Adams Employees Agree To 10% Temporary Pay Cut To Avoid Downsizing
THE MOUTH, MARCH 27TH, 2020 –– Ron Stone, CEO of Adams Radio, announced that “all employees agreed to take a ten percent temporary cut in compensation to prevent any downsizing of our staff. "I could not be prouder of our employees. Every employee of Adams Radio stepped up to do their part to ensure that no Adams employee would lose their position. We are a family. Our goal is singular. To ensure everyone in our company gets through this crisis with the least amount of harm. This test of our country’s ability to weather a storm is unlike anything any of us have seen, but we will get through this together, and be stronger for it. What seems like a huge sacrifice today, is miniscule compared to what our fathers, mothers, grandfathers and grandmothers sacrificed --Things could be much worse.”
Stone added: “I sincerely hope that any company, media or otherwise, will consider overall reductions in compensation on a temporary basis rather than terminate employees. Our most important asset is our people, and we should do all we can to keep them whole. I am so thankful for a staff that not only wants to participate in helping our company weather this storm, they are working tirelessly in our communities to keep our local businesses front and center in the minds of listeners”.
WBAP/ KLIF Present Town Hall With Mark Cuban To Help Local Dallas Businesses
THE MOUTH, MARCH 27TH, 2020 –– During the Coronavirus Cumulus News radio stations WBAP 820 AM and KLIF 570 will present an on-air Town Hall on both stations to discuss with DFW entrepreneur Mark Cuban ways to help DFW-area businesses during the Coronavirus. The WBAP/KLIF Town Hall will be hosted by Brian Estridge and Rick Roberts.
Among the topics to be discussed are: • How can businesses survive during these times; • How would the government’s Coronavirus Spending Package assist; • How can consumers help their local community businesses. It takes place today from 2:00pm-3:00pm Central.
NETWORKS: CBS Audio Offering 2 Coronavirus Specials To ALL Stations
THE MOUTH, MARCH 27TH, 2020 –– offering a new special program for stations, hosted by Gil Gross, in addition to another Weekend Roundup that we are making available to ALL stations. We had a huge number of responses last week. Many thanks! Stay home....or get back to work? Did we flatten the curve? CBS Audio is offering two different one-hour programs for air this weekend. The programs will be available via ftp on Friday afternoon. CBS Special - Coronavirus: Changed Forever, hosted by Gil Gross(R). The program will include interviews with: o The President of BIO, the trade association representing the bio technical firms that are on the front lines of creating solutions for prevention, treatment and vaccine for Covid 19. o CBS
Emmy award winning financial analyst Jill Schlesinger (L) on the long term financial impact for the country and for you, your families and your listeners. o Dr. Leana Wen on sustaining and protecting our body as well as our mind and soul amid the corona virus pandemic. o Billy Shore, President of Share Our Strength/No Kid Hungry on the emergency efforts to feed the millions of children who depend on school breakfast and lunch programs to survive. CBS Weekend Roundup Special Report on the Coronavirus, hosted by correspondent Allison Keyes. o Reports and discussions from CBS Reporters, correspondents and newsmakers across the country and around the globe. o Stay at Home….or Get Back to Work? Did we flatten the curve this week or is it too early to tell?
Cox Atlanta Holding Virtual Food Drive
THE MOUTH, MARCH 27TH, 2020 –– Cox Media Group Atlanta radio stations 95.5 WSB (WSBB-FM/WSB-AM), B98.5 (WSB-FM), 97.1 The River (WSRV), and KISS 104.1 (WALR) will host a virtual food drive benefiting the Atlanta Community Food Bank as part of the Stronger Together ATL campaign. Atlanta Community Food Bank continues to provide meals for children, families and seniors as access to nutritious food throughout the COVID-19 crisis. “Now more than ever our listeners need our help. Cox Media Group Atlanta will step up and use our powerful radio brands to do good for the community!” said Chris Eagan, senior director of operations. “I’m proud of the way these teams have worked over the last few weeks and Friday will be another great example of how we are stronger together!”
The Atlanta Community Food Bank is launching its new “Text for Help'' SMS platform to assist those children, families and seniors who need access to food during the current crisis of the COVID-19 coronavirus. This easy-to-use phone-based program enables its users to locate the nearest food pantries simply by sending a text.
[LISTEN] Random Call To Florida Radio Show Helps Save A Woman's Restaurant
THE MOUTH, MARCH 27TH, 2020 –– Tim Leary, co-host of WIRK/West Palm Beach Florida's Tim & Chelsea show took a random call this week from a woman named Amanda who was hysterical & crying because her mother was about to lose her restaurant, and she would have to fire all her employees, and close her doors by the end of the week. She was desperate, and was trying anything to get the word out that they were open.
Tim says, "Chelsea and I talked to her, calmed her down, and asked her for the name of the restaurant, (Morgan's Country Kitchen - inset), and the phone number. We said we'd put it out to the listeners to call for orders with curbside pickup...hopefully to stir up some business for her mom. (Thursday) morning, (again random), we got a call from Patty, the mother and owner of Morgan's Country Kitchen, also in tears. I can't explain it any further except to say, "If you ever wanted to know what one of God's miracles sounds like, He answered her prayers. Chelsea and I have never received a call like this in either of our careers!"
Listen to both calls HERE (Amanda 1st, Patty 2nd)
[WATCH] WZPL's Dave Smiley Takes Control From New Studio During Pandemic
THE MOUTH, MARCH 27TH, 2020 –– Dave Smiley (inset) hosted yesterday's show in his all new Cumulus studio while his fellow cast members participated from remote locations. The Indy Star writes that after 18 years at 9245 N. Meridian St., Smiley made a midweek move to 6810 N. Shadeland Ave. The timing wasn't ideal, he said, but made necessary because a lease arrangement made by WZPL's former company was coming to an end.
Dave Smiley hosted his final show at WZPL's Meridian Street studio Wednesday before a move to Shadeland Avenue. In February 2019, Cumulus Media acquired WZPL and sister stations WNTR-FM (107.9) and WXNT-AM (1430) from Entercom Communications. On-air operations for WZPL, WNTR and WXNT are now joining previous Cumulus stations WFMS-FM (95.5), WJJK-FM (104.5) and WNDX-FM (93.9) at the Shadeland building. Cumulus built the new WZPL studio between the existing WFMS and WJJK studios.
Smiley joked that he will miss the champagne stains on the carpet at the "dumpy little studio" on Meridian Street, Smiley promised a signature piece of decor — Burt Reynolds' infamous 1972 Cosmopolitan magazine centerfold — will also make the move to Shadeland Avenue. Airing remote this week from the show are Nikki Reed, Will Pfaffenberger and Toni Williams (shown in above monitor on left) - WATCH HERE
EVENTS: Lineup Announced For 'ACM' 'Our Country' Event Set For April 5th
THE MOUTH, MARCH 27TH, 2020 –– The Academy of Country Music® and dick clark productions announced today the all-star lineup of performers for ACM® presents: OUR COUNTRY, a two-hour special featuring intimate conversations and at-home acoustic performances with Country Music’s biggest stars, along with clips from the Academy of Country Music Awards’™ 55-year history. Confirmed performers include Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Kane Brown & John Legend, Luke Bryan, Brandi Carlile, Eric Church, Luke Combs, Sheryl Crow, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Tim McGraw, Old Dominion, Brad Paisley & Darius Rucker, Thomas Rhett, Blake Shelton & Gwen Stefani, Shania Twain, Carrie Underwood, and Keith Urban.
The special will be broadcast Sunday, April 5 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT and 7:00 PM CT) on the CBS Television Network and on CBS All Access. ACM®
OUR COUNTRY will also honor 10-time ACM Award® winner Kenny Rogers with performances by Luke Bryan, Brad Paisley and Darius Rucker. As previously announced, artists will appear from their homes to share heartfelt thoughts and perform acoustic versions of Country hits. Additionally, video clips from previous ACM Award broadcasts will highlight favorite ACM moments from the past.
The special will broadcast during the time slot previously scheduled for the 55th Academy of Country Music Awards, which will now be broadcast Wednesday, Sept. 16 (live 8:00-11:00 PM ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network and streaming live and on demand on CBS All Access. The 55th ACM Awards, hosted for the first time by reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year and 15-time ACM Award winner Keith Urban - PHOTO/John Shearer/ACMA2019/Getty Images for ACM
RAB Launches 'Radio It's On' Campaign
THE MOUTH, MARCH 27TH, 2020 –– As part of its Radio. It’s On! social media campaign, RAB has added a new component inclusive of Radio It’s On! audio spots stations can air on their radio stations. The spots can be used as is or customized with their own on-air personalities and station identification. Spots are available in English and Spanish along with various spot lengths.
The spots and scripts were created and produced by Yaman Coskun, founder and creative director, Yamanair Creative. The audio campaign is free to RAB members and is available for download. Additionally, RAB has added new social media tiles titled Gatherings, Social Distancing, and Passing the Time, New Normal and Group Call to its previously announced social media campaign. The new creative is available for download HERE.
Focus 360 Teams With GroundSwell To Provide Aid During Coronavirus Crisis
THE MOUTH, MARCH 27TH, 2020 –– Focus 360 LLC has entered into a unique partnership with GroundSwell Group to align brands with non-profit organizations, many of which are at the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic in America. Titled the “Mutual Benefit Impact Marketing Initiative,” the network targets a brand’s audience and can be hyper-local or national.
“We built a platform (The Karma Index) that directs funds to support those in need,” explained Noel Wax, Chief Executive Officer and Partner of the Groundswell Group. “What we didn’t realize, is that this technology is ideal for helping Americans at a time like this. This plan will change the dialogue about what a brand is doing to help during this global pandemic. While we are quarantined at home, radio, podcasts, and social media are where Americans are turning to for information and connection.”
“Businesses and their leaders are putting themselves on the front lines to help others. People will remember these brands in moments of need. This initiative allows brands to reach out to communities and become a positive part of the dialogue,” noted Phil Brown, Chief Executive Officer of Focus 360. “At the same time, the initiative allows our radio and audio content partners to boost a brand’s message, as they support the non-profits that fit with their company’s philosophy.”
Teachers Able To Goodbye To Students With An Assist From 103.7 Play Teacher Hotline
THE MOUTH, MARCH 27TH, 2020 –– Virginia schools have been cancelled for the rest of the academic year and not only were the kids shocked, but so were the teachers - many devastated they didn't get to say goodbye to their students. So 103.7 Richmond created The Play Teacher Hotline. Teachers can leave messages on our voicemail offering messages of love and encouragement to their students and we'll play everyone of them back on the radio for them.
Morning co-host/PD/OM Melissa Chase says, "We had over 100 messages left by teachers within the first day of launching the program! Our job in radio is to be an entertaining, informative and therapeutic support to our listeners and the 103.7 Play Teacher Hotline is a way we hope to help comfort our community."
[LISTEN] Coronavirus PSA's Free For Use From Sandy & Rebecca Thomas
THE MOUTH, MARCH 27TH, 2020 –– Voice-Over Pros Sandy & Rebecca Thomas shared a couple of PSA's that are free for your use.
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Elton John To Host 'Fox Presents The iHeart Living Room Concert For America' Event
THE MOUTH, MARCH 26TH, 2020 –– iHeartMedia and FOX announced the 'Fox Presents The iHeart Living Room Concert For America,' a music event to provide entertainment relief and support for Americans to help fight the spread of the COVID-19 virus and to celebrate the resilience and strength of the nation during this pandemic.
Hosted by Elton John, the event will feature performances by Alicia Keys, Backstreet Boys, Billie Eilish, Billie Joe Armstrong, Mariah Carey, Tim McGraw and more, from their own homes, filmed with their personal cell phones, cameras and audio equipment, to ensure the health and safety of all involved. The concert will air in the iHeartRadio Music Awards’ original broadcast timeslot -- Sunday, March 29, from 9:00-10:00 PM ET/6:00-7:00 PM PT on FOX -- and on iHeartMedia radio stations nationwide, as well as via the iHeartRadio app.
The benefit special will be broadcast commercial-free. In addition to featuring music, the hour-long concert will pay tribute to the front line health professionals, first responders and local heroes who are putting their lives in harm’s way to help their neighbors and fight the spread of the virus. It also will encourage viewers to support two of the many charitable organizations helping victims and first responders during the pandemic: Feeding America® and First Responders Children’s Foundation.
FOX will offer the event across all of its linear and digital platforms. Executive producers for the event are John Sykes and Tom Poleman, for iHeartMedia and Joel Gallen, For Tenth Planet Productions.
Wango Tango Cancelled For First Time In 22-Years Due To COVID-19 Crisis
THE MOUTH, MARCH 26Th, 2020 –– iHeart's popular Wango Tango event originally scheduled for June 6 at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California becomes the latest top music event to be cancelled amid the Coronavirus Pandemic. In a release, the company posted: "Due to the uncertainty regarding COVID-19 and for the health and safety of our guests, employees, artists and partners, we have decided to cancel this year's iHeartRadio Wango Tango"
They added that refunds are being issued to ticketed guests. If purchased via AXS online, a refund will automatically be issued to the credit card you used to purchase within 30 business days.
Host Ryan Seacrest tweeted: 'It’s unfortunate we had to cancel our summer tradition, but sometimes we have to see the bigger picture and make sacrifices. Let’s get through this together and celebrate at the next show!'
Harry Styles, the only headliner to have been announced for the event, also took to Twitter announcing he's rescheduled his upcoming tour dates to 2021.
Hubbard Seattle Music Stations Airing Hourly News Updates From Bonneville's KIRO
THE MOUTH, MARCH 26TH, 2020 –– In a show of radio unity during the COVID-19 crisis, Hubbard's KQMV-FM KRWM-FM and KNUC-FM announced a partnership during the Pandemic where its three music stations will air hourly local news updates from crosstown Bonneville/KIRO's newsroom. Each hour they'll provide the latest information on COVID-19 and a way for its listeners to stay connected with our region on a daily basis. In return, KIRO will encourage listeners to pause from the news and listen to the music stations as a source of encouragement and relaxation in this extraordinary time. This collaboration will go into effect on Friday, March 27.
"We are thrilled to partner with the Hubbard stations," said Bonneville Seattle Media Group Director of Programming Mike Salk (R). "To have KIRO Radio news played on three excellent music stations is an opportunity for us help our community stay informed in this unique time. And we can understand the need to take a break and listen to music to avoid feeling overwhelmed."
"Music is a mood elevator and a source of inspiration for people when times are tough," said Hubbard Radio/Seattle Market Manager Scott G. Mahalick (L). "We're proud to partner with Bonneville's news, talk and sports radio stations in Seattle. Combined, we are able to offer the perfect balance of information and entertainment."
WDRV-FM Chicago To Air Sing-Along 'We Will Rock You' - Wills Tower And Prudential Bldg. To Illuminate The Skyline Red, White & Blue
THE MOUTH, MARCH 26TH, 2020 ––WDRV – 97.1 FM, The DRIVE, Chicago’s Classic Rock station, announced plans to provide a few moments of reflection, diversion and unity for the Chicago region amidst the current COVID-19 Crisis. This Friday evening (March 27th) at 8:00pm, The Drive will air “The Star Spangled Banner” followed immediately by Queen’s celebrated anthem “We Will Rock You / We Are the Champions.”
The Chicagoland Community is encouraged to step out onto porches or balconies, open windows and join their families, friends and neighbors in a virtual show of the city’s indefatigable “Chicago Strong” spirit. Chicago’s iconic Willis Tower and The Prudential Building have agreed to modify their lights to illuminate the skyline in red, white and blue during the event. Other downtown buildings are encouraged to bathe the city’s skyline in red, white and blue colors beginning Friday evening at sundown. Sing-along participants are reminded to shine flashlights and other personal lighting devices while raising voices in unison.
WDRV Director of Branding / Content, Rob Cressman, commented, “As COVID-19-related hardships, anxiety and uncertainty continue to consume our daily lives, The DRIVE is endeavoring to provide a few moments of relief, unity and pride across the Chicagoland region..."
NETWORKS: Premiere's George Noory Dedicates Friday Night Prayer To Eradicate COVID-19
THE MOUTH, MARCH 26TH, 2020 –– Premiere Networks-syndicated personality George Noory, host of Coast to Coast AM, announced that the program’s Friday Night Prayer on March 27 will be dedicated to eliminating the COVID-19 coronavirus. For over a decade, Coast to Coast AM has featured Friday Night Prayer, a special segment where listeners submit their names or those of their loves ones to the show, and the audience collectively prays for them.
During the first segment of Friday’s show, which begins at 10 p.m. PT, Noory is inviting people worldwide to join in prayer to help end the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Participants will also be encouraged to dedicate their prayers to healing those who have been affected, easing the pain and sorrow of those who have lost loved ones, and supporting the medical care professionals on the front lines.
“I have always believed in the power of prayer and the existence of a higher power,” said host George Noory. “For years now, I have witnessed the positive effect of our Friday Night Prayer on Coast to Coast AM and I’m therefore asking that on March 27, people across the globe take a few moments to pray for the eradication of this deadly COVID-19 coronavirus.”
AdLarge Media Inks Ad Sales Agreement With 'Remote News Service
THE MOUTH, MARCH 26TH, 2020 –– AdLarge Media has signed Remote News Service (RNS) to an exclusive ad sales representation agreement. RNS provides radio stations with customized hyper-local and national news, including custom branding, choice of news anchor, traffic, weather, and more, all in quick turnaround time.
Headed by Owner and Senior Anchor Lesley Lotto, all anchors with RNS are experienced, professional journalists. “Now, more than ever, listeners need to know what’s going on in their local communities,” noted Frank DeSantis, Senior Vice President of Business Development for AdLarge. “National news is readily available everywhere. With Remote News Service, stations are also fed local news from a professional source with a sound that matches their format and is receptive to their station’s listeners. We’re delighted to work with Lesley at this crucial time in our history.” “Remote News Service is committed to providing the most up-to-date and accurate local and national news,” stated Lotto. The company was founded by industry leaders Cathy Csukas and Gary Schonfeld in 2010, and its digital division was relaunched as cabana in 2017. For more information, please visitwww.adlarge.com.
SNAPS: Dave Ryan Show Keeping A Safe Distance At KDWB Minny; Stern From Home
THE MOUTH, MARCH 26TH, 2020 –– In yet another into the studios of radio's top shows during the Coronavirus Crisis, here's a snap of the makeshift studios for the Dave Ryan Show at KDWB Minneapolis. His show is among those still broadcasting from the station. Dave trells us, "We are isolated in a different room or in the building now so we can be distant from each other.
Meanwhile, The Howard Stern Show returned to the air this week on SiriusXM via remote locations. As seen above, Jimmy Kimmel joined as a guest (bottom center) where cast members all chimed in from different locations. Last Thursday Stern made a cameo appearance on his wife Beth's Instagram account where he leaked he'd return to the air on Monday (3/23) - WATCH HERE
WWO's Costantini With Plenty Of Elbow Room At Newly Designed WH Briefing Room
THE MOUTH, MARCH 26TH, 2020 –– Westwood One News White House correspondent Bob Costantini in the radio pool seat in the newly re-designed social distancing briefing room awaiting this week's coronavirus task force news conference. The pink sticker on his lapel is confirmation that the White House took his temperature and it is normal.
Australian Radio Executive Tests Positive For Coronavirus
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, MARCH 26TH, 2020 –– GOLD104.3 Melbourne and WSFM Sydney’s head of music, Jason Staveley
has tested positive to COVID-19. The Australian Radio Network was forced to temporarily close its Melbourne office.
Simultaneous Play of You’ll Never Walk Alone - “You’ll Never Walk Alone” was played out simultaneously on radio stations on Friday morning. NPO 3FM presenter Sander Hoogendoorn had the idea to bring all radio stations in the Netherlands together during the corona crisis. RTE Goldin Ireland and dozens of other radio stations across Europe, including the UK’s BBC Radio 1 and Radio 2 joined in. It happened at 8.45am in the Netherlands, which was 7.45am in Ireland and the UK. The song, by Liverpool band Gerry and the Pacemakers, is synonymous with Liverpool FC and other soccer clubs around the world.
Cash for Kids Appeal - Bauer’s charity, ‘Cash for Kids’ has launched an urgent new appeal across Bauer radio stations in response to the impact of COVID-19 to help those families in the UK who need it most. Relying on donations from listeners, the Cash for Kids Appeal will build a fund from which grants will help families help cope, such as covering basic essentials including food & heating.
Scott Hughes Returns To Radio City Liverpool - Former Radio City Drive presenter Scott Hughes is returning to the station to co-host Breakfast with Leanne Campbell. Dave Kelly is leaving the station for a new gig in the Cayman Islands. Since leaving Radio City following the introduction of a networked Drive show, Scott has been heard on Virgin Radio Anthems. His last show will be this Saturday.
