MTV's VMAs Won't Be Held At Barclays; Will Now Feature Outdoor Performances With Limited Or No Audiences
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 10TH, 2020 –– Adding to the chorus of events that continue to adjust their plans due to the Pandemic now include The 2020 Video Music Awards. Formerly set to be held indoors at New York’s Barclays Center in New York, People reported on Friday the annual awards show will now feature live outdoor performances throughout the city with limited or no audiences adhering to New York City's health guidelines put forth to curb the spread of the coronavirus. “The 2020 VMAs will be held on Sunday, August 30th and pay homage to the incredible resiliency of New York with several outdoor performances around the City with limited or no audience, adhering to all state and city guidelines,” MTV said in a statement obtained by People. The network had previously announced that the awards show would be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn after it was granted a go-ahead from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo amid the ongoing pandemic.
the network decided the outdoor performances “would be more feasible and safer.” The statement added, “In close consultation with state and local health officials, it became clear at this time that outdoor performances with limited or no audience would be more feasible and safer than an indoor event. The VMAs will highlight the boroughs in an exciting show and return to Barclays Center in 2021.”
With Keke Palmer (TL) set to host, Ariana Grande and Lady Gaga lead this year’s nominations with nine nods each, closely followed by Billie Eilish and The Weeknd with six nominations. A The 2020 VMAs, hosted by Keke Palmer, is set to air live on Aug. 30 at 8 p.m. ET.
Tommy BoDean Named Operations Manager For Cumulus Melbourne, FL Cluster
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 10TH, 2020 –– Cumulus has appointed Tommy BoDean as Operations Manager of its four radio stations in Melbourne, FL, and Program Director for Top 40 station WAOA-FM and Country station WHKR-FM. BoDean is a radio broadcasting veteran who was previously SVP, Programming, iHeartMedia-Jacksonville, FL, and Program Director of Cumulus Nashville Top 40 station WNFN-FM. Prior to that, he was Program Director of WSWD-FM in Cincinnati, OH, and was Operations Manager, Clear Channel/iHeartMedia-Cincinnati.
Pete DeSimone, Regional Vice President, CUMULUS MEDIA, said: “I am really excited Tommy is joining the Cumulus Melbourne team. He’s going to make an immediate impact - and at a time where programming and operational leadership are critical.” BoDean said: “The world we live in is changing every minute and radio has not just an opportunity, but an obligation, to get plugged in and help. Now is the perfect time to step into a role that both challenges and excites me every day. I couldn’t be more excited to be joining the programming team at Cumulus Melbourne as OM for the cluster and PD for WAOA and WHKR. I can’t wait to get started! Thanks to Jimmy Steele for connecting the dots and to Pete DeSimone and Doug Hamand for making it happen.”
Jonathan Shaffer Earns APD Stripes for Nashville’s 104.5 The Zone
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 10TH, 2020 –– Cumulus has appointed Jonathan Shaffer to Assistant Program Director for Sports Talk radio station 104.5 The Zone/WGFX-FM in Nashville, TN. A 14-year veteran of Nashville radio, Shaffer will continue in his role as morning show producer for the station.
Prior to joining 104.5 The Zone in 2019, Shaffer was Program Director/Operations Manager for Nashville radio station 650 AM WSM, following four years as Program Director, On-Air Talent and Producer for ESPN 106.7 The Fan for Cumulus Nashville.
Paul Mason, Program Director, 104.5 The Zone/WGFX-FM, said: “Jonathan has demonstrated that he is ready for this challenge. He's earned this opportunity and I look forward to working with him as we move forward toward reaching our goals at 104.5 The Zone."
SYNDICATION: Steve Gorman Chats Tonight With Brad Whitford of Aerosmith
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 10TH, 2020 –– Westwood One’s Steve Gorman will chat with Brad Whitford of Aerosmith tonight (Monday, August 10) on Steve Gorman Rocks. It’s an amazingly candid conversation, from one rocker to another. Brad shares how dysfunctional the band is...and that he's "not interested anymore" – sounds like a rock band story!
Steve Gorman is host of Steve Gorman Rocks, airing Monday through Friday, from 7 p.m. to midnight. Steve is a founding member of the iconic American rock ‘n’ roll band The Black Crowes. For more than 27 years, Steve toured the world relentlessly, leaving a small piece of his sanity at every stop. Over the last year Steve penned his memoir, “Hard to Handle: The Life And Death of The Black Crowes”. The show also features April Rose, model, actress and radio personality as feature contributor, video and social media hipster for Steve Gorman Rocks!
Generating Callers During A Pandemic
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 10TH, 2020 ––The Pandemic has made it more difficult to get callers to respond before 8AM writes talent consultants Randy Lane and Jeff McHugh in their latest blog. They point to culprits such as hands-free driving laws, poor cell phone quality, technology distractions, and people preferring to text, or instant message. Here below are some their top tip:
First, establish a phone-friendly environment. Hearing other people on the air is what prompts more people to call. Put callers on randomly to help establish that the show is interactive. Even if you’re an edgy show, be sure listeners feel safe to express their views without being put down.
Include your phone number on the imaging during the show: Run short imaging pieces with VO copy like, “Join the conversation at (phone number).” Include text and social media contact info on additional produced imaging.
Don't call us, we'll call you: The John Boy and Billy Show invites listeners to submit their contact information on the "Be On The Big Show" page on their website. (TV shows like Ellen have been practicing this for years.)
Pre-record or stage callers to air out of the setup. Hearing a caller will prompt others to call.
Build a "panel of experts," like a marriage counselor, doctor, lawyer, etc. who can contribute stories and credibility to an issue. Ideally, experts are personalities. Also, when you talk to a funny, interesting, or well-spoken caller, ask for their number, and reach out to them in advance of a topic.
Interactive games are fun for listeners to play along with, and they’re the best way to give away prizes rather than a text or designated caller contest that only appeals to the 2% that calls to win.
Stage calls with a lightning rod caller (one who takes an extreme viewpoint) to ignite caller response.
You never want to force calls just to have interaction or rely on them for content. Callers contribute most to your show when they provide stories, a fresh perspective, or bring out a host’s character.
ABC News Radio To Offer Special Coverage Of 2020 National Conventions
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 10TH, 2020 –– ABC News Radio will offer three hours of coverage each night of the DNC from 8:00 to 11:00 p.m. ET. Correspondents Aaron Katersky and Karen Travers will anchor coverage with reporting by Radio Correspondents Alex Stone, Ryan Burrow, and Jim Ryan. Political Analyst Steve Roberts will join for analysis. ABC News' and FiveThirtyEight's powerhouse political teams will provide reporting and analysis throughout the evenings. ABC News Radio will also offer multiple one-minute Status Reports each night.
Coverage plans for the RNC will be similar, pending the party's schedule of events. ABC News’ flagship daily podcast “Start Here,” hosted by Brad Mielke, will provide coverage each day. “Powerhouse Politics” podcast, hosted by Karl and Klein, will release special editions each day during the conventions. The episodes will feature interviews with key players and provide analysis. ABC NewsOne, the affiliate news service of ABC News, will provide full coverage with Multi-Platform Reporters Trevor Ault, Ines De La Cuetara, Andrew Dymburt, Alex Presha, and Zohreen Shah reporting on the conventions.
Memorial Set For The Late Jamie Samuelsen Of 97.1 The Ticket Detroit
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 10TH, 2020 –– On Friday, Jamie Samuelsen's wife Christy McDonald announced on Twitter that a memorial has been set for Tuesday, August 11th at 11 a.m. ET. for the late morning co-host of 97.1 the Ticket Detroit who died earlier this month after a two-year battle with colon cancer. He was 48.
Christy noted that the event will be small and private but everyone can join via a livestream. Christy added that sometime in the future, she will hold a “big public celebration and raise many gimlets in his name.” Along with his wife Christy, Jamie is survived by his three children, Caroline, 16; Josh, 14; and Catherine, 11.
Following his death, along with the hiring of Rico Beard to join forces with Mike Valenti, 97.1 The Ticket has changed the name of two of their weekday shows. According to the station's website, the Show is now named The Morning Show with Stoney and Heather, while The Valenti Show is now named The Valenti Show with Rico. READ MORE HERE
EVENT: WWJ Detroit Launches 'Breaking Down The Barriers' Initiative
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 10TH, 2020 –– Entercom announced the launch of “Breaking Down The Barriers,” a two-part community programming initiative on WWJ News Radio 950 (WWJ-AM). The initiative will include two segments, “Voices of the Community” and “Black Business Minute,” both beginning today, August 10. “Breaking Down the Barriers” is part of Entercom’s commitment to elevating diverse voices in the communities and across its platforms. “The diverse citizens of Detroit are an integral part of the fabric of this great city and we’re proud to use our platform to champion their stories,” said Debbie Kenyon, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Detroit. “There are countless cases of business owners and leaders helping residents get through this crisis, and we look forward to employing this series as another way to shine the spotlight on them.”
Hosted by WWJ Traffic Operations Manager Lloyd Jackson, “Voices of the Community” will profile community leaders, activists and residents who are making a difference in their neighborhoods and throughout Detroit. “Voices of the Community” will be available online at wwjnewsradio.radio.com. WWJ City Beat Reporter Vickie Thomas will highlight local businesses in “Black Business Minute.” Black business owners will discuss their companies, including the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and how they are contributing to the success of Detroit.
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HBO To Air Craig Carton Documentary This Fall
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 7TH, 2020 –– The much anticipated HBO documentary: “Wild Card: The Downfall of a Radio Loudmouth” about former WFAN morning host Craig Carton is expected to debut this Fall reports Andrew Marchand of the New York Post. Carton, 51, was recently released from prison in June after serving just over a year of a36-to-42 month sentence in which he was convicted of wire fraud, securities fraud and conspiracy to commit those offenses as part of a ticket resale scam that allegedly defrauded $5.6 million from investors.
WFAN 101.9FM 66AM Carton’s former co-host, Boomer Esiason, and producer Al Dukes (shown right) have previously said they were interviewed for the documentary.
“Craig Carton’s radio persona gained him a public following, while his private struggles lost him everything one casino run at a time,” said Peter Nelson, Executive Vice President, HBO Sports. “Many knew Carton, but never knew his secrets, as we learn from Carton himself in this documentary about success, self-destruction, lies and blackjack.”
In a release, it states, "Carton discusses his rise to fame in talk radio that turned him into a star in every market he worked in, culminating back home in New York where he was hired to helm the coveted “drive-time” morning show in the wake of the downfall of Don Imus." The documentary is scheduled to air on Oct. 7 at 9 p.m. on HBO.
Gordon Smith: 'Stroke Averted," It Was A Blood Clot
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 7TH, 2020 –– The industry breathed a sigh of relief yesterday as NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith issued a statement saying that what was originally reported as a stroke actually turned out to be a blood clot.
"My friends, I am so grateful for the outpouring of support from all of you," wrote Smith. "Your prayers and kind words have meant the world to me and my family. I am delighted to tell you that after a very extensive MRI last night it was discovered that I did have a blood clot, but thanks to the quick medical intervention I received, an actual stroke was averted.
As a result, my prognosis is extremely positive and there is no permanent damage. I am so grateful to Sharon for immediately jumping into action and getting me the medical attention needed in order to have this outcome, for Sue Keenom and Karen Wright for all of their help getting information to my medical team, and to the doctors and nurses who took such great care of me -- Even though I am not often on social media I have been forwarded the many Tweets and postings that have sent well wishes my way and to say I am humbled is an understatement. I look forward to seeing you all soon – if only on Zoom. Gratefully, Gordon"
Tias Schuster Named SVP/Programming For iHeart Upstate New York
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 7TH, 2020 –– iHeartMedia has named Tias Schuster Senior Vice President of Programming for Rochester, Syracuse and Binghamton, effective immediately. He will report to Robert Morgan, President for iHeartMedia West New York. “We are thrilled to welcome Tias back to Upstate, N.Y.,” said Morgan, “He is an experienced leader that brings high energy and innovative thinking to our powerful brands.”
