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Detroit Radio Legend Frank Beckmann Announces His Retirement After 48 Years On 60 WJR
DETROIT, MI, January 13, 2021 — News Talk 760 WJR Mid-Morning On-Air Host Frank Beckmann announces his retirement after a brilliant 48-year radio career with the Detroit station. A sports broadcasting legend, Beckmann has hosted “The Frank Beckmann Show” on WJR weekdays from 9:00am-Noon for the last 18 years. His last show will air on Friday, March 26, 2021.
Beckmann first signed on to News Talk 760 WJR in 1972. In 1981, he succeeded Bob Ufer as the University of Michigan football play-by-play announcer, a job he did for 33 seasons. He was honored as “Top Michigan Sportscaster” numerous times, and in 2014, he received the Chris Schenkel Award by the National Football Foundation, making Beckmann a member of the College Football Hall of Fame.
Over the course of his storied career, Beckmann has helped raise 10’s of millions of dollars for Detroit area charities, including The Fallen and Wounded Soldiers Fund; Dutton Farm, which serves those with Down Syndrome; the Autism Alliance of Michigan; and numerous other nonprofit organizations. Beckmann is also a longtime major supporter of the March of Dimes, and has hosted an annual golf tournament fundraiser for the charity for 37 years.
Steve Finateri, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Detroit, said: “Frank Beckmann is a radio legend who became a legend because he does everything “full throttle”. As a play-by-play announcer, Frank electrified audiences with his memorable style of calling all the action. As a midday talk personality, he prides himself on having the “best informed audience” and always delivers on that promise to them. As a philanthropist, his overwhelming generosity has fortified countless worthy causes. As a spokesperson, his integrity and personal endorsements have fueled so many businesses. As an indispensable member of our team, he has helped WJR become a mega-brand in Michigan, the Midwest and throughout the country.”
Beckmann commented: “I will be forever grateful to WJR for helping all of my boyhood dreams to come true. As a youngster growing up on the east side of Detroit, I always imagined sitting behind a microphone, announcing Lions and Tigers games. It was surreal for me to actually have been able to do that, along with experiencing the other great opportunities this radio giant known as WJR provided me. I only hope I’ve met some of the expectations of me, and I thank every person I’ve worked for, or with, at WJR...”
For more information, visit: https://www.wjr.com/.
NAB Crystal Radio Awards Entry Window Open
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 13TH, 2020 –– The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) is accepting entries for the 34th annual NAB Crystal Radio Awards, honoring outstanding community service efforts undertaken by radio stations throughout 2020. Winners will receive national recognition for their community service work during a special awards presentation hosted by NAB in spring 2021.
Established in 1987, the NAB Crystal Radio Awards nationally recognize local radio stations for their year-round commitment to serving communities. A panel of judges representing the broadcast industry and community service organizations will review applications and select 50 finalists and 10 winners. Stations must submit an online entry through NAB’s new member platform, My NAB, describing their community service efforts for the 2020 calendar year. The deadline for entry submissions is January 31. Finalists will be announced in February. Entry information is available HERE or by contacting Tobi Hall at thall@NAB.org
AWMF Extends Deadline For 2021 Gracie Award Entries And Announces New Categories
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 13TH, 2021 –– The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) has announced that the deadline to submit entries for the 46th Annual Gracie Awards at the regular rate has been extended until January 21, 2021. AWMF is also offering a further extended deadline of January 28, 2021 an additional cost. The Gracie Awards, presented by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation, celebrate programming and individual achievement by, for and about women in television, radio and digital media. Submissions from all facets of media are encouraged. AWMF has added ten new categories specifically dedicated to January 2021 Frontline Special Reports for on-air talent and programming in television, radio and digital media. A full list of the new categories can be found HERE
“We know the circumstances of the past year led to delivering content to audiences in ways we never expected, which is why we are more committed than ever to honoring the remarkable work that has been created by, for and about women,” says Becky Brooks, AWMF executive director. “As our biggest fundraiser of the year, the Gracie Awards enable the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation to deliver on its promise of furthering the connection, education and recognition of women in media, even during turbulent times.”
The Gracie Awards Gala, previously scheduled for May 2021, has been postponed to September 20, 2021, and the Gracie Awards Luncheon, previously scheduled for June 2021, has been postponed to July 21, 2021. The Gala will still be held at the Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills, A Four Seasons Hotel, and the Luncheon will still be held at Cipriani 42nd St in New York, N.Y.
PODCAST: KFI-AM Launches Original Doc/Podcast Series 'The Death And Life of Kobe Bryant'
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 13TH, 2021 –– KFI-AM 640 Correspondent Steve Gregory and iHeartMedia Los Angeles’ KFI-AM 640 today announced the launch of a new iHeartRadio Original News Documentary and Podcast, “The Death and Life of Kobe Bryant.” The 2-hour documentary will air Sunday, January 24, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on KFI-AM 640 and will be syndicated across iHeartMedia’s 24/7 News radio affiliates. The limited 8-episode companion podcast will also debut on January 24 and be distributed by the iHeartPodcast Network and can be heard on iHeartRadio and everywhere podcasts are available.
“The Death and Life of Kobe Bryant” will begin the morning of the accident that killed Bryant, Bryant’s daughter and seven others including the pilot. It will chronicle how the crash was covered by the media in real-time, along with public disbelief that a cultural icon and beloved member of the Los Angeles Lakers perished in such a shocking way. Interviews and audio excerpts from live news coverage surrounding the accident will explore the void Bryant’s death left in the business world and the Black community. Exclusive program content will also include the NTSB’s investigation and controversies surrounding the incident, including illegal photos taken at the crash site by law enforcement.
“The Death and Life of Kobe Bryant” is produced and hosted by award-winning journalist Steve Gregory. Gregory is a seven-time Edward R. Murrow Award winner and has received more than 30 Golden Mike© Awards for Excellence in Broadcasting. He has been with iHeartMedia for 27 years (16 at KFI-AM). The series is co-produced by the KFI-AM 640 News Department, Jacob Gonzalez and Eric Sklar. Listen to “The Death and Life of Kobe Bryant” HERE
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AdLarge Media Enters International Market With TPX Agreement
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 13TH, 2021 –– AdLarge Media has made its first foray into the international market in an agreement with The Podcast Exchange (TPX) for exclusive Canadian ad sales representation of its cabana podcast portfolio. In addition to marking AdLarge’s expansion in international partnerships, the deal brings new revenue opportunities to podcasters working with cabana.
“Working closely with the team at TPX, we are opening the door to international revenue for cabana podcasts,” said Cathy Csukas, Co-Founder and Co-Chief Executive Officer of AdLarge Media and the cabana podcast network. “We’re enthusiastic about the opportunities this brings to our podcast partners.” “We are simply delighted to be cabana podcasts’ strategic partner in Canada,” said TPX’s President and Chief Executive Officer Jean-Marie Heimrath. “cabana is our latest international signing and supports our business strategy to work with global publishers in partnership with advertisers to harness the full potential of the Canadian podcast audience.”
STUDY: Facebook A Regular Source Of News For About A Third of Americans
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 13TH, 2021 –– A new Pew Research Center survey revealed about half of Americans get their news on social media 'often' or at least 'sometimes'. As social media companies struggle to deal with misleading information on their platforms about the election, the COVID-19 pandemic and more, a large portion of Americans continue to rely on these sites for news. About half of U.S. adults (53%) say they get news from social media “often” or “sometimes,” and this use is spread out across a number of different sites, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted Aug. 31-Sept. 7, 2020.
Facebook stands out as regular source of news for Americans. Among 11 social media sites asked about as a regular source of news, Facebook sits at the top, with about a third (36%) of Americans getting news there regularly. YouTube comes next, with 23% of U.S. adults regularly getting news there. Twitter serves as a regular news source for 15% of U.S. adults. Other social media sites are less likely to be regular news sources. About one-in-ten Americans or fewer report regularly getting news on Instagram (11%), Reddit (6%), Snapchat (4%), LinkedIn (4%), TikTok (3%), WhatsApp (3%), Tumblr (1%) and Twitch (1%). A large portion of Twitter users regularly get news on the site.
Elisa Shearer and Amy Mitchell write " If we consider news users as a portion of a site’s overall user base, some sites stand out as being more “newsy” even if their total audience is relatively small. Twitter, for example, is used by 25% of U.S. adults, but over half of those users get news on the site regularly. And 42% of Reddit users get news regularly on the site, though it overall has a very small user base (15% of U.S. adults say they use Reddit). On the other hand, YouTube, though widely used, sees a smaller portion of its users turning to the site for news regularly (32%)."
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IBA Creates Member Legal Hotline With Telecom Law Pros; Mike McVay To Present 1st IBA Webinar
The IBA has established a legal hotline service for the Independent Broadcasters Association with its association legal counsel, Telecommunications Law Professionals PLLC (“TLP”). Through this service IBA membership will be offered the opportunity to sign up for a cost-effective legal hot-line service staffed by TLP. Ron Stone, Executive Director of the IBA said: “The IBA is excited to be able to offer this service to its members. Subscribing members will now be able to have prompt answers to legal questions that relate to FCC legal matters. For a small annual fee, subscribed IBA hotline service members will be able to seek answers to questions regarding legal and regulatory issues that apply generally to radio broadcasters and the radio broadcasting industry. I cannot imagine any radio station not benefiting from this opportunity. A single call with an FCC legal question will more than pay for the annual fee and will reaffirm the value of IBA membership as well.”
In a separate release, IBA also announced that legendary program consultant Mike McVay (R) has been tapped to present the IBA’s 1st IBA Programming Webinar of 2021 with 'Programming Principles that Win in Ratings & Revenue' tomorrow, January 14th at 2pm. The session is designed to share how to easily execute programming strategies that attract an audience and develop revenue generating opportunities.
McVay said “I’m excited to spend time with thousands of local broadcasters as a partner of the IBA, sharing relevant and critical ‘best practices’ that will positively impact programmers and operators in the largest and smallest of markets”. The IBA webinar series is for IBA members only, and just one of many free benefits to its members. If you are not an IBA member and would like to attend, secure your membership on or before the webinar at www.iba.media
NETWORKS: SRN To Provide Live Coverage Of Congressional Impeachment Hearings
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 13TH, 2021 –– Debates are set to begin on an Article of Impeachment against President Trump today, January 13th. SRN News and TOWNHALL News will provide unanchored, live coverage of the Congressional debate, which may result in President Trump becoming the first President in U.S. History to be impeached twice. Coverage began this morning at 9AM Eastern and continue for an undetermined amount of time.
Tom Traddup, V.P./News & Talk Programming for Salem Radio Network, says: "Our unanchored, live coverage will be fed on the SRN News longform news channel; is addition…the program is also now available for stations to schedule at http://myxdsreceiver.westwoodone.com/. - This live Impeachment coverage is part of the Salem Radio Network’s ongoing commitment to provide o/n/o’s and Affiliates with complete coverage of Breaking News 24/7.
Ten Families Received Christmas Delivered By Santa With Zazza Community's' Jingle Jet 2020
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 13TH, 2021 –– Tony Zazza, Host of the regionally syndicated morning show “Zazza Mornings” based out of 107.1 WA1A in Melbourne, FL, and also heard on 97.5 WABD (Mobile, AL) and Z96 (Ft. Walton Beach/Destin, FL) and Founder and President of the Board of Directors for The Zazza Community Foundation (a 501(c)(3) non-profit), once again teamed up with Elite Airways to deliver a Christmas surprise to deserving families. Jingle Jet™ aims to help local families who have been met with undue hardships throughout the year.
Zazza created and produced the project in Dallas, TX, for a number of years and has been doing it from Florida since 2015. “Being able to bring our incredible listeners and partners together to give these families a day to escape the heartache and stress is just incredible," Zazza said. In previous “normal” years, Jingle Jet families are picked up in limousines at their residence, driven to the Jingle Jet Terminal where they are greeted with a red-carpet arrival, given Christmas accessories like Santa hats, light up necklaces and stuffed animals.
This year, Jingle Jet and Zazza were up against a global pandemic. “We’ve all had a rough year, but take the pandemic and then add the hardships these families have faced, and they needed hope more than ever. Being able to see their faces light up as they walked out of their homes to see the magic that awaited them in their yards and driveways was proof that hope took flight once again,” he added. This year's families included stories of firsts without loved ones, job loss, and some fighting the fight of their lives. WATCH MORE HERE
KISS 108's Venerable Matt 'Matty In The Morning' Siegel Celebrates 40 Years On Boston Radio
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 12TH, 2021 –– Matt Siegel, best known as Matty In The Morning on KISS 108 Boston, is celebrating 40 years on the air Tuesday. Joined by local TV outlets for coverage, ABC's WCVB-TV says itwas January 12th, 1981 when he first said hello to Boston's radio listeners. Siegel credits his longevity to talking about real life with his co-hosts, Billy Costa and Lisa Donovan. “You know it’s fun, they are my friends. My friends and I are just horsing around,” he told WBZ-TV. Siegel said he and Billy really are best buddies, but you might not know it the way they pick on each on the air all the time.
“He’s an easy target. He’s like Anchorman, you know the movie Anchorman. He is Will Ferrell,” Siegel said chuckling. He’s talked to countless musicians and movie stars throughout the years. When asked about how the business of radio, he said not much has changed in four decades. “It’s not brain surgery. It’s a couple of jokes and a couple of Justin Bieber records. I don’t know what the big deal is,” he said. When asked how long he planned to stay on the air? “35 years,” he joked, saying he signed a new contract that will keep him on the radio until he was more than 100 years old. WATCH HERE
Ben Ferguson's Weekend Show Added To Premiere; Lineup; Podcast Joins The iHeartPodcast Network
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 12TH, 2021 –– National radio host and political commentator Ben Ferguson announced today that the popular “Ben Ferguson Podcast” - one of the fastest-growing conservative podcasts in the country - will join the iHeartPodcast Network.