CONDOLENCES: Venerable Detroit Radio Host Bob Allison Passes Away At 87
By Art Vuolo
THE MOUTH, MARCH 26TH, 2020 –– Bob Allison lasted nearly 60 years on radio and TV in Detroit. Many radio fans surely know who he was and have loved his caring disposition on the Ask Your Neighbor program. Even those who haven’t heard him lately on WNZK Radio, ALL remember him for those legendary Bowling for Dollars shows on Channel 4. He was an iconic member of the broadcasting fraternity and in August of 2018 was inducted into the Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame at The Grand Hotel on Mackinaw Island.
He was still on the air regularly on 690 AM WNZK until about three weeks ago. He began on WWJ AM 950 back in 1962 with Ask Your Neighbor. He worked at a number of Detroit area stations including: WIID, WEXL, WLQV and even WJR. Bob died Wednesday March 25, after a recent fall in his home. He was considered to be the longest living, still active, on air broadcast host in Detroit. Allison is survived by his wife Maggie and sons Rob, John and Bill Alesee among others. Watch induction into Michigan's Broadcast Hall of Fame HERE
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Mike Francesa Returning To Sunday Slot As WFAN Alters Weekend Schedule
THE MOUTH, MARCH 25TH, 2020 –– Mike Francesa will return to his former Sunday morning time slot on WFAN as part of a sweeping change in weekend scheduling for the station as it deals with COVID-19 pandemic. Newsday reports the changes will feature heavy use of WFAN’s contracted weekday hosts. Schedule posted on Tuesday shows Joe Benigno hosting Saturday from 6 to 10 a.m., Evan Roberts 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Boomer Esiason and Gregg Giannotti 2 to 6 p.m. and John Jastremski 6 to 8 p.m. The overnight schedule features Steve Somers and Sal Licata, with Bob Salter and Rick Wolff early Sunday, then Francesa from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Damon Amendolara 1 to 4 p.m. and Maggie Gray (R) and Marc Malusis 4 to 7 p.m., followed by Jody McDonald.
Francesa said on the air Tuesday that the station asked its regular hosts to help out, and that they will not be paid extra. "Let's be honest, they're not selling a lot of ads right now," he said, later adding, "This is a way of cutting back expenses, as every business is trying to do right now . . . I do feel for the people who are not going to be doing their [weekend] shows, I really do." It is not clear how long the new schedule will be in effect, but Francesa said he and the station have discussed bringing back his Sunday morning NFL show this autumn and that "it looks like it's going to happen."
NRG Media Sets Up Home Studios For Its On-Air Talent For Live Broadcast From Home
THE MOUTH, MARCH 25Th, 2020 ––NRG Media Omaha along with so many other stations and companies across the country have had to set-up off-site “at-home” broadcast studios for their on-air talent. While no employees have COVID-19, NRG Media Omaha has set-up several on-air talent with broadcasting facilities from their living room, basements and even attics.
General Manager Mark Shecterle stated, “These are unprecedented times for all of us and I cannot be more proud of my entire staff for handling this so professionally. We’ve had to move mountains to make this happen, but we’ve been able to stay live and local, and the listeners have no idea we are not in the studio. As broadcasters it’s our job to continue to provide our listeners with great radio by being compassionate, providing important information that affects our listeners and their families … and we must be an escape for everything that is going on”!
1620 The ZONE on-air talent John Bishop commented, “This stinks for all of us, but we are broadcasters and we must continue to entertain our listeners and provide them with valuable information for their families. We will get through this, and local radio will help everyone get through this … together.”
EVENTS: Radio.Com Launches New Channel: 'The Beat Goes On'
A 24/7 Channel With Live Epic Events For 30 Straight Days
THE MOUTH, MARCH 25TH, 2020 – Entercom announced the launch of “RADIO.COM Live: And the Beat Goes On,” a new 24/7 channel on RADIO.COM, the exclusive digital home for all Entercom content across its portfolio of 235 stations. The channel, launched on Tuesday, March 24 at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT, will stream and broadcast live epic events for 30 straight days, including new and never-before-seen archived performances from some of the biggest artists in the world on the RADIO.COM app and website, YouTube and Twitter.
“As we practice social distancing, music fans everywhere can stay connected with “RADIO.COM Live: And the Beat Goes On” for live, exclusive performances right in their homes,” said Pam Russo, Senior Vice President and General Manager, RADIO.COM. “We have opened up our archives from a variety of genres and also partnered with new artists to bring fans some of our biggest shows all in one place. We hope everyone enjoys a nightly couch tour with us.”
The Beat Goes On” is currently streaming performances from Alice Merton; “Almost Acoustic Christmas” featuring Angels & Airwaves, Beck, Cold War Kids, The Head and The Heart, Jimmy Eat World, and Young the Giant; Bad Religion; Bastille; Bring Me the Horizon; Cage The Elephant; Coldplay; Green Day; Local Natives; Machine Gun Kelly & Yungblud; Of Monsters and Men; Pennywise; Shaed; Silversun Pickups; The Lumineers; Twenty One Pilots; and Yelawolf.
New Jersey 101.5 Brings Specialists Together For 2nd Town Hall On Novel Coronavirus
THE MOUTH, MARCH 25TH, 2020 –– On Thursday, March 26 at 7 p.m., Townsquare Media’s “New Jersey 101.5” (WKXW-FM) is presenting its second Town Hall broadcast confronting the worldwide novel coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, specifically focusing on health and medical matters. New Jersey 101.5 Special Projects Director and Morning News Anchor Eric Scott leads the news and digital departments in linking a statewide audience with New Jersey’s top doctors fighting the pandemic, in a listener-driven, call-in format.
The program’s on-air expert panel will feature Dr. Margaret Fisher, infectious disease specialist at RWJ Barnabas Health, also the medical director at Unterberg Children’s Hospital and chair, Department of Pediatrics, Monmouth Medical Center; Dr. Manisha Parulekar, program director and chief of the Division of Geriatrics at Hackensack University Medical Center, and Dr. Kevin Slavin, director of quality for Hackensack Meridian Health Children’s Services, specializing in pediatric infectious diseases.
Scott will anchor live from the New Jersey 101.5 studios, with guests joining by phone and answering listener questions in real time.
Steve Bannon, Chris Christie Among Those Joining For Special Coronavirus Coverage On 77 WABC
THE MOUTH, MARCH 25TH, 2020 –– This week 77 WABC is airing special programming to bring insights and information about the coronavirus crisis to listeners in the Tri-State area. Steve Bannon (L) is hosting special programming all week at 5pm. On (Monday), Rudy Giuliani was on at 4pm with co-host Tony Carbonetti WABC also will air additional special programming related to the coronavirus crisis with rotating guest hosts between at 3pm and 4pm Today (Tuesday) famed attorney Arthur Aidala at 3pm and then Bill O'Reilly is doing a customized hour for WABC only at 4pm.
On Wednesday Curtis & Juliet extend their noontime show for an extra hour and stay on until 4, when Fox News' Brian Kilmeade will host a customized hour for WABC. Thursday, from 3-5, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is scheduled. Friday, from 3-5, it's former New York Governor George Pataki. Steve Bannon remains on the air 5-6pm all week.
Bannon was one of the first people in the world to accurately predict the COVID-19 outbreak, its scale, and its ramifications on the economy and daily life here in the United States. He began the daily radio show and podcast on January 25, when news of the virus was just beginning to leak out of China during the Lunar New Year. Visit pandemic.warroom.org and follow @WarRoomPandemic and to follow @WarRoomPandemic. Media Contact: Renee Cassis | RC Communications Marketing 646-808-6505 | email@example.com
Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony Rescheduled For November 7th
THE MOUTH, MARCH 25TH, 2020 –– The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony, Set To Air On HBO, has been rescheduled For November reports Variety. The ceremony was originally scheduled for May 2 but was postponed by the organization amid coronavirus fears. It will now run at 8 p.m. ET from the Public Auditorium in Cleveland. This marks the first time the ceremony will be broadcast live on the network.
This year’s Hall of Fame inductees include Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode, the Doobie Brothers, Whitney Houston, T-Rex and the Notorious B.I.G. While only four confirmed cases of the virus have been detected in Ohio, Governor Mike DeWine plans to issue a public order limiting mass gatherings of people, according to the report.
Multiple conferences, festivals and events have been cancelled or postponed as the virus has spread in recent weeks. Among them include: South by Southwest festival which was cancelled, while the Coachella and Ultra Music Festivals have been postponed.
Radio Mercury Awards Reset For Fall 2020
THE MOUTH, MARCH 25TH, 2020 –– In light of the current public health measures in place due to COVID-19, the Radio Mercury Awards currently scheduled for June 4, 2020 will be postponing the awards show to Oct. 6, 2020, at SONY HALL in New York City. This decision comes in consultation with the Radio Mercury Awards Advisory Council and the Radio Advertising Bureau Executive Committee.
Call for Entry remains open and will be extended until Aug. 3, 2020. Entry eligibility will also be extended to Aug. 3, 2020. “The Radio Mercury Awards is committed to maintaining the safety and health of all our participants,” said Erica Farber, President and CEO of the Radio Advertising Bureau. “We look forward to bringing the creative community together later in the year to honor and celebrate the best radio creative work done in the U.S.” For further information, please contact Mercury@rab.com or www.RadioMercuryAwards.com.
AWMF Foundation PostponesGracie Awards Gala To September 22, 2020
THE MOUTH, MARCH 25TH, 2020 –– The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) has made the decision to postpone the 45th Annual Gracie Awards Gala, scheduled for May 19th, due to recommendations from public health officials surrounding the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The safety of our honorees, staff and partners involved in the annual gala remains top priority. The Gracies Gala will now take place on September 22, 2020 at the Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills, A Four Seasons Hotel.
“We are grateful to the women and men who are keeping the public connected and informed to stay healthy and safe during the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic,” said Becky Brooks, Executive Director of AWM. “In this unprecedented time, we must come together as a community in media and as human beings. We are looking forward to the day when we can once again convene to honor the brave reporters, creators and the extraordinary programming in all mediums of news and entertainment.”
SNAPS: 103.7 Play Richmond's Melissa & Jack Air From Melissa's Closet
THE MOUTH, MARCH 25TH, 2020 –– Wanted to share this snap of Melissa Chase and Jack Lauterback, aka Melissa and Jack Show on 103.7 Play (WURV) Richmond who are now broadcasting from MELISSA'S CLOSET!
Jack tells us "It’s been an adventure but we’re making the best of it." In addition to co-hosting morning show, Melissa also serves as PD.
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REPORT: Frosty Stilwell 'Furloughed' By KLOS' Amid 'Decreased Ad Revenue' From Virus
THE MOUTH, MARCH 24TH, 2020 –– According to a report in yesterday's Los Angeles Daily News, KLOS’s Frosty, Heidi & Frank's Frosty Stilwell (TL) has been ‘furloughed’ by the station due to 'decreased advertising revenue.' On Monday, The Frosty, Heidi and Frank morning show announced that Frosty Stilwell had been “furloughed” on Friday. Heidi Hamilton and Frank Kramer shared that Stilwell was being furloughed due to “decreased advertiser revenue” amid the spread of coronavirus.
Listeners were quick to weigh in via social sometimes drawing comparisons to the recent firing of fellow LA host Kevin Ryder (R) of KROQ 106.7 FM’s Kevin in the Morning with Allie & Jensen who were all unexpectedly let go last week.
Originally called just “Frosty and Frank,” the show started in 1994 at Star.98.7 FM, adding Hamilton and later moving to KLOS they became the Frosty, Heidi & Frank Show. No official word yet from Meruelo-owned KLOS on the report.
The Bone Tampa's Mike Calta Says He ‘Did Not Pay One Cent’ In 'Embarrassing’ Hulk Hogan Sex Tape Lawsuit
THE MOUTH, MARCH 24TH, 2020 –– 102.5 The Bone Tampa's Mike Calta opened up yesterday on air about the much publicized Hulk Hogan lawsuit. According to The Tampa Bay Times, Calta revealed he was “released” from the latest Hulk Hogan sex tape lawsuit and did not enter any settlement agreement with the 66-year-old pro wrestler.
Calta said for the past four years he’d mostly resisted talking about the lawsuit, in which he, his employer Cox Radio, and others were accused of conspiring to leak sex tape footage of Hogan (Terry Bollea). “The whole point of this ridiculous nonsense is that it’s now over,” Calta said. “The lawsuit against me as a person who was involved with this was dismissed, and I did not enter into a settlement with Hulk Hogan.” He told the Tampa Bay Times, “I did not pay one cent.” Calta said he was at one point compelled to make a settlement offer, just to stop spending money on lawyers, but “I didn’t want to settle for anything. I said I didn’t want to give a ***damn dime of my money to anyone for something I didn’t do.”
As for the private settlement reached between Cox Radio and Bollea last week, Calta said he doesn’t know the details or any dollar amount. “It’s private, that means I don’t know. You can ask me a thousand times, I’ll tell you I don’t know.” Calta said he feels his privacy was invaded during the lawsuit. He said his phone records had been subpoenaed and that all they showed was that he’d had many conversations with his agents, also named in the suit, and his management at Cox.
Jacobs Media Launches Coronavirus Survey - How You're Feeling? How You're Managing?
THE MOUTH, MARCH 24TH, 2020 –– One week after 9/11, Jacobs Media launched its very first national web survey to take the audience’s temperature at that crucial time in history. Were they ready to hear funny morning shows again, contests, and how they were feeling (fear, patriotism)? Now Jacobs Media says, we are going to launch a similar survey the week of March 30 to address the coronavirus crisis. This will be a short questionnaire, designed to see how people are feeling, are they home, are they working, are they listening to your station, and on which devices? We will also have some questions to provide your sales team that hopefully achieve clarity and reinforcement on purchasing behaviors. We believe it’s imperative for radio stations to understand the mood and behaviors of their audience during these unprecedented times.
There will be three parallel studies: commercial radio, Public Radio, and Christian music radio. Only radio stations in the United States may participate. Because this survey is designed to capture the attitudes of the audience and deliver the returns to participating stations quickly, we have developed a tight timetable and window for each station to capture their data. Tuesday March 24th – Friday March 27th: Registration period for stations to sign up to participate in the study. Tuesday March 31st – Thursday April 2nd: Survey in the field. It will close at midnight (ET) on the 2nd. No exceptions.
Monday April 6th – Wednesday April 8th: Results delivered to participating stations. Thursday April 9th: Webinar for participating stations. Please register no later than Friday, March 27th. REGISTER HERE
iHeartMedia San Diego Adds KFMB-AM and Announces Lineup
THE MOUTH, MARCH 24TH, 2020 –– iHeartMedia San Diego announced that it has entered into an agreement with Local Media San Diego to purchase and program AM 760 KFMB (KFMB-AM) in San Diego. AM 760 KFMB will join iHeartMedia San Diego’s roster of iconic brands and franchises — both broadcast and digital — including 101.5 KGB, Channel 93.3, Rock 105.3, XTRA 1360, Star 94.1, News Radio 600 KOGO and JAM’N 95.7. AM 760 KFMB will continue to broadcast its existing talk format and will retain the majority of its programming lineup including popular local hosts Mark Larson and Mike Slater as well as nationally recognized Armstrong & Getty.
“We are proud to add this iconic talk station to iHeartMedia San Diego’s portfolio of market-leading brands,” said Melissa Forrest, Market President iHeartMedia San Diego. “We look forward to working with AM 760’s talented, well-respected hosts and their listeners.” Effective March 18, 2020, iHeartMedia resumed programming of AM 760 KFMB under a local marketing agreement. The company expects the transaction to be completed in approximately 60 days, after customary regulatory approvals are obtained.
Also in the lineup from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. The Buck Sexton Show and 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. The Mark Levin Show 10 p.m. – 3 a.m. Red Eye Radio
Radio.Com Launches 'I'm Listening: Stay Connected' Hosted By Dr. Chris Donaghue
THE MOUTH, MARCH 24TH, 2020 –– Entercom has launched “I’m Listening: Stay Connected,” a multiplatform, live daily show focused on mental health in the midst of the global health pandemic. The show, which is a part of Entercom’s annual, yearlong I’m Listening mental health awareness initiative, is hosted by licensed therapist Dr. Chris Donaghue, who will offer resources and tips and answer questions from listeners to keep overwhelm at bay. “I’m Listening: Stay Connected” will air Monday through Thursday from 8:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. ET / 5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. PT on RADIO.COM, the exclusive digital home for all Entercom content across its portfolio of 235 stations, and via Face book Live, Twitter Stream and YouTube Live.
“I’m Listening: Stay Connected” will feature various professionals in the mental health field, including Patti Stanger from “The Millionaire Matchmaker” on love and dating in the era of quarantines; Amber Rose, model and actress; Jake Shears, lead singer of pop-rock band Scissor Sisters; Frankie Grande, “Rock of Ages” star and brother of Ariana Grande; Taylor Dayne, three-time Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter; Linda Blair, actress famously known for her role in “The Exorcist”; and Jai Rodriguez, “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” actor and CHANNEL Q on-air personality. Dr. Donaghue will also be available to answer listeners’ questions and discuss how to manage anxiety during the current news landscape or struggles with maintaining social distance.
To access the live broadcast of “I’m Listening: Stay Connected” and to share a story, audiences can visit https://www.radio.com/drchris. Listeners are encouraged to submit their questions for Dr. Donaghue and his guests via Twitter and Instagram using #ImListening.
NETWORKS: United Station's Rick Jackson's Country Classics to Pay Tribute To Kenny Rogers
THE MOUTH, MARCH 24TH, 2020 –– United Stations and program host Rick Jackson have altered their programming lineup in order to pay tribute to the late Kenny Rogers on the weekly program “Rick Jackson’s Country Classics.” Rogers, the superstar musician who passed away on Friday evening at the age of 81, was not only a Country hit-maker, but he had also made an impact in pop music and on television. He was a Country Music Hall of Fame member, a three-time Grammy winner and a six-time CMA award winner. Rogers had twenty-four Number 1 hits and a catalogue filled with memorable songs including ”The Gambler,” ”Lady,” ”Lucille,” and ”Islands in the Stream.”
Kenny’s history along with those songs and many more will be covered in a special installment of Rick Jackson’s weekly show paying tribute to the late Kenny Rogers titled "Remembering Kenny Rogers." The episode will be broadcast nationally during the weekend of April 4-5, 2020, and the entire three-hour weekly program will be comprised of Kenny Rogers’ music, his greatest hits and his amazing story. Rick Jackson’s Country Classics is programmed, written and hosted by Rick Jackson who also serves as its executive producer. For more info, contact Andy Denemark, USRN - firstname.lastname@example.org - (212) 536-3603 - PHOTO/Courtesy of Piper Ferguson
EVENTS: iHeart Charlotte Debuts Carolina Cares' Initiative
THE MOUTH, MARCH 24TH, 2020 –– In response to the recent coronavirus pandemic, iHeartMedia Charlotte recently launched “Carolina Cares,” an initiative to help the local community by highlighting local organizations and services necessary during times of crisis.
iHeartMedia Charlotte’s on-air personalities will talk on-air about “Carolina Cares” every hour for the duration of the campaign. Across all its stations’ websites, iHeartMedia Charlotte is promoting various local organizations offering services to individuals as well as businesses that are operating on limited hours and restaurants that are offering delivery, pickup or gift cards during this pandemic.
“The most important responsibilities and rewards of our industry is the ability to make a connection, interact, share information and create companionship with our local communities, especially during these uncertain times,” said A.J., Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Charlotte. “Our team continues to be dedicated to engaging listeners, clients and the entire community during these trying times.”
Fort Wayne's Majic 95.1 Brings Back Christmas Music To Cheer Up Listeners
THE MOUTH, MARCH 24TH, 2020 –– Leave it to Fort Wayne WAJI MAJIC 95.1 to bring back a little Christmas Music Magic to add a bit of much needed cheer amid the Caronavirus Pandemic. They announced Monday they'll play Christmas music from 9 p.m. until midnight each night this week.
In a statement, the station said “the world is dealing with a lot of uncertainties right now, and WAJI, MAJIC 95.1, is providing some help in de-stressing.” Station Operations Manager Capt. Chris Didier said he hopes the music will improve morale. “It’s just a little something we wanted to do as a way to provide some relief from all of the heavy news we’re all dealing with every day,” said Didier. “Christmas music is like comfort food. It makes us feel better. It’s something we love.” SOURCE: WANE
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NAB To Replace Postponed April Show With Digital 'Express'; Will Enhance New York Show
THE MOUTH, MARCH 23RD, 2020 –– Following postponement of NAB's April Show, Gordon Smith,, President and CEO issued a letter on Friday by announcing in its aftermath a digital alternative, plus enhancement of its New York Show later this year. "In light of the current circumstances, it is impossible to hold a rescheduled 2020 NAB Show this year. We will instead proceed with a two-pronged approach to deliver as much value as possible under these circumstances to our exhibitors, partners, and the broadcast industry as a whole," wrote Smith.
