CMG Miami. “It takes a village to raise a community so thank you to everyone who comes out to support CMG Labor of Love Bahamas Relief.”
EVENTS: Big Jim Goes Roof Top For Pennies
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 6TH, 2019 –– WCSX-FM Detroit's Big Jim's House went rooftop (see top of photo) for The “Two Million Penny Woof Sit." Folks were bringing change from all over the city says Jim. One person brought 100,000 pennies that he’d been saving for 20 years.
(Yes that's Producer Ryan was dressed up like Sonic). Folks have until next Friday to make donations HERE
PROPS: Coast 93.1's Blake & Eva Named Best In Portland, ME
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 6TH, 2019 –– High-fives are in order for Blake & Eva, morning hosts on Saga's Coast 93.1 Portland, ME., who were named "BEST RADIO PERSONALITY" in the inaugural Portland Old Port Awards. We are THRILLED! says Eva ( of note: Eva is the sister of Premiere Network's amazing Jennifer Shields)
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NuVoodoo Study Reveals Rising Skepticism of Radio Contests Among Listeners
29% of Total Listeners Believe That Radio Contests Are Rigged – An Increase of 4% in the Last 5 Months – With 41% of PPM Likely Respondents and 45% of Diary Likely Respondents Agreeing That They Are Rigged
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 5TH, 2019 –– NuVoodoo Media Services presents the second installment of the NuVoodoo Fall webinar series, The NuVoodoo Fall 2019 Contesting and Marketing Guide, based on its new Ratings Prospects Study 14. The second session of the webinar series will take a deep dive into all things related to contests, promotions, and marketing, and kicks off on Wednesday, September 11, 2019. Interested radio professionals can reserve their spot for one of three sessions at: www.nuvoodoo.com/webinars. The new study was fielded in June and represents the opinions of over 3,000 respondents ages 14-54 from across all PPM markets.
NuVoodoo’s Ratings Prospects Study 14 uncovered a rising skepticism of radio contests among listeners. Compared to NuVoodoo’s January 2019 study, the skeptics crept up four points, now at 29% of the sample – and ballooned up to 41% and 45% among those within the sample who profile as likely PPM or Diary participants.
Leigh Jacobs, Executive Vice President, Research Insights, NuVoodoo Media Services, explained: “We’ve been tracking skepticism in radio station contests for a number of years now. We were saddened to see the numbers who believe “most radio stations contests are rigged” creep up a little bit in Ratings Prospects Study 14 this June.” Jacobs noted: “You can pick the right prize, the right entry method, create killer promos and use cost-effective external media to support your game, but none of those things has an impact on listeners who don’t think they have a shot at winning. If listeners don’t believe the game is legitimate, it’s doubtful their behavior will be influenced by your contest tactics.” FOR MORE INFORMATION, Contact Carolyn Gilbert, President, NuVoodoo Media Services, at: firstname.lastname@example.org or at 888.9VooDoo (888.986.6366).
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Mitch Dolan Named COO For Great Lakes Media; Ed Nolan Tapped As CFO
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 5TH, 2019 –– Great Lakes Media Corp. today officially announces additions to its leadership team. Mitch Dolan is Chief Operating Officer and Ed Nolan joins as Chief Financial Officer. Dolan, most recently served as COO of Radio & Outdoor for Times-Shamrock Communications. He is well-known for his simultaneous leadership roles as President of the ABC Radio Station Group and President and General Manager of WPLJ-FM in New York City during his 28-year career at ABC.
Nolan, most recently served as SVP-CFO & Treasurer of Greater Media, Inc. for more than 13 years and a total of 27 years with the company - while overseeing numerous asset purchases, stock acquisitions and like-kind exchanges. He also successfully managed multiple asset sales, including separate exit transactions for the company’s radio broadcasting, cable television and tower properties. “I’m pleased to welcome two experienced and exceptional leaders to Great Lakes Media.” says Tom Langmyer, CEO of Great Lakes Media Corp. “Mitch is highly-respected in the media industry and, whether in New York City, where he operated stations directly, or in the ABC major markets he lead across the U.S. - his outstanding track-record of achievement was defined by his ability to consistently out-perform the companies and stations with whom he competed.
“Throughout my career I’ve had the special privilege of being part of extraordinary companies where the only thing as highly-valued as performance were the people who achieved it. I got to know Tom when he was the GM of WGN and ABC’s toughest competitor in Chicago.” states Dolan. “Although I tried repeatedly and unsuccessfully to hire him to run WLS, we developed a true friendship based on the shared belief that amazing people get amazing results. Obviously, working with Tom has been a goal of mine for many years and I’m thrilled that he finally agreed.”
Cumulus Appoints New VP/MM's For Savannah And Charleston
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 5TH, 2019 –– Cumulus has appointed 25-year broadcasting executive Gigi South (L) as Vice President/Market Manager for the company’s six radio stations in Savannah, GA. South replaces Eric Mastel (R), who heads to Cumulus Charleston as Vice President/Market Manager. South joins Cumulus from the Mississippi Broadcasters, where she was General Manager. Prior to that, she was Vice President of WSCG-TV34 in Beaufort, SC, and was formerly Vice President and General Manager for Alpha Media’s radio station group in Savannah, GA. South commented: “To say that I am overjoyed to return to the Savannah-Hilton Head market with Cumulus would be an understatement. A thriving market, a results focused team, the support and tools available from Cumulus and our dominant signals are enough to get anyone excited. Many thanks to Mary Berner, Bob Walker and Eric Mastel for this awesome opportunity.”
Mastel moves to Charleston from Savannah, GA, where he was Vice President/Market Manager for Cumulus Savannah for the past eight years. He succeeds Sherry Dollar in the position, who passed away in July. Prior to joining Cumulus in 2011, Mastel was President of Max Media for 12 years and was also Vice President/Market Manager for Entercom Communications in Virginia Beach, VA. Mastel said: “I would like to thank Mary Berner and Bob Walker for affording me this fantastic opportunity. There is a great team in place that knows nothing but success in Charleston. We had a great 8-year run at Cumulus Savannah, achieving many milestones. While I am saddened to be leaving the team, which is more like family, I know that Gigi South is the right person to help that business continue to surpass its goals and raise their ceilings. I am looking forward to this exciting new chapter in my career.”
Jay Hicks Named PD For WPGC-FM Wash. DC.
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 5TH, 2019 –– Entercom has named Jay Hicks as Program Director for WPGC 95.5 FM (WPGC-FM), D.C. "From the beginning, we were seeking a creative visionary with an appreciation for WPGC’s rich history in the D.C. market,” said Phil Zachary, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Washington D.C. “Jay pays respect to the station’s past while clearly comprehending the present competitive landscape in one of America’s most spirited urban radio battles. He’s ideally suited to lead our veteran air staff.”
“I would like to thank Phil Zachary, Reggie Rouse [Program Director, V-103; Urban Format Captain, Entercom] and the entire Entercom team for allowing me the opportunity to lead such an iconic national brand as WPGC,” said Hicks. “I’m very grateful and honored, and I look forward to adding more value and growth to WPGC in the D.C. community.” Hicks joins Entercom from Buffalo where he served as Brand Manager for WBLK-FM and WBUF-FM. Prior to that, he was Program Director for WGPR-FM in Detroit and WQHH-FM in Lansing, MI.
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 5TH, 2019 –– Former Extra host Billy Bush is headed back to TV and shared details with WGN's Pete McMurray marking his first radio interview since the release of the infamous Trump tape in 2016. Bush answered a lot of questions including 'How dark were the last 3 years & the slowclimb back. -If he could go back to that one moment with Donald Trump, would he change anything? But did he address the Trump tape? Well, it appears he saving most of his comments here for on his first show back for the rebooted Extra, Extra.
Among the most interesting tease for his TV return was that he promised a surprise guest on his first show that has many wondering who might this person be and will there finally be the revelation of a new wrinkle in the details. Bush's new show is set to launch on September 9th, check local listings for time and details. LISTEN TO INTERVIEW HERE
Rachel Kelso Named Associate Producer For Sherman & Tingle Show
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 5TH, 2019 –– Hubbard Radio Chicago welcomes Rachel Kelso to 97-1 FM, The Drive. Rachel will assume a newly- created role as Associate Producer with The Sherman & Tingle Show (Brian Sherman, Steve Tingle with Executive Producer, Jill Egan -- weekdays 5:30-9:00am.)
Rachel’s move to Chicago follows her successful run as a producer with “The Jenn & Friends Show” at WSTR-FM, Atlanta. A 2018 graduate of The University of Georgia, Rachel interned with WSTR’s morning show throughout her college career before segueing into the full-time role following school. On her new position Rachel commented, "I found my passion for radio in Atlanta where I learned everything from audio production to voicing on-air segments and weekend shows. I am excited to embrace this opportunity with a talent-forward, distinguished company like Hubbard Broadcasting. I am overjoyed and very eager to work with the team at The Drive!"
WDRV Program Director, Rob Cressman, says, “We are fortunate and thrilled to welcome Rachel to the team at The Drive. Her work ethic, ambition and optimistic outlook on our medium represent a rare collection of attributes among applicants today. As downsizing across our industry continues, it is refreshing and energizing to be afforded the opportunity to strengthen our roster and build upon the consistent success of The Sherman & Tingle Show in Chicago.” Rachel begins with 97-1 FM, The Drive on Monday, September 16, 2019.
Athena Returning To The Air In Fresno
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 5TH, 2019 –– A familiar name is returning to the air in Fresno writes The Fresno Bee. Athena will host the midday slot on 99.3 NOW FM beginning Sept. 9, 2019.
Athena Matsikas Pavone was part of the team that launched Star 101 in Fresno the late ’90s and was part of the station’s popular morning show with Charlee Simons. She later did mornings on country station 102.7 FM. She mostly left the business in the late 2000s to devote time to being a mother (she did host “Mommy Talk with Athena” online at Central Valley Talk).
“As a soccer mom, wife and family cheer leader, I have a burning desire to share my experience,” Matsikas Pavone said in a station release. “It’s not easy juggling all the demands, but it sure is fun and I really miss the interaction with listeners.” NOW FM 99.3 is owned by One Putt Broadcasting.
Entercom Miami Stations Teams With Neighbors 4 Neighbors To Help Doran Victims
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 5TH, 2019 –– Bahamas are experiencing the ferocity and destruction of Hurricane Dorian, Entercom Miami stations Power 96 (WPOW-FM), Kiss Country 99.9 (WKIS-FM) and 560 The Joe WQAM (WQAM-AM) have joined forces with Neighbors 4 Neighbors to raise money for the families affected by the storm. The stations are welcoming listeners to donate to their our official fund for Bahamas relief by visiting https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/1441579
Neighbors 4 Neighbors is a nationally recognized nonprofit, created in the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew in 1992. The simple mission is to connect those in need with those who can help. If you are looking to cover these station’s efforts, you are welcome to use artwork featured on stations’ social media, courtesy of Entercom Miami.
4yr. Old Boy Donates Entire Piggy Bank During Hubbard's Bahama Relief Drive
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 5TH, 2019 –– New Country 103.1 WIRK’s Tim Leary and Chelsea Taylor were stopped in their tracks live on the air when a mini-van pulled up and out of his car seat came 4yr. old Andrew Dedrick with his full piggy bank. He handed it over saying that he wanted to help the people of the Bahamas. “Everything stopped when Andrew handed us his piggy bank,” states Tim Leary. “When we asked him on the air why he did this he said that their houses were broken. (And this was to fix them…)” His mom also said that he wanted to have kids buy new toys. “This kid’s pile of quarters and nickels are worth absolute millions!
“It was truly amazing to see such a young child grasp that someone else that he’s never met was hurting, and he needed to figure out how he could help,” commented Chelsea Taylor. It left us all feeling hopeful for the future with kids like Andrew in it.” The second day of the Hubbard Relief Drive started again today at 6a EST and goes until 6p outside of the Hubbard Radio studios in West Palm. See Tim & Chelsea on air with Andrew HERE
Beasley Philly Employees Roll Up Their Sleeves to Help Manna During Annual Day of Caring Event
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 5TH, 2019 –– Beasley Media Group Philadelphia employees recently rolled up their sleeves to lend a helping hand at the Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance (MANNA) as part of the company’s 2019 Day of Caring Initiative. Three shifts of Beasley volunteers peeled and chopped vegetables, prepared and packaged soups, and assembled breakfast, lunch and dinner meal trays for freezing. MANNA provides medically appropriate meals, three a day, seven days a week, for area residents affected by chronic, life-threatening illnesses. Over 1,200 clients each week receive free meals from the MANNA kitchens, regardless of income.
Photo (L-R): WMMR-FM’s Bill Weston, Jacky Bam Bam and Bill Burns assemble boxes of food at MANNA
Ben Weston On Virgin Radio Stars In Beirut
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 5TH, 2019 –– British radio presenter Ben Weston is co-hosting Breakfast on a new Virgin Radio branded station in Lebanon. Ben is one half of Ben and Linda in the morning, which started on Monday after a launch party over the weekend. Richard Branson sent a video message. Virgin Radio Stars features melodic hits from the 80s, 90s, 2000s and today and is the sister station to Virgin Radio in Beirut which plays Top 40.
