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STUDY: Podcast Listening Has Doubled In Four Years; Growing In Cars, Too

THE MOUTH, APRIL 20TH, 2018 –– Edison has just released 'The Podcast Consumer 2018,' the latest in Edison’s annual study of the medium. It contains all new data on podcast users in America, derived from the Infinite Dial 2018 study (conducted in partnership with Triton Digital), The Smart Audio Report from NPR and Edison, and the latest from Edison’s Share of Ear® research. This report charts the rise of podcasting over the past decade, and also includes new, unreleased information on the following: Demographics Podcast Consumption Device Usage Social Media Behaviors - Smart Speakers and Podcasting & the updated Share of Ear® for podcasting.

In short, Podcasting is growing: • Monthly listeners grew from 24% of Americans 12+ to 26% year over year. Plus, podcast listeners are more likely to own a smart speaker. • Listening in vehicles is growing, too. • Podcasting’s Share of Ear has doubled in four years. • Podcasts are the number one audio source by time of consumption among podcast listeners - SEE AND WATCH RESULTS HERE

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Over 90 College Radio Stations Unite For 'Vinylthon' And At Least One Show Goes All-Vinyl; From Turntables Only

THE MOUTH, APRIL 20TH, 2018 –– Over 90 college stations across the USA, and some stations internationally, will come together to celebrate the unique music format of vinyl for the third college radio Vinylthon on Saturday, April 21st (also the 11th annual Record Store Day). The Vinylthon is being organized by the College Radio Foundation and will see college radio stations broadcasting special programs entirely with music played from vinyl records. Eighteen stations have also pledged to broadcast a full 24 hours of nothing but vinyl music.

According to Paste Magazine, Record Store Day has become a bona fide event, with independent shops all over the world Along the way, it has become a key driver behind the recent growth in vinyl sales. Last year, more than 14 million new records were sold (the most in the Nielsen era since 1991), accounting for 14 percent of all physical media sold.

Not to miss the opportunity, Dwyer & Michaels (inset) of Townsquare Media's 97X Quad Cities, IA decided to spend today playing ALL VINYL - ON TURNTABLES! Bill Michaels tells Jockline, "The idea came from a conversation about if people truly can hear a difference (vinyl vs. digital). Playing all of our music off records for the day is similar to the trend in television of performing an episode live (Grease, Jesus Christ Superstar). The content is the same but there’s a little risk in how it’s being presented."

Michaels says, " We had to make sure we could still cue up a record. Can people hear a difference? “On the radio? Absolutely not. But I’m betting they’ll tune in to see if they can.” There wasn’t a single turntable in the station (imagine). Greg Dwyer brought in one (follow arrow in top photo) that’s broadcast quality and we had to borrow another one. For sound deadening, I think we’re using a couple seat cushions from his patio furniture. For records...we did our best to sift through our record collections. As far as requests: “Uhh, we’ll try to get it on for ya” I guess." 1

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ON-AIR: Lyndsey Marie Returns To Rock 100.5 Atlanta For Middays

THE MOUTH, APRIL 20TH, 2018 –– Cumulus Media announced that Lyndsey Marie is returning to Atlanta for Middays on Rock 100.5/WNNX-FM. Lyndsey, who moved from Atlanta to Chicago in 2014 to host Middays on former Cumulus Classic Rock station WLUP-FM, has hosted Rock 100.5 Middays remotely since that time. She returns to Atlanta on May 1st. Her show airs weekdays from 10am-3pm on Rock 100.5.

Greg Ausham, Program Director, WNNX-FM, said: “It will be great to have Lyndsey back in Atlanta, bringing her enthusiasm and natural wit to the hallways of Rock 100.5.” Lyndsey said: “I am excited to go back “home”. Georgia’s been on my mind since I left it, and I’m ready to make some noise with Jesse Kage and my old friends, Southside Steve and Jason Bailey. We get to call Atlanta our playground. I don't know if it gets much better than that.” Lyndsey is also heard on Cumulus Media stations KXXR-FM in Minneapolis, MN; WFTK-FM in Cincinnati, OH; KGGO-FM in Des Moines, IA; WIXV-FM in Savannah, GA; and KKGL-FM in Boise, ID. About Cumulus Media

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Marc Cox Moves To Mornings At KFTK-FM St. Louis; Annie Frey Goes Weekends To Middays

7THE MOUTH, APRIL 20TH, 2018 –– Entercom confirmed yesterday that KFTK 97.1 FM in St. Louis has moved Marc Cox to mornings and current weekend host, Annie Frey, moving into the 12 noon – 3pm slot.

The moves comes on the heels of the recent exit of former morning host Allman. He left the station following a tweet which threatened Miami high-schooler, David Hogg. Hogg is one of the survivors of the Parkland shooting in Florida who has become a vocal advocate for stronger gun laws.

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: iHeart Names Justin Nesci EVP/Advanced Audio & Data Revenue

THE MOUTH, APRIL 20TH, 2018 –– iHeartMedia announced that Justin Nesci has been named Executive Vice President of Advanced Audio and Data Revenue, effective immediately. Nesci will report to Carter Brokaw, President of Digital and Audience Segment Revenue Strategy. In this newly-created role, Nesci will be responsible for developing a variety of data-driven, audio strategies across iHeartMedia’s vast array of platforms.

“We’re thrilled to have Justin spearheading iHeartMedia’s advanced audio and data revenue efforts,” said Brokaw. “His background in every level of organizational development at a variety of top media companies and start-ups will be key as we ensure our advertising partners are able to fully utilize our multiple platforms and unparalleled reach.” Nesci previously served as the Senior Vice President for Digital Sales for Fox Network Group where he managed the national digital sales and marketing responsibilities for Fox Broadcasting, Fox Cable and Fox Sports properties.

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IMAGING: Nick Draeger Named Creative Imaging Dir. For WKQX-FM

THE MOUTH, APRIL 20TH, 2018 –– Cumulus Media has appointed Nick Draeger as Creative Imaging Director for Chicago Rock radio station 101 WKQX-FM. Draeger joins Cumulus from Entercom-Sacramento, where he imaged Entercom’s various Rock formats, including KKDO/ALT 94.7. His career also includes imaging work for GrooveWorx, Apple Music and Magic Broadcasting in Los Angeles. Troy Hanson, WKQX Program Director/Vice President, Operations, Cumulus Media-Chicago and Vice President, Programming, Rock, Cumulus Media, said: “We talked with many strong candidates, but we kept coming back to Nick’s excellent grasp of cut-through messaging for the brands he’s worked on. Nick will work with Dan Stone and Wendy K Gray.

Draeger said: “Chicago. The City by the Bay. The Mile High City. City of Brotherly Love. (Geography was never my strong suit.) I'm so excited to be taking over the imaging reins for WKQX! Alternative has always been my passion, and I can't wait to put my own stamp on this world-class radio station. Working closely with Dan Stone and Wendy K Gray, with guidance from Troy, we've got all of the elements we need to continue to take this thing into the stratosphere! (Insert Mike Ditka gif here).”

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NETWORKS: Westwood One's 'The Miller Minute' Hits 100 Affiliate Milestone

THE MOUTH, APRIL 20TH, 2018 –– Westwood One announced its new The Miller Minute daily feature has hit the 100-station mark after just two months on the air. The Miller Minute, two one-minute programs featuring Emmy Award-winning comic, writer, author, and talker Dennis Miller, launched on February 12 on more than 60 stations nationwide and now airs on more than 100 stations, including WMAL-AM and FM/Washington, DC; WLS-AM/Chicago, KPAM-AM/Portland and KLFE-AM/Seattle.

Miller rose to fame as a cast member on Saturday Night Live and hosted popular talk shows on HBO, CNBC, and in syndication. He is well known for his iconic rants and pop culture references, delivered in his signature sharp verbal style. For more information about The Miller Minute and how you can bring this exciting product to your market, contact Stuart Greenblatt at sgreenblatt@westwoodone.com

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[WATCH] Carrie Underwood Reveals Details Of Injury On Bobby Bones Show

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THE MOUTH, APRIL 20TH, 2018 –– Carrie Underwood joined iHeartRadio's Bobby Bones Show in Nashville on Thursday, marking the first interview she has done since returning to the stage after suffering injuries from a fall last year. Bones asked the "Cry Pretty" singer, "Your wrist, what happened?" "The most frustrating part was trying to work out with a broken wrist, and just how much it can throw off your world," Underwood explained. "I was taking the dogs out, and just tripped. I went to catch myself and just missed a step. If I had fallen anywhere else I would be perfectly fine, but it was one step that messed everything up."

No one had seen the country singer outside of a few photos on social media until Sunday night's ACM Awards. She didn't walk the red carpet, and had fans concerned at what she was going to look like. Bones told her "I don't see it." Underwood said she's been very fortunate in the healing process. When the accident happened the music industry was shutting down for the holidays, so she was able to take time and heal. There were a lot of uncertainties for her around the injuries, especially to her face, and wasn't sure if the scar would ever go away. Carrie also shared that she's in the studio finishing up her new album Cry Pretty, that's set to be released in September. WATCH HERE - PHOTO Zack Massey / iHeartRadio

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HONORS: Futuri Media Scores Two-Peat At OHTec Best of Tech Awards

THE MOUTH, APRIL 20TH 2018 –– On Thursday night, Futuri was named Tech Company of the Year for the second time in a row. The 12th annual awards, which recognize outstanding technology companies and entrepreneurs, are bestowed by OHTec, a program of the Greater Cleveland Partnership, during TechWeek 2018. “Cleveland has a growing reputation as an entrepreneurial technology-oriented market, so to be named as a top innovator in an increasingly competitive field twice in a row is a huge honor,” said Futuri Media CEO Daniel Anstandig. “We’re so proud to be a key part of the growing technology community in Northeast Ohio.”

Accepting the award for Futuri were Adrian Owen (TL), Lead Developer for Futuri Streaming and POST (L), and Clint Marsh (TR), Product Manager for Futuri Streaming, POST, and Futuri Ad Network (R). Futuri, with a team that grew past the 100-member mark in 2017, is currently recruiting for positions based in Cleveland, as well as its satellite offices across the country. Learn more at futurimedia.com/jobs. Futuri's Topic Pulse recently added Joe Cristiano, former longtime producer of Q104.3’s The Jim Kerr Rock ‘n Roll Morning Show, to its roster of writers.

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Bill Mayne To Step Down From CRB/CRS

THE MOUTH, APRIL 19TH, 2018 –– After nine consecutive years of successful leadership, Executive Director of The Country Radio Broadcasters/Country Radio Seminar, Bill Mayne, has announced that he will leave his position with the non-profit in May of 2019, following the organization’s milestone 50th Anniversary Country Radio Seminar in February 2019. Mayne has led the organization's operations since 2011, and before that, he served on the organization's board of directors.

Mayne commented, “I’ve been so blessed to spend almost half of my adult life involved in CRB, followed by a near decade as the Executive Director. It just feels right to pass the torch after the 50th anniversary of the central event of Country Music. I’m proud, humbled, and extremely grateful to know, work with, and learn from so many radio programmers, DJs, label executives, promotion teams, artists, managers—plus my sheer luck to experience the amazing artists we are blessed with in Country Music—it could take one’s breath away! Excited to work with the CRB Board to bring on our next leader. But right now, I am pumped that we are in the thick of planning CRS 50!” CRB Board President Kurt Johnson stated, “It will be the end of an era, really. That’s how much impact Bill has had on Country Music while at CRB. It’s impossible to adequately express our thanks for his extraordinary leadership. And the good news is, Bill is working with the brilliant CRB staff to create a once-in-a-lifetime CRS this coming February."

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ON-AIR: Showbiz Shelly Takes Middays On 103.5 KISS Chicago

THE MOUTH, APRIL 20TH, 2018 –– iHeartMedia Chicago announced that Showbiz Shelly has been named Midday Host for 103.5 KISS FM. Shelly will report to Tommy Austin, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia’s Chicago Region. “Showbiz Shelly is a Chicago institution,” said Matt Scarano, President of iHeartMedia Markets Group’s Chicago Region. “Shelly is a true radio pro with tremendous Chicago roots and I am honored that she chose to join the iHeartMedia Chicago team.” Shelly, a Chicago native, is the former morning show co-host for WBBM-FM. She is a regular entertainment contributor to CBS and FOX, and has also appeared on NBC, ABC and TMZ.

“I'm so thrilled to be joining 103.5 KISS FM and the iHeartMedia Chicago family,” said Shelly. “I'm thankful to Matt Scarano and Tommy Austin for the opportunity and look forward to what's ahead!”

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PODCASTS: Beasley's Buzz Knight Gives Listeners A Dose Of Healthy Paranoia

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Beasley Media Group has unveiled a new podcast entitled 'Healthy Paranoia,' hosted by Vice President of Programming, Buzz Knight. Found on the “Insights” section of the brand new Beasley Media Group corporate website, the podcast will feature interviews with thought leaders of today discussing new innovation, new methods, new strategies and new thinking. Listeners will be able to enjoy new episodes on a monthly basis.

“We are thrilled to unveil this exciting new podcast on the Beasley platform that focuses on innovation… a coveted core value of our company,” said Beasley Media Group Chief Executive Officer Caroline Beasley. “I look forward to listening to Buzz as he shares valuable insight from thought leaders who are making a difference both in the media industry and the world around us.” “As Beasley Media Group grows its Podcast content, I’m very excited to share my passion for innovation and technology, as well as the implications both have on our industry,” said Knight. Episode One - Autonomous Driving In Las Vegas - Joining Buzz on the podcast are members of the project team: Joanna Wadsworth, program manager for the Transportation Engineering Division for the City of Las Vegas and Michael Blasky, media relations specialist with AAA of Northern California, Utah and Nevada.

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[LISTEN] Comey Takes Book Tour To Radio

THE MOUTH, APRIL 20T19TH, 2018 –– Out promoting his new tell-all memoir "A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies & Leadership," former FBI director James Comey has expanded his book tour to radio. This week he sat down for an interview on the ABC News podcast “Start Here” with host Brad Mielke. "Start Here" is a daily ABC News podcast hosted by Brad Mielke featuring original reporting on stories that are driving the national conversation. Listen HERE at about the 1:50 Mark

-- In other coverage, Westwood One News will simulcast a CNN Town Hall with former FBI Director James Comey on Wednesday, April 25 from 8 – 9 pm. CNN’s Anderson Cooper will moderate the event from Comey’s alma mater, William and Mary College in Virginia. This Town Hall event will be available to Westwood One News stations for live broadcast or excerpting. For more information, contact Jim Jones at jimjones@westwoodone.com or (202) 840-7933.

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CONDOLENCES: Beloved Charleston Host Frankie 'The Big Bopper' Green Has Passed Away

THE MOUTH, APRIL 19TH, 2018 –– Cumulus Media-Charleston confirmed that legendary Charleston radio personality, Frankie Green, known on-air as "Frankie the Big Bopper", passed away yesterday morning. Frankie was a native Charlestonian and a much-loved fixture on the Lowcountry entertainment scene for more than 40 years. Since February 2000, he hosted a popular radio show that aired on Cumulus Media’s Urban AC station, WMGL-FM/Magic 107.3 every Saturday from 10am-3pm, playing old school and the blues and sharing stories and community information with his passionate and loyal audience. Even as a child, radio had a big influence on his life.

“I saw how the community depended on the radio,” said Frankie, who grew up in public housing on Charleston’s East Side. “They listened, not just for music, but to be informed.” In January 2015, Frankie was honored by President Barack Obama with the President's Volunteer Service Award. The City of Charleston proclaimed April 25, 2006 as "Frankie the Big Bopper Day" in Charleston, and presented him with a proclamation honoring his service to the Charleston community and a key to the city. Sherry Dollar, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Media-Charleston said, "We are deeply saddened by the passing of a true Charleston treasure, and our colleague and friend, Frankie the Big Bopper, and send our thoughts and prayers to his family. He was much loved by our community and those who enjoyed his brilliant talent for 18 years on WMGL, and he will be greatly missed."

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Key 103 Manchester, England Going National As Hits Radio

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THE MOUTH, APRIL 19TH, 2018 –– Key 103 will change its name to Hits Radio Manchester. The station will be a local version of a “national” radio station called Hits Radio. Hits Radio will replace The Hits on DAB around the UK (DAB is the UK version of HD Radio). Hits Radio will have a breakfast show hosted by Gethin Jones, Gemma Atkinson shown (Formerly of 'Strictly Come Dancing) and Dave Vitty. The changes happen on June 4th 2018. The new breakfast show will see an end to Mike Toolan in the Morning after 20 years of waking up Manchester.

Hit106.9 Breakfast In Australia Walk To Raise $40K For Local Boy - Hit106.9 Breakfast crew Nick, Jess and Simon have raised $A50,000 ($US 40,000) for local Charlestown boy Sonny Hodson. 3-year-old Sonny has a rare genetic disorder and requires $30,000 for treatment each year, so Simon Baggs walked 50 kilometres from Stockton to Swansea, selling off each km to locals and businesses. They raised the initial $30,000 before Simon even started the walk, which is enough for three treatments for Sonny. During the walk, Nick, Jess and Simon managed to raise an additional $20,000 for Sonny past their initial target – hitting $50,000. Read More HERE

Darren Regan Moves To Drive At SPIN South West Ireland - SPIN South West Ireland has appointed Darren Regan as Assistant Programme Director and drive-time presenter. Darren has been a presenter on SPIN South West for five years. Need an international broadcaster to talk on YOUR show about what’s happening in the UK? – Please call me on +44 7752 416905. Twitter: @GrahamMack Web: www.mackmedia.co.uk Email: graham@mackmedia.co.u

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SNAPS: Premiere's Network's Sal Cirrincione At Rock Hall of Fame

THE MOUTH, APRIL 19TH, 2018 –– Sal Cirrincione (TR), Premiere Networks’ Senior Director of Rock Programming and Specials, recently covered the 33rd Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at Cleveland’s Public Auditorium, where he provided affiliates with several exclusives. Leading up to the big night, Cirrincione was the only journalist in the world to interview Dire Straits’ frontman Mark Knopfler about their induction. While numerous media outlets were left in the dark about Knopfler and the band’s thoughts on the honor, including whether or not they would attend, Cirrincione kept Premiere’s affiliates up to speed with interview clips from Knopfler, as well as three of his bandmates, David Knopfler, John Illsley and Pick Withers.

On the night of the induction, April 14, Cirrincione covered the event for the 23rd time and was repeatedly called on first to ask questions of this year’s honorees: The Moody Blues, The Cars, Bon Jovi, and Dire Straits. Cirrincione was also given backstage access where he did one-on-one interviews with Bon Jovi’s Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora (TL), as well as Justin Hayward of The Moody Blues. Additionally, Cirrincione spoke about the ceremony on Monday, April 16, with 26 stations across the country.

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EVENTS: WDRV-FM Sherman & Tingle Raise $60K In 'Give A Vet A Pet' Drive

THE MOUTH, APRIL 19TH, 2018 –– WDRV-FM Chicago's The Sherman & Tingle Show recently celebrated the overwhelming success of their “Give a Vet a Pet” campaign. The Sherman & Tingle Show, in partnership with the 1 Pet - 1 Vet charitable organization, ventured to raise enough money in one week (March 19-23) to provide a service dog to a local veteran suffering from PTSD. The costs associated with providing one service dog total $15,000. With all monetary donations now confirmed, The Sherman & Tingle Show officially raised a total of $60,000.00 – enough to pair four separate service dogs with veterans who are in desperate need of the positive effects, emotional support and companionship these dogs provide.

Brian Sherman and Steve Tingle said, “We are perpetually committed to serving the Chicago Community. It’s an honor to be entrusted with a megaphone as influential as The Drive’s to advance worthy causes like this one. We’re eager to lead the next charge to benefit pets and veterans throughout Chicagoland.” SHOWN: L to R: Katie Slagel (wife of Vietnam Veteran Troy Slagel,) Steve Tingle, Eric Carlson (1 Pet 1 Vet Charitable organization,) Peggy Moran (1 Pet 1Vet Dog Training Director,) Executive Producer, Jill Egan, Troy Slagel (Vietnam Veteran,) Leelee (Troy Slagel’s service dog,) Keith DeMasso (Afghanistan Veteran,) Freya (Keith DeMasso’s service dog,) Brian Sherman.

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[WATCH] Thousands Cheer For Wife Of Popular Host Who Finished Boston Marathon + $33K For Cancer Institute

THE MOUTH, APRIL 18TH, 2018 –– Five years ago, Mary Shertenlieb (inset) was diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukemia, known as AML. After enduring intense chemotherapy, two relapses and a stem cell transplant she turned to Boston's Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. "They said, this time we're going to nuke you and throw all these crazy things that we haven't tried before. Are you game for doing that? And [my husband] Rich and I said, yeah, let's try whatever we can," she told CBS Boston.

Mary Shertenlieb is the wife of Beasley's Sports Hub Boston host Rich Shertenlieb, one-half of the highly popular Toucher & Rich. On Monday she ran in the 2018 Boston Marathon. Listeners of the The Sports Hub are keenly aware of her powerful story. How she was diagnosed with leukemia five years ago. How she battled back with the support of Rich, their two boys, Hank and Max, and countless family and friends. How Mary is now in remission and running the Boston Marathon for Dana Farber, and on Monday, raising over $33,000 in donations. Amid cold and rainy conditions, Mary made it 15 1/2 miles to Wellesley on the way to Cleveland Circle (in background). At that point, her body began to shiver, her lips turned purple, and because of her compromised immune system, her doctors instructed her to stop running. So, she did and changed to warm clothes.

At 8:30pm, Monday night, she resumed her run with Rich by her side. The two made their way along a darkened marathon route, together. With thousands cheering them on through social media. Congrats and best wishes to the Shertenliebs - they're an amazing family. WATCH CBS REPORT HERE

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Mignon Clyburn To Step Down From FCC

THE MOUTH, APRIL 18TH, 2018 –– FCC Democratic Commissioner Mignon Clyburn announced plans to step down from the agency Tuesday, ending an eight-year tenure reports Politico. Clyburn who joined the FCC in 2009, made the announcement at an FCC meeting. She did not say what she plans to do next but said she would depart the commission before its next scheduled meeting on May 10.

"I’ve done all I know to do. And it’s time for me to serve in another way," she said. Clyburn was part of the Democratic majority that approved the net neutrality rules in 2015, and has been a vocal critic of their repeal in December by the agency's Republican leadership under Chairman Ajit Pai. The rules required internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon to treat all web traffic equally as it passes through their networks.

In response to her announcement, NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith said, “Mignon Clyburn has served the Commission with distinction, dedication and humility over the past eight years. She has been a passionate voice on behalf of consumers and a champion of diversity in the media marketplace during her tenure. NAB and America’s broadcasters wish Commissioner Clyburn well on her future path.”

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Sandy Hook Parents Sue Talk Host Alex Jones Over Claim Shooting Was 'Fake'

THE MOUTH, APRIL 18TH, 2018 –– Alex Jones, conspiracy theorist talker of InfoWars,is being sued for defamation by three parents whose children were killed in the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012. Mediaite reports that Leonard Pozner and his ex-wife, Veronique De La Rosa, filed one suit, and Neil Heslin filed the other. Their 6-year-old sons, Noah Pozner and Jesse Heslin, were murdered. Jones has long believed the shooting at Sandy Hook was a “giant hoax” devised and promulgated by anti-Second Amendment activists.

While his claims have easily been disproved, parents are suing for damages in excess of $1 million. “[Alex Jones] statements were a continuation and elaboration of a years-long campaign to falsely attack the honesty of the Sandy Hook parents, casting them as participants in a ghastly conspiracy and cover-up,” the parents’ lawsuits read. They were were filed in Travis County District Court in Austin – the headquarters of InfoWars.

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TJ Show Extends With 103.3 AMP Boston

THE MOUTH, APRIL 18TH, 2018 –– Entercom announced that “The TJ Show,” hosted by TJ Taormina, Loren Raye and Producer Matt Shearer, will remain on Boston’s 103.3 AMP Radio (WODS-FM) through a multi-year contract extension with the show’s hosts. “‘The TJ Show’ is Boston’s next-generation morning show,” said Mark Hannon, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Boston. “We are thrilled that TJ, Loren Raye and Producer Matt will continue to entertain Boston morning listeners for years to come.”

“We’re grateful to continue our relationship with 103.3 AMP Radio here in Boston. I’m excited to continue growing the show with my co-host Loren Raye and Producer Matt Shearer,” said TJ. “Many thanks to Chris Oliviero, Pat Paxton, Mark Hannon and Steve Salhany for this amazing opportunity. They’re great guys who deeply value the power of local radio.” TJ and Loren joined 103.3 AMP Radio in April 2013

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New Talk 106.7 Atlanta With New Lineup

THE MOUTH, APRIL 18TH, 2018 –– Following its recent rebranding to New Talk 106.7, the Cumulus outlet has launched its new lineup which now features Shelley Wynter in mornings and Mike Brooks in afternoons.

Longtime host Kimmer moves to late afternoons while Shannon Burke ahead to mid-mornings. Also joining for early mornngs is conservative media juggernaut Ben Shapiro - just launched into syndication by Westwood One.

Wynter most recently was heard on WAOK Atlanta.

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AWARDS: Gracie Award Winners Revealed

THE MOUTH, APRIL 18TH, 2018 –– In an already incredible and historic year for women, the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) continues to celebrate programming and individual achievement by, for and about women in radio, television and interactive media by announcing winners of the 43rd annual Gracie Awards. The work of the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation is even more significant supporting educational programs, charitable activities and scholarships that benefit women in media and the public. The Gracie Awards Gala will take place on Tuesday, May 22 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California where national radio will be recognized, and the Gracie Awards Luncheon will take place on Tuesday, June 27 at Cipriani on 42nd Street in New York, New York with local and student winners being acknowledged.

The celebrations will recognize such esteemed honorees including Shirley Strawberry of “The Steve Harvey Show” on Premiere Networks, Jayde Donovan (R) of “Todd and Jayde in the Morning” on Cumulus Media, Nina Hajian of “Shoboy In The Morning” on CBS Radio New York, Cooper Lawrence of “The Cooper Lawrence Show” on Cox Media Group, Whitney Allen of “The Big Time with Whitney Allen” on Westwood One /Oh I Gotta, April Ryan of “On the Record” on American Urban Radio Networks and Hoda Kotb of “The Hoda Show” on SiriusXM, Shelley Rome (FR) (Shelley Rome Show) Host and numerous others - see complete list HERE

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[WATCH] Surveillance Photo Prompts Apology From Atlanta Host Over Ticket

THE MOUTH, APRIL 18, 2018 - Looks like the Johns Creek Police and the city's mayor of this Atlanta suburb are listeners of Rock 100.5's morning show featuring Jason Bailey and Southside Steve. According to Fox5 Atlanta, Steve had posted an encounter he had with a Johns Creek Police officer over the weekend from a live Facebook post. Steve claimed that he got a ticket for running a yellow light. Well, Johns Creek Police fired back with a surveillance photo showing him clearly running a red light.

Yesterday, the mayor and a Johns Creek Police captain called into his radio show with proof he had run the light. Southside Steve said he never meant any ill will towards police and that he thought the video would be funny. He since apologized and even bought the police department lunch Tuesday. He plans on paying his ticket and donating however much the ticket is to a charity. In addition, he plans on standing at the intersection dressed in a Reno 911 uniform holding a sign admitting his guilt.

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EVENTS: Beasley Ft. Myers Holds Day Of Caring For Habitat For Humanity

THE MOUTH, APRIL 18TH, 2018 –– 30 employees from Beasley's Fort Myers, Florida cluster and corporate staff recently volunteered at the Habitat for Humanity’s home sites in Collier County. The effort was part of the company’s Community of Caring Initiative. While there, team members learned about the history of Habitat for Humanity of Collier County and contributed their skills in nailing siding on the exterior of a house, installing windows and putting the roofing paper on two homes for families in need in the community.

“I am so very proud of our outstanding Ft. Myers and corporate employees for doing their Beasley Best to help Habitat for Humanity,” said Beasley Media Group Chief Executive Officer Caroline Beasley. “This is what radio is all about…serving as a lifeline to help our local community.” It was a very rewarding experience for everyone involved! Photo: (L-R) entire on-site team.

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Sean Hannity Disputes Michael Cohen's Claim He Was His 'Mystery' Third Client

THE MOUTH, APRIL 17TH, 2018 –– Following yesterday's blockbuster revelation that Trump attorney Michael Cohen’s mystery third client was Radio/TV talk personality, Sean Hannity, the popular host quickly took to social media to debunk that claim. He tweeted, "Michael Cohen has never represented me in any matter. I never retained him, received an invoice, or paid legal fees. I have occasionally had brief discussions with him about legal questions about which I wanted his input and perspective."

