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Angie Martinez Teams With American Cancer Society And NFL For 'Crucial Catch Super Bowl Sweepstakes'

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 3RD, 2023 –– 2020 Radio Hall of Fame inductee Angie Martinez is partnering with the American Cancer Society (ACS) and the National Football League (NFL) Crucial Catch Super Bowl Sweepstakes to give one lucky fan the VIP experience of a lifetime at Super Bowl LVII in Arizona. NFL fans can enter the sweepstakes by going to cancer.org/SUPERBOWL and donating as little as $10 to support ending cancer as we know it for everyone. The Crucial Catch Super Bowl Sweepstakes winner and one guest will receive round trip airfare to Arizona for February 9-12, lodging, two tickets to Super Bowl LVII, an opportunity to meet Angie Martinez, passes to attend the exclusive Rolling Stone LIVE party, tickets to NFL Honors show and other exclusive perks. The winner will be randomly selected and notified on Feb. 3.

Known as "The Voice of New York", Angie Martinez is recognized as the one of the most influential radio personalities in popular culture and media. With nearly 25 years of on-air experience. She is also a New York Times best- selling author, actress, television host, Grammy nominated recording artist and brand spokesperson and activist for youth and health awareness. "I'm so proud to be a part of this year's sweepstakes. The cause is incredibly close to my heart," said Angie Martinez. "Everyone's small donation can make a big impact in the American Cancer Society's work to prevent and treat cancer." Through Crucial Catch: Intercept Cancer, the NFL and the American Cancer Society (ACS) have teamed up to fight cancer and save lives since 2009.

Last year, the Crucial Catch Super Bowl Sweepstakes raised $100,000 for cancer screening and education in under-resourced communities. For more information, go to cancer.org/SUPERBOWL.

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NAB And Sound Exchange Clash Over Reintroduction Of Music Fairness Act (AMFA)

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 3RD, 2023 –– SoundExchange hailed this week's Senate and House reintroduction of the Music Fairness Act (AMFA) as a monumental step toward achieving respect and equity for music creators."Music creators have been forced to give away their work for far too long. It is time for Congress to demonstrate that they stand behind the hard-working Americans that provide the music we all love by finally passing the American Music Fairness Act," said Michael Huppe, President and CEO of SoundExchange."This bill has the broad support of artists, labels, small broadcasters, unions, and others because it strikes a fair balance by respecting creators for their work and protecting truly local broadcasters. No more excuses, no more waiting in line for their turn. Music creators demand the economic justice AMFA provides."

Championed in the Senate by Alex Padilla (D-CA) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), and in the House by Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Jerry Nadler (D-NY), AMFA ensures that creators are paid for AM/FM radio plays, requires billion-dollar corporations pay their fair share for the music they play, and protects small and college radio stations by capping what they would have to pay to as little as $10 to $500 a year. The legislation also levels the music playing field across terrestrial and digital platforms.

Following this reintroduction, NAB President and CEO Curtis LeGeyt stated: "Local radio stations and performers have built a strong, mutually beneficial partnership that has endured for over a century. This partnership provides enormous value for new and established performers, local broadcast stations and the tens of millions of radio listeners that rely on our uniquely free service." LeGeyt added, "Unfortunately, AMFA would destroy that relationship with a new government-imposed performance fee that is simply untenable for local radio. We urge the record labels to join us at the negotiating table to discuss a win-win solution to this issue that would benefit both performers and local broadcasters. But this one-sided legislation is not the answer."

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NAB Establishes ‘Broadcast District’ At NAB Show

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THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 3RD, 2023 –– The West Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center will be home to NAB Show’s new Broadcast District, a destination for radio and television broadcasters offering premium educational sessions, networking and special events, April 15 – 19, 2023. “We are excited to enhance the experience for broadcasters with a centralized location that emphasizes community building and makes it easy to navigate the Show,” said NAB Executive Vice President of Industry Affairs April Carty-Sipp. Exhibits in the West Hall are organized around three uniquely curated destinations: Connect – Explores content distribution and delivery, from cloud computing to new media infrastructure and innovations to boost productivity. Capitalize - Where content meets commerce, including next-generation technologies that are creating new revenue streams and fueling the content economy. Intelligent Content - Highlights content personalization using data, AI and automation tools that enable customized and immersive content.

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority debuted the $1 billion, 1.4 million square foot West Hall expansion in 2021. The state-of-the-art facility boasts a contemporary design and an abundance of natural light and exhibition space. An open-air atrium features a giant video screen and large terrace, offering spectacular views of the Las Vegas Strip. The Las Vegas Convention Center Loop, an underground tunnel developed by The Boring Company, shuttles convention attendees throughout the 200-acre campus in all-electric Tesla vehicles.

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Fox Sports Radio’s 23rd Annual Super Week Coverage To Feature Live, Star-Studded Programming

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 3RD, 2023 –– FOX Sports Radio (FSR), a division of Premiere Sports Network announced plans for its 23rd annual Super Week coverage beginning Monday, February 6. Featuring interviews with NFL players, newsmakers and celebrities, FSR will deliver comprehensive coverage before, during and after the Big Game in Arizona to listeners 24/7 via more than 600 local stations, FOXSportsRadio.com and iHeartRadio.

Bringing all the excitement from Arizona to millions of listeners across the country, FSR will feature remote broadcasts from its industry-leading weekday lineup, plus, feature week-long broadcasts from Radio Row at the Phoenix Convention Center.

All-star guest appearances, including Christian McCaffery, Joe Montana, Emmitt Smith, Tim Brown, Brian Urlacher, Justin Fields, Brian Dawkins, Steve Smith Sr., Victor Cruz, Champ Bailey, Tony Dorsett, Earl Campbell, Ronde Barber, Shaun Alexander, Andrew Whitworth, Steve Largent, DeMarcus Ware, Malcolm Butler, David Tyree and many more. *guests subject to change Visit www.FOXSportsRadio.com for more information, and follow the network on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and YouTube for updates and highlights.

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Adele, Ava Max, Doja Cat, Ed Sheeran, Harry Styles Among Recipients Of iHeart's 'Titanium Award' 

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THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 3RD, 2023 –– iHeartMedia today presented an iHeartRadio “Titanium Award” to twelve artists who have reached a threshold of 1 billion total audience spins across iHeartRadio stations of their hit song in 2022. Artists that reached this milestone included Adele “Easy On Me”; Ava Max “Kings & Queens”; Drake and Lil Durk “Laugh Now Cry Later”; Doja Cat “Need To Know”; Ed Sheeran “Bad Habits”; Glass Animals “Heat Waves”; Harry Styles “As It Was”; Jack Harlow and Lil Nas X “INDUSTRY BABY”; Justin Bieber “Ghost”; Lil Nas X“THATS WHAT I WANT” and Pop Smoke “What You Know Bout Love.”

The total audience spins calculation is based on certified Mediabase airplay and is multiplied by the number of persons listening to the radio at the time of those plays, delivering total audience impressions which is the broadcast equivalent of the number of streams from a streaming music service. 

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Ashley Williams Named Director of Sales For CMG Orlando

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 3RD, 2023 –– Cox Media Group (“CMG”) has named Ashley Williams Director of Sales. Williams has been with CMG for 15 years, crossing divisions from Radio, Corporate Digital, and Television.

Williams started her career with CMG in 2007 as a Television Sales Assistant and quickly grew to a Digital Sales Specialist. In 2015, she joined the Corporate Digital Team in a pilot role as the first Local Solutions Specialist and was later promoted to Sales Marketing Manager. She returned to the local market joining the Orlando Radio Sales team in 2019 as a Local Sales Manager and was promoted to Integrated Sales Manager in 2020.

“I am thrilled for the opportunity to lead the Orlando Radio sales team,” said Williams. “We have an incredibly talented group, and I look forward to taking our team to the next level.” JC Campese, VP and Market Manager of CMG Orlando Radio, stated, “I am extremely excited for our sales team and our wonderful clients to have Ashley Williams as CMG Orlando’s new Director of Sales. Her diverse background with CMG and the trust she has built, both internally and externally, makes her the perfect choice to lead CMG Orlando sales into the future.”

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Saga Appoints Eric Christian As Chief Marketing Officer

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 3RD, 2023 –– Saga Communications, Inc has named Eric Christian as its new Chief Marketing Officer. Mr. Christian has been a member of the Saga team for 3+ years as Vice President of Digital Strategies.

Chris Forgy, President and Chief Executive Officer of Saga Communications, Inc said, “We are delighted with Eric’s contribution to Saga’s success. This new appointment is well deserved and far overdue. Digital is the natural extension to our core competency...Radio! As our advertisers successfully build their business using Saga’s radio products, it now allows us to better provide them with the opportunity to seek customer engagement using the synergy created by our digital initiatives. With Christian’s new position and contributions, we look forward to continuing exponential growth in all our revenue platforms.”

“I am tremendously excited to be called upon to expand my role here at Saga Communications,” said Eric Christian. “Helping integrate our expanded digital offerings into our core competencies while maintaining our hyper focus on localism has been a wonderful challenge and one that would never have been so successful were it not for the myriad of dedicated and talented individuals who are the heart and soul of Saga Communications. Being entrusted with a role in ensuring that Saga Communications survives and thrives well into the future is a responsibility that humbles and honors me and one for which I shall endeavor every day to prove worthy.”

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Stan Norfleet Joins Houston’s Sportstalk 790 Houston

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 3RD, 2023 –– iHeartMedia Houston’s Sportstalk 790 KBME announced that Stan Norfleet will join the lineup from 10am-12pm weekdays, effective February 13. Norfleet, an NFL prospect, played football at the University of Virginia and Texas Southern University. Norfleet later worked for the Houston Texans and the Houston Rockets before transitioning into broadcasting as a host, analyst and sideline reporter.

"It is a tremendous blessing and honor to join the renowned iHeartMedia Houston family.. I have long been a fan and avid listener of Sportstalk 790 and respect the history and contributions of its personalities,” said Norfleet. “My affinity for Space City spans nearly two decades and I look forward to connecting with old friends and new listeners in the market.”

“Stan brings amazing passion to everything he does,” said Bryan Erickson, Director of AM Programming for iHeartMedia Houston.“He has strong local ties and we’re thrilled to add him to the team.” Norfleet will replace Sportstalk 790 host and former NFL player ND Kalu, who is departing to focus on his growing real estate business. “ND is a tremendous talent and one of the most down to earth people I’ve ever had the privilege to work with. He will be missed,” said Erickson.

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John Platt's 'Sunday Supper' Expands to Two Hours

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 3RD, 2023 –– WFUV, New York (90.7 FM/wfuv.org), expands John Platt's long-running folk show "Sunday Supper" to two hours in its Sunday afternoon lineup, beginning February 5, from 4-6 p.m., EST, on 90.7FM, streaming at WFUV.org. Platt takes over the 4 p.m. hour vacated by host Bob Sherman, who ended his beloved folk show "Woody's Children" on January 29 after a 54-year run.

"I'm very excited to make the two-hour version of 'Sunday Supper' a 'Super Supper,' says Platt. "I'll be able to dig deeper into new artists and old faves across multiple genres, while continuing to honor the wonderful legacy of "Woody's Children."

Platt, who began "Sunday Supper" as "Sunday Breakfast" in 1997 (taking over from Christine Lavin), has been a respected champion of folk music — so much so that on February 1 he was inducted into the Folk Alliance International Conference's Folk DJ Hall of Fame. The conference takes place this week, through February 5, in Kansas City, Missouri.

"John Platt's passion, knowledge and commitment to folk music has been on display for decades, and helps explain why the community considers him a steward of the genre," says Rich McLaughlin, WFUV's program director. "Adding a second hour to the show means no more rushing through our 'Sunday Supper'!"

Platt began his career at WMMR Philadelphia in 1969, programmed WXRT Chicago and WRVR New York, worked at WNEW-FM and WNYC, and produced national radio programs. Photo by Gus Philippas for WFU)

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Bertelsmann’s Storyglass And iHeartPodcasts Launch a New Series, 'False Profits: Hillsong'

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 3RD, 2023 –– Storyglass, a Bertelsmann company, has teamed up with iHeartPodcasts to launch a new eight-part podcast series “False Profits: Hillsong,” a deeply personal journey into the heart of a global megachurch. The podcast will debut February 2 on the iHeartRadio app and everywhere podcasts are heard.

Host Noemi Uribe was looking for a church where everyone was welcome and she thought she’d found it in Hillsong, but it was the most expensive mistake she ever made. Alongside journalist Elle Hardy, Uribe will reveal stories Hillsong never wanted the public to hear about money, sex and power. This series will trace the rise and fall of Hillsong’s founder, hear from sources inside the church, and ask if Hillsong is part of a wider problem within evangelical churches.

“False Profits: Hillsong” is the latest collaboration between Storyglass and iHeartPodcasts who have recently launched a series based on the hit gameshow “Family Feud” in Australia. Other Storyglass projects include Spotify’s youth history format “Flex’s Semi-Factual History Lessons”, Audible scripted spin-off “Wentworth: The Fall Girl”; true crime offering “Chasing Charlie” and Red Bull’s “Why I Run” and “Mind, Set, Win.”

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Anne Marie 'Annie' Leamy To Co-Host 'Foxx & Annie In The Morning' On WCBS-FM Beginning Feb. 13th

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 2ND, 2023 –– Audacy welcomes Anne Marie “Annie” Leamy (shown left) to morning drive on WCBS-FM 101.1 (WCBS-FM) in New York. Leamy will be heard on “Foxx 5& Annie in the Morning” alongside co-host and station brand manager John Foxx (shown at right)

“Annie is no stranger to NYC radio, and I'm excited to welcome her back through the iconic WCBS-FM brand,” said John Foxx. “Annie has the ability to relate and build a community of loyal fans instantly. She will bring a lot of energy, a deep skill set, and a ‘whatever it takes attitude’ that really sets her up for success in this role.”

“I’m not sure I have the right words to express my sincere excitement and joy about teaming up with John Foxx to rock the airwaves at WCBS-FM,” said Leamy. “John is someone I respect tremendously and is the biggest reason I took this leap. What a thrill to be on a station my late father adored. I’m incredibly grateful to all those who supported my roller coaster journey to this point. Huge thank you to John, Jim Ryan and Chris Oliviero for this incredible opportunity.”

Leamy joins WCBS-FM with over 16 years of morning drive experience in the Tri-state Area. She most recently hosted a morning show at iHeart of the Hudson Valley for three years. Prior to WRNQ (Q92.1), Leamy co-hosted morning drive on WPLJ-FM in New York for six years. She was also a co-host at WSPK/Pamal Broadcasting and began her career with Clear Channel of the Hudson Valley in the same position at KISS-FM.

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Mary DelGrande Rises To Chief Executive Officer Atof vCreative

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 2ND, 2023 –– vCreative announced that Mary DelGrande has been promoted to the role of Chief Executive Officer. DelGrande, who has been with the company since November 2019, succeeds Susie Hedrick, who joined vCreative four years ago and took the helm from founder Jinny Laderer. Hedrick has accepted a leadership position at WideOrbit as President & Managing Director, Local Broadcast.

Hedrick assisted vCreative’s transition to new ownership under Banyan Software and introduced software development disciplines that resulted in the release of several new products and strategic industry integrations over the past four years. “I am proud of the vCreative team and what we have accomplished.” Hedrick emphasizes that “we continue to drive the values that have made vCreative an industry leader, advancing our products and keeping our customers and industry at the center of everything that we do. Mary is the perfect person to continue to deliver exceptional results and I am confident she is the right leader to continue vCreative’s legacy of innovation”.

“I am honored to lead such a great team and humbled by the faith Susie and Jinny have placed in me,” adds DelGrande. “I am energized by the opportunities ahead for vCreative and I look forward to working with our team and partners to build on the tremendous growth and success we have achieved so far”. Before joining vCreative, DelGrande was SVP of Sales for Premiere Radio Networks.

