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Coca-Cola Ends Sponsorship With American Idol
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 17TH, 2014 –– After 13 years, Coca-Cola has voted to pull the plug on its sponsorship with Fox's American Idol.' According to variety.com, the company said in a statement, “After 13 years, we feel it is the right time for the Coca-Cola brand to venture into new spaces and pursue other opportunities to connect with teens and leverage music as a passion point.” Variety reports that in 2012, advertisers spent nearly $781.9 million on 'Idol', according to Kantar, who tracks ad spending. In 2014, they committed $394.7 million, down 49.5% over three seasons. Coca-Cola spent about $49.1 million on 'Idol' in 2012. In 2014, it spent about $16.3 million. Ford Motor, another longtime “Idol” advertiser, spent $76.3 million in 2012, but $27.3 million in 2014, reports Kantar. As Jockline reported this week (JD 12/5), this announcement comes after Ryan Seacrest revealed during last weekend's Z100/New York's Jingle Ball that the show would be cutting back to one night a week when the shows reach its top 10 finalists. Seacrest explained that the performance show and results show would be combined in one night. Coca-Cola follows AT&T who ended its sponsorship last season. Fox confirmed that Ford will be back as a sponsor this season. PHOTO/Michael Becker FOX 1
Skip Mahaffey To Co-Host Mornings On 99.5 The Wolf Dallas
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 17TH, 2014 –– Cumulus announces that award-winning Country radio personality Skip Mahaffey will join KPLX Dallas-Fort Worth as Morning Show Co-Host of “Wake Up With the Wolf Show”. Mahaffey replaces Ken Buckner, who recently left the station. Current KPLX Mornings Co-Host Lisa Taylor will team up for mornings with Mahaffey on 99.5 The Wolf beginning Monday, December 29, 2014. Mahaffey comes to KPLX from WWJB/WXJB in Hernando County, FL, where he was Midday Talk Show Host. He also has a successful voiceover career and media consultancy, and was also air personality for Number1Country.com. Prior to that, Mahaffey was an air personality and producer for WWKA in Orlando. He was also Morning Show Host for WFUS and WQYK in Tampa, WCOL in Columbus, OH, KSON in San Diego, and KVOO in Tulsa, and hosted Dial-Global’s nationally-syndicated Country music show, True Country, with more than 60 affiliates. Mahaffey has been honored for his work with three CMA Air Personality of the Year awards. Mahaffey said: "Co-hosting the Wake Up With the Wolf Show in Dallas is hands-down the biggest and most exciting job in Country Radio. I cannot begin to express my excitement and gratitude for this opportunity. I am so honored, humbled and proud to be working alongside Mark Phillips, Lisa Taylor and Smokey Rivers! Thank you to Mike McVay for keeping the faith, to John Dickey and Dan Bennett for taking the chance, and to J.R. Schumann for the opportunity. This is going to be fun."
Cadillac Jack Heads To WQYK/Tampa From KCYE/Las Vegas
Beasley Now On The Hunt His Replacement In Vegas; Details Below
Cadillac’s position in Vegas is open. Know a perfect replacement for Caddy, reach out to Kris Daniels by email HERE
EXECUTIVE ACTION: ALT 93-3 Phoenix Names Leyla Haupert GSM
Phoenix-ALT AZ 93-3 has named Leyla Haupert as General Sales Manager. Haupert will officially join Phoenix’s exclusive Alternative station on January 12th 2015. Haupert comes to Hubbard Phoenix from iHeart Media Phoenix where she was most recently Director of Integrated Marketing. Her previous experience also includes, Integrated Marketing Strategy Consultant Clear Channel San Francisco and Interim President/Market Manager for Clear Channel San Francisco. "I am honored to join the Hubbard Phoenix organization and lead the Alt AZ 933 team. The opportunity to advance Hubbard's strong portfolio of brands, events and interactive solutions is truly exciting. I look forward to partnering with our clients and collaborating with such a strong team of marketing professionals."
NETWORKS: Compass Announces Business News Lineup; Mike Huckabee Elects New Syndication Partner
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 17TH, 2014 –– Compass Media Networks announced that beginning Monday, January 5, 2015, they will deliver live, business and money-news reports, twice-hourly at :20 & :50, each weekday from 6am - 7pm ET. The lineup will begin in
Reba McEntire Receives First-Ever ACCA/NASH Icon Award
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 17TH, 2014 –– Reba McEntire received the first-ever ACCA/NASH Icon Award and she recently became the inaugural signing on Nash Icon Music, an innovative new joint venture label between Big Machine Label Group and Cumulus. During her speech, she said "This is a very special honor and it sure means the world to me to be thought of as a valued member of our country music family. Standing here tonight in Nashville, I think back to what it was like being one of the new kids in town, trying to make my name in country music. So as I look around this room at all of the talented young men and women doing such great work in country music today, I pray you have the chance to have a whole beautiful life making music for the people who give us the greatest job in the world: our fans." Florida Georgia Line hosted the ACC Awards last night and won the ACCA “Group/Duo of the Year.” They also won “Song of the Year” and “Digital Song of the Year” for "This Is How We Roll," their single featuring Luke Bryan. Jason Aldean won the ACCA “Artist of the year” award last night. Kix Brooks is the radio host of the Westwood One-syndicated American Country Countdown.
WWJ 950 And Detroit PD's Sergeant Santa Collects Toys For Kids In Need; Beasley Celebrates 15th Annual 'Christmas Across The Lands
Why Are Britney Spears Fans Complaining About This Cover Of 'Women Health'?
[WATCH] High School Student Gets Surprise Gift From Michael Buble - [WYFF]
Amid Sony Hacking Turmoil, Seth Rogan And james Franco Cancel Appearances - [GOSSIP COP]
UH OH: Sony Emails Reveal Alex Trebek Threatened To Quit 'Jeopardy' - [PAGE SIX]
The Donald Thinks Cosby Is 'Probably Guilty' - [WTTG]
Camille Cosby Is Standin By Her Man - [EXTRA TV]
Kathie Lee Gifford Says Cosby Tried To Kiss Her - [ET]
J-Lo Covers 'Self', Explains Dating Younger Men - [GLOBAL GRIND]
Why Are Britney Spears Fans Complaining About This Cover 'Women Health' - [INQUISITR]
Joey Fatone Confirms That Jessica Biel Is Pregnant - [RUMORFIX]
FAMILY FEUD: [WATCH] Man's Answer To 'What Needs To Be Licked' Draws High-Five From Wife - [SB NATION]
[WATCH] Hostages Kept In Touch With Radio Host Via Phone And Text Messages During Sydney Ordeal
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 16TH, 2014 –– While the world watched hostages being held at gunpoint by self-styled sheikh Man Haron Monis at a cafe in Sydney, in the background, Ray Hadley, a popular host on news/talk 2GB Sydney sat with a Police negotiator as he spoke with terrified hostages. According to 9news.com, Hadley he immediately contacted police after one of the hostages called him, reportedly at the urging of the gunman, who wanted to speak to Prime Minister Tony Abbott live on air. Minutes later he contacted NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione, who dispatched a police negotiator to the radio station.“Look, I’m in a bit of strife here, I’m trying to do a radio show, I’m not a trained negotiator,” he said to Mr Scipione. Hadley relayed to listeners: “I’m a bit lost… I have confirmed I’m talking to a hostage inside the Lindt café,” he said. "The aim of this is to get these people out safely.” A police negotiator spent “three or four hours” with Hadley, dealing with several of the hostages who reached out to the radio station via phone and text message. The siege finally came to an end yesterday, as hostages were finally freed after Police stormed the cafe. Three people were killed, including the main hostage taker. One police officer was injured, but is reported in stable condition. WATCH HERE
MOTION: Carson Daly Inks Multi-Year Extension With CBS Radio
Howard Stern To Start Show At 7:00 AM Beginning In January
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 16TH, 2014 –– Coupled with his three-day-a-week satellite show on SiriusXM, Howard Stern can now reportedly sleep a little later as he tweeted beginning in January he'll move his show start from 6:00 to 7:00 AM. According to emptylighthouse.com, Stern has suggested for years that he might move the start time for his program even discussing moving it to afternoon, a move not preferred by SiriusXM. This move may also have something to do with Stern's recent announcement that he would be returning next summer as a judge on another season of "America's Got Talent."
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Rafe D'Amico Named Beasley Broadcast Group's VP/Strategic Partnerships
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 16TH, 2014 –– Beasley Broadcast Group announced the promotion of Rafe D’Amico to Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, a newly established position created to develop additional revenue through enhanced relationships with advertisers and agencies. D’Amico will retain his duties as National Sales Manager (NSM) for Beasley’s Las Vegas and Wilmington, DE markets and will add NSM duties for Charlotte, NC. This appointment is effective immediately and he reports to Executive Vice President of Sales Heather Monahan. A Philadelphia native, Rafe joined Beasley Broadcast’s Philadelphia cluster of radio stations in 2008 in the dual role of local sales manager and digital sales manager for Wired 96 WRDW-FM and 92.5 WXTU-FM. He was promoted to national sales manager in 2009 for both of these stations. Despite growing up in the shadow of Villanova, Rafe studied Media Arts at the University of Arizona and began his media career while still attending college in 1998.
NIELSEN: Talk Still On Top In 2014, But Lead Grows Smaller; Hot AC On The Rise
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 16TH, 2014 –– Nielsen took a look back at national radio listening trends among the more than 243 million Americans (aged 12 and older) who tune in each week to see how formats performed in 2014. They showed that 2014 was an up and down year for Country, America’s No. 1 overall format in the 48 Nielsen portable people meter (PPM) markets. In June, the format peaked at its all-time best for audience share, before ending the year with four straight months of declines. News/Talk remained the top-ranked overall format with listeners 6+, but its lead over the competition has grown smaller with every passing year. And Hot Adult Contemporary (AC) lived up to its name in 2014, rising up the charts with listeners young and old, and moving from fifth to third this year among audiences aged 18 to 34. The charts break down the national listening landscape for the top 10 most popular radio formats of 2014 in Nielsen’s PPM markets. FOR COMPLETE REPORT, CLICK HERE
[WATCH] Elvis Duran Dishes On Best/Worst Guests Ever With ABC's Dan Harris On 'Nightline'
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 16TH, 2014 –– Nice piece on ABC TV's Nightline featuring the Premiere Network syndicated Elvis Duran, host of Elvis Duran and the Morning Show” broadcasting from Z100/NY. ABC's Dan Harris interviewed the longtime host calling him a magnet for the biggest stars on Earth. When the topic turned to guests, Elvis was candid in his appraisal of a-listers. He called Mariah Carey a “fun, interesting, complex, beautiful” and also “lonely" star. He also said some of the top stars think it's okay to be a little late for an interview, but he has no problem callin them out when they are. This was the case with Katy Perry once when he sent his assistant downstairs [and said], ‘just tell her not to come up. Tell her when she’s on time, she can be on our show.’ The next day, she showed up early, and she gave us a great interview. She’s fantastic. Love her." Worst interview? "Usher,” said Elvis. “One of the most talented people in music. I mean, beyond talented. He was just in a bad mood one day when we were interviewing him. ... I was watching the text messages from our listeners roll by as we were talking to him, and they were not being very kind. They’re just like, ‘Get this guy off the air. He’s very insulting.’ ... We politely thanked him, and we ended the interview.” As for his radio career, Elvis said he got his first DJ gig at age 15. "But no one listened to this radio station,” Duran said, laughing. “As a matter of fact, I actually went on the air one day and said, ‘If you’re the second caller, I’ll give you $50.’ No one called.” USHER PHOTO/Helga Esteb / Shutterstock - WATCH INTERVIEW HERE
Florida Georgia Line And Luke Bryan Win Big At First ACCA
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 16TH, 2014 –– Winners were announced for the inaugural American Country Countdown Awards show which broadcast live last night from Nashville’s Music City Center. According to multichannel.com, Jason Aldean was named Artist of the Year, while hosts Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan scored the most awards of the evening with three each. Florida Georgia Line also won Group/Duo of the Year and won two additional awards for “This Is How We Roll” featuring Luke Bryan in the categories of Digital Song of the Year and Collaboration of the Year. Bryan was also awarded Male Vocalist of the Year. Miranda Lambert took Female Vocalist of the Year honors while Eric Church’s “The Outsiders” was named Album of the Year. The only fan-voted award of the night. Song of The Year went to “Beat of The Music” from hit maker Brett Eldredge, who also performed the awarding-winning song on the telecast. Reba McEntire was the recipient of the first-ever NASH Icon Award, presented by longtime friend and radio host Kix Brooks. Kelly Clarkson and Miranda Lambert paid tribute to Reba by performing “How Blue,” “Take it Back” and “Fancy.” SEE COMPLETE LIST HERE
NETWORKS: TM Studios Launch 'Brand' Country Imaging; Yahoo Sports Radio & All Sports United Team For Partnership
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 16TH, 2014 –– TM Studios, a division of Westwood One, has announced that its 360 Country Imaging Service has created BRAND, another first for Country radio imaging. BRAND features fully-customized and infused sound-alike intros for Program Directors who are less likely to use traditional jingles or who want to find another way to sonically own the music in their markets. Stations can imbed their brand directly into the music instead of around it. “As Country music continues to evolve, it makes sense that Country radio gets the tools and toys previously locked-up by our friends in CHR,” says Ryan Drean, Creative Director at TM. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit 360.tmstudios.com. ######## Yahoo Sports Radio and All Sports United announced a media partnership. Yahoo Sports Radio will be the title media partner in the organization’s effort to increase participation across the sports universe and to encourage fans to join their favorite athletes and celebrities in the charge. The partnership includes promotional support and listener engagement to raise funds during the inaugural Gaming to Give charity tournament, which kicks-off online during the first week of January and culminates with a star-studded event set to take place January 29th at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in Scottsdale, Ariz., Thursday leading into the Super Bowl. The sports network will also be live at the event, capturing insider interviews with attending athletes and celebrities, which include: Green Bay Packers Great Ahman Green, Singer Brian McKnight, New York Giants Punter Steve Weatherford, Detroit Lions Safety James Ihedigbo, Olympic Gold Medalist Ed Moses and many more.
KLUC's Chet Buchanan Tops Past Record By Raising $323,092 And 5,146 Bikes; WILD 94.1 Doubles Take-In From 2013's Toy Drive
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 16TH, 2014 –– Chet Buchanan ends 98.5 KLUC’s 16th Annual Chet Buchanan & The Morning Zoo Toy Drive with record breaking numbers! The 12-day event filled (29) 50 foot trailers with new toys, along with 5,146 bikes and $323,092 in cash and gift cards! The 12-day event benefits HELP of Southern Nevada, a nonprofit organization that assists less fortunate families during the holiday season. Starting Wednesday, they will be helping over 3,000 families, and also helping out 45 other nonprofit organizations in southern Nevada. ######### WiLD 94.1 3rd annual Toy Drive wrapped up on Saturday, December 13th at 6:00 p.m. as Program Director and Morning Show Host Orlando Davis came down from the “Toy Drive Tower.” Orlando spent the entire week living on the two-story high structure, which was built in a parking lot in Tampa. When all the numbers were added and bikes counted, Orlando’s Toy Drive raised $12,254 in gift card and cash donations, 305 bicycles and a PODS container full of toys. All donations collected will benefit The Children’s Home a non-profit organization, which serves as a sanctuary to abused, neglected or abandoned children in our community. “Toy Drive is special to me because living outdoors for five days isn’t comfortable, but neither is not having gift cards, bikes or toys for children who’ve already had a rough start. The Toy Drive helps The Children’s Home accomplish their goals while also helping so many other charities.” Orlando added, “It was important to me to find a way that I could help besides simply cutting a check. I still have, every year, but this visual coupled with everyone doing a little, ends up helping a lot. That’s a win for us all!”
95.5 WPLJ Grants Teen's Wish To Become Pop-Star For A Day
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 16TH, 2014 –– New York’s 95.5 PLJ teamed up with Make-A-Wish to grant 13-year-old Olivia’s wish to be a "pop star for a day". Olivia is a 13-year-old girl from the Hudson Valley who has a life threatening brain tumor. 95.5 PLJ invited Olivia to PLJ’s studio high atop Madison Square Garden for an interview with Ralphie, host of Ralphie Tonight, to talk about her album release and what it’s like to be a pop star. Not only was Olivia interviewed in the studios, but she received the full superstar treatment with a meet and greet and her very own Green Room with all of Olivia’s favorite foods, drinks, snacks and presents! Charlie Foster, Vice President of Promotion from Epic Records, was on hand to escort Olivia through her visit at the station. An organized meet and greet with paparazzi was packed with some of her fans at PLJ who were all thrilled to make her experience one she’ll remember forever. Olivia’s album debut and pop star experience was one of 50 Wishes Across America granted by Macy’s and Make-A-Wish on National Believe Day.
RRHOF Class Of 2015 Announced; 10-Yr. Old Moves Justin Timberlake To Tears
DRUMROLL: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Class Of 2015 Announced - [CNN]
Stars Show Up For Taylor Swift's 25th Birthday Party - [INSTAGRAM]
Brian Williams Inks Longterm Deal With NBC - [NYDN]
TV Guide's Look At Best TV Shows Of 2014 - [TV GUIDE]
UH OH: Walters Not-So-Kind Take On 'Most Fascinating Person' Amal Clooney - [GOSSIP COP]
[WATCH] 10-Year Old Moves Justin Timberlake To Tears - [POPSUGAR]
[WATCH] Whoopi Finally Gets To Question Cosby Accuser - [THE WRAP]
[WATCH] Nicki Minaj's Goal Is To Have $500M And A Fat Baby - [USA TODAY]
Cicely Tyson Land Role On 'How To Get Away With Murder' - [EW]
ACT SURPRISED: GQ Names Chris Hemsworth Manliest Man In Hollywood - [GLOBAL GRIND]
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JEFF SMULYAN: '(Radio) Still Made More Money Before Lunch Today Than Pandora Has Made In Its Entire History'
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 15TH, 2014 –– In a piece titled "Ten Years In Your Ears; The Past, Present And Future of Podcasts," Seth Stephenson, a frequent contributor to Slate, was asked by his editor: “Can radio even survive?” To get the answer, he reached out to Jeff Smulyan, founder of Emmis Communications who scoffed at at the question. “Terrestrial radio’s biggest problem right now is it has no cachet,” says Smulyan. “Podcasts only eat about a less than 1 percent chunk of my business. Internet radio streaming is 7 percent of the American radio industry, if that. Things are beginning to fragment, make no mistake. But we still made more money before lunch today than Pandora has made in its entire history.” Smulyan added: 'Radio continues to be a useful, profitable technology. Consider: For $39,000 in annual electricity costs, Emmis' Power 106’s broadcast tower can reach 15 million people in Southern California. There are no incremental charges involved—when an additional person tunes in, it doesn’t cost the station a dime. Not so on the Web. Each time you click a streaming radio channel, or download a podcast, it’s as though you’re making a collect call." To add a bit more sting to the argument, Smulyan declared, “We still made more money before lunch today than Pandora has made in its entire history.” READ ENTIRE ARTICLE HERE - PHOTO/NAB Shutterstock
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Bruce Gilbert Named SVP/Sports At Cumulus/WWO; Don Martin Expands Duties At iHeartMedia
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 15TH, 2014 –– Cumulus announces that sports programming executive Bruce Gilbert will join the company in the newly-created role of Senior Vice President/Sports for Cumulus and Westwood One. Gilbert comes to Cumulus from FOX Sports Radio/iHeart Media, where he was Senior Vice President of Sports Operations. Gilbert assumes his new position on January 7. Gilbert said, "I want to thank John and Lew Dickey and Mike McVay for this incredible opportunity to provide our sports programming across every platform sports fans access. He was formerly Vice President/News, Talk and Sports Programming for CBS Radio Dallas, where he led programming initiatives for 105.3 The Fan, NewsRadio 1080 KRLD and the Texas State Network. Prior to CBS, he was Chief Executive Officer of Washington, D.C.-based Red Zebra Broadcasting. Gilbert was also Vice President/General Manager for the ESPN Radio Network. Gilbert was recognized in 2010 with the coveted "Ashwood Award" at the annual Talk Show Boot Camp, which honors a broadcaster who has made the most positive impact in the radio business. ######## Premiere Networks announced that Don Martin, iHeartMedia SVP of Sports Los Angeles, will expand his duties to include Premiere and FOX Sports Radio, effective immediately. As SVP of Sports Programming for Premiere Networks, Martin will oversee the creation, development and direction of sports programming and content at the company, as well as the FOX Sports Radio Network, which reaches nearly 5 million weekly listeners on more than 400 stations nationwide. Based in Los Angeles, he will report to Julie Talbott, President of Premiere Networks. Talbott stated, “We’re in the business of creating and delivering the most relevant sports personalities and content, while leveraging exceptional results for our partners, and Don Martin has the experience and track record to lead that effort." Martin added, "When Julie Talbott and Darren Davis call, everybody listens!” shared Martin. “I’m thrilled to team up with Julie, Darren and the Premiere team once again. I’m also looking forward to reuniting with the incredible FOX Sports Radio family." Martin first joined Premiere Networks in 2009 as Vice President/General Manager of the FOX Sports Radio Network, while also serving as General Manager/Program Director of AM 570 KLAC/Los Angeles. Martin also served as program director of 850 KOA in Denver, Colo.