Hannity continued, "I assumed those conversations were confidential, but to be absolutely clear they never involved any matter between me and a third-party. In response to some wild speculation, let me make clear that I did not ask Michael Cohen to bring this proceeding on my behalf, I have no personal interest in this proceeding, and, in fact, asked that my de minimis discussions with Michael Cohen, which dealt almost exclusively about real estate, not be made a part of this proceeding.

Meanwhile, as Vanity Fair's Gabriel Sherman was on MSNBC’s Deadline suggesting that Hannity hired Cohen last year following Bill O’Reilly‘s ouster from Fox News in the wake of a severe ad boycott, Hannity contacted host Nicolle Wallace while she was on the air and denied that accusation. WATCH HERE

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KQRS Minneapolis Producer & A Former New York Host Draw Thanks From Bon Jovi On Stage During Rock Hall Induction

THE MOUTH, APRIL 17TH, 2018 –– During this past weekend's Rock Hall Awards in Cleveland, Jon Bon Jovi told the story of a young kid who walks into a radio station with a cassette and a dream — to get airplay and a chance to find an audience. That station was New York’s WAPP (then owned by Doubleday), which only lasted for less than one year, but left 'an indelible impact on the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer' reports Variety. Bon Jovi shared the story in his induction speech on Saturday night at Cleveland’s Public Hall at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

“After sending that cassette to every label and manager I could think of, I thought, ‘Who is the loneliest person in the music business? The DJ," said Bon Jovi. "There was a new station in NYC called WAPP. It was so new, that there wasn’t even a receptionist, so I was able to walk in and get the attention of John Lassman (top left - now Executive Producer of KQRS/Minneapolis Tom Barnard Show) and the DJ Chip Hobart.” Bon Jovi said. “I told them about the songs on the cassette and the frustration of not getting any label to listen to it. Chip did listen to it, and he told me he thought it should be included on their ‘Homegrown’ record of local original music.”

“Dude!” yelled Bon Jovi. “John Lassman, is my story not true?” “WAPP, God bless you,” he said, inviting Lassman and Hobart — who wore leather jackets with WAPP on the back (right)— to the stage. “That’s the kind of kid I was. I thought differently, and I knew the loneliest man in the world was the DJ, and he was the one that loved music more than anyone, because he had to determine what people cared to listen to, and a DJ could educate the public as to what to listen to,” he said. “It was a different era, and it goes back to this kid’s story.” “That’s a great way to end my night,” he said. Lassman told Variety he was honored that Bon Jovi still remembers. “That was very humbling,” Lassman said. “

Justin Hayward and John Lodge of the Moody Blues also thanked radio, including Howard Stern, who was there to induct Bon Jovi. “I’d like to thank American radio for supporting us for five decades. They also thanked Scott Muni (of WNEW and later, Q104.3) in New York and Alison Steele (WNEW FM).

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Scott Shannon Talks Radio With Ad Age

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THE MOUTH, APRIL 17TH, 2018 –– WCBS-FM's Scott Shannon tells AdAge's Judann Pollack, "When I came to New York in 1983, [the radio industry] was walking in a line, following one another" (which explained the large penguin in the rear of his studio.) Pollack describes Shannon as a 'radio evolutionist, credited with bringing the morning zoo to radio's biggest market while at Z-100. For the last four years he has handled mornings at Entercom's CBS-FM. "This is our 912th show," Shannon

TRsays, adding later, "The radio stations that just play music aren't going to do that well because there are plenty of places you can go and get that same music without all the commercials," says Shannon. "But if you have a personality on the air that can give a different slant to a story, or can tell his or her own story, you can't get that anywhere else."

Shannon continued, "It used to be that you could turn on a radio in New York and listen to WABC and you would pull up to a stoplight and there would be five or six other cars there with the same thing on," he says, "but the industry has grown so much that they have a lot more choices." But he's convinced that if you establish a connection, people will listen. It does not matter whether the audience is tuning in on a cellphone, desktop or a battered transistor radio. "It's not like it used to be," says Shannon as the red light winks out. "But it's still a really great business." PHOTO/ CBS-FM 101.1's Scott Shannon. Credit: Judann Pollack - Read Story HERE

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Seattle 90.3 KEXP Receives $10 Million Donation From Donor Named 'Suzanne'

THE MOUTH, APRIL 17TH, 2018 –– You can file this one under HUGE surprise. Public radio KEXP Radio reported that it received $10 million from an anonymous donor identified only as "Suzanne." In the process, it became one of the largest single donations ever to public radio station in history.

KEXP posted on their website. 'KEXP has received its largest-ever philanthropic gift in the form of a bequest from a generous donor. The entire KEXP family would like to express its gratitude to Suzanne for her transformative gift to the organization.' It mentioned that her name is Suzanne, and she loved music. NICE! See Post HERE

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NETWORKS: J-Si Chavez Tapped To Host YEA Networks 'The Hollywood 5'

THE MOUTH, APRIL 17TH, 2018 –– YEA Networks announces that it has named J-Si Chavez as Host of its nationally syndicated program, 'The Hollywood 5'. The two-hour weekend show airs each week on over 60 stations across the U.S. and features buzz-generating celebrity interviews with the biggest stars in music, television and film, plus high-energy contributors and humor that just keeps coming, mixed with affiliate stations, best music.

Chavez, who debuted this weekend as Host of 'The Hollywood 5,' is best known as Co-Host of 'The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show', a role he stepped into 12 years ago. He continues to captain the ensemble cast of that highly successful nationally syndicated morning show For four seasons, he was featured on FOX's syndicated television show, Dish Nation.

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ON-AIR: Brooke Allen Named New Afternoon Co-Host For News Radio WWJ Detroit

THE MOUTH, APRIL 17TH, 2018 –– Entercom and Detroit’s news station WWJ Newsradio 950 (WWJ-AM) announced that award winning broadcaster Brooke Allen has been named as co-host of the station’s Afternoon Drive, beginning today. Brooke joins current Afternoon Drive host Greg Bowman on-air weekdays from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET.

“We are excited to welcome Brooke back to WWJ,” said Debbie Kenyon, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Detroit. “In addition to being an award winning journalist, Brooke is devoted to our local community. Her passion for the news and connection to the people of the metro Detroit area will be evident each and every day.” “Coming back to WWJ feels like coming home,” said Brooke. “I am so honored to be working alongside Greg Bowman and the entire WWJ Newsroom. I look forward to keeping the people of metro Detroit informed with all of the top local and national news.” Allen returns to WWJ Newsradio 950 from WKAR in 2016, where she served as the producer and host of the “Morning Edition” show.

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: iHeart Denver Names Jeff Johnson VP/Sports Sales and Partnerships

THE MOUTH, APRIL 17TH, 2018 –– iHeartMedia Denver announced that Jeff Johnson has been named Vice President of Sports Sales & Partnerships , effective immediately. In this role, Johnson will oversee iHeartMedia Denver’s sports partnerships, including the Denver Broncos and Colorado Rockies, as well as its Broncos-centric station, Orange & Blue 760 (KDSP -AM). Johnson will report to Ryan Clune, Senior Vice President of Sales for iHeartMedia’s Denver Region. “I’m thrilled for Jeff. Watching him grow over the years from Senior Account Executive, to Director of Sports Sales, and now Vice President of Sports Sales & Partnerships has been a highlight of my career,” said Clune

Johnson has spent his entire 15-year radio career in the iHeart Media Denver building. Although he has sold all of the market’s product lines, his focus has always been on selling the sp orts properties. This past year Johnson served as the Director of Sports Sales. “As a native of the region and lifelong fan of the Broncos and Rockies, I feel blessed that I’ve been able to spend my entire 15 year radio sales and sports partnerships career in Denver,” said Johnson. “With iconic offerings and second- to-none sports broadcast teams, I’m proud and thankful to be able to cont inue my career with the great team of leaders and professionals at iHeartMedia Denver.”

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PODCASTS: WWO And American Public Media Team For Next “In the Dark”

THE MOUTH, APRIL 17TH, 2018 –– Westwood One has announced a strategic partnership with American Public Media (APM) to increase sales and promotional opportunities manifold for Season Two of 'In the Dark,' the Peabody Award-winning investigative podcast. In the Dark’s first season, which has driven nearly 12 million downloads to date, continues to receive downloads more than a year later at roughly 465,000 per month. APM aligns with Westwood One Podcast Network for In the Dark’s second season, with Westwood One providing broadcast radio show promotion and exclusive ad sales representation. This collaboration is another example of the podcast marketplace maturing with key alliances forming to take podcasting to the next level.

In the summer of 2017, Westwood One Podcast Network and APM began discussions about collaborating on a big project. After careful consideration, APM and Westwood One Podcast Network felt aligning on APM’s podcast series In the Dark, would be the greatest opportunity between the two podcast giants. “We are committed to reaching new audiences, and we have confidence in Westwood One’s ability to introduce our work to even more people." “We are incredibly impressed with APM’s award-winning and high-quality investigative content, and have no doubt that this collaboration will be a huge success for both companies,” said Suzanne Grimes, EVP Corporate Marketing, Cumulus Media and President, Westwood One. “The Westwood One Podcast Network team cannot wait to expose In the Dark’s second season to new listeners and dedicated fans across our extensive broadcast radio, digital, on demand and social platforms.” In the Dark’s second season launches on May 1st, For more information please visit www.westwoodone.com.

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0Kendrick Lamar Awarded Pulitzer Prize In Music For 'Damn'

 

Harry Anderson, Magician-Turned-Actor Who Starred In ‘Night Court,’ Dead At 65

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Does ABC-TV Have Bigger Plans For Bobby Bones Than Just 'Idol?' Report

"Bobby is someone who has been on our radar for quite some time," Rob Mills, ABC

THE MOUTH, APRIL 16TH, 2018 –– According to numerous reports, Bobby Bones, host of Premiere Network's The Bobby Bones Show and Mentor for this year's ‘American Idol’ has caught the eye of of ABC-TV beyond just 'Idol. Following articles in Forbes, Life & Style Magazine and many others, Variety writes ABC-TV could be interested in getting into the Bobby Bones business. “Country music is a huge part of ABC’s DNA,” says Rob Mills, ABC’s SVP Alternative Series, Specials & Late, due largely to “our fantastic relationship with the CMA. Through that, Bobby is 7someone who has been on our radar for quite some time. He’s someone who people feel comfortable with whether you’re an everyday person or Luke Bryan."

Mills adds, " He is someone we’ve been looking for the perfect vehicle for.” Though he only filmed on the series for a few weeks, ”we are not having Bobby on and then sending him back to Nashville, “ Mills says. “We are so excited that he will get introduced to a broader audience, and by no means will this be his last appearance on ABC.” Variety says, "Some have even seen him as following in the footsteps of a Ryan Seacrest, though the Arkansas native has developed an intimate enough rapport with country artists and fans that it’s clear the genre is no stepping stone. ICYMI, catch one of his mentoring session on 'Idol HERE

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[WATCH] Howard Stern Inducts Bon Jovi Into Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

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THE MOUTH, APRIL 16TH, 2018 –– Making a rare trip outside of New York, SiriusXM's Howard Stern came through with the request of his longtime friend Bon Jovi to serve as presenter of his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. According to Ultimate Classic Rock, Stern stayed true to form, retaining his uncensored radio banter laced with adult humor and then leading the audience in a singalong of "Wanted Dead or Alive." Before wrapping up with kind words about all of this year's inductees. He said it was his "privilege" to play all of the artists' records on the radio over the years.

When Stern's involvement was announced, he said on his show that he was "honored" to have been asked, but was less-than thrilled with the location. "I gotta go to f--king Cleveland," he said. "I'm calling Jon and getting out of this. [My wife] said, 'No, you're going to go Cleveland and we're going to have fun.' ... I said, 'I'm gonna go, but I have to go to bed early.'" Other bands from their era have disappeared, yet Bon Jovi continues to grow stronger and stronger," Stern said. "I really feel blessed to know you and to have been given this honor of inducting you." WATCH HERE - WARNING - STRONG LANGUAGE - PHOTO/Theo Wargo-Getty for RRHOF

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Art Bell, Creator & Original Host of Coast To Coast AM Passes Away On Friday The 13th

THE MOUTH, APRIL 16TH, 2018 –– Art Bell, the longtime host of the syndicated 'Coast to Coast AM, passed away on Friday the 13th. He was 72. Coast to Coast AM was syndicated on about 500 stations across the United States and Canada from 1993 until 2002 before current host, George Noory, took the reigns.Bell returned to occasionally host Coast to Coast AM programs on weekends and later launched his own Sirius XM radio program in 2012 reports UPI. In addition, his old shows can be heard on Saturday nights on stations carrying the Premiere Networks broadcasts. His cause of death has not yet been determined and an autopsy is scheduled for later this week, according to the Nye County Sheriff's Office.

Noory announced his death during his show on Friday and then posted on Twitter, "Art was a legend -- a radio icon who went against the grain and developed an amazing show called Coast to Coast AM. His impact on my life is beyond words. He will be missed, but I know he is now on another journey." Among numerous comments we received following the news included this from Tom Tradup, VP/NT Prog. Salem Radio Network Dallas, "After we crossed swords as network competitors in the early 90’s, Art and I eventually reconciled and became good friends. He carved out a unique niche in American radio that will likely never be equaled." Bell is survived by his wife, Airyn, a women from the Philippines he married in 2006, and his children Asia, Alex and Art Bell IV.

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ON-AIR: Chelsea Perron Takes Mid-Mornings At The Bull Denver

THE MOUTH, APRIL 16TH, 2018 –– Denver’s 106.7 The Bull announced that Chelsea Perron has been named its midday co-host for KWBL (106.7 The Bull), starting April 23. Perron arrives from WDJX/Louisville, where she served as MD, morning and midday host. Before that she did nights on WERO (Bob 93.3) Greenville-New Bern-Jacksonville, NC. Perron will report to JoJo Turnbeaugh, Region SVP of Programming West Division and PD of The Bull

"An on-air opening with iHeartMedia in Denver always generates strong interest from many talented personalities," said JoJo, "and Chelsea was the clear winner. Her authenticity and unique ability to weave story-telling into her show made her the ideal match for the Bull Nation.” Perron added, “I’m extremely excited to join iHeart and the amazing team in Denver. It’s not too often you get to be a part of a brand new station."

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NETWORKS: Stars Turnout For 'WWO's Backstage' Event At ACM Awards

THE MOUTH, APRIL 16TH, 2018 –– More than 90 Country stars came to help Westwood One celebrate Country Music’s Party of the Year® with Radio Row interviews across 25 of the America’s biggest Country radio stations and several national shows, including Westwood One’s NASH Nights Live, with hosts Shawn Parr and Elaina Smith. The artists had a blast backstage engaging with fans, with stations, with listeners, and with each other! Westwood One captured amazing multi-platform content throughout the two days.

Highlights: -A Westwood One Exclusive: Luke Bryan presented Brett Young with his “New Male Artist of the Year” award at Westwood One Backstage. Although Brett knew he won the award, as it was already announced, he didn't know he'd be getting it at Westwood One’s backstage event. PHOTO - Courtesy of Westwood One - (L-R) John Shomby, Program Director, NASH and WKDF/Nashville; Blake Shelton; and Mike McVay, EVP, Content & Programming, Cumulus Media and Westwood One

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SBG Expands Lineup

THE MOUTH, APRIL 16TH, 2018 –– Sun Broadcast Group has announced two new additions to their 2018 lineup. Starting in May, Sun will offer national ad and affiliate sales support for Remote News Service. Sun has also expanded their partnership with Envision Networks and will offer ad sales support for the new feature, 140 Characters. Remote News Service offers high quality, local, real-time news reports across 14+ major markets with a full team of anchors.

"I met Jason in New York, and from that moment I knew Remote News Service would benefit greatly from his years of experience and from the support of the amazing team he's put together at Sun Broadcast Group. RNS has been growing every year, but I now know we're set to really take off! I can't wait to watch my company grow with Sun," said Lesley Lotto, President, Remote News Service. Jason Bailey, CEO, Sun Broadcast Group added, “In these ever-changing times of digital hyper-awareness, localized content wins every time, and we’re thrilled to partner with Lesley and the team at RNS to bring that locality to our national advertisers.” Envision Networks’ 140 Characters is a new service featuring celebrity impersonators, voice and character actors as well as pre-written scripts to use for topic starters, phone scams, parodies and more.

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MoviePass And iHeart Launch New 3-Month Promotion

THE MOUTH, APRIL 16TH, 2018 –– MoviePass™, and iHeartRadio, announced a new three-month subscription offer. This announcement celebrating Movies and Music was made at the MoviePass Coachella Chateau in La Quinta, California in conjunction with the 2018 Coachella Music Festival & Arts Festival as the backdrop. “Our existing relationship with iHeartMedia has enabled us to put together this great package deal for movie lovers and music fans,” said MoviePass CEO Mitch Lowe. “Our goal has always been to deliver the best value to our MoviePass family and by partnering with iHeartRadio, we are able to provide access to two premium subscription services at one low price.” “We reach millions of listeners every day who are looking for great options to meet their film and entertainment needs,” said Michele Laven, President of Strategic Partnerships at iHeartMedia.

“The future of entertainment is based on subscription and this subscription is a tremendous value,” said HMNY’s Chairman and CEO Ted Farnsworth. “It’s the first time anyone is combining two leading entertainment platforms across music and movies in one great deal. Today’s new offer will allow both companies to reach a broader audience that is looking to consume their media and entertainment in an exciting new way.” More information on the plan is available at moviepass.com and at iheart.com.

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SNAPS: Rachael Ray Shares Her Story at Beasley Media Group’s BEN-FM Event

THE MOUTH, APRIL 16TH, 2018 –– Beasley and multiple Emmy Award-Winning Celebrity Cook and Host of the nationally syndicated Rachael Ray Show, Rachael Ray, was the featured keynote speaker during a special on stage interview with Host Kathy Romano at 95.7 BEN FM’s Her Story Luncheon. The event took place on Saturday, April 14th at the Arts Ballroom in Philadelphia. The annual celebration recognizes women who are making a difference in the community. Attendees included business leaders, directors of non-profit organizations and public relations professionals, as well as BEN-FM listeners who won passes to the event.

Hosted by Kathy Romano, Her Story is heard Sundays from 7:30-8am and is available via podcast at 957benfm.com. The program recognizes women who are doing extraordinary things at home, at work and in the community. Philadelphia is rich with history…BEN-FM is committed to HER story! (L-R): Beasley Media Group CEO Caroline Beasley, Rachael Ray and Kathy Romano

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0Winners From 53rd Annual ACM Awards; TV's Female Ruling Class

 

Check Out The 53rd Annual ACM Winners

Carrie Underwood Makes Appearance

Beyonce Becomes First Black Woman To Headline Coachella

[WATCH] Adele’s Hilarious Reaction to Beyoncé’s Coachella Set

Cardi B Smashes Taylor Swift’s Apple Music Record

[WATCH] Taylor Swift Countrified Cover of Earth, Wind & Fire Classic Draws Mixed Reaction

[WATCH] Christina Aguilera Is Finally Doing Carpool Karaoke for James Corden's Primetime Special

ICYMI: Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller In SNL Skit Robert Mueller and Michael Cohen

[WATCH] Eric Clapton Documentary ‘Life in 12 Bars’ Coming to Home Video

Morning TV's New Female Ruling Class

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[LISTEN] 99X Atlanta Ask For Listeners Help After FCC Orders Them Off The Air

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THE MOUTH, APRIL 13TH, 2018 – Following interference complaints, the FCC ordered the station (WWWQ-HD2) to cease broadcasting on the frequency at midnight April 11. The Atlanta-based stations operates at 98.9 FM. While listeners will no 7longer be able to tune into the FM signal, 99X can still be heard on 99.7 HD2, on the 99x app, through Alexa and streaming on 99x.com writes The AJC's Melissa Ruggeri. 99X responded by posting at #99xDownButNotOut - all the names of the FCC Commissioners and Chairman, plus a letter to cut, paste and forward:

"Dear _____, My name is _____ and I live in Atlanta, Georgia. I am one of the 150,000 Atlantans whose life has been enriched by the new music discovery dI’ve enjoyed by listening to 99x on 98.9 FM. 99x has also been the one place in Atlanta that I can hear local artists like --- Please put my 99x back on the FM band at 98.9. Sincerely,---"

They since added a very cool promo (props to Cumulus' Louie Diaz) which snarkily asks after being knocked off the air 'again,' "What is this, the 3rd, 8th, 947th time?" - LISTEN HERE

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The City Of San Diego to Honor Geena The Latina

THE MOUTH, APRIL 13TH, 2018 –– iHeartMedia San Diego’s Channel 93.3, announced that Geena The Latina, co-host of Kramer and Geena Mornings, will be honored by the City of San Diego. The city will officially proclaim April 17, 2018, “Geena The Latina Day” during a special ceremony at City Hall on April 17.

Geena has become a well-known, and much-loved figure in San Diego both on and off the airwaves. Geena began her career at KIIS FM in Los Angeles as a red-carpet reporter and worked with many of LA’s top radio shows before making the move to San Diego. Geena has been through more than most in her young life, having had two teenage brothers killed due to gang violence, which is why she has such a strong passion for the inner city youth of her community. Geena was the first in her family to graduate from a 4-year university and was also the founding president of the first ever Latina-based sorority Sigma Lambda Gamma at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles where she also received a softball scholarship.

“I am beyond honored to receive an official day here in San Diego,” said Geena. “Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined that I’d receive such an award. I have lived in San Diego for almost 13 years now and it has become my home.illion registered users.

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Imus Ranch Sold To Nebraska TV Mogul

THE MOUTH, APRIL 13TH, 2018 –– The 3,400-acre New Mexico ranch owned by legendary radio host Don Imus was purchased Thursday by an ex-farmer who became a cable TV mogul reports Santa Fe New Mexican. The buyer is Patrick Gottsch, whose Rural Media Group and Rural Free Delivery Television are based in Omaha, Neb. Bell Tower Keller-Williams listing agent Craig Huitfeldt and Jay Moore, owner of the Las Vegas-based New Mexico Land and Title Co. that closed the deal, confirmed the sale, but neither would give the price. The last listed price was $19 million.

Imus and Gottsch did business together in the 2000s, when Gottsch simulcast Imus’ show, according to Fast Company. The ranch also has a broadcast studio. Huitfeldt said he did not know what plans Gottsch has for the ranch. Imus had used the property, which had nonprofit status, to host children with cancer. Imus, 77, acquired the ranch in 1998. He retired from broadcasting recently after nearly 50 years on-air. PHOTO/Katie Johnson - imusranchforsale.com

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MSBC 30 ALERT

WANT TO PARTICIPATE IN OUR FIRST-EVER TALENT STUDY? Morning Show Boot Camp and Jacobs Media Announce A Unique Collaboration -- A Research Study of Talent By Talent

We'll soon begin to survey hundreds of on-air talent – from morning shows to talk hosts and other dayparts and will become the first-ever talent study drawn exclusively from those behind the mic!

Be among the first to participate in this first-ever talent study containing confidential feedback from radio personalities across the country. Jacobs Media, presenters of the highly anticipated Techsurvey 2018 and whose studies have been quoted throughout the media world, will provide data unlike any ever seen before - from content to contests, from preparation to PPM to promotions, every aspect of doing a successful show in today's new media landscape will researched. The results will be revealed at MSBC30 in Chicago this summer. If you have questions you’d like to see included in the study, contact Jacobs Media’s Research Director Jason Hollins at Jason@JacobsMedia.com. Watch for an invitation to CONFIDENTIALLY take part in in this survey in the weeks ahead.

 

 

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Hannity, Stern Among THR's 35 Most Powerful People in New York Media

THE MOUTH, APRIL 13TH, 2018 –– The Hollywood Reporter has once again released its 'Most Powerful People In New York list, and among numerous stars such as Jimmy Fallon, Stephen Colbert, Seth Meyers, Samantha Bee and others, radio and TV host Sean Hannity was high on the list, followed by Ryan Seacrest & Howard Stern. Commenting on why he matters, THR says of Hannity, "he is likely the single most influential figure in conservative media (his radio show is heard by more than 11 million each week) and has the power to make or break Republican political candidates."

As for Stern, they add, '(his) unprecedented (and, in all likelihood, unreplicable) airwave supremacy remains a glimmering example of the enduring power of personality in media. SEE COMPLETE LIST HERE

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PODCASTS: Suze Orman's, 'Women And Money' Podcast Debuts Today

THE MOUTH, APRIL 13TH, 2018 –– Advice from the world’s most-listened-to personal finance expert, Suze Orman, is making its way to even more ears with the debut of her Suze Orman, Women & Money podcast today. Direct to women, and the men who want to understand them, her trademark energy and compassion guide the PodcastOne network series, in which listeners can #AskSuze anything. But the tables are turned in this first episode, as Refinery29 Work & Money Director Lindsey Stanberry interviews Suze about her own journey.

Orman: “Women, in my opinion again, found their voice this year, they will also now be able to find their financial voice for, probably, the very first time. Because if you don’t have a voice, you don’t have self-worth. And if you don’t have self-worth, it’s impossible to have net worth.” Orman adds, “I hope this podcast also talks to the men that have people in their lives because one out of two couples that get married end up in divorce, and the number one reason for divorce is arguments over money. So, if men want to be in a successful relationship with women that works, they have to understand how women think, feel and act with money. And it is far different than how men think, feel and act with money.” - LISTEN HERE - The show is available now on PodcastOne.com

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Sam Wickens Named Finalist In Benztown Iron Imager Contest

THE MOUTH, APRIL 13TH, 2018 –– Benztown announced that UK audio imaging professional Sam Wickens has been selected as the finalist in the 7th Annual Iron Imager Contest, the international radio imaging contest where audio production professionals compete for the title of World’s Best Imager. Wickens, 26, is Audio Production Assistant for Capital FM in Hornchurch, Essex (Greater London). Current Iron Imager Champion Brad Leask, Network Imaging Producer, NOVA Entertainment, Sydney, Australia, will face off against Wickens in a head-to-head live competition on Thursday, May 3, 2018, at the Worldwide Radio Summit at the W Hollywood Hotel.

Iron Imager is the first and only competition of its kind. Benztown also recognized Iron Imager semi-finalists who captured Honorable Mention status in this year’s competition. Those high-performing semi-finalists are: Jonathan Young, Audio Producer, Global, London; Brendan Tacey, National Head of Production, Southern Cross Austereo, Melbourne; Jordana Klein, Imaging Producer and Voice Talent, Toronto; Chris Longman, Imaging Producer, Global, London; Ryan Drean, Worldwide Voiceovers and Audio Production, Dallas; and Sergey Zelentsov, Head of Production, Europa Plus, Moscow. The 2018 Iron Imager will be declared and presented at 10:30am Pacific on Friday, May 4, in the General Session Room of the W Hollywood Hotel. To hear the submissions of the top Iron Imager 2018 competitors, please visit: https://soundcloud.com/benztownradio/sets/iron-imager.

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Cardi B Takes Over Power's Cruz Show

THE MOUTH, APRIL 13TH, 2018 –– Hip Hop star, Cardi B, visited LA’s Hip Hop morning show, #TheCruzShow, for an on-air takeover airing Friday, April 13th from 6:30am – 10am PST. During her visit, Cardi B was open and enthusiastically discussed her pregnancy, getting advice from Madonna about performing at Coachella this weekend and she offered advice to Khloe Kardashian.

Listen to the Cardi B Power 106 takeover on Power 106 by visiting www.power106.com. Video from the interview will be posted on Power 106’s You Tube Channel Friday, April 13th at 10am PST.

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EVENTS: Phlash Phelps Completes Being Heard In Every Place Of United States

THE MOUTH, APRIL 13TH, 2018 –– That's SiriusXM's Phlash Phelps above center with 93KHJ-American Samoa after completing being heard in every place in the United States. Phlash crashed the Samoan Sunrise with John Raynar on March 2, 2018, news with Monica Miller (shown). Now Phlash has been heard on the radio in all 50 states and all the U.S. Territories. Guam on Hitradiio 100 and Commonwealth of the Mariana Islands-Power 99 both in '95. Then working in the U.S. Virgin Islands on Isle 95 serving eastern P.R. '96-'99, then D.C. 2000-present and now American Samoa on KHJ 2018. Phlash traveled into all 50 states and the 6 U.S. territories. WATCH HERE

Our thanks to Art Vuolo for the above photo - Speaking of Art, in case you missed his Radio Dream Lunch 2017 video from last December, check out the link at right featuring John Landecker, Gary Bryan and many more - WATCH HERE

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0Chris Cornell Autopsy TV Special Announced; Time's 'Stormy' Cover

 

Now It's 'Stormy' On 'Times' Trump Cover

Global Superstar Kevin Hart To Host New CBS Competition Show TKO: TOTAL KNOCK OUT

“High Definition Vinyl” Is Happening, Possibly as Early as Next Year

Chris Cornell Autopsy Television Special Announced

Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke Want Another Shot at Their "Blurred Lines" Appeal

[WATCH] Mariah Carey Writing Memoir Following Polar Diagnosis

Mariska Hargitay Taking Her Advocacy For Sex Victims To HBO

New RHOF Inductees Get Their Own Garbage Pail Kids Stickers

[WATCH] Snoop Dogg Hosting A Web Series About The History Of Ice Hockey

[WATCH] 'Ocean's 8' Trailer With Rihanna & Sandra Bullock

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Entercom Turns Off The Machine, Turns On 97.3 Fan; Sileo Slides To Mornings

THE MOUTH, APRIL 12TH, 2018 –– To say the least, it's been an interesting couple of weeks in San Diego radio following the launch of 97.3 The Machine, only to be thrown off course by an ill-timed tweet from its then new morning host, Kevin Klein. Late yesterday, Entercom announced plans a relaunch 97.3 as 97.3 THE FAN, San Diego’s only 24/7, all-sports FM station. 97.3 THE FAN will serve as the flagship home for the San Diego Padres and will broadcast all regular season games. The new format will launch today, April 12 at 5 a.m. PT.