Tias most recently served as the Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Norfolk. Throughout his career, he also served a program director for Mix 100.5 (WDVI) and KISS 106.7 (WKGS) for iHeartMedia Rochester in 2015-2016 and an operations manager and program director for Entercom in Greenville, South Carolina.
“It is great to be back with my iHeartRadio family in Upstate New York.” I'm honored to work alongside the legendary personalities and management in these markets! I want to give a special thanks to iHeartMedia for the opportunity.”
WIP's Howard Eskin To Walk Virtual 1,103 Miles Between Philadelphia And Tampa
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 7TH, 2020 –– Philadelphia sports media legend and SportsRadio 94WIP (WIP-FM) on-air host Howard Eskin is walking the virtual 1,103-mile distance between Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, the home of the Philadelphia Eagles, and Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL, the location of Super Bowl LV to raise money for fighting local hunger and animal welfare. All money raised from Eskin’s daily walks, which will run through September 13 prior to the start of the Eagles 2020 season, will benefit Philabundance, Delaware Valley's largest hunger relief organization, and the Brandywine Valley SPCA
“It's been a tough time in our country due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Eskin. “Without any games or practices to attend to, I needed an escape. So, I started walking. It's been great for my physical and mental health, and raising money for two great charities like Philabundance and Brandywine Valley SPCA makes it even better.” To date, Eskin has walked 736 miles with only 367 miles to go before September 13 and has raised over $10,000 for Philabundance and Brandywine Valley SPCA. SportsRadio 94WIP is tracking Eskin’s every step, delivering daily updates, including photos and videos, to followers on air and on its Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages and encouraging them to donate via the station’s website. Howard Eskin is an on-air host for SportsRadio 94WIP (WIP-FM),
Today, in addition to hosting the station’s top-rated Saturday morning talk show and appearing frequently on air throughout the week, Eskin co-hosts the station’s Philadelphia Eagles pre-game shows and serves as a sideline reporter for the Eagles radio broadcasts.
MRC And vCreative The Latest To Join ARC
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 7TH, ,2020 –– Reatro Ventures and its software division, Media10, announced that Motor Racing Network and vCreative have both signed on as users of its ARC software. ARC, created by network radio’s Jay Bailey is a full-service radio research platform providing detailed station and personnel information, revenue analysis, a full CRM and integrated Nielsen data for every radio broadcast signal across America.
“In the 25+ years in this business, ARC is the first software to ever bring everything I need into one place” said Mary DelGrande (L) SVP, Sales at vCreative. “The ability to quickly evaluate the value of potential business, as well as make adjustments, via the opportunities feature has been a huge time saver for me.”
Luca Marian, Lead Software Developer at ARC commented “We have been hard at work in the ARC Lab for almost three years and now to see such amazing companies like MRN and vCreative join the platform is beyond humbling. I’m proud of the ARC team and thrilled to welcome Jinny Laderer, Chris Schwartz and both their teams to the family!” To set up a demo or for more information visit www.arcsoftware.us.
NETWORKS: Mark Abramson Named Content Producer At United Stations
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 7TH, 2020 –– United Stations announced the addition of Mark Abramson to Programming and Production Department as Content Producer. Effective immediately, Abramson will handle artist and label relations and content creation for hardDrive XL, the company’s nightly 5-hour rock program hosted by Lou Brutus
Mark Abramson has a career that spans over 30 years in the music business including over 21 years at Roadrunner Records. His career there helped to build the label as well as to help break artists Slipknot, Nickelback, Type O Negative, Killswitch Engage, Theory of a Deadman and many more. His journey has also included Century Media Records, TVT Records and The Enclave.
Regarding this announcement, United Stations’ EVP/Programming Andy Denemark commented, “We’re ecstatic that Mark is now part of creative group. The combination of his experience and his energy will not only help to sustain our success but to continually grow what we do. Welcome, Mark!” Mark Abramason is reachable at email@example.com
Emily Ward Rises To GSM For Entercom Chattanooga
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 7TH, 2020 –– Entercom promoted Emily Ward to General Sales Manager for Entercom Chattanooga, effective immediately. In this role, Ward will oversee sales efforts for 103.7 Kiss FM (WKXJ-FM), 98.1 The Lake (WLND-FM), Rock 105 (WRXR-FM), U.S. 101 (WUSY-FM) and Real 961 (WUSY-HD2). “Emily has done a tremendous job leading the sales function for our portfolio of stations and their digital assets and she is very deserving of this expanded role,” said Nichole Hartman, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Chattanooga. “I anticipate even more success for her as she grows as General Sales Manager and am excited to watch her talents help take our stations to new heights.”
“I’m grateful for the opportunity to expand my sales career with our collection of top-rated radio stations,” said Ward. “Serving as Local Sales Manager and Digital Sales Manager has allowed me to build important working relationships with clients and I look forward to continuing to find innovative sales solutions for our brands.” Ward joined Entercom in April 2018 as an Account Executive for Entercom Chattanooga. She was elevated to the market’s Local Sales Manager in July 2019 and assumed the additional role of Digital Sales Manager in September 2019.
WKML-FM Announces Cancellation of 2020 Stars & Guitars Show in Fayetteville
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 7TH, 2020 –– Beasley's WKML-FM’s 2020 Stars & Guitars concert has been cancelled due to the health and safety concerns as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The annual event features all of the participating artists on the stage at the same time for a unique acoustic experience, including story-telling, unique song performances and more! “Thank you to our amazing sponsor and fans throughout the years for supporting Stars & Guitars event,” said Beasley Media Group Vice President and General Manager, Kent Dunn. “These are unprecedented times. The safety of our community, staff, and country artists is our number one priority. As a result, we have made the decision to cancel this year’s event. We’ll be back bigger and better than ever in 2021!”
“We were looking forward to hosting the annual event this year, but as we continued the planning process, it became clear it wasn’t going to be able to happen due to the pandemic,” said WKML-FM Programming Director and Afternoon On-Air Personality, Randall C. Bliss. “We want to make sure we’re doing everything we can to protect the health and safety of our incredible listeners!” To help fill in the gap, WKML-FM has hosted a series of special Stars & Guitars at Home social media concert experiences with some of the top artists in country music on the station’s website as well as entertained listeners with the station’s special Superstar Mini Concert series.
WINS New York Holding Virtual Wedding For Couple After Months-Long Separation
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 7TH, 2020 –– Ashley Isaacs, who works at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, and her fiancé Israel Reches will reunite for the first time in months at their own wedding after spending time apart due to the pandemic and Reches’ health. As Isaacs was working to save patients with COVID-19 this past spring, Reches was battling stage 4 Hodgkin’s lymphoma, forcing the couple to separate. With Reches in remission just in time for the big day, the two are set to marry on Sunday, August 9 in a small backyard ceremony, and 1010 WINS listeners are “invited” to the festivities.
The station will be onsite the day of the wedding, airing audio of the ceremony on air and streaming it in its entirety via Facebook Live. “I met the girl. I met the girl and I felt differently about it,” said Reches. “Every time I spoke to her, I had butterflies. Every time I saw her, I had butterflies. I couldn’t have dreamt of being with someone as amazing as Ashley is.” “It’s going to be emotional that’s for sure. I’ll need waterproof mascara,” Isaacs added. To date, the station has had multiple sponsors donate wedding gifts to the happy couple - If you’re interested in watching, Link HERE
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iHeart Rochester’s Radio 95.1 Debuts The Big Show
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 6TH, 2020 –– iHeart's RADIO 95.1/Rochester, home of Brother Wease and DiTullio & Moran, announced the debut of “The Big Show,” effective immediately. “The Big Show” will broadcast weekdays from 2 – 7 p.m. Radio 95.1 “The Big Show” will be hosted by Earl David Reed (L), Megan Carter and Pat McMahon.
Reed is a nationally recognized stand-up comedian who has played some of the nation’s biggest comedy clubs and has appeared on “The Tonight Show.” Carter most recently served as the afternoon host on iHeartMedia Rochester’s KISS 106.7. McMahon has also been an important contributor to iHeartMedia Rochester’s success in his six years with the company.
“Earl, Megan and Pat clicked from the minute we put them together,” said Joe Bonadonna, Program Director for Radio 95.1. “They are the three friends you want with you when you’re getting a garbage plate, grabbing a Genny Light or spending the day at Seabreeze.” The trio follow Kimberly Ray and Barry Beck who left in June.
REPORT: Landecker Fill-In For Bob Sirott A Test Run For New Evening Slot, Insiders Say
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 6TH, 2020 –– Chicago media blogger Robert Feder reports that when Radio Hall of Famer John Records Landecker fills in next week for morning host Bob Sirott (see JL/8/4) on WGN 720-AM, there may be a lot riding on it for both Landecker and the Nexstar Media Group news/talk station. Feder writes that insiders say if all goes well, Landecker could be in line to host Monday through Friday evenings and serve as Sirott’s regular substitute in mornings, starting this fall.
The pair of Chicago legends first teamed at WLS 890-AM during its Top 40 heyday in the 1970s. “Listeners are going to discover that John’s middle name truly is ‘talk,’” Sirott joked. Meanwhile, one familiar voice we won’t be hearing on WGN is Garry Meier says Feder. Management sources confirmed there were talks with Meier about replacing afternoon host Roe Conn (whose contract is up at year’s end). But serious negotiations never got off the ground, and WGN bosses quietly dropped the idea.
Lady Gaga Turns Talk Host With ‘Gaga Radio’
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 6TH, 2020 –– Starting this Friday, Lady Gaga is teaming up with Apple Music for a weekly show, “Gaga Radio.” The show is described as being an outgrowth of her recent album-length return to dance music, “Chromatica.” New episodes will be put up on Apple Music every Friday at 2 p.m. ET can be found HERE. "The last few weeks I've been figuring out different ways at home that I can be of service to what I would call the singular global community," Gaga said in a statement, "one that I believe to be kind in nature, one that I believe to be very special to my heart and I believe to the hearts of many. And so I've been thinking of all the ways that I can be someone that contributes to the society and the world. I'm super-thrilled (and) excited to have this show and this opportunity to play an incredible mix of music every week."
Future guests will be brought from the field of “DG, Divas and the producers who inspired him and helped bring Chromatica back to life,” Apple Music said, adding that each installment of the show will include an exclusive mix with any one of the episode’s guests.
In the pre-release parts from Friday’s debut, Gaga described her recent album as sensitive and dramatic. “For me, ‘Chromatica’ was. You and I will open the portal in the studio and we’ll go, ‘OK, talent, creativity, voice from above Sign in, come inside me, tell me in a conversation with Bloodpop he said, what to say, tell me what to do and ‘for the most part I was really feeling it. “There were really only two things that could happen to me any day. I could either write a song and you would be there to capture it, or I would be upstairs on the porch and I wouldn’t write the song. I just stared at the open sky and cried over the chain-smoke cigarettes."
Jeff Hoag Takes Over Nights On WSM Nashville
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 6TH, 2020 –– Following the retirement of Eddie Stubbs on WSM, the 94-year radio home to the Grand Ole Opry welcomed Jeff Hoag (L) to the eponymous “WSM at Night With Jeff Hoag,” According to The Tennessean Hoag began his show on Monday at 7 p.m. which typically airs until midnight CST.
Hoag, previously a fill-in, considers himself a country music historian. He's also a songwriter, former touring musician and music collector, according to a news release.
“My dream in life was to work for WSM Radio and keep the tradition of classic country music alive. The fact that I get to live my dream and carry out this mission is gratifying beyond words. Thank you for the opportunity to do what I love and to spread the glorious gospel of country music across the world.”