"The first prong will be The NAB Show Express, targeted to launch in April 2020," said Smith. "This digital experience will provide a conduit for our exhibitors to share product information, announcements and demos, as well as deliver educational content from the original selection of programming slated for the live show in Las Vegas, and create opportunities for the community to interact virtually—all of which adds up to something that brings the NAB Show community together in a new way."
The second prong announced will be enhancing its NAB Show New York with new programs, partners, and experiences. Smith said they already had numerous conversations with show partners about expanding their participation, and have heard from numerous exhibitors interested in enhancing their presence at this fall’s show. - "We will have more to say about these efforts in the coming weeks," said Smith.
iHeart To Air Version Of National Anthem Over All Of Its 850+ Stations Today; CMG To Join
THE MOUTH, MARCH 23RD, 2020 –– iHeart announced today it wants to take a moment of solidarity to celebrate our collective strength as a nation and recognize the heroic efforts of so many workers on the frontline – including our doctors, nurses, health care professionals, caregivers and other critical responders who are working night and day to get us through this.
Today, iHeartMedia will honor the resilience of Americans by encouraging the masses to unite through the healing power of music as our 850+ radio stations and formats across the country air a version of the National Anthem at 9:00am PT/10:00am MT/11:00am CT/12:00pm ET.
Just learned from Tim Clarke, Vice President - Content & Audience Cox Media Group, that they will be also be joining for this show of solidarity.
Beasley Media Group & Borrell Associates Team For Webinars on Crisis Marketing
THE MOUTH, MARCH 23RD, 2020 –– As part of Beasley Media Group’s ongoing We Are All in This Together Community of Caring Initiative, the company will team up with Borrell Associates to present five complimentary 30-minute webinars on Tuesday, March 24th and Wednesday, March 25th focused on crisis marketing for local businesses impacted by the current coronavirus situation. Topics will include: valuable tips for communicating with customers & non-customers, how to craft creative & appropriate marketing messages and common concerns & opportunities faced by local businesses.
The session is open to any interested businesses, however, it is especially relevant for local companies located within Beasley Media Group markets. The webinar will be moderated by Beasley Media Group Chief Digital Officer, Todd Handy and Vice President of Digital Sales, Dan Frisbie. Local Marketing Experts Gordon Borrell, Jim Brown and Corey Elliott of Borrell Associates will provide guidance on how local businesses can not only survive, but thrive and make a difference in times of crisis.
"Local businesses are facing significant difficulties and their communities are doing all they can to help out,” said Handy. “The Beasley Media Group family of radio stations is part of those same communities. Now more than ever, we're all in this together." For a complete list of session times and to register for a complimentary webinar, please visit www.bbgi.com/webinars.
Randy Lane: Dealing With The New Normal
THE MOUTH, MARCH 23RD, 2020 –– Talent Coach Randy Lane says despite the down times, there may be an upside in dealing with the new normal. "I already miss watching the Lakers and the Dodgers," says Lane. "I miss casually walking into a store to get what I need. It’s odd not to be able to go to a doctor for routine appointments. I’m doing video workshops in lieu of in-person vis Clients are broadcasting from home. I know, all first world problems. But, still, the new normal is shifting my perspective in many directions. And some of those directions are surprisingly positive.
Instead of listening to the continuous news and daily press briefings, this might be the perfect time to consider what’s going right in our world. We are being forced to slow down. Collaboration and cooperation is a must now.
The world is more health conscious. We are upgrading our immune systems. There is a greater sense of community. We have time to do the things we have been too busy to pursue. Compassion and concern for the elderly has become a priority. We are grateful that the internet allows us to virtually visit with friends and family. Projects around the house are finally getting done.
This is the perfect time to start new creative endeavors. There is no traffic in the traffic capital of the world! The world is being impacted like no other time in modern history. We are experiencing a new normal, at least for an unknown amount of time.
The best thing that we can do is stay informed, take the recommended precautions AND...always look on the bright side of life!
THE MOUTH, MARCH 23RD, 2020 –– More than one-third of Americans age 12 and over (104 Million) are consuming podcasts regularly, up significantly from 2019, according to The Infinite Dial 2020® from Edison Research and Triton Digital.
Podcasting awareness and consumption in the U.S. continue to rise, according to the most recent information from the Infinite Dial 2020® from Edison Research and Triton Digital. Seventy-five percent of Americans age 12+ (approximately 212 million people) are now familiar with podcasting, up from 70% in 2019, and 37% (104 million) listen monthly, up from 32% in 2019. This continues the growth trend that The Infinite Dial® has measured since 2009.
“Podcasts now reach over 100 million Americans every month,” said Tom Webster, SVP of Edison Research (R), “and are attracting an increasingly diverse audience. Also, with 62% of Americans now saying they have used some kind of voice assistance technology, audio is becoming a bigger part of our everyday lives.”
Other findings include:
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SYNDICATION: Kidd Kraddick Show Takes Over Mornings On WNOW-FM Indianapolis
THE MOUTH, MARCH 23RD, 2020 –– Beginning today, March 23, 2020, YEA Networks’ syndicated radio program, The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show will be heard in Indianapolis, IN, on Radio One’s WNOW RadioNOW 100.9. The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show features co-hosts Kellie Rasberry, J-Si Chavez, and Big Al Mack, along with recently announced correspondent Jenna Owens. WNOW RadioNOW 100.9 becomes the show’s 69th affiliate in the U.S. Dustin Kross, Top 40 Format Director, Radio One, said: “I am very excited to bring The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show to Indy! They’re a top-notch morning show, with great content and developed personalities, that will fit in perfectly in Indianapolis”
Deon Levingston, Regional Vice President, Radio One, added: “We are very excited to have Indy join the KiddNation. The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show is a perfect addition to RadioNOW 100.9 and we are looking forward to welcoming the team to Indy.” The announcement comes just a few weeks after Radio One added the YEA Networks show on its other Top 40 station, KROI-FM in Houston, TX. “The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show” is heard on more than 65 Top 40 and Hot AC radio stations across the country, as well as the American Forces Radio Network, weekdays from 5-10 am CT. For more information, visit: https://www.kiddnation.com/.
Hugh Hewitt Inks Through 2028 With Salem Media
THE MOUTH, MARCH 23RD, 2020 –– Salem Media Group announced that talk show host Hugh Hewitt has agreed to terms on a contract extension, keeping him on the air through December of 2028. Hugh has been broadcasting for Salem since July of 2000, and currently airs his national program from 6am to 9am ET.
"I look forward to not only this fall’s presidential election but the next two presidential campaigns and all the news in between them as well," Said Hewitt. "The past 20 years have been two decades of upheaval and crisis, a sudden devastating attack on America, of war and terror and now a pandemic, of hard fought elections and massive legislative and legal changes. It’s been a privilege to cover these breaking news events for three hours a day with the extraordinary team and guest list we have assembled and rely upon," continued Hewitt.
Hewitt’s national footprint has grown to over 450 affiliates across the country, and is also seen on video simulcast on Townhall.com. Hewitt also appears regularly on NBC News programs like "Meet the Press," and is a regular contributor to the Washington Post. For more info, contact Phil Boyce Senior VP/Spoken Word Format Salem Media Group and Salem Radio Network (646) 543-7445
The O'Reilly Update Added At 77 WABC New York
THE MOUTH, MARCH 23RD, 2020 –– Key Networks announced its daily morning drive radio feature, The O’Reilly Update – Morning Edition has signed its newest affiliate, the legendary TALKRADIO 77 WABC in New York City. Featuring bestselling author and former #1 cable news personality Bill O’Reilly.
The O’Reilly Update – Morning Edition launched in January. O’Reilly’s 15-minute daily radio program, The O’Reilly Update, launched in late April 2019 and together with The O’Reilly Update - Morning Edition, O’Reilly is now heard on over 200 stations from coast-to-coast.
Dennis Green, Chief Revenue Officer, Key Networks, said: “Key Networks is so proud to be associated with Bill O’Reilly and The O’Reilly Update. The content has been superb and the tremendous response is a testament to Bill and the talent he brings to the airwaves, with a style unmatched in media. We’re thrilled to welcome the great WABC New York, bringing our affiliate group to over 200 stations in 10 months."
For more information and to get The O’Reilly Update and The O’Reilly Update – Morning Edition for your station, contact Dennis Green, Chief Revenue Officer, Key Networks, at 844.KEY.NETS or email@example.com.
Country Legend Kenny Rogers Passes Away At 81
THE MOUTH, MARCH 23RD, 2020 –– The famed country singer “passed away peacefully at home in Sandy Springs, GA from natural causes,” his family announced on Twitter. According to The Huffington Post, he had been under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family” when he passed away at 10:25 p.m. on Friday.
“In a career that spanned more than six decades, Kenny Rogers left an indelible mark on the history of American music,” Rogers’ family said in a statement shared online by the icon’s publicist.
A small private service will be planned “out of concern for the national COVID-19 emergency,” the family said, adding it would celebrate the Country Music Hall of Fame member’s life “publicly with his friends and fans at a later date.”
In memory of his passing, Benztown created an Audio Tribute voiced by Bill Royal and was written and produced by Adam Kecskemeti. LISTEN HERE
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THE MOUTH, MARCH 20TH, 2020 –– The Academy of Country Music® and dick clark productions announced with appearances and concerts canceled, Country Music’s biggest stars are practicing social distancing by staying home – and inviting fans to join them for a new kind of entertainment special. ACM® PRESENTS:OURCOUNTRY will feature intimate conversations and at-home acoustic performances with top Country artists along with clips of their favorite moments from the Academy of Country Music Awards’™ 55-year history. The new special will be broadcast Sunday, April 5 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Participating artists will be announced in the coming weeks.
Artists will appear from their homes via video chat to share some heartfelt thoughts and perform acoustic versions of Country hits. Additionally, video clips from previous ACM Award® broadcasts will allow viewers to reminisce with them about their favorite ACM moments. It will be a night filled with entertainment, hope and reflection, bringing thehealing power of music to Americans at a time when they need it most.
“Although the highly anticipated 55th ACM Awards show is unable to take place on April 5th due to the health crisis, we still wanted to deliver fans an entertaining ACM Country Music special as planned,” said Damon Whiteside (R), CEO of the Academy of Country Music. “We are thrilled to announce ‘ACM Presents: Our Country,’ an all-new special that allows fans to connect with their favorite Country artists and to relive some of the greatest moments of the ACM Awards, all from the comfort and safety of their own homes.”
ACM's 'OUR COUNTRY' will broadcast during the time slot previously scheduled for the 55th Academy of Country Music Awards, which are postponed to air on CBS in September, at a date, time and venue to be determined. TOP PHOTO/John Shearer/ACMA2019/Getty Images for ACM
Akron Radio Host Jim Isabella Test Positive For Coronavirus
THE MOUTH, MARCH 20TH, 2020 –– Popular WNIR Akron talk host Jim Isabela has tested positive for the coronavirus reports The Beacon Journal. As of yesterday, Isabella is in isolation at University Hospital’s Parma Hospital. He said via phone Wednesday evening that he came down with flu-like symptoms last week, was hospitalized initially for pneumonia and was tested for coronavirus on Monday. The results of the test came back positive Wednesday.
“Obey what the people are telling you,” Isabella, whose last radio show was Friday, said. “I don’t know where the hell I got it. You have to be smart. You have to be smart. According to a post from the station’s website, several other on-air staff will have to go into quarantine because they have been in contact with Isabella. The station said for the time being, Steve French, Bob Golic and Mark Richards will also be in quarantine to avoid risk of spreading the virus. The plan is for the hosts to work from home, which is why they may sound different over the radio for a while.
Isabella says, “The less I talk the better I feel,” he said. “This is just tough, man.” Isabella has been a popular talk show host at WNIR on weekdays from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays. Isabella, who started as a fill-in host, landed his own show on Nov. 29, 2013.
2020 Slate Of Radio Talent Institutes Postponed
THE MOUTH, MARCH 20THM 2020 –– Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic, Dan Vallie, President of National Radio Talent System announced that the Beasley Radio Talent Institute at Emerson College, Boston, MA • Confer Radio Talent Institute at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania • GAB Radio Talent Institute at University of Georgia, Athens, GA • Hubbard Radio Talent Institute at Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ • KBA WKU Radio Talent Institute at Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY • Kellar Radio Talent Institute at Appalachian State University, Boone, NC • MBA Radio Talent Institute at Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, MO • TAB Radio Talent Institute at University of Tennessee Knoxville have been cancelled.
Vallie stated in a release: “We thank all of our forward thinking partners for their vision and partnership in this noble effort, now needed more than ever, of discovering and preparing young talent to help insure we thrive into the future in our dynamic and changing industry. We all agree that it is with regret, but also great concern for the health of all involved that we are postponing all the Institutes scheduled for this summer. We have already begun the planning for 2021, and with continued support from Benztown, vCreative, Mr. Master and xperi. The National Radio Talent System will be contacting each broadcast professional who was confirmed to lead a session in one of this summer’s Radio Talent Institutes and have already contacted the over 100 students who have applied for this summer and are now automatically accepted into the 2021 Radio Talent Institutes. For further information, contact Dan Vallie at 704-246-8185 or DanVallie@NationalRadioTalentSystem.com
[WATCH] 97.1 The Drive Chicago Launches Video Campaign With COVID-19 Updates
THE MOUTH, MARCH 20TH, 2020 –– Hubbard's 97.1 FM, The Drive Chicago is now providing hourly COVID-19 CHICAGO updates including the most recent information on this constantly developing situation. The station says, "Whether you are working from home, on the job or at the office, you can stay connected with The Drive by asking Alexa to “Open Ninety-Seven-One The Drive,” stream The Drive at WDRV.com or connect using The Drive’s FREE MOBILE APP (which you can download now at Google Play or The Apple Store.)
Along the way, the station hopes to find a way to make listeners smile. “And when the night is cloudy, There is still a light that shines on me, Shine on until tomorrow, let it be.” -Lennon-McCartney With Love and Respect, Bob Stroud, Steve Seaver, Brian Sherman, Steve Tingle, Jill Egan, Phil Manicki, Janda Lane, Greg Easterling, Rachel Kelso, Bryd, Tim Spencer, and Rob Cressman - WATCH HERE
Austin City Limits Is Standing With Austin
THE MOUTH, MARCH 20TH, 2020 –– 97.1 FM Austin posts: "What began as our Live Morning Broadcast during SXSW, evolved into a closed door series of sessions and chats at one of our favorite night spots, 3TEN ACL LIVE — but then with talk of bar and restaurant closures coming (and they did), we had to scramble for a Plan C. Here it is: Tonight at 8pm, along with our friends at Austin City Limits the television show and The Austin City Limits Music Festival, we’re hosting ACL Stands With Austin. It’s a program dedicated to the folks who are hardest hit by the SXSW cancellation and ensuing health crisis—the music and service industry pros who literally have made our city famous. "
They'll raise money for the Austin Community Foundation’s Stand With Austin campaign along with special performances live on the radio on 97.1FM ACL Radio, acl-radio.com, and additional platforms from a series of Austin mainstays and friends of our town.
EVENT: KISS 108 Boston Creates Billie Eilish Party
THE MOUTH, MARCH 20TH, 2020 –– In place of a formerly planned concert, iHeart's KISS 108 Boston created a Billie Eilish party last night. Listeners were told to ell Alexa to play KISS 108 on iHeart Radio. Of, If you’re in the Boston area, they suggested tuning in to KISS 108 FM Social: #BILLIEXKISS108
KISS 108 Program Director, Dylan Sprague adds, “Since her show at the Garden has been postponed, it’s the best way for fans to join together in our love for Billie Eilish. If we were at the show, we’d be all singing these songs together. Why not belt ‘em out at home?”
98.5 The Sports Hub Boston Presents Brady’s Best
THE MOUTH, MARCH 20TH, 2020 –– He may be headed to Tampa, but his memorable games with the Pats won't be forgotten thanks Beasley's 98.5/WBZ-FM Boston's new 'Brady's Best Feature. The station will rebroadcast the Pat's memorable Games featuring Legendary Quarterback Tom Brady. 98.5 The Sports Hub, the official flagship station of the New England Patriots, will salute longtime Quarterback Tom Brady with the new feature.
The special programming will air at 1pm this Sunday, March 22nd, 2020. Sports fans can tune into 98.5 The Sports Hub/WBZ-FM as well as via 98TheSportsHub.com and the radio station’s App to hear a rebroadcast of all of the play-by-play excitement of the Patriots’ AFC Championship overtime thriller against the Kansas City Chiefs. That game will be followed by Brady and the Pats’ miraculous 24-0 comeback win against Peyton Manning and the Broncos at Gillette Stadium in 2013. “Brady’s Best”, as well as other classic games by the Patriots, Bruins and Celtics, are planned to air on 98.5 The Sports Hub/WBZ-FM in the coming days and week.
SYNDICATION: The Playhouse With Kat & JJ Adds 5th Affiliate WILN-FM Panama City
THE MOUTH, MARCH 20TH, 2020 –– Happy to share that The Playhouse with Kat & JJ, originating from KCLD in St. Cloud, MN (and MSBC regulars) just added their 5th affiliate this past week - Island 106 (WILN-FM) in Panama City Beach, FL. The show was added to KG 95-3 in Winona in February and has been adding stations over the past few years. From 94-7 HITS FM in Montreal to Z94-7 in Grand Forks, ND and other Midwestern markets in between.
Check out the show here: https://www.playhouseshow.com/ or stream it live from 5:30-9:00am Central at www.1047kcld.com. Don't hesitate to reach out to JJ if you're looking to fill a morning or PMD slot - firstname.lastname@example.org
Throwback Nation Radio Delivers '60 Days of Inspiration During Pandemic
THE MOUTH, MARCH 20TH, 2020 – On Wednesday, March 18th, Sun Broadcast Group’s “Throwback Nation Radio” began offering listeners a new way to calm their fears and channel their energy during the Coronavirus outbreak with a new feature, “60 DAYS of Throwback Nation Inspiration.” “Just like our listeners, we’ve been re-arranging our work and family lives to cope during this period of uncertainty,” said Tony Lorino, CEO and host of Throwback Nation Radio. “While we can’t predict the future, if we can offer our listeners creative ideas to do with their families, or by themselves, we might just be able to make this difficult time a little bit easier for all.” The tips – one each day for the next 60 days – will live in video form on Throwback Nation Radio’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels using the hashtag “#ThrowbackNationInspiration.”
They’ll also appear nightly in the show, hosted by Lorino Monday-Saturday and Danny Hustle on Sunday. Throwback Nation Radio Affiliates will receive customized content to integrate the feature into their programming on air, online, and on social media to help stations integrate the campaign as they see fit. Lorino says, “A show like ours isn’t just about playing music; we are here to provide a connection and a common bond for people during these uncertain times." For more information on Throwback Nation Radio, call Sun Broadcast Group (800) 871-6163 or visit our website at sunbgi.com.
PODCAST: The Prof Show Launches On WWO
THE MOUTH, MARCH 20TH, 2020 –– Cumulus/Westwood One has launched The Prof G Show, with bestselling author and business professor Scott Galloway offering his no mercy, no malice take on how to win in the digital economy. The Prof G Show is available at Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, Pocket Casts, and Google Podcasts, among other platforms. We live in a winner-take-all economy that’s bifurcating into those who are part of the innovation economy and those who aren’t.
“Our inspiration is the nineties sitcom Frasier, where listeners can call in, ask questions, and be part of an environment that encourages people to keep learning,” said Galloway. “The Prof G Show aims to help listeners be successful professionally and personally.”
“Scott is a compelling and brilliant entrepreneur and author who shares his business insight in an irreverent and accessible way,” said Suzanne Grimes, EVP Marketing, Cumulus President/Westwood One. “With The Prof G Show, we can all interact with this guru and learn very practical and practicable information.” In Episode 1, Galloway explores the idea of “Love in the Time of Corona” answering listener questions about how to prepare, adapt, and respond during these volatile times.
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Lineup Changes At KROQ Los Angeles: Stryker and Klein Take Mornings Kevin Ryder Exits
THE MOUTH, MARCH 19TH, 2020 –– In a surprising turn of events yesterday at KROQ Los Angeles, longtime morning co-host Kevin Ryder, (shown at left below) of the recently rebranded Kevin in the Morning With Allie & Jensen, was let go from the Entercom Alternative rock outlet. With the move, the station announced that current afternoon drive co-hosts Stryker and Kevin Klein (shown above) will debut on mornings in the coming weeks. Megan Holiday will host afternoons and a search is underway for an evening host.