“After a recent off-air tweet, we took the opportunity to step back, listen to the important feedback from the community and our partners, the Padres, and reevaluate the path forward,” said Bob Bolinger, SVP and Market Manager, Entercom San Diego. “The station was always going to be largely about sports and we determined the right thing to do was to go 100% all-in."

The new line-up will be kickoff with Dan Sileo (R) on the air from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. PT, Jim Rome from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Doug Gottlieb from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. PT, and market veteran Chris Ello with Tony Gwynn Jr. from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT. 97.3 THE FAN will also be the new home to the NFL and the NCAA in San Diego, beginning with the 2018-19 season.

The drama began just three days before the Padres’ season opener when Kevin Klein promoted his new show on Twitter showing the Coronado bridge with the word “JUMP*” in large capital letters and “*to a new morning show” in much smaller letters below. With more than 400 people having jumped to their deaths over the bridge’s 50-year history, the promo caused an uproar and was quickly followed by apologies from the Padres, Entercom and then Klein. As it turned out, Klein’s show never aired, but on his Twitter page, a copy of the first amendment rest on the top of his page.

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HOT 103.7 New Orleans Moves To New Frequency And Rebrands As The New HOT 92.9

THE MOUTH, APRIL 12TH, 2018 –– Entercom has relaunched New Orleans classic R&B station HOT 103.7 as The New HOT 92.9 FM (W225CZ). The station will debut on the new frequency, with new call letters, starting today.

The signal will be simulcast on both frequencies until further notice. The classic R&B station will continue to be heard on 1350 AM. The new frequency will reach a broader fan base in the Northshore area and improve the listening experience for the adjoining New Orleans metro areas.

Big Abe (R) will continue to host the Morning Drive and Kelder Summers (FR) will remain in the Afternoon Drive slot.

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FCC Chairman Pai Promises Again To Modernize Outdated Media Rules

THE MOUTH, APRIL 12TH, 2018 –– FCC Chairman Ajit Pai emphasized his aim was to "modernize" the nation's media rules during an address at NAB Show in Las Vegas. “That’s required a lot of work,” he said adding that " most of these rules were written during the analog era.” Pai reminded attendees that a year ago at NAB Show, he promised a review of media regulations to identify those that should be revised or repealed writes The Hollywood Reporter.

“We’ve already launched eight separate rulemakings as a result of this effort, and we’ll start more in the coming months,” he said.

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HONORS: John David To Receive National Radio Award

THE MOUTH, APRIL 12TH, 2018 –– John David, senior advisor to the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), will receive the 2018 National Radio Award during the Radio Luncheon on Wednesday, September 26. The 2018 Radio Show, produced by the NAB and the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB), will be held September 25-28 in Orlando.

“The entire broadcast radio community has benefited enormously over the years from John David’s dedication, knowledge and his one-of-a-kind sense of humor,” said NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith. “He is the consummate radio broadcaster and his service to radio makes him well-deserving of this honor.” David became senior advisor to NAB on February 1 after stepping down from his day-to-day role as executive vice president of Radio. Prior to joining NAB, David had a distinguished career in radio management at stations in Oklahoma, Missouri, and Kansas. From 1971-1988, he was executive vice president of J. R. Broadcasting Company as owner and general manager of radio stations in Missouri and Kansas.

The award recipient is selected by the NAB Radio Executive Committee. Additional information about the 2018 Radio Show is available here.

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NETWORKS: Over 90 Stars Set To Join WWO's Backstage At 53rd ACM Awards

THE MOUTH, APRIL 12TH, 2018 –– Westwood One will welcome more than 90 of Country music’s biggest and brightest stars to its Westwood One Backstage at the Academy of Country Music Awards™ to celebrate the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards, Country Music’s Party of the Year. Top Country superstars and hot, new emerging talent – including Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert, Lady Antebellum, Old Dominion, LOCASH, Danielle Bradbery, Maren Morris, Kelsea Ballerini, Thomas Rhett, Kane Brown, Chris Young, and more will engage with 25 of America’s top Country stations and national shows. Westwood One and Cumulus Media are the official national radio partners for the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards.

“With our long-standing official partnership, only Westwood One Backstage and the Academy of Country Music Awards can deliver such extraordinary star-power to our listeners, affiliates, and advertisers,” said Suzanne Grimes, EVP, Corporate Marketing for Cumulus Media and President, Westwood One. “We’re bringing the biggest Country music stars and radio personalities together to capture unique over the air, on demand, and social content that celebrates the passion, the energy, and the glory of Country music at its best.” The exclusive star-studded Westwood One Backstage at the Academy of Country Music Awards features a robust radio row, extensive multi-platform content, live performances, and social media experiences. It will take place on Friday, April 13 and Saturday, April 14 from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm PT during rehearsals for the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV. The 53rd ACM Awards takes place on Sunday, April 15, 2018, from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will broadcast LIVE at 8:00 pm ET/PT on the CBS Television Network. The show will be hosted by the “Queen of Country,” Reba McEntire.

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New Zealand Taxi Driver Will Go To Trial Over Alleged Grope Of Radio Star

THE MOUTH, APRIL 12TH, 2018 –– Baljeet Singh will go to trial over allegedly indecently assaulting More FM's drive show host Jay-Jay Feeney in his taxi. He appeared in the Auckland District Court this week and maintained his not guilty plea to one charge of indecent assault. Jay-Jay, A Morning Show Boot Camp regular, alleges she was indecently assaulted by Singh. After the alleged assault, she gave her version of the incident on Facebook. She said she was groped by Singh after leaving a bar in Auckland. She wrote, "We pulled up outside my apartment block and he told me he would let me off my $17 fare if I would hook up with him and then he reached over and started fondling my boobs. I pushed his hand away and said no and tried to get him to take my eftpos card (debit card), which he eventually did. But he wasn't taking no for an answer and got out of the car to follow me across the road to my flat. 'I'm coming in with you,' he said to me. 'No you're not,' I told him back and I walked as quickly as I could." Jay Jay says she swiped her access card to get into her building, and "bolted up the stairs".

2DayFM In Sydney Australia Dumps Ads Between 9am & 3pm Daily - In another desperate move to differentiate itself from its Sydney competitors, 2DayFM has removed all advertising during the day. This latest move comes after the owners, Southern Cross Austereo, made the call in January to overhaul 2Day’s music strategy, switching from ‘Hits and Old School’ to ‘More Music More Variety’. The station has been struggling since the Breakfast duo Kyle and Jackie O crossed town to present Breakfast on KIIS fm in 2014.

Another Singer On The Radio - Louise Redknapp is joining Heart in London to host two weekend radio programmes across the UK network. Louise is a singer and former member of Eternal. She’ll on-air Sunday from 7pm till 10pm.

Nick Grimshaw’s BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show Cut To Four Days A Week - The BBC’s national CHR station are cutting back Nick Grimshaw to four days a week as a new generation of presenters takes over in the biggest shake-up in the show’s 51-year history. GNick, has presented the weekday breakfast show since 2012. He’ll stop hosting on Fridays from June with the programme being rebranded as Radio 1’s Weekend Breakfast as part of a move to keep it relevant with a youth audience. The Friday breakfast slot, 6.30am to 10am, will be taken over by Dev and Alice Levine.

Want to connect with Graham? Reach him at +44 7752 416905. Twitter: @GrahamMack Web: www.mackmedia.co.uk Email: graham@mackmedia.co.u

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0Legendary Comedy Store Owner, Mitzi Shore Passes

 

Mitzi Shore, Owner of Legendary Comedy Store Passes Away At 87

Mariah Carey Reveals Her Battle With Bi-Polar Disorder

Coachella Reveals 2018 Details

Spotify and Hulu team up for $13 subscription bundle

New Apple Music Head Named as Service Surpasses 40 Million Subscribers

U.K. Music Biz Record Biggest Rise Since Mid-1990s

Coming Soon To Uber app: Bikes, Rental Cars, and Public Transportation

PBS Sets Series Following Prince Harry & Meghan Markle’s Nuptials

Dwayne Johnson’s ‘Jumanji’ Becomes Sony’s Highest-Grossing Film Ever

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NAB Announces 2018 Crystal Awards Winners; WTOP-FM Takes Heritage

THE MOUTH, APRIL 11TH, 2018 –– The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) announced the 10 winners of the Crystal Radio Awards. Since 1987, the NAB Crystal Radio Awards have recognized radio stations for their outstanding year-round commitment to community service. The 2018 NAB Crystal Radio Award recipients listed below were chosen among 50 finalists who were honored during yesterday's We Are Broadcasters Celebration - emceed by Tommy McFly (shown below with Randi 'P Poole)

Stations honored were KFOR-AM Lincoln, Neb. KGSR-FM Austin, Texas KTAR-FM Phoenix, Ariz. KTTS-FM Springfield, Mo. KXLG-FM Watertown, S.D. WHKO-FM Dayton, Ohio WINS-AM New York City, N.Y. WSOY-AM Decatur, Ill. WTMX-FM Chicago, Ill. WWJ-AM Detroit, Mich. NAB Crystal Radio Award finalists were chosen by a panel of judges representing broadcasting, community service organizations and public relations firms. Finalists were honored and winners announced at today's We Are Broadcasters Celebration, where Chairman Pai delivered remarks about local radio and television stations' vital role in communities and ongoing commitment to innovation that enables broadcasters to better serve listeners and viewers. Also at the event, five-time NAB Crystal Award recipient WTOP-FM was honored with the NAB Crystal Heritage Award. ABOVE PHOTO/L-R: We are Broadcasters Celebration - Crystal Award-Winners - Chase Rupp, Beth Neuhoff, Darrell Brown, Tim Murphy, Tom Langmyer, Robert Davidek, Melissa Herrboldt, Jeff England, Randi P'Pool and Nick Roberts with Randy Gravley, Gordon H. Smith and Tommy McFly

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House Judiciary Committee Drives The Introduction Of 'Music Modernization Act'

THE MOUTH, APRIL 11TH, 2018 –– Spearheaded by the House Judiciary Committee, the Music Modernization Act was introduced yesterday, a move that sets music rates and how songwriters and artists are paid. According to Variety, a key provision of the bill was Congress establishing the equivalent of a SoundExchange for songwriters to track credits and distribute royalties when digital services use their work. The switch to a market-based rate standard for artists and writers, closing the pre-1972 loophole that denied digital compensation to legacy artists and the addition of copyright royalties for producers and engineers are other changes widely hailed as improvements by a wide range of industry organizations.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) said, “As part of the House Judiciary Committee’s copyright review we have worked with members and stakeholders to ensure that these laws are working in the digital age to reward creativity and protect the rights of authors, artists, and creators,” Goodlatte told Variety on the eve of the new bill’s introduction. “Technology continues to rapidly advance [and] we must ensure that our copyright system can keep pace.

In response to today's introduction of Music Modernization Act in the House, NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith commended the act and thanked Chairman Goodlatte, Ranking Member Nadler, and Representatives Collins, Jeffries, and Issa, who worked diligently to ensure that free, local, over-the-air broadcasters would not be harmed by this legislation."

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Russ Solomon Honored As First Inductee Into Music Business Hall Of Fame In May

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THE MOUTH, APRIL 11TH,210 –– Actor and documentarian Colin Hanks will pay tribute to retail record icon Russ Solomon (inset) next month for his induction into the Music Business Hall of Fame reports Billboard. This will be during the 60th annual Music Business Association (Music Biz) conference on May 17 in Nashville. With this year marking the inaugural Hall of Fame ceremony, Solomon will be the first inductee. Solomon passed away on March 4 at the age of 92.

"As we celebrate our 60th Anniversary, the timing was perfect to introduce the Music Business Hall of Fame, which will give us the opportunity to highlight those who have had a tremendous and lasting impact on the business, while providing an example to the next generation who will carry it forward," said Music Biz president James Donio in a statement. "I had spoken with Russ to tell him he would be the first inductee, and he was humbled and excited to have been selected and planned to be in Nashville for the ceremony. While we were shocked and saddened to learn of his sudden passing, we feel this will be such a fitting tribute to a man who revolutionized music retail with Tower Records. We can think of no one better than Russ to be the first, and for all future Hall of Fame inductees to follow."

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ON-AIR: Alabama Rides Solo In Mornings On BIG 95.5 Chicago

THE MOUTH, APRIL 11TH, 2018 –– Following yesterday's announcement that Lance Houston (see below) would be taking the PD reins at Big 95.5 Chicago came word from media blogger Robert Feder that after three years in mornings, Mason Schreader and Zach “Remy” Hoesly would be exiting the post leaving Amber “Alabama” Cole riding solo.

Alabama joined Big 95.5 as afternoon host in 2015 but begun co-hosting mornings with Mason & Remy since 2016. In the latest Nielsen Audio survey, Feder writes that Big 95.5 ranked 25th with a 1.7 percent audience share.

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PROGRAMMING: Lance Houston To Program & Handle Middays For Big 95.5 Chicago; Andy Bloom Tapped As OM For Entercom Minny; WQIK Jacksonville Names John Richards PD

THE MOUTH, APRIL 10TH, 2018 –– iHeartMedia Chicago announced today that Lance Houston (L) has been named Program Director and Midday Host for BIG 95.5. Houston will report to Tommy Austin, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia’s Chicago Region. Prior to joining BIG 95.5, he served as Program Director for iHeartMedia’s WBWL/Boston and WTBU/Portsmouth where he was instrumental integrating both the iHeartCountry and Bobby Bones brands. As Country Format Captain for the Boston region, Houston also worked closely with the programming team at WRNX/Springfield. As Music Director and Assistant Program Director, he helped launch WUBL/Atlanta in 2007. Houston also has served as Program Director for iHeartMedia’s WPOC/Baltimore.

Entercom has named Andy Bloom Operations Manager for Entercom Minneapolis. In this role, Bloom will have oversight of 830 WCCO (WCCO-AM), BUZ’N @ 102.9 (KMNB-FM) and 104.1 JACK FM (KZJK-FM) effective immediately. Bloom says, “Paul Bunyan, Purple People Eaters, Prince, the ‘87 & ‘91 Twins and WCCO Radio. These are the Minnesota legends I grew up with,” said Bloom. “I am excited to go home to the Twin Cities and honored by the opportunity Shannon Knoepke, Chris Oliviero and David Field have given me." Bloom is a seasoned radio executive who served as Operations Manager for CBS Radio Philadelphia from 2007 to 2016.

--iHeartMedia announced today that John Richards has been named Country Program Director for WQIK Jacksonville FL, with additional programming responsibilities in Tallahassee FL at WTNT, and WPAP Panama City Beach FL. iHeartMedia Jacksonville has a strong cross-platform presence and includes several iconic brands and franchises — both broadcast and digital — encompassing more than Eight stations comprised of music, and Sports format. John Richards joins the North Florida Markets from Corpus Christi TX and Harlingen-Brownsville-McAllen TX Markets, where he most recently served as the IHM Market President.

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Benson & Harf Team For Fox Radio Show

THE MOUTH, APRILL 11TH, 2018 –– Fox News analyst Marie Harf (R) and Guy Benson (L) are teaming up for a new show on Fox News Radio says FNR Pres. of News Jay Wallace in a release. Harf has been a regular on Fox News including its ''Outnumbered' show. Benson, political editor of the website Townhall.com, joined Fox News in 2013 as a contributor. Benson and Harf is set to debut on May 7 and air weekdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

FOX News operates FOX News Radio (FNR), a 24/7 news service reaching more than 36 million listeners a week on over 1,000 affiliated radio stations. The network features a comprehensive hourly five-minute newscast along with one-minute newscasts, business updates, breaking-news coverage and on demand original podcasts. FOX News Talk provides four weekday programs including: The Brian Kilmeade Show, The Todd Starnes Show, The Tom Shillue Show and Benson and Harf. More Info: http://radio.foxnews.com/

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Radio 94-7 Rebrands As ALT 94-7 Sacramento

THE MOUTH, APRIL 11TH, 2018 –– Entercom announced that Alternative Rock station Radio 94-7 (KKDO-FM) has changed its name to ALT 94-7, Sacramento’s Alternative. The station’s format and lineup remains the same.

“The new ALT 94-7 name more accurately reflects KKDO’s leadership position in the format in Sacramento,” said Lance Richard, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Sacramento. “KKDO is committed to bringing Sacramento music fans the alternative rock experience they seek and to continuing to serve our local partners with the same engaging content.”

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NETWORKS: WWO And NBC Sports Radio Present Live Audio Coverage Of The 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs

THE MOUTH, APRIL 11TH, 2018 –– NBC Sports and NBC Sports Radio, Westwood One will present live play-by-play audio coverage of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, starting with first round action this Wednesday, April 11, when the LA Kings take on the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 1 of their Western Conference series. In addition, Westwood One will broadcast several Playoff games throughout the next few weeks, including Game 3 between the Anaheim Ducks and San Jose Sharks on Monday, April 16 and Game 4 between the Nashville Predators and the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday, April 18. Other playoff games in the first two rounds will be announced at a later date.

Coverage will continue with the audio broadcast of every game of both Conference Finals as well as the Stanley Cup Final. Kenny Albert (play-by-play) and Joe Micheletti (analyst) will serve as Westwood One/NBC Sports Radio’s lead broadcast crew and will call the 2018 Stanley Cup Final and select playoff games. NHL programming will be available on NBC Sports Radio affiliates throughout the United States, as well as on NBCSportsRadio.com, NBCSports.com, the NBC Sports Radio mobile app, SiriusXM, (213/Sirius and 202/XM), TuneIn and the free TuneIn mobile app. NHL fans can also follow the playoffs on the NBC Sports Radio station on Apple Music.

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0Stefani Heads To Las Vegas; Comey To Tell All On ABC

 

[WATCH] Comey Compares Trump to Mob Boss

[WATCH] Gwen Stefani Headed To Las Vegas

[WATCH] Bruce Willis Is Getting the Comedy Central Roast Treatment

No, You Won’t See Kiss' Gene Simmons In Any Canadian Pot Ads

[WATCH] Kevin Smith's Night of His Heart Attack Special to Air on Showtime

[WATCH] "Wheel of Fortune" Contestant Loses Big For Mispronouncing "Flamenco"

Iron Maiden Halloween Masks Coming

Amal Clooney Covers Vogue

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Gordon Smith Touts Accomplishments During Keynote at 2018 NAB Show

THE MOUTH, APRIL 10TH, 2018 –– NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith (inset) opened the annual NAB State of the Industry address during the 2017 NAB Show in Las Vegas yesterday saying 'he always looks forward to the NAB Show, 'an event that tells the story of broadcasting and its latter-day convergence with broadband and other technologies to deliver the content our communities rely on every day.' Pointing to The NAB PILOT’s Futures Park, he said ' it’s an exciting story to share – just take a look at what’s happening outside these walls' and among other highlights, he cited the all-digital FM radio demonstration.

Smith later touted the association's key accomplishments in the past year: "We again fought back attempts by the record labels to tax radio stations simply for promoting and playing the music listeners love to hear. * We prevented a $169 billion tax on advertising that would hurt every broadcast station, as well as small businesses and vital, local jobs. More," he added, "The Commission made significant strides to modernize outdated media ownership rules." READ FULL TRANSCRIPT HERE

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SAS Audio Presents Elvis With A Custom Gold Console In Honor Of HOF Induction

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THE MOUTH, APRIL 10TH, 2018 –– Sierra Automated Systems presented Premiere Network Syndicated Elvis Duran with a gold "Hall of Fame Edition" iSL console in honor of yesterday's induction into the Hall of Fame in Las Vegas. During the special event at the Sierra Automated Systems booth at The NAB, SAS President Ed Fritz and Vice President Al Salci were joined by Duran's fellow Hollywood Walk of Fame recipient 'Shotgun' Tom Kelly to present the special "Hall of Fame" edition console. Duran recently celebrated his 25th anniversary at iHeartMedia's Z100 WHTZ New York and has had a legendary career that spans nearly 40 years.

SAS is used extensively throughout iHeart's flagship facility that houses 6 broadcast stations, Premiere Networks operations, and iHeartRadio channels. SAS technology powers an Audio Distribution Network of over 10,000 channels and over 50 networked consoles. The special gold console is headed to Duran's new home studio in New York. PHOTO (L to R) Elvis Duran, Al Salci & Ed Fritz (both from SAS) and Shotgun Tom Kelly

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SYNDICATION: WWO Launches Jayde Donovan Into National Syndication

THE MOUTH, APRIL 10TH, 2018 –– Westwood One has launched 'Jayde,' a new syndicated radio show starring popular WPLJ-FM/NY, Westwood One Backstage, and television personality Jayde Donovan. Jayde is launching April 14, 2018 on more than 50 radio stations, including WPLJ-FM/NY, KLIF-FM/ Dallas, KRBE-FM/Houston, and WWWQ-FM/Atlanta. Suzanne Grimes, EVP Corporate Marketing, Cumulus Media and President, Westwood One said, “Our goal with this new show is to empower and embolden women to feel good and be confident in who they are. Jayde is the perfect personality to deliver this important message.”

"I grew up feeling inspired by strong women; I wouldn't be where I am today if it weren't for them,” said Donovan. “I continue to admire women who step up, create and force change. I feel very strongly about bringing to light the misconceptions of what it means to ‘have it all together.’ Women put too much pressure on themselves, and that's what I am here for -- to keep it real. My goal with this platform is to reach people from all walks of life, encourage them to be their best self, and remind them to have fun on this journey no matter what life throws at you. I can’t wait to get started!" Jayde Donovan is the co-host of Todd & Jayde in the Morning on New York’s 95.5 WPLJ and also serves as a syndicated red carpet host for Westwood One’s signature entertainment events. For more information about Jayde and how you can bring this exciting new show to your market, contact Neal Bird at nbird@westwoodone.com or (310) 840-4207.

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Mike Missanelli To Simulcast Show On TV

THE MOUTH, APRIL 10TH, 2018 –– NBC Sports Philadelphia and Beasley Media Group will launch the highly anticipated simulcast of “The Mike Missanelli Show” on Monday, April 16. This will mark the first time the popular radio show will be available to TV audiences. “The Mike Missanelli Show” will air weekdays from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. on NBC Sports Philadelphia, NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com and on the NBC Sports app. Through this alliance, NBC Sports Philadelphia will also feature show content across its TV, online, mobile and social media platforms. “Philly Sports Talk” will air at its regularly scheduled time at 5 p.m., followed by Quick Slants at 6 p.m.

“I’m extremely excited to be joining forces with NBC Sports Philadelphia,” said Missanelli. “97.5 led the way in town to bring sports talk radio to the FM airwaves and now we are so looking forward to bringing it to television. The show will continue to provide the very best in sports analysis and fun, entertaining radio. I can't wait for everyone to become part of it.” In December of 2017, NBC Sports Philadelphia and Beasley Media Group announced a relationship which brings The Fanatic’s popular afternoon show hosted by Mike Missanelli to NBC Sports Philadelphia’s air. The announcement was made by NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Brian Monihan and Beasley Media Group Philadelphia’s Vice President and Market Manager Joe Bell.

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AdLarge’s Cabana Signs 'Nerdy Show Network'

THE MOUTH, APRIL 10TH, 2018 –– Cabana, the digital division of AdLarge Media, has signed the Nerdy Show Network to exclusive podcast ad sales, expanding its diverse catalog deeper into the young male demographic. The Nerdy Show Network is dedicated to nerd culture and entertainment -- by nerds for nerds featuring both hilarious talk programming and cutting-edge audio dramas. “The hosts of the Nerdy Show Network’s podcasts have garnered a dedicated audience because they genuinely are part of the nerd culture,” observed Ilwira Marciszek (R), Vice President of Digital Sales Strategy for AdLarge and cabana.

“Homespun outlets like ours can be at a serious disadvantage when it comes to entering the advertising marketplace," explains Cap Blackard, Executive Producer of the Nerdy Show Network. "What's more, our devoted fanbase places trust in us -- so if we're going to advertise, it needs to be meaningful. That's why partnering with AdLarge’s cabana is so exciting. Not only do they offer us incredible insights, but they value connecting the right advertisers with the right audience." The Nerdy Show Network has been ‘nerdcasting’ since 2009; beginning with the Network’s flagship podcast, Nerdy Show.

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The Jet Seattle's Marty Riemer Featured On HGTV's House Hunters International

THE MOUTH, APRIL 10TH, 2018 –– iHeartMedia Seattle’s Marty Riemer, morning show co-host for 95.7 The Jet, will be featured in an upcoming episode of HGTV’s House Hunters International. Riemer will broadcast remotely from Germany to join his co-host Jodi Brothers for the Marty & Jodi Show, which airs from 6:00am – 10:00 a.m. PST. Tune in to learn about the Riemer family’s decision to move to Berlin, Germany, as well as his experience co-hosting a cohesive morning program with his co-host Jodi Brothers while broadcasting internationally, and how the family met their unique balance of needs, including a central city location, reliable internet connection, and proximity to their children’s school.

The episode will air Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. EST/PST - rebroadcast three hours later at 10:30 p.m. Learn more about Riemer’s episode by visiting: http://www.hgtv.com/shows/tv-schedule-2018.04.10.EST

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R Dub! On A Mission To See All 193 Countries In The World

THE MOUTH, APRIL 10TH, 2018 –– Benztown announced that R Dub!, host of Sunday Night Slow Jams and Director of Programming for San Diego’s XHTZ and XHRM, has just set foot in his 100th country: Iraq. R Dub! is currently on a mission to see all 193 countries of the world. The 100th country-milestone was marked by a celebration with locals in Iraq and the presentation of a certificate and membership from the “Travelers’ Century Club”.

Concurrent with this special visit is the launch of a new podcast by R Dub! called “Destination 193.” R Dub! shares the sights, sounds and stories of every country on the planet as he takes listeners on his never-a-dull-moment journey to visit every nation on the planet – from touristy, tropical escapes, to war-torn territories and remote and tiny nations. “Destination 193” can be heard HERE Featured episodes include stories of R Dub!’s travels to North Korea, Libya, Venezuela and South Sudan. - PHOTO/from Japan

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MSBC 30 ALERT: Morning Show Boot Camp and Jacobs Media Announce A Unique Collaboration -- A Research Study of Talent By Talent - We'll soon begin to survey hundreds of on-air talent – from morning shows to talk hosts and other dayparts and will become the first-ever talent study drawn exclusively from those behind the mic!

Be among the first to participate in this first-ever talent study containing confidential feedback from radio personalities across the country. Jacobs Media, presenters of the highly anticipated Techsurvey 2018 and whose studies have been quoted throughout the media world, will provide data unlike any ever seen before - from content to contests, from preparation to PPM to promotions, every aspect of doing a successful show in today's new media landscape will researched. The results will be revealed at MSBC30 in Chicago this summer. If you have questions you’d like to see included in the study, contact Jacobs Media’s Research Director Jason Hollins at Jason@JacobsMedia.com. Watch for an invitation to CONFIDENTIALLY take part in in this survey in the weeks ahead.

 

0Sean Hannity Invites Jimmy Kimmel On His TV Show

 

[WATCH] FORMER Cosby Show Actress Charged After Topless Protest At Cosby Retrial

Fleetwood Mac Fires Lindsey Buckingham: Report

Priscilla Presley's Makes Shocking Claim About Elvis' Death

[WATCH] Hannity Invites Kimmel On His Show

YouTube to Exclusively Stream Coachella 2018

[WATCH] Ronda Rousey Silences Haters

Carrie Underwood Teases Big Announcement With “Glittery Eye”

Handwritten ‘Hey Jude’ Lyrics On Sale For $375K

Katharine McPhee Finds Another Waitressing Role On Broadway

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WTOP DC Tops List Again Of Best Billers

THE MOUTH, APRIL 9TH, 2018 –– BIA revealed the list of the top ten billing stations in the U.S. and, not surprisingly, it came with only a few slight changes. Topping the list, WTOP, Washington, DC; KIIS, Los Angeles, CA; and WHTZ, New York, NY and KBIG/LA tied for third. The fact that the top billing radio stations remained the same year-over-year is a testament to the position that these radio stations have in their local markets," said Mark Fratrik, SVP and Chief Economist for BIA.