Remembering Radio's Venerable Norm Schrutt
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 6TH, 2020 –– Following a career that went from heading a major radio group to later building his own talent agency, Norm Schrutt passed away this week at his home in Atlanta. Schrutt had served as a talent agent for numerous hosts throughout the U.S. since 1997. Among his many clients included Detroit's Mojo (TL) of Channel 955's Mojo in The Morning, who says, "Norm was one of a kind. A true legend! He was my agent for almost 25 years but greater than that he was like a Father to me and all of his clients. Our lives and the lives of our families are better because ‘that’s what Norm did.’ He had so many famous sayings from ‘Don’t Ever Call My Children Ugly’ to ‘Don’t accept No from someone who can’t say Yes’. My heart breaks for Norm’s true love Tammy, his daughters and grandsons.
“My perspective on Norm might be a little different from others," said Karson Tager of Entercom's Mix 104 Boston. He says although he only knew him for last three years, "He quickly became a friend and mentor. Norm’s first words to me when we started started discussing representation were his favorites words, “show me the Benjamins!” Cox Tampa's Hot 101.5's Holly, of The Miguel and Holly Show said, "We’re incredibly sad to hear of Norm’s passing, but we know he lived life to the fullest, always. Norm guided us through the ups and downs of our careers, gave wise advice, and he ALWAYS believed in and fought for us. He will be missed very much."
According to an online bio, Schrutt joined Capital Cities in 1963 at its Buffalo (WKBW) outlet as an Account Executive. In 1971 he was made local sales manager and general sales manager in 1974. He was named general manager in 1977. In 1980 he was tapped to manage the company’s two Los Angeles radio stations and the next year was transferred to Atlanta to manage the new purchase of WKHX AM/FM, where he remained until his retirement in 1996. In 1997, he formed his talent agency. No word yet on services, but sources tell us his family has requested privacy at this time. PHOTO/Mojo, iHeart's Channel 955 Detroit, Norm Schrutt and Johnny Dare of Entercom's 989 The Rock Kansas City
SYNDICATION: Chris Cruise To Join Throwback Nation
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 6TH, 2020 –– Broadcast and Multimedia pro Chris Cruise will join forces with the growing Throwback Nation Radio franchise, effective immediately, for fill-in work and future brand extension projects. Cruise’s previous experience includes hosting mornings at 98.7 AMP Radio (WDZH-FM) in Detroit, 103.5 KISS FM (KSAS-FM) in Boise, Nights at 94.1 KMPS in Seattle, and several other on-air and digital brands.
“Chris is one of the most creative, energetic, and engaging content creators in broadcasting today,” said Tony Lorino, CEO and Founder of Throwback Nation Radio. “As we got to know each other over the last several months, Chris showed how much of a Rockstar he is. Our show extends beyond just what airs on our affiliates, and Chris gets that. He is going to help us find even more opportunities for our partners to grow their ratings, connect with their fans, and help make their brands the best they can be.”
Cruise will begin filling in across the network in late August. For more information about Throwback Nation Radio, contact Rich O’Brien at 212.380.9338 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.sunbgi.com. Contact: Tony Lorino | 414-841-3243 | email@example.com
EVENT: 20th Annual 95.5 WSB Care-A-Thon Raises Over $1.5 Million
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 6TH, 2020 –– Cox's 95.5 WSB (WSB-AM/WSBB-FM) hosted the 20th annual 95.5 WSB Care-a-Thon that began on July 30 at 5 a.m. and ended on July 31 at 6 p.m. The two-day radio event raised $1,505,975 for research and programs at the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. “Over the past 20 years the 95.5 WSB Care-a-Thon has raised more than $26M to benefit research, the fellowship program and family support services at the Aflac Cancer Center. We are deeply appreciative of WSB for their continued support of the thousands of patients and families we serve each year.” This year, due to COVID-19, Scott Slade, Clark Howard, Eric Von Haessler, Mark Arum, Erick Erickson, Brian Kilmeade and many other local radio personalities participated in the 95.5 WSB Care-a-Thon by interviewing patients and their families virtually via video and phone calls.
“Our entire team is so thankful for the phenomenal support we have received from our loyal listeners who continue to give to the Care-a-Thon, and all of our community service efforts at 95.5 WSB, year after year,” said Drew Anderssen, Director of Branding & Programming, “This year’s fundraiser is one we’ll never forget because of the incredible financial strain coronavirus presented to our community of donors. I’m tremendously proud of the teams at 95.5 WSB and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta for their work adapting this year’s effort to become ‘virtual’ as a result of the pandemic.”
Georgina Marckwald Joins 97.3 Brisbane Australia For Mornings And MD Post
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 6TH, 2020 –– Australian Radio Network has hired ex-Nova staffer Georgina Marckwald (pictured). Georgina returns to 97.3FM Brisbane as music director and mornings presenter. She was covering casual on-air shifts earlier this year after leaving NOVA Entertainment last December. She won Marckwald won ‘Best Music Director’ at the Australian Commercial Radio Awards three years running – in 2015, 2016 and 2017 – and was shortlisted again in 2018 and 2019.
Australian Radio Legend Doug Mulray calls in for Triple M Sydney’s 40th Anniversary - Doug Mulray returned to Triple M Sydney for a chat with the breakfast show. Triple M Sydney is celebrating 40 years on-air and the radio legend called in to speak with Lawrence Mooney and co. Mooney and Mulray chatted about some of the legend’s biggest moments, including when he had a tiger in the studio… and a panther! He also regaled Mooney, Jess Eva and Pagey with some truly incredible and hugely inappropriate yarns about his time at Triple M. Read more and listen to the chat HERE
Jamie Oliver Becomes Radio Host On Magic In The UK - Magic Radio has hired the irritating TV chef Jamie Oliver to host a Packed Lunch show in a sponsorship deal with Shell. He’s on-air from 1-2pm weekdays playing Magic’s playlist and pretending they are some of his favorite tunes as well as “taking requests from listeners”.
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Entercom Announces Promotions; Names Bill Smee As New Vice President Of News
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 5TH, 2020 –– Entercom has announced the promotion of ten executives for the Philadelphia-based company. In a staff memo, David Field, Chairman/President and CEO of Entercom wrote: "Our greatest strength and our most important and valued asset are our people and we are incredibly fortunate to have such a talented team across the country. Today, we have an opportunity to recognize several of them, each of whom has made great contributions to our work, as they continue to grow and expand their responsibilities within the company. I am pleased to announce the following promotions across our organization:
• Chris Ebbott (L) Vice President, Programming • Chad Fitzsimmons: Senior Vice President, Promotions & Experiences • Rose Isard: Vice President, Senior Counsel • John Kennedy: Senior Vice President, Engineering • Jennifer Morales: Vice President, Corporate Communications & PR • Nancy Muir-Gaire: Vice President, Facilities Management • Johnny Palumbo: Vice President, Senior Counsel • Reggie Rouse: Vice President, Programming • Jeff Sottolano: Executive Vice President, Programming • Stephanie Taylor: Vice President, Benefits, Compliance and Talent Acquisition.
"I am also pleased to announce that we have created a Vice President of News position for the company and am delighted to welcome Bill Smee (R) to this new role. Bill joins us with a strong history of leadership positions in multi-platform journalism at CNN, NBC News and Slate. In this new role, he will spearhead our work toenhance and expand our news brands, building on their unparalleled position in our communities and adding new products and capabilities across our broadcast, digital, podcast, and smart speaker platforms. We are very excited about the future of our news and news/talk brands and the robust opportunities that lie ahead."
Field also paid tribute to the late Jamie Samuelsen, longtime host at Entercom's The Ticket in Detroit. "I am very sorry to report that we suffered a tragic loss to the Entercom team this weekend. Jamie Samuelsen, who co-hosted the morning “Jamie and Stoney” show at 97.1 The Ticket in Detroit, passed away at 48 after a 19-month battle with colon cancer. -- Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jamie’s family and friends and the Detroit sports community who loved him as we grieve his heartbreaking passing." TOP PHOTO/Entercom
STUDY: Covid-19 Didn't Dampen Radio's Dominant Share of Ad-Supported Audio
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 5TH, 2020 –– This week’s Westwood One blog answers the question, “What was the impact of COVID-19 on audio listening?” using data from the Q2 2020 “Share of Ear” from Edison Research. The just-released quarterly report marks the first “Share of Ear” release since the pandemic began and measures how Americans consume audio each day, quantifying reach and share of time spent with various audio platforms. COVID-19 did not undermine AM/FM radio’s dominant share of ad-supported audio.
Among persons 18+, AM/FM radio accounts for 76% of all ad-supported audio time spent. AM/FM radio has remained stable from the 78% ad-supported share reported in the Q2 2019 report. AM/FM radio continues to rule the road as Americans are back in their cars. Geopath data shows American miles traveled dropped in March and April and then quickly recovered.
AM/FM radio did not lose its place as the #1 audio platform in the car. The Q2 2020 report shows AM/FM radio accounts for a whopping 87% of ad-supported time spent with audio in the car, confirming AM/FM radio’s resilience and dominance. Pandora and Spotify still significantly trail AM/FM radio. AM/FM radio is seven times bigger than ad-supported Pandora and Spotify combined (43% vs. 6%).
When it comes to entertainment, Americans are moving from ownership to rentals: Streaming audio growth comes at the expense of owned music, not AM/FM radio. In 2017, time spent was equally split between audio streaming and owned music. In Q2 2020, streaming audio accounted for almost two-thirds (64%) of the audio time spent between streaming audio and owned music.
2016 versus 2020: Spotify/Pandora down, podcasts soar, AM/FM continues to dominate. Over the last four years, an examination of ad-supported audio audience shares among persons 25-54 reveals the combined shares of Spotify and Pandora dropped to 13% in Q2 2020, down from 14% in Q2 2016. Meanwhile, from Q2 2016 to Q2 2020, podcasts surpassed both streaming giants and even nearly tripled in share (4% to 11%). AM/FM remains the dominant player. READ MORE HERE
Sirius XM & Pandora Launch Weekly Chart, And Radio Show Hosted By Chris Booker
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 5TH, 2020 –– SiriusXM and Pandora are teaming up to launch a joint weekly chart and playlist, the Top Thumb Hundred, which will collect the top 100 “most-thumbed-up” new songs on Pandora. The same user data will be used to create a weekly countdown radio show on SiriusXM’s Pandora Now channel. Variety reports he two services’ Top Thumb Hundred chart will be released every Monday.
Sirius XM’s “Thumb 20” show, hosted by radio and TV personality Chris Booker, will unveil new episodes every Tuesday on Channel 3, putting the spotlight on the 20 most-liked releases in the pop, R&B and hip-hop genres. Dan + Shay were announced as special guests for yesterday's premiere of that show (and apparently count as crossover pop stars for the occasion, since their native country music is not listed as one of the genres represented on the countdown series).
We’re excited to provide this early indicator of song performance, capturing and ranking the newest music every week,” said Alex Luke, SiriusXM and Pandora’s senior VP of digital content, in a statement. “Thumbing activity on Pandora has proven to be a great early indicator of listener affinity and now we can provide a glimpse into that, every Monday. Pandora Now was launched in April 2019 following SiriusXM’s acquisition of Pandora. The channel introduced the first exclusive listening experience across both platforms, leveraging Pandora’s listener data with SiriusXM’s curation and presentation expertise. Pandora Now is presented as both a SiriusXM channel and Pandora interactive station and playlist for its combined audience of 100M listeners.
Sammy Simpson Named Brand/Content Manager For Capitol Raleigh Cluster
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 5TH, 2020 – As we await the official announcement, congratulations are in order for longtime programmer, Sammy Simpson, who lets the cat out of the bag via Facebook that he'll be joining Capitol Broadcasting Company as the new Brand/Content Manager for their Raleigh radio properties effective Tuesday, September 8th.