“We thank Kevin for his many years of dedication, comedy and entertainment, alongside Gene 'Bean' Baxter (BR), that helped build KROQ into the iconic station it is today,” said Jeff Federman, Regional President, Entercom.
“Kevin and Bean set the bar high for mornings on KROQ,” said Mike Kaplan, Senior Vice President of Programming, Entercom. “We’re looking forward to this next chapter in the station’s history and think our listeners will enjoy getting to see a different side to Stryker and Klein as they start their day.”
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.
The news followed an earlier tweet by Kevin Ryder posting, "Hey party people! Not sure how to say this, so here it is: Yesterday, @kroq called every one of us on the morning show and told us we were fired." Also let go were Allie Mac Kay (above center) and Jensen Karp, (above right) and others. The move comes after Ryder's longtime co-host, Bean, recently left the show to move to England.
Michael O'Rielly Nominated To New 5-Year Term As FCC Commissioner
THE MOUTH, MARCH 19TH, 2020 –– President Trump has nominated FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly for a new, five-year term. O'Rielly's term expired at the end of June 2019, but commissioners can continue to serve until the close of the next Congress. The National Association of Broadcasters President Gordon Smith commented, "Without question, Commissioner O’Rielly has served in this position with class, integrity and distinction. On a personal note, I’ve known Mike since his days as a Capitol Hill staffer, and I am so pleased with this reappointment. I urge my former colleagues in the Senate to swiftly confirm him.”
O'Rielly favors lifting media ownership rules given the rise of competition from cable and broadband and satellite, and was instrumental in loosening KidVid regs on TV stations.
REPORT: Amid Virus, 23% Of American Workers Will Work From Home This Week
THE MOUTH, MARCH 19TH, 2020 –– The latest Westwood One blog looks at how the outbreak of the Coronavirus has shifted the American workforce and altered habits. Commissioned by CUMULUS MEDIA | Westwood One, Ipsos conducted a national study to understand the current landscape. During the week of March 9-13, 11% of Americans who normally work outside the home worked from home. 19% of those in the Northeast worked from home. For the week of March 16-20, 77% of those who work outside of the home say they will go to work. 23% will stay home the week of March 16-20, 2020.
Income is a factor contributing to whether workers will work from home or travel to a workplace. 26% of workers who make over $50,000 say they will work from home the week of March 16-20. Only 14% of those making less than $50,000 will work from home the week of March 16-20
American commuters are avoiding public transportation. 55% of those who normally use public transportation are already, or planning on, using it less. Those who use a car or truck to get to work are already, or planning on, sticking to that mode of transportation. 78% of car/truck users say they are using, or planning on using, their vehicle about the same. 13% say they are using, or planning on using, their car/truck more. Among those who say they will work from home the week of March 16-20, 35% typically get to work via public transportation, walking, or using some other means besides a car or truck. Among the 77% of workers who say they will go to work the week of March 16-20, the vast majority (90%) typically use their vehicle.
Nearly one in five (18%) heavy AM/FM radio listeners, those who listen to more than 5 hours each week, say they will be listening even more to AM/FM radio due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Additionally, 20% of heavy AM/FM radio listeners say they will be listening more to news reports on AM/FM radio. Nearly one-third say they will be consuming more news online and news on TV.
Bailey And Southside Bring 'Residential Radio' To Atlanta During Pandemic
THE MOUTH, MARCH 19TH, 2020 –– Radio has been very different this week in Atlanta, Georgia. Last week Rock 100.5 FM Atlanta/WNNX’s Bailey and Southside morning show received word that the Cumulus Atlanta cluster would be shut down after an employee came in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. They are not allowed in the building for at least 2 weeks. So Monday, The Bailey and Southside morning show gathered at host Jason Bailey’s home at 4am to do their show, LIVE...from his living room.
Bailey’s wife even wakes up at that time to prepare breakfast for the morning show. With their program director Axel Lowe running the board back at the studio (he’s on the essential people list), the show pieced together equipment from friends to be able to continue to broadcast to their listeners.
“This is an important time for us all. There is a new normal, and our listeners need us more than ever.”, says Bailey. The show continues to inform their audience through coronavirus updates, topical guests, local stories, and lighthearted comedy, all from Jason’s couch. You can hear Bailey and Southside, Monday-Friday on Rock 100.5 in Atlanta or via your smart speaker anywhere in the world or on their Podcast: https://omny.fm/shows/bailey-and-southside-podcast
[WATCH] John Tesh Talks Coronavirus With Yale's David Katz, MD Via Facebook Live
THE MOUTH, MARCH 19TH, 2020 –– Compass Syndicated The John Tesh Show is living up to it's moniker, 'Intelligence for you life' by connecting via FACEBOOK LIVE with David Katz, MD, of the Yale Prevention and Research Center at Yale University. McVay Media's Mike McVay says, "It was probably one of the best interviews on the Corona Virus topic I've seen (and I'd say that even if I didn't work for John!)
The Intelligence for Your Life show airs on nearly 300 stations. John is joined on the show by his wife Connie Sellecca. WATCH HERE
[WATCH] 97.1 ZHT Salt Lake City's Frankie & Jess Jolted During Show By Earthquake
THE MOUTH, MARCH 19TH, 2020 –– As if the Coronavirus Pandemic weren't enough, this week also included a powerful earthquake that rocked Salt Lake City early Wednesday morning, damaging buildings, causing thousands of power outages and disrupting airport operations for several hours. Despite it being classified as one of the most powerful quakes to hit the area since 1992, no serious injuries were reported.
The earthquake struck at about 7:00 am, right during a discussion on iHeart ZHT's Frankie & Jess Show. With video rolling, they were able to catch the experience as it happened - watch at link below as cast member quickly jumped under the console - WATCH HERE
iHeart Cleveland Commits To 10,000 PSAs During Virus Outbreak
THE MOUTH, MARCH 19TH, 2020 –– iHeartMedia Cleveland announced a commitment to air over 10,000 Public Service Announcements (PSAs) through April 30 across its nine stations to help local citizens and community organizations during the coronavirus outbreak. The PSAs will raise awareness and encourage listeners to engage with various local organizations including the Cleveland Food Bank, The Salvation Army, The City Mission and Providence House.
“iHeartMedia Cleveland’s commitment to the community is unwavering, and our community and neighbors need us more than ever,” said Keith Hotchkiss, President of iHeartMedia’s North Ohio Region. “We look forward to shining a spotlight on many worthy local organizations that serve so many people in our community.”
The PSAs will air across nine local stations including Newsradio WTAM 1100/106.9 FM, 96.5 KISS FM, 99.5 WGAR, 106.5 The Lake, 100.7 WMMS, Majic 105.7, Real 106.1, ALT 99.1 and 1350 AM The Gambler.
WOLF Portland's Nick & Kristen Launch Job Fair For Those Furloughed Due To Coronavirus
THE MOUTH, MARCH 19TH, 2020 ––Every Wednesday during the quarantine, The Married Morning Show Nick & Kristen invites hiring managers from local employers to call the Wolf between 5am & 9am and share their opening! 503-733-WOLF! Many in our community are already suffering hour reductions or furloughs. We’ll share every call and job opening at www.TheWolfOnline.com! https://thewolfonline.radio.com/blogs/kristen/on-air-job-fair-0 (there’s the page that’s already been posted)
We live, work and play here, just like you! As a local business, The Wolf cares deeply about our community and small businesses; most importantly, their employees. This Friday, 5a-9am, The Married Morning Show Nick and Kristen, will host Small Business, FREE Commercial Friday! Even if you’re not open now, suggest buying gift certificates for listeners to visit once everyone is healthy! If you own a small business, call Nick and Kristen Friday morning.
Royal, Savage And Shrader Promoted At Benztown
THE MOUTH, MARCH 19TH, 2020 –– Benztown has promoted commercial production specialists Bill Royal, Dave Savage and Teddy Shrader to newly created positions within the Benztown Commercial Production team. Dave Savage moves up from Joint Production Director for Benztown to Director of East Coast Commercial Production, while Teddy Shrader rises from Commercial Production Creative Director to Director of West Coast Commercial Production. Bill Royal has been elevated to Commercial Production Manager for Benztown from his previous role as Commercial Voice Talent for the company. The move will add power to its partnership with Yamanair Creative whom they partnered with in in 2018.
Bill Royal, Commercial Production Manager, Benztown, is a 20+-year radio production and on-air veteran, who has hosted top-rated morning shows in California and New Mexico. Royal has won eight New Mexico Broadcasters Association Awards for his voiceover, production, and copywriting work, is heard on TV and radio commercials nationwide, and has been a featured voice actor in several audiobooks. Dave Savage, Director, West Coast Commercial Production, Benztown, began his successful audio production career at Jacor, followed by Clear Channel and then iHeartMedia. Teddy Shrader, Director, East Coast Commercial Production, Benztown, brings nearly two decades of experience in music and creative writing, composition, production, administration, and management. His clients have included: McDonalds, Kohls, Walgreens, United Airlines, Delta Airlines, Fossil, CBK, Build-A-Bear, Lucky Brand Jeans, and many others. For more information, please visit: benztown.com or contact Masa Patterson at Benztown at email@example.com or (818) 842-4600.
Studio Center Offers Help During Pandemic
THE MOUTH, MARCH 19TH, 2020 –– The COVID-19 Coronavirus has turned our world upside down in a matter of two weeks! Here at Studio Center we’ve been operating in “Flu Protocol” since December 1 and have increased our intervals of cleaning and spraying. All of our facilities are open and fully operational. We are offering FREE Radio Production for all “Coronavirus” related cancellations or closings. More importantly, we are here to help you in any way that we can. Many of you are working from home and maybe somewhat limited in your resources.
Here is a list of services that we offer in case you need us: • Video Production • Radio Production • Websites (Repair, ADA Compliance Work or New Sites) • 2D and 3D Graphics • Voiceovers (FREE Live Auditions and 24/7 Casting) • Translations (Any voice with over 100 Certified Translators) • Print Design and Delivery • Digital Media (Ads and Placement) • Paid Search • Copy Writing • Ideas/Concepting • Storyboards • Social Media • On Camera Talent and Casting • Photography (Including Food) We’re available 24/7 via phone, email, chat or text. 1-866-515-2111 New York | Washington, DC | Richmond | Virginia Beach
Guests And Visitors Must Declare Themselves 'Fit' Before Entering BBC Buildings In UK
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, MARCH 19TH, 2020 –– The BBC are requiring visitors, guests and contributors to declare themselves fit before entering its buildings. There’s a dedicated Coronavirus Support Line for team leaders who might need advice. In the commercial sector, Global is limiting guests to its buildings, and trialing a remote working operation for a number of employees. talkSPORT and Virgin Radio UK owner News UK has halted all domestic and international business travel, including travel between different News UK locations.
Australian Radio Reacts To Coronavirus - Several high-profile presenters now in isolation and others testing positive to COVID-19. Amanda Keller (shown) is broadcasting from home, after coming into contact with Christian Wilkins as part of her role as host of Dancing with the Stars. Amanda will say on-air from home until Wilkins receives the results of his COVID-19 test. Sydney’s top-ratings FM breakfast duo Kyle Sandilands and Jackie ‘O’ Henderson are on-air via home studios (see picture). Smoothfm presenter Richard Wilkins tested positive to COVID-19 after meeting with Rita Wilson, wife of Tom Hanks, who both returned positive results themselves. Mornings & Nights presenter Kent ‘Smallzy’ Small is presenting Breakfast on Nova 96.9, filling in for Fitzy & Wippa, with the entire Nova Sydney Breakfast team in isolation after coming into contact with Richard Wilkins last week.
Irish Radio Broadcasts public Mass - Following the news that all public masses are being cancelled in Ireland, KCLR in Kilkenny and Carlow has offered a replacement service for listeners. Sunday mass is celebrated by Bishop of Ossory, Dermot Farrell and broadcast live from KCLR’s studios at 9.30am. Other stations providing mass on the radio include WLRFM, Shannonside FM, Northern Sound, Ocean FM, Galway Bay FM, Clare FM, and Tipp FM.
[WATCH] WMMR's Preston & Steve Complete 'March Sadness' Competition In Philly
THE MOUTH, MARCH 19TH, 2020 –– Beasley's WMMR-FM Morning hosts Preston & Steve officially ended the worldwide sports drought with March Sadness: a social distancing safe free throw competition played over FaceTime! The competition took place on Wednesday, March 18th via a multi-person FaceTime call with contestants from Morning Show Video Producer Nick Murphy’s MacBook to an iPad that Preston and Steve could see and hear in the studio.
Participants were positioned near their basketball hoops as a family member or co-worker held the phone while the contestants took their shots. “The audio was crystal clear,” said Murphy. “All four players used AirPods to hear and speak directly to Preston & Steve. I hooked my MacBook up to a video switcher, patched FaceTime through that and broadcast the stream via an OBS program to our Facebook page. In addition, we created a graphic saying “Preston and Steve would be right back” to put up between each round was each contestant changed.”
In the end, it was Anthony, live from his New Jersey home, who locked in the Preston and Steve March Sadness Championship! “I had a great time today in the B-Ball Tournament,” said Anthony. “In light of everything that is going on in the world right now, it was really great to laugh and participate in the event. WATCH HERE
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Jim Kerr Celebrates 46th Year On The Air; Becomes Longest Running Show In NYC
By Art Vuolo
THE MOUTH, MARCH 18TH, 2020 –– Chuck Igo will be retiring after 40 years in Portland, ME at Rewind 100.9’s writes videographer Art Vuolo. "But his call-letters WYNZ we’re first and originally at 1520 on the AM dial (as a day timer) in Ypsilanti, Michigan, right next to Ann Arbor. It was also the radio station where a young 15 year old kid got his first job in radio. His name was, and still is, Jim Kerr says Vuolo. As of today, Jim celebrates 46 years on New York City radio! He’s now the longest running host in the number one market."
Back in 1969 Vuolo says he gave Jim a couch to sleep on when he had no place to go. He's so proud to still call him a friend after 50+ years. Jim does mornings with longtime co-host Shelli Sonstein (shown above with Jim) on iHeart’s classic rock WAXQ Q104.3. "Kudos to you Chuck, and to you Mr. Kerr...here's to many more years of waking up The Big Apple!" says Vuolo.TOP PHOTO/National Radio Hall of Fame
Local Media San Diego Completes Acquisition Of KFMB Radio Group From Tegna
THE MOUTH, MARCH 18TH, 2020 –– Local Media San Diego announced it has concluded its acquisition of KFMB-FM and AM from Tegna, Inc. The stations will join “Z90” (XHITZ-FM), “91X” (XETRA-FM), and “Magic 92.5” (XHRM-FM) at LMSD headquarters in Sorrento Valley. Local Media San Diego, LLC is a San Diego-based media company.
In addition to radio properties, LMSD also owns and operates Local Media Digital Labs, a locally-focused digital solutions provider, Local Media San Diego Events for lifestyle event production, and offers in-house video and audio production. 760 will be sold to iHeart and programming will begin on Thursday - Source Joe Nelson
For The First Time In Over 7 Years, 3 Female Artists Are In The Top 10 On Country Charts
THE MOUTH, MARCH 18TH, 2020 –– Variety reports on Mediabase, three singles are clustered together: Ingrid Andress’ “More Hearts Than Mine” and Gabby Barrett’s “I Hope” (shown) — both from freshman artists — on the rise at # 7-8, followed by Maren Morris’ “The Bones” at No. 9. No one should feel too bad about Morris’ song being on the decline: That single already set its own contemporary benchmark when, in February, “The Bones” became the first song by a solo female artist to spend consecutive weeks at the top since 2012. The good news is compounded by the fact that both the Andress and Barrett songs have been almost universally acclaimed by programmers and cited as strong contenders to get to No. 1, eventually, in country radio’s slow churn.d by programmers and cited as strong contenders to get to No. 1, eventually, in country radio’s slow churn.
These upward moves follow on the heels of a panel at last month’s Country Radio Seminar in which some programmers and label execs were predicting, or at least hoping, that 2020 could be “the year of the woman” for a format that has spent a lot of years being called out by the media for affording female artists so few slots, in comparison to eras when they were better represented.
According to Dr. Jada Watson of the University of Ottawa, the last time there were three solo woman on Mediabase’s country chart was the week of Feb, 23, 2013, when Taylor Swift’s “Begin Again” was No. 1, followed by Carrie Underwood’s “Two Black Cadillacs” at No. 6 and Kacey Musgraves’ “Merry Go ‘Round” at No. 10 (still her career peak on the chart to date). On the Billboard chart, the last time there were three at once dates back even further, to October 2012, when Underwood’s “Blown Away,” Miranda Lambert’s “Fastest Girl” and Jana Kramer’s “Why Ya Wanna” were all in the top 10. READ VARIETY ARTICLE HERE
NETWORKS: ABC Audio To Offer COVID-19 Text & Video Feed Regardless Of Affiliation
THE MOUTH, MARCH 18TH, 2020 –– Beginning today ABC Audio will offer a COVID-19 digital text feed to interested radio stations as a public service. Stations -- regardless of their current affiliation with ABC Audio or ABC News Radio -- can utilize the new RSS feed to auto-populate their websites and apps with stories related to COVID-19 without a fee. "In these uncertain times ABC Audio is trying to help all radio stations keep their listeners informed. As more station staff members work remotely, we want to offer ready-made material for as many platforms as possible," Stacia Deshishku, Vice President and General Manager of ABC Audio, remarked. "This new digital feed and social media content will enable stations to concentrate on their audio operations secure in the knowledge that their listeners and readers are up to date with the latest COVID-19 information."
In addition to the digital text feed, ABC Audio is offering stations the use of video and social media content from the ABC Power Portal, also at no cost. For information on how to obtain access to these services, please email Christopher.Venice@abc.com or Mary.E.McCarthy@abc.com.
All Radio Stations In Italy To Unite For Broadcast Call For Hope This Friday
THE MOUTH, MARCH 18Th, 2020 –– While Graham Mack usually posts our international news on Thursday, here's one worth an early look. According to Radio World, almost 100 years after Italy's first radio broadcast, the country’s national and local radio stations are joining forces on the airwaves in an unprecedented broadcasting initiative — “La Radio per l’Italia.” As a show of companionship and comfort, on Friday March 20 at 11 a.m., many of the nation’s stations will simultaneously air Italy’s national anthem and three songs that embody the country’s heritage.
The unified broadcast will be diffused on available platforms, including FM, DAB, terrestrial television (audio only and visual channels) and streaming through stations’ websites and apps. The project aims to give strength to all Italians in this time of the coronavirus health crisis. National radio broadcasters participating in the event include Rai Radio 1, Rai Radio 2, Rai Radio 3, Rai Isoradio, M2O, R101, Radio 105, Radio 24, Radio Capital, Radio Deejay, Radio Freccia, Radio Italia Solomusicaitaliana, Radio Kiss Kiss, Radio Maria, Radio Monte Carlo, Radio Radical, Radio Zeta, RDS 100% big hits, RTL 102.5 and Virgin Radio.
Organizers are calling for the entire nation to tune into their favorite station, turn up the volume, open the windows or go out on the balcony to sing together, waving the Italian flag or showing a symbol of Italy. This, they said, will offer a moment of reflection, unification, and hope for all.
SBG Staff Phased Into Telework By End of Week
THE MOUTH, MARCH 18TH, 2020 –– As the fears and confusion mount in the wake of the COVID19 (Corona) Virus, Sun Broadcast Group announced its plan today to protect its workforce across the country through a new Smart-Work initiative. Starting this week, employees across SBG’s five nationwide locations began a phased transfer into a telework scenario until at least April. The company will continue to stagger its team members day by day until all are securely and technologically situated in their homes. The company expects the process complete by this Friday, March 20th.
SBG President and Founder Jason Bailey commented, “Anyone who knows me, Julio, Danno or Laura, knows that our team IS our family. The moment the Covid19 threat began to grow we knew that we needed an incredible plan to protect them that allowed us to stay open and operate at full capacity. Our IT, programming and operations teams, along with so many others, sprang into action to make this plan work quickly. Rest assured…we will absolutely continue to serve our clients without missing a beat while keeping those close to us safe until this threat passes.”
Bridgett Knupp Rises To Market President For iHeartMedia's Harrisonburg, VA
THE MOUTH, MARCH 18TH, 2020 –– iHeartMedia has named Bridgett Knupp named Market President for Harrisonburg, effective immediately. She will report to Chuck Peterson, Area President for iHeartMedia Virginia Community Markets. “I am excited to have Bridgett begin her new role as the leader of our Harrisonburg and Staunton group of station brands,” said Peterson. “She is already known and respected in the local business community through her previous roles with iHeartMedia Harrisonburg. “She has a proven track record of sales leadership and is outstanding in the area of digital advertising.
