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White Sox To Celebrate Disco Demolition's 40th; Steve Dahl To Throw Out First Pitch
THE MOUTH, MAY 24TH, 2019 –– July 12, 1979, is a date etched in infamy for both baseball and disco fans alike writes Flood Magazine. As longtime baseball fans and radio devotees will always remember as The Disco Demolition, the night when Chicago radio icon Steve Dahl hosted an anti-disco rally at a Chicago White Sox game that turned into a full-fledged riot.
According to to Robert Feder, the White Sox have invited Dahl to throw out the first pitch on June 13 in recognition of the fortieth anniversary of the incident. The team will even distribute Disco Demolition t-shirts (L) to the first 10,000 fans in attendance, as part of Free T-Shirt Thursday.
Feder says, It won’t be the first time Dahl has thrown out the first pitch. For his previous honor more than a decade ago, Dahl recalled: “I practiced for three weeks and threw a strike to good old No. 21, Esteban Loaiza.
”Dahl added, “I think it’s really great that the White Sox are embracing the 40th anniversary. I’m looking forward to having my family out there with me, and I’m hoping to throw another strike. Or at least have someone to throw it to.”
Magic 105.3 San Antonio Adds Tony Cortez To Lineup
THE MOUTH, MAY 24TH, 2019 –– Magic 105.3 (KSMG), a Cox Media Group (CMG) station, has officially added Tony Cortez to its on-air talent roster, effective immediately. With more than 25 years of experience, Cortez will take weekdays from 7 p.m. to midnight.
“Tony’s style, experience and love for our great city make him the perfect addition to our Magic team,” says Jeff Garrison, director of operations for Cox Media Group San Antonio. “He’s sure to bring a new level of fun and energy to our evening listeners.”
Cortez calls San Antonio home and has spent more than 18 years of his acclaimed career in the Alamo City. Named best local radio personality by the San Antonio Current for multiple years, Cortez joins KSMG by way of KTFM. He started his radio career with KHFI in Austin, TX, and has worked with several other Texas-based stations over the years, including KXXM and KXTN in San Antonio.
“I’m beyond privileged and proud to be a part of such a talented and winning group here in San Antonio,” says Cortez. “Thank you to David Abel, Jeff Garrison and Adam Michaels for letting me join the KSMG team. It feels great to be back in the Alamo City!”
Ben And Woods Score Mornings At San Diego Padres Flagship, 97.3 The Fan
THE MOUTH, MAY 24TH, 2019 ––“The Ben & Woods Show,” which aired on San Diego's 1090-AM for a little over a year before the station was shut down last month, are set to resurface at 97.3 The Fan beginning June 10. According to The Big Lead, In just a year, Ben and Woods became the top morning destination for sports talk in San Diego. But in early April, The Mighty 1090 went off the air after failing to make signal lease payments for months. The station remained online as a streaming service for several weeks, but ceased operations on April 29. Less than a month later, the show has a new station. Ben Higgins and Steven Woods will take over the 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. slot on 97.3-FM. That spot was held until last month by Dan Sileo, the same person Higgins and Woods replaced last year at 1090.
“We are excited to welcome Ben and Steve to 97.3 The Fan,” Bob Bolinger, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom San Diego said. “In a short time Ben & Woods has emerged as a highly rated show in San Diego and will be a great addition to our popular local line-up that includes Padres Baseball, Gwynn & Chris, and Coach John Kentera.”
When Ben met Woods, he said “This is either going to be the best idea ever…or the absolute worst idea ever.” It turns out…it was the former. Ben Higgins and Steven Woods, along with producer Paul Reindl, are San Diego radio veterans, with over 40 years, combined, in the market - 97.3 Website
Spain & Fitz Expanding Roles At ESPN
THE MOUTH, MAY 24TH, 2019 –– ESPN’s Jason Fitz and Sarah Spain – who regularly appear across multiple platforms at the network – will be expanding their roles. Fitz will become a regular part of ESPN Radio’s weekday morning lineup. Spain will be hosting a new weeknight radio show. The duo has hosted ESPN Radio’s Spain and Fitz since the beginning of 2018. Fitz – who joined ESPN in 2016, will now be a regular contributor on ESPN Radio’s weekday morning drive show, Golic and Wingo featuring Mike Golic, Trey Wingo and Mike Golic Jr. Fitz will play a key role in the radio and television simulcast of the show which airs weekdays, 6-10 a.m. ET (ESPN2, 6-8 a.m. and ESPNEWS, 6-10 a.m.). He will continue to contribute to ESPN’s live, on-site digital presence at major events.
Spain, the Peabody Award and Sports Emmy Award winner, is a signature voice across ESPN’s many platforms including ESPN Radio, espnW and a variety of the network’s television studio programming. Spain will now add to that, hosting her own, new ESPN Radio show, Spain and Company for three hours every Monday-Friday from 6-9 p.m. “I’ve really enjoyed working with Jason, creating a fun and unique show based on our shared sensibilities and interests,” said Spain. “Going forward, it's a thrill for me to lead the way on Spain and Company with a great cast of co-hosts. We'll be focused on the biggest national stories and giving listeners a fresh, different sound from the rest of the day's radio slate.” Co-hosts on the nightly show will include ESPN Radio’s Jason Goff and ESPN college basketball analyst Jordan Cornette.
Sterling On Sunday Adds Two New Stations WSB-AM/FM, Atlanta and KMBZ-FM, Kansas City
THE MOUTH, MAY 24TH, 2019 –– Westwood One announces that its Sunday night talk show, Sterling on Sunday, has added two new big market affiliates to its growing station lineup. Cox heritage powerhouse WSB-AM/FM in Atlanta and KMBZ-FM/Kansas City are now joining Sterling on Sunday’s growing lineup of more than 85 affiliated stations nationwide.
Sterling on Sunday debuted in August 2017. The program features radio storyteller Walter Sterling, who engages listeners with a variety of features from the sublime to the serious. The show’s MIDNITE MISFITS CLUB has connected listeners all across the country and made the program “must-hear” radio every Sunday night. Sterling on Sunday airs live from 10:00 pm ET to 1:00 am ET on more than 85 radio stations including host station WPHT-AM/Philadelphia and other top markets, including WLS-AM/Chicago; KKSF-AM/San Francisco; WBAP-AM/Dallas; WMAL-AM-FM/Washington DC; KUFO-AM/Portland; KDKA-AM/Pittsburgh; KMOX-AM/St. Louis; and KXNT-AM/Las Vegas. Stations interested in Sterling on Sunday should contact Jim Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 840-7933.
Adam Wolfson Named Director Of Sales For Entercom's Channel Q
THE MOUTH, MAY 24TH, 2019 –– Entercom has named Adam Wolfson as Director of Sales for CHANNEL Q. “CHANNEL Q has become such a powerful voice for the LGBTQ community as well as advertisers,” said Jeff Federman, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Southern California. “Adam has been the catalyst in leading our sales charge across the country. He is the perfect choice to lead sales for the network from coast to coast.” “Giving the LGBTQ+ community a voice has long been overdue,” said Wolfson.
Wolfson has served as General Sales Manager for Entercom since 2014. Prior to joining the company, Wolfson served in multiple sales roles for Cox Media Group, including Director of Sales and General Sales Manager of Music/Digital, dating back to 2004.
CHANNEL Q” is available nationwide on RADIO.COM, the exclusive digital home for all Entercom content across the company’s robust portfolio of 235 radio stations, the RADIO.COM app and on Entercom stations in 13 markets including.
WWO & NBC Sports Radio With Live Audio Coverage of The 2019 Stanley Cup Final
THE MOUTH, MAY 24TH, 2019 –– In conjunction with NBC Sports and NBC Sports Radio, Westwood One will once again present live play-by-play audio coverage of the Stanley Cup Final, starting Monday, May 27, 2019, when the Boston Bruins take on the St. Louis Blues in Game One of the best-of-seven series. This is the first Stanley Cup Final appearance for the Blues since 1970, when, coincidentally, they lost to the Bruins.
Kenny Albert (play-by-play) and Joe Micheletti (analyst) return for the fourth straight season as Westwood One/NBC Sports Radio’s broadcast crew for the Stanley Cup Final. Former NHL goaltender Brian Boucher joins the crew as rinkside reporter. Boucher will be doing double-duty throughout the series, serving as a pregame/postgame analyst for NBC Sports in addition to working rinkside for radio during the games. Florida Panthers announcer Steve Goldstein hosts the pregame, intermission, and postgame reports.
SNAPS: Kelly Ford & Chris Janson Welcome Sailors During Fleet Week In NYC
THE MOUTH, MAY 24TH, 2019 –– Kelly Ford, who anchors mornings on Entercom's New York Country 94.7, and Chris Janson joined to welcome the Sailors coming into NYC during fleet week. Chris says when he comes to the city with his family, his wife and kids love to shop, and he likes to chill. He also loves a good steak dinner at Smith & Wollensky.
“I just like the city, it’s a good atmosphere … we enjoy it when we get to come.” Heading into memorial day weekend we couldn’t help but think Chris Janson has the perfect songs for a holiday weekend. Buy Me A Boat, Fix A Drink, & his latest Good Vibes. READ MORE HERE
The Sports Hub’s Zolak & Bertrand Hosts Job Shadow Day for High School Student in Boston
THE MOUTH, MAY 24TH, 2019 –– WBZ-FM/98.5 The Sports Hub’s Zolak & Bertrand Show was joined by Luke D., a Junior at Westford Academy, for the school’s “Job Shadow” Day on Tuesday, May 21st, at the Beasley Media Group station in Boston.
Luke is a huge fan of all sports, participates with The Fitchburg State Men’s Soccer Team and hopes to one-day pursue a career in sports broadcasting! PHOTO/Student Luke D. (center) with (L to R) 98.5 The Sports Hub's Scott Zolak, Jim Louth, Hardy, Marc Bertrand and Tom Morgan.
WGRR-FM Cincy's Chris O’Brien Honored By Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
THE MOUTH, MAY 24TH, 2019 –– Chris O’Brien, Co-Host of Cumulus' 103.5 WGRR morning show in Cincinnati, was named the 2019 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Man of the Year for the Tri-State Southern Chapter. O’Brien captured the title for his efforts to fight blood cancer by raising funds and awareness for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society during a 10-week campaign that kicked off in February. His team “No Bad Days” raised $82,694 and the total effort by all involved raised $1,000,028 for the charity. The effort culminated in an event announcing the fundraising results on Saturday, May 18th at Jack Casino in Cincinnati.
Dave Crowl, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Cincinnati, said: “All of us at WGRR and the entire Cumulus Cincinnati operation congratulate Chris O’Brien on his recognition as 2019 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Man of the Year for the Tri-State Southern Chapter. The award was earned with a great deal of effort from Chris, his wife and on-air partner Janeen Coyle (both shown in background at front center) as well as other members of the No Bad Days team. Their contributions led to a first-time ever total of $1,000,000+ raised to help this important cause.”The man and woman who have raised the most across the entire U.S. will be recognized as the national Man and Woman of the Year. For more information on Chris O’Brien’s winning fundraising campaign, visit: https://pages.mwoy.org/soh/cincy19/obrien. PHOTO/Saturday, May 18th at Jack Casino in Cincinnati with Christ along with attendees including Janeen Coyle celebrating the successful fundraising initiative.
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EVENTS: Lady Gaga To Perform Concert At New York's Apollo Theater For SiriusXM
THE MOUTH, MAY 23RD, 2019 –– SiriusXM announced today that Lady Gaga will perform at Harlem’s world famous Apollo Theater for a special invitation-only concert for network subscribers and Pandora listeners on Monday, June 24. Howard Stern made the announcement during yesterday's show on SiriusXM. According to the announcement, “The special performance will celebrate SiriusXM and Pandora coming together as one company.” Variety writes, "The concert marks the first time that Lady Gaga will perform at the iconic venue and her first show in New York City in almost two years. Fresh from the latest run of her Las Vegas residency, “Enigma.”
The special performance will air in its entirety on SiriusXM Hits 1, Howard Stern’s Howard 101 channel, as well as Pandora NOW. Select highlights from the concert will also be available to Pandora listeners via user-generated playlists and curated stations. “Performing at The Apollo has always been a dream of mine. Thank you to SiriusXM and Pandora for inviting me. I’m excited for my fans to see a special show at this iconic venue” said Lady Gaga. “After getting her start in New York City, Lady Gaga went on to conquer the world with her talent. We are thrilled to have Lady Gaga perform this exclusive show at the world famous Apollo Theater in her hometown as we celebrate SiriusXM and Pandora as one company,” said Scott Greenstein, President and Chief Content Officer of SiriusXM. Additionally, subscribers since May 5, 2019 will be able to enter for the chance to win a trip for two to New York, NY including airfare, hotel stay, and a pair of tickets to SiriusXM Presents Lady Gaga at The Apollo Theater. See Official Rules for complete details at siriusxm.com/Gaga.
THE MOUTH, MAY 23RD, 2019 – Fresh off the heels of its recent acquisition of KLOS-FM (which should close in the third quarter), Meruelo Media announced on Wednesday that it entered into agreement with 93.9 Holdings, Inc. and Grupo Radio Centro Los Angeles to purchase FM radio station KXOS-FM in Los Angeles. KXOS-FM will join the company’s existing cluster of KPWR, KDAY, KDEY-FM, KWHY-TV, and KBEH. After customary government approvals, KXOS will be the seventh station in Meruelo’s Los Angeles broadcast station cluster.
“The acquisition of 93.9 FM KXOS is a key piece in our media division expansion strategy,” stated Alex Meruelo (R), Chairman and CEO. “Our group has done an amazing job curating some of the most recognizable local media brands into one extremely powerful portfolio.” Otto Padron, President and COO of Meruelo Media added: “What an amazing few weeks these have been! Adding these spectacular call-letters to our full-market FM radio station SOCAL cluster authenticates our hyper-local media strategy to super-serve clients, partners and our community. We are also looking forward to a productive multimedia content relationship with our friends of Grupo Radio Centro Mexico.”
Padron stated that Meruelo Media will also launch with Grupo Radio Centro an all-news Spanish language format using one of 93.9 KXOS’s HD Radio channels. Meruelo Media expects the transaction to be completed in the third quarter of 2019, after standard regulatory approvals are obtained.
Adam 12 To Cover Middays On Rock 92.9 Boston
THE MOUTH, MAY 23RD, 2019 –– Beasley Media Group has named Adam 12 as its new Midday host on ROCK 92.9 in Boston. His new show will air live Monday - Friday 11am-4pm beginning Monday June 3, 2019. He most recently served as an on-air host, imaging director and social media director at on-line station Indie617. He is best known for his on-air work at WFNX-FM and WBCN-FM in Boston.
“Adam 12 defines "The Next Generation of Classic Rock," said ROCK 92.9 Program Director Ken West. “He's a smart and witty local talent who'll keep ROCK 92.9 listeners entertained with the right balance of music geekery and infotainment throughout the workday!”
"ROCK 92.9 captures so many of the sounds I grew up listening to and playing on the air in Boston,” said Adam 12. “I'm looking forward to getting back on the FM dial and helping Ken West and the team at Beasley make some noise on the airwaves with ROCK 92.9!"
Adrian Kulp Joins Ty Bentli Show As Senior Executive Producer
THE MOUTH, MAY 23RD, 2019 –– Cumulus has named Adrian Kulp as Senior Executive Producer For Westwood One’s internationally syndicated The Ty Bentli Show. In his new role, Kulp will oversee digital, programming, and production of The Ty Bentli Show, which can be heard in markets across the U.S. and UK from its flagship Nashville radio station WKDF-FM (NASH FM 103.3).
Kulp brings a wealth of creative experience across multiple entertainment mediums to The Ty Bentli Show, including almost 10 years as a television executive with positions including: Vice President of TV Development at AdamSandler’s Happy Madison Productions (The Goldbergs, Rules of Engagement); Vice President of TV Development at Chelsea Handler’s Borderline Amazing; and a stint at CBS’s The Late Late Show. He is also an internationally recognized, best-selling author and has contributed as a writer for The Huffington Post and Parents Magazine. He is also the creator of the online parenting destination “Dad or Alive”.
Kulp succeeds Glenn Johnson, who recently relocated to become Operations Manager of Cumulus Pensacola.
Kirk Minihane Officially Parts Ways With Entercom
THE MOUTH, MAY 23RD, 2019 –– Kirk Minihane’s tenure with Entercom officially ended yesterday, but shortly afterwards the former morning co-host on WEEI/Boston took to Periscope with some expletive-filled parting shots at his former employer. According to Barrett Sports Media, during the course of an 11 minute video (filmed at a CVS store), Minihane expressed his displeasure with Entercom and said that he no longer has a non-compete and could go to work for a new employer starting tomorrow. Should he return to the airwaves, he can also do so with the name of his former podcast ‘Enough About Me’.
In a statement provided by Entercom the company said “We have mutually agreed to part ways with Kirk and allow him to pursue other opportunities. Over the years, Kirk has been a valuable member of the WEEI team, and a host of the ‘Enough About Me’ podcast. We wish him all the best on his future endeavors.”
Mike Crispino Extends With 97.9 Hartford
THE MOUTH, MAY 23RD, 2019 –– iHeartMedia Hartford announced that Mike Crispino has extended his broadcast agreement as UConn Football & Basketball play-by-play announcer on 97.9 ESPN, Hartford’s Sports Station, effective immediately.“I'm thrilled to extend my agreement with iHeartMedia and UConn for the next several years,” said Crispino. “It’s been a pleasure and a privilege to work with sports broadcast pros like Wayne Norman this past year as well as insightful and charismatic coaches and administrators like Randy Edsall, Dan Hurley, Jim Penders and David Benedict. I truly look forward to contributing to the expansion of the UConn brand and fan base across the region.”
“We’re thrilled that Mike Crispino will continue to make 97.9 ESPN and the UConn Radio Network his home for many years to come,” said Steve Honeycomb, Region President for iHeartMedia Hartford. “His passion for the team, our listeners and the UConn community is remarkable.”