Additionally, Ferguson’s nationally syndicated weekend radio program, “The Ben Ferguson Show,” joins Premiere Networks’ lineup, effective immediately. The three-hour talk show, which currently airs nationwide in markets such as Dallas, Miami, Minneapolis, Denver and Baltimore, will continue to be available live on Sundays from 7 - 10 p.m. ET.
“This is a significant milestone in my career,” said Ferguson. “Partnering with iHeartRadio and Premiere Networks is like being called up to play in the majors. Working with the best in the business has always been my dream and now I get to do what I love in radio and podcasting with a brilliant team behind me!” “Ben’s refreshing perspective, along with his vibrant style of talk, entertainment and listener interaction, have made him a multiplatform star,” said Julie Talbott, President of Premiere Networks. “As news-talk programming continues to be a vital piece of the national conversation, we couldn’t be happier to work with Ben to further expand his audience across the country.”
KMGA-FM Albuquerque Debuts New Lineup; Bob & Sheri Take Mornings, Doug & Duran Afternoons
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 12TH, 2021 –– Cumulus will launch a new weekday programming lineup on Magic 99.5/KMGA-FM, Albuquerque. It kicks off mornings with the debut of the syndicated Bob & Sheri morning show. Doug Durocher and Steph Duran, hosts of the station’s previous morning show, Doug & Duran, will now air back-to-back in afternoons and middays, with Duran following Bob & Sheri from 9:00am-2:00pm, and Durocher broadcasting from 2:00pm-7:00pm. Intelligence for Your Life with John Tesh moves from middays to evenings from 7:00pm-Midnight.
Kris Abrams, Operations Manager/Program Director, Magic 99.5/KMGA-FM, said: “Getting live midday and afternoon shows back on Magic 99.5 with great talents like Steph and Doug will provide the entertainment and companionship the Magic at-work audience craves. Bob & Sheri are one of the best morning shows around and are so very compatible with what we do on Magic. It’s a win-win-win for our listeners with this strong new weekday lineup!” Abrams noted: “These are the right moves at the right time. Magic is always one of the most listened-to stations throughout the holiday season with all-Christmas music. To come right out of that with these upgrades will not only make longtime listeners happy, but will also convert a lot of new fans still listening after the holiday.”
Jeff Berry, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Albuquerque, commented: “Magic has long been Albuquerque’s at-work station. Bob & Sheri start things off in a big way, and then Steph and Doug take it live all day – That creates an unmatched platform for our clients to get their message out to the Magic audience.”
Radio Group's Call For Its Stations To Steer Clear Of 'Dog Whistle Talk' Draws National Attention
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 12TH, 2021 –– The radio industry was abuzz yesterday following news that Cumulus Media ordered its 416 stations nationwide to steer clear of endorsing misinformation about election fraud or language that promotes violent protest. Brian Philips, EVP of content and audience for Cumulus, issued the memo following the attack on the Capitol, writing: “We need to help induce national calm NOW."
Philips added that “Cumulus and its network Westwood One will not tolerate any suggestion that the election has not ended. The election has resolved, there are no alternate acceptable ‘paths.’ Please inform your staffs that we have ZERO TOLERANCE for any suggestion otherwise. If you transgress this policy, you can expect to separate from the company immediately. There will be no dog-whistle talk about ‘stolen elections,’ ‘civil wars’ or any other language that infers violent public disobedience is warranted, ever.”
While the story quickly caught the radio industry's attention, it also grabbed immediate interest from numerous top news outlets both here an abroad such as The Washington Post, Forbes, Daily Mail, The National Review, The New York Times and The Drudge Report where it devoted three lines to the story (and it was still there this morning). Marv Nyren, VP/MM of Cumulus Media Chicago, confirmed the memo’s content with Chicago's Robert Feder, adding: “Bottom line: We want our talent on all Cumulus stations to deal with facts and not conjecture. No issues with our local talent.”
BLOG: Median Age Of Podcast Listeners Is 13 Years Younger Than AM/FM Radio
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 12TH, 2021 –– Audio is a huge part of life for Americans. While AM/FM radio dominates the audio landscape with mass reach and significant time spent, podcasting is an area that has been experiencing significant adoption growth. This week’s Westwood One blog includes highlights from the just-released Westwood One 2021 Audioscape, looking at podcast consumer trends using data from Edison’s Q3 2020 “Share of Ear” Report.
Podcast listeners love audio and want more of it: Compared to the average U.S. consumer, podcast listeners spend an astonishing +41% more time with audio. If you listen to podcasts, they are your number one audio platform: Among those that listen to podcasts, podcasting has the largest share of audio time spent (30%) followed by AM/FM radio (22%). Over the last five years, these ratios have held very consistent.
The median age of the podcast audience is 34, younger than other media: The current median age of podcast listeners is 13 years younger than AM/FM radio and two decades younger than broadcast television network audiences. Podcast’s share of time spent with spoken word is surging: Edison reports podcast listeners are twice as likely to listen to news compared to total audio consumers and three times as likely to listen to personalities and sports. Most podcast listening occurs at home throughout the day: 60% of all podcast time spent occurs at home, up from 58% in Q3 2018. 34% of all podcast time spent occurs 10AM-3PM followed by 6AM-10AM (22%) and 3PM-7PM (21%). SEE BLOG HERE
NETWORKS: Fox Sports Post Record Year-End Digital Audience Gains; Clay Travis Up +194%
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 12TH, 2021 –– FOX Sports Radio (FSR), a division of Premiere Sports Network providing 24/7, reported record year-end audience gains across multiple digital platforms. The FOX Sports Radio Podcast Network achieved more than 221 million podcast listens in 2020, which more than doubled the total from 2019. Many of the network’s podcasts experienced double and triple-digit gains in 2020 vs. 2019: The Herd with Colin Cowherd: +47% Outkick The Coverage with Clay Travis: +194% The Odd Couple with Chris Broussard & Rob Parker: +98% Straight Outta Vegas with RJ Bell: +50% The Doug Gottlieb Show: +75% The Ben Maller Show: +61% The Jason Smith Show with Mike Harmon: +45%.
In December 2020, several of FSR’s newly-launched original podcasts set listening records, including Straight Fire with Jason McIntyre, Up on Game with LaVar Arrington, TJ Houshmandzadeh & Plaxico Burress, and Lights Out with Shawne Merriman.
On the streaming front, FSR experienced its best month of all time in the most recent survey, with total listening hours increasing +62% year-to-year. In December 2020, FOXSportsRadio.com marked it second-best month in terms of unique visits, and total video views on the network’s YouTube channel grew by +57% in 2020 over 2019.
Sun Broadcast Group Partners With Wisebuddah; Inks Deal With Salesforce For CRM
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 12TH, 2021 –– Sun Broadcast Group has teamed with music production company Wisebuddah to its network offerings. Sun Broadcast Group has previously worked with Wisebuddah to sell both re-sing and custom jingle packages to radio stations and this partnership, which is effective immediately, officially brings the company under Sun Broadcast Group for affiliations and network sales.
“We are very excited to add such a high-profile radio jingle company, Wisebuddah, to our content offerings,” said Sun Broadcast Group Chief Development Officer Rich O’Brien. “The globally-renowned success and wide-range of packages Phil and his team bring to Sun Broadcast Group is a huge win for our affiliate station partners and clients.”
In an added announcement, SBG has signed an interim agreement with Salesforce for its CRM needs. The announcement came from Sun Broadcast Group President Warren Friedland, who also revealed Sun’s plans for launching its own software in 2021. “By building our own software for maximum efficiency and accuracy, we can control our most valuable asset, which is our data and our customers’ data,” Friedland stated.
EVENTS: WNSH-FM's Kelly Ford Leads Drive To Send 'Valentines For The Troops'
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 12TH, 2021 –– Entercom 94.7 (WNSH-FM) New York is presenting “Valentines for the Troops,” in partnership with Support Our Troops a campaign to send letters to active military members this Valentine’sDay. Leading the initiative is on-air personality Kelly Ford, host of the station’s morning show “Kelly Ford in the Morning,” who is asking listeners for help in boosting the morale and welfare of active-duty troops and their families worldwide by submitting letters or cards.
Letters or cards must be postmarked before: Friday, February 5. The station is encouraging participants to share photos of their cards on social media using the hashtag #947LoveOurTroops.
Participants helped create 30,000 cards and letters during last year’s inaugural event.
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Kristie Graybill Joins The Fred Show On Kiss FM Chicago As Morning Show Contributor
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 11, 2021 – iHeartMedia Chicago announced today that Kristie Graybill will be the new morning show contributor for “The Fred Show” on 103.5 KISS FM, Chicago’s #1 Hit Music Station, effective immediately. Graybill can be heard weekday mornings from 5 a.m. to 12 p.m. “Kristie is bold and fierce,” said James Howard, Regional Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Chicago and 103.5 KISS FM Program Director. “She is masterful at social media and can contribute to our station’s success through content creation and listener engagement.”
Kristie is a star and a welcome addition to our diverse Fred Show family,” said Fred, Host of the ‘The Fred Show.’ “I am grateful to iHeart, and the best advertising partners and listeners in the world for their support so we can continue to grow and succeed.” “I want to genuinely thank the team at iHeartMedia Chicago for giving me this opportunity and believing in me,” said Graybill. “I am thrilled to be working with Fred on such a legendary station. This is the best show for my type of unfiltered personality, and I am excited to join the team.”
Graybill is the former morning show host of “Jordan and Kristie” on iHeartMedia St. Louis’ Z107.7. An Ohio native, Graybill began her radio career in her hometown of Canton, Ohio at WDJQ-FM. She holds a journalism degree with an emphasis in social media management from Kent State University.
Rock Expert Matt Pinfield Joins 95.5 KLOS Los Angeles Matt Pinfield For Sunday Night Show
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 11TH, 2020 –– Meruelo Media announced the addition to the KLOS lineup, as nationally known rock music expert Matt Pinfield joins the brand, as host of “KLOS New & Approved.” Starting on 1/17/21, the show will air each Sunday night from 8pm to 10pm on Southern California’s Rock Station, 95/5 KLOS-FM, and be streamed at 955klos.com and on the KLOS and third party apps. Matt Pinfield said, “I couldn’t be more excited to join the KLOS family to host ‘New & Approved.’ Music discovery has always been my passion. I love sharing and turning real Rock fans onto exciting new music and artists. This is the perfect fit for me – being on the station, I love, with an incredible legacy, in my home town of Los Angeles.”
KLOS Program Director, Keith Cunningham commented, “The time is right for this show and Matt is unquestionably the perfect host. After many years in somewhat of a slump, new Rock is turning a corner. 2020 saw many great new releases from Rock’s core artists and some exciting newcomers, and we believe the trend will continue. Just spend some time on social; it is hard not to notice the avalanche of young rockers on the horizon, and ‘KLOS New & Approved’ will be a powerful destination for them to get their music heard.”
Matt Pinfield is an American music personality, TV host and radio DJ, best known as a video deejay on MTV and VH1. Pinfield also worked as Vice President of A&R and Artist Development for Columbia Records.
Race Taylor Adds Middays At 98.1 WOGL Philly; Continues To Air On WCBS-FM New York And K-LUV Dallas
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 11TH, 2021 –– Entercom announced an updated programming lineup for 98.1 WOGL (WOGL-FM) in Philadelphia. As part of the update, on-air personality Race Taylor will now be heard in the station’s midday show timeslot from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET, effective immediately. Taylor will continue to be heard on sister stations WCBS-FM 101.1 (WCBS-FM in New York and 98.7 K-LUV (KLUV-FM) in Dallas. “We’re looking forward to adding a host as accomplished as Race to the 98.1 WOGL airwaves,” said David Yadgaroff, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Philadelphia. “His passion for music and ability to connect with his audience will have a meaningful impact in Philly and we trust our listeners will love having Race keep them company through the work day.”
“I’m very excited to now be part of the rich history at 98.1 WOGL in Philadelphia,” said Taylor. “WOGL is such a fun and legendary Philly brand and I’m happy to be able to join this incredibly talented team. I'm bringing all of the brotherly love.” Bobby Smith Taylor’s radio resume includes on-air roles at sister stations WCBS-FM 101.1 in New York and 98.7 K-LUV (KLUV-FM) in Dallas, as well as WPLJ in New York, KDMX in Dallas, and Q102 and Warm 98.5 in Cincinnati. Taylor is also the current billboard voice for ABC-TV’s primetime, daytime and late-night programming. He can be heard regularly on shows like “General Hospital,” “Dancing with The Stars,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Shark Tank,” “The Bachelorette,” “American Idol,” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”
Jason Pullman Returns To Atlanta As Midday Host On New Country 101-FIVE/WKHX
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 11TH, 2021 –– Cumulus has added Jason Pullman to the lineup at New Country 101-FIVE/WKHX-FM in Atlanta. Pullman debuts Monday, January 11, 2021 weekdays from 10:00am-3:00pm. This marks a return to Atlanta radio for Pullman, who hosted Mornings on 94.9 The Bull for a decade. An Atlanta native, Pullman has been heard in some of the biggest markets in the U.S., hosting Afternoon Drive on KYSR in Los Angeles, voicing promos for CBS TV’s KSAN in San Francisco, and most recently, hosting Mornings on Chicago’s US99. Pullman also guest-starred on ABC-TV’s “Nashville”.