Knupp moves into the market president role in Harrisonburg after serving as the senior vice president of Sales for the operation since 2011. She began her career with the company as an account executive in 2001. She is a graduate of Emory and Henry College and is currently working toward her MBA at James Madison University.
“I am very proud of the work we have accomplished in the Harrisonburg and Staunton markets,” said Knupp. “We have iconic brands in this market with KCY Country and 98 ROCK and are looking forward to continued success in helping our community and advertisers. I want to thank the iHeartMedia Harrisonburg team for all of their help and guidance and I am humbled to work alongside some of the industry’s best talent.”
Max Media Names Eddie Haskell VP/Operations And Programming
THE MOUTH, MARCH 18TH, 2020 – Eddie Haskell will join Max Media’s Norfolk/Virginia Beach cluster as VP of Operations and Programming effective April 1st. In addition, Haskell will serve as Brand Manager and afternoon personality of New Country 97.3 The Eagle (WGH-FM).
“I knew Eddie was the right person for the job when I met him. He’s full of passion for radio and knows how to motivate and inspire his team. We’re excited to have him join the Max Media team,” commented Keith Barton, VP/GM of Max Media Hampton Roads. Haskell was most recently Sr VP of Programming for iHeart Media’s Ft. Collins, CO cluster. Prior positions include Program Director of KYGO/Denver, Operations Manager for Cumulus/Albuquerque and Program Director of WYCD/Detroit.
“I’m so excited to join the team at Max Media. The culture that GM Keith Barton has fostered feels like a perfect fit. I can’t wait to get in the building and start working with these great brands. Plus, it’s a great time to be moving to the beach... just in time for summer.” 97.3 The Eagle/WGH-FM is a country station locally owned and operated by Max Media LLC, which has radio stations in Virginia, Illinois, Missouri and Colorado.
Townsquare Portsmouth Promotes Key Staffers To Leadership Posts
THE MOUTH, MARCH 18TH, 2020 –– Townsquare Media Portsmouth announced two major promotions in its local management team today. Sarah Sullivan (TL) has been named Operations Manager for Townsquare Media Portsmouth. She will also continue in her successful role as Brand Manager for Adult Hits WSHK, “The Shark.” Sullivan brings over 30 years of experience in multiple formats to the role and started with Townsquare, Portsmouth in 2018.
“I am thrilled to be working with this amazing crew at Townsquare Media, locally here in NNE, and also across the Company. Everyone at Townsquare has a passion for what we do and achieving no less than excellence. I will give this position my all out of respect for the legendary WOKQ and for the amazing SHARK FM, two brands that continue to grow every day. Thank you, Bill Wilson, Brian Lang, Kurt Johnson, Christine Sieks and everyone who has had faith in me to lead this group of amazing people,” commented Sullivan.
Townsquare Media Portsmouth also announced that Jess Tyler is the new Brand Manager for heritage Country WOKQ. Tyler (TR) has successfully hosted middays and served as Assistant Brand Manager for the station since 2018. She is well-known and respected in the Country music community. She previously was on-air and MD at WDRQ in Detroit. “I'm really excited to lead this huge country brand,” said Tyler. ”I grew up just down the road in Massachusetts, and love being back in New England. Townsquare’s commitment to live and local as well as digital is exciting.
Brent Michaels Named Chairman; Joey Tack Vice-Chair For CRB Agenda Committee
THE MOUTH, MARCH 18TH, 2020 –– The Country Radio Broadcasters have announced the 2020-2021 Agenda Committee leadership and they are Brent Michaels (KUZZ/Bakersfield) serving as Chairman and Joey Tack (KNCI/Sacramento) serving as Vice-Chair. Michaels comments, "I'm truly honored to be selected to chair the Country Radio Seminar Agenda Committee for the 2021 event. I'm excited to work with Joey and the soon to be announced team leads and committee members to create a memorable CRS."
The balance of the Country Radio Seminar (CRS) 2021 Agenda Committee will be made up of volunteer professionals from all sectors of the Country radio, streaming, and record industries. The committee is responsible for planning events for the upcoming year’s Country Radio Seminar. The CRB is now accepting applications from industry professionals who want to be considered to serve. Prospective applicants must be available to attend agenda meetings in Nashville on Wednesday, June 24 through Friday, June 26th, 2020. Applicants are also expected to attend CRS 2021, held Feb. 17-19, 2021.
SNAPS: Preston & Steve Presents March Sadness
THE MOUTH, MARCH 18TH, 2020 –– March Madness may have been upended due to the Coronavirus, but Beasley WMMR's Preston & Steve say "They are committed to social distancing and self-quarantine… but we’re also here to help you stay sane! That includes filling that void left by the cancellation of the NCAA Tournament in a very Preston & Steve way.
For the purpose stated above, Preston & Steven introduce 'March Sadness,' A city wide game of HORSE / PIG / Free Throw Challenge played over Facetime. The game is scheduled to be played today, March 18th during their show.
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STUDY: 90.8% Of Americans Who Work From Home Are Reached By AM/FM Radio
With working from home quickly becoming a reality for some Americans, this week’s Westwood One blog answers questions agencies have about what this means for AM/FM radio listening habits:
What is AM/FM radio’s reach among Americans who work from home?
Nielsen Scarborough USA+ reports that 90.8% of Americans who work from home are reached by AM/FM radio. AM/FM radio is the soundtrack of the American worker regardless of where they sit.
What is AM/FM radio’s share of audio at home and how does it compare to the workplace?
Edison Research’s latest Q4 2019 “Share of Ear” study indicates AM/FM radio’s share of ad-supported audio is very strong at home and at work. In both locations, AM/FM radio is the dominant audio platform.
What is the propensity to own smart speakers among people that work from home?
Those that work from home are 43% more likely to own smart speakers according to Nielsen Scarborough USA+.
If more people are at home, what are they listening to on their smart speakers?
Per Edison’s “Share of Ear,” AM/FM radio is the number one most listened to audio source on smart speakers.
What is the impact of listening shifts on Nielsen “RADAR” network radio audience service?
Nielsen’s network radio audience measurement was designed to smooth out the highs and lows of AM/FM radio listening. RADAR is based on a one-year rolling average of four quarters that smooths out the highs and the lows. The four-quarter rolling average stabilizes changes caused by major events throughout the year.
How are audiences reported in Nielsen Audio local markets?
The concept of a rolling average also exists in Nielsen Audio local markets. In the 48 Portable People Meter markets, buyers and sellers generally use an average of the most recent three-month reports. In 44 larger diary radio markets, Nielsen recently introduced Continuous Diary Measurement, which is based on three-month rolling averages.
Are there any early reads on listening from the past week?
Triton, the streaming audio audience service, reports that online audio shares to Public Radio and News/Talk stations have grown in the past week.
2020 iHeart Music Awards To Be Rescheduled
THE MOUTH, MARCH 17TH, 2020 –– The 2020 iHeartRadio Music Awards have officially been postponed. The annual awards show, which was originally scheduled to take place on Sunday March 29th at The Shrine Auditorium and broadcast live on FOX will now be rescheduled amid growing Coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns. In an official statement, iHeartRadio explained: "As you may know, the Shrine in Los Angeles recently announced that it is officially closed for events through March 31the earliest — which includes the iHeartRadio Music Awards scheduled to air on FOX, Sunday, March 29. The safety of our guests, employees, artists and partners is our main priority. iHeartMedia and FOX will plan to reschedule at the appropriate time and will provide more information and relevant updates as they become available. Refunds are being issued to ticketed guests."
The iHeartRadio Music Awards are fueled by fans, and fan armies have been voting up a storm via social media, of which votes are still valid and being counted until the end of the voting period which is 8PM ET / 5PM PT on Monday, March 23rd, except for the Best Fan Army Award which voting is open until 12pm ET / 9am PT on Friday, March 27th. More details on a new date for this year's iHRMAs will be revealed later on.
PODCAST: News Tops February Podtrac Rankings; Stuff You Should Know & Ben Shapiro In Top 5
THE MOUTH, MARCH 17TH, 2020 –– Podtrac reports that with the increasing popularity of shows which publish multiple times a day, they now include theses shows in the Podtrac Top Podcast ranking. Previously these shows were excluded. In Podtrac's February rankings, The New York Times 'The Daily' Ranked first, followed by NPR News Now and its 'Up First'. In 4th place iHeart's 'Stuff You Should Know (hosts Josh Clark and Josh Bryant - shown) and 5th Place, The Daily Wire's and Westwood One syndicated host Ben Shapiro Show.
Podtrac adds, that while the counts for these shows are IAB V2 compliant, it should be noted that a segment of their audience members may listen to these shows from multiple locations throughout the day and present themselves technically as multiple unique users. See all the top rankers HERE
Beasley Unveils Operation Gift Card: New England Initiative To Support Area Restaurants and Bars Scheduled to Close
THE MOUTH, MARCH 17TH, 2020 – Beasley Media Group announces its Boston-based radio cluster is helping businesses, neighbors, and the community by unveiling Operation Gift Card: New England to support local restaurants and businesses located in the Greater Boston area who offer gift cards for purchase on their websites. Part of the company’s “We Are All in This Together” campaign, the stations are inviting area restaurants, free of charge, to submit links to feature their gift card pages on all Beasley Media Group Boston websites.
The sites currently receive over two million page views and have 750,000 unique users on an average monthly basis. The stations will promote Operation Gift Card: New England on-air, online, and across all five Beasley Media Group Boston station websites and mobile apps - 98.5 The Sports Hub/WBZ-F, WROR 105.7, HOT 96.9/WBQT, Country 102.5/WKLB, ROCK 92.9/WBOS. In addition, Beasley Media Group Boston stations will support the campaign with on-air promotional announcements as well as with posts on Facebook and Instagram in an effort to promote the timely initiative.
SYNDICATION: Armstrong & Getty Show Offer Help For Stations In Need Of Replacement
THE MOUTH, MARCH 17TH, 2020 –– Armstrong & Getty are doing their part to get radio through our current crisis. Effective now, the show is available to any station in need of a replacement show. This is for stations in markets where we don't currently have an affiliate. Stations can run the show as delivered live or on delay without an Affiliation Agreement for as long they need a replacement program.
We're live 9A-1P Eastern. Stations can air however many hours as they need. Stations can text, email or call me to get started. Craig Whetstine 503.975.6153
NETWORKS: United Stations Offering Its Shows To Stations Needing Dayparts Covered
THE MOUTH, MARCH 17TH, 2020 –– United Stations announces that for stations needing a daypart covered they will allow their downloadable daypart shifts to be used temporarily without any commercial commitment by any radio station where there is not a current conflict in the market. Those shifts include Sandy McIlree’s “The Sandy Show” (shown) which can cover mornings in any 25+ format as well as other time slots, The Jackson Blue Show which is a great daypart for CHR, Rhythmic CHR or Hot AC stations and “Life with Lindsay” for most dayparts in the Country format.
For stations in need of imaging production due to short staffing, they will allow access their Phantom Producer service temporarily without any commercial commitment by any radio station where there is not a current conflict in the market. - for stations in need of Prep content, we will temporarily allow access to our services from Pulse Content, Nineball and Spark without any commercial commitment by any radio station where there is not a current conflict in the market. We hope that our national self-quarantines end quickly and that staffing at radio stations return to normal swiftly as well. In the meantime we are happy that we are in a position to help solve the challenges happening in local markets. For information on how to secure this assistance in your market please contact our regional United Stations affiliate rep or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SRN To Air 'Coronavirus Pandemic' Special
THE MOUTH, MARCH 17TH, 2020 –– The Salem Radio Network will produce and broadcast a live one hour special report on the Coronavirus on Wednesday March 18th at 6pm on most SRN affiliated stations. The program will feature the latest updates on what is unfolding with this major Breaking News story, and provide listeners with critical hands-on information. The program will be co-hosted by SRN talk hosts Dr. Sebastian Gorka and Hugh Hewitt, and will originate live from the SRN News studios in Washington DC.
“Coronavirus Pandemic: An SRN News Special Report” will also be seen on FACEBOOK LIVE and will be streamed on www.SRNnews.com “The country has been shaken by the fast changing news events of this important story, and SRN is uniquely qualified to carry out this task with a live one hour special report,” said SRN Senior Vice President Phil Boyce. “We’ll rely on the expert commentary of both Gorka and Hewitt, with SRN News coverage from our White House correspondent Greg Clugston.” Boyce adds that other SRN hosts Mike Gallagher and Dennis Prager will also be participate in the live broadcast, as well as reports from major SRN affiliate locations. Stations wanting to carry this important live broadcast should contact their regional Affiliate Relations manager at the Salem Radio Network:
iHeart To Air Shamrock Radio
THE MOUTH, MARCH 17TH, With everyone most likely staying home today on St. Patty's Day, iHeartRadio will try keeping the spirit alive with Shamrock Radio - a station featuring hits from some of the most famous Irish rock bands, our version of a pot of gold.
Whether you’re in the mood to hear classic Irish hits such as “Seven Drunken Nights” or something a little more mellow, tune into Shamrock Radio and let The Young Dubliners and The Boys Of the Isle inspire you to breakout that homebrew kit you got for your last birthday and make your first pint of homemade green beer.
With all that is going on in the world, now more than ever, listeners and readers could use some light-hearted fun. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
EVENTS: 103.7 PLAY Richmond Reads 'Radio Readers' Webisode For Kids Home From School
THE MOUTH, MARCH 17TH, 2020 –– Morning Co-host/PD Melissa Chase tells Jockline, "It’s a whirlwind here in Richmond with everything shut down but with a bit of “happier” news I wanted to share that 103.7 Play (WURV/Richmond/SummitMedia) has launched the “Radio Readers” webisode series. With all the schools in the state closed we wanted to make sure that our littlest listeners could still have access to books so we created a virtual storytime for them with our 103.7 Play personalities reading to them!
Videos are also available on 103.7 Play’s social media pages and with new ones posted each day. Pictured in the graphics attached are WURV’s Melissa Chase, Jack Lauterback, Ali Brooks and Tamo Sein.
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iHeart Music Festival & ACM Awards Postponed; Rescheduled For Later This Year
THE MOUTH, MARCH 16TH, 2020 –– The 55th Academy of Country Music Awards™ scheduled to air live on the CBS Television Network on Sunday, April 5th from Las Vegas has been postponed and will be rescheduled to air in September, at a date, time and venue to be determined. “The ACM Awards® is a tentpole event for our Country Music industry, and the Academy of Country Music® and dick clark productions went to great lengths to find a safe solution for the show to go on so that we can honor our artist community. This decision involved many partners, stakeholders and the industry who we have been in constant conversations with over the past several days as the situation has developed. We look forward to identifying a future date that we can celebrate with our Country community safely,” said Damon Whiteside, CEO of the Academy of Country Music.
Also postponed is The 2020 iHeartCountry Festival to be set for a later date. This year's festivities were originally scheduled to take place on May 2nd at the Franks Erwin Center in Austin, Texas. In a statement, iHeartMedia says of the postponed country mega concert: "The Frank Erwin Center announced today it is postponing all events for the immediate future and will be rescheduled at a later date. Our primary goal is always the safety of our guests, employees, artists and partners and we will continue to actively monitor the situation and will provide more information and relevant updates as they become available. Tickets will be honored at the rescheduled date."
Universal Music Group's Chief Lucian Grainge Hospitalized With Coronavirus
THE MOUTH, MARCH 16TH, 2020 –– UMG Universal Music Chairman and CEO Lucian Grainge has been hospitalized after testing positive for coronavirus, sources tell Variety. He is currently receiving treatment at Los Angeles’ UCLA Medical Center. Word of Grainge’s illness has rattled West Coast power players who attended his 60th birthday celebration on Feb. 29 in Palm Springs, multiple industry insiders said. The likes of Apple CEO Tim Cook, veteran music manager Irving Azoff, and Apple senior vice president Eddy Cue attended the party 15 days ago as of Sunday, said sources. The event was held at La Quinta’s Madison Club, an enclave of private residences on a pristine golf course.
UMG’s Santa Monica, Calif., headquarters were closed late Friday. All staffers were directed to leave the buildings “in an orderly manner,” although the discovery was made toward the end of the day and a source told Variety that most of the staff had either left for the weekend or were already working from home. An internal memo obtained by Variety reads in part, “Previously, we have committed that if there were to be a confirmed case of coronavirus infection in any of our offices, we would immediately close that location. We have just been informed that there is a confirmed case of infection in an employee based in our 2220 Colorado Avenue offices. Accordingly and out of an abundance of caution, we are immediately closing all of our Santa Monica offices, and all Santa Monica staff are required to work from home until further notice.”
UMG, recently valued at $33.6 billion and sold 10% of itself to Chinese giant Tencent, is now the largest music company in history, with five anchor labels — Capitol, Def Jam, Interscope-Geffen-A&M, Island and Republic — and a roster that also includes Taylor Swift, Drake, U2, the Weeknd and Sam Smith, as well as iconic heritage acts like the Rolling Stones, Elton John, Chuck Berry and the Motown catalog. PHOTO/UMG UNIVERSAL
CORONAVIRUS: Who Should Broadcasters Trust For The Latest Facts & Information?
THE MOUTH, MARCH 16TH, 2020 –– Getting the latest facts on the Coronavirus is often difficult for hosts without news departments or outside support. Misleading news reports or websites with unvetted claims make it difficult for those whose audience now relies on radio even more since the outbreak of COVID-19 (NuVoodoo 3/12 Jockline). In seeking advice from those in the business of explaining the facts, Steven Portnoy (L), CBS News Radio White House Correspondent asks, "Who should we broadcasters trust? After hearing from a number of experts, I’ve come to the conclusion that we humans don’t have a full grasp just yet on how this virus spreads, how long a person who has it is infectious, or whether they can spread it while they’re not showing symptoms. The truth is, there’s too much we still don’t know. Scientists haven’t had enough time to figure it all out yet."
"My advice to (radio) hosts is to acknowledge this, and have reputable infectious disease experts in your area on your shows, to have them explain their views," says Portnoy. "Challenge them— are you sure? How do you know? Your audience will thank you for it." Portnoy adds, " Everyone in broadcasting has a responsibility to be forthright about what we know and don’t know, and the privilege to be able to help educate the public, so listeners can decide the best course of action for themselves."
CBS News Radio's Amy Bolton says: "We have a number of top health experts and doctors that we go to, including Dr. David Agus and Dr. Tara Narula. In addition, our standards and practices have clear outlines on what we report. We have a process where we internally vet coronavirus data several times a day before it airs".
The Randy Lane Company's Jeff McHugh (R) blogs in his '10 Commandments of Coronavirus Coverage" suggests among others: Triple-check facts. Just like when reporting tornadoes and hurricanes, accurate information saves lives. Guard your reputation by always checking at least three reputable news sites before airing information. –– Avoid interviewing wackos. Your audience will appreciate a well-spoken expert who can educate them on keeping their family safe, but be on guard against the conspiracy theorists who will approach your show looking for an outlet for their crazy. We recommend recording and editing guest interviews –– Updates every half hour. News is happening so fast that listeners will be anxious to hear the latest. Focus on local stories: closings, health department statements and statistics, but keep them informed on what is happening in the US and worldwide too. READ MORE HERE - Be sure to bookmark The World Heatlth Organization HERE and the Center for Disease Control HERE
WDRV Launches 'COVID-19 Chicago Update'
THE MOUTH, MARCH 16TH, 2020 –– WDRV Chicago has launched an hourly “COVID-19 CHICAGO UPDATE” series which runs adjacent to stop-sets in every hour. Jill Egan, Executive Producer of The Sherman & Tingle Show delivers these reports within The Sherman & Tingle Show and inside The Bob Stroud Show during the 9a, 10a, and 11a hours. Janda, co-host of The Seaver and Janda Show delivers updates hourly from noon to 7pm.
Every report is LIVE and consists of the latest local and national headlines along with brief details on any WDRV promotional events or activities which have been postponed or canceled in the interest of public safety. Earlier this week, following the guidance of our region’s public officials – and in the interest of protecting the safety of loyal fans – The DRIVE canceled its weekly Traveling Thirsty Thursday happy hour event and postponed The Fourth Annual St Patty’s Pub Crawl, originally scheduled for Saturday afternoon, March 14th. The Drive is fully staffed and vigilant in preparation for what lies ahead.
Beasley Asks Most Full-Time Employees To 'Telework' Over The Next Two Weeks
THE MOUTH, MARCH 16TH, 2020 –– Beasley has implemented a companywide Coronavirus prevention policy in an effort to ensure the health and safety of its employees, advertisers and the communities it serves. “After careful deliberation, we have taken precautionary measures that are currently being implemented across all of our markets,” said Beasley Media Group Chief Executive Officer, Caroline Beasley “The challenges we face are extraordinary, but the moment is not unique."