HONORS: Alliance For Women In Media Group Presents 44th Annual Gracie Awards
THE MOUTH, MAY 23RD, 2019 –– The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation brought together a packed house of industry leaders in front and behind the camera and microphone to support and elevate strong voices and inspiring storytelling. Host Lauren Ash led the room in helping usher in the 2019 Gracie Award winners whose stories spanned from uplifting and empowering narratives to stories that touched on important issues such as diversity, human trafficking and women’s reproductive rights. This year’s attendees gathered at the Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire Hotel and included Sheryl Crow to perform along with many others. Among radio honorees included: Angela Yee, Elaina Smith, Jayde Donovan, Kellie Rasberry, Jillian Barberie, Lisa Mantineo, Lynda McLaughlin and more.
TOP PHOTOS L-R: Mike McVay, EVP Content & Programming, Cumulus; Scott Borchetta, CEO, Big Machine Records; Becky Brooks, Executive Director, Alliance for Women in Media Foundation; Heather Cohen, EVP, The Weiss Agency.
MIDDLE ROW: Premiere Networks Executive Vice President, Director of Personality Sales Dan Metter, Lynda McLaughlin, Premiere Networks President Julie Talbott and The Breakfast Club's Angela Yee.
BOTTOM ROW: The Kidd Kraddick Show's Big Al, J Si, Jenna Owens and Kellie Rasberry - Photos/Getty for AWF
PODCAST: Entercom To Honor Vets With Original Podcast Series 'To War And Back'
THE MOUTH, MAY 23RD, 2019 –– Entercom announced the launch of “To War and Back,” a RADIO.COM Original podcast series exploring the lives of three combat veterans and their journeys on the battlefield and on their return home. The full six-episode series will launch exclusively on RADIO.COM, the fastest-growing digital audio app in the U.S, on June 10. “To War and Back”—a collaboration between Entercom and Cadence13 —features journalist and Navy veteran Phil Briggs, host of “Connecting Vets” podcast, traveling cross country to meet three combat veterans—US Marine Corps Sgt. Kirstie Ennis (Ret.), US Marine Corps Major Scott Huesing (Ret.) and US Army veteran Sgt. Boone Cutler—to document their incredible experiences, to war and back.
‘To War and Back’ is an intimate portrait of the human spirit and a tribute to the bravery and perseverance of Boone Cutler, Kirstie Ennis, Scott Huesing and veterans everywhere,” said Spencer Brown, CEO, Cadence13. “We are thrilled to partner with Entercom on the first of what we expect to be a number of RADIO.COM originals.”
After the Navy, Briggs was a rock radio morning show host and began hosting podcasts for the military veteran website ConnectingVets.com. Entercom’s ConnectingVets.com is a team of veterans and military family members dedicated to connecting vets to stories of inspiration and perseverance, while bringing them closer to the things they care about like benefits, education, jobs and resources. In addition to producing the "Connecting Vets Report" and "VetStory" podcasts, they’ve also partnered with CBS to produce "CBS Eye on Veterans.” Connecting Vets broadcasts on 95.5 (WPGC-HD3) in Washington D.C, at ConnectingVets.com, and on the RADIO.COM app.
Adam Ball Lands Afternoon Drive On BBC Radio Oxford
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, MAY 23RD, 2019 –– Heart Wiltshire drivetime presenter Adam Ball has a new job hosting the afternoon drive show on BBC Radio Oxford. Adam joins the BBC as Heart Wiltshire merges all programmes with three other stations to create Heart South West. Before Heart, he had worked at Oxford’s Fox FM, working his way through the ranks to present evenings, afternoons, drive and breakfast. Adam stayed with the station as it became Heart Oxfordshire and eventually Heart Thames Valley.
Kate Flies Back From Italy To Surprise Hughesy In Australia - Hughesy & Kate, who host the afternoon drivetime show on the Hit Network, are gearing up for their Spicy Meatball Tour of the UK and Europe with some lucky listeners. So Hughesy wasn’t expecting Kate to show up mid-way through their Drive broadcast, especially when he thought she was broadcasting from Bologna as usual. Sacha French and the team snuck Kate into the station, and her Italy set-up had to be re-created in a separate studio to Hughesy. Then during a ‘toilet break’, she snuck in to surprise her co-host who responded with “well… that’s weird!” Watch the prank HERE
Tiffany Rouge From Wave FM, Australia To The Edge In New Zealand
Tiffany Rouge has got a new gig, jumping across the Tasman Sea to the New Zealand station, The Edge. She’s be presenting weekends on the Auckland-based radio station, The Edge, after leaving Wollongong’s Wave FM after 12 months as presenter/music director. It’ll be Tiff’s third international market, having also spent time in the UK working in London for Radio X and the BBC. Tiff also hosts her own podcast Miss Adventurous, and in the latest episode she explains how the move came to be. Read more and listen to the podcast HERE
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Midwest Communications On The Hunt For Brand Managers In Duluth & Peoria
THE MOUTH, MAY 23RD, 2019 –– Duke Wright’s Midwest Communications is on the hunt for a Brand Manager at KTCO Duluth, MN. 98.9 Kat Country is a 100kw facility with the tools, and direction to advance its Country dominance in the Twin Ports. You will be teamed with outstanding brands including, KQ95, My 95.7, 102.5 Duke FM, 610 KDAL, 710 WDSM and 970 WDUL. We’re looking for a focused leader to grow talent, be a talent, excellent at music scheduling (Music Master), production skills, and the ability to collaborate and maximize sales opportunities and grow our digital platforms. This position includes mornings with an established co-host, production and a slight interest in ice fishing or curling. - submit your air check, resume and programming material to: firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also submit materials to; Market Manager, Midwest Communications Duluth, 11 East Superior Street, Suite 380, Duluth, MN 55802 Midwest Communications, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer by choice.
In addition to Duluth, following Midwest Communications acquisitions from Alpha Media in Peoria, IL. they realized they needed a Brand Manager for 104.9 The Wolf, WXCL. And Even though the focus will be on country-formatted Wolf, you’ll be joining market leading stations; 1470 WMBD, 93.3 The Drive, Mix 106.9, G102.3 and Super Hits WIRL. Please submit your resume, audio and any other relevant materials to: email@example.com or mail to Market Manager, c/o WXCL, 331 Fulton Street, 12th Floor, Peoria, IL 61602. Midwest Communications, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer by choice
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DAVID FIELD: 'We're Just Getting Started'
THE MOUTH, MAY 22ND, 2019 ––Entercom Chairman-President & CEO David Field issued an internal memo yesterday commenting on the company's accomplishments over the past 18-months, plus what's on tap for the future.
He wrote in part: "On Friday, we marked the 18-month anniversary of our transformational merger that created a Company with the scale, capabilities and powerful lineup of leading stations to compete successfully against other media companies for a significantly higher share of total ad spending. As you know, we are one of the country’s two largest radio broadcasters with over 235 of the nation’s top radio brands, the unrivaled leader in news and sports radio, the home of Radio.com and the Entercom Audio Network, and the #1 creator of original, local audio content reaching over 170 million Americans each month. As a result of a number of big investments and improvements and a lot of hard work from everyone on the team, today we are a far stronger Company than when we started this journey.
Think about how far we have come over the past year and a half. Our investments in new local brands, personalities, and content plus additional marketing and research have enhanced the quality of our products and driven higher ratings. Radio.com is the nation’s fastest growing digital app and virtually every week we are announcing new strategic partnerships and other enhancements to the app, such as our recent announcement of our strategic relationship with Waze. The Entercom Audio Network is the industry’s fastest growing and most premium network. We now have over 7,000 customers connected to Entercom Analytics with several new attribution products rolling out. In all, we have invested close to $100 million in new content, products, technology, capabilities, systems, brands and a large number of new jobs to accelerate our growth and make us a stronger, more competitive organization.
The results are starting to show on the scoreboard. Fourth quarter revenues grew by 4%.First quarter revenues were up 3%. On our recent earnings call, we announced that our second quarter revenues are pacing up 4% and while it is early, the rest of the year is looking very good.
While it is great to once again be growing consistently quarter after quarter, it is also worth noting that we are just scratching the surface on our growth potential.
Radio remains far and away the single biggest bargain and most undervalued medium in the United States. Most advertisers continue to overspend in other media that are being highly disrupted and face challenges such as ad fraud, brand safety, ad skipping and declining usage while they underspend significantly in Radio. As America’s #1 reach medium with outstanding ROI and the best local audience activation, Radio should be getting a far larger share of advertiser spending. No company is better equipped to capitalize on that opportunity than Entercom.
...I want to close by thanking each of you for all you are doing to help lead us forward. I am proud of the transformational work we are doing across the team and excited by our accelerating momentum and by what is in front of us as we continue to improve and elevate our game to capitalize on our many opportunities. We are just getting started!
STUDY: Should You Program Like It's 1989?
THE MOUTH, MAY 22ND, 2019 –– In Part four of a four-part series on music consumption trends, Integra8's Matt Bailey writes: "there are clear signs of a split in musical tastes that radio consulting legend Guy Zapoleon coined The Extremes, a predictable phase during which listeners’ tastes move away from broadly-appealing mainstream Pop songs towards the extremes of R&B, Rock and Country that don’t appeal to the same listeners.
With divided musical fan bases who hate each other’s music, CHR finds it difficult to consistently delight a broad audience. As music guru Sean Ross often points out, CHR performs best when there are plenty of fun, upbeat Pop, Rock and Rhythmic titles that mix well together and appeal to younger and older listeners alike. If 2019 feels a bit like 1989 to you, you’re not alone. Seemingly unaware of the Alternative Rock and Hip Hop that would soon burst onto the scene and define youth culture in the 90s, CHR plodded along three decades ago trying to duct tape together its mother-daughter coalition with Chicago’s “Look Away,” “Right Here Waiting” by Richard Marx and Phil Collins’ “Two Hearts”, while hoping younger listeners would stick around for the bones they’d throw them with Bobby Brown, Poison and Milli Vanilli.
So how should you program in 2019? Unless you’re programming a Hip Hop station targeting African-American and Hispanic listeners, playing the pure Hip Hop tiles that get played often on Spotify and YouTube could destroy the mass-appeal cume audience CHR needs to succeed. SEE MORE HERE
EVENT: Hundreds Gather For WPLJ Send-Off
By Art Vuolo
THE MOUTH, MAY 22ND, 2019 –– It was a radio geeks dream come true as over 400 people gathered at the Cutting Room on East 32nd St in Manhattan last night. A bittersweet evening for an iconic radio station that is about to go away… And going away in style is the only way you can describe it. The two longest running morning guys: Jim Kerr and Scott Shannon spoke and were eloquent!
Also addressing the crowd was Alan Shaw (bottom right with Vuolo) the man who orchestrated the switch of all the ABC O&O FM’s to album rock formats with the call letters separate from their AM sister stations. The audience ranged from long time employees like, engineer Gene Maxwell, 43 years to those there two years or less. Tom Cuddy, who along with Scott Lakefield, put it all together and are be applauded for the effort. Art Vuolo, who flew in from Detroit for one night, captured the night in video and hopes to be able to edit it into something slightly shorter than “Gone with the Wind” - hopes!
PHOTOS - Top photo: bottom left: Carol Miller, Willard Lochridge (the station's first GM) and Jim Kerr -courtesy of Walter Sterling - bottom right: Art Vuolo and Alan Shaw (inventer of album rock formats) Standing outside the Cutting Room at 44 E. 32nd St. in Manhattan- courtesy of Art Vuolo.
Monie Love Takes Afternoons At KISS 104.1 Atlanta
THE MOUTH, MAY 22ND, 2019 –– KISS 104.1 (WALR-FM/Atlanta) welcomes two-time Grammy nominee and radio personality Monie Love to its weekday lineup. Beginning today, she'll air from 2 to 7 p.m. Terri Avery, director of branding and programming, says, “We are so excited to have Monie Love join the KISS 104.1 team. Her love of hip-hop, entertaining personality and star power make her a great addition to our afternoons here in Atlanta.”
Since her start in British hip-hop in the late 1980s, Love quickly elevated her position in the industry and brought her talents and musical influence to the United States years later. She is well-known for her status as a protégé to Queen Latifah and association with Native Tongues in the late 1980s, early 1990s.
Love received Grammy nominations for "Monie in the Middle" and "It’s a Shame (My Sister)," and was featured on the remix of Whitney Houston's R&B hit "My Name Is Not Susan." 5
She co-hosted the syndicated Ed Lover Morning Show and has been featured in a number of TV shows here in Atlanta, including “Growing Up Hip Hop: Atlanta”, “Dish Nation” and “Rickey Smiley’s For Real TV”; and is currently on Season 5 of “Little Women of Atlanta.”
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Adam Ralston Tapped At VP/Marketing For iHeart Boston
THE MOUTH, MAY 22ND, 2019 –– iHeartMedia Boston announced today that Adam Ralston has been named Vice President of Marketing, effective May 20. Ralston will report to Dylan Sprague, Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Boston.
“Adam’s leadership, programming and sales strategy, event experience, knowledge of the market and long history of success coupled with his strong local relationships stood out and I know he is the perfect fit,” said Sprague. “I’m thrilled to have him lead our best-in-class marketing team and contribute to our brands’ ongoing success.” "It's an honor to join this incredible team of media and marketing professionals here at iHeartMedia Boston," said Ralston. "I look forward to immersing myself in the fantastic culture, creating top of the line marketing strategies and contributing to these iconic brands and franchises.”
Ralston is a Boston radio marketing veteran with more than a decade of experience. A majority of his 17 plus year career has been spent in Boston, overseeing a variety of popular Boston stations including WAAF, WRKO, WKAF and the WEEI Sports Radio Network.
Kareem Chin Named SVP/Head of Investor Relations For iHeart
THE MOUTH, MAY 22ND, 2019 –– iHeartMedia, Inc. announced that media industry veteran Kareem Chin has been named Senior Vice President and Head of Investor Relations, effective today. Chin will be based in New York and will report to Rich Bressler, President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of iHeartMedia, Inc. In this role he will work closely with Bressler; Bob Pittman, Chairman and CEO of iHeartMedia, Inc.; Paul McNicol, EVP and General Counsel; and leaders of iHeartMedia’s Finance and Communications teams, and will oversee the company’s investor conferences, investor meetings and quarterly earnings releases and financial filings.
Prior to joining iHeartMedia, Chin spent three years as Vice President of Investor Relations for Viacom. He previously spent over a decade in investment banking, including serving as Senior Vice President of Investment Banking – Media & Telecommunications Group at Jefferies and as Vice President of Investment Banking – Mergers and Acquisitions at Deutsche Bank Securities, Inc.
HONORS: KQRS Minny's Michele Tafoya Named Outstanding Sports Personality At Emmy Awards
THE MOUTH, MAY 22ND, 2019 –– Michele Tafoya, co-host of "The Tom Barnard Show" on Cumulus Minneapolis-St. Paul's KQRS and long-time sideline reporter for NFL games, was named Outstanding Sports Personality -- Reporter at Monday's 40th Annual Sports Emmy Awards in New York City. Tafoya previously won in the same category in 2012 and 2014. She has been nominated seven times.
Scott Jameson, Vice President, Classic Rock for Cumulus and Operations Manager, Cumulus Minneapolis-St. Paul, said: “All of us at Cumulus Minneapolis are very proud of Michele winning this prestigious Emmy award. We’re quite fortunate having her on our legendary morning show hosted by National Hall of Fame inductee Tom Barnard and the rest of the morning team." SEE MORE HERE IN STAR TRIBUNE
Westwood One Scoops Deadline Club Award
THE MOUTH, MAY 22ND, 2019 –– Westwood One News is on an award-winning streak with another honor for its exceptional reporting. Westwood One News correspondent Jim Roope and the Westwood One News team won a Deadline Club Award for best “Radio or Audio Feature Reporting.” The award honors Jim’s 2018 report “Las Vegas: Remembering and Healing,” where he returned to Las Vegas one year after the deadly mass shooting and spoke with the community and the victims about how they were remembering, coping, and healing.
The Deadline Club Award is bestowed by the NY Society of Professional Journalists for reporting across all media platforms, including newspapers, magazines, radio, digital, and TV.
PODCAST: WNYC Studios Launch 'Adulting' With Michelle Buteau & Jordan Carlos
THE MOUTH, MAY 22ND, 2019 –– WNYC Studios' new comedy podcast on the perils of adulthood launches today. Hear the first episode of 'Adulting' here. On 'Adulting', hosts Michelle Buteau and Jordan Carlos answer the questions that haunt us, like “What is an acceptable amount of money to spend on pillows?” and “Is it okay that I eat cereal three times a day?" In this inaugural episode, Michelle and Jordan plan Naomi Ekperigin’s entire wedding in under a minute, Wyatt Cenac does his best muppet impression, and Phoebe Robinson shares some bathroom etiquette tips (which involve an open flame). Plus, some advice on what to do if you’re catching feelings for your dealer. Find more information on the show and upcoming guests below. Let me know if you'd like to speak with Michelle and/or Jordan.
SNAPS: NCT 127 Invades Mario Lopez Show
THE MOUTH, MAY 22ND, 2019 –– Multimedia personality Mario Lopez welcomed global K-pop superstars NCT 127 to his Premiere Networks-syndicated radio show ON with Mario Lopez on May 20. The group stopped by the radio studio in Los Angeles to discuss their upcoming EP “We are Superhuman,” which showcases a new sound for the group; wrapping up their North American Tour; the possibility of putting out an English-language album; their desire to meet fans all round the world; their dream collaborations, which include Zedd, Justin Bieber and Bruno Mars; and more. Listen to the interview HERE
On with Mario Lopez is a four-hour, music-intensive program featuring a unique blend of entertainment stories and celebrity interviews from a multimedia star’s point of view. Originating from Universal City Walk in Los Angeles, Lopez and his wife/co-host Courtney Lopez
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[WATCH] Jamie Dupree’s Story Of Perseverance Draws Top Honors For WSB Radio Atlanta
THE MOUTH, MAY 21ST, 2019 –– Washington Correspondent Jamie Dupree’s incredible story of perseverance and triumph is captured in a new documentary, Voice of Reason – has been recognized by the Radio Television Digital News Association and Atlanta Press Club, earning WSB and Cox Media Group an Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Innovation and News Innovation Award. A radio reporter for more than 30 years with Cox Media Group, Dupree lost his voice in 2016 and was diagnosed with tongue protrusion dystonia, a rare neurological condition with no cure to date.