Amanda Holden In Skintight Catsuit - In London, Heart FM Breakfast presenter, Amanda Holden flaunted her figure in a sexy red metallic catsuit this week ahead of her charity skydive.
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Dylan Lewis Will “Leave” Nova 91.9 Breakfast In Australia At The End Of The Year. - Nova Adelaide Breakfast host Dylan Lewis is leaving the network. Dylan joined Nova 91.9 Breakfast in 2012, and hosted the show alongside Shane Lowe. Shane left the station in October 2018, Dylan has been hosting Breakfast with Haley Pearson since then. The show rated 10.6% (+0.9) in last week’s fifth survey of 2019. Dylan and Haley will continue to host the show together until the end of the year but Dylan will not return in 2020.
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Hubbard West Palm Beach Joins With American Red Cross For Bahamas Aid
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 4TH, 2019 –– Hubbard Radio joins the growing list of stations coming to the aid of those affected in the Bahamas by Hurricane Dorian. Its West Palm Beach cluster of (97.9 WRMF, New Country 103.1, X-102.3, Party 96.3, Sunny 107.9, 850 WFTL, Fox Sports 640) will partner with the American Red Cross in a two-day supply drive to help the relief efforts in the Bahamas. “The images coming out of the Bahamas are absolutely heartbreaking,” said Hubbard Radio West Palm Beach SVP/Market Manager Elizabeth Hamma. “The Bahamas are a special place to the people of South Florida, and we feel fortunate to be able to use our 7 radio stations that were spared in the storm to help deliver relief quickly.”
Kevin Rolston (L), host of the KVJ Show also added “When you live in the Caribbean, you are family, even if you’re not in the same country. We both enjoy the beauty and devastation of our climate. What the Bahamas has gone through is unfathomable and unprecedented, but they will not go through it alone. We will show them love by taking the supplies that we ourselves had collected for the storm and giving it to them. But this is the first step, the KVJ Show & Hubbard Radio will be with the Bahamas as they rebuild back to being even stronger than they were before.”
The drive began today starting at 6AM in the parking lot at the Hubbard Radio studios and will continue until 6PM. The drive will resume at 6AM Thursday and conclude at 6PM Thursday September 5th. The address is 701 Northpoint Parkway off of 45th Street in West Palm Beach. PHOTO/Red Cross Facebook-Dorian
Jonathan Wier Joins For Mornings On WKLB-FM Boston; Jackson Blue Shifts To Afternoons
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 4TH, 2019 – Beasley Media Group has named Jonathan Wier as the new morning host on Country 102.5FM Boston. The Jonathan Wier & Ayla Brown Show (shown) will officially launch on Wednesday, September 4th from 5:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. on WKLB-FM. The St. Louis native, who took a unique path to radio after his wife entered him into a radio talk show host search back in 2004, most recently spent the past four years serving as the nighttime personality at KMBZ-FM in Kansas City.
“I am extremely excited to be joining one of the top country stations in the nation and working for the best and most respected company in the business, Beasley Media Group,” said Wier. “The fact that this is also happening in Boston, a city that I’ve always dreamed of living in, is just the icing on the cake!” “I am THRILLED to welcome Jonathan to WKLB,” said Beasley Media Group National Country Brand Manager and WKLB-FM Program Director, David Corey. “The Jonathan Wier & Ayla Brown show is going to be a powerhouse show!’ “Jonathan is the perfect addition to our team of world class talent,” said Beasley Media Group Boston Vice President of Programming, Cadillac Jack. “We’re excited to welcome him to Beasley Boston and look forward to many successful years together!”
Jackson Blue will move from doing mornings to hosting the afternoon drive shift from 2-7pm on the station.
Mike Kennedy Named PD/OM For Entercom Kansas City Combo
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 4TH, 2019 –– Entercom has named Mike Kennedy as Program Director and Operations Manager for 106.5 The Wolf (WDAF-FM), and 99.7 The Point (KZPT-FM). Kennedy will assume both roles effective immediately. “It’s fantastic to welcome a seasoned, celebrated and successful programmer like Mike Kennedy to the Entercom Kansas City team,” said Dave Alpert, Regional President and Market Manager, Entercom Kansas City. “Mike is a natural winner and we are looking forward to him leading The Wolf and The Point to new levels of success.”
“106.5 The Wolf and 99.7 The Point deliver exceptional content to their listeners on a daily basis and I look forward to joining the team,” said Kennedy. “I’m especially excited to continue my career in my hometown.”
Kennedy has 30 years of broadcast experience in the Kansas City market, which includes programming and on-air roles for KBEQ-FM from 2002 to 2017, as well as a consultant role from 2017 to 2018. During that time, Kennedy also owned and operated KXBZ-FM in Manhattan, KS. He also served as Vice President of Programming in Kansas City for Wilks Broadcasting and Steel City Media from 2007 to 2017. Kennedy was inducted into the Kansas Association of Broadcasters Radio Hall of Fame in 2014.
Charlie Maxx Takes Over Evenings On Beasley's 92.5 WXTU-FM Philly
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 4TH, 2019 –– Beasley Media Group has named Charlie Maxx its new nighttime personality from 7p.m.-12midnight on WXTU-FM in Philadelphia. She will begin her new position immediately. Maxx most recently served on the prep+ affiliate relations team at ReelWorld and worked weekends on the air at WXTU. In addition, Charlie spent many years on the Philly airwaves at Mix 95.7, 96.5 The Point, Alice 104.5 and B101. She began her career at the Jersey shore working at WAYV-FM and WJRZ-FM.
“Charlie really impressed me from the moment I met her last year,” said Beasley Media Group National Country Brand Manager, David Corey. “I am so happy that the on air line-up is now complete on XTU. What a great way to round it out!” "I am thrilled to expand my presence on WXTU and rejoin the Beasley Media Group family in a larger role,” said Maxx. “Thanks to Bruce Beasley, Joe Bell, David Corey and Mark Razz for including me as part of the team that will help grow Philly's Country Station into the future!" “
Bailey Coleman Inks Midday/PD Extension With V100.7 Milwaukee
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 4TH, 2019 –– iHeartMedia Milwaukee’s V100.7 announced that Bailey Coleman has extended her broadcast agreement as Midday Host, effective through 2022. In addition, Coleman will serve as Urban Program Director for the Western Great Lakes Region. Coleman will continue to broadcast weekday mornings from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. as Midday Host. Coleman will report to Kerry Wolfe, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Milwaukee.
“We are extremely fortunate and over the moon excited to have the talented Bailey Coleman as part of the iHeartMedia team in Milwaukee,” said Wolfe. “She is one of the most respected leaders in Urban and Hip-Hop radio and I look forward to working alongside Bailey for many years to come.” Coleman has served as Program Director for iHeartMedia Milwaukee’s V100.7 since 2007. She began her career at KRIZ/KZIZ in Seattle, Washington.
Mary Berner, David Field & Bob Pittman Focus On The Future At The Radio Show In Dallas
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 4TH, 2019 –– The chief executive officers from the three largest radio broadcast groups–iHeartMedia, Entercom and Cumulus will headline a special session focused on the future of the industry during the Radio Show luncheon program on Wednesday, September 25. The Radio Show, held September 24-26 in Dallas, Texas, is produced by the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB).
The session titled “2020 and Beyond: Insights From the Top” will feature Mary Berner (Cumulus), David Field (Entercom) and Bob Pittman (iHeartMedia) in a candid conversation exploring strategies for success in today’s constantly shifting audio landscape. NBC News’ Stephanie Ruhle (TR) will moderate the panel.
EVENTS: Entercom To Air Special On Mental Health Awareness Nationwide; Led By BJ Shea
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 4TH, 2019 –– Entercom announced a two-hour live, commercial-free broadcast special, “I’m Listening,” to raise awareness around mental health and mark the start of National Suicide Prevention Week. As part of its multiplatform yearlong “I’m Listening” campaign, the broadcast will air nationwide on Sunday, September 8 at 7:00 a.m. across more than 235 stations and via each station’s livestream on RADIO.COM
“Mental health and suicide prevention are year-round initiatives at Entercom and we are doing our part to end the stigma by encouraging people to talk,” said Pat Paxton, Chief Programming Officer, Entercom. “Like millions of others, my family has been impacted by mental health issues and the effect it has on friends and families is devastating. ‘I’m Listening’ is when our vast network of radio stations and digital platforms unite on the same day, at the same time, to ultimately save lives. If we help just one person, our time will have been well spent.”
BJ Shea, on-air personality for 99.9 KISW (KISW-FM) in Seattle, will lead the special along with Dr. Ursula Whiteside, Chief Executive Officer, NowMattersNow.org. The live show will include personal stories from musicians, celebrities, athletes and first responders as well as mental health professionals. The bands Blink-182, Disturbed, singer Halsey, singer, rapper and actress Lizzo, country music star Michael Ray, pop duo Tegan and Sara, singer and songwriter Shawn Mendes, and NFL players Solomon Thomas and Chris Hubbard will be among those participating.
If someone you know is going through a crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741-741.
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 4TH, 2019 –– Premiere syndicated Delilah dealt with unimaginable heartbreak following the loss of her 16-year-old son Sammy to complications from sickle cell anemia in 2012, and her 18-year-old son Zack to suicide in 2017. Speaking to FOX News about her book One Heart at a Time, the famed host reveals that her faith helped her through the double tragedy. “I came to my faith in my 20s,” she tells the outlet, “And it is my faith that has kept me going through losing two boys, two of my sons, Sammy and Zack.
“I would drive myself insane with the what-ifs,” she added. “But the reality is I did the best that I could with the information I had. All of our days are numbered. God already knows when he’s going to call me home. So while I have today, while he’s given me this 24 hours, I can spend it mourning and depressed over what I’ve lost or I can spend it rejoicing in children who still need me, who still need their mom to be fully present. So, I choose life. I choose joy.
She recalls the father of her unborn child walking out on her, and then losing her job shortly after. In all, she says she was fired 12 times over the course of her career. What’s more, she lost a brother at an early age. “I had to find answers. I had to know, would I ever see my brother again? Would I ever get to laugh with him again? The last conversation we had was short and brief and loving, but it wasn’t enough. So, I went on a spiritual quest, if you will, questioning, trying this, trying that, trying different religions.”
Delilah has used the promotional tour for her book as a platform to discuss what she calls an “epidemic” of teen suicides. “We need to start having open conversations, as painful as they are,” she said during an appearance on Good Morning America last fall, “because it’s epidemic.” One Heart at a Time is out nationwide this week. WATCH HERE
SYNDICATION: The Buck Sexton Show Added To Lineup At 1190 KEX Portland
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 4TH, 2019 –– iHeartMedia Portland’s News Radio 1190 KEX announced the debut of “The Buck Sexton Show.” The show will be heard weekdays from 3 - 5 p.m. PT. Syndicated by Premiere Networks, the program airs on 160 affiliates nationwide. “We are thrilled to have Buck join some of the biggest names in Talk radio on 1190 KEX,” said Cort Webber, Program Director for News Radio 1190 KEX. “‘The Buck Sexton Show’ is smart, informative and entertaining – it’s the perfect addition to our lineup.”
KEX lineup now features Armstrong & Getty 6 a.m. – 9 a.m. The Rush Limbaugh Show 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Mark Mason 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. The Buck Sexton Show 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. Michael Berry 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. The Glenn Beck Program 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Coast to Coast AM with George Noory 10 p.m. – 2 a.m.
AQ2 Details Revealed: Social Media Tops List Of Most Needed Skills
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 5TH, 2019 –– Fred Jacob's much awaited talent-on-talent (AQ2) webinar took place yesterday and revealed a bevy of key findings from this year's second annual study. The study was conducted by Jacobs Media in association with Morning Show Boot Camp and first presented in August during the 31st Annual 'Boot Camp. Beginning next week, Jacobs will share a link to the entire webinar, so be sure and bookmark his website for this info.
Among the many findings revealed, showed that Howard Stern topped the list of most inspiring personalities by both men and women alike. The one exception being Rush Limbaugh who, not surprisingly, was favored most by those in spoken word. More on this tomorrow.
WWO Kicks Off 33rd Consecutive Season As Exclusive Network Radio Partner Of The NFL
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 4TH, 2019 –– Cumulus Media's Westwood One embarks on its 33rd consecutive year as the exclusive network radio partner of the National Football League. The season kicks off on Thursday, September 5, when the Chicago Bears host the Green Bay Packers in a renewal of the NFL’s oldest rivalry to commemorate the league’s 100th season. Westwood One Sports’ Monday night team of Kevin Harlan and Hall of Famer and NFL Network analyst Kurt Warner will call all the action. Pregame coverage begins at 7:30 pm ET. Westwood One will provide play-by-play coverage of the NFL’s 2019-2020 national regular season package of primetime games, plus Thanksgiving Day, and the entire postseason, including Super Bowl LIV in Miami.
The NFL 100 on Westwood One vignettes will air Monday through Friday each day throughout the season, kicking off Thursday, September 5, 2019 and continuing through Friday, January 31, 2020. In addition, an NFL 100 segment will run each week in the network’s NFL Insider broadcast, featuring more in-depth, historical features and play-by-play from signature NFL games from Westwood One Sports’ vast archives. Hall of Fame wide receiver James Lofton will fill in on select Monday Night package games. For the 12th consecutive season, Ian Eagle will be the primary play-by-play announcer for Thursday Night Football. Tony Boselli also returns as the main analyst.