Simpson says, "A dream of just being on the radio began while growing up in Graham and my first on-air job was there on WGLH in Mebane starting on August 6, 1986; 34 years ago this week! How fortunate and grateful I am to make a return home to North Carolina, my roots, and the industry that has been the greatest passion of my life since being 14 years old. I'm ready!"
Steve Borneman Named COO For Jam Media
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 5TH, 2020 –– Jam Media Solutions announced industry veteran Steve Borneman has been named Chief Operating Officer, effective immediately. Steve will be based in North Carolina and will report to Jonathan Mason, President and CEO of Jam Media Solutions LLC. In this role he will work closely with Jonathan Mason, CEO of Jam Media Solutions.; Kevin Walker, Director of Programming; and leaders of Jam Media Solutions’ Finance and Communications teams.
“I am excited to work with Steve again,” said Jonathan Mason. “We worked together at 77 WABC in New York. Steve is one of the best operators in radio and an amazing human being! JAM Media Solutions, LLC is excited to welcome him to the family and we look forward to winning with him!”
Steve Borneman adds, “I am looking forward to joining the JAM Media team! In both markets we have heritage brands that are staples in the community. I am excited to play a role in their future success.” Prior to joining Jam Media Solutions, Borneman spent four years as Chief Operating Officer at Pamal Broadcasting where he oversaw its 23 radio stations throughout the Northeast. Before joining Pamal, Borneman served as President and General Manager at Cumulus New York.
QUU Completes Multiyear Deal with Salem Media Group
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 5TH, 2020 –– QUU, a pioneer in driving the evolution of radio, announces the company has completed a multi-year deal with Salem Media Group to provide its patented multi-sensory marketing capabilities on 28 FM radio stations in 17 markets across the United States. “We are absolutely thrilled to partner with Dave Santrella and the outstanding team at Salem Media Group,” said Quu Chief Executive Officer Steve Newberry (L).” Their commitment to embracing this exciting game-changing visual and audio-based technology further underscores Salem’s mission to providing the very best experience for the company’s listeners and advertisers across the country.”
“Radio continues to provide the best audio content in the world,” said Dave Santrella, president of Broadcast Media at Salem Media Group. “We serve our communities at an unmatched level and engage with our audiences like no other medium, but, radio needs to improve the user experience so that we look as good as we sound. QUU provides Salem with the opportunity to do just that. We could not be more pleased or excited to begin providing our listeners with more information and greater engagement with our partners and advertisers on a platform that will look as good as the content we offer sounds.” For additional information about Quu, please visit. www.quuinteractive.com.
Ed Mann Drops First Book: 'For the Love of Radio'
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 5TH, 2020 –– Mann Group head, Ed Mann, says 17 years in the making, and for August, $1 from each purchase on the site goes to fight Covid in the hospitals. He'll be donating to Direct Relief from book sales, and will likely continue through Fall.
It's Available in paperback and for instant gratification ebook/Kindle/digital fans, there's an Amazon link on the site, as well. Mann says, "I'd love to do an on air bit for anyone who'll have me on their morning show. Ed guested on K-Earth's Gary Bryan, and on KFI with Tim Conway, Jr., The book is from House Publishing. ORDER HERE
PODCAST: Fox Sports Radio To Launch 'Straight Fire With Jason McIntyre
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 5TH, 2020 –– FOX Sports Radio (FSR), a division of Premiere Sports Network, announced today the launch of a new iHeartRadio original daily podcast, "Straight Fire with Jason McIntyre" on the iHeartPodcast Network. “Straight Fire with Jason McIntyre” features FSR weekend host and FS1 contributor Jason McIntyre as he sets the agenda for the day by providing bold opinions on the biggest stories in sports, including the day’s major sports betting topics. The podcast will also feature insiders and newsmakers as contributing guests."Straight Fire with Jason McIntyre" launches August 10 and is available Monday through Friday at 5 a.m. ET on iHeartRadio and everywhere podcasts are heard.
“I’m beyond thrilled to have this podcast opportunity,” said McIntyre. “I can’t wait to bring my unique enthusiasm and passion to the platform at a time when America's appetite for sports is at an all-time high.” “After a four-and-a-half-month absence from American team sports, there is an unparalleled thirst for fresh sports content,” said Scott Shapiro, FOX Sports Radio Vice President of Sports Programming. “Expect some fireworks from this podcast as Jason McIntyre is revved-up to share his unfiltered opinions on a daily basis.” McIntyre, who joined FSR’s weekend lineup in 2015, will continue to host “The Jason McIntyre Show,” which airs Saturdays from 10 a.m. -1 p.m. ET/7 a.m. - 10 a.m. PT on FSR.
EVENTS: Entercom & LA's Unified School District Launch 'Feed Our Families' Drive
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 5TH, 2020 –– Entercom announced the launch of “RADIO.COM’s Feed Our Families,” in partnership with the Los Angeles Unified School District, to bring meals to those in need during these difficult times. As part of the partnership, Entercom Los Angeles stations, including 93.1 Jack FM (KCBS-FM), 94.7 The Wave (KTWV-FM), 97.1 AMP Radio (KAMP-FM), K-Earth 101 (KRTH-FM), KNX 1070 News Radio (KNX-AM) and KROQ (KROQ-FM) will participate in the month-long text to donate fundraiser benefitting local students and families in need.
“Schools are a primary source of meals not only for many students but for their family members as well,” said Jeff Federman, Regional President, Entercom. “We’re delighted to partner with Los Angeles Unified School District to amplify our stations’ collective voice so no child or family member in Southern California goes hungry during these unstable times. We look forward to actively promoting the organization’s selfless efforts over the next month and using our platforms to serve our communities.” “Today we’ll pass another milestone in our food relief program – 50 million meals,” said Austin Beutner, Superintendent, Los Angeles Unified. “The need continues and so will our efforts until students can return to schools. That will take money and while we’ve raised more than $20 million from businesses and individuals, there’s still a gap. I’m grateful for all who are part of this effort as we are truly in this together.”
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Entercom Extends Remote Work Structure Until January 1, 2021 For Non-Essential Staff
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 4TH, 2020 –– Non-essential staff members at Entercom were told yesterday that their remote work structure would be continued through Jan. 1st, 2021. In an internal memo yesterday from Chief Operating Officer Susan Larkin, she wrote in part: "Despite all of the world’s challenges in recent months, our teams have done a tremendous job adapting to what has become our new normal. -- We have been paying close attention as the situation in our country and around the world continues to evolve. We want to be thoughtful about our potential return back to our offices and sensitive to other challenges our teams and their families are facing outside of the workplace."\
"Our main priority remains the safety and well-being of our teams," Larkin added. "As such, we have decided to extend our existing remote work structure until at least January 1, 2021 for all non-essential staff. We will continue to evaluate requests to work from our offices and facilities on an individual basis and will be considering various factors in those complex decisions.
As the situation changes, we will be monitoring the progress of scientific advances and vaccines and will update you as appropriate. We also ask our teams to remain flexible with schedules and supportive of each other during these times. We know that remote work for some families with children may be challenging, especially when the school year begins. ---What is important is to remain focused on outcomes and to support each other in reaching our goals."
Larkin added, "We have heard from many of you that you have enjoyed the flexibility of working from home and we will be soliciting input from leaders across the organization to shape our workplace of the future. We will also continue to invest in tools to allow you to remain productive and collaborate with your colleagues regardless of where you are located."
White House Withdraws Nomination Of Commissioner Mike O'Rielly
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 4TH, 2020 –– The White House said on Monday it was withdrawing the nomination of Federal Communications Commission member Mike O’Rielly. The surprise move comes after President Trump demanded in May that the Commerce Department petition the FCC asking the commission to impose new regulations on social media moderation practices. Reuters reports that on Monday, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said the agency would take public comment on the petition filed last week at Trump’s request. O’Rielly has expressed some skepticism about whether the FCC has authority to issue new regulations covering social media companies.
In June, O’Rielly expressed “deep reservations” on C-SPAN whether Congress had given the FCC power to limit social media companies’ legal protections. The White House declined to comment. O’Rielly, a former congressional aide who has been on the FCC since 2013, did not respond to a request for comment on Monday on whether his withdrawal was tied to his remarks on regulating social media companies. O’Rielly said last week “the First Amendment protects us from limits on speech imposed by the government - not private actors - and we should all reject demands, in the name of the First Amendment, for private actors to curate or publish speech in a certain way.”
He added that “like it or not, the First Amendment’s protections apply to corporate entities, especially when they engage in editorial decision making. It is time to stop allowing purveyors of First Amendment gibberish to claim they support more speech, when their actions make clear that they would actually curtail it through government action.”
Jim Bryant To Step Down As President of Hubbard 2060 Digital
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 4TH, 2020 –– Jim Bryant announced this week that he is stepping away as President of 2060 Digital and will be leaving Hubbard Radio. Bryant commented, “I’m an entrepreneur at heart and feel like we’ve now built the business to a day-to-day operating level. My goal was to build the business, and I think we did that...and, quite honestly, 44 years in this business is about as much fun as one guy can handle. I appreciate the huge vote of confidence Ginny Morris and Hubbard Radio afforded me, allowing me to stretch out, take smart chances, and surround myself with the terrific talent required to keep moving this business forward.”
Under the leadership of Bryant, Hubbard Radio launched 2060 Digital in 2012. What started as a local digital services agency within Hubbard Radio’s Cincinnati radio group, where Bryant served as VP/Market Manager for 27 years, has grown to a national digital company that works with clients in 25 states. “12 years ago we began to fill a void in the Cincinnati market by offering radio clients social media management services,” commented Bryant. “In 2012 we branded ourselves 2060 Digital, and since that time we’ve grown into a company that offers clients a full complement of digital marketing solutions.”
Hubbard Radio Chair and Chief Executive Officer, Ginny Morris, commented, “Jim’s contributions and leadership in both the radio and digital portions of our company have been plentiful and appreciated over the years. We thank him sincerely.” Steve Goldstein, currently the GM of 2060 Digital and SVP of Digital Sales Strategy for Hubbard Radio, will take over Bryant’s duties.
iHeart In Search Of 'The Next Great Podcast'
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 4TH, 2020 –– iHeartRadio announced the search for The Next Great Podcast. The campaign will launch in collaboration with content creation platform Tongal to help reach up-and-coming creative talent for a chance to develop a new original show for The iHeartPodcast Network. Beginning today through Thursday, August 27th, creators around the world can pitch for the chance to produce a new podcast series of any genre—from comedy to true crime, and sports to pop culture—and to work with The iHeartPodcast Network to launch the new series.
Creators will be asked to submit a short synopsis and treatment that describes their podcast idea, along with links to past work and an optional audio trailer and pitch video. Pitches will be narrowed down by a panel of podcasters, led by head judge and legendary broadcaster Dan Patrick, and 10 semifinalists will be awarded $1,000 to further develop their idea into a 10-minute pilot. These pilots will be shared on “The Next Great Podcast” feed in the fall for fans everywhere to listen and vote. One winner will be crowned “The Next Great Podcast,” featured on iHeartRadio stations across the country and work closely with Patrick and iHeartRadio’s team of expert podcast producers to develop their podcast into an original series for distribution by The iHeartPodcast Network.
Creators can go to NextGreatPodcast.com to apply and learn more.
NETWORKS: CMT's 'After Midnight With Cody Alan' Launches On AFN
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 4TH, 2020 –– Premiere Networks announced that CMT After MidNite with Cody Alan will join American Forces Network (AFN), effective today, August 4. The popular, award-winning Country radio show will air weeknights from midnight to 5 a.m. on AFN Today’s Best Country channel. Reaching nearly 1,000 U.S. bases globally, as well as 200 U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command ships at sea, CMT After MidNite will launch the partnership on August 4 with a special week of programming celebrating service men and women stationed around the world.