“During his ordeal, Jamie never took a day off,” says Pete Spriggs(L) , director of branding and programming for News 95.5 and AM750 WSB. “Instead, he found new ways to continue his decades of reporting with his blog and through social media. His spirit and determination inspire us all.” In 2018, Cox Media Group identified a new, pioneering approach to return Dupree’s voice to radio. Working with CereProc, Dupree and WSB Radio sent hours of his archived radio reports to Scotland where engineers and audio specialists digitized and recreated Dupree’s voice. Now when Dupree writes a script for a report the text is converted into an audio file that sounds nearly identical to his natural voice. WSB Radio and CMG refers to the computer synthesized version as Jamie Dupree 2.0.
"Our support for Jamie is unwavering," says Marian Pittman, executive vice president of content, digital strategy, research and technology for Cox Media Group. "As we wait for a cure, CMG was delighted to partner with CereProc to return Jamie to radio with Jamie Dupree 2.0." “My health is fine, but my voice is not – and I honestly don’t know if I will ever speak normally again,” says Dupree. “I’ll be forever grateful to my WSB and CMG family for getting me back on the air with Jamie Dupree 2.0.” WATCH DOCUMENTARY HERE . Voice of Reason was directed by WSB Radio Videographer Jesse Brooks and produced by Cox Media Group Digital Content Manager Zac Morgan.
JACOBS: The Year of The Woman – On The Radio?
THE MOUTH, MAY 21ST, 2019 –– As we prepare for our 29th Annual Women's Forum: 'Rising To The Top' at this year's Morning Show Boot Camp (Moderated by Elizabeth Kay - Morning host at 99.1 The Mix Milwaukee - see banner above), Fred Jacobs' latest blog definitely caught our eye.
Pointing to last year's AQ (Air-Talent Questionnaire at Morning Show Boot Camp - the first “talent on talent” study in radio – Jacobs said, "We learned a ton about the care and feeding of talent, and how they see the world of radio. One of the biggest takeaways was in the area of gender as it relates to jobs and on-air positions.
Jacobs writes, First, we suspected there were always quite a bit more men on the radio than women. But we finally saw it quantified. And across the spectrum, we learned men outnumber women by a 3:1 margin. Again, we don't know what this looked like two years ago – or 20 years ago. But it's a noteworthy gap when you consider the makeup of the listening audiences as well as radio's advertising community. So suffice it to say, the fact I'm excited about what we'll see when we launch AQ2 next month is an understatement."
Has the industry made any progress? Are there more women on the air – and not just as sidekicks, but in positions of leadership? I'm hopeful. And in just my scanning of Inside Radio, Talkers, RadioInk, RAMP, RadioInk, and of course, Jockline Daily every day, I suspect there's change not just in the air – but on the air. More and more, I'm not only seeing what I perceive to be women being hired and promoted, but oftentimes, they're charged with running the show
Literally. Last week, one of the prominent AC stations in the country, Entercom's Star 94.1 in Atlanta, announced their new morning show, Jenn & Friends, starring market veteran Jenn Hobby. While she's be surrounded by a cast of “friends,” it's Jenn's show – something I ‘m thinking we're going to see happen in market after market in the coming months and years. READ ENTIRE BLOG HERE
Michelle Stevens Named Assistant Program Director For WCBS-FM & New 102.7 New York
THE MOUTH, MAY 21ST, 2019 ––Entercom announced the addition of Michelle Stevens to WCBS-FM 101.1 (WCBS-FM) and NEW 102.7 FM (WNEW-FM) in New York as Assistant Program Director. “Michelle possesses valuable expertise in programming and talent development, and she will be a much-welcomed asset to our stations,” said Susan Larkin, Regional President and Market Manager, Entercom New York. “She has a stellar track record for developing top-rated brands and we are looking forward to her contributions at two of New York’s most loved stations.”
"I am humbled and excited to join the extraordinary team at Entercom New York,” said Stevens. “My sincere gratitude to Pat Paxton [Chief Programming Officer, Entercom], Jeff Sottolano [Senior Vice President of Programming, Entercom], Susan Larkin, Jim Ryan [Senior Vice President of Programming, Entercom New York], and Mike Kaplan [Senior Vice President of Programming, Entercom, New York]."
Throughout her career, Stevens has guided more than 100 stations in over 20 markets, helping teams to achieve consistent top ratings and become market leading revenue producers. Prior to joining Entercom, Stevens served as Director of Brand Management for Connoisseur Media. She rose through the ranks at Nassau Broadcasting as Vice President, Senior Vice President and eventually Executive Vice President of Programming, where she oversaw all aspects of programming strategy, marketing and brand management, and helped create the federally trademarked franchise brand Frank FM in Portland, ME.
Glenn Johnson Tapped As Operations Manager for Cumulus Pensacola Pensacola
THE MOUTH, MAY 21ST, 2019 –– Cumulus has appointed radio Glenn Johnson as Operations Manager for Cumulus Pensacola. Johnson joins Cumulus Pensacola from Cumulus' NASH studios in Nashville, TN, where he was Executive Producer for The Ty Bentli Show. Prior to that, he was morning personality for CUMULUS MEDIA’s Top 40 station 97.5 WABD-FM in Mobile, AL, and for Dittman Broadcasting’s WABB in Mobile, AL.
Pete DeSimone, Regional Vice President, CUMULUS MEDIA, said: “This is a win-win – a homecoming for Glenn and an opportunity to retain a very talented broadcaster. We are extremely excited to have him leading the Pensacola programming team.” Johnson said: “I’m beyond excited! Great People already in place, there’s a beach and it’s the home of the Blue Angels! Thank you Jackie Rinker, Pete DeSimone, Doug Hamand and Mike McVay for the opportunity!”
Trey Ware: Changes Coming To KTSA San Antonio
THE MOUTH, MAY 21ST, 2019 –– Alpha Media's KTSA, the oldest station in San Antonio, has been home to some of the biggest names in radio history from Ricci Ware to Bruce Hathaway, and Logan Stewart to Gary Owens. Morning host Trey Ware writes, "As of today, I am the one person who has served the longest stint as KTSA’s morning show host. I am living proof that dreams do come true."
Ware adds, "It’s time to turn the page at KTSA, and look forward to new and exciting opportunities! So, I am happy to say I am staying right where I am on KTSA from 5am-9am. The exciting change for me is I am welcoming Sean Rima to be with me from 7am-9am for Trey and Sean, (Ware and Rima). Welcome to the wake up, Brother Sean!
Sean stays on solo until 11am when an all-new show comes to KTSA. Markley and van Camp will air weekdays 11am-1pm when Dave Ramsey comes in to continue his track record of financial advice radio from 1pm-4pm. Another exciting change features the move of Jack Riccardi to the afternoon show from 4-7pm. I started calling Jack “The Professor” years ago, and apparently the moniker has stuck as management is now referring to him as such.
Ware closes by saying, "The Greek philosopher Heraclitus was right when he said, “Change is the only constant in life.” Change will happen June 17th, and we hope you enjoy the All-New KTSA.
Andy & Randy Take Middays At 92.9 The Game Atlanta
THE MOUTH, MAY 21SAT, 2019 –– Entercom announced the new midday hosts for 92.9 The Game (WZGC-FM), home of the Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta Hawks and Atlanta United. “The Midday Show with Andy and Randy” featuring co-hosts Andy Bunker and Randy McMichael will air weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET, effective immediately.
“Andy has been a listener favorite since he joined 92.9 The Game and has built great chemistry with Randy,” said Rick Caffey, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Atlanta. “Andy and Randy’s collaboration, along with their bold and honest take on Atlanta sports will be a great addition to our programming.” “This station has enabled me to connect with the most passionate sports fans in Atlanta and I’m excited to transition to middays,” said Bunker. “92.9 The Game is a pillar in the Atlanta sports scene and I look forward to making our show a place to have fun while being informed.”
Bunker previously hosted the station’s night drive program “The Bunker Mentality” since August 2017. Prior to joining the station in 2016, Bunker held various on-air roles for KPOJ in Portland, OR, KJR and KIRO in Seattle, WA, and WTBU and WBUR in Boston, MA. McMichael will continue to host “College Game Time,” Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET. He joined the station in 2015 following an 11-year career in the National Football League with the Miami Dolphins, St. Louis Rams and San Diego Chargers.
Evan Rytlewski Named Web Editor And Head Writing Posts At 88Nine Radio Milwaukee
THE MOUTH, MAY 21ST, 2019 –– 88Nine Radio Milwaukee (WYMS-FM 88.9), announced that Evan Rytlewski, who has been music editor for the weekly and online Shepherd Express for 13 years and a regular contributor to Pitchfork has been tapped as its new web editor, he will write about the Milwaukee music scene and edit the work of other contributors to the station’s website, www.RadioMilwaukee.org. He will also be the primary feature writer for the website, spearheading the site’s monthly “showcase” stories that dig more deeply into one topic or issue.
“Adding such an experienced writer steeped in the Milwaukee music scene really ups our digital game,” Imig said. “Evan has built a stellar reputation as a thoughtful and talented music writer and journalist. His stellar writing and editing will allow us to build on RadioMilwaukee.org's solid foundation as a source for in-depth coverage of the Milwaukee music scene." Rytlewski said. “It's an honor to join a staff so passionate and creative, and I look forward to helping the station expand its online presence while continuing to cover the music that I love.”
iHeart's 93.1 The Mountain Las Vegas & The Oakland Raiders Team For 2019 Season
THE MOUTH, MAY 21ST, 2019 –– iHeartMedia Las Vegas’ 93.1 The Mountain, World Classic Rock, announced today a broadcast agreement with Compass Media Networks. As part of the broadcast agreement, 93.1 The Mountain will air all play-by-play radio coverage of the Oakland Raiders for the 2019 season. The Raiders pre-season action kicks off on Saturday, August 10 from the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum and will feature The Oakland Raiders versus the Los Angeles Rams.
The on-air broadcast will continue to be produced by Compass Media Networks and will feature live commentary from Brent Musburger, one of the most prominent voices and personalities in sports broadcasting and the Silver and Black’s play-by-play voice in 2018. Musburger will also be joined by former All-Pro tackle Lincoln Kennedy, who handles color analyst duties, and Chris Townsend, who will report from the sidelines.
NETWORKS: The Chop Shop Celebrates 15th Anniversary On Envision
THE MOUTH, MAY 21ST, 2019 –– It has been exactly 15 years since The Chop Shop’s first show kicked off with Living Colour’s “Cult of Personality.” Hosted by WRIF-FM Detroit mainstay, Steve Black, the popular radio show continues to devote itself to guitar greats and the stories behind them. Starting May 24th, the next chapter in The Chop Shop’s journey will begin as its Sweet 16 season gets underway on Envision Networks.
“My love of rock & roll directed me into radio nearly 30 years ago. It was that same passion that opened these shows to syndication 15 years ago. And I see the impact music makes on our lives every day,” said Steve Black.
Grab some birthday cake with the Chop Shop The Chop Shop, America’s Guitar Radio Show, is the first and only radio show devoted to the guitar players and the stories behind what makes them jam. The franchise has grown to include the Chop Shop Classic version and Classic Rock Live with Pierre Robert in syndication. For more information on The Chop Shop visit envisionnetworks.com or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 216.831.3761
EVENTS: 93.7 KRQ & MY 92.9 Tucson Announce Details For 3rd Annual Kidfest
THE MOUTH, MAY 21ST, 2019 –– iHeartMedia Tucson’s 93.7 KRQ and MY 92.9 announced plans for its 3rd annual Tucson Kidsfest. The event is the largest family event in Tucson and will be held indoors at the Tucson Convention Center.
Each day also features meet & greet appearances with guests Chase and Marshall from Nickelodeon’s PAW Patrol. It takes place at the Tucson Convention Center on June 22nd & 23rd.
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[WATCH] CBS Sunday Morning Takes A Look At Nearly A Hundred Years Of The Car Radio
THE MOUTH, MAY 20TH, 2019 –– "Almost from the beginning the car radio has been our traveling companion,"' says CBS' Nancy Giles (shown above) from this weekend's CBS Sunday Morning's piece on the history of the car radio. In her report, Giles spoke with iHeart Chairman/CEO Bob Pittman, iconic radio host Bruce Morrow – "Cousin Brucie" – and radio historian Donna Halper about the evolution of entertainment on the road.
From the New York offices of iHeart, Pittman told Giles, "I think If we weren't listening to radio, we felt isolated - radio keeps us connected."
Morrow, who now airs on SiriuisXM's 60's channel, is still amazed he airs his show via satellite:" "Did I know what the future was going to hold? No - Now I'm flying on a satellite - I'm on a satellite." Morrow added, there's still nothing more exciting than sitting behind that wheel and turning the radio on."
Donna Halper (BR) pointed to the DJ connection: "When I was in the car listening to those songs, it was the DJ that really spoke to me."
Giles closed the piece with a look at the changes in technology that have come to the automobile, but says despite all them, "Chances are we'll always be tuning in ... looking for that connection!" WATCH HERE
Michael Jordan Adds Brand Coordinator Stripes For iHeart Country
THE MOUTH, MAY 20TH, 2019 –– Heart Country announced that Michael Jordan, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia’s Kentucky-Indiana Region, has been named Brand Coordinator for iHeartCountry, effective immediately. Within this role, he will report to Rod Phillips, Executive Vice President of Programming for iHeartCountry.
Jordan will be responsible for overseeing the growth, roll-out and execution for all local and live Country music-based events for iHeartMedia’s Country stations. Jordan will continue his role as Regional Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia’s Kentucky-Indiana Region. Jordan has held several positions at iHeartMedia Lexington and Louisville, including Senior Vice President of Programming, Program Director for WMAZ and WBUL, Director of NTR and Promotions for iHeartMedia Lexington and began his career at WTKT-FM
Cumulus Inks Nashville's Phil Valentine Show To Longterm Extension
THE MOUTH, MAY 20TH, 2019 –– Cumulus has signed popular Nashville radio personality Phil Valentine to a new long-term contract as host of 99.7 SuperTalk WWTN-FM’s “The Phil Valentine Show”. “The Phil Valentine Show” debuted over 24 years ago and remains a top-rated program on Cumulus Nashville’s WWTN-FM, Middle Tennessee’s leading news talk radio station. The show airs weekdays from 3pm-7pm on 99.7 SuperTalk WWTN-FM.
In addition to his award-winning afternoon show on WWTN-FM, Valentine will work with Cumulus Nashville on a variety of projects, including the development and creation of original content podcasts, and other multimedia projects and events. The first in a series of podcasts to launch is PodGOATS, hosted by newcomer Campbell Valentine and co-hosted by Phil Valentine (Campbell’s father). PodGOATS debuted in February, and is the first podcast presented by Cumulus Nashville.
Allison Warren, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Media Nashville, said: “Phil Valentine is a tremendous talent and has an incredible connection with our audience and our clients. We are excited to extend our partnership with Phil, continuing to deliver compelling content across any and every platform.” Phil Valentine noted: "I was the morning guy when we launched SuperTalk 99.7WTN back in 1995. That's where I started in talk radio. I plan to finish my career at WTN sometime way down the road. This is home, and I'm glad to be here for the long haul."
Wingnut Returns To Seattle On Hubbard's 98.9 The Bull
THE MOUTH, MAY 20TH, 2019 –– New Country 98.9 The Bull officially welcomes WINGNUT back to the airwaves in Seattle as he steps into a Midday show from 9am – 2pm with added APD/MD duties at the station. Program Director Scott Mahalick said, "You can have the best strategy, in the best building in the world, but if you don’t have Wingnut in your hallways you’re only half steppin’. I’m proud to say we have us a Wingnut in OUR hallways!” Wingnut joins the lineup along with Fitz in the Morning and Corey Dillon in afternoons as the live and local stampede takes over the airwaves in Seattle.
“It is a dream come true to work at Hubbard Radio with Scott Mahalick, Ann Marie Mulholland and Greg Strassell. Finally, I get to do radio fast, loud and bigger than life – just like a stampede!” Wingnut exclaimed. Wingnut was previously at KKWF/Seattle as their PM Drive personality and APD/MD since 2005. Prior to KKWF, Wingnut’s stops were at KBWF/San Francisco, KWOF/Denver and KNTY/Sacramento.
Danny Vigil Inks Extension With BJ & Migs Show At KISW-FM
THE MOUTH, MAY 20TH, 2019 –– While no official announcement as of yet, Danny Vigil (TR), Producer of The BJ & Migs Show on KISW-FM Seattle posted news this weekend on Facebook, writing: "May 18th is always a reminder of my first day in a new city, feeling a little lost and excited. I took my dream job. I knew in my heart, it was what I needed to do, for Lilly (his daughter), and for me. This city, these people that I call my family in these photographs, and this job have given me more than I can ever put into words. I am a better person because of Every. Single. One.
Vigil adds, "Here’s to a new contract, here’s to pursuing your dreams, here’s to being the best person you can be, here’s to Lilly, here’s to my family" I am lucky to have all of you, here’s to you KISW, and here’s to you Seattle. I raise my glass to you."
Ron & Don Returning With A Podcast(s)
THE MOUTH, MAY 20TH, 2019 –– Longtime Seattle talk hosts Don O’Neill and Ron Upshaw who left KIRO-FM nearly 18 week's ago will be resurfacing with new podcasts - one for radio, the other in real estate.
They posted on Facebook, THE RON and DON NATION … WE RISE! You can’t cancel cause radio! What happened at KIRO? Episode #1. Monday May 27th. — We are BACK!"
The Seattle Times reports they’ll start doing a weekly one-hour podcast at RonAndDonRadio.com. They’ve worked together at various stations for two and a half decades. “We’ll find out if people are listening to it. We can track it. If people want more, we can do more of it, five days a week,” he says.