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iHeart Names Victor Giacomelli VP/Sales And Travia Charmont As Sales Mgr. For Power 105.1 And WWRL-AM Black Information Network

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 2ND, 2023 –– iHeartMedia New York announced today new appointments for Power 105.1 and WWRL 1600 AM Black Information Network sales team, with Victor Giacomelli named Vice President of Sales and Travia Charmont named Sales Manager, effective immediately. They will report to Steve DeLusant, Senior Vice President of Sales for iHeartMedia New York City.

“Victor and Travia are the perfect combination to lead our sales efforts for Power 105.1 and the WWRL 1600 AM Black Information Network,” said Steve DeLusant. “Both Victor and Travia have strong experience and knowledge working in the multicultural space. I am excited to have them join our team and watch them take our brands to the next level."

Giacomelli joins the iHeartMedia New York team from Audacy Denver, where he was the Director of Sales. He previously served as the Director of Sales at MediaCo Holding Inc., formerly known as Emmis New York. Charmont joins the iHeartMedia New York team from Audacy Atlanta, where she was a Senior Account Executive. Previously, she served in various manager roles at MediaCo Holding Inc.

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Marc Bertrand Inks Multiyear Extension With Beasley's 98.5 The Sports Hub Boston

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 2ND, 2023 –– Bertrand show, has signed a multiyear contract extension. Bertrand, or “Beetle” as he’s affectionately known, became a co-host of the highly rated program in February 2015. The Zolak & Bertrand show, along with Rob “Hardy” Poole, have consistently maintained their #1 midday ranking in the market.

“We are very pleased to have Marc continue on with the Sports Hub for the coming years,” said Program Director Rick Radzik. “Marc, Zo & Hardy have been entertaining Boston sports fans since 2015. To have that relationship continue for the coming years is a win for everyone.”

“I’m thrilled to be continuing at 98.5 The Sports Hub. I take great pride in having been a part of the station since its inception,” said Bertrand. “I’m fortunate to have great teammates on Zolak & Bertrand and as a group, we are incredibly thankful for our loyal listeners. It is their support & engagement that makes this job fun every single day.”

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Jay Hicks Named Assistant Program Director For Power 106.1 WJGL-F2 Jacksonville

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 2ND, 2023 –– Cox Media Group- (“CMG”) Jacksonville has announced that Jay Hicks, will be the Assistant Program Director, for Power 106.1 WJGL-F2. Jay Hicks already serves as Assistant Program Director for Cox Media Group Urban AC WCFB (Star 94.5)/Orlando. Hicks brings more than 20 years of experience to CMG-Jacksonville, most recently as PD of Audacy Urban WPGC/Washington. He previously served as Brand Manager of Townsquare Urban WBLK/Buffalo, NY, preceded by over five years in his hometown of Detroit programming Radio One’s WGPR (Hot 107.5.

In his new role, Hicks reports to Elroy Smith, Director of Urban Content and Brand Manager/Program Director for Power 106.1 and Star 94.5. Hicks said, “It’s such a pleasure to join the Cox Media Group team in Jacksonville. I’m very excited to create world-class on-air and digital content, as well as events that serve our Jacksonville listeners.”

According to Smith, “Jay has been an integral member of the programming team at STAR 94.5. He is a strategic thinker and has a thirst to win any and every challenge that he is given. His knowledge of the urban format is superior. I think that Jay Hicks working closely with the Music Director/On-Air Personality, Angie Tejada, of Power 106 1 represents an incomparable duo. Excited to see the results of Duval’s Tru Hip-Hop evolve."

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EVENTS: Beasley's 92.5 XTU Philadelphia Unveils Details For Its 2023 Anniversary Show

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THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 2ND, 2023 –– Beasley Media Group has announced details for the 2023 92.5 XTU Anniversary Show. The event will take place on Friday, June 23rd at the Freedom Mortgage Pavilion in Camden, New Jersey.

The event will feature headliner Luke Bryan with special guests: Chayce Beckham, Alana Springsteen, Tyler Braden, and DJ Rock. More acts will be announced soon. For complete details, please visit: https://925xtu.com/event/luke-bryan-to-headline-xtu-anniversary-show/.

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Audacy Teams With Westwood For Super Bowl LVII Coverage In 20 Top Markets Nationwide

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 2ND, 2023 –– Audacy happens to be the radio home of both teams in this year’s big game. Sports Radio 94WIP (WIP-FM) in Philadelphia serves as the official radio partner of the Eagles, while 106.5 The Wolf (WDAF-FM) in Kansas City is the home of Chiefs Kingdom all year long. And while millions of Americans will catch the action on television, we understand some fans may be on-the-go this year. Well rest assured, thanks to our friends at Westwood One, listeners can tune in to the Big Game for free on the Audacy app across the country and on the dial in 20 markets nationwide. Philadelphia Eagles vs. Kansas City Chiefs battle for the honor on Sunday, February 12, 6:30 p.m. It's Available nationwide via Audacy app, 106.5 The Wolf (WDAF-FM) in Kansas City and Sports Radio 94WIP (WIP-FM) in Philadelphia.

On Westwood One, it's available via Audacy app and locally on 92.9 The Game (WZGC-FM) in Atlanta, 105.7 The Fan (WJZ-FM) in Baltimore, WEEI (WEEI-FM / WVEI-AM) in Boston, WGR 550 (WGR-AM) in Buffalo, 670 The Score (WSCR-AM) in Chicago, 92.3 The Fan (WKRK-FM) in Cleveland, 97.1 The Ticket (WXYT-FM) and The Bet Detroit (WXYT-AM) in Detroit, The Fan Upstate (WORD-AM / WYRD-AM) in Greenville, Sports Radio 610 (KILT-AM) in Houston, 560 Sports (WQAM-AM) in Miami, The Bet New Orleans (WWL-AM) in New Orleans, WFAN (WFAN-AM/FM) in New York, 93.7 The Fan (KDKA-FM) in Pittsburgh, WEEI (WVEI-FM) in Providence, The New Sports Radio 910 The Fan (WRNL-AM) in Richmond, 97.3 The Fan (KWFN-FM) in San Diego, 106.7 The Fan (WJFK-FM) in Washington D.C. and KFH Radio (KFH-FM) in Wichita.

The Audacy app and the above broadcast stations except for 106.5 The Wolf and Sports Radio 94WIP will also carry Westwood One’s pre-game and post-game coverage of the game.

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iHeart To Honor Black History Month With Collection Of Black Podcast Series & Shows

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THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 2ND, 2023 –– This year, iHeartPodcasts honors Black History Month by highlighting a collection of must-listen Black podcast series and shows hosted by Brian “B-Daht” McLaughlin, comedian, radio host and creator of "The Freestyle Funny Comedy Show. The show publishes a new mini-episode every single day of Black History Month sharing amazing facts and contributions throughout history that often go unrecognized as stemming from Black culture and people.

Other podcast include: “Unreformed: the Story of the Alabama Industrial School for Negro Children” tells one of those stories. Hosted by journalist, writer and law school graduate Josie Duffy Rice “Unreformed: the Story of the Alabama Industrial School for Negro Children” follows the stories behind the little-known history of the Industrial School for Negro Children at Mt. Meig’s -- a horrific penal institution for children who were accused of infractions as minor as truancy.

For the full list, check out the Black History Month podcast playlist on iHeart.com!

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Benztown With 'Top 10 Now & Then' Free Black History Month Music Specials

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 2ND, 2023 –– Benztown and Top 10 Now & Then, the nationally syndicated countdown show for Urban AC, Rhythmic Oldies, and Classic Hip Hop radio stations, are offering radio stations a free Black History Month Special, presented by Top 10 Now & Then.

Stations may air the music special multiple times through the month of February, now through Tuesday, February 28, 2023. For more information or to get the Top 10 Now & Then Black History Month Special for your station, visit: https://benztown.com/program/top-10-now-then/ or contact Masa Patterson at mp@benztown.com or at 818.842.4600.

Rick Nuhn, Host and Writer, Top 10 Now & Then, said: “Top 10 Now & Then features and supports Black Music 24/7/365; however, during Black History Month, we really want to explore the history of the genre. Take a listen as we dig into the early roots of Black Music and take you all the way from how it began, to the current crop of stars that make R&B the potent platform that it is.”

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BIG 98.7 Fargo With Rare Morning Show Opportunity

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 2ND, 2023 –– Morning co-host and BIG 98.7 PD Jesse James says, "We are searching for our next morning show superstar. First time since the station debuted in 2013. During this time, the station and morning show has consistently ranked #1 or #2 among the Female 25-54 target audience. This is an exciting opportunity to join a great locally owned station, driven by superb management, that invests in its people, marketing and resources (the studios will blow your mind). A very stable and successful operation with the cluster of stations leading the market in ratings and revenue."

Jesse adds, "The BIG 98.7 morning show has been a high profile, personality-driven show with huge top-of-mind awareness and cume audience. Our next morning host must embrace this position with a dedication to all aspects of a successful morning show. We need someone that is a hard worker, passionate about personality-driven radio, realizes the importance of being out in the community and understands the significance of social media in building brand depth and loyalty."

"You will be amazed at the quality of living in Fargo-Moorhead. It has one of the youngest media-age populations in the U.S." says James. Send us your package to onairradiojobs@gmail.com - BIG 98.7 (KLTA) is owned by Radio FM Media and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

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7Grammys To Honor Loretta Lynn, Takeoff & McVie

 

Grammys to Honor Loretta Lynn, Takeoff, McVie

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Advance Registration Now Open For Morning Show Boot Camp 35 Set For August 10 & 11, Dallas, TX

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THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 2ND, 2023 –– Advance registration for Morning Show Boot Camp 35 is now open. Talentmasters' 35th Annual Morning Show Boot Camp (MSBC) is pitching tent for the first-time ever in Dallas on August 10 & 11, 2023 at the beautiful, newly-opened, Marriott Uptown Hotel. Click HERE to register in advance and save!

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Registration to the Marriott is now available by CLICKING HERE - As always, this special conference rate and block of rooms are limited and offered on a first-come basis.

For more information, contact Don Anthony at themouth@tds.net, or by phone at 770-737-2700. In the coming weeks, we'll load our website with more info on sponsorships and other opportunities. Be sure and ask about our special GROUP RATES for multiple registrants.

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Missy Elliot, Sheryl Crow, Willie Nelson Among Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2023 Nominees

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 1ST, 2023 –– Starting today, fans can cast their votes at vote.rockhall.com following the The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation announcing this years nominees. The list includes: Kate Bush, Sheryl Crow, Missy Elliott, Iron Maiden, Joy Division/New Order, Cyndi Lauper, George Michael, Willie Nelson, Rage Against the Machine, Soundgarden, The Spinners, A Tribe Called Quest, 0The White Stripes, Warren Zevon To be eligible for nomination, an individual artist or band must have released its first commercial recording at least 25 years prior to the year of nomination.

Eight out of 14 of the Nominees are on the ballot for the first time, including Sheryl Crow, Missy Elliott, Joy Division/New Order, Cyndi Lauper, George Michael, Willie Nelson, The White Stripes, and Warren Zevon. This is the first year of eligibility for Missy Elliott and The White Stripes.

The Nominees were announced today on Rock & Roll Hall of Fame social channels and on SiriusXM Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Radio and Volume on the SXM App. Nominee ballots will be sent to an international voting body of more than 1,000 artists, historians, and members of the music industry. An artist’s musical impact and influence on other artists, length and depth of career and body of work as well as innovation and superiority in style and technique are taken into consideration.

Fans around the world participate in the Induction selection process through the Fan Vote. Through April 28, fans can vote online every day at vote.rockhall.com or in person at the Museum in Cleveland. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2023 Induction Ceremony will take place this fall with date, venue, and on-sale information to be announced.

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Radio Hall of Fame Accepting Nominations for 2023 Induction Class Beginning Today

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 1ST, 2023 –– The Museum of Broadcast Communications announced that the RADIO HALL OF FAME Nominating Committee will accept suggestions for 2023 nominees beginning today, Wednesday, February 1, 2023, through Friday, March 31, 2023. To submit honoree picks for consideration by the Radio Hall of Fame Nominating Committee, please visit https://www.radiohalloffame.com/nominate.

24 names will be selected as nominees to be voted upon by industry personnel later this year, leading to the selection of the 2023 Radio Hall of Fame Induction Class. The induction will take place later this fall, with information on this year’s induction ceremony coming this spring. Kraig T. Kitchin, Co-Chairman, Radio Hall of Fame, commented: “The ideas and suggestions from both industry members and listeners has provided for excellent conversations and deliberations amongst our Nominating Committee members, each of them also bringing their own suggestions to the difficult decision making that goes on. When we hear from as many interested people as we do with suggestions, it only reinforces the value the value of a nomination, let alone an induction.”

The Radio Hall of Fame was founded by the Emerson Radio Corporation in 1988. The Museum of Broadcast Communications took over operations of the Hall in 1991.

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Rachel Pitts Named Digital PD For Beasley Philadelphia

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 1ST, 2023 –– Beasley Media Group has named Rachel Pitts Digital Program Director of the company’s Philadelphia-based radio properties. The New Jersey native most recently worked in a similar capacity at Beasley’s Tampa-based radio cluster for five years. Prior to that, Pitts spent 15 years working her way up the ladder in promotions, programming and digital at iHeart in the market.

In her new role, she will report directly to Vice President/Market Manager Joe Bell and will be responsible for overseeing the digital content of WXTU-FM, WMMR-FM, WMGK-FM, BEN-FM and 97.5 The FANATIC.

“I am excited to continue to help expand the digital footprint of Beasley Media Group,” said Pitts. “To have the opportunity to work with the legendary talent and brands of the company’s Philadelphia stations has been a big career goal!”

“One of Beasley’s goals for 2023 is growing our digital audience and Rachel has been one of the company’s top digital content leaders,” said Beasley Media Group Chief Content Officer Justin Chase. “She has helped to build a massive digital audience in Tampa, and we’re excited to watch her develop a similar strategy for our amazing Philadelphia digital brands.”

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Andy Anderson Rises To Chief Revenue Officer For American Urban Radio Networks

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 1ST, 2023 –– William “Andy” Anderson has been promoted to Chief Revenue Officer for AURN. AURN CEO Chesley Maddox-Dorsey said “Andy’s success in developing a vision and providing strong leadership for growing company-wide activities and strategies focused on generating, maintaining and increasing revenue is unparalleled. This is a well earned promotion”.

Andy will also continue to oversee new business development. “ For the past 4 years, Andy was President of Sales for AURN,. Prior to joining AURN, he worked for Billboard magazine as Director, Urban/Canadian Advertising, the first African American to hold such a position with the magazine.

Anderson attended Howard University, is an alumnus of the “National Association of Broadcasters-Executive Development Program for Radio Broadcasters” at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business and also serves as a member of the Nielsen Audio Advisory Council representing network radio.

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News Talk 780 KOH PD/Afternoon Drive Host Dan Mason Retires After 49-Year Run

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 1ST, 2023 –– Cumulus announced that after a distinguished 49-year radio broadcasting career, Dan Mason, longtime Program Director and On-Air Host, Afternoons, for Reno’s News Talk 780 KOH/KKOH-AM, will retire from radio (on Tuesday, Jan. 31st.

In addition to his duties as Program Director for News Talk 789 KOH, he is host of The Dan Mason Show from 3:00–5:00 p.m. weekdays. He has also served as Vice-Chair of the Nevada Emergency Communication Committee that oversees the Emergency Alert System for the state of Nevada.

Mason started his venerable radio career in 1974 at WLRC-FM in Whitehall, MI. Prior to joining News Talk 780 KOH, he spent several years in Country radio with on-air positions at WMUS-FM in Muskegon, MI, as well as at Reno’s KBUL-FM and KHIT-FM.