While speaking to Leesburg, GA’s Luke Bryan, the Country superstar turned the tables to ask Pullman about his radio aspirations, to which he replied: “I want to bring realness, authenticity, kindness and genuineness to my audience. I want people to feel comfortable having me come into their lives and consider me a part of their family.” Sean Shannon, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Atlanta, said: “Jason is about as Atlanta as it gets. We’re thrilled to have him come home and join our team.” Mike Moore, Program Director, New Country 101-FIVE/WKHX-FM, noted: "Jason has a long-standing relationship with Country music fans and the community in Atlanta, and I am very excited to have him join our team. I have no doubt he will bring an incredible level of energy and entertainment to Middays on New Country 101-FIVE!" Pullman commented: "It's incredible to finally be back home. Hosting Middays on my hometown radio station New Country 101-FIVE is yet another dream come true. I can't wait to see you at Truist Park, Ameris Bank Amphitheatre, or just shopping at Publix."
Greg & The Morning Buzz Inks Extension With iHeart Portsmouth/Manchester
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 11TH, 2021 –– iHeartMedia Portsmouth/Manchester (NH) has extended “Greg & the Morning Buzz” for four more years for WHEB-FM (Portsmouth) and WGIR-FM (“Rock 101”/Manchester), effective immediately. The long running show features Greg Kretschmar, Scott “Roadkill” McMullen, Laura Boyce, Kelly Brown and Kayla Winsor, and are a staple of New England Radio. Kretschmar, who started at WHEB, has been there for 36 years. Greg & The Morning Buzz and iHeartMedia have also inked a strategic sales partnership whereby iHeartMedia would sell newly created sales and sponsorship opportunities on Greg’s ‘8 Media’ assets which, in addition to radio, are podcasts, streaming, video, social media, database marketing, site / app integration and live events.
Kretschmar says “We’re thrilled to continue being a part of New England mornings with iHeartMedia! Our show is a family, and our audience is an extension of that. We’re connected to them. We’ve been through a lot together, and we’re thankful we all get to do what we love in a place that we love”. Besides, Kretschmar added, “I don’t think I’m qualified to do anything else!” Joe Graham, Market President of iHeartMedia NH was enthusiastic about the continued partnership, saying “Our listeners have made Greg & The Morning Buzz part of their lives and our clients have seen incredible success by advertising on the #1 Morning Show in New Hampshire! As professionals, they are unequalled—as individuals, they are simply awesome people!” Tim Moore, VP/Programming was equally thrilled. “Greg & The Morning Buzz is simply the best morning show I have ever heard in any market-period. They don’t just win—they dominate—and when podcasts of the show rank in the Top 25 nationally on iTunes, it’s clear that they are growing new legions of fans every day!”
Grant And Danny Move To Afternoons On WJFK-FM Washington, DC; Pete Medhurst To Middays
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 11TH, 2021 –– Entercom has revamped its weekday lineup for 106.7 The Fan (WJFK-FM) in Washington D.C. The moves includes the move of Grant Paulsen and Danny Rouhier from middays to afternoon drive. ubsequently, the station announces on-air personality Pete Medhurst will serve as interim midday show host. “Grant and Danny mix the smartest and most credible sports opinion and information in Washington with their own unique personalities and humor,” said Ivy Savoy-Smith, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Washington D.C. “They’ve built an incredible community of listeners and we’re thrilled that they’ll be entertaining DC sports fans on their drives home for years to come.”
“This is a huge opportunity and a thrill,” said Paulsen. “Like almost everybody else my age, I grew up listening to 106.7 FM and I don't take lightly what it means to host the drive-time show on such an important radio station. I'm honored to have this opportunity with Danny and can't thank our listeners enough for making this possible.” “Growing up in the Washington D.C. area, I loved 2 things: D.C. sports teams and WJFK,” said Rouhier. “It is surreal to me that a local kid gets to live out his dream and talk sports in my hometown. We owe everything to our amazing listeners who have supported us over the years and it's because of them that we have this chance.”
Paulsen and Rouhier have hosted “Grant and Danny” on 106.7 The Fan since January 2014. Paulsen joined 106.7 The Fan in 2009 and was named as the station’s Washington Redskins beat reporter a year later. In 2014, he joined the station’s midday show alongside Rouhier. He currently hosts pre and postgame coverage for Washington Capitals games on NBC Sports Washington and writes a regular column for The Athletic. Rouhier joined 106.7 The Fan in 2009 as an on-air contributor before expanding his role to a full-time host in 2010. He has served as a co-host for the station’s midday show since 2011.
SYNDICATION: iHeart Springfield’s 97.3 The Beat Adds The Breakfast Club, Big Boy’s Neighborhood And 'Hollywood Unlocked' With Jason Lee
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 11TH, 2021 –– 97.3 The Beat, Springfield’s Hip Hop and R&B station, announced today the addition of The Breakfast Club featuring Radio Hall of Famers Charlamagne Tha God, Angela Yee and DJ Envy to mornings and weekends. Big Boy’s Neighborhood also joins the station’s weekday and weekend lineup, airing afternoons from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. ET, and Saturday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET, Big Boy is joined by co-host Natalia Perez, Louie G, Ayyde and DJ VickOne Plus, “Hollywood Unlocked with Jason Lee takes nights in the 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. ET timeslot. Lee is joined by Blue Telusma and DJ Damage
“It’s a new, fresh era for radio in Springfield,” said Kevin Johnson, iHeartMedia, Springfield Senior Vice President of Programming. “I’m excited to serve Hip Hop and R&B fans in the Pioneer Valley with this incredible lineup and look forward to working with local business and community leaders.”
A Familiar Brand Returns To Georgia Airwaves With Fox 102.1; Kevin Steele Takes Mornings
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 11TH, 2021 –– The AJC's Rodney Ho reports that former Atlanta radio executive Chris Murray has decided to revive the Fox name at the 102.1 signal. The station is a simulcast of a Fox format already heard on 97.3 in Griffin and 104.9 in Manchester, GA and officially launched Friday afternoon. Murray tells Ho, "This version of Fox mostly plays pop hits from the late 1970s through the 1990s, contrasts with the original Fox, which featured core artists such as the Beatles, the Supremes and the Beach Boys.
Kevin Steele, a former Star 94.1 host from 1992 to 2002 and who later worked with Kicks 101.5 (now New Country), is doing mornings and programs the music. Steele posted on Facebook, "I'm excited to be starting a new chapter in my radio career tomorrow. We just launched FOX-FM in ATL and I'm ready to start your day with Georgia's Greatest Hits every weekday from 6-10am starting (today)
On Fox 102.1, Rick Dees is hosting a midday syndicated show and Jeremy Hawkins handles afternoons. On weekends, there is specialty programming from legendary pop jock Scott Shannon. On Friday nights, the station plays all 1980s and Nina Blackwood does an ‘80s segment during the mornings.
TRACY JOHNSON: Top Five Most Common Mistakes New Morning Shows Make
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 11TH, 2021 –– It's a new year! A time for new beginnings and fresh starts. Some stations are launching new morning shows, and many personalities have begun a new career phase. The early days of a new show are critical. First impressions matter. That's why personalities should plan ahead to avoid the 5 most common mistakes new shows make shown below. There is a common theme that runs through all five mistakes. See if you can identify it.
Coming On Too Strong - Most personalities want to make a major impact quickly. They're full of ideas and ready to start dominating the market. Whoa! Slow down. In most cases, listeners don't know anything about you. There's no relationship. The existing audience obviously liked (or at least didn't dislike) what was on before. And that has changed. So slow down and respect the listening environment.Personalities cannot possibly become loved without first being liked. And they won't be liked until the audience gets to know them. And that takes time. I call it the Personality Success Path,five stages of growth from Introduction to Familiarity to Growth to Like to Love. Every personality passes through each stage as they "romance" the listener. It's an impossible jump from Introduction to Love. It takes time. But coming on too strong in the Introduction stage often repels listeners, causing shows to never make it past Stage 2 (Familiarity).
Failing To Embrace The Listening Environment - Other than close friends and family, not a single listener is tuned to the station because of a brand new show. They are there for other listening benefits. It could be music, information, a promotion, or to be put into a mood. Or maybe it's because of long-ago formed habits. This creates a tremendous opportunity. The best way to win the affection of another person is to identify things they like and demonstrate you love them, too. Do this on the air by showing that you love the format. Connect your personality to the station brand and all elements surrounding talk breaks with personality and enthusiasm. And it's not hard! Just follow these guidelines to add color to every break.
Making Assumptions - Most broadcasters assume listeners listen to the radio more than they do. In reality, they spend very little time with any station. Radio is just not important to most listeners.
Poor Preparation - I'm not talking about show prep. I'm talking about preparing to perform to attract potential fans. Before turning on the mic for the first time, every show should have a detailed, thorough plan that includes - get details at the below link.
Not Providing A Reason To Listen - Everyone wants to be a loved market institution with a large, loyal fan base. But listeners don't magically fall in love with radio hosts. They must first be attracted to the show so they can experience the personalities.
There are more opportunities for talented radio personalities than ever before. But it's also harder to build a winning radio show. It takes persistence, commitment, and time. Now, what's the common thread that runs through each of the 5 mistakes? CLICK HERE
EVENTS: Hello Bello Wraps Up Kidd’s Kids Give Back Campaign With Extra $20,000 Pledge
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 11TH, 2021 –– Hello Bello co-founder, Jay McGraw appeared on The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show on Friday to announce the company’s Texans for Texans fundraising program results to the show’s charity, Kidd’s Kids, as well as pledge an additional $20,000 for a grand total donation of $100,000. Over the last 2 months, Hello Bello has committed to donate $1 from each Club Box of diapers sold at Texas Walmart locations. In addition to that, celebrity friends of company founders Kristen Bell, Dax Shepard and Jay McGraw and The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show, pledged donations to Kidd’s Kids in honor of their 30th anniversary.
“I’m honored that through our Hello Bello Texans for Texans campaign, we raised $100,000 to support the incredible work of Kidd’s Kids’,” said Kristen Bell, Hello Bello co-founder. “A big Thank You to The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show to help us spread the word and to our generous Texas customers for the support.” Some stats on the campaign: $1 for every Hello Bello Club Box purchase at Texas Walmart stores was donated Over 1,250,000 individual diapers were sold Celebrities that donated directly include Kristen Bell, Dr. Phil McGraw, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Melissa Rycroft, Andy Grammer, and Jay McGraw Kidd’s Kids Director of Operations, Lyndsay Kotzot said, “With donations down in 2020 due to the pandemic, we were ecstatic to have Hello Bello approach us about this campaign. Heading in to our 30th anniversary year, this donation will allow us to help even more families attend our Kidd’s Kids Trip to Disney World, our reunion events and allow us to expand other outreach programs. We can’t thank Hello Bello enough!”
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Dave Lee Announces Retirement From AM 830 WCCO Minneapolis Following 32 Year Run
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 8TH, 2021 –– After 32 years at WCCO Radio, Dave Lee announced his retirement. Lee’s career began in Fargo, ND as program director and afternoon drive host at the Mighty 790 KFGO before getting noticed and joining WCCO Radio in 1989. To this day, the Morning News with Dave Lee has provided breaking news with the top local, regional and national newsmakers. On April 30th, he will depart as one of the most successful and enduring radio hosts in the long and iconic history of WCCO Radio.
Through his entire career, Dave has earned the top honors in the media industry, including the Edward R. Murrow Award, numerous awards from the Associated Press and a nomination for the national Marconi Award, the Oscar of the radio industry. Versatility has been a strong point as he also has been recognized for his play-by-play on radio and on TV, including 3 Emmy Awards, says Shannon Knoepke, SVP/Market Manager at Entercom Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul Area . "We're going to miss Dave Lee. He has had the responsibility of picking up for legends he's replaced. Now we have to replace the legend of Dave Lee which feels impossible as we today celebrate his years of entertaining and informing us on WCCO ... before he signs off for good, but for now it’s thank you, thank you, thank you, Dave Lee."
Austin Radio Network Raises Over $137,000 For Central Texas Food Bank
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 11, 2021 –– The Horn, KOKE-FM and 105.3 The Bat listeners and sponsors raised over $137,000 in the “Buy a Box” holiday campaign benefiting the Central Texas Food Bank. The drive kicked off Tues., Dec. 26 with Bucky Godbolt of The Horn (KTXX) and Bob Cole from KOKE-FM broadcasting across the Austin Radio Network (KTXX/KTAE, KTXX-K287FG, KOKE-FM). Guests and supporters included Lifetime Longhorn Quan Cosby and Grammy-nominated “Musician with a Message” SaulPaul and representatives from local church congregations and advertising partners. The “Buy a Box” holiday campaign continued through Dec. 31 with an initial goal of 1,100 $30 emergency food boxes containing 23 meals consisting of proteins, dairy, fruits, and vegetables. The drive brought in 4,588 boxes for Central Texans in need.
“It never fails, our listeners and partners come through every time," says Eric Raines, Operations Manager for Austin Radio Network. "We knew going into the holiday season this was going to be a big ask. Without hesitation they donated over $137,000. This equates to more than 4,500 emergency food boxes, over 128-thousand pounds of food, and more than 105-thousand meals. Without our listener and partner communities we couldn't make this happen. How do you properly thank those that give at a time like this? We are incredibly grateful.”
Canyon Cody And DJ Ethos To Host 'Alternalido' On Nine Entercom Stations Nationwide
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 8TH, 2021 –– Entercom announces the addition of Subsuelo member Canyon Cody as host of “Alternalido.” The Latin show, which launched in May 2020, features an expertly curated mix of alternative sounds from Latin artists around the world. The show will also welcome Subsuelo’s DJ Ethos, who will co-host a weekly mix segment. “Alternalido,” now featuring Canyon Cody and DJ Ethos, will be heard Sundays from 10:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. local time on nine Entercom alternative stations, effective January 10. “Born and raised in Los Angeles, ‘Alternalido’ is fast becoming the leader in breaking, new Latin alternative rock,” said Jeff Federman, Regional President, Entercom. “As we expand across the country, Canyon Cody and DJ Ethos are the natural experts to grow the genre even further.”