Report: Seacrest Is Returning To 'Idol
THE MOUTH, MAY 20TH, 2019 –– Heavy.com is reporting that Ryan Seacrest, who, aside from his longtime anchor spot on KIIS-FM LA and co-host slot with Kelly Ripa on ABC, will return to host ABC’s reboot of the show coming with Season 3, thus, shutting down the rumors that he would be leaving Idol because he’s too busy attending to his numerous other projects.
Seacrest continuously flies back and forth from Los Angeles to New York City, where he co-hosts ABC’s morning TV show, Live With Kelly & Ryan, which natch, films live from Manhattan every day. In addition to all of his on-screen responsibilities, including hosting E! Live from the Red Carpet for major events such as the Grammys and the Academy Awards, and Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest he also oversees his production company, Ryan Seacrest Productions where he serves as Exec. producer for Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Shahs of Sunset among others.
THE MOUTH, MAY 20TH, 2019 –– Big news from across the pond as Heart reveals its new radio drivetime schedule across the UK. According to Xpose.ie, the changes will take place in June. Jamie Theakston and Amanda Holden will start hosting the new Heart Breakfast show (shown). Among numerous other changes, JK and Kelly Brook will host the Heart drivetime show in London and Des Clarke cover drivetime across Scotland, having moved over from Capital Breakfast in April.
In the South, Rich Clarke will present the drivetime show. In the North East, Emil Franchi will move to the new time slot of 4pm to 7pm. For the North West, Adam Weighell will join the line-up, having previously presented on Heart’s sister station, Capital Liverpool. Heart Cambridge drivetime presenter Hannah Clarkson will present a new drivetime show in the region of Heart East, incorporating Cambridgeshire, East Anglia, Essex and the Home Counties.
The news comes after it was revealed that Theakston and Holden will co-host the new nationwide Heart breakfast show. They are being joined by singer and TV personality Ashley Roberts (right), who will become the breakfast team’s resident showbiz expert.
Doc, Woody And Randall Leaving 106.1 CHEZ Ottawa
THE MOUTH, MAY 20TH, 2019 ––Doc, Woody and Randall Moore announced Friday morning that they’ll be leaving the 106.1 CHEZ Ottawa's morning slot as of the end of next month. Their last show is June 28 and the station hasn’t yet said who will replace them.
The station posted on Facebook. “They have championed causes near and dear to their hearts, always giving back to the community. “We are so fortunate to have had them as part of our Rogers Radio family for two decades and wish them the very best.”
According to The Ottawa Citizen, long-time fans took to social media to mourn and wish them well. “This is the best way to ruin a Friday morning!” said one. “I’ve been listening to you guys since you started on CHEZ.” “Yup 20 years is a long time to be a faithful listener to your station and for me those morning rides into work stuck in traffic made it all the more bearable because of you three gentlemen,” said another. “Your camaraderie is truly one of a kind. I wish you all a happy retirement and/or great success in your future endeavors.”
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BLOG: Lessons Learned From 39,000 Feet
THE MOUTH, MAY 17TH, 2019 –– Frequent flyers on American Airlines account for just 13% of total passengers, yet they deliver 50% of annual revenue. These business travelers generate 6.7 times more revenue than the typical passenger who flies American just once per year. In a similar way for radio, consumption is driven by the heavy listeners who deliver on average 4 times the occasions and TSL as light users. “Flights have never been so full,but not all passengers are created equal. Frequent flyers travel more often and spend more per trip, so airlines are increasingly super serving this small group to build relationships that foster loyalty.
"The same is true for radio, we deliver the most reach, but our heavy listeners are our bread and butter and deliver a disproportionate impact,” said Andrew Curran, President and COO, DMR/Interactive. For Delta’s part, when a life event such as a new born baby, a job transfer or an illness provides a downturn in travel, the newly launched program Reclaim My Status allows their best customers to maintain their Medallion status. According to an airline spokesperson, “We’re always looking for new ways to take care of our customers and that includes injecting even more empathy into travel …
Curran continues, “With a strategic focus on the heavy listeners who matter most to your ratings and revenue, relationship marketing, recruits, segments and engages members of the target audience with the most listening to give.” For more insights on the parallels between airline frequent flyers and heavy radio listeners, read DMR/Interactive’s latest blog, This is Your Captain Speaking: Lessons from 39,000 Feet.
Bubba The Love Sponge Off The Air In Tampa
THE MOUTH, MAY 17TH, 2019 –– ABC-TV Tampa reports , "It's the end of an era for the popular Tampa Bay radio personality Bubba The Love Sponge Clem as he exits Genesis-owned AM 1040. Clem posted on Facebook: "Myself and am1040 couldn’t come up with a deal today, starting tomorrow Tampa area listeners please listen via www.BubbaArmy.com or www.twitch.tv/TheBubbaArmy"
Last week The Tampa Bay Times reported that BLS was facing foreclosure on his Tampa broadcast studio and a racetrack he owns in Ocala, FL. Bubba Raceway Park, LLC, owes a total of $94,373. That includes nearly $3,000 to cover property taxes that have not been paid for 2017 and 2018. In a separate suit, he's reportedly facing foreclosure on the studio near Tampa International Airport owned by Clem, BRN Studios, LLC and Bubba Radio Network. That action stems from a $77,510 judgment filed against Clem last year for defaulting on a line of credit.
JD Garfield Resigns As PD For 99.7 DJX Louisville; Alpha On The Hunt For Replacement
THE MOUTH, MAY 17TH, 2019 –– After 2 years as the Program Director and afternoon drive personality at Top 40, 99-7 DJX, JD Garfield has resigned stating, "I would like to thank Ben Davis and Phil Becker for giving me the amazing opportunity to stand at the helm of one of the premiere Top 40 stations in the country. It truly has been a rewarding experience that I'll never forget. I'd also like to extend a heart-felt thank you to the entire staff of talented and amazing individuals at Alpha Media Louisville." His last day will be May 31st.
That leaves a prime opening in Louisville. Interested candidates must have a strong contemporary sound on-the-air and demonstrate strategic programming experience, digital experience and have a full understanding of what it takes to compete and generate revenue while keeping a strong commitment of providing local compelling content both on the air and online. Apply by heading over to https://www.alphamediausa.com/careers/
106.7 Lite FM New York Debuts The New Cubby & Christine In The Morning Show'
THE MOUTH, MAY 17TH, 2019 –– iHeartMedia’s 106.7 Lite FM, New York announced today the debut of the new “Cubby & Christine in the Morning Show,” effective Tuesday, May 28. “Cubby is one of New York’s most entertaining and highly respected on-air personalities, and we’re incredibly excited that he’ll be joining the Lite FM family,” said Chris Conley, 106.7 Lite FM Program Director and AC Brand Manager at iHeartMedia New York. “Cubby & Christine's unique chemistry combined with their engaging personalities and dedication to their listeners make them the perfect duo and an incredible addition to an already stellar Lite FM lineup."
“I'm ecstatic about this next chapter in my career with iHeartMedia,” said Cubby. “After 10 years at Z100 and 13 years at 103.5 KTU, I'm ready to start a long run at 106.7 Lite FM. I have a huge passion for the format, and I've known Christine since 1996 from our Z100 days and have always been fond of her on and off the air. How do you pass up mornings in America's #1 media market at one of America’s top radio stations? I want to thank iHeartMedia for granting me this opportunity, and I'll work my butt off to keep this baby on top and the Lite shining bright.”
“I’m so thrilled to begin this new venture doing mornings with my friend Cubby,” said Christine. “We’ve known each other since our days at Z100, but this will be our first opportunity to do a show together! Cubby is an amazing on-air personality and incredible person and with having Producer Jamie on board, we are going to have so much fun working together on morning drive and I can’t wait for our Lite-FM family and listeners to join us. Here we go Cubby, and welcome to the team!” Carolina Bermudez will continue Mornings on 103.5 KTU and a new cohost will be announced soon.
Nielsen Expands Local Media Impact To Nineteen Additional Markets
THE MOUTH, MAY 17TH, 2019 –– Local Nielsen Media Impact (Local NMI) is expanding to include 19 additional markets. Local Nielsen Media Impact is built with respondent level data to allow in-depth cross-platform analyses for both local TV and Radio separately, as well as TV and Radio together. Combined with Nielsen Scarborough local consumer insights, these combinations of TV, Radio plus Scarborough provide cross-media optimization at an individual-person level and enable granular advanced audience segmentation.
"The addition of more markets to Local Nielsen Media Impact gives greater levels of precision to buyers and sellers looking to plan and execute more efficient media transactions in local markets," said Jay Nielsen, SVP, Product Leadership, Nielsen. "Local NMI unlocks access to new insights on media allocation and schedule optimization to better reach a variety of audiences across media vehicles."
NBC’s ‘Dateline’ Dives Into Podcasts
THE MOUTH, MAY 17TH, 2019 ––NBC's venerable 'Dateline' has dived into the Podcast pool with the launch of “13 Alibis” a story based on Richard Rosario, a man who served 20 years in prison even though 13 different people were ready to vouch that he could not have committed the crime of which he was accused. Variety reports “It’s told in the first person, through my eyes. It is my journey in the search for the truth,” says Dan Slepian, a “Dateline” producer who specializes in cases of wrongful conviction. “The audience might be as stunned as I was.”
“Dateline” launches its new audio effort amid a broader push by NBC News into podcasting. The NBCUniversal unit already produces “showcasts” of MSNBC’s primetime offerings, but intends to launch several new podcasts throughout 2019, including one that will eventually become a daily effort focused on the 2020 election. There’s hope Slepian’s podcast will spark “something bigger,” says Elizabeth Cole, executive producer of “Dateline” and president of NBC News’ Peacock Productions documentary unit. “It’s an experiment for us,” she adds. “We are really looking for more opportunities for stories we might not do on ‘Dateline,’ and maybe for interesting stories that aren’t inherently visual, that lend themselves more to this sort of genre.”
SNAPS: Benztown Talks Station Framing At Canadian Music Week
THE MOUTH, MAY 17TH, 2019 –– Good afternoon, Benztown attended Canadian Music Week in Ontario and moderated a radio imaging panel on Friday, May 10th, called "Frame Your Station: It’s a Work of Art!"
PHOTO/L-R: Masa Patterson, VP, Sales & Operations, Benztown, moderated the panel, which featured an all-star panel including: Troy McCallum of boom 97.3 Toronto; radio imaging VO talents Lisa Keys and Adam Ketch; and Benztown Director of Custom Imaging Matt Anderson. Adam Kecskemeti (aka Ketch) is also the Senior Imaging Director at Virgin Radio Toronto.
V-103 Airs Live From The 6th Annual GAB Radio Talent Institute In Atlanta
THE MOUTH, MAY 17TH, 2019 –– Just before we head off this morning for The 6th Annual GAB Radio Talent Institute which kicked off this week in Atlanta, we wanted to share this snap of V-103's Morning Culture with host Frank Ski and crew who began this morning's agenda with a live morning broadcast direct from the Institute. And yes, students experienced the joy of morning radio by rising before dawn to watch the show in session
Ski is joined by Jade Novah and JR on-air to talk basketball on the JR Sport Brief segment.
CONDOLENCES: WDAE'/Tampa's Steve Duemig Passes way
THE MOUTH, MAY 17TH, 2019 –– WDAE/Tampa Announced yesterday the passing of sports radio icon Steve “The Big Dog” Duemig. Duemig was a Tampa Bay radio staple for nearly three decades at WFNS from 1991-1996, and began his career with WDAE in 1996 through his final show in February of 2018.
Steve also served time as the Tampa Bay Lightning’s color analyst for two seasons, hosted a weekly call-in program on nationally-syndicated Fox Sports Radio and also co-hosted a program on The Golf Channel. Before his time in radio, Steve spent 13 years as a professional golfer with the PGA of America. WDAE and IHeartMedia Tampa Bay would like to extend our thoughts and prayers to the friends and family of “The Big Dog” Steve Duemig.
John Mamola (WDAE Program Director) “We mourn the loss of an icon in not only Tampa Bay radio, but the entire format of sports radio. ‘The Big Dog’ was an intelligent, brash, entertaining brand of sports talk that spawned a large following and sparked the minds of many looking to follow in his footsteps. God bless you Steve! Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family of Steve Duemig.”
THE MOUTH, MAY 16TH, 2019 –– A hit-and-run driver charged in the death of a popular New York hots was sentenced Wednesday. Kevin Ozoria was charged with leaving the scene of the accident in that killed Jean Paul Guerrero (shown below) also known as DJ Jinx Paul on La Mega 97.9. CBS-TV/NY reports Ozoria will now spend 90 days in jail and serve five years probation.
In March, Ozoria took a plea deal and was expected to avoid jail time. Then earlier this month, his sentencing hearing was postponed after he was arrested in Manhattan for allegedly molesting a 13-year-old relative. The victim’s family said his 90-day sentence was limited justice and they plan to file civil charges against Ozoria.
“You would think they would give him more years. I mean, it’s a death, it’s somebody that is not here today. It was a father, it was a son,” his cousin Gina Zarace told CBS2’s Jessica Moore. Guerrero was leaving a club appearance on Dec. 19, 2016 when police said he was struck by a dark-colored sedan.
His death prompted lawmakers to pass the DJ Jinx Paul Hit-And-Run Alert System, which alerts New York City residents within 24 hours of hit-and-run crashes that cause fatalities or serious injuries. DJ JINX PHOTO/Mega 97.9 - WATCH HERE
The Weiss Agency Launches TWA Podcast Studio With 'Ghost Magnet' Hosted By Bridget Marquardt
THE MOUTH, MAY 16TH, 2019 – The Weiss Agency, a preeminent broadcast talent agency, representing a multitude of award-winning local and nationally syndicated radio personalities and producers, has launched TWA Podcast Studio and its first offering is “GHOST MAGNET with Bridget Marquardt.” Celebrity paranormal investigator Bridget Marquardt, best known to television audiences and pop-culture connoisseurs as the sweet and brainy star of E! Networks’ wildly popular reality show “The Girls Next Door,” is embarking on an exploration of self-described ghost magnets and the spirits, poltergeists and pookas they attract.
“We are extremely excited to launch The Ghost Magnet as the first offering from TWA Podcast Studio,” says Eric Weiss. “Bridget has a passion for the paranormal that is contagious, and her revelation in episode 1 about the ghosts in the Playboy mansion is a must-hear.” GHOST MAGNET with Bridget Marquardt is a co-production of TWA Podcast Studio, Marquardt, and Christine Roth and Rob Cohen of Co-Conspiracy Entertainment.
“Ever since my first supernatural experience at a young age, I have always been extremely passionate about the paranormal,” says Marquardt. “The Ghost Magnet podcast is the perfect outlet for me to share my love of paranormal and ghost stories, combined with my degree in communications and background in radio hosting.”
For more info, contact Joe Garner - VP Digital Media & Podcasting direct at (818) 439-6771 - (310) 230-1518 Joe@theweissagency.com
Steve Goldstein: Wrestling With The Reality Of Audiences Shifting To New Platforms
THE MOUTH, MAY 16Th, 2019 –– Last week Amplifi Media's Steve Goldstein was in Toronto for Canadian Music Week appearing on a panel about preparing radio for a digital future. In this week's blog, Goldstein writes that Moderator, Alan Cross was lamenting data shared by PodNews Editor James Cridland during a keynote address showing a faster erosion of broadcast radio in Canada than many other countries. Cridland pointed out that the larger factors were likely a combination of replaceable content, demography, brutal commercial loads and choice.
Goldstein says "That every radio market is experiencing some rate of decline. In the U.S. for example, there are reports of steep declines in (PUM) Persons Using Media among younger listeners that look like a hockey-stick flipped upside-down.. While the decline of commercial radio may be a bit faster than elsewhere, it strikes me that many Canadian broadcasters are better equipped than most in other parts of the world to reposition themselves from towers in a field to multi-platform audio content providers."
Goldstein concludes, "Broadcasters around the world must wrestle with the reality that audiences are shifting to new platforms. To be successful, radio must follow them with the right content for each device and platform. I like Canada’s “natural” resources." READ ENTIRE BLOG HERE - PHOTO/ Alan Cross (Brain Dead Dog Productions), Steve Goldstein, Jeff Leake (Sirius/XM), Barbara Escoto (Bell Media), James Cridland (Podnews.net), Jeff Ulster (The Pod Exchange)
Matthew Malone Named PD For WQMP-FM Orlando
THE MOUTH, MAY 16Th, 2019 –– Entercom announced the appointment of Matthew Malone to the role of Program Director for FM 101.9 (WQMP-FM), Orlando’s New Alternative, effective immediately. “Matt has an impressive knowledge of the Alternative format and embraces everything about it,” said Claudia Menegus, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Orlando. “His connection to the music and the audience is real and very refreshing. He’s a great addition to our team and we can’t wait for the future of this great station with Matt’s leadership and passion for the brand.”
“I am incredibly excited to be a part of the Entercom Orlando team and to be working with Claudia,” said Malone. “Being a part of a company that is actively embracing the Alternative format, helping it grow, and under the guidance of a programmer that I have long respected, Mike Kaplan [Senior Vice President of Programming, Entercom New York], I know that we can accomplish great things in Central Florida.”
Prior to joining Entercom, Malone served as Assistant Program Director and Music Director for KCJK-FM in Kansas City. He has also served as a programming assistant for WLS-FM in Chicago, on-air personality for WLUM-FM in Milwaukee and Assistant Program Director KURQ-FM in San Luis Obispo, CA.
NETWORKS: Westwood One News Presents America on the Eve of War
THE MOUTH, MAY 16Th, 2019 –– In 1939, America was celebrating the end of the Great Depression, the film classics “The Wizard of Oz” and “Gone with the Wind” debuted in theaters, and the New York World’s Fair had the country looking ahead to interstate highways, robots, and a new medium called television. But underneath the joy, darkness was looming as storm clouds filled the skies of Europe and Germany was about to rise.
Westwood One News goes back 80 years into its archives to present America on the Eve of War, a half-hour special available to affiliates on Memorial Day Weekend. Correspondent Barbara Kusak hosts this powerful updated look back at the events leading up to the year Germany invaded Poland, Britain and France attacked Germany, and World War II was launched.
This special Westwood One News America on the Eve of War content is available to affiliated stations for unlimited use from Friday, May 21, 2019 through Monday, May 24, 1029. Stations interested in learning more about Westwood One News can contact Jim Jones at email@example.com or (202) 840-7933.