MOTION: Mister Cee Returns To The Airwaves At New York's Radio 103.9
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 15TH, 2014 –– Following his recent exit from Hot 97, comes word that Mister Cee, who's experienced his share of media attention in the Big Apple, has now returned to Radio 103.9 New York City. According to hotnewhiphop.com, in a statement to XXL, Mister Cee revealed he's taken up a position at Cumulus' Radio 103.9 in New York. In his ALL CAP statement, he wrote: "I AM EXCITED, HUMBLED, & BLESSED TO BE BACK ON THE RADIO WITH THE NEW RADIO 103.9 IN NEW YORK. TO BE A PART OF A NEW GROWING STATION GIVES ME A FRESH START IN MY RADIO CAREER. SPECIAL THANKS TO KEN JOHNSON & RAPHAEL GEORGE FOR GIVING ME THIS OPPORTUNITY.
UPDATE: WBAP/KLIF Reporter Alan Scaia Moved Out Of Intensive Care Following Head On Collision
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 15TH, 2014 –– WBAP/KLIF Dalla/Ft. Worth Reporter, Alan Scaia, who injured in a head-on collision on December 5th has, according to wbap.com, been moved out of the intensive care unit. His condition was last listed as serious. "We are overwhelmed by the support Alan is receiving," said Rick Hadley, WBAP/KLIF news director. "People from all over the U.S. have been asking for an update on Alan's condition. He is continuing to get better. Out of respect for his family I cannot get into specifics about his injuries except to say that obviously he was seriously hurt and will take some time to get back up and around." Texas Department of Public Safety says Scaia was driving a WBAP/KLIF news unit when a Ford F250 pickup veered into his northbound lane on FM 51 about thirty miles outside Ft. Worth. The truck and the Toyota Camry Scaia was driving hit head on. Scaia was airlifted to JPS along with a passenger in the truck. The driver of the truck was taken by ambulance to another hospital.
Scottish Teen's YouTube Video Of Whitney Houston Cover Goes Viral Following Assist From Seattle Station
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 15TH, 2014 –– 14 yr.-old Jade Burke's (below)mom agreed to let 95.7 KJR/Seattle share a clip of her cover of Whitney Houston's 'I Will Always Love You and the rest, as they say, is history. According to thedailymail.com (which list KJR as KRJ) Jade's mom bought her a professional mic and new laptop to make videos of her singing. KJR picked up on it and following permission to post on its Facebook page, Jade quickly drew a million views YouTube (now approaching 10 million). Jade, who's from Glasgow, woke up to find she'd become hit overnight. She actually had recorded the Whitney cover eight months before when she was just 13. She said it was a practice video she recorded for the Edinburgh Mela Festival before it became an overnight sensation. KJR, as of this article,, showed 2,541,478 likes on their Facebook page. The post reads: 'AMAZING! She is only 13 but her voice has much POWER and SOUL to sing 'I Will Always Love You'. Jade you have an amazing Future.' WATCH VIDEO HERE
RYAN SEACREST: American Idol Cutting Back To One Night
Performance Show And Results To Be In One Show
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 15TH, 2014 –– During Z100/New York's Jingle Ball in New York on Friday night, Ryan Seacrest revealed that on next season's American Idol “We are going to do the performance show and the results in the same show," according to The Hollywood Reporter. Seacrest explained, 'This way there won’t be a ‘Wait ‘til tomorrow night.’ There won’t be a ‘Coming up, coming up, coming up.’ We are going to put it all into one format in one night. So that will be exciting." Seacrest said this change in programming will take effect once the show gets into the final stretch. “[It will be] one night when we get to the final stage, the top 10, there will be one night of performances and results all in one night,” he said. The longtime KIIS-FM morning host also added that more former Idols would be returning to the show to mentor contestants. "Adam Lambert, for instance, was instrumental in offering expertise when he filled in for Urban during the auditions phase. “Adam stepped up when Keith couldn’t be there, and Adam did a great job,” said Seacrest. American Idol returns to FOX on Jan. 7.
Still Time To Sign Up For Fisher House News/Talk Holiday Show
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 15TH, 2014 –– Fisher House Foundation and news/talk radio partner again this holiday season to bring attention to wounded warriors, veterans and military families. Fisher House is offering a three-hour, highly-produced public affairs show for air between Christmas and New Year's Day. "Zachary's Gift" tells the inspiring story of Fisher House founder Zachary Fisher through heroes served by the foundation's growing network of no-cost comfort homes built on the grounds of VA and military base hospitals. The show is free; no contract, no barter. Stations may air it multiple times. Affiliates include KABC Los Angeles, WLS Chicago, WPHT Philadelphia, KSFO San Francisco, WRKO Boston, WMAL Washington, WSB Atlanta, KTRH and KPRC Houston, KTAR Phoenix, KOA Denver, WTAM Cleveland, KFBK Sacramento, WTIC Hartford, KQTH Tucson, KSL Salt Lake City, KARN Little Rock, KRMG Tulsa and many others. "Many stations are using 'Zachary's Gift' to fill a local three-hour show on Christmas or New Year's Day," said executive producer Marshall Adams. The show's host is Mark Watkins, a radio newsroom vet who recently retired from the anchor booth at WBAP and KLIF Dallas. Jeff Davis is the show's promo voice. Jonathan Shaffer from WSM Nashville is leading production and imaging. Westwod One is handling affiliate relations pro-bono. To sign up, send a note with your planned air times to Stuart Greenblatt at email@example.com. Marshall Adams can answer questions about content at (412) 856-3400 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
94.1 KTFM's Nugget Officiates At Listener's Wedding; The 'Reverend' Rumble Presides Over News Host's Marriage To Former Producer; Blades's Producer, Justin, Engaged Under Northern Lights
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 15TH, 2014 – 94.1 KTFM’s morning show “Blondie and Nugget in the Morning” hosted and officiated a wedding this past Saturday 12/13/14 for one lucky couple. It was inside San Antonio’s own MadDogs British Pub located right off the famous Riverwalk. Nugget completed the online certification to become an ordained minister. This is his first wedding! KTFM’s Program Director Pat Cerullo stated “When Blondie and Nugget told me about the level of demand for the 12/13/14 wedding date this week, I said let’s go on the air and see just how badly our audience wants to get married. Dozens of emails, hundreds of shares, thousands of likes (and 24 hours later), we have a San Antonio couple preparing for a shotgun wedding that will be officiated by our very own Nugget. There’s no doubt in my mind that we have the only morning team in town that could pull this off.” Meanwhile, in a wedding that featured Zombies, Swords, and ring delivery by a live, flying, Hawk, WNOR/Norfolk's extremely talented News Host Shelley, was married to their extremely talented former producer Eric, on Saturday. The ceremony was performed by Rick Rumble, after securing a one-time minister‘s license thru the Norfolk Circuit court. Quote: “Remember, flash photography may anger the Raptor”…(Pictured…Shelley and Eric Winslow, Rev. Rumble) ######### Could this be the best proposal ever? Justin tells Jockline Daily, "I have always wanted to propose under the under the Northern Lights. After 7 years I was finally able to do it! This year was tough, I live in Phoenix and she lives in Philadelphia so we are dealing with the long distance thing. We are huge Amazing Race fans so planning this was fun but CRAZY. 6 States, 2 Countries and 5000 Miles later It all worked out in the end. Hope you enjoy the video! We are planning and saving for a destination wedding right now! WATCH HERE /Amazing #AuroraLove ——Justin @BladesProducer
Miss South Africa Crowned Miss World; DiCaprio Called 'Despicable' In Sony Emails
Miss South Africa Crowned Miss World - [YAHOO]
CHELSEA HANDLER: Speech During DUI Class Launched Her Career - [BUSTLE]
UH OH: DiCaprio Called 'Despicable' In Leaked Sony Emails - [VARIETY]
2014, The Year Of Celebrity Nudity - [DAILY CALLER]
Cosby Finally Speaks; Sorta - [PAGE SIX]
'Orange Is The New Black' Cast Join Protest In NYC - [THE WRAP]
Nice Cannon To Host The People Magazine Awards Show - [TVBYTHENUMBERS]
CHRIS MARTIN: Bowie Turned Down Coldplay Guest Spot Saying Song 'Wasn't One Of My Best' - [NME]
'Exodus: Gods And Kings' Top Weekend BO's - [NYDN]
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MOTION: Nikki Landry Takes PD/Midday Reigns At Magic 98.9 Colorado Springs
THE MOUTH, 12.13.14 –– Cumulus announced that Nikki Landry has been named Program Director and on-air talent at heritage CHR KKMG/98.9 Magic FM Colorado Springs. She succeeds Derreck Rusch, who continues as the station’s morning host (D-Rock And Bobby) and promotion director. Previously, Nikki led Adult CHR Star 105 in Toledo and most recently served as Program Director at WEBL/WUMY in Memphis. Landry said: “It is such an honor to take the reins of such a musically and personality driven flame thrower as 98.9 Magic FM. I am elated to be coming back to Cumulus and to be on Bobby Irwin's (OM) and Davey Morris' (Format Captain) team. I am so psyched to get started and to work with our team to continue to build on the #1 station in the Springs! Landry's other past stints included Wash. DC 94.7Fresh FM, 104.1 Voodoo New Orleans and 95.7 The Wolf San Francisco.
Jayde Donovan To Co-Host Mornings With Todd Pettengill At WPLJ New York
Show To Be Rebranded "Todd & Jayde In The Morning"
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 12TH, 2014 –– Cumulus announces that morning show host Jayde Donovan joins WPLJ mornings as co-host of the new weekday morning show, “Todd and Jayde (In the Morning)”. The show will debut on January 5, 2015. Donovan comes to New York City from Tampa Bay, where she launched one of the first female-led Top 40 morning radio shows in the U.S., “Hot Mornings with Jayde” on WPOI/Hot 101.5. Donovan was also a correspondent for WTVT Fox 13 Tampa, with weekly segment “Hot Happenings” on Good Day Tampa Bay and daily segment “Hot Dish” on Dish Nation. She also hosted the television show “The Cue” on WOFL Fox 35 in Orlando. Prior to that, she was co-host of Johnny & Jayde in the Morning on Orlando’s WXXL/XL 106.7. Donovan has served as an entertainment correspondent with Billy Bush on Access Hollywood, and has co-hosted LIVE With Regis & Kelly with Regis Philbin. Kim Bryant, Vice President and Market Manager for Cumulus New York said: “We are thrilled to have a talent like Jayde on PLJ. She is genuine, smart and beautiful. The New York market is going to fall in love with her.” Donovan said: “I still can't wrap my head around the dream job in front of me! To co-lead a show in the number one market in the world is more than a dream come true. Huge thanks to John Dickey, Mike McVay, Gillette, and my legendary radio friend Todd Pettengill for bringing me on the team. Can't wait to get to work!” Jockline has learned that current co-host, Cooper Lawrence will segue to new slot on WABC.
ABC Family Picks Up Ryan Seacrest Produced Transgender Docu-Series
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 12TH, 2014 –– According to The Hollywood Reporter, 'My Transparent Life' is a series based around a teen named Ben who learns his parents are not only getting a divorce, but also that his father is becoming a woman. The show is described as a generational story of a loving family and circle of friends, supporting each other through the unfamiliar and unexpected situation. ABC Family is teaming with Ryan Seacrest Productions to share Ben's incredible real-life story," said ABC Family president Tom Ascheim. "While Ben's family situation is unusual, the themes and coming-of-age issues are universal, and we think our viewers will find a real connection to them." Seacrest, Eugene Young, Rabih Gholam and George Moll will exec produce for RSP alongside Paul Barrosse. For ABC Family, My Transparent Life is said to be a move for a larger push to age-up the network, which is mulling a complete rebranding. Ascheim's plan is to shift ABC Family's viewership from teens to 20-somethings and their families.
EXECUTIVE ACTION; Les Moonves Extends With CBS Through 2019
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 12TH, 2014 –– CBS announced that CEO Les Moonves,65, will stay through June 30, 2019, after inking a two-year extension from the deal made two years ago. According to deadline.com, in 2019, Moonves will serve as “executive advisor” for five years, the company says, with an option to create a production company “under CBS’s auspices.” Reportedly, Moonves’ salary will remain at its current level, the company says. He’ll also continue to collect an annual performance-based bonus as well as equity “that further ties the value of the agreement to the performance of the Company’s stock.” His compensation package came to $66.9 million in 2013, making him one of the highest-paid executives in media.
MOTION: Greg Beharrell Takes Afternoons At Live 105 San Francisco
Former Grand Rapids Host Sentenced To 40 Years On Child (S)ex Charges
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 12TH, 2014 –– John Balyo, a former radio host at WCSG in Grand Rapids, was sentenced Thursday, Dec. 11, to 40 years in prison for (s)ex exploitation of a child and possessing child pornography. According to mlive.com, U.S. District Judge Robert Holmes Bell said it was difficult to reconcile Balyo's reputation as a Christian, caring man who offered advice on the radio and his dark, deviant side that has probably destroyed of a young boy. “I’m trying to figure out which one I’m sitting in front of right now,” Bell said. He told Balyo to “peel back layers of your own heart and your own soul” while in prison to determine why he was involved in such deviant behavior that has likely traumatized victims for life. Balyo told the judge he wants a chance at a life someday and admitted what he did was horrible. He said he didn’t think through the consequences of his depravity. Balyo is also serving 25 to 50 years in state prison for sexual assault of a child. The state and federal sentences will be served concurrently.
CBC To Put Morning Radio Shows On TV
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 12TH, 2014 –– Could this be the beginning of a growing trend? In a Thursday memo, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation has announced it's putting its morning radio show on television as part of a strategy to distribute its content on as many different platforms as possible. According to theglobeandmail.com, as part of the plan, CBC will shorten most of its local supper-hour TV newscasts from the current 90-minute offerings. to 30 and 60 minutes. “This is not just about changing the length of supper hours, this is about changing how we serve the audience ... Visual storytelling is still important and we will need to consider new ways to assign, newsgather and tell stories on screens from 80” to 2” in size. Mobile and desktop/Web offers new platforms and opportunities for storytelling as well as exchange and engagement with the audience,' states the memo. CBC/Radio-Canada is experiencing a shift in audience preferences, as users embrace mobile offerings and spend far less time consuming the news on TV.
[WATCH] Sam Alex Asks Top Artists Which Celebrity They Want Under The Mistletoe
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 12TH, 2014 –– Sam Alex (R), host of Taste of Country Nights, asked nearly two dozen country stars which celebrity they would want to kiss underneath the mistletoe. Miranda Lambert was quick to bring up Justin Timberlake before finding out he is going to be a daddy soon. Reba McEntire got some mentions. We also learned that should Jennifer Aniston ever decide to take a trip to Nashville, she’d better bring a bodyguard. Four different male artists picked her for under the mistletoe. Other stars who answered are Brett Eldredge, Maddie & Tae, Cole Swindell, Frankie Ballard, Cassadee Pope, Scotty McCreery, Darius Rucker, Little Big Town, Chase Bryant, Joe Nichols, Kristian Bush, Dustin Lynch, Brothers Osborne, Randy Houser, Thomas Rhett, The Cadillac Three and Tyler Farr. To be fair, we asked Sam which celebrity HE would like to play smash lips under the mistletoe. Without missing a beat he said Dolly Parton ... but only on the cheek," he explained. WATCH VIDEO HERE
ABC TV's Nashville Stars Pay Visit To America's Morning Show
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 12TH, 2014 –– ABC-TV’s Nashville stars, Lennon & Maisy paid a visit to the NASH Campus and America's Morning Show. They performed their new Christmas single, “Christmas Coming Home,” and their YouTube hit from The Lumineers, “Ho Hey.” Please see the attached photo. Pictured L-R: Lennon Stella, Maisy Stella, Terri Clark, Chuck Wicks & Blair Garner)
Amy Schumer To Host 2015 MTV Awards; Fox Raising Eyebrows Over 'Backstrom' Blitz
Amy Schumer To Host 2015 MTV Awards - [CHICAGO SUN TIMES]
Nicki Minaj Set To Debut New Single On EPN's 'Sportscenter' - [THE WRAP]
So, What Do You Think Were The 10 Best Albums Of 2014? - [BILLBOARD]
Fox Catching Attention On 'Backstrom' With Total Dick Campaign - [EW]
Whoopi Clears The Air On 'Fartgate' - [SFGATE]
Rick Springfield Joins 'True Detective' For Season 2 - [TV GUIDE]
Check Out The Most Popular Pop Stars On Twitter In 2014 - [IDOLATOR]
UH OH: Facebook Thinking About A 'Dislike' Button - [MASHABLE]
Uptown Magazine Rings In The New Year With Jan Gabrielle Cover - [UPTOWN]
CHECK IT OUT: Awesome Gifts 90's Girls Always Wanted For Christmas - [BUZZFEED]
[WATCH] Sean Penn In 'The Gunman' Coming In March - [SLASH FILMS]
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REPORT: L.A.D.A.'s Office Mulls 'Elder Abuse' Charges Against Jean Kasem
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 11TH, 2014 –– The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office is now considering charging Jean Kasem with 'elder abuse' charges reports The ENQUIRER. Logan Clarke – working on behalf of Casey’s daughter Kerri – confirmed to The ENQUIRER that the LAPD has turned over the case following an investigation. Clarke called the road trip from a California nursing home to Washington State, a “wild ride,” and said Jean’s decision to take Casey from the facility endangered his life and ultimately led to his death. Clarke told The ENQUIRER: “We have statements – and so do the police – from nurses about Jean and the way she allegedly treated her husband. When Jean took Casey out (of the facility), she was told, ‘You cannot disconnect him from his feeding tube – if you do, he will die!’ The tube was surgically implanted in his stomach, so she took the feeding machine. “They let her take it because it was the only thing that would keep Casey alive!” Clarke also claimed when Jean ran out of proper food, she bought the liquid nutrition drink Ensure. “Allegedly, Ensure was poured into Casey’s feeding machine,” Clarke claimed. “It broke the machine and then Casey’s colostomy bag apparently began filling up with blood!” Casey was eventually taken to a hospital in Gig Harbor, Wash., where he passed away on June 15th. Meanwhile, Kasem's unburied body remains Norway, where it has to be embalmed. 1
Cumulus and WWO Join With Dick Clark Productions Backstage At First-Ever American Country Countdown Awards
[WATCH] Steve Dahl To Pen Final Chapter On Disco Demolition
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 11TH, 2014 –– Now thirty-five years after one of radio's most notorious and memorable radio stunts, Chicago media blogger, Robert Feder says Steve Dahl will finally clear the air about Disco Demolition with a 'definitive' book on the event. Dahl is teaming with former Chicago Sun-Times columnist, Dave Hoekstra and photographer Paul Natkin to write 'Disco Demolition: the Death of Disco.' It’s set for release in April 2016 by Curbside Splendor. Just to recap, this was a promotion that set out to blow up a box of disco records between games of a twilight double-header between The White Sox and Detroit Tigers at Comiskey Park. After fans stormed the field between games, it ended up with the second game being forfeited due to the field being unplayable. Dahl was then the morning host at WLUP, explained to Feder: “I wanted to make sure that there is both an oral and pictorial history of what really happened that night,” he said. “As we get further from the event, people tend to assign different meanings to it. It really was about saving rock and roll.” To capture a bit of pandemonium that night, check out the TV coverage HERE
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Brad Marshall Tapped As VP/MM For Cumulus Youngstown
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 11TH, 2014 –– Cumulus announces that Brad Marshall has been promoted to Vice President/Market Manager for Cumulus in Youngstown, Ohio. He replaces Rick Parrish, who announced his retirement effective December 15. Marshall rises from his previous role as Director of Sales for Cumulus Youngstown, Canton & Hermitage, a position he has held for over five years. Prior to that, Marshall was a General Sales Manager for iHeartMedia-Youngstown for 16 years. Gary Pizzati, Senior Vice President for Cumulus said: “We wish Rick well with his retirement and thank him for his years of service to us. Moving forward, we are thrilled to have Brad promoted to this role. As the DOS for five years, Brad was ready for this challenge and we look forward to many years of success under his leadership.” Marshall said: “I couldn’t be happier to step into this new role with Cumulus. This company has an amazing vision for the future and tremendous leadership.”
