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2018 Marconi Awards Finalists Announced

THE MOUTH, JULY 17TH, 2018 –– -- The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) announced the finalists for the 2018 NAB Marconi Radio Awards, honoring radio stations and on-air personalities for excellence in broadcasting. The winners will be announced September 27 at the NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner & Show, sponsored by Xperi and held during the 2018 Radio Show in Orlando.

The 2018 Radio Show, produced by the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) and the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), will be held September 25-28 in Orlando. This year's show brings radio broadcasters and industry colleagues together to share knowledge, discover the latest innovations, network with industry leaders and explore creative business strategies for the digital age. To learn more about the 2018 Radio Show, visit www.radioshowweb.com.

SEE COMPLETE LIST OF WINNERS HERE

LEGENDARY STATION OF THE YEAR
KKBQ-FM, Houston, TX
KOA-AM, Denver, CO
WBAP-AM, Dallas, TX
WHIO-AM, Dayton, OH
WOKV FM, Jacksonville, FL

NETWORK/SYNDICATED PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR
Dan Patrick, Premiere Networks
Delilah, Premiere Networks
Raul Molina, Carla Medrano & Andres Maldonado, Univision Radio
Ryan Seacrest, Premiere Networks
Sean Hannity, Premiere Networks

MAJOR MARKET PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR
Angie Martinez, WWPR-FM, New York, NY
Bob Stroud, WDRV-FM, Chicago, IL
Ebro Darden, WQHT-FM, New York, NY
Felger & Massarotti, WBZ-FM, Boston, MA
Kimmie Tee, Tony Sculfield and Antoine Davis, KBLX-FM, San Francisco, CA

LARGE MARKET PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR
Brooke & Jubal , KQMV-FM, Seattle, WA
Dori Monson, KIRO-FM, Seattle, WA
Jack Harris, WFLA-AM, Tampa, FL
Joe Kelly, WDBO-FM, Orlando, FL
Rich Jones, WOKV FM, Jacksonville, FL

MEDIUM MARKET PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR
Bill Barrett, Tim Fox & Tracy Berry, KKNU-FM, Eugene, OR
Brent Johnson, WTCB-FM, Columbia, SC
Harlen The Sports Guy and Pigskin Bob, KYKX-FM, Tyler, TX
Pat Kerrigan, KSRO-AM, Santa Rosa, CA
Scoot, WWL-FM, New Orleans, LA

SMALL MARKET PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR
Brian Byers, WSOY-AM, Decatur, IL
Chris and Rosie, WUSQ-FM, Winchester, VA
Frito and Katy, KNDE - FM, College Station, TX
Scotty and Catryna, KCLR-FM, Columbia, MO
Todd Haugen, KBHP-FM, Bemidji, MN

MAJOR MARKET STATION OF THE YEAR
KNX-AM, Los Angeles, CA
KTCK-FM, Dallas, TX
WBEB-FM, Philadelphia, PA
WQHT-FM, New York, NY
WSB-AM, Atlanta, GA

LARGE MARKET STATION OF THE YEAR
KXL-FM, Portland, OR
WDBO-FM, Orlando, FL
WDUV-FM, St. Petersburg, FL
WKTI-FM, Milwaukee, WI
WSOC-FM, Charlotte, NC

MEDIUM MARKET STATION OF THE YEAR
KSRO-AM, Santa Rosa, CA
WEZN-FM, Milford, CT
WHKO-FM, Dayton, OH
WMGQ-FM, Somerset, NJ
WRVA-AM, Richmond, VA

SMALL MARKET STATION OF THE YEAR
KFGO-AM, Fargo, ND
KVOX-FM, Fargo, ND
KWYO-AM, Sheridan, WY
WFRE-FM, Fredrick, MD
WWUS-FM, Sugarloaf Key, FL

AC STATION OF THE YEAR
KRWM-FM, Seattle, WA
KSTP-FM, St. Paul, MN
WMEE-FM, Fort Wayne, IN
WRCH-FM, Farmington, CT
WSHE-FM, Chicago, IL

CHR STATION OF THE YEAR
KNDE-FM, College Station, TX
KTXY-FM, Columbia, MO
WKZL-FM, Greensboro, NC
WPST-FM, Princeton, NJ
WRTS-FM, Erie, PA

CLASSIC HITS STATION OF THE YEAR
KRTH-FM, Los Angeles, CA
WMMO-FM, Orlando, FL
WOGL-FM, Philadelphia, PA
WPBG-FM, Peoria, IL
WXGL-FM, St. Petersburg, FL

COUNTRY STATION OF THE YEAR
KCLR-FM, Columbia, MO
WBBS-FM, Syracuse, NY
WUBE-FM, Cincinnati, OH
WWKA-FM, Orlando, FL
WYCT-FM, Pensacola, FL

NEWS/TALK STATION OF THE YEAR
KRMG-FM, Tulsa, Oklahoma
KYW-AM, Philadelphia, PA
WGN-AM, Chicago, IL
WKXW-FM, Trenton, NJ
WTOP-FM, Washington, D.C.

NON-COMMERCIAL STATION OF THE YEAR
KHJK-FM, Rocklin, CA
WEEM-FM, Pendleton, IN
WPSC-FM, Wayne, NJ
WUFT-FM, Gainesville, FL
WWOZ-FM, New Orleans, LA

RELIGIOUS STATION OF THE YEAR
KKLA-FM, Los Angeles, CA
KLTY-FM, Dallas, TX
KNWI-FM, West Des Moines, IA
KPWJ-FM, College Station, TX
WFMV-FM, Columbia, SC

ROCK STATION OF THE YEAR
WBAB-FM, Long Island, NY
WMMR-FM, Philadelphia, PA
WPLR-FM, Connecticut, CT
WRIF-FM, Detroit, MI
WRLT-FM, Nashville, TN

SPANISH STATION OF THE YEAR
KLOL-FM, Houston, TX
KLVE-FM, Los Angeles, CA
KLZT-FM, Austin, TX
WKAQ-AM, Houston, TX
WYUU-FM, Tampa, FL

SPORTS STATION OF THE YEAR
WBZ-FM, Boston, MA
WEEI-FM, Boston, MA
WIP-FM, Philadelphia, PA
WMFS-FM, Memphis, TN
WXOS-FM, St. Louis, MO

URBAN STATION OF THE YEAR
WFXC-FM, Raleigh, NC
WKYS-FM, Washington, D.C.
WVKL-FM, Virginia Beach, VA
WWPR-FM, New York, NY
WZFX-FM, Fayetteville, NC

 

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: iHeartMedia Promotes Four To Division Presidents; LeGrett Rises

THE MOUTH, JULY 17TH, 2018 –– iHeartMedia announced that four of its Region Presidents have been elevated to Division Presidents of the iHeartMedia Markets Group, effective immediately. Linda Byrd (TL), Scott Hopeck (LC), Brian Olson (RC) and Jeff Tyler (TR) will expand their current Region President roles to include Division President responsibilities -- joining current Division Presidents Kevin LeGrett and Tom McConnell -- and will report to Greg Ashlock, President of the iHeartMedia Markets Group.

“With the substantial lead we have as the number one audio company in America, we have built a one-of-kind multiplatform company that offers our advertising partners benefits, driven by our unique first party and attribution data, that until now they have only found in digital,” said Ashlock. “As we continue to transition these capabilities from our national platforms to the market level, this new leadership structure will allow us to accelerate how we import and export innovation.” iHeartMedia also announced that in addition to his Division President responsibilities, LeGrett has been named Executive Vice President of Operations for the Markets Group, reporting to Ashlock.

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BUSINESS: FCC Chair Pai Voices 'Serious Concerns' With Sinclair-Tribune Merger

THE MOUTH, JULY 17TH, 2018 –– FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said that he has “serious concerns” about Sinclair Broadcast Group’s plans to merge with Tribune Media reports and has proposed that the merger deal to be sent to an administrative law judge for review report Variety.

“Based on a thorough review of the record, I have serious concerns about the Sinclair/Tribune transaction,” Pai said in a statement. “The evidence we’ve received suggests that certain station divestitures that have been proposed to the FCC would allow Sinclair to control those stations in practice, even if not in name, in violation of the law.”

Pai’s move is a surprise given that he has faced strong criticism for what opponents view as his cozy relationship with Sinclair leaders. Sinclair released a statement later in the day saying executives were “shocked and disappointed” by Pai’s move. The company emphasized that the ownership structure proposed in its divestiture plan are “consistent” with structures that the FCC has approved in the past for Sinclair and other broadcasters. Pai added, “When the FCC confronts disputed issues like these, the Communications Act does not allow it to approve a transaction. Instead, the law requires the FCC to designate the transaction for a hearing in order to get to the bottom of those disputed issues.  For these reasons, I have shared with my colleagues a draft order that would designate issues involving certain proposed divestitures for a hearing in front of an administrative law judge.” PHOTO/youtube

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SYNDICATION: Dave & Chuck The Freak Add Mornings On WRXK-FM Ft. Myers

THE MOUTH, JULY 17TH, 2018 –– Beasley Media announced the company’s Detroit-based WRIF-FM Dave & Chuck the Freak Morning Show will now be simulcast weekday morning from 6AM-10:30AM on WRXK-FM/96 k-rock in Ft. Myers and Naples, Florida beginning on Monday, July 16, 2018. Dave Hunter and Charles Urquhart along with Lisa Way began working together in April of 2001 on Windsor, Canada’s 89X (CIMX 88.7 FM) until November of 2012. The show officially debuted on the WRIF-FM airwaves in May of 2013. Since then, they've added Cohost Andy Green, Producer James Campbell and Video Editor Jason Watson.

“We are pleased to have some of the finest personalities in the rock format within our company and Dave & Chuck are among the best of the best,” said Beasley Media Group Executive Vice President of Programming Justin Chase. “The type of content that they deliver has proven success in this market and I have no doubt this show will be a winner in Fort Myers.”

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Indy Radio Legend Bernie Eagan Announces Retirement

THE MOUTH, JULY 17TH, 2018 –– Bernie Eagan, a mainstay on Indianapolis airwaves for nearly four decades, has announced his retirement effective July 20. “Since Bernie joined Emmis, he’s hosted nearly every daypart on 2 stations, served as the music director and Assistant Program Director of 97.1 WENS, and as importantly, served as an inspiration to us all,” said Bob Richards, VP/Market Manager of Emmis-Indianapolis.

Eagan started at Emmis Communications in 1981 on Lite Rock 97.1 WENS, which is now Country 97.1 HANK FM. Bernie’s first day on the air was July 11, 1981. In 2002, he became the morning radio personality on Soft Rock B105.7 and later moved to afternoons. Eagan, who is blind, got his start on radio on WICR at what used to be Indiana Central College, now the University of Indianapolis. Eagan studied broadcasting at Ball State University and worked at several stations in East Central Indiana including WERK which is where David Letterman also got his start.

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J Niice Lands In Mornings At CHUM Toronto

THE MOUTH, JULY 17TH, 2018 –– Bell Media's CHUM 104.5 announced the addition of Jamar "J-Niice" McNeil as its new morning co-host joining its long-running team of Roger Ashby and Marilyn Denis. McNeil formerly aired on WBBM-FM (B96)Chicago. Prior to B96 he held stints in Washington, Cleveland and Miami before landing at B96 in 2008.

"I'd like to thank iHeart and Bell Media for this amazing opportunity. I'd also like to thank my agent Paul Anderson for connecting the dots on this deal. After my departure in Chicago we had very specific requirements we wanted to hit for our next venture and he without question NAILED it with Toronto and CHUM FM. This is such an exciting moment"

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NETWORKS: Clay Travis Extends With FSR

THE MOUTH, JULY 17TH, 2018 –– FOX Sports Radio (FSR), a division of Premiere Networks, announced a renewed and extended relationship with multimedia sports personality Clay Travis. Under the multi-year agreement, Travis will continue his current role as host of the network’s morning drive program, Outkick The Coverage with Clay Travis. Broadcasting Monday through Friday from 6 to 9 a.m. ET, it can be heard on nearly 300 stations nationwide, in addition to FOXSportsRadio.com and FOX Sports Radio’s channel on iHeartRadio.

“We’re excited by what we’re building with this network and Outkick The Coverage with Clay Travis is an integral piece of the puzzle,” said Don Martin, SVP Sports Programming for Premiere Networks, and Scott Shapiro, VP of Sports Programming for Premiere Networks. “We’re proud to have Clay leading our lineup every weekday morning with his bold, opinionated and entertaining brand of sports talk, which continues to drive positive results for our affiliates and advertising partners. We look forward to working together for many years to come.”

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Boomer Esiason Signs Off From WWO Broadcast Booth

THE MOUTH, JULY 17TH, 2018 –– Boomer Esiason has decided not to return as color analyst for Westwood One’s NFL broadcasts after 18 years in the Monday Night Football booth. “It has been an honor to be a member of the Westwood One NFL broadcast team for the last 18 years,” said Esiason. “I am proud to have delivered the calls for some of the most iconic Monday Night and Super Bowl moments in the history of the NFL. With my continuing busy schedule during the NFL season, including my daily NYC-based morning drive radio show, ‘The NFL Today’ and ‘Inside the NFL’, I thought the timing was right for me to step away. I would like to thank my broadcast partners in the booth who have made the job enjoyable and fulfilling. Also, I would like to thank Westwood One's senior management and sales force, who, over the years, were instrumental in providing on-air support for the Boomer Esiason Foundation.”

Since the 2001-02 NFL season, Esiason has been the lead color analyst in the Westwood One booth alongside play-by-play partners including Kevin Harlan, Marv Albert, and Howard David. Last year’s Super Bowl LII marked Esiason’s 18th Super Bowl in the booth for Westwood One and 19th overall .

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Boston's 'Sports Hub' Unveils New Studio

THE MOUTH, JULY 17TH, 2018 –– Beasley Media's WBZ-FM/98.5 The Sports Hub marked a historic day for Boston’s home for sports as WBZ-FM/98.5 as it began broadcasting its weekday shows live from the station’s brand new state of the art Beasley Media Boston studio in Dorchester, MA.

Pictured: WBZ-FM 98.5/The Sports Hub’s Mike Felger, Marshall Hook and Matt McCarthy

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EVENTS: KSHE-95 St. Louis Delivers Over 2,000 Donors In Annual Blood Drive

THE MOUTH, JULY 17TH, 2018 –– As predicted, fans of “Real Rock Radio” KSHE-95 FM turned out in large numbers for one of the nation’s largest and longest running blood drives - the 34th Annual KSHE Summer Blood Drive, held on Friday, July 6 and Saturday, July 7, 2018 in St. Louis. More than 2,000 donors participated in the two-day event, held in nine locations across the St. Louis metropolitan region.

According to Amanda Hess, Director, Donor and Public Relations for MVRBC, “KSHE is an event where people bring in their families. It is a generational phenomenon and we had a lot of donors present with their parents, grandparents, children and siblings.” KSHE 95 Promotion Director Kristen Lewis agrees, adding, “Many donors that give at the KSHE drives have been doing so for decades. Yet at each drive we also see hundreds of brand new donors. These loyal KSHE listeners tend to give at both the Summer and Winter KSHE drives

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Madonna Turns 60

[WATCH] Taylor Swift Turns Concert Malfunction Into Memorable Moment

[WATCH] Guns N' Roses Heads For $500 Million Tour Earnings As 'November Rain' Sets YouTube Record

[WATCH] New David Bowie Documentary Focusing On His Early Years Coming

Cardi B & The Carters Lead 2018 MTV Video Music Awards Nominations

Hulk Hogan Reinstated To WWE Hall of Fame

Nick Cannon and Lele Pons to Host 2018 Teen Choice Awards

[WATCH] Michelle Obama Dances With Beyoncé’s Mom at Paris Concert

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[WATCH] Longtime San Diego Morning Host Shelly Dunn Announces Retirement

THE MOUTH, JULY 16TH, 2018 –– After nearly 30 years as co-host of one of San Diego's most popular morning shows, Shelly Dunn announced her retirement on Friday the 13's show. There for the occasion was CBS Channel 8 to share the news. The announcement comes on the heels of last week's report in The San Diego Reader that its cast members on KFM-BFM's Dave, Shelly & Chainsaw (DSC) were on the hunt for a new radio home.