KOZN's 'Unsportsmanlike Conduct' Airs From Casino On First Day of Legalized Sports Betting
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 4TH, 2019 –– NRG Omaha’s KOZN (1620 The Zone) “Unsportsmanlike Conduct” afternoon show originated at Horseshoe Casino in Council Bluffs, Iowa on the first day of legalized sports betting. Shown above are John Bishop and Josh Peterson interview Samir Mowad, VP & GM of Caesars Entertainment.
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THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 3RD, 2019 –– New York's legendary Mike Francesa is taking all of his Digital & streaming content to RADIO.COM. Francesa’s “Mike’s On” will close on Oct. 1, with his WFAN show; his podcasts and other branded media will now migrate exclusively to the RADIO.COM. Entercom has purchased the Mike’s On app (MikesOn LLC), with the app being offered FREE to everyone.
“Mike Francesa is a legend, and we are beyond thrilled to bring more Mike to RADIO.COM,” said J.D. Crowley, the chief digital officer of parent company Entercom. “Mike has some of the most loyal, engaged fans in all of sports, thanks to his unique ability to build a broad audience with must-listen, highly compelling audio content, always calling it like it is. “The ability to tap into Mike’s immediate, live reactions to the biggest moments in sports, combined with the vast library of audio and video content this deal brings to the platform, further cement RADIO.COM as one of the leading digital audio platforms in the U.S. for creators, audiences, and advertisers alike.”
Audrey Drake Joins The Dave & Mahoney Morning Show On X107.5 Las Vegas
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 3RD, 2019 –– Beginning today, Audrey Drake (bottom right), who will go primarily as Audrey on-air, officially joins The Dave & Mahoney Show on Entercom's X107.5 Las Vegas. Jason Mahoney (right center) and Dave Farra (left center) along with Audrey broke 'The Big News' on Facebook and Twitter posting: "So excited to be a part of the talented and extremely funny Dave and Mahoney morning show!!! - I came to #Vegas a little over a year ago and cannot believe this is where the leap has taken me. So grateful to KLUC for letting me grow and blossom." Dave joked that producer Ian Shower (top left) even shaved for the occasion.
And in case Audrey's infectious smile looks strikingly familiar, that's because she's the daughter of longtime programmer Cat Thomas who now programs KSHE-FM Chicago. Cat, who along with Audrey were all smiles during this year's Morning Show Boot Camp in Chicago, tells Jockline: “I’m very proud of Audrey’s accomplishments in such a short amount of time. She has true star qualities and I believe her future is limitless. I love you Audrey, congratulations!”
Chubb Rock With SiMan Baby Takes Afternoons In Columbia, SC, On KISS 103.1/WLXC-FM
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 3RD, 2019 –– Cumulus announced that KISS 103.1/WLXC-FM in Columbia, SC will debut “The Chubb Rock Show with SiMan Baby” in afternoon drive today. Rick Prusator, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Columbia, said: “Chubb Rock has embraced the South, especially Columbia, and he belongs on KISS 103.1! Our city needs a new spark in the afternoon and KISS 103.1 is the station with the fire to make it happen.”
Chubb Rock said: “I’ve been performing for my Columbia family since 1990 in clubs and other venues, including the military base. I couldn’t have imagined that I would have the honor to have Columbia ride with me every day on KISS 103.1. Let’s have fun every day, my family... Weez Here!!”
Townsquare Flips From Sports To Active Rock On 93.5 Quad Cities
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 3RD, 2019 –– Townsquare Media has debuted a new active rock station for the Quad Cities. I-Rock 93.5. I-Rock 93.5 is rolling commercial-free and playing hard rock from bands like Godsmack, Slipknot, Tool, Korn, Disturbed, Metallica, Five Finger Death Punch and so many more. I-Rock 93.5 will crank up rock from the 90s like Nirvana and Alice Chains.
I-Rock 93.5 is part of the Townsquare Media Quad Cities group of stations that includes the Marconi nominated 97X (WXLP), B100 (KBEA) and KIIK 104.9. Sports programming will remain a part of the Quad Cities on ESPN 1170 AM with the best national sports talk from ESPN along with the only local sports show in the Quad Cities.
Operations Manager Ryan McCredden says, “The Midwest knows how to rock. I’m thrilled that we are going to be able to bring this new hard rock station to the Quad Cities. Finally rockers will be able to listen to all their favorite bands and songs from a local station. We’re going to energize the rock fans of the Quad Cities with music they will only be able to get on I-Rock 93.5, irock935.com and via the I-Rock 93.5 app.” The cluster will now feature sports on ESPN 1170 AM.
WGST Atlanta Rebrands To 640 Fox News
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 3RD, 2019 –– 640/WGST-AM has signed on as a Fox News radio affiliate and among its new cast members include Bill O’Reilly’s 15-minute daily commentary, plus other names to come, reports The AJC's Rodney Ho.
The entire lineup includes: Gordon Deal 6 a.m.-9 a.m. Glenn Beck 9 a.m.-12 p.m. The O’Reilly Update with Bill O’Reilly 12 p.m-12:15 p.m. Dave Ramsey 12:15 p.m.-3 p.m. Ben Shapiro3 p.m.-5 p.m. Del Walmsley 5 p.m.-6 p.m. Mark Levin 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Buck Sexton 9 p.m.-12 a.m. Michael Savage 12 a.m.-1 a.m. and George Noory 1 a.m.-6 a.m.
WGST-AM can also be heard on 105.7 HD3 if you have an HD radio and on the free iHeartRadio app.
Ace & TJ's Radio Family Charity Reaches Out To Radio Listeners Worldwide For Dorian
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 3RD, 2019 –– As Hurricane Dorian inches towards the southeast coast, numerous radio stations remain on standby for its usual coverage and aid. According to AP, at least five deaths were blamed on the storm. Officials said they received a “tremendous” number of calls from people in flooded homes. One radio station received more than 2,000 distress messages.
Among those prepared to help is the syndicated The Ace & TJ Show and their charity, Radio Family Charity. With Hurricane Dorian about to do serious damage along the Eastern seaboard, starting today, Radio Family Charity is accepting donations in preparation. The needs of Hurricane Dorian will last for months and we are seeking donations from radio audiences around the world. Tax deductible donations will be accepted through AceTJ.com or RadioFamilyCharity.org. This charity has no operating expenses and 100% of all monies donated go to relief efforts. For more information on the Radio Family Charity please visit RadioFamilyCharity.org or contact Ace & TJ by email at AceTJ@AceTJ.com. - For the latest on Dorian's movement, you can track storm HERE
Kevin Rolston of the KVJ show on WRMF/West Palm Beach tells Jockline, "We are virtually unscathed here in South Florida. The Bahamas is like a sister-State to people living here. We vacation there and many even have second homes there. What they have gone through may have never been seen in history. All of our efforts will go to helping Marsh Harbor and Grand Bahama, as they are most likely looking at a complete reconstruction of their communities. We are starting with a fundraising telethon that will match to the minute, the amount of time that Dorian sat over their islands, ripping them apart. We will be the voice of those that are there and those that are going in to help. We will work to help rebuild those islands just like we would if they were our own homes."
Ellen K Featured In Article '7 Women Who Are Making Our World A Better Place'
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 3RD, 2019 –– In LA's Ventura Boulevard magazine's latest edition, we were pleased to see KOST-FM's Ellen K in the spotlight among '7 Women Who Are Making Our World a Better Place'. Ellen K shares that when she was 25 she went with a friend to see a psychic. The psychic told her that she was going to be a late bloomer. “I didn’t know whether I should try and do something to head that off or just be okay with it!” Looks like the psychic was on to something.
The article says that after being on the air at KIIS for 12 years with Rick Dees and then for another 12 years with Ryan Seacrest as a so-called sidekick, Ellen finally got her own radio show. Since 2015 she has been the host of the Ellen K Morning Show on KOST 103.5, which ultimately spawned a nationally syndicated version that airs on weekends. “Honestly, I never really minded being a sidekick all those years. I was just grateful for the work, which I really enjoyed. There just weren’t female hosts back then. There were only men on radio shows,” Ellen says. The hosting opportunity arose in 2015 just before Ryan landed the Live with Kelly and Ryan gig and moved to New York. SEE FULL ARTICLE HERE - PHOTO/twitter
NETWORKS: ABC News Radio To Provide Coverage Of the Democratic Debate In Houston'
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 3RD, 2019 –– Anchored by Correspondent Aaron Katersky in Houston, ABC News Radio will be on hand to cover the debate in its entirety followed by post-debate analysis. In the hour leading up to the debate, ABC News Radio will offer affiliates an exclusive one-hour program, “Preview to the Democratic Debate.” It will provide four one-minute status reports each hour throughout the debate and the following morning.
Host Brad Mielke will host the podcast “Start Here” from Houston on Thursday, September 12 and Friday, September 13, and a special edition of the “Powerhouse Politics” podcast, featuring Jon Karl and ABC News Political Director Rick Klein, will tape in Houston the week of the debate.
Benztown With Audio Tribute For The Late Actress & TV Icon Valerie Harper
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 3RD, 2019 –– Best known for her role as the beloved character Rhoda Morgenstern on television's "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and "Rhoda," Valerie Harper died Friday in Los Angeles, CA, just before Labor Day weekend at age 80, after a long battle with cancer. Since the 70's, Harper has since remained active on stage and in movies. Please check out the Benztown audio tribute to Valerie Harper at: HERE. The audio tribute was produced by Tom Baker, written by Bill Royal and voiced by Adam Kecskemeti.
Top Rated WBLK In Buffalo Looking For Its Next Brand Manager
THE MOUTH, SEPTEMBER 3RD, 2019 –– You’ll have the full support of a great team of programming, digital and revenue pro’s to create great radio, online and socials for this legendary station.
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Scott Laughlin, Longtime Host On News/Talk 1230 WJBC Bloomington Announces Retirement; Scott Miller Slides Into Mornings
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 30TH, 2019 –– Scott Laughlin, longtime morning personality on Cumulus News/Talk AM 1230 WJBC in Bloomington/Normal, IL, announced his retirement on-air to his listeners yesterday morning, and also announced that WJBC afternoon host Scott Miller (R) will be replacing him full-time as Morning Host, effective immediately. Miller, who signed a new multi-year deal with Cumulus, will be accompanied on-air by WJBC News Director Katherine Murphy, who remains in morning drive.
Laughlin announced on May 10, 2019, that he was taking a leave of absence from the WJBC morning show for health reasons. He has since decided to make his leave permanent. “I had planned to retire next summer. My circumstances have speeded up that plan,” said Laughlin. Miller, whose on-air credits include Oprah Radio, WGN-AM, FM News 101.1 and WDRV 97.1-FM, said: "I am honored to follow in the morning drive footsteps of Don Munson and Scott Laughlin on ‘The Voice Of Central Illinois’. I have never felt more a part of a community than I do here... and the Central Illinois pork tenderloins are the size of my head. WIN WIN!" A search for Miller's replacement in afternoons is underway.
John E. Kage Adds PD Duties For 106.7 The Bull Denver
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 30TH, 2019 –– iHeartMedia has named John E. Kage Program Director for 106.7 The Bull Denver. In addition, he will continue his role as Program Director for 95.7 The Party. Kage will report to JoJo Turnbeaugh, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia’s Denver Region. “Kage has mastered the art and science of programming contemporary formats,” said Turnbeaugh. “There’s no question that 106.7 The Bull and 95.7 The Party will grow and continue to thrive under John’s leadership.
”Before joining the iHeartMedia Denver market, Kage previously served as the Program Director for KYGO-FM and KQKS in Denver as well as WPOI in Tampa. He began his career at KDWB, Minneapolis. “I am beyond thrilled to make my return to Country music on 106.7 The Bull,” said Kage. “Country music has a special community with a unique bond between radio, the artists and the listeners. I missed it dearly and I’m very grateful for being able to be a part of it again."
The Dan Sileo Show Comes To Fox Sports 910 Phoenix
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 30TH, 2019 –– Fox Sports 910 announced the debut of the “Dan Sileo Show,” effective September 3. The show will broadcast weekday afternoons from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. “Sileo’s unparalleled passion and enthusiasm for Sports Talk make him the perfect host for afternoon drive on FOX Sports 910,” said Aaron Trimmer, Program Director for Fox Sports 910. “We’re thrilled to have one of the country’s best hosts join our market-leading program lineup.”
Since retiring from professional sports, Sileo has worked in radio for over two decades and has held several on-air roles across the country, including evening host in San Francisco and morning drive host in Tampa, Miami and San Diego. “It’s an honor to come home to iHeartMedia, where I spent the majority of my 24-year radio career, for this amazing opportunity to host afternoons on Fox Sports 910,” said Sileo. “I will promise my listeners this – we will have the most compelling sports show in The Valley. It will be a show for Phoenix, about Phoenix. We’re going to bring on the biggest stars in sports and entertainment and give listeners a show they’ll never forget.”