MOTION: Margery Punnett To Host Final Show On myTalk 107.1/Minneapolis This Friday; [WATCH] Gillian Reilly Exits The Coop Show; Govia Takes Nights At Energy 102.3 Peoria
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 11TH, 2014 –– After a 10-yr run with myTalk 107.1/Minneapolis, Margery Punnett will air her final show this Friday and head to Phoenix where she'll join her husband and former myTalk co-host, Ian Punnett, who's working on a Ph.D. in journalism at Arizona State University. She tells twincities.com, "He's a wonderful long distance boyfriend, but we miss each other terribly," said Punnett, "I just can't wait to live with him again. We've been married 30 years. And this is the longest we've been separated. We've been apart almost 18 months." ############## Meanwhile, at Detroit, 98.7 Amp Radio's The Coop Show, Executive Producer Gillian Reilly announced, via YOU TUBE, she's leaving. But the video isn't what you might expect. In fact, it was of thanks and gratitude for the opportunity. In a video called "I got fired," Gillian Reilly said she was let go Monday on 98.7 Amp Radio's "The Coop Show which airs from 6-10 am. "First and foremost, I'm not angry and I'm not bitter about the decision," she said in the video posted online on Wednesday. "I actually overwhelmingly feel this sense of gratitude for the experience. CBS offered me the biggest opportunity I've ever had in my career and, thanks to them, I had that experience." Reilly thanked listeners, her parents and show host Sean "Coop" Tabler. Reilly had been with the station since April 2012. WATCH VIDEO HERE ########### Alpha Media Peoria announced today that Govia will join Peoria's new CHR, Energy 102.3 (WNGY) in the 6-11 pm on-air slot. Govia was in Peoria from 2006-2009 as a 3pm-Midnight on air personality, then again from 2010-2012 as a Program Director and On-Air personality, before exiting back to Chicago. Govia makes his return to Peoria, Monday. Some of his prior stops were On-Air in Chicago, On-Air in New York, PD/On-Air in the Hamptons, APD/MD/Nights in Knoxville and Nights in Biloxi.
KMLE 107.9's Steve & Nina Deliver 'Big Thank You Project' To Deployed Troops
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 11TH, 2014 –– KMLE @ 107.9 (KMLE-FM) Morning show air personalities Steve & Nina, in conjunction with the Phoenix based non-profit organization, Packages From Home, spearheaded an effort during the month of November to collect thank-you letters to send to our deployed troops between Thanksgiving and Christmas. The program, called the “Big Thank You Project,” generated an incredible total of 11,775 letters. “Being away from your family is already hard, but being away during these times can be harder, “ said Nina. “Our Soldiers sacrifice so much for us and often times don't receive the gratitude they deserve.” Steve agreed. “We wanted to come together with the KMLE Nation to send our troops as much love as we could so they remember how appreciated they are.” The program’s original goal was 1,079 letters. Much of the support came from local Valley schools including Ishikawa Elementary School, Basis Charter School, and Riverbend Prep Academy.
PHOTO OP: Dee Jay Silver And Sun Broadcast Group Convene In Vegas
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 11TH, 2014 –– Dee Jay Silver, host of Sun Broadcast Group/KMG’s The Country Club with Dee Jay Silver was hanging out high above 'The Bank' nightclub in Las Vegas, during his recent 7-day appearance as part of the National Rodeo Finals. (L to R) Niels Skou, West Coast Promotion Manager, Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine; Julio Aponte, COO, Sun Broadcast Group; Dee Jay Silver; Jenna Straub; Jason Bailey, CEO, Sun Broadcast Group and Ron Rivlin, SVP Programming and Affiliate Relations, Sun Broadcast Group. Dee Jay Silver will be hosting a coast to coast New Year’s Eve Party on over 100 country stations nationwide. He’ll also be kicking off a national promotion for two lucky winners to attend the ACM’s in Dallas in 2015. For more information, call Ron Rivlin at 212-380-9303. Rrivlin@sunbgi.com
NO FAD: Instagram Tops 300 Million; Now Bigger Than Twitter
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 11TH, 2014 –– Just nine months after hitting 200 million users, Instagram now reports 300 million people use its photo app every month, with 70% of them coming from outside the US, reports techcrunch.com. That makes Instagram officially bigger than Twitter, which had 284 million active users as of six weeks ago. In its fourth year, there are now 70 million photos shared each day, and over 30 billion total. Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom says on its blog: “Over the past four years, what began as two friends with a dream has grown into a global community.” Between Facebook’s 1.35 billion, Messenger’s 500 million, and WhatsApp’s 600 million users, Facebook has developed quite a footprint. In the near future, Instagram plans to launch verified badges for celebrities, brands, and athletes so people don’t accidentally follow parody, tribute, or look-alike accounts.
May 20th, 2015 Announced As David Letterman's Last 'Late Show'
May 20th, 2015 Announced As David Letterman's Last Show On 'Late Show' - [WSJ]
Lady Gaga And Tony Bennett To Headline New Year's Eve Special With Carson Daly - [THE WRAP]
Cuba Gooding Jr. To Play O.J. In 'American Crime Story' - [DEADLINE]
Angelina Jolie Says Brad Doesn't Want Their Kids To Get Tattoos - [RADIO TIMES]
REPORT: Charles Manson Never Auditioned For The Monkees - [GIZMODO]
Florida Woman Punched Sister During Fight Over Vibrator - [WFLA]
(S)exual Predator Wins $3 Million From Florida Scratcher s- [ORLANDO SENTINEL]
FORBES: The Highest Paid Musicians In 2014 - [FORBES]
2015 SAG Awards Nominees Announced - [LA TIMES]
'Game Of Thrones' Tops Facebook's Most Mentioned TV Show of 2014 - [ABC NEWS RADIO]
CHECK IT OUT: The World's Most Expensive Photograph - [BUZZFEED]
[WATCH] 'Mad Max Fury Road' Trailer - [SLASH FILM]
Dallas Morning Legend Terry Dorsey Announces Retirement
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 10TH, 2014 –– Cumulus announceD that legendary Country radio morning personality Terry Dorsey will retire after more than 40 years in radio, with the last 26 years as morning host for KSCS. Dorsey’s last day on the air at KSCS will be December 17, after which he and his wife, Claudia, will retire to Illinois to be close to family. Dorsey started his radio career in the late 60's at WFKY in Frankfort, Kentucky. He then made stops in Richmond, Indiana; Colorado Springs, Colorado; and Dayton, Ohio before arriving in Dallas in 1980 to do mornings on KPLX. Dorsey moved across town to KSCS in July, 1988 and has been a fixture on KSCS and Dallas radio ever since. He was inducted into the Country Radio DJ Hall of Fame in 2006, and into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame in 2007. He has also won the CMA, AMA, and Billboard Major Market Personality of the Year Awards. "I think I can speak for most people when I say Dallas radio won't be the same without Terry's voice in the morning! I wish him nothing but the absolute best in his retirement!" Dan Bennett, Regional Vice President/Market Manager for Cumulus Dallas/Houston said: "Terry's contribution to Dallas/Fort Worth radio is monumental. He is an Iconic figure in our industry and we are all better because Terry Dorsey was in it.” 1
Betsy Morgan Rises To CEO At The Blaze; Chris Balfe Exits
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 10TH, 2014 –– Glenn Beck announced that Betsy Morgan, President and Chief Strategy Officer of TheBlaze, has been promoted to CEO effective immediately. Morgan, who will continue to be based in New York, succeeds Chris Balfe, who worked with Beck for the past 12 years and helped transform a two person company into a 300 person multi-media business with a television network with over 80 operators and hundreds of thousands of subscribers, a website with over 30 million unique visitors per month, a top 20 ranked audio streaming network, the third-highest rated radio show in the country and a book division that published over 15 bestsellers. On Balfe's departure, Beck said: "Chris Balfe has been my friend and the CEO of Mercury Radio Arts for 12 years. He will be an incredibly hard act to follow - under Chris’ watchful eye we have done things that no group of people our size have ever done, things that people thought were impossible. And I think that under the leadership of our new CEO, Betsy Morgan, we will continue to prove that there is another way and we'll confound the skeptics again."Morgan joined TheBlaze from The Huffington Post where she served as CEO. Prior to joining Huffington Post, she was Senior Vice President for CBS Interactive and the General Manager of CBSNews.com, where she was in charge of the network’s 24-hour broadband, on-demand news service. Betsy was a featured panelist at Talk Show Boot Camp V.
MOTION: Donovan Exits Hot 101.5/Tampa; Albuquerque Morning Vet Tony Lynn Joins NY Cluster As OM; Walter Sabo To Do Talk At WPHT
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 10TH, 2014 –– Jayde Donovan (R) has left mornings at Cox Media Group WPOI-FM/Hot 101.5 Tampa for an undisclosed opportunity. She had been with the Florida outlet for the last three years. In 2010, Jayde was chosen as one of the finalists in Live With Regis & Kelly's wildly popular 'Women In Radio Competition. No word yet on her replacement, but look for news on her new opportunity soon. ######## Longtime Albuquerque morning host, Tony Lynn, is joining Community Broadcasters in Ogdensburg, NY as OM for its 3-station cluster. It includes country WLFK/95.3 THE WOLF, News/Talk WQTK and ESPN affiliate, Sports WSLB-A. Lynn will also handle mornings on The WOLF; Lynn spent 21 years between KRST and KBQI in Albuquerque. ######## Consultant Walter Sabo tells Jockline he'll be doing do a weekly talk show on WPHT/Philadelphia. He'll continue to head Sabo Media and said he 'thought if would be fun do the show and likes the fact that WPHT is predominately live and local.' He'll go by the name Walter Sterling.
Just In Time For The Holidays, A Larry King Fantasy Interview
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 10TH, 2014 –– With Christmas just days away, here's your chance to take advantage of a gift unlike any other: A fantasy interview with Larry King. It's being offered through Chicago's Museum Of Broadcast Communication and for only $24.95, along with the help of video editors, you can be interviewed by Larry King. Through this virtual interview, his questions are edited to match those purchasing the gift with a seamless conversation. In this sample video, you'll get an idea of how this video would actually look. As they suggest, it will create a memory that will last a lifetime. To schedule an interview, contact email@example.com or call 312-245-8200. Tapings will be held at the Broadcast Museum in Chicago - CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS
Ad Large Inks Nat'l Ad Sales Agreement To Rep' Marijuana Radio News Program
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 10TH, 2014 –– AdLarge Media has announced an agreement for exclusive, national advertising sales representation of The National Marijuana News (TNMNews), the unbiased news/talk program focused on the political, economic, medical, and social implications of the rapidly evolving marijuana industry. “How marijuana fits into our culture is a conversation that is taking place across America, and the public wants the kind of balanced information that TNMNews delivers,” observed Jessica Sherman, Senior Director, Affiliate Marketing, AdLarge Media. “TNMNews is engaging listeners with guests who are experts in the legal and medical professions, and helping audiences find their position on marijuana by presenting the facts.” Developed by seasoned news producers and media industry professionals, TNMNews takes a deep dive beyond the headlines to explore breaking cannabis news, including field segments, interviews, and roundtable discussions. The driving force behind TNMNews has been Executive Producer Martin Wagmaister, whose background includes producer of Rick Dees In the Morning and On Air with Ryan Seacrest “It’s no longer a debate ‘for or against’,” Wagmaister stated. “Americans are looking for answers that will help them with their personal decisions. Our goal at TNMNews is to present all the accurate information available, and to explore every viewpoint out there.”
[LISTEN] Laura Ingraham Talks Radio With Greta Von Susterin
Says You Have To Keep Innovating To Succeed
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 10TH, 2014 –– Syndicated radio host Laura Ingraham joined Fox TV's Greta Von Susterin this week as a guest on her blog, Gretawire. Taking a rare detour from politics, the discussion led off by Greta asking Laura about her success as a radio personality. Having begun her radio career in 2001, Laura tells Greta she got her first taste of radio from guest appearances on The Don Imus show. From there, she journeyed into a long and successful career in syndication. As for her keys to success, she told Greta, 'Keep innovating! ... You also have to love it. if you dont love it, it shows ... People also still need humor. And personalities on talk have to be bold and risk takers." She added, "If I don't evolve, I need to get off the air." When asked about radio's future, Laura said platforms like podcasts and streaming have made her show more accessible. She also attributes great interviewing skills to being a successful talk host. LISTEN TO INTERVIEW HERE
NETWORKS: USRN Adds 'Something You Should Know' To Daily Lineup; Panama City Kick’n Country Adds Envision's 'AmeriCountry'
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 10TH, 2014 –– United Stations Radio Networks announced that the company will begin distributing the longstanding successful feature 'Something You Should Know' from host and creator Mike Carruthers (L) and his production company, Strand Media. Something You Should Know is a feature-length program that provides both radio stations and listeners with informational content that host Mike Carruthers describes as “wisdom and advice for life.” The feature was started on one radio station in 1980 and after moving into syndication has grown to a substantial national network of features heard on roughly 140 radio stations all across the nation. Mike began Strand Media as a network radio production company in the 1980’s and its first program was “Something You Should Know.” ########## Envision Networks® welcomes Powell Broadcast Group’s WKNK/Panama City, FL as the latest affiliate of AmeriCountry, the morning show content service designed specifically for country radio. “Since signing up with AmeriCountry, we noticed our show has been elevated to the next level. With easy access to artist audio, timely stories and topic starting phone calls, AmeriCountry has helped us produce a winning show every morning! Now if only they delivered coffee too!” said Dave Fields, Kick’n Country PD and morning show host.
HOLIDAY CHEER: Watch 'Breakin And Entering' San Diego 2014; Emmis NY Spreads Warmth With Coat Drive; The Bull Biloxi Stuffs Another Bus
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 10TH, 2014 –– There's not nearly enough space to fairly show the numerous examples of how radio is lending its amazing hand to those in need this holiday season. Here are but a few: This year's Breaking And Entering by KyXy/San Diego's Jeff & Jer chose chose another special family to be showered with gifts galore, including a new auto (shown) - WATCH VIDEO HERE ####### Next up, Emmis New York's WBLS 107.5, HOT 97 and WLIB 1190, partnered with Geico and Fidelis Health Care to host the 3rd annual “Spread the Warmth” Coat Drive on Saturday, December 13, 2014, The stations will be collecting new and gently worn coats from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in support of New York Cares, New York City’s largest volunteer management organization that runs programs for 1,300 nonprofits, public schools, and city agencies to help people in need throughout the five boroughs. ###### Meanwhile, down at Alpha Media Biloxi-Gulfport, MS, 96.7 The Bull is at a local Walmart to “Stuff-ABus” for Toys-For-Tots. 96.7 The Bull’s Program Director, TicTak will be on-location broadcasting all week and collecting new, un-wrapped toys. At the end of the week, the toys that are collected will be donated to our local Toys-For-Tots Foundation.
TOP NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
More (S)exual Assault Allegations Against Neil Fox; Clooney's Ex, Lisa Snowdon Takes Break From Capital FM For Break In Thailand
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 10TH, 2014 –– Neil Fox, Breakfast Show host on London’s Magic FM has been arrested over three alleged more sexual assaults. It comes two months after he was first arrested following four earlier allegations of sexual assault. He was detained on Monday when he returned to a police station on bail. The new allegations involve different women.
Capital FM’s Lisa Snowdon On A Detox Break In Thailand - Lisa is taking time out from her busy London life for the detox break on Koh Samui. Lisa, who used to date George Clooney is staying at the Kamalaya Koh Samui award-winning wellness sanctuary and holistic spa resort. Her strict regime means no alcohol and no tea or coffee.
UTV Puts Ed Sheeran And Olly Murs On-Air Christmas Day -Ed Sheeran and Olly Murs will between them host Christmas morning on UTV Media’s radio stations in England and Wales, Take That are lined up for Boxing Day (26th December). The shows will go out on Signal in Stoke, Pulse in West Yorkshire, Tower FM in Bolton, Wish FM in Wigan and St Helens, Wire FM in Warrington, Widnes and Runcorn, Peak FM in Chesterfield, Swansea Sound and The Wave in South Wales, Radio Wave in Blackpool and Signal 107 in Wolverhampton, Shrewsbury, Oswestry, and Kidderminster.
New Breakfast for Heart North East Heart FM in the North East has announced that Justin Lockwood and Kelly Scott will host its brand new Heart Breakfast show, starting on Monday 15 December. They are currently presenters of the weekday Afternoon Drivetime show. They are replacing Gary and Lisa who were sacked last week to make way for them. Gary and Lisa hosted the show for almost five years and won Gold, at the Sony Radio Academy Awards for ‘Best Breakfast Show’ in 2012.
