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CONDOLENCES: Legendary Programmer Dave Robbins Passes Away At 59
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 18TH, 2018 –– We were deeply saddened to learn yesterday of the passing of legendary programmer Dave Robbins. Known for his many years in radio programming and managing for companies such as CBS, Clear Channel & Nationwide, Robbins left the radio industry in the summer of 2015 launching a highly successful vacation rental business in Florida.
Longtime friend Art Vuolo tells Jockline, 'I was just with him at the Michigan/Ohio State game and did video at the tailgate he invited me to. I probably took the last video of him at that event. From what I understand from close friends, Dave had a heart condition which few knew about. He was only 59 years old and in good over-all physical shape. He was home with his wife Patti, and she found him and rushed him to a nearby hospital on the west side of Orlando, but the doctor's said it was a "massive heart attack" and he didn't make it.'
Robbins, well-known from his many years at WNCI Columbus, was remembered by Dave Kaelin, half of the popular Dave & Jimmy Show, with a touching rendering of WNCI's flag at half-mast with the caption: 'D R' (R). Details of his service have yet to be announced.
Les Moonves Officially Out At CBS - 'Won't See A Dime' Of $120M Severance Package, Report Says
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 18TH, 2018 –– Longtime head Leslie Moonves is officially out at CBS without $120M severance package. Following the sexual misconduct scandal, Moonves stepped down in September. The New York Daily News now reports that the former CEO won’t see a dime of his $120 million settlement from the network after its board of directors finished its investigation into a series of sexual misconduct allegations against him.
“With regard to Mr. Moonves, we have determined that there are grounds to terminate for cause, including his willful and material misfeasance, violation of Company policies and breach of his employment contract, as well as his willful failure to cooperate fully with the Company’s investigation,” CBS said in a statement Monday. “Mr. Moonves will not receive any severance payment from the Company.”
More than a dozen women have accused Moonves of sexual harassment and assault dating back to the late ‘80s, but he has denied all allegations of non consensual sex. Investigators said that the former boss was “evasive and untruthful at times and to have deliberately lied about and minimized the extent of his sexual misconduct” during interviews with lawyers and allegedly destroyed evidence, according to an internal CBS report acquired by The New York Times. READ FULL STORY HERE
Dave Glover Inks Multi-Year Extension With Entercom's FM NewsTalk St. Louis
Entercom and on-air personality Dave Glover announced a multi-year contract extension. The host of the afternoon drive on FM NewsTalk 97.1 (KFTK-FM) in St. Louis will remain on “The Dave Glover Show,” weekdays from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. CT. “‘The Dave Glover Show’ has been a cornerstone of the afternoon drive at FM NewsTalk 97.1 from the very beginning and I am thrilled that Dave will be a part of the team for the foreseeable future,” said Becky Domyan, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom St. Louis. “I have been honored to work with Dave for the last decade, and look forward to continuing to work with him in the years to come. Dave leads the way on so many levels and strives for excellence in everything he does on a daily basis.”
"I am so proud and excited to continue this amazing run with FM NewsTalk 97.1 and Entercom,” said Glover. “I look forward to the future and continuing to remain a part of St. Louis listeners’ daily conversations.” Glover joined FM NewsTalk 97.1 in 2000, holding the role of afternoon drive host ever since. “The Dave Glover Show” made its debut on the station back in October 2000.
Steven Spector Rises To PD Of 610 Sports Radio Kansas City
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 18TH, 2018 –– Entercom announced Steven Spector as Program Director of Kansas City station 610 Sports Radio (KCSP-AM), the home of the Kansas City Royals and Kansas State Wildcats. Spector was previously Assistant Program Director for the station and producer of “The Drive” with Carrington Harrison and Brad Fanning.
“I am very pleased to announce Steven Spector as the next Program Director of 610 Sports Radio,” said Dave Alpert, Regional President and Market Manager, Entercom Kansas City. “This is a well-deserved and well-earned promotion and I’m confident that Steven will continue to elevate 610 Sports Radio in the Kansas City market.”
“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to continue my career in Kansas City,” said Spector. “It’s a privilege to lead a great station with an incredibly talented group of hosts.” Spector joined Entercom Kansas City in 2013 as a producer for 610 Sports Radio’s “Fescoe in the Morning.” Spector started his radio career with ESPN 890 in Washington, D.C. in 2008.
Alex Donno & Josh Friedman Team For Middays On WQAM Miami
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 18TH, 2018 –– Entercom announced programming updates for 560 WQAM Sports Radio (WQAM-AM) in Miami. The station welcomed on-air personality Josh Friedman (top left) as co-host of the station’s midday show. Alex Donno (top center) who has hosted the station’s evening show since 2014, will transition to join Friedman in the midday timeslot. “Donno & Friedo” airs weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET.
“Alex and Josh both bring unique experiences that will lead to great content for this new show, which will touch on sports and beyond,” said Keriann Worley, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom South Florida. “Their vast knowledge of Miami sports and high energy will undoubtedly resonate with South Florida listeners.” Friedman has served as night drive host and reporter for sister station AM 790 The Ticket (WAXY-AM) in Miami since 2013. The move marks Friedman’s second stint with the station, as he held on-air and reporter roles from 1996 to 2003.
Ted Long &
Amy Robbins Ink Longterm Extension With Cumulus' 93Q/WNTQ Syracuse
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 18TH, 2018 –– Cumulus has re-signed longtime Syracuse radio personalities, Ted Long and Amy Robbins, to a multi-year contract. Last month, the popular on-air team celebrated 30 years together as Co-Hosts of “Ted & Amy in the Morning” on 93Q/WNTQ. Their top-rated morning show airs on 93Q Monday through Friday from 5:30am-10:00am.
Ted and Amy, both natives of Central New York, host numerous charity functions annually and donate much of their time to area schools, hospitals and other non-profit organizations throughout the year. They have been recognized for 17 years by the Syracuse New Times Readers Poll as Syracuse’s Best Local Radio Personalities.
Tom Mitchell, Operations Manager/93Q Program Director, said: “Central New Yorkers have been waking up with Ted & Amy on 93Q for 30 years. They are truly a part of the fabric of Syracuse. We are so happy the show will continue for years to come!”
SYNDICATION: The Dana Show Added To The Lineup At KLIF/Dallas
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 18TH, 2018 –– Cumulus Media's KLIF-AM Dallas-Fort Worth has added The Dana Show to the Daily Line-Up M-F 12N-2P reports Radio America. The show is also heard on other great stations nationwide like: KRMG-AM/FM Tulsa, WBAL-AM Baltimore, WIBC-FM Indianapolis, WDBO-FM Orlando, and WSB-AM in Atlanta, plus many more.
"We're thrilled to bring Dana to 570 KLIF. Dallas-Fort Worth listeners are really going to connect with her honest opinions and authenticity. And the fact she lives here in the Metroplex will also allow our listeners to easily relate to her," says Kevin Graham Program Director NewsTalk 820AM, WBAP & News & Information 570AM KLIF Cumulus Radio Station Group- Dallas / Fort Worth
[WATCH] KS95 Minneapolis' Clouds Choir For A Cause' Event Raises Over $603,870.00
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 18TH, 2018 –– KS95 Minneapolis' Clouds Choir for a Cause, 12-hour event raised over $603,870.00 dollars with all money raised going to help kids fighting cancer. To date KS95 has raised over 15.5-million dollars. KS95’s Morning show with Crisco, Dez and Ryan kicked off the radiothon at Mall Of America ending with the KS95 Clouds Choir for a Cause.
Over 8,000 people gathered to sing Zach Sobiech’s song ‘Clouds’. "Clouds" became a global phenomenon after its release in December 2012. Zach passed away when he was 18-year-old’s from osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer in May 2013. The choir was KS95's way of paying tribute to this amazing young man. Every year students, families, choirs and individuals gather at the mall to sing Zach’s song. One exciting update from this year is that Warner Brothers has committed to making a movie out of Zach’s story coming out in 2020 - WATCH HERE
NASH FM 94.7 New York Raises $154,429 For Children’s Miracle Network
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 18TH, 2018 –– NASH FM 94.7 (WNSH-FM) in New York raised a total of $154,429 for Children’s Miracle Network through its “Miracle for the Kids” live radio broadcast on Friday, December 14, 2018. Westwood One nationally syndicated morning radio show Ty, Kelly and Chuck kicked off the successful listener event in Cumulus New York’s festively decorated studios high atop Madison Square Garden, followed by NASH FM 94.7 on-air personalities Jesse Addy and Katie Neal who hosted the live broadcast until 7pm. Live performances by Chuck Wicks, Jessie Chris, Carolyn Miller, Mark Burke, Dan Orlando.
NASH Next Finalist Jessica Rose and Lauren Davidson added to the full day of excitement and holiday Country fun, with everyone at NASH FM 94.7 celebrating the holidays with a big party for the kids! PHOTO/L-R, Top Row Ty, Kelly and Chuck's Ty Bentli and Chuck Wicks, and NASH FM 94.7 personalities Katie Neal and Jesse Addy; and (Left to Right, Bottom Row): John Foxx, Program Director, NASH FM 94.7; and Mike Allan, Assistant Program Director, NASH FM 94.7.
106.5 The Arch Collects 21,000 Holiday Cards For Pediatric Patients
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 18TH, 2018 –– During the month of December 2018, 106.5 The Arch St. Louis collected over 21,000 holiday cards for the pediatric patients at two Children's Miracle Network hospitals.
Dozens of schools and organizations - and even the Ballwin Police Department - helped to create and collect the holiday greeting cards, to cheer up the pediatric patients and their families during the holiday season. SHOWN: photo of current morning hosts, Stacy and Jonah and Cassiday (who now covers afternoons) visited with children and their families, and delivered the holiday cards to both of the Children’s Miracle Network’s hospitals.
SNAPS: Kentucky Station Plays 'Baby, It's Cold Outside For 2-Hours Straight
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 18TH, 2018 –– With one last take on this year's much debated 'to-play, or-not-to-play 'Baby, It's Cold Outside holiday diddy, this one lands in Louisville where a station decided to air the song non-stop for two hours. According to WTHR, WAKY/ Louisville played the controversial song on repeat for two hours on Sunday, playing different versions of the 1944 holiday tune over the course of the program,
WAVE-TV reported. "We love the song!" the station posted on Facebook. After some stations pulled the song from their rotation amid complaints, others saw a wave of support and kept the song on their playlist. The daughter of the song's composer Susan Loesser said she understands why women would bristle at the lyrics. "Absolutely I get it," she told NBC News. "But I think it would be good if people looked at the song in the context of the time. It was written in 1944."
Comments on WAKY's Facebook post were overwhelmingly supportive of their decision to play the song.
KOSI 101.1 Adds Jay Cruze To Mornings
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 17TH, 2018 –– Bonneville's KOSI 101.1, Denver has added Jay Cruze to the KOSI 101.1 morning show as co-host to current personality Jenny D. Cruze beginning today, December 17. “Jay’s experience, energy and authentic personality is exactly what we were looking for to create compelling content in the morning,” remarked KOSI 101.1 Program Director Jim Lawson. “Jay has been on our part-time staff and has been a tremendous asset. He’s a natural fit.”
Jay Cruze added, “ Anyone who knows me is aware of how passionately I love Denver. It’s a passion that very much includes its radio listeners. I can’t begin to tell you how grateful I am, not only to serve the largest amount of Denver’s listeners each morning, but also to do it on the most legendary station in Denver. On top of that, I get to broadcast aside a partner in Jenny D who I respect as a person, a great mom, and as a radio personality. A special thank you to VP/GM Bob Call, PD Jim Lawson and Bonneville for this wonderful opportunity.”
Before KOSI 101.1, Cruze has worked in Denver at KWOF and KALC, as well as KRSK Portland, WLTJ Pittsburgh, WYNY New York City & SiriusXM.
John Howell Moves To Late Afternoons On WLS-AM Beginning in January
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 17TH, 2018 –– Cumulus announced that 30-year Chicago radio veteran John Howell will host a new late afternoon show on WLS-AM. “The John Howell Show” will air live on WLS-AM weekdays from 5pm–7pm. Howell segues to Afternoon Drive from his current 6am-9am time slot on January 3, 2019.
Marv Nyren, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Chicago, said: “As part of the new lineup at WLS-AM 890, keeping an experienced Chicago talent like John Howell solidifies the lineup and will give our audience a reason to stay tuned throughout the entire day. John has been entertaining Chicagoland for over 30 years and his program will be the perfect way to wrap up the day on your way home.”
Howell has hosted the “Big John and Ramblin Ray Show on WLS-AM 890 for the past four years and has been a daily presence on Chicago radio for 30 years. Arriving in 1988 to host mornings at WCKG, he spent the next 17 years at WUSN, followed by an 8-year run at WIND. In addition, John hosted a nationally syndicated weekend show for Westwood One from 1998-2006.
Erick Erickson, Mark Arum To Air An Hour Earlier On WSB Atlanta
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 17TH, 2018 –– News 95.5 and AM 750 WSB Atlanta is moving Erick Erickson (L) and Mark Arum an hour earlier starting January 3, 2019 to accommodate more local traffic reports at the 4 p.m. hour. The AJC's Rodney Ho reports Sean Hannity’s syndicated show’s first hour will remain live at 3 p.m. but will be tape delayed on WSB from 8 to 10 p.m.
Pete Spriggs, program director, said WSB needed to do more traffic reports at the 4 p.m. hour as the evening traffic woes tend to start even earlier now. With a syndicated show like Hannity, the station couldn’t do traffic every six minutes the way it does now from 5 to 7 p.m. This way, there will be 10 traffic reports at the 4 p.m. hour as well. Eric Von Haessler airs from 9 to noon .
FORMATICS: Entercom Launches Classic R&B 107.3 Buffalo
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 17TH, 2018 –– Entercom announced the launch of Classic R&B 107.3 FM in Buffalo, NY. Formerly known as AM 1400 Solid Gold Soul, the station reflects today’s Classic R&B format and will continue to be heard on AM 1400 (WWWS-AM). “This move is part of a larger commitment to update and refresh the music that our listeners love hearing daily,” said Greg Ried, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Buffalo.
Ried added, “The success of AM 1400 leads to our excitement in expanding the reach of our Classic R&B music to the FM dial.”
PODCASTS: Dan Le Batard's 'South Beach Sessions' To Launch Preview Episode
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 17TH, 2018 –– Starting in January ESPN Radio host Dan Le Batard will launch his podcast: South Beach Sessions. A preview episode on Tuesday, Dec. 18, will be followed with the start of a weekly schedule Tuesday, Jan. 8. SBS will feature a one-on-one interview each week and is the first original podcast from the newly created Le Batard and Friends Podcast Network. The guest for the December 18 preview is former ESPNer Jemele Hill who has worked extensively with Le Batard over the years on TV and radio.
Le Batard says, “"This is really exciting for us, and for people who inexplicably want more of us. ESPN has given us a digital podcast network to create and control as part of a LeBatard and Friends universe that will be in equal measure a part of ESPN and apart from ESPN. We're going to be making more stuff, in other words, and it'll start with South Beach Sessions as the flagship podcast, but you'll be getting more and better from all the friends of the show, and we will soar toward the sun, and we will laugh like family and then Stugotz will ruin it all when he is arrested by federal authorities." The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz (weekdays from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. ET, simulcast on ESPNEWS) joined the national ESPN Radio lineup in September 2015.
Hosts Of 'The Caped Wonder Superman' Release Never Before Heard Christopher Reeve Audio in Honor 40th Anniversary
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 17TH, 2018 –– iHeartMedia Detroit 100.3 WNIC announced that Jim Bowers, co-host of an iHeartRadio original podcast “The Caped Wonder Superman Podcast” and editor and founder of Capedwonder.com and Jay Towers, podcast co-host as well as host of 100.3 WNIC Jay Towers in the Morning, released never before heard audio of the legendary Christopher Reeve on the podcast’s latest episode, last Saturday Dec. 15th.
The episode was in honor of the 40th anniversary of the classic film, Superman, and will be the third episode in the now available series. The latest episode can also be heard on the iHeartRadio Podcast Network as well as everywhere podcasts are available. Visit iHeart.com/apps to download iHeartRadio and listen to “The Caped Wonder Superman Podcast” on your favorite device. LISTEN HERE
EVENTS: WRAL-FM Raleigh Raises $402,112 For Duke Children Hospital
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 17TH, 2018 –– MIX 101.5 WRAL-FM held its 24th annual Radiothon for Duke Children’s Hospital on December 12th and 13th, 2018. The two-day, 25 hour broadcast was hosted by the MIX morning show Two Men and Mom; Kyle Smelser, Bryan Lord and Sarah King. The MIX 101.5 Radiothon is Duke Children’s largest single fundraising event each year. This signature event raises funds to benefit children’s programs and further support the continuation of excellence within the medical and surgical programs at Duke Children’s.
MIX 101.5 has raised $18,148,667 for the kids at Duke Children’s over the past 23 years thanks to the compassion and caring of MIX 101.5 listeners, sponsors, patient families and hundreds of volunteers.
98.7 The Bull Raises Over $250,000 for St. Jude
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 17TH, 2018 –– 98.7 The Bull (KUPL) raised $250,931 during their radiothon for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital on December 7th and 8th. Since 2009, 98.7 The Bull has raised over $1,269,452 for the kids at St. Jude. Tony Russell, Jake Byron, Jenn Hays, Danny Dwyer and MoJoe Roberts broadcast live from the Bloodworks Live Studio both days encouraging listeners to call in and become a Partner in Hope. They had numerous local patient families call in to tell their stories on the air, including one Portland family currently receiving treatment in Memphis at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
98.7 The Bull Content Director, MoJoe Roberts commented on the announcement, “To say I'm proud of this team is an understatement. We truly have a gifted group and our amazing listeners came through again this year to deliver the biggest check we've ever presented to St. Jude!” PHOTO/L to R: MoJoe Roberts, Tony Russell, Jenn Hayes, Danny Dwyer, Jake Byron
Former 'Idol Finalist Ayla Brown Tapped As New Morning Show Co-host On 102.5 Boston
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 24TH, 2018 –– Beasley has named Ayla Brown as the new Morning Show Co-host at Country 102.5 in Boston. Jackson and Ayla Brown can be heard weekdays from 5:30 to 9am on WKLB-FM beginning on Monday, December 17, 2018. The former American Idol Season 5 finalist and Boston College basketball star has been living in Nashville, Tennessee performing and writing music for the past several years.
“Country music has brought me all around the world and back to Boston again,” said Brown. “Many have seen me perform, but I am so excited for our listeners to get to know me in a whole new way. Thank you to the Country 102.5 team for this incredible opportunity!” “I am so happy that Ayla has agreed to come home to Boston and join our morning show,” said Beasley Media Group Country Brand Manager and WKLB-FM Program Director, David Corey. “Ayla is such a talented personality. She has excelled in everything she has done, and I am confident she will add so much to Country 102.5.
“When I first started having discussions with Ayla several weeks ago about joining the morning show, I knew within the first 30 seconds that there was something really special about her,” said Jackson. “I can’t wait to turn our microphones on for the first time on Monday and just go.”
[WATCH] Boise Legend Paul J. Schneider Set To Retire Following 51-Year Run
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 24TH, 2018 –– Every day, for decades, Paul J Schneider has awakened the Treasure Valley with his golden voice, quick wit, eye for detail and affinity for sports. Now, after over 51 years of media and radio broadcasting, Paul J has decided to sleep in. Paul J’s final regular morning broadcast will be on Friday, December 14, 2018, on 670 KBOI. Paul J plans to produce weekly features and blog for Cumulus' NewsTalk 670 KBOI as well as continue covering Boise State Football for Learfield Sports. Paul J moved to Boise and started his career at 670 KBOI in June of 1967, shifting exclusively to radio in 1976. During the early years, Paul anchored the TV news and voiced the television replay of BSU football. From there he was quickly ushered in as the radio play-by-play voice for Boise State football and basketball from 1973 to 2008.
NewsTalk 670 General Manager Don Morin, who has worked with Paul J as both a sales representative and his General Manager for 10 years, said, “To have had the opportunity and pleasure to work with someone who is truly a broadcast icon in this market has been a career highlight for me. Paul J has brightened the morning for generations of Boiseans. There are so few individuals in this industry that can match the commitment and contributions that Paul J has made to the broadcast industry and our community. Well done, Paul J - and thank you!”
In honor of Paul J’s professionalism and dedication, the press box at Albertsons Stadium and the Cumulus broadcast building, home of 670 KBOI studios, are named after him. Nate Shelman, who came to NewsTalk 670 KBOI in 2008 as the afternoon drive talk host and now also serves as the station’s Program Director,, said, “Every time anyone comes up the stairs into the station, they’re reminded of the foundation of 670 KBOI. Every time I sit in the chair to host the afternoon show, I know who sat in that same seat earlier in the day. I consider it a blessing to work with a true broadcasting icon.” There to cover the announcement was KTVB-TV - WATCH HERE - PHOTO/Screengrab
Stars Align For Scott Shannon's Year-End Show From Blythdale Children's Hospital
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 24TH, 2018 –– Entercom presents “Scott Shannon in the Morning’s Blythedale Broadcast Children’s Hospital Broadcast 2018” in New York. WCBS-FM 101.1’s (WCBS-FM) personality Scott Shannon and the annual “Final Big Show” will be broadcast live from the Blythedale Children’s Hospital in Valhalla, NY on December 14 from 6:00 to 10:00 a.m. ET. The holiday broadcast will feature live performances for hospital patients, families and staff by Gavin DeGraw, Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty, Mark Rivera of the Billy Joel Band, Six13, Tim McLoone & Holiday Express, Santa and special guest Dr. Elmo.
“Our yearly live holiday broadcast at Blythedale Children’s Hospital has been a staple on WCBS-FM and allows us the opportunity to support patients while spreading holiday cheer,” said Susan Larkin, Regional President and Market Manager, Entercom New York. “By directly benefitting the hospital’s ‘Tiny Miracles Program,’ we’re able to support the hospital’s mission of providing top care to its smallest patients.” Highlights of the live auction include sports and entertainment memorabilia and experiences, such as a Bon Jovi autographed guitar, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade passes, VIP tickets for a Billy Joel concert at Madison Square Garden, VIP tickets to New York Yankees, New York Mets and New York Giants games, and a VIP golf experience with Scott Shannon and John Bongiovi Sr., among other auction items. PHOTO/ Brad Blanks, Scott Shannon, John Elliott, Patty Steele, Sue Aller
Jessie Penate Takes Nights At Power Miami
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 24TH, 2018 –– Entercom announced the appointment of Jessie Penate (DJ JPS) to the roles of night drive host and Music Director for Power 96 (WPOW-FM) in Miami. Both roles are effective immediately. “DJ JPS is a great addition to our Power 96 team,” said Keriann Worley, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom South Florida. “He is a team player and I trust he will elevate our station’s Rhythmic Top 40 format and enhance the overall experience for our listeners.”
"I’m thrilled to continue this journey on the station I grew up listening to, working with a talented team filled with passion and energy,” said DJ JPS. “I’m thankful to Entercom, Keriann Worley & Miguel Irizarry [Program Director and midday host, Power 96] for this opportunity." DJ JPS joined Power 96 in 2016 after taking first place in the station’s "Mix Master" competition. Since then he's served in various on-air roles, most recently during the station’s midday drive, and as a mixer. DJ JPS has also held part time on-air roles for sister station KISS Country 99.9 (WKIS-FM) in Miami.
HONORS: Alan Alda To Receive Distinguished Service Award At 2019 NAB Show
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 24TH, 2018 –– Entertainment industry legend Alan Alda will receive the National Association of Broadcasters’ Distinguished Service Award (NAB DSA) during the 2019 NAB Show in Las Vegas. Alda will accept the award at the NAB Show Opening session on Monday, April 8. Each year, the NAB DSA recognizes members of the broadcast community who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the industry. Previous award recipients include Robin Roberts, Bob Schieffer, Michael J. Fox, Mary Tyler Moore, President Ronald Reagan, Edward R. Murrow, Bob Hope, Walter Cronkite and Oprah Winfrey, among others.
