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GOLDSTEIN: Podcast Categories With The Most Titles? You May Be Surprised
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 12TH, 2017 –– Amplifi Media's Steven Goldstein writes in his latest blog: Last week we did an X-ray of the top 200 podcasts from Apple’s podcast charts and divided them by subject matter. The findings were revealing and created a good deal of chatter. Just 4 of Apple’s 16 categories are responsible for over 2/3rds of the Top 200. This time, we were curious about the types of shows that comprise the 420,000 podcasts on Apple Podcasts. We picked a random day in October. The chart below shows what may include a few surprises.
Religion & Spirituality tops the 16 major podcast categories in Apple Podcasts with over 58,000 titles Religion & Spirituality tops the 16 major podcast categories in Apple Podcasts with over 58,000 titles. Given the arcane rules of music licensing in podcasting, we were surprised that music is the 3rd biggest category - Expected titles such as "Song Exploder" are here, along with lots of mix shows and time-shifted radio shows. I don’t want to even think about the rights infringement that is occurring among these 41,000 titles. You might want to refer back to the most-read blog post we have ever run; "Why can't music be played in podcasts?"
News & Politics - This category drove the second highest number of shows in the top 200 (34) analysis we did, yet is far down as the 11th category in terms of podcast titles. For some perspective, that's almost 2/3 fewer than the number of titles in Religion. We surmise, this has to do with the relative cost of creating effective content in this sector. READ BLOG HERE
Apple Confirms It Has Acquired Shazam
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 12TH, 2017 –– Apple announced yesterday that it has acquired Shazam reports The Verge. As first tipped by TechCrunch, the deal is reportedly worth $400 million. “We are thrilled that Shazam and its talented team will be joining Apple,” an Apple spokesperson told The Verge. "Apple Music and Shazam are a natural fit, sharing a passion for music discovery and delivering great music experiences to our users. We have exciting plans in store, and we look forward to combining with Shazam upon approval of today’s agreement."
Verge says, " Despite its low revenues, Shazam can help Apple in a number of ways. The most obvious would be with Apple Music, where Shazam’s team could help improve the experience of the service. If Apple decides to shut down the app, it would also take away referrals to Spotify, which together with Apple Music gets 1 million clicks per day from Shazam. Also, Shazam’s music and sound recognition, which is already integrated with Siri, could gain a deeper integration with iOS, much like Google has done with its song recognition feature on the Pixel." The deal should close in the coming weeks pending regulatory approval. 1
SYNDICATION: Woody Goes To Wichita
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 12TH, 2017 –– iHeartMedia’s ALT 107.3, Wichita’s Alternative Rock, announced today the debut of The Woody Show, effective immediately. “We left a toothbrush, and have been getting our mail delivered to ALT 107.3 for a while now, hoping that one day they would pop the question,” said Woody. “Finally, that day has come and today, December 11th, they are making an honest show out of us.” “Wichita has been in need of something like The Woody Show for some time now,” said Manny Cowzinski, ALT 107.3 Program Director. “The city has never had a morning show like this one – it’s as authentic as it gets.
NETWORKS: Checkpoint Radio Growing In Major Markets; Bloomberg Tax Tips
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 12TH, 2017 –– Westwood One and Checkpoint Radio, the first, nationally syndicated radio show dedicated to the world of esports and gaming, has added more big market stations to its growing roster, including KTCT-AM/San Francisco, KKFN-FM/Denver, WOKY-AM/Milwaukee, and WNSR-AM, Nashville. Hosted by Nate Bender, Robbie Landis, Norris Howard and Joe Sloan, Checkpoint Radio is an esports talk show featuring insights, news, interviews, and updates designed specifically for the video game and esports fan.
In addition to the weekly show, the Checkpoint crew also produces a podcast featuring exclusive content not heard on the radio program. This one-of-a-kind, two-hour weekly show airs Thursday afternoon anytime through Sunday. In addition, Checkpoint Radio also produces the Esports Minute, which airs which airs daily, Monday-Friday, between 6 am – 7 pm. Stations interested in Checkpoint Radio and/or the e-Sports Minute can contact Rich Burg at firstname.lastname@example.org or (212) 824-2994. Learn more at checkpointradio.com.
-- United Stations announced that Bloomberg Radio will once again be providing an original series of “TAX TIPS” to be broadcast during the height of the 2018 season. The full series of “Tax Tips” are slated for broadcast starting on Monday, February 5, 2018 and will be provided to stations daily (Monday through Friday) up to and including Friday, April 13th, just before the annual tax filing deadline. Margaret “Peggy” Collins has been covering personal finance and wealth management for Bloomberg News since August 2009, and she now leads Bloomberg's U.S. investing coverage. Prior to Bloomberg, she was a multimedia editor for MSN.com and a reporter for the Bergen Record newspaper in New Jersey. - For more info, contact Andy Denemark - United Stations Radio Networks (212) 536.3603 email@example.com
Stephen Quinn Named Host of New CBC Radio Morning show
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 12TH, 2017 –– Stephen Quinn will be the voice of The Early Edition on CBC Radio One starting on January 2 reports The Georgia Straight The most frequent fill-in host will soon take over the permanent reins of The Early Edition, which is CBC Radio One's flagship morning show. The paper says Cluff has generated superb ratings in his 20 years hosting The Early Edition. During Quinn's tenure at On The Coast, there was also a significant increase in ratings in the afternoon. This likely made him a shoo-in to be Cluff's replacement.
Replacing Quinn on the afternoon show from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. is Gloria Macarenko, a long-time TV news anchor on CBC. She currently hosts the midday B.C. Almanac radio show as well as the Our Vancouver TV show on CBC. The public broadcaster has not yet named a replacement for Macarenko on B.C. Almanac, which is a province-wide call-in show.
MORE JOY: WJR'S Mitch Albom Delivers Record $1,258,000 For Detroit Charities
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 12TH, 2017 –– Cumulus/WJR's beloved Mitch Albom (inset and buried in floating bills at top right) held his 6th Annual Mitch Albom S.A.Y. Detroit Radiothon last Thursday and raised a record $1,258,000 for Detroit charities. The 15-hour show was hosted by Albom with dozens of celebrity guests including: Dr. Phil, Hugh Jackman, Hank Azaria, Matthew Stafford and more. 100% of the funds raised will support the Mitch Albom Charities, www.mitchalbomcharities.org and other Detroit charities. Albom hosts "The Mitch Albom Show" from 5-7PM weekdays on News Talk 760 AM WJR.
The photo above was taken at Cumulus Media-Detroit studios when the final amount raised was announced on-air.
... And There's More
-- Over at Beasley's 99.5 QYK Country Cares for St. Jude’s Radiothon, they raised $300,620 for St. Jude Kids. The event wdas held last Thursday, December 7th and Friday, December 8th. ABOVE PHOTO/Left to Right: 99.5 QYK Show Hosts Marc & Veronica, Afternoon Host Cadillac Jack, Program Director Tee Gentry, St. Jude former patient Abby and St. Jude Regional Representative Sarah Potter.
---Entercom Philadelphia’s 16th annual 98.1 WOGL Loves Our Kids Radiothon raised over $300,000 for The Children’s Miracle Network at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The Radiothon was broadcast live on Thursday, December 7 and Friday, December 8 from the Ryan Seacrest Foundation’s “Seacrest Studios” located in the Colket Atrium at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Donations were taken by phone, online and in person. 98.1 WOGL-FM hosts Marilyn Russell, Harvey Holiday and Nicky G. presented the check for over $300,000 to Children’s Hospital.
-- Magic 94-9 (WWRM) Tampa held their 18th Annual Magic Toy Drive with the Marines, collecting donations for Toys for Tots, Friday, December 8th. Danielle (shown horizontally), from Magic Mornings, did a live broadcast for 14 hours as they collected 4 U-Haul trucks full of new, unwrapped toys for local kids. And, Christmas came early as 98º stopped by the Magic Toy Drive to chat with Magic 94-9’s Danielle.
SNAPS: Sterling Show Delivers Proposal
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 12TH, 2017 –– Walter M Sterling - aka Walter Sabo, host of the syndicated 'Sterling On Sunday, aired its special 'Radio Storyteller Series' last Sunday from the Entercom broadcast center in Philadelphia. Joining Sterling were (l-r) Douglas Henderson Jr, Michael Tearson, Denny Somach, Gary R'Nel, Tommy McCarthy, Rasa Kaye, AJ Essington, Lee Harris, Ross Brittain, host Walter Sterling and Allen Shaw. On the couch is Judy Anderson and Neil Pohl who had a major announcement: He asked her to marry him live on the air. She Said yes! - Sterling on Sunday airs on WPHT Philadelphia, WLS-A Chicago, WMAL-A/F Washington DC, KMOX-A St Louis, WCCO-A Minneapolis. For more info, contact Stuart Greenblatt at 212.419.2946.
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[WATCH] Rocker Josh Homme Issues Apology After Kicking Photographer In Face During Station Christmas Event
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 11TH, 2017 –– Queen's of Stone Age Frontman Josh Homme has apologized after kicking a photographer during KROQ/LA's 'Almost Acoustic Christmas Concert reports huffpo. "“Thanks to joshhomme I now get to spend my night in the ER,” posted Chelsea Lauren (L) on Instagram along with shown photo above. Lauren, a photographer for Shutterstock who was covering the band’s performance in the L.A. area, wrote on Twitter. “Seriously, WHO DOES THAT?!?” Lauren wrote on Instagram that she was suffering from a bruised eyebrow, sore neck and nausea. “I was where I was allowed to be, I was not breaking any rules. I was simply trying to do my job,” she wrote. She told Variety she was “pretty excited” when Homme walked toward her as she had never photographed his band before. “The next thing I know his foot connects with my camera and my camera connects with my face, really hard,” she said, adding: “He looked straight at me, swung his leg back pretty hard and full-blown kicked me in the face. He continued performing. I was startled, I kind of stopped looking at him. I just got down and was holding my face because it hurt so badly.” Lauren went to the press room, then returned to the area in front of the stage to continue photographing the event before seeking treatment for her injuries. She told Variety she was planning to file a police report. WATCH HERE
Lauren posted on Instagram, "Assault in any form is not okay, no matter what the reasoning. Alcohol and drugs are no excuse. I was where I was allowed to be, I was not breaking any rules. I was simply trying to do my job. I hold nobody accountable for this but Josh himself. KROQ has nothing to do with this and I will always support them."
Homme released a video statement late Sunday apologizing again: “I’d just like to apologize to Chelsea Lauren. I don’t have any excuse or reason to justify what I did. I was a total dick, and I’m truly sorry, and I hope you’re okay. I made a lot of mistakes in my life and last night was definitely one of them and I apologize for that to you. I want to be a good man but I think last night I definitely failed that.” WATCH HERE
SOURCES: Apple To Soon Acquire Shazam
THE MOUTH, DECEMBEWR 11TH, 2017 –– Apple is acquiring music recognition app Shazam sources tell techcrunch.com. The tech source says they've heard that the deal is being signed this week, and will be announced on Monday, although that could always change. Shazam launched back in 1999, well before the days of apps, as a service you reached by way of a SMS code — in fact, its first name was 2580, after the number you typed in the UK to access the service.
Techcrunch adds that it’s notable that much of what Shazam does is very synergistic with what Apple is working on already: AR, and more features to attract more users to the Apple Music platform. Apple has made dozens of other acquisitions, and one of the biggest has been in the area of music: it acquired Beats for $3 billion in 2014, which became the basis for Apple Music. That service has around 30 million users as of September of this year. As a point of comparison, Spotify has over 60 million paying subscribers, with 140 million overall. We’ve reached out to Shazam and Apple for comment. We’ll update this story as we learn more. PHOTO/allmy-shutterstock
iHeartMedia’s Denver Region Announces Programming Changes For Rock Stations
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 11, 2017 –– iHeartMedia’s Denver Region announced new programming changes in its Denver, Fort Collins and Colorado Springs markets. KBPI’s “Rocks the Rockies” programming will simulcast on 106.7 in Denver, 107.9 in Fort Collins, and 107.9 in Colorado Springs, effective December 11. The station’s programming includes Your Morning Show with Willie B, on-air personalities Beardo and Colfax, as well as a variety of Rock music from artists. KBPI’s heavy involvement in each of its listening communities will be reflected by refreshed programming and promotions, including local news topics, community events and regional concerts. In addition, iHeartMedia Denver’s 107.9 KPAW, The Rock of Colorado, will move its programming to 92.9 KYWY, a stronger signal that will allow its programming to be enjoyed by more listeners than ever before. The station’s programming lineup includes on-air personalities Uncle Nasty, Alicia, Nate Wilde and Willie B’s Garage, and will play a range of Rock hits
“I’m excited to bring revamped rock programming to rock fans across Colorado,” said Tim Hager (R), President of iHeartMedia’s Denver Region. “The opportunity to take The Bear heritage brand and serve a larger Northern Colorado footprint and simultaneously take the heritage brand of KBPI to truly ‘Rock the Rockies’ across the entire state will serve our listeners, partners and the community in a tremendous way!”
BUSINESS: Cumulus Inks Longterm Extension With Nielsen
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 121TH, 2017 –– Nielsen announced that Cumulus Media, one of the largest media companies in the US, has signed a multi-year extension for radio ratings services for all Portable People Meter (PPM) and radio diary measured markets. Westwood One, the largest radio network in the U.S. and the national-facing arm of Cumulus Media, is also included in this agreement. This multi-year agreement provides Nielsen’s radio and network radio ratings services for Cumulus and Westwood One’s 446 radio stations across 90 local markets.
“Despite the abundance of media options, radio continues to lead the way in reach and ROI. We are excited to extend our agreement with Nielsen so that we can continue to leverage their vast datasets and analytical insights to provide the proof that we do indeed deliver the highest ROI of any local media to our advertisers,” said Bob Walker, Executive Vice President Operations, Cumulus Media. In addition to extending Nielsen’s core audio ratings services, Cumulus and Westwood One will continue to have access to local qualitative behavioral data from Nielsen Scarborough, enhanced talent analytics from Nielsen N-Score and national networks ratings from Nielsen RADAR. As part of the agreement, Westwood One will extend its use of Nielsen Marketing Cloud and Pointlogic for enhanced purchase-based marketing and media planning functions.
ON-AIR: Jordan Takes Over Mornings On Z107.7 St. Louis; WAPE'S Mark Kaye Adds 1-Midday Shift On N/T WOKV
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 11TH, 2017 –– Z107.7, St. Louis announced the debut of “St. Louis’ Most Hit Music in the Morning with Jordan, ” effective today, December 11. “Jordan is one of the best radio talents in the industry,” said A.J., Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia St. Louis. “ Moving him to mornings will help write the next chapter in Z107.7 history. During his time in St. Louis, Jordan has had tremendous success with afternoons and we are very excited for him to host a fun, compelling and local morning show for St. Louis.” “To say that I’m deeply humbled to have the opportunity to lead mornings on Z107.7 would be an incredible understatement,” said Jordan. “ To our passionate iHeartMedia St. Louis family, thank you for your trust and belief. This sure is a dream come true.”
-- CMG's WAPE-FM/Jacksonville dynamo Mark Kaye (R) is spreading his talents across the hall to sister station 104.5 WOKV for a 1-hour daily show. He tells Jockline, "Yes I’m starting a second talk show this morning on our sister station News 104.5 WOKV. It’s a one hour daily show that airs 11-Noon, just before Rush Limbaugh. I've been filling-in for Herman Cain the past few years and contributing to his show. Cox saw this as an opportunity for me to try something new and exciting for the talk format on a regular basis."
STUDY: Music Streaming And Podcast Makes Large Strides In 2017
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 11TH, 2017 – It’s been quite a year all around reports Bridge Ratings, but our digital lives have certainly flourished. In Bridge Ratings’ new year-end study they show that Music streaming consumption continues to grow. Top Line Music Streaming and on-demand streaming in particular continues to make grandiose strides with streams increasing another 40% over 2016. Hip-Hop/Rap is not only the leading music genre consumed it increased its share of listening with 100 Billion streams. Music radio adoption of music streaming data for programming purposes increased from 22% to 35% of programmers we polled.
Podcasting broke through big time this year in both the number of listeners (44% having ever listened) and ad revenue ($250 million projected 2017). Podcasting advertising cost-per-thousand increased 20% year-over-year. Traditional radio is a primary source of audio on voice-enabled smart speakers. It's been another fantastic digital year with growth in both consumers and advertising revenue. SEE REPORT HERE
EVENTS: Jingles, Jingles All The Way
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 11TH, 2017 –– It's simply not possible to keep up with the enormous amount of fundraising and holiday events underway at radio this time of year, but here's our latest sampling: At top is WZPL's top-rated Smiley Morning Show featuring Dave Smiley, Toni Williams, Nikki Reed and Producer Will who just raised $706,145!!!! in its #zplWish.
-- At left center, Beasley Media Group took over the Park Central Hotel in midtown Manhattan near Times Square on Thursday, December 7th to host the company’s big client Holiday Soiree! The evening included special performances by Republic Records Artist SEAL and EMI Nashville’s Brothers Osborne.A fun time was had by all! PHOTO/Wendy Moger-Bross
-- At right center, iHeartMedia’s nationally syndicated The Bobby Bones Show raised nearly $1.7 million as part of the program’s two-day St. Jude Radiothon on December 7 and 8, 2017. As donations continue to roll in, the 2017 Bobby Bones Show Radiothon has already surpassed last year’s fundraising total of 1.3 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®. “Our listeners always come through, every single time, and always in a massive way for St. Jude,” said Bones. “We’re so thankful to them, as well as the artists and affiliate stations, who went above and beyond to support this worthy cause.”
--At bottom left, WIMZ Knoxville's afternoon personality, Billy Kidd, spearheads its Camping for Cans with help in its Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee. Shown is Billy Kidd with WIMZ's Bethany
--At bottom right, Radio 104.5, Philadelphia, hosted Weezer who headlined the fourth annual Movember Gala which took place Friday, December 1 at The Block inside of Harrah’s Philadelphia. The gala was a culmination of the Movember Mondays fundraisers that happened throughout November. All proceeds from the station’s efforts were donated to the Movember Foundation. The total amount raised was $27,603.00.
CONDOLENCES: Longtime KLAQ 95.5 El Paso Host 'Big Al' Jones Passes Away
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 11TH, 2017 –– "Big Al" Jones, longtime morning co-host on KLAQ 95.5, has passed away. At the station's Facebook page they wrote: "It is with great sadness we share news of the passing of “Big Al” Jones. Many of our staff stayed close with Al since he left the Q, and appreciated his continued friendship. Al fought some rough health battles over the past years and we hope he is now at peace."
According to elpasoproud.com, Jones previously had been program director for KLAQ and its sister station, KSII-FM 93.1. KLAQ's owner, Townsquare Media, posted this message on Facebook: "Big Al Jones was a big part of KLAQ’s success. He, along with partner Courtney Nelson, will always be part of the KLAQ family. He was a big man in life, a big personality on the radio, and a friend of mine -- and a friend to many. RIP Big Al Jones. Time to start rocking the clouds. Until next time, peace."
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EXECUTIVE ACTION: Entercom Promotes Claudia Menegus TO SVP/MM Orlando; Names Nichole Hartman SVP/MM Chattanooga
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 8TH, 2017 –– Entercom Communication announced that Claudia Menegus (TL) has been elevated to the role of Senior Vice President and Market Manager in Orlando, effective immediately. Menegus is overseeing WQMP FM 101.9, WOCL 1059 Sunny FM, WOMX-FM mix 105.1. Menegus previously served as Vice President and Director of Sales for CBS Radio. Claudia Menegus is a 19 year broadcast veteran, 18 of those spent at CBS Radio. During her tenure with CBS Radio, Menegus spent 14 years in various roles in the Baltimore market, including as NTR Director and Sales Manager for Talk and Alternative station WHFS-FM. In 2014, she was appointed as Director of Integrated Marketing for CBS Radio Corporate overseeing the Events and Experiences Division in 15 markets. Menegus began her career with Infinity Broadcasting in Tampa, which later merged with CBS Radio.
In a separate release, Entercom announced the appointment of Nichole Hartman (BL) as Senior Vice President and Market Manager for Entercom Chattanooga overseeing 103.7 Kiss FM (WKXJ), 98.1 The Lake (WLND-FM), Rock 105 (WRXR-FM) and Country US 101 (WUSY-FM). Hartman previously served as the General Sales Manager for Cox Media Group Jacksonville. Hartman is a seasoned radio executive who was a General Sales Manager at Entercom Greenville from 2007-2013 prior to joining Cox Media Group. While at Entercom, she was recognized for her efforts with a President’s Circle award in 2010. 1
SYNDICATION: Russ Parr Inks Multi-Year Deal With Reach Media; Woody Debuts In Bakersfield; Delilah Back On In Chicago
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 8TH, 2017 –– Reach Media announced today that it has locked in a multi-year agreement for The Russ Parr Morning Show. The show is heard in Washington DC, Atlanta, Cincinnati and Fayetteville, NC to name a few. Russ stated “I’m really very excited about continuing to do what I love. I would do this job for free, but management insisted that they pay me so I relented.” The show first established itself on WKYS in Washington DC, enjoying long-time market success. National syndication followed soon after with The Russ Parr Morning Show as well as the ‘On the Air with Russ Parr’ weekend show. Parr is joined by Alfredas, Supaken, Priya, Vic Jagger and Albert
--Another day, another market for The Woody Show as iHeartMedia Bakersfield’s 106.1 KRAB Announces its debut. “You normally would want to keep KRAB(s) off your Woody, but yet, Woody on KRAB has a nice ring to it,” said Woody. “Thanks to Steve Geofferies, Danny Spanks and the entire iHeart Bakersfield team for letting us crash their pa
-- In other iHeart news, New 93.9 LITE FM Announced the return of Delilah to Chicago. “I’m so excited to be back on the radio every evening in the Chicago area,” said Delilah. “The New 93.9 Lite FM is the perfect place to reconnect with so many listeners and pick up where we left off. It’s an early Christmas present!” “
HONORS: Harvey Nagler To Receive Ashwood Award At Talk Show Boot Camp 9 Dallas
DECEMBER 8TH, 2017 –– Next year's recipient of the Talk Show Boot Camp's Ashwood Award will be former Vice President of Radio at CBS News, Harvey Nagler. Nagler was selected by this year's recipient, Julie Talbott, President of Premiere Networks. In the conference's tradition, each year's honoree is charged with choosing the next year's winner. Talbott will present the award to Nagler on Thursday, March 8th at The Joule Hotel in Dallas. The award is named after the late former Fox Sports Radio VP/GM Andrew Ashwood.
Talbott comment: said, "Harvey Nagler is a legend who has devoted more than 50 years to radio. A one-of-a-kind leader, his professionalism and dedication to exceptional journalism set a high standard for all to follow. Additionally, his incredible career and experiences reporting major news events in American history have trail blazed a path for the continued success of the spoken-word industry." "It is an extraordinary honor to receive an honor named for Andrew Ashwood," said Nagler. "An outstanding professional who lived life to the fullest, had such a positive impact on those he worked with and most importantly exemplified the finest qualities that we all strive to attain in life."
Talk Show Boot Camp 9 is co-presented by Talentmasters and Gabe Hobbs Media and features several of the biggest names in Talk Radio - For more details, visit HERE
MOTION: Gwiazdon Leaving MWC Nashville; Company Now On The Hunt For His Replacement
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 8TH, 2017 –– Midwest Communications CEO/President, Duke Wright announced that long time Nashville Vice President/Market Manager, Dennis Gwiazdon has accepted another opportunity outside the Nashville market . Wright remarked, “ In Dennis’ 16 years at South Central and Midwest Communications, he has amassed an amazing record of accomplishments and it was indeed terrific to have him as a valued member of our management team."
"While I’m truly excited about the future, it’s bittersweet to leave such an extraordinary team in Nashville. Duke and his team always provided us with the tools to win and I’m confident they will continue to make history in Music City ”. The widespread search for Dennis’ replacement has begun. For Further Information, contact Duke Wright Duke.firstname.lastname@example.org (920) 435- 3771 or Michael Wright Michael.email@example.com
Luke Bryan Christens Opening Of 'Opry City Stage' In NYC's Times Square With Live Performance On ABC’s 'GMA
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 8TH, 2017 –– The Grand Ole Opry is now open in New York City's Times Square which marked the Opry's first venture outside Nashville. To help celebrate, Luke Bryan will help christen the new venue today with a live performance on ABC’s Good Morning America.
According to Rolling Stone, Opry City Stage features 28 four stories of entertainment options, including a retail store on the first level; a full restaurant and large stage on the second and third floors; and an intimate performance space on the fourth floor known as the Studio at Opry City Stage. According to CMT, beginning this month, Grand Ole Opry shows will stream live on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, marking the first time these performances will regularly be enjoyed outside the show in Music City. Programming from Nashville’s Bluebird Café will headline several nights in The Studio at Opry City Stage in 2018.
Benztown Offers 'Behind the Song: Top 10 Christmas Singles' Series
Benztown is offering its “Behind the Song: Top 10 Christmas Singles” 30-second audio documentary series to radio stations for FREE to those who sign up for an imaging library trial. Inspired by P1 Media Group’s recent survey revealing how Americans 25-54 rate the 40 most-played Christmas songs from the 2016 holiday season, Benztown created this fun and festive new holiday feature for music-formatted radio stations and their Christmas-music loving listeners.