According to BIA/Kelsey's Investing in Radio Market Report, Hubbard Radio's WTOP-FM produced $67.8 million in 2017, iHeart's KIIS-FM/Los Angeles came in second with $63.2 million and its WHTZ-FM/New York and Hot AC KBIG-FM/Los Angeles tied for third at $45 million. The remaining five included iHeart's WLTW-FM/New York with $43 million; Entercom's WFAN/New York at number six with $41 million, followed by its WINS-AM/New York with $40 million, tied with WCBS-AM/New York with $40 million and Entercom's WBBM-AM/Chicago with $40 million. iHeart's KFI-AM/Los Angeles produced $35 million. The Market Assessment and Opportunities for Local Radio: 2018-2022 report can be purchased HERE - Investing in Radio Report Purchased HERE

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ON-AIR: Ed Lover Show To Debut On 104.3 JAMS Chicago

THE MOUTH, APRIL 9TH, 2018 –– Entercom announced the launch of “The Ed Lover Morning Show,” on 104.3 Jams (WBMX-FM), Chicago. Lover will host along with lifelong Chicagoan Jennifer Farina, known as “Jen BT.” The show will air weekdays from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. CT beginning on Thursday, April 12.

“Ed Lover is as smooth as his name and we’re looking forward to having him take the helm of mornings on Chicago’s #1 station for throwbacks,” said Jimmy de Castro, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Chicago. “His deep connection and knowledge of classic hip-hop and R&B along with his energy and drive will help Chicagoans start their mornings on the right note.”

Ed Lover is a Hip Hop Hall of Famer who co-hosted MTV’s “Yo! MTV Raps,” with Doctor Dre, hosted the nationally syndicated “The Morning Show,” with Ed, Lisa, and Dre on New York’s Hot 97, and most recently hosted the syndicated “The Ed Lover Show.” Jennifer Farina is a Chicago native who held the Assistant Program Director role at WNUA-FM, as well as the Programming Assistant role at iHeart Chicago. Her work also includes voice-overs in the Chicago market. Jennifer most recently worked at the not-for-profit Community and Economic Development Association of Cook County, Inc. (CEDA).

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Domain Pickups Fan New Rumors In San Diego

THE MOUTH, APRIL 9TH, 2018 –– Based on some recent domain registrations in San Diego, it appears Entercom's newly launched 97.3 The Machine may be tuning up for some quick changes following an ill-advised tweet from yet to debut morning host Kevin Klein. According to Radio Insight's Lance Venta, the station could soon be moving in another direction as as Entercom registered three domains on Friday indicating 7an shift to a new format. Venta revealed that the company registered 973TheFanSD.com, 973TheFanSanDiego.com, and TheFanSanDiego.com as they prepare to transition KEGY to Sports Talk built around the Padres broadcast rights and current midday host Dan Sileo (TL).

Klein, who was set to debut on KEGY on March 29th, tweeted a photo of the Coronado Bridge with the words “JUMP” in large text and “to your new favorite morning show” in smaller text below, has yet to debut on the station. Adding to the commotion, the photographer who took the picture of bridge said it was used without permission was exploring his legal options against Klein and possibly Entercom. Venta adds that Klein, co-host Ally Johnson, and Entercom management have remained silent on the matter over the past ten days. As of 6:00 am San Diego time, the station remains in rock/comedy mode.

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FORMATICS: WWO Debuts Classic Rock X

THE MOUTH, APRIL 9TH, 2018 –– Westwood One announced the launch of a new take on their popular Classic Rock format, which debuted on Forever Media’s WRQY (Rocky 96.5) in Wheeling, WV. The format was developed in conjunction with Forever and will soon be featured in more of their markets, as well as offered to the marketplace at large. The new format, dubbed by the trade name Classic Rock X, features a harder-edged music mix, with titles by AC/DC, Def Leppard and Guns N’ Roses replacing titles from acts like the Doobie Brothers, the Eagles, and Bruce Springsteen.

“We were excited by the opportunity to work with Westwood One to help develop a Classic Rock format for the ‘X’ generation to include more 80s rock titles and to create a format with energy,” according to Jim Shields, VP Programming for Forever Media, Inc. “This format fills a void that radio can now offer to rock audiences aged 35 to 53 years old.” Classic Rock X is offered as a Westwood One Local format, which provides affiliates with breaks that are customized with content from the local market and that are produced and delivered on the company’s patented STORQ2 platform, the updated version of which began rollout in the last year. To hear a sample of Classic Rock X, and check on market availability, contact Pat Crocker, pcrocker@westwoodone.com, (720) 873-5170.

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WWO & Cumulus To Partner With The 53rd ACM Country Music Awards

THE MOUTH, APRIL 9TH, 2018 –– The 53rd ACM Awards® take place on Sunday, April 15, 2018, from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will broadcast LIVE at 8:00 PM ET/PT on the CBS Television Network. Westwood One and Cumulus Media are the official national radio partners for the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards. WWO will welcome more than 25 of the top Country stations in America to its star-studded Westwood One Backstage at the Academy of Country Music Awards, which takes place during rehearsals and event night for the 53rd ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS.

Special events include: Two hour ACM Nomination Special, hosted by ACM Award-winner Old Dominion, airing Saturday, April 7 from 10 pm to Midnight as part of NASH Nights Live. Air dates Saturday April 7 or Sunday April 8, from 6 am to Midnight. ACM Radio Row Remote – Friday, April 13, from 12 noon to 4 pm PT and Saturday, April 14, from 10 am to 4 pm PT, backstage at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Five hour ACM Night Of Event Coverage – Sunday, April 15, from 7 pm to Midnight ET One-hour ACM Red Carpet, hosted by Elaina Smith Three-hour ACM Broadcast Companion, hosted by Shawn Parr and Elaina Smith One-hour ACM Winner Wrap Up Show, hosted by Shawn Parr and Elaina Smith.

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SYNDICATION: Stephen A. Smith Show Added Sportsmap 94.1 Houston's Lineup

THE MOUTH, APRIL 9TH, 2018 –– Gow Media announced it will add The Stephen A. Smith Show to its lineup on SportsMap 94.1FM. Houston. The show will air each weekday from 1-3p CT, immediately following long-time Houston sports icon Charlie Pallilo, whose show airs from 11a-1p.

“H-town here I come. It’s a struggle to put into words how excited I am to have my show broadcasting in HOUSTON. H-Town is filled with great athletes, from J.J Watt and DeShaun Watson, to CP3 and James Harden. Did I forget to mention the Champions: HOUSTON Astros? Great teams. Great fan base. Great passion. Filled with folks unafraid to hold any and all accountable who don’t BRING IT! And that’s just the way I like it. Buckle up folks. Here I come!!!” said Stephen A. Smith.

The addition of Stephen A. is another recent, significant move by Gow Media, which owns and runs ESPN 97.5 and SportsMap 94.1 in Houston, among other media properties. Last quarter the company announced the hiring of Lance Zierlein, who was reunited with John Granato in the mornings on ESPN 97.5.

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: Alpha Promotes Mike Hartel; Laura Ivey Joins Edison Research

THE MOUTH, APRIL 9TH, 2018 –– Alpha Media names Mike Hartel, EVP of the Mid-Atlantic Region, effective immediately. Mike will oversee Columbia, SC, Fredericksburg, VA, Hagerstown-Chambersburg, PA, Bluefield, WV, Dayton, OH and Canton, OH. He will also be working on special company revenue-oriented projects. Hartel most recently was the Regional Vice President of Alpha Media’s Mid-Atlantic Division including Columbia, SC, Fredericksburg, VA, Hagerstown-Chambersburg, PA, and Bluefield, WV in addition to serving as the Market Manager of Columbia, SC. Prior to joining Alpha Media, Mike spent twelve years as a VP/General Manager with the Curtis Media Group in Raleigh, NC

-- Veteran Research Executive Laura Ivey has joined Edison Research in an audio and social media post. Most recently she served as an Account Director for the Southeast region for Nielsen radio ratings. Edison President Larry Rosin said, "Laura will be an outstanding addition to our team. She has a comprehensive understanding of the audio space and Edison's clients will really enjoy working with her." Ivey added, "Social science of the kind Edison produces is a particular passion of mine. I'm really excited to join the team there and help Edison's efforts to serve its clients with quality data and analysis."

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PRODUCTS: Vipology To Share 'Top Secrets' At NAB

THE MOUTH, APRIL 9TH, 2018 –– Vipology announces that it will offer radio stations free customized Benztown-produced pre-roll and :30 promotional spots, including an on-air promo for stations designed to activate smart speaker invocations of their station by listeners. Vipology will reveal its sexy new smart speaker skills for radio at VS3 "Top Secret" Demos at NAB Las Vegas this week. They will also give away Amazon Echos to three lucky radio pros attending Monday and Tuesday's demo sessions at the Vipology Suite at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas. Dave “Chachi” Denes, President, Benztown, said: “We’re excited to partner with Vipology to offer to stations free Benztown-produced pre-roll and 30-second promotional spots to help listeners access stations on their smart speakers. In addition, we will provide stations with updates tied to current events throughout the year, including holidays. The promos will be format specific, and will highlight your station brand. If stations would like to use their own talent, a shell will be included along with the fully produced version.”

Vipology will be demonstrating VS3 (A Top Secret Demo) at the Las Vegas NAB Show on Monday, April 9th and Tuesday, April 10th in the Vipology Suite at the Wynn Hotel. To register for a 30-minute demo session, radio professionals should visit: http://www.vipology.com/2018-nab-show-las-vegas/ For more information on VS3 and to get Benztown's free pre-roll and promotional spots for activating listener invocations of stations on smart speakers, see us at the Vegas NAB Show, or contact Michael W. Kay at (213) 432-1800 or at info@vipology.com.

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SNAPS: JoAnne Purtan & Stephen Clark Debut In Mornings At WOMC Detroit

THE MOUTH, APRIL 9TH, 2018 – JoAnne Purtan & Stephen Clark made their debut this morning on the all-new 104.3 WOMC Detroit. Joining them in the studio was none other than radio's best bud Art Vuolo who shared this smiling snap of the happy duo.

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0Jimmy Kimmel Quells Feud With Sean Hannity

Jimmy Kimmel Nips Feud With Hannity In The Bud

Steve Harvey Lands In Top Spot For TV Personalities Social Media Ranking

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Lorde Apologizes for Referencing Whitney Houston in Caption for Bathtub Pic

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Tiffany Haddish to Produce Comedy Series ‘Unsubscribed’ For HBO

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Leaves the Door Open for Presidential Run

‘Harry and : A Royal Romance’

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REPORT: Local Radio Now Ranks Fifth In Ad Platforms; AD Revenue Dips Slightly

THE MOUTH, APRIL 6TH, 2018 –– Two new reports From BIA show that Local Radio Stations Now Rank Fifth Among Local Advertising Platforms, As Overall Ad Revenue Dipped Slightly from Prior Year to $13.87 B in 2017. The digital advertising income of U.S. radio stations had a decent rise in 2017, as the industry reported a 9.7% percent increase in online revenues, compared with a slight decline in over-the-air income of 2.0 percent, according to the first quarter edition of BIA Advisory Services' 2018 Investing In Radio® Market Report.

In terms of transactions, the volume was the highest since 2011, with 752 stations being sold at a value of $3.32 billion."Although local radio stations are still important players in their local markets, we do not expect the over-the-air advertising revenue of U.S. radio stations to grow much this year or in the near future," said Mark Fratrik, SVP and Chief Economist, BIA. "There is an unprecedented number of new audio entertainment and information sources and new advertising platforms competing with radio, including many that are unregulated. It's an aggressive environment that competes for audiences with local radio." As Fratrik explains, "The radio industry is attempting to build out digital channels to reach local communities, but they are also focused on overall platform improvements. The Market Assessment and Opportunities for Local Radio: 2018-2022 report can be purchased HERE - Investing in Radio Report Purchased HERE

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Man Sentenced To 50 Years In 2016 Beating Death Of Indiana Radio Host

THE MOUTH, APRIL 6TH, 2018 –– A man who prosecutors say planned a burglary that led to the 2016 beating death of a Terre Haute, Indiana radio host has been sentenced to 50 years in prison. The Tribune-Star reports on Wednesday that 48-year-old Donald Featherstone was the final defendant in the murder case to learn his punishment for the death of Matt Luecking (inset), who worked for WFNB-FM.

Defense attorney Mark Mullican argued for the lower term, saying Featherstone was remorseful. In March, another man, 26-year-old John Edward Collins, was sentenced to 60 years and 27-year-old Kathleen Featherstone got 30 years. Another person faces charges in connection with the theft of Luecking’s car.

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: Samantha Kumm Named Market President For iHeart Colorado Springs

THE MOUTH, APRIL 6TH, 2018 –– iHeartMedia Colorado Springs announced that Samantha Kumm has been named Market President , effective immediately. Kumm will oversee Y96.9, 96.1 The Beat, My 99.9, Sunny 106.3 and 107.9 KBPI. She will work closely with JoJo Turnbeaugh, Reg./SVP of Prog. and Ryan Clune, Regional Senior Vice President of Sales, to maximize the market’s leadership position in audience and partnership engagement. Kumm will report to Region President, Tim Hager.Samantha began her career in radio in 2004 in Eugene, OR with a six station cluster that included the flagship station for the University of Oregon football and basketball programs.

“I am thrilled to join the iHeartMedia team in Colorado Spring s as the Market President,” said Kumm. “The vast portfolio iHeartMedia offers its partners is incredible! I am excited to lead the team and show local, regional, and national businesses how we can achieve unrivaled ROI for them using ground breaking technology and the best creative minds in the industry.”

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ON-AIR: Damon Bruce Extends Multi-Year Extension With 95.7 Game San Fran.

THE MOUTH, APRIL 6TH, 2018 –– Entercom announced a new multi-year partnership with Damon Bruce, Afternoon Drive Host for San Francisco sports station 95.7 The GAME (KGMZ-FM), the flagship station for the Golden State Warriors, Oakland Raiders and Oakland Athletics. “The Damon Bruce Show” will continue to air on 95.7 The GAME weekdays from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. PT.

“Damon Bruce is an iconic Bay Area sports voice who has been an important part of The GAME’s surge in popularity,” said Gregory Nemitz, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom San Francisco. “We are beyond thrilled that with this new extension Damon will continue to keep us growing and thriving.” “I’d like to thank everyone at Entercom for continuing this fantastic relationship,” said Bruce. “Special thanks to David Field, Weezie Kramer, Pat Paxton, Greg Nemitz and Susan Larkin for their unwavering support. It is a total pleasure and privilege to work with The GAME team here in San Francisco.” Bruce started his radio career with KNBR, where “The Damon Bruce Show” was born.

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Klein Debut Still A Mystery In San Diego

THE MOUTH, APRIL 3RD, 2018 –– As rumors persist, we're keeping a close ear on when/if Kevin Klein, new host of Entercom's 7KEGY-FM/97.3 The Machine, will finally make his debut on the air, which was suppose to launch last Thursday. As has been the case now for over a week, this morning the station once again kicked off at 6:00 am in the comedy/rock mode. Meanwhile, his photo/bio and show details remain at the station's website.

All of this followed Klein's unfortunate tweet which included a photo of Coronado Bridge with the large headline “JUMP” over smaller caption: "into his new show." This prompted a delay of his expected launch on Thursday March 29th and has since continued in this mode. Since then, added problems arose when Jesse Cuevas, the photographer who took the photo of the Coronado bridge, said no one has contacted him for permission to use the photo and was considering his legal options in the matter.

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PODCASTS: Josh Lewin To Host 'Daily Mets Podcast ' For WOR New York

THE MOUTH, APRIL 6TH, 2018 –– iHeart Radio’s 710 WOR has debuted a “Daily Mets Podcast,” hosted by veteran Mets broadcaster Josh Lewin. The podcast will be posted every day at 5am throughout the 2018 season. Lewin will expand his popular “What Did We Learn” segment from the Mets radio post-game shows. Additionally he’ll offer: · A recap of the most recent Mets game and some info that fans might have missed. · Provide Mets news, including exclusive interviews with players and staff · Invite fans to hear manager Mickey Callaway’s post-game press conferences · Provide a details look at what’s ahead, including an in-depth preview of the next game and details about promotions and events at Citi Field · Behind the scenes stories and Mets trivia

The podcast can be downloaded for free daily at www.710WOR.com/DailyMetsPodcast “Because we are producing this podcast every day it will be totally up-to-date with content,” said Lewin. “It will be informative and playful at the same time. It’ll be a fresh perspective on the team and in 10-20 minutes any fan will be completely in-the-know.”

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Yamanair Creative Teams With Benztown For Production Elements

THE MOUTH, APRIL 6TH, 2018 –– Compass Media Networks announced it has hired Benztown, a global leader in radio imaging, voiceover, programming and jingles, to provide production elements for Yamanair’s exclusive services Cash by Creative and SPECbyte. Yamanair provides custom creative to stations and their sales representatives in over 400 markets. In the newly-inked deal, Benztown will power Yamanair’s services which deliver instantly customizable spots in less than three hours including digital display ads and pre-roll videos. Dave “Chachi” Denes, President, Benztown, said: “We are incredibly proud to work alongside Yaman and his team to enhance the incredible quality of the Yamanair Creative libraries and spots through our industry-leading voiceover talent, production and jingle services. I am really impressed with what Yamanair brings to the table for stations, AE’s and advertisers. This is a very cool service.”

For more information or to hear Yamanair’s libraries and custom spots for radio, contact Nancy Abrahmson at Compass Media Networks at nabramson@compassmedianetworks.com or (914) 708-1451 .

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SYNDICATION: Alan Taylor Airs Annual Auto Show Week On 'LIVE With Kelly & Ryan

THE MOUTH, APRIL 6TH, 2018 –– The Drive host Alan Taylor is a car fanatics' celebrity, who is on his annual Auto Show Week on LIVE with Kelly & Ryan! Alan Taylor is joined by Kelly Rippa and Ryan Seacrest as he showcases the top crossover automobiles of 2019.

The Drive host Alan Taylor on LIVE with Kelly & Ryan The Drive with Alan Taylor is a fast paced, two-hour show devoted to the latest car news and test-drive results; how-to tips; auto show coverage; automotive expert insights; track day reporting and behind the scenes action.

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EVENTS: KIIS-LA's Wango Tango Back In June To New Banc Of California Stadium

THE MOUTH, APRIL 6TH, 2018 –– iHeartRadio’s 102.7 KIIS FM announced today that the highly-anticipated KIIS FM Wango Tango by AT&T will return Saturday, June 2 to the all-new Banc of California Stadium. Located in Exposition Park, adjacent to the LA Coliseum, the Banc of California Stadium is home to the Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) and now the new home for the iconic pop music festival in 2018. KIIS FM’s Ryan Seacrest will announce the lineup that will once again feature some of today’s hottest artists, live across the country on iHeartMedia Mainstream Contemporary Hit Radio (CHR) stations at 7:00 a.m. PT Monday, April 23.

“KIIS is excited to take Wango Tango to this new and exciting Southern California venue for 2018,” said John Ivey, President of CHR Programming Strategies for iHeartMedia and KIIS FM. “Wango Tango is a massive event that our listeners and the music industry look forward to every year, and we know both the artists and the audience will love this stadium as much as we do. It will be an awesome day, so keep listening to KIIS for the lineup announcement and ticket info.”

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0'Despacito' Becomes First Video To Reach 5 Billion Views On YouTube

 

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[WATCH] Kurt Cobain’s Daughter Debuts First Song: ‘I Saw You When I Was Small’

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NIELSEN: AM/FM Still Dominate Platform

157% Increase In Podcast Usage Since 2014

THE MOUTH, APRIL 5TH, 2018 –– Nielsen will be releasing its April 2018 Audio Today Report this morning, but in an advanced pitch it shows • More Americans use AM/FM radio each week (93%) than any other platform, including TV, smartphones, and tablets • Each week 270 million listeners aged 6 and older are using radio. • The top formats in America last year were Country (registering a 13.2% share of the national audience) followed by News/Talk - both commercial and non-commercial stations - (12.3%) and Adult Contemporary (8.1%).

In the report titled 'How American Listens, The American Audio Landscape,' it shows, according to Nielsen’s second-quarter 2017 Comparable Metrics Report, 93% of U.S. adults 18 and older listen to radio every week—more than those watching television or using a smartphone, TV-connected device, tablet or PC. We are in the midst of an exciting time for audio, with more and more ways to listen to information and entertainment. AM/FM radio, on-demand streaming, podcasts, digital radio services and satellite radio are all part of this burgeoning platform. By generation, radio has the largest reach with Generation X (ages 35-54), with 80.5 million listeners tuning during an average month (97% of the Gen X population). This is followed by Millennials (18-34-year-olds), with 71.6 million listeners tuning in monthly (95% of the Millennial population). Meanwhile, radio reaches 41.2 million monthly listeners among Baby Boomers (ages 55-64), representing 98% of the Baby Boomer population.

When considering today’s expanding audio landscape, it’s impossible to ignore podcasts. With a huge number of podcasts covering every imaginable subject and interest, it comes as no surprise that over 30 million Americans watch, listen or download a podcast every month. While this remains a significantly smaller slice of the audio pie than AM/FM radio, listenership is growing, and smartphones are driving the surge in podcast popularity, with a 157% increase in podcast usage on those devices since 2014! - VISIT www.nielsen.com this morning for full report

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7 Charged In New Jersey Host's Murder

THE MOUTH, APRIL 5TH, 2018 –– Adding closure to the tragic slaying of a New Jersey radio host, seven people have been indicted for allegedly arranging the death of April Kaufmann (inset at right) to prevent her from exposing a drug ring her husband was running with an outlaw biker gang. ABC 7 New York reports that Atlantic County prosecutors announced the charges Wednesday, a day after a grand jury indicted the seven. The suspects are (top L-R) --61-year-old Ferdinand Augello --61-year-old Paul Pagno (not shown) --52-year-old Joseph Mulholland -- 47-year-old Beverly Augello --37-year-old Glenn Seeler --(Bottom L-R) 35-year-old Tabitha Chapman -- and 36-year-old Cheryl Pizza. Authorities say Ferdinand Augello led the drug ring with Dr. James Kauffman (bottom right - now deceased).

The charges against Augello include murder and leader of a drug trafficking network. Prosecutor Damon Tyner said in a statement. Ferdinand Augello was indicted for the murder of April Kauffman, racketeering and drug charges. This office looks forward to presenting the facts of this case to a jury for them to determine culpability for this heinous scheme." April Kauffman was found dead in her Linwood home back in 2012 (shown in background). Kauffman's husband, 68-year-old Dr. James Kauffman, was also charged in the case, but he was later found dead in prison from an apparent suicide. Investigators say it was Francis Mulholland (bottom right center) who entered the Kauffman's home in Linwood and shot April Kauffman twice, killing her. Mulholland has since died of a drug overdose. SEE STORY HERE

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ON-AIR: The Mikey Show Adds Mike V

THE MOUTH, APRIL 5TH, 2018 –– Beginning Monday, April 9th Mikey Esparza (L) will be joined by current night host Mike V to debut “The Mikey & V Show” weekdays from 3pm to 7pm on 100.7 KFM-BFM. Mikey Esparza said, “I’m really happy about this new chapter in my career. Getting to work with Mike V. who is a true professional is going to be fun and he’s a blast to work with. Just a couple of dudes having fun on the radio!”

Mike V. added, “Mikey and I have become great friends and we’ve always felt like our off-air interactions would make for entertaining on-air content. We have natural chemistry, so I’m looking forward to seeing where this goes!” 100.7 KFM-BFM's "True Variety That Rocks” is one of the top ranked stations in San Diego and includes San Diego's #1 morning show Dave, Shelly and Chainsaw weekdays from 5am-10am.

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Corey Dillon Rounds Out The Lineup At 98.9 The Bull Seattle

THE MOUTH, APRIL 5TH, 2018 – Hubbard Radio Seattle has named Corey Dillon for afternoons at The New 98.9 The Bull (KNUC). Dillon said, “I am so excited to join the team at The New 98.9 The Bull and a company like Hubbard. My dream has always been to be able to entertain, inform, or draw some sort of emotion out of listeners on their wdrive home. I can’t imagine a better place to have that opportunity than Seattle. I want to thank Lisa Adams, Marc Kaye, and Greg Strassell for allowing me the opportunity to make my dream a reality.”

“Corey is one of America’s premier up and coming talents and I look forward to watching his amazing creativity and listener focused show dominate the Seattle market!” said Lisa Adams, Program Director of The New 98.9 The Bull. Hubbard Radio Seattle VP/Market Manager Marc Kaye added, “Rounding out our on-air lineup with Corey and love of radio and his unbridled enthusiasm is going to pave the way for more bull and less bulls*hit here at The New 98.9 The Bull!” Corey spent the last 14 months doing nights at the 100.3 The Bull (KILT-FM) in Houston. Prior to that, he was at Z90 (XHITZ) doing late nights in San Diego, hosted nights at 95 Triple X (WXXX) in Burlington, Vermont and weekends on 103.3 AMP Radio (WODS) in Boston. Corey can be reached at coreydillonradio@gmail.com or at 617-259-4412

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Bobby Bones Debuts On Idol This Sunday

THE MOUTH, APRIL 5TH, 2018 –– Looks like another radio peep is about to set foot on American Idol's stage. Following in the footsteps of Ryan Seacrest, Bobby Bones, host of iHeartMedia’s The Bobby Bones Show, will make his debut on ABC’s American Idol this Sunday, April 8 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT) to mentor the top 24 contestants.

He’ll meet with the first 12 performers this week, followed by the remaining 12 on April 15, to help them reach the next level in their artistry and performances.

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The Breakfast Club's Angela Yee Featured In Brooklyn Magazine

THE MOUTH, APRIL 5TH, 2018 –– Brooklyn Magazine featured an interview with Angela Yee of The Breakfast Club. Yee, who opened a juice bar called Juices for Life in the Bed-Stuy area of New York, also discussed the lessons she learned from starting a business and how she’s sharing those with the community.

The Breakfast Club is a four and a half hour morning show featuring DJ Envy, Angela Yee and Charlamagne Tha God's originates from the legendary Power 105.1/WWPR-FM in New York and is nationally syndicated by Premiere Networks on more than 80 stations nationwide. Click HERE to read the interview

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NETWORKS: ABC Radio & Skyview Expand Partnership

THE MOUTH, APRIL 5TH, 2018 –– ABC Radio and Skyview Networks are further aligning their considerable resources to identify, develop and syndicate talent and programs to broadcast radio. ABC Radio will assess talent syndication opportunities for both music and news/talk formats and provide affiliate sales while Skyview Networks will handle national sales and distribution. The companies will begin immediately focusing on opportunities that can scale nationally.

“We are building on the momentum and tremendous success we’ve already seen in our existing partnership,” said Steve Jones, Vice President and General Manager of ABC Radio. “ABC Radio has always represented creative and innovative programming and we are excited to offer programmers and talent a new, stable business environment to grow and monetize their brands.” ABC Radio currently has over 1,650 affiliates with partnerships across every major radio station ownership group. ABC Radio proudly produces ABC News Radio which has the #1 reach among all commercial news networks.

“The timing of our syndication partnership couldn’t be more perfect,” said Ken Thiele, President of Skyview Networks. “We’ve heard from a significant number of programs and clearly there is a need for another syndication option in the marketplace. We’re growing and continue to make substantial investments in technology and our staff, and it’s paying off. This new venture is really a reflection of the dynamic synergies between ABC Radio and Skyview, and our positive business trajectory.”

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Larry Kudlow Debuts On 77 WABC's Batchelor Show

THE MOUTH, APRIL 5TH, 2018 ––Cumulus Media announces that Larry Kudlow, the new Director of the National Economic Council, joins 77 WABC Radio’s “The John Batchelor Show” as a regular on-air guest each Tuesday evening at 9pm ET. Host John Batchelor’s Tuesday night conversations with Kudlow will include other colleagues and will cover topics including the economic health of the U.S. and its allies and trading partners.

Craig Schwalb, 77 WABC Program Director, said: “Kudlow and Batchelor have been working together on-air each week since 2004. It is a joy to learn that the Trump Administration is willing to make the country’s new economic adviser available to the national and global audience of “The John Batchelor Show”.”