PRODUCTS: ARC Now A Recognized Software Solutions Provider of Nielsen
THE MOUTH, MAY 16Th, 2019 –– ReatroVentures announced that its affiliate relations software, ARC, has officially become a recognized software solutions provider of Nielsen data. The new relationship allows users of ARC to access Nielsen data for radio stations across America directly inside the web-based platform with no need for server-side updates or reporting.
Jason Bailey (L), Founder of Reatro Ventures, said: “I’m so excited about this new relationship with Nielsen. ARC was already the most amazing affiliate relations software on the market, but now adding Nielsen data directly on each station’s page makes it that much cooler! We’re thrilled that our friends at Nielsen have welcomed us into their network of providers to help an industry craving for change!”ARC (Affiliate Research Client) allows users the ability to search every radio station in the country, access personnel information, coverage maps, generate/edit and sign digital contracts with affiliates, run barter and cash revenue analysis and keep track of performance and opportunities with a CRM designed specifically for radio.
Clients include Sun Broadcast Group, the Bob & Tom Radio Network, Colbert Media Group, Megatrax and many others. To set up a demo or for more information, contact Ian Steel at Ian.Steele@reatro.com or visit www.arcsoftware.us.
UK Police Not Taking Action Against Danny Baker; Hit Network Taking Spicy Meatball Tour
By Graham Mack
UK Police Won’t Be Taking Action Against Danny Baker - DAN Baker won't face any police action over a "racist" royal baby picture, it has been confirmed today. Baker, 61, had been fired from the BBC's Radio 5 Live show after sharing the pic of a chimp dressed in clothes with the caption: "Royal baby leaves hospital."
Australia’s Hit Network taking listeners on Spicy Meatball Tour of Europe
The Hit Network is giving away a special prize in its latest epic competition, the chance to head overseas with Carrie & Tommy, and Hughesy & Kate. The Spicy Meatball Tour will take in a trip to London to see the Spice Girls live in action at Wembley Stadium.
Carrie & Tommy will broadcast their show live from London the week of June 10-14. Listeners will then head to Italy with Hughesy to join Kate Langbroek, who is currently living there, for an Italian family dinner party. The week of June 17-21 will see both Carrie & Tommy, and Hughesy, join Kate to broadcast live from Bologna.
Classic Hits Raised €60,000 With Wish Week appeal In Ireland
Classic Hits has just completed its annual Wish Week appeal for Make A Wish Ireland, with listeners donating almost €60,000 ($67,000). The money was raised to help make the wishes of children with life-threatening illness come true. The four-day campaign kicked off last Tuesday at 7am with PJ Gallagher and Jim McCabe at breakfast time with hourly stories of Wish Families and children sharing their heartwarming memories. These moving tales set to music motivated listeners across the country to dig deep by sending a text worth €4. Many people gave large sums to the donate website adding to the large final tally and donations are still coming in.
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EVENTS: WKLH/Milwaukee Serves Free Greek Freak Gyros Before Raptors Game:
THE MOUTH, MAY 16Th, 2019 –– Fans on their way into the Fiserv Forum for Milwaukee/Toronto game 1last night had a chance to grab a free Greek Freak gyro from 96.5 WKLH and Gyro MKE Mediterranean Grill.
Fans had to find WKLH Hometown Rock street team outside of Tavern at Turner on N. Vel Phillips Ave next to the Fiserv Forum starting at 5p. The first 96 fans there received a free Greek Freak gyro, one per person while supplies lasted. ICYDK, Bucks won game one, 108 - 100 over the Raptors.
311 Among Headliners For XL102 Richmond's Big Field Day '19
THE MOUTH, MAY 16Th, 2019 –– Entercom Richmond is inviting its listeners to their 5th annual “Big Field Day,” hosted by XL102 (WRXL-FM). The event will feature musical performances by 311, K.Flay, Dreamers, SYML, Just Loud and The Blue Stones.
“RVA will be booming on May 18 at Innsbrook After Hours,” said Bennett Zier, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Richmond. “XL102 is proud to bring such an electrifying mix of alternative acts to Richmond featuring current and rising stars. We can’t wait to hear all of these hits come to life.”
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[WATCH] KFI's Tim Conway Jr. Recalling What His Father Said To Him About His Radio Show
THE MOUTH, MAY 15TH, 2019 –– Tim Conway, considered by many as the best sketch comic ever, passed away yesterday, 85. His son, Tim Conway Jr. a popular radio host whose show airs on iHeart's KFI Los Angeles, followed in his father's comedic footsteps appearing in several films and TV shows before heading into radio. He also had a vocal cameo during his father’sappearances on The Johnny Carson Show in 1987 (see below). According to heavy.com, Tim, Jr. rose to popularity as a host on the FM talk station KLSX. He was initially teamed with Doug Steckler, but he became the sole host after Steckler left in 2008. .
Tim, Jr. talked about his father’s comedy influence during an interview with Lifestyle Magazine (a story he shared at this year's Talk Show Boot Camp in Marina del Rey) “My dad actually called me one day and said ‘hey I just listened to your radio show and it sounds like you have comedy in your blood’,” he recalled. “And I said thank you, and he said, ‘Yeah it’s too bad it’s not on your radio show’.” Tim, Sr. admitted to the joke, but said that he genuinely likes the show. “I enjoy listening to it, I really do.” As for the Johnny Carson Show, Tim Jr. said, "This was my big shot - I was part of this skit my dad wrote. I play the echo to my dad's speech. I was paid $270 for that brilliant performance. This was shot on the Carson show set here in Burbank, which happens to be where the iHeart Theater is located. WATCH HERE
As shown above, in a text back to Art Vuolo he replied, 'Great memories come with great sadness. Art met Tim Jr. while filming TSBC10 in March. Down the road in San Diego, Tommy Sablan remembers Tim Conway from his days on The Jeff & Jer Show. "One time I was on the phone with Conway and he was going to drive to the radio station. He wanted directions. He said hold on talk to my driver. Mr. Conway did a voice of his driver. As I’m listening to him goofing off, I was thinking OMG he’s doing a skit and I’m the only one he’s doing it for. (see more below in POPLINE - WATCH LIFESTYLE INTERVIEW HERE
After 45 Yr. Run, Moon To Step Down This Fall At KS95 Minny
THE MOUTH, MAY 15TH, 2019 ––Long time PM drive host Moon from the Moon and Staci show on KS95 will be stepping down this fall after an extremely successful radio career that began in Nebraska 45 years ago.
With stints in Denver, Las Vegas and Houston, Moon has been with KS95 for the past 17 years and helped create an amazing franchise in afternoon drive. Not only has Moon been a tremendous on-air talent with a never-ending passion for radio, he and Staci have dominated afternoon ratings in the Twin Cities for nearly two decades.
Programming chief Leighton Peck tells Jockline, "As some may know, Moon has been suffering with M.S. after being diagnosed in 2005 and has decided he needs to concentrate full time on his health. It was a very hard decision for him to make and we will all miss his incredible sense of humor and the fun he brings to the air and in the hallways. He will leave the radio business and KS95 in early October. His partner Staci Matthews will remain and while it will be a monumental task to find a replacement we will begin a nationwide search for the next afternoon drive star right away.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Cornelius Gould Joins Futuri Media To Head Newly Created R&D & Innovation Post
THE MOUTH, MAY 15TH, 2019 –– Cornelius "Corny" Gould has joined Futuri Media's leadership team in the newly created role of SVP, R&D and Innovation. Gould joins Futuri Media after 11 years at Telos, where he co-created the company’s top-of-the-line Omnia 11 audio processor, which delivers an unparalleled rich audio experience for FM radio.
A former Engineer for CBS Radio, Gould has been a key driver of innovation in the broadcast technology space for 25+ years, and founded an online streaming company in 1999. In his spare time, Gould, an avid rocketeer, builds and flies rockets and hosts a popular podcast, The Rocketry Show, about amateur rocketry.
“I’ve long been impressed by what Daniel Anstandig has built at Futuri. The entire company is centered around driving real results for broadcasters with innovative technology, and this is an incredible time to be in that space,” said Gould. “My mission at Futuri is to launch features and products that will take our partners to new heights of success.”
“Corny has a deep passion for innovation in the broadcast technology space and beyond,” said Futuri Media CEO Daniel Anstandig. “He consistently thinks beyond the limits of today’s technology into the future. His track record speaks for itself, and we look forward to innovating and developing solutions for the next generation of broadcasters and content creators.” Gould can be reached at email@example.com.
PODCASTS: NBC And iHeartMedia Team To Co-Produce NBC’s Songland Podcast
THE MOUTH, MAY 15TH, 2019 –– NBC and iHeartMedia have partnered to co-produce NBC’s Songland Podcast, the official after-show podcast for NBC’s new songwriting competition show, Songland. Through the partnership, special podcast vignettes will also be airing across iHeartMedia’s broadcast stations reaching millions of listeners nationwide. An iHeartRadio Original podcast launching today, each of Songland’s 15 podcast episodes will provide commentary from the show’s songwriters, mentors and/or celebrity judges, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at the show itself. The winning song will be played at the end of each podcast episode.
This marks the first partnership between iHeartMedia and a top TV network to extend the reach of its programming to iHeartMedia’s nationwide listener audience through a companion podcast. Once the TV show premieres on May 28, the podcast's regular episodes will go live each Tuesday night right after the show airs. The podcast will also be promoted on NBC during each Songland TV episode.
PODCAST: iHeart & Warner Bros. Launch Its 1st Branded Epsiode For Godzilla
THE MOUTH, MAY 15TH, 2019 –– iHeartRadio’s hit podcast “Stuff You Missed in History Class” hosted by Holly and Tracy, posted its first branded episode in partnership with Warner Bros. Pictures. The episode delves into the historical perspective of the Godzilla legend, exploring how this iconic story came about during WWII and subsequently gained mainstream attention.
The episode – which launched on May 13th, ahead of WB’s new Godzilla: King of The Monsters movie arriving in theatres on May 31st – has been developed in full collaboration with Warner Bros. and as part of the takeover, the episode will include insights from the movie’s director, Michael Dougherty, straight from Tokyo. The show will peel back the curtain about Dougherty’s vision for the new film and highlight how Ishiro Honda’s goal for the original movie was to warn of the dangers of nuclear testing and man's relationship with nature. Through the partnership, special episode vignettes will also be airing across iHeartMedia’s broadcast stations nationwide. LISTEN "HERE
Family Ghosts Returns For Second Season
THE MOUTH, MAY 15TH, 2019 –– Family Ghosts has returned for its much anticipated second season. The popular podcast, which has been called “utterly absorbing” by Apartment Therapy, launched its new season on Wednesday, dropping two new episodes.
"Our team has worked so hard to build on the vision we laid out in our first season, and I'm so thrilled that listeners will finally get to hear the fruits of those efforts,” said Family Ghosts creator and host, Sam Dingman. “We've done our best to assemble a diverse, eclectic array of stories and storytelling styles to share with the Ghost Family." Dingma has been a producer for WNYC’s On the Media, senior editor of You Must Remember This, and was the founding producer of Bad With Money With Gaby Dunn.
For more information, please visit www.spokemedia.io, www.familyghostspodcast.com, or contact Keith Reynolds (firstname.lastname@example.org)
NETWORKS: Skyview Announces Its Summer Network Agency Event Calendar
THE MOUTH, MAY 15TH, 2019 –– Skyview Networks released its star-studded, agency-focused, pre-upfronts events calendar. The schedule features some of the biggest names in news and entertainment, including CBS Audio’s Jane Pauley and Jill Schlesinger, as well as one of the hottest events of the summer, ABC’s GMA Concert Series. These events are designed to give agencies access to premiere talent and high-profile brand opportunities that candrive future integration development.
Skyview Networks 2019 Summer Events Calendar: GMA Concert Series May 17 – September 30 (Exact Date TBD) New York ABC Television/ABC Audio Radio Disney Music Awards June 6 Los Angeles, Carla Hall Dinner June 12 New York, Jane Pauley Luncheon June 13 New York, CBS Television/CBS Audio The Late Late Show with James Corden Taping, TBD Los Angeles CBS Television/CBS
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Jacobs Webinar: Radios Mobile Strategy Coming May 23rd
THE MOUTH, MAY 15TH, 2019 –– Without question, mobile devices and smart speakers have changed the way people consume media. While new audio competitors to radio have emerged, the industry has responded. Today, most radio stations have mobile apps, and there are a growing number of stations providing their stream and other content on the Amazon Echo and Google Home. But what does the radio audience think, and how are they using these new ways of accessing radio?
On May 23rd, Jacobs Media President, Fred Jacobs and jācapps COO, Bob Kernen, will be hosting a webinar on results from Techsurvey 2019 that focus specifically on smartphones and smart speakers. In our webinar you will learn five key points about mobile and smart speakers: • How are the mobile phone usage habits of radio listeners changing? • What features are most used in radio station mobile apps? • Which is more desirable – individual radio station apps or aggregated platforms? • What is the role of mobile apps in in-car radio listening? • How are smart speakers disrupting the way people are listening at home?
“Since its inception, Techsurvey has consistently helped radio stations understand the present and identify areas of opportunity for the future,” Jacobs Media President Fred Jacobs observes. “Mobile apps and smart speakers touch all aspects of a station’s business – listening, podcasting, video, revenue, and more – we'll drill down in this webinar with new information designed to help broadcasters.” Join us next Thursday, May 23rd at 2PM to find out what we learned from Techsurvey 2019 For more information, visit www.jacapps.com. For more information, contact: Bob Kernen, Bob@jacapps.com Paul Jacobs, Paul@jacapps.com
CRS To Launch “CRS360” Webinar Series - To Examine Country Music's Gender Imbalance
THE MOUTH, MAY 15TH, 2019 –– “CRS attendees from all segments of our industry have always been focused on addressing key issues and challenges through civil, productive discussions, with the objective of providing actionable takeaways,” said CRB Executive Director RJ Curtis. “Their eagerness to solve problems is not limited to several days in February; we all know the news and information cycle keeps moving faster than ever, and that certainly applies to the music business.”
CRS360 will debut at 2 p.m. (CDT) on Thursday, May 23rd, with a data-driven examination of Country music’s gender imbalance. The first of a two-part series will feature Stone Door Media Lab’s Jeff Green, who will provide both short and long-term historical analyses of male-female artist chart outcomes based on Country radio, Shazam and Pandora. Vanderbilt University Postdoctoral Scholar Rachel Skaggs, Ph.D., will discuss current sociological/cultural trends and their potential impact on the emotional connection between delivery outlets for Country music, and fans of the genre.
Cumulus Dir. Nash Programming and WKDF/Nashville PD John Shomby will offer perspective on Green and Skaggs’ data, plus, share information on the realities programmers face when building playlists. The discussion will be moderated by SummitMedia VP/Programming and President/GM of the company’s Wichita cluster, Beverlee Brannigan. Interested parties can register to participate in the webinar here. The webinar is free, but slots are limited so those interested should be sure to pre-register HERE
[WATCH] Milwaukee Station Bans Drake Songs Until Ends of Bucks-Raptors Series
THE MOUTH, MAY 15TH, 2019 –– Entercom's 103.7/KISS-FM announced it won't play any Drake songs until the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference Finals. According to WISN-TV, Drake, who is from Toronto, is a huge Raptors fans and some say he carries a curse to any sporting event he attends.
In a Facebook video Tuesday, 103.7 KISS-FM radio DJs Riggs (R), Alley Faith (C) and Gibbons (L) of The Riggs and Alley Show, officially banned Drake songs ahead of the Bucks-Raptors series. "He's representing the Raptor. We got to take it home with the Bucks," Steve Powers said. It's not known if Drake plans to come to any of the games in Milwaukee. WATCH HERE
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[LISTEN] Jenn Hobby Addresses Changes As Star 94.1 Officially Announces New Lineup
Gives Praise To Former Co-Host Jeff Dauler
THE MOUTH, MAY 14TH, 2019 –– Entercom has officially announced its new lineup for Star 94.1 Atlanta and yesterday Jenn Hobby, anchor of newly cast morning show 'Jenn & Friends' addressed the changes on-air.
"Days like this are never easy .. Sometimes you have to step out of the batter's box, dust yourself, shake it off, and step back into the box and keep swinging." "I have nothing but respect and love for my friend Jeff (Dauler), and I know he'll do great things," says Jenn. Listen to the audio HERE.Meanwhile, after days of medial reports Entercom officially unveiled its new weekday programming lineup for STAR 94.1/WSTR-FM. As part of the new lineup, the station welcomed on-air personalities Mark Owens and Curtis Slade as co-hosts of “Jenn & Friends,” alongside Jenn Hobby. In addition to contributing to the morning show, Amanda Kelly has been promoted to be the sole host of the midday show.
New weekday programming is as follows: 5:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.: “Jenn & Friends” featuring Jenn Hobby, Mark Owens, Curtis Slade and Amanda Kelly 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.: Amanda Kelly 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.: Kannon 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.: “Andy@Night” featuring Andy McDermott 10:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.: “The Ron Show” featuring Ron Roberts. Mark Owens most recently spent the last six years at sister station 92.9 The Game (WZGC-FM) in Atlanta as a producer. Curtis Slade began his career as an interior design consultant and then went on to host a weekly segment on WWXM-FM. “Jenn & Friends” will be produced by Jeannine Riley. Prior to joining STAR 94.1, Kannon served in various roles for sister stations ALT 103.7 (KVIL-FM) in Dallas and WRDW (now 96.5 TDY) in Philadelphia. The move marks his return to Atlanta, where he previously spent five years at WBTS. PHOTO/Photo Credit: Rob Hamilton/Entercom Atlanta
Howard Stern's Book Has Finally Arrived
THE MOUTH, MAY 14TH, 2019 –– After weeks of promotion and a book tour that would rival any from top celebrities, Howard Stern Comes Again finally hits the stands today. The book is described as "a feast of conversation — a magnum opus of confession and personal exploration."
Stern writes in the introduction, “If you’re having trouble finding motivation in life and you’re looking for that extra kick in the (a)ss, you will find it in these pages.”