Benztown’s “Behind the Song: Top 10 Christmas Singles” highlights the stories behind each of the 10 most-played Christmas songs from the 2016 holiday season. Songs in the Benztown audio documentary series include: “Jingle Bell Rock” by Bobby Helms, the top testing Christmas song for 2017 per P1 Media Group’s survey, plus Brenda Lee’s "Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree", Andy Williams' "It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year", and Burl Ives' "Holly Jolly Christmas", among other Top 10 Christmas favorites. For info, contact: Chris Johansing Benztown (818) 842-4600 firstname.lastname@example.org
Naked Dutchman Prank Cause Outrage; Jay-Jay Harvey Leaves The Edge
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 8TH, 2017 –– Frank Dane (TL), a presenter on Radio 538 in Holland and his colleagues are facing criticism over a "prank" they pulled on 20-year-old singer Maan de Steenwinkel. He sent a naked man to startle De Steenwinkel while she was performing on the radio station. The young woman was so shocked that she burst into tears. The incident happened on November 17th, but only started getting attention on Sunday when singer Tim Knol and others expressed outrage on Twitter.
New Zealand Legend, Jay-Jay Harvey Leaves The Edge - New Zealand Radio Legend’s Next Step - Kiwi radio presenter (and a regular at Morning Show Boot Camp) Jay-Jay Harvey from The Edge 94.2 in Auckland did her last shift on November 27, and has left the station after 23 years. She’s moving across to another of the MediaWorks platforms. That wasn’t supposed to be announced until the New Year. But a local politician may have let the cat out of the bag. National Party MP Steven Joyce has revealed Harvey will be heading to The Breeze, reportedly saying: “After all these years, after 23 years on The Edge, (Harvey) is going to work on The Breeze apparently because those are the only songs she knows now.” Before a move into politics, Joyce was a ‘radio man’ and gave Jay-Jay a job at Taranaki’s Energy FM when she was a teenager. Media Works will ‘officially’ announce her position in January.
Red Symons Leaves ABC Radio Melbourne After 15 Years - Former Skyhooks guitarist Red Symons has announced he’s leaving ABC Radio Melbourne and won’t be returning to the breakfast slot in 2018. He first presented the Breakfast shift. On the air he said, “I’ve spent five years in a band, 10 in television and 15 on the radio. Clearly whatever is next will keep me occupied for 20 years.”
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Former Denver Host Says $1 Payment To Taylor Swift Was Sent Last Week
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 7TH, 2017 –– The former Denver morning host who was ordered to pay a symbolic $1 to Taylor Swift following her court victory in Denver last August, says his attorney mailed payment on Nov. 28th. Following yesterday's Time Magazine 'Person of the Year' announcement which featured Swift among its 'Silence Breakers', David Mueller, aka Jackson, contacted Jockline and provided a copy of the letter he says his attorney sent to Taylor's attorney, along with a photo of the Sacagawea coin (shown) that was sent.
In an interview published Wednesday (12/6), she said she had yet to receive the dollar. Swift told Time's Eliana Dockterman, "When the jury found in my favor, the man who sexually assaulted me was court-ordered to give me a symbolic $1. To this day he has not paid me that dollar, and I think that act of defiance is symbolic in itself." Time editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal revealed the cover during yesterday's Today show, which features Ashley Judd, Taylor Swift and Former Uber engineer Susan Fowler. COVER/TIME - READ SWIFT INTERVIEW HERE
Two WNYC Hosts Suspended Amid Inappropriate Conduct Investigation
Garrison Keillor's Attorney Wants MPR To Set The Record Straight
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 7TH, 2017 –– Leonard Lopate and Jonathan Schwartz, two longtime hosts at WNYC New York, have been put on leave effective immediately pending investigations into allegations of inappropriate conduct reports WNYC. The announcement comes just days after reports of harassment by the former host of the The Takeaway, John Hockenberry.
In a statement from Laura Walker, President and CEO of New York Public Radio, said the station "takes these kinds of allegations very seriously and is reviewing these matters promptly" Lopate has been a host at the station for more than 30 years. WNYC's Mary Harris will fill-in for Lopate. Schwartz is the host of The Jonathan Channel as well as several hours of programming on Saturday and Sunday. Lopate told CNN that he was shocked by the decision. “I’m baffled by this. It makes absolutely no sense to me,” he said. “I’m sure that any honest investigation will completely clear me.”
The suspensions come after claims of inappropriate behavior which led to the exit of 'A Prairie Home Companion” creator Garrison Keillor. The president of Minnesota Public Radio told employees the decision to dismiss Garrison Keillor resulted from "multiple allegations" covering an extended period of time, but an attorney for the former "The Prairie Home Companion" host disputed that characterization and said the humorist wants MPR to "set the record straight," reports AP. In response to the MPR News report, Keillor attorney Eric Nilsson issued a statement early today: "We are aware of allegations against Mr. Keillor by only one individual," Nilsson said. "We trust that Mr. McTaggart will set the record straight in this respect to avoid any misperceptions on that point." Nilsson says Keillor wants a swift resolution of the matter and "with it expects a full restoration of his reputation." "The Prairie Home Companion" continues with Keillor's successor, mandolinist Chris Thile.
NIELSEN: Baseball Bolsters Sports Radio Ratings In Nov.; Urban Contemporary Continues Gains Among Millenials
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 7TH, 2017 –– Nielsen says for some, this time of year is all about holiday music and its far-reaching effects across the radio dial. Over the next few weeks, the full impact of stations that flipped to an all-Christmas format will become apparent in Nielsen’s portable people meter (PPM) markets. For others, the end of the year marks both the chance to take stock of larger macro trends that can reveal shifting consumer taste and take advantage of the most important stretch of the calendar for sports listening. With the release of the November audience trends, Sports radio stations are seeing the annual upswing that happens each year when football moves back to the top of the fandom food chain and the major league baseball season concludes with a thrilling month of playoffs. Since June, the audience shares for sports-formatted stations have risen more than 30%.
On the music radio front–and particularly among formats that favor both popular and urban music–November offers an opportunity to take stock of how preferences have changed in the past five years. When assessing the audience share among Millennials (those aged 18-to-34) there are three formats which share a significant amount of audience, depending on the music cycle: Pop Contemporary Hit Radio (CHR), which is the top-ranked format for Millennials, it’s rhythmic-leaning cousin Rhythmic CHR, and of course Urban Contemporary which often identifies as hip-hop. Since 2012, Urban Contemporary has moved from being the seventh-most popular format among Millennials to the fifth-most popular today (rising from a 5.0% share to a 6.5% share). At the same time, Rhythmic CHR has declined from the third-ranked format to the sixth-ranked format now (falling from a 7.2% share to a 4.9% share). Pop CHR has maintained the top spot and is one of the largest radio formats overall, but over the past 18 months the format has trended flat to slightly down.
PROGRAMMING: Cumulus Promotes Four Members Of Its On-Air Team In Detroit
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 7TH, 2017 –– Cumulus Media has promoted four members of its programming team in Detroit. Concurrently, Matt Laurenic (top left center) rises from Producer to Executive Producer of the Blaine Fowler (top left right) Morning Show on WDVD-FM. Mike Gagliano (LC) becomes FM Production Director and Programming Coordinator from his previous role as Production Director, and Adam Ficorelli (RC), formerly with the Street Team, was named Promotions Manager/Swing Air Talent for WDRQ-FM. Cumulus also announces the promotion of Kendall Taylor (TR) as Assistant Program Director and Midday Host for Hot AC radio station WDVD-FM. Taylor was previously WDVD weekend personality and interim Midday Host. She has held on-air positions at radio stations in Dallas, Norfolk, and Myrtle Beach and was overnight jock at WDVD in 2005.
In addition to her duties at WDVD, Taylor will continue to be heard as a host on Westwood One’s 24-hour Hot AC format. Taylor said: “I couldn’t be prouder or more excited to be part of the WDVD team. I gotta thank John Shomby and Mike McVay for being long-time believers in me and thanks to Robby Bridges, Mike Wheeler and Rob Roberts for this amazing opportunity in Detroit. Let’s rock this!”
John Reid Takes Mornings At WRVA Richmond
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 7TH, 2017 –– Entercom has added John Reid as the new morning show host of News Radio 1140 WRVA, Richmond. The show airs weekdays from 5:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. EST. “John is a Richmond area native and has already developed a great connection with Richmond during his tenure at Channel 8, WRIC,” said Zac Davis, Entercom Richmond’s SVPP. “We’re ecstatic to be able to secure someone of John’s stature and pedigree for WRVA.”
“It’s a full circle for me to return home. Former Host Tim Timberlake gave me my first on air interview on the WRVA Morning Show when I was growing up back in 1986,” said Reid. “I’m excited to become WRVA’s newest Morning Show Host, especially following Jimmy Barrett.” John Reid joins WRVA from the Veterans Administration and Sirius Radio’s “The Patriot Channel.”
SYNDICATION: The Woody Show Adds Des Moines To Growing List Of Stations
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 7TH, 2017 –– iHeartMedia Des Moines announced the debut of The Woody Show, effective December 11, 2017 on ALT 106.3, Des Moines’ Alternative Rock. Featuring Woody, along with co-hosts Ravey, Greg Gory, Menace and Sebas, The Woody Show was a NAB Marconi Radio Award finalist for “Major Market Personality of the Year,” and it was launched into national syndication by Premiere Networks in 2017.
Thanks to all the ALT 106.3 muckity mucks who had the bright idea to add us to the line-up,” stated Woody. “We are excited to expose Des Moines to our unique brand of…whatever this is.” “Alternative Rock fans in Des Moines have been dying to have a morning show to call their own,” stated Dustin Fletcher, Director of Alternative Rock Programming for iHeartMedia’s St. Louis Region. “We are ecstatic to bring in Woody, Ravey, Greg, Menace, and Sebas to completely shake up mornings in one of America’s coolest and fastest-growing cities.”
NETWORKS: Charles Osgood Extends With Westwood One
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 7TH, 2017 –– This year marks the 50th anniversary of The Osgood File, hosted by esteemed broadcast journalist and radio icon Charles Osgood. Fresh off receiving a “Lifetime Achievement Emmy Award” from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Osgood saluted his milestone achievement by signing an extension to continue broadcasting The Osgood File with his longtime syndicator, Westwood One.
“Charles Osgood is one of the most revered and adored icons in our industry, and since retiring from television in 2016, Westwood One is his exclusive broadcast home,” said Suzanne Grimes, EVP Corporate Marketing, Cumulus Media and President, Westwood One. “His massive appeal and ‘theater of the mind’ storytelling style has engaged and entertained both listeners and advertisers for five decades! As one of his biggest fans, I am thrilled to continue our partnership with Charles and consider him an invaluable member of the Westwood One family.”
“I’ve been broadcasting The Osgood File since 1967,” said Osgood. “I’m delighted that Westwood One and I have agreed to keep our successful radio partnership going. It’s been great working with their skilled broadcast professionals in the past and the present. And will be, I’m happy to say, in the future. Thanks to them I’ll continue to ‘see you on the radio.’”
EVENTS: Host To Spend 54 Hours On Clock Tower; WOAI San Antonio Raises Over $200,000 For Elf Project
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 7TH, 2017 –– "The sleeping on a scissor lift thing is fine… for some… but we venture to guess THIS has never been done before," says Mike Pesto/MY 97.5 Visalia, Cal. Pesto (MY97.5, Visalia California) morning show host will be living on a clock tower for 54 hours and sleeping in a plastic toy house… his 5-year-old daughter’s toy house to be precise… in a toy drive effort to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central California."Hey, if you’re going to sacrifice for a TOY drive, why not sleep in a TOY house? The effort begins Friday (12/8) at 6AM and doesn’t end until noon Sunday (12/10). “There are some kids in Tulare County that, if not for this toy drive, may not be getting any presents this year. Our goal, which was handed to us by the Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central California, is 450 toys. I hope and pray we can get there.”
--News Radio 1200 WOAI, San Antonio in partnership with a local mall, raised over $200,000 during its annual radiothon and silent auction on Friday, December 1 and Saturday, December 2. Proceeds will benefit The Elf Louise Christmas Project, a local non-profit organization that purchases and delivers toys during the holiday season for Bexar County's less fortunate children. The Elf Louise Project is in its 49th year. The donations collected during the fundraiser will provide needed gifts for more than 30,000 children this year. IHeartMedia San Antonio’s on-air personalities including Russell Rush, Kyle Due, and Randy Carroll, joined personalities from sister station News Radio 1200 WOAI on air to encourage listeners to donate to the radiothon and bid on the silent auction. To date, News Radio 1200 WOAI helped raise over 4,238,000 to benefit The Elf Louise Christmas Project.
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Taylor Swift Still Waiting To Receive Symbolic $1 Fine From Denver Court Victory
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 6TH, 2017 –– Before the Harvey Weinstein story broke, and before #MeToo swept the Internet, Taylor Swift testified in court on Aug. 10 about being assaulted in a room full of people," writes Time's Eliana Dockterman. Swift, who TIME recognized as one of the 'Silence Breaker's and who inspired women to speak out about harassment, covers this year’s Person of the Year Issue.
Taylor Swift, who recalled her court victory against former Denver host David Mueller, tells Dockterman in an email interview, "When the jury found in my favor, the man who sexually assaulted me was court-ordered to give me a symbolic $1." Swift said, "To this day he has not paid me that dollar, and I think that act of defiance is symbolic in itself." Time editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal revealed the cover on This morning's Today show, which features Ashley Judd, Taylor Swift and Former Uber engineer Susan Fowler. COVER/TIME - READ SWIFT INTERVIEW HERE
NIELSEN: 58% Of All Listening Spent On A 'Listener's Favorite Station'
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 6TH, 2017 –– Less than a decade ago, most consumers could not have imagined the plethora of ways they’d have to engage with content. But the rise of technology and smart devices has opened the media option floodgates and consumption and old habits have changed accordingly reports Nielsen's Insights. Engagement with AM/FM radio has not been immune to these changes. Now, with the click of a button, consumers can access their favorite radio station in sunny San Diego, listen to weather updates in New York or listen to pop music walking to school in Denver. Location and Employment Drive Radio Consumption But with so many listening options, how can AM/FM stations compete to have a greater “ear” share with consumers? Well, the popular adage “location, location, location,” rings true when it comes to radio.
According to the second-quarter 2017 Nielsen Total Audience Report, Americans spend 87% of their AM/FM radio listening tuning into their three favorite stations (based on the amount of time spent with each). What’s more interesting is that 58% of all listening goes to just one station, the listener's favorite (called the “1st Preference” station, or P1). While format preferences differ by listening habits, geography and even demographics, one thing is certain, AM/FM radio plays a very important role in the daily lives of consumers.
Compared with media choices 10 years ago, audio options today are much more diverse, but AM/FM radio still reaches 93% of U.S. adults. But where and when is listening taking place? When it comes to listening to AM/FM radio, more than two-thirds of listening happens away from the home—when people are working or close to the point of purchase when they’re shopping. According to the report, at least 65% of American adults listen to the radio away from the home between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. during weekdays. And consumption peaks at 75% outside of the home during the afternoon drive time, between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. during the week. SEE REPORT HERE
BIA/KELSEY: U.S. Local Ad Revenues To Increase 5.2 Percent in 2018;
Largest Annual Increase in Five Years
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 6TH, 2017 –– BIA/Kelsey's U.S. Local Advertising Forecast 2018 projects total local advertising revenue in the U.S. will reach $151.2 billion in 2018, up from $140.9 billion this year, representing a growth rate of 5.2 percent. Traditional media will comprise 64.7 percent of the revenue, with online/digital securing 35.3 percent. BIA/Kelsey defines local advertising as all advertising platforms that provide access to local audiences for national, regional and local marketers.
"The strong economy and the expectation of highly-competitive statewide political races next year reinforce our outlook that local advertising revenue will show strong growth in 2018, in fact, higher than we've seen for five years," said Mark Fratrik, chief economist and SVP at BIA/Kelsey. "Combine these factors with the continued strength of traditional and online media and the revenue landscape for next year looks robust."
Key findings from the forecast include: Direct mail preserves its lead position with a 25.4 percent ($38.5 billion) slice of the local advertising pie. High response rates of around three to five percent, and a return on investment comparable to some digital media, combine to make DM appealing to advertisers.
Mobile Will Move Into The third position, representing 12.6 percent of local advertising spend in 2018. This category will grow to 19.2 percent by 2022. Adoption of mobile local advertising tactics (e.g., geo-fencing, click-to-call and click-to-map) continues to grow among national advertisers that tend to gravitate toward effective, increasingly available and currently undervalued mobile local ad inventory. SEE MORE HERE
Breitbart's Steve Bannon Returns For Mornings On SiriusXM's Patriot Channel
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 6TH, 2017 –– Breitbart Chairman Steve Bannon is returning as a talk host for SiriusXM as announced Tuesday. Before joining President Trump's campaign, Bannon was a regular weekend host. He will now host "Breitbart News Daily" each weekday from 6 to 9 a.m. “As I have said all along, everything I brought to the Trump campaign came directly from the listeners I spoke with every morning on 'Breitbart News Daily' on SiriusXM’s Patriot channel,” Bannon said in a statement.
This week SiriusXM also launched Breitbart News Tonight, a political news and talk show that broadcasts live from 9:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. ET / 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. PT. Joel Pollak, Breitbart's Senior Editor-at-Large and in-house Counsel, and Rebecca Mansour, Senior West Coast Editor, will host the new program from Breitbart's headquarters in Los Angeles. The three-hour program will also feature interviews with major newsmakers and influential leaders from both coasts, as well as the Heartland. Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images for SiriusXM
ON-AIR: Kristin Klingshirn Inks Longterm Extension With The Bert Show & Cumulus; Angelo Cataldi Extends With 94WIP Philadelphia
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 6TH, 2017 –– We're happy to report that Kristin Klingshirn, co-host of the syndicated Bert Show, which airs from Cumulus' Q100/Atlanta has officially re-signed.. It's a five year contract for The Bert Show and Cumulus. Klingshirn was represented by Workhouse head, Paul Anderson.
"Atlanta has become home and so has The Bert Show. I don't take for granted that I get to do this for a living and that I get to work with some of the best radio talent in the industry. Here's to five more years of hitting snooze a ridiculous amount of times." In addition to her extension, Kristin also signed on as Chairwoman of the Board for Bert's Big Adventure!
-- Entercom announced that Philadelphia’s SportsRadio 94WIP will remain the home of the city’s top sports talk radio host, Angelo Cataldi through a renewed contract with the company. Cataldi will remain as the host of “Angelo Cataldi and the Morning Team,” the city’s most popular sports radio morning show. The show also features Al Morganti, Rhea Hughes, Keith Jones and Joe Conklin. Morganti and Jones have also recently renewed their contracts with 94WIP. “I’m honored to remain at WIP. For almost three decades, this has been my only home on the radio, and I have a great debt of gratitude to everyone associated with the station,” said Angelo Cataldi. “This also keeps alive my dream of being at WIP when the Eagles win a Super Bowl. Go, Eagles. And go, WIP.”
EXECUTIVE ACTION: NRG Media COO Chuck DuCoty Announces Retirement
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 6TH, 2017 –– Chuck DuCoty will be retiring from his role as Chief Operating Officer of NRG Media after January it was announced yesterday. "I have been blessed with a career in an industry I have loved and have had the opportunity to work with some amazingly talented people. It has been said if you truly love what you do for a living, you will never work a day in your life, which has certainly been true for me. At the beginning of my broadcasting journey, if I had been asked to write down what I hoped I would be able to experience and what my life would look like I would have massively shortchanged myself. I leave the industry and NRG Media with mixed emotions but after 53 years, it is time for the next chapter in my life and for enjoying time with my family and friends."
"Chuck leaves a pair of very big shoes to fill with his retirement, not just for the NRG Media team but for the industry as well. Chuck's love and dedication to the radio industry is legendary and his impact, equally impressive. Having worked with Chuck for many years I have come to admire and respect the positive impact he has had on so many over the years. He is a great partner and an even better friend. I wish him much happiness and know that we are all better for having known him! I can only hope to leave a legacy half as meaningful to this industry as he has," said CEO Mary Quass.
WJR Detroit Extends Lease With Historic Fisher Building
Its Radio Home Since 1928
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 6TH, 2017 –– In its 95th year of broadcasting, WJR, past and present home to some of the biggest names in radio, Cumulus Media has extended its lease with the historic Fisher Building for another 10-years reports Crains Detroit. Now owned by the CoStar Group Inc., The news/talk facility occupies 32,000 square feet across multiple floors of the building in the city's New Center area and is one of several marquee tenants and new tenants leasing 100,000 square feet of the building.
WJR started in 1922 and moved to the Fisher Building in 1928 and was purchased by Goodwill Stations Inc. shortly after. Radio videographer Art Vuolo tells Jockline, 'WJR was named for Jewitt Radio, a company in Pontiac, a northern Detroit suburb. All-News competitor, WWJ was owned for years by the other paper The Detroit News. Lastly, the Fisher Building...the Fisher Brothers made car frames for General Motors. In fact, for many years GM headquarters were in a massive building almost directly across the street from the Fisher Building." Today, WJR, Hot AC WDVD and Country WDRQ share 32,000 square feet on the 7th and 8th floors of the building, which has been undergoing a "multimillion-dollar modernization." PHOTO/CoStar
SYNDICATION: Sunday Night Slow Jams Expands To 20-New Markets
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 6TH, 2017 –– Benztown announces that internationally syndicated hit weekend radio show Sunday Night Slow Jams has expanded to 20 new U.S. markets in the fourth quarter of 2017, bringing the show to 140 total affiliates worldwide. Sunday Night Slow Jams’ reaches radio listeners in 13 countries outside the U.S. Sunday Night Slow Jams is currently heard each week by over three million listeners worldwide.
R Dub!, Creator, Host and Producer of Sunday Night Slow Jams said: "I just want to thank all the wonderful PD’s who believe that the Sunday night daypart should be no exception when it comes to real, listener-engaging content. If Slow Jams were a record, it would be Top 5 right now, and I urge any PD who is not running the show to contact us before your competition does. As a PD myself, I can assure you that you don't want us on across the street!” In addition to Sunday's three format choices, R Dub! produces a weeknight version of Slow Jams, which airs Monday through Thursday from 10PM-12M. For more information, visit www.benztown.com/slowjams or contact Masa Patterson at Benztown at firstname.lastname@example.org or (818) 842-4600.
EVENTS: WMAL Wash. DC Raises Over $456,000 For Fisher House Foundation
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 6TH, 2017 –– WMAL’s two-day live broadcast on Friday and Saturday, December 1-2, drove broad-based listener donations topping a staggering $456,000 in donations to The Fisher House Foundation.
Fisher House provides homes away from home for the families of injured servicemen and women while their partners are undergoing treatment and rehabilitation. Please see the attached release for details. Also attached is a photo featuring: (Left to Right) WMAL “Mornings On The Mall” co-host Vince Coglianese, Fisher House Foundation President Dave Coker, WMAL and Westwood One personality Chris Plante, and WMAL afternoon host Larry O’Connor.
WARM 106.9 Helps Raise 5 Million Meals
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 6TH, 2017 –– KRWM/Warm 106.9/Seattle participated this past weekend in an event to raise 5 million meals for the needy with King 5 TV and the results were nothing short of astounding! Warm 106.9 staff that made this event a HUGE success are shown Left to Right: Ashley Ryan (Mornings with Allan & Ashley), Allan Fee (Mornings with Allan & Ashley), Woody (Mornings with Allan & Ashley), Ron Harrell (Programming Director), Josh Harstad (Studio, Remote and EAS Engineer)
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PROGRAMMING: iHeart Names Mike Preston SVPP For Baltimore; Brett Ballard PD/PMD For ALT 105.3 Norfolk
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 5TH, 2017 –– iHeartMedia Baltimore has named Mike Preston as Senior Vice President of Programming, effective immediately. He will also serve as Program Director for 93.1 WPOC. A radio veteran with over 25 years of programming experience, Preston most recently spent time as Program Director of KKWF and KHTP in Seattle, WA. Early in his career he was the Assistant Program Director at ABC Radio’s WPLJ in New York, NY. He later spent 12 years with CBS Radio including three as VP of Programming in San Francisco, CA and nine as Program Director and Vice President of Contemporary Hits Radio Programming in Seattle, WA.
-- iHeartMedia Norfolk has named Brett Ballard PD/PMD host for ALT 105.3, Hampton Roads, VA. He will report to Tias Schuster, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Norfolk. Brett Ballard joins the Norfolk Market from WTKX in Mobile, Alabama, where he most recently served as the Program Director. He also programmed WRKH in Mobile, Alabama and WFFX in Hattiesburg, Mississippi for iHeartMedia. He began his career in Tampa Bay at WXTB with iHeartMedia. “I’m looking forward to the incredible opportunity to lead the new ALT 105.3 and work with some of the best in the industry,” said Ballard. “I’m grateful to the Mobile team for their support over the last few years, and am excited to join the iHeart team in Norfolk.”
ON-AIR: WKYS Wash. DC Adds Khalia Canty To Nights/Weekends
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 5TH, 2017 –– WKYS 93.9 FM announced that Khalia “Little Bacon Bear” Canty will be the new night show host, effective Monday, November 16, 2017. Little Bacon Bear will bring a new fresh sound and style to 93.9 WKYS Weeknights from 7:00 p.m. to midnight and weekends from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. with features that include her Bacon Challenge, KYS Verses, Man Crush Monday and Woman Crush Wednesday.
Canty said, “I’m really excited to be a breath of fresh air to not only the radio but to the entire DMV. There’s so much talent in the city and this is just the platform to shine some light on that. I can’t wait to tell the stories of everyday people. I can’t wait to bring listeners more of the best content from the artists they love. I can’t wait to turn up with them every night!” She continues, “A special thank you to the entire Radio One family that has been so inviting and helpful during this transition."
SYNDICATION: D.L. Hughley Inks Multi-Year Extension With Reach
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 5TH, 2017 –– D.L. Hughley has inked a new multi-year agreement for his nationally syndicated radio show with Reach Media. In making the announcement, D.L. stated, “I'm excited that my radio show continues to grow on a national basis, but the honesty and interaction with my audience make it the ‘biggest local and personal show in radio.’ Extending the relationship with Reach Media gives me the opportunity to address what's important to people I care about in an entertaining, but meaningful way - making a difference in their day!”