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British Sense Of Humor Fail In Australian On April Fools Day

By Graham Mack

THE MOUTH, APRIL 5TH, 2018 – On April’s Fool Day Jason Bodger (R) from Hit mid-north coast pulled off a prank at the expense of soon-to-be Gold 104.3FM breakfast host Christian O’Connell. Christian didn’t see the funny side and was none too happy. O’Connell is moving to Australia from London to present the Breakfast Show on Gold in June. A convincing looking Facebook post, linked to the Australian radio news site, Radio Today, announced the “deal of the decade” was off and O’Connell was staying in the UK. His place was to be taken by Jason Bodger. This touched off a Twitter war that soon involved Triple M Adelaide’s Sean Craig Murphy, whose radio school Bodge attended. Murphy tweeted - “My dream is you’ll both put this well meaning April Fools Day Prank behind you and end up best mates. You know long walks on the beach, comparing footy tips each week, talking about your favorite game changers podcast. Etc”. Instead of rolling with the punches, the uptight Englishman, O'Connell, who self-identifies as a comedian, seemed lost for words and out of jokes when he tweeted, “It’s more a cry for help than prank”. O’Connell will join Gold FM on June 4.

Radio Nova In Ireland Raises $915,000 - Radio Nova in has brought in €74,553 ($915,000) for the Focus Ireland charity by running this year’s Radiothon. Focus Ireland works with people who are homeless or are at risk of losing their homes across Ireland. Money was raised from the 45 Applegreen stores based in Wicklow, Dublin, Meath and Kildare, organizing collections in store for the two days. A host of celebrities offered their support to the charity event including, Simon Delaney, celebrity chef Derry Clarke, professional snooker player Ken Doherty, TV3 Presenter Glenda Gilson, Rugby Pundit Brent Pope, comedians Ed Byrne, Kevin McGahern, Fred Cooke and Karl Spain.

Radio Caroline Now On The Air In London - The former pirate radio station Radio Caroline is now broadcasting legally in London on DAB (The European version of HD Radio, only successful). Radio Caroline began broadcasting in 1964 from a ship off the English coast. The pirates were outlawed in 1967 when the British government brought in a law called “The Marine Offences Act”. The UK has only had legal commercial radio since 1973.

Need an international broadcaster to talk on YOUR show about what’s happening in the UK? – Please call me on +44 7752 416905. Twitter: @GrahamMack Web: www.mackmedia.co.uk Email: graham@mackmedia.co.u

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Cumulus To Acquire WKQX-FM/Chicago; WLUP-FM Calls & Intellectual Property

THE MOUTH, APRIL 4TH, 2018 –– Cumulus Media announced yesterday it had reached a definitive agreement with Merlin Media to acquire WKQX/Chicago, plus the WLUP-FM call-letters and its intellectual property. "After operating (WKQK-FM) for the past four years, we are delighted to be able to bring this beloved station under Cumulus's ownership on economic terms that make sense for our business," said Mary G. Berner, President/CEO of Cumulus Media said in a release. "We look forward to continuing to deliver the best alternative rock programming to our devoted listeners in the Chicago area for years to come."

"I am truly pleased that we have reached an agreement to bring WKQX into the Cumulus family and fully focus on driving growth in the Chicago market," said Marv Nyren (R), Vice President and Market Manager of Cumulus Chicago. "We have lots of great programming planned for WKQX and our other stations in the Chicago market, and we look forward to growing these legendary stations and providing great content to our listeners and effective marketing strategies for our advertisers in and around Chicago." Cumulus will continue to program WKQX under a Local Marketing Agreement until the closing, subject to conditions such as regulatory and court approval.

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REPORT: iHeart Delays Earnings Report Amid Stolen Funds Probe In Hong Kong

THE MOUTH, APRIL 4TH, 2018 –– iHeart Media said it isn’t able to file its financial statements on time after discovering missing funds in one of its subsidiaries in Hong Kong reports The San Antonio Express. The company said it discovered that employees apparently stole funds at a Hong Kong subsidiary. Forensic accountants and lawyers hired by subsidiary Clear Media discovered various transactions in three bank accounts that were opened in its name without its authorization. Other unspecified matters also were discovered during the investigation. Several employees are under investigation by local police, the company said.

iHeart, which filed for bankruptcy protection last month in Houston, and Clear Channel said they’re unable to file their latest annual reports with the SEC by the required filing date because Clear Media’s financial statements have not been completed. Police there are investigating the matter. READ MORE HERE

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Country 98.9 Seattle Rebrands As The Bull

THE MOUTH, APRIL 4TH, 2018 –– Hubbard Radio Seattle announced another development for Country 98.9 FM: “The NEW 98.9 The Bull.” The station is still committed to playing more new country than any other country station in Seattle, with an emphasis on today’s top country artists. “Welcome to the next evolution of 98.9, a dpersonality all its own. More BULL, more MUSIC, more FUN” states Lisa Adams (Program Director). Hubbard Radio Seattle is proud to be powered by people. Keep an eye out for the final staff additions coming as quickly as you can say “The NEW 98.9 The Bull!”

KNUC's most recent on-air hire was Seth Hughes (R) who took over middays at Country 98.9 (KNUC). Seth most recently spent time in the Afternoon and Morning Drive slots at the former crosstown 94.1 KMPS. Prior to that, he helped launch KKWF in 2006 where he was the APD and afternoon drive host.

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ON-AIR: Davi Rises To Co-Host Of The Bert Show; Brett Hollander Takes Middays At WBAL Baltimore 1090; Kevin Klein With Another No-Show

THE MOUTH, APRIL 4TH, 2018 –– The Bert Show officially names Davi Crimmins as newest co-host of their nationally syndicated morning radio show. In addition to being the show’s assistant producer, Crimmins joins existing hosts Bert Weiss and Kristin Klingshirn weekdays from 6:00 a.m. to 10 a.m. EST in over 17 markets. "I started as an intern at Cumulus Media and said yes to every opportunity and learned a lot, finally leading to a full time position with The Bert Show,” says Davi . “It is on this show that I learned the strength and beauty that grows from vulnerability. It's easy to be funny. It takes a special kind of talent to be REAL. I am so fortunate to be a part of this team. She is also co-host of podcast BROADly Speaking with The Bert Show’s Web and Social Media Director, Cassie Young..

-- Award winning WBAL host Brett Hollander has been named as the new host of the 1 to 3PM week day talk-show on WBAL NewsRadio 1090. Brett Hollander added,: “I am so excited for this opportunity and mindful of the responsibilities that come with it. I look forward to the next chapter of my career with WBAL.” WBAL also announced that Yuripzy Morgan, a local Baltimore attorney who ran for congress in 2016, joins WBAL NewsRadio 1090 as the Saturday 11AM – 2PM host.

–– As rumors continue, today marks the 5th day Kevin Klein, new host of Entercom's KEGY-FM/97.3 The Machine, hasn't debuted his show. Originally slated for last Thursday, the station once again kicked off at 6:00 this morning in the comedy/rock mode. Meanwhile, his photo/bio and show details remain at the station's website's daily schedule with 'Kevin Klein Live.'

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PROGRAMMING: Dayton Kane Named OM/PD For Oshkosh, WI Combo

THE MOUTH, APRIL 4TH, 2018 –– Cumulus has promoted Dayton Kane to Operations Manager and Program Director of WPKR-FM and WWWX-FM in Appleton/Oshkosh, WI. Kane moves to Appleton/Oshkosh from Green Bay, WI, where he has been Program Director of Cumulus Media’s WKRU-FM and WOGB-FM. John Rowe, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Media-Appleton/Oshkosh, said: “Dayton has demonstrated strong programming leadership qualities and produced outstanding results within Cumulus-Wisconsin. We’re excited to expand his role and take advantage of his success and experience.”

Kane added, “I am excited to be leading the charge at such heritage stations! The Cumulus-Oshkosh staff is already doing great things and I can't wait to watch this cluster flourish in 2018.”

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: Nancy O'Brien Rises To Director Of Sales For Hubbard Chicago

THE MOUTH, APRIL 4TH, 2018 –– Hubbard Radio Chicago announced that veteran sales manager Nancy O’Brien has been promoted to the position of Director of Sales for the Chicago cluster. Most recently, Ms. O’Brien was National Sales Manager Midwest Region for Hubbard Radio, covering Chicago, Minneapolis and St. Louis. In her new position, she will oversee sales for WTMX, WDRV, WSHE and 2060 Digital.

Prior to joining Hubbard Radio, O’Brien held management positions with Clear Channel / iHeart Radio and CBS Radio / Entercom in Chicago. She began her media career with BBDO as a Buyer/Media Supervisor before moving to the other side of the desk as a Senior AE with Katz Media in Chicago.

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2018 Mercury Awards Finalists Revealed

THE MOUTH, APRIL 4TH, 2018 –– 104 radio spots and campaigns have made it to the finals of the 2018 Radio Mercury Awards, which honor outstanding radio created by advertising agencies, production companies, radio stations and students. The 2018 finalists incorporate a wide range of small to large advertising agencies and radio stations, as well as national and regional advertisers from the automotive, consumer packaged goods, entertainment, financial services, insurance, travel & tourism, telecommunications, and quick-serve restaurant categories. Entries were judged on their creativity, originality and effective communication of a brand’s message.

“’Sound Makes the Story’ is our overarching theme, and I am thrilled to see this year’s slate of spots and campaigns delivered,” said Sean Bryan, co-chief creative officer, McCann NY, and chief judge for the 2018 Radio Mercury Awards. “We saw great diversity and depth with the entries that made it to the final round.” “The Radio Mercury Awards sets the bar for an exceptional level of creative excellence,” noted Erica Farber, president and CEO of the Radio Advertising Bureau. “It continues to be the most important showcase highlighting innovative and forward thinking radio executions.” To listen to this year’s finalists, click HERE

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PRODUCTS: Benztown & Tracy Johnson To Deliver New 'Ask Alexa' Daily Feature

THE MOUTH, APRIL 4TH, 2018 –– Benztown announced it will market and distribute Tracy Johnson Media Group’s new daily episodic short radio feature, “Ask Alexa”. The feature is a customizable radio short for stations of all formats and market sizes, and is designed for stations to produce as an interactive segment with station talent. Alexa’s response to a daily life advice question from station talent is unexpected and funny. “Ask Alexa” is available to stations Monday through Friday for just $99 per month or for barter through Benztown.

“Ask Alexa” is written and produced by actor, comedian and Morning Host of 97.1 Amp Radio in Los Angeles, Brian Moote. Stations are provided with scripts so that local on-air personalities pose the questions to Alexa to the responses provided in Alexa’s now-ubiquitous voice. The result is a short, laughter-inducing interaction with station talent. Tracy Johnson, President, Tracy Johnson Media Group said: “It seems like smart speakers and digital assistants are taking over our lives. And now “Ask Alexa” dishes out hilarious life advice that sometimes hits a little too close to home." Moote adds, "I love being able to write and produce content for other morning shows that allows their on-air talent to shine in a fun and engaging way and also opens good discussions about whatever take Alexa has on a given topic." For more information and to hear a demo of “Ask Alexa” visit: https://www.benztown.com/programming/ask-alexa or contact Masa Patterson at www.mp@benztown.com or (818) 842-4600.

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EVENTS: 99.9 KISW's 'Pain In The Grass;' Alpha Joins Effort to Cure 1 Million Kids

THE MOUTH, APRIL 4TH, 2018 –– Entercom and it’s Seattle station 99.9 KISW, The Rock of Seattle, announced that for the first time ever the annual summer concert, Pain in The Grass, will expand to three full days at White River Amphitheatre, August 24th through 26th. The lineup will include Alice in Chains, Avenged Sevenfold, Slayer, Stone Temple Pilots, Prophets of Rage, Bush, Three Days Grace, The Cult and many more.

“We are over-the-top excited to partner with Live Nation to bring our listeners the biggest Pain in The Grass show ever,” said Jack Hutchison, SVP/MM, Entercom Seattle. For more information about Pain in The Grass 2018 and to stream the event live, please visit www.kisw.com.

- Today, April 4th, coinciding with World Health Week, Alpha Media stations in 49 markets across the country will raise money to cure children, living in developing countries, of parasites which cause blindness, malnutrition, disease and even death. 44 cents will provide a dose of medicine that will cure one child. Alpha Media CEO/President, Bob Proffitt remarked, "We are so proud and honored to work with World Concern for this one day push to help save children's lives. We are passionate to use the power of our Alpha community of listeners and business clients to do what we can to help those less fortunate. World Concern is a wonderful organization that will take what we raise and make a difference in a young person's life.”

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SNAPS: FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Makes Surprise Visit To AM Station In Kentucky

THE MOUTH, APRIL 4TH, 2018 –– Imagine the surprise on the faces of staff members of Hometown Radio In Danville, KY when FCC Chair Ajit Pai dropped in unexpectedly yesterday for a visit. According to the Advocate-Messenger, The station’s headquarters hosted Pai for about half an hour around lunchtime. “He just came by to visit an AM radio station in Danville, Kentucky — who would have ever thought that?” said Robert Wagner, station manager. “I guess he does this — he goes out and visits different areas that the commission regulates and we were on the bullseye for him to visit after he stopped by Corning.”

Wagner said Pai came to Hometown Radio with U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-Kentucky) and he gave them a tour of the radio facilities. Hometown Radio operates 1230 WHIR and 1420 WHBN on the AM band. “What a nice fellow,” Wagner said of Pai. “Everybody said he was nice, but he was a really, really nice man. And he was really excited to see our technology.” READ MORE HERE

(Photo submitted) FCC Chair Ajit Pai, second from right, poses for a photo in front of Hometown Radio's headquarters on Shakertown Road with from left, Joe Mathis, Jerry Bowling, Charlie Perry, U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie and Robert Wagner.

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ON-AIR: DreX & Nina Debuts On B96

THE MOUTH, APRIL 3RD, 2018 –– Entercom officially announced the debut of DreX and Nina as its new morning show on B96 (WBBM-FM) Chicago. Also joining the show will be Gabe Ramirez, host of the previous B96 morning show “The J Show,” who will continue as morning host along with DreX and Nina. “Entercom is at it again, playing offense in Chicago radio,” said Jimmy de Castro, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Chicago. “I’m honored, privileged and humbled for this opportunity to come home to the Chicago audience,” stated DreX. “I’d like to thank Entercom, Jimmy de Castro, Todd Cavanah, Erik Bradley and the entire B96 crew for welcoming me with open arms. I am very much looking forward to teaming up with my two new partners Nina and Gabe in America’s greatest city.”

“I’m so excited to join this rock star team at the legendary B96,” said Nina. “Todd and Erik bring so much heart and passion to everything they do and it’s contagious. A big thank you to them and Jimmy de Castro for bringing me on board." DreX previously worked in the Chicago market at WKSC-FM from 2002 to 2010. Prior to that, he worked mornings at KTFM in San Antonio and WHYT in Detroit. Nina most recently worked mornings at WBMP-FM in New York City and has also worked at KBKS and KJR-AM in Seattle and KZZO in Sacramento. PHOTO/B96

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Kevin Klein Still A No-Show On KEGY-FM San Diego

THE MOUTH, APRIL 3RD, 2018 –– As rumors begin to swirl, we're keeping a close ear on when/if Kevin Klein, new host of Entercom's 7KEGY-FM/97.3 The Machine, will finally make his debut on the air, which was suppose to launch last Thursday. This morning the station once again kicked off at 6:00 am in the comedy/rock mode. Meanwhile, his photo/bio and show details remain at the station's website.

Just to recap, Klein stirred an outrage before last Thursday's expected launch of his new show after tweeting a photo of Coronado Bridge with the large headline “JUMP” over smaller "into his new show." This prompted a delay of his expected launch on Thursday March 29th and has since continued in this mode. Both Klein, Entercom and the San Diego Padres (whom the station serves as new flagship) issued apologies and the station continued to fill the timeslot with a mix of classic rock and comedy bits which it had been airing since the station debuted March 1.

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PROGRAMMING: Jessica Tyler Expands Duties For Cumulus Detroit; Pete Mundo Tapped For Mornings And APD Posts At 103.7-710 KCMO in KC

THE MOUTH, APRIL 3RD, 2018 –– Cumulus Media announces that it has expanded programming professional Jessica Tyler’s role within its Detroit radio station cluster, adding the role of Music Director for Hot AC-formatted WDVD-FM to her purview. Tyler also serves Cumulus Media-Detroit as Assistant Program Director and Music Director for Country station WDRQ-FM. Tyler joined Cumulus Media-Detroit in December 2017, after holding programming posts in Louisville, KY; Providence, RI; New Haven, CT; and Springfield, MA. -- Pete Mundo debuts today on Cumulus' KCMO and his morning show will air weekdays from 6am-10am. Mundo started his radio career at KWOX/KMZE in Woodward, OK, and was ultimately named news and sports director for the stations. He was Sports & News Director for Omni Media Group in Woodward, OK. His move from the Midwest to New York City in 2013 included opportunities with WCBS-AM, CBS Sports Radio and WFAN-AM/FM as a freelance anchor and host. During his time in NYC, he has consistently hosted national shows on FOX News Radio and CBS Sports Radio Network to over 300 affiliates.

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NETWORKS: Local Radio Networks Hires 15 New Hosts For 24/7 Formats

THE MOUTH, APRIL 3RD, 2018 –– Local Radio Networks has expanded its on-air team with 15 additional major market and network hires across its 24/7 Music Formats. “This is a tremendous opportunity for small and medium market stations across the country to have nationally recognized, major market, super talent on the air,” stated Steve Swick, Chief Executive Officer of Local Radio Networks. “When combined with LRN’s maximum localization and control features, along with seamless integration capabilities, our affiliates are well-positioned to competitively take their markets.” “We’ve assembled the highest quality on-air talent for LRN’s 24/7 Music Formats,” added Chris Reeves, Vice President of Programming for Local Radio Networks. “We’re excited to welcome them, and we’re looking forward to announcing more Music Formats soon.”

The new LRN talent hires are: Cara Carriveau (TL) – Formerly of WLUP and WSHE, Chicago, takes on midday host duties for Classic Rock - Craig “Catfish” Hunter (TR)– Previous Jones Radio Network and local Denver, Atlanta, San Jose, and Tampa talent will be the afternoon host on a new, soon-to-be-announced Music Format - Gregg Stone (BR)– Former Westwood One Radio Networks and longtime local Denver on-air talent joins Classic Rock - Others include Ryan “Tall Guy” Chase, Michael Gifford, John Gleason, Tim Jeffreys, Maria “ChaCha” Chavez, Andrew “Jaye” Cannon, Jenny D, Dennis Harrington, Chad Blake, John Glenn, Ray Michaels and Robb Rose - Stations interested in learning more about LRN’s 24/7 Music Formats may contact Donna Halverson at 214-307-5087 and donna@localradionetworks.com, or Jim Ortega at 720-500-3810 and jim@localradionetworks.com.

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WWO To Present Hole-By-Hole Coverage Of 82nd Masters Tournament In Augusta

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THE MOUTH, APRIL 3RD, 2018 –– Westwood One will provide hole-by-hole coverage of The 2018 Masters in Augusta to stations nationwide from Thursday, April 5, through Sunday, April 8, 2018. In addition to complete coverage, Westwood One is broadcasting hourly updates and a nightly, half-hour preview and recap show, The Masters Tonight. Westwood One has been the official radio home of the Masters Tournament for 63 years -- the longest continuous sports broadcast partnership in network radio history.

Bob Papa and Charlie Rymer are the anchors for live coverage from Augusta National Golf Club, site of the 82nd Masters Tournament. The Westwood One broadcast crew also includes Mark Carnevale, Brian Katrek, Maureen Madill, Kevin Kugler, Whit Watson, and Ted Emrich. Listeners can stream the live action on masters.com and WestwoodOneSports.com. It will also be available on mobile devices via the Masters app on iPhone and Android mobile devices. For more information, to listen live, or to find a radio station airing Westwood One’s broadcast of the Masters Tournament, visit WestwoodOneSports.com.

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JACOBS: What Radio Hosts Can Learn From Stormy Daniels

THE MOUTH, APRIL 3RD, 2018 –– Jacobs Media Chief Fred Jacobs picked up on AdAge analysis by Simon Dumenco: “Decoding The Stormy Daniels Brand,” listing 7 characteristics that have made America’s best known adult film star a household name. Jacobsl cites a twist on the old morning show bit, “Pro Wrestler or (P)orn Star,” as traits that many of the most success radio personalities share. Jacobs concedes that not all of Dumenco’s examples hold up, but most are on-point. Plus, he's added a few of his own.

1. Have a catchy name - For Stormy Daniels (real name: Stephanie Clifford), she certainly came up with a memorable brand. And for radio stars, that name can make a difference. As someone who moderates a ton of focus groups and sits through scores of perceptual research studies, a name that grabs you can go a long way toward driving top-of-mind awareness – and ultimately, even loyalty. 2. Prove you’re a star - You may be surprised to learn Stormy Daniels isn’t just another run-of-the-mill adult actress. He adds, radio personalities who have stayed with it, excelled at their craft, and spread their brands to other media and platforms tend to have more staying power than those who have settled for “Four and out the door.” Check out complete blog HERE - Fred Jacobs will be hosting MSBC/30 Chicago's First-Ever Talent Study with data driven exclusively by Talent - MORE DETAILS COMING SOON

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Spotify Prepares To Goes Public Today

THE MOUTH, APRIL 3RD, 2018 –– Spotify Technology (SPOT), one of the most highly anticipated initial public offerings this year, is expected to begin trading today. Ahead of the IPO, AppOptix has released a research note that looks at Spotify usage trends compared to leading competitors. AppOptix, a division of leading analyst firm Strategy Analytics, monitors a consumer mobile research panel of more than 4,000 individuals on Android devices.

Spotify’s mobile Android app has seen a growth rate of 17.4% from the prior year in minutes of use. Spotify’s competition in the Android-based space is strong, with the key leaders represented by Amazon Music, Google Play Music and Pandora. Focusing on Android, Spotify ranks second, behind Google Play Music with the second most installed music apps installed across smartphones. However, despite this edge, Spotify leads across the board in customer engagement. Spotify is by far the most commonly used music app in the industry (excluding Apple Music), which signals positive strength heading into the company’s anticipated IPO.

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EVENTS: The Broadcasters Foundation of America Launches 'Broadcasting Hope'

THE MOUTH, APRIL 3RD, 2018 –– Broadcasting Hope, the new industry-wide campaign from the Broadcasters Foundation of America, aims to reach broadcasters across the country with trade ads, social media, and more. The goal of the campaign is to ensure that broadcasters in acute need know they can apply for aid from the Broadcasters Foundation, the only charity devoted exclusively to providing financial assistance to broadcasters whose lives have been devastated by illness, accident, or disaster.

“There are broadcasters in local markets across America who may qualify for aid, and it’s imperative that they know the Broadcasters Foundation can be a life support,” explained Dan Mason, Chairman of the Broadcasters Foundation. “The radio and TV trade publications and members of the National Alliance of State Broadcast Associations (NASBA) have been very supportive in helping us expand awareness of the Foundation’s charitable mission.” “We are grateful to the radio and TV trade publications for their generous support,” added Jim Thompson, President of the Broadcasters Foundation. “With their valuable help, we can make sure that every broadcaster in America knows that they or a colleague can apply for aid when in dire need from unforeseen and devastating circumstances.” To learn more, please contact the Broadcasters Foundation at 212-373-8250 or info@thebfoa.org or visit www.broadcastersfoundation.org.

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NASH-FM New York Partners With Seaside Heights, NJ For 'Summer Shindig'

THE MOUTH, APRIL 3RD, 2018 –– Nash-FM Flagship NASH-FM 94.7 New York will present a live free concert event to be held on Friday, May 25, 2018, from 3:00pm-7:00pm at the famed Seaside Heights Boardwalk.

The family-friendly concert is open to the public and will feature performances by Country artists Granger Smith, Chris Lane, Carly Pearce and Michael Tyler.

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Klein Show Remains A No-Show; Could Photo Of Coronado Bridge Be A Problem

THE MOUTH, APRIL 2ND, 2018 –– As many in radio keep a watchful eye and ear on when Kevin Klein, new host of Entercom's KEGY-FM/97.3 The Machine, will finally make his debut on the air, the station once again remained in comedy/rock mode this morning. Meanwhile, Jesse Cuevas, photographer of the much seen background photo of San Diego's Coronado bridge, calls the photo's use 'a serious issue.' According to the San Diego Reader, while Klein’s bit drew much media exposure, The San Diego Reader says apparently "No one bothered to ask the local photographer who took the shot of the Coronado Bridge about its use and that may lead to even more problems." Jesse Cuevas says he was not contacted about the photo. “It’s a horrible way to use it, connecting it suicide. I think it is a serious issue. This all has personal meaning to me. I have been told that because it was used in this way, there is no way I could ever sell for anyone else to use.” He says he contacted Entercom’s legal department via the internet. “I might pursue [doing] more.”

Just to recap, Klein stirred an outrage before last Thursday's expected launch of his new show after tweeting a photo of Coronado Bridge with the large headline “JUMP” over smaller "into his new show." This prompted a delay of his expected launch on Thursday March 29th and has since continued in this mode. Both Klein, Entercom and the San Diego Padres (whom the station serves as new flagship) issued apologies and the station continued to fill the timeslot with a mix of classic rock and comedy bits which it had been airing since the station debuted March 1.

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ON-AIR: NYC Journalist/TV Personality Juliet Huddy Joins Bernie & Sid Show

THE MOUTH, APRIL 2ND, 2018 – Cumulus Media announces the addition of New York City journalist and television personality Juliet Huddy to the new “Bernie & Sid In The Morning” talk show on 77 WABC Radio. Huddy joins Co-Hosts Bernie McGuirk and Sid Rosenberg on “Bernie & Sid In The Morning”, which debuts today on 77 WABC Radio and airs weekdays from 6am-10am. The program replaces the long-running “Imus In The Morning Show”, and features the colorful on-air cast’s passionate conversation about the biggest topics in New York and across the nation, with high-profile guests and interaction with great New York listeners.

Huddy is well known to New York listeners, having hosted Fox 5’s “Good Day New York” for four years. Huddy has also hosted several national programs on the Fox News Channel, including “Fox & Friends”, “Day Side” and her own nationally syndicated talk show ,“The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet”. She left the Fox News Channel in September 2016 to launch a music website, BlondeAndCrossbones.com, covering the hard rock and heavy metal music scenes.

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Radio's Nessa Named Host Of 'Talk Stoop

THE MOUTH, APRIL 2ND, 2018 –– Hot 97 New York's Nessa (Diab) has been named new host of NBC's 'TALK STOOP'. NBC Owned Television Station group today announced Nessa Diab as the new host of "Talk Stoop," the four-time Emmy Award®-winning program that is produced by LX.TV and airs on NBC stations and out-of-home screens everywhere. "Talk Stoop" vignettes featuring interviews with celebrities and special guests air during USA Network’s daytime programming block from 1 PM to 3PM. Nessa will make her on-air debut on NBC stations and USA Network beginning Sunday, April 8 after SNL and 1st Look (check local listings).

Nessa currently hosts "Nessa on Air," the #1 rated hip hop show in New York City airing weekday afternoons on the internationally known HOT 97 (WQHT-FM). "Nessa on Air" is also syndicated in more than 15 markets nationwide by Benztown. Prior to this, Nessa hosted numerous MTV shows including "Teen Mom Aftershow," "Girl Code Live," "The Challenge Reunion" and "The Real World After Show." She began radio at WiLD 94.4 FM in San Francisco (WYLD)

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College Names 'Learning Lab' After Late Atlanta Radio-Great Rhubard Jones

THE MOUTH, APRIL 2ND, 2018 – Kennesaw State University (north Atlanta) honored its beloved late instructor and longtime radio host host Rhubarb Jones last week by placing his name on its new Radio Learning Lab. Jones, who hosted Atlanta country stations Y106 and Eagle 106.7 from 1985 to 2008, worked at KSU for nine years until his sudden death of a heart attack a year ago reports The AJC's Rodney Ho. "“Sometimes I’m left wondering to myself what having an impact really means when it comes to a university setting,” said Colin Byrne, KSU Director of Development. “For me, Rhubarb embodied impact. He changed lives for the better for so many of us here.” Ellen Eldridge, a former AJC writer who now works at Georgia Public Broadcasting posted, “He always had a smile and a kind word,” Eldridge said. “Nothing would stop him from talking about his daughters, his love of teaching and his dedication. It’s something I hope lives on with this Radio Lab.”

"The Radio Learning Lab was already in the planning stages when Jones died, but his departure facilitated its creation, said Josh Azriel. It will be a place where KSU students interested in radio and podcasting can work on their craft. Not only is the lab named after him but he also gets an entire wall describing who he is for students who don’t already know. PHOTO/shown at presentation, Donna and two daughters Callie and Presley – along with many of his former students. PHOTO/courtesy of Rodney Ho

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EVENTS: NRG'S Y102 Nebraska Raises Over $300,000 For St. Jude Hospital

THE MOUTH, APRIL 2ND, 2018 –– NRG Media's Y102 Kearney, NE, led by morning co-host Scotty O raised over $300,000 for this year's 17th annual St. Jude Children's Research Hospital radio–thon. Nebraska's TV News says The two day, 24 hour event started Thursday morning, and is said to be one of the top 10 radio events out of over 200 in the country.