The report suggested that KFMB wasn't part of the negotiations, but the station was later quoted by radio blogger Joe Nelson as saying, "There were a couple articles that came out today with unfounded rumors about KFMB not being in negotiations with the DSC or not wanting to renew their show. While I don’t usually comment on rumors, I want to be clear that there is no truth to these stories. I am personally involved in discussions with the DSC crew and we have been negotiating with them in good faith. Dave Rickards confirmed the statement by adding, “We are currently in negotiations to continue our long-standing relationship with KFMB.” - Dave Rickards" - WATCH HERE

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Entercom Relaunches Fresh-FM As 'New 102.7 New York

THE MOUTH, JULY 16TH, 2018 –– Entercom announced the relaunch of Fresh 102.7 as NEW 102.7 FM in New York. The station, 102.7 FM (WNEW), will remain a Hot AC format providing upbeat variety for listeners with a curated playlist mixed with surprise and delight hit songs from as far back as the 1990’s from artists like J. Lo and Aerosmith. The change is effective immediately.

“This is an exciting move that underscores our commitment to offer listeners in New York a top rated content and music experience,” said Susan Larkin, Regional President, Market Manager, Entercom New York. “Feedback tells us that New Yorkers are looking for a Hot AC station that can take them through their workday, and we know NEW 102.7 will deliver.” Additional announcements regarding the new programming lineup will be made shortly.

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[LISTEN] Beleaguered Papa John's Founder Gives Exclusive Interview To WHAS/Louisville's Terry Meiners

THE MOUTH, JULY 16TH, 2018 ––In an exclusive interview jumped on my news outlets nationwide, Papa John's Founder John Schnatter admitted using the N-word during a recent media training exercise to WHAS sports talker Lachlan McLean and WHAS afternoon drive Terry Meiners. The slur was reported on Forbes.com and “Papa John” Schnatter was quickly removed as chairman of the Louisville-based company. The University of Louisville then removed Schnatter from its board of trustees, scrubbed his name from the business school, and Papa John’s pizza no longer retains naming rights to the Louisville football stadium. Papa John’s immediately bleached Schnatter’s image from all of its marketing materials. The University of Kentucky then announced it would remove the Schnatter name from its business school, and Schnatter’s alma mater Jeffersonville High School scraped his name off the field house where the pizza baron donated $800,000 for upgrades.

At the end of his brutal week, John Schnatter spoke exclusively with WHAS/Louisville’s Terry Meiners in a 28 minute freewheeling interview. Schnatter claimed that he “was pushed” to say the N-word by the company conducting the training exercise. “I should have been more sensitive. I wasn’t raised that way. I did it. I own it. And I’m sick about it.” He added that he feels “horrible” for the Papa John’s "employees and franchisees who did nothing wrong.” Schnatter also claimed that Papa John’s “fired" the NFL, not the other way around, after his 2017 comments complaining about African American players protesting the national anthem. Rival chain Pizza Hut is now the official pizza of the NFL. LISTEN TO INTERVIEW HERE - Read NY POST ARTICLE HERE

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Michael Kay & Don La Greca Re-Up Longterm With ESPN 98.7 FM New York

THE MOUTH, JULY 16TH, 2018 –– Michael Kay and Don La Greca have inked multiyear contract extensions with ESPN 98.7 FM New York. The Michael Kay Show airs from 3-7 p.m.. They will continue to work alongside Peter Rosenberg. “There isn't another place I would want to do radio than at ESPN,” said Kay. “I love the people I work with and the people I work for. I also think we do the best, most entertaining radio show in the country and I want to continue to make our listeners laugh and learn every day.” La Greca added, “As the first voice of this station, I could not be prouder to sign a contract that will take me through two decades with the ESPN family.”

“Michael and Don have been the cornerstone of the station since our inception. Their commitment and passion are evidenced in their strong ratings and listener loyalty,” commented Tim McCarthy, senior vice president of ESPN Radio Group. Kay, who will be inducted into the New York State Broadcasters Association’s Hall of Fame this October, has been an original member of ESPN New York’s talent lineup since 2001 and has hosted the station’s afternoon drive show since then. He is noted for his work on YES network as play-by-play voice of the New York Yankees. Kay is also host of the network’s CenterStage series and various other programming specials on YES. La Greca was the first voice listeners heard when ESPN New York launched in 2001 and has been a part of The Michael Kay Show since 2002.

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NETWORKS: ESPN's Paul Finebaum Inks Multiyear Contract Extension

THE MOUTH, JULY 16TH, 2018 –– ESPN has reached a multiyear contract extension with Paul Finebaum to remain a key contributor on ESPN and SEC Network. Finebaum will continue his presence across a number of high-profile network shows and programming, including as the host of The Paul Finebaum Show and as an analyst on SEC Nation.

“I’m thrilled to be a member of the ESPN family and look forward to continuing our show on SEC Network,” Finebaum said. “I consider myself incredibly blessed to do this every day, and I’d like to thank everyone at ESPN, as well as all of our loyal listeners and viewers, for their support.” Finebaum, easily the most recognizable voice of the SEC, launched his eponymous show on ESPN Radio in August 2013, and has brought his signature reporting style and colorful callers to the airwaves ever since. Airing weekday afternoons on SEC Network, the program showcases Finebaum’s fascinating fan base and his extensive knowledge of the SEC. Complementing his daily hosting duties on The Paul Finebaum Show and weekly appearances on SEC Nation throughout the fall, Finebaum is featured on a variety of additional ESPN programming, including Get Up!, First Take, SportsCenter, College Football Live, Finebaum Film Room and College GameDay.

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[WATCH] Steve Dahl Holds Garage Sale Of Life-Long Possessions For Charity

THE MOUTH, JULY 16TH, 2018 –– Standby Morning Show Boot Campers, following this year's event you may have an opportunity to pick up some prized posses ions of WLS' Steve Dahl. As explained on WGN TV, throughout Dahl’s 40 year career in radio, he’s collected a lot of stuff - from vinyl records and lithographs to his beloved Hawaiian T-Shirts and radio bags. It all was up for grabs at his sale on Saturday.

Some of the high-end auction items were admittedly a little harder to part with than others, says Dahl, like a classic jukebox he bought for his wife Janet. Dahl said he and his wife were doing all of this mainly to raise money for a charity in the western suburbs to help the homeless. Many of the silent auction items will stay on the auction block at WLSam.com through August 11th - conveniently a day beyond this year's Morning Show Boot Camp. This date will also coincide with Dahls 40th wedding anniversary - WATCH HERE

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Ginny Hubbard To Open Hubbard Sponsored Radio Institute Today In Washington

THE MOUTH, JULY 16TH, 2018 –– The third annual Hubbard Radio Talent Institute gets underway today on the campus of Central Washington University with Ginny Morris, Chair & CEO of Hubbard Radio kicking off the 10-day event. session. "Compelling and relatable on-air talent is what separates local radio from all other audio entertainment services," says Morris. "Our investment in the National Radio Talent System at Central Washington University is an extension of Hubbard Radio's commitment to do our part to nurture and grow the talent pipeline for the industry. We are proud to partner with Dan Vallie and his team in this important initiative."

Benztown and vCreative serve as sponsors for the National Talent Institutes.

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SNAPS: 'Baby What A Big Surprise' For Fred Jacobs In Detroit By Friends & Fam'

THE MOUTH, JULY 16TH, 2018 –– Friday the 13th was NOT an unlucky day for beloved consultant and radio futurist Fred Jacobs as his brother Paul ushered him into the Mex Restaurant in Bloomfield township Michigan for a surprise luncheon celebrating Fred’s induction into the National Radio Hall of Fame. Art Vuolo (act surprised) got it all on video and it will probably be up on the Jacobs Media website soon. The event was an incredible reunion of numerous WRIF alumni. Fred was the program director of The Riff in the mid 1970’s and the originator of the classic rock format. Also joining for the occasion was Fred's Mom, Joan. - WATCH VIDEO HERE

PHOTO: L-R Paul Jacobs, Michael Mayer, Arthur Penhallow (BABY!) Fred Jacobs, Mark Pasman, Tom Bender and Mark Pennington

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iHeart's Big Boy Invades CBS' 'The Talk'

THE MOUTH, JULY 16TH, 2018 –– iHeart's Big Boy, host of the Premiere Networks-syndicated Big Boy’s Neighborhood, returned to CBS’ The Talk to discuss that latest pop culture headlines. Check out the clip below, where Big and the panel discuss Dr. Conrad Murray, who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson, and his explosive claim that the late superstar icon was chemically castrated by his father Joe Jackson. Originating from iHeartMedia’s Real 92.3 in Los Angeles and nationally syndicated by Premiere Networks, Big Boy’s Neighborhood” is one of the leading Urban Contemporary morning shows. For more information, please visit http://www.premierenetworks.com/Pages/Big-Boy's-Neighborhood.aspx.

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The Arch's Brando 'Bearly' Recognizable

THE MOUTH, JULY 16TH, 2018 –– This may take you awhile to unsee, but feast your eyes on Brando from Spencer’s Neighborhood on Hubbard's Arch in St. Louis-Home of the world build a bear “bearquarters”. There he tried to get 'build a bear' to sell him a bear for the age he dressed: a one year old. Check out more video on The Arch Facebook page!

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Kate Upton, Justin Verlander Announce They're Expecting 1st Child

Ousted Billboard CEO Being Probed for Sexual Misconduct

The Trump Baby Blimp Is Coming To America

[WATCH] France beats Croatia In World Cup Upset

[WATCH] Angelique Kerber Tops Serena Williams At Wimbledon

[WATCH] Nancy Sinatra Sr., Frank Sinatra’s First Wife, Dies at 101

[WATCH] Downtown Abbey Returning; Cast, Too

'Queer Eye' Renewed for Season 3 at Netflix

Jack White’s Bat Inducted Into Baseball Hall of Fame

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: iHeart Names Region Presidents For Detroit & Philadelphia Markets

THE MOUTH, JULY 13TH, 2018 –– iHeartMedia announced that Paul Corvino has been named Region President for iHeartMedia Detroit and Nick Gnau has been named Region President for iHeartMedia Philadelphia, effective immediately. Gnau and Corvino will report to Tom McConnell, President of iHeartMedia’s East Division. “Nick and Paul are great leaders with successful track records and who have done an extraordinary job for us across multiple markets and platforms,” said McConnell. “Their vast experience and proven leadership and performance results have shown that they are the perfect candidates to continue to further accelerate growth and innovation across these regions."

Gnau has been with iHeartMedia for over 25 years and most recently served as Region President for iHeartMedia Detroit, where he oversaw the Detroit, Grand Rapids, Toledo and Muskegon, Michigan markets. His background also includes serving as a Regional Market Manager and Vice President in a variety of markets including Dayton, Lima and Marion in Ohio. Gnau is a board member for Detroit Radio Advertising Group and is part of the Ad Council Local Advisory Board. Corvino joins iHeartMedia Detroit from Clear Channel Outdoor Americas, where he most recently served as Regional President for its Midwest Region. He brings over 25 years of executive management experience to his new role, including positions at AOL, the New York Times and Cablevision Systems.

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Phil Guy Tapped As European Sales Manager For NAB

THE MOUTH, JULY 13TH, 2018 –– The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) announced Phil Guy will join NAB’s Conventions and Business Operations department as European Sales Manager. Guy will represent NAB Show, selling sponsorships and advertising to companies located in Europe, and will report to NAB Senior Vice President of Business Development Eric Trabb.

Guy served for the past 15 years as sponsorship and advertising manager for IBC. Previously, Guy held various publisher positions at Studio Sound, World Broadcast News, and TV Technology Europe. “Phil’s extensive sales experience in the European market is a tremendous asset to NAB,” said Trabb. “He is a great advocate for his customers and will help NAB Show expand its reach and better serve the needs of our partners in Europe.” Phil Guy can be reached by phone (+44 1295 812737) or email (philcguy@btinternet.com).

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Host Says Swift Episode 'Ruined' Is Life

THE MOUTH, JULY 13TH, 2018 –– Nearly a year after radio host David Mueller was found guilty of groping Taylor Swift now says the episode has ruined his life. In August of last year, a court determined David Mueller assaulted Taylor Swift during a 2013 backstage photo-op. The pop star was awarded a symbolic $1 in damages after a jury found the radio host had put his hands under Swift’s dress and groped her buttocks during a meet and greet. But almost 12 months after the verdict, Mueller continues to maintain his innocence and now claims that the incident "ruined" his life.

According to news.com.au, Mueller, who was fired from his Colorado job after the assault and now hosts a show in a Mississippi station, told Radar the trial has left him feeling broken. “How can you live with yourself? You ruined my life,” Mueller said. “I was not ready for the photograph. I admit it was awkward but I never grabbed her. It’s not even close to what happened. -- Now I’m afraid to even talk to women. I feel like I’m in a prison,” Mueller said. “I’m not myself anymore. I don’t even go near women.” READ STORY HERE

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The Breakfast Club's Angela Yee Talks Strategy For Success With Forbes

THE MOUTH, JULY 13TH, 2018 –– Forbes magazine featured an interview with Angela Yee of The Breakfast Club who shared her strategy for making her mark in media, while elevating and educating the next generation of young women.

“You're more powerful when you are working with other women,” said Yee, who believes in embracing other women on the road to success instead of treating them like competition. Yee also shared that she’s motivated by providing a stepping-stone for other women: “If someone works with me, I try to take them to the next level. I never expect someone to work with me forever. I want to give you the experience needed so that when it is time to pursue what you want to in life you are ready...” SEE ARTICLE HERE

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East Texans Come To Aid Of Radio Host In Need Of Double Organ Transplant

THE MOUTH, JULY 13TH, 2018 –– Blanca Ruis, a popular radio host On Mega 93 in Tyler, is in need of both a kidney and pancreas transplant. Known on the air as Blanquita "La Potranquita" Ruiz tells East Texas Matters, "I love my job. I love the people! They show their love to you and towards you. It's just amazing."

"She was one of our first hires," Benny Springer, General Manager for The Blaze 102.7/106.9 and Mega 93.3 says. "She has been in the business for a longtime and really brought the listeners to us." Ruiz has lived her entire life with health complications. She was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was just nine years old. The disease has taken a toll on her organs, and she is in desperate need of a kidney transplant. "I will be having a kidney transplant very very soon," Ruiz says. The transplant comes in at a total cost of $500,000! Ruiz, a single mother, has to pay a $50,000 deductible. Earlier this year, several East Texas radio stations came together to hold a big fundraising event. They were able to raise $20,000. "We are still needing at least $30,000 more for the insurance," Ruiz says. Despite having health problems, she remains positive. "I'm smiling because God is big. He is everything to me. The community of East Texas is helping me so much." Ruiz will have the surgery in less than two weeks. READ STORY HERE

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SYNDICATION: KLIF-AM Dallas Adds The Dana Show To Weekend Lineup

THE MOUTH, JULY 13TH, 2018 –– Cumulus Media's KLIF-AM Dallas-Fort Worth announced the addition of The Dana Show to its weekend lineup. The Dana Show is also heard on other stations nationwide like: WOKV-AM & FM Jacksonville, FL, WBAL-AM Baltimore WIBC-FM Indianapolis, WDBO-FM Orlando, and WSB-AM in Atlanta, and many more.

According to Steve Graham, VP for Affiliate Marketing at Radio America, "We are excited to work with KLIF and offer listeners The Dana Show in the Dallas-Fort Worth market."

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PODCAST: Amber Rose Debuts New Show With Dr Chris On Podcast One

THE MOUTH, JULY 13TH, 2018 –– Rosebuds everywhere have their earbuds ready to tune in to the all-new Amber Rose Show, which premiered on Thursday on PodcastOne. Rose is joined by co-host and certified sex therapist Dr. Chris Donaghue, answers intimate listener calls each week in a judgement-free environment. From personal stories and topical issues, to chats with sex counselors and special guests,

Rose and Donaghue will explore everything from sexual curiosity and relationships to self-empowerment - all with Amber's distinct honesty and flair. New episodes of The Amber Rose Show are available every Thursday. To listen to the full episode, visit: HERE.