Urban One’s CEO of Radio One’s stations and Reach Media, David Kantor added, “As one of the most important voices in radio, D.L. is totally in tune with what the African-American listener wants addressed – and to be said. He’s established himself as the voice, with a humorous edge, but conviction and sensibility to stimulate a dialogue.” The broadcast and digital company noted that Hughley, who established himself as a leading voice in the community, has dominated the afternoon drive-time slot with double-digit rating shares taking key affiliate radio stations to #1 or dominant positions in the market for his target listener demographic with The D.L. Hughley Show."
George Toulas Named VP/MM FOR Beasley Tampa Cluster
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 5TH, 2017 –– Beasley has named George Toulas its Market Manager of the company’s cluster of six radio stations in the Tampa, Florida market, including: WHFS-AM 1010, WPBB-FM 98.7, WLLD-FM 94.1, WQYK-FM 99.5, WRBQ-FM 104.7 and WYUU-FM 92.5. Toulas most recently served for the past five years as the Director of Sales and Operations of Apricot Lane USA. Previously, Toulas was the Executive Vice President of Operations and Sales for Clear Channel/iHeartMedia in San Antonio, Texas. In addition, he held the positions of President and Market Manager at iHeartMedia in Miami, Director of the New Music Division at Salem Communications in Camarillo, California and Senior Vice President of American Media, Inc. in New York City.
It feels really good to come back to Radio,” said Toulas. “I am excited to join Beasley Media Group in Tampa, where the cluster’s fabulous team will keep the winning tradition alive and well.” He replaces Kent Dunn, who recently transferred to oversee Beasley Media Group’s Augusta-based cluster of radio stations.
FORMATICS: Entercom Flips From Country To Soft-Rock In Seattle; Hubbard Drops Rock For Country
DeAnna Lee Moves 100.7 The Wolf
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 5TH, 2017 –– Entercom announced the launch of The New 94.1 The Sound, Seattle’s new soft rock radio. “The New 94.1 The Sound will provide the Seattle audience with a unique and relaxing radio experience that is curated with the Puget Sound listener in mind,” said Pat Paxton, Entercom’s President of Programming. “We are excited to fill this void in radio in Seattle and offer avid music fans a fresh new sound they can enjoy at work or as they go about their day.” The Sound replaces KMPS-FM Country Music Radio and as part of the change, host DeAnna Lee will be joining 100.7 The Wolf. “We recognize and respect all of the people who have been involved with KMPS station and its rich and long history in the country format,” continued Paxton. “We are committed to continuing to provide the very best country station with our entire team on 100.7 The Wolf. We are also excited to welcome back Deanna Lee to middays on 100.7 The Wolf”.
-- No sooner had Entercom flipped to Soft-Rock, Hubbard Radio Seattle announced it was flipping it rock-formattedKVRQ to new Country 98.9 FM, “Nobody Plays More New Country”. “We at Hubbard Radio Seattle are looking forward to winning the Country war in Seattle. With a live and local Hubbard Radio mantra, it’s going to be a whole lot of fun building one of America’s great country radio stations.” “Now we are ramping up on staff hires including a Program Director.” stated Marc Kaye, Hubbard Radio VP/Market Manager Seattle.
Radio 105.7 Atlanta Changes Name To ALT, Keeps Same Format And Lineup
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 5TH, 2017 –– On Monday night, Radio 105.7 changed its name to Alt 105.7, but the format and lineup remain intact. The AJC's Rodney Ho says the line-up appears to be the same with Wendy Rollins in mornings, Knox mid-days and Aly Young in afternoons. “We’re changing things up but we’re still here,” Rollins said this morning. The music sounds the same, a mix of alt rock going back to the 1990s when 99X reigned.
IHeartRadio made the official flip on March 28, 2013, when it changed from a rhythmic top 40 format Wild. The station has focused been heavily music focused. According to HO, in the most recent October ratings book, it ranked 11th with a 4 rating with 18 to 34 year olds and 19th overall with a 1.6 rating.
Entercom Returns WBMX Calls to Chicago; Mix Boston Becomes WWBX
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 5TH, 2017 –– Entercom shared new call letters for Boston’s Mix 104.1. The heritage hot adult contemporary radio station will now go by WWBX-FM. MIX 104, home to The Karson & Kennedy Show (Karson shown far right), will remain in the same format.
Meanwhile, after twenty six years as WBMX-FM, the station will return the call letters to its original station in Chicago, IL. Classic Hip-Hop WJMK-FM/104.3.
CMG To Simulcast 'Rare Country Awards'
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 5TH, 2017 –– Rare Country has teamed up with Cox Media Group’s (CMG) country stations to simulcast the Rare Country Awards concert event live from Nashville on Thursday, December 14 at 9 pm ET/8 pm CT. The concert will reveal the winners of the 2017 Rare Country Awards, and feature performances by nominees Kane Brown, LANCO and RaeLynn.
Midday host Christi Brooks of The New 93Q Houston and morning co-host JR Jaus of Y100 San Antonio (shown left) have been tapped to host the one-hour concert, simulcasting from ACME Feed & Seed in downtown Nashville. The event will livestream on RareCountry.com, and Rare Country’s Facebook page, and simulcast on these CMG country stations: KKBQ (93Q) Houston, KCYY (Y100) San Antonio, WWKA (K92.3) Orlando, KWEN (K95.5) Tulsa, WHKO (K99.1) Dayton and WNGC/WTSH Atlanta/North Georgia.
Laurissa Phillips, General Manager, Rare Country, said: “Tapping into the promotional power of CMG stations is a tremendous asset for us, and we’re thrilled to welcome Christi and JR to Nashville for the live show. Their energy and format expertise make them ideal hosts for the livestream and simulcast.” Voting is currently underway at RareCountryAwards.com and runs through Wednesday, December 13.
NETWORKS: WWO News Producing Two Long-Form 'Year In Review' Specials
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 5TH, 2017 –– Westwood One News is producing two long-form Year in Review programs for stations: The Year in Review – The Big Stories, anchored by First Light host Evan Haning; and The Year in Review – People, Sports and Entertainment, anchored by America in the Morning host John Trout. Both The Year in Review half-hour specials and the 20-part series are available to Westwood One News affiliates and Cumulus stations.
The Year in Review - The Big Stories will take a look back on the first year of Donald Trump’s presidency, from the Inauguration, cabinet and staff shake-ups, and the Russian collusion investigation to efforts to repeal Obamacare and enact tax reform. Additional stories include natural disasters caused by hurricanes and fires, as well as mass shootings and a terrorist attack. The Big Stories will also look at the mounting sexual harassment scandals and other big stories that made news in 2017. The Year in Review - The Big Stories will run the weekend of December 23-24 and replaces The Week in Review.The Year in Review and/or the 20- part series of one-minute reports, contact Jim Jones at email@example.com or (202) 840-7933.
Stone Temple Pilots Set First Tour With New Singer, Gutt
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Former WNYC Host John Hockenberry Hit With Sexual Harassment Accusations
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 4TH, 2017 –– Former WNYC radio host John Hockenberry who aired 'The Takeaway' has been accused of sexually harassing several female co-workers, according to The New York Post. Kristin Meinzer, a producer for Hockenberry, recalled a moment in 2014 when she scored him an interview with Oscar-winning actress Marion Cottillard. Meinzer claims Hockenberry responded with unwanted kisses. “He rolled right up to me at my desk, grabbed my face and started kissing me,” Meinzer said. “I moved my head away and pushed him away, and I said, ‘No, no, please don’t.’ ”He responded, according to Meinzer, “I just want to kiss you because I’m so thankful.” She said no: “A hug is fine, but I don’t want to be kissed.” There were claims by others, as well.
In statement through his publicist, Hockenberry didn’t deny any of the allegations. “Looking back, my behavior was not always appropriate and I’m sorry,” he said. “It horrifies me that I made the talented and driven people I worked with feel uncomfortable, and that the stress around putting together a great show was made worse by my behavior.” Hockenberry, who has been in a wheelchair since he was struck by a car at age 19, seemed to blame his disability for his bad behavior. “Having to deal with my own physical limitations has given me an understanding of powerlessness, and I should have been more aware of how the power I wielded over others, coupled with inappropriate comments and communications, could be construed,” he said. “I have no excuses.” PHOTO/NPR - Eileen Koteras Elibol
'Prairie Home Companion' Gets A New Name
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 4TH, 2017 –– “A Prairie Home Companion” has been renamed “Town Hall,” just days after its longtime host, Garrison Keillor, was accused of sexual misconduct reports Reuters. Chris Thile, the mandolinist who took over as host of the long-running show last year, announced the name change on Saturday from the Town Hall, the New York City theater where it is staged before a live audience. In opening the first episode since Minnesota Public Radio ended its business relationship with Keillor, Thile called Keillor’s dismissal “heartbreaking news” and linked it to other prominent men in politics, media and entertainment who have been accused of sexual harassment or assault. ”As for this show, I want it to be a place for us to gather around, hear great music, laugh together, reflect and gain respite from our weekly troubles,“ Thile said. ”And I‘m as thrilled as ever to say: “Coming to you live from New York City, welcome to ‘Town Hall.'” A spokesman for the show did not respond to questions on Sunday. After his firing, Keillor, 75, said in an email to the Minneapolis Star Tribune that he had accidentally touched the bare back of a woman with whom he had worked and that he later sent a note apologizing to her after seeing her recoil.
PROGRAMMING: Jim Fox Named VP/Music Programming For Entercom Dallas/Ft. Worth
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 4TH, 2017 –– Entercom announced the appointment of Jim Fox as VP/Music Programming for the Dallas-Fort Worth cluster effective December 21, 2017. Fox joined Entercom Sacramento in 2003 and will continue in his current role as Vice President of Programming in the Sacramento cluster until the end of the year. In addition, Jim will serve as Program Director for KJKK, JACK FM and KVIL ALT 103.7, which launched its Alternative format under Jim’s direction in Dallas on November 17, 2017. “Jim has guided the alternative format for RADIO 94.7 and 98 Rock to exceptional ratings performance in Sacramento,” said Brian Purdy, Regional President and Market Manager, Entercom Dallas-Fort Worth.
“It’s an underestimation to say that this is an exciting time to be a part of Entercom,” commented Jim Fox. “I’m honored and extremely proud to have the good fortune to leave one incredibly successful Entercom cluster to join another incredibly successful Entercom cluster in Dallas under the leadership of Regional President and Market Manger, Brian Purdy.”
iHeart Names Ashley Wilson PD For WNOE New Orleans; 'Java' Joel Murphy PD For WAKS-FM/Cleveland; Keith Abrams Adds PD Stripes For WMMS-FM
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 4TH, 2017 –– iHeartMedia has named Ashley Wilson Program Director for 101.1 WNOE, New Orleans. In addition, Wilson will handle PM drive. Wilson will report to Angela Watson, SVP/Programming for iHeartNew Orleans. “We’re so excited to have Ashley join our New Orleans team,” said Watson. “She has an amazing background that ranges from on-air hosting to social media and I’m confident that she’s going to make a huge impact at 101.1 WNOE.” Wilson joins iHeart New Orleans from WGNE-FM in Jacksonville, FL.
--In other iHeart moves, it named 'Java'' Joel Murphy (L) PD for its WAKS-FM/Cleveland. Along with the move, SVP/Programming for the North Ohio Region Keith Abrams is named Program Director for WMMS-FM. Murphy most recently served as KISS FM's Assistant PD/Music Director and afternoon host. "Joel knows great radio and has been an important part of KISS FM for more than 10 years," said Keith Hotchkiss, President of iHeart's North Ohio Region. "I'm excited for him to lead KISS FM's strategic and creative direction. We're ready for him to take the station to the top of the Terminal Tower." "Being handed the keys to program 96.5 KISS FM is a dream come true," said Murphy. "I couldn't be more excited for this opportunity after being part of the brand for over a decade!"
ON-AIR: Toby Knapp Named Morning Co-Host For WASH-FM;' Kelly Urich Debuts On KCMO-FM Kansas
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 4TH, 2017 –– – iHeart Washington, D.C. announced that Toby Knapp has been named as the new co-host for the morning show on 97.1 WASH-FM, Washington. Knapp will join current co-host Chilli Amar.
Knapp joins WASH-FM from iHeartMedia’s HOT 99.5, DC where he spent eleven years hosting the afternoon drive show and serving as Assistant Program Director. He will continue his afternoon show on HOT 99.5 through the end of the year. “After over a decade on Hot 99.5 in afternoons, it’s an honor to be given the chance to co-host mornings on D.C.'s monumental 97.1 WASH-FM,” said Knapp -- I’m beyond excited that Chilli Amar and I have the opportunity to bring something truly magical and unique to our nation's capital.”
-- Cumulus Media announces that it has tapped long-time Kansas City radio personality Kelly Urich to anchor mornings on Classic Hits station 94.9 KCMO-FM in Kansas City. “Kelly Urich Mornings” debuts on 94.9 KCMO on Tuesday, December 26, and will air weekdays from 6AM-10AM. Urich has been a Kansas City radio fixture or 28 years and is a two-time Kansas City Radio Personality of the Year. He was formerly with KZPT after many years with KMXV.
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Kent Dunn Returns To Augusta To Lead Beasley Cluster
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 4TH, 2017 –– Beasley announced that Kent Dunn will return home to once again oversee the company’s cluster of eight radio stations in the Augusta, Georgia market. Dunn most recently served as Vice President and Market Manager of Beasley’s cluster of radio stations in Tampa, Florida. The radio veteran previously held the role of Vice President and Market Manager of company’s cluster of radio stations in Augusta, GA. He joined Beasley in 1991 and worked in the Augusta market as general manager and/or market manager from 1993-2014.
“I am very grateful to the Beasley family for providing me with the opportunity to move back home near my family and once again lead the company’s Augusta-based stations,” said Dunn. “I look forward to working with Mark and the cluster’s outstanding team in expanding our presence in the community.” Former Vice President and Market Manager Mark Haddon will shift his responsibilities to become Director of Sales to focus on the cluster’s overall sales effort.
FORMATICS: 93.9 LITE-FM Returns To Chicago
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 4TH, 2017 –– iHeartMedia Chicago announced the return of the heritage station brand 93.9 LITE FM. The station, previously 93.9 MYfm, will continue its regular programming and shows with music from 80’s artists. On-air personalities Kristina Kage, Robin Rock and Mick Lee will continue to host the station’s programming.
“Based on our extensive research, the iconic brand of 93.9 Lite FM resonates tremendously with Chicagoans,” said Matt Scarano, President of iHeartMedia Markets Group’s Chicago Region. “Hence, we have decided to give Chicago back one of its favorite radio brands. We are proud to turn the Lite back on in Chicago and re-brand 93.9 with its familiar moniker. After Christmas music concludes, 93.9 LITE FM will continue to play the best variety from the 80’s, 90’s and now.”
SNAPS: WINS/New York's Lee Harris Keynotes At Estabrook Service Awards
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 4TH, 2017 – The 57th annual Hofstra University George M. Estabrook Distinguished Service Awards were presented on Saturday, December 2nd, 2017. One of the highlight of the evening was guest speaker Lee Harris, Morning Drive News Anchor of 1010 WINS, NY, who shared the many important lessons he learned as a young community volunteer broadcaster during his time at Hofstra's radio station, now WRHU -- then WVHC. Harris' Keynote and Service Award was presented alongside 7 Hofstra Alumni honorees, who all represented Distinguished Service to their communities while also having distinguished themselves in their different careers.
In addition to it's annual service awards, the Hofstra George M. Estabrook Alumni Association supports an annual scholarship at the University for students who are involved in community service while maintaining academic achievement. For more information on the Hofstra University Estabrook Alumni Association please visit HERE The Estabrook Alumni Association will begin accepting nominations for the 2018 awards after January 1, 2018.
SHOWN L-R: Harvey Nagler, Sue Zizza, President of SueMedia Lee Harris, Morning Host at 1010 WINS, Entercom, Heather Cohen, EVP, The Weiss Agency, Ben Mevorach, Director of News and Programming, 1010 WINS, Entercom PHOTO/Steve DiMaio
EVENTS: Magic 106/Boston 76th Annual Tree Lighting; WJRZ/New Jersey Fills 50 Foot Pepsi Truck; BIG 98.7 Jesse & Amanda's BIG Christmas Break In
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 4TH, 2017 –– MAGIC 106.7 Kicked off the Holiday Season in Style with the 76th Annual City of Boston Tree Lighting Boston, MA (12/1/17): WMJX-FM, Boston’s Christmas Station, once again served as the proud sponsor of the 76th Annual City of Boston Tree Lighting. MAGIC 106.7 Personalities David O’Leary and Nancy Quill emceed the annual festivities (shown top left with Kara DioGuardia) . The tree lighting was broadcast live on WCVB-TV Channel 5 with over 15,000 people in attendance. Santa and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh flipped the switch to light up Boston’s Official Christmas Tree, commemorating 100 years of friendship with The Province of Nova Scotia. The event featured performances from All 4 One, Kara DioGuardia from American Idol, the cast of Elf the Musical
Beasley's shared that during its recent 100.1 WJRZ “Share the Joy” live radio broadcast, community members helped to fill a 50-foot tractor-trailer with donations of food, clothing, and new, unwrapped toys at Perlmutter Family ShopRite in Toms River to benefit Ocean County Hunger Relief and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ocean County. The drive totaled $1,832 in cash and checks; $275 in gift cards; 13 pallets of food; 20 of turkeys; 13 pallets of clothing; and 375 toys. “Year after year, 100.1 WJRZ's listeners come through for local families in need at the holidays during our "Share the Joy" broadcasts, and 2017 was no exception,” said Matt Knight (shown top right), program director and afternoon drive host of 100.1 WJRZ-FM. “Knowing that the donations benefited their Ocean County neighbors is a driving force behind this food/toy/clothing drive for our listeners.
Finally, there's Big 98.7’s Jesse and Amanda with Pike in the Morning pulled off a 'BIG Christmas Break In' for a local family in need! Tosha Perron lost her husband last month, unexpectedly, one month before his 33rd birthday. When Jesse and Amanda found out, they wanted to help her and her three kids (all under 10). They went out, bought a tree, decorations, presents for the kids…wrapped them all…poorly…and with the help of her friends “broke into” her house when she wasn’t home! When she got home with her kids, they found a fully decorated tree, a bunch of wrapped presents for the kids, a $500 Visa gift card for mom and Jesse and Amanda with Pike in the Morning waiting for them! WATCH HERE
Billy Bush Talks Trump Tape; U2 Performs Pop-Up Concert
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John Ivey Rises To President Of CHR/Prog. iHeartMedia
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 1ST, 2017 –– iHeartMedia announced that its National Programming Group has elevated noted programming veteran John Ivey to the new position of President of CHR (Contemporary Hits Radio) Programming Strategy, effective immediately. He will report to Tom Poleman, Chief Programming Officer for iHeartMedia. In his new role, Ivey will oversee iHeartMedia’s CHR and RCHR brand formats in its over 150 markets. In addition, he will continue to guide and develop the company’s roster of CHR programmers and on-air talent, and book artists for events including the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour and KIIS FM’s Wango Tango. Ivey will also remain in his role of Program Director of iHeartMedia’s KIIS FM
Since Ivey joined KIIS FM as its Program Director, the station has been the #1 Arbitron ranked position in the market and is the most listened to station in LA with approximately 4 million weekly listeners. Most recently, Ivey was named one of Billboard magazine’s Top Pop Radio Programmers for 2017. “Throughout my career I’ve always loved the opportunity to help new artists and young talent and programmers grow and I’m thrilled my new position as President of CHR Programming Strategy makes the things I love top priority,” said Ivey. “Thank you to iHeartMedia for allowing me to get past the 20 year mark in Los Angeles and to continue working with our amazing CHR programming and on-air teams.”
ACM Awards Opens Up 'National On-Air Talent' Entries To Satellite & Internet
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 1ST, 2017 – The Academy of Country Music® announced changes to the ACM Awards radio categories’ criteria and open submissions date for the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards®. For the first time ever in the National On-Air Personality of the Year category, submissions will be accepted from terrestrial, satellite and internet radio personalities, if all eligibility requirements are met.
The Academy has also removed the requirement to be a current Academy member to be eligible to submit for all radio categories. Additional changes to On-Air Personality of the Year, National On-Air Personality of the Year and Radio Station of the Year categories include a shorter aircheck, and a streamlined essay portion with a maximum length of five hundred words – replacing the individual written summaries of industry or community work, etc. For additional details, please visit https://www.acmcountry.com/voting-criteria. Open submissions for the 53rd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards® will begin Wednesday, January 3, 2017 at 9:00 AM PT / 11:00 AM CT at www.ACMcountry.com and will end at 5:00 PM PT / 7:00 PM CT on Monday, January 15, 2017. PHOTO/outside to T-Mobile Arena for 52nd Annual Event.
iHeart Creditors Make Counter Proposal
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 1ST, 2017 –– A key group of creditors have rejected iHeartMedia Inc.’s latest debt restructuring proposal and countered with their own deal reports The Wall Street Journal. In an 8K filing with the SEC, the company disclosed that the group of creditors proposed their own deal that would require the company to file for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
Under the iHM's latest proposal, the company's private-equity owners Bain Capital and Thomas H. Lee Partners, would retain 12.5% of the shares in both. WSJ reports the company's plan would cut $7.7 billion of iHeartMedia's $15.5 billion in debt, and the proposal by the Franklin-led group would reduce even more debt. The creditors, led by mutual fund Franklin Resources, made a counter offer on Tuesday that asked for 95.3% of iHM equity and 100% of iHM's 89.5% interest in Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings leaving equity partners Bain Capital and Thomas Lee Partners and junior bondholders with just 1% equity in the recapitalized company, plus 10% warrants at equity value of $8.3 billion and requiring a Chapter 11 filing.
[LISTEN] Longtime KROQ/LA Host Ralph Garman Announces He's Leaving The Kevin & Bean Show
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 1ST, 2017 –– Longtime KROQ/LA host Ralph Garman tearfully announced yesterday he is signing off from the Kevin and Bean Show report ABC7 LA. "I thought it would be easier as the day went on to thank you, the listeners," Garman said. Garman has hosted the 'Showbiz Beat' segment and is known for providing a number of voices for the show including his spot-on Adam West.
"The best part of this job has been you people," Garman told listeners. KROQ confirmed Garman's exit in a tweet. "Sad to report that our friend @RalphGarman will no longer be a part of the @kevinandbean morning show. We wish him all the best and know he will continue to be successful in everything he does." Garman had been with KROQ for 18 years and did not give a reason for his departure. He did, however, clear up a rumor apparently making the rounds on Twitter. "It's not because of inappropriate sexual behavior in any way," Garman said. "That's the world we live in now. That's crazy." PHOTO/Ralph Garman, Gabriel Iglesias, Bean, and Kevin by Gabriel Olsen/KROQ - LISTEN TO ON-AIR ANNOUNCEMENT HERE
Radio Vet Sharon Dastur Joins Republic Records As Senior VP/Promotion
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 1ST, 2017 –– Radio veteran Sharon Dastur, who spent 15 years at Z100 New York before rising to a SVP post at iHeart 2014, has joined Republic Records as senior VP of promotion reports Variety. Dastur’s position at Republic is a newly created role in which she will “oversee promotion across all formats for Republic Records and its strategic partners,” announced exec VP of promotion Gary Spangler and president of Republic Group Charlie Walk. She will be based out of Republic’s New York City office.
Dastur noted the significance of moving from “the radio side of the business” to a label. “For Republic to create a leadership role that utilizes that passion and couples my skills in marketing, artist development with my programming relationships is yet another example of their forward-thinking, rule-breaking culture,” she said. Dastur’s served as program director of Z100, one of only five to hold the title in the station’s history. At iHeart, she served as senior VP of Programming Integration. She began her career in radio at her hometown station in Houston, 104 KRBE.
REPORT: Political Advertising Bonanza Likely In 2018
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 1ST, 2017 –– The 2018 midterm elections are already in warm-up mode with nearly 2,000 candidates registered for 33 U.S. Senate seats reports Borrell & Associates. Add to that the thousands of House seats, gubernatorial and other statewide positions, and local judiciary, School Board, and municipal seats and ballot issues, and you get an advertising bonanza that's likely to total $8.5 million, up 2.5% from the last midterm electiion year in 2014. The remarkable finding: More than half of the money is coming from Special Interest groups and PACs - all headed toward local or statewide markets.
Borrell now offers a 10-page report includes seven charts and tables, plus an appendix listing forecasts for all 50 states. The report comes with access to a 30-minute webinar with our lead analysts and principal author, Kip Cassino. The report and webinar are free to subscribers. For non-subscribers, the report/webinar package are available for purchase. the webinar An executive summary is available for free. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS
PODCASTS: The Bachelor’s Corinne Olympios Launches 'So Random'
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 1ST, 2017 –– Making her initial splash on the The Bachelor, and forging a name for herself in the fashion world, the always quirky Corinne Olympios has teamed up with PodcastOne to launch the 'So Random' podcast. Olympios, aka “Corn,” is now giving a weekly dose of unfiltered and hilarious banter, as she talks to her favorite people from the Bachelor franchise, entertainment industry, fashion and comedy worlds, and anywhere else she has made friends.
