Taylor Swift, Sza And Wallen Take Top 3 Spots In iHeartRewind Most Listened To Artists List
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 4TH 2023 –– iHeartRewind unveiled its list of the most listened to music and artists of the year! iHeartRewind is compiled by tallying the the total audience spins (TAS) and streams across iHeartRadio stations nationwide and on the iHeartRadio app. iHeartRewind features the top artists + songs by categories (Overall, Pop, Country, Hip-Hop, Alternative and R&B), along with top songs/stations/podcasts by Generation and Season. The No. 1 song reached an audience of more than 1.4 billion, while the top artist tallied more than 2.8 billion! 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.
Top Overall Artists 2023 Taylor Swift (2.8+ billion) Sza (2.3+ billion) Morgan Wallen (2.1+ billion) The Weeknd (1.89+ billion) Miley Cyrus (1.87+ billion) Luke Combs (1.85+ billion) Metro Boomin (1.4+ billion) Rema & Selena Gomez (1.2+ billion) Ed Sheeran (1.1+ million) Post Malone (1+ billion)
Top Overall Songs 2023 “Flowers” Miley Cyrus (1.4+ billion) “Creepin’” Metro Boomin featuring The Weeknd & 21 Savage (1.3+ billion) “Calm Down” Rema & Selena Gomez (1.2+ billion) “Die For You” The Weeknd (1.11+ billion) “Kill Bill” Sza (1.1+ billion) “Sure Thing” Miguel (850.6+ million) “Last Night” Morgan Wallen (778.8+ million) “Anti-Hero” Taylor Swift (771.5+ million) “I’m Good (Blue)” David Guetta & Bebe Rexha (745.9+ million) “Snooze” Sza (692.7+ million See complete list here
Bridget England Promoted To PD For Cincinnati’s 96 Rock
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 4TH 2023 –– Cumulus promoted Bridget England to Program Director of 96 Rock/WFTK-FM in Cincinnati. England has been heard on 96 Rock’s morning show for the past 12 years and will continue to host mornings for the station, in addition to her new role.
Jon Laing, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Cincinnati, said: “Promoting from within the company ranks is exciting! It rewards loyalty and expertise and fosters a winning culture. Bridget has demonstrated strong leadership and we’re pleased to elevate her to Program Director of 96 Rock.” Keith Mitchell, Operations Manager, Cumulus Cincinnati, commented: “Having started as my intern at another station, to becoming 96 Rock’s morning show host 12 years ago, Bridget has achieved her goal of programming 96 Rock. Bridget knows the 96 Rock brand inside and out and has a passion for our listeners and the Rock format. I’m excited for her to take on this well-deserved opportunity and am confident she will take the station to a new level as Program Director.”
Bridget England remarked: “I am beyond excited to slide into the driver’s seat as Program Director of 96 Rock. This station has been my home for the last 12 years and this team is like family. Thanks to Jon Laing, Keith Mitchell, and John Dimick for handing over the keys! Let's rock!”
Beth Coughlin Rises To Regional/VP For Cumulus Syracuse - Adds Buffalo, NY and Erie, PA
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 4TH 2023 –– Cumulus has promoted Beth Coughlin to Regional Vice President of Cumulus Media in Buffalo, NY, Erie, PA, and Syracuse, NY. Coughlin currently serves as Vice President/Market Manager of Cumulus Syracuse and adds responsibilities for Cumulus Media’s five radio stations in Buffalo, five radio stations in Erie, and extensive digital offerings to her purview. Prior to joining Cumulus Media in October 2015, Coughlin had over 20 years of broadcast and digital experience, starting with WSYR TV and WUTR TV in Syracuse and Utica, as well as Albany, NY.
Bob Walker, President, Operations, Cumulus Media, said: “We are pleased to expand Beth’s responsibilities over these three key markets for Cumulus. Her deep experience and effectiveness as a leader make her a natural choice for this enhanced role.”
Beth Coughlin commented: “I am delighted to be working with the Cumulus teams in Buffalo and Erie. We will continue to serve advertisers and community partners with the strength of heritage stations, leveraging our powerful marketing platforms of audio and digital. I am proud to join these talented teams!”
Skyview Networks Inks Multi-Year Renewal With CBS Audio Network
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 4TH 2023 –– Paramount’s CBS Audio Network and Skyview Networks announced today the multi-year renewal of their distribution and network audio sales partnership. Since initially partnering in 2018 and following a successful renewal in 2020, the award-winning network and the industry-leading audio solutions company will continue leveraging their expertise to drive revenue results for CBS’s news and music formats while providing audio distribution and technical innovation.
“The CBS standard for excellence shines in our partnership,” said Jeanne-Marie Condo, President of Network Partnerships and Chief Revenue Officer of Skyview Networks. “CBS is deeply committed to radio, working to provide outstanding programming that engages listeners. The continued growth of CBS affiliates is impressive and helps deliver significant results for the ad community. CBS is a profound partner with their forward thinking and dedication to radio nationwide. It is a privilege and honor to continue our partnership.”
“I’m excited that CBS and Skyview are actively exploring additional news and entertainment content for audio consumers. By working closely together, we will increase revenue, enhance listener engagement, and expand our dominant position within the audio space,” said Steve Jones (shown), President and Chief Executive Officer of Skyview Networks. For more information on the CBS Audio Network, visit cbsaudio.com. For additional details on Skyview Networks’ programming partnership portfolio and broadcast technology, visit skyviewnetworks.com.
PODCASTS: WorldStarHipHop Debuts ‘Immediately Kinfolk’ With Kia Shine On Podbean
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 4TH 2023 –– Podbean announced the debut of the WorldStarHipHop Podcast, “Immediately Kinfolk” on the platform. Created and hosted by Grammy nominated writer-producer, rapper and actor Kia Shine and co-hosted by music producer, DeRone Payne.
Kinfolk showcases artists, athletes, comedians, producers, businesses and creatives from all over the world. Known for its entertaining and uplifting banter, Immediately Kinfolk features interviews, live performances, music reviews and provides listeners with a behind-the-scenes look at the most current topics, trends and talent in the music industry.
Kia Shine is a globally recognized actor starring in several movies like; “They Cloned Tyrone,” with Jamie Foxx which held the #1 spot on Netflix for several weeks this past Summer and received 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, the Sony Pictures theatrical release of “Superfly” starring opposite of Donald Glover, and the award winning television series, “Atlanta'' on FX. Shine is also a rapper, songwriter and producer working most recently with Interscope artist, Glorilla, on “Get That Money,” featured on her gold debut album.
For more information about advertising in “Immediately Kinfolk,” reach out to email@example.com.
Rachel Leviss Returns With New iHeartPodcast 'Rachel Goes Rogue'
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 4TH, 2023 –– Television personality Rachel Leviss, together with iHeartPodcasts, the No. 1 podcast publisher globally according to Podtrac, announce “Rachel Goes Rogue” premiering January 8, 2024. “Rachel Goes Rogue” will be executive produced by iHeartPodcasts and Bethenny Frankel and the “Just B” Podcast Network.
Opening up about her mental health breakdown and intensive treatment on the podcast, Leviss will aspire to inspire, bring awareness to mental health issues and challenge the stigma surrounding treatment. Every topic is on the table with Rachel confronting her truths, exposing secrets, and drawing strength from her continued transformations. She will also welcome prominent guests spanning the realms of entertainment, pop culture, mental health and self-help.
“Rachel Goes Rogue” is distributed by iHeartPodcasts and will be available in the new year on the iHeartRadio app and everywhere podcasts are heard. Follow @rachelgoesroguepodcast and @rachelleviss on Instagram for updates.
Nicki Minaj Joins Lineup For iHeartRadio Y100’s Jingle Ball 2023
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 4TH 2023 –– Y100 (100.7 FM), Miami announced Nicki Minaj will join the lineup for the iHeartRadio Y100’s Jingle Ball 2023 Presented by Capital One, taking place on Saturday, December 16 at 7:30 p.m. at Amerant Bank Arena. Y100’s Jingle Ball 2023 Presented by Capital One will feature performances from Nicki Minaj, Marshmello, AJR, Flo Rida, Ludacris, LANY, Nicky Jam, Shaggy, David Kushner, Kenya Grace, Kaliii, Paul Russell and AleXa.
Y100 Jingle Ball 2023 is part of the national iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour Presented by Capital One, the season’s biggest annual holiday music event that captures the music and holiday spirit of the iHeartRadio app with performances by this year’s biggest artists in Tampa; Dallas/Ft. Worth; Los Angeles; Chicago; Detroit; New York; Boston; Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia; Atlanta; and Miami/Ft. Lauderdale.
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STUDY: Weekly AM/FM Listening Among Adults 25-64 At 86% - Unchanged From 2022
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 1ST, 2023 –– FMR Associates-Eastlan Study is good news for Broadcasters. Weekly AM-FM Radio Listening among Adults 25-64 is at 86%, unchanged from 2022. Significantly, cume listening is strong and consistent regardless of age, sex, market rank or geographic region. Weekly AM-FM Radio Listening is well ahead of other audio options. In an environment of audio choice, radio remains the clear preference and listening is stable, not declining.
2023 was the first year in a decade that podcast listening did NOT go up. Weekly Podcast listening in 2022 was at 25% and 24% in 2023, statistically unchanged.
The National Listening Study for FMR Associates and Eastlan Ratings is conducted from March-October each year. The statistically projectable national survey of 1500 25- to 64-year-old adults from the thousands surveyed each month by FMR Associates and Eastlan was demographically balanced and geographically representative. The full survey will be released to Eastlan and FMR Clients on December 15th.
For more info, contact Kent Phillips at FMR Associates 425-891-7119 Kent@fmrassociates.com
RAB Names Mike Hulvey President And CEO; Erica Farber Stepping Down In April
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 1ST, 2023 –– Mike Hulvey has been named the new President and Chief Executive Officer of the RAB it was announced by Jeff Warshaw, Chair of the RAB Board and Founder/Chief Executive Officer of Connoisseur Media. Mike Hulvey, CEO of Neuhoff Media, will assume the RAB leadership post on April 1, 2024.
Erica Farber, who has led the organization for nearly twelve years, has decided it is time to step down and pursue other interests including continuing to participate in RAB's Rising Through the Ranks leadership development training and National Radio Talent System, a wholly owned subsidiary of the organization. Under Farber's stewardship, the RAB has reshaped the organization into a full-service integrated membership, business development and training concern as well as forged strong relationships within the advertising marketplace. Additionally, she has diversified and re-invigorated its Board of Directors to ensure the future of the trade association.
According to Warshaw, "Mike is an excellent selection with the relevant skills and expertise to lead the RAB. He has an impressive track record in corporate management and local radio expertise. In addition, as a past chair of the RAB he has a clear understanding of the organization and what the broadcast industry requires from RAB. "He has a tremendous passion for the industry which will serve us all well. We thank Erica for her leadership over the past decade in helping to shape an organization that meets the needs of broadcasters today as well as for the future of the audio industry," stated Warshaw. She's left an indelible imprint on the industry, and we can't thank her enough for her commitment and passion to Radio. It's been an honor and a privilege to work with her."
Mike Hulvey, "I'm honored to take on this responsibility and lead the RAB. It's a privilege to follow an amazing leader such as Erica Farber. I look forward to celebrating her in the coming months while we begin working with our dedicated team and board of directors in support of the mission of the RAB."
Steve Wexler To Serve As Interim CEO For Neuhoff Media
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 1ST, 2023 –– Following the announcement that Mike Hulvey, President and CEO, will be departing from the company next spring, taking on a new role at the RAB, former Journal and Scripps broadcast executive and current Leadership Coach at Good Karma Brands, Steve Wexler, will serve as Interim CEO and will begin working with the Neuhoff team in January.
Julian Hickman and Makena Neuhoff, the Trustees for the Neuhoff family, said “We thank Mike for his many contributions during his more than 30 years as part of Neuhoff Media. Under his leadership, Mike has advanced the family mission of great local radio. We wish Mike all the best in his new role at the RAB and are thrilled to welcome Steve Wexler as Interim CEO.”
“I am thrilled for Mike and am honored to serve as interim CEO for this legendary company and look forward to working with the talented, committed team at Neuhoff during this transition,” said Steve Wexler.
NPR Names Collin Campbell SVP Podcasting Strategy and Franchise Development
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 1ST, 2023 –– Acting NPR Chief Content Officer Edith Chapin has named Collin Campbell Senior Vice President of Podcasting Strategy and Franchise Development. He will start in December and be based at NPR West in Culver City. "Podcasting is a natural way for NPR to tell stories with depth and character in addition to explanatory journalism. Collin brings the mix of journalism and podcasting experience that will build on NPR's groundbreaking work with podcasts and refine our work for the ever changing media landscape," said Chapin.
Until recently Campbell was Executive Editor for New Show Development at Gimlet Media, leading the process of producing new shows for the award-winning podcast studio. He helped create and launch several successful limited series, including Conviction (with Peabody winner Habiba Nosheen), Crime Show, Welcome to Your Fantasy, 544 Days (with the Washington Post's Jason Rezaian) and other projects. Before that he was Executive Producer for Original Content at Audible where he created a portfolio of groundbreaking on-demand audio programs, including Sincerely, X, in partnership with TED; Evil Has a Name, a definitive account of the Golden State Killer case; and Making of a Massacre, an investigative project in collaboration with ProPublica.
"NPR's role as a home for distinct voices and a defender of democracy is important to me and it will succeed and thrive under a leadership team that knows how to combine mission-driven journalism with a sophisticated understanding of audiences and the business of podcasting. I am excited about this opportunity to help shape that future," said Campbell. Photo/WNYC
EVENTS: 98.5 KLUC 'Vegas Kicks Off Its Legendary 'Chet Buchanan Show Toy Drive'
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 1ST, 2023 –– On Thursday, November 30thm once again, 98.5 KLUC/Las Vegas kicked off its 25th Annual Chet Buchanan Show Toy Drive. Each year, Chet Buchanan lives atop a 30 foot scaffolding, for 12 days, collecting toys and raising awareness for children in need in southern Nevada. On average, Chet collects over 300,000 toys, over $500,000 in cash/gift cards, and over 7000 bikes, which are then distributed through our charitable partner, HELP of Southern Nevada.
Last year, they collected…42 tractor trailers full of toys, 8814 brand new bikes and over $700,000 in Cash & Gift Cards).
96.3 Dallas' Hawkeye And Michelle Rodriguez Collect Over 152,869 Holiday Cards for the Troops
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 1ST, 2023 –– Cumulus New Country 96.3/KSCS-FM in Dallas/Fort Worth, TX and morning show hosts, Hawkeye and Michelle Rodriguez of Hawkeye in the Morning, concluded the fifth annual 10,000 for the Troops holiday card drive to send warm, hopeful wishes to U.S. troops serving overseas this holiday season. The station announced today that this year’s campaign collected 152,869 cards, with more expected to arrive in the mail over the next week.
The station has partnered with Support Our Soldiers, a local 501(c)(3) organization based in Fort Worth, TX, to send the holiday cards to “high risk” units/individuals that are either in isolated areas or do not have support coming from home. The campaign kicked off October 23, 2023, with hosts Mark ‘Hawkeye’ Louis and Michelle Rodriguez starting with the goal of collecting 10,000 cards. This year Community Coffee stepped up as a presenting sponsor and utilized their partnership with select Kroger Stores to be drop-off locations. Listeners and supporters could also mail their cards to the radio station or deliver them to any of the Dallas/Fort Worth Gigi’s Cupcakes or Dave & Buster’s locations.
"We were overwhelmed with the response from our listeners. We were really hoping to receive 10,000 cards. To receive 15 times that many is inspiring," commented Hawkeye and Michelle Rodriguez on the record-breaking campaign. The cards will be included in care packages sent to U.S. troops serving overseas by Support Our Soldiers just in time for Christmas.
SYNDICATION: B-Dub Radio Adds Four More Affiliates
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 1ST, 2023 –– B-Dub Radio, through its syndication partner, Skyview Networks, announced the addition of four new affiliates adding B-Dub Radio to their programming lineup and two existing affiliates expanding their current partnerships with B-Dub on Saturday evenings to include Monday through Friday evenings.
Heading into 2024, B-Dub Radio can now be heard on: *NEW* WBYZ-FM Baxley, GA – Monday-Saturday *NEW* KUZZ-FM Bakersfield, CA – Monday-Friday *NEW* WCEN-FM Flint, MI – Monday-Friday *NEW* KJUG-FM Visalia, CA – Saturday *EXPANDED* KBAY-FM San Jose, CA – Already airs Saturdays; Added Monday-Friday *EXPANDED* WFLS-FM Washington DC – Already airs Saturdays; Added Monday-Friday
“We go beyond providing access to country music's biggest and rising stars. Great and relatable content is what separates B-Dub Radio from the pack,” commented Bryan “B-Dub” Washington, award-winning host of B-Dub Radio. “We provide a product that speaks to our audience from a point of view they can relate to. I'm excited to continue to grow ratings and revenue for our affiliates in 2024!” For affiliation information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit skyviewnetworks.com/b-dub.
Tino Cochino Radio Finishes The Year With Three New Affiliates
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 1ST, 2023 –– The YEA Networks nationally syndicated Tino Cochino Radio is finishing the year off strong with 3 new affiliates. Starting next week Tino and the crew take over nights (7-11pm) on 3 Southern Radio properties. WIEZ-AM/FM Decatur AL, WWFA-FM Florian, AL and WYDL-FM Middleton,TN are the latest stations to sign up for the definition of personality radio. TCR host Tino commented: "I want to thank Mike Brandt for his continued belief in TCR and personality driven radio. Mike is the kind of operator that will continue to keep radio relevant. We look forward to bringing entertainment value to these 3 new stations as well as our previously added Southern Radio affiliates." Tino Cochino Radio is available for all dayparts via barter. Get TCR on your station by reaching out to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
PODTRAC: Top New Podcasts Of 2023
TOP NEW PODCASTS OF 2023 We’ve published our year-end ranking of the Top 25 New Podcasts for 2023. The ranking is based on average downloads per episode.
The 2023 list is headed up by Scamanda from Lionsgate Sound, followed by The Retrievals (Serial Productions), The Coldest Case in Laramie (Serial Productions), The Girl in the Blue Mustang (NBC News) and Wiser Than Me with Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Lemonada Media).
You can find the full list at www.Podtrac.com along with our monthly Top Publisher and Top Podcast and Top Shows by Category rankings. See Complete List Here
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Edison's Top 10 Findings Of 2023 Coming December 13
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 30TH, 2023 –– Edison Research’s carefully curated Top 10 Findings of 2023 will be unveiled in a 30-minute webinar on December 13 at 2pm ET. The list-worthy findings on audio, podcasts, radio, exit polls and more from Edison’s custom research and syndicated datasets will be presented by many of the researchers who worked on the studies.
Click here to register for Top 10 Findings of 2023 from Edison Research on Wednesday, December 13 at 2pm ET, hosted by Edison Research Vice President Megan Lazovick (L) and Director of Research Laura Ivey (R).
Delilah Joins 'The Drew Barrymore Show' Today
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 30TH, 2023 –– Delilah – the queen of sappy love songs – will guest on The Drew Barrymore Show today, November 30, 2023. Delilah says “Meeting Drew was like meeting an old friend…for the first time” says Dellah. “She's incredibly down to earth, sweet and funny! I loved our time together!”
Deliah joins Drew Barrymore and Ross Matthews to discuss "Drew's News" to discuss stories like aerobic exercises that can help your voice sound better in recordings and more. Plus, Delilah uses her life expertise to answer audience questions about relationships and there just might be a surprise in store for Ariana DeBose. Check your local listings at www.thedrewbarrymoreshow.com.
96.9 The Eagle In Sacramento Welcomes Ken Anthony And Justin Case To Lineup
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 30TH, 2023 –– Audacy's 96.9 The Eagle (KSEG-FM) in Sacramento welcomes Ken Anthony as afternoon show host, heard weekdays from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. PT. Anthony will also serve as Assistant Brand Manager. Current afternoon drive host Justin Case has transitioned to mornings and is now heard weekdays from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. PT. The new weekday lineup includes the following: 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. PT: Justin Case 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. PT: Jolene 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. PT: Ken Anthony 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. PT: Remy Maxwell
“I’m thrilled to join KSEG and Audacy in Sacramento,” said Anthony. “96.9 The Eagle has consistently been one of the highest-rated rock stations in the country and to be able to carry on the station’s legacy in afternoon drive is an honor and privilege I don’t take lightly. As a Northern California native, raised on some of the greatest Rock radio stations in the country, I can’t think of a more perfect opportunity to return to my roots in radio and Nor-Cal! I also want to thank Stacey Kauffman, Aaron Roberts, Vince Richards and Dave Richards for their confidence and support. I’m joining a tremendous team and am ready to rock Sacramento!”
Anthony served as Program Director at KSJO in San Jose in the late 80s. In 1989, he elevated now Audacy sister station KLOL in Houston to record ratings and national prominence, earning accolades such as being named one of the “Ten Best” PDs.
Radio Libre 790 Miami Names Miguel ‘Mijo’ Irizarry Brand Manager
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 30TH, 2023 –– Audacy unveiled a new weekday programming lineup for Radio Libre 790 (WAXY-AM) in Miami, highlighted by three new local shows built to entertain and inform South Floridians. The new lineup is effective immediately. The station concurrently names Miguel ‘Mijo’ Irizarry as Brand Manager.“Our team is committed to top-tier content, balancing Spanish-language media, and we're grateful for this opportunity to emphasize the importance of the Hispanic audience locally and nationally through this new lineup,” said Mijo.
New programming includes: “Despierta Miami” con Eli Escobar, 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. ET “Despierta Miami” features local news and national and global trends, including timeless music weaved in for the listeners of Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.