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7Emmy Noms Announced; Charges Dropped Against Stormy

 

Emmy Noms Are In

Sandra Oh makes history with Emmy Nod

Charges Against Stormy Daniels Dismissed

[WATCH] Tom Petty’s ‘An American Treasure’ Revealed

Megyn Kelly Returning To NBC Primetime in August

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KQRS-FM Celebrates 50th Anniversary

THE MOUTH, JULY 12TH, 2018 – Cumulus Media is celebrating its 50th Anniversary of Minneapolis radio station KQRS-FM, one of the original Progressive/AOR radio stations in the U.S. The station will mark its Golden Anniversary by recognizing and thanking 50 years of loyal KQ listeners with special events scheduled through year-end. Since its debut in 1968, KQRS has grown into one of America’s leading Classic Rock stations with heritage personalities having a combined tenure at the station of over 140 years, anchored by National Radio Hall of Fame inductee Tom Barnard, host of the “KQ Morning Show” since 1986.

Scott Jameson, Vice President, Classic Rock for Cumulus Media and KQRS Program Director, said: “We’re celebrating 50 incredible years of loyal listeners by thanking them with exciting events and premium experiences, and by broadcasting classic KQ moments throughout the year.” Jameson added: “In tandem with KQ’s 50 years on-air in the Twin Cities, we’re partnering with Bob Seger and Punch Andrews to celebrate “50 Years of Bob Seger”, highlighting his amazing career that also began in 1968. This terrific opportunity to recognize Bob’s contribution to Rock radio will be shared across other Cumulus Classic Rock stations nationwide and through our national network, Westwood One.”


Mike McVay, Executive Vice President, Content & Programming, Cumulus Media and Westwood One, said: “There is a certain pride that lives on in the music as it is played on KQ. We’re blessed to have the heritage of a great brand that has evolved over the years and continues to evolve today.” The KQRS digital design team has created a special 50th Anniversary website that captures the spirit and legacy of KQ’s past, which launches online at www.kqrs50.com

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BUSINESS: Local Radio Networks Teams With Skyview And ABC Radio

THE MOUTH, JULY 12TH, 2018 –– In a move that will change the paradigm of the 24/7 music format business for small and medium market stations, Local Radio Networks (LRN) is collaborating with Skyview Networks and ABC Radio to expand distribution, drive network sales revenue and power additional content.  As part of the agreement, Skyview Networks will provide its advanced satellite distribution platform for unprecedented reliability and flexibility and become the exclusive network sales partner for LRN’s industry-leading 24/7 music formats.  ABC Radio will provide its worldwide resources to drive additional programming opportunities to LRN and its affiliates.  The agreement between the parties is effective January 1, 2019. Twelve expertly programmed 24/7 music formats including AC, Country, CHR, and Rock along with localization, major market talent, large libraries, and uncompressed audio are hallmarks of the LRN affiliate experience.  The satellite technology provided by Skyview Networks amplifies the delivery options local radio owners and operators have at their fingertips.

“This is really an exciting time for Local Radio Networks. Launching this relationship with ABC Radio and Skyview Networks allows us to expand our 24/7 programming footprint and distribute our music formats with dual delivery platforms of cloud-based and now satellite delivery via XDS smart receivers to potentially thousands of stations, effortlessly and efficiently,” said Steve Swick, Chief Executive Officer, LRN.  “Steve Jones and ABC Radio bring some very special content opportunities to the table, as well.”   For more info on LRN may contact Donna Halverson at 214-307-5087 or donna@localradionetworks.com, - for ABC, ontact Heidi Oringer at 212.456.5541 or heidi.b.oringer@abc.com.

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PROGRAMMING: Scott Ellis Named PD/Midday Host For Now 96.3 St. Louis; Inks Longterm Extension With HaZe In Afternoons

THE MOUTH, JULY 12TH, 2018 –– Entercom has named Scott Ellis as Program Director and midday host for NOW 96.3 (KNOU-FM) in St. Louis, effective July 30. In addition, Entercom also announced it has reached a new long-term agreement with current NOW 96.3 talent HaZe. HaZe joined Entercom in 2015 and hosts afternoon drive from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. CT. “Scott’s level of talent, strong leadership and passion for the format will help take NOW 96.3 to high levels of success,” said Becky Domyan, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom St. Louis. “HaZe has a solid work ethic and high energy that will allow him to continue to make a significant impact with St. Louis listeners.”

"I’m THRILLED to join the NOW 96.3 team and dive into the St. Louis community,” added Ellis. “Working in this market has always been a dream for me and I can’t wait to get started.” Prior to joining Entercom, Ellis was Program Director and on-air personality at KSPW in Springfield, MO. and also held various programming roles at KKLR and KJEZ in Poplar Bluff, M.O. “Words can't express how excited I am to have the opportunity to continue my radio journey with NOW 96.3 in St. Louis, a city I love and call home,” HaZe said.

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: Jeanne Smith Named Market President For iHeart Quad Cities

THE MOUTH, JULY 12TH, 2018 –– iHeartMedia announced that Jeanne Smith has been named Market President for the Quad Cities, effective immediately. She will report to Joel McCrea, Area President for iHeartMedia Des Moines. Smith joins the Quad Cities market from iHeartMedia Cedar Rapids, where she most recently served as Senior Vice President of Sales. Prior to her time with iHeartMedia Cedar Rapids, Smith worked in Radio sales in Wilkes-Barre,

“I am extremely grateful to have the opportunity to lead the Quad Cities team and our iconic brands,” said Smith. “iHeartMedia Quad Cities has enjoyed a great deal of success for years and I look forward to joining the team and contributing to the market’s thriving energy and ongoing success

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Maxwell Schaeffer Named Director of Promotions/Marketing For iHeart Des Moines

Des Moines, Iowa – July 11 , 2018 – iHeartMedia announced today that Maxwell Schaeffer has been named Director of Promotions and Marketing for iHeartMedia Des Moines, effective August 10. iHeartMedia Des Moines has a strong cross-platform presence and includes a number of iconic brands and franchises — both broadcast and digital — encompassing eight stations comprised of music, talk and news formats.   

Schaeffer will also make on-air appearances across all Des Moines stations, including 100.3 The Bus and News Radio 1040 WHO, making a special appearance on the Van and Bonnie In The Morning show during the 2018 Iowa State Fair. “Everyone in Des Moines knows Maxwell,” said Joel McCrea, Area Market President-Iowa. “He is a friend to many charitable organizations as well as the arts, and the business community, giving him a solid understanding and connection to the market.” Schaeffer joins iHeartMedia Des Moines from Des Moines Radio Group where he served 23 years as a morning show host on KIOA-FM. 

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NETWORKS: Remote News Service Adds 11 New Affiliates

Remote News Service Continues to Shine with SBG, Adding 11 New Stations! FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NEW YORK, NY July 12th, 2018 Sun Broadcast Group’s Remote News Service has added 11 new affiliates across 4 markets, including La Crosse, WI, Charleston, SC, Myrtle Beach, SC, and Raleigh-Durham, NC. Remote News Service offers high quality, local, real-time news reports across nearly 20 major markets with a full team of anchors. "I'm excited to help bring hyper local news content to all of these great stations. We aim to sound just like we're in town. We're your news department, just not right down the hall," said Lesley Lotto, President, Remote News Service.

[Full list of adds below by DMA] WQCC-FM La Crosse-Eau Claire, WI WLXR-FM La Crosse-Eau Claire, WI WKBH-FM La Crosse-Eau Claire, WI KQEG-FM La Crosse-Eau Claire, WI WLFN-AM La Crosse-Eau Claire, WI WXJY-FM Charleston, SC WJXY-AM Myrtle Beach-Florence, SC WMIR-FM Myrtle Beach-Florence, SC WNMB-AM Myrtle Beach-Florence, SC WFAY-AM Raleigh-Durham (Fayetteville), NC WMRV-AM Raleigh-Durham (Fayetteville), NC For more information, call Sun Broadcast Group (800) 871-6163

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Zapoleon Media & MannGroup Team For 'Right Now Music'

THE MOUTH, JULY 12TH, 2018 –– Zapoleon Media Strategies and MannGroup Radio announced an entirely new way of playlisting Top 40/CHR. It's called Right Now Music Radio http://www.rnmradio.com/, essentially the first new format for Millennials and Gen-Z audiences. It's an entirely new broadcast radio format delivered as a playlist that is more connected to the listener than any single digital service ... it's curated as it happens.

Zapoleon Media President Mark St. John and his team of programmers have developed a "secret sauce" proprietary algorithm to see exactly what the target demo is listening to on multiple digital platforms. They are the hits, not defined by anyone but the listeners. It's 99.99% pure! And here's the key: It's customizable by market. "'Play what your listeners really want to hear and you will win.' MannGroup Radio President, Ed Mann states, "We've seen the data, and it's irrefutable. Top 40 needs this, and we feel that the format can truly use MARK and his team's work, in any market. It's not just a 'stream,' but a totally new, important look at Top 40/CHR." -- A sample demo stream and more info is available here, www.rnmradio.com For market availability and more info, hit Ed Mann at ed@manngroupradio.com or (310) 346-4991.

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Podcaster 'Stuttering John' Melendez Shopping Reality Series

THE MOUTH, JULY 12TH, 2018 –– Fresh off the heels of pranking the President with call into Air Force 1, The Hollywood Reporter writes that longtime Howard Stern cast member and podcast host Stuttering John Melendez has inked a deal for a docuseries with The Idea Factory. Darryl Silver is producing the series, which will feature some classic antics of Melendez's character "Stuttering John," including prank calls and man-on-the-street segments. The show is currently being shopped to basic cable networks and streaming platforms.

Melendez recently made headlines after he prank-called Trump and posted audio of the conversation on his podcast. Posing as Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ). Since then, Melendez claimed that the Secret Service visited his house and asked him to a meeting downtown, prompting Melendez to consult two attorneys including Stormy Daniel's rep' Michael Avenatti. THR says in a recent podcast, Melendez said that Avenatti told him not to "poke the bear" by provoking Trump with more headlines. Though, "If they did put me in jail, it would extend the week's news cycle a whole other month," Melendez noted on the podcast. READ STORY HERE

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Graham Mack Joins Fix Radio In London

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THE MOUTH, JULY 12TH, 2018 –– In the UK, Bob FM breakfast presenter and Programme Director, Graham Mack is joining Fix Radio as its new PD. Graham has worked for a number of stations in Australia and the UK including 2CR, BRMB and various BBC local radio stations. He presented the TFM breakfast show for four years and won a Sony Radio Gold for Best Breakfast Show on BBC Wiltshire. He joined Bob FM Hertfordshire in 2013 when it was called JACK fm. Hear Graham on the RadioToday Programme last week talk about what he’s been listening to recently, including, Fix Radio - HERE

Power FM Nowra, Australia Launches New Sam & Grace Breakfast Show - Sam Blacker and Grace Garde started their new Breakfast show on 94.9 Power FM Nowra on Monday, with Grace moving across from Workdays to join Sam. Sam has been at the station for almost two years now, but AFTRS graduate (Australian Film TV and Radio School) Grace moved from Sydney earlier in the year to get her shot at announcing.


Sex And Relationships Show Coming To Heart - Comedian Ellie Taylor and author Anna Whitehouse will host a brand new Sunday night show on the Heart network in the UK. They’ll be chatting about sex and relationships, and what’s been happening in their worlds that week. Ellie is known for ‘The Mash Report’ on TV and her ‘Message From Women Everywhere’ sketch went viral earlier this year with more than 60 million views. She is regular on panel shows like Mock The Week and QI, has appeared on Live at The Apollo and most recently starred in sitcom ‘Plebs’. She guest hosted Heart London Breakfast alongside Jamie Theakston last summer while Emma Bunton was filming in the US. Author, journalist and blogger Anna Whitehouse is the founder of Mother Pukka and the voice of ‘people who happen to be parents’. Last year she released the book ‘Parenting the Sh*t Out of Life’.

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

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[LISTEN] Karson & Kennedy Sit Down At The Beach For Extended Chat With U2's Bono

THE MOUTH, JULY 12TH, 2018 –– MIX 104.1 Boston's Karson & Kennedy held court with Bono & The Edge at after their stellar performance at the Mix Beach House. The conversation spanned the gamut from politics to empowerment, from the Grammys to Tom Brady. Bono also spoke about the Rally Against Family Separation that happened in Boston and across the country and the empowerment of women.

Karson says of the event, "it's still 'all a blur." - LISTEN HERE

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7Papa John Founder Resigns; Stormy Daniels (Update)

 

[WATCH] Papa John's Founder Resigns After Using Racial Slur During Conference Call

Kylie Set To Become Youngest Self-Made Billionaire Ever

A Christian Film Studio Turning the Thai Cave Rescue Into a Movie

CNN host Christiane Amanpour and husband split after 20 years of marriage

[WATCH] LeBron James in Talks to Star in Comedy

[WATCH] Sharon Osbourne Planning Movie About Early Years With Ozzy

[WATCH] Cardi B and Offset Welcome Daughter Kulture Kiari

Sarah Palin Angry She Was “Duped” By Sacha Baron Cohen

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Loud Radio That Brought Police To Woman's Door Settled By Supremes

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THE MOUTH, JULY 11TH, 2018 –– Back in 2013, Mary Ann Sause of Louisburg, Kansas, was listening to Westwood One’s syndicated The Michael Savage Show when the police came to her door over a complaint that her radio was playing too loud. The retired nurse eventually opened the door to the police, they said she would go to jail, and then Sause, a devout Catholic, asked to pray. They ordered her to stop. After the incident, she tried to get an apology from the Louisburg Police department, to no avail. She went to court claiming violation of her constitutional rights and a legal saga ensued.

The case went all the way to the Supreme Court, who ruled on behalf of Ms. Sause on June 28th …a precedent that all started with Michael Savage. READ STORY HERE

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REPORT: Liberty Could Still 'Snag' iHeart

THE MOUTH, JULY 11TH, 2018 –– Thanks to the potential for a merger with SiriusXM, John Malone's Liberty Media could still be in play to 'snag' iHeartMedia reports Reuters. Writer Lauren Silva Laughlin says, "Malone’s task is to win over the senior lenders, who get 93 percent of that equity, a $5.6 billion loan and a stake in a billboard company worth perhaps $1.5 billion. What they will hold will therefore be worth some $9.2 billion – roughly 30 percent less than the face value of their debt outstanding at the moment."

Laughlin adds, "It shouldn’t be hard for Malone to make an offer that reduces their losses, because of the $500 million in annual synergies he could potentially make if he merges iHeartMedia with SiriusXM. This, The Wall Street Journal reported, is one reason the company rebuffed him before. READ MORE HERE

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: Stacey Kauffman & Michael Spacciapolli On The Rise For Entercom Sacramento & Pittsburgh

THE MOUTH, JULY 11TH, 2018 –– Entercom announced that Stacey Kauffman and Michael Spacciapolli have been tapped as Senior Vice Presidents / Market Managers for Entercom Sacramento and Entercom Pittsburgh, respectively. Both Kauffman and Spacciapolli assume their new roles effective immediately. “Nothing makes me happier than promoting from within,” said Weezie Kramer, Chief Operations Officer, Entercom. “I am thrilled that we offer career paths and can elevate deserving people to new leadership roles. Both Michael and Stacey have earned these opportunities.”

Kauffman most recently served as Director of Sales at Entercom Sacramento, and joined the company over three years ago as General Sales Manager. Prior to joining Entercom, Kauffman held various sales roles at Hubbard Broadcasting, Radio One, and Susquehanna Radio WFMS-FM.

Spacciapolli has been leading the sales effort as Director of Sales in Pittsburgh for over ten years and joined Entercom from CBS Radio as part of the company’s merger in November. Previously, he held several roles, including Sales Manager and Director of Sports Sales for the Bonneville Radio Group in Washington, D.C. and began his career as a national representative for Katz Radio Group in New York.

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Comedian Yamaneika 'Yam' Saunders To Perform At MSBC 30

THE MOUTH, JULY 11TH, 2018 ––During this year's United Stations Radio Network's noon luncheon at MSBC 30 in Chicago, rising TV and standup comic Yamaneika Saunders is set to perform., Saunders is a stand-up comedian, writer, and actress wknown for her work as a former panelist on The Meredith Vieira Show and lead roles on Oxygen’s Funny Girls and Comedy Central’s In Security and has appeared on HBO’s Crashing, truTV’s Comedy Knockout, TV Land’s The Jim Gaffigan Show, A&E’s Black and White, Comedy Central’s The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, and This Is Not Happening, Seeso’s What's Your F@#Cking Deal?!?!, NBC’s Last Comic Standing, and as a recurring correspondent on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

Yamaneika has performed at the Just For Laughs festival in Montreal, The Half Hour on Comedy Central, and recently filmed a half-hour stand-up special set to air on Netflix. Yam currently stars on VH1’s Talk 30 To Me and Bravo’s Kandi Koated Nights. You can listen to her weekly on her hit podcast Rantin' and Ravin'.