"Alternalido’ has allowed us to expand our offering to better serve our diverse audiences across the country and we’re excited to add two dynamic talents to our program,” said Mike Kaplan, Alternative Format Captain, Entercom. “Canyon Cody and DJ Ethos are the soul of Subsuelo and we look forward to them bringing their rich Latin music taste to ‘Alternalido’ and add another layer to this widely popular show.” "We are so excited about ‘Alternalido,’” said Cody. “When we first started Subsuelo, there weren't many platforms where you could play the sort of music we love – this diverse, open-format mix of genres, languages and generations. ‘Alternalido’ is a perfect fit for Subsuelo because it's one of those rare shows where we have the freedom to just celebrate all kinds of great music, without being stuck in some narrow box.
In 2016, Subsuelo co-founded Calentura along with LNL and iconic salsa label Fania Records. The critically-acclaimed project opened the vaults of Fania’s historic catalog, remixing previously unreleased tracks from Latin music legends Celia Cruz, Hector Lavoe and Willie Colón. Over the last 10 years, Subsuelo has toured across Latin America and the United States, performing at Coachella, Boiler Room, Supersónico, Red Bull Music Academy and more. ALT 105.3 (KITS-FM) in San Francisco.
Craig Carton To Host Gambling Addiction Show On Entercom's WFAN New York
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 8TH, 2021 –– Entercom announced the launch of “Hello, My Name is Craig,” a new Saturday morning program featuring WFAN 101.9 FM/660 AM (WFAN-FM/AM) afternoon show co-host Craig Carton. In the thirty-minute show, presented by 1-800-GAMBLER, Carton will drive candid conversations with listeners about different aspects of gambling, and provide resources and outlets to those seeking help or looking for ways to help their loved ones. The show will welcome former New Jersey governor Chris Christie as a regular contributor, as well as various guests to share stories of indulgence, falls from grace and the fight to overcome gambling addiction. Guests will include medical and therapy experts, members of the 1-800-GAMBLER team, founders of rehabilitation treatment centers, and more.
“Legalized gambling is a growing part of the modern sports experience and the everyday fans’ conversations,” said Chris Oliviero (R), Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom New York. “Our obligation and commitment are to serve not only the audience that can responsibly enjoy these gaming elements, but also in a meaningful way help those, like Craig, who have an addiction. With Craig’s voice and unique perspective, along with outstanding partners and the influence of the WFAN platform, we will do just that.”
“Each week, we will tackle different aspects of what for some is a fun recreation but for others is an addiction that forever alters and sometimes ends lives,” said Carton. “The show will be a raw and revealing look into the fastest-growing vice in the country and I look forward to providing my first-hand perspective for both those dealing with the grip of their gambling compulsions as well as the loved ones in their lives.”
“We are excited to both sponsor and partner with Craig on this endeavor and shed light on this often-overlooked topic,” said Neva Pryor, Executive Director, The Council on Compulsive Gambling of NJ (800-GAMBLER). “Gambling addiction is hidden and silently impacting both the family members as well as the individual who struggles. Through this show and podcast, we hope to start the conversation and reduce the stigma around gambling addiction while heightening awareness as to the warning signs and resources available for both the problem gambler and loved ones.”
SYNDICATION: Tino Cochino Radio Kicks Off 2021 With An Upgrade To Mornings In Austin.
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 7TH, 2021 –– KPEZ Brand Manager Dan Hunt said: After dominating nights on 102.3 The Beat, it was an easy decision to move Tino Cochino Radio to mornings! Not only does it bring the vibe and sound we were looking for in Austin with the amazing show chemistry, but these guys are complete rock stars when it comes to working for the station.
2021 is the year of Tino Cochino in Austin! TCR host Tino added... “I’m appreciative that iHeart Media recognizes what we do and understands the engagement we can create with listeners. We can’t wait to prove ourselves yet again by dominating morning drive in the ATX.” Get TCR on your station today by reaching out to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org Show pics on link below
New Country 101.5 Atlanta Morning Host JJ Kincaid Reveals He's Recouperating From COVID-19
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 8TH, 2020 –– The AJC's Rodney Ho reports that JJ Kincaid, the morning co-host on New Country 101.5, said he’s recuperating from COVID-19. In a text, he said he isn’t sure how he contracted the virus but said he is glad that so far, his symptoms are mild. He said he has multiple sclerosis and is immunosuppressed due to a drug he takes to treat it. He tells Ho, “I’ve been super careful. I haven’t left the house much.”
Kincaid, who joined the station in 2019, has been able to do his morning show remotely since the pandemic began. He co-hosts with Dallas McCade. He said he still can’t smell or taste anything.
The Cumulus cluster was among the first groups back in March to first send its hosts and other staffers home after one of them reported coming in contact with someone who tested positive. - Best wishes to JJ for a speedy recovery.
SiriusXM Reports It Beat Its 2019 Subscriber Guidance And Issues 2020 Guidance
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 8TH, 2020 –– SiriusXM announced it added 1.063 million net self-pay subscribers to finish 2019 with approximately 30 million self-pay subscribers, exceeding the company's initial 2019 subscriber guidance. The company also announced that it expects to meet or exceed its 2019 guidance for revenue, adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow.
"Last year was a milestone for SiriusXM. Not only did we achieve our tenth consecutive year of million-plus self-pay net additions, but we also completed our acquisition of Pandora Media and made significant investments in our business, all while returning more than $2 billion to our stockholders. And our new 2020 guidance points to what should be another excellent year of growth for SiriusXM," said Jim Meyer, SiriusXM's Chief Executive Officer. "We're thrilled to start our year once again at the Consumer Electronics Show with so many new product and service launches to highlight. GM recently announced a broad rollout of our next-gen 360L hybrid satellite-IP architecture. GM anticipates it will produce about one million 360L-enabled vehicles this year. We recently announced a new creative collaboration with U2 to create an exclusive U2X RADIO Channel for SiriusXM and exclusive content for Pandora listeners. And we look forward this year to debuting exclusive content across SiriusXM and Pandora from Marvel and platinum selling recording artist Drake," added Meyer.
SiriusXM also announced that it plans to release full-year and fourth quarter 2019 financial and operating results on Tuesday, February 4, 2020. The company will hold a conference call at 8:00 am ET the same day to discuss these results. Investors and the press can listen to the conference call via the company's website at investor.siriusxm.com.
Cumulus Dallas Radio Stations Raise A Total Of $1,743,857 For Local Charities in 2020
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 7TH, 2021 –– CUMULUS MEDIA announces that its Dallas, TX, radio station group raised a total of $1,743,857 for DFW Metroplex charities during 2020. In addition, Cumulus Dallas supported signature community events with other groups to help raise additional millions in charitable donations. CUMULUS MEDIA owns and operates six popular radio stations serving DFW, including: 99.5 The Wolf/KPLX-FM; WBAP-AM NewsTalk 820; Sportsradio 1310 AM/96.7 FM The Ticket; Hot 93.3/KLIF-FM; New Country 96.3/KSCS-FM; KLIF 570 AM.
Key community events in 2020 for Cumulus Dallas included:
Dan Bennett, Regional Vice President, CUMULUS MEDIA-Dallas/Houston, said: “Our Cumulus Dallas staff has always understood our need to serve the community, but especially in 2020 with the pandemic, we saw just how generous our audience is and how committed our staff is to not let down the charities that have come to depend on us. In a year that presented many challenges to our country, radio brought people together to help meet our communities’ most urgent needs in an unprecedented, powerful and healing way. We are grateful to our listeners and advertisers for their incredible support and partnership in 2020."
Entercom New York Joins 'Why Hunger' To Raise $358,250 In 35th Annual Hungerthon Campaign
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 8TH, 2021 –– Entercom partnered with WhyHunger, a leader in the movement to end hunger and advance the human right to nutritious food in the U.S. and around the world, to raise a record-breaking $358,250 as a part of the 35th annual Hungerthon campaign. Entercom New York stations’ contributions during a one-day live broadcast event helped campaign totals reach over $1 million for the fifth consecutive year. “This year has presented all of us with unprecedented adversity and forced us to reflect on what’s important,” said Chris Oliviero, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom New York. “Like we’ve proven time and time again, our ability to support one another in times of struggle is one of our greatest attributes as New Yorkers, and we are proud of our colleagues and listeners for coming together for our neighbors in need. As we’ve done since its launch, we are once again honored to support WhyHunger’s annual Hungerthon and the selfless mission to end hunger.”
“This year’s unprecedented and compounding forces of the COVID-19 pandemic, record unemployment and alarming rates of food insecurity have been devastating for too many Americans,” said Noreen Springstead, Executive Director, WhyHunger. “In this pivotal time, it is humbling to see such an outpouring of support during this year’s Hungerthon campaign. With thousands of people stepping up to give what they can, despite their own challenges, it is so encouraging to see Americans prioritize the basic human right to nutritious food for all.” As part of the multifaceted campaign which ran through December 31, Entercom participated in a live “Hungerthon Day” on November 24. The all-day broadcast event, which aired on New York stations WFAN 101.9 FM/660 AM (WFAN-FM/AM), WCBS 880 (WCBS-AM) and New York’s Country 94.7 (WNSH-FM)
Radio Outlook 2021 - Pt. 5: 'Video, Video, Video!
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 8TH, 2021 –– In our final edition to this week's take on what some of radio's top minds think you should look for in radio for 2021, we took aim at skillsets most needed in the New Year. As you'll read below, most of our contributors made it clear, living color clear, that effective use of video, among other skillsets, is something both talent and programmersalike should excel at in 2021 and beyond. As Scott Lindy (TR) of Futuri Media says, "Editing and producing video is a key skillset for 2021 and beyond, and it’s probably a lot easier than you think (this is especially important when you’re the one on camera!). Gone are the days when everything needs to be a Scorcese-level production, and knowing how to quickly create branded videos can set you apart from your competition.
Jacobs Media's Seth Resler (second down), Digital Dot Connector for Jacobs Media agrees fully, adding, "Video, video, video! Every media personality now needs to be a multi-media personality. In the pandemic, that means:
Learn how to livestream to Facebook, Twitch, Instagram, and YouTube. Learn not only how to use Zoom, but other web-based video apps like BeLive andStreamYard or desktop apps like OBS Studio andeCamm Live. Learn how to edit video in a program like Adobe Premiere and to create video production elements in a program like Adobe After Effects. Learn the basics of three-point lighting and camera position. Consider purchasing a green screen or a StreamDeck controller. And buy some foundation makeup.
Dan Vallie (third down), head of Vallie/Richards/Donovan Consulting says the better your video skills in 2021 the better for the radio station and the better for you. "With the audience fragmentation and choices, being an authentic communicator is more important than ever. Every on air break should be purposeful, not matter how short or long the break, your personality should come through."
Vallie advises, "No matter the platform. Be likeable. The talent and the station needs to be unique in both product and branding. And speaking of communicating, in 2021 communicating to each other is more important than ever to maximize the station and the show's success, whether working in the studio or remotely. The audio boom continues and radio is in for a good ride."
Jon Zellner (above left), President | Programming Operations at iHeartMedia, believes in 2021 the streaming services will continue to take whatever they can from radio's playbook. "But while they appear to be moving toward sounding more like radio, it's important that we don't sound more like a streaming service. In 2021, our focus should be on our biggest points of differentiation...most importantly, companionship. Millions of our listeners have been stuck at home for nearly a year and they're craving human interaction. This is what our brands have always done best. As we get back to whatever the new normal will be, our programmers should be the stewards of their brands matching and exceeding listener expectations.
Zellner adds, "Our sellers should showcase our reach and partner with clients by creating unique revenue-generating opportunities that also work for programming. And our talent should live the lifestyle of their target listener and focus on creating emotional and memorable moments on the air, through social media and in their local community.
Louie Diaz (bottom right), VP Top 40/Rhythmic Top 40 for Cumulus Media, says - For on air talent: Work hard and be more creative than Spielberg with your on-air, podcasting and social media content. Programmers: Music cycle doldrums, Covid-19 city lock downs, heavy news cycle, will continue in the early part and to mid-late 2021. Pivot with your air staff, music scheduling, and station presentation. Remember to change the tone and gear of the morning shows, music, etc when turbulence call for it. Have a "feel-good" feel/vibe to your station (now more than ever). Can you use the pic from the panel?
Leigh Jacobs, EVP Research Analysis at NuVoodoo Media Services, points out, PD's and talent need to be thinking about keeping, and especially drawing audiences in 2021. It's not good enough to have great music -- that's just table stakes to stay in the game. What's the emotional appeal of your station/show that draws people in and keeps them coming back for more? Jacob's cohort Mike O'Connor (above left, bottom right), EVP Marketing & Strategy, says mastering the art of programming success is maximizing occasions of time-spent-listening as reported by Nielsen. "Mastery of all social/digital channels that match up well with the station audience is critical for fostering deep engagement and tune in. Those who interact with your brand digitally are far more likely to be in the Nielsen ratings sample. Pay attention to what they're DOING, as indicated below in this comparison between those who would participate in PPM research and those who would not: When was the last time you did any of these things (past month
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Radio News Networks Air Live From The Capitol Building Chaos; NAB Comments
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 7TH, 2021 –– When CBS News Radio DC Bureau Exec. Editor Steve Dorsey showed up to the Capitol Building Wednesday morning, he knew he had a hectic day ahead of him. Little did he know he would be locked in the House Radio and TV Correspondents Gallery as armed pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol. Sheltering in place at the direction of the Capitol Police, Dorsey provided minute-by-minute coverage of the Insurrection at the Capitol to CBS News affiliates. White House Correspondent Steven Portnoy (L), meanwhile, went on-air with live wall-to-wall coverage detailing the unprecedented events that occurred yesterday. In addition, CBS News Face the Nation host Margaret Brennan provided exclusive reporting and insight. CBS News Radio offered coverage through 11pm ET. Today, CBS News coverage will continue with interviews with: Peter Maer, former CBS News White House correspondent Lenny Steinhorn, CBS News Political Analyst Steven Portnoy and White House correspondent Major Garrett, Chief Washington correspondent
ABC News Radio also provided live anchored-coverage of yesterday's events. ABC News’ flagship daily podcast “Start Here,” hosted by Brad Mielke (R), will devote its entire episode today of unfolding events. In addition, the "ABC News Radio Update" podcast will update each hour with the latest news. Marc Burstein is the Senior Executive Producer of ABC News Special Events.