Escobar began her radio career with sister station Mega 101 (KLOL-FM) in her native Houston, TX in 2006, where she co-hosted the morning show until 2013. In 2015, she served as morning traffic anchor for the market, concurrently hosting middays on Mix 96.5 (KHMX-FM) until 2022. “En este Pais” con Lourdes Ubieta, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET Market veteran Lourdes Ubieta returns to deliver a dynamic three-hour broadcast with insights on current affairs, diverse interviews and listener participation. “El Show de Jorge Bonilla,” 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET
Veeps And iHeart Partner To Livestream The 2024 iHeartRadio ALTerEGO
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 30TH, 2023 –– On Saturday, January 13, 2024 at 9 p.m. CST, the biggest names in alternative rock will come together for the sold-out 2024 iHeartRadio ALTer EGO Presented by Capital One and premier streaming platform Veeps will be airing it LIVE, exclusively for Veeps All Access subscribers. The livestream will feature an extraordinary selection of talent from the lineup including sets from Paramore, The 1975, The Black Keys, Thirty Seconds to Mars, BUSH, Sum 41, Yellowcard, lovelytheband, and The Last Dinner Party.
This is the second year in a row that Veeps and iHeartMedia have partnered to offer live video streaming and an interactive digital concert format of one of iHeartMedia’s roster of incredibly successful, nationally recognized concert events, extending access to the performances beyond the fans who are able to attend in person. “Our ALTer EGO is now the only live music event where fans can see a gathering of the most iconic names in alternative rock on one stage on one night,” said John Sykes, President of Entertainment Enterprises for iHeartMedia. “Partnering with Veeps again this year will help us to share this incredible lineup to alternative music fans across the country.”
As in previous years, iHeartRadio ALTer EGO will broadcast on iHeartRadio Alternative and Rock stations across the country, on iHeartRadio.com and on the iHeartRadio app.
98 Rock Sacramento And The BS Hosting LIVE Broadcast To Benefit 'Lost But Forgotten'
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 30TH, 2023 –– 98 Rock and 'THE BS' are hosting a live broadcast to benefit 'Lost But Forgotten' Friday December 8th from 6am-10am ‘Lost But Not Forgotten’s goal is to identify and adopt teenagers and kids in Roseville, CA and the surrounding area who are experiencing a temporary hardship that doesn’t allow them to have a normal Christmas. https://lostbutnotforgottenca.org/
Donators will be in the running for prizes including a Big Green Egg, concert tickets and autographed memorabilia from the biggest names in rock including Mammoth WVH AND Shinedown!
'The Ashley & Brad Show' With Free 'Holiday Fun Fact' Audio Vignettes
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 30TH, 2023 –– Skid Trax and Key Networks announce that nationally syndicated radio program, The Ashley & Brad Show is now offering radio stations Holiday Fun Facts, 24 free one-minute audio vignettes that give listeners different trivia facts about the holidays. Holiday Fun Facts are fully produced short features that are perfect for any format, universal to fit with any station’s imaging, and available for broadcast any time, now through December 25, 2023.
Brad Abrell, Co-Host, The Ashley & Brad Show, said: "We all love listening to holiday music on the radio during December. Why not add extra trimming and let listeners unwrap a little knowledge on the music and traditions surrounding the holidays?” Ashley Paige, Co-Host, The Ashley & Brad Show, added: "These tidbits will amuse, entertain, and even spark some trivia you can share with others around the family dinner table. Avoid those controversial topics and keep the peace with these Holiday Fun Facts, instead!”
The syndicated show is available through Key Networks as a four-hour show Monday through Friday, and is great for AC, Hot AC, Classic Hits, and Country formats. The show is primarily a morning show but can work in any daypart. To learn more about The Ashley & Brad Show, and to hear samples of the Holiday Fun Facts vignettes, visit: https://www.skidtrax.net/ashley--brad-in-the-morning.html.
Jonesboro Radio Group On The Hunt For Program Director/Air Talent
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 30TH, 2023 –– Mitch Mahan is Jonesboro Radio Group's veteran, award-winning operations manager and program director. He oversees its three full-power radio stations and three metro stations serving the Jonesboro, Arkansas market (75 miles Northwest of Memphis). He needs a program director and air talent to join his team. You will have a chance to program stations such as KDXY 104.9 The Fox - our 23-year market leading radio station, KJBX Mix 106.3, KEGI 100.5 The Eagle, and three metro stations playing Classic Country, Rhythmic and 80s/90s. You'll host the afternoon show on 104.9 The Fox.
You'll do radio the way radio is supposed to be done for a radio group that literally owns the community with its dominating level of community service. You'll be a part of the industry's best radio company, Saga Communications complete with unequaled company benefits. Experience on-air, programming, production all helpful.Social media and understanding digital products important. We are a fast-paced, all-hands-on-deck, everyone does everything operation. "That's not my job" isn't in our vocabulary. Passion and love for our business is as valuable than experience. We can teach our business. We can't teach passion and love for the business. Send your resume to email@example.com
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Ryan Seacrest And iHeart Ink Extension Thru 2027
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 29TH, 2023 –– HeartMedia announced today that it has extended its contract with Ryan Seacrest, the nationally-celebrated media and entertainment entrepreneur, radio personality, television host and producer, and philanthropist. The contract now runs through December 31, 2027, extending the successful partnership between the No. 1 audio company in America and one of the most recognized and respected names throughout the entire media and entertainment industry.
Seacrest first started his career as a teenager with iHeartMedia in Atlanta at 94.1 WSTR (FM) before going on to work in Los Angeles at 98.7, which eventually led to other radio and hosting opportunities. Since then, Seacrest has built a reputation as one of media’s most trusted voices, cultivating a genuine connection – and powerful relationships – with consumers, advertisers, and America’s biggest stars, and is a true brand ambassador for iHeartMedia. Under the agreement, Seacrest will continue in his role as one of the core personalities across all iHeartRadio platforms, hosting and producing his #1 Los Angeles morning drive-time show for iHeartMedia’s 102.7 KIIS-FM, the nationally-syndicated “On Air with Ryan Seacrest” and “American Top 40 with Ryan Seacrest.” Seacrest will also continue to work closely with both Bob Pittman, Chairman and CEO, and Rich Bressler, President, COO and CFO, providing input into the company’s major initiatives and hosting several tentpole events.
“iHeartMedia has been my home since my teenage years, and I’m honored to continue to work together to find new and innovative ways to connect with our listeners,” said Seacrest. “Thank you to Bob and Rich and the extended iHeartMedia family for the continued support, and a special thank you to my on-air crew, the best team in radio, for making the show fun and seamless every day.”
Legendary Radio, Music And Conference Executive Bill Mayne Has Passed Away At 72
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 29TH, 2023 –– Longtime music and radio executive and former CRB/CRS Executive Director Bill Mayne has passed away at 72 after a long-term illness. Mayne's career included a decade at the helm of CRS as well as time at multiple radio stations and a 15-year stint at Warner Bros. in Nashville. According to musicrow.com, Mayne started his career at KASE in Austin and went on to lead KZLA/KLAC in Los Angeles and KSCS/WBAP in Dallas. After time spent in radio, he transferred over to the records side of the building, joining Warner Bros./Nashville. As a member of the CRB Board, Mayne became the Board Vice President before assuming the role of Executive Director in 2009. He held the position for a decade before stepping down in 2019. The same year, Mayne received the organization’s President’s Award and was recognized for the significant contributions he’d made to the radio industry.
RJ Curtis, Executive Director of CRB/CRS, expressed profound condolences and paid tribute to Bill Mayne's exceptional legacy, recognizing him as an industry giant who has left an irreplaceable void within the country music community. Curtis remarked, "The passing of Bill Mayne marks a profound loss for the entire country music community. Bill was a true giant in every sense of the word. His fifty years of passionate work positively impacted everyone he met, in nearly every segment of our business, through his time in radio, the music industry, artist management, entrepreneurialism, and, of course, his decade of leadership as Executive Director for CRB. Bill Mayne navigated the organization through a period of great adversity, ultimately reestablishing CRS as the premier industry event that it is today."
Curtis added, "In this difficult time, the CRB staff and Board of Directors join RJ Curtis in extending their deepest sympathies to Bill’s wife, Sallie, and his sons, Bryant and Christopher.
MIW Names Four To The Mildred Carter Mentoring Program Class Of 2023
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 29TH, 2023 ––Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio, Inc. (MIW) announced the MIW Mildred Carter Mentoring Program’s Class of 2023. A total of four candidates from the radio industry - within sales, marketing, programming and digital disciplines - are selected annually for MIW’s heritage mentoring program. Now in its 22nd year, this enriching opportunity matches up-and-coming women in radio with female professionals recognized as leaders in all aspects of the industry. Beasley Media Group and Entravision Communications are serving as co-sponsors of this year’s program.
The 2023 class is comprised of the following broadcast professionals, listed in alphabetical order: Rosanna Cole, Regional Traffic Manager, Townsquare Media Caleigh Fisher, Director of Teammate Experience, Good Karma Brands Kristi Nguyen, Director, Digital Sales & Campaign Management, Audacy Jade Springart, WRIF-FM Program Director, Beasley Media Group. The MIW Group Mildred Carter Mentoring Program is named in memory of Mildred Carter, who, along with her husband Andrew "Skip" Carter, founded the first African American owned radio station in the U.S. in 1950, when they turned on KPRS Kansas City, Missouri. Mrs. Carter ran the Carter Broadcast Group for many years, after the death of Skip Carter, before turning over control of the company to her grandson Michael Carter in 1987.
“We are proud to be a part of this outstanding program that makes a real and relevant difference in supporting future leaders in our industry,” said Beasley Media Group Chief Executive Officer Caroline Beasley. "Congratulations to MIW's Class of 2023!" added Karina Cerda, EVP of Global Marketing for Entravision. "We're excited to support our future female leaders through a program that is so committed to their growth and success.” To learn more about the Class of 2023 finalists and also some of the program’s former mentees please visit: https://www.radiomiw.com/mentees
Futuri And RCS Enter Into International Partnership Agreement For SpotOn And Futuri AudioAI
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 29TH, 2023 –– Futurii announced the formation of a new partnership with RCS, the world’s largest broadcast software company. Now, in addition to RCS automation Zetta fully integrating with Futuri AudioAI™ (formerly known as RadioGPT), the company will now resell that product and SpotOn, Futuri’s end-to-end solution for creating spec spots, commercials, and promos, in markets outside the US.
Since the February 2023 launch of Futuri AudioAI™, the company has entered into several new agreements with partners like Audiotainment Südwest in Germany and Maison FG in France. The addition of RCS to Futuri’s network of international resellers provides additional support to help drive the company’s rapid growth.
“Futuri has driven the conversation about the adoption of AI in the broadcast industry, and the response we’ve had from companies worldwide that want strategic AI solutions has been vast,” said Futuri Founder and CEO Daniel Anstandig. “We’re proud to partner with Philippe Generali and the fantastic team at RCS to help bring our solutions to the global markets that need them.” Generali, President and CEO of RCS, states, "Expanding upon our collaboration with Futuri, we leverage our respective strengths to propel new technology on a global scale. This partnership represents a noteworthy milestone in the evolution of audio creation and consumption. We are excited to reshape the media landscape, a tradition we have upheld for decades."
Amanda Brown Named Program Director Of Bonneville's Sports 104.3 The Fan Denver
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 29TH, 2023 ––Bonneville Denver has named Amanda Brown Program Director of Denver Sports 104.3 The Fan. Brown was previously with ESPN for the last 20 years, most recently as the Program Director of ESPNLA 710.
“We are thrilled to welcome Amanda to the Bonneville family,” said Bonneville SVP/Market Manager Katie Reid. “She brings an extensive amount of experience, knowledge, and leadership to our team. Her understanding of the evolving sports landscape, and tremendous passion for digital media embodies everything we strive for at Denver Sports and on 104.3 The Fan.”
Brown stated, “I’m excited for the opportunity to lead a very talented team at Denver Sports. I look forward to evolving an already strong brand in all facets of sports media.” Brown will assume the role the week of December 4th.
Events: KOST's Kicks Off 8th Annual 'Giving Tuesday Campaign With The Ellen K Show
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 29TH, 2023 –– For the eighth consecutive year, iHeartMedia Los Angeles’ KOST 103.5 will join Children’s Hospital Los Angeles on Giving Tuesday, Nov. 28, to celebrate the global day of giving that takes place on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving. Giving Tuesday also kicks off CHLA’s annual Season of Giving campaign, which runs through the end of the year and appeals to the community and corporate partners to donate funds to support the leading pediatric care the hospital provides.
“I am a grateful patient parent and a lifelong supporter of CHLA and its mission because we experienced firsthand the hospital’s incredible expert medical care.” Starting with the Ellen K Morning Show, KOST 103.5 will dedicate 13 hours of programming to CHLA on Giving Tuesday, from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. Throughout the broadcast, Ellen and her co-host Ryan Manno (shown above, second from right, next to John Peake SVP/Programming for iHeart on his right, Nemika Trotter at his left, head of promotions), and KOST 103.5 personalities Kari Steele and Sandy Stec, shared patient stories of hope and healing, and the world-class care delivered every day at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. The broadcast also featured celebrity guests including Academy Award-winning actress, author and children’s health advocate Jamie Lee Curtis, comedian and late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel, and actors Chris Pine and Matt LeBlanc.
“For me, the official start of the holidays begins with our Giving Tuesday broadcast for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles,” says Ellen K, whose son, Calvin (above left with Ellen), underwent emergency surgery at CHLA eight years ago after suffering a football injury. “I am a grateful patient parent and a lifelong supporter of CHLA and its mission because we experienced firsthand the hospital’s incredible expert medical care.”
33rd Annual Clark’s Christmas Kids Fulfills Wish Lists For Thousands of Foster Children
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 29TH, 2023 –– Clark Howard and Cox Media Group Atlanta’s 95.5 WSB (WSB-AM/WSBB-FM) are asking for your help to ensure that nearly 8,000 children in foster care in Georgia receive presents this Christmas.
Now in our 33rd year, this partnership between 95.5 WSB, Clark.com, Georgia Department of Human Services, Division of Family & Children Services (DFCS), The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Georgia and Walmart, has the mission of ensuring that every child in the Georgia foster care system has at least one gift on Christmas day.
"I love Christmas Kids because I want Georgia's most forgotten children to know they are loved and cared about,” Howard said. There are two ways to give: For those who wish to shop virtually, visit ClarksChristmasKids.com. You can choose to buy one, two, or all three gifts on a child’s list. We will be hosting three live events in Walmart locations in the metro Atlanta area to purchase gifts from a child’s wish list beginning Sunday, December 3.
“For 33 years Clark has worked to make sure every foster child in Georgia gets at least one gift every Christmas. I am so proud to once again partner with him to achieve this worthy goal,” said Ken Charles, 95.5 WSB Director of Branding & Programming. No matter how you donate or how much you are able to give, we need YOU to help us accomplish our mission."
Shannen Doherty And iHeart Announce “Let’s Be Clear,” A New Weekly Live Memoir Podcast
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 28TH, 2023 –– Shannen Doherty, popular actress known for her iconic role as Brenda Walsh in the hit series "Beverly Hills, 90210," has teamed up with iHeartPodcasts, the No. 1 podcast publisher globally according to Podtrac, for a highly-anticipated podcast titled “Let’s Be Clear.”
Shannen Doherty will open up like never before in her new live memoir podcast. “Let’s Be Clear” promises to be a raw and candid exploration of Shannen’s personal journey covering everything from her TV and film credits to her stage four cancer battle, friendships, divorces and more.
Shannen says, “It doesn’t matter how many times you fall, it’s about how you get back up.” “Let's Be Clear with Shannen Doherty” is distributed by iHeartPodcasts and will be available on the iHeartRadio app and everywhere podcasts are heard. Follow @LetsBeClearPod and @theshando on Instagram for updates.
Handful Of Slots Remaining For Jacobs Media's CES 2024 Tour
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 28TH, 2023 –– Every year at CES®, we see concepts and products that will have an effect on our business in the coming years. In 2017, we hosted our first tour of CES® for broadcasters. Every year since (except for one year during the pandemic), we have hosted private, guided tours of CES® for broadcasters, and we’d like to invite you to join us for this year’s extravaganza in Vegas this January.
And as an added bonus, we’ll be enjoying a jaw-dropping show at Sphere, the newest multimedia tech attraction that you can only see in Las Vegas. You can get all of the details about our CES® tours by clicking here - The 2024 Jacobs Media CES® Tour. Besides the tour itself, our guests receive an all-access registration to the convention, an invitation to a private cocktail party for broadcasters, and more. We have a handful of slots remaining and hope you can join us. Of course, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.
SNAPS: Benztown's Nia Padilla Sings Onstage With Songwriter Diane Warren
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 28TH, 2023 –– Nice snap of Estefania Padilla, Executive Assistant and Office Manager for Benztown's L.A. studios, taken on Wednesday, November 15th at the 2023 Hollywood Music in Media Awards, held at the Avalon Theater in Hollywood.
Padilla, a Latin singer/songwriter known onstage as Nia Padilla, was asked to perform onstage with Diane Warren, songwriter extraordinaire and Honorary Oscar recipient and a multiple Grammy, Emmy, Golden Globe, and Billboard Music Award winner.
Padilla performed Warren's song "The Fire Inside" from the feature film "Flamin' Hot," directed by Eva Longoria. Warren has written nine number-one songs and 33 Top 10 songs on the Billboard Hot 100. Watch Here
Strong Winds Topple National Christmas Tree Near White House
2023 Celebration Of 'Service To America Awards' To Be Broadcast Nationally In 1-Hour TV/Radio Special
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 28TH, 2023 –– A one-hour television and radio special of the 2023 Celebration of Service to America Awards will air nationally on over 700 local television and radio broadcast stations across the country beginning today, November 27 through December 24, 2023. Presented by the National Association of Broadcasters Leadership Foundation (NABLF), the Celebration of Service to America Awards honors local broadcasters for their essential role in the communities they serve. This year’s special will provide in-depth coverage of the people and the stories behind broadcasters’ public service.
Two-time Emmy Award-winning talk show host, journalist, producer and author Tamron Hall will host the special. Hall, a member of the NABLF Board of Directors, will speak with multi-talented entertainer Wayne Brady about receiving the Service to America Leadership Award. Broadcast celebrities will introduce each of local station winners. Celebrities on the special include: radio personality and television host Bobby Bones, sportscaster James Brown, broadcast journalist and news anchor Joie Chen, actor and talk show host Mark Consuelos, broadcast journalist and news anchor Craig Melvin, actress and talk show host Kelly Ripa and actress and comedian Sherri Shepherd.
The special was produced in partnership with Trailer Park Group and is being distributed through The Walt Disney Company. Nielsen will provide audience measurement services. The awards were originally announced and presented to winning broadcast radio and television stations in eight categories at a gala held at The Anthem in Washington, D.C. on June 6. This year’s gala was the 25th anniversary of the event.
A complete schedule of radio and television station airings of the special can be found Here . A Spanish-translated version of the special will air on UniMás, a Spanish-language television network owned by TelevisaUnivision, and Telexitos, a Spanish-language digital multicast network owned by NBCUniversal.
iHeart Expected To Receive $100 Million In Proceeds From New Mountain Capital’s BMI Acquisition
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 28TH, 2023 –– iHeartMedia, Inc. (“iHeart”) announced today that in connection with the previously announced acquisition of Broadcast Music, Inc. (“BMI”) to a shareholder group led by New Mountain Capital, LLC, it expects to receive approximately $100M of proceeds related to its equity interest in BMI, subject to approval of the transaction by BMI shareholders and customary regulatory approvals.
According to Digital Music News, “The allocation of those funds, while not a distribution of royalties,” New Mountain Capital explained of the $100 million that will reach affiliates, “will be in keeping with the company’s distribution methodologies, which are based on performance levels over a set period of time. BMI will work to finalize an equitable payout plan for this allocation in the coming months.”
The Company plans to use the proceeds for general corporate purposes, which may include the repayment of debt. The transaction is expected to close by the end of Q1 2024.
'Giving Tuesday' For Broadcasters Foundation Is Today
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 28TH, 2023 –– In conjunction with today’s Giving Tuesday, a celebration of giving around the world, the Broadcasters Foundation of America is asking radio and television professionals to consider a tax-deductible donation that will help their colleagues in need. The Broadcasters Foundation, a 501c3 charity, provides financial assistance to people in radio or television who are in need due to a debilitating disease, accident, or disaster. Donations in any amount can be made here.
“Giving Tuesday is a perfect day to think of our colleagues who have fallen on challenging times,” said Tim McCarthy, President of the Broadcasters Foundation. “Every week we receive more requests for aid, and we cannot turn our backs on our hard-working colleagues who life has dealt a difficult hand, leaving them in need of our help.”
“Funds can be depleted quickly when fighting an illness or recovering from an accident,” noted Scott Herman, Chairman of the Broadcasters Foundation. “Natural disasters have become more severe in recent years, and our one-time emergency fund has often helped our colleagues keep a roof over their heads. To continue providing this much-needed assistance, we need everyone in radio and television to come together for our colleagues in need.”
The Broadcasters Foundation has distributed more than $15 million dollars in aid over the past 20 years. This year, the Foundation will award approximately $1.8 million. More information about the Broadcasters Foundation, including how to make a donation or apply for aid, is available at www.broadcastersfoundation.org, 212-373-8250, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Audacy Dallas Raises Over $88,000 For Disabled Adults
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 28TH, 2023 –– On November 22, 'K&C Masterpiece' co-hosts Kevin Hageland, Cory Mageors and Mike Bacsik took over the station’s airwaves from 5:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. CT and welcomed additional Fan talent and special guests throughout the day. The event featured a live auction with special items and experiences to help raise money, with 100% of the proceeds benefiting My Possibilities. My Possibilities is designed to provide people with cognitive disabilities the chance to continue their education, providing vocational skills, socialization opportunities, trade skills, and independent living skills to HIPsters that give them the chance to live the life they deserve.