“We are incredibly humbled by this opportunity to bring a slice of home to our honorable service men and women, their families and civilian personnel,” said Ashlee McDonald, Executive Producer, CMT Radio Programming & Operations. “Thank you, AFN, for inviting us to join the family on your storied airwaves!” “American Forces Network Radio is proud to bring CMT After MidNite with Cody Alan to our U.S. military serving overseas, and we thank CMT and Premiere Networks for partnering with AFN Radio to ‘serve those that serve,’” said Tom Arnholt, AFN’s Chief of Radio Operations & Programming. CMT is a long-time partner of organizations dedicated to giving back to military families, including the USO and Operation Homefront, among others. Follow Cody on Twitter @CMTCody or visit https://cmtcody.iheart.com/. About CMT CMT is the leading authority on country m
Benztown Bolsters Rock Library Team
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 4TH, 2020 –– Benztown has bolstered its Rock resources, naming world-class Rock imaging producers, writers and VO talent to its enhanced Rock offerings for radio stations of all market sizes. The new all-star team of contributors powering Benztown’s Rock libraries includes industry stars Gary McClenaghan (Rock Voiceover), Michael “Sideshow” Andersen (Classic Rock Scripts), Adam “Ketch” Kecskemeti (Alternative/Rock Scripts), and Mike “Stretch” Roberts (Alternative/Rock Scripts).
Gary McClenaghan Gary McClenaghan spent 15 years writing and producing imaging for multiple rock stations in Canada, winning multiple awards along the way.
Michael “Sideshow” Andersen Michael “Sideshow” Andersen is the most awarded imaging producer ever in Australia. This year he celebrates 25 years at Triple M Sydney.
Adam “Ketch” Kecskemeti Ketch is an award-winning VO and producer with over a decade of experience in multiple formats. Starting out with the legendary CFNY(102.1 the edge) in 2007 as a producer, then imaging producer for Talk640, and later Q107, Ketch contributed frequently to Edge Mornings along with voicing and imaging Fresh FM Network and various national commercial and animation projects.
Mike “Stretch” Roberts Stretch has over 25 years of radio experience on some of the biggest radio stations and cities in America. WPLJ New York, Wild in San Francisco, and in his hometown of Los Angeles at Pirate Radio, Power 106, KIIS FM, The BEAT, and Star 98.7, where he spent over seven years as “Stench” the Morning Show Executive Producer/Host /Affiliate Relations on the Jamie Jack and Stench Show. For more information, Contact Susan Aksu at Benztown at firstname.lastname@example.org or (818) 842-4600.
Sean 'Coop' Tabler Launches COOPedUP Prep!
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 4TH, 2020 –– COOPedUP Media LLC has launched its peer to peer show prep service, COOPedUP Prep. The goal of COOPedUP Prep will be to offer professional and major market quality show prep services to a host and/or personality. Previously, you could only rely on your company to provide such a service and now we are proud to announce an affordable alternative that gives personality their own tools to help elevate their content and brand. COOPedUP Prep provides multi-format prep covering nearly all music formats (Pop, Country, Hip-Hop, Rock, Classic Hits) as well as sports, lifestyle content, strange and happy headlines and more written and ready to serve to their audience.
Founder and C.E.O. Sean "Coop" Tabler says "In the ever changing broadcast industry that we are all in now, I think it's more important than ever to be able to access the tools necessary to elevate your show and brand.", "The idea behind this service has been on my mind since I did nights in Evansville, Indiana and our locally owned company couldn't afford show prep." There are two plan options, HOOKedUP which includes all prep content for just $19.99 per month. "We put a lot of thought into the pricing, I put myself back in Evansville and thought about what I would be willing to pay for access to high quality show prep without breaking the bank." Personalities that are interested in this first of it's kind prep service can access it via COOPedUPPrep.com CONTACT: Coop@COOPedUPPrep.com
SNAPS: John Records Landecker To Fill In For Bob Sirott All Next Week On WGN Chicago
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 4TH, 2020 –– Radio icons John Records Landecker and Bob Sirott will swap seats for a week beginning next Monday as Landecker fills in on Nexstar's WGN Chicago during the week of Aug. 10.
“Listeners are going to discover that John’s middle name truly is ‘talk,’” Sirott quipped. But will Landecker keep his boogies in check? PHOTO/Courtesy of John Records Landecker
Longtime KNBR San Francisco Host Ralph Barbieri Passes Away At 74
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 4TH, 2020 –– Following a long battle with Parkinson's disease, former KNBR host Ralph Barbieri has died at age 74. Barbieri was diagnosed with the disease in 2005 and left KNBR in 2012. He died at his home in Novato on Monday reports The San Francisco Gate
Barbieri was on KNBR for 28 years and was dubbed "The Razor" for his raspy voice and fiery delivery. He first joined KNBR in 1984, and hosted "The Razor and Mr. T" alongside Tom Tolbert from 1996 to 2012.
Barbieri's former co-host Tom Tolbert told The Chronicle's Henry Schulman. "I think of him as somebody who was San Francisco through and through. He could be loud. He could be abrasive. He could be fiercely loyal to the people he loved, and his family. He was going to hold onto his opinions for dear life and wasn't going to back down. He was going to do what he thought was right, everybody else be damned. I loved the guy. I loved working with the guy. I don't think anyone will ever have the magic that we had."
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BLOG: What 1,000 Radio Listeners Said About Morning Shows Staying On Longer?
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 3RD, 2020 –– In Randy Lane's latest blog he writes as
Covid continues to inflict instability on all of us, including morning radio. Cume is down as much as 50%, tune-in has shifted forward 75 minutes and the 8 and 9 AM hours now have the most listeners. Many radio shows and staffs are still working from home. Not only are giant tech companies like Google continuing remote work for employees deep into 2021, but conventional corporations like Bain are doing the same.
Lane points to KPLZ Seattle Program Director and TCCP Radio Research President, Kent Phillips (BR) shares fresh research on this issue: “Our internal TCCP Radio research is confirming that in many PPM markets listeners are turning on the radio an hour later during the pandemic. You can also look at cume between 6a-8a in larger markets and see the same thing. So, we asked the question of 1000 25-54 Adult radio listeners in multiple markets: Do you want the morning show on your favorite music station to stay on later?
The answer was overwhelmingly no, regardless of format.
Just because people are getting up later doesn’t mean they have changed their mid-day listening habits. Many still start work at 9am from home and want their favorite mid-day music or talk station as a companion, not their morning show. Just because they love cereal in the morning, doesn’t mean they want it at 11am! Among TCCP's Suggestions:
Don’t time-shift your morning show unless…you have one of those elite shows with huge ratings (out-performing the station by 20+%) over many years in formats like Rock and CHR that typically have weak at-work listening. Shows like The Bert Show syndicated from Q99.7 Atlanta and Two Guys Named Chris (TL) WKRR Greensboro, NC can stay on-air until 11 to boost midday ratings.
For maximum exposure, run or rerun your best benchmark(s) in the 8 and/or 9 AM hour, unless you go all music at 9.
Run promos informing listeners how to find your station on mobile devices, computers, and smart speakers. Radio listening on digital recently went over 50% of total listening according to Edison Research. And finally, don't forget to Highlight your podcast for people who prefer to listen on-demand.
SYNDICATION: YEA Networks Inks Greg Beharrell For National Syndication
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 3RD, 2020 –– KLOS-FM Los Angeles will server as the flagship station for the national launch of Greg Beharrell who'll be syndicated by Yea Networks. The show will be available for all rock formats including: alt rock radio, active rock radio, classic rock radio, album rock radio, mainstream rock radio, retro rock radio and more.
“This partnership with Yea Networks and The Greg Beharrell Show is truly a travesty,” Beharrell said, clearly unaware of the word’s meaning, ”I think of my radio show as a recipe: take one part fun, add a dash of the unexpected, a dollop of excitement, a pinch of kindness, a cup of whimsy, a smidgen of laughter, a spoonful of smiles, a sprinkle of [additional 47 “ingredients” of this recipe have been redacted for the purposes of this press release].”
Shawn Nunn, President/Yea Networks added, “If you didn’t know before, Greg Beharrell is one unique character, which only makes his show that much better! As a network, we’ve primarily focused on female audiences, but when a talent like Greg wants to partner with you, how can you say no?”
Keith Cunningham, Program Director / 95.5 KLOS added, "Beharrell is a rare and unique talent who creates a wide range of fantastic, comedic content that cuts-through and gets noticed on-air and online. We are thrilled that KLOS will be his flagship station, as his show invades markets all across the country.” Beharrell will continue his evening show on KLOS - Contact YEA’s Director of Affiliate Sales, Scott Kerr at 843-270-2836 or email@example.com
ALT Rock 99.3 Harrisburg Debuts The Woody Show
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 3RD, 2020 – iHeartMedia’s ALT Rock 99.3 announced the debut of “The Woody Show,” effective today, August 3. Led by Woody Fife, he's joined by h co-hosts Ravey, Greg Gory, Menace and Sebas,
“Salute to the team at iHeartMedia in Harrisburg who foolishly believe in us so much that they’re willing to tarnish the rich history and good name of Harrisburg — which, did you know, has its own mini Statue of Liberty?” said Woody. “It’s true! The ALT Rock 99.3 signal proudly transmits from its torch.”
“We are delighted to bring ‘The Woody Show’ to ALT 99.3,” said Josh Wolff, Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Harrisburg/Allentown/Lancaster. “Their unique chemistry and brand of humor will be the perfect way for Central PA to start their day. We’re very excited!” ALT Rock 99.3’s weekday lineup: The Woody Show 6 a.m. – 10 a.m. Holly Love 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Klinger 3p.m. – 7 p.m. Amy Warner 7 p.m. – 12 a.m.
The Jesse Kelly Show Lands WBT-A/F Charlotte As Newest Affiliate
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 3RD, 2020 –– Key Networks reports its nationally syndicated news talk program, The Jesse Kelly Show, debuted Sunday, August 3, 2020, on Entercom’s WBT-AM/FM in Charlotte, NC. The show can be heard on WBT-AM/FM every Sunday from 10:00am-1:00pm EST. The Jesse Kelly Show debuted as a three-hour show in national syndication this April, and is available to stations LIVE Monday through Friday from 9am-Noon EST, with delayed broadcasts available via XDS.
Mike Schaefer, Brand Manager, WBT-AM/FM, said: “Jesse Kelly represents the evolving sonic landscape of News Talk. Jesse’s informed, funny, and brings unique experience and wisdom to the listeners that has been earned as both a Marine Corps combat veteran and a Congressional candidate. We’re excited to bring Jesse’s show to the listeners of WBT!”
For more information or to get The Jesse Kelly Show for your station, contact Dennis Green, Chief Revenue Officer, Key Networks, at 844.KEY.NETS or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please see the attached release for details. Also attached is a photo of Jesse Kelly for your use.
The Madd Hatta Departs Radio One Houston For New Opportunity
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 3RD, 2020 –– —Following a 20 year run as the host of the Madd Hatta Morning Show, broadcast veteran The Madd Hatta departs Radio One’s 97.9 The Box (KBXX-FM, Houston) and will now advise the programming team at Houston’s KTSU-FM on the campus of noted HBCU Texas Southern University.
The Madd Hatta began his broadcast career in college radio on WNAA-FM, on the campus of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro, NC. “College radio gave me my start, “Hatta recalls, “and I’m looking forward to giving something back. I know this market, I know its music and I know this school. TSU is a great fit for where I am right now and where the University’s broadcast program is going.”