Alda is best known for his starring role as Dr. Hawkeye Pierce in the hit television series “M*A*S*H,” which debuted in 1972 and ran for 11 seasons. “M*A*S*H,” a comedic drama set during the Korean War, was inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 1996. Alda, in addition to playing a starring role in the series, also directed and co-wrote its feature-length final episode in 1983. The show still ranks in the top-ten list of most-watched programs in the U.S. and made Alda the only person to win acting, directing and writing Emmys for the same series.
Alda’s deep interest in science led him to help found the nonprofit Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University in New York. The organization has trained over 12,000 scientists and medical professionals in the United States and abroad. He also recently launched The Alda Communication Training Company, the proceeds of which support the Center for Communicating Science.
EVENTS: Janet Jackson & Stevie Nicks Among RRHOF Class Of 2019 Inductees
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 24TH, 2018 –– Janet Jackson, Radiohead, Def Leppard and Stevie Nicks will join the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame next year at its 34th annual induction ceremony, along with the Cure, Roxy Music and the Zombies. The New York Times reports, the class, which will formally enter the pantheon on March 29 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, represents a varied cross-section of the last half-century of pop music, with giants of classic and alternative rock, as well as a couple of acts from zones that the hall still glances at only occasionally: dance music and crowd-pleasing 1980s pop-metal.
Among the seven inductees, three acts — Def Leppard, Roxy Music and Nicks — were accepted the first time they appeared on the ballot, while Radiohead and the Cure made it in the second time around. The artists who didn’t make the cut, including LL Cool J, Kraftwerk and Rufus - READ MORE HERE
iHeart Music Awards Returns To Fox
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 24TH, 2018 –– iHeartMedia and Fox announced that the fan-driven 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards will air live Thursday, March 14, 2019 (8:00 -10:00 PM ET live /PT tape-delayed) on FOX, from Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The event will once again broadcast live simultaneously on iHeartMedia radio stations nationwide and on iHeartRadio, the all-in-one digital music, podcast, on demand and live streaming radio service. Now in its sixth year, the iHeartRadio Music Awards will feature live performances from the biggest artists in music, as well as surprise duets and collaborations, and award presentations in multiple categories.
“This is a show that is truly controlled by music fans, because it celebrates the artists and songs that they listened to all year long on our 850 broadcast radio stations and the iHeartRadio app,” said John Sykes, President of Entertainment Enterprises for iHeartMedia. “FOX has established itself as a premier television destination for music fans, which has made it a natural home for our Awards.” More information about the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards, including the award categories will be announced at a later date. Tickets go on-sale on January 16 at axs.com. PHOTO/iHeart
The Bert Show Raises $243,726 For Children's Healthcare Of Atlanta
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 24TH, 2018 –– On Monday, December 10th, 2018, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta representatives joined The Bert Show in studio to announce the total amount raised during the 4th annual Cumulus Making Miracles Radiothon. The radiothon, presented by Ingles, helped raise more than $243,000 for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. On Thursday, December 6th, The Bert Show kicked off the radiothon with a broadcast live from Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta - Scottish Rite hospital. Over the past four years with The Bert Show community's help, the radiothon has raised over $1,000,000 for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. During the radiothon, listeners had the opportunity to make donations throughout the all-day event in hopes to help make miracles possible for the patients fighting injuries and illnesses.
The show interviewed patients and their families who have been cared for at Children’s as well as helped raise awareness on the importance of community donations throughout the morning. - PHOTO/left to right: Abby Wexler, Moe Mitchell, Kristin Klingshirn, Davi Crimmins, Bert Weiss and Maddy Post - Photo credit: Cassandra Young
iHeart San Diego Draws Nearly $264,000 For Children's Hospital
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 24TH, 2018 –– $263,837.00: That was the final tally at the end of iHeartRadio Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego Giveathon!
Stations included: KGB, San Diego's Classic Rock Radio Station, Star941, Channel933, Rock1053, Newsradio 600 KOGO, JAM'N 95.7 San Diego's Hip Hop and R&B Radio Station, XTRA 1360. #radygiveathon
SNAPS: Jack Diamond & Family Band Take The Stage To Perform With The Beach Boys
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 24TH, 2018 –– Cumulus MIX 107.3 Wash. Morning host Jack Diamond tells Jockline, 'I have been friends with Mike Love and The Beach Boys for many years. GREAT guys and tremendous musicians. They have been kind enough to invite me to sing with them before, but this time included our "Family Band" including my wife, Lisa Anne, and our 17 year old son, Connor (shown inset). This was the scene on Monday night at The Music Center at Strathmore in Washington. Magical!! Photo Credit: Jeff McEvoy
The Ben Shapiro Show Headed To Afternoons On 77 WABC NY
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 13TH, 2018 –– Westwood One's nationally syndicated talk program The Ben Shapiro Show will soon begin airing weekdays on 77 WABC from 3pm-6pm Eastern. The program, which launches on 77WABC on Monday, January 7, 2019, includes two LIVE hours of radio programming and one hour of the Ben Shapiro podcast airing on the radio.
The live radio show extension was recently announced on the heels of the success of syndicating The Ben Shapiro Show, the top conservative podcast in the nation in 60 U.S. markets. Chad Lopez, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus New York, said: “There is no question that Ben Shapiro has taken New York by storm with listeners and advertisers. Broadening his footprint on WABC is the natural evolution of this exciting program.”
Craig Schwalb, 77WABC Program Director, said: “Ben is a fascinating host that completely cuts through the sameness that is political talk radio right now. It’s the perfect time for us to expand his programming on 77 WABC.” Shapiro said: “I'm thrilled to be launching our three-hour show on WABC, an iconic station with an incredible history. New York is the hub for information and entertainment, with a whip-smart, engaged audience -- and I can't wait to bring my brand of fast-talking to the city known for it!”
[WATCH] Charlamagne Tha God Guests On GMA; Releases New Marvel Comic Book
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 13TH, 2018 –– The Breakfast Club's Charlamagne Tha God joined GMA Day with Michael Strahan and Sara Haines today, December 12, to chat about his latest book, Shook One: Anxiety Playing Tricks on Me.” Charlamagne, who Strahan calls the “Howard Stern of Hip Hop radio,” also discussed how his career in radio started with an internship at Z93 Jamz in Charleston, S.C.
Yesterday also marked Charlamagne’s return as a comic book writer. Marvel released Merry X-Men #1, a special holiday comic book of 25 stories starring various X-Men characters, which features an all-star cast of writers and artists including Charlamagne, who wrote a story about “Storm.” Merry X-Men #1 is available now, and a preview of Charlamagne’s page can be viewed HERE
This is the second time Charlamagne has worked with Marvel on a special holiday project. The Premiere Networks-syndicated host and New York Times Best-Selling author previously wrote and starred in his own comic, “Charlamagne Tha God’s Marvel New Year’s Eve.” WATCH HERE
Cat Thomas Named OM For Entercom St. Louis Cluster
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 13TH, 2018 –– Entercom has named Cat Thomas as Operations Manager for Y98 (KYKY-FM), 102.5 KEZK (KEZK-FM) and NOW 96.3 (KNOU-FM) in St. Louis, effective January 1, 2019. “I am absolutely delighted to welcome Cat Thomas to the Entercom St. Louis team,” said Becky Domyan, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom St. Louis. “Cat’s expertise with these formats will accelerate us to high levels of performance. His natural talents, combined with his unstoppable passion for radio, will put us on the fast track for significant growth and success.”
“I can’t tell you how energized I am to be joining the passionate team at Entercom,” said Thomas. “I’m looking forward to working with Pat Paxton again [President of Programming], Becky and the entire St. Louis operation. The dedication and positive culture the staff exudes is truly amazing. We are all playing to win and I cannot wait to be a part of the great things to come.” Thomas joins Entercom from Cumulus Media where he served as Vice President of Contemporary Formats. He brings 29 years of experience including roles at CBS Radio as Vice President of Programming and Program Director in Las Vegas, Nevada. Thomas began his career at Nationwide Communications/WNCI during college as a Traffic Reporter in his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: RAB Announces 2019 Board Officers
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 13TH, 2018 –– Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) is pleased to announce the election of the 2019 Board of Directors Officers. Chair – Susan Larkin (L), Regional Vice President, Entercom Communications - Vice Chair – Mike Hulvey, Vice President/Chief Operating Officer, Neuhoff Communications Finance Chair – Bill Hendrich, Executive Vice President, Cox Media Group - Board Secretary – Jeff Warshaw, Chief Executive Officer, Connoisseur Media - Immediate Past Chair – Ginny Morris, Chairperson & CEO, Hubbard Radio
RAB is also pleased to announce the addition of Duane Davis, vice president/chief operating officer, All Pro Broadcasting, to the 2019 Board of Directors.
Scripps Completes Sale Of Its Radio Division
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 13TH, 2018 –– The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP) closed yesterday on its final sale of eight radio stations in Boise, Idaho, and Tucson, Arizona, to Lotus Communications for $8 million. Scripps has now completed all transactions in the divestiture of its radio division. Total proceeds from the divestitures were $83.5 million . Net proceeds were about $55 million after tax.
Scripps sold its 34 radio stations in eight markets in four transactions, with the other transactions closing prior to Nov. 1 • Nineteen radio stations were sold to Summit Communications for $47 million. The stations are in Knoxville, Tennessee; Omaha, Nebraska; Springfield, Missouri; and Wichita, Kansas • Five stations in Tulsa, Oklahoma, were sold to Griffin Communications for $12.5 million. • Two stations in Milwaukee were sold to Good Karma Brands for $16 million.
Scripps announced its intent to sell its radio division in January as part of its restructuring plan to create a stronger, more streamlined and higher - performing company.
Boston’s 101.7 The Bull Raises $458,236 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 13TH, 2018 –– 101.7 The Bull, WBWL-FM/Boston, raised $458,236 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital during a two-day live radiothon on December 6 & 7th.
In this photo (L-R, starting with front row): Nora Drapalski, Digital Content Director, iHeartMedia Springfield; Jessica Callahan, WBWL midday DJ; Christina Serrano, WBWL Promotions Director; Ginny Brophey, WBWL Program Director; Colton Bradford, WBWL afternoon DJ; Amanda Jo Parker, WBWL Assistant Program Director; Jenn Potter, St. Jude; Renee Dunn, St. Jude; Joe Durkin, St. Jude; Dwayne “Deej” Rice, Promotions and Marketing Director, iHeartMedia New Hampshire; Tim Moore, Senior Vice President-Programming, iHeartMedia New Hampshire; Dylan Sprague, Senior Vice President Programming, Boston Region; and volunteers
[WATCH] MIX 107.3 Wash. DC Announces Winners Of Annual Choir Competition
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 13TH, 2018 –– Cumulus' 107.3/WRQX-FM announced the winners of its 2nd Annual mix107.3 Holiday Choir Competition. In the Kindergarten-8th Grade category, the winner is North Bethesda Middle School in Bethesda, MD. In the High School category, the winner is Wootton High School Choir from Wootton High School in Rockville. The winners were selected by mix107.3 listeners, who voted online for their favorite area choirs. The winning songs from the North Bethesda Middle School and Wootton High School choirs will be played on mix107.3 and will be performed live at the mix107.3 Holiday Choir Competition Event on Sunday, December 16th from 2pm–4pm at The Shops at Wisconsin Place in Chevy Chase, MD. The Grand Prize-winning choirs will also receive money for their schools’ music programs: $5,000 for the winning high school choir and $2,500 for the winning K-8 choir!
Rob Roberts, Program Director, mix107.3, said: “We’re excited to really energize school music programs with these cash awards. Rewarding great kids working hard… This is what the holiday season is all about. We appreciate our great mix107.3 listeners’ interest in this special music and for taking the time to vote online for their favorite choirs. We encourage everyone who loves beautiful holiday music to join us Sunday at The Shops at Wisconsin Place to hear the winning songs performed by these talented students.” Jack Diamond, Host of the Jack Diamond Morning Show, said: “There are so many talented kids in Washington area high schools and we wanted to do something to support their music programs. We are so excited to award the winning schools money toward the support of their school’s music programs.” Diamond added: “The two exceptional choirs at North Bethesda Middle School and Wootton High School are most deserving of this recognition.” WATCH https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Tmmv8aPznE
95.5 PLJ To Host 'Radiothon for the Kids'
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 13TH, 2018 –– Cumulus Media announces that New York City radio station 95.5 PLJ will host “The Holiday Radiothon for the Kids” benefiting Children’s Specialized Hospital on Thursday, December 13, 2018. The Radiothon will be held from 6:00am-7:00pm at 95.5 PLJ studios. Hosted by 95.5 PLJ on-air personalities, the Radiothon will feature live performances from Matt Nathanson, Michael Franti, Marc of OAR, Ingrid Michaelson and A Great Big World. In addition, 95.5 PLJ has one-of-a-kind auction items up for bid in a very special companion online auction, with auction proceeds benefiting Children’s Specialized Hospital. Among the “must bid” auction items is “The Miracle Wall”, signed by Janet Jackson, The Backstreet Boys, Mariah Carey, to mention only a few! To view the auction items, please visit www.plj.com/csh.
Chad Lopez, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus New York, said: “We are honored to dedicate a day of programming during the holiday season to help the children at Children’s Specialized Hospital. On behalf of everyone at Cumulus New York, we truly thank Children’s Specialized Hospital for our continued partnership.” Dave LaBrozzi, Program Director, 95.5 PLJ, said: “The Radiothon is a special day. We are honored and thrilled to partner with Children’s Specialized Hospital Foundation to help raise money for the kids and make a difference.”
Wink Martindale Sends Thanks To Our Troops Around The World With 100 Greatest Christmas Hits of All-Time
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 13TH, 2018 –– Envision Networks®’ The 100 Greatest Christmas Hits of All Time with Wink Martindale is partnering with the American Forces Network (AFN) to bring the Yuletide award-winning ten-hour radio special to the brave men and women of the American forces stationed around the world. "I'm delighted to know that our ‘Christmas Countdown’ will be heard by our servicemen and women around the world,” said Wink Martindale.
“To provide a ‘musical touch of home’ is very special to me.” “It will be a very merry Christmas again this year for our US military serving overseas as they listen to The 100 Greatest Christmas Hits of All Time with Wink Martindale special on AFN Radio,” American Forces Network Radio Director Scott E. Stover said. “We’re grateful for Envision Networks’ continued partnership with us as we “serve those that serve” so far from home during the holidays.” The special will reach more than 400,000 American service men and women, Department of Defense civilians and their families overseas this holiday season. The broadcast will also be heard at the American Embassies and Consulates in 175 countries and 200 U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command ships at sea.
Fearne Cotton Returning To Radio On Virgin
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 13TH, 2018 –– Fearne Cotton is joining Virgin Radio in the UK to present the Drivetime Show. Fearne has previously worked on the air at BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 2. She is married to Jesse Wood, the son of the Rolling Stones Ronnie Wood.
Spice Girl Takes A Break From Heart Breakfast In London - Heart Breakfast co-presenter Emma Bunton has announced she will be stepping down from the daily show whilst on tour with the Spice Girls next year. Emma will still be on-air on Sunday evenings from 7pm till 10pm as normal across the Heart network. Her work on Heart began in 2009 when she was a guest co-host with Jamie Theakston. Maternity cover was provided by Emma for Harriet Scott in 2011 before she went full time in 2013.
In New Zealand, The Edge Breakfast Host Gives Powerful Speech After The Death of British Backpacker - Meg from NZ’s The Edge Breakfast show has called on men to keep their male friends accountable for how they treat women. The emotional plea came a week after the death of British backpacker Grace Millane.
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[WATCH] 9-Yr. Old Who Recently Lost Her Dad Draws On-Stage Hug From Kane During New Country 92.3 Concert In St. Louis
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 12TH, 2018 –– With the holidays just days away, we decided this story deserved our lead spot with another special radio moment. After fans braved the St. Louis' frigid winter cold snap waiting to enter the venue, Country artists Kane Brown, Luke Combs, Lanco and Jordan Davis - along with all of the New Country 92.3 on-air talents and station staff members - made this a "Jinglefest to Remember": Kara, a 9-year old from the bi-state region who recently lost her father.
Kara’s mother took her to her FIRST concert where she held up a sign (shown) asking for a hug from co-headliner Kane Brown. Kane picked Kara up, gave her a big hug and introduced her to the crowd.
After the show, New Country 92.3 PM Drive hosts Mason and Remy called Kara and her mother. Kara said it felt like a hug from “her daddy.” And believe it or not,thehug was forecast in a fortune cookie! - WATCH HERE
Radio One Philly Debuts Classix 107.9
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 12TH, 2018 –– Radio One announced the launch of Classix 107.9 on Monday. Previously known as gospel-formatted Praise 107.9. “Philadelphia’s cluster of stations will now have Boom 103.9 targeting those 34 and under, 100.3 WRNB for adults 25-54, and Classix 107.9 for those 35 and older," said Ezio Torres, Radio One Philadelphia’s station manager.
Philly.com reports that Inquirer and Daily News columnist Solomon Jones is still employed by Radio One who told them, I’m working on the sister station 100.3 WRNB [during the Quincy Harris morning show for the rest of the week] and my show will be back soon,” he continued. “I’m sad like everyone else, but grateful that I’m still there.” The Praise 107.9 audience will still be able to listen to gospel programming via praisephilly.com, the Praise Philly app, and with the home entertainment device, Alexa, on 107.9 HD2.
iHeart Cleveland Announces The Debut of The New REAL Hip-Hop 106.1
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 12TH, 2018 –– iHeartMedia Cleveland announced the debut of the new REAL 106.1, Cleveland’s Real Hip-Hop and R&B, effective immediately. To commemorate the launch, the station will play 10,000 commercial-free songs in a row. The full program line-up for REAL 106.1 will be announced in the upcoming weeks.
“We are extremely excited to add REAL 106.1 to our diverse portfolio of stations in the Cleveland market,” said Keith Hotchkiss, President of iHeartMedia’s North Ohio Region. “REAL 106.1 will play the top songs from the top artists in the Urban format. As Clevelanders get to know REAL 106.1, we’re confident that it will become their number one choice for Hip-Hop and R&B in the market.” odcasting and live streaming radio service – with more than 2 billion app downloads and 121 million registered users.
Radio Mercury Awards Announces Final Round Judging Panel
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 12TH, 2018 –– The Radio Mercury Awards announced the final round judging panel for the 28th Annual Radio Mercury Awards. The 2019 panel of top-level agency creative leaders represents radio's top advertising categories including automotive, communications, financial services, packaged goods, OTC, retail, spirits, and quick serve restaurants.
The jury, drawn together with the help of Chief Judge Chris Beresford-Hill (shown), Chief Creative Officer, at TBWAChiatDay NY comprises thought leaders from across the country, representing all size markets with diverse audiences, and cutting edge creative work for advertising’s biggest brands.
Next year's Final Round Judging Panel includes Chief Judge - Chris Beresford-Hill - J-B Weld - Robin Fitzgerald - Donnell Johnson - Zoe Kessler - Jeff Kling - Dan Lucey - John Matejczjk - Andres Ordonez and Chris Smith.
"We were fortunate enough to land some of the best creative leaders in the country,” noted Chris Beresford-Hill. "I can’t wait to sit together in May and listen to all of the finalists with this group. There should be some healthy debate; I expect nothing less with all these strong personalities.” The Radio Mercury Awards will announce the total number of awards to be given out when the 2019 Finalists are announced in early May. For more information regarding entry guidelines, category descriptions, entry fees, and deadlines please log onto www.radiomercuryawards.com.
Westwood One Named The Official Radio Partner For 61st Annual Grammys
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 12TH, 2018 –– The 61st Grammy Awards® nominations are out and Music’s Biggest Night® is set to broadcast live from LA’s Staples Center on Sunday, February 10, 2019, 8:00 – 11:00 pm ET, on CBS. Once again, Westwood One has been named the official radio broadcast partner of the Recording Academy™ and the 61st Annual GrammyAwards. WWO will welcome select local stations and national programs to its Westwood One Backstage at the Grammy Awards, which takes place in the days leading up to the 61st Annual GrammyAwards at the Staples Center in LA
Westwood One Backstage at the Grammy Awards Radio Row Remote will take place on Friday, February 8 from 10 am to 4 pm PT. In addition, Westwood One, through its partnership with the Recording Academy and the 61st Annual Grammy Awards, will also create exclusive Grammy branded long-form and short-form content leading up to and following the awards, including: Ø 2-Hour Grammy Nomination Special – airing February 2-3, 2019, in Top 40/Hot AC, AC, and Urban formats. Ø Grammys Week Highlights – Airing February 4-10, 2019: Special daily tune-in programming in Top 40, AC, and Urban formats.
Westwood One Backstage at the Grammy Awards takes place at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. For more info, contact Neal Bird at email@example.com or (310) 840-4207.
STUDY: Social Media Surpasses Newspapers For News Consumption; Trails Radio By 6%
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 12TH, 2018 –– A Pew Research Center survey published Monday found that adults in the U.S. received more news from social media than newspapers in 2018. This is the first time news consumption via social media surpassed print newspapers since Pew began this study writes The Week
Television continues to be the most popular medium for news consumption, with 49 percent of adults looking to their headlines, followed by websites with 33 percent, and radio with 26 percent. As to be expected, this change is heavily spearheaded by younger demos. Those between ages 18 and 29 are about four times as likely to receive their news from social media than people 65 years and older. Who knows what trend they'll influence next.
The survey was conducted by speaking to 4,581 respondents on a panel between July 30-Aug. 12. The margin of error is 2.5 percentage points. Read more at Pew Research Center HERE
EVENTS: 98.1 WOGL Philly Raises Over $250,000 For Children's Hospital
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 12TH, 2018 –– Entercom,'s 98.1 WOGL Philly raised over $250,000 to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) during the 17th annual “98.1 WOGL Loves Our Kids Radiothon” on December 6 and December 7. “We are immensely grateful to our generous community of listeners, fans and clients who supported the 17th annual ‘98.1 WOGL Loves Our Kids Radiothon’ to help the kids at CHOP,” said David Yadgaroff, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Philadelphia.
Donations were taken by phone, online and in person. 98.1 WOGL hosts Marilyn Russell, Harvey Holiday and Nicky G. presented the check for over a quarter of a million dollars to CHOP at the end of the event. Funds raised through the Children's Miracle Network (CMN) are earmarked at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia for patient care programs.
Tom Taylor Announces His Retirement
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 12TH, 2018 –– High-fives and best wishes to our longtime friend, and one of radio's most respected reporters, Tom Taylor, Publisher of NOW, who announced this week that December 21st would be his final edition of his daily publication..
He wrote: “In my head, I may still think I’m a kid, but my odometer is about to roll over to a large round number (70).” He added, "At this point in my life, my family needs more of me." He added, "In three decades of covering the business, I’ve tried to be fair, to get the story right, and to be at least a bit entertaining. And an important point - Please don’t read my personal decision as a judgement about the future of radio. (As “Star Trek” creator Gene Roddenberry said, “It isn’t over; everything has not been invented; the human adventure is just beginning ... Thanks for letting me be part of your life, every day. It’s been a privilege."
Glenn Beck Pays Off $27,000 Worth Of Strangers' Layaway Items At Local Walmart
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 11TH, 2018 –– Here's a trend we're thrilled to see catching on. This week we read where Kid Rock paid off $81,000 of layaways at a Nashville Walmart (READ HERE). Now radio's Glenn Beck has followed suit to the tune of $27,000 worth of strangers' layaway items at a Dallas area Walmart in North Richland Hills. The Dallas News reports that Beck picked up the tab two days before the final payments were due. Beck credits Tyler Perry with the inspiration who recently covered over $400,000 in layaways at Atlanta area Walmarts.
Beck and his wife broadcast live from the store Saturday evening. They said they stopped at the Walmart on their way to a Christmas party, but ended up staying for several hours as employees helped Beck pay off each account, one-by-one. A Walmart spokeswoman said Beck paid about $27,000 in total . Beck said on his radio program Monday that the individual accounts had balances that ranged from $24 to $500. The host said he and his family had been inspired by Tyler Perry, who recently paid off all the layaway items at two Atlanta Walmart stores, which totaled more than $400,000.