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Former Detroit Lions' Lomas Brown Joins News/Talk 760 WJR Game Day Broadcast Team

THE MOUTH, JULY 11TH, 2018 –– Cumulus Media announces that former Detroit Lions offensive tackle Lomas Brown has joined the Lions’ game day broadcast team on News/Talk 760 WJR as color analyst. Brown will provide commentary and analysis beside WJR’s play-by-play host, Dan Miller. Brown is a former first round pick from the University of Florida in the 1985 NFL draft. The Detroit Lions selected Brown sixth overall and he played for the Lions for 11 of his 18 NFL seasons. Brown also won a Super Bowl with Tampa Bay in 2002, and was named to the Pro Bowl team seven straight seasons from 1990 to 1996.

Tom O’Brien, Vice President/General Manager, WJR, said: “Jim Brandstatter did an excellent job for the past two years on WJR and for many years prior, and we’re proud of the work we did together. The addition of Lomas Brown, a former All Pro Lion, will bring a unique perspective to the game day broadcast.” Brown said: “I am very excited by this opportunity. I know I have some big shoes to fill, but I’m excited about the chance to talk to all those great Lions fans every week!”

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Michelle Grubshtein Joins Sun Broadcast Group Sales Team as National Account Manager

THE MOUTH, JULY 11TH, 2018 –– Sun Broadcast Group has announced that Michelle Grubshtein has joined the company as National Account Manager. In her role with Sun, Michelle will work with the Sales Department focused on products including Shazam For Radio, The Hit List with Fitz, Country Fried Mix with DJ Sinister, Sun Select RADAR, Sun Latino Networks, and many others.

“Michelle is a very important addition to our SBG and Shazam For Radio sales team. Her experience on both the agency and vendor side of our business, while dealing with broadcast and digital opportunities, makes her the ideal candidate to represent us in a 360-degree approach. We are thrilled to have Michelle join our SBG family!” said Julio Aponte, COO, Sun Broadcast Group. Michelle comes to Sun with over 8 years of experience in the industry working with Orion Worldwide as a Broadcast Negotiator, and most recently, an Account Manager at Shareablee.

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SYNDICATION: Cochino Radio Now On In Spokane

THE MOUTH, JULY 11TH, 2018 –– YEA Networks announced that nationally syndicated Tino Cochino Radio celebrated Independence Day with a new affiliate in Spokane, WA, Top 40 station KZBD-FM (107.5 NOW). KZBD is the third Mapleton Communications station to add the show to its evening programming line-up. KZBD-FM airs Tino Cochino Radio weeknights from 7pm-11pm. Tommy Del Rio, Vice President, CHR Programming, Mapleton Communications, said: “Tino orchestrates a show with compelling content that will help us achieve success in a competitive market. I am excited to add TCR to KZBD in Spokane!”

Tino Cochino, Host of Tino Cochino Radio, said: “Working with Tommy Del Rio has been an awesome experience. He’s super involved from show delivery to weekly liners, he understands our brand and this is now the third Mapleton station we’re welcoming to the TCR family. The team and I are excited to take over Spokane!” Tino Cochino is joined on the show by Co-Host Jackie Hollywood - For more information, visit: http://www.yeanetworks.com.

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EVENTS: JVC Media Mixes Tacos With NOT 5K Event

THE MOUTH, JULY 11TH, 2018 –– JVC Media of Florida announced a one of a kind FREE walk/run and taco event hosted by Orlando’s 103.1 The Wolf (WOTW - Country) and Bud 94.1 (WOTW-HD2/W231CT - Mainstream Rock). The event is dubbed the NOT 5K Taco Run and will be held Sunday September 16th, 2018 at Reiter Park in Longwood. The NOT 5K Taco Run, will include a very short .5K hosted by afternoon personalities Chad and Skid, that contestants will sign up to participate in. They will be able to crawl, ride, walk, run… however they want to get to the finish line, while sampling tacos, beverages, and more, all supplied by sponsors.

The Wolf’s morning team of MurphDawg and Jenn will host taco taste tests at various sponsors leading up to the event, Chad and Skid will “race” --sorta-- listeners in the .5K.

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7George Clooney's Scooter Crash Caught On Video

 

[WATCH] George Clooney's Scooter Crash Caught On Video

Reese Witherspoon Inches Closer To Oprah-dom With New AT&T deal

Documents: Luke Bryan Planning Downtown Bar

Taylor Swift Interviews Rock ’n’ Roll Icon Pattie Boyd on Songwriting, Beatlemania, & the Power of Being a Muse

Kelly Ripa & Mark Consuelos Developing Hamptons Drama

Netflix Sets International Stand-Up Series

RuPaul to Test New Daytime Talk Show For Telepictures

Russell Simmons Accused of Rape by Granddaughter of Book Publisher

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REPORT: Gene Simmons Settles Sexual Battery Lawsuit From Unnamed Radio Host

THE MOUTH, JULY 10TH, 2018 ––The Blast is reporting that Gene Simmons has settled a sexual assault accusation by an unnamed radio host identified as 'Jane Doe. In documents obtained by The Blast, there was a hearing in the case of Jane Doe vs Gene Klein on July 2nd where the plaintiff’s attorney told the court the parties had reached a settlement. The judge in the case said they now need to file a request for dismissal to officially dismiss the case. Jane originally sued Simmons in December of last year claiming he had groped her at an opening of his San Bernardino eatery, Rock & Brews. The suit accused Simmons of grabbing the woman’s hand and commenting on how soft it was. He also allegedly flicked her throat with his finger. The reporter then said as she continued with the interview, the rock legend touched her butt during a group photo. Simmons denied all allegations.

According to Pitchfork, the radio personality referred to as Jane Doe filed the suit last December. It concerned an alleged incident that took place on November 1 in which she interviewed Simmons and Paul Stanley. She claimed Simmons touched her inappropriately and “turned standard interview questions into sexual innuendos.” The settlement amount has not been made public.

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Big Boy Show To Be Televised On Fuse

THE MOUTH, JULY 10TH, 2018 –– iHeart and Fuse Media announced Real 92.3 nationally-syndicated hit radio show, “Big Boy’s Neighborhood,” starring Big Boy, will be televised weekdays on FM (Fuse Music). Episodes premiere same day as the radio broadcast and begin airing Monday, July 30. “Big Boy’s Neighborhood” joined Real 92.3 in March 2015 and also stars Natalia Perez (BL), Louie G, Ayyde and DJ VickOne. “Music is a passion point for our young, multicultural audience and who better to provide a daily dose of the biggest names in music entertainment and breaking pop culture news than radio icon Big Boy,” said Fuse Media President & CEO Michael Schwimmer. “We look forward to bringing ‘Big Boy’s Neighborhood’ to FM and partnering with iHeartMedia on the type of cutting-edge entertainment his radio listeners have enjoyed for so many years.”

“I can’t believe it’s been three years since I embarked on this incredible journey with iHeartMedia to bring ‘Big Boy’s Neighborhood’ to my listeners on iHeartRadio’s Real 92.3, and now across broadcast radio stations nationwide,” said Big Boy. “Words can’t express how excited I am to bring the Neighborhood to millions of viewers through this television partnership with Fuse.”

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Tamo Sein Takes Middays At ALT 98.7 LA

THE MOUTH, JULY 10TH, 2018 –– iHeart Los Angeles announced that Tamo Sein will host Middays for ALT 98.7, LA’s New Alternative station. Beginning July 16th. “We believe the ALT 98.7 audience will immediately take to Tamo’s relatable and down to earth approach,” said Lisa Worden, Alternative Rock Brand Manager & Program Director for Alt 98.7. “Plus, she loves Alternative music and is a food and wine enthusiast! She’ll fit right in with LA.”

Sein joins the Los Angeles Market from iHeart Charlotte where she most recently served as Assistant Program Director and Music Director. She also served as the Midday Host for 105.5’s The END, Charlotte’s Alternative Rock station. She began her career as Music Director at WROX in Norfolk, Virginia and is a graduate of Old Dominion University.

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Changes Take Effect At Hubbard St. Louis

THE MOUTH, JULY 10TH, 2018 –– Hubbard Radio St. Louis stations New Country 92.3 and 106.5 The Arch announce staff additions and line-up changes to several of their time slots: New Country 92.3 Beginning July 9th Mason and Remy (TL) will join the New Country 92.3 “Home Team” for Afternoon Drive. They added, “We want to send a BIG thank you to Hubbard Radio’s John Kijowski, Scott Roddy, Greg Strassell, Drew Horowitz, Dave Besler and Ginny Morris for this opportunity!”

106.5 The Arch With the addition of Mason and Remy to New Country 92.3, former Afternoon Drive talent “Stacey and Jonah (TR)” will move to their new home at New Country 92.3’s sister station 106.5 The Arch! “Stacey and Jonah” will now host Afternoon Drive on 106.5 The Arch, beginning Monday, July 9th. Commenting on their new radio digs, Stacey and Jonah note, “We’re beyond excited to move to our amazing sister station! According to New Country 92.3 and 106.5 The Arch Program Director Scott Roddy, “Today is a banner day, a historical day, for Hubbard St. Louis. It is an honor to work with talent of this caliber. Today’s announcement cements that Hubbard continues to be the platinum standard for LOCAL broadcasting.”

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Tropikana Named New MD For WIZF-FM Cincinnati

THE MOUTH, JULY 10TH, 2018 –– Urban One, Inc’s Cincinnati has named Tropikana as the new Music Director for 101.1 WIZF effective Monday, July 9th. Tropikana who has worked in markets in Oklahoma, Louisiana, Georgia, Missouri and now returns to Ohio to program The Wiz. Bill Black, Radio One’s, Cincinnati’s Regional Operations Manager said, “ Tropikana is an important part of the puzzle that we are building at The Wiz! I am VERY excited about what she will bring to The Wiz’s team.”

Radio One, Cincinnati’s Program Director, A-Plus, said, “Adding Tropikana and her years of experience along with the energy returning to the city puts Radio One in a great position.” Radio One Cincinnati is committed to providing its listeners with the information, inspiration and entertainment they deserve.

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'SHORT-E' Named PD for 105.5 The Beat Ft. Myers

THE MOUTH, JULY 10TH, 2018 –– iHeart has named Eliseo “Short-E” Cierra as Program Director for 105.5 The Beat Fort Myers. He will report to Louis Kaplan, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Fort Myers. “I’m thrilled to welcome Short-E to iHeartMedia Fort Myers,” said Kaplan. “He genuinely understands our market and brings adept format experience and lively energy to our team.

Short-E joins iHeartMedia Fort Myers from KSFM in Sacramento, California where he served as Music Director and On-Air Personality for four and a half years. He also served as an On-Air Personality and Music Director at KBMB and KHHM for eight years in the Sacramento region and graduated from Skyline College.

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HONORS: ESPN'S Michael Kay Inducted Into NYSBA Hall of Fame

THE MOUTH, JULY 10TH, 2018 –– 98.7FM ESPN New York’s Michael Kay has been Inducted into the New York State Broadcasters Association’s Hall of Fame for 2018 Michael Kay, host of The Michael Kay Show on ESPN 98.7FM New York, will be inducted into the New York State Broadcasters Association’s Hall of Fame for 2018. Kay is the host of 98.7FM’s The Michael Kay Show, is the voice of the New York Yankees and is the host of CenterStage for the YES network. Kay will be honored on Thursday, October 18, at the Jacob Javits Center.

Kay said, “I am extremely humbled by this honor, to stand alongside the others that have been inducted to this prestigious hall is somewhat surreal for a kid from the Bronx who started out in this business as a Newspaper man. I thank those who voted for me it is greatly appreciated.” Tim McCarthy, senior vice president of ESPN Radio Group, commented, “Michael has been the Cornerstone of ESPN radio New York since our inception. From my days working with Michael at WABC when he was the radio voice of the Yankees, he has been nothing but the ultimate professional and a great friend.“

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: The RAB Names Georgia Beasley To New Post; Promotes Kim Johnson

THE MOUTH, JULY 10TH, 2018 –– RAB is pleased to announce the recent hiring of Georgia Beasley, as the new Professional Development Manager. In her new role at the RAB, Georgia will work closely with SVP, professional development, Jeff Schmidt on the overall training curriculum offered at the RAB. This includes the Rising Through the Ranks program, dedicated to the support and advancement of women in radio sales management positions, in which Georgia herself is a graduate of. Georgia, most recently was the director of TopicPulse Strategic Initiatives at Futuri Media. She has also held various sales management positions at Beasley Media Group.

Also rounding out the Professional Development team, Kim Johnson, was promoted to the Director of Sales position. Prior to this role, Kim worked with the RAB’s CRM tool, Account Manager as an Account Development Manager. Kim will be responsible for the sales of the entire suite of RAB’s Professional Development training courses offered from the RAB.

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EVENTS: Moes Raises $85,000 For Bert's Big Adventure

THE MOUTH, JULY 10TH, 2018 –– On Monday, July 9, 2018, Mark Monroe of Moe’s Southwest Grill joined the entire Bert Show cast in-studio to announce on-air that $85,000 was raised for local nonprofit organization Bert’s Big Adventure as a result of their month-long fundraising efforts. Every Wednesday in June, more than 70 Atlanta-area Moe’s Southwest Grill® locations donated 10 percent of their net sales in support of Bert’s Big Adventure. Throughout the six-year partnership with Bert’s Big Adventure, Moe’s has donated more than $515,000.This donation will not only aid in funding the organization, which provides a magical, all-expenses-paid, five-day journey to Walt Disney World® for children with chronic and terminal illnesses and their families, but also provides support for their year-round initiatives such as Reunion Adventures and Fairy Godparent volunteer program. Thanks! Hayley

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SNAPS: Benztown At Radio Days Africa

'THE MOUTH, JULY 10TH, 2018 –– International Sales, Nadine Ellman, and Jan Bruckner, Imaging Director - Classic Hits, SpeakerToyz & SpeakerToyz AC, were both at Radio Days Africa in Johannesburg, South Africa, from July 3-6 along with Sunday Night Slow Jams' R Dub!. Radio Days Africa is the largest radio conference in Africa. Held at the University of the Witwatersrand, the conference attracted more than 250 delegates from public, community and commercial radio from across Africa.

PHOTO/July 4th Dinner Party, hosted by Benztown at The Butcher Shop & Grill Attending were: 1. Ben Ogombe from Urban Radio in Kenya 2. Linda Maganye, Head of Imaging, Power FM 3. Thabo from Sinoloane Solutions 4. Leuba from SABC 5. John Simmons, British Programming Consultant 6. Mira, Urban Radio, Kenya 7. Sunday Night Slow Jams' R Dub! 8. Nadine Ellman, Director, International Sales, Benztown 9. Jan Bruckner, Imaging Director - Classic Hits, SpeakerToyz & SpeakerToyz AC.

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7Garth Brooks To Perform 1st Ever Concert At Notre Dame

 

ABC News Plans ’20/20′ Special on Thailand Caves Rescue

Sony Music Relaunches Arista Records With David Massey

Hollywood Remembers 50's Heart Throb Tab Hunter

Gretchen Carlson Responds To Petition Calling For Her Resignation; Defends Miss. America 2.0

[WATCH] Robin Wright Opens Up About Kevin Spacey on 'Today'

[WATCH] Garth Brooks To Headline First-Ever Concert At Notre Dame

Roseanne Barr Decides Against First TV Interview Since Cancellation

Jerry O'Connell To Host Late-Night TV Talk Show

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Nielsen & Bubba The Love Sponge Settle

THE MOUTH, JULY 9TH, 2018 –– Nielsen has reached  an agreement with nationally syndicated radio personality Bubba Clem, aka Bubba the Love Sponge, and his production company, The Bubba Radio Network, Inc., that resolves the legal action brought by Nielsen for alleged ratings tampering by Clem. In a complaint first filed in October 2015 and was expected to last deep into summer, came to an abrupt end with the agreement that addressed the alleged ratings tampering in Tampa and set penalties for any future infractions.

In a statement, Nielsen said as part of the settlement Clem admitted that prior to the lawsuit he had not previously disclosed all contacts with Nielsen panelists. In addition, Clem disclosed that he is not presently in contact with any Nielsen panelist, he promised to never knowingly communicate with any active Nielsen panelist in the future, and agreed to immediately notify Nielsen of any future contact with Nielsen's active panelists.  Clem also agreed to make an undisclosed payment to Nielsen. Any future infractions by Clem will be punishable by a court-ordered injunction and additional financial damages payable to Nielsen.