Hatta is the founder and CEO of Paid in Full Entertainment, a record label whose productions have included work from Paul Wall, Chamillionaire and 50/50 Twin, as well as performances by Hatta himself as “Mista Madd”. Details of his new project for Paid in Full are expected on September 1, 2020.
Following a stint at Greensboro’s 102 JAMZ (WJMH-FM), The Madd Hatta arrived in Houston, Texas in 1993 to handle nights for Majic 102 (KMJQ-FM). He later moved to afternoons then eventually to morning drive for 97.9 The Boxx (KBXX –FM). It was there that he achieved ratings dominance of the Houston radio market while serving as APD/MD for Radio One’s Boom 92 and Majic 102. In 2013, The Madd Hatta was inducted into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame.
'Idol Opts For Virtual Auditions For Season 4
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 3RD, 2020 –– You can chalk up another Covid-19 virtual-re-direct as American Idol is saying goodbye to the live casting sessions for season 4. People reported on Friday the talent competition series will now opt for a virtual Idol Across America tour for its first round of auditions using custom-built Zoom technology. These remote auditions will begin this Aug. 10 in Delaware, Florida, and Ohio, and continue across all 50 states and Washington, D.C. into September. The new season is set to air sometime in 2021. Season 3 winner Just Sam, who was crowned virtually, offered American Idol hopefuls a message as they begin this new process. "You might be auditioning from your bedroom, your living room," she said, "but you have to treat this as if you're on the Idol stage in front of millions of people."
ABC renewed American Idol ahead of its season 3 finale, which was filmed remotely, including a performance from judge Katy Perry. Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan also serve as judges, while Ryan Seacrest hosts and Bobby Bones mentors. PHOTO/ABC
iHeart Milwaukee Launches Brilliantly Black
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 3RD, 2020 –– iHeartMedia Milwaukee’s V100.7, FM106.1, 95.7 BIG FM, 97.3 The Game and The BIG 920 launched today Brilliantly Black – a community resource initiative to support local Black-owned businesses, restaurants and non-profits. Modeled after a similar program at iHeartMedia Chicago, each radio station will encourage listeners to visit its website and enter keyword “brilliant” to get more information about Black-owned businesses, restaurants and community resources.
“I want to congratulate our team on this grassroots opportunity to support Black-owned businesses,” said Colleen Valkoun, President of iHeartMedia Milwaukee. “Please join us in supporting the Black business community. I am thrilled we can use our stations to impact and inform the public about this much-needed community resource.” Local Black-owned businesses, restaurants and organizations are also encouraged to submit their information for inclusion on each station’s Brilliantly Black community resource website.
Hubbard's WARM 106.9 Seattle Super Kids Cheer On Mariners For Home Opener
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 3RD, 2020 –– Warm 106.9 Seattle's Workday Host, Shellie Hart, enlists her Super Kids to cheer on the Seattle Mariners in celebration of their Home Opener last week! Shellie’s Hart’s Super Kids have been featured on “Kids in Cars Cruising for Kudos,” a video series that celebrates kids who have unselfishly produced fundraisers, overcome personal challenges, or have shared their encouraging messages.
Even though the Super Kids are not able to attend the Home Opener, they wanted to share their excitement for the season by singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” over Zoom!
Longtime Detroit Sports Radio Host Jamie Samuelsen Passes Away At 48
THE MOUTH, AUGUST 3RD, 2020 –– Longtime Detroit host Jamie Samuelsen died Saturday night after a two-year battle with colon cancer. He was 48. He is survived by his wife, Christy McDonald, and three children, Caroline, 16; Josh, 14; and Catherine, 11. Earlier in the week, the 97.1 The Ticket host told listeners he was diagnosed with colon cancer nearly two years ago, but said he waited to make his fight with cancer public because he wanted his relationship with listeners to be business as usual.
“Each morning since my diagnosis, I got up, turned on the radio mic and got to talk sports,” Samuelsen said. “I needed the escape from cancer, just like so many of our listeners who face hardships, grief and illness, too, they turned to us in the morning for some levity in this crazy world. So I wanted to continue to have fun and not let cancer get in the way of doing what I loved. Connecting with listeners, laughing, teasing (co-host) Stoney, all of it, it helped me be normal, while continuing to fight this disease.” According to MLive, Samuelsen, who is also a frequent guest on the FOX 2 SportsWorks roundtable, has been on the airwaves of Detroit sports talk radio for 25 years. He’s been with 97.1 the ticket since 2012.
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SiriusXM's Jim Meyer Says He Knows What Stern Wants' Amid Contract Talks
THE MOUTH, JULY 31ST, 2020 –– CEO Jim Meyer said the company is once again in contract talks with Howard Stern, whose agreement expires at year end. He said he “knows what Howard wants” and is trying to make it work. “I don’t want to be overly optimistic, but I want Howard here." Meyer added: "This process isn’t any different to me that the last time, so we keep working and we will get there I hope,” Meyer made the comments during his second quarter earnings call Thursday morning. Meyer added. He said that if Stern does leave, SiriusXM has the right to Stern’s library of shows for seven years. “That’s not what I would like. I want Howard on the air.”
Spotify CEO Daniel Ek, asked about Stern on a call and made a case for his service reports Deadline. This came as SiriusXM saw a steep 31% drop in advertising sales at Pandora to $211 million for the three months ended in June but said declines moderated over the quarter — down 41% in April, 36% in May and 18% in June year on year. Subscription revenue at it core satellite broadcast business was flat at $1.5 billion Consolidated sales dipped 5% to $1.8 billion from $1.9 billion for the quarter. Net income fell to $243 from $263 million. Earnings per share came in at $0.05 versus $0.06. Meyer called the performance “extremely resilient” and ahead of internal expectations. Sirius XM reported approximately 264,000 net new self-pay subscribers in the second quarter.
Expanded podcast efforts, including the recent acquisitions of Stitcher, along with tech and sales capability will continue to drive growth. The company noted talent it’s brought in including Gayle King and Bruce Springsteen. Earlier this month, it debuted new channels from the Beastie Boys, Bob Marley, Coldplay, Queen, comedian Jim Gaffigan.
97.1 Amp LA Unveils New Morning Show
THE MOUTH, JULY 31TH, 2020 – Entercom unveiled a new weekday morning show on 97.1 AMP (KAMP-FM), Los Angeles/ Beginning August 3, the station will debut a special Los Angeles edition of “The Morning Mess,” featuring Joey Boy, Aneesh Ratan, Jeana Shepard and Karla Hernandez, weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. PT. The show, currently on sister station Live 101.5 (KALV-FM) in Phoenix, will feature curated local content for Los Angeles listeners, including lifestyle, news, daily traffic and weather updates, as well as city-specific COVID updates. Listeners in L.A. will also hear popular segments like “Nachoo’s Revenge,” featuring Joey Boy’s alter ego prank calling unsuspecting listeners.
“Joey Boy and The Morning Mess are a true reflection of Southern California,” said Jeff Federman, Regional President, Entercom. “They are diverse, dynamic, socially responsible and completely transparent.” Joey Boy, also known as ‘Nachoo,’ joined Entercom in 2013 as an original co-host for “The Morning Mess” on Live 101.5, and has served in various roles in Phoenix radio since 2002.
Frank Ski & Nina Brown Take Over Afternoons On WHUR Wash. DC
THE MOUTH, JULY 31ST, 2020 –– Frank Ski and Nina Brown are taking over afternoons at 96.3 WHUR. The show will air weekdays from 3 pm to 7 pm starting Monday, August 3.
Ski is no stranger to the DMV. He began his radio career in the District in the early 1990s before moving on to Baltimore and then to Atlanta and back to DC for a stint at WHUR in 2013. Brown has worked in radio and television for nearly two decades and has produced several of Ski’s #1 rated radio shows.
“Frank Ski has dominated ratings and has an incredible legacy of community enrichment wherever he is on the air. He is a media icon and adding his name to WHUR once again completes our DMV Dream Team,” said WHUR Program Director Al Payne. “Now more than ever, it’s crucial to have knowledgeable trustworthy voices on the air. Frank and Nina have a proven track record of success and adding them to the WHUR team is a huge win for us,” said WHUR General Manager Sean Plater.
Cousin Brucie' Leaving SiriusXM, But Says He's Not Retiring'
THE MOUTH, JULY 31ST, 2020 –– Radio legendary host Bruce "Cousin Brucie" Morrow says he's taking August off to spend time with his wife and that he expects to be back broadcasting at some point. Morrow, who became best known for his 13 years at WABC/770 AM in the 1960s and '70s, announced the move on his SiriusXM show on Wednesday. Morrow said his final show would be this Saturday. Morrow added he didn't consider this a retirement and that he expected to be broadcasting again at some point
A SiriusXM spokesman said in a statement, "After broadcasting on SiriusXM since 2005, Cousin Brucie has chosen to step away from the mic. After many amazing years broadcasting on SiriusXM, and a celebrated career of more than 60 years in radio, we wish Brucie the best in any future endeavor." Allan Sniffen, who runs the New York Radio Message board and the website musicradio77.com, devoted to WABC-AM's music years, told Newsday. "He was phenomenally successful in his younger years, primary on WABC from 1961 to 1974, when the baby boomers came of age and everybody listened to the same few stations," added Sniffen.
Morrow was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1988 and the Long Island Music Hall of fame in 2018, among other honors. After leaving WABC, Morrow also did stints at WNBC/660 AM and WCBS/101.1 FM before moving to satellite radio
Herman Cain, Former WSB Atlanta Host & Presidential Candidate, Passes Away After Battle With Covid-19
THE MOUTH, JULY 31, 2020 –– Former presidential candidate and WSB radio host Herman Cain has died after a battle with COVID-19, WSB-TV reported on Thursday. Cain had been hospitalized in metro Atlanta battling the coronavirus for over a month. He was 74.
"We knew when he was first hospitalized with COVID-19 that this was going to be a rough fight," a spokesperson said on his website. "He had trouble breathing and was taken to the hospital by ambulance. We all prayed that the initial meds they gave him would get his breathing back to normal, but it became clear pretty quickly that he was in for a battle." Officials said Herman was in the high risk category because of his diagnosis of cancer in 2006.
Officials said they were not sure how Cain contracted the virus. He attended President Trump’s rally in Tulsa June 20 as a campaign surrogate. Cain’s staff announced June 27 that he had tested positive for the virus.
Cain was the host of The Herman Cain Show on NewsmaxTV. He left his show on WSB’s News 95.5 and AM 750 WSB in 2018 but continued to appear on the stations doing daily commentary.
REPORT: Gen Z Listeners Heavy Users of Streaming,
But 55% Listen to AM/FM Daily
Audio consumers in “Gen Z” -- those between the ages of 13 and 24 -- prefer listening on their smartphones, which should be no surprise because they have grown up with the devices, but AM/FM radio’s reach among Gen Z is high (55%), according to Share of Ear® information from Edison Research. Megan Vartan, Director of Research at Edison Research and Jayne Charneski, founder of Front Row Insights & Strategy, presented the “Radio’s Roadmap to Gen Z Listenership” webinar today -- a version of this study was presented at the NAB Show Express earlier this year.
Who are those in Generation Z? Gen Z is the most racially diverse generation in the U.S. to date, with 48% identifying as a racial or ethnic minority. They are the first generation of true digital natives; they are increasingly being referred to as “Zoomers,” a nod to the pace at which technology and culture have changed in their lifetimes, and now to the presence of Zoom in their lives. Having grown up in the age of the 24-hour-news cycle and endless information on the internet, they regularly consume news and information. Share of Ear measures audio consumption of those aged 13+ in the U.S., so those aged 13-24 were used to represent Gen Z in this study.