After 22-Years, Doug McIntyre Announces His Last Show On 790 KABC LA Will Be This Friday
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 11TH, 2018 –– Doug McIntyre who airs the morning show on KABC with Randy Wang and Leeann Tweeden told listeners yesterday, "The time has come for me to say goodbye.:
McIntyre said, " After 22-years, I will do my last show at KABC this Friday, December 14th. What a great run and wonderful experience it has been. This was a tough call, but I appreciate KABC managment for respecting my decision. Please join us for this final week, 5-10am. From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU for listening all these years! No word yet on who will take over mornings beginning in 2019.
Hubbard Cuts Now Spread To Seattle
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 11TH, 2018 –– Following recent cuts in Chicago, St. Louis and Cincinnati, Hubbard has now added more cuts at KRWM's and KNUC Seattle. Radio Insight reports that the Minneapolis-based group has parted ways with its Warm 106.9” KRWM morning team of Allan Fee, Ashley Ryan and producer Kevin ‘Woody the Producer’ Justik, while Country “98.9 The Bull” KNUC says goodbye to Michael Kraig Mason.
Fee previously spent fourteen years at CBS Radio Hot AC “Q104” WQAL Cleveland first as Program Director and later morning host and has also programmed “105.7 The Point” KPNT St. Louis. Ryan previously served as a traffic reporter in the Seattle market for Total Traffic & Weather Networks while contributing to shows on Sports 950 KJR.
On Facebook, The WARM morning members posted: "A great big thank you to everyone who took the time to tune in to us (Allan Fee, Ashley Ryan & Kevin Justik) over the past three years. We got to laugh, cry and share a part of ourselves and we appreciate each and every one of you! We don’t know what awaits us in 2019, but half the fun is in the anticipation. Cheers!"
John Hanson Named Program Director For 830 WCCO Minneapolis
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 11TH, 2018 –– Entercom has appointed John Hanson as Program Director for 830 WCCO (WCCO-AM) in Minneapolis, effective immediately. Hanson previously held the same role for sister station 610 Sports Radio (KCSP-AM) and 1660 The Score (KWOD-AM) in Kansas City.
“John brings extensive knowledge of the Kansas City community to his new role with 830 WCCO,” said Shannon Knoepke, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Minneapolis. “I trust our listeners will enjoy the innovative and exciting programing that he will add to the station.”
“This is a wonderful opportunity,” said Hanson. “I’ve tuned into this station my entire life, so I know all about its legendary past. I look forward to WCCO-AM’s exciting future that meets the interests and fast-paced needs of today’s listener.” Prior to joining Entercom in 2013 Hanson co-hosted “Twin Cities Live” on KSTP-TV in Minneapolis. He has also served as Program Director for ESPN Radio 920 in Las Vegas.
EVENTS: WZPL Indy's Smiley Show Raises $736,298.00 During Request-A-Thon
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 11TH, 2018 –– This latest draw tops 2017's record of $709,000 will help grant 92 wishes for kids battling life-threatening illnesses. Basking in the warm afterglow, Smiley, (left, with co-host Toni DeKeyser and Producer Will), commented, "I always feel that by doing this event, we build up enough good karma so that listeners will put up with our fart jokes the other 363 days a year." DeKeyser added, "I'm overwhelmed by the generosity of our listeners. Every year I think that there's no way we can top this, but here we are. It's amazing how much good there is in the world."
OM JR Ammons says, "Every year I look forward to/dread hearing Dolly Parton into Vanilla Ice into Bon Jovi... but seeing how we are able to impact lives right here in Indiana makes it all so worth it. I couldn't be more proud to work with the Smiley Morning Show. They are, without a doubt, one of the most talented, hardest working shows in America."
Entercom Raises Over $75,000 To Fight Hunger With WAAF's 'Rock For Change'
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 11TH, 2018 –– Entercom reports that WAAF’s (WAAF-FM) annual “Rock For Change” raised over $75,000 in three days to fight hunger in New England. The three-day fundraising effort supports Greater Boston Food Bank, Worcester County Food Bank and New Hampshire Food Bank in their efforts to end hunger. Over the last 27 years, WAAF has raised over $1.7 million towards this effort.
“It is an honor to be a part of such a noble cause, and I couldn’t be more proud of the efforts our station and its listeners displayed this year,” said Mark Hannon, Regional President and Market Manager, Entercom Boston. “The endeavors of these three food banks does not go unnoticed in this region, and we are proud to help them achieve their goals.” “For decades, WAAF and their listeners have creatively raised funds and awareness about hunger for Greater Boston Food Bank, Worcester County Food Bank and the New Hampshire Food Bank and we are all incredibly thankful for this partnership each and every year,” said Catherine D’Amato, President and CEO, Greater Boston Food Bank. As part of the efforts, WAAF on-air host Greg “Hill-Man” Hill broadcast live on air from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET daily from December 5 to December 7 to help raise funds for the food banks.
The Bull 98.9's Tim, Red & Claire Collect Over Six Tons Of Food For Seattle Charities
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 11TH, 2018 –– In two short weeks, The New 98.9 The Bull's morning team of Tim, Red & Claire have surpassed their goal to collect 10,000 in donations of canned goods for their first year Food Fund benefiting NW Harvest and the Sky Valley Family and Community Resource Center. In total, the team collected 12,302 pounds of food through the course of 13 collection events. Tim Leary said, “I have never seen an outpouring of such love and support from any community as we’ve seen with The Bull listeners. They have brought this idea of a food fund to an entirely new level that we couldn’t even imagine was possible.” Within the first year of existence, The New 98.9 The Bull and Tim, Red & Claire have made it a point to ingrain themselves into the community and support those around them. Tim, Red & Claire's Food Fund is a way to provide food to those who need it during the holiday season, while also having face time with their dedicated and generous listeners in the Seattle-Tacoma area.
SYNDICATION: Benztown Takes 'Top 10 Now & Then' National
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 11TH, 2018 –– Benztown announced it will market “Top 10 Now & Then”, the countdown show designed for America’s Urban Adult audiences, to radio listeners across the U.S. “Top 10 Now & Then” is directly aimed at the core Female 25-54 demo, and is a proven ratings leader with appeal across Urban AC, Rhythmic Oldies, and Classic Hip Hop formats.
“Top 10 Now & Then” is currently heard in markets including: Phoenix, AZ; San Diego, CA; Riverside, CA; Honolulu, HI; Oxnard/Ventura, CA; Pensacola, FL; and Palm Springs, CA; and streams from Los Angeles, CA; Atlanta, GA; Miami, FL; and Charlotte, NC. “Top 10 Now & Then” is hosted and written by award-winning radio personality and music executive Rick Nuhn, and is produced by Ron Shapiro, creative director, programmer, and producer, who brings over 25 years of experience in countdown shows and syndicated programming.
Dave “Chachi” Denes, President, Benztown, said: “Top 10 Now & Then” is the only show that highlights hits and artists from today and yesterday. There is no other specialty program like it and that’s why listeners love it!” To listen to a demo of “Top 10 Now & Then”, visit: https://www.benztown.com/programming/top-10-now-then. For more information, visit: www.benztown.com/Top10Now&Then or contact Masa Patterson at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 818.842.4600.
[WATCH] Elvin Duran Reveals Song That Changed Fallon's Life On 'The Tonight Show'
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 11TH, 2018 –– After hosting Z100’s iHeartRadio Jingle Ball at Madison Square Garden, Premiere Networks-syndicated personality Elvis Duran was a guest on NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Friday, December 7. The National Radio Hall of Famer and host of Elvis Duran and the Morning Show chatted about a wide variety of topics, including taking care of his Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and getting engaged on the unluckiest day of the year - Friday the 13th.
While discussing his upcoming 12 on 12 interview show, Duran uncovered the song that changed Fallon’s life - Musical Youth’s “Pass the Dutchie.” WATCH HERE
NIELSEN: Politics & Holiday Music Drive Ratings Leaders For 2018
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 10TH, 2018 –– With another year coming to a close, American radio preferences continue to evolve to meet the cultural, entertainment and news realities of today. Right now, hundreds of radio stations around the U.S. are playing wall-to-wall holiday music as Christmas approaches. This annual tradition on the radioairwaves continues to pay off for the stations that swap in the “all-Christmas” format at the end of the year, and particularly for Adult Contemporary (AC).
Elsewhere, News/Talk radio continues to be ascendant as audience interest in news (and politics) remains exceptionally strong several years removed from our last presidential election. In 2018, midterms, Supreme Court nominations, natural disasters, social media scrutiny and widening cultural debates (among other stories) continued to drive listeners to the News/Talk format, which had another strong year of performance. According to Nielsen’s Portable People Meter (PPM) data for the balance of 2018 (January-November), News/Talk remained the No. 1 format among all listeners (age 6+) for the eighth year in a row. It was one of four formats that increased its share of audience this year from last year (News/Talk had a 10% share this year, up from 9.9% in 2017). Elsewhere, Adult Contemporary increased from 7.7% to 8.0%, Classic Hits trended from 5.3% to 5.6% in 2018 while also having another big summer, and All Sports moved slightly higher in 2018, growing from 4.3% last year to 4.4% this year. The chart above includes the 10 most popular radio formats of 2018 across Nielsen’s PPM markets. TOP PHOTO/1010 WINS Studio/NY
Sean 'Coop' Tabler & Casey Tapped For Mornings At 96.5 WTDY Philly
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 10TH, 2018 –– Entercom, welcomes Sean “Coop” Tabler and Casey Reed as on-air hosts for the 'Coop & Casey Show' on 96.5 TDY (WTDY-FM) in Philadelphia. “We are so excited to bring Coop to Philly and to welcome Casey back to the 96.5 TDY family,” said David Yadgaroff, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Philadelphia. “Together, their focus on all things Philadelphia, along with their infectious energy is just what WTDY’s listeners are looking for in the morning.”
"I am beyond thrilled to be a part of the incredible Entercom team in Philly,” said Sean “Coop” Tabler. “I've been looking forward to working with Shelly Easton [Program Director, Entercom Philadelphia] and soak up her wealth of knowledge and talent. I can't thank David Yadgaroff enough for allowing me the opportunity to work at TDY and I am absolutely honored to be a part of a team with Casey Reed. Her talent, hard work and dedication to Philly are unmatched." Prior to joining Entercom, “Coop” served as morning show host for 97.3 The Eagle in Norfolk-Virginia Beach, VA. “Coop” has also held on-air roles for sister stations 987 The Breeze (WDZH-FM) and 99.5 WYCD (WYCD-FM) in Detroit, as well as 100.7 The Wolf (KKWF-FM) in Seattle. "I can’t describe how it feels to have come full circle and be back at 96.5 where I started my on-air career,” said Casey Tabler. “Shelly Easton is second to none when it comes to leadership, so it’s an honor to be working with her again as well as with David Yadgaroff and everyone at Entercom in my hometown. Teaming with Sean is an absolute pleasure. I doubt there’s another morning talent as hard-working, forward-thinking and humble as he is."
Tampa Bay’s Mix 100.7 Announces Debut Of The Mix Morning Show With Laura Diaz
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 10TH, 2018 –– Mix 100.7 Tampa announced today the debut of The Mix Morning Show with Laura Diaz. Diaz joins Mix 100.7 from iHeartMedia Orlando’s XL106.7, where she co-hosted alongside Johnny Magic on Johnny’s House for seven years.
“My great-grandparents emigrated from Spain to Tampa in search of the American Dream,” said Diaz. “To think that 103 years later I have the opportunity to be the female lead on a morning show and continue the dream is overwhelming! I’m grateful and humbled to be able to join a community-focused station like Mix 100.7 and to continue doing what I love with iHeartMedia.”
“Laura’s unique female perspective makes her the perfect fit for mornings on Mix 100.7,” said Randi West, Mix 100.7 Program Director. “I’m excited for her to join us in Tampa Bay!”
Cami Marlowe Tapped For PM Drive/APD Duties AT WABD-FM Mobile
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 10TH, 2018 –– Following a thorough and time consuming recruitment process, it comes with great excitement to welcome the newest member to the Cumulus Mobile, AL family. Cami Marlowe will be joining Cumulus starting today, December 10, as APD/PM Drive Talent/Digital Content Coordinator for WABD.
Cami arrives from WYOY, Jackson, MS, where she served as Morning Show Co-Host and Midday Personality, and her experience extends much further, including New Zealand, where she has spent much of her childhood and early adult life. Cami brings with her a vast and broad background in broadcasting, digital and social media platforms. She is battle tested with a proven track record within the CHR format, possesses a strong personality and maintains a work ethic which will complement the Cumulus culture.
Cami adds, “I am thrilled for the opportunity to work at Cumulus with heritage station 97.5 WABD!!! Jimmy, Don & the team have been so welcoming and I am excited to bring a slice of KIWI (New Zealand) to the Mobile, AL market.”
Gen Media Partners Acquires Two More Radio Partners
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 10TH, 2018 –– Gen Media Partners (GMP) has acquired Regional Reps and The Tacher Company, further expanding its reach and influence in the national advertising arena. The announcement was made today by Chief Executive Officer Kevin Garrity. While the newly acquired companies will continue to operate on behalf of the radio stations they represent, Gen Media Partners’ combined roster of 4,000 radio station partners will create more opportunities for national advertisers, particularly when they are looking for scale in radio.
“With the addition of these two heritage firms, we strengthen our voice on the national level for the independent broadcasters we represent,” Garrity stated. “With the increased scale and reach, we can develop more national opportunities and generate more agency business for our independent radio partners, while we continue to provide the exceptional service and support that are our hallmark. I’m excited to welcome Regional Reps, The Tacher Company, and the radio stations they represent to the Gen Media Partners family.” This announcement comes on the heels of Gen Media Partners’ recent purchase of the Sun Broadcast Group Network and adds two more respected radio brands to its already impressive portfolio. Outgoing Chairman of Regional Reps, Stuart Sharpe, commented, “Building on the foundation created more than six decades ago by founder Leonard Auerbach and his colleagues Don Hays and Jack DeHaven.
Entercom Launches Campaign In Palm Springs To Herald Recent Launch Of Channel Q
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 10TH, 2018 –– Entercom is launching a multiplatform marketing campaign to celebrate the recent launch of “Channel Q” on 103.1 FM (KQPS-FM) in Palm Springs. “We are proud to be supporting Channel Q in Palm Springs with a multiplatform campaign that captures the energy of the station,” said Jeff Federman, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Los Angeles. “Channel Q is a passion project for all of us involved and we are delighted to give a voice to the LGBTQ community and its allies.”
“Channel Q” is also available on RADIO.COM, the exclusive digital home for all Entercom content across the company’s robust portfolio of 235 radio stations, the RADIO.COM app and sister stations in six markets including Live 101.5 HD2 (KALV-FM) in Phoenix, Mix 94.1 HD2 (KMXB-FM) in Las Vegas, 97.1 AMP Radio HD2 (KAMP-FM) in Los Angeles, ALT 94-7 HD2 (KKDO-FM) in Sacramento, 95.7 The Spot HD2 (KKHH-FM) in Houston, TX and Alice @ 97.3 HD2 (KLLC-FM) in San Francisco.
EVENTS: Steve Perry, Train, and Pentatonix To Hosts Trio of WWO Holiday Music Specials
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 10TH, 2018 –– Westwood One kicks off the holiday season with musical treats for stations across America, featuring three top, multi-platinum recording artists – former Journey frontman and solo artist Steve Perry, GRAMMY Award-winning band Train, and the wildly-popular acapella quintet Pentatonix.
The following one-hour specials are available for AC and Hot AC stations during the dates listed, and can air any time between 6:00 am and 12 midnight: · STEVE PERRY, My Favorite Christmas Music – December 15 and 16, 2018 · TRAIN, Christmas in Tahoe – December 22, 2018 · PENTATONIX, Christmas is Here – December 23, 2018 Westwood One's famous holiday music specials, hosted by the biggest and brightest stars in music, have become a welcome tradition with hundreds of programmers, millions of listeners, and local advertisers. Stations interested in airing any of these specials can contact Neal Bird at email@example.com or (310) 840-4207.
Bud and Broadway Bring Back 'Bikes, Balls and Barbies' To 92.3 St. Louis
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 10TH, 2018 –– St. Louis. Bud and Broadway – along with the New Country 92.3 Home Team - will collect toys on December 13th and 14th to bring joy (and toys!) to kids at Shriners Hospitals for Children over Christmas.
After the week’s collection efforts, all toy donations will then be delivered to Shriner’s Hospital by Goodfellas Moving Company. For more information on this special New Country 92.3’s Bud and Broadway “Bikes, Balls and Barbies” 10,000 Toys for Girls and Boys! toy drive campaign.
SNAPS: Ellen K To Voice Grammys Again
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 10TH, 2018 –– What a year it's been for Ellen K. Following another year of stellar ratings aboard mornings on KOST-FM LA, last July iHeart then launched her into syndication with a new weekend show that's now heard on WLTW/NYC as well as 50 other affiliates.
Add to this, she has once again been chosen as the Voice of the Grammys again for 2019 on CBS.... NICE!
Howard Stern, Rush Limbaugh Top Forbes Highest-Paid Radio Host List For 2018
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 7TH, 2018 –– Howard Stern is once again this year’s highest-paid radio host, with a $90 million haul. reports Forbes. In the third year of his eight-figure contract with SiriusXM, he earned an estimated $90 million in our 12-month scoring period, before taxes and fees. Stern is closely followed by Rush Limbaugh, who made $84.5 million.
iHeart Ryan Seacrest rounds out the top three with a $74 million haul, which Forbes calls "a massive uptick over last year’s $58 million." Premiere/Fox News star Sean Hannity earned $36 million. Glenn Beck, amid company setbacks, slid to $8.5 million from last year’s $10 million .Read more HERE
Mediate Ranks Sean Hannity A Top Its Most Influential List
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 7TH, 2018 –– Mediaite announced their 2018 list of the most influential figures in news media, and Premiere Networks-syndicated host Sean Hannity is ranked #1. Hannity, who recently celebrated an affiliate milestone of 600 stations, topped a list of 75 anchors, pundits, reporters, editors, executives, late-night comedians and others.
Mediaite points to Hannity's “veritable media empire in and of himself,” with a national radio show reaching 18 million monthly listeners and a FOX News program that consistently bests rivals on all three networks with a nightly audience of 3 million viewers. Mediaite says, “…he’s emerged as the king of cable news. Add his direct line to the White House, and there’s simply no one more influential.” See full list of the most influential HERE
REPORT: Cumulus Toledo Switching Up Four Of Its Morning Shows
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 7TH, 2018 –– The Toledo Blade reports that Cumulus is switching up four of its “live and local” morning shows. Starting Dec. 17, the WRQN-FM, 93.5, drive-time duo Cliff and Lyn will join Gary Shores from 5 to 9 a.m. on WKKO-FM, 99.9 (K-100), with Denny Schaffer and his WQQO-FM, 105.5 morning team relocating down the dial to WRQN.
Eric Chase, who handles evenings on WQQO, will be replacing Schaffer. On Dec. 21, WXKR-FM, 94.5,welcomes Mark Benson. The station’s current morning man, is retiring, with former WIOT-FM, 104.7 radio personality Pyke tapped as his replacement. Pyke most recently broadcast in the Chicago market.
Andy Stuart, regional vice president and market manager, said in an email announcement to Cumulus Toledo Group, “As far as I can tell, this is another first in broadcast history in that one company is making four morning show changes virtually at once,” Stuart said. “We believe that this is possible only because each of these people have great and established brands and that each of the stations themselves have excellent foundations.”
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Kurt Johnson Rising To Board President Of CMA
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 7TH, 2018 –– Effective Jan. 1, 2019, Bill Simmons, Partner at The Fitzgerald Hartley Company, completes his term as Chairman of the CMA Board, while current CMA Board President Jody Williams, Vice President, Creative, Nashville at BMI, assumes that post.
CMA President Elect Kurt Johnson (L) Senior Vice President of Programming for Townsquare Media will become CMA Board President. Mary Hilliard Harrington, Senior Manager at Red Light Management, has been named CMA Board President Elect, while Clay Hunnicutt, President of Big Loud Records, has been named Secretary/Treasurer of the CMA Board. Jennie Smythe, CEO of Girlilla Marketing, assumes the post of CMA Foundation Chairperson, while current Chair Joe Galante, CEO of Galante Entertainment Organization, becomes CMA Foundation Vice Chair in2019.
NETWORKS: Westwood One News To Present The 2018 Year in Review
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 7TH, 2018 –– Westwood One News is offering its affiliates a series of 20 Year in Review reports featuring one-minute vignettes showcasing many of the year’s biggest stories. The reports will cover the Mueller Probe; Hurricanes Florence and Michael; the #MeToo Movement; themidterm election; immigration; changes on the Supreme Court; mass murders in Miami, Pittsburgh, Annapolis and Thousand Oaks; the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Embassy in Istanbul; the deaths of John McCain, Burt Reynolds, Aretha Franklin, Stephen Hawking, former President George H.W. Bush, Barbara Bush and others; plus the top stories in sports, entertainment, and business.
Westwood One News will also provide two long-form Year in Review programs: “The Year in Review – The Big Stories,” hosted by correspondent Michael Toscano (L), and “The Year in Review – People and Entertainment,” hosted by correspondent John Trout. These programs will replace The Week in Review and America This Week respectively the weekends of December 22 and 23 and December 29 and 30, 2018.
This special Westwood One News Year in Review content is available to affiliated stations for unlimited use from Friday, December 21, 2018 through Tuesday, January 2, 2019. Stations interested in learning more about Westwood One News can contact Jim Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 840-7933.
The Chop Shop Reaches 800th Show Milestone
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 7TH, 2018 –– Despite a recent pop star’s proclamation that rock is dead, guitar music is still very much alive and well. The proof goes beyond record-setting concert sales for rock acts and includes this week’s celebration of the 800th consecutive show of the one-and-only Chop Shop Guitar Show. Lzzy Hale and Joe Hottinger from Halestorm and Trans-Siberian Orchestra guitar maestro Al Pitrelli joined host, Steve Black on this week’s monumental occasion. From the first power chords heard across the rock radio landscape in 2003, the franchise has grown to include the Chop Shop Classic version and Classic Rock Live with Pierre Robert in syndication.
“800 shows and week after week I remain energized by the same simple joy of sharing the music I love and how it’s created with my fellow music fans,” said Steve Black. Celebrate with the Chop Shop TSO Christmas Special at NO COST Stations can still secure the 15th annual edition of The Chop Shop Guitar Show’s Trans-Siberian Orchestra Christmas Special. Envision Networks® Annual Trans-Siberian Orchestra Holiday Special is available for download now. Interested stations should call 216.831.3761 or email@example.com
EVENTS: Entercom's 'Concert For Unity' RaiseS Over $60,000 For Tree of Life'
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 7TH, 2018 –– Entercom Pittsburgh's 'Concert For Unity sold out in less than five days and raised over $60,000 for Tree of Life! The Concert which featured Dan + Shay, FRZY and The Andy Davis Band to Benefit Tree of Life – Or L'Simcha Congregation was presented by Pittsburgh stations 100.7 STAR (WBZZ-FM) and Y108 (WDSY-FM),on December 2 at Pittsburgh’s Byham Theater.
PHOTO/L-R: (l-r) Warner Music Nashville Chairman John Esposito, Dan Smyers of Dan + Shay, Entercom Pittsburgh SVP/Market Manager Michael Spacciapolli, Shay Mooney of Dan + Shay, and Entercom Pittsburgh VP/Programming and WBZZ/WDSY Program Director Mark Anderson at the event.
New Country 96.3 KSCS Raises $175,670 For Children’s Medical Center
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 7TH, 2018 –– Cumulus' New Country 96.3 KSCS Dallas raised $175,670 for Cook Children’s, a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, during its 5th Annual KSCS Cook Children’s Radiothon which took place Saturday, December 1, 2018. At the conclusion of the broadcast, more than $173,000 was raised, but the phones were still ringing with listeners donating almost an additional $2,000. This brings the total KSCS has raised for Cook Children’s in the five years of this event to more than $1,090,000. Money raised through Radiothon will be used to fund the areas where the need is greatest at Cook Children’s. This includes, but is not limited to, the daily care of patients and their families, enhancement of programs, and investing in innovative equipment that is up-to-date with the latest advances in medicine and technology.