“The interviews collected here represent my best work and show my personal evolution," Stern adds, "But they don’t just show my evolution. Gathered together like this, they show the evolution of popular culture over the past quarter century.”
And is he actually retiring in 2020 as recently hinted? He tells Philly.Com's Nick Vadala, You know something, I don’t know where that story came from. On any given day that you tune into my show, I’ll talk to Robin and go, “I’ve got to get out of here. I’ve got to retire. I’ve got to end my contract, blah, blah, blah.” But for some reason, they picked it up like it was the gospel truth. That would have been a really lame way to announce I was leaving radio. I am going to do it in a much bigger fashion, man. It will be much more creative. ORDER HERE
Cumulus Promotes Three In Worcester, MA
THE MOUTH, MAY 14TH, 2019 –– Cumulus has strengthened its leadership bench in Worcester, MA, with the promotion of three to key positions. Chuck Perks (L), Program Director, 100 FM The Pike/WWFX-FM, has been named Operations Manager for Country station 98.9 FM NASH Icon/WORC-FM in Worcester, while Keith Stephens (C) has been promoted to Program Director for 98.9 FM NASH Icon/WORC-FM. Matt Henry (R) moves up to Stephens’ previous position as Promotions Director for WXLO, WWFX and WORC-FM from his role as part-time staffer in the Cumulus Worcester Promotions Department. Under Chuck Perks’ programming leadership, Cumulus Worcester’s Classic Hits station 100 FM The Pike was voted favorite radio station in Worcester in the 2018 Worcester Telegram Readers Poll.
Bob Goodell, Regional Vice President, Cumulus Worcester/Boston/New London, said: “Chuck and I worked together in a previous radio life and he has been a valuable programming partner to have with me here. Keith has a passion for radio and Country, in particular, which makes it exciting for me to put someone like him in the driver’s seat of 98.9 NASH Icon. I look forward to seeing how much more these two radio stations can accomplish in Worcester under their leadership.” Goodell added: “Matt has an enthusiasm for radio and promotions of a caliber few could rival. He’s a very welcome addition to our team at Cumulus Worcester/Boston.”
1210 WPHT Philly Shares New Lineup; Debuts Joe Pags Show For Nights
THE MOUTH, MAY 14TH, 2019 –– Entercom shared the new weekday programming schedule for Talk Radio 1210 WPHT (WPHT-AM), Philadelphia. In addition to the debut of “The Rich Zeoli Show” on weekday mornings, the station introduced “The Joe Pags” show in the evenings.
“During its history, the best eras at 1210 WPHT have been times in which we’ve had dynamic local hosts in the morning followed by the biggest names in national talk radio in the afternoon,” said David Yadgaroff, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Philadelphia. “Our new lineup is built with that strategy in mind so that we can deliver the best talk content to our loyal audience. Rich’s electric brand of talk radio, combined with Dom Giordano’s long track record of being the people’s watchdog, will be a great complement the biggest names in the nation.”
Full weekday programming is as follows. 5:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.: “The Rich Zeoli Show” featuring Rich Zeoli, Dawn Stensland and Greg Stocker 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: “The Dom Giordano Program” 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.: Rush Limbaugh 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.: Sean Hannity 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.: Mark Levin 9:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.: “The Joe Pags Show.
Connoisseur Media Takes Stamford/Norwalk' 95.9 The Fox In Newer Rock Direction
THE MOUTH, MAY 14TH, 2019 –– On Monday, 95.9 The Fox shifted to “Fairfield County Rocks” with a focus on newer rock music. PD Kevin Begley says, "The Stamford/Norwalk market, even with the bleed-in of New York City radio, is completely underserved with the next generation of Classic Rock. The new version of 95.9 The FOX will supply that demand for those huge rock hits of the last 30 years."
OM Keith Dakin added, "It was time for 95.9 The FOX to say goodbye to the '60s and '70s and really embrace a great collection of rock music of the last few decades. Beyond just the music, we will continue to do what we do best which is to be at every major community and charity event in Stamford/Norwalk as well as provide news and information when needed." Allan Lamberti, Cari Edwards and Keith Dakin will continue their respective shifts in the morning, midday and afternoon hours.
NETWORKS: Neal Bird Joins Sun & Fun Media/Key Networks To Senior Sales Post
THE MOUTH, MAY 14TH, 2019 –– Sun & Fun Media and its syndication company Key Networks announce the appointment of affiliate sales veteran Neal Bird as Senior Account Executive for both companies. Bird joins Sun & Fun Media and Key Networks after 11 years with Westwood One, where for the last five years, he was Vice President of Affiliate Sales for Music & Entertainment and Backstage Events.
Dennis Green, Chief Revenue Officer, Sun & Fun Media and Key Networks, said: “I’ve had the pleasure of working with Neal and am delighted to welcome him to the Sun & Fun Media team and Key Networks. Neal has strong relationships throughout the radio industry and is known as someone who gets the job done and delivers for his clients. He will be an integral part of growing our core business while helping chart a course in building our new syndication division at Key Networks.”
For more information about Sun & Fun Media and Key Networks, visit: http://sunfunmedia.com and http://www.keynetworks.com, or contact Dennis Green, Chief Revenue Officer, at 407.915.5023 or at 844.KEY.NETS and at email@example.com.
Milwaukee Playoff Radio Is On The Air
THE MOUTH, MAY 14TH, 2019 –– “Milwaukee’s Playoff Radio” launched a new online radio station. The format, dubbed “hits you wanna hoop with,”plays upbeat sports anthem songs from the 1970s through the 2000s. The station also starts the beginning of each hour with the Milwaukee Bucks classic “Green And Growing” –and plans to play the song non-stop during games.
In addition to music, Milwaukee’s Playoff Radio features hourly playoff information in partnership with OnMilwaukee.com. On Milwaukee’s Feature Reporter Matt Mueller, will contribute to the station and provide information beyond just typical sports statistics.The station is operated by longtime Milwaukee broadcaster (and Fear-er of the Deer) Tony Lorino, who also serves as CEO of the nationally syndicated show, Throwback Nation Radio. The imaging and production is customized by Madison-area creative services pro, Matt Gapske, and, will run through the post season.“ ”For more information, contact Tony Lorino at firstname.lastname@example.org 414-841-3243, and listen live to the station atwww.playoffradio.comor the Live 365 app
EVENTS: Alex Rodriguez To Co-Host OZY Fest In NYC
THE MOUTH, MAY 14TH, 2019 –– In case you missed it, MLB All-Star Alex Rodriguez is co-hosting this year's OZY Fest in NYC. Coming to The Great Lawn in Central Park for its fourth year.
Other headliners of NYC's marquis summer music-food-ideas-comedy festival include John Legend, Trevor Noah, Miguel, and speakers including Spike Lee, Malcolm Gladwell, Stacey Abrams, John Kasich, chefs Marcus Samuelsson, Padma Lakshmi, Rachael Ray, Mark Cuban and many more.
EVENTS: WCMF/Rochester Hosts 3-Day Rib City Fest
THE MOUTH, MAY 14TH, 2019 –– Entercom’s 96.5 WCMF (WCMF-FM) will host its annual “Roc City Rib Fest,” a BBQ and music festival featuring nationwide and local food favorites.
Part of “Rockin’ for 50 Years,” a year-long celebration to commemorate the station’s 50th anniversary, this three-day family-friendly festival will feature live musical performances by Free Fallin, A Tribute to Tom Petty as well as local Rochester bands Branded and the Tommy Brunett Band, among others.
96.5 WCMF on-air personalities Tommy Mulé, Pat Duffy, Kim Berntson and Dave Kane, and station Program Director and on-air personality Michael “Mud” Gross will be in attendance. It takes place over Memorial Day Weekend May 24-26
SNAPS: Clay Travis Golfs For Charity
THE MOUTH, MAY 14TH, 2019 –– Multimedia sports personality Clay Travis, host of FOX Sports Radio’s Outkick The Coverage with Clay Travis, was invited to play in the Regions Tradition Celebrity Pro-Am golf tournament at the Greystone Golf & Country Club in Hoover, Alabama last week. Travis was partnered with professional golfer Steve Stricker, along with fellow amateurs University of Georgia Head Football Coach Kirby Smart, Widespread Panic Lead Singer John Bell, and singer/American Idol winner Taylor Hicks.
Since the tournament became Regions Tradition in 2011, the event has raised more than $4.5 million for area charities and more than $17 million since the tournament’s inception in 1992. The primary beneficiary of the annual event is Children’s of Alabama, a private, not-for-profit hospital that specializes in providing medical care for ill and injured children across the state and throughout the southeastern U.S. Pictured left to right: John Bell, Clay Travis, Steve Stricker, Taylor Hicks and Kirby Smart at the Regions Tradition Celebrity Pro-Am golf tournament
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Rolling Stone To Delay Charts Rollout
THE MOUTH, MAY 13TH, 2019 –– Tongues began wagging last week with news that Rolling Stone was planning to compete with Billboard in its launch of charts—including the top 100 songs and top 200 albums. Late Saturday, the music publication wrote at its website: "In the past year, Rolling Stone has significantly increased its coverage of the music business— fitting for a time when streaming is changing everything, the industry is evolving rapidly, and fascinating business stories arise every day. We recently announced the next phase of this evolution: Rolling Stone Charts, which will offer an in-depth and in-the-moment view of the biggest songs, albums and artists in music..."
They then added, "While we had initially targeted a public beta launch of May 13th, we are instead going to remain in private beta for just a while longer to optimize with our industry partners and fully ensure the smoothness of our presentation. We’ll be announcing a new public launch date shortly; in the meantime, you can get in touch with our charts team for inquiries at email@example.com
On note, one of our readers did point out to 'Look around the office. If you don’t see someone with gray hair or a gray beard, find one. Maybe they can tell you that Rolling Stone used to publish record charts back in the day."
Mike McVay To Open, Erica Farber To Close 6th Annual GAB Radio Talent Institute In Atlanta
THE MOUTH, MAY 13TH, 2019 –– May 13, 2019 Mike McVay opens the 6th annual GAB Radio Talent Institute at University of Georgia The GAB Radio Talent Institute opens today with Mike McVay, Executive VP of Content & Programming, Cumulus Media and Westwood One. He'll be followed by Tim Clarke, VP of Audience Content for Cox Media, Atlanta. They will be followed over the next ten days with 40 broadcasters leading sessions from Cumulus, Cox Media, Beasley Media Group, Entercom, Urban One, iHeart, and others.
Wrapping up ten days from now will be Erica Farber, President and CEO of RAB on the closing session, “Now is the Time to Start Thinking Like a Pro.”
The GAB Radio Talent Institute is the first of eight Radio Talent Institutes this summer from the National Radio Talent System, followed by the Beasley Radio Talent Institute at Emerson College in Boston; Kellar Radio Talent Institute, Appalachian State University in NC; TAB Radio Talent Institute at the University of Tennessee; Confer Radio Talent Institute at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania; Hubbard Radio Talent Institute at Central Washington University; KBA WKU Radio Talent Institute at Western Kentucky University and the MBA Radio Talent Institute at Northwest Missouri State University.
Broadcasters, broadcast groups, state broadcast associations, and companies like Benztown, vCreative and Mr Master believe in and are committed to the future of our industry. For more info, contact: Dan Vallie firstname.lastname@example.org Office: 704-246-8185
Jared Fallon Named PD For 106.1 KISS-FM Seattle
THE MOUTH, MAY 13TH, 2019 –– iHeartMedia announced today that Jared Fallon has been named Program Director for 106.1 KISS FM, Home of The Carla Marie & Anthony Show, effective June 1, 2019. He will report to Rich Moore, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Seattle. “We are very excited to add Jared to our programming team here in Seattle,” said Moore. “His passion combined with his enthusiasm and creativity make him a great fit to lead our amazing KISS team and will take the station to new levels.”
Fallon joins the Seattle market from iHeartMedia’s Q102 Philly, where he most recently served as the program director and afternoon drive host. He also served as the program director and afternoon drive host for Kiss 107.1 in Cincinnati, Ohio, Z100 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin as well as operations manager for iHeartMedia Eau Claire and Wisconsin. He began his career at WAQE-FM.
Rahul Sabris Rises To Chief Creative Officer/EVP For 'TheStudio' At iHM
THE MOUTH, MAY 13TH, 2019 –– 'iHeart iHeartMedia announced that Rahul Sabnis has been promoted to Chief Creative Officer & Executive Vice President for the newly-branded in-house creative group “TheStudio at iHeartMedia” reporting into Darren Davis, President of iHeartRadio and iHeartMedia Networks Group.
“Rahul continues to produce the impactful design and creative that defines our company’s brand identity, and has truly enriched the way our iHeart brands look, feel and perform across all of our platforms,” said Davis. “He continues to create a clear brand image for iHeart that successfully resonates with our audiences and delivers value and results for our partners.”
Rahul previously served as EVP and Executive Creative Director for iHeartMedia. Prior to joining iHeartMedia in 2017, Rahul was the Executive Creative Director and Head of Creative at MullenLowe Profero; he has also spent time at 360i, Havas Worldwide, and Digitas. Sabnis’ efforts have helped his past agency earn a spot on the Ad Age Agency A-List five times in the last eight years. He has won “Best of Show” for OMMA, and an Effie in the highly contested package goods category. His work has also been recognized by the Webby, W3 and IMA Awards including a showing at the iconic Sundance Film Festival.
Heather Branch Chose 10th Anniversary At Star 94.1To Explore New Career Path
THE MOUTH, MAY 13TH, 2019 –– Following last week's story of Star 94.1/Atlanta revamping its lineup, among the changes first reported by The AJC's Rodney Ho included the exit of longtime midday host, Heather Branch. Her agent Jim Robinson was quick to contact us by email clarifying that it was her decision to leave on May 10th, something arranged with management months before.
Robinson said, "In February, Heather told station management about her decision to "hang up her headphones" after an amazing 10 years of success with the station, and 17 years in radio. At that time Heather chose Friday May 10th as the perfect last day because it marked her 10th anniversary at STAR 94.1."
Branch later reached out to us adding, "My exit has been planned since February, and the reason is very simple: My career in radio has been amazing! Filled with excitement and adventure that I could have never imagined or dreamed of for myself. Over the last couple of years, I realized that I'd achieved all of my goals within the biz. There's no time like the present to take a leap of faith and my personal life has never been better. So, together with my husband, I decided that now is the time to explore a new career path outside of radio. There really is no drama behind it. It is just a personal decision, plain and simple.
On that note, we congratulate Heather and wish her good luck on your next chapter! You can do the same @ email@example.com.
STUDY: More Than Ever The Internet Is The Engine Driving Mom's Media Consumption
THE MOUTH, MAY 13TH, 2019 –– The annual Moms and Media 2019 study, released by The Research Moms of Edison Research, reveals continued interest in technology both new and old, heavy internet usage and sustained social media engagement among Moms in the United States. With data points drawn from the Infinite Dial series from Edison Research and Triton Digital, the latest installment, presented just in time for Mother’s Day, shows how Moms in the United States continue to build their tech tool kit, using established devices like smartphones along with newer technologies such as smart speakers.
Smartphone ownership among Moms continues to rise. Powering Moms’ mobile lifestyle, this device reigns as an essential to the tech tool kit. Showing a slight increase over last year, 94% of Moms now own a smartphone.
While Moms have been consuming content, engaging social media and communicating with smartphones for many years, they are showing great interest and making room in their tech tool kit for smart speakers. Just getting on Moms’ radar in the last year or so, now about one third of Moms own some type of smart speaker.
In 2019 more than ever that the internet is the engine of Moms’ media consumption. Heavy users spending about 4 hours daily using the internet, Moms are not limited to just listening to online audio and using social media. Moms are invested in streaming video services like Netflix as well, and also continue their trend of watching YouTube specifically for music videos.
This year shows an increase over 2018 in moms’ daily time with internet of 24 minutes. Pinterest continues grow in usage among Moms, showing a strong upward trend in the last few years. Back in 2017, 47% of Moms used the site and in 2018 it was more than half of Moms, at 54%. This year more than 6 in 10 Moms report using Pinterest. Historically, Facebook has always been a major factor in Moms’ social networking. Despite the downward trend in usage among total users 12+, Facebook remains strong among Moms with 81% reporting that they currently use the site. Where we see some Facebook fallout is for the social networking site used most. Among moms who use social networking, 64% said they use Facebook most, which is down from where it was last year at 69% and 72% in our 2017 data. DOWNLOAD STUDY HERE
SYNDICATION: The Chad Benson Show Chalks Up Five More Affiliates
THE MOUTH, MAY 13TH, 2019 –– The Chad Benson Show announced the addition of Hubbard's WFTL-AM in West Palm Beach, FL and KSLM-AM/FM in Portland, OR, Townsquare's KKAM-AM in Lubbock, TX, KTPI-AM/FM in Lancaster, CA, and WNWF-AM in Evergreen, AL. These stations join a growing list of affiliates that includes KTAR-FM Phoenix, KXNT-AM Las Vegas, KSTE-AM Sacramento, WIBC-FM Indianapolis, WDBO-FM Orlando, and KRMG-AM/FM Tulsa among others.
Chad is part of a New Generation of talk hosts that is able to connect with talk's existing demo while bringing new and younger listeners into the format. Chad's sense of showmanship and entertainment, developed from years in music radio, has had a huge influence on him as a talk host. For More Info, contact Mike Paradiso - 703-1010
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SNAPS: Salem Guy Pops Up On SNL Again
THE MOUTH, MAY 13TH, 2019 –– This weekend’s “Saturday Night Live” marked the on-screen return of Salem Radio Network’s East Coast affiliate relations manager Jim Bligh.
That’s Bligh (circled) just behind guest star/defendant Nick Jonas looking concerned during the “Judge Court” sketch.
EVENTS: B103.9 Fort Myers Gives Listeners Another Chance To Win A Baby
THE MOUTH, MAY 13TH, 2019 –– WXKB-FM/B103.9 Ft. Myers, in conjunction with IVFMD of Naples, Florida, has announced the 2nd Annual “Win a Baby” contest will begin today, May 13th, 2019. Infertile parents will have the opportunity to submit their “story” to b1039.com for a chance to win a round of in vitro fertilization. Each contestant will provide a video clip up to four minutes in length sharing why their family is ready to undergo this process through May 31, 2019.