105.3 The Fan’s Piece-A-Thon is a part of Audacy’s commitment to making a meaningful difference at scale. Audacy uses its reach and personal connection with listeners to advance causes that promote strong mental health and build sound communities.
iHeart Hartford And New Haven Collect Nearly 13,000 Frozen Turkeys, 7,389 Lbs Of Non-Perishable Food And $37,257 In Cash For Foodshare
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 28TH, 2023 –– HeartConnecticut announced that two Thanksgiving Week food drives, in Hartford and New Haven, collected nearly 13,000 frozen turkeys, 7,389 pounds of non-perishable food items and raised $37,257 in monetary donations to benefit Connecticut Foodshare, a member of the Feeding America nationwide network of food banks.
iHeartMedia Hartford stations The River 105.9, KISS 95-7, Country 92-5 and 97-9 ESPN supported Bank of America’s 24th annual Bank of America Turkey Tuesday, which took place at Connecticut Foodshare’s headquarters and warehouse on Tuesday, November 14, 2023. The River 105.9’s on-air personality Renee DiNino broadcast onsite to raise awareness and encourage donations from 6 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Later in the week, the 33rd annual “KC101 Stuff-A-Bus,” hosted by iHeartMedia New Haven, took place on Friday, November 17 and Saturday, November 18 at the Stop & Shop Plaza in Hamden, CT from 6 a.m. – 7 p.m. on both days. The event featured on-air personalities Vinnie Penn, Rob Dibble and Adam Rivers who hosted live broadcasts from inside a tent in the parking lot.
“We’re immensely proud of our community and so grateful for the way it came together in such strong numbers again to support our neighbors this holiday season,” said Vanessa Wojtusiak, iHeartMedia Hartford & New Haven Vice President of Marketing. “We love working with Connecticut Foodshare on this annual tradition ensuring our community can truly have a Happy Thanksgiving”
99.5 WZPL’s 'Smiley Morning Show' Kicks Off 27th Annual Make-A-Wish Request-A-Thon This Week
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 28TH, 2023 –– Cumulus Media’s 99.5 WZPL in Indianapolis, IN, and Smiley Morning Show kicks off its 27th annual Make-A-Wish Request-A-Thon, a 36-hour live broadcast benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana. 99.5 WZPL sounds different this time of year because we are playing anything to raise money for Make-A-Wish! You’ll hear everything from Sir Mix A Lot’s “Baby Got Back” to Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” to college fight songs to Taylor Swift, and everything in between.
The Smiley Morning Show including Dave Smiley (2nd from left), Nikki (top right), Producer Will (top left), and Toni (second from right) will be on-air live for the entire 36 hours, fueled by caffeine and a desire to help as many Hoosier kids as possible. In 2022, a record-setting $1.07 million was raised and 107 wishes were granted to area children with critical illnesses, bringing the cumulative total raised by the Make-A-Wish Request-A-Thon over the past 27 years to more than $11 million.
It begins on Thursday, November 30, 2023, at 6:00am through Friday, December 1, 2023, at 6:00pm. The Make-A-Wish Foundation makes life-changing wishes come true for children with critical illnesses. More than 250 children in Indiana are waiting for their wish to be granted. These kids deal with so much through treatments and hospital stays. A wish is an invaluable tool to bring hope and excitement to a scary situation.
Beasley's Charlotte Stations Join Together To Raise Money For Five Local Organizations
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 28TH, 2023 –– Beasley Charlotte's KISS 95.1 WNKS, Power 98 WPEG, Country 1037 WSOC, V 101. WBAV and WKQC, Christmas K 104.7 will host a 13-hour radio-thon benefiting five local organizations beginning Thursday, December 7th from the Beasley Media Group Studios located at 1520 South Blvd in Charlotte in North Carolina (shown).
Last year, the radio stations collectively raised over $90,000. This year, each station has adopted a different organization in order to expand our efforts to various causes and demographics. This year’s beneficiaries are as follows: Kiss 95.1– Autism Strong Foundation; Power 98 – The Relatives; Country 103.7 – The Alzheimer’s Association; V 101.9 – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central CarolinaChristmas K 104.7 – Charlotte Family Housing
“We were excited to reformat our radio-thon this year to make a bigger impact,” said Beasley Media Group Vice President of Music & Entertainment and Charlotte Operations Manager, John Reynolds. “These organizations do so much for the community and we’re honored to partner with them to continue their work.”
1080 KRLD Contemporizes Sonic Identity With Custom Music Branding From TM Studios
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 28TH, 2023 –– TM Studios has created a modern, positive sound for Dallas-Ft. Worth’s NewsTalk Radio 1080 KRLD. The goal at KRLD was to create a sound that fit the legendary brand, while modernizing the sound to attract new listeners. Drew Anderssen, Vice President, News & Talk and Brand Manager 1080 KRLD, reached to TM to tackle the job of a rebrand for 2024 and into the future, which called for no cliches in arrangements, instrumentation, or approach.
Anderson says, "We had a great collaboration with Greg and the team at TM Studios as we worked to design a more contemporary, vibrant, and positive presentation. This wasn't a bombastic change for our audience; rather, the TM team helped NewsRadio 1080 KRLD design something that fit its history while evolving to better reflect the target audience."
Greg Clancy, CEO and Co-owner of TM Studios says, “We take great care to listen to all of our clients needs as they discuss their challenges and opportunities. For KRLD, it was all about walking the branding tightrope of being positive and friendly, while maintaining the gravitas of a huge news institution.” Clancy adds, “Drew made our job easy, as he so perfectly laid out the vision that was central to the creation of this package.” Already on-air at NewsRadio 1
Voting for New Faces of Country Music® Show at CRS 2024 Now Open Through December 1st
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 28TH, 2023 –– Country Radio Broadcasters (CRB) announced the commencement of voting for next year's New Faces of Country Music® Show. Artists nominated for the 2024 New Faces of Country Music Show are as follows: George Birge (Records Nashville) Chayce Beckham (BMG Nashville) Dillon Carmichael (Riser House) Corey Kent (SMN/RCA) Megan Moroney (SMN/Columbia) Conner Smith (Valory Music) Warren Zeiders (WMN).
For over five decades, the New Faces of Country Music® Show has been a standout event at the Country Radio Seminar. It serves as a platform to showcase five emerging artists who have achieved notable success on Country Radio during the qualification period, which spans from November 1, 2022, to October 31, 2023, for the 2024 edition.
Co-partnered by the Academy of Country Music and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the New Faces of Country Music Show will take place during CRS 2024, to be held February 28 to March 1, 2024. Voting for the Class of 2024 will be open now through Friday, December 1, at www.CountryRadioSeminar.com. The final lineup for the New Faces of Country Music® Show 2024 will be determined based on the five acts with the most votes.
Stephen Colbert Off-Air This Week Due To Ruptured Appendix
Private Equity Firm To Acquire Licensing Giant BMI
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 27TH, 2023 –– Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI), the music licensing agency that represents thousands of songwriters, announced it will sell to the private equity firm New Mountain Capital, The New York Times reports. In August, Billboard cited sources claiming the deal could be worth $1.7 billion. The sale needs to be approved by shareholders and undergo “customary regulatory approvals.” The two sides expect the deal to close by the end of 2024’s first quarter.
According to Pitchfork, after announcing that it would change over to a for-profit model before considering a sale of the company over a year ago, BMI faced scrutiny over the change from songwriter groups. BMI and the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) are the two major licensing agencies which distribute royalties to songwriters and publishers from songs being played via the radio, online streaming, and in retail settings.
“New Mountain is an ideal partner because they believe in our mission and understand that the key to success for our company lies in delivering value to our affiliates,” Michael O’Neill, BMI’s president and CEO, said in a statement. “We are excited about the many ways New Mountain will accelerate our growth plan, bringing new vision, technological expertise and an outstanding track record of strengthening businesses, all of which will help us build an even stronger future for BMI and our songwriters, composers and publishers.”
iHeart Miami Debuts New Magic 93.9, 'Tus Favoritas de Siempre'
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 27TH, 2023 –– iHeart Miami announced today the debut of the new Magic 93.9, Tus Favoritas de Siempre, effective immediately. The innovative Magic 93.9 brings a unique blend of content to listeners, as the station will broadcast a fusion of English-language music from the ‘80s and ‘90s.
“In Miami, the music of the ‘80s and ‘90s played a significant role in shaping the cultural landscape,” said Enrique Santos, President, iHeartLatino. “The diverse population, including a large Spanish-speaking community, embraced the vibrant sounds of that time. The new Magic 93.9 will be a unifying sound aiming to provide a listening experience you just can’t find anywhere else in the United States.” “It’s thrilling to bring this format, this sound to South Florida. It's a station that speaks to both the heart and soul of its audience, offering a unique blend of English and Spanish that resonates deeply with the diverse Hispanic community in Miami,” said Shari Gonzalez, iHeartMedia Miami-Fort Lauderdale Market President. The station is currently featuring 10,000 songs in a row commercial free.
Full Programming Lineup: El Gato 6am-10am Ailyn Luaces 10am-3pm Tony Vargas 3pm-7pm Santiago Duarte 7pm-Mid Sarykarmen Mid-6am
Philly Radio Great Angelo Cataldi Releases Memoir
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 27TH, 2023 –– After spending 33 years on Philadelphia sports radio and about half a century in the media, former WIP Morning Show host Angelo Cataldi spent the last nine months writing his memoir “Loud: How a Shy Nerd Came to Philadelphia and Turned up the Volume in the Most Passionate Sports City in America,” which is set to release this Tuesday.
According to Audacy, It covers a wide range of topics — from personal struggles and triumphs, to his time in newspapers and then in radio that made him a household name. It goes in depth into the history of his highly successful morning talk show, including recollections of feuds, treasured guests, Wing Bowl, behind the scenes happenings and a contract dispute that nearly ended his time on WIP about a decade or so before he finally turned off the mic on Feb. 17, 2023.
“I railed for most of the 33 years on how lazy the national media was,” Cataldi told KYW Newsradio. “That is, always wanted to harp on any incident that happened at a Philadelphia sports event, but they happened all over the country and it never got the same amount of attention … These people jump in with both feet. They care. They’re just as passionate in positive enterprises as they are in negative ones, and that’s never told.” You can pre-order “Loud” here. - Photo/Triumph Books
Preston & Steve’s 'Camp Out For Hunger 2023' Raises 1.7 Million Lbs. of Food + $948,732 Dollars
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 27TH, 2023 –– Beasley's 3.3 WMMR-FM announced its 26th Annual Preston & Steve Camp Out For Hunger event raised over 1.7 million pounds of food and over $948,732 dollars cash to benefit needy individuals and families. Camp Out for Hunger proceeds directly benefit local hunger relief organizations through Philabundance – The Delaware Valley’s largest hunger relief organization, which acquires, rescues, and distributes food to help feed those in need, while also advocating for policies that increase food access. Beginning at 6am on Monday, November 13th through 11am Friday, November 17th, 2023, morning personalities Preston and Steve camped out and broadcast live outside of Xfinity Live!, located within the Wells Fargo Center Complex in South Philadelphia, in an effort to collect food and monetary donations from listeners and businesses throughout the tri-state area. Additionally, daily, live broadcasts were aired from WMMR air talents Pierre Robert, Brent Porche and Jacky Bam Bam.
Subaru of America provided the largest donation from a business, 672,704 pounds of food, earning the company a live Preston & Steve broadcast from their headquarters in Camden, New Jersey. “There’s not a single event that even comes close to this level of collaboration. Add to that the results of Camp Out for Hunger,” said WMMR Program Director, Bill Weston. “The generosity of our listeners, clients and sponsors is humbling. This was an amazing week of local, community-driven, and entertaining radio.”
105.7 THE X Raises Over $350,000 For Harrisburg-York-Lancaster’s In Annual 'Pay 4 Play' Radiothon
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 27TH, 2023 –– Cumulus announced that 105.7 THE X/WQXA-FM has raised over $350,000 for Harrisburg-York-Lancaster area’s Children’s Miracle Network in its 17th Annual People’s Pay 4 Play Radiothon. The 28-hour radiothon kicked off on Thursday, November 16th, at 6:00am and ran till 10:00am on Friday, November 17th, and exceeded its fundraising goal through the generosity of partners and listeners. Throughout the People’s Pay 4 Play Radiothon, listeners requested songs and depending on the song, they pledged from $25 to $500 a song – with many people pledging over $1,000.
105.7 THE X featured Children’s Miracle Network “miracle” children and their families on-air throughout the radiothon. In addition, every hour, the station highlighted a group or person that made standout donations to the cause, including one donor group that pledged $21,000 to help the children of Central Pennsylvania.
A very special highlight of the People’s Pay 4 Play Radiothon was the appearance of Brent Smith from Rock band Shinedown, who helped nine-year-old Children’s Miracle Network miracle child, Gannon Kupko, Jr. reach his goal of raising $10,000. Gannon, who listens to Shinedown’s single “Get Up” as he gets his ongoing radiation treatments, was surprised with a Zoom visit by Smith. While on the call, Smith told Gannon that Shinedown was donating not only $10,000 to add to the $1,000 that Gannon had already raised - but was also donating an additional $10,000 to Gannon and his family personally to make this Gannon’s best Christmas ever.
Chris James, Program Director, 105.7 THE X, said: “The 17th Annual People's Pay 4 Play was another HUGE success, raising over $350,000 for the local Children's Miracle Network. The People's Morning Show of Nipsey, Vince and Jen Shade are such great ambassadors not only for the station, but for the hospital and Central PA, as well. Their desire to push for that extra dollar to help the kids of Central PA is something to behold. They are truly amazing.”
Cumulus' 95.5 WFMS-FM 'Stuff The Studio' Holiday Toy And Gift Drive Kicks Off In Indianapolis
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 27TH, 2023 –– Cumulus Indianapolis Country station 95.5 WFMS-FM and the Central Indiana Chevy Dealers have again partnered to collect toys for area kids in need that will “Stuff the Studio” and bring holiday cheer to members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis. The station will broadcast live daily from 10am–7pm on Monday, November 27th through Friday, December 1st, at select Walmart and Kroger locations across Central Indiana.
Taylor J., On-Air Personality, 95.5 WFMS-FM, said: “The 95.5 WFMS family of listeners and staff always look forward to coming together to help ensure every boy and girl across Central Indiana has a joyful Christmas. We send a special thanks to the Central Indiana Chevy Dealers, the team at Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis, Jack’s Donuts, Shake Shack, Kroger, Lou Malnati’s, and Walmart.” Maggie
A. Lewis, CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis, said: “We are grateful to once again be selected by the 95.5 WFMS team as their charity partner for this holiday project. The generosity of the community will help us provide hope and opportunity for our Club kids this holiday season.”
Crystal Radio Awards Entry Window Opens January 1st
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 27TH, 2023 –– The NAB has announced the entry window for its 2024 Crystal Radio Awards. Entries accepted January 1-31.
Participation is open to NAB member radio stations of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia except where prohibited. Crystals judges and employees of NAB, and their respective subsidiaries, affiliates, agents and their immediate families and people living in their households, are not eligible to participate in the Submissions and all Submissions that include these individuals will be excluded.
NAB, at its sole discretion, shall determine eligibility of any station, and may disqualify any Entrant at any time for any reason. In the event of a conflict or potential conflict between Submissions, NAB, in its sole discretion, may choose to reject or disqualify one or more Submissions.
All Submissions must follow the Submissions Requirements listed in order to be eligible to compete in the Crystals. Entrant must submit its Submission between January 1, 2024 and 5 p.m. ET January 31, 2024 at www.my.nab.orgThere is a $60 entry fee per submission. Find out more about the entry process here.
Iconic Programmer/Air Talent Clarke Ingram Passes Away At 66
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 27TH, 2023 –– Tributes and memories are pouring in on Facebook following the passing of programming and on-air great Clarke Ingram. Ingram was 66. Eric O'Brien posted in PBRTV.com that Ingram had been battling multiple health issues for several years at the time of his death.
A Pittsburgh native, Ingram was a renouned program director and air talent whose stints included WBZZ/B94 and WJJJ/Pittburgh. Beyond Pittsburgh he worked at WHTZ/Z-100 New York, KZZP Phoenix, KRQQ Tucson and WPXY in Rochester.
Clarke eventually returned to Pittsburgh to care for his mother and, for a time, programmed “The Beat” WJJJ (104.7) for Chancellor Media Corporation which eventually became iHeart after a few different names. After 104.7’s “Jammin’ Oldies” began to wane, he made his way across the hall to WWSW (94.5) where he did some evening oldies programs still using the fast-talking, friendly style he was known for on air.
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Report: Smart Speaker Owners Listen To More Streaming Audio - Spend More Time With Audio Overall
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 22ND, 2023 –– “The evolution of audio is partially fueled by new audio technology” was one of five audio megatrends cited in the Audio in Evolution webinar presented by Edison Research and Amazon Ads early this month. The webinar includes data from Edison’s Infinite Dial© reports and Share of Ear® studies, along with never-before-seen findings from a Q4 2022 survey of U.S. adults. Smart speaker ownership has grown over 400% in the past six years, moving from a niche smart-home product to a mainstream household item found in many American households. Smart speaker ownership is fueling audio evolution and growth by providing more reach, increasing time spent with streaming audio, and increasing tune-in frequency.
Smart speaker owners are more likely to be streaming audio listeners than non-smart speaker owners: 91% of all US adults who own a smart speaker reported they have listened to streaming audio in the past month, which exceeds non-smart speaker owners by 20%. Smart speaker owners also spend more time with audio content overall.
Smart speaker owners spend nearly 5 hours per day with audio content, which over-indexes non-smart speaker owners by +12%. Additionally, smart speakers are adding more opportunities for streaming audio tune-in. Nearly two-thirds (63%) of smart speaker owners reported they are listening to streaming audio content more frequently since purchasing their smart speakers.
Francesca Presti Exits WPOC-FM Baltimore
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 22ND, 2023 –– Francesca Presti has had the time of her life, being co-host of the Laurie Young Morning Show on WPOC-FM, Baltimore. This six-year adventure now comes to an end as she resigns her position and departs the station for personal reasons.
Francesca said, “Thank you to everyone who welcomed me to Baltimore six long years ago. Every one of you have helped make it feel like home. Thank you for letting me into your lives, your cars, your good days and bad. Thank you to everyone at WPOC who let me live out my dream. It’s a privilege to get to do what I do, one that wouldn’t exist without all of you, and for that I’m forever grateful.”
After some well-deserved holiday time off, Francesca will be exploring new opportunities where her dynamic personality, tireless enthusiasm, and passion for entertaining an audience can shine. Reach out to her at: email@example.com or (978) 399-4776. Media Contact - Creative Talent Inc. (561) 705-2604
KISW-FM Seattle Held Their Annual 'Live Day' Event Before A Sold Out Audience
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 22ND, 2023 –– On November 17th, KISW held their yearly Live Day event. Live Day is a day where everything is performed live on the radio…the music, commercials, production, sound effects, and of course the on-air personalities.
Both BJ & MIGS, and The Mens Room did their shows live in front of a sold out Snoqualmie Casino. The shows had a marching band, a barbershop quartet, a ukulele player and many more oddities to entertain the listeners. This year’s theme was “Prom Night” as listeners and the staff dressed up for the event. Shown above: Danny Vigil, Vicky Barcelona, Sara Tercero (Zappelli), BJ, Joey Zappelli & Steve Migs - Photos by Iron Mike Savoia
Tucson’s 97.5 The Vibe to Host Second Annual 'DJs for PJs' Pajama And Book Drive
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 22ND, 2023 –– Cumulus' 97.5 Tucson's The Vibe on-air personalities will broadcast live from American Eat Company in Tucson on Saturday, December 2nd, at the first annual “DJs for PJs,” a pajama and book drive for local children in need this holiday season. The station will collect community donations of new pajamas for children of all ages and sizes, as well as new or gently used children’s books, and monetary donations to Tucson non-profit organization The Angel Heart Pajama Project. 100% of the proceeds raised go to The Angel Heart Pajama Project.
The Angel Heart Pajama Project’s mission is to provide new pajamas and books and to foster literacy development in children who have been abandoned, abused, removed from homes, and placed in foster care or living in homeless shelters in the City of Tucson, South Tucson, and surrounding counties in Southern Arizona including Pima, Cochise, and Santa Cruz. It takes place on Saturday, December 2, 2023, from 10:00am-4:00pm .
Buzz Jackson, Program Director, 97.5 The Vibe, said: “After a successful inaugural event in 2022, we couldn’t be more excited to partner with The Angel Heart Pajama Project again this year. The work they do is incredibly important, and they are so full of heart. We can’t wait to find out how many pajamas and books we’re able to collect for Tucson children in need of these basic necessities.”
The Steve Harvey Morning Show And Premiere Celebrate Thanksgiving With 14th Annual 'Turkey Give'
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 22ND, 2023 –– For the 14th year in a row, The Steve Harvey Morning Show and Premiere Networks are giving away thousands of turkeys as part of The Steve Harvey Morning Show Annual Turkey Give. More than 6,000 turkeys have been provided to affiliates of the top-rated, award-winning morning radio show to help those less fortunate celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. The giveaways are taking place in affiliate markets across the country. Since the Turkey Give was launched in 2009, more than 100,000 turkeys have been given to those in need.