“I’m so excited to be starting my own podcast! Produced by PodcastOne, the biggest network out there, I get to talk to you every week,” said Olympios. “And because the weirdest things always happen to or around me, I’ll be talking about literally anything in the world with my guests. It’s about to get so fun, so real and So Random.” LISTEN HERE
Benztown Kicks Off Fourth Annual “Cans 4 Cans” Benefit For L.A. Food Bank
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 1ST, 2017 –– Benztown kicks off its Fourth Annual “CANS 4 CANS” Holiday Benefit to drive donations to the Los Angeles Food Bank. Benztown invites friends in the radio industry to post a photo wearing your headphones (a/k/a “cans”) to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #cans4cans. For every photo posted, Benztown will donate a can of food to the Los Angeles Food Bank on your behalf. Michael Flood, President/CEO, L.A. Food Bank said: “We are grateful for the support from Benztown. This partnership not only helps to provide necessary resources, but increases awareness around the problem of hunger in our community. Their donation will support our efforts to fight hunger in Los Angeles County."
Now through Friday, December 22, 2017. WHERE: http://www.benztown.com/cans4cans/ WHY: Because it’s FUN, easy-- and most importantly, it will help hungry Angelenos during the Christmas season.
HOT 96.9 Boston Raises Over $90,000 For 'YourGameChanger' Foundation
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 1ST, 2017 –– Beasley's HOT 96.9 lent support to Boston Celtics guard, Marcus Smart’s 2nd annual 'An Evening with Marcus Smart.' The event was presented by the Friends of Cathedral High School at Towne Stove & Spirits on Wednesday, November 29th, 2017. The event raised over $90,000, including a $25,000 donation from Smart. An Evening with Marcus Smart will benefit Marcus Smart’s YounGameChanger Foundation, whose mission is to provide families with seriously and chronically ill children with encouragement and life-changing experiences and to be a voice of motivation, empowerment and encouragement to inner city young athletes to be game changers off the court or field. Smart was joined by 200 guests at the event and they were surprised with a guest appearance by Jaylen Brown.
“I am so thankful to the sponsors and supporters that make it possible to impact the lives of kids who really need it.” “We are thrilled to support Marcus and his incredible organization that does so much to support patients and their families here in Boston and underscores what our company’s community of caring initiative is all about,” said Beasley Media Group Vice President and Market Manager Mary Menna. Menna serves on the board of the foundation. PHOTO/L-R FRONT: Caroline Beasley (Beasley Media Group CEO), Marcus Smart (Boston Celtics), Scott Morello (HOT 96.9 APD), Tina Murley (Dir./Sales, Beasley Media Group/Boston) - BACK L-R: Deirdre Dagata (HOT 96.9), Ramiro Torres (HOT 96.9 ), Jermaine Wiggins (HOT 96.9).
EVENTS: Hot 93.3's Scott K & Bret Mega To Live On Bus For Toy Drive
THE MOUTH, DECEMBER 1ST, 2017 –– Scotty K and Bret Mega Mornings on Hot 93.3 (KLIF-FM) will live on a bus for 5 days as they attempt to cram as many new and gently used toys into it for underprivileged kids living in the DFW area. Benefiting the Salvation Army, Stuff-A-Bus returns for its second year. “With the amazing success of last year's Stuff-A-Bus, and being inspired by the generosity of the DFW community, we are excited to announce that Stuff-A-Bus is back!” said Bret Mega. “This year will be even bigger, in turn helping more kids in DFW than ever before. Stuff-A-Bus brings the community together so that every single kid can feel the joy of opening a present for the Holidays.”
“It breaks our hearts to think that there are thousands of kids who will have nothing.” Scotty K added. “That is why, once again, we are committed to LIVING on the bus 24/7, around the clock, collecting toys to be there for them!" “We are so proud to bring Stuff-A-Bus back for a second year!”
CONDOLENCES: Danielle Lembo, Daughter Of Industry Vet, Jerry Lembo Passes Away Following Car Accident
THE MOUTH DECEMBER 1ST, 2017 –– We were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Danielle Lembo, daughter of our longtime friend and industry vet, Jerry Lembo, head of Jerry Lembo Entertainment Group. He posted on Facebook: 'Our Family is grieving today and drowning in a pool of tears. Yesterday (11/28) our daughter Danielle Lembo died in a car accident. We are in pain, shock and disbelief. Children are supposed to live longer than their parents. We had a family dinner planned for my birthday this weekend. Now we are planning Danielle's funeral -- I'm trying to hold on to the good times we shared. Please embrace your loved ones today and every day." EXTEND YOUR SYMPATHIES HERE
[WATCH] Kimmel Accepts Judge Roy's Fight Challenge
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Garrison Keillor Becomes Latest Public Figure Nailed For Improper Behavior
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 30TH, 2017 –– Garrison Keillor, the former host of "A Prairie Home Companion," says he's been fired by Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) over allegations of improper behavior. In an email to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Keillor said he had put his hand on a woman’s bare back in an attempt to console her. “I meant to pat her back after she told me about her unhappiness and her shirt was open and my hand went up it about six inches. She recoiled. I apologized. I sent her an email of apology later and she replied that she had forgiven me and not to think about it,” Keillor told the newspaper. “We were friends. We continued to be friendly right up until her lawyer called.” Minnesota Public Radio confirmed Keillor had been fired, saying it received a single allegation against Keillor about “inappropriate behavior” and didn’t know of any other allegations. MPR said it was notified of the allegation last month and that it stemmed from Keillor’s conduct when he was responsible for producing “A Prairie Home Companion.”
Keillor, 75, retired as host of his long-running public radio variety show in 2016. His hand-picked successor, mandolinist Chris Thile, is in his second season as "Prairie Home" host. The statement came shortly after Keillor, an avowed Democrat, wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post published Wednesday that the notion that Minnesota Sen. Al Franken should resign for his own misbehavior is "pure absurdity."
Cumulus Files To Reorganize In Chapter 11
Expects All Operations, Programming And Sales To Continue As Normal Throughout Restructuring
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 30TH, 2017 –– Cumulus Media announced late Wednesday that it filed to reorganize in Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The Atlanta-based company which operates 446 radio stations in 90 U.S. markets said it has entered a restructuring agreement with lenders to reduce the company’s debt by more than $1 billion. The company said it expects all operations, programming and sales to continue as normal throughout the restructuring. The company said it has ample cash combined with funds generated from ongoing operations to support its business.
Cumulus President/CEO Mary Berner said, “Over the last two years, we have focused on implementing a business turnaround to reverse the Company’s multi - year ratings , revenue and EBITDA declines , create e a culture that fosters motivated and engaged employees, and build an operational foundation to support the kind of performance we believe Cumulus is capable of delivering. As we have demonstrated in many measurable ways – including increased ratings, revenue market share gains, improved employee satisfaction, reduced employee turnover and, over the last several quarters, our return to year-over-year EBITDA and revenue growth – that turnaround has not only been successful but is continuing. However, as we have noted consistently, the debt overhang left by previous years of underperformance remains a significant financial challenge that we must overcome for our operational turnaround to proceed.”
Berner added, "The actions we are taking today to address our balance sheet are a critical step forward for Cumulus. We will use this restructuring process to relieve the financial constraints on our continued progress, allowing us to focus our resources on investing in our business and people to strengthen our competitiveness and ultimately drive growth. We have ample cash to support our operations and service our advertisers, vendors and affiliates during this period, and we look forward to be coming a n even stronger partner to all of them when we complete thi s important phase of our turnaround strategy.” Berner concluded, “We appreciate the tremendous efforts of the Cumulus team throughout the business turnaround and thank our employees for continuing to be the true force driving our success.”
STUDY: Smart Speaker Penetration To Surge During Holiday Shopping Season
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 30TH, 2017 –– November 29, 2017 – The “Alexa Revolution” continues. Detroit-based research and consulting firms Jacobs Media Strategies and jācapps, along with partner Sonic Ai, revealed details from a new national online study showing that one in five (20%) respondents age 13 and older with Internet access plan to purchase a voice-controlled smart speaker such as an Amazon Echo or Google Home during the 2017 holiday season. Notably, more than one in six online households (18%) now own at least one smart speaker, with 40% of this group already having two or more of the devices in their household. The study also shows that one in ten online households (11%) specifically owns an Alexa-enabled Amazon smart speaker such as the Echo, Echo Dot and Show devices; the majority of these owners (69%) have at least one Alexa “skill” enabled, while 45% have two or more Alexa “skills” enabled.
This study was designed by Jacobs Media Research Director, Jason Hollins. “New technologies such as the proliferation of smart speaker devices undoubtedly bring challenges to the AM/FM landscape, but with that comes vast opportunities for radio as well as audio consumers alike,” said Hollins. “Smart speakers are clearly the must-have gadget for the holidays. Like anything else, habits will form quickly which is the remarkable opportunity for broadcasters and podcasters. They need a smart audio strategy for smart speakers,” said Steve Goldstein, co-founder of Sonic Ai. To download summary slides, visit HERE
iHeart Names Jill Kempton PD For 97.1 WASH-FM DC; Promotes Cara Hahn APD/MD At Z100/LITE FM New York
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 30TH, 2017 –– iHeartMedia Washington, D.C. announced today that Jill Kempton has been named Program Director for 97.1 WASH-FM She will report to Jeff Kapugi, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia’s Washington, D.C. Region. Kempton comes to the Washington, D.C. Region from WTLW in New York, NY where she most recently served as the Assistant Program Director, Music Director and Imaging Director. She spent her first eight years in radio at WBEB in Philly.
iHeart also announced that Cara Hahn (L) has been promoted to Assistant Program Director/Music Director for Z100, and 106.7 Lite FM, New York. She will report to both Chris Conley, Program Director for 106.7 Lite FM and Mark Medina, Program Director for Z100. Hahn joined iHeartMedia New York in 2014 where she most recently served as Programming Coordinator for the market. ““I am beyond grateful for this opportunity” said Hahn. “As a lifelong listener of Z100 and Lite FM, it’s a dream come true to work for both of these legendary stations. I’m especially excited to work more closely with two of the best programmers in radio, Chris Conley and Mark Medina. And thank you to Thea Mitchem and the entire iHeartMedia NY programming team.”
FORMATICS: Entercom Brings Alternative Back To Orlando With ALT 101.9 Debut
NOVEMBER 30TH, 2017 –– Entercom announced the launch of ALT 101.9 FM, Orlando’s New Alternative. “In a city with a rapidly evolving demographic, we are thrilled to fill this void in radio in Orlando,” said Pat Paxton, Entercom’s President of Programming. “ALT 101.9 FM caters to the tech-savvy, engaged and active Orlando audience and will provide an exciting and unique experience for listeners who are currently underserved with today’s radio choices in Orlando.”
ALT 101.9 stands alone as the only locally curated alternative rock station in Orlando and serves passionate music fans in the market who are online and always on the go. The station is celebrating its launch by putting the music first and playing 10,000 songs commercial-free, which started at 3:00 PM EST today. Listeners in the Orlando area can tune in to 101.9 FM, stream at www.alt1019radio.com and connect with the station online via social media as @alt1019radio on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Elvis Duran Group’s Carney Awards Makes TV Debut
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 30TH, 2017 –– The Elvis Duran Group’s 2017 Carney Awards, which honors Hollywood’s leading character actors for their outstanding achievements, gathered the most recognizable faces in TV and film recently at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica, Calif. The show was taped exclusively for NBC Universal’s COZI TV and airs this Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 9:00pm EST. This marks the first time The Carney Awards will be broadcast in homes nationwide. David Katz commented, “Elvis and I, along with the family of Art Carney are so fortunate and proud to present The Carney Awards for the first time ever on television. The show we produced was hugely attended by our radio brethren including Dan Mason, Jubal, Jim Loftus, John McConnell, Ronn Owens, Eric Weiss, Keith Kauffman and so many others. And for that, Elvis and I say thank you!”
Named in honor of the late, great Oscar and six-time Emmy winning actor Art Carney, the Carney Awards were created by Elvis Duran Group CEO David Katz, his brother Jim Katz, an Emmy Award winning producer, and Brian Carney, actor/voice-over artist and Art’s son. The Carney Awards is a joint production between The Elvis Duran Group and Radcliffe Road Pictures. National radio personality Elvis Duran, the Katz brothers and Carney are executive producers. This year William H. Macy, Wendie Malick, William Fichtner, Richard Kind and Xander Berkeley were honored while Allison Janney, Jeff Garlin, Clark Gregg, Dan Lauria and Titus Welliver presented. ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” host Tom Bergeron was host. Now in its third year, The Carney Awards honors Hollywood’s leading character actors each year for their outstanding achievements in character acting.
[WATCH] Woody Gets Makeover Into Ashton Kutcher In Kimmel Appearance
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 30TH, 2017 – ALT LA and Premiere syndicated host, WOODY (seated) made a guest appearance during Jimmy Kimmel's Live 3rd Annual Star Studded Shopathon. Posing as an handpicked audience member to have a makeover, he joined stars including Kristen Bell, Bryan Cranston, Ashton Kutcher, Rita Wilson, and DJ Khaled as they showed off products for viewers to purchase to help raise money for the fight against AIDS.
Woody was given a “makeover” by actress Rita Wilson, who, as luck would have it, transformed Woody into 'Ashton Kutcher' who was none too pleased with the transformation - ha!. Watch the full segment HERE
The BFOA Distributes Record-Setting $1 Million+ To Broadcasters In Need In 2017
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 30TH, 2017 –– Grants from The Broadcasters Foundation of America will hit a milestone this year, as more than $1 million in aid is disbursed to broadcasters in acute need across the country. The record-setting figure is the most ever awarded in a single year by the charity, which this week launches its year-end appeal for personal donations to the Guardian Fund and corporate contributions to the Angel Initiative. Grants from the Broadcasters Foundation have risen from $61,000 in 2000 to this year’s unprecedented level. Included in the 2017 figure is more than $200,000 in emergency aid, which was distributed to broadcasters whose lives were impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, the California wildfires, or other disaster.
To learn more or to donate, please contact the Broadcasters Foundation at 212-373-8250 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.broadcastersfoundation.org.
Emma Barnett Gets Another Show On BBC Radio 5 In UK
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 30TH, 2017 –– Mid-morning presenter Emma Barnett is going four days a week on Britain’s national talk station, 5 live, as Adrian Chiles moves to Friday only. The Emma Barnett Show will air Monday to Thursday 10am till 1pm (instead of Wednesday to Friday), with Chiles on Friday making up the 5th day. Emma tweeted the news, saying the new show starts on January 8th and will have more sparky interviews with nuns, politicians, and sheep.
94.9 Power FM Engagement Ring Giveaway For Same-Sex Couple In Australia - In A National Survey, 61.6% of Australians voted in favor legalizing same-sex marriage. 94.9 Power FM in Nowra, New South Wales celebrated marriage equality when the breakfast team Crystal and Sam enlisted a jeweller to provide engagement rings for a local same-sex couple to get engaged. Over the week, the duo took registrations, and heard stories of amazing couples, their love for each other and how they're planning their special moment. That all culminated in a proposal between Tessa and Caz. Read HERE
Ireland’s Christmas FM Launches And Expands To England - Christmas FM has officially launched in Ireland and is taking its brand to the UK this year. The annual festive station broadcasts on 13 frequencies in Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway, Kildare, Kilkenny, Letterkenny, North Midlands, North East, North Wicklow, South Wicklow, South East and Tralee/Killarney. This year’s Irish broadcast will be the station’s 10th year on air. Over the last nine years, the station has raised more than €1.25m ($1.5m) for good causes. This year’s charity partner is Sightsavers. In England, Christmas FM will operate an independent service in the Liverpool and London areas on DAB Digital Radio.
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Who Could Replace Lauer; Vanity Fair Goes Marvelous
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Radio Mercury Awards Announce Sean Bryan As 2018 Chief Judge
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 30TH, 2017 – The Radio Mercury Awards has announced Sean Bryan, Co-Chief Creative Officer at McCann NY, as the 2018 Chief Judge for the 27th Annual Radio Mercury Awards Competition. An advertising veteran, Sean and his creative partner Tom Murphy have spent time at award-winning agencies such as DDB Chicago and JWT NY. “While radio is a great tool to drive business or force sales, when it is higher in the creative funnel and higher in the messaging hierarchy, radio can be a terrific brand builder,” noted Sean. “The campaigns that always rise to the top in this creative competition are those that build on the essence of the brand. I look forward to gathering together later in 2018 to hear the absolute best of radio creative.”
“Sean was on our final round judging panel last year and he really stood out as a leader and as someone who had a true love and appreciation for the creative audio writing format,” noted Erica Farber, President and CEO, Radio Advertising Bureau, and chair of the Radio Creative Fund. “We have full confidence in Sean’s ability to compile a stellar list of final round judges, and to ensure that the best work is awarded in 2018. Award categories for the 2018 Radio Mercury Awards will be announced in December. For more information, log on to www.radiomercuryawards.com.
[WATCH] Sean Hannity Rips New York Times Magazine Over Cover Of Him; 'Could You Pick A Worse Picture?'
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 29TH, 2017 –– Before wrapping up his TV show Tuesday night on Fox, Sean Hannity expressed frustration with New York Times for the photo they used on its weekend magazine cover. “I mean, look at that!” Hannity exclaimed. “I mean, could you pick a worse picture?!?” Hannity also wasn’t happy with the spread of three photos they used at the top of the profile itself (shown left). “They all suck!” he reacted. “They took hundreds of hundreds of pictures, this is the best they can take? Not exactly flattering.”
Contrary to the cover and title's slant, the nearly 8,000 word profile penned by The New York Time's Matthew Shaer was remarkably 'fair and balanced' and offered a very humanizing look at the popular Radio/TV host from his childhood forward. Shaer says in Hannity’s youth, “it was never, ‘Turn off the television!. Hannity recalls, “It was: ‘Turn that blankety-blank radio off now! Turn it off!’ And I’d say, ‘Fine,’ and then my parents would leave, and I’d put it back on.” With an audience now reaching 13 million people daily, Shaer says Hannity rarely sleeps more than four hours a night, which coincidentally mirrors that of President Trump.
Hannity shared that he had, over time, developed separate approaches for his radio and television shows. “My thoughts are the same: I’m mad,” he said. “But with television, I’ve got the images to help me out. With radio, it’s on me to paint the picture.” The article covers Hannity's humble beginnings, family life, plus a trip back to his childhood home in Franklin Square, NY. (shown right is Hannity (circled) as a toddler with his sisters, aunt, grandfather and a family friend in 1963) Nice piece aside, its cover (right) has raised a few eyebrows, including Hannity who tweeted: "So @nytimes takes 100’s and 100’s of pics. Obviously they picked the best one?" — Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) November 28, 2017 - PHOTOS/Hannity Family - Courtesy Hannity - NYT's screengrab - READ ENTIRE PIECE HERE - Watch Video HERE from Mediaite.
Norwegian Cruise Line Names Elvis Duran 'Godfather' Of Its Newest Ship
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 29TH, 2017 –– Elvis Duran, host of the nationally syndicated "Elvis Duran and the Morning Show," will serve as godfather of Norwegian Bliss, Norwegian Cruise Line's newest ship reports cruisecritic.com. Duran who airs via New York's Z100 made the announcement live on this morning's show. Duran and his morning crew will be present at the ship's christening in Seattle in May. "Elvis Duran epitomizes the high-energy, and liveliness that the ship represents," said Andy Stuart, Norwegian Cruise Line's president and CEO. "As one of the most beloved radio hosts in history, Elvis' commitment to entertainment and bringing laughter and joy to his listeners each day is exactly why we believe he is the perfect fit to represent Norwegian Bliss."
When it launches on May 30, 2018, Norwegian Bliss will be the largest ship to homeport out of Seattle. It will boast an array of high-energy activities including a two-level electric-car race track and an open-air laser tag course, as well as a large pool deck and aqua park with two pools and two waterslides (see photos at right) . Norwegian Bliss will sail weekly seven-night Alaska cruises during its inaugural summer season and, beginning in November 2018, seven-night Eastern Caribbean cruises each Saturday from Port Miami.
WFAN/NYC's Morning Show Simulcast To Continue On CBS TV's Sports Network
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 29TH, 2017 –– The recent changes on WFAN’s morning program will not effect its television simulcast on CBS Sports Network reports Newsday. “It will continue as is,” David Berson, who oversees the cable channel, said at the 34th annual March of Dimes Sports Luncheon in Manhattan. “It’s safe to say it’s going to continue without interruption. No change.” Berson declined to discuss the duration of the contract between CBSSN and WFAN, which now is owned by Entercom but earlier this month was owned by CBS Radio.
The morning show with Boomer Esiason (TL) and Craig Carton was simulcast by the network beginning in January 2014, and continued after Carton resigned a week after he was arrested on federal charges of wire and securities fraud. Jerry Recco (TR) has filled in most days since then, but Gregg Giannotti (L) has been named Esiason’s permanent co-host beginning Jan. 2.
“Boomer is a nationally recognized personality for his credentials on the field and off the field,” Berson said. “He’s been a regular on ‘The NFL Today’ for quite some time. So we feel the show has a lot of national appeal, and we have all the confidence in the world in Gio [Giannotti]. “He’s been great with B.J. [Brian Jones] in the morning on CBS Sports Radio Network. We’re thrilled with that team [of Esiason and Giannotti]. We think they’re going to work really well together -- It’s really great content, and nowadays a lot of local stories are of national interest,” Berson said. “It’s not back in the day when everyone was confined to local stories in the newspaper or local radio. A lot of these are national stories now, especially the NFL. All football has become national.“ Berson noted CBSSN simulcasts national shows such as the one featuring Brandon Tierney and Tiki Barber, with “The Jim Rome Show” to be added to the schedule in January.TOP PHOTO/Victoria’s Secret model Elsa Hosk, center, visited with Boomer and Jerry Recco on Nov. 28, 2017 - Credit Al Dukes/WFAN
DeDe McGuire Eyes Syndication In New Multi-Year Extension
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 29TH, 2017 –– Service Broadcasting’s Director of Operations and K104 Brand Manager and Program Director George “Geo” Cook (shown below) announced that DeDe McGuire will continue doing wake up duties on Dallas-Ft. Worth’s K104 under a new, lucrative four-year contract extension that will further expand the DeDe in the Morning brand on multiple platforms, including national syndication in 2018. Cook commented, “DeDe and her team have carefully developed a funny, entertaining, pop-culture show with cutting-edge content and breakthrough benchmarks, like the Mad Minute Prank Call, that makes a real and emotional impact on listeners, fans and followers. DeDe’s passion for people, along with her unique and fun, social-first, “fempowerment” approach to content creation, has led to her morning show outperforming its rivals. The new King of Morning Radio is actually a phenomenal woman named DeDe McGuire!” added Cook
McGuire says “I am truly grateful to SBC’s Owner Hymen Childs and Director of Operations George “Geo” Cook for their partnership, vision and belief in my dreams. I am also ecstatic to continue moving our company, culture, communities and industry forward. I can’t wait to wake up our loyal Dallas-Ft. Worth listeners - and soon, our new friends in other markets - from the SBC Content Factory, our new studios, in the Arlington Entertainment District. I am so blessed to do what I love doing while touching the lives of so many people with laughter every day!” DeDe McGuire DeDe in the Morning is hosted by DeDe McGuire with co-hosts Lady Jade and comedian Michael Shawn (shown right) and produced by Gary Saunders and George “Geo” Cook.
Rob Kruz Named PD For HOT 99.5 Wash. DC
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 29TH, 2017 –– iHeartMedia Washington, D.C. announced that Rob Kruz has been named Program Director for HOT 99.5, D.C. He will report to Jeff Kapugi, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia’s Washington, D.C. Region. “Rob Kruz was the best and natural choice to lead the team at HOT 99.5,” said Kapugi. “We are excited to have Kruz back in Washington.”
Kruz returns to the Washington, D.C. Region from WFLZ in Tampa, FL, where he most recently served as Program Director. He previously served in the Washington D.C. Region as Program Director and Afternoon Drive Host for WZFT in Baltimore, MD and prior to that, Night Host for WIHT in Washington, D.C. He began his career at WDRQ in Detroit, MI and is a graduate of the University of Michigan. “I’m honored and thrilled to be heading back to iHeartMedia D.C. to lead the incredibly talented team at HOT 99.5,” said Kruz. “I’m grateful this next step in my career is one that allows me to expand my relationship with The Kane Show, and return to HOT, a brand that personally means so much to me. It feels like coming home!”
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Bonneville Taps Mary Lea Wagner As GSM For Bay Area Combo; Connoisseur Promotes Cam Maxwell To Regional VP Billings
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 29TH, 2017 –– Bonneville International Corporation has hired Mary Lea Wagner as General Sales Manager for KOIT and KMVQ in San Francisco. Wagner had been General Sales Manager for KSWD-FM in Los Angeles. Her experience also includes management of the CBS Radio’s National Sales office in San Francisco as well as the Cox owned television stations’ National Rep Firm in both San Francisco and Los Angeles.
-- Connoisseur Media has promoted Cameron Maxwell to Regional VP/Billings, MT. He will continue to lead the company's six-station cluster in Billings, MT, as General Manager. Jeffrey D. Warshaw, CEO of Connoisseur Media, said, "Cam has been a key part of our success in Billings, handling the day-to-day operations. We are thrilled to promote him into this new role. As Regional Vice President, he will have the opportunity to pursue regional synergies that will enrich our current operation and benefit our company throughout the region."
PODCASTS: 'Good Company With Jake Owen' Launches On All- New Bobby Bones Podcast Network
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 29TH, 2017 –– Fans know Jake Owen from hit singles such as “Barefoot Blue Jean Night,” and “Beachin” as well as top albums like Startin’ With Me and Days of Gold. Now they can hear him on “Good Company with Jake Owen,” the new laidback podcast that’s launching with the official start of Bobby Bones’ Nashville Podcast Network.
“Good Company” is part of iHeartMedia’s nationally syndicated radio host Bobby Bones’ Nashville Podcast Network, which includes six other podcasts to give listeners an inside look at the lifestyle and pop culture in Nashville, Tennessee.