Beasley added, "For the period beginning today, March 16th and ending Tuesday, March 31st Beasley Media Group will enact the following company policies: Over the next two weeks, most full-time employees will be asked to telework. While some full-time employees will be needed in the office, they will be expected to follow CDC guidelines (attached) in an effort to maintain a safe and clean work environment. In addition, the company has instituted a “no work-related travel” policy. To limit public traffic at the radio stations, the stations will not be allowing listeners to pick up contest prize awards. Market managers will have the discretion to make limited exception instances where prizes are time limited. Beasley Media Group will be cancelling and/or postponing events and appearances for the next two weeks to ensure not only the safety of its employees but the communities they serve. The company will continue to evaluate and update policies as circumstances dictate. About Beasley Media Group:
Adams Restricts Station Visitors; Discontinues Distribution Of Prizes To Contest Winners
THE MOUTH, MARCH 16TH, 2020 –– As the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation continues to rapidly evolve, Adams Radio Group has mandated that all personnel that can work from home do so starting immediately. Adams Radio CEO, Ron Stone, stated “I want to thank my General Managers, engineers and others within our company for being very proactive in guiding the planning for our company. Incredible talent always steps up when faced with a crisis and our management has done just that. We are committed to supporting our workforce family and their families as well as the communities we serve.”
Stone adds, “Sales, programming, administrators and engineers will all be following this guidance as implemented by local management. This policy is effective immediately and will continue until it is safe for our employees to return to normal activities. We have not received notice that anyone employed by Adams Radio has been in contact with the virus and we are doing our part to keep it that way”. “Further, we have also expanded restrictions on visitors to our buildings. We will be utilizing electronic means for all meetings with clients. Distribution of prizes, etc. to winners of contests will be discontinued until person to person interaction is safe again.
SBG Offering Free Programming For Stations Affected By COVID-19
THE MOUTH, MARCH 16TH, 2020 –– Sun Broadcast Group is currently offering FREE programming to any radio stations that need to fill airtime due to the recent COVID-19 pandemic. If stations are in need, they can reach out to SBG and receive any programming in their lineup that is available in their market for as long as needed, free of charge. There are no strings attached and no contracts needed.
“SBG is here to help and serve radio stations first and foremost, especially in times of need,” stated Sun Broadcast Group’s Chief Development Officer, Danno Wolkoff. “Our offer of free programming and services for radio’s use to better serve their local communities is exactly what we need to do right now. Let’s all serve, inform and protect our listeners together.” Programming included are: The Sam Alex Show, Ashley & Brad, Country Fried Mix with DJ Sinister, Around The House With Eric G, The Jim Brickman Show, The Michael Baisden Show, Full Metal Jackie, The Jared Dillian Show, The Woody and Wilcox Show, Red Cup Country, Barbeque Nation and all other programs available through Sun Broadcast Group. To find programming, click on SBG’s website HERE
Jim Johnson To Cohost Mornings On WOMC Detroit
THE MOUTH, MARCH 16TH, 2020 –– Entercom has named Jim “JJ” Johnson as morning show co-host for 104.3 WOMC, (WOMC-FM) Detroit where he will return to his morning show roots and join JoAnne Purtan as co-host of “JJ and JoAnne Show." Johnson will also continue serving as the station’s midday show host, weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET. “Jim Johnson is one of the most well-known radio personalities in Detroit, with over 40 years of experience exclusively in the market,” said Debbie Kenyon, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Detroit. “Jim and JoAnne have great chemistry on air together and I look forward to Jim bringing his humor and passion for music to mornings on 104.3 WOMC.”
“So this is what full circle feels like?,” said Johnson. “I couldn’t be more excited to return to morning radio. I have been fortunate to have spent 31 successful years waking up with the city I love. Now I get to do it again with one of the most iconic names in radio history, JoAnne Purtan. JoAnne is an incredible and professional broadcaster who weaves seamlessly through video, audio and real life as well as anyone I’ve ever worked with. I can’t wait to get started.” Johnson has over 40 years of radio experience, including 31 as a morning show host for WCSX-FM, WRIF-FM and WLLZ-FM in Detroit. He joined 104.3 WOMC in 2011 as a midday show host.
WTOP Announces New Director of Content Integration & Operations and New Digital News Director
THE MOUTH, MARCH 16TH, 2020 –– WTOP has named Craig Schwalb its new Director of Content Integration and Operations. In addition, Sarah Beth Hensley will be taking over the role of Digital News Director at WTOP. The position became open due to the promotion of Julia Ziegler to Director of News and Programming. “The addition of our new Director of Content Integration and Operations was incredibly important to me in terms of being able to serve the newsroom most effectively,” said Julia Ziegler, Director of News and Programming at WTOP. “An additional member on the leadership team helps ensure we meet our content evolution and quality control goals, as well as our goals for team training, development and growth.”
Craig comes to WTOP from New York City where he most recently served as the program director at WABC from 2014-2019, with oversight of the station’s audio and digital products. Craig has also worked as the Program Director at WPRO in Providence, Rhode Island, WRBZ (sports talk) in Raleigh, CBS Radio and at Sirius XM in New York. Joining this great station, at this fascinating time, is an absolute honor and a dream come true,” Schwalb said. “Thanks to Joel Oxley, Julia Ziegler, and Greg Strassell for this incredible opportunity.”
WTOP is excited to announce that Sarah Beth Hensley will be taking on the role of Digital News Director upon her return from maternity leave. Sarah Beth joined the WTOP digital team in 2013 as a digital editor. In 2018, she assumed the role of Digital News Manager and has been a part of WTOP’s digital evolvement over the last several years. Craig’s first day will be this coming Monday, March 16. Sarah Beth Hensley’s first day in her new role will be Tuesday, April 14.
SNAPS: Rolling Stone: CMT's Leslie Fram 'Hasn't Left Her Rock Roots Behind'
THE MOUTH, MARCH 16TH, 2020 –– In its eighth installment of Rolling Stone’s series 'At Work', CMT's Leslie Fram was its latest music executive interviewed. As program director of alt-rock giant 99X in Atlanta, Leslie Fram was key in furthering the careers of artists like Matchbox Twenty, Smashing Pumpkins, and Shawn Mullins. Since moving to Nashville and joining CMT in 2011, she’s been doing likewise in the country landscape, especially with rising female talent.
The senior VP of music strategy spearheaded the network’s Next Women of Country franchise and, in January, helped CMT commit to programming a 50/50 split of music videos by women and men artists. All of that is in addition to her role in overseeing music integration across all CMT platforms and curating series and specials like June’s CMT Awards, CMT Crossroads, and the CMT Artists of the Year gala. While Fram may be one of country music’s biggest tastemakers, she hasn’t left her rock roots behind. READ ROLLING STONE INTERVIEW HERE - PHOTO/Daniel Brown/CMT
[WATCH] Miguel & Holly's Scott Tavlin Get The Word Out On Prevention Measures Via Video
THE MOUTH, MARCH 16TH, 2020 –– Holly O'Connor, co-host of HOT 101.5's Miguel & Holly Show, says "As informers and entertainers, what can we do for our community in the wake of a viral pandemic? Create a "viral" song/video the encourages healthy prevention measures, of course!
Miguel & Holly on Hot 101.5 turned to their multi-talented Producer, Scott "Scotty the Body" Tavlin. Attaching a medically-oriented sponsor helped get the word out to Tampa Bay and beyond! Check out the newest viral sensation (and let us know if you want to use it!) "Bye, Virus!" WATCH HERE
TSBC 11 Sessions Now Available On DVD* From Vuolo Video
THE MOUTH, MARCH 16TH, 2020 –– Tons of great information was put forth at this year's 11th Annual Talk Show Boot Camp in Cincinnati and for a limited time videos of all available sessions are now on DVD or via downloadable links. If you were there, you can now share the findings with other staffers, or if you missed the event, you can actually experience it electronically.
Reach out to Art Vuolo, who recorded it all with clean video and excellent audio provided by the 21C Museum Hotel. He can be reached by e-mail: email@example.com or phone: 248-926-1234. TSBC 11 is still getting rave reviews and Art is offering availble sessions for a small fee to cover expense and any shipping cost.
Cumulus Atlanta Under Quarantine After Employee Made Contact With Friend Tested For COVID-19
THE MOUTH, MARCH 13TH, 2020 –– Cumulus Atlanta, which operates New Country 101.5, OG 97.9, Q99.7 and Rock 100.5, has quarantined its Atlanta offices for several days after an employee came in contact with a friend being tested for COVID-19 reports the AJC's Rodney Ho. Rock 100.5 program director and afternoon host Axel Lowe (L) released a video on Facebook describing the situation. According to RadioInsight, Lowe says Jason Bailey and “Southside” Steve Rikman on Rock 100.5 will be in “best of” mode today as they prepare to work remotely next week.
“It’s not to panic anybody but it’s where we are,” Lowe said. The Cumulus employee’s friend may not even have the virus but the company made this move out of an abundance of caution." Lowe added, that the test results of the employees friend will take about six days.
Bert Weiss of the syndicated Bert show said they are going to attempt to do the show remotely. He tweeted: "They won’t let us do the show together from same studio together for precautionary reasons. we are trying to figure out how to do the show for you guys from our homes. Will tell ya everything (today)
New Country 101.5 midday host Corey Dylan (R) posted on Facebook, “I’ve worked during Earthquakes in CA & WA, Tropical Storms in Florida too. Just learned my bldg in GA is going into work-from-home quarantine. Welcome to the Twilight Zone.” Radio Insight's Lance Venta says the quarantine also affects the syndicated Rick & Sasha morning show, but nobody from that show has commented on their status for tomorrow."
CBS Broadcast Center In New York Moves Radio Programs To DC & Remote Locations After Two Employees Tested Positive For Virus
THE MOUTH, MARCH 13TH, 2020 –– The Schnitt Show was part of the evacuation of The CBS Broadcast Center in NYC where 2 (non-radio) employees tested positive for coronavirus. Schnitt will be doing the show from his home (shown) via a portable Comrex and microphone. Syndicated by Compass Media, a rep' tells Jockline, "We hope to be back next week in the normal studio. Schnitt's master control is in Tampa at 970WFLA, so that lessens the impact.
Reportedly, CBS News Radio was given just three hours' notice to exit the building and transfer its operation to Washington, DC. CBS News Radio White House correspondent Steven Portnoy tweeted. “That doesn’t happen – it can’t happen – without years of careful planning for such an unfortunate eventuality and a commitment to service that drives each and every one of us. Welcome to DC, colleagues. Stay healthy and safe.” “CBS This Morning” originated from DC yesterday and through today.
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Postponed Amid Coronavirus Concerns
THE MOUTH, MARCH 13TH, 2020 –– The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s annual induction ceremony, scheduled to take place on May 2 at Cleveland’s Public Hall, has been postponed amid coronavirus concerns reports Rolling Stone. “We are very disappointed to announce the postponement of this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony,” Rock and Roll Hall of Fame President Joel Peresman said in a statement. “Our first concern is to the health and safety of our attendees and artists and we are complying to the direction of the local and state authorities and common sense. We look forward to rescheduling the ceremony and will make that announcement at the earliest convenience.”
Rolling Stone says the impact of the virus on the music industry is already massive. Coachella and SXSW, two of the country’s biggest festivals, were either canceled or rescheduled for later this year. Pearl Jam put off their Gigaton tour and Madonna had to prematurely wrap her European tour. The overall cost of these cancellations and postponements could run into the billions, though as of now big tours like the Rolling Stones, Elton John, Green Day/Weezer/Fall Out Boy and Motley Crue/Def Leppard/Poison are still officially on.
MILESTONE: CBS News Turns 82 Years Old Today With Founding Of World News Roundup
THE MOUTH, MARCH 13TH, 2020 – CBS News began with Edward R. Murrow (TL) in Austria and anchored by Robert Trout (TR) in New York. The World News Roundup is the longest running network newscast in the United States, including radio and TV. It first went on-air on March 13, 1938, at 8 PM ET as a one-time special in response to growing tensions in Europe and specifically the Anschluss, during World War II when Adolf Hitler invaded Austria.
" Today we should all be extremely proud of the work we are doing with our outstanding journalists around the globe. We at CBS News Radio continue the legacy that is providing the best in news and information to our affiliated stations as it is needed now more then ever! Good night and good luck to us all…" says Craig N. Swagler - VP and GM CBS News Radio Network
HONORS: Davey Morris, WPRO-FM Afternoon Host And PD To Be Inducted Into the Rhode Island Radio & Television Hall of Fame
THE MOUTH, MARCH 13TH, 2020 –– Davey Morris, Program Director for Cumulus' Top 40 station WPRO-FM in Providence, RI, will be inducted into the Rhode Island Radio and Television Hall of Fame. Morris will be honored at the 2020 Rhode Island Radio and Television Hall of Fame Annual Induction Dinner with his fellow Class of 2020 inductees on April 30, 2020, at the Crowne Plaza Providence-Warwick (Airport) in Warwick, RI.
Morris, a native of Warren, RI, began his broadcasting career in 1990 at WPRO-FM as a college intern, and was hired full time in March 1991, hosting overnights on the station. Since that time, he has been heard in all dayparts on WPRO-FM, and is the longest-running afternoon drive host in the history of the station. Morris is currently Program Director for WPRO-FM and for HOT 106, along with hosting afternoon drive on WPRO-FM.For more information about the Rhode Island Radio and Television Hall of Fame and induction ceremonies, visit: www.rirtvhof.com.
Viktor Wilt Named PD For KFTZ-FM East Idaho
THE MOUTH, MARCH 13TH, 2020 –– Riverbend Communications has promoted Viktor Wilt to Program Director of Top 40 KFTZ (Z103/East Idaho). He will continue in his role as Program Director and morning host of The Viktor Wilt Show at Riverbend Communications Active Rock KCVI (KBear 101/East Idaho).
GM Bill Fuerst stated: “Viktor has produced outstanding results as Program Director of KCVI (KBear 101). Year after year he continually out-performs expectations, develops talent, and creates compelling promotions and unique content. This makes him the best fit to continue growing our market powerhouse KFTZ (Z103). I am proud of his accomplishments and know he will continue driving results in his dual-station role within our organization.”
Wilt says, " I've worked with the amazing staff at Z103 for many years, so heading into this new role with a monster on-air crew that I know and work well with makes the transition all the more exciting." Send him your best at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kid Carson Returning To Mornings On Z95.3 Vancouver
THE MOUTH, MARCH 13TH, 2020 –– Longtime Vancouver personality Kid Carson is returning to the morning show on Z95.3 beginning March 30. The Daily Hive reports that joining Carson is Jordan McCloskey, a stand-up comedian and actor. “Jordan and I met in Grade 10, so the history between us runs very deep,” said Carson. “In an era where authenticity reigns supreme, I think we’re going to take radio listeners to a place they haven’t been before and we’re so excited to join the team at Z95.3.”
Crosby McWilliam, Program Director at Z95.3 added, “We couldn’t be more excited to have such a proven performer join our team! Kid has a reputation for creating engaging shows and we’re thrilled that his triumphant return to the Vancouver media landscape will take place on Z95.3” The announcement of the Kid Carson Show joining Z95.3 comes alongside the release of Kid’s new self-titled app, which serves as an on-demand streaming service that will feature clips of upcoming Z95.3 shows and a podcast. Carson’s return to the airwaves comes after he “parted ways” with 104.9 KISS Radio in 2017.
EVENTS: 9th Annual Iron Imager Contest Postponed
THE MOUTH, MARCH 13TH, 2020 –– Benztown announced that Chris Longman, Sound Designer, Capital in London, UK, has been selected as the finalist in the 9th Annual Iron Imager Contest, the international radio imaging contest where audio production professionals compete for the title of World’s Best Imager. Current Iron Imager Champion Brendan “BT” Tacey, Head of Production, Triple M Network, Southern Cross Austereo in Melbourne, Australia, will face off against Longman in a head-to-head live competition in the U.S. later this year.
Longman has worked at Capital FM and Capital XTRA (Global Radio) in Leicester Square since 2015. He studied Radio Production at De Montfort University in Leicester, UK.
Concurrently, Benztown announced that the 9th Annual Iron Imager Contest, previously scheduled to take place at the Worldwide Radio Summit 2020 in Burbank, CA, on March 26th, has been postponed, along with its official celebration of the sixth annual Benztown 50 List of Radio’s Biggest Imaging Voices. The Worldwide Radio Summit 2020 was postponed yesterday until a later date, following the announcement by the World Health Organization that the COVID-19 Coronavirus was designated a global pandemic.
AdLarge Offers QGoLive Free For Next Two Weeks To Help Stations Broadcast From Home
THE MOUTH, MARCH 13TH, 2020 –– AdLarge Media is helping radio stations by offering QGoLive for free over the next two weeks. QGoLive is an easy-to-use app that allows on-air talent to broadcast from home or anywhere with studio-quality audio on iPhone, iPad, Android, PC, or Mac. There’s no set-up time and no special equipment.
“We know that broadcasters need to continue to provide information and entertainment to their communities, especially during times of crisis or disaster,” noted Jessica Sherman, Vice President of Affiliate Marketing for AdLarge. “AdLarge wants to help keep every radio on-air talent as safe as possible while still broadcasting to their local market. That’s why we’re offering QGoLive for free for the next two weeks.” Any radio station that needs to send their air talent home but keep broadcasting may get a free two-week trial of QGoLive HERE. For more information, radio stations can email Jessica Sherman at email@example.com.
TM Studios Offers Free Corona Virus Update
THE MOUTH, MARCH 13TH, 2020 –– Dallas-based TM Studios has created a FREE Corona Virus Sung Music Package for use at radio stations worldwide. “In times of crisis, people turn to Local Radio. Radio provides valuable information during these rare, critical events,” says Greg Clancy, GM/VP Creative of TM. “This music package was created for stations to provide a focused, cohesive identity around the constant flow of reactions and responses to COVID-19 that are now being communicated to radio listeners.”
The TM team is providing multiple sings, including CORONA UPDATE, COVID-19 UPDATE, and HEALTH UPDATE, plus an instrumental music bed. Download the package for free, unlimited use at https://tmstudios.com/free-coronavirus-update-bed/. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
MIX 101.9 Chicago With Rare On-Air Opening
THE MOUTH, MARCH 13TH, 2020 – MIX 101.9 Hubbard Chicago Market #3 has a rare Afternoon Drive Team on-air opening! They are looking for a successful small or medium market morning team with: amazing chemistry, an ability to entertain around the music, PPM female ratings domination, showbiz DNA, ability to create daily FOMO from consistent compelling music/pop-culture content across all audio/social/video platforms. Also required, a true understanding of Nielsen methodologies, Social Media Pro knowledge of video and audio editing/basic photo editing skills.
If this is your show, please send e mail with linked content to email@example.com, AND also must apply at https://hubbardbroadcasting.com/ Hubbard Broadcasting is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.
Daena Kramer On The Hunt For Next Opportunity
THE MOUTH, MARCH 13TH, 2020 –– 'All good things come to an end....,' Says Daena Kramer of ALT 105.3 San Francisco. She tells Jockline, She and the Entercom outlet have parted ways. "I truly enjoyed every minute of my time there but I am excited and very optimistic about what lies ahead. I'm eager to find my next home in morning radio but in the mean time"
Meanwhile, she'll still be co-hosting The 90's with Alfonso Ribeiro every weekend on Sun Broadcast Network. I can't wait to see which adventure is next. I can be reached at 408-704-0374 firstname.lastname@example.org and www.daenakramer.com.
NAB Cancels April Event; WWRS Postponed
THE MOUTH, MARCH 12TH, 2020 –– NAB President /CEO Gordon Smith (L) announced yesterday that due to the latest Coronavirus developments that this year's show set for next month would be cancelled as they mull a future date. Smith wrote: "In the interest of addressing the health and safety concerns of our stakeholders and in consultation with partners throughout the media and entertainment industry, we have decided not to move forward with NAB Show in April. We are currently considering a number of potential alternatives to create the best possible experience for our community. This was not an easy decision. Fortunately, we did not have to make this decision alone, and are grateful to our NAB Show community for engaging with us as we grappled with the rapidly-evolving situation."
Following news that COVID-19 had been declared a Pandemic, All Access' Joel Denver (R) announced that the Worldwide Radio Summit 2020 planned this month would be postponed as well. Denver wrote: "It is with much sadness and out of our great concern for our speakers and delegates, sponsors, our All Access staff and the staffs at Castaway and S.I.R. Studios and their related services, that we must announce that the Worldwide Radio Summit is being postponed until a later date following the announcement by The World Health Association that COVID-19 is now officially a pandemic." Denver added, "In the interest of all concerned we must do the right thing and postpone this event for a later date. All WWRS registrations will be carried over and honored for our next event ... we will advise everyone as soon as we have a date set."