Pictured: The Steve Harvey Morning Show’s Carla Ferrell (center) visits affiliate Hot 107.7 (WUHT-FM) in Birmingham, Ala., to participate in the Turkey Give Created in September 2000, The Steve Harvey Morning Show joined Premiere Networks national lineup in 2005 and reaches millions of listeners on more than 100 affiliates nationwide and is the #1 syndicated morning show in America. Co-hosted by Shirley Strawberry, Nephew Tommy, Carla Ferrell and Junior, the popular morning show offers listeners inspirational advice, laughs, celebrity interviews, news, rousing music and more. Harvey was honored with the NAB Marconi Award for “Network/Syndicated Personality of the Year” in 2013 and 2015, and he was inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame.
[WATCH] 'The Johnjay & Rich Show' Featured On Arizona’s Family Original With Yetta Gibson
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 22ND, 2023 –– The Johnjay & Rich Show’s Johnjay Van Es and Rich Berra sat down for an interview with Arizona’s Family Original with Yetta Gibson. The Premiere Networks-syndicated duo gave Gibson a behind-the-scenes look at how they produce their popular radio show, which originates from iHeartMedia’s 104.7 KISS FM in Phoenix.
The candid discussion covered their decades-long career in radio, including how they helped young music artists like Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber and The Jonas Brothers start their careers, and how authenticity and transparency is the secret sauce and driving force behind their success. Watch the episode HERE, which also features conversations with co-hosts Kyle Unfug and Payton Whitmore. For more information, please visit www.JohnjayandRich.com.
The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation Urges Year-End Support for Giving Tuesday
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 22ND, 2023 –– As the year draws to a close, the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF), the philanthropic arm of the Alliance for Women in Media (AWM), is reaching out to its community to rally behind the mission of advancing women in media through educational programs and scholarships. AWMF is gearing up for the season of giving and Giving Tuesday on November 28, urging contributions to sustain the Foundation's impactful initiatives.
How You Can Support: 1. Make a Donation: Visit https://allwomeninmedia.org/foundation/make-a-donation/ to make a tax-deductible donation. Your contribution will directly impact the lives of women in media through scholarships, educational programs and giving scholarships for Gracie Award Entries. 2. Spread the Message: Use your voice on social media to spread awareness about AWMF's mission. Share personal stories, experiences, and the impact of supporting women in media using the hashtags #AWMFGivingTuesday and #GivingTuesday. 3. Partner with AWMF: Partner with AWMF to amplify the impact of your commitment to advancing women in media. Visit allwomeninmedia.org to learn more.
Edgar 'Shoboy' Sotelo & Heather Cohen Featured In 'Chachi Loves Everybody' Podcast
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 22ND, 2023 –– Benztown released two new episodes of Chachi Loves Everybody, an original podcast produced by Benztown and featuring Benztown President Dave “Chachi” Denes. The first new episode features Chachi’s recent chat from Benztown’s Los Angeles studios with Edgar “ShoBoy” Sotelo, owner/host of the only bicultural/bilingual Latino syndicated radio show heard on 25 stations across the U.S. In the second new episode, Chachi talks talent with agent Heather Cohen, recently named President of The Weiss Agency, a broadcast talent agency which represents and develops the careers of many of the industry’s most successful local and syndicated personalities.
Chachi’s first guest, Edgar “ShoBoy” Sotelo, has won the Marconi Award for Personality of the Year and was honored by the U.S. Senate with the Most Influential Leader Award. Sotelo shares his experience using his platform to celebrate Latino culture and make a difference in the community.
Chachi’s second guest, Heather Cohen, ;joined The Weiss Agency from GreenStone Media, LLC, where she was Vice President, Programming. Prior to that, she was Assistant Program Director for New York’s legendary WOR, and was also Executive Producer for “The Joan Hamburg Show.”Listen Here - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/chachi-loves-everybody/id1484423244
Kurt Engfehr And Ray Nowosielski Team With iHeart For 'George Bailey Was Never Born' Series
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 22ND, 2023 –– iHeartPodcasts, Emmy Award-winning producer Kurt Engfehr and 2022 NAACP Image Award Outstanding Podcast nominee Ray Nowosielski announced the release of “George Bailey Was Never Born,” a one-of-a-kind podcast experience that takes a definitive look at “It’s a Wonderful Life,” one of the most popular holiday movies of all time.
The series is a co-production of iHeartMedia and Double Asterisk, in association with True Stories, created by Engfehr, editor-producer of Oscar- and Palme d’Or-winning documentaries from director Michael Moore, and Nowosielski, producer of “Gumbo Coalition,” which began streaming on Max Nov. 6th, and a story producer on “The Super Models,” streaming on Apple TV since September.
Joseph returns to narrate the podcast, reprising the character who tells fellow angel Clarence the story of Jimmy Stewart’s George Bailey over the 1947 Frank Capra directed classic. The podcast features conversations with Stewart's daughter Kelly Stewart Harcourt, co-star Donna Reed's daughter Mary Owen, Capra's grandchildren Frank Capra III and Monica Capra Hodges, original story writer Philip Van Doren Stern’s grandchildren and others, as well as American influencers, artists and real modern small-town corollaries to the characters from the movie. “
George Bailey Was Never Born” details many never-before-told stories, ranging from the failure by Rashida Jones’ grandfather to renew the film's copyright to how Republic managed to regain control of it in 1993, from how the New York Times helped start a popular phenomenon of upside-downing the meaning of “It’s a Wonderful Life”
“George Bailey Was Never Born” is distributed by iHeartPodcasts.
As we take a rare pause to spend time with our family and friends this holiday weekend, please accept a massive 'thank you' for your continued readership and support. In honor of the occasion, our newsroom will be closed until Monday, November 27th. Until then, don't hesitate to send us any news or announcements for us to share after the break. Meanwhile, have a joyous, healthful and safe Thanksgiving!
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Study: How Audio Personalities Drive Ad Effectiveness
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 21ST, 2023 –– It is commonly accepted wisdom that talent-reads by AM/FM radio personalities or podcast hosts drive powerful brand impact and sales effect. Now, a new study from System1 uncovers how talent-reads impact a brand’s market share and short-term sales effect. The key findings are highlighted in this week’s Cumulus |Westwood One Audio Active Group® blog. Host-voiced ads tested among the podcast audience generate an additional star rating versus the general population.
Among the podcast audience, the host-read ad generates a happiness score 2X greater than that of the general population System1 short-term sales effect spike rating grows 16% to 18% among podcast listeners exposed to the host-read ad versus the general population.
Jacobs Media Techsurvey 2023: Personalities outpace music as the main reason for listening to AM/FM radio MARU/Matchbox: Listeners feel connected to their favorite AM/FM radio DJs, personalities, and shows Extraordinary levels of audio attentiveness combined with host engagement means the lowest degree of audio ad avoidance - See Complete Blog Here
Jeff McHugh: 'Successful/Powerful Women Weigh-In On How 'Strong Women Negotiate'
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 20TH, 2023 –– The Randy Lane Company's Jeff McHugh says,, "When I became a manager in broadcasting, I noticed something surprising in my first contract negotiations with talent. I would offer a contract to a man and they would ask for more --pay, vacation, bonus, perks -- almost every time. When I offered the same deal to a woman, many would sign immediately, no questions asked. I later learned that when it comes to salary, studies show that 20% of women never negotiate at all."
McHugh adds, "Gender pay inequality happens in every industry, even with the rich and powerful. Movie star Jennifer Lawrence discovered that her pay was significantly less than her male co-stars and said, “I got mad at myself. I failed as a negotiator because I gave up early….I was busy worrying about coming across as a brat and not getting my fair share.” Of course, part of the pay inequality problem originates with incompetent management." Jeff adds, "Negotiations are different for women than for men and I was concerned that my experience and perspective would be of limited value.
McHugh reached out to some powerful, successful women to share their wisdom:" Read what they had to say: Sky Kelley (TL), Senior Director, Nike When it comes to women and negotiating job offers, we are our own worst enemies. A lot of women don’t feel confident in their value so they undervalue themselves or are worried that if they ask for more, they won’t be hired. Never negotiate against yourself - meaning don’t keep the negotiation in your own mind and assume what the employer will say and then be afraid to ask. Once someone is at the stage of making you an offer, they want you. It’s not about the ask that can turn a potential employer off, it’s about how you do it.
Dana Cortez (TR), host The Dana Cortez Show says, The number one reason women do not negotiate is fear. There are limited positions for women in our industry and the worry is, “If I don’t take the job, someone else will.” It is OK to be scared. I am from humble beginnings. My determination to not go back there drives me forward. It is emotional. Put on your poker face and find the strength to get it done. A lot of men still control the narrative and the positions and do not see a woman as a valued player. I learned to pull up your receipts and prove your worth with show ratings, revenue, social media, etc. By doing that, you also see your own value. She adds, Be firm. “That’s not going to work for me” shifts the conversation. Don’t be afraid to walk away. Otherwise. it is not a negotiation. Continue Reading Here
756,000 Meals + Served Thanks To FM99 & 106.9 The Fox Norfolk's 27th Annual Mayflower Food Drive
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 21ST, 2023 –– 756,000 meals (and counting) will be served thanks to donations made at the FM99 & 106.9 The Fox 27th Annual Mayflower Marathon Food Drive presented by Bud’s Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning, and Electric. The annual food drive took place simultaneously at five locations from 5:30am on Friday, 11/17 until 3pm on Sunday, 11/19. On the southside, the locations were Lynnhaven Mall in Virginia Beach and Kroger in North Suffolk. All donations collected at the Moyock Welcome Center benefit the Foodbank of the Albemarle.
Carol Commander, General Manager of WNOR and WAFX: “The shelves at the Foodbank are overflowing with much needed donations thanks to the support of our generous listeners and client partners. The FM99 and 106.9 The Fox 27th Annual Mayflower Marathon will create more than 756,000 meals! Thanks to the Foodbanks and everyone who made a donation for helping to feed Hampton Roads!”
"Mayflower Marathon always reminds us that we all have the power to uplift our neighbors,” said Christopher Tan, President and CEO of the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore. “Our sincere thanks extend to all the donors and volunteers who made this weekend a success and especially to FM99 and 106.9 The Fox for their role in spreading the warmth of holiday meals to every table in our community.”
103.1 WIRK West Palm Beach Provide More Than 110,000 Meals Through Beach Harvest Event
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 21ST, 2023 –– In just three days, Tim Leary and Chelsea Taylor (New Country 103.1/WIRK West Palm Beach) were able to provide more than 110,000 meals for Palm Beach Harvest to help those in need with their annual “Friends Feeding Friends”. When the three day event finished, Tim and Chelsea had collected more than 28,000lbs. in food donations and more than $15,000 in cash.
“The food was being distributed literally as soon as it came in,” stated Leary. “We’ve never seen anything like it because this has never happened before! At the very end, the only thing that was left in the truck was a broom. The food had been given out.” “This year absolutely shattered all previous years we’ve ever done this,” Chelsea added. “People drove from more than an hour away to donate. The outpouring of love from this community can’t even be put into words. It was amazing!”
OM/PD Bruce Logan was at the event. “Tim and Chelsea are two people who have enormous hearts and truly care about others. Their listeners feel that. That’s why they have such an ability to rally the entire community like this.” Pictured: Chelsea Taylor, Palm Beach Harvest volunteers, Tim Leary, Deborah Morgan Founder/CEO Palm Beach Harvest.
CMG's Atlanta Stations Collects Nearly 15,000 Pounds of Food CMG’s With Community Food Bank
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 21ST, 2023 –– Cox Media Group Atlanta’s stations partnered with the Atlanta Community Food Bank to collect 14,478 pounds of food between November 11-18. The effort by KISS 104.1 (WALR), 95.5 WSB (WSBB-FM/WSB-AM), B98.5 (WSB-FM) and 97.1 The River (WSRV) generated 16,965 meals for food-insecure individuals in Georgia. “This year was a record-breaking year for pounds of food collected that will make a positive impact on our community. We’re thankful for the partnership with Atlanta Community Food Bank and grateful to be able to help struggling families during this time of ‘thanks’ and ‘giving’,” said Jaleigh Long, Vice President and Market Manager, Cox Media Group Atlanta Radio.
“We’re thankful for the tremendous support shown to the Food Bank by the listeners and fans, radio personalities, and team members across Cox Media Group’s Atlanta stations. For more than 5 years, fans of the stations have come out in force to donate food and funds to help us meet the growing need across our communities,” said Kyle Waide, president and CEO of Atlanta Community Food Bank. “Visits to food pantries are up 40% over last year, as many hard-working families across our 29 county service area continue to struggle in the face of higher costs for food, housing, healthcare and more. The food and funds raised during these events will have a huge, positive impact on the lives of countless neighbors who bear the emotional and physical stress of food insecurity.”
The Atlanta Community Food Bank is reporting record levels of visits to food pantries this year – up 40% from 2022.
Jordan Davis To Guest Host Middays On Go Country 105 For Month Of December
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 21ST, 2023 –– MCA Nashville recording artist Jordan Davis has been tapped to “take over” both the Midday show on Los Angeles’ Go Country 105 (KKGO), acting as guest host throughout the month of December, as we switch to our Christmas music programming. Jordan will kick things off from 10am to 2pm PT each weekday beginning Monday November 27, 2023 through Friday December 22, 2023.
“We couldn’t be more excited to have country star Jordan Davis guest hosting on the station! I know listeners will enjoy hearing his holiday stories this season” stated Go Country 105 Station Manager Michael Levine.
In 2019, Davis was awarded Best New Country Artist at the iHeartRadio Music Awards, and he is a two-time nominee for ACM New Male Artist of the Year and was named Billboard’s Top New Country Artist of 2018. Davis has amassed more than 5 BILLION streams worldwide and appeared on Good Morning America, TODAY, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Late Night with Seth Meyers and more.
ReelWorld And Orbyt Media Ink Multi-Year Extension
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 21ST, 2023 –– Orbyt Media and ReelWorld announced they have signed a multi-year extension, securing Orbyt Media as the exclusive ad and affiliate sales network throughout Canada. The two companies have been partners in Canada since 2010, with Orbyt offering ReelWorld Jingles, ProductionVault, RED Hits and other services on a cash or barter basis. ReelWorld currently services hundreds of radio affiliates throughout the country including radio groups like Bell, Rogers, Stingray, Pattison Media and Corus.
ReelWorld CEO, Mike Thomas, commented, “We are grateful to enter in another term of what’s been a wonderful relationship with Orbyt Media. Our like-minded approach of being creatively driven and customer first made this decision easy and we look forward to many great years together.” Orbyt Media’s Senior Manager of Affiliates and Content,
Jennifer Morrison, added “We’re thrilled to continue to grow our partnership with ReelWorld. The team continues to raise the bar with their creative radio imaging and we can’t wait to see what new offerings they have in store for 2024.” For more info about ReelWorld contact Jennifer Morrison at or Heather Edwards at . Jennifer.Morrison@orbytmedia.com Heather.Edwards@orbytmedia.
Radio Resources Presents the 20th Annual TSO Chop Shop Christmas Special
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 21ST, 2023 –– Chop Shop, the weekly two-hour program dedicated to great guitarists, continues its holiday tradition with the 20th Annual Chop Shop Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) Special. Chop Shop host and producer Steve Black (shown) shares engaging stories from the road. TSO guitarist Al Pitrelli talks about the all new graphics, light and stage show including what the band dosn't get to see.
TSO guitarist Chris Caffery reveals what its like playing guitar while lifted 30 feet above the audience. Steve Black spent time over the summer with TSO to bring this new special together. The 20th Annual Chop Shop Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) Special will also include an special in studio look back at the band’s late founder/producer, Paul O’Neill.
The 20th Annual Chop Shop Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) Special is available now for free from The Chop Shop and Radio Resources? Contact Director of Affiliate Sales, Gary James at 212-380-9305 or firstname.lastname@example.org to bring this holiday spectacular to your listeners.
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iHeart Columbus With Two New Local Morning Shows
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 20TH, 2023 –– Columbus’ Morning News program begins on heritage talk station 610 WTVN-AM: Hosted by Mike Elliott, Columbus Morning News will include contributors Matt McCoy (Sports Director), Scott Jennings (News Reporter), Johnny Hill (Traffic Reporter), and Michael Campana (Producer). Thirty-year market veteran, Elliott, started at WTVN in 1999 as the producer for Columbus radio legend Bob Conners, will continue to serve as Program Director for 610 WTVN. “I’ve done everything on WTVN except host my own show, and now I get that chance” says Elliott. “I’m grateful to be working with most talented team in the business every morning to bring the news to the best audience out there!” The show will be live Monday-Friday, from 5am-9am on WTVN and available both live and on-demand via the iHeartRadio app.
WODC, 93.3 FM, The Bus Welcomes The Boxer Show: Brandon Boxer will bring a local, family-friendly morning show to WODC each weekday morning from 6am- 10am. 93.3 FM is Columbus’s home to holiday music, where listening doubles every year. In the new year, WODC returns to playing top hits to listen to throughout the workday. This move also includes a promotion for Brandon, as he will serve as Program Director for 93.3 WODC in addition to continuing his popular afternoon drive show on 92.3 WCOL-FM.
“I’m 100% amped to continue waking up and taking our listeners home daily, plus advancing my programming career,” says Brandon. “My deepest gratitude to Kris Foley, Gene Ramono, Michael McCoy, & my iHeartMedia family for this opportunity.” Josh Markovitz, the current morning host on 93.3 The Bus, will now be heard on Columbus Alternative 105.7FM.
Registration Open For 2024 NAB Show Las Vegas
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 20TH, 2023 –– Registration is now open for the 2024 NAB Show, scheduled for April 13-17 (Exhibits April 14-17), at the Las Vegas Convention Center (shown). This year will delve into trends such as artificial intelligence, streaming universes, virtual production, live events, the creator economy and advertising.
“Creator Lab and Propel ME epitomize the spirit of innovation we will be spotlighting at the 2024 NAB Show, providing a dynamic intersection where creativity meets technology,” said Chris Brown, executive vice president and managing director, NAB Global Connections and Events. "Amid the swiftly transforming media landscape, it is important that the Show provide unique activations like these to act as a guide to the tech and companies that are redefining the horizons of the entertainment industry." For more info, click https://nabshow.com/2024/
NPR Board Of Directors Elects Jennifer Ferro As Board Chair
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 20TH, 2023 –– NPR Board of Directors has elected Jennifer Ferro as Chair Board. Ferro joined the board in 2018. "I am honored to take on the role of Board Chair and to help guide this critical organization to meet and serve the American people along with over 200 community public media organizations," said Ferro.
NPR's 23-member Board of Directors is comprised of 12 Member Directors who are managers of NPR Member stations and are elected to the Board by their fellow Member stations, 9 Public Directors who are prominent members of the public selected by the Board and confirmed by NPR Member stations, the NPR Foundation Chair, and the NPR President & CEO. Jennifer Ferro, CEO of KCRW, worked to transform the institution from Southern California's flagship public radio station to a worldwide community that connects through the discovery of music, news and culture both in person, online and on the air. Under her leadership KCRW completed a $50 million capital campaign and moved into its first-ever, stand-alone, state-of-the-art facility allowing KCRW to become a true community institution.
Ms. Ferro was awarded the UCLA Award for public service and selected as one of the 500 Most Influential People in LA according to the LA Business Journal. Ms. Ferro earned her Bachelor's degree from UCLA. She spent years as a youth soccer coach and co-founder of the Women's Coach Initiative to get more women youth soccer coaches on the field. She is also an active mentor to graduate and undergraduate students.
830 WCCO Minneapolis Raises Over $367,000 For Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 20TH, 2023 –– Audacy raised over $367,000 to provide meals and care for those in need through 830 WCCO’s (WCCO-AM) 21st annual “Hunger Mission Radiothon” in Minneapolis. The amount raised during this year’s event, which benefits Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities (UGMTC), brought the overall fundraising total to over $4.3 million since 2003.
"We are simply in awe of the incredible generosity of our fans! This is yet another great example of how live and local radio can truly impact lives,” said Brad Lane, Brand Manager, 830 WCCO. “We’re so proud of our team for helping share these transformative stories from the inspiring work being done at Union Gospel Mission."
“This has been a fantastic day where the community has truly come together and shown their heart. So many generous donors tuned in and donated so we can address the needs of their neighbors experiencing homelessness, hunger and addiction,” said Pam Axberg, Chief Executive Officer, Union Gospel Mission. “We are deeply grateful for the donors who make it possible for us to do this important work and for the opportunity to share our story more broadly.”
Photo credit -Audacy / Brad Lane
NRG Lincoln Teams With Trans-Siberian Orchestra Concert For Large Charity Donation
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 20TH, 2023 –– NRG Media’s B107.3 (KBBK-FM) in Lincoln, Neb. launched into the holiday season with a bang! B107.3 partnered with holiday favorite musical group Trans-Siberian Orchestra to present a concert at Lincoln’s Pinnacle Bank Arena on Thursday, November 16th. While at the concert, B107.3 staff “flipped the Santa Switch” to 24/7 Christmas music live from the stage, with “Christmas Eve / Sarajevo 12/24” by Trans-Siberian Orchestra heard as the first Christmas song played on air for the 2023 season.
Additionally, B107.3 selected local non-profit Tabitha Foundation to participate in a ticket revenue share for the event, with $1 from every ticket purchased generously donated to their local Meals on Wheels program. Tabitha Foundation Development Director JP Lauterbach joined B107.3 on stage prior to the concert for the grand donation reveal of $5,759, which will directly assist elderly and disabled individuals in the Lincoln community.
Join B107.3 and get in the seasonal spirit by listening to all your favorite holiday songs on Lincoln’s Christmas Music Station, streaming live at B1073.com.