Amid the chaos, NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith. "We are saddened and disheartened by the actions unfolding in our nation's capital. To the journalists risking their lives to bring this unprecedented scene to Americans across the nation, stay safe and vigilant.”
What To Expect In Radio For 2021 - Pt. 4: 'Another Giant Year For On-Demand Audio'
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 6TH, 2021 –– In Part 4 of a 5 part series, Jockline continues to tap into the minds of some radio's personalities, programmers, consultants and others for their take on what they can likely expect for radio in 2021. Today's edition turns to those connected with some of the top shows in radio.
Among the latest forecast includes Amplifi Media's Steve Goldstein (L) who predicts that 2021 will certainly be another giant year for on-demand audio and it won’t just be podcasts. "We will see more focus on smart speaker audio content. Amazon’s purchase of Wondery is a good indicator. Big companies like Spotify, Apple, Amazon, Sirius/XM, iHeart, and Entercom are all vying for ears. This will put even more pressure on broadcast radio.
Talent Specialist Angela Perelli (R) believes after a tumultuous year for the industry (and everyone else), radio will continue to evolve. "Unfortunately more may lose their jobs as companies try to recoup the revenue lost in 2020. It's easy to be distracted by today's obstacles or the pinings for the "good ol' days of radio." For those that remain, focus on why you chose radio in the first place. To entertain? To impact your community? To connect with people?"
Perelli adds, " Whatever it is, between your show and your social media platform, you still can. Continue to look for ways to fulfill your purpose. You will feel more agency and more optimism. if you chose radio for fame and free concert tickets, it might be time to look for something else."
KRBE Houston's Eric Rowe (BR), of The Roula & Ryan Show predicts by September 'The Roaring 20’s will begin. "People will want to live life to their fullest making up for 2020 and the beginning of 2021. They’ll want to go to concerts, take trips, and have experiences and interaction with people. Listeners will gravitate to a show or station that will give them those things. If your station is having fun, giving them concert tickets and trips and giving them that companionship, while doing memorable things on the radio that they care about you will be in great shape for The Roaring 20’s."
Tomorrow, Part 5: 'Radio's biggest opportunities in 2021"
Revenue Development Resources' Bob Lawrence to Retire After 54 Years In Radio
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 7TH, 2021 –– Bob Lawrence has announced his retirement from Revenue Development Resources after 54 years in the broadcasting industry. A celebrated on-air talent, PD and GM, Bob is probably best known for his 14 years of duty at The Radio Advertising Bureau and his past six years at Revenue Development Resources. Bob’s career started in Emporia, KS as an on-air personality. He continually grew his skillsets, rising to positions of PD and then GM, with stops in Kansas, Louisiana, Texas, and nationally on the ABC Radio Network. He then was recruited by TM Century in Dallas, where his sales skills and ability to create long term relationships caught the attention of the RAB in 2000. He remained there until rejoining his former RAB colleague Mark Levy at Revenue Development Resources, as Director of Sales in 2014.
Mark Levy, President of RDR says, “I have had the great privilege of working with Bob Lawrence for 13 years, first at the RAB and then with RDR. During that time, he amazed me with his energy and the respect so many people in the industry had and continue to have for him. But even more than that, he never stopped learning, and he never was anything but nice to people. I know that last part is often brushed over, but it is truly something that made Bob stand out from so many others in this business. He’s been a cheerleader, a sounding board and a sage for so many people…the industry is certainly going to miss him!”. Bob commented, “Many thanks to Mark and Holly Levy and their RDR team, the many other people I’ve worked with, and the friends gained along the way.”
Paige Pfleger Joins Nashville Public Radio's WPLN As Reporter
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 7TH, 2021 – WPLN Nashville has hired Paige Pfleger as the newsroom’s first Arts, Culture & Music Reporter, five weeks after parent company Nashville Public Radio launched its new music discovery station 91.ONE, WNXP. “Having this beat in our newsroom will allow us to give Nashville and Middle Tennessee’s arts and music community the coverage it deserves,” says WPLN News Director Emily Siner. “Paige has the reporting and storytelling chops to show how the arts are a lens to understand broader civic and cultural issues.” Pfleger is especially passionate about telling underreported stories and digging deep into powerful institutions. She looks forward to using her audio production and investigative skills to tell stories about the arts in Nashville.
“I’ve long admired the work that Nashville Public Radio does: the station’s reporting, podcasts and community engagement efforts make it stand out from other NPR member stations across the country,” Pfleger says. “I’m so excited to join this innovative team, and I am looking forward to telling the stories of Nashville’s most influential industry.” Pfleger has reported in Central Ohio at WOSU News since 2018, covering criminal justice and the addiction crisis. She was named Ohio’s Reporter of the Year by the Associated Press in 2019. Pfleger’s work has appeared nationally on NPR, The Washington Post, Marketplace, and PRI’s The World, and she has worked in the newsrooms of The Tennessean, Michigan Radio, WHYY, Vox, and NPR.
SYNDICATION - The Ben Shapiro Show Added To The Lineup At AM 970 The Answwer New York
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 7TH, 2020 –– Salem Media'S AM 970 The Answer/WNYM – is adding The Ben Shapiro Show to its afternoon lineup. Shapiro is a nationally syndicated columnist, Editor-In-Chief of the Daily Wire, and host of a daily podcast with 750,000 downloads per episode. His show will air afternoons at 5pm except on Wednesday when it airs at 9pm. Shapiro’s podcast will air evenings at 9pm.
In addition, The Answer is also moving Kevin McCullough to 7pm weeknights, hosting a new show called Radio Night Live. The station also announced it is adding Real Estate Today, the official radio program of the National Association of Realtors, hosted by Stephen Gasque, an experienced real estate professional and award-winning broadcast journalist.
“We’re always looking for ways to make our lineup stronger, and these changes will do just that,” said Salem NY VP and General Manager Jerry Crowley. “Shapiro is a rising young superstar on Talk Radio. The Real Estate show will give our listeners great information and content. Kevin McCullough will continue to do the great show we know and love,” added Crowley.
Shari' Nycole Joins The Willie Moore Jr. Show As New Co-Host
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 21ST, 2020 –– Reach Mediahas named Shari’ Nycole as the new co-host on the nationally syndicated, Willie Moore Jr. Show. She replaces Krystal Lee who departed the show, December 2020 and picked up mid-days on WPZE-FM Radio One Atlanta. Shari’ Nycole is a consummate media pro in that she has had various stints that have led her to this opportunity. Her previous correspondence work at a variety of red carpet events include the NAACP Image Awards, the Trumpet Awards, Essence Festivals, the McDonalds 365Black Awards, The Triumph Awards and The Stellar Awards.
In May 2017, Sharí Nycole transitioned into a segment producer, field producer and editor on the breakout talk show, "Sister Circle Live," on TV One. While at "Sister Circle Live," she produced segments featuring varied celebrities, lifestyle experts, political powerhouses and sports figures. While juggling her duties with "Sister Circle Live," she took on a co-executive producer position on Will Packer Media's new live Twitter series, "Power Star Live," leading a passionate crew and curating content pertinent to the Black Twitter experience. Sharí Nycole ended her run with "Power Star Live" in April 2019 and "Sister Circle Live" in April 2020. Since then, she's executive produced and co-edited "The Making Of A Woman" documentary on Fox Soul, launched a successful podcast, "Just A Thought w/ Sharí Nycole," and began hosting a weekly radio show on Philly's Favor 100.7FM called, "The Gray Area."
Cumulus Brings Classic Hits To Flint Michigan; iHeart Debuts 92.9 The Bull In Tucson
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 7TH, 2021 –– Cumulus has launched a new Classic Hits station in Flint, MI, with the January 1st debut of K107.3, now airing on a new FM translator at 107.3 FM and on WWCK-AM 1570. WWCK-AM1570 moves to Classic Hits programming from its previous News/Talk format. K107.3 made the format flip as the clock struck midnight, heralding New Year’s Day 2021.
Jerry Noble, Program Director, WWCK-AM/FM, commented: "There are so many great artists that other stations had left behind, we felt it was an opportunity for us to bring back the songs Flint can sing along with and enjoy all day at work. Chris Monk, Regional Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Ann Arbor/Flint/Saginaw, noted: “Classic Hits is one of the most popular radio formats in America…and when you listen, you’ll see why.
--Adding to the format flippage, iHeartMedia Tucson debuted The New 92.9 The Bull Tucson. The Bull will also feature the nationally syndicated morning show “The Bobby Bones Show” and “CMT Radio Live + After MidNite with Cody Alan.” “Tucson has long had a hole in the market for a new Country station that covers the entire metro with a strong signal, and now 92.9 The Bull gives that to Tucson,” said Steve Earnhart, iHeartMedia Southwest Area President. “We’re kicking off 92.9 The Bull with 10,000 songs commercial-free, and we couldn't be more excited to connect Tucson Country music fans with the newest and hottest Country artists.”
Throwback Brands, IBA Join Forces In 2021
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 7TH, 2021 –– The Throwback Brands slate of shows and services have announced a new partnership with the Independent Broadcasters Association (IBA), effective immediately, to provide content, resources, and consulting to IBA member stations. Throwback Brands, headed by Tony Lorino, produces Throwback Nation Radio for Classic Hits, Adult Hits and AC stations, and the new feature Throwback 2K With Chris Cruise (L). Throwback Brands partner Dan Holiday also provides content, music, and social media consulting for their affiliates.
“Since launching in 2018, we’ve seen a growing need for an independent voice to represent broadcasters who are not owned by a major operator,” Lorino said. “Ron Stone and the IBA founders know that, and this organization is going to make such a difference for owners and operators to serve their listeners, serve their communities, and serve their clients. This is broadcasting at its best.”
Stone, Executive Director of the IBA added: “The IBA is very happy with this partnership. We continue to be embraced by the very best partners in the industry looking to help independent operators with better opportunities from independent sources. We are looking forward to a very successful 2021 with members taking full advantage of opportunities to partner with other independent operations!” The association now has 1,500 members and a variety of supporting vendors. www.iba.media
British Radio Station Censored By Google; Chris Brooks To Host New Syndicated Chart Show
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 7TH, 2021 – The national commercial talk radio station in the UK, talkRADIO, had its YouTube channel and live stream blocked after Google suspended its account. Google said talkRadio had breached its community guidelines. The station broadcast opinions about the UK government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic and the roll out of vaccines. Within 24 hours the station was back on Youtube.
Australian Radio Star Jess Eva On TV’s, “I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here” - Triple M Sydney’s Jess Eva has joined the 2021 cast of I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here. The Channel 10 show has been teasing this year’s competition will feature “a radio star”, and revealed it would be a female Breakfast host. Speculation has ranged from KIIS FM’s Jackie ‘O’ Henderson to WSFM’s Amanda Keller. Eva currently appears on the Moonman in the Mornings show on Sydney’s Triple M alongside Lawrence Mooney. The show also features Ash Williams, who has been heard on the Hughesy & Kate show, and co-hosted the Ash and Ed podcast with Ed Kavalee. He currently features on the TEAM Effort podcast with Kavalee, Tony Martin and Mooney, and hosts The Ash Williams Show podcast. The cast also includes former 2DayFM Breakfast host and TV star Grant Denyer, as well as former The Bachelor contestant Abbie Chatfield, who now hosts the It’s A Lot podcast.
New UK Chart Show Available For Radio Syndication - A new chart show will be available for radio stations in the UK and globally from 17th January 2021. The UK Hot40 Countdown, hosted and produced by Chris Brooks (shown), will be three hours long and use the UK Airplay Chart as provided by Radiomonitor.com. Chris, is also Head of Programming at Radio Essex. One of the first stations to confirm taking the chart is Energy FM on the Isle of Man. Station Director Juan Turner said: “I’m glad we can be a part of this new countdown and have enjoyed working with Chris to get this idea off the ground.” If your station is interested in finding out more about taking this chart, email email@example.com.
Cash for Kids raises £16.7 million ($23.6 million) in 2020 - Bauer Media’s dedicated charity network Cash for Kids has raised £16.7 million in 2020 to help over 365,000 disadvantaged children. Cash For Kids runs a number of initiatives throughout the year which is driven by Bauer brands including the Hits Radio Network, Absolute Radio, Magic Radio, Take a Break, That’s Life, Grazia, Closer and Total TV Guide. Campaigns included the Cash For Kids Appeal, which helped support families hit hard by the effects of COVID-19, and ‘Mission Christmas’, which in 2020 ensured that over 254,000 underprivileged children woke up to presents on Christmas Day.
CONDOLENCES: Former CKLW Big 8 News Legend Grant Hudson. a.k.a. Jim Reese, Passed Away
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 7TH, 2021 – Jim Reese passed away last month after a very lengthy battle with cancer. Newsman Grant Hudson, was “born” in early 1971 in the newsroom at CKLW when news director Byron MacGregor yelled, “Try using Brent” just as Jim went in to read the news having only decided on using “Hudson” as his last name. Hudson was actually the first name of MacGregor’s brother in western Canada. He was a rock ‘n roll jock (WVAM Altoona, PA), a country announcer (CKLW-FM Windsor), a station manager (WNOE in New Orleans), a station owner (WJRB in Bradenton), but most of all, he was a dedicated newsman. His career as one of the original big-voiced CKLW Big 8 newsmen is legendary. He was also a drive time anchor at WWJ Detroit, and Tampa’s WFLA, Sarasota’s WSRQ, Fort Wayne’s WLYV and many other stations.