In lieu of The NAB's cancellation of its event, The Broadcasters Foundation of America announced that it would suspend its Annual Breakfast and Philip J. Lombardo Charity Golf Tournament planned during Las Vegas Show Rescheduling of the Philip J. Lombardo Charity Golf Tournament and the Broadcasters Foundation Breakfast, which includes presentation of the Leadership Awards and the Lowry Mays Excellence in Broadcasting Award, will be announced as more information becomes available. For more information, please visit www.broadcastersfoundation.org, call 212-373-8250, or email email@example.com. TOP PHOTO/NAB-Alamy
NAB With New PSA Campaign On COVID-19
THE MOUTH, MARCH 12TH, 2020 ––The National Association of Broadcasters announced it is distributing new public service announcements to radio and TV stations to educate Americans on how to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The PSA effort is part of a Coronavirus Response Toolkit, an online resource to help broadcast radio and TV stations accurately cover the coronavirus disease and prepare for the impact on their staff, community and businesses. The toolkit offers downloadable radio and TV public service announcements (PSAs) and scripts in English and Spanish. Also available through the toolkit are resources to help local broadcasters prevent and address COVID-19 at their stations, as well as editorial guidelines to help journalists combat misinformation and provide accurate and timely coverage of the virus.
“As America’s ‘first informers,’ local radio and TV broadcasters and our network partners have long been committed to ensuring public health and safety during times of emergency,” said NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith. “As COVID-19 impacts everyday life, it is important for broadcasters to communicate credible news and information to keep people safe and informed. I encourage all broadcasters to utilize resources in the toolkit to help their local communities during this critical time.” The toolkit is located at https://www.nab.org/coronavirus and will be updated with any additional and new information as it becomes available.
NUVOODOO: 20% Of Listeners Turning To Radio More Since Coronavirus Outbreak
THE MOUTH, MARCH 12TH, 2020 ––NuVoodoo Media Services announced that in the face of the COVID-19 Coronavirus, it is conducting an ongoing nationwide study to track concern about the spread of the virus and media usage surrounding the concern. With the potential exponential increases in cases in the coming days, NuVoodoo will release updated findings later this week, and share a deeper dive into what it means for radio on its upcoming webinar on Monday, March 16, 2020. Interested attendees can register at www.nuvoodoo.com/webinars.
In data captured on March 9 and 10, with nearly 3,000 interviews collected, about half of the nationwide 16-54 year-olds in NuVoodoo’s sample are taking at least a few precautions in light of the virus.
Self-reported usage is up across all the media types NuVoodoo explored, including 20% of respondents saying they are listening more to the radio than before the outbreak.
Leigh Jacobs, Executive Vice President, Research Insights, NuVoodoo Media Services, said: “While the online space stands to be the big winner as people search for local information about the spread of Coronavirus, Radio stands to benefit as well – as long as you have a plan and have information to share.” Gilbert added: Gilbert added: “NuVoodoo’s Leigh Jacobs and PJ Kling will update the findings of this ongoing study beginning next Monday, March 16th, during the second installment of NuVoodoo’s Spring Webinar Series, 2020: New Technology & A New Way to Play the Ratings Game. We invite all radio professionals to join us for this free 30-minute webinar and get ahead of the game in their markets by registering for any of the three sessions at: www.nuvodoo.com/webinars.”
The Bob & Tom Show Cancels Two Live Events Due To Virus'
THE MOUTH, MARCH 12TH, 2020 –– The syndicated Bob & Tom Show announced their show has canceled two live events they were slated to headline in March and April, due to concerns from the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak. The first cancellation is a live appearance by the ensemble cast of The Bob & Tom Show, including host Tom Griswold,on Thursday, March 26th, for the Opening Day of the Cincinnati Reds baseball season. That appearance was to have featured a live broadcast with Cumulus Cincinnati affiliate, WOFX-FM.
The show has also canceled an April 3rd live broadcast of The Bob & Tom Show to be held at a Charleston, WV, casino, as part of affiliate WKLC-FM’s celebration of its 40th year as a Classic Rock station.
Breakfast Club Headed To FLOW 93.5 Toronto
THE MOUTH, MARCH 12TH, 2020 –– Orbyt Media and Premiere Networks announced a new, expanded agreement to distribute The Breakfast Club across Canada. Effective immediately, the popular morning show, which reaches 4.4 million weekly listeners on 90 stations in the U.S., will be available to Canadian music stations. As part of the agreement,The Breakfast Club joins Toronto’s Hip Hop – FLOW 93-5 in the Monday through Friday, 6–10 a.m. ET timeslot, beginning March 16. The show, featuring DJ Envy, Angela Yee and Charlamagne Tha God, originates from Power 105.1/WWPR-FM in New York.
“Through our extended partnership with Premiere Networks, we continue to bring the best radio content to stations across Canada,” said Rob Farina, Head of Radio Content and Strategy, at Bell Media. “We’re the first to make The Breakfast Club’s weekday radio show available in international syndication and we’re sure this will make a great addition to mornings.” “There is no brand in Canada more synonymous with Hip Hop than FLOW 93-5. And there is no radio morning show in the world more synonymous with Hip Hop than The Breakfast Club,” said Steve Parsons, General Manager of Stingray Radio. “With the addition of The Breakfast Club to FLOW 93-5, we strengthen our commitment to serving the people of Toronto with the best hip hop and the best on-air talent.” Orbyt Media and Premiere Networks most recently partnered to bring The Bobby Bones Show and his weekly countdown to markets across Canada.
Dave & Chuck The Freak’s Producer James Campbell Named Host Of CheckpointXP Show
THE MOUTH, MARCH 12TH, 2020 –– Beasley Esports, a division of Beasley Media Group, LLC announces James Campbell has been named the new host of the company’s nationally syndicated radio program, CheckpointXP. The show, heard on 70 radio stations across the United States and Canada on the Sun Broadcast Group Network, is also featured on CheckpointXP.com, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and Spotify. Campbell, best known as the longtime producer of the popular Dave & Chuck The Freak’ morning show, currently heard in Detroit, Boston, Ft. Myers, and Tampa.
"I'm very excited to be able to use ‘video game research for work’ as an excuse to my fiancé to get out of house chores!” said Campbell. The revamped esports and gaming pop culture program line-up will also feature Co-hosts Robbie Landis and Ric “Weird Beard” Hogerheide. “We are absolutely thrilled to continue the partnership with Beasley Media Group to carry CheckpointXP on the Sun Broadcast Group Network,” said Vice President of Programming & Affiliate Relations, Rich O’Brien. “The show’s new line-up, featuring James, Robbie and Ric, provides stations with an exciting and unique opportunity to reach Gen Y and Z with the very latest lifestyle news and entertainment in the growing esports space!” For more information, please visit www.checkpointxp.com. PHOTO/L-R: Robbie Landis, James Campbell and Ric “Weird Beard” Hogerheide
EVENT: Local Natives To Perform At Radio.Com Live Event From Radio Sound Space LA
THE MOUTH, MARCH 12TH, 2020 –– Entercom announced Local Natives will perform at the RADIO.COM Live event series at the HD Radio Sound Space in Los Angeles. RADIO.COM, the exclusive digital home for all Entercom content across its portfolio of 235 stations, will stream the special performance and interview nationwide live starting at 8:00 p.m. ET / 5:00 p.m. PT on March 12. “The RADIO.COM Live event series is excited to welcome Local Natives to the stage,” said Pam Russo, Senior Vice President and General Manager, RADIO.COM. “Our listeners from coast-to-coast will get a preview of the band’s performance before they go on tour in May.”
Local Natives is an American indie rock band based in Los Angeles, CA who launched their fourth studio album “Violet Street” in April 2019. RADIO.COM is an integrated digital platform where consumers discover and connect live with the Entercom portfolio of premium, curated content powered by over 235 highly rated, locally programmed radio stations and their websites, as well as live events.
iHeart Chicago Station's Promote 6 Local Non-Profit Organizations During '312 Day'
THE MOUTH, MARCH 12TH, 2020 –– iHeartMedia Chicago’s 107.5 WGCI, V103, Inspiration 1390, 93.9 LITE-FM, BIG 95.5, Chicago’s New Country and 103.5 KISSFM are holding “312 Day” – a day of giving back to the Chicagoland community – today, March 12, 2020. Each radio station selected one local community organization to highlight throughout the day and will encourage listeners to lend their support through monetary donations and volunteer services.
The six organizations include: BUILD CHICAGO (107.5 WGCI), Chicago Foundation for Women (V103), Beacon Light Ministries (Inspiration 1390), Girls on the Run (93.9 LITE FM), Chicago Food Depository (BIG 95.5) and Healthy Hood Chicago (103.5 KISSFM). The selected organizations provide resources to the Chicagoland community ranging from food bank and church food pantry services to education, employment training and placement, at-risk youth counseling, empowerment of women and girls and financial guidance. “‘312 Day’ is an opportunity for iHeartMedia Chicago to refocus onto Chicagoland charitable organizations,” said James Howard, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia’s Chicago Region. “We are inspired by what these organizations are doing for our community and we look forward to shining a spotlight on their work.”
Rebecca Shekleton And Brendan O’Loughlin For 98FM Breakfast In Dublin
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, MARCH 12TH, 2020 –– Panic buying brought on by fear over the Coronavirus is gripping Australia so multiple Breakfast shows, including Kyle & Jackie O on KIIS 106.5 in Sydney and AB & Ben on Hit105.5 Coffs Coast have been giving away free toilet paper on the air.
BBC Radio Shropshire’s Eric Smith Moves From Breakfast After ¼ Of A Century
After 25 years of presenting the BBC Radio Shropshire Breakfast Show, Eric Smith is moving to present the Afternoon Drivetime show from June. He has been presenting the breakfast show for most of the station’s 35 year history, first solo then for the past decade co-hosting with Clare Ashford. From June Eric will move to Drivetime 3pm – 6pm, swapping places with afternoon host Adam Green, who will move to co-host the Breakfast Show with Clare 6am – 9am.
Rebecca Shekleton And Brendan O’Loughlin For 98FM Breakfast In Dublin - 98FM is putting Rebecca Shekleton and Brendan O’Loughlin on its Big Breakfast from March 16th. They replace Cooper and Luke who left last week. Rebecca and Brendan are two of the creators and hosts of superfan podcast, Shrine of Duty, an homage to the UK Drama Series, Line of Duty. The pair appeared on national television last year, to meet ‘Line of Duty’ star Adrian Dunbar who congratulated them on the success of their podcast. From Dundrum originally, Rebecca fed her passion for all things showbiz and pop culture as entertainment reporter for 98FM, interviewing Hollywood stars on the red-carpet including Ben Affleck, Rebel Wilson and Seth Rogan. Rebecca’s popularity with Dublin audiences led to her own weekend magazine show ‘Saturday Social’ on 98FM. Brendan has been part of the station for over 10 years and anchored news bulletins across the day.
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It's Official: Coachella And Stagecoach Festivals Rescheduled For October
THE MOUTH, MARCH 11TH, 2020 –– Both the popular Coachella and Stagecoach California music festivals originally scheduled for April, have been moved to October according to organizers amid Coronavirus Fears. Coachella was set to take place in Indio, California, over two weekends from April 9 through April 19 with featured performers including Frank Ocean, Travis Scott, Megan Thee Stallion, and Lana Del Rey. The Country music festival Stagecoach would have taken place later in April.
Coachella will now, according to Buzzfeed, take place the weekends of Oct. 9 and Oct. 16, and Stagecoach will take place the weekend of Oct. 23. Organizers said all purchased tickets would be honored on those dates. Information on refunds for festivalgoers who can't attend in October will be available by March 13 said organizers. While the festival is offering some form of refund, would-be festival goers scrambling to change their plans noted that they might not be able to get their money back for other costs, such as plane tickets and Airbnbs.
The news follows the cancellation of other large entertainment events such as SXSW festival in Austin on March 6. The St. Patrick's Day parades have also been canceled in Dublin and Boston.
Bob Pittman On Coronavirus: 'In Times of Need, People Are Hanging Out With Us More'
THE MOUTH, MARCH 11TH, 2020 –– "iHeart hasn't seen any negative coronavirus impact and may actually see listeners feeling a closer connection with the company's services due to the virus, chairman and CEO Bob Pittman said Tuesday. He, along with president, COO and CFO Rich Bressler, spoke at Deutsche Bank’s 28th Annual Media, Internet & Telecom Conference, which was set to take place in Palm Beach, Fla., but was changed to a virtual event amid coronavirus fears reports The Hollywood Reporter. "We haven’t seen an impact yet," Pittman said when asked about the virus, highlighting that iHeartMedia is only active in the U.S. and therefore has no exposure to international markets where there has been "much more of an impact." He added that the company was watching the situation "very closely," though.
Addressing any potential fallout for iHeartRadio, the CEO said: "We are a business that is about companionship, so in times of need like this, [people] are hanging out with us more, and they are looking to us for information. We are not in the business of providing entertainment programs. We are in the business of providing companionship. We keep people company." The iHeartMedia executives were also asked about the company's push into podcasting. "We think about it as an extension of radio. It is another form of companionship," Pittman said. "The consumers run out of time for their eyes; [it is] hard to add more video," but podcasts and other audio can be consumed while cooking, driving, working around the house and the like. PHOTO/Tony Barson/Getty Images for iHeartMedia - READ ARTICLE HERE
Legendary Media Innovator Lee Abrams Relaunches Consultancy
THE MOUTH, MARCH 11TH, 2020 –– Legendary media consultant Lee Abrams has relaunched his consulting business under the name MediaVisions. The focus of the firm will be a new radio format; complete reimagination of video content, news and information; creative driven 40+ music innovation for entertainment and media leaders; innovative podcasting; and working with companies looking for creative direction and new ways to prosper.
“Not data driven, very creative driven...” said Abrams, “I don’t do research, I interpret it…news and information is what is steering our 21st century world, the equivalent of what rock 'n roll was 40 years ago." Abrams noted that “MediaVisions will merge this passion for information, knowledge, and insight with the revolution in technology…we are positioned to help companies navigate and prosper in traditional media, today’s digital landscape and evolving disruptive technologies.”
Lee Abrams was The Tribune Company's Chief Innovation Officer, responsible for helping re-invent the company's scores of TV stations, cable channels and newspapers, as well as to help create a new, innovation-focused culture. Prior to that, Lee was XM's Chief Programming Officer. He joined XM as their first employee in June 1998 to create satellite radio, designing the programming and overseeing and training a staff with the mandate to reinvent the sound of radio. Newsweek has listed Lee as one of America's "100 Cultural Elite" for his contributions to creating the modern radio business; and Radio Ink has listed Lee as one of the 75 most important radio figures of all time.
Jacobs: Learning Podcasting From Oprah
THE MOUTH, MARCH 11TH, 2020 –– In Fred Jacobs latest blog, he writes "Oprah is poised to dip her spiked heels into the podcasting waters,: and adds that "While she is not an early-adopter in the on-demand space, do not under-estimate her approach -- At this point, Oprah could simply put her name on just about anything and it would sell --- But that's not the way she rolls. And that's why her foray into podcasting caught the attention of Inc contributor Sonia Thompson. There she listed three of Oprah's action steps that have direct application to anyone excited about the podcasting opportunity.
"Radio people – pay particular attention to Oprah's content marketing approach," instructs Jacobs. Sonia's list suggests: Good content doesn't have an expiration date – Good content doesn't have to be perfect -- 3. Good content deserves new audiences - Jacobs adds: Content marketing drives discoverability – 5. Not every celebrity can pull off podcasting -- 6.. The data drives strategy -- 7. Research is revealing….if podcasters have the courage to see it.
Whether it's Oprah or your morning show, on-air celebrities have simply become used to being evaluated above and beyond the ratings. And the very best can use research to hone and craft their performance, guests, and cast member to create more successful products. And that includes talking to fans, looking for ways to improve the experience and give loyalists what they want. After all, these are habitual consumers – the ones who will pay for a live performance, merch, celebrity cruises and other revenue generators.
Joey Fortman Takes Over Mornings On 96.5 KOIT-FM San Francisco
THE MOUTH, MARCH 11TH, 2020 –– Joey Fortman is the founder of “Reality Moms”, a multimedia digital influencer agency and engaging social media platforms. Her previous on-air experience includes hosting shows in Chicago and Philadelphia. Joey also contributes to local and national tv outlets as a parenting, travel, tech and toy expert.
“Joey Fortman is a very unique talent who excels at both on-air and digital content creation,” said Bay Area Dir./Programming Operations Brian Figula. “She is the perfect fit to connect our listeners to our advertisers and sell their products on-air and via our fast-growing digital channels”.
“It is a great honor to host mornings at one of the top Adult Contemporary stations in the country under Brian Figula. His vision of the future of radio fits perfectly with my major market tv/radio experience and my perspective of digital influence. I want to thank him and everyone at Bonneville for this amazing opportunity.”
Robby & Rochelle Tapped For Mornings On WKHQ/Traverse City; Robby Bridges Takes PD Reins
THE MOUTH, MARCH 11TH, 2020 –– MacDonald Garber Broadcasting’s heritage CHR WKHQ/Traverse City has added The Robby Rochelle Show to its morning slot. The show, hosted by Robby Bridges and Rochelle Gagnon, was previously heard at WDVD/Detroit and WSHK/Portsmouth, NH. In addition to mornings, Bridges assumes the reins of programming as PD, while Gagnon will take on the role of Promotions Director at the station, which is branded as “106 KHQ”. They will also launch a podcast.
In addition to their history co-hosting “Robby and Rochelle," Bridges brings a long resume of programming plus on air stops including New York, Boston, Philadelphia , Providence and most notably an 11 year run at Cumulus/Westwood One. He will continue his voice over work and guest hosting on Scott Shannon’s syndicated “True Oldies Channel”. Gagnon has worked in marketing and promotions both in and outside of radio + held on air roles at Lakes Media and Cumulus. She also spent 2 years at iHeart Radio as Associate Producer of the syndicated “Mojo in the Morning” show based at WKQI.
NETWORKS: Westwood One & Google Team Again For NCAA® March Madness
THE MOUTH, MARCH 11TH, 2020 –– Cumulus/Westwood One and Google will collaborate once again to integrate Westwood One’s exclusive live NCAA March Madness programming directly on smart devices with the Google Assistant. Beginning on Selection Sunday, March 15th, consumers will be able to hear Westwood One’s live coverage of NCAA March Madness on Google Assistant-powered smart speakers and Smart Displays, like Nest Mini and Nest Hub. Users can be part of the upsets and buzzer-beaters just by saying, “Hey Google, play NCAA March Madness on Westwood One.”
With users spending more time than ever listening to AM/FM radio streams on smart speakers (24% in 2019, up from 18% in 2018, according to Edison Research), Westwood One and Google continue their successful collaboration integrating premium live content into Google’s digital assistant, offering fans more convenience for listening to the live NCAA March Madness coverage. “Westwood One continues to innovate on our voice platform, with the largest network of custom voice apps, voice landing pages for brands, and a new slate of voice programming in 2020,” said Suzanne Grimes, EVP, Marketing for CUMULUS MEDIA and President, Westwood One. “Collaborating with our partners at Google to highlight our NCAA March Madness coverage elevates our voice platform and speaks to our strategy of continuous innovation, all while serving the fan with premium content whenever and however they listen.”
For more information please visit www.westwoodone.com. Contact: Karen Glover | Westwood One | firstname.lastname@example.org
RADAR: Sun Broadcast Group Jumps To #1
THE MOUTH, MARCH 11TH, 2020 –– Sun Broadcast Group announced it has launched into the #1 position in the latest Network Radio rankings as published on Monday (3/9) in the release of RADAR®* 144 data by Nielsen. Launched in 2016, Sun Select RADAR® Network has consistently been a strong and highly attractive platform to its advertisers growing in its rank year over year. A total of 37 networks were measured during RADAR® 144, and Sun Select’s final ratings were as follows for the prime dayparts of M-F 6a-8p, and Sa-Su 6a-8p: Adults 18-49 #1 Men 18-49 #1 Women 18-49 #1 Adults 25-54 #1 Men 25-54 #1 Women 25-54 #1
“Watching our RADAR network grow year over year and now being crowned in the top spot in every demo is proof positive that perseverance (and a little fun along the way) is the recipe for success.” said Jason Bailey, President and Founder of Sun Broadcast Group. “I’d like to thank the dozens of new shows, services and producers that joined the SBG family following our record setting 2019 adding to Sun Select’s outstanding growth.” *RADAR® is a registered trademark of Nielsen Holdings
SNAPS: 77WABC New York Celebrates Red Apple Media Closing With Launch Party
THE MOUTH, MARCH 11TH, 2020 –– The 77WABC launch party to celebrate the much-anticipated closing on the station by John Catsimatidis’ Red Apple Media took place Monday evening at the 77WABC studio in New York City. During the packed event that included 77WABC on-air personalities, executives from 77WABC and parent company Red Apple Media, as well as representatives from the ad buying community. Catsimatidis was welcomed into the radio industry and 77WABC with the presentation of the “Beacon,” the 77WABC tower obstruction light.