Jennifer Odom, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Reno, said: “The day has come to announce my colleague, mentor, and friend Dan Mason’s retirement. His unwavering dedication to KOH for over 28 years, exceptional work ethic, and commitment to excellence have never faltered through any situation. News Talk 780 KOH is the powerhouse it is today because of Dan. Working with Dan has been one of the highlights of my career. We will miss Dan “Mad Dog” Mason immensely and wish him the very best in his retirement.”

Dan Mason commented: “It has been an honor to helm this extraordinary radio station for 28 years, but the time has come for someone else to take the mantle. My wife of 42 years is ready for that Alaskan cruise she’s had her eye on!”

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Nielsen To Market Edison Research’s Share of Ear® And Edison Podcast MetricsTM Services To Ad Agencies

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 1ST, 2023 –– Nielsen announced that it will market Edison Research’s Share of Ear® and Edison Podcast MetricsTM services to advertising agencies. Edison has conducted Share of Ear studies in multiple waves each year since 2014. Edison Podcast Metrics measures persons-based listening estimates using frequently updated surveys to provide a complete view of the rapidly growing podcast audience.

“The media landscape is evolving quickly and agencies have a vital need to understand how all the media puzzle pieces fit together,” said Jon Kaiser, Head of Nielsen’s Agency and Advertiser-direct businesses. “Edison’s insights are best in class and Nielsen is excited to work together with them to provide media planners and buyers with deep insights into the total audio landscape and the rapidly growing podcasting audience.”

“Share of Ear and Edison Podcast Metrics provide advertising agencies and clients with incredibly rich data about the total audio universe,” said Larry Rosin, President of Edison Research. “We are excited to work with Nielsen to grow the audio space by providing information about the total audio audience to planners and buyers.”

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AdLarge Adds “Crime Analyst” True Crime Podcast to Ad Sales Portfolio

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 1ST, 2023 –– AdLarge announced that the Crime Analyst podcast has joined the company’s podcast portfolio. Crime Analyst is hosted by world-renowned former New Scotland Yard criminal behavioral analyst, Laura Richards, who delves deep into each case carefully examining the critical facets of the “who” and “why” in modern day crimes - specifically, “how” and “why” victims often become footnotes in their own murders.

Trained by world leaders at the Behavioural Analysis Unit, National Centre for the Analysis of Violent Crime at the FBI and New Scotland Yard, Laura has applied her psychology degrees to analyze violent crime from a behavioral and preventive perspective. She has also changed laws eight times across the world; in the UK, Australia, and US to better protect women and children. Richards is frequently asked to assist crime units all over the world, including the UK, Europe, Asia, Australia and the United States.

“I'm excited to join AdLarge's podcast portfolio and get Crime Analyst into as many ears as possible. Podcasts are such an intimate experience and I love sharing my knowledge and insight about cases and creating real change with my listeners. As well as forensically deconstructing cases and ensuring victims are not just footnotes in their own murders, I share preventative advice that might just save a life,” said Laura Richards.

“Laura Richards’ extensive career as a criminal behavior analyst places the listener deeper inside the cases than ever before," commented Cathy Csukas, CEO of AdLarge. “Her depth of knowledge and experience makes the Crime Analyst podcast acutely focused, smart and informative. Its exceptional exploration and study of true crime is like nothing else out there and we’re eager to bring this highly engaging expert and leading female voice to the marketplace.” Crime Analyst is represented by UTA, which negotiated the deal. Crime Analyst is available wherever you listen to podcasts.

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Podbean To Host Live Master Class For Podcasting In The Classroom

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 1ST, 2023 –– Podbean will share an educational event for teachers that outlines the essential steps needed to launch an educational podcast for student success. Register here

“Podcasting is a natural medium for educators as students learn in different ways,” says David Xu, Podbean’s CEO. “The content is easily created, accessible from anywhere, and is truly a participatory medium. Enabling educators to have the tools, skills, and to understand the application of podcasting in their classrooms empowers one of our hardest-working populations.”

On Feb. 7th, Podbean will host “Podcasting for Teachers: Live Master Class”. This event will feature the Podbean team and special guest, Matt Richards, the founder of Creative Digital Learning and a podcast classroom specialist. He will outline the benefits of podcasting in the classroom including; straightforward launch plans, how to easily distribute your podcast to multiple directories, and plan out your production. Tuesday, Feb. 7th, 2023, 6:30 PM Eastern Online event (LiveStreamed on YouTube and LinkedIn) Cost: FREE, REGISTER HERE

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Skyview Issues Statement On Service Interruption Following Security Breach

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 1ST, 2023 –– Following an incident at Skyview Networks which disrupted programming for its affiliates on Monday including CBS News Radio and ABC Audio among others, the company issued the following statement: "Skynew Networks experienced unauthorized access to its IT environment, resulting in interrupted technical services. Immediately upon learning of the incident, Skyview activated its comprehensive incident response plan. We have initiated advanced monitoring and threat detection across our systems and data. We have also involved industry-leading forensic experts to help us contain and investigate the incident."

The statement continued: "These efforts are fully underway. Our highest priority is the security and protection of all data and we are cooperating with authorities on this matter. As a result, we are limited in the amount of additional detail we can provide. We apologize for the disruption this has caused. Skyview Networks will provide our business clients with service updates and request that, as you receive this information, you treat it with sensitivity as we pursue a successful resolution.

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Red Apple Audio Networks Hits 150 Affiliates For Its Syndicated Talk Programs

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 1ST, 2023 –– Red Apple Audio Networks, the syndication arm of John Catsimatidis’ Red Apple Media, which also owns 77 WABC, New York, has added 17 more stations to its growing roster, including Cumulus talker WLS-AM, Chicago. With the new affiliates, the Network now boasts more than 150 affiliates for its syndicated programs, in just one year from its launch last February.

“We’re delighted with the meteoric rise of the Network in just one year,” said John Catsimatidis, Founder and CEO, Red Apple Media. “We built Red Apple Audio Networks to offer radio stations across the country programming that can generate ratings success like we’re experiencing with these high-profile, engaging hosts on 77 WABC in New York.” Red Apple Audio Networks syndicates several programs from it’s the studios at flagship 77 WABC NY

“We’re seeing a high demand for the marquee hosts we have on 77 WABC,” said Chad Lopez, President of Red Apple Media and 77 WABC. “The Red Apple Audio Networks lineup features some of the most recognizable and talented hosts in the country.” Red Apple Audio Networks’ programming is available to all stations on a barter basis and distributed live by satellite via Skyview XDS, as well as dedicated FTP. For more info, contact Glen Tacinelli, VP/Sales, Red Apple Media, at 212-613-3835 or Glen.Tacinelli@RedAppleAudioNetworks.com.

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Media Staffing Network To Present Sales Compensation Study Survey

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 1ST, 2023 –– Media Staffing Network (MSN) will present the 2023 Radio & TV Sales Compensation Study during the NAB Show in Las Vegas. The goal of the study is to guide radio & television owners, operators, and managers to develop sales compensation packages that attract – and retain – the best candidates, including those from younger demographics.

The survey runs now through February 10, is 100% confidential, and takes less than five minutes to complete. Survey results will be revealed during a special session at the NAB Show on April 16 in Las Vegas, and then available for download at www.mediastaffingnetwork.com.

New survey questions on diversity, inclusion, workplace culture, and remote work have been added to keep up with the evolving post-pandemic workplace. This is the fourth year Media Staffing Network has conducted the radio survey and the third year for television. The first 300 survey participants receive a $5.00 gift card. In addition, all survey participants will receive an advance copy of the 2023 Radio & TV Sales Compensation Study. For more information, visit www.mediastaffingnetwork.com

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CONDOLENCES: Legendary Talk Host Jay Marvin Passes Away Following Long Illness

THE MOUTH, FEBRUARY 1ST, 2023 –– Legendary talk show host Jay Marvin passed away yesterday morning in Denver after battling a long illness. Jay had worked at WFLA/Tampa, WTKN/Tampa, WTMJ/Milwaukee, WLS/Chicago, KSAN/San Francisco plus stations in Denver and Salt Lake City. He started in country music and shifted to talk when he moved to Tampa.

Hobbs Media's Gabe Hobbs tells Jockline, "We lost one of the great ones in our business today...Jay Marvin. One of the finest men I've ever known. Jay wasn't just a great radio talent, a great writer, a great painter and a great husband. He was a great man. Bigger than life both physically and as a creative force. You will be be sorely missed by so many people. The mark you've left on life and on the radio business is both substantial and impressive. "

Read more tributes at his wife, Mary's Facebook page HERE

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STUDY: Podcasts And AM/FM Are Effective Platforms In Reaching Online University Students

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 30TH, 2023 –– The Cumulus Media | Westwood One Audio Active Group® fielded a national study with MARU/Matchbox to examine the size of prospective student segments and their media habits. The latest August 2022 study included 1,003 participants and was conducted as a second wave to a 2018 study that explored media habits among prospective students. This week's Cumulus Media | Westwood One Audio Active Group® outlines the key findings and makes a case for using audio to reach prospective students. AM/FM Radio Delivers Student Prospects, Generating Significant Incremental Reach To Online University Media Plans / Westwood One Prospective students are turning to digital courses and online universities to further their education.

  • 45% of adults are considering, willing, or planning to pursue an education online
  • 74% of online education intenders are between the ages 18-49
  • TV campaigns of online universities generate very low reach among adults 18-49
  • According to Nielsen, among 18-49s, AM/FM radio dramatically outreaches TV in weekly reach (84% to 61%)
  • Reallocating 20% of a TV buy to AM/FM radio causes significant growth in campaign reach; TV buys for Southern New Hampshire University and University of Phoenix would see reach double with the addition of AM/FM radio
  • While existing media plans primarily consist of TV and digital buys, audio should play a much bigger role: The optimal media plan targeting prospective online students allocates 45% to audio (12% podcasts and 33% AM/FM radio), 35% to social media, and 20% to TV

Podcasts and AM/FM radio are effective media platforms for online universities and educational institutions to reach students who are interested in pursuing an online education. www.westwoodone.com SEE STUDY HERE

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Urban One's Rebrands Its 'Interactive One' Digital Division As 'iONE Digital'

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 30TH, 2023 –– iONE Digital (formally known as Interactive One), announced the dawn of a new era in its evolution. "For over 42 years, Urban One has understood the need for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, especially in sharing our varied experiences. We are proud to be a leader with the largest African American footprint in the media space," said Alfred C. Liggins III, CEO at Urban One. "As the needs and concerns constantly evolve, we are dedicated to helping brands understand, connect, and best translate to Black and Brown communities. In our next iteration, iONE Digital will continue to be a catalytic force in media."

Since its launch in 2008 by Urban One, iONE Digital's news, entertainment, video, and lifestyle content has driven its growth. From roots in radio, compelling storytelling, and endeavors in frontier technology, the iONE Digital portfolio includes some of the most recognizable brands in the digital landscape. The iOne Digital portfolio focuses on key passion points and interests, including men's and women's lifestyle, sports, beauty, fashion, and entertainment. The iONE portfolio is comprised of Cassius, HelloBeautiful, MadameNoire, Bossip, NewsOne, GlobalGrind, HipHopWired, BlackAmericaWeb and Elev8.

"As authenticity matters now more than ever, iONE Digital has been, and will always be, a trusted source to share our stories," said Tiffany Nasralla, Chief Revenue Officer at iONE Digital. "We are intentional about managing the mantle of cultural responsibility and will continue to work diligently with brand partners to ensure that the culture is respected and protected."

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Gary Shelton (DJ Rax) Rises To OM For Cumulus Savannah

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 30TH, 2023 –– Cumulus has promoted Gary Shelton (known on-air as DJ Rax), to Operations Manager for Cumulus Savannah radio stations E93/WEAS-FM (Mainstream Urban), Magic 103.9 FM/WTYB-FM (Urban AC), Kix 96/WJCL-FM (Country) and I-95/WIXV-FM (Classic Rock). DJ Rax has served Cumulus Savannah as Program Director of Magic 103.9 FM and E93 since 2018 and will continue to program those stations. A popular Savannah radio personality, DJ Rax will also continue to be heard on E93 as Afternoon Host, airing weekdays from 3:00pm-7:00pm.

DJ Rax brings more than 25 years’ experience to his new role as Operations Manager for Cumulus Savannah. He was previously Program Director of KXHT-FM in Memphis, TN, and was Operations Manager for URBan Radio Broadcasting’s three Mississippi radio stations WMSU-FM, WACR-FM, and WAJV-FM. He has been heard on radio stations in markets including Dallas, TX, and New Orleans, LA.

Eric Mastel, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Savannah, said: “This is an extremely well-earned promotion for DJ Rax. He was quick to step up and fill in when we needed an interim leader for the Operations Manager position in Savannah this past year. He is a tenured and experienced professional and is most deserving of this promotion.”

DJ Rax said: “I have enjoyed these past several months serving as Interim Operations Manager and working with the amazing Cumulus Savannah team in that capacity. I truly appreciate the opportunity to lead these great radio brands into the future as Operations Manager and look forward to creating the Coastal Empire’s best radio together.”

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Jackie Stevens Named Executive Producer For 'Nights With Elaina” And 'With Elaina'

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 30TH, 2023 –– Cumulus' Westwood One announces that award-winning Country music veteran Jackie Stevens returns to Westwood One as Executive Producer of their syndicated programs “Nights with Elaina” and “With Elaina.” In this capacity, Stevens will report to Susan Stephens, Senior Vice President/General Manager of Programming for Westwood One. Stevens started her career as an intern at the iconic KZLA in Los Angeles more than 20 years ago and quickly moved into production and writing, working at After Midnite and producing the morning show for KKGO. Stevens then joined Westwood One and helped launch six different shows including “The Big Time Saturday Night,” and “The Big Time with Whitney Allen,” eventually becoming Executive Producer and Music Director of “The Big Time.” Over the years, Jackie moved to the record label side of the business for EMI Records Nashville/Universal Music Group Nashville as Director of Promotions, Midwest

“I’ve admired Elaina’s passion for both radio and country music since the day I met her,” said Stevens. “I am beyond honored to be part of this team and thankful that Elaina, Susan and Westwood One have trusted me with this position.” Smith added, "Jackie is not only one of the most talented and passionate people I have ever met in my life, but she is also one of the kindest. That combination is what makes her a dream EP for our shows. It's an honor to have her on board, and I'm so ready to get started!"

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The Miami Dolphins And iHeart Miami Announce New Multi-Year Radio Broadcast Agreement

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 30TH, 2023 –– iHeartMedia Miami announced a new multi-year deal to become the Miami Dolphins flagship radio broadcast partner. Beginning in the 2023 season, live gameday broadcasts will air on BIG 105.9 FM (WBGG) and Fox Sports 940 AM (WINZ), with plans to expand affiliate stations in Florida, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico to make Dolphins games accessible to fans in new markets.

BIG 105.9 FM (WBGG) and Fox Sports 940 AM (WINZ) will carry all Miami Dolphins football game broadcasts and play-by-play coverage as well as a pregame show, postgame show and weekly radio show featuring exclusive interviews with Dolphins’ personnel and guests from around the league. All shows will be available on the stations’ websites and the iHeartRadio app, and the game broadcasts can also be heard on Dolphins.com.

The Dolphins game broadcasts will feature familiar voices, with former Dolphins wide receiver Jimmy Cefalo handling play-by-play duties, former Dolphins tight end Joe Rose providing color commentary and former Dolphins linebacker Kim Bokamper giving analysis and updates from the sidelines. iHeartMedia will produce Dolphins-centric coverage around tentpole events such as free agency, the NFL Draft and training camp.