Over half (55%) of 13-24 year-olds in the U.S. are reached by AM/FM radio daily, just surpassing the reach of streaming (53%). “Perhaps fact that Gen Z listens to any AM/FM radio surprises you,” said Vartan. “Many people believe that no young people ever listen to the radio any more. This is simply not true. Especially when they are in their cars, but even in other places – young people do listen to the radio.”
Gen Z listeners spend 50% less of their total share of time listening to AM/FM radio than the average 13+ population, so even though 55% of Gen Zers are reached by radio daily, they spend less time with radio when they tune in.
Gen Z listens to AM/FM Radio most when they are in the car. Almost 50% of the time spent listening to audio in the car among13-24 year-olds is to AM/FM radio, surpassing streaming audio, YouTube, and others.
Gen Z listeners are much more likely to listen to audio on a smartphone than a traditional device. Gen Z uses a radio receiver 50% less than the average 13+ population, and they use their phones for listening 75% more than the average 13+ population.
Gen Z listeners spend 58% more of their total share of time listening to streaming audio than the average 13+ population. Their share of YouTube listening, which is surveyed only for music and music videos, is 98% higher than the average 13+ population.
"Stations need to remind these digital natives that FM radio is available digitally" said Charneski. "This is the generation that was swiping before they were wiping…and yet, somehow they’re not thinking of FM radio as that’s available on their phones and mobile devices." Download Radio’s Roadmap to Gen Z Listening here. (also attached)
EVENTS: Country 94.9 New York's Kelly Ford Interviews American Medical Association President Dr. Susan Bailey For AWMF
THE MOUTH, JULY 31ST, 2020 –– The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) released the latest installment of the AWM Gracie Interview Series – A Virtual Gathering with American Medical Association President Susan R. Bailey, M.D. Titled “Medicine and The Media – Leadership in Historic Times,” the session was moderated by Entercom’s Kelly Ford, host of Kelly Ford in the Morning on New York’s Country 94.7.
The Gracie Interview Series – A Virtual Gathering series was created to engage leaders in media to share wisdom and guidance during a time of immense change and unpredictability. In response to a question about what medical experts have learned since February, Dr. Bailey shared, “It’s not flip flopping – this is how science is supposed to work. When we get new data, we draw new conclusions and may need to change recommendations.”
Becky Brooks, Executive Director of the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation stated. “We look forward to hosting more virtual gatherings to share the wisdom of experienced leaders.” The Gracie Interview Series – Virtual Gatherings are a segment of The Gracie Awards brand.
Ruth Presslaff Named National Spokeswoman For MIW Group
THE MOUTH, JULY 31ST, 2020 –– The Mentoring & Inspiring Women in Radio (MIW) Group Executive Committee has appointed Presslaff Interactive Revenue Founder, and leader of Second Street Media Enterprise Sales, Ruth Presslaff, its new National Spokeswoman. She succeeds Mesnik Group President Denyse Smith Mesnik, APR who assumed the role in 2017 and will continue serving as a member of the MIW Group Executive Committee.
The MIW Group is a volunteer organization dedicated to developing management and leadership skills for women in radio broadcasting, and equally committed to advocating the advancement of women to senior positions in the industry. Joan Gerberding became the MIW Group’s first national spokeswoman in 2000, followed by Heidi Raphael in 2008, Kay Olin in 2014 and Denyse Mesnik in 2017.
“I'm humbled by this opportunity, eager to take on this challenge and honored to work with a truly stellar Executive Committee of dedicated and powerful women,” said Ruth Presslaff. “There is a great need to serve our industry by mentoring women broadcasters at this particularly difficult moment in time, and beyond. To follow in Denyse, Kay, Heidi and Joan's footsteps is both daunting, and true to our mission, inspiring!”To learn more about the MIW Group’s programs, please visit www.RadioMIW.com.
Seattle’s 95.7 The Jet Raises Over 220,000 Meals In 'Jodi & Bender’s Fill the Truck Food Challenge'
THE MOUTH, JULY 31ST, 2020 –– iHeartMedia Seattle’s 95.7 The Jet's inaugural “Jodi & Bender’s Fill the Truck Food Challenge” raised over 220,000 meals to benefit Food Lifeline, a food network powered by Feeding America which distributes food to over 300 food banks, shelters and meal programs in the Western Washington area.
The newly minted “Mornings with Jodi & Bender” show brought back a popular Seattle food drive promotion that Bender had done several times in the past around Thanksgiving.From Wednesday, July 15to Wednesday, July 22, the duo committed to broadcasting on the top of a 53-foot trailer truck until it’s filled with food for the community. Listeners were encouraged to stop by and donate non-perishable food items or make an online monetary donation at www.fillthetrucknow.com. Committed to the goal of helping Food Lifeline, Bender remained camped out on top of the truck day and night during the eight-day drive.
“With everything going on in and around our city, something needed to be done now,” said Bender, co-host of the “Mornings with Jodi & Bender” show. “The demand is so high on our local food banks while the donations are at an all-time low. We knew we couldn’t wait.”
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MSBC 2020: 'Virtual Event' Now Set For September; Next On-Site' Event Aug. 2021
THE MOUTH, JULY 29TH, 2020 –– Calling it a 'difficult decision,' Morning Show Boot Camp host Don Anthony says, 'Despite our best efforts, and in the interest of our amazing attendees and sponsors, we're now preparing a special 'Virtual Gathering' for this September in place of the recently rescheduled MSBC 32."
Anthony added, "Needless to say, this wasn't an easy decision, perhaps one of our most difficult ever. But based on the continued issues and concerns related to the Covid-19 pandemic, it's the right decision during this uncertain time."
In the days and weeks ahead, we'll provide more details on both our virtual event and next year's 33rd annual conference. In the meantime, feel free to contact us HERE with any questions, or call 770-737-2700.
21-Yr. Old Daughter Of Charlotte Radio's Ace, Of Ace & TJ Show, Killed In AutoAccident
THE MOUTH, JULY 30TH, 2020 – It's with deep sadness that we report the death of Payton Cannon, 21-yr. old daughter of David 'Ace' Cannon (R), co-host the syndicated Ace & TJ Show, who was killed in an auto crash. According to WSOC-TV, the crash happened just after midnight Wednesday. Troopers said Payton Cannon was driving a 2020 BMW when the car went off the road and hit a tree. She died at the scene. Troopers said Cannon was wearing a seatbelt and was the only person in the car at the time of the crash.
On Wednesday, his co-host, TJ, posted a message on social media (L), asking for prayers and support.
He wrote: "Our show has experienced a heart wrenching blow. Ace’s daughter Payton was taken from us in a single car accident last night. As you can imagine, we are all devastated, but Ace and his family are especially in desperate need of your prayers. We have always shared our lives with you during laughter and sadness, so we wanted to give you the information before you heard it somewhere else. We will keep you updated as much as possible. Thank you for your constant support. We appreciate it more than you could possibly know."
Send condolences to : AceTJ@acetj.com
ESPN Gives 22-Hour Thank You To Mike Golic; Mike Greenberg Pays Tribute
THE MOUTH, JULY 30TH, 2020 – ESPN Cleveland is celebrating Mike Golic's last day on air Friday. According to News5 Cleveland, the station will celebrate his 22-year run in the mornings with "22 hours of Golic." The station will feature memories, pictures, videos and stories from his career. Golic will be interviewed on The Really Big Show with Tony Rizzo and Aaron Goldhammer Thursday at 10:30 a.m. Golic's last show is Friday.
Also paying tribute was his longtime co-host, Mike Greenberg, who delivered heartfelt speech to Mike Golic's ESPN Radio career. USA Today says Greenberg used a couple of minutes on his show, Get Up!, to deliver his own tribute and it was terrific. Greenberg split it into two parts, starting with Golic the father. “In the earliest days of our partnership,” he said, I saw up close and personal what it looks like when you really put your family first. Every parent I know says their kids are their first priority, but not all of them live that way. Mike does. He lived that way every single day.”
Greenberg then spoke about how Golic broke through as a broadcaster by first being an athlete. “As a result, he didn’t just open a door for others, he built one,” he said. “There was no door before he came along. So Mike Golic changed the game for the hundreds of athletes who have followed in his footsteps, as well as the millions of sports fans who have enjoyed his company all these years.” WATCH HERE
Scott Jameson Named Dir. Programing at Beasley Detroit
THE MOUTH, JULY 30TH, 2020 – Beasley Media Group announces Scott Jameson has been named Director of Programming of Beasley Media Group’s Detroit-based radio cluster. In his new role, Scott will be responsible for overseeing the programming of WRIF-FM, WCSX-FM, WMGC-FM, WDMK-FM and the Praise Network. He will begin his new position on Monday, August 3, 2020.
Jameson most recently served as Cumulus Media’s Vice President of Classic Rock Programming, Program Director of heritage classic rock station KQRS-FM and Operations Manager of KQRS-FM, KXXR-FM & WGVX-FM in Minneapolis.
“Joining Beasley Media Group in Detroit is a terrific opportunity,” said Jameson. “The Midwest is home for me, so it’s a natural fit. The legendary WRIF-FM and heritage WCSX-FM, joined with The BOUNCE, KISS, and PRAISE boast exceptional talent across all five brands. Adding Beasley’s commitment to the community, along with an aggressive digital presence, turns listeners into fans. I’m thankful to Justin Chase for approaching me about the Detroit situation and grateful to Mac Edwards and Brian Beasley for their endorsement.” “Rarely do you come across a programmer like Scott, who has such a high level of experience, strategic vision and passion for our business,” said Beasley Media Group Chief Content Officer Justin Chase. "We’re very happy to have him in the Beasley family in Detroit!”
Al Beck Adds Night Shift At 96 K-ROCK in Fort Myers
THE MOUTH, JULY 30TH, 2020 – Beasley Media Group named Al Beck its new nighttime host from 6 p.m.- 10 p.m. at 96 K-ROCK (WRXK-FM) in Fort Myers, Florida. Beck, who currently serves as the Producer of the Dave and Chuck The Freak Morning Show at WRIF-FM in Detroit and is co-host of the Nerd Radio podcast, can also be heard evenings on ROCK 92.9 in Boston. Beck officially added WRXK-FM to his current on-air duties on Monday, July 27, 2020.
“We are excited to add Al Beck to our on-air line up at WRXK,” said Beasley Media Group Southwest Florida Operations Manager Adam Star. “Al’s on-air rock presentation is stellar, plus his connection with our syndicated Morning Show, Dave and Chuck the Freak, doesn’t hurt either! We felt bringing him on the air made perfect sense to embrace the Fort Myers rock world.”
“I am thrilled to be joining incredible on-air lineup of Dave and Chuck the Freak, Matt Mangas and the legendary Stan& Haney on the air at 96 K-ROCK,” said Beck. “I can’t wait to get started and join their incredible team!”
REPORT: Spotify Hits 138 Million Subscribers; Total Listeners Near Milestone
THE MOUTH, JULY 30TH, 2020 – Spotify's paying subscribers climbed 27% to hit 138 million at the end of June, the music streaming service said Wednesday in its second-quarter earnings report and closed in on a worldwide milestone. According to CNET, the latest figures further cement Spotify as the world's biggest subscription music service. Spotify appeared to remain above its No. 2 competitor Apple Music, though Apple hasn't updated the public on its membership in more than a year. Spotify also reported Tuesday that 299 million people now use its service at least once a month, up 29% from a year earlier. Not surprisingly, Spotify predicted it would cross the 300 million listener milestone in the current quarter, predicting it would end September with between 312 million and 317 million monthly active listeners.
On Wednesday, Spotify pointed to its catalog and recommendations are diversifying people's music tastes. The number of artists making up Spotify's "top tier," or those accounting for the top 10% of streams, is widening quickly, Spotify said. More than 43,000 artists are in that top percentile of popularity, up 43% from 30,000 a year earlier.