EVENT: Mix/Asheville Hosts Spend The Week Sleeping On Street To Collect Toys
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 29TH, 2017 –– You can add Tammy and Kipper (shown below), morning show hosts at Mix 96.5, among the numerous hosts, coast to coast who are braving the elements to bring joy to the less fortunate this holiday season. WLOS reports it has kicked off the 'Camping for Kids Toy Drive' and will work this week to collect donations from loyal listeners and local businesses for area kids who’ve had a challenging year. Tammy and Kipper came to work at 5 a.m. Monday morning, and will be at the job site 109 hours straight. They do get to sleep – but outside, in a tent, on the station’s front lawn at 1190 Patton Avenue in West Asheville (that's Kipper above peeking out of his tent during the day - and a look at nights on the lawn in the background)
“Some of these kids are in foster care. Others will spend the holidays in domestic violence shelters. We’ve worked with area teachers who’ve given us names of kids in their classes who are navigating difficult situations at home,” Tammy says. “The challenges we’ll face sleeping for a week on Patton Avenue are nothing compared to what these kids are coping with. “This is the tenth anniversary of Christmas Is For Kids,” says Tammy. We know Western North Carolina will come through to make it magical for these very special children.” Camping for Kids continues at Mix 96.5 through Friday, Dec. 1 at 5 pm.
[LISTEN] Chet Buchanan Breaks Mega News To Bruno Mars During Live Broadcast
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 29TH, 2017 –– Chet Buchanan, Host of 'The Chet Buchanan Show' Entercom Las Vegas was chatting with mega star Bruno Mars has he learns of the 2018 Grammy Nominations. Chet, along with Spence and Kayla had the privilege of revealing all 6 of his to him. LISTEN HERE
NBC Terminates Matt Lauer Over Sexual Misconduct Allegation
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[LISTEN] Craig Carton Returning To The Air Via Podcast Beginning December 4th
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 28TH, 2017 –– Former WFAN morning co-host, Craig Carton, says he'll be returning to the air via podcast on December 4th. The show called “Hello, My Name is Craig” went live at 10 a.m. with an eight-minute teaser reported The New York Post. This was the first time he's been heard on the air since his Sept. 6 arrest for an alleged role in a $5.6 million Ponzi scheme. “It feels good to be back,” Carton concludes in the audio, which is billed as “The return of the #1 rated local morning radio host in America.”
Carton resigned from his co-host slot on the “Boomer & Carton” show a week after his arrest for the concert-ticket plot, which he allegedly sought to pay off massive personal gambling debts. The 48-year-old, who has pleaded not guilty, signaled that a podcast is not where he wants to be, but laments, “lost it all on the morning of Sept. 6.-- I’m so thankful for all my family, friends and fans that have stuck with me and reached out, as well as to the podcast’s sponsor Adorama, as we start on this new journey,” Carton said in a release. “It feels great to be able to broadcast again and bring listeners stories of some amazing people who will talk about their journeys of determination, decisiveness, recovery, success and failure. I’ve missed doing it and am looking forward to bringing my perspective to the website everyday with some fresh content and the weekly podcast.” LISTEN HERE
James Howard Rises To VP/Programming For iHeart Wash. D.C.
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 28TH, 2017 –– iHeartMedia has named James Howard as its Vice President of Programming for Washington, D.C.. In addition to a number of iconic brands and franchises including HOT 99.5, 97.1 WASH-FM, DC101, 98.7 WMZQ, BIG 100 and 104.7 and events including the iHeartRadio HOT 99.5 Jingle Ball, WMZQ Fest and DC101’s Kerfuffle, Howard will also serve as the Program Director for DC101 and BIG100. He will report to Jeff Kapugi, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia’s Washington, D.C. Region.
“James has been a rock star for years,” said Kapugi. “Now he gets to be an AC star, a Country star and a Top 40 star. This is a well-deserved promotion for one of the most creative programmers I’ve had the opportunity to work with.” Howard began his radio career with iHeartMedia in 2001 and since then has held programming positions in Orlando, Albany, Atlanta and Tampa. Howard joined the Washington, D.C./Baltimore market in 2010 and most recently programmed WWDC and WBIG.“
ON-AIR: KISS 104.1 Atlanta Announces New Lineup Changes
Art Terrell & Roy Wood Jr. Replace Tom Joyner In Mornings
Beginning Nov. 27, 2017 ATLANTA, GA – Cox Media Group (CMG) Atlanta’s KISS 104.1 (WALR-FM ) announced programming changes at KISS 104.1 “The changes we’re making represent a new day dawning in Atlanta R&B music,” said CMG Atlanta VP of Programming Tony Kidd. “This new programming line-up reflects what Atlanta’s African-American listeners want most from their favorite R&B station.” Kidd says that the programming changes, which begin Nov. 27, include the launch of The “Morning Groove” with Art Terrell and Roy Wood Jr. with news and information from Condace Pressley.
In addition, the show will include commentary, opinions and humor from Clark Howard, Corey “Zooman” Miller, Aaron Paxton Arnold and more. Sasha the Diva takes over the afternoon drive replacing syndicated host Michael Baisden.
NETWORKS: WWO Announces Strategic Changes To National Sales Leadership Team
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 28TH, 2017 –– Westwood One has announced strategic changes to its leadership and structure of the national sales team. Effective immediately, Bryan Forbes (TL) is appointed President, Sales at Westwood One and reporting to Westwood One President Suzanne Grimes. Bryan joins Westwood One from the Katz Radio Group, where he most recently served as SVP and General Manager of Westwood One National Sales. Bryan replaces Steve Shaw, who is retiring to pursue his life passions in Vermont. Mark Wildman is tapped to launch the Audio Active Group, a newly established, dedicated business development team responsible for creating integrated, brand-focused solutions that leverage the vast portfolio of assets across the company’s 446 radio stations and network platforms.
Pierre Bouvard (BL) will continue in his role as Chief Insights Officer at Cumulus|Westwood One. Also joining is Ari Molovinsky (BR) joins Westwood One as VP Strategic Planning & Analysis, responsible for supporting the leadership team with revenue-focused and general management initiatives. Ari brings experience from SiriusXM Radio, where he held roles in subscriber acquisition, retail promotions and operations, and streaming services and products. In addition, he has held strategy and operations roles at Viacom, Bristol Myers, and Interpublic Group. Suzanne Grimes commented, “and I am thrilled to welcome both Bryan and Ari to the team. With these new hires, as well as the exciting launch of the Audio Active Group and expansion of our actionable data and thought-leadership platform, Westwood One is poised to deliver significant growth as we continue to champion radio as the #1 mass reach medium that delivers exceptional results.“
Fergie To Host Competition Series 'The Four: Battle For Stardom'
As part of the grand prize, the winner will be named an iHeartRadio “On The Verge” artist.
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 28TH, 2017 –– Multi-Platinum solo artist Fergie will serve as host of FOX’s new singing competition series, THE FOUR: BATTLE FOR STARDOM. The six-episode event premieres Thursday, Jan. 4 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. “Fergie is a genuine superstar,” said Rob Wade, President, Alternative Programming and Specials, Fox Broadcasting Company. “She’s fierce, she’s a force in her own right and she knows exactly what these singers are going through. So who better than her to help guide them as they fight their way to the finish.”
As previously announced, Grammy® Award-winning musician, record producer and songwriter Sean “Diddy” Combs, record-producing hit-maker DJ Khaled, Grammy-winning recording artist and songwriter Meghan Trainor and record label executive Charlie Walk will serve as the show’s panel of experts.
As part of the grand prize, the winner will be named an iHeartRadio “On The Verge” artist. iHeartRadio’s On The Verge program provides artists with unparalleled national reach through on-air radio exposure, as well as digital and social support across iHeartMedia’s powerful range of music and entertainment platforms. FOX also has teamed up with iHeartMedia to support auditions, assist in the search for talent and boost the careers of artists throughout the run of the competition.
EVENTS: John DeBella's Turkey Drop Collects Over 12,800 Turkeys & More
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 28TH, 2017 –– 102.9 WMGK-FM’s 2017 John DeBella Turkey Drop collected more than 12,800 turkeys and donations to benefit needy families and individuals across Philadelphia during the holiday season. The annual event is the largest one day food gathering event of the year. The 2017 total from this year’s event far exceeds the amount collected from previous collections. On Tuesday, November 21, John DeBella aired live from outside of The Kimmel Center (300 South Broad Street, Philadelphia). In addition, the remainder of the WMGK-FM on-air staff could be found lending a helping hand at nine other collection sites located throughout the area.
Proceeds from the DeBella Turkey Drop benefited Cityteam Philadelphia, a non-profit organization which provides food and services year round to less fortunate individuals, families, shelters and agencies in the local community. The organization has seen a record number of sign-ups for holiday meal assistance this year, ranging from ‘working poor’ families and people injured on the job to women who have left abusive relationships and families who are taking in relatives who lost their homes in one of recent hurricanes. Parx Casino’s truck (shown) delivered $10,000 worth of turkeys and Giant Food Stores donated $10,000 as well.
Bud and Broadway To Host “Bikes, Balls & Barbies” Children's Toy Drive
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 28TH, 2017 –– Bud and Broadway are helping those who need it MOST this holiday season - the kids – with the benefit toy drive Bud and Broadway’s “Bikes, Balls, and Barbies” collecting 10,000 Toys for Girls & Boys. Proudly supported by Vinson Mortgage Group, this special toy drive event will take place at West County Mall from 5:00 am on Friday, December 1st through December 2nd at 6:00 pm.
Bud and Broadway will be at West County Mall BOTH days, broadcasting their show LIVE from West County Mall on Friday, December 1st from 5:00 to 9:00 am and then again on Saturday, December 2nd from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. New Country 92.3 will also have their station’s on-air Home Team out and about at several Walmart locations around the St. Louis area. After all of the weekend’s collection efforts, all toy donations will then be delivered to The Salvation Army by Two Men and a Truck.
60th Annual Grammy Nominations Announced
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MIKE GOLIC: 'Angered & Disappointed' On Being Told Of Mike & Mike Breakup
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 27TH, 2017 –– For nearly 18 years Mike Golic Jr. And Mike Greenberg co-hosted one ESPN's top rated shows and beginning today, Trey Wingo (R) will take Greenberg's radio seat as the former co-host heads to TV in a show that's set to begin in April. Now that the dust has somewhat settled, Golic expressed 'Anger and Disappointment' in an interview with the Coloradoan on how he learned of their breakup. "I had no clue. Zero," he said. "When I went into see the bosses, I thought it was to talk about the next deal since our contracts were ending. We had talked the previous year about moving the show to New York and I thought maybe it was about that. Instead, they told me the show was going to end and that Greenie was going to do a show in New York and I was going to do a show with my son."
When asked how he responded, Golic said 'It was like why are you ending the show? They said we wanted to be in New York. That's not my pay grade to understand but I couldn't understand a show in New York when our show was national. When I told them I thought it was a huge mistake and didn't understand why they were taking something so successful and breaking it up, their thought was both shows would be successful. I almost feel liking you are splitting face cards at a blackjack table. You have a winning hand, why are you risking that?" READ FULL INTERVIEW HERE
Lance Zierlein & John Granato Reunite On Gow Media's ESPN 97.5 Houston
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 27TH, 2017 –– Lance Zierlein and John Granato, whose top-rated morning show led Houston’s sports talk radio market for years, will once again share a broadcast studio starting today, November 27, 2017. The talented duo will cover morning drive on ESPN 97.5 FM from 7:00 to 9:30 AM each weekday. “Reuniting John and Lance is a homerun”, said David Gow, CEO of Gow Media. “For years, people have asked me when those two could do a show again, and now the stars have aligned.” Recognized by the Houston Press for Best Radio Show and as Best Radio Host, and a longtime analyst for NFL.com, Zierlein began his career at rival KILT-AM, before joining Granato for the launch of Gow Media’s 1560 AM in 2007. Zierlein left his most recent post at KBME-AM in June of this year, and has been counting the days until his sanctioned return to terrestrial airwaves.
"I'm really excited about getting back together with John Granato and being part of what David Gow is building with 97.5, Sports Map and Culture Map, “says Zierlein. “John and I had the most talked-about show in Houston because of our chemistry and the fun we had on the air -- It's time to bring that back in the mornings." John Granato, who was been a key player in the growth of Gow Media’s sports properties, enjoyed a successful ten-year run with Zierlein at KILT-AM, where the two shared morning show duties. Earlier this year, Gow lured Houston broadcast veteran Charlie Pallilo to the Gow Media family. Pallilo now hosts a weekday show on SportsMap 94.1 FM, following a signal switch from 1560 AM.
PROGRAMMING: Ty Bailey Named Asst. PD For 98.7 WMZQ Wash. D.C.
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 27TH, 2017 –– iHeartMedia announced today that Ty Bailey has been named Assistant Program Director for 98.7 WMZQ in Washington, D.C., effective November 27, 2017. As Assistant Program Director, Bailey will assist in overseeing the station’s on-air and music programming. She will report to Jeff Kapugi, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia’s Washington, D.C. Region. “I’m very excited to bring Ty Bailey back to Washington,” said Kapugi. “She’s a proven programming leader and will fit right in at 98.7 WMZQ.”
Ty Bailey returns to the Washington, D.C. Region from WXTB in Tampa, FL, where she most recently served as the Program Director and Morning Show Host. She previously served in the Washington D.C. Region as the Midday host for WWDC and prior to that, Assistant Program Director for WCHH in Baltimore, MD. She began her career at WZNE in Rochester, NY. “Being given an opportunity to work alongside Jeff Kapugi and a list of superstar artists such as Garth, Brad, Carrie and others is a dream,” said Bailey. “I could not be more thrilled to return to iHeartMedia DC and help WMZQ conquer our nation's capital!”
Longtime News Director Peter Casey Exits WBZ 1030 Boston
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 27TH, 2017 –– Following the recent ownership change of WBZ 1030 Boston, longtime News Director Peter Casey announced he would be leaving his post which he held for the last 24-years. iHeartMedia assumed ownership of WBZ 1030 following the merger of Entercom and CBS Radio. According to The Boston Globe, In a note to the staff last Wednesday,Casey cited many of the great WBZ personalities he’d been privileged to work with, naming Dave Maynard, Gary LaPierre, Diane Stern, Anthony Silva, David Brudnoy, Paul Sullivan, and Dan Rea.
“The city has changed. The people have changed. What has never changed is the connection New Englanders have to this blowtorch of a radio station that pumps it out across the six states and beyond,” Casey wrote. “From the three towers on that sleepy little street in Hull to this address where Hall of Famers spend their days cranking out news all day every day. The audience knows that you care about them. They know because when the city is sheltering in place, you do, too. I will cherish the memories of this place, of all of you and those that came before you,” he wrote. “I will keep those memories with me. I will keep them a part of me even as I walk out the door today on my very last day at WBZ NewsRadio 1030.” Reached on his cell, Casey only nice things to say about the station’s new bosses. “The [iHeart] have been terrific with me — respectful and impressive,” said Casey.
ON-AIR: 93.9 MIA Adds Lulu And Lala For Nights
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 27TH, 2017 –– 93.9 MIA, Rhythm from the 80’s to Now, announced that Lulu & Lala have been named on air evening show hosts effective Monday, December 4. While keeping their WKTU and Southwest Florida’s New Y100.1 evening host positions, Lulu & Lala will add Monday through Friday 7pm-midnight on 93.9 MIA.
Prior to joining the iHeartMedia family in 2016, Lulu & Lala spent two years in South Florida hosting the afternoon show on WFLC. With over 10 years in the radio business, the dynamic duo are gifted hosts and have carried their loyal following of fans everywhere they go. “Whoo hoo! Miami here we come! We told you we'd be back!” said Lulu & Lala. “We are super excited to bring double the fun in South Florida! Thank you Rob Miller, Alex Tear and Brian Olson for believing in us! We are so grateful #twinning #hustlers!”
Fred Jacobs Takes A Look At 'Alternative Facts' Connected With New Flips To ALT
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 27TH, 2017 –– Jacobs Media's Fred Jacobs blogs that as we start the stretch run of 2017, there are many questions revolving around the radio industry. But the one that continued to resonate last week involved the slew of Alternative stations that debuted in the last month. It started in Madison of all places when Midwest Family launched The Resistance. Then Entercom closed its deal with CBS Radio, and in rapid fire action, launched Alt stations in New York City and Dallas. And just days later, iHeart flipped its Detroit Variety Hits stations to Alternative as well. Four new Alternative stations in just a few weeks. To address those nagging questions, Jacobs went to some major voices in the Alt space – programmers, managers, pundits, DJs, label execs, and even a guru or two – to get the inside scoop on whether we can expect even more Alternative startups . So what are the “Alternative Facts?” Jacobs asked. Among those commenting, Trip Reeb – VP/Market Manager, Hubbard Radio/Phoenix explained: "First and foremost, the format did not exist in any of the markets where a change has occurred. You would think a college town like Madison would be receptive to an Alternative station. He added "The radio landscape is crowded everywhere. A few big crossover records elevated Alternative’s reach this summer. These are as good a shot as any."
Jacobs concludes: The true facts behind why things happen in radio are only known to those making the decisions and actually pulling the levers, whether they’re in Madison or Manhattan. But one thing’s for sure – there’s are lots of people in the industry hoping or a movement that will Make Alternative Great Again. And that’s a fact. READ BLOG HERE
NETWORKS: Westwood One News Announces Major Market Renewals
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 27TH, 2017 –– Westwood One News has signed renewals from top stations WINS-AM/New York, KYW-AM/Philadelphia, WBZ-AM/Boston, and WWJ-AM/Detroit. The news network is also expanding its reach across America with more than 70 new stations coming on board, including KKOB-AM/Albuquerque, WWJB-AM/Tampa, KMJ-AM/FM Fresno, KOKC-AM/Oklahoma City, and WECK-AM/Buffalo. Westwood One News’ comprehensive and dependable coverage can be branded locally and is now airing on 830 stations nationwide, also including KABC-AM/Los Angeles, WBAP-AM/Dallas, KUFO-AM/Portland, WLS-AM/Chicago, and KFYI-AM/Phoenix.
“Westwood One News is on the map as a leading network news provider that constantly innovates,” said Suzanne Grimes, EVP Corporate Marketing, Cumulus Media and President of Westwood One. “Our award-winning news team delivers timely, precise, and trustworthy coverage of breaking stories as they unfold. This year alone, Westwood One News covered everything from the Trump administration to the country’s reckoning with sexual harassment, with thousands of custom reports for our affiliate partners who enjoy best-in-class content, seamless operations, and the flexibility to locally brand our news content. The feedback is overwhelmingly positive.” Joining top journalists such as Bob Costantini, Steve Katenbaum (shown right) is recent addition, Clayton Neville as Texas and the Southeast correspondent. Neville comes to Westwood One News from the acclaimed news departments at WBAP and KLIF radio in Dallas.
Semi-Finalists Announced In MORE-FM/Philly's 9th Annual Christmas Choir Competition
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 27TH, 2017 –– 101.1 MORE-FM, WBEB-FM Philadelphia announced the nine (9) semi-finalists in this year’s K-8 grade division of the 9th Annual Christmas Choir Competition. The 101.1 MORE-FM Christmas Choir Competition targets area schools to find the best school music group or choir in the Philadelphia eight-county area. The contest features two divisions – Kindergarten through 8th grade and 9th through 12th grade. Nine semi-finalists are chosen for each division from submissions collected during the entry period. Entries were submitted on the 101.1 More FM website at www.MoreFMPhilly.com from October 9 – November 17, 2017.
MORE-FM’s Jenn Ryan and Bill Tafrow play three semi-finalists’ songs each day (Mon-Wed) on the 101.1 MORE-FM Morning Show. Listeners, parents, students and school communities then vote on the 101.1 MORE-FM website at MoreFMPhilly.com for the choir they like the best. The choir winners from Monday – Wednesday voting then move on to the finals on Thursday for a final voting day. Winners are announced on Friday morning during the 101.1 MORE-FM Morning Show.
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EXECUTIVE ACTION: CMG Announces New Leadership Moves In 7 Markets
THE MOUTH, NOVBEMBER 22ND, 2017 –– Cox Media Group (CMG) has named veteran broadcast leaders to take on senior leadership roles in seven CMG markets. Boston: With Tom Raponi's upcoming retirement, Joe Pomilla (TL) will lead CMG Boston as VP/General Manager for WFXT-TV, reporting to Regional VP Ray Carter. Charlotte: Cedric Thomas (2nd from left) has been promoted to CMG Charlotte’s new VP/General Manager for WSOC and WAXN TV stations, reporting to Regional VP Ray Carter. Most recently, Thomas was Director of Sales for CMG Pittsburgh. Thomas joined WPXI from WEWS-TV in Cleveland where he was Director of Sales. Memphis: Susan Connor (3rd from left) has been promoted to VP/General Manager of CMG Memphis for WHBQ-TV, reporting to Regional VP Ray Carter. Connor previously was the Creative Services Director at KIRO-TV in Seattle. Jason Meder (C) has been promoted to General Manager of CMG Orlando, where he will report to Market VP Paul Curran. Meder comes to Orlando from CMG Tampa Radio, where he has spent the last 16 years, most recently as the Director of Sales.
In Pittsburgh, CMG welcomes Kevin Hayes (3rd from right) back to CMG. He will be CMG Pittsburgh’s new General Manager for WPXI-TV, reporting to Regional VP Ray Carter. From 2010 to 2013, Hayes was the VP/General Manager of WJAC-TV in Johnstown, Penn., a property previously owned by CMG. Most recently, he was General Manager for Sinclair's KFOX-TV and CBS4 in El Paso, Texas. Jacksonville: Market VP Dan Lawrie has promoted Bob Longo (2nd from right) to work with him on the market’s integration strategy as CMG Jacksonville’s new General Manager. Longo, whose broadcast career began in radio, has most recently been the News Director at Jacksonville’s WFOX and WJAX TV stations. Regional VP Rob Babin has promoted Ralph Renzi (top right) to General Manager of CMG Miami Radio. Renzi most recently was the Director of Sales for Miami Radio. Prior to joining CMG Miami, Ralph was a member of the sales management team at WTOP Bonneville/Hubbard Radio in Washington D.C.
“I am pleased that we have proven leadership talent at Cox Media Group to fill these critical positions,” said CMG President Kim Guthrie (L) “We have the best media professionals in the business. Our entire team of proven leaders will take CMG into the future and position us for continued growth and success.”
PROGRAMMING: Chris Tyler Named PD For 100.7 WZLX Boston
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 22ND, 2017 –– iHeartMedia Boston announced that Chris Tyler (L) has been named Program Director of 100.7 WZLX, Boston. Santoro will oversee all aspects of iHeartMedia Boston’s marketing and promotions department, working closely with the sales and programming teams to promote and market concerts, broadcast shows, on-air talent, local community events and partnerships on-air and online. “I am excited to bring Chris back to Boston to program WZLX,” said Dylan Sprague, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia’s Boston Region. “His knowledge and experience in the format, exceptional leadership and vision and maybe most importantly, his knowledge of Boston and its legendary radio brands, uniquely qualify him to lead this heritage station and its iconic personalities.”
Tyler most recently served as Program Director for iHeartMedia Cleveland at WMMS and KISS-FM. He began his radio career at WPRO-FM in Providence, RI. Tyler then spent time with JAM’N and KISS 108 in Boston, followed Program Director of WHJY and as Senior Vice President of Programming position in Providence. “I can’t think of a better way to commemorate my 20th year with iHeartMedia than by returning home to program the legendary WZLX!,” said Tyler.
ON-AIR: Francesca Presti Named New Co-Host For 93.1 WPOC’s 'The Laurie DeYoung Morning Show;' Mike McGinn Takes PM-Drive On Magic 98.3 New Jersey
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 22ND, 2017 –– iHeartMedia Baltimore announced that Francesca Presti has been named the new co-host for “Laurie DeYoung Morning Show” on 93.1 WPOC. Presti will join current hosts Laurie DeYoung and Jeff St. Pierre. “Francesca Presti is a force,” said DeYoung. “Fierce Francesca is what comes to mind when I think of her enthusiasm and unique take on life. Baltimore will never be the same.” Presti joins “The Laurie DeYoung Morning Show” from WBMX-FM in Boston. During her five year tenure on the station’s “Karson & Kennedy Morning Show,” she served as Traffic Reporter and Associate Producer.
Beasley has named Mike McGinn as its new Afternoon Drive host (3pm-7pm) on MAGIC 98.3 in New Jersey. The radio veteran was most recently heard doing weekends on 92.3 AMP Radio in New York. “I am really excited to have Mike on the air and make MAGIC 98.3 his home,” said station Program Director Debbie Mazella. “He’s got the energy we are looking for in afternoon drive. Take a listen and you will hear what I mean!” “This has been a crazy journey and I am only getting started,” said McGinn. “I’m ready to begin the next chapter of my career with my new family at Magic 98.3.” The Brooklyn, New York native currently resides in Staten Island.
Mark Levin Lands Weekly Show On Fox
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 22ND, 2017 –– Fox News announced that Westwood One syndicated talk host Mark Levin will join the network with a weekly, weekend primetime show titled, “Life, Liberty & Levin.” Fox News President of Programming Suzanne Scott said. Levin’s hour-long show will air on Sunday nights at 10 p.m. ET and is scheduled to debut in February. “Life, Liberty & Levin” will feature in-depth interviews and debate-style segments with consequential guests covering history, philosophy, and economics. “I am honored to join Fox News, a network I have enjoyed appearing on as a guest for quite some time. As a proud citizen of the United States, I am delighted to share the significance of American values with such a wide audience and look forward to engaging with important guests about crucial topics,” Levin said.
Levin hosts the third largest nationally syndicated radio program in America, “The Mark Levin Show,” which airs on over 300 stations across the country and satellite radio, and is heard by millions of listeners every week, He also hosts “LevinTV,” an online television program broadcast on CRTV. Levin is also seven-time New York Times bestselling author.