The Will Cain Show Added To Lineup At ESPN LA 710; Mason & Ireland Moves To Afternoons
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 30TH, 2019 –– ESPNLA 710 will launch its new weekday talk lineup on Tuesday, Sept. 3, highlighted by the move of the legendary Mason & Ireland show (hosted by Steve Mason and John Ireland) to afternoon drive (3-6:30 p.m. PT) and the addition of The Will Cain Show (shown left) , one of ESPN Radio’s newest national shows that is quickly growing in popularity, at noon. “We are excited to further strengthen an already powerful talk lineup by moving Mason & Ireland to afternoon drive and capitalizing on the momentum of The Will Cain Show,” said Scott McCarthy, VP/GM of ESPNLA 710. “These two shows plus Keyshawn, LZ and Travis, LA’s only local sports morning show, and the always compelling Stephen A. Smith will keep listeners updated on local and national major sports stories." The Sedano Show (Jorge Sedano) will shift forward to anchor early evenings.
Cain, whose radio show has been added in two top 5 markets – LA and San Francisco – this summer, will remain a frequent contributor to First Take, where he often enjoys heated debates with Smith. Now in its 25th year, Mason & Ireland, the #1 sports talk show in LA, moves to afternoon drive time. The show is the highest-rated sports talk show in LA in any daypart over the past three years.
James Conner To Join 93.7 The Fan Pittsburgh Throughout NFL Season
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 30TH, 2019 –– Entercom KDKA/93.7 The Fan Pittsburgh announced that Steeler's running back James Conner will the sports outlet throughout the 2019 National Football League season. The “James Conner Show” will air as part of the station’s afternoon drive “The PM Team with Poni and Mueller,” Mondays at 5:00 p.m. ET beginning September 9.
“We are excited to welcome James to the 93.7 The Fan family this season,” said Michael Spacciapolli, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Pittsburgh. “James is one of the most beloved personalities in the region and we know he will bring unique insight and inspiration to the show.” “I’m thrilled to be able to connect with Steeler nation through 93.7 The Fan every week and share with listeners insights that they won’t hear anywhere else,” said Conner.
'We Need To Keep Getting Better' Says Andrew Curran
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 30TH, 2019 –– If it's Labor Day, it's time again for Andrew Curran's open letter to the industry. In this year's missive, he writes: The last time the Radio Show came to Texas (Austin 2017), advertising giant P&G took the stage and encouraged radio to focus on your “bread and butter,” namely broadcast radio. “It’s a gimme. You’re selling water in the desert, you have what I want. How can you fail at selling me what I want?”
The reason this advice was necessary? John Fix from P&G recounted hour-long meetings with radio companies where for 50 minutes, “I will hear about everything you’ve never done but want to. I hear about podcasts you’ve never broadcast. I hear about targeting, and what I really want to talk about is how you can touch 93% of the United States.”
Radio is a daily companion for employed consumers, who advertisers need to reach. Meanwhile, people who are out of the workforce don’t listen to a lot of radio. They also don‘t have much disposable income to spend with advertisers.
As Procter & Gamble has ramped up its investment in radio, its stock price has followed suit and is trading at an all-time high. Not a bad testimonial for radio, especially for buyers and advertisers skeptical of radio’s enduring strength and dominance in a digital world.
As the saying goes, it’s harder to stay on top than it is to get there in the first place. For radio to continue to grow and deliver strong ROI to advertisers, those of us working in the industry need to keep getting better. READ ENTIRE LETTER HERE
As Hurricane Dorian Approaches, Media Takes To The Ground For Continuous Coverage
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 30TH, 2019 –– As Hurricane Dorian heads toward the Florida Coast, local radio and TV stations are prepared to provide the latest coverage and warning to area residents. We've reached out to Cox Media Group, Cumulus and iHeart who have multiple stations along the path and plans are well in place for coverage. Networks are on the ground there as well, including CBS News Radio whose David Begnaud (inset), Jim Krasula and Peter King will be reporting from the Florida coast,
In an AP report, The National Hurricane Center says the Category 2 storm is expected to strengthen into a potentially catastrophic Category 4 with winds of 130 mph and slam into the U.S. on Monday somewhere between the Florida Keys and southern Georgia — a 500-mile stretch that reflected the high degree of uncertainty this far out. “If it makes landfall as a Category 3 or 4 hurricane, that’s a big deal,” said University of Miami hurricane researcher Brian McNoldy. Some fuel shortages are already being reported in the Cape Canaveral area.
SYNDICATION: Tino Cochino Gets Real In LA
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 30TH, 2019 –– While no official release as of yet, Tino Cochino Radio posted via Instagram this nice rendering of the show's official arrival at iHeart's Real 92.3 LA. - Their show is now airing late nights from 11 pm to 3:00 am. Tino Cochino Radio is joined by Raquel, and Nicasio, shown above at bottom L ot R.
EVENTS: Tom Joyner's 17th Annual Family Reunion Set For This Weekend In Florida
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 30TH, 2019 –– Tom Joyner, host of the nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show, and Allstate announced the star-studded lineup for the 17th annual Allstate Tom Joyner Family Reunion. Featuring performances and appearances from Charlie Wilson, The Bonfyre, Brandy, Robin Thicke, Guy Torry, Erica Campbell, Rickey Smiley, Donald Lawrence, Keke Wyatt, Kierra Sheard, Sir The Baptist, Tye Tribbett, DJ Standout, Lonnie Hunter, Shanice Wilson, Ollie Gabriel, Brownstone, Erica Campbell, Bebe Winans, Isaac Carree, DJ Kool, DJ Kev-Ski, DJ Flemingo and more.
The event will be held at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Kissimmee, Florida this Labor Day weekend, now–Sept. 2. The 2019 Allstate Tom Joyner Family Reunion welcomes families from all over the country for a weekend filled with concerts, celebrity interactions, enlightening seminars, and one of the largest family-themed expos for the African-American community. The free Fam-Fest Expo – focused on education, health and beauty, arts and culture, entertainment, shopping and more – is open to the public and features a daily schedule with offerings for family members of all ages. For the first time this year, attendees will have the opportunity to win $10,000 in cash prizes throughout the weekend.
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Which Current Personalities Did Over 1,000 Radio Hosts Call The Most Influential?
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 29TH, 2019 –– Still looking for another reason to sign up now for next week's all-new talent-on-talent webinar from Jacobs Media's Fred Jacobs? Consider this: which personality did over A THOUSAND air personalities in this year's AQ2 questionnaire say influenced them most? In today's Jacobs blog, Fred Jacobs notes that this year's AQ2 study provides the first tracking data we have. And it also gave us an opportunity to craft new questions.
One of my favorites? It's based on one of the cliche interview questions that musicians always get hit up with: “So, who are your biggest influences?” For our 1,000+ members of the talent community, we came up with an open-ended variation on that theme: “Which current radio personalities/shows are most influential to you?” There were no prompts or talent names to choose from. It was strictly a write-in vote, and our AQ2 respondents could come up with as many as three options.
All told, Howard Stern was written in by three in ten (30%) of those casting votes. In a distant second place is Rush Limbaugh (8%), followed by Dave Ryan and Elvis Duran (both with 6%), and Bobby Bones and Dan Patrick (both with 5%). Now these are big names in the radio business – personalities who are at the top of their respective games. Howard took first place rankings among both men and women air personalities, as well as Millennials, Gen Xers, and Baby Boomers. He was on top among those in both diary and PPM markets. Howard also took top honors among respondents who entered the survey via a music station, while Limbaugh came in first among fans of spoken word radio – the only major category in which Stern did not land in first place. READ FULL BLOG HERE - AND SIGN UP NOW FOR NEXT WEEK'S 'TALENT ON TALENT WEBINAR - The full results of the AQ2 study will be unveiled on a webinar scheduled for next Wednesday, September 4th at 2pm EST. To register for the webinar, go to https://jacobsmedia.com/webinar-how-radio-air-talent-feels-about-the-industry/
Finalists Announced For 2019 CMA Awards
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 29TH, 2019 –– The CMA Broadcast Awards are among the most prestigious awards given out in the field of Country Radio. The categories are established by market size based on population as ranked by Arbitron. Entries for Broadcast Personality of the Year are judged on aircheck, ratings, community involvement, and biographical information. Candidates for Station of the Year are judged on aircheck, ratings, community involvement, and format leadership. CMA members who are full-time, on-air personalities and CMA member radio stations in the United States and Canada were eligible. The entries are judged by a panel of distinguished broadcast professionals, representing all market sizes and regions.
The finalists for the 2019 CMA Broadcast Awards were revealed Wednesday (Aug. 28). The CMA Awards will be held Wednesday, Nov. 13 at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.
• “The Blair Garner Show” (Blair Garner and “Off Eric” Garner) – Westwood One
• “The Bobby Bones Show” (Bobby Bones, Amy Brown, “Lunchbox” Dan Chappell, and Eddie Garcia) – Premiere Networks
• “The Mayor of Music Row” (Charlie Monk) – Sirius XM Satellite Radio
• “Nash Nights Live” (Shawn Parr and Elaina Smith) – Westwood One
• “The Storme Warren Show” (Storme Warren) – Sirius XM Satellite Radio
• “Chris Carr & Company” (Chris Carr, Kia Becht, McKaila Granning, and “Maverick” Jeffrey Bolen) – KEEY, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.
• “Mason & Remy” (Mason Schreader and “Remy” Zachary Hoesly) – WIL, St. Louis, Mo.
• “The Morning Wolfpack with Matt McAllister” (Matt McAllister, Emily Raines, and “Slow Joe” Wallace) – KKWF, Seattle-Tacoma, Wash.
• “The Rob + Holly Show” (Rob Stone and Holly Hutton) – WYCD, Detroit, Mich.
• “Tanner in the Morning” (Rob Tanner, Catherine Lane, Chris Allen, and “Captain Jim” Homa) – WSOC, Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, N.C.-S.C.
• “Tony, Jake & Jenn” (Tony Russell, Jake Byron, and Jenn Hays) – KUPL, Portland, Ore.
• “Amanda and Jesse” (Amanda Valentine and Jesse Tack) – WUBE, Cincinnati, Ohio
• “J.R. and Beth in the Morning” (“J.R.” Jon Jaus, Beth Boehm, and Chris Cardenas) – KCYY, San Antonio, Texas
• “Q Morning Crew” (Mike Wheless and Janie Carothers) – WQDR, Raleigh-Durham, N.C.
• “The Randy, Jamie, and Jojo Show” (Randy Carroll, Jamie Martin, and Jojo Meza) – KAJA, San Antonio, Texas
• “Ridder, Scott and Shannen” (“Ridder” Shaun Ridderbush, Scott Dolphin, and Shannen Oesterreich) – WMIL, Milwaukee-Racine, WI
• “Clay & Company” (Clay Moden and Val Townsend) – WYRK, Buffalo-Niagara Falls, N.Y.
• “The Doc Show with Jessie” (Ken “Doc” Medek and Jessie Roberts) – WGGY, Wilkes Barre-Scranton, Pa.
• “Mo & StyckMan” (“Mo” Melissa Wagner and “Styckman” Greg Owens) – WUSY, Chattanooga, Tenn.
• “Scott and Sarah in the Morning” (Scott Wynn and Sarah Kay) – WQMX, Akron, Ohio
• “Tony and Kris” (Tony Randall and Kris Rochester) – WIVK, Knoxville, Tenn.
• “Barrett, Fox & Berry” (Bill Barrett, Tim Fox, and Tracy Berry) – KKNU, Eugene-Springfield, Ore.
• “Ben & Arnie” (Ben Butler and Arnie Andrews) – WCOW, La Crosse, Wis.
• “Dr. Shane and Tess in the Morning” (Shane Collins and Tess Connell) – WPAP, Panama City, Fla.
• “Mackey and Miles in the Morning” (Jim Mackey and Deb Miles) – WBYT, South Bend, Ind.
• “Officer Don & DeAnn” (“Officer Don” Evans and DeAnn Stephens) – WBUL, Lexington-Fayette, Ky.
FINALISTS FOR RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR (by market size):
• KILT – Houston-Galveston, Texas
• KPLX – Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas
• WIL – St. Louis, Mo.
• WKLB – Boston, Mass.
• WYCD – Detroit, Mich.
• KCYY – San Antonio, Texas
• KUBL – Salt Lake City-Ogden-Provo, Utah
• WFMS – Indianapolis, Ind.
• WLHK – Indianapolis, Ind.
• WQDR – Raleigh-Durham, N.C.
• WSIX – Nashville, Tenn.
• CKRY – Calgary, Alta.
• KXKT – Omaha-Council Bluffs, Neb.-Iowa
• WBBS – Syracuse, N.Y.
• WIVK – Knoxville, Tenn.
• WXCY – Wilmington, Del.
• KCLR – Columbia, Mo.
• KFDI – Wichita, Kan.
• KKNU – Eugene-Springfield, Ore.
• WBYT – South Bend, Ind.
• WYCT – Pensacola, Fla
ESPN Radio Chicago Leased To Good Karma Brands; Longtime GM Jim Pastor Set To Retire At Year-End
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 29TH, 2019 –– ESPN Radio has reached a long-term Local Marketing Agreement (LMA) and lease with Good Karma Brands, which calls for Good Karma to assume operations and control of ESPN Radio Chicago (WMVP-AM). Good Karma will expand its affiliate relationship with ESPN Radio and the station will retain the ESPN 1000 name.