After handling news for CKLW as Grant Hudson, he would drive over to the CBC affiliate where he would be introduced, “And now, news reader, James Reese,” all somber and straight forward. The station manager for the CBC affiliate would sometimes rail about those awful people at CKLW, ruining the news…especially that Grant Hudson guy.”
Jim is survived by daughter Tiffany, grandson James, brother David, sister Carol and several half siblings. He was preceded in death by his son James (Jimbo), ex-wife Karen and both parents. He would have loved the symmetry of passing away in 2020. This news was just disclosed yesterday. Watch more HERE
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Grammy Awards Postponed Due To Covid-19
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 6TH, 2021 - It's a new year, but the term 'postponed' carries over from 2020 to delay yet another entertainment event. This time it's The Grammy Awards. A rep for the show confirmed with Variety, but sources say the show could be moved to March, although no date was confirmed at the time with the publication. Sources tell Variety that a combination of health and travel concerns — not least the spike in coronavirus cases in the show’s planned location of Los Angeles — led the Recording Academy and its network partner CBS to decide to postpone the show from its planned January 31st date.
Interim Grammy chief Harvey Mason, jr. told Variety last summer that the initial general plan was to hold the event at its longtime home of the 18,000-capacity Staples Center in Los Angeles, with either a limited or no audience, in recent weeks he said the show would be held “in and around Downtown Los Angeles,” opening the possibility that performances could be staged from multiple venues in that area. In a brief interview with Billboard published last month, new Grammys executive producer Ben Winston said he was “looking to do something quite exciting with independent venues” either in or around the 2021 show.
Mason told Variety in November that the Grammys were looking at other shows for ideas, but “It’s gonna be a show that’s different from the other awards shows that have happened at this point,” he said. “We’re going to determine as we get a little bit closer what we’re going to do with our audience, but we have some really cool and special things that are coming together for our show.” READ ARTICLE HERE PHOTO/CBS
What To Expect In Radio For 2021 - Pt. 3: Working Remotely, Get Used To It; More Success Stories
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 6TH, 2021 –– In Part 3 of a 5 part series, Jockline has tapped into the minds of some top personalities, programmers, consultants and others for their take on what they can likely expect for radio in 2021. Today's edition turns to those connected with some of the top shows in radio. Heather Cohen (L), of the Weiss Agency, sees radio emerging with a lot of new success stories. While it will take time to fully recover financially, listeners will make plans to spend money on entertainment experiences, on dining out, on travel and on pampering themselves."
Cohen adds, "The “I deserve it” attitude will positively impact our advertisers in a significant way. Talent will join the initiative to bring advertisers back by endorsing their products and services. There will be new opportunities for highly successful and versatile talent both behind the microphone and in management. There are new platforms available to talent, and more on the horizon, as the need for content continues to increase. We will see more personalities working remotely which will lead to a robust exploration of new technology. Many successful talent will see their demand grow as they show that they can entertain across multiple markets and within a variety of formats.
Randy Lane (TR), The Randy Lane Company Chief, also predicts a sharp increase with talent working remotely. " It will become even clearer in 2021 that talent is the great distinguisher. It’s still most important to have the best talent, but now they don’t have to live locally. 2021 will see a sharp increase with talent working remotely. Like syndicated shows, local radio stations are beginning to hire drive time hosts and cohosts and let them live out of the market.
In addition to voice-tracking, remote talent will be utilized part time, full-time with benefits, and as independent contractors. Many talents would like to stay where they live and avoid the upheaval of moving, and management saves money on moving costs, temporary housing, etc.
The pandemic has forced our industry to use technology wisely. Not only have radio stations and shows adapted to broadcasting remotely, but they have also become adept at interacting with their audience with online events such as happy hours, cooking shows, and virtual concerts.
Tracy Johnson (L), head of The Tracy Johnson Media Group, sees 2021 as a year the radio industry (finally) starts to innovate with new formats, personalities, and shows, rather than merely chasing meter and diary carriers. "It’s time to inject excitement back into our station brands and the medium and aggressive broadcasters looking for ways to attract fans and generate new forms of revenue will being to experiment again," says Johnson.
Steve Reynolds (R), head of The Reynolds Group, says for the big companies, nationally or regionally syndicated shows will continue to be part of their distribution plan. "Smaller companies will continue to invest in live and local. In both instances, the best work and the most opportunities will go to the talent who are hard to replace - Who offer up the best content being done in the most unique, entertaining and engaging ways, who have a big social media presence that expose them to new fans, who are team players and have relationships with station clients, and who are electric when you listen to them."
Tomorrow, Part 4: 'Another giant year for on-demand audio.. and it won’t just be podcasts
Miami’s Totally 93.9 Taps DJ Laz For Afternoons
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 6TH, 2021 –– iHeartMedia Miami announced that DJ Laz will be the weekday afternoon host from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the new Totally 93.9. “DJ Laz is deeply rooted in Miami’s music scene and its rich culture and heritage,” said Brian Olson, President of iHeartMedia Miami. “It’s a pleasure to welcome DJ Laz and his passionate audience to iHeartRadio and Totally 93.9. His afternoon drive show is sure to become a familiar home for 90s music fans.”
“We are thrilled to bring Miami’s legendary DJ Laz to our hot new all 90s format,” said Rob Miller, SVPP iHeartMedia Miami. “DJ Laz is synonymous with the 90s. Then and now, there is nobody more in tune with the music and vibe of our community than Laz. I can’t wait to hear his energy and interaction with our listeners every afternoon on Totally 93.9.”
“2020 reminded us to really appreciate all you have, especially health, family and real friends,” said DJ Laz. “I knew I loved my city, but I realized how much I missed being a part of my listeners daily lives. I can play for people all over the world, but it’s just not the same as in my hometown. So excited to launch my new afternoon show on Totally 93.9 – get ready Miami for some fun on your drive home.”
Rico & Carmen Show Headed To Mornings At Univision's 98.5 The Beat San Antonio
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 6TH, 2021 –– This announcement comes courtesy of Facebook, but Rico & Carmen, as shown in the attached banner, are headed to Univision's The Beat 98.5.
According to the post, it suggest setting your alarm starting Monday January 11th. We'll standby for an official release.
Mike Love’s Blue Tag Media Finalizes Negotiations To Work With Sheryl Underwood Radio
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 6THM 2021 –– Previewing what’s to come in 2021, Mike Love’s Blue Tag Media announced they are finalizing negotiations to work with Sheryl Underwood Radio. The two companies will join forces for future collaboration. Blue Tag Media is one of the fastest growing companies in Urban radio, having recently announced national syndication agreements with The Jeff Foxx Show with Keke Brown and Nina and The Breakfast Brothers.
“The opportunity to work with Sheryl (TL) was one I couldn’t pass up,” said Love (TR), President & CEO of Blue Tag Media. “Her talent and creative ability are unmatched and the Underwood brand is a bonafide winner in the entertainment world. I really salute what she has achieved, from building her incredible fan base, to the growth of her media company, Sheryl Underwood Radio” which reaches over 18 million listeners.”*
Underwood said, “this is a match made in radio heaven. I am so excited to join the forces of Blue Tag Media with all things Sheryl Underwood Radio. Look out...here we come.” Underwood, a comedian, actress and co-host of CBS television’s The Talk, is also the host of Sheryl Underwood Radio, heard on 529 affiliates. *Source: Combined reach of 529 affiliates of the Sheryl Underwood Radio.
PODCAST: Jason Mahoney Shares How He Nearly Died From Covid-19 On Hoppe Hour Podcast
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 6TH, 2021 –– Jason Mahoney from Dave & Mahoney was a guest on Ryan Hoppe's Hoppe Hour Podcast and revealed for the first time hoiw close he came to dying from the corona virus.
Following his experience, he addresses anyone who thinks the virus is fake. LISTEN HERE
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CONDOLENCES: Sports Talk Radio Pioneer Tom Bigby Passes Away At 77
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 6TH, 2021 - Legendary programmer Tom Bigby, who many credit with creating the modern-day sports-talk format, has passed away at 77. WIP Philadelphia Program Director Spike Eskin posted on the station's website, "We’re sad to pass on the news that former SportsRadio WIP Program Director Tom Bigby passed away Monday at the age of 77. He is survived by his wife Phyllis, his two children and four grand children."
His career was filled with a load of top call letters like WIFI, WPHT, WNEW, KOST and WXYT, but, as Eskin points out, WIP is where he left his most lasting mark." Other WIP staffers posted their memories as well, including Angelo Cataldi who wrote: " I’ve got lots of stories about Tom Bigby, many of them filled with rage and frustration. But the truth is, he was the brains behind WIP in our early years, and definitely the most influential person as I made the transition from newspapers to radio."
Talker's Magazine Publisher Michael Harrison commented, Tom was a program director in the true sense of the title as it existed in radio’s most recent golden age. He understood just about every aspect of radio and applied that knowledge and experience to the well-balanced intersection of programming, sales, promotion and technology that marked the great stations of that era and inspired them to value their air product above all else. He was also a quirky friend, formidable negotiator and larger than life individual the likes of which make him a true industry legend.
Debbie Kenyon, Entercom SVP/Market Manager for Entercom Detroit, home of WXYT-FM 97.1 The Ticket., added, "Very sad. Tom was a mentor to me in the sports format and also a very good friend." Bigby was PD in Detroit, in the 1980's at WXYZ (I think it was just prior to XYZ changing to WXYT). That preceeded his time in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex and his biggest splash at WIP Philadelphia.
KQXY 94.1 Beaumont's Tommy 'Jammer' Muzzillo Passes Away After Battle With COVID-19
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 6TH, 2021 –– Cumulus' KQXY 94.1/Beaumont, TX's PD Tommy 'Jammer' Muzzillo has passed away from complications resulting from Covid-19. “He fought a tireless battle with Covid, had many complications and setbacks, and died peacefully surrounded by his children and girlfriend,” said Lori Roccaforte, the organizer of Muzzillo’s GoFundMe, in a post Tuesday. “We are so thankful for the outpouring of support these past few months. I personally am going to miss him and his crazy self every single day for the rest of my life.”
According to The Beaumont Enterprise, Muzzillo was appointed as PD for Cumulus Media station KQXY-FM (Q94) in Beaumont in October 2018 after helping launch the station in 2003. After a six-year stint (2005-2011) in Dallas as a Columbia Records Regional Promotion Manager, he returned to Q94 in 2012 as an assistant program director and afternoon personality.
A GoFundMe for Muzzillo, started December 9, says he was battling pnemonia in both lungs and had been intubated for more than two weeks. On Muzzillo’s Facebook page on Tuesday, his daughter wrote: “I know everything happens for a reason, but I will never ever understand what this reason could be. He has no idea how much he was loved. Muzzillo was 50.
EVENTS: MIW 2021 Application Window For Mildred Carter Mentoring Program Now Open
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 6TH, 2021 –– The Mentoring & Inspiring Women in Radio (MIW) Group announces the application window for the 2021 Mildred Carter Mentoring Program opened today, January 6, 2021. Established in 2002, the MIW’s heritage annual mentoring initiative connects mentees with accomplished women recognized as leaders, mentors, and game-changers within all aspects of radio broadcasting. vCreative, the nation’s leading provider of media workflow solutions, is sponsoring the 2021 program for the second consecutive year. Four candidates from the radio broadcasting industry - within the sales, marketing, programming, and digital disciplines - will be selected for the 2021 program. For mentee criteria, and instructions on how to apply, please visit HERE The deadline to apply is January 29, 2021.
Presslaff Interactive Revenue Founder, leader of Second Street Media Enterprise Sales and MIW Group National Spokeswoman Ruth Presslaff, saus, “The Mildred Carter Mentoring Program is the cornerstone of the MIW mission. Many thanks to all who make this possible, including Jinny & John Laderer (L), Susie Hedrick and the vCreative team for their generous contribution to sponsor this year’s class and to the dedicated volunteer Mentors who give of their time and expertise.”
vCreative Founder and CEO Jinny Laderer says, “Investing and supporting the personal and professional development of the next generation of female leaders in radio is something I am truly passionate about, and I look forward to watching the 2021 MIW Mildred Carter mentees continue to excel in their careers.”
iHeart Cleveland Offer's Local Businesses A Chance To Be Featured In $25,000 Marketing Plan
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 6TH, 2021 –– Throughout the month of January, local Cleveland area small businesses are encouraged to register online for the opportunity to be featured in a $25,000 iHeartMedia marketing plan. “Last year was brutal for small businesses in our community,” said Keith Hotchkiss, President of iHeartMedia Cleveland Metro. “We believe the significant reach of our media assets, combined with this meaningful marketing campaign, will be the difference maker for a local company here in Cleveland. There are 36% fewer local businesses operating in the area than this time last year, according to Crain’s Cleveland.” Small businesses have until Sunday, January 31, 2021 to enter through the "Small Business Stimulus" link on any of the following websites: www.wtam.com, www.wgar.com, www.wmms.com, www.wmji.com, www.KissCleveland.com, www.Real1061Cleveland.com, www.1065TheLake.com, or www.1350TheGambler.com.
In addition to the $25,000 marketing plan awarded to one select business, iHeartMedia Cleveland has also launched a Small Business Spotlight series in 2021. Local businesses will be selected and highlighted in on-air radio vignettes across all iHeartMedia stations in the Cleveland market. These featured businesses can be viewed on any of the above websites, searching Keyword: Biz. “The symbolic turning of the calendar to 2021 will mean just a bit more than it traditionally does,” Hotchkiss added. iHeartMedia Cleveland is proud to support this unique and meaningful donation of airtime and resources to help improve the outcomes of the small businesses in our communities, who are our partners, neighbors and listeners.”