“We are excited about this partnership and honored to be the new broadcast home of the Miami Dolphins,” said Kevin LeGrett, President of iHeartMedia Sports. “The Miami Dolphins are the city’s premiere sports team and with the massive multiplatform reach and scale that iHeartMedia can provide, we have the ability to deliver great programming and coverage to millions of fans across the state and beyond.”

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Larry Kudlow To Host New Sunday Night Talk Show On 890 WLS-AM

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 30TH, 2023 –– Cumulus Media's 890 WLS-AM Chicago will launch a new Sunday night talk radio show hosted by Larry Kudlow. The Larry Kudlow Show will air on 890 WLS-AM from 8:00pm-9:00pm and will debut on Sunday, February 5th. In the weekly one-hour show, Kudlow shares with 890 WLS-AM listeners his perspective on the state of the markets, the economy, and politics. Kudlow also currently hosts the Fox Business television show Kudlow weeknights from 4:00pm-7:00pm and is the host of The Larry Kudlow Show on WABC Radio in New York, heard Saturdays from 10:00am-1:00pm.

Stephanie Tichenor, Program Director, 890 WLS-AM, said: “We are delighted to welcome back to 890 WLS-AM, a listener favorite, Larry Kudlow. Larry's financial expertise will be a perfect addition to our weekend lineup.” For more information or to stream The Larry Kudlow Show on 890 WLS-AM, visit: https://www.wlsam.com/.

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Veteran NBA Reporters Chris Haynes And Marc Stein To Host #thisleague UNCUT On iHeart

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 30TH, 2023 –– Chris Haynes, Senior NBA Insider for TNT and Bleacher Report, and Marc Stein, veteran NBA reporter and publisher of The Stein Line on Substack, announced they have partnered to host a new iHeartPodcast, “#thisleague UNCUT.”

“Reuniting with Stein has been a long time coming and this partnership with iHeartRadio is the perfect platform for us to share our insight uncut,” said Haynes. “I’m excited to get back to work with one of my best friends in the business, and equally excited for NBA fans because we’re going to bring it like never before.”

"I’m excited beyond words to be able to team up again with Chris on #thisleague UNCUT," said Stein. "I've literally spent years, with an S, trying to break into the podcast arena with the proverbial ‘right’ pod -- and to be able to get on the mic and break things down twice a week with such a dear friend and also have iHeart joining forces with us to produce it makes me feel very fortunate."

“#thisleague UNCUT” is distributed by iHeartPodcasts and is available on the iHeartRadio app and everywhere podcasts are heard. Visit iHeart.com/apps to download iHeartRadio and listen on your favorite device.

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Sean 'Hollywood' Hamilton Inks Long-Term Extension With iHeart

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 30TH, 2023 –– New York personality Sean “Hollywood” Hamilton has extended his relationship with the iHeart. Under the new three-year agreement, Hamilton will continue his current role as host of the afternoon show on 103.5 KTU, The Beat of New York.

Hamilton is a successful radio veteran who has worked at Z100 New York, KIIS-FM Los Angeles and was a part of the original on-air staff when WKTU launched in 1996. Hamilton was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 2019.

“Hollywood Hamilton’s longstanding love of radio, and his deep connection to his listeners and his community, comes through in his work every single day, and we are thrilled to continue our relationship with him,” said Bob Pittman, Chairman and CEO of iHeartMedia. “He is one of the most loved and respected people in the industry, and it’s hard to imagine true New York City radio without Hollywood’s voice.”

“Hollywood Hamilton is a New York radio icon and synonymous with KTU,” said Tom Poleman, President, and Chief Programming Officer of iHeartMedia. “We’re very happy that he’ll be with us for many years to come.” “Hollywood is a special talent whose drive and vision propels him to the top of the ratings time and time again,” said Thea Mitchem, Executive Vice President of Programming of iHeartMedia.

“I’m thrilled he is extending his relationship with KTU and excited about the future, and what he will create ... Much love to Executive Vice President of Programming at iHeartMedia, Thea Mitchem, for putting this together and dealing with my crybaby moments, love you,” said Hamilton.

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7Beloved 70's - 80's TV Star Cindy Williams Passes Away At 75

 

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Rob Archer Joins Karen Adams, Brian Douglas And Charles Feldman For KNX LA's Afternoon News

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 30TH, 2023 –– Audacy has launched f “LA’s Afternoon News” on KNX News 97.1 FM. The show will be heard weekdays from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. PT beginning January 30. Longtime Los Angeles news personality Rob Archer (TL) joins co-anchor Karen Adams (RC) and veteran traffic and breaking news reporter Brian Douglas (LC) and national news of the day. KNX News senior content director Charles Feldman (TR), host of “KNX In Depth,” expands his role and will contribute live interviews and reporting throughout “

LA’s Afternoon News” to add depth and context to the stories being covered. “Rob, Karen, Brian, and Charles are the perfect team to take afternoons on KNX News to the next level in 2023 and beyond,” said Jeff Federman, Regional President, Audacy Southern California. “They bring enormous reporting experience, perspective and humanity to the news that impacts our lives every day.”

A familiar voice on the Los Angeles airwaves since 1999, Archer joined KNX News in 2015. Before moving to afternoons, he anchored the weekend morning news. He also publishes short stories and poetry, and writes and records music. Adams has anchored afternoons on KNX News since 2019. She joined the station in 2017 as a street reporter. Before KNX, the Edward Murrow Award-winning journalist had stints in Washington D.C. and Philadelphia.

Douglas joined KNX in 2016 covering traffic as both an anchor and airborne reporter. With prior stops in New York, Chicago, and Phoenix, he hosted a national afternoon radio show on the Westwood One Radio Network for seven years. Feldman is co-host of “KNX In-Depth” and served as the station's investigative reporter for several years.

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Sam Sansevere Joining K102 Minneapolis' Chris Carr & Company Morning Show

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 30TH, 2023 –– Sam Sansevere (L), the daughter of former KQRS morning show Bob Sansevere, will be joining Chris Carr & Company morning show on iHeart's country outlet K102. Most recently she served as a producer for the Justice In The Morning show on AM1130 Twin Cities News Talk.

Bringmethenews.com reports that Sansevere is joining as McKaila Poppen leaves the station after 10 years. "We are so excited to welcome Sam to the show & the K102 family, as McKaila makes her departure into a new adventure!" the show posted.

Sansevere is the daughter of former KQRS morning show regular Bob Sansevere, the host of "The BS Show" podcast, who tweeted his congratulations. Poppen announced her departure from K102 on Thursday, saying her last day will be Jan. 31, and saying the decision to leave was hers alone.

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WAMU Wash. DC Names Kara Kearns Chief Operating Officer

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 30TH, 2023 –– Kara Kearns has been named Chief Operating Officer for Wash. DC's WAMU. She was previously the Director of Emerson Collective’s Media and Journalism Portfolio. She was also an Executive Producer and Production Executive on several audio programs, including a weekly podcast, two Audible specials, and the Gracie and Webby-award winning “Because of Anita.”

Kara has a particular interest in journalism education and is a proud co-founder of the Politico Journalism Institute, an annual summer program for college students with a focus on diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. The program is entering its tenth summer and is supported through a long-standing partnership with American University.

Kara began her career as a journalist, serving as Deputy Political Editor for NBC News Digital, and in various roles at The Associated Press, MSNBC, and CBS News. She holds both graduate and undergraduate degrees from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

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Good Parts Media Inks Deal With Hubbard-St Louis KPNT-FM

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 30TH, 2023 –– Good Parts Media, an AdLarge company, announced today they have entered into a deal with Hubbard, St Louis alternative powerhouse, 105.7 The Point (KPNT-FM) for use of Mr. Laughs prep service, a member of the Good Parts Media portfolio.

“Finding a high quality prep service that consistently delivers supreme content every day, is extremely hard to find in 2023. Mr. Laughs provides relevant bits, one liners and hilarious news and entertainment every day. Mr. Laughs saves me hours of research and google searches each week,” added Morning Show Host, Rizzuto of the Rizzuto Show. For more information about Mr. Laughs and the entire Good Parts Media portfolio please contact jessica@adlarge.com

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Application Window Closes This Thursday For MIW/Luminate ‘Elevating Women in Audio Mentorship’ Program

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 30TH, 2023 –– Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio, Inc. (MIW) will be closing the application window for ‘Elevating Women in Audio: MIW & Luminate Mentorship’ program this Thursday, February 2, 2023. The ‘Elevating Women in Audio: MIW & Luminate Mentorship’ program is a year-long experience that provides greater opportunities for women interested in management positions in audio, and involves personalized conversations with the best programming minds in the business to help advance a career within the radio/audio industry. In addition, the program affords the mentee the chance to attend Radio Show 2023 this April in Las Vegas.

The mentorship is available to one female brand manager, content/program director, assistant program director, and/or music director from any U.S. based music format. Applications are open now and are being accepted HERE through February 2, 2023.

For more information on MIW and the Elevating Women in Radio: MIW-Luminate Mentorship program, please visit www.radioMIW.com.

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Edison Research To Present Pair Of Podcast Listener Studies

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 30TH, 2023 –– Edison Research announces two major podcast thought leadership studies to be presented in first quarter of 2023. Hit Play, Boomer: Podcasting’s 55+ Opportunity from NPR and Edison Research will focus on podcast listeners age 55 and older. The study will explore this oft-overlooked but highly influential demo and their podcast listening behaviors.

The Gen Z Podcast Listening Report from SXM Media and Edison Research will provide an in-depth look at the podcast habits and motivations of the elusive and much-desired Gen Z listener. Edison Research has been tracking U.S. audio habits in The Infinite Dial® study since 1998 and podcast habits in the Share of Ear® data set since 2014. Edison Podcast Metrics has provided the only comprehensive measurement of podcast listening in the U.S., including show rankings, genre rankings, and listener demographic profiles, since 2019. These three data sets, combined with original in-depth interviews, promise to provide the most detailed information available about Boomer and Gen Z listeners to date. Both studies further Edison Research’s continued commitment to grow the audio space through superior data and thought leadership projects.

"Everything we do at Edison Research works to drive the audio space forward with the highest quality data,” says Edison Vice President Megan Lazovick, who heads up the thought leadership efforts. “We believe these two studies will help advertisers understand the opportunities for audio to reach these two important generations and of course help the media companies who can deliver these audiences.” Presentation dates and registration information is forthcoming.

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32 Yr. Old Son of Rickey Smiley Passes Away Unexpectedly

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 30TH, 2023 –– The son of popular Atlanta radio host Rickey Smiley has died at 32 reports 11alive News Atlanta. Rickey Smiley confirmed in a video to Facebook on Sunday. Rickey said his son, Brandon Smiley, unexpectedly died Sunday morning, but did not clarify how he passed away.

In the three-minute video, Rickey said that he was on the way to the airport to fly to Birmingham, Ala., where he is from. He asked for prayers for himself, his son's mother and his entire family.

Rickey is a widely-known and popular talk show host, known for his radio show "The Rickey Smiley Morning Show" that is based out of Atlanta. According to its website, his son, Brandon, worked as a comedian and actor. Photo/Twitter

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[WATCH] Thousands Turnout For 'Celebration of Life' For Famed Philadelphia Host Jerry Blavat

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 30TH, 2023 –– Beloved Philadelphia host, Jerry Blavat's Funeral Mass & Celebration of Life took place at the Cathedral Basillica of Saints Peter & Paul in the City of Brotherly Love this past Saturday. Videographer Art Vuolo says, "Nearly two-thousand people jammed the sacred church and the video coverage was outstanding with a multitude of cameras and perfect audio all produced for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia by Kearns Media Consultants.

The attendees were welcomed by Rev. Gerald D. Gill who introduced Jerry's daughters Deserie and Stacy, close friend Dr. David Raezer, Sheila Hess, of the office of City Representatives, and beloved (recently retired) Channel 6 news anchor Jim Gardner who read a touching letter from Sidney and Carolyn Kimmel of the Kimmel Center.

Concluding the dignitaries who all spoke prior to the Mass, was iconic singer Dionne Warwick who Blavat proclaimed would be a star after hearing her first hit single in 1962, "Don't Make Me Over." The music was spectacular and even the reflections by Celebrant and Homilist Monsignor Paul DiGirolamo, about Jerry were short and sweet. Jerry's longtime partner Keely Stahl was instrumental in the celebration.

If you were unable to either be there in person, or watch the live stream, it can all be seen HERE courtesy of 6AB C. Photo - 6ABC Screengrab/History Making Productions

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Avatar: The Way Of Water Box Office Still Floating On Top For 7th Week

ICYMI: Philadelphia Eagles Will Face Kansas City Chiefs in the 2023 Super Bowl

Priscilla Presley Contests Lisa Marie Presley’s Will, Claims ‘Invalid’ Signature

Harry Styles to Perform at 2023 Grammys

WATCH - Harry Styles Recovers After he Split His Pants During his LA Concert

WATCH - Roseanne Barr Returns to Comedy in Stand-Up Special ‘Cancel This!’ Premiering in February

Lisa Loring, Original Wednesday Actress on ‘The Addams Family,’ Dies at 64

Barrett Strong, Motown Artist Known For ‘Money,’ Dies At 81

Tom Verlaine, Founder Of Influential Punk-era Band Television, Dies At 73

Annie Wersching, Actress On "24," Dies At Age 45

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Fred Jacobs: 'Simple Question - Do You Like Your Job?'

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 27TH, 2023 –– In Jacobs Media chief Fred Jacob's latest blog, he addresses a question that many often ponder - do we like our job" Deeper in his blog to points to a story posted in CNBC with the ' jaw-dropping title: “96% of workers are looking for a new job in 2023, poll says.” "Seriously? Ninety-freaking-six percent want out of their current gigs," wonders Jacobs. That's according to Monster.com research that suggests that along with Indeed, Zip Recruiter, and others, it's going to be a great year for these companies that thrive on job dissatisfaction. But 96%? That's almost everybody! Not 86% or 76% – those would be BIG NUMBERS. 96% are looking for that greener grass in 2023.

The survey was conducted in December among 930 respondents, says Jacobs. But most of the stories I read about in this Monster.com piece lacked these important details – including the report on Monster's own website. It's linked here and it's not especially helpful. We do find out that 40% of those looking for jobs are unemployed? And that doesn't square up with any reality I see suggesting that fewer than 4% of Americans are without a job. That's according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Jacobs then points to last summer of interviewing 750 members of the air talent/producers community (including some who are unemployed) for our AQ4 study of radio personalities. This is conducted in collaboration with Morning Show Boot Camp. And a key question in each year's survey is revealing. We ask our respondents to tell us the “main reasons” they got into radio from a list. Here's how it shook out: See above graph.

Jacobs asks: "You still having a good time? Do the pros outweigh the cons? And if you're on the beach, what's the plan? Are you ready for the next round or are you moving on? You can use the comments below, or hit up my social pages (links below). I fully understand if you cannot identify yourself – I think we're all good with that. By the same token, please refrain on unloading on your boss or your company by name. Think of it like standup comedy minus the F-bombs.) Tell your story. We're listening. See complete blog here and share you comment.

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Pedro Escalera Named PD For iHeart's 104.5 Latino Hits San Antonio

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 27TH, 2023 –– iHeart San Antonio has named Pedro Escalera aka Pedro Al Aire as Program Director for 104.5 Latino Hits, San Antonio. Escalera will report to Jason McCollim, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia San Antonio & Austin. “There was no doubt in our minds that Pedro was the perfect fit to lead the 104.5 Latino Hits brand, thanks to his extensive expertise in the Spanish CHR format,” said McCollim.“His unparalleled knowledge of the format made him the clear choice to spearhead this one-of-a-kind brand, unique to San Antonio - and we couldn't be more thrilled.”