"I understand how important it is to the radio industry that the Nielsen ratings be free from bias and I deeply regret interfering with Nielsen's collection of listening data," said Clem. Nielsen added it has accepted Bubba Clem's statement that he regrets his past actions and that he will never engage in similar conduct in the future.  Nielsen reaffirms that none of Clem’s contacts with Nielsen panelists materially impacted Nielsen’s audience estimates. Nielsen’s lawsuit was filed as part of an ongoing initiative to safeguard the impartiality of the company’s audio estimates and to protect the integrity of its ratings process. Back in June, Howard Stern called into Bubba's show where the embattled host commented on the 'million dollar legal fee on this other who dunnit'. Go to about the :20 min. mark and [WATCH HERE]

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STUDY: Light TV Viewers Up For Grabs

THE MOUTH, JULY 9TH, 2018 –– In its first Nielsen cross-media study, analyzing TV and AM/FM radio, network radio company Westwood One says that while light and non-TV viewers represent a large percentage of the TV audience, they represent only a small percentage of TV time spent and commercial impressions reports mediapost.com. The study says that while light and non-TV viewers -- 18-49 -- represent 44% of the U.S, they only comprise 9% of total TV impressions. With AM/FM radio reaches 90% of light viewers, a media buy on radio would make overall TV advertising plans more effective.

Pierre Bouvard, Chief Insights Officer of Westwood One, tells Television News Daily: “Per Nielsen’s CommsPoint media-planning software, you can expect a 40% lift in campaign reach by allocating 20% of the TV budget to AM/FM radio.” Light TV viewers run across all demographic groups, including young viewers: 44% of those 12-17 represent only 9% of total TV commercial impressions; with AM/FM radio reaching 88% of this demographic; and 45% of persons 18-34 viewers represent only 7% of total TV commercial impressions, with radio reaching 89%. Among older TV viewers, 44% of those 25-54 comprise only 10% of TV commercial impressions -- with radio reaching 92% of this audience -- and 41% of those 55 years and older totaling 17% of TV commercial impressions. Radio reaches 93% of this group. The research says that among Nielsen-defined heavy TV users, those 18-49 are 17% of the U.S. and represent half of all TV impressions. The study used a Nielsen 80,000-person Portable People Meter panel measuring TV and AM/FM radio audiences, which looked at TV time spent among heavy TV viewers, as well as light and non-TV viewers. See full study HERE

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How Long Does It Take A New Show To Deliver Ratings?

THE MOUTH, JULY 9TH, 2018 –– The Randy Lane Company's Jeff McHugh was asked by regional vice president , "How long will it take for a new, local show to deliver ratings?" I said, "It typically takes 12 to 18 months before you start seeing initial results, and much longer for the show to outperform the station." He responded, "I don't have that kind of time.” He then copied and pasted one of the company’s syndicated morning shows into that time slot. That show failed, and the syndicated show after that also failed. The station is trying a local morning show now, but that vice president did not understand what makes a show perform: the relationship.

Winning radio shows and podcasts are about an emotional bond that listeners form with the talent, like a best friend. According to science, that bond takes T-I-M-E. “You can’t just snap your fingers and make a friend,” said Jeffrey Hall, a communications researcher at the University Of Kansas. Mr. Hall did a study measuring how many hours of together time it takes in real life for a new acquaintance to become a best friend. According to the research, it takes 94 hours for someone to go from acquaintance to casual friends. They become a serious friend at about 164 hours. Best friends form after being together about 219 hours. You can speed that process. The more meaningful your conversations, the more you share of yourself and the more they share with you, the faster people connect with you.

This is good news for shows where both the on-air personalities and the listeners are revealing themselves authentically. This is bad news for generic shows heavy on celebrity birthdays, designated caller/text contests and traffic reports. READ COMPLETE BLOG HERE

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WKYS 93.9 FM DC Makes Announcement

THE MOUTH, JULY 9TH, 2018 –– Beginning Monday, July 16, 2018, Angie Ange in the Morning hits the airwaves on 93.9 WKYS. Angie will be joined by Déja Perez, who will bring her vast radio experience and “What’s Poppin!” entertainment report to the show. Joining Angie and Deja will be DJ Money. Angie started as an intern at a station in the area before joining 93.9 WKYS as host of the evening show. Angie held down the number one spot in evenings for years before transitioning to afternoon drive. Angie Ange said, “Growing up I would have fun listening to Tom Joyner, Russ Parr, and Donnie Simpson. To reach this height in my career and be in a position to give that same energy while also inspiring and enlightening our listeners as they start their day is the opportunity of a lifetime. Outside of our founder Ms. Cathy Hughes, I have never known a woman to anchor her own morning show in Washington, DC. This means so much to me because of the future impact it will have."

J1, Program Director of WKYS said, “I’ve had the privilege of working with Angie for a year. During that time I’ve seen not only what she means to WKYS, but the entire DMV. There are very few talents who know and have a passion for good radio like Angie. I know she is going to work extremely hard to give our listeners the best experience possible. I am excited about the new morning show, both as a Program Director and a fan of Angie Ange.” WATCH HERE

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REPORT: Veronica Carter Signing Off As Reporter At WBBM & WCFS Chicago

THE MOUTH, JULY 9TH, 2018 –– Chicago's Robert Feder reports that after more than 12 years on Chicago radio, Veronica Carter has signed off as afternoon traffic reporter at Entercom all-news WBBM 780-AM/WCFS 105.9-FM to move back home to California. In addition to two stints at WBBM Newsradio, the former news anchor also worked at Tribune Broadcasting news/talk WGN 720-AM and Merlin Media.

“My kids have grown up and now I have zero obligations, so I’m going to do what I want for the next two or three decades!” Carter wrote on Facebook. “That includes spending a lot of time outdoors, visiting my mother, sisters and other family members, and of course chillaxing on the beach!” Applications for her replacement are being accepted at Entercom.com, according to Ron Gleason, director of news and programming at WBBM Newsradio.

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Contrary To Reports, KFMB Says They Are In Renewal Talks With Dave, Shelly & Chainsaw

THE MOUTH, JULY 9TH, 2018 –– Following last week's report by The San Diego Reader that longtime morning show Dave, Shelly & Chainsaw were on the hunt for a new radio home, San Diego Media blogger Joe Nelson posted after reaching out to someone very close to the show and management from the station, he received statements from both sides.

From the DSC 'side' he was told: "What you’ve seen and read is 'mostly' true. However the station added, "There were a couple articles that came out today with unfounded rumors about KFMB not being in negotiations with the DSC or not wanting to renew their show. While I don’t usually comment on rumors, I want to be clear that there is no truth to these stories. I am personally involved in discussions with the DSC crew and we have been negotiating with them in good faith. I also spoke to Dave Rickards today who is on vacation and he wanted me to relay the following… “We are currently in negotiations to continue our long-standing relationship with KFMB.” - Dave Rickards" READ POST HERE

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Entercom Philly To Host 'PIZZADELPHIA'

HE MOUTH, JULY 9TH, 2018 –– Entercom Philadelphia is set to host the city’s first city-wide pizza festival, “Pizzadelphia.” The family-friendly event will showcase over 25 of Philadelphia’s best pizza restaurants and food trucks. Pizzadelphia will feature a Pizza Talk Stage with a live podcast of KYW Newsradio 1060’s “What’s Cooking on 1060” with Hadas Kuznits, dough tossing exhibition with Jamie Culliton, the world champion acrobatic dough spinner, “The Science of Pizza” with Urban Village’s Chris Davis and an on-site beer garden hosted by Double Nickel Brewing. Additional on-site activities will include demonstrations by top local chefs, as well as music by DJ Dan Dabber & DJ Xtina.

It takes place on aturday, July 14, 2018. A portion of proceeds from the event will benefit the Vetri Community Partnership. Founded in 2008 by Chef Marc Vetri and restaurateur Jeff Benjamin, the organization empowers children and families to lead healthy lives through fresh food, hands-on experiences and education. As part of its deep commitment to the environment.

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6th Annual Confer Radio Talent Institute Gets Underway Today In Pennsylvania

THE MOUTH, JULY 9TH, 2018 –– The Confer Radio Talent Institute opens today on the campus of Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters joins with Kerby Confer to underwrite the institute, Joe Conti, President of the PAB, stated , “We are so impressed with the Confer Radio Talent Institute. The PAB is proud to enthusiastically support this effort to discover and prepare the next generation of broadcasters”. Kerby Confer, lifelong broadcaster, commented, “We want to make a difference and give this next generation a firm foundation in the industry. We are going to birth a whole new generation of radio people, and are so pleased the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters offer both their time and financial support, investing in radio’s future."

Participating companies include: Forever Media, Seven Mountains Media, Entercom, iHeart , Cumulus, the Philadelphia Phillies and 76ers, Jim Loftus from WBEB in Philadelphia and others. PHOTO/Kerby Confer speaking to students of the Confer Radio Talent Institute.

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7The 'Bieb Gets Engaged; Spider Man Creator Remembered

 

Fans Remember ‘Spider-Man, ‘Doctor Strange’ Creator Steve Ditko

[WATCH] Michael Bublé Says He Almost Quit Music After Son Noah Was Diagnosed With Cancer

Tyler Perry Gifts Tiffany Haddish with Tesla

[WATCH] Gal Gadot Visited Children's Hospital In Full Wonder Woman Costume

Drama behind the Miss America Organization continues

Sacha Baron Cohen in Talks With Showtime for Comedy Interview Series

Three YouTubers Die at Canada Waterfall

[WATCH] Justin Bieber &Hailey Baldwin Engaged

Groupon Looking For A Buyer

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DAVID FIELD: 'Radio Ripe For Rediscovery'

THE MOUTH, JULY 6TH, 2018 –– Entercom's CEO David Field was the subject of a lengthy feature in this month's issue of PR Week Magazine. "Field has become one of the industry’s prime advocates, often touting the fact that 93% of Americans tune in on a weekly basis," writes Sean Czarnecki. "He believes his company’s 2017 acquisition of CBS Radio, and all the newfound scale that brings, renews radio’s value proposition as an advertising space. "

"The biggest issue we have right now is, for a lot of advertisers and agencies, we’re not the shiny new toy," Field tells PRWeek. "Radio is ripe for rediscovery in an era when other media are being disrupted to quite an extent." " This comes in a time when social media is populated by fake news, bots, and political rancor, brands are turning to the relatively safe environment of radio, where music, sports, and talk content are "carefully curated," notes Entercom corporate communication's director Esther-Mireya Tejeda. READ MORE HERE

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Longtime Talk Host Ed Schultz Passes Away

THE MOUTH, JULY 6TH, 2018 –– Longtime Radio & TV Host Ed Schultz, nationally syndicated by Dial Global from 2004 to 2014 has passed away at 64. Schultz started his broadcast career in TV and radio in Fargo in the early 1980s, including time as sports director at WDAY. He went on to host a show at MSNBC and most recently worked for RT. According to The Leader Telegram, Schultz passed away early Thursday at his home in Washington, D.C.. Schultz got his start in broadcasting as a sportscaster for Fargo area television stations in the early 1980s, including time as sports director at WDAY-TV. He eventually moved to talk radio, including WDAY in Fargo, dominating the local airwaves as a conservative firebrand in the 1990s. He later said his views changed and he became a Democrat. In 2004, Schultz took his now left-leaning radio show nationwide.

At one point, “The Ed Schultz Show” was syndicated by Dial-Global to nearly 100 radio affiliates from his Fargo studios of KFGO. In 2009, he moved to national television, becoming a prime-time progressive firebrand on MSNBC. Schultz’s weekday evening “The Ed Show” was canceled by MSNBC in April 2013, and Schultz was moved to a weekend show, but he returned to weekdays four months later to host an afternoon show. He parted ways with MSNBC in 2015, starting his job at RT America, formerly called Russia Today, in early 2016. PHOTO/msnbc

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KXSF-FM To Debut In San Francisco

THE MOUTH, JULY 6TH, 2018 –– Following lengthy legal battle, Community radio KXSF-FM will debuts Tuesday, July 10 reports San Francisco Weekly. There for the launch will be hosts from the former KUSF which was shut down on Jan. 18, 2011. The seminal station, which introduced alternative music to much of the Bay Area, had been sold for more than $4 million. A 7-year-long battle ensued, in which KUSF volunteers and supporters lobbied the FCC to overturn the sale. The FCC eventually OK’ed the University of San Francisco selling 90.3 FM to the Classical Public Radio Network, but community radio supporters continued on.

On July 10, 2018 the station will officially begin transmission at 102.5 KXSF-FM. Atop Sutro Tower and sandwiched between the hip-hop hits of Q102.1 and the R&B of KBLX, the station will only reach San Francisco residents from its transmitter site. Veteran KUSF host Carolyn Keddy, who has been spinning punk, garage, rock, and more since 1990, will be the first broadcaster on KXSF at noon. "The whole political climate and everything else is getting so one note and small voices are getting drowned out, so it seems like we need community radio,” Keddy says. “We keep the little voices still percolating and keep things a little more sane.” KXSF 102.5 FM Launch Party, Thursday, July 7, 5 p.m

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DeDe In The Morning On The Hunt For Two New Team Members

THE MOUTH, JULY 6TH, 2018 –– Service Broadcasting – Dallas-Ft. Worth – is offering a unique opportunity for a skilled imaging and production talent to join the newly syndicated DeDe In The Morning Show as Creative Services Director. Plus, they're also on the hunt for a new Associate Producer. They're looking for an experienced audio expert to coordinate and manage creative and commercial network production operations of DeDe In the Morning. The ideal candidate would work with the Brand Manager, Head of Production and Lead Producer to: manage network creative and commercial production services and operations

With regards to the Associate Producer role, they post: We are looking for an experienced producer to coordinate and manage the in-studio operations of DeDe In the Morning. The ideal candidate would work with the Brand Manager/Program Director, Lead Producer and Host to: direct and focus the in-studio performance of the cast, manage clock execution; coordinate content and show preparation; manage the details and flow of the show internally on/off the air; coordinate recording of liners, promos, commercials, etc.; and curate, create and coordinate promotional and publicity activities. This position would also have an active role in expanding the show’s social media presence on multiple platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, etc.). DeDe McGuire is joined on the show by Lady Jade and Michael Shawn, serve as co-hosts. Gary Saunders serves as producer. Geo Cook serves as brand manager.

Send your resume package, along with your imaging philosophy/strategy, sample scripts and audio demo, to SBG HR manager Debbie Henry at debbie.henry@k104fm.com. Service Broadcasting is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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Benztown Bringing Back Vic 'The Brick'

THE MOUTH, JULY 6TH, 20-18 –– Benztown announced that it will bring the colorful, iconic voice of one-and-only radio and television sportscaster, Vic “The Brick” Jacobs, to radio stations across the U.S. in a 30-second daily feature, “This Day in Sports History”. “This Day in Sports History” will be available to stations through Benztown’s Adrenaline Sports Imaging Library. To listen to “This Day in Sports History”- Vic “The Brick” has been a sports broadcaster since 1979 in markets including Austin, TX; Fresno, CA; Phoenix, AZ, and Los Angeles, CA. Vic “The Brick” was sports anchor for KCOP-TV in Los Angeles and sports anchor for “Rick Dees In the Morning Show” on KIIS-FM in Los Angeles in the early 1990s.

Dave “Chachi” Denes, Benztown President, said: “Vic was one of the very first people to welcome me to L.A. when I moved here 18 years ago. His warmth and authenticity instantly endeared me to him. He is the same person on-air as he his in real life and that’s why I think he’s a star. We’re excited to have him as the voice of “This Day in Sports History” which comes free of charge on a daily basis to all of our Adrenaline library affiliates.” For more information about getting the new “This Day in Sports History” daily feature with Vic “The Brick” Jacobs for your station, visit:  benztown.com/TDISH or contact Masa Patterson at Benztown at: mp@benztown.com or at 818.842.4600.