“Good Karma has proven to be an excellent local affiliate that has shown expertise in local media operations and sales while being a strong steward of the ESPN brand,” said Traug Keller, ESPN senior vice president, ESPN Audio. “This is a smart business decision that allows us to continue to serve local sports fans with the compelling content they crave. I want to thank Jim Pastor for all of his contributions to the success of ESPN 1000 and his role in getting this deal done. I greatly appreciate that Jim will assist in a smooth transition until his retirement at the end of this year.”
Craig Karmazin, founder and chief executive officer at Good Karma Brands said: “Our Midwest roots have afforded us the opportunity to see the passion of Chicago sports fans up close for over two decades. We are so excited to extend our commitment to being ESPN’s best in class local operator into what will now be our largest market.” ESPN Audio will continue to operate local stations in New York and Los Angeles. Good Karma also owns ESPN Radio affiliates in Cleveland, Madison, Milwaukee and West Palm Beach.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Winter Horton Named COO For Meruelo Media
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 29TH, 2019 –– Otto Padron, Meruelo Media President and CEO, announced the addition of Winter Horton as Chief Operating Officer to his Meruelo Media Executive Team. “Meruelo Media has enjoyed extraordinary growth in the past few months. The task to solidify our LA Super cluster position and continue our expansion is my highest priority. To achieve this, I’m proud to announce the addition of Winter Horton as our Chief Operating Officer,” said Otto Padron, Meruelo Media CEO.
Winter Horton joins Meruelo Media after serving more than 20 distinguished years in the same role at LBI Media, Inc. While at LBI, Horton provided the leadership and organizational framework that grew LBI from a local media company to the nationally recognized Estrella Television Network and Radio Group. Prior to his time at LBI, Horton was an award-winning commercial producer and director. Horton said, “It’s truly exceptional to have an opportunity to work for one of the most dynamic and exciting companies in the industry today. I look forward to bringing my years of experience in the television and radio industry to an already incredible management team at Meruelo Media."
WNDX-FM to Wake Up Indianapolis With “The Abe Kanan Show”
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 29TH, 2019 –– Cumulus announced that Active Rock station 93.9X/WNDX-FM will wake up Indianapolis with a new morning show, “The Abe Kanan Show”, debuting Tuesday, September 3rd. Kanan has been heard on major market radio stations including WLUP and WKQX in Chicago, IL, and WBGG in Miami, FL, as well as on Howard Stern’s SiriusXM channel, Howard 101.
Kanan said: “If I could create my own radio station, it would sound just like 93.9X. In 2019, this is exactly how a rock station should sound. I am beyond excited and honored to be chosen as the first morning show host on the soon-to-be world-famous 93.9X!”
Christopher “Boomer” Layfield, Operations Manager, WNDX-FM, said: “Indy morning rock radio is gonna suck a whole lot less with Abe on board at 93.9X. Listeners will continue to get a face full of their favorite rock music every morning, along with Abe’s unique humor and style. Turn it up!” For more information, visit: www.939xindy.com.
Y100 Miami Reveals New Lineup; Names Drew Heyman MD; Brooke Morrison Takes Middays
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 29TH, 2019 –– iHeartMedia Miami has named Drew Heyman (L) Music Director and weekday afternoon drive host for Top 40 Y100 (WHYI). He'll report to Taylor Jukes, Program Director. Brooke Morrison, who has been with iHeartMedia for four years previously serving as afternoon host at Hits 96.1 in Charlotte, North Carolina, will join the Miami team as midday host for Y100.
Additionally, Imari Mora will make her on-air debut late nights and weekends on the station. She joins iHeart Miami from Emmis Austin, where she recently served as morning show producer for 101x. Also effective immediately, Y100’s current midday host Michelle Fay has been promoted to afternoon drive host on its sister station 93.9 MIA (WMIA) Fay will broadcast weekdays from 3pm-7pm, in addition to serving as morning show host for WLDI West Palm Beach with Frankie P.
“We’re thrilled to bring such enthusiastic, hard-working, digitally-savvy individuals together to grow Y100 for the future,” said Jukes. “There’s nothing more exciting than building a fun, innovative team to provide our Miami listeners with an entertaining new lineup.” “Growing up in South Florida and listening to Y100 has prepared me for the biggest role of my life,” said Heyman. “Miami is my hometown and I can’t wait to help grow the programming team at Y100!” Below is Y100’s Full Program Lineup:
Fox Sports 910 Phoenix Moves 'The Drive With Jody Oehler' To Mornings'
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 29TH, 2019 –– Fox Sports 910 Phoenix announced that “The Drive” starring Jody Oehler will move to weekday mornings, beginning September 3. “The Drive” will broadcast from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m.. “Jody is, without a doubt, a sports talk pro who just tells it like it is, and what better way to start your mornings in Phoenix if you’re a sports fan?” said Linda Little, Market President for iHeartMedia Phoenix. “Moving Jody Oehler to mornings on Fox Sports 910 was a no-brainer, and now sports fans have a place to start the day with the biggest stories in sports.”
“I’m incredibly excited to be moving to mornings,” said Oehler. “In a city like Phoenix with all the local teams and transplant residents, I relish the opportunity to offer my reaction to the biggest local and national sporting events. We’ll do it better than anyone in the market with truth, humor and fun. And as a bonus, I won’t get into a near fist fight with myself on the air.”
KOA A/F Denver Debuts New Lineup
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 29TH, 2019 –– iHeartMedia Denver announced a new weekday lineup or KOA 850 AM & 94.1 FM, The Voice of Colorado, effective Tuesday, September 3.The new lineup will feature 18 hours of daily live and local programming including the addition of the new afternoon show, “Big Al & JoJo” which will broadcast each weekday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. “Big Al & JoJo” will star legendary former football player, Alfred “Big Al” Williams, and co-host JoJo Turnbeaugh, a media veteran with over three-decades of on-air experience.
Big Al was a standout linebacker for the University of Colorado and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2010. He later went on to play in the NFL and retired with the Denver Broncos after his team received Super Bowl victories in 1997 and 1998. Most recently, Williams served as atop-rated radio sports talk personality in Denver for KKFN-FM.
“There’s no bigger voice and no bigger laugh in afternoon radio than Alfred Williams,” said Tim Hager, President of iHeartMedia Denver. “We are honored to welcome Big Al and his legions of fans to KOA 850 AM & 94.1 FM. Big Al joins an expanded live and local lineup that includes Colorado’s Morning News with April Zesbaugh & Marty Lenz 5 a.m. –9 a.m. Logan & Lewis with Dave Logan, Rick Lewis & Kathy Lee 9 a.m. –12 p.m. Mandy Connell1 2 p.m. –3 p.m. Big Al & JoJo 3 p.m. –7 p.m. Broncos Country Tonight with Ryan Edwards & Benjamin.
PODCAST: 'Modern Family’ Star Ed O’Neill & Co-Creator Christopher Lloyd Launch Spy Podcast Series
Packaged By Workhouse Media's Paul Anderson
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 29TH, 2019 –– Modern Family pair Ed O’Neill and Christopher Lloyd have partnered on a high-profile spy podcast reports Deadline. The Undercovers combines the truth about what it’s like to be an undercover agent with the drama of being a covert operative. It is produced for DAX (Digital Audio Exchange), the digital audio advertising platform that is a division of European radio group Global Media.
Lloyd produces the six-part series with a creative team that also includes Jeff Schmidt, sound designer of podcasts including Dirty John and Dr. Death, Mark Ramsey, the creator, writer and host of podcasts including Inside Jaws, screenwriter Paul G. Cuschieri (Cut Throat City). It is set to launch on Oct. 8.
ICM Partners and Workhouse Media's Paul Anderston negotiated the deal on behalf of Lloyd.
SNAPS: Benztown Brass Joins For Radio Days Asia
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 29TH, 2019 –– Benztown CEO Andreas Sannemann (L) and Kevin Horton, Director of Network Programming - JACK FM, Flashback & Adrenaline for Benztown, joined Benztown mascot, Gary the Robot at Radiodays Asia in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia this week!
Sannemann, a leading international audio imaging specialist, composer, Co-Founder and CEO of Benztown, presented the session "Seeing Sounds - How to create world-class audio brands" to attendees today, taking a deep dive into the elements and strategies that can help create world-class audio branding for stations.
Radiodays Asia is the new conference from the team that produces Radiodays Europe, the world's largest and leading conference for radio and audio development, now in its 10th year. The inaugural Radiodays Asia was held Tuesday, August 27th, through today at Hotel Istana Kuala Lumpur City Centre.
Blue Mink Song Banned In The UK
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 29TH, 2019 –– Gold has removed Melting Pot by Blue Mink from their playlist after a complaint was made to Ofcom (the UK’s FCC). One person complained about offensive language in the lyrics – which include references to “yellow Chinkies”, “Red Indian boy” and “curly Latin kinkies”
Alan Jones On Final Warning in Australia - Alan Jones has the number one Breakfast Show in Sydney on 2GB and this week celebrate his 221st ratings win with a 17.1% share but his bosses aren't happy. Alan has been told he will be sacked if he makes any more offensive comments. This comes after he suggested on the air that Australia’s Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, should “shove a sock down the throat” of the New Zealand prime minister, Jacinda Ardern to stop her talking about climate change.
Macquarie Media chairman, Russell Tate, said, “I have discussed the matter with Alan and advised him that any recurrence of commentary of this nature will result in the termination of his contract,”.
Triple M In Coffs Coast, Australia Will Broadcast From London - Triple M in Coffs Coast Australia is heading to London. Breakfast host Michael ‘Moffee’ Moffett will be presenting the show from the UK capital from September the 9th. Moffee says he will be highlighting the amazing stories and magic from one of the world’s busiest cities, sharing it all from the Strand Palace Hotel in the heart of the city. In 2018, Moffee was awarded the ‘Best Entertainment Presenter’ at the Australian Commercial Radio Awards.
Want to connect with Graham? Reach him at +44 7752 416905. Twitter: @GrahamMack
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The Groz Stepping Down From Daily Show On Seattle's 710 ESPN After 29 Yr. Run
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 28TH, 2019 –– After a 29-yr. run, Dave "The Groz" Grosby will step aside from regular hosting duties on Sept. 20. He said yesterday, "Well, I have good news and bad news. First, the latter. Because of a variety of issues, most of them health-related, I feel compelled to step down as a daily talk show host on 710 ESPN Seattle. This past year I simply have not been able to answer the bell enough as it were and missed far too many days of work, and it has been unfair to my co-hosts and to the radio station. Though my health has improved over the past month I cannot be sure it won’t be an issue again. My last Bob, Groz and Tom show will be Tuesday, Sept. 20."
"Now, the good news" he added. While I am retiring from a daily show, I will still be a daily presence on the radio station. I will continue doing the 11:45 a.m. segment with my friend of 30 years, John Clayton. I will fill in on shows periodically and I will be a happy guest on any 710 ESPN Seattle show that will have me. I am also going to be exploring the online world and look forward to being a regular presence in a yet-to-be-determined role on 710Sports.com." READ ENTIRE POST HERE
[WATCH] The TV Commercial Radio Should Have Produced -- But Spotify Did -- Says Jacobs
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 28TH, 2019 –– In his latest blog, Fred Jacobs points to 'those wizards at Spotify' who have now created a new ad that celebrates how drivers stay in their car to hear the end of an interview or song - you know, the way radio listeners have experienced for years. So how did Spotify somehow take ownership of this concept before radio? Jacobs says, anyone who's worked in broadcast radio for 15 minutes knows all about this – a great song (or morning show bit or powerful interview) can keep you in your car longer than you'd planned.
Jacobs references AdWeek‘s Doug Zanger (yes, he's a former radio broadcaster) wrote a story about this new Spotify campaign with the subtitle: “Brand leverages insight to promote discovery and new playlists.” Zanger calls the ad “incredibly relatable,” noting it “leans into the timeless yet simple idea of sticking around in the car to finish a song…” And it's a harsh reminder that broadcast radio should have been the ones to create this campaign.
Zanger believes Spotify is using humor and an ongoing marketing effort to create consistency – something broadcast radio inherently had because it ruled the dashboard for decades adds Jacobs. And just to reinforce its point, Spotify is also launching an outdoor advertising campaign to speak right to commuters as they're looking for something to entertain them on the ride to and from work, errands, or school. It's all part of a coordinated campaign that goes right at broadcast radio's dominance in the car. We blogged about Spotify's “Daily Drive” product – a personalized product that combines music and spoken word programming for drivers. Jacobs say, Spotify is marketing its “Driveway Moments.” Radio needs to seriously defend its turf. - WATCH AD HERE
Rick Thomas Named VP/Prog. & Operations For Max Media Denver
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 28TH, 2019 –– Make no mistake about it, Max Media Denver is THRILLED to announce Rick Thomas as VP of Programming and Operations overseeing all programming, engineering, digital and promotional departments at “JAMMIN’ 101.5” KJHM and “FLO 107.1” KFCO.
Most recently, Thomas worked as Operations Manager for Cox Media in Tampa. He also programmed some of the most recognized stations in the country, including K-EARTH and The Wave in Los Angeles, Magic 92.5 in San Diego as well as launching AMP 92.3 in New York City. Rick is widely credited with pioneering the Rhythmic AC format and is one of the most successful Rhythmic CHR programmers in the country.