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Cheryl Burke Now Exit DWTS; Time Picks Ebola Fighters As Person Of The Year
Time Picks Ebola Fighters As Person Of The Year - [TIME]
First Len Goodman, Now Cheryl Burke To Exit DWTS For New TV Show - [E ONLINE]
Rosie O'Donnell Predicts There Will Be Hundreds More Cosby Rape Victims - [THE WRAP]
Check Out YouTube As It Rewinds The Most Watched List Of 2014 – [YOUTUBE]
Julia Roberts Tries Supermodeling At 47 - [YAHOO]
UH OH: WATCH LeBron James Draws Protocol Foul After Putting Arm Around Kate Middleton In Photo Grab - [GOSSIP COP]
UH OH 2: 'South Park' Lampoons Bill Cosby In Holiday Special - [NYDN]
James O'Halloran Wins Male Model Slot On 'Price Is Right' - [PEOPLE]
Actress/Former Miss America, Mary Ann Mobley, Passes Away At 77 - [THR]
Nicole Kidman Covers Elle - [ELLE]
[WATCH] Dwayne Johnson In 'San Adreas' Trailer - [INDIE WIRE]
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He's Back: Longtime Mark & Brian Co-Host Thompson Returns To The Air On LA's 100.3 The Sound
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 9TH, 2014 –– KSWD, 100.3 FM “The Sound” has signed legendary Los Angeles morning radio personality Mark Thompson to host an all-new morning show, it was announced jointly today by Peter W. Burton, Vice President and General Manager, and Dave Beasing, Program Director. This marks not only Thompson’s return to Los Angeles following his departure from KLOS-FM in August of 2012, but also his return to broadcast radio. “For me to return to mornings on LA’s white-hot radio station, The Sound, is beyond exciting,” said Thompson. “I want to thank Peter Burton and Dave Beasing for their unbridled passion in making this happen. To all my old and new listening friends in LA: You should brace yourself, my people, because there is an entertainment storm coming and an umbrella won’t help you.” Thompson is the latest of several iconic hosts to join The Sound staff, including Uncle Joe Benson (formerly of KLOS and KCBS), Cynthia Fox (KMET, KLSX) and Rita Wilde (KLOS, KEZY). As hosted by Benson, The Sound’s morning show audience has grown 97% this year. Starting in February, Joe will segue to middays on The Sound, beginning each program at 10 AM with The Sound’s “10 at 10,” featuring “10 great songs from 1 great year.” Middays on The Sound are currently hosted by Andy Chanley, who will join the cast of “Mark in the Morning” working with Thompson. Julie Slater will continue to host afternoon drive on The Sound. 1
[LISTEN] Bengal's Coach Causes Uproar After Calling Johnny Manziel 'A Midget' In Radio Interview; Then Apologizes
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 9TH, 2014 –– What could be worse than sitting on the bench all season following a storied college career as a football quarterback? Well, how about being called a 'midget' by a rival coach? That was the case yesterday as Cincinnati head coach, Marvin Lewis (inset), was interviewed by WLW/Cincinnati's Lance McAlister. When asked about the difference in preparing for Manziel, Lewis said, "you'll get a little bit more movement if Manziel's the quarterback, the thing that they did against Buffalo. But other than that, no, it doesn't impact you at all. You've got to go defend the offense, you don't defend the player, particularly a midget.'' Following the remark, Browns fans went crazy and Lewis later apologized. "I apologize to Johnny and the Browns and all the fans in Cleveland," Lewis said. "It was just a poor remark. I really didn't mean anything by it," said Lewis. LISTEN HERE PHOTO/Shutterstock
KROQ's Kevin & Bean Headed To Broadcasting Hall Of Fame
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 8TH, 2014 –– The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) announced that the long-running “Kevin & Bean Morning Show,” which airs on CBS Radio’s KROQ Los Angeles, will be inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame. The induction will occur during the NAB Show Radio Luncheon, held Tuesday, April 14 in Las Vegas and sponsored by ASCAP. The “Kevin & Bean Morning Show," hosted by Kevin Ryder and Gene "Bean" Baxter, is the longest-running a.m. drive show on the air in Southern California. Alumni of the show include prominent hosts and commentators like Jimmy Kimmel, Adam Carolla and Chris Hardwick. Dan Mason, President and CEO, CBS RADIO commented: 'Kevin and Bean have been dedicated entertainers and broadcasters in Los Angeles for more than two decades with their own sense of humor that will never be duplicated. This award is truly a well-deserved recognition of a job well done. I couldn’t be happier for them and the entire team.'
MOTION: Johnjay & Rich Add Springfield's Alice 95.5
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 9TH, 2014 –– Cumulus announces that legendary Country radio morning personality Terry Dorsey will retire after more than 40 years in radio, with the last 26 years as morning host for KSCS. Dorsey’s last day on the air at KSCS will be December 17, after which he and his wife, Claudia, will retire to Illinois to be close to family.
[LISTEN] Howard Returning To NBC's 'America's Got Talent'
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 9TH, 2014 –– Howard Stern announced on yesterday's SiriusXM radio show that he will be returning for a third season as a judge on NBC’s America’s Got Talent. 2015 will mark the series’ 10th season. With a salary that deadline.com reports as $15 million a season, since Stern's arrival in 2012 on the competition series, AGT has been pretty consistent and a solid summer performer. Last season’s panel included Heidi Klum, Mel B and Howie Mandel. LISTEN AS HE MAKES THE ANNOUNCEMENT HERE
Remaining Show Members Pay On-Air Tribute To Former Host Following Exit
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 9TH, 2014 –– Here's something you don't hear or see often: A departing show member becoming a special topic of the day by his remaining show members. That was the case this week, by design, on Rock 100.5/Atlanta in the wake of longtime show anchor, Larry Wachs (pronounced wax) exiting the show along with a joint announcement of Jason Bailey (not to be confused with Sun Broadcast Group head, Jason Bailey) taking over on December 15th. According to Rodney Ho of The AJC, Sebastian Davis, who compiles most of the audio for the show, led the show instead of Wachs. “You may have heard in the Atlanta Journal Constitution,” Davis said, “it’s going to be a little different. Larry is no longer on the show. We wish him well. He has a lot of fans.” At around 8 am, each member of the former 'Regular Guys' spoke about Larry. They didn’t go into why he left, but did say how important he was to their lives and career, particularly “Southside” Steve Rickman (shown) and Tim Andrews. Rickman said 'I wish Larry all the best in the world. It was a great run. You have to embrace change. To Larry Wachs, yeah c’mon and one last peteetong.” Hats off to Cumulus management for this extra classy move.
KLUC's Chet Buchanan On Pace To Blow Away Last Year's Toy Drive Totals; $188,528, Nearly 1,000 Bikes Collected Already
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 9TH, 2014 –– The 16th Annual 98.5 KLUC Chet Buchanan and The Morning Zoo Toy Drive, which stuntmeister Paige Nienaber calls "The Biggest Toy Drive In Radio, is now underway. And boy, is it ever. Chet tells Jockline, in just Day 5, we're tracking well ahead of last year's mind blowing totals of 25-53 foot semi trucks filled...5014 (!) Bikes...and $322,122 in cash and gift cards." If you look close, you'll see 12 living on a 30' scaffold raising toys, bikes, gift cards, and cash for families who could really use it in Southern Nevada. The totals at 2:15 Pacific time yesterday included 5.5 trucks...739 Bikes....$188,528 in cash and gift cards. Walgreen's asked their customers for donations for six weeks through August and September, and this morning presented a check for $136,948!! The employees even chipped in and bought 200 bikes! Chumlee from Pawn Stars donated $20,000 on Day One...My buddy Dax from TMZ sent a giant box of toys from the Hollywood office...Selena Gomez and Jo Koy have called in to offer support...we're just getting started!! Standby. This is going to be extra special.
99.5 WYCD'S 14th Annual St. Jude Event Raises $508,447
WIP's Wing Bowl 23 Goes Mardi Gras For January Food Fest
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 9TH, 2014 –– SportsRadio 94WIP’s Wing Bowl, which has become the most infamous annual radio event in the world, returns to the Wells Fargo Center on Friday, January 30, 2014 at 6 a.m. Tickets for the 23rd annual competitive chicken wing eating event are $10 and go on sale tomorrow, Tuesday, December 9 at 9 a.m. online at WingBowl23.com/Tickets and ComcastTIX.com, by calling 1-800-298-4200 or in person at Wells Fargo Center. Wing Bowl 23 is proudly presented by Steven Singer Jewelers and SugarHouse Casino. Proceeds from WIP's Wing Bowl 23 will benefit the Philadelphia Police Department Survivor’s Fund, The Police Athletic League, the Comcast-Spectacor Charities and other beneficiaries to be named soon. Mardi Gras is the theme for Wing Bowl 23. Already known as the biggest party of the year, Wing Bowl has always been viewed as the event where Mardi Gras, New Year’s Eve and the mummers parade collide. Eaters who qualify for Wing Bowl 23 will compete against last year’s champion Molly Schuyler. This year's Wingette of the Year walks away with $5000 cash and a Riviera Spas Orchid 5 Person Hot Tub from Diamond Pools. WIP Morning Show host Angelo Cataldi, who co-founded Wing Bowl 22 years ago with radio partner Al Morganti said, "Wing Bowl has been compared to the Mardi Gras for so many years now, we decided to turn it into a Philadelphia version of the New Orleans celebration this time around -- with bigger prizes, (s)exier women and the best competitive eaters in the world.
Judge Len Goodman Leaving DWTS; EW Picks Jimmy Fallon As Entertainer Of 2014
Judge Len Goodman Leaving DWTS - [DIGITAL SPY]
Maroon 5 Crash Wedding While Filming Music Video - [E ONLINE]
Variety Picks Best And Worst Ads Of 2014 - [VARIETY]
Mark Wahlberg: Wants A Clean Record So He Can Handle Guns; Become Reserve Cop - [TMZ]
Pharrelll's 'Happy' Tops iTune's Year-End List - [BILLBOARD]
Hackers Demanded Sony Pull 'The Interview' - [USA TODAY]
EW Picks And Covers Jimmy Fallon As Entertainer Of The Year - [EW]
Miranda Lambert Talks Blake, Bar Fights And More In Marie Claire - [MARIE CLAIRE]
Michael Strahan to Host '20th Annual Critics Choice Awards - [ZAP2IT]
Barbara Walter's '10 Most Fascinating' List Adds To List - [DEADLINE]
Taylor Swift, Vladmir Putin And Ferguson Protesters On 'Time's' Person Of The Year Short List - [TODAY]
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Cybertip Leads To Arrest Of Anchorage Host On Child Porn Charges
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 8TH, 2014 –– A popular Anchorage morning host/PD has been accused of possessing and distributing child pornography to dozens of people and for soliciting pornographic images from children, according to ktva.com. Jimmy O'Brien, whose real name is James Laplante, from KASH 107. 5/Anchorage, was arrested late Thursday and charged with five counts related to distributing and possessing child pornography and online enticement of a minor, according to a statement from the Alaska Department of Law. The Anchorage Police Department learned of the 48-year-old’s alleged crimes Oct. 2 when the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) filed two “Cybertip” Anchorage area reports, according to charging documents. In one case, Instagram reported through NCMEC that user “thematthewwhartley” uploaded 13 images of child sexual exploitation to the account, the charges say. Authorities determined the account belonged to Laplante and that one of the IP addresses used to upload the pictures originated from his home address. In a second instance, an image flagged by Google was linked to an IP address that originated at Clear Channel Communications ( iHeartMedia). A search of Laplante’s home and office revealed more than 1,000 images of child sexual exploitation on the external hard drive connected to his work computer. PHOTO/APD
Dallas Radio News Reporter Hospitalized Following Head-On Collision
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 8TH, 2014 –– A WBAP/KLIF Dallas news reporter was hospitalized after a head-on collision on Friday evening. Alan Scaia, 30 (below), was one of three people sent to hospitals from the scene of the crash about thirty miles northwest of Ft. Worth. By Saturday night, hospital officials had upgraded his condition from critical to serious. The Department of Public Safety said the wreck happened just before 8:00 pm Friday night as a southbound pickup with 2 people inside crossed into a northbound lane of the auto driven by Scaia. He and a passenger in the pickup were flown by separate air ambulances to a hospital in Ft. Worth for treatment. "Our news department is obviously shaken by this," said WBAP/KLIF News Director Rick Hadley. "Alan is a good friend and important part of our team and right now our main concern is for him and the others injured in the wreck to get better." Scaia was recently promoted to morning drive reporter at WBAP/KLIF and had been named a correspondent for a new national news operation. PHOTO/WBAP Facebook/Joe Duty Wise County Messenger
REPORT: Amex Going After Casey Kasem's Estate For $41,046 In Charges
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 8TH, 2014 –– More than six months since Casey Kasem passed away, the drama continues as word comes from tmz.com, that American Express is going for more than $40K of the money he left behind. According to TMZ, Amex filed a creditor's claim, claiming Casey or someone in his world 'racked up $41,046.70.' As assumed, Casey was in no position to use his card for a year or more before his death. The report pointed to his wife Jean as someone you likely used it for various purposes. Meanwhile, Casey's body continues to decompose, above ground in Norway, waiting for a proper burial. The legendary host died on June 15.
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 8TH, 2014 – Move over Kramer. It looks like another TV show built around talk radio is headed to TV. But this time, it appears far from a sitcom as Warner Bros. has optioned the rights to the book “Talk” by CNN and SiriusXM host Michael Smerconish. According to politico.com, 'Talk' chronicles the path of a rising star in conservative talk radio who is forced to balance his ambition with his conscience as he wields outsize influence in the crucial state of Florida during a presidential election. The studio plans to turn the novel into a one-hour “explosive drama, exposing the inner workings of conservative talk radio and campaign politics” with hopes of it hitting the airwaves before the 2016 election. Smerconish said in an interview, “Like anyone who’s ever written a novel, as I wrote it I envisioned it on the screen. Of course in most cases that doesn’t come to pass and now this looks like it will, and I couldn’t be more excited ... I can definitely see ‘Talk’ on a television screen.” Executive Producers Jim Leonard and Michael Robin, who are named to direct the project if it goes to pilot, are known for their shows: "Major Crimes", "Closer," "Dexter" and "Nip/Tuck"
[WATCH] Hosts Take On Repairs For Rockford's Clock Tower
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 8TH, 2014 –– For anyone who's ever driven through Rockford, IL, no doubt you're aware of its iconic Clock Tower landmark. Iconic or not, it has needed repairs for some time and it finally took a couple of enterprising radio hosts to get the job done. Jim Stone and Terry Turan, affectionately known as Stone and Double T on their' low-budget morning show on 104.9 WXRX, decided to take on the project themselves along with the help of Mike Schablaske, executive director for Transform Rockford. He says the project is symbolic for the change in attitude and spirit that he hopes to see in the city. According to northernpublicradio.com, “The transformation of a community isn’t being done by an organization or a group of people--it’s being done by a community.” Turan said construction for the tower will begin in the spring, but fundraising could begin as soon as January. He says repair quotes for the clock range from $3,000 to $15,000. One of the things that neither of us knew when we decided we wanted to Fix the Clock Tower, the bottom of the structure was all glass. We didn't know that they had covered it up years ago.
[LISTEN] Chris Martin Announces Coldplay’s ‘Final’ Album During Radio Interview
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 8TH, 2014 While speaking to BBC Radio 1‘s Zane Lowe, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin casually dropped what may might consider a bombshell. He told Lowe "The band is back in the studio working on its seventh album, which has the working title “A Head Full of Dreams,” and is intended, at least for now, said Martin, to be Coldplay’s final release.“ Martin added, "The way we look at it is like, the last Harry Potter book, or something .. not to say that there might not be another thing one day, but this is the completion of something.” Martin did promise that Coldplay would go on tour to promote “A Head Full of Dreams.” LISTEN HERE
SYNDICATION: Mojo In The Morning Now Heard In Mississippi
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 8TH, 2014 –– Envision Networks® welcomes WYDL-FM/Corinth, MS as the newest affiliate of Mojo in the Morning, the popular morning show from Channel 955/Detroit. “Having grown up in Detroit, I was familiar with Mojo and the show. I was ecstatic when I saw the email announcing that his show was now in syndication,” said WYDL Owner and PD Mike Brandt. “It was an instinctive decision to add the show to my station – I knew the quality and consistency. We’ve imaged the entire station around Mojo in the Morning. It’s not just for CHR – we’re a rock station and it sounds great on ROCK 100.” The morning crew includes host Mojo, Spike, and Shannon (shown). Voted by Morning Show Boot Camp as one of the Top 25 Best Morning Show Hosts of the last 25 Years, Mojo is consistently the highest rated morning personality having worked at legendary radio stations B96/Chicago, KRQQ/Tucson and Channel 955/Detroit. Mojo in the Morning is available on a barter basis. Visit goenvisionnetworks.com for more details or contact Valerie Brooks at 216-831-3761 or ValerieB@envisionradio.com for information on how you can get Mojo in the Morning on your station.
Former WCCC Hartford Members Launch Internet Rocker
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 8TH, 2014 –– Calling it the World Headquarters of Rock, former WCCC Hartford PD/Host Mike Karolyi and other former members of the iconic rock outlet have launched their own internet station irockradi.com. "Born in 2014 out of the ashes of WCCC in Hartford, Connecticut USA, iRockRadio.com is now your home for all things Rock!, post its announcement. Located on the Farmington campus of the Connecticut School of Broadcasting, iRockRadio.com says it's committed to serving the rock fan with 'engaging personalities, music news, exclusive concert events, music, music and more music.' This, of course, follows this summer's flip by the station to Christian. Dick Robertson Entertainment will launch the station today, December 8th, and will be programmed by former WCCC PD Mike Karolyi. He says he plans to do some the same stuff they did on terrestrial radio. "We'll do the interviews, we'll have the artist in here; we'll give away tickets and prizes" and interact with listeners. iRock's Stephen Wayne says they'll go back to listener intensive radio like they once had at WCCC. Karolyi added: "We will bring together the engaging personalities from terrestrial radio and little interruption like music streaming services. It's obvious to us that the rock listener is underserved and in some places not being served at all." WATCH HERE
72 Wishes Granted In 36 Hours As 99.5 WZPL Top $581,000
WKRP Cincinnati To Go On Forever With An Assist From Shout Factory
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 8TH, 2014 –– Looks like one of the most popular TV series ever built around the beloved cast of WKRP in Cincinnati will be around indefinitely. Shout! Factory recently reissued it on DVD which collected licenses to include most of the original music broadcast on the show. WKRP in Cincinnati — which ran on CBS from 1978 to 1982 — was the first American prime time television show to take rock seriously as a subject. According to npr.org, when WKRP re-appeared on TV Land in the mid-2000s, a number of re-recordings were subbed in, as they were when the first season appeared on DVD in 2007. Now, Shout Factory has issued all four seasons of WKRP in Cincinnati as a box set — and with a handful of exceptions, re-licensed the original music as well.
Rolling Stone Apologizes For Rape Story; Taylor Swift, Billboard's Woman Of The Year
Rolling Stone Apologizes For Gang Rape Story - [CNN]
[WATCH] Sir Elton John Take Fall From Chair While Watching Exhibition Tennis Match - [DAILY MAIL]
Hugh Hefner Weighs In Cosby Allegations - [FOX]
Joan Rivers Receives Posthumous Nomination At 2015 Grammys - [ABC]
'2 1/2 Men To End, 'Odd Couple' Set To Begin On CBS - [HITFIX]
[WATCH] Nicki Minaj As Kimmy On SNL Explains The Truth Behind Nude Photos - [NYDN]
Taylor Swift: Billboard's Woman of The Year - [BILLBOARD]
[WATCH] Lifetime's Whitney Houston's Biopic Trailer - [STEREOGUM]
Lana Del Rey On The Cover Of 'Galore' - [GLOBAL GRIND]
J.K. Rowling To Release 12 Harry Potter Short Stories This Month - [EW]
Jason Bailey Takes Over Mornings At Rock 100.5 Atlanta; Larry Wachs Exits
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 5TH, 2014 –– Cumulus announces that radio personality Jason Bailey (not to be confused with Sun Broadcast Group's Jason Bailey) will join WNNX Rock 100.5 in Atlanta as morning show host. Bailey, who replaces former morning host Larry Wachs, will add his talents to the Rock 100.5 morning show team beginning Monday, December 15, 2014, from 6:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Bailey joins Cumulus from CBS Atlanta’s Sports station, WZGC-FM 92.9 The Game. Prior to that, he was with Clear Channel stations WTKS in Orlando and WXTB 98 Rock in Tampa. He was also on-air at Orlando stations WJRR and WXXL. Bailey has had a high profile broadcasting career as a popular Sports and Music Host/Co-Host for networks including WWE, NFL Network, TNA Wrestling, Brighthouse Network, Planet Hollywood and MTV. Scott Jameson, Corporate Program Director/Rock for Cumulus said: “Jason brings a fresh, contemporary approach. His music, sports and pop culture background will connect nicely with Atlanta's morning commuters." Bailey said: “"I can't begin to tell you how excited I am to join Rock 100.5. I moved to Atlanta with my sights set on working for Cumulus and the day has come. To have the opportunity to work with great management like Mike McVay, Greg Ausham, Scott Jameson, Troy Hanson and Rob Roberts is a talent's dream come true. This company allows talent to excel in their careers-- which is very rare nowadays. Not to mention, I get to be surrounded by some of the most talented guys and girls in the business every morning. Man, this is what it's all about. Thanks to my new Cumulus family for the opportunity and faith, especially John Dickey. I guess crashing the Cumulus Christmas party three years ago has finally paid off.