FORMATICS: iHM Detroit Debuts The New ALT 106.7
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 22ND, 2017 –– iHeartMedia Detroit announced the debut of the new ALT 106.7, Detroit’s New Alternative station, effective immediately.
“The city of Detroit is going through a renaissance now – a big comeback,” says Tony Travatto, iHeartMedia Senior Vice President of Programming. “This station will be a cool new piece in the renaissance. ALT 106.7 will be the go-to destination for listeners to find the best in alternative music. We’re committed to helping listeners discover new music and serving as an ambassador for up-and-coming local bands.”
BUSINESS: Cumulus Moves To OTC Stock Trading
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 22ND, 2017 –– Cumulus Media says "per our prior communications, we’ve been approved to trade on the OTC market under the same ticker – CMLS. Our stock will move from NASDAQ to the OTC market effective today (Nov. 22) at market open – other than being on a different exchange, (the latest news of delisting) has absolutely no impact on our business."
The announcement comes after Cumulus Media received a notification from NASDAQ indicating that, as a result of the company's non-compliance with NASDAQ listing rules, shares of its Class A common stock will be delisted beginning today.
NETWORKS: Shelby Wood Wasicki Joins SBG As National Account Manager
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 22NDS, 2017 –– Sun Broadcast Group has announced today that Shelby Wood Wasicki has joined the company as National Account Manager. In her role with Sun, Shelby 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.
“We are honored to have Shelby join our ad sales team. Shelby brings a wealth of experience and strong relationships in the advertising world. Her proven revenue generating track record is impressive and her energy, enthusiasm and charismatic personality is a great fit with the Sun family!” said Julio Aponte, COO, Sun Broadcast Group. With over 17 years of industry sales experience, Shelby spent the bulk of her career at Emmis Communications in role of Senior Account Manager. Shelby adds, “I am excited to start a new chapter with Sun Broadcast Group! I look forward to working with the team to continue to execute innovative, relevant and engaging campaigns for brand partners!” She can be reached at 212-380-9306 or by email at Swasicki@sunbgi.com.
[WATCH] Kyle & Jackie O Same-Sex Wedding Giveaway In Sydney Australia
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 22ND, 2017 –– In A National Survey, 61.6% of Australians voted in favour legalising same-sex marriage. To celebrate, Kyle Sandilands and Jackie O Henderson on KIIS FM gave away free weddings to 12 same-sex couples who got on air. One couple rang and proposed live on air. The weddings were valued at over $16,500, ($13.000 US)and included a celebrant, rings and venue. Read more and watch the video HERE
BBC Radio 2 Raised Oved £7.5million ($10 million US) for Children in Need In A Week - In the UK, Radio 2 raised £7,697,361 ($10,000000) in aid of this year’s BBC Children in Need Charity drive, with a series of live auctions, text-in competitions and fundraising events. During the Radio 2 Breakfast Show from Monday to Thursday, Chris Evans auctioned twelve packages including tickets to the Ultimate Christmas Party with Rick Astley, Dine and Disco with Take That, tickets to a special show by comedian Peter Kay and a Super Cher VIP Package that offered the top two bidders the opportunity to meet Cher at her show in Las Vegas. Last year BBC Radio 2 raised a total of £5,813,784 ($7million) for BBC Children In Need.
Iain Lee In TV In The UK - talkRADIO presenter Iain Lee has joined the itv show I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! He joins current contestants boxer Amir Khan, Boris Johnson’s father Stanley Johnson, Coronation Street actress Jennie McAlpine, former Hollyoaks actor Jamie Lomas, Saturdays singer Vanessa White, comedienne Shappi Khorsandi, Made In Chelsea regular Georgia ‘Toff ‘ Toffolo, YouTuber Jack Maynard, WAG Rebekah Vardy and ex-England footballer (soccer) Dennis Wise. Iain joins a long list of radio presenters who have previously taken part in the show.
Sarah McInerney Is Leaving Newstalk In Ireland - Sarah is leaving her Newstalk programme, Between The Lines, and will present her last show on Saturday December 23rd. She’s the Sunday Times political correspondent and moved from Drive to weekends just a few months ago as Ivan Yates took over Drivetime. Just a few days ago, Sarah’s former co-host Chris Donoghue decided he was leaving Newstalk after 14 years. He’s joining the Government as special advisor to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney.
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THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 22ND, 2017 –– There's simply not enough room to share the countless number of ways our industry is GIVING to those in need during this year's Thanksgiving season. Before the holiday break, here a just few more: Top left is the Benztown Brigade volunteering In Los Angeles at the E.J. Jackson Foundation Turkey Giveaway, which feeds over 10,000 hungry Angelenos in need every Thanksgiving. The 35-year annual charitable event served long lines of people, stretching for blocks in South L.A., as they waited patiently to receive a turkey with all the trimmings, donated by the E.J. Jackson Foundation. Benztown's L.A. employees and their friends and families have joined them in this community service effort for the past six years. HOWN (Left to Right): Nadine Ellman, Director of International Sales, Benztown Bill Garretson (friend of Benztown) Jack Shirvanian (friend of Benztown) Sydney Burgoyne, Marketing Assistant, Benztown Masa Patterson, VP, Sales & Operations, Benztown Carrera Shirvanian (friend of Benztown) Scott "Justin Case” Mayton, Director of Programming & Imaging, Benztown Lynn Jackson, daughter of E.J. Jackson Hayden Shirvanian (friend of Benztown) Dave “Chachi” Denes, President, Benztown Kat Jackson, daughter of E.J. Jackson Bonnie Nordling, Business Manager, Benztown Chris Johansing, Director of Marketing
--Alpha Media, Louisville, KY hosted a two-day radiothon in support of Norton Children’s Hospital on November 16th and 17th. Louisville stations; WXMA, WDJX, WGZB, WMJM, and WGHL, raised $131,586. Children’s Hospitals Home and BMW raffle, and Snow Ball, the community has pledged nearly $1 million to the hospital over the past week.
iHeartMedia San Antonio recently partnered with local car dealership Toyota of Boerne and Walmart for the seventh annual Turkeys for Troops drive. iHeartMedia employees and volunteers handed out turkeys donated by Walmart to over 7000 local military personnel and their families (middle photo) just in time for Thanksgiving. In addition, on-air personalities from iHeartMedia San Antonio stations including K97, News Radio 1200 WOAI, Q101.9 and 96.1 NOW broadcasted live from the dealership encouraging military families to come and pick up a turkey.
--101 Free Turkeys were given away during a live broadcast with Orlando's 101.1 WJRR and Elixir Bar Room & Hash House. 101.1 WJRR and Elixir Bar Room & Hash House staff distributed 101 Thanksgiving turkeys to families from the Central Florida area.
-- Cumulus 104.3 WZYP Huntsville, AL just wrapped up our annual 5 day drive to collect bikes for local area children through the U.S. Marines Toys For Tots program. “WZYP’s 15th Annual Bikes Or Bust” kicked off Thursday as morning show host Mojo went up to live 40 feet in the air on a scissor lift (L) for 104 hours in a local Ashley Furniture store. He did not touch the ground until 6pm on Monday evening. Our final bike total was 1,524 bikes! They actually had a couple that got married on the ground amongst all of the bikes. They reached out the day before and asked if they could get married at our event and we said yes. That was a first. This was also the first year in a while that Mojo did not get sick or start losing his voice by the last day.
David Cassidy Passes Away At 67; Stars React
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STUDY: 'Jingle Bell Rock' Tops America's Best Testing Christmas Favorites
7 of the Top 10 songs were released between 1945 and 1963
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 21ST, 2017 –– P1 Media Group wanted to know how Americans would rate the 40 most-played Christmas songs from the 2016 Holiday Season. Six decades after its release, “Jingle Bell Rock” by Bobby Helms was America’s Top Testing Christmas Songs for 2017. Some of the highlights: • The timeless Holiday Classic’s rule. 7 of the Top 10 Christmas songs were released between 1945 and 1963. • Christmas music is equally appealing among Men and Women and across Adults 25-54. • Top 40 and Country listeners have the most interest in listening to an all Christmas music station. We also found Men that listen to Rock and Alternative formats have a strong interest in Christmas music. • The newest song tested was Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s – Christmas Cannon from 2002, which ranked #34. TSO’s - Christmas Eve Sarajevo from 1996 was the newest song to finish in the Top 10. • Two versions of Jingle Bell Rock, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Sleighride landed in the Top 15.
P1 Media Group conducted the survey the weekend of November 17-19th, 2017. They sampled 25-54-year-old radio listeners in the Top 50 US Radio Markets that reported listening either “Frequently” or “Sometimes” to Christmas Music on a local radio station during the holiday season. The 40 songs tested were the most played Christmas Songs from 2016 according to Mediabase monitored airplay. The full results are available at p1mediagroup.com/Christmas - and just in case you need yet another infusion of Jingle Bell Rock, LISTEN HERE
REPORT: President Trump's Weekly Radio Address On 'Indefinite Hiatus'
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 21ST, 2017 –– The White House confirmed that President Trump's weekly presidential radio address is on indefinite hiatus, reports voanews.com. "We received quite a few comments and a lot of feedback that the weekly address wasn’t being used to its full potential," White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in response to a VOA question during Monday’s daily briefing. "We're looking at different ways that we can revamp that and make it where it’s more beneficial and gets more information out," added Sanders, who declined to elaborate on whether the radio tradition is fading out permanently. Trump's last recording The last time the White House released a weekly radio recording made by President Donald Trump was on Oct. 13.
"In our increasingly fast-paced news cycle in which a president can make and shape news with a few flicks of his fingers via Twitter, you can argue that the president’s weekly radio address is less relevant and timely," according to presidential historian Mike Purdy. President Roosevelt began with the "fireside chats" of President Franklin Roosevelt during the depth of economic depression in 1933. Roosevelt had begun using radio to reach the public as governor of New York state at a time when radio broadcasting was a technological revolution.
There's apparently little interest from radio, as well. VOA contacted numerous information-oriented radio stations across the country, in large and small markets, but found few still airing the Saturday brief presidential speeches. "We haven't received any reaction about the missing addresses. Not by phone or email. That is in some contrast to feedback from listeners in prior years who feared we might not choose to carry the new president's remarks, especially when there was a change in parties," said Steve Butler, the longtime program director at KYW in Philadelphia. READ STORY HERE
Bell Media Confirms Layoffs Of Prominent Radio & TV Hosts Across Canada
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 21ST, 2017 –– Bell Media is laying off employees at ITS radio and TV stations across Canada, but won't say how many reports business.financialpost.com. Reportedly, sportscasters Joe Tilley and Lance Brown, along with on-air personalities such as BNN host Michael Kane are among those affected. In an email sent Monday, Bell Media spokesman Matthew Garrow confirmed a union report that a number of employees were told last week their jobs would end due to a reorganization designed in part to address declines in advertising revenue.
“Like other Canadian broadcasters, we are confronting rapid change in the media marketplace including new broadcast technologies and viewing options and fast-growing international competition,” he said. “As the media marketplace evolves, local radio and TV stations are facing significant declines in advertising, their only source of revenue. We need to reorganize and reduce costs to manage the impact.” Bell Media is a division of BCE Inc., Canada’s largest telecommunications company. It owns 30 local television stations and 105 licensed radio stations. Many media companies across Canada have been cutting staff to deal with increasing competition in advertising markets. Early this year, Rogers Media moved to trim its workforce by four per cent or 200 jobs, in a bid to improve efficiency.
MOVES: Jessica Tyler Joins Cumulus' NASH/WDRQ-FM Detroit As APD/MD And Midday Host; Tamo Sein Takes Same Posts At 106.5 The End Charlotte, NC
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 21ST, 2017 –– Cumulus Media has appointed Jessica Tyler (TL) as Assistant Program Director/Music Director for NASH FM 93.1/WDRQ-FM in Detroit. Tyler will also be On-Air Host of the 10am-2pm show weekdays on the station starting December 15th. Tyler joins Cumulus Media-Detroit from Q103.1/WQNU in Louisville, KY, where she served as Assistant Program Director and Morning Co-Host for the past five years. Prior to that, she held programming positions at WCTK/Providence, RI; WRNX Springfield, MA; and WPLR/New Haven, CT.Tyler said: “I'm excited for the opportunity to come to Detroit and work for a legendary station like WDRQ and continue the great tradition of country music in the Motor City! Thank you so much to Mike McVay, Charlie Cook, Mike Wheeler and Robby Bridges for this opportunity.”
--iHeartMedia Charlotte announced that Tamo Sein has been named Assistant Program Director, Music Director and Midday Host for 106.5 The END, Charlotte. " It’s Tamo Time in the Queen City!” said Meg Stevens, Executive Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia’s Northeast Division. “She is a welcome addition to the Queen City.” Sein joins iHeartMedia Charlotte from Richmond, Virginia, where she most recently served as the Music Director and Afternoon Drive Host for iHeartMedia’s XL102, Richmond’s Alternative Rock. “I'm thrilled to join the talented programming team at iHeartMedia Charlotte,” said Sein. “To be a part of one of the fastest growing in-demand markets in the country is both a challenge and an opportunity that I am proud to accept!”
EVENT: Entercom Announces 'Count On Country' Special For Las Vegas Victims
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 21ST, 2017 –– Entercom announced a special philanthropic, commercial-free programming feature, “Count on Country,” that will be broadcast on Giving Tuesday, November 28 at 12 noon in local time zones. The syndicated one-hour on-air program will feature exclusive content from country music’s biggest stars, hosted by Big & Rich. With a focus on stories from Las Vegas’ heroic first responders to messages of hope from the Mayor of Las Vegas, Carolyn Goodman and many of the artists that performed at Route 91 Harvest Festival.
Entercom’s #CountOnCountry program this #GivingTuesday aims to continue the healing process for listeners. Within the commercial-free programming block and digital exclusives, artists will encourage donations to the Las Vegas Victims' Fund. “Country music fans are some of the greatest people in the world. They’re the ones you count on in the toughest of times,” said Big & Rich. “We are truly thankful to be your hosts for ‘Count On Country,’ and playing an integral role in bringing our community together to give back. “When the unthinkable happens, people come together. We come together to heal, to grow, to cry, to remember, and most importantly, to help each other. It is in this spirit that we present ‘Count on Country,’ a remarkable collection of music, commentary and reflection surrounding the Route 91 Harvest Festival tragedy,” said Pat Paxton, Entercom’s President of Programming. “People put their fear to the side and were trying to help one another."
Greg & The Morning Buzz’s 27th Annual Lend A Helping Can Fundraiser Raises Over $162,000; B98.5 Atlanta Collects 4,800 Pounds Of Food For Families in Need
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 21ST, 2017 –– iHeartMedia Portsmouth’s Greg & The Morning Buzz raised over $ 162,000 during its 27h annual Lend A Helping Can fundraiser. The funds raised from the radiothon and online auction will benefit 11 New Hampshire organizations that combat local hunger. The two-day radiothon, held on November 16 and 17, aired from 5:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. During the radiothon broadcast, Greg & The Morning Buzz welcomed host of Dancing With the Stars Tom Bergeron and comedian Larry the Cable Guy to show their support for Lend a Helping Can. “The word “thankful” can’t even begin to express how I feel about our audience,” said Greg Kretschmar, lead host of Greg & The Morning Buzz. Every year we ask them to help, and every year they answer the call. Knowing that together, the money we raised will feed hundreds of thousands of meals to folks in need- is very humbling. We’re eternally grateful to our incredible listeners…hire residents.
--On Thursday, Nov . 16, B98.5 partnered with Publix to collect food needed to supply Thanksgiving meals for Atlanta Community Food Bank. Tad, Drex and Kara of Tad & Drex Mornings, broke out of the morning routine, pulling a 2nd on - air shift to broadcast live from Publix in Alpharetta. Over the course of five hours, B98.5 listeners donated 4,800 pounds of food for Atlanta Community Food Bank, which includes 2,792 pounds of turkey, 1,522 pounds of canned goods, and 486 pounds of produce. Chris Eagan , Director of Branding and Programming, said , "Our listeners are great! When we ask them to give, they always come through and help worthy causes like the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Giving back to the communities we serve is exactly what local radio does best."
[WATCH] Entercom Team Rings The Closing Bell At New York Stock Exchange
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 21ST, 2017 –– To say it's been a big week for Entercom Communications following its transformational merger with CBS Radio would be an understatement. Adding to celebration was yesterday's ringing of the closing bell on Wall Street.
PHOTO: Front row L-R: Andrew Sutter, Joseph Field, David Field, Weezie Kramer, and at far right, Pat Paxton. Back Row: L-R Ruth Gaviria, Chris Oliviero, JD Crowley, at center Mike Dee, Bob Philips and Richard Schmaeling. WATCH HERE ON LIVESTREAM
HONORS: CRB/CRS Announce 2018 Rusty Walker Scholarship Recipients
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 21ST, 2017 –– The Country Radio Broadcasters have named Jennifer Hays – “Jenn Parker (L)” (Music Director/On Air, KCTR/Billings, MT), Mark "Haystack" Wells (C) (Program Director/KCYT-FM/Fayetteville, AR), and Jamie Jackson (R)(Promotions Director/95.3 KRTY/San Jose) as recipients of the 2018 Rusty Walker Scholarship. Each individual will receive an all-expense paid trip and attendance to CRS 2018, to be held Feb. 5-7, 2018. The three scholars will be recognized during the CRS 2018 Opening Ceremonies.
The Rusty Walker Scholarship program is named in honor of Country Radio Hall of Fame member Rusty Walker, who passed away in May 2012 at the age of 59. To honor Walker’s belief in cultivating rising stars, CRS created the scholarship program in his name, enabling young members of the business who may not otherwise have the chance, to attend CRS. Country Radio Seminar will be held Monday, February 5 through Wednesday, February 7 at the luxurious Omni Nashville, in the heart of downtown Nashville. Register to attend CRS 2018 today by visiting www.CountryRadioSeminar.com or by calling the CRS offices at 615-327-4487. Registration is now available at the “Regular Rate” of $599.
WCSX/Detroit's Big Jim's House And Mayor Karnes Declare Bob Seger Day
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 21ST, 2017 –– In conjunction with the release of his new album, Big Jim's House and Mayor Tom Karnes were happy to announce yesterday as Bob Seger Day in Lincoln Park! Before moving to Ann Arbor, Seger lived in Lincoln Park and attended Lincoln Park High School, so it was only fitting to team up with the city of Lincoln Park to declare today September 17th, 2017, Bob Seger Day.
The Mayor stopped by the studio today to read the proclamation and make it official! Seger Photo by Peyton Hoge
TV's Charlie Rose Accused Of Sexual Harassment
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The 'New Entercom' Opens With A Flurry Of Announcements & Moves
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 20TH, 2017 –– The New Entercom was unleashed on Friday following completion of its merger with CBS Radio. Following the announcement, Entercom's President CEO David Field said, “We are thrilled to officially close our transformational merger with CBS Radio and welcome their talented employees and iconic brands to Entercom -- We now have the scale and capabilities to drive meaningful growth and to compete more effectively with other media for a larger share of advertising dollars. We also look forward to helping to elevate the Radio industry, which remains massively undervalued by advertisers despite having emerged as America’s #1 Reach medium, delivering outstanding ROI to customers.”
Following the announcement, David Field issued a video - WATCH HERE. The merger news was just the beginning. By day's end it had announced a number of other changes (see below) along with a revised, logo (shown above), a new website and new photos of its management team.
Entercom Unveils New Business Practices And Audience Analytics
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 20TH, 2017 –– Adding to a flurry of announcements, Entercom announced it will implement three new business policies which better reflect radio's strong value proposition as America's #1 reach medium. The company announced plans to: Reduce commercial advertising inventory by 5% in order to improve the listener experience and increase the entertainment to ad ratio for Entercom's advertising partners. Prohibit cash infusion advertising deals which the Company views as a poor business practice and inconsistent with its strategic goals. Eliminate future sales of advertising with spot resellers which like cash infusion deals, the Company views as a poor business practice and inconsistent with its strategic goals. "With our enhanced platform and scale, Entercom is committed to evolving our business practices for the benefit of Entercom's listeners and advertising partners,"said Weezie Kramer (L), Chief Operating Officer.
Also announced on Friday was the launch of Entercom Audience Analytics. The enhanced analytics capability is powered by an exclusive partnership in Entercom markets with AnalyticOwl, a broadcast analytics platform used to measure effectiveness and audience response of radio advertising. Entercom Audience Analytics tracks and quantifies the impact of on-air advertising campaigns on web conversions and online lift.
“Entercom Audience Analytics will enable us to develop a more consultative relationship with our advertising partners and more effectively measure and validate the important role of Radio in the consumers’ path to purchase,” said Bob Philips (L), Entercom’s Chief Revenue Officer. “This is a tremendous step toward improving campaign effectiveness and ROI for our advertisers.”
Entercom Follows Flip In NYC With Moves To Alt Rock In Dallas & Classic Hip-Hop In Chicago
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 20TH, 2017 –– Following its move to Alt Rock in New York (see Jockline 11/17), Entercom announced that alternative rock would be returning to radio in Dallas/FW with the launch of DFW's New Alternative ALT 103.7. “We are thrilled to bring alternative back to Dallas-Ft. Worth,” said Pat Paxton, Entercom’s President of Programming. “With the launch of ALT 103.7, we will cater to the core audience who helped define the genre for decades – and we couldn’t be more excited to rewrite history.” Radio remains the #1 medium in terms of reach (93% of the U.S. population), serving over 271 million people and continues to be the driving force in new music discovery.
Entercom then announced that WJMK-FM/Chicago would evolve into ‘The New 104.3 JAMS - Throwbacks,’ the ultimate destination for classic Hip-hop and R&B. Paxton added, “The time has come to usher in a brand new chapter in Chicago radio -- a station that is designed by Chicagoans exclusively FOR Chicago. Hip-hop and R&B always makes you feel a certain way. The memories will come back to you immediately.”
For the first time since Nielsen started measuring music consumption in the United States, the combined genre of Hip-hop and R&B took the number one spot this year - and is responsible for more than 25% of all music consumption in the U.S. Radio remains the number one medium in terms of reach (93% of the U.S. population), serving over 271 million people and continues to be the driving force in music discovery.
[WATCH] Mike & Mike Air Final Show
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 20TH, 2017 –– After 17 years, Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic, ESPN beloved Mike & Mike Show aired their last show together and it was indeed a family affair. Greenberg is set to move to New York for a daily morning TV talk show, with Golic will staying with the radio show along with longtime NFL Live host Trey Wingo taking Greenberg’s seat. Greenberg's new show will debut in 2018. It was originally slated to launch in January, but construction delays on a new studio in New York City have pushed back the debut reports nj.com news. The new show has the working title of 'Get Up.' Greenberg is rumored to be joined in studio for the new show by Michelle Beadle and Jalen Rose, with Cari Champion possibly replacing Beadle on 'SportsNation.' Champion would join Marcellus Wiley and LZ Granderson on the 'SportsNation' set.
Joining for several on-air tributes included Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, NBA commissioner Adam Silver, former MLB commissioner Bud Selig and former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly as well as former U.S. president Bill Clinton who all bid their fond farewells reports programminginsider.com PHOTO/Twitter - WATCH HERE
EXECUTIVE ACTION: Emmis Indy Names Bob Richards VP/MM; Taja Graham Rises To VP/Sales; Dan Frisbie Named VP Digital For Beasley
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 20TH, 2017 –– Bob Richards (L)has been named VP/MM of Emmis-Indianapolis, which includes 1070 The Fan, B105.7, 93 WIBC and 97.1 Hank FM. Taja Graham (BR), currently Director of Sales for Music for the Emmis-Indianapolis cluster, has been promoted to VP/Director of Sales for the cluster. Richards joined Emmis in 2009 as Operations Manager, and was named Vice President/Programming for Emmis-Indianapolis in March of 2014. “Bob's leadership has been instrumental in building our dominant position in the Indianapolis market,” said Patrick Walsh, President of Emmis Communications. “His reputation for building great teams and winning content strategies is legendary. We look forward to Bob applying his ample skills to fortify our culture and performance in the coming years.”
Richards replaces Chuck Williams who had joined Emmis-Indianapolis as VP/Market Manager in August of 2016. Richards began his career in radio as programming director of Indianapolis’ WFMS (Susquehanna), and was promoted to operations manager of WFMS/WJJK/WRWM (which had been purchased by Cumulus) in July 2006. Graham has been with Emmis-Indianapolis since June of 1996, save a short stint working in marketing for a CPA firm. She has been with Emmis consistently since June of 2003. Both Graham and Richards begin their new roles immediately.
-- Beasley has named Dan Frisbie Group Vice President of Digital Sales. Most recently founded Frisbie Consulting, LLC. “We are thrilled to bring Dan on board to lead digital revenue growth at Beasley Media Group,” said Beasley Media Group Executive Vice President of Digital Steve Meyers. “Dan’s experience, enthusiasm and passion for digital, especially as it relates to the radio space, is a perfect complement for our goals to aggressively grow our digital presence and capabilities for our brands and our clients.” “I am excited to be joining the great team at Beasley Media Group,” said Frisbie. “I am a firm believer in the power of radio and the strong relationship that stations have with their local audiences. I look forward to advancing the company’s digital sales offering from a local, regional and national standpoint with a media company that is best positioned to succeed in this rapidly changing environment.”
PROGRAMMING: Bonneville Intl. Promotes “Jazzy” Jim Archer To PD At KMVQ SF
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 20TH –– Bonneville International Corporation announced today that it has promoted "Jazzy” Jim Archer as Program Director for 99.7 Now (KMVQ-FM), San Francisco. Archer has served as KMVQ's has been Assistant Program Director and Music Director of KMVQ since 2011. He was also Program Director of KYLD/SF from 2005 to 2008.