"We are ecstatic to welcome Rick and his wonderful family to the Mile-High City. He is no doubt one of the best programming minds in the country. Having Rick join our team feels like Christmas morning," said Jeff Norman, President/General Manager at Max Media. "Rick leads by example and makes everyone around him better. His ability to win in competitive environments will drive our radio stations to the next level of success.”
“Throughout my career I’ve always had a fascination for helping the underdogs achieve a more dominate role in the marketplace. Jeff Norman and I have known each other since our days in Los Angeles and the time is right to partner on growing these brands together in Denver, said Thomas.” Thomas was introduced to his new team today and will be in the building fulltime no later than Monday, September 16th. He will be taking the reins remotely immediately. Shoot him an email to say congratulations, Rico@MaxMediaDenver.com.
Jon Manley Heads Home To Chicago As APD/MD, On-Air Host For 101 WKQX
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 28TH, 2019 –– Cumulus has appointed Alternative Rock programming specialist Jon Manley as Assistant Program Director/Music Director for Chicago Alternative Rock radio station 101 WKQX. Manley, a Chicago native, will also be heard on the station weekdays from 7:00pm-Midnight as On-Air Host.
Manley was previously Assistant Program Director/Music Director and On-Air Host, Afternoon Drive for Alternative station 107.7 The End/KNDD-FM in Seattle, WA. Prior to that, he served in the same capacities at Alternative-formatted X107.5/KXTE-FM in Las Vegas, NV.
Manley added: “As a kid growing up in Chicago, I recorded songs off WKQX to play back later on my Sony Walkman. And now I get to be the one cracking the mic and helping to shape the sound of the station for the next generation of music nerds! It’s cliché to say, but it is literally a dream come true for me and I could not be more excited to start this new adventure. Big thanks to Troy Hanson and Marv Nyren for believing in me and giving me this opportunity, and a tip of the cap to everyone who has helped me get to this point in my journey.”
Rock Veteran Doug 'Sluggo' Roberts Joins Meruelo Media as APD/MD For 95.5 KLOS
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 28TH, 2019 –– Meruelo Media announced that Doug “Sluggo” Roberts has joined 95.5 KLOS as APD/MD. Roberts joins Meruelo Media from CBS/Entercom Los Angeles, where he was a jack of all trades. Roberts worked for over a decade both on and off air in key programming roles for KROQ and JACK-FM. Sluggo said, “I love Los Angeles and KLOS is such an integral part of So Cal music history. I’m so excited to be here.”
KLOS Program Director, Keith Cunningham, added, “Doug brings a wealth of programming experience and a unique perspective that will be tremendous assets to KLOS and the entire Meruelo Media family.” Roberts starts August 26, 2019 and will report directly to Cunningham.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Entercom Appoints Paul Suchman As Its Chief Marketing Officer
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 28TH, 2019 –– Entercom announced that Paul Suchman has been named Chief Marketing Officer, effective September 3, 2019. “Paul has built his career working with leading brands to stay ahead of the rapidly evolving media landscape,” said David Field, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Entercom. “He has led successful global initiatives and high-performing teams inside corporate and agency environments. Paul will play a pivotal role in elevating the Entercom and RADIO.COM brands in the client and agency communities and enhancing how customers capitalize on our robust, unique product offerings across our leading local radio brands, podcasting, digital, live events, sports and news, capitalizing on our powerful, emerging Entercom Advanced Audio tools.”
“I am thrilled to be joining an amazing team of people and a company that is fueled by innovation and growth,” said Suchman. “There’s a revolution happening in the audio industry that will have a profound impact on how brands connect to and bond effectively with consumers. I’m excited to be part of it.” Suchman joins Entercom from CBRE, the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm and a leading Fortune 500 company, where he served as Global Chief Marketing Officer.
PODCASTS: Lipstick & Vinyl Partners With More Banana For More Female-Centric Podcasts
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 28TH, 2019 –– Lipstick & Vinyl has expanded its content library in a partnership with More Banana, a ten-podcast network that also serves up the female point of view. The deal between the two female-focused and female-led networks includes ad sales representation from Focus 360, which recently entered the podcast space with a minority-stake ownership in Lipstick & Vinyl that includes rights to ad sales.
“With this partnership between Lipstick & Vinyl and More Banana, Focus 360 can deliver even more solutions to our advertisers who want to reach engaged female audiences,” stated Phil Brown, Chief Executive Officer of Focus 360. “I’m delighted to be working with highly talented and forward-looking women like Allyson Marino (left) of Lipstick & Vinyl and Cait Moldenhauer of More Banana, and I’m excited about all the new opportunities we can bring to our advertisers and their agencies.”
In speaking about the new partnership, Allyson Marino noted, “More Banana has the same goal as Lipstick & Vinyl, and that is to bring more female voices and topics to the forefront of podcasting through quality programming. I look forward to working with Cait and her team to advance our purpose of developing engaging content that speaks to women across their varied interests and lifestyles.”
[WATCH] Eau Claire Host Sits In Dog Cage For 92 Hours As Fundraiser For Animal Shelters
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 28TH, 2019 –– A morning host from 92. 9 Eau Clair, WI is currently sitting in a dog cage to raise money for local animal shelters and for bulletproof vests for local K-9 Units reports WEAU-TV. Scorch (inset), host of Scorch & The Morning X on Midwest Family's 92.9, will be sitting outside of Milwaukee Burger Company in Eau Claire until Saturday, aiming to stay 92.9 hours. The goal for this year’s fundraiser is $30,000.
Scorch says the worse part of being caged for four days is that he can't take a shower or shave. But says he does brush his teeth so people can come by say hey and say I don't smell that bad." WATCH HERE
SNAPS: Dana & Deja Vu On Summer Vu-cation
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 28TH, 2019 –– The Deja Vu Show and The Dana Cortez Show wrapped one of the biggest promotions of the summer. Billed as Summer Vu-cation Getaway (on The Déjà Vu Show) and the Chance The Rapper New York Flyaway (on The Dana Cortez Show), each contest provided listeners the opportunity to see television’s #1 morning show, Good Morning America, in-studio and Chance The Rapper at the GMA Sumer Concert Series. One of the highlights of the event was a meet and greet on the rooftop of the Empire Hotel.
Pictured (starting from left to right): Anthony A./The Dana Cortez Show, Chris Venice/ABC Radio (Yankees shirt), Heidi Oringer/ABC Radio (black shirt), Corey Driscoll (C-Mo)/PD KMDX-FM, San Angelo, TX (sunglasses and hat turned backwards), Darryl Johnson/PD WBHK-FM, Birmingham, AL (kneeling and pointing), Rico Colindres (black shirt holding glass up), Edward Sanchez/PD KWBT-FM, Waco, TX (blue sunglasses on head), lucky contest winner/girl left of Dana Cortez, Dana Cortez/Host, DJ Automatic/The Dana Cortez Show, Daniel Ramos/ABC Radio (NY Giants hat), lucky contest winner/girl in yellow shirt, Crisco Kidd/KKFR-FM Phoenix, AZ (Boyz in The Hood shirt), Terrence T-Storm Battle/Producer, The Déjà Vu Show, Kenny J/PD WUKS-FM, Fayetteville, NC, Deja Vu/Host, Jason Griffiths/Capitol Records.
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San Francisco's KFOG-FM Flipping To Simulcast Of KNBR-AM On September 6th
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 27TH, 2019 –– In a surprise move, Cumulus announced yesterday that San Francisco alternative rock radio station 104.5/KFOG-FM will flip to a simulcast of KNBR-AM sports radio on Friday, September 6, 2019. “We are excited to bring KNBR, The Sports Leader and official home of the Giants and 49ers, to a wider audience of sports listeners in the Bay Area,” said Doug Harvill, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus San Francisco. “It’s never easy to say goodbye to a station, and we want to thank the staff, listeners, and advertisers who together made KFOG the legendary and beloved station that so many of us in San Francisco had the opportunity to enjoy.” In a release, it states: The expansion of KNBR will offer listeners a stronger signal and provide a broader broadcast range for the station’s leading sports programming. Shown above its popular morning show Murph & Mac.
Meanwhile, as KFOG comes to a close, the legendary station (pre-2010 KFOG, not the contemporary alternative rock KFOG) will be honored at an upcoming Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame ceremony on September 21st. Doug Harvill will also be honored at the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame ceremony.
JAM'N 95.7 San Diego Debuts Frankie V In The Morning
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 27TH, 2019 –– JAM’N 95.7, San Diego’s Hip Hop and R&B Radio Station, introduced the new Frankie V and the JAM’N 95.7 Morning Show. “We are excited to have Frankie V take over our morning airwaves,” said Rob Scorpio, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartRadio San Diego.
“This morning show has tons of energy, music and swagger that I know our San Diego listeners will enjoy.” “It’s amazing to see the evolution of talent that we have here at iHeartMedia San Diego and I’m beyond fortunate to be a part of the growth and evolution,” said Frankie V. “After nearly 13 years in San Diego, this city has a special place in my heart and I’m excited for this next chapter in my morning show career.”
Dave Logan Inks 10-Year Extension With KOA Denver
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 27TH, 2019 iHeartMedia Denver announced Monday an extended 10-year agreement with Denver Broncos play-by-play voice Dave Logan reports Channel 9News. The agreement will see Logan continue his current play-by-play role and expand his on-air duties with KOA NewsRadio 850 AM and 94.1 FM.
Logan will continue to co-host "Logan & Lewis with Dave Logan, Rick Lewis and Kathy Lee" which moves to 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 3. Logan will also make weekly appearances on “Broncos Country Tonight,” KOA’s Denver Broncos-themed talk show.
“As KOA enters its 50th season as the flagship station of the Denver Broncos, it’s an honor to announce our long-term extension with Dave Logan,” said Tim Hager, President of iHeartMedia Denver. “Few people have achieved Dave’s level of success — both on-air and off-air and we’re fortunate to have a personality of Dave’s caliber as the foundation of KOA.”
Matt Talluto Named PD/Brand Manager For 96 Rock Cincinnati
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 27TH, 2019 –– Cumulus has appointed Matt Talluto as Program Director/Brand Manager for Cincinnati, OH, Rock station 96 Rock/WFTK-FM. Talluto will also be heard on 96 Rock as On-Air Host, PM Drive, and will debut on the station on Monday, September 16th. He joins 96 Rock from 98.9 The Bear/WBYR-FM in Fort Wayne, IN, where he was Program Director and On-Air Host, Middays. Prior to that, he hosted PM Drive at 102.9 The Hog/WHQG-FM in Milwaukee, WI.
Dave Crowl, Regional Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Cincinnati, said: “Matt comes from great rock stock. He has worked with some of the best rock format programming minds in Milwaukee and Ft Wayne. We look forward to his branding leadership at 96 Rock.” Talluto said: “I’m excited to build on the foundation created by Axel Lowe and look forward to working with Keith Mitchell, Dave Crowl and everyone in the Cumulus Cincinnati cluster. John Dimick and Troy Hanson have been more than accommodating and I’m proud to be a part of the team. Cincinnati is a Midwestern rock town. I’m a Midwestern rock guy. Perfect fit!”
Salem Cancels National Distribution Of The Joe Walsh Show; Will Continue To Air In Chicago
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 27TH, 2019 –– Salem Radio Network yesterday announced it would be ending its national distribution of the Joe Walsh program effective in 30 days, with the last day of SRN distribution September 26th. Walsh affiliates will continue to receive the Joe Walsh program from SRN during this 30 day period, and will be given the opportunity to continue the Joe Walsh program from a different syndicator, to be selected by Joe Walsh, at the end of the 30 day period. SRN may also offer a replacement for the Walsh program to begin after the 30 day period expires to any affiliates who choose not to continue with the Walsh program.
SRN said it will work with any affiliates who want to discontinue airing the Walsh program during the 30 day period due to concerns about FCC political regulations in light of Walsh's announcement of his candidacy for President of the United States. This announcement does not affect Joe Walsh's local program airing on AM 560 The Answer in Chicago, however Walsh’s program will have to be removed as soon as he becomes a viable and legal candidate for President.
BLOG: Smart Speaker Ownership Not Slowing Down; Increased Threefold Since Q2 2017
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 27TH, 2019 –– In the latest blog from Westwood One, it points to key findings in latest Edison Study on smart speakers. Highlight show that AM/FM radio and Amazon Music lead in share of smart speaker time spent listening: In Q2 2019, AM/FM radio (18%) and Amazon Music (17%) lead in share of listening on a smart speaker.. This is a result of AM/FM radio stations developing voice-activated applications to enable listening on smart speakers and their aggressive promotion of Alexa and Google Home listening.
Smart speaker ownership growth isn’t slowing down: The number of Americans who reported owning a smart speaker increased threefold from Q2 2017 to Q2 2019. According to Edison Research’s “Share of Ear,” in Q2 2019, 30% of Americans reported owning a smart speaker compared to the 10% in Q2 2017. Marketers and agencies are immersing themselves in voice-activated advertising: According to Advertiser Perceptions, in a little over a year, the amount of marketers and agencies utilizing smart speaker opportunities doubled from 18% in January 2018 to 36% in March 2019. READ BLOG HERE
EVENT: The Eagles Team With WIP For 2nd Annual Radiothon
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 27TH, 2019 –– Entercom and the Philadelphia Eagles are partnering for the second annual “Eagles Radiothon.” The multiday auction, sponsored by Santander Bank, will offer fans the opportunity to bid on exclusive sports and entertainment experiences, with all proceeds benefitting the Eagles Autism Challenge Inc.’s commitment to raising funds for innovative autism research and programs. The auction kicks off this week and will be broadcast on SportsRadio 94WIP (WIP-FM) on Tuesday, Sept. 3 and Wednesday, Sept 4.