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Beasley Kicks Off 60th Anniversary Celebration
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 5TH, 2020 –– Beasley Media Group has unveiled a special commemorative Anniversary logo in celebration of the company’s 60th Anniversary in 2021! On December 2, 1961, a young High School Principalnamed George Beasley (L) launched WPYB-AM in Benson, North Carolina (shown in background above) with the vision of providing a voice for the voiceless in the local community! Today, Beasley Media Group is a multiplatform media company providing advertising and digital marketing solutions across the United States with 64 radio properties located in 15 large and medium markets across the country. Beasley also offer capabilities in audio technology, esports, podcasting, ecommerce, and events. BBGI is ranked among the publicly traded media companies in America. The company will be celebrating this historic year-long event leading up to the actual anniversary day in December with a variety of special on-air and online support.
“We are so thrilled to be able to celebrate the incredible legacy that our father, George, began back in 1961 when he built his very first AM station in Benson, North Carolina,” said Beasley Media Group Chief Executive Officer, Caroline Beasley. “It’s such a privilege to be able to build upon his forward-thinking vision and continue to blaze new innovative trails in today’s ever-changing industry with our outstanding employees and management team. Here’s to the next 60 years!”
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What To Expect In Radio For 2021 - Pt. 2: End of The Radio Face; Top Shows Spread On More Stations
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 6TH, 2021 –– In Part 2 of a 5 part series, Jockline once again tapped into the minds of some top personalities, programmers, consultants and others for their take on what they can likely expect for radio in 2021. Despite the numerous drawbacks and challenges in 2020, many see room for optimism in 2021and most likely avenues of growth.
Adding to those weighing in today include Fred Jacobs (BL), Jacobs Media Chief who says, "It's the end of the "radio face" - Visual personas of radio personalities will become even more important to branding - cameras in the studio, physical role definition, TikTok videos, on-demand video content, virtual meet-ups and events, etc. In the same ways in which talent shapes and strategizes their on-air personalities, they will give even more thought to how they look in 2021 (Read more on changing 'face of radio' in Jacobs' blog below)
Michelle McKormick (BL), co-host on 97 LAV Grand Rapids 'Tony Gates Morning Show With Michelle McKormick, points to a greater reliance on endorsement and personal appearances. "I have never felt so connected with theaudience AND our clients. If it hasn’t happened already… The majority of our clients are only doing endorsements and personal experience commercials… That is the only way to sell in 2021. People do not want BS… Loud mouth bits don’t work.."
Michelle adds, "During Covid we called our clients personally.. we do not do spots that don’t come from the heart. They needed us as much as we needed them.. and it worked.. for both of us. It’s what will keep us going on 2021. ...Oh and also the Detroit Tigers will win the World Series"
Jim Ryan, (TR) SVP/Prog, AC format co-captain, and brand manager for WCBS-FM and WNEW. New York says, "I believe very talented people will be on multiple radio stations doing shows from their home and never see the inside of a radio studio. The next media superstars will have a successful U-tube channel, millions of followers on Tic Toc, a streaming show which will break new artists and, hopefully, a place on multiple over the air radio stations."
BJ Shea, (BR) host of the BJ & Migs Show on KISW/Seattle predicts "People are going to use and embrace the behavioral sciences more than they have before. Covid has given us the opportunity to look at how well we are all doing with our mental health. The positive benefits that come from this will be invaluable to any personalities that jump on this bandwagon."
Tomorrow, Part 3: 'Working remotely? Get used to it - insight from some of radio's top talent consultants
FRED JACOBS: More Positives For Radio That Came Out Of 2020 - 'Radio Hosts Looking Good'
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 5TH, 2021 – In Fred Jacob's Mondsay blog, he highlighted a nice punch list of 10 great things to have come out of 2020 for radio. In today's post he runs down another 10 plusses that emerged from what so many consider the Worst. Year. Ever. "Yes, 2020 changed radio," says Jacobs, but not necessarily for the worst." In fact, many of the trends bubbling under in previous years were accelerated and even amplified by what we all experienced last year. Here's the proof:
In positive number 11, Jacobs says, "Radio personalities are looking good!" So much for that hackneyed notion of having “a face for radio.” Now there are cameras in more and more studios, so there's no excuse for a bad on-screen appearance. And personalities across all formats have come to realize that it's almost as important to look good as it is to sound good. Many have improved and nurtured their appearances and on-screen skill set – and have developed a presence and a “look” for visual content, whether it's video, photos, or both. This became clear to me while watching numerous Morning Show Boot Camp virtual panels this past fall. The sessions populated by talent were considerably better than the ones with radio execs and consultants. They were more entertaining and easier to watch. At the time, Don Anthony told me, “Many on-air hosts, especially morning shows, have spent the last several months managing their shows from home, connecting with their cast members via multiple screens. They're used to talking to an audience they can't see.”
In last year's 32nd Annual MSBC, Shawn Tempesta hosted a session that included Kellie Rasberry (“Kidd Kraddick Show”), Spence, Jason Mahoney (of “Dave & …”), and Nick Steele, along with 98Rock/Baltimore PD Rick Strauss. The panel explained why visuals are the new currency for personality radio - WATCH HERE
In Positive number 12, Jacobs adds that Local Still Matters - Syndicated radio shows have become standard fare, and the competition for consumers often comes from national or even international players, from SiriusXM to Spotify. But 2020 brought radio's local roots back into focus. While COVID was, by definition, a global pandemic, the effects we felt were intensely local. Whether it was stay-at-home orders and other restrictions, the state of community hospitals, or the politics of our area, the coronavirus was a reminder that being informed about local issues was of primary importance to all of us. Read the other 8 positives that came out of 2020 HERE
Leila Rahimi Debuts In Middays As Co-Host On Entercom's 670 The Score Chicago
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 5TH, 2021 –– Entercom has named Leila Rahimi as its new midday show co-host on 670 The Score (WSCR-AM) in Chicago. Rahimi will be heard alongside Dan Bernstein on “Bernstein and Rahimi,” weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. CT, effective immediately. “We are thrilled to be amplifying Lelia’s role at The Score,” said Rachel Williamson, Regional President and Market Manager, Entercom Chicago. “She’s a seasoned professional with experience engaging with sports fans across multiple platforms and cities, and has built a great reputation with Chicago’s sports fans. Adding her voice and perspective consistently creates a more dynamic midday lineup for Score listeners.”
“Since I was five years old, my report card has said I talked too much,” said Rahimi. “As Chicago sports fans know, I've loved living here and talking about sports with them and alongside the incredible media personalities here. To continue to do so in one of the best sports cities in the world is an opportunity for which I'm very grateful.” Leila Rahimi has appeared on 670 The Score on a regular basis since 2017, both as a contributor to various shows on the station, and as a co-host. She started hosting, reporting and anchoring for NBC Sports Chicago in October 2015, where she hosted talk shows, nightly sportscasts, baseball pregame and postgame shows for both the Cubs and White Sox, and also had national hockey and bowling reporting assignments for NBC Sports, including as rink-side reporter for NBC Sports’ coverage of the Women's Hockey Tournament at the PyeongChang Olympics in 2018. Other previous positions include host of MLB Network's Strike Zone channel in 2015, various on-air roles for NBC Sports Philadelphia and CSN Houston, field reporter for the San Diego Padres, sports reporting and anchoring roles for local news stations in Austin, Sherman and Tyler, Texas, sideline reporter for Fox Sports Southwest, producer for KLIF-AM and anchor and reporter for KTCK-FM/AM in Dallas.
Donnie Simpson Takes On Weekend Urban AC Show For Reach Media
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 5TH, 2021 –– Reach Media is pleased to announce that The Donnie Simpson Weekend Show will launch this weekend, Saturday January 9th and Sunday January 10th and every weekend thereafter on nine affiliate stations to include, Atlanta, WAMJ-HD2; Baltimore, WWIN; Cincinnati, WOSL; Cleveland, WZAK; Columbus, WXMG; Philadelphia, WPPZ, Raleigh, WFXC; Richmond, WKJS and Washington, DC, WMMJ. Donnie Simpson currently hosts afternoons on WMMJ with co-host Tony Perkins.
The Donnie Simpson Weekend Show is a two-hour weekend show that will include music and interviews from Donnie’s archives. Donnie Simpson along with co-host Tony Perkins, a radio and TV broadcaster and two-time Emmy award winner, are set to host a show centered around a specific music theme such as “Best Bands” or “Blue Eyed Soul Singers” to name a few.
Over his career, which has spanned 51 years, he has entertained listeners from WJLB in Detroit to WKYS and WMMJ in Washington, and on television as host of BET’s Video Soul. He is considered one of the nation's first video jockeys. Most recently, Donnie was inducted into The Radio Hall of Fame Class of 2020.
“People around the country got to watch me on Video Soul for many years, but didn’t get to check me out on my first Love, radio. Only Detroit and DC would suffer that experience. So I’m really excited for the rest of the country to finally hear what I do ON THE RADIO,” says Simpson.
Townsquare Flint Announces Two New Morning Shows
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 5TH, 2021 –– Townsquare Media's Flint, MI local media cluster welcomes two new morning shows to their building. Clay Church (L) will take over mornings on the cluster’s AC station, WCRZ Cars 108. Clay will be joined by Cars 108 current afternoon drive host, Lisa Marie (R). Brandan “B-Ray” Jamison (R) will handle morning duties on the Rhythmic CHR WRCL Club 93.7. Both local shows started on the air this week. Clay has been on the air in Flint for 20+ years and has been the Director of Content at TSM Flint for the last seven years.
Clay commented on his new position, ”I’m proud to have the opportunity to continue serving the Flint market. Cars is a perennial leader in Flint radio, and I hope to continue that tradition.” Lisa is making the move back into mornings after spending the last 2 years in afternoon drive on Cars 108. Lisa is also a Flint native, having worked in radio and written for a Flint lifestyle magazine for many years. Lisa added, “I am so excited for this new chapter, and looking forward to being a part of the legendary Cars 108 morning show, and waking up with the listeners, alongside Clay.”
Kurt Johnson, Townsquare SVP Programming adds, “Clay and Lisa are local favorites, and having them together on Cars 108 mornings is an exciting new chapter for this legendary station.” Brandan “B-Ray” Jamison has served as a part time air talent on Club 93.7 for the last decade. He is a true Flintstone and has been working hard for this opportunity on Club 93.7. B-Ray added, “I’m grateful for the chance to represent the city I was born and raised in, and can’t wait to bring The Get Up to Club 93.7.”
Mike Luery Joins New 93.1 KFBK Sacramento For On-Air And Assistant News Director Posts
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 5TH, 2021 –– News 93.1 KFBK, Sacramento announced that Mike Luery, longtime Sacramento news reporter, joins the station as 24/7 News and KFBK Assistant News Director for iHeartMedia’s Pacific Region. “We look forward to Mike being an integral partner in contributing to the news content on ‘The KFBK Morning News with Cristina Mendonsa and Sam Shane’ as well as ‘The KFBK Afternoon News with Kitty O’Neal,’” said Bill White, Program Director for News 93.1 KFBK. “Mike, with his decades of news experience in Sacramento, will be an excellent addition to our team of Northern California news veterans.”
” “I am thrilled to have this opportunity to return to my roots in radio with some top-notch professionals,” said Luery. “I’m especially eager to mentor young journalists on how to enterprise important stories and tell them in a compelling way.” Luery previously worked at Sacramento’s KCRA-3 for 24 years. He started at KCRA in 1984 as the station’s consumer affairs reporter. Prior to that, Luery served as capital correspondent for all of California’s NBC stations. He began his career as news director at KZOZ-FM in San Luis Obispo, California.
Mix 95.7 Grand Rapids Host Connie Kellie Passes Away Following Short Battle With Cancer
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 5TH, 2021 - We were deeply saddened to learn that beloved MIX 95.7 Grand Rapid's morning host Connie Kellie has passed away. Kellie died Monday after a short battle with liver cancer, according to Townsquare Media Grand Rapids.
In her 20-plus years in radio, Connie worked in Mt. Pleasant, Lansing, Jackson, Miss., Omaha, Neb., Madison, Wisc., Milwaukee, Wisc. and then found her way back to Michigan. She was honored in 2019 with a Gracie Award by the Alliance of Women In Media for her broadcasting excellence. In 2012 she arrived at WLHT Mix 95.7 in Grand Rapids where she later reunited with her longtime on-air partner Fish Calloway (R) for the “Connie and Fish Morning Show.”
Fish said, Over 25 years ago, this incredible, smart and strong woman allowed me the opportunity to be a part of her radio career. Our journey will not only be with those who were touched by her immense talent, but engraved in my heart. Thank you, Connie, for this adventure. I look forward to the day we meet again."
WLHT-FM Post a special tribute to Connie - WATCH HERE
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Famed Broadcaster Larry King, 87, Hospitalized With Covid-19; Moved Out Of ICU, Source
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 4TH, 2021 –– Famed broadcaster Larry King was moved Sunday from the ICU at a Los Angeles hospital, where he continues to be treated for Covid-19, a source close to the family said. According to NBC, The source said King, 87, has been in the hospital for about 10 days, and that King believes he contracted the virus from a health care worker who went to his home. One of his sons also contracted Covid-19, the source said. King, who retired from CNN in 2010 after 25 years of hosting 'Larry King Live,' returned in 2012 with 'Larry King Now' on the free streaming service Ora TV.