987 The Fan Tampa's Flip To Christmas Fuels Rumors Of Bubba's Return
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 5TH, 2014 –– 98.7 FM The Fan/WHFS-FM Tampa went into Christmas mode yesterday and posted at its website "Tampa radio is changing. Tune into the station on Monday morning Jan. 5 for a stunning announcement." Then, according to bizjournal.com, they spun Burl Ives' "A Holly Jolly Christmas." As of a Dec. 1st, Beasley Broadcast Group officially took over six Tampa Bay radio stations previously owned by CBS Radio in a swap of assets. Along with the announcement, a closer look at a few internet domain names last month by radioinsight.com listed 987Bubba.com and Bubba987.com which were registered anonymously by Beasley’s usual domain registrar. Adding to the speculation was Bubba's tweet with caption "With the right date also." Reportedly, 1/5/15 is also the day that Bubba The Love Sponge’s non-compete ends in the Tampa market.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: iHeartMedia Elevates Marc Chase & Maynard In Revised National Programming Structure
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 5TH, 2014 –– Following Greg Strassell's recent departure from iHeartMedia's National Programming Platforms division (NPP), Tom Poleman, President of NPP wrote via an internal staff memo, that Marc Chase (left) and Maynard (one name only) will now have enhanced responsibilities. Chase, who currently serves as VP/Strategic Services/Marketing, will now oversee the Brand Management Team, while SVP/Programming, Maynard, will head the Programming Strategic Review Team. A company spokesperson explained, "Over the past several months, the EVPO's and Tom have been collaborating on ways for NPP to become even more integrated with our local brands, so NPP have adjusted their structure to include E/SVPPs. In an effort to streamline communication with stations, E/SVPPs will now be integrated into NPP and be the primary point of programming contact with local stations and markets. This is in an effort to place more control in the hands of markets, while streamlining communication with the company's programming personnel. The E/SVPPs will work directly with Market Presidents and the VPP/Operations Managers to develop programming action plans that utilize all the programming assets iHeartMedia has to offer. Marc Chase re-joined iHeartMedia last year to lead many of our marketing projects and will now oversee the Brand Management Team. Marc is an unparalleled programming talent with multi-format expertise and experience, and he will review all facets of our Brand Management Team to ensure we're providing stations with the highest level of format specific expertise. Our Brand Management teams will expand next year to include more of our talented programmers across the country for idea generation and station monitors. Marc will also oversee Critical Mass Media.
BUSINESS: Sirius XM To Pay Restitution To Consumers In 44 States
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 5TH, 2014 –– Sirius XM Radio Inc. will be paying appx. $4 million nationwide in restitution to consumers as part of a multi-state settlement for allegedly engaging in misleading advertising and billing practices. According to jsonline.com, consumers said they had problems getting Sirius to honor their cancellation requests; then, Sirius representatives lied and told them their service would be canceled and not renewed, but then automatically renewed their contracts without their consent; that Sirius assessed them unauthorized fees; that Sirius' fees were higher than anticipated after the low introductory rate; and that Sirius took a long time to issue refunds. According to the complaint, Sirius gave extra incentives to its customer service staff based on how many customers they retained when they attempted to cancel. The settlement states that Sirius has cooperated with the states' investigation but that the company denies the allegations. Patrick Reilly, a spokesman for Sirius, added in an email to the Public Investigator that the company is "pleased" to have reached agreements to resolve the investigation and has already implemented the business practices required by the settlement. As part of the agreement, from now on, Sirius will have to provide advance notice via mail or email about any upcoming automatic renewals for plans that last longer than six months.
Mark Ramsey: So, How Much Would Young People Really Miss Radio If It Went Away?
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 5TH, 2014 –– Researcher Mark Ramsey took a hard look at a recent Ofcom study posted in Business insider titled: “Young People Don’t Care About Newspapers, Old People Don’t Care About Smartphones.” In the article, BI quoted data which contrasted the responses of persons 16-24 to folks 75 and over. The article stated, 'People between the ages of 16 and 24, for example, would not blink an eye if newspapers and magazines went extinct; smartphones are the “must-have” device of the younger generation. The breakdown among all adults shows a much stronger craving for TV over smartphones and computers, and the older generations (those over 75) don’t care much about computers and have absolutely no problem living without smartphones. With the article skipping over the findings for radio, Ramsey decided to tackle them himself. He said, "Since I do research for a living for many of the audio industry’s top brands, you can believe me when I tell you that this is an extremely flawed question. He cites various reasons, but taking aim at radio, he says: "If you compare the size of the “radio” slice among 75+ with the size of the same slice among 16-24, you find that “radio” is viewed as far less “essential” among 16-24′s. So rather than compare “radio” to the other alternatives for each demo, simply compare “radio” to itself across the demos. That’s a fairer indication of the relative value of the distribution channel compared to the same (incomplete) set of (vague) alternatives. But keep in mind what this really means: It’s an indictment not of “radio” per se or of “radio” content – it’s really a statement about the perceived value of the AM/FM terrestrial radio He concludes: "young people are not saying audio entertainment and information is less essential. They’re saying the platform called traditional over-the-air FM/AM radio is less essential. READ COMPLETE BLOG HERE
MOTION: Tom Becka Exits Omaha's 1290 KOIL; Tara Servatius Heads To WORD-FM Greenville, SC
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 5TH, 2014 –– Tom Becka, host of The Tom Becka Show on Omaha's 1290 AM KOIL, says in a statement, he will no longer work for the station citing his contract has not been renewed. According to omaha.com, Becka said in a recording at his website: "I once again find myself looking for a job." Becka has been a long-time member of the Omaha radio community hosting a show on KFAB from 2004 to 2011 and then starting at KOIL in April 2012. He'll continue his podcast at TomBecka.com and would like to find work in radio but said he's looking into all possibilities. ######## Tara Servatius is leaving WTMA/Charleston for Greenville's WORD where she'll take over mornings on the Entercom outlet. Tara follows Russ Cassell who passed away in October.
CBS Sports Radio Announces New Weekday Lineup
Newcomer Gregg Giannotti Joins Brian Jones As Co-Host of Morning Drive
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 5TH, 2014 –– CBS Sports Radio announced a new lineup starting on Friday, Jan. 2, 2015. It includes a revamped morning show and broadcast pairings, as well as the addition of a new overnight host. The announcement was made by Eric Spitz, Director of Programming, CBS Sports Radio. Leading off the day will be Brian Jones and Gregg Giannotti broadcasting live from CBS Sports Radio’s studio in New York City from 6:00-9:00AM. Jones has been a member of the CBS Sports Radio broadcast team since its debut and also serves as a college football analyst for CBS Sports and CBS Sports Network. Giannotti joins from CBS RADIO’s Sportsradio 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh, where he hosts the perennially No. 1-rated sports talk show in the market. Tiki Barber and Brandon Tierney will now be heard from 9:00AM-Noon. Rounding out the afternoon, popular CBS Sports broadcasters Jim Rome and Doug Gottlieb will continue in their current time periods, 12:00Noon-3:00pm and 3:00-6:00pm, respectively, with “The Doug Gottlieb Show” also being simulcast on CBS Sports Network. Finally, Damon Amendolara moves from overnights to host THE DA SHOW from 6:00-10:00PM, followed by Scott Ferrall at 10:00PM. The lineup concludes with AFTER HOURS WITH AMY LAWRENCE,” from 2:00-6:00AM. Lawrence previously hosted a weekend show for CBS Sports Radio.
Staff Of St. Louis' 101 ESPN Mourns The Passing Of Bryan Burwell, 59
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 5TH, 2014 –– The entire staff at St. Louis Sports/Talk Radio Station 101ESPN extend their condolences today, on passing of former on-air talent Bryan Burwell. He joined the 101ESPN as part of the initial broadcast team, when the station debuted back on January 1st, 2009. He was paired with several broadcasters in the AM Show slot, including the “Parris and Burwell Show” with Fox Sports Midwest’s Pat Parris; the “Burwell and Company” Show; and with Bob Stelton for the “Burwell and Stelton Show”. Bryan also contributed to 101ESPN’s programming for the St. Louis Rams Radio Network during his two years with the station. According to 101ESPN Program Director Chris “Hoss” Neupert, “We are truly saddened to hear the news of Bryan Burwell’s untimely passing; Bryan was a great guy with tons of talent and was an even better person. His class and dignity will be truly missed and we were all better people after our time with Bryan.” Vice President and Hubbard Radio St. Louis Market Manager John Kijowski commented on the Burwell’s passing, noting, “St. Louis has lost one of the nation’s best sports reporters/columnists, and we have lost a friend today. All of us at Hubbard Radio feel privileged to have had to chance to work professionally with Bryan, and we send our condolences to the Burwell family.”
21 Million Listeners Later, 'Serial' To Be Heard On BBC Channel
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 5TH, 2014 –– 'Serial, the podcast that has been downloaded more than 21 million listeners over the past two months, will now be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra beginning Sunday. According to thetelegraph.com, The BBC has confirmed that it will play the first episode of the American crime podcast, which was first released online and through iTunes on October 3, at 9pm on 7 December. The following eight episodes will be broadcast daily until the network catches up with the non-fictional story, and the final episode will be broadcast on the same day worldwide. It will be the first radio broadcast of the podcast.
NETWORKS: Wink Martindale Working Till Christmas; Beemer & The Bald Guy Show To Debut On Yahoo Sports Network
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 5TH, 2014 –– TV game show host and radio personality Wink Martindale has been keeping busy this holiday season. In addition to hosting Envision Networks®’ The 100 Greatest Christmas Hits of All Time, he’s been putting his hosting skills to use on Mashable’s 5 Facts YouTube series and on Fox NFL Sunday. This 10-hour holiday countdown includes music from this past year based on data compiled by Billboard Magazine and listings of the Christmas tracks most played on radio over the past decade. Stations interested in more information about The 100 Greatest Christmas Hits of All Time should visit goenvisionnetworks.com or contact Amber Wade at email@example.com or 216-831-3761. ######### Nineball Radio Networks announced today that beginning Sunday, January 4th, 2015, the Beemer & The Bald Guy program will air on Yahoo! Sports Radio nationwide. The Beemer and The Bald Guy show airs live Sunday mornings from 9 a.m.-10 a.m. Eastern Time and is hosted by PGA player and Major winner Rich Beem (Beemer) accompanied by veteran radio host Sandy McIlree (The Bald Guy). “For some reason, golf has never really found a place on terrestrial radio,” said Nineball President Stefan Jones. “The fact is, network and cable TV dedicates a lot of time to golf, and there is a sizable audience with a great demo attached. Plus, and most importantly, this show is really good.
CHRISTMAS CHEER: The Smiley Show Holds 36-Hour Make A Wish Event; iHeartMedia Communities Joins Portsmouth and Manchester Outlets For 14th Annual “Stuff-A-Bus” Toy Drive
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 5, 2014 –– The 18th Annual WZPL Make-A-Wish Request-A-Thon, hosted by the Smiley Morning Show, continues on WZPL until noon today. Beginning Thursday at 6 am, it was set to run 36 consecutive hours. To date, Smiley's show has raised more than $4 million for Make-A-Wish, helping to make more than 640 wishes come true for Indiana children with life-threatening medical conditions. “One of the things I love the most about the Make A Wish Request A Thon is seeing the kids’ faces as their wishes are granted. It’s an amazing feeling to see how excited they get," says Dave (Smiley) KJ (above left) says “We laugh a lot, we cry a lot and every year, we are blown away by the strength of these families and the generosity of our listeners.” ######### iHeartMedia Communities, the community engagement brand of iHeartMedia, joined iHeartMedia Portsmouth and iHeartMedia Manchester to announce that the 14th annual “Stuff-A-Bus” toy drive will benefit the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve’s “Toys for Tots” program. The eight radio stations will encourage listeners to donate enough new, unwrapped toys to fill a bus from December 5 – 7, 2014 in Portsmouth and Manchester, NH. On-air personalities from iHeartMedia Portsmouth, which includes WHEB-FM, Z107, 95.3 The Bull, News Radio 96.7, FOX Sports 930 and Classic Country 1380, plus personalities from iHeartMedia Manchester, which includes Rock 101 and News Radio 610, will ask local listeners to help families in need this holiday season by donating to Toys for Tots collection sites.
Jenna Bush Admits To Once Fooling Around On The White House's Roof
[WATCH] Jenna Bush Admits She Once Fooled Around On The White House Roof - [THE DAILY CALLER]
Marvel Confirms Benedict Cumberbatch As Doctor Strange - [COLLIDER]
Now The Navy Strips Honorary Title From Bill Cosby - [RUMORFIX]
OUCH: Mariah Carey's Street-Lighting Performance Slammed On Social Media - [NYDN]
'Route 66' Redux In The Works - [EW]
Backstreet Boys Documentary Set For 2015 - [MUSIC TIMES]
'Scandal' & 'Gray's Anatomy' Creator, Shonda Rhimes, To Be Inducted In NAB's HOF - [NAB]
Chris Pratt Joining Denzel Washington In 'Magnificent Seven' - [THE WRAP]
Rose Byrne Lookin' Good On Cover Of 'Edit' - [E ONLINE]
[WATCH] Check Out 'Terminator: Genisys' Video Poster - [GAMESRADAR]
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Big Machine's Scott Borchetta Joins 'American Idol' XIV As Mentor
Winner To Join His Record Label's Roster Of Talent
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 4TH, 2014 –– Following the exit of longtime 'American Idol' member, Randy Jackson, comes word that Big Machine Group Head, Scott Borchetta will be joining next season's 'Idol as its Mentor. Borchetta relationship with the next American Idol will extend past the show’s finale; Borchetta’s Big Machine Records will partner with 19 Entertainment and Universal Music Group to oversee the launch the winner's recording career by joining his record label's roster of superstar talent. Among them, include Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, Reba, Rascal Flatts, Florida Georgia Line and The Band Perry. Borchetta joined IDOL during Hollywood Week, when he watched the performances in advance of offering his expertise to the contestants who continue in the competition. "This season, Jennifer, Keith and Harry have found some truly talented singers, and the addition of Scott’s expertise in how to develop an artist gives our contestants a unique shot at success,” said Trish Kinane, President of Entertainment, FremantleMedia North America and executive producer, American Idol XIV Launches with a Two-Night, Three-Hour Premiere Event on Wednesday, January 7, and Thursday, January 8.
Tom Barnard Inks Multi-Year Extension With KQRS Minneapolis
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 4TH, 2014 –– Cumulus announced that it has re-signed long-running KQRS Minneapolis morning show personality Tom Barnard to a multi-year contract. Barnard has been a morning radio fixture on KQ92 since 1986. Barnard was recognized for broadcasting excellence in 2006 with a Marconi Award for Large Market Personality of the Year. Barnard began his radio career in 1971, and has also had a successful voiceover career. John Dickey, Executive Vice President of Content and Programming for Cumulus said: “Tom Barnard is a legend in Twin Cities radio — and a national treasure we are proud to call our own." Barnard said: “I will be eternally grateful to the listeners of KQRS for supporting the KQ Morning Show for the past 29 years. It is a local kid’s dream come true. I am very excited to know ALL of my years as a morning show host will be spent at KQRS. I am honored to work with the fine people at Cumulus who believe in me, support me and trust me with the morning show at the greatest radio station in the world.”
Stars Gather To Celebrate Coyote Calhoun's Last Show On The Air
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 4TH, 2014 –– Numerous country music stars gathered this week in Louisville to celebrate Coyote Calhoun's last show on 97.5 WAMZ following a 35 yr. run. To mark the occasion, they performed a special concert at the KFC Yum Center. He told wdrb.com, retirement has yet to sink in. "A 35 year run, no one really thinks of a run like that," said Calhoun. "So it was like I always say, always better to leave a couple years early instead of a couple years too late, health's still good, got to do it now." the Wednesday night concert was sold out and featured artists like Toby Keith, Little Big Town, Chris Young, Jake Owen, Montgomery Gentry, among many others. Calhoun says on his first day off, he will start his retirement by sleeping in, especially after having such a big party at the Yum! Center.
MOTION: Clyde Lewis & Lars Larson Ink Extensions With FM NEWS 101 KXL; Larry Elder Exits KABC L.A.
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 4TH, 2014 –– KXL’s Clyde Lewis renews agreement! Alpha Media announces the renewal of FM NEWS 101 KXL (KXL-FM) on air personality, Clyde Lewis. Clyde is the creator and host of syndicated show, “Ground Zero” which airs 6 days a week 7p-Midnight across 200+ stations including Portland, OR. Lewis has appeared in a SHOWTIME special with magicians Penn & Teller, as well as the television programs Sightings, Strange Universe and the Discovery Channel special Return to the Bermuda Triangle. He has been published in both UFO Magazine and Unknown Magazine, and has been featured in Rolling Stone. Senior VP/Market Manager, Milt McConnell commented: “Clyde is one of the most engaging communicators in spoken word today. He brings a unique perspective on the paranormal and all the news that is on the fringes of society.” In added news from KXL, it was announced that Lars Larson has signed a multi-year renewal Lars hosts two, daily 3-hour talk shows. The Lars Larson Northwest show airs on FM News 101 and 15 stations that serve Oregon & Washington 12p-3p (Pacific). His National talk show airs 3pm-6pm (Pacific) on 170 stations, syndicated by Compass Media Networks. Alpha Media Executive VP of Programming, Scott Mahalick added, “Lars is the true definition of a full charge radio personality. He has mastered the rules of the game and plays better than anyone else in the business.” “’Havana –on-the-Willamette’ (Portland, Oregon) as a radio home base provides all the real red meat any talker could ever hope for. I’m thrilled to be part of the Alpha Family”, says Lars. ######## LA Radio's Don Barrett reported yesterday that Larry Elder had been let go by KABC following his shift. This was later confirmed by KABC's GM & PD. In 2015, Elder, the only radio person to receive a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, held the 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. In an internal memo, PD Drew Hayes said that Elder's slot would be filled by guest hosts, at least in December."At the beginning of this year, 790 KABC Radio made changes to our lineup and packaging that have proven to be positive and fruitful," Hayes wrote. "We are now preparing to make further improvements and adding new shows for 2015. As part of this transition, Larry Elder's contract is not being picked up for the coming year, effective today."