“We’re honored to partner with the Philadelphia Eagles once again and partake in the Eagles Autism Challenge,” said David Yadgaroff, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Philadelphia. “SportsRadio 94WIP is a leading voice in the Philadelphia sports community and we are proud to leverage that voice to inspire listeners to support autism research and programs.” Highlights of the auction include one of a kind sporting experiences, such as a trip to Super Bowl LIV in Miami, serving as a coach’s sideline assistant, a round of golf with Eagles Hall of Fame and SportsRadio 94WIP radio broadcaster Merrill Reese.
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Moriah Daniels Moves To Middays At WIRK-FM West Palm Beach
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 26TH, 2019 –– Hubbard Radio has named Moriah Daniels to its midday slot on WIRK-FM West Palm Beach. She'll join the lineup along with Tim & Chelsea in the Mornings & Sammy Cruise in afternoon drive. Moriah Daniels has been in radio for the last 8 years in Palm Beach County. Her career began as an intern at CBS Radio, then a Brand Ambassador, and on-air personality with WIRK.
Bruce Logan, Operations Manager and Brand/Content Director of WIRK-Country, said, “As a program director, there is nothing better than inheriting great talent! When I started the search to transition New Country 103.1 from a voice tracked show to a live & local show in West Palm Beach, I was thrilled to find Moriah sitting mere feet from my office dutifully serving our sales team. She expressed interest, I went through the entire search process and in the end there was no one I’d rather have as WIRK’s At-Work host.”
Daniels commented, “WIRK has been best known for the music and the on-air personalities. We are excited to bring a fresh look to our country community. Listeners might hear some new tunes, but also some familiar voices as well.”
Bonneville Seattle's Organizational Restructure Begins Today
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 26TH, 2019 –– Bonneville Seattle announced an organizational restructure taking effect today, August 26. The move includes KIRO-710 ESPN PD Mike Salk (L) who rises to Director of Programming, overseeing KIRO-FM, 710 ESPN and KTTH-AM. Tina Sorensen upped from KIRO/KTTH Sales Manager to Director of Digital, managing content and revenue for its digital properties. KIRO-AM Sales Manager Cathy Cangiano promoted to Director of Sales for KIRO-FM, 710 ESPN Seattle, KTTH and Seattle Mariners Radio and Alison Lichtbach who moves up to Controller to Director of Finance.
"These are proven leaders within our organization who are ready for their challenging assignments," said Bonneville Seattle Media Group Dave Pridemore. "They are innovative and prepared to provide guidance as we look to the future of our dynamic and far reaching audio and digital products. This new structure ensures our success in 2020 and beyond and elevates our daily focus on our digital business which is imperative, as Bonneville Seattle is well positioned in this space to generate significant audience growth and to deliver solid ROI to our clients."
Other managers with expanded responsibilities include Bryan Buckalew as the KIRO Program Director, Colleen O'Brien as KIRO Managing Editor leading the news department and Ethan Kelly as Sales Manager for KIRO and KTTH. As part of the restructure, the company has eliminated the position of Director of News and Programming at KIRO-FM.
EXCUTIVE ACTION: Ken Lagana Named EVP/Digital Sales For Entercom
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 26TH, 2019 –– Entercom has named Ken Lagana to the newly created role of Executive Vice President of Digital Sales, effective September 10. Lagana will report into J.D. Crowley, Chief Digital Officer and Bob Philips, Chief Revenue Officer.
“I have known Ken a long time and have immense respect for the large digital businesses he’s helped build,” said J.D. Crowley. “Ken has an incredible reputation in the industry for creating innovative programs at scale that solve challenges for marketers. We’re excited to welcome him to the team as we continue to help shape the rapidly growing digital audio marketplace.”
Lagana joins Entercom from Megaphone, the leading provider of breakthrough podcast technology for publishers and advertisers, where he was Head of Sales and Marketing. He played a key role in developing and promoting Megaphone Targeted Marketplace (MTM), the company’s game-changing advertiser-driven targeting and measurement solution. Prior to joining Megaphone, Lagana was Senior Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing for CBS Digital Media.
iHeart's 1300 The Zone Austin Now On 103.1 FM
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 26TH, 2019 –– iHeartMedia Austin announced today that AM 1300 The Zone, Austin’s Sports Talk, will now simulcast on 103.1 FM, effective immediately. “The Zone has amazing talent and partners, and an entertaining programming lineup up for sports fans everywhere,” said Matt Martin, President for iHeartMedia Austin / San Antonio.
“We are thrilled to bring The Zone programming to even more listeners on 103.1 FM.” "Between the excitement that Coach Spavital's arrival San Marcos has brought to the Texas State football program, and the recent success of their men's basketball team, we couldn't be more excited to expand The Zone’s reach to millions of new listeners, and giving Bobcat Nation even more access to Texas State,” says Ryan Kramer, Program Director for AM 1300 / 103.1 FM The Zone.
Hall Of Fame Quarterback Troy Aikman Calls Out Sports Host Over Andrew Luck Tweet
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 26TH, 2019 –– Following this weekend's blockbuster news of 29 yr. old Indianapolis Colt's Quarterback Andrew Luck calling it quits due to being 'mentally worn down' following numerous injuries, numerous fans and pundits weighed in, including Fox Sports Radio and Fox Sports 1's Doug Gottilieb. He tweeted: "Retiring cause rehabbing is “too hard” is the most millennial thing ever #AndrewLuck — Doug Gottlieb (@GottliebShow)
Yahoo Sports Jack Baer wrote that of all responses, Gottlieb's fueled tens of thousands of replies and tweets in response - among them, famed quarterback, turned announcer Troy Aikman who obviously wasn't too pleased. He tweeted: 'That's total Bull**** Doug. What qualifies you to decide how someone should live their life? So you're now the authorty on what motivates Andrew Luck? And if his decision don't fit into what you think is the best for him then you rip him? Guess that keeps you employed on FS1. Nice." READ ARTICLE HERE
Kathy Hart pulling up stakes for Montana posted on August 23, 2019 at 6:00 am by Robert Feder SHARE Kathy Hart Robservations on the media beat: Kathy Hart, once one-half of the most popular morning duo in Chicago radio history, is heading out west. Hart’s agent, Steve Mandell, confirmed Thursday that she’s moving to Bozeman, Montana, for personal and family reasons. While Hart is open to employment there, he said, she has no job lined up at this time.
Hart most recently had been filling in at Tribune Broadcasting news/talk WGN 720-AM. But she’s best known for her 21 years as Eric Ferguson’s partner on Hubbard Radio hot adult-contemporary WTMX 101.9-FM. She parted company with The Mix in 2017 — less than a year after Eric & Kathy were inducted in the Radio Hall of Fame.
EVENTS: KROQ-FM Teams With Hot Topic & Interscope Records For Billie Eilish Experience
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 26TH, 2019 –– Entercom announced KROQ (KROQ-FM), Los Angeles has teamed up with retail chain Hot Topic and Interscope Records to give fans the chance to win a trip for two to Los Angeles for an intimate Billie Eilish performance. KROQ will announce the winner on air on Wednesday, September 4.
“Billie Eilish has exploded onto the music scene in 2019 and we’re thrilled to team up with Hot Topic and Interscope Records to provide fans with a one-of-a-kind experience,” said Jeff Federman, Regional President and Market Manager, Entercom Southern California. From now until August 30, fans can enter the contest by visiting HotTopic.com/Billie.
Maren Morris To Headline WKLB-FM Street Party; Kiefer Sutherland As Official Host
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 26TH, 2019 –– Beasley Media Group’s WKLB-FM will present its Country 102.5 Street Party 2 in Boston with Columbia Nashville Recording Artist Maren Morris to Headline. Plus, award winning actor & musician Kiefer Sutherland to Serve as Official Host. The event will take place on Sunday, September 22nd on Lansdowne Street in Boston. The music attraction, which began in 2013 and now takes place twice a year in the Spring and Fall, will feature special performances by country artists Mitchell Tenpenny, Lindsay Ell, Ryan Hurd, Matt Stell and Jordan Davis.
“This is our best line-up to date,” said company country Brand Manager and WKLB Program Director, David Corey. “Maren is one of the hottest acts in the Country format and beyond! It’s a privilege to have her headline the show! He added, “We are thrilled Kiefer has chosen our Street Party to be his only radio station sponsored performance.”
PODCASTS: ESPN Launching A College Football Podcast With Kirk Herbstreit & David Pollack
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 26TH, 2019 –– ESPN is launching a new flagship college football podcast, featuring lead analysts Kirk Herbstreit and David Pollack as well as SportsCenter’s Kevin Negandhi. Beginning last Friday, Aug. 23, the ESPN College Football Podcast- Herbie & Pollack will publish three times per week through the season with Negandhi hosting all episodes. Herbstreit will co-host on Mondays and Pollack will do so on Wednesdays and Fridays.
Many of ESPN’s best-known college football personalities will join as guests, with weekly segments devoted to the CFP Rankings, the ESPN CFB 150 initiative celebrating the 150th anniversary of college football, and predictions and analysis of the games to come each week.
Herbie & Pollack joins CFB 150: Down & Distance hosted by Ivan Maisel and the on-demand offering of Packer and Durham, an audio version of the daily morning show airing on The ACC Network as new entries into ESPN’s podcast lineup this fall. In addition, TV’s weekday College Football Live can be heard as a podcast.
Josh Innes To Target Houston & Philadelphia With New Podcast
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 26TH, 2019 –– Sports Talk Host Josh Innes plans to reach out to Philadelphia and Houston listeners he used to reach on his radio shows in both cities. According to an interview in Forbes, he calls it a "low-risk venture since he already has the equipment needed to produce the shows, slated to debut September 16 and while he's being "paid not to work."
"I am not some big major market radio station that is expecting people to pay thousands of dollars a month," he said. "I am an upstart. I am a small business like a lot of these people are. So far in less than 24 hours, I have gotten 25 inquiries … two people have confirmed that they will sponsor me." Innes is a polarizing figure who fans either love or hate. His past stints have included SportsRadio WIP in Philadelphia, Houston's KMBE and KILT.
Given the competition, Innes is aware of the challenges and revenue limitations of Podcasting. Edison Research, there are more than 750,000 podcasts available to download with more than 30 million episodes. "It is challenging for anyone to generate significant revenue at this point in the rapidly evolving podcasting marketplace. We are still in the early stages of the platform's growth. If the podcasts ares successful, Innes said he would like to relocate to the Philadelphia area because the region's sports fans are so passionate. "I learned that when I was there," he said.
SNAPS: P1 Media's Ken Benson Featured To Speak At Radio Days Asia
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 26TH, 2019 –– International radio research and consulting company P1 Media Group announced that Founder Ken Benson will give a presentation sharing “The 6 Secrets to Engaging Young Listeners” at Radio Days Asia on Tuesday in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Benson says, "Younger audiences are using media differently and are moving fast. How has this challenge been met in different parts of the world? What are the most successful strategies and cases for reaching a younger audience? P1 will provide an overview of exciting radio cases worldwide."
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Scotty Kay Returns To Chicago To Join Morning Show Cast At Entercom's US99
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 23RD, 2019 –– While no official release as of yet from Entercom, Scotty Kay, most recently co-host in mornings at Cumulus HOT 93.3 Dallas, announced he has joined the cast of Chicago's newly formed Jason & Katie morning show on Entercom's country outlet US99. A THRILLED Scotty Kay posted on Facebook: "I’m not sure my heart could be any more full. 3 weeks ago I took a risk for happiness. I quit my job to be closer to my son and bring my family together. Now, because of Kenny Jay, Todd Cavanah and everyone at Entercom Communications, I get the chance to do what I love, in the city that I love, with the people that I love."
He added, "I’m beyond excited to get back in to country radio. I get to join the incredibly talented Jason Pullman, Katie Bright Christenson, and Erin Creedon (shown above) to bring really special radio to Chicago, on the legendary US99 / Chicago's Hottest Country. Call me a crazy, but this all seems too perfect! Surround yourself with good people, and good things happen. Get ready for some really, really good things! Now someone please get my Florida girl fiancé a really warm coat! Shelby Masland." Scotty's last stint in Chicago was nights at WKSC 103.5-FM, where he went by Special K - He left in 2013 to do mornings in Atlanta and then to Dallas in 2016.
Rachael Gray & Jackie Green To Share The Mic In Mornings At 105.3 HOT FM Grand Rapids
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 23RD, 2019 –– Cumulus will debut a new morning show, “The Gray and Green Show” on 105.3 HOT FM/WHTS-FM, Grand Rapids beginning Monday, August 26th. “The Gray and Green Show” features Rachael Gray and Jackie Green (both just back from MSBC in Chicago) and is the first and only morning radio show in West Michigan presented by two female hosts. The program will air weekdays on 105.3 HOT FM from 6am-10am. Rachael Gray has been waking up West Michigan for the past seven years at 105.3 HOT FM, and started her career hosting mornings at WBTI in Port Huron, MI.