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FB&HW Continue 'Sold-Out' Summer Tour

THE MOUTH, JULY 6TH, 2018 –– Free Beer and Hot Wings continue their Summer Tour. The Sold-out Free Beer and Hot Wings “Morning Show at Night” tour started in Nashville at the world famous Wildhorse Saloon, then on to Grand Rapids, Albany, Portland ME and Green Bay W.I

Next up Live on the Jersey Shore with 105.7 The Hawk on July 13th. Another sold out night show-this one in Wisconsin!

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EVENT: 98.7FM ESPN Beach Bash Is Back

THE MOUTH, JULY 6TH, 2018 –– ESPN’s Humpty & Canty go live today from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. ET followed by The Michael Kay Show from 3 – 7 p.m. down at Point Pleasant, New Jersey. The Beach Bash will have live music throughout the day with performances by Yankees great Bernie Williams along with Willie Wilson and the ESPN All Star Band.

New this year, the All American Challenge between ESPN’s Peter Rosenberg and Dave Rothenberg as they take to the beach to prove who the better athlete is! For more information, please contact Belen Michelis. Thanks!

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7Brad Paisley Invites Singing Cops To Sing With Him

 

[WATCH] The Beach Boys Join Forces With John Stamos & Jimmy Buffett For Epic 4th of July Event

REPORT: 2018 iPhone models to come in gold, grey, white, blue, red and orange colors

New York Post Marks Scott Pruitt’s Ouster By Bringing Back ‘Survivor: White House’ Cover

[WATCH] The Easy 'Jeopardy' Question That Stumped All The Contestants

[WATCH] Brad Paisley Invites Singing Boston Police Officers To Sing With Him

[WATCH] The Rock Announces Idris Elba Will Play the Villain in ‘Fast and Furious’ Spinoff

Fox News Host Kimberly Guilfoyle Parties With Trump and Don Jr at White House

[WATCH] Andy Dick Groping Ivanka Trump On Kimmel Show in Newly Resurfaced Video

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Newsrooms Take A 'Moment Of Silence' Today For Slain Annapolis Journalists

THE MOUTH, JULY 5TH, 2018 –– The National Association of Broadcasters has expressed support for a moment of silence in broadcast newsrooms Today in support of the five victims slain last week at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, MD. NAB joins the American Society of News Editors and The Associated Press Media Editors in asking journalists around the globe to join The Baltimore Sun Media Group's moment of silence Thursday at 2:33 p.m. Thursday. A week ago Thursday at 2:33 p.m., a gunman with a shotgun opened fire and killed Capital Gazette reporter Wendi Winters, sales assistant Rebecca Smith, editor Robert Hiaasen, editorial writer Gerald Fischman and reporter and editor John McNamara.

"We stand with our print reporter colleagues in remembrance of five individuals who gave their lives in support of a great calling -- quality local journalism," said NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith. "We ask broadcast journalists across America to consider joining in this solemn moment of reflection." Note: The moment of silence is not for on-air but intended to be observed in broadcast newsrooms and spent in contemplation, prayer or reflection.

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FORMATICS: Rocking M Media Debuts The New 92.7 The Blast Wichita

THE MOUTH, JULY 5TH, 2018 –– Following several days of stunting, Rocking M Media's KWME/Wichita, KS Debuted 'The New 92.7 The Blast-The Rhythm of River City. "“We are very excited to bring this new format to Wichita. We’re confident that The Blast will make the Wichita radio market even more robust. Advertisers will be eager to target this very valuable audience,” said Wichita General Manager, Jeff McCausland. 92.7 The Blast is programmed by Tommy Castor, who also serves as the General Manager for Rocking M Media’s radio stations in Wellington and Winfield, Kansas. Castor added, “The New 92.7 The Blast fills a void in the Wichita radio landscape. These are all the awesome party songs you grew up listening to at a school dance, a wedding reception or even just driving down the street. We know that this new radio station for the Wichita area will quickly find a strong and loyal audience.”

Beginning Monday, July 9th, the on-air lineup for 92.7 The Blast will kick off in mornings with Marco Benitez. Caitlin Geer, who also hosts mornings on AC sister KLEY-AM (The Wave 100.3FM/1130AM)/Wellington, KS will handle middays, and Castor will round out the on-air crew in afternoon drive.

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PODCASTS: PodcastOne Debuts 8 New Shows To Summer Schedule

THE MOUTH, JULY 5TH, 2018 –– Looks like a hot summer ahead for PodcastOne as they've added 8 New Shows to it's lineup. They include: Baseball and Chill: MLB Network’s Scott Braun and Kelly Nash cover big storylines and trending topics on and off of the diamond, with direct access to player interviews, game coverage and a candid look into the life of professional baseball correspondents. Braun and Nash began chilling with PodcastOne Sportsnet fans weekly on Tuesday, June 19. Ground Game: A weekly conversation about the top issues in American politics. Hosted by AP Digital Editor Magan Crane, the show also features top AP reporters out in the field. The weekly show kicked off Thursday, June 21. Big 12 Podcast: Debuting on PodcastOne Sportsnet Thursday, June 28, The Big 12 Podcast features host Chuck Cooperstein Stevie & Sazan: Good Life - The weekly podcast launches Wednesday, July 25. Revenge of the Jocks: Martellus Bennett covers a broad spectrum of what it means to be a creative, an activist, and an overall, culture-shaping world-changer. The first episode goes live Thursday, July 26 on PodcastOne Sportsnet.

Additional recently-announced programs feature Bravo TV star Kim Zolciak and Bar Rescue star Jon Taffer. Web Summit debuted, bringing high profile speakers  from the industries of Business, Music, Science, Games, Tech and TV & Film.

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Georgia Radio Hall of Fame Hopes To Establish Full-Time Museum

THE MOUTH, JULY 5TH, 2018 –– The Georgia Radio Hall of Fame has moved to LaGrange, where it hopes to eventually set up a full-time museum reports The Lagrange News. The non-profit hall was started in 2007 and has operated in St. Mary's, a southeast Georgia city just above the Florida state line. However, last year the part-time museum had to move out of the building it used in St. Mary’s, and CEO John Long (shown) and his wife Patti set out to find a new, permanent home. “We wanted to find a city that wanted a tourist attraction, as well as an education attraction, as well as a historic preservation attraction, and we could give them that at no charge.”

Long got his start in radio in LaGrange at WTRP. “I was the first one to lay a Beatles record here,” Long said. The hall started in 2007 as what Long calls an “internet-based nonprofit” as a way to honor longtime personalities. Long founded it with the late Sam Hale. At the time, no radio hall of fame existed and they felt a lot of history was being lost. “We just thought it would be a nice organization to recognize Georgia radio professions, past and present, with no real ideas about how it would be accepted and how successful it would be,” said Long. “It just took off and took on a life of its own to the point where now next March will be our twelfth year. - Radio is important. It still reaches 93 percent of Americans every day.” For more information on the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame, including past inductees and a list of nominees for this year, visit www.grhof.com/.

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The 2018 Radio Show To Add Disney Cast Members To Lineup

THE MOUTH, JULY 3RD, 2018 –– Get ready to get your creativity on at the Radio Show's Friday Sign-off event with Disney's Imagineers. The exclusive "Making Magic for Consumers — How Disney's Animal Kingdom Does It and You Can, Too!" panel will feature a storied group of Disney cast members and Imagineers who will give Radio Show attendees an exclusive look inside their creative process. You'll get the inside scoop on how they take Disney's Animal Kingdom from ideas to reality and learn how they consistently build quality guest experiences in this one-of-a-kind multimedia Friday Send-off session. Imagine taking that wealth of knowledge back to your station!

Don't miss out on the opportunity to learn from one of the most successful global brands in history. You'll be informed, inspired and ready to return to work with fresh ideas and exciting insights! Register today, book your hotel and be sure to stay through Friday so you can take some Disney magic home! SEE MORE HERE

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NABEF Announces TAP Participants

THE MOUTH, JULY 5TH, 2018 –– The NAB Education Foundation (NABEF) announced the individuals selected to participate in the 2018 Technology Apprenticeship Program (TAP). TAP exposes technology-focused graduates and young professionals to the broadcast industry through a six-month, hands-on training program that includes a paid two-month internship. “The need for innovative, technology-proficient talent in our industry is growing,” said NABEF President Marcellus Alexander. “The TAP program addresses this need by attracting and preparing the next generation of engineers and technology professionals for essential roles at radio and television stations.”

This year’s participants and their apprenticeship placements include: Demetrius Allen Green, WTAE-TV, Hearst Television, Pittsburg, PA Haemi Jo, WTVF-TV, The E.W. Scripps Company, Nashville, TN Allen Johnson, WDKN-AM, R&F Communications Inc., Dickson, TN Ivan Morales, KCBS-FM, Entercom Communications, Los Angeles, CA Joshua Mondy, KJIW-FM, Mondy-Burke Broadcasting Network, Helena, AR Zipporah Mondy, KJIW-FM, Mondy-Burke Broadcasting Network, Helena, AR Jason Tober, WFTS-TV, The E.W. Scripps Company, Tampa, FL Rachel Torres, WMAG-FM, iHeartMedia, Greensboro, NC 2018

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talkSPORT Uses AdsWizz’s ShakeMe™ Tech for New Radio First in UK

THE MOUTH, JULY 5TH, 2018 ––  talkSPORT, the world’s biggest radio sports station, has teamed up with digital audio adtech company AdsWizz, employing its ShakeMe™ technology to create a UK radio first. ShakeMe™, the new interactive audio ad format developed by AdsWizz, enables people to seamlessly migrate from audio listening to a digital platform with a simple shake of their phone to trigger a call to action.  When they hear an ad, a listener is invited to shake or tap their phone to download an app, get retailer coupons, open a website, or place a call – all without clicking on an ad or even unlocking their mobile device.

 “We’re thrilled that talkSPORT is leveraging our ShakeMe™ technology to provide a more engaging and interactive experience for listeners, and create more effective and innovative opportunities for their advertisers,” added Alexis Van de Wyer, CEO of AdsWizz. “As we see audio advertising adoption explode in major markets all over the world, we are committed to accelerating our innovation with new and engaging audio experiences.”The audio ad campaign for Smarkets goes live today on talkSPORT and is available across iOS and Android devices.

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Eddie Mair Moving From BBC Radio

By Graham Mack

THE MOUTH, JULY 5TH, 2018 –– LBC London has confirmed it’s hired Radio 4 presenter Eddie Mair to do a new show on the commercial station from September. He’s leaving the BBC after more than 30 years. Eddie joined the BBC in 1987 after a few years with commercial station Radio Tay in Dundee. He worked at BBC Radio Scotland before a move to 5 live in the 90s and later Radio 4. Last summer it was revealed that he earned  earned £350,000 ($461,000) a year for his work at the BBC. Reports today in The Times suggest LBC is paying him around double that.

Army Veteran Wins $70,000 With Stav, Abby & Matt In Australia - Stav, Abby and Matt on Hit105 in Brisbane Australia have given away $A70,000 ($52,000US) tax-free to an army veteran Jake Edgar with their ‘Live For Free’ giveaway. The team, broadcasting from City Motor Auction Group, gave out car keys – but only one key opened the car with the money inside. Read more and watch the video here; http://radiotoday.com.au/army-veteran-wins-70000-with-stav-abby-matt/

Jon Gaunt Joins Radio Sputnik Worldwide - Broadcaster Jon Gaunt will host a new radio show with the worldwide news agency Radio Sputnik. Jon is a former talkRADIO and BBC presenter. He will have a different guest each week in “Shooting from the Lip” on Sputnik’s English language service located on their website from 6pm-6.30pm (UK Time) and will kick off with British politician and UKIP leader, Gerard Batten, who will be challenging an array of highly provocative issues.

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

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7New World Record Reached In Hot Dog Eating Contest

 

WATCH: Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Champion Pummels Previous Record

[WATCH] Chance the Rapper Is Engaged to Longtime Girlfriend Kirsten Corley

Michael Avenatti Says He Could Run for President Against Trump in 2020

Christina Aguilera Says It Was ‘Important’ For Her To Leave ‘The Voice’

[WATCH] How Barbra Streisand Unknowingly Inspired Aerosmith’s Biggest Hit

Netflix Is No. 1 Choice for TV Viewing, Beating Broadcast, Cable and YouTube

With Toys R Us gone, Amazon wants to send out a holiday toy catalog of its own

Universal's Harry Potter Theme Park Now Serves Butterbeer Ice Cream

General Hospital: See how George Hamilton will show up as Colonel Sanders

Tina Turner's First-Born, Craig Turner Found Dead From Suicide, 59

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Jeff Smulyan Extends With Emmis Through 2022

THE MOUTH, JULY 3RD, 2018 –– According to the latest SEC filing, Jeff Smulyan is staying put with Emmis for awhile to come. Under the term of the a new employment contract, the Emmis chairman and chief executive will continue on in his current position through February 28, 2022, unless earlier terminated or extended in accordance with the provisions set forth in this Agreement. As stated, "Unless Executive or Employer provides the other written notice prior to December 31, 2021 (or any December 31 thereafter) of such party’s election not to allow the Agreement to automatically renew, the Agreement shall automatically renew for successive one (1) year periods following the initial Term.

Upon the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in this Agreement, in his "First Contract Year (partial): $1,025,000 Second Contract Year: $1,050,000 Third Contract Year: $1,075,000 Fourth Contract Year: $1,100,000 In the event that the Term automatically extends by additional one (1) year periods pursuant to Section 2 above, the Base Salary for each such period shall be the previous Contract Year’s Base Salary plus Twenty-Five Thousand Dollars ($25,000). In addition, it also states that 'Employer may, at its sole election, pay up to ten percent (10%) of Executive’s Base Salary in Shares. Read Filing HERE

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Mike Valenti Extends Longterm With The Ticket Detroit

THE MOUTH, JULY 3RD, 2018 –– Entercom has inked a new long-term contract extension with its afternoon drive host Mike Valenti on 97.1 The Ticket (WXYT-FM) in Detroit. He'll stay with “The Valenti Show,” weekdays from 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. ET. “Mike is an extraordinary talent who has a great rapport with Detroit sports fans,” said Debbie Kenyon, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Detroit. “He has built a dedicated listener base and we’re thrilled to have him on the 97.1 team for years to come.”

“I value the opportunity to continue my career at The Ticket in Detroit, one of the great sports towns in the country,” Valenti added. Valenti joined 97.1 The Ticket’s afternoon drive in 2007. Before joining The Ticket, Mike co-hosted “The Sports Inferno” on Sports Radio 1270 (WXYT-AM) in Detroit.

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Man Arrested For Threatening FCC Chairman's Family

THE MOUTH, JULY 3RD, 2018 –– A man who prosecutors say threatened to kill the family of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai over the repeal of “net neutrality” regulations was arrested Friday in Los Angeles. The threats, sent by an individual named Makara Man, were made primarily in the second of three messages sent to Pai’s official FCC email accounts in late December, just days after the FCC voted to repeal net neutrality protections. According to The Verge, the first email allegedly accused Pai of causing the suicide of a teenager through his actions that led to the net neutrality vote. The second email contained an explicit threat against members of Pai’s family, as well as a listing of three locations in and around Arlington, Virginia where Pai is said to live. The third email allegedly contained a photo of Pai and a separate photo of Pai and his family.

"The Norwalk man threatened Pai and his family over email late last year" According to the Justice Department, the FBI traced the emails to Man’s home, where he acknowledged sending the threats. He also confirmed his use of an email alias, “Stubblemanliness@gmail.com,” allegedly because the alias would make him seem “tougher,” according to the affidavit. The charge carries a maximum of 10 years in prison.

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Country Radio Broadcasters Announce 2018-2019 Board of Directors

THE MOUTH, JULY 3RD, 2018 –– The Country Radio Broadcasters have completed their elections for Board of Directors. Returning as CRB Board President is Kurt Johnson (Townsquare Media) along with R.J. Curtis (All Access Music Group) as Vice President and Beverlee Brannigan (Scripps Media, Inc.) as Secretary. Serving on this year’s Board of Directors are: Chuck Aly (Country Aircheck), Becky Brenner (Albright & O’Malley & Brenner Consulting), Johnny Chiang (KKBQ-FM), George Couri (Triple 8 Management), Andy Denemark (United Stations), Ryan Dokke (Curb), Mike Dungan (UMG), John Esposito (Warner), Randy Goodman (Sony Nashville), Dan Halyburton (Falls Media), Debra Herman (Shazam), Clay Hunnicutt (Big Loud Records), Dave Kelly (Big Machine Label Group), Jon Loba (BBR/BMG), Mike McVay (Cumulus Media and Westwood One), Charlie Morgan (Emmis Communications), Tyne Parrish (The GreenRoom PR) Rod Phillips (iHeartCountry), Tim Roberts (Entercom/Detroit), Royce Risser (UMG), Bob Richards (Emmis Radio/WLHK), Brittany Schaffer (Spotify), John Shomby (NASH), Matt Sunshine (CFSS), Joel Raab (Joel Raab Country Radio/Media), Ryan Redington (Amazon Music), and Kristen Williams (Warner).