PHOTO/ Back Row (L-R): Natalie Houghton (Cook Children’s Health Foundation Director of Annual Giving), Clara Martin (KSCS Promotions Coordinator), Mark “Hawkeye” Louis (KSCS Morning Show), Mac Daniels (KSCS Program Director), Grant Harris (Cook Children’s Health Foundation Senior Vice President, Chief Development Officer), Cheryl Clark (Cook Children’s Health Foundation Manager of Communications). Front Row (L-R): Teresa Bingham (Cook Children’s Gift Processing Coordinator), Amanda Lewis (Cook Children’s Health Foundation Director of Development - Centennial), Lauren Estlinbaum (Cook Children’s Health Foundation Development Associate, Communications), Michelle Rodriguez (KSCS Mid Days), Al Farb (KSCS Assistant Program Director, Afternoons), and Rebecca Kaplan (KSCS Promotions Director).
Cumulus Nashville Collects Big For Less Fortunate
Cumulus Nashville’s NASH FM 103.3, 95.5 NASH ICON, 104-5 The Zone, Super Talk 99.7 WTN and 92Q came together on Tuesday to collect thousands of toys and gifts for those in need in Nashville this holiday season. The toys and gifts collected were donated to The Salvation Army’s Forgotten Angel Program. This holiday, The Salvation Army will reach over 6,800 “angels” – less fortunate children and elderly. According to Major Ethan Frizzell, Area Commander - The Salvation Army Nashville Area Command, several hundred of those “angels” may not be adopted or be returned to the Angel Tree. “We would not be able to provide for all these children, without the support of Cumulus Broadcasting and our community,” said Major Ethan Frizzell, Area Commander, The Salvation Army Nashville Area Command.
PHOTO/Santa and Major Ethan Frizzell, Area Commander The Salvation Army Nashville Area Command
Benztown Kicks Off 5th Annual 'Cans 4 Cans' Event In L.A.
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 7TH, 2018 –– Benztown kicks off its Fifth Annual “CANS 4 CANS” Holiday Benefit to drive donations to the Los Angeles Food Bank. Benztown invites friends in the radio industry to post a photo wearing your headphones (a/k/a “cans”) to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #cans4cans. For every photo posted, Benztown will donate a can of food to the Los Angeles Food Bank on your behalf.
Michael Flood, President/CEO, L.A. Food Bank said: “"We'd like to thank Benztown for another year of the Cans4Cans campaign, which not only raises funds and food for our mission, but also increases awareness about the state of hunger in our community." The event takes place now through Thursday, December 20th. CLICK HERE for more details.
KFI AM LA To Hold 8th Annual PastaThon
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 7TH, 2018 –– KFI AM 640 will be holding will hold the eighth annual KFI PastaThon today to help feed local children in need. Proceeds will benefit Caterina’s Club, a charitable organization that helps feed, house and educate children in need in the Orange County. During the 17-hour live broadcast, all KFI AM 640’s on-air personalities including Bill Handel, Jennifer Jones Lee, Gary Hoffmann, Shannon Farren, John Kobylt, Ken Chiampou, and Tim Conway Jr. will be on site encouraging listeners to donate packaged pasta, jars of pasta sauce and money to help feed local children in need.
“This is an entire station and community effort,” said Robin Bertolucci, Program Director for KFI AM 640. “Not only does KFI PastaThon help feed children in need but it also aims to end the cycle of poverty. We are grateful for our incredibly giving listeners.” Since 2010 KFI has raised over $1.8 million and 340,000 pounds of pasta and sauce to benefit Caterina’s Club, who has served more than 2.9 million meals to hungry children since chef Bruno Serato founded the organization in 2005. Currently Chef Bruno feeds 20,000 kids a week at 80 locations in 26 cities across Orange County.
Westwood One Host Matt Pinfield 'Grateful To Be Alive' After Being Hit By Car In L.A.
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 6TH, 2018 –– MTV Alumni and current host of Westwood One's Flashback, Matt Pinfield is going to be okay after sustaining head and leg injuries after being hit by a car in LA. A rep for Pinfield tells TMZ, who first reported the story, he was hit by a speeding car Monday night in L.A. and taken to the hospital where he was treated for a leg broken in two places and lacerations to his head that required stitches. He underwent surgery and is now in stable condition. TMZ adds, Matt's awake and in great spirits. He'll soon begin physical therapy.
Pinfield posted on Facebook: "Thank you to you and all my friends for all your support through this difficult time. The good news is I’m so grateful to be alive and I know it will be a long physical recovery that I will meet everyday with a smile. Much love to you all!"
Special Memories Of George & Barbara Bush For KRBE/Houston's Roula Christie
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 6TH, 2018 –– Long before Roula Christie co-hosted Cumulus' highly popular Roula & Ryan Morning Show on KRBE/Houston - like a hundred and one years to be exact - her family opened Christies restaurant in Houston on Westheimer Dr.. Along the way, it became a regular stop of the late President George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara along with their friends. Roula, who's family still operates the eatery, had the opportunity of getting well acquainted with the Bush family and she and her own family often posed for photos, some taken by Barbara Bush.
Yesterday, Roula was among attendees at St. Martin’s church in Houston for the late President's service. Roula tells Jockline, "It’s been pretty crazy at the restaurant including the press. President and First Lady Bush were regular customers there and it’s been very emotional for her family to first lose Barbara and now President Bush. Among the photos shown include one of the late President's favorite table (TL) which now features his photo, an arrangement of white flowers and flickering candle. At top right is one with Roula, First Lady Barbara Bush and George during one of their more recent trips. "Rest In Peace Sir,' says Roula. We'll miss seeing you and enjoying your Oyster Stew."
SYNDICATION: Westwood One To Debut Rebranded Ty Bentli Show
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 6TH, 2018 –– Westwood One will celebrate the New Year by launching a new A.M. drive show featuring former New York City morning host Ty Bentli. The Ty Bentli Show, debuting on Monday, January 7, will present Ty, Country recording artist Chuck Wicks, and an expanded cast of friends and characters. The show will continue to originate from Nashville.
“My dad taught me about hard work and looking out for others, my mom taught me about family and our values, and my wife taught me that you can believe in all of that while still laughing hysterically as we move through life!” says Bentli, who was raised in South Dakota by a police officer father and a loving, working mom. “Every day, this show will make the world a lot more fun -- some drama, some love, tons of laughs, big stars and Country music!”
Suzanne Grimes, EVP, Marketing for Cumulus and President, Westwood One, added, “We are excited to showcase Ty in this new morning environment where his genuine and engaging personality really shines. He connects with listeners in a very real way, and this is the perfect forum for him to bring more good will, compassion, and cheer to our lives every morning.” Stations interested in learning more about The Ty Bentli Show can contact Country@WestwoodOne.com.
Lance Tidwell Named Director of FM Programming for Cumulus Detroit
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 6TH, 2018 –– Cumulus has appointed Lance Tidwell as Director of FM Programming for Cumulus Detroit, which includes: Country station WDRQ (NASH FM 93.1) and Hot AC station WDVD (96.3 WDVD). Tidwell replaces Robbie Bridges, who is moving back east after a successful five-year run in Detroit.
Tidwell brings 30 years of programming experience to Cumulus Detroit, and previously served as Operations Manager for Cumulus Kansas City. Tidwell was most recently Operations Manager for Townsquare Media’s four-station cluster in Fort Collins, CO. He was also SVP, Programming, for iHeartMedia in the Tucson, AZ, and San Antonio, TX markets, and was Program Director for Country stations including: WWYZ in Hartford, CT; KKWF in Seattle, WA; KQFC in Boise, ID; and WGKX in Memphis, TN.
Greg Smith, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Detroit, said: “Lance is a tremendous addition to our management team at Cumulus Detroit. Lance is a highly regarded programmer, on-air talent, and leader. I am looking forward to working with him to grow both ratings and revenue." Tidwell said: “Very excited to work with my mentor and friend Mike Wheeler again! I want to thank Mike, Greg Smith and Mike McVay for this opportunity in Detroit.”
Josh 'Jay Jay' Gebhart Named PD For KSCR-A/F Eugene, OR
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 6TH, 2018 –– Cumulus has appointed Josh (JAY JAY) Gebhart as Program Director of Eugene, OR, HOT AC radio station KEHK-FM/Star 102.3. He will also serve as Program Director for Willamette Valley’s Hits Radio, KSCR, 1320 AM/98.1 FM.
Gebhart rejoins Cumulus from iHeart Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN, where he was a Producer and On-Air Talent. Prior to that, he was On-Air Talent for Cumulus Minneapolis and was also On-Air Talent for Ingstad Broadcasting in New Prague, MN.
Al Scott, Operations Manager, Cumulus Eugene, said: “It’s great to finally have a PD here in the building to steer KEHK through this very competitive radio market. Josh brings a lot of enthusiasm to the table and is breathing fresh life into the station! Josh will also be taking on the duties of PD for our Lite A/C, KSCR-AM & FM.” Gebhart said: "I'm thankful for this leadership opportunity, to be under the stewardship of experienced individuals like Al and Kathy and once again to be a part of the Cumulus family. Here in Eugene we'll re-foster the relationship between listener and station in ways that can be emulated across all markets and breathe life into radio as a whole."
FORMATICS: KMEZ Moves Home To 102.9 New Orleans
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 6TH, 2018 –– Cumulus announced that KMEZ, its Urban Adult Contemporary outlet in New Orleans, will move from its current 106.7 frequency back to its original home at 102.9 FM on today, December 6, 2018. The station replaces Power 102.9, and will be known as “Z 102.9”.
Michael Francois, Program Director, KMEZ, said: “During the first 30 days, Z 102.9 will be heard both on Z 102.9 and on 106.7 FM so that all our current listeners will know that KMEZ will now be heard on 102.9 FM. The goal at Cumulus New Orleans is to provide our listeners with great products and make our stations as strong as possible for both our listeners and our advertisers. The combination of our four radio stations and our digital platforms leads to great success for both our listeners and our sponsors.”
Sun Broadcast Group Launches National Live Event And Tour Division
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 6TH, 2018 –– Sun Broadcast Group has announced their new live experience division, SBG Events. The new venture hits the road in 2019 with the announcement of several tours and events sponsorship programs to complement SBG’s current audio lineup. “Our partners and advertisers are always looking to enhance their presence on the radio through unique and exclusive opportunities,” said Jason Bailey, SBG President and Founder. “We worked diligently with our shows, hosts and artists to provide the ultimate way to create a memorable experience for fans, listeners and customers.”
SBG Events will work in tandem with their partner’s existing tour and sponsorship teams to offer SBG advertisers on air, on stage and local activation for the following experiences throughout 2019: The Jim Brickman Tour featuring Brickman’s Holiday concert series - The Michael Baisden Live Tour - and The Girls World Expo Tour
Research continues to show that people forge deeper connections with brands through positive experiences with those brands; SBG now invites others in being part of a wonderful experience that will allow target audiences of teen girls and their families to connect with brands in a positive and meaningful environment. Rich O’Brien, VP of Programming and Affiliate Relations adds, “It made sense for SBG to add this service to our 2019 lineup and continue to take our partners to a whole new level of engagement. For more information on SBG Events, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 212.380.9338
CONDOLENCES: Ken Byers, VP Broadcast Operations of Arizona's Hometown Radio Group Passes Away At 62
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 6TH, 2018 –– After 17 years, Howetown Radio Group's Vice President of Broadcast Operations Ken Byers has died at the age of 62. Ken joined Arizona's Hometown Radio Group just one week after 9/11 and led the broadcast operations right up to when his illness forced his retirement in October.
Ken anchored "The Morning Mix" on KPPV and made significant contributions both on air and behind the scenes on all of our stations. Born in West Virginia, Ken Byers began his Arizona radio career in 1990 at KCKY in Coolidge and quickly advanced to a position with KTAR in Phoenix the following year helping with technical and production for the Pat McMahon show. In 2000 he left KTAR to be the morning voice of KTHQ in Show Low. And made the move the following year to KPPV and KQNA. He is survived by his wife, Shannon and daughter Charlotte. We'll miss you, Ken. Buckle up!
EVENTS: 96.1 Pittsburgh Fills 60 Buses In Toys For Tots 'Stuff-A-Bus Drive
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 6TH, 2018 –– Heart Pittsburgh’s 96.1 KISS, Pittsburgh collected 60 school buses worth of new unwrapped toys during the 15th annual Stuff-A-Bus toy drive to benefit the U.S. Marine Corp’s Toys for Tots program. The event took place on Monday, November 26 through Friday, November 30. During the drive, 96.1 KISS’ on-air personalities Mikey, Bob, Tall Cathy and Scottro broadcast by remote and encouraged listeners to donate toys for the community from individual listeners and their families, as well as local schools, public safety departments and neighboring businesses.
Donors who contributed to Stuff-A-Bus this year included Pittsburgh Steelers Wide Receivers JuJu Smith-Schuster and Trey Griffey who brought an SUV filled with toys. Other notable donors included Pittsburgh natives Michael “Mikey” Foster and Charles “Scootie” Anderson from the Hip-Hop duo Social House, known for their single “Magic in the Hamptons” as well as the producers of Ariana Grande’s hit, “thank u, next.” “
Pandora Gets Replaced By Neev On KISS In London
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 6TH, 2018 –– More schedule changes at KISS in the new year. Neev is heading back to the mid-morning show replacing Pandora. Pandora joined KISS from Capital 18 months ago to replace Neev on mornings, who left to have a baby.
Britain's Regulator Makes Another Bizarre Ruling - Steve Allen from LBC in London has ben found in breach of the Ofcom broadcasting code for remarks he made on London’s LBC about blind people. Only one listener complained to Ofcom (The UK version of the FCC) that Steve made discriminatory comments during this programme on October 1st 2018. Steve commented on an article in The Times newspaper which reported on a blind man who is scared of dogs and intends to use a guide horse rather than a guide dog. Steve’s comments included: “Well if he’s blind, tell him it’s a rabbit or something”.
Kieran Cuddihy joins Newstalk Breakfast In Ireland - Kieran Cuddihy is joining the Newstalk Breakfast team on a permanent basis, joining Shane Coleman as co-presenter weekdays 7am till 9am. Kieran, began his broadcasting career in Canadian radio where he developed a love for journalism. Since joining Newstalk in 2011, the self-confessed hurling fanatic (It’s an Irish game, similar to field hockey and soccer) has become a familiar voice to listeners presenting numerous shows.
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WKQX Chicago Unveils New Morning Show: The KQX Morning Crew'
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 5TH, 2018 –– Cumulus is launching a new morning show on Chicago Alternative Rock radio station 101 WKQX. “The KQX Morning Crew” will debut on Monday, December 10, 2018, and will air weekdays from 6am-10am. The new morning show will feature Co-Hosts Brian Haddad, Ali Matta and Justin Nettlebeck. Brian Haddad returns to Chicago radio after a stop in Philadelphia at legendary Sports station WIP-FM, where he was On-Air Host, Evenings. Haddad was known by Chicagoland radio listeners as “Sludge” while previously on-air at WKQX (Q101), WZZN and WRCX. Ali Matta (Mattacola) joins WKQX mornings from Cumulus' Minneapolis’ KXXR/93X, where she was part of the successful “Half-Assed Morning Show with Nick, Josh & Ali”.
In addition to his role as Co-Host, Justin Nettlebeck is the Executive Producer of “The KQX Morning Crew”. He was previously Producer of the syndicated “The Free Beer & Hot Wings Show”, which broadcasts from WGRD-FM in Grand Rapids, MI. Former WKQX Morning Host Brian Phillips will segue to a weekend and swing shift role on-air at WKQX, and as Producer and Host of “ALT_Backspace”, which airs Sunday mornings from 10am-12 Noon on WKQX. Troy Hanson, 101 WKQX Program Director, Vice President/Operations, CUMULUS MEDIA-Chicago, and Vice President/Programming-Rock, Cumulus, said: “Timing is everything. We’ve been eying Brian, Ali and Justin as individuals for quite a while now and the timing was right to bring their incredible talents together to create a compelling, funny, what people are talking about type of show. The market is ripe for a show that can deliver on those attributes and we plan on doing so every day with The KQX Morning Crew. The time is now.”
NPR CEO Jarl Mohn To Step Down In June
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 5TH, 2018 –– NPR CEO Jarl Mohn announced he will step aside next year to focus on a newly created position to lead NPR's fundraising drive. Stephen Voss /NPR NPR's chief executive, Jarl Mohn, announced Tuesday that he would step aside next June at the end of his five-year term to focus on a newly created position to lead the public radio network's fundraising drive ahead of its 50th anniversary in 2020. Mohn announced that he and his wife, Pamela, would also contribute $10 million toward the effort.
"I've had a chance to work at some great companies. But this has been the most important and rewarding thing I've done in my career," Mohn said in a telephone interview. "It really has been remarkable." In taking the CEO job, Mohn arrived with decades of experience as a broadcast executive and digital media investor, with stints at MTV, VH1, E! and Liberty Media before becoming a private investor. He has been a relentless cheerleader of the durability of terrestrial broadcasting as a platform for public radio, and his tenure has been marked by significant growth in NPR's radio and digital audiences, though it has softened of late. Mohn said NPR's board of directors had offered him a second term, a characterization supported in interviews with two members of the board. "It was a very tough decision, because I am conflicted," Mohn said in the interview. The Mohns had been commuting from Los Angeles, where he and his wife live, and that it has been taking its toll. In addition, though he did not cite concerns about his health, Mohn suffered a near-fatal aorta rupture in March 2017 and had to take medical leave late last year. Mohn arrived at the network in the summer of 2014 bursting with energy.
Denver Station Puts ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’ Back In Rotation Following Vote
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 5TH, 2018 –– "Denver's Holiday Station," KOSI 101.1 will resume playing "Baby, It's Cold Outside" following a vote on its website reports FOX 31/Denver. . KOSI 101.1 said Tuesday that the Christmas song would be returning to the air after receiving 15,000 votes from listeners. “We value the opinion of all our listeners and appreciate the feedback we received,” said KOSI 101.1 Program Director Jim Lawson in a statement released Tuesday. “Respondents voted 95 percent in favor of us keeping the song as part of KOSI 101.1’s tradition of playing all of your holiday favorites. While we are sensitive to those who may be upset by some of the lyrics, the majority of our listeners have expressed their interpretation of the song to be non-offensive.”
The station explained that over the weekend, it received complaints from listeners following news that a Cleveland station has stopped playing the song, citing the "Me Too" movement. On Monday, the station stopped playing the song, as explained in a statement from Lawson sent to FOX31. A short time later, the radio station put the poll on its website. "We wanted everyone to weigh in because that is the only way we could make a good choice," KOSI morning show host Jenny D (R). said. "We can’t choose for you. This is more your station than ours. We’re letting you have a voice that I think a lot of people need." She tells KDVR, "We talked to people and it never stopped, and that was a good thing because everyone was telling us how they feel. I hope they know we were there to listen." Some believe "Baby, It's Cold Outside" is inappropriate for modern times due to its lyrics. KOSI 101.1 is the only FM station in the Denver market exclusively playing Christmas music during the holiday season. WATCH HERE
Meanwhile, several other radio stations in the U.S. and Canada, continue not to ban its airing. KOIT/San Francisco said it was banning the Frank Loesser tune. CBS' KPIX reports many listeners have said the song is inappropriate in the #MeToo era – but others are outraged the classic tune has been taken off the air.
Westwood One News To Provide Live Coverage Of President Bush's Funeral
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 5TH, 2018 –– Westwood One will provide live anchored coverage of the funeral for former President George H. W. Bush today, December 5. The coverage will begin at 11:00am ET and is expected to run approximately 90 minutes. Correspondent Mike Moss will anchor, along with White House Correspondent Linda Kenyon at the Washington National Cathedral. Westwood One News will also provide one-minute special reports at the top and bottom of the hour, beginning at 10:30am ET and concluding at 2:00pm ET.
WBAP/KLIF' Dallas' Clayton Neville posted the shown photo on Twitter of flowers placed outside The Bush Presidential Center in Dallas following the former President's passing.
97.3 KBCO Denver Becomes 1st-Ever FM Station Inducted Into CO Music Hall of Fame
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 5TH, 2018 –– The Colorado Music Hall of Fame honors those who have made outstanding contributions, to preserve and protect historical artifacts and to educate the public regarding everything that’s great about Colorado’s music. 97.3 KBCO staff past and present gathered on stage and were recognized for their contributions. National touring artist, Amos Lee, read the proclamation and presented the award to 97.3 KBCO Program Director, Scott Arbough. Additional highlights from the night included a special video tribute from Nathaniel Rateliff as well as a touching video highlight reel of 97.3 KBCO’s accomplishments from throughout the years.
Hitting the airwaves in 1977, 97.3 KBCO has created an alternative to standard rock and pop radio with a format known as Adult Alternative Album. A few artists that attribute their success to 97.3 include Big Head Todd & The Monsters, Bonnie Raitt, Lyle and many more.
“97.3 KBCO is in an elite class of radio stations that can truly be called iconic,” said Tim Hager, President of iHeartMedia’s Denver Region. “This recognition is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the KBCO staff. We’re fortunate to have a passionate group of professionals who are committed to creating unique, Colorado-centric content year after year.”
SYNDICATION: Armstrong & Getty Head National
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 5TH, 2018 –– With a national footprint already on 15 stations in the Western United States, including KGO San Francisco, KFMB San Diego, KEX Portland, KKAT Salt Lake City , KHHO Seattle and KSTE Sacramento, the highly popular duo are now set to invade all across the U.S.
Craig Whetstine is handling Affiliate Relations for Armstrong & Getty Media. Stations can reach Craig at 503.975.6153 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Mayton & Anderson On The Rise At Benztown
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 5TH, 2018 –– 2018—Benztown has appointed Scott “Justin Case” Mayton to the newly-created position of Director, National Imaging. In 2014, he was named to the Nielsen/Edison Research "Audio’s 30 under 30" list, honoring top talent in audio. In his new role, Mayton will provide dedicated “white glove’ service to national media companies including Cumulus, Beasley, Yamanair Creative and Saga Communications, which entered into a national partnership with Benztown earlier this month.
Concurrently, Benztown announces that it has promoted audio imaging professional Matt Anderson to Director, Custom Imaging. In his new role, Anderson will oversee Custom Imaging for Benztown and its audio affiliates across the U.S. and Canada. Anderson assumes the position from Mayton, and rises from his previous post as Imaging Producer for Benztown. Prior to joining Benztown in January, Anderson was Creative Services Director for iHeartMedia in Boston, MA. He also served iHeartMedia as Programming/Production Assistant for its six-station group in Providence, RI.
Dave “Chachi” Denes, Benztown President, said: “We are at an exciting juncture in our company’s growth and are pleased to introduce the concierge service model to national media companies - an idea whose time has come. The efficiency and value of national imaging deals continue to make sense to radio groups. These two appointments will enable us to continue delivering the outstanding quality, consistency and service for which we have become known and provide professional ‘white glove’ service to our national imaging partners.” For more information, visit www.benztown.com, or contact Masa Patterson at email@example.com and at (818) 842-4600.
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 5TH, 2018 –– Little Tommy Sablan's Breaking and Entering Christmas® (yes, it's patented) is now in its 22nd magical year. This year's involved a family who missed Thanksgiving with their Mother because she was in the hospital battling cancer. As reported by KUSI-TV, Tommy broke into their house and let the magic begin. Tommy and his team (shown top), aired on Jesse Lozano in the Morning on Star 94., 1filled the family’s house with the donations and covered the place with holiday cheer along with $20,000 and more on the way. They were also able to get a donation from Southwest Airlines to send the family on vacation, plus new Toyota minivan, and the gifts just keep on coming.
Tommy tells Jockline, "It's very cool to see how Breaking and Entering Christmas has grown and continues to spread not only locally but nationally. We do one on the air but many more off the air. Listeners, family, and friends take letters and handle on their own. We take care of about 50 families locally. WATCH - see more HERE
Preston & Steve’s 'Camp Out' Delivers 1.826M Lbs Of Food; $198,188 Cash For Needy
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 5TH, 2018 –– Beasley's 93.3 WMMR-FM is proud to announce the 21st Annual Preston & Steve Camp Out For Hunger yielded record-setting food donations. From 6am Monday, November 26th through 11am Friday, November 30, 2018, Preston and Steve lived in the parking lot of Xfinity Live! Philadelphia, located at the Sports Complex in South Philly, soliciting food donations from listeners and businesses in the greater Philadelphia area.