Escalera joins the iHeartMedia San Antonio from Emmis Austin, where he most recently served as the Program Director & Morning Host of Latino 102.7. The three-time Radio Ink award nominee also served as the evening Talent for AGM’s Fuego 102.9 in Albuquerque, NM. “iHeartMedia San Antonio is uniquely poised for continued growth and new, incredible opportunities,” said Escalera. “I am grateful to iHeartMedia leadership for entrusting me at the helm of 104.5 Latino Hits in San Antonio. I look forward to leaning into the success already in motion.”

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Nick & Kristen Ink 3-Year Extension With Audacy's 99.5 The Wolf Portland

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 27TH, 2023 –– A jubilant Nick Steele, co-host of the popular Nick & Kristen Show on Audacy's 99/5 The Wolf Portland, posted on Facebook "We are officially here for 3 more years! Thank you & everyone at the Wolf for putting up with our craziness for the last 3 years. We can’t wait to make it EVEN MORE weird!"

Nick StEele & Kristen Flowers (who are married) arrived in Portland one month before a pandemic. Steele tells Jockline, "Everything we thought we were going to do got thrown out the window. Despite that, we bonded with our community in a time when we all needed a connection. Now we look forward to what we can do together over the next 3 years! We couldn't ask for better mentors than Scott Roddy & Kim Martinez, who have really shown a passion for what we do and what the future holds. We will do our part to Keep Portland Weird!

Previously, Nick & Kristen held mornings at KOIT in San Francisco for 3 years and before that spent time at KNTY in Sacramento with Entravision. Steele adds, "How awesome is it that MSBC is in Dallas this year? We can't wait to see old friends and talk radio over some Texas sized steaks! (that Don Anthony has offered to buy) See ya in August!"

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95.5 WSB’s Scott Slade To 'Step Back' from Hosting Atlanta’s Morning News

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 27TH, 2023 –– Cox Media Group (CMG) Atlanta announced today that Scott Slade, 95.5 WSB Legend, will temporarily step away from the early morning shift from 4:30-9:00 a.m. Slade plans to create something new for the 101-year-old station that reflects his passion for listeners and the community.

“I’m looking forward to what the future holds for me and WSB – this has been my radio home for 40 years,” Slade said. “I’m excited about what we’re going to create together for listeners, and I’m glad this will continue to be my radio home into the future. In the meantime, I look forward to sleeping in, spending more time with my family, taking up scuba diving and flying my plane.”

"There is no one else like Scott Slade,” said Jaleigh Long, Vice President and Market Manager for CMG Atlanta Radio. “His credibility, professionalism and passion for delivering the best for listeners is unmatched. I'm excited for what’s ahead as we take these next steps with Scott, our audience and our clients."

“The “S” in WSB stands for Scott,” said Ken Charles, Director of Branding and Programming for 95.5 WSB. “His dedication to the show and station, and his commitment to excellence, are unparalleled. He is truly the GOAT of morning radio!”

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Nick Cannon: Teases 'Major Announcement' In Next Few Weeks

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 27TH, 2023 –– Following this week's report* of Nick Cannon ending his syndicated radio show with Skyview Networks, came word on Thursday that he'll continue his relationship with the Arizona-based Network in their 'influencer' platform and will be announcing his next move in a few weeks.

Skyview confirmed yesterday that as of December 30, 2022, Nick Cannon is no longer partnered with Skyview Networks for the syndication of Nick Cannon Radio and Cannon’s Countdown. They added, "Both of these shows were financially and creatively successful. We look forward to continuing our relationship with Nick on our influencer platform and wish him the best in his future endeavors.."

Cannon added, "I will have a major announcement for you in the next few weeks. As a result, I am sad to say that I had to make the decision to wrap up Nick Cannon Radio and Cannon’s Countdown. I look forward to continuing my relationship with Skyview Networks in the influencer space. I am so grateful to all of our wonderful radio partners.” We're told to look for an announcement soon. *Cannon's departure from Skyview was first reported in RadioInsight

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Meta And iHeart Hosts ‘J Balvin Futurum: A VR Concert Experience’ in Meta Horizon Worlds

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 27TH, 2023 –– Whether you’ve been following him since “6 AM” or are a more recent convert thanks to his chart-topping hits and crossover collaborations, J Balvin has broken significant barriers to bring reggaeton to the global stage. And soon, you’ll be able to experience his music like never before. Meta is partnering with iHeartRadio to bring the Colombian singer-songwriter and six-time Latin Grammy-winner into Meta Horizon Worlds* with J Balvin Futurum: A VR Concert Experience. The event premieres at 6:00 pm PT on February 17, and fans can subscribe now to get reminder notifications on the day of the event.

“I’m always looking for new and innovative ways to expand access to art, and the VR space is one with limitless opportunity,” says Balvin. “The whole show has a futuristic vibe including some crazy robotics twice my size. It will be one of my wildest shows ever, and I’m grateful to Meta and iHeart for the unique collaboration and the platform to explore my passion for technology in a way that allows my fans to experience my music together in a different way.”

Produced by Media.Monks and iHeartRadio, J Balvin Futurum will also be available on Meta Quest TV, and those without a headset can catch the show via Messenger’s Watch Together and on iHeartRadio’s Facebook and Instagram pages.

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PODCAST: WBUR And The Marshall Project Join Forces To Launch New Podcast 'Violation'

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 27TH, 2023 –– A 16-year-old’s murder conviction, decades-long incarceration, release and unexpected return to prison unfold in a new podcast from WBUR/Boston and The Marshall Project. The limited series, Violation, is hosted by veteran criminal justice reporter Beth Schwartzapfel of The Marshall Project. “The Marshall Project and its team of journalists have a proven record of investigating cases that have huge implications on the integrity of this country’s criminal justice system,” said Ben Brock Johnson, Executive Producer, WBUR Podcasts. “This story is also intensely personal and powerful — the kind of story that WBUR Podcasts loves to tackle.

“Violation is the culmination of years of reporting by The Marshall Project’s Beth Schwartzapfel on the parole system and on the tragic story at the heart of this podcast. Listeners who follow along with this multi-layered saga will be asked to consider provocative questions about crime, punishment and power,” said Geraldine Sealey, Managing Editor, The Marshall Project. “We are proud to partner with WBUR on this project. As a public media leader, WBUR represents the highest level of journalistic standards and inventive audio storytelling.”

The first season of the original limited series Violation will consist of weekly episodes released every Wednesday in podcast format, and incorporated into broadcast segments during NPR & WBUR’s national news program, Here and Now. The trailer for Violation will be released in the coming weeks and the season will debut in early Spring 2023.

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Spencer Bynes Named Metro President For iHeart Atlanta

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 26TH, 2023 –– iHeartMedia has named Spencer Bynes Metro President for the Atlanta Market, effective February 1, 2023. He will report to Kim Guthrie, Division President for iHeartMedia. “Spencer has done a superb job in his leadership role in Texas, where he drove positive changes in culture and performance,” said Kim Guthrie, Division President. “In addition, his talents on how best to recruit, develop and coach a leadership team make him a wonderful fit for our needs here in Atlanta.”

Bynes joins the market from iHeartMedia’s Texas region, where he’s served as the Area President since 2021. He was previously part of the iHeartMedia family from 2011 to 2016, serving as the Director of Talent Management and Talent Acquisition. Bynes is also familiar with the Atlanta area after working for Coca-Cola North America as Talent Acquisition Manager for a number of years.

“What an extraordinary opportunity! Atlanta has a robust and flourishing economic business environment, a fascinating community of people from every part of the world and an incredible music culture and heritage,” said Bynes. “I am honored to join this team. I look forward to expanding iHeartMedia’s reach and influence and helping our customers thrive and grow their businesses.”

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7Taylor Swift Releases 'Lavender Haze' Video; 'Succession 4' Trailer

 

Penske Media Eldridge Acquires Dick Clark Productions

Edward Norton Learns His Connection To Pocahontas On 'Finding Your Roots

Jay Leno Reportedly Suffers Broken Bones In Motorcycle Accident Months After Garage Fire

WATCH - Eddie Murphy Names The Most Naturally Funny Person Ever

WATCH - 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' 20th Anniversary Special To Feature George Clooney, Snoop Dogg And More

WATCH - ‘Succession’ Season 4 Trailer Teases The Roy Siblings Vs. The World

WATCH - Taylor Swift Releases 'Lavender Haze' Music Video

Coldplay to Perform as SNL Musical Guests

Dean Daughtry, Co-Founder of Atlanta Rhythm Section, Dies at 76

Billy Packer, Legendary College Basketball Analyst, Dies At 82

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Advance Registration Now Open For Morning Show Boot Camp 35 Set For August 10 & 11, Dallas, TX

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THE MOUTH, JANUARY 26TH, 2023 –– Advance registration for Morning Show Boot Camp 35 is now open. Talentmasters' 35th Annual Morning Show Boot Camp (MSBC) is pitching tent for the first-time ever in Dallas on August 10 & 11, 2023 at the beautiful, newly-opened, Marriott Uptown Hotel. Click HERE to register in advance and save!

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Registration to the Marriott is now available by CLICKING HERE - As always, this special conference rate and block of rooms are limited and offered on a first-come basis.

For more information, contact Don Anthony at themouth@tds.net, or by phone at 770-737-2700. In the coming weeks, we'll load our website with more info on sponsorships and other opportunities. Be sure and ask about our special GROUP RATES for multiple registrants.

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[WATCH] Mike & The Mad Dog To Reunite On ESPN’s First Take With Stephen A. Smith & Milly Qerim

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THE MOUTH, JANUARY 26TH, 2023 –– The Iconic Former Sports Radio Duo Mike Francesa and Chris Russo will Join Stephen A. Smith & Molly Qerim in Studio for the Full Two-Hour Show Image On the Feb. 1 edition of ESPN’s signature morning debate show First Take. The duo will go head-to-head with Smith in studio for the entire two-hour show (10 a.m.-12 p.m. ET).

Russo and Francesa co-hosted the Mike and The Mad Dog radio show from 1989-2008 on WFAN. The show become one of the signature sports radio programs in New York and beyond across its 19-year run and left behind a lasting legacy. Before the duo arrives on the First Take set together next week, watch the instant reaction from Smith, Qerim and Russo after they received a video message from Francesa on yesterday’s show: WATCH Smith further reflects on the impact of Russo and Francesa on sports media today and looks ahead to Wednesday’s can’t-miss reunion:

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Dede In The Morning Kicks Off The New Year With Seven New Affiliates - Now Approaching 80 Markets

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THE MOUTH, JANUARY 26TH, 2023 –– DeDe In The Morning continues to expand with the addition of seven new markets. The show is heard nationwide in nearly 80 markets. WXST 99.3 The Box Charleston, SC WKYX The Beat Paducah, KY WSMK WSMK 99.1 South Bend, IN WGGG Power 92.1 Gainesville, FL WBXX The Block Kalamazoo, MI WJXM 95.1 The Beat Meridian, MS WACR WACR 105.3 Starkville, MS.

“Charleston is so happy to welcome DeDe in the Morning to our city,” said Steve Crumbley Operations Director, Charleston Radio Group. “Already her energy, her fun, her topicality has turned up mornings in Chuck Town. DeDe will change the face of Morning radio and Charleston!” “DeDe in the Morning is winning for us on HOT 97-3 in Toledo,” said Mike Mori, Market President, Glass City Radio Toledo, OH and Golden Triangle Radio, Starkville, MS.

DeDe McGuire comments, “I am so blessed and grateful to have seven new radio homes. A BIG THANK YOU my new radio partners for believing in the show. There is no stopping us.” For more info, contact Nancy Abramson at NAbramson@compassmedianetworks.com or visit www.compassmedianetworks.com

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SiriusXM Launches Limited Run 'The Grammy Channel' Now Through Feb. 5th On CH. 105

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THE MOUTH, JANUARY 26TH, 2023 –– SiriusXM announced the return of The GRAMMY® Channel in collaboration with the Recording Academy®. To celebrate the 65th Annual GRAMMY Awards®, the channel will honor the artists, albums and songs nominated this year, including Adele, Beyoncé, Brandi Carlile, Jack Harlow, Miranda Lambert, Lizzo, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Harry Styles, Taylor Swift, The Black Keys and more, all leading up to SiriusXM's live, red-carpet broadcast from Music's Biggest Night® on Sun, Feb. 5th.

Beginning this week, SiriusXM, listeners can hear the ultimate GRAMMY® soundtrack with music, stories and insights from the nominees, SiriusXM hosts and Harvey Mason jr., CEO of the Recording Academy®, plus live coverage and interviews from the red carpet. Listeners can also expect to hear music from the Lifetime Achievement Award Honorees.

For a complete list of this year's nominations, click here. The limited-edition channel will run through Feb. 7. SiriusXM is available to subscribers in their car, on their phone and connected devices at home with the SXM App.

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Cumulus Charleston's Cynthia Alston Bell Receives Martin Luther King, Jr. Portrait Award

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 26TH, 2023 –– Cynthia Alston Bell (top right)l, Senior Marketing Consultant for Cumulus Media in Charleston, SC, was honored with a Martin Luther King, Jr. Portrait Award for 2023, recognizing outstanding service to the community. State Representative Wendell Gilliard established the Martin Luther King, Jr. Portrait Awards in 1998 to recognize local community leaders who exercise the values and spirit of community service embodied by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr..

Gilliard celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and his legacy of service as he presented the award to Bell and her fellow Portrait Award recipients. The Martin Luther King, Jr. Portrait Awards ceremony included local school, community, city, and state officials.

This year's theme was "Learning From the Past to Make Progress Into the Future." The attached photos feature Cynthia Alston Bell and Bell with Tessa Spencer (Left), Co-Emcee for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Portrait Awards. Tessa Spencer is News Anchor, WCIV ABC News 4, and is Midday Host for Cumulus Media radio station Magic 107.3.

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Benztown Brings Imaging Tools To Christian Stations With Launch Of First Contemporary Christian Library

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 26TH, 2023 –– Benztown dio imaging library for the Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) format, created by Christian radio imaging and production specialists exclusively for Contemporary Christian radio stations. The Benztown Contemporary Christian Library is available to stations on a market-exclusive basis for barter or cash. Trial accounts are available for interested stations. To listen to a demo of the Benztown Contemporary Christian Library, visit: Here.

Dave “Chachi” Denes, President, Benztown, noted: “We are thrilled to bring our advanced audio imaging and production capabilities to Contemporary Christian radio stations with the launch of the Benztown Contemporary Christian Library. Prior to this, the only option for stations in the CCM format was to use imaging libraries designed for other formats such as AC that could be similar in brand presentation, but which would only allow them to benefit from the composition and sound design pieces in that library, since the artist/imaging content was for secular music."

Format Captain for the Benztown Contemporary Christian Library is Adam “Ketch” Kecskemeti, who for eight years wrote and produced for 102.1 the edge, Q107 and AM640 in Toronto. Kecskemeti also wrote and imaged the Virgin Radio brand in Canada from its flagship station in Toronto, and contributed to CHUM FM. He has worked for Benztown Libraries and Custom Imaging team for the past four years. Josh Uecker is Head Writer for the Benztown Contemporary Christian Library.

For more information, visit https://benztownbranding.com/formats/contemporary-christian or contact Masa Patterson at Benztown at mp@benztown.com

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NAB Show Now Accepting Entries for Excellence in Sustainability Awards

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 26TH, 2023 –– NAB Show is accepting entries for the newly launched Excellence in Sustainability Awards. The awards recognize individuals, companies and products for outstanding innovations in media technology that promote conservation and reusability of natural resources and foster economic and social development. As previously announced, the Excellence in Sustainability Awards will include the following categories of excellence:

The Sustainability Champion Award — Honoring individuals who demonstrate a passion in influencing their team or organization to achieve a more sustainable pathway.

The Sustainability Leadership Award — Honoring organizations that have launched or completed sustainability initiatives.