Charlie Monk continues as a Lifetime Director Emeritus.

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SYNDICATION: Wolfman Jack Is Back

THE MOUTH, JULY 3RD, 2018 –– Radio Hall of Famer Wolfman Jack is howling back onto the airwaves through Envision Networks® with digitally remastered programs. The classic radio show is available now as a 5 hour weekly show and contains Wolfman’s hilarious comedy bits, funny phone calls, crazy characters, celebrity interviews and great music from the 60’s & 70’s.

"We are delighted to be working with Danno and his team at Envision Networks,” said Jay Harvey, Executive Producer of Wolfman Jack Licensing.” The world famous Wolfman Jack Radio Show is back and sounding better than ever.” “We’re honored to begin offering Wolfman Jack as part of Envision Networks programming lineup,” said CEO Danno Wolkoff. “We’re excited to keep his legacy alive with listeners who revered him, and to introduce a whole new audience to this important iconic radio legend.” For more information on The Wolfman Jack Radio Show or any of our show and service offerings, contact us at 216.831.3761 or wolfmanjack@envisionnetworks.com. For further info about the Wolfman check out www.WolfmanJackRadio.com.

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PODCASTS: '83 Weeks Meets Dr. Who

THE MOUTH, JULY 3RD, 2018 –– Westwood One Podcast Network stars Eric Bischoff and Conrad Thompson of “83 Weeks with Eric Bischoff” are doing an exclusive live broadcast of their podcast on Twitch (twitch.tv/83weeks) while co-streaming episodes of “Doctor Who.” You can visit their Twitch channel on July 12 and 13 from 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm PST to hear their unique commentary over classic episodes of the show for the legions of fans watching it along with them.

This show featuring wrestling icon Eric Bischoff and popular wrestling podcaster Conrad Thompson takes a deep dive into the highs and lows of Eric’s unparalleled success in the wrestling business. Eric’s story is extraordinary: In the mid-80s, he entered the wrestling community as a “C-Team Announcer,” and a few short years later, he was President of Turner Broadcasting’s World Championship Wrestling. Eric signed Hulk Hogan and started Turner Network Television’s Monday Night Nitro, created the nWo, and beat Vince McMahon’s Monday Night RAW head-to-head in Monday Night Wars 83 consecutive times. Now he’s revealing what happened behind the scenes every Monday on 83 Weeks with Eric Bischoff — for more info, contact Suzy Schultz | Westwood One Podcast Network | sschultz@westwoodone.com | (212) 419-2905

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EVENTS: 105.7 The Point's Patrico & Burton Finish The 'Walk Of Shame' - WATCH

THE MOUTH, JULY 3RD, 2018 –– Recently, 105.7 The Point's Morning Show hosts Tony Patrico and Jeff Burton did a “Walk Of Shame” punishment for losing the last round of "Real or Fake". Patrico & Burton set out on the Walk of Shame on one of the hottest days of the year. Just over 15 miles and 7 hours later, the two had traveled from the Downtown St. Louis Studio to their new home office at the Hubbard Radio St. Louis's headquarters at City Place on Olive Street Road in Creve Coeur, Missouri.

WATCH inspirational life-changing walk HERE

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Echosmith Among Headliners For WILD 95.5 Delray Beach July 4th Party

THE MOUTH, JULY 3RD, 2018 –– On July 4th WiLD 95.5is taking over Delray Beach for the ultimate 4th of July party with an amazing free show from Echosmith, Max, and Logan Henderson! They'll party

They'll join The Delray Beach Marketing Cooperative (DBMC) who'll include a magnificent firework display off a barge in the Atlantic Ocean in front of Atlantic Avenue and A1A. There is also the Flag Raising of the city’s giant 60 foot American flag.all day at Boston's on the Beach.

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Entry Window For ReelWorld's Rising Stars 2018 ENDS THIS WEEK!

THE MOUTH, JULY 3RD, 2018 –– ReelWorld, in association with Morning Show Boot Camp 30, is looking to recognize FIVE special personalities who are destined for on-air stardom as winners of its fourth annual Rising Star Awards. NOMINEES ARE BEING ACCEPTED NOW THROUGH MIDNIGHT, JULY 7th.

The ReelWorld Rising Star Awards are open to all candidates, in all formats and market sizes, who have been on-air for at least one year, but not longer than 5 years, in either a supporting or leading role. Our goal is to recognize those lesser known personalities who rarely, if ever, receive press and are unknown to most radio professionals beyond their colleagues or employers. A select panel of judges will review all nominees for consideration. To enter just click the link below and provide your nominee's name, city and station, brief work history, 2-3 minute mp3/aircheck and a brief explanation of why you believe they deserve consideration for this award. (Yes, you can nominate yourself).

Please include photos and any other supporting material you think is relevant. Winners will be notified after July 17th and formally announced on August 10th at MSBC in Chicago. Good luck future Stars! CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT

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Friends & Family Gather To Remember Radio Host & Podcaster Richard Bachschmidt

THE MOUTH, JULY 3RD, 2018 –– On Sunday, a concert was held in his memory of Richard Bachschmidt, 43. The popular Charleston radio host was found dead early Friday morning after being reported the previous day. Live5 TV News reports that numerous friends, fans and family members gathered on Sunday for a concert held in his memory

Bachschmidt was a well-known radio personality for 105.5 The Bridge and 98 Rock before recently launching his own podcast, "Box in the Morning." At the event, Bachschmidt's family took the stage promoting mental health awareness and suicide prevention. "Box is just the type of friend that would anything for anybody He was just really generous and probably had the biggest heart out of anyone I've ever met," said Bachschmidt's friend Lisa Foster. Donations were collected at the door and all proceeds of the event went to Box's family for funeral costs. PHOTO/Paul Chelmis Creative

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7Roseanne Teases Return To TV; 'Breaking Bad' 10th Anny Cover

 

Brian Ross Leaving ABC After Botched Michael Flynn Report

REPORT: Harvey Weinstein Could Face Life Sentence For New Alleged Sex Crimes

[WATCH] Roseanne Barr Teases TV Return

Breaking Bad Cast and Creator Reunite For 10th Anniversary On EW Cover

Mila Kunis on Her Ultimate Dream and Those Pesky Pregnancy Rumors

Neal Schon Wants to Work With Steve Perry Again

Florida Georgia Line’s Inaugural FGL Fest Includes Nelly, Cole Swindell

[WATCH] Beyoncé Closes 'On The Run II' Concert By Climbing Down A Ladder After Stage Malfunction

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Popular Des Moines Host Larry Cotlar Killed After Swept Away By Flash Flood

THE MOUTH, JULY 2ND, 2018 –– A longtime Des Moines sports radio host was killed Saturday night when he was swept from his van during flash flooding reports WHO-TV. According to a Des Moines Police Department News Release, 65-year-old Larry Cotlar died in flooding Saturday night after police received a report of an occupied van, stalled in high water at 50th and Twana Drive. As officers responded, they learned the occupants had left the van, and that Cotlar was swept away by the flood waters. Officers and Fire Department Rescue crews searched the area and later located Cotlar's body several blocks away from where the van was.

According to Cotlar's bio he had been involved in sports radio professionally since 1974. He has done it all-from sports talk radio to play-by-play. Cotlar, the 2007 Iowa Sportscaster of the Year, has been a sports talk radio host since 1981 when he hosted the “Sportsline” and “Saturday Sportsline” shows on the legendary WHO Radio in Des Moines, IA. Cotlar entered the national scene by hosting shows at the “Sports and Entertainment Network” and “American Sports Radio Network” in Las Vegas. He then moved to Chicago to become a host at the “One-on-One Sports Network” (now Sporting News Radio). Cotlar began the popular “Cotlar and Company” show which ran from 2001-2009 on KXNO Radio. Later in 2009, he made the move to KBGG Radio (1700-the Champ) where he is still the producer and co-host of the “Out of Bounds” show with KCCI-TV sports director Andy Garman.

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Missing Charleston Host Found Dead

THE MOUTH, JULY 2ND, 2018 –– We were deeply saddened to learn the passing of Richard "Box" Bachschmidt, 43, who had been reported missing the day before, was found dead in his car last Friday. Box was a well-known for his stint on 105.5 The Bridge and 98 Rock before recently launching his own podcast, "Box in the Morning." According to The Charleston City Paper, deputies discovered his body in his car parked in a wooded area off Belle Hall Parkway, the Charleston County Coroner confirmed Friday. A cause of death is pending.

A note on his show's Facebook page Thursday evening said that he had not been heard from since Tuesday, missing work engagements. "This is not 'typical' Box behavior," the post said. Bachschmidt was a host on 105.5 The Bridge for years, known as Box in the Morning with Jessie B. He left the station in February and began his own streaming morning show focusing on local music with guest co-hosts including City Paper music editor Kelly Rae Smith.

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Prank Call To The President Draws Visit From Secret Service For Stuttering John

THE MOUTH, JULY 1ST, 2018 –– THE MOUTH, JULY 2ND, 2018 –– Many are still shaking their heads as to how Stuttering John Melendez, longtime former member of The Howard Stern Show and TV Announcer was able to get through to President Trump aboard Air Force 1 claiming to be Sen. Bob Menendez. At first report, the Secret Service came knocking at his door and then John enlisted the help of Michael Avenatti, the attorney for adult film actress Stormy Daniels. As for the interview with the Secret Service, Melendez had said earlier that it was set for Monday morning at his home in California. But now Avenatti wants to review the facts before the interview takes place reports CBS.

A former Secret Service agent told CBS that the agency likely wouldn't be investigating how the call happened — it would potentially be investigating if Melendez posed a threat. The White House has not acknowledged the prank call, earlier saying, "we are not engaging on this at all." But the White House did reach out to Sen. Bob Menendez's office Thursday morning to inform the New Jersey Democrat about the incident, according to a source familiar with the call.

As for the prank, Melendez told CBS News that all the White House needed to do was ask his party affiliation and state to stump him; Melendez said he only knows the senator's name. "That's gotta scare most Americans, that's how easy you can infiltrate this administration," he said. READ MORE HERE - LISTEN TO PODCAST HERE

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NETWORKS: ESPN Radio Adds Covino & Rich Show To Weekends

THE MOUTH, JULY 2ND, 2018 ––ESPN Radio launched Covino & Rich on Saturday, June 30, at Noon ET. The program, which first premiered on SiriusXM in 2005, is co-hosted by Steve Covino and Rich Davis. Covino & Rich will air Saturdays and Sundays from Noon – 4 p.m. this summer and cover the hottest topics and stories in sports, seasoned with opinions and humor. They will appear on multiple platforms in addition to ESPN Radio. Covino and Davis come to ESPN with a plethora of radio experience, and the pair have worked in television as hosts for NBC Sports’ NY affiliate and for SNY

They have hosted numerous red carpets at events including the VMAs, MTV Movie Awards, the Grammys and private parties for ESPN and Rolling Stone as well as numerous Super Bowl weeks and the MLB All-Star Week on behalf of SiriusXM. Covino is a proud Yankees fan and has a passion for rock music, bringing that to life every night as the host of SiriusXM Turbo 41. Davis can also be heard on SiriusXM’sPop2k and Hits 1 channels. He has conducted on-air interviews with artists including Taylor Swift, Katy Perry and Pitbull. Prior to his time with SiriusXM, Davis worked with Z100 WHTZ/New York, WWHT Hot 107.9/Syracuse and WIOQ Q102/Philadelphia.

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MOTION: Roxanne Steele Exits WYCD Detroit

THe MOUTH, JULY 2ND, 2018 –– While no official word from the country outlet, longtime WYCD host Roxanne Steele announced via Facebook that she's not planning to leave Detroit anytime soon, but as of June 14th she's no longert with the country outlet. "I'm staying in Detroit and I will bounce back on your radio soon!! For now I'm taking a break and I'm enjoying my summer vacation on the beach! -- I think you all know that I LOVE being a radio personality!! I embraced the country format with my heart and soul and the country fans embraced me back. Best feeling in the world!!!

Following numerous posts from fans, she added: "Thank you to my radio fans who noticed I was missing and have reached out to me. Your kind words mean the world to me! Thank you for your endless support and friendship! I am so grateful for you. See you on social media or a summer concert soon! xoxo"

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FCC's Pai Applauds Samsung For Unlocking FM Chips In Galaxy S9

THE MOUTH, JULY 2ND, 2018 –– FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has applauded Samsung for unlocking FM radio capability in its Galaxy S9 models - According to androidcommunity.com the Samsung Galaxy S9 is finally getting the FM radio support the industry's waited for since the beginning of the year. The phone features an FM radio chip but unfortunately, it’s not activated in Canada and the US. The site did learn it will be unlocked for both the Galaxy S9 and S9+

The South Korean tech giant made a promise to activate FM radio so more phones would be able to take advantage of the NextRadio service. Samsung partnered with NextRadio to be the official FM radio service native on flagship Galaxy phones. It’s actually enabled and ready for use on smartphones purchased directly from mobile carriers but for unlocked models, they still need to be activated. It took a while before the company does something officially. With this move, it’s joining Alcatel, Motorola, and LG in activating the FM radio chip.

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Entry Window For ReelWorld's Rising Stars 2018 ENDS THIS WEEK!

THE MOUTH, JULY 2ND, 2018 –– ReelWorld, in association with Morning Show Boot Camp 30, is looking to recognize FIVE special personalities who are destined for on-air stardom as winners of its fourth annual Rising Star Awards. NOMINEES ARE BEING ACCEPTED NOW THROUGH MIDNIGHT, JULY 7th.

The ReelWorld Rising Star Awards are open to all candidates, in all formats and market sizes, who have been on-air for at least one year, but not longer than 5 years, in either a supporting or leading role. Our goal is to recognize those lesser known personalities who rarely, if ever, receive press and are unknown to most radio professionals beyond their colleagues or employers. A select panel of judges will review all nominees for consideration. To enter just click the link below and provide your nominee's name, city and station, brief work history, 2-3 minute mp3/aircheck and a brief explanation of why you believe they deserve consideration for this award. (Yes, you can nominate yourself).

Please include photos and any other supporting material you think is relevant. Winners will be notified after July 17th and formally announced on August 10th at MSBC in Chicago. Good luck future Stars! CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT

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SNAPS: ACM Greets Haley & Michaels

THE MOUTH, JULY 2ND, 2018 –– The Academy of Country Music® welcomed country duo Haley & Michaels to the office while they were in Los Angeles recently. While at the Academy, Haley & Michaels performed their current single, “High Note,” and previewed other songs from their upcoming album. Click here to watch a video from Haley & Michaels’ visit featuring an exclusive interview and clips from their performance.

Photo L-R: Rick Stone, President of Stoney Pro Music Group; Tom Torii, ACM SVP, Finance & Operations; Shannon Haley; Ryan Michaels Photo Credit: Michel Bourquard/Courtesy of the Academy of Country Music

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Art Vuolo Parking Tip For Downtown Chicago

THE MOUTH, JULY 2ND, 2018 –– Radio's best friend Art Vuolo says because of Chicago's central location, a number of this year's MSBC 30 attendees, including myself, will be driving to Boot Camp, but the question becomes where to park?

Vuolo says, "The last time I drove I used a Chicago-based company called PARK WHIZ. They have an app and a toll-free number: 888-472-7594. A few years ago I parked just 3 blocks from the hotel from Wednesday afternoon till Saturday morning for a total of $64 paid in advance with a credit card. Check it out for next month. I'm already booked." ed note: not an paid advertisement or endorsement. Strictly a tip for our cost-conscience attendees.