A total of 1.826 Million pounds of food (approximately 913 TONS) and $198,188 in cash were collected as a result of the event, thanks to the generous support of the community. These donations will provide over 2.2 Million Meals for individuals and families in need. The legendary radio duo started their food drive back in 1998 because they believed hunger was a real issue in the Philadelphia area and needed to be addressed. Their initial goal was to raise one ton of food, which they achieved! - Photo credit – Chorus Photography A Camp Out For Hunger volunteer forklifts a pallet of food onto a tractor trailer bound for Philabundace.
BFOA Launches Year-End Giving Campaign
More Than $1.3 Million In Aid Awarded in 2018
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 5TH, 2018 –– The Broadcasters Foundation of America launched its annual year-end appeal for tax-deductible personal donations to the Guardian Fund and corporate contributions to the Angel Initiative. The year-end drive asks broadcasters to reflect on their success and good fortune and give back with a tax-deductible personal or corporate donation that will help the Broadcasters Foundation continue its mission of delivering financial assistance to broadcasters in acute need. The Broadcasters Foundation is a 501(c)3 charity, and the only charitable organization devoted exclusively to broadcasting professionals.
The year-end giving campaign comes as more broadcasters than ever before are reaching out for monthly or emergency relief. This year, the Broadcasters Foundation will award more than $1.3 Million in aid, surpassing last year’s record-setting figure of more than $1 Million. Close to $300,000 of this year’s total is for the emergency assistance that is disbursed quickly to broadcasters whose lives or homes have been affected by the unprecedented number and severity of natural disasters, including Hurricanes Maria, Florence, and Michael and the wildfires in California. Monthly aid is distributed to qualifying broadcasters who have been confronted with unexpected medical emergencies, including life-threatening critical illnesses and devastating tragic accidents.
To learn more or to donate, please contact the Broadcasters Foundation at 212-373-8250 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.broadcastersfoundation.org. About the Broadcasters Foundation of America:
K104 Expands Programming Talent Search For Music Director / Show Producer
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 5TH, 2018 –– Service Broadcasting Group’s K104 is seeking an innovative Music Director and Show Producer to play an integral role on our SBG Content Factory team. This is a unique position for a creative music maven, content curator, and show director who can drive audience engagement, ratings and revenue success. Do you have the talent and skills to help elevate our brands, shows and high-profile personalities in the 5th largest market in America, Dallas, TX? If so, seize this rare opportunity now.
Key Music Director Responsibilities: • Ability to create compelling content and experiences that captivate listeners and brand fans • Ability to help create the perfect music flow and carefully craft the perfect daily or weekend playlist • Collaborate with Program Director and Operations Manager to build and sustain strong artist, label, digital and entertainment community relations
Key Show Producer Responsibilities: • Assist show host(s) with preparation, production and execution of all aspects of the daily show • Collaborate with show host(s) on developing useful, relevant and entertaining content for the show • Ideate, post and maintain unique “real-time relevant” content on all digital brand/show platforms
Send your resume package, success stories and philosophies on music scheduling, morning shows and marketing with references to: SBG HR Manager Debbie Henry at email@example.com No phone calls please. Service Broadcasting is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE)
STUDY: Audience Share Of AM/FM Radio Is 8 Times Bigger Than Pandora/Spotify
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 4TH, 2018 –– Edison Research just published their Q3 2018 Share of Ear report. Among the key takeaways from the study Westwood One's Pierre Bouvard points to advertisers and agencies who incorrectly perceive the audience size of Pandora and Spotify.
Americans spend substantially more time daily with AM/FM radio than Spotify and Pandora: AM/FM radio dominates daily time spent with nearly two hours daily among persons 18+ compared to Pandora’s 12 minutes and Spotify’s 10 minutes daily.
AM/FM radio outreaches all other ad-supported platforms: The Q3 2018 Share of Ear study has AM/FM radio’s daily reach at 72%, 7 times larger than Pandora and 18 times larger than Spotify and SiriusXM.
Spotify’s ad-supported audience has not grown in over two years: all of Spotify’s growth comes from their commercial-free subscription service: Spotify’s audience growth over the last three years has been completely driven by its ad-free subscription service, up +150% since Q2 2016.
Smart speaker ownership soars to 24% of all Americans in October 2018: Smart speaker ownership is still on the rise, tripling in just 2 years. You can read more HERE on the Westwood One blog.
REPORT: NAB Encouraging FCC To Relax Rules On Station Ownership
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 4TH, 2018 –– The National Association of Broadcasters is encouraging the FCC to relax, if not eliminate all together, any restrictions on how many stations a single owner can have in one market reports Billboard. In its review, FCC will look at the overall marketplace to decide if any adjustments are needed. As part of that review, it asks interested parties for comments; while that hasn't happened yet, the NAB and two music industry groups have pro-actively submitted comments in advance of the review process.
In a letter to the FCC and in comments to the agency, the NAB says it doesn't believe the existing radio ownership limits are needed to promote competition in today's audio marketplace. In contrast, the Music First coalition of industry trade groups and the Future of Music, working together in a joint comment, are encouraging the FCC to keep restrictions in place, arguing that further consolidation will impact diversity of programming, and thus the public interest. The NAB's argument is based on how the competition for listeners' time has changed dramatically due to new business models from satellite and digital radio, and on-demand services. "The Commission cannot continue to ignore multiple major sources of competition for both listeners and advertisers in the audio marketplace," writes the NAB..READ STORY HERE
iHeartMedia Announces 'Overwhelming' Creditor Support For Plan of Reorganization
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 4TH, 2018 –– iHeartMedia announced voting results for the Company’s Fifth Amended Joint Chapter 11 Plan of Reorganization (the “Plan”). More than 90% of the votes cast by creditors and shareholders who participated in the vote approved the Plan, demonstrating substantial support for, and far exceeding the votes necessary to confirm, the Plan. The voting results indicate strong support of iHeartMedia's Plan, which achieves a value-maximizing restructuring that comprehensively addresses the company’s funded debt obligations and positions iHeartMedia for continued growth and long-term success.
The Plan will reduce iHeartMedia’s funded debt by approximately $10.3 billion—to $5.75 billion—and result in the separation of iHeartMedia’s radio and outdoor advertising businesses. With the support of its creditors and the expected confirmation of the Plan, iHeartMedia expects to complete its restructuring process and exit Chapter 11 in early 2019. Final voting results will be filed with the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division, prior to the hearing to confirm the Plan.
Lisa Dent To Middays At Big 95.5 Chicago
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 4TH, 2018 –– Longtime Chicago host Lisa Dent most recently served as BIG 95.5’s weekend host and prior to that co-hosted mornings on WUSN-FM in Chicago for ten years. In 2017, Dent launched her first business, Lisa Dent Speaks, LLC, inspired from her popular social media series #LunchwithLisa and built her own studio, The Radio Farm. She is an award-winning personality, podcaster, voice actor, speaker, wife and mother. In 2016, Dent was inducted into the Country Radio Hall of Fame. She also currently serves on the PAWS Chicago Board of Directors and Illinois Arts Council.
“I am so excited to welcome Lisa Dent as midday host for BIG 95.5,” said Matt Scarano, President of iHeartMedia Markets Group’s Chicago Region. “She brings an iconic presence to our team and will be a tremendous asset to our listeners, community and advertisers.” “We are thrilled to now have Lisa Dent on BIG 95.5 full-time,” said Lance Houston, BIG 95.5 Program Director. “Lisa is one of the most talented and engaging personalities in Chicago radio history and we are extremely lucky to have her. We heard you Chicagoland and we are just as excited as you to hear Lisa every weekday morning.” “I think Chicago is the best city in America,” said Dent. “It’s home for me, and I’m so happy to be back on the radio every day in the city I love, on BIG 95.5, a radio station I love.”
TheBlaze And CRTV Merge To Form New Conservative Media Group
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 4TH, 2018 –– Glenn Beck‘s TheBlaze and CRTV, home to Mark Levin, Eric Bolling, Steven Crowder, and other conservative media figures, are merging to form a new company, Beck announced on Monday. The new entity, Blaze Media, will be headquartered in Dallas, currently home to TheBlaze offices. “Conservatives, libertarians, constitutionalists, and more have a home at Blaze Media. Our hosts will have differences, but we share a common belief in free expression, honest discourse and a society founded in the principles of the Bill of Rights,” said Glenn Beck. “I’m beyond thrilled about this merger.”
“Conservatives actually believe in a free press and the rest of the Constitution. This is why I started LevinTV, which grew into the CRTV digital network,” said Mark Levin. “I’m very excited about the merger of TheBlaze and CRTV. The timing is perfect.” According to Mediaite, current subscribers to either service now immediately have access to both, said Leon Wolf, Managing Editor of TheBlaze.com. Mediaite spoke with Wolf, who said that the two sites are functioning together already, with a new logo and and site design rolled out on both this morning.
PODCASTS: iHeart Launching Ron Burgundy Podcast - And It's Kind of a Big Deal
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 4TH, 2018 –– December 3, 2018 – The legendary newscaster Ron Burgundy and iHeartMedia announced “The Ron Burgundy Podcast.” The audio series will launch on the iHeartRadio Podcast Network in early 2019 and the iconic anchorman is beside himself with glee to once again grace the world with his presence.
“The Ron Burgundy Podcast” will be co-produced by Funny Or Die and is an iHeartRadio Original podcast. "Listen, I don't know what a podcast is, but I currently have a lot of time on my hands and a lot to talk about,” said Ron Burgundy, host of “The Ron Burgundy Podcast.” “I am also broke. Therefore, I am very excited to do this podcast. It is literally saving my life."
“To be honest, we don’t want to do this podcast and we just want to get this announcement over with as soon as possible,” said Conal Byrne, President of the iHeartPodcast Network. “Ron quite literally forced us into making this podcast with him, first calling us more than one hundred times in a single day and then proceeding to actually show up at our doorstep and physically force himself into our studios. We do hope the podcast is well-received, but in the meantime, we hope by agreeing to do the announcement he will stay away.”
"By the way, if iHeartRadio says that I harassed them into making a podcast, it is a lie!! A boldface lie!!” said Burgundy. “Did I call them one hundred times in one day? Yes! But that's called persistence! I have filed suit against iHeartRadio for these salacious claims. I will be representing myself legally, since I currently do not have enough money to hire an attorney."
Meanwhile, Burgundy sought some promotional help from avery reluctant Don Lemon on CNN - check it out HERE CLICK HERE
Mark Ramsey Media Launches New Christian Radio Research Division
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 4TH, 2018 –– Mark Ramsey has announced a new division of its company, Mark Ramsey Media named FaithBright. Ramsey says for many years we have served the research needs of all broadcasters everywhere. That will not change. Christian broadcasters, however, are a special subset with special needs and – in many cases – a business model driven by fans, not by ratings. Over time, my company has become the leading strategic research firm for Christian radio. So now we’re doubling down with a new division built from the ground up with that market’s unique needs in mind.
This new division will not only provide custom strategic research for Christian broadcasters developed over years with the input of hundreds of Christian radio leaders and tens of thousands of Christian audience interviews, but we are also developing proprietary means of magnifying the effectiveness of station fundraising efforts and specialized efforts to fund research efforts through direct appeals to donors - get more details HERE
EVENTS: Highway 98's 'Bikes or Bust' Tops 2,000 Bicycles — The Most In 8 Years
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 4TH, 2018 –– After four days living atop a scissor lift for the 8th annual Bikes or Bust toy drive at Uptown Station, host/PD Bo Reynolds (shown above) was finally brought back down to Earth writes nwfdailynews.com. After getting over 2,000 bikes donated, his first order of business? “I’m going to take the most intense shower I’ve ever taken in my life,” said the DJ for Highway 98 Country. “Then I’m going to get my very first pedicure because my feet have been soaking wet for three days.”
Reynolds had a rough, rain-soaked weekend on the lift and had to be brought down more than once due to lightning. “It was pretty scary actually,” said Lisa Buchman, director of promotions. She tells the paper, “We brought him down about 1:20 in the morning on Saturday night and he was down until about 6. We had to pull him down Saturday during the day too, whenever there was lightning in the air we brought him down because he was on a metal lift so high in the air.” Reynolds had camped in a Winn-Dixie parking lot. Once he saw the lightning, he was informed the giant scissor was like a giant lightning rod so he was very willing to come down.
EVENTS: Froggy 101 Wilkes-Barre Hosts 'Guitars & Stars' Charity Event
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 4TH, 2018 –– The Froggy 101event takes place today and features musical performances by country artists Rodney Atkins, Clare Dunn, Morgan Evans and Kip Moore. “As the leader in live, original, local audio content, we look forward to delivering another memorable ‘Guitars & Stars’ event for our audience,” said Ryan Flynn, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. “We are excited about the fantastic lineup of artists and the opportunity to benefit a great cause in our community, the Children’s Miracle Network."
The organization raises funds to provide equipment, programs and services for children at Geisinger Janet Weis Children's Hospital in Danville, PA., as well as pediatric services throughout the Geisinger Health System.
Buz’n Minny Rebrands As 102.9 The Wolf; Greg Thunder Joins Morning Show
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 3RD, 2018 –– They're howlin' in Minneapolis as country outlet Buz’n 102.9 revealed this morning at 7 a.m. that they'll stay country with the new moniker '102.9 The Wolf. Adding to the howlin' they announced that longtime Minneapolis host Greg Thunder (L)would be joining it's current morning show.
Over the Thanksgiving weekend, the station teased on social media, “For the past seven years, we’ve given the Twin Cities great country music. But, on Dec. 3, we’re buzzing off.” A follow-up post reads: “It’s been fun gettin’ our buzz on for seven years in the Twin Cities, but times change...
“102.9 The Wolf will be the Twin Cities’ station for the biggest country hits from then and now,” said Shannon Knoepke, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Minneapolis. “From today’s leading artists to all-time essential country favorites, every song beats the pulse of Nashville all day, every day. We’re excited for our fans – ‘The Wolfpack’ – and clients to continue on this journey with us as we create a close-knit community of fans.” Thunder recently held on-air roles for KTCZ-FM in Minneapolis, KGOR in Omaha, NE and sister stations 100.3 The Bull in Houston and 94.1 The Sound in Seattle. Subsequently, current morning show anchor Paul “PT” Thomas will expand his role to also host “Home Town Country Sunday Night,” which will air Sundays from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. CT. The new weekday lineup is as follows: 5:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.: “The Wolf Wake Up Crew” 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.: Fish 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.: Lucas Phelan 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.: Mike Dubs
Missing Former Bay Area Host Found Dead
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 3RD, 2018 –– Ray Taliaferro, longtime overnight host of KGO San Francisco, who went missing nearly three weeks ago, has been been found dead behind Brooks Stadium in Paduchah, KY, about a mile where he was last seen. His son tells ABC7 News there's been no luck getting in contact with his late father's wife. The FBI is assisting in the investigation. Taliaferro, 79, was reported missing Nov. 10, according to the Massac County Sheriff's Department, based in Metropolis, Ill., across the Ohio River from Paducah.
In a statement given to ABC7 confirming his death his son wrote: "It is with great sadness that the Taliaferro family has to announce the passing of Ray Taliaferro. His body was found in Paducah, Kentucky in a wooded area approximately a mile from where he was last seen. The family appreciates the support and help we received in our search for Ray. This is a devastating ending to our search for him over these past weeks. The family is in the process of working with the police to learn the matters surrounding his death. At this time, we are processing this turn of events and ask for privacy as we work through our loss." Read Full Story HERE
Police Find No Evidence Of Crime In Casey Kasem Death
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 3RD, 2018 –– Police found no evidence of wrongdoing following allegations that relatives of radio personality Casey Kasem were responsible for his 2014 death but will now turn the matter over to prosecutors reports The Columbian. The longtime “American Top 40” host had a form of dementia and a severe bedsore when he died at age 82 at a hospital in Gig Harbor.
Gig Harbor police opened their investigation last month after Kasem’s wife, former actress Jean Kasem (BL), submitted a private investigator’s report claiming three of Casey Kasem’s children from a previous marriage were responsible for the radio host’s death. It’s the latest development in years of legal wrangling between Jean Kasem and her three stepchildren. The groups fought over visitation access to Casey Kasem before his death, with his daughter Kerri Kasem (BR) assuming control of his medical care. Jean Kasem, who appeared on “Cheers,” was married to the announcer for more than 30 years but was stripped of control over his medical care in the final days of his life.
Casey Kasem died in June 2014 in Gig Harbor, where his wife had taken him after checking him out of a Los Angeles-area medical facility where he was receiving round-the-clock care. Jean Kasem, has contended her decision to move her husband to Washington was made to protect his privacy. READ COMPLETE STORY HERE
[WATCH] Cleveland Station Drops 'Baby It's Cold Outside;' Internet Explodes
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 3RD, 2018 –– As the screengrab from Michael Buble/Idina Manzel's music video above from their version of 'Baby It's Cold Outside' would suggests, it seemed to be an innocent enough tune. But Cleveland's Star 102/WDOK-FM thought otherwise and pulled it from its all-Christmas rotation. No sooner done, the internet suddenly posted the story at nearly every news outlet on the globe. Among them, The Huffington Post who says the song, written by Frank Loesser and ordinarily performed as a duet between a man and a woman, has been slammed for its treatment of consent.
Star 102 FM host Glenn Anderson (L) wrote in a blog post that he initially “didn’t understand why the lyrics were so bad” until he read them. “The world we live in is extra sensitive now, and people get easily offended, but in a world where #MeToo has finally given women the voice they deserve, the song has no place,” he wrote. Following the decision, the radio station started a poll on its Facebook page asking whether the song should be played, with 94 percent of respondents answering yes. Afternoon host Desiray (R) also weighed in.
The AJC's Rodney Ho also replied via our Facebook string saying, "The song has already lost favor since the #MeToo movement across the board. The Idina Menzel/Michael Buble version was No. 20 on the Billboard Holiday 100 in 2014, No. 51 in 2015, No. 53 in 2016 and was off the chart completely in 2017 (though Dean Martin's version snuck in at No. 81). I checked Mediabase 24/7. The Dean Martin/Martina McBride is ranked at No. 128 followed by the Idina Manzel/Michael Buble version at No. 129.. A Brett Eldredge version is at No. 110.
NETWORKS: Salem & Townhall News To Offer Live Coverage Of George H. W Bush State Funeral
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 3RD, 2018 –– SRN and Townhall News will provide live coverage of the state funeral of former President George H.W. Bush on Wednesday, Dec. 6th at the National Cathedral in Washington; the coverage will be anchored by White House correspondent Greg Clugston. Additionally, all SRN nationally-syndicated talk shows hosted by Mike Gallagher, Eric Metaxas, Hugh Hewitt and others will pay tribute to America’s 41st President starting Monday…with special guests and live caller remembrances.
Tom Tradup, v.p./News & Talk Programming for SRN, said: “America has lost a great leader and a Godly family man. I had the honor of personally interviewing George H.W. Bush in New Orleans the morning he was announcing Dan Quayle as his 1988 vice presidential running mate. Even in that high-pressure moment, he was exceptionally generous with his time…exuding a grace and gentle strength that would define him for the rest of his days.” TOP PHOTO: Entrance to Terminal C of Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport on Saturday, December 1st. (Salem Radio Network photo courtesy of SRN’s John McGlasson.
Benztown Offers Special Audio Tribute
Benztown has created a special tribute to to the late President who passed away on Friday, November 30th, in Houston, Texas, at the age of 94. You can listen to the audio tribute HERE. The audio tribute was written and produced by Benztown's Scott Phillips.
Cox Media Group Houston Names Todd Elbrink DOS
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 3RD, 2018 –– Cox Media Group (CMG) Houston has named Todd Elbrink director of sales, effective Dec. 17, 2018. Elbrink is the successor to Judy Lakin, who is retiring at the end of this year after serving in sales leadership roles at CMG Houston for 18 years. Going forward, Elbrink will oversee Houston’s sales operation which includes broadcast radio brands, KGLK-FM, KKBQ-FM, KTHT-FM, and its digital media platform, Local Solutions.
“I’m honored to join the CMG family. Upon meeting the Houston team, I immediately felt at home,” said Elbrink. “I’m eager to provide our business partners with continued unparalleled success through exceptional radio brands, digital media and research solutions.” Most recently, Elbrink served as regional sales director for TWIN (Traffic, Weather, Information Network) with Entercom Communications in Chicago.
Bob & Tom's Chick Surprised On Birthday By Radio Idol John Records Landecker
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 3RD, 2018 –– Longtime Bob & Tom co-host Chick McGee's longtime radio idol John Records Landecker surprised Chick for his birthday by showing up this morning in the middle of the nationally syndicated Bob & Tom Show - He also got a surprise kiss (inset) from the icon as well.
PHOTO/ L-R: Grace Yinger, Tom Griswold Kristi Lee Josh Arnold. JRL & Chick McGee - courtesy of Art Vuolo
EVENTS; Entercom To Hosts 'December to Remember' Concert Series
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 3RD, 2018 –– Entercom announced the lineup for 94/7 Alternative Portland’s (KNRK-FM) 2018 “December to Remember” concert series. The 15th installment of the series will consist of nine shows and feature musical performances from Mt. Joy, Matt and Kim, Elle King, Billie Eilish, Death Cab for Cutie and Young the Giant, among others. “December to Remember” will run from December 3 through December 18 at McMenamins Crystal Ballroom in Portland, OR.
“Now in its 15th year and totaling over 100 separate shows, ‘December to Remember’ has become an iconic Portland music event,” said Bill Ashenden, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Portland. “Our 2018 shows will once again provide unforgettable experiences for our listeners and fans.”
[WATCH] Inspired By Jerry Lewis, Chet Buchanan Returns For His 20th Annual Toy Drive
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 30TH, 2018 –– Set to launch the grand poobah of holiday toy drives, KLUC's Chet Buchanan is back for his 20th annual Toy Drive from his temporary home 30 feet above the street at NV Energy's headquarters on West Sahara Avenue. He tells Fox 5's Mike Doria, "I have not been sent here because I am late on my bill. This happens to be our favorite Vegas holiday-season residency." The scaffold which is described as a boom box from 1986; a silver, reinforced ShiftPod2 tent that can withstand 110-mph winds; and a state-of-the-art, octagonal port-a-potty. "This is a more refined living space than my first apartment. All we need are some inflatable Bud Light chairs up here," jokes Buchanan.
This year's monetary goal is $455,551, with the bicycle goal at 8,110, or enough to fill 32 Coca-Cola semi-trailers. says Buchanan. He also revealed that his inspiration for setting those marks has been none other than the world champion of philanthropy, Jerry Lewis. The entertainment legend always sought to raise one more dollar more than the previous year in his MDA Labor Day Telethon. Buchanan met Lewis in September 2016 when Buchanan hosted Criss Angel’s H.E.L.P. charity event at Luxor. “I watched the telethon as a kid, and when I finally met Jerry Lewis he gave me his blessing to go for one more dollar. He said, ‘That’s the way to do it." “When I am up here, for the next 12 days, this is my entire focus — making sure we deliver on the promise to help those in need,” he says. “It’s busy. It’s active. But you know, my real job is to make sure everyone gets a thank-you, because there are so many people we need to thank.” WATCH HERE
Bobby Duncan Named PD For 92.3 KGON Portland
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 30TH, 2018 –– Entercom has named Bobby Duncan as Program Director of 92.3KGON (KGON-FM) in Portland, effective December 3. “Bobby has a proven track record of managing great on-air teams and stations, as well as their respective digital channels, and we are confident that his experience will translate to success for 92.3 KGON,” said Bill Ashenden, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Portland.
“I may not have won the billion dollar lottery but I got something just as good – the Program Director chair at legendary 92.3 KGON in Portland,” said Duncan. “My sincere thanks go out to Bill Ashenden, Dave Richards [Vice President Programming and Operations, Entercom Seattle] and Doug Abernethy [Regional President, Entercom] for their faith in me and making this possible.”
Duncan began his career as an on-air personality for sister station Mega 101 FM (KLOL-FM) in Houston. He has also served in management and consulting roles for KQBT (then KKRW) in Houston, WXMX and WKIM in Memphis and WGRD in Grand Rapids, MI.