"Jazzy is the natural choice to continue 99.7 Now's amazing run to the top in Bay Area radio," said Carl Gardner, Market Manager for Bonneville San Francisco. "He knows the street and has the feel for what's hot right now." Bonneville will begin operating the station under a local marketing agreement with the Entercom Divestiture Trust, on completion of the Entercom/CBS merger. Bonneville currently owns and operates stations in Seattle (KIRO-FM, KTTH & 710 ESPN), Phoenix (KTAR-FM, KMVP-FM & ESPN 620), Denver (KOSI-FM, KYGO-FM, KKFN-FM & KEPN-AM) and Salt Lake City (KSL TV-NBC, KSL NewsRadio-AM/FM, KSFI-FM & KRSP-FM).
EVENTS: WNOR/Norfolk's 21st Annual Food Drive Delivers 667,000 Meals; Beasley Charlotte Team For Less Fortunate Families
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 20TH, 2017 –– Saga/WNOR's Mayflower Marathon Food Drive generated 667,000 much-needed meals for families in the Hampton Roads area last week. Morning host Rick Rumble (top center) tells Jockline, "Of course, when the Hell’s Angels throw in (88,000 meals), things have a way of getting done."
-- Beasley Charlotte’s New 103.7, Kiss 95.1, Power 98, V 101.9, 94.7 SMOKE and K 104.7 have partnered with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department and FOX 46 Charlotte for the CMPD Explorers Christmas Project to collect new unwrapped toys for local children in our community. Since 1974, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department and the CMPD Police Explorers have partnered with the community to provide Christmas for less fortunate families in Charlotte. “We are proud to partner and join forces with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department for this massive toy drive,” said Beasley Media Group Charlotte Vice President and Market Manager Bill Schoening.
Holiday Flippage Continues - Now In Indy, DC And Beyond
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 20TH, 2017 –– Cumulus has delivered the best of the North Pole to Indianapolis Christmas music lovers with last Friday's launch of North Pole Radio 93.9! WRWM.FM/93.9. The Beat turned on the holiday cheer in a big way with the warm sounds of the season on North Pole Radio 93.9, launching at 5:30pm EST.
-- iHeartMedia Washington, D.C. Debuts Holiday Music Station on 97.1 WASH-FM, a new holiday music station for listeners in the Washington, D.C. WASH-FM will broadcast around-the-clock traditional festive favorites. Editor Note: We're doing our best to include as many holiday flip updates as possible. Due to space, we're unable to post all announcements received, but we'll do our best.
SNAPS: WWO Backstage At The AMAs
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 20TH, 2017 –– Westwood One Backstage at the AMAs celebrated the 2017 American Music Awards with three days of branded programming and first-class artist interviews. In addition to the array of artists that came through radio row, there were exclusive live backstage performances from Glassnote rockers Secondhand Serenade, RCA’s Walk the Moon, In2une’s Taylor Grey, and Hollywood Records’ Sabrina Carpenter. Westwood One Backstage at the AMAs took place at LA’s Microsoft Theater Event Deck on Thursday, November 16-Saturday, November 18. Westwood One and Cumulus Media are official promotional partners of the 2017 American Music Awards.
PHOTO/(L-R) Cat Collins, EVP/In2une Music; Mike McVay, EVP Programming & Content, Cumulus Media and Westwood One; John Kilgo, SVP, Talent Relations, Cumulus Media; in2une recording artist Taylor Grey; and Suzanne Grimes, EVP Corporate Marketing - TOP RIGHT, Adam Bomb hosted for Westwood One and Q100/Atlanta
CONDOLENCES: Longtime Johnboy & Billy Character Robert Raiford Passes Away
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 20TH, 2017 –– Longtime North Carolina Host, Robert Raiford, has died at age 89. According to WRAL, Raiford died on Friday. For 30 years, he served as a political commentator, "curmudgeon at large," on the "John Boy and Billy Big Show. After a stroke, Raiford left the air in August 2015.
In the early 1950s, Raiford worked for WBT-AM in Charlotte. The Charlotte Observer reports Raiford was at WTOP in Washington in 1963 when CBS used him as a reporter describing the funeral coverage of President John F. Kennedy.
Bruno Mars Tops AMA Awards; Fox's 'The Four' Names Judges
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[LISTEN] KABC/LA's Leeann Tweeden Says Senator Al Franken Kissed And Groped Her Without Consent In 2006
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 17TH, 2017 –– KABC/LA's Leeann Tweeden (TL) put the internet in overdrive yesterday after revealing to Doug McIntyre, host of KABC's 'McIntyre in the Morning Show' that in December of 2006 during her ninth USO Tour to entertain the troops that the show's headliner was then-comedian, now-senator, Al Franken, kissed and groped her without consent. She explained to McIntyre that Franken had written some skits for the show and brought props and costumes to go along with them. Like many USO shows before and since, the skits were full of sexual innuendo geared toward a young, male audience (left photo showing Franken holding female garment during Christmas tour at Base Marez in Mosul, Iraq Dec 16, 2006). Tweeden says, "As a TV host and sports broadcaster, as well as a model familiar to the audience from the covers of FHM, Maxim and Playboy, I was only expecting to emcee and introduce the acts, but Franken said he had written a part for me that he thought would be funny, and I agreed to play along. Franken had written a moment when his character comes at me for a ‘kiss’.
"On the day of the show Franken and I were alone backstage going over our lines one last time," Tweeden said. "He said to me, 'We need to rehearse the kiss.” I laughed and ignored him. Then he said it again. I said something like, ‘Relax Al, this isn’t SNL…we don’t need to rehearse the kiss.’ He continued to insist, and I was beginning to get uncomfortable. He repeated that actors really need to rehearse everything and that we must practice the kiss. I said ‘OK’ so he would stop badgering me. We did the line leading up to the kiss and then he came at me, put his hand on the back of my head, mashed his lips against mine and aggressively stuck his tongue in my mouth. I immediately pushed him away with both of my hands against his chest and told him if he ever did that to me again I wouldn’t be so nice about it the next time -- I felt disgusted and violated."
Tweenden added that she never had a voluntary conversation with Al Franken again -- "When our C-17 cargo plane took off from Afghanistan I immediately fell asleep, even though I was still wearing my flak vest and Kevlar helmet. It wasn’t until I was back in the US and looking through the CD of photos we were given by the photographer that I saw this one (TR) I couldn’t believe it. He groped me, without my consent, while I was asleep. I felt violated all over again. -- Someday, I thought to myself, I would tell my story. That day is now." Leeann Tweeden is morning news anchor on Cumulus-owned TalkRadio 790 KABC in Los Angeles LISTEN HERE Photos/Twitter, KABC, USO photo - DVIDS/Spc. Creighton Holub
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Entercom Completes Merger With CBS Radio
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 17TH, 2017 –– Entercom Communications Corp. announced that it has completed its merger with CBS Radio Inc. (“CBS Radio”), creating a leading American media and entertainment company and one of the top two radio broadcasters in the country. Entercom is now the #1 creator of live, original, local audio content in the United States and the nation’s unrivaled leader in news and sports radio. With a nationwide footprint of 235 stations, Entercom will engage over 100 million people weekly with a premier collection of highly-rated, award-winning radio stations, digital platforms and live events.
“We are thrilled to officially close our transformational merger with CBS Radio and welcome their talented employees and iconic brands to Entercom,” said David Field, Entercom’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “We look forward to capitalizing on our unique positions in sports, news, music, podcasting, live events, digital and more to provide outstanding experiences for our listeners and compelling integrated marketing opportunities for our advertisers. We now have the scale and capabilities to drive meaningful growth and to compete more effectively with other media for a larger share of advertising dollars. We also look forward to helping to elevate the Radio industry, which remains massively undervalued by advertisers despite having emerged as America’s #1 Reach medium, delivering outstanding ROI to customers.” Following the announcement, David Field issued a memo along with a video - WATCH HERE
FCC Votes To Modernize Ownership Rules
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 17TH, 2017 –– The Federal Communications Commission voted yesterday to modernize its broadcast ownership rules and to help promote ownership diversity in the broadcast industry. These actions will provide broadcasters and local newspapers with a greater opportunity to compete in the digital age and will help ensure a diversity of viewpoints in local markets it said in a release. For too long, the Commission has failed to acknowledge the pace of change in the media marketplace by maintaining analog broadcast ownership rules that do not reflect today’s digital age -- By modernizing these outdated rules, broadcast stations and local newspapers will be able to more easily invest in local news and content and improve service to their local communities for the benefit of consumers.
The release added, the program has broad support and will help promote ownership diversity in the broadcast industry. Action by the Commission November 16, 2017 by Order on Reconsideration and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking with Chairman Pai, Commissioners O’Rielly and Carr (shown on top) approving. Commissioners Clyburn and Rosenworcel dissenting. In a dissenting opinion, Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel , said, "Instead of engaging in thoughtful reform, which we should do, the agency sets its most basic values on fire. They are gone. As a result of this decision, wherever you live, the FCC is giving the green light for a single company to own the newspaper and multiple television and radio stations in your community." Following the vote, NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith lauded the move saying, “NAB thanks the FCC for voting today to reform outdated broadcast media ownership rules -- We are grateful the Commission has adopted a common-sense approach to media regulations that will foster innovation, reinvestment in investigative reporting and better service to our tens of millions of listeners and viewers.”
Alternative Rock Returns To The Big Apple With Launch of ALT 92.3
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 17TH, 2017 –– Entercom Communications announced that alternative rock returns to radio for the first time since 2011 in the largest media market in the country with the launch of ALT 92.3 FM, New York’s New Alternative. ALT 92.3 will give music fans a true alternative – an expertly curated playlist with local, informed discovery. Eschewing the hype of traditional radio formats, ALT 92.3 is celebrating the launch by putting the music first and kicking-in full force. Listeners will hear 10,000 songs in a row, back-to-back, 100% commercial-free starting at 10:00 a.m. today. Listeners can tune in at 92.3 FM in the New York area and around the world at alt923radio.com.
“In a city where alternative music is a way of life, we are thrilled to finally fill the void in radio in New York City,” said Pat Paxton, Entercom’s President of Programming. “With the launch of ALT 92.3, we will cater to the passionate audience who have helped define the genre for decades – and we couldn’t be more excited to turn up the volume.”
HONORS: AWM Honors Five Female Leaders At New York Event; CBS Radio And Sarah Frazier Honored In Houston
The All iance for Women in Media (AWM) hosted its annual Women Who Lead luncheon Tuesday to a capacity crowd at the Marriott Marquis in New York City. Those honored were Caroline Beasley , CEO, Beasley Broadcast Group • Amy Emmerich , Chief Content Officer, Refinery29 • Kathleen Finch, Chief Programming, Content & Brand Officer, Scripps Networks • Susan Swain , Co-CEO, C-SPAN • Julie Talbott , President, Premiere Networks. “AWM was proud to host and celebrate an incredible group of leaders with our Women Who Lead event ,” said Sarah Foss, chief product o fficer, Advertising Management Systems, Imagine Communications, and AWM Board chair. “In a room full of multi-talented and successful women and men who were moved to tears, laughter and standing ovations, it is clear these trailblazing honorees are paving the way for future generations while having earned the much deserved respect and recognition from their colleagues inside and outside their companies.
-- In Houston, Sarah Frazier (L) and CBS Radio were Honored at the Houston Hispanic Chamber Annual Awards. In celebration of its 40th Anniversary, the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will host its Annual Awards at the Marriott Marquis in Downtown Houston on Saturday November 18th. The Chamber’s Annual Awards honors the accomplishments of the Houston business community every year. This year, the Chamber will recognize winners across many categories, including the Chairman/President & CEO Award which will be awarded to Sarah Frazier, Senior Vice President & Market Manager for CBS Radio’s work in the Houston community in 2017.
TOP PHOTO (L-R) Honorees Julie Talbott, Geraldine Laybourne, Kathleen Finch, Susan Swain, and Amy Emmerich - Credit Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for Alliance For Women In Media
EXCUTIVE ACTION: Jason Courtemanche Named Dir. Of Sales For Alpha West Palm Beach
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 17TH, 2017 –– Alpha Media, West Palm Beach, FL announced that Jason Courtemanche has been named Director of Sales effective December 4, 2017. Jason was previously Vice President of Sales for Cumulus Media in Los Angeles and iHeart Media in Chicago. Prior to that, Jason was Sales Manager for WBBM in Chicago and Director of Sales for MVS International Communications in San Diego. Courtemanche also served as General Sales Manager for Clear Channel (iHeart Media) in San Diego and Las Vegas.
Alpha Media, West Palm Beach Market Manager, Elizabeth Hamma commented on the announcement, “Jason is a natural leader who brings a depth of knowledge in marketing, digital and events that will help us further drive results for our listeners and clients. His vision, leadership, enthusiasm and innate ability to coach will take our cluster to the next level.” "I look forward to rolling up my sleeves and helping the already high achieving West Palm Beach team soar to new heights,” remarked Courtemanche.
EVENTS: iHeart's Breakfast Club Raise Over $700,000 In Benefit; Hubbard St. Louis Combo Host Emergency 'Cash For Kids'
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 17TH, 2017 ––iHeartMedia’s The Breakfast Club, the popular morning show syndicated on Hip-Hop and R&B stations nationwide, announced today that #Change4Change Radiothon, raised over $700,000 to benefit The Gathering for Justice, an organization whose mission is to eliminate racial inequalities, social injustice and child incarceration. The Breakfast Club’s #Change4Change Radiothon featured on-air personalities DJ Envy, Angela Yee and Charlamagne Tha God who encouraged listeners to donate in support of The Gathering for Justice, a charity that sponsors movements such as The Women’s March, Justice League NYC and Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Camp. Donations are still being accepted through December 1, 2017
--New Country 92.3 and 106.5 The Arch St. Louis are hosting an emergency one-day Radiothon – “Cash For Kids” – to raise money for the St. Louis Shriner’s Hospital For Children today, November 17th. The warehouse storing toys and blankets for the upcoming Shriner’s Christmas Party was destroyed by a massive fire Wednesday. The Shriner’s Christmas Party is scheduled for December 10th. Shriners said that 1,500 children were sent invitations. The Hubbard Radio St. Louis stations’ goal is to raise $10,000 between 6:00 am and 6:00 pm on Friday, November 17. And it is easy for the general public to help. Program Director Scott Roddy notes, “NO child should be without this Christmas."
OH BABY! Mix Group President Jason Garte, And Wife Natally Welcome Their Third Child Milana Skye Garte
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 17TH, 2017 –– Congratulations are in order for our special friend Jason Garte of The Mix Group and his lovely wife Natally who welcomed their third child Milana Skye Garte, who arrived at 10:28 ET at Miramar Memorial Hospital, Miramar, FL, at a healthy 9 lbs!
Jason posted on Facebook, “Just when you think you’re doing the best you can and GOD has blessed you, blessed you again, blessed you again— AND BLESSED YOU AGAIN— guess what? HE blesses you AGAIN!!!!!! Just moments ago my beautiful wife gave birth to our third baby and now second beautiful baby girl, Milana.” To his wife Natally he says, “I will never be able to repay you and thank you for these blessings you have shared with me in your unending love and the gift of life in our now THREE angels— Bella, Danny, and Mila.” Thank you!" Send your love to Jason and his family HERE
WMGK-FM Legendary Morning Host John DeBella Celebrates 35th Anniversary
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 17TH, 2017 –– Beasley Media Group announces WMGK-FM Morning Personality John DeBella celebrated his 35th Anniversary on the Philadelphia airwaves on Thursday, November 16th! The WMGK-FM staff, led by Program Director Bill Weston, Beasley Media Group Philadelphia’s Vice President Market Manager, Joe Bell and the entire staff burst into the studio and surprised legendary morning show host during his show to congratulate him for on being the on-air in Philadelphia for 35 years.
During that time, DeBella has dedicated himself to serving the community. He has raised over $1.1 million for local veterans in his Veterans Radio-thon, collected over nine thousand turkeys annually for less fortunate individuals during his DeBella Turkey Drop and assisted hundreds of local dog rescue groups and shelters in his annual John DeBella Dog Walk. He is being honored by the Philadelphia Kennel Club at this year’s National Dog Show for his tremendous dedication to the welfare of animals. “It’s a testament to John’s talent and passion that he continues to connect with his audience in such a powerful way, and is still going strong, 35 years into the game,” said WMGK-FM Program Director Bill Weston.
Christmas Flips Continue To Stack Up; Now In St. Louis, Milwaukee & Philly
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 17TH, 2017 –– Looks like there will be no shortage of Christmas tune in St. Louis as iHeartMedia St. Louis Debuts Holiday Music Programming on 103.3 KLOU We are thrilled to announce the launch of Christmas music on 103.3 KLOU, St. Louis’ Christmas Station. It’s exciting to begin to spread holiday cheer throughout the St. Louis community with non - stop holiday favorites now thr ough Christmas Day! ” said A.J. , Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia St. Louis .
Meanwhile, 102.5 KEZK/St. Louis began playing wall-to-wall Christmas music yesterday, officially launching the holiday season in St. Louis. Marty Linck, Program Director for 102.5 KEZK said, “As St. Louis’ official Christmas music station, KEZK is proud to once again provide the soundtrack for so many great local family holiday traditions.” ABOUT KEZK-FM
Over in Milwaukee, 95.7 BIG FM has announced the launch of its Christmas music programming. The switch to all Christmas Music coincides with the holiday lighting in downtown Milwaukee and surrounding parks beginning at 6:30 p.m. (Dave) Murphy and Meg (McKenzie), mornings on 95.7 BIG FM, will help emcee the downtown holiday lighting ceremony.
-- Beginning Today Continuous Christmas music starts on 101.1 MORE-FM/WBEB, Philadelphia’s Official Christmas Station. Reportedly, 101.1 MORE-FM/WBEB is the highest rated Christmas music station in the nation’s major media markets, owning the top four slots. Look for more flippage news soon!
SNAPS: SRN'S Medved Talks Bobby Kennedy With MSNBC's Chris Matthews
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 17TH, 2017 –– Salem Radio Network host Michael Medved (R) Thursday welcomed MSNBC Hardball host Chris Matthews to his Seattle SRN studio for a discussion of Matthews’ new book: Bobby Kennedy, A Raging Spirit. Medved—who was 20 feet from Senator Robert F. Kennedy in Los Angeles’ Ambassador Hotel when the New York senator and Presidential candidate was gunned down by an assassin—explored Kennedy’s personality and policies in his interview with Matthews.
Steve Harvey To Host Live New Year's Special On Fox
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99.9 KISW/Seattle To Broadcast 'Live Day' In Front Of Live Audience 'Today'
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 16TH, 2017 –– Entercom Seattle’s 99.9 KISW will celebrate its 3rd annual “Live Day” by broadcasting in front of a live audience during both morning and afternoon drive shows, “BJ & Migs (shown)” and “The Mens Room,” will be broadcasting completely live – including commercials, sound effects, and music. “ Live Day ” will feature local musicians and comedians, along with the station’s usual cast of characters.
KISW’s “Live Day” won a 2017 Jacobs Media “Radios Most Innovative” award and was nominated for a 2016 Mercury Radio Award. It happens today , November 16 beginning at 6:00 am in Seattle.
MoShay LaRen Tapped For Middays/MD At WMBX-FM West Palm Beach
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 16TH, 2017 –– WMBX/X102.3 West Palm Beach, FL announced that MoShay LaRen has been named its new midday host & music director. Prior to joining X102.3, MoShay handled middays and APD duties for 107.9 WRNB/Philly.
“We are pleased to have someone of MoShay’s talent, experience, and passion joining the Alpha Media team as midday host and MD for X102.3 said PD, Don Chris. LaRen added, “I am super excited to re-engage my passion for radio. I look forward to working with R&B X102.3, Alpha Media family to represent what today’s Urban AC and old school swag looks like in 2017 - vibrant, progressive, tech-savvy, and socially conscious with the same old-school values. I am living my best life right now and can’t wait to pour this good energy into West Palm Beach” PHOTO/twitter
HONORS: Beasley CEO Caroline Beasley Honored At 2018 AWM Women Who Lead Luncheon
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 16TH, 2017 –– Beasley's Chief Executive Officer Caroline Beasley was recognized among this year’s honorees at the 2017 Women Who Lead Luncheon presented by the Alliance for Women in Media (AWM). The event took place on Tuesday, November 14th at the Marriott Marquis in New York City.
“I am humbled to be recognized by AWM with this distinguished honor,” said Beasley. It is a privilege to work with all of the outstanding women who lead on a daily basis at Beasley Media Group. I am proud to be on THEIR team.” Photo: (L to R): Beasley Media Group CEO Caroline Beasley with Christal Radio President and AWM Chair-Elect Christine Travaglini.
Celebrities Turnout For 93.3 WMMR-FM's Preston & Steve’s 20th Annual 'Camp Out'
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 16TH, 2017 –– Beasley's 93.3 WMMR-FM Morning Personalities Preston & Steve are set to embark on a food drive of epic proportions with the 20th Annual Preston & Steve Camp Out For Hunger. The event will take place from 6am on Monday, November 27th through 11am on Friday, December 1st, 2017. The duo will live in the parking lot of Xfinity Live! Philadelphia, located at the Sports Complex in South Philly.
Dozens of local and national celebrities, performers, and athletes will be on hand to lend their support, including U.S. Senator Christopher Coons of Delaware, Zach Ertz and Beau Allen from the Philadelphia Eagles, Kelly Ripa, the ‘City 6’ College Men’s Basketball Coaches, M. Night Shyamalan, and many more. Donors will be treated to free coffee in the morning, along with breakfast, lunch and dinner throughout the day. There will also be plenty of prizes and incentives, as well as multiple free events at night, including a Preston & Steve Calendar Girl signing, a comedy night featuring Don Jameson & Jim Florentine, The legendary radio duo started their food drive back in 1998 because they believed that hunger was a real issue in the Philadelphia area and needed to be addressed. Their goal that year was 1 ton of food, which they (to their own surprise), achieved. In 2016, their efforts yielded over 580 TONS of food. The 2017 results, combined with over $74,000 in unsolicited financial donations, yielded over 1.4 million meals for individuals facing hunger insecurity. WMMR is owned and operated by Beasley Media Group, Inc.
NETWORKS: Top Stars Join WWO Backstage For 2017 American Music Awards
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 16TH, 2017 –– Westwood One and Cumulus Media are official promotional partners of the “2017 American Music Awards” and will offer a comprehensive array of special programming and exclusive content to celebrate the world’s largest fan-voted awards show.
To kick off the event, Glassnote’s rockers Secondhand Serenade will open Radio Row with a performance on Friday, November 17. Also, taking the stage are RCA’s Walk the Moon and In2une’s Taylor Grey (shown) on Friday, November 17. Hollywood Records’ Sabrina Carpenter will perform on Saturday, November 18. Westwood One Backstage will take place at LA’s Microsoft Theater Event Deck on Friday, November 17 and Saturday, November 18 from noon – 4 pm PT.
More than 15 radio stations from around the country, plus Westwood One’s national Zach Sang Show and The Adam Bomb Show, will broadcast remotely and curate audio, video, and social media content to share with listeners nationwide. In addition to the backstage festivities, Westwood One, through its partnership with the American Music Awards and dick clark productions, is offering its stations a special five-hour red carpet broadcast companion show airing Sunday, November 19. The Hot AC/AC format will be hosted by Adam Bomb and The Bert Show’s Kristin Klingshirn, the Top 40 format will be hosted by Zach Sang Show, and the Urban/Urban AC version will be hosted by La Loca and Kenny Smoov. The evening also includes a one-hour Red Carpet Special hosted by Jayde Donovan, a three-hour Broadcast Companion, and a one-hour Awards Wrap-Up.
More Holiday Flippage In Cleveland, Seattle And Portland
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 16TH, 2017 –– Cleveland’s Star 102 (WDOK-FM) became Cleveland’s official Christmas Music Station this morning at 7 am, officially kicking off the Cleveland holiday season. Star 102’s playlist will switch to wall-to-wall Christmas music through December 25, 2017. “The store windows are decorated, Christmas commercials are playing so it’s time for Christmas music on Star 102!” stated CBS RADIO Cleveland VP of Programming, Dave Popovich.
--Out west, Warm 106.9 made the flip to 24/7 Christmas music yesterday morning at 8am PST. A lucky Warm 106.9 listener Alyssa Batacan of Lakewood, WA, and her daughter, helped make the switch along with Allan & Ashley in the morning! Warm 106.9 Program Director, Ron Harrell, says: “This is our ‘Big Game’ every year, but this year seems to be a little more special with the social and political mood of our nation. We’re proud to offer some audio relief with our air-staff presenting the greatest music soundtrack of all time.”
-- 97.1 Charlie FM (KYCH - FM), Portland launched its annual Christmas music playlist today marking the first Portland radio station to make the switch. Charlie FM will deck the halls with holiday cheer through December 25th , where the entire day of Christmas will be advertisement free. “The sooner we started playing Christmas music, the sooner we could justify eating Christmas cookies, so, yeah, the choice was pretty easy” Charlie’s music director Gary Bloxom joked.
[WATCH] Jay-Jay Harvey Is Leaving The Edge In New Zealand
By Graham Mack
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 16TH, 2017 –– Jay-Jay Harvey has announced that she will be leaving The Edge at the end of the year. In an emotional speech on her breakfast show on Tuesday morning, she said said she had decided it was time for her to move on after 23 years at the Mediaworks radio station. Jay-Jay started work on the station when it first began in Hamilton in 1994. Stressing that her decision had nothing to do with her and husband Dom's "break-up" earlier this year, she said moving on was something she had been thinking about for a while. Mediaworks also confirmed that Megan Annear will be joining The Edge Breakfast team from Monday, November 27, allowing Jay-Jay time to hand over the reins before Annear takes over from her in early 2018. Read more and watch the video HERE
Radio Stations Given Freedom Of U.K. City - BBC Radio Merseyside and Radio City, in Liverpool are being given the Freedom of the City. Separately, presenters on the stations will receive the council’s Citizen of Honour award, for their prominent role in community life in Liverpool over many decades. They are Billy Butler, Linda McDermott and Roger Phillips from Radio Merseyside and Pete Price from Radio City. The ceremonies to confer the honours will be held next year.