The Brooklyn-born journalist got his start as a radio DJ in the 1950s before moving on to syndicated talk radio in the 1970s. In August, King helped launch an online education platform, Royal Age, aimed at American seniors. It was unveiled ahead of schedule to provide people 60 and older with information on the pandemic, according to a statement. "From my own personal quarantine, I understand how big the need of senior citizens in America is to have their own reliable and safe online platform," King said in the statement. In a 2019 "Extra" interview, King said he is a survivor: "My head doctor said I have an incomparable spirit." PHOTO/Ora TV
What To Expect In Radio For 2021 - Pt. 1
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 4TH, 2021 –– In Part 1 of a 5 part series, Jockline tapped into the minds of several top personalities, programmers, consultants and others for their take on what to expect for radio in 2021. Despite the numerous drawbacks and challenges in 2020, most see room for optimism in 2021 and likely avenues of growth. Among those weighing included Mike McVay (BL), President McVay Media Consulting. He says, "The pandemic has forced all of us to change how we operate. In some cases, it has accelerated the timeline for what would have been eventual changes. Starting with "Audio" becoming the key word to describe the medium versus "Radio" which is simply a receiver. That receiver isn't the only place one can hear Audio Programming. Audio is the better name and it means no disrespect to our medium. That name, Audio, enables us to expand what we do and how we do it."
McVay added, "Smart programmers will adapt to the changes the audience has made during the pandemic as the hours for the most "Radios In Use" has shifted in this past year. Some highly successful talent will be approved to continue to perform from locations other than in the stations city of license. WFH (Working From Home) will be encouraged by some companies, although that will be the exception. The value of talent, especially those that perform at a high level and are considered successful based on ratings & revenue, will be in greater demand. More stations will go to voice-tracking, or use syndicated programming, in non-drivetime hours. Promotions and their value will be reevaluated as will the size of promotion teams. Research companies will see a resurgence as the shift in the audiences "wants" and "desires" cannot be taken for granted or assumed to be what they were in 2019."
Kellie Rasberry (LC) - Host of Yea Networks' Kidd Kraddick Show, says, "I believe for the big companies, nationally or regionally syndicated shows will continue to be part of their distribution plan. Smaller companies will continue to invest in live and local. In both instances, the best work and the most opportunities will go to the talent who are hard to replace. Who offer up the best content being done in the most unique, entertaining and engaging ways, who have a big social media presence that expose them to new fans, who are team players and have relationships with station clients, and who are electric when you listen to them.
Dave Ryan - The Dave Ryan Show on KDWB/Minneapolis - "I predict/hope/wish that radio realizes that our future is in personalities and entertaining. As more and more people get their music on demand, the best way for our industry to keep them around is to connect with them with the "friends" they hear on the radio. The most compelling aspect of radio, the personalities, can remain compelling for years and years. Music still has a place and it will for a long time, because music is something nearly everyone relates to, and this relationship will be even stronger with that voice and connection between the songs.
Scott Shannon - Host of the Scott Shannon show on WCBS-FM New York, summed up his take on 2021 by looking to the past, saying, "I'm hoping that radio comes storming back, like it always does!" - Part 2 coming tomorrow including insight from Fred Jacobs who declares: The end of the "radio face" - Visual personas of radio personalities will become even more important to branding."
Nikki Blades Joins Big Bay Mornings With Bennie & Greg On 99.7 NOW San Francisco
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 4TH, 2021 –– Bonneville International, SF/Bay Area based KMVQ-FM (99.7 NOW) announced the addition of Nikki Blades to “Big Bay Mornings with Bennie and Greg. Blades joins 99.7 NOW after a 2 plus years stint as AM Drive co-host at KWIN-FM/Stockton. “So blessed to be able to welcome Nikki to 99.7 NOW and to our already incredible Big Bay Mornings team of Bennie & Greg. She’s a perfect combination of talent, determination, & star power. Big things are brewing on the morning show and adding Nikki to the mix is going to spice things up in the best way ever”, said 99.7 NOW PD, “Jazzy” Jim Archer.
“I am beyond excited to be coming back to the bay and joining the amazing Bonneville team at 99.7 NOW! Coming onboard to work with Jazzy and the talented Big Bay Mornings family of Greg, Bennie and Art is the ultimate way to start 2021. I look forward to working alongside these amazing individuals and getting the chance to connect with our great Bay Area listeners!”, said Nikki Blades. Bonneville Bay Area Radio Stations include: KOIT-FM, KBLX-FM, KUFX-FM & KMVQ-FM.
Joe 'Brady' Blum Takes Afternoons At ALT 92.3 New York
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 4TH, 2021 –– Entercom announced the addition of Joe “Brady” Blum as afternoon show host for ALT 92.3 (WNYL-FM) in New York, effective immediately. “Brady” will be heard weekdays from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET. “We’re happy to announce Brady as the latest addition to ALT 92.3 team, rounding out our programming lineup with his creative and exciting afternoon program,” said Chris Oliviero, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom New York. “His past experience in New York will make him familiar to our listeners and allow him to quickly reengage with the audience as he brings them along on this new chapter of his career.”
“Brady is the perfect fit for today’s alternative fan,” said Mike Kaplan, Senior Vice President of Programming, Alternative Format Captain, Entercom; Brand Manager, ALT 92.3 and KROQ. “His wit, passion for the music, and storytelling will add a fresh edge to our brand.” “I’m insanely excited to be joining the team at ALT 92.3 and Entercom,” said Brady. “I’ve always wanted to make the move to alternative and finally the time has come. To be working with a legend like Mike Kaplan, who has created an amazing sound for the station and the format, is even more exciting.”
Brady rejoins Entercom after most recently serving as a late-night host for Z100 in New York since 2017. Prior to that role, he was heard as a night show host for Power 93.3 in Seattle and Z100 in Portland, as well as iHeartRadio's rhythmic top 40 channel Power. This marks Brady’s second stint with Entercom after he launched his radio career as a producer Entercom Detroit from 2013 to 2014. “Brady” will also be heard on alternative sister stations HFS@104.9 FM (WWMX-HD2) in Baltimore, Alternative Buffalo (WLKK-FM) in Buffalo, and XL102 (WRXL-FM) in Richmond.
The John Howell Show Kicks Off The New Year on 890 WLS-AM With Expanded Three Hour Format
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 4TH, 2021 –– Cumulus announced that it is bringing longtime Chicago host John Howell to to 890 WLS-FM. radio listeners in 2021 by extending his weekday News/Talk program, “The John Howell Show”, by an hour. Howell has hosted “The John Howell Show” on 890 WLS-AM Monday through Friday from 5pm-7pm since 2018.
Howell previously hosted the 890 WLS-AM morning program, the “Big John and Ramblin Ray Show” from 2014-2018 and has been a daily presence on Chicago radio for more than 30 years. Arriving in 1988 to host mornings at WCKG, Howell spent the next 17 years at WUSN, followed by an eight-year run at WIND. He also hosted a nationally syndicated weekend show for Westwood One from 1998-2006.Ben Shapiro remains Howell’s lead-in from 2pm-4pm.
John Howell commented: “With the new year, new administration, new vaccine and new lineup comes new opportunities. I’m happy to have the additional time to serve our listeners and clients. In the age of COVID, it’s best to keep moving.”
NewsRadio 610 & 96.7 Name Chris Ryan New Host Of New Hampshire Today
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 4TH, 2021 –– NewsRadio 610 and NewsRadio 96.7, New Hampshire announced that Chris Ryan has been named as the new host for “New Hampshire Today”, the leading NewsTalk morning show in the Granite State. Ryan is an award-winning talk show host and political commentator based in Concord.
Joe Graham, Market President for iHeart- New Hampshire, commented on the search : “ It was of utmost importance that the new host of NH Today would be a person of integrity and character, someone who would hold themselves to the highest professional standards. We are thrilled that Chris will be joining our iHeart NH team!”
Senior VP of Programming Tim Moore was also excited. “As the premier News/Talk network in the state, we are confident that Chris has the talent, drive and the work ethic to keep our stations #1 for news and information throughout New Hampshire!” In addition to hosting duties on NH Today, Chris will be heard on podcasts of the show as well as the veteran and business podcasts associated with NH Today. Ryan will also contribute to the news operation throughout New England and across the country on iHeartRadio, the nation’s #1 streaming platform. In addition to WGIR-AM (Newsradio 610) /Manchester and WQSO-FM (NewsRadio 96-7)/Portsmouth, NH Today is also heard on non-iHeart station WKXL/Concord.
WDAE Tampa Teams Ian And Jay For Afternoons
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 4TH, 2021 –– iHeart Tampa has named Ian Beckles (L) and Jay Recher (R) as its new afternoon hosts on Sports WDAE-AM and W237CW 95.3 FM. The pairing follows the recent retirement of longtime Tampa host Ron Diaz. "We are thrilled to announce our new afternoon drive program said WDAE Program Director John Mamola. "Teaming Ian's long standing history in the market both as a player, entrepreneur and radio personality with the knowledge and passion for Tampa Bay sports from Jay Recher will provide a dynamic program for sports fans in Tampa Bay to embrace.
Beckles played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Philadelphia Eagles during his eight year NFL career, before joining WDAE in 2002. Jay Recher began his career at WDAE in 2014 and has served as Executive Producer of multiple shows including the previous "Ron and Ian Show".
Jon Laing Rises to VP/MM For Cumulus Cincinnati
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 4TH, 2021 –– Jon Laing has been promoted from his previous role as Vice President of Sales for Cumulus Cincinnati’s five radio stations, a position he has held since 2015 to VP/MM. Prior to that, he was Sales Manager for Cumulus Cincinnati stations 92.5 the FOX (WOFX-FM) and 96 ROCK (WFTK-FM). He was also Sales Manager for Cumulus Lexington, KY, following more than 11 years as Sales Manager/Integrated Media Solutions Provider for Clear Channel/iHeartMedia.
A native of Kettering, OH, Laing holds a B.A. in History from DePauw University. He takes the market leadership reins from Dave Crowl, who retires at year-end. CUMULUS MEDIA owns and operates Cincinnati radio stations WOFX-FM/The FOX 92.5 (Classic Rock); WNNF-FM/New 94.1 Cat Country (Country); WFTK-FM/96 Rock (Rock); WRRM-FM/Warm 98 (AC); and WGRR-FM/103.5 WGRR (Classic Hits).
Tracy Johnson Launches The Aircheck Sessions
THE MOUTH, JANUARY 4TH, 2021 –– Talent specialist Tracy Johnson will launch The Aircheck Sessions on January 12 at 1 pm Eastern time. Johnson says Air personalities tell us they crave more feedback than they get now. Radio programmers tell us they don’t have time. And, in many cases, lack the expertise to properly aircheck. It’s time to do something about it with a new online video show. The new show features me breaking down several airchecks in each episode. Anyone can submit an aircheck to be reviewed in detail. I’ll also select specific segments I’ve heard recently and analyze the performance.
The Aircheck Sessions will be on www.twitch.tv/tracyjohnsonmediagroup. The first episode is at 1 pm Eastern Time on January 12, 2021. The plan is to start with a monthly show and increase the frequency, depending on interest and airchecks submitted. Basically, it's a live aircheck session breaking down radio segments in detail. Each episode will feature 4-6 breaks from different personalities. Johnson will play the audio, then critique it. Get more info HERE
[WATCH] Corey Dylan Announces She's Headed To San Diego For Mornings On 100.7 BIG-FM
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 15TH, 2020 –– Corey Dylan has announced some 'Big News.' That would be she's headed to Local Media San Diego's KFBG/100.7 Big-FM where she'll take over mornings beginning January 4th. Corey will arrive from Atlanta where she handles middays and previously co-hosted mornings on Cumulus' WKHX/New Country 101.5. Prior to Atlanta she held shifts on WMTX-FM and WFLA-AM Tampa.
“Corey is the consummate radio professional. In addition to her outstanding on-air skills, she brings a broad range of multimedia skills that make her the ideal choice to anchor mornings on 100.7 BIG FM,” said Garett Michaels, PD.
Dylan added, "First, I'd like to convey my gratitude to LMSD Pres./GM Gregg Wolfson, Garett Michaels, Joe Lindsay Director of Prog/Ops for LMSD and Tracy Johnson, President/CEO Tracy Johnson Media Group, for the opportunity to come back to the West Coast!. I'm proof that sometimes your life can change for the better with a phone call out of the blue. Sun, sand, and 100.7 BIG-FM San Diego is exactly the place I want to be!" Watch her announcement HERE
PRODUCTS: vCreative Introduces vTrade
THE MOUTH, JULY 29TH, 2020 ––vCreative, radio’s leading provider of media workflow software solutions, introduces vTrade - developed to provide companies with the ability to easily track, manage, audit and report on trade inventory, eliminating the risk of financial loss due to wasted or expired trade. The use oftrade or bartering has existed since the inception of the media business.
Alternative forms of payment are accepted in addition to or in lieu of cash to create a marketplace aimed at attracting innovative partners. Creative campaigns that encourage audiences to engage with both the station and the business or brand through merchandise giveaways, free tickets, coupons or other experiences lend to excitement and loyalty for audiences.
vCreative partnered with clients to solve a problem that exists across the industry. Melissa Mitchell, CPA and Corporate Controller at Bonneville International and heavy vTrade user says that, “vCreative’s system allows us to keep real-time and accurate inventory of company assets. All transactions and approvals are now time-stamped which makes record keeping and reporting a breeze. Having the ability to track trade usage by client, AE, agency, and category cuts down on potential losses due unused or expired trade and the automated workflow makes the multiple departments that are involved with approving, accepting and managing trade more efficient and effective.”
“The broadcast industry is in a period of rapid transition, and we are here to enable our industry to successfully bridge to the new future,” said vCreative CEO Jinny Laderer (R). “With vCreative’s vTrade solution, we have created an offering that will bring CFOs and business managers the ability to fully assess the value of the trade they accept and monitor the effectiveness of its use.” GET MORE INFO HERE