Jason “Big Mama” Jones, host of B1039’s #1 hit morning show, Big Mama & the WiLD Bunch, went through the IVF process with his wife, Sara in 2017. They now have a healthy one-year-old boy named Finnegan. The station looks forward to sharing the same gift with one family in Southwest Florida. For additional info, visit www.b1039.com.
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Star 94.1 Atlanta Revamps Lineup; Jenn & Friends Now In Mornings; Kannon Takes Afternoons
THE MOUTH, MAY 10TH, 2019 –– Look for an official announcement today, but late yesterday The AJC's Rodney Ho reported that longtime morning host Jeff Dauler has parted ways with Entercom's Star 94.1 where he co-hosted mornings with Jenn Hobby since 2016.
Beginning this week the morning show has been rebranded Jenn & Friends led by market vet Jenn Hobby. Joining Jenn will Rachel Kelso (shown below in cluster, top left) TR), Amanda Kelly (TR) along with Mark Owens, Curtis Slade (BR) and Jeannine Riley (BL) remaining as its show director.
Ho reports in other movers that Amanda Kelly will be taking over middays in addition to her morning duties. Taking over afternoons will be Mike Kannon (BL).
Following the news, Jeff Dauler Posted on Facebook: "I have so much to be incredibly grateful for, and I feel more at ease and trusting right now that I have in quite a long time -- More later, but wanted to check in and let you know that all is good!"
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Shosh Abromovich Named Market President For iHeart Toledo, Ohio
THE MOUTH, MAY 10TH, 2019 –– iHeartMedia announced today that Shosh Abromovich has been named Market President for the Toledo market, effective immediately. She will report to Paul Corvino, Region President for iHeartMedia Detroit. Abromovich most recently served as the senior vice president for iHeartMedia Toledo. She began her career as an account executive for iHeartMedia Detroit and is a graduate of Michigan State University.
“Shosh has done an excellent job at leading our sales teams in the Toledo market,” said Corvino, “She truly understands the value of iHeart’s full spectrum of services and unmatched assets, including radio, podcast, digital streaming, social media and mobile as well as OTT in relation to creating effective branding and results-driven marketing programs.” “It is a privilege to lead this dynamic and multi-talented iHeartMedia team,” said Abromovich. “iHeartMedia’s unparalleled assets support, entertain and inform the Toledo/Northwest Ohio community. I am fortunate to be surrounded by talented and dedicated people who will continue to lead and grow our valued partnerships in this incredible city.”
Chelsey Waddell Named Dir. Of Marketing & Promotions At iHeart Raleigh
THE MOUTH, MAY 10TH, 2019 –– iHeartMedia Raleigh announced that Chesley Waddell has been named Director of Marketing and Promotions. Waddell will report to Chris Edge, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Raleigh.
“I’m very excited to have Chesley join our team,” said Edge. “She brings years of solid experience, a dynamic personality and innovative thinking which makes her the perfect person to lead our marketing efforts.”
Waddell joins iHeartMedia Raleigh after previously serving as marketing and promotions Director for Radio One in St. Louis and Cumulus Media in Melbourne, Florida. Waddell began her career at Radio Disney in St. Louis and is a graduate of Southern Illinois University. "I'm excited to join the iHeartMedia market-leading team in Raleigh,” said Waddell. “I'm looking forward to growing brand engagement among our audiences while driving continued revenue for the stations."
Intern Sass Rises To Permanent Cast Member Of The Ace & TJ Show
THE MOUTH, MAY 10TH, 2019 –– The Ace & TJ Show officially announced that Laura Vinson (Intern Sass) will be a permanent member of The Ace & TJ Show. ‘Intern’ Sass actually did start with The Ace & TJ Show as an intern in January 2018. Sass, a Goldsboro, North Carolina native and UNC Charlotte graduate said gushing: “I’m excited and honored to be the newest member of The Ace and TJ Show. I’m thankful for the overwhelming amount of support. I can’t wait to bring more sass and continue this journey with our radio family.”
“The first morning of her internship she came blazing into the station being all funny and sassy. We knew then she had the spark that would fit perfectly with all the other personalities on our show. She makes me laugh.... a lot." – said TJ. "The best part of hiring a former intern is she knows us and we know her so it's like welcoming a friend back. It already fits and we love how well her personality shines on the show” – Ace.
SYNDICATION: Evan Paul Takes Over As Host Of 'Taste Of Country
THE MOUTH, MAY 10TH, 2019 –– Townsquare Media announced that Evan Paul, aka Chunky, will take over as host of Taste of Country Nights, its weeknight Country show airing live from Nashville on over 100 stations nationwide. He begins hosting Monday, May 13.
“So excited to do this with Townsquare!” says Paul. “I’ve done shows in several incredible markets, but going coast-to-coast every night is a dream come true. Can’t wait to bring the excitement of Nashville and Country Music to our fans every night!”
“Evan is a truly great talent, a host who will bring his style of fun and passion for Country artists to an already successful night show,” said Townsquare SVP/Programming Kurt Johnson. “Artist interviews, engagement with listeners, promotions, and of course the best Country content from TasteOfCountry.com. We’re excited to have him on board!”
PodcastOne And Hubbard Team To Launch New, Original True-Crime Podcast, 22 Hours
THE MOUTH, MAY 10TH, 2019 –– PodcastOne and Hubbard Radio, which owns 30% of PodcastOne, have once again tapped Hubbard’s resources to launch 22 Hours: An American Nightmare, debuting in June. The new, chilling true-crime series comes from award-winning journalists at WTOP in Washington D.C.. Over the last four years, since Hubbard’s investment in the company, PodcastOne has marketed and distributed over 100 podcasts from Hubbard stations, leveraging PodcastOne’s 2.8 billion annual network downloads to benefit Hubbard’s local stations and PodcastOne’s national advertising platform.
Set to debut in June, 22 Hours: An American Nightmare is a 10-episode series capturing the tragedy of the D.C. mansion murders through an investigation and storytelling by WTOP Reporters Megan Cloherty and Jack Moore. Produced by WTOP and its Digital News Director, Julia Ziegler, the podcast examines the complicated trail of evidence that police say led to finding the killer and his motive to hold a D.C. power couple, their 10-year-old son and housekeeper hostage for nearly 24 hours, before murdering them inside their own home.
“We at Hubbard are excited to bring listeners around the country this story from a team of experienced investigative reporters at WTOP. Listeners in the Washington D.C. region are familiar with WTOP’s high-quality journalism and, with the help of PodcastOne, we are excited to now share that with the nation,” said Wheeler Morris (L), manager of Hubbard Radio’s Corporate Podcast Strategy.
The program adds to PodcastOne’s list of successful true-crime content, including Cold Case Files, We’re Alive, Murder Made Me Famous and The First Degree. CLICK HERE FOR A PREVIEW
Backstreet Boys' Brian Littrell Joins The Bert Show For Son Baylee's New Single Debut
THE MOUTH, MAY 10TH, 2019 –– On Monday, May 6th, The Bert Show was joined in-studio by singer-songwriter Brian Littrell of the Back-street Boys, along with his wife, Leighanne, and son, Baylee, to officially debut Baylee’s new single “Boxes” to the world (officially out May 10th) as well as chat about his journey starting out in the entertainment industry. “It has honestly been a pretty fun ride, but there have been moments where I’ve been like ‘man, I didn’t expect this’, and I’ve grown up in it,” says Baylee.
The Littrell family also shared new details with the show’s host Bert Weiss and co-hosts Kristin Klingshirn, Davi Crimmins and Moe Mitchell about the Backstreet Boys “DNA” World Tour kicking off this summer, which Baylee is scheduled to open up for during their North American leg totaling a combined audience of 560,000 people. “He’s going to be an established artist,” says Brian. “He’s going to make some waves this summer, and you know we’re just excited.” Brian also teased several new projects in addition to the “DNA” World Tour details for the Backstreet Boys, including potential Christmas and acoustic albums and more!
Cale Dodds Fills-In For Mornings On 102.5 Boston
THE MOUTH, MAY 10TH, 2019 –– Warner Music Nashville recording artist Cale Dodds took time out of his busy tour schedule with Chase Rice to fill in as a special guest co-host with Jackson on Beasley Media Group’s Country 102.5 Morning Show in Boston.
Cale, who is filling in for WKLB-FM Morning Show Co-host Ayla Brown, had the opportunity to world premier his new single, “I Like Where This Is Going” this morning on the station. He will be back today to report on his experience at a Boston Bruins playoff game.
Sony Nashville Recording Artist Rachel Wammack will step in with host Jackson this coming Monday, May 13th and Tuesday, May 14th! front of the Country 102.5 studio.
EVENTS: WGY 810/103.1 & 99.5 The River Raise Over $330,000 For Children's Hospital
THE MOUTH, MAY 10TH, 2019 –– iHeartMedia Albany’s News Radio 810 & 103.1 WGY and 99.5 The River raised over $330,000 during the 21st annual Cares for Kids Radiothon. Funds will benefit Bernard & Millie Duker Children’s Hospital at Albany Med, the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. The 25-hour live radio broadcast took place at Albany Med’s Patient Pavilion atrium on May 2 and 3, where on-air personalities Chuck and Kelly from News Radio 810 & 103.1 WGY, and Kevin and Tracy from 99.5 The River encouraged the local community to support the hospital’s pediatric health care programs.
“iHeartMedia Albany has partnered with the Bernard & Millie Duker Children’s Hospital at Albany Med for 21 successful years,” said Kristen Delaney, Area President for iHeartMedia Albany. “This is a tremendous event which gives us the opportunity to introduce some incredible kids to our listeners and share their stories of healing and recovery. We are overwhelmed by the generosity of our listeners.”
Looking Back At 95.5 PLJ New York
By Art Vuolo
THE MOUTH, MAY 10TH, 2019 –– Some of us know that the letters stand for White Port Lemon Juice and was even a song in addition to its lengthy hertitage, says videographer & radio historian Art Vuolo. I gave WPLJ's first morning DJ a couch to sleep on when he had nowhere to go. That was Jim Kerr and it was 1969, it was the same night that the Paul McCartney is Dead rumor originated and on the radio Steam's hit was Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye. Like most of us in this business, we've known about this change coming for some time now.
Of all the many NYC FM stations, 95.5 is by far one of the strongest signals into much of the metro area, but especially into New Jersey. I recall getting it fine, less than a quarter of a mile from the Point Pleasant station at 95.9 which is now WRAT...a hard rocker known as The Rat. When WPLJ segued to CHR so they could battle Z-100, they became WWPR (now at 105.1 FM Power 105 in New York). However, they “parked” the calls on a station in Pennsylvania in case they wanted them back…and they did.
So, will some station in the Garden State grab those WPLJ letters on June 1st, or will somebody in New York with brains and a true caring for their heritage, do something great with the name? At the risk of sounding like a 1966 Beach Boy’s song “God Only Knows.”
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[WATCH] KYW Unveils New Look, New Sound
THE MOUTH, MAY 9TH, 2019 –– Entercom unveiled a brand refresh initiative for iconic Philadelphia station KYW Newsradio (KYW-AM). The news station, which has been serving the region with “All News, and All that Matters to You” for 53 years, unveiled a bold new logo and brand identity to reflect its multiplatform growth and evolution.
To capture the station’s unique sound and revamp the iconic musical branding, KYW worked with Larry Gold (R), who has worked with among others. The KYW Newsradio “anthem,” featuring local string musicians, was recorded in Center City Philadelphia and produced by Man Made Music, who has worked with iconic brands like Nissan, NBC, Paramountand The Coca-Cola Company. Accomplished film and stage actress Deidre Goodwin (L) will be the voice of the station.
“I’m a local boy. The roots of Philadelphia are hard to lose, and KYW is part of my roots,” said Gold. For a video on the creation of the new KYW Newsradio music, WATCH HERE
NETWORKS: USRN To Distribute Dick Bartley's Summer of '69 Special
THE MOUTH, MAY 9TH, 2019 –– United Stations Radio Network (USRN) announced it will be distributing a summertime special in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Summer of 1969 which will be produced and hosted by the legendary on air personality, Dick Bartley.
The Summer of 1969 was a special time in both music and pop culture… it was the summer of the Moon landing, the Woodstock Festival, the Manson Family, the “Hair” phenomenon on Broadway and a lot more. With Dick Bartley handling the programming and the hosting of this special, that special summer will be commemorated perfectly for Classic Hits/Oldies stations that are looking for a great retrospective of 1969 on its milestone 50th anniversary.
Dick Bartley is a beloved broadcaster, unparalleled host and producer and a three-time winner of the Billboard Radio Award. He was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2000, and has had his weekend program distributed nationally for over 30 years. Dick Bartley is also currently celebrating the 10th anniversary of his association with the current incarnation of United Stations as he’s been partnered with the network since 2009. For more info, contact Andy Denemark – firstname.lastname@example.org or 212.536.3603
Sam Alex Airs Last Broadcast of Taste Of Country Nights
THE MOUTH, MAY 9TH, 2019 - Sam Alex, longtime host of Townsquare Media's 'Taste of Country Nights, announced on last night's show that it would be his last broadcast of Taste of Country Nights.
He posted in Instagram: "Thank you for being such a loyal listener the past 5+ years. Tonight is my last night hosting “Taste of Country Nights” from our Nashville studio. We’ve grown to over 100 affiliates and were nominated for the ACM National On-Air Personality of the Year. I’ll still be doing interviews and covering red carpets for "Celebrity Page TV" but (as of today) I’m officially a radio free agent. I’d love to hear from you and I’ll be sure to keep you posted!"
Reportedly, Townsquare will announce a new host soon. Look for official release later. Meanwhile, reach Sam at email@example.com - website? samalexradio.com/
HONORS: Alpha Media Alaska Takes Home the Board of Directors Honors At ALPAR Awards
THE MOUTH, MAY 9TH, 2019 –– May 7, 2019 – Alpha Media, Alaska's Market Manager, Scott Smith, who was the Master of Ceremonies at the 2019 Alaskans for Litter Prevention and Recycling (ALPAR) Awards, accepted the Board of Directors Award.
The theme of the evening’s event was “May the Recycling Force Be With You!” Since 1996, Scott Smith, Alpha Media’s Market Manager has served on the ALPAR board, first as manager of Pioneer Broadcasting and then as GM for Anchorage Media Group. Now as manager for Alpha Media, he continues to energize ALPAR’s outreach to the community by producing effective radio spots that hit the airwaves in mass! His energy is part of our success. The force is definitely with him considering he has served not one but two terms as ALPAR’s President. On behalf of everyone at ALPAR as well as all recyclers in the galaxy, we want thank Alpha Media Alaska for their contributions to helping us raise awareness of the benefits of recycling and the system that serves us all.”
PHOTO/Scott Smith (right), General Manager and Past President of ALPAR accepts the ALPAR Board of Director’s Award for Community Service presented to Alpha Media Alaska by Lee Fisher, ALPAR Board Member from Matson (left) and Mary Fisher, ALPAR Executive Director (center).
Racist Tweet Mocking New Royal Baby Archie Leads To Firing Of BBC 5 Host; It's About To Get 'Ugly' At FIX Radio London
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, MAY 9TH, 2019 –– Former XFM, Kerrang! and KISS presenter Ugly Phil O’Neil is joining Fix Radio to host a new Breakfast Show starting in June. Ugly Phil has most recently been in Australia working at a number of radio stations including Triple M and SAFM in Adelaide, FOX FM Melbourne, B105 Brisbane and has hosted Breakfast on Triple M Sydney, the Hot30 Countdown and Drive at Nova 969. Fix Radio’s Program Director, Graham Mack said: “Great radio stations are built on great talent and Ugly Phil is one of the world’s best. It’s brilliant that he’s joining our line-up that also includes Russ and Jono, formerly of Virgin Radio and Clive Holland from BBC TV’s Cowboy Trap.” Phil begins Monday June 10th.
Racist Tweet Mocking New Royal Baby Archie Leads To Firing Of BBC 5 Host - BBC 5 has sacked radio host Danny Baker after the shock jock tweeted a racist image that satirized Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and their newborn son Archie. Meghan Markle is the American wife to Prince Harry and is of mixed race – her father is White and her mother is Black. This non-traditional royal spouse has not sat well with some of the less tolerant sections of the British population, best evidenced by the following (now deleted) tweet from Baker: Read Story HERE In Mediaite
Doireann Garrihy & Eoghan McDermott For Breakfast At RTÉ 2FM - In Ireland, Doireann Garrihy and Eoghan McDermott are taking over the breakfast show on 2FM, replacing Breakfast Republic with Bernard, Keith & Jen. Eoghan is already a presenter on the station, Doireann is joining for the new show, having previously worked at SPIN 1038 and Today FM. Doireann started her radio career by reading the travel news on Eoghan’s show, and the pair caught up with each other on-air recently to remember the time Doireann sang the travel, so it won’t be the first time they have worked together. The rest of the daytime schedule is changing too, with Jenny Greene making a return to the station to present Drivetime, having previously hosted mid-mornings with Nicky Byrne. Jenny will also present The Electric Disco on 2FM every Saturday night from 6pm-8pm.
Want to connect with Graham? Reach him at +44 7752 416905. Twitter: @GrahamMack
Web: www.mackmedia.co.uk Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
SNAPS: 99.7 The Blitz's Loper & Randi With 'Game of Thrones' Tribute
THE MOUTH, MAY 9TH, 2019 –– 99.7 The Blitz Columbus' Loper and Randi in the Morning Show added their photogenic skills with a special Game of Thrones Tribute. The final episodes are proving to be epic and our audience can NOT get enough of the show & related content.