Capital Jingle Bell Ball In London Sells out in 45 mins - Global Radio’s Capital Jingle Bell Ball has sold all its tickets for this year’s event, featuring Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift, in record time. The party – now in its 10th year – takes place on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th December at the O2 arena in London. Sheeran and Swift headline on the Sunday, with acts the night before including Sam Smith, Rita Ora and Niall Horan.
40 Brand New Live And Local Radio Show To Launch on The BBC In The UK - The BBC Director General Tony Hall has announced that the evening programme, shared across 40 Local Radio stations in England, will end after 5 years and be replaced with locally-made programmes instead. Planned cuts to BBC Local Radio budgets have also been cancelled. Speaking at the Gillard Awards at Coventry Cathedral on the 50th anniversary of the launch of the UK’s first local radio station, BBC Radio Leicester, Lord Hall said the corporation would invest in BBC Local Radio to make it ‘even more local and more creative’.
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PROGRAMMING: iHM Names Lisa Worden VP/Prog. For ALT 98.7 LA & National Alt. Rock Brand Manager
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 15TH, 2017 –– iHeartMedia announced that renowned radio veteran Lisa Worden (L) has been named Vice President of Programming for ALT 98.7, LA’s New Alternative, in Los Angeles. In addition, Worden was named Alternative Rock Brand Manager for iHeartMedia’s National Programming Group. Worden will report to Tom Poleman, Chief Programming Officer for iHeartMedia, and Brad Hardin, Executive Vice President and General Manager of National Programming Group for iHeartMedia.
“Lisa is widely regarded as an outstanding leader in the Alternative Rock world,” said Poleman. “Her relationships are fantastic. She’ll play a key role in helping artists maximize iHeartMedia’s unmatched Alternative footprint.” Worden brings over two decades of Alternative Rock programming experience to iHeartMedia, most recently as Assistant Program Director and Music Director for KROQ-FM in Los Angeles. She first joined the station as its Music Director in 1995. Beginning in 2003, Worden spent two years as the Program Director for WHFS-FM in Washington, DC and returned to KROQ-FM in 2005. "I could not be more thrilled to join the incomparable iHeartMedia team and work with the amazing people at iHeartMedia Los Angeles,” said Worden. “My 20-plus year career in radio has led to this tipping point. I can't wait to take the iHeartMedia Alternative platform to new heights!”
REPORT: Erich 'Mancow' Muller Sues New Boss For 'Emotional Distress'
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 15TH, 2017 –– Erich Mancow Muller is suing his new boss at Cumulus' WLUP/Chicago, the same boss who fired Mancow back in 2006 after a long stint at WKQX reports Robert Feder. Earlier this month Cumulus Media hired Marv Nyren (shown below) )as its VP/MM, overseeing its four Chicago stations, which include WLUP FM 97.9, where Muller has been hosting mornings since March 2015. Muller sued Nyren and Emmis for $6 million in 2007 for allegedly making false and disparaging statements as part of a “pattern of malicious acts” against Muller. The suit ended with a settlement in 2011.
In a new lawsuit filed Monday in Cook County Circuit Court, Muller now claims he has “suffered emotionally and physically with the prospect that Nyren will continue his efforts to retaliate against him.” The latest suit, which seeks unspecified monetary damages, recounts numerous incidents alleged in the 2007 complaint, including a claim that Nyren ordered a station employee to break into Muller’s home and that he directed his sales staff to send raw meat — depicting Muller as “a dead cow” — to major advertisers and media buyers.
“Nyren took steps to diminish Erich Muller’s reputation and standing in the community and the radio industry to ensure that Erich Muller would not soon be hired by a competitor in the market,” the suit claims. Nyren did not respond to requests for comment on the suit, but was quoted in the Chicago Tribune saying: “I’m thrilled to be working with Cumulus and Mancow. He’s seeing some really great ratings, and I’m looking forward to working with him.” Reached at home Tuesday, Muller said: “I love Cumulus. I don’t want any problems with anybody." Muller’s attorney, Michael Young, said the suit is intended to “prevent the pattern of retaliation that has occurred in the past from continuing in the future. . . . Mancow is extremely pleased with his position at Cumulus, he feels the show is as good as it’s ever been, and he just loves his job. Then this [Nyren’s hiring] happened. “He’s extremely troubled by the turn of events and he was very reluctant to take this step,” Young said.
IT'S OFFICIAL: WFAN Announces Replacement(s) For Mike Francesa; Greg Giannotti To Cohost With Boomer Esaison
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 15TH, 2017 –– CBS has now confirmed yesterday report by announcing that New York’s legendary WFAN Sports Radio 101.9 FM and Sports Radio 66 AM will kick off the new year with fresh new line-up. As rumored yesterday, Gregg Giannotti, currently co-host of “Gio & Jones” on CBS Sports Radio, has been named co-host of the newly renamed WFAN Morning Show, “Boomer & Gio,” alongside the incomparable Boomer Esiason.
Later in the day, SportsRadio 94WIPs Chris Carlin, former New York Jets linebacker Bart Scott and CBS Sports Radio and Sports Illustrated’s Maggie Gray will host a long-awaited new afternoon program, “The Afternoon Drive with Carlin, Bart and Maggie.” Further bolstering The Fan’s weekday line-up, longtime audience favorites Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts will now host a fourth hour. The new shows and programming updates take effect Tuesday, January 2, 2018. Overnight hosts Tony Paige and Marc Malusis are on-air from 1:00 to 5:40 AM and then Al Dukes and Jerry Recco host “The Warmup Show” from 5:40 to 6:00 AM to help busy NY’ers start their day.
ON-AIR: Jon Marks Joins Lineup At 94WIP Philly; Joe Giglio To Host Evenings
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 15TH, 2017 –– CBS RADIO Philadelphia’s SportsRadio 94WIP announced that Jon Marks (L) will begin co-hosting afternoons 2:00 to 6:00 PM alongside Ike Reese (FL) effective Thursday, November 16, 2017. Marks is currently the station’s evening host, 6:00 to 10:00 PM, a role he’s held since February 2017. Additionally, Joe Giglio (R) will host evenings from 6:00 to 10:00 PM and anchor week-day Phillies pre-game and post-game coverage.
“I’m really excited to be part of the station I grew up listening to,” said Marks. “I’m thrilled to be able to work alongside Ike Reese, a guy I admired on the football field and have such respect for as a radio host. “We’re lucky to have Jon Marks here and moving into afternoons on WIP. He’s honed his craft and worked for this for a long time, and we’re excited to have him team with Ike and take us into the future. He’s the real deal,” said Spike Eskin, SportsRadio 94WIP Program Director. “Having Joe Giglio in evenings gives us a guy who is smart, informed, funny and has a fantastic work ethic. I’m glad we can finally give Joe the chance he deserves to shine on a nightly basis.”
[WATCH] 100.3 The Sound Signs Off
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 15TH, 2017 –– 100.3 The Sound will go "from playing the hits to playing the hymns" reports CBS LA. This week, hosts on The Sound have been bidding their loyal listeners farewell with the news that the 10-year-old station will switch its format to Christian rock on Thursday (11/16). “I’ve known the audience, and they’ve known me for many years,” says “Uncle Joe” Benson. He tells CBS2 News he’ll miss the music most of all. "It’s a transition for a radio station that almost never happened."
“Our ownership at the time wanted to do this, even though the research told them not to,” says program director Dave Beasing (inset). “The listeners have embraced the station like nothing I’ve ever been a part of,” Beasing tells CBS2. 100.3 will become Christian rock station K-LOVE as part of CBS Radio’s merger with Entercom, Variety reports.
Emails in support of the station are plastered all over the studio (L) as a reminder of their impact. A group of listeners even made a banner with The Sound’s logo that will be signed by the DJs and auctioned off to help pay the medicals bills for one of them. “I don’t know how much time we’ve got left,” Uncle Joe tells his audience, “but I’m gonna make the most of it.” Benson says he has the perfect song for when he puts the needle to wax for the last time: “In the End” by The Beatles. PHOTOS/cbs2-screengrabs
SYNDICATION: Premiere Inks Long-Term Extension For Glenn Beck Show; Envision Adds Ashley & Brad Show To Syndication Lineup
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 15TH, 2017 –– Premiere Networks and Mercury Radio Arts, Glenn Beck’s multimedia production company, announced today a renewed and extended agreement to syndicate The Glenn Beck Program, one of America’s leading talk radio programs. The Glenn Beck Program celebrates its 15-year anniversary in national syndication this year and its audience of millions continues to grow across radio, digital and podcasting platforms. Premiere will continue to provide ad sales representation for the fan portal www.GlennBeck.com, the daily Glenn Beck Newsletter, as well as the popular The Glenn Beck Program podcast and stream. Beck stated, “Premiere remains the gold standard in the industry. We’ve now been working together for fifteen years, and I couldn’t be happier to extend and renew our relationship." “Over the past 15 years, we’ve watched Glenn build a brand that stands the test of time,” said Julie Talbott, Premiere Networks President. “He’s a unique talent who can connect with millions of fans across any and every platform. We’re proud of what we’ve accomplished together and look forward to many more years of success.”
Envision Networks® announced its representation deal with Skid Trax to distribute The Ashley & Brad Show for cash or barter. Ashley & Brad, a Los Angeles based morning show duo, provide their top market talent to radio stations nationwide with a daily voice-tracked show offered at www.skidtrax.net. The four-hours of programmed content allow radio stations to maintain control and their on-air quality without exceeding current budget constraints.
Stations interested in adding The Ashley & Brad Show to their programming should contact Dave Hintz at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org or 216-831-3761.
EVENT: KTI Milwaukee Raises $41,986 To Buy A New Truck For Local USO
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 15TH, 2017 –– 94.5 KTI Country's “Truck for the Troops” radiothon raised $41,896 to replace a broken-down service vehicle for USO Wisconsin. The funds will purchase an all-new truck with the important customizations necessary to better serve troops in the field. "When USO Wisconsin shared their need with us, we knew we had to take action,” said Ryan Wild, program director for 94.5 KTI. “The radiothon allowed our local listeners to say thank you to the military in a way they will appreciate. We’re so proud to serve such a great community!”
Donations were accepted online at kticountry.com and at a volunteer phone-bank in the studios. The radiothon featured on - air auction items and it included a locally based service member, now deployed in the Middle East, who made a $5,000 pledge to encourage additional donations.
HOLIDAY FLIPS: Beasley MAGIC 106.7 Boston Goes All Christmas
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 15TH, 2017 –– Beasley announced that WMJX-FM, Boston will flip the switch to Christmas music on Friday, November 17th at 5pm to officially ring in the season and play the best variety of holiday favorites all the way through Christmas Day at midnight. MAGIC 106.7 will continue the station’s commercial-free hours at 8:15am and 2:15pm each weekday. In addition, the MAGIC OF CHRISTMAS tradition continues with commercial-free music from 6pm Christmas Eve through 8pm Christmas Day to give listeners the opportunity to enjoy their holiday favorites without interruption as they celebrate with family and friends.
For listeners who miss the best variety of music on MAGIC 106.7, Today’s Hits, Yesterday’s Favorites...it will be broadcast on MAGIC 106.7 HD-2, available at www.magic1067.com.
HONORS: WACO 100 Celebrates Major Milestones In Mornings & Afternoons
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 15TH, 2017 –– iHeart's WACO-FM, Waco-Killeen, TX announced the 25th anniversary of the “Zack and Jim Morning Show (TL).” who began airing on, Jan. 1, 1993. When asked how they did it, Zack said he learned something very early on that set the tone for these 25 years, “Every station is given the same records, it’s what you do between the records that counts.” Everybody who started with this morning show in 1993 is still listening today, along with many new listeners. Jim said “It’s amazing when listeners approach you and tell you that they’ve been listening to you their whole life.”
WACO also announced the 25th anniversary of “Afternoons with John Elliott (TR). “It feels like I just started yesterday,” said Elliott. “My father always told me that it doesn’t matter what you do, but whatever you do, be the best you can be at it and I’ve always applied that to my show. I’ve been lucky in that my listeners have always been very generous and kind. I wouldn’t have made it to 25 years here without them.” John has been in the radio industry for over 33 years and began broadcasting his afternoon show on WACO-FM in Waco, Texas in 1993. Since then, “Afternoons with John Elliott” has steadily been the number one show for its timeslot in the Central Texas area for over 20 years. “John Elliott represents the very best in Central Texas radio,” said Zack Owen, SVPP. “The impact he’s made both on and off the airwaves will be felt for decades to come. We’re thrilled he’s celebrating 25 years at WACO 100.”
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Has WFAN New York Found Its Replacement For Mike Francesa?
Craig Carton’s Replacement With Boomer Esiason To Be Announced Soon Adds Report
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 14TH, 2017 –– The New York Post reports that WFAN has found its replacement for Mike Francesa who's set to depart on December 15th. They write that Bart Scott, Chris Carlin and Maggie Gray (shown below L to R) will follow the longtime host of top-rated WFAN's afternoon show. Chris Carlin, who now co-host a midday show with Ike Reese on CBS' WIP Philly, will join former Jets linebacker Bart Scott and “SI Now” host Maggie Gray on the new WFAN show, according to multiple reports.
Carlin and Scott will be returning to the city they once made their home. Scott with the Jets from 2009-12 and Carlin as a producer on “Mike and the Mad Dog." Scott took an analyst job on ESPN New York radio after he became one of CBS Sports’ casualties in May. Gray, who splits time between SI.com and CBS Sports Radio in New York, will bring a female perspective to the sports radio franchise.
Francesa announced last January he would be leaving WFAN at the end of 2017, although he said he would be open to pushing the date back should the station need help following Craig Carton’s arrest. WFAN’s upcoming announcement will also include naming Carton’s replacement to team up with Boomer Esiason in the morning. Gregg Giannotti (L) who has filled in for Carton since he resigned from WFAN is expected to get the nod says report.
Entercom Names Format Captains
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 14TH, 2017 –– Entercom has named executives appointed to the role of Format Captain across all of the Company’s formats. The following executives have been named Format Captains:
· Steve Butler - News · Mark Chernoff - Sports · Jimmy Gonzalez - Spanish Language · Brian Kelly - Top 40 · Michael Martin - Alternative · Mike Moore - Country · Diane Newman - Talk · Nikki Nite - Adult Contemporary · Dave Richards - Rock/Classic Rock · Reggie Rouse - Urban · Jim Ryan - Classic Hits · Steve Salhany - Hot Adult Contemporary Additionally, Michael Martin will continue in his role as SVP of Prog. and Music Initiatives in the new organization.
“We are excited about the best-in-class programming team we are building at Entercom,” said Pat Paxton, President of Programming, Entercom. “This talented team of experts has the skills and experience to take our live, original and local audio content to new heights and compete at the highest level in the media industry.” “We are committed to bringing fresh, new thinking to our programming,” said Chris Oliviero, currently Executive Vice President of Programming at CBS Radio and named Executive Vice President of Programming at Entercom upon completion of the merger. “We are confident that we have the best people in place to deliver the top-rated content across all of our formats that our listeners and partners expect.”
Format Captains will report to Pat Paxton and Chris Oliviero effective upon the completion of the merger with CBS Radio, as early as November 17. On February 2, 2017, Entercom announced the pending merger with CBS Radio.
PROGRAMMING: Rich DeSisto Named PD At WJBR-FM Wilmington, DE
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 14TH, 2017 –– Beasley has named Rich DeSisto Program Director at WJBR-FM in the Delaware Valley. The 30 year radio veteran has spent most of his career in the Tri-state area, most recently serving as the Assistant Program Director/Afternoon Drive Personality at Beasley Media Group Philadelphia’s BEN-FM and as a weekend personality on WMGK-FM, where he will continue to work. Previous to that, DeSisto worked on the air at WYSP-FM, Q104.3-FM, WPST-FM, WZXL-FM and WSJO-FM.
“I have learned to hire people brighter than myself, and Rich is one of those people!” said AJ Lurie, Vice President/Market Manager at Beasley Media Group’s WJBR-FM.” We are thrilled to welcome him to our team.” “This is a very exciting opportunity for which I am incredibly grateful and excited, said DeSisto, “I want to thank Bruce Beasley, Justin Chase, Joe Bell, Buzz Knight, Cadillac Jack and AJ Lurie for their support as well as Chuck Damico for his leadership, influence and direction. I look forward to continuing to work with the Beasley Media team in this exciting next chapter and building on WJBR’s impressive 60 year heritage in Wilmington.”
ON-AIR: Jacob 'Tight Pants' Bowling Takes Afternoons/APD Posts for ALT 107.3 Wichita
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 14TH, 2017 –– iHeartMedia Wichita announced that Jacob “ Tight Pants ” Bowling has been named Assistant Program Director, Music Director and Afternoon Personality for ALT 107.3, Wichita’s Alternative Rock, effective November 20 , 2017. He will report to Jim Dorman, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Wichita. “We are very excited at what Tight Pants will be bringing to Wichita,” said Jim Dorman. “His work ethic and passion for music is second to none and I am looking forward to working with him on ALT 107.3. He truly deserves this promotion.”
“Tight Pants ” returns to Wichita market from iHeartMedia St. Louis, where he most recently served as the Night Host on Z107.7. He will also continue to broadcast from 7-midnight on 107.5 KISS FM, Des Moines. “I’ve had an amazing experience in St. Louis - I’ve learned and grown so much, but Wichita is home,” said Tight Pants. “I’m excited to return and have a larger impact, and continue to grow professionally."
NETWORKS: WWO Celebrates The Season With A Dozen Holiday Music Specials
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 14TH, 2017 –– Westwood One kicks off the holiday season with a hosts of musical treats. This year's specials commence with "A Thanksgiving Weekend with Chris Young (L)," a four-hour Country special available to stations Thursday, November 23 – Sunday, November 26, between 6:00 am and 12 midnight. The following one-hour specials are available to Country, AC, and Pop stations during the dates listed, and can air any time between 6:00 am and 12 midnight: · Brett Eldredge Christmas Special, Saturday, 11/25 – Sunday, 11/26 · Train Christmas Special, Saturday, 11/25 · My Kind of Christmas with Reba McEntire, Saturday, 12/2 – Sunday, 12/3 · Gwen Stefani Christmas Special, Saturday, 12/2 · Chris Young Christmas Special, Saturday, 12/9 – Sunday, 12/10 · Josh Groban Christmas Special, Saturday, 12/9 · Rascal Flatts Christmas Special, Saturday, 12/16 – Sunday, 12/16 · Kelly Clarkson Christmas Special, Saturday, 12/16 · 98 Degrees Christmas Special, Saturday, 12/16 or Sunday, 12/17 · Dave Koz Christmas Special, Saturday, 12/23 · An American Country Christmas with Kix Brooks, Friday, 12/22 – Monday, 12/25 (This special features 24 hours of original content.
Stations can run as little or as much as desired with an 8-hour minimum, between 6:00 am and 12 Midnight.) Stations interested in airing any of the Country specials can contact Country@westwoodone.com. Stations interested in airing any of the AC or Pop specials can contact Neal Bird at email@example.com or (310) 840-4207.
EVENTS: WRKO Raises Over $90,000 For Disabled American Veterans
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 14TH, 2017 –– On Veterans Day, Entercom Boston ’s WRKO hosted a radiothon to benefit the Disabled American Veterans. The Boston Morning Show with Kim & VB, The Armstrong Advisory Group, Jeff Kuhner and Howie Carr highlighted inspirational stories from veterans of all ages and the DAV members who assist them. When the event ended, over $ 90,642 had been raised for DAV of Mass achusetts and their Transportation Program to assist veterans keep their medical appointments.
WRKO Program Director Michael Czarnecki (second from right) said, "The passion the WRKO listeners have for our veterans continues to amaze me year after year! It was an incredible day filled with energy and emotion, and I am so thankful to the DAV and WRKO s taff for all of their hard work .”
Dave Matthews Band To Headline 'Night Before' Concert In St. Paul, Minn.
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 14TH, 2017 –– CBS RADIO and On Location Experiences (“OLE”) announced that Dave Matthews Band will headline THE NIGHT BEFORE show at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn. on Saturday, February 3, 2018. CBS Radio and OLE have partnered to produce a one-of-a-kind entertainment experience the night before the big game. Doors open at 6:30 PM and the show begins at 7:30 PM.
“As the leader in sports radio, CBS RADIO is proud and thrilled to present Dave Matthews Band alongside our partners at On Location Experiences the night before the biggest day in sports,” said Andre Fernandez, President and CEO, CBS RADIO. “THE NIGHT BEFORE is the perfect culmination of our deep and storied relationships with so many iconic sports teams and their loyal fans allowing for a truly unique experience.” “Our goal is to create unique and memorable Super Bowl weekend experiences that can’t be found anywhere else,” said John Collins, CEO, On Location Experiences. “We take pride in producing quality entertainment that the whole community can enjoy, and we thank Dave Matthews Band and CBS Radio for being part of this year’s experience.”
SNAPS: Rozzi Dazzles At RAB Meeting
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 14TH, 2017 –– Radio executives attending the Fall Board Meeting of the Radio Advertising Bureau, held recently in Denver were treated to an extraordinary performance from BMI pop singer-songwriter Rozzi reports BMI. The California native, who is signed to Small Giant Records, performed an intimate concert that was put together for leaders from groups such as iHeart Media, Entercom, Cox Radio, Hubbard Radio, Salem Media and Cumulus Media.
Rozzi has been working on her album for close to two years, with her first single slated to hit radio in the first quarter of next year. The RAB serves more than 6,000 member radio stations in the U.S., and over 1,000 member networks, representative firms, broadcast vendors, and international organizations.
Pictured (L-R) are: Entercom Regional President Susan Larkin, RAB President and CEO Erica Farber, Cumulus Media EVP of Corporate Marketing & Westwood One President Suzanne Grimes, BMI singer-songwriter Rozzi, Hubbard Radio CEO and RAB Board Chair Ginny Morris, and BMI’s Dan Spears.
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CMG Integrates Operations In Atlanta
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 13TH, 2017 –– Cox Media Group (CMG) will integrate its CMG’s portfolio of traditional and digital media platforms in the Atlanta area beginning in 2018. Moya Neville (TL) is CMG Atlanta’s new VP of Sales. Neville returns to CMG after spending the last three years at Cox Media, a division of sister company Cox Communications. Before joining Cox Media, Neville was Senior VP of Sales and Marketing for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Donna Hall (LC) is CMG Atlanta’s new VP of Marketing. A 30-year Cox veteran, Hall has been VP and Market Manager for CMG Atlanta and Athens radio stations since 2014. In addition to her new CMG Atlanta marketing responsibilities, Hall will oversee programming for all Atlanta-area music stations, including in Athens, Ga. Mark Medici (RC) is CMG Atlanta’s new VP of Audience and Newspaper Operations. Medici has been the Multi-Market Vice President of Audience. CMG Atlanta’s new VP of Content and Broadcast Operations is Paul Briggs (TR) who brings many years of media experience in both TV and radio in Memphis and Charlotte.
“This is the perfect leadership team to take CMG Atlanta into the future,” said CMG’s Executive Vice President Jane Williams. “Integrating CMG Atlanta is part of the company’s multi-faceted strategy to position us for future growth and success. With our integrated media approach, we have a unique opportunity in CMG’s flagship market where we offer our audiences unparalleled award-winning content, our customers comprehensive strategic business solutions, and our employees unrivaled cross-platform career opportunities.” CMG’s Atlanta-area media brands include: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, MundoHispanico, News 95.5 FM AM 750 WSB, 97.1 The River, B98.5, KISS 104.1 FM, and WSB TV Ch. 2 Action News, as well as 960 The Ref, WGAU 98.7 FM & AM1340, Magic 102.1 FM, 103.7 Chuck FM, Power 100.1 and Your Country Georgia 106.1/107.1 in Athens, Ga.
ESPN Launches 'SportsCenter' Offshoot On Snapchat With Twice Daily Shows
THE MOUTH, NOVEMBER 13TH, 2017 –– ESPN is bringing “SportsCenter” to Snapchat in a twice-daily show featuring cast of more dressed-down, millennial hosts reports Variety. Under the two-year pact, the Disney-owned programmer is angling to reach a younger, mobile-centric demo with the “SportsCenter” offshoot. Each episode of the show, the first daily sports program on Snapchat, will be just 3-5 minutes long. “SportsCenter” for Snapchat debuts today (Nov. 13) at 5 p.m. ET, and then starting Tuesday will launch on a regular schedule of shows available twice a day at 5 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET on weekdays, and once at 5 a.m. on weekends.
“It’s taking the DNA of SportsCenter and transplanting it onto Snapchat,” said Glenn Jacobs senior coordinating producer for “SportsCenter” digital content. The first show will be hosted by Katie Nolan (pictured above), the Emmy-winning sports personality who joined ESPN last month from Fox Sports. Other hosts will include “SportsCenter” anchor Elle Duncan, ESPN NBA commentator Cassidy Hubbarth, ESPN Radio host Jason Fitz, and comedian Cy Amundson. “Now we have a new medium in mobile video — and there’s a huge opportunity for a ‘SportsCenter’ made for mobile, for the next generation of sports fans.” For Snap, the new “SportsCenter” show is part of its strategy to lure new users after failing to hit Wall Street expectations on user and revenue growth. Each “SportsCenter” on Snapchat show will have a single host, who will delivering an opinionated perspective on current events and chatter. “It’s going to be very personality driven,” said Jacobs. PHOTO/L-R Cassidy Hubbarth, Cy Amundson and Jason Fitz.
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