"We have people who for 17 years that have paid it forward and have continued to be part of the St. Jude family," said Y102's Scotty O. "And I just think that speaks volumes of St. Jude as a brand, St. Jude as a light, and St. Jude not just as a great cause but we like to call it 'hope insurance'." This year's grand total of $307,021 is six thousand dollars more than last year's radio– thon total.

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APRIL FOOLERY: Dave Ryan Show Stirs Things Up With Steve-O Send-Off

THE MOUTH, APRIL 2ND, 2018 –– Proving that not all great stunts require a budget, check this one out pulled off by our BFF Dave Ryan of KDWB/Minneapolis. He tells Jockline, "In an era with no budget we had to get creative with an April Fools Joke this year. I simply had everyone on the show post on social media wishing my producer, Steve-O good luck. We all said we would miss him and wished him the best.

Falen (TR) and Weather Girl Jenny played along and we had a great response. Oh, our explanation? Steve will be late on Monday because he's stopping to buy some scratch lottery tickets. Thus, "We'll miss you and good luck." Ryan says "Don't wait for next April Fools Day to do this. Good, harmless radio pranks are funny year round. Just don't overdo them!" CHECK OUT MORE RESPONSES HERE

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Lamont & Tonelli Set Up Go-Fund Me Page To Purchase Last Trump Statue

THE MOUTH, APRIL 2ND, 2018 – By now you've seen (or tried to un-see) those life-sized statues of Donald Trump. As luck would have it, there's one statue remaining and The Lamont and Tonelli morning show on 107.7 The Bone in San Francisco is trying to help co-host Chasta (inset)achieve her dream of owning the last remaining naked Donald Trump statue. To accomplish this goal, they need to raise enough money to make a bid on the statue when it goes up for auction in May.

If for some reason we do not win the auction we will take the money we raised to give to a charity to be determined at a later time. Click HERE to make a donation on our GoFundMe page - Worth noting, Chasta is NOT a fan.

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0Laura Ingraham Takes A Week Off; RIP TV's Steven Bochco

 

APRIL FOOLS: Chris Harrison is the ‘new host’ of ‘American Idol’

[WATCH] Steven Spielberg's 'Ready Player One' Could Cross $50M in U.S. Bow

RIP Steven Bochco: Hollywood Pays Tribute to ‘One of a Kind’ TV Innovator

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Scotty McCreery Ties Clay Aiken’s ‘American Idol’ Album Record

Janet Jackson To Headline FYF Fest

[WATCH] Jimmy Carter Rips Trump

Fox News' Laura Ingraham Takes A Week Vacay

Stacey Dash Is Withdrawing From the California Congressional Race

ESPN Trying Something It Never Has Before

What Arnold Schwarzenegger Said After Waking Up Form Heart Surgery

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[LISTEN] Imus Says Goodbye; 'You Have No Idea How Much I'm Going To Miss You'

THE MOUTH, MARCH 30TH, 2018 –– Minus the usual stream of well-wishers and celebrity call-in's, Don Imus turned off the mic from his Texas studio yesterday after nearly 50-years. “I know in my heart there’s been nobody ever better on the radio than me,” he boasted shortly before sign off. Fighting back tears, he said “Nobody ever did this -- You have no idea how much I’m going to miss you.” He also appeared to take subtle jabs at past rivals including the Rev. Al Sharpton and Howard Stern wrote The New York Daily News, saying he was never dissuaded by a “bigoted civil rights charlatan” or an “envious shock jock.”

Imus cut his final show short with a Kid Rock song that was followed by three hours of “Best of” material. Starting Monday, April 2nd, mornings on WABC will be taken over by The Bernie & Sid Show. LISTEN HIS IMUS FAREWELL SHOW HERE

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REPORT: DreX Returning To Chicago's Airwaves

THE MOUTH, MARCH 30TH, 2018 –– With the title 'DreX marks the spot at B96', popular media blogger Robert Feder posted in yesterday's 'Robservations' that Kevin “DreX” Buchar known simply as DreX and who hosted mornings for eight years on Top 40 WKSC FM 103.5, is coming back to Chicago with sources telling Feder he's expected to start next week at Entercom's WBBM FM 96.3. This, of course, meant its current team, “The J Show” with Jamar “J Niice” McNeil and “Showbiz” Shelly Menaker (R) were leaving the show, with both issuing their goodbyes yesterday.

After DreX left Kiss FM in 2010, he went the talk route at Cumulus' KGO in San Francisco. Most recently he returned to San Antonio where he once handled mornings at KTFM. While no official word yet from Entercom, we're told an announcement could be expected shortly.

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Album John Lennon Signed For Salt Lake City Station Just Before His Death Goes Up For Auction - Starting Bid: $50,000

THE MOUTH, MARCH 30TH, 2018 –– A promo copy of “Double Fantasy” signed for KCPX/Salt Lake City on Dec. 8, 1980, is on the block, with a starting price of $50,000. According to The St. Louis Tribune, Just hours before John Lennon was murdered on Dec. 8, 1980, he and wife Yoko Ono posed for a Rolling Stone photo shoot with famed photographer Annie Leibovitz and sat for a radio interview with RKO’s Dave Sholin (shown right with John and Yoko). Before leaving for a recording session, he paused to autograph a couple of copies of their joint album “Double Fantasy.” One of them was autographed for Salt Lake City's KCPX.

After some 30-years of being owned by former KCPX host Gary “Wooly” Waldron (L), the album has changed hands a few times. This past Tuesday, it went online for a two-week bidding process being conducted by Dallas-based Heritage Auctions. Opening price: $50,000! “It has this very emotive and poignant history that can take it out of the normal bracket of what it’s worth,” said Giles Moon, Heritage Auctions’ consignment director for entertainment and music. “Because of that, there’s really nothing comparable. It’s really something of an unknown quantity. It could absolutely take off.” Bert Keane, then the national promotion director for Warner Bros. Records, accompanied Sholin to Lennon and Ono’s apartment for the radio interview, penned a July 2010 Certificate of Authenticity explaining the history and circumstances behind the promo copy. PHOTO/Heritage Auctions & Dave Sholin

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PRODUCTS: Samsung Galaxy Series S9 & S9+ Getting Update To Enable FM

THE MOUTH, MARCH 30TH, 2018 –– The newly released Samsung Galaxy S9 and the Samsung Galaxy S9+ promises an update that will enable FM radio reports xda-developers.com. Samsung had previously omitted the feature for years, but teamed with NextRadio to bring back the functionality. The outlet writes, "FM Radio may be a novelty in the day and age of mobile data streaming. However, for many without a data plan or those who are subject to service outages, it can be a vital feature in a smartphone.

FM radio, as witnessed during a string of hurricanes, can be a life-saving feature when in the event of an emergency. xda developers adds, "For those who wanted to use FM radio, let’s hope the update comes soon for the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+."

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NRHOF 2018 Nomination Suggestion Window Ends Today

THE MOUTH, MARCH 30thTH, 2018 –– The 2018 suggestion window will close today, March 30th, at 5:00 pm Central time on for nomination suggestions for this year's nominee class. The National Radio Hall of Fame’s Nominating Committee is selecting a group of radio personalities in six categories, taking into consideration 88777their own ideas as well suggestions from the general public. Nominees in four of the categories are then voted upon by members of the radio industry for induction into the National Radio Hall of Fame. In addition, the National Radio Hall of Fame offers two categories which are voted upon by the public. If you have an individual (or radio show) whom you would like the Nominating Committee to consider for nomination, please use the form linked below. “We’re looking forward to celebrating this milestone anniversary in New York City," said Chairman Kraig Kitchin. "As we prepare for the special evening, it’s our priority to provide everyone the opportunity to be a part of it, starting with suggestions for our 2018 nominees.”

Categories include: Longstanding Local/Regional (20 years or more), Active Local/Regional (10 years or more), Networks/Syndication (10 years or more), Longstanding Network/Syndication (20 years or more), Music Format On-Air Personality, and/or Spoken Word On-Air Personality.. On more reminder, the 2018 suggestion window will close at 5:00 pm Central time on Friday, March 30th. OPEN FORM HERE

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NETWORKS: WWO To Broadcast the NCAA Men’s Final Four® In Spanish For Second Year

THE MOUTH, MARCH 30TH, 2018 –– Westwood One and the NCAA will broadcast the 2018 NCAA Men’s Final Four in Spanish for the second consecutive year. This event will be produced by Westwood One in an alliance with ESPN Deportes Radio and presented by Werner Ladder, the official ladder of the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships. Westwood One is the exclusive national audio partner of the NCAA. WHO: The trio of Rafael Hernández Brito (TR) (play-by-play), former All-American Greivis Vásquez (analyst), and Clemson Smith Muñiz (pregame/halftime host) (BR) will once again announce all the action for the Spanish-language Final Four® and the National Championship.

Westwood One Sports will present full play-by-play Spanish action from the NCAA Men’s Final Four on Saturday, March 31st, and the National Championship Game on Monday, April 2, live from the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.

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EVENTS: 'Day Of Giving' Event Raises $167,557 For Bert's Big Adventure; J-Si Breaks Record Walking On Legos WATCH

THE MOUTH, MARCH 30TH, 2018 – 42 Atlanta-area, Macon and Columbus, GA, Jersey Mike’s Subs locations capped off a month-long “Month of Giving” campaign to benefit Bert’s Big Adventure with a community fundraising event: Jersey Mike’s “Day of Giving.” One hundred percent of the day’s sales went directly to Bert’s Big Adventure, a nonprofit organization that provides a magical, all-expenses-paid, five-day journey to Walt Disney World® for children with chronic and terminal illnesses and their families. This year’s “Day of Giving” set a new record for Bert’s Big Adventure by raising $165,557. "It's really touching how our listening family took time out of their busy routines to help out Bert's Big Adventure,” says Bert’s Big Adventure founder and host of The Bert Show, Bert Weiss. "I am absolutely in shock. It’s very rare that I’m speechless; this is amazing. See more here at http://www.bertsbiga

-- J-Si Chavez, co-host of the Kidd Kraddick Morning Show, has always wanted to break a World Record and now he has! Yesterday morning J-Si walked barefoot 168ft- 5in on a path of LEGO bricks! He beat the record that someone set just a few weeks ago by more than 20 feet! He did it all live on-air from the grand opening of Big Beat Dallas at the Toyota Music Factory! WATCH HERE

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Radio Tops UAE Survey Thanks To Australian

By Graham Mack

THE MOUTH, MARCH 30TH, 2018 –– Alex Agishev, known to some in Australia as Alex Dean, had been working at Best FM in Russia for several years and recently moved to Dubai as Content Director at the Arabian Radio Network’s Virgin Radio station. Alex is the son of Russian parents and grew up in a Russian speaking household in Australia. A new survey system began in the United Arab Emirates this year, run by Nielsen. After some years with another provider, the country’s radio industry moved to Nielsen, which carried out market trials last year and this year released its first survey results. In the first Nielsen ratings results, Virgin Radio Dubai was the number one station with 1.4 million listeners, across all languages. In Dubai, Virgin had the top shows in all day parts. Overall the Arabian Radio Network has 4.3 million listeners nationally to its 9 stations, which broadcast i n 6 languages: English, Hindi, Farsi (Persian), Arabic, Mullalayan (an Indian dialect) and Filipino. Read more HERE

Scottish Radio Station Ditches AM - Northsound 2 is the latest British radio station to give up on AM broadcasting. It will continue online and on DAB, the British version of HD radio that is similar to the USA’s HD radio only successful. The Scottish station is asking listeners to go digital with them, saying DAB and online has hugely improved sound quality over AM. Northsound 2 breakfast show presenter Alan Edwards and Home Run presenter Gina McKie are today kicking off a series of events planned for Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, to promote the change to listeners and what they need to do ahead of the switch. A number of AM radio services have handed their licences back in England over the years, including Smooth Radio in Reading, Gold in Crawley and Exeter and Torbay. The BBC has also been switching off AM transmitters on some of its Local Radio stations. Last year, Norway ditched AM and FM completely in favour of online and DAB.

Dave Hughes Is A Busy Man In Australia - Is The Hit Network’s Dave Hughes, THE busiest man in radio? He co-hosts a national drive show with Kate Langbroek, has a thriving stand-up comedy career and heads up his own Network Ten television show; Hughesy, We Have A Problem. Now, he’s returning to host the 2018 Just For Laughs All-Star Gala at the Sydney Opera House on November 24th. It’s one of the biggest nights on the comedy circuit and previous hosts have included comedy legends John Cleese, Eddie Izzard and Noel Fielding. This year’s gala will feature some of the best international and Australian comedians.

Want to connect with Graham? Reach him at +44 7752 416905. Twitter: @GrahamMack Web: www.mackmedia.co.uk Email: graham@mackmedia.co.u

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0Kathy Griffin As Kellyanne Conway; 'NJS' Reunion Trailer

 

New 'Jersey Shore: Family Reunion' Trailer - Even Angelina

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[WATCH] Cameron Diaz Says She's "Actually Retired" After All

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[WATCH] DMX Plays One Of His Songs During Tax-Evasion Sentencing

Dua Lipa: Can A Billion People Be Wrong?

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Imus Airs Final Show On WABC

Bernie & Sid Take Over Mornings On Monday April 2nd

THE MOUTH, MARCH 29TH, 2018 –– Don Imus’ final show on 77 WABC airs today after a remarkable 50 year run. His first on-air stint was in 1968 and, by the time he arrived at WNBC in 1971, he was considered talk radio’s leading shock jock reports newsday.com. He told told CBS' Anthony Mason last Sunday on CBS TV's 'Sunday Morning, "I wasn't trying to be outrageous. It's just the way I thought. My feeling was then, and is now, that if they didn't like what I did, get somebody else to do it." And they did." Mason asked, "Do you think of yourself as a DJ, as a radio guy, as a broadcaster?" "Radio guy," he said. "One of the best ever. One of the best five ever." Following last week's preview, Imus surprised many by saying He would put Howard Stern in his top 5. On Sunday, we found out the other three included [Arthur] Godfrey, Jack Benny and Wolfman Jack (shown right with Soupy Sales, Howard Stern & Wolfman Jack).

On Monday, April 2nd, a new chapter begins on 77 WABC with Bernard McGuirk & Sid Rosenberg taking over the morning show. Rosenberg started his radio career on “The Drive,” heard strictly on the Internet at SportsLineUSA.com. The show eventually moved on to terrestrial radio, and was syndicated nationally in more than 40 markets by SportsFan and Westwood One. Rosenberg held other stints in Florida. Of note, Sid is the co-author of “You’re Wrong and You’re Ugly.” Sid’s biography that was also written by Paul Schwartz of the New York Post, with a foreword from Don Imus.

Bernard McGuirk has been the Executive Producer of the Imus in the Morning.” A native of New York City, McGuirk is also the program’s quick-witted on-air contributor and has been with the show since it’s latter days at WNBC Radio. Prior to that McGuirk worked various jobs within NBC in promotions and also at the network and local news divisions. Bernie made the move with Imus from WNBC Radio to WFAN Radio in New York City in 1988 and remained there until 2007. During that time the Imus in the Morning program was simulcast on MSNBC TV for ten years. The Imus show made the move to 77WABC in December 2007 with Bernie remaining as its executive producer. The program also aired on the Fox Business Network until the summer of 2015.

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NPR Touts Its Highest Ratings Ever

THE MOUTH, MARCH 29TH, 2018 –– NPR and its Member stations have upheld their highest broadcast ratings of all time, including tremendous growth with turning its podcasts into radio shows. "NPR has maintained the ratings gains picked up during the 2016 election while commercial news and talk radio has declined," said NPR President and CEO Jarl Mohn. "People have a real desire for credible journalism, in-depth discussion, and compelling storytelling – and they are tuning to NPR. And now, through new and innovative technology like smart speakers that allow listeners to stream their favorite public radio stations we are able to reach more people in more ways than ever before."

According to Nielsen Audio Fall 2017 ratings, the total weekly listeners for all programming on NPR stations is 37.7 million people – a record that has been maintained since the Spring of 2017. NPR's Newscasts, updated live every hour, can now be heard on 947 broadcast stations by nearly 28.7 million listeners. NPR's flagship news magazines, Morning Edition and All Things Considered, retained the remarkable growth seen during the Fall 2016 election cycle. Their weekly audience is now at nearly 14.9 million and 14.7 million listeners, respectively – continuing to be the two largest news/talk radio programs in the country, and larger than many well-known television news programs. Adding to NPR's growth are its monthly podcasts which reached new heights with 20.4 million unique users and a staggering 103.1 million global unique streams and downloads. See report HERE PHOTO/Stephen Voss-NPR

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NETWORKS: Ben Shapiro Taking Podcast To National Radio Via Westwood One

Ben Shapiro, host of one of the most listened to podcast in media and social media juggernaut is taking his podcast to radio. Starting on April 2, Westwood One will be syndicating the podcast, called The Ben Shapiro Show, as a one-hour program in several major markets, including New York, Washington, and Los Angeles. According to politico.com, the move will bring the 34-year-old Shapiro, seen as a leading voice of young conservatives, into the same arena as the older generation of conservative talk radio standard-bearers.

“He certainly has big potential and, unlike some of these other guys, he has more staying power because he has attracted a younger audience,” said Brian Rosenwald, an instructor at the University of Pennsylvania who wrote his PhD dissertation on talk radio and is currently writing a book on the topic. The question has always been can you square the circle? Can you attract that young audience without repelling the older audience? Shapiro seems like a guy who’s pretty well positioned to do that,” Rosenwald said. “If I’m known as the up-and-coming young conservative, at a certain point I’m going to age out of that, right? I can’t be 34 my entire life,” Shapiro said. “Being in a place where I’m seen as a leading voice of conservatism generally, not just for young conservatives is certainly something I’d like.” The Ben Shapiro Show is the second high-profile podcast to announce lately that it’s making the jump to terrestrial radio — also on April 2, the New York Times’ breakout hit The Daily will begin airing on several public radio stations. The show will air at 5 p.m. on WABC in New York and at 9 p.m. on KABC in LA, WLS in Chicago, WMAL in Washington, WYAY in Atlanta, KKAT in Salt Lake City and KTTH in Seattle.

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ON-AIR: WOMC Detroit To Debut Mornings With Stephen Clark And..

Co-Host To Be Revealed Next Thursday

THE MOUTH, MARCH 29TH, 2018 –– Entercom announced the launch of a new morning show on 104.3 WOMC (WOMC-FM), Detroit’s heritage classic hits radio station, debuting Monday, April 2, 2018. The new weekday morning show will feature former TV news anchor Stephen Clark and a second co-host that will be revealed on Thursday, April 5. The “104.3 WOMC Mornings with Stephen Clark and…” show will air from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. ET.

“Stephen is an integral part of the fabric of Detroit and we are thrilled to have him open this new chapter in the station’s rich heritage,” said Debbie Kenyon, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Detroit. “Stephen’s connection with our local community, his personality and love of music make him a great fit to take the helm of the new WOMC morning show.” “I am thrilled to be returning to my radio roots where I began my broadcast career and only the legendary WOMC could have brought me out of retirement,” said Clark. “I have a unique relationship with the Detroit community from my time on television and I’m looking forward to deepening that connection via daily conversations and direct interactions with listeners every morning on 104.3 WOMC.” Stephen Clark recently retired from WXYZ after 16 years as anchor of the 6:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. newscasts. Clark began his media career as a newspaper photographer, and also worked as a radio reporter and DJ before taking the TV anchor chair.

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PROGRAMMING: Corey 'Zero' Schaefer Adds Brand Manager Stripes At Y94 Fargo

Will Continue As Co-Host Of The Morning Playhouse Along With Rat & Maiyah

THE MOUTH, MARCH 29TH, 2018 –– The newly promoted Brand Manager at Y94, KOYY FM Fargo is Corey Schaefer. Best known as “Zero”, a longtime leader of the Y94 Morning Playhouse will take over the managerial reigns instantaneously while resuming his role on the Morning Playhouse. Zero proudly aproclaimed, "I am beyond excited to be trusted with the leadership of Y94! Y94 is an absolutely iconic radio brand in the Fargo-Moorhead market. I do not take lightly the challenge of continuing its tradition of excellence."

Zero was in fact born in Fargo; but raised in the Twin Cities. The highly successful morning team on the Y94 Playhouse consists of Zero, Rat and Maiyah. Zero replaces Jack Spade who exited Y94 last month. Midwest Communications Fargo Market Manager, Dan Cash: "I could not be more pleased to bring Zero into the forefront as the passionate, loyal and dedicated Brand Manager that Y94 deser ves. His longstanding role as a member of the Y94 Morning Playhouse, community involvement and his genuine passion for the radio brand is why he is the perfect candidate to lead the charge."

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SYNDICATION: 77 WABC Radio Adds Chris Plante To Its Weekday Lineup

THE MOUTH, MARCH 29TH, 2018 –– Nationally syndicated by Westwood One, Chris Plante will begin airing middays on 77 WABC Monday through Friday from 10am-12 Noon. The show replaces The Bernie and Sid Show, which moves to Mornings on 77 WABC on Monday, April 2nd. Plante, who broadcasts live from WMAL studios in Washington, DC, is well known to the New York audience, having been assigned to the Pentagon covering the U.S. military and intelligence community for CNN. Plante received the Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio and Television News Directors’ Association (RTNDA) for his reporting formerly hosted his own program on the American Life television network, and makes frequent appearances on cable news networks including the FOX News Channel, CNN and MSNBC.

Representing the third generation of his family that has been “on-the-air” in radio and television in New York City, Plante brings a unique world view and largely conservative/libertarian values to his role as talk show host on 77 WABC. Marching in lockstep with no politician, Plante says his political party is “Practi-crat”, “…because of my distinctly practical political leanings.”

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: NAB Board Names New Members; OJ Jackson To Retire

THE MOUTH, MARCH 29TH, 2018 – The National Association of Broadcasters has announced the results of the 2018 NAB Radio and Television Board elections. The two-year terms of the elected board members will begin in June 2018. They include (*denotes new member) Hartley Adkins President of Integrated Revenue Strategy iHeartMedia New York City, NY David Bevins Chief Operating Officer Connoisseur Media Princeton, NJ *Justin Chase (TR) Executive Vice President of Programming Beasley Media Group Naples, FL Larry Fuss President South Seas Broadcasting Las Vegas, NV Kim Guthrie (TL) President Cox Media Group Atlanta, GA Margaret Perkins President and CEO First Natchez Radio Group Natchez, MS *Dhruv Prasad Co-Chief Executive Officer Townsquare Media Greenwich, CT Tony Richards Vice President Federated Media Mishawaka, IN Tom Walker President Mid-West Family Broadcasting Madison, WI Jim Watkins General Manager WHUR-FM Washington, DC *John Zimmer President Zimmer Radio Cape Girardeau, MO

--Adams Radio Group announced the retirement of accomplished and award-winning broadcast executive O.J. Jackson (L), Vice President and General Manager of Adams Radio Group of Northern Indiana. Jackson’s retirement goes into effect on March 31st, 2018. Jennifer Finnerty-Figg, Director of Sales for Adams Radio of Northern Indiana, will become Vice President & General Manager of the Adams Northern Indiana cluster. President and CEO of Adams Radio Ron Stone says “OJ Jackson has enjoyed a fine career and will be missed by me and everyone at Adams Radio. He deserves an amazing retirement given his contributions to radio over the past 40 years. I have learned a great deal from OJ and it has been a pleasure to work with him. I, and all of Adams wish him all the best in his new adventures!” wineries, vineyards, outdoor advertising, recreational vehicles , event marketing and other related services.

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Rachael Ray To Keynote Beasley's BEN FM 'Her Story' Luncheon In Philadelphia

THE MOUTH, MARCH 29TH, 2018 –– Beasley Announced that Multiple Emmy Award-Winning Celebrity Cook and Host of the nationally syndicated entertainment program, The Rachael Ray Show, Rachael Ray, will be the keynote speaker at 95.7 BEN FM’s 2nd annual Her Story Luncheon. The event will take place on Saturday, April 14 from 11a-2p at the Arts Ballroom (13th & Locust) in Philadelphia. Ray, whose television program can be seen locally on 6ABC-TV weekdays at 10am, will also be joined by Beasley Media Group Chief Executive Officer Caroline Beasley and Emmy Award Winning Show Host and Graduate of the Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College, Christina Pirello. The luncheon will be hosted by Kathy Romano, host of 95.7 BEN FM's “Her Story” program, which airs on Sundays at 7:30am. The weekly show features dynamic women that are making a significant impact in the community. The show is also available via podcast at 957benfm.com.

Romano can also be heard weekday mornings as co-host of the Preston and Steve Show on 93.3 WMMR-FM. Several hundred women are expected to attend the annual event, including BEN FM listeners, company CEOs, movers and shakers in arts and cultural community, directors of non-profit organizations, public relations professionals and more.

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[WATCH] ESPN's Michael Kay Surprised With Vin Scully Award By Vin Scully

THE MOUTH, MARCH 29TH, 2018 –– Imagine your broadcasting idol calling into your show and then surprising you with an award named in his honor? That was the case for ESPN NY's Michael Kay who took the call during his YES Network show on The Yes Network). Kay has been selected to be the 11th recipient of the Vin Scully Award for Excellence in Sports Broadcasting from WFUV Radio (90.7 FM/wfuv.org), the noncommercial, member-supported public media service of Fordham University for more than 70 years.

The Awards will be presented on Wednesday night, November 7, at On the Record: A Celebration of Achievement in News and Sports Broadcasting, a benefit for WFUV, in the Costantino Room at Fordham School of Law (150 W. 62nd Street, NYC). Kay (FCRH '82), who is in his 28th year of calling play-by-play for Yankees games (10 on radio and 18 on YES), becomes the first Fordham and WFUV alumnus to receive the Scully Award. WATCH HERE

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0Charlie Walk Out At Republic; 'Roseanne' Delivers HUGE!!

 

Charlie Walk Out at Republic Records

[WATCH] Roseanne Redux Delivers Massive Ratings

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‘Dawson’s Creek’ Cast Reunites 20 Years After First Episode

[WATCH] Savannah Guthrie Apologizes For Saying S**t On Live 'Today'

Meredith Vieira To Host ‘The Great American Read’ At PBS

Vivica A. Fox to Host CBS Talk Show 'Face the Truth'

Sammy Hagar & Eddie Money To Take Over AXS TV This Sunday Night

Ronnie Wood Cancer-Free and Headed Back on Tour

Al Pacino To Play 39-year-old Jimmy Hoffa in Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman

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Mea Culpa's Issued Following 'Insensitive Tweet' From New San Diego Radio Host

THE MOUTH, MARCH 28TH, 2018 –– As we first reported yesterday, a tweet by 97.3 The Machine's soon to debut Kevin Klein Live Show which sparked outrage in San Diego has since triggered mea culpa's from both the host and station. The tweet from Klein promoting his new show had used the Coronado bridge as a backdrop with the headline 'Jump' - and then in smaller print below 'to a new morning show.' As The San Diego Union Tribune reported, the tweet came the same day as a front page story in the Union-Tribune was about the unveiling of Coronado bridge suicide prevention prototypes. According to the article, the Coronado bridge now is the second-deadliest bridge in the United States for suicides with more than 400 people jumping to their deaths over the bridge’s 50-year history.

”Klein then tweeted an apology writing: "The comment was reprehensible and inexcusable. I've failed at making a good first impression, but I hope that you will give me another chance to provide entertainment and good natured laughs when I go on the air on Thursday."

97.3 The Machine later posted on Facebook a release (L) stating: "We do not condone the comments made by Kevin Klein which were insensitive and Kevin has apologized. On behalf of The Machine, we also sincerely apologize to our listeners and the entire city of San Diego..." Kevin Klein's show is set to debut tomorrow.

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Craig Carton Set For Radio Return With ‘Carton & Friends’ Via FNTSY Network

THE MOUTH, MARCH 28TH, 2018 –– Beginning tomorrow, Craig Carton, the former WFAN morning host who was arrested in September on charges of wire and securities fraud, will return be returning to radio tomorrow with the launch of “Carton and Friends” which will air live weekdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the FNTSY Sports streaming network. An audio teaser episode was posted online last week. According to The New York Daily News, Carton’s Opening Day guests will include Al Leiter and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

Carton, who resigned from his morning show post at WFAN in September, has been doing podcasts while he builds a legal defense against the government with trial set to begin on Oct. 29 and faces up to 45 years in prison. He has maintained his innocence and claims he is the real victim in the ticket sale scam that swindled millions from deep-pocketed investors to allegedly pay off massive gambling debts. He'll be joined on “Carton and Friends” by co-hosts Corey Parson and MMA analyst Michelle Serpico.