(l-r) Brooke Summers (B107.3 AM Host), JP Lauterbach (Tabitha Foundation Development Director), Eugene “Bic” Bichlmeier (B107.3 AM Host), and Jill Lewis (B107.3 PD & PM Host) kicked off Christmas music and revealed a large donation at Trans-Siberian Orchestra.
Jelly Roll To Gift Tickets To Veterans For Audacy’s Riptide Music Festival I0n Florida
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 20TH, 2023 –– Just in time for Thanksgiving, Riptide Music Festival headliner and Audacy Launch artist Jelly Roll, in partnership with Audacy, is giving thanks to our nation’s heroes by teaming up with Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) to invite wounded warriors to attend the two-day event. The festival will feature performances by Jelly Roll, The Black Keys, Bleachers, Dirty Heads, Young the Giant, Sublime with Rome, and more.
WWP is transforming the way America’s injured veterans are empowered, employed, and engaged in their communities. The organization’s direct programs and services in mental health, career counseling, long-term rehabilitative care, and policy advocacy have improved the lives of millions of warriors and their families for 20 years. WWP will directly contact Florida-based veterans registered with the organization about the opportunity.
Warm 98.5 Cincinnati Flips To Christmas Music
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 20TH, 2023 –– Cumulus announces that Cincinnati’s Warm 98.5/WRRM-FM has officially kicked off the Christmas season with a flip to continuous Christmas music, bringing holiday cheer and the season’s best Christmas music to the Tri-State area. The Adult Contemporary station made its annual switch to Christmas music at 4:45pm today with the Andy Williams’ classic, “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” The station will play continuous Christmas music through Dec. 25th, 2023.
Josh Wolff, Program Director, Warm 98.5, said: “It might be the week of Thanksgiving... but it's officially the start of Christmas in the Tri-State! Warm 98.5’s Christmas music is a Tri-State tradition and listeners have been anticipating the switch for months. We’re proud to deliver and once again be part of their holiday celebration.”
Albright & O’Malley & Brenner Present their 30th Annual Pre-CRS Seminar
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 20TH, 2023 –– Co-Sponsored with Big Machine Label Group's BMLG Records, save the date as Jaye Albright, Mike O’Malley, Becky Brenner and Kenny Jay announce their 30th annual Pre-CRS seminar on Wednesday, February 28, 2024, at Nashville’s Omni Hotel.
VP/Consulting Partner Becky Brenner says, "Every year we think, 'How can we top last year?' Planning the 30th anniversary pushes us to do even more! This fast-paced event in an intimate setting will feature crucial industry topics with plenty of takeaways to help stations improve their ratings and revenue." This year’s seminar will include strategy and highlights from the 2024 RoadMap perceptual, along with a return appearance of Chairman Emeritus Jaye Albright, who will join the partners for a special session. Guests will also enjoy a performance from new BMLG Nashville artist Greylan James.
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Morning Host Greg Hill Inks Multi-Year Extension With Audacy Sports Radio 93.7 WEEI-FM Boston
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 17TH, 2023 –– Audacy has announced a multiyear contract extension with WEEI (WEEI-FM) morning show host Greg Hill (shown above). Hill will continue to be heard on “The Greg Hill Show” alongside co-hosts Jermaine Wiggins (BL), Courtney Cox (BC) and Chris Curtis (BR) and producer Chris Scheim (shown below second from left) weekdays from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. ET. “We are thrilled to extend Greg’s contract and keep the momentum going for his award-winning morning show,” said Mike Thomas, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Audacy Boston. “We look forward to having Greg, alongside Jermaine and Courtney, continue to set the tone for our weekday programming and deliver entertaining content for our listeners for the foreseeable future.”
"I cannot thank Mike Thomas, Mark Hannon and Jeff Sottolano enough for giving me the opportunity to wake up at an inhumane hour every day for many more years,” said Hill. Hill was named the 2022 Marconi Radio Award winner for Major Market Personality of the Year. The show’s Nielsen ratings are up 60% year-over-year and consistently leads Audacy programming across the country in Twitch viewership. Hill grew up in Stow, MA, and is a lifelong Massachusetts resident. For nearly three decades, he was the host and namesake of “The Hill-Man Morning Show” on WEEI’s sister station WAAF.
Hill has been a Boston fixture since beginning his career at WAAF in 1986 in the promotions department and on-air since 1991. In addition to his work on the radio, Hill and his listeners have been a force in charitable giving. In 2010, Hill launched “The Greg Hill Foundation,” which has accumulated over $27 million in donations distributed to over 9,000 beneficiaries (local families and organizations). Listeners can tune in to WEEI (WEEI-FM) in Boston on air and nationwide on the Audacy app and website. Fans can also connect with the station via X, Facebook and Instagram. - Photo courtesy of Audacy/WEEI
Jason Bjorson Named Senior Vice President And Market Manager Of Audacy Milwaukee
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 17TH, 2023 –– Audacy has welcomed Jason Bjorson as Senior Vice President and Market Manager of its Milwaukee market. In this role, Bjorson will oversee the market’s portfolio of stations, which includes 99.1 The Mix (WMYX-FM), 1250 AM The Fan (WSSP-AM), 103.7 KISS FM (WXSS-FM), Hot 105.7 (WXSS-HD2) and CHANNEL Q (WXSS-HD3).
“I am excited to welcome Jason to lead our Milwaukee cluster,” said Rachel Williamson, Regional President, Audacy. “His experience across radio, video and digital combined with his deep knowledge and relationships throughout the Milwaukee market brings an increased expertise to our cluster and clients.”
“I'm thrilled to join the Audacy Milwaukee team, with some of Milwaukee's most iconic brands and an innovative broadcaster,” said Bjorson. “I've competed with this team and tried to recruit them for years, so I know how much talent is here. I'm looking forward to working with them to win big here in Milwaukee!”
Bjorson is a media veteran with over two decades of experience in the industry. His career in radio includes time at Cox Radio in Jacksonville, FL, and Journal Broadcast Group in Knoxville, TN, where he rose from Account Executive to lead the company’s flagship station, WTMJ-AM in Milwaukee, WI, and The Green Bay and Milwaukee Brewer Radio Networks.
CRB Announces Nominees For 'New Faces Of Country'
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 17TH, 2023 –– Country Radio Broadcasters (CRB) announced the nominees for next year's New Faces of Country Music® Show, which is scheduled to take place during CRS 2024. The talented artists nominated for consideration for the New Faces of Country Music® Show 2024 are as follows: George Birge (Records Nashville) Chayce Beckham (BMG Nashville) Dillon Carmichael (Riser House) Corey Kent (SMN/RCA) Megan Moroney (SMN/Columbia) Conner Smith (Valory Music) Warren Zeiders (WMN).
CRS New Faces Committee Chairman Chuck Aly comments, "Even as other formats become more transient, the country community’s commitment to developing artists for the long term remains. All these artists are prime examples, and the five who will be voted in as New Faces join a storied lineage to that effect." Co-partnered by the Academy of Country Music and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the New Faces of Country Music® Show has been a hallmark event at Country Radio Seminar for over five decades. It showcases five emerging artists who have achieved significant success at Country Radio during the qualification period.
For 2024, the qualification period spans from November 1, 2022, to October 31, 2023. Voting for the Class of 2024 will be open from Monday, November 27, to Friday, December 1, at www.CountryRadioSeminar.com. The final lineup for the New Faces of Country Music® Show 2024 will be determined based on the five acts with the most votes. Eligible voters must be full-time employees primarily involved in the programming, promotion, and distribution of country music.
CRS 2024 will take place at the Omni Nashville Hotel. Registration for the event is now open, and available here. For more information, please visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com.
EVENTS: KFI Los Angeles Announces Its 13th Annual Pastathon To Benefit Caterina’s Club
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 17TH, 2023 –– iHeartMedia Los Angeles’ KFI-AM 640, along with partners Smart & Final and Wendy’s, announced its 13th annual KFI PastaThon event to benefit Caterina’s Club. The KFI PastaThon is an annual event that encourages listeners to donate money, pasta and sauce to benefit Caterina’s Club, a local charity that provides more than 25,000 nutritious meals every week to children in need in Southern California. The charity also helps families get back into stable home environments and teaches teens the skills they need to work in the hospitality industry.
On ‘Giving Tuesday,’ November 28, KFI-AM 640 will host a live all-day broadcast at the Anaheim White House. From 5a.m. – 10 p.m. hosts Bill Handel, Amy King, Gary & Shannon, John & Ken, Tim Conway Jr and Mo Kelly will bring the community together to collect money and pasta and sauce donations for Caterina’s Club. 100% of donations collected go directly to Caterina’s Club.
“KFI listeners are so generous and, along with our incredible partners, Smart & Final and Wendy’s, we are fighting hunger for Southern California kids,” said Robin Bertolucci, Program Director for KFI-AM 640. “Today, Chef Bruno is feeding over 25,000 kids here every week. As we kick off our 13th annual KFI PastaThon we know the need is bigger than ever but so are the hearts of our listeners and partners. Our goal this year is to raise over a million dollars and surpass last year’s record setting PastaThon!”
Z100 Announces The Lineup For All Access Lounge
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 17TH, 2023 –– iHeart's Z100, New York unveiled the lineup for Z100’s All Access Lounge Presented by Wella Professionals Ultimate Repair on December 8, the official pre-event celebration for Z100's Jingle Ball 2023 Presented by Capital One.
This year’s event is free and open to the public, it will include performances from (G)I-DLE, GAYLE, LANY, Paul Russell, Lawrence, OWENN, People R Ugly at Hammerstein Ballroom at Manhattan Center from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET.
The event will be hosted by Elvis Duran of the “Elvis Duran and the Z100 Morning Show” as well as the entire Z100 family of on-air personalities, with more to be announced. For more information and a chance to win Jingle Ball tickets and prizes, fans can visit www.z100.com.
Jason Aldean, Lainey Wilson And More Celebrate Thanksgiving With Granger Smith On 'After Midnight'
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 17TH, 2023 –– Premiere Networks announced an exclusive Thanksgiving special for Country radio stations hosted by Country music artist, New York Times best-selling author, multifaceted entertainer and After MidNite host Granger Smith. The four-hour, barter-free After MidNite Friendsgiving Special with Granger Smith will be highlighted by conversations with Country stars and celebrities including Jason Aldean, Dustin Lynch, Craig Morgan, Lainey Wilson and others, who will share their favorite holiday foods, family traditions and more. The radio special will also feature a mix of chart-topping and holiday-themed songs.
The After MidNite Friendsgiving Special with Granger Smith is available to affiliates and open markets to air anytime from November 22 - 26, 2023. Interested stations should contact Premiere Networks’ Affiliate Sales department at Affiliates@PremiereNetworks.com.
107.1 The Boss + Cane Peterson Win Best Of The Best Awards In Asbury Park Press
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 17TH, 2023 –– Press Communications’ Classic Rock WWZY/WBHX (107-1 The Boss) scored 3 nominations in the Community's Choice Awards of Monmouth and Ocean nominated for and won best local radio station, while both The Official County NJ held by the Asbury Park Press. The station was “Robby and Rochelle in the Morning” and evening personality Cane Peterson were nominated for best radio host with Cane winning the nod. Awards were handed out at a red carpet gala Wednesday evening November 15th at the iPlay America Event Center in Freehold, NJ.
“A huge congratulations to ALL of Team Boss and big thank you to our listeners for their votes. It’s a testament to the hard work that has turned this radio station into something truly special and loved by fans on the same dial with the biggest radio brands in the world. Special shout to Cane who is not only one of the best air talents on the planet, he’s an even better human! I’m so thrilled for our staff and grateful to our audience and the Asbury Park Press for this honor” said Robby Bridges, VP of Programming
Daybreak Entertainment Morning Show Holiday Sampler Now Available At NO COST
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 17TH, 2023 –– The 2023 Daybreak Entertainment Morning Show Holiday Sampler is now available at NO COST to morning shows across the country. For the past 18 years the Daybreak Holiday Sampler has become a coveted morning show asset providing fresh holiday music for seasonal airplay and production purposes (music beds, etc.).
The 2023 sampler includes 34 new and classic holiday tracks from a wide variety of artists, including: Ed Sheeran & Elton John, Rob Thomas, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Sia, Il Divo, Mannheim Steamroller, Scotty McCreery, Jackie Evancho, David Foster & Katharine McPhee, Zach Top, Lea Michele, Samara Joy, Rita Wilson, Barry Manilow, Alexis Ffrench, The Fixx and MANY more.
"Every year countless morning shows tell me how much they look forward to the sampler's arrival as it provides them with a fresh palette of Christmas music to utilize during the season," said Daybreak Entertainment President, Alan Rommelfanger. Morning shows can email email@example.com to receive their FREE download code.
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WWO Signs Multi-Year Extension With TM Studios
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 16TH, 2023 –– Cumulus Media’s Westwood One has extended its partnership with TM Studios, a worldwide supplier of audio branding and sung jingles. Westwood One originally purchased TM Studios in 2009 and subsequently sold the company to former TM executives Greg Clancy, Dave Bethell, and Chris “UK” Stevens in November 2020. Under the new agreement, Westwood One continues as TM’s exclusive domestic barter representation agent, and TM continues to supply Westwood One’s syndication partners, including many Cumulus radio stations,, with station jingles, commercial jingles, and production music. TM also acquires the additional assets of the Drake Chenault catalog and all intellectual property associated with TM’s former product lines HitDisc and GoldDisc.
“Westwood One is committed to partnering with companies that provide unique products and outstanding service, and TM fits that description perfectly.” said Suzanne Grimes, President, Westwood One. “By extending our relationship with TM, we are assured that radio stations around the country will be able to access the best-in-class offerings TM has been creating for more than fifty years.”
Greg Clancy, CEO and Co-Owner of TM Studios added, “Westwood One has been like family to TM for over a decade. We are delighted to continue the growth of our business of creating world-class sonic branding for radio and tv stations, podcasters, advertisers and producers around the globe, while being represented for barter by the best in the business.” For more news or to learn about TM Studios, email firstname.lastname@example.org
SNAPS: Dua Lipa Stops By iHeart LA To Celebrate Release Of Her New Single 'Houdini'
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 16TH, 2023 –– Dua Lipa stopped by iHeartMedia Los Angeles to celebrate the highly anticipated release of her new single, "Houdini" visiting with 102.7 KIIS FM, KBIG/104.3 MYfm, and KOST 103.5.
Welcoming her with open arms were (from L-R) Beata Murphy - 102.7 KIIS-FM Program Director, John Peake - SVP of Programming Los Angeles/KBIG-FM Program Director, Mike Chester - EVP Commerce & Promotion Warner Records, Dua Lipa, John Sykes - President iHeartMedia Entertainment Enterprises, DJ Triple XL - 102.7 KIIS-FM Music Coordinator, and Dua's Manager Dugi Lipa.
Events: Brooke & Jeffrey Launch Merch For A Cause Benefitting 'Action Against Hunger'
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 16TH, 2023 –– Premiere Networks-syndicated Brooke & Jeffrey announced this week a new Merch for a Cause fundraiser benefitting Action Against Hunger, a leader in the global movement to end hunger. Kicking off the holiday season of giving, listeners and fans can now purchase special edition Brooke & Jeffrey sweatshirts and t-shirts with 100% of the proceeds going toward the non-profit organization, which supports 28 million people every year with their hunger programs.
This is Brooke & Jeffrey’s second Merch for a Cause promotion, which kicked off last year with a fundraiser benefitting Heart to Heart International's humanitarian efforts in Ukraine. More than a thousand t-shirts and sweatshirts were sold via The Shop Forward during the month-long effort, which raised more than $18,000 for the non-profit organization.
Shown L-R: Brooke & Jeffrey’s Alexis, Jeffrey, Brooke and Jose model new show merchandise benefitting Action Against Hunger
Tom Kent (TKRN) Inks Multi-Year Extension With The 'New' United Stations
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 16TH, 2023 –– United Stations (USRN), owned by Gemini XIII, today announced a multi-year renewal and continued advertising sales partnership with legendary broadcaster Tom Kent and the Tom Kent Radio Network (TKRN). TKRN is comprised of hundreds of great radio stations with 23 different products in seven different formats. The network also includes two full time 24/7 networks.
“I’ve had the privilege of working with Tom in years past and I’m excited to be in business with him and his team once again.” said Charles Steinhauer, COO Gemini XIII. Tom Kent, President and CEO added, "Charles Steinhauer and Spencer Brown are legendary names in our business and we are proud to be working with them as our exclusive sales agent. Over this 22 year period, we have accumulated hundreds of stations with many great products. We wouldn't just let anyone handle our ad sales. It could only be USRN for us! I am super excited!"
Beasley Unveils Playa Format To Be Featured Across HD2 & HD3 Channels In Five Markets
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 16TH, 2023 –– Beasley has unveiled Playa in five markets across the company. The new “Salsa and More” format will feature a variety of artists, including Marc Anthony, Enrique Iglesias, Juan Luis Guerra and more! The salsa hits and tropical flared sound will provide the ultimate “playa” (beach) experience of traditional rhythms and heritage of the music that was born across Caribbean in countries like Cuba, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Colombia.
The format can be heard on the following Beasley HD channels: Atlanta – WAEC Charlotte – WNKS 95.1 HD3 Detroit – WMGC 105.1 HD2 Las Vegas – KKLZ 96.3 HD2 Philly – WMGK 102.9 HD3 Boston – WBQT – 96.9 HD2 “With the Hispanic communities growing fast in many of our markets, we’re proud to present this mass appeal music format with the biggest and most familiar Latin stars,” said Beasley Media Group Chief Content Officer Justin Chase. “Our brilliant Director of Latin Formats, Nio Fernandez, has made Playa highly popular in a couple of our markets already and I’m excited to watch the brand continue to expand.”
“The salsa format is one that we have successfully offered in Tampa and Fort Myers,” said Beasley’s Director of Latin Formats, Nio Fernandez. “We are extremely proud to expand it to Atlanta, Philadelphia, Las Vegas, Detroit, Boston and Charlotte. Beasley takes pride in the growth of its Hispanic footprint as the company continues to align with the demand for these formats in the nation’s rapidly changing demographics.”
Country Top 40 With Fitz Announces Thanksgiving Special, 'Thankful For The Hits'
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 16TH, 2023 –– Skyview Networks’ syndication partner, Country Top 40 with Fitz (CT40), announced the return of its annual Thanksgiving special, 'Thankful for the Hits'. Airing Saturday, November 25 and Sunday, November 26, this country music countdown will kick off the holiday season with a countdown of today’s top 40 chart-topping country music hits.
“The stars are showing up at your table for an unforgettable Thanksgiving celebration!” said Fitz, host of CT40. “Feast your ears with the biggest songs and artists on CT40’s Thankful for the Hits and save some room for leftovers!”
This four-hour special will include a heartwarming feast of music and gratitude with the hottest country stars serving up their heartfelt thanks for the blessings in their lives and sharing their favorite Thanksgiving traditions. For additional details on this upcoming special or for affiliation information, please contact email@example.com or visit skyviewnetworks.com/ct40/.
The Daybreak Entertainment Morning Show Holiday Sampler Now Available At NO COST
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 16TH, 2023 –– The 2023 Daybreak Entertainment Morning Show Holiday Sampler is now available at NO COST to morning shows across the country. For the past 18 years the Daybreak Holiday Sampler has become a coveted morning show asset providing fresh holiday music for seasonal airplay and production purposes (music beds, etc.).
The 2023 sampler includes 34 new and classic holiday tracks from a wide variety of artists, including: Ed Sheeran & Elton John, Rob Thomas, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Sia, Il Divo, Mannheim Steamroller, Scotty McCreery, Jackie Evancho, David Foster & Katharine McPhee, Zach Top, Lea Michele, Samara Joy, Rita Wilson, Barry Manilow, Alexis Ffrench, The Fixx and MANY more.
"Every year countless morning shows tell me how much they look forward to the sampler's arrival as it provides them with a fresh palette of Christmas music to utilize during the season," said Daybreak Entertainment President, Alan Rommelfanger. Morning shows can email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive their FREE download code.
AURN To Uncover The Untold Story Of The World’s First Black Licensed Female Pilot, Bessie Coleman
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 16TH, 2023 –– AURN is proud to announce the launch of a groundbreaking podcast series, “Invisible Eagles:Bessie Coleman presented by AARP”. Launched Nov 1st, ‘23, this compelling and original WGA scripted series will take listeners on a captivating journey back to the Roaring 1920’s, a time when America’s first black pilots defied the odds, achieved groundbreaking success in aviation and faced the harsh realities of Jim Crow. “Invisible Eagles:Bessie Coleman Presented By AARP” promises to be an inspiring and enlightening experience for audiences of all ages.
AURN has collaborated with the esteemed production company “Flying Free Films, LLC” to bring this remarkable story to life. And joining as a sponsor is AARP who has generously supported this project as a way of highlighting their dedication to inclusivity and their commitment to preserving the rich history of trailblazers like Bessie Coleman. The podcast stars Academy Award-nominated actress Quvenzhané Wallis, renowned for her role in “Beasts of The Southern Wild,” as Bessie Coleman. I
“Invisible Eagles: Bessie Coleman Presented By AARP” is an ode to her legacy, a celebration of her historic achievements. and a glimpse into the challenges she overcame to pave the way for future generations” said Basil Murrain, SVP Communications at AURN. For more information about “Invisible Eagles: Bessie Coleman Presented by AARP”, please visit https://aurn.com/invisible-eagles-podcast/. The podcast series is available on all major podcast platforms.