Jackie started her broadcast career hosting nights and middays at WGRD-FM before segueing to television as a Fox 17 feature reporter for the “On the Scene with Jackie Green” segment. In 2016, Jackie moved back to radio by entertaining the drive home crowd from 3pm-7pm on 105.3 HOT FM.
Rachael Gray said: “I have never been more thrilled in my entire career! It’s an exciting time for our industry, and I feel beyond grateful that I get to sit ‘across the board’ from one of my closest friends, who also happens to be an amazing woman.” Jackie Green added: “Since I began in radio, my dream was to be part of a morning show. I’m so happy to make the move to work with Rachael, who’s not only an incredible talent but a great friend.”
LaDona Inks Extension At 600 KOGO San Diego
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 23RD, 2019 –– KOGO and LaDona Harvey, co-host of San Diego’s Morning News, have inked an extension with her role on the iHeart San Diego news outlet. For the past five years, Harvey and Ted Garcia have helped San Diegans start their day with breaking news and the information important to their world. “I am delighted to continue to be a part of the News Radio 600 family,” said Harvey. “It has been an honor to be a part of this team and the company since 1998. I look forward to many more exciting years at KOGO!” Prior to the move to mornings, LaDona hosted a popular midday talk show on KOGO for several years.
“When we re-launched Newsradio 600 KOGO, it was clear that LaDona had the versatility needed to shift from a popular local news-talk host to become a strong morning news personality without missing a beat,” said KOGO and XTRA 1360 Program Director, Brian Long. “LaDona and Ted Garcia together every morning share a chemistry that connects with San Diegans and serves to entertain and inform KOGO listeners every weekday morning.” PHOTO/Harvey & Melissa Forrest/President - San Diego/Arizona Region fort iHeartMedia
Beasley Celebrates 2019 Outstanding Achievement Award Winners From Philadelphia
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 23RD, 2019 –– Beasley announced the winners of the company’s annual Outstanding Achievement Award for 2019. The celebration honors the outstanding achievements and contributions made by individual employees and radio stations over the preceding twelve months. In addition, legendary WMGK-FM Midday Personality Debbi Calton was recognized for her many contributions on the station over the past 26 years and in the radio industry. WMMR-FM was also honored for its recent year-long celebration of the station’s 50th Anniversary on the airwaves in Philadelphia. The evening featured Warner Music Nashville Recording Artist Hunter Hayes with an opening performance by Triple Tiger Recording Artist Gone West. The 2019 Winners include: · Mary Menna Market Manager of the Year/ Boston · WMMR-FM Station of the Year (Large Market)/ Philadelphia · WDHA-FM Medium Market/ New Jersey · Paul Blake Director of Sales (DOS) of the Year/Philadelphia · Mike Thomas Program Director of the Year/WBZ-FM/ 98.5 The Sports Hub/Boston · Rachel Pitts Digital Content Professional of the Year/Tampa · Chris Lobono Digital Sales Professional of the Year/Boston · Keith Smeal Technology Award/ Philadelphia · John Coury Market Controller of the Year/ Boston
“Our annual Outstanding Achievement Awards dinner and ceremony recognizes the outstanding contributions made by our incredible employees and stations who give their “Beasley Best” on a daily basis,” said Chief Executive Officer Caroline Beasley. “We are so very proud to have them all in our radio family.” PHOTO/ Chorus Photography
[WATCH] Cody Alan Invades Bobby Bones Show See Who Made 'Nicest Country Stars Draft'
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 23RD, 2019 –– Cody Alan, host of CMT After MidNite and CMT Radio Live, stopped by The Bobby Bones Show this week. The fellow Nashville-based, Premiere Networks-syndicated personality, Alan discussed with Bones his journey to radio and TV, as well as his introduction to Country music and the first concert he attended; his experience coming out to Country radio and the incredible support he received from the industry; his favorite artist to interview; and much more.
Alan and the entire cast of The Bobby Bones Show also revealed their “Fantasy Draft” of the nicest Country music stars. Listen to the interview here and find out who made the list. WATCH HERE
SYNDICATION: Hollywood Unlocked With Jason Lee Welcomes Wendy Williams
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 23RD, 2019 –– Hollywood Unlocked with Jason Lee - along with co-hosts Melyssa Ford and DJ Damage – will welcome special guest Wendy Williams this weekend. Williams will candidly discuss a wide range of topics, including getting denied access to a 50 Cent party; navigating her divorce personally and professionally; her relationship with her son, Kevin Jr.; what it’s like being single again; the possibility of a reunion with The Breakfast Club’s Charlamagne Tha God; and much more.
The show will air this weekend, August 24 and 25th. Hollywood Unlocked with Jason Lee is a two-hour, original weekend program syndicated by Premiere Networks on 50 iHeartMedia Hip Hop stations nationwide. For more info, visit www.PremiereNetworks.com
ESPN’s Woody Paige Launches The Woody Paige Podcast on PodcastOne
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 23RD, 2019 –– Longtime ESPN commentator and award-winning sports columnist, Woody Paige, debuts The Woody Paige Podcast on PodcastOne. The premiere episode featured ESPN’s Adam Schefter and EA Sports designer Clint Oldenburg. Schefter reveals Woody’s role in his decision to leave journalism and join the NFL Network, while Oldenburg reveals details on the latest Madden NFL 2020 game, and more from both.
On Joining the NFL Network Paige: “In 2004, you came to me and said, ‘I’m thinking about taking this job on the NFL Network. What do you think?’ And I said, ‘Take it! Because you can always come back to newspapers.’ Well, you might not have been able to come back to newspapers! I just thought it was a funny story in my life.” LISTEN HERE
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Taylor Swift Plans To Re-Record Big Machine Songs
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 22ND, 2019 –– Soon after Taylor Swift's Big Machine songs ended up in the hands of Scooter Braun (BL), speculation began on what recourse she had, including re-recording material from those first six studio albums? Although considered a longshot, Swift now says in an interview with “CBS Sunday Morning” that she plans to do just that, reports Variety. “Might you do that?” asked CBS' Tracy Smith. "Oh yeah,” Swift said. “That’s a plan?” Smith asked. “Oh, absolutely,” the singer responded. But whether Swift intends to revisit her entire catalog on record or just re-record a few select choices for the purpose of film or commercial licensing wasn’t addressed, at least in excerpts released by CBS.
Variety adds that most contemporary recording contracts have provisions prohibiting the artist from recutting material for a period of years. But Swift could have had favorable terms in her contract that would make her songs eligible for re-recording at a certain point after the end of each album cycle, not the end of her overall contract.
The idea of re-recording her Big Machine songs was first fueled by Kelly Clarkson who tweeted out the idea on July 13. “Just a thought,” Clarkson wrote, “U should go in & re-record all the songs that U don’t own the masters on exactly how U did them but put brand new art & some kind of incentive so fans will no longer buy the old versions. I’d buy all of the new versions just to prove a point.”
While there's no recent precedent for a major recording artist redoing a whole catalog with a new label, Variety points to Def Leppard who redid several of their hits after a dispute, and in 2012 Jeff Lynne put out “Mr. Blue Sky—The Very Best Of Electric Light Orchestra,” featuring 12 remakes of ELO classics. - READ ARTICLE HERE
iHeart Goes Full Throttle With Lover Release
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 22ND, 2019 –– iHeartMedia will present an exclusive iHeartRadio Lover Album Release Party Featuring Exclusive Audio from Taylor Swift’s Secret Session, in celebration of the most highly-anticipated new album this year, Lover, due on August 23. Beginning at midnight ET on August 23, iHeartRadio’s Pop and Hot AC stations across the country will play a new track off of Lover at the top of every hour leading up to the 30-minute on air special at 8pm local time.
Fans will then have a chance to hear directly from the 10-time GRAMMY winner, Taylor Swift, as she introduces songs and exclusively shares never-before-heard details about the making of her critically-acclaimed 7th studio album. The on air, 30-minute special will broadcast nationwide across 135 iHeartRadio Pop and Hot AC stations. The event will also air digitally on Taylor Swift: Lover Radio every 30 minutes beginning at 8pm ET on August 23 through August 25.
[LISTEN] 'You Need To Work For A Company That Believes In Talent' Says Strassell
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 22ND, 2019 –– For those who attended Morning Show Boot Camp 31 earlier this month in Chicago, you may have noticed in a quiet corner of Swissotel's Zurich foyer area Hubbard's head of programming, Greg Strassell being interviewed by RAB chief Erica Farber. This was for its 'Radio on Main Street Podcast where he discusses the challenge of attracting young talent. “They’re out there," Strassell insist, "but you need to work for a company that believes in talent and creates the openings and the opportunities.”
Strassell points to filling some of Hubbard's openings and how programmers have to be creative about where they’re looking for talent. At Q102/WKRQ Cincinnati, afternoon drive host Jon of its Jon & Natalie Show was discovered Emceeing at a local theater by the station’s promotion manager Patty Marshall.
He adds that 106.5 The Arch” WARH St. Louis morning show co-host Jonah of its Stacey & Jonah show, started his career driving a van and being a board op' for CBS Radio in New York before working on-air in Santa Rosa -- Farber pointed out how exciting it was to see the ever-growing number of young talent coming to Boot Camp each year. Strassell concurred, calling his longtime attendance as "one of his favorite times of year.". LISTEN HERE
Power 93.5's Greg Williams Inducted Into Kansas African American Museum Hall of Fame
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 22ND, 2019 –– Entercom PD/Morning host Greg “The Hitman” Williams of Power 93.5 (KDGS-FM) has been inducted into the Kansas African American Museum (TKAAM) Hall of Fame. Williams will receive the Broadcast Journalism Trailblazer Award by TKAAM at the organization’s annual Trailblazers Gala on October 5 in Wichita, KS.
“We are thrilled to see Greg recognized for his significant contributions to radio and to the community,” said Jackie Wise, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Wichita. “We’re very proud to have him as part of the Entercom Wichita team.” “I’d like to thank the Kansas African American Museum for this incredible and humbling honor,” said Williams. “I’m fortunate to have a platform to reach our local community every day. I look forward to sharing this achievement along with my fellow inductees in October.”
Trailblazer honorees are leaders, pacesetters and pioneers who have made a significant impact in their respective professions and who have contributed to the community and have made a positive impact. The theme of the induction ceremony will be “Honoring Our Past, Celebrating Our Present & Embracing Our Future.” Kevin Willmott, Academy Award-winning screenwriter, will serve as the event’s keynote speaker. Williams is a seasoned radio personality with over 40 years of experience. He joined Power 93.5 as program director and on-air personality in 2000. For over 19 years his morning radio show has been one of the top-rated and most-listened to morning shows in Wichita.
Matt Senne Named GM For Hubbard Minnesota Cluster
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 22ND, 2019 –– Hubbard Broadcasting VP/Regional Manager of Minnesota Dan Seeman today announced that Matt Senne was named General Manager for the Hubbard Broadcasting radio stations in Alexandria and Wadena. Senne will oversee KIKV-FM and KULO-FM in Alexandria and KKWS-FM, KWAD-AM and KNSP-AM in Wadena. In 2015 Hubbard Broadcasting acquired 16 radio stations in northern Minnesota from Omni Broadcasting.
“I can’t tell you how excited we are to bring Matt into Hubbard Broadcasting,” said Seeman. “Matt‘s background provides the perfect fit for the experience, passion and creativity we need in the Alexandria and Wadena markets. He comes from a great family company at Leighton Broadcasting and we look forward to welcoming him to the Hubbard family and Hubbard Broadcasting.”
Senne has been with Leighton Broadcasting for 21 years, serving as morning show host, Program Director, Operations Manager and Director of Programming. Most recently Senne was the General Manager for Leighton Broadcasting in Winona. “I have admired Hubbard Broadcasting for a very long time for its quality of broadcasting, belief in local talent, helping its clients, and its dedication to the community,” commented Senne. “I am proud to be joining Hubbard Broadcasting and can’t wait to work with our staff and clients in Alexandria and Wadena. My family is incredibly excited to make the beautiful lakes area our home!”
Radio’s Only Comprehensive Study of Air Talent Is Back; Webinar Set For Sept. 4th
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 22ND, 2019 –– At this year’s “Morning Show Boot Camp” in Chicago, Jacobs Media and Morning Show Boot Camp released the findings of its comprehensive online study of on-air talent and producers from commercial radio stations across the United States – AQ2. Respondents were asked a wide range of questions on their attitudes about the state of the radio industry, their careers, how they define their ever-changing job duties, and even if they have a “face for radio.” Fred Jacobs (shown) presented the study to the capacity Boot Camp crowd, eager to see research that reflects their aspirations, concerns, and their lives.
The full results of the AQ2 study will be unveiled on a webinar scheduled for Wednesday, September 4th at 2pm EST. To register for the webinar, go to https://jacobsmedia.com/webinar-how-radio-air-talent-feels-about-the-industry/
“Last year’s debut AQ study – radio’s first talent on talent research study – turned out to be a milestone project,” says Jacobs Media President Fred Jacobs. “This year’s follow-up survey provides tracking, as well as new questions to help inform both talent and those who manage