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Greg Strassell Exits iHeartRadio; Beasley Taps Matt Smith VP/Market Manager; Tanya Juhasz On The Rise At Premiere Networks
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 4TH, 2014 –– ##### Greg Strassell (R) has exited his post as SVP of National Programming Platforms at iHeartMedia. Prior to iHeartRadio, Greg served as SVP of Programming at CBS Radio. He left in September of 2013 and soon joined (Clear Channel) last December as an SVP of Programming and later promoted to the title of National Programming Platforms. ########## Beasley Broadcast Group has appointed Matt Smith as VP/Market Manager overseeing WJBR-FM/Wilmington, DE, and a cluster of three AM stations in Philadelphia including WTEL-AM (formerly WIP-AM). Most recently Smith served as interim market manager of Beasley's WXTU-FM and WRDW-FM in Philadelphia. Smith began his career with Beasley in 2003 as an account executive in the Las Vegas cluster. Reach Greg at firstname.lastname@example.org ######### Tanya Juhasz has been promoted to the role of Vice President, International Business Development for Premiere Networks. In her previous role as Executive Director, International Business Development, Tanya worked tirelessly to ensure Premiere's industry-leading properties are represented throughout the world, and thanks to her efforts, they can be heard in 47 countries from Canada to New Zealand to China. Over the past 15 years with Premiere, Tanya has served as our ambassador, breaking barriers in countries where we never anticipated English-speaking products to air. Based in Los Angeles, she will continue to report to me as she identifies and develops opportunities for Premiere’s programming to reach new audiences worldwide.
NETWORKS: NBC Sports Radio To Launch 'ProFootballTalk' Live With Mike Florio; Motivational Speaker Nancy Solari To Be Syndicated By CRN Digital Talk Radio
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 4TH, 2014 –– NBC Sports Radio will debut in January a new three-hour football-focused program featuring Mike Florio, creator of ProFootballTalk on NBCSports.com and co-host of Pro Football Talk on NBCSN, it was announced today by Westwood One and NBC Sports Group.ProFootballTalk Live with Mike Florio, premiering Monday, January 5, 2015 at Noon ET, will feature Florio’s critically-acclaimed NFL insight, all-encompassing coverage of the league with the most current news and analysis, and thought-provoking debate. In addition, Florio will conduct interviews with a wide variety of NFL insiders, experts, players and coaches. “Is there enough NFL news to fill a three-hour show every day? Definitely. If I’m wrong, I’ll just talk really slowly,” said Florio. ############ CRN Digital Talk Radio announced today it is the new national radio home for Nancy Solari's popular show, "Living Full Out with Nancy Solari" The program makes its CRN debut on Sunday, December 7 at 5:00 PM Eastern / 2:00 PM Pacific. "Living Full out with Nancy Solari" delves into an array of topics including relationships, finances, career, entrepreneurship, goal setting, parenting, death, divorce, marriage and more. Solari was 16-years-old when she was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa, a rare eye disease. She experienced subtle yet measurable vision loss - but Solari moved forward, cultivating several careers. She is a best-selling author, has worked for "Good Morning America" and "Entertainment Tonight," enjoyed a successful music career, been a top-producing realtor in Southern California, and is a successful business owner. The program airs weekly at 5:00 PM Eastern / 2:00 PM Pacific on CRN Digital Talk Radio, which is carried by cable providers across the country, found on radio apps, and available to stream on the Internet.
Boxing Expert James 'Smitty' Smith Inks Mgt. Contract With Creative Talent, Ink
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 4TH, 2014 –– Creative Talent Inc. has announced
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Want To Own A Radio Station In New Zealand?
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 4TH, 2014 –– Meshel Laurie & Tommy Little are celebrating their first year on air with a week of remote broadcasts live from the heart of Hollywood, California back to Melbourne, Australia. The outside broadcast, from Hard Rock Café on the world famous Walk of Fame, is being facilitated by Los Angeles based multi-media production company Sounds Fishy. Their itinerary involves a packed week of activities including a customized TMZ celebrity tour, a trip to Disneyland and Warner Brothers Studios. Sounds Fishy will be alongside the team all week to capture video content for the Nova 100 website and social media.
Metro Radio cleared after F word at breakfast - Ofcom has resolved a complaint made against Metro Radio in the North East of England for offensive language during a pre-recorded Saturday breakfast show. The two presenters on-air at the time, Stu and Kelly, discussed Stu’s voice being featured in a promotional clip for The X Factor auditions, which were then taking place in Newcastle. Kelly berated Stu for repeatedly playing the clip of his voice. The conversation was never meant to go on-air, says the station, explaining that it was a rehearsal break which should not have been included in the final broadcast version. Metro explained to Ofcom that the station and presenter were “mortified” that this error occurred. The Content Director and the team at Metro Radio apologized “unreservedly” for the incident and expressed regret that the station’s “usual high standards” had not been met.
Want to own a radio station in New Zealand? Trade Me is a New Zealand online auction site, where you can buy just about anything. How about a radio license in Christchurch for a cool 7.8 Million NZD ($6.6 million)? That’s the auction price secured, when two of the largest networks in the country threw their hats in the ring and went head to head. NZME outbid MediaWorks online for the Christchurch radio license. It’s the first time that the New Zealand Government has sold radio spectrum this way. In the past licenses in Auckland have sold for $7 to 8 Million NZ, the Christchurch reserve price was reportedly set at only $244,600. The radio license auction is the largest Trade Me has ever had on its books. No word just yet on what NZME plans to put on the frequency.
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KASE 101/Austin Launches Country Cares For St. Jude Kids
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 4TH, 2014 –– iHeartMedia Communities and KASE 101, Austin announced its first-ever Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Radiothon, a two-day charity event to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. KASE-FM will broadcast live in-studio on December 4 - 5 to encourage donations from local listeners. For two days, KASE 101 has the opportunity to join with our listeners to raise funds for critically ill children in the community,” said JT Bosch, Program Director and VP of Programming for KASE 101. “I have worked with St. Jude previously and I’m excited to get more involved with them again here in Austin. Our incredibly generous and caring listeners will really connect with St. Jude’s lifesaving mission.” Listeners can call into KASE 101’s Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Radiothon on December 4 -5, 2014 between the hours of 6 a.m. – 7 p.m. to make a donation. The radiothon will also accept donations at any time on the station’s website www.kase101.com
Top Ten Most Watched Videos; Bruce Willis Pisses Off A Robot In 'Vice'
UH OH: Mariah Carey A No-Show At NBC Tree-Lighting - [NYDN]
Ariana Grande Gets Accidentally Smacked During Victoria Secret's Number - [DAILY MAIL]
Tilda Swinton Named GQ's Woman Of The Year - [STYLECASTER]
Vevo Reveals Top 10 Most Watched Videos of 2014 – [THE WRAP]
Gloria Allred Offers Options To Bill Cosby As She Takes On The Cases Of Three Victims - [RUMORFIX]
Cosby Tweets Thanks To Whoopi For Defending Him - [SALON]
OH WOW: Kimmy Keeps Her Clothes On For UK Elle Cover - [ELLEUK]
'Dog Whisperer' Not Dead Following Death Hoax - [MSTARZ]
[WATCH] Bruce Willis Pisses Off A Robot In 'Vice' - [SLASH FILM]
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[LISTEN] Lady Gaga Tells Stern She Was Raped At Nineteen
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 3RD, 2014 –– During an interview on yesterday's Howard Stern show on SiriusXM, Lady Gaga went from discussing the much publicized on-stage vomiting episode during SXSW in Austin last March to something far more serious and painful, revealing she had been raped by a producer when she was 19. While explaining the sequence in Austin, Gaga said, "I wrote a song called 'Swine.' The song is about rape. The song is about demoralization. The song is about rage and fury and passion, and I had a lot of pain that I wanted to release. I said to myself, 'I want to sing this song while I'm ripping hard on a drum kit .. and I want this chick to throw up on me in front of the world so that I can tell them, you know what? You could never, ever degrade as much as I could degrade myself, and look how beautiful it is when I do.'" Stern then injected: "You keep alluding to...were you raped?" "I don't ...I don't want to... Happy times! Let's talk about happy things! ... "I went through some horrific things that I'm able to laugh [at] now, because I've gone through a lot of mental and physical therapy and emotional therapy to heal over the years." She added she had not been willing to admit that anything had even happened. "I don't want to be defined by it,” Gaga said. “I'll be damned if somebody's gonna say that every creatively intelligent thing that I ever did is all boiled down to one d--khead who did that to me. Gaga claims it wasn't until I was a little bit older that I went, 'Wow, that was really messed up,’” she said. "You were 20 years older than me. I was a kid." Gaga said. "It took me a long time to feel strong about it." LISTEN TO AUDIO HERE
Former Producer Claims Canadian Radio Star Touched And Harassed Her At Work
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 3RD, 2014 –– A former radio producer on The CBC's Q now claims Jian Ghomeshi touched her and (s)exually harassed her at work and that her complaints to CBC went nowhere. According to The National Post, after now publicly identifying herself for the first time, said “A fewmonths into my job in 2007, I let out a big yawn at a staff meeting and my host told me ‘I want to hate f–k you, to wake you up,'” Kathryn Borel wrote in a Guardian column Tuesday. “I was 27 years old. I made sure never to yawn in front of him again.” Borel came forward publicly with the allegations after speaking anonymously to Jesse Brown, who broke the Jian Ghomeshi in the Toronto Star. Another women who previously went public on her involvement with Ghomeshi was Canadian television star Lucy DeCoutere. She plays Lucy on 'Trailer Park Boys.' Jian Ghomeshi is shown above leaving a courthouse in Toronto, Ontario, on November 26, 2014, has been charged with four counts of (s)exual assault. 1
EXECUTIVE ACTION: David Bailin Joins Sun Broadcast Group; Adlarge Taps Jessica Sherman For Sales Post
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 3RD, 2014 –– Sun Broadcast Group announced that David Bailin (L), has joined the company as its Vice President of Sales. It’s one in a string of new hires that have seen several industry titans joining the six-year-old Sun. “When I met David a couple of years ago I knew instantly that he was Sun family,” said Jason Bailey, CEO of Sun Broadcast Group. “I am THRILLED that we have finally reached a point where David will not only be able to continue doing what he does so perfectly in this business, but where the incredible sales team here at Sun will have a leader by their side who is innovative and nothing but first class. Bailin joins Sun after a long successful career in local and network radio including CBS Radio, Emmis Communications, Citadel Broadcasting/Impact Marketing Group and most recently at Cumulus-Westwood One where he served as Vice President of Sales in the NYC office. ######### AdLarge Media has hired Jessica Sherman (R)as Senior Director, Affiliate Marketing. With more than twenty years of experience in network radio, Sherman has led affiliate sales teams at Westwood One, Dial Global, and Bloomberg. “I’m very excited to join AdLarge at this stage of the company’s evolution,” said Sherman. “AdLarge’s rising prominence in the network radio arena and their culture of collaboration are widely recognized. I look forward to contributing to the company growth and advancing its affiliate base.”
Woody P. Snow To Retire After 40 Years On Air
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 3RD, 2014 –– In a career than spanned more than 40 years on-air, Springfield morning host, Woody P. Snow has announced his retirement. He told The News Leader: "I can't believe I got away with it all these years," he said, laughing. "It beats working. I've enjoyed all of it." For the past two years, Snow and co-host Page Miller have teamed for mornings at at KTXR 101.3 FM. But his career started 1971 at KICK. He also held stints at stations in Miami, Salt Lake City and Boston. Commenting on his departure, Meyer Communications owner, Kenneth Meyer said, "He did a great job and had a very dedicated audience ... he's not coming in at 5 anymore so we discussed 7:45, 8, 8:45. If you know Woody, you know to leave it at that. Let's just say mid-morning." Meyer said Mike Roberts will be taking Snow's place on the morning show, and Miller has taken a job elsewhere. "I only stayed in this long because I got to work with Page Miller. She kept me sane these last two years with her guidance and her humor."
Madonna Tops McCartney As World's Richest Recording Artist With $800 Million Net Worth
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 3RD, 2014 –– Looks like Madonna has added new meaning to the term 'Material Girl,' as Wealth X names her to the top of its world's richest recording artist list. According to cnn.com, Madonna's net worth of $800 million put her ahead of Paul McCartney, with a net worth of $660 million.
The Chive Teams With PodcastOne For New Lifestyle Program
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 3RD, 2014 –– The world’s largest photo entertainment website and app theCHIVE and PodcastOne announced a partnership for a new weekly show focused on theCHIVE’s fresh, hot, funny and viral male-interest news, lifestyle and social content through entertaining conversation. theCHIVE podcast will be produced and hosted by editors John Resig and Bob Phillipp, and PodcastOne will exclusively distribute, market and sell advertising for the podcast which premieres Thursday, January 22, with new episodes available weekly at www.theCHIVE.com and www.PodcastOne.com. John Resig is enthusiastic about the new podcast: “We're hoping people enjoy it because Bob is looking to finance a new Dodge Avenger.” PodcastOne Chairman and CEO Norm Pattiz stated, “This is the first of several upcoming announcements about PodcastOne merging editorial and audio media through partnerships with major digital brands. We can’t think of a better partner than theCHIVE to kick off this effort.” For more information, please visit www.PodcastOne.com or www.theCHIVE.com.
Hillary Clinton Nutcrakers Among Top 10 Stupid Gifts of 2014
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 3RD, 2014 –– Mitten flasks, Hillary Clinton nutcrackers, Fartzookas and bacon towels? These are just a few “stupid” gifts that made this year’s 8th annual list of the Top 10 Most Stupid Gifts of the Year, which is compiled by online retailer Stupid.com, a subsidiary of Lotus Communications Corp. Since 1998, Stupid.com searches high and low for the most ridiculous gifts imaginable. The company also works with radio stations across the country providing the top stupid gifts for promotions and giveaways. Listed in no particular order: Santa Morphsuit – It even comes with a face-covering mask and Santa hat. Fartzooka – The Fartzooka blasts farts just as well, if not better, than even the gassiest human. There's the Bacon Towel – The Stupid Alert Button - Mitten Flasks – Then there's Sneaker Socks – These revolutionary socks have high top sneakers printed right on them. Face Basketball Glasses – Attached to these glasses is a basketball hoop and a basketball. Simply put them on and try to make the basket by moving your face all over the place. Hillary Clinton Nutcracker – This Hillary Clinton figurine has thighs of steels, perfect for cracking even the toughest nuts. Ugly Christmas Sweater: Zombie Santa – Toilet Bowl Lip Gloss – All these gifts and more can be purchased at Stupid.com and select gift shops nationwide.
Rolling Stone's Saxophonist Bobby Keys Passes Away At 70;
Indian TV Host Slapped For Wearing Short Dres - [NWPR]
But, Of Course: Another Kardashian Poses Naked - [DUJOUR]
Rolling Stones Saxophonist Bobby Keys Passes Away At 70 - [ROLLING STONE]
Lifetime Sets Date For 'Whitney' Biopic - [THE GRIO]
Bradley Cooper Opens Up About His Addiction In 'Vanity Fair' - [VANITY FAIR]
Did Taylor Swift Get Jessica Hart Booted From Victoria Secret Gig? - [NYDN]
So, Guess Who The Most Searched Celebrities Were On Bing In 2014? - [SEARCH ENGINE LAND]
Reality Star Steps In To Help On Real Life High-Speed Chase - [METRO]
Lana Del Ray, Courtney Love Planning Tour In 2015 - [ROLLING STONE]
Paris Hilton Gets Death Threats From Crazy Guy - [TMZ]
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Kasem's Elder Abuse Case Makes It To D.A.'s Desk
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 2ND, 2014 –– As iconic radio host Casey Kasem's body remains unburied and un embalmed in Norway nearly six months since he died, TMZ learned the LAPD has now submitted Casey's elder abuse investigation to the L.A. County D.A. and it targets Casey's widow Jean. This comes following an investigation that was launched after Casey's oldest children filed a police report claiming Jean caused Casey to get bed sores that became infected and contributed to his death. They claim Jean was more interested in keeping their dad from them than protecting him. Law enforcement sources told TMZ it's unlikely the D.A. will file charges against Jean because there's not enough available evidence. The kids have been fighting for a full autopsy but Jean has resisted. Reportedly, the D.A. says it does not have the case yet, but our LAPD sources say it has been submitted. Casey passed away on June 15th.
MOTION: WGCI Chicago's 'Morning Riot' Cancelled; Kenard Karter Exits Programming Post
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 2ND, 2014 –– Big changes came down yesterday at iHeartRadio Chicago as crm.com reported cuts at both 107.5 WGCI and WKSC-FM/103.5 Kiss FM. Among those let go included Nina Chantele, Tony Sculfield (above L & C) of the Morning Riot. Chantele has been with Clear Channel/iHeartMedia since 2006 when she joined WKSC-FM as its midday DJ. Since April 2009, she has also been the co-host of the WGCI-FM morning show. She'll continue to contribute to WLS-TV/ABC 7 midday show "Windy City Live." The morning show made its debut on April 1, 2009. Reportedly, no decision has yet been made on a new morning show. Tony Rogers, the sole remaining member of "The Morning Riot," will continue to fill in, along with weekend personalities. Also out is PD Kenard Karter (R). He began at WGCI-FM in 2004 as an overnight/weekend DJ and promotions assistant and eventually named Music Director for WGCI-FM in 2007 and adding those same duties for WKSC-FM in 2010. In the interim, Derrick Brown will reportedly handle programming. A representative for iHeartMedia Chicago told CRM that the releases are part of the company's periodic review.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Rob Morris Named VP/Programming For CBS Radio Miami; Cumulus Taps Dave Milner SVP/West Coast Markets; Axel Lowe Rises To PD WFTK/96 Rock Cincinnati
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 2ND, 2014 –– Rob Morris (R) has been named Vice President, Programming, for CBS Radio's cluster in Miami, including WPOW-FM, WKIS-FM and WQAM-AM. CBS recently acquired the Miami stations as part of a swap with Beasley Broadcasting Group. Morris most recently was VP/Programming for CBS' former stations in Tampa that included WHFS-FM/AM, WLLD-FM, WQYK-FM, WRBQ-FM, and WYUU-FM. He joined the cluster in July of this year. Commenting on Steve Carver who was running its operations in Tampa, CBS said Steve has been a valued member of the CBS RADIO family, having served as SVP/Market Manager for our operations in Tampa, Los Angeles, West Palm Beach and Cleveland. He has made a number of important contributions to our success over the years and it is with fondness and appreciation that we thank him for his many years of service. For the next several months Steve will be working on a number of special projects for CBS RADIO. ####### Cumulus announces that it has named Dave Milner as Senior Vice President for West Coast markets. Milner joins Cumulus after 2 1/2 years as iHeartMedia’s Market President for its six-station cluster in Sacramento. ######### Cumulus announces that it has promoted Axel Lowe (L) to Program Director for WFTK (96 Rock) in Cincinnati. Lowe moves to his new post from Atlanta, where he most recently served Cumulus as Assistant Program Director and Afternoon Drive Personality for Rock 100.5 WNNX. Prior to that, he was Morning Show Host and Program Director of 99X in Atlanta.
BUSINESS: CBS Radio Completes Swap With Beasley
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 2ND, 2014 –– CBS Radio announced it has completed its deal with Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. to swap 13 mid-size market radio stations in Tampa and Charlotte as well as WIP-AM in Philadelphia for five large market stations in Philadelphia and Miami, moving forward in its strategy to grow the division’s major market presence. In the trade, CBS RADIO has acquired Philadelphia stations WRDW-FM and WXTU-FM, and Miami stations WKIS-FM, WPOW-FM and WQAM-AM. Beasley has obtained WIP-AM in Philadelphia; WHFS-AM, WHFS-FM, WLLD-FM, WQYK-FM, WRBQ-FM, and WYUU-FM in Tampa; and WBAV-FM, WBCN-AM, WFNZ-AM, WKQC-FM, WNKS-FM, WPEG-FM and WSOC-FM in Charlotte. This marks the first time CBS RADIO will operate stations in Miami, where CBS already owns two television stations. The Company operates duopolies in 15 markets nationwide, including 11 of the top 15 radio markets.