As for podcast, the company said that the percentage of its users listening trose to 21% from 19%, and the amount of podcast listening on Spotify is growing by a triple-digit percentage from a year earlier.
NETWORKS: Skyview Networks’ Sales Conference Goes Virtual
THE MOUTH, JULY 30TH, 2020 – Skyview Networks’ annual sales conference launched on Wednesday, virtually, with addresses by top industry leaders and network executives, including Erica Farber (L), CEO of the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) and Stacia Deshishku, Vice President and General Manager of ABC Audio. Skyview Networks’ CEO, Ken Thiele, President and COO, Steve Jones and Executive Vice President and General Manager, Jeanne-Marie Condo also spoke to the strength of Skyview Networks through the impact of COVID-19 and the confidence that the company will emerge stronger than before, through network audience acquisition.
Condo proudly announced that Skyview Networks has crested 6,000 network affiliates and increased its reach to 115 million weekly listeners, stating, “We have experienced tremendous growth, even during this very difficult period. We made quick and smart decisions in anticipation of COVID-19, have healthy and evolving partnerships with our networks, and our work hard to deliver for advertisers no matter the circumstance. This conference will set the foundation for our sales strategy as we prepare for our 2021 Upfront and a strong sales year ahead.”
To close the day, Dana Cortez of The Dana Cortez Show (R) defined LatinX in America, laying out that to reach this demographic today, “Advertisers need to be airing on English programming that speaks to Gen Z and millennial Latinos. Otherwise, they are missing the larger slice of the pie, which are listeners from today’s LatinX culture that have English as their first language.”
For more information on Skyview Networks, please visit skyviewnetworks.com.
CONDOLENCES: Sales Executive Bob McCurdy Passes Away Following Bout With Cancer
THE MOUTH, JULY 30TH, 2020 – Radio sales and management visionary Bob McCurdy has passed away after a lengthy battle with cancer. His wife Sydney, his daughters Meagan and Ashley, his sons Michael and Sean, his stepchildren Margaret, Charlie and Will Emerson and his seven grandchildren survive Bob.
He started in radio at WLEE AM in Richmond in 1976, then followed his early mentor and General Manager, John Piccirillo, to Indianapolis shortly thereafter. That’s where Bob became a huge proponent of leveraging data and the latest sales tools. In 1980, his thirst for knowledge and growth led Bob to an opportunity in Chicago on the national side of the business with Katz Radio. After just a few years as an Account Executive, he was promoted to run the Minneapolis office. Just a few years after that he was brought back home to NY to run the largest office in the company. Bob completely reimagined and reinvented the role of a national rep while leading the Katz Radio New York office.
In recent years Bob returned to his roots in local radio taking on a leadership position with Beasley Media Group. He loved to teach and impact others, and the role with Beasley gave him a great platform from which to do so. Bob was a tremendous influence on many in the industry. Beasley's Caroline Beasley commented: “Bob was a trusted confidant, a valued advisor and an incredible ambassador on behalf of the Beasley Media Group family and the radio industry. His love and passion for the business could be seen and heard in everything he did within our company as well as the industry. Bob will be greatly missed and will be forever remembered as a beloved member of our family.”
Rolling Stones #1 In Germany For First Time In 52 Years; BBC Puts Up Blimp
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, JULY 30TH, 2020 – The German singles charts are normally dominated by Urban/Dance/Hip Hop acts, Star FM changed that. In early June Star FM, Berlin’s leading rock station and smaller sister station Star FM Nurnberg recognised an opportunity for “Living In A Ghost Town” by the Rolling Stones to score a high position on the charts. At the time, “Living In A Ghost Town” had stalled at No. 22 with little prospect of improving. The odds of making a rock song No. 1 in a country of around 90 million people, where Urban/Dance/Hip Hop acts command the contemporary music narrative, was low however Star FM took up the challenge. Star FM commenced their “Chartbuster” promotion of the song, encouraging listeners to buy and stream it (in addition to listening to Star!). Star FM created a strong sense of fun and community amongst its listeners and they responded in their thousands. By July “Living In A Ghost Town” was No. 1 on the German singles chart. It was the bands first No. 1 hit single in Germany for 52 years the previous No. 1 being “Jumpin Jack Flash“ in 1968.
Radio Host Finds Sister Who Had Been Missing - Radio host Jay-Jay Feeney thanked the police and public for helping find her sister Michelle. Feeney said she was expecting the worst when she posted on social media on Tuesday evening that her sister Michelle had been missing for a week. But on Wednesday morning, thanks to the public’s help, she was able to share the update that her sister had been found safe. “Thank you so much for helping,” Feeney said on air on More FM’s drive show on Wednesday afternoon. In her post, Feeney said her sister had not been in touch with any close friends or family “for quite a few days and we are very worried about her”. However a police spokeswoman said on Wednesday morning Michelle Feeney was safe and well. Read More HERE
BBC Radio 1 Puts Corona Blimp Above Cardiff, Wales - BBC Radio 1’s “Up Yours Corona” promotion has taken a new turn with a blimp emblazoned with the slogan on appearing above Cardiff. Photographed 60 metres in the air from the grounds of Cardiff Castle, the blimp’s flight is part of the search to find 193 people from 193 countries.
Led by Greg James, the station wants people from all over the world to deliver their ‘up yours’ on Radio 1.
EVENTS: iHeart Teams With Project Yellow Light; Announces Annual Scholarship Winners
THE MOUTH, JULY 30TH, 2020 – The Ad Council and Project Yellow Light announced the winners of the ninth annual Project Yellow Light scholarship competition. The contest involves students creating a TV, radio or billboard PSA to educate their peers about the dangers of distracted driving, specifically the dangers of using a phone while driving. The winning PSAs were revealed yesterday on a digital billboard in New York City’s Times Square, in space donated by Clear Channel Outdoor.
Supporting partners include AT&T’s It Can Wait, Apparent Insurance, and Elephant Insurance, Clear Channel Outdoor (CCO), iHeartMedia, WKRN-TV Nashville, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS). Scholarships for this year’s winning students are supported through AT&T’s Aspire Initiative, a $600 million commitment since 2008 to education and skills building, Apparent Insurance, Clear Channel Outdoor, iHeartMedia, and Elephant Insurance. Get more info HERE
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Nikki Jones Rises To VP of Change Management and Transformation At NPR
THE MOUTH, JULY 29TH, 2020 –– NPR has promoted Nikki Jones, currently Director of Agile Transformation and Program Management, to the new expanded role of Vice President of Change Management and Transformation. "NPR is a mission-driven organization strengthened by our relationships among people, process and technology," said Jones. "My priority is to focus on the people side of change by encouraging and empowering diverse voices, ownership, independence and accountability. These are the pillars that we'll use to align up to NPR's strategic plan. My goal is to do everything I can to incorporate those diverse, equitable, and inclusive pillars to shape the future of NPR."
Prior to joining NPR, Jones was the Director of Program Management with SiriusXM Radio, where she coached product teams responsible for digital campaign execution on SiriusXM.com and content management, sales flows, and marketing promotion optimization — leading engineering and design teams to achieve digital sales goals of 50%. As Senior Technical Program Manager with National Geographic Digital Media, she launched the official online experience for the U2 3D film for NatGeo's Cinema Ventures Entertainment Division and led cross-functional teams for all online programs for NatGeo and NatGeo Magazine.
PRODUCTS: vCreative Introduces vTrade
THE MOUTH, JULY 29TH, 2020 ––vCreative, radio’s leading provider of media workflow software solutions, introduces vTrade - developed to provide companies with the ability to easily track, manage, audit and report on trade inventory, eliminating the risk of financial loss due to wasted or expired trade. The use oftrade or bartering has existed since the inception of the media business.
Alternative forms of payment are accepted in addition to or in lieu of cash to create a marketplace aimed at attracting innovative partners. Creative campaigns that encourage audiences to engage with both the station and the business or brand through merchandise giveaways, free tickets, coupons or other experiences lend to excitement and loyalty for audiences.
vCreative partnered with clients to solve a problem that exists across the industry. Melissa Mitchell, CPA and Corporate Controller at Bonneville International and heavy vTrade user says that, “vCreative’s system allows us to keep real-time and accurate inventory of company assets. All transactions and approvals are now time-stamped which makes record keeping and reporting a breeze. Having the ability to track trade usage by client, AE, agency, and category cuts down on potential losses due unused or expired trade and the automated workflow makes the multiple departments that are involved with approving, accepting and managing trade more efficient and effective.”
“The broadcast industry is in a period of rapid transition, and we are here to enable our industry to successfully bridge to the new future,” said vCreative CEO Jinny Laderer (R). “With vCreative’s vTrade solution, we have created an offering that will bring CFOs and business managers the ability to fully assess the value of the trade they accept and monitor the effectiveness of its use.” GET MORE INFO HERE
Jubal Returns To Mornings On 106.1 KISS-FM Seattle
To Be Joined By His Wife, Alex Fresh
THE MOUTH, JULY 27TH, 2020 –– iHeart's KBKS 106.1 KISS FM announced the debut of “The Jubal Show,” starring Jubal which will debut August 2020. Jubal returns home to where it all began at 106.1 KISS FM, where he spent the first several years of his career. He will be joined by his wife, Alex Fresh, and additional hosts to be named at a later date. “We couldn’t be more excited to partner with Jubal on his next endeavor and welcome him to iHeartMedia Seattle,” said Robert Dove, Market President for iHeartMedia Seattle. “Jubal’s ability to cultivate a diverse fan base across America, but most importantly, right here in Seattle, was just something we could not miss. I’m excited to welcome him and Alex to the team!”
“We are just trying to give the people what they want,” said Maynard, Executive Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia. “And they want JUBAL!” In addition, Jubal has received an array of awards and accolades celebrating his on-air career, including the National Radio Hall of Fame “One to Watch” Award and the prestigious Marconi Award for “Large Market Personality of the Year.”
“I'm going back to KISS because when I left 10-years ago, I didn't get the chance to clean out my desk, and I just want my favorite pen back,” said Jubal. “Oh, and also the amazing opportunity to work for, and with, the best in the business at iHeartMedia. I'm constantly trying to evolve and grow and find new innovative ways to entertain my audiences and iHeart is always on the cutting edge. This new chapter is going to be bananas. Plus, I get my pen back!”
Mike Francesa Announces That Today Will Be His Last Day On WFAN New York
THE MOUTH, JULY 24TH, 2020 –– After 33 years, Mike Francesa is, once again, leaving WFAN. The longtime sports talk show host announced his decision on Thursday during “Mike’s On” that he is stepping down and that (today) will be his final regularly scheduled show. Francesa had previously retired at the end of 2017. "Tomorrow night will be my last regularly-scheduled broadcast on the FAN," he said. "I have been discussing this with the company for a while. We agreed I would stay until sports came back. The reason – I have cut back dramatically. This has been a very strange year. It has made me think about different things and do different things."
Francesa has been a fixture at WFAN across five decades, where he established himself as one of the most celebrated and successful sports talk show hosts in the history of radio. “Mike has been the heart of WFAN for over 30 years, and though his day in and day out presence has come to an end, that bond happily will continue,” Chris Oliviero, SVP/Market Manager at WFAN said. “The future of WFAN as the premiere sports platform in New York is bright, and that is in large part to the foundation that Mike has helped build.”
In 1989, Francesa and Chris “Mad Dog” Russo teamed up to host the iconic “Mike and the Mad Dog” show, which lasted 19 years and paved the way for sports talk radio in New York and across the country. The show came to an end in 2008, but Mike remained on WFAN, where he hosted “Mike’s On” ever since and continued to have a successful run which saw his popularity and influence grow with a new generation of sports fans. “To me, it validates his place as the greatest sports host ever,” Oliviero told Newsday in June. “But also one of the most iconic New York radio hosts regardless of genre or format.”