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PROGRAMMING: John Candelaria Named PD For 105.1 The BOUNCE Detroit

THE MOUTH, MARCH 28TH, 2018 –– Beasley has named veteran company programmer John Candelaria as the new Program Director of 105.1FM The BOUNCE in Detroit. He will begin his new position on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. Candelaria currently serves as the company’s Urban Format Captain and most recently worked as the Operations Manager and Program Director at Beasley Media Group’s KOAS-FM and KVGS-FM in Las Vegas. Previously, he was the morning host for KOAS-FM and was responsible for the successful launch of Hot 95.5/93.1, Throwback Hip Hop and R & B in Augusta, Georgia. “I have been such a fan of John and his work since we first brought him to the company years ago,” said Justin Chase, Executive Vice President of Programming at Beasley Media Group.

“I’m very happy that we will have him at one of Beasley’s largest Throwback stations. John has the right coalition style experience for stations like The BOUNCE.” “Beasley Las Vegas has been an unforgettable experience,” said Candelaria. “I am excited to join Team Detroit and look forward to working alongside the best radio talent in the Motor City and growing as a leader under Vice President and Market Manager Mac Edwards. I am so grateful for the unwavering support of the Beasley family, Executive Vice President of Programming Justin Chase and Vice President of Programming Buzz Knight.”

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ON-AIR: Howie Carr Extends Longterm With WRKO Boston

THE MOUTH, MARCH 28TH, 2018 –– iHeartMedia Boston announced a new long-term agreement with The Howie Carr Show on WRKO AM 680. Howie Carr has been on the air at WRKO for more than 20 years and is a legendary broadcaster, American journalist, author, and conservative talk show host with strong, passionate New England fans.

"iHeart is the gold standard of talk radio in America,” said Howie Carr. “I am so happy to be associated with the best company in the industry." “Howie Carr is a trusted friend to Boston listeners,” said Dylan Sprague, Senior Vice President of Programing for iHeartMedia’s Boston Region. “We’re thrilled he will continue on WRKO for many more years to come.”

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Chad Pitt To Co-Host Mornings With Leslye Gale At Magic 107-7 Orlando

THE MOUTH, MARCH 28TH, 2018 –– WMGF/Magic 107-7 Orlando announced that Chad Pitt will join the Magic Morning Show, effective 4/2/18. “Although, nothing will replace our beloved John Forsythe when he embarks on his well-deserved retirement after 50 years of radio, we can take solace in reunification with an old friend.” – Brian Mack, Program Director.

Chad Pitt joins the team from 101.9 AMP Radio, where he most recently served as the morning show co-host and competitor! Chad, returns to iHeartMedia Orlando after serving talent duties in Memphis, Tampa and Houston.

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: Paul Capodanno Joins SBG As VP/Marketing & Digital; Josh Cohan Rises To Manager of Digital Audio For ABC

THE MOUTH, MARCH 28TH, 2018 –– Sun Broadcast Group announced that Paul Capodanno (L) has joined the company as the Vice President of Marketing & Digital. In his role, Paul will oversee Sun’s corporate branding, individual show marketing, as well as lead the digital charge in the company’s Shazam for Radio department. “Besides the fact that Julio and I both felt like Paul was already family the moment we met him, he’s quick, forward-thinking and incredibly analytical…all traits we value here. His depth of knowledge in both traditional and digital marketing will surely elevate Sun to new heights. We’re thrilled to welcome Paul to our team!” said Jason Bailey, CEO, Sun Broadcast Group.

Capodanno comes to Sun Broadcast Group after many years in the marketing industry where he successfully co-founded RM Marketing, and then moved on to work with numerous Ad Agencies. Capodanno adds, “It's so nice to be involved with a company on the edge of technology, willing to reshape the way radio is consumed and that knows how to create and execute on exceptional userexperiences. Paul began working Monday, March 26th, from the company’s Boca Raton office. He can be reached at 212-380-9314 or by email at PCapodanno@sunbgi.com

ABC Radio’s VP and GM Steve Jones announced the promotion of Josh Cohan (R) to Manager of Digital Audio. In a note to staff, he wrote in part: "Congratulations to Josh Cohan who is promoted to Manager of Digital Audio! In his new role, Josh will help lead our expansion of podcasts and other programming across digital audio platforms while continuing to play an important role in our newsroom operations and editorial."

Jones continued, "Since joining ABC News as an intern more than ten-years ago -- Josh has been instrumental in successfully launching many of our podcasts and, most recently, he has played a key role in the development of our new, daily podcast, Start Here, which launches Wednesday." Josh will report to Andrew Kalb.

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PODCASTS: 'The Daily' Is Coming To Radio

THE MOUTH, MARCH 28TH, 2018 –– The most downloaded podcast in 2017* is headed to radio report fastcompany.com. The extremely popular New York Times podcast is making the jump from iPhones to airwaves. thanks to a collaboration with American Public Media. Hosted by Michael Barbaro—the show will air on 16 terrestrial radio stations beginning April 2. The radio version will air after 4 p.m. ET.

Among the stations will include: KALW (San Francisco) KCPW (Salt Lake City) KNOW (Minneapolis-St. Paul) KOPB (Portland, Oregon) KOSU (Oklahoma City) KPCC (Los Angeles) KSFC/Spokane Public Radio (Spokane, Washington) KUHF (Houston) KUOW (Seattle) WCPN ideastream (Cleveland) WFDD. *Rated By Apple podcasts - 2017..

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PRODUCTS: Futuri's TopicPulse Hits Record High Subscriber Base

THE MOUTH, MARCH 28TH, 2018 –– Futuri Media announced that its real-time story discovery and show prep tool, TopicPulse, has hit a record-high subscriber base, adding more than 100 new station partners in the first three months of 2018 alone. Those new partners include stations in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, and several other markets. TopicPulse, which is changing the face of show prep, uses patent-pending technology to scan social media and 100k+ sources of verified news and information every second; it then shows real-time insights into which stories will resonate with specific audiences to help drive on-air, social, and website content decisions.

“Futuri Media created TopicPulse to help broadcasters and publishers focus on the right content at the right time, using real-time social data to predict what is about to go viral and which stories are most likely to resonate with broadcast, social, and digital audiences.” said Futuri Media CEO Daniel Anstandig. As TopicPulse grows, Jasmine Rivers has been promoted to TopicPulse Operations Manager, a role in which she oversees product initiatives and the IdeaStarters™ team. That team recently added Joe Cristiano, former longtime producer of Q104.3’s The Jim Kerr Rock ‘n Roll Morning Show, to its roster of writers.

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EVENTS: iHeart Chicago Adds 21 New Partners In New Education Endeavor

THE MOUTH, MARCH 28TH, 2018 –– iHeartMedia Chicago recently announced the introduction of 21 new community partners and unveiled this year’s community partnership theme – “Education Unlocks the Future” – during the iHeartMedia Chicago Community Partnership Networking Luncheon, where Chicago’s business and community leaders, and community partners were invited to attend at the iHeartMedia Chicago offices. “We were honored to host this networking luncheon, which included a tour of our studios, resulting in even more collaborative partnerships and opportunities to showcase the great work of our partners,” said Angela T. Ingram, Senior Vice President of Communications for iHeartMedia Markets Group’s Chicago Region. “iHeartMedia Chicago radio stations are the foundation of the community,” said Matt Scarano, President of iHeartMedia Markets Group’s Chicago Region. “Our team works tirelessly everyday to deliver unprecedented service to our listeners and advertisers by fulfilling our commitment to create awareness about available services and resources in the Chicagoland community.”

“iHeartMedia Chicago is providing a terrific platform for Chicago Youth Programs to engage the Chicago community of givers, whether they be volunteers, donors, or potential board members, the impact of such we cannot even begin to quantify,” said Cinaiya Stubbs, Chicago Youth Programs Executive Director. “We are a small organization, but we impact hundreds of girls in Chicago,” said Jamila Trimuel, Ladies of Virtue Founder & CEO. “Sometimes our efforts may go unnoticed because people are not aware of the work that we are doing. We now get to tell the community what we do and people will know we exist; we can recruit volunteers and supporters to help our girls.”

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0Walmart Pulls Cosmo; CMAHOF Class Of 2018 Announced

 

[WATCH] Mark Zuckerberg Would Testify Before Congress

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James Corden Lands Another Primetime ‘Carpool Karaoke’ Special Following Emmy Award Wins

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Google To Help Stephen Colbert Cut Commercials From ‘Late Show’

Amber Ruffin To Host 22nd Annual Webby Awards

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Spotify Projecting A Big Year-End

THE MOUTH, MARCH 27TH, 2018 –– In its latest outlook for 2018, Spotify revealed it had 159 million monthly average users (MAUs - total count of Ad-Supported Users and Premium Subscribers), of which 92 million to 96 million are paying. By year-end, they project this total could rise between 198 million and 208 million MAUs. Albeit a 'Forward-Looking' statement, this report comes ahead of its initial public offering (IPO) next week by issuing its first ever stock market guidance.

According to recode.com, Spotify, led by CEO/Co-Founder Daniel Ek, thinks it will end 2018 with as many as 96 million paid subscribers, up from 71 million last year. That would be an increase of up to 36 percent. • Revenue could hit $6.6 billion, up 30 percent. • Gross margins could get to 25 percent, up from 21 percent. • Spotify thinks gross margins could climb to 24 percent in Q1 alone. That’s up from 21 percent at the end of last year. • Spotify predicts paid subs will hit somewhere between 73 million and 76 million this quarter. Again, the quarter ends at the end of March, which is in a few days. You would think Spotify would have a more precise estimate of its customer base at this point, but maybe I’m missing something. - SEE REPORT HERE

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ON-AIR: Stroud Extends With WDRV-FM

THE MOUTH, MARCH 27TH, 20918 –– Bob Stroud has signed a new, long-term deal with Chicago’s Heritage Classic Rock outlet, WDRV (97-1 FM, The Drive,) extending his run as weekday host, 9a-2p. Additionally, Stroud will continue hosting his long-running “Rock & Roll Roots” specialty program Sunday mornings, 7a-10a. Spanning forty-one years, Bob Stroud began his radio career in Florida. Soon thereafter, his Chicago tenure began at WMET. Since then (with the exception of a nine-month assignment in Philadelphia,) Stroud has been an uninterrupted presence on Chicago’s airwaves at stations including WLUP, WCKG, AM 1000, WXCD, WXRT and, for the past seventeen years, at WDRV.

WDRV Program Director, Rob Cressman, commented, “Bob is not only an exemplary brand ambassador for The Drive, he is an iconic brand in Chicago. Bob’s experience with Classic Rock’s artists and his deep understanding of what makes the genre timeless have ensconced him as one of Chicago’s premiere sources for music curation. His contributions to the Classic Rock format have been widely celebrated throughout his career. We are thrilled to know that the daily companionship Bob provides the Chicago community will endure for many years to come.” On his new deal, Stroud said, “I was the first disc jockey to crack the mic at the Drive. Seventeen years later, through all thick and no thin, I’m still cracking the Drive mic and astounded at my good fortune."

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Ben & Woods Take Over Mornings At The Mighty 1090 San Diego

THE MOUTH, MARCH 27TH, 2018 –– XPRS-AM, San Diego’s Sports Leader, The Mighty 1090 AM welcome Ben Higgins and Steve Woods to its lineup beginning today, March 27. The “Ben and Woods” show, airing 6am- 9am weekdays, will unite long-time TV and radio sports radio personality Ben Higgins with legendary San Diego morning radio personality Steve Woods for a daily three-hour show focusing on sports, as well as other topics that San Diego sports fans care about.

As sports director for 10News KGTV-TV (San Diego’s ABC affiliate) since 2002, Higgins anchors nightly sports reports. In addition over the years, he has been a familiar host of several radio talk shows in the San Diego market covering both sports and current events. He also has hosted pre-game and post-game talk shows for Major League Baseball teams. “Don’t forget to mention how I nearly got run over by an SUV on live TV, too,” he said. “These guys really are the Odd Couple of San Diego Radio,” said Mike Shepard, 1090 VP of programming. “It’s super-nice straight-arrow Ben along with loud, opinionated and funny Steve Woods. And they really have chemistry and genuinely like each other. It’s going to be fun.” The “Ben and Woods Show” will be joined by Mighty 1090 Executive Producer Joe “Bulldog” Tutino and Producer Paul Reindl.

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PROGRAMMING: John O'Connell Named PD for WKIS-FM Miami

THE MOUTH, MARCH 27TH, 2018 –– John O'Connell has been named Program Director for Country WKIS-FM (Kiss Country 99.9 /Miami. His new role will be in addition to his current programming duties for Alternative WSFS-FM (104.3 The Shark). O'Connell began his radio career in WXKS-FM Boston. In 1995, he joined 103.1 the Buzz in West Palm Beach and was also with Modern AC Mix 102.3, Country WIRK-FM and AC Sunny 104.3. Prior to Entercom/Miami, O'Connell was PD at 98.7 The Fan and Country WQYK-FM/Tampa.

"We are looking forward to having John join the Kiss Country 99.9 team, his expertise and passion for country radio along with knowledge of Miami listeners will be an asset to the team," said Entercom South Florida Senior VP/Market Manager Keriann Worley. "I am beyond excited to come back to the country format and join the team at one of the most legendary country radio stations in America," added O'Connell.

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: Cumulus Names Two To Market Manager Posts In Huntsville & Bridgeport

THE MOUTH, MARCH 27TH, 2018 –– Cumulus announced it has appointed John Lewis (TL) as Vice President/Market Manager for its Huntsville, AL, radio station group. Lewis steps into the role concurrent with the retirement of former Cumulus Media-Huntsville Vice President/Market Manager, Ray Nelson. The appointment marks Lewis’ return to Cumulus Media, where he started his radio career as Market Manager of Cumulus Media-Albany, GA, in 2009. He was subsequently Vice President/Market Manager for Cumulus Media’s Pensacola, FL, Lexington, KY, and Memphis, TN, station groups, and was Vice President/Regional Market Manager for Cumulus Media in Chattanooga, TN.

Stephen Chessare (BL) joins Cumulus Media as Vice President/Market Manager for the company’s Bridgeport, CT, radio stations. Chessare was previously Vice President/Market Manager for Greater Media-Detroit. Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President, Sales, for Westwood One, and also served Clear Channel in New York as General Sales Manager and CBS Radio Sales as Vice President/General Manager. Dave Milner, Executive Vice President, Operations, Cumulus Media, said: “Stephen Chessare is a deeply experienced and effective radio manager and we are very pleased to welcome him aboard. He will be an incredible asset to Cumulus Media, to our great team in Bridgeport, and to our listeners and advertising partners.”

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Caroline Kraddick Is 'Going To Hollywood' With An Assist From ABC'S 'American Idol'

THE MOUTH, MARCH 27TH, 2018 –– Caroline Kraddick, who runs the Kidd’s Kids Charity and an occasional contributor to the syndicated Kraddick Show, says she could hear her dad, the late Kidd Kraddick (shown left) saying 'You got this pumpkin head,' after competing in her first 'American Idol' Audition and getting the nod to go to Hollywood. Unfortunately, her performance was not one of the ones featured on the TV Show, but thankfully, reports Life & Style Magazine, Caroline shared a blog post titled I'm Going to Hollywood! to tell fans the story of her audition. "I walked into the Omni Hotel in downtown Dallas, I could hear Neil Diamond playing over the intercom. I was named after the song 'Sweet Caroline,' and I hear it all the time. But this time was different," she explained. "This time, I could feel my dad saying, 'You got this pumpkin head!' which is what he would have told me if he’d been there. Afterward, I felt good about my audition but didn't really think anything would come of it." But, as it turns out she was very wrong. "One of the reasons I was hoping to get a feature is because I don't exactly remember all of the details about the audition," she admitted. "It's almost like I blacked out.

Caroline shared, "For those who don't know, the day my dad died, I was in NYC to audition for 'The Voice' but I never made it to the audition," she continued. "So, the fact that by complete happenstance I was sent back to NYC for my real chance at performing, is not lost on me. You can see more tweets at @CarolineKraddic on American Idol." Caroline adds, "I can't wait to share more about this entire experience, but in the meantime... I'M GOING TO HOLLYWOOD!" READ MORE HERE

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SNAPS: Cody Alan & Jordan Davis Visit Seacrest Studios At Children's Hospital

THE MOUTH, MARCH 27TH, 2018 –– CMT personality Cody Alan invited UMG Nashville recording artist Jordan Davis to join him for a visit to the Seacrest Studios at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. In addition to meeting with the young patients and their families, Davis chatted with Alan about the release of his debut album Home State, and his first headlining White Wine and Whiskey Tour, which kicks off in April. Davis also performed his gold-certified song, “Singles You Up,” as well as “Slow Dance in a Parking Lot.”

Fans of the rising Country star can hear the interview and performances by tuning in to CMT After MidNite with Cody Alan and CMT Radio Live with Cody Alan this Wednesday, March 28. Pictured: Cody Alan (left) and Jordan Davis (right) with one of the patients at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

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Cracker Barrel & Sista Strut to Honor Augusta Mothers On Mother's Day

THE MOUTH, MARCH 27TH, 2018 –– 96.3 Kiss FM and Power 107 Augusta announced that the second annual Cracker Barrel Sista Strut Augusta, a 3K breast cancer walk to raise awareness about breast cancer’s effects in women of color, will take place on Saturday, May 12 at the Augusta Common. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Concerned National Black Nurses of the CSRA, an organization which provides free mammograms, breast exams and breast cancer awareness information to inner city women, and LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, a free group exercise program for adult cancer survivors.

“Cracker Barrel Sista Strut is held on Mother’s Day so that we can strut in honor of mothers, mother figures and women who impact our lives,” said Cher Best, event organizer and on-air personality for 96-3 Kiss FM. “It will be a tribute to women, mothers and the many lives touched by cancer.”

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0Aguilera Goes Natural; Bowie Statue Unveiled

Stormy Daniels Takes Aim At Trump's Lawyer With Lawsuit

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[WATCH] Don Imus Thinks Of Himself As 'A Radio Guy' - And 'One Of Best 5 Ever'

THE MOUTH, MARCH 26TH, 2018 –– Besides than the highly anticipated Stormy Daniels' interview on '60 Minutes, CBS TV led off the day with a special look at the legendary Don Imus who'll be hanging up the cans this week after half a century behind the mic. He tells CBS' Anthony Mason, "I wasn't trying to be outrageous. It's just the way I thought. My feeling was then, and is now, that if they didn't like what I did, get somebody else to do it." And they did." Mason asked, "Do you think of yourself as a DJ, as a radio guy, as a broadcaster?" "Radio guy," he said. "One of the best ever. One of the best five ever." Following last week's preview, Imus surprised many by saying He would put Howard Stern in his top 5. On Sunday, we found out the other three included [Arthur] Godfrey, Jack Benny and Wolfman Jack (shown right with Soupy Sales, Howard Stern & Wolfman Jack).

Imus, , now 78 and battling emphysema didn't appear to Mason as being sentimental about giving it all up ... until he talks about his audience. "I always had it in my head that I was talking to one person," he said. "I felt that when I walked in there and sat down and turned the mic on, that I was talking to you. I'm gonna miss that." WATCH INTERVIEW HERE

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NAB Show Las Vegas To Feature FCC Chairman Pai Plus, Three Commissioners

THE MOUTH, MARCH 26TH, 2018 –– FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and Commissioners Michael O'Rielly, Brendan Carr and Jessica Rosenworcel will participate in four separate sessions at NAB Show, April 7 – 12 in Las Vegas. Chairman Pai will deliver remarks at the “We Are Broadcasters Celebration” Tuesday, April 10, 3:00 - 4:15 p.m. The event celebrates local radio and television stations' vital role in communities and ongoing commitment to innovation that enables broadcasters to better serve listeners and viewers. Pai subscribes to a regulatory philosophy centered on innovation, investment, creating better products and services, lowering prices, job creation, and economic growth. He had previously served as commissioner at the FCC and confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate in May 2012.

Commissioners O'Rielly, Carr and Rosenworcel will address three separate sessions within the NAB Show Business of Broadcast (BoB) Conference, April 8 - 11. The conference brings together radio and television station management executives and digital professionals to examine broadcast and digital business models and practices, and provides insight on regulatory and legislative issues impacting radio and television.

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PROGRAMMING: Clay Walker Named PD For 93.1 The Wolf In Greensboro

THE MOUTH, MARCH 26TH, 2018 –– Entercom's Greensboro, NC station 93.1 The Wolf (WPAW-FM) has named Clay Walker as Program Director. Clay was previously the Digital Integration Director and Assistant Program Director for the station. Previous Program Director Dale O’Brian, who held the role 1 year, stepped down from his role to spend more time with his family and focus on hosting the morning show. “Clay Walker is a dyed-in-the-wool radio fanatic, interested in every aspect of the business,” said Brent Millar, Senior Vice President, Market Manager, Entercom Greensboro. “He has long dreamed of having the opportunity to program and has devoted himself to doing his best to be ready when that time comes. It has come and we are proud to have him on the team. I also want to thank Dale for breathing new life into The Wolf, as proven by our very impressive 2016 versus 2017 ratings growth. We’re all very glad to know that Dale will continue to lead the ‘Wake Up with the Wolf’ morning show.”

Walker has been a part of WPAW-FM for 11 years. During this time, he conceptualized and executed Entercom’s CMA Award coverage, and the company’s “Count on Country Giving Tuesday” broadcast, in addition to album launch specials and digital initiatives.

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ON-AIR: Seth Hughes Takes Middays At KNUC-FM Seattle

THE MOUTH, MARCH 256TH, 2018 – Hubbard Seattle has named Seth Hughes for middays at Country 98.9 (KNUC). Hughes said, “For as long as I can remember it was a dream of mine to play country music on the radio in Seattle. 12 years ago, I traveled across the country to make that dream and so many others come true. Thanks to Lisa Adams, Marc Kaye and Greg Strassell for helping me keep the dream alive. To start a new job with a company as respected as Hubbard and NOT have to even smell the inside of a U-haul trailer is truly a blessing. I'm so excited to start the Country 98.9 chapter of my life.”

“How cool is it that I get to work with one of the premier country talents in the nation! Seth is going to own Middays in Seattle! I’m looking forward to his experience and creativity as our country family grows!” Says Lisa Adams, Program Director of KNUC. Seth most recently spent time in the Afternoon and Morning Drive slots at the former 94.1 KMPS. Prior to that, he helped launch KKWF in 2006 where he was the APD and afternoon drive host after moving to the Pacific Northwest from Vermont where he held positions in the programming and production fields for 16 years. Seth can be reached at seth@inorbitproductions.com or 206-619-5503.

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iHeart Announces Lineup For Tampa Bay Hip-Hop Trio

THE MOUTH, MARCH 26TH, 2018 –– iHeartMedia Tampa Bay announced today the addition of shows and personalities to its programming lineup for its Throwback Hip Hop and R&B stations, broadcasting on 94.5, 99.1, and 105.9, effective immediately. On weekdays, Big Boy’s Neighborhood has been named for mornings, “Queen B” will host middays, DJ Chase will broadcast during the afternoons and DJ Sandman will host nights.

“This is an opportunity for us to give our listeners a great lineup of air personalities along with the great throwback hip-hop songs they grew up listening to and love,” said Mychal Maguire, Program Director for Throwback 94.5, 99.1 and 105.9. “iHeartMedia Tampa is continuously providing our listeners with the music and entertainment they want.”

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NETWORKS: Envision Welcomes Affiliate Relations Manager Max Lowther

THE MOUTH, MARCH 26TH, 2018 –– Envision Networks has introduced its newest Affiliate Relations Manager, Max Lowther. Max, from the Cleveland suburb of Chardon, Ohio, graduated from Bowling Green State University where he studied Communications and Marketing and worked extensively with the campus radio station. He became an afternoon drive host, and later became the promotions director, working with sales, marketing, and hands-on trade show experience.Max joins the growing team of affiliate relations managers at Envision Networks that supplies radio stations with superior customer service and sales expertise.

“We’re very excited to have Max as part of the team at Envision Networks. We feel that his work with WBGU-FM, combined with his drive to forward his career in the radio industry will make him an invaluable asset to our affiliate relations team,” said Envision Networks CEO Danno Wolkoff. To meet Max, contact us at 216.831.3761 or affiliaterelations@envisionnetworks.com.

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HONORS: MIW Announces 2018 Mentees

THE MOUTH, MARCH 26TH, 2018 –– The Mentoring & Inspiring Women in Radio (MIW) Group announced the four mentees selected to participate in the 2018 MIW Group Mildred Carter Mentoring Program. Now in its 17th year, the MIW Group’s signature mentoring program matches up-and-coming women in the radio industry with female professionals recognized as leaders in all aspects of Radio.

The 2018 class is comprised of the following radio professionals, listed in alphabetical order: Candy Cintron (TL), Assistant Program Director El Zol 107.9, Entercom, Washington, DC Amanda Guest (left center), Founder & General Manager BFF.fm, Best Frequencies, Inc., San Francisco, CA Jillene Khan (right center), WMGN Afternoon Host/Social Media Director, Midwest Family Broadcasting, Madison, WI and Kimberly Sonneborn (top right) Vice President of Digital Operations, Beasley Media Group, LLC, Charlotte, NC Caroline Beasley, CEO of Beasley and and lead sponsor of this year's program, said, “It is an honor to support the MIW Radio Group’s mission of promoting women in the radio industry.” “Each year, we receive an abundance of applications for this coveted program and are encouraged by the caliber of female colleagues working in the radio industry,” said Lindsay Cerajewski, chair of the 2018 MIW Group Mentoring Committee and General Sales Manager of Entercom, Chicago. “We welcome our Class of 2018 and can hardly wait to open a few doors, impart some new knowledge and provide guidance to help them reach their personal goals.”

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PODCASTS: 'Voice Of Wrestling - Jim Ross - Joins WWO Podcast Lineup

THE MOUTH, MARCH 26TH, 2018 –– After weeks of speculation from fans, Westwood One announced that legendary WWE Hall of Famer, announcer, and talent executive Jim Ross has officially moved his critically-acclaimed podcast to Westwood One Podcast Network. The weekly podcast will debut in early April with a new name: The Jim Ross Report.

“This proud partnership is an impressive match between two legendary brands- Jim Ross and Westwood One,” said Suzanne Grimes, EVP Marketing, Cumulus Media and President, Westwood One. “Jim always brings it, which is why he has such a passionate fan base and massive social media following. We can’t wait to share the first episode of The Jim Ross Report with his highly-engaged audience.” “‘Business Has Picked Up’ in the land of podcasting as the new The Jim Ross Report debuts to the world on Westwood One in early April. Asses will be verbally kicked and names will be taken. You’ve been warned,” said Ross.

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SNAPS: Tanya Tucker Sings For Truckers

THE MOUTH, MARCH 26TH, 2018 –– You know it’s going to be an amazing day when Tanya Tucker sings for her supper! The Country star performed on Sunday at Westwood One’s Red Eye Radio booth at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, KY, where she sang some tunes, shook some hands, signed some autographs, and made many smiles!

The Mid-America Trucking Show, a trucking convention with over 70,000 attendees, is going on through tomorrow.

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Don Imus Ranks Howard Stern Among Radio's 'Top-Five Best Ever'

THE MOUTH, MARCH 23RD, 2018 –– As Don Imus' long and storied career comes to an end he chats with Anthony Mason on this weekend's 'Sunday Morning' on CBS-TV about the various controversies over his career, including his well-known feud with rival Howard Stern. In a special preview to the telecast, Imus tells Mason when asked for his picks of the best ever on the radio, he puts Stern on his top-five list, Asked if he thought people would be surprised he included Stern on his list, he said it was Stern who had issues. "He had a big problem with me," Imus said. "I didn't with him."

Weighing in on his career's controversies, he called his 2007 firing after he called the Rutgers women's basketball team a racist slur one of his most regrettable. It not only cost him his CBS syndicated radio show, but his TV show on MSNBC. "It did change my feeling about making fun of some people who didn't deserve to be made fun of, and didn't have a mechanism to defend themselves," he told Mason. As for life after radio, Imus admits he's going to miss that connection to the listeners. "I always had it in my head I was talking to one person," Imus said. "I felt that when I walked in there and sat down and turned the mike on, that I was talking to you." "I'm gonna miss that," he added. Beginning April 2nd, Bernie & Sid will begin mornings on 77 WABC. READ STORY HERE

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Opie Inks With WWO For Weekly Podcast

THE MOUTH, MARCH 23RD, 2018 –– Ahead of a formal announcement from Westwood One, Gregg 'Opie' Hughes spilled the beans on Twitter and YouTube (since removed) that he had 'signed something' to do a podcast on Westwood One's podcast network. His announcement was also detailed while walking through the streets of Manhattan.

On Twitter, he posted the above photo of him and Westwood One's Tim Sabean shown along with what appears to be a contract. We're told the podcast will air twice a week beginning April 17th. We've also reached out to Opie to see what he was staring at - hmmmmmm.