Chris ‘Fenway’ Daugherty Rises To PD At WHHD-FM Augusta
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 30TH, 2018 –– Beasley has named Chris ‘Fenway’ Daugherty at WHHD-FM in Augusta, GA. He will begin his new position immediately. Fenway most recently served as Assistant Program Director and Afternoon Host for the station. Previously, he worked as Music Director and Evening Host at WWST-FM in Knoxville, Tennessee as well as spent several years working in Promotions and Programming at WFBC-FM in Greenville, South Carolina.
“We always love to promote from within. Fenway has proven he can do this job and do it well,” said Tee Gentry, Operations Manager. “I look forward to his fresh ideas and leadership in helping us take HD 98.3 to the next level.” About Beasley Media Group:
Whitney Young Named Permanent Morning Co-Host Of 98PXY
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 30TH, 2018 –– Whitney Young Joins #TeamPXY Morning Show on 98PXY (WPXY-FM) Rochester. She'll join Corey James as they air from 5:30am-10am. After graduating from New York University, where she obtained an honors degree in Communications and Performing Arts, Young spent the next few years working as a digital media host/producer hopping between New York and Los Angeles -- at one point making a "pit stop" in Rochester where she served as WPXY's social video host/producer and weekend on-air talent.
Prior to her work at Entercom, Young served as a social media producer and on-camera personality for Hearst brands, including Elle, Harper's Bazaar, Marie Claire, and Seventeen. In 2017, Young decided to return to her roots in Rochester, NY, and pursue her passion for radio at the station she grew up listening to. Young started as midday host on WPXY in September 2017 and joined the WPXY morning show in May 2018.
Detroit Radio Vet Tom O’Brien To Retire At Year-End After 40-Year Career
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 30TH, 2018 –– Cumulus announced that Tom O’Brien, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Detroit, will retire at year-end after a 40-year career as a Detroit radio fixture. O’Brien joined WJR-AM Detroit in 2004 as Director of Sales, and was promoted to Vice President/Market Manager for Cumulus’ three-station cluster in 2011. Prior to joining the Cumulus Radio Station Group, Tom was General Sales Manager and Station Manager at WWJ Detroit for 14 years, and also held positions as local Account Executive and Regional Manager for Interep.
O’Brien said: “Working with the team at WJR, The Great Voice of the Great Lakes, and Cumulus Detroit has been a privilege. Thank you to my first boss Tony Salvadore, my last boss Dave Milner, and all the team members and clients in between for a really enjoyable career.”
Weezer Among Headliners For Entercom's Inaugural 'Florida Man Music Festival'
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 30Th, 2018 –– 101.9 (WQMP-FM) Orlando announced the inaugural “Florida Man Music Festival.” It will feature performances by some of the hottest bands in alternative music, including Weezer, Young the Giant, Cold War Kids, Iration, Bishop Briggs, Robert DeLong, Sir Sly, Alice Merton, Bob Moses, lovelytheband, The Driver Era, Two Feet, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Dreamers and Superorganism.
It takes place today, November 30, from 2:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. at The Orlando Amphitheater at Central Florida Fairgrounds
WXTU-FM Presents Toy Truck Parade in Philadelphia
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 30Th, 2018 –– Beasley Media Group’s WXTU-FM 92.5, Philadelphia’s Country Station, will present the 19th Annual Toy Truck Parade to benefit The United Service Organization (USO) and The Boys and Girls Clubs of America. The event will include participation from WXTU-FM 92.5 on air personalities, including Andie from the Morning Show and Razz on the Radio. Vehicles will line up in front of the Walmart Supercenter in Hatfield, PA.
A US Military Serviceman and his family will serve as the parade’s Grand Marshall. WXTU-FM 92.5 on air personalities will present a special trophy to this year’s Grand Marshall and to the best decorated trucks. The fun will continue inside once the toys are delivered with a local school singing Christmas carols in front of the mountain of toys.
NETWORKS: SBG Debuts beIN XTRA
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 30TH, 2018 –– Sun Broadcast Group and Sun Latino announced the official launch of beIN XTRA on over 40 stations across the United States. beIN XTRA, a daily Spanish-language feature of the most important soccer news of the day, can now be heard across America in major markets including Miami, Dallas, Fresno and San Antonio. beIN SPORTS is a global network of sports channels owned and operated by beIN Media Group. beIN SPORTS USA’s broadcast rights include the Spanish LaLiga, French Ligue 1, Turkish Süper Lig, Copa del Rey and Coupe de France.
“The launch of beIN XTRA on Sun Broadcast Group continues our commitment to making our world-class sports coverage accessible to as many fans as possible,” said Antonio Briceño, beIN SPORTS' Deputy Managing Director for the U.S. and Canada. “As a network led by, and created for, passionate soccer fans, providing sports coverage to radio listeners nationwide allows us to further satisfy this audience’s passion for the game and facilitate easier access to our content on platforms that are convenient for them.” Rich O’Brien, VP of Programming and Affiliate Relations commented.
Kix Brooks Returns For 12th Year With 'an American Country Christmas
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 30TH, 2018 –– Westwood One’s 'An American Country Christmas with Kix Brooks,' returns with its 12th year of holiday cheer. An American Country Christmas with Kix Brooks features 24 hours of unique content featuring Christmas classics and an array of top Country stars sharing their favorite holiday memories and traditions, including Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Lady Antebellum, Florida Georgia Line, Kenny Chesney, Brett Eldredge, Miranda Lambert, and many more.
Westwood One's holiday music specials are an honored tradition with hundreds of programmers, millions of listeners, and local advertisers. Stations can air Westwood One’s An American Country Christmas with Kix Brooks any time from Saturday, December 22 through Tuesday, December 25, 2018, from 6:00 am – 12 Midnight.
CONDOLENCES: Famed Bay Area Programmer Dave Roberts Passes Away At 70
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 30TH, 2018 –– Dave Roberts, the man credited with founding 'The Rocker' KRQR San Francisco has passed away at 70 reports The SF Chronicle. After founding KRQR, Dave Roberts later became director of programming for CBS FM stations nationwide. David Kelliher, aka Dave Roberts, once held afternoon drive for KYA and K101
“Dave was energetic, but not in a hyped-up, Top-40 style,” said Ben Fong-Torres, longtime radio columnist for The Chronicle. “He did the right thing for any format he was working. A real pro.” His voice was heard nationwide on “The Hot Ones With Dave Roberts,” an interview show syndicated to 200 stations, and “American Top 40,” where he filled in for legendary radio host Casey Kasem. As a program director, Roberts’ boldest move was to switch KCBS-FM from classic hits to album-oriented rock. He came up with the call letters KRQR and the handle “the Rocker.” When KRQR went live in 1982, it became one of the last hit stations in the golden age of album-oriented rock.
Along with Marsha Kelliher, survivors include his mother, Frances Kelliher, sister Carol Flanagan and brother Duane Kelliher, all of the Los Angeles area; and brother Daryn Kelliher of Oregon. A graveside service is scheduled today at Maple Hill Cemetery in New Harmony, Ind. A celebration of his life is pending for the springtime in the Bay Area. Sam Whiting is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. PHOTO/Marsha Kelliher
Year-End Layoffs At Hubbard Extend To St. Louis
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 29TH, 2018 –– Following news this week from Robert Feder of year-end cuts at Chicago Hubbard Radio, came word from St. Louis that its properties, KSHE, WARH and KPNT were also hit with cuts. St. Louis Today reported that among those affected was longtime KSHE program director Rick Balis (R), who had been with the legendary classic rock station since 1976.
Others included Spencer Graves (shown) of Spencer's Neighborhood on WARH; Graves' co-host Brandon "Brando" Luttman and Carl "The Intern" Middleman at KSHE. Others let go included advertising salespeople and other off-air employees, said a source.
Feder posted this week that in Chicago overnight personalities on WTMX 101.9-FM and adult contemporary WSHE 100.3-FM were affected. Jeff England, vice president and market manager of Hubbard Radio Chicago commented, "As technology evolves, we have to look for ways to use it to our advantage,” England said. “The difficult decision to reduce staff is an effort to remain competitive in a very challenging environment.”
[LISTEN] Karen Dalessandro Returning To The Air On Saga's WKLH-FM Milwaukee
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 29TH, 2018 –– Finally!! I’ll be on the radio in Milwaukee tomorrow morning at 8A posted longtime Milwaukee host Karen Dalessandro on Facebook.
After exiting WKIT-FM following its recent flip to sports, it was announced today that Dalessandro will take a weekend slot and handle fill ins on Saga's WKLH-FM, along with a TV gig on The Morning Blend. Listen to announcement, HERE
PODCAST: iHeartMedia Debuts “The Brink”
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 29TH, 2018 –– With hosts Johnathan Strickland and Ariel Kristen, iHeart launched the 'The Brink' Podcast. In each episode, Strickland and Kristen offer advice and suggest mechanisms for making some of the tough business decisions all business leaders eventually make during their careers.
Strickland has been a professional podcaster since 2008, writing and researching for his shows for more than a decade as host of the popular HowStuffWorks podcast, TechStuff. Strickland also loves to tell the stories behind the names and logos we all know, adding valuable context to some of today’s most popular brands. Kasten, meanwhile, is a professional actor, podcaster, administrative goddess, and life-long learner. With a background in professional development, she has a passion for diving into the intricacies of how different businesses work and how they can work better.
'Stokes & Friends' Airs Season Finale
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 29TH, 2018 –– Stokes & Friends: KPOP with T.H.I.S. just dropped the final episode of its pioneering first season, and it’s all about the fans.
This 10th and final episode wraps an amazing 1st season that saw Stokes & Friends: KPOP with T.H.I.S. reach the Top 10 of Apple Music Podcasts while garnering millions of global audience impressions through social media outreach on the @stokesnfriends and @WestwoodOne Twitter accounts.
If you missed a moment or want to listen again, the entire season is now live and available for binge-listening now on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, WestwoodOnePodcasts.com and the Westwood One Podcasts App.
HONORS: Entercom Honored With Award By Alliance on Mental Illness
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 29TH, 2018 –– Entercom, was named the winner of a 2018 Community Award presented by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) North Texas. Entercom is the recipient of the Media Award for “I’m Listening,” a two-hour live, commercial-free broadcast special to raise awareness around mental health and suicide prevention as part of its multi-platform “I’m Listening” campaign.
The broadcast aired across all of the company’s stations nationwide on Sunday, September 9, 2018 and via their respective livestreams on RADIO.COM to mark the start of National Suicide Prevention Week. The special broadcast welcomed medical experts, artists and celebrities connected to the cause to join the conversation about mental health, as well as live calls from listeners. “’I’m Listening’ is one of our signature productions meant to save lives,” said Liana Huth, Senior Vice President, Programming Innovation, Entercom. “We know that talking makes a difference and our stations are proud to help remove the stigma around mental illness. It’s okay to not be okay. Many thanks to our partners, including the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) Hospital Council. Together we are part of a vast network working every day to help and serve those affected.”
Application Window Now Open For 5th Annual Benztown 50
THE MOUTh, NOVEMBER 29TH, 2018 –– Benztown will release the fifth annual Benztown 50 List of Radio’s Biggest Imaging Voices, the radio industry’s exclusive listing of the top 50 voiceover artists in the U.S. and Canada. The Benztown 50 list will be based on several criteria, including number of radio station affiliates, station size and market. Benztown has partnered with P1 Media Group to compile and analyze industry data that will be the foundation for this distinction.
The list is currently in development and will be released to the industry in early February 2019. Voice talent can apply for the Benztown 50 from now through Friday, December 21, 2018 at: www.benztown.com/50. Dave “Chachi” Denes, Benztown President, said: “Now more than ever, radio’s powerhouse voiceover talent play a critical role in defining brands that stand out in an increasingly competitive listening environment. As a company driven to deliver the highest quality audio content, we are proud to give these premier professionals and artists the recognition they earn every day. High-performing audio brands know the power of expert voiceover to captivate, excite and hold listeners. We look forward to sharing the results of the Benztown 50 and invite all voiceover pros to throw their hats in the ring for this fifth big year.” For more information, visit www.benztown.com/50, or contact Masa Patterson at firstname.lastname@example.org and at (818) 842-4600.
Rich Berra's 'Tale of Christmas Steve Is Back This Holiday Season
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 298TH, 2018 –– Rich Berra, nationally syndicated radio host of iHeart Media’s Johnjay and Rich Show, is back this holiday season with The Tale of Christmas Steve. Sales of the book and related products benefit the Johnjay and Rich Christmas Wish program, a division of #LoveUp — a charity Berra co-founded — which provides food, clothing, comfort and holiday presents to those in need.
The book debuted in 2017, selling out its first print run in the first week, and raising more than $25,000 for charity. Berra hopes to double that this year. “Last year Christmas Steve was able to change lives through Christmas Wish,” said Berra. “This year we have a very aggressive goal because we want to help more kids and families that need a hand up.” Berra’s book is sold online at www.ChristmasSteve.org, on Amazon and at a number of brick-and-mortar stores. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Berra has been in radio since he was 14 years old. He co-founded the #LoveUp Foundation, which focuses on enriching the lives of children in the foster care system and supporting children and families in need. The Tale of Christmas Steve is his first book.
EVENTS: Mo & Sally To Hold 15th Annual Dueling Toy Drive In West Palm Beach
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 29TH, 2018 –– KOOL 105.5’s The Mo & Sally Morning Show will hold their 15th annual “Dueling Toy Drive” on Saturday, December 8 from 9 a.m. – 5p.m. During the drive, the hosts of the morning show will encourage listeners to donate new, unwrapped toys to benefit the children affected by Hurricane Michael in the Panhandle of Florida. Toys will be distributed with the help of Project 25, a program aimed to help those in need in the community.
The Mo & Sally Morning Show, the longest running morning radio show in West Palm Beach, will broadcast live from two remote locations in the community. "This years ‘Dueling Toy Drive’ is a little different as we focus to help our fellow Floridians in the Panhandle who were devastated by Hurricane Michael,” said Mo Foster, on-air personality of The Mo & Sally Morning Show. “One can only imagine how difficult this holiday must be for them. We hope to lift their spirits as much as possible.” The mission of Project 25 is to collect new, unwrapped toys each year and distribute them to families in need during Christmas time.
Famed British Host Gavin Ford Found Dead In Lebanon
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 29TH, 2018 –– Gavin Ford has been found strangled with his hands bound behind his back at his home in Lebanon. His body was discovered inside his apartment in the town of Beit Meri, east of the capital Beirut. He joined the Lebanese station Radio One in 1995 and was hugely popular in the country. Local news site Annahar has reported he was found strangled with a piece of cloth, his hands were tied and he had been struck on the head with blood all over his body.
London’s Kiss Breakfast Team To Join BBC Radio 1 - Kiss breakfast trio Rickie, Melvin and Charlie are leaving Bauer to join BBC Radio 1 as hosts of the new weekday late show from next year. They take over the Monday to Thursday 9-11pm slot following the departure of Charlie Sloth last month. Rickie Williams, Melvin Odoom and Charlie Hedges have been on Kiss for the last decade and currently do the biggest commercial radio breakfast show in London.
In Australia, Brooke Boney And KLP Leaving triple j - The national music station, triple j is losing two of its voices. Breakfast newsreader Brooke Boney and House Party’s KLP are going at the end of the year. Brooke has presented news on Ben and Liam‘s Brekky show every morning for the last two years.
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New Video Surfaces That Shows Last Time Retired Bay Area Host Taliaferro Was Seen
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 28TH, 2018 –– Nearly two weeks has passed since a legendary Bay Area host went missing in Kentucky. Now new surveillance video has surfaced that shows the last time retired host Ray Taliaferro was seen in public. CBS-TV San Francisco reports that on the evening of November 10th, he knocked on the door of a church in Paducah, Kentucky, and spoke to the music director, Bryan Monroe (R). The video shows him talking for about 15 or 20 minutes with Taliaferro.
“He seemed a little disoriented, but explained who he was; he said that he was a prominent San Francisco Bay Area radio host and was very talkative,” said Monroe. “He tended to repeat himself a few times. They stood by the door and chatted for a bit. And then he left at 5:01 p.m. on Saturday, Nov 10. That was the last time Taliaferro was seen.” The longtime Bay Area radio host was a mainstay on KGO News Talk Radio 810 beginning in the late 1970s through his retirement from radio in 2011.
Monroe said when Taliaferro disappeared, he was out of state in Bridgeport, Illinois — near the Kentucky border — visiting a property that his wife’s family owns. He drove off in their rental car shortly before the two were set to leave town. At around 11:30 a.m., he crossed into nearby Paducah, Kentucky and stopped at a branch of Independence Bank and spoke to a clerk. When the bank closed at noon, he went across the street to the Mellow Mushroom Pizza Parlor where he briefly chatted with the manager. Hours later at around 4:45 p.m., he knocked on the doors of the West End Baptist Church. The Massac County Sheriff’s Department told KPIX there have been no leads on Taliaferro’s disappearance. WATCH HERE
Entercom Brings 'A Concert For Unity' To Pittsburgh To Following Tragedy
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 28TH, 2018 –– Entercom announced “A Concert for Unity” to benefit the rebuilding of Tree of Life – Or L'Simcha Congregation in Pittsburgh. The event, presented by Pittsburgh stations 100.7 STAR (WBZZ-FM) and Y108 (WDSY-FM), will be broadcast live on both stations and will feature musical performances by Dan + Shay, FRZY and The Andy Davis Band on Sunday, December 2 at 2:00 p.m. ET at Pittsburgh’s Byham Theater. “Pittsburgh suffered an unfathomable tragedy and our community has come together to support our neighbors in their time of need,” said Michael Spacciapolli, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Pittsburgh. “Through the generosity of local Pittsburgh artists and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust,
‘A Concert for Unity’ will directly support the rebuilding of Tree of Life.” “On behalf of our entire congregation, I wish to thank all who are involved in this amazing effort to support the rebuilding of our synagogue,” said Samuel K. Schachner, Ph.D., President, Tree of Life – Or L’Simcha Congregation. “We are so appreciative of this ‘Concert for Unity’ for Tree of Life’s benefit, just as we are humbled by this incredible show of support from all who are involved. This proves that love truly is stronger than hate.” Dan + Shay, FRZY, The Andy Davis Band, The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Dollar Bank and Pittsburgh’s Byham Theater are donating their services to support the benefit.
Fred Jacobs will lead a timely session at next year's Talk Show Boot Camp in Marina del Rey titled 'New Paths of Success
Longtime Fresno Talk Host Craig Hansen To Retire
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 28TH, 2018 –– Cumulus announced that prominent Fresno radio host Craig Hansen will retire after more than four decades on the air at NewsTalk 580AM, 105.9FM KMJ. Hansen’s first day at the 50,000 watt station was November 24, 1976. His last show will air on December 22, 2018. Over the decades, Hansen held a number of on-air positions, but is probably best known for his years as KMJ’s go-to-guy on Saturdays where he hosted KMJ’s morning news, Autoshop Talk, Real Talk and Radio Tradio. Hansen’s 42-year tenure is the second longest in KMJ’s history – second only to Jerry Higgenbotham’s run from 1949 to 1994.
Patty Hixson, Vice President/Market Manager, CUMULUS MEDIA-Fresno, said: “Craig and I began working together in 1987, and it’s been an absolute pleasure from day one. He’s a true radio pro with such an amazing wealth of knowledge. We will miss his dependable voice and wry humor on KMJ’s airwaves. We wish Craig and his wife Pam the best of times in their well-deserved retirement.” Over the next few weeks, Hansen will be making special guest appearances on several KMJ shows to regale listeners with some of his epic radio tales.
Ryan Wild Named PD Hank 97.1 FM Indianapolis
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 28TH, 2018 –– Following his recent post as PD at WKTI Milwaukee before it flipped to sports, Ryan Wild has been named PD for Emmis' Hank 97.1/WLHK where he succeeds Fritz Moser. "Ryan had everything we were looking for -- creativity, passion, great communication skills and strategic vision," said David Wood, Director of Prog. for Emmis Indianapolis. "He has led his stations to success in some very competitive situations."
Wild commented, "To be given the opportunity to come to work for Emmis and work with industry icons like Bob Richards and David Wood is truly an honor. Hank-FM is a legendary station that is loaded with amazing talent, and I am looking forward to taking Hank to another level of success."
Julie Bell Joins Superadio As National Director Content & Affiliate Relations
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 28TH, 2018 –– Superradio Networks has named Julie as National Director Content & Affiliate Relations. Bell was most recently Regional Director, Affiliate Relations for United Stations Radio Networks covering the Northeast and Southwestern regions. Newly named President of Superadio Networks, Eric Faison said, “Julie’s track record in station affiliations is impeccable. She’s not only tenacious when it comes to affiliating radio stations, but she understands what it means to service customers after the sale. She’ll be a great addition to the Superadio team.”
“After 20 years, this is as good as it gets in the world of affiliate relations for me” said Bell. “Eric and Chesley Maddox-Dorsey immediately knew how we would come together to blend combined experience, success, skills, and knowledge to benefit radio stations and the Superadio team. I am more than excited to work with such accomplished radio pros—to hit the ground running. No doubt, the future is very bright!” Bell will be based in Washington, DC and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212 273- 5185.
FORMATICS: KOKO 94.3 FM in Fresno Goes Jammin’ 'Old School & Throwbacks'
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 28TH, 2018 –– Big Broadcasting’s KOKO-FM in Fresno, California is moving to a new groove following its switch to Rhythmic-oriented Jammin’ 94.3 FM. Big Broadcasting, Inc. owner and legendary air personality, Art Laboe’s syndicated radio program “The Art Laboe Connection” will continue to air Monday through Friday from 7 p.m. to midnight and on Sundays from 6 p.m. to midnight on Jammin’ 94.3.
The station is being programmed by legendary L.A. programmer, Mike Marino, who successfully launched the Old School and Throwbacks format at KHHT/Los Angeles, KJHM/Denver and KMRJ/Palm Springs. Marino said, "Our unique blend of old school and R&B throwbacks super serves an adult female audience ignored by other contemporary and gold-based radio stations in the market. Passion levels for this music is off the charts. Fresno will get the ‘feels’ from Jammin." Big Broadcasting, Inc. enters into a programming and sales agreement with Envision Networks®, placing the focus squarely on the production, music and on-air image of Jammin’ 94.3 FM.
SYNDICATION: Benztown With New Installment of 'Behind the Song: Holiday Hits'
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 28TH, 2018 –– Benztown, has released the second installment of “Behind the Song: Holiday Hits”, its 30-second audio documentaries on the 40 top-testing songs for the holiday season, ranked recently by P1 Media Group. As a bonus holiday treat, Benztown is offering its “Christmas in a Box” library for free to stations with a Benztown library subscription.
“Behind the Song: Holiday Hits” was created to mirror P1 Media Group’s top-testing Christmas song list, which revealed Masa Patterson, Vice President, Sales & Operations, Benztown, said: “Behind the Song has always been one of the most popular features in our imaging libraries, and now we're thrilled to expand the Christmas In a Box library by offering one for each of the top 40 most played songs of the season.” For more information about “Behind the Song: Holiday Hits”, visit: https://www.benztown.com/christmas or contact Masa Patterson at (818) 842-4600 or at email@example.com.
EVENTS: Country Stars Join Cody Alan For Holiday Special
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 28TH, 2018 –– Premiere Networks announced an exclusive holiday special for Country radio stations hosted by award-winning radio and CMT personality Cody Alan. The four-hour, barter-free Home for the Holidays with CMT’s Cody Alan will be highlighted by conversations with Country music stars including Brad Paisley, Maren Morris and Martina McBride, among others.
Home for the Holidays with CMT’s Cody Alan is available to CMT Radio affiliates and open markets to air anytime from December 22 - 25, 2018. Interested stations should contact Premiere Networks’ Affiliate Relations department at 818-377-5300.
NETWORKS: Skyview To Provide Play-by-Play Services For Spurs
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 28TH, 2018 –– Skyview Networks announced it will provide play-by-play broadcast services to the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs. “I am thrilled to call the San Antonio Spurs a partner,” said Matt Stys, Vice President, Business Development of Skyview Networks. “We are proud of the package of services we provide, and I am confident in the value the Spurs will receive with our high-quality distribution and streamlined inventory management system.”