One Of The First Stations That Embraces Going All-Christmas, Utah’s FM100.3, Flips Again With Help From Marie Osmond
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 16TH, 2023 –– FM100.3, Utah will flip the switch to Christmas music this Friday, November 17, 2023. The official launch of this festive season will be marked at a special event featuring the renowned Marie Osmond at the Nativity Market. 'Flipping the switch to Christmas music is a treasured tradition for us at FM100.3," said Sue Kelley, Director of Programming for KSFI/FM100.3. "Having Marie Osmond join us this year makes it even more special. We invite everyone to tune in to FM100.3, your home for the holidays, to enjoy our 24/7 Christmas music lineup."
“As one of the first stations in the United States that embraced playing an all-Holiday music format decades ago, we are proud to welcome the holiday season once again with this great tradition,” says Tanya Vea, President and COO, Bonneville International. “For our listeners, Christmas music brings back many memories. For our business partners, we set the stage for their holiday marketing plans.” FM100.3 will return to its Better Music, Better Workday regular music format on Dec. 26th.
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STUDY: Reducing Audio Ad Copy Word Count Will Help Improve Effectiveness
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 15TH, 2023 –– Several firms recently collaborated to produce a first-of-its-kind study that examined thousands of campaigns. Audiotrack is a UK audio distribution service that sends ads from creative agencies to audio publishers. Audiotrack delivers audio ads to all UK and Republic of Ireland radio stations, digital streaming, and podcast platforms.
Colourtext, a leading media analysis firm, examined over 10,000 campaigns that aired between 2019 and 2021. Activity included 615 national brands across 22 advertiser categories. The study revealed the lower the audio word count per minute, the greater the brand standout, which in turn increases campaign web response.
This week’s Cumulus Media | Westwood One Audio Active Group® blog outlines the key findings.
-- Eliminating 10 words of audio copy increases the Creative Standout score by 1%. Creative Standout is achieved when consumers say, “this ad stands out” and rate an ad with an 8, 9, or 10 on a one-to-ten-standout scale.
-- Eliminating 10 words of audio copy increases web traffic by 0.25%. Creative Standout in audio advertising is strongly linked to ad response via website visits. For each 1% rise in Creative Standout achieved by an audio ad, website response rate increases by 0.25%.
Kantar Millward Brown: The fewer the messages, the greater the recall. An ad with four messages will have message recall of only 24%, compared to 43% for ads with just one message. The more messages an ad attempts to communicate, the lower the likelihood of a single message being communicated.
Chris Smith’s audio creative best practice: Less is more. Be single-minded. Say one thing. A radio spot is not a hotel. You don’t have to fill all the space.
iHeartMedia And Global Sign Multi-Year Podcast Partnership Deal In The UK, Ireland And USA
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 15TH, 2023 –– Global, the UK’s largest radio and outdoor media company, has signed an exclusive platform distribution and ad sales deal with iHeartMedia. Under the exclusive deal, Global and iHeartMedia will license, distribute and represent each other’s chart-topping podcast portfolios. In the UK iHeartPodcasts will be available on Global Player and via DAX, Global’s market leading digital advertising exchange.
Conal Byrne, CEO of iHeartMedia’s Digital Audio Group, said: "Podcasting has exploded as the newest mass-reach medium in the US, with more than 120 million Americans a month now listening - and now the opportunity for global growth is huge. As more international listeners engage with hit iHeartPodcasts every month, this is a great opportunity to work with the best-in-class Global and using DAX monetization teams, to find new audiences and advertisers for the best and largest podcast portfolio in the world.”
With millions of monthly active users, Global Player is now one of the UK’s largest entertainment platforms. DAX is the largest digital advertising platform in the UK and one of the largest in the world. It connects advertisers to over 130 million listeners by inserting targeted advertising into their favorite radio, music and podcasts across the UK, Europe, the USA and Canada. Photo/DAX
Mason Dixon Signs With Audio 1 Family For National Distribution
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 15TH, 2023 –– Audio 1has inked powerhouse 80’s Retro Music Show “Mason Dixon Generation 80’s” for national distribution. The highly successful show is currently broadcast on the Legendary Q105 radio station in Tampa Florida, but now will be available coast to coast courtesy of Audio 1 Distribution. This is a music intensive weekend show where Mason gets to not only play these great songs but tell some fun stories about the music and artists from his years of breaking most of these songs at Q105.
Mason is not only the air personality but a programmer as well he produces a people meter friendly show that plays a lot of back to back music adding his great stories. Mason Dixon Generation 80’s has been running since Jan. 2023 on Q105 Sat. mornings to top 5 ratings with a few number 1’s as well. Audio 1 has now taken on the rights to distribute the show to all markets across the country.
Based in Dallas, TX, Audio 1 already represents several talk and music products. The show will continue to air on Q105 Saturday Mornings from 7am to 10am (Eastern). But Stations coast to coast will be able to run it live or repurpose it for another time over the weekend. For more about Mason Dixon or to hear a demo: https://audio1.com/music-entertainment/mason-dixon-generation-80s/ For more information on Audio 1: https://audio1.com/ or contact Mike Ragz at email@example.com
HONORS: KYW Newsradio Inducts Lynne Adkins And Brandon Brooks Into Hall Of Fame
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 15TH, 2023 –– KYW Newsradio has inducted two members into its Hall of Fame: longtime reporter and anchor Lynne Adkins and anchor Brandon Brooks. The inductees, nominated and elected by the current KYW Newsradio staff, join other distinct Hall of Famers, including NBC News’ Andrea Mitchell and longtime Suburban Bureau Chief Jay Lloyd. “This honor is long overdue for these two inductees who have devoted over three decades of their lives to being reliable news sources for the Philadelphia region,” said David Yadgaroff, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Audacy Philadelphia. “Not only has their professionalism set a high standard for our content, but their extensive backgrounds have taught the next generation of KYW Newsradio broadcasters to aspire to a new level.”
Lynne Adkins spent 34 years as an anchor, reporter and mentor at KYW Newsradio. She developed her radio chops as an assistant news director and talk show host at WMGK, WPEN, WFIL and WIP. Adkins also held the news director position for WXTU and WHYY in Philadelphia, WCOJ in Coatesville and WBUX in Levittown, PA.
Brandon Brooks was the voice of news in Philadelphia for more than 30 years. He first came to KYW Newsradio as a part-time anchor and reporter in 1989. Later, he joined the team full-time in 1993, primarily anchoring afternoon drive but filling in on weekday and weekend mornings on CBS-3. During his tenure at KYW, he pioneered the classic segment “Rewind,” which became a daily favorite in Philadelphia and syndicated by CBS Radio.
Denver's 99.5 The Mountain’s 'Project Sanctuary' Radiothon Raises Over $52,000 For Veterans
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 15TH, 2023 –– Audacy raised over $52,000 for Project Sanctuary during 99.5 The Mountain’s (KQMT-FM) “Project Sanctuary – Helping Heroes Heal Radiothon™” in Denver. The amount donated during the 6th annual radiothon brought the overall fundraising total to over $300,000 since 2018. “I’m so incredibly proud of the Mountain team and our loyal listeners coming together to help our veterans and their families with Project Sanctuary,” said Dan Hardee (shown top left), Regional Brand Manager, 99.5 The Mountain. “This radiothon further demonstrates the immense power of our medium with raising much-needed funds for important causes in our communities.”
99.5 The Mountain’s “Project Sanctuary Radiothon™” was broadcast live Friday, November 10, the day before Veterans Day. Throughout the one-day event, programming featured interviews with comedian Brad Williams, servicemembers and veterans and their families, and organization volunteers and counselors, who shared stories of hope, healing and navigating through the family impact of service to our country.
Heather Ehle founded Project Sanctuary in 2007 while working as a registered nurse after discovering no organization was helping the military family as a unit. Ehle founded the organization on the principle that when one person serves, the whole family serves, and the best way to support the troops was to create an organization supporting the entire family. What began as one retreat boot-strapped together in the mountains of Colorado has since grown into a national organization serving thousands of at-risk military families nationwide. Project Sanctuary has served more than 7,200 military families through therapeutic retreats.
Philadelphia’s Q102 Philly Launches “Bex & Buster’s Christmas Kicks” Sneaker Donation Campaign
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 15TH, 2023 –– iHeart Philly's Q102 kicked off “Bex & Buster’s Christmas Kicks” – a campaign in partnership with Four Seasons Diner, Franks Steaks & Burgers, Cradles to Crayons and Keystone Outdoor Advertising. Q102’s Bex and Buster will host a series of broadcasts encouraging listeners to donate new sneakers that will be distributed to children all around the tri-state area in partnership with Cradles to Crayons. Keystone Outdoor Advertising will also host a billboard takeover to promote this holiday campaign shutting down all other advertisers at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, November 17 to help scale the reach of the initiative. For broadcast dates and locations or to donate listeners can go to q102.com/kicks.
“Bex & Buster’s Christmas Kicks has quickly become a labor of love for Bex and myself,” said Buster, on-air personality for Q102. “We’re thrilled to collect an even bigger number of shoes this year for community. We’re very appreciative of our partners that have helped bring this to life and our listeners for donating to such an important cause.” “We all know the great feeling of having a pair of cool new shoes,” said Michal Smith, Executive Director of Cradles to Crayons. “New shoes give a kid confidence. New shoes can be a springboard to performing on a level playing field with peers. For a child living in poverty a new pair of branded sneakers can be a game changer. Thanks to Buster and Bex, the generous Q102 community donated so many great new sneakers and we cannot wait to see how we will do in 2023.”
SportsRadio 94WIP Philly Teams With Travis Manion Foundation; Hosts To Serve As Bartenders
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 15TH, 2023 –– As part of "Birds at the Bye," Audacy Philadelphia’s SportsRadio 94WIP (WIP-FM) on-air personalities will serve as guest bartenders at Chickie’s and Pete’s South Philadelphia location at 1526 Packer Avenue this Wednesday, November 15, 2023, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. ET to raise money for Travis Manion Foundation (TMF). The day will feature an all-day remote broadcast with 94WIP from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The event will be supported with raffle tickets for autographed merchandise, studio sit-ins, a trip with Phans of Philly and TMF gear.
“It’s a great night in support of our local veterans," said David Yadgaroff, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Audacy Philadelphia. “Audacy Philadelphia has a strong partnership with TMF, and we’re excited for our 94WIP hosts to assist in this fundraising effort.” During the event, 94WIP hosts will serve as guest bartenders, collecting tips and donations supporting TMF. 94WIP guest bartenders include Joe DeCamara, Rhea Hughes, James Seltzer, Hugh Douglas, Joe Giglio, Ike Reese, Jon Marks, Jack Fritz, Howard Eskin, Devan Kaney and Eliot Shorr Parks. Also in attendance will be Ryan Manion and Col. Manion of Travis Manion Foundation. This event is sponsored by Bud Light. Thank you for your consideration.
SNAPS: Rock 105.3 San Diego's Eddie Pappani Honored As Most Famous Alumni Of McDonalds
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 15TH, 2023 –– How cool is this? Eddie Pappani, host of The Show on iHeart's KIOZ/Rock 1053 San Diego, was honored with a special jacket for being one of McDonald's most famous alumni in San Diego.
He posted on Facebook, "Wow what an honor. I was presented with this jacket (some say Hall of Fame jacket) for being one of the most famous alumni that got their career started at McDonalds! Super cool. One of the owners, Sabina Campos, presented it to me. It’s crazy but 1 in 8 Americans have worked for McDonalds. The 15 year old assistant manager Eddie would never have dreamed it."
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Ken Chiampou Announces He's Retiring From KFI LA's John & Ken Show After Three Decades
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 14TH, 2023 –– Ken Chiampou (TR), half of the long-running “The John and Ken Show” on KFI (640 AM), announced he's decided to retire. Chiampou will leave the show on Dec. 6th, at which time the other half of the show — John Kobylt will go solo.
“I am saying goodbye,” said Chiampou at the top of the show. “After very little thought, this is what I’m gonna do.” Well, maybe a little thought. The move was not totally unexpected. “I mentioned it to one of my sons who’s in his twenties,” said Kobylt. “He goes, ‘Wow, wasn’t he talking about that when I was in elementary school?’”
The LA Daily's Richard Wagoner writes: Kobylt also mentioned getting an email from yours truly – 12 years ago! – asking whether Chiampou was leaving, so this long-running duo – possibly the longest-running radio duo, according to them – are ending their run together. Except for a roughly two-year period at KABC (790 AM), they have called KFI home for the past three decades.
“Ken is such a talent!” exclaimed KFI programmer Robin Bertolucci. “He has the unique ability to add information, wind John up, cool him down, and keep the show on track. Their chemistry is true magic!” Wagoner adds, "Unlike some teams that grow tired of each other, they remain friends to this day. Read Article Here
KISS 104.1 Atlanta's Director Of Branding/Programming, Terri Avery, Announces Retirement
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 14TH, 2023 –– Terri Avery, Director of Branding and Programming for Atlanta’s KISS 104.1 (WALR), announced her retirement from Cox Media Group (CMG). Since stepping into the role in January 2019, Avery has steered the station to success. In that time, she created and led the groundbreaking Black Radio United for the Vote initiative and introduced a fresh musical direction and a dynamic new talent lineup.
Under her leadership, KISS 104.1 earned two Marconi Awards including 2022 Urban Station of the Year and 2023 Major Market Station of the Year, various Gabby Awards, and a 2021 Service to America Award Nomination.
“I’ve been all around the country in this wonderful career called radio,” said Avery. “I’ve worked with some great people and had a lot of FUN! I want to thank my staff of great air personalities, the managers and executive team at CMG for making my last stop one of the best stops.”
“It is wonderful to honor Terri and her 38 years in the radio industry. I’m thankful for her excellent service to our WALR team and to celebrate the legacy she leaves behind,” said Jaleigh Long, Vice President and Market Manager, CMG Atlanta Radio. “Terri is an intelligent and compassionate leader. Her talent and her kindness will be greatly missed as she leaves Kiss and begins to write her next exciting chapter,” said Emily Boldon, Director of Operations for CMG Atlanta Radio.
As the search for the next Director of Branding and Programming for KISS 104.1 commences, prospective candidates are invited to connect with Emily Boldon at Emily.Boldon@CMG.com for additional details about this opportunity.
Simon Conway Spreads His Talents To 'Good Morning Orlando On iHeart Sister-Station WFLA; Re-Ups With WHO Des Moines
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 14TH, 2023 –– Lots happening with iHeartMedia’s Simon Conway. In addition to re-upping for his afternoon show on the legendary heritage station, Newsradio 1040 WHO Des Moines, which also airs on WMT and WOC, Conway has now been named as the new host of Good Morning Orlando on sister station, Newsradio WFLA Orlando (WFLF).
“It is such an honor to have been given the keys to this amazing Morning Drive show in the heart of Central Florida,” Conway said. “We have a great crew and we are aiming to be hard hitting, fun and entertaining all at the same time.”
AWM Honors 8 Female Leaders At The Gracies Leadership Awards; Delilah Honored With Icon Award
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 14TH, 2023 –– The Alliance for Women in Media (AWM) hosted the Gracies Leadership Awards luncheon, on Monday, November 13 at Tribeca 360° in New York City, recognizing the outstanding contributions of eight remarkable female leaders. This year, the event ushered in a new era featuring the Inaugural Gracies Icon Award recipient, Delilah, who’s inspiring life and career was highlighted with a fireside chat alongside Erica Farber, President & CEO, Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB).
“Very few people in the world are known by one name, and here we have Delilah.” When asked her thoughts on receiving the first ever Gracies Icon Award, Delilah exclaimed, “I am so blessed and so honored and thank you… I won a Gracie years ago and I thought that was the top for me.” The eight honorees represent a diverse array of talents and achievements across various media platforms, ranging from broadcasting to digital media. Their stories serve as an inspiration to aspiring female leaders, including students attending as part of the Google News Initiative Fellowship, encouraging them to break barriers and make a lasting impact.
Honorees included: Kay Olin, AWM - Susan Larkin, Chief Operating Officer, Audacy - Rashida Jones, President, MSNBC - Suzanne Grimes, President, Westwood One and EVP of Corporate Marketing at Cumulus Media - Rebekah Dopp, Executive Vice President, Distribution, Strategy and Affiliate Relations, The CW - Rosalyn Durant, Executive Vice President, Programming & Acquisitions, ESPN- Lori Locke, Executive Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer, Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD)
“This room is unique, bringing together leaders from television, streaming, radio, audio and digital medias in one space… the only experience of its kind.” said Becky Brooks, President, AWM/F. “We exist to connect, recognize and inspire women across our industry. This program is one of my favorite events as it reflects those three pillars,” added Heather Cohen, Immediate Past Chair, AWM/F and President, The Weiss Agency. “Each of these women have such a tremendous impact on our industry. They all have accolades and accomplishments, and we have an opportunity to hear from each one personally… and notable today, what an honor to have Delilah, one of the greatest in our business, as our inaugural Gracies Icon Award recipient.”
AirKast Partners With Ron Rivlin Media To Extend Market Reach
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 14TH, 2023 –– AirKast announced a new partnership with Ron Rivlin Media. This strategic collaboration brings together two industry leaders in a move aimed at enhancing AirKast's market reach and furthering its mission to provide cutting-edge solutions to its clients. By enlisting the expertise and sales acumen of Ron Rivlin Media, AirKast aims to expand its client base and drive further growth in an increasingly competitive market. This partnership will offer broadcasters a unique opportunity to access AirKast's innovative solutions while benefiting from Ron Rivlin Media's dedicated sales representation services.
"We are excited to announce our collaboration with Ron Rivlin Media," said Larry Leung, CEO/CTO at AirKast. "This partnership is a strategic move to strengthen our market presence and better serve our clients. Ron Rivlin Media's reputation for excellence in tech sales representation aligns perfectly with our mission to provide cutting-edge broadcasting solutions, and we look forward to a successful partnership."
Ron Rivlin, Founder of Ron Rivlin Media, expressed his enthusiasm about the partnership, stating, "We are thrilled to work alongside AirKast in representing their exceptional broadcasting solutions. AirKast's innovative technology is a game-changer for media companies, and we are confident that our sales representation services will contribute to their continued success."
92.3 KSSK Honolulu's 17th Annual 'Kapi'olani' Radiothon For Kids Raised Over $820,000
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 14TH, 2023 –– iHeartMedia Honolulu’s 92.3 KSSK announced that its 17th annual “Kapi’olani Radiothon for Kids” raised over $820,000 to benefit Kapi’olani Medical Center for Women & Children, a hospital in the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and Hawaii’s only children’s hospital. The event took place Tuesday, November 7 and Wednesday, November 8 from 5 a.m – 7 p.m. live from the hospital.
“The Kapi’olani Radiothon for Kids” featured 92.3 KSSK’s on-air personalities Michael W. Perry & The Posse, Sweetie Pacarro, Karen Keawehawai’i, John Matthews and Curt Williams who broadcasted live from the event and encouraged listeners to donate during the two-day radiothon. Over the last seventeen years, KSSK has raised over $4.5 Millon to benefit Kapi’olani. Funds raised from the radiothon will directly benefit Hawaii children and their families. To learn more or donate, listeners can go to ksskradio.iheart.com.
100.7 The Wolf Seattle Celebrated Veterans Day Collecting Over $261,000 FOr NWBB
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 14TH, 2023 –– (NWBB), which provides American heroes suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with service dogs through its annual Service Pets for Vets fundraiser. That will provide at least nine new veterans with a service dog. This year’s funds raised was a $50k increase from last year’s donation total. In line with Audacy’s I’m Listening mental health initiative, this campaign recognized the internal warfare soldiers encounter after returning home from combat.
The suicide rate for U.S. Veterans is a staggering 22 per day. NWBB’s caring canines help struggling Veterans regain their independence by providing comfort that reduces symptoms of PTSD. The fundraiser culminated on Veterans Day - Saturday, November 11 - when Gary LeVox of Rascal Flatts performed at The Wolf's Service Pets for Vets Concert, presented by Family Law Solutions. 100% of all ticket sales directly benefited NWBB. The Morning Wolfpack with Matt McAllister’s Matt, Gabe and Captain Ron encouraged listeners to donate on air from November 6-10. Audacy Seattle’s Throwdown concert with Tim McGraw in June also contributed to the fundraiser’s grand total.
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Rich Shertenlieb Exits The 'Toucher & Rich' Show On Beasley's 98.5 The Sports Hub Boston
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 13TH, 2023 –– One of Boston’s most successful morning shows has come to an end. After an impressive 17-year run, Rich Shertenlieb (BL), one half of the “Toucher & Rich” show, was announced to have left Beasley's 98.5The Sports Hub on Friday morning by longtime co-host Fred Toucher (BR), who said the show hopes to have a new co-host in place by the start of the new year.
According to Boston 25 TV, Toucher and Rich have dominated the morning show ratings in Boston for several years, but tension on the show apparently led to a 'breaking point.'
“They want me to say the station made him an multi-year offer for more money that he chose not to accept,” said Toucher. “And I knew that was kind of going they weren’t really getting anywhere in their negotiation. But I don’t have any idea what the issues between them were. I don’t. So I can’t speak on it.”
Shertenlieb released a statement on Instagram on Friday afternoon regarding the split, saying, “I’ve got nothing but gratitude for the 98.5 The Sports Hub listeners that have shared their mornings with us,” said Shertenlieb. “My thanks to the listeners, and to each member of the Toucher & Rich show and the team at the station. To the T&R team, I’ve appreciated your efforts and waking up early every day and sharing all the fun we’ve had together. You’re an incredible group of guys.” Shertenlieb added, “It was not my decision to not say goodbye on the radio, nor was it my plan to leave the program and station this soon, but just know that I’ll be announcing my plans in the near future. But for today, know that I TRULY LOVE YOU ALL and appreciate you sharing your time with me and the guys, and I can’t wait to share what’s next.”