PHOTO/ John Catsimatidis Jr. (top left), John Catsimatidis (left center), the “Beacon,” Chad Lopez (President of Red Apple Media and 77WABC at right center), and Margo Catsimatidis (top right) Photo credit - Jillian Nelson
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ABC Audio To Air 'COVID-19:' What You Need To Know' Podcast; NJ 101.5 Hold Townhall
THE MOUTH, MARCH 10TH, 2010 –– Beginning today, March 10 ABC Audio’s daily program will join with ABC News 'Nightline to air “COVID-19: What You Need to Know.” It will be available to podcast listeners for free on all major podcast platforms. “COVID-19: What You Need to Know” is hosted by Anchor and Correspondent AaronKatersky. It features the latest headlines and updates on the coronavirus outbreak as well as Dr. Ashton answering questions from social media. The latest ABC News reporting on COVID-19 is available HERE ABC News’ “Nightline's' coverarge will be anchored by Juju Chang and Byron Pitts.
Over at Townsquare's New Jersey 101.5, on Thursday, March 12 at 7 p.m., they'll present a special Town Hall broadcast confronting the worldwide novel coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis and how it affects New Jersey residents. New Jersey 101.5 Special Projects Director and Morning News Anchor Eric Scott leads the news and digital departments in bringing listeners vital information about New Jersey’s preparedness level in tackling the virus, mitigating fear and dispelling misconceptions.
“As a corridor state and international arrival hub, the challenges of dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak are unique in New Jersey,” Scott said. “Unfortunately, there is a great deal of misinformation being disseminated to the public. Our Town Hall broadcast will help New Jersey residents separate fact from fiction and allow them to make the best decisions for themselves and their families.” Online, the Town Hall will be streamed on Facebook Live. The broadcast may also be accessed via NJ1015.com, the New Jersey 101.5 YouTube channel, or the free New Jersey 101.5 app.
Casey Daniels Takes Over As OM Over Adams Radio Tallahassee Cluster And PD of 103.1 The Wolf
THE MOUTH, MARCH 10TH, 2020 –– Casey Daniels has spent the last 6 years on air at WSBT Television in South Bend, Indiana. Prior to her time in television, Casey also served in various radio positions at WZPL –Indianapolis; WZOW-WWLV –South Bend; WHZZ –Lansing; and WCSX –Detroit. As Operations Manager for the Adams 4 station cluster, Casey will oversee Country, WWOF 103.1 The Wolf; Top 40, WHTF, Hot 104.9; Adult Hits WXTY, Tally 99.9 and Oldies, WQTL Kool Oldies 106.1.
Adams Radio Group CEO Ron Stone stated, “All of us at Adams Radio are very excited to have Casey join our team. We are confident that with Casey’s leadership and programming experience our cluster will reach new heights!”Daniels said, “I want to thank CEO Ron Stone and General Manager Jason Lamp for the opportunity and their confidence in me. We have a great group of stations and I’m excited to be part of them and to get started.”
James T Harris Moves To Mornings On KFYI Phoenix; Debuts “Russell & Hunter” in Afternoons
THE MOUTH, MARCH 10TH, 2020 –– iHeartMedia’s 550 KFYI announced today that “The Conservative Circus With James T Harris” will move to mornings, effective March this week. Additionally, the station will debut the new “Russell & Hunter” show in afternoons.
“James T. Harris is an unrivaled talent in the world of talk radio,” said Aaron Trimmer, Program Director for 550 KFYI. “The success he has had hosting afternoon drive on 550 KFYI made him the obvious choice to now take over mornings.”
Mike Russell and Rob Hunter bring over 25 years of combined experience in Phoenix talk radio to afternoon drive. Together, Russell & Hunter will continue to serve Phoenix’s passionate conservative audience by being ardent defenders of small business, the 2nd amendment and traditional American values. “Russell & Hunter” will broadcast weekdays from 4pm – 7pm.
DeDe In The Morning's Gary Saunders Adds Consultant Duties With Tracy Johnson Group
THE MOUTH, MARCH 10TH, 2020 –– Veteran producer Gary Saunders is adding to an already busy schedule to join Tracy Johnson Media Group. Saunders is the Executive Producer for the syndicated morning show DeDe In the Morning (Compass Media Networks) and Assistant PD for Geo Cook's KKDA/Dallas (K104).
Now he will join forces with Johnson's Personality Magnet Prep Service. TJMG President and CEO Tracy Johnson said: I've worked with hundreds of producers in my career, and Gary is elite. He knows what personalities need to perform each day. I couldn't be more excited to add a world class producer to Personality Magnet. Saunders has over 30 years of experience producing high profile morning shows. In addition to DeDe McGuire's fast-growing show, he has worked with the biggest names in radio, including Tom Joyner, Doug Banks, Russ Parr, and Steve Harvey.
Saunders commented: I love radio and I love personalities. The opportunity to help so many shows with fresh ideas is so exciting. And the chance to partner with Tracy after having worked with him on DeDe's show for many years is a dream come true. For details on the service, CLICK HERE
PODCAST: iHeart Examines Top Minds In Personology
THE MOUTH, MARCH 10TH, 2020 –– “Personology,” aims to answer questions by psychologically examining historically significant minds. Hosted by Dr. Gail Saltz, the show aims to identify what propelled individuals into greatness and, in turn, how those acts changed all of our lives.
Check out first episode on Vincent Van Gogh, one of the most influential of all post impressionist artists. Known for his emotive and intensely expressive style, he is also known for excessive suffering in his short 37-year life. But what caused Vincent's extreme moods and did his mental issues contribute to the beauty and originality in his artwork? LISTEN HERE
SNAPS: iHeart's Conal Byrne Gives Podcast Master Session At Talk Show Boot Camp Cincinnati
THE MOUTH, MARCH 10TH, 2010 –– Having just announced the return of our highly touted 'Podcast Master Class -Number 2 to Morning Show Boot Camp, during last week's Talk Show Boot Camp 11 in Cincinnati, iHeartMedia's President of Podcast Conal Byrne led his own master class on the growing audio phenomena.
Moderated by Gary Krantz, Founder & CEO Krantz Media Group, Byrne assured attendees that despite the enormous growth of podcast, broadcast radio has never disappeared from people's lives." He added, "It's the only medium that has never declined. He also said that real-time podcast coverage is becoming a more viable way to cover news and events (see ABC coronavirus coverage at top of page).
Of note: in the next few days, Art Vuolo will offer video of various features from TSBC 11, when available.
Great Lakes Media's Tom Langmyer Volunteers For Disaster Relief In Cookeville, Tennessee
THE MOUTH, MARCH 10TH, 2020 –– Following last week's appearance at Talk Show Boot Camp in Cincinnati, Great Lakes Media Corp. President & CEO, Tom Langmyer shared news of his trip to Cookeville, Tenn. where he volunteered as a disaster relief worker after its recent deadly tornadoes. Eighteen out of the 25 deaths in Tennessee occurred in Cookeville, which is 80 miles east of Nashville and was hardest hit. Five of the victims were small children. In addition to the 18 fatalities, 88 people were injured. The EF-4 Cookeville tornado was the strongest in the outbreak of twisters with estimated winds of 175 mph along its 8-mile path.
Chicago-based Langmyer arrived last week to assist in clearing debris and sifting through rubble to help victims find anything that’s left of their personal belongings. Langmyer told Jockline that he talked with many people who have told him they’ve been kept up-to-date by the local Cookeville radio stations. The local newspaper now only publishes three days a week - and Nashville’s media is focused primarily on their own area, which is quite a distance from Cookeville."
“There are few words that can accurately describe the horrible scene and massive devastation. There was little or no notice for the people here, because the tornado very suddenly drilled down from the sky and blasted through at two in the morning.” according to Langmyer. “There were watches and warnings delivered by broadcasters - and given what I’ve seen here, had it not been for local radio, the death toll would have been far greater. If anyone has any doubt about the importance of local radio, think again.”
Tom adds: "In my opinion, the best place to send donations is the Cookeville/Putnam County Tornado Relief Fund. 100% of every dollar goes right there to help in the recovery. https://putnamcountytn.gov/relief/
NETWORKS: Fox News Radio Launches 'Fox Across America With Jimmy Failla'
THE MOUTH, MARCH 9TH, 2020 ––Jimmy Failla” is the newest addition to the Fox News audio platforms, airing live, weekdays 12P to 3P ET on Fox News Radio’s affiliate network. If you are left, right, or somewhere in between, you’ll enjoy Jimmy’s unique ability to foster “co-existence through comedy” as he navigates the news of the day. is a great addition to the Fox News audio platforms, airing live, weekdays 12P to 3P ET on Fox News Radio’s affiliate network.
If you are left, right, or somewhere in between, you’ll enjoy Jimmy’s unique ability to foster “co-existence through comedy” as he navigates the news of the day. Failla made his first official show announcement at this year's Talk Show Boot Camp in Cincinnati where he performed shortly before presentation of The Ashwood Award. In addition to Fox, Failla is the Creative Director for A-List Comedy Prep, part of the Good Parts Media Collection, powered by Adlarge
Michelle Boros Named New Morning Host At 102.9 NOW
THE MOUTH, MARCH 9TH, 2020 –– 102.9 NOW announced that Michelle Boros will join the station as the new Morning Drive Host, effective immediately. Boros joins the Dallas/Fort Worth market from KAMP-FM in Los Angeles, where she most recently served as an on-air personality/music director. She also served as an on-air host and programmer for XM Satellite Radio. She began her career as a phone screener for the “Kidd Kraddick in the Morning Show” and is a graduate of Southern Methodist University.
“We’re excited to add Michelle to the 102-.9 NOW morning lineup,” said Jay Shannon, 102.9 NOW Program Director. “Her years of experience along with her DFW background and roots make her the perfect fit.” “I’m very excited to be the new morning drive host and can't wait to wake up with 102.9 NOW listeners every day!” said Boros.
Brian Zepp Returns Home to Co-Host Mornings on Classic Rocker 92 KQRS Minneapolis
THE MOUTH, MARCH 8TH, 2020 –– Cumulus has named popular radio personality Brian Zepp as its new morning co-host with Tom Barnard for 92 KQRS-FM Minneapolis, MN. Zepp was on-air host at KQRS for 19 years, before heading to Bozeman, MT, where he was Morning Show Host for KBFN-FM/The Eagle for the last three years. Shelly Malecha Wilkes, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Minneapolis, said: “Brian Zepp is a beloved on-air personality in Minneapolis/St. Paul. We are thrilled to have him return to the KQ Morning Show. Welcome home, Brian."
Tom Barnard, Host of the KQ Morning Show, added: “Brian Zepp is very well read, a very smart guy and a man driven to win. A longtime friend has come back home.” Zepp commented: “After having been away from KQ for a couple of years, I’ve come to realize there is just no better experience in my profession than being a part of the KQ Morning Show. It’s great to be reunited with Tom and the crew, but even sweeter being reunited with the KQ listeners.”
Chicago Radio Legend Clark Weber Has Passed Away At 89
THE MOUTH, MARCH 9TH, 2020 –– One of the true pioneers of content-driven morning radio has passed away, Clark Weber, known for massive audiences of the 60's as “Mother Weber’s Oldest Son,” host, program director and advertising executive died of cancer Saturday in Evanston. He was 89. Robert Feder reports, "Weber first rose to fame at WLS 890-AM, starting in 1961. In that golden era of the “Silver Dollar Survey,” he recalled, “we offered the teenage listeners a fun time with new station jingles, great rock and roll music and a variety of contests.”
On the morning of March 10, 1948, 17-year-old Clark Weber made his debut on Milwaukee’s WFOX as a guest DJ. “When I walked into the radio station I never felt so comfortable in my life,” he recalled in his 2008 memoir, Clark Weber’s Rock and Roll Radio: The Fun Years, 1955-1975. (Cover photo above) “To this day, I cannot explain that wonderful feeling and the fact that I thought I was fearless and just filled with wide-eyed interest."Weber later arrived at WLS where he moved up from overnights to afternoons to mornings, and also served as program director. He jumped to rival Top 40 WCFL in 1969, and then to WMAQ in 1971. Weber segued to talk radio at WIND 560-AM in 1973. After 13 years there he spent a decade at WJJD and five more years at WAIT. “Bob Hope once said the time to retire is when you can still hear the applause from your dressing room,” he told me. “In my case it’s time." READ MORE HERE IN CHICAGO TRIBUNE
SXSW 2020 Cancelled, RadioDays Europe Postponed Due To Coronavirus
THE MOUTH, MARCH 9TH, 2020 –– SXSW, the annual tech, music, and film event held in downtown Austin, canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak. According to The Verge, it is the first time in the event’s 34-year history that it’s been canceled. The festival was scheduled to take place from March 13th to March 22nd. Austin Mayor Steve Adler announced that, amid an increasing number of high-profile speaker and company withdrawals and growing public health concerns, the festival will no longer be taking place.
“I’ve issued an order that effectively cancels South by Southwest,” Adler said, referencing an emergency order put in place Friday over the coronavirus. The decision will almost certainly be a harsh blow to the city’s economy, as SXSW brings in hundreds of millions of dollars in tourism, ticket sales, and other revenue streams every year. Last year, the festival made $355.9 million for the city of Austin, SXSW said in November. The private company that organizes SXSW, which has yet to detail its refund policies, made clear in a statement issued on Twitter and its website that this was a decision made by Austin city officials and out of its hands.
“We are exploring options to reschedule the event and are working to provide a virtual SXSW online experience as soon as possible for 2020 participants, starting with SXSW EDU,” reads the full cancellation note on the SXSW website HERE
And in a release this morning, Radiodays Europe Lisbon 2020 announced that it was postponed. "This decision comes after extensive consultation to ensure the health and safety of our participants, speakers, commercial partners and staff. Further details on the new dates for Radiodays Europe will be released at a later date on the Radiodays Europe website – www.radiodayseurope.com
[WATCH] Did A Radio Interview Lead To Pete Davidson's Absence From 'SNL'
THE MOUTH, MARCH 9TH, 2020 –– Following a radio interview where he criticized his fellow Saturday Night Live cast members, Pete Davidson was notably absent from this past Saturday's episode. According to ET, Davidson was nowhere to be seen. He didn't appear in any live sketches or pre-taped sketches, nor did he take part in the show's sign-off. Davidson appeared in a few sketches during last week's episode, alongside his friend John Mulaney, who was the night's guest host. However, a source told ET that he skipped out on the show's after-party, and many speculated that it might have something to do with comments he made during an interview with Charlamagne Tha God, which was posted on YouTube late last month.
In a lengthy, candid hour-long sit-down, Davidson admitted he believes his cast mates think he's “f**king dumb," and said he feels his time on the series might be coming to an end. "It’s a hard thing to do 'cause you don’t want to ever pull the trigger too early," he said about working on the series. "But everybody's always been like, 'You'll know when you know and it'll be all right.' I personally think I should be done with that show because they make fun of me on it." "It's like, ‘Whose side are you on?'" he added. "I have a weird feeling in that building, where I don't know whose team they're playing for -- if I'm the joke or I'm in on the joke." Although he praised the show’s creator and producer, Lorne Michaels, Davidson described the environment on set as cutthroat and said that instead of a "loving, caring" feel, "They don't give a f**k, at the end of the day." WATCH INTERVIEW HERE
JACOBS: Is Radio And The Automotive Industry's Relationship On The Rocks?
THE MOUTH, MARCH 9TH, 2020 –– In Fred Jacobs latest blog, he points to panel at Radio Ink's Convergence a few years ago with Buzz Knight who was moderating a panel about radio and cars. As the panel was wrapping up, and Buzz was giving each expert a chance to offer concluding thoughts, Thilo Koslowski (at the time, chief automotive analyst for Gartner Research) made what became a controversial statement about the life span of car manufacturers installing AM/FM radios in their vehicles. "And that's where everything got a little wiggy," says Jacobs.
"To many, Thilo prognosticated that car radios were safe for several years down the road. But others heard him suggest the car radio was going to become an endangered feature in cars in just a matter of a few years. Radio Ink‘s Eric Rhoads grabbed a mic, jumped on stage, and began to question Koslowski and the other panelists on AM/FM radio's true life expectancy in cars. That led to an alarmist blog post the next day in Radio Ink as Rhoads sounded the alarm, “A Cold Harsh Reality for Radio: AM/FM Will be removed from The Dash.”
"And now in 2020, the dashboard turbulence is coming from Elon Musk's innovative Tesla line of electric cars.
adds Jacobs. "There have been “wrinkles” from BMW and their electric vehicles with the elimination of AM radio in some models. But last week, Tesla shook things up with the announcement of an optional (and expensive) software infotainment update available on older models (pre-2018). It creates a new video interface – something we saw a lot of at CES 2020 from many manufacturers and in several concept cars -- But that's not all. Another “feature” of this software update is the elimination of AM radio, FM radio, and even satellite radio." READ BLOG HERE
The Bull Goes 'All Women' On Women's Day
THE MOUTH, MARCH 9TH, 2020 –– New Country 98.9 The Bull Seattle celebrated International Women’s Day on March 8th! by featuring an all-female music lineup on Sunday, March 8th, New Country 98.9 The Bull played only female artists like Carrie Underwood, Maren Morris, Kelsea Ballerini and more!
Brand Content Director Scott Mahalick had this to say, “It brings me joy to honor, feature and celebrate the ladies of country music on International Women’s Day. New Country 98.9 The Bull is dedicated to making sure women’s voices are heard throughout the Northwest every day.” In support of International Women’s Day, New Country 98.9 The Bull will also aired live announcements from Seattle’s most notable female celebrities in addition to the all-woman music lineup throughout the day.
TSBC Wraps Up Its 11th Annual Event In Cincinnati; Complete With Fists & Elbow Bumps
THE MOUTH, MARCH 9TH, 2020 –– By all accounts, Talk Show Boot Camp 11 wrapped up another highly successful event last Friday in Cincinnati. And with COVID-19 very top-of-mind, handshakes and hugs turned intoa lot of fists and elbow bumps. And special thanks to WIBC/Indianapolis' Tony Katz, who provided some free sanitizer to attendees. While we're still unpacking, we thought we'd share a few photos from last week's event.
In the top photo, McVay Media's Mike McVay leads the highly lauded 'A league of their own' session with panelists WHAS Louisville's Terry Meiners, Compass Media's Joe Pags, Cumulus' Bill Hess, Premiere syndicated and WLW Cincinnati's Bill Cunningham, WGN Chicago's Roe Conn and radio legend Gary Burbank (also shown below with Conn, Burbank, Terry Meiners & Art Vuolo) - Above left center is Cox Media Group's Drew Anderssen and right center is Fox News Radio & AdLarge's Jimmy Failla with Moceri Media's Greg Moceri being presented The Ashwood Award - Some photos provided courtesy of WOOD/Grand Rapid's Phil Tower.
HONORS: Alliance For Women in Media Honors Female Leaders At Gracies Award
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 22ND, 2019 –– The Alliance for Women in Media (AWM) hosted the annual Gracies Leadership Awards luncheon on Thursday, November 21 to a capacity crowd at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. Keynote speaker Elizabeth Smart eloquently gave an awe-inspiring address, sharing her captivating story of overcoming the trauma of her 9-month abduction, at the age of fourteen. Smart shared with the audience, “I don’t think that you are made by what happens to you. I think you are made by the choices you make after things happen to you.”
Six female leaders in media were honored at the event, along with the Inaugural AWM Legacy Leadership recipient, Chickie Bucco. Highlights from their speeches include: • Mary Berner, President and Chief Executive Officer, Cumulus Media, shared how she watched more and more females rise to the top in the magazine industry but said there is still work to be done in radio. • Weezie Kramer, Chief Operating Officer, Entercom Communications, thanked those who have helped her along the way, and said, “Looking back on moments in my career, the times that I was able to help others find their super powers or help them achieve their ambitions, whatever that ambition may be, those are the moments that give me the greatest joy.” Others honored included Rosemary Mercedes, Chief Communications Officer, Univision Communications - Michelle Rice, General Manager, TV One - Michelle Vicary, EVP, Programming and Network Publicity, Crown Media Family Networks and Danyelle Wright, VP, Employment & Labor Law and Chief Diversity Officer, The E.W. Scripps Company. If you would like more information, please contact Catherine Combs at (859) 219-3561 or email@example.com.