The Sustainability Product or Service Award — Honoring products or services that significantly improve sustainability or provide sustainable market alternatives that addresses a critical environmental challenge.

Products/Services must be available in 2023. The deadline for entry submissions is April 3. NAB Show will accept nominations from businesses of all sizes, locations and maturity, including non-profit organizations. Judged by an independent panel of sustainability experts, award winners will be chosen in each category, one each for small, medium, large and non-profit organizations. The NAB Show Excellence in Sustainability Awards will be presented during a special ceremony on the Main Stage at NAB Show on April 16, 2023 in Las Vegas. For more info, click here

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7Razzies Issue Apology; Michael B. Jordan 'Gets Violent' In SNL Promo

 

2023 GRAMMYs Performers Announced

Scooter Braun Reportedly Becomes Sole Hybe America CEO

Razzies Apologizes For Nominating 12-year-old Girl For Worst Actress

Jeremy Renner Was Crushed By Snowplow As He Tried To Save Nephew From Injury, Sheriff’s Report Says

Steven Spielberg Says This Iconic Superhero Flick 'Should Have Been Nominated' For Best Picture Oscar

Meta to Reinstate Trump on Facebook, Instagram

Elle King Settles In Nashville As A Mom And Country Singer

WATCH - Michael B. Jordan Gets Violent in ‘Saturday Night Live’ Promo

WATCH - Flight Attendant Goes Viral For Helping A Nervous Passenger

Paul McCartney Announces New Photo Book 1964: Eyes of the Storm

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DOJ Sues Google Over Its Dominance In Online Ad Market - Calls For It To Be 'Broken Up'

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 25TH, 2023 –– The Justice Department and eight states sued Google on Tuesday, accusing the company of harming competition with its dominance in the online advertising market and calling for it to be broken up. The eight states include California, Colorado, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, 5Tennessee and Virginia. In Tuesday’s complaint, a copy of which was viewed by CNN, the Justice Department alleged that Google actively and illegally maintained that dominance by engaging in a campaign to thwart competition.

For 15 years, Google’s alleged anticompetitive behavior led to lower ad revenues for websites and publishers, as well as higher advertising costs for marketers, said Attorney General Merrick Garland (shown left) during a 5press conference Tuesday. Even the US government was harmed, according to the complaint, which named the US Army as one of multiple government advertisers using Google’s tools. Since 2019, the US government has spent $100 million buying online ads, the complaint said. The ad campaign at right 'What 's Your Warrior,' was included in the Army's marketing to reach Gen Z'ers on social media in 2020. 

In response to the lawsuit, NAB Senior Communications Strategist Alex Siciliano stated in part: “NAB is paying close attention to the latest lawsuit filed against Google and is carefully reviewing the complaint. For years, broadcasters have been sounding the alarm over the anti-competitive practices of the Big Tech platforms, including Google. Their dominant role in the marketplace has come at a steep price for local news broadcasters, who lose an estimated $2 billion annually by providing their content to these platforms under ‘take it or leave it’ terms...” Read Full Report Here

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Peter Tanz Named To Succeed Founder Duke Wright As President Of Midwest Communications

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 25TH, 2023 –– Midwest Communications, Inc., announced =the appointment of 37-year company veteran Peter Tanz to succeed company Founder Duke Wright as President. In making the announcement, company Board Chair and Duke’s partner of 50 years, Pegge Wright said, “Peter has worked with and learned the business of broadcasting from Duke for over 35 years. He is well respected throughout our company and is the best choice to lead Midwest to future success the way Duke wanted.”

Another long-time company leader, Vice President of Programming Jeff McCarthy said, “Peter and I joined Duke Wright at the same time and have been his students for nearly 4 decades. Peter has the clear vision to successfully lead our company and continue Duke Wright’s mission of providing high quality entertainment while masterfully serving the local market.”

Peter joined Midwest Communications in the sales department of WIXX, Green Bay in 1985. Just over 2 years later he was promoted to his first General Manager’s position for WRIG and WDEZ in Wausau, Wisconsin. From Wausau, Peter lead Midwest stations in Nebraska, Michigan, North and South Dakota before returning to Green Bay in 2016 as Senior Vice President and Market Manager. Chief Sales Officer,

Jeff Wright added, “I am so proud of Peter as our new President. He clearly is the most qualified for this position and the future of Duke Wright’s Midwest Communications is in confident hands. It goes to show you that you don’t need the “Wright” last name to be part of the family as we have always considered Peter as one of the family.”

Midwest Communications founder, Duke Wright, passed away on December 21st after serving as President for over 6 decades.

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Lynda Lopez Returns To 1010 WINS New York On 92.3FM, Brigitte Quinn To Middays And Managing Editor On WCBS 880

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 25TH, 2023 –– Audacy has named veteran journalists Lynda Lopez for midday anchor duties 1010 WINS/92.3 FM and Brigitte Quinn moving from WINS to sister station WCBS 880, where she will host and serve as Managing Editor of “Newsline,” weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET. In addition, the stations have announced that reporter Sophia Hall has been elevated to Long Island Bureau Chief.

Quinn's move to WCBS 880 from 1010 WINS comes after she has hosted “Newsline with Brigitte Quinn,” a daily four-hour news program, since 2021. Before that she anchored morning drive at the station for eight years. Her career includes anchoring at MSNBC, NBC News at Sunrise, and FOX Newschannel. In the mid 1990s, Quinn became the first female co-anchor in morning drive on WCBS radio. 

Lopez has worked at the local and network levels and brings a wealth of experience in news, entertainment, government and education. She has earned an Emmy for outstanding news program and a place in the prestigious “Who's Who Among Hispanic Americans.” She joined WCBS-TV as a news anchor before moving to My9 and then FOX 5 in New York in the same capacity. Previous experience also includes WNBC-TV, E! News, ABC News and Audacy's WCBS 880 and WNEW.

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SYNDICATION: 'XYZ With Erik Zachary' Added At WXLC-FM Chicago

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 25TH, 2023 –– XYZ with Erik Zachary, through its syndication partner, Skyview Networks, announced the program’s continued growth into the Chicago market as it adds WXLC-FM to its affiliate lineup.

“It’s a great thing to be able to bring Erik Zachary back to Chicago with XYZ!” said Frank Wright, Program Director at WXLC-FM. “His love for pop culture combined with his engaging content online and on the air is top notch. What he brings to the table with the show is compelling and relevant to our audience and that is why we went with XYZ with Erik Zachary!”

Erik Zachary, host of XYZ with Erik Zachary, expressed his excitement for the added growth stating, “Chicago is both where I started on-air and where I spent the majority of my traditional radio career, so returning to Chicagoland airwaves with XYZ is beyond special, especially on a legacy station like WXLC!” XYZ with Erik Zachary is available five hours a night Monday through Friday and is also available on weekends.

For affiliation information, contact affiliation@skyviewsat.com or visit skyviewnetworks.com/xyz.

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Murphy, Sam And Jodi Add Richmond, Jackson, and Montgomery

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 25TH, 2023 –– Self-syndicated Murphy, Sam and Jodi show has added Summit Media Hot AC WURV FM (103.7 your variety) Richmond, VA., New South Radio AC WJKK FM (Mix 98.7) Jackson, MS., and Bluewater Broadcasting AC WQKS FM (Kiss FM 96.1) Montgomery, AL.

MSJ has the three F’s -- Friends, Family and Fun. Female led, the show is customized, delivering a live and locally connected morning show experience. Now, also available for PM drive. Click here to listen to Murphy, Sam and Jodi. For more information contact JUNE COLBERT at june@colbertmediagroup.com or (615) 202-5900.

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CRS Names Tracy Lawrence And Brent Michaels As Recipients Of 2023 Humanitarian Awards

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 25TH, 2023 –– The Country Radio Broadcasters has announced Tracy Lawrence (TL) as the recipient of the 2023 CRS Artist Humanitarian Award and Brent Michaels (TR) as the recipient of the 2023 Tom Rivers Humanitarian Award. Beverlee Brannigan, CRS/CRB Board member and Chairwoman of the CRS Awards Committee, spoke about this year’s honorees, saying “We commend both Humanitarian Award winners for deep and personal commitments to their causes. Tracy Lawrence's and Brent Michaels' contributions go far beyond simply lending their names or influence. Each has devoted personal time, talents, and resources over a significant period of time. The results of their initiatives have improved lives in their communities. We are beyond proud to recognize Tracy and Brent's efforts at CRS 2023.”

The CRB Artist Humanitarian Award was created in 1990 by the organization’s board, and honors a Country Artist whose philanthropic efforts have significantly improved the effectiveness and impact of the causes they support. This individual not only lends their name and influence but also dedicates their time, talent, and resources. Past recipients of the Artist Humanitarian Award have included Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Blake Shelton, Dierks Bentley, Zac Brown, Lady Antebellum, Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Trace Adkins, Randy Owen, Toby Keith, and Brad Paisley, among others.

Past recipients of the Tom Rivers Humanitarian Award include George G. Beasley, Lon Helton, Heather Froglear, Dan Halyburton, “Dollar” Bill Lawson, Peter Smyth, Jeff Smulyan, Mary Quaas, and more. Both awards will be presented during the New Faces of Country Music® show on March 15, during CRS 2023.

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Walker Hayes To Guest Host Middays On Go Country 105 For Month Of February

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 25TH, 2023 –– Media Monument recording artist Walker Hayes has been tapped to “take over” the Midday show on Los Angeles’ Go Country 105 (KKGO), acting as guest host throughout the month of February. He'll hold down more weekdays from 10 AM – 2 PM PST beginning Monday January 30, 2023 through Friday February 24, 2023.

“We are thrilled to partner with such an amazing talent for the month of February! Walker has a huge following not only in the Southern California but around the world” stated Go Country 105 Station Manager Michael Levine.

“I am pumped to hit the airwaves on KKGO next month. Can’t wait to be a part of listener’s everyday lives for a little bit and share my stories” stated Walker Hayes. Fans around the world will be able to hear Walker Hayes each weekday at www.gocountry105.com and on the Go Country 105 mobile app.

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Deadline For 2023 Edward R. Murrow Awards Entries Is Just Two Weeks Away

Have you submitted your entries for the 2023 Edward R. Murrow Awards? The deadline to enter is Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 5 p.m. EST. That's just TWO WEEKS AWAY! Don't miss this chance to have your great work recognized nationwide

 Have you submitted your entries for the 2023 Edward R. Murrow Awards? There is less than one month to enter your work. The deadline for entry is 5 p.m. EST, Tuesday, Feb. 7! Enter Now! To be eligible, work must have been published between Jan. 1, 2022 and Dec. 31, 2022. Entrants are strongly encouraged to read the complete rules and category descriptions prior to submission. Any questions about eligibility can be directed to awards@rtdna.org. Radio Television Digital News Association | rtdna.org

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7Bieber Sells Music Rights To Hipgnosis; Lasso Returning

 

Justin Bieber Sells Music Rights to Blackstone-Backed Fund Hipgnosis

Chris Stapleton, Babyface To Sing At Super Bowl Pregame

Adult Swim Dumps 'Rick & Morty' Co-Creator After Domestic Abuse Charges Emerge

‘Everything Everywhere All At Once’Leads with 11 Oscar Nominations

Marilyn Monroe Biopic "Blonde" Tops Nominations For Razzie Awards

How Alec Baldwin's Charges Will Impact the Production of 'Rust'

‘Ted Lasso’ Will Return To Make Us Believe Again This Spring

Madonna Biopic for Universal Pictures Scrapped

NBC Los Angeles Sports Anchor Fred Roggin Departs After Four Decades

Do You Use These Words When You Apologize? It's Time To Stop, Researchers Say

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Spotify Cuts 6% of Its Workforce — Read Memo CEO Daniel Ek Sent To Staff

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 24TH, 2023 –– Spotify sent an internal memo yesterday announcing plans to lay off 6% of its workforce, or about 600 employees of a total workforce of around 9,800 people. Reportedly, 5,400 of its employees are based in the U.S. with 51,900 in Sweden. In the memo sent by Daniel Ek (shown left), Spotify’s CEO, he wrote: “Like many other leaders, I hoped to sustain the strong tailwinds from the pandemic and believed that our broad global business and lower risk to the impact of a slowdown in ads would 5insulate us,” Ek said. “In hindsight, I was too ambitious in investing ahead of our revenue growth. And for this reason, today, we are reducing our employee base by about 6% across the company.”

Ek added that he takes “full accountability for the moves that got us here today.”

According to CNBC, Laid-off employees will receive an average of five months of severance and continued health-care coverage, said Ek. Immigration support will also be available for workers whose immigration status is connected with their employment. The company warned in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing that the redundancy payouts would lead to roughly €35 5million ($38million) to €45 million of severance-related charges.

Dawn Ostroff (shown top right) Spotify’s head of content, is also leaving the firm. Ostroff, a former president of Conde Nast Entertainment, joined Spotify in 2018 to help the company grow its fledgling advertising and podcasting businesses. In her time at Spotify, Ostroff signed Barack and Michelle Obama’s production company Higher Ground Productions to have the former U.S. president and first lady work on exclusive podcasts for Spotify.

Ostroff also led the deal to get exclusive rights to the Joe Rogan Show (shown right) and was responsible for negotiating exclusive podcasting deals with Kim Kardashian, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

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Documentary In The Works On Specs Howard School

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 24TH, 2023 –– If your broadcasting career in radio, television or production has been influenced, established or, in any way, made possible by the legendary Specs Howard, or the school that bore his name, we want to hear from you!

Mr. Howard (aka Jerry Liebman) passed away on September 3, 2022 at the age of 96. His daughter, Alisa Zee is working with a team of area pros in putting together a documentary profiling her late father's life and what the Specs Howard School of Media Arts has done for countless graduates and friends across the nation. If you are one of these people, they want to hear from you. Reach out to Art Vuolo at artvuolo@aol.com with your story and contact information.

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JACOBS: Getting Schooled By A Bunch Of High Schoolers

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 24TH, 2023 –– Paul Jacobs, VP/General Manager of Jacobs Media, was recently invited to attend a “Lunch and Learn,” organized by the Local Impact Alliance. The topic? “How High School Students Are Filling The Local News Void” and the presentation was made by a high school radio station, WSDP (88.1 The Park) in Detroit's Plymouth-Canton area. 88.1 The Park is a student run radio station embedded in the school. WSDP is an award-winning radio station with a rich history. They’ve been nominated for three Marconi awards (in the public radio category) and have won numerous Michigan State Broadcaster honors. They are celebrating their 50th year on the air, an incredible accomplishment for any radio station.

In all, the station has more than 1,000 proud alumni. Numerous graduates of this high school program have gone on to stellar careers in broadcasting. The station is run by broadcaster and educator Bill Keith, and by Assistant General Manager and former journalist John Kreger. The station’s format is CHR, and their educational charge is to train students on all aspects of radio broadcasting, including news. During the presentation, Bill outlined why local news is of paramount importance to the community and democracy. He described his mission this way: “Our plan is to make 88.1 The Park more than a ‘high school’ radio station. We want to become a vital community resource.”

The Park's news operation is run by News Director Anuya Shetty and Public Affairs Director Avneet Pander. Their mission is a simple but important tone: “We want to give voice to all parts of the community who otherwise might not have a chance to get their information or stories out.” Continue reading here and find out how they're accomplishing this.