A Beasley spokesperson told Jockline, "We value Rich’s contributions to the show over the years. Beasley offered to renew his contract for multiple years on terms better than his existing contract. He never accepted. We wish him the best." Photos/Facebook - YouTube
KRWM-FM Seattle Flips To Christmas Music
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 13TH, 2023 –– Warm 106.9, Seattle’s Christmas Music Station, launches to all Christmas music format from Seattle Super 12’s! Shellie Hart with Seattle Super 12's Norb Caoili and Big Lo in the Warm 106.9 Studio. (Seattle, WA) Warm 106.9 (KRWM-FM) has kicked off its 23rd year of being Seattle’s Official Christmas Music Station with a little bit of help from two familiar faces. Seattle Super 12’s, Norb Caoili and Big Lo, couldn’t wait to get Seattle into the holiday spirit and snuck into the Warm 106.9 studio this morning to make the switch.
“Warm 106.9 is once again Seattle’s official Christmas music station. There’s nothing we love more than providing the soundtrack of the season”, Warm 106.9 Brand and Content Director Cat Thomas said. Seattle listeners will be able to celebrate the season with Christmas music 24 hours a day on Warm 106.9 FM.
Executive Action: Heather Cohen Rises To President For The Weiss Agency
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 13TH, 2023 –– The Weiss Agency announced the promotion of Heather Cohen to the position of President. With a stellar career spanning 16 years within the firm, Cohen has seamlessly combined her passion for talent representation with a commitment to making a positive impact on the industry.
Beloved by colleagues, clients, and industry insiders alike, Cohen has played a pivotal role in shaping the careers of some of the biggest stars in the business. Her dedication to the well-being and success of her clients has set a new standard for excellence in talent representation. Cohen has not only become a powerhouse talent agent but also a beacon of philanthropy and mentorship within the entertainment industry, serving as Alliance For Women In Media’s immediate past chair and current co-chair of the Gracie Awards, in addition to serving on the board of directors of the Broadcasters Foundation of America and as President of the Executive Board of Hofstra University’s Alumni Organization.
Weiss Agency Founder and CEO Eric Weiss expressed his delight at Cohen's promotion, stating "In Heather, we have not only an exceptional talent agent but a true leader and advocate for positive change. Her dedication, industry acumen, and commitment to her clients embody the values we hold dear at our company."
Cohen says, "I am so fortunate to have a career that I absolutely love. It is a privilege to represent people that I truly believe in. The content they provide is the force behind and the future of our industry. I am beyond grateful to Eric Weiss for his guidance, friendship, and faith in me. There is nowhere that I would rather be and I look forward to many more years working with Eric and our Weiss Agency family."
iHeart Celebrates The Holiday Season With Annual Holiday Music Flip On More Than 85 Stations
More Than 85 Stations Across the Country Flip the Switch to Holiday Music On November 22
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 13TH, 2023 –– iHeartMedia announced the annual station flip to holiday music kicks off today with more than 85 stations across the country broadcasting the season’s festive music from today’s biggest artists.Continuing the celebration of the holiday season, the iHeartRadio Holiday Special returns this year on November 22. Hosted by Mario Lopez. The special will broadcast across iHeartMedia’s AC and Classic Hits stations nationwide and on the iHeartRadio app on November 22 at 7 p.m. local time.
Listeners can discover a holiday station for every mood and celebrationacross more than 250 platforms and 2,000 devices with the iHeartRadio.Original stations like “iHeart Christmas,” playing all the holiday favorites; “North Pole Radio,” hosted by Santa Claus himself; “iHeart ChristmasClassics,” the place to hear all the timeless holiday classics; or holiday channels playing all kinds of music, including iHeartCountry Christmas, iHeart Christmas Jazz, iHeart Christmas Rock, iHeart Christmas R&B, and more. To find all iHeartRadio’s extensive holiday offerings, listeners can visit the iHeartRadio app and search “iHeart Holiday.”
“Listeners look forward to that special day when we convert so many of our stations to Christmas music because it means that the holiday season has really started,” said Tom Poleman, Chief Programming Officer for iHeartMedia. “To celebrate we are bringing back the iHeartRadio Holiday Special with Cher, David Foster and Katharine McPhee, Elton John, Meghan Trainor, Rob Thomas, Ryan Tedder and Train who will be sharing their personal holiday memories.”
Beasley's Magic 98.3/WMGQ New Brunswick Becomes Jersey’s Christmas Station
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 13TH, 2023 –– Beasley Media Group’s Magic 98.3, WMGQ/New Brunswick, has officially become Jersey’s Christmas Station! Magic 98.3 launched its annual all-Christmas format on Friday, November 10th at 2 p.m. with Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for ChristmasIs You,” a station tradition. In addition, Magic 98.3's self-proclaimed "Mr. Christmas" and 5 p.m. to midnight on-air personality, Brett Radler, was joined in studio by members of the Beasley Media New Jersey team as he read his yearly holiday message on the air to kick off the Christmas format.
“It wouldn’t be Christmas in New Jersey without Christmas music on Magic 98.3,” said Station Program Director Debbie Mazella. “We’re grateful to be a part of Central Jersey's holiday season, sharing in special memories and keeping our community updated about festive holiday events!”
Jersey’s Christmas Station is available on air in Central Jersey at 98.3 FM, at magic983.com, on the Magic 98.3 app, and by saying, “Alexa, open Magic 98.3.” Magic 98.3 will continue the station’s all-Christmas format through Tuesday, December 26, and mix in holiday songs with its regular adult contemporary format through New Year's.
98.1 The Max Memphis Raises Over $640,000 for Ronald McDonald House Charities
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 13TH, 2023 –– Cumulus announces that Memphis Rock radio station 98.1 The Max (WXMX-FM) has raised over $640,000 for Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Memphis through its 33rd Annual Radiothon. The record-breaking amount was raised by the station’s generous listeners and Ronald McDonald House partners in less than 12 hours onFriday, November 3rd. 98.1 The Max on-air personalities interviewed past and present families at the Ronald McDonald House each hour, as well as community leaders who help raise awareness of the House. This is the largest annual fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Memphis.
Danni Bruns, Program Director, 98.1 The Max, and Operations Manager, Cumulus Memphis, commented: “Another year of the right team working for the right mission only means the best outcome. Thanks to our listeners we call family, for keeping the Ronald McDonald House of Memphis families together for another year."
Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Memphis offers children with pediatric cancer and other catastrophic illnesses undergoing treatment at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® and their families a nurturing, family-centered residential community. The House fosters an environment of hope through support services and child-centered activities that encourage children to be children and keep families together near the care they need, always free of charge. Near the care they need with the family they love. Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Memphis has served 10,718 families from all 50 states and 51 countries since opening in 1991.
680 WRKO Boston Raises Over $172,000 During Its Seventh Annual DAV Radiothon
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 13TH, 2023 –– iHeartMedia Boston’s AM 680 WRKO, The Voice of Boston, raised over $172,000 during eighth annual DAV Radiothon to benefit the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Department of Massachusetts. The radiothon took place on Friday,November 10, from 6 a.m. – 7 p.m.Over 13 hours, AM 680 WRKO’s on-air personalities Jeff Kuhner, Chuck Zodda, Mike Armstrong, Grace Hurley and Howie Carr encouraged listeners to donate and raise funds for the DAV of Massachusetts’ homeless shelter and transportation programs.
“Year after year, The WRKO listeners overwhelm us with their generosity. This year, they have helped to raise $172,852 for the DAV of Massachusetts,” said Bill Flaherty, Director of Operations, News, Talk and Sports at iHeartMedia Boston. “It’s an honor to dedicate a day of Programming to those who have given so much of themselves for this country.” Since 2016, DAV Radiothon has raised over $1,058,000 to benefit veterans in the community.
WPLR-FM Conneticut's AJ Raises Over $35k Living In A Box For 24 Hours For Boys And Girl's Village
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 13TH, 2023 –– AJ, the co-host of Connecticut’s most popular morning show “Chaz and AJ in the Morning” on 99.1 PLR and 95.9 the FOX, lived for 24 hours in a tiny glass box at McDermott Chevrolet and Lexus of New Haven and raised $35,729 in cash and toys. AJ raised the money for the annual Chaz and AJ McDermott Chevrolet and Lexus of New Haven Toy Drive, happening on December 8th at Jordan’s Furniture in New Haven. This yearly event raises toys and cash for six local Connecticut charities: Boys & Girls Village, Inc., Boys & Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley, Central Connecticut Coast YMCA, McGivney Community Center, TEAM, Inc., and The Center for Family Justice, Inc.
AJ entered the box at 9am Thursday morning and came out exactly 24 hours later Friday at 9am. While living in the box, he was forced to listen to "It’s A Small World,” on repeat. "The need for children to have a gift to open far outweighs the need for sleep or sanity,” and exhausted AJ said shortly after emerging from the box. “This year’s AJ in a Box was tough, but good triumphed over bad music!”
Chaz added, “Once again, our listeners opened their hearts and wallets to help those in our community who need it the most. It’s the true definition of holiday spirit.”
NPR/Edison Spoken Word Report - '135 Million People Listen To Spoken Word Audio Each Day'
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 10TH, 2023 –– Spoken word audio listening time and audience size attain record highs in the U.S. according to The Spoken Word Audio Report 2023 released from NPR and Edison Research. The findings were presented yesterday in a webinar hosted by National Public Media (NPM) VP of Sponsorship Marketing Lamar Johnson and Edison Research VP Megan Lazovick. Key findings from the report include: Spoken Word audience size and listening time attain record highs: Almost half (48%) — approximately 135M people — of those in the U.S. age 13+ listen to some type of spoken word audio daily, up two percentage points (46%) from last year.
Among other highlights include: Mobile Is the Most Important Device Outside of the Car - Spoken Word Audio Listening Location by Device Among Americans 13+
Personalities/Talk Account for Most Spoken Word Listening Time - Spoken Word Audio Listening Location by Content Among Americans 13+
Podcasts represent a large and growing share of spoken word listening: Podcasts now represent over one-third (36%) of time spent with spoken word audio. Twenty-eight percent of time spent listening to podcasts goes to NPR/public radio. At home, 40% of spoken-word audio listening goes to podcasts. Read Report Here
Holiday Classics Continue To Rule P1 Media's Top Christmas Songs List In U.S. For 2023
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 10TH, 2023 –– P1 Media Group revealed its annual list of Christmas songs that listeners will likely want to hear on an all-Christmas music radio station. P1 Media's Ken Benson says they tested the appeal of the 40 most-played and 40 most-streamed Christmas songs from the 2022 Holiday Season, a total of 60 unique songs, thanks to Luminate’s holiday charts.
Key Findings “Jingle Bell Rock” by Bobby Helms is, once again, America’s #1 research Christmas song, reclaiming the #1 position it has held for six of the last seven years. “Christmas music’s appeal remains as strong as ever amongst American radio listeners who listen to All Christmas stations ‘frequently’ or ‘sometimes’ and personally enjoy Christmas music on a local radio station during the holiday season,” says Benson, Partner, and co-founder, of P1 Media Group. “As we often see, there is much to learn when we compare radio airplay to on-demand streaming data, even with holiday music. Understanding streaming data can help broaden the appeal of your station.” The Holiday Classics rule the Top 20, including two versions of “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Holly Jolly Christmas,” and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”
The Holiday Classics rule the Top 20, including two versions of “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Holly Jolly Christmas,” and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” • 2022’s #1 Stream and Airplay song ”Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You,” ranked #26 in total appeal this holiday season, albeit it trails this year’s #1 song by less than three percentage points. Mariah’s classic ranks #1 with 18-24s. ● This list includes the 16 Christmas songs from the Top 40 most-streamed that didn’t make the Top 40 most-played airplay chart.
The full results are available at http://p1mediagroup.com
Angel Jarquin Named SVP/Programming For iHeart's Pacific Area Markets
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 10TH, 2023 –– iHeartMedia has named Angel “Visa” Jarquin Senior Vice President of Programming of the Pacific Area, effective immediately. The iHeartMedia Pacific Area includes stations in Fresno, Riverside, Monterey, Modesto, Stockton, Bakersfield and Spokane He will report to Steve Darnell, President for the iHeartMedia Pacific Area.
“Angel has a successful track record programming some of the most dynamic station brands in the market. His creativity, leadership and background on-air make him perfectly positioned to lead our station programming to connect with listeners throughout the Pacific Area,” said Steve Darnell in making the announcement.
A longtime media veteran, Jarquin has been with iHeartMedia for more than 19 years, including on-air on B95 Fresno’s Hip Hop and Hits (KBOS) and 102.5 The Central Coast’s #1 Hit Music Station (KDON). He most recently, and will continue to serve as, the Program Director for B95 Fresno’s Hip Hop and Hits (KBOS), 103.7 The Beat, Fresno’s #1 for Throwbacks (KFBT) and 106.1 Bakersfield’s Alternative (KRAB).
“I am beyond excited and honored to help lead our talented on-air teams to continue to deliver great content and conversations across all of our Pacific Area stations and platforms. Thank you to Steve Darnell and Jeff Hurley for the trust and opportunity in this new chapter in my career with iHeartMedia,” said Angel “Visa” Jarquin.
Matt Wheeler Appointed Director Of Imaging For KIIS-FM Los Angeles
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 10TH, 2023 –– iHeartMedia Los Angeles has named Matt Wheeler Director of Imaging for 102.7 KIIS FM, Los Angeles. Matt reports to Beata Murphy, Program Director for iHeartMedia’s KIIS FM in Los Angeles. “We are excited to have Matt join the KIIS Family,” said Beata Murphy, Program Director for KIIS FM. “We ran a very extensive search to find our newest family member, and Matt stood out during the interviews and gave us some brilliant examples of his work. We are thrilled to have him on the team.”
Matt started his career in 2001 in Panama City FL as Production Director/Imaging Director/Air Talent for WILN / WYOO / WVVE / WYYX / WPCF. In 2003, Matt moved to Sacramento as Imaging Director/Assistant Program Director/Video Producer /Air Talent for KDND / KWOD / KBZC/ KUDL. From 2016 through his move to KIIS FM in Los Angeles, he called Austin home as Creative Director / Assistant Program Director / Video Producer for KAMX / KKMJ / KKMJ-HD3.
“The chance to image KIIS FM is the culmination of a career-long dream,” said Wheeler. “I still remember the first time I heard one of their legal IDs with those iconic call letters booming from the speakers of my first production room and thinking, ’Wow, so THAT is what a radio station can sound like!’ I’m thrilled to be part of the insanely talented team at KIIS.”
Jordan Lee Returning to Radio Milwaukee as Senior Director of Programming
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 10TH, 2023 –– WYMS Radio Milwaukee announced the return of Jordan Lee as senior director of programming, Executive Director Maxie Jackson announced Thursday. Lee, a well-respected figure in the world of radio and a familiar voice to Milwaukee listeners, brings with him a wealth of experience and a passion for music discovery. He will lead the development of innovative products aimed at attracting new listeners, including to HYFIN — Radio Milwaukee’s Urban Alternative service — a digital platform found at HYFIN.org and on 88.9FM HD2.
“We are thrilled to have Jordan Lee back at Radio Milwaukee for what is a new era for us all,” Jackson said. “His passion for music and dedication to our community align perfectly with our station’s mission. With Jordan at the helm, we look forward to delivering an even richer musical experience for the audiences we serve.” Said Lee:
“Radio Milwaukee has always held a special place in my heart, and I'm honored to be back in this new role. Music discovery is something I’m deeply passionate about, and I can't wait to explore new horizons and find new ways to connect with our community.”
Lee first joined Radio Milwaukee in 2008 as morning show host and, three years later, moved to assistant program director before becoming program director and station director. In January 2022, he joined Paragon, for which he had previously served as a consultant, full time. Radio Milwaukee is a consulting client of Paragon.
'Round Trip With Colleen Kelly' Celebrates 100th Episode On 890 WLS-AM
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 10TH, 2023 –– Cumulus Chicago's News/Talk radio station 890 WLS-AM’s resident weekend travel show, “Round Trip With Colleen Kelly,” which airs on Sundays from 6:00pm-7:00pm, will be celebrating its 100th episode on Sunday, November 12, 2023, in a special program that will air at 1:00pm. The program is hosted by travel expert, Colleen Kelly, Host, Creator, and Executive Producer of the popular Emmy-nominated PBS series, “Family Travel With Colleen Kelly,” and digital contributor to National Geographic. The series is also co-hosted and produced by Megan Kudla, Travel Producer, Writer, and Production Manager, as well as technically produced and edited by Lane Thoelcke, Board Operator and Producer at 890 WLS-AM.
Stephanie Tichenor, Program Director, 890 WLS-AM, said: "Chicago loves to travel. Colleen has been giving our WLS-AM audience travel tips and tricks for over 100 episodes. We are so excited to celebrate this milestone with her as she continues to share her experiences from all over the world."
Colleen Kelly remarked: “It’s been an honor to share travel tips and knowledge, as well as talk with travel experts from around the world, for 100 episodes. With the support of WLS and our loyal listeners, we are able to celebrate this amazing milestone, and we are so grateful.” This 100-episode marker coincides with the celebration of the 890 WLS-AM 100th Anniversary in 2024, which the station has already been highly anticipating this 2023 season.
Radio Mercury Awards Announce Mitch Bennett As 2024 Chief Judge
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 10TH, 2023 –– The Radio Mercury Awards named Mitch Bennett, executive creative director, Baldwin&, as the 2024 chief judge for the 33rd annual Radio Mercury Awards competition. In his role as Baldwin&’s executive creative director, Bennett oversees clients including Bridgestone Motorcycle Tires, Epic Games, Gaia Herbs, KIOTI Tractors, Long John Silver’s, Ponysaurus Brewing Company, Videri Chocolate Factory, Volvo Trucks and Zulily.
His past projects include creating thousands of unique songs for every name on personalized Coke bottles for The Coca-Cola Company, helping Mellow Mushroom Pizza stalk its social media followers, launching Radio Recliner, a digital radio station, that helped assisted living residents stay connected through audio during the pandemic and more.
“It’s such an honor to be named chief judge for a show I love so much. I’ve always been fascinated with the tough assignment of writing a radio ad great enough to win at the Radio Mercury Awards,” said Bennett. “It’s a challenging medium with nowhere to hide – just concept, writing, and production. They all have to align perfectly. I can’t wait to gather the jury and listen to this year’s crop of contenders.”
“We are so grateful for Mitch’s continued support of the awards and are thrilled for him to serve as chief judge,” said Erica Farber, president and chief executive officer, RAB, and chair of the Radio Creative Fund. “Our team is looking forward to hearing some amazing work in the 2024 competition.” Awards categories for the 2024 Radio Mercury Awards will be announced in early January along with Call for Entry guidelines and deadlines. For more information, click here.
SuiteRadio Now Heard On 62 Affiliates Across The U.S.
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 10TH, 2023 –– SuiteRadio announced this week its programs are now being heard on 62 broadcast radio signals across 29 states in the USA. It’s been radio at the speed of light,” said COO Patrick Fant. “Our affiliates wanted shows that they could plug into their already well-programmed operation. SuiteRadio fit the bill with easy-to-access, high-quality programming that integrates seamlessly into the daily schedule.”
Rowdy Yates (L), Chief Talent Officer for SuiteRadio added, “Most operators have at least 1 daypart that could use more muscle behind it. Once programmers realize the ease and flexibility of our content, and how most of it can be used in a variety of musical genres and dayparts, it really becomes a no brainer.”
Houston-based SuiteRadio provides station operators with a full line of personality-driven daypart programs including The Rowdy Ride Home, The Todd Newton Show, The Dan Gallo Show and Outlaw Radio, The Otis Advisory and Smokin’ & Toastin’ for talk radio-and a full complement of content for weekends coming in 2024. More at www.suiteradio.net
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SiriusXM Unveils Next Generation Platform Including New Channels And Logo
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 9TH, 2023 –– At yesterday's SiriusXM’s Next Generation Industry & Press Preview, the Company unveiled the new SiriusXM Streaming app, rolling out to subscribers across North America beginning on December 14. “The introduction of the new SiriusXM streaming experience marks a pivotal moment in our history, one that kicks off a new era of innovation at our Company,” said Jennifer Witz, CEO, SiriusXM. “And this launch is just the beginning; we will continue to iterate and develop our product offerings throughout the next year and beyond as we strive to deliver our subscribers the best listening experience on the go, in the car, and wherever they choose to tune in. From can’t miss live moments to the perfect soundtrack for any occasion, with the new SiriusXM, we are putting our differentiators at the forefront and welcoming in a new generation of listeners, bringing them closer to what they love.”
The event also included a first-look at the Company’s new logo and brand platform, embracing the stars and bringing to life SiriusXM’s promise to bring listeners CLOSER. Additionally, SiriusXM unveiled its new mascot, a fresh take on its iconic dog, now playfully named Stella. More information on SiriusXM’s brand refresh is available here. THE NEW SIRIUSXM APP The new SiriusXM app, which will begin rolling out in the App Store, Google Play, and on Amazon Fire devices on December 14 with additional platforms and features to come in early 2024, will offer listeners a more personalized, easy-to-use, lean-back streaming experience that puts discovery at the forefront.
SiriusXM announced a variety of new channels and show details, offering something for every listener and bringing fans closer to the artists, personalities, and music they love. These include: Kelly Clarkson Connection - New audiochuck channel curated by Ashley Flowers, host behind chart-topping podcasts including Crime Junkie, expected early next year - Life with John Mayer channel to debut November 22 - This Life of Mine with James Corden, will launch exclusively for SiriusXM subscribers early next year - Dolly Parton’s Rockstar Radio launching November 15 and available for a limited time - Smokey’s Soul Town: The new year-round channel available now. Top photo: Suzi Watford, SiriusXM SVP, Chief Growth Officer speaks during the SiriusXM Next Generation: Industry & Press Preview at The Tisch Skylights at The Shed - Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for SiriusXM - bottom photo - SiriusXM.