[LISTEN] Charles Barkley Rings Up 975 The Fanatic's Mikey Miss; Goes Off On Ferguson Looters
Says Without Cops, Ferguson Would Be ‘Wild, Wild West’
DECEMBER 2ND, 2014 –– Never one to mince words, Charles Barkley rang into Mike Missanelli's show on Philadelphia’s 97.5 Fanatic and weighed in on a grand jury's decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown. True to form, he said based on testimony, he believed the jury got it right, suggesting he believed Wilson's version of the shooting. “We have to be really careful with the cops man, because if it wasn’t for the cops we would be living in the Wild, Wild West in our neighborhoods ... Do you know how bad some of these neighborhoods would be if it wasn’t for the cops?” Barkley asked. As for the burning of businesses that following the verdict, Barkley called those who rioted after the decision was announced "scumbags," and said "There is no excuse for people to be out there burning down people's businesses, burning down police cars." Barkley said. “That serves no purpose whatsoever.” LISTEN TO AUDIO HERE
Reba To Receive First-Ever NASH Icon Award During ACCA's
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 2ND, 2014 –– Reba McEntire will receive the first-ever NASH Icon Award, which will be presented during the inaugural American Country Countdown Awards, airing Monday, Dec. 15 at 8 p.m. ET on FOX. According to countryweekly.com, Reba holds title to 35 No. 1 singles, 56 million albums sold globally and the most tickets sold among female performers. During the awards ceremony, which will be hosted by Florida Georgia Line, Reba will be honored with tribute performances of some of her classic hits by Miranda Lambert and Kelly Clarkson. Additionally, Reba’s friend and American Country Countdown host Kix Brooks will present her with the honor. “Besides being one of the classiest people to ever grace Nashville, Tennessee, Reba has not just done it her way, but she’s gotten all of her recognition the old-fashioned way,” says Kix. “She’s earned it and I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to tour with her dragging 21 trucks and 19 buses around, and to hear her sing by the campfire," says Kix. "Besides being a talented actor and host, she is seriously one of the best singers I’ve ever heard. Reba recently signed a new recording contract with Nash Icon Music, a label partnership between Big Machine Label Group and Cumulus, which created the NASH Icon radio format. PHOTO/Facebook - Russ Harrington
Alpha Media Portland To Use Drones For Station Events
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 2ND, 2014 –– Alpha Media Portland announced they have entered into an exclusive partnership with Aerial Technology International, local drone company. This partnership will include the use of drones for contesting, promotions and content. Vice President of Programming, Phil Becker said, “Alpha Media is the nation’s first broadcast group to use drone technology as a way to connect with our local audiences. From doing ticket drops to broadcasting concerts, we’ll continue to fly high above our competition.” "We are very excited to be working with Alpha Media and together, we intend to bring a whole new perspective to breaking news and live events. It is the perfect partnership between two, progressive and visionary companies,” added Stephen Burtt, Co-Founder/Co-Owner of Aerial Technology International. Alpha Media Executive VP of Programming, Scott Mahalick said, “Alpha continues to innovate by launching the world’s first radio drone. I’m proud to be working with such a visionary team of people leading the broadcast industry in America."
Boomer Esiason & Katharine McPhee To Host CBS' Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials 2015
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 2ND, 2014 –– Boomer Esiason, one half of the hugely popular Boomer & Carton Show CBS' The Fan/NYC along with 'Scorpion' star Katherine McPhee are set to host an interactive countdown special where viewers will be able to vote LIVE on their favorite Super Bowl Commercials. The show will air on Monday, Jan. 26 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. According to broadwayworld.com, this one-hour special, now in its 15th year, will originate from The University of Phoenix Stadium, home of "Super Bowl XLIX." Beginning today, viewers can vote for their favorite Super Bowl commercials, pitting "Old School" against "New School." Esaison selected his favorite "Old School" commercials which include Coke's "Mean Joe Greene" and Pepsi's "Cindy Crawford Classic," and McPhee will cheer on her "New School" picks such as the Doritos "Sling-Shot Baby" (R) and VW's "The Force." These commercials will advance to the live vote during the broadcast, when viewers will decide the outcome and the winner will be revealed at the end of the show. For the past 13 years, Esiason has called games for Westwood One Radio Sports "Monday Night Football" broadcasts, teaming with Marv Albert for eight of those years. Esiason debuted as host of The Boomer And Carton Show on Sept. 4, 2007. The radio show began simulcasting and debuted on Jan. 6, 2014 on the CBS Sports Network.
Sweden Mulls FM Radio Switch Off Date
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 2ND, 2014 –– As some debate the future of AM, check it out: the FM signal should be turned off by 2022, according to a government-funded report looking at Sweden's digital switchover strategy. FM radio should be replaced by digital radio within the next eight years in order to make more channels available for commercial networks and the country's public service broadcaster Sveriges Radio, reports thelocal.se It's not clear how ministers will react to the findings, with Prime Minister Stefan Löfven's party having previously argued against the digital radio switchover, saying it would be too expensive. Hundreds of sites around Sweden would require new specially designed radio masts. Writing in the Dagens Nyheter newspaper, Associate Professor Nina Wormbs from the KTH Royal Institute of Technology who led the study said: "Radio is a form of media that should be given the best possible conditions in a democratic information society. It should have its own digital distribution platform that makes it possible for everyone to everywhere listen easily and without having to pay extra." Following the switchover, Sweden could host up to 60 digital radio stations, she argued. Opponents to the plan have raised concerns about adapting cars which are currently fitted with FM radios. They have argued that the move is unnecessary with increasing numbers of people already choosing to listen to radio stations via the internet, where there is no limit to the number of channels available to consumers. PHOTO/shutterstock - READ FULL ARTICLE HERE
EVENTS: UNLV Students Join With Dr. Daliah To Help Underserved Kids; WBZ's Jordan Rich Reaches Out For Help With Boston's Children's Hospital
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 2ND, 2014 –– The UNLV students of the Association of Pre-health Profressionals (pre med/dental/nursing) students are shown here giving a $400 check to Community Outreach Medical Center's free pediatric clinic to helptreat underserved kids. Dr. Daliah Wachs, MD, radio host on The GCN Network says, "If these kids are our future, its looking amazingly bright!!! ######### Meanwhile, WBZ's Jordan Rich, a staunch supporter of Boston Children’s Hospital says they rely on donations to continue the critical task of healing sick kids. He's asking for help. "In return for your kindness, I’ll send you a copy of “For the Children XV,” my latest booklet of inspiring stories, poetry, recipes, humor and photographs. Please send your donation of $20.00 (or whatever you can afford) payable to BOSTON CHILDRENS HOSPITAL - CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS.
Susan Boyle Lands First Boyfriend At 53; Madonna Goes Topless For 'Interview'
Chris Rock Talks Cosby, Ferguson And More With New York Magazine - [NYM]
HIDE THE CHILDREN - Madonna Drops Top In 'Interview' *NSFW* - [REFINERY]
UH OH: Magazine Accidentally Had Kirk Douglas Dead; Radio Host Saved Post - [MEDIAITE]
IT'S OFFICIALLY, OFFICIAL: Kathy Griffin To Host "Fashion Police' - [E ONLINE]
David Muir To Host Social Media Newscast On Facebook - [THE WRAP]
Scarlett Johansson Officially Off The Market - [PEOPLE]
Susan Boyle Lands First Boyfriend At 53 - [ACCESS HOLLYWOOD]
Bette Midler Wants Ariana Grande's Forgiveness For Birthday - [CELEBUZZ]
Cosby Steps Down From Temple U's Board - [TIME]
Victoria Secret's Angels Invade London - [NEW YORK POST]
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Star 94.5 Orlando Becomes Latest Station Flipping To Throwback Hip Hop and R&B
Phil Hendrie Files Suit Against Impersonators On The Internet
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 1ST, 2014 –– Longtime radio host/satirist and actor, Phil Hendrie, has filed a lawsuit in a California Superior Court claiming that impersonators used his name and other information to create accounts on social media sites to spread false information regarding the memberships. According to courthousenews.com, he suing 'as-yet unknown defendants' for allegedly impersonating him in an effort to torpedo his new, internet-only "Phil Hendrie Show." In his suit he says some posts falsely advised members to cancel their backstage pass memberships because his web site had been hacked which placed their financial information at risk.. The impersonators also made lewd and lascivious comments to third parties, Hendrie added. "These communications have been made in an effort to humiliate, threaten and intimidate Hendrie and with the specific intent of causing him emotional distress and damaging Hendrie's commercial endeavors including, but not limited to, the disruption of and dissemination of false information regarding the Backstage Pass memberships offered through the Website," the complaint says. Hendrie is seeking punitive and exemplary damages, and injunctive relief on claims the defendants misappropriated his name and likeness, internet impersonation in violation of California law, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
Cumulus Toledo's Andy Stuart Banks Future Success On Proven Talent Hires
Grizzly Brown Crosses Over To WXXR 94.5 From WIOT-FM
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 1ST, 2014 –– Half a year into his job as regional VP/market manager for Cumulus Media Toledo, Andy Stuart (L), sat down with The Toledo Blade and pointed to some of his top talent hires as leading the way for his cluster's future success. Among them includes Denny Schaffer (below L) coming back to the market from New Orleans as host of a morning talk show on Adult Top- 40 WWWM-FM 105.5 (Star 105). He also hired Johny D (below R) from WPFX-FM 107.7 (The Wolf) to handle afternoon driven Star 105, as well. He replaced longtime sports-talk personality Norm Wamer on WLQR-FM 106.5 (The Ticket) with Bob Frantz, who had a morning show on WSPD-AM from 2003-2005. And in what he describes as his final big personnel move for now is Grizzly Brown from WIOT-FM 104.7 to WXKR-FM 94.5, where he'll host afternoons beginning today, December 1st.. Stuart also made a format change to Cumulus’ Monroe station, as WMIM-FM My 98.3 went from adult contemporary to WMIM-FM 98.3 the Nash Icon format. With regard to the talent hires, he tells the Blade, "I’m just trying to find the best people I know. These are great announcers. These are great people. ... I built that team to begin with. I see them more as people I know real well, and nurtured and grew, and worked with and went through a lot of hard times with and a lot of good times with and know that they’re a proven talent. READ COMPLETE INTERVIEW HERE
MOTION: CMG Miami Taps Felisha Monet For Afternoon Drive On WEDR-FM 99 Jamz
Hosts Facing Dismissal For Refusing To Play Christmas Music
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 1ST, 2014 –– Christmas stunt? Maybe not as a couple of British hosts have apparently been threatened with being fired for refusing to play Christmas tunes on their show. As Jockline reported last week, Robin Banks and Neil Veglio, of Jack FM in Reading Berks have a list of banned songs including Slade’s Merry Xmas Everybody, Wham’s Last Christmas and the Pogues’ Fairytale of New York, reports the Daily Mirror. They have refused to play 'annoying' songs on their morning show until at least December 23. “It’s a point of difference,” Banks told the Mirror. 'Every other station in the area is playing those Christmas songs. If you really want to hear them, tune across to them.” Gavin Harris, who runs Jack FM, added said: “I’m determined to give listeners what they would expect to hear. “I think they would expect to hear Christmas songs throughout December. We’ll be following suitable disciplinary procedures if need be, but I’m confident we’ll be playing Christmas Rapping, All I Want for Christmas and Stop the Cavalry before too long.” WHAT DO YOU THINK? If you had a choice, when would you begin to play Christmas music? Tell us HERE
American Life's 'Serial' Raising The Bar On Podcast's Popularity
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 1ST, 2014 –– Have you tuned into the podcast 'Serial.' If so, you're not alone. According to iowapublicradio.com, every week, a million and a half people are listening to this murder investigation unfold. It's from the creators of "This American Life." Also unfolding is proof that more and more Americans are consuming audio this way. According to dailydot.com, Serial’s producer Dana Chivvis says 'the podcast format was ideal for the show’s investigative, longform approach, and that “radio shows and podcasts are sort of rethinking the business side ..." The show, which debuted Oct. 3, is hosted and executive produced by This American Life producer Sarah Koenig (inset), with co-executive producer Julie Snyder and This American Life host Ira Glass as editorial advisor. Over the course of a season, they'll tell a story in serialized form, complete with cliffhangers, character development, and plot twists. It’s sort of like a TV show, but you can’t binge-watch this one." Mark McCreary is the CEO of the ad firm PodTrac. He says Advertisers know what the audience likes about the podcast is, in a big way, the host of the show. And so to hear what the host of the show thinks about their product or service makes a big impact. NPR's Jon Kalish adds, "Internet availability in automobiles is increasing. Drivers of newer models can pair their smart phones with their car's sound system via Bluetooth technology. This means more and more Americans may be listening to podcasts instead of the radio in their cars. READ ENTIRE ARTICLE HERE
Radio's Beloved Breaking And Entering Christmas Approaches 20-Year Mark
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 1ST, 2014 –– Considered by many as the grand poobah of all Christmas stuntery, Jeff & Jer's Breaking & Entering now approaches the 20 year mark. This holiday favorite involves a (legal) break-in of a family in need's home and filling it with gifts galore - jobs, a cars often included. The concept's creator, Tommy Sablan tells Jockline it all started when hetold Jeff and Jer prior to 1996 'let's do something with the name Breaking and Entering Christmas. Then, one day on the air a man who just lost his job called us right before Christmas and was asking if we could find him a job or get him a job interview. He was a single dad with two little daughters. We got him the job interview that morning during the show and when he was gone, I broke into his home LITERALLY and set up a tree and bought bikes and groceries and that was the birth of Jeff and Jer's Breaking and Entering Christmas." Among the first shows to perform B&E with Sablan's blessing included Ace and TJ, MOJO in Detroit and The Kidd Kraddick Show. Now, there's stations in DC and Tulsa and Oklahoma City and many other markets. So, how do they set up the break-in? "I get help from the person that usually tells us about the family. I get them out of the house by setting them up with breakfast at a nearby restaurant. When they leave, I go in. I go in several different ways, but what is cool about it is that I have the local police standing by helping out. So, it's like a reverse break in. The police department even guards the home when we leave and they patrol until the family comes home," says Sablan. 'Out of respect and to stay true to my role as the producer of Jeff and Jer, I always call it Jeff and Jer's Breaking and Entering Christmas, but Jeff and Jer out of respect to me, call it Little Tommy's Breaking and Entering Christmas. I believe it is one in the same now," he adds. Sablan jokes "Breaking and Entering Christmas will be on my headstone when I die. I am so proud of this. It is so big that I have taught my two children how to do it in case I die. It will go on even when I am long gone ... My goal is to have this happen in every state. If you do a morning show, my email is Tommy@KyXy.com … I'll show you how to do it." Jeff and Jer Showgram on KyXy 96.5. Photo by Martin Mann — with Laura Cain, Randy Hoag, Emily Griffiths and Martin Mann.
20,000 Bikes Later, JB And Sandy’s 'Bikes For Kids' Campaign Returns
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 1ST, 2014 –– Longtime Austin morning hosts JB Hager and Sandy McIlree have helped give away almost 20,000 bicycles to needy children over the years, according to tvradio.blog. Having joined 105.3 Fringe FM last Sping after nearly 20 years at crosstown Mix, they said reviving their annual Bikes for Kids campaign was a top priority. Hager said listeners and area companies have donated approximately $2 million to the campaign — enough to buy about 20,000 bikes. According to the report, JB & Sandy kicked off the campaign right before Thanksgiving. “We’re trying to do a lot in a very short amount of time,” Hager said. “This is a reset of sorts for us. We’re hoping to grow it back to where it was before.” For the first time, this year JB & Hager said they hope to deliver many of the bikes themselves. In past years, volunteers handed out bikes and helmets. We never really got a chance to see where the bikes went before,” Hager said. “By the time we were off the air, everyone was gone.”
Bob Dylan Gives First Interview In Ten Years For 'Basement Tapes' Feature
Shia LaBeouf Says He Was Raped During Performance - [THE GUARDIAN]
Bob Dylan Gives First Audio Interview In Ten Years In 'Basement Tapes' - [MUSIC TIMES]
Mel B Admits To One-Time Relationship With A Woman - [HEAT WORLD]
Snooki And Jionni LaValle Get Hitched - [MTV]
[WATCH] Michael Douglas Sneaks Up On His Dad - [ET]
UH OH: Homeless Man Says He Was Paid To Throw Fight With Mickey Rourke - [DAILY MAIL]
Check Out Jake Gyllenhaal's Incredible Transformation For 'Southpaw' Film - [DEADLINE]
Ryan Knight Mourned By Co-Stars - [E ONLINE]
REPORT: Creed's Scott Stapp Placed On 'Psych Hold' - [TMZ]
Busta Rhymes Injured In Stage Fall - [ROLLING STONE]
[WATCH] 'Unfinished Business' With Vince Vaughn - [HIGH SNOBIETY]
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Canadian Radio Star Charged With (S)exual Assault
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 26TH, 2014 –– Shortly after release of this morning's lead story (see below) on former CBC radio host, Jian Ghomeshi, withdrawing his $55 Million lawsuit against the Canadian Radio group, came word that he has now been charged with four counts of sexual assault and one count of “overcome resistance – choking,” Toronto police said in a news release. According to the Criminal Code, anyone found guilty of attempting to choke someone to overcome their resistance to the commission of an indictable offence faces a maximum punishment of life in prison. (S)exual assault carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. According to theglobeandmail.com, Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair told reporters he has "no additional information" on the charges and that he would not comment further because the matter is now before the courts. "Other than the information we released earlier, I have nothing to add to that," he said. The chief did encourage any victims of (s)ex assault to come forward to police. "I want to offer them my assurance that they will be treated with dignity and respect, that my people are well trained in these investigations and in dealing with concerns that victims may have." As Jockline reported earlier, at least three women have lodged formal police complaints against the former radio starhost. Ghomeshi was relelased on Oct. 26, three days after lawyers representing him showed two CBC executives photos, e-mails, text messages and video that showed what CBC leaders later described as “graphic evidence that Jian Ghomeshi caused physical injury to a woman.” Ghomeshi decided to show the CBC the evidence as proof that his (s)exual encounters, which he has said were sometimes “rough,” were also consensual. Ghomeshi was to be released on $100,000 bail after he was arrested today.
Former Host Withdraws $55 Million Lawsuit Against CBC
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 26TH, 2014 –– Former host Jian Ghomeshi (L) has now withdrawn his $55-million lawsuit against the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. According to theglobeandmail.com, 'The civil suit has been dismissed with costs in favor of the CBC,” said Chuck Thompson, head of public affairs for the CBC. The CBC will be awarded $18,000 in costs, though the suit’s dismissal must still be formalized with a court order. Mr. Ghomeshi does not receive any money through the agreement he has reached with the CBC, Mr. Thompson said. Mr. Ghomeshi had originally filed the lawsuit a day after he was fired from the CBC on Oct. 26, claiming breach of confidence, defamation and punitive damages. Reportedly, this came after CBC executives were shown video, photographs, text messages and e-mails that showed him causing physical “injury” to a woman. Since then the company launched a third-party investigation and Toronto Police are in the midst of their own probe after three women contacted them with complaints of (s)exual assault. In a 1,586-word statement posted to his Facebook page – and since removed – Mr. Ghomeshi said he has engaged in “rough (s)ex,” but that, “Everything I have done has been consensual.” According to the CBC, Ghomeshi will now contest his dismissal through a grievance for reinstatement already filed with the help of the union that represents him. Ghomeshi's attorney confirmed the lawsuit “has been resolved” and that “Mr. Ghomeshi will address all issues in the lawsuit in binding arbitration in accordance with the collective agreement between them.”