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Yung Joc Takes Over Mornings At B96.5 Louisville

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 24TH, 2023 –– Superadio Networks syndicated “Streetz Morning Takeover” hosted by rapper and Love and Hip Hop Atlanta star Yung Joc, joins WGZB-FM “B96.5” Louisville, KY for mornings replacing Nick Cannon. The Hip Hop morning show, based at Core Communications Streetz 94.5 Atlanta, has been in national syndication since 2020. WGZB also adds “The Streetz Weekend Countdown”, featuring Yung Joc, Mz. Shyneka and Shawty Shawty. In addition, The Streetz Weekend Countdown picks up four new affiliates, WGOV-FM Valdosta, GA; WRBJ-AM Jackson, MS; WFXA-FM Augusta, GA and WIFI-AM Trenton, NJ. The Streetz Morning Takeover and the Streetz Weekend Countdown lineup currently stand at 18 stations including Core’s WOJO-H2 Chicago and Cumulus R&B WEAS-FM Savannah.

Alpha Media Louisville Content Director, Armand “DJ Q” Flowers said, “WGZB/B96.5 is excited to welcome “Yung Joc & The Streetz Morning Takeover” as a partner to the Alpha Media Louisville, Kentucky market! We’re excited to continue the growth and success won both weekday mornings and Saturdays with The Streetz Weekend Countdown. I’m looking forward to giving our listeners a show with an edge, and with a lot of entertainment and relatability.” Superadio President, Eric Faison added, “Yung Joc and the Streetz Morning Takeover” is the fastest growing Hip Hop morning show in the country and adding Joc to mornings on a ratings monster like WGZB only proves the point.

For affiliation information on Yung Joc and the Streetz Morning Takeover and the Streetz Weekend Countdown, contact Raphael George, raphael@superadio.com.

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AJ Mansour Named Vice President Of Digital Sales For iHeart Minneapolis

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 24TH, 2023 –– iHeartMedia Minneapolis has named AJ Mansour Vice President of Digital Sales, effective immediately. He will report to Bekki Yang, Senior Vice President of Sales for iHeartMedia Minneapolis. “AJ has always been at the forefront of digital innovation here at iHeartMedia Minneapolis. He is the root behind the success we are now seeing with our radio stations’ brands both digitally and socially,” said Yang. As we continue to expand our scale and reach, we couldn’t be more excited to have AJ join our sales leadership team to lead the charge for us”.

Mansour began his career at iHeartMedia in 2007 with KFAN and is a graduate of Bethel University in St. Paul, MN. Mansour served as the region’s Digital Content Director and on air with KFAN Sports Radio and the Vikings Radio Network.

"I'm incredibly excited to embark on this new adventure with iHeartMedia Minneapolis as the new Vice President of Digital Sales," Mansour said. "My skills and expertise in digital and social content development along with the excitement and energy being pumped into the world of digital sales will offer unique opportunities and perspectives for our partners”.

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The Weather Channel And Skyview Networks Expand Their Partnership to Include SnoCountry Ski Reports

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 24TH, 2023 –– The Weather Channel and Skyview Networks announced the expansion of their partnership with the inclusion of SnoCountry Ski Reports on over 400 radio stations across the country.

5“This expansion with SnoCountry and The Weather Channel presents a dynamic opportunity for our ad partners, allowing them exclusive access to a highly-attractive, niche consumer at this time of year,” stated Jeanne-Marie Condo (right), President of Network Partnerships and Chief Revenue Officer of Skyview Networks. “Skyview Networks’ industry leadership is showcased in our ability to drive results for advertisers with specialized content, and with radio slated to reach 80% of people planning to take a ski vacation in the next 12 months, this is a winning approach to delivering that audience.”

"We’re excited to be partnering with a group that matches our passion for skiing and riding,” said Mike Colbourn, President of SnoCountry. “With The Weather Channel co-branding and Skyview Networks' proven network audio sales, we are looking forward to a successful season this year and for many seasons to come." For more information on SnoCountry, visit snocountry.com. Additional information on Skyview Networks’ audio, technology and syndication solutions is available at skyviewnetworks.com.

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Bloomberg Radio Brings Tax Tips to Affiliates For 2023 Tax Season

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 24TH, 2023 –– We're now at the official beginning of the 2023 tax season, and Bloomberg Radio is ready. As many Americans continue to work from home while others return to the office, this year’s taxes require special attention. Bloomberg Radio is meeting listeners' needs with a special series of daily tax tips designed to air in the 10 weeks leading up to mid-April, at the height of when listeners are preparing their personal income tax filings for 2022. Key Networks is distributing the daily feature: Bloomberg Tax Tips, consisting of 30-second audio reports, airing Monday throughFriday, February 6 through April 18.

Hosted by Bloomberg tax reporter Laura Davison, Bloomberg Tax Tips provide affiliate stations with highly desirable sponsorship opportunities and are available exclusively to affiliates of Bloomberg Radio, the world’s only global 24-hour business radio network.

Among the topics covered in Bloomberg Tax Tips for 2023 are: If you have been working from home in a different state than where your employer’s office is based, how does that affect your taxes? What’s new this year from the IRS? Can you claim your home office as a deduction?

Dennis Green, Chief Revenue Officer, Key Networks, said: "Whether we're talking about music radio or news radio, listeners all have a common interest - their money. There's no source better than Bloomberg to give them the information they need affecting their taxes - and ultimately their bank accounts." For more information and to get Bloomberg Tax Tips for your station, contact Dennis Green, Chief Operating Officer, Key Networks, at 844.KEY.NETS or dennis@keynetworks.com.

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PODCAST: Crossover Media Group Adds 'Justice Matters With Glenn Kirschner'

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 24TH, 2023 –– Crossover Media Group has added “Justice Matters with Glenn Kirschner,” hosted by the highly regarded legal and political-ethics expert, to its podcast roster. The new podcast launches today. Kirschner, an

American attorney, a former U.S. Army JAG, former career prosecutor at the U.S. Department of Justice and an NBC News/MSNBC legal analyst, will address matters related to politics, the law, government ethics and the criminal judicial system on his new three-times a week podcast, published Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

The Crossover Media Group lineup also includes dozens of other popular podcasts and personalities in the genres of news, sports, true-crime, history, business, science, lifestyle, entertainment and pop culture – a content portfolio which recently expanded with the addition of “The Official Yellowstone Podcast.”

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7 Oscar Nominations; Grammy Predictions; Lorne Michaels Honored

 

2023 Oscar Nominations: See the Full List

2023 Grammy Awards Predictions: Best Music Video

Tim Allen Denies Flashing Pamela Anderson On ‘Home Improvement’ Set

Lorne Michaels of 'SNl' To Be Honored At Pen America Gala

Ticketmaster Plans to Blame Scalpers for Taylor Swift Debacle at Senate Hearing

NYPD Videoing People Leaving Drake Concert Worries Privacy Advocates

Stevie Nicks Announces 2023 North American Tour

M&M’s Replaces Cartoon ‘Spokescandies’ With Maya Rudolph After ‘Woke’ Backlash From Fox News

Doja Cat, A Picture Of 'Inferno,' Was Covered In Paint And 30,000 Crystals At Haute Couture Week

Martha Stewart Reveals She’s Still Swooning Over Pics Of This Actor

 

 

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Beloved 'XRT Chicago Personality Lin Brehmer Loses His Long Battle With Cancer At 68

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 23RD, 2023 –– Beloved longtime WXRT-FM Chicago host Lin Brehmer passed away on Sunday following his long battle with prostate cancer. "It is with a heavy heart that we must inform you that we all lost our best friend. Lin Brehmer fought cancer as long as he could. He passed early this morning, peacefully, with his wife and son by his side," posted Terri Hemmert. (today) at 10am, his XRT family will celebrate the incredible life of our best friend in the whole world. We'll hold each other up through this heart-breaking time. Lin would want that. Take nothing for granted." ~Terri Hemmert. Hemmert informed listeners of his death on Sunday morning.

Brehmer had been on the air in mornings since 1991 until 2020, when he moved to middays. The Chicago Tribune's Rick Kogan reports that his first radio job was at WQBK-FM in Albany (where he became known as “The Reverend of Rock ‘n’ Roll”), before arriving here to become music director at WXRT in 1984, helping define that station’s personality. Brehmer met his wife, Sara Farr, in college.

Last July, Brehmer announced that he would take a leave of absence from the station to continue his treatment, which included radiation, biopsies and drug therapies. He returned to the air in late November. Kogan writes that "his return delighted his fans and friends. Many of them were crushed by the news of his death Sunday and shared bright memories and tearful sentiments."

Brehmer, 68. is survived by his wife Sara and son and will be memorialized, in part, on WXRT-FM 93.1 with a special block of programming beginning at 10 a.m. Monday, the time that Brehmer’s show regularly began. Further memorials are being planned.

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101.5 KGB-FM San Diego Debuts 'KGB Mornings With Sarah, Boyer And Clint'

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 23RD, 2023 –– iHeartMedia San Diego’s 101.5 KGB FM, San Diego welcomes its all new KGB Mornings with Sarah, Boyer and Clint,” starting today, January 23, 2023. “KGB Mornings with Sarah, Boyer and Clint” will broadcast weekdays from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. The new show will team longtime 101.5 KGB-FM afternoon drive personality, Clint August with two former members of the legendary “DSC” morning show, Sarah Beebe and Chris Boyer.

“It’s an honor to be a part of a heritage radio station like 101.5 KGB in any capacity but the move to mornings is truly is a game changer for me,” said Clint August. “Who wouldn’t want to goof around on a microphone with good friends like Sarah and Boyer? They encouraged me to go for this, so I’m forever grateful to them, my co-workers and to management for allowing me to be a part of this exciting new chapter. I can't help but feel tremendous gratitude to the listeners over the past twelve years who’ve been so supportive.”

“Clint in my mind was always on the back burner as a candidate only because I viewed him as the perfect afternoon drive host. Boy was I wrong,” said Shauna Moran, Director of Rock Programming for iHeartMedia San Diego. “During the first audition on air with Sarah and Boyer I knew in my gut there was something really special there. It was seamless. Then, with overwhelming feedback from the listeners -- many who were P1 ‘DSC’ show listeners -- it just sealed the deal. There was no denying he was the right person for the job.”

The new show follows the retirements of Dave Rickards and Cookie “Chainsaw” Randolph, who hosted “The DSC Show” for 32 years.

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Jade Alexander Joins HITS 97.3 Miami As Morning Host

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 23RD, 2023 –– Cox Media Group (“CMG”) has named Jade Alexander Morning Host for HITS 97.3 The Rhythm of Miami, effective today. Alexander, a native of South Florida, is known for her many years as a local radio personality and television Entertainment Reporter and News Anchor.

“I’ve not only grown up in South Florida, I’ve grown up with the extraordinarily supportive, fiercely loyal, ‘sit down and have a Cafecito with me even though we just met’ community that it is,” said Alexander “Being able to continue to share our lives together, from the very building that I cracked open the mic for the first time in my career, is a mind-blowing gift. This Miami girl is beyond excited to be a part of ‘The Rhythm of Miami’ on Hits 97.3 and to work with a team that embraces the vibrancy of our city that spills over into three area codes. Grateful to God, CMG Miami, and the generosity of the listeners…the most valuable element of a radio station.”

“Jade Alexander is a Miami Media Icon, I’m so excited to welcome her back to the airwaves to entertain the community she loves,” added Ian Richards, Director of Branding and Programming. HITS 97.3 was relaunched in September 2021 as Rhythmic HOT AC The Rhythm of Miami.

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Andrew Giuliani Joins 77 WABC Radio As Contributing Friend To Sid & Friends

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 23RD, 2023 –– 77 WABC Radio has named Andrew Giuliani, son of America’s Mayor and WABC Radio host Rudy Giuliani and Donna Hanover, to its on-air team. Giuliani will be a contributing friend on Sid & Friends In the Morning, hosted by Sid Rosenberg. In addition, Giuliani will also guest co-host Cats At Night, the 5 to 6pm weekday show hosted by John Catsimatidis, owner of 77 WABC Radio and parent Red Apple Media.

“I’ve always admired Andrew’s tenacity as a politician and his quick wit, and I look forward to bringing that dynamic to WABC,” stated Chad Lopez, President of 77 WABC Radio and Red Apple Media.

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Greenville's Rise Guys And Steel Hands Brewing Announce New Rise Guys P1 Lager Beer Brand

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 23RD, 2023 –– Audacy's 93.3 Planet Rocks Greenville announces "The Rise Guys’" new craft beer launch in partnership with Steel Hands Brewing in Cayce, SC. The Rise Guys P1 Lager is inspired by the wildly popular and irreverent rocking personalities of the top-rated “Rise Guys” morning show on 93.3 Planet Rocks (WTPT-FM) in Greenville, SC. “'The Rise Guys’ have a huge and loyal audience, are irreverent and entertaining, and deliver consistently high ratings,” said Steve Sinicropi, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Audacy South Carolina. “We wanted a fantastic beer at the level of the show, and we found it with The Rise Guys P1 Lager from the talented brewers at Steel Hands Brewing.

“This is simple. We have an incredible, loyal fan base and our ratings are at an all-time high. Steel Hands is a first class operation and Budweiser, well, they’re the king,” said Mattman, host, ‘The Rise Guys’ Morning Show. “This is a collaboration of epic proportions especially considering Spinx is now involved, too. But aside from all of that, the beer is so good, really crisp, clean and refreshing!”

Launched on January 15, 2003, “The Rise Guys” morning show is also heard on Bayou 95.7 (WRXR-FM) in New Orleans, LA, Rock 105 in Chattanooga, TN (WKBU-FM), and heard nationwide on the Audacy app and website. The show features Mattman and Nine and their co-hosts, Fat Boy and Paige.

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Tino Cochino's TCR PLUS+ Added In Toledo

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 23RD, 2023 –– The YEA Networks nationally syndicated Tino Cochino Radio show recently launched TCR PLUS+ a 4 hour weekend show filled with primetime content that gives stations full control of the music and clocks.

Morning co-host Andrew Z said in part,"Tino has been part of Party 103-3 (WTOD HD2) since Labor Day weekend of 2022. Tino was a perfect fit and we considered no one else for afternoons. ... When I got the opportunity to get more Tino I said… YES please!!! We didn’t even hesitate signing up for TCR PLUS+!!!"

Get TCR PLUS+ and upgrade your weekend today by reaching out to Mikey@tinocochinoradio.com or Scott@yeanetworks.com

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PODCAST: '4 Things With Amy Brown (Live)' Comes To Nashville On March 25

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 23RD, 2023 ––Premiere Networks personality Amy Brown, co-host of iHeartMedia’s “The Bobby Bones Show,” will bring her “4 Things with Amy Brown” podcast to Nashville on Saturday, March 25, at the Franklin Theatre.

This is the second event in the “4 Things with Amy Brown (Live)” series. Hundreds of listeners from all over the country gathered in Wichita last November for the inaugural event, which featured special guests including DeFatta and Cristi Dozier, Brown’s sister and star of the HGTV series “Building Roots,” along with special video messages from Country stars Dierks Bentley, Walker Hayes, Little Big Town, and singer/songwriter/producer Nicolle Galyon. For more information, please visit http://radioamy.com/.

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Richard E. Wiley, Former FCC Chair/CommishTo Receive BFOA 2023 Lifetime Achievement Award

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 23RD, 2023 –– Richard E. Wiley, former Chairman, Commissioner, and General Counsel of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has been announced as the 2023 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient by the Broadcasters Foundation of America (BFOA). The Lifetime Achievement Award honors an individual who has made invaluable contributions to the television and radio industries and will be presented to Wiley during the Golden Mike Award gala on Monday, March 6, at the Plaza Hotel in New York City.

“I am honored to receive this Lifetime Achievement Award from the Broadcasters Foundation,” Wiley said. “Since arriving at the FCC more than 50 years ago, and co-founding our DC law firm almost 40 years ago, it’s been a privilege to work with broadcasters on landmark innovations including the development of high-definition TV. I’m proud to be a part of this great industry’s evolution, and to support the Foundation’s mission of providing a critical safety net for members of the broadcast profession.”