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Lebron James: LA Lakers New $154 Million Dollar Man

Drake Crushes Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon’s One-Day Streaming Records

[WATCH] Sheryl Crow Announces Release Of Final Album In 2019

[WATCH] Creedence Clearwater Revival’s First-Ever Video for ‘Fortunate Son’

Taylor Hicks 'Idol' Eliminations Were No Secret!!! I Got Heads-Up Every Week

Heather Locklear Will Seek Treatment for Substance Abuse & Mental Health Issues

Susan Sarandon Arrested During Trump Immigration Enforcement Protest: ‘Keep Fighting’

Heidi Klum Poses Topless for Ocean Drive: "We Only Have One Life"

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Senate Approves Music Modernization Act

THE MOUTH, JUNE 29TH, 2018 –– The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the Music Modernization Act yesterday by unanimous voice vote. The MMA includes language that will formally establish a role for Congress as the Department of Justice reviews consent decrees with the two largest performing rights organizations — ASCAP and BMI — which collectively license over 90% of the musical works that are played on local radio and television stations (Section 105, page 143). The following statement can be attributed to NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith:

In a statement, the NAB expressed strong support and applauded the efforts of Chairman Grassley, Ranking Member Feinstein, and Senators Hatch, Whitehouse and their cosponsors on this bill. This balanced legislation provides much needed reforms to the music licensing market to the benefit of songwriters, legacy recording artists, producers, digital streaming services and music users. "In particular, NAB applauds the inclusion of language in today’s managers’ amendment that ensures enhanced congressional oversight of the DOJ’s announced review of the ASCAP and BMI consent decrees.."

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EXECUTIVE ACTION: Gary Sommer Named GSM For Entercom Portland

THE MOUTH, JUNE 29TH, 2018 –– Entercom has appointed Gary Sommer as General Sales Manager for Entercom Portland, effective July 2. In this role, Sommer will oversee Entercom Portland’s network of stations, Smart Reach Digital in addition to event management assets. “Gary is a seasoned and well-respected local leader in media sales and marketing,” said Bill Ashenden, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Portland. “We are thrilled to be adding his talents to our team.”

 “I’m excited to be joining Entercom, the progressive media and marketing leader and Portland's finest team,” added Sommer. “I look forward to helping our clients achieve amazing results using our continuously innovative brands and full complement of marketing assets.” Sommer has over 20 years of experience in the media and marketing industry. Prior to joining Entercom, he was a Senior Account Manager at SagaCity Media, Inc. in Portland.

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Dan Le Batard and Jon “Stugotz” Weiner Ink Multiyear Extension With ESPN

THE MOUTH, JUNE 29TH, 2018 –– Dan Le Batard and Jon “Stugotz” Weiner, hosts of the popular daytime ESPN Radio program The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz have signed multiyear agreements to remain with ESPN. The duo will continue to host their Miami-based program, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. ET, on ESPN Radio (and simulcast on ESPNEWS). Le Batard will also continue to co-host Highly Questionable alongside his father Gonzalo “Papi” Le Batard and another of a rotating crop of guest hosts. Le Batard will also conduct six longform interviews each year that will live across multiple ESPN platforms including TV and digital. Weiner will make appearances on SportsCenter and continue hosting and guesting on other ESPN Radio shows.

"ESPN has given us ridiculous freedom to have fun, and made us more popular than we deserve,” said Le Batard. “A whole lot of people have supported our nonsense in a way that isn't always easy to support but easy to grow. As an added bonus – and we're especially thankful for this – they also pay us." Added Weiner: “I was hoping for the lifetime contract, to be honest. I'm a little disappointed. Maybe next time."

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TU 94.9 Miami Names Walo Davila PD

Miami, FL– June 28, 2018 – iHeartMedia Miami’s TÚ 94.9, Donde Viven Tus Hits, announced today that Walo Dávila has been named Program Director, effective July 9. iHeartMedia Miami has a strong cross-platform presence and includes a number of iconic brands and franchises — both broadcast and digital — encompassing more than eight stations comprised of music, talk and news formats. As Program Director,  Dávila will work with on-air personalities and sales to oversee music programming as well as broadcast and digital operations of TÚ 94.9. He will report to Alex Tear, Regional Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Miami.“We are thrilled to welcome Walo to our team,” said Tear. “His experience, creative energy, leadership and vast market knowledge will take iHeartMedia Miami’s TÚ 94.9 to even higher levels.” 

Dávila is a 20 plus-year radio veteran who has worked in programming for radio station brands including SBS PR in Puerto Rico and Univision Radio Miami and New York. In addition, he has worked closely with talent and served as a director and coach for multiple radio and TV shows. “I’m THRILLED to become Program Director for TÚ 94.9,”said Dávila. “It’s an opportunity to collaborate with an innovative team that is doing an excellent job in engaging the Hispanic community in South Florida. I look forward to contributing to the station’s ongoing success.”

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West Michigan Legend And Longtime Host Of 97V -FM, Ed 'Uncle Buck' Buchanan, Passes Away At 69

THE MOUTH, JUNE 29TH, 2018 –– Uncle Buck”, joined WLAV-FM in 1974 and was “founding father” of its current Classic Rock brand. Most recently, Buchanan hosted LAV’s “Uncle Buck’s Basement” Sundays from 7-9am, and was co-host of LAV’s “The Tony Gates Morning Show with Michelle McKormick and Uncle Buck” weekdays from 5-10am. Buchanan celebrated his 50th year in West Michigan broadcasting in 2017.

Details regarding services for Ed Buchanan are unavailable at this time, but we will keep you updated as more information is available. Also, Classic Rock 97 LAV-FM will air a special audio tribute to Ed Buchanan this weekend.

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EVENTS: Chris Young Among Headliners At iHeart Tucson4th Annual Music Fest

THE MOUTH, JUNE 29TH, 2018 –– iHeartMedia Tucson’s My 92.9 97.1 The Bull, Tucson's #1 For New Country announced today the all-star lineup for the fourth annual Oro Valley Music Festivalu, on Saturday, October 13 and Sunday, October 14 at Naranja Park. The event will feature top country artists Chris Young, High Valley and Matt Farris on Saturday, October 13 as well as performances from O.A.R., Switchfoot, A Great Big World, Mat Kearney and MAX, on Sunday, October 14. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. and the show begins at 1:30 p.m.

“We are thrilled to announce the lineup for the Oro Valley Music Festival,” said iHeartMedia Tucson Market President, Mike Saffer. “Not only do we have a fantastic roster of artist performing this year that keep our listeners coming back for more, but this festival gives us another opportunity to give back to the community and that’s very special to us.”

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Rita Ora Stops By Charlotte's 96.1 For Ace & TJ's Summer Say & Play

THE MOUTH, JUNE 29TH, 2018 –– Channel 96.1Charlotte hosted its Ace & TJ Show Summer Say & Play on Thursday to help raise funds for Ace & TJ’s Grin Kids, a non-profit providing a magical, all-expense paid, 5-day experience at Walt Disney World for Children between the ages of 5-12 who are terminally ill or chronically disabled and their immediate family.  

Channel 96.1’s morning show personalities, including Ace, TJ, Guenn & Riggins broadcast their show live from the iHeartRadio Charlotte Soundstage where they were visited by national recording artist, Rita Ora who stopped by for a special performance.

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SNAPS: A Final Look At This Year's 43rd Annual Gracies Luncheon In New York

THE MOUTH, JUNE 29TH, 2018 –– Lots of great radio folks and faces were present at this week's Gracie Awards in New York. Among the numerous guests included SBG's Jason Bailey (top left), Cumulus' CEO Mary Berner along with EVP/Content & Programming, Mike McVay, and WABC's Joan Hamburg. Also there was Weiss Agency's Heather Cohen, hangin' with iHeart's Angie Martinez and Thea Mitchem

An especially powerful moment was the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award to Judy Woodruff by last year’s Honoree Jane Pauley (top center) who said, “There should be no more exalted role in society than the role of journalists. When that ceases to be, we will no longer rightfully call ourselves a free society. Judy Woodruff deserves recognition for lifetime as much as anyone I can think of. Furthermore, she has earned it.” When accepting the award, Woodruff captivated the audience and spoke strongly with regard to women in media, “We have come a long way, but we still have work to do. We need more women in decision-making jobs, more women doing the hiring, more women deciding which stories get covered, and more women reaching out to bring along younger women like the remarkable women we are seeing here today.” PHOTOS/Getty for Gracie Awards.

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Tom Joyner Featured in Disney’s ‘The Lion King’ At Dallas Summer Musicals


THE MOUTH, JUNE 29TH, 2018 –– On Wednesday night,  Tom Joyner, host of the nationally syndicated radio show “The Tom Joyner Morning Show,” fulfilled his Broadway dreams by starring in a walk-on role in Disney’s THE LION KING presented by Dallas Summer Musicals at The Music Hall at Fair Park! Joyner, who is also the founder of Reach Media Inc., the Tom Joyner Foundation played the role of “plant” during the crowd-favorite number “Can You Feel The Love Tonight.”  The cast was honored to share the stage with Tom, with many of them attesting to having grown up listening to him on the radio!

Photo of Tom with THE LION KING cast members courtesy of Disney and Dallas Summer Musicals. THE LION KING at Dallas Summer Musicals, which runs through July 7th!

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WSNY-FM Columbus Welcomes Morning Vet Bobby Mitchell To Mornings

THE MOUTH, JUNE 18TH, 2018 ––  Columbus Radio Group (CRG) announces that Bobby Mitchell, long-time veteran radio broadcaster, is set to take a seat next to Stacy McKay as co-host of the legendary Sunny 95 morning show. Bobby says, “I feel like the guy who was offered a ride on a rocket ship! I don’t care where it’s going - I’m just getting on! To be a part of this heritage radio station, with its incredible staff; and to live and raise my family in Columbus, is very exciting.” “We couldn’t be happier to have Bobby join us as a part of the Columbus Radio Group team!  We look forward to this new chapter for Sunny 95,” said Erik Schmidt, VP/GM of the CRG.


Mitchell’s radio success, including being named Billboard’s Radio Personality of the Year, and Morning Show expertise was cultivated with time in multiple cities including Detroit, Dallas, & Miami, and at stations like WHYI-FM, KPLX-FM, and WOMC-FM.  Mitchell will have that first pot of morning coffee brewing at Sunny 95 early on July 2nd, 2018.

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Karina Farias Named MD For Bay Area Bonneville Combo

THE MOUTH, JUNE 28TH, 2018 –– Bonneville International - San Francisco / Bay Area based KOIT-FM (96.5 KOIT) and KUFX-FM (98.5 KFOX) welcomes Karina Farias as Music Director. Karina Farias will handle the daily music responsibilities for the Bay Area’s top-rated AC 96.5 KOIT and Classic Rock 98.5 KFOX starting July 5, 2018. Farias will also handle on-air shows on KOIT and KFOX.

Karina joins the Bonneville Cluster from Bryan Broadcasting in College Station, Texas where she was on-air, Music Director and Assistant Program Director. She also handled part-time on-air at Houston’s 100.3 The Bull (KILT-FM). “Karina’s passion for the radio industry and well-versed programming knowledge makes her the ideal fit for this position”, said KOIT-FM & KUFX-FM Program Director Brian Figula.

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HONORS: Big Day For Cumulus At Gracies

THE MOUTH, JUNE 28TH, 2018 ––  Four Cumulus Media local radio hosts were honored this afternoon at the 43rd Annual Gracie Awards Luncheon at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City – (L-R) Joan Hamburg, The Joan Hamburg Show, 77 WABC Radio/New York in the “Talk Show” category; Mary Walter, Mornings on the Mall, WMAL-AM, Washington, DC, in the “Crisis Coverage” category; Rita Cosby, Curtis & Cosby, 77 WABC Radio/New York in the “Talk Interview Feature” category; and Jayde Donovan, Todd & Jayde in the Morning, 95.5 WPLJ-FM/New York in the “Co-host” category. The winners are flanked by Suzanne Grimes (L), EVP, Marketing, Cumulus Media and Mary Berner (R), CEO, Cumulus Media.

The Gracie Awards are presented by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation to honor programming by, for, and about women.

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PODCASTS: WWO Launches Judith Regan's 'My Side of The Story; Kim Zolciak-Biermann With Don’t Be Tardy On PodcastOne

THE MOUTH, JUNE 28TH, 2018 –– Westwood One has launched a special podcast series, “My Side of the Story With Judith Regan.” All eleven episodes of the show are available now for binge listening available on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, WestwoodOnePodcasts.com and the Westwood One Podcasts App foriOS orAndroid. Guests on the program include politico Roger Stone, Toni Bentley and Christopher Darden reflects on the O.J. Simpson confession and the meaning of justice. Others include Motown's Suzanne de Passe who tells the inside story of discovering an unknown young boy named Michael Jackson. “Judith Regan is a powerful voice and seasoned interviewer with the incredible gift to inspire people to share insightful, poignant information revealing new views on the dramatic changes in American culture in 2018,” said Suzanne Grimes, EVP, Marketing, Cumulus Media and President, Westwood One. Advertisers, creators, and distributors who want to learn more about Westwood One Podcast Network can contact Tim Sabean at tsabean@westwoodone.com, visitwestwoodonepodcasts.com, and download the Westwood One Podcast app foriOS orAndroid.

-- Also just released, Don’t Be Tardy reality star Kim Zolciak-Biermann now with her own podcast Don’t Be Tardy.In addition to real-time updates on life, family and music, every week, Kim invites fans to join her in achieving their dreams by "asking, believing and receiving." Her husband, Kroy, daughter, Brielle, and hilarious chef will make frequent appearances, along with celebrity guests. New episodes are available on-demand every Wednesday at PodcastOne.com, the PodcastOne app and Apple Podcasts. “I am so excited to be able to share this podcast with my fans and followers!!” said Zolciak-Biermann. “It will be full of positivity, fun, life coaching, parenting struggles and advice, beauty and fashion advice, and so much more. It's me, unedited and unfiltered! You definitely don't want to miss this!!” To listen to the show, visit https://www.podcastone.com/dont-be-tardy-with-kim-zolciak or subscribe at https://apple.co/2lBH1gp

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Listener Revolt Forces Changes In The UK

By Graham Mack

THE MOUTH, JUNE 28TH, 2018 –– BBC Radio 2’s Simon Mayo and Jo Whiley afternoon drivetime show will have big changes over the next few months. That’s according to  the station’s controller, Lewis Carnieh. It’s in response to thousands of fans who signed a petition asking the BBC to restore the old programme, which Simon hosted alone. Jo Whiley is the first woman to present a primetime weekday show on Radio 2 for 20 years and was added to the schedule in a desperate attempt by the BBC to cover up their shocking lack of diversity. Fans complained that there is little chemistry between Mayo and Whiley.

Caller Wins $14,750 In Second Chance Jase & PJ’s Birthday Balls - In Melbourne Australia, a lucky KIIS 101.1 listener has taken home $A20,000 ($US14,750) thanks to Jase and PJ’s Birthday Balls and a very fortuitous second chance. The contest is a simple one, listeners call in and if their birth date matches the date on the ball picked at random by the pair they get the cash. Tim, a truck driver from Melbourne, called into the show hoping to win enough for a down payment on a house. When PJ first pulled out the wrong date, May 16, they gave the truckie a second chance – May 19, Tim’s birthday, was chosen. The KIIS presenters then got Tim’s wife Eden on the phone and upon finding out the good news she commented, “This is going to change our lives.” LISTEN HERE

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

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[WATCH] Hot 93.3's Scotty Kay Subs As Co-Host On 'Good Morning Dallas'

THE MOUTH, JUNE 28TH, 2018 –– Dallas TV Host Alanna Sarabia asked Cumulus' HOT 93., co-host of Scotty K & Bret Mega Mornings, to co-host ‘Good Morning Texas’ On WFAA-TV whil regular host Jane McGarry was out. Scotty says we talked with music legend, Michael Martine Murphey, Local businesses, and discussed local events going on in the DFW Area.

Scotty addds, "After the Show I ran across the Plaza, made sure my hair looked ok (headphone hair is a real thing) and had some fun on another platform! WATCH HERE

 

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SAVE THE DATES: 10th Annual Talk Show Boot Camp Headed To Marina Del Ray In 2019

THE MOUTH, JUNE 12TH, 2018 –– Plenty of advance notice for this one as it promises to be one of our biggest and best talk events yet - Mark your calendars for March 7 & 8th, 2019 for the return of Talk Show Boot Camp X to be held at luxurious Marriott Marina Del Ray (former home of the much lauded Radio & Record's TRS - Talk Radio Seminar)

More details will be available in the coming weeks and months, so keep it bookmarked at http://www.talkshowbootcamp.com. Talk Show Boot Camp X is presented by Talentmasters and Gabe Hobbs Media

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