Jeremy Loper tells Jockline, "After dropping the photos just before the latest GOT episode, they are starting to catch like wild fire on our social pages. Randi and I teamed with local goth/metal artist Laura Dark for photography, Hair/Make by Up On Call Artistry and ambassador Wolf courtesy of Iron Wolve for a special shoot. Check out more photos HERE
Big Jim's House Honors Bob Seger With Tribute T-Shirt Featuring Every One Of His Songs
THE MOUTH, MAY 9TH, 2019 –– From the same show that delivered a street named after hometown favorite Bob Seger, now comes a t-shirt that honors all of his songs. On Monday Jim O'Brien, host of Big Jim's House' morning show on 94.7 WCSX/Detroit unveiled the tribute shirt - he also promised that he would save one for me and bring it with him to Morning Show Boot Camp in Chicago in August. Ed. note: I'll need a Large, Jim - Thx.
Don't Wait: Entries Still Being Accepted For ReelWorld's 5th Annual Rising Star Awards
THE MOUTH, MAY 9TH, 2019 –– ReelWorld, in association with Morning Show Boot Camp 31, is looking to recognize FIVE special personalities who are destined for on-air stardom as winners of its fifth annual Rising Star Awards. NOMINEES ARE BEING ACCEPTED NOW THROUGH MIDNIGHT, JULY 7th. The ReelWorld Rising Star Awards are open to all candidates, in all formats and market sizes, who have been on-air for at least one year, but not longer than 5 years, in either a supporting or leading role.
Our goal is to recognize those lesser known personalities who rarely, if ever, receive press and are unknown to most radio professionals beyond their colleagues or employers. A select panel of judges will review all nominees for consideration. To enter just click the link below and provide your nominee's name, city and station, brief work history, 2-3 minute mp3/aircheck and a brief explanation of why you believe they deserve consideration for this award. (Yes, you can nominate yourself).
Please include photos and any other supporting material you think is relevant. Winners will be notified after July 17th and formally announced on August 8th at MSBC in Chicago. Good luck future Stars! CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT.
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Howard Stern Reveals Cancer Scare He Once Kept From His Listeners In New Interview
THE MOUTH, MAY 8TH, 2019–– The self-proclaimed 'king of all media' is out making the rounds as he promotes his new book 'Howard Comes Again.' In the Hollywood Reporter's latest edition with writer Lacy Rose, Stern opens up about retirement, his metamorphosis from shock jock to insightful interviewer and the one time he lied to his listeners.
This would go back to May 10, 2017, when Stern abruptly canceled that day's show. Many of his loyal fans freaked, but by Monday he was back on the air joking a about all the fuss and said it was just the flu. Turns out, he was lying.
On the morning in question, Stern was being carted into surgery. For the better part of the previous year, he'd been shuttling between appointments as doctors monitored a low white blood cell count revealed during a routine checkup and, later, discovered a growth on his kidney. The chance that it was cancerous: 90 percent.
A couple of hours and seven incisions to his abdomen later, he came out of surgery to learn it had all been a scare. A tiny, harmless cyst. The news should have been comforting. But for the first time in Stern's adult life, Rose writes "he'd come face-to-face with his own mortality, and now there was no turning back."
As for retirement, which he hints at often, Sterns tells Rose, "I'm at a place now where I am trying to figure out how to spend the rest of my life, however long that might be," he says. He's been flirting with the idea of retirement in conversation with close friends and, occasionally, on the air. "It seems weird to me not to have this," he nods at the desk where he spends four to five hours three mornings a week — but maybe it would be great...." Read Interview HERE - New book available May 14th - Order HERE
Rolling Stone Magazine Takes Aim At Billboard With Debut Of Music Charts
THE MOUTH, MAY 8TH, 2019 –– P.M.C.(Penske Media Corporation) is now set to compete with Billboard with the launch of its own set of charts—including the top 100 songs and top 200 albums.
Vanity Fair's, Joe Pompeo writes that according to P.M.C. its charts will be more effective than Billboard’s in three key ways: they will be updated daily as opposed to weekly, they will go deeper on streaming data, and they will be completely transparent about their measurement methodologies.
Billboard gets its data through Nielsen SoundScan, but Rolling Stone will use Alpha Data, formerly known as BuzzAngle Music. P.M.C. invested in BuzzAngle last year and should give it significant boost by pairing the service with Rolling Stone says Pompeo.
“Rolling Stone is the most widely recognized brand in the music space,” says C.E.O. Jay Penske. “And we think it should be used in other ways to help people discover music.” In addition to Rolling Stone, Vanitiy Fair's Joe Pompeo adds that last year, P.M.C. got a $200 million infusion from the Saudi Research and Marketing Group, which also has a joint-venture with Bloomberg. PHOTO/Rolling Stone - READ ARTICLE HERE
[LISTEN] 95.5 'PLJ New York Announces That May 31st Will Be It's Final Broadcast
THE MOUTH, MAY 8TH, 2019 –– With a promise of more details to follow, 95.5 WPLJ tweeted today that May 31, 2019 will be its final broadcast." They added, "Thank you for the years of support and for listening!" In February Cumulus Media announced a number of portfolio moves that sells six radio stations to Educational Media Foundation (EMF) as well as swapping three stations with Entercom Communications Corp.
As we reported on Feb. 13th, The deal totaled $103.5 million in cash, giving Christian music nonprofit EMF stations WYAY-FM /Atlanta, WPLJ-FM/ New York City, KFFG-FM/ San Jose, California, WZAT-FM/ Savannah, Georgia, WXTL-FM / Syracuse, New York, and WRQX-FM / Washington, DC - Watch and listen to special promo HERE
Rich Zeoli Moves To Mornings On Talk Radio 1210 WPHT Philadelphia
THE MOUTH, MAY 8TH, 2019 –– Entercom has tapped Rich Zeoli to host morning drive on Talk Radio 1210 WPHT (WPHT-AM), Philadelphia. “The Rich Zeoli Show” will air weekdays from 5:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. ET beginning May 13. Zeoli previously hosted the afternoon drive for the station since 2015.
“Rich is a compelling and thought-provoking radio host and we’re looking forward to seeing him shine in the mornings on WPHT,” said David Yadgaroff, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Philadelphia. “From interviewing the President to covering what’s hot in pop culture or entertainment, to Rich’s passion for recognizing local police officers, his funny and poignant style always shines a light on what everyone is talking about.”
“For years I have had one simple goal: to blend information and humor to make entertaining talk radio. Moving to mornings is an honor and a challenge and I’m thrilled that my team will be moving with me,” said Zeoli. “I’m grateful to David Field [Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Entercom] and David Yadgaroff for entrusting me to take this heritage radio station to the next level. I am enormously grateful to the most loyal audience in talk radio and together we will make ‘The Rich Zeoli Show’ the new destination for Philadelphia listeners to start the day with information, humor, and the biggest names in politics.” Zeoli joined Entercom as an on-air host in 2010.
NETWORKS: SBG Expands To The West Coast With New LA Office; Adds Ed Moloney as Affiliate Content Director
THE MOUTH, MAY 8TH, 2019 –– A Gen Media Partners announced the opening of their west coast office in Los Angeles, CA. In addition, SBG has hired Ed Moloney as Affiliate Content Director effective immediately. In his new position, Ed will affiliate stations for all SBG shows and services, maintain relationships with current affiliates, and support other programming efforts for new additions to the SBG line up
For the past 8 years, Moloney programmed the syndicated version of JACK FM. He has also worked for Westwood One, Entertainment Radio Networks, KCBS and KYSR, Los Angeles and WBCN Boston
Moloney says, “I’m very excited to be part of the affiliate sales and programming team at SBG. I’ve been fortunate enough to work on several syndicated projects in my career and joining Jay Bailey’s innovative team at SBG is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time. The new office in California is the proof that the company is thriving and keeps moving forward at a fast pace. I can’t wait to start helping our network create compelling content that radio professionals can use to entertain and inform their listeners.” Ed Moloney can be reached at 310.283.9407 or email@example.com.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Jessica Curtis Named Mgr, Marketing For ACM
THE MOUTH, MAY 8TH, 2019 –– The Academy of Country Music® has added Jessica Curtis to its Manager, Marketing position. The position is based out the Academy’s headquarters in Encino, CA. Born and raised in Ventura County, Curtis joins the Academy after a three-year stint with Live Nation, located in Hollywood, California.
In her role as Marketing Manager, Curtis will take lead on developing strategies for both ticket promotions and social media for Academy initiatives. She will also manage all digital marketing and advertising, and support developing partnerships with outside brands to increase tickets sales, maximize brand awareness and promote Awards tune in. Curtis reports to Brooke Primero, Senior Vice President, Marketing. Curtis can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. PHOTO/ Brandon Campbell - Academy of Country Music
SYNDICATION: Rick & Sasha Invade KC
THE MOUTH, MAY 8TH, 2019 –– Westwood One’s Rick and Sasha took over Kansas City this past weekend with two big KMJK/Magic 107.3 promotional events. Rick Party and Sasha the Diva hosted the station’s Saturday Night Groove Party at Harrah's VooDoo Lounge, where more than 1,000 fans waited in line to take part in Kansas City’s biggest live dance party and to meet the city’s new morning duo. Then on Sunday, Rick and Sasha's exclusive pre-Mother's Day Brunch at Bayou on the Vine honored Magic's Kansas City “Mother of the Year,” Jessica McClellan. Jessica is the Founder and President of Giving Hope & Help Inc. She's a survivor and advocate for domestic violence and sexual assault survivors.
Rick and Sasha features two of the most popular Urban voices in the country -- former Hot 105 FM/Miami personality Rick Party and former Kiss 104.1 FM/Atlanta personality Sasha the Diva. The show can be heard on more than 15 stations nationwide with more to come, including KMJK-FM/Kansas City, KMEZ-FM/New Orleans, WDLT-FM/Mobile, WRRX-FM/Pensacola, and WLXC-FM/Columbia, SC. For more information on Rick and Sasha, contact Stuart Greenblatt at email@example.com or (212) 419-2946 or Gary Bernstein, firstname.lastname@example.org or (508) 245-1776. PHOTO/ The Magic 107.3 Crew (L-R) Darron Story, Sean Tyler, “Mother of the Year” Jessica McLellan and her husband, Sasha the Diva, D'Juan, Ivani Bing, Rick Party, Al Payne, and Gary Bernstein
HONORS: The MIW Group Announces Four Mentees For Its 2019 Mentoring Program
THE MOUTH, MAY 8TH, 2019 –– The Mentoring & Inspiring Women in Radio (MIW) Group is pleased to announce the names of four radio professionals selected to participate as mentees in the 2019 MIW Group Mildred Carter Mentoring Program. Now in its 18th year, the MIW Group’s signature mentoring program matches up-and-coming women in the radio industry with female professionals recognized as leaders in all aspects of radio broadcasting. Beasley Media Group, LLC is, for the second year in a row, serving as the lead sponsor of this year’s program.
The 2019 class is comprised of the following radio professionals, listed in alphabetical order and shown from L-R: Andrea Clay, National Sales Manager, Beasley Media Group, Charlotte, NC Katy Dempsey, Program Director and Morning Show Host, Bryan Broadcasting, College Station, TX Nicole Jones, Manager of Sales Training & Development, Cumulus Media, Chicago, IL and Jennifer Seelig, Director of News & Programming, Entercom San Francisco, CA A total of four candidates from the radio broadcasting industry - within the sales, marketing, programming and digital disciplines - are selected annually for the MIW Group Mentoring Program. Beasley Media Group Chief Executive Office Caroline Beasley said, “It is an honor and a privilege to support the MIW Radio Group’s on-going mission of promoting women in the radio industry.”
BOOKS: Lukas Pens Book On Ups And Downs Of Being A Morning Host
THE MOUTH, MAY 8TH, 2019 –– Lukas (Adam Cox) says he's written a book about his crazy radio life - he asks: "Have you ever been investigated for a death? I was, I couldn’t believe why. It’s all in the book." "If you have ever listened to a DJ on the radio, this book will change the way you listen!"
"I was fired, lost everything, dealt with depression, and still came out on top!" Adam Cox is from southern California and now lives in Wichita, Kansas. He has been in radio for 30 years! He's married to wife, Nicole and they have a 19-year-old son Zac.
Lukas says 'Life is good! - ORDER HERE
KYKY-FM St. Louis Celebrating Blues Win With 24 hours of 'Gloria'
THE MOUTH, MAY 8TH, 2019 –– To celebrate the Blues Tuesday night win, Y98 will play ‘Gloria’ for 24 hours! This follows its team's 2-1 win against the Dallas Stars in two overtimes in Game 7 of an NHL second-round hockey playoff series on Tuesday in St. Louis.
According to KMOV-TV, the station announced they would be playing Laura Branigan’s (no, not Shadows of Knight) song for the next 24 hours. ‘Gloria’ from the early 1980s has become the victory song for the Blues, and the community has embraced it in many ways.
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Stryker & Klein Take Afternoons On KROQ-FM
THE MOUTH, MAY 7Th, 2019 –– Entercom announced the debut of “Stryker and Klein” on The World Famous KROQ (KROQ-FM) in Los Angeles. The afternoon show, featuring co-hosts Ted Stryker and Kevin Klein, can be heard weekdays on L.A.’s Iconic Alternative Rock Station from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. PT. “Pairing Stryker and Klein is something we could never have imagined just a few years ago,”said Jeff Federman, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Los Angeles. “Individually, they’ve both had tremendous success throughout their careers. Adding great content to our afternoon programming is something that we’re very committed to and these guys do a fantastic job connecting the music to fun and interesting conversations.”
"KROQ is my hometown station, it’s part of who I am and I'm very excited and enthused to continue my journey with Klein,” said Stryker. “Our listeners can expect an enthusiastic, must-listen to program as they wind down their work days.” Stryker joined KROQ as an on-air host in 1999. In addition to his role at the station, Stryker currently hosts the syndicated radio show “Out of Order” for Compass Media Networks. He has also served as host of the Grammy Awards for Grammy.com and has made several television appearances, including MTV and VH1, as well as various movie appearances. Prior to joining KROQ, Klein hosted a top-rated morning show, “Kevin Klein Live” on Live 105 (now Entercom sister station ALT 105.3) in San Francisco.
McVay To Remain With Cumulus Until July To Assist With Transition
McVay Led The 10-month Process To Fnd His Successor
THE MOUTH, MAY 7TH, 2019 –– On the heels of yesterday's news that Brian Philips had been named the new EVP/Programming & Audience for Cumulus Media, a follow-up memo revealed more details of transition. In an internal memo, Cumulus CEO Mary Berner wrote in part: " Mike’s accomplishments since his appointment as EVP, Content and Programming in 2015 are too numerous to count. Bern continued: "Under Mike’s leadership of the Office of Prog., we reversed four years of ratings share declines, and saw years of ratings share growth. We are currently posting the best ratings since 2011 on some of our biggest and most important stations.
Berner added, "Last summer, Mike told me he wanted to return to the flexibility of his highly successful consulting career. I asked, and he agreed to stay on to ensure a smooth transition and to lead the search for his replacement." McVay will remain with Cumulus until July, and then the Atlanta-based company will become his first consulting client.
And, as detailed in yesterday's announcement, Brian comes to Cumulus with more than 30 years of leadership and programming experience across a range of media. Perhaps most notably, Brian served as President of the Country Music Television channel for nine years where he led the music network’s foray into long-form scripted series, tentpole awards shows, concert specials, and feature films. He also developed CMT’s successful national radio network. Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images for Alliance For Women In Media Foundation
Kellie Rasberry Named Recipient Of MIW Group's 2019 Airblazer Award
Presented In Alliance With Morning Show Boot Camp™
THE MOUTH, APRIL 18Th, 2019 –– The Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio (MIW) Group is pleased to announce Kellie Rasberry, longtime co-host of “The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show,” as recipient of the 2019 MIW Airblazer Award. Now in its 5th year, the MIW Air blazer Award stems from an alliance formed in 2015 between the MIW Group and Talentmasters Morning Show Boot Camp (MSBC). It is an honor bestowed annually to a deserving on-air personality in radio broadcasting. The 2019 Airblazer Award will be presented to Rasberry this August during the 31st Annual MSBC in Chicago.
In addition to her work as co-host of The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show, syndicated by YEA Networss and heard by over 65 stations,” Rasberry also co-hosts the twice-weekly podcast "A Sandwich and Some Lovin’” with her husband, Allen Evans. Kellie is also on the Board of Directors for Kidd’s Kids, a non-profit organization which takes children with life-altering conditions and their families on all-expenses paid trips to Disney World. After more than two decades in radio, Kellie has won several Favorite Female Radio Personality of the Year awards, and was just announced as the2019 Gracie Award winner for Co-Host, National Radio, by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation.
“It is the MIW Group’s privilege to acknowledge one of morning radio’s brightest stars, Kellie Rasberry. She is a key voice in a remarkable show that continues to build personal relationships with its listeners and stay relevant in their lives, now more than ever,” said MIW Group Spokeswoman Denyse Mesnik.
Last year's honoree MIX 94.1/Las Vegas' Mercedes Martinez (TL) who, like previous recipients was charged with selecting the following year's recipient, said, “Kellie has been an inspiration to so many women! I’ve always looked up to her for not just her talent as a radio personality, but for her strength, sense of humor, and intelligence. Not only does she continue to dominate with the Kidd Kraddick show, she herself has emerged as one of our industry’s most beloved leading ladies."
“It is such an honor to receive the MIW Group Airblazer Award the same year I’m celebrating my 25th anniversary in Dallas radio," said Rasberry. "When Kidd Kraddick hired me to be his radio wife back in 1994, he taught me the most valuable lesson I’ve learned in radio — to be myself. Sometimes, that’s a lot harder than it sounds! But taking that advice led to creating a bond with our audience that runs so deep, they stuck with us when Kidd suddenly passed away six years ago. One of the greatest joys I now receive is meeting women who grew up listening to our show as their moms drove them to school, and now they’re introducing me to their kids who listen as they drive them to school! It doesn’t make me feel old. It makes me feel abundantly blessed! And to receive the Airblazer Award this year is the most delicious icing on the cake. Thank you, Mercedes Martinez, for choosing me to receive it.”
In addition to Mercedes Martinez, previous winners of the MIW Group Airblazer Award include: Roula Christie (LC) (2017), Angie Martinez (RC) (2016) and Ellen K (TR) (2015). For more information about the MIW group, please visit www.RadioMIW.com. For more information, visit www.morningshowbootcamp.com.
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