OG 97.9 And Boom 102.9 Atlanta Become Latest Stations To Flip To Classic Hip Hop
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 26TH, 2014 –– OG 97.9 FM becomes the latest station in Atlanta to flip to Classic Hip Hop. “This is an exciting day for Atlanta radio,” said Cumulus Atlanta Operations Manager Rob Roberts (L). “We are bringing a format that hasn’t been available and we’re thrilled to be the home of Classic Hip Hop.” OG 97.9 FM replaces XQ100-20, which will continue to be available to fans via Rdio’s Q100-20 Playlist. For more information about OG 97.9 FM Classic Hip Hop programming and events listen to 97.9 FM or log on to www.OG979.com. Meanwhile, Radio One expands its BOOM format to Atlanta with the launch of Classic Hip Hop, BOOM 102.9 FM on translator W275BK. "We are thrilled to expand and diversify our music options for our listeners," said VP/General Manager Tim Davies. "Our listeners can enjoy soulful R&B, inspirational Gospel, cutting edge Hip Hop, and now Classic Hip-Hop. We are full service -- giving Atlanta an array of choices for their urban listening pleasure." This follows Radio One's launch of BOOM 92 FM in Houston in October. BOOM 107.9 FM was launched in Philadelphia, as well as, BOOM 94.5 in Dallas earlier this month. These latest moves to classic hip hop follow Steve Hegwood‘s Old School 99.3/1010 which switched last week.
Fox Sports Radio's Jay Mohr Returns To Host NASCAR Sprint Cup Awards
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 26TH, 2014 –– Comedian/Fox Sports Radio's Jay Mohr is coming back to host this year’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Awards where he'll join with Lady Antebellum and Aloe Blacc among others perform. Mohr said in a release, ''This is my fifth time hosting the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards and I’m honored to share the stage once again with some of the most talented athletes in the world,” said Mohr in a NASCAR release. “This has been an incredibly exciting year for NASCAR and it’s not every day that you get to be a part of a defining moment in the history of a sport.” Additionally, soul/R&B star Aloe Blacc and country mega-group Lady Antebellum will be part of the night’s musical entertainment; Blacc, who also performed at the Daytona 500 back in February, will perform first, with Lady A coming on later in the evening. Also performing will be Lennon and Maisy from the TV show “Nashville.” The ceremony will take place at the Wynn Las Vegas on Dec. 5, with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio and the Motor Racing Network starting coverage that night at 8 p.m. ET before the TV broadcast starts at 9 p.m. ET (check your local listings). Sprint Cup champ Kevin Harvick and the rest of the Chase contenders will be honored.
[WATCH] Jennifer Aniston Pranks Host Into Believing He's Doing Worst Interview Ever
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 26TH, 2014 –– So, imagine being one of the youngest hosts on a station doing an interview with one of the biggest stars in the world, Jennifer Aniston. And as you proceed with the interview, it appears every question you ask causes the starlet to become angered. You begin to sweat, but then you find out it was all a ruse perpetrated by one of your fellow jocks and played to a tee by Aniston. The Friends actress left Scott Mill's sidekick, Chris Start, a total wreck as he quizzed her about picking up guys in clubs. Aniston had agreed to prank the nervous 27-year-old Stark as they met to discuss her new movie, Horrible Bosses 2. You can click on graphic above to see Stark's near heart attack when learning the news, or WATCH VIDEO HERE
HOLIDAY CHEER: Alpha Louisville Raises $945,000 For Children's Hospital; KINK Raises Over $103,000 For Mission
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 26TH, 2014 –– Alpha Media Louisville raised $945,000 during its 6th Annual Kosair Children’s Hospital Radiothon which took place Thursday and Friday, November 20th and 21st in the lobby of the Kosair Children’s Hospital. In the past 5 years, Alpha Media Louisville stations B 96.5, 99.7 DJX, Magic 101.3, 102.3 The Max, and 105.1 GHL have raised over $1 million dollars for the Hospital. This year’s goal was to raise over $300,000, but with huge listener and sponsor support, the total was nearly equal to that of the past 5 years combined! Alpha Media Louisville Market Manager, Dale Schaefer commented on the announcement, “This was a total team effort with our on-air staff appealing to the community to give, our sales team bringing in corporate sponsors, our production staff creating heart-warming vignettes and the rest of our staff helping out in so many other ways. This wonderful event has driven our team for six years and we look to do it many more in the future.” ########### Meanwhile, Alpha's 101.9 KINK raised over $103,000 for the Union Gospel Mission 101.9 KINK (KINK-FM) announced today they raised over $103,000 for the Union Gospel Mission during their Radiothon last Thursday, November 20th held at the Bing Lounge in Portland, Oregon. $103,000 dollars equates to over 53,000 meals to feed and care for the homeless in Portland. Alpha Media Executive VP of Programming, Scott Mahalick commented on the announcement, “I’m deeply touched to live in such a generous city that is willing to come together and support those in need, especially during the holidays.” “In the 25 years I have worked at Union Gospel Mission, I found the KINK team to be the most energetic and supportive as they mobilized their loyal audience to impact the hungry, homeless and poor with their tremendous generosity. 53,921 meals and care were provided by KINK listeners,” remarked Bill Russell, executive director at Union Gospel Mission.
TOP NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
British Hosts Refuse To Play Christmas Music
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, NOVEMB ER 26TH, 2014 –– JACK FM Robin Banks and Neal Veglio have hit the headlines in the Berkshire town of Reading for banning Christmas on their programme. The pair, presenters of 107 JACK FM are refusing to play Christmas songs, until December 23rd at least. The Reading Chronicle reports they have been told to play what they are told or face the chop. Robin told listeners: “It’s a point of difference. Every other station in the area is playing those Christmas songs. If you really want to hear them, tune across to them.”
Radio Read The Team At 96five In Brisbane Australia Have Just Completed A Unique Story Arc Over The Past Month. - Their Breakfast team Liam Robbie & Ness have all released their first books. The challenge was laid down by Ocean Reeve of In House Publishing, which saw all three of them write and publish books within a 6 week period. Liam's book is a collection of mistakes he made as a First Time Father, with journal pages set aside for new dads to write and record their first time fatherhood experiences. Robbie Parkin's book is a retrospective look at parenting teens. While Ness Gibson ventured into the world of cookbooks, which compliments her side food blog project. The guys launched their books at a Brisbane Authors day. All three books will be available on the 96five website.
Want to chat about what’s happening in the rest of the world? – Feel free to call me on +44 7752 416905. Twitter: @GrahamMack Web: www.mackmedia.co.uk Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
LA Radio's "El Cucuy" Receives Star On Hollywood's Walk Of Fame
THE MOUTH, NOVEMER 26TH, 2014 –– You can add another radio star to Hollywood's Walk Of Fame. This time it's The Spanish-language radio host “El Cucuy” will receive the 2,535th star today, honoring a career that included a six-year stint hosting Los Angeles’ most- listened to program. According to thehollywoodpatch.com, singers Graciela Beltran and Tony Melendez will join “El Cucuy,” whose real name is Renan Almendarez Coello, in speaking in the 11:30 a.m. ceremony in front of the newly developed Eastown LA residential and shopping complex at 6141 Hollywood Blvd. Coello “has kept us tuned to the radio for his laughs, jokes and comforting words that effortlessly bridged borders and cultures,” said Leron Gubler, president and CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and master of ceremonies for the Walk of Fame ceremonies. “His voice has inspired many generations.” Coello’s show, “El Cucuy de la Manana,” (“the Morning Boogeyman”) on KSCA-FM (101.9) was the top-rated radio program in the Los Angeles market from 1997-2003, when he moved to an afternoon show. Coello’s show is now nationally syndicated and can be heard in the Los Angeles area on XEWW-AM (690).
Garth Brooks Cancels 'Tonight' & 'Today Show' Appearances In Wake Of Ferguson
George Stephanopoulos Scoops First Interview With Darren Wilson - [NYDN]
Garth Brook Cancels 'Tonight' And 'Today' Show Appearances In Wake Of Ferguson News - [THE WRAP]
John Stamos Picks Up Strangers' Dinner Tab - [RUMORFIX]
UH OH: Ariana Grande Disappointed With Bette Midler 'W**** Comments - [TMZ]
Kurt Cobain Documentary To Air Next Year On HBO - [SPIN]
After 15 Seasons, George Eads To Exit CSI - [TV GUIDE]
Jeffrey Dean Morgan To Play Baseball Legend Joe DiMaggio In Marilyn Monroe Biopic - [THR]
Pharrell And Gwen Stefani Team To Co-Write And Perform Original Song For Family Comedy 'Paddington.' [COMING SOON]
[WATCH] 'Jurassic World' Trailer Is Here - [THE VERGE]
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PodcastOne Demands That Stitcher Remove It's Shows
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 25TH, 2014 –– In an effort to protect the company and its talent partners, PodcastOne has issued a demand to Stitcher, recently acquired by Deezer, to cease distribution of programming PodcastOne produces or has the exclusive sales rights to. PodcastOne has repeatedly tried to work with Stitcher, and requested the removal of programming without verbal or written consent to distribute, in addition to the discontinuance of video ads as post, pre-roll and pop-ups attributed to these podcasts. Stitcher continues to make PodcastOne programming available on the home screen of their app to listeners who are already “following” the programs. Norm Pattiz, PodcastOne Chairman and CEO, commented, “In some cases, Stitcher has absolutely no rights to carry our programs, and in others, no rights to sell or monetize our exclusively represented content in any way. This has been an ongoing problem, and enough is enough. You can't just steal content without permission. Podcasting is breaking through big time, not only with consumers but with advertisers as well. I see new players coming into the market, all touting technology that will allow them to grab podcasts for their subscribers. Let this be a message - make sure you have secured the rights from content suppliers before you distribute programming you don't have the rights to.” PodcastOne urges the public to not support companies, such as Stitcher, who allow access to unauthorized content, by accessing PodcastOne content via their App.
[LISTEN] Atlanta Host Tackles Standup With An Assist From Jeff Foxworthy
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 25TH, 2014 –– Looks like The the syndicated Bert Show's executive producer/co-host, Jeff Dauler may be bringing his laughs to more than one stage. Two months ago, he had the honor of inducting his best friend Ed Roland (Collective Soul) into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. Also inducted that night was Jeff Foxworthy. Jeff tells Jockline: 'Our paths awkwardly crossed backstage, but a lunch date was set and there he encouraged me to pursue standup. He's been a long-time listener of the show and said I had made him laugh quite often. He thought I would do well on stage. I started working on some material and talking with a couple friends about the idea, including my old friend Stephen Donovan from Cumulus' Lite Rock 105.1 in Providence (longtime standup comic) and Jamie Bendall, who owns the Punchline comedy club in Atlanta. Last week, Jamie called me and asked if I wanted to do 10 minutes to open a special show on Sunday evening. I agreed, figuring that the club would be quiet on the Sunday before Thanksgiving. Then I learned the headliner would be Foxworthy. He was working out some new material. And George Wallace would also be there doing a guest set. I did an open-mic show on Wednesday, and it was terrible. Talked to Stephen, Jamie, and Jeff for some guidance and changed everything before Sunday. Got on stage at 8:30pm in front of a really full Punchline and did 10 really solid minutes. Lots of laughs. A high-five and a 'you made me laugh out loud several times' from Foxworthy and my night was made. He encouraged me to keep at it, promised to keep helping me as needed, then he walked out on stage with 75 minutes of brand new material and crushed it.' Jeff now says he can't wait to get on the stage again. The Bert Show airs from Cumulus' Q100 Atlanta. LISTEN HERE
NETWORKS: [LISTEN] Paul Shaffer's Daughter Fills In On Radio Shows; Studio Think Tank Launches New Trending Stories Feature
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 25TH, 2014 –– Paul Shaffer is taking a well-deserved vacation this Friday from hosting Paul Shaffer’s Day in Rock and Paul Shaffer’s 60-Second Rewind as he celebrates his birthday! His daughter, Victoria Shaffer, will be filling in for him. Victoria Shaffer, aspiring actress, babysitter extraordinaire and animal enthusiast is on her own for the first time in New York City. Paul Shaffer has been David Letterman’s musical director and sidekick for 32 years. He spent five years with the original "Saturday Night Live," during which he played keyboards, composed special musical material, served as musical director for The Blues Brothers, and was a featured performer (which included his unforgettable Don Kirshner impression). Shaffer has served as musical producer for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony since its inception in 1986. WATCH HERE ############# Wise Brother Media announced the launch of a new Trending Stories feature for Studio Think Tank's Platinum members. Studio Think Tank is a social network that Wise Brother Media built specifically for radio professionals. The new Trending Stories section features 60-80 links to the top Showbiz, Stupid News and viral videos that Wise Brother staff writers are working on for the following day. “..We know that many want to see the stories or topics we are writing about in advance. This gives our clients a head start on planning their next day's show,” said Danny Vigil (R), Studio Think Tank Manager. Studio Think Tank was launched in 2012 and currently has more than 1,300 radio professionals using it monthly.
CHEERS: The Mix Group's Jason Garte And Fiancée Tie The Knot
Surprises Her With Appearance Of AGT Finalist 'Sons Of Seredip'
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 25TH, 2014 –– The Mix Group's Jason Garte tells Jockline "After 3 years together, Natally and I got married this weekend! The wedding was this past Saturday at 7pm (here in the Miami area) at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables. Being an outdoor event and having so much planned, we thought we were in for a rough ride when the weather predicted an 80% chance of thunderstorms all day and night----- but I truly believe that God and my grandparents above kept the clouds away and we actually remained dry the entire night!!!! Crazy stuff. It literally VIOLENTLY POURED EVERYWHERE in Miami---- except for where we were that night. Just nuts. Lastly, Natally and I are HUGE America's Got Talent fans and I surprised her by having this year's finalists, "Sons Of Serendip" (pictured below) play both the ceremony and the first dance at the reception. They were simply unbelievable. Just out of this world. It was a storybook wedding filled with candles, dim light bulbs, searchlights, harps, roses--- the environment was just magical. ....annnnnd we partied down with 200 of our closest family and friends after until the wee hours. The party drank enough alcohol to kill four full grown elephants lol . Anyways, truly a night I will never ever forget.... Just thought I'd share the news with ya! And now....... Honeymoon! I'm out!
[WATCH] The Golden Voice Invades 97X's Dwyer & Michael's Show; Announces Lineup For Hockey Game
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 25TH, 2015 –– It's the voice that keeps on giving. Ted Williams (the golden voice homeless DJ) was in town last week in the Quad Cities (IL). And he's still hoping to land a gig as the voice of the Cleveland Cavaliers. So, 97X's Dwyer and Michaels arranged for him to announce the starting lineup for our local hockey team - the Mallards. Williams also paid a visit in studio yesterday morning to the show. He's out promoting his story, “From Homeless to Hollywood.” WATCH INTERVIEW HERE - WATCH HIS ANNOUNCING MALLARDS LINEUP HERE
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Tony Santos Named Asst/PD El Zol 107.9
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 25TH, 2014 –– CBS Radio Wash., DC announces that on-air personality and programmer Tony Santos has been named Assistant Program Director of CBS Radio’s El Zol 107.9FM, Washington’s #1 ranked Spanish music station. It was announced today by Pete Manriquez, Program Director of the station. Santos begins his duties on December 1, 2014. “I’m pleased that Tony will be helping to lead our programming team at El Zol,” said Manriquez. “In addition to his management responsibilities, Tony will also be handling the midday on air show from 10am-2pm. I’ve worked with Tony in the past and I’m thrilled to have him join our team,” said Manriquez. Most recently, Santos was President of Intense Norcal Promotions in Sacramento, CA and Program Director for Retail Radio. Prior to that he was an on-air personality and Program Director for WJKC 95.1, WMYP 98.3, and WSTX 100.3 in St. Croix, Virgin Islands (2009-2013). He also was Associate Program Director for Univision Radio’s WCAA 105.9 in New York (2007-2009), On-Air Personality and Program Director for Univision Radio’s KLLE 107.9 in Fresno, California (2005-2007) and Morning On-Air Personality for Citadel Broadcasting’s KWIN 97.7 in Stockton, California (2003-2005).
First-Ever 'iHeartradio Fiesta Latina Draws Hottest Names In Latin Music
Wild 94.1 Orlando Announces 3rd Annual Toy Drive
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 25TH, 2014 –– WiLD 94.1 has announced Orlando’s Toy Drive, Monday, December 8th – Saturday, 13th at MetroPCS, located at 2907 N. Dale Mabry Hwy in Tampa. This year marks the third installment of the annual event, which will move to Tampa from St. Petersburg. During a kick-off celebration at 6:00pm on Monday, December 8th, WiLD 94.1’s Program Director and Morning Show Host, Orlando Davis will be lifted atop the “Toy Drive Tower”, where he will live for five nights to help collect donations for the children and families of the Tampa Bay community. All donations collected will benefit The Children’s Home a non-profit organization, which serves as a sanctuary to abused, neglected or abandoned children in our community. New, unwrapped toys, bicycles and gift cards will all be accepted during the Toy Drive. “The success of Orlando’s Toy Drive shows how active and caring the Tampa Bay community is, and we feel blessed to live in such a special place. Seeing the smiles and excitement of the children when they open their gifts is heartwarming. We are so grateful to Orlando, WiLD 94.1, and our many friends that help make Christmas a happy time for all the girls and boys at The Children’s Home,” said Irene K. Rickus, CEO and President. Orlando will remain on the Toy Drive Tower the entire length of the Toy Drive as he broadcasts live to create awareness for the cause. The two-story structure will feature minimal amenities, including only a tent with an inflatable mattress and sleeping bag to protect him from the elements. Last year Orlando’s Toy Drive received 221 bicycles and over $6,032 in gift cards and donations for The Children’s Home.
TV Station Apologizes For 'DWTS' Ferguson Tweet; Wale & Seinfeld; It's Complex
TV Station Apologizes For 'DWTS' Ferguson Tweet - [THR]
Musicians Dominate Forbe's Top-Earning Celebrities Under-30 List - [FORBES]
Jennifer Aniston: Sorry Kim, I Showed My A** First - [BUSINESS2]
Sting To Star In Broadway Show - [TODAY]
Rachel McAdams, Taylor Kitsch And Kelly Reilly Join Cast Of Next Season's 'True Detective'
Cosby Accuser Wants Class-Action Lawsuit With Fellow Accusers - [TMZ]
UH OH: Check Out GQ's LEAST Influential People Of 2014 - [E ONLINE]
Bette Midler To Ariana Grade: Don't Make A W**** Out Of Yourself - [CELEBUZZ]
Wale And Jerry Seinfeld Discuss Strip Clubs And More In 'Complex' Holiday Issue - [STUFFILY]
Wealthy Americans Pay HUGE To Dine With Prince William And Duchess Kate - [DAILY MAIL]
Mary J. Blige Talks Getting Sober With Billboard - [BILLBOARD]
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New And Familiar Faces Draw Honors During AMAs
Iggy Azaela Receives Her First Music Award
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 24TH, 2014 –– Last night's American Music Awards saw of mix of familiar faces, as well as, quite a few new ones as well. Katy Perry, Beyonce and Luke Bryan grabbed their share of awards, but, according to cbs.com, the 2014 ceremony put a major spotlight on newer and international artists such as One Direction, Iggy Azalea and Sam Smith.
Stars & And Radio's Hottest Shows Convene Backstage At The AMA's
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 24TH, 2014 –– During last night's airing of The American Music Awards, Westwood One debuted its Red Carpet Radio brand, the umbrella platform for the company’s exclusive behind-the-scenes coverage of year-round entertainment award shows. Among the many who joined in included Black-eyed Peas singer and eight-time Grammy-winner Fergie who shown signing a guitar, and Pat Monahan, lead singer of the band Train; Ralphie Aversa of New York’s WPLJ-FM. The Adam Bomb, host of Westwood One’s Nights Live with Adam Bomb, WPOW/Power 96.5; The Bert Show who broadcast from Atlanta’s WWWQ/Q100; Westwood One host Zach Sang and co-host Sasha from Zach Sang and the Gang and Ty Bentli and Kerri Kasem chat with artist and social media star Megan Nicole. FERGUSON PHOTO/Dave Edwards. 1
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