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Scott Robbins Returning To The Air Following Miraculous Recovery

3 Heart Attacks, 5 Bypass Surgeries And A Month Long Medically Induced Coma Later, He Set To Return

THE MOUTH, MARCH 23RD, 2018 –– Alpha Media is happy to announce that Scott Robbins will be returning to The Markley and van Camp Show as a contributor, just as the show begins national syndication. Robbins, a radio veteran will have been in the industry for 40 years this May. In 2012, he started on WMBD, Peoria, IL. with Jamie Markley joining him in 2014 thus creating The Robbins and Markley Show. Two weeks after signing a syndication deal, Robbins suffered a heart attack. As he was rushed to the hospital, he endured a second heart attack causing his heart to stop for 40 minutes. Robbins was revived and had a third heart attack stopping his heart for 10 minutes. Against all odds, he was again revived. After 5 bypass surgeries, doctors said there was only about a 5% chance he would make it but Robbins proved them wrong. After the surgery he was put into a medical induced coma for one month. Robbins would now need to start from the beginning; to regain his speech and physical movement.

Three months in the ICU of a 6-month hospital stay and attending therapy 4 times a week and dialysis 3 days a week, he began to slowly improve and was removed from the kidney transplant list. “Don’t stop. Don’t quit. Fight through. I don’t take anything for granted now. Every day is a new day. I’m breathing and I get to do what I love," said Robbins. "I am extremely thankful for this second chance and to be able to join Markley and van Camp on the airwaves once again,” remarked Robbins.

The show, originated in Peoria, will become syndicated nationally beginning April 2nd through Compass Media Networks. For more info, contact Susan O’Connell / Senior Director, News/Talk Affiliate Sales Compass Media Networks (o) 914-708-1450 / (c) 203-644-0701 soconnell@compassmedianetworks.com

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JACOBS BLOG: Facebook’s Got Big Problems – How They'll Impact You

 

THE MOUTH, MARCH 23RD, 2018 –– Jacobs Media chief Fred Jacobs writes: "Our resident Digital Dot Connector – Seth Resler (L) has been thinking long and hard about how Facebook’s recent problems impact all of us, but also how radio broadcasters will be affected by an unsettled environment in the world’s leading social media platform. Trying to make sense out of a landscape that is now very much in flux goes to the heart of Seth’s “take” on where Facebook might be headed – and where that leaves radio. –

Resler says he was recently at the Michigan Association of Broadcasters’ Great Lakes Media Show in Lansing, when a social media manager told him that her radio station had seen a significant dropoff in interaction on Facebook since the social network had altered its algorithm in the wake of criticism over its role in the 2016 election. Other radio stations have reported the same thing to him - huge declines in the number of people seeing and engaging with their content since Facebook has shifted its focus away from displaying business page content and towards personal interaction.

“How do we get more people to see our posts?” the social media manager asked Resler. "I don’t know," he said. "I don’t know because Mark Zuckerberg (R) doesn’t know." One thing is sure: Whatever happens, it will impact your radio station adds Resler. So what is a radio station to do? SEE BLOG HERE

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BUSINESS: Townsquare Acquires Three Stations In Trenton From Connoisseur For $17M

THE MOUTH, MARCH 23RD, 2018 –– Townsquare Media announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire three radio stations in Trenton, NJ from Connoisseur Media for approximately $17 million. The Acquisition will include leading CHR station WPST-FM, WNJE-AM 920, and WCHR-AM 1040. "We are very excited to announce the acquisition of these radio stations, particularly WPST, one of the Northeast's most respected and highest-performing CHR stations. Combined with our market leading news/talk radio station based in Trenton, NJ 101.5, and our existing portfolio of ten other stations in the state of New Jersey, we believe these assets will enhance our ability to deliver high quality, engaging, local content and superior, multi-platform marketing solutions," commented Townsquare Co-Chief Executive Officer Dhruv Prasad.

"This is the third strategic acquisition that we have announced within the past nine months, demonstrating our continuing commitment to investing capital at attractive values in our local media business." Ron deCastro, Market President/Chief Revenue Officer of Townsquare Trenton, added, "We are excited to welcome the talented Connoisseur New Jersey team to Townsquare. We respect their accomplishments and are excited to join forces with them to operate the leading radio brands in the region. We will now have even more market-leading assets at our disposal to deliver results to our customers."

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SYNDICATION: Sunday Night Slow Jams Hits 150 Station Milestone

THE MOUTH, MARCH 23RD, 2018 – Benztown announced that internationally syndicated hit weekend radio show Sunday Night Slow Jams has expanded to 150 total affiliates worldwide. The 150th affiliate is KNEX-FM in Laredo, TX. R Dub!, Creator, Host and Producer of Sunday Night Slow Jams said: "It seems like yesterday, when I approached my PD at that little AM radio station in the desert with the concept for Sunday Night Slow Jams. I was only 17 years old; a junior in high school. He said yes, and the journey began. Not a day goes by that I don't pinch myself, grateful that my little labor of love can now be heard on 150 radio stations in 14 countries.” R Dub! added: “We couldn't have reached this milestone if it weren't for the awesome efforts of the team, including the folks at Benztown and Slow Jams "Special Ops" Mark Wilson.

Along with his work on Sunday Night Slow Jams, R Dub! is Director of Programming for XHTZ and XHRM in San Diego, CA, and is President of Slow Jams 4 Kids clean water initiative. For more information, visit www.benztown.com/slowjams or contact Masa Patterson at Benztown at mp@benztown.com or (818) 842-4600. - PHOTO/Slow Jams' creator, host and producer, R Dub!, holding a commemorative plaque with Dave "Chachi" Denes, President, Benztown (center). At R Dub's left is Mark Wilson, VP/Affiliate Sales, Sunday Night Slow Jams. Flanking R Dub & Denes: L-R Benztown's Kevin Horton, Bonnie Nordling Denes, Chris Johansing, Maria Musaitef, Justin Case, Sydney Burgoyne and Masa Patterson.

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The Jim Brickman Show Welcomes Hannah Rae

THE MOUTH, MARCH 23RD, 2018 –– As the most recent member of the Jim Brickman Show, new producer and co-host, Hannah Rae brings a youthful perspective to the program. From her view as a millennial raised on technology, she’s a solid addition to the on air team of award-winning songwriter and best-selling solo pianist Jim Brickman and the formidable slacker and gen-Xer, Bob. Hannah Rae will be featured in the four-hour lifestyle program providing music, interviews and laughs every weekend. “It’s rare to discover an authentic talent who’s never done radio, and yet shines when the mic goes on. Hannah Rae rounds out the B-Team with a refreshing, millennial point of view,” said Brickman. As well as serving as a co-host, Hannah writes for the show, coordinates in-studio recording, interviews and handles social media. “Being the female millennial voice on a radio show is super important to me, and being able to engage in discourse over proper Starbucks etiquette on national radio definitely isn't something most twenty-somethings can say they get to do,” says Hannah. The Jim Brickman Show offers more Jim, along with Hannah Rae and Bob, engages

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PODCASTS: ABC News Launches 'Start Here'

THE MOUTH, MARCH 23RD, 2018 –– Beginning March 28, ABC News will launch a daily news podcast, “Start Here.” Hosted by Brad Mielke. Each twenty minute episode draws on the global resources of ABC News and delivers meaningful insights on events shaping the world. New episodes post every weekday by 6AM Eastern Time on Apple Podcasts, TuneIn, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Play Music and the ABC News app.

“This new venture will provide expertise, curation and credibility as an antidote to information noise,” says Steve Jones, Vice President and General Manager, ABC Radio. “The median age of podcast listeners is 29. Brad’s inviting and energetic delivery powered by ABC News gives us the opportunity to reach that next generation of ABC News consumers in a medium they love, and allow them to not just hear the news, but to step inside of it and emerge better equipped for their day.” Each episode will feature four to six stories with an emphasis on taking listeners right to the scene of compelling moments using natural sound and on-location reporting. Each day Mielke will talk to some of the most trusted names in news including Martha Raddatz, Chief Global Affairs Correspondent; Jonathan Karl, Chief White House Correspondent; Juju Chang, “Nightline” co-anchor; and Rebecca Jarvis, Chief Business, Technology and Economics Correspondent.

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EVENTS: The Arch Teams With KMOV To Raise Funds For Shriner's Hospital

THE MOUTH, MARCH 23RD, 2018 –– The Arch along with New Country 923 St. Louis is joining KMOV to help raise money for the Shriners’s Hospital for Children, St. Louis! The KMOV Heroes 4 Kids Telethon is March 29th! Shriner’s helps kids in OUR community, regardless of their family’s ability to pay! Help us help them! Donate here! More about KMOV Cares: Heroes 4 Kids: Shriners Hospital specializes solely in children’s orthopedics, treating everything from simple fractures to complex surgeries. They will treat your children like their own regardless of your ability to pay, working hard to transform a child’s lives and giving them a brighter future.

On March 29th, listeners are asked to tune in to KMOV from 6am – 7pm to learn how to donate to the Heroes for Kids campaign. additional details are available at www.NewCountry923.fm

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Jack Daniel Named New Afternoon Host For K104.7 & 94.7 Smoke Charlotte

THE MOUTH, MARCH 22ND, 2018 –– Beasley has named longtime Charlotte host Jack Daniel to afternoons on both K 104.7 and 94.7 SMOKE (3-7pm) in Charlotte, He will begin his new position on Monday, April 2, 2018. Daniel has been on the Charlotte airwaves since 1975 7and has over 47 years of experience in the radio industry, having hosted morning shows in the Charlotte, Greenville, Rocky Mount North Carolina and York, South Carolina markets. In addition, he has worked as a program director, vice-president & general manager, operations manager and a music director.

“I’m thrilled to be working with longtime friends John Reynolds, DJ Stout and Bill Schoening”, said Daniel. “It will be exciting to host the drive home show on K-104.7 and 94.7 SMOKE and be part of the Beasley Team in Charlotte. I can’t wait to get started!” “I’m very excited to welcome Jack Daniel to the K104.7 team” said Reynolds, Operations Manager and Program Director at KISS 95.1 and K 104.7. “He is an iconic personality in Charlotte Radio and will be a super addition to our talent line up!”

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MIKE GREENBERG: 'Still An Avid Fan Of Mike Golic & Trey Wingo Show'

 

THE MOUTH, MARCH 22ND, 2018 –– With longtime radio host Mike Greenberg set to launch his new TV show on April 2nd, he sat down with The Chicago Tribune's Teddy Greenstein and, in a show of class, said he's still an avid fan of his replacement show on ESPN, Golic and Wingo, a show hosted by Trey Wingo and Mike Golic. He tells Greenstein, "The show is great” and that he listens to it “almost every day.”

"The best thing about having this time off has been that I've had breakfast with my kids at the diner on their way to school practically every morning. I have listened almost every day. The show is great. I get everything I need from it.The best thing about having this time off has been that I’ve had breakfast with my kids at the diner on their way to school practically every morning. I have listened almost every day. The show is great." Mike Greenberg will host "Get Up!" with co-hosts Jalen Rose and Michelle Beadle beginning next month. It will air from 6-9 a.m. on ESPN and be simulcast on Sirius XM.

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PROGRAMMING: Chris 'Decipha' Hernandez Rises To PD for LIVE 101.5 Phoenix

THE MOUTH, MARCH 22ND, 2018 –– Entercom has promoted Chris “DECiPHA” Hernandez to the role of Program Director for LIVE 101.5 in Phoenix (KALV-FM). Hernandez was previously the Assistant Program Director and Music Director for the station. “We are excited to continue to have Chris on the LIVE 101.5 team. His hard work and dedication, coupled with his extensive knowledge of the Phoenix community, make him ideal for this role,” said Dave Pugh, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Phoenix. “His thoughtful insight, creativity and leadership will ensure the continued success of LIVE 101.5.”

“LIVE 101.5 is my home,” said Hernandez. “I’m excited to take this next step in my career with a strong and talented team by my side. Thank you to Tim Richards and Dave Pugh for the continuous support and opportunity.” Hernandez began as an on-air mixer on 101.5 JAMZ in 2009 and was promoted to the role of Imaging Director in 2010.

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107.5 WGCI Names Matthew Harris Promotions Director

THE MOUTH, MARCH 22ND, 2018 –– iHeartMedia announced today that Matthew Harris has been named Promotions Director for 107.5 WGCI, Chicago. He will report to Echo Robinson, Director of Marketing and Promotions for iHeartMedia’s Chicago Region. “Matthew brings more than 10 years of promotions and programming experience to our marketing and promotions team,” said Matt Scarano, President of iHeartMedia Chicago’s Region. “We are excited for the new promotional opportunities he’ll be creating for our advertisers and listeners.” Harris joined iHeartMedia Chicago in late 2017 as part of the programming team. He previously worked at Cumulus Media in Peoria, Illinois, where he rose from Promotions Assistant to Promotions Director for the market’s five radio stations. He also served as an afternoon drive and night host for WZPW-FM and WIXO-FM in Peoria.

"I am very excited about this new opportunity,” said Harris. “iHeartMedia Chicago has a great team and I’m looking forward to working with everyone at 107.5 WGCI.” iHeartMedia Chicago owns and operates WKSC-FM, WLIT-FM, WEBG-FM, WVAZ- FM, WGCI-FM and WGRB-AM.

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BUSINESS: Pandora Acquires AdsWizz

THE MOUTH, MARCH 22ND, 2018 –– Looking to 'double down' on podcasts, Pandora is acquiring San Mateo, Calif.-based digital audio ad tech firm Adswizz for $145 million in cash and stock, the company announced Wednesday. Following the acquisition, Adswizz will continue to operate independently, but also power Pandora’s digital audio ad sales reports Variety. “Since I joined Pandora six months ago, I have highlighted ad tech as a key area of investment for us,” said Pandora CEO Roger Lynch in a statement. “Today we took an important step to advance that priority and accelerate our product roadmap.”

According to its website, Spotify, Deezer, iHeartradio and TuneIn are among its partners. Lynch recently told Variety that Pandora was looking to double down on podcasts, and create what he called “the equivalent of the podcast genome project” in order to properly surface and recommend podcasts to its audience. PHOTO/Kristoffer Tripplaar - Alamy

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STUDY: Smart Speakers To Drive Music Consumption

THE MOUTH, MARCH 22ND, 208 ––Smart speakers are poised to kick-start the next stage of the music streaming revolution, attracting more casual listeners into subscription services reports a new Bridge Ratings study. It reveals how smart speaker technology is driving the next wave of music consumption, fuelling further growth in streaming and subscriptions while also establishing a new e-commerce platform for sales of physical product.

In some initial findings, Dave Van Dykes shares that • Music is the most popular use for smart speakers, with users listening to more audio than they did before purchasing one of these devices. • 34% of Echo and Homeowners spend more than four hours a day listening to music, compared to 24% of the general population. • 48% of smart speaker owners have a premium subscription to a music-streaming service. • 39% of smart speaker owners say time listening to the device is replacing time spent listening to AM/FM stations – encouraging a shift away from traditional radio. • Smart speakers may fuel more casual interaction with music – with generic requests to play music creating greater dependence on the personalization algorithms of speakers’ assistants. READ MORE HERE

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HONORS: George Noory Inducted Into St. Louis Media Hall of Fame

THE MOUTH, MARCH 21ST, 2018 –– Coast to Coast AM host George Noory was among 22 legendary news reporters, editors, photographers, broadcasters, filmmakers and others who were inducted into the St. Louis Media Hall of Fame on Saturday, March 17. Selected for their significant contributions to print, broadcast and digital media, advertising, and public relations by the St. Louis Media History Foundation, the inductees were honored at a gala at the St. Louis City Center Hotel in downtown St. Louis. Noory, who recently celebrated his 15-year anniversary as host of Coast to Coast AM -- the most-listened-to overnight radio program in North America, was recognized for transforming his late-night radio program into an entertainment powerhouse for millions of Americans on more than 600 affiliates nationwide.

In accepting this honor, Noory – a former news director on KSDK-TV and broadcaster on KMOX Radio and KTRS Radio in St. Louis -- credited his success to a number of broadcast executives, especially legendary sports broadcaster Ray Lane, who helped him break into the business in Detroit, his hometown, in the early 1970s. Pictured: George Noory at the 2018 St. Louis Media Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the St. Louis City Center Hotel on Saturday, March 17.

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EVENTS: Luke Combs And Chase Rice Headline Froggy 101's 'Guitars & Stars'

THE MOUTH, MARCH 22ND, 2018 –– Entercom and its Wilkes-Barre/Scranton station Froggy 101 (WGGY-FM) announced the all-star lineup for “Guitars & Stars,” the bi-annual country music concert. The event will be in benefit of The Children’s Miracle Network and feature country stars Luke Combs, Chase Rice, Jerrod Niemann, Lindsay Ell, and Carly Pearce. The event will take place at the F.M. Kirby Center on May 22, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. ET. “We are excited to bring together these all-star country music artists to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to benefit a great cause,” said Ryan Flynn, Senior Vice President, Market Manager, Entercom Wilkes-Barre/ Scranton. “Not only will fans enjoy a great show, but they will also have the opportunity to hear from their favorite artists on what influences and inspires them.”

During the event, fans will have the opportunity to hear artists discuss the context for their songs, stories, influences, as well as see them perform their biggest hits. A portion of all ticket sales will benefit The Children’s Miracle Network at Geisinger Danville, which raises funds to provide equipment, programs and services for children at Geisinger Janet Weis Children's Hospital® in Danville, as well as pediatric services throughout the Geisinger Health System.

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SNAPS: KZZU, Voted 'Best Station' Again!

THE MOUTH, MARCH 22ND, 2018 –– Nothing makes us happier than to see some of longtime friends and devoted Morning Show Boot Campers get honored for doing what they do best. Count 92.9 KZZU Spokane among them - particularly Ken Hopkins, producer/host Dan Roberts, Dave Sposito and Molly Allen. Their ratings are legendary and they've been doing it for nearly 20 years. known). Once again, Islander Magazine's latest poll 'Best of 2018' poll showed the station atop the radio list with 2nd PLACE going to KHTQ, Rock 94.5; 3rd PLACE: The Big 99.9 Coyote Country.

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NIELSEN: Podcasts A New Darling Of Advertisers; Smartphone's Role Rising

THE MOUTH, MARCH 21ST, 2018 –– A lot can change in a yea, reports Nielsen. And podcasts are a perfect example of this. The medium saw a significant growth in engagement from 2016 to 2017. As a result, podcasts are becoming a darling of advertisers, as well as a trusted source for brands looking to reach consumers. But are podcasts driving results? In this report, we turn the spotlight on three new product categories from Nielsen’s Fanlinks Survey: Juice, milk and cereal. These are mainstream products that nearly all U.S. consumers buy on a frequent basis, just the kind of brand-level advertisers that the medium of podcasting needs to attract.

The report also looks at the increasing role of smartphones in podcast usage along with a summary of Nielsen’s brand lift studies conducted specifically for Podcast networks. Additionally, Nielsen’s Media Lab looked at podcast’s increase in purchase intent for a variety of advertisers, including personal care, financial services, and recruitment sectors. SEE REPORT HERE

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PROGRAMMING: Christopher 'Boomer' Layfield Named OM For Cumulus Indy Cluster And PD Over Country WFMS-FM

THE MOUTH, MARCH 21ST, 2018 –– Cumulus has appointed Christopher “Boomer” Layfield as Operations Manager for its three-station group in Indianapolis, IN, and Program Director for Country-formatted WFMS-FM. Layfield heads to Indianapolis from Charlotte, NC, where he was Program Director for iHeartMedia. He has also held programming positions in markets including: St. Louis, MO, Richmond, VA, San Diego, CA, and Nashville, TN.

Tom Stemlar, VP/MM Cumulus Media-Indianapolis, said: “We are so lucky to be able to add a programming star of Boomer’s caliber to help us continue to outgrow a very competitive Indianapolis radio market.” Layfield added, “Cumulus has assembled quite a talented team in Indianapolis getting great results with a pair of the market’s iconic radio brands in Classic Hits WJJK and Country WFMS, as well as the exciting new CHR Energy 93.9. For me, it’s a privilege and a thrill to join such a thriving operation in one of America's great cities and work alongside such passionate people to elevate these brands even higher...I can't wait to get started! I have to thank Indianapolis VP/Market Manager Tom Stemlar, Cumulus VP/Programming Operations Doug Hamand and Cumulus EVP/Content & Programming Mike McVay for this incredible opportunity.

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ON-AIR: Michael Kraig Mason Takes Nights At Country 98.9 Seattle

THE MOUTH, MARCH 21ST, 2018 –– Hubbard Radio Seattle announces the appointment of Michael Kraig Mason as the Evening Personality at Country 98.9 (KNUC). “I am so grateful for the opportunity to be back on the air in my hometown! Thanks to Lisa Adams, Marc Kaye, Greg Strassell and Kraig Kitchin for believing in me and making this happen! I’ve never been more excited in my life” said Michael Mason.

Program Director Lisa Adams said, “Michael is a Pacific Northwest native that is incredibly creative, unique with high energy! Seattle nights are in for something very special!” Mason got his start in radio in Portland Oregon at Z100 and most recently handled production/video for “Delilah.” Send your best to Michael at mikemason0101@gmail.com

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950 KJR Seattle To Debut All New Chuck & Buck In The Morning & Jason Puckett Middays

THE MOUTH, MARCH 21ST, 2018 –– iHeartMedia Seattle’s Sports Radio 950 KJR AM, Entertaining Sports Talk, announced today the debut of the new Chuck and Buck in the Morning show and The Jason Puckett Show effective March 26. That's Chuck top left and Puckett at right. The Chuck & Puck midday show will become The Jason Puckett Show. Puckett has been with Sports Radio 950 KJR AM for 15 years in a variety of roles, and will remain cohost of the new midday show. Chuck and Buck in the Morning will be hosted by Chuck Powell who will move to mornings after co-hosting the station’s Chuck & Puck midday show for the last three years, and Bucky Jacobsen, local former MLB Seattle Mariners player who has contributed to the station for several years.

Dick Fain, current host of Sports Radio 950 KJR’s morning show, will co-host the station’s new afternoon show with Dave “Softy” Mahler (L) weekdays from 3 – 7 pm.

“I couldn’t be more excited for this new era at Sports Radio 950 KJR,” said Rich Moore, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Seattle. “We just got bigger and stronger today. We added depth for compelling sports talk, knowledge, and aligned our strong personalities to be Seattle’s strongest local sports talk station.”

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NETWORKS: ESPN's Top Radio Shows To Simulcast On TV; MeTV FM Ratings High

THE MOUTH, MARCH 21ST, 2018 ––Beginning Monday, April 2, the TV simulcasts of ESPN Radio’s weekday morning Golic and Wingo and mid-day’s The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz will join afternoon’s The Will Cain Show on ESPNEWS, making the network the TV home of ESPN’s three weekday national radio simulcasts. Golic and Wingo has been seen on ESPN2 since its launch in November and will continue from 6 – 10 a.m. ET. The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz has aired on ESPNU since September 2015 and is seen 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. The Will Cain Show has aired 3 – 6 p.m. on ESPNEWS since it debuted January 2. “We thought it important to bring the ESPN Radio simulcasts together, for one-stop-shopping, as it were, on ESPNEWS,” said Traug Keller, senior vice president, ESPN Audio. “There are benefits in this move for advertisers and viewers alike, and with the other changes to the daily programming on our networks, the time was right.”

-- MeTV FM, 87.7 FM in Chicago, continues its upward climb in the February book, hitting a 3.6 Share in Persons 6+, its highest share to date, beating most heritage stations in the market. The station also delivered a weekly TSL of 3:45 and an AQH of 22,100 (Persons 6+). Ratings data are from the recently completed February 2018 Nielsen PPM survey period. MeTV FM actively supports affiliates with daily promotional TV announcements that advertise the radio affiliate in each market. MeTV FM began broadcasting as WRME in February 2015 on 87.7 FM, a part of the dial not accessible on all radios in Chicago, the nation’s third-largest media market. Yet, listeners found it and loved it. Stations interested in more information about MeTV FM should visit the MeTV FM web page, or contact Envision Networks at metv@envisionnetworks.com or call 216.831.3761.

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EVENTS: New Hampshire's NewsRadio 610 & FM 96.7 Raise Funds For Veterans

THE MOUTH, MARCH 21ST, 2018 –– NewsRadio 610 and NewsRadio 96.7, New Hampshire are holding its fourth annual 'Make 12 Hours Count' radiothon today, March 21 from 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. Proceeds will benefit Veterans Count, an organization which provides financial assistance, services and resources to New Hampshire veterans, service members and their families. The 12-hour radiothon, hosted by New Hampshire Today’s on-air personality Jack Heath (shown), will feature interviews with a variety of service members, ranging from World War II veterans to members of the military who are currently serving.

“Last year the Make 12 Hours Count radiothon raised nearly $140,000 and we were astounded; this year, we merely wish to match that number.” Make 12 Hours Count radiothon is presented by Long Term Care Partners, with 12 local sponsors anchoring each hour of the broadcast. To date, Make 12 Hours Count has raised over $350,000 to benefit local veterans and military members.

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PODCASTS: AdLarge Teams With Consequence Of Sound

THE MOUTH, MARCH 21ST, 2018 –– Cabana, AdLarge Media’s digital audio division, is proud to announce its newest podcast advertising sales partnership with music and pop culture juggernaut, Consequence of Sound (CoS).

“Consequence of Sound has an incredible impact on legions of passionate music fans, and adding podcasts is a natural progression,” noted Gary Schonfeld (L) Co-Founder and Co-Chief Executive Officer of AdLarge Media and cabana. “We’re thrilled to represent them and give our advertisers an exciting podcast platform to connect with young and highly engaged audiences.” “It’s an incredibly exciting time for podcast networks right now, and AdLarge’s cabana is an equally exciting place to be,” stated Cap Blackard, Director of Consequence Podcast Network. “By joining AdLarge’s cabana, we want to foster that connection by aligning the right brands with the right listeners in what we hope will be a truly organic experience. “People are spending less time online reading and more time listening,” Blackard explained.

Consequence of Sound began as an online music blog that became the most pervasive voice in live music, with a strong emphasis on rock, indie, hip hop, and electronic. The brand has expanded, including to its new podcast platform. CoS caters to its loyal following with news and reviews on the hottest pop culture trend, such as new music, the next binge-worthy series, fan favorite movies, and more.

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Berry’s For Breakfast In London

By Graham Mack

THE MOUTH, MARCH 21ST, 2018 –– Dave Berry is taking over the breakfast show on Absolute Radio following the departure of Christian O’Connell. Dave joined the station’s Drive show in October last year from Capital, where he was also on Breakfast. The new Breakfast Show will feature Dave and his current Drivetime co-host Matt Dyson, as well as existing news and sports presenters, Emma Jones and Glenn Moore. It will continue to broadcast on the Absolute Radio network of stations with seven different playlists. Richie Firth, who currently sits alongside Christian in Breakfast, will host his own show on mid-mornings on Absolute 80s. Meanwhile, Pete Donaldson will be looking after Hometime throughout the summer.

Australia’s Jo Stanley Wants To Write A Book About Getting Fired - Jo Stanley was one of the most-loved and top-rating comedians on FM radio in Melbourne. On the latest episode of Game Changers: Radio with Craig Bruce, Stanley holds little back on her time at Fox FM Gold FM. She is the only female presenter in Melbourne to host number 1 breakfast shows on separate FM stations. Fired from both gigs, the comedian shares her desire to write a book about getting fired. READ MORE HERE

Andrew Castle Leaves Smooth Weekend Show In London - Former Smooth Radio London breakfast presenter Andrew Castle has done his last regular show for the station. Gary Vincent takes over Sunday’s Smooth Sanctuary. Andrew joined the station in 2014 to present the morning show in the capital. He then moved to Sunday evenings after two years to host The Great American Songbook, which changed to The Smooth Sanctuary from the start of 2018. Andrew is a former UK tennis number 1 and TV presenter and has also been doing Weekend Breakfast on LBC since leaving the Smooth weekday breakfast show. Gary Vincent – who joined Smooth last year after many years at Magic – will now do Sunday to Friday evenings 6-10pm.

New Talk Station Launches In London - Love Sport has launched on AM and DAB (The European version of HD Radio) in London. The sports and news station was set up by former talkSPORT CEO Kelvin Mackenzie. London Comedy Store host Ian Stone is on weekday breakfast, Ed Bowsher on mid-mornings, former Daily Mirror TV critic Kevin O’Sullivan on afternoons and ex-England rugby international Brian Moore on drivetime. The Weekend Breakfast show is with Iwan Thomas and former Crystal Palace player Paul Mortimer. Evening and weekend presenters include former MPs Lembit Opik and Jerry Hayes, and Atlantic 252 legend Charlie Wolf who is American.

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