For information, or to reserve a seat or table at the Golden Mike Award gala and fundraiser, please contact the Broadcasters Foundation at 212-373-8250 or info@thebfoa.org.

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Remembering Iconic Philly Host Jerry Blavat - 'The Geater With The Heator'

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 23RD, 2023 –– Famed Philly host Jerry Blavat passed away last week at the age of 82. Jerry was Philadelphia’s music diplomat, an international celebrity, deejay, and TV personality reports showbiz411. On radio he was nicknamed “The Geator with the Heater.” He literally made groups like the Four Seasons and the Isley Brothers, was instrumental in the careers of Todd Rundgren and Daryl Hall, and everyone from Philadelphia International.

Radio videographer Art Vuolo who pieced a special tribute video to Blavat says, "This took a LOT longer to produce than expected, but I wanted to make it special. One of the best video montages was produced by WPVI (formerly WFIL-TV) Channel 6 in Philadelphia." Watch Tribute HERE

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7 Beyonce Gives 1st Performance In 5 Years; 'Avatar' Crosses $2B Mark

 

Beyoncé Gives First Performance Since 2020 at Dubai Hotel Opening

Actor Jeremy Renner Says He Broke More Than 30 Bones In Snowplow Accident

Sally Field To Be Honored With The Life Achievement Award At The Sag Awards

‘Avatar’ Marks 6 Straight Weeks At No. 1, Crosses $2 Billion

‘Rust’ To Be Completed And Still Star Alec Baldwin As He Faces Involuntary Manslaughter Charges In Death

Hundreds Celebrate Lisa Marie Presley's Life At Graceland Ceremony

... Celebrated By Sarah Ferguson, Axl Rose, Austin Butler And More

David Crosby Was Working on a Planned Tour and New Album Up to the Day He Died

Amy Robach & T.J. Holmes Prepare To Sue ABC As ‘GMA3’ Future Seems Unlikely

Pamela Anderson Claims Tim Allen Flashed Her on ‘Home Improvement’ Set

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Advance Registration Now Open For Morning Show Boot Camp 35 Set For August 10 & 11, Dallas, TX

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THE MOUTH, JANUARY 23RD, 2023 –– Advance registration for Morning Show Boot Camp 35 is now open. Talentmasters' 35th Annual Morning Show Boot Camp (MSBC) is pitching tent for the first-time ever in Dallas on August 10 & 11, 2023 at the beautiful, newly-opened, Marriott Uptown Hotel. Click HERE to register in advance and save!

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Registration to the Marriott is now available by CLICKING HERE - As always, this special conference rate and block of rooms are limited and offered on a first-come basis.

For more information, contact Don Anthony at themouth@tds.net, or by phone at 770-737-2700. In the coming weeks, we'll load our website with more info on sponsorships and other opportunities. Be sure and ask about our special GROUP RATES for multiple registrants.

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Urban One’s Reach Media Comedian-Actress Amanda Seales’ New Syndicated Show Headed To Charlotte

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 20TH, 2023 –– Amanda Seales, comedian, multi-hyphenate, and social justice advocate, has added syndicated radio host to her growing list of achievements. The Amanda Seales syndicated radio show premieres Monday, January 23rd on WOSF-HD1 FM – 102.5 The Block.

5“I am beyond excited to be partnering with Radio One and Reach Media Inc. to launch The Amanda Seales Show. After years of sticking with my brand of comedy and academy to cultivate a community, this feels like more than an opportunity, but a purpose-filled possibility to empower and change minds using humor to translate the truth,” said Amanda Seales.

Jeff “Uzi D” Anderson, Operations Manager for Radio One, Inc. – Charlotte added, “We’re excited to welcome Amanda Seales, who has proven herself as a brilliant mind, a talented actress, comedian, and an outspoken voice of the culture who is certain to make a huge impact in Charlotte.”

Joined by co-host, Marc “DJ Nailz” Dixon of Power 105.7 Columbus, audiences will get a full dose of the comedian’s unfiltered opinions, fact-based insights, and hilariously real point of view each day. Colby Tyner, Senior VP Programming of Urban One’s Radio One and Reach Media divisions, who worked to bring the parties together said, “From her Smart Funny & Black show to HBO’s Insecure, Amanda is an exceptional creative force who uses her comedic and social media skills to entertain but also enlighten audiences.”

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KDWB Minneapolis' E.White And WIOQ Philly's Rach Expand To 'Weekend Mornings' On iHeart

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 20TH, 2023 –– KDWB Minneapolis' night phenom E. White and Q102/WIQQ Philly midday host Rach have been doing a separate show on KDWB at night for the past 7 months. Now iHeart is expanding it to weekend mornings. E. White tells Jockline, "We're on in Cleveland, Cincinnati, and St. Louis as well as KDWB in Minneapolis! It is currently a fully iHeart related project. It's a huge step in the right direction for us, as we would love to eventually turn it into a full-time, M-F show! "

Rach, like E.White's nighttime show, is also syndicated on iHeart Top 40 stations. Before Q, she co-hosted mornings at WPUR in Atlantic City and before that, mornings on WKPQ in Corning, NY. They both both still doing our usual duties on our home stations and other iHeart stations across the country, so this is in addition to all their other duties

As you'll see via the instagram link below, It's super-interactive, lots of callers, social media, but still has a local feel with weekend rundowns and highlights of what's going on in the cities where it airs! Check out their social media @ewhiteandrachshow. You can also watch HERE

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LISTEN: WBAP Dallas Morning Host Hal Jay Tells Listeners 'He's In Need Of A Heart Transplant'

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THE MOUTH, JANUARY 20TH, 2023 –– On Monday, longtime WBAP Dallas Morning Host Hal Jay called into the WBAP studio with Ernie Brown and Brad Barton, and informed his listeners that he is in need of a heart transplant. He has been a fixture on DFW morning radio for over 40 years. "Last Tuesday night, I had a ventricular tachycardia event and fell to the floor, and my cardiologist, Dr. Shaw, had me transferred to Baylor Scott & White University Medical Center," Jay shared.

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Spending the week at the Dallas facility, Jay continued to rest and underwent testing as doctors monitored the situation. But Saturday night, Jay again suffered another ventricular tachycardia event. Jay continued: "I asked the doctor, 'How sick am I?' And he said you are really sick; your heart is done." Since the incident, Hal Jay has been placed on the heart transplant list. Of the four levels of the list, pending severity, Jay is listed as a level two. It is unknown at this time when a transplant will take place.

Hal Jay finished his visit Monday by thanking listeners for their prayers, mentioning he intends to document his transplant journey and check in with the WBAP Morning News as he is able. *According to Johns Hopkins, ventricular tachycardia is a type of abnormal heart rhythm. It occurs when the lower chamber of the heart beats too fast to pump well, and the body doesn't receive enough oxygenated blood. Listen to call HERE, or by clicking on above graphic.

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Audacy Announces ALT Leadership Updates

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 20TH, 2023 –– Christine Malovetz has been elevated to Vice President, Alternative Programming and Operations. She will remain Regional Vice President for ALT 98.7 (WDZH-FM) in Detroit and ALT 92.3 (WINS-HD2) in New York.

Ross Mahoney (BL) steps into the Regional Vice President position for 104.3 The Shark (WSFS-FM) in Miami, while continuing to oversee alternative programming at ALT 96.5 (KRBZ-FM) in Kansas City, FM 101.9 (WQMP-FM) in Orlando, and ALT 102.1 (WRXL-FM) in Richmond.

Brad Steiner (BR) joins Ross as Regional Brand Manager for ALT 102.1 in Richmond, and maintains the same role at ALT 98.7 in Detroit, 104.3 The Shark in Miami and ALT 92.3 in New York.

Christine fell in love with alternative radio in the 90s and began her programming career at her hometown station, WBRU in Providence. Her radio journey included stops in Philadelphia (Y100), and Chicago (Q101) before landing in New York to join Audacy in 2018.

Ross started in radio in 1996 at WPBZ “103.1 The Buzz” in West Palm Beach, FL where he served as Music Director, Assistant Program Director and Afternoon Host until December 2011. Programming stops followed at WRMR Modern Rock 98.7 in Wilmington, NC from 2013 to 2016, KXTE X107.5 in Las Vegas from 2016 to 2020. Ross returned to Audacy in July of 2022 as Regional Vice President of Alternative where he currently oversees programming for WQMP-FM in Orlando, KRBZ-FM in Kansas City and WRXL-FM in Richmond.

After 20 years in Chattanooga as Assistant Program Director of WDOD, Brad Steiner left to rebuild WZRH-FM in New Orleans into the regional success it is today, leading it through recovery from Hurricane Ida damage that destroyed the 1,000 foot broadcast tower. Brad joined Audacy's alternative team as a Regional Brand Manager in 2022.

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Sarah Weaver Rises To PD At WKML 95.7 in Fayetteville, North Carolina

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 20TH, 2023 –– Beasley Media Group has named Sarah Weaver Program Director at WKML 95.7 in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Weaver began her radio career in 2013 at KMVN in Anchorage, AK before joining Beasley Fayetteville in 2016 as the Midday Personality on WKML.

She was named Co-Host of the Big Wake Up morning show in August of 2017 and assumed the Music Director and Assistant Program Director duties shortly thereafter.

“Sarah has worked hard for this promotion and I’m so happy that she has accepted the position of program director at the legendary 95.7 WKML,” said Tee Gentry, Beasley Media Group Vice President of Brand Strategies and Regional Operations Manager of the company’s Augusta and Fayetteville radio clusters. “Sarah has a strong passion for local radio and country music. I can’t wait to cheer her on as she does great things with Beasley Media Group!”

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Chris Crawford Named 95.5 WSB APD

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 20TH, 2023 –– Cox Media Group (“CMG”) Atlanta announced that Chris Crawford has been named Assistant Program Director for 95.5 WSB (WSB-AM/WSBB-FM) in Atlanta, GA effective immediately. In this role, Chris will be working with the WSB team to support all aspects of the stations on-air and off-air strategic executions.

Crawford comes to 95.5 WSB after serving 7 years as the Op Manager/Morning Show Producer at CMG Orlando WDBO 107.3 FM and 580 AM. “I’m excited Chris will be part of the WSB programming leadership team,” said Ken Charles, Director of Branding and Programming for 95.5 WSB. “His passion for the product and station will help WSB continue to be the market leader for news and entertaining talk.”

“I could not be more thrilled to be given the opportunity to be the Assistant Program Director at 95.5 WSB. To be able to work at a station of this magnitude alongside the likes of Ken Charles is a radio dream job,” said Crawford. “I never imagined I would be in this position when I arrived here in June, but I’m incredibly excited and motivated to take on this role.”

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NETWORKS: Eric V. Romero Joins United Stations As Chief Revenue Officer

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 20TH, 2023 –– United Stations announced the addition of Eric V. Romero in the role of Chief Revenue Officer. In his new role, Romero will oversee all of the company’s advertising sales efforts. Romero joins United Stations fresh from a successful stint as the Sr. Director of Network Sales for Fútbol de Primera, the exclusive Spanish audio-rights holder for the FIFA 2022 World Cup. Romero has a long history in audio advertising sales dating back to his entry into the field in 1989 at WPOW, Miami. He then sold local and national airtime in the Hispanic television space for CBS, Petry Television, Univision, and HBO Latin America.

Meanwhile, Romero’s predecessor at United Stations, Greg Janoff, will remain with the company in a consulting role. Regarding these moves, United Stations Chairman/CEO Nick Verbitsky commented, “We want to thank Greg for his contributions and leadership and are thrilled to continue having him as an advisor to United Stations. Eric is a talented and energized sales executive whose commitment to serving the advertising community is well documented. His ability to create marketing partnerships for some of the world’s biggest companies and his understanding of event programming is a perfect fit with our current mission.” Romero may be reached at eromero@unitedstations.com.

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Ace TJ Media To Partner With Stout Factor Marketing

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 20TH, 2023 –– Personality based advertising agency Ace TJ Media and media strategy and marketing company Stout Factor announced a new partnership geared to companies throughout the Southeast. The companies will combine their expertise in both traditional (radio/tv/print) and digital (podcast/streaming/social/apps) media to create ground breaking campaigns and results.

“Excited to see this partnership grow and what we will accomplish together for our clients and advertisers. We have always enjoyed working with the Ace and TJ Family and this is an amazing natural next step for both The Ace and TJ Family and Stout Factor Marketing!” - Krista Stout, owner and founder, Stout Factor. “We are thrilled to join forces with Ace and TJ. Their experience and consistent success in Charlotte and other markets is impressive and we can’t wait to get to work helping businesses grow their brands and increase their bottom line.”

Having Stout Factor and ATJ Media on the same team is going to be a game changer" said TJ, co-president, Ace TJ Media. “Media consumption has changed and continues to change. Brands now have more marketing options than ever to reach targeted customers. This partnership will match the right brands with the right strategies to hit goals.”

For information contact Adam Goodman at 843 212-6522 [ALG@RadioButtonNetwork.com].

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CRS Announces Unemployment, Student And Single-Day Rates

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 20TH, 2023 –– Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc. is now offering Unemployment and Student rates for CRS 2023, to be held March 13-15 at Omni Nashville Hotel. This year’s Unemployment rate is $199 and will be offered to professionals who have found themselves displaced and looking for their next opportunity between CRS 2022 and now, and the Student rate is $149. Single-day passes are also being made available for purchase. Single-day passes (limited to two-day passes per person) are $249 and includes access to panels, speakers, luncheons, and networking destinations on the day of pass purchase, with the exception of Friday’s New Faces of Country Music show.

To apply for the Unemployment or Student rate, interested parties must submit their information at Country Radio Seminar’s registration page no later than Feb. 13. Registrants will need to select the rate they are applying for as the registration type to be considered for the discounted rate. Contact Ashley Bourque at (615) 329-2615 or ashley@crb.org for any questions about the application.

For anyone who wishes to attend CRS 2023 and does not qualify for a discounted rate, General Registration is available for $649 per person. For more information and to register for CRS 2023, visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com

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7 David Crosby Passes Away At 81; Stills And Nash Remember

 

Legendary Singer-Songwriter David Crosby Dies at 81

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... Graham Nash on Longtime Friend and Fellow Singer David Crosby

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EDISON: Today, Gen Zers Are 'Digital Natives'

THE MOUTH, JANUARY 19TH, 2023 –– In yesterday's webinar titled 'Media Habits of Gen Z, Edison VP Megan Lazovick shared insight from a number of conversations with Gen Zers whom she says are quite different when compared to their study of the younger generation from 10 years ago. Back then, Edison Research released a study called “Meet the Millennials” at the Country Radio Seminar. In that presentation, we outlined and explained the unique habits and interests of the young generation of the moment.

Lazovick adds, "Let me tell you, studying today’s young generation, Gen Z, has been remarkably different. Ten years ago, we researchers were still packing our suitcases and flying around the country to talk to study participants. While that’s still done today, it’s much easier to have conversations with people all over the country remotely. And after the past few years of remote learning, this younger generation is almost more comfortable with participating in such a study via Zoom rather than in person.



In the Millennial study, we observed people who were raised on analog shift to digital. Today, Gen Zers are digital natives. In the graph above from Share of Ear, we see just how much of their audio listening is spent with digital platforms:

While we had pleasant, informative conversations with young Millennials years ago, today we are having deep conversations with a very self-aware Gen Z generation. The pandemic and many other world events have shaped this generation, along with the technology they use to experience it all. Conversations about mental health and self-care are much more socially acceptable today, and Gen Zers are more willing to open up about these topics. In our “Meet the Millennials” study, we met young adults excited to take on the world. In one of the videos shown, a participant says,  “I’m starting my new life soon, but for now, I’m living in the moment.” Another participant says, “I think we experience a lot of grief or dread, and we don’t necessarily have outlets or guidance in how to move through that and deal with that.” WATCH HERE

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