The San Antonio Spurs radio broadcast can be heard on flagship station WOAI-AM. For more information and a complete play-by-play schedule, visit nba.com/spurs. About Skyview Networks Skyview Networks is a broadcast technology and national network sales solutions company that provides services to ABC Radio, CBS Audio, professional and collegiate sports organizations and two state news networks.
iHeart Brings A New Game To Milwaukee
Sports Talk That Rocks
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 27TH, 2018 –– iHeartMedia Milwaukee debuted the new 97.3 The Game, Sports Talk That Rocks, effective immediately. It replaces the former CHR, Radio Now which aired since 20120. The program lineup will include Drew Olson, (R)former Brewers beat writer and Milwaukee radio host; Ted Davis, the voice of the Milwaukee Bucks; Dan Needles, Sports Director at WISN-TV; Dario Melendez from Fox Sports Wisconsin; Bob Brainerd from Spectrum Sports; Kevin Brandt (KB), longtime Milwaukee morning show personality; and Mike Heller, veteran Wisconsin broadcaster and a voice of Wisconsin Badger sports.
“Sports talk in Milwaukee is about to change,” said Tim Scott, Program Director for 97.3 The Game and The BIG 1070 AM in Madison. “Milwaukee is more than just a great sports town and 97.3 The Game will reflect that.” 97.3 THE GAME will be Milwaukee's exclusive FM home for University of Wisconsin Badgers sports play by play as well as the NFL postseason and Super Bowl 53. 97.3 The Game will be paired with sister station The Big 920 AM which will feature Mike Lucas in the Morning, national sports hosts Dan Patrick, Colin Cowherd, Rich Eisen and FOX Sports Radio. The Big 920 AM will also continue to be the home for the Milwaukee Admirals, NFL, NCAA tournament, High School sports and NASCAR. University of Wisconsin sports will be featured on both 97.3 The Game and The Big 920 AM including football, men’s basketball, and hockey.
Search Continues For Missing Bay Area Host
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 27TH, 2018 –– Local law enforcement continue their search for a former talk host from from San Francisco who went missing more than two weeks ago in Paducah, Kentucky. WPSD-TV6 reports that according to Massac County Sheriff Ted Holder said on Nov. 10, 79-year-old Ray Taliaferro and his wife were in rural Massac County to look at a property she inherited. She told deputies that Taliaferro suddenly drove away. About six hours later, Taliaferro was spotted in Paducah talking with people at three locations — the Mellow Mushroom pizzeria, the Independence Bank across the street, and the nearby West End Baptist Church. Holder said he talked with Taliaferro’s wife on Monday, but there is still no sign of her husband.
According to the missing person flyer of Taliaferro, “he may be experiencing disorientation and signs of dementia.” He was last seen wearing a black leather jacket, black turtleneck, and black pants. Taliaferro had worked as a radio host for roughly 35 years, most recently at KGO in San Francisco. Taliaferro was the president of the San Francisco NAACP in the 60s and 70s - helped foundi of the National Association of Black Journalists and one of the nation’s first black talk-show host for a major market radio station (KNEW AM 910) in 1976. . WATCH HERE
Charleston Radio Host Found Dead
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 27TH, 2018 –– The body of a man found Sunday morning in a wooded area of Beaufort County, NC has been identified as Nathaniel Scott Jr., known as DJ Tough Love on North Charleston's Z93 Jamz Radio.
Emergency services responded to a report of a man shot in a wooded area shortly after 4:00 a.m. When deputies arrived, they located the gunshot victim, secured the area and checked on the condition of the gunshot victim and confirmed he was dead, according to WSAV-TV. It was learned that there was a large gathering of people in this area at the time the shooting occurred, which may have been a few hours prior to the discovery of Nathaniel Scott Jr's. body. A forensic autopsy is scheduled to be performed at the Medical University of South Carolina Tuesday morning. WATCH HERE
Robyn Simone Named PD For KISS 103.1/WLXC-FM Columbia, SC
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 27TH, 2018 –– Cumulus has appointed Robyn Simone as Program Director for Urban AC radio station KISS 103.1/WLXC-FM in Columbia, SC. Simone’s 15-year radio broadcasting career includes 10 years with Radio One (Urban One) as Assistant Program Director/Radio Personality in markets including Detroit, MI, and Cleveland, OH. The appointment is effective December 10, 2018.
Simone said: 'I'm humbled and thankful for the opportunity to be back in Columbia, SC. I'm even more thrilled with the new journey I'm taking with Cumulus. Coming from one heritage station to another, community is very important and I plan to embrace the wonderful city of Columbia. I'm excited to work with the KISS 103.1 family and I look forward to much success.”
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Kimberly Parker Tapped As GSM For WIVK Knoxville
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 27TH, 2018 –– Cumulus has appointed Kimberly Parker as General Sales Manager for WIVK in Knoxville, TN. Parker was previously VP of Advertising for the Las Vegas Media Group. Ken Salyer, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Knoxville, said: “We are delighted to have Kimberly join our team. She has an extensive background in advertising and marketing, and has successfully led media sales organizations across the country. "
Parker said: “It’s great to be back in Knoxville. This is my home. I know the wonderful history and significance of WIVK in East Tennessee and I am honored and thrilled to have the opportunity to work with this talented and well-established staff.” Parker, proud mother of two sons and a Vol for life, added: “I look forward to networking with local businesses and community leaders as we continue to extend the WIVK brand through traditional and digital platforms.”
Is BUZ'N Minny About To Buzz Off?
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 27TH, 2018 –– The holiday teasing has officially begun in Minneapolis at Country's Buz'n 102.9 posted at its website, "Thank You Minnesota and Western Wisconsin For A Great 7 Years November 23, 2018 Thanks for BUZ*N with us Minnesota and western Wisconsin! Sadly though the buzz is about to wear off… on Monday, December 3rd at 7am.
They add on their Facebook page: " It’s been fun gettin’ our buzz on for 7 years in the Twin Cities, but times change. Listen for something brand new at 7am on December 3rd.
EVENTS: Z100 Announces Jingle Ball Lineup
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 27TH, 2018 –– iHeartMedia’s Z100 unveiled the lineup for Z100’s Pepsi All Access Lounge on December 7, the official pre-event celebration for Z100’s Jingle Ball 2018, Presented by Capital One®. This year’s event will include performances from Pepsi Sound Drop artist Bryce Vine, Lauren Jauregui, Madison Beer, K-Pop group Monsta X, PRETTYMUCH, lovelytheband, the cast of Broadway’s hit show Anastasia the Musical, Macy’s Rising Star Heffron Drive and an appearance by special guest Normani at Hammerstein Ballroom from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
This year, Z100's Jingle Ball 2018 will feature star-studded performances from Cardi B, Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello, Calvin Harris, G-Eazy, Dua Lipa, Khalid with Special Guest Normani, Alessia Cara, Meghan Trainor, Bebe Rexha, Bazzi and Sabrina Carpenter. Special guest hosts will include Elvis Duran of the “Elvis Duran and The Z100 Morning Show” alongside the entire Z100 family.
Performers & Hosts Revealed For 'Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve Event
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 27TH, 2018 –– Dick Clark productions and ABC today announced hosts and musical performances for America’s biggest live New Year’s television broadcast, “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest (TR) 2019.” Seacrest will return to host from Times Square for his 13th year, with live onsite reporting by actress and comedian Jenny McCarthy. Multi-platinum music superstar Ciara will return to ring in the New Year from the West Coast as the host of the Hollywood Party, joined by performances from Kelsea Ballerini, The Chainsmokers, Foster the People, Dua Lipa, Ella Mai and Charlie Puth. The festivities will also feature a performance by Macklemore with Skylar Grey presented by Planet Fitness, and a special collaboration from The Chainsmokers featuring Kelsea Ballerini.
Also announced today, award-winning actress Lucy Hale will return to host the 3rd annual Central Time Zone celebration from New Orleans, providing viewers with exclusive performances and interviews leading up to the midnight countdown and stunning fleur-de-lis drop near Jackson Square at the dawn of the New Year. The celebrated event will take place on MONDAY, DECEMBER 31 beginning at 8:00 p.m. EST on the ABC Television Network. READ MORE HERE
KOSI Denver Presents 'Light The House' Event
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 27TH, 2018 –– KOSI 101.1 will be presenting its 2018 “LIGHT THE HOUSE” Event this Thursday, 11/29. Keeping families with sick children together. That’s the goal of the 2018 KOSI 101.1 Radiothon for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Denver! Listeners will be encouraged to generously donate to support families who are in Denver to receive care for a sick child.
“We’re very proud to partner again this year and join our incredibly generous listeners to help assist families with housing while they focus on the health of their child” said KOSI Program Director Jim Lawson. “Without worrying about where to stay, where to eat, where to rest. That’s what Ronald McDonald House does, and it’s so needed.” Bonneville-Denver Vice President/Market Manager Bob Call added, "The Ronald McDonald house relieves the worry and stress of where to stay so Moms and Dads can focus on the best medicine of all, the love and care of their child. I know KOSI listeners will once again step up to support this year’s Light The House Radiothon.”
Steve Harvey & Premiere Give Away More Than 8,000 Turkeys On Thanksgiving
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 27TH, 2018 –– The Steve Harvey Morning Show and Premiere Networks gave away more than 8,000 turkeys as part of the Steve Harvey Morning Show Annual Turkey Give. Affiliates of the top-rated syndicated morning, heard nationwide on 100 stations, gave the turkeys away to help those less fortunate celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. Since the Turkey Give was launched in 2009, nearly 70,000 turkeys have been provided to those in need. Attached are a couple photos from various Turkey Gives across the country.
Created in September 2000, The Steve Harvey Morning Show joined Premiere Networks national lineup in 2005 and currently reaches nearly 7 million weekly listeners and is the #1 syndicated morning show in America. Harvey's show is co-hosted by Shirley Strawberry, J. Anthony Brown, Nephew Tommy, Carla Ferrell and Junior
SNAPS: 97 WLAV-FM Celebrate Bob Seger Day In Grand Rapids
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 27TH, 2018 - On Last Wednesday, Classic Rock 97 WLAV-FM in Grand Rapids, MI, played a central role in bringing the Bob Seger fans in the community together to celebrate Seger and his brilliant musical career, and the city of Grand Rapids' naming of November 21, 2018, as Bob Seger Day, which coincided with the first of two big Bob Seger concerts in the city (the second one is scheduled for January 5, 2019).
Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss officially declared the day as Bob Seger Day through the proclamation outlined in the city's press release below, which references WLAV's contributions to the city's celebration of the Michigan native. WLAV staff and listeners turned out Wednesday afternoon for a pre-show party at The B.O.B., the landmark venue across the street from the Van Andel Arena- which WLAV re-named The BOB SEGER for the day!
The WLAV pre-show party was hosted by Michelle McKormick, Co-Host of the Tony Gates Morning Show, and featured WLAV on-air personalities and staff signing a huge "Thank You, Bob Seger!" banner that will be displayed for Bob backstage during the January 5th show, and gave away Bob Seger memorabilia to concertgoers. PHOTO/ L-R: Michelle McKormick and fellow WLAV staffer Jordan Kopsky.
Veteran Radio Reporter, Sean Hall, Killed In Weekend Collision
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 26TH, 2018 –– Veteran broadcaster Sean Hall (inset) has passed away following a motor vehicle accident. According to Hall's station, WKBK/Keene NH, on Saturday, Richmond Police, Fire and Rescue crews, discovered two vehicles had been involved in a head-on collision. Police say their initial investigation revealed that a Teal GMC Pickup (shown) driven by Dana Goodell, 48, of Richmond, was headed north along Old Homestead Highway near Mill Road when a Blue Toyota sedan headed south driven by Hall apparently attempted to make a turn onto Mill Road and crossed the center line and hit the pickup head-on. According to authorities Hall was pinned inside his vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene, while Goodell only suffered minor injuries.
Sean, 63, was semi-retired and best known as the weekend news reporter on WKBK and had been with the station since 2013. Prior to arriving in Keene, Sean had spent nearly 50 years as a broadcast journalist and worked at NBC Radio, Mutual Broadcasting System, CNNRadio and WTOP in Washington DC.
Following Sean’s passing WKBK’s Brand Manager Dan Mitchell issued the following statement: “Sean was an incredibly talented writer and devoted his entire adult life to radio news. Broadcasting has lost a very good person.” Not only was Sean an accomplished broadcaster who came from a family of journalists, he was also a professional musician for most of his adult life. And took great pride in being able to make a living off of the two things he truly loved. READ MORE HERE AT SENTINEL SOURCE - PHOTO/Richmond Police Department
Longtime San Francisco Talk Host Goes Missing
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 26TH, 2018 –– As of this morning, Longtime KGO 810 radio host Ray Taliaferro is still reported missing during trip to Kentucky. According to The Mercury News, the award-winning former host of talk radio KGO/San Francisco was last seen talking with the manager of the Mellow Mushroom pizza restaurant in Paducah on November 10th. The Massac County Sheriff’s Department says Taliaferro — now a local resident , "May be experiencing disorientation and signs of dementia.”
Taliaferro, 79, became the nation’s first black talk-show host for a major market radio station (KNEW AM 910) in 1976. According to Bay Area News Group archives, his long résumé also includes heading the city’s chapter of the NAACP and being named the city’s first black member of the arts commission. For years, starting in 1986, the liberal Taliaferro commanded the Bay Area’s overnight airwaves, hosting the KGO Newstalk AM-810 show from 1 to 5 a.m. In a 2011 interview, colleague Ronn Owens called Taliaferro a “total pro” who “knows how to stir things up in the overnight hours to create a superb listening experience.” Taliaferro was inducted in the National Association of Black Journalists Hall of Fame in 2011.
EVENTS: Canton’s WHBC And Mix 94.1 Help Raise Over 70,000 Pounds of Food
NOVEMBER 21, 2018– Alpha Canton announced that for the 7th year in a row, WHBC-AM and Mix 94.1 (WHBC-FM) would present the McKinley-Massillon Food Fight. A total of 78,856 pounds of groceries was donated to feed the hungry in Stark County through food and monetary donations.
Alpha Media, Canton Market Manager, Larry Gawthrop commented, “The support this event gathers each year never ceases to amaze us. In this fight, everyone wins!” Founded in 1981, Stark County Hunger Task Force at 408 9th St. SW, Canton, leads the battle against hunger in Stark County. Operating almost entirely on donations, SCHTF provides free groceries to over 31,000 individuals every month through more than 30 food pantries, “Backpacks for Kids” programs and an emergency pantry.
Boise's Capitol Christmas Tree To Be Lit Tonight By 101.9 The Bull's Brenda & Kevin Mee
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 26TH, 20218 –– Boise's 101.9 The Bull Idaho Brenda & Kevin Mee (inset) will turn on the ceremonial lighting of Idaho's Capitol Christmas tree tonight and serve Masters of Ceremonies for the festive event.
According to KIVI-TV, The 25th Army Band will begin entertaining at 5 p.m. The lighting ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the Governor, First Lady, and Idaho's constitutional officers and music by the Andrus Ambassador Honor Choir from Meridian's Cecil D. Andrus Elementary School and Opera Idaho.
DAVID FIELD: 'Radio Appears To Be In Early Stages Of Renaissance'
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 21ST, 2018 –– Entercom recently crossed the 1-year mark on its merger with CBS Radio. For the occasion, President/CEO David Field wrote in an internal memo: "Yesterday, we celebrated the one-year anniversary of our transformational merger, which created a leading media and entertainment company with the scale and capabilities to drive strong, sustainable growth and compete successfully against other media companies for a significantly higher share of total advertising spending.
From the beginning, we have been all about playing offense, committed to excellence and focused on the ample growth opportunities we have with America’s most outstanding group of leading, iconic local radio stations and personalities, uniquely delivering local connection at national scale. We are the #1 creator of live, original local audio content, the unrivaled leader in news and sports radio, #1 or #2 in virtually every music format, the #3 podcaster, a major player in events, and the home of RADIO.COM, the fastest growing digital audio app in the United States.
We also have the advantage of being in the most undervalued and least disrupted medium in the US, reaching more Americans and generating a superior return on investment for advertisers at a time when so many of our primary media competitors are so disrupted and vulnerable. We have made enormous progress in our first year, and we have no intention of slowing down. ----As we look ahead, we see terrific growth opportunities in 2019. Radio appears to be in the early stages of a renaissance - READ ENTIRE MEMO HERE
Nielsen Names David Kenny as New CEO
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 21ST, 2018 –– Nielsen announced that David Kenny will take over as CEO after December 31st.. Kenny arrives from IBM where he oversaw its cognitive solutions business. He was also chairman and chief executive of The Weather Company before it was acquired by IBM and co-founder, chairman and CEO of digital marketing agency Digitas.
James Attwood, executive chairman of Nielsen, wrote in a statement. “His decades of experience in big data, artificial intelligence, cloud technologies and media make him perfectly suited to lead Nielsen at this critical time.” “Nielsen is uniquely placed at the intersection of marketing data and technology. In today’s era of fast-moving, ever-changing consumers and markets, it is this combination that drives businesses forward,” Kenny stated. “I’m thrilled to join this industry-leading company at this point in time when so much is possible.” Kenny will replace Mitch Barns, who will retire at the end of year after 22 years in the position. PHOTO/Nielsen
FORMATICS: Entercom Bring Channel Q To Houston
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 21ST, 2018 –– Entercom has launched Channel Q” on 95.7 The Spot HD2 (KKHH-FM) in Houston, TX. “Channel Q,” the premiere LGBTQ+ Talk Radio Network, provides the latest in LGBTQ+ news and information, pop culture and new music.
“Since its inception in October, ‘Channel Q’ (formerly known as ‘Out Now’) has provided a voice for the LGBTQ+ community, and we are very excited to bring that voice to the Houston area,” said Sarah Frazier, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Houston. “We believe this is a perfect fit considering our long-term partnership with Pride Houston. On this day specifically, Transgender Remembrance Day, we are honored to be able to give a voice to ‘Channel Q.’” The station is also available on RADIO.COM
HOLIDAY FLIPPAGE: 101.5 Miami Goes All-Christmas
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 21ST, 2018 –– Entercom, has flipped 101.5 LITE FM (WLYF-FM) all-holiday mode effective today, November 21 at 3:00 p.m. ET. The station will return to regular Adult Contemporary format on December 26.
“We’re excited to share that for the first time ever, 101.5 LITE FM will play continuous sounds of the season as we look to bring joy to our listeners during this special time of year,” said Keriann Worley, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom South Florida. “Our listeners will be able to turn to our station 24/7 throughout the holiday season for a great blend of holiday favorites.”
EVENTS: KSHE-95 FM Prepares For Expected 2,000 Plus Donors In Annual Blood Drive
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 21ST, 2018 –– The KSHE St. Louis Winter Blood Drive, co-hosted by the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center set for Friday, December 14 and Saturday, December 15, 2018 is expecting ore than 2,000 donors in nine locations across the St. Louis metropolitan region.
Donors will receive a commemorative 2018 KSHE Winter Blood Drive T-shirt, plus the chance to win a pair of tickets to see El Monstero, playing six shows this December at The Pageant.
Four Musicians Complete First 889 Radio Milwaukee Backline Mentorship Program
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 21ST, 2018 –– Up and coming Milwaukee musicians Lex Allen, Crystal Knives, Abby Jeanne (shown) and Zed Kenzo completed their intensive Backline accelerator with a showcase performance last week , following 12 weeks of immersion in the music business and fruitful musical collaborations in multiple cities. As part of the Backline program, some of the 2018 artists traveled to New York City, Los Angeles and London for sessions, collaborations and meetings with top musicians and industry experts at major talent agencies, record labels , streaming services, management companies, music publishers and law firms.
Backline, created by 88Nine Radio Milwaukee and gener8tor to help Milwaukee musicians break out nationally, provided the four musicians the program’s first 12-week intensive accelerator - style mentorship program. Backline received 340 applications from Milwaukee - area musicians and bands for the 2018 program. Acceptance into the program included $20,000 in equity and royalty-free grant funding for each musician to be used toward furthering their careers. The musicians have been using the grants to pay for equipment, recording sessions, travel, publicity services, photography and video.
"This first Backline program has been a true testament of how Milwaukee is ready to be called a music city,” Backline Program Director Mag Rodriguez said. “The artists had the opportunity to make new music and even perform in music hubs in the U.S. and Eur ope, and they truly shined. This first program is only the beginning, and as this program continues to grow so will the community of successful Milwaukee musicians."
Alpha Media Louisville Raises Over $100,000 for Local Children’s Hospital
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 21ST, 2018 –– Alpha Media, Louisville hosted the 10th annual two-day radiothon in support of Norton Children’s Hospital on November 15th and 16th. Louisville stations; WXMA, WDJX, WGZB, WMJM, and WGHL raised $106,744 and shared heartfelt stories of patients and families impacted by the hospital while taking donations from listeners. Thousands of local children at Norton Children’s Hospital will get much-needed help in battling cancer and other diseases thanks to the community. The total amount raised in 10 years for Norton Children's Hospital exceeds $2 million.
Alpha Media, Louisville Operations Manager/WDJX Morning Host, Ben Davis commented on the announcement, “For the past 10 years, we’ve been so grateful to everyone for their support of Radiothon and Norton Children’s Hospital. Alpha Media is so happy to be part of a community that truly cares about kids.”
NETWORKS: Martina McBride, Aaron Katewrsky To Host 3-Hour ABC Radio Holiday Special
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 21ST, 2018 –– To kick-off the holiday season, ABC Radio announces a three-hour country music special, “Holiday Season Serenade,” hosted by country music star Martina McBride, and a three-hour special titled “America Gives Thanks.” These two specials will be available over the Thanksgiving weekend.
In the three-hour country music special, “Holiday Season Serenade,” country star Martina McBride will take a look at stars’ holiday favorites including food, decorations, traditions, gifts and music. The special will feature Christmas songs by top country artists such as Dan + Shay, Little Big Town, Lady Antebellum, Carrie Underwood, Kelsea Ballerini, Tim McGraw, Reba McEntire, Brad Paisley, Brett Eldredge, Chris Young, Scotty McCreery and more.
The three-hour special will include “America Gives Thanks,” hosted by ABC News correspondent Aaron Katersky,
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Russ & Jono Reunited With Daily Show On Fix Radio In The UK
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 21ST, 2018 –– Former Virgin Radio Breakfast presenters Russ & Jono are being reunited for a daily show on Fix Radio from January. It’s been 20 years since they’ve been heard on the radio each day, but recently set up a podcast together Russ and Jono Rebooted. Their new show will include their classic features and new features including, a film review, ‘Jono on the Kermode’ (commode) and Mike the Australian radio consultant – who will call up and tell the boys if they’re ‘nailing it’ or if the show need to be Fix-ed (Australian listeners may recognise Mike as the TV and radio presenter, Mike Hammond). Fix Radio Programme Director, Graham Mack said “Russ & Jono are a perfect fit for Fix Radio’s blue-collar audience. A lot of them grew up listening to Russ & Jono. I can’t wait to hear them on the radio again”.
Hughesy & Kate Launch ‘Mongrels and Men’ Calendar - In Australia, Hit Network Drive host Dave ‘Hughesy’ Hughes is frustrated at his wife Holly’s decision to keep buying the Sexy Firemen and their Puppies calendar each year. So Hughesy and Kate decided to make an everyman’s calendar — featuring everyday men and their rescue dogs.
They held photoshoots all over the country for the ‘Men & Mongrels’ calendar, and the official launch took place at the 2DayFM rooftop. Read more HERE
98FM Throwback Plays Spice Girls Non-Stop All Day - Ireland’s 98FM is celebrating the announcement of the Spice Girls’ Dublin gig at Croke Park next year by playing non-stop Spice Girls tunes on its digital stream 98FM Throwback. 98FM’s Rebecca Shekleton is playing all of their biggest songs- including Wannabe, Say You’ll Be There and 2 Become 1- non-stop until midnight to celebrate all things Girl Power. The extra station is available via the station’s website or app, and listeners to the main station can win tickets to see the Spice Girls singing live next year.