Terri Thomas To Exit Radio One Houston This Friday
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 9TH, 2023 –– After an extraordinarily successful run in Houston with KBXX, KMJQ and KROI, Terri Thomas is exiting Radio One. Terri has been with the company for a total of 25 years, taking over the reigns in Houston in 2005 (moving from WIZF, Cincinnati). As a Boston native, over the years Houston has become a second home. Prior to that Terri was at WFXE, WHBX and during her tenure in Houston she also covered the Indianapolis and Charlotte clusters for a time.
Terri says, “I believe the most successful radio stations are actually lifestyle brands that amplify, embody and positively influence the culture of the city we serve. Identifying, cultivating and coaching great teams, while super-serving our listeners, clients, city and each other have been the cornerstone of my success. I’m grateful for the many opportunities over the years with Radio One to see that philosophy play out in real time."
She added, "I would like to thank Ms. Hughes, Alfred Liggins and the entire Radio One family for entrusting me to captain the Houston market thru strong and difficult times that we have won and overcome together. From the pain of a city under water during Hurricane Harvey to pivoting thru a global pandemic we have conquered many obstacles together.” Fitting to play within the Radio One name and from her favorite movie, Drumline, Terri’s motto to her team has always been, “One Band. One Sound”, meaning that no matter what role you play on the team we are one and when one of us wins, we all win! As for what’s next? Thomas says, “I look forward to enjoying the holidays with my family, then continuing and expanding my efforts to make maximum impact on people, brands, and culture.” Follow Terri for some ‘free game’ on Instagram @TerriThomas and you can reach her direct at TerriThomasInc@gmail.com.
Debbie Gibson, Britt Lightning And Kelsy Karter Among Honorees At 2024 She Rocks Awards
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 9TH, 2023 –– The Women’s International Music Network (WiMN) reveals Debbie Gibson, Laura Karpman, Britt Lightning, Kelsy Karter, and Sylvia Massy as the first announced honorees at the upcoming 2024 She Rocks Awards. Susanna Hoffs will co-host this event that recognizes women who stand out as innovators and role models in the music industry. The 12th annual live awards show, which is now an official NAMM-sponsored event, will take place on Thursday, January 25, 2024 at 7:00 p.m. at the Anaheim Convention Center Ballroom in Anaheim, CA.
Debbie Gibson made history at 16 with her Billboard Hot 100 chart-topper "Foolish Beat," becoming the youngest artist to write, produce, and perform a number one hit—she is still the youngest female to hold that record for over 30 years. She's sold over 16 million albums and showcased her talent in 17 musicals, from Broadway's Les Misérables to the West End's Grease. I
The She Rocks Awards is the premier event during the NAMM Show, bringing together industry professionals, music icons, artists, fans and the media. The annual event honors women who are groundbreakers, innovators and have displayed exceptional leadership within the music and audio industry. The 2024 She Rocks Awards will take place on Thursday, January 25, 2024 at The Anaheim Convention Center Ballroom in Anaheim CA at 7:00 p.m. For more info, vistit https://sherocksawards.com
Hearst Exec Jordan Wertlieb To Receive Broadcasters Foundation 2024 Golden Mike Award
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 9TH, 2023 –– Jordan Wertlieb, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Hearst is the 2024 recipient of the Broadcasters Foundation of America Golden Mike Award. The award will be presented during a black-tie fundraiser on Monday, March 4, 2024, at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. This year’s host, presenters, and performer will be announced shortly.
“I am honored by this recognition from the Board of the Broadcasters Foundation,” said Wertlieb. “The Broadcasters Foundation’s mission is to provide financial aid to our colleagues whose lives have been impacted by illness, accident, or natural disaster. I am committed to helping those in need and grateful to all who support this important organization.”
Wertlieb was promoted to executive vice president and chief operating officer of Hearst in May 2023. He has been a member of the Hearst board of directors since 2013. Previously, Wertlieb was a senior vice president of Hearst and president of Hearst Television since 2013, responsible for Hearst Television's stations and digital properties (across 26 U.S. markets), two radio stations, and its production company, Hearst Media Production Group.
More information, including how to make a donation or apply for aid, is available at www.broadcastersfoundation.org, or by contacting the Broadcasters Foundation at 212-373-8250 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brook Stephens Named First 'Behind The Mic' Mentee By MIW
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 9TH, 2023 –– Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio, Inc. (MIW has named Brook Stephens, Music Director and Facilitator of On-Air Shenanigans for three Leighton Broadcasting Stations as ‘Behind The Mic’s’ first mentee sponosred by McVay Media. The ‘Behind The Mic Mentorship’ program is a year-long experience exclusively for female personalities from any U.S. based music format that have been in an on-air position for at least 3-5 years in local or national radio programming and have demonstrated a desire to grow their on-air career.
The selected mentee receives personalized conversations and advice from a wide range of industry professionals including three of radio’s top stars; co-host of The Bobby Bones Show and host of Women of iHeart Country, Amy Brown, national radio & television personality and Gracie Award winner, Elaina D. Smith of Nights with Elaina, as well as New York’s Broadway and WLTW Morning Show talent, Christine Nagy. In addition, the program affords the mentee the chance to attend Radio Show 2024 this April in Las Vegas, the premier event for the audio community.
Brook Stephens is the Music Director and Afternoon Drive facilitator of On-Air Shenanigans for three Leighton Broadcasting Stations: Wild Country 99 (KZPK FM/St. Cloud, MN), 97 KYCK (KYCK FM/Grand Forks, ND) & KJ COUNTRY 96.5 (KJJK FM/Fergus Falls, MN). She also produces a Weekly Top 20 Countdown for Leighton Broadcasting.
For more information on MIW and the Behind The Mic Mentorship program, please visit www.radioMIW.com.
iHeartPodcasts Shines The Spotlight On '28 Dates Later,' 'Murder Homes' And “Who Killed JFK?”
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 9TH, 2023 –– In this weeks spotlight, iHeart launched '28 Dates Later,' a new series follows comedian Grace Campbell’s wild dating adventure - 28 dates in two months - only picking people who are the total opposite of her type. From foot fetishists and sugar daddies to polyamorists and players, this is dating with a difference.
Tune in on Mondays and Wednesdays to find out. 'Murder Homes', part history, part murder mystery, this podcast mixes expert interviews, witness accounts and court records to pull back the curtain on the hidden stories each property where a horrible death occurred has to tell. Tune in on Wednesdays to figure out if you would be able to live somewhere that seems perfect if it weren’t for the ghosts of its past.
Finally, there's 'Who Killed JFK? For 60 years it's one of the most tragic moments of the 20th century, questions still surround the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Join award-winning journalist Soledad O'Brien and beloved filmmaker Rob Reiner on Wednesdays as they team up to discover the truth behind the assassination, revealing how the ramifications of the 1963 tragedy still impact American society today. Check out our iHeartPodcast Spotlight blog for more info on these shows. Plus, click over to iHeart’s Podcast Top 100 to stay up-to-date with the most popular and trending shows!
Techsurvey 2024 Registration Window Now Open
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 9TH, 2023 Radio's Largest Research Survey Registration deadline is Thursday, December 21st. Jacobs Media is reaching to out let you know they’re preparing for Jacobs Media’s 20th annual Techsurvey, set to field early next year. This study is the radio broadcasting industry’s largest survey, with participation from more than 430 radio stations and over 30,000 core radio listeners surveyed last year.
The survey is open to commercial radio stations in the U.S. and Canada and examines the online habits of radio audiences. Past surveys have enabled Jacobs Media to identify key digital trends, including smart speakers and the rise of voice technologies, on-demand audio and they'll continue trending on gadgets and media use, with a unique opportunity to learn more about how media habits are changing – by age and generations, by gender, and ethnicity. New questions this year will explore the impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI), what it means to be “local,” social media usage in a rapidly evolving landscape, the subscription economy, and more in-depth questions on expectations of personalities among listeners who value them most.
Techsurvey 2024 is presented in partnership with Inside Radio and is sponsored by Quu.
Events: Mix 95.7 Big Joe And Laura Show's Warm Hearts Coat Drive Collects 400 Coats
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 8TH, 2023 –– Mix 95.7, along with the Big Joe and Laura Show, shared the overwhelming success of their recent Warm Hearts coat drive, which collected 400 new and gently used coats for those in need this winter. The drive ran through the month of October. Coats were collected at various locations throughout West Michigan. The coats have been collected in conjunction with Grand Rapids Neighbors 4 Neighbors (N4N) and given freely at the N4N monthly distributions events at Heartside Park on the near southside of Grand Rapids.
“It’s been an incredible and humbling experience to watch the West Michigan community get together to help those who need it the most,” said Laura Hardy, co-host of the Big Joe and Laura Show. “We are grateful to our listeners and overwhelmed at how generous our neighbors truly are.” The inaugural Warm Hearts Coat Drive set a goal of 100 coats. To receive 4 times that amount is a testament to the generosity of the West Michigan community and the audience of Mix 95.7.
The Big Joe and Laura Show airs mornings 6-10 on Mix 95.7, hosted by Big Joe Pesh and Laura Hardy,
COMING SOON: - You Can Once Again Spread Your MSBC 36 Registration Into 3 Monthly Payments*
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER –– Looking for a way to give your budget a little extra elbow room? Check this out: Now through May 31, 2023, those registering for MSBC 35 Dallas can spread a regular registration fee into three monthly payments *Some restrictions apply, see below for details
"At a time when everyone is trying to stretch a dollar we decided to lend a hand by giving our registrants a way to spread out their payments," says MSBC Founder/Host Don Anthony. "For those paying out of pocket, or for companies looking for a way to extend their payments, this could be the perfect antidote" added Anthony. Those able to take advantage of this offer can simply register as normal at the link below and follow the steps in the payment section for making multiple payments.
Talentmasters' 36th Annual Morning Show Boot Camp (MSBC) is headed for the first-time ever to San Diego, August 8-10, 2024 at the Hard Rock Hotel - Click HERE to register.
*Not available with promotional rates, special-package offers, or previous payments; requires one-time handling fee.
Registration to the Hard Rock is now available by CLICKING HERE - As always, our special conference rate and block of rooms are limited and offered on a first-come basis. For more information, contact Don Anthony at email@example.com, 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.
iHeart New York’s 106.7 Lite FM To Host Sixth Annual 'Hope For The Holidays' Radiothon
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 28TH, 2023 –– BHeartMedia New York’s 106.7 LITE FM, New York’s Christmas Station, will host the sixth annual “Hope for the Holidays” radiothon to benefit Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone, one of the nation’s premier children’s hospitals providing exceptional care for every type of childhood condition. On Thursday, December 14 from 6 a.m. – 8 p.m., 106.7 LITE FM’s on-air personalities including Paul ‘Cubby’ Bryant, Christine Nagy, Helen Little, Rich Kaminski, Nina Del Rio and Jack Kratoville will host a live broadcast from the iHeartMedia Headquarters in midtown Manhattan and will encourage listeners to call 1-800-222-1067 or go online at litefm.com/hope and donate in support of the hospital and children undergoing treatment. Hope for the Holidays will feature stories from patients of the hospital and their families, as well as interviews with hospital staff and donors. Sponsors for the event include Hess Toy Truck, Drakes Cakes and Ridgewood Savings Bank. “As we approach this season of giving, every donation our listeners make brings hope to the children at Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital and their families,” said Chris Conley, Program Director for 106.7 LITE FM. “The entire team at 106.7 LITE FM is proud to host ‘Hope for Holidays’ for a sixth consecutive year and bring positive change to the NYC community and beyond.” In the past six years, Hope for the Holidays raised over $5 million to benefit Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone. Donate today! “The Hope for the Holidays Radiothon and partnership with 106.7 LITE FM has had an immensely positive impact on the medical care and supportive services we provide to children and families at Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital,” said Catherine S. Manno, MD, the Pat and John Rosenwald Professor of Pediatrics and chair of the Department of Pediatrics at NYU Grossman School of Medicine. 106.7 LITE FM is the leading media outlet in the New York market with multiple platforms, including its broadcast stations; live events; data; and its digital businesses and platforms, including mobile, social and its own iHeartRadio, iHeartMedia’s free all-in-one digital music, podcasting and live streaming radio service – with more than 3 billion app downloads and more than 160 million registered users.
Please see the attached photos of Estefania Padilla, Executive Assistant and Office Manager for Benztown's L.A. studios, taken on Wednesday, November 15th at the 2023 Hollywood Music in Media Awards, held at the Avalon Theater in Hollywood. Padilla, a Latin singer/songwriter known onstage as Nia Padilla, was asked to perform onstage with Diane Warren, songwriter extraordinaire and Honorary Oscar recipient and a multiple Grammy, Emmy, Golden Globe, and Billboard Music Award winner. Padilla performed Warren's song "The Fire Inside" from the feature film "Flamin' Hot," directed by Eva Longoria. Warren has written nine number-one songs and 33 Top 10 songs on the Billboard Hot 100
Check out the video of Benztown's own Nia Padilla performing "The Fire Inside" with Diane Warren: https://youtu.be/dlOab4_sYgg.
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 30TH, 2023 –– Monday, Monday When we began measuring all audio in 2014 with our Share of Ear® product, at-home listening accounted for about 50% of all time spent with audio. That number hardly ever changed, never varying by more than one or two points in either direction as we updated the data quarter by quarter. Then, of course, came the disruptions of COVID-19, and the picture of where people listened to audio abruptly changed. At-home listening immediately spiked to 60% of listening, and since then has only slowly retreated. In our most recent update, at-home listening accounts for 56% of all audio time. Clearly, the move of so many office workers to work from home has been a sticky phenomenon. Note that we ask our respondents specifically where they are, and not what they are doing. So, while we also ask about listening in a workplace, someone who works from home is instructed to designate that as at-home listening. There is a story deeper inside the numbers. We conduct the same number of interviews each day of the week, so we can actually visualize on which days people are going back into workplaces the most. The below chart shows the gain in at-home listening between our 2019 or pre-pandemic estimate, and our most recent update: As clearly shown above, Monday stands alone with the biggest rise in audio listening-from-home. Intriguingly, before the pandemic Monday was typically the day with the least amount of at-home listening, now it is by a significant margin the weekday with the most. Wednesdays and Thursdays are by far the weekdays with the least at-home listening and as can be seen, with the least change in at-home listening compared to before the pandemic disruptions. For many office workers, the workweek pattern is forever changed, or at least undone until the next disruption comes along.
Major League Baseball and SiriusXM Extend Broadcasting Agreement Through 2028 SiriusXM listeners across North America continue to get access to both home and visiting team radio broadcasts for every MLB game Next generation SiriusXM app, launching in December, will offer listeners a more personalized, easy-to-use streaming experience with new dedicated league and team pages and more
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 1ST, 2023 –– SiriusXM and Major League Baseball announced today a five-year extension of their broadcasting agreement. SiriusXM has teamed up with MLB to deliver games to fans around the country since 2005, and will continue to air live play-by-play of every regular season and postseason MLB game, as well as select spring training and Spanish-language game broadcasts, through the 2028 season. SiriusXM will also continue to produce the exclusive MLB Network Radio channel, which delivers live, in-depth MLB talk and analysis 365 days a year. All MLB games are available to SiriusXM listeners in their cars and on the SiriusXM app. Those listening on the SiriusXM app and in vehicles equipped with SiriusXM’s latest generation 360L platform get access to play-by-play channels dedicated to each of MLB’s 30 clubs. This ensures the listener can hear their favorite team’s announcers for every game, whether they are playing at home or on the road. The new SiriusXM app, which will begin rolling out on December 14, will offer listeners a more personalized, easy-to-use, lean-back streaming experience that puts discovery at the forefront. A new centralized sports hub ensures fans never have to miss a game, with all the latest live broadcasts, dedicated league and team pages, start of game notifications and more. “We’re very proud to continue Baseball’s rich history of reaching fans through their radios. Today, we’re delivering those fans the sounds of the game through SiriusXM’s state-of-the-art platforms in the car and on the SiriusXM app,” said Scott Greenstein, SiriusXM’s President and Chief Content Officer. “Being able to hear their team’s announcers is important to fans, and no matter where you are listening from across North America, you’ll get access to every team’s broadcast for every game on SiriusXM. Couple this with the best daily talk and analysis of the game on the MLB Network Radio channel and SiriusXM is a must-have for baseball fans, and will be for years to come.” "The collection of MLB game presentations and content that has developed through our extended relationship with SiriusXM has been a powerful asset in making our game more accessible to fans wherever they are,” said Kenny Gersh, Executive Vice President of Media & Business Development, Major League Baseball. “The sounds of Baseball are an important part of our story and we’re proud to continue to work with SiriusXM as they advance and grow the MLB streaming experience for fans on their platforms.” SiriusXM’s exclusive 24/7 MLB Network Radio channel features live daily talk programming covering MLB 365 days a year with a roster of hosts that includes former players, executives, managers and other baseball insiders. The channel will broadcast live from the Baseball Winter Meetings happening next week (Dec. 3-6) in Nashville, TN. MLB Network Radio hosts on site will include former general managers Jim Bowden, Jim Duquette and Steve Phillips, former player Eduardo Perez, and baseball experts Jenny Cavnar and Mike Ferrin. Listeners will hear interviews with many of the executives and managers who are in town, and get up-to-the-moment news and analysis on free agents, trades and other offseason topics from Major League Baseball. Additionally, Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman, hosts of SiriusXM’s popular Baseball Bar-B-Cast podcast, will be in Nashville capturing content and publishing daily podcasts. ###
New Takin A Walk Episodes Now on the iHeart Podcast Network
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 28TH, 2023 –– Buzz Knight Media Productions, the creator of the hit podcast Takin A Walk-Music History on foot is proud to announce a series of new upcoming releases now published on the iHeart Podcast Network and available at Apple Podcasts and wherever you get your podcasts. Look out for upcoming episodes from: Brent Smith, lead singer from the Rock Band Shinedown on 12/5. Kevin Quinn-Actor and Musician on 12/1. Dee Snyder, Singer, Songwriter, Author, and Radio Personality on 12/12.
According to Takin A Walk Host Buzz Knight-“Upon completion of our move to the iHeart Podcast Network we continue to strive for the best guests who have their unique story to tell and these three amazing folks certainly have stories.” For press inquiries, please contact: Buzz Knight at firstname.lastname@example.org
2024 Edward R. Murrow Awards: Entries Open Next Week The entry period for the 2024 Edward R. Murrow Awards will open on Tuesday, Dec. 5! The Murrow Awards celebrate excellence in broadcast and digital journalism at the professional and student levels. To be eligible, work must have been published between Jan. 1, 2023 and Dec. 31, 2023. The deadline for entries will be Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 5 p.m. EST. Learn more about the awards here.
Edward R. Murrow awards logo Since 1971, RTDNA has been honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast and digital journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards. Among the most prestigious in news, the Murrow Awards recognize local and national news stories that uphold the RTDNA Code of Ethics, demonstrate technical expertise and exemplify the importance and impact of journalism as a service to the community. Murrow Award-winning work demonstrates the excellence that Edward R. Murrow made a standard for the broadcast news profession. Eligibility News stations, networks, syndication services, program services, and digital news organizations are all eligible to enter the awards. Edward R. Murrow Awards are presented to news organizations, not individuals. Entries must be submitted as first heard on air or viewed online. All entries must have appeared between January 1 and December 31 of the prior calendar year. Deadline The deadline for the 2024 Edward R. Murrow Awards will be in February. A specific date will be announced soon. Divisions & Categories Entries must be submitted in the proper division and region to be considered for judging. Entrants that do not enter correctly will be disqualified. Market size is determined by MSA ranking for radio entries and by DMA ranking for television entries. RTDNA reserves the sole right to reclassify the submission without prior notice to the entrant. Divisions Local TV and Radio Network, Syndication Service, Program Service TV and Radio Digital News Organizations Student Awards
Cumulus Podcast Network To Provide Brand Safety & Suitability Measurement Through Barometer
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 30TH, 2023 –– Cumulus Media announced that the Cumulus Podcast Network will now provide brand suitability and safety measurement across the Cumulus Podcast Network through Barometer. Barometer provides brand-suitability measurement and contextual targeting unique to the podcast space. The team built an AI engine to analyze podcast content and report on content suitability based on the GARM (Global Alliance for Responsible Media) framework as well as contextual targets in alignment with the IAB content taxonomy 3.0. Marketers and media agencies are now able to review podcasts to ensure they meet their brand’s safety and suitability standards.
“As a top-ten podcast network, the Cumulus Podcast Network is leading the podcast industry to drive advertiser confidence through the adoption of independent, third-party brand-safety measurement” said Tamara Zubatiy, co-founder and CEO at Barometer. “We are proud to provide Barometer’s transparency and accountability to the marketplace,” said David Cohn, Senior Vice President, Sales and Digital Partnerships at Cumulus Media’s Westwood One.
“Brand marketers now represent 61% of U.S. podcast revenue. Advertisers deserve a brand-suitability solution that is designed for the unique attributes of podcast content rather than the legacy systems that were designed for display and online video.” “Podcast ad revenue continues to grow exponentially as the medium is proving effective for a variety of marketing objectives,” said Lauren Russo, EVP Managing Partner, Innovation & Performance Audio, at Horizon Media, “With new brands investing in podcasting monthly, there is growing need for third-party podcast brand safety and suitability tools to ensure the brands we represent are showing up in safe environments. Horizon carefully develops media plans / buys in accordance with industry and platform brand safety and suitability standards adhering to client marketing priorities and objectives.”