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SHOCKER: Bobby & Sharna Win DWTS 27
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 20TH, 2018 –– It's official, radio has a new ambassador - at least by our count. Bobby Bones, of the Premiere Syndicated The Bobby Bones Show & Sharna Burgess won ABC's DWTS Season 27. They closed out season 27 by topping competitors Alexis Ren (with pro Alan Bersten), "Harry Potter" star Evanna Lynch (with pro Keo Motsepe) and Disney Channel star Milo Manheim (with pro Witney Carson) - shown left. As Bones accepted the mirror ball at the end of the show he emotionally shared, "Thank you to the people and thank you to Sharna, who made all this possible."
Bobby & Sharna competed in Thanksgiving week with two dances. The first style was a dance that Bones and Burgess performed earlier in the season. They chose to pull back out the MC Hammer outfits and give another shot at the cha-cha which scored them a 24 out of 30 from the judges + some laughter. The second style was the freestyle round. Bones and Burgess with a "Greatest-Showman" themed routine to Panic! at the Disco's "The Greatest Show."
During the dance, former contestant DeMarcus Ware lifted Bones over his head like he was lifting weights. At the end of the dance, they ended out with Bones' controversial floss move + co-hosts Erin Andrews and Tom Bergeron joined them. This dance earned them their first perfect score of the entire season with a 30 out of 30. PHOTO/ABC
Rolling Stones Announce U.S. Tour In Exclusive Interview With iHeart's Jim Kerr
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 20TH, 2018 –– Just days after being inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame, New York's iconic morning host, Jim Kerr, hosted a special iHeartMedia broadcast yesterday, November 19th from New York's Q104.3. This featured the announcement of the Rolling Stone’s U.S. 2019 Stones – No Filter tour. Kerr spoke on-air with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards in an interview aired across numerous iHeart stations.
“The Greatest Rock and Roll Band in the World is coming back to America and we’re thrilled to be able to use iHeartMedia’s unparalleled national reach to give millions of Rolling Stones fans the first look at the U.S. leg of the Stones – No Filter tour,” said John Sykes, President of Entertainment Enterprises at iHeartMedia.
Local iHeartMedia Classic Rock, Classic Hits, News/Talk and Sports stations will also launch a two-week multiplatform campaign from Friday, November 23 until Thursday, December 6 to support the Stones – No Filter tour that will include tens of thousands of on-air spots to drive fans to view the entire Stones – No Filter tour schedule. iHeartRadio will also launch a limited time “Rolling Stones – No Filter Radio” custom station available free to listeners exclusively on the iHeartRadio app on November 30. Beginning Friday, November 30 through Thursday, December 13, iHeartMedia and tour promoter AEG will launch a national on-air and online promotion across 134 Classic Rock and Classic Hits stations giving one fan a chance to win a once in a lifetime Rolling Stones tour experience. Tickets for the Stones – No Filter tour go on sale to the general public on Friday, November 30 at 10 a.m.
[WATCH] Casey Kasem’s Family Claims 'He Was Murdered' In ‘48 Hours’ TV Special
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 20TH, 2018 –– It's been over four years since legendary radio host Casey Kasem passed away, but now his family alleges murder and elder abuse and is the focus of this Saturday’s “48 Hours” on CBS). The New York Post says it pits Jeannie Kasem (L), Kasem’s second wife, against his three children, Kerri (R), Julie and Michael, from his first marriage. It’s covered by CBS' Peter Van Sant who says, “I have never seen such hatred within a family. Both sides tell credible, powerful stories, both proclaim their love for Casey and both blame the other and accuse the other of killing Casey — and both use the word ‘murder.’”
Kasem died in June 2014 at the age of 82 from a Parkinson’s-like disease — leaving behind an estate valued between $80-$100 million that he amassed by founding (and voicing) the internationally broadcast “American Top 40” radio show and its various iterations. Jeannie claims Kasem’s three grown children conspired in 2007 to trick Casey into signing over power of attorney, giving them control over his medical decisions (which ultimately killed him). “It was always about the money,” she tells Van Sant.
They, in turn, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Jeannie claiming elder abuse when she moved Casey from a rehab facility in Santa Monica, Calif., to a friend’s home in Washington state. “Jean killed my father,” Kerri Kasem tells Van Sant … “The only thing she ever wanted from my dad is money.” WATCH HERE
Boston's Matty In The Morning Named
Broadcaster of The Year By At Sound
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 20TH, 2018 –– Matt Siegel, legendary host of Kiss 108’s Matty In The Morning, received Broadcaster of the Year award at the Massachusetts Broadcasters Sound Bites event earlier this week. The Broadcaster of the Year Award – honors a Massachusetts radio or TV broadcaster who has shown an unwavering dedication to the evolution of broadcasting, breathing life into his/her work by being creative, enthusiastic, and committed to the community. The award is the MBA’s highest honor.
“I am thrilled to receive this honor,” said Siegel. “I can’t believe I’ve gotten to wake up the City of Boston for the past 38 years while working alongside some of my closest friends. I am very humbled and appreciative to be recognized with such high honors.” “Matt is an exceptional talent,” said Dylan Sprague, Kiss 108 Program Director and Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Boston. “No one is more real or genuine and lays it all out there for the listeners like Matty. All of us at Kiss 108 join the Massachusetts Broadcasters Association in congratulating Matt … a true Boston radio legend.”
The Kuhner Report Returning To Mornings On WRKO Boston; Doug V.B. Goudie Takes Middays
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 20TH, 2018 –– iHeartMedia Boston announced that Jeff Kuhner’s The Kuhner Report is returning to morning drive on WRKO-AM 680, The Voice of Boston, effective November 26. The Kuhner Report will broadcast weekday mornings from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. In addition, the debut of the new V.B. in the Middle with host Doug “V.B.” Goudie will air weekday afternoons from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. also effective November 26.
“Jeff Kuhner believes what he says and says what he believes,” said Robert Sanchez, WRKO-AM 680 Program Director and Vice President of News/Talk for iHeartMedia Boston. “Bostonians need an energy burst in the morning and with Jeff, their commute just erupted.” “It will be great to get back in the mornings,” said Kuhner. “It is such a privilege to work with all the professionals at WRKO-AM 680, especially Howie and V.B. I feel a true connection to our listeners and can’t wait to begin my day with them again.” “I love Boston and I love to talk,” said V.B. “I’m in the middle politically and also in the middle of the day between two powerhouse personalities, Jeff Kuhner in the morning and Howie Carr in the afternoon. We’ll have intense conversations, of course, but I’ll keep it from getting too serious. It will be lunch time after all.”
Gail Austin Named PD For KSD-FM St. Louis
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 20TH, 2018 –– iHeartMedia announced that Gail Austin has been named Program Director for 93-7 The Bull, KSD-FM St. Louis. “We are thrilled to welcome Gail back to iHeartmedia and excited to watch her take The Bull to new heights.” noted SVPP Jules Riley. “We spoke with a number of talented programmers, but Gail’s competitive drive, creativity and talent development made her our ideal candidate.” Austin held previous operations and programming positions with Clear Channel Jacksonville, WQIK-Jacksonville and WCOL-Columbus.
“I am thrilled to be joining such a wonderful group of St. Louis broadcasters.” Said Austin “KSD is an amazing station with big talent and great leadership! I can’t wait to get there! Thank you iHeartMedia!”
BUSINESS: iHeart To Acquire Jelli
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 20TH, 2018 –– iHeartMedia has entered into an agreement to acquire Jelli, Inc., the technology company that powers its SoundPoint programmatic platform. The Jelli platform is the pioneering technology foundation for programmatic buying and selling of broadcast radio, and this acquisition will enable iHeartMedia to further leverage Jelli’s assets to continue to create for brands a digital-compatible buying platform for broadcast radio that includes targeting and creative optimization based on data and attribution tools compatible with the offerings of the major digital players. In addition, “Expressway from Katz,” the industry’s programmatic buying ad exchange for the country’s leading radio groups, will continue to remain independently run by Katz, powered by Jelli.
“At iHeart we believe marketing is both math and magic. The math is our rich data and insights about our users and how they relate to our partners’ products and services -- and the magic is the incredible creative ideas we bring to our partners, such as our iconic music events, award shows, influencers, podcasts, social reach and our unique on air promotions. Jelli allows us to do something no other company can do -- advertisers can now buy and use our broadcast assets, reach and impact just as they use the major digital players. We now offer heavy data and heavy creative innovation all in one place,” said Bob Pittman, Chairman and CEO of iHeartMedia, Inc. “We are excited about having Jelli not only for the platforms they are creating and have created for us, but also to lead our aggressive and innovative ad tech development.” PHOTO/David Becker/Getty Images for iHeart
EVENTS: 58 Kids & Families Join Kidd's Kids For 5-Day Trip To Disneyworld
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 20TH, 2018 –– The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show with Kellie Rasberry, J-Si Chavez, Big Al Mack and Jenna Owens wrapped up their 2018 Kidd's Kids Trip to Disney World today.
This year, 58 kids and their families were selected for the 5-Day VIP experience for children with life altering conditions. Kidd's Kids was started by Kidd Kraddick in 1991.
New Country 92.3's Mason & Remy Host Event For Fallen Police Officer
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 20TH, 2018 –– New Country 92.3/St. Louis' Mason & Remy hosted/emceed the "3rd Annual Blake Snyder Memorial Trivia Night" presented by the St. Louis County Police Academy Class 178. This special Trivia Night fundraiser honored St. Louis County Police Office Blake Snyder, who was shot and killed while on duty, responding to a disturbance in South St. Louis County, Missouri shortly after 5:00 am on October 6, 2016. Officer Snyder had served with the St. Louis County Police Department for four years. He was survived by his wife and young son.
Due to the efforts of Emcee Remy and the Trivia Night participants, the Academy Class 178 raised $30,000 to honor Officer Snyder! 100% of these funds will go directly to The Shield of Hope, the charitable arm of the Eastern Missouri Coalition of Police, FOP Lodge 15. They are a 501(c)3 charitable organization that is dedicated to the welfare of Law Enforcement Officers and their families throughout the St. Louis Metropolitan Region. Program Director Scott Roddy adds, "Hubbard is the platinum standard for live and local multi-platform entertainment. I’m so proud of Remy for being the local champion of this worthy fundraising effort supporting our men and women in law enforcement!" (Pictured from left to right - Police Academy Trainer Eric Austermann with Remy from New Country 92.3 on the right.)
ALT 103.7 Dallas Presents 37 Days of Christmas
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 20TH, 2018 –– Entercom announced “The 37 Days of Christmas” on ALT 103.7 (KVIL-FM), Dallas–Fort Worth’s New Alternative. “The 37 Days of Christmas” allows listeners to make a wish for something they want or on behalf of someone who is less fortunate.
“The 37 Days of Christmas” coincides with the one-year anniversary of the station launch and will run through December 25. “ALT 103.7 will grant nearly 100 wishes between now and Christmas,” said Brian Purdy, Regional President and Market Manager, Entercom Dallas. “We are so honored to be able to help so many people over the next several weeks. More than 2,000 wishes have already been received by the station and we will read each and every one of them.”
Elvis Duran's 4th Annual Carney Awards To Air On New York TV This Saturday
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 19TH, 2018 –– Elvis Duran's 4th Annual Carney Awards will air this Saturday on PIX11 New York. They honor Joe Morton, Jessica Walter, Joe Pantoliano, M. Emmet Walsh, James Cromwell and Bruce Greenwood with Presenters Mike Farrell, Harrison Ford, Marilu Henner, Debbie Allen and Gregg Henry; Host Patton Oswalt and Donny Most (Happy Days) and his Orchestra and recording artist Lily Meola.
Named in honor of the late, great Oscar and six-time Emmy winning actor Art Carney, the Carney Awards were created by Elvis Duran Group CEO David Katz, his brother Jim Katz, an Emmy Award winning producer, and Brian Carney, actor/voice-over artist and Art’s son. The Carney Awards is a joint production between The Elvis Duran Group and Radcliffe Road Pictures. National radio personality Elvis Duran, the Katz brothers and Carney are executive producers. Now in its fourth year, This year’s show will be telecast on PIX11, Tribune Broadcasting’s New York flagship television station, on Saturday, November 24, 2018 (8:00 – 10:00 PM). From left to right:. David Katz, Elvis Duran Group CEO/executive producer of The Carney Awards; Joe Morton, honoree; Bruce Greenwood, honoree; Jessica Walter, honoree; Brian Carney, actor/voice-over artist/executive producer of The Carney Awards; James Cromwell, honoree; M. Emmet Walsh, honoree; and Jim Katz, Emmy Award winning producer/executive producer of The Carney Awards. PHOTO CREDIT: Brian Friedman
Ben Shapiro Airs Podcast Before Live Audience At WLS-AM Chicago
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 19TH, 2018 –– Westwood One talker and podcast star Ben Shapiro, recently named the inaugural recipient of the Radio Hall of Fame’s “The One to Watch” recognition award, stopped by WLS-AM in Chicago last week and did his podcast in front of a live studio audience.
He also announced to the crowd that his radio show would now be airing on WLS.
KRAIG KITCHIN: NRHOF Acceptance Speeches 'Showed A Side Of What Makes Them So Special On The Air'
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 19TH, 2018 –– Following our report on Friday, NRHOF Chairman Kraig T. Kitchin tells Jockline, "This years' event brought forth a series of very heartfelt words from the 2018Inductee class. Starting with Mark Levin and continuing with Fred Jacobs and Jim Kerr, the three of them set a tone that only continued to resonate - deeply personal and thoughtful acceptance speeches that showed a side of each of them that makes them so special when they're on the air. It's rare to see that kind of intimacy expressed in an awards show speech, but we experienced that time and time again on Thursday evening. As well, Thursday night brought out a dedication in people attending, to withstand horrible commute patterns and delays caused by a disabling winter storm and a willingness to stay until well past Midnight, to hear the words of people like Kid Kelly, Mike Francesa, Joan Hamburg and those presenting them for induction. Any sense of having to leave to meet a train schedule or a early morning work obligation went away and a rapt attention was paid. The New York City attending audience was a very engaged one. I know the inductees felt it,and appreciated it, as did the presenters and our emcee, Scott Shannon, who had the earliest of all obligations - on the air by 6am that Friday morning, on WCBS- FM 101."
As many were aware, it was a turbulent week for Kitchin who, in the middle of preparing for The NRHOF show, had to evacuate his home near L.A. due to deadly wildfires. Kitchen says, regardless, 'It would taken a lot to keep him from experiencing such a fantastic celebration.. "The Radio Hall of Fame 2018 Induction ceremony would have taken place," said Kitchen, "with or without my presence. The Event Producer, Allison Peter, and the staff that work to create the event had each of the necessary elements in place to create and provide a great experience for the Inductees, their families and friends. My own circumstances of being evacuated for a week are small in comparison to the hardships experienced by so many others in California so much more severely affected by the recent wild fires. It would have taken a whole lot to keep me from experiencing such a fantastic celebration of some of our industry's most respected personalities and programmers."
The event kicked off with a special video by presenting sponsor The Mix Group. Company chief Jason Garte (shown bottom right) said, "This year, The Mix Group sponsored the 2018 Radio Hall of Fame induction ceremony in New York City. We had to, ‘cuz nobody knows our name..." WATCH HERE - PHOTO/Michael Kovac
Ben Hoffman Rises To SVP/MM For Entercom Indianapolis
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 19TH, 2018 –– Entercom announced Ben Hoffman as Senior Vice President and Market Manager for Intercom Indianapolis, effective immediately. In this role, Hoffman will oversee 107.9 The Mix (WNTR-FM), 99.5 ZPL (WZPL-FM) and CBS Sports 1430 AM (WXNT-AM). Hoffman most recently served as Vice President of Sales for Entercom Indianapolis.
“For the past seven years at Entercom Indianapolis, Ben has demonstrated strong leadership qualities, high energy and the ability to be a collaborative team leader with a strong ability to win,” said Dave Alert, Regional President, Entercom. “This is a well-deserved promotion for Ben to Senior Vice President and Market Manager, and we are looking forward to the great work that Ben will continue to produce.” “I am so privileged to be a part of the India team and grateful to Dave and Intercom for this opportunity,” said Hoffman. “This company has remarkable vision of the possibilities ahead, from broadcast to live events to digital to RADIO.COM and beyond. For our communities, our audience and our advertising partners, we are poised and ready to continue building on our accomplishments together.”
Charges Dismissed Against Former Chattanooga Morning Host Jeff Styles
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 19TH, 2018 –– On Thursday, District Attorney Neal Pinkston dropped vandalism and aggravated assault charges against former WGOW/Chattanooga morning host Jeff Styles reports WRCB-TV. With a brace on the arm grazed by a bullet, former radio personality Jeff Styles has found a new home voicing a new podcast.
“I enjoy the freedom it gives me. I get to cuss a lot more,” Styles said. Free from an employer's rules and from criminal charges. In June, Styles had hid arm grazed by a bullet after being shot at by another driver following a road rage incident.
“I was definitely a target for no reason. I was just going too slow, and I told him to back off,” Styles explained. Styles was arrested. The other driver was not charged. he was let go by WGOW-FM shortly after the incident. He says now that he's been cleared, he would consider going back to his job at WGOW-FM if offered. Styles says it's been a long road, but he's learned a lot. “I am the same Jeff Styles. I am a little more humble. I fell a long ways.”
PODCASTS: Another Record Setting Month for ESPN Podcasts
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 19TH, 2018 –– A New Monthly Record – 43.6 Million; Year to Date up 55% New High for Unique Users: 6.3 Million For the second straight month and third time in 2018, ESPN Podcasts set a record for any month in its history with 43.6 million IAB compliant downloads in October, as measured by RawVoice. September had seen 39.3 million downloads, the previous high. The October 2018 figure reflects an increase of 31% over October 2017 and includes a record 11 titles each driving over a million downloads.
For the year to date, ESPN has 344.9 million downloads, more than 2017’s total and an increase through October of 55%. “ESPN Podcasts continues to set new highs,” said Tom Ricks, vice president, digital strategy and marketing. “This kind of growth in a year comes from new story telling with the 30 for 30 series, the addition of compelling new personalities and from signature voices and shows. We’re excited for where ESPN’s podcast business is going.” In addition, ESPN Podcasts tallied a total of 6.3 million US Unique Audience, as measured by Podtrac, a new monthly record and an increase of 31% vs. October 2017. Leading the way among original productions, Fantasy Focus Football posted 4.2 million total IAB compliant downloads, up 18% over October 2017. Overall, the list of top performers includes many ESPN Radio and television shows. The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz led the way with 8.3 million downloads, followed by Fantasy Focus Football, 538: Politics at 3.4 million, First Take at 3 million, and Pardon the Interruption at 2.9 million, a new monthly record for the show. Additionally, Golic and Wingo, Jalen & Jacoby, 30 for 30, The Lowe Post, The Stephen A. Smith Show and Baseball Tonight also each drove over a million October downloads.
EVENTS: The Breakfast Club's #Change4Change Events Raises Over $200,000
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 19TH, 2018 –– iHeartMedia’s The Breakfast Club, the popular morning show syndicated on Hip-Hop and R&B stations nationwide, announced today that the second annual #Change4Change radiothon raised over $200,000 to benefit PROJECT 375, an organization whose mission is to raise awareness of mental health, ending the stigma and raising funds for treatment.
The Breakfast Club’s on-air personalities DJ Envy, Angela Yee and Charlamagne Tha God encouraged listeners to donate in support of PROJECT 375, a charity co-founded by NFL wide receiver Brandon Marshall and his wife Michi. Brandon, who after struggling with mental illness himself for years, was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder in 2011.
Norfolk's FM99 & 106.9 The Fox Collect 688,489 Meals For Mayflower Marathon
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 19TH, 2018 –– Props for FM99 WNOR and its sister station 106.9 The Fox who were able to collect 688,489 meals for the Foodbanks of Hampton Roads since Friday.
The 22nd annual Mayflower Marathon was heralded as its best yet!
ESPN’s 98.7FM New York Kicks Off Its 12 Days of Giving
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 19TH, 2018 –– ESPN’s 98.7FM New York will be providing listeners with a chance to win large cash prizes and more today from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. ET.
Listeners have a chance to win tickets to various Michael Kay Show holiday shows (How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Musical and Radio City Rockettes), the chance to get VIP access to The Michael Kay Show Holiday party on December 14 (Rochelle Park, NJ) and cash prizes.
Holiday Flippage: Beasley's WMGQ-FM Becomes New Jersey’s Christmas Station
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 19TH, 2018 –– Joining an estimated 500 + stations flipping to Christmas music this holiday season is Beasley Magic 98.3 New Jersey who officially made the switch last Friday. WMGQ-FM asked its listeners to vote for the holiday classic they felt should kick off the festivities. The winning song played was Mariah Carey's All I Want for Christmas Is You! Holiday Favorites will continue to be heard on MAGIC 98.3 through Christmas Day.
"We are all very happy to be able to continue the annual tradition of becoming Jersey's Christmas Station,” said Program Director Debbie Mazella. The station will be playing non-stop holiday music to add to the excitement of the season!” In addition, Magic 98.3 will present the 3rd Annual "Magic of Christmas Toy Drive” in conjunction with Magyar Bank to make the holidays a little brighter for the kids at Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s University Hospital. Beginning Monday, November 26th through Monday, December 17th, the station will collect new, unwrapped toys to bring some smiles and make a difference in a child’s life this holiday season. The MAGIC 98.3 Santa and his elves will bring all toys to the hospital on Wednesday, December 19th.
Entercom Charlotte Presents Its 15th Annual Season of 'Holiday On Ice'
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 19TH, 2018 –– Entercom’s 107.9 The Link (WLNK-FM), News Talk 1110 & 99.3 WBT (WBT-AM/FM) and 610AM/102.5FM The Fan (WFNZ-AM/FM) Charlotte announced the return of “Holiday on Ice” for its 15th season. The event will feature a series of family friendly events lasting through the New Year.
he holiday family tradition continues this year with special events including Mascot Night featuring local sports teams’ mascots, Tree Lighting Festival, Breakfast with Santa, Charlotte Checkers Night featuring the AHL’s Charlotte Checkers, Princess and Super Hero Night, where children young and old are encouraged to dress up as their favorite princess or superhero, New Year’s Eve Countdown and live musical performances by lovelytheband.
30th Annual Radio Hall of Famers Treated To A Winter Wonderland And A New Look
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 16TH, 2018 –– The 30th Annual Radio Hall of Fame induction ceremony tested everyone’s resolve as they battled traffic, downed trees, street closures and more, courtesy of New York City’s first snow of the season. Radio Hall of Fame Chairman Kraig T. Kitchin (TC) welcomed everyone and announced the rebranding of the organization with a new name, logo, website and more.
The adrenaline-charged evening wasn’t short on laughs, tears and standing ovations. Mark Levin (shown top left) was first to receive his honor, commenting that “Rush Limbaugh took me under his wing, a great decent, very nice man,” and that “Sean Hannity is like a brother to me.” Fred Jacobs (TL) acknowledged that he was “the outlier of the night” as the first radio consultant to be inducted. Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic (BR) shared their story about how they looked like the number 10 when they stood next to each other. Greenberg commented they now look like the number 11, as Golic is much thinner. Jim Harper iintroduced Jim Kerr (TL) as “The People’s Prince of New York Radio.” Dr. Laura Schlessinger (BL) garnered applause when she said before she was in radio, she listened to Cousin Brucie.” Vice President of Entercom Jimmy DeCastro joked while introducing Jonathon Brandmeier (TL), aka Johnny B, “If this was Chicago, the snow would’ve been plowed, we’d all be in the bar and this would’ve been over two hours ago!”
Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning Actor Alan Alda (TR) introduced Joan Hamburg saying, “She has the ability to interview anybody with grace and good humor.” She commented, “We are so lucky because no matter what, [radio] is still about community…We make a difference in peoples’ lives.” Mike Francesa (TC) commented, “How great is it to stand up here at the same microphone as Alan Alda?! One of my all-time favorite TV stars. That was a big thrill.” Final inductee Kid Kelly, who was introduced by Cousin Brucie (Bruce Morrow) and congratulated via video by Taylor Swift and Dr. Phil - The event was hosted by CBS-FM's Scott Shannon (TC). The Mix Group was the presenting sponsor